Local Archived News September 2005
|Fairbanks opts not to accept donation|
|In face of storm, family keeps in touch via e-mail|
|Regulators tour Daylay facilities|
|Health department to charge more for records|
|Man dies from injuries in crash|
|City may lift construction moratorium|
|Local woman to host show on WOSU|
|Sheriff joins Internet predator task force|
|Marysville schools to purchase land|
|Richwood to update income tax lists|
|Luncheon to close women's health month|
|Health fair planned for Richwood Wednesday|
|Arts and recreation grant offers opportunities to youngsters|
|Grinch returns Christmas loot|
|Storms knock out power|
|Council looks to curb eminent domain|
|Two injured as train hits van|
|Tiny hummingbird a long way from home|
|Officials: Rate increase unavoidable|
|Tense moments at the U.S. 33 rest area|
|Hospital launches new brand strategy|
|Jerome PSO funding in question|
|Triad treasurer resigns|
|North Union deals with flooring issue at high school addition|
|City offers update on street projects|
|Tri-County Jail receives grant for fingerprinting system|
|Applegate named among top doctors|
|Former Honda executive to be featured speaker|
|Residents honored for helping deputies|
|'The Coats' don't leave crowd cold|
|Honda unveils new Civic|
|East Fifth crossing a concern|
|County officials question WUCO coverage|
|Final Third Friday event planned|
|Richwood Council discusses conflict|
|Jon Alder Board joins statewide movement|
|Unionville Center officials hear update on lawsuit|
|Bids awarded for Creekview addition|
|Community Concert series set to kick off|
|Two deputies assisting in Mississippi|
|Memorial Meals serves up food, companionship|
|Honda pledges $5 million to disaster relief|
|McCarthy is county's sixth ever Thirty-third Degree Mason|
|Council tables sewer rate hike|
|Area prepares for festival of arts and flight|
|County to honor first responders on anniversary of 9/11 tragedy|
|Lawmen take to the air to find drugs|
|Protest filed over ballot issue|
|Driven out by Katrina|
|North Lewisburg council members discuss special meeting|
|County will have touch screen voting|
|Home a total loss after fire|
|When city employees serve, their jobs wait for them|
|Trustee goes unpaid in Jerome|
|Ethics continue to be a topic for jail commission|
|Relief for Mill Valley cat problem may be in sight|
|Area supports Katrina victims|
|Former residents provide accounts of destruction|
|Mill Valley residents speak out over deed restrictions|
|Kathy House settles into job|
|Plug is pulled on MPI|
|Cause of semi crash remains a mystery|
|Richwood Fair off and running|
Fairbanks opts not to accept
By KARLYN BYERS
A motion to accept a donation from the Justin Phelps Memorial Fund and
the Alan Phelps family to the Fairbanks Athletic Department was
rescinded Thursday afternoon in a special Fairbanks School Board meeting.
The amount in the fund is $18,000.
Two other motions also were passed; one to designate someone to meet
with the Phelps family "to determine the possible scope and timeliness
of any possible contribution to the school district," and a second
motion requesting the family submit any incurred costs relative to the
donation to the board for possible payment.
The original motion was passed at the Sept. 19 regular school board
meeting. It would have funded an addition to the high school press box.
All labor and materials necessary to the project would be included in
the donation, the motion said.
But "various concerns" were brought up, said board president Kevin
Green, and the special meeting was scheduled.
Alan Phelps had hoped to begin the project next week, according to
Fairbanks Superintendent Jim Craycraft. He wanted it completed by Oct.
21, which is the last home football game.
Alan Phelps, a Fairbanks School Board member, addressed the board at
Thursday's special meeting. He talked about several of the community
concerns, including the future location of the press box, a
misconception about the project's funding, and the reason for the donation.
Phelps said concern has been expressed about a possible relocation of
the press box to the current visitors' side if the football stadium
should be renovated and the current home side become the visitors' side.
"The side it's on now will always be the press box side," Phelps said,
because of the sun. The football field faces north and south. The press
box is sited on the west side, which puts the setting sun at the back of
those calling the game.
Phelps said the $18,000 project would be funded by Justin's memorial
fund and the family. It would not utilize any school funds.
And, he said, "It we cannot convey that message to the public, none of
us in this room is as smart as we think we are."
"I'm not trying to be sarcastic by any means but I'm going to tell you
how I feel. It's a simple message to send," Phelps said.
Justin Phelps died unexpectedly July 2 of a reported drug overdose. He
was 21. Although tragic, his father said Justin's death could serve as a
"life lesson." Phelps became emotional at this point.
He then said if "even one person has a problem" with the press box
project, he doesn't want to build it. "If there is a problem, let's not do it," he reiterated.
Phelps then excused himself from the meeting. "I'll let you guys have at it," he said.
After a brief discussion, board member Jaynie Lambert moved to rescind
the Sept.19 motion. Green seconded the motion. Board member Sherry
Shoots was the only negative vote.
Shoots then moved to designate a representative to meet with the family.
Lambert seconded that motion, which passed 4-0.
Star Simpson moved to have the family submit any expenses it might have
incurred, and Shoots seconded that motion, which also passed 4-0.
By CINDY BRAKE
One Union County family is resting much easier now that Hurricane Rita
hit land and proved to be a much weaker storm than Hurricane Katrina
which devastated Louisiana.
The John Burson family of the Plain City area had some anxious moments
last week because their oldest son, Jeremy Burson and his wife, Amy,
live in the Houston, Tex., area. They moved to the area just a year ago
after graduating from the University of Kentucky.
This was Jeremy's first hurricane. Amy, a native of Sarasota, Fla.,
recalled hurricanes but nothing of the magnitude like Katrina.
"Katrina woke a lot of people up," John Burson said.
Earlier in the month, Jeremy was volunteering to serve food to Louisiana
evacuees from Hurricane Katrina in the Houston Astrodome. Two weeks
later, Jeremy, Amy and their 2-year-old boxer Stanley were trying to get
out of town before Rita hit. Their Pasadena, Texas, home is on the
eastern side of Houston and 10 miles from the water.
Family and friends kept track of the couple via e-mail messages and telephone calls.
A Sept. 20 e-mail reported that Amy's school system had prepared to
evacuate with Rita headed to the Gulf and Houston officials were making
preparations to empty the Astrodome of evacuees.
The young couple began making lists and trying to find somewhere to head
out in the next day or two if needed.
"Much better to evacuate and be safe than sorry," wrote his mother.
Jeremy wrote via e-mail about the storm on Sept. 21 at 6:28 a.m.
"Pray that there isn't a huge storm, because our zip code is in an area
that would be affected. I'll keep in touch as we decide a plan for tonight."
As Rita grew, the young couple began boarding up their two-bedroom
townhouse. Two days earlier they had filled their vehicles with fuel and
stocked up on dog food and water. At first they considered going to
Oklahoma City, then decided to stay with a family an hour inland for the night.
At 11:08 p.m. Sept. 21 things looked dim with the latest news predicting
Rita would directly hit their neighborhood and they were stuck in
traffic. Meanwhile their Ohio family kept in touch and prayed - a lot.
"... God creates the wind and water and sun ... and we know He is
capable of protection and wisdom for the kids," Jodie wrote.
A 11:53 p.m. e-mail on Sept. 21 reported that "reality and fatigue have
hit ... the traffic is horrible ... we are praying their vehicle doesn't
overheat nor run out of gas... The storm track is surely not
encouraging... It is just so hard being so far away from them,
especially when life is hard for them...," Jodie wrote.
Fortunately for Jeremy and Amy, a friend knew the back roads of Houston.
They eventually arrived safely at their destination.
When they arrived, they began boarding up that home and monitoring the
storm, still not certain if they needed to drive further west. Stanley
seemed thrilled with the new home and romped around the large yard with
two other dogs. Hours before Rita hit land, Jeremy told his parents it truly was "the
quiet before the storm" with clear blue skies and a bit of wind.
Fortunately Rita proved to be a much weaker force than Katrina. Jeremy
estimates that winds were 50 to 60 miles an hour where they were
staying. After helping to remove boards from that house, they hurried
home to find that all was well.
In retrospect, Jeremy told his dad that hurricanes are "way too much work."
Regulators tour Daylay facilities
By CINDY BRAKE
Daylay Egg Farm near Raymond, played host Wednesday to environmental
regulators from across the United States.
More than 100 people attending the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation
(CAFO) convention in Columbus this week journeyed to Union County to
tour the Daylay facilities and view its composting facility, detention
basin, wetland cells, a stream restoration and cage-free chicken
operation, as well as a conventional poultry high-rise.
Conservation practices include:
. Planting more than 40 acres of grass buffer strips along stream frontage
. Forming rock stabilization structures along streams to reduce soil erosion
. Installing grass waterways within farm fields to reduce nutrient and soil movement
. Adopting a Nature Resource Conservation Service conservation plan for
land owned by Daylay Egg Farm
. Constructing a Grant Stream Restoration of Powderlick Run extending
more than 3,000 linear feet in partnership with the OhioEPA, local
county offices and municipalities
. Constructing a wetlands behind the Mad River facility treating storm
runoff water through a three-stage absorption pond design
Daylay continues research on the development of an air scrubbing system
which neutralizes ammonia discharge from composting operations. A
three-stage lagoon system collects and treats egg-wash water from
processing. The treated water is applied through a pivot irrigation
system to surrounding farmland.
Daylay was formed in 1977. Today it consists of two egg production
facilities and one pullet facility located near Raymond. Two other
pullet facilities are located in the West Mansfield area.
Chicks are purchased at one day of age and raised until they are
pullets. At approximately 18 weeks of age, pullets are moved from the
pullet facilities to the laying houses. They produce eggs from the ages
of 20 weeks to 106 weeks. Each pullet facility's design incorporates a
central composting chamber for composting all the manure.
Daylay is currently marketing its compost as a Class III Organic
Fertilizer called Nature Pure. More than half the poultry manure
produced since 1989 has been composted. Daylay is the largest in-line
poultry composting facility in the United States. Raw manure is sold and
transported off-site and applied on neighboring fields. Daylay does not
apply any raw manure to the company fields.
Daylay is one of the largest egg producers in the country. Each egg
production facility is efficiently automated to make sure Daylay eggs
are packed within a "day of lay." All laying facilities produce
approximately 2 million eggs per day. Most of the eggs are marketed in
the eastern United States to wholesalers.
Daylay also operates a feedmill where feed for all chickens is mixed.
The laying hens and pullets consume approximately 250 tons of feed per
day. Per year, Daylay buys approximately 2.7 million bushels of corn from local farmers.
Health department to charge more for records
Beginning Saturday, the fee for certified birth and death certificates
throughout Ohio will cost $17. That is an increase of $2.
The Union County Board of Health passed a resolution "affirming" the
price increase, which goes along with the Ohio Department of Health
vital statistics fee "adjustment" in its regular September session.
The board also approved a number of renewal contracts to provide nursing
support and/or services to three local parochial schools and to the
department of job and family services.
Two additional contracts were approved to establish a tobacco cessation
program for the staff of the Ohio Reformatory for Women and to provide
conflict resolution programming for East Elementary.
Health commissioner Martin Tremmel presented a check for $425 to Marge
Myers, director of the Union County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The money was raised by the Friends of the Union County Health
Department during the annual golf outing. The proceeds will be used to
help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
The next board of health meeting will be Oct. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at the
Union County Services Building, 940 London Ave.
Those interested may contact the Union County Health Department at 642-2053.
Man dies from injuries in crash
A Marysville man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash early Wednesday.
Jonathan T. Foley, 21, was traveling northbound on Route 559, south of
Route 161 in Champaign County, when he lost control of his motorcycle
and crashed at 6 a.m. The Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported this
morning that Foley was ejected from the bike and was not wearing a helmet.
MedFlight helicopter medics transported Foley to Grant Medical Hospital
in Columbus, where he later died at around 2:30 p.m. from his injuries.
Marysville OSP Post Commander Lt. Marla Gaskill said his death remains
under investigation and is asking that anyone with information on the
crash contact her office at 644-8811.
City may lift
By RYAN HORNS
If all goes well, the city of Marysville will be in a position to
welcome almost a thousand new residential lots over the next seven years
by lifting a moratorium on development.
City Public Service Director, Tracie Davies, said that in 2003
administrators wanted to show the Ohio EPA that Marysville was serious
about taking care of its stormwater floods and wastewater treatment
plant overflows. The result was the Marysville "Plan of Action," which
detailed what sewer upgrades were going to occur over the next several years.
A big part of those upgrades concerned a self-imposed moratorium, or
construction halt, that would affect all scheduled developments with
stormwater emptying into the Main Street lift station. Marysville City
Council voted in Oct. 2003 to enact the sewer tap moratorium. It was
projected to be lifted on Sept. 15 this year.
Davies said Ohio EPA official Michael Sapp recently gave her positive
feedback on lifting the moratorium.
"He has no issue with it," Davies said. "He is expected to send a letter
in the next two weeks."
Sapp explained Monday afternoon that "we are definitely leaning toward"
supporting the removal of the moratorium. He said the city has
documented numerous upgrades that have been made to its sewer and
stormwater systems. The result has been the avoidance of widespread
flooding in homes during heavy rains.
With the weather brought on by Hurricane Katrina, a total of 3.5 inches
fell in a relatively short amount of time.
City engineer Phil Roush said it was a good time to find out if the
repair work over the years has been worth it.
"We must be doing something right," Roush said.
"It was a real good test for them," Sapp agreed.
Sapp said he plans to write a letter soon offering support, but noted
that the EPA will be watching. If flooding and wastewater plant
overflows start occurring again as new developments come in, something
will need to be done.
Davies said that if they don't lift it by Jan. 1, 2006, then the city
will not receive Tax Increment Financing funds expected to come in from
residential TIFs developments currently waiting on the wings.
Regarding residential TIFs, the city is hoping to begin construction on
several large developments:
. Keystone Crossing will eventually create 133 lots for houses, with
construction starting in October and eventually ending in Sept. 2008.
. Chestnut Park will create 112 lots, to begin construction in October
and eventually finishing in Oct. 2009.
. Scott Farms will create 58 lots in 2006, 54 lots in 2007, 47 lots in
2008 and 56 more lost in 2009.
. The Legends district is expected to begin construction as soon as the
final plat is approved, sometime in October. The city expects all 16
lots to be sold within 18 months. Home construction would begin
construction after the lot is purchased, and all could be built within
the next 24 months.
. Adena Pointe, would begin creating new lots in 2007 and add a total of
350 new lots by 2013.
. The Links subdivision status is unknown at this time, as the city has
received no response from the developer after several requests.
. Mill Valley North, with one third of the construction in this area
completed, the development is expected to eventually create a total of
786 lots by Sept. 2011.
In the letter sent to the Ohio EPA, Davies reported that Marysville "has
been working over the last few years to address compliance issues
including sanitary sewer overflows. We feel that we have accomplished a
great deal in a relatively short period of time."
The city has reportedly committed to investing more than $110 over the
next two years into the sanitary infrastructure.
Included in wastewater treatment improvements:
. Influx and Infiltration removal: The city rehabilitated 67 manholes,
spending $269,509.25. The Ohio Reformatory for Women Sewer Separation
Project was completed and the combined work has reduced 1.05 to 1.50
Million gallons per day.
. Main Street pump station Improvements: The city re-sized the pumps for
additional capacity in the summer of 2004. They also wired the auxiliary
pump for automatic operation during high flows this spring.
. Overflows/Bypass removal: The city blocked the main siphon overflow to
Mill Creek this spring.
. Existing Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements: Contracted to make
$1.79 million in improvements in July this year. The work is expected to
be completed in April, 2006.
. New water reclamation facility: The city obtained 100 acres at the
intersection of U.S. 33 at Beecher-Gamble Road; wastewater reclamation
facility design is 30 percent completed by Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.; The TIP
design is 50 percent completed; the bond rating was obtained for $110
million; Target date for bidding on the project is slated for February
2006; NPDES permit application will hold a public meeting on Oct. 13;
Design work underway for elimination of the Main Street pump station.
. Industrial Pretreatment program: Revised local limits approved.
Effective to local industries this month.
. Dry weather flows: During the month of August, the average day of dry
weather flow was 3.347 million gallons per day.
Local woman to host show on WOSU
From J-T staff reports:
Emily Masters of Marysville will co-host a new weekly television
program, called "Our Ohio," scheduled to launch Sunday on WOSU at 11
a.m. "Our Ohio celebrates the best of the Buckeye state," Masters said.
The magazine-format, 30-minute show will highlight Ohio lifestyles,
gardens, food, heritage, animals and health. Our Ohio has been made
available to all Ohio public television stations for the fall line up.
The first program will take viewers to Eshelman Fruit Farms in Clyde for
an apple harvest. The traveling will continue to Coshocton as the
history of Ohio's canals is explored. Llamas are the featured animals
and planting bulbs is the gardening lesson of the week.
"Our Ohio is both entertaining and educational. We had such a fun summer
traveling around the state learning about things like, how grapes are
grown and pressed to make fine Ohio wine, how potatoes are grown in Ohio
soil to be used for potato chips, we spent a day with a Holmes County
Amish family, and were spooked touring the old Ohio State Reformatory in
Mansfield where the Shawshank Redemption was filmed," Masters said. "Our
Ohio truly offers something for everyone," she said.
Masters is no stranger to the television business. Before working on Our
Ohio, she was a television news anchor and reporter for six years in
several Ohio television markets.
"Working on Our Ohio allows me to tell positive stories about the
people, products, and places that make our state great. It's also
allowing me to get back to my agricultural roots," she said.
Masters was raised on a grain and sheep farm in Marysville. She
graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural
communication. "Since Ohio's number one industry is agriculture, we have plenty of
interesting stories to tell. For me, it's a pleasure to introduce
viewers to the folks who grow our food," she said. Along with Masters,
Doug High also hosts the show. High is from Mansfield. While Masters
enjoys riding in tractors and cooking up Ohio cuisine, High prefers
uncovering the state's rich historical stories. Some of the stories he's
reported on include the state's first inn, the Golden Lamb in Lebanon,
and the new Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
For a preview of Our Ohio, visit OurOhio.org There's also an e-mail
address to leave story ideas at: Info@ourohio.org The show is being
produced by Think TV, an award-winning public television station in
Dayton and underwritten by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and
Sheriff joins Internet predator task
From J-T staff reports:
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason announced Monday the joining of
the Union County Sheriff's Office with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against
Children Task Force.
The group is comprised of numerous Ohio prosecuting attorneys, sheriff's
and chiefs of police, along with state and federal authorities, whose
goal is the apprehension and successful prosecution of online predators.
"Internet crime has become the new wave of crime against children. Union
County Sheriff Rocky Nelson's participation in this statewide task force
will hold Internet pedophiles accountable and ensure they are
apprehended and punished," Mason said.
In these times, children of all ages have access to the Internet.
Unfortunately, while the benefits are obvious and numerous, there are
dangers as well. The openness of the Internet provides pedophiles direct
access to children in the home. Online child sexual exploitation - both
the luring of minors into illicit sexual relationships and the
production, distribution or solicitation of child pornography - is a
serious threat to our nation's youth and families.
Mason formed the task force in 1999 to answer the rise of Internet crime
against children. Since its inception, the task force has identified and unified sources
of technological and investigative expertise throughout Ohio to
specifically target these crimes. Consequently, the task force boasts a
100 percent conviction rate
Marysville schools to
MacIvor property to be bought for $45,000 per acre
By KARLYN BYERS
Land once owned by the late Dr. Malcolm MacIvor will support buildings
that will house generations of Marysville youngsters for years to come.
That's because Marysville School Board members voted 4-0 Monday evening
(Board member Bill Hayes was absent.) to enter into a real estate
purchase agreement with John M. MacIvor, trustee of the doctor's estate,
to buy 41.376 acres on West Fifth Street.
The land consists of three parcels on MacIvor's Oakland Farm. It will be
purchased for $45,000 an acre, for a total purchase price of $1,861,930.
It will house a second middle school and a second intermediate school,
which will be connected to each other.
"I'm very excited. It's a great piece of property for us," said
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman.
Dr. MacIvor died on July 9, 2002. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Barbara, who died Aug. 15, 2001. He was known as a master gardener and
for his plantings of various botanicals obtained from all over the
world. He donated a large portion of primary woodland to the Nature
Conservancy for protection of the native flora and fauna.
Zimmerman said the site is even large enough to house an elementary
school, and it offers easy access to Fifth Street. A ramp granting
access onto U.S. 33 is just a short distance away.
"A huge plus is its location," Zimmerman said.
The farm's lake "is an issue," according to Zimmerman, but the building
site will need a place to drain the property.
The farm's conservation area would make a great land laboratory, said
board member Jane McClain, a former educator.
"The pluses far outweigh the risks," said Roy Fraker, board president.
If all goes well, the middle and intermediate schools would open in 2008.
The board also discussed escalating fuel costs. Zimmerman said he
recently was notified that natural gas costs to the district would
increase 45 percent this school year.
"And we didn't budget for 45 percent," he said.
Fuel costs for the district's bus fleet also have increased $40,000 to
$50,000, he said, which has the administration looking into cost-saving
measures, including consolidating school bus stops and going to all-day kindergarten.
The district most recently paid $2.50 a gallon for a shipment of diesel fuel.
Hopefully, he said, the district can continue to accommodate trips and
field trips because they are important to the pupils.
The board also was presented a banner by Lou Ann Harold, Ohio Board of
Education member who represents District 1, which includes 24 counties,
including Union County. The banner denoted Marysville's achievement as
an "excellent" school district, meeting all 23 of the educational
standards reported on the Ohio Department of Education report card.
