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August 16, 2007 Edition
Strickland Visits Monroe, Hears Citizen Concerns
Ted Strickland was guest speaker at the Monroe County Democratic Barbecue.
Among those attending the event, from left: Mark Forni, executive director
of farmland preservation; Ohio Dept. of Agriculture; State Rep.
Jennifer Garrison, Herman Zerger, Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman;
the Governor; and Ann Block, regional field representative for Secretary of
State Jennifer Brunner.
their concerns for The Dally Memorial Library to Governor Ted Strickland
(center) were, from left, Janet Conn, librarian; Donna Dally Day, founder of
The Dally Memorial Library; Lila Jones, president, Riverfront Library
Association; and Kay Curtis, Dally Library board member. The Governor was
the guest of honor at the August 11 Monroe County Democratic Barbecue held
in Clarington. Photos by Martha Ackerman
“This is fabulous!” announced Ann Block, Regional Field
Representative for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. “As a record keeper
for the local Democratic committee for 10 years now, we’ve never had a
sitting governor attend our barbecue. It is doubly wonderful because this is
the largest attendance ever to mark this special occasion.” The event was
held August 11 at Local 5724 Union Hall in Clarington. Among the dignitaries
attending was State Representative Jennifer Garrison who reminded those
present of a new law which will reduce property taxes for senior citizens,
65 and older, who own their own homes. She will be attending a meeting at
the Monroe County Senior Center with County Auditor Pandora Neuhart August
15 to answer any questions. She noted that seniors not currently receiving a
Homestead exemption must register by Oct. 1 to receive the reduction. On the
school issue, Garrison noted that there is a feasibility study going on for
deconsolidation and when that issue is resolved, “then we can work for your
local share.” Monroe County Democratic Chairman Herman Zerger introduced his
“long-time friend,” Governor Ted Strickland. As the Governor began his
remarks, he noted that his visit is a director result of Herman’s
friendship. “When Herman says jump, I say how high on the way up,” joked the
Governor, who recognized Zerger as a veteran and former prisoner of war. It
was noted that the first time Zerger voted it was for Franklin D. Roosevelt.
He was in a foxhole in a far-away country at the time. The Governor
recognized all veterans saying, “We don’t say thank you often enough. These
are quiet heroes going through life each day who don’t ask a lot, but give a
lot. We honor them for their service.” After thanking Monroe County
residents for helping to put him in office, Gov. Strickland reviewed his
first seven months in office. His first duty was to form a cabinet.
“Government is best when guided by the heart and led by common sense,” he
said. The Governor recognized Ann Block and Mark Forni, who were appointed
by his administration. He noted that the $52 billion biennial budget had to
be in place in the first three months. “I believe that how we use the
resources available reflects what we value as people. We wanted to live
within our means and invest in what really matters.” The Governor said he
put more resources in the youngest children for early child care and
education. He also noted that the budget puts a stop to the higher education
increases. “There will be zero percent increase in college tuition in Ohio,”
he said as he noted that higher education in Ohio is 47 percent more costly
than the national average. In his budget there is a two-year tuition freeze.
Gov. Strickland also reviewed the new property tax cut and urged senior
citizens who qualify to sign up by Oct. 1. He stressed that there are no
income guidelines to this cut. According to the Governor, some of the
challenges facing his administration include the cost of electricity to
facilities like Ormet, affordable health care, and, very important to Monroe
County residents, schools. “I’m convinced that how we gather and distribute
funds for schools is unconstitutional and needs to have significant
changes,” said the Governor, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
He noted that changes must be made. “The regime in Washington, D.C. has
absolutely no idea what life is like for most Americans. We must have a
change in the presidency.” He added that he voted against the war that is
going on and said that the country is not providing what these soldiers need
or what they have been promised. He added that he recently visited the
Empire State Building in New York City. “It took 14 months to build,” said
the Governor. “The war has been going on for five years and we still don’t
have adequate equipment there for our troops. We need new leadership in this
country to turn it around.” Some of the issues brought before the Governor
as he greeted constituents, shook hands and kissed babies, were health
issues, veterans concerns, schools, jobs, the Jericho Bridge, the Dally
Library in Sardis and some personal issues.
Sought for Moore Ridge
by Arlean Selvy
As the need for water continues to be a issue for many households in Monroe
County, a second petition
for that necessity has been submitted to county commissioners.
“It seems to me that every road we’ve gone down, the door has been slammed
in our faces. We’ve been given
some outlandish stories as to why we can’t have water.”
That comment, and a petition bearing 20 signatures, was brought to the
board’s August 7 meeting by Bette
Gadd. “This petition is a plea for water down Moore Ridge Road,” said Gadd.
