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March 6, 2008 Edition

<Ferguson, Davis and Price Will be on November Ballot

Paul Ferguson

Tim Price

Carl Davis




Voters sifted through the names of seven individuals
for the two commissioner seats becoming available in
Paul Ferguson, (R) and Tim Price (D) will compete on
the November ballot for a seat on the board of Monroe
County commissioners for the term commencing Jan. 2,
2009. Running unopposed will be Carl M. Davis (D) for
the term commencing Jan. 3, 2009.
For the Jan. 2 term, countians cast votes as
follows: Paul Ferguson, (R) 686; Tim Price (D) 2,471;
incumbent Billy Thompson, (D) 1,735.
For the term commencing Jan. 3: incumbent Francis
Block, (D) 990; John S. Christman (D), 419; Carl M.
Davis (D), 2,161; and Jon Gramlich (D), 786.
Votes cast for other county offices and for the
Democratic and Republican Central Committees were as
Judy Gramlich (D), treasurer, 3,474; Walter Starr
(D), probate judge, 3,498; Chuck Black (D), sheriff,
3,452; Lonnie Tustin (D), engineer, 3,010; Beth Ann
Rose (D), Graysville, clerk of courts, 3,639; Martha
Louise Reid (D), recorder, 3,410; Lynn Kent
Riethmiller (D), prosecuting attorney, 3,462; William
Moore, State Central Committee, 3,119
Democratic Central committee results are:
Ann Block, Malaga West, 148; Danford Carpenter,
Seneca, 54; Stanley Carpenter, Franklin, 79; Rose
Marie Hyer, Ohio N, 144; Manifred Keylor, South A,107;
Cheryl J. Piatt, South C, 127; Herman Zerger, South B,
Benton, James P. Beaver, 47, Dale Dietrich, 65; Jon
L. Gramlich, Beallsville, 84; Dale L. Parks, Bethel,
64 John V. Pyles, Lee S, 111; Carl R. Wayt, Green,
125; John O. Curtis, Lee N., 161; Dean Gramlich,
Sunsbury, 208; Scott O. Hartshorn, Wayne, 84; Mark A.
Forni, Center S., 169; Heber D. Piatt, Washington,
154; Christine L. Kilburn, Summit, 185; Amy Brown,
Perry, 113; Lois Luikart, Ohio S, 120 Rita McCaslin,
Center N, 145; Sandra Dietrich, Salem, 141; Virgil
Ritchie, Jackson, 114; Carol Hehr, Woodsfield N, 180.
Republican Central committee.
Betty Edgington, Washington, 30; Norma Williams,
Perry, 30.
Roger W. Claus, Malaga West, 36; Pere F. Seward,
Seneca, 21; Betty A. Schultheis, Lee N, 28; Wayne
Smith, South A, 14; Mitchell Schumacher, Woods-field
N, 23; Paul D. Ferguson, Malaga East, 19.
Countians in the Noble Co. school district voted 12
to 30 against a permanent improvement levy for
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers.
Votes are unofficial until the board has official
count March 27 at 4 p.m. The board will be in public
session for the count.

< $5,000 Higher Education Grant

County Commissioner Francis "Sonny" Block accepts a
check in the amount of $5,000 from Gwynn Clifford,
Buckeye Hills, for the Monroe County Regional Higher
Education Committee. The money represents a grant
awarded by the Laura Jane Musser Fund. Standing in
back are commissioners Billy Thompson, left, and John

