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February 14, 2008 Edition
High Recognized as Ohio School of Distinction
High School was recently recognized as a School
of Distinction by the State of Ohio. From left are
Bridget Violet, special education intervention
specialist; Amy Roberts, multihandicap teacher; Linda
Josefczyk, guidance counselor; Dr. Vince Monseau,
principal; and Connie Mamie, special education
Photo Courtesy Larry Koslik
River High School has been acknowledged by Dr. Susan
Tave Zelman, State Superintendent of Ohio Schools, as
one of the few schools throughout the state recognized
as a School of Distinction. To be selected for this
honor, at lease 75 percent of all students, including
students with disabilities, scored proficient or
higher on the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) in reading
and mathematics given last spring.
Only 96 schools in the state of Ohio received this
prestigious award. Larry Koslik, special education
supervisor for the Switzerland of Ohio Local School
District, accepted the award at the Special Education
Leadership Conference held at the Columbus Convention
Center in January.
Koslik presented the award to Dr. Monseau, principal,
River High School, and commended the teachers, parents
and students at River High for their outstanding
effort and superior academic achievement. In addition,
Koslik congratulated the special education staff at
River High for their vital contribution in making
River High a School of Distinction.
Eye 2008 Capital Improvement Projects
by Arlean Selvy
Monroe County commissioners, at their Feb. 5 meeting,
awarded six vehicles and a chipper and discussed
proposed Capital Improvement Projects.
Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension, told officials a
list of proposed projects had to be submitted to
Senator Joy Padgett by Feb. 15.
Discussion was held with several projects mentioned,
including construction of a building at the
fairgrounds; fairground ticket booth repairs,
engineering fees for a proposed waterline extension on
Grizzle Ridge; painting of the Ohio-Lee water tower
and replacement of their telemetering system;
construction of a road connecting Commerce Park to
SR800; Sardis VFD fire and community center; and
repair of the Jericho Bridge in Benton Township
Also on the list are improvements to the Park
District including the emergency building at Piatt
Park, playground equipment at Veterans Park and
improvements to Monroe Park and Marina. At the Marina
the request is for hand dryers in the restrooms, a
drinking fountain, curb signs, parking lot markings,
landscaping, staircase replacement and break water
County officials, for several years, have worked with
legislatures hoping to one day see a road connecting
Commerce Park and SR800. We need that highway,� said
Commissioner Francis �Sonny� Block.
With regard to a building at the fairgrounds,
commissioners plan to visit Gallia County Fairgrounds
this month, to view a building constructed there.
The concept of a building to house the Soil and Water
Conservation District office, OSU Extension offices
and the Monroe County Agricultural Society (fair
board) was proposed at the Jan. 22 meeting of
commissioners. In addition to members of the SWCD,
John Ackerman, president of the fair board, talked to
commissioners about the proposed building.
A Grizzle Ridge and Moore Ridge waterline extension
appeared to be high on the list of improvements
officials wish to see completed in Monroe. �In this
day and age, everybody should have water,� said Block.
�It�s a necessity of life.�
The plight of not having water on Grizzle Ridge was
brought to officials by John and Sharon Huffman in
June of 2007.
In an October meeting, Sharon Huffman said, �We have
always had a problem, even in the winter wells can go
Commissioners have actively sought a remedy for the
Sealed bids were opened and awards were made for six
vehicles and a chipper formerly used by the crews with
the flood control program.
High bidder on the chipper was Greg Baker,
Gary Hatfield, West Alexander, Pa., was awarded two
vehicles, a 1997 Dodge van, $1,017.67 and a 1998 Ford
Gerald Burke, Woodsfield, was high bidder on four
vehicles, a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, $225.99; a
second 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, $150.99; a 2003 Dodge
Intrepid $225.99 and a second 2003 Dodge Intrepid at
In other business, commissioners voted approval for
Buckeye Hills to file an application for federal
assistance for the E-911 location based response
On a motion by Commissioner Bill Thompson, the county
will keep open the window to accept applications for
an apiary inspector.
