Local Archives July 2002

Hearing set on cemetery rules
Ride for Kids raises more than $120,000
West Nile Virus found in county
Valkyrie riders try to break record
City officials vow to change process
Council fields sewer line complaints
From town to town:  What motivates a fair worker?
Fun with furballs
Four advisors donate nearly two centuries of service to 4-H
Lodging assoc. to oppose bed tax
New supervisor for Latchkey program takes over
Steam thresher show opens in Plain City
Armory sites continue to be scrutinized
New NU board members rock the boat
City may regulate car dealerships
First reading held on income tax issue
Tax figure changed again
Friends, colleagues remember the 'elegant gentleman'
New type of therapy takes treatment outside the office
Richwood residents voice unhappiness over rate hikes
Longtime local coroner and physician dies
Heat a concern at job sites
At 82, Plain City waitress doesn't miss a step
Jerome Trustees return to old ways

Hearing set on cemetery rules
One hot topic which has taken a back seat to issues such as flooding and
sludge recently, are the highly debated rules and regulations of the
Oakdale Cemetery.
Marysville City Council will hold its first public hearing at the Aug. 8
council meeting for an ordinance making amendments to plot owners'
rights at the cemetery.
The Public Works Committee of city council reviewed Chapter 941
regarding Oakdale Cemetery and determined changes are needed to enhance
the grounds.
According to the ordinance specifics, the language states:
"No artificial flowers, wreaths or decorations of any type shall be
permitted on the grounds between the Friday following the Easter holiday
and Nov. 1. Cemetery personnel will remove grave blankets by Feb. 1 to
prevent damage to grass. All other seasonal decorations will be removed
no earlier than the Friday following the Easter holiday."
Council amendments also added:
"Any urns, metal or plastic, or flower containers not in use will be
disposed of. Concrete urns are prohibited."
In past public works meetings, it has been mentioned that concrete urns
are not desirable because they deteriorate over time.
Lane Stillings, superintendent of building and grounds, agrees the
concrete urns do pose problems. However, he said, the rules concerning
them have been in effect for years.
"The only real change is the artificial flowers," he said.
While some members of the public works committee have mentioned
artificial flowers may blow away in the wind, no reason was offered for
limiting the time frame for having the flowers at the grave.
Council President John Gore was unavailable for comment on the issue.
Stillings said it could have to do with the fact that artificial flowers
fade over time.
After the first reading of the ordinance occurred at the July 25 council
meeting, council member Dan Fogt voiced his displeasure.
"Myself, I'm disappointed artificial flowers aren't allowed year round,"
he said. "I think they can look nice."
The fact that concrete urns are not allowed is another point Fogt
disagreed with.
"Some have been there for 75 years," he said, "and now they will be
"I'm sorry you don't agree with that," Fogt told council. "But we need
to respect the families and take care of those graves."
Mayor Steve Lowe's stance on the cemetery regulations has remained the
"I have tried to improve the appearance of the cemetery and of the
community since I was elected," Lowe said in a recent e-mail. "I believe
that the cemetery and the community look better than I can remember. I
think that most people are proud of what the city has been able to do."
He added that he would have liked to see the original version of the
ordinance get a chance to work before any amendments such as these are
In addition to the artificial flower and urn regulations, the ordinance
will seek to establish a cemetery advisory board to hear all issues
regarding Oakdale. The board will be made up of a funeral director, a
veteran's group representative, a council member and a citizen. Members
shall be appointed the president of city council.
A citizen committee has already been established, consisting of members
of the community and members of city council on the public works
Concerned residents may attend the Aug. 8 council meeting for the public
hearing, as further amendments to the ordinance are expected to be made.

Ride for Kids raises more than $120,000
The Saturday rains let up just long enough to ensure the 11th Annual
Marysville Ride for Kids motorcycle event would not be flooded out.
By 1 p.m. the 400 damp participants had raised $120,096 for the
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States (PBTFUS). Last
year the event brought in $121,800 locally.
Held at Honda of America Mfg., the ride marks the end of Honda
HomeComing events which began Thursday. The ride was postponed for an
hour while the organizers waited for the rains to let up.
Ride for Kids began in Atlanta in 1984, focusing the passion many have
with riding motorcycles on raising funds for children's cancer research.
The Marysville event is one of 22 rides occurring across the U.S.
Eighty-six percent of all money accumulated goes directly into pediatric
cancer research.
"More children die from brain tumors today than any other disease," Pete
terHorst, executive director of PBTFUS said, "I don't think a lot of
people know that."
"Motorcyclists proved once again that despite poor weather and adverse
economic conditions they are steadfast supporters of our mission to end
childhood brain tumors," he said. "They are very caring people with big
Elton Hament packed up his Honda Gold Wing in preparation for his first
Marysville ride. He became interested in joining the Ohio event after
taking part in the Great Pacific Coast 2001 Motorcycle Ride, which
toured the famous Highway 1 along the coast of California.
Hament was riding in support of Christopher Carstanjen, who died on
Sept. 11 at the age of 34. Carstanjen was on his way to join the Pacific
Coast ride last year on United Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles
which was flown into the World Trade Center by terrorists. Carstanjen's
picture graced the back of Hament's motorcycle.
Leading the swarm of bikes onto Honda Parkway in the slight drizzle was
Cpl. Rocky Nelson of the Union County Sheriff's Department. On the back
of his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle sat a special passenger.
Katie Lackey, a 12-year-old brain tumor survivor from Columbus, held on
as they took the 90-minute tour through country roads around Union,
Champaign and Logan counties. She had asked Nelson if she could ride
lead with him earlier this year at a fundraiser they both attended at
the Der Dutchman Restaurant.
Lackey was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor when she was just 3
and is considered a testament to what the Ride for Kids is all about.
At the emotional "Celebration of Life" awards ceremony held later in the
day, young cancer survivors Zachary Mettle, Will O'Brien, Tyler Prosch,
Matt Howdyshell, and Lackey all took the stage as the stars of the
event. Some of the children have been returning for the past seven years
for the ride.
They thanked the crowd for being there and raising money.
"If it wasn't for you," Lackey told them, "I wouldn't be here today to
enjoy myself."
Jennifer Mettle, mother of Zachary, was filled with emotion as she spoke
to the crowd while holding her son.
"Words cannot describe what it means for you to be here," she said. "It
means so much that you find it in yourselves to come out in the pouring
rain and help our kids."
Awards were given to these top fundraisers:
. Richard Silva, $9,300 - Top Individual
. Gold Wing Road Rider Association, Ohio Chapter D3, $11,732 - Top
. Competition Accessories, $7,650 - Top Dealer
The winner of the Honda Gold Wing motorcycle was Dennis Summers from
Washington Court House.
Honda has sponsored the Ride for Kids since 1991. Its employees raised
$35,000 this year, which the company matched halfway with $17,500.

West Nile Virus found in county
The Union County Health Department has received information that two
blue jays from Union County submitted to the Ohio Department of
Agriculture have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The birds were found on Paver Barnes Road in Paris Township and Watkins
Road in Dover Township.
Paul Pryor, director of environmental health, said the report was not
unexpected. He said residents should take preventative measures and
continue to report dead blue jays and crows to the health department.
Symptoms of a mild infection include fever, headache and body aches,
often with skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Headache, high fever,
neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and
paralysis mark severe infection. The virus can become serious in the
young and elderly or those receiving chemotherapy treatment.
Horse owners are advised to vaccinate their animals.
Prevention of West Nile Virus includes removing standing water from
puddles, stagnant ditches, buckets, old tires and neglected swimming
pools. The health department recommends that people wear clothing that
covers their skin, use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors, use
mosquito repellent, use perfume sparingly and keep screens in good
The health department also advises that aerosol bombs, smoke pots and
citronella candles offer only limited protection, electrocution devices
actually attract mosquitoes and sonic repellers do not work.
For more information about mosquito-borne illness or to report a dead
bird, contact the health department at (937) 642-053.