Twenty-five school districts in her region received excellent ratings, she said.
Harold said the excellent designation - not Marysville's first -
represents all the hard work completed by the board, administration,
teachers, staff and students.
The former teacher and superintendent said it gives her a "thrill" to honor such schools.
Members of the Marysville Middle School Female Choir entertained board
members and spectators prior to the meeting. They performed a piece by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and "Some Day My Prince Will Come." The choir is
under the direction of Mike Robertson.
Richwood to update income tax lists
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
After the success of its subpoena program two years ago, Richwood
Village Council is going to do it again.
The program targets residents who should be paying the village income
tax but are not. Representatives of the Regional Income Tax Authority
(RITA) will gather information on residents who may not be registered to
pay the tax. RITA representatives will then summon the individual to the village
administration building to set up payments. The taxing agency was in the
village two years ago and had success.
The program was not held last year, but village financial officer Don
Jolliff felt it was time to update the lists again. Council voted 5-0,
with member Jim Ford absent, to authorize a subpoena day.
Jolliff also noted the RITA would also be able to handle collections on
residents who have filed for the tax but are not paying. He said most of
the amounts involved are relatively small, but the total delinquencies
could account for several thousands of dollars.
Jolliff said RITA would handle collection of the past due accounts, but
would take 25 percent of the money collected. Council members felt 25
percent was excessive and urged Jolliff to place liens on the property
of those who were not paying.
Village solicitor Rick Rodger said he would have to investigate the
issue to ensure such measures were allowed by law.
In other business:
.Union County Engineer Steve Stolte provided council with information on
State Issue 1 which involves the state capital improvement program, the
Third Frontier Program and a provision to promote job-ready building
sites. Stolte said the issue would not increase taxes. Council voted 4-0
on a resolution of support for the issue. Council member Peg Wiley and
Ford were absent for the vote. Wiley came to the meeting later.
.Heard an issue from village resident Ed Penix over a $700 water bill
that was accumulated by the tenants of one of his rental properties.
.Heard another water bill discrepancy from village resident Lloyd Chipman.
.Voted 5-0 to certify the rates and amounts for a coming renewal levy to the county auditor.
.Set Trick or Treat for Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m.
.Set an Oct. 18 meeting of the planning commission to go over
subdivision regulations and discuss rezoning a property on Beatty Avenue.
.Heard an inquiry from councilman George Showalter as to whether area
residents could sled down a large dirt hill at the industrial park this
winter. Mayor Bill Nibert said he saw no problem with the issue.
Luncheon to close women's health month
From J-T staff reports:
Union County will once again celebrate the close of women's health month
with a luncheon at the Union County Services Building.
The event will be held Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year's
topic will be "While You're Caring for Others, Who's Caring for You?" It
offers stress management tips designed for women.
Featured speaker will be Kim Miller, who is a management consultant and
speaker. She will present a lighter look at dealing with stress.
"Most women wear many hats. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives,
and professionals, with each of these roles bearing a different type of
stress," said Sarah Litra, Union County Women's Health Committee chair
and health educator at the Union County Health Department. "I encourage
women of all ages to come and listen to an energetic speaker about how
to balance these many roles."
Tickets are $5 and include the cost of lunch. They are currently
available at the Union County Health Department, 940 London Ave.
Tickets also will be available at the door, but presale is encouraged.
Free transportation and childcare are available to ensure all women have
an opportunity to attend.
The luncheon will be preceded by a presentation on how women can help
reduce their risk of heart disease, the number one killer of women. The
presentation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Door prizes and a gift bag for each participant will be presented.
Those interested in information about the event, tickets, or information
on women's health issues, may contact Sarah Litra at 642-2053, or toll
free at (888)333-9461. This year's program is presented by the 2005 Women's Health Committee
and supported by the American Cancer Society, Honda of America, the
Union County Health Department and local businesses.
Health fair planned for
Memorial Hospital of Union County will host the Richwood Area Community
and Business Health Fair Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Richwood.
The event will be held at Mills Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac, 153
N. Franklin St, Richwood. Various stations, including blood pressure screening, nutrition
counseling, body fat analysis, and Dermascan (facial skin screening), will be available.
Information regarding services offered by Memorial Hospital, including
its sleep disorders center and mammography and obstetrics, also will be
part of the event. Snacks and beverages will be available.
The health fair is sponsored by the hospital's business relations and
community relations committees of the development council.
Arts and recreation grant offers opportunities to
Editor's note: This is the sixth in a weekly series of articles submitted by the United
Way of Union County that will run during the course of its annual campaign. Each
week will feature a different United Way program. This week's article features the
United Way's Youth Arts and Recreation Grant Fund.
The thought that comes to mind when many people think about the United
Way is an organization working to meet the needs of our community. Most
the time, those are large-scale emergency needs, such as working to
establish a safety net for those in danger of losing their housing. But
sometimes it's simply about meeting a financial need that gives a child
an opportunity and creates a new experience that could influence a young life.
The Youth Arts and Recreation Grant Fund was created by the United Way
of Union County Board of Trustees in early 2001 to do just that. It
increases access to art and recreation opportunities for area youth by
paying the participation fees for children whose families can not afford
it. Opening the door for kids to activities such as youth baseball,
soccer, swimming, or art lessons enhances the quality of their lives. It
keeps them from feeling left out while all their friends are playing,
helps mom and dad with the budget, and perhaps most importantly, keeps
kids involved in positive activities.
The United Way awards Youth Arts and Recreation Grant Funds to local
organizations that apply for aid and are approved by the Youth Arts and
Recreation Committee. These organizations are then reimbursed for
allowing local children to participate in their programs.
Board member Mike Heifner was instrumental in starting this program at
the United Way of Union County. He says keeping children involved in
positive, structured activities is the key in guiding them down the right path.
"If kids aren't participating in these activities, they're sitting at
home watching TV or out causing trouble," Heifner said. "There are kids
who have free time and free time usually means trouble. So if we can
keep them busy doing things, that's going to lead them to a more productive life."
Every summer of the program's existence, the City of Marysville and the
Village of Plain City have been awarded grants to pay for swimming pool
passes. As a result, hundreds of children have had the opportunity to
use these public facilities at no charge. The impact on income-eligible
families is felt beyond the children getting to play.
"I just want to let you all know how much my family appreciates our pool
pass," said a Plain City mother of five who wished to remain anonymous.
"My children enjoy going to the pool and so do I. It gets so hot in our
apartment and I can't afford to run the air, so it surely does help
being able to go swimming. It sure helps them to stay out of trouble.
It's hard with only one person working in my family. It makes me feel
good inside to know that people still do care about one another. Please
let everyone know how thankful we are for your help."
The United Way has given more than $61,000 to 17 different area
organizations through the Youth Arts and Recreation Grant Fund since its
inception, helping hundreds of area children to participate in
activities their families might otherwise be unable to afford.
Fast facts about the Youth Arts and Recreation Grant Fund:
. It is unique among area United Way's and has become a model that other
United Ways across the country have used to create similar funds in
their own communities.
.The United Way Board of Trustees allocates dollars raised during the
annual fund-raising campaign to the fund and investors in United Way can
designate their annual pledge to the Fund.
.Each February, area elementary schools participate in the Caring Hearts
Project. Here, United Way volunteers visit area schools to teach
students about how they can make a difference in their community,
especially by teaming their efforts with others. Students then collect
loose change for the Fund, with a classroom in each school receiving an
ice cream party.
.Over five years, the Caring Hearts Project has raised $11,900 ?
essentially area children helping other area children.
.The 17 organizations that have received funding from the Youth Arts and
Recreation Grant Fund include: the City of Marysville Pool, Columbus
Parks & Recreations Day Camp, Consolidated Care Martial Arts Class, CSS
Grow Program, Edgewood Elementary PTO, Elite FC Soccer, Fairbanks
Elementary PTO, Foster Friends, Friends of the Marysville Public
Library, Marysville High School Band Boosters, Marysville Junior
Baseball/Softball, Marysville Victory Center, School Fee Grant, Union
County Junior Football League, Union County Summer Youth Program, the
Village of Plain City Pool, and the Willow Ridge Horse Facility.
The Youth Arts and Recreation Committee meets each month to review grant
requests from area non-profit organizations conducting youth activities.
Applications are available at the United Way office by calling 644-8381.
Grinch returns Christmas loot
Nine months after stealing $10,000 in bonuses, thief returns every cent
By RYAN HORNS
At approximately 6:45 a.m. this past Wednesday the Grinch finally gave back Christmas.
"It's better late than never," Ember Prince remarked, sitting in her office.
The story of what happened to the 2004 Christmas bonuses of 37 employees
at Stottlemyer Hydromulching, Inc. is so bizarre even Union County
Sheriff's investigators are surprised by the mystery.
Last Christmas an unknown thief broke into the agricultural business on
Bell Road and stole $10,000 in cash and gift certificates meant as
holiday gifts for the employees.
"It was kind of like 'The Grinch that Stole Christmas,'" Prince, an
employee of the business, said. "We felt that they weren't just stealing
from the owner, they were stealing from everybody."
Fast forward to last Wednesday morning: Stottlemyer employee Ali Baker
said she opened up the store, flicked on the lights and her mouth
dropped open. There on the floor was a large stack of cash. Someone had
returned the Christmas money.
Even more odd was the fact that the thief never spent one dime. Business
records show the stack contained the same amount of $20 and $50 bills.
Every cent was there. The person just held onto it for the better part
of a year, then returned it.
"Everyone was just in shock all day," Prince said. "It's a good thing,
but it's just a strange thing. We still can't figure it out."
The beginning of the story is something right out of a holiday cartoon.
Prince explained that last year the Stottlemyer company was planning on
throwing a Christmas breakfast for its employees, instead of the
traditional dinner. Weather interfered with the plans.
"If you recall, right before Christmas there was that huge snowstorm and
we just locked the money up here at work and we didn't make it into work
the next morning because it was a Level Three snow emergency," Prince
said. "So basically our party was canceled and sometime during that day it got stolen."
She said the Christmas bonuses were placed inside individual envelopes
for everyone at the company.
"I wrote their name all pretty on it and drew it in Christmas colors and
spent a lot of time to make it look all nice," Prince said.
So when Stottlemyer employees came to work that morning expecting their
gifts, the situation didn't get any better.
"Everybody is accusing everybody," Prince said. "And it causes all these
problems inside the company, because everyone is suspicious of
everybody. It wasn't a very pleasant Christmas."
Prince said the disgruntled employees then expected the company to cough
up another several thousand dollars so they could get their bonuses
anyway. But the company couldn't afford it.
"People had gone out and spent Christmas money because they were
expecting it and they had to return stuff because of the theft. That was
the very sad part," Baker said.
Many were left in a financial bind after they learned some items
couldn't be returned, she said.
"The ones that have been here a long time knew it was coming and were
expecting it and counting on it and apparently someone let them down," Prince said.
But what kind of person would steal the money and then give it back?
She figured the person could have been rich and didn't need the money.
Or maybe they did it for the thrill.
"Hopefully it's just somebody that, you know, talked to their conscience
or something," Prince said.
Because of the relatively high turnover rate at Stottlemyer, only about
half of the employees around last year are still working for the
company. She assumed whoever stole the money was gone.
"We just tried to move on and tried to make the place a little bit more
secure so hopefully nothing like that would ever happen again," Prince said.
The business bought a safe and stopped keeping so much money in the
office. For the next nine months sheriff's deputies investigated the
case and no clues ever turned up.
Then on Tuesday evening detective Kevin Weller called with questions
about the theft again. He said they were probably going to close the
case, thinking it a lost cause. The cash was most likely spent anyway.
Mere hours after the company heard the case was being closed, the money
reappeared. Overnight, the thief cut the lower corner of the screen to
the office, pushed open the window and tossed the money to the floor.
The same envelopes with Prince's neat handwriting were all there, but
ripped open. The cash lay nearby.
Union County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jamie Patton said it was "definitely
ironic" that the day after trying to close the case, the thief returned.
"Our suspicion back at the original report - that possibly someone
inside had done it - was probably right on the money," Patton said. "Pun not intended."
"It's like they were proving to us, 'Yes this is the same money we took,
because here are the envelopes." Prince said. "It just blows our minds
that someone could just hold on to that for nine months and then give it all back."
At the end of the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the
townspeople all forgive the Grinch and invite him to a big holiday meal
in his honor. But employees at Stottlemyer are not so forgiving. Even
nine months later, words like "scumbag" are used to describe whoever
stole the bonuses. Just because the money was returned doesn't make the
thief a better person, they say. Baker has been assured that law enforcement is still looking into the
case, and "have strong leads." So with the money returned, does it mean Stottlemyer
employees will get two Christmas bonuses this year?
"I'm sure the company is going to do something good with it," Prince
said. "I'm not sure. Hopefully this will be a better Christmas."
Storms knock out power
From J-T staff reports:
Hundreds of Union County residents were left without power this morning
after a long night of strong thunderstorms.
Dayton Power and Light's Tom Tatham reported this morning that the most
significant power outages affected 500 customers in the areas of Fourth
and Plum streets. He said the outages were due to lightening strikes.
The outage left much of downtown Marysville in the dark.
Tatham said the outages began at 3:30 a.m. and power was restored to the
areas by 8:20 a.m. He said the company reported other outages scattered
throughout the county that was restored faster. Those were also due to
Beginning at around 2 a.m. today, as many as 300 members of Union Rural
Electric Cooperative lost power due to the powerful thunderstorms that
moved through the region.
URE reported that scattered outages occurred throughout the county, but
at the height of the storm the concentration of the outages was in the
area of Northwest Parkway and Paver Barnes Road, northwest of Marysville.
"By 10 a.m. power was restored to all but half a dozen or so members at
various points around Union County," URE said. "Restoration on those
accounts continues at this time and should be completed shortly."
The company also reported that weather is the number one cause of
unplanned power outages, followed by traffic accidents and animal interference.
The Union County Emergency Management Agency said this morning that no
calls were made concerning damages to property or fallen trees in the county.
EMA assistant director Brad Gilbert said heavy rainfall was mainly
concentrated to the northern areas of Union County.
He said Pharisburg received 3.72 inches, Allen Center had 2.02 inches
and Byhalia documented .56 inches.
Council looks to curb eminent domain
City doesn't like ruling that allows land to be taken for economic development
By RYAN HORNS
A new ordinance proposed in Marysville could help defend local property
owners from a controversial Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain. But
it would also preserve the right for the city to take land for public utilities.
Councilman Dan Fogt reported that the United States Supreme Court, in
the case of Kelo versus the City of New London, decided on June 23 that
the United States constitution permits state and local governments to
take private land by eminent domain for purely economic development reasons.
The takeover is usually done in a move they are told will "benefit the
city." In the end, many critics of eminent domain feel the only people
benefiting are often the developers. The first reading on an ordinance
concerning the topic was heard at a council meeting Thursday night.
"It's wrong," Fogt said. "They should not be able to take your land and
my land for purely economic reasons. And other cities are looking at
similar legislation, Delaware and Gahanna - that's what we crafted this
legislation after. What those two cities are doing and what the state legislature is doing."
In the ordinance language, the term economic development means any
activity to increase tax revenue, tax base, employment or general
economic health, when that activity does not result in:
. The transfer of land to public ownership.
. The transfers of land to a private entity that is a common carrier,
such as a railroad or utility.
. The transfer of property to a private entity when eminent domain will
remove a harmful use of the land, such as the removal of public
nuisances, removal of structures that are beyond repair and are unfit
for human habitation or use.
However, the Supreme Court's decision now permits municipalities to
condemn private property that is not within a blighted, or run down
areas. They can then sell the property to private developers in order to
develop the land for higher economic use and profit.
Instead of going along with the Supreme Court ruling, some cities and
states are acting now to limit their eminent domain powers for the good
of their residents. The ordinance in Marysville states that the city
"shall not use its power of eminent domain to appropriate, without the
owner's consent, private property when the primary purpose for the
appropriation is to promote private economic development and the
appropriation is intended to result in long-term use of the property by
another private person or entity."
The only stipulations to the Marysville ordinance, is that the city can
use eminent domain in blighted areas, or land for public uses, as
permitted by the Ohio Constitution.
Council president John Gore said he agrees with Fogt, but wonders how
the legislation would affect enforcing city right of ways through eminent domain.
Council members did not discuss whether eminent domain would be needed
as the city prepares to extend sewer pipe lines for the future
Wastewater Treatment Plant.
City law director Tim Aslaner explained that the ordinance would not
affect situations of right of way.
The public hearing on the ordinance will be held at the next council
meeting on Oct. 13.
In other discussions, council members fielded questions on an ordinance
that would give the go ahead for a development on Route 4 at Scott Farm
Boulevard, near the U.S. 33 ramp.
Roughly 10 acres in size, Isaac Enterprises, plan on developing an
office park on two of the acres, with a community of around 12 homes
priced between $275,000 and $400,000 located next door.
While members of council, planning commission and even critics of the
development all agree that the project is excellent, there are still
reservations about giving it the green light. The development was
originally zoned as Business Residential, but during the planning
commission process members changed the zoning to Office Residential Zoning.
A neighbor to the future development, Bob Rienhardt, said the zoning is
"more generous than is needed."
He said the problem with this new zoning is that, if the project fell
through, then any developer could come in and build an apartment complex
in its place. The Planning Commission could guide how the apartment
complex would look, but it would still be something neighbors of the
community do not want.
Council members Dan Fogt and Mark Reams, both commented that it would
have been best to divide the two projects up and zone them separately.
Gore said he supports the decision of the planning commission to zone
the development OR.
Planning Commission Chairman John Cunningham was on hand to discuss the
development and defended the zoning decision. After much discussion,
council decided it was the best option - although he admitted that it
could allow for an apartment complex if it fell through.
Gore told developers Jason and Derek Isaacs that their credibility was
on the line with this project. If it falls through and their vision
isn't created, it would allow for something no one wants.
"We welcome the challenge," Jason Isaacs said.
Other complaints about the area was that it still has no lights
controlling traffic. It has already been considered a dangerous region
for drivers and the new development could bring more traffic.
"We really tried to get a light put up," Fogt said. He added that the
city has been unable to convince the Ohio Department of Transportation
that traffic lights are important for safety.
County engineer Steve Stolte said that the only way a traffic light is
going to go in is if someone dies in an accident, or if residents band
together and create a petition to send to ODOT. He said it is up to the
people in the surrounding neighborhoods to make ODOT see that dangers
exist, before it is too late.
In other discussions:
. House reported that city brush pick up is slated to end Sept. 30. She
also stated that autumn leaf pick up will begin on Oct. 1.
. Councilman Nevin Taylor reported that Halloween will be on Monday,
Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Two injured as train hits van
From J-T staff reports:
Two men were injured this morning after a train plowed into a van in Union County
With more than a half mile of train cars in tow, the two drivers of a
van are lucky to be alive according to Marysville fire chief Gary
Johnson. Names of the victims were not available at presstime today.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at 9:24 a.m. a red Dodge Ram
van was headed eastbound on Dogleg Road when it was struck on the left
side by a nine-car train.
Troopers on the scene said what made the crash so puzzling was that the
driver of the van appeared to go over the railroad crossing, but then
backed up to turn. It was a decision emergency responders have no answer for.
Throughout the morning the OSP was planning to continue its
investigation into the crash and are expected to have a full report later today.
On the scene, troopers reported that a driver and a passenger were
inside the van. Both are males and both reportedly suffered only minor
injuries from the crash. They were transported by Marysville medics to
Memorial Hospital of Union County.
With fuel odors wafting, the van lay in numerous pieces off the railroad
crossing this morning, demolished almost beyond recognition, as
Marysville firefighters cleaned up the scene.
Before driving away from the scene, Johnson summed up the accident in
one word, "Lucky." "Obviously there is going to be an investigation between CSX and the
Union County Sheriff's Office," he said.
The train conductor, who did not provide his name, remarked that he was
traveling 40 to 48 mph when the crash occurred. No one on the train was
Tiny hummingbird a long way from home
By CINDY BRAKE
A tiny visitor flew into Union County this summer.
The Rufous Hummingbird paid a visit to the Hickory Gate home of Brian
Bornino and Leah Sellers this summer. Fortunately, the serious birders
were able to recognize the unique bird and alert others. No one knows
why this lone male got off the beaten path and took a detour east of the Mississippi.
The Rufous normally resides in the Northwest and migrates to Mexico in
the late summer, Bornino said in an e-mail. Typical Ohio hummingbirds
are the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, identified with a distinctive green
back. The Rufous has bright orange coloring.
The Bornino/Sellers household have had six Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
visit their feeder regularly this year.
Sellers said her husband first spotted the Rufous visiting their feeder.
She described the Rufous as "pugnacious ... insect like."
"We knew as soon as we saw the bird that it was unique because of its
bright orange color, so I initially contacted the Ohio Audubon Society,
who described the signing as 'unusual and significant," Bornino writes in an E-mail.
Bornino said he posted the sighting on the Ohio Ornithological Society's
Web site and within days had several inquiries about the bird.
One inquiry was from birder Allen Chartier of Inkster, Mich., who has
been tracking vagrant Rufous Hummingbirds for years.
Chartier said over the past 25 years there has been one Rufous sighting
per year in the Midwest and the Bornino Rufous was the first that he had
heard about in Ohio this year.
"I have a special interest in this species, as I've been coming down to
Ohio for the past four years to band them," he wrote in a message to Bornino.
Chartier made a special trip to the Bornino home to band the Rufous a
few weeks ago.
He arrived one morning with a small cage that included a wireless remote
to open and close a tiny door. After attaching the cage to a pole and
putting a feeder inside, the vagrant male Rufous quickly flew in and was
caged. Cartier then caught the tiny bird in his hands.
