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 July 26, 2007 Edition
<Interim WIA Director Hired


JOBS, ETC.
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Woodsfield, OH 43793
Phone: (740) 472-5711
Email:
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Taten Ayers, show right.

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

Monroe County commissioners, at a special meeting
July 16, fired the Workforce Investment Act Director
at Monroe County Works and hired an interim director.
Hired was Taten Ayers, who has been employed at the
Ohio Valley Employment Resource office in Caldwell for
five years.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with the
commissioners, partners and stakeholders involved in
workforce development in this county," said Ayers
during an interview with the Beacon. "Even though I
reside in Lowell, my parents and most of my relatives
are in Monroe County."
Ayers resides in Lowell with his wife, Heather, and
their two children. He is a graduate of Fort Frye High
School and earned a Bachelors Degree in accounting
from DeVry Institute of Technology in Columbus.
As an employee of the OVER office, he works with WIA.
Ayers assisted in the One Stop delivery system in four
counties under the Jobs etc. umbrella.
"It's nice to return home to help out this community
for whatever period of time I'm here," said Ayers. He
said he will continue to build upon the workforce
development services to employers and job seekers.

"I encourage employers to come in to One Stop and
check the services available," he said. "This office
is one of the best kept secrets ... the public doesn't
know we are here to help them." He said help is
available to write resumes, learn interview skills and
obtain help with career explorations.
"That message is consistent," he said. "We're here to
help public awareness."
Janet Henthorn, who was employed at the Monroe County
Works office for 20 years, said she had no notice of a
problem. With regard to the firing, she said, "It came
out of nowhere."
Henthorn, in an interview with the Beacon, indicated
commissioners had not talked to her about any problems
prior to the firing. Concerning the reasons for the
action, she said "they're ludicrous."
Henthorn started her career at Monroe County Works
in 1987 as a clerk/bookkeeper. She was later promoted
to case manager and in 1998 was made interim director.
Soon thereafter, she was named director.
She earned a degree in Human Resources from Wheeling
Jesuit University in 2001.
She noted her program never had a monetary finding,
and had clean audits, and always met required
performance with regard to her programs.
It was Henthorn who established the One Stop program
and got it certified.
In 1998 she directed a program for displaced coal
miners and more recently she obtained grants for the
Flood Cleanup program and started the Medical
Assistant program at the Black Walnut Center.
Henthorn received an award for outstanding service to
veterans serving the out of area.
In other matters, commissioners, including Francis
"Sonny" Block, John Pyles and Bill Thompson, discussed
payout for vacation time not taken.
According to the county's policy handbook, a maximum
of three years earned vacation hours may be carried
over. According to discussion by commissioners and a
representative from the auditor's office, a number of
county employees are carrying more than the maximum.
Pyles commented this is a good way to break the county
financially.
"We have to do something about it," said Thompson. He
said guidelines must be followed and he will not pick
and choose - "it's every employee," he said.
Commissioners plan to look deeper into the problem
and take measures to enforce the policy. Block,
however, said commissioner have no power over elected
officials.
One E-911 equipment proposal was received and opened
by Matt Brake, E-911 project coordinator. Staley
Communications, Wheeling, bid two E-911 positions at
$127,811.66.
Three options were quoted including mapping, which
was listed as $19,367.
Staley's hourly rate for maintenance is at $80 per
hour and $120 for after hours work.
Maintenance was quoted at $5,036 for the second year,
with the amount increasing over the five year period
quoted.
Digital Data Technology Inc. quoted mapping software
to interface with computer equipment. They quoted
$7,990 for two licenses for the sheriff�s office;
quoted three positions at $3,495 each totaling
$10,385, two days installation and training at $1,800
and data formatting $2,000.
According to Brake, a third position/computer is not
needed at this time.
Brake will review the information with Sheriff Tim
Price.