An application for grant funding for use by the
Monroe County Regional Higher Education Committee was
approved and has been awarded. A $5,000 check arrived
last week for county commissioners from the Laura Jane
Musser Fund.
Gwynn Clifford, Buckeye Hills, applied for the grant
and presented it to officials Feb. 28. She explained
the funding is through a private foundation and is to
be used to support continued planning efforts for the
proposed higher education center. Clifford said the
grant monies may be used for research, meeting costs,
office supplies and mailings, as well as other
identified necessities.
The Laura Jane Musser Fund assists public or
not-for-profit entities to initiate or implement
projects in rural areas. Grant writing services were
provided by Buckeye Hills - Hocking Valley Regional
Development District. Letters of support for the grant
request were provided by county commissioners, Monroe
County Chamber of Commerce, GMN Tri-County CAC Monroe
County Dept. of Job and Family Services and Buckeye
Members of the Regional Higher Educational Committee
include Phyllis Claus, chairperson; Commissioner
Francis �Sonny� Block, Deb Haney, JFS director; Tom
Scott, workforce/ economic developer; Anita Lestini,
Sharon Mallett, Becky Morris, Boyer Simcox, Dick
Sulsberger and Gwynn Clifford.
The vision for the Center is "to provide the
opportunity for secondary education for all regional
residents. Through partnerships with a variety of
educational institutions, The Center will provide
academic and technical higher education coursework,
career counseling services and community programming."

<Summit Township to Apply for County�s Chance at

Officials of Summit Twp. talk with Mary Jo Westfall,
seated, following their selection as the county's
�best chance� to bring $300,000 to their community.
Standing, from left, are Tom Piatt, township trustee;
Bob Blackstone, Lewisville Fire Chief; Leo Seidler and
Randy Smith, seated, township trustees. Photo
by Arlean Selvy

Summit Township, including the village of Lewisville
was selected by Monroe County commissioners to be the
applicant for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant.
The grant, formerly known as the CDBG Distress Grant,
is for a maximum of $300,000.
Commissioners announced their decision Feb. 26 at a
public hearing held during a regular board meeting
attended by about 15 individuals from various entities
and Mary Jo Westfall, OSU extension, who administers
grant funding.
There were ten eligible investment areas from which
to select.
According to Commission President John Pyles, Summit
Twp./Lewisville Village ranked No. 1 in
Low-to-Moderate (LMI) population, 390, and No. 2 in
LMI percentage, 74.3 percent.
Applications, once they are submitted, are scored by
the Ohio Dept. of Development (ODOD), which assigns
scores. "Distress" receives 20 points and includes LMI
population and LMI percentage.
In making his motion that Summit Township be the
county's applicant, Commissioner Billy Thompson
indicated that, with the ranking system in place,
Summit Twp./Lewisville would be Monroe County's best
chance to obtain the grant funding.
"We appreciate the decision you made and [if awarded]
we'll work hard to get the money used," said Randy
Smith, Summit Township Trustee. "People driving
through our area [on SR78] will be able to see the
improvements we've made ..." he added.
ODOD accepts 25 applications from across Ohio and
funds only ten of those.
In FY 2006, a $300,000 grant award went to the
Village of Woodsfield; in 2005, to Bethel Township and
in 2003 to Perry Township. The county did not apply in
2004 due to specific spending requirements.
Entities competing for the FY 2007-08 grant
applicant, in addition to Summit Twp., were the
townships of Benton, Bethel Franklin including
Stafford, Green, Lee, Perry, Washington including
Graysville, Wayne and the Village of Jerusalem.
Two Town Meetings will be held at Lewisville
Community Center, the first on April 8 at 7 p.m. and
the second on April 19 at 7 p.m. Trustees plan to
serve barbecue or other refreshments prior to the
April 19 meeting in hopes that more people will
participate in the meetings.
Public participation is one of the areas scored by
ODOD. The number of citizens who participate in the
project selection process by attending the public
meetings and returning opinion surveys will garner 15
points toward being awarded the grant.
The county must show in its application that they
listened to the citizens of the community for their
opinions on what projects should be included in the
application. These decisions will be made at the April
public hearings.
As well, an opinion survey will be mailed to as many
homes in the community as possible. Answering the
surveys and returning them also gains points for the
ranking process.

