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Oct. 25, 2007 Edition

< Rural Development Awards Grant for Graysville Broadband

Graysville and Community will be getting wireless
broadband thanks to a $316,840 grant from USDA Rural
Development. Attending the mock check presentation
were, from left: Larry Ullman, Jim Archer, GMN
planner; Effie Heddleson, GMN board member; Brandon
Kerns, district representative for Senator George
Voinovich; Randy Hunt, State Rural Development
Director; Gary Ricer, GMN Tri-County CAC, Inc.
Executive Director; Darla Harmon, landowner; Ron
Mellon, federal field monitor; Trish McCullough, field
director for Congressman Zack Space; Commissioner
Francis Block,Pat Britten, GMN Broadband director, Commissioner John Pyles and Heber Piatt.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
It was standing room only at the Graysville Fire
House/Com-munity Center Oct. 22 as GMN Tri County CAC,
Inc. Executive Director Gary Ricer was presented with
a mock check for $316,840. The check is representative
of the funding award announced recently by the United
States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
The grant will bring wireless broadband internet
service to the Graysville area.
When the project is completed, wireless internet
service along with 10 computer stations with broadband
service at the community center, will be available to
Graysville and community residents. GMN Tri-County
personnel will provide two training sessions a month
for area residents.
�This is the largest grant in Graysville�s history,�
said Ricer. �The national competition for these funds
was extremely intense. In fact, we were among the top
three rated applicants and the only community action
group in the country to receive broadband funding this
year.�
This is the second Rural Development Broadband
Community grant award GMN has received. They were
awarded $383,284 in 2003 for a broadband project
targeting the Woodsfield area.
GMN�s CEO credited his grants writer Jim Archer and
GMN�s capable staff, along with community leaders,
with the success of landing this grant.
Ricer noted that other areas around the country are
watching Monroe County�s broadband operation. �If it
works in a rural area like this, it could work
anywhere. We�re setting the tone for the United
States,� said Ricer.
The land on which the 180 foot tower will be located
is the highest point in the area and belongs to Darla
Harmon and her son Dammond. Ricer noted that the
Harmons were most cooperative and agreed to the land
use without hesitation.
�We�ve worked with a lot of groups with some kind of
vision, but GMN turns that vision into production,�
said Ron Mellan of the USDA. �They�ve overcome a lot
of challenges and I�m glad to see them get another
grant. This is a poster child for rural broadband.�
�Folks, you�ve got something very special in this
community,� said Brandon Kerns, district
representative for Senator George Voinovich. �The
senator is glad to be a federal partner in this
project.�
�This is an outstanding accomplishment,� said Randy
Hunt, Rural Development State Director. �You�ve
secured over $700,000 in this area for broadband
internet service! There were 19 grants awarded in 13
states and your application was among the top three. I
love to work with community action agencies. They are
a great conduit to bring in federal dollars.�
�You�re bringing the super highway here today,� said
Monroe County Commissioner Francis Block.
�We don�t have much to sell to bring business to
Monroe County. This will give this area the
opportunity for distance learning. We are high tech
and we owe it all to GMN and the people of the
community who worked to make this happen.�
Also speaking were Graysville community leaders Larry
Ull-man, D&L Sales, and Heber Piatt, Piatt Equipment.
�We thank GMN for having the vision for broadband,�
said Ullman. �I feel this will help spur economic
development for this area of the county.�
Piatt extended his appreciation to all those who
helped obtain the grant. Ricer acknowledged Piatt as
donating his time and equipment as in-kind match for
the grant.
Monroe County�s poet laureate Dorothy Ricer, Gary�s
mother, had a special poem ready for the occasion.
Happiness Granted

by Dorothy Ricer
A wonderful happening for Graysville
Broadband is coming to you
This generous grant is the reason
This project is going to go through.
Computers are the wave of tomorrow
And should be available to all.
You have the whole world at your fingers
Knowledge at your beck and call.
This world that was once so exotic
The countries unknown to us
Is now familiar and hands on
No travel, no tickets, no fuss.
I never guessed this would be possible
At least, not in my day
Welcome to the twenty-first century
And the fantastic information highway.



