Local Archived News September 2002

Schedule balance is key in busy teen's life

Officials ponder fate of old county home
Fraser - build new, Mitchell - preserve, McCarthy - mum
City looks for illegal sewer taps-ins
Commissioners approve annexation in Jerome Twp.
Richwood park could get cash infusion
Allen Twp. approves rezoning
ODNR encourages residents to check out foliage
Voter registration deadline set
New park set for grand opening this weekend
Sheriff warns residents about e-mail scam
Fleeing teen crashes car into Taylor Avenue home
Wedding will be part of celebration
Jerome trustees get down to business
Fairbanks board, union reach deal
Working with horses a way of life for Fairbanks' Lambert
Cancer theory explained by researcher
Blind crossing devices to be installed
Hero picks pupils over president
Local witness to attacks shares feelings
Some details of former police chief's firing surface in court papers
Article Clarified
New Triad High School to be dedicated
Youth leukemia rates found to be high
Memorial to honor fallen area lawmen
Jerome Twp. loses entire road crew

Schedule balance is key in busy teen's life
Kyle Cutler says the key to his success is balance.
As an accomplished football player and student, the Jonathan Alder
senior is grateful every day for his many blessings.
"My life boils down to my faith," Cutler said.
He feels that his ability to play football is a great gift. Cutler was
first introduced to the game in late elementary school.
"My two older brothers, Joel and Kevin, were involved and I just
idolized them growing up," Cutler said.
He said he has always loved the game to the point of even looking
forward to practice.
Cutler explained that since he grew up on the family dairy and grain
farm, he has a different approach to football practice. "When you live
on a farm you are always working. It always comes back to the work
ethic," Cutler said.
He tells the story of a Cutler family Christmas tradition, where the
three boys help Dad milk the cows to allow for more family time on
Christmas Day. For him, any time spent on the football field is "time to
He said he has always loved the great intensity that the game requires.
"It's a test of life. You experience a variety of emotions including
adversity, resistance, joy and defeat," Cutler said.
He also has learned about being a part of a team, meeting new people,
making friends and the importance of loyalty.
Cutler has played for Jonathan Alder all four years and starts as the
team's linebacker. He also serves as team captain and plans on playing
college ball. Based on his numerous accolades, including being named
last year as only one of two juniors to the Columbus Dispatch's All
Agonis Team, he shouldn't have a problem.
He is being watched by colleges from around the country but has a
"If I had my first choice I would go with the Irish," Cutler said. He
had the opportunity this past summer to attend a football camp at Notre
Dame and he said he was very taken by the atmosphere.
However, Cutler is trying to live in the moment and believes that
whatever happens, happens. "Right now I am trying to take care of
business and do my best for the team," Cutler said. Unlike some star
athletes who overestimate their importance to the team, Cutler is by far
the opposite.
"I have been so blessed to have wonderful family, friends, teachers and
coaches," Cutler said. David Parker, a teacher with the PAVE (Pioneers
Advancing Vast Excellence) program at Jonathan Alder, has become an
inspiration to Cutler.
Parker was left paralyzed after an incident where he was robbed and
shot. He never focuses on his tribulations and instead, as Cutler puts
it, continues on with such grace.
"Mr. Parker has a heart of gold," Cutler said.
Parker has similar words for his student.
"Kyle's one of the hardest working kids in the school whether it comes
to football or getting good grades," Parker said.
He said if Cutler struggles in a subject it gives him all the more
desire to work harder.
PAVE is a program offered to students to help prepare for college.
Parker has been helpful to Cutler, helping him to study for tests and
being a supportive mentor.
Parker said, "He has such a good attitude because he realizes everyone
is given a chance and he knows it is what you do with that chance that
affects the rest of your life,"
Cutler said he is grateful every day for his busy and productive life
that begins at dawn and goes until after dusk.
 "I think the thing that makes me unique is balance between school,
football and farm chores," Cutler said.
Cutler lives with his parents, Tom and Sue. He plans to major in
communications or education in college.

City looks for illegal sewer taps-ins
With a flood warning out for Union County this morning, Marysville's
supply is expected to cause some troubles.
Public service director Tracie Davies reported to council Thursday night
that the search for water/sewer violators is continuing, although
investigations at ORW have hit a snag.
The process has been underway for several weeks to find violators
connected illegally into the city's sewer lines, which may be causing
Out of a total of 20  checkpoints at ORW, Davies said, 13 have been
checked and only three violations have been discovered from downspouts
tied into the city lines at the women's prison.
She said the process will take another two full weeks because the
engineering crew was promised two escort guards for the checks. This
would allow them to have two crews checking at once. However, only one
was provided. The time frame the ORW allows them to work in is only
between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It is making the investigation slow, she said.
A public meeting on flooding in Marysville is scheduled for mid-October,
Davies said.
Councilman Dan Fogt asked Davies who is responsible for fixing the
violations, the city or the residents. She replied that it is up to
homeowners to correct the situation."I know if it were me, with a storm
coming in, I'd fix it as soon as possible," Fogt said.
Apartment dwellers who live downtown may have to find new parking spots
two nights a week or risk having their cars towed at their own expense.
The first reading on an ordinance to prohibit parking for the purpose of
street sweeping was held. If the ordinance passes, the sweeping will
start every week from 3-5:30 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays.
Mayor Steve Lowe said he is sponsoring the ordinance after the
Marysville Business Association asked him to do something about the dirt
on downtown streets. Cars parked in the area force the sweepers to go
around, leaving some areas unwashed.
Not everyone on council was happy about the ordinance.
"I'm not on board with this," councilman John Marshall said.
Before any legislation is put before council, he said, an attempt must
be made to notify these residents that their cars may be towed twice a
week. Council member Barbara Bushong said they will be notified and she
believes the ordinance needed to be pursued.
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said the residents downtown may park
their vehicles in one of the city lots during street sweeping days.
Street signs warning of times and days for sweeping will also be placed
downtown if the issue passes.
The ordinance will also be useful for winter snow removal, Schaumleffel
The public reading for this ordinance will be held at the next council
meeting on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Traffic signals on Route 31 at Mill Wood Boulevard should be operational
by Nov. 1, city engineer Phil Roush said. He added it may even be a few
days sooner.
He said he had also received several calls regarding an inoperable light
on Allenby Drive which has been out since spring.
Roush reported that there is a six-week delivery on the light pole.
Instead a light from a nearby street, which has less traffic, was
installed Thursday morning until everything arrives.
. City finance director John Morehart reported on RITA after the council
meeting was over. There are some residents who may not have filed with
RITA due to confusion or other reasons. Because the process with RITA is
new, he said, there will be attempts to warn those residents once they
are identified. That process is going on right now. Once they are
identified, he said, they will be contacted by the city and RITA to
remind them to file before any action is taken against them.
. Clerk of council Connie Patterson reported that the redistricting of
voter wards within the city is being completed.

Officials ponder fate of old county home
Fraser - build new, Mitchell - preserve, McCarthy - mum

What does a county do with a 42 year-old, brick-veneer building sitting
empty on prime real estate?
That is the question before the Union County Board of Commissioners.
The building is Union Manor.
Commissioner Jim Mitchell wants to renovate a portion of the vacant
building located at the corner of County Home Road and Route 4.
Commissioner Don Fraser believes a new building on the property makes
more sense. And Commissioner Tom McCarthy is silent on the issue.
An architectural study agrees with Fraser.
"With all issues considered, it appears that construction of a new Union
County Agricultural Center will be more cost effective and have more
advantages than renovation of Union Manor in meeting the needs of the
agricultural community of Union County," James G. Mitchell, executive
vice president of Meacham & Apel of Dublin, writes.
The commissioners began talking about the building's future use even
before the county nursing home was relocated and renamed The Gables.
 Built in 1960, it has undergone numerous additions and improvements
over a 22-year period. Since 1982, James G. Mitchell writes, there is
little evidence of much additional work done at the building other than
general building maintenance and roof repair.
The building has a total gross building area of 44,233 square feet with
26,922 square feet on the first floor and 17,311 square feet of
James G. Mitchell estimates alterations for 10,700 square feet or one
wing of the building would cost the county $1,235,900. Complete building
renovation would cost $2,390,260. Construction of a new
10,700-square-foot building would cost $1,243,600.
Commissioner Jim Mitchell, however, questions the estimates.
He points out that the alteration estimate includes costs for removing
asbestos from the complete building, replacing all the building's
windows and building a new roof over the complete building. He also
wonders if the new construction estimate would include a basement. It
also lacks any estimates for removing asbestos and demolishing the
existing building.
In his summary, James G. Mitchell lists positives and negatives for each
Positives - "The location is well suited for the clientele that would be
served by this building and the site is large and rural in character.
The existing building could easily house the four agencies identified
and the basement offers 14,000 square feet of storage space for the
various departments."
Negatives - "The building also presents many negative aspects ...
asbestos is present and will need to be removed ... the roofing system
needs to be completely removed and replaced ... all exterior windows ...
should be replaced ... the plumbing system needs complete replacement
... the sprinkler system requires modifications ... the HVAC system will
require extensive retrofit ... the electrical system is antiquated ...
the fixed corridor bearing walls only allow for a long, linear floor
plan ..." and "lastly, the association of this building as a nursing
home will not be easily overcome."
"With all issues considered, it appears that construction of a new Union
County Agricultural Center will be more cost effective and have more
advantages than renovation of Union Manor in meeting the needs of the
agricultural community of Union County," wrote James G. Mitchell.
Thursday while meeting in regular session, Mitchell and Fraser appeared
to have found common ground as they discussed the possibility of
demolishing the older structure and building a new structure on the
original basement foundation.
Mitchell said demolishing the first floor was clearly the cheapest way
to remove asbestos and still keep the most costly feature of the
building - the basement.

