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February 21, 2008 Edition

<Woodsfield Postmaster Takes Job at Barnesville Post Office

Beallsville Postmaster Angie Reitter, left, is taking
on an addition roll in the postal system as Officer In
Charge at Woodsfield Post Office. She will serve in
that position until a new postmaster is appointed.
Dana Carpenter made a lateral move to the position of
Barnesville Postmaster.

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
A face is missing at the Woodsfield Post Office -
Dana Carpenter, who has served as postmaster for the
last two years, has been reassigned. Angie Reitter,
Beallsville Postmaster, will be taking on an
additional position as Officer In Charge until a new
postmaster is appointed to replace Carpenter.
It was a tearful good-bye as Carpenter left to take
the position as Barnesville Postmaster.
As a Barnesville resident, Carpenter will be close to
home in her new job. She noted that the lateral move
is a big step for her because she has been very
comfortable as Woodsfield Postmaster. "It's like a big
family," she said, but added that she has "put a lot
of money in the gas tank."
Reitter is not unfamiliar with the Woodsfield area.
She has been a part time carrier in Woodsfield. "It's
a big step for me," said Reitter, "but I'm learning. I
enjoy working with the employees and that was a big
plus in my deciding to say yes. Reitter and her
husband Mark live near Belmont. They have three sons.


< Ohio EPA Issues Draft to Regulate Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers

In response to a growing demand for outdoor
wood-fired boilers and increasing complaints from
neighbors who live near them, Ohio EPA has drafted
rules to ensure that these boilers are operated in a
way that minimizes smoky particle emissions. Public
comments are encouraged through March 7 on the draft
rules.
Outdoor wood-fired boilers are residential furnaces
designed to heat an entire home and in many cases
replace multiple indoor wood stoves. They are
bulk-loaded with wood that is burned; the resulting
heat is transferred through a firebox surface to a
surrounding water reservoir. The water is then piped
through rooms for heat. The amount of usable heat
depends on the quantity of wood burned.
U.S. EPA is relying on state and local regulation and
voluntary measures to control these boiler emissions.
Ohio EPA�s draft rules would apply to manufacturers,
suppliers, distributors or others intending to sell,
lease, distribute or market an outdoor wood-fired
boiler, and those who install, operate or own them.
The new draft rules would set up operating
requirements that include acceptable fuels to be
burned, boiler performance standards and use
requirements.
Fuels allowed would include clean wood, wood pellets
from clean wood, home heating oil in compliance with
sulfur content limits, natural gas used as a starter,
or any clean-burning fuel with emissions lower than
those created from burning seasoned firewood. Fuels
excluded would include burned garbage, tires, yard
waste, material containing rubber or plastic, waste
petroleum products, coal, construction and demolition
debris material, particle board, animal waste and
asphalt products.
Use would be acceptable only from Sept. 13 until
April 15 for all outdoor wood-fired boilers unless a
unit could be certified to meet the required emissions
limits.
For new outdoor wood boilers, the draft rule would
set end dates for when a new outdoor unit could b e
distributed, sold, leased, marketed, installed,
operated or owned in Ohio, unless the unit is
certified to meet emission standards.
For existing units, the same requirements for stack
height would apply starting 60 days after the rule
becomes effective. Additional requirements would apply
based on whether existing units are located in a
restricted or unrestricted area.
In restricted areas (generally inside cities and
villages):

  •  If an outdoor wood-fired boiler did not meet the
    rule's emissions requirements, it would be required to
    meet the setback requirements in the draft rule or be
    removed or made inoperable by July 1, 2010.

  • By July 1, 2015, all outdoor wood-fired boilers
    would need to meet the emissions standard, regardless
    of setback distance.

  • When property is sold or transferred, existing or
    installed units would need to meet emissions
    requirements on or after July 1, 2010, or be removed.
    In unrestricted areas (generally outside cities and
    villages):

  • If a unit does not meet the emissions standards,
    and doesn't meet setback requirements, it would be
    required to be removed or made inoperable by July 1,
    2015.
    Copies of the draft rules are available from Ohio
    EPA's Division of Air Pollution Control, and can be
    requested by calling Carolina Prado at 614-644-2310.
    Written comments can be mailed to the Division of Air
    Pollution Control, Ohio EPA, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus,
    OH 43216-1049. Comments must be received by March 7,
    2008. Ohio EPA will consider all comments before it
    formally proposes the rule changes. When the rules are
    formally proposed, Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing
    and offer another public comment period before any
    rules are adopted.

