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March 13, 2008 Edition

<Woodsfield EMS Leaves County To Become Woodsfield Entity

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
There may be a few more decisions to make but the
biggest has been made and action has been taken.
Woodsfield Emergency Squad is now under the village
umbrella.
Village council voted unanimously at a special
meeting on March 7 to accept the Woodsfield squad as a
village entity.
Although there are a number of questions, it was
noted that emergency services to village residents
will not be interrupted.
In addition to the village of Woodsfield, the squad
serves the outlying areas of Center Township as well
as Seneca Township and Summit Township including the
village of Lewisville.
A letter outlining a three month struggle involving
the squad, the EMS Association and county
commissioners was read by Dave Kuhn, president of the
Woodsfield squad.
According to the letter, the squad voted unanimously
Jan. 3 to leave the Monroe County EMS Association due
to unresolved issues. A representative then met with
village council on Jan. 7.
According to the letter, �After informing the
Association and Commissioners of [their] decision, the
Woodsfield Squad agreed to meet with commissioners in
an attempt to resolve the problem.� Squad
representatives met with commissioners again on Jan.
10. Following that meeting, the majority of squad
members felt they could not trust commissioners and
the consensus was that the Jan. 3 decision to leave
the County EMS would stand.
�After numerous meetings and attempts to resolve the
issues, we feel that we have exhausted all avenues,�
read Kuhn. �We feel the Association has also exhausted
all avenues to resolve these problems, and we thank
them for their support ...�
�We feel if we do not leave at this time it is going
to destroy the Woodsfield Squad.�
Kuhn said as of March 6, nothing had been done to
resolve the problems and the situation is starting to
affect the morale of both the squad and Association
memberships.
He noted the squad �... would like to continue
working with the Association, as a separate entity, to
help ensure that everyone [countywide] gets the
emergency care they need.�
�There is a real air of emergency status ... despair
and uncertainty ...� said Jeff Woodell, Woodsfield
village administrator. Noting he is �county oriented,�
the administrator said he feels �our first priority is
the residents of Woodsfield.�
Council members asked several questions with
discussion held.
Councilwoman Carol Hehr noted the emergency equipment
belongs to the squad, but ambulances are titled to the
county.
�Woodsfield Emergency Squad went in with the county
with two squad units and should come out with two,�
said Mayor Bill Bolon.
It was noted that money is generated by squad runs.
However, levy revenue for EMS goes to the county�s
general fund.
Kuhn said the county will be better off without
Woodsfield as Workers� Compensation will be cut by
half and the cost of new ambulances will be saved.
Concerning other county squads, Woodell reported
Sardis and Clarington squads are having trouble. He
said a large percentage of Sardis runs are being made
by New Martinsville.
Woodell and village council initially encouraged
Woodsfield to remain with the county and therefore
took no action when the first rumblings of turmoil
were brought to the council table.
It was not revealed in open session what �issues�
had come between commissioners, squad and association
members.
However, during recent commissioners meetings when
concerns were discussed, financial matters appeared to
be involved.
Council�s motion to accept Woodsfield squad as a
village entity came following an executive session to
discuss financial matters. The meeting, requested by
Hehr, was held from 4:35 to 4:50 p.m.

 