Valkyrie riders try to break record
As part of Honda HomeComing 2002, more than 700 Honda Valkyrie riders
roared through the gates of Honda of America Mfg.'s Marysville
Motorcycle Plant Friday morning with one goal in mind ? a world record.
Other Honda motorcycle models joined the procession to push the total
number to more than 800.
Organized by Lamont Boyden, president of the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser
Club, the parade of Valkyries left Marysville at 11 a.m. en route to a
place in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is believed that the
previous world record of 180 motorcycles for an organized model ride
will be shattered by nearly four times that amount.
Boyden said the guidelines were received and everything was done to make
it official.
The Honda HomeComing event that started in 1989 as an open house to
thank Honda motorcycle buyers has grown into a national rally that
attracts 6,00 to 8,000 motorcyclists annually from across the country.

City officials vow to change process
Attendance was high at Thursday's Marysville City Council meeting.
While the majority of citizens in the crowd voiced their problems with
flooding in the city, a familiar protest once again centered on the
city's "odor."
Now that trucking sludge out of the wastewater treatment plant has been
approved by the Ohio EPA, alleviating the problem of the full sludge
bins, a new problem exists.
Residents of Aspen Drive in Marysville Estates reported that sludge
trucked through their streets is not properly contained. As a result,
material drips out of the back, leaving behind human waste in their
roads. They are afraid to even let their children outside to play
Charlie Tatman, waste water superintendent for the past four years, said
that unfortunately the sludge is too thick to pump into tanks so they
must use trucks.
Carol Muirfield, an Aspen Drive resident, said the odor is constant and
often makes her physically ill.
The trucks at times are not even covered as they drive by and the smell
becomes even worse, she said.
Stephen Ardom lives in the area and rallied the residents to come to the
Thursday council meeting to complain.
"Sludge is just a nice word for broken down feces and urine," he said.
"The odor is in our homes, in our drapes and in our clothes."
Last week one truck driver made news after he spilled 10 to 15 tons of
sludge on Main Street before realizing the truck's back latch was not
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said those responsible for the spill
have been fired. He also reported that the administration and the waste
water treatment plant have committed that from now on no truck will
leave the plant without a cover on its truck bed.
Tatman said he is going to find another way to transport the sludge
without going through the Aspen Drive area.
There are 4 million gallons of sludge coming into the plant every day,
Tatman said.
The process, he explained, has the waste fed into an anaerobic digester,
which produces methane that is burned off at the top of a smoke stack.
He said this burner is being phased out because it is not as effective
as it should be and because at times the "eternal flame" goes out,
causing more smell. The plant will switch to an aerobic digester which
is "kinder and more neighborly" in terms of the odor produced.
But one thing is certain, Schaumleffel and Tatman said, the smell from
the treatment plant will not be taken care of 100 percent until it can
be moved outside the city.
"You can't have 4 million gallons of dookie coming through without a
smell," Tatman said.
"But it's not going to happen this year or next year," Schaumleffel
Until this year, he said, there hasn't been the funding for moving the
plant. Increase in water and sewer rates have given city utility coffers
more money.
"I'm going to do whatever it takes, now that we have the capital to do
something," Mayor Steve Lowe said.
Marysville Estates resident Patti Brown said she has been complaining
about the smell in Marysville for the past 30 years.
"If they have to wait 30 years then they are in trouble," she said. "I
don't want to have to wait another 20 years . I may not make it."
In an issue which seemed to have been overshadowed by the topics of
flooding and the city's odor, the second reading to provide for an
additional .6 percent levy on income tax for capital improvements was
passed. Third reading will be held at the Aug. 8 meeing. Councilman John
Marshall commented on the fact that it was interesting how they could
pack residents in for topics like sewage but for tax issues no one
In other topics discussed, the proposed Marysville bed tax on transient
guests at city hotels was passed unanimously by council.
Bart Hacker, public affairs director of the Ohio Hotel and Lodging
Association, spoke to council before its vote in an attempt to convince
them to rule otherwise. He mentioned that the tax would be counter
productive to Marysville's competitive edge over Dublin, its main rival
for motel rooms.
Ultimately, council felt the bed tax was a good idea and proceeded with
the ordinance. An additional 3 percent city tax will now be added the 3
percent tax already established by the county.
Hacker warned that by putting a 6 percent tax on local hotel guests, it
may force owners to raise their rates by 8 or 9 percent in order to
compensate for any loss.
In other discussions:
. The intersection at Route 4 and County Home Road has been a topic of
complaint, as traffic accidents reportedly occur on a regular basis.
Lowe said he has spoken with county engineer Steve Stolte about fixing
the problem. He said the intersection in question is not in city
"It is already a bad situation," Lowe said. "With school starting it
will be worse."
However, the state already said it does not feel a light needs to be
there, he said.
. Council voted to pass the ordinance establishing fees for city
Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
. Doug Mormon was appointed to the Joint Recreational Parks District,
replacing Peter Lunder who is moving to Iowa.
. Marysville finance director John Morehart, reported he met with the
Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) on Tuesday to discuss some of the
city's concerns with their handling of the 2001 income taxes.
Marysville contracted with RITA for administration of its income tax,
effective January 1. The city's agreement with RITA now has been
extended to July 31 to give more time for council and administration to
decide if they will continue with the company.
Problems with the difficult tax form and the time lapse between when the
money is collected and when the city receives it were two issues.
"Overall I was impressed with the visit," Morehart said. "The issues put
forth were addressed."
He said RITA will be doing some major changes in how it handles the
process by making an easier tax form and by reducing the amount of paper
"That is key in our continued work with them," Gore said.

Council fields sewer line complaints
Reportedly, some four to six inches of rain fell in Marysville in a half
hour period last week, causing flooding which many residents haven't
seen in years.
As a result, residents of Hickory Drive and others in the Barhaven
housing development claim to have had raw sewage in their basements ever
since. They sought help and answers from council Thursday night.
City engineer Phil Roush said he knew there had been flooding in some
homes as a result of the rains but he did not know there had been sewage
backing up as well.
Matthew Holtzapfel, a Hickory Drive resident, said he has feces in his
fully furnished basement.
"In 1997 the same thing happened," he said. The flooding caused $6,000
damage back then, he said, and his insurance provider dropped him
because of it. The new damage he estimates at around $20,000 and he does
not know what he will do if his new insurance company drops him.
Residents at the meeting said they are worried their homes will not be
the investments they had hoped. While they love Marysville and its
people, some feel they would not recommend their friends to move here
anymore. Resident Brian Kocsis is one of them.
"You know what? We're going to get water again," Kocsis said, "and that
makes me want to move."
Keith Nason, also of Hickory Drive, moved to Marysville in 1986 and
didn't start having flooding problems until 1993. Since then his house
has flooded with sewage three times. He believes the sewer lines are too
old and are not adequate for the constant building in the city.
Many of the residents felt a hold should be put on future development
until the city can handle the sewage it already has. It was also noted
that the sewer line issue needs to be at the top of the capital projects
list if the income tax is voted through in November.
"We recognize there is a problem and that there is a need to
investigate. I believe you are being heard," council president John Gore
said. "I don't want you to walk away thinking you are being ignored."
While there is not a lot that can be done about what has happened in the
past, he said, the city needs to look toward the future.
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said this is why there is a new
administration, because the past one wasn't planning ahead.
The city is now being very critical on new development and regulations.
Lowering the density requirements is another issue being pursued.
Flooding is another reason the city has asked property owners to clean
their sewer lines to prevent some of the back ups.
However, enforcing this is not easy.
"People resist," he said.
Ellen Holt is a new resident to Hickory Drive and had three to four
inches of water flood her home.
Her question to council was that if problems has been going on for so
long, why haven't funds been set aside every year to fix it.
"Anybody can do studies," she said. "We need action and not words."
Lowe said he will do just that.
"I don't believe in studies unless they are acted upon," he said.
Contrary to what several residents reported, Lowe said, there has never
been a study on the city's sewer lines.
Thanks to the utility tax hikes on sewer and water rates which took
effect on April 25, Lowe said, the city has had more funding to pursue
the water and sewer issues.
"I appreciate very much the assurance," Sherwood Drive resident Dick
Teller said, "I'm going to make sure you do."
Lowe reported that an engineering firm is now studying the town run from
the headwaters at the ORW to where it empties into Mill Creek at Third
and Plum streets. The results of that are expected to be completed by
the end of September.
At that time, Schaumleffel said, a community meeting will be scheduled
for October so residents can be updated on those results.
There were also complaints raised about how the prior city engineer had
lost the city's sewer plans and that a study needs to be done to find
out what is going on. Although this was not disputed, current city
engineer Phil Roush said there are some plans existing.
Roush said he would have a crew to investigate the sewer lines starting
on Monday to check for possible infiltration in the lines.
He said he will report on this investigation at the next council meeting
to be held Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