Commissioners approve annexation in Jerome Twp.
Jerome Township got a little smaller Monday after Union County's three
commissioners signed a resolution transferring approximately 1,500 acres
into Franklin County's Washington Township.
Commissioners Don Fraser, Tom McCarthy and Jim Mitchell have taken
almost a year to decide whether they should approve a request by the
city of Dublin to move the township boundaries of the annexed land. The
land is officially in Union County and the city of Dublin and had been
part of Jerome Township until this week's action.
The reason for the request revolves around fire service. Fire service to
Dublin is provided by Washington Township in Franklin County and the
city has stated it wants all the city served by the same fire
Union County Prosecuting Attorney Alison Boggs originally questioned how
one county could have two townships with the same name. Union County
already has a Washington Township in the north.
Attorney General Betty Montgomery  in an Aug. 30 letter stated that
there can be two Washington Townships in Union County, as long as some
designation is made to distinguish between the two. That is exactly what
will happen.
The southern Washington Township will be identified with (Franklin)
after its name.
After researching the matter, the commissioners discovered that Union
County has had two Washington Townships since 1994 when a previous board
of commissioners first faced the same issue. Since then, the current
board has approved three other requests to remove more than 254 acres of
annexed land from Jerome and place it into Washington Township.
The official action will mean little change to the approximately 100
voters in the annexed area.
Union County Auditor Mary Snider said she has already been accessing the
approximately 100 people in the annexed land with rates for the
Washington Township Fire Department. Law enforcement is also handled by
Dublin authorities in the annexed land, said a sheriff's spokesman.
Individuals living in the annexed land are still residents of Union
County and will vote on countywide issues, however, they no longer can
seek office or vote for issues in Jerome Township.

Richwood park could get cash infusion
CDBG program could filter  $50,000 to ballfield and one other project
Richwood's efforts to construct a third ball field in the village park
could get a $50,000 boost.
Mayor Bill Nibert told council Monday night that he and park committee
president George Showalter had met earlier in the day with the Union
county Commissioners about applying for a Community Development Block
Grant. The block grant program allows counties to filter state money to
projects that benefit low income areas of the state.
The money will be used to prepare the infield and put up fencing around
the field.
Apparently Richwood had prepared a short list of projects the money
could be used for. After being asked to prioritize the list, the
officials chose the ball field project and construction to make the park
restrooms and shelterhouses handicap accessible.
Showalter said the county is working on a pretty tight time frame to get
the application for the funds in to the state. Unfortunately, because of
state mandates surrounding the grant process, work on the new ball field
the village was proceeding with must stop until the grant is awarded.
If the application is accepted by the state, an environmental study must
be completed before work can continue. Despite the holdups, Showalter
said, the work on the ballfield would have to be completed by April
because of time constraints of the grant.
The council also heard from Lynne Hall of the county Bicentennial
Committee who said she felt the village should apply for a Bicentennial
Plaque for the village opera house, which is now the town hall.
She also noted a historic structure in the Claibourne Cemetery but was
told the land is controlled by the Claibourne Township Trustees.
Hall explained that the marker would cost the village $500, with the
state and the Longabarger Company picking up the remaining $1,000 cost.
The 36 to 48-inch marker would be mounted on a pole and detail the
history of the opera house.
Hall said the county was slated to receive no markers until the village
of Magnetic Springs was approved for one recently.
Council voted 5-0 to set aside the $500 for the marker should the state
approve it. Council member Arlene Blue was absent from the meeting.
In other business, council:
. Learned from village solicitor Rick Rodger that work is progressing on
updating the village codes.
. Heard from village zoning inspector Jim Thompson that a home being
built near Edgewood Drive has appropriate zoning permits, but those only
deal with issues concerning the lot. The construction has drawn concern
over other issues dealing with water and sewer taps, easements and road
improvements. Thompson said anyone wishing to view village zoning
permits which have been issues can do so by contacting him.
. Learned from Nibert that he should know more about a prospective
business which may locate in the area by the end of the week.
. Agreed to meet with village financial officer Don Jolliff for a budget
work session on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
. Received a check from Showalter for $3,771 for the profits from the
Park Day fundraiser.
. Approved the installation of no parking signs on one side of George
. Learned that a storm drain in the area of Franklin Street and Beatty
Avenue has been worked on which should help flooding in the area.
. Heard about a problem with the street sweeper from village
administrator Ron Polen.

Allen Twp. approves rezoning
Citizens continue to strongly oppose move
Two of three Allen Township trustees unanimously approved rezoning 135+
acres on Allen Center Road from rural to residential Monday night, while
the third trustee sat across the room at a different table and did not
Trustee Ron Chapman had excused himself from the vote at the public
hearing because of a conflict of interest. His excavating company has
worked for the development group seeking the rezoning.
Leonard C. and Barbara E. James and Buck Allen Development of Dublin
filed a rezoning petition March 28 to rezone their farm at 17740 Allen
Center Road for development of approximately 40 homes.
Neighbors have voiced concern, sometimes boisterously, at several zoning
commission meetings about the proposed subdivision. Their major concern
is against two-acre lots in an area where the majority of existing
properties are five acres.
"We don't want to lose the rural setting of Allen Township," said Bill
Reiss, who represented neighbors as a road captain. He said he
represented 70 residents.
Reiss asked the trustees to abstain from voting and let a judge decide
the matter. Referring to a referendum, he said that if the petition is
approved he would "take the next appropriate step."
Referendum petitions must be filed with the township clerk within 30
days of the vote and would require 41 signatures. A referendum would
place the rezoning question before township voters.
Saying he was ashamed to live in Allen Township, Reiss spent much of his
time Monday night criticizing township officials, referring to the "good
ol' boys" and complaining about the meeting's time restrictions. Linda
Reiss said few people attended the hearing because they have been
intimidated and humiliated by their government officials.
Four people spoke against the petition.
Mr. Reiss also questioned whether trustee Louis Meyer had a conflict of
interest in voting.
The Ohio Ethics Commission had been consulted, said Union County
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Heinkel, and their opinion was that
Meyer had no conflict. Meyer and his wife sold 66 acres of undeveloped
land, known as Phase I Tract, to a third party and the third party sold
the land to Buck Allen Development.
Land owner Lenny James said he was not asking for anything more than
what the township zoning code allows.
George Leibhart, a member of the zoning commission which recommended
approval of the petition, said the petitioned land is an "island"
surrounded by houses and the use "seems very good to me."
Trustee Jack Rausch explained that the trustees were interested in
finding the "best use of the land."
He said the rezoning would not change minimum lot size and frontage
requirements because U-1 and R-1 have the same specifications. Both
districts provide land for single family housing units not to exceed one
per 87,120 square feet, or two acres.
The difference in the districts is their purpose.
A U-1 or rural district's purpose is to provide land which is suitable
or used for agriculture, conservation and very low-density residence.
Onsite water and sewer facilities are permitted.
R-1 or low density residential districts provide land for single family
housing. Group or central water and sewer facilities may be required.
Ron Chapman, speaking as a township resident and not as an elected
official, pointed out that the township currently has two R-1
neighborhoods - Hunters Run and Buck Allen Phase I.
Rausch explained that the zoning book was updated in 1995-1996 and
public meetings were poorly attended.
"We've worked hard on this for several years," he said.
Prior to the revisions, Rausch said, the township standards were half of
what they are now with 80 foot frontages and 40,000 square feet required
for a single family home.
Developer Louis Bonasso explained that he doubted if 40 homes could be
built on the land and that only the Union County Soil and Water
Conservation District and Union County Health Department could determine
the exact number. He said a previous development, Buck Allen I, petition
requested 14 lots, but only 10 lots were approved.
Prior to the vote, trustee Louis Meyer said that if someone moves into
the township and there is bare land on either side there is always a
chance that something will be developed.