Dave Kuhn, who resigned his position as EMS
Association coordinator effective Jan. 31 spoke to
commissioners about the contract between the
association and the county. Squads are working under a
contract which has been extended twice. The current
extension is until Feb. 28
In another matter Kuhn asked if officials had
considered his Jan. 29 request to reconsider his
resignation. He was given no answer.
Kuhn said �things have come a long way in three
weeks� and he feels the association and county will be
able to work together.
Kuhn indicated he would like to see a quality
assurance team established to review all run sheets
Permission was granted for Spectra Energy/Texas
Eastern Transmission to install a 36-inch natural gas
pipeline across Boltz Hill Road (CR37) at the
intersection of Krebs Hill Road (SR81) and to install
a pipeline on Krebs Hill southeast of the intersection
with Chestnut Lane (Switzer Township Road 2788).
Commission President John Pyles reported that GMN
Tri-County CAC will receive a Best Practice Award for
Broadband. It is the highest CAC award given by the
state. Award ceremonies were set to be held this week
at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
Commissioners entered into executive session with
Jeanette Harter to discuss personnel with regard to
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Kare Donates to K-9 Unit ~
the importance of the K-9 Unit in helping
to control drug problems in the area, Tony and Susie
Yonak, owners of Kountry Kar Kare, made a donation to
Joe Kress, K-9 handler. According to Kress, the K-9
Unit was purchased from Belmont County with funds from
the Law Enforcement Trust Fund which is comprised
primarily of monies generated by previous drug
seizures, forfeitures and donations. The unit is
funded by donations, which are always welcome. Showing
his appreciation is �Kaiser� who is shaking hands with
Susie Yonak. Also shown is Kress accepting the check
from Kountry Kar Kare sales manager Ron Hannum.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
on Sykes Ridge, Fish Pot Water Project Heard
A report concerning the Sykes Ridge-Fish Pot water
project was heard last week by Clarington Village
Council, which also discussed the need for a new
The resignation of Clerk- Treasurer Judy Wiggins was
submitted at the Jan. 10 meeting and made effective
Feb. 8. No action was taken to accept the resignation.
However, at the Feb. 7 meeting, Mayor Lida Conn
mentioned advertising for a clerk-treasurer. Qualified
individuals may submit letters of interest to village
Bill Brake, engineer, Swiss Valley Associates,
reported progress on the Sykes Ridge - Fish Pot
waterline project. According to Brake, all water mains
are installed. Brake said work was stalled recently
due to high water and the threat of flooding. Work is
being done on electrical specifications in order to
advertise for bids to hook up the pumps.
Brake said once the tie-in is done, the tank will be
disinfected, flushed and filled. He mentioned running
power a distance of about 500 feet to the booster
Low income families will be able to get help with the
cost of tapping into the main water line. Others will
pay their full amount.
Precision Excavating has been contracted to take the
taps to the meters. Homeowners are responsible for the
line from the meter to the house.
Mayor Conn reported that Attorney Tim Haught will
remain solicitor on an hourly basis, as needed.
Councilwoman Jan Dierkes reported the Phil Kanner
house on Ferry Street has fallen in and poses a
danger. She suggested the owner be contacted to have
the remainder knocked down and debris removed.
Council committees include: building and grounds,
Cliff Liniger, Tessa Liniger, Joe Smigill; street and
lights, Marvin Jacobs, Beverly Miller, Jan Dierkes;
finance, Cliff Liniger, Lida Conn, Jan Dierkes, Judy
Wiggins; FEMA, C. Liniger, T. Liniger, Miller,
Smigill, Jacobs, Dierkes, Conn; cemetery, Dier-kes,
Miller, Wiggins; records, Conn, Jacobs, Dierkes,
Wiggins, parks and recreation, Conn, Tessa Liniger,
Smigill and Miller.
Dinner Honors Founder and President of UNOGAS
The Second Installment of a Series on the Oil & Gas Industry
Oil and gas producers, land-owners, investors and
royalty owners gathered at Graysville fire hall Jan.
