GI Plastek nearer to settling
up with workers
By RYAN HORNS
When Marysville's GI Plastek gave staff
members a half an hour to pack
up their things and get out, employees
demanded answers. Six months
later those answers have never come, but recent
information may show
some light at the end of the tunnel.
Employees of the
former plant location at 648 Clymer Road remain in the
dark about why the
company suddenly shut down its Marysville operations
on Jan. 13, especially
after plant managers led them to believe
otherwise. Some employees had given
more than two decades of their lives
working at the local plastic parts
Marysville United Steelworkers Union Local 843L delegate John
represented GI Plastek union members until the plant closed. He
Wednesday that GI Plastek officials have finally promised to give
vacation payouts and medical coverage withheld from its plant
He said the payments to employees are expected to be made before
the end of July.
Besides former factory workers, Rutherford has been the
representative to speak publicly on the GI Plastek plant
closing. He met
with Marysville GI Plastek Human Resources Director Mike
Flavin the day
before the plant closed. He said Flavin told him the company
consolidating and taking funds from different operations to
Marysville's operation afloat. Some laid off workers might even
called back to work. The next day the plant was closed
"They were being very elusive and misleading,"
Rutherford said at the
time. "It was just a show. They were just playing
dirty with us."
Rutherford said that since then his contact with GI Plastek
limited to discussions with its attorney. Company officials have
to contact him since the January closing.
"I called (the GI
Plastek) office in Connecticut and they have not
called me back," Rutherford
said. "No one wants to have any contact."
Employees have reportedly received
the same reception.
Former employee Darlene Combs said no one associated with
has ever responded to her phone calls since the lay off. The
Journal-Tribune also put in numerous calls to former Marysville
managers and to officials at the company's other branches in
N.H. and Baltimore, Md. None of the calls have been returned and
official explanation was ever provided for the Marysville shut
The only official word to the public has been Flavin's answering
message stating the plant closed, "So I'm no longer here."
former employees, it was not the closing of the plant that bothered
rather how they were treated.
Since her lay off, Combs said the doctor bills
for her diabetes
medication "have stacked up." The past six months have
trying to get in touch with people who refuse to take her phone
"I've been so depressed over this," Combs said.
On June 22 GI
Plasteks held an auction at its former plant, selling off
the remainder of
materials left behind in the quick departure.
Rutherford said when the
company closed its doors it owed back rent and
electric bills. He said much
of the modern equipment left behind had
been leased from other agencies,
which later came and took the machines
back. The equipment that remained was
"What they had left was nothing worth standing in line
for," Rutherford said.
Combs said GI Plastek officials were expected to be
at the auction and
she hoped to finally talk with them about employee health
Rutherford said he learned that none of
those officials showed up for the event.
Combs said that she heard GI
Plastek had finally resolved its issues
with Rutherford and the union.
Plastek reportedly had been withholding union fees from workers'
since February 2005 and had not been distributing the money to
Steelworkers Union. It meant Rutherford had been representing
the workers for
free. When the company refused to work out payment
options, the International
United Steelworkers Union leaders took over
and placed a Pittsburgh lawyer in
charge of handling the case.
Rutherford said Wednesday that GI Plasteks
officials have since agreed
to make full restitution of the $18,000 owed from
withholding the union
fees, but those fees are not going to be pursued by the
vacation and medical payments are made to the former
He also wanted to make clear that throughout all of the controversy
the GI Plastek plant closure, at no point was the situation created
the employees. They had been willing to make sacrifices to save
jobs and keep the company afloat in Marysville.
Ticks in area
found to carry RMSF bacteria
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County
Health Department confirmed the presence of the
bacteria that causes Rocky
Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) in two ticks
Monday. The ticks were found near
the subdivision of Milford Estates.
The ticks, specifically the American dog
tick, were submitted to the
Ohio Department of Health labs earlier in the
month and the results
confirmed this week.
"Though no human cases of RMSF
have been reported, early discovery of
the bacteria provides an opportunity
to improve prevention and reduce
risk," said Martin Tremmel, health
The tick is the primary transmitter of spotted fever in Ohio.
of RMSF appear three to 12 days after tick bites. The sudden onset
symptoms include fever, headache, and aching muscles. A rash
develops around the wrists and ankles on the second or third day
fever, but soon spreads to the rest of the body including the palms
soles. If you experience fever following tick contact, see
"The disease (RMSF) is transmitted when an infected tick
person," said Paul Pryor, director of environmental health for
"The best protection from the disease is to avoid contact with
an infected tick."
To prevent tick bites, the UCHD advises:
. Stay out
of weedy, tick-infested areas. Keep grass and weeds cut short
in lawns and
. Make frequent personal inspections
. Examine children at least
twice daily for the presence of ticks; pay
special attention to the head and
. Check clothing for crawling ticks
. Keep dogs tied or penned in a
mowed area as they may bring ticks into
the home or yard. Check them daily.
If ticks are found, follow tick
. If exposure to
tick-infested area in unavoidable, tuck pant cuffs into
socks or boots.
Wearing light-colored clothing makes it easier
to find crawling
Repellents containing permethrin can be sprayed on boots and
and will last for several days while repellents containing DEET can
applied directly to the skin, but should be used with caution
children. Adverse reactions have been associated with the
use of DEET
To remove attached ticks, the UCHD advises:
fine-tipped tweezers or notched tick extractor and protect your
a tissue, paper towel, or latex gloves. Persons should
avoid removing ticks
with bare hands as bacteria can pass from the tick
through breaks in the
. Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and
upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick;
may cause the mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin.
removing the tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash
with soap and water.
. Do not squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the
tick because its
fluids may contain infectious organisms. Skin accidentally
tick fluids can be disinfected with iodine scrub, rubbing alcohol,
water containing detergents.
. Save the tick for identification in case
you become ill. This may help
your doctor make an accurate diagnosis. Place
the tick in a scalable
plastic bag and put it in your freezer. Write the date
of the bite on a
piece of paper with pencil and place it in the bag.
not use petroleum jelly or hot matches. Such folk remedies will not
a tick to detach from the skin and may make matters worse by
tick and stimulating it to release additional saliva or
contents, increasing the chances of transmitting the
bacteria that causes
Another common cause of the spread of RMSF is the deticking of dogs.
bacteria can be spread similarly to other diseases by contact with
wounds, eyes, nose, or mouth. A person plucking infected ticks from
animal without proper protection opens themselves up to infection.
you are bitten by a tick, you may bring the live tick to Union County
Department for identification and testing. Only live ticks may be
disease. For more information, please contact the Union
Department at (937) 642-2053 or on the web at
County ready for bridge work
By CINDY BRAKE
A decades-old covered bridge
will soon be moved and an aged-steel truss
bridge dismantled to make room for
two new covered bridges that will
span Big Darby Creek.
engineer's department has orchestrated two major bridge
projects in western
Union County totaling $3.3 million. The steel bridge
is located on Buck Run
Road and the covered bridge is on North Lewisburg
Road. Because the Big Darby
is a protected waterway, all work is
scheduled around fish spawning season,
Dec. 1 to June 30. Another
environmental issue affecting the projects are
trees that could have
been habitats for the endangered Indiana bats.
is to begin next week to prepare the North Lewisburg bridge for its
move to a
spot about one mile down the road on a yet-to-be-built bike
Inskeep Cratty Road and the village of North Lewisburg.
"This is exciting for
us," said assistant county engineer Jeff Stauch
about finding a new use for
the old covered bridge.
Stauch speculates that it will take approximately two
weeks to prepare
the North Lewisburg bridge for the move and a couple days to
move it to
the bike trail location. The two-mile bike trail is to begin on
Street in North Lewisburg and end just after the covered bridge
Inskeep Cratty Road. The 10-foot wide bike path is to be built in
fall along an old railroad bed right-of-way acquired by the village
Once in its new location, the single-span covered
bridge will get a face
lift and be strong enough for maintenance and
ambulance vehicles. The
bridge's floor system will be replaced and the
trusses repaired. A new
roof and paint are also planned.
staff plan to keep the community updated on the covered
bridge move on the
county website, Stauch said.
Buck Run Road was closed last week and is
expected to remain closed
until December when a single-span, two-lane,
28-foot wide, covered
bridge will replace the iron-truss bridge built in the
Both of the new covered bridges are designed to handle today's
The new covered bridge on North Lewisburg Road is projected to cost
million and the covered bridge on Buck Run Road is expected to cost
million. Federal funds will cover $3 million of the costs, while
Union County Commissioners appropriated $300,000 for the
Planning began more than two years ago for the bridge
The new covered bridges will depart from the style of the four
bridges in the county. The older covered bridges were designed and
by Reuben Partridge and based on a design patented by him in
Stauch said the new covered bridges will use the Pratt Truss
timber and steel.
The county website states that Union County
has four covered bridges,
all built in the late 1860s or 1870s, and all are
part of the county
highway system. A fifth structure, the Reed Bridge once
built in 1884, collapsed in 1993.
The original Union County
covered bridge designer, Partridge died in
1900 as a result of a fall from a
bridge he was building north of
Marysville. The Union County covered bridges
all have windows cut into
the siding, although this was not original. The
windows were created
after the advent of automobile traffic to increase
The four bridges are located on North Lewisburg Road over Big
Creek, Inskeep Cratty Road over Spain Creek, Winget Road over
Darby Creek and Axe Handle Road over Little Darby Creek. The Winget
bridge was moved to that location many years ago, but no one seems
know where it came from originally, states the web site.
By CINDY BRAKE
Danny Westlake and his family have been cleared of
all wrong doing by
the Union County Fair Board.
An undated statement
signed by fair board president Dale Madison and
Westlake states that "without
further hearing ... its previous findings
should be, and hereby are,
rescinded and held for naught."
Minutes before the July 28, 2005 junior fair
lamb show began, a meeting
was held before the Union County Senior Fair Board
banned the three
Westlake children from showing their projects. On Aug. 2,
the Westlakes were banned from exhibiting for three years
because a lamb
was drenched during the fair. Drenching, according to
Margaret Masterson, is a process to force animals to drink any
Records of that meeting, which were not available until Oct. 18,
that two unnamed people - a 4-H member and an adult - saw an
drenching a sheep with a syringe with a substance that looked
orange juice. Westlake told the Livestock Committee members that he
not drench the lamb.
The recent statement from the fair board states
that Westlake has
submitted a "substantial amount of information and
identified a number
of witnesses, several of whom are experts in the field
and all of whom
are willing to testify if further hearings were to be held
actions of Mr. Westlake did not constitute drenching. This
not available to the Board at the time it reached it's previous
on July 28, 2005, has been extremely helpful to the Board coming to
understanding what really happened."
Westlake said today that he
appreciates all those people who have stood
by him and looks forward to
seeing everyone at the 2006 Union County Fair.
"I appreciate the
dedication and hard work of the many people who have
worked with me and the
fair board and to set the record straight on what
happened last July during
the 2005 Fair. As I said then and as the fair
board has now found, I never
drenched a lamb or cheated in any way. I
gave the lamb Probios which is a
natural substance administered for the
health of the animal and clearly
allowed by the rules. It does not
enhance an animal's appearance or weight so
as to affect the
competitiveness of an animal in a show," Westlake said
today. "What is
important, though, is that folks know that I never cheated
and would never cheat."
Madison's signed statement states that the fair
board concluded that
Westlake administered a natural substance for the health
of the animal,
accepted Westlake's public apology for his part in the
upheld the family's exclusion during the 2005
Madison and fair board secretary Kim Butcher were contacted for
about the recent turn of events. Madison did not respond to a
left at his home and Butcher said she didn't know anything about
Indiana to get new Honda plant
From staff and wire reports:
announced plans to build a $550 million automobile plant on
tract in Decatur County, Ind., near Greensburg, 50 miles
The plant will begin mass production of fuel efficient
vehicles in fall 2008, with an annual production capacity of
vehicles and employment of 2,000 associates.