ODNR encourages residents to check out foliage
Although dry weather sometimes can cause a less-than-brilliant foliage
season, that should not be the case this year in Ohio.
Bill Schultz, fall color spokesman with the ODNR Division of Forestry,
said Ohio's forests are very healthy.
"As a result, trees in rural areas are not showing stress from the dry
conditions of recent months," Schultz said. "We should expect a
typically colorful autumn through most of the state."
He noted that in some cities and towns, individual trees are showing
signs of stress from dry conditions. Ash, poplar, cottonwood and dogwood
trees are already dropping leaves, meaning dry weather is starting to
have an effect.
How do leaves change color?
During the summer, leaves are green, thanks to an abundance of pigments
in the chlorophyll family. The green pigments capture energy from the
sun and manufacture sugars that are necessary for growth in a process
known as photosynthesis.
When the days grow short and the nights are cool, tree slow their
chlorophyll production and as demand outstrips supply, the green fades,
allowing other pigments which have been present in the leaf to show
through the fading green.
Tracking fall foliage
To help Ohioans better plan their fall viewing trips and other seasonal
outings, ODNR will begin issuing weekly fall foliage forecasts Sept. 26.
Ohioans can call the state's travel and tourism hotline at (800) BUCKEYE
to get on-the-spot reports from state parks, forests and nature
preserves and locate the best places for peak viewing.
Internet users can access a full menu of fall color information on the
ODNR website at Ohiodnr.com, featuring photos which are changed daily.
Where to go on foot
Ohio's state parks, forests and nature preserves offer hundreds of miles
of trails through some of the state's most picturesque terrain.
In Central Ohio, the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve in Licking
County encompasses six trails of varying lengths in the 970-acre
preserve which lies on the Licking River Gorge.
Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve in Hardin County offer a mile-long
trail in the more than 1,000 acres of natural wooded habitat and Kiser
Lake State Park in Champaign County has five miles of easy trails
through rolling woodlands and diverse wetlands. Indian Lake State Park
offers seven miles of hiking trails.
A little farther away are the Hocking Hills, a favorite destination for
central Ohioans. Twenty-four miles of hiking trails lie within the park
and nine miles of hiking and bridle trails are in the forest in an area
famous for its rock formations, waterfall, caves and beautiful scenery.
Portions of the Buckeye Trail pass through the forest.
Where to drive
ODNR recommends these roads in central Ohio for fall driving:
 . U.S. 50 in Ross County from Chillicothe southwest to Bainbridge
 . I-71 from Delaware north to Mansfield
 . Route 315 from I-270 north to Delaware
 . Routes 745/257 from Route 161 north to Prospect
 . Route 13 north in Licking County from I-70 north to Newark/Heath
 . The highway bridges on Chesire Road, Howard Road and U.S. 36 around
Alum Creek State Park in Delaware County.
Ohio waterways provide excellent viewing because they hold the best
color and hold it longer.
ODNR advises boaters to use extra care during fall outings as air and
water temperatures are lower. Life preservers should always be used.

Voter registration deadline set
The deadline for voter registration is 9 p.m. Oct. 7.
Qualifications for registration are that the person be a native born or
naturalized citizen of the United States; a resident of Ohio 30 days
immediately prior to the date of the election; a resident of Union
County, Ohio; and 18 years of age on or before Nov. 5.
Voter registration can be made at the Board of Elections Office, 895 E.
Fifth St. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,
and extended hours for voter registration are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept.
30 and Oct. 7; and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 1.
Other registration sites are:
Marysville Public Library, 231 S. Plum St. ?  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Raymond Branch Library, 21698 Route 347 ?  noon to 5 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Friday
Richwood-North Union Public Library, 4 E. Ottawa St. ? 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Bureau of Motor Vehicles, East Pointe Plaza ? 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,
Monday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon,
Voter registration forms may be mailed upon request by contacting the
Union County voters who have changed names or addresses within the
county should notify the Board of Elections in writing or in person.
Questions about voter registration may be directed to the office at

New park set for grand opening this weekend
>From J-T staff reports:
The biggest and most diverse park in Union County officially opens Sunday.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park, a 1,000- acre park along Hyland Croy Road,
will open to the public following a grand opening and dedication event
from 1 to 4 p.m.
The park was just an idea in December 1997 when Metro Parks, Jerome
Township, Union County and Dublin City officials signed a memo of
understanding. Less than five years later, Metro Parks owns 1,000 acres,
has constructed roads, a shelter house, restrooms, a 3.5-mile bridle
trail,  2.5-mile asphalt multi-use trail for hiking and biking that
flows through woods, fields and grassland and a .5-mile nature trail
that is ideal for bird watchers. There are plans to construct a 120-foot
high tech windmill and shed by October, said Larry Peck of The Columbus
and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District recently when he met the
Union County Commissioners.
Glacier Ridge will also be home to a solar education center and wetland
education center that will include seven types of habitats. Honda of
America is contributing $500,000 toward the construction of the wetlands
education center that is expected to be completed next year. The
windmill is being donated by the Robert Howard family of New Albany. It
is expected to generate enough power for the park and to serve as an
educational tool for area students. The Scott Company is partnering with
the wind/solar learning center project.
Overseeing the park is newly-hired manager Mike Heisey, who has been
with Metro Parks since 1979. Most recently he has been assistant public
gardens manager at Inniswood Metro Park.
Sunday's event kicks off with dignitaries breaking an ice ribbon.
Visitors will be able to tour the park on a 42-passenger tram or hike
the trails with a naturalist.
Activities include a Green Energy Machine demonstrating wind energy,
birds from the Ohio Wildlife Center that will one day visit the park's
wetlands complex along U.S. 33, penguins from the Columbus Zoo, music by
students from Dublin's two high schools, an ice artist sculpting a blue
heron, two new vehicles from Honda of America, an energy bicycle for
visitors to ride and learn about various forms of energy, Ohio Glacial
fossils from Orton Geological Museum, wetland displays by Metro Parks
naturalists and free refreshments.
The park's name was selected because the last glacier retreated from
this area, leaving a deposit of sand and gravel on this site.
Technically the ridge is a moraine or an accumulation of material left
behind from a glacier, however, Glacier Ridge has a ring to it that
Glacier Moraine just did not, said Peg Hanley, Metro Parks' public
information manager.
With the opening of Glacier Ridge, Metro Parks will now have 14 parks in
seven counties with more than 20,000 acres.
The park is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to dark, Heisey said,
and programs are slated to begin this fall. Facilities and most programs
are free to the public.
"I'm excited to be here and looking forward to meeting everyone," Heisey said.
Metro Parks is funded in part by a 10-year Franklin County property tax
levy for .65-mills passed in 1999. Glacier Ridge also received a $7
million commitment from the city of Dublin.
Metro Parks was established in 1945 and is a separate political
subdivision of the state of Ohio. It is governed by a three-member board
of park commissioners appointed by the presiding judge of the Franklin
County Probate Court. They serve three-year terms without compensation.
A local advisory committee created to help plan Glacier Ridge includes
Craig Miller, Jeanette Harrington, Patrick Enright, Fred Hahn, Bob
Neill, Carroll Fogle, Dee Anders, Marcia Shriver, John R. Rockenbaugh,
Charles Bynner and Steve Stolte.

Sheriff warns residents about e-mail scam
>From J-T staff reports:
A West African e-mail scam which has surfaced in Union County has local
authorities hoping to get the word out.
Sheriff John Overly is asking residents to be aware of the Nigerian
e-mail and letter fraud scam known as "419" or "Advanced Fee Fraud."
The Nigerian government has reportedly established a unit to combat the
fraud, but many people are still being taken in by the promise of huge
returns on their initial expense.
The costs incurred by the victims of these scams are supposedly needed
to cover expenses such as banking fees, administrative costs and taxes.
The perpetrator of the scam will continually request money from the
victim until the person becomes aware of the deception or law
enforcement intervenes.
Typically, Overly wrote in a recent press release, a company or
individual will receive an unsolicited fax or e-mail supposedly from a
senior servant from Nigeria. The individuals perpetrating this scam
obtain names of companies and individuals from a variety of sources,
including the Yellow Pages, telephone directories, trade journals,
professional directories, newspapers, libraries and Chamber of Commerce
documentation, as well as from a number of various mailing and Internet listings.
The goal of the Nigerian Advanced Fee Fraud is to convince the victim
that the profit he receives from this "business" venture will by far
outweigh the "minimal" costs incurred to finalize the deal. The
perpetrator will continue to request additional money, knowing that the
victim is convinced he will become rich.
There are numerous types of this fraud, including transfer of money from
over-invoiced contracts, contract fraud, sale of crude oil below market
prices, disbursement of money from wills, conversion of hard currency
and extortion letters.
"One of the most difficult aspects of investigating this type of scam
for law enforcement," Overly wrote, "is the fact that most victims of
these scams do not report their loss to authorities. (They) should be
reported, whether or not you have suffered a financial loss."
If a resident should receive one of these types of faxes, e-mails or
letters contact Lt. Jamie Patton at the Union County Sheriff's Office
645-4129 for more information.