27 for a retirement and appreciation dinner to honor
Walt Dye, president and founder of Unglaciated Oil and
Gas Association or UNOGAS as it is more commonly
known. UNOGAS is a non-profit organization dedicated
to helping the oil and gas industry. Dye has been
president of the organization since its inception in
1980 and has worked tirelessly to protect the oil and
gas industry in Monroe, Washington and Noble counties,
as well as a small portion of southern Belmont County.
The association honored their founder and presented
him with a plaque and pin. "He has done so much for
everyone in the oil and gas business and for our
community," noted an association member. "The
association owes him everything and we want to honor
him in a way that would mean the most to him. We can
A former Operating Engineers business representative
for the road and building construction industry, Dye
worked as a lobbyist in Columbus two days a month for
20 years. He lobbied for issues before they became
problems in the road and building construction
Walter Dye is a local oil man who started purchasing
oil and gas production in the late 1950's and early
1960's. He worked in the oil fields long before it
became a family business.
In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Walt saw the
need for an organization that would be a "bird dog"
for the local oil and gas industry and used his state
contacts to help form UNOGAS. The organization keeps
abreast of issues and pending litigation concerning
the oil and gas industry.
"My dad is a hard worker, an intelligent man and he
chose to use his contacts to help the oil and gas
people," said Chuck Dye, who was elected to follow in
his father's footsteps as president of the
association. "I have someone to go to for advice when
needed," said Chuck. Local Woodsfield resident Dave
Secrest is vice-president of the association.
In the mid-1980's when a House Bill threatened to
ruin the oil and gas industry in this area, Walt Dye
worked tirelessly to bring people together to get a
law changed. Many entities and community leaders had
to be involved and focused to get the end result � the
change in legislation.
Petitions were circulated throughout the area to
change the Ohio law that brought stricter guidelines
for the oil and gas industry. The petitions garnered
approximately 13,000 signatures.
"It shows what we can do when we have leaders like
Walt Dye to keep us focused. He is phenomenal on
keeping people focused," said Judge Walter Starr, who
was the young attorney who did the legal work in
forming UNOGAS and in bringing about changes in Ohio
law governing the oil and gas industry.
"Walt's love of people and wanting to help was the
catalyst that brought all these people together and
kept them unified. This was the last time Monroe
County and Southeast Ohio stood up in unison and got a
law changed to recognize our unique (topographical)
characteristics," added Starr.
The oil and gas industry in Monroe County has been
alive and well since its beginning in the late 1800's
and early 1900's, noted Chuck. "From the beginning,
many local families have relied on the income from
investments, workers' payrolls, royalty payments, plus
the free gas," said the new president of the UNOGAS.
"Our area may not have the large wells found in Texas
and other areas, but we do have oil and gas production
worth going after. Local investing through joint
ventures and family operations has kept the industry
alive. Monroe County has led the state of Ohio in new
well drilling permits for several years. There has
also been outside operators make their way into our
According to Chuck, the local wells are being drilled
with the new style rotary drilling method by Monroe
Drilling of Woodsfield and R. Wolfe Drilling of
Athens, but there are still a few drilling operations
being done in our area with the old spudder concept.
With the old style cable or spudder drilling, as
noted by the Dyes, it took about 24 hours to drill
approximately 100 feet; the rotary drilling equipment
can drill 100 feet per hour!
Current wells are from 2600-2700 feet deep. Walt
feels that in the future wells will be going deeper
and will require more space between the wells.
According to Ohio drilling requirements, to drill
1,000-1,999 feet requires 10 acres of committed
ground; to go 2,000 to 3,999, requires 20 acres and
anything 4,000 feet or more requires at least 40
According to the Dyes, leases are pretty much
standard and normally the landowners receive a
measurable amount of gas to heat one dwelling.
Royalties are based on percentage, with one-eighth of
the total gross product before expenses, paid to the
royalty owner. "This is standard throughout the
industry," said Chuck Dye.