<Carl Merckle Named EMSA Coordinator

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
"I'll do my best to serve as a liaison between Monroe
County Commissioners and the Monroe County EMS
Association," said Carl Merckle in a letter of
interest to county commissioners.
Merckle will have that chance. He was hired during
the March 4 meeting of county commissioners to replace
Dave Kuhn as the EMS Association coordinator.
Kuhn resigned the position in January.
Merckle, a Lewisville resident who has served for
eight years as an EMT on the Woodsfield Emergency
Squad, indicated he looks forward to helping to
provide a first class service for the people of
Monroe.
He said he wants to work together with commissioners
to provide the community service. He noted his desire
for an open minded and honest relationship between the
organization and commissioners.
Merckle is currently an EMT Intermediate on the
Woodsfield E-squad and has served as vice-president
for the past four years. He has also served as
vice-president for the EMS Association for the past
three years.
He is a Lewisville Volunteer Firefighter and serves
as a village councilman.
In addition, he holds down a full time job for the
Ohio Highway Department of Transportation where he is
a heavy equipment instructor and teaches job related
safety awareness, Red Cross CPR/First Aid and AED.
Merckle would like to take his instructional
capabilities a step further - a step leading inside
Swiss Hills Career Center. "I'd like to go to Swiss
Hills and teach first-aid, CPR, and perhaps instruct EMT classes," said Merckle. He indicated he'd like to
generate a passion for EMS in students so they may become the county EMT's of tomorrow.
Merckle was hired following an executive session called for the purpose of personnel with regard to
hiring. He will be paid $105.89 every two weeks.