“We have dealt with this way too long.”
Gadd explained they had gone to Switzerland of Ohio Water District and
Barnesville about water. She said a
third water district told her to go back to the Switzerland District.
According to Gadd, water is
piped to just two miles from her home. She has been told that the waterlines
are too small to extend.
“If the pipes are too small, put in bigger pipes. We need help - and soon,”
said Gadd. She said she and her
husband are willing to donate a piece of land for a water tower.
Moore Ridge Road is located in Malaga and Center townships. It was noted
during discussion that Moore
Ridge is in the vicinity of Grizzle Ridge, another area requesting water
service. Both are in the
Switzerland of Ohio Water District service area.
Commissioner Bill Thompson said he plans to present information to the
Switzerland Water board at its
August 21 meeting. He will report on sources where funding could be
available for water projects if the
water association board is willing to apply for it. He will also supply
contact names. Thompson indicated
he’d talked previously about water extension projects with Misty Casto of
Buckeye Hills -Hocking Valley
Reviewing a map showing the various waterline locations, Commissioner John
Pyles said it would be
nice to see the lines networked. He said it would increase real estate
taxes, new homes would be built
and jobs would be created since the lines would have to be maintained.
‘Within Monroe County are six sewer and water districts:
• Switzerland of Ohio Water District
• Switzer Water Association
• Ohio and Lee Water - Sewer Authority
• Monroe Water System
• Clarington Water
• Woodsfield Water.
Clarington village officials recently broke ground to extend water to the
Fishpot area, south of the village
on Sunfish Creek, and west on Sykes Ridge Road. In a related matter,
commissioners, with the approval
of County Engineer Lonnie Tustin, gave permission for Clarington’s Sykes
Ridge water project to cross Sykes
Ridge Road in eight locations before the county’s paving project begins on
that road. Officials
expressed their concern and noted the road cuts should be made prior to the
$479,874 resurfacing project.
Paving is expected to begin prior to October.
Gary Ricer, CEO, GMN Tri-County CAC, visited officials to talk about the
Jericho Bridge and Broadband.
Ricer said he is willing to volunteer his time to write a grant application
for the Jericho Bridge. He noted that his grandfather Ricer helped build the
Gary Ricer wrote an ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transporta-tion Enhancement
Act) grant, which was awarded, for the Knowlton Covered Bridge improvements
With regard to the expansion of Broadband, Ricer said he is in need of a 15
percent match for a USDA federal grant.
A total of $8.9 million in USDA grants is available for communities without
broadband service to provide residential service and connect facilities such
as police and fire stations, health care, libraries and schools.
Ricer wants to apply for $298,000 - he will have to match that amount with
Commissioners approved the purchase of a valve for Antioch VFD’s new fire
truck. According to Mary Jo Westfall, grants administrator, OSU Extension,
the valve was not originally ordered for the truck.
Kristi Paolina, field representative for District 6
Congress-man Charlie Wilson, met with commissioners to find out what’s going
on in Monroe County.
Officials listed a number of activities and meetings, both held and
scheduled to be held.
Paolina said a meeting is set for August 21 at which time Congressman Wilson
will meet with county and
state officials and economic development groups to discuss the
revitalization of Jefferson, Belmont and
Monroe Counties Paolina said there are “grand plans” for the notion of
agritory - organic farming. “There’s great
potential there,” she said. Explained also was an interest in the Ohio River
Scenic Route by the
congressman’s new chief of staff.
It was noted that county commissioners will hold a half day meeting at the
county fair on August 21.
However, after further discussion, Commissioner Thompson said the meeting at
Wilson’s office “sounds pretty important for our area.”
It was decided that one of the commissioners will attend the Bridgeport
meeting while the other two will conduct business at the regular session set
at the fairgrounds. The regular meeting will conclude by noon.
Court Judge James Peters and Common Pleas Judge Julie Selmon awarded $500
Anthony Marcum and Danielle Weddle. The scholarships are awarded from the
William D. Harris Memorial
Scholarship fund. The scholarship fund was initiated by the late Common
Pleas Court Judge William D. Harris
and Judge Peters and renamed after the death of Judge Harris.
by Martha Ackerman Staff Writer
Two students were awarded the Judge William D. Harris Memorial Scholarships
on August 6. The scholarships were presented by County Court Judge James W.
Peters and Common Pleas Court Judge Julie R. Selmon. A scholarship fund was
initiated by Judge Peters and the late Common Pleas Court Judge William D.
Harris a number of years ago. Judge Selmon is now a contributor to the fund
and it has been renamed the William D. Harris Memorial Scholarship.