The new Indiana
plant, Honda's sixth auto plant and 14th major plant
overall in North
America, will help boost Honda's total North American
capacity from 1.4 million units to more than 1.6 million
units in 2008, grow
Honda's employment in North America to more than
37,000 associates and
increase North American capital investment to more
Communities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin have
vied for the plant but with a large employment rate in the area,
County Commissioner Gary Lee said, expectations were low for
factory in central Ohio.
Yet today's announcement is still good
news for Ohio, agree Lee and
Union County Economic Development Director Eric
"We are pleased Honda of America is growing and a viable economic
We are thrilled for their success," Lee said.
While admitting it
would have been nice to have seen another Honda
factory built in Ohio,
Phillips said local suppliers should still
benefit dramatically with the
expansion. In fact, he said two suppliers
have already applied for expansion
plans. He said today's announcement
shows how important Ohio and the midwest
are to Honda's production operations.
"We're blessed to have Honda's
presence ... and I believe the company
made the best decision they could
make," Phillips said. "Honda is very
strong in Union County."
American Honda achieved record U.S. sales of 1,462,472 new
Honda and Acura
cars and light trucks, the ninth straight year of record
annual sales. In
order to meet growing demand, Honda plans to build the
new Indiana plant in
approximately 24 months, with construction expected
to begin in fall
"Honda's success in America has been based on our strong commitment
our customers," said Koichi Kondo, president of American Honda
Co., Inc., and chief operating officer of Honda's North America
"We believe the great state of Indiana has what we need
to continue this
success -- an outstanding community of people, excellent
systems, and the necessary infrastructure to support industry.
It is an
ideal location in the Midwest both for our network of parts
and as a central location for all of our customers across
country."Honda will announce additional details of its
production plans at a later date. The new plant will have the same
of flexible New Manufacturing System that is found in Honda's other
plants in the U.S. and Canada, with advanced technologies that
the flexibility to produce different models more quickly
efficiently. Major processes performed at the Indiana plant will
stamping, welding, painting, plastic injection molding and
operations. Hiring plans will be announced in the coming
Honda will make a significant commitment to limit the
impact of the new Indiana plant. Already, every major Honda
North America has met the ISO 14001 international
management standards except the new transmission plant in
opened in May 2006, which is now working toward certification.
Indiana plant will employ advanced methods of energy and
reduction with the goal to become a "zero waste to landfill"
"Our commitment to the environment is not based just on regulations
testing standards," said Akio Hamada, president of Honda of America
Inc., and head of Honda's manufacturing operations in the North
Region. "Our goal is that this plant in Indiana will have the
environmental footprint of any Honda auto plant in North
As part of an infrastructure improvement package developed
cooperation with local and state government officials, the state
Indiana and the community will make various highway improvements in
area, provide site and infrastructure improvements and funds to
new Honda associates.
The Anna, Ohio Engine Plant, Honda's largest
engine facility in the
world, will provide four-cylinder engines to the
Indiana plant. With
annual capacity of 1.15 million engines, the Anna Plant
flexibility to produce both four-cylinder and V6 engines, as well
numerous engine and brake components.
Honda first announced its plan to
build a new auto plant as part of its
May 17 announcement for the advancement
of the company's "2010 Vision"
for North American automobile operations. In
addition to the new auto
plant in Indiana, Honda's North American plan also
following new corporate initiatives:
. Construction of a new
engine plant in Canada to begin production of
four-cylinder engines in 2008
with an investment of $140 million and
employment of 340 associates.
Expansion of U.S. engine, transmission and powertrain component
Ohio and Georgia, with additional investment of $125
million and additional
employment of 80 associates.
. Introduction in the U.S. and Canada in 2009 of
a new, more affordable,
dedicated hybrid car.
. Introduction in the U.S.
and Canada within the next three years of new
four-cylinder diesel engine
technology that meets U.S. EPA Tier 2 Bin 5
Establishment of a voluntary goal to improve American Honda's
Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) by five percent over 2005 levels
by the year
Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas
Honda began U.S. production operations in 1979. The company has
plants in Ohio, and one each in Alabama, Canada and Mexico.
today's announcement, Honda had invested more than $8.5 billion
in its North
American operations with 13 major manufacturing plants,
employment of more
than 33,000 associates and the annual purchase of
more than $16 billion in
parts and materials from suppliers in North
America. Nearly eight of 10 Honda
and Acura cars and light trucks sold
in America are produced in North
Honda and its larger rival, Toyota Motor Corp., have been
expanding their North American manufacturing capacity to keep up
demand even as U.S. automakers General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor
are cutting thousands of jobs and closing plants as their market
Honda has considered sites east and west of Greensburg, a
10,500, which has been compared to what the Marysville area was
Planning officials in Decatur County were already
scheduled to meet
Wednesday to discuss rezoning the western 1,656 acres for
Honda officials hope to have built by 2008.
The company this
spring collected options on land near Greensburg, 50
miles southeast of
Indianapolis, offering to buy property at 75 percent
more than its assessed
value. The deal included a $6,000 signing bonus
to landowners who agreed to
sell, regardless of whether the land was used.
"Everybody would kind of
like to know one way or another," Mayor Frank
Manus said. "All we're doing is
just waiting for the signal."
County officials said Honda has asked for an
exception to local rules
governing the size of signs and building heights,
and permission to
store fuel on the property.
"They basically want a site
that's ready to dig," said David Nueman,
Decatur County's area plan director
and building commissioner.
Catherine Madden, a senior automotive analyst at
Global Insight, said the new plant will help Honda
increase its capacity
in the U.S., and in turn, boost sales.
think that ultimately it's a great opportunity for Honda," she
Suspects appear in common pleas court
By RYAN HORNS
afternoon several suspects appeared before Union County Common
Judge Richard Parrott.
Eric D. Adams, 36, of Plain City was indicted in late
May for two
second-degree felony assault charges and two second-degree
aggravated assault charges.
Adams received international attention
after he allegedly stabbed a
father and son at a wedding reception in Raymond
on April 22. Witnesses
on the scene had reported the violence was brought on
by his impatience
for the family to cut the wedding cake so he could
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips' office reported that Adams
not enter a plea during his Tuesday afternoon hearing. This means
will go before a jury in a three-day trial expected to take
between Aug. 7-9.
According to law enforcement officials, the
stabbing took place shortly
after 4 p.m. at the wedding reception being held
at the Liberty Township
Community Center at 21463 Main St. in
Adams could receive a sentence of two to eight years in prison and
a $15,000 fine on each of the second-degree felony charges and one
five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines for each
The woman who allegedly drove the getaway car
for a recent prison escape
also came before Union County Common Pleas Court
Judge Richard Parrott
Gidget Moore, 38, of
Bellefontaine, was charged with aiding and abetting
an escape on May 8, after
her husband Johnny A. Moore, 46, of Lakeview,
walked away from the West
Central Community Based Correctional Facility
on Route 4.
Johnny Moore was
on a cleaning detail outside of the prison when Gidget
Moore allegedly picked
up him in a Dodge Shadow. The two drove off and
were believed to be heading
to Florida with two children. The next day
the Union County Sheriff's Office
was notified by the Jasper Police
Department in Marion County, Tenn., that
both Moores were arrested and
taken into custody without further
Phillips' office reported Gidget Moore did not enter a plea for
charge against her and will have her next hearing on Aug. 10.
another case before the court Tuesday, Joseph M. Morgan, 48, of
arraigned on two third-degree felony gross sexual
imposition charges and one
fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition
charge for alleged sexual
contact with juveniles less than 13 years old
between Nov. 1, 2001, and Dec.
Morgan reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges and a
conference was set for July 24.
Fairbanks parents show
support for coach
By NATALIE TROYER
A number of parents and nearly a dozen
student athletes pleaded for the
Fairbanks school system not take away their
varsity baseball coach
during Tuesday evening's regular meeting of the board
Joe Hackney, parent of two Fairbanks High School baseball
board members that it had recently come to his attention that
baseball coach Barry Keith may lose his job to assistant coach and
school intervention specialist teacher Richard Rausch.
served last year as volunteer assistant for the team, has
expressed interest in becoming head coach. And, according to
the Ohio Revised
Code, 3313.53, he has every right to have the job.
The code says that if a
licensed faculty member in the school system
desires a coaching position, he
or she has the first opportunity at it,
as long as they have a background in
If no such person exists, a licensed teacher outside the school
(who also has a background in the sport) may be
Community members and people outside of the school system receive
Keith, who has been head varsity coach at
Fairbanks for eight years,
operates as a community member outside of the
Rausch, who will be begin his second year as an educator at
this fall, has the first opportunity at the coaching position,
according to the law.
Rausch previously served as assistant baseball coach
at North Union
before coming to Fairbanks.
Hackney calls the situation an
"Barry has done something for these kids that shouldn't be torn
because some individual decides that he can come in and take over,"
said. "He's (Keith) taken this baseball program from shambles
Fairbanks superintendent Jim Craycraft said that all
contracts, whether it be teaching or coaching, are by law
contracts. They must be renewed each year, therefore, individuals
that their contracts aren't guaranteed for longer than a
Hackney said that he spoke with members of the Ohio Board of
who have reportedly said that the Fairbanks School Board could
own criteria for the position and, in a sense, override Ohio
Revised Code 3313.53.
Hackney spoke for the seven parents and nearly a
dozen baseball players
present when he said, "Our appeal is that the school
board speak to Mr.
Rausch individually and ask him to do what any other
freshman does and
pray for his day on the field... ask him to gain a little
humility and wait his turn."
Craycraft reassured those in attendance that
no action would be taken
Tuesday night and that the board is researching all
options and avenues
in regards to the issue.
"Mr. Keith has not been
fired," he said, assuring that a decision won't
be made until later in the
"We'll try to make the decision that is in the best interest of
school district and the community," he continued. "We
understand Barry's longevity and his influence in the school
but we also have to comply with the law."
Senior baseball player
Dean Rogers then read a speech he'd written,
saying that, "without Coach
Keith, there is no baseball program at
Fairbanks... If Coach Rausch thinks he
can come in and take Coach
Keith's position, then I don't think anyone will
play next year... we
won't play for anyone else but Coach Keith."
the meeting, Craycraft discussed the school's attempt to
develop a wellness
policy which he will present to the board in August.
The program will
incorporate a breakfast program in the middle school
and high school. He said
the breakfast program was successful in the
elementary school last year, as
profits amounted to $2,400. Plus, he
said teachers noticed a major difference
in kids who ate breakfast in the morning.
Craycraft also reported that the
board is working to develop a cell
phone policy and a vehicle policy, which
will allow only coaches to
drive athletes to and from athletic events in
He also reported that all phones in the high school and
will be replaced the second week of July. The cost is $21,000
the phones. The fire and tornado warning system will also be
replaced, he said.
The board planned a special meeting for Friday, June 30
at 11 a.m. to
discuss the hiring of a second grade intervention specialist
The next regular meeting will be held July 17.
In other action,
. Approved fleet and property insurance through the Ohio School
the cost of $19,185.
. Approved temporary appropriations for July
and August of fiscal year
2006-07, not to exceed 25 percent of 2005-2006
. Did not approve a contract with the Delaware ESC for special
services in the amount of $196,827.54.
. Approved the sale and
disposal of two district mowers.
Magnetic Springs plans
From J-T staff reports:
A mini-fest is planned in Magnetic
Springs for Aug. 12.
Activities will include games, food, entertainment, a
flea market and
classic/vintage car show at the village's north end.
are working hard to bring this together. We passed our 5-mil levy in
things are turning around and after all of the negative press that
to the paper in October, we want the people to know that our
care and we are working hard and with God's help we will
continue to be a
village," writes Kathy Cantrell in an e-mail. "We have
had a great response
from the residents since last October. Council is
just trying to have
positive things going on rather than the negative."
