The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 5, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Lyme disease a real lemon

Just about the time I received a blip from the ODNR on the potential tick problems hunters and outdoors persons face in Ohio, I also received a note from someone who knows first-hand the affects of being bitten by an infested tick and it’s resulting debilitating symptoms.

Please read on and pay attention, no hunter or outdoors person should go through this if they just heed the warning signs:

Hi, Dale,

My name is Janine Kirby. I live in Ashtabula County, I’m a hunter and I have Lyme disease. Sounds like the introduction to a recovery meeting. Ha!

With the hunting season being upon us I would be grateful if you would post a warning to our hunters about the dangers of ticks, fleas, spiders and mosquitoes; these nasty bugs that can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Informing them on how to protect themselves from bites the importance of checking their body after coming out of the woods (it’s creepy to know where those things like to hide) and how to properly remove ticks is critical.

You would be surprised by all the misinformation out there that can actually spread the disease all the while just trying to remove the bug. UGH! Also, this is something that is not spoken of at all and I’m surprised it isn’t, how to gut a deer and not get infected.

I am passionate about educating people about the dangers of Lyme. You see, I was misdiagnosed for over a decade and I am very sick now. If treated early, Lyme can be treated effectively, but the longer it’s not diagnosed or treated the poorer the outcome. Oh, how I would love to spare others from going through what I’m going through.

Living with LD

Living on 20 acres has its advantages. Great hunting is one of them. There is nothing like being in the woods on an autumn day with the wind swaying your tree stand and the smell of dried leaves in the air. Although I am never going to be confused with being a master buck slayer, I love the thrill of the hunt.

2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Text Only
  • BB1 Walk on the wild side

    Going into the bottom of the third inning Tuesday, things were looking pretty good for the Madison Blue Streaks at Edgewood.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rick Peck A Rich Kelly column: Rick Peck... his legacy born at CLA

    We all leave a legacy of our persona as we pass from this world to whatever the future holds for us.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • BB2 Scholastic Statistics:

    Edgewood 14, Madison 3
    at Higgins Field, Edgewood

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area High School Softball Statistical Leaders:

    INDIVIDUAL BATTING (minimum 15 at-bats)
    PLAYER    SCHOOL    AVG    OB%    SLG%    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    SB
    Brittany Baitt    Riverside    .645    .667    .806    31    11    20    3    1    0    8    0
    Cassidy DiFranco    Riverside    .588    .632    .647    17    7    10    1    0    0    0    0
    Alyssa Chadwick    Conneaut    .563    .630    .625    32    12    18    2    1    0    6    5
    Alyssa Irons    Jefferson    .526    .526    .632    19    5    10    0    1    0    9    2

    April 23, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:


    Niles McKinley at Lakeside (4:30)
    Bloomfield at Conneaut (4:30)
    Maplewood at Grand Valley (4:30)
    Riverside at Edgewood (4:30)
    PV at Mathews (4:30)
    Orange at Perry (4:30)

    April 23, 2014

  • Tribe Royals crown Wahoos to split first two games

    The concerns about Indians starter Danny Salazar continue to grow.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edgewood SB Warriors whack Struthers

    Edgewood softball coach Steve Cunha’s main focus for the season centers on his team playing well in the All-American conference. In their inaugural season as part of the AAC, the Warriors continued their strong start by defeating visiting Struthers, 8-2, on Monday afternoon.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Falcons go the extra Niles

    Jefferson coach Scott Barber knows good things usually happen when you put the ball in play and put pressure on the opposing team’s defense.

    April 22, 2014

  • Emotional rescue

    Three Ashtabula area runners joined 36,000 of their closest friends Monday during the 118th rendition of the Boston Marathon.

    April 22, 2014

  • Spartans stymied

    Ursuline pitcher Makayla Shore freely admitted she didn’t quite have her best stuff against Conneaut on Monday at Skippon Park. Despite that fact, the hurler tossed a no-hitter to beat the Spartans, 10-0.

    April 22, 2014

Sports Week in Review April 14 to 19
Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video