 

<Oaklawn to Get Traffic Signals

Mary Jo Westfall explains the CDBG application
procedure.

Commissioners Francis
'Sonny' Block and Billy Thompson
listen as Westfall explains Community
Development Block Grant application
requirements.

 

 

 The American Light Company, a Columbus firm,
submitted the lowest bid for two traffic signals to be
purchased and installed on Oaklawn Ave. in Woodsfield.
The flashing lights will be purchased with CDBG
Distress Grant monies awarded last year. According to
Mary Jo Westfall, who administers the funding, the
original request was for sidewalks on Oaklawn, due to
a potential danger to pedestrians. Westfall said that
after further evaluation it was agreed that flashing
lights would be a better solution. The hope is that
the installation of flashing lights will result in the
slowing down of vehicles in that area.
The project was awarded to the village of Woodsfield.
American Light Company bid $1,725.41. Other bids came
in at $4,170 and $5,573.92.
County commissioners, in addition to accepting the
bid for flashing lights, named the following at Equal
Employment Opportunity Offices of Monroe: Allyson Cox,
commissioners� clerk, EEO complaint officer; Manifred
Keylor, chief deputy, EEO alternate complaint officer;
Attorney James L. Peters, EEO hearing officer; Debbie
Haney director, Jobs and Family Services, EEO
alternate hearing officer.
Haney and Jeanette Harter, JFS assistant director,
spoke to officials about proposed capital projects.
Haney also talked about applications taken for Ormet.
She said individuals may obtain applications for Ormet
at any time. The plant is currently interviewing for
potline laborers.

 

Ten Monroe County Communities Vie for $300,000 in
Grant Funds


Monroe County commissioners expect to announce at
their Feb. 26 meeting which area of the county has
been selected to compete for Neighborhood
Revitalization Grant funding, formerly known as the
Distress Grant.
The announcement is to be made at 10 a.m.
Several township and village officials attended the
Feb. 19 commissioners� meeting to propose funding
projects for their communities.
According to Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension, who
administers the grant, ten areas, called �investment
areas,� are eligible for the grant: Benton Township,
Bethel Township, Franklin Township including Stafford
village, Green Township, Jerusalem village, Lee
Township, Perry Township, Summit Township including
Lewisville village, Washington Township including
Graysville village and Wayne Township. All but two of
the areas were represented at the meeting, Perry
Township and the village of Jerusalem.
The grant, according to Westfall, must serve an area
that is 60 percent Low to Moderate Income (LMI). Three
of the areas, Benton, Bethel and Summit Townships are
over 70 percent LMI.
The application process is �citizen-driven,� and
county officials must show in the application that
they listened to the citizens of the community for
their opinions on what projects should be included in
the application. Applications are scored by the Ohio
Dept. of Development and citizen participation is
worth 15 points. �This one category makes all the
difference,� Westfall told the group. She noted it had
been increased from 10 points last year to 15 points
this year.
Only one area can be selected and once selected,
commissioners and Westfall hold two public hearings
in that community for public participation. They need
80 to 100 citizen participants to get the points. They
also need feedback via an opinion survey that will be
mailed to as many homes in the community as possible.
Public hearings are tentatively set for April 8 and
15.
The funding is for $300,000 and is a 24 month grant.
In addition to public participation points, the
Department of Development point system also includes:
-- Distress - 20 points (LMI population and LMI percentage)
-- Leverage - 20 points (Other funds or in-kind matches)
-- Program Impact - 45 points (Number of activities select)
The maximum points an application can receive is
100. The top ten applications in points are funded by
ODOD.
Eligible activities include:

  •  Fire protection facilities and equipment - fire
    departments and e-squads.

  • Flood and drainage faclities - culverts and catch
    basins.

  • Sidewalk improvements - curbs and sidewalks

  • Street improvements - bridge repair/replacements,
    paving, slip repair, traffic control/street signs,
    street curbs, guardrails

  • Neighborhood facilities - commuity centers.

  • Parking facilities - paving, marking, establishing
    handicapped parking.

  • Parks and recreation - playground equipment,
    improvements.