Fleeing teen crashes car into Taylor Avenue home
>From J-T staff reports:
Carla Worthington was in bed Tuesday night when a vehicle crashed into
the front of her home at 180 Taylor Ave. as the driver attempted to
elude Marysville Police.
According to police reports, a 14-year-old driving the red Saturn may
have been drinking.
"All of a sudden I heard a big boom and it brought me straight out of
bed," Worthington said.
According to Marysville police reports, at 9:56 p.m. police attempted to
make a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired tags driving erratically.
Upon seeing police, the vehicle accelerated rapidly and a chase began.
Reports state that speeds reached 40 mph down Taylor Avenue.
At an intersection near Springwood Lane, the driver lost control and
drove into the dirt and grass at Worthington's home, where it then hit
the brick front of the home.
Police reported that the driver jumped out of the car and ran to the
back of the house along with the front seat passenger.
The third passenger was found in the back seat bleeding profusely from a
head wound, possibly caused by impact with the front windshield during
the collision. The windshield reportedly had a hole smashed in it.
The injured 14-year-old boy was transported to Memorial Hospital of
Union County where he was then MedFlighted to Grant Medical Hospital.
Janet Porter of Grant's public relations office reported the victim
remains in serious condition.
The 14-year-old male driver was later apprehended by a Union County
Sheriff's deputy at Brookstone Drive and Springwood Lane and taken to
Memorial Hospital for a blood test for possible alcohol intoxication.
The third passenger, a 16-year-old male, was later found at the
Marysville Mobile Home Park at 4 a.m. after a friend located him.
Charges are pending against the driver for felony fleeing and eluding.
After the car hit the house, Worthington's husband and daughter came to
her aid and told her what had happened.
"At one point we wanted to go out on to the porch to see but the police
were chasing somebody and they ordered us back in," she said.
The vehicle ruptured the gas line of the home and the line was turned
"It's just been a very harrowing evening," Worthington said.
Ironically, she said, a couple of years ago the family moved the gas
meter away from the street for safety reasons and connected it to the
"It's a good thing we had a brick house," she said.

Wedding will be part of celebration
Committee searching for a couple to take part in Bicentennial event
Couples looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding might consider turning back
the clock.
Union County's Ohio Bicentennial Committee is looking for one special
couple who is planning to get married next year and would consider
sharing their celebration by dressing in clothing of the 1800s. Ohio was
founded in 1803 and Union County was established in 1820.
The goal is to plan a wedding that might have taken place at that time.
"This will be remembered for years to come," said Kathy Chapman, a
member of the Bicentennial Planning Committee.
"It will be so different," added Jamie Rausch, another committee member.

The bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen and bride's escort will be
required to wear clothing from the time period of 1803 to 1820. Since
costumes from that era are challenging to find, wedding guests wishing
to attend in costume will be encouraged to wear costumes from anytime
during the 1800s, including Empire, Civil War and Victorian fashions.
The September ceremony will be held in a public park and a public cake
reception is also planned.
To assist the couple, bridal party, family and friends, the wedding
committee has extensively researched clothing worn during the 1800s.
Upon request they will supply the couple with information about period
clothing, sewing patterns, fabric selection, recommended seamstresses
and costume rentals.
Guidelines will be set to keep the wedding as authentic to the early
1800s as possible, although certain allowances will be made for the
personal preferences of the bride and groom. Family and friends of the
couple will receive special treatment, even though the wedding is a
public event. Reserved parking and seating will be provided for the
couple's special guests.
Because the couple is willing to share their special day with the
community, the committee hopes to offer them some wonderful bonuses
including complimentary products and services from local businesses.
Applications are being accepted through Jan. 3 from interested couples.
For more information contact Crista Miller at Natural Accents Florists,
893 Delaware Ave., 644-3622 or Jamie Rausch at 644-9111.
The committee will be looking for interest level, Union County ties and
level of cooperation. The five most enthusiastic couples will be invited
to an interview and the bicentennial couple will be selected from among
them by the end of January.
Once selected, the couple will be asked to join in other events, such as
a parade and pre-wedding event.
Rausch said the idea for the wedding originated from an event that
occurred 100 years ago in Union County on July 4 in the town square.
Wedding Advisory Committee members include Miller, Rausch, Chapman,
Alison Boggs, Barb Miller, Kristy Boroff, Roberta Cox and Lorrie

Jerome trustees get down to business
>From chaos to tedium, the Jerome Township Board of Trustee's regular
meeting took an unusual turn Monday night when a flood of motions were
considered, unlike previous meetings where few official actions were
In their attempts to rebuild the township's road maintenance crew, the
township's three trustees considered one suggestion and 11 motions to:
. Accept a seven-page application form for road maintenance workers.
This passed unanimously.
. Call individuals who submitted resumes for the position and schedule
interviews for Wednesday.
This passed with Ron Rhodes voting nay. He thought the proper procedure
would be for the township to send applications, job descriptions and pay
rates in the mail first and then schedule appointments. He said the
proposed procedure was "highly unprofessional."  Sharon Sue Wolfe and
Freeman May disagreed and voted in favor of the motion. "I see no reason
to drag this out," Wolfe said. Township attorney Susan Kyte said the
special Wednesday meeting does not require a legal notice.
. Change all township building locks because of the change in employees.
This motion passed with Rhodes the lone dissenter. In presenting the
motion, May did not offer any idea of what the cost to the township
would be. Rhodes said he thought it was a "waste of money," while Wolfe
said she "considered it good business." May said there are "too many
keys floating around." May recommended that after the locks are changed,
keys should be given only to the fire department, sheriff, trustees,
clerk and secretary.
. Install a time clock. The motion passed with May and Wolfe in favor
and Rhodes dissenting. May, who presented the motion, did not offer a
cost. "I don't care what they cost," he said when responding to Rhodes'
question. Rhodes questioned how part-time employees would be compensated
when they are called out on snowy nights to spread salt, especially if
they live some distance from the township. May and Wolfe agreed that an
employee should not be compensated for his travel time.
. Call all individuals who submitted resumes that indicate they hold
CDL-A licenses to schedule interviews and send letters to those who did
not indicate they had the required license and let them know that when
they receive the minimum licensing the could be considered for future
openings. The motion passed with Rhodes voting no.
. Start scheduling candidate interviews at 4 p.m. The motion passed with
Rhodes voting no.
. Accept an amended application form that requires a background release
form for physicals and drug tests. The motion passed unanimously.
. Accepted job descriptions for the position of road maintenance worker.
The motion passed unanimously.
. Accepted job descriptions for the position of road maintenance
supervisor. The motion passed unanimously.
. Require new road maintenance employees to work with a trustee for the
first 90 days with May as the designated trustee and Wolfe to cover when
he is not available. The motion passed with Rhodes abstaining.
. Have physicals and drug tests for road maintenance employees conducted
the same as they are for the fire department. The motion passed
Wolfe suggested each trustee put questions for the applicants in writing
and ask each applicant the same questions. She also suggested that
interviews be conducted with all three trustees present.
In August the township's two road maintenance workers and one supervisor
resigned their posts with no explanation. All were part-time employees.
The supervisor had worked for the township 23 years and one worker had
been employed by the township for 15 years. Monday night's actions
followed a 1 1/2 hour special meeting Sept. 10 at 6 a.m. to establish
job descriptions and hiring procedures for the vacant posts.
Three motions on other topics were considered Monday night.
May presented a motion to rescind an earlier action to install a light
at the park. The motion failed after Rhodes voted against it, May voted
for it and Wolfe abstained. May thought the $3,338 cost was excessive
and said he thought the park closed at dark. Rhodes, on the other hand,
pointed out that the township had spent $6,600 for a light and well at
the cemetery.
Rhodes presented a motion to install upgraded wire to the park's light
pole. At the previous meeting May questioned whether the wire would be
appropriate. Fire Chief Scott Skeldon also said this might be the site
of a future shelter house and an upgraded wire may be needed. The motion
failed with Rhodes voting in favor, May against and Wolfe abstaining.
A motion to replace a door panel at the township garage was tabled until
samples could be viewed. Wolfe presented an estimate of $322 to replace
the panel and $1,392 to replace the door. May recommended getting other
estimates and wondered whether the cost could be covered by insurance.
Rhodes pointed out that the door is 20 years old and there is no
documentation as to when or how the door was damaged.