http://www.jobsetc.net

<Heat, Water, Power Discussed At Woodsfield Council Meeting

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

Land acquisition and prospective litigation were
named as the reasons Woodsfield Village Council went
into one of two executive sessions during their July
16 meeting. No action was taken as a result of the 40
minute meeting. Another session was held from 7:55 to
8:15 p.m. at the request of Councilwoman Sheila
Stollar to discuss personnel with regard to
compensation. At the conclusion of that meeting, a
motion was approved to allow the transfer 87.9 hours
of sick leave time from Danny Comstock to Tiffany
Majors.
At the suggestion of Council-woman Carol Hehr, the
village will advertise for persons with residential
rentals to apply for sidewalk grants. The village will
provide a 50 percent match to help residents,
including those with rentals, maintain, repair, and/or
improve existing sidewalks at the residence. It was
noted that all sidewalks must be uniform.
The grant is being expanded, on a temporary basis, to
rental properties in residential areas, according to
discussion, because the village has funds this year to
do so.
Eric Indermuhle, owner of Home Comforts in Sardis,
spoke concerning a suggestion at the July 2 meeting to
possibly ban outdoor wood furnaces in Woodsfield.
�It is not necessary to ban the furnaces,� said
Indermuhle, who sells Central Boiler outdoor furnaces
at his business.
The businessman attended the meeting to provide
information about outdoor wood furnaces.
Indermuhle noted there are suggested chimney heights
on the furnaces, with regard to surrounding area and
the prevailing wind direction. However, there is no
law - although council could pass an ordinance.
He said the Central Boiler is one of two brands
tested by the EPA, and the test showing emissions
compared to indoor stoves.
He said the emission rate is lower than fireplaces
and indoor wood burners.
After further explanation concerning the furnaces,
Indermuhle asked council not to ban the furnaces.
�Let�s not throw out outdoor furnaces. If you do, you
need to go in and throw out indoor furnaces.�
Councilwoman Carol Hehr said she did not discredit
anything Indermuhle said ... but, she asked, how can
you control what anybody puts into their furnaces.
Indermuhle had explained earlier that only regular
wood should be burned in the units. No trash,
household garbage, rubber, naphtha, plastics, material
treated with petroleum products, (particle board,
railroad ties, and pressure treated wood), leaves,
paper products, cardboard or gasoline.
Hehr made note of a furnace on Oaklawn Ave. �When
that furnace is fired up, I don�t know how the people
breathe,� she said. She explained her concern about
the health of residents.
Also speaking in favor of outdoor furnaces was Barry
Traver, Traver Enterprises, Woodsfield. He said some
wood burners burn 50 percent less wood ... he said the
units are not new but have been on the market for over
30 years.
Hehr requested more information on the units and said
the ordinance committee will review it. �I don't want
to cause panic, � she said, �but I want the best thing
for everyone. I�m concerned about health.�
Council agreed to enter into a contract, contingent
upon review by Solicitor Bill Frank, with American
Municipal Pow-er to buy three megawatts of power from
AMP�s new plant to be constructed in Meigs County.
According to Floyd Long-well, superintendent,
Woods-field Municipal Power, three megawatts equals
3,000 kw. This is about three-quarters of village
usage as it stands now.
Construction of the plant, which will cost about $2.5
million to build, is expected to start in 2009. Power
could be sold by June 2012.
�It takes a long time to do these things,� said
Longwell. �You don�t just flip a switch.�
Woodsfield is one of 83 municipalities in Ohio
committed to development of the plant. The village has
been involved in the project for nearly four years.
In another matter, Longwell reported a quote for the
last of three turbochargers damaged recently -
$20,230.79. �This charger was worn out,� said
Longwell, noting it is a 1952 model. The insurance
will pay $6,696.
Longwell reported that Joel Kachel, CDI, is working
up a quote to design a muffler for the plant�s 1957
model Superior generating engine.
About the village water supply, Terry Comstock,
superintendent, said the dam is six feet down. He
mentioned that actual usage is down to between 250,000
to 265,000 gallons. Normal for this time of year, he
said, is 350,000 to 400,000 gallons. He said the
village is getting some of its water from Switzer
Water.