  • Public rehabilitation - handicapped accessibility
    improvements to a government building.

  • Water and sewer facilities - small projects less
    than $100,000, fill stations, fire hydrants, minor
    installations/repairs.

  • General administration.
    To be competitive, the application must have a
    minimum of five activities in the application.
    Ineligible activities include downtown
    revitalization, public service, economic development,
    large scale single purpose water and sewer projects,
    housing and planning.

<Chamber's 21st Annual Dinner Set, Malaga Native is Guest Speaker Dr. Glenn Ray

Change is a constant in work and family.
Those attending the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner
on March 20 have the opportunity to hear Dr. Glenn Ray
talk about change.
Dr. Ray will share his 22 years of consulting and
work experience to explain the nature of change, how
people typically react to change, and how to address
it effectively.
With the use of storytelling and humor, he will
entertain and offer significant suggestions as to how
to survive and thrive with the changes of our lives.
Dr. Ray, president of RayCom Learning, has been a
trainer, facilitator, coach, and storyteller for 22
years. He has worked with leaders from companies like
GE, AEP, Chevron, Corning, The US Treasury and US
Coast Guard to create environments where employees
communicate clearly and choose to commit to
organizational goals.
Ray is a native of Malaga and a 1971 graduate of
Beallsville High School. He was a coal miner for nine
years. He worked as a rockduster, roof bolter and
section foreman in underground mines in Belmont and
Meigs counties. Afterward, he earned a Ph.D. in
interpersonal communication from Ohio University in
1988.
He is an author of eight books, including The
Facilitative Leader, and over 400 leadership columns
in The Marietta Times. His most recent book is "You
Can't Push a Pig into a Truck."
He is president-elect of the National Speakers
Association of Ohio and a board member of The O�Neill
Senior Center and The Greater Marietta United Way.
The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce dinner will be
held at Brown Community Center, Woodsfield. Dinner is
at 7 p.m., social hour begins at 6 p.m.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact
Ruth Workman at 740-472-5499.

<Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
I just wanted to give my opinion on Governor
Strickland's tactic in shutting down ABH Cambridge.
Taking the word of someone who has never seen how our
hospital works is a coward's way of dealing with a
situation. With Governor Strickland's background in
psychology, I would have thought he would have
remembered what it was like to deal with people. He
needs to picture the faces of our patients as he
�shuts down� the hospital. He isn't talking about a
building. He is talking about the lives of people who
come to us for help when they have no where else to
turn. We are the professionals who are supposed to be
holding the hope for our patients until they can carry
on without our help. Governor Strickland seems to have
forgotten the meaning of the mental health
professional and what the Recovery Initiatives in the
state of Ohio were meant to do for people with a
diagnosis of mental illness. It's easy for him to sit
in the statehouse and say "shut 'er down" but would it
be so easy for him to face the people in this hospital
who are going to be torn away from their family
support and sent over 100 miles further from their
homes? We offer family support group for these
families every month with a great attendance. Where
will these families go for support when their loved
ones are over 100 miles away?
We have people living in our hospital who are
recovering from the effects of mental illness in their
own individual way. Many of our patients have been
here for well over 30 years and this has become their
home. Others come here for a short time until they can
deal with a situation in life that has become too big
for them to handle on their own. Still others become
involved in the legal system and need longer term
mental health treatment. Whatever the reason, many of
our patients work while they are here. They have jobs
in our work program and get paid the same as any other
tax payer in the state of Ohio. These patients will
fill out their tax returns and have to beat that
deadline in April the same as you and I. Lots of our
patients manage their own finances and shop in
Cambridge, spending their hard earned money at
Wal-Mart, Riesbeck's, Pappa Johns, Galaxy Pizza and
Fat Sally's. They write letters home to their families
and many of those family members come to visit their
loved ones, spending money for gas when they are in
town at BP, SpeedWay and Loves Truck Stop. Our
patients have meaningful jobs and many of them have
college degrees. They are mothers, fathers, brothers,
sisters, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles,
cousins and siblings. They feel pain, sadness,
heartache and sorrow the same as everyone else. They
rallied to save the Chapel here on campus so they
could continue to worship and sing gospel songs. They
wrapped Christmas gifts and sang Christmas Carols with
the Cambridge Singers. They watched the ball drop in
Times Square on TV and welcomed in the New Year. They
become excited to see the Buckeyes play and they play
card games on Saturday night. They sat on the edge of
their seats during the Super Bowl game and talked
about it for days afterwards. They exchanged
valentines on Valentine's Day. They shake hands when
they are introduced and they remember your name the
next time they meet you. They are no different than
anyone you meet on the street and for many of them;
this is the only home they have known for most of
their lives.
ABH has a Health Fair on campus every year to raise
awareness for the public. We are the only hospital to
participate in a Walk for Wellness and we involve the
patients as we count our steps and �walk� across the
United States to promote healthier living. Our
patients attend the Recovery Summit in Zanesville.
They participate in activities at the In Place,
Country Garden Manor, and Liberty Group Home. They are
established with all of their friends, families and
social contacts.
I have no doubt that we, as employees, will move on
and make a living doing something else with our lives.
In Governor Strickland's message to state employees
following his announcement of our closure, he said he
knew this was a "painful and frightening experience
for his fellow state workers." I personally felt
patronized by his speech and he has removed him self
from this situation. He sent inexperienced cabinet
members out to make major decisions with no
fore-thought, no planning, and no consideration to the
ripple effect. He did not consider the patients and he
gave no �Dear John� letter to the patients that are
affected by his decision. Governor Strickland is
moving Mental Health Care backward by not allowing
these patients to have a voice in what happens to
them. He is not allowing them to make choices in where
they receive their services and how they involve their
families in their Recovery. We have made great strides
in allowing these patients to speak up for themselves
and allowing them to become involved in their
treatment and the decisions that are made in their
lives. Governor Strickland has taken these decisions
away from the patients in Cambridge. This is desperate
treatment for people who are already struggling with
lack of services in an area that is already suffering
with the stigma associated with mental illness.
The World Health Organiza-tion addresses general
principles in mental health and the respect that
should be considered for these individuals as being
unrestricted access to contact with friends and family
unless there are rare circumstances related to
safety. Further addressed is the importance of
allowing people with mental illness to make decisions
related to their treatment. They should not be
discriminated against in access to health care.
(http://www.who.int/topics/mental_health/en). We have
moved to community based care for most of our patients
needing mental health treatment. This is a huge
accomplishment. But for those few that still need
hospitalization, having a hospital in this area is
vital to the Recovery of those patients that still
need those services. Further recommended by the WHO is
to involve the communities, consumers and families in
decisions about how mental health services are
provided. Governor Strickland did not inquire about
how this will affect the delivery of mental health
services prior to making the decision to move the
services of the inpatient hospital out of Guernsey
County. Belmont Community Hospital is a short term
stay hospital and we admit patients from BCH when they
require longer term treatment. Where will these
patients go if they are not sent to Athens or another
hospital over 100 miles away? Will these services be
sent out of Ohio to a closer facility in West Virginia
or Pennsylvania? If those services are going out of
state, then Ohio is going to be losing money. And what
kind of consideration has been given to managed care?
Will insurances pay for an inpatient stay for our
patients to go to Athens? Will HMOs cover
hospitalization for these patients to be moved to
another hospital? Who will pay the bill if these
services are not contracted through the insurance
companies?
The decision to close Cambridge should have been made
on reliable and long-thought out information. It
should have involved the input of all involved,
including the patients, the family members, the police
departments, the sheriff's departments, the community
hospitals, and mental health boards, and ABH. People
who suffer from mental illness already have a
difficult time gaining access to services in this
area. Now Governor Strickland is taking away more
services so that these people are going to have a more
difficult time. He has turned his back on this area of
Ohio. He is taking from the poor and giving to the
rich.
If a stranger were to walk into Governor Strickland's
home and decide that we could save millions of dollars
over the next few years (although we couldn't tell him
how or why) by moving him back to Portsmouth, do you
think he would accept our apology that it was 'all for
the good of the economy'? Or maybe we could move his
office to Wheeling, W.Va., and tell him to drive from
Columbus to work every day. That's the distance he is
expecting workers in Cambridge to drive when he moves
their jobs to Athens. Someone can correct the
following data, but by my best estimate, the
unemployment rate in Guernsey County is 5.8 which is
already above the national average of 4.6. The median
income of a family is $34,000. Physicians per capita
are 150.0 compared to the national median of 169.7.
The preferred political choice of the people in
Guernsey County is almost equally split with Democrats
being around 45.543 and Republicans at 55.841. The
remainder of voters are Independent. I had decided to
write a letter to Hillary Clinton, knowing she was
going to be in Columbus. I explained our situation to
her and let her know that Governor Strickland's plan
to close our hospital was going to adversely affect
the economy, our patients and the community. The local
counties will be paying for the savings that the
Governor is planning for Ohio and the local
businessmen and women in counties other than Guernsey
have not realized it yet. ABH serves Belmont,
Harrison, Guernsey, Monroe, Jefferson, Perry, Knox,
Licking, Noble, Muskingum, Coshocton and Morgan
counties. We also accept patients from other counties
based on the availability of beds in other hospitals
throughout the state. Knowing how important Ohio will
be in the primary in March, I expected some type of
response that would address the issues of mental
health and the already depressed areas of the
Appalachian region that we live in. Senator Clinton
wrote back and said she didn't have time to deal with
this issue and that I would need to talk to my local
people about it. She further stated she was too busy
to address my concerns. Well, for me, that was enough
said.
Bobbi Jo Billeter RN, BC
Beallsville
Bachelor of Science Healthcare Management,
Psychiatric Nursing Supervisor

