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Local Archived News  July 2005

Honda shows off new assembly line
The true boys of summer - Carnival workers tell of attraction to six-month job
'It's the journey' - HomeComing riders say getting here is part of the fun
Paving project still ahead of schedule
Marysville voters hold fate of issue
Error will not keep referendum off ballot
Local radio station sold
Gifted area teen lands spot on Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Heat scorches county fair - Patrons, exhibitors struggle to stay cool
Richwood to put street levy before voters
MHS grad to sing National Anthem
Questions surround veterans monument
No language is foreign in medicine
Issue of trapping cats nipped
Living the American dream
Deputy shooting results in suit
Responding to a cry for help
Getting back to normal
NU's Young announces retirement
2005 fair loaded with attractions
Triad officials pleased with test results
Fairbanks moves ahead with levy plans
Hospital names Miracle Life Center
Divided front continues at Jerome
Health department warns of summer skin cancer risks
Repaving first phase nearly finished
Local youth to be Eagle Scout
OSU vet clinic gets new home
Marysville to expand Creekview
No more catting around in Mill Valley
Model tractor pull a part of Steam Threshers event
Reported 'Kingpin'  of drug  sweep given three years
'It's not my problem'
Last-second leap may have saved man's life
JA installs sportsmanship program
Richwood big on projects, low on money
Jail director backs system
Giant tractors will highlight Steam Threshers show
Tour of Gardens set for Sunday
Jerome opens door to Dublin
North Lewisburg  to cite residents  for nonessential usage of water
Windsor card games know no age limits
County to begin repaving program
New library director named
Board stays in-house with hiring of Ryan McDonnell

County a badger 'hotbed'

Honda shows off new assembly line
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune Intern
Work on the assembly line has gotten a little easier for Honda associates at the
Marysville Motorcycle Plant. On July 11, workers began using an all-new assembly line,
installed during Honda shut-down the week prior.
The new line is "better from an ergonomic standpoint," said Ron Lietzke,
Assistant Manager of Corporate Affairs at Honda of America Mfg., Inc.,
since the new line features individual motorcycle carriers that, at the
touch of a button, can be adjusted to the best working height for the
associate performing a process. The new line can be lowered to as little
as 13-inches, and raised to as high as 47-inches.
"This is a big improvement," said Rick Price, Engineering Coordinator
for Assembly Equipment at Honda. "It'll make work at the plant more efficient."
The original line, built in 1979, was a fixed conveyer, meaning that the
29-inch tall platform couldn't be adjusted in height.
But, the plant has employees of all heights, said Price. "When you've
got a 6-foot guy working next to a 4-foot woman, it made it a little
hard on both of them," he said.
Associates also couldn't walk around the bikes, unless they went to the
other side of the line. Ramps and platforms also needed to be near the
lines, in case associates needed to reach higher or lower on the bikes.
But, this, in turn, caused a lot of clutter in the work area.
"Now, we don't need the ramps," Price said. "And, associates can walk
around the bikes if they need to work on something, eliminating all the
reaching, leaning and straining."
Holly Teets, Team Leader Assistant on the assembly line, has noticed a
tremendous improvement with the installation of the new line.
"I'm less fatigued at the end of the day," Teets said. "I can get to
where I need to go a lot quicker."
Teets said she's heard some complaints about the new line, but "they're
only from people who don't like change."
Construction for the new assembly line, which is approximately 400-feet
long, began about 3 months ago. Planning, however, had been underway for
about 3 years.
No jobs were lost with the addition of the new line. The motorcycle
plant continues to employ about 700 workers.
Production is about 250 bikes per day and 75,000 per year.
"The new line isn't increasing the number of bikes being produced,"
Lietzke said. "[The line] isn't going any faster than it was before."
While Lietzke wouldn't comment on the cost to install the new line, he
did say it was a substantial investment. At the end of 2004, the
motorcycle plant's capital investment was 162 million.
Price noted that the plant will be adding another new conveyer in the
next month that will deliver unwrapped and ready-to-use parts to workers on the assembly line.
"We just want to accomodate our associates and make work a little easier," Price said.

The true boys of summer - Carnival workers tell of attraction to six-month job
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune Intern
From sunup to sundown, they work to keep fair patrons smiling on the midway.
Whether they're operating the ferris wheel, manning the music video
funhouse, or attempting to reel in fair patrons to play the carnival
games, carnies spend long hours in the hot sun, trying to make the Union
County Fair enjoyable for patrons of all ages.
Jim "Gonzo" Cramer, a carnie with Kissel Bros., said the day for him
begins with roll call at 8:30 a.m. and usually doesn't end until midnight or later.
"It's a lot of work," said the 49-year-old Florida native. "Sometimes
with 15 or 16-hour days."
Cramer said that all carnies working for Kissel Bros. (about 40) are
staying on-site at the fairgrounds in campers or trailers, where they
typically share a room with one other person.
Living and traveling in close quarters with a group of people, for
six-and-a-half months out of the year to numerous fairs, festivals, and
shows around Ohio, has given Cramer a chance to make good friends.
"We're like family out here," he said. "The same group of guys tend to
come back year after year... And, these are people from all walks of
life... So it makes things interesting."
When asked how he came to be a carnie, Cramer said that being in the
Army for a number of years, and growing up with a father in the Marines
got him used to the idea of traveling - to the point where he found it
entertaining. When he returned home from the Army and started working in
a factory, though, he found himself longing for more time on the road.
"I was completely bored to death in that factory," Cramer said.
So, in 1993, he decided to join the show business for a year. Not sure
if it was for him, though, he decided to take a break from it after that
year. Three years later, in 1996, he returned to work for Kissel Bros.,
and has been there every year since - with no regrets.
"It's something different... and, living is easier because we have no
bills," Cramer added, noting that his only expenses are food, laundry
and clothing.
During his off-season, Cramer said he usually finds a job through a
temporary agency until he can reunite with the Kissel Bros. clan.
Despite what the environment might suggest, though, the work isn't
always fun and games.
"There's some violence out here between workers sometimes... Especially
on tear-down nights when everyone is exhausted from the week," said
Mazin Schamoon, a show welder for Kissel Bros.
Schamoon, 36, got started in the fair business 10 years ago after coming
from a rough lifestyle in Detroit.
He said he owes a lot to Kissel Bros. for providing him with a way out.
"This business got me out of a lot of problems I was having... It
allowed me to get my priorities straight," he said, noting that Kissel
Bros. has a no-tolerance policy for workers using drugs or alcohol.
For other carnies, the job is just a way to make some money and have a
little fun doing it.
Kerry Wiewall, 47, who was operating the "tub game" earlier in the week,
calls himself a "salesman in the outdoor amusement park business."
"It's all about interacting with people... When you see the same people
pass day after day, you can get to know them by their first names," Wiewall said.
He interrupted to try and get a customer: "Hey, you ready? Throw two
balls in the tub and get a nice prize," Wiewall called out to several passersby.
"No, thanks," one passerby shouted back. "You tried to get me, yesterday."
"And, I'll try to get you tomorrow!" Wiewall replied.
A carnie since he was 17, Wiewall said he's seen - and heard - a lot of
rude fair patrons.
Asked if he ever gets upset, he replied: "Why get mad? I've heard it all before."
Growing up in Columbus as the oldest of seven children, Wiewall said he
got started in the fair business when his parents basically told him to
"Go out and make some money."
So, he started working at a souvenir stand at the Ohio State Fair during
summers. Pretty soon, he was running carnival games, such as one where
he played the part of Bo-Bo the clown in a dunk tank.
Summer after summer, he returned.
"It just became a habit for me," Wiewall said.
Despite the fact that he attained a college degree, Wiewall has decided
to stick with being a carnie. Still a resident of Columbus, he works at
festivals and fairs around Ohio for five or six months out of the year,
from mid-April to October.
When asked why he hasn't left the carnie business, Wiewall said, "I like
it out here. I meet new people every day, and the money's decent."
Schamoon added: "This business is like a poison. Once it gets in your
system, you can't get out of it. When you're away from it during the
off-season, you find yourself craving it."

'It's the journey' - HomeComing riders say getting here is part of the fun
By JOEY SECREST Journal-Tribune intern
People from all over the country are gathering in Marysville this
weekend with one similarity: their love for Honda motorcycles.
Thursday afternoon the streets were packed with faces Marysville sees
just at this one time every year. Sixth Street shut down for vendors and
food buggies. Residents and motorcycle enthusiasts know this weekend
very well as Honda HomeComing.
George Pugh and Frank Schoener made a six-hour trip from the Chicago
area Thursday so that they could be a part of the annual festivities.
Pugh said this is his third year riding to Marysville on his Goldwing
and Schoener's fourth year on his Valkyrie.
"(Schoener) just waits for me to get time off (work) to go riding with
him," Pugh said of Schoener, who is a retired electrical field engineer.
Pugh does business with Ohio trucking company One World Logistics.
The two men did not intend to stay for the light parade and they did not
come for any specific piece of hardware for their bikes ? they came for
the overall experience.
"You meet the nicest people on a Honda," Pugh said. "It's laid back,
it's good for us old guys. You look around and everybody is having a good time."
After an early morning tour of the Honda plant, cruising country roads
on their bikes and eating lunch from the vendors, Pugh and Schoener just
intended to spend their day meeting people, touring vendors and having a good time.
According to Pugh, they just enjoy the ride to Marysville.
"It's not always the destination," he said. "It's the journey."
Unlike Pugh and Schoener, Jeff and Monica Cox of Parkersburg, W.V., did
not know what to expect Thursday afternoon as they made their first trip to Marysville.
The couple came because they wanted to tour the Honda plant. They rode
with about 10 members of the Chapter J Roadriders. They said that the
four-hour trip on back roads was worth the time and was a good ride.
After a five-hour drive, Fred and Regina Allen of Morenci, Mich.,
arrived in Marysville for the third consecutive year on their VTX 1800.
"We keep coming back," Mr. Allen said. "It's a beautiful thing. If it's
a Honda thing, we'll be here."
The Allens toured the plant Thursday morning and looked at the vendors downtown.
"I'm glad we've been able to come these last few years," Mrs. Allen
said. "There are a lot of stereotypes (about riders), but most are really friendly. It's great."
The couple agreed that the ride alone would have made the trip worthwhile.
Randy and Marianne Copus of Findlay stopped in Marysville to tour the
plant and vendors on their way to Indian Lake. While here, they found a
vendor to install ground lights on their Shadow.
License plates from a number of states including Wisconsin, Minnesota,
Maryland, New York and Florida on Honda motorcycles surrounded downtown
Thursday. More riders are expected to arrive tonight for the light parade.

Paving project still ahead of schedule
By RYAN HORNS
The second phase of city street repaving is gaining momentum, as the
project remains ahead of schedule.
According to Marysville city administrator Kathy House, the last round
of paving will begin in mid-August and continue for approximately six weeks.
She said the Shelly Company has been awarded the contract for this
repaving and will also be using subcontractors Strawser Paving for
planning and excavation. Griffin Pavement will do the striping when the
groundwork is done.
House explained that access to existing businesses and residences will
be kept open, except for short periods of time when the work is directly
in front of road entrances. In this case, she said the city will notify
residents through the media of the order of streets to be paved as the project begins.
A highlighted map of streets to be paved is available at City Hall, 125
E. Sixth Street, through the mayor's office.
Streets scheduled to be paved (not in order of completion) are:
. Collins/Milford Avenues from Maple St. to Eighth St.
. Collingwood Drive from London Avenue to the south end.
. Columbus Avenue from Five Points to Dunham Avenue.
. Delaware Avenue from the Coleman's Crossing project east to the  U.S. 33 ramps.
. Eighth Street from Maple Street to Grove Street.
. First Street from Main Street to Elwood Avenue.
. Fourth Street from Maple Street to Main Street.
. Grand Avenue from Fifth Street to the concrete roadway section.
. Mill Road from Mill Park to Cobblestone Drive - Sections 1-3.
. Morey Drive from London Avenue to the new pavement.
. Mound Street from Third Street to the north end.
. Oak Street from Sixth Street to Seventh Street.
. Quail Hollow Drive from Route 31 to the west end.
. Seventh Street from Main Street to Chestnut Street.
. Sixth Street from Grove Street to Cherry Street - Sections 1-4.
. Third Street from Maple Street to Grand Avenue.
. Timberview Drive from London Avenue to the west end.
In other discussions, Marysville City Schools employee Tony Eufinger
encouraged council members to use their influence as city leaders to get
residents out to vote for the school bond issue on Tuesday.
Eufinger explained that the levy would save taxpayers $27 million over a
26-year period if they pass the issue. He said it is a one-time
opportunity for voters to allow the city schools to refinance current
bonds and to pay for a future expansion of the Marysville High School.
Instead of usual levies asking voters to pay for increased wages,
Eufinger explained, it is a levy of which the public will see results in
the form of construction.
In other business:
. Council passed a resolution to accept the city's Investment policy;
approved a resolution to appropriate $11,048 and transfer it into the
Scotts Financial Incentive Fund (as Scotts employees, councilman Dan
Fogt and John Marshall abstained); amended the city Public Utilities
Code to change the chapters on Sewers and Violations, hearing by public utilities committee.
. Route 38 resident Marjorie Morley asked council what plans there were
to provide sewer lines to her neighborhood - as the city promised it would 10 years ago.
"I think it's time to have that promise fulfilled," she said.
Fogt said he knows that there are several homes which would benefit from sewer lines.
House said she plans to ask the appropriate city staff to find the
answers and formulate a plan to provide to Morley by next week.
. The second reading-public hearing was held on an ordinance to rezone
4.102 acres located on Route 38 from Township Zoning to Suburban
Residential Zoning District. The land is part of 64 total acres owned by
Myron Gallogly. He reportedly plans to turn the area into residential
development. The acreage will include 59 house lots and 20 acres of condominiums.
. The city awarded Wastewater Collection System Unit Chief Jeff
Deardurff its "Employee of the Quarter." The award began this year, in
which supervisors may nominate a worker in their division.
All nominees are scored and the one with the highest overall rating earns the honor.

Marysville voters hold fate of issue
By KARLYN BYERS
Voters in the Marysville Exempted Village School District are being
asked to turn a negative into a positive Tuesday by voting for the
district's 5.2-mill bond issue.
The negative is the anticipated loss of one-third of the school
district's budget, the result of the elimination of the personal
tangible property tax which previously was paid by businesses and
industry on equipment and inventory.
The positive is that passage of the levy on Tuesday's ballot will secure
$20 million in extra state payments, according to school Superintendent
Larry Zimmerman. It will restructure construction debt carried by the
school district and will finance a second addition to the high school.
By moving forward the high school addition an additional $7 million can
be claimed, Zimmerman has said.
"The school district has done an outstanding job of protecting the
property owners of Marysville," Zimmerman said this morning from his
family vacation spot in Florida.
The family set its vacation plans in December, he said, because he had
no indications that a ballot issue would be before the voters this
summer. Tuesday's bond issue is the school board's response to the
anticipated revenue loss. Changes were mandated by H.B. 66 and Gov. Bob
Taft and went into effect July 1.
"As a school district, we can't do any more than what we've done," he
said. Basically, it boils down to this: "Do you want the state to pay
that $27 million or as a community do you want to pay it?" Zimmerman said.
The savings are possible because of recent changes in Ohio's tax code.
The state will calculate future direct payments to local school
districts based on property tax values and levies on the books as of Sept. 1.
A positive vote Tuesday re-sets values in Marysville School District at
a higher level and locks in more direct payments from the state,
according to Zimmerman. If the bond levy passes, voters will see a tax
increase of 1.5 mills, not the total 5.2 mills. A 3.7-mill difference
will be paid out of the district's existing financial resources, Zimmerman said.
If the bond issue is defeated, Marysville School District residents will
still see their property taxes increase by one-half mill. The state of
Ohio will automatically raise local taxes, increasing them from 3.7
mills to 4.2 mills. And the same addition to the high school will
eventually cost homeowners additional money because the millage will be
financed at higher future rates.
Zimmerman has called H.B. 66 "the most significant tax change in 50
years." He also said the ballot issue facing voters Tuesday "is a
different tax issue than they have ever seen before."
Ballot language says the proposed bond issue is to be repaid annually
over a maximum period of 28 years. School district officials are saying
the bond issue is to be repaid annually over a 26-year period.
Zimmerman said he is not sure why there is a difference.
"Twenty-six years is what we have it projected ... 26 years is the
payout. Period. It's what we've projected."
Official ballot language follows:
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.
Shall bonds be issued by the board of education of the Marysville
Exempted Village School District, for the purpose of constructing and
renovating school buildings, acquiring and installing equipment and
furnishings, and land acquisition, together with all necessary
appurtenances thereto, in the principal amount of $66,000,000 to be
repaid annually over maximum period of 28 years, and an annual levy of
property taxes be made outside the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the
county auditor to average over the repayment period of the bond issue
5.2 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to $0.52
for each $100 of tax valuation, commencing in 2005, first due in
calendar year 2006, to pay the annual debt charge on the bonds, and to
pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds?
Polling place updates
Only voters in the Marysville School District will be voting in the Aug.
2 special election. Voters in Leesburg precinct will go to Dover North
and those in Millcreek precinct will go to Dover South. These precincts
are located in the Dover Township Hall off U.S. 36 in New Dover.
Marysville school voters in York Township will go to Liberty North. This
precinct is located at the Liberty Township Hall off Route 347 in Raymond.
Voters in M No. 1 and M No. 2 at the East Elementary building should go
to the south end of the building off the parking lot.
All other voters in the school district will go to their regular precincts.