<Airport Authority Board Members, Townships Meet with Commission

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
Two groups were scheduled to meet March 4 with
Monroe County commissioners, including members of the
airport authority and several township trustees.
A delegation of 10 trustees, representing seven of
the county's 18 townships, brought Frost Law
regulations to the attention of officials. Serving as
spokesmen were Larry Gardner, Washington Township
trustee and Carl Davis, Wayne township trustee.
 Officials agreed the Frost Law should be enforced,
noting government entities do not have the money to
repair roads damaged by heavy vehicles traveling on
thawing roadways.
County Engineer Lonnie Tustin said roads should be
posted with weight limit signs. He said the signs must
be put in place at least a day prior to the effective
date. Davis suggested parents might take their
children to the bus stops, thus preventing the
necessity for buses to travel the roads when they are
soft.
During the freezing and thawing process, heavy
vehicles tend to dig ruts in the roads. According to
trustees, in many cases gravel does not help. It
simply pushes into the mud. Attendees agreed that,
with cooperation and coordination, much of the money
spent on the roads can be saved. Allyson Cox,
commissioners' clerk, was directed to draft a letter
to businesses which take heavy vehicles and equipment
over county and township roads.
Discussion was held regarding businesses posting
bonds to travel county and township roads. It was
noted that in one county, a bond of $12,500 per mile
is set on paved roads and $6,000 per mile on gravel
roads.
Officials first want to enlist the cooperation of the
businesses using the roadways.
Trustees attending the meeting included Harry Levan,
Charles Brooks, George R. Hoover, Randy Smith, Donald
Dornon, Mike Brown, Bruce Jones, Thomas Piatt, Gardner
and Davis.
Members of the airport authority and individuals with
an interest in the county airport met with
commissioners about the status of membership and
by-laws.
John Fogle, who operates J&S Flying Service at the
airport, told commissioners two recent meetings of the
authority were cancelled due to lack of quorum. He
noted two particular members missed the meetings,
causing the cancellations. Fogle asked if the airport
authority can revoke the memberships of the two men.
It was noted that the Knox County prosecuting
attorney said, "You put 'em on, you take 'em off."
Members of the airport authority are appointed by
county commissioners.
 Commissioner Francis 'Sonny' Block said they are in
the process of researching, and offered his
appreciation to Fogle for doing some research. "We
need to come up with by-laws," said Block.
 Don Pollock, a former and long time member of the
airport authority, told commissioners "You need to let
the airport research," adding commissioners do not
need to micro-manage the airport.
"The last thing I want to do is micro-manage the
[airport] authority," said Block.
Pollock explained that the airport authority can do
everything that commissioners can do except levy
taxes. "It's a pretty powerful organization," said
Pollock, "and you need to keep that in mind when you
appoint the members." Pollock said commissioners put
members on the airport authority and commissioners
take them off. "The airport authority doesn't have
that authority," he said.
In a letter to Commission President John Pyles from
Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller, the prosecutor
wrote, "It appears there is no provision empowering
the commissioners to remove airport trustees during
their term."  He noted also, 'The trustees are bound
to follow their oath under Section 308.4 and if they
violate the terms, they are probably subject to
removal through an appropriate action in the Court of
Common Pleas."
Discussion was held concerning the whereabouts of
by-laws drafted when the authority was formed. This
subject has been discussed a number of times in
meetings between the airport authority and
commissioners. It was agreed the airport authority
will write by-laws and "take the guesswork out."
Pyles asked Charlie Brooks, member of the airport
authority board, to submit to commissioners the
by-laws when they are drafted.
�In the meantime,� questioned Fogle, �[the two men]
I�m complaining about are going to help draw up
[by-laws]?� The answer from commissioners was yes, and
Fogle said the men may slow down the process.
Following Fogle's 10 a.m. appointment, Wayne Forshey,
former member of the airport authority, had a 10:30
a.m. appointment to speak with officials. At 10:10
a.m. two uniformed sheriff's deputies entered the
meeting room, one taking a stand at the exit and the
other crossing to stand at the opposite side of the
room. A few minutes later, a probation officer,
wearing street clothes, entered the room.
Forshey spoke to commissioners about meetings not
held due to a lack of quorum and suggested
commissioners �? establish a Monroe County policy of
accountability for people [they] appoint to boards.�
He submitted a typewritten sheet of 10 rules he
concluded was "reasonable and sane." Forshey explained
the first five rules were cause for removal from a
board and the last five were pledges that the board
member makes to the citizens of the county.  
Following Forshey�s explanation, Pyles asked
commissioners Bill Thompson and Block if they wanted
to �? entertain a motion to even look at this [form
submitted by Forshey]." There was no motion and
Forshey left the meeting table and took his seat with
other attendees.
Forshey later raised his hand and, after being
recognized by Pyles, questioned why the deputies were
called in. �Did you think you would have to remove
somebody?�
�That�s my jurisdiction,� Pyles answered .
�I just want to know why you called deputies when I�m
on the agenda.�
�I�m not answering that � don�t have to � don�t want
to � ain�t goin� to,� said Pyles. He then asked
Forshey, �Is that all you have to say?�
Commissioner Thompson did have an answer to Forshey�s
question: �In my opinion, Mr. Forshey, that would be
because of your past action. Your Unabomber�type
ramblings in our county paper, who lets you put in
there whatever you think � untruth and what-have-you.�
He continued, having gone from a seated position to a
standing position, �With all the things going on in
the world today, shootings and different things � I
think any county employee or county office should have
security when there�s someone who comes in and gets
irate like that. That�s my personal opinion.�
�Maybe,� commented Pyles, �if we�d had a deputy out
at the airport when you and Mr. Fisher got into that,
it would have saved all of us a little tax money.
Cause, remember, that was a two-way street.�
Block also commented, �And the young lady that was
there wouldn�t have had to hear the foul language.�
�That was your appointee that pushed it,� said
Forshey.
Following discussion with Jeanette Harter, who works
with the county budget, commissioners arranged to
borrow $30,000 from Citizens National Bank at 4.9
percent interest. Payment of the note is due July 31.
According to discussion, the loan brings the county's
2008 loan debt to $60,000. A resolution was adopted to
establish a fund through which revenues for Higher
Education will be tracked.
The action was prompted because the Monroe County
Regional Higher Education Committee received a grant
in the amount of $5,000 from the Laura Jane Musser
Fund. The check was presented to officials recently by
Buckeye Hills' employee Gwynn Clifford, who wrote the
grant.

< Officials Proclaim MRDD Month
Monroe County Commissioners, at their March 4
meeting, signed a proclamation naming March as MRDD
Awareness Month. Seated, from left, are commissioners
Francis �Sonny� Block, Bill Thompson and John Pyles.
Standing, from left, are Helen K. Ring, Ondalee Hall,
Kevin Kraft, Yvonne Craig and Tracy Cisler.