From the UNOGAS association has stemmed the UNOGAS
Oil Spill Responder Division. Mike Howell is the
A highly recognized oil spill co-op clean-up
organization, Oil Spill Responder is manned by
volunteers. There is a small membership fee involved.
According to Chuck, Oil Spill Responders is recognized
and approved by the Ohio EPA. A spill can be a big
liability, but with the network of volunteers from
UNOGAS Oil Spill Responders, it becomes less
expensive. "We take care of ourselves," said Chuck.
"The Oil Spill Responders can clean up a spill faster
with their garden variety equipment," said Starr,
"and the end result meets all the EPA standards,
proving that big is not always better. It is
recognized all over the state as a premier clean-up
"Oil and gas is a silent industry in that people do
not realize how many people have free gas to heat
their homes and the royalties that pay their taxes.
It's one of the reasons people can live here," added
As an organization, UNOGAS officers continue to
monitor happenings in the oil and gas industry.
Because of the foresight of one man -Walt Dye - the
oil and gas industry in this area is well and
"The oil and gas business is the biggest gamble in
the world," said Walt Dye, "bigger than a poker hand."
"I appreciate all the help I have received through
the years," said Walt Dye as he stepped down as
president of UNOGAS. But, as his son noted, his dad
will still be there, just in the background.
Watch for the next installment of Oil & Gas in Monroe
(read the full obituary in the paper)
NEIL D. CHRISTMAN
Neil D. Christman, 60, 35168 CR 61, Lewisville, died
Feb. 5, 2008, near Lewisville, following an accidental
electrocution from a strike of lightning. He was born
April 8, 1947, at Barnesville, a son of the late
Howard and Hazel Stephen Christman.
Online condolences may be expressed at
MICHAEL T. GLOTFELTY
Michael T. �Mike� Glotfelty, 54, Boltz Hill Rd.,
Clarington, died Feb. 9, 2008, in Wetzel County
Hospital, New Martins-ville, W.Va. He was born Aug.
20, 1953 in Charleroi, Pa., the son of Mary Glotfelty
Blattler of Clarington and the late Arlie Glotfelty.
Sympathy expressions at
WANDA G. LALLATHIN
Wanda G. Lallathin, 89, SR 78, Woodsfield, died Feb.
10, 2008, at home. She was born Feb. 24, 1918 in
Antioch, the daughter of the late David J. and Abbie
Eckleberry States. Sympathy expressions at
MARY RUTH NEVIL
Mary Ruth Nevil, 88, 100 Gibson St., Woodsfield, died
Feb. 12, 2008, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center.
Arrangements are pending at Watters Funeral Home,
LEONARD O. HUNT, JR.
Leonard O. Hunt, Jr., 78, Caldwell, died Feb. 9,
2008, at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center,
Cambridge. He was born Jan. 17, 1930 in Chicago, Ill.,
a son of the late Leonard O. and June Riley Hunt, Sr.
Online condolences may be sent to
EDDIE L. SMITH
Eddie L. Smith, 69, Ozark, died Feb. 5, 2008, at
Trinity Hospital, Steubenville. He was born April 4,
1938 in Monroe County, a son of the late Clyde H.
Smith and Ella Bright Smith.
MARY JANE MATTHEY
Mary Jane Matthey, 68, of Union Street, Hannibal,
died Feb. 10, 2008 at Wetzel County Hospital, New
Martinsville, W.Va She was born May 11, 1939 in Salem,
W.Va., the daughter of the late Herbert and Ada Ilene
(Bunnell) Bailey. Sympathy expressions at
Our Readers Write
Anyone who doesn�t have compassion for an animal -
can�t have compassion for people.
I have six cats now, all strays. I�ve had 13 strays
since I�ve lived here, which hasn�t even been nine
years, not to mention the two I had that I brought
with me. I have two in the house. I have built beds on
the front porch with heating pads in there sometimes.