 

<Citizens National Celebrates Grand Opening in Barnesville

Participating in the ribbon cutting Oct. 24 for
Citizens National Bank in Barnesville were, from left,
front: Eugene Householder, Barnesville Chamber of
Commerce; Bill Steedle, president, Barnesville
Chamber; Evelyn Cook, Barnesville Chamber; Tom
Michelli, Barnesville mayor; Kathy Climer, CNB branch
manager; Bruce A. Climer, vice-president and director,
CNB; John Jefferis, builder; Becky Bott, CNB bank
president�s wife; Carey Bott, president/CEO, director,
CNB; back: Ruth Jarvis, Frank Williams, Barbara Roby,
Steve Peters and Ron Bischoff, Barnesville Chamber
members; Jack Klug, Chairman of the Board, CNB; Gary
Rubel, director, CNB; T.J. Jefferis, builder; Jim Cook, Barnesville Chamber; William Stottler, Barnesville councilman;
Lance Lance LaFollette, assistant vice-president and director, CNB.

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

Citizens National Bank now has a new full service
bank in Barnesville. The bank opened its doors at 101
Colonel Drive for business at 10 a.m. Oct. 24.
The bank employs five: Kathy Climer, branch manager;
Patricia VanFossen, new accounts officer; and tellers,
Brenda Bennett, Ashley Hannahs and Jody Hunter, all of
Barnesville; and Phyllis Riley of Beallsville.
The bank received an overwhelming welcoming to the
community as well over 500 people attended an open
house Sunday, Oct. 21.
The new branch features a one-story floor plan,
handicapped accessible, with ample parking. It is a
full service operation which includes free checking
accounts, business checking accounts and NOW accounts.
The bank also offers Certificates of Deposits, IRAs
and Money Market Accounts, passbook and statement
savings accounts, Christmas Club accounts and the
availability of Jeanie Plus ATM cards and MasterCard
debit cards.
A variety of loan products are offered including
personal, commercial, municipal and mortgage loans.
Credit decisions will be made locally and all loans
will be retained and serviced locally.
Architect for the project was Lee and Haught
Architects, LLC, and contractors were T.J. Jefferis
and John Jefferis of General Contracting, Inc.
The bank is designed to promote customer convenience
and includes a sit down teller station in addition to
the regular teller stations. There is an on-site
24-hour accessible ATM and night depository and four
drive-thru teller lanes. Numerous other banking
services are available including safety deposit box
rentals, wire transfers, travelers checks and money
orders.
The Barnesville branch of Citizens National Bank was
the idea of Gary Rubel, who serves on the board of
directors. While T.J. Jefferis was building a cabin
for Rubel, he commented that Barnesville needed
another bank. Rubel took the idea to the board which
was very receptive.
The number one concern, noted Citizens National Bank
President/CEO Carey Bott, was finding a manager. They
hired Kathy Climer, who has extensive banking
experience, "and there we are," commented Bott.
"We are very proud and pleased to open this new
state-of-the-art financial center in Barnesville,"
said Bott. "We appreciate the encouragement of local
business people and local stockholders in assisting
our decision to locate here. The reception from the
public has been fantastic, as is evidenced by our
turn-out today. We strive to provide the facilities
necessary for good customer service, but let's face
it, it's our staff that will make the difference. Our
commitment to the community is to provide the best
customer service possible through a kind, courteous,
efficient and prompt staff - the kind of service that
you can only find at a small community bank."
"It's nice to have another bank on the east end of
town," said Barnesville Chamber of Commerce president
Bill Steedle. "It's a wonderful facility and we
welcome it to Barnesville. It shows how Barnesville is
growing."
"It's great to see a new business in Barnesvillle.
Citizens will have another bank to choose from," said
Barbara Roby, the Chamber's office manager.
"I think it will be wonderful. Competition is good,"
said Evelyn Cook, a 10-year member of the Barnesville
Chamber of Commerce. She attended the opening with her
husband, Jim, a retiree from Consol Coal Company.
"It's nice to know that at a time that a lot of small
banks are being bought out, we're growing and
expanding," said Lance LaFollette, director and
assistant vice-president of Citizens National Bank.
"This is beautiful. It's nice work, inside and out,"
said Ronald A. Bischof, CLU, Insurance and Financial
Services, and Barnesville Village Councilman. "It's a
wonderful addition to our community."
As the bank opened for business to the public at 10
a.m., customers arrived. Christine Schnegg of
Barnesville, an employee of KFC, was the first to open
a new account. Another customer requesting information
on the services available was Ron Hopkins of
Barnesville. "This is really nice," he said. "It's
very serviceable, with a good design and no wasted
space."
Citizens National Bank directors include John C.
Klug, Carey N. Bott, Dr. Paul E. Conner, Gary A.
Rubel, Davey A. Turner, Bruce A. Climber, T. Lance
LaFollette and Richard A. Yoss. The Barnesville
Branch is open Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3
p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. til noon; Friday, 8:30 a.m. til
6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. til noon.
The phone number at the Barnesville branch is
1-740-425-3870.