< Relay For Life - Relay for Hope


Little Miss Hope Ayden Russell runs ahead of the banner announcing the initial lap of the July 20 Relay For Life held at River High School. Identified in the photo are Margaret Tippie, left, of Powhatan Point and Bob Sawyers, center behind banner, of Woodsfield. In the green shirt is Pat McDougal of Sardis, one of the event coordinators.
Photos by
Arlean Selvy

Ayden Russell was chosen Little Miss Hope for this
year's Relay For Life event. Here, she�s all smiles
after donning her purple butterfly wings, sash and crown. She is the daughter of Rick and Jaya Russell.
She received a trophy for Best Costume.

Alexis Lallathin, 6, of Lewisville, waits patiently
for a live butterfly to leave her hand. With her are
her grandparents, Harold and Eleanor Lallathin of Woodsfield. Watching from behind is her eight-year-old sister, Brianna.

 

 

 

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

It was heartwarming, perhaps a glow that filled the
soul, tugging at the heartstrings as luminaries were
lit, filling the darkness with light.
It was a perfect evening for the American Cancer
Society's annual Relay For Life in Monroe County. The
event was held July 20-21 at River High School.
On a small set of bleachers located along the relay
track in front of the school, luminaria were arranged
to spell HOPE and it was "hope" that was seen each
time one circled the small, blacktopped track lined on
each side with luminaria.
The event raised over $51,000 for cancer research and
Monroe County patient services. What's more, it raised
awareness of the disease and the lives affected.
Awareness was evidenced by the vast number of people
walking the track, and the hundreds of luminaries
lighting the pathway. Each carried the printed name of
a cancer survivor or the name of a loved one who lost
the battle to this dread disease.
Butterflies was the theme for this year's Relay.
Crocheted butterflies were given away to survivors,
butterfly art circled the auditorium, butterfly pins
were sold and a live butterfly release was held. A
butterfly poem was read and a butterfly song was sung.
Several individuals donned butterfly wings, including
Little Miss Hope, Ayden Russell.
Ayden, daughter of Jaya and Rick Russell of
Lewisville, was diagnosed with cancer in September
2006. During opening ceremonies, Jaya, with Rick
standing nearby holding Ayden in his arms, recounted
their daughter's experience with cancer.
Ayden was pronounced cancer free in April 2007.
Wearing her purple wings, Ayden ran several laps
around the Relay track. She was winner of the best
costume.
Attending the Relay, and recognized, was Pearle
Barrick, 96, of Woodsfield, who walked in the survivor
lap. She has been cancer free since 1992.
Opening the fundraising event was Kris Pfalzgraf
singing the National Anthem as American Legion Post
760 raised the flag.
Karissa Martin entertained with a song during the
survivors' spaghetti dinner, sponsored by Woodsfield
Christian Church. Prior to the butterfly release, she
sang, She's a Butterfly.
Butterfly Memories, a poem, was read by Jane Yonalley
, an 18-year survivor.
Event speaker was Dr. JonDavid Pollock of Wheeling
Hospital's Schiffler Cancer Center.
Dr. Pollock told attendees he had just driven from a
meeting in Roanoke, W.Va., where oncologists from
around the state of West Virginia are trying to
organize a group of clinical trials and new therapies.
"On the cancer side of things, we continue to
evolve," he said. "Today more targeted and less toxic
drugs are entering the marketplace to provide better
treatment results for patients with cancers of the
breast, colon and rectum, head and neck, lung, as well
as some leukemias."
According to Pollock, in Ohio there were 180 fewer
cases of cancer identified in 2007 than in 2004. There
were 3,360 fewer breast cancers, 350 fewer cancers of
the colon and rectum, 80 fewer cancers of the uterus,
360 fewer prostate cancers, and most importantly 6.5
fewer deaths per 100,000 people.
"First, we celebrate life and our undying commitment
to beat cancer at every front," said Pollock. "We beat
it by getting mammograms, PSA tests, colonoscopies and
PAP smears. We beat it be talking about cancer in the
markets and at our kids' games. We beat it by making
it less of a label, and more of an illness like
diabetes or high blood pressure. We beat it by
supporting the American Cancer Society which, with
huge local support, sponsors relays like this one
tonight."
"We beat cancer," concluded Dr. Pollock, "when we
remember our loved ones who died of the disease but,
when they took their last breath, those around them
could see that they would be okay and the tears would
eventually start to dry."
There was a lineup of fine entertainment all evening
long as well as movies and popcorn during the
night-time hours.
Carol Hehr, Woodsfield, was presented a Volunteer
Award for 25 years of service to the American Cancer
Society. Her efforts began when volunteers went door
to door collecting. She was Campaign Chairman and
worked about 20 hours a week out of the Cancer
Society office.
The top fundraising team this year was the Dream Team
with $13,100. the team also won the Best Banner
trophy.
The top Mini-Relay school team was Powhatan
Elementary, raising $10,000.
The best decorated camp site, for the fourth
consecutive year, was Charlies Angels.
This year's purse auction raised over $1,500. Cathy
Pur-pura, Proctor, W.Va., purchased the highest bid
purse for $295.
Steve Weber and John Weber of Weber's Pharmacy,
Woodsfield, purchased a handbag and donated it back
for re-auction bringing an additional $105 for cancer
research.
The Webers also teamed up to read a poem - Every
Candle has a Name and also read the names of both
honored and deceased cancer survivors listed on
luminaria.