Error will not keep referendum off ballot
By CINDY BRAKE
Jerome Township voters will have the final say whether a 64-house
development can be built along Brock Road.
Three members of the four Union County Board of Elections unanimously
ruled Monday after a 3 1/2-hour hearing that a referendum petition was
valid inspite of a typographical error and a procedural question. This
clears the way for the petition to go before voters in November.
Jesse G. Dickinson, the sole-circulator of the seven-part petitions,
admitted that he had made a typographical error on the summaries but did
not believe it was misleading. He said he hit the wrong key on a numerical keypad.
The property's correct address is 10045 Brock Road. Dickinson had
written 10145 Brock Road, of which no parcel can be found on the Union
County Auditor's website. Dickinson, coincidentally, resides across the
road from the petitioned property. His address is 10144 Brock Road.
"It is right across the street from me," Dickinson said.
He argued that the address was just a "reference" to the area and if it
existed would be in that vicinity.
"I'm trying to protect those 100-odd signatures that want to vote,"
Dickinson said as he defended the petitions he circulated.
He admitted that he did not become aware of the error until after the
petitions were filed.
"I was sick," Dickinson said about the discovery.
Sworn testimony by Paul W. Phillips of Dublin verified the correct
address of 10045 for two parcels. Phillips said he is a managing partner
of the Cambrian Development Co. LLC and owns two of three parcels in the
proposed 41.836-acre planned unit development. He said the address for
the third parcel of property in the development is 10179 Brock Road. All
documentation for the development filed with the township uses the 10045
address number.
Lawyers representing Cambrian argued that Ohio law requires referendum
petitions to have a brief and accurate summary.
Attorney Donald McTigue of Columbus stated that Dickinson's petitions
were neither accurate or brief. The summary on the front had the
incorrect address. Documents attached to the petitions, did have the
correct address but were not brief.
Dickinson said "a lot of people understand what I'm doing now" and
"every signer does not read every word." He said "first timers" have to
read the document and most signers just look at the map he attaches. He
estimates that it takes him from three to 20 minutes to obtain each signature.
Dickinson is experienced at circulating zoning referendums. Since 1998
he has circulated 10 referendum petitions. All but one went before
voters. Of those considered by voters, all but one overturned actions by
the township's board of trustees. Six of the petitions sought rezonings
of property. Three were to change the township's zoning resolution.
While referendums have essentially stopped proposed multi-housing
developments, Jerome Township has lost nearly 1,300 acres to annexation
by the city of Dublin or village of Plain City. These figures do not
include another 1,000 acres purchased within Jerome township over the
past few years by Columbus Metro Parks.
A second issue before the Union County Board of Elections concerning the
same matter was whether the zoning change was legislative or
administrative. Legislative matters are subject to referendum.
Administrative matters must go before a court. Terry Hord, Union County
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, pointed out that the Ohio Supreme Court
had determined matters such as this legislative.
Three of the four board members found the Cambrian proposal to be
legislative and subject to referendum.
Board members present and voting were Jack Foust, Max Robinson and
chairman Robert W. Parrott. Board member David Moots was absent.
The Cambrian PUD was approved more than a year ago by the Jerome
Township Zoning Board on July 26, 2004 and the board of trustees on July
29, 2004. Dickinson's referendum was filed with the township on Aug. 27,
2004 and with the board of elections on Nov. 10, 2004. The first protest
questioning legislative versus administrative authority was filed on May
17. A second protest concerning the incorrect address was filed on July
6. Dickinson then objected to the protests.
Board of Election staff said the issue could still be appealed to the courts.

Local radio station sold
WUCO will switch to Catholic format Sunday
From J-T staff reports:
Local radio station WUCO is going from country to Catholic on Sunday.
The Marysville 1270 AM radio station has operated under a country music
format for years but will switch to Catholic programming Sunday after
the purchase of the station by St. Gabriel Radio Inc., a non-profit corporation.
Owner Chris Gabrelcik of Mount Gilead said Eternal World Television News
will be the mainstay of programming for the 24-hour radio station,
although he hopes to continue covering local sporting events  on Friday
nights, news and weather.
Programming, he said, will be exciting and should appeal to all
listeners regardless of their faith. He said currently half of all
listeners to Catholic stations are non-Catholics. Some of the more
unique programs will include in-depth presentations about saints and
church fathers, as well as call-in shows to answer questions.
The Marysville AM station is the first to go on the airwaves for his company.
Currently, St. Gabriel has a construction permit to build a station in
Lexington, Ohio and plans to purchase stations in the Columbus,
Zanesville and Circleville areas.
His goal is to create a network of radio stations to provide coverage to
the entire Columbus Diocese market and tell the truth about the Catholic
Church. Gabrelcik believes there are many misconceptions about the
faith. Marysville is the western outpost, he said. Currently, he said
there are approximately 100 Catholic radio stations, as compared to
2,000 Protestant radio stations.
Gabrelcik said the station will continue to operate out of its downtown
Marysville location at 107 N. Main Street.

Gifted area teen lands spot on Columbus Symphony Orchestra
By JOEY SECREST Journal-Tribune intern
It's not every day that you find a 13-year-old that plays violin well
enough to land a spot in an orchestra.
And it's not every day that a boy can walk up to the piano and play a
melody at age 4 with no prior musical experience.
At least it's not every day for people other than Seth Franke.
Franke, who will be a freshman and resides in the Fairbanks School
District, recently has been selected to be a member of the Columbus
Symphony Orchestra to play violin. The orchestra, under the direction of
Peter Stafford Wilson, is usually comprised of upper classmen, however,
Franke seems to be an exception.
His parents, Chris and Catie Franke, discovered his gift of music at age
4. After Franke began playing piano by ear, his parents signed him up
for lessons. At this young age, Franke was impacted by Antonio Vivaldi's
Four Seasons and it continues to be a favorite of his.
At age 6, Franke said that he wanted to play the violin. Even though the
request differs from that of most 6-year-olds, the Franke's signed him up.
"He adapted real well," Mr. Franke said. "He has a good ear for music."
After two years of lessons, Franke's teacher suggested that at age 8, he
audition for the Capital University Suzuki Tour Group. He was a member
from 2000 to 2004 under the direction of Doug and Susan Locke. As a part
of this group, he performed internationally in Estonia and China as well
as in several U.S. cities including Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Phoenix,
Flagstaff, Akron, Sedona and Albuquerque.
The Capital group led to his membership of the Youth Philharmonic
Orchestra of Central Ohio under the direction of Steven Wedell between
2004 to 2005.
It was after the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra that Franke decided to
audition for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He was urged to audition
by Kevin Annest of Marysville, who gives Franke private lessons.
Mr. Franke said that Seth auditioned without the intention of making the
orchestra because of the competitiveness of it and Seth's young age.
"The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is comprised of the best kids in
Columbus," Annest said. "It's a big achievement. I thought he should be recognized."
As a member of the orchestra Franke will have three major performances
and a recording session. Rehearsals begin Aug. 31.
Franke plays the violin for different occasions including weddings and
for senior citizens at the Gables. He said his favorite music is the
Baroque Era from 1600 to 1750.
Mr. Franke said his son likes challenges of all kinds. In addition to
playing the violin and the piano, Franke plays the fiddle, drums,
trumpet and a little flute. He also excels at sports and was a member of
the Elite FC soccer team.
Music is a big part of Franke's life, but he continues to keep his
options open pertaining to his future career.
"I always remember that God gave me a gift to be able to play, but I
will probably go into something else too," Franke said. In fact, he
aspires to be an aeronautical engineer someday.
Annest said that this is not surprising because the detail, logical
thinking and problem solving in engineering closely relates to that of music.
"As a parent, we struggle about how hard we push him," Mr. Franke said.
"We want to nurture his gift so that if he wants to continue in the future, he can."

Heat scorches county fair - Patrons, exhibitors struggle to stay cool
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune intern
As temperatures soared to nearly 97 degrees during Monday's opening of
the Union County Fair, many animal owners wondered whether their
livestock would make it to show time.
"It'll be hard to show animals in this kind of heat," hog owner Julie
Vandre said, as she took time to spray water in one of her hog's mouth.
"They've been exhausted and panting all day."
By mid-afternoon, the heat had already taken its toll on several
animals. One hog and two chickens reportedly died during the early morning.
"To invest so much time and money into preparing your animals and
getting them all the way to the fair, only to have them die on the first
day... that has to be frustrating," said Vandre, 16, who invested well
over $200 in the two hogs she plans to show this week.
Add the humidity, which reached a maximum of 90 plus the stress that
comes with preparing for a show, and it's not uncommon for some animals
- particularly poultry - to die during fair week, said OSU-Union County
4-H Extension Agent Christy Leeds.
Leeds said, however, that exhibitors have done a great job of trying to combat the heat.
"By keeping ice bottles and fans in animals' cages, giving them fresh
water several times a day and spraying them down every couple of hours,
most animals seem to be surviving the heat wave," she said.
In the poultry barn, the newly-lain cement floor is also helping cool things down a bit.
Thanks to the "Wings and Things" 4-H club, whose members laid the cement
several months ago over a gravel floor, the cement can be sprayed with
water in order to bring down the heat in the building.
Animal owners are also learning to rely on each other for help at
safeguarding their animals from the heat.
Anna Pica, whose daughter Mikayla plans to show her horse Wednesday,
said that if one person is giving his or her horse water, he or she
"just knows to check the other horses in nearby stalls and fill the
water bucket if it's empty... nobody wants any of these horses to pass away."
It wasn't just animals sweating it out Monday's opening day.
Fair attendees all over the grounds could be found with sweat-soaked
T-shirts. They sought shade or stood in concession lines for cold
drinks, shaved ice, and ice cream - anything to help cool down.
An outreach group with the Marysville First United Methodist Church gave
away numerous bottles of water from their booth and will continue to
provide free hydration throughout the week.
Rain showers at 3 p.m. dropped the temperature to about 85 degrees.
It also brought relief to many fair attendees, including Jared Kuhlwein,
14, who brought three hogs to the fair.
"I was praying for this," Kuhlwein said, as the rain continued to pour.
"This morning my hogs were just exhausted... they wouldn't move. Now
that it's cooled off, they're a lot more active."
With the rain storm came the temporary shut-down of many concession
stands and the cancellation of the annual fair parade.
A heat advisory is in effect until this evening, with highs in the
mid-to-upper 90s.The rest of the week, though, should be slightly
cooler, with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Richwood to put street levy before voters
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
With a budget stretched to its limits and the picture looking no better
next year, Richwood will turn to voters to help fix the village streets.
Council voted 5-0 as an emergency at Monday night's meeting to put a
2-mill levy on the November ballot. Council member Jim Ford was absent
from the meeting. The term of the levy was not discussed at the meeting.
If passed by voters, the $46,000 generated annually would be put aside
specifically to improve village streets. The levy would cost the owner
of a $100,000 home about $70 per year.
Council member Arlene Blue said that she did not feel the village could
perform the necessary improvements without at least a 2-mill levy. Blue
said the money would allow the village to repair a few streets per year.
While $46,000 sounds like a large sum of money, it apparently will not
go very far in terms of street resurfacing. Earlier in the meeting it
was noted that Mariott, Wood and Norris streets are set to be resurfaced
at a cost of $23,000.
Council said the levy, if passed, will be collected in 2007.
Council will need to decide on the term the levy by Aug. 15, the filling
deadline for the November election.
Also on the ballot in November will be a 1.5-mill renewal levy. That
levy is for operating expenses and will not increase residents' tax bills.
Council also discussed ways to ensure that it has the final say on bills
paid by the village. At a meeting earlier in July it was noted that a
$300 bill for three gallons of hand cleaner had been paid.
Council members expressed that they should be able to void such
purchases. George Showalter asked if there was a way for members to view
the pending bills and approve them before they are paid.
Village financial officer Don Jolliff said there is a timing problem to
that system. He said if he waits for council to view and approve bills,
many of them will be paid after the due date. Jolliff said council was
addressing the problem at the wrong end of the process.
He said managers, such as the village administrator and police chief,
are charged with making purchases. If those purchases are not acceptable
to council, they  should be held accountable.
In other business, council:
.Heard an update on village projects from engineer Ed Bischoff. Bischoff
also noted that he would like to draft an ordinance establishing a storm water utility fund.
.Voted 5-0 to authorize Jolliff to enter into a lease agreement for a new copier.
.Learned from police chief Rick Asher that he has a full-time and a
part-time position that he needs to fill.
.Learned that a new village employee is handling duties of park caretaker.
.Discussed the purchase of a substance, which is not oil based, to keep
the dust down on village alleys.
.Held an executive session to discuss personnel.

MHS grad to sing National Anthem
Will perform at Cincinnati game
A former Marysville woman will be paying homage to America, while living
up to her name.
Dawn Starr, a 2000 Marysville High School graduate who now lives in
Cincinnati, is set to do two high-exposure performances of the National
Anthem in August. She will be singing at "A Day in the Country" Aug. 13
and at a Cincinnati Red's game versus San Francisco Aug. 16 at 7:10 p.m.
at the Great American Ball Park.
 Her performance at "A Day in the Country" is the prize to the K99.1FM
National Anthem Contest that she won. The single biggest one-day concert
at Thomas Cloud Park in Huber Heights and gates will open at 9 a.m.
Performing artists will be Aaron Tippin, Buddy Jewell and Jimmy Wayne.
Tickets are available through K99.1. Lawn chairs, blankets, $5 for
parking or $3 for motorcycles will be needed. Food, beverages, coolers,
umbrellas and weapons are not allowed.
Singing the National Anthem in front of large crowds is not new for
Starr. She recently performed it in front of 80,000 at NASCAR's Michigan 400.
Starr has been singing since age 5 and began in her grandmother's
church. She has been involved in chorus, show choir and the men's and
women's chorus at the University of Cincinnati.
"I hope to continue to sing wherever the road takes me," Starr said. "If
this is what I am meant to do then it will happen. Until I figure that
all out, I will use what I have been blessed with to the best of my ability."
Starr said that she sings the National Anthem because it is honorable.
"This is a really hard song to sing and I try to do it to the best of my
abilities," Starr said. In fact, Starr gets a thrill from her
performances. "I love to sing for people because it is something I know
I can do and do well."
Starr added that it is enjoyable for her to sing in front of a crowd of
strangers and that she finds it much harder to sing for people she knows.
The performances are special to Starr because of the recent death of her
cousin, Justin Phelps of Milford Center.
 "I want to personally dedicate my performance in honor of my cousin,
because I know he would have been there standing proud," Starr said.

Questions surround veterans monument
Some of the same questions keep coming up with the Union County Veterans
Remembrance Committee's Community Relations and Paver Sales teams. The
questions and answers are listed below.
Who qualifies as a Union County veteran?
Veterans include individuals who lived in Union County before, during or
after military service; were honorably discharged from any military
service branch including National Guard and Reserves; served stateside,
overseas, war time or peace time; and can be living or deceased,
including those who served during the Revolutionary War.
All veterans or families of veterans are encouraged to submit a history
of military service and a photograph. The information about each
veterans will be entered into a computer database. To view current
veterans listings go to
www.co.union.oh.us and look for veterans monument link.
There is no charge for database registration. It is estimated that
10,000 to 15,000 Union County residents have served in the military and
need to be registered.
How can I make a donation to support the Veterans Monument?
Individuals, families, businesses or organizations can provide financial
support by becoming a Patriot Donor or by purchasing a brick or granite
paver. All donations are 501C-3 deductible. Forms are available at the
Union County Foundation and Natural Accents.
Where can I find database registration forms or paver order forms?
All forms can be printed from the Web site
www.co.union.oh.us or picked
up at the Marysville Public Library, Windsor Manor, Natural Accents
Florists and Union County Foundation.
Informational tables will also be at local events including the Union County Fair.
When are the deadlines to order a paver and/or to register for the database?
There are no deadlines. The committee anticipates receiving a large
number of paver orders and veterans registrations throughout the course of the project.
For more information contact Esther Carmany via e-mail at
ecarmany@columbus.rr.com or by phone at 644-8325.Some of the same
questions keep coming up with the Union County Veterans Remembrance
Committee's Community Relations and Paver Sales teams. The questions and
answers are listed below.
Who qualifies as a Union County veteran?
Veterans include individuals who lived in Union County before, during or
after military service; were honorably discharged from any military
service branch including National Guard and Reserves; served stateside,
overseas, war time or peace time; and can be living or deceased,
including those who served during the Revolutionary War.
All veterans or families of veterans are encouraged to submit a history
of military service and a photograph. The information about each
veterans will be entered into a computer database. To view current
veterans listings go to
www.co.union.oh.us and look for veterans monument link.
There is no charge for database registration. It is estimated that
10,000 to 15,000 Union County residents have served in the military and
need to be registered.
How can I make a donation to support the Veterans Monument?
Individuals, families, businesses or organizations can provide financial
support by becoming a Patriot Donor or by purchasing a brick or granite
paver. All donations are 501C-3 deductible. Forms are available at the
Union County Foundation and Natural Accents.
Where can I find database registration forms or paver order forms?
All forms can be printed from the Web site
www.co.union.oh.us or picked
up at the Marysville Public Library, Windsor Manor, Natural Accents
Florists and Union County Foundation.
Informational tables will also be at local events including the Union County Fair.
When are the deadlines to order a paver and/or to register for the database?
There are no deadlines. The committee anticipates receiving a large
number of paver orders and veterans registrations throughout the course
of the project. For more information contact Esther Carmany via e-mail at
ecarmany@columbus.rr.com or by phone at 644-8325.