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 


ERNEST C. HAMILTON
Ernest C. �Ernie� Hamilton, 84, Carrollton, died Feb.
14, 2008, in his home. He was born Nov. 25, 1923, in
Woodsfield, a son of the late Frank and Audrey Steele
Hamilton.
MARY RUTH NEVIL
Mary Ruth Nevil, 88, Woodsfield, went to be with her
Lord on Feb. 12, 2008, at Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center. She was born Sept. 18, 1919, at
Bellaire, a daughter of the late Ross and Mary J. Meek
Weekley. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

TODD W. BORON
Todd W. Boron, 40, 3944 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, died
Feb. 14, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 22, 1967
at Columbus, a son of the late Fred Boron and Kathryn
Parks. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

VIRGINIA L. PENNELL
Virginia L. Pennell, 86, of Monroe County Care
Center, Woodsfield, formerly of Lewisville, died Feb.
18, 2008, at the care center.
Arrangements pending at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield.

RACHEL C. TEAFATILLER
Rachel Charlene Teafatiller, 88, graduated to Heaven
on Feb. 15, 2008, at Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa,
OK. She was born July 6, 1919 in Connerville, OK, a
daughter of Henry and Ethel Bond. Visit
www.collinsvillefh.com to sign the online guest book.

CHERYL K. KEYLOR
Cheryl K. Keylor, 59, Woods-field, died Feb. 17,
2008, at Ohio State University Medical Center. She was
born Aug. 27, 1948, in Mount Vernon, a daughter of the
late Carl Drake and Charlene Claus Drake.
Online condolences can be expressed at
www.bauerturner.com.

MILDRED P. DYE
Mildred Pauline Barnhouse Dye, 91, went home to be
with her Lord on Feb. 7, 2008, at Woodsfield Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Middle
Island, St. Marys, W.Va., to Virgil Barn-house and
Wynona Edwards Barnhouse.

VERNON M. DIMMERLING
Vernon M. �Jinx� Dimmerling, 88, 44800 Carlisle Rd.,
Caldwell, Carlisle Community, died Feb. 16, 2008, at
his home. He was born July 15, 1919 near Carlisle, a
son of the late Clarence and Ida Archer Dimmerling.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

WILBERT T. PALMER
Wilbert Taylor Palmer, 77, Beallsville, died Feb. 12,
2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 13, 1930 in
Belmont County, a son of the late Vernon Palmer and
Nettie Pittman Palmer. Online condolences can be
expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