Fairbanks board, union reach deal
The Fairbanks Board of Education approved a negotiated agreement with
the Fairbanks Education Association for the period of July 1, 2002,
through June 30, 2005. That approval was given after a short executive
The agreement provides for a 3.75 percent base salary increase per year
retroactive to July 1 for certified and classified employees. It also
provides for a 3.75 percent salary increase for principals, curriculum
coordinator and technology coordinator, excluding the superintendent and
treasurer, retroactive to each administrator's beginning contract date
for 2002. The contract also includes revisions to the administrative
contracts of principals, curriculum coordinator, technology coordinator,
superintendent and treasurer retroactive to the beginning contract date
for 2002.
Negotiations have been ongoing since last spring but stalled several
times over the next few months. A negotiator was brought in and the
issues were resolved in August.
The board heard from curriculum coordinator Gloria Werline that the
school district's state report card rating has been raised from
continuous improvement to effective after several more fourth graders
passed the reading proficiency test in the summer.
Werline reported that more students took advantage of summer school,
staff development study groups have been formed and inservices are being
given on K through six math to align with the state's proposed new
standards. She also said the Book Buddy reading volunteer program is
being held again this year.
The board approved changes to the Fairbanks Elementary Extended Day
(F.E.E.D.) program. That program will now offer early morning care at a
cost of $3.50 per child and care for snow and fog delay days at a cost
of $1.50 per hour until the start of school on a pre-registration basis.
Care will be offered for snow and fog weather closings at a cost of
$10.50 for the first child and $8.50 for added children on a
pre-registered basis. The fee must be paid for all snow and fog days
whether the child attends or not.
In other matters, the board authorized the payment of dues to the
Buckeye Athletic Conference in the amount of $1,000 for the 2001-2002
school year and $900 for the 2002-03 school year. The 2001-2002 payment
was made at this time because the bill was received late last year.
In personnel matters, the board:
 . Approved a contract for Kara Pinkerton as high school math teacher
for the 2002-03 school year.
 . Approved as substitute teachers Deann Bradley, James Davis, Shelly
Detwiler, Roslyn Etter, Robert Gerber, David Kiley, Chirstine Kokoruda,
Dwayne Manning, Jay Ohlinger, Kelli Stuckey, Marjeanne Taulbee, Sondra
Weist, Karen Woolum, Russ Maloney, Ellen McHugh, Brian Smith, Brenden
Wood, Jane Hiles, Anisa Matthews and Deb Stewart.
 . Approved contracts for Susan Miller, guidance counselor for St.
John's Lutheran School; Melissa Vollrath, tutoring services for St.
John's; and Carol Derringer, tutoring services for St. Paul Lutheran
 . Approved supplemental contracts for Angie Rausch, volunteer flag
advisor for marching band; at the middle school, Claudia Robinson,
student council advisor; Joe Newell, outdoor education coordinator;
Sarah Scott, Power of the Pen, seventh grade; Claudia Robinson, Power of
the Pen, eighth grade; Mark Geer, Washington, D.C., trip coordinator;
Chip Fillman, yearbook advisor; Rebecca Nutter, National Junior Honor
Society; Pat Lucas, Ski Club coordinator; and Mitzi Noland, mentor

Working with horses a way of life for Fairbanks' Lambert
It's not horsin' around to Brittany Lambert, it's a way of life.
Lambert, a sophomore at Fairbanks High School, began working with horses
at the age of 6 when she started riding lessons.
Her parents, Jaynie and Keith Lambert, wanted to make sure that she was
serious about the sport.
"During my first year I learned how to muck stalls and clean tack
(saddles). They wanted me to see the sport had a lot more to it then
riding," Lambert said.
Lambert was committed to riding from the beginning. She began to compete
early on and got her first horse, Fancy, as a third grader. She recalls
looking for her first horse.
"We needed a horse that could jump and it had to be gray," Lambert said.
Fancy, an Appendix quarter horse, is now 18 and has been a part of the
Lambert family for seven years.
Together Lambert and Fancy kept getting better and won ribbons in
pleasure classes and equitation classes over the years.
Originally trained in the English riding style, Lambert has made a
switch to western in the last year. This came as a great surprise to
Lambert who never thought she would go western.
"I was winning at English and western's slow pace looked boring to me at
first," Lambert said. However, things changed after she starting working
with local horse trainer Cathy Woosley Luse in July 1999.
Under Luse's direction, Lambert fulfilled a dream to compete at the
Quarter Horse Congress.
"We made the finals for our class," Lambert said.
Having achieved her goal, she knew it was time to take on a new
challenge. Lambert said, "We decided it was time to step up."
In 2000 she began work with a new horse, called Sweet Rolling Art or
"Scoonie" nicknamed after the Ohio State basketball player Scoonie Penn.
Lambert explained that working with Scoonie was demanding, sometimes
requiring five to six hours of training each week in addition to working
all day at the Woosley stables during the summer months.
She said that every bad show drove her to work harder.
Lambert continued to compete in the English riding style with Scoonie
through 2001, but it was a surprise last Christmas that turned her
"I went out to feed the horses Christmas morning and there was Vinnie,"
Lambert said.
Heir Motion, nicknamed "Vinnie," is 12 years old and is Lambert's
current challenge.
Under the direction of Luse, Lambert began to train western in
Pickerington with world champion riders Bruce and Sue Ellen Vickery.
Beginning in February of this year, she began to train two to three
times a week for one to three hours with the Vickerys.
Lambert doesn't complain much about the two-hour commute given that many
of the Vickery's students travel from all over the country to train with
them. She said training in the western riding style has been a whole new
"Western requires a smaller horse, slower gait and a saddle three times
as large. You have your solid basis in how to ride but everything else
is brand new," Lambert said. She even had the opportunity to travel with
her trainers last spring to St. Louis, Texas and Oklahoma to compete and
watch other riders in action.
"It was a wonderful learning experience," Lambert said. Over the summer,
Lambert and Vinnie received a circuit champion award in Pennsylvania and
they may travel to a show at the Kentucky Horse Park at the end of this
Lambert finds her work with horses to be a stress reliever.
"Horses have taught me a lot about work ethic and working hard to
achieve your dream," Lambert said.
Riding has also taught her to stay goal oriented.
"Through riding I have had the chance to meet new people and travel the
country. I am very thankful to God, my parents and my trainers," Lambert
Lambert lives in Milford Center with her parents and younger brother

Article clarified
Editor's note: This is a correction on an article which appeared on the
front page of Wednesday's Journal-Tribune about the status of a lawsuit
by former Marysville Police Chief Rollin Kiser against the city and city
officials regarding his firing. The newspaper regrets the error.
In Wednesday's edition, there was a factual error in the story with the
headline, "Some details of former police chief's firing surface in court
Paragraph 11 stated that Marysville Mayor Steve Lowe's defense states
that Police Chief Rollin Kiser was fired for "instances of bribery,
malfeasance, nonfeasance, misconduct in office, gross neglect of duty,
gross immorality and habitual drunkenness."
This is not correct. The information is a list of situations contained
in  Ohio Revised Code 733.35 which give a city grounds to terminate a
chief of police. It was not an allegation that Kiser was guilty of all
of the offenses.
The city's attorney has not stated these were the reasons for his

Editor's note: This is a correction on an article which appeared on the
front page of Wednesday's Journal-Tribune about the status of a lawsuit
by former Marysville Police Chief Rollin Kiser against the city and city
officials regarding his firing. The newspaper regrets the error.

Cancer theory explained by researcher
Dr. Fred Ruymann has a theory why children in Marysville are getting
cancer at a higher rate than expected.
The Ohio Department of Health recently released a comparative analysis
showing that Marysville has a higher than expected incidence of
pediatric leukemia with eight observed cases as opposed to the 2.3 cases
normally expected for an area this size. The population studied was
people under the age of 25  from 1992 through 2001.
Union County Health Commissioner Anne Davy said the local health
department initiated the state study after being contacted by concerned
citizens about the perceived occurrances of cancer in area youth.
Ruymann, the principal investigator with the Children's Hospital cancer
group in Columbus, believes the cancer cluster observed in Marysville
may be similar to something that happened in the small rural town of
Seascale, England.Ruymann points to a theory developed in 1998 by Dr.
Leo Kinlen of the CRC Cancer Epidemiology Research Group at the
University of Oxford.
According to Kinlen's theory when people from urban areas mix with
fairly isolated rural communities exposure to viruses increases.
Increased exposure to infectious agents may account for higher numbers
of leukemia cases in relatively small communities, writes Dr. Elizabeth
M. Whelan, president of the American Council on Science and Health, in
an article titled "Cancer clusters: Statistically inevitable?"
"Children living in areas of high population mixing were found to be at
a higher risk for leukemia.... findings focus on infection, not
pollution, as a cause," Whelan writes.
Ruymann is quick to admit this is just a theory, although he believes it
is the most likely explanation for what is happening in Marysville. If
the theory holds true, Ruymann said, it is very predictable, with
leukemia rates among children being a passing phenomena that will peak
over a four-year period.
To date, the statistics have held true to Kinlen's theory, say Union
County Health Department officials.
When local officials first contacted Ruymann, he asked them to list the
known cases in chronological order. He then asked them if the first
cases were acute myelocytic leukemia (AML) and the later cases were
acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). They were. This data coordinates with
other documented cancer clusters, Ruymann said, but offered no reasons
why this occurs.
"ALL seems to be associated with urbanization," Ruymann said.
As he sifts through statistics and reviews other studies, Ruymann admits
that "there are a lot of things we don't understand very well."
He also warns people not to overreact.
"I do not think the fire alarms need to go off in Union County," he said
about the recent analysis by the Ohio Department of Health. "This is an
observation ... a snap shot."
Ruymann's study will eventually include all of Ohio's 88 counties and
take two to three years to complete. At present there is no data on
counties contiguous to Union County and because the Ohio Cancer
Incidence Surveillance System was just established in 1995, he said it
may be difficult to obtain data on other nearby communities such as
Delaware and Hilliard which experienced population increases earlier
than 1995.
As Ruymann pursues his study, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
has begun their own investigation in Union County.
Union County Health Commissioner Anne Davy said the EPA is checking
benzene and radiation levels.
While the cause of leukemia is unknown, there are risk factors that may
increase a person's chance of developing cancer. These include exposure
to large amounts of high-energy radiation and chemicals, such as
Davy said Marysville's water supply has been tested and shows no trace
of benzene.
However, benzene is the active agent in cigarette smoke. She said
smoking and second-hand smoke are involved in many cancers.
The best thing parents can do to reduce the chances of cancer for their
children is to use common sense, Davy said, "quit smoking ... use good
nutrition ..."
"Union County needs to get smart," Davy said.