Sellers even held the Rufous for a few seconds and was able to hear its
heart beat. After banding the bird, Chartier released it. The bird hung
around a few days before leaving, Sellers said.
"I was surprised how calm it was," she said.
Chartier explains via E-mail that banding provides information to the
birding community and records committees about the bird's wintering
habits, population cycles and molts.
"A passerine bander can expect to have about 1 in 1,000 of their birds
recaptured. Amazingly, of the 25 Rufous Hummingbirds I've handled in the
past five years in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana... , five (one in five) have
been banded already. We're getting good data from banding vagrant
hummingbirds, even in more northern locales. Last year, for example, a
Rufous Hummingbird that I banded near Indianapolis, Ind., in early
September immediately departed (the only one that ever has), but was
recaptured the following January in Louisiana... Believe it or not, this
was the first confirmed point to point recapture to suggest that the
Rufous Hummingbirds winter in the Gulf States get there by a more
northerly route, rather than by some other routes that have been
proposed," Chartier wrote.
According to one website, hummingbirds are found only in the New World.
Most live solitary lives with 70 percent of their time spent singing,
self preening and sunbathing.
Officials: Rate increase
In fact, second wave of hikes could be coming for future work
By RYAN HORNS
If Marysville city council committee members were hoping for new ways
out of increasing sewer rates, they did not hear them Tuesday evening.
One by one, experts on the subject told members of the finance and
public service committees that raising rates as originally proposed is
the only option for a new wastewater treatment plant.
They reported even more bad news. Even if the sewer rate fee increases
go as planned, residents will be asked to endure another sewer rate
increase sometime around 2011. At that time, an additional trunk sewer
will needed to serve the southwest side of the city.
City engineer Phil Roush said another $110 million will be needed for
that project and other future additional trunk sewers.
John Mastracchio, of the engineering firm Malcolm Pirnie, using software
to chart different percentage ratios of sewer rate increases, said he
has tried numerous ways to lower the rates. However, every route either
led to no change or the city ending up in debt.
Mastracchio said his projections started with the minimum rate increase
to meet bond requirements. Anything else would not work.
"Is there any way possible to help us lower the percentages?" finance
committee member Edward Pleasant asked.
"We've used every approach that we could," said Andy Brossart, who is an
investment banker with Fifth Third Securities' in Marysville.
Finance committee members asked about lowering the rate increase
percentage and stretching it out over a longer period of time. They
discussed raising tap-in fees and asked about initiating impact fees.
Concerning tap-in increases, Brossart said it wouldn't help lower the
cost for residents. The reason is because the fees are undependable and
the city needs the funds sooner than the fees would allow.
Finance committee member Dan Fogt raised the issue of the city enacting
impact fees. These are fees charged to new businesses, housing
developments or retail districts in order to compensate for the
development's impact on the city in regards to, among other things,
roads and sewer services.
"I don't see anything else you can do," Mastracchio said. "Tap-in fees
can't be used toward coverage."
He said the fees might increase the city's cash expenditures but it
won't help the rates. Even lowering the rates to 12 percent and
stretching them out over a five-year period would not work, it was reported.
The software charts indicated that at some point the city is going to
end up in the red. It would be forced to pay in order to make up the
loss, or would be in default of the bond agreements.
"I've been told impact fees, over and over again, are illegal," Brossart said.
Mastracchio said that even if impact fees were enacted legally, the city
would be in the same situation as with tap-in fees. The extra revenue
would not effect the rate percentage needed to pay for the WWTP projects.
County engineer Steve Stolte said that he was impressed at the detail
and effort the city has taken to find alternatives to raising sewer rates.
"It's never easy to raise rates," he said. "As a taxpayer, I appreciate that."
What did come out of the two meetings was a renewed effort for committee
members to pursue raising tap-in fees and to look into creating impact fees.
Fogt said it is important to head in this direction in order to create
more revenue for the future.
Wardell Wilcox, from the Cincinnati engineering and planning developing
firm Edwards and Kelcey, gave advice on impact fees. He spoke about
creating zones within the city - perhaps based on zip code - in which
incoming new developments would pay a fee to support infrastructure in those areas.
Planning commission member Don Bergwall said there is no question that
there is going to be a "stiff increase" in rates. However, he added that
when the rate increase falls off is unknown. With a permanent increase
he is worried about residents foreclosing on their homes. It is
something that has been occurring in Columbus. When a home is foreclosed
it will mean another household that is no longer paying for water or sewer fees.
"There are a number of vacant properties in this area already," Bergwall said.
Mastracchio said the city can always look into whether or not its
service rates are appropriate for the population. However, he added that
the current rates and tap-in fees are in line with other areas of similar size.
"Regardless of whether the tap-in fees are higher or lower, due to the
bond requirements in the short term there will be no effect on rate
increases," he said.
Malcolm Pirnie project manager for Marysville, Thomas Bulcher, confirmed
that he has looked at how large a plant the city needs. He said a six or
eight-million gallons-per-day facility is the "practical way."
The size of the site would also ensure that the plant could be expanded
to 24 MGD as necessary, Bulcher said.
Bergwall summed it up best when he said the real reason residents are
going to be paying this rate increase is because of the way the city was
generally managed in the past.
"Too little was done for too long," he said. "Now we're going to have to
play catch up." Resident Lloyd Baker agreed, adding that he respects the efforts the
city engineer has made to move the city ahead. Baker, though, voiced a
concern that councilman John Marshall has previously shared about
whether the rate increase is just going to be a "cash cow" for the city.
Baker said the history of Marysville has shown that past administrators
have not completed projects that were needed, even though they had the
appropriate funding to do so.
"We can't do this wrong," Fogt assured him. "If we do this wrong, it's
just going to be terrible."
Tense moments at the U.S. 33 rest area
Reported man with a gun turned out to be a hunter
From J-T staff reports:
A man hoping to collect a few squirrels during hunting season received
the shock of his life after he was surrounded by law enforcement
officers on Tuesday.
Officers rushed to the U.S. 33 westbound rest area shortly before 2 p.m.
after it was reported that a man with a shotgun was seen in the area.
Over the dispatch scanner, initial reports on the incident were vague,
as medics were called to stand by for an "incident" in the area.
The Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol originally received
the call from the caretaker of the rest stop on U.S. 33. He told
dispatchers that a male subject with a shot gun exited his vehicle and
walked into the wooded area behind the rest area.
Troopers responded to the scene and with the assistance of the Union
County Sheriff's Office, closed off the area. Cruisers blocked both
entrances to the rest stop and at one point, a small airplane scanned
the area from above. Law enforcement stood poised by their vehicles,
with weapons drawn.
The post reported today that the rest area was closed for an hour during
The male subject was finally located in the woods without incident and
the rest area was re-opened.
Union County Wildlife officer Ryan Peterson responded to the scene and
the suspect admitted he had been hunting on land adjacent to the rest
area. Squirrel season reportedly began earlier this month.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources are continuing the investigation.
Marysville Post commander Lt. Marla Gaskill said this morning that the
name of the hunter will not be released at this time because no charges
have been filed. Whether or not the man is charged for having the weapon
on state property is now up to the Union County prosecutor to decide.
It has also been reported by law enforcement that the man may own land
adjacent to the rest area and was only hunting on his own property. He
may simply have parked his vehicle at the rest stop to do so.
Hospital launches new brand strategy
Editor's note: The following information is supplied by Memorial
Hospital of Union County.
Memorial Hospital of Union County's announcement of its new logo and
branding strategy is among the latest signs of accelerated progress made
toward expanding its reach in Union, Logan and Champaign counties.
The project comes as part of the larger strategic planning process
undertaken by the hospital since late last year. To date, its aggressive
growth has reached into the local communities through:
.The opening of The Women's Health Center and Miracle Life Center
.Expansion of oncology services
.Addition of rheumatology services
.Recruitment of exceptional physicians in the specialties of family
practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology,
gastroenterology, oncology and rheumatology.
.Planned development of a medical facility located at the entrance to Mill Valley
"These are exciting days in the timeline of Memorial Hospital," said
Nancy Conklin, vice president of marketing and development for the
107-bed independent community hospital. "Our entire team has been
dedicated to enhancing the services we provide with the same
compassionate care we're known for."
The hospital's new positioning line and the center of its branding
campaign is "Committed to care. Devoted to caring." In explaining the
premise, Conklin said, "All hospitals provide care, and that includes
the technology needed to implement it. But at Memorial, we take 'care' a
step further with an atmosphere of genuine compassion for our patients.
Not everyone can deliver that element consistently, but we do."
Over time, people inside and outside the organization have used a
variety of names and logos when representing Memorial Hospital. With a
strong graphic standards policy, the hospital seeks to be more thorough
in "policing" its brand.
Patients and the community served by Memorial can expect to see both the
old and new logos in circulation in coming months. The transition to the
new logo will be completed in phases. "Throwing out everything with the
old logo on a given date is not fiscally responsible," remarks Conklin.
"Where it makes sense, we will deplete inventories and reorder using the
new art. This change will take time.
The advertising campaign that began recently, and continues for at least
the next two months, will include billboards, broadcast radio spots,
television commercials, and newspaper ads. The campaign uses real people
from the larger community who are making a difference in the lives of
Jerome PSO funding in question
Township does not have enough income to fund safety officers
By CINDY BRAKE
In a topsy-turvy type of meeting Monday night the Jerome Township Board
of Trustees rushed to pass minor matters and failed to act on major issues.
Trustees Sharon Sue Wolfe and Freeman E. May saw no reason to delay
retroactive appointments of alternates to two governing boards, yet
refused to approve funding for public safety officer (PSO) contracts
that expire at the end of the month. This was the final meeting before
the contract expires.
Clerk Robert Caldwell warned the three-member board early in the year
that the township budget funded public safety officers only through
Sept. 30. Township general fund receipts to date are $1,608,000 and
expenditures are $1,698,000.
At the Sept. 6 meeting, trustee Ronald L. Rhodes questioned why no levy
was placed on the November ballot to cover the increasing costs for
public safety officers. May said last night that he raised the issue in
January but Rhodes was against it.
"Why are you in such a big hurry now?" May asked.
Rhodes countered by saying May needed to "quit pointing fingers" and
find a solution. The clerk has reported that this year's general fund will experience
expenditures in excess of receipts in the amount of $137,000. Making up
this deficit is the police contract which is expected to total $170,000
this year. Caldwell has noted that at the beginning of 2005 the
township's general fund had a balance of $567,954 and therefore could
sustain the one year of deficit.
"Of concern are the future years," Caldwell wrote to the Union County
Budget Commission in a Sept. 1 letter. "Continued projected deficits
result in an insolvent fund before the end of year 2010."
Wolfe proposed holding a special meeting at a later date. No one knew if
public safety service would be interrupted.
Union County auditor Mary Snider met Caldwell and Wolfe prior to
Monday's regular meeting to discuss the township's finances. Caldwell
said the board could move money within funds to cover the immediate
needs and investigate the possibility of charging businesses for service calls.
Another major matter which Wolfe and May voted to put off was approving
funds to the zoning board for the land use plan. Wolfe said she didn't
want to vote on the matter.
Wolfe said she saw "no reason to prolong" retroactive appointments for
two alternate posts that should have been done more than seven months
ago. Rhodes questioned why the rush, especially because he did not learn
about the issue until 15 minutes before the meeting. Wolfe and May
ignored Rhodes' objections and voted to reappoint Sharon Clark Smiley as
an alternate to the zoning board and Claire Jane Smith to the board of
zoning appeals. Both terms are from Feb. 10, 2005 to Feb. 9, 2007. Wolfe
stated that both individuals were continuing to serve even without the board's action.
In other business:
. Rhodes questioned minutes for the Sept. 6 meeting which stated a
service agreement with Dublin was circulated and signed. His motion for
a correction died for lack of a second. Wolfe, in fact, did not
circulate the contract or seek signatures until after the meeting. She
only mentioned it in passing.
. May questioned costs of $2,200 submitted by the consulting engineer.
The clerk was asked to seek more information.
. The board unanimously accepted the resignation of assistant clerk
Chris McDowell. After a 17-minute executive session, Wolfe and May voted
to authorize the clerk to hire a temporary employee. Rhodes objected,
saying that he believe the clerk should have authority to hire a permanent employee.
. Rhodes questioned why a Friday hearing on zoning could not be
rescheduled because the party involved has waived the 30-day mandatory
requirement. Rhodes and Caldwell both will not be available for the
meeting. Wolfe refused to change the date.
. May suggested rescinding a Feb. 7 resolution authorizing the county
engineer to repair signs in the township. Caldwell was directed to send
a letter telling the engineer that they are to conduct work only upon request.
. Rhodes announced that zoning has been passed for the New California
Reserve after the Union County Board of Elections found a referendum
petition was insufficient. Wolfe and May both said that the matter could
still be appealed. Rhodes asked them, as well as petitioner Jesse
Dickinson, whether he would appeal. Wolfe told Rhodes he could not ask
that question. No one offered an answer.
Triad treasurer resigns
By CORINNE BIX
The overall tone of Monday evening's Triad school board meeting was
bittersweet, as the board approved with regret the resignation of treasurer, Jill Smith.
Before presenting the motion, Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger, joked
"providing we can't talk her out of it as the last minute."
Smith has been the district treasurer for the past six and one-half
years. She has accepted a position as treasurer with West Jefferson
Local Schools in Madison County.
"It is certainly a loss for our district," Kaffenbarger said. "She
really agonized over the decision because she really likes it here."
Smith, a Hilliard resident, will receive a pay increase and a shorter
commute to her new job.
"She has been a phenomenal partner in running the district," Kaffenbarger said.
The board echoed Kaffenbarger's complimentary comments and approved the motion.
"You've done a tremendous job," Rick Smith, board president, said.
Smith will work during the month of October for both school districts.
Lolita Shultz was approved as interim treasurer effective Nov. 1.
The district has officially posted the job opening on the Ohio
Department of Education Web site, the Ohio School Board Association Web
site and two treasurer's organization Web sites.
"I believe it will be the intention of the board to have someone hired
by October and able to start full time by Nov. 1," Kaffenbarger explained.
Kaffenbarger said that the district is soliciting resumes and letters of
interest. There are currently about 10 candidates and the posting will
remain open until Friday. In the upcoming weeks the applicants will be
narrowed down to three or four candidates and the board will interview the finalists.
The board presented a clock and plaque to retiring teacher Nancy
Instine. Instine has been with the district for 14 years and has served
as an intervention specialist.
Jill Smith updated the board on the district financial report. She will
be submitting the five-year forecast as required by the state's October
deadline before she officially leaves her post.
Smith informed the board that by approving the new property, fleet and
liability insurance prices there will be an overall savings of $6,800 or
a 14-percent decrease in cost from last year to this year.
The district has also filed for a fuel reimbursement credit of about $1100.
Craig Meredith, elementary school principal, and Scott Blackburn, middle
school principal, reported on the progress of the new K-8 reading program.
Both principals are monitoring classroom teachers and working to do
everything possible to avoid the "implementation dip" which can affect
student achievement whenever a new program is introduced.
"I'm generally pleased with what I see," Meredith said. "Teachers are
working very hard and since it's not a simple program it will take some
time to get comfortable with it."
A representative from Houghton-Mifflin, the program publisher, will be
meeting with staff later this month.
Kyle Huffman, high school principal, reported that the time allotted
between classes has been changed from three minutes back to four minutes
as it was last year. The high school staff is also aware and working on the adjustment to
only two lunch periods from three lunch periods last year. Some students
have raised concerns regarding not having enough time to eat after
getting their food through the cafeteria line.
Dan Kaffenbarger gave the board an update on tax reform legislation
making it's way through the Ohio legislature.
"The bottom line is by 2010 the state tax cuts are going to outstrip the
new revenues that they have coming in," Kaffenbarger said, "Unless they
change something in the next biennium that's a train wreck coming."
The board accepted two donations. Linda Stallsmith donated books to the
elementary and middle school libraries valued at $1,000. Cheryl Davis
donated $500 for the purpose of purchasing Leap Frog Products. The money
will be deposited in the elementary principal fund.
In other action, the board:
.Approved the Network Connectivity FY06 grant in the amount of $9,000.
.Approved use of the Triad elementary cafeteria for Good News Club
meetings to be held on Mondays from Oct. 10 to Nov. 21.
.Approved use of Triad High School football facilities (practice field,
game field, and concession stand), for the Triad Jr. Football
organization for practices and home games to be held from Aug. 1 through
Oct. 15. The fee is waived for use of the facilities; however Triad Jr.
football agrees to pay any fees associated with operation costs.
.Approved fund-to-fund transfer from 599-9005 to 599-9006 (Title II-D
grant) in the amount of $12.41.
.Approved a depository agreement with Citizens National Bank.
.Approved the five-year forecast as presented by the treasurer.
.Approved Lolita Shultz as consultant on an as needed basis up to five
days a week and as interim treasurer effective Nov. 1.
.Approved the following classified supplemental positions for the
2005-2006 school year (Should an activity not be offered due to lack of
adequate funding, all contracts for that activity will be considered
null and void); Ken Ford - freshman class advisor; Will Nichols -
sophomore class advisor; Richard Kraemer - senior class advisor; Alicia
Daugherty - newspaper advisor and teacher mentor
.Approved Doug Hill as substitute teacher for the 2005-2006 school year
.Approved Mel Arnoff as 2005-2006 school year data consultant working in
partnership with Pro-Ohio. Services will be paid from Early Literacy and
Adolescent Literacy Grants.
.Approved Ann Hoffman, learning specialist, and Conn Thomas, PhD.,
University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning Institute for
Effective Instruction. Services will be paid from adolescent literacy grant.
.Approve Pro-Ohio Computers in Education Inc. to provide assessment
services. Elementary services will be paid by the special education
access grant and middle school services will be paid by adolescent grant and district.
.Approved contract with Kamico Company for assessment reporting.
Services to be paid by the district.
.Approved resolution for transportation in lieu of payments for Jeff and
Teresa Donay for their child for fiscal year 2006.
.Approved the insurance quotes as follows effective Aug. 20 through July
1: Property - $16,741; Fleet - $10,342; Liability - $6,038.
.Approved Title II-D FY05 carryover in the amount of $374.51 to Title II-D FY06.
.Approved fund to fund transfer from general (001) fund to debt service
fund (002) in the amount of $100,540.80 for the OASBO school pool LFI payment.
North Union deals with flooring issue at high
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
While the second floor of the North Union High School addition has been
completed on time, the first floor may have hit a snag.
North Union Treasurer Scott Maruniak said that three of the science
classrooms within the second floor classrooms are having issues with the
concrete floor. Apparently the concrete is releasing moisture which
could damage the flooring that is to be put down in the rooms.
The temperature in the rooms was increased in order to draw moisture
from the material and then the concrete will be tested to see if the
flooring can be completed. If the moisture continues to seep from the
floor it may have to be sealed, a process which could cost up to $10,000.
Board member Marcy Elliott asked where the science classes, which will
eventually move into the new rooms, are meeting now. High school
principal Eric Holman said temporary classrooms are currently being used
and while they are not ideal, the space could be used for additional
weeks until the problem is solved.
Elliott said her concern is simply to get the problem corrected so that
the district does not have to revisit the issue later to spend more
money on costly repairs.
The board also head a presentation on the middle school's Project Lead
the Way program, the leading middle school and high school
pre-engineering program in the country.
The program, instituted over the summer, allows students to learn
various aspects of engineering, from computer assisted design to
robotics. Lesson plans also cover technology an use of electricity.
Students will have the opportunity to build circuits, design and build
tiny air-powered cars, and construct other mechanical systems.
North Union is the first middle school in the state to use the program
and will likely be used as a model for other districts to follow.
In other business, the board:
.Learned from Maruniak that he has been forced to budget in diesel fuel
and natural gas costs which are triple what was set aside last year.
.Learned that North Union opened the school year with 20 more students than in 2004-2005.
.Discussed a 5.8-mill renewal levy which will appear on the November
ballot. The levy generates $680,000 per year.
.Held discussions prior to the meeting with the various parent and
booster groups which serve the district.
.Approved a service agreement with Trane Inc. for the HVAC system at the
high school. The five-year agreement will cost $10,598 annually.
.Voted unanimously to employee Findings Leaders Inc. to assist the
district with the search for a new superintendent. The cost for the service is $8,500.
.Approved Amanda Moss as a graduate of the North Union High School class of 2005.
.Voted unanimously to approve a service contract with the Delaware Union
Educational Service Center for the 2005-2006 school year. This will be a
transition year as the district will secure the services from the North
Central Ohio ESC next year.
.Approved various supplemental contracts, pupil activity contracts,
certificated substitutes and classified substitutes for the current school year.
.Held an executive session to discuss personnel.
City offers update on street
City administrator and acting mayor, Kathy House made several reports on
street updates. House said the street intersection at Collins Avenue and Grove Street
will be permanently converted to a four way stop.
She said this decision was reached after several episodes when the
traffic light controller at the intersection was not operational.
During these temporary episodes, House said the city received a great
deal of positive feedback from neighbors and motorists who regularly use
this intersection in favor of a permanent conversion to a four way stop.
In addition, House said, consultations with school officials and the
police division revealed that the safety of the intersection was not
compromised during the temporary four way stop configurations. As a
result, city crews will permanently convert the intersection in the week ahead.
In coordination with the street repaving, city crews have been
converting many sidewalk and curb connections into disability accessible
ramps. The process of conversion takes several days and in the interest
of safety, orange cones are being used to help warn pedestrians of
sections where old concrete has been removed or new concrete is curing.