From town to town: What motivates a fair worker?
Known for their nomadic travel and sometimes rough lifestyles, carnival
workers have always been a point of interest at fairs as they persuade
the passerby to test their luck.
"We're all one big happy dysfunctional family," Devon Waller said.
With a bevy of colorful tattoos down his arms, Waller is originally from
Pennsylvania. He has been a traveling carnival worker for the past 14
For the most part, these fair workers stick to the Midwest. However,
some have made their way outside the United States in pursuit of their
When questioned about traveling from city to city and setting up shows
for fairs or the random city festival, some workers can be rather aloof
about their past. More than one answered questions with a half-closed
eye and the stock answer, "No comment."
Hank Williams, oddly enough sharing the same name as the country singer
legend, is from California and has been traveling from fair to fair for
the past 12 years. He was also a bit wary of sharing any good stories he
might have accumulated from his work.
"Any story I know you couldn't put in the newspaper," Williams said,
He and Waller were running adjoining booths Tuesday featuring bright red
or blue stuffed animals lined up around their entrances for fairgoers to
try for, after trying their luck at games of chance.
Some of the workers seemed glad to share words about their travels.
Jim Brown, a 20-something worker from Lancaster, has been on the job
since 1999. Already this year he manned a booth at a state fair in
Tulsa, Okla., before heading to Union County.
"Last year I had the opportunity to go to Puerto Rico to work a
festival, but I didn't end up going," Brown said.
His cousin came to see him around the same time so he decided to stay
and hang out with him. Brown said he didn't mind missing out on the
"I suppose it's just like any other fair," he said about Puerto Rico.
Brown likes his job because not only is it easy money, but also because
it is simply fun work to do.
"I like working with the kids. It's really all about them," Brown said.
"I like to see their faces light up when they win something."
Mary Reith, originally from Newport, Ky., has been a carnival worker on
and off for the past 12 years.
"I just like watching the kids smile and have fun," she said as she
worked the controls for the merry-go-round. Sometimes she rides along
with a child to hold his balloon and to make sure he is having fun.
A young girl operating the climbing wall, Stacy Gossard, said her family
owns the ride and they had just come from a rib cooking festival in Lima
where they are originally from. The family sticks mainly to the Ohio
area in their travels, she said.
When asked about how she enjoys the traveling, Gossard shares the
opinion of most of the others.
"It's all right," she said. "Sometimes it's good and sometimes it's
Most have a love-hate relationship with traveling but all of them say
they enjoy what they do, providing entertainment for people from town to
Historically speaking, many fair patrons have complained of the tricks
of the trade supposedly used by carnival workers to keep people from
winning, whether it's the idea that the basketball hoops are so small
the balls won't go through them or that the one ceramic bottle is always
glued down in the baseball throwing booth, or even that the plates are
greased down to make sure things slide off when thrown. But the workers
won't talk about that.
Living on site for the duration of the Union County Fair, the carnival
workers will be busy during the weekend as people are off work, Honda
HomeComing begins and more citizens of Union County head to Marysville.
The games and rides open weekdays at noon and close at 10 p.m. On the
weekend they stay open until 11 p.m.

Fun with furballs
Journal-Tribune intern
For those bored with pigs and rabbits, the Union County Fair offers a
horse of a different color.
This year the Alpaca Breeders of Mid-Ohio have the exotic but lovable
creatures on display.
Rita and Charlie Reinhardt of Marysville have owned alpacas for two
Rita first came into contact with alpacas, a cousin of the llama,
several years ago when on a trip to Puget Sound, Wash.
"I saw them and I fell in love," Rita Reinhardt said.
Alpacas are easy for women to handle because of their size. They weigh
between 120 and 175 pounds and stand about 36 inches tall.
"We have two llamas and they are just too big for me to handle. These
are much easier," Rita Reinhardt said.
Before leaping into the alpaca business the couple researched the animal
and discovered that the creature is native to the Andes Mountains. They
were concerned that the climate in Ohio was too harsh for the animals.
"We didn't think that we could raise them here because of the heat,"
Charlie Reinhardt said.
The couple found that the animal could be raised in Ohio. In fact, Ohio
has more alpacas than any other state. According to the Alpaca Owners
and Breeders Association, they adapt easily to the Great Lakes area
climate  The couple uses electric fans to cool them and to control pesky
"Days like today are hard on the animals," Rita Reinhardt said of
Monday's heat.
It is especially difficult for alpacas because their fur cannot be
"We hosed White Diamond down this morning just because she was so
dirty," Charlie Reinhardt said.
Unlike the llama, which is used primarily as a pack animal, the alpaca
is raised for its luxurious fine fiber. Alpaca fiber is soft yet durable
and comes in a variety of colors; the worldwide market recognizes 22
natural colors of alpaca, from pure white to jet black.
The couple will not be showing any of their herd at the Ohio State Fair
but plan on attending an alpaca show at the Ohio State fairgrounds in
 The Reinhardts will be displaying some of their animals on Friday at an
open air tent between the swine and rabbit barns. Other members of the
group will have animals on display on the alternating days.

Four advisors donate nearly two centuries of service to 4-H
As 4-H celebrates its centennial year, Union County has four veteran
advisors with a total of 195 years of service.
Miriam Hildreth is the county's senior advisor with 68 years as a club
advisor with Paris Style Improvers and Achievers. Dorothy Nicol has
volunteered as an advisor for 43 years with the Darby Debs. Jeanine
Rausch, an advisor for Sunshine Sewing and Serving, and Dorothy Jean
Boerger, an advisor for Darby Debs, have each volunteered for 42 years.
All say they volunteer for one reason - to touch the youth.
"It's still a joy," Hildreth said.
Over the years, they agree, 4-H has changed.
"It's not like it used to be," Boerger said.
When they began, all four said their clubs were primarily for girls,
offering traditional projects like sewing and cooking. Boys clubs had
livestock. Now clubs have both girls and boys as members and offer a
variety of projects.
"Anything goes," Rausch said.
Projects now include laundry, money management, bike safety and building
a squirrel feeder. For the past five years, Union County 4-Hers have
been represented in every project area offered.
Regardless of the variety, 4-H has always been and still is about
Rausch said she will never forget an experience that happened years ago
when a girl won with a loaf of bread that was burned and lopsided. To
those who wondered about the choice, county extension agent Alice Diehl
explained that the girl, who lived in the county's children's home, knew
she had baked the bread at too high a temperature and why her bread was
lopsided. Diehl pointed out that it doesn't matter how perfect a project
is because knowledge is what makes us a winner.
"One thing learned is something gained," Rausch said.
Each adviser agrees.
The goal is for each child to learn one thing - how to bake one batch of
cookies or to sew one sleeve in an outfit.
Rausch said that all her club members, regardless of their projects,
have to learn how to sew a button on.
4-H also goes beyond projects.
Each year members of the Sunshine Sewing and Serving 4-H Club start by
answering the question of what they want to learn. After 9/11 the
members decided to learn about other cultures. That led to discussions
at each meeting about different cultures. Other discussions focused on
the value of fast food.
Members have also planted flowers as part of the Adopt A Row program in
New California, St. John's Lutheran School and downtown Marysville,
collected food for the food pantry and held a mother's tea and
In addition, members still meet regularly, give demonstrations, work on
project books, share refreshments and play games.
Learning in 4-H also goes beyond the child.
"We learn, too," Nicol said.
Rausch said she has learned to appreciate pocket pets after one of her
club members took a white rat as a 4-H project and turned it loose.
The Union County 4-H program has nearly 1,000 community club members and
more than 200 volunteers involved in 65 clubs. Nearly 1,500 more youth
are involved in 4-H programming through school enrichment projects.