No language is foreign in medicine
Memorial Hospital ensures all patients can communicate
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune Intern
She couldn't speak English. But, she was pregnant and in need of assistance. So, she came to
Memorial Hospital of Union County. With her husband as a translator, the
Spanish-speaking woman was able to tell the hospital staff her due date.
From there, preparation for delivery day could begin. And, with the help
of an over-the-phone translating service called "Language Line," the
woman and hospital staff were able to communicate with ease - before,
during and after the baby delivery procedure.
According to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, hospitals that get federal
money must provide interpreter services for patients, whether in-person,
over-the-phone, or in some other manner, free of charge.
"Using the Language Line is kind of like being on a conference phone
call," said Gwen Hoffman, manager of the obstetrics department at
Memorial Hospital, who noted that translating is done via speaker phone,
as opposed to passing a phone back-and-forth. "It's proven to be an
effective way to communicate with a non-English-speaking person and
translate for him or her... we've had good success with it."
For more than five years, The Memorial Hospital has used the Language
Line when communicating with a non-English-speaking patient. Available
24-hours a day in 150 different languages, the service has
over-the-phone interpreters who listen to a patient in his or her
language, analyze the message, and accurately convey its original
meaning to the doctor, nurse or staff member.
According to a recent report by the Center of Immigration Studies,
almost one in four American births is now to a foreign-born mother. As a
result, health care centers nationwide are implementing ways - such as
the Language Line - to adapt to non-English-speaking patients, both in
and out of the delivery room.
Memorial Hospital, in fact, is noticing more patients of other
languages, especially Spanish and Japanese, said Faye Ruffing, a
registered nurse in the obstetrics department.
"Being a small, county hospital, we don't get a lot ... In the past six
months, I think I've only worked with two Spanish-speaking patients,"
she said. "But, we're steadily seeing more. There's actually a Japanese
man in ICU right now who can't speak English," she added.
While most hospital staff seem to prefer the Language Line, patients
themselves do have a choice.
Sometimes patients request a face-to-face translator, said Brandy
McClintock, who works with the social services department at the hospital.
"Some people prefer personal contact rather than an over-the-phone
service," she said.
Since the hospital has no in-house interpreters, and only a few
physicians speak languages besides English, a local interpreter is
usually called from a list of community contacts, in this case.
But, more often than not, a patient will choose to have a family member
interpret for them, McClintock said, recalling a mother, several months
ago, who had her son interpret for her because she "felt more
comfortable that way."
Aside from the Language Line, the hospital offers other services for
minority patients.
The TTY/TDD product for communication with the deaf is one.
When a deaf person calls the hospital's switchboard, the operator will
hear a loud beep over the phone upon answering, making the operator
aware that the caller is deaf. The operator then plugs in a device and
the two can communicate in a manner similar to "instant messaging."
Most of the signs, inside and outside of the hospital, are also written
in both Braille and Japanese, McClintock said.
In order for hospital staff to better understand how patients of
differing ethnicity's would want to be cared for, based on their
cultural ties, staff also have ready access to a book called, "Culture
and Nursing Care: A Pocket Guide."
"It's important that staff are sensitive to patients' beliefs and
values," McClintock said. "We want to be aware of how our patients
desire to be cared for."

Issue of trapping cats nipped
By RYAN HORNS
Cats can now rest easy in a Mill Valley subdivision.
The issue of "cat hunting" in the Woods at Mill Valley looks like it has
finally been resolved after the city police ruled the issue a moot point.
The homeowner's aassociation had contacted city law director Tim Aslaner
about lowering the population of stray cats in the neighborhood after
receiving several complaints from property owners.
According to Marysville Police detective and Union County Humane Society
Agent, Doug Ropp, the Ohio Revised Code states in section 959.11B1 that
it is illegal to trap, poison or kill domestic animals in the state of Ohio.
"The law specifically says that no one may needlessly kill a companion
animal," Ropp said.
He added that a companion animal is defined as a dogs and cats, or
livestock such as cows, sheep or horses.
But Ropp said that people can do something about the issue. Whereas the
state law says that a dog or livestock animal must be contained by a
leash or in a pen, it does not state anything about confining cats. As a
result, owning an outdoor cat is not against the state law.
He said what needs to be done in this situation is that pet owner's need
to think about how their animal may affect their neighbor's property.
"Especially in such a confined space as the Woods at Mill Valley, that
has a lot of homes," he explained. "People need to take into
consideration, when their cat shows up and starts peeing on someone
else's bushes."
Ropp said that there is no way the Woods at Mill Valley Homeowner's
Association can bi-pass state law by trying to create a new city
ordinance to clarify what animals can be trapped within city limits.
They may try and create an ordinance which orders cat owners to keep
their pets confined to a leash, but that is an issue that would have to
be addressed through Marysville City Council.
Ropp said he also spoke with trappers, Spencer and Gene Roush of the
Roush Wildlife Nuisance Control company, who said they were not aware of
the state law and reportedly said they would not be trapping in the neighborhood.
For anyone thinking about taking animal control into their own hands, he
said several other modes of dealing with stray cats are also illegal. By
trapping the cats and then releasing them into another area, it is
considered to be "abandoning," which is against the law.
"As soon as a person traps the animal they are considered custodians of
that animal," Ropp said.
He said it is also illegal to fire BB guns at companion animals, because
it is illegal to fire a weapon within city limits.
If residents are having trouble with stray cats, Ropp recommends
contacting Rachel Finny at the Union County Humane Society at 642-6716.

Living the American dream
Family celebrates 10th anniversary of restaurant
By CINDY BRAKE
The American Dream is no dream for Marysville businessman Jin Hyun - it
is a reality. Born in Korea, Hyun left family and friends in 1982 to come to the
United States and find his fortune. More than 20 years later, he has
found the American dream of success through hard work and determination.
This year Hyun is planning for the 10th anniversary of his Marysville
restaurant, Philly's Bar and Grill.
Hyun was living in Seoul, Korea, in his 20s and had just been honorably
discharged from the Korean military with the promise of a good job when
he decided to leave everything behind and travel 16 hours to America.
This was his first trip out of Korea.
"It was a big adventure ... an opportunity," Hyun said.
It was also a "very hard decision," Hyun said, explaining that it meant
leaving behind his family, a good job and learning a new language.
Hyun admits that he had no plan, except to work very hard. He also had
to overcome a cultural stigma that "men don't go in the kitchen."
Working as a bus boy in a Hilliard restaurant, Hyun would go to the
restaurant on his day off to work as a dishwasher so he could watch the
cooks. Quickly he learned the different aspects of running a restaurant
being named maitre d, dining room manager and general manager.
By 1987 Hyun was ready to open his own restaurant and purchased a
Chinese restaurant in Niles. The next year he opened a restaurant in
Marysville with his brother, Jerry. In 1989 he purchased another Chinese
restaurant. Then in 1992 he decided to get out of the restaurant
business. Admitting that it seemed a "little crazy," Hyun purchased an
auto painting shop in Niles. "It was quite different from a restaurant," he admits.
In 1995, Hyun decided to get back into the restaurant business in
Marysville. He said he missed restaurant work. The problem was that his
brother now had a successful Chinese restaurant in Marysville. Hyun
realized he needed to do something different. That something different
was a restaurant/bar named Philly's Bar & Grill.
Since then, he has sold more than 350,000 Philly cheesesteak sandwiches
and proudly states, that in his opinion, his signature sandwich, the
Philly cheesesteak, is better than those prepared by three renowned
restaurants in Philadelphia. The reason is in the details, Hyun said. He
said the meat for each of his sandwiches is cooked from scratch when the
order is placed, cheese always is melted and buns toasted. Another added
dining experience for Ohio Philly eaters that cannot be found in the
sandwiches birthplace is a full restaurant environment. The Philadelphia
restaurants provide only counter service, Hyun said.
Over the years, the restaurant has moved from its original location to a
new building at 16450 Square Drive. An outdoor patio was added in 2004.
Future plans, he shares, may include starting a new restaurant in the Delaware area.
Always looking to expand his extensive menu, Hyun began serving ribs
eight years ago and placed first recently in Marysville's first Third
Friday Rib Rest. When asked what his secret was for the prize-winning
ribs, Hyun grinned and said it was the "rib master touch." He admitted
that slow cooking and a personal barbecue recipe also help.
Currently, he is toying with the addition of Certified Black Angus
steaks to the menu.
Hyun said the top seller is the Paul Revere Philly Cheesesteak sandwich,
followed by the mushroom Swiss chicken sandwich. Baby back ribs come in
third. Hyun said his personal favorite is the mushroom Swiss.
His greatest critic is his son, Ben, who began working at the restaurant
a couple years ago.
"I tell him to never be ashamed of working very hard," Hyun said.
Hyun and his wife, Gum, can be found at Philly's seven days a week.
The restaurant is closed only four days throughout the year. One of
those days is Thanksgiving, when Hyun can be found at the Catholic
Community Center managing the preparation of more than 1,000 meals.
Giving back to the community also ranks high in his list of values.
Hyun and his wife sponsor a $1,000 scholarship annually for a Marysville
High School senior with good attendance and at least at 3.0 grade point
average who is planning on going on to college.
He has also served on the Red Cross Board of Directors for several
years, assisting with the pancake breakfast and concessions at Honda
HomeComing, been a waiter at the Celebrity Dinner sponsored by the MHS
foreign language students and sponsored Junior Golf Camp.
"It's important to give and help people," Hyun said.

Deputy shooting results in suit
By RYAN HORNS
It's going to take a federal court judge to decide whether a Union
County sheriff's deputy was in the right when he shot a New Dover man
during a stand-off almost three months ago.
The parents of Michael Ropp, 24, held a press conference Wednesday
afternoon at the Columbus office of attorney Andrew R. Haney. They
announced that a federal civil action lawsuit was filed Tuesday against
the Union County Sheriff's Office and others on the grounds of excessive force.
Ropp's father, Larry, and mother, Crystal, sat on a couch in Haney's
office and explained what happened the day their son was shot by deputy
Thomas "TC" Underwood on May 23.
"He doesn't smile much anymore," Mrs. Ropp said.
Haney said that the parents have been directed not to answer questions
about what their son has said pertaining to the shooting. What
intentions Michael had when he allegedly ran from the home are still not known.
Chief deputy Tom Morgan issued a statement this morning, explaining that
sheriff's officials are reviewing the lawsuit. He also stated that the
allegations are unfounded.
"It is an unfortunate event," Morgan wrote, "but one of Mr. Ropp's
making. Had Mr. Ropp obeyed the orders of several deputies, this would
have been avoided. Deputies are faced with life-threatening situations
and must make split second decisions in the face of danger."
He added that Sheriff Rocky Nelson continues to stand behind the actions
of Underwood and that the sheriff's office will "vigorously defend this matter."
"It is a shame that taxpayer dollars will have to be expended to defend
a lawsuit brought by an individual who barricaded himself in the home,
refused to come out, refused to obey orders of the deputies and who,
when he did leave the home, did so in a threatening manner," Morgan said.
"The allegation is that the weapon used was more force than necessary,"
Haney said. "If the bullet caused a cut on his shin. that would not be
something to get excited about. But it appears this young man is going
to be facing a lifetime of medical problems and permanent injuries."
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court Southern District
of Ohio Eastern Division, is directed toward Underwood, Nelson, the
Union County Commissioner's Office and Jon Does 1-50 - unnamed sheriff's
deputies - who were involved at the scene.
Ropp is asking the court to award him unspecified damages on eight
counts regarding excessive use of force, negligent training and
retention of appointed deputies, government liability for pattern and
practice of use of excessive force, assault and battery.
The lawsuit comes before an investigation has been completed on the
shooting by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. On
June 2, the sheriff's office reported that the BCI&I investigation was
expected to be completed later that week. Now more than a month and a
half later, no word has come back on its findings.
Larry Ropp said before authorities were called to Michael's home on the
night of the shooting, the family was simply trying to calm their son
down. He had an argument with his girlfriend, Emily Marshall, and had
unsuccessfully attempted to cut his wrists. When his twin brother showed
up at the house, the younger Ropp became even more upset over a dispute
with his brother, threatening to assault his sibling.
The elder Ropp said Michael was on medication and that it was just one
of those days that the family decided Michael needed more help dealing
with his issues. They called 911 expecting to get that help.
"Suddenly they were everywhere," Larry Ropp said of emergency responders.
He said deputies surrounded the house and soon the family was moved away
from the scene.
"We were both pushed over behind our neighbor's house," the father said.
"When (Michael) came out I heard someone say, 'There he goes!' and then
about two seconds went by and I heard a shot. And that was it. We didn't
see anything."
The lawsuit states, "After a long period of investigation and discussion
between (Michael) and various sheriff's deputies, (Michael) exited the
residence in an effort to surrender. Upon exiting the residence,
Underwood fired a single round from his shotgun, striking (Michael) in
the abdomen."
The sheriff's office maintains that Ropp ran from the house and appeared
to be charging at deputies.
"When that gunshot went off, my heart just dropped," Mrs. Ropp said. "We
were so numb. There were so many emotions. We were just very worried. We
didn't know if he was alive or dead."
Larry Ropp said he is also upset because law enforcement officials
wouldn't tell the family what was happening. When the MedFlight
helicopter touched down at the scene, he said deputies wouldn't tell
them to which hospital their son was being flown.
"Anybody who calls 911 to get somebody to help doesn't need to go
through this," Ropp said.
He said his son was unarmed. He did not own a gun and there weren't two
guns in the house, as was originally thought. Reports of a machete in
the house were also unfounded.
Ropp said his son, who was released from Grant Medical Center on Friday,
has just an open wound now in his stomach. Mesh and foam are covering it
as doctors attempt to grow new skin. The dressings have to be changed
three times a week. At one point, the younger Ropp had seven tubes
inserted to replace and drain fluid from his body. Because he lost 18
inches of intestines, he must now use a colostomy bag.
"They had to rearrange everything inside," the elder Ropp said. "Now he
will never be able to go to another hospital other than Grant because
they are the only ones who have the road map to where everything is."
After five surgeries and more expected, Ropp said his son is doing
better, however, he still does not have very good use of his motor
skills. The muscles have dwindled away from him being comatose for 31 days.

Responding to a cry for help
Sister, nearby workers help save man's life

By JOEY SECREST Journal-Tribune intern
Not every little sister gets to say she saved her brother's life. Heather Bialecki does.
The 23-year-old West Mansfield resident happened to be at her mother's
house, 122 Third St., Friday afternoon.
"I was not supposed to be here," Bialecki said. In fact, she doesn't
know the reason why she came to Marysville that day. "I was supposed to
be working, but it was for a good reason I guess."
She said she was getting ready to take a nap and randomly got up. When
she got to the doorway, Bialecki thought she heard cries for help. At
the same time, a train was coming through town on the nearby tracks. She
said she heard a person yelling "somebody please help me!"
She opened the back door and ran down the steps and across the driveway
barefoot to see what the yelling was about.
"I just saw half of him with a car across his neck," Bialecki said.
Her brother, Chad Dunlap, 23, was cutting leaf springs off of a car with
a torch outside the residence.
"I couldn't get them out," Dunlap said. "I went to the side of the car
because I had one U-bolt left to cut with the torch ? and the car just fell."
Dunlap was trapped between the tire and the wheel well. He said at least
he was somehow able to turn off the torch so that he did not get burned.
"I was trying to get myself up when I realized I couldn't lift the car,"
he said. "I started yelling and beating on the fender just as the train
was coming. I'm thinking this is it. I didn't think I was going to make it out."
Bialecki, watching her hysterical big brother with the weight of a car
on him, first tried to lift the car herself as she ran to him.
She said as soon as she realized it was impossible for her to move the
car, she yelled for the men working at Minit Lube next door.
Dustin Welsh and Tom Buck of Minit Lube were talking about the "guy
across the way using a cutting torch" when they saw Bialecki run outside
waving her arms and yelling for help.
"We dropped exactly what we were doing and took off to get over there.
Our first instinct was to jump and run and that's exactly what we did,"
Welsh said. "Chad's neck was turned to the point where he couldn't breathe."
Welsh and Buck ran to the residence, with two other employees close
behind, and helped Bialecki lift the back fender of the car that enabled
Dunlap to get his head out.
"As soon as we let go the car collapsed all the way to the tire," Welsh said.
Buck said it was just natural reaction to help.
"I work on cars and I detail cars, but I never thought I'd have to lift
one," Buck said.
Dunlap never lost consciousness during the incident, but collapsed as
soon the car was lifted off of him. He insisted he was fine and did not
need medical treatment.
"I didn't feel pain until Saturday morning," Dunlap said.
The Minit Lube workers had no idea that they were going to help save a
life Friday afternoon, but they happened to be at the right place at the right time.
"We appreciate their quickness, we really do." said Cathy Green, mother
of Dunlap and Bialecki. "He's lucky, I hope he stays lucky."
Green, Dunlap and Bialecki agreed that they were very fortunate for the
quick action of the Minit Lube employees.
"She thanked the guys, he thanked the guys, I thanked the guys," Green
said out of appreciation for their help.
Bialecki said that she did not personally know any of them and that all
she knew is that she needed help, fast.
"It's not a pretty sight to see your brother like that," Bialecki said.
"I turned down making money to come to town and ended up saving him ?
all in one day."