< Mock Emergency Drill Proves Valuable to Preparedness

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

"What's your name, sir?"
The injured man appeared to search for a name,
perhaps a patch sewn near the shoulder of his shirt,
and then fumbled with a tag hanging from the wrist
area of his left sleeve. "I'm not sure ..." he said,
continuing to fumble with the tag.
"What day is this?" asked Melanie Denning, a nurse at
Ormet Corporation. The man didn't know.
Paramedics arrived and Denning reported the man's
condition."He's confused, disoriented, doesn't know
his name or what day it is ..."

A paramedic gently helped the injured man to his
feet.
"Are we going to get our buckets?" asked the injured
man.
"No, we're going for a little ride," answered the
paramedic.
The injured man had been seated on a yellow tarp
placed in the south end of Ormet's thixocast building,
near a large drive-in door and out of the elements.
The yellow mat signified the injured at that area were
"second transports."
It was a triage scene. A red mat indicated critical
injuries, and a green mat signified these were the
"walking injured."
The burns, broken bones, impalements and other
injuries were part of a mock disaster, which saw one
fatality.
The event, held at Ormet"s thixocast building was
Northern Ohio River Industrial Mutual Aid Council's
(NORIMAC) annual Mock Emergency Drill. The exercise
simulated a large scale explosion which resulted in
mass injuries and caused chlorine tanks to fall from a
forklift and rupture.
The forklift was situated just outside the thixocast
building when the mock explosion and fire happened.
Bob Fuchs, plant protection supervisor, called out
instructions on a bullhorn.
Heavy smoke surrounded the forklift. The driver, a
mannequin, lay slumped in the seat. The wind was
blowing and the "chlorine" swirled in the air.
Ormet's fire brigade was first on the scene followed
by the Clarington volunteer fire and emergency
personnel.
Firefighters huddled behind a spray of water and
walked to gas line connections located at the corner
of the thixocast building to turn off the flow of gas.

Nearby, a HazMat team suited up in white protective
coveralls to enter the area where a vapor cloud was
forming.
Two employees were trapped in a nearby cooling tower
when the explosion and fire occurred ... they were
ordered to wait inside to be rescued.
There was excellent participation by NORIMAC, said an
Ormet representative.
"We walked away with a better understanding of our
communications system and various needs for placement
of manpower in direct rolls," said Jeff Yeager, safety
services manager. He said participants did well in
staging, and the triage went very well.
"[The mock disaster] did what it was intended to do,"
said Yeager, noting they now have a better
understanding of resources and also found some areas
where follow-up training is needed.
The purpose of the drill was to coordinate emergency
response and evaluate emergency preparedness and
performance by members of NORIMAC and inter-agency
groups.
"It gives us an overall critique of how we, as a
group and as individual organizations, respond to an
emergency and what kind of improvements we will need
moving forward," said Yeager.
Three experienced local emergency preparedness
evaluators critiqued both Ormet and NORIMAC
performance. Disciplines being tested during the mock
disaster included fire control and response, haz-mat
response, confined space rescue, mass casualty
response, implementation of the incident command
system, emergency response plan, mass casualty EMS
response capabilities and the NORIMAC communication
system.



Our Readers Write...