WILLIAM V. BROWN
William "Bill" V. Brown, 63, 130 Monroe St.,
Woodsfield, died Feb. 16, 2008 at Wheeling Hospital.
He was born March 23, 1944 in Woodsfield, a son of the
late Virgil and Mary Dunn Brown.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being
held in high esteem is better than having silver and
gold.
A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes
precautions; the simpleton goes blindly and suffers
the consequences.
I seem to learn of these type of things until too
late or maybe nearly too late in this case. Did you
know that the week of Feb. 17 is �Stop the Chew Week?�
It probably includes the dipping stuff too. It can be
done. I was in the doctor�s office and he asked,�Do
you smoke?� Not thinking I answered, �No, but I chew a
little.� He said �Quit that just in case that�s
causing some problem.� So I did, after a week or two.
I never think of a cigarette after a big meal or Mail
Pouch anymore, I never tried the rubbing stuff. Some
of you are going to say �yuck� but when I chewed I
enjoyed spitting into a fire and hear it sizzle. I
guess this comes from seeing the loafers spit into the
Burnside stove when I was a kid. The front of the
stove below the door told the tale. Maybe if we had an
open fireplace I would still be chewing - not really.
All things must come to an end and as Monroe Central
Lady Noles found out the hard way, the old saying
�It�s tough to beat a team three times the same
season.� Perhaps learned that any team can beat
another team on any given night. It happens all along
the tournament trail. That�s why they play the
tournaments. I know how this feels, as I�ve gone
through it several, several times, the latest was the
BCS championship game. The Lady Noles need not hang
their heads, although they are very disappointed, any
number of schools would trade places with their
accomplishments this year.
I didn�t attend the game but listened to it on the
radio. I expect several fans on the way home said, �If
this, if that, if whatever the outcome would be
different.� I�ve done it many times. Actually the
word if should be stricken from the English language.
We all know, �If the dog hadn�t stopped to,� you
finish the saying.
I had a rather pleasant experience the other day. I
had received all the necessary information I needed to
make out my income tax return. Our tax return is
really not that complicated, I don�t even need a
calculator to do the job. Well, I did all the math,
checked it two or three times and filled out the form,
stuck it in the envelope. The happy or enjoyable part
was I was able to paste on the label you were
instructed to use if you were not enclosing a check.
Like getting money from home without asking for it,
even if it�s your own money to begin with. I then
completed our Ohio income tax form and would you know
it, I was able to use the no check label enclosed on
this envelope too. Happy days.
I�m not sure if you follow our local high school
sports or not, but something interesting happened this
year. The OVAC held a tournament to determine the
champion in each division. The top four teams played
for the championship and the other teams in the
division was assigned a home and away game. The PVC
league which River and Monroe Central are members had
14 games and won 13. It was a bit ironic but the team
with the best record in the PVC was the team that
lost. I hate to tattle but the initials of the team
that lost is Fort Frye.
Have you ever had a chocolate candy cane? Me neither,
until this year. Our son either purchased or was given
a box of chocolate candy canes. I don�t know how many
times I walked by them thinking they were regular
candy canes. When I realized they were chocolate canes
I wanted to try one. I didn�t want to open the package
so I had to wait from Christmas to now for him to open
the canes. I helped myself to one. Actually it was
good if you like chocolate. It has a brown stripe
around it which I assume is chocolate, otherwise it
looks like a regular candy cane. I doubt if I�ll be
buying any next Christmas. Esther is in charge of our
candy cane purchases.
A reader sent me a how did we survive many of the
things a good number of us had to go through while
growing up. I plan to include it at a later date.
He also mentioned how but very few men wear a hat
anymore. Years ago men wore hats much of the time. He
said he still wears a hat to church.
I remember when I was discharged from the service I
thought I needed a hat to complete my change to
civilian life. I went to visit a lady I had been
writing to for some time. We went to a restaurant to
eat dinner and I hung my hat on the hat rack and as
far as I know it�s still hanging there.
Men wear caps now days. I probably have over a
hundred caps scattered over the house. I guess the
kind of a cap tells a lot about the person underneath
it.
I grew up wearing a railroad cap. I liked to turn the
bill up, I really do not know why, maybe the same
reason some like to wear their cap backward. I didn�t
dare wear it turned up around Dad or he would reach up
and smack it down.
I used to tell kids at FFA camp, who had their cap
backward, that fellows that wear their caps backward
had been in prison because that�s the only way they
could talk through the bars of the jail. didn�t change
many caps.
I recently found answers to a number of excuses
people use for not attending church. I plan to share
one per week.
1. Cots will be placed in the vestibule for those who
say, �Sunday is the only day I can sleep in.�
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 150; From I Chronicles
(Tues.) 15:1-3; (Wed.) 5:16-24; (Thurs.) 15:25-29;
(Fri.) 16:1-6; (Sat.) 16:7-36; (Sun.) 16:37-43.