Anyone interested in
participating as a flea market vendor should call
Cantrell at 348-2342.
Individuals interested in participating in the car
show should contact Dean
Bowsher at 348-2371.
Trophies will be awarded to best of show/most original,
and vintage. The public will vote on the cars and cash prizes
awarded with the amount to be determined based on the number of
Fourth of July concert canceled
County Singsations will not be singing July 4 after all.
Fourth of July activities on Tuesday's front page
incorrectly listed an event
by the Union County Singsations. The event
has been canceled.
representative of the group contacted the Marysville Journal-Tribune
week about a planned event and also scheduled ads. According to a
today, the group canceled their event after learning that a
number of members would be out of town on the day of the
While the advertisements were canceled, the group
failed to contact the news
room about the change.
Bus incident draws concern
Marysville board is told students were
By KARLYN BYERS
The mothers of two Creekview Intermediate School
pupils who were
allegedly injured in a bus incident this spring spoke to
School Board members Monday night at the regular board
Jackie Schertzer and Sharon Puntney of Raymond, told board members
their daughters were injured when bus driver Sharon
unexpectedly applied her school bus' brakes.
Kissling would "hit the brakes to get the kids'
attention." This spring when
she did so, several children on the bus
were allegedly injured, Schertzer
said, including her 11-year-old
daughter, who suffered a bruise over her left
eye. She had her
daughter's eye examined by a professional to make sure there
permanent damage, Schertzer said.
In the same incident, Puntney's
10-year-old daughter also was allegedly
injured, suffering whiplash requiring
Attempts by the Journal-Tribune to reach Kissling this morning
were not successful.
Neal Handler, Marysville School District assistant
the newspaper this morning that the school district
handles "very precious cargo."
It transports 3,000 pupils a day, twice a
day and covers a distance of
148 square miles, he said, with 1,500 stops
"We're proud of our transportation fleet," he said. "We have very
fine bus drivers."
Puntney reiterated Schertzer's assertion that Kissling
brakes to get her passengers' attention. She added, "That is not
to get the kids' attention."
Puntney said her daughter is
undergoing treatment for whiplash which
means, "She can't have fun. She can't
jump on the trampoline
and can't go swimming."
"Whiplash can last a very
long time and a 10-year-old cannot spend the
entire summer on the couch,"
While her mother was talking, the 10 year-old sat beside her
one point, Schertzer also cried. It was, she said, a very
emotional issue for her.
Schertzer said it had been a "long, scary thing
for a parent. A long,
scary process ... I shouldn't have to worry about her
Schertzer said she needed reassurance that Kissling would be
and that her daughter would be safe riding a school bus. If not,
said, she was willing to move or withdraw her daughter from
to insure her safety.
Marysville Superintendent Larry Zimmerman assured
Kissling would be reassigned and "would receive additional
"My hope is we never have to worry about this again," Zimmerman
"(We) do not expect it nor will we tolerate it. The safety of the
kids is utmost."
Puntney also expressed concern about medical bills the
incurred. Zimmerman said the school district's insurance provider
work with Puntney's insurance company.
Board members unanimously
voted to suspend Kissling for 10 days without
pay. The days of suspension are
to be May 8-10 (which she has already
served), Aug. 21-25 and Aug.
Earlier in the meeting, board members received a construction
from Andrew Maletz of Steed/Hammond/Paul.
Maletz said the proposed
intermediate/middle school on the former
Bunsold property on U.S. 36/Route 4
has moved into the design
development phase, and next board meeting he should
be able to provide a
computer's rendering of the structure.
Friday he met
with Union County watershed authorities, Maletz said, and
regarding water runoff into Buck Run and
ultimately Big Darby Creek.
think it's going to be a much improved site," he said.
Maletz also said work
on the second addition to Marysville's high school
will begin this fall with
construction of a new parking lot and bus
drop-off area. During spring break
2007, he added, the current front
parking area will be removed, a
construction fence put up and a new side
entrance "punched in."
is to limit contact between contractors and students as much as
to avoid student traffic mixing with large trucks.
As soon as school ends in
2007, the student parking lot will be removed
and new student parking
constructed. A second construction area will
then be blocked off while
additional work begins.
June 2008 should find the construction crew
"buttoning up" remaining areas.
"The school year of 2007-2008 is going to
be a challenge," Maletz said.
In other action, board members rejected a bid
for the replacement of the
East Elementary air handling unit. The only bid
received was from Vaughn
Industries and it exceeded the bid estimate by 10
percent. Based on the
Ohio Revised Code, treasurer Delores Cramer said it is
re-bid the project.
Board members then authorized Cramer to
contact contractors who
originally picked up bid packages and request those
re-bid. Board members also declared the project an urgent
because of the "significant immediate need of the air handling
Board members also unanimously approved a resolution to remove
replace sections of the roof at Marysville High School through
contract in existence between the Ohio Department of
Services and Duro-Last Roofing Inc
drowns pool regulations
Also hires new administrator, solicitor
While snow was still on the ground, Richwood Village Council
George Showalter began working to ensure that swimming pools in
village were safe for youngsters.
At Monday's council meeting the
issue finally came to a vote ? with all
swimming pool regulations being wiped
from the village codes.
Showalter's original concern, voiced several months
ago, was that the
village code was vague about what could be used as fencing
The village code stipulated that any pool holding more than 18
water or more than 100 square feet of water must be enclosed in a
But the code allowed for plastic fencing to be used and Showalter
not feel that would be sufficient to keep children away from
backyard structures. Showalter feared that with the popularity
cheaper, deeper pools, a Richwood-area child would drown.
brought the issue before council and it was later put into the
hands of the
village safety committee, comprised of council members Jim
Wiley and Von Beal. Thompson reported on the committee's
Thompson said the village had been approached by the Union
Engineer's Office about assistance on the matter. The engineer's
offered to enforce Union County's swimming pool guidelines within
village of Richwood.
Thompson said the county's guidelines were very
specific about fencing
and electrical sources, so much so that a $40 building
permit and a $40
electrical permit would be required of anyone installing a
held water more than 24 inches deep.
The county would then keep
the permit fees, a fact that Beal said he
opposed. Thompson said he has seen
numerous pools around the county that
do not hold to the county's fencing
guidelines. Thompson said he
understands that the county would take
responsibility in the event of an
accident in such an unsecured
Wiley then moved that the village erase all swimming pool
from its codes, stating that safety issues should be the
of the pool owner.
The issue passed 5-1 with Showalter
Later in the meeting, councilman Wade McCalf noted that council
revisit the issue in the future to place some mandates on
residents may install pools.
Council also installed a new village
administrator. Larry Baxa,
administrator and water superintendent for the
village of McComb was
approved by a 6-0 vote.
Baxa has served the
1,700-resident village for five years, overseeing
improvements, grant applications and zoning issues. He
recently secured his
EPA Wastewater Class III certification which is
required to operate
The village also parted ways with its solicitor.
Richwood mayor Bill
Nibert said that the relationship with solicitor Rick
Rodger has deteriorated.
"I think it's time we make a change," Nibert
Council voted 6-0 to remove Rodger from the position.
With that, he
proposed that Marysville attorney Victoria Stone Moledor
take over duties,
effective July 1. Appointing a solicitor does not
In other business, council:
.Heard an update on village projects
from Ed Bischoff of Bischoff and Associates.
.Heard from Thompson that the
safety committee would like to hear
complaints about the village police
department quickly so they can be
investigated in a timely manner.
councilman Scott Jerew's concern about miniature motorcycles
being driven on
the village streets. Jerew said the vehicles are
difficult for other
motorists to see. He said he would like to see the
police department ticket
drivers of the vehicles.
.Briefly discussed holding a retainer from the fees
of Bischoff and
Associates in a similar manner to retainers required of
Fourth of July activities
According to the American Legion Post 79, the 2006 Fourth of
celebrations will be held Tuesday.
The events will kick off with a
decorated bicycle contest at 9:45 a.m.
and a parade at 10 a.m. The bike
contest and pride line up will be held
at the Union County Office Building,
233 W. Sixth St.
The holiday fire works will take place at the Union County
at dusk. Rest rooms will be open and some food concession stands
well. No activities will take place on the fairgrounds between
parade and the fireworks.
The Union County Singsations will
present "The Spirit of America in Song
and Dance" on the Marysville Middle
School lawn July 4 at 7:30 p.m.
The concert directed by Delores Winters and
choreographed by Miriam
Carson will be presented before the fireworks.
will benefit the Veterans' Memorial
Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets
Young offenders learn patience, responsibility through
By NATALIE TROYER
The five juvenile girls hunched
over the soil, shovels and gardening
tools in hand. For over a month now,
they have planted, watered and weeded.
Clad in blue T-shirts, each with an
identity number sketched on the left
sleeve, the troubled young women said
they can't wait to reap the
benefits of their hard work.
"It'll be great
to finally see something we've helped create," said
Theresa, 20, who is
serving time in the Central Ohio Youth Center
(COYC), 18100 Route 4, for a
severe drug addiction after violating her
With the help
of Master Gardener Charita Cooper, the center has provided
an opportunity for
level three juveniles (those in the final days of
their sentence) to plant
and take care of their own garden in an effort
to promote teamwork and teach
"It encourages the kids to work together and cooperate,"
Jordan, COYC superintendent.
The garden, located on the
center's grounds, is also meant to provide a
therapeutic outlet for the
youths, Jordan said.
"Research has shown that gardens are effective in
working with kids who
have post-traumatic stress disorder and helping them
recover from it,"
she said, indicating that a good number of children at the
been diagnosed with the disorder.
Research also indicates that
children participating in gardening
programs have greater self-esteem and are
more likely to gain better
nutritional habits and eating behaviors, an
article from the University
of Minnesota Extension Service reported.
Gardening helps to nurture
children's curiosity and allow youths to develop
responsibility as they wait for the flowers to bloom and the
to mature, researchers say.
Betsy Hauck, activities specialist
at COYC, agrees with the findings.
"The garden is meant to show the kids that
there is no instant
gratification in life. You can't just plant a seed and
results," Hauck said. "You have to work at it."
women were involved in the initial planting of the garden
about a month ago.
Three of them have left the center since then.
The women take care of the
garden about once a week. Plus, they get to
eat the products when they're
done, as cooks at the center are planning
to use a variety of the fruits,
vegetables and herbs in meals. Green
peppers, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers,
basil, honeydew and watermelon are
among the items planted in the garden.
Some of the products might also
be taken to the local food pantry, Jordan
Cooper, of Marysville, went to the center several weeks ago to show
youngsters how to properly plant and tend for a garden. She said
continue to provide ongoing instruction every three weeks or
Brittany, 15, who is serving time at COYC for a drug addiction and
a runaway, said the project has taught her that her life is kind of
like a garden.
"I have to water and take care of my life. And every once
in a while
there might be a few weeds, but I just have to pull them out," she
Theresa, who is set to be released from the Center this August,
garden is something she can do to relax and calm down. Brittany
it's also just fun.
"We get to be outside, get some sun, and even
water each other at
times," Brittany said.
The COYC has completely funded
the gardening project. Jordan said next
year the center might look for a
grant to help fund the project.
The facility houses 35-40 girls and boys from
all over the state of
Ohio. Each juvenile is required to serve a minimum
Safety committee witnesses demands on fire
Meeting ends when officials have to respond to calls
During the Thursday Marysville Public Safety Committee meeting the
fire station cleared out because of multiple emergency runs.
say the occurrence highlighted the need for increased staff and
that was addressed during the May meeting.