<Oil & Gas in Monroe: Well Drilled at Skyvue Elementary

Becky Sims of Beck Energy points out one of
Dominion's master meters which measures the volume of
gas coming from connected wells. The volume is charted
to track the production figures which determines the
royalties paid out. Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
This is the third installment of a series on the Oil
and Gas Industry in Monroe County. The information for
this article was gathered from an interview and tour
by Becky Sims of Beck Energy. More producers will be
addressed as the series continues.
During the week of Sept. 27, an oil and gas well was
drilled at Skyvue Elementary School. The revenue from
the well, located on the 20 acre tract, will go to the
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District and Skyvue
will receive free gas at the school once the well is
in operation.
Todd Allen, Director of Support Services, SOLSD, and
former Skyvue Principal Chris Keylor were on-site as
the operation took place.
"This is the first well on school property," said
Allen. "It has the potential of being a financial
benefit and free gas at Skyvue."
"It will help with the financial strapped district,
help with utilities and as a bonus, it has created an
access road to our outdoor classroom," said Keylor.
Drilling an oil or gas well takes money. It costs in
the neighborhood of $200,000 to drill a well and the
cost is borne by the producer.
The first step in drilling an oil or gas well begins
with attaining a lease for the property. At least a 20
acre parcel is required, noted Sims. This may take
weeks, sometimes months, of work, contacting
landowners, determining ownership of mineral rights,
or tracking down anyone else having a claim to the
rights. When this is done, a drill site opinion must
be completed by an attorney before the surveyor stakes
the well. Locally, Beck Energy uses the services of
attorney Richard Yoss.
The next step is sending the survey plat to Columbus
to apply for a permit through the Ohio Department of
Oil and Gas. David Ball is the state inspector who
oversees the operations.
According to Ball, for the last three or so years,
Monroe County has led the state in drilling permits
issued. In 2006, approximately 80 permits were issued
to Monroe County producers. Top local producers
include Beck Energy, Inc., Profit Energy and Monroe
Drilling. Preparation of the physical well site
comes next. Most of these wells sit a long way from
main roads and require lots of dozing, tree cutting
and road work to reach the drilling site. It takes
four-wheel drive to get to a lot of the sites.
According to Sims, the drilling operation takes about
three days. A snow fence was installed at Skyvue for
the safety of the students as the drilling was done.
During the drilling procedure, a large surrey pit is
dug, lined with heavy biodegradable plastic to hold
the drilling material as the �setting surface� work
begins. According to Sims, the pit must be closed by
back filling within 48 hours.
Setting surface is based on the elevation. "It's
critical to know the elevation which determines the
depth to get to the pay zone. The well at Skyvue is
2,560 feet deep.
An eight-inch steel casing is installed to at least
700 feet and cemented top to bottom which protects the
surface water and the environment. The well is drilled
to the total depth as determined by the elevation.
A log is kept which locates the pay zones and gives
the driller an idea of the size of the formation.
The four-and-a-half inch steel casing is set with
baffles which are used to seal off the frac zones. Two
baffles are set at each well. Cement is pumped into
the casing as part of the well stimulation process.
Explosives or shots are used for perfing or blowing
holes into the wall of the cement casing.
According to Sims, there are four main pay zones in a
well. The shots are set at the berea or first pay zone
of a gas and oil well, then 300 feet below to the next
pay zone, which is called the 30 foot zone. One
hundred feet below that zone is the gordon and then
the fifth sand.
Hydrofracing is the next step as a vast amounts of
fresh water is forced through the holes that has been
shot in the casing and cement. This process fractures
the pay zones so the oil and gas can be released for
�With any luck oil or gas comes into the casing ready
for production. Some wells produce more oil than gas,�
noted Sims.
The brine water that comes from the oil and gas
production separates from the oil, drained out of the
oil tank and hauled off by a licensed hauler. This is
a state requirement.
When the well starts producing, lines are laid to
supply landowners with free natural gas. Oil is
recovered through separate lines which go to a storage
tank. When the tank battery is full, the oil is sold.
The brine water separates from the oil and is hauled
away by a licensed hauler.
�Landowners may receive a check within three months
after production begins,� said Sims. Royalty checks
are usually distributed by the 15th of each month.
But, many times drilling is postponed mostly because
of one large problem � transportation. Transporting
the gas is a big problem in Monroe County. A lot of
the transmission lines are old and in need of repair.
Dominion Gas, Columbia Gas and a privately-owned
transmission line carry the local gas production. If
the gas well is not located near an operating
transmission line, there is no place for it to go �
and to get to the oil, the gas has to be released.
The sales lines are monitored by master meters which
measures and charts the volume from individual wells.
The information gained determines the royalties paid
According to Greg Nichols, of Dominion East Ohio, a
few years ago with input from Monroe County oil
producers, Dominion updated an oil gathering station
at Ludlow in Washington County. The estimated amount
of oil does not adequately reflect the current oil
production and the station cannot handle the volume,
noted Nichols.
According to Sims, in anticipation of new and updated
transmission lines, Beck Energy and other local oil
production companies continue to lease and drill in
Monroe County. Drilling is determined by the proximity
and availability of the transmission lines, which, as
noted before, are inadequate to transport all the
natural gas.
Natural gas prices are affected by supply and demand,
noted Nichols. In the winter months, demand exceeds
the supply and prices rise; in the summer, the need is
not there and prices drop.
Raymond Beck formed Beck Energy, Inc. in Ravenna. He
has been in the oil and gas business over 30 years.
His son, David, runs the northern operation from
Portage County. Local residents are employed in the
Monroe County operation.
According to Sims, Raymond Beck owns land in Monroe
County which he uses as his yard operation.
Watch for the next installment of Oil and Gas in
Monroe County.

<Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
I would like to thank Pandora Neuhart for supporting
what I have dedicated so much of my life to, the well
being and emergency care of others. I have made many
sacrifices over the last 11 years (not unlike any
other volunteer) to be able to work with the community
and be there for people in their time of need.
I feel that there is a lot going on between the
County EMS and the Commissioners that many people
don�t know about or understand. The piece by Pandora,
displayed in your paper Feb. 28, was not only totally
correct, but needed. Pandora sees what is going on
behind the scenes and I commend her for her bravery
and honesty, with being a County official, for
stepping up and publicly supporting what I and many
others do. She is correct in saying that one of the
County Squads is contemplating leaving the Association
due to interference from the Commissioners, but we
would like the public to know that patient care/EMS
services will not be affected on our part. We plan to
continue the same level of care that we are currently
providing without interruption.
I also agree with Pandora when she wrote, �we can
continue down the same path of destruction or we can
vote to make a change and a difference.� We need
people working for this County that support the County
Services and that care about the well being of our
We (EMS) have been faced with many challenges
recently, originating from our current Commissioners,
which we feel should not be an issue. We have been
burdened down with Worker�s Compensation, contract
negotiations and at one point it was said by two of
the Commissioners that it was questionable if we had
personal and vehicle liability insurance, later to be
told that the insurance issue was �hypothetically
speaking.� That comment, made by two of our elected
officials, showed me what those two thought of our
citizens. An emergency care provider should not have
to fret over �do I go take care of the person who
called for help or should I not because my vehicle or
myself have no insurance.�
The Monroe County EMS Association has been in service
since 1975. Are we to believe now that we are unable
to generate the money needed to continue our services?
I don�t believe so. I believe that if you look at the
money that our squads generate and the money that is
contributed from all of us citizens through the EMS
levy that question would be answered.
Although these are not the only issues we have been
faced with, these seem to be the ones that the
Commissioners are concerned with the most.
To the citizens: We plan to continue our services
without interruption if at all possible. We are
dedicated to our job of serving our community.
Connie Patterson, EMT-P
Monroe County EMS
Woodsfield Squad #4