I put a swinging cat door in the basement door because
I would leave it open for them to go in and get warm
and froze my washing machine pump up three times last
For over two years now I�ve walked some distance
every morning to take food and fresh water to a female
stray and just recently has she let me touch her. She
has never had kittens, why I�m not sure. She gets so
excited now when she sees me, but I still can�t pick
Last summer my husband was riding the tractor on the
back road and thought he had seen a land turtle in the
road and here it was a little kitten, curled up in a
ball, sleeping, in the pouring down rain. He managed
to catch her, wrap her in his bandana and brought her
home. She was so infested with fleas, I don�t know how
she could stand it. I slept on the couch for two weeks
so I could keep an eye on her because she was so
small. I look in her eyes today and cry wondering what
might have happened to her if he hadn�t seen her that
I have spent over $200 last summer alone in spaying
females and running ads for strays or kittens that
were born before I could get the female spayed. They
do all have a personality of their own. they are
trainable. You have to teach them and work with them.
One of the problems I see is the wild female strays
that you can�t catch or tame in time to have spayed
before you have a litter. You can feed them, but not
Yeh, mine can be a lot of work sometimes, but, I love
them all and they are worth it.
I would rather see an animal euthanized, than hungry,
cold, scared or abused. They don�t understand.
Everyone has to help and support these organizations
and people trying to make a difference.
Response to Mr. Miracle�s letter to the editor,
Beacon issue Feb. 7.
Mr. Miracle, I was not trying to put words in your
mouth. I was just taking the words you write in order
to come to some conclusion. It would seem that in your
first letter, you were giving some backing to the Ohio
School Funding Ballot issue. Then in your last letter,
you quoted some parts of that ballot and said that you
find little fault with their basic premises.
Well, as had been said, the devil is in the details.
the details of this funding and what power it would
give the bureaucrats in Columbus over the schools in
Monroe County is what the details are all about.
Now that begs the question? Do we, in Monroe County
want to turn the running of our schools over to the
state? Later in your letter, you made this statement,
�I was not blaming the taxpayers�. Mr. Miracle, just
who are you blaming when you say that the levies has
failed to pass for all those years?
You went on saying that we must find a solution to
the facilities crisis before the state makes these
decisions for us. Yet, the Ohio School Funding Ballot
initiative does just that.
You also say that it will reduce the number of new
local property tax levies. How so?
What additional state tax levies are we going to be
looking at? As I said before, when government takes
power from the people, it cost the people. always has
and always will.
Will giving over the power to the state help us of
Monroe County look beyond our individual borders? How
Do you want to do away with River and Beallsville,
and have just one consolidated school? Just asking.
Sorry your two sons had to leave Monroe County. Do
you blame the schools for that?
My youngest daughter moved to Columbus 12 years ago,
and she found the cost of living much higher there
than here in Monroe County. Are the big city schools
producing higher educated pupils than the Monroe
County schools are? How about their morals?
Mr. Miracle, I have been writing for some time now,
and have been giving my solutions. All needs before
any wants. Mr. Miracle, what is your solution? We both
agree that the current situation is intolerable.
Our current situation started when the teachers were
unionized, and the taxpayers revolted. Look at the
history, Mr. Miracle.
For the past two years, the Ohio Valley Athletic
Conference has been developing a sports museum at the
WesBanco Arena. The museum is designed to showcase the
rich athletic heritage of this Conference and its
member schools. A �work in progress,� the museum has
been a welcomed addition to the outer concourse of the
arena along with the Conference�s Hall of Fame.
Together, they compliment the City of Wheeling�s Hall
Fame displays quite nicely.
Recently, I decided to take a much closer look at the
OVAC museum cases simply to see what each member
school has donated. Unfortunately, I was disappointed
with the results. There are 46 schools in the OVAC.