Cancer notes
Dr. Fred Ruymann, principal investigator with the Children's Hospital
Cancer Group in Columbus and the former head of Hematology/Oncology at
Children's Hospital, offers the following information about cancer
. Worldwide the incidence of childhood cancers is increasing.
Ruymann said that worldwide there are 15 to 16 cases of pediatric cancer
per 100,000 children at risk every year.
. Males have a greater chance of getting cancer than females.
Ruymann said the ratio is 1.4 males to every 1 female and the recovery
rate for females is greater than for males.
. Siblings of a cancer patient have double the chance of getting cancer.

. Children's Hospital in Columbus serves 1 million children in 36
counties and averages 140 newly-diagnosed pediatric cancer patients a

Blind crossing devices to be installed
Blind residents in Marysville will soon be able to cross city streets
without as much fear of the oncoming traffic.
Thursday night Marysville City Council voted four emergency ordinances
through regarding blind crossing devices.
Local resident Chris Beckley approached council about his troubles with
traffic last winter. Beckley suffers from significant sight loss and
feared he would be hit by a car unless something was done.
City engineer Phil Roush reported he had spoken with Beckley about
specific locations for the devices.
The five-points intersection, namely the west and north sides of the
cross walks, were problems areas Beckley named, Roush said. Two of the
four devices will be installed there and the remaining two will be
installed at a location to be recommended by other blind residents.
The ordinances appropriated the $3,700 raised by the Union County
Foundation and the $1,000 donated by city council into the city's street
lighting capital outlay funds and were passed after all the readings
were waived in emergency.
In other issues, the much-debated ordinance amending Chapter 941 of the
cemetery rules and regulations book has been passed.
Council member Barbara Bushong mentioned the issue has been discussed in
detail since its inception and only minor adjustments have been made
"I recommend we pass this legislation," she said.
It was passed, with members Mark Reams and Nevin Taylor voting no.
Another hotly debated ordinance, the establishmen of an exterior
property maintenance code for Marysville, was passed through council as
An amendment was added defining the meaning of a setback line as "a line
established by the Zoning Ordinance generally parallel with and measured
from the lot line, defining the limits of a yard in which no building,
other than accessory building, or structure may be located above ground,
except as may be provided in such Zoning Ordinance."
An additional amendment by Reams stated that a boat with a trailer, bus,
trailer or recreational vehicle would be allowed to be stored in front
of a home "as long as it is entirely behind the setback line and placed
on a driveway."
This addition would allow homes set far back from the roadway to store
vehicles in the front of their homes.
During the hearing of citizens, several residents from Restoration Drive
made council aware of sinking land in their area.
Resident Charles Graham said there is a void of six inches underneath
his driveway where the land has sunk and he believes the settling is not
He also said his neighbor had a tree that disappeared.
"They thought that someone stole it," Graham said. "Nope. It sank."
"There are a lot of problems (in the area) and I'd appreciate your
attention to it," he said.
Both council and administration already held a meeting on the sinking
issue earlier in the week with several of the Restoration Drive
residents and said they would continue to seek a solution.
Mayor Steve Lowe introduced council to the city's new public service
director, Tracy Davies, who gave an update on the waste water and storm
sewer testing situation spurred by recent accounts of homes flooding.
She reported that out of 124 homes investigated, 11 were found in
violation as some had downspouts tied in to the city's sanitary sewer
On Monday the Ohio Reformatory for Women will be checked for violations
as well and a report will be given at the Sept. 26 council meeting.
Lowe reported that in October two public meetings will be held to update
residents on waste water treatment plant issues. Marysville's "smell"
will be discussed early in the month and the second meeting will update
residents on the findings of the investigations regarding flooding and
possible steps to pursue.
The dates of those meetings will be released at a later date.
Lowe also added that some of the smells in the air may not be directly
attributed to the sludge at the plant.
Due to the lack of rains, he said, the sewers have not been flushed out
for some time, leaves anything from dead animals to other materials to
get stagnant and emit odors.
. Lowe announced that Halloween will be held on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.
. Economic development director Eric Phillips reported that a decision
will be made in mid-October about locating the proposed Ohio Army
National Guard readiness center in Delaware or Marysville.
. The first reading on renewing three-year fire and EMS mutual aid
service contracts with Dover and Paris Townships was held. It would take
the services offered by Marysville into 2005.
. Randy Fox approached council about constructing a place for local kids
to skateboard. Due to recent legislation, skateboarding is prohibited in
the downtown area and he feels that something should be done to provide
a place for their use.
"I don't want to see them get in trouble," he said. "These are good kids
and they need someplace to go."
Council president John Gore recommended to Fox that he consult Parks and
Recreation Director Steve Conley about the issue.
"I'm sure something can be done," he said.

Hero picks pupils over president
Sept. 11 figure shuns media attention on anniversary
Lt. Col. Paul "Ted" Anderson was asked to stand with President George W.
Bush at a podium Wednesday in front of thousands of people.
Instead, he was in Marysville standing in front of a small class of
Talking to the Christian Academy on Wednesday about the Sept. 11 attacks
was exactly where he wanted to be.
Anderson was thrown into the media spotlight after terrorists flew an
American Airlines 757 jet into the west side of the Pentagon on Sept.
11. He saved dozens of lives, received the Soldier's Medal of Honor and
has been featured in Newsweek, Larry King Live, Fox News and countless
articles, yet he does not consider himself to be a hero.
"I was doing my duty that day at my post. You guys and your parents pay
my salary to do it," he said
Anderson decided that he was tired of the media attention and didn't
take part in the national memorial services, instead opting for
something more low-key.
"I'd had enough," he said. "All I wanted to do was go home to Ohio."
Spending time with his brother in Marysville, he was invited to speak to
the school as the uncle of 14-year-old student Megan Anderson.
Earlier in the day he had spoken to students at Indian Lake,
Bellefontaine and a class at Triad, where Megan's brother attends
Anderson works in the Pentagon's Office of the Secretary of the Army as
a legislative liaison, meaning he is often the voice of the Army when he
speaks on Capitol Hill.
"A year ago right now," he said. "I was sitting down to take my first
bite of food of the day."
At about 9:30 a.m. he was on the phone with his wife when in the middle
of the conversation the entire Pentagon shook like it was an earthquake.

The Pentagon is considered the largest office building in the world, he
said, and for it to shake like that he knew something was wrong.
"We've been bombed. I gotta go," he told his wife.
After that, he said, the walls  and  ceiling caved in and he was left
with many others sitting in darkness and smoke.
Crawling out of his office virtually blind, he led many others to safety
through an exit door. He pushed open the emergency exits and directed
people to head out.
When he finally left as well, what he saw surprised him.
"As far as I could see it was just as if the ground was sprayed with a
gray hose," he said. "The airplane had completely disintegrated, leaving
dust everywhere. The only parts left were thousands of chunks of metal."

He immediately ran toward the fire and saw two women on the ground near
a window. He wasn't sure if they had been blown out by the blast or if
they had been pushed out to safety. He later learned they had been
pushed out.
Anderson picked up one woman who had broken her hip. It was a compound
fracture and her bone was protruding from the skin.
"I told her 'this is going to hurt very very much'," he said.
She passed out from the pain as he ran more than 400 yards with her on
his shoulders. Another man grabbed the other woman.
He went back into the building and was trying to push open the exit
doors, although one was stuck. A woman's body was blocking it.
"A huge safe had fallen on her and pinned her in," he said. "We could
not get her free and it was either leave her there or stay there and
free her."
He said they were forced to break her leg beneath the knee in order to
remove her and were able to drag her out of the building. The woman died
a week later from internal injuries.
Throughout the rescue he was forced to hold his breathe from the fumes
and smoke in the air.
Anderson later approached the man, a civilian, whose entire front was
charcoal black and his belt had melted to him.
"All this man was doing was yelling 'Help the people behind me! Get the
people out behind me',"Anderson said.
They took him to safety and he survived with more than 60 percent of his
body burned. He was featured in the Washington Post and received more
than 31 surgeries for his burns.
When Anderson returned to help more victims, he and his crew of two
other men were met by seven firemen who wouldn't allow them to re-enter
the flaming building.
"Well . it got pretty ugly then," Anderson said. "I had to be physically
removed from the scene. I had gone crazy because I could not go in and
rescue my soldiers."
"We were in combat with an enemy," he explained. "If a man is wounded
and on the field, it is my inherent responsibility to stop what I'm
doing and go and get him, put him on my back and take him to safety .
You never leave a fellow soldier behind."
Anderson said he went home but couldn't sleep and by 3 a.m. he was back
at the Pentagon to help.
The National Military Command Center, considered the most secure area in
the Pentagon complete with its own air supply, was reportedly taking in
smoke and there is film of Anderson guiding a group of firemen into the
core. He was wearing suspenders and an oxygen mask, next to men wearing
full fire gear. He said he must have looked ridiculous.
"I'm not proud of anything that happened that day" Anderson said. "The
only thing I was proud of was what happened the next day."
There are nearly 30,000 employees at the Pentagon, he said, and that day
10,000 came back to work in a burning building.
Anderson's only injury was a spot on his lung from inhaling the hot
"It's nothing significant," he said. "I just ran a 1/2 mile marathon
last week so it can't be that bad."
In all, 70 Pentagon personnel were honored on Oct. 23 for their acts of
bravery during the attacks. Half received the highest honor, the
Soldier's Medal of Honor at a ceremony held at Conmy Hall in Fort Myer,
Other awards were issued along with a newly authorized medal to honor
civilians who are wounded or killed as a result of hostile action
against the United States, called the Defense of Freedom Medal.
Anderson took questions from the Christian Assembly students about his
injuries, his 20 years of being a paratrooper and the many broken bones
he received during jumps. He also commented on the question of whether
he was ever scared that day.
Possibly because of his Army training or the fact that he has been in
combat before, he said the only time he felt fear was when he looked up
at the sky through a melted hole in the roof and saw two fighter jets
flying low and ready to defend the Pentagon if another attack occurred.
"I thought I was in some Stephen King novel," Anderson said.
"Americans can tolerate a lot," he said. "But if you hit us in the back
your need to pack you lunch. We will hunt those folks down who are
"They can't hide forever," he joked to the students. "Sooner or later
(Osama Bin Laden) will have to come out to get some groceries at the
local Wal-Mart or at 7-11 to get a Big Gulp and we'll nab him."