Lodging assoc. to oppose bed tax
One man says he won't rest until the proposed Marysville bed tax is
Bart Hacker, public affairs director of the Ohio Hotel and Lodging
Association, wants to convince Marysville City Council that enacting a
3-percent tax on all transactions made by guests at local hotels is not
a good idea.
"The tax would be bad public policy," Hacker said.
He plans to make his case before council's 7 p.m. Thursday meeting.
Enacting the bed tax on local hotels in the middle of a national
economic decline, he said, will have adverse affects on the city.
While Ohio's lodging industry has suffered occupancy dips greater than
the national average, he said, Marysville is doing quite well as local
occupancy rates are up from last year. Comparably-sized areas such as
Dublin, Worthington and Bellefontaine have not seen occupancy rises.
Marysville needs to take advantage of this, he said. In order to
maintain Marysville's positive growth, he said, the tax should not be
imposed because it would affect the city's competitive edge.
For example, combining both the county and city bed taxes in place in
surrounding areas, Marysville looks good. Dublin's tax is 10 percent and
Worthington's is 8 percent. Union County has a 3-percent tax  already in
effect. The proposed city tax hike would bring to total to 6 percent.
Both Delaware and Bellefontaine have 6-percent bed taxes.
Council has said a hotel tax would help alleviate Marysville's financial
problems and help pay for permanent improvements.
Instead, Hacker said, council needs to nurture its local lodging because
in time Marysville's competitive edge will pay off.
Thinking of the people using local hotels as "transient guests" is not
correct, he said. Guests are made up of workers and corporate employees
of industries such as Honda of America and Goodyear.
"They are supporting the community," Hacker said.
If the city enacts the tax hike, he said, those companies could simply
avoid the tax by establishing a corporate apartment complex, making them
exempt from the bed tax. It may also convince others to look for other
places to stay.
Hacker is asking that Marysville have patience with its local hotels, as
they will pay off in future years as west central Ohio grows.
The problem facing Hacker is that the ordinance will have its third
reading at city council Thursday and if it is passed, the issue will be
"I just heard about (the proposed tax) last week," Hacker said.
"Usually we don't wait until the last hearing," he said about the Ohio
Hotel and Lodging Association, "but it was only after the fact that we
found out about it."
Part of the reason, he said, was because the city had not run a legal
advertisement announcing the public hearing for the lodging ordinance.
Because of this, Hacker plans to ask council for a two-week extension on
the ordinance so he can inform residents of the ramifications and
consequences of how the tax may negatively affect the city's established
competitive edge over its surrounding neighbors.

New supervisor for Latchkey program takes over

Joanne Federico-Tiziani has great expectations as the new coordinator
for the Latchkey program at the Marysville schools.
Latchkey is a before and after-school childcare program for elementary
and intermediate school students. The program also operates during the
Tiziani hopes to make Latchkey a more rounded experience by adding to
the existing program. She will be implementing new mentor and tutor
activities beginning this fall. Area high school students and business
people will act as guest speakers throughout the school year sharing
experiences with the children, acting as role models and tutoring the
"... these kids could have people come in and just give them ideas to
think about," Tiziani said.
Tiziani thought of having student tutors and mentors after working with
students at Marysville High School.
"There were some extraordinary kids there and I thought that they could
help," she said.
Tiziani has already started theme weeks and months during summer
Latchkey. Students will take part in activities surrounding a common
"This week is Planes, Trains and Automobile Week and we are having a
train on Friday and today there is a race car," Tiziani said.
While this is her first time as a latchkey instructor she is no stranger
to children. Tiziani is the mother of an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old.
"I'm not new to handling kids," she said.
Prior to living in Marysville, Tiziani lived in Ironwood, Mich., where
she began her own day care and was licensed by the state as a day care
"At the time my kids were little and I just couldn't find any good day
care, so, I started my own," Tiziani said.
Tiziani has also worked at Marysville High School as a study hall
Registration for fall Latchkey is well underway and Tiziani is excited
about the opening of Navin School.
"We're expecting a big turnout at Navin," Tiziani said.
Tiziani has added extra staff so the program can continue to grow with
the community.
 "We have a wonderful staff. They are the people who actually work with
the children every day," Tiziani said.
School year Latchkey follows the Marysville school calendar and begins
Aug. 21 at East, Edgewood, Mill Valley, Raymond and Navin Elementary
Schools and Creekview Intermediate School. Latchkey times during the
school year are from 5:30-9 a.m. and from 2:30-6 p.m.
For more information about latchkey registration contact Tiziani or
Yvonne Overfield at 642-8478.

Steam thresher show opens in Plain City
Journal-Tribune intern
The Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show and Reunion is a mix of new faces
and old friends with activities ranging from a radio-controlled tractor
pull to a flea market with more than 120 vendors.
The 53rd steam show and reunion is being held today through Sunday at
Pastime Park in Plain City.
Doug Obert is one of 24 MVSTA board members and has been involved with
the show and organization for more than 15 years.
"It seems like forever," Obert said.
Each year Obert looks forward to seeing old friends and meeting new
people. He has been at Pastime Park since Sunday afternoon welcoming
"We draw people from a large area," Obert said.
This year there are people and machines from as far away as Texas and
"One man brought 22 lawn mowers and has 20 more at home," Obert said.
 Carl Schrote of the Richwood area has owned a 1913 Advance Steam
Thresher since 1987 and has been bringing it to the show and reunion
ever since.
"I love this show. It's clean, it's fun, it's friendship," Schrote said.

 Obert and Schrote are not worried about the new laws requiring machines
to be inspected affecting the future of the show and reunion.
 "It will discontinue a few, but not the good ones. It won't bother me a
bit because my machine is in good condition," Schrote said.
Schrote explained the importance of keeping the thresher in good
"Upkeep isn't hard as long as you keep it clean and dry, or the tank
might freeze during the winter," Schrote said.
 Cindy and Kent Lavy of Arcanum have owned an 18-horse-power 1922 Rumely
thresher for 12 years and have been attending the show and reunion for
10 years, each year camping in the same location.
"We started coming because we know Doug (Obert) real well and he told us
about it," Cindy Lavy said
The couple enjoy the show well enough to call it a vacation.
"This is our vacation every year," Kent Lavy said.
Bonnie Neil Vonderhuevel of DeGraff is at Pastime Park for reasons
besides seeing the large machines. She is a first-time vendor at the
"I'm here to see if people are interested in my crocks," Vonderhuevel
Vonderhuevel hand paints country designs on a variety of crocks,
barrels, baskets and signs. The money she makes is used as a
supplementary income to pay for medication.
"I'm excited to see what other people are selling and get ideas,"
Vonderhuevel said.
This evening the Front Porch Players will provide entertainment. Friday
there will be a Grand Parade downtown including a six-horse hitch,
followed by entertainment by the Mule Skinners Band and the Star Lite
Cloggers. Radio-controlled truck and tractor pulls will take place
Saturday, followed by a stock antique tractor pull and steam engine
pull. Sunday afternoon there will be a kiddie tractor pull.
 General admission is $4 at the gate.