Dear Editor,
Monroe County just completed its 7th Relay for Life
cancer survivor celebration. This years RFL was held
at River High School July 20 and 21.
Many people do not understand or have any concept of
what a Relay for Life event is about. Therefore I feel
that many people are not taking part in our county's
Relay for this reason. Allow me to try to inform you
about what a RFL event is and why we hold such an
event each year.
Relay for LifeŽ is a fun-filled overnight event
designed to bring together those who have been touched
by cancer in our community. At the event, we celebrate
survivorship and raise money to help the American
Cancer Society in its mission to save lives, help
those who have been touched by cancer, and empower
individuals to fight back. This year our theme was
�Butterfly Dreams, Soar for a Cure�. During the event,
teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or
parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each
team tries to keep at least one team member on the
track at all times.
But, Relay is much more than a walk around a track.
It is a time to remember those lost to cancer and
celebrate those who have survived. It is a night for
people who have shared the same experience to comfort
and console one another. During this event, we honor
survivors during the Survivors Lap and we remember
those we lost to cancer during the Luminary Ceremony.
We also celebrate life, friendship, and a chance to
work together toward a cancer-free future. Most
importantly, Relay gives you the power to help in the
fight against cancer. By joining together as
volunteers and donors, our efforts help the American
Cancer Society strive toward a future where cancer
doesn't take the lives of our friends and family.
The Relay for Life Committee, which consists of
people from all parts of Monroe County, put forth a
year long effort to make this event a success. As a
committee one of our main concerns is why when so many
people in our area have been affected by cancer,
either directly or through a family member or friend,
will not participate in the RFL. Statistics say that
there will be 84 new case of cancer in our county each
year. I feel it safe to say that not one person in the
county has escaped the affect of cancer on someone
they know. This is why each person should get involved
in RFL, so we as a dedicated group can raise money for
the fight against cancer. We try to move the Relay
each year to a different part of the county to allow
people in all corners of Monroe County to experience
the RFL on a close to home basis. This year we saw
many new faces from the riverfront areas that have
never been a part of the Relay. Many of these first
timers stated that they were emotionally affected by
the Survivors lap and the Luminary service held at
dark.
People often ask, �Where does the money to that is
raised and how does Monroe County benefit?� this is a
legitimate question and I hope to provide an answer.
It is estimated that about 60,000 Ohioans will be
diagnosed with cancer this year and approximately
25,000 will die from this disease. Early detection and
prevention and research funded by organizations such
as the American Cancer Society have increased the
five-year survival rate for these patients to 66
percent.
It�s reassuring to know that the American Cancer
Society uses more than 75 cents of every dollar to
stop cancer or to help cancer patients in this area.
The Better Business Bureau�s standard for non-profit
agencies is to use at least 50 cents of every dollar
in their mission. We�re happy to report that much more
is being invested and put to good use by the ACS.
Funds from Relays are used in four areas - research,
education, advocacy and services to cancer patients.
these areas have the greatest impact to end cancer.
Due to space constraints I can not give full details
but following are resources available to Monroe
countians. Cancer Resource Cen-ter, Community
Investment Grants, Transportation Grant Pro-gram, and
Youth survivorship Scholarship Program. For more
information you can reach Mon-roe County�s Patient
Navigator, Coleen Krubi, by calling ACS�s toll free
number 1-888-227-6446.
Why are the dollars raised in Monroe County not
restricted for use in Monroe County?
Cancer is a Global killer. By pooling our resources
at the State and National levels, we can be more
effective at fighting the disease?benefiting everyone
in local communities.
We hope you never need a service offered by the
American Cancer Society. But, if you do, rest assured
the Society has a service to help you or a loved one.
These free programs are provided primarily because of
the generosity of the people in Monroe County who
really love to participate in Relay for Life.
I have personally been a part of Relay for Life since
it began in 2001. As a cancer survivor and one that is
still fighting against cancer I now am seeing the
benefits of money raised for research especially. I am
presently taking part in a clinical trial at the
National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
It is reassuring to know that because of Relay for
Life and the American Cancer Society that people like
me who have exhausted conventional cancer treatment
can still look forward with hope for the future
because of dollars raised for research into new drugs
and treatments.
Although the RFL is over for this year I urge you to
contact your friends, relatives, church members, club
members, etc. and come together to form a RFL team and
take part in the Relay and help fight this disease.
For more information on the programs and services
above contact your American Cancer So-ciety toll free
at 1-888-227-6446 or visit us at www.cancer.org.
For information about starting a RFL team or serving
on a committee contact me by email at
monroeonlinechair@yahoo.com or Pat McDougal
740-483-1963 or Shirley Brown 740-472-0543.
Dennis Sawyers
Hannibal