Recipients are chosen from entries submitted to the annual Voice of
Democracy contest which is open to juniors and seniors in the Switzerland of
Ohio Local School District. Freedom’s Challenge was the theme for the Voice
of Democracy contest. This year the $500 scholarships were awarded to
Anthony Marcum and Danielle Weddle. Anthony is a Beallsville High School
graduate who will attend The Ohio State University this fall to pursue a
degree in political science. He is the son of Cliff and Pat Marcum of
Beallsville. Danielle is a graduate of Monroe Central High School and Swiss
Hills Career Center. She is enrolled at Belmont Technical College to pursue
a degree in nursing. Danielle is the daughter of Danny and Donna Weddle of
(read the full obituary in the paper)
< Dale C.
Carpenter, 70, 3362 Lynn Dr., Zanesville, formerly of
Summerfield, died Aug. 4, 2007 at his home. He was born July 11,
1937, near Lewisville, a son of the late Alfred D. and Verna Wehr
Carpenter. Online condolences may be expressed at
Hardesty, 94, 40317 Bettinger Rdg. Rd., Caldwell, died Aug.
12, 2007, at Arbors of Marietta. She was born July 9, 1913, near
Harriettsville, a daughter of the late William Clark and Bessie C.
Morrison Love. Online condolences may be expressed at
Love, 56, of Columbus, died August 9, 2007, in Columbus. He
was born Oct. 13, 1950, in Columbus, a son of the late Theodore
(Ralph) Love and Lela Marie Smith Love. Online condolences may be
78, of Ashland, died Aug. 10, 2007, at her residence. She was born
in Red House, W.Va., a daughter of the late Arthur Renfred and Wilma
Beatrice Carney Mallett. Online condolences may be made to the
family by visiting www.dpkfh.com.
Hamilton, 88, Massillon, formerly of Shadyside, died Aug.
8, 2007, at Massillon Community Hospital. He was born Sept. 23,
1918, in St. Joe, Ohio, a son of the late David D. and Bessie
Hendershot Hamilton. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Handschumacher, 63, Muskingum Valley Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center, Beverly, formerly of Lebanon, died August 10,
2007 at the center. He was born May 2, 1944 at Lebanon, a son of the
late Talmadge V. and Edith Mae Cline Handschumacher. Online
condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.
By Denny Easterling
What a shame, what a folly, to give advice before
listening to the facts! Intelligent people are always open to new
ideas. In fact, they look for them. I expect those of you who are 65
years old or over have heard of the Homestead Exemption that will
save you money come tax time. You have until on or before Oct. 1 to
file an application. The application is a one sheet deal you can
complete in 10 minutes or less and is available at the County
Auditor’s office. The auditor’s office has scheduled meetings in
several parts of the county to help complete the application and
answer questions. I understand a disabled person and a surviving
spouse are also included. If you have questions you can call or stop
by the auditor’s office. Help spread the word, I’d hate for anyone
to miss out. Remember, on or before Oct. 1. Wow! Our little red
tomatoes are getting ripe so quick I can’t keep up with eating them.
The lineup and planned activities for our county fair has something
for everyone. Even if you don’t care for the grandstand shows like a
sloppy mud bog, the smack’em up demo derby, rodeo, a motorcross,
whatever that is, tractor and truck pulls, there will be plenty of
groups doing their thing in the entertainment tent each evening. I
counted a total of 10 different groups will be providing
entertainment during the late afternoons and evenings. I assume you
know our Monroe County fair gets underway on the 20th through the
25th of this month. You may even want to take an evening off and go
to a football game on Friday as the season kicks off for our county
schools. Attend Sunday evening services for sure. Wow, my rain gauge
just kicked up to two and a third inches of rain and heading toward
the three and nine tenths it collected all last month. Now, I won’t
need to water our tomato plants for a while. I’ve said all along
wait until the county fair and football season rolls around and
we’ll get plenty of rain. I almost forgot, school starts soon, yuck.