Armory sites continue to be scrutinized
City and county officials appeared to be playing a game of hot potato
Monday afternoon while discussing the ideal spot for a proposed
community center.
Union County's three commissioners, Jim Mitchell, Tom McCarthy and Don
Fraser, met with Marysville Mayor Steve Lowe and three members of his
staff, as well as Union County Economic Development Director Eric
Phillips for one and a half hours to discuss what site to propose for an
Ohio Army National Guard readiness center.
The Guard approached the city in February with plans to locate a
training and community center in either Marysville or Delaware. The city
then brought the county into the talks.
The Guard plans to buy the land and build a facility within three years.
Space will be available for community partners to use on a daily basis
since the guard's use is limited to a couple of times a month and a
couple of weeks a year. Possible partners include the YMCA, a day care
center, higher education, a library, agricultural agencies and senior
center. Originally city officials discussed locating a city hall in the
center, but now appear to be backing out of that plan.
At Monday's meeting the city seemed to be leaning toward a county-owned
site that required limited city investment, while the county's
preference was for a city site.
Seeing an opportunity to pay for current traffic problems in the
Delaware Avenue area, the city said a $3 million road improvement is
necessary before the center could locate on land near the Y, one of the
proposed sites. Lowe then said the city doesn't have one penny and this
improvement is not a top priority.
"I think the people out there should put some money into it," he said.
"I'm not going to build another road if I can't take care of the roads I
already have."
McCarthy, on the other hand, said opportunities to partner with the Y
have risen to the top of the list.
"I think it's unfair for the city to ask others to pay for all their
past sins," McCarthy said.
Instead, McCarthy and Fraser suggested that the Guard's readiness center
could be the first step in solving the city's traffic problems. All
agree that an 800-foot road extension is necessary for the readiness
center. The proposed extension would go from Delaware Avenue south
between McDonalds and the industrial properties to the west connecting
with East Fifth Street. It would cost approximately $700,000.
The city maintains that for the existing Charles Lane/Delaware Avenue
area traffic patterns to be fully corrected, a roadway will have to be
constructed from Delaware Avenue south to Industrial Parkway and
Delaware Avenue will have to be widened between Five Points and Charles
Lane. Estimated cost for the roadway from Delaware Avenue to Industrial
Parkway is $2 million, with an $1 million to widen Delaware Avenue.
"Don't lose sight there are three road issues," said Union County
Engineer Steve Stolte.
He added that two of the three improvements are necessary regardless of
whether the readiness center comes to the area. Stolte suggested that a
connector to Industrial Parkway could be paid by development, while the
whole populus would pay for the Delaware improvement. Bob Schaumleffel
of the city also mentioned the possibility of assessments.
Lowe said he would have to discuss the idea with his staff before
commenting on the county's suggestion.
At a Thursday meeting with Phillips and Stolte, McCarthy said, "They
(the city) have to decide if they want to be a player or not. Nobody has
the deep pockets to build a Polaris Parkway."
He also questioned whether the county has the authority to build a road
for the city.
When the focus turned to the county-owned County Home Road site, Lowe
visibly perked up, while county officials appeared to drag their feet.
Phillips said the 11.898 acres where the old county home is located and
an adjacent 8.102 acres are a little odd in shape.
Lowe saw advantages to linking the project to the joint recreational
district. The commissioners pointed out this site will require a
decision of whether the old county home should be demolished or
remodeled. The county officials also noted that the offer of land does
not include the county's 51-acre farm property.
"It is easy to give all this away because it isn't his," McCarthy said
at a meeting last week with Phillips.
Also at the Thursday meeting the commissioners noted that the city has
pulled its operational dollars from the joint recreational district with
a five-year commitment for sewer improvements which haven't happened.
A third possible location discussed Monday is along Industrial Parkway
near The Scotts Co. and Goodyear. While the two companies are interested
in locating day care and higher education facilities nearby, public
officials all agree that this location is more difficult for the city
and county to commit dollars toward. A fourth property on the west side
of Industrial Parkway just south of Dunham Avenue, known as the
Coleman/Botkin site, was taken out of consideration because of land
Total budgets for the three sites are:
. $12.1 million with partial road construction for YMCA site and $14.6
million with Industrial Parkway Road and Delaware Avenue widening. City
cost is $700,000 for partial road construction and $3 million for the
complete road project. The property includes 22.22 acres. Possible
partners are YMCA, senior center, day care center, physical therapy,
higher education, library and readiness center.
. $11.1 million for County Home site with city cost $200,000 for turn
lane and signal construction. Acreage totals 20. Potential partners
include OSU Extension, USDA, Soil and Water Conservation District,
senior center, day care, higher education, joint recreational district,
Marysville schools and readiness center.
. $9.9 million for Goodyear/Scotts site with city cost of $200,000 for
turn lane and signal construction. Site includes 20 acres. Possible
partners include senior center, day care, higher education, major
corporations and readiness center.
Phillips said a presentation will be made to the Guard on Aug. 7 at 10
a.m. He said local officials need to select a primary site to propose
with alternates. The Guard will then have 30 days to make their

New NU board members rock the boat
Two newcomers to the North Union School Board made waves Monday night,
casting no votes on issues that in other years may have been routine
Board members Steve Goodwin and Marcy Elliott each cast sole no votes on
separate ordinances at the regularly scheduled board meeting. Both are
in their first year serving on the board.
Goodwin balked at passing a motion to adopt a new salary scale for the
treasurer's position. The ordinance was to set the scale for those with
a master's degree and those with BA 150 certification, which falls
between a straight bachelor's and a master's degree.
He noted that the steps built in for increasing the treasurer's salary
jumped by a larger percentage than those of the administrators' salary
scale. He pointed out that the treasurer's salary jumped 3 percent or
more between steps while administrators gained 2 percent salary
increases by moving up a step.
Goodwin said the inequality was not fair and needed to be addressed.
Superintendent Carol Young said she believed the salary steps were put
into place to offset a low starting salary which was set years ago.
Goodwin said he felt the current pay raise scale should not be set up to
offset a mistake of the past.
He voted no on the ordinance but it went on to pass 4-1.
Elliott took her turn when it came time to approve increases in the
salary steps for current administrators. She  voted no on moving Bruce
Hoover, principal of Jackson and Leesburg-Magnetic elementaries, to step
3 of the salary scale. The increase went on to be approved 4-1.
Elliott said after the meeting that she did not wish to comment on the
reason for the no vote.
Increases in salary were approved for all administrators. Those getting
increases were Young, $84,472; high school principal Vaughn Williams,
$78,265; middle school principal Diana Martin, $66,914; Claibourne
Elementary principal Lisa Wolfe, $62,784; Hoover, $59,479; assistant
high school principal Eric Holman, $54,936; technology coordinator Pam
Wenning-Earp, $47,971; and transportation supervisor Claude Tidd,
In other business, the board:
. Heard an update on the high school roofing project.
. Approved of a change order which would add more paving work at the
high school at a cost in the area of $30,000.
. Heard a brief update on the facilities projects.
. Voted 5-0 to approve three changes in policies centering around
computers and technology, public gifts, grading scales and bidding
. Voted unanimously to approve a motion to authorize the issuance of
bonds for not more than  $13 million to construct an elementary school
and complete other repairs and improvements.
. Voted 5-0 to authorize the submission of the Program of Requirements
for the elementary school to the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
. Accepted the resignation of Scott Thompson, Jeff Waltz and Susan Barr
of their teaching contracts, Sally Wiley for her contract as school
nurse, Peggy Disbennett for her contract as head cook and Tyler Tingley
for his supplemental contract as freshman basketball coach.
. Voted to approve Jacqueline Hoover for a one-year limited classified
contract as a part-time cafeteria worker and Tyler Tingley on a
supplemental contract..
. Voted to extend one-year supplemental contracts to non-certificated
staff members Amy M. Byrd, flag corps advisor; Tammy Houseworth, middle
school cheerleading advisor; and Lou Ann Wykoff, assistant high school
cheerleading advisor.