Getting back to normal
More than a year after crash young woman has made miraculous recovery
By RYAN HORNS
One year and two months ago a high speed motorcycle crash almost left
Teela Hubbard dead. Now her family and friends are set to celebrate her
resilience after she was finally released from the hospital.
On May 5 at 5:45 p.m. Teela was severely injured in a motorcycle crash
on U.S. 36 at Burnt Pond Road near Ostrander. The crash left then
18-year-old Teela, and driver Kyle Caldwell, both of Marysville, in
critical condition at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
Caldwell was reportedly fleeing police at the time and traveling an
estimated 102 mph. His bike struck another vehicle that stopped to make
a turn and both Teela and Caldwell were thrown 200 feet from the crash site.
Whereas Caldwell was released from hospital care relatively soon
afterwards, Teela remained in a borderline comatose state - the
collision causing extensive damage to the left side of her body. Doctors
removed a portion of her skull to alleviate the pressure from swelling
in her brain. She also suffered a broken clavicle, a finger and a toe
and lost her spleen.
At the time, her mother Penny Hubbard, just wanted people to know that
her daughter was not dead.
Sitting at a table in the Stockyard Steakhouse and Saloon last week,
Teela's condition is a far cry from where she began.
On Aug. 13 a donation celebration will be held at the Stockyard
Steakhouse and Saloon. The event will have games and a 50/50 raffle
drawing and will feature a performance by Delaware's Rip City Rockers.
Funds raised at the event will help finish converting the Hubbard's home
to keep her safe and to pay for bills as Teela begins the long road of
physical therapy.
 A 2003 graduate of Marysville High School, Teela will turn 20 on Aug.
14. Today she is able to walk brief stints without any help and can hold
conversations again.
When asked if she remembers the crash, Teela said she doesn't.
In fact, her sister Sonya Daum said, Teela has no memory of her high
school graduation, held just before the crash. Days before they both sat
and watched the videotape of her graduation party again and remembered
life before the accident.
On June 7 Teela underwent the final surgery to replace the section of
her skull doctors removed. Unfortunately, the surgery soon caused
swelling again and doctors went back in on June 9. They also had to deal
with a blood clot they found in her brain.
But Teela made a full recovery and was finally allowed to come back home
for good on June 17. She now goes to physical therapy sessions six days
a week and splits living with her sister and her mother, so that someone
can be around full time. Her mother has been working 12 hour days to
keep up with medical costs.
Daum said the fact that her sister is smiling and talking today is a
miracle. The first prognosis doctors had for Teela was that the left
side of her brain was damaged in such a way that she would never again
have control over the right side of her body.
"Her prognosis was poor to fair," Daum said. "Three months later she
started moving her feet. The doctor was floored when he saw her talking
and moving around."
Daum said doctor's won't give a prognosis on Teela's condition anymore
because her recovery has already far exceeded what they thought was possible.
At one point her body weight had fallen down to 78 pounds. Sonya said
her arms and legs were bone thin and it was scary for the family to see.
Now Teela has gotten so healthy, they are thinking about putting her on a diet.
Faced with the motivation of her recovery, Daum said the family ended up
pulling together and working through the hard times.
Penny even expressed her thanks to the Brothers of the Wheel motorcycle
club of Union County for their support.
Despite the past year of rehabilitation and life-threatening surgeries,
the crash ended up having one positive result.
"For one thing, it really pulled the family together," Teela's brother
Aaron said. "It brought us all a lot closer."
This week the family just wants people to know that Teela is back and
has even reclaimed some of her former wild child personality.
"She can flip people the bird now," Daum said.

NU's Young announces retirement
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
A look back at North Union's accomplishments over the past 10 years read
like a "things to do" checklist Monday night and with all the checkmarks
in place, superintendent Carol Young announced her retirement.
The board accepted Young's retirement, which will take effect Aug. 1,
2006, with a 5-0 vote. The retirement announcement followed a lengthy
report on district progress in terms of capital improvements, finances
and curriculum.
"I think the district just needed someone to stay for 10 years and work
through some of the tough stuff," Young said.
Young has guided the district since April of 1995. Prior to coming to
Union County she served as superintendent of the Southern Local School
District in Perry County, the lead plaintiff in the DeRolph school funding suit.
She had previously held positions as curriculum supervisor, special
education supervisor, middle school principal and teacher in school
systems in Ohio and Maryland.
While making strides in the areas of finance and curriculum, Young may
be remembered most for guiding the district through an aggressive period
of construction.
In the past 10 years North Union has completed $16 million in capital
improvements, roughly $12 million of that coming in the form of a new
elementary school. The district is currently in the process of expanding
and improving the facilities at the North Union High School and a new
middle school will be built in the coming years when approved state
funding materializes.
Since 1995 the district has also constructed a bus maintenance garage
and completed a renovation that turned Jackson Elementary into district offices.
"The building program has been thrilling," Young said.
When Young came to the district, North Union was operating at a deficit.
Today the district is financially stable and has not come back to voters
for new operating money since 1996.
Noted curriculum and instructional accomplishments in the past 10 years
include: an established tech-prep program; team-based middle school
education; a unified elementary program; middle and high school test
scores which are above the standard; an increase in the number of
computers in the district from 75 to more than 600; and expanded summer
school and intervention options.
Young has also guided the district in developing a special education
program and has implemented data-driven staff development programs.
Young said the curriculum upgrades have been the top achievement during
her tenure.
"It's always good to leave things better than you found them," she said.
During the past 10 years the district has seen parent-teacher conference
participation grow from 35 percent to 68 percent. There has also been a
increase in school-to-home communication in the form of E-mail, Web
sites and newsletters.
Young said Ohio's retirement system doesn't really make it financially
advantageous to continue in her current position. She said she intends
to find a new career that will allow her to continue to work with children.
Young said her early retirement announcement will give the board of
education a full year to search for a quality replacement.
"I think North Union deserves a really great leader," she said.
In other business, the board:
.Voted 5-0 to place a renewal levy on the Nov. 8 ballot. The issue will
be a 5.8-mill, five-year levy which will annually generate $680,000.
.Set compensation for several district administrators. Those listed
where: Bruce Hoover, curriculum supervisor, $67,137; Joe Jude, assistant
elementary principal, $58,518; Ed Kapel, director of special education,
$66,229; Diana Martin, middle school principal, $75,302; Claude Tidd,
transportation supervisor, $34,609; Pam Wenning-Earp, technology
coordinator, $57,569; and Lisa Wolfe, elementary principal, $71,673.
.Set compensation for Young at $95,491 for the coming year.
.Voted 4-1 to renew membership in the Ohio Coalition for Equity and
Adequacy of School Funding. Board member Kevin Crosthwaite voted no,
saying he felt it was unnecessary because no litigation is ongoing.
.Approved an agreement with the Tri-County Education Service Center to
administer the Ohio Public Schools Medicaid Administrative Claims Program.
.Approved the revised employee handbook.
.Accepted the resignation of Richard Rausch from his teaching and
supplemental contracts.
.Accepted the resignation of Angela Wilson from her teaching contract.
.Approved a medical leave of absence for teacher Florence Mayers for 36
days and then accept her retirement at the end of that term. Mayers has
served the district for 28 years.
.Voted to employ Ingrid Britton, Tera Dolk, Deborah Wilkinson, Chad
Russell and Amy Mosier on one-year limited teaching contracts.
.Voted to extend one-year supplemental contracts to Paige Bayer, head
girls track coach; Erin Bunsold, elementary music production; Brent
Chapman, head boys track coach and head football coach; Dawn Draper,
varsity volleyball coach; Becky LaRue, assistant athletic director;
Tony  Rose, varsity cross country coach; Tyler Tingley, head golf coach;
and Deborah Wilkinson, middle school music production.
.Voted to employ Sharrie Cox, head varsity cheerleader advisor, and
Beverly Wasserbeck, district food services director, to one-year
contracts as noncertificated individuals.

2005 fair loaded with attractions
By RYAN HORNS
New additions and broad attractions for young and old are the plan for
the 2005 Union County Fair coming up next week.
"There will be something for everyone. There will be lots for people to
do out there this year," fair organizer Kay Griffith said. "The
week-long schedule is absolutely packed."
The annual event will be held from July 25 to July 31 at the Union
County fairgrounds. More information can be found on-line at the new
fair Web site:
www.ohiounioncountyfair.org. The fair opens every day at
8 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Rides begin at noon.
Sitting in the new air conditioned fair office, located in the center of
the fairgrounds, Griffith explained the new expectations people will
find this year. There will be the usual treats for those looking for
fair food, games, merchants and businesses - in fact, she said, even
more vendors applied this year than in years past.
While everything is listed in the new fair guide that is already out for
people to pick up, she was able to mention several events for people to
keep an eye out for.
The fair parade will be held Monday night, starting at the Union County
Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Line up is at 5 p.m. She said this was an
earlier time that previous years. The reason was so that the parade
would not conflict with any events. Also on Monday, marching bands will
perform at 6:30 p.m. Then at 7:30 p.m. a 9-year-old rap artist will perform.
In agricultural sections, the rabbit and poultry buildings will now have
concrete floors.
"That will be a definite improvement in that area," Griffith said.
An additional tent will also be set up for the Junior Fair horse
judging, she said. Four new bleachers have also been made for the show arena.
"It's going to look sharp down there," Griffith said.
If agriculture or animals aren't your thing, she said the WRPO Ballroom
dancing event will be something new on Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the Pavilion.
Other events for people to expect:
. The Senior Bingo event takes place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Pavilion.
. Cost for entrance into the fair is $5 for ages 6 years old and up.
Younger children are free.
. On Tuesday the Delaware County 4H Youth Choir will perform at 6:45 p.m.
. A car show and an antique tractor display will also be new.
. People can expect new ticket booths at the entrances.
. The veteran's dinner will be held Sunday at noon. Those looking to
attend are asked to make a reservation at the fair office.
. URE will hold an electric safety demo on Wednesday showing what
happens when a kite flies into a power line.
Griffith said this year will see more inclusions of different area
churches, who will have more booths set up.
Senior day will be Wednesday, during which all seniors are allowed free
entrance. The fair will offer a free breakfast, instead of a dinner, at
9:30 a.m. and local "celebrities" will be helping out as waiters.
D.A.R.E. Day will also be held on Wednesday, meaning 2005 gradates of
the program will get in free if they wear their graduation T-shirts.
For the kids, Sunday will feature games and local police, fire and
sheriff's officials will bring fire engines, police cruisers and medic
vehicles for children to enjoy.
Whereas some regional fairs may only give away a bike or two, Griffith
said every night in the grandstands fair staff will give away four
bikes. Other giveaways will be shirts, mugs and beach balls for people
in the crowds.
Another change is that the fair will also be crowning a fair king, along
with a queen, Monday night after the parade.
"We haven't had (a king) for several years," she said.
Most importantly, Griffith acknowledged individuals and businesses who
contributed to and sponsored different facets of the 2005 Union County Fair.
"Without community support, this fair just would not have happened," she
said. "You cannot have a fair without community support."

Triad officials pleased with test results
By CORINNE BIX
Things just keep getting better for Triad School District - the May levy
passed and preliminary results from the state-mandated achievement tests
appear much improved.
Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger reported tentative state report card
numbers to the board of education Monday night. The official report will
be released by the state in August.
Kaffenbarger said the district doubled its figures and was up from
meeting five indicators last year to 10 indicators this year. The
elementary showed growth in every area and had a performance index
increase from 81 percent to 87.3 percent. The middle school was up with
a performance index of 83.5 percent.
However, the high school was the big winner exceeding the state
benchmark with regard to the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). The high school
received an excellent rating "leap frogging" as Kaffenbarger put it from
academic watch status the year before.
The high school's performance index was 103.7 percent and they met all
seven indicators.
"I think this is a testament in every building of all the hard work by
teachers, staff members and classroom aides to double our figures," Kaffenbarger said.
The board heard a presentation from Bill Boroff with Versa Trans
Solutions founded in 1965. Versa Trans provides computerized
routing/transportation software for school districts and serves schools nationwide.
Some of the program features include high-tech mapping and comprehensive
tools that help bus drivers more efficient and cost effective when
transporting students safely to school. Other features include being
able to download student pictures to help drivers identity passengers,
the ability to route around the residences of registered sex offenders
and the ability to plan ahead for future bus routes dependent on new
housing. The cost of the software is $24,000 and includes
implementation, one year of support and five days of on-site training.
Kaffenbarger said the district is currently only thinking about the
program with the earliest possible implementation to be the 2006-2007
school year.
The board retired into executive session at 8 p.m. to discuss employment
and reconvened at 8:30 p.m.. They voted to table the approval of Tina
Wells as bus driver for 1 1/2 hours per day plus 15 minute daily prep
time for a route that would pick up and drop off at Lawnview Monday
through Friday.
It was decided rather than the traditional walk-through by all of the
board members before the August regular meeting, that building and
grounds board members, Randy Moore and Rick Smith, will do a
walk-through several days prior to the August regular meeting and report
back to the board.
Kaffenbarger said the negotiations with the uncertified union employees
went well. No significant changes were made. Much like the teacher's
union, the employees agreed to a wage freeze for the next year and then
their contract will be reopened annually.
The school board meetings will be held at one of the three district
buildings each month starting in September. The meetings will rotate
between the three buildings and resume meetings in the summer months at
the board offices.
The board approved the employment of William McDaniel as athletic
director for the coming school year. McDaniel retired at the end of last
year. A public meeting was held last month to discuss his re-employment
with the district.
The first teacher workday will be Aug. 22 with the first day of school
on Aug. 23. The next regular board meeting will be Aug. 15.
In other news:
. Approved Kristy Talbot from first to third grade; an initial one-year
contract to Leslie Bradley as science teacher; and Chris Maxhimer as
assistant band director for this school year.
.Approved an initial one-year contract to Tera Byrd limited to one year
due to employee leave of absence
.Accepted with regret the resignation of Jacqueline Henson as science
teacher effective at the end of the 2004-2005 school contract
.Recognized, Nancy Instine, retiring teacher
.Accepted a bid from Prairie Farms for dairy products and Nickles Bakery
for bread products in the cafeteria for the 2005-2006 school year.
.Approved Sarah Powell as educational consultant in the amount of $750
plus travel expense reimbursements to be paid from the Special Education
Access FY06 grant.
.Approved the OSBA workers compensation group rating program
administrative fees of $1,668 for FY06
.Accepted donation from Mingo Valley Ladies Aide for lunch trays to used
in the Triad Elementary cafeteria
.Approved the following resolution: Be it resolved by the Board of
Education of the Triad Local School District, Champaign, County, Ohio,
that to provide the current expenses and other expenditures of said
Board of Education, at the fund function level for general fund and fund
level for all other funds, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006,
the following sums be and the same are hereby set aside and appropriated.
.Approved the following grants: Title I for $47,258,907.00; Title II-A
for $52,050.60; Title II-D for $856.57; Title IV for $3,539.08; Title V
for $2,990.67; Part IDEA-B for $202,302.76; Special Ed. Access for
$22,500.00; and Literacy Improvement for $40,000.00
.Approved Triad Local School District Consolidated Continuous
Improvement Plan for the 2005-2006 school year as presented in the
superintendent's report
.Approved membership with Ohio Coalition of Equity and Adequacy

Fairbanks moves ahead with levy plans
By KARLYN BYERS
Fairbanks School Board members passed a resolution of necessity Monday
night, taking another step toward putting a tax issue on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Board members Star Simpson and Sherry Shoots and board president Kevin
Green authorized treasurer Aaron Johnson to file the necessity with
Union County Auditor Mary Snider. Board members Jaynie Lambert and Alan
Phelps were absent.
The resolution covers an income tax and bond issue. The income tax would
raise an additional $300,000 a year to pay for permanent improvements in
the school district.
The bond issue would construct new facilities, additions to and
renovating and improving existing school facilities, landscaping and
site improvement and furnishing and equipping a new facility.
Next month, the board will determine specific millage amounts. It will
be assisted in its efforts by TMP Architecture, a Powell firm selected
in February to handle the district's design planning.
The deadline for placing issues on the November ballot is Aug. 25,
according to the Union County Board of Elections.
Superintendent Jim Craycraft also discussed the district's performance
on the Ohio Graduation Test administered to sophomores in March.
Preliminary results indicate Fairbanks - with a total score of 80.8
percent in all five categories tested - did very well, according to Craycraft.
It finished first among Union County's three public school districts and
sixth out of 15 area schools, including rankings above Triad (79.7
percent), Westerville (77.1 percent), Hilliard (77.1 percent), Madison
Plains (68.5 percent), Delaware City (68.1 percent), Mechanicsburg (67.3
percent), Jonathan Alder (64.8 percent), North Union (63.6 percent),
Marysville (62.3 percent) and Riverside (62.3 percent).
Upper Arlington with a 92.9 proficiency percent, Dublin (88.8 percent),
Worthington (87.0 percent), Olentangy (84.4 percent) and Buckeye Valley
(81.5 percent) rank one through five above Fairbanks, according to
statistics gathered by Craycraft.
In other business, the board:
.Received a letter of thanks from William C. Hix Sr. The World War II
veteran was awarded his high school diploma at this year's Fairbanks
High School Commencement. He originally dropped out of high school to
serve his country.
.Hired Kim Bailey as elementary teacher for the 2005-2006 school year.
Accepted the resignation of Joe Patterson, middle school football coach,
for the 2005-2006 school year.
.Granted athletic contracts to Rhonda Justice, fall cheerleading
advisor; Kathy McCoy, winter cheerleading advisor; Kathy Burson, reserve
volleyball coach; Mary Beth Gore, assistant high school volleyball
coach; Monica Renner, middle school volleyball coach; Bryan Burson,
reserve boys basketball coach; Tyronne Hammond, freshmen boys basketball
coach; Dave Reinhardt, voluntary varsity football coach; Jon Rutherford,
middle school football coach; Joe Patterson, volunteer middle school
football coach; and Tracie House, freshman volleyball coach.
.Approved a supplemental contract for Phillip Smith as 2005 summer band
camp assistant.
.Approved Connie Nicol as substitute cook and educational aide for the
2005-2006 school year.
.Approved the list of media books to be purchased for the elementary,
middle school and high school media centers.
.Approved the disposal of approximately 274 books because of outdated
material or in very poor condition.