Among those 46 schools, each has been given a display
case to which they can display their athletic history
and achievements. Of those 46 schools, 19 of the cases
sit completely empty. Counts of the remaining 27 cases
shows 10 of those have been arranged by someone other
than a school official. I don�t necessarily have a
problem with the latter if school officials are
supportive and helpful. Another factor that mystifies
me is that these cases, which measure 3�x4� and are
capable of holding a tremendous amount of materials,
are free to each school for display of their materials
- their history. Even more perplexing - schools don�t
have to setup, maintain or clean any of the cases. All
they have to do is contact Tom Rataiczak of the OVAC
and get the materials to him. He will be more than
happy to arrange the materials into the cases.
Kudos, to the OVAC Board of Directors, the Wheeling
Muni-cipal Auditorium Board and Tom Rataiczak,
executive secretary of the OVAC who has spearheaded
this effort. This valley, the OVAC and each member
school has so much to be proud of, that it baffles me
as to why these schools haven�t shown more interest in
this project. Teachers, administrators and coaches
spend a lot of time talking to students and athletes
about things like teamwork, school spirit and school
pride. Perhaps it�s time to begin to practice a little
of what we preach.
The following is a list of schools that have
participated by contributing and/or arranging the
materials in their respective cases. Hats off to those
school officials and community members who have helped
with the effort.
Barnesville, Beaver Local, Bellaire, Bridgeport,
Brooke, Buckeye Local, Buckeye Trail, East Liverpool,
Edison Local, Fort Frye, Indian creek, John Marshall,
Linsly, Magnolia, Martins Ferry, Meadowbrook, Monroe
Central, Paden City, River, St. Clairsville,
Shadyside, Steubenville, Steubenville Catholic, Weir,
Wellsville, Wheeling Central, Wheeling Park.
The following is a list of schools whose cases sit
completely empty. I urge students, parents, alumni,
boosters and community members to contact school
officials to get them involved in this project so that
your school and its history are represented. Please
allow me to reiterate, the only cost involved in
filling these cases is the energy expended to collect
the materials and contact Tom Rataiczak of the OVAC.
Beallsville, Bishop Donahue, Zanesville Bishop
Rosecrans, Caldwell, Cambridge, Cameron, Conotton
Valley, Frontier, Har-rison Central, Mount de Chantel,
Oak Glen, St. John Central, Shenandoah, Toronto, Tyler
Consolidated, Union Local, Valley, Weirton Madonna,
I read with interest John Yocca�s recent letter to
the Editor concerning my parents� case, and like him,
I felt the need to write this letter.
While this case legally was indeed about deed
interpretation, it was ultimately about property
rights and about someone wanting to take away
something you had owned for nearly 20 years. In 1922,
the previous owner of my parents� property sold the
Pittsburgh #8 vein of coal under the property but
reserved the �right to drill and operate through said
vein of coal for oil, gas, and any and all other
minerals.� A well was drilled on the property in 1989,
and my parents bought the well which supplied free gas
to a house and several buildings on this property.
No one should be forced to sell or give up something
they already own just because someone else wants it
out of the way. In 1922, no one ever thought that coal
would be mined using the long wall method. If Mr.
Yocca considers an offer to provide a limited
alternative source of heat to be a �satisfactory
resolution� of my parents situation, then we certainly
have a different view of things. This well had been a
reliable source of free gas for nearly 20 years, and
the people who plugged it said it was one of the best
gas wells they had seen. My parents had expected this
well to continue to provide free gas for several
Having said all of this, Mr. Yocca is correct this
was indeed a case of �deed interpretation� � I just
disagree with the way the courts have interpreted it.
Perhaps I just look at this from a common sense
standpoint, not being versed in the law. The courts
decision affects other wells in Monroe County drilled
on property where the coal rights were sold years ago,
and it will affect future drilling in Monroe County.
By Denny Easterling
The desires of lazy people will be their ruin, for
their hands refuse to work.
The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright
proceed with care.
As I mentioned last week the old school house located
on the playground in Lewisville is being torn down. No
doubt the building holds many memories for any number
of Beacon readers. I remember how I felt when we drove
by the old Washington school house where Esther and I
graduated and it was about half torn down. All that is
left is a boatload of memories.