City may regulate car dealerships
Two new ordinances brought before Marysville City Council may make it
hard for new auto dealerships to set up shop where they want in the
Planning director Kathy Leidich presented the first readings at
Thursday's council meeting to amend the city zoning code to prevent new
automotive dealerships from going into Business Residential and Service
Business Zoning districts.
Current dealerships in place within the city will be grandfathered,
Leidich said.
The city planning commission decided to include businesses which include
the sales of automobiles, pickups, vans, snowmobiles, dune buggies,
go-carts and aircraft and which frequently maintain repair departments
that carry replacement parts and auto accessories.
In the same group are motorcycle dealers, including the sale of new and
used motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds and all terrain vehicles.
Marysville already has several of these businesses.
The ordinances maintain that this type of business is more appropriate
within the areas outside of the Marysville central city area located in
the Traffic Oriented Commercial District. The planning commission passed
a resolution supporting these ordinances at its July 1 meeting.
It will be used to prevent dealerships from going up in residential
"It is our way of basically addressing that issue," Leidich said.
But a side note to the discussion at the council meeting is that members
of both council and administration feel that another problem exists in
Marysville. The complaints center on a large population of citizens
selling cars, boats, motorcycles and even campers from their front
lawns, driveways or at various locations around town. An old
veterinarian building near Mill Valley on Route 31 was described as a
kind of used car lot, with around eight vehicles for sale.
"It doesn't look attractive to the city," councilman Dan Fogt said.
Some residents have vehicles for sale sitting in parks and even city
parking lots. City administrator Bob Schaumleffel called the number on
the vehicle and asked the owner to remove it.
"We cannot have our city parks become used car lots," he said.
As a result, members of council and the administration will start
looking into ways to squash the practice.
One way is to start treating the practice as a second business. Too many
vehicles for sale could be construed as maintaining a commercial
occupation in a residential district. Leidich explained that the
homegrown auto dealers may be in violation of zoning codes.
No action has been taken for now but the practice will be looked into.

First reading held on income tax issue
A relatively quick Marysville City Council meeting saw the first reading
on the .6 income tax hike ordinance.
Council also finalized newly-slashed figures of the capital improvments
projects list.
If voters approve the .6 raise in the fall it will generate $3 million
for city needs.
This money will be used to fund these projects yearly:
1. Justice Center/City Hall ? $1.44 million
2. Fire truck/station ? $220,000
3. Park construction ? $330,000
4. Streets ? $1 million
5. Other (includes various items such as lawnmowers and city equipment)
? $60,000
For city operations and maintenance, $250,000 was set aside. In
addition, a reserve fund of $200,000 was set up as a nest egg equal to
30 percent of the annual general fund.
This puts the total capital needs amount identified for funding at $3.5
million. But with the $430,000 brought in from the future EMS tax and
the $70,000 from the lodging tax, this figure now matches the $3 million
The second reading of the ordinance will be held July 25. The starting
time of future council meetings will be 7 p.m. beginning with that
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel reported on the sewage treatment
plant status.
"We have started delivering to the land fill (in Marion)," he said, "and
on a daily basis to farms."
He said this routine will hopefully mean the sludge will not build up as
it has previously. The city has capital funds available and plans to
make some undefined improvements within the year.
Schaumleffel said the project designs may cost $500,000 and the sewage
expansion project could cost $5 million.
"How much can we really borrow?" Council member Dan Fogt asked
Schaumleffel. He mentioned that the city's debt is at $36 million.
"I will not borrow," Mayor Steve Lowe said. "I won't ask you to. That is
why we are going to ask the tax payers if they want (these projects). If
they don't then we won't do them."
He said if the income tax is not passed, projects such as fixing the
streets will not be done and they will continue to deteriorate.
In other news discussed:
. City law director Tim Aslaner reported on the dilapidated houses on
South Court Street. He said a trial on Tuesday found the houses to be
nuisances. The homeowners have been given 30 days to comply before the
work will be done at their own expense.
. Gore said a few words and held a moment of silence to remember Dr.
Malcolm MacIvor, who died earlier this week.
. With the initial deadline set for July 1, and a two-week verbal
extension added on due to the water logged soil, the sewer and water
line work in Mill Creek will be completed soon. City Engineer Phil Roush
reported the contractors will move in on Monday to complete the work by
July 19. Residents will be allowed back on the jogging trail after its
. City administration will meet with RITA Aug. 3. Gore plans to attend
the meeting to represent council.
. The water drainage problems in Quail Hollow have finally been fixed.
Residents in that area sent a letter of thanks to be read during council
by member Barbara Bushong.
"It's really been two years since they asked us for that help," she
said. "So it is nice to see it get done."
. Council voted to change the term limits for president of council.
Instead of a unanimous vote, the president can now be elected to a
second term with only a majority vote.

Tax figure changed again
Marysville city council and the city administration finally reached an
agreement on the income tax issue.
Wednesday night the two groups met at City Hall and decided to pursue a
.6 percent income tax increase.
The figure is a compromise between the original .5 percent and the .75
percent figure later proposed by Mayor Steve Lowe. During the meeting
council president John Gore gave his support for the amount.
The purpose of the meeting was for council and the mayor to sit down and
prioritize the capital improvements needed in the city and try and
compromise on any cuts made.
The main capital projects outlined in Lowe's 2002-2006 Financial
Strategy Plan included a combination Justice Center/City Hall which
would place the police department and city court system in the same
building with Marysville administration offices for $1,440,000 a year.
The fire department is also in need of a new ladder  truck and new
second station at a cost of $272,000. Street repairs are also a major
issue at a $1 million price tag. Funding for parks was listed at
"We need to find a difference between a need and a want." councilman
John Marshall said about the list.
He explained that the fire department issues were needs, whereas the
parks were wants. He added that he could not decide on the Justice
During the discussion, park needs took the brunt of the prioritization
cuts. Most felt it was not a pressing issue. Councilman Dan Fogt said
the $600,000 amount should have been cut entirely. There was discussion
to drop the figure down to $400,000 or $200,000.
"I don't see how we can address our needs for less," councilman Mark
Reams said, speaking on the .6 figure.
Councilwoman Barbara Bushong said several citizens objected to new city
offices and some said Lowe just wanted a nice office for himself. She
felt this was ridiculous.
"If you believe the letters to the editor you may not get a chance to
use that office," Marshall joked.
Lowe said if cutting his office space would make voters pass a levy, he
would be happy to work from home.
A point raised by both sides is that when they present the .6 tax figure
to the public they will need to be very specific about where those funds
will go.
"We have to be honest with them - they will be honest at the polls."
city administrator Bob Schaumleffel said.
As with school levies, he said, when they see a building go up they know
exactly what they have paid for.
Lowe compared the city needs with the Marysville YMCA construction in
the 1980s. The project didn't include a pool in order to have it paid
off in full. Now they are adding a pool 14 to 15 years after and it will
cost much more now than it would have then.
"Nothing gets cheaper the longer you put it off," Marshall said.
Citizens have supported school issues and the new county building at the
courthouse, Lowe said. It is time something was done about city needs.
"This building is falling apart," he said about City Hall, adding, "The
police department is not being adequately taken care of."
"I'm not talking about a palace -  just what we need," Lowe said.
Fogt was the only member who dragged his feet on the .60 figure,
sticking to his initial belief that the city didn't need this tax hike.
In an effort to unite council, Gore sought out Fogt's approval on the .6
"I was hoping we could come up with something less than .5 . .35 was my
upper limit," Fogt said to some laughter.
Ultimately Fogt agreed to support the .6 hike, bringing the decision to
a unanimous agreement and saying it was necessary to leave it up to the
voters. This issue appears headed for the ballot in November.
Reams, as finance chairman, will meet with Lowe and the administration
sometime today to settle on final numbers in order to reach the .6
percent figure by the council meeting on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Friends, colleagues remember the 'elegant gentleman'
Journal-Tribune intern
Intelligence. Loyalty. Wordsmith. Gentleman.
These are reoccurring descriptions of Dr. Malcolm MacIvor, a pillar of
this community for decades who died Tuesday morning. He was a lifelong
resident of Marysville and nearly everyone knows his name.
He was active in his church, his profession and in the community and
touched the lives of many people. He was a member of the Union County
Foundation Board and the Marysville High School Alumni Scholarship
Foundation. MacIvor also took part in many other activities including
the Veteran's Auditorium dedication and the 50th anniversary of Memorial
Hospital of Union County.
Longtime nurse Mary Jane Crothers has known MacIvor since high school
and has worked with him through the hospital, health center and in his
"He was very much an elegant gentleman," said Crothers.
She describes him as being compassionate, friendly and patient.
MacIvor had a special relationship with all his patients.
"He loved his patients and they loved him," Crothers said. "He treated
them like family."
She will always fondly remember MacIvor for being present when she gave
birth to her daughter.
Danny Boggs, chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital of Union
County, has known MacIvor for more than 16 years.
Boggs recalls MacIvor's character as excellent.
"He was the epitome of a gentleman," said Boggs.
There were many traits that MacIvor was known for.
"He had a gift with words that could have made him a senator," Boggs
said. "He had wisdom to add to any conversation. He had a way of
bringing new light to something."
MacIvor will also be remembered for his speech recently at the 50th
anniversary of Memorial Hospital.
"He spoke of the history and how things have changed," said Boggs
Dr. John Evans knew MacIvor for more than 30 years.
"He was one of a kind. He stood out and was head and shoulders above the
rest," Evans said.
Another trait MacIvor will be remembered for is his loyalty.
"He was incredibly loyal to his patients and to his friends," Evans
Evans said MacIvor brought him to the community and, like Boggs, will
always remember his stories.
"He was great with history," said Evans.
MacIvor was also very active in the First Presbyterian Church of
Marysville where he was a longtime member. The Rev. Thom Lamb has been
at the church for two years and got to know MacIvor.
"He was an intellect with the heart of a poet," Lamb said. "He never
turned his back on anyone in need."
Dr. Rodney Hurl has known MacIvor since 1959 and has shared many
memories with him.
"Our families went on cruises and trips together but everywhere we went
he had already been there," said Hurl.
"He was loyal to everything: his church, his patients, the hospital, his
family," Hurl said.
Hurl recalls that when MacIvor was chief of staff at the hospital he
always looked for common ground when there were disputes.
"(MacIvor) had a way with words," Hurl said.
MacIvor is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and a
brother. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the
First Presbyterian Church of Marysville where the family will receive
friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday. A full obituary will appear in
Thursday's newspaper. The Underwood Funeral Home is in charge of