Dear Editor,
We, the farmer of Monroe County, are being
overpowered by the coal company and longwall mining.
They are taking farms and our oil and gas wells, now
if we have a well on our place we have to plug the
well and if the farm had been leased for drilling the
leaser can not drill a well.
Because the coal company wants to take the coal out
with a longwall miner to make sure that they can get
about all the coal that there is in the earth.
When they purchase the right to mine that coal it was
gotten for almost nothing back then for what they paid
for all the coal under a farm, today you could not buy
one acre of a farming ground. The land owner of today
did not sell the rights when it came to farms that had
a well that has had free gas for hundreds of years for
homes. I do not see how anyone can make the landowner
or well owner go in and plug the well just so they can
mine all the coal.
What good is a deed if someone can just destroy the
land and wells that you own and tell you that the land
that you leased cannot be drilled and if it is it will
have to be plugged?
There is a cemetery on my farm and there is a clause
in the law that says that they cannot mine under a
cemetery so I think I have the right to have a well
drilled on my place as I have a deed for the ground
that the cemetery is in.
I do not see how anyone can just come in and move a
cemetery so they can mine under it. The people want
their final resting place there or they would have
been put where the coal company will move them to
If the coal company wants the coal out from under the
ground when all they have is the coal rights, I cannot
see how they can come in and take out coal and let
your farm ground just fall, then we lost our water,
our buildings, roads and farms.
The people of Monroe County have always had to stand
back and let the big boys take what they want and take
it the way they want to.
As I see it, we have as much right to have a well to
get our mineral right out of the earth and maybe more
as we own above and below the coal.
How can anyone destroy your land to get what they
want as they almost stole the coal from the landowner
years ago?
If they keep taking farm ground, who is going to feed
all the people in the world or are they going to eat
Where the longwall miner was built they still use the
old way to mine coal. I think it would work here too.
Clyde D. Patton

Dear Editor,
This is an answer to Mr. Miracle�s letter to Mr.
Hilbert (also known as Mr. Ault).
Mr. Miracle, you stated that I obviously glean from
your words what I want to hear, and that I continue to
state your positions incorrectly.
I answer?No, I do not look for what I want to hear,
but I look to see if I can figure out what you do
stand for. Do you back the �Proposed School Funding
Ballot Initiative?�
Either we agree with all the things in it or we will
be forced to abide by it�s wording by the state if it
Next you gave your solutions by writing a list of
many things you want to see happen.
Summarized, you gave a lot of great things that you
want to see happen, but you were woefully short as to
how we get those things done.
Is your solution the State or the Monroe County
If the ballot initiative passes, then it is the state
that has control over when, why, and what, the money
is spent for.
Now, begs the question: Do we really think we want
that? Do we really think our total tax burden will
decrease? That, Mr. Miracle is living in dreamland, in
my humble opinion.
Your solutions, Mr. Miracle require additional taxes,
and would be fine if the taxpayers were inclined to
agree with your solutions and pass the levies.
However, this has not been happening.
That begs the question: How do we get the levies
passed? Of course one might say that the State will
take that responsibility. Again I ask: If that
happens, do we really think that the taxpayers of
Monroe County will not foot the bill?
Do we think that the State is our keeper, and will do
so by reducing our tax burden?
In conclusion, you stated, Mr. Miracle, that union
teachers are here to stay. You may be right, you may
be wrong. The unions �want� us to believe we must heel
to their �wants� or they will strike. That is putting
the children first?
As for unions, it is, in my opinion, the single
greatest reason that so many of our manufacturing jobs
have fled the United States. So many of our service
jobs have been outsourced. Try getting help with a
problem of some manufactured product via the phone,
and see how many Americans will answer and help.
Again, my solution is quit cowtailing to the unions
on their �wants� and start demanding of our elected
officials, all �needs� first, then take a look at the
In my opinion, that, Mr. Miracle is the only
solution. Not only for Monroe County, but also for the
The taxpayers of Monroe County are fed up paying for
other�s �wants� while at the same time, are in �need.�
Talk about �Pork.� Pork is wants, not needs.
Of course, �wants� are fine if the one who �wants�
foots the bill.
I am happy to see that some of our officials are now
speaking up on my theme. �Needs before Wants� The
elected officials should serve the taxpayers, not just
the �elite unions.�
Hilbert Ault
Dear Editor,
Level playing field is the cry.
Well, in my opinion, as long as unions dictate, there
will be no level playing fields. Unions believe they
are above the non-union businesses. However, a huge
percentage of workers in the United States are
non-union. Check is out. Here in Ohio, we have lost
thousands of jobs to out of this beloved state to
other countries. Why? Check it out. Was it the union
workers that lost their job, or was it the non-union
The unions started out with a needed objective.
Safety in the workplace and etc. It has evolved into
financial demands. Demands that has caused many
companies to either go bankrupt, or go overseas.
Unions are driven by �wants,� not �needs.�
Well, I for one, can see their wants and I have no
problem with that. Unions that are supplying workers
to the private sector, I see nothing wrong with a
strike against that corporation in order to get what
they want. Two things can happen during that
situation. Either the corporation gives in to the
union demands, or face extinction here in America.
their other option is to go elsewhere.
Now, public employees are a different breed. They are
employed by the taxpayers, not by the private sector.
That is a huge distinction. They say, either comply
with our wants, or we will shut down our taxpayer�s
owned public services.
Is that a right they have? I say no! They have a
right to quit, but they do not have the right to
strike. At least, for higher wages, they do not. what
ever happened to the supply and demand principle?
Again, I say if we need better teachers, fire the
ones we have and employ the better teachers. Do not
give in to the not so good teachers demands. Doing
that is the same as them saying, �if you pay me
better, I will do a better job.�
I ask, why not do the best you can even without
higher wages?
You do your best, and let us, the taxpayer, decide
whether you are worth better pay.
You might be surprised, in that you might find the
taxpayers more fair than some give them credit for.
Do not put the cart in front of the horse.
Hilbert Ault