Assistant Fire Chief
John Meyers said the station received three
emergency calls in a 45 minute
period while the meeting was going on. It
showed how often the station ends
up with no firemen available and
leaving the city to rely on mutual aid from
One by one firemen cleared out of the station in order
to respond to
local emergencies brought on by heavy storms, as the committee
fire chief Gary Johnson to go over the status of the fire department
tour the facility.
As the tour began, the full staff of firefighters
members around the department. Some committee members had
upgrades to the facility, especially since changes were made
recent years by federal grants.
Johnson said he has taken a
lot of flack for a federal grant which
enabled the department to have a full
weight and exercise room on the
second floor. But at the time the grant was
given to the department, he
explained that many people do not know that
firefighters have an
increased vulnerability to heart attacks because of the
stress of the
job. Exercise can reduce this trait. Since then, he said many
firefighters have improved their health.
Then a call came out for a
fallen electrical wire on a tree. Half of the
firefighters left the station
for the emergency. Soon after, a call came
for a house fire on Ninth Street
and the rest of the department cleared
out. That was when the meeting
Before the emergencies occurred, Johnson explained to committee
that response time for local fire and medic runs has become a
for his department. It should take a fire department crew no longer
one minute to suit up and leave the station for an emergency call.
should take them less than five minutes to get to the scene.
"We do not
meet those standards," he said.
It takes time to get to a fire in Mill
Valley, Johnson explained. Even
dealing with downtown traffic is an issue.
Although the funds do not
exist in the current city budget to staff a second
department, he hopes
to be able to have at least nine firefighters working
each shift so
there can at least be enough people on staff to deal with
multiple emergency runs.
Johnson said the Boston Globe newspaper did a
study on emergency
response times in 2005. Among Ohio fire departments, the
Department was given a 65 percent listing for being able to
respond to a
fire within 6 minutes. He asked committee members to think about
they would feel being told they had a 65 percent chance of
before going into the hospital for surgery. He said it is not
As Johnson spoke about the lack of response time,
he played a movie the
department made which documents a fire growing in a
Essentially it recreates a typical fire caused by a cigarette
left on a
couch. The arm of the couch catches on fire first, then the
spread up the back of the couch. He explained that as the radiant
in the room increases, soon the entire room will fill with fire.
pointed out this trait as the fire from the couch suddenly jumps
to another couch.
Johnson explained that a "flashover" is the sudden
ignition of all
flammable material in a room. As the fire burns and heat is
it is possible for the heat to accumulate faster than it can use
Once this reaches a critical level, the heat then turns all
flammables in the room into fuel at once. Despite protective gear,
firefighter has less than two seconds to evacuate a room that has
flashover. For a resident asleep inside the home, it is even
"Without a smoke or fire detector . ," Marysville Chief of
Police Floyd Golden said.
"You're done," Johnson finished.
showed how quickly a fire can get out of control in five minutes, Johnson
Situations like this can be prevented with faster response
Reservoir will edge into county
By CINDY BRAKE
Part of one upground
reservoir planned by the city of Columbus will be
built in northern Union
Three reservoirs will be built in Delaware County along the Scioto
in Thompson Township with approximately 150 acres of the
reservoir to be located in Union County near Tawa Road. Crossing
county line, the 857-acre reservoir will be located along the south
of Delaware County's Taway Road west of Mooney Road. It can hold
billion gallons of water.
Union County Engineer Steve Stolte said he
and other elected officials
including representatives from the Soil and Water
have met several times over the past two years with
representatives to discuss the impact the reservoir will have on
properties. For Union County the biggest impacts will be road
during construction and drainage concerns from damaged tiles.
Union/Delaware reservoir will be the first of the three proposed
to be constructed. Slated to begin the summer of 2007, it is
to be completed
in 2009, Stolte said. According to printed reports, all
of the reservoirs
will be fenced and not open to the public for
upground reservoirs are reportedly an alternative to an initial plan
called for construction of a dam on the Scioto River near
Approximately 400 homes would have been affected. Planning
began in 1993 when
Columbus began buying approximately 2,500 acres.
The Columbus reservoirs will
vary in size. The smallest is 349 acres
south of Grigsby Road east of Ohio
257 and can store 4.4 billion gallons
of water. The third reservoir will be
built on 398 acres north of Smokey
Road and east of Mooney Road. It can hold
4.3 billion gallons.
The Union/Delaware reservoir is projected to cost $21.3
estimated cost for all three reservoirs is $94.6 million.
total, the new reservoirs will store 18.3 billion gallons. The
Reservoir, by comparison, in Delaware stores about 20 billion
stated Lynn Kelly, supply and treatment coordinator for
Columbus officials have projected that the city's water supply will
short of demand by 2020.
A public open house is being planned and
comments will be welcome. For
more information go to www.columbusupgroundreservoirs.com
from the reservoirs will supply Columbus' Dublin Road Water Plant
will be treated by conventional treatment techniques and
distributed to the
west and northwest portions of the Columbus area.
Del-Co Water Company will
also receive 8 million gallons per day from
these reservoirs, which will
supplement the supply to the water plant
they have scheduled for construction
in the near future.
A new breed of burger
Local business offers Kobe
By CINDY BRAKE
American Kobe Beef is coming to Union County.
beef is like no other, say those in the know. In fact, "prime," the
U.S.D.A. grade for beef cannot define the quality. Japan's
system of grading
meat has three levels for the American prime rating -
bronze, silver and
gold. Kobe is gold.
"Lean and skinny, it is not," states a Web site about the
intense marbling, Kobe beef has a higher percentage of unsaturated
than any other breed known in the world. What that means to the
buds is intense flavor and supreme tenderness.
Burgers of the
specialty beef will be available the week of June 26 at
Barry's Perch 'N More
located along Industrial Parkway. Steaks can be
special ordered. Business
owner Barry Moffett said he has received
several inquiries from customers
about Kobe beef, adding that he is
always looking for new items at his meat
"There ain't anybody in town that has what we have," Moffett said
his store's wide selection of specialty meats that not only
American Kobe Beef, but also antelope, rattlesnake, bear, wild
crawdad and frog legs.
Kobe beef has its origins in the Kobe region
of Japan from the Wagyu
breed of cattle. Because of Japan's limited land
mass, the confined
cattle are massaged to keep their muscles tender, brushed
with sake to
keep their coats soft and healthy and fed beer to increase
appetite and maintain higher levels of fat.
Their American cousins,
which are crosses with the Waygu and American
Black Angus, are free to roam
the western plains, thus they miss out on
the massages, special brushes and
beer diet. Instead, the American
cattle feast on potatoes, alfalfa hay, wheat
straw and barley.
Besides genetics, the American breeders have continued the
a slow-paced, all-natural production method used in Japan. No
hormones or animal by-products are used. The typical American Kobe
can take up to four times as long as traditional U.S.
Individuals who decide to give the American Kobe a
try should bring
their wallet and get a lesson or two about proper cooking
Prices range from $5.99 a pound for burgers to $50.99 a pound for
steak. Rib eyes sell for $35.99 a pound and top sirloin costs $23.79
pound. This compares to regular beef rib eye steaks that sell for
a pound and top sirloin that sells for $4.99 a pound.
open flames and preheated cast iron are friends to the Kobe
Beef. One Web
site says the meat is a "fragile creature under heat ...
well done and Wagyu
are not words that go well together." Seared and
crispy on the outside and
rare to medium rare inside will yield the most
delicious flavor and texture,
states a brochure from American Kobe Beef.
Moffett said he is looking
forward to sinking his teeth into a Kobe beef burger.
killed in crash on U.S. 42
From J-T staff reports:
A crash on U.S. 42 near
Harriott Road killed an Ostrander man Friday.
Jack A. Severance, 48, of
Ostrander, was southbound in a 2001 Honda
Civic on U.S. 42 at 6:20 p.m.
Friday when the accident occurred.
Severance was stopped in traffic,
attempting to make a left turn onto
Harriott Road when he was struck from
behind by a 2001 Sterling
commercial tractor trailer driven by Rigoberto V.
Moreno, 45, of Olmito, Texas.
Severance's vehicle traveled off the right
side of the roadway and
struck a traffic sign and telephone box. The tractor
off the right side of the roadway striking a culvert and
coming to rest
in a corn field.
Severance was pronounced dead at the
scene. Moreno was not injured.
U.S. 42 was closed for four hours during the
investigation of the crash.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is
investigating the crash.
Hospital to open new
New urgent care services will be available at Medical offices at
By CORINNE BIX
Memorial Hospital of Union County is set
to open a new urgent care
facility on Sept. 1.
The urgent care will
operate during evening hours and on weekends out of
the orthopedics and
sports medicine offices located at the YMCA
building. Convenient care
services will continue out of the emergency room.
"We want to keep care in
the community and keep access close to home,"
Spence Fisher, vice president
of physician relations and business
development, said during Thursday's board
meeting. "At this time we
don't know the impact that the new urgent care
facility will have on
Board members received information
about a four-day conference in
Scottsdale, Ariz. Hubbs said that the exact
cost of the trip has yet to
be determined and will be budgeted for in the
2007 fiscal year. It is
expected that anywhere from 10 to 22 board members,
and medical staff will be in attendance.
The board of
trustees were informed that the $3.675 million purchase of
MPI real estate
properties located at 388 Damascus Road and 660 London
Ave. is moving
forward. A three-year-old appraisal estimates the fair
market value for both
properties at $3.9 million. The board approved a
do-not-exceed price of $3.9
million at a prior board meeting. A more
recent appraisal showed a fair
market value of $2.95 million. Hubbs
explained at the April meeting that
given the offices are physician
owned it would be non-compliant for a county
hospital to pay more that
fair market value because it would look like an
inducement to referral.
In addition it was estimated in April that the
buildings were found to
need between $100,000-$150,000 in capital
improvements. The hospital has
been consulting with its legal counsel,
Bricker and Eckler, as to how to proceed.
Hubbs explained that the
difference in the two appraisals was largely
based on occupancy rates. The
buildings are currently 70 percent occupied.
The hospital officially
rolled out its new uniforms and dress code
policy for all 750-hospital
The new uniforms use a color code to identify different
example, cardio-pulmonary employees are dressed in light
occupational health employees are dressed in red. The new uniforms
intended to promote professionalism and better customer service.
intent is to post charts and/or maps around the hospital and in
rooms that explain the color code system.
The board was informed
that the hospital along with Drs. Frank and
Norman Raymond are all finalists
in the Columbus Business First Health
Care Heroes Awards. The award ceremony
is scheduled for July 13 in
The board adjourned into
executive session to discuss pending
litigation. No action was taken. The
next board of trustees meeting will
be July 27 at 8 p.m.
In other news,
. Approved a capital expenditure of $20,520 for software
. Learned that the 19th annual golf outing raised $26,000
Approved committee reports for quality review, finance and
. Approved the conclusion of a provisional period for
MD, internal medicine, department of medicine, active status;
Kover, MD, anesthesiology, department of surgery, consulting
Trista Schrickel, MD, OBGYN, department of surgery, active status;
Veith, CRNA, department of surgery, allied health; Cathy Hoffman,
department of surgery, allied health
City to use TIP money for
wastewater plant construction
By RYAN HORNS
Plans for the future
wastewater treatment plant moved forward at the
Marysville City Council
meeting Thursday night with the introduction of
The first reading was held on an ordinance to request funds to
work on the future Marysville Water Reclamation Facility planned
construction in Millcreek Township.
Legislation was passed on May 11,
authorizing the city to access $75
million in bonds to start work on the
Trunk Interceptor Project (TIP)
linking the future plant to the current
treatment plant. Bids for the
project will be opened July 12 and remain open
for 60 days.