New type of therapy takes treatment outside the office
Like most children, Ryan King, Brandon Reed and Katie Aslaner are having
fun this summer.
Their fun, however, is also therapeutic.
These three Marysville children ride a horse every week for 30 minutes
while working with physical, occupational and speech therapists. The
therapy at Marmon Valley Farm in Logan County is used to help improve
balance, coordination, muscle tone and communication skills.
The treatment is called hippotherapy and is derived from the Greek word
hippos, meaning horse.
"It's fun and easy therapy," said Katie's mother, Amy.
As one of the youngest children in the program, Katie is just starting
to take steps at age 2. Aslaner said the therapy is helping her daughter
to stretch and loosen muscles while increasing her tone.
"For everything there is a goal," Aslaner said .
"The three-dimensional movement of the horse closely simulates the
movement of the human pelvis while walking," said Angie Knapp, an
occupational therapist with Mountainview Therapy Associates. "The horse
therefore is used as a therapeutic tool to assist children and adults
with mild to severe neuromuscular disabilities."
Cindy King of Marysville said she is planning to sign her 7-year-old son
Ryan up for a second six-week session.
"It's a lot more fun for him than a doctor's office," she said. "He
really enjoys coming out here."
For some like Ryan the therapy is a continuation of therapy he received
during the school year. The therapist tries to tie the goals in with
what the child is learning at home and in school.
Around the barn there are different stations that clients go to with the
help of a side walker, a horse leader and a therapist. All three people
are important and must be present for therapy to begin. The side walker
provides support and assists the therapist with activities by walking
next to the client. The horse leader is in charge of the horse and leads
it from station to station.
The stations include activities that work on trouble areas such as
reaching, throwing and hand/eye coordination. Mixed in with the
exercises are motivators that the children enjoy.
"Brandon favors his left hand, so we use the keyboard as a motivator to
use his right hand," says Knapp.
The clients sit on the horse in different positions that help different
muscles. "We might have them sit backwards or lay down to use different
muscles," says Knapp.
The therapists are sensitive to the needs of their clients and will stop
the session when the client has had enough. "They let us know when they
are ready to stop," She said.
Nearly every child wears a helmet while on the horse unless there is a
physical problem that prevents the child from doing so. Parents can sign
a waiver for children who cannot wear a helmet for varying reasons.
"Some kids are sensitive to touch and don't like things on their heads,
and for some kids the helmet is too heavy and hurts their necks," Knapp
While it looks like fun, hippotherapy is a prescribed treatment that
requires a doctor's permission. Each child in the program is evaluated
and given specific individual goals.
Currently the program has 13 clients ranging in age from 2 to 15 and
diagnoses ranging from autism to blindness.
Costs are covered by insurance, private pay and/or MRDD funds.

Richwood residents voice unhappiness over rate hikes
Richwood Council's water and sewer rate hike has upset some village
residents and a couple were ready Monday to let the officials know it.
In the first rate increase since 1997, council raised the minimum usage
charge from $27.86 to $36 month. Minimum usage covers those who use
2,000 gallons of water or less per month.
Each additional 1,000 gallons used will result in $3.25 tacked on for
water and $4.16 for sewer.
Tap fees were also increased from $500 to $1,000.
Both residents on hand Monday were older citizens.
Jim Leibold said that his income is fixed and the increased utilities
take a toll. He said his bill stands to go up more than $180 per year.
He also accused council of running the legislation through to passage
and not giving residents a chance to voice concerns.
Leibold told council that sewer usage should not be tied directly to
water usage. He noted that his wife waters flowers during warmer weather
and that does not increase his sewer usage.
Dottie Davis of Landon Road said she was upset by the rate hike, but was
more taken back by the fact that the quality of the water is so poor.
She claimed that the water she receives is yellow and ruins clothes in
the washing machine.
Village administrator Ron Polen said he would have the hydrants flushed
in the area of her home and that should help the problem.
Davis said the problem has existed for several years and she sees no
reason to pay increased rates when the quality of the water does not
improve. She noted that council promised her once before that the water
issues on her side of town would be corrected, but it never happened.
Council member Peg Wiley said Davis' area of the village was slated to
see water line improvements a few years ago, but EPA sanctions
concerning the sewer system forced council to pour money into that area
of the infrastructure.
Davis then asked why the rate increase was necessary at all.
Council member Arlene Blue said the cost of producing the water has
increased over the years. Polen explained that EPA regulations and
testing have increased the cost of water production.
He went on to add that the village also has no surplus money in the
water and sewer funds in case of emergency. He said should the village
need a new water well, it would not have the money to bring one into
Village zoning inspector Jim Thompson was also on hand at the meeting to
discuss an issue brought up at the last council meeting. At that meeting
a group of residents complained that three mobile homes were being
erected on a piece of property on Cherry Street.
The residents complained that state law mandates that such a facility
would be deemed a mobile home park, which is not legal to operate within
the village. Richwood police stopped the project until an investigation
into the legality of the matter could be initiated.
But Thompson said council was the wrong entity to field such complaints.
He said residents with such concerns must fill out a written complaint
form and then he is authorized to investigate the allegations.
He said his position was created to handle such problems.
Wiley noted that perhaps council should be notified when such projects
are underway in the village. Thompson said he could do that but council
would need to adopt a resolution to make the notification part of his
In other business, council:
. Heard from village financial officer Don Jolliff about the results of
a Community Development Block Grant audit. He said one small,
correctable problem was found.
. Learned from Jolliff about a problem with the village's accounting
. Approved the next three projects to be applied for in the OPWC grant
funding process.
. Learned from Mayor Bill Nibert that the next council meeting on June
22  will be held at the new Northern Union County Fire District station.

. Discussed a traffic problem on a downtown alley.
. Learned from Jolliff that the state is currently auditing the village.

. Voted 5-0 to authorize a amended certificate of expenditures to be
filed with the Union County Auditor. The certificate is to cover a
$14,061 loan payment that was not figured into the budget. A 5-0 vote
also authorized the transfer of money from the general fund into the
water debt service fund to cover the expenditure.
Council member Mike Dew was absent from the meeting.