 

< Letters to the Editor

 


 


Dear Editor,
As the superintendent of the Woodsfield Water
Department, I feel a response to the �accusations�
made concerning the trihalomethane violation
notification issued by the Village of Woodsfield,
needs to be addressed.
To begin: the notice is a format that is generated by
the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Any
alteration to its content must be approved by the Ohio
EPA. In the notice, generated by Ohio EPA, is the
statement: The levels detected do not pose an
immediate risk to your health. Mr. Woodell must have
�missed� that part while reading the notice. As with
many things, too much exposure is not good for your
health. The list of things that may cause serious
health concerns is endless. Sunlight, fatty foods,
sugars, grilled foods and the air we breathe are just
a few that come to mind.
I truly hope Mr. Woodell does not smoke cigarettes or
allow his children to be exposed to other �great�
health risks such as swimming in any �treated� water,
spending time riding in a car which generated carbon
monoxide, etc.
I would like to know who altered the letter Mr.
Woodell received from the Utility Office that stated;
young children and the elderly should not consume the
water. This statement has not been been found on the
copy I had printed for delivery to the citizens of
Woodsfield.
I wish Mr. Woodell would have listed his source of
information concerning exposure to trihalomethanes, as
I have a problem believing that the 10 x minute shower
could constitute enough exposure to greatly increase
the absorption rate of trihalomethanes.
Woodsfield has been testing quarterly for
trihalomethanes and halocitic acids for several years
and this is our first violation. Because the maximum
contaminant level is based on a running annual
average, this violation will �stay� with us for at
least two more quarters. The quality of Woodsfield�s
�finished water� is monitored by not only the Ohio EPA
but United States EPA as well.
Mr. Woodell�s concept of paying for the quality you
get is not a bad idea. It should apply to all things
you have to pay for.
The Village of Woodsfield has State Certified
Operators in charge of its Water and Waste-water
plants. These people are professionals in their
fields. They put themselves on the line each and every
day of the year to ensure the health and safety of the
citizens they serve. Problems occur as they do in all
things, but they are never allowed to continue once
they are realized by these operators. The notice
listed Mark Haralson and myself as well as phone
numbers where we could be reached. Yet neither of us
can recall a request from Mr. Woodell wanting a more
detailed explanation of the cause for the notice. I
can�t help but wonder why this never took place. When
you express concern, it is always a good idea to be
certain of all your �facts� before you incite fear in
others.
I encourage all citizens of Woodsfield to be
concerned and ask questions about your utilities. My
job is much easier when the people I serve understand
the work I do.
In closing I would like to state that I am proud to
be associated with the people who produce the treated
water at your tap, who maintain the water and sewer
lines; who treat the waste from your homes, who
provide the electricity that helps your homes
function, who clean and maintain your streets; who
protect and guard your safety.
To sum all this up, the employees of the Village of
Woodsfield are often overlooked in their daily effort
to provide you and your family with the necessities of
life.
Terrell D. Comstock
Superintendent
Water & Wastewater
Village of Woodsfield