Over the past month, House reported 20 of these cones, each valued at
$28 have been stolen from these areas. In addition, a portable stop sign
(valued at $200) was also stolen from a street intersection.
"These thefts have cost the city and its taxpayers over $750," House
said. "Police reports have been filed for the thefts and any persons
found to be in possession of the items will be prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law."
In other street-related news, House said the Marysville City Water
Division has completed the waterline replacement at the intersection of
Third and Maple Streets and will move to replace additional waterlines
on South Maple Street.
House said this replacement will begin at Eighth Street and move north
to Fifth Street beginning Monday, September 12 and possibly continuing
through the month of November. Portions of this street will be closed
during workday hours, but will be open each evening. Daytime motorists
are encouraged to detour using Fifth Street, Grove Street and Collins Avenue.
Shelly Paving, contracted for the work, has notified the city that they
will begin work on repaving the second wave of streets for this year on
Thursday, September 15.
House said that initial grinding off of the existing top layer of
asphalt will be done first. This will be followed by the placation of a
tack coat sealant with final courses of new asphalt being laid last.
Streets slated to be repaved (in order of completion) will be:
. Mill Road, from Mill Park to Cobblestone
. Quail Hollow Drive, from Route 31 to the west end
. First Street, from Main to Elwood streets
. Mound Street, from Third Street to the north end
. Grand Avenue, from Fifth Street to concrete
. Fourth Street, from Maple to Main streets
. Delaware Avenue, from Coleman's Crossing east to ramps
. Columbus Avenue, from Five Points to Dunham Street
. Eighth Street, from Maple to Grove streets
. Collins & Milford Avenue, from Maple to Eighth streets
. Morey Drive, from London Avenue to new pavement
. Timberview Drive, from London Avenue to west end
. Sixth Street, from Grove to Dunham streets
. Third Street, from Maple to Grand streets
. Collingwood Drive, from London Avenue to south end
. Seventh Street, from Main to Chestnut streets
. Oak Street, from Sixth to Seventh streets
House reported that a small amount of finish work remains to be done on
the Scottslawn railroad crossing improvement project. This final work
will require closure of Scottslawn Road, between Weaver Road and
Industrial Parkway, on September 27 and 28. Motorists should be
prepared to use detour routes that will be posted at that time in the
area. In preparation for repaving part of Third Street, water crews have
worked on replacing existing water lines at the intersection of Third
and Maple Streets, which began August 29 and ended around September 12.
The city recently reported that repaving work began on areas around
Seventh and Oak streets. Roads will be closed off in these locations.
"We thank residents for their patience in dealing with the inconvenience
of several street closures as we insure continued excellent water
service in this area," House said.
Tri-County Jail receives grant for
From J-T staff reports:
Attorney General Jim Petro announced that the Tri-County Regional Jail
in Mechanicsburg has been awarded a state grant to upgrade its fingerprinting system.
Petro's office reported that the jail was given a grant for $39,928 for
its Livescan system. The grant allows the agency to select an
Ohio-certified vendor of its choice and be reimbursed for the purchase
of the latest equipment used to electronically capture the fingerprints
and palm prints of criminals upon request.
"Upgrading this equipment is essential to ensuring that Ohio's criminal
history database remains a complete and reliable resource for our
law-enforcement agencies," Petro said. "Additionally, this technology
will greatly reduce the resources expended on fingerprint processing by
local agencies and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation."
The Livescan units funded by the grant consist of a computerized booking
station with 10-print and palm capture capability, a rugged stand,
duplex printer, installation, training and three years of vendor
maintenance and support.
Petro and BCI&I are in the process of dispersing nearly $2 million in
federal grant money to approximately 50 law enforcement agencies in need
of equipment upgrades. Petro is also seeking additional funding to equip
40 more agencies with new units. Awards are based on an agency's annual
number of fingerprint submissions, as well as population size and number
of agencies served. BCI&I, which is housed within the Criminal Justice section of the
Attorney General's Office, maintains the state's criminal history
repository and Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The bureau
is currently in the process of expanding AFIS's capabilities to
accommodate palm prints, which can be captured by the new Livescan equipment.
According to the Tri-County Regional Jail, prior to receiving the
Livescan equipment, the jail performed no fingerprinting on inmates. The
arresting agencies were responsible for that task.
With the new machine on site, the jail has taken the responsibility of
printing those inmates who need it. By jail personnel doing the task,
the arresting officers have more time to patrol and complete other
necessary facets of their jobs.
In terms of operation, the jail reported, a Livescan machine is a
tremendous step forward from the old fashioned "ink and paper"
fingerprinting. Livescan machines take a highly detailed photocopy of
the subject's finger. It is a technical system that has default settings
to prevent bad prints from being taken, thus making the job of the
Fingerprinting Analyst at BCI&I much easier. The prints are clearer and
much more defined.
The systems are networked with BCI&I so that the print files are electronically submitted.
"This aspect of the machine takes the organization and legwork out of
the task," the jail reported in a press release. "The Livescan machines
are very user friendly and easy to maintain."
Applegate named among top doctors
By KARLYN BYERS
Marysville's Dr. David Applegate II was recently named one of the best
doctors in central Ohio. His selection was reported in the September
issue of Columbus Monthly magazine.
Information on the "highly regarded" physicians was excerpted from a
national database belonging to Best Doctors Inc., a Boston-based
company, according to Columbus Monthly.
Applegate, of Marysville Primary Care, 1044 Columbus Ave., said he is
"humbled" by the best doctor honor, his first. It was especially sweet
coming from his peers, he said.
An Ohio State University graduate, Applegate has been practicing family
medicine in Marysville since February, 1991. He attended OSU on a "full
ride" and completed his internship and residency at Riverside Hospital
in Columbus. Originally from Detroit, Applegate said he wanted to go to the
University of Michigan; his parents wanted him to attend college on the
East Coast. It was the scholarship OSU offered that sealed his fate, it appears.
Dr. Applegate finds tending to his patients the most satisfying part of
his practice. When asked what the most frustrating part was, he did not
hesitate to reply "the paperwork."
The move to Marysville has proven to be a good thing for Dr. Applegate
and his wife, Mary, who practices internal medicine and is a
"We were looking for a smaller town that both my wife and I could work
in and one of the faculty members at Riverside recommended
(Marysville)," Dr. David said.
That faculty member was Dr. Mary Coleman, who then practiced three days
a week in Marysville. The sister-in-law of Judge Charlotte Eufinger, Dr.
Coleman has moved to Louisville, Ky.
Both Applegates are on the staff at Riverside Hospital and Dr. Mary is
on staff at Children's Hospital and the Ohio State University Medical Center.
Dr. Mary, according to her proud husband, has won "a couple"
pediatrician awards herself.
"She's the smart one in the family," Dr. David said. "No doubt about it."
He added that she has already placed an order for the plaque denoting
her husband's honor.
Married 19 years, the Applegates have three children, Jenny, 14, John,
12, and Jimmy, 9. All attend Marysville Exempted Village Schools.
Dr. David is medical advisor to Marysville Schools and has served as
team doctor for the football team for 15 years. He also is county
coroner and EMS director for six fire departments in Union County and
the sheriff's department.
He is active at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and is involved in
as many community and civic functions as time allows, he said.
Former Honda executive to be featured speaker
Toshi Amino, retired executive vice president of Honda and Ohio Wesleyan
University's new executive-in-residence, will present the Woltemade
Center Lecture Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. in the Beeghly Library Bailey Room.
The lecture, titled "The Shrinking and Aging Population in Japan," will
examine the ways in which changes in population will affect Japan's
labor force and the future of the Japanese economy.
During his nearly 30 years with Honda, Amino worked on many assignments
in Japan and the United States. He moved to Ohio in 1981 to be involved
with the construction of Honda's first American auto plant in
Marysville, where he worked as executive vice president until he retired in 1995.
Since his retirement, he has taught at Kansai University of
International Studies in Japan, the Ohio State University, and OWU.
Currently, Amino also is serving as executive-in-residence at OSU's
Fisher College of Business.
Outside of his career, Amino is associated with various organizations
such as the Japan-American Society of Central Ohio, Kyoto Non-profit
Center and Boy Scouts of America.
Students and community members are welcome to attend the lecture.
Residents honored for helping deputies
From J-T staff reports:
Two Millcreek Township resident were recently honored for their role in
the arrest of two burglary suspects.
On the afternoon of Aug. 25, resident Dan Bouic noticed a suspicious
white car that continued to drive up and down State Road. When the
driver parked at a cemetery further down the road and got out to look
around. Bouic decided something was up and reported the car to the Union
County Sheriff's Office as suspicious.
As deputies were responding to the call, State Road resident David White
came home to find that his home had been burglarized.
According to the sheriff's office, minutes later deputies arrived and
White called again to report that he saw someone crawling through a
soybean field near his home.
As a result of White's call, deputies found the person in the soybean
field and a foot pursuit ensued with Public Safety Officer Scott Anspach
chasing the burglary suspect in the bean field. After a short search,
deputies arrested Delbert Curtis, Jr. and transported him to the sheriff's office.
On Aug. 30, a Union County Grand Jury reportedly indicted Curtis on one
count of felony burglary, one county of felony safe cracking, one count
of felony theft, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of
possession of criminal tools and one count of felony obstructing justice.
The investigation involving Curtis has now resulted in neighboring
Delaware and Madison counties looking into burglaries that he may have
committed in their jurisdictions.
Union County Sheriff Rocky nelson praised the awareness and the
initiative that residents Bouic and White showed in contacting the
sheriff's office, for the suspicious car and the location of the suspect.
"This is exactly the kind of awareness that we are trying to promote
county-wide, with the launch of our Neighborhood Watch crime prevention
program," Nelson said.
Bouic and White were honored at the Union County Sheriff's Office on
Friday and presented with a civilian commendation for their actions to
support the efforts of the sheriff's office.
'The Coats' don't leave crowd cold
Editor's note: The following review is submitted by Kay Liggett of the
Community Concert Association.
A glorious male vocal quartet ushered in the 2005-2006 Union County
Community Concert series. They breezed in from Seattle, and are known as "The Coats."
Originally they were "The Trench Coats" and performed on street corners,
braving Seattle's infamous weather, but shortened the name as they began
to gain recognition. They constantly honed their distinctive sound and
began to be recognized as "those a cappella guys from the Northwest."
Their morning show at Marysville High School got a standing ovation.
Many students returned for the evening show. The Coats are talented
musicians with a relish for music to stimulate our imaginations - all
done just with their voices - no other instruments or any other props
other than a microphone each.
They wove their harmonies into interesting, absolutely remarkable
intricate music, all with a sense of humor and amazing energy and stage antics.
They were music magic in every sense - unbelievable visual unique
sounds. They didn't need instruments with their imaginative creative
voices. They were a theatrical production in every sense.
The bass singer was worth the price of admission. What a voice!
Unbelievable! His voice gyrations and antics were a delight - the class
clown. He has to be the best bass man in the business. He's the manager
and founder of the group. The tenor - wonderful - a leading force, a magician with a relish for
music. The baritone and the lead - both did terrific, humorous
vocalizations of amazing original song arrangements with unusual sound
effects all done by voice - making a memorable evening of great
entertainment. They also compose the arrangements - what a talented group!
Some of the songs we enjoyed: "God Bless America," "Mine Eyes Have Seen
the Glory of the Coming of the Lord," "I Can See Clearly Now," some
Beetles music and "Shine Your Love Down." The grand fun finale,
"Jeremiah was a Bullfrog," never sounded so good.
What a delightful evening of entertainment by that absolutely glorious
quartet of singers who call themselves "The Coats." Without a doubt, we
will be hearing more about these talented four.
Honda unveils new Civic
By RYAN HORNS
With the unveiling of the new 2006 Honda Civic, local employees
associated with the project predict it will ensure a good future for
Union County's economy.
Thursday afternoon Honda of America showcased the new Civic models in a
presentation at the East Liberty plant, followed by a tour.
"It plays a crucial role in Union County," new Honda Civic chief
engineer and project leader Chris Poland said. "It means a good future for us."
Poland lives in Milford Center and started working with Honda of America
26 years ago. He remembers well how the first Honda Civic model was
introduced to the assembly line in 1973. It is a vehicle that has gone
through numerous changes over the years.
He said the new model marks a change in how Honda is marketing the
Civic. The plan was to gear it toward a younger consumer base, by giving
it a more futuristic design, and making it more fun to drive by
including sportier elements.
On first glance, changes in the Civic are apparent in the smoother
design and a larger front windshield. The look is sportier than past models.
"The design of the new Civic is a big departure from the previous model,
and its shape and features presented us with many manufacturing
challenges," Poland said.
A lot of people worked hard over the past three years in order to make
it a reality, he said. Designers pretty much had to "start from scratch"
when updating the model. Their focus was on safety and efficiency.
A video production shown at the unveiling documented how the Civic
started as a boxy consumer-based car, morphing over the years into its
current sleek style, with numerous extra features - and yet it has
retained its value for consumers. New models run from $14,500 to $21,500.
The Civic sedan and the Civic GX, the only all natural gas-powered
vehicle built and sold in the United States, will be produced at the
East Liberty Auto Plant along with the Honda Element. The East Liberty
Auto Plant employs 2,400 of the 16,000 associates who work for Honda of America.
The Civic lineup also received new powertrains from Honda's Anna Engine
Plant. Along with a new natural gas engine, Anna is also building an all
new 2.0 liter, 197 horsepower engine for the Civic Si. The sedan and
coupe will come equipped with an all-new 1.8 liter, 140 horsepower engine.
The Civic Si, designed at Honda R&D in Raymond, will be built by Honda
of Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ontario, along with the Civic Coupe.
New standard features on all models include:
. Side curtain airbags and front side airbags
. Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
. Anti-lock brakes (with 4-channel ABS and Electronic Brake Distribution)
. Active front seat head restraints
. Horsepower increased by as much as 22 percent (DX, LX models)
. Telescoping steering wheel (in addition to tilt)
. And much more, plus newly available features that include Honda's
Satellite-Linked Navigation System and XM Satellite Radio.
Don Hensley, business administration coordinator for company
communications, said the new Honda Civic is a very "global car," in that
it is sold throughout the world. Translators seated during the
presentation broadcast the speeches into Japanese for foreign coverage.
It is the global consumer base of the Civic that will mean good things for Ohio.
John Pleiman, East Liberty Auto Plant manager and Vice President of
Honda of America Mfg., Inc. said that Honda has nearly 16,000 associates
and has invested more than $6.3 billion into Ohio.
He said as the company moves forward, a new $123 million paint shop will
begin full operations early next year at the Marysville Auto Plant. In
addition to implementing the latest technologies, it will have the
flexibility to paint a larger and wider variety of vehicles. Last summer
an all new assembly line was installed at the Motorcycle Plant.
Pleiman said a $100 million expansion is under way at the transmission
plant near Russell's Point to add production of precision gears that are
now imported from Japan. Meanwhile, American Honda is expanding the
parts distribution center in Troy. This $89 million project will begin next spring.
"That's more than one-quarter of a billion dollars of investment under
way in Ohio," Pleiman said.
The 2006 Civic also meant new business for its supply team, he said. Six
new suppliers were added to the Civic team and four existing suppliers
received additional business.
Pleiman said the expansion of Honda is also expected to bring its local
suppliers into the global market as well.
"Many members of our supply team played key roles in preparing the Civic
for production," said Larry Jutte, senior vice president of procurement.
"They can be globally competitive if given the opportunity."
For further product information and press releases go to www.hondanews.com.
East Fifth crossing a
Children's Inc. officials question increased traffic, lack of safety measures
By RYAN HORNS
In a city divided in half by a railroad, some residents have begun
raising questions about the safety of Marysville railroad crossings.
Children Inc. Board President Michelle Amrine-O'Connors recently sent
out a memo to parents and staff about the subject of railroad crossings.
The child care center, which has up to 125 children inside every day, is
located on Charles Lane.
"Now that the construction is done from Coleman's Crossing," she said,
"(East Fifth Street) has become an easier access when coming east on
Delaware Avenue. Instead of staying on Delaware Avenue and turning on
Coleman's Crossing to get to the center, the YMCA or Harold Lewis
School, most are now driving straight through the light at Five Points
onto (East Fifth Street). It has been found an easier route and allows
most to avoid heavy traffic on Delaware Avenue."
O'Connors said that the railroad crossing does not have signals or a
traffic arm that comes down to protect drivers. At this time it has only
a stop sign and another handmade sign that reads "Dangerous RR." She
said it is a situation that could lead to fatal car accidents,
particularly with children involved.
In addition, O'Connors told city council that the pavement at the
crossing is "so badly kept that you really have to go very slowly so
that you and your family members don't hurt their necks and your car
doesn't get damaged." The problem is that the railroad crossing isn't the only one in
Marysville that doesn't have a full safety crossing.
At the Aug. 11 Marysville City Council Mayor Tom Kruse told O'Connors
that the city has been working for years to get CSX and Conrail, to
repair railroad crossings in the city. The problem is that nothing ever happens.
"CSX is like chasing a ghost," Kruse said. "I don't mean to sound
pessimistic, but dealing with CSX just doesn't happen. We have trouble
getting them to maintain what's there."
Kruse explained that there are no plans of repaving, replacing the
signage, or installing a signal at the East Fifth Street crossing
because the railroad company, not the city of Marysville, is responsible
for its maintenance.
Marysville City Council members also urged parents and patrons of the
center and other businesses in the area to use an alternate route in
order to avoid that stretch of road altogether.
Kruse said that the city is considering shutting down the railroad
crossing at East Fifth Street because it is a hazard. The only thing the
city could do was put up a homemade sign warning drivers.
However, O'Connors said closing the crossing opens up a whole new
problem for Children Inc. Since the original Charles Lane access has
been changed by the construction of Coleman's Crossing Boulevard, East
Fifth Street now offers an easier access to the center, the Harold Lewis
School and YMCA. She said closing the crossing will force emergency
vehicles to travel down Delaware Avenue instead, potentially putting
patrons of all these businesses at risk.
She said if something happened at Children Inc., rescue efforts would
take longer in heavy traffic. It would be worse if a train came through
town and emergency crews were forced to wait.
"The children always come first. That is our utmost responsibility -
access to our facility and everyone's safety," O'Connors said. "How
would emergency vehicles get through?"
She said crews would have to go down Cherry Street, over a crossing that
almost killed a juvenile about 15 years ago and resulted in Conrail
finally putting up lights and arms there. Or they could travel down
Industrial Parkway, to another railroad crossing, in which drivers have
to turn and look behind them as they drive to make sure no trains are
coming. There are no safety arms for traffic at that crossing either.
O'Connors explained to city council that a safer access to Children
Inc., Harold Lewis School and YMCA would benefit everyone, especially
the children going to these places, and also keep an alternate access
route available for emergency vehicles and school buses. She is
currently organizing a petition to make this a reality.
City administrator Kathy House said that since the great American
"Manifest Destiny," when people in this country began moving west to
make a new life, railroads were given ultimate authority over their rail
lines. It's a power the railroads have kept ever since.
House said that CSX, based out of Jacksonville, Fla., may not be in the
best position to know what kind of dangers lurk at a railroad crossing
in a small city like Marysville.
But for O'Connors, who said she has lived through family and friends
being injured or nearly killed by railroad crossings in Marysville,
fixing them is something she and the families associated with Children
Inc. hope will become a reality.
The Marysville CSX office reported that in 2006 a program is expected to
go into effect, repairing crossings such as Delaware Avenue and Cherry
Street. However, CSX runs into the same problems as any city might:
Funding. They can only fix the worst crossings first and make their way
down the line. It just takes time.
The office reported that if the city would like to put up traffic arms
and repair crossings on Industrial Parkway and East Fifth Street, it
would have to seek funding from the state level. This is how other
cities have made repairs.
County officials question WUCO
By CINDY BRAKE
The Union County Board of Commissioners got some answers Monday about
why local radio station WUCO has been heavy on Catholic and light on
local news recently.
"Ancient equipment" and a "most primitive set up" was the answer from
Chris Gabrelcik of Mount Gilead, who announced in late July that St.
Gabriel Inc., a non-profit corporation, was purchasing the Marysville
station that had been operating under a country format for years.
At that time, Gabrelcik said Eternal World Television News would be the
mainstay of programming for the 24-hour radio station, although he hoped
to continue covering local ball games on Friday nights, news and weather.
That hasn't happened on a regular basis. Also missing since the change
has been school delay announcements, broadcasts of local church services
or a program featuring community leaders.
The commissioners became involved because the privately-owned radio
station's towers are located on county property. The commissioners noted
that the land has been leased at less than market value, $100 a month,
with the understanding that the station provides a community service.
With little to no local news, the commissioners are concerned. Union
County Commissioner Gary Lee said he has received phone calls from
unhappy citizens. Commissioner Tom McCarthy echoed Lee's statements.
The current lease is in default because no payments have been received
since July. Monday, the commissioners instructed the Union County
Prosecuting Attorney to rewrite the contract and define exactly what
community benefits are expected.
Gabrelcik said the station has been "running on crisis mode" since he
took over with "wiring upon wiring and power supply upon power supply."
"We have been doing everything we can to just stay on the air,"
Gabrelcik said. He said even the station identification had been lost
and a blank tape runs continuously for 59 minutes and 50 seconds just to
meet federal requirements. He said the first three weeks he took over
the station couldn't have broadcast local news even if he had wanted to.
Currently, he said any local news must be done manually.
He said he has been busy fixing things - buying new equipment and
bringing in an engineer from Georgia. Plans are to set up a remote and
clean-up the studio in the coming days before starting over. Gabrelcik
estimates it will cost $20,000 to $50,000 just to fix the problems.