Longtime local coroner and physician dies
Dr. Malcolm MacIvor, longtime Marysville physician and Union County
coroner, died at his home early today.
According to acting coroner Dr. Mary Applegate, MacIvor, 80, died about
3 a.m.
MacIvor was the only surviving member of the original staff at Memorial
Hospital of Union County which opened in 1952. He served as Union County
coroner from 1949 to 2001, a record in length of service unequaled in
the state of Ohio. He practiced medicine until his death in the same
location where his father, Dr. Angus MacIvor, practiced for many years.
MacIvor was born April 10, 1922, in Marysville and graduated from
Marysville High School in 940. MacIvor graduated from Ohio Wesleyan
University in 1944 and from the Ohio State University College of
Medicine in 1948. His internship was at St. Luke's Hospital in
Cleveland. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of
He married Barbara Edwards in 1947 and she died Aug. 15, 2001. They were
the parents of Dr. Duncan (Virginia) MacIvor of Richmond, Va.; John
(Sue) MacIvor of Bellefontaine and Peggy (Herbert) Hendricks of
Funeral arrangements are pending with the Underwood Funeral Home.

Heat a concern at job sites
Journal-Tribune intern
Is it hot enough for you?
High temperatures are affecting some Union County residents more than
With temperatures in the mid 90s and the heat index approaching 100,
many citizens are happy to stay inside. Some people are not so lucky.
Workers at the YMCA construction site are outside in the heat for eight
hours a day. Monday during a break several of the crew members were
resting in the shade to recover from the afternoon heat. One team member
described the hot dusty site as the "Marysville Dust Bowl."
Dan Tuttle, the site supervisor says heat is a major concern for the
"We tell them to say cool and drink a lot of water," Tuttle said .
He said that summer is summer and it doesn't feel any hotter outside
than it did last year.
According to the weather channel, the average high temperature for July
is 83 degrees. Every day so far this month has reached into the 90s.
Due to the severe heat, all the crews for Mike's Roofing stopped
production at lunch time Tuesday.
No one was available to comment at Memorial Hospital of Union County
Tuesday regarding the number of persons treated for heat-related
 According to the Union County Health Department releases, high
temperature and humidity hinder the body's ability to cool itself and
heat illness becomes a special concern. There are three major forms of
heat illness - cramps, exhaustion and stroke.
Symptoms of heat cramps include muscle spasms which usually affect the
arms, legs or stomach.
More serious than heat cramps is heat exhaustion. It occurs when the
body's internal cooling system is overworked but hasn't completely shut
down. Dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting are common signs of this
Heat stroke is life threatening and has a high death rate. It occurs
when the body has depleted its supply of water and salt and the victim's
body temperature rises to deadly levels. Early symptoms include a high
body temperature, a distinct absence of sweating, hot or flushed dry
skin, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing and constricted pupils. The
signs of heat exhaustion are also signs of heat stroke.
Besides the obvious recommendation to drink a lot of liquids, the health
department suggests that people who have to work in the heat start
slowly then build up to more physical work, allowing the body to adjust.
They also say that getting enough sleep at night is very important
during the hot summer months.
The forcast for the holiday shows that it will continue to be hot with
highs in the lower 90s with a 30 percent chance of rain.

At 82, Plain City waitress doesn't miss a step
From J-T staff reports:
The oldest and youngest waitresses in the county might be found working
most days at Jim's Diner in Plain City.
Dorothy Wiese, 82, and her granddaughter, Jamie Wiese, 12, help out at
the family diner managed by Dorothy's daughter-in-law and Jamie's
mother, Kim Wiese.
Married more than 50 years, Dorothy was a homemaker all her life and had
never been employed outside her home, although she occasionally babysat
for grandchildren or helped a family member clean houses. When her
husband Frank died in 1996, she had a lot of time on her hands and
decided to enter the workforce.
"I was just at home, not doing anything," Dorothy said.
Daughter-in-law Kim suggested Dorothy help at the diner by washing
So three years ago, at age 79, Dorothy began going to work. Starting as
a dishwasher, she now waits tables, makes salads and is a "go-fer girl,"
she jokes.
Kim says Dorothy is best at keeping the customers in line. She adds that
Dorothy is a natural at the job because she has been waiting on people
all her life.
Dorothy now works Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and has
yet to take an extended vacation since she began working. She has no
plans to retire.
Her favorite part of the job is socializing with the customers, while
her least favorite thing to do is wash dishes. Fortunately, she has her
two granddaughters - Jamie and 13-year-old Kristin - to help her out in
the sink.
A Plain City landmark, Jim's Diner was originally known as Jim's Donut
Shop and founded by Jim Moore, Kim's father, 22 years ago. Due to health
problems, Jim has since turned the business over to his wife, Janet.
Kim said January marked the end of making cake doughnuts at the block
building, as well as the new name.
The diner is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday
from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jerome Trustees return to old ways
It was business as usual for the Jerome Township Board of Trustees when
a thin veil of civility was ripped apart by discord on almost every
issue discussed at Monday's regular meeting.
"This is a railroad," said trustee Ron Rhodes about appointing Sharon
Clark Smiley as an alternate to the zoning appeals board. "This is
nothing more than a setup from day one."
Smiley's name had first been mentioned March 4 when trustee Freeman May
presented a resolution to establish alternate positions for the boards
of zoning and zoning appeals. His motion also included appointing Smiley
and Clara Jane Smith. At that meeting Rhodes questioned why these
positions had not been opened to the public. He then offered other names
to consider. At that time the motion was defeated and the clerk was
advised to run an advertisement listing the open positions.
Three months later ? last week ? an advertisement ran and resumes were
submitted, however, no interviews were conducted, said trustee Sharon
Sue Wolfe.
May brought the whole matter up again Monday night by presenting a new
resolution to create the alternate position. May and Wolfe voted in
favor of establishing a second alternate on the five-member zoning
appeals board, saying it would not cost the township anything unless the
alternate is needed.
"It's good business," Wolfe said in response to citizens who questioned
the need for such a position. Rhodes voted against creating the
alternate position.
"It is not necessary," Rhodes said.
With the position created, May immediately presented a resolution to
appoint Smiley and establish the term to expire in January 2005.
Rhodes objected. He pointed out the matter that was not on the agenda
and wondered why other resumes were not considered.
"It looks like nothing more than a sham," he said, adding that Smiley
had told the board at a previous meeting that she had no experience.
In the midst of the discussion, Smiley asked to have her name withdrawn
from consideration. Rhodes said he appreciated her integrity.
May eventually withdrew his resolution and offered a second resolution
to eliminate all alternates. That motion passed unanimously. Attorney
Susan Kyte verified that the one alternate position that previously
existed will continue until the term expires.
Wolfe presented and withdrew a resolution to approve a work agreement
and right of entry contract with the New California Hills Homeowners
Association when Rhodes pointed out that the contract lacked information
about a bond.
The trustees split a vote in handling a zoning matter with regard to the
Tinker property.
Rhodes voted no to a resolution that refers the matter to the
prosecutor, while May and Wolfe voted in favor of taking legal action.
Discussions have focused on junk at the site and the lot being to small
to build on.
"How many more excuses is he going to come up with?" Wolfe asked about
the property owner. She pointed out that he was at the previous meeting
and promised to contact the zoning inspector before this meeting. She
said he had not.
"I don't feel he is sincere about building or cleaning up the property,"
Wolfe said.
After much debate, the trustees unanimously agreed to apply for an Issue
II grant to improve Ketch Road from Taylor to Hickory Ridge roads with
the county contributing 25 percent toward the total cost of $112,000.
Rhodes suggested cutting the project in half, saying he was concerned
that other township road projects would suffer. He did not want to strip
the township's entire road fund in one year for one project.
Consulting engineer Mark Cameron said he needs several documents from
the township's clerk before he can file the application which is due by
July 12.
In other business:
. Running water is available at Jerome Cemetery, although it has not
been tested and is not safe for drinking.
. New locks will be installed in the township hall and a liability
waiver written.
. A $1,000 application fee was refunded to Earthco.
. The township is receiving a $10,000 EMS grant from seat belt
violations with $6,100 for purchasing equipment and $3,900 for training.

. Trustees discussed sharing costs with Millcreek Township for public
safety officers.
. A warning siren now has a battery backup.

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