Monroe County Board of Mental Retardation and
Develop-mental Disabilities and other related
organizations celebrate MRDD Awareness Month in March.
Helen K. Ring, superintendent of the board of MRDD,
requested and was granted a proclamation, signed by
county commissioners, to raise public awareness of
MRDD month. She invited officials and the community to
consider the true meaning of this year�s theme,
�Success!� Attending the March 4 meeting with Ring
were Ondalee Hall, Kevin Kraft, Yvonne Craig and Tracy
Cisler, all of whom work at the MACO Workshop, which
provides jobs and habilitation activities for adults
with developmental disabilities.
Statewide and across the nation, organizations
devoted to serving individuals with mental retardation
and other developmental disabilities are planning
special events in March to raise public awareness of
the many abilities people have, regardless of
disability. �Success!� encourages people to bring
diversity to their communities by welcoming people
with disabilities into local neighborhoods,
workplaces, houses of worship and schools.
�This is the time when our organization focuses on
encouraging the public to better understand the
individuals we serve,� said Ring.
�During MRDD Awareness Month, we encourage people to
learn more about the people in this community who have
disabilities. For example, when you see a child who
uses a wheelchair - see the child, not the disability.
And when you see the man with mental retardation
working at our local supermarket, see the man, not his
disability.�
MRDD Awareness Month began with a kickoff
celebration the first week of March, at the statehouse
in Columbus.
The Monroe County Board of MRDD serves over 130
children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Services and supports are provided from infancy
through retirement. The Monroe Achievement Center
serves children preschool through age 22. MACO
Workshop provides jobs and habilitation activities for
adults with developmental disabilities. These jobs are
supported in-house and also in community work
settings.
�We work - we vote - we succeed,� said Ring. �We
have fun and contribute to the community.� Craig
explained that she works with the engraving projects
at the Workshop and is involved with Roadside Rest
cleanup as well.
Cisler also works with the roadside rest project. It
was noted the workers go out every day of the year -
including Christmas.
MACO has a contract with the Ohio Dept. of
Transportation to clean the Fly and Fishers Grove rest
areas.
Hall works exclusively with engraving projects. These
include trophies, plaques, name plates, and a number
of other items, including family gifts.
Kraft works with recycling and gathers aluminum cans
from several businesses, including Safe Auto, and
agencies such as Job and Family Services. He also
picks up cans along the roadways. He told
commissioners it would be hard for them to believe the
number of bags he picks up in a year�s time.
For more information on MRDD, call 740-472-1712.


< To Negotiate TV Cable Buy

Following an executive session, Woodsfield Village
Council took action March 3 concerning gas well
drilling and television cable. A report was also given
on a waterline break.
Council voted unanimously to accept a lease proposal
submitted by Beck Energy to drill gas wells on
village property, with the exception of the old
Airport Road property.
Beck Energy was the only firm submitting a bid
proposal.
Permission was given for village administrator Jeff
Woodell to negotiate with SuddenLink for purchase of
their cable system. Once negotiated, the numbers will
be brought to council for their decision, to make a
counter proposal or to back away from a deal.
Councilwoman Pauline Del-brugge reported a dangerous
intersection where an alley leads on to North Main
St. near the Woodsfield Methodist Church. It was
suggested some parking be eliminated between the
church and F.W. Schumacher Agency.
Workforce/Economic Developer Tom Scott attended the
meeting to introduce himself and to encourage council
members to call on him at any time.
The list of names grew and grew as various Woodsfield
officials commended utility crews, safety personnel
and townspeople for their cooperation during a
waterline break on Sunday, March 2. The break resulted
in the entire village being without water from early
Sunday morning until late afternoon.
According to Terry Comstock, water department
superintendent, there were four major breaks in the
main waterline. The first problem surfaced near Ace
Hardware. That was followed by a break in front of
Yoss Law Office (across from the post office), a third
at the opposite end of Main Street at the Red Head
station and the fourth near the State Farm Insurance
office.
Woodell reported the street department wanted to
limit the water outage to Main Street, but was unable
to do so. �It�s amazing how the village responds ...�
said Woodell. With regard to employees, he said not
one growled or said he was going home. Woodell noted
that he�d even seen the Mayor knee-deep in mud
working on a break.
�It�s nice to know that in a pinch, everybody works
together,� said Councilwoman Hehr.
Councilman Bill Moore noted the village must be very
careful with utility funds due to the �very old�
systems.
The village lost about one million gallons of water
and the reservoirs went down to about four-feet.
Woodell noted, however, that with the two to three-
inches of rain predicted, it should replenish the
reservoir.
With regard to the street department, the crews are
working on equipment, �getting it ready for spring.�
Woodell said the caution lights have been installed
on Oaklawn by the electric department.
Work is being done to get the generators �up and
operational� at the power plant. To date nearly $7,000
has been spent. Woodell expects the final cost for
generator repairs will be $12,000.