Dear Editor,
I have recently read about all of the school
problems. It is a sad situation. I wish everyone would
just quit arguing about it and do something. Has
anyone ever thought about asking the kids who attend
these facilities what they would like? I believe, if
the students had a choice, a school would have been
built at Miltonsburg.
The students don't care where we go to school, who we
go with, or what it is called as long as we can have a
"real" high school to call our own. As far as the
Cameron vs Woodsfield High School situation, also
referred to as the "Fine Arts Center", this is just
another way of putting the real work aside and then in
the next 10 years there will be another complaint
about the very same situation.
Are we just going to keep arguing, or are we going to
fix the problem? I wish the money would be used toward
a new school and a levy would be passed. Bold is not
only for board members. It's for all of Monroe County.
The students of this district are everyone's
responsibility no matter where you live. When did we
become so divided? Something needs to be done. There
are several high school students who leave Monroe
Central without the high school memories that all of
you have. I hear the stories and wonder why we can't
have these type of memories, it's because we don't
have a school to hold pep rallies, dances, assemblies
and band concerts.
We don't even hold graduation ceremonies at Monroe
Central. They are held at Skyvue Elementary School.
However, that's a different subject, back to the
Cameron vs Woodsfield issue, if it's safe enough for
sports, alternative school, GED, wrestling, Bright
Beginnings Preschool, dances and assemblies it should
be safe enough for us. If a toddler can attend the
school safely, why can't we? At least the students
from the Skyvue attendance area wouldn't have to
travel three-quarters of the way across the county to
get to school. The answer is very simple for solving
this problem, everyone ask yourself, what if this were
my child, what would I do? Monroe County needs to work
together and take action in our schools. Please, help
us. Thanks for reading.
Erica Hooper, 14
Freshman at Monroe Central