City finance director John Morehart explained that the city
up in acquiring easements for that project. Instead of waiting,
the city plans to use the TIP funds toward building the future
instead. But the cost of the future plant is more than the
project. As a result, the city needs to increase the amount of the
to $95 million in order to have the money to put out bids on the
Morehart said the city will then go back to acquiring the
funds for the
trunk sewer project when the issue with easements is
Councilman David Burke explained that the higher price tag is not
due to the switch in projects, but also because the city has decided
go with constructing an 8 million gallon per day (MGD) facility
of the originally proposed 6 MGD plant. He said the move will
ensure the city will not have to add on to plant for a longer period
In other related ordinances, an additional $160,614 in
was sought for some 14 easements for the wastewater
Council members are also seeking two appropriation ordinances for
city maintenance projects.
Mayor Tom Kruse noted that the extra
money in the city's reserves does
not mean there is a "surplus" in
"The city, by no means, has a windfall of money," he said.
Monday finance committee meeting Morehart had said there was
reserves in the bank to complete the entire $645,000 list
of projects city
department heads had requested. The projects had
previously been included in
the city budget - but were later removed in
lieu of more important items.
Kruse said there is no assurance those
extra funds will be there again next
year. Because of the city's
increased focus on income tax collection and an
overall reduction of
expenses by department heads, they ended up with
increased funds and
were able to go back to those department requests.
first ordinance requests $444,000 from general funds to pay for a
barn, pave city parking lots and complete concrete panel
some railroad crossings.
Council president John Gore said items have been
known to fall off of
the salt barn's structure and into salt spreaders,
causing damage to the
trucks. He also said that originally the proposal for
repairs did not include the East Fifth Street crossing and he
suggested adding East Fifth Street to the list. The crossing had
been included because the city was still waiting to hear back on
traffic study for the crossing. Ultimately, East Fifth Street
included into the legislation before it reached council. He said
repairs to city crossings would be much like those done on
Road last year.
The second ordinance requests $88,360 to pay
for upgrades to the city
financial systems (check signing software, network
storage software) and
to purchase speed monitoring radar equipment and mobile
radar units for
the Marysville Police Department.
supported the legislation, adding that he was surprised
to hear about the
hours of time city administrators have to waste by
hand signing so many
Other topics touched upon:
. Kruse noted the increase in traffic
coming down Route 38 to Main
Street. The reason is because the state is
repairing the Route 4 bridge.
He said for some reason the state detoured
traffic across Route 161 to
Route 38. It is leading drivers right through the
downtown area. He
would have preferred the traffic take Route 161 to Route 42
connect to U.S. 33. The work is expected to take 90 days and the
traffic is going to be a problem for the city, especially with
Homecoming approaching. He has spoken with some state officials to
if this can be changed.
. Marysville City Council will hold a joint
June 26 meeting with the
city planning commission to discuss drainage issues
Unionville Center to host festival Saturday
From J-T staff reports:
third annual Charles W. Fairbanks Family Festival on Saturday in
Center, will be a family oriented day of free activities
The festival will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a
street dance from
7-10 p.m. All activities will take place on The Green
located at Main
and Cross Streets.
Free parking is available at the
Darby Township Building and the
Unionville Center United Methodist
The festival is named for Charles W. Fairbanks, who served
vice-president of the United States under Theodore Roosevelt
1905-1909. Fairbanks grew up on a farm just outside of the
Activities will include children's carnival games, a climbing
horse rides, and hay rides. Groups on the live entertainment
include Justin Wilcox, Mollie McIntyre, Charlie Tatman, Tradin' Up,
Many More and ACACIA. Bill Adkins and the Borrowed Time Band will
in the afternoon and during the street dance. The DJ will be
Registration for the Classic Car Show will be accepted
between 11 a.m.
and 1 p.m. with judging to begin at 3:30 p.m. There is a
fee. Dash plaques will be given to the first 25
Trophies awarded will be for the oldest vehicle, farthest
entrants' choice, mayor's choice and best of show selected by
A variety of crafters will have their wares for
crafters may register Saturday morning until 8 a.m.
one will go hungry because there will be a variety of food vendors
Leon's Homemade Ice Cream which is back by popular demand.
information may be obtained by contacting Michelle Blevins
Production at Honda stops
From J-T staff
Operations at the Marysville Auto Plant were canceled today because
supplier chain interruption.
Spokesman Ron Litzky was unable to
provide details on which supplier or
the exact problem, except to say that
the interruption was not caused
because of bad weather.
He admitted that
this doesn't happen very often and thought the last
time was approximately
three years ago when U.S. ports were shut down.
The Marysville Auto Plant
employs 5,300 associates and produces 1,800
vehicles during the first and
second shifts. Models under production
include Acura TL and Honda
Grand jury hands down arson indictment
By RYAN HORNS
recent indictments filed by a Union County Grand Jury could end up
two men to prison.
Harold D. Wolf, 46, of 277 Magnolia Drive was charged with
first-degree felony aggravated arson charge, one fourth-degree
arson charge, one fifth-degree felony grand theft charge,
fifth-degree felony possessing criminal tools charge and
fourth-degree felony insurance fraud charge.
In another indictment
filed on Tuesday, Joseph M. Morgan, 48, of Raymond
faces one third-degree
felony gross sexual imposition charge, one
fourth-degree felony gross sexual
imposition charge, and one
third-degree felony gross sexual imposition
charge. The charges stem
from an alleged sexually-related crime that occurred
in Union County
sometime between Nov. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2002.
indicted Monday on arson and insurance fraud charges after
his mobile home on fire last year.
Union County prosecutor David Phillips
said that Wolf could face up to
10 years in prison for the aggravated arson
charge because of the
substantial risk of harm to other people the fire may
have caused ?
namely, the firefighters who were called to the scene. If
consecutively, he could face up to 18 months for the arson charge,
months for the grand theft charge, another 12 months for the
criminal tools charge and up to 18 months for the insurance
Phillips explained that the theft and insurance fraud charges stem
Wolf filing an insurance claim of up to $5,000 on the damaged caused
the alleged arson.
According to original reports on the incident, the
on Oct. 9 when the Marysville Fire Department received a
call about a
fire at 277 Magnolia Drive. At the scene, Wolf had suffered
injuries after he claimed his mobile home had been set on fire "by
unknown person." He was then transported to Memorial Hospital of
County for treatment and was later released from care.
assistant police chief Glenn Nicol also reported at the time
claimed he had returned home at about 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 9 to
find that a
"sudden fire" had started inside.
Police reports show that sometime during
the fire, Wolf's car had also
been stolen from the property. The vehicle was
later found at 6 a.m. on
Oct. 10, a couple blocks away on Spruce
Marysville Fire Department arson investigator Keith Watson said
Tuesday that the indictment was the result of a
investigation between Marysville Police Detective Doug Ropp,
and the State Fire Marshall's Office. Between the work each
contributed they were able to find that the evidence pointed
Wolf. Now, a jury will decide if the evidence is enough for
Phillips said that Morgan was allegedly involved in sexual
a female under the age of 13. He said Wolf is scheduled to be
arraigned on July 3.
"Typically it involves an unlawful touching for
purposes of sexual
gratification," he said.
Morgan could receive up to
five years in prison for both third-degree
felony gross sexual imposition
charges and another 18 months in prison
for the fourth-degree felony
Phillips said Morgan will be represented by Springfield-based
Greg Lind and is also scheduled to be arraigned on July 3.
$175,000 in federal money is set aside for veterans
From J-T staff reports:
Deborah Pryce has helped the Union County Veterans
surpass its fundraising goal to construct a
veteran's memorial at the Union
County Court House with a House bill.
Pryce (R-Columbus) announced Monday her
successful inclusion of $175,000
in the House version of the Fiscal Year (FY)
Treasury, and HUD Appropriations bill (TTHUD). The bill,
H.R. 5576, was
approved by the House on June 16. It now awaits consideration
in the Senate.
The funding amount secured by Pryce would allow the
Committee to surpass its fundraising goal of $500,000 to
memorial. According to a veterans monument fact sheet, the
monument will be 26.5 feet wide and 10.5 feet high, with up to
brick and granite pavers in the surrounding plaza.
The memorial will
honor the more than 1,200 U.S. veterans from Union
County killed in action,
missing in action and taken prisoner of war
since the Revolutionary War. All
names will be listed on the monument,
along with a searchable database of
more than 15,000 Union County
veterans available to the public for research
at the Veterans Plaza.
"It's terrific to realize that Pryce is a strong
supporter of honoring
this community and its veterans of the past, present
and future," said
retired Army Maj. Gen. Oscar Decker, chairman of the
Committee. "I'm bordering on ecstatic."
Fundraising for the
memorial commenced in November 2004. According to
Decker, as of June 13
approximately $378,000 in cash and pledges had
been raised. He said the
committee will not stop fundraising, though, in
case the bill falls through
Pryce commented on her support of the memorial in a press
"Upon its completion, the monument will serve as a befitting honor
the heroic Union County servicemen and women who defended our
from tyranny and oppression to preserve the liberties we now
she said. "This will be such an important resource for current
future residents to better understand and appreciate the triumphs
sacrifices of the generation that preceded them."
training exercise a success
By RYAN HORNS
In the real world, hazardous
material disasters are not rewarded with pizza parties.
But the Union
County Emergency Management Agency made that a reality
Tuesday afternoon for
a mock emergency response exercise held in Marysville.
Just off Morey
Drive on Professional Parkway, the Marysville Fire
Department blocked off the
roadway. At about 4 p.m. county dispatchers
sent out emergency crews for
"some type of accident involving a school
bus and some drums, possibly a
The event was to simulate a tragedy at the Ranco North
actually located on U.S. 42. But the Marysville location
realistic in order to create the exercise.
On the scene, fake
smoke poured out of the bumper area of the school
bus, as dozens of juvenile
volunteers acted as victims.
EMA Deputy Director Brad Gilbert said "38
children served as victims
who, when riding a school bus, collided with drums
acid." The children wore makeup to allow the responding
EMS units to
triage the victims and transport them to the hospital.
were helped out of the bus by medics and told to lie down on nearby
to receive medical treatment. The victims were smeared with
fake blood to
simulate what mock injuries they faced.
The juveniles were culled from such
places as county schools and Boy Scout troops.
Gilbert said that the EMA
worked with the Union County Local Emergency
Planning Committee for its
annual hazardous materials exercise in order
to plan the training exercise.
The event included participants from 12
area agencies including fire, law,
EMA, the Union County Red Cross and
health department which tested the county
Hazmat and mass casualty
plans. The event also tested the abilities of
Memorial Hospital of Union
County disaster plans.
At the same time as the
event, crews were called to a real crash
involving a truck on its side along
Participating in the mock disaster were Jerome, Allen, Liberty,
Union township fire departments; the Northern Union County,
Union, Southeast Hardin fire districts; the Union County EMA, the
County Red Cross, the Union County health Department, the Union
Sheriff's Office, the Marysville Division of Police and
Hospital of Union County.
Gilbert said the exercise came off as
"I didn't hear of any problems," he said. "Everything went fine.
usual we found some areas to improve upon so we are taking
corrective actions on those. Overall I was pretty pleased with
everything went. The kids did a great job."
Former Scotts CEO Le Herron writes book
In a post-Enron age of business distrust and deceit, a Marysville
has written a book that encourages CEOs to establish a
mentality ? one of servant leadership, not "me-first."
Herron, 85, who served as chief executive officer of O.M. Scott &
(now Scotts Miracle Grow) for 16 years, has co-authored the book
Company Human: Inspiring Others to Reach Their Potential,"
which was released
June 8. Herron, who came to Marysville from
Pennsylvania in 1965 with his
wife, Betty, and two children, started the
168-page book three years ago with
the help of longtime friend and
professional writer, Sherry Christie.
purpose of the book is for people to realize that businesses can
honorable, Herron said.
"All we read about is corruption, fraud and
greed in today's businesses.
If we're not careful, that's the impression we
get of all of them," he said.