Gabrelcik said he had no time to prepare before taking over the station,
which he is now leasing for $1,200 a month. He does not yet have
approval from the Federal Communications Commission, but expects to
receive it by Sept. 25.
Adding to the studio problems are tower issues.
He explained that before he decided to purchase the local station,
people in the industry cautioned him about how hard it is to tune the
seven towers system WUCO operates under.
Other radio stations typically pay $1,000 a year for tuning. He
estimates it will cost $1,500 a month here.
McCarthy suggested there is a large market in the area for a
values-based Christian program and questioned why the station is
embracing one church.
Gabrelcik said he is trying to offer something unique and considers this
Final Third Friday event planned
After what has been a considered a successful run by city officials,
this weekend brings the last Third Friday event of the season.
For the past several months residents have been treated to outdoor
concerts and food vendors, set up along Court Street, between Fifth and
Sixth streets. It has included a rib cook off and numerous local
restaurants setting up vendors and several bands playing different
styles of music. It was organized by the Uptown Renewal Team, known and
URT. The group promotes any activity that will bring business to downtown Marysville.
According to city administrator and acting mayor, Kathy House, this
Friday, Sept. 16 is the last chance this summer residents can join the
URT for the event. This time around it is called "Third Fridays Uptown
Goes to the Game!" and the area will be transformed into a "giant
tailgate party" from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
"Residents are encouraged to wear their favorite team apparel and bring
their lawn chairs for an evening of food and entertainment," House wrote
in a recent press release. "What better way to get psyched for the
(Marysville High School) home football game later the same evening?"
House said carnival-type games, playable for a small charge, will be set
up for children and live music will be provided by the Marysville High
School Pep Band and Urbana University's Marching Band.
"A terrific tailgate meal of pulled pork, ribs, or brats with baked
beans, coleslaw and baked potatoes will be served by Rick's Grill,"
House wrote. "To round out your meal, delicious desserts will also be available."
Alcoholic beverages as well as soft drinks will be sold, she said.
House said that the Third Friday event series will return next year, but
this will be the last for 2005.
Richwood Council discusses
Mayor will ask for resignation of zoning inspector
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
A perceived conflict of interest has prompted Richwood Mayor Bill Nibert
to ask for the resignation of the village zoning inspector.
The move was actually prompted by questions from council members
directed at solicitor Rick Rodger during Monday's Richwood Village
The issue surrounds village zoning inspector Jim Thompson, who has
recently secured a real estate license. Council questioned how Thompson,
a former village administrator, could sell real estate within the
village when there is a possibility that he will be asked to rule on
zoning issues for properties he is involved with.
Rodger said he has looked through attorney general decisions and can
find none that speak specifically to the village's situation. He said he
could ask for a formal ethics opinion on whether a real estate broker
can serve as a zoning inspector. Rodger went on to state that it is a clear conflict of interest if
Thompson makes any ruling on a piece of property he is selling. It is
also unethical for Thompson to rule on any property sold by the company
he works for. Rodger said he had relayed that information to Thompson on Monday.
Council member George Showalter pointed out that Thompson is running for
a seat on village council in the November election and asked how that
affected the situation. Rodger said a village council member cannot
serve as zoning inspector.
Council member Arlene Blue felt the issue could not wait until November
to be dealt with. "There is still an appearance of impropriety," she said.
Nibert said he would ask for Thompson's resignation. The village will
advertise to find a replacement.
Council also learned of a nuisance that is growing in the Richwood Lake.
Showalter showed members samples of clumps of blue/green algae which has
many residents perplexed in the park.
The three samples Showalter presented at the meeting were the size of a
biscuit and shaped like a lima bean. The greenish clumps are very hard
and slimy and Showalter reported that they were first seen clinging to
logs in the lake. More recently the clumps has been free floating in the water.
Showalter said he has checked with environmental experts and found that
the algae is growing in the lake because of a high nutrient and oxygen
level in the water. He said he has been told the growth of the algae is
not a problem right now, but if it continues next spring the village may
have to take action.
In other business, the council:
.Learned that there has been a request from a resident to close an alley
in the area of West Bomford Street.
.Voted 5-0, with council member Wade McCalf absent from the meeting, to
pay a $4,300 bill from Bischoff and Associates.
.Learned that a $34,000 grant to pave Norris, Wood and Marriott streets
has been approved. It was noted that rising asphalt prices may not allow
for all of the project to be completed.
.Learned that paving on Route 47 in the village will begin on Sept. 14.
.Discussed contracting with one trash hauling service for village residents.
.Voted 4-1, with council Peg Wiley voting no, to hold an executive session for personnel.
Jon Alder Board joins statewide movement
By CORINNE BIX
The Jonathan Alder Board of Education endorsed a statewide petition
drive to ensure adequate funding.
During Monday's regular meeting, board members endorsed and voted to
participate in the "Educate Ohio" petition drive sponsored by the Ohio
Equity and Adequacy group.
Superintendent Doug Carpenter explained that the group is helping to
organize a statewide effort to put a referendum on the November 2006 ballot.
"It's a resolution and design scheme for schools to ensure adequate
funding," Carpenter said.
The board also agreed to agreed to allow a third party expert monitor
the water systems at Monroe Elementary.
"We've been having water related issues since the school opened a year
ago," Carpenter said.
Lee Yutzy was commended for coordinating the construction of the
volunteer field and the field house.
During the facilities report, board member Dr. John Adams said progress
continues to be made on the field house in regards to electricity,
plumbing and masonry work.
Beth Beach, director of teaching and learning, provided the board with
copies of the district report card and offered updates on changes in
testing at various grade levels over the next several years. One of the
biggest changes is the state's elimination of proficiency tests, the
institution of achievement tests and the use of diagnostic tests for writing.
Beach explained that achievement tests are designed to measure the
student's aptitude in regard to state-mandated standards, which does a
better job of testing students on what they are being taught in the classroom.
The board adjourned into executive session to hear three separate
appeals of suspension. "The board upheld the suspension for all the student athletes but
reduced the duration of each suspension from five games to three games,"
Carpenter said. Linda Beachy, board member, reported that all of the district's
computers are up and functioning. The security and paging systems should
be completed by this week. Steve Votaw, board member, updated the board on pending legislation in
the Ohio legislature that pertains to education. The next board meeting will be Oct. 10.
In other news, the board approved:
. Employment of Chris Cooper as an additional assistant girl's soccer coach
. In-lieu of transportation requests for the following students: Brady
Buchholz, Lauren and Hannah Chauvin, Andrea Blakenship, Brien and Connor
Stutzman and Carey Bullerman
. Revisions for the gifted program
. Employment for extra-curricular advisors: Jenna Meyer, Anna Holben,
Kelly Behrmen, Kimberly Schrock and Stephanie Payton
. Employment as substitute teachers: Mary Burns, Christie Keim, Linda
Roberts, Martha Amling, Mary Cordle, Malinda Johnson, Bonnie Warren,
Richelle Kelly, Yolanda Russell, Stephanie Brown, Amanda Cress, Sandra
DeBlanc-Robbins and Robert Penry
. Employment as peer advisor trainers and pathwise evaluators: Lauren
Hipp - $1,565; Robin Brown - $939; Kelly Hicks - $939; Shelley Bope -
$1,565; Terri Stahl - $939; Mark Lorson - $1,565; Sue Cutler - $1,565;
Carrie Wade - $939; Roxanne Royer - $939; Jamie Pund - $1565; Kim
Sinkhorn - $939; Marilyn Hoff - $1565; Robin Brown (two pathwise
evaluations) - $300; Laura Hipp (two pathwise evaluations) - $300
. Employment as teachers for the 2005-2006 year: Rebecca Leonard; Amy
Maxwell (AM only); Mandy Craig - long term substitute teacher
8/23-10/21/05 at $81 per day; 10/24-1/13/06 - building substitute
teacher at $96 per day; 1/17/06 - remainder of school year MA/seven
years experience to replace Elaine Bonacci who is retiring
. The resignation of Vince Schuler as night custodian split at Plain
City and Canaan effective Aug. 1.
Unionville Center officials hear update on
By Audrey Hall J-T correspondent
Earlier this year, the Unionville Center Village Council initiated a law
suit against Macine Underhill in an attempt to have her private driveway
that is an extension of Third Street opened to the public.
In an injunction filed by the Union County Common Pleas Court on July
18, the property is described as "the driveway which traverses her real
estate located at 9077 Unionville Road, Unionville Center, Ohio."
Underhill is one of four owners of the property in question. All papers
concerning the case are public record and available on-line at the clerk
of courts Web site at www.co.union.oh.us. The case number is
2005-CV-0237. The other property owners are Norman and Nancy Rice, Scott
and Janine Yoder, and the Darby Township Trustees.
Mayor Gary Drumm said that "I do not know the status of the lawsuit" but
there is "a lot of legal stuff still to go." He and council member
Norman Rice will meet with the village's attorney Jeffery Merklin on
Friday. Scott Yoder asked if a person other than Rice, who is an
adjoining property owner, should attend. There was no response except
for the statement that no other council members were available to attend.
Drumm acknowledged that $2,500 has been spent on the lawsuit so far.
When asked if other services such as leaf pick-up, brush pick-up or pot
hole repair have been neglected because of funds spent on the law suit,
Drumm said "We have legal things hanging over our head" that need to be
taken care of first.
As the meeting Monday opened, the Journal-Tribune requested permission
to tape record the proceedings. Drumm said, "No."
During his report, Cpl. Matt Warden of the Union County Sheriff
Department introduced Brad Phipps who is completing his training as a
deputy. The Public Safety Officer who serves Darby Township and
Unionville Center, Josh Campbell, was in Gulfport, Miss., last week to
assist with law enforcement associated with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
It is the custom of council to give residents in attendance an
opportunity to state their requests or questions prior to the regular
business format. The two main topics of discussion were the yard of the
month and the private driveway that is the extension of Third Street.
Several residents had comments about the August Yard of the Month
selection process. Council member John McCoy received a complaint that
the award was given to a property that has been unoccupied for three
years. Council member Becky Troyer said, "It doesn't matter. Someone
owns the property and they are taking care of it." Pat Allen suggested
that the Union County Master Gardener's should judge the yards as they
have in the past. Drumm responded that council will continue to judge
the yards so people can be recognized for keeping their property neat
and mowed. Everyone agreed that the overall quality of the yards in town
was very good and improving each year.
Jim and Bonnie Hall requested approval to tap into the storm sewer at
their property at 422 Railroad St. After heavy rains, water from the
gutters flood the basement. The cost of a tap in is $30. Approval was given.
John McCoy asked about landscaping the ditches from the storm sewer
project. Landscaping was not included in the project. It will be done by
council members. It was noted that the new storm sewers carried away the
recent heavy rain and there was no flooding in the south part of town.
Money was previously appropriated to repair the road cuts from the
installation of the storm sewer. Council member Ron Griffith was
authorized to have the work scheduled if the estimate received two
months ago is still in effect.
Residents who have complaints of a criminal nature were reminded to
contact the Sheriff's Department. Council cannot do anything about
Council will open sealed bids for snow removal at the Oct. 3 regular
meeting. Proof of insurance must be included with the bids that can be
given to clerk-treasurer Karla Gingerich or Drumm prior to the meeting,
or brought to the meeting.
If any residents have pictures of the gazebo that was on The Green many
years ago, they are asked to loan them to council. There are future
plans to construct a shelter on The Green and replicating the design of
the gazebo is a possibility.
Residents who have historic information about the area or would like to
represent Unionville Center on the Big Darby Plains Scenic Byway
Committee should contact Drumm.
The Oct. 3 regular council meeting will convene on The Green at 6:30
p.m. The purpose is to meet with the chairman of the parks and
recreation committee Michelle Blevins, Charles W. Fairbanks Family
Festival Committee members and interested residents to determine where
to permanently locate the stage and to discuss the need for more
electric outlets. The council meeting will then continue in the council
Bids awarded for Creekview addition
From J-T staff reports:
Bids were approved Saturday for an eight-classroom addition to Creekview
Board members made the selections in a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. They
selected Vulcan Enterprises of Carey to provide fire protection; Thomas
and Marker of Marysville for general construction; Meade Electric of
Fredericktown; and Carl's Plumbing & Heating of Marion for heating,
ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).
Seven bids were submitted for the general construction project, also
called "general trades," which includes the roof, footer, etc. Thomas
and Marker's "lowest responsible" bid was $941,600.
Three companies submitted fire protection bids, which include the
sprinkler system. Vulcan Enterprises' lowest bid was $19,941.
Meade Electric Inc. submitted the winning bid of $134,094. It was the
lowest from the five bids submitted.
Carl's Plumbing & Heating submitted the lowest bid for combined heat,
ventilation and plumbing. It was for $226,000.
Construction will begin this year.
In other business, the board:
.Approved the administration to OK change orders up to $25,000 per
contract before seeking board authorization.
.Rehired Jim Kaufman to teach one period of AP chemistry. Kaufman
retired at the end of the 2004-2005 school year.
.Hired Stephen Fannin as a building aide.
.Went into executive session to discuss personnel and land acquisition.
The regular Marysville School Board meeting will be Monday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
series set to kick off
The 2005-2006 Union County Community Concert series will kick off
Thursday with The Coats, a high energy stage show, at the Marysville
High School at 7:30 p.m.
Originally known as The Trenchcoats, the four-part vocal ensemble will
perform a variety of hits from 1950s doo-wop to jazz, country ballads and rap.
The group began in 1987 on the University of Washington campus in
Seattle, where four young men found a common passion for singing. They
sang for hat money, giving impromptu performances anywhere and
everywhere people would listen, including restaurants, sporting events and supermarkets.
The Coats recently released its eighth CD, "The Boys Are Back."
Other performers scheduled for this year's concert series include
organist Hector Olivera on Oct. 24; the River City Ramblers on March 10;
and the Montana Mandolin Society April 11. The series will conclude May
9 with Quartetto Gelato, which performs operatic arias, tangos, gypsy
fiddling and folk songs from around the world in a relaxed, spontaneous,
exuberance way. Single adult season tickets are $35, with student season tickets and
family season tickets $15 and $75 respectively. Season tickets for
patrons, benefactors and honor rolls are $55, $125 and $500 respectively.
Season ticket holders may claim their tickets at the door. Single
performance tickets may be purchased at the door. Checks should be made
payable to the Union County Community Concerts Association.
Two deputies assisting in Mississippi
Editor's note: The following information was supplied by the Union
County Sheriff's Department.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson has responded to a call for law
enforcement assistance for police agencies affected by the recent
hurricanes in the southern United States.
He reported that an urgent call for help was received from law
enforcement agencies in Louisiana and Mississippi. As a result, Union
County was able to send sheriff's deputies Scott Anspach and Josh Campbell.
Their assignment is unknown other than to give local law enforcement in
Gulfport, Miss., whatever support they need.
Anspach and Campbell left Union County on Labor Day morning and were due
to arrive in Gulfport late Monday night, the sheriff's office reported.
Their instructions were to meet at a major intersection, outside of
Gulfport, where they were to stage and await further instructions. The
assignment will last four days, at which time they will return to Union County.
Since then, the deputies have been assigned to Biloxi and other cities
to aid in search and rescue efforts.
This morning it was reported that they are both doing fine, sleeping at
the police station at night and have been provided food.
"We will continue to send teams of deputies as long as our assistance is
needed," Nelson said. "Our goal is to send a team of deputies each week
until law enforcement in the southern states can get back on their feet."
The assignment of Anspach and Campbell was possible due to the
assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Ohio
Emergency Management Agency, the National Sheriff's Association and the
Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, deputies from all over the state of
Ohio were being deployed to assist law enforcement agencies in the affected states.
The sheriff' office also received support from the Union County
Commissioners, trustees from Jerome, Millcreek, Darby and Union
townships as well as the Village Council of Milford Center.
An Intergovernmental agreement was signed between the Union County
Commissioners and the Ohio EMA allowing the interstate mutual aid to the
Gulf Coast States.
Anspach and Campbell are both assigned to the Mississippi townships and
jurisdictions listed above as public safety officers who are trained as
Memorial Meals serves up food, companionship
Editor's note: This is the fifth in a weekly series of articles
submitted by the United Way of Union County that will run during the
course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature a different United
Way program. This week's article features Memorial Meals.
You can set your watch to it. At 11:15 every weekday morning, you can
find Al and Annabelle Converse in the meeting room at the Richwood Civic
Center ready to serve lunch to the group that gathers at the Memorial Meals site.
It's a labor of love, literally, for the Richwood couple that has been
married for 58 years. The Converses have spent their golden years
assisting with the United Way Member Agency. Mr. Converse, 94, serves
meal trays and busses tables, while 85-year old Mrs. Converse staffs the
registration desk. "Everyday for the last 20 years or so," Al said. "I like to do it, I
guess. I just enjoy the people."
Mr. Converse has amassed more than 4,000 hours of service time over the
past two decades, besting Mrs. Converse by about 500 hours. She
explained it is because she took off on Tuesdays a few years back to go
shopping, but she's been a fixture at her post ever since.
"Janet Webb said 'I think Annabelle can take over the desk and do the
same thing everyday,' so I retired to the desk then and I've worked here
for more than 10 years," Mrs. Converse said. "I enjoy that because I
see everybody everyday and get to talk with them."
The Converses are two of the volunteers within the Memorial Meals family
that serves lunch to groups of seniors who gather at four sites in Union
County or drive them to shut-ins throughout the county.
For more than 11 years, Plain City's Dave and Jane Garey have been
volunteer drivers for Memorial Meals. Twice a week, they gather with the
rest of the volunteers at Memorial Hospital of Union County, pick up the
warm, nutritious meals prepared by hospital staff, hop in the car and head north.
The Gareys drive Route B to Richwood and Essex, delivering to as many as
40 homebound residents who can not cook for themselves. Mr. Garey jokes
that the couple has worn out two cars over the years, but the experience
has been well worth it. Their work helps clients maintain independence
and stay in their homes.
"We've really become attached to all of them," Mr. Garey said. "They've
become like extended family."
That's because the Gareys have driven the same route for more than a
decade, getting to know the people they are delivering to. They've
become true friends, gathering gifts to make holiday baskets for clients
or celebrating special events with them.
"We always give them a card and we sing Happy Birthday with them." Mrs. Garey said.
It's more than just a delivery. Sometimes, the Memorial Meals drivers
are the only contact these shut-ins will have with the outside world on
that particular day. Volunteers will often spend a few moments visiting
with them and making sure their needs are being met and they are alright.
Memorial Meals is based out of Memorial Hospital of Union County and is
one of two hospital programs that receive United Way funding. The other
is speech, language and hearing.
Fast facts about Memorial Meals:
. 2005 United Way allocation was $30,000 (or 5 percent of its budget)
. The average cost of a meal is $4.50
. United Way money pays the difference between what a resident can
afford to pay and the cost of the meal so that no one is turned away.
. Participants must be 60 years old to receive financial assistance from
United Way, though anyone can join the seniors for lunch at one of the
four community meals sites by making a reservation to eat by 9:30 a.m.
on the day you wish to eat by calling 578-2445. Lunch is served at 11:30
a.m. at Windsor Manor West and Windsor Hi-Rise in Marysville, the
Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Plain City and the Richwood Civic Center.
. Memorial Meals serves an average of 360 meals a day.
. Based on donor designations, Memorial Meals is the most popular United
Way Member Agency, receiving $28,968.93 in direct donor designations
during the 2004 campaign.
Honda pledges $5 million to
County organizations continue to gather aid
From J-T staff reports:
In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, American
Honda pledged $5 million to the American Red Cross - Disaster Relief Fund.
A press release on the company's Web site states that this contribution
from the Honda family of companies, its associates and dealers includes
direct corporate contributions and special employee matching gift
programs. Honda also is making available portable generators, water
pumps, all terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, off-road motorcycles
and vehicles to agencies working in the affected areas.
American Honda has reportedly been in close communication with the
American Red Cross (ARC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) to provide support for relief efforts in the devastating
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The ARC already has at its disposal
twenty 12,000-watt Honda generators for use at emergency relief centers
around the country. These generators are maintained through annual
corporate contributions from American Honda.
Since both the ARC and FEMA have emphasized that the greatest current
need is funding to support on-site emergency response teams, on Aug. 31,
American Honda implemented a special corporate matching gift program for
its associates, contractors, temporary employees and retirees who would
like to make a personal donation to the Hurricane Katrina relief
efforts. The company will match donations made by Honda personnel to the
American Red Cross - Disaster Relief Fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis
with no total limit to contributions. Donations made to the Disaster
Relief Fund provide food, clothing, shelter, and other basic necessities
to those forced from their homes.
American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC) also has initiated its
Disaster Relief Program that provides payment extensions and other
accommodations to customers affected by this tragedy. Every effort is
being made to provide assistance to AHFC customers.
The effort to provide support includes the efforts of many different
Honda operations. For example:
. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Ala., has responded with a
corporate contribution to the ARC Disaster Relief Fund and is standing
by as requested to provide additional support.
. Honda of America Mfg. in Marysville is matching associate
contributions under an annual program to local United Way agencies, some
of which are providing resources to assist in the relief effort.
. AHFC offices in Atlanta, Ga. and Dallas, Texas are helping to provide
food and other support to local charities that are accepting evacuees
from the disaster areas, and AHFC corporate contributions are also being
made to these charitable organizations.
American Honda will continue to work with the ARC and FEMA to determine
any future need for Honda products.
A collaborative effort between central Ohio pregnancy centers is
underway to collect needed supplies for hurricane stricken areas in
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
"We are working with pregnancy center affiliate organizations CareNet
and Heartbeat International (based in Columbus) to identify a
distribution network in the affected region," said Jeffrey C. Silleck,
executive director of Pregnancy Decision Health Centers (PDHC). "We are
also counting on a local business or individual to come forward with a
truck to transport these items south."