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

Elmer Ellsworth Templeton, III, 73, Warren Chapel
Rd., Fleming, died Feb. 23, 2008, at his home. He was
born Oct. 18, 1934, in Woodsfield, to Elmer Ellsworth,
II and Lorna Strickling Templeton.

Roletta May Ketzel, 87, Ravenna, died March 2, 2008
at Woodlands at Robinson in Ravenna. She was born May
30, 1920 in Sardis, a daughter of the late William and
Ethel Stewart Ketzel.

Woodrow H. Fankhauser, 92, Sterling, died Feb. 14,
2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 2, 1915 in
Sardis, a son of Henry W. and Ella Baumgardner
Fankhauser and lived in Sterling since 1953. Online
condolences to www.gillmanfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy E. Isner, 86, Parkers-burg, W.Va., formerly
of Clarington, died Feb. 27, 2008, at Parkersburg. She
was born June 10, 1921, on Buck Run near Pennsboro
W.Va., a daughter of the late Hayden and Sarah E.
Hadley Dotson.

Victor "Vic" Dean Dye, Sr., 74, Rinard Mills, died
Feb. 28, 2008 at his home. He was born July 18, 1933
in Rinard Mills, a son of the late John W. and Freda
Rinard Dye. Send condolences to


Harley R. Hickenbottom, 77, Somerton Highway,
Barnesville, died March 1, 2008, at his home. He was
born Dec. 6, 1930 in Somer-ton, a son of the late Otis
and Pearl Brown Hickenbottom.