Hospital names Miracle Life Center
From J-T staff reports:
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company was honored Monday for stepping forward
with the lead gift toward construction of Memorial Hospital of Union
County's Women's Health Center.
Because of the financial gift, the community hospital's obstetrics
department, which fills the upper level of the center, will be known as
The Miracle Life Center. Upon entering the facility, guests will read
"Life.The Purest Form of a Miracle" reflecting the welcoming of babies
and a reminder of Scotts' gift and their core business of enhancing lawn
and garden life.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's gift of $500,000 was supplemented by a
$100,000 donation provided by the Hagedorn family, in honor of their
mother, Margaret (Peggy) Gibbons O'Keefe Hagedorn. One of her six
children, Jim Hagedorn, is the chairman and CEO of Scotts. He
represented both the company and his family at the dedication event.
"We're proud to support Memorial Hospital in expanding their women's
services," said Hagedorn. "And we're proud to give back to our
communities ? to make a difference in people's lives. I can think of no
better way to do that than taking the lead in supporting Memorial
Hospital."

Divided front continues at Jerome
By CINDY BRAKE
The Jerome Township Board of Trustees sounded more like fighting
children than elected officials at Monday's regular meeting.
Trustees Sharon Sue Wolfe and Freeman May definitely didn't want to go
to the playground with trustee Ron Rhodes.
While Wolfe allowed Rhodes to speak during the meeting, his comments
were often followed by Wolfe making cutting remarks under her breath
about him. When they were apparently tired of picking on Rhodes, Wolfe
and May then turned their criticism on the Marysville Journal-Tribune
and Union County Prosecuting Attorney David Phillips.
Rhodes commented during the exchanges that a decision was a "done deal."
Another time he said to the pair, "you are going to do as you d*** well please."
During one exchange, Rhodes asked a question and Wolfe refused to
answer, saying that new questions only happen on Tuesday and this is a Monday.
Wolfe said she had asked clerk Robert Caldwell to represent the township
as a 911 Planning Committee representative. Rhodes volunteered to serve,
noting that he has been involved with the township fire department since
its creation and has years of knowledge about the 911 system. When
asked, Caldwell said he had no problem with Rhodes serving on the
committee. Wolfe, however, made a motion to appoint Caldwell. May
seconded it. The motion passed 2 to 1.
When the question of who would represent the township on the U.S. 33
Corridor Executive Committee arose, Rhodes said he had volunteered
several weeks ago. Wolfe said a resolution was required. Rhodes then
nominated himself. He pointed out that Wolfe had attended only one
corridor meeting and May had walked away from the discussion. Rhodes'
motion to appoint himself died for lack of a second. Wolfe then asked
May if he wanted the appointment. He concurred and she nominated him.
May seconded the motion and it passed 2 to 1.
Later in the meeting, Wolfe referred to a contract she intended to send
to the prosecutor. Rhodes apparently had not seen the document. When he
asked about it, she told him it was in his mailbox. Rhodes said he had
checked the box at 7:13 p.m. and it was not in the box. He then got up
and checked the box and found the document Wolfe said she had written.
In official business, the trustees:
. Agreed on road improvements.
. Tabled a zoning commission recommendation to hire legal council.
Wolfe complained about a previous article in the Marysville
Journal-Tribune because it did not include certain information. She and
May then complained about the lack of response from the prosecutor's office.
Rhodes said he would rather work in a spirit of cooperation than
confrontation concerning the prosecutor.

Health department warns of summer skin cancer risks
From J-T staff reports:
Recent hot, muggy days have made the allure of a cool swim most
appealing. But being outdoors, even on cloudy, "sunless" days, means
precautions must be taken to prevent skin cancer and sun damage, said
Jennifer Thrush, health educator at the Union County Health Department.
Excessive sun exposure can cause harmful damage to the skin. Damage can
range from superficial wrinkles and skin blemishes to life threatening
melanoma. And just like wrinkles are non-discriminate, so is skin
cancer. In fact, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in
the world. In America, the Skin Cancer Foundation reports that one in
every five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Both wrinkles and melanoma result from years in the sun without proper
protection. Each time skin is burnt, the risk of developing skin cancer
increases. Because it is estimated that 80 percent of lifetime sun
exposure occurs in the first 18 years of life, it is especially
important that parents and children be aware of how they can protect their skin.
The first step in protection is dispelling myths about healthy tanning.
There is no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan is created when the body
produces a pigment called melanin. The body produces melanin as a
defense mechanism against the sun's ultraviolet rays. So, tanned skin is
actually damaged skin. Similarly, peeling is also a sign of skin damage.
Peeling occurs when a layer of dead skin sloughs off. In most instances,
the dead skin is a result of over exposure to the sun.
To protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of UV rays,
The American Cancer Society offers these simple steps:
.Slip on a shirt. A lightweight cotton T-shirt will help protect
shoulders, chest and back from the sun. According to the Journal of the
American Academy of Dermatology, blue shirts offer the maximum protection.
.Slop on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF)
of 15 or higher and lip balm about 20 minutes before going into the
sun.  Applying sunscreen only once is not enough. It is recommended that
a palm full is reapplied every two hours. Apply more frequently if
swimming or sweating profusely.
.Slap on a wide brim hat and sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA
and UVB rays. This will protect the face, ears, and neck. Remember to
apply sunscreen to the back of the neck if wearing a baseball cap.
.Avoid being in the sun between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Then is
when UV rays are at their strongest, so find shade during these hours.
These are simple steps that can be taken to protect yourself. Skin
cancer is preventable.
Additional information on skin cancer or any other health topic may be
obtain by contacting the Union County Health Department at 645-0801.

Repaving first phase nearly finished
Project under budget and   ahead of schedule
By RYAN HORNS
Ahead of schedule and with money left over, the project to resurface
streets in Marysville is in full swing.
"The first phase is just about finished," Mayor Tom Kruse said at
Thursday night's city council meeting.
He said the city street department has focused heavily on the job and
they discovered that there was enough money left over to pave Second
Street between Elwood and Main streets. That portion of the project has
now been completed.
Kruse said the first phase should be finished by the end of the month
and the second phase is looking to be done by October.
"I'm very pleased about how the paving has gone," Kruse said.
Other than that topic, council touched on numerous issues across the board.
Union County economic development director Eric Phillips gave a few
updates on revitalizing the city's downtown area and looking toward the
future growth of the county.
He said the county has hired the Columbus firm Frame 360, which will
work on outlining a brand, or marketing angle for Marysville and Union
County to attract new business. The company will be conducting 21
interviews with people throughout the county to gather information.
In another hire, the Marysville Uptown Renewal Team contracted the
Poggemeyer firm to do a downtown revitalization strategy which consists
of the study of parking and a market analysis.
"It's the first step in moving toward revitalization in the downtown
area," Phillips said.
Between the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the county tourism
division, the Marysville Business Association, the Main Street Ohio
program, Joe Duke Insurance, Huntington Bank, National City Bank and
city and county staff, Marysville was able to raise $15,000 to pay for
half of the cost for the Poggemeyer study.
Phillips said he will be applying for a state grant next week to raise
another $15,000 for the study which carries an overall price tag of $30,000.
Two events will be held this weekend to bring residents out to enjoy the
city parks and downtown area.
The Third Friday Marysville event will take place tonight from 5 to 8
p.m. next to the Union County Courthouse at Fifth and Court streets. It
will feature different types of local food, a Latin jazz ensemble and
bike racing. Last month's attendance was reportedly more than 600.
On Saturday the Day in the Park event will be held from noon to 4 p.m.
at Legion Park. The event will offer the music of Arnett Coleman, food
and free swimming at the municipal pool.
Mill Valley ward councilman John Marshall addressed a few issues that
have recently faced the neighborhood.
He expressed his thanks and gratitude to the local emergency forces
after a serious car accident on Route 31, near the new Honda Federal Credit Union.
He said crews arrived within minutes and drivers showed patience after
traffic was halted during the cleanup.
"There were a lot of good Samaritans," Marshall said.
He also commented on Thursday's article in the Journal-Tribune regarding
trapping cats in the Woods at Mill Valley. He said he was not too aware
of the issue but has spoken with homeowner's association president
Patrick Soller. They will be looking into the city-hunting ordinance and
will try to put some legislation on the next council meeting agenda
Council also passed several ordinances annexing new land into the city.
An ordinance to accept the annexation of 87.692 acres in Darby Township
for a future development had final reading and was approved.
The annexation of 3.8 acres in Paris Township was also approved. The
land will be used to create a second access point to the Navin Addition
in order that M/I Homes can go forward with its Section 4, Phase I area
for residential housing.
In other business:
. Greg Faulkner was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals Board.
. Kruse said that the Oakdale Cemetery has contracted a company to come
and straighten gravestones. They will complete the veteran's area first.

Local youth to be Eagle Scout
James Froehlich, the son of Lee and Connie Froehlich of Marysville, will
receive his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Rank Saturday at The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Court of Honor will be held at 7:30 p.m.
James has been active in Troop No. 287 since he was 8 years old.
He served a patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, assistant senior
patrol leader and quartermaster.
His Eagle project was the design and construction of a flower garden in
back of the Marysville High School library.
He is an active member of the church, where he has held many leadership
positions in the young men's organization and where he is a member of
the church basketball team.
James will be a senior at Marysville High School this fall, where he is
an honor roll student.
He plans to attend college after graduation. James enjoys hunting, camping and fishing.
The public is invited to the court of honor ceremony.

OSU vet clinic gets new home
By CINDY BRAKE
The patients may not care, but the doctors are delighted with a new
state-of-the-art veterinary facility that opened June 1 along County Home Road.
"This is a Taj Mahal," said the clinic's director Bimbo Welker, DVM, MS,
about the 10,000 square foot, $1.4 million, large animal clinic
constructed for The Ohio State University Large Animal Services clinic.
The public is invited to a July 31 open house from 2 to 4 p.m.
Serendipity, the 4-H lamb project of Woodstock resident Christopher
Nott, didn't seem to take notice of the sterile, air-conditioned surgery
room Wednesday when she was in for an epidural and a couple stitches.
Dr. Welker said the surgery room provides a better environment than the
former garage that was used at the clinic's former location.
A "padded cell" in the surgery room also provides better protection for
animals that are "knocked down." Nearby are three stalls for overnight patients.
Welker said the clinic's mission remains the same - to serve as an
urgent-care or out-patient facility and teaching clinic. Long-term
treatment is better handled at the university's Columbus location.
Another "big asset" about the new clinic is a large conference room
equipped with video conferencing abilities. The new clinic has room for
30. The old clinic had space for up to 10 people.
The new lab is six times larger than the old lab, Welker said, and will
allow doctors to test milk cultures. Wider hallways allow for groups of
students and doctors to easily travel through the building.
For senior veterinary students who all spend some time at the clinic,
including overnight duties, the sleeping quarters are a vast improvement
from the double-wide trailer where they used to sleep. The new student
quarters include three bedrooms that sleep eight, two large bathrooms, a
kitchen and living area. The four doctors working out of the clinic also
now each have their own office and a faculty library. In the former
clinic, the doctors shared one room as an office.
The new facility is also totally secured with fire alarms and nine camera monitors.
The original clinic opened in Marysville in 1968 and until now operated
in a 1,800 square-foot brick building along Milford Avenue. It has been
a fully functioning large animal clinic, treating equine, camlids and
food animals with veterinary students getting an opportunity to see how
a typical practice operates on a daily basis.
The clinic covers a 10-county area including Logan, Union, Franklin,
Crawford, Hardin, Pickaway, Knox, Madison, Champaign and Knox counties.
"We doing the same things, only better," Welker said about the new
facility.

Marysville to expand Creekview
By KARLYN BYERS
Marysville School Board members decided by a 4-0 vote to advertise for
bids for construction of an addition to Creekview Intermediate School
Friday afternoon.
Board members Steve Ader, Bill Hayes, Mike Guthrie and board president
Roy Fraker also authorized treasurer/CFO Delores "Dee" Cramer to
contract with Steed Hammond Paul as the architectural firm for upcoming
construction projects, to contract with Thomas & Marker Construction
Firm as construction manager for the new intermediate building, and to
sign a contract with Ruscilli Construction Company as construction
manager for the addition to Creekview Intermediate and a new elementary building.
Board member Jane McClain was absent.
The addition to Creekview will add eight classrooms and should
accommodate an additional 200 pupils, Superintendent Larry Zimmerman
told the Journal-Tribune after the meeting. It will not cost taxpayers
any additional money because of refinancing options the school district
took advantage of previously.
Zimmerman said the enrollment at Creekview is over capacity right now,
and the addition will accommodate additional enrollment until the school
district is ready for a second intermediate school in 2007.
The school district is seeking passage Aug. 2 of a 5.2-mill bond issue
to restructure debt load carried by the district and to finance a second
addition to the high school on Amrine Mill Road.
Zimmerman estimates the bond issue's passage could save local property
taxpayers $27 million because the state will calculate  replacement
"hold harmless" payments designated in the new Ohio budget bill to
school districts  based on property values on the books as of Sept. 1.
Passage of the bond issue also could save district taxpayers roughly $5
to $7 million by pushing the high school addition forward, Zimmerman has said.
Because of Gov. Bob Taft's tax code changes and the new Ohio budget
bill, Marysville Exempted Schools will lose one-third of its local
revenues Jan. 1.
Those changes eliminate the personal tangible property tax paid by
industries and businesses on equipment, machinery, inventory and
furnishings. They also hit Marysville taxpayers with a "tax shift" of
$20 million to pay for debt on already constructed school buildings.
Zimmerman said he learned the board can offset that lost tax revenue by
restructuring its debt load, which it voted to do in May.
In other business, the board:
.Employed the following personnel - John Merriman, district attendance
officer; Janice Smith, Marysville Academy tutor; Laura Blackburn,
Marysville Academy aide; Paula Marple, custodian; Kerry Winks, Latchkey
staff; Cathleen Alder, Amanda Alice, Bethany Bentz, Brian Crim, and
Angela Ross, teachers; and Melissa Sturgill, occupational therapist assistant.
.Awarded supplemental contracts to Gregg Stubbs, Title Grant program
coordinator; Nan Streng, district substance abuse coordinator; Brian
Crim and Bethany Bentz, Creekview Camp counselors; Kim Andrews, nursing
department chair; Karen Hyland, Teri Leitwein, Carol Lentz, Laurie Levy,
Carla Steele, Judy VanDuzen and Mary Davis, national board
certification; and Matt Fockler, assistant varsity football (salary paid
by the Quarterback Club).
.Authorized payment to Heather Morgan, Della M. Conn and Lisa Subula for
the transportation of their children to out-of-district school.
.Granted an unpaid leave of absence to Amy Pfarr through Dec. 17.
.Accepted the resignation of Cindy Dent Gordon as building leadership team member.
.Accepted supplemental contract resignations from Craig Haese, Creekview
Camp coordinator; Nicole Noteman, high school girls soccer coach; David
Hensinger, middle school girls volleyball coach and middle school
basketball coach; and Melissa Wyatt, Creekvew Camp coordinator.
.Accepted the following staff resignations - Kelli Vasill, teacher; Adam
Brown, special education aide; Craig Haese, teacher; Melissa Wyatt,
teacher; and Rebecca Tucker, building aide.
.Amended contracts to Chris Gruenbaum, digital academy director; Bev
Staley, head drama coach; and Dustin Jasinski, assistant head drama coach.
.Hired Bill Steele and Lori Mesi as summer school teachers.
.Approved the following volunteer organizations - high school FCCLA,
high school foreign exchange program, high school Leo Club, high school
Pro Terra Nova and high school ski trip.
.Contracted with Memorial Hospital of Union County to provide athletic
trainer services.
.Hired 79 certified substitutes/home instructors and 73 classified
substitutes/home instructors.
.Approved the 2005-2006 substitute and other hourly rate schedule.
.Approved the 2005-2006 classified handbook.
.Entered into executive session to discuss personnel.