In order to "make a company human," he said
that leaders of an
organization need to realize that a company is more than
the products it creates.
"A company is not a machine. It has character and
value, just like a
human being," said Herron, who graduated from the
Pennsylvania with a degree in civil engineering in 1942.
being the leader of a company involves making a choice ? whether
they use the
position to serve others or boost their own ego. The
latter, he said, leads
And to be an effective leader, some traits must be inherent,
"It has to be part of your being. You have to have confidence, trust
faith in human beings," Herron said.
One chapter is even dedicated to
discussing why time clocks should be
eliminated in the workplace because they
show that employers don't trust
A Christian, Herron said
his faith serves as a backbone for his book.
His idea of servant leadership
stems from Mark 9:25 where Jesus
addresses his 12 disciples saying, "If
anyone desires to be first, he
shall be last of all and servant of
Herron said one of the biggest inspirations for his book came from
experience as second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers
World War II. Herron, who went into the Army three days after
college graduation, said he was coming in one evening after a hard
out with the troops and food was the only thing on his mind. He
approaching the mess line when the sergeant took him
"Lieutenant," he said, "When your men have been fed, if there's any
left, then you will eat." And he added, "And after all your troops
been bedded down, if there's a place for you to lie down, then you
The book, Herron said, is dedicated to that sergeant. And a
After serving 31/2 years in the Corps of
Engineers, Herron came back to
Philadelphia and worked for Franklin Hardware
& Supply. In 1957, he
became general manager of American Hardware Supply.
He was then
recruited in 1965 by O.M. Scott & Sons, a national
marketer of lawn care products. He became CEO after one year
on the job
and remained there for 18 years before retiring at age 62.
CEO, Herron said he worked to make sure his associates knew they
appreciated and that their work was valued.
"The idea is to stimulate
and encourage your employees to help them
develop their individual
potential," he said.
The book, which Herron said is aimed at young
professionals, can be
purchased locally at Lighthouse Christian Books and
Gifts or The Book
and its Cover. The price is $24.95.
Kaffenbarger given new contract
Triad board approves five-year renewal
The Triad Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a
contract renewal for superintendent Dan
Kaffenbarger also was approved to receive a 4 percent raise
coming school year and a 3 percent increase for the 2007-2008
year. This mirrors raises for certified and administrative
Kaffenbarger's annual salary as superintendent with the
increase will be $98,760 for the 2006-2007 school year.
also corrected a contractual technicality that still listed
job responsibilities as both superintendent and high
school principal. Kyle
Huffman has been serving as high school principal
for the last year. Prior to
that Kaffenbarger was serving in both
capacities to help with district costs.
When Huffman took over, the
board rescinded Kaffenbarger's principal
The board heard a presentation from Joel Strom of Joel Strom
Strom's company assists schools in becoming more efficient
and cost effective.
He explained that the initial assessment process would
take three days
at a total cost of $3,000 and include working with as many
possible who are involved in the day-to-day operations of the
In addition, various parents and teachers would be asked to
feedback to give the customer perspective. Strom stressed that the
of his company is to focus on operations only not education
On the final day of the assessment, he and the
superintendent would then
review all the feedback and data collected and work
on creating an
action plan to better serve the district's operational
Strom said he has officially worked with four districts over the
several years including North Union. His company is in talks with
to four more districts to set up similar assessment plans. He said
districts find that after an assessment there are savings in
from copying costs to specific changes in how jobs are performed.
the initial assessment fee is paid, the district can then decide if
want to use the Strom team to implement the plan at an additional
No final decisions was made on the proposal.
Bill McDaniel, former
athletic director, was presented with a retirement
clock and a plaque
commemorating his years of service to the district
Board members were updated on the awarding of $70,852 in grant
from the Ohio Department of Education for the Ohio Integrated
Craig Meredith, elementary principal, explained that
the district was
one of 29 districts that received the grant. He reported
that more than
100 districts applied and Triad was the only school in the
Ohio SERCC (Special Education Regional Resource Center) awarded
The money will be used for professional development, stipends
supplies to help expand the literacy initiative along with
special education services.
The board approved a policy change
to the school's athletic policy which
closes a loophole.
The addition to
section XI: 12 states the following: If a student is
participating in a sport; the penalty will be enforced
during that athlete's
next sport season. If there are fewer than 10
percent of the contests left in
that season, the penalty will carry over
into that athlete's next sport
season. The athlete must finish the
season that the 10 percent penalty is
enforced or the penalty is null
and void and will then be applied to that
athlete's next sport season.
The board approved the resignation of Vinnie
Spirko as eighth grade
social studies teacher, eighth grade trip advisor and
football coach. Spirko will be taking a position as assistant
at Indian Lake high school.
The board also accepted the
resignation of Crystal Burgel as
kindergarten teacher effective at the end of
the 2005-2006 contract.
Janet Mroczkowski was approved to transfer from first
grade teacher to
kindergarten teacher beginning with the 2006-2007 school
Initial one-year contracts for the 2006-2007 school year were
for Erick Grasley as science teacher, Amanda Goodwin as 1/7
studies teacher and Becky Creighton as 1/7 math teacher.
adjourned into executive session to discuss negotiations with
Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE). These employees
drivers, cooks, secretaries and custodians. The next session
with the OAPSE
is scheduled for June 29.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, July
17 in the boardroom.
There will be a work session on July 6 from 8-10
a.m. to discuss pay
increase schedules for district employees.
day of school will be Thursday, Aug. 24, and Wednesday, Aug.
23 will be a
waiver day to be used for teacher's professional development.
news, the board:
.Approved Carol Nance as summer intervention reading
.Approved Bill McKenzie as soccer coach for the 2006-2007 school
.Approved memorandum of understanding ? Article 14.09, item 3 in
OAPSE negotiated agreement.
.Approved 2006-2007 high school student
and staff handbooks
.Approved temporary appropriations, amended
certificate of estimated resources and five-year
forecast as presented
by the treasurer.
.Approved policy additions and
revisions as prepared by NEOLA and
presented to the
.Approved memberships with the Western Ohio Computer
the West Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource
Center for the
2006-2007 school year.
.Approved 2006-2007 student
insurance program plan as underwritten by
Guarantee Trust Life Insurance
.Accepted donation of $2,000 from KTH Parts to Triad FFA for
the Triad Land Lab.
Jerome Twp. approves pair of
By CINDY BRAKE
Applications for two housing developments
received the green light from
the Jerome Township Board of Trustees at
Monday's regular meeting.
The two developments are known as Woodbine Village
and The Reserve at Sugar Run.
Woodbine Village is a planned unit
development to be located on 76.4
acres at 10045 Brock Road and 9346
Industrial Parkway. It will include
128 single family lots, sidewalks,
buffers along the main roads, a turn
lane, 17 percent green space and a
round-about on Brock Road. Paul
Phillips, representing Cambrian Development,
said no street lights are
planned, at the request of the township zoning
board. He projected a
three-year build out on the property.
The Reserve at
Sugar Run is a planned unit development that will include
250 single family
lots and 100 condo lots on 167 acres at the northwest
corner of Taylor Road
and Industrial Parkway. It will include a left
turn lane and 35 percent open
space. Build out is projected for five years.
One neighboring property
owner said she was very pleased with The
Reserve plan, especially because it
does not include any commercial
development. The developer has agreed to
correct drainage problems on
bordering properties. One concern was raised
about the wooded area. An
individual who pastures cattle nearby was concerned
about dead trees
falling and damaging a fence, as well as drivers of
cutting the fence and trespassing.
Merkle said the condominiums will provide an affordable
housing option for
Both applications were unanimously approved after
hearings. Approximately 50 individuals attended the
Township resident Jesse Dickinson, who has circulated
petitions for years and stalled development, spoke in support of
developments. He said The Reserve at Sugar Run was "satisfactory"
the Woodbine Village "is the best proposed."
During Monday's regular
meeting, trustees Merkle, Andy Thomas and Ron
Rhodes again voiced concern
about the actions of the township's zoning
"We need the
board to do their job," Thomas said.
The board of zoning appeals' chairman
reportedly refused to allow a
board member to participate or vote on a
variance application. The
application submitted by Ken and Lynn Farmwald
concerned a barn size.
The trustees originally agreed to make a decision
about refunding the
resident's $1,000 application fee at this meeting, but
decided Monday to
table the matter for two more weeks until they get an
opinion from the
prosecuting attorney's office.
Clerk Robert Caldwell said
the refund was precedent setting and even
questioned whether the applicant
ever requested a refund. He said
minutes of the board of appeal's meeting
state only that the board
directed the refund. Caldwell questioned whether
BZA had the authority
to direct refunds. At a previous meeting, Thomas
pointed out that the
BZA had expended $960 and wasted five hours of a man's
time with no decision.
In other business, the trustees:
agreed to hire attorney Don Brosius to assist the township
in land use
. Appropriated $25,000 to hire a professional consulting firm
continue development of a comprehensive plan.
. Agreed to contact the
Union County Prosecuting Attorney about
recouping funds from planners Burns
Burtsch and Harris. BBH submitted a
letter stating that the company could not
complete a comprehensive plan
after receiving more than $50,000 for the
. Learned that well water at the U.S. 42 rest area needs to
chlorinated and water at the cemetery is potable.
. Approved the
purchase of two display cabinets for maps at the township hall.
a retroactive raise for the township zoning officer.
killed in motorcycle accident
From J-T staff reports:
The Delaware County
post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is
investigating a fatal motorcycle
crash that took the life of a
According to the patrol,
Aaron Humble, 22, of 20010 Orchard Road was
killed after his 2005 Yamaha
sport motorcycle collided with a car on
Route 37 in Delaware County at 10:25
Humble was reportedly headed eastbound on Route 37. At the same
2001 Toyota Camry driven by Betty J. Deel, 61, of Delaware
attempting to turn south onto a private drive.
Deel was headed
westbound prior to her attempt to turn left. Humble's
motorcycle struck the
front of Deel's vehicle at the entrance to the
his motorcycle came to rest partially on the driveway.
Humble was transported
to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was
pronounced dead. Deel was also
injured and transported to Grady Memorial
Hospital where she is currently
The Delaware Post reported that the motorcycle crash
investigation and no citations have been filed against
Arson is cause of fire
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville Fire Department
has listed a fire that started early Friday
morning at 640 Glen Oaks Drive as
a case of arson.
Fire investigator Keith Watson said this morning that law
officers are looking for information leading to the arrest of the
responsible. No suspects have been named.
Watson said that the fire
was first reported at 7 a.m. by the job
supervisor for the home which was
under construction. The man had
noticed smoke coming out of the roof vents.
When crews arrived the fire
had mostly gone out on its own and minimal water
had to be used to put
out the rest.
He said investigators immediately
suspected arson because of the odor of
possible gasoline. Marks were also
visible on the floors inside
indicating that some type of flammable liquid
had been poured to ignite
the house. Investigators found a gasoline can,
which had been left
inside. Samples were taken for evidence.
Gary Johnson said the cause was obviously arson, which is why
he is able to
release more details to the public. He said the hope is to
find anyone who
has information which can help investigators find who
set the fire.
said that the arson is now associated with the Ohio Blue Ribbon
Committee, which awards up to $5,000 for anyone who can help with
People with information are asked to contact Watson at the
Fire Department 642-2065 or Marysville Police Detective Don
Youngster goes to Washington as advocate for hospital's care
Like most 12-year olds, Robert Balsiger of Raymond enjoys
sports, rooting for the Cleveland Indians and spending time with
friends at Trinity Lutheran School. But he is unlike the
pre-teen when it comes to his health and advocating for
children's health issues.
A leukemia survivor, he traveled earlier this
week to Washington D.C. as
a spokesperson, for Columbus Children's Hospital.
He was chosen, along
with his family, to attend the National Association of
Hospitals (NACH) Family Advocacy Day.