Back to the fair. County fairs hold a lot of memories for me as I
was closely involved in fairs for probably 50 years or more. Believe
me they have had many changes over the years. Like many fairs, our
fair does not have a lot of things going on during the day unless
you are interested in livestock, poultry judging, 4-H and FFA
activities, horse racing and the other activities such as eating all
the junk food available. The only thing I didn’t see listed was a
cornhole tournament. Probably next year. Wednesday is Senior
Citizens Day when seniors get into the fair free. It looks as though
a number of things of interest to senior citizens are planned, even
a chance to scream and yell at your husband or wife. One thing
planned is a Story Telling Contest. I would like to see more of you
seniors or anyone for that matter, tell a story. I’ll bet just about
everyone reading this has a story to tell. Many of you have told me
you enjoy reading some of the things I write about some experiences
growing up. Why not share some of your stories. There’s no big
prize, maybe a ribbon, the thing is the fun telling. Try to make an
effort to share a story, please. The Guernsey County Fair was the
fair I was first involved with but not until I was in high school
and a member of the Oxford Livestock Boosters 4-H Club. The club for
years had the same spot in the livestock barn to tie the club
members projects, all dairy, mostly jersey. For some reason the
stalls were not marked ahead of time, you picked your spot when you
brought your calf to the fair. No 4-H agents back then. To make sure
our club got the same spot in the barn, our advisor, we only had
one, started hauling our projects to the fair several days before it
started. His son and I were good buddies, older and more reliable
than the other members of the club, so we got to take care of the
projects before the fair started. This was a good deal. School was
in session so we could walk over the hill and attend school and
still take care of the animals. His dad would check up on us every
day and bring us food. This was before it was important to take a
shower every morning. We managed anyway and thought we were living
high on the hog. We could also pick out the choice sleeping spot
which usually ended up in the advisor’s truck where it was a little
tougher to check up on you at night and you could slip out if you
wanted. I didn’t sneak out much as I was still kind of afraid of
girls then. On the other hand, I remember as an Ag. teacher in Logan
County one night the kids didn’t settle down at night like we
thought they should so we flipped the lights on in the barn early
the next morning and the cattle started calling for their feed and
woke’em all up. They quieted down early the following night. Kids
just don’t have fun anymore. I’ll bet you would never guess I played
trumpet in our high school band during the Guernsey County Fair. Big
deal, I never worked up nerve enough to ever ride the ferris wheel,
merry-go-round was my speed. Can you believe it? 3.5 inches.
Experience is one thing you can’t get on the easy payment plan. If
you want to flutter somebody, just look serious and ask him what he
thinks of the general situation. Attend church Sunday? If not, why
not? Bible readings: (Mon.) I Timothy 2:1-6; (Tues.) Psalm 18:20-24;
From Ezekiel (Wed.) 33:12-20; (Thurs.) 18:1-4; (Fri.) 18:5-9; (Sat.)
18:19-23; (Sun.) 18:25-32.
to the Editor
Dear Editor, I will once again ask why Jeffery
Daniel Woodell missed these sections of the drinking water notice
that was compiled by the EPA! Under the heading “what should I do?”
you do not need to use an alternative water supply, as well as under
“what does this mean?” the levels detected do not pose an immediate
risk to your health. I did not compose these statements, the Ohio
Environmental Protection Agency did. Jeffery Daniel also stated that
he wanted a third party non-biased opinion; I wonder why he did not
contact the Ohio EPA, who issued the notice of violation in the
first place. I have read many articles and books on drugs and
medical procedures but I am not foolish enough to think I am a
doctor, or knowledgeable enough to dictate to someone in that field
how to perform his or her job. I wonder when we will see a letter on
the dangers of riding in a car. The health risks are far greater
than drinking or bathing in water, and everyone participates. If
there is a way to control the danger of negligence by the “other
driver”, I hope it will be made “public” soon. I find it odd that
Jeffery Daniel Woodell would not recognize me as I have stopped by
his previous residence several times. Jeffery Daniel made the
statement that I insinuated he was “attacking” all the people I
mentioned in my closing. This is not true, I was alluding to the
fact that most public employees are overlooked and rarely given
credit for the effort they put forth to insure our communities are
safe and comfortable. As for “diverting the heat”, I was raised in a
different time. I was taught to be responsible for my actions. I
have never run from or tried to divert blame for any action that I
took, whether I was right or wrong and I have been both. There are
four individuals employed by the village who have certificates
issued by the OEPA, I am one of these. To obtain a certificate we
are required to take courses and pass tests to prove our competence
in our field of work, just as any other professional in the state of
Ohio. To insinuate that TTHM’s are a contaminate that village
employees put in the water shows a lack of understanding about the
formation of these byproducts. Trihamethanes are formed after long
term contact of chlorine and residual organics with low flows in a
water system. For this very reason, the OEPA requires that we test
the parts of the water system with the lowest use, and greatest
distance from our water storage tanks. Because Woodsfield’s water
supply is a “surface source” we have high levels of organics in our
“raw” water. Depending on the test results over the next couple of
years additional treatment processes may have to be added to our
treatment plant. I encourage all citizens that have been frightened
by the notice issued by the Village of Woodsfield to call the water
plant at the number listed, or to contact Randy Smith, OEPA at
Terrell D. Comstock, Supt. Water and Wastewater
Village of Woodsfield