<Our Readers Write

Dear Readers,
In this picture seeing "is" believing. It is with
heartfelt gratitude that I send this picture to the
Monroe County Beacon, so our citizens can see and
appreciate what a superb job our present County
Engineer does for us, it is astounding as to the way
he picked up where Mr. Sims left off in keeping our
roads in such perfect condition.
I am a life long resident here accept three years of
my 49 years, it is so nice that traditions don't
change, I mean this road has been like this all my
life. I mean look at the professional water drainage
and that smooth surface, I hope all the roads in my
county are so perfectly maintained. I don't want to
make anyone jealous or think I'm receiving
preferential treatment. I hope that circulation of
this picture don't reach the hands of other counties
or maybe states, if it did we could lose our engineer,
some of our past commissioners and maybe our present
because it takes the County Commissioners and the
County Engineer cooperating to do such a wonderful
job, I know other states and other counties would want
to hire these people with a bonus, oh, I hope your
loyal ties are with Monroe County, for 49 years my
road hasn't changed. I sure wouldn't want to lose
these hardworking dedicated officials to anyone else,
as I said seeing is believing.
Bruce Richmond
Sardis

Dear Editor,
Over the pat few weeks, we at Home Comforts in Sardis
have spoken often with concerned customers regarding
the new Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heater regulations
released by the U.S. EPA. Perhaps one of the greatest
misconceptions about these new regulations has been
the idea that no outdoor furnace on the market can
comply with them.
However, Central Boiler has recently released an
E-Classic 2300 stove that shatters virtually every
preconceived notion about emissions and efficiencies
of wood heating. The new furnace surpasses all the EPA
standards, and it is available now.
We hope that as individuals become aware of
compliance issues, they are also at ease to know that
answers to their questions are readily available. Home
Comforts ban be reached at 740-483-1600.
Eric Indermuhle
Home Comforts, Sardis

< Stephen Hartline Declared the Regional Spelling Bee Champion

Woodsfield Elementary student Stephen Hartline was
declared the 2008 Regional Spelling Bee Champion at
the regional competition held Feb. 29 in Marietta. He
will travel to Washington D.C. in May to compete in
the National Spelling Bee.
A dedicated student, Hartline studies throughout the
year for 30-minutes to an hour-and-a-half each day
preparing for the competitions. He said he takes a
couple of days off after a big competition. All that
studying certainly pays off for this young man.
Switzerland of Ohio schools were well represented in
the Regional Spelling Bee with eight students from the
school district competing, along with 45 other
students. Four out of the eight students placed in the
top nine.
In addition to Hartline�s first place, Rachel Hayes
placed fifth and Mikayla Blackstone placed seventh.
Both are Skyvue students. Kara Watters, Woodsfield
Elementary, placed ninth.
It has been 10 years since a student from Switzerland
of Ohio schools has won the Regional Bee and advanced
to the National Spelling Bee. The last Switzerland of
Ohio student to compete at the National Spelling Bee
was Stephen�s sister, Shauna Hartline, in 1998.