PDHC is asking for the following: Disposable diapers, all sizes;
formula; "Onesies;" baby bottles; baby blankets and bedding; strollers;
and cribs. It is important that all items be new and in original
packaging. Cash donations also will be accepted and will go directly to
the pregnancy centers in need and to offset transportation costs. Checks
should be made out to "PDHC Hurricane Relief."
In Marysville, donations made be delivered to the Pregnancy Care Center,
825 W. Sixth St., Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from
Monday-Sept. 16. Those interested in more information may call Tina at 642-5683. For
Columbus locations, call 614-888-8774 or go to the Web site www.pdhc.org.
Schools in the Marysville Exempted Village School District will collect
school supplies such as pencils, paper, notebooks, reading books, etc.,
to be sent to students in schools impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
School supplies may be brought to the schools and placed on tables
outside of the libraries, as is done with the annual food pantry drive.
From there, they will be boxed up and delivered.
Supplies should be donated by Friday. For those who would like to donate
money, Marysville Schools has set up a special account, "The Marysville
Schools Hurricane Relief Fund," through the district's board office. All
proceeds collected through the fund will be donated directly to the Red
Cross. Checks and money orders may be made payable to the "Marysville
Schools Hurricane Relief Fund" and mailed to: Marysville Schools
Hurricane Relief Fund, attention treasurer's office, 1000 Edgewood
Drive, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Those interested may visit the school district's Web site at
The Marysville Area Ministerial Association and other concerned people
have formed a committee to assist families affected by Hurricane
Katrina. It hopes to house in the Marysville area and provide for at least one family.
"We want to provide an extravagant welcome for at least one family in
need of shelter, comfort and support. And when they're ready, we'll send
them back home with a truck load of stuff," said the Rev. Richard Flynn
of First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Churches and organizations lined up to assist include Milford Center
United Methodist Church, Marysville Christian Church, Shiloh Chapel ,
First Congregational, Trinity Lutheran, Pharisburg United Methodist, HER
Real Living Reality and Meg Michael Re/Max Reality.
The committee is currently calling itself the Union County Katrina
Outreach. Sharon Poling is acting as chairperson, Cherie Pugh is
secretary and Rev. Flynn is treasurer, with all money running through
the Ministerial Association accounts.
The next meeting will be Tuesday at HER Realty, 1041 N. Maple St.
Numerous contacts are being made to let affected people know that help
is available in Marysville. When more information is known the committee
will ask for assistance from the churches and community for what could
be a long-term commitment.
Those interested should contact Poling at 645-6532 or Rev. Flynn at 642-1611.
Urbana University's Swedenborg Memorial Library also is assisting with
Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
The library will hold a book sale through the end of September, with all
proceeds going to assist the region devastated by the hurricane,
announced Barbara Macke, director of library services.
The sale will begin Monday and continue through Sept. 30. Hours will be
Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to
3:30 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Those interested may call (937) 484-1335.
This is the second fund-raising effort Urbana University has held to
assist Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. At the University football
team's season opener Sept. 3, the Blue Knights encouraged those
attending the game to donate money to assist victims in the
--Neal's Bridgestone-Firestone, 490 N. Main St., will have a semi-truck in
its parking lot to collect items for hurricane victims in the south, starting Thursday.
Residents may donate bottles of water, cans of food, diapers and
non-perishables. The truck was donated by DHL in Columbus, and will
remain in the lot until it is full. Supplies then will be taken to needy
communities in Mississippi, Louisiana or Arkansas.
McCarthy is county's sixth ever
Thirty-third Degree Mason
From J-T staff reports:
William R. McCarthy of Marysville has joined an elect group with his
elevation to the Thirty-third Degree Scottish Rite Masons.
McCarthy joins only five other Union County residents to ever receive
this highest honorary degree for outstanding achievement within the
fraternity or for contributions to others reflecting credit on
Freemasonry. Other local Thirty-third Degree Masons include General
Robert S. Beightler, Charles Mills, D. B. Robinson, Walter Hull of
Jackson Center and Walter Herd of Marysville.
McCarthy is a Past Master of Palestine Lodge No. 158 F&AM; Past High
Priest of Marysville Chapter No. 99 RAM; Past Illustrious Master of S.S.
Jewell Council No. 89 RSM; Past Commander of Bellefontaine Commandery
No. 61 KT; a Past Deputy Division Commander Second Division, K.T., of
Ohio; a Past District Deputy Grand High Priest; and member of Ohio
Priory No. 18 KYCH. He is a member of the Aladdin Temple Shrine and many
other affiliate bodies. He joined the Valley of Columbus in the Fall class of 1979 and served as
assistant fraternal relations Director of Union County for many years
and as its director for the past seven years.
He is a Registered Pharmacist and married to Ruth. Their family includes
four children, William A. McCarthy, Susan (Stewart) Chongson, Thomas A.
(Amy) McCarthy and Mary A. (Kevin) Sampsel, and 10 grandchildren.
On Aug. 30 at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Supreme
Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, McCarthy along with 10 others from
the Valley of Columbus district received the select honor. The event
took place in a special ceremony at Grand Rapids. More than 2,000
Thirty-third Degree Masons and their wives from 15 northeastern and
midwestern states comprising the 240,000-member Northern Masonic
Jurisdiction were in attendance.
Those elevated this year were elected a year ago at the annual meeting in Milwaukee.
A Vesper Service on Sunday afternoon opened the three-day meeting which
included executive and general sessions. Supreme Council members were
joined by leading Freemasons from throughout the United States and around the world.
A major topic of discussion was the continuing expansion of the Northern
Jurisdiction's newest charitable endeavor - the establishment of
Thirty-second Degree Masonic Learning Centers for Children designed to
provide free one-on-one tutoring for young children with dyslexia. The
Scottish Rite Masons also support fellowships in schizophrenia research,
college scholarships and the National Heritage Museum at Lexington, Mass.
Council tables sewer rate hike
By RYAN HORNS
Residents can rest for now, but they can't rest easy. A proposal to
increase sewer rates in Marysville has been tabled for the time being.
Thursday night Marysville City Council met for the final reading of an
ordinance which would increase sewer rates over the next five years,
beginning in 2006. Members decided to table the legislation until the Oct. 13 council
meeting. Then it will return on third reading for a final decision.
Until then, council committees such as finance and public services will
meet and discuss the sewer rate increase further.
Members agreed that they would like to look into all options possible,
in order to feel comfortable that they have thoroughly exhausted every
route to save taxpayers money.
"I'm really struggling with all of this," council president John Gore
said. "It's a case of darned if you do and darned if you don't."
Gore said he understands that the Ohio EPA is ready to shut the city
treatment plant down if the project doesn't go ahead.
Acting mayor Kathy House said that even with halted development, the EPA
would still shut it down, because it is already over capacity.
Woodline Drive resident Richard Gieseck spoke to council about his
opinions and worries over the rate increase. As a retired man, who moved
to Marysville to escape the high costs of living in Delaware, he hoped
council would look into other ways to reduce the need for taxpayer
assistance. But he said over the next five years taxpayers are going to
be asked to pay a 68 percent sewer rate increase.
"That seems a bit harsh to me," he said.
Gieseck suggested council look further into raising tap fees for
multiple dwelling houses, such as apartment complexes and larger
businesses. He doesn't want to see businesses such as Wal-Mart or Home
Depot get tax abatements. If they can't afford to stand on their own, he said, then maybe those
businesses should "go on down the road instead."
The meeting also saw one long-time critic of the sewer rate increase
change his mind - and another member go from being undecided on the
issue to being against it. Councilman Dan Fogt, said he has disagreed with many aspects of the
sewer rate proposal. His final conclusion after much debate is that the
sewer rate increase must be enacted.
"This project absolutely has to be done," Fogt said. "I'm afraid it's
time to proceed with the project without any delay."
Councilman John Marshall, on the other hand, said he received at least
10 calls from residents who are against the increase. Up until then, he
had considered himself "on the fence."
The deciding factor for him, was when he learned that the rate increase
was actually permanent. He understood that the rates would drop when the
project was completed. He said something should be built into the legislation that repeals the
tax after the money is not needed. "I'll be voting 'no' tonight," Marshall said.
Councilman Mark Reams wanted to make it clear that the city has already
done several things to make the rates lower, such as enacting Tax
Increment Financing on new businesses and working at the state level for help.
He said impact fees for new businesses were adjusted a couple years ago,
but that they could take a look at the numbers again.
Councilman Edward Pleasant finally suggested that they table the ordinance.
City finance director, John Morehart, said that as long as they make the
final vote "sometime in November" they will still have time to make the
Jan. 1 deadline for the increase. Until then, Gore said, committees will meet and talk more on the issue.
In other business:
. Council passed the second reading on an ordinance to amend Chapter
505, Animals and Fowl, in the city codes. It would allow limited hunting
of nuisance animals within city boundaries.
Marshall offered his full support of the ordinance. He said there are a
significant amount of parks within the city and a lot of farmland down
routes 38 and 4. Many farmers have reported damaged crops.
"I agree (the ordinance) is not a perfect tool," Marshall said, "but it does give us one to use."
. House reported that the city has won a grant from the Ohio Department
of Transportation, in the amount of $80,000. It will be used toward the
Gateway Marysville Project, adding beautification in the form of
landscaping and curb work on the medians at the Delaware Avenue, and the
U.S. 33/36 exchange.
. House also reported that street paving work is still behind schedule,
due to past rain and the fact that the company is still working on a
previous project in another city. She said the road grinders will do
work next Thursday and Friday, to be followed by sealing work and paving after that.
. Residents were encouraged to attend the final "Third Friday" event
that will be held next week. The theme is "Goes to the Game" and people
are asked to wear sports apparel. The Urbana University marching band
will perform and food vendors will be on hand. This weekend also marks
the latest Concert in the Park, Festifair and the Home and Garden Show
at the business Made From Scratch, located down U.S. 33.
Area prepares for festival of arts and flight
By RYAN HORNS
The 2005 Festifair is back with vigor this year.
Organizer Christy Clark, of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, said
the hope for the event is to reclaim some of its former glory.
"The big change this year is that we're going back to our grass roots,"
Clark said. According to history, 30 years ago local residents Jack Scott, Gene
Ripley, John Feenstra, Norm Crabtree and other community leaders got
together to start the All Ohio Balloon Rally. It has since became a
highlight of Marysville events.
The first Balloon Rally was held at the Union County Airport in 1974.
But it became such a hit that the rally soon combined with other local
events, such as the Festifair arts festival and the air show. After time
the whole thing became known as Festifair: A celebration of arts and aircraft.
Clark said this year Festifair will be held at the Union County Airport
where it originated. She said that location was always one of the
special things about the festival that people enjoyed and it is a great
way to reclaim its history.
After taking a year off, organizers will again bring the 30th Balloon
Festival back to the airport.
The event has become a tradition because of people like Jack Scott, who
died last month.
"We want to honor Jack and others who gave us such a fine event for such
a long time," the event brochure stated.
The festival will take place Friday morning through Saturday evening.
Friday will include balloon launches, music by Arnette Howard and a
balloon glow later that night.
Event organizer, Karen Page said the arts and crafts portion of
Festifair has been going on for the past 25 years and it will again be
held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Page said a total of 124 artists from all around Ohio will come to
showcase their work in Marysville. She said it is also surprising how
many artists there are in Union County.
"They really come out of the woodwork," Page said.
Clark said Saturday night highlights will be a 5K walk/run on the airport runway.
"How many people can say that they ran a 5K on an airport runway," Clark
said. "How many people can say that they were listening to a band on an airport tarmac."
Union County Airport manager Lee-Anne Harris said plenty of events are
going to take place at the airport this weekend.
She said a pilot associated with Adam's Aircrafts will be bringing an
A-500 push/pull twin engine plane. He will also bring a semi truck with
a display on the plane. Harris said the gates at the airport will open around 4:30 - 5 p.m. on
Friday. Balloons will launch from the grass strip near the runway and
parking will be organized by the local EMA.
Clark said a special event to be sure to catch is the kite exhibition.
"These are not your typical kites," she said. "Most people think of
Benjamin Franklin, with the key." The kites in this event can cost up to $1,800.
"You can't even fathom the size until they lift off," Clark said.
Other items to look for are food vendors such as Barry's Perch and More,
Walking Taco, jumbo iced tea, ribbon fries, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream,
pastries and alcoholic beverages.
County to honor first responders on anniversary
of 9/11 tragedy
By CINDY BRAKE
Do you remember what you were doing on Sept. 11, 2001?
Do you remember where you were? How did you find out about the World
Trade Center disaster or the two other plane crashes that changed life
forever in the United States? Most people have a ready answer to these questions.
Many Union Countians have taken this day of tragedy and turned it into a
day of celebration to honor police and fire officials.
This Sunday several activities are scheduled.
The day begins with the American Legion Union Post 79 presenting a First
Responder Annual Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Union County
Services Building, 940 London Ave. Scotts Miracle Grow is sponsoring the
breakfast and the Union County Commissioners are supporting it. The Rev.
Jack Groat said 11 of 14 law enforcement and fire departments are
attending. Union County Engineer Steve Stolte is the guest speaker.
Others participating include the Revs. Jim Taylor, chaplain of the
Marysville Fire Department, and Jack Heino, chaplain for the Union
County Sheriff's Department.
The First United Methodist Church of Marysville has invited area police
and fire officers to their three services Sunday. Patriotic music is planned.
The Marysville Fire Department's annual Sept. 11 remembrance protocol
begins at 9:58 a.m. with all available fire department personnel
assembling at attention in front of the station flag pole. After a
moment of silence, at 9:59 a.m. - the time the South Tower collapsed -
the station bell will ring three sets of five chimes each. A complete
one-minute of silence will be observed at 10 a.m., followed by "Sea of
Blue" and taps by the Knights of Columbus.
Students at Edgewood Elementary in Marysville have been collecting sweet
treats and will be donating their goodies to the "good guys."
U-CO Industries' consumers have beenworking to purchase what they are
calling "Hero Heaters." The heaters will be donated to the Union County
EMA. Annually, U-CO Industries recognizes local first responders on the
anniversary of Sept. 11. This year the sheltered workshop adopted a
project to purchase two portable propane heaters for the EMA
rehabilitation unit. The heaters were needed to warm fire fighters, law
enforcement personnel and other first responders who work winter
emergencies. The U-CO Industries Board of Directors pledged $50 toward
the project for each day U-CO employees met predetermined production
quotas. The group tracked progress with U-CO Nation bills bearing the
countenance of Board President Jack Groat. The group raised enough money
to donate two heaters, two tanks, and $100 worth of propane.
Resolutions have been signed declaring Sept. 11 as First Responders Day
by the Union County Commissioners, Marysville City Council and Paris
Lawmen take to the air to find drugs
From J-T staff reports:
Local law enforcement took to the air recently to combat drug activity in Union County.
Detectives from the Union County Sheriff's Office and agents with Ohio
Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation reported Thursday
morning that a total of 68 marijuana plants were found growing in Union
County on Sept. 2. Sheriff Rocky Nelson said that every year agents and deputies fly in a
helicopter to patrol the counties throughout Ohio looking for marijuana.
This program is known as "Eradication."
"We've flown Union County about every year looking for individuals
growing marijuana, either on their own property or using area farmers'
open fields to grow their crop" Nelson said.
He reported that the street value of the marijuana found in the recent
air sweep totals approximately $68,000.
Sheriff's Lt. Jamie Patton reported that investigators arrived at the
value of the drugs based on the past history that one marijuana plant
can produce enough profit to sell for $1,000 each. He said 68 plants
were found on the recent search, which adds to a total of 104 marijuana
plants found in the county this year.
According to reports, 63 plants were located and seized in a wooded
field area behind a home in the 8000 block of Wells Road. The remaining
plants were located in a cornfield behind a residence in the 18000 block
of Route 47. Patton said no arrests were made out of the drug seizures.
"Locations where the marijuana was found will be investigated by
detectives to attempt to locate the owners," Patton said.
This puts the sheriff's office at a total of 104 marijuana plants seized
so far this year. Nelson said he encourages citizens in the county to call the Union
County Sheriff's Office when they have knowledge or suspect marijuana is
being grown on their property or other's by calling the sheriff's office
crime tip-hot line 937-642-7653.
Protest filed over ballot issue
By CINDY BRAKE
One Marysville resident is formally protesting documents certified to
the Union County Board of Elections by the Marysville Council clerk.
David L. Creviston wants a public hearing to determine whether city
officials followed the letter of the law when submitting charter amendments.
He raises two concerns. Creviston states, in a document filed Aug. 31 with the board of
elections, that the Charter Review Board lacked a quorum and failed to
pass their recommendation. Four of nine members were present. A fifth
vote was allegedly made part of the record at another time and not in a
public meeting. He also states that the council clerk completed final charter changes
that were never seen by the Charter Review Board or City Council in a
public meeting. "Obviously the entire work product of the Charter Review must be
complete before being submitted to City Council. No one can alter,
change, delete or add to the Charter Review Board's complete or
incomplete work," Creviston writes. "The integrity of the charter
amendment process must not be compromised."
A hearing on the protest will be 2 p.m. Sept. 15.
A certificate of completion signed by Charter Review board members
Avanelle Oberlin, Anne Daniel, Doug Smith and Mindy Stice on July 26
states that they framed four charter amendments to be recommended and
presented to the Marysville City Council at their Aug. 11 meeting, which
in turn shall be properly certified to the board of elections prior to 4
p.m. on Aug. 25 for the purpose of being included on the ballot for the
general election on Nov. 8. Bart Jackson signed the document on July 29.
Not signing the document were Carl Coe, Dale Corbin, Grant Underwood and
Paul Richmond. The charter items recommended for amendment are: general/charter;
section 6.01 director of administration; section 7.01 director of
finance; and section 9.03.03 board of zoning appeals.
The section 6.01 amendment adds the education requirement and for
professional standards concerning the director of administration.
The section 7.01 amendment changes the number of votes for council
members required to confirm the mayoral appointment of the director of
finance from two-thirds to a majority vote of four elected council
members. Further the amendment requires the appointed director of
finance to have a bachelor's degree in accounting, economics or finance
from a nationally accredited university and meet any minimum or required
professional standards established by city ordinance.
The section 9.03.03 amendment changes the number of members of the Board
of zoning appeals from five to seven. The specific cite to city
ordinance 1129.05 is being replaced by the codified ordinances.
The general/charter amendment removes all gender specific pronouns and
replaces them with gender neutral language.
Driven out by Katrina
Family, including expectant mother, lands in Marysville
By CINDY BRAKE
Hurricane Katrina has sent one Louisiana family to Marysville.
Denise and Steven Sabido of Metairie, La., arrived in Marysville last
week to stay with family after the devastating storm chased them and
thousands of others from their homes.
The journey to Marysville was extreme, to say the least.
Expecting twins in November, the young family includes 4 year-old Emily
and 16-month Kylie. Born and raised in Louisiana, Mrs. Sabido said
hurricane warnings are just part of life. In the eight years they've
been married, the Sabidos have left their home three times with three
days worth of supplies. In the past, the hurricanes have stirred up a
lot of wind and water but never affected their home.
This time was different.
Mr. Sabido said that he originally thought the family would weather out
the storm when it was a category 3, especially with a 31-week pregnant
wife and two small children. Mrs. Sabido called it hurricane fatigue.
However, when Katrina was elevated to a category 5, he knew it was time
to leave their one-story, four-bedroom home located about 20 miles west
of New Orleans.
They packed their mini-van to capacity with a five-day supply of items
for the girls, plus their 50-pound dog Voodoo, 20 gallons of water and
his mother, Patricia, who is a widow and doesn't drive. They headed to
Vicksburg, Miss., which is normally a four-hour drive. This trip took
eight hours as they traveled 10 to 15 miles per hour. Mr. Sabido said
the 16-month-old screamed the entire trip, wanting to get out of the van.
In Mississippi, they settled into a hotel for two days and a night. The
hotel had no electricity, Mr. Sabido said, adding that the heat and
humidity were stifling. He joked about the hotel looking like a
Louisiana Refuge Camp. One of the biggest challenges, he said, was
finding ice to keep Kylee's milk cold.
While there, they met up with other family members. The others decided
to go to Houston, except Mrs. Sabido's mother, Virgie Couret. She
decided to join the Sabidos on their 18-hour journey to the Mill Valley
home of David and Laura Sabido.
While Marshall law is now in effect and no one can enter the city for 30
days, Mr. Sabido said the city was opened for three days and his
brother-in-law was able to go to their home. He found two feet of water
and four-feet of mold. One of their greatest losses were precious family
photos which had been sealed in a garbage container. The container had
been knocked over and the photos damaged.
Mr. Sabido has talked to their oldest daughter about what is going on.
She told him she knew the "hurricane was coming to get us" and that is
why they left home. He told her the hurricane came after other people
too. She knows some of her toys are ruined and that they will be staying
in Ohio for a while. She has new toys now. He told her that her purple
room might not be the same. She wanted to know if her new room could be
purple and pink.
"She's happy," Mrs. Sabido said as her eyes tear up with emotion.
The Sabidos say they will return to Louisiana, but for now are making
plans for their twins to be born in Ohio. They are thankful for
everyone's hospitality and grateful that their family is safe.
Every day brings new information. Mr. Sabido is a general contractor for
a national company. He knows that he'll find work. The Sabidos realize
they will have to rebuild.
"It's hard to imagine ... this happened to us." Mrs. Sabido said. "We're
waiting to wake up."