Dear Editor,
There has been an ongoing dilemma in Monroe County
about humane issues, livestock calls and a humane
officer. The Humane Society is a non-profit, 100
percent volunteer organization who dedicate their time
to the unwanted animals of Monroe County. It�s a
24-hours per day, seven days a week commitment. They
can never take a day off because the animals at the
shelter are depending on them.
Financially, the humane society is budgeted by
donations, grants, membership fees, adoption fees and
fundraising events.
The citizens of Monroe County tend to forget that all
the animals that pass through the shelter are animals
that you and your neighbors feel are disposable. Some
of these animals come from deplorable conditions and
are abused and neglected because their owners are
irresponsible pet owners. The humane society, in some
cases, are able to educate the public on proper pet
care, others, unfortunately, need to be extracted from
horrific conditions. Do you ever think if these folks
take care of their animals the way they do, what do
they do with the children or other members of the
household?
There are times when animals need help and the humane
society volunteers cannot provide what is needed,
especially when it involves livestock calls. Those
complaints are referred to the Monroe County Sheriff�s
Office. This must be done because the county has no
qualified or trained humane officer.
There are times when the humane society is criticized
for not being able to handle these situations. Don�t
be too quick to criticize unless you are willing to
step up to the plate, take time out of your life and
go on a call. Our resources are very limited when it
involves manpower.
This community needs a trained Humane Officer to take
care of all animal concerns. In the past, the county
has paid a humane officer $25 a month to handle all
animal complaint calls. Who would want to work this
position full time and be paid only $300 annually? The
position includes investigating animal complaints,
phone calls, court time and whatever else needed.
Perhaps we need to make the Humane Officer into a real
position with actual compensation being financially
supported by the county or state.
Due to the lack of a humane officer we rely solely on
our law enforcement officers and public agencies to
handle the livestock complaints and adhere to the Ohio
Revised Code. These animals deserve better treatment.
Recently we witnessed several animals die inhumanely
and complaints received to our elected officials
seemed to be treated as if they were never heard.
These public officials were stating that everything
was being handled in accordance to the law; however,
the citizens making the complaints and had concerns
were more knowledgeable with the ordinances.
We demand that our county government, elected
officials and public agencies take these situations
more seriously and not turn their backs on the animal
issues. This county needs to make drastic changes to
improve the laws governing animals and provide harsher
penalties to the individuals that do not adhere to the
laws. The public can help make that change if we would
all join forces. Help support the humane society.
Speak up at your local commissioners� meetings. The
more voices heard there will be the increased
possibility that these public officials will have to
listen and potentially need to amend or change some
laws and ordinances.
So many people in this community have benefitted from
the humane society through its spay and neuter
programs, voucher programs and other services. These
programs have taken care of over 3,000 animals, which
also include animals at the shelter. Without these
programs and the humane society, this community could
be faced with overpopulation of domestic animals and a
potential health hazard due to rabies and other
illnesses.
It takes a lot of money, time, energy, people and
love to run an animal shelter and sustain a humane
society. The volunteers that help have the love and
determination, but we are sure lacking the money, time
and people and certainly are running out of energy to
keep going. We need support from you, our neighbors,
friends, family and fellow citizens. We need help to
change the laws in our county; we need ideas to obtain
a humane officer and we need support from all of you
to help the animals that cannot speak for themselves.
Please make a difference and support the Humane
Society of Monroe County. Make a difference and help
improve the community we live in. For all of you who
do support us, we thank you very much.
Marcia Stalder
Humane Society of Monroe Cty.

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

 

< Charles C. "Charlie" Miracle, Sr., 83, of Caldwell,
formerly of Stafford, died July 21, 2007, at OSU Ross
Heart Hospital in Columbus. He was born June 12, 1924,
in Monroe County, a son of the late L. Floyd and
Bernice O�dessa Warfield Miracle. Online condolences may be expressed at www.chandlerfuneralhome.net.

< Dama M. Reed, 97, of Victorian Oaks Assisted Living
Center, Cambridge, formerly of Summerfield, died July
20, 2007, at the center. She was born June 28, 1910,
at Summerfield, a daughter of the late Ned McVey, who
was a former physician in Noble County, and Pearl
Brister McVey.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