Dear Friends,
The only thing I can say about Charlie Kozlesky's
30th Run for Children's Hospital held Oct. 6, is God
certainly was watching over the runners. With the
temperature around 95 degrees, the runners endured
temperatures on the hot asphalt of over 100 degrees.
We were also Blessed with no bees, which has been a
horrific problem with warm weather in past runs.
What wonderful people we have in Woodsfield. They saw
the runners� needs and provided some much needed
relief. Marlene Moose put cold beverages in a cooler
near the middle of the one mile lope which greatly
helped the runners stay hydrated. Hallie Seebach, and
her caregiver put a garden hose on a step ladder where
the runners could run by and spray themselves to try
and keep cool. I am sure there were other acts of
kindness that I did not see, but all acts of kindness
were greatly appreciated by everyone.
Cancer survivor Ayden Russell started the race at 8
a.m., with 14 runners� tackling the one-mile course.
Congratulations to all runners for raising thousands
of dollars for Children's Hospital and needy children.
The runners were Charlie Kozlesky, Dick Sanders, Ruta
Mazelis, Lori Michener, Mitch Toto, Chris Benedict,
representing the Woodsfield Ladies VFW Post 5303 was
Susie Paulus, Sherri Wilson, Susan Mullett, Rhea Hupp
and Sherry Shipp, Regis Shivers Jr., Tyler Graham and
Gabe Rainwater. Joining the run after playing two
grueling volleyball matches was Savannah Burke,
Beallsville High School senior, who wanted to help
raise money for the less fortunate as a community
service act.
One runner said he was shocked at the hospitality the
runners are shown before, during, and after the run.
This run could not continue without the community's
support year after year. Supporting this year's run
were Dick and Marie Yoss, Traditions, Olive Tree Inn,
the ladies of the Woodsfield United Methodist Church,
Woodsfield Village Council - Police and Street
Department, Rick Schuerman, Phillip Keevert,
Riesbeck�s, Jerry Lees, Subway, McDonalds, Dr.
Edwards, AK Apparel, Pyro Apparel, Sparky's, Monroe
County Beacon, Peg, Tim and Austin Buckalew, Jay
Circosta, Joyce Marple, Carol Bonsall, Rose Christy,
Mary Lou Freiden, Pat Johnson, Melissa Smithberger,
Dale, Ruth and Jessica Brewer, Coca Cola, and Conns
Potato Chips.
Words will never express the gratitude to all who
help make this run successful year after year. May God
continue to Bless you and your families for years to
come.
In Christian Love,
Pandora Neuhart
Woodsfield


Dear Editor,
As time passes, more and more job opportunities are
coming to Monroe County. For anyone wishing to find
employment in or around Monroe County or anywhere in
the nation for that matter, they can find a helping
hand through the JOBS, etc. office in the Senior
Center building at 118 Home Ave., Woodsfield. It does
not cost you a penny. Employers nationwide do use the
JOBS, etc. office system to find potential candidates
for employment.
I want to encourage the citizens of Monroe County,
that are looking for employment, to go to the JOBS,
etc. office and put their employment information into
the computer system so employers looking for someone
with their required qualifications will see the
workforce that Monroe County has to offer. The staff
members are very kind and helpful and it takes just a
few minutes of your time to put the required
information into the system.
Not only are there new jobs becoming available, there
are those who do retire or change jobs and that opens
a position for someone new. Full time and part time
jobs, from general work to management, are out there
waiting for someone. Let the employers in and around
Monroe County and the nation known you are interested
in working by putting your employment information in
the Jobs, Etc., computer system.
My letter may sound like an advertisement. Still
there are employers looking for new employees more
often than you think. You could be missing out on a
good job opportunity if you do not let employers know
you are interested in employment.
Katherine Weber
Woodsfield