Some had mentioned it might be claimed a historical
site and the building be repaired. Considering the
cost of doing this would be too great considering
what would be needed to be done, so the decision to
remove the building.
The only thing done to maintain the building was the
Ruritan Club painted the building, with the firemen
painting the high part of the front. This was done a
good number of years ago or probably the building
would be gone already. Any thing done after this could
be considered patching.
I know it�s tough for some to see a landmark of this
type go. The fact is the building is no longer safe.
With the youth playing on the grounds they could get
hurt playing around the building even crawling
underneath with no problem at all.
If any of you readers have a memory or an experience
you had in the old building write it down and send it
to me, Box 55, Lewisville, and I�ll include it in an
Around the Burnside. I know there are many good
How about the girls, or should I say young ladies in
our county. We need to be really proud of their
accomplishments. Take a look at the list: Monroe
Central girls, PVC Champs, OVAC Champs, OVAC
Cheerleading Champs, OVAC Volleyball Champs;
Beallsville girls OVAC Division Runner-up, excellent
volleyball; River OVAC Cheerleaders second place.
I�m not sure I may have missed some honors attained
by our girls but I bet you a dollar to a doughnut that
all of these girls involved in these activities are
among the top students in their school.
Unless we are somewhat involved in these activities
we do not realize how much time, effort and work go
into participation in these activities, with practice,
studies, homework, attending the events and the list
goes on and on. To be honest I don�t know how they get
it all done. With tournament coming up who knows how
far they will go. Regardless, I�m proud of the girls
in our county and I don�t care who knows it.
Did the groundhog see his shadow? Yes, he did and
we�re in for another six weeks of winter otherwise we
would only have 42 more days of winter. Who knows,
I�ve seen snow in April.
Ever wonder why the groundhog crawls out of his den
around this time of year? You�ve heard the saying �In
the spring a young man�s fancy turns to love.� Well, a
groundhog is no different.
Did you go to the Super Bowl? I did and had a front
row seat, no rush, no hustle and a nice soft seat. I
made the trip within a few seconds. I came home from
church turned on our TV and there I was with a good
easy chair waiting for me and I didn�t have to pay in
the three figures for my seat. Actually I was able to
get a few winks of shuteye after lunch and before the
Attending the Super Bowl in person is not for the
average guy as I understand they know how to charge
for everything. It is a big party time for the fans
although I�ll guess there are a good number of those
who are sitting in the front rows who could care less
about football and were there so people could see them
or to party. Several shots of those in the special
boxes showed any number of bottles sitting in the
background and I�ll bet not a one of them was a water
Thunder rolling around as I�m writing. I wonder what
that means? Where was all this rain when we really
needed it last summer? I guess we�re lucky it�s not
snow or it would be knee deep or deeper.
Back to the Super Bowl. The game itself was
interesting to watch although a bit boring at times.
In fact, I watched the complete game for a change.
Normally I tune it out before it is over. The last
several minutes were the most exciting. I got a kick
out of the �know it all announcers� started bragging
how many times Brady had marched his team down the
field to win the game. They didn�t believe NY could do
the same. I did not have a favorite team although I
wanted NY to win. Even all three experts on Fox game
preview were wrong for the second week in a row.
Advertising is another big deal during the broadcast.
There seems to be a contest of who can have the best
TV and so they roll out the money and brains to have
the best. My favorite and number one favorite ad was
the one with horses. OK I thought several were stupid.
Most of the ads are wasted on me because Coke or Pepsi
is the only thing advertised we indulge in or use. I
guess maybe it pays or at least they think it does.
Come to think of it we use very little we see
advertised on TV.
One nice things about egotists: they don�t talk about
If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you
Don�t forget to attend church Sunday.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 139;1-6; From Luke
(Tues.) 14:25-27; (Wed.) 14:28-33; (Thurs.) 18:18-25;
(Fri.) 18:28-30; (Sat.) 5:1-11; (Sun.) Acts 9:1-6,