Herman Crooks, Sr., 82, Jerusalem and formerly of
Alledonia, died March 1, 2008, in Barnesville
Hospital. He was born Nov. 8, 1925, in Belmont County,
a son of the late Samuel and Nettie Poole Crooks.
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Those who plant seeds of injustice will harvest
disaster, and their reign will end.
Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed
the poor.
I cannot believe it. I turned the TV from watching a
basketball game to watching the great H&O debate from
Cleveland. Not a very long time but long enough to
learn a couple of things.
First of all to be a big time politician you have to
be able to answer a question with an answer that�s
really not an answer. By the time you get the answer
you have forgotten the question. Then, after the smoke
clears the media folks like to brag about what a good
job they did asking questions. They also can spend
money faster than snow melts when it�s 90 degrees
outside. Oh well, there�s a lot in this old world I
don�t understand. We�ll have all this good stuff until
November, I can hardly wait. Basketball games are much
more interesting to me, even a blowout.
Something else you can�t keep from noticing on TV.
How some TV ads tend to mislead you. One I�ve really
noticed is Subway sandwiches. They have a new one they
say �BBQ Done Gone,� made from the brisket. I
understand from a food expert, my grandson, the
sandwich is excellent.
If I remember from my Animal Science classes the
brisket is the least desirable cut of beef. They
deserve credit by making it desirable. What I wonder
is the example of the sandwich they show on TV. I
would estimate they have enough meat stuffed into the
example to make a dozen or more sandwiches you would
actually get in a sandwich you purchase for lunch. So
much for truth in advertising.
I read the other day of a minister challenging his
congregation not to complain for I think it was 21
days. He indicated this was about the time that was
required to form a habit. It didn�t say how this
turned out, but think about it, how many times have
you complained about something so far today? If we had
a pad and pencil and kept track of how many times we
complain it would probably surprise us. You cannot
talk to anyone the past month or longer, unless they
complain about the weather we�ve been having of late.
What can you do about the weather, so why complain? I
think this is probably true of most of the things we
complain about. We can do nothing about it so why
complain? If you can do something about it, do it and
don�t complain.
I have a habit of when someone asks me how I am, I
answer, �Can�t complain, no one will listen to me.� or
�Pretty good for an old man.� They tell me when you
meet someone my age you should tell them how good they
look, even if they don�t look so keen. Makes them feel
good, I know.
I guess maybe I wouldn�t be able to write �Around the
Burnside� if I didn�t complain about something. The
Subway sandwich for an example. I like to think of it
as a fact rather than a complaint. Maybe there�s not
too much difference between the two.
I guess it�s okay to complain sometimes, just don�t
over do it. You have my permission to complain about
the weather if it makes you feel better. I�ve done my
Just in case you see a porcupine in your back yard or
taking a walk, this is how you capture it: The best
way to effect his capture is wait until he�s out in
the open. Then watch for his slapping tail, rush in
quickly and pop a large wash tub over him. Thus you
have something to sit on while you figure out what
your next move is going to be.
February is natures way of making sure we appreciate
In that we don�t seem to have an active FFA Chapter
in our county anymore, I almost missed National FFA
week. It always falls on the week of George
Washington�s birthday. We always treated the staff and
others with a chunk of cherry pie. You remember when
George�s dad asked him, �Who cut down the cherry
tree?� George replied, �Pop, I did it.� (get it)
I was reminded the other day when I saw a T-shirt a
nearby FFA Chapter purchased for each of the school
staff members. I thought many of you former FFA
members might enjoy the 10 reasons for joining the FFA
printed on the back of the shirt:
10. Because a May or September afternoon in the ag
room is cheaper and more effective than a source.
9. For a chance to deliver fruit every evening for a
8. Because we believe in Agriculture.
7. Because nothing beats a blue corduroy jacket on a
hot day.
6. For a chance to learn the intimate details about
animal reproduction.
5. Because there is nothing we�d rather do on a
Saturday than ride across the state to look at a hole
in the ground or a group of cattle.
4. You will become an expert sleeping in vans.
3. for a chance to miss multiple school days for FFA
2. Watching the teacher walk like a duck.
1. Because if you aren�t in FFA you�re weak.
I wish I had thought of doing this. I think we could
have come up with some good reasons for joining Swiss
Hills FFA.
This same FFA has a dispenser for selling milk and
other milk drinks across the hall from the pop
machines. I understand the milk is selling very well.
Excuse #3: We will have steel helmets for those who
believe the roof will cave in if they show up for
church services.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 132:1-12; From I
Chronicles (Tues.) 28: 1-5; (Wed.) 28:6-8; (Thurs.)
28:9-10; (Fri.) 28:11-19; (Sat.) 28:20, 21; (Sun.)
Psalm 132:13-18.