Dear Editor,
Growing up I was blessed with 76 first cousins. All
families were farmers living in Monroe County and
surrounding counties and areas. Eighteen of these
cousins still survive and are in their 80 and 90 years
of life. Many of their children and grandchildren read
and subscribe to the Monroe County Beacon, telling me
how they enjoy reading letters written by people they
know, or a relative, a former schoolmate.
It is heartwarming to learn efforts made by the
children and grandchildren of these people to develop
their talents to live and help others live a better
life.
Grandson, Jeremy Burkhart, a ROTC student at John
Carol University, scored 296, out of 300, in a test
given to several hundred ROTC. Jeremy was the highest
scorer. He plans to be a Military Lawyer.
Granddaughter, Rachel Susan, one of seven, a princess
in the Queens Court, chosen from 57 applicants to
escort the Hall of Fame Football players to the Hall
of Fame in Canton.
Granddaughter, Lauren Oben-auf having graduated from
Ohio University cum laude, interned in California now
works in Chase Bank Office.
Having compiled many Genea-logy books,
Christman-Pfalsgraf, 1694-present, 370 pages; Burkhart
-Zwick-Walh-Letzelter, 1760-present, 143 pages;
Burkhart-Weisent (Weisend) 1528-present, 136 pages.
I have, occasionally, found a nugget of valuable
information in obituaries and writings. Gratitude!
Never compare yourself with others. There will always
be those above and those below. Be the best you can
be.
Bertha Burkhart
Woodsfield


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< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

<
Ida Lisk, 68, Mound St., Sardis, died Oct. 25, 2007,
at home. She was born July 14, 1939 in Clarington, the
daughter of Edna Mellott Conner of Powhatan Point and
the late Virgil Conner. Sympathy expressions at
www.grisellfuneralhomes.com
.

<
Lillian June Polis, 74, McMechen, W.Va., died Oct.
24, 2007. She was born June 8, 1933 in Monroe County,
a daughter of the late Bernard and Alma Harrison
Coleman. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.altmeyer.com
.
 

<
John D. Mooney, 82, died Oct. 24, 2007 in Ft. Pierce,
Fla. He was born Oct. 19, 1925 in Youngstown, a son of
the late John Davenport Mooney Sr. and Virginia
Shaffer Mooney.

<
Lavina D. Carpenter Woodby, 74, 49960 Old Infirmary
Rd., Sarahsville, died Oct. 24, 2007, at Southeastern
Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge. She was born
Oct. 8, 1933, near Calais, a daughter of the late John
and Kathryn Wehr Wise. Online condolences may be
expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com
.

<
Joseph Burbacher, 76, Summerfield, died Oct. 24,
2007, at Summit Acres Nursing Home in Caldwell. He was
born Jan. 12, 1931 in Summerfield, a son of the late
Ralph and Bertha Allen Burbacher.
Online condolences may be made to
www.chandlerfuneralhome.net
.

<
Francis C. Sylvester, 84, Woodsfield, departed his
earthly home on Oct. 25, 2007, at Ohio Valley Medical
Center, Wheeling, and entered his eternal home to be
with his Lord forever. He was born Dec. 27, 1922 in
Tellico Plains, Tenn., a son of the late Robert L. and
Nola Wall Sylvester.

<
Hope L. Harman Pletcher, 85, SR 7, Duffy, died Oct.
26, 2007, at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.
She was born Aug. 11, 1922 in Minnie, W.Va., the
daughter of the late Fred and Augusta (Chaplin)
Harman. Sympathy expressions at
www.grisellfuneralhomes.com
.