No more catting around in Mill Valley
Homeowner's  group considers contracting for  trapping of strays
By RYAN HORNS
Hunters may soon be stalking Felis silvestris catus in the Woods at Mill Valley.
Some residents in the area have expressed some outrage over the fact
that the neighborhood homeowner's association has decided to hire a
company to manage what some feel is a problem with stray cats.
Association president Patrick Soller said Wednesday afternoon that
residents should be aware that no trapping has begun. At this point the
issue is something they are hoping to learn more about.
Another issue the association learned was that Marysville law forbids
the hunting of animals within city limits. City law director Tim Aslaner
is reportedly looking into legislation to clarify whether residents will
be allowed to control nuisance wildlife such as geese, cats, muskrats or more.
"We're going to wait to do it until we have some clear understanding," Soller said.
The homeowner's association reported in a recent newsletter that they
have hired Roush Wildlife Nuisance Control to trap and remove feral cats
(cats who are wild or untamed) which have reportedly been roaming the
area of Creekview Drive and Lone Rise Drive West.
Soller said a half dozen residents called to complain about feral cats causing problems.
According to resident Kim Haas, what the homeowner's association has
failed to clearly highlight is the fact that when the trapping begins
the cats will be killed by "lethal injection."
"I kind of have a problem with that," Haas said.
She said many people near or in the Woods at Mill Valley neighborhood
have outdoor cats or have cats that may push out a window screen from
time to time and walk around at night. When Haas spots a stray, she said
she usually knows who it belongs to.
Haas said what mainly upsets her is that the cats reportedly won't go to
the humane society so that people can reclaim their pets before they are killed.
The homeowner's association explain on its Web site
www.woodsatmillvalley.org that cats will be captured by "have a heart"
style traps that will not hurt the cats, children, or any other types of
animals who come in contact. By law the traps will be checked daily
under 24-hour segments. Once the cats are found inside, they will be
removed and "dispatched" in a humane way by lethal injection.
The homeowner's association recommended residents keep their cats inside
and if they let them out, any cat found in the trap wearing a collar
will be released. Those without will be "removed from the neighborhood."
Soller said the animal's behavior is another sign. The Roush's will be
looking for aggressive cats that are ungroomed and appear obviously
feral. If a cat is not wearing a collar but appears to be healthy and
tame, it will be set free.
He also dispelled the fear that traps will be all over the neighborhood.
"There will only be four traps on two properties," Soller said. "That
way it can be done in a controlled environment to see what they catch."
He said the association tried working with the local humane society,
however, the shelter reported having "limited resources" to care for
more cats. They are willing to spay or neuter any cats that are trapped
but will release them back into the neighborhood.
"That is unattractive as well, as far as reducing the population," Soller said.
The association reported that discussion on the trappings is welcome on
its Web site message board. For now, the main discussion there has been
from upset residents and others who just want to know more about the issue.
One person wrote, "I would like to know where this is a problem. We have
not had problems with stray cats in our part of the neighborhood."
In another post a resident wrote, "It just seems that this is being done
in secret. It was mentioned in a couple sentences in a newsletter and
then posted on a Web page. Other people I have talked to are also
bothered by this. It seems like somebody in charge doesn't like cats.
Squirrels and rabbits are more of a problem where we live. As well as
people who drive much faster than they should."
Soller said it does not seem humane for domestic animals to be roaming
around in an environment where they must hunt for their food. They
should be treated like any wild dog, possums or raccoons might be.
"This is an issue that many neighborhoods are going to be facing,"
Soller said. "You have areas like Walker Meadows that are out there in
the middle of wild areas and Green Pastures as well."
With elementary schools in the area, he said, children may see a cat and
think it is tame but end up getting scratched.

Model tractor pull a part of Steam Threshers event
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune intern
Picture a tractor small enough for Barbie to ride on.
Powered by remote control, a number of these model tractors will battle
it out Saturday morning to determine which one can pull the most weight
across a 30-foot-long track.
As part of the Miami Valley Steam Show and Reunion, which has events
running through Sunday, this fourth-annual tractor pull will begin at 11
a.m. at Pastime Park in Plain City.
The event will consist of four rounds and eight different weight
classes. The smallest weight class for tractors is four pounds, while
the largest is 25 pounds.
During the first three rounds, each tractor - powered by either gas or
battery - will attempt to pull a designated amount of weight down the
track. The weight differs, depending on the tractor's weight class.
"Any tractor that pulls the weight down the full 30 feet, at least once,
goes to the final, 'pull-off,' round, where the weight is increased"
said Jason Haulman, one of three directors of The Scale Tractor Pullers
Association, which is sponsoring the event.
No money is awarded to the winner of the pull-off round, however,
Haulman said there's a reason for that.
"When money is involved, people are more tempted to cheat," he said. "We
just try to keep everything fun ... The winner gets bragging rights."
Nearly a dozen individuals have registered their own model tractor(s) to
compete in the event. Individuals still interested in registering a
tractor can do so on Saturday before the event.
There is also no limit to how many tractors a person can register.
"The only limit is a person's pocketbook," Haulman said, noting that an
average competition tractor costs about $550 to construct.
"But, that's pretty cheap for radio-controlled racing," he said.
Haulman, an Urbana resident, has seven tractors registered, all of which
he made by hand.
"I like to see something I've built perform," he said, noting that he's
built more than 50 tractors. "It's more of an addiction than a hobby for me."
Despite their size, these tractors can do amazing things, Haulman said.
"A four-pound tractor can pull up to 30 pounds, and the 25-pound tractor
can pull up to 260 pounds ... it's just incredible," he said. "Sometimes
the tractors will flip over ... but, unlike a regular tractor pull, nobody gets hurt."
The competition will probably run until 3 or 4 p.m. The event is free to the public.
Sunday, the event will continue at 11 a.m., but the format will be
different than Saturday's.
"We'll just be playing around on Sunday," he said. "We'll keep running
our tractors until the crowd leaves."
Schedule of activities
Activities for the  Miami Valley Steam Show and Reunion at Pastime Park in Plain City
Thursday, July 14
7 p.m. - Tractor Games and Adult Games
7 p.m. - Stampede Band
Friday, July 15
10 a.m. - Equipment in Operation
1:30 p.m. - Children's Activities
6 p.m. - Grand Parade Downtown
8 p.m. - West Virginia Bluegrass Connection
Saturday, July 16
9 a.m. - Ohio Antique Tractor Pullers
11 a.m. - Scale Tractor Pull
1:30 p.m. - Children's Activities, Front Shelter House
3 p.m. - West Virginia Blue Grass Connection
7 p.m. - Buckeye Horse Pullers
Sunday, July 17
8 a.m. - Church Services
10 a.m. - Ohio Antique Tractor Pullers
11 a.m. - Scale Tractor Pull
2 p.m. - Kiddie Tractor Pull

Reported 'Kingpin'  of drug  sweep given three years
By RYAN HORNS
One by one criminals arrested in the April Union County drug busts have
been receiving their sentences in the Union County Common Pleas Court.
But jail time that has been handed out has been less than what
prosecutors had hoped.
Ronald L. Donahue, 61, has been described by the Union County Sheriff's
Office as the "kingpin" in the drug bust sweep. Wednesday afternoon,
Donahue managed to avoid what may have been a lengthy sentence in prison
for his role in local drug trafficking.
Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott gave Donahue three years in
prison. Assistant Union County Prosecutor Terry Hord had requested 12 years.
Hord was unavailable for comment on the sentences before press time.
Donahue was charged with three counts of fourth-degree felony
trafficking in cocaine, which he received six months in prison for each
conviction. He was sentenced to six months in prison for one
fifth-degree felony count of possession of cocaine and a $1,000 fine. He
also received a term of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine for one
third-degree complicity to trafficking in cocaine.
Parrott ruled the sentences to be served concurrently.
Although Donahue has been called the center of the drug busts, he
received a sentence on par with what others arrested in the sweeps
received. Some had even been charged with more crimes.
To date, Jonathan P. Curtis also received three years for one
third-degree count for aggravated trafficking in drugs; Randy Duane Hill
received three years for one fourth-degree felony trafficking in cocaine
count and a third-degree felony count for trafficking in cocaine;
William Sabel received two years in prison on one third-degree felony
count of complicity to trafficking in cocaine; Justin Cory Mentzer
received one year for a fourth-degree felony trafficking in marijuana
charge; Jeremy M. Isaacs received 22 months for two counts of
fourth-degree felony permitting drug abuse, two counts of complicity to
trafficking in marijuana and one fourth-degree felony trafficking in
marijuana charge; Charles Edward Hill, II received six months for one
fourth-degree trafficking in marijuana charge; Jesse Adam Rosales
received four years for third-degree felony trafficking in cocaine, a
third-degree felony escape and a second-degree burglary charge; and
Terry J. Vlies received two years for two counts of fourth-degree felony
trafficking in crack cocaine.
Donahue's attorney, Terry Sherman, described his client as a man who has
suffered a great deal in the past few years, which ultimately led to his
involvement in drug use.
"In this case I got to know this man," Sherman said. "I saw his medical
records. I read the letters he wrote as a Marine to his family."
He said Donahue led a clean life until he turned 60. He served two tours
in Vietnam and tried to go back into the Marines but was told he was too
old. He spent the next 31 years as a truck driver.
"So what happened to him?" Sherman asked.
He said what followed was a heart attack and a stroke that brought on
brain damage and paralysis to Donahue. He was forced to quit his job.
"You take his self-esteem away," Sherman said, "and what happens is that
he begins to feel sorry for himself and becomes depressed."
He said Donahue began self-medicating his depression with drugs.
"He then sold drugs to people he knew and took that money and used it to
get high," he said.
"They want him to do 12 years," Sherman said. "You might as well execute him."
Sherman told Parrott before the sentence was handed out that by law
nothing in the prosecutor's testimony gave the court the right to
sentence Donahue to 12 years. He said his client is a first- time
offender and laws dictate that he cannot receive a maximum sentence.
To date, only a handful of people arrested in the drug sweep have come
before the court for sentencing. Dozens more cases are pending.

'It's not my problem'
Judge cites opinion in refusing to appoint board member
By CINDY BRAKE
Union County Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott says he won't do it.
The Union County Veterans Commission wants him to do it.
The Ohio Attorney General doesn't know if he should do it, but the Ohio
Revised Code says it is a judge's job and so does the Governor's Office
of Veterans' Affairs.
But still he won't. He is the only judge in the state refusing to do it.
And Union County taxpayers will be footing the bill to determine if Parrott is right.
More than a year ago, Parrott informed the Union County Commissioners
that he would no longer appoint board members to the Veteran's Service
Commission and other boards. He believes it could jeopardize his license
to practice law.
Parrott wrote that he had been advised of an opinion rendered by the
Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Ohio Supreme Court, holding a judge
should not serve or be a member of the Board of a Community Based
Correctional Facility since participation would be a breach of judicial
ethics. He believes that also means he can not appoint individuals to a
policy-making board which could have litigation coming before his court.
"It's not my problem," wrote Parrott in a July 2004 letter to the
Governor's Office of Veterans' Affairs.
It may not be his problem but the local commission and others are very
concerned, especially with a commission that includes several World War
II veterans.
Members of the five-member commission include Leo Speicher of Byhalia,
Hubert Fry of Richwood, Clarence Durban of Plain City and Robert Jordan
and Max Amrine of Marysville. The commission's goal is to serve
veterans, spouses and/or survivors in all matters pertaining to veteran
benefits, to provide emergency and temporary financial assistance,
assist in the preparation and submittal of claims, follow-up on claims
and transport veterans to medical facilities.
The dilemma has escalated to the point that the Union County Veterans
Service Commission filed an "original action in mandamus" with the
Supreme Court of Ohio on June 29 against Parrott and Union County
Probate/Juvenile Judge Charlotte Eufinger, who is also authorized to
make appointments.
The complaint is seeking a "writ of mandamus" compelling Parrott to
appoint a representative to serve as a member of the Veterans Service
Commission. Parrott and Eufinger reportedly did not appoint a qualified
candidate by Dec. 31, 2004, when the term of one commission
representative expired.
Regardless of what the answer is, Union County taxpayers will be paying
for legal fees incurred by both the commission and the judge.
The Union County Prosecuting Attorney can not represent either Parrott
or the Veterans Service Commission because of a conflict of interest, so
attorneys for both parties have been hired by the Union County Board of
Commissioners.
The commissioners have approved $4,000 for the Veterans Service
Commission's legal fees. Fortunately for taxpayers, the Commission has
acquired free legal services from Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney
David Yost.
Costs for the judge are unknown. Responding via E-mail, Parrott stated
that he could make no comment.
Jim Forster, present acting director for the Governor's Office of
Veterans' Affairs, said recently that no other judge in the state has
taken Parrott's position.
More than a year ago Forster contacted the Supreme Court of Ohio Board
of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline for an opinion.
Ruth Bope Dangel, staff counsel for the board of commissioners on
grievances and discipline, said in April 2004 that an advisory opinion
subcommittee found that judges are not prevented from appointing
veterans service commissioners.
Parrott says the opinion doesn't count.
In a May 4, 2004, letter to the board of commissioners on grievances and
discipline, Parrott states that the subcommittee's letter is
"non-binding, 'not an advisory opinion' and makes a distinction between
serving on a board rather than appointing individuals to a board."
He asks whether the theory behind the opinion is that a judge not serve
if litigation involving that board would come before him.
"If indeed, that is the theory, then appointing individuals to a
policy-making board with litigation arising therefrom would also
disqualify a judge, would it not?
"I am not trying to be difficult, nor do I wish to cause any more
problems ... However, I have practiced law too long and am in the
twilight of a career, and do not wish to jeopardize my license to
practice. It would seem that the legislature could produce some
legislation making some other entity the appointing authority, thus
relieving the potential problem," he wrote to Bope Dangel.
Two months later on July 27, 2004, Parrott wrote to Robert J. Labadie,
director of the Governor's Office of Veterans' Affairs, stating, "The
legislature adjourned without addressing the problems presented, and of
which they were aware for a long period of time, and seemingly had no
help by way of direction from our current governor. Succinctly, and in
answer to the question posed, it is not my problem to resolve

Last-second leap may have saved man's life
From J-T staff reports:
One man is lucky to be alive today after a car came hurtling at him
Tuesday afternoon in Marysville
Just before 5 p.m. David T. Snyder, 35, of LaRue was traveling
northbound on Route 31 when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. From
this point on, witnesses at the scene filled in the details of what happened.
Snyder's white Toyota Corolla suddenly veered to the right on Route 31,
went across two lanes of traffic and slammed into a red 1995 Chevy truck
owned by Adams Poured Walls Ltd. The truck was parked on the side of the
road, just after the off ramp at U.S. 33 at the new Honda Federal Credit Union.
Paul E. Adams, 41, of Sugar Grove was busy changing a tire on the truck
when he saw the white car coming right at him.
"I just thought someone was messing with me, so I stood there," Adams
said. "Then at the last second I just jumped up and he hit my truck."
According to witnesses, Adams was able to jump up and onto the hood of
the white car just in the nick of time. When the cars collided, he
reportedly flipped over the Corolla and landed on the ground. He began
running out of the way and into the grass along the side of Route 31. At
that point he was held down by a man who was worried about any injuries.
"He was really lucky," one witness said at the scene.
The mishap stalled traffic from the Route 31 bridge to the south and
along Mill Valley to the north.
The entire top of the Corolla was nearly ripped off in the collision.
"It's a miracle," Adams said. "I should have been killed."
Snyder was seriously injured and was taken by MedFlight to a Columbus
hospital. No report on his condition was available at presstime.
Adams was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County where he was
treated and released.