North Lewisburg council members
discuss special meeting
By CORINNE BIX
There seems to have been some confusion regarding the special meeting
held last month by the North Lewisburg Village Council.
After last month's regular board meeting held on Aug. 2, it was decided
that a work session would be held on Aug. 11 to discuss the possibility
of putting either a .5 percent income tax or a five-mill levy on real
estate on the November ballot.
Either option would generate about $95,000 annually for the village.
In August, Barry First, village administrator, explained that the
village hasn't seen any new money from taxpayers since 1994. Currently,
emergency services take almost half of the village's operating budget.
At the August meeting, First said he would lean towards the income tax
over the real estate tax because the latter only affects property owners.
Mayor Dick Willis decided after the regular meeting on Aug. 2 that the
work session would be changed to a special meeting.
This was done to ensure that if the council chose to vote on putting the
tax issue on the fall ballot that the village would be able to file
before Champaign County's Board of Elections deadline in late August.
The Ohio Revised Code requires that only meetings in which the public is
notified may be deemed an actual meeting, as opposed to a work session.
An actual legal vote by a council must take place in a meeting.
Council members were unaware that the work session had been changed to a
special meeting. Mayor Dick Willis' office did submit two public notices
announcing the special meeting in the Urbana Daily Citizen as required
by law. The notices appeared in the Urbana paper on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11.
The Daily Citizen was the only publication notified because they are
considered Champaign County's main paper of circulation.
Mayor Dick Willis addressed council at last evening's regular meeting
defending his right to lawfully change the classification from a work
session to a special meeting.
All council members were made aware of the change upon the meeting's
start on Aug. 11 and they were also given the option as to whether or
not they wanted to put the levy issue to a vote.
First said that no one contested the change in the meeting's
classification and a vote was taken. The motion passed to put a .5
percent income tax before the voters in November.
The motion passed four to one. Council President Steve Wilson voted
against and council member Curtis Burton was not present.
Ed Corwin from the Champaign County Emergency Response Team reported to
council about recruiting community members to participate in a Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program.
Corwin has received federal grant money to train up to 80 Champaign
County residents to participate in the 20-hour program. He hopes to
recruit a minimum of 20 people from North Lewisburg alone.
The program is free and upon completion, participants receive their CERT
identification, a certificate of completion and an emergency backpack.
Those age 14 and older who are interested may contact the Ed Corwin at
firstname.lastname@example.org or the village of North Lewisburg for more information.
Officer Glenn Kemp gave the Champaign County Sheriff's report for the
month of August for the village. There were 21 traffic citations issued,
four warning issued for traffic violations, 26 incident reports, 29
cases of assistance given to citizens, 12 arrests made, 11 civil and
criminal papers served, 96 follow-up investigations completed, three
open doors and six juvenile incidents
The next council meeting will be Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. In other news, council:
.Passed a resolution to accept amounts and rates as determined by the
County Budget Commission.
.Passed a motion to go forward on the well head protection plan as
required by the Ohio EPA in regard to the wastewater treatment plant.
Deadline for the plan's completion is March 1.
.Announced that Beggar's Night will be Monday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m.
to coincide with all of Champaign County.
County will have touch
By CINDY BRAKE
After a three-and-a-half hour meeting, three executive sessions and two
tie votes, the four-member Union County Board of Elections selected
voting equipment Tuesday.
Board chairman and Republican representative Robert Parrott opened the 9
a.m. meeting by stating that the board began this process three years ago.
Punch-ballots, which have been used in the past in Union County, are
being eliminated. Punch ballots will be used one last time during the
November general election even though federally-mandated deadlines for
the switch to the new system have passed.
The four-member board had to choose between two vendors and two systems.
Both systems are available from both vendors.
The vendors are Diebold or Election Systems and Software (ES&S). The
systems are direct recording electronic (DRE) and optical scan (PCOS).
Voters touch a computer screen for DRE systems. With optical scans,
voters fill in ovals on paper cards with ink.
"I'll be glad to have this decision done and made and move on to other
things," Parrott said. He then passed out a paper ballot and asked the other board members and
staff to anonymously mark their preferences. It quickly became clear
that the majority preferred purchasing equipment from ES&S.
Opinions were mixed on the better system.
In the end the board voted 3 to 1 for the DRE system. Voting in favor
were Parrott and fellow Republican Max Robinson and Democrat Jack Foust.
Voting against was Democrat Dave Moots.
"You get a chance to do this once," Moots said during the discussion. He
favored the optical scan system, arguing that it provides a permanent
paper record and that DRE does not.
Parrott said the optical scan system was antique, cumbersome - a washing
machine. Robinson kept suggesting that the board go into executive session and
had little to say in the open meeting.
Foust appeared interested in doing what other counties are doing.
Moots argued that the DRE system was unproven and provided no way to
recount. Moots predicted that the system could "embarrass" the county
and make officials "look like idiots" if there is an election and it
cannot be recounted. "How are we going to do a recount?" Moots asked.
He predicted if there is ever a two-vote difference, workers will be in
the office for days counting by hand. "Why would we invest in a system
like that?" Moots asked.
He pointed out that no one has seen the final machine, only a prototype
and there is no software to count ballots.
Fellow Democrat Foust passed off Moots concerns by saying he believed
"someone will take care of it."
Parrott on the other hand thought the DRE system was more convenient and
offered the board a chance to combine precincts.
The board was deadlocked on a decision for most of the morning with
Moots and Robinson voting for optical scan systems. Foust and Parrott
voted for DRE systems.
Calls were made to the Secretary of State but no ready answers were
offered. At one time it appeared that the board would turn the decision
about a system over to the Secretary of State.
Toni Slusser, a district representative for the Secretary of State,
warned the board that the process at the state is random - like putting
everything in a hat and drawing straws. She said the only sure way to
guarantee Union County gets ES&S is by making a local decision.
Several times Parrott asked members if they wanted to change their vote.
In the end, Moots presented a motion to purchase the optical scan system
from ES&S. The motion failed with Robinson changing sides.
Parrott then presented a motion that Union County's first choice would
be the DRE touch screen system from ES&S. Foust seconded the motion and
it passed. The four members unanimously selected a second choice of the
optical scan system from ES&S.
After the vote, Moots said there are some issues concerning equipment
and software that the board needs to continue to work on diligently.
Robinson and Parrott agreed.
With the November election quickly approaching, staff members urged the
board to make a decision about what type of equipment to be used.
Foust wanted punch cards to be used one last time. He said voters and
staff needed time to practice and put on demonstrations with the new
equipment. "We're not ready yet," Foust said.
Calling this election "busy" with numerous local races and issues, Moots
concurred, adding that punch cards would provide an audit trail if there
are any close races.
"I don't want to go through this election without an audit," Moots said.
The board vote split with Robinson, Moots and Foust voting for punch
cards. Parrott voted against the motion.
In other business, the board accepted a request from Bonnie Spriggs,
director of the board, to step down from her appointment and be named
clerk. She listed health concerns as her reasons. Clerk Theresa Hook of
Richwood was promoted to the director position.
Home a total loss after fire
From J-T staff reports:
A house in Ashton Meadows burned almost completely to the ground within
minutes Tuesday afternoon. According to Marysville Fire Department reports, a resident at 1202
Monteclair Court called to report his house was on fire.
The home is owned by Amy Powers and was being occupied by the family of
Yancy and Amy Downey. Dispatchers convinced the family to leave the home, while crews
responded. But within minutes, the home had already been engulfed in
flames. Heavy smoke was visible for blocks away.
Today, it was reported that the house was a total loss.
"It was a very difficult fire," Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson said.
"It was a fast moving fire."
He explained that many newer model homes burn more quickly than older
homes and can cause intense heat.
Johnson said the family consisted of parents and several young children.
They had been renting the home.
He said all were able to escape without injuries and stood several homes
away in a neighbor's driveway as firefighters attempted to save the house.
Johnson said several firefighters suffered minor injuries associated
with heat exhaustion.
While the fire appears to have started in the garage, investigators are
still trying to determine what caused the fire.
According to reports, when crews arrived the home was emitting heavy
smoke, and was engulfed in flames from the rear to the front and had
already taken away the roof.
Johnson said the radiant heat from the fire what intense. A home next
door also suffered damage, with melted siding and roof damage.
Marysville crews were assisted by firemen from Jerome, Union, Liberty
and Allen townships. Many were on the scene until after 6 p.m. keeping
the fire under control. The Union County Red Cross reported this morning that it placed the
family in a local hotel and have provided them with food.
When city employees serve, their jobs wait
By JOEY SECREST Journal-Tribune intern
The city of Marysville is a strong supporter of the military.
Firefighter Drew Pavao of Gahanna returned to work at Marysville Fire
Department recently after being activated with the Army for a year at
Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
Pavao is not the first city employee to be activated by the military
however. In January 2004, Marysville police officer Brian Payne served
as military police for the Army at Fort Riley in Kansas for about a
year. In 2003, former Marysville part-time firefighter Melissa Holstein
was deployed to Iraq by the Army.
The policy for Marysville says that the city "...provides eligible
employees military leave for active military duty or reserve training
with any branch of the United States Armed Forces." According to the
policy, an employee who serves active military duty may return to his
job after completion of military service and is reinstated to a
previously held position to receive the rate to which he would have been
entitled had service with the city not been interrupted.
Lt. Joe Daniels said that although Pavao was missed, a part-time
firefighter temporarily served full-time in his absence.
On his first day back, Pavao said he had mixed emotions about adjusting
back to the fire house routine.
"I'm definitely not jumping right back into the saddle," he said. "It's nerve-racking."
The military was a hobby and a part-time job to Pavao. By being
activated, it automatically turned into his full-time job and he was
forced into temporarily forgetting his life as a Marysville firefighter.
Now Pavao is doing just the opposite ? forgetting his life in the Army
and focusing on firefighting.
"I do love it (the Army)," he said. "I love the military. I miss it and
want to stay in it."
Pavao, ranked as a staff sergeant for the Army, said that even though he
did not go to Iraq he still felt that he was contributing.
Pavao was activated to be a full-time drill sergeant under Operation
Enduring Freedom. The number of drill sergeants at Fort Benning
out-numbered the trainees, so Pavao taught classes for Theater Specific
Individual Readiness Training or TSERT. As a part of TSERT he taught
basic information about first aid, weapons and how to look for bombs and
explosive devices. "I like what I was doing," Pavao said. "It was very fulfilling to see
how they changed in those eight weeks. Hopefully out there somewhere
something will happen and what they learned from the class will help them."
Pavao is back for now, however he has 11 years of service left with the
Reserves and he could be re-activated at any time.
"It all depends on what the demand is until I retire," he said.
Trustee goes unpaid in Jerome
Without a second signature official's check can't be cashed
By CINDY BRAKE
Jerome Township Trustee Sharon Sue Wolfe won't sign a fellow trustee's paycheck.
"Madam chair, are you going to sign my paycheck?" asked Jerome Township
Trustee Ron Rhodes during Tuesday's regular meeting.
"Sign it yourself, Mr. Rhodes," Wolfe responded. She offered no
explanation for her refusal to sign the Aug. 31 check for $765.68.
Checks take two signatures. Trustee Freeman May signed the check.
Rhodes said Wolfe signed all checks with the exception of the Rhodes'
paycheck. The check is one approved at an Aug. 17 special meeting.
Rhodes has repeatedly stated that the Aug. 17 meeting was illegal and
violated the Ohio Sunshine Law.
Rhodes listed three reasons why he could not sign the check.
"I cannot do that for three reasons. The meeting was illegal under the
law. I had no part in approving the bills ... The meeting itself did not
meet the parameters required by the ORC."
Wolfe said she is tired of listening to Rhodes' threats and suggested he
take the matter to court. It looks like he may do just that.
"I will more than likely be filing theft charges on Susie," Rhodes said today.
Wolfe had no answer to another Rhodes' question about why no levy
request is on the upcoming ballot to pay for the public safety officer program.
Clerk Robert Caldwell sent a letter Sept. 1 to the Union County Budget
Commission concerning the township's deficit spending.
"Earlier this year I indicated to the Jerome Township Board of Trustees
that there was concern regarding the expenditure for police service paid
from the general fund. At that time and currently, it is estimated that
the general fund will experience expenditures in excess of receipts in
the amount of $137,000. Making up this deficit is the police contract
which is expected to total $170,000 paid in 2005," Caldwell wrote.
He points out that at the beginning of the year the township's general
fund had a balance of $567,954 and therefore can sustain the one year of deficit.
"Of concern are the future years," Caldwell wrote. "Continued projected
deficits result in an insolvent fund before the end of year 2010. These
projections do not take into account the uncertainty of the new
commercial activity tax which is to replace personal property taxes.
"While the township has some reserves in other funds, there are not
sufficient enough to offset the deficits in the general fund for any
significant length of time. Note also that with the additional full time
firefighters hired in 2004, the fire levy is not projected to provide
funds for major equipment replacement," Caldwell wrote.
A citizen asked Wolfe about the township's plans to provide trash collection.
"Some people really like their trash man," Wolfe responded, adding that
other individuals were concerned they would lose the once-a-month option
they now enjoy with private haulers. She said she thought the residents
were working on the issue. Wolfe recently held a public hearing/open
house to discuss mandatory township-wide trash collection.
Trustee May questioned Rhodes about a $26 bill for lumber. Rhodes said
he had agreed to repair a resident's mailbox that had been damaged by a
snow plow. He admitted that he hadn't yet been able to get the job done
and said he would bring the lumber to the township building.
Wolfe said a service agreement with the city of Dublin is completed and
will be signed. A copy of the contract was not available at the township
In other business, the board of trustees:
. Unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting engine breaking
. Unanimously approved an annual contract with the consulting engineer
. Set a public hearing date concerning a rezoning matter
. Unanimously passed a resolution honoring their public safety officer
who is assisting in hurricane relief efforts
. Agreed that a Dublin traveling baseball team could use the township
Ethics continue to be a topic for
By RYAN HORNS
The topic of ethics and judges serving on jail commissions came back
before the Tri-County Regional Jail Board.
At last week's meeting, jail director Robert Beightler said he has been
asked by the Ohio Judicial Conference to serve on a committee to discuss
the ethics of judges' involvement in serving on jail commissions.
The board previously had one judge representing each county involved,
including Union County, Madison County and Champaign County.
All but Champaign County Judge Roger Wilson have left their positions on
the jail board. Wilson chose to stay on as a member until the decision
was finally clarified by the state and national legislature that it was
legally unethical. "We'll see how it turns out," Wilson said. "It's an essential task."
Wilson said he understood that the legislature had not made up its mind
on the issue and that he believes that input from judges is necessary on
jail commissions. Board members told Beightler that it would be a good move for him to
serve on the Ohio Judicial Conference committee.
"I think we have one of the model jails in the state," Union County
Commissioner Gary Lee said. "We have to be extremely happy of what we
have going on here."
"This board does run well," Champaign County Commissioner Bob Corbett
said. "As good or better than most."
"We've got good chemistry," Madison County Commissioner David Dhume
said. In other discussions, the Tri-County Regional Jail will finally hold an
all-encompassing fire drill for its facility.
The issue has been discussed for months, as Beightler promoted its
benefits concerning future jail safety.
Beightler announced that the full scale evacuation of the facility will
take place Sept. 20 at 7 a.m. Law enforcement from surrounding areas
will be on hand to provide extra security.
Hurricane Katrina is also having its effect on law enforcement agencies
throughout the country. Many police, fire and corrections officers have
been requesting leaves of absence in order to go help hurricane victims
in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Beightler said there is a jail officer who is requesting to go provide
help. The only problem is that the Tri-County Jail does not have that
many administrative employees.
"I know they need help," Beightler said, "and I admire that person for
wanting to go." But he said that the jail office is a small facility, and even with a
full staff, one person would be missed.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said that sheriff's offices have been
contacted about sending deputies to help. He said some may be reimbursed
for providing officers. Ultimately, the jail board said they would leave it up to Beightler to
decide if he can spare any employees. But at a time when staff levels
are low from high turnover rates and those off on military leave,
sending people to help in the disaster could possibly shut down the jail office.
In other business:
. The board voted to raise Beightler's salary after he received a review
to complete his probationary period. He was hired six months ago and
according to the hiring terms, a raise would follow a favorable review.
Gary Lee said comments on his work were positive and that the entire
board has been impressed with improvements, the general operation of
and the cleanliness of the jail.
Beightler's salary was then raised to $54,500, which is the same as the
former jail director's.
Relief for Mill Valley cat problem may
be in sight
By RYAN HORNS
Union County Humane Society Executive Director Rachel Finney said it
will take a lot of patience, but something can be done about the ferrel,
or stray, cat problem in the Woods at Mill Valley.
Finney came to the neighborhood homeowners association meeting last week
to explain her plan. She also reported that earlier in the week the
Humane Society had been given a grant for $1,320 by Petco to deal with
feral cats in the neighborhood.
The announcement was met with applause when she reported that the grant
would help pay for 40 stray cats to be trapped, tested for diseases and
then spayed or neutered.
But in order to do this, Finney said, she is going to need 25 volunteers
to help manage the cats that they trap. She said 60 percent of those
volunteers need to be residents of the Woods at Mill Valley.
The process for collecting the animals was also explained.
Finney said volunteers will use specific traps, set up in designated
"stations." The traps will have food inside to lure strays. Once they
are caught and treated, the animals will be released back into the
neighborhood. She said volunteer veterinarians will make a small snip on
one ear of the cats, so they will be able to tell if the animal has been
trapped already. If there are more than 40 cats trapped, she said, they must find a way
to pay for the rest - at $33 per cat. "There needs to be a serious commitment from everybody in the
neighborhood," Finney said.
She explained that the Humane Society receives $45,000 a year from Union
County, but mainly to be used for dealing with stray dogs.
"Everything else we do is because we really like animals," Finney said.
All cats that come in are taken care of either by the $60 surrender fee
charged to people giving up their felines or through donations.
Finney said many would be surprised to learn that 80 percent of the work
they do involves cats.
She said that two healthy stray cats could create 420,000 cats in just
six years. But trapping and euthanized them, or even moving them to
another area does not work.
The only proven method is having the strays spayed or neutered, she
said, so they can control the population. Taking the cats away only
creates more food and more room for other cats to move in.
She said the biggest problem residents have with the cats are the noises
made when they are breeding, odor of urine caused by cats marking their
territory and the digging. These are all problems caused by cats who
have not been spayed or neutered and are looking to breed.
As long as spayed and neutered cats are in the neighborhood, she said,
those animals will not be breeding and will also keep out other feral
cats looking to move in.
Finney added that it will take a combined effort by residents and
volunteers to make any progress.
She announced a meeting will be held Nov. 12 to train the 25 volunteers
in how to manage and maintain the cat stations.
The homeowners meeting was attended by 150-200 people, but by the end
the volunteer sign-up sheet had about seven names on it.
One man asked if there are any alternatives to this plan.
"You really don't have any other options," Finney said.
Fines would likely be the result of anyone trying to take matters into
their own hands. Killing cats is illegal in the state of Ohio.
She also noted that residents should not be afraid of feral cats. The
animals are afraid of people and would never attack, unless they have
been cornered or threatened.
From J-T staff reports:
Numerous area residents and agencies are lending a helping hand for
victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Area merchants are providing a way for Union County residents to help
the victims of Katrina.
A semi-truck is being loaded with much needed supplies and will be
delivered to the disaster area.
The immediate emergency need is for personal hygiene items, baby
formula, baby food, diapers and ready-to-eat non-perishable food.
Donated items can be dropped off at the front entrance of Lovejoys
Market, 900 Village Blvd., Plain City.
For additional information or to make large quantity donations, contact
Kacie Winn at (614) 306-1072.
"The victims of this disaster need these emergency supplies now. Let's
not delay in getting this truckload of supplies on its way," said
organizer Ron Winn.
In lieu of product donations, cash donations can be made to Champaign
National Bank, 204 W. Main St., Plain City. All branches are accepting
donations. Checks should be made to Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.
Sheila Barnhardt, 16, and several classmates from Fairbanks High School
are planning a car wash fund raiser Monday from noon to 2 p.m. at Rite
Aid in Marysville. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross for hurricane victims.
Marysville Schools have set up a special account - the Marysville
Schools Hurricane Relief Fund - to collect donations through the school
district's board office.
All proceeds collected through the fund will be donated directly to the
Red Cross. Checks and money orders may be made payable to the Marysville
Schools Hurricane Relief Fund and mailed to: Marysville Schools
Hurricane Relief Fund, Attention: Treasurer's Office, 1000 Edgewood
Drive, Marysville, Ohio 43040.
All school buildings will collect school supplies such as pencils,
paper, notebooks and reading books to be sent to students in schools
impacted by the hurricane. Marysville High School and Middle School
student council members have announced they will collect donations for
the Red Cross and other relief organizations over the next several weeks.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said families displaced by the disaster
may enroll their children in Marysville Schools - even without documents
such as birth certificates, proof of residency or immunization forms the
school district normally requires.
Children of hurricane refugees will qualify for free and reduced
lunches. Zimmerman says whenever possible, school staff will help these
children and their families find means of obtaining other basic
necessities such as food, clothing and medicine.
Memorial Hospital of Union County held a bake sale Friday with proceeds
benefiting hurricane victims.
Line technicians from Union Rural Electric Cooperative joined the
hurricane recovery effort Friday when they departed for Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The URE employees will join 32 line workers and 16 trucks from Ohio's
electric cooperatives who departed Thursday to provide assistance to
Pearl River Valley Electric Cooperative.
"I believe it is our duty and obligation to help in any manner
possible," Roger Yoder, URE President and CEO, said. "It's the cooperative way."