< Wilson W. "Jim" Lallathin, 94, Naples, Fla., died
July 22, 2007, in Frances Georgeson Hospice House. He
was born July 21, 1913, in Sardis, the son of the late
Thomas H. Lallathin and Clida May Minder Lallathin.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but
a fool�s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
A truly wise person uses few words; a person with
understanding is even-tempered.
I really enjoy reading some things, even if I wonder
about it. I recently read of a study completed which
resulted in the finding that by taking a nap three
times a week, a person will have a 37 percent less
chance of dying of heart disease. I think I might try
for six a week.
Another interesting fact, some claim air conditioners
have an effect on our weight gain. Keeping cool in hot
weather somehow effects something that causes weight
loss. Don�t ask me how, just pull the plug and melt
away.
OK, you think I�ve made this stuff up, but did you
know lemonade made with pure lemon juice is good for
you? Just cut down on sugar. Watermelon should not be
put in the fridge.
I�m certain you have read the practice of eating dirt
is dying out. Hardly any one eats dirt anymore
although I understand it was sort of a common thing
years ago. I do remember them telling me when I was a
kid, �You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.�
I think I�m still behind.
One last thing before I leave the food kick. July is
National Hotdog Month so stock up on plenty of
hotdogs. Then I read a letter written by a lady with
several titles after her name saying, �hotdogs are not
good for you and stay away from the good old ball park
kind. Instead you should eat meatless hotdogs.� The
only time I think about a meatless hotdog is around
the last of October. Get it/ Hollow wiener.
There are some interesting programs on TV if you�re
lucky enough to tune one in. One I recently watched
was the story of Moonshine. This is the kind of stuff
they don�t teach in school but interesting to know.
I�ll bet you mention moonshine to a kid today and they
will have no idea what you are talking about.
The sheriff of Noble County sets up a small still at
the soakum Festival each year as a demonstration. I
wonder what the stuff tasted like and I let some drip
on my finger and licked it off. How any one can drink
that stuff I�ll never know. I think sour milk would
taste better.
I guess moonshiners and Rotgut Whiskey makers got
their start when our government said no more whiskey.
I don�t fully understand but a �speak easy� was a
place to find whiskey to drink. Unlike the �Dong� bar
you had to sneak around to drink alcohol.
There is one family that is making moonshine legal
now days. They have quite a set up but I forget how
much they produce in a year. I thought at the time
there are really a lot of people still drink the
stuff.
I guess even today the moonshiners are still at work.
They seem to be experts at hiding a still. Who knows,
we might even have a still or two operating in Monroe
County. There are plenty of places to hide a still,
although it�s getting tougher and tougher to hide
wacky weed.
I remember when we lived in Morgan County, the word
going around was a certain farm had a still in
operation.
I had visited the farm several times, this was back
when they called us County Agents and we actually
visited farmers, and I never saw a hint of a still, as
if I were looking for one.
I�m sure there was one around somewhere after hearing
the story a friend told me. He had hauled a load of
logs to the sawmill on a hot day. He was really sweaty
and thirsty. After unloading the logs he asked them if
they had anything to drink. They said, �Sure, under
that tarp over there.� He lifted up the tarp and sure
enough he found a jug with what he thought was clear
cool water. As thirsty as he was he downed three large
gulps before he could stop, then he said he thought he
was never going to be able to get his breath back.
Talk about a jolt. I guess this cured him of drinking
out of a jug from underneath a tarp.
A fellow during the program made a statement I
suspected might be true all along. He said, �Ethanol,
that we hear so much about, is just moonshine with
some gasoline thrown in to keep people from drinking
it.� A gas tank full of Ethanol and a tummy full of
moonshine would be mighty dangerous.
Now would you believe this program was followed by
the story and a trip through the largest brewery in
the world. I did not realize there were so many
breweries or different kinds of beer. I do remember a
neighbor across the street (Fairview) making home
brew. They always had a party when it was time to
bottle the stuff and it seems they ended up with only
a few or no bottles of brew to save for a rainy day.
Homemade wine makers are probably the cream of the
crop of the homemade stuff. Many of their wines are
excellent. Those who know say a glass or two of wine
is good for you.
What I started out to say was did you know that folks
in the good old USA consume (drink) 40 billion gallons
of beer? That�s right, 40 billion gallons per year.
Man, that would fill a good size swimming pool and I
expect there are some who would dive right in the
pool. This is almost unbelievable.
As the fellow says, �If his horse is sick it doesn�t
feel well.�
A depression is a period when people do without the
things their parents never had.
Church this Sunday? Why not?
Bible readings: (Mon.) Hebrews 2:1-4; (Tues.) II
Chronicles 7:11-16; (Wed.) I Kings 9:1-9; From
Jeremiah (Thurs.) 19:1-6; (Fri.) 26:1-6; (Sat.) 7:1-7;
(Sun.) 7:8-15.