JA installs sportsmanship program
By CORINNE BIX
Jonathan Alder school board members approved a good sportsmanship
program at Monday's regular meeting.
Set to begin with this school year, the program includes a three-step
consequence system for those not adhering to the good sportsmanship
policies at athletic events, said superintendent Doug Carpenter. A good
sportsmanship announcement will be made before the national anthem of
all sporting events to promote a friendly crowd atmosphere.
Parents of students involved in athletics will also be expected to sign
a "Pioneer Parent Contract" indicating that they are aware of Jonathan
Alder's good sportsmanship policies.
The board approved the revision of three school board policies.
In regard to attendance, student's who have been suspended as a
first-time offender will now be allowed to make up missed work for full
credit. Students who incur subsequent suspensions will only be allowed
to make up missed schoolwork up to 80 percent credit.
Building principals and teachers will decide how much time will be
allowed for make-up work.
Due to reorganization and the opening of the fifth school building in
the district, the board approved a revision of the promotion and
retention of students policy. They also approved the non-resident
tuition policy to ensure proper state funding for the district.
The board approved a total of 74 students for open enrollment for the
coming school year. Carpenter explained that 25 of these are returning
open-enrollment students.
Board members took turns giving their monthly reports.
James Phillips gave the Tolles Technical Center report. Cheryl Koch has
been named as marketing specialist for the center for one year. She will
be working to promote Tolles and raise awareness for the center around central Ohio.
Phillps also reported that Neil Eiber was named the director of adult
education for the center.
John Adams gave the facilities report. He said work on the new high
school is progressing as planned however more work is needed on the athletic fields.
Carpenter announced that the high school dedication and open house will
be Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.
The next board meeting will be Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
In other news, the board:
.Approved the following resignations: Beth Barnes, high school
librarian; Rebecca Reighard, fourth grade teacher; and Chris Piper,
sophomore class advisor.
.Corrected Alycia Brehm's degree from BA/0 to BA+30/0
.Approved the following personnel: Ray Russell, assistant cross country
coach; Zach Wurschmidt, assistant football coach; Jim Albanese, head
golf coach; Darrel Beachy, assistant golf coach; Janel Rang, Plain City
art/technology; Erica Tornik, special education work study coordinator;
Amanda Damratoski, sixth grade language arts specialist; Dana Wright as
high school librarian/media specialist; Jessica Kuthy as high school
Spanish; Jason Polston as Monroe art/technology; Heidi Stillings, Monroe
Elementary; Bridget Adelsberger as Cannan middle school library aide
.Approved membership in the Ohio Coalition of Equity and Adequacy for
the 2005-2006 school year in the amount of $902.50
.Approved the request by the Plain City church fellowship to have a
voluntary religious education class for third grade for the 2005-2006 school year.
.Approved a request for maternity leave for Anne "Libby" Krummrey for
six weeks unpaid leave
.Approved membership in the school study council of Ohio for the
2005-2006 school year in the amount of $450.75
.Approved the request by Kenneth and Cindy Miller, bus driver, for their
sons, Kenny and Brandon, to attend Jonathan Alder as provided to the
students of employees in board policy
.Approved Rebecca Ross to attend Jonathan Alder
.Approved the recommendation by the Plain City Public Library board for
Carol Karrer to a full term as trustee until May 2012

Richwood big on projects, low on money
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
With a host of projects on its want list and no money, the village of
Richwood is starting to scramble like a poverty level family trying to
make ends meet.
The village is currently eyeing badly needed wastewater, storm water and
street improvement projects, but even with grant assistance the local
share may be too much to handle.
"Where are we going to come up with the money?" village financial
officer Don Jolliff asked council at Monday night's meeting.
Council had asked engineer Ed Bischoff of Bischoff, Miller and
Associates to put together schematics and a funding plan to run a storm
sewer along Bomford Street and then drain into Ash Run. His estimate to
fund the project was a $323,000 grant package with an $84,000 local match.
Jolliff said there simply is not that much money left in the budget for
such an expense. Bischoff noted that the village could get a loan from
the Ohio Water Development Authority and pay back roughly $8,000 per year.
It was determined that even that kind of figure would be hard to build
into future budgets. Council opted not to submit the project for grant approval.
Bischoff told council that the Ohio EPA is currently working with larger
cities to ensure that they have storm sewer plans in place. Once the
cities are under control, villages will be next, meaning these types of
upgrades will be mandated in the future. Bischoff also noted that no
grants are going to pick up the total cost of projects such as this and
the village will always have to come up with local dollars.
From there council went on to discuss the deteriorating streets in the
village. Council discussed putting a street levy on the November ballot
and was told that the paperwork would have to be filed to the Union
County Board of Elections in August.
Jolliff noted that a one-mill levy in the village would generate about
$23,000, which would not go very far in a repaving project. It was noted
that it would take three to four mills to make any real improvements in the streets.
Council directed village solicitor Rick Rodger to begin collecting the
forms necessary to get the issue on the ballot. A decision on the levy
is expected at the next meeting.
Council then received some good news from Bischoff in the form of a
$34,000 Community Development Block Grant. Bischoff said the village
could choose to use the money for a paving project.
Council decided to come up with a few options of streets that could be
improved with the money.
Bischoff's positive spin was short lived as he next brought council an
$11,000 bill for his engineering services for a future sewer improvement
project. He noted that the money was covered by a Ohio Water Development
Authority loan.
Jolliff then pointed out that the village had to pay the money upfront
and would then be reimbursed from the loan money. Jolliff said he wasn't
sure where the village could pull the money from and added that he
doesn't have a line item in the budget set up for such an expenditure.
Council authorized Jolliff to seek an amended certificate of
expenditures from the county auditor to create the line item.
Jolliff noted that council has already expended more than $30,000 from
the loan money and has yet to have any work performed. The total project
is expected to cost $350,000.
In other business, council:
.Heard citizen complaints about the condition of the Richwood Park.
.Heard a request to close an alley off Ottawa Street due to excessive
traffic, speeding and dust. Council discussed options for the alley and
decided to investigate the matter.
.Expressed concern over the purchase of $300 worth of hand cleaner by
the village administrator. Jolliff said the purchase was for three
gallons of cleaner.
.Continued the process of purchasing the village administration office
property from Memorial Hospital of Union County. The purchase price is
$10,000, paid at $1,000 per year, and the hospital would receive an
easement to place a sign at the entrance of the industrial park.
.Heard an update on speeding in the area of Lynn Street.
.Decided to table the issue of setting limits on construction hours
within the village. The council appears split on whether the limitations
should be put in place.
.Voted 6-0 to make Hastings Street a one-way street traveling north.
.Discussed replacing village administrator Jim Thompson. His last day
will be Friday and the village has yet to receive a resume from a
qualified candidate.

Jail director backs system
By RYAN HORNS
For months Tri-County Jail Director Robert Beightler has been talking to
regional judges about the prospect of using in-house arrest procedures for prisoners.
If implemented, he said, the ankle-bracelet-driven prison term can
reduce jail capacity at the Tri-County Jail, as well as allow
non-violent prisoners to keep their jobs and hopefully keep their lives
more stable while serving out their sentences.
Beightler said he is still very much in support of the house arrest
program. During the Thursday afternoon jail commission meeting he said
the only courts that have expressed interest in the program at this
point are the Union County Juvenile Court and the Marysville Municipal
Court systems. Both have contacted Pro Tech Communications Inc., which
runs the program out of Florida.
Erik Roush, of the juvenile court, said they have continued looking into the system.
"There has been no firm decision yet," he said.
For now he is talking with the company and trying to outline what the
service can offer and if the cost will fit into the juvenile court budget.
Roush said sometime next week he plans to meet with Pro Tech
representatives again for a more detailed live demonstration of how the
ankle bracelets can be tracked. Marysville Municipal Court Judge Michael
Grigsby is also expected to attend.
In other discussions during the jail meeting, there had been some
speculation last month that it may be illegal for the Tri-County Jail to
charge the $25 administration fee to inmates when they are processed
into the jail.
Champaign County Judge Roger Wilson said he has looked into the issue
and has discovered there is nothing wrong with it. The "statute is very
specific," in that they may charge for the cost of processing criminals
into the jail system.
As a result, the jail will continue charging the fee. It was noted that
they may only charge the fee to convicted criminals when they are
brought to the facility.
Champaign County Sheriff David Deskins said if a prisoner does not pay
the fee they can keep it on the books and if they are arrested again
they will be expected to pay it.
"You don't mean there are such a thing as repeat offenders?" Wilson joked.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said his office has had success with
sending out letters for the bills.
Deskins said they must have a great letter writer, because they have not
seen the same success.
Other topics discussed:
. Beightler said he expected to go away over July 4th holiday and return
to find the jail overfilled with inmates. But the holiday weekend
resulted in a quiet period. He reported the current jail population is
119 males and 21 females, for a total of 140 inmates.
To date Union County has averaged sending 41 inmates to the Tri-County
jail per month. Champaign County leads the trio with 64 and Madison
County sent an average of 52.
. The new fingerprinting machine, which took months to finally come to
fruition, has been initiated at the jail.
The only problem, Beightler said, is that for the first week none of the
fingerprints they sent to BCI&I were going through. They have since
pinpointed the problem to be within the jail system and it is being looked into.
Until then, Beightler said they are documenting fingerprints the old
fashioned way with cards.
. Regarding the jail budget, members discussed having next year's budget
completed by August or September for review.
. Medical costs have gone up slightly going into July. Beightler
requested a transfer of more funds into medical finances. He said he is
not anticipating a need for any more.
. The jail is looking into starting a new program that offers inmates
the chance to view movies. It can be used as leverage to persuade
inmates to keep their cells clean and to behave.

Giant tractors will highlight Steam Threshers show
By CINDY BRAKE
Goldilocks may not be coming, but the three "Bears" will be at the 56th
annual Miami Valley Steam Threshers show beginning Thursday at Pastime
Park in Plain City.
The "bears" are tractors built by H.M. Wallis in 1902. They are
gargantuan in size and barely got past the prototype stage.
While located in Cleveland, Wallis Tractor Company persisted in its
efforts to build tractors and produced a 20-50 and a 40-80 model. By
1912, the company was involved with moving to Racine and putting all
operations under one room. History was made with the Wallis "Cub" which
appeared in 1913. Wallis used the same frame design until they sold to
Massey-Harris and they continued to use it until the early 1940s.
In 1919 Wallis Tractor Company and J.I. Case Plow Works merged together
under the latter name. The merger amounted to little more than a change
of name since both companies were already under the same ownership. A
two-row motor cultivator was offered in 1920 but it didn't last very
long. This 3,100-pound machine used a four-cylinder 3 3/4 x 5 inch engine.
During the postwar period, Wallis stayed in the market mainly because of
the quality built into their tractors.
In 1926, the Massey-Harris company began negotiations with the Wallis
people for selling rights in Canada. Massey-Harris was a big outfit
resulting from some previous mergers. They had an almost complete
implement line but lacked a good tractor.
The Massey-Harris Company was chartered in 1891, brining together the
Massey Manufacturing Company of Toronto and A. Harris, Son & Company,
and A. Harris, Son & Company, Ltd. of Brantford, Ontario.
The Massey Ferguson company was formed by Harry George Ferguson in 1953.
This year's Steam Threshers show looks to be one of the largest ever
with exhibitors coming from as far as Great Britain, Canada, New York
and Texas.
"The gentle giants of the past, the steam engines, will be with us ...,"
writes Gary Gallimore, president of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers.
"They (engineers) work hard all week to bring us back to the time when
these giants were the beginning of the tractor age. The engines have
been safety checked and the engineers are constantly keeping watch over
their engines. It's a hard, hot job..."
This year's four-day schedule kicks off at 10 a.m. with opening
ceremonies and a memorial service honoring long-time members Don Adams,
Clarence Kenneth Fisher, Ronald Glass, John Holloway, Rob Obert, Bryl
Mayer and Robert Lee Thompson.
Thursday's schedule includes tractor and adult games beginning at 7 p.m.
and music. Equipment operation begins Friday at 10 a.m. with children's
activities at 1:30 p.m. The Grand Parade Downtown starts at 6 p.m. with
music at 8 p.m. On Saturday the Ohio Antique Tractor Pullers kick off
the day at 9 a.m., while the Scale Tractor Pullers start at 11 a.m.,
followed by children's activities at 1:30 p.m. Music begins at 3 p.m.
with the Buckeye Horse Pullers at 7 p.m. Sunday activities begin with a
church service at 8 a.m., followed by the Ohio State Antique Tractor
Pullers at 10 a.m., scale tractor pull at 11 a.m. and kiddie tractor
pull at 2 p.m.
Displays include steam engines, antique tractors, gas engines, saw
milling, shingle milling, veneer milling, drag saw, threshing, baling,
baker fans, prony brake, draft horses, model engines, operating
blacksmith shop, flea markets, arts/crafts, food, children's activities,
entertainment and camping.

Tour of Gardens set for Sunday
By CINDY BRAKE
Through the Garden Gate is the title of the ninth annual Union County
Master Gardeners Tour of Gardens on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
Pre-sale tickets are available from the OSU Extension Office. The day of
the tour tickets are available at the Union County Agricultural Center,
18000 Route 4 or any of the seven garden sites. Driving tour maps are
included with the purchase of each ticket.
Master gardeners will be on hand at each site to answer questions.
The tour features seven gardens plus educational demonstrations at the
ag center
From the Ag Center, a short drive north will bring visitors to three
gardens on Springdale Road. Located south of Marysville on Route 38 are
the remaining gardens.
A water gardening lecture will be on site at the Scheiderer Farms Garden Center.
Demonstration on container gardening by Barb Jackson, hostas by Jackie
Harper, daylilies by Patsy Bushdorf and dahlia culture by Dick Westfall
will be featured at the Ag Center, as well as puppet shows by Jill Ricker.
A large variety of perennials, annuals, trees, vegetables, specimen
plantings, water features and decks are included on the tour.
One of the featured gardens is that of Tomia Lowe where original
landscaping has changed by trial and error. Her garden is located at
20705 Springdale Road.
The Soil Conservation Service helped plan a pond and a dry hydrant was
installed near the pond after a fire in 1995. It allows fire trucks to
fill their tanks.
Having never been allowed to plant a weeping willow tree because of the
drains, Tomia saw the pond as her chance and planted one the size of a
dowell stick in the farthest place from the drains. She admits that the
pond is a lot of work as she dislikes seeing cattails.
At times, Tomia hires help for weeding and heavy lifting. Even though
she enjoys mowing, her grandson now mows for her. Each year, her son and
daughter-in-law, Bill and Tam, plant a flower bed in the front yard for
her Mother's Day.
Years ago, she intended to put a tennis court on the back side of the
pond, but came home one day to find a fruit tree orchard. Plans for the
future include removal of those trees. She's a true believer that our
living areas should serve and grow with us.
Tomia points out that there have been three weddings held in her garden
and seven trees planted as memorials. She wants to add some water plants
to the pond and is willing to learn as she continues working her
relaxation and therapy garden.
In fact, Tomia had wanted to take the Master Gardener course, but by the
time she hadtime, she was spending her winters in Arizona.
For soil maintenance, manure is added at times. She uses chemicals
carefully knowing that you can kill a lot of what you don't want to
lose. In hindsight, Tomia knows to be very careful with perennials as
some planted in the past had taken over and were very hard to kill out.
A flower bed along the driveway and lots of rose bushes were removed
because they required so much maintenance.
Tomia uses her garden space for therapy, relation and loves reading in
the swing.
She and her family lived in "that big farm house next door" starting in
1951. "This property" was a wet hold in the corner of the field for
years. Then realizing the water retention capabilities in 1971, they
purchased the 1.3-acre plot and a pond was dug. They continued to live
in the big farm house until her current home was built in 1978.
---The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Program is a
volunteer educational program designed to meet the horticultural needs
of the citizens of Ohio. Its purpose is to train volunteers and to
utilize their expertise in teaching people more about plants, their
culture and their importance to the environment and to our quality of Life.
Master Gardener volunteers provide technical assistance to their county
Extension office in order that consumer horticulture activities and
programs can be more effectively and efficiently carried out.
Master Gardener trainees receive formal training from the county
Extension office covering a wide range of pertinent horticultural
topics. To become a Master Gardener, the trainee must complete the
training program and volunteer a specific number of hours to Extension.
For more information about the program contact George McVey, Master
Gardener coordinator, at 644-8117 or
gmcvey@ag.osu.edu.