Local witness to attacks shares feelings
Editor's note: Michael Corrao, a graduate of Marysville High School is a college student in New York City who witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center last year. In a telephone interview, he told the
Journal-Tribune his experience and this year he writes about his
feelings a year later.

When I walk around New York, I still see them downtown in the distance.
During the day, I see the sunlight reflecting off the metal,
illuminating the entire city with their splendor. At night, their dark
outline seems even taller, spangled with little squares of lights
crawling up the sides of their 110 stories.
But for months, these nostalgic memories were overshadowed by the smell:
a harsh, unfriendly odor of what there was.  Everywhere the posters of
the missing crowded every available inch of telephone poles and bulletin
boards. Hearing The Date or The Name is inescapable in the media,
especially television.
I started to feel suffocated by all that is constantly spoken about in
report after report, interview after interview, article after article,
that I could not carry on in the city that I love with such fervor.
I went to the site once in the past year, but I did not stay long. I
quickly grew so much more depressed looking at the remains of buildings,
the many tourists taking pictures, buying postcards, t-shirts, and hats,
that sitting at home remembering all that I saw that day seemed an
easier way to heal.
Lately, I panic less when I see a plane fly overhead, and my fear of
heights is beginning to subside. I want to remember everything that has
occurred, but I don't believe that hearing or talking about it best
accomplishes this.
For many in New York City including me, this devastating loss is best
remembered silently. But each time I hear someone mention The Date, or
ask the way to Ground you-know-what, the haunting images return,
uninvited and unannounced.
What we choose to remember today is even reflected in the color of
clothing we are wearing. I, like many here, wear black today to express
the sorrow that we feel for those who perished one year ago today. On
the contrary, many outside the city have chosen to wear red, white, and
blue as a symbol of patriotism in support of our overseas military
battle. While this is appropriate, I question the timing of this because
today represents a day of loss, not an opportunity to glorify our
country.  Perhaps it's because New Yorkers constantly saw names and
pictures attached to the death toll that the attack does not represent
falling buildings and a war in the Middle East, but a personal assault
to the people of our city.
The ongoing debate about how to redevelop the 16 acres in Lower
Manhattan is an emotional battle of two principle suggestions. Since
nearly half of those who perished last year have not been found, this
site is a graveyard, and the only place that many friends and families
can be with those whom they lost. On the other hand, New York's original
mission as a colony and now as the largest city in the United States is
to make money. Those who died did so in the pursuit of commerce,
therefore a formal memorial in tandem with the symbol of building new,
glorious towers will preserve the ideals of New York and ensure that
businesses remain in this city. I support this wiser use of space to
honor and respect those who died in a setting that comforts those who
mourn while keeping New York one of the largest economic centers of the
Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to live and work in New
York. Although I have had to rethink my decision, I realize that I am in
the right place for me. I have learned that New York has endured many
setbacks but it always moves on, stronger each time.
I believe that it is able to so quickly carry on because that is
precisely what this city is always doing. New York is never static; it
is always adapting, changing and becoming something new. And while two
of my friends who witnessed more than most have left the city, 8 million
of us are unwaveringly proud to call New York home.
Today, in New York, 365 days later, we are still here, quietly
remembering our past, while being reminded that tomorrow is a whole new

Some details of former police chief's firing surface in court papers
Mayor Steve Lowe and members of city council may soon be making a few
trips to Columbus concerning a lawsuit filed by ex-Marysville Police
Chief Rollin Kiser.
Kiser is suing Lowe, individually and in his official capacity as mayor,
for wrongful termination, civil rights violations, violation of public
policy, slander and violations of the open meetings act.
He filed the initial complaint Nov. 2, 2000, in the Union County Court
of Common Pleas and on April 24, 2001, the suit came before the United
States Federal Court in Columbus.
In compensation for his alleged wrongful termination, Kiser is asking
the court for damages, including back pay, attorney fees, potential
employment salary ($41,540), salary until retirement at age 65 (10 years
pay), salary inflation rate (11.33 percent), offset for available salary
($35,000) and present value of shortfall ($241,157).
With a trial date now slated for Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. the lawsuit will once
again be drawing local attention.
Kiser began his role as chief of police in 1996 and was fired on Aug.
24, 2000, after Lowe was elected and allegedly began cleaning house to
make way for administrative changes.
However, details surrounding why Kiser was fired are the cause of the
In court documents, Lowe stated in his defense that after he took office
he decided to fire Kiser because he "did not meet our expectations" as
police chief.
"He was being defiant of me," Lowe stated in court reports and added
that keeping Kiser on was not "in the best interest of the city."
Another topic under scrutiny, listed by Lowe's attorney Jeffrey Charles
Turner, were accusations that Kiser encouraged unjustified and illegal
traffic stops in Marysville and he embodied a lack of leadership.
Lowe's defense states that Kiser was fired for instances of bribery,
malfeasance, nonfeasance, misconduct in office, gross neglect of duty,
gross immorality and habitual drunkenness while employed as chief.
Kiser's lawyer, Dave Phillips, maintains that his client was never
informed about the grounds for his termination and was never allowed to
take part in a hearing to defend himself. The meeting during which this
decision allegedly occurred was conducted in executive session on Sept.
6, 2000.
It was also reported that Lowe had the locks changed on Kiser's office
while the chief was on vacation in Florida.
Since Kiser was removed as Marysville Chief of Police, Phillips said,
court files report that he has since applied for 70 different positions
as chief in other areas and has been turned down by them all due to what
his defense calls "slander" against him.
Kiser's termination, he said, "deprived him of his position as chief of
police without due process and his reputation was damaged by the untrue
allegations made against him."
Phillips also reported in court documents that Turner has been unable to
provide solid proof of the acts Lowe listed as reasons for the
Lowe's defense maintains that no laws were violated.
After Kiser's initial complaint, Lowe's defense filed a motion on Sept.
26, 2001, to have the case dismissed for want of prosecution, however,
Judge Algenon L. Marbley denied the motion in July.
A settlement hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17.
Along with Lowe, defendants named in Kiser's suit are current and past
council members Jim Wimmers, Sr., Barbara Bushong, William Sampsel, Mark
Reams, John Gore, Jack Parsons and Dan Fogt and Lowe's administrative
staff. All of whom were reportedly involved with the decision regarding
his termination.
During September further depositions will be taken from defense as well
as plaintiff witnesses.