<
Paul K. Jackson, 84, died Oct. 28, 2007. He was born
Jan. 1, 1923 in Woodsfield, a son of the late Orie and
Lucille Jackson. Online condolences to
www.schoedinger.com
.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling
Wine producers mockers: liquor leads to brawls.
Whoever is lead astray by drink cannot be wise.
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools
insist on quarreling.
Finally, we received a long awaited and much needed
rain. I think we had nearly an inch and one half here
in Lewisville. If this doesn�t give the grass a little
boost in order to keep in mowing it will perk it up
next spring so we can start mowing earlier.
Grandparents day, what an enjoyable day. We missed it
last year because of a prior commitment. This year we
visited the third grade and the fourth grade.
In the third grade we were treated to a story and
reading lesson which was very interesting then went to
lunch.
After standing outside, which was a tink chilly
watching the students jump ropes and working off a bit
of energy, we invaded a fourth grade class.
In the fourth grade, we grandparents were kind of put
on the spot as we played �Are You Smarter than a
Fourth Grader?� using third grade questions complete
with a light to signal the first one with the answer.
Needless to say, after two rounds of questions by each
student and grandparent, the students had more marks
on their side of the score sheet than did the
grandparents. I felt real good as I scored 50 percent
by less than a second. I tried turning my light on
before the question was asked. They would not allow me
to do this. Those of who didn�t eat with the other
class kept their fourth grader company while they ate.
I didn�t get a chance to thank the teachers, cooks
and all those involved hosting Grandparents Day. I
know a couple of us really appreciated the extra time
these folks put in to make our visit enjoyable for us
and our great-granddaughters. The cooks? Over 700
meals is right smart of a days work.
Want to read something that might be a bit scary? The
Peoples Republic of China is going all out getting
ready for the Olympic gams. They are hauling in 17,000
tons of sand for the volleyball courts and have
assigned the Weather Modification Office to fire
chemicals into the atmosphere to control where and
when rain can fall during the games.
The man said to his new bride, �Darling, now that we
are married, do you think you will be able to live on
my small income?� �Of course dear,� she replied. �But
what are you going to live on?
If it isn�t one think it�s another. We mow grass all
summer, some of us enjoy the shade of a tree or so,
now it�s the time of year when the leaves lose their
green color and drop off.
I remember when we just raked them up in a pile,
maybe jumped in, kicked, and rolled around in the pile
if there were kids around, then just set fire and burn
the leaves. Not today, you do not date to burn your
leaves which is probably a good thing. I get rid of
ours with a mulching mower.
I had very few leaves last year as I had our trees
get a leaf cut while they were green. One problem with
a leaf is when it comes loose from the tree, it has no
special spot to land. It could land in your yard, your
neighbors yard or be blown away, who knows where.
Trees growing in town seem to loose their leaves at
different times so in the morning you might get up and
have leaves all over your yard after you cleaned them
up the day before. I heard someone say if you left the
leaves on your yard long enough, a strong wind would
come along and blow them all over to your neighbors
yard.
The trees are beautiful when their leaves turn
different colors in the fall. Do we appreciate the
colors or do we just ride around giving very little
thought to their beauty and why they turn?
Esther and I had a trip to Zanesville the other day
and I do not know how many times we mentioned to each
other how pretty certain areas were as we drove by. I
guess the hedge apples have all dropped off as we
never spotted the tree again on two trips.
I guess the point I�m trying to make is, do we really
appreciate or are we grateful for what we do have. For
example, when I was a certain age I really wanted a
pair of high top boots with a pocket on the side to
hold my penknife. I didn�t beg for them at supper
every night because maybe I doubted if I would get
them and knowing I would if things worked out OK.
After I had promised to lace them to the top each time
I wore them, I received a pair of high tops. Was I
proud of them? Did I appreciate them? You bet! I
didn�t wear them to the barn when doing the chores
morning and evening. Believe it or not, I carried my
penknife in that side pocket while going to school. I
probably even told my friends and teacher of this
feature of my boots. Try this now and the paddy wagon
will pick you up and haul you away. You�d have a
problem getting by the metal detector some places.
Is it true? Fairy tales are horror stories to prepare
children for reading the newspapers and watching TV?
I�ve said if we would get out of bed humming a song
this would make our day go better. I know something
else that would make our day and life a bit easier.
I�ll share next week if I don�t fall off my soapbox.
Half the work that is done in the world is to make
things appear what they are not.
�Be Yourself!� is about the worst advice you can give
some people.
Bible verses: From Genesis: (Mon.) 37:1-4; (Tues.)
37:5-11; (Wed.) 37:12-17; (Thurs.) 37:18-24; (Fri.)
37:25-28; (Sat.) 37:29-36; (Sun.) Psalm 70