Jerome opens door to Dublin
Change in fire service area will allow for annexation
By CINDY BRAKE
The Jerome Township Fire District's coverage area will be shrinking with
the blessing of two trustees.
Trustees Sharon Sue Wolfe and Freeman May accepted a contract that gives
all first-responder privileges for fire and emergency service to
Washington Township in Franklin County when land is annexed by the city
of Dublin.
Wolfe and May admitted that they had not talked with the township's
legal counsel prior to voting.
Union County Prosecuting Attorney David Phillips said today that his
office had received a copy of the contract and he had forwarded comments
that he believed needed to be addressed. He said he had not received a
revised contract and added that his office had not been invited to
Tuesday's meeting.
It appeared that May and Wolfe were relying solely on the advice of
attorneys who wrote the contract and represented either a developer or
the city of Dublin.
"I don't have a problem with this," Wolfe said before presenting a
motion to accept the blanket contract as written with one change. She
asked to have a section on page two removed that said the contract
covers any future annexations. One attorney, representing an unnamed
developer, said he didn't want to remove that section. Wolfe dropped the subject.
She then asked about changing a section on page four of the contract
that states that the contract is in place in perpetuity. She wanted to
add a phrase that the contract is in place in perpetuity or when the law
changes. Attorneys for the developer and Dublin agreed to this.
Her motion then included accepting the contract as written with the page
four change.
Trustee Ron Rhodes voted against the contract.
"It's a bad deal for Jerome Township," Rhodes said. "We've been led down
the merry path of misrepresentation."
Rhodes said he was troubled about voting on a contract that was just
presented that night. An attorney representing Dublin agreed that the
contract presented Tuesday had been changed from past contracts.
Rhodes also asked why past promises have not been fulfilled. In previous
meetings, Rhodes said he was promised a map showing a proposed area
under consideration for annexation and a spread sheet of tax money the
township will realize. Rhodes also listed a couple of statements made
previously that have since proved to be false.
Questioning why the board would open the door for Dublin annexations
through this contract, Rhodes pointed out that the township can provide
all services to the land and that the only reason for the annexation is
because of the numerous rezoning referendums that have stopped development.
"They just gave away the township," Rhodes said today. "We have been
lied and deceived to, and this is the culmination of their entire
administration and agenda."
Dublin attorney Steve Smith Jr. said that in his opinion the contract
was good for Jerome. He said areas will remain part of the township and
Dublin will pay to have it served.
Aaron Underhill, an attorney for an unnamed developer, said his client
has agreed that the land to be annexed will pay taxes to Jerome Township
and have an extra assessment for the Washington Township services.
After the vote, Underhill and Smith left with another individual sitting
in the audience. Attorneys have been attending Jerome Township meetings
for the past four board meetings and asking the trustees to approve the contract.
Attorney Eric J. Luckage then took the floor at the invitation of Wolfe
to explain how he can help the township. He said his Columbus firm
specializes in township issues, has formed 40 water districts around the
state and wrote the home rule handbook for the township association.
Talking on several issues, he said in passing that often times paper
agreements for taxes do not become a reality. He also mentioned the
option of merging with Dublin. Luckage stated that annexations
traditionally occur because a developer wants water/sewer services or
higher density development.
Luckage said the township could expect to pay from $25,000 to $50,000 to
form a water district.
Wolfe said she is "really concerned by Marysville's plan" to provide
water and sewer services to unincorporated areas. She also said she had
a problem with the county agreeing to hand over water/sewer services in
Jerome to the city of Marysville and not contacting the township.
Wolfe conceded that annexations are going to happen, but stated that she
is opposed to Marysville annexing Jerome Township.
Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse said this morning that his administration has
no intention of annexing any unincorporated land except a "very narrow
strip" down Industrial Parkway and Route 33 from the city's
incorporation limits to Route 42. This involves a very small piece of
Jerome Township.
 Trustee Rhodes, however, said he wants the township to retain its own
sense of community and said the city of Marysville is promising to
provide services without annexation.
"It used to be we wanted to be like Dublin. Now it's 'we want to be
Dublin," Rhodes said. "I have a dream of having our own community."

North Lewisburg  to cite residents  for nonessential usage of water
By CORINNE BIX
North Lewisburg Council voted Tuesday evening to pass an ordinance
giving village officials the authority to cite citizens not cooperating
with water use regulations in the event of a water ban.
The village ordinance detailed the nonessential and wasteful use of
water to include but not limited to nine items.
Included were the washing of cars, buildings or exterior surfaces, the
watering of lawns and the filling or refilling of swimming pools.
Council agreed to hold off on an appraisal by Associated General
Appraisers for the purpose of a rent study in regard to use of the
municipal building.
Currently the Northeast Champaign County Fire Department pays $500 a
month to the village for the use/and or access to 5,286 square feet of
space in the municipal building. This includes the garage area, office
space, restrooms and use of the community room/kitchen facilities.
It was decided, after much discussion, at April's council meeting that
the village administrator, Barry First, would meet with the village law
director to write up a proposed agreement in regard to increasing the
fire department's rent.
Part of this proposed agreement required that the village and the fire
department each hire separate appraisers to provide recommendations in
regard to proposed rent for the property.
Council opted to first have a meeting with the fire department in hopes
of reaching an amicable agreement regarding a rent increase. Several
council members felt it would be better to talk to the fire department
before potentially having both parties spend unnecessary funds.
Council also approved the estimated 2006 village budget.
Officials also were updated on a street lighting cost increase from
Dayton Power and Light to take effect in 2006. The increase will range
from .3 percent to 2.3 percent dependent on different components of the
street lighting system.
Council agreed to take part in the Champaign County Bicentennial Parade
on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. in Urbana. Council members will work together to
create a float to participate in the parade devoted to celebrating the
county's last 200 years.
Everyone was reminded of Patty Woodruff's retirement party on  July 17
from 2-4 p.m. at the municipal building. The public is welcome to attend.
Council was also reminded of the EPA's public hearing on July 27, about
the future wastewater treatment plant . Officials will be on hand to
record citizens concerns.
Officer Glenn Kemp gave the Champaign County Sheriff's report for the
month of June for the village. There were 34 traffic citations issued,
seven warnings issued for traffic violations, 21 incident reports, 34
cases of assistance given to citizens, 16 arrests made, nine civil and
criminal papers served, 87 follow-up investigations completed, three
open doors, 11 instances of juvenile contact, one civic activity and one
auto accident reported.
The next council meeting will be Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Windsor card games know no age limits
By JOEY SECREST Journal-Tribune intern
On Saturday night most high school students can be found watching movies
or at parties with their friends, but not Klarisa Gaskins and Suzi Dotson.
The Marysville High School seniors play games at the Windsor & Community
Seniors dining room with senior citizens.
The Windsor dining room is a community meals site for the hospital where
anywhere from four to 15 senior citizens and members of the community
gather to play cards throughout the week and on Saturday nights.
Klarisa Gaskins, 17, said that she has been playing cards and dominos at
Windsor for two or three years.
"My uncle likes to come here and he's the father figure in my life
that's stable," Gaskins said. "I come to spend two to three hours a week
with him and everybody else."
Gaskins is not the only teenager giving her time to benefit other
people. Her friend, Suzi Dotson, 16, has been going to Windsor to play
with Gaskins and the senior citizens for the last four to five months.
"She (Gaskins) forced me to come and meet these people and I loved it
and continued to come," Dotson said.
The two girls said that they do not think of their Saturday nights as
community service or contributing time - they consider it simply as fun.
"They (senior citizens) tell awesome stories," Gaskins said. "You should
hear the things they say."
Gaskins added with a smile that she had never been threatened to be
kissed without teeth before she started going to Windsor.
The dedication of Gaskins goes as far as stopping by to see her friends
at Windsor Saturday night before she went to prom in May. Of course the
seniors gave her advice of what she was and was not allowed to do.
The seniors have become like grandparents to the girls, according to Gaskins.
"It's a learning experience," she said. "They tell you 'you're not
supposed to do that.'"
Dotson added that their time spent with the senior citizens has created
an instant family.
The senior citizens welcome the young company and appreciate their time
spent with them.
"We have a good time and get a lot out of playing with the young
people," said George Freeman, one of the regular players. "We learn from
them and they learn from us."
Saturday nights at Windsor tends to be beneficial for everyone involved.
"They show their interest, it helps us out and it keeps them out of
trouble," said player Delcia Wright. "It's good that they can come to
relax and enjoy."
The nightly activities include card games of hand and foot, euchre and
nickel or the girls' favorite, dominoes. Freeman jokingly said that they
most often play dominoes because the girls are not smart enough to play
cards. No matter what the featured game of the evening is, one thing
remains consistent week by week - everyone involved spends the night laughing.
Freeman continued in saying that the community is welcome to come play
and the group would like to have more young people.
Gaskins and Dotson will be serving at Pizza Hut July 21 beginning at 5
p.m. for a fund-raiser for the senior center at Windsor. If a flier for
the senior center is turned in with the sale of the pizza, a percentage
of the sale will go to the senior center.
However, the kindheartedness of Gaskins and Dotson does not end with
their involvement with the seniors. They also spend their Monday
evenings crocheting afghans for the homeless with an organization called
Warm-up America.
Gaskins said that she learned to crochet when she was 14 years old after
she begged her aunt to teach her because she thought it looked cool. She
learned of the organization through her godmother who is also a member.
Dotson became involved with Warm-up America the same way she became
involved with going to the senior center.
"She forced me to go to one of the meetings," Dotson said. "I liked it,
so I just sort of picked it up."
The girls said that their motivation for spending their Saturday night
playing cards and Mondays crocheting afghans is because it is for a good
cause and that they enjoy themselves.

County to begin repaving program
From J-T staff reports:
Union County is beginning its resurfacing projects.
Steve Stolte, county engineer, announced Friday that county crews will
begin their annual chip seal program on Monday, July 11. This year's
project will include approximately 80 miles of country and township roads.
He said crews will start in Dover Township and proceed north. The county
alternates its sealing program between roads in the northern and
southern townships each year.
Stolte also offered several reminders to residents and travelers on
newly chip sealed roads.
"We make every effort to minimize personal property damage as we perform
our chip sealing application," Stolte said. "However, loose stone and
excess tar are always a possibility on newly chip sealed roadways.
Slowing down on freshly sealed roads is a good idea for two reasons:
Sliding on loose stone is minimized and less tar is likely to end up on vehicles."
Motorists are also asked to slow down when approaching maintenance
crews, flagmen or equipment to ensure safety of the motorist and those
working on the roadway.
Stolte reported that the county will pay $0.89 per gallon for the
asphalt material to be sprayed over nearly 12,500 tons of stone.
The Shelly Company is currently performing the county's Hot Mix widening
paving while Freisthler Paving will handle the Cold Mix paving work. The
roads involved in this year's program are:
Hot Mix (12.10 miles of roadway):
. Harriott Road (between Route 42 and Jerome)
. Springdale Road (between Leeper-Perkins and Lowe)
. Dog Leg Road (between Barker and Raymond, partly funded by Paris Township)
. Wasserbeck Road
. Winnemac Road (between Boundary and Route 739)
. Grove Street (funded by the Village of Richwood)
. Hill Road (funded by Jerome Township)
. Wells Road (funded by Jerome Township)
. Part of Roush Road (funded by Jackson Township)
Cold Mix (7.90 miles of roadway):
. Long Road
. Mackan Road
. Delaware County Line Road (between Route 36 and McBride)
. Weldon Road (funded by Jerome Township)
Stolte said the county will receive bids in mid-July for a second Hot
Mix program, which will include an additional 6.80 miles, including:
. Middleburg-Plain City Road (between Route 161 and Unionville Center)
. Paver Barnes Road (between Collins and Westlake-Lee Road, includes
widening)
. Pavement repairs at the intersections of Route 42 at Watkins Road and
Route 42 at Jerome Road
. Paving of three small bridges
The total cost of this year's resurfacing program is expected to be
nearly $1.5 million. The state OPWC funds will pay $220,000 of that
total, while county gas tax and license plate fees revenue will fund the rest.

New library director named
Board stays in-house with hiring of Ryan McDonnell
By KARLYN BYERS
A Marysville Public Library veteran has been appointed library director.
Ryan P. McDonnell, who served as assistant director under Sue Banks, was
named this week to succeed Banks, who took a similar position at the
Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger Branch, in northern Kentucky.
McDonnell has worked in corporate, academic and public libraries for
nearly 10 years. He has been with the Marysville Library two years and
served in the assistant director capacity for one and one-half years.
He holds a master's degree in library science from Kent State University
and a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio State University.
His performance as assistant director was influential in his selection
as director, according to library board president Gene Sellers, who
issued a press release announcing McDonnell's selection Thursday.
"Mr. McDonnell has been an important part of (the library's) growth in
his role as assistant director. The spirit of the entire library staff
is a major factor in this growth and improved services. The staff
supports Mr. McDonnell as the new director and his plans to keep moving
our libraries forward."
A Grandview Heights resident, McDonnell is originally from Lagrange in
Lorain County, a community he said is similar to Marysville in size and appearance.
The library in Grandview Heights is one of the facilities taking part in
the Central Library Consortium. Also included is the Marysville Public
Library, Fairfield County Library, Wagnalls Library in Lithopolis, the
Pickaway County Library, Pickerington Library and the Plain City Library.
Libraries in the consortium share reference materials, fiction and
nonfiction books, compact discs and DVDs with each other. Essentially,
that means Union County residents have access to more than 1 million
items from some of the best libraries in Central Ohio.
The Marysville Library's circulation has increased more than 40 percent
in less than four years, from 7,000 patrons in 2000, to 19,000 active patrons in 2004.
McDonnell attributes that increase to the growth in the community, but
also to the library's more active role in making people aware of new
services and encouraging their use of the Plum Street and Raymond facilities.
But a struggling economy also could factor into increased library use, he said.
"During economic slowdowns library use actually goes up," McDonnell
said, as people use library reference and career development materials
and brush up on office applications and computer training.
The more than 800 people a day who visit the main library are creating a
need to maximize existing space, McDonnell said. Along that line, he has
hopes of finishing the basement, creating additional space for meetings,
offices, maybe a local history room and/or an area set aside for genealogy.
Like his predecessor, McDonnell plans to work on Sundays. It offers a
wonderful opportunity for catching up, he said, and meeting with the
people who come in, craving a quiet place for reading and contemplation.
McDonnell also plans to "stay the course" established by the library's
strategic planning committee. That strategic planning involved
"extensive" staff and community input, he said.
The library will continue to support the surrounding schools, including
public and private, and daycare and Latch Key programs. Tours of the
facility will continue, as will in-school visits by library staff members.
The library also will continue to offer live homework help and 24/7
on-line reference through its updated Web site,
www.marysvillelib.org.
Using that Web site, citizens my contact McDonnell with questions or
suggestions for improving library services and make purchase suggestions
for books and magazines.
"(McDonnell) has an open door policy and promises to continue to make
our Marysville/Raymond libraries an exciting place for information,
education, entertainment (and) enrichment for this growing community,"
Sellers said in his press release.

County  a badger 'hotbed'
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune intern
Ohio State Buckeye fans might be startled to hear that the badgers are in town.
They haven't come sporting a Wisconsin athletic uniform, though. With
four legs, long, shaggy fur and a distinctive white stripe that extends
from their nose to their shoulders, these badgers are different.
Believe it or not, Union County is one of three Ohio counties labeled as
a hotbed for this rare species of animal.
In the past five years, badger sightings have steadily become more
common in Franklin and Logan counties, as well.
Stanley Gehrt, assistant professor for the Ohio State University School
of Natural Resources, was recently hired by the Ohio Division of
Wildlife to do an 18-month research project on the animals.
An ultimate aim of the project, Gehrt said, is to "determine what kind
of habitat the creatures need for survival and help preserve this
'species of concern.'"
Since badgers are most commonly found in open country such as prairies
and plains, sightings and research on the animal have typically been
done out west.
"Prior to the Europeans being here, this Ohio area was primarily forest
with small pockets of prairies. Now that we've removed a lot of the
forest, badgers may be flocking here," Gehrt said.
This will be one of the few studies on badgers east of the Mississippi
River, he added. "Central Ohio is about the easternmost limit of the
badger's range ... no one's ever known about a badger population here."
Most people tend to confuse the badger with a groundhog, as the two have
similar characteristics.
Both are medium-sized animals with a frosty-colored coat, small eyes and
ears, short legs and a broad body. Both are also fossorial animals,
which means they burrow underground for nesting or hunting.
The badger, however, "digs much faster than a groundhog," Gehrt said.
"They continually dig a new burrow every one or two days and the holes
tend to be a lot wider than a groundhog's."
The big distinguishing factor between the animals, though, are the
"white stripes on the badger's face and head, which groundhogs don't
have," he added.
The badger is also an economic benefit for agricultural areas because it
typically feasts on rodents and other small animals considered as pests.
The groundhog, by contrast, is almost a complete vegetarian.
Gehrt and the rest of the research crew are developing survey techniques
to track badgers in the area. These may emulate ongoing badger tracking
techniques found in western states, such as spotlight surveys, scent
station surveys where a particular scent is used to attract carnivores
and regular walking routes to look for burrows.
For this local project to be successful, though, Gehrt indicated that he
will need the help of residents.
"We can have a whole team of researchers out looking, but it won't be as
effective as if we have private landowners watching for badgers," he said.
Gehrt warns residents to be cautious, however.
"They aren't very tame animals," he said. "Don't corner them or try to
pick them up...they aren't afraid to chase humans."
The next several months will provide an opportune time for sightings.
"Mother badgers tend to birth their litters in April or May," Gehrt
added. "So, young badgers will be out and about with the mothers during
these summer months."
July is also the peak of mating season for badgers.
"These animals aren't monogamous," Gehrt said. "Males will be covering a
lot of ground in the next month, looking for females to mate with."
Since the animals are nocturnal, however, they are typically above
ground only at night, making them harder to spot.
"During the day, it's easy to miss them," said wildlife specialist John
Rockenbaugh with the Union Soil and Water Conservation District. "It's
far more common to spot a badger's diggings than the actual badger," he added.
Ideally, the research team would like to livetrap some badgers and
attach radio transmitters on them. These bugged badgers could lead
researchers to areas where the animals are nesting.
Gehrt indicated, however, that roadkill badgers are also beneficial to the team.
"Carcasses would provide us with reproductive information on the badger,
how long they have been around here and how many males versus females
are hit on the road," he said.
The first known badger appearance in North America was 6 million years
ago, states a fact sheet from Rockenbaugh. Today, their United States
population is estimated at several hundred thousand.
According to Ohio Revised Code, badgers may not be hunted or taken at
anytime. Individuals will not be fined, however, if one is inadvertently
caught in a trap.
Rockenbaugh and OSU extension associate Bill Lynch encourage residents
to call if they sight either a live or dead badger or their burrows.
Rockenbaugh can be reached at 642-5871, and Lynch at (614) 292-3823.
Gehrt indicated that, through this research and the help of individual
landowners, Ohio has the potential to be a leader in terms of
conservation of badgers for the whole eastern part of the United States.
"They're actually a validation of what we're doing agriculturally," he
said. "We've created an ecosystem, and these animals should be here."