< Monroe Central Cheerleaders had a great year, earning
first in the OVAC AA and second in the state of Ohio

Shown, from left, with their many trophies are:
sitting - Kelsey Libby, Ashton Bondy, Marissa Kehl,
Jerrica Neely; kneeling - Richelle Ricer, Paige
Cunningham, Sabbrina Rutter, Mallory Michener, Liz
Schuerman; third row: Coach Susan Bondy, Brett
Mathews, Beth Miller, Coach Teresa Schuerman,
choreographer Devon McIntire, who is also a former
Monroe Central High cheerleader and teaches at All
Valley School of Dance and Gymnastics in New
Martinsville; fourth row: Emma Betts, Maggie Cox and
Tanishea Alleman. Currently, a Mary Kay cosmetics
fundraiser is in progress until March 19.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

Squad Awards

Runner-up OASAA State Cheer Competition
AA OVAC Cheer Champions
First Place Waterford Cheer Competition
Best Choreography CCC-Coshocton Competition
Regional State Qualifier
UCA Superior Squad at Ohio State Cheer Camp
Home Pom Champions, Ohio State Cheer Camp
Individual Awards
UCA All Star Cheerleaders:
Ashton Bondy, Beth Miller & Liz Schuerman
Best Tumblers at Waterford:
Liz Schuerman, 1st; Richelle Ricer, 3rd
Best Jumpers at Waterford:
Emma Betts, 1st; Ashton Bondy, 3rd

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

HOWARD L. HOOD
Howard L. Hood, 83, Woodsfield, died March 9, 2008,
at Barnesville Hospital. He was born Feb. 6, 1925 in
Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late Fred and Nina Hood.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bauer-turner.com.
HELEN E. ENSINGER
Helen Elizabeth Salisbury Ensinger, 73, Willow St.,
Sardis, died March 6, 2008, at Wheeling Medical Park.
She was born Feb. 1, 1935 in Sardis, the daughter of
the late Lawrence and Bessie Williamson Salisbury.
Sympathy expressions at www.grisellfuneralhomes.com.
HARRY R. WINKLER
Harry R. Winkler, 98, Sardis, died March 5, 2008, at
Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield, where he had
resided for the last two years. He was born Aug. 14,
1909, the son of the late Harry J. and Jettie Michel
Winkler. Sympathy expressions at
www.grisellfuneralhomes.com.
EDITH A. TROSCH
Edith A. Trosch, 91, Moore Rdg. Rd., Woodsfield,
formerly of Sardis, died March 4, 2008, at Monroe
County Care Center in Woodsfield. She was born May 28,
1916 in Sardis, the daughter of the late William and
Elizabeth Bolen Martie.
BERNARD SNIDER
Bernard Snider, 97, County Line Rd., Brownsville,
died March 5, 2008, at Monroe County Care Center,
Woodsfield. He was born Feb. 21, 1911 at Freed, W.Va.,
a son of the late William and Lena Shimer Snider.
Send condolences to www.hadleyfuneralhomes.com.
MARY FRANCES DILLON
Mary Frances Smith Dillon, 92, New Philadelphia, died
March 8, 2008, in Hennis Care Center, Dover. She was
born Jan. 11, 1916, in Attica, Licking County, a
daughter of the late James and Mary Edith Smith.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com
ERMA JEAN BAKER
Erma Jean Baker, 77, of Jerusalem, died March 10,
2008 in the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center. She
was born Feb. 15, 1931 near Beallsville, the daughter
of the late John and Lorena Henthorn Truax. Online
condolences may be offered at: www.harperfh.net
DAVID C. STETZEL
David C. Stetzel, 82, of Beallsville died March 6,
2008 at his home at Raven Rocks after a lengthy
illness. He was born April 28, 1925 in Carroll, Iowa,
a son of Ira Stetzel and Mildred Neff Stetzel. He was
one of six children.
Persons wishing to contact the family may e-mail:
don@ravenrocks.org