"Robert is a fabulous
young man," Niki Lombardo, Columbus Children's
hospital senior government
relations specialist, said. "He is very
articulate and to watch him interact
with members of Congress and their
staff was like watching a pro."
was diagnosed in March of 2002 after his parents, Theresa and
Balsiger, became concerned that his flu-like symptoms were not
Cheryl Groehl, family friend and a registered nurse,
suggested that they run
blood tests. Tests confirmed a parent's worst
nightmare. An emergency squad
took Robert to Columbus Children's
Hospital. He has undergone chemotherapy,
22 spinal taps, countless blood
draws, EKGs and bone marrow tests since the
age of 8 years old.
Today, Robert celebrates 18 months in remission.
Chemotherapy stopped in
2005. He will be considered cured in 2007. He returns
every two months for routine blood work and a physical.
Balsigers said the trip to DC was a surreal experience.
"It was fantastic and
very well organized," Mrs. Balsiger said.
The family of four, including
younger brother Andrew, had time to tour
the nation's capitol on Tuesday
before meeting with legislators on
Wednesday. The family spoke with Ohio
Congresswoman Deborah Pryce and
Congressman Dave Hobson. Specifically, they
discussed concerns about
keeping Medicaid funding and the need for more
government funding in
research and training.
"I had a great time," Robert
said, "I feel the representatives really
heard what I had to say."
hoped to meet President Bush while in Washington and have the
sign his presidential academic award presented several
weeks ago at the close
of his sixth grade year. Robert didn't get to
meet with Bush, but Pryce told
him that she would have President Bush
sign his award certificate. Pryce was
impressed by Robert's 4.0-grade average.
"I was really excited," Robert
Overall, the family was impressed with the experience commenting
all the families that were asked to participate were well
before meeting with legislators and the flow of the schedule was
"It was very positive for us," Mrs. Balsiger said.
Balsiger family has a busy summer ahead, including plans for their
golf scramble with proceeds benefiting Columbus Children's
Businesses suffer from closure of railroad
City still studying its future
By RYAN HORNS
It has been more
than two months since Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse closed
down the railroad
crossing on East Fifth Street beyond the Five Points
intersection for safety
Since the crossing closure, numerous businesses surrounding the
have reported losing money.
"(Business) has been affected a lot,"
Marysville Supply owner Rex
Eubanks said. "It's been pretty hard."
sales have dropped "drastically" at his store, located at 839 E. Fifth
According to the April 13 City Council meeting minutes, president
Gore referred the issue to the Public Service Committee and said
the committee would come back within 30 days with a recommendation
an actual plan that explains exactly why the city cannot proceed
upgrading the crossing or how it is going to proceed with upgrading
A special committee meeting followed and a traffic study on
Points/East Fifth Street area was ordered. Some 65 days later, the
waits for that traffic study to be completed.
Kathy House updated the issue this morning,
explaining that the study is half
completed and the work was expected to
take around two months.
it to be done around the middle to end of July," House said.
She added that
once the study is completed it does not mean the crossing
will open right
away. The results of the study will need to be evaluated, she said.
then, some business owners have expressed hope that the crossing
re-opened and the roadway finally repaired.
Eubanks said the railroad
crossing needs to be opened again for the sake
of nearby businesses. He has
spoken with other shops and they have also
complained about sales
Regarding the city's stance that the crossing was unsafe and might
a death, Eubanks said that was not the issue.
"All it takes is
common sense to stop and look both ways," he said.
He said the main problem
was the condition of the roadway.
Family Time Video at 895 E. Fifth St. has
also heard plenty of
complaints from customers. Manager Jennifer Pummell said
closure has been a problem for the store, especially during
Pummell said customers routinely come in the store
traffic being backed up along Delaware Avenue. The store also
tanning salon and many customers end up missing their
often blaming the congested roads. Many customers never come
"They just end up avoiding the area altogether," she said. "Lunch
are dead around here during the day. They can't get through."
the recent opening of Applebee's Restaurant, Pummell said, the
She feels the main problem with the East Fifth Street crossing
safety, but how the roadway became damaged by neglect from the city.
said there are other crossings in town which have no safety gates
lights and drivers know they have to stop and look both ways.
worries her is that Delaware Avenue has become so congested that
are getting stuck sitting on top of the railroad tracks. Cars in
of them are not moving forward and cars block them in from behind.
someone isn't paying attention they are vulnerable to oncoming
In addition, Pummell said, some customers are not even aware that
are still allowed to access East Fifth Street because they are
by the large railroad closure signs erected by the city. They do
know the sign just refers to the railroad crossing, not the
One of the more vocal complaints from local residents and
Marysville City Council members have been the concerns that 84
may suffer from the East Fifth Street closure. Salesmen at the
said their main concern has been the reduction of customer
"Obviously less traffic in front of your store means less
salesman Chris Percell said.
He said another ongoing problem has
been with delivery trucks having
difficulty finding their way into the store
parking lot as they try to
"I can watch them on the
other side of the crossing, trying to figure
out how to get over here,"
Percell said. "Mainly, it's just an inconvenience."
Salesman Rudy Hrovatic
said the East Fifth Street closure has not helped
84 Lumber, especially after
the opening of Home Depot earlier this year.
Both salesmen agreed the
closure has probably led to some customers
choosing to shop elsewhere. Anyone
deciding to take Northwest Parkway to
access the store will more than likely
end up shopping at Home Depot
because it's closer, they said. Those accessing
Delaware Avenue to get
to their store have to deal with congested
These businesses are not alone. Representatives from Kentucky
Chicken, Lil' Tykes Daycare and Natural Accents Florist have all
negatively about the railroad closure at past city council
House said that if the study reveals the crossing will need to be
again, then the city will work with CSX to complete concrete panel
on the crossing and repair the condition of the crossing.
City plans to help with Greenwood flooding
By RYAN HORNS
Greenwood Colony may or may not get the pond they were
hoping for at South
Park, adjacent to London Avenue (Route 38), but the
city plans to help with
the flooding anyway.
At Tuesday night's Parks and Recreation Commission
superintendent Steve Conley agreed to spend a portion of his
budget to fix drainage tiles that exist underneath South Park - some
which have been blown out since around 1915.
Conley said city crews are
tied up right now fixing sidewalk ramps
around the city, but after they
complete those projects they can get
started on the tile work.
engineer Phil Roush explained that by fixing these tiles the
South Park could be controlled. Until then, the city would
pursue the final
EPA wetland permit. He also explained that Adena Pointe
incorporated stormwater flood control into their own
project. Between the
tile work and the drainage from the development,
the flooding at South Park
could be controlled.
Local engineer Jim Page said the permit process could
take up to six
months and they need to get started right away. He said there
doubt in his mind that South Park is a wetland, but its location near
residential area and its heavy flooding make it a good candidate
relocation and support from the Army Corps of Engineers and the
EPA. He said there are ways to fix the drainage tiles without
the land at South Park. He suggested going east and digging down
to the tiles.
The meeting was sometimes full of heated debate as
members and city officials argued over the details of
the wetland situation. Adena
Pointe developers initially had promised several
city entities that a retention pond
and walking trails would be
constructed at South Park. It was expected to help
control the flooding and
finally end nearly two decades of complaints from nearby
for the flooding to be controlled. Developers then discovered that
sections of its own development had been declared wetlands by the Army Corps
Engineers. The fear was that South Park was also wetland and the
plans for the pond
were put on hold.
Roush reported that Adena Pointe was
able to work around its own wetland
areas, but the cost to deal with three
acres of possible wetlands at
South Park may be too expensive. It can cost up
to $19,000 an acre to move wetland areas.
"To repeat what I've said many
times," Conley said. "I wish we had never taken (South Park)."
residents at the meeting were happy with the city fixing the
but everyone could agree it is a step in the right
direction. Some voiced
their hope that the retention pond could finally be constructed.
said everyone will need to be patient as they work with the Army
Engineers and the Ohio EPA to see if creating the retention pond will be
One resident, who did not identify himself, said that if the
didn't want the area to be named a wetland then it wouldn't
"We've already done what you're worried about," the man said.
years ago South Park was bulldozed and trees were knocked down.
There was no
discussion about wetlands back then. Everyone is trying to
protect the land
now, but the city already disrupted the area years ago
with underground tiles
and dirt moving. Now that it could save
developers money if it were a
wetland, the city is suddenly trying to support that.
Conley said that he
resented that comment.
"I have never in my life given anyone special
treatment for anything," he said.
"Why stick your head in the sand and let
Adena Pointe tell you what to
do?" another member of the audience said. "Do
the right thing."
"We're trying to figure out what the right thing is,"
Councilman and Todd Court resident Dan Fogt raised another
concerning animal life that currently exists in South Park. Residents
Greenwood Colony already have had problems with snakes. He said the
gets wet and the animals move in, but once it dries out "they have
find a place to live. I'm not looking forward to that."
warned about the potential of increasing the mosquito population.
Greenwood Colony resident agreed, adding that if he were to hold
the mosquitoes "would run you out."
Conley said that the city has no
intention to create a wetland. There
are no plans to build walls to contain
Local program benefits children, dogs
By CINDY BRAKE
Take a troubled
child, add a homeless dog and get Project TREAT.
Project TREAT is a program
between the Union County Humane Society and
the Central Ohio Youth Center.
TREAT stands for "teaching respect,
empathy and trust."
dogs - along with enrichment programs coordinator Kym
Jarvis - trek across a
grassy lawn behind the Humane Society to the
center for juvenile offenders.
After clearing security, the dogs meet up
with youth who have reached level
three and are making progress with
their treatment goals.
Sprinter, Evan and Vince got a chance to work with Lacie,
Heather, Shandyn and Natay. This was the first time for
everyone to work
together. Betsy Hauck, COYC activities specialist, said
the program matches
juveniles with animals that demand and keep their attention.
"Who or what
else could teach them skills that apparently haven't been
demonstrated in their lives?" Hauck said. "When they
interact, even though no
conversation takes place, the lessons learned
are nothing short of
Equipped with clickers and treats of cheese and hot dogs, the youth
directions from Jarvis about teaching respect, adoptable behavior,
walking and play during a 45-minute session every Thursday. With
attention spans and lots of energy, the dogs are rewarded for
behavior by the youth who "capture" the animals when they do
right. There is no forcing and everyone works on watching their
Rachel D.K. Finney, executive director of the Union County
Society, said the program is based loosely on similar programs in
"This is truly a win-win collaboration for
both of our organizations,"
Finney said. "The dogs love the extra individual
attention and they are
learning so many wonderful new skills. We are thankful
to have such a
successful community partnership."
Teah Bishop is also
Her daughter has had an opportunity to be part of the
Teah said she was petrified and ashamed about what her daughter had
to be placed at COYC. But it has now been "the best thing that God
have done." And project TREAT is one of the reasons for her
success, Bishop said.
"These people really care about these
kids," Bishop said.
She hopes that COYC will expand on programs like Project
TREAT to teach
troubled youth more positive behaviors through other
organizations such as the Union County Humane Society.
TREAT is made possible through a $2,500 grant from the American
the Prevention to the Cruelty of Animals, Finney said. She
explains that the
objectives of Project TREAT are to:
. Catalyze positive interaction in a
. Foster a mutually beneficial relationship
based on respect.
. Embrace the advancement of each lesson learned as a life
. Instill a sense of empathy and responsibility in each participant
of the program.
. Increase overall quality of life for all who
. Give each participant new opportunities based on their
"Project TREAT is a tool to build on other learning
tools," Hauck said.
Third Fridays return for summer
Court Street will
be full of activity this week as Marysville kicks off
its 2006 Third Fridays
Music, food and more will line Court Street, between Fifth and
streets, filling the lawn at the Union County Courthouse. Activities
from 5 to 9 p.m. Food vendors will include Rick's Grill,
Backyard BBQ and Sweetooth Confections.