Union Rural Electric Cooperative responds to mutual aid calls as part of
a statewide effort to other cooperative's in need. Pearl River Valley
Electric Cooperative serves approximately 39,000 meters in an area just
over one hour north of Gulfport, Mississippi.
Early reports indicate Pearl River has 100 percent of their members out of power.
"We have experienced some pretty bad storms in the past, but none have
come close to the destruction and devastation caused by Katrina. I know
if URE took a similar hit, other cooperatives would be here to lend us a
helping hand."" Yoder said. "We ask everyone to keep URE employees in
our thoughts and prayers to be safe as they travel and work helping to
restore power to the Mississippi Gulf Coast."
United Way of Union County is also collecting funds.
Attorney General Jim Petro reminds Ohioans to do their homework before
making donations to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"Our hearts go out to those whose lives have been devastated by
Hurricane Katrina," Petro said. "I urge Ohioans who want to make
monetary donations to a charity to first ensure they are donating to a
legitimate charity before they send any money. Unfortunately, the worst
of storms sometimes brings out the worst in those who would seek to scam
Petro warns that con artists may solicit for donations to help disaster
victims and may even use legitimate charity names such as the Red Cross.
He urges Ohioans to give directly to their local charity organizations.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided the following list
of phone numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers:
. American Red Cross, 800-435-7669
. Operation Blessing, 800-436-6348
. America's Second Harvest, 800-344-8070
. Lutheran Disaster Response, 800-638-3522
. Mennonite Disaster Service, 717-859-2210
. Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
. United Methodist Committee on Relief, 800-554-8583
For further information visit the website for the National Voluntary
Organizations Active in Disaster, www.novad.org.
Former residents provide accounts of
By CINDY BRAKE and KARLYN BYERS
Hurricane Katrina's disastrous winds have touched Union County residents
in a variety of ways.
Two former residents now living in Louisiana weathered the storm, while
several in the area are now planning fund-raisers to help the needy. A
category 4 Hurricane Katrina plowed through the Louisiana coast with 160
mph wind and a threat of a 28-foot storm surge forcing a mandatory
evacuation of the below-sea-level city of New Orleans.
On the frontlines
Former Marysville family practitioner Dr. Cynthia Swart was literally in
the frontlines of the hurricane while working in urgent care at Keller
Hospital in Metairie, near Lakeside and Tulane. She said approximately
250 people were in the hospital including patients, skeletal teams in
each department and their family members.
Swart described the storm as like being in a "white out."
The hospital became an island, completely surrounded by water, Swart said.
While the hospital's generators lasted, she said the biggest
inconvenience was no flushing toilets and no running water.
To help alleviate the problem, her husband Ron Reece, and others
collected flood water to power flush the toilets. Swart said they were
known as the Royal Flushers. Unfortunately, Reece get an infection in
his feet after being in the flood waters and they are now red and swollen.
Swart said the city is like a third world country.
By Tuesday, Swart said her hospital's chief operating officer decided to
shut the hospital down after learning that a levy was not expected to hold.
People left the hospital in three-car caravans, Swart said.
She said the city was dark with only vehicle lights shining the way.
Cars had to dodge electrical lines and drive on the wrong way on lines
to reach Interstate 10 that led the way to escape.
Swart said the vehicle she was in drove five hours to Houston and they
could not find one available hotel. They finally stopped at a rest area
before completing the journey. She said her family is planning to go to
Austin where they have relatives and have had an offer to stay with
another family member in Cincinnati.
She was hoping they could return to their Jefferson Parish home in
Kenner on Monday, but was doubtful with the recent news of looting and mayhem.
Swart said her 18-year-old son is safe and sound in Ohio, but 5-year-old
Scott thinks the adventure has been "really cool" especially after his
dad downloaded Spiderman II.
She added that Scott is beginning to ask tough questions about their
house and the family pet. Unfortunately, Swart said, she has no answers.
For now, Swart said, she is jobless and homeless.
"The outpouring of brotherly love is astronomical here," wrote Connie
Russell, longtime Marysville resident who retired to Otis, La. "I just
hope you all up north are sending what you can to the Red Cross and
other organizations to help people."
Otis, La., is located near Alexandria, La., which is not far from the
Texas border. Alexandria has had "thousands of families" pouring into it
looking for help, according to Russell.
Her comments were taken from e-mail messages Russell sent to Scott and
Holly Underwood and others and which the Underwoods are sharing with the
Journal-Tribune in hopes of encouraging local donations to relief efforts.
"Everywhere you look there are people living in automobiles and their
trucks," Russell wrote. "They're children playing in the cement parking
lots in our 96-degree heat with no shade."
Russell said through the efforts of local churches, including St. Clair
and New Hope Baptist Churches, 15 families are sheltered at New Hope.
Each family has a Sunday school room, so refugees have some privacy and
room for beds. A washer and dryer were donated and set up so there also
is some place to do laundry.
There are "plenty of food and goods to go around," Russell said,
although paper products such as plates and napkins are needed, as are
baby formula, diapers, medications, personal hygiene items such as soap
and toothpaste, and towels, wash cloths and socks.
Russell added the churches could use money "to buy other needed stuff."
There are hopes children sheltered at the church can be enrolled in
school soon which should help alleviate "some of the chaos and noise," Russell said.
In addition to school-age children, the church also houses a 4-week-old
baby, a 2 year old and 1-year-old twin boys, Russell said.
"We've got an older couple ... the man sits outside on the tailgate of
their old truck with their dog all day long because he can't bring the
dog in the church," Russell wrote. "He comes in and helps with chores a
man can do. Another man went to work today with one of the deacons."
An old nursing home that was closed also has been pressed into use. It
is sheltering people from nursing homes in New Orleans.
Gas stations are shutting down because they are running out of gasoline.
And what stations still have gasoline also have long lines of vehicles
lined up, lines which take two hours to navigate.
"Bad stuff is starting to happen," Russell writes in her most recent
e-mail Thursday night. "There have been robberies and car jackings in
Alex (Alexandria). They robbed the Subway. There are riots and stuff ...
The people down here are so naive as far as the world is concerned and
it is so easy to take advantage of their kind generous nature."
Russell continues, "If you are watching the TV you hear the horrendous
things that are going on in New Orleans. People are shooting at rescue
workers. Sounds like Sodom and Gomorrah to me. I guess there are good
and evil people everywhere. After 9/11 I really had hope for humanity
but after today I wonder."
Russell and her husband, Gene, are "locking our place down at night
and taking no chances. I still feel blessed to be here but maybe just
a little, long for the safety of Marysville," she writes.
residents speak out over deed restrictions
By RYAN HORNS
Woods of Mill Valley residents got a taste of the best and the worst of
democracy in action Thursday night.
The neighborhood homeowners association held a meeting at Creekview
Intermediate School to address why some of them have been deemed "in
violation" of deed restrictions. The event brought out roughly 150 to 200 homeowners.
In the end, the board decided that deed restriction fines will be halted
until Sept. 15. At that time another meeting will be declared.
After two and a half hours of discussion that led up to this decision,
many hands were raised, a lot of questions were asked and many "what
ifs" were uttered. One person even stormed out.
"All I want to know is if I need to fix my fence or not," the man said before becoming upset.
Homeowners association president Patrick Soller said the answer is not
so easy. The entire night came down to deciding what to do about a
petition signed by roughly 80 percent of all homeowners.
Resident Steve Smith said he went to almost every house in the
neighborhood with a petition asking for two things:
1. That the Homeowners Association form a new committee to review the
2. That all legal action, concerning collecting fines, be tabled until
the committee makes a decision.
Smith said the deed restrictions were drawn up years ago and do not
reflect the current homeowner's situation. With 80 percent of the voting
public signing this document, it was unnecessary to hold a vote in order
to change restrictions because essentially everyone had already voted.
Smith proposed changing the deed restrictions to allow a majority vote
of eligible voters to win, instead of a two-thirds vote out of all
eligible voters. He explained that a majority would equal half of those who voted, plus
one deciding vote. As soon as the words were spoken, confusion set in and hands went up
asking if 10 people voted, that would mean only six people could change
the deed restrictions to whatever they wanted.
"You signed this petition of your own free will," Soller told them. "No
one twisted your arm."
He said he hoped that everyone had read it and understood it before
signing. He said if this is what residents want then the association
will verify the petition and do as the people request.
At that point a lack of understanding about the petition superseded a
lack of understanding about deed restrictions. Several people asked if
it were possible to withdraw their signatures.
Local attorney John Eufinger, said that any signature can be withdrawn.
But he said the important issue is that a petition does not equal a vote.
Eufinger explained that there are problems with both the deed
restrictions and the petition. He said it is interesting to note that
the deed restrictions also state that "the restrictions are only valid
in Franklin County." This highlights the argument about outdated rules.
He said all they can hope to do is allow the board to verify the
petition signatures and then hold another meeting. Over the next week he
will review the design review codes. On Sept. 15 they will announce
another meeting date to discuss the results.
Soller consulted with board members and they decided to not accept
either motions made by the petition.
He said the board could not make a decision that night because there was
no committee formed, as the petition asked for. Without a committee they
can't review the deed restrictions. None of this was going to be taken
care of in one night.
Soller said Eufinger will review the legal ramifications of the
petition, and board members will verify the signatures. If any names
have been in violation for more than 30 days then, by the deed
restrictions, their signatures do not count.
"We want to make sure the rules are processed appropriately," Soller said.
Several people summed up the night, when they asked Soller if "you are
hearing most of us."
When a petition is signed by 80 percent of all homeowners, several said
it was a clear sign that something is wrong.
Other discussion during the meeting explained how association fees are
being managed and how they plan to handle problems with stray cats and
Kathy House settles into job
Director of administration will serve as acting mayor for the coming month
By CINDY BRAKE
History may be made today when a woman becomes Marysville's first acting
mayor for an extended period of time.
Kathy House, director of administration, isn't expecting any surprises
when she takes over for a month-long stint. Mayor Tom Kruse is on
vacation through the month of September.
As Kruse's right-hand woman, she has been dealing with the daily
operation of the city for more than a year.
"We're in all this together," House said.
When asked if she had any plans during her reign, House jested that she
was not planning any "declarations of freedom."
House said she has been acting mayor in the past, but never for this length of time.
The city's charter, 5.06 Vacancy of Office, specifically states that
when the mayor is not accessible or temporarily unable to perform his
duties, then the director of administration is in charge.
Taking over for the mayor is one of many responsibilities House has
learned since taking office.
She is enjoying her first venture into government service, although
House said she has no plans for elected office. In fact, she appears
quite comfortable sitting in her office on the second floor of city hall
with Kruse within talking distance and executive assistant Chris Moder nearby.
A relative newcomer to city government, House was a teacher and
principal at Trinity Lutheran School before deciding to stay home with
her three children and husband. House's husband, Scott, is
self-employed. Their children include, John, 19; Justin, 14; and Kyrstin, 12.
House, a native of Fremont, said she moved to Marysville in 1982 and now
considers it her hometown.
House said she was enjoying her "stay at home" experience for a few
months during the campaign period of 2003 when then-candidate Kruse came
knocking at her door a couple times. Surprisingly, she said they never
talked politics, instead sharing information about their children.
Kruse, like House, was a foster parent for years. House also was
principal of Trinity when Kruse's youngest child was a student there.
On Jan. 1, 2004, House recalls talking with her husband about plans to
begin looking for a part-time job. On Jan. 2, 2004, Kruse called with a job offer.
"Little did I know," House says about her decision to become
Marysville's director of administration. "I didn't know there was so
much involved in flushing your toilet."
House is talking about wastewater improvements - one of the biggest
challenges the Kruse administration and Marysville Council have handled
in the past year. She calls it a "fascinating industry."
House notes that when the main topic of discussion during her monthly
card club was about how bad the city smelled, she and others knew
something had to be done.
One of the first things was to hire wastewater superintendent Rick
Varner, who has years of experience in the industry and had retired from
Delaware County. His mission was to get the most out of the current
operation, which House said he has done and that is one of the reasons
why residents don't have to deal with the past odor problems.
An eight-month master plan, however, showed that Marysville had reached
the place where it needed to replace the current facility. That means
rates will be increasing, which has brought a whole new avalanche of
complaints to her door.
House can be found Monday through Friday, usually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
in her office.
Everyday brings something new and House is quick to point out that she
doesn't pretend to have all the answers.
One day this week, for example, a rather frustrated Milford View
resident called about water exploding out of her toilet. House
discovered that city crews were working on sewer lines in the area and a
"freak incident" occurred. She contacted appropriate personnel and
suggested that in the future, residents be contacted before crews begin
working in neighborhoods.
Another question came from a man who wondered why lights on the
basketball courts go off at 10 p.m. in the summer. House learned that
neighbors had complained when lights were on until 11 p.m. and since the
light change, vandalism has decreased. House decided to continue the 10
p.m. shut off policy.
House said she has been surprised by the variety of things she has
"ultimate authority" over. They include stop signs and signaling,
utility appeals, traffic ticket appeals, licensing taxi cabs and her
personal favorite - SOB commissioner. SOB stands for Sexually Oriented
Business. And yes, she has had to deal with this issue.
Her typical duties include signing purchase orders and warrants. She
admits that signing her first $1 million purchase order did cause her to
pause. That order was for one of the first major street paving projects in years.
The director of administration also meets weekly with the mayor and
necessary administrative staff to discuss updates on projects and
monthly with the entire administrative team.
Mostly, though, House said she listens to the public.
What she hears is that Marysville residents don't want to be a suburb of
Columbus or look like another community.
"We are who we are," she said. "We just need to be Marysville."
Plug is pulled on MPI
Officials stress that residents should see little change in service
By KARLYN BYERS
A local medical corporation is going out of business after nearly 10
years of service in Marysville.
Memorial Physicians Inc. (MPI) will dissolve Friday, although a few
final details may take a while longer, according to Dr. Thomas
McConnell, MPI president.
"I really don't think at this point there will be any interruption of
patient care at all," McConnell said.
MPI was founded in 1996 as a wholly-owned entity of Memorial Hospital.
It was formed for a variety of reasons, including to save money and to
benefit the hospital, according to McConnell.
For awhile, it was a good thing. McConnell said "a lot of good health
care principals came out of MPI."
But subsidies from the hospital to MPI were not repaid as expected.
Eventually the hospital had to write off advances of $8 million,
according to Olas "Chip" Hubbs, Memorial Hospital of Union County
president/chief executive officer.
Hubbs has been president/CEO of Memorial Hospital of Union County since
March 2004. He succeeded Danny Boggs, who was president/CEO when MPI was
formed. McConnell has practiced in Marysville since 1989.
McConnell said there were "multiple things that didn't work."
"There was a difference in what the hospital (wanted) to see and what
(we) wanted to see as a group of physicians."
In 1999, Memorial Hospital agreed to transfer its ownership of MPI to
physicians and a not-for-profit foundation. Ownership was divided 50-50
between physician shareholders and a separate entity, Union County Health System.
Since then, the hospital has had no ownership or operational authority
of MPI, according to Hubbs. The hospital has expressed a willingness to
consider purchasing the MPI office building at 660 London Ave. and the
former community care center on Damascus Road. It owns three buildings
occupied by current MPI physicians in Plain City, Richwood and on London
Avenue. A fourth building owned by the hospital is currently being used
as an administrative building by the village of Richwood.
The facility on Damascus Road was one of the casualties of MPI's demise.
However, its closure does not leave Marysville without urgent or
convenient medical care, said Melanie Ziegler, Memorial Hospital
marketing and communications coordinator. The hospital houses a
convenient care center and there are physicians' offices in the
community which schedule same-day appointments. Ziegler suggested
calling the hospital's physicians referral line at 578-2573 for assistance.
At one time, up to 28 physicians, all primary care doctors, were part of
the MPI medical group. They included pediatricians, internal medicine
practitioners and family practice physicians.
Most remain committed to Union County, according to Hubbs and McConnell.
Physicians who are currently involved with MPI but who will remain in
the community include McConnell, Susanna Johnson, Amy Mestemaker, Maria
Maxwell, Holly Recob, Jeff Moore, Dan Badenhop, Delia Herzog and Patrick Snyder.
Seven other physicians who left MPI Aug. 1 but who have remained in the
community include Arthur Pellegrini, Kevin Henzel, Prasanna Muniyappa,
Tim Coss, Nick Alain, Joel Wehrmeyer and Erin Harris. The latter three
are practicing in a building across the parking lot from Memorial
Hospital, one which Alain owns, according to Hubbs.
Some of these physicians will remain together in their own practice,
some will form new groupings, and some will go into private practice,
McConnell said, but the goal remains the same - quality health care for
Union County residents. "I'm obviously going to stay around," McConnell said, "despite rumors to
the contrary." "The corporate structure is going away but the people will remain in
this community," Hubbs said.
Cause of semi crash remains a mystery
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville police are still trying to piece together why a semi truck
went off U.S. 33 into an apartment complex Tuesday morning.
The name of the driver was finally released Wednesday in the crash
report of the incident.
Muthuckuddy Sivanessarajaah, 47, of Toronto was reportedly driving
eastbound on U.S. 33 when he suddenly veered off the left side of the
road. His 2001 Freightliner semi truck went over the median, across the
westbound lanes, through a ditch and ended up striking two fences and
parked cars before destroying several apartments.
Marysville Assistant Chief Glenn Nicol said the driver was transported
to Ohio State University Hospital after the crash and is suffering from
severe neck injuries. He was cited for failure to control his vehicle.
While Sivanessarajaah received serious injuries from the crash, law
enforcement reported that no other people were discovered hurt in the crash.
Nicol said the crash could have been a lot worse.
Crews were reportedly on the scene for hours Tuesday morning, removing
the semi from the apartment on Watkins Glen Circle.
Nicol said that the cause for the crash is still undetermined, because
the driver does not remember why he drove off the road.
"He remembers the truck veering to the left," Nicol said. "He felt it
could have been a tire."
But Nicol said a state commercial motor vehicle inspector checked out
the truck for problems and found it to be "in good condition, with no
defects" that would have caused it to veer.
Reportedly, police initially had a hard time getting information from
Sivanessarajaah because he only speaks French. Attempts to contact the
owner of the truck, owned by International Canada A.M. Express, also
resulted in a language barrier.
"We can talk to him enough," Nicol said about the driver, "but he just doesn't know."
The interesting aspect of the crash is that there is no evidence the
driver tried to use the brakes. Even as the truck drove down the
embankment and struck a ditch, no skid marks were found in the grass or
on the parking lot before the collision.
Other witnesses reported Sivanessarajaah was attempting to pass a school
bus and some have speculated that he had fallen asleep and that the
truck's cruise control took over.
Marysville police reported that two witnesses claimed Sivanessarajaah
"seem to be accelerating through the entire incident" and that "it
appeared he was not trying to stop."
Nicol said investigators suspect Sivanessarajaah may have simply fallen asleep.
The Union County Red Cross reported that it had not been contacted to assist the families.
Watkins Glen Apartments property manager, Scott Cafkey, reported this
morning that the insurance companies are still processing the
information from the crash and as a result no word is available on the cost for repairs.
Cafkey said that even though the crash is the responsibility of truck
owner, International Canada A.M. Express, for the time being Watkins
Glen apartments has set up its homeless renters in a local hotel.
"We're doing everything we can for our residents," Cafkey said.
Richwood Fair off and running
By RYAN HORNS
The 2005 Richwood Fair opened Wednesday to heavy rain, but high spirits.
"We kind of had to change the way we do things," fair board president
Dwight Brill said. "Especially this morning."
Brill said fair workers had to deal with a good deal of mud as they
started their operations, having to lay down more rocks for pedestrians
and drivers. But overall it was nothing serious.
FFA Advisor Tom Jolliff said Tuesday's rain was nothing compared to the
4-inches that fell over a two hour period in 2003.
"You just kind of live with it," Jolliff said.
By Wednesday afternoon the sun was shining and Brill described the list
of new things fairgoers can look forward to throughout the week.
He said people can check out several new items included in the 2005
Richwood Fair. A new sawmill was set up and will be cutting wood several
times during the fair. Another new item for fairgoers is the horseshoe throwing courts.
Brill said a junior horseshoe tournament will be held on the courts
Sunday for those 18 and under.
Wednesday night people were treated to the country music of Cowboy Crush
and local openers Foggery Run. Other musical performances will include
the Wayne Cox Blue Grass Band Friday at 7 p.m. and vocalist Kevin Sharp
will be the Grandstand entertainment Saturday at 8 p.m.
The week is full of food vendors, carnival rides and games throughout
the Richwood fairgrounds.
Brill said other fair events to check out are:
. The "Antique Critique," to be held in the BP tent today at 6 p.m..
Learn the value of a family heirloom and have any other questions answered.
. The Kiddie Tractor Pull will be held today at 7 p.m. for children 3-10 years old.
. Big Buck judging will take place today at 7 p.m.
. The motocross event will be held Thursday in the Grandstand at 7 p.m.
. The Demolition Derbies will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then
again Monday at 7 p.m.
For those people fascinated by hot dog eating contests, that have been
shown on television lately. The Richwood Fair will be hosting its own at
the BP Tent Friday at 3 p.m.
Jolliff said Junior Fair events to look forward to this week will be the
horse show at 2 p.m., the goat show at 2:30 p.m. and the beef show at 5
p.m. on Friday. Saturday at 5 p.m. they will hold the 4-H and FFA non-livestock Project Sale.
He said on Monday the Junior Fair Livestock Sale will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Brill said other special events will be honoring Richard Gray. He has
been named the Grand Marshall of the parade, which will be held Saturday at 3 p.m.
Gray has been a member of the Richwood Fair Board for the past 25 years.