New Triad High School to be dedicated
After three broken bones and a year of trying to run a school with
construction crews in residence, Triad High School principal Dan
Kaffenbarger is looking forward to Sunday's 2 p.m. formal dedication.
With construction running ahead of schedule on the $22.5 million
district-wide building and renovation project, classes started this week
at Triad's new high school and the newly-renovated middle and elementary
schools that include additions. The original plan was to move the
students in November.
The districtwide construction is part of an Ohio School Facilities
Commission project that allowed the district to pay for only 20 percent
of the project with a 20-year, 4.3-mill bond issue passed in November
1999, Kaffenbarger said.
"It's been an experience," said Betti Jo Welty, secretary to the
principal and a 37-year-employee of the district.
Working conditions this year are a far cry from last year when mice were
seen on office telephones, wires were hanging, roofs leaking and tiles
"You never knew what to expect," Welty said, as compared to her new
office that is "wonderful, bright and cheerful."
In the midst of last year's renovations when teachers found their
classes displaced frequently or often times had to struggle to be heard
over construction, Welty said, Kaffenbarger fell over steps and onto a
landing, breaking his leg, elbow and thumb. He also had a concussion.
The injuries have healed and the nightmare of teaching through
construction is history now for Kaffenbarger and his staff, as well as
the district's 1,100 students.
Prior to construction, there were 540 students in grades six through 12
housed in a 49,000-square-foot high school built in 1958 for 400
students. To handle the overflow, the district held 12 classes in
modular units.
The district's new high school encompasses 73,000 square feet and is
equipped for 450 students. The current high school population is 290
with 30 students at the Ohio Hi-Point Joint Career Center.
Kaffenbarger jokes that the expanded parking area looks like "a bad day
at the mall." There 500 parking spaces in three lots, plus an overflow
The district now also has a much-needed middle school to house students
in grades five through eight. Both the elementary and middle school were
totally renovated and received new cafeterias and kitchens.
Even though construction is ahead of schedule, there are still a few
details not quite completed in the gymnasium, although classes are
running smoothly and Sunday's open house is slated.
Ohio Senator Jim Jordan, who was instrumental in assisting the district,
is Sunday's guest speaker. Also slated to attend is State Representative
Derrick Seaver and representatives of the Ohio School Facilities
The public is invited and tours of all three buildings will follow the
dedication ceremony.

Youth leukemia rates found to be high
Health commissioner says number is  still relatively small
From J-T staff reports:
Leukemia rates among Union County's youth are higher than expected.
The Ohio Department of Health has released a comparative analysis
showing that Union County and, specifically, Marysville have a higher
than expected incidence of leukemia with eight observed cases as opposed
to the 2.3 cases normally expected for an area this size. The population
segment studied was people under the age of 25 and the time frame was
1992 through 2001.
"The number of cases, although greater than expected, is still small
relative to our 4,700 school-age children," Union County Health
commissioner Anne Davy said.
She went on to say that it is also possible that the close working
relationship of her department with the community, may have pinpointed
some cases sooner than they would have normally been reported. Cases of
leukemia that were not discovered until later stages of life would not
factor into the youth-related figures.
The Union County Health Department announced in May that they have been
tracking cases of leukemia among people less than 25 years old in
Marysville since 1997. Local efforts are focused on confidential
interviews with families. Assisting the local agency in the study is Dr.
Fred Ruymann, head of hematology/oncology at Children's Hospital and the
Ohio Department of Health. The Ohio EPA also requested to consult as
part of the study.
Ruymann has found that the small number of cases makes it difficult to
pinpoint a specific cause and the case review has shown no relationship
among the cases. He theorizes that the cause of the increased number of
cases may be the rapid growth of central Ohio and specifically Union
County. He cites a theory called "population mixing" that occurs when a
rural area has experienced an influx of urban population. The existing
population is exposed to infectious agents such as viruses against which
they may have no natural defense.
Ruymann has assigned a graduate student to begin examining all Ohio
counties based on the theory.
Davy said Ruymann's theory does not preclude a continuing investigation.

Davy said Ohio EPA air testing at a variety of locations has not
detected any significant agents related to leukemia.
Those with a question about leukemia may call 642-0801, ext. 24, or
(888) 333-9461, ext. 24.
A more detailed story about the study is planned for a future edition of
the Journal-Tribune.

Memorial to honor fallen area lawmen
Sheriff set to begin fundraising
A statue honoring officers who have sacrificed their lives for law
enforcement is slated to be placed near the Union County Sheriff's
The unveiling of the Union County Law Enforcement Memorial Statue is
planned for May 2003 in celebration of National Police Officer's Week.
However, funding for project, called "In the Line of Duty" will rely on
the generosity of county business and resident.
According to Union County Sheriff John Overly, plans for the memorial
have been ongoing since the Justice Center's planning stages. Overly
said he proposed the idea to the Union County Commissioners, who agreed
the statue would be a great addition to the Justice Center.
Since Sept. 11 the statue has become much more significance than
originally thought.
Organizers have since mulled over the statue's meaning, appearance and
location. It was later agreed that a life-sized bronze statue of an
officer kneeling while holding a folded American flag would serve as a
fitting reminder to those officers who have lost their lives on the job.

Specifically, the memorial will also pay homage to Union County Sheriff
Harry L. Wolfe, Sergeant Roger L. Beekman, and Trooper Frank Vazquez.
Wolfe was shot and killed in 1982 while responding to a burglary alarm.
Beekman died in 1979 after he was hit by a semi while responding to a
alarm drop and Vazquez, a Marysville resident, was hit by a vehicle and
killed while patrolling the highways near Columbus in 2001.
The memorial will be constructed in the grass between the brick
courtyard and the flag pole located in front of the Justice Center. The
cost is expected to be $50,000 for the bronze statue and an additional
$25,000 for its base and lighting.
Overly reported that he and the commissioners did not want to dip into
the county's general fund for the project. As a result, the project may
take longer to complete.
"This is the first time I've taken on a project such as this," Overly
said about the memorial. "I was surprised to learn of the cost, but I
checked around and I found out it was average for something like this."
The fundraising will kick off this weekend with an open house for the
new Justice Center. The open house is being held in conjunction with the
Marysville Business Association sponsored Festifair which will run
Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Marysville.
At the Justice Center, activities for children, live bands, magicians
and food concessions will all be on hand. An auction  with Dan Westlake
as auctioneer will be held at noon.
Overly said the entire Justice Center will be open for tours on all
floors, however, the courthouse will be closed.
"We hope that those people at the Festifair will walk on down and take a
look at the new Justice Center, and vice versa," he said.
"I want to stress that this (memorial) is not just for the sheriff's
department," Overly said. "It is for all peace officers including areas
such as Marysville, Richwood, Plain City, and Dublin police departments,
as well as the Ohio State Troopers and the Wildlife Division officers.
They are all serving Union County."
Contributions can be made to the project in care of the Union County
Foundation Law Enforcement Memorial Fund at 126 N. Main St., P.O. Box

Jerome Twp. loses entire road crew
Final two road maintenance employees resign
Jerome Township has no road maintenance staff.
At Tuesday's regular meeting the Jerome Township Board of Trustees
accepted the resignations of the township's final two road maintenance
employees - supervisor Denzil Collier and his assistant Jeff Collier
effective Aug. 31. At an earlier August meeting the resignation of Jason
Rausch, another road maintenance assistant, had been accepted.
A special meeting is slated for 6 a.m. Tuesday at the township hall to
discuss how the trustees will interview candidates for the first open
position and review a job description for this position. Seven resumes
have been submitted for the position held by Rausch. Seeking the
part-time position are Dennis Snodgrass and G. Eric Zoldak of
Marysville, Nicholas Sollars of Mechanicsburg, Thomas Iiams of Belle
Center, Richard Madry of Plain City, Leonard Daum of Milford Center and
John Gill Sr. of Delaware.
Trustee chair Sharon Sue Wolfe said the township will hire
subcontractors to take care of problems until a maintenance crew is
The trustees unanimously accepted the recommendation of clerk Robert
Caldwell to seek a grant that would provide a fourth public safety
officer in the township and enter into an agreement with Millcreek
Township to share the cost of all four officers with Jerome paying 75
percent of the cost. If the fourth officer is added the township will
have 24-hour coverage by a public safety officer.
After an extensive discussion, Wolfe and trustee Ron Rhodes passed a
resolution to approve Black and White Technology to run an electrical
wire for $675 for a light at the basketball court behind the fire house.
Because there is no maintenance crew, there is a question of how the
line will be trenched.
May voted against the resolution after questioning if the wire is
appropriate and wishing to have a firm cost figure.
Fire Chief Scott Skeldon updated the trustees about a proposed training
tower to be built by Washington Township near Jerome and Darby
He said Jerome Township has made no commitments toward the tower. He has
been told by Washington Township officials that the project is in the
preliminary stages and they are looking at three or four other sites. An
estimated timetable for construction is in a couple of years.
An eyesore property may soon be cleaned up.
Zoning inspector Norm Puntenney said that after five certified letters
he has finally determined that Wells Fargo is responsible for the Canter
property and they will be out this week.
Rhodes did attempt to partially correct the eyesore by mowing part of
the property, spraying insecticide and pumping out approximately 40,000
gallons of water from a pond.
Rhodes voiced concern about the property being dangerous to area
"It's a mess, a real mess," Rhodes said.
May raised a question about a previous resolution which granted Mike
Clark permission to cut across an alley in the village of Jerome to
correct  a sewer problem. He was concerned about township employees
assisting. Rhodes said he approved the work because the problem was the
township's tile which had been installed prior to 1946. May said it was
the Clarks' problem because it was their effluent. Wolfe jumped into the
fray, saying her concern with the situation was that all township
business requires the approval of two trustees and Rhodes failed to seek
approval from a second trustee.
In other business:
. A joint meeting with the Millcreek Township Trustees is set for the
second Monday in October to sign an agreement.
. Metro Parks is planning a grand opening for the park in Jerome
Township for Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.
. A town hall meeting is Sept. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m.
. A festival day is Oct. 13 from noon to 6 p.m.