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Anyone who loves pure heart and gracious speech is a
friend.
The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, "If I go
outside, I might run into something and get hurt."
I can't help it, I can't keep from complaining about
the snow. I'm ready for some warm, hot sunshine.
Agree?
The following might be better read around Veteran's
Day, but I thought with all the words flying around
regarding the coming election it is very appropriate
to think about now and all should remember.
�Right to Sit at a Desk.�
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of
school, a social studies teacher, Martha Cothren, at
the Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something
not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of
the school superintendent, the principal, and the
building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out
of her classroom. When the first period kids entered
the room, they discovered that there were no desks.
Looking around, confused, they asked, �Mrs. Cothren,
where�re our desks?�
She replied, �You can�t have a desk until you tell me
what you have done to deserve a desk.�
They thought, �Well, maybe it�s our grades.� �No,�
she said. �Maybe it�s our behavior.� She told them,
�No, it�s not even your behavior.�
So, they came and went, the first period, the second
period, third period. There were still no desks in the
classroom. By early afternoon, television news crews
had started gathering in Ms. Cothren�s classroom to
report about the crazy teacher who had taken all the
desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled
students found seats on the floor of the deskless
classroom, Martha Cothren said, �Throughout the day,
no one has been able to tell me just what he or she
has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that
are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going
to tell you.�
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door
of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven US
Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom,
each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began
placing the school desks in rows and then they would
walk over and stand along side the wall. By the time
the last soldier had set the final desk in place,
those kids started to understand, perhaps for the
first time in their lives, just how the right to sit
at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, �You didn�t earn the right to sit at
these desks. These heros did it for you. They placed
the desks here for you. Now, it�s up to you to sit in
them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good
students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so
that you could have the freedom to get an education.
Don�t ever forget it.�
This is a true story � If you can read this, thank a
teacher.
If you can read it in English, thank an American
Veteran.
State tournament time for high school basketball
teams, girls first, boys second. Both are rather early
this year due to Easter being so early this year.
We�ve been going to both the boys and girls state
tournaments for years. In fact, perhaps as you read
this, the girls tournament is over and we are watching
the first game of the boys tournament. In trying to
get a couple ahead so I can relax.
I enjoy most of the games at the tournament as most
of the time I do not have a favorite team and even
more interesting is watching the fans and their
reaction to the game. You wonder sometimes how and why
anyone acts that way. I guess maybe it is part of the
game. It sounds as though the weather will not be that
pleasant. You know March and can expect anything.
We�ve had heavy snow and 80 degree weather. One year
we even bought a small portable grill so we could have
a good old tailgate party. Still in the box in the
basement, never been used.
Another thing I�m missing is the results of the big
election as I am writing early. They were at it by 5
a.m. this morning getting things ready for the big
rush. This is another reason I no longer help any
more. I can�t remember the last time I got out of bed
and remained up at 5 a.m. in the morning. Add three
hours is my target time now days.
I will admit I have been following the election a bit
more this year than in the past. In fact, it has been
a bit entertaining at times. At least it gives the TV
experts time to spout off about something trying to
prove they are experts.
You begin to wonder and think, as you listen to all
the political gobble de gook, what a wonderful place
this will be when this person is elected and the
promises during the heat of the battle are in place.
One problem, there are probably two or more reasons
the promises will not be carried out at the time the
promises are passed out. Oh well, I guess we could
live in Russia or another country where you have
little choices or no vote.
Excuse #1: Blankets will be furnished for those who
complain that the church is too cold. Fans will be on
hand for those who say it is too hot.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 135;105; From II
Chronicles (Tues.) 6:1-11; (Wed.) 6:12-17; (Thurs.)
6:18-31; (Fri.) 6:36-39; (Sat.) 6:40-42; (Sun.) Luke
24:44-49.