Special to the event is
the second annual rib cook-off, with local
judges granting the winner rights
to the phrase "Marysville's Best Ribs" for the year.
A press release
states that the biggest change for the 2006 events is
Regional bands who have graced large festivals around
the state are scheduled
to perform. This Friday will feature the group
The Challengers. July will
feature The Reaganomics, with a DJ providing
music during the afternoon and
early evening hours. Direct Energy will
entertain for the August Third Friday
Third Fridays Uptown is organized by the promotions committee of
Marysville Uptown Renewal Team, which is a division of the Union
Chamber of Commerce.
Sponsorship is provided by Marysville's auto
dealers, including Bob
Chapman Ford, Honda Marysville, Nelson Auto Group and
Roby Auto Group.
Additional help was provided by Dave's Pharmacy, Dayton
Power and Light,
the Marysville Business Association, Union Rural Electric
local businesses. The sponsors made it possible to provide musical
acts for the events.
Proceeds benefit the Uptown Marysville renewal
projects, allowing the
city to match funds for grants to assist businesses
and building owners
in the Historic Uptown District.
"This year's events
will be bigger and better than last year's with
great entertainment and an
extra hour to enjoy the festivities," the
city press release stated.
Extra money may finance more projects
By RYAN HORNS
Because of extra money
in its reserves, the city of Marysville is
planning on completing some
additional projects long on the back burner.
The discussion at Monday's
Marysville Finance Committee meeting centered
on proposed additional
appropriations for 2006. Attending were city
administrator Kathy House,
councilmen John Gore, David Burke and Dan
Fogt, along with city finance
director John Morehart and assistant John Green.
House said that in the
past department heads compiled a 17-item wish
list amounting to $665,444 in
costs. Some of the items were ultimately
cut from the 2006 budget because of
lack of priority. Morehart explained
that the city attempts to keep $1.5
million in reserves.
"We're well above that," Morehart said.
He said there
is enough in the bank to complete the entire $645,000 in
projects, but the
committee should think about each item and decide what
is more essential. The
prices range from a low of $2,700 for office
furniture for police
investigators to $270,000 for a new city salt barn.
A project to install
concrete panels to repair some city railroad
crossings was on the list. House
suggested spending $30,000 to repair
Delaware Avenue at Main Street, $36,400
on Industrial Parkway and
$11,600 at Cherry Street's crossing. Gore said that
he does not want to
ignore the repairs needed at the East Fifth Street
which the city closed in April to much debate.
said that the East Fifth Street crossing was not included in the
a traffic study is pending. She does not want to spend the
$6,800 to repair
that crossing if the traffic study suggests the
crossing should remain
closed. Gore said he did not want to leave East
Fifth Street off the list and
that he would approve the railroad
projects only if that crossing was
included. Ultimately, committee
members hoped to go over the list, item by
item and study the need for
Numerous other projects were
also mulled over during the committee meeting.
House said the city salt
storage barn is in bad shape and has been for
some time. If the funds are
available, a new one needs to be built.
In the past, public service director
Tracie Davies has complained of
wood from the rafters falling into the salt
piles. When the salt is
being dispersed on the roads in the winter, the wood
gets caught in the
machinery and can damage the trucks.
suggested an $80,000 project for repaving city-owned parking
at the table agreed that the lots are in poor condition.
The work would
re-pave lots at City Hall, Main and Sixth streets, Plum
and Sixth streets,
and Fourth and Plum streets.
Burke explained another project that would
allocate $10,000 to create a
sidewalk replacement program. Currently, city
code places the cost of
fixing sidewalks solely on residents and property
owners. But many
cannot afford to do the work on their own. The sidewalks
meet residents halfway, by matching $500. The resident would
in sidewalk repairs by only paying half that. The city would then
all the requests and order a company to do the work all at once, so
cost is even lower at a bulk rate. Burke also wondered if this was
project residents would even support. He hopes to find out.
projects committee members supported:
. The city has an opportunity to
purchase two vehicles at a discount
rate through the state, both for $17,800.
If they can get this deal they
hope to purchase a four-wheel drive car for
the police department and a
staff vehicle for the fire department. If they
cannot get the deal, they
plan to spend up to $28,000 to purchase the police
. Also for the police department, there is a project outlined to
$3,735 on computerized speed radar devices, which are attached
utility poles. They can covertly take averages on speeds on
city streets. The information can be posted on-line to show
speeding problem areas in the city.
. Technology is advancing
and the city could use a network storage
upgrade for $30,000, a software and
hardware upgrade for check signing
security. Checks are currently signed by
hand and it could lead to
abuse. Another $37,000 would upgrade the payroll
and financial systems.
. In other discussions, the committee discussed a
System Capacity Fee
Incentive Policy, which Burke explained could help make
attractive to larger corporations hoping to locate in the
policy would set standards for the size of water meters and
costs, which could be waived to allow a company to hook up to the
lines. The policy is just an idea now and is expected to be
JA Board approves fee schedule for facility
By CORINNE BIX
Following a lengthy discussion, the Jonathan Alder
Board of Education
passed a fee schedule for building rental/community use of
The policy needed to be revised to include the new high
In April, Superintendent Doug Carpenter said the board might want
consider charging higher rental fees for use of the high school's
gym and/or auditeria in light of the building's newer technology.
May, the board was presented with a proposed fee schedule that
rental fees down into which groups would be using the facilities
what aspects of the district facilities would be in use.
explained that higher fees were proposed for use of areas such
as the new
high school auditeria given time needed for set-up and tear
down and the
possible use of the high-priced lighting and sound system.
Costs for the
various facilities will range from $750 to $100 for a block of time.
board members agreed that rental fees could be decreased if various
agreed to take on various rental components including event
event clean-up and routine custodial duties. The board also
wording from charging per hour to charging for blocks of
time hence rental of
a baseball diamond would be for a three-hour block.
The approved fee
schedule breaks proposed events into three categories.
Groups including all
Jonathan Alder tax-paying residents would not be
charged the flat rental fee.
Costs come into play for groups with
non-taxpaying members and the highest
fees would be charged to
discussed also having a Jonathan Alder employee or
designee on site at all times when the facilities are being rented.
board approved a student wellness program policy as mandated by the
will take effect with the coming school year. The policy will
create a plan
to authorize a wellness committee to work on various goals
aimed at improving
the overall nutrition and physical activity of
district students. It was
suggested that the committee include mental
health education to tackle issues
such as bullying and school violence.
The next regular board meeting will be
July 17, the third Wednesday of
the month rather than the second Wednesday
due to the July 4 holiday.
In other news, the board:
. Approved the
employment of Cindy Wolfe as superintendent's secretary
to begin July 3 with
up to three days of training for the 2006-2007 school year.
. Approved the
following resignations: Deborah VanOtteren, intervention
Wolfe, pep club advisor; Shauna Huff, high school
student council advisor;
and Debra Berry, head cook at Canaan.
. Approved the employment of Ryan
Swinehart as math teacher for the
2006-2007 school year.
. Approved the
employment of Shannon McConaughy as fifth grade
intervention teacher for the
2006-2007 school year.
. Approved the increase of lunch prices by $.25 for
the 2006-2007 school year.
. Set final inspection of the field house for
late June. All athletic
facilities are expected to be finished for the start
of the fall sports season.
. Commended Kevin Kilfian from Scott's for all
materials donated for athletic fields.
. Commended Lauren Pearson for
being selected May student of the month
at Tolles Technical and Career
. Approved the revised foreign language curriculum.
. Approved the
treasurer's requests including the May financial report,
appropriations, temporary appropriations, contract and
membership with MEC
and contract with Marsh, Inc. for liability,
property and fleet insurance at
. Approved the request by a district employee, Tina Opatt, to allow
daughter, Alyssa to attend kindergarten at Monroe Elementary.
Approved membership in the OHSAA for the 2006-2007 school year.
donation of 80 band raincoats purchased by the Jonathan Alder
organization at a cost of $4,530.
. Approved six people for the summer
painting crew at $10 per hour.
. Approved AEP request to work on the easement
in conjunction with the
ODOT road project on U.S. 42.
. Approved the
annual request by the Plain City church fellowship to
have a voluntary
religious class for third grade for the 2006-2007 school year.
New restaurant carries local flavor
By CINDY BRAKE
The smiling face of
Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson beams down on
customers who enter the new
Applebee's Restaurant in Marysville, while
legendary Fairbanks High School
football coach Frank Spurlock is
memorialized with a pencil drawing just
around the corner in the main dining area.
Applebee's opened today at 1099
Delaware Ave. after more than a year of planning.
"We're glad to be here,"
said general manager Cinda Brauchler.
The family-oriented restaurant's 51,021
square feet features memorabilia
from local schools and groups with room for
The waiting area includes an extensive display of items from
Marysville Fire Department including a signed fire coat, boots,
helmet and a wooden emblem plus the photo of Johnson and
Photographs of historic buildings line the entrance door
school items from Fairbanks and Marysville cover the main dining
Contributions for Fairbanks include a football helmet, bat,
jersey, band shirt plus emblems and golf. Marysville items include
photograph of the 1989 Mock Trial team which took third place in
state finals, plus a framed FFA jacket and picture of teacher John
with a student. The current Show Choir is also displayed in their
and lavender splendor, as well as actors in the school play "Once Upon
In addition to the local paraphernalia, the 215-seat
items from Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan, NASCAR
and professional sports teams.
A ribbon cutting is planned for Tuesday at
10:30 a.m. and the restaurant
officially opened for business today at 11
Pre-opening events were held throughout the weekend to give
approximately 125 employees a chance to train. Donations will
Restaurant hours are Monday through Friday from 11
a.m. to midnight;
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday from
11 a.m. to
11 p.m. The "World Famous Half and Half Happy Hour" is Monday
Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. with half-price off on selected
Appetizers are also half price from 10 p.m. to closing Monday
Reservations or carry-out orders can be made by calling
This is the 85th Applebee's store to be opened by Thomas and King,
of the larger Applebee franchises. In addition to Ohio, other stores
located in Arizona, Kentucky and Indiana. They also own three
Carinos restaurants in the Lexington and Cincinnati area. It
described as an Italian-style Applebee's.
Brauchler said the response
from Marysville residents has been
overwhelming. She estimates that she has
interviewed three-fourths of
the residents of Marysville and the message she
has gotten is that this
restaurant is very important and great.
slender six-foot blond Brauchler of Hilliard admits that her
on the menu include the Weight-Watchers Tilapia and the
Triple Chocolate Melt
Down. She has been with the Applebee organization
for five years in Grove
Business projects expected to advance in coming months
With spring comes construction season and new businesses
Marysville are about to sprout.
Several projects, in the planning
stages for more than a year, are
expected to move forward in the coming
The City Gate development, expected to bring in more retail and
facilities across from Coleman's Crossing Boulevard, was approved by
Marysville Planning Commission at the June 5 meeting.
developer Phil Connolly said details of what businesses are
expected to sign
into his project must remain under wraps for now. He
said struggles with the
planning commission over road designs set City
Gate back initially. A couple
businesses, originally expected to be
included in this project, pulled out
while the city held extended
discussions over how Coleman's Crossing
Boulevard will lead into City Gate.
Connolly said it was finally decided
that a four-lane road would lead
into the business area, then make a 180
degree loop and head back out.
They will decide later if the roadway will be
for one-way traffic or for two-way.
After the development passed through
Planning Commission, Connolly said
he has finally been able to get his plans
A retail center, to be located at the northwest corner of Route
at Mill Road/Cobblestone Drive, faced a similar setback as City
Developer Jim Casto said that his shopping center for Mill
residents remains tied up with Union County inspectors, as he tries
obtain a building permit. The process has taken longer than he
As far as the initial halt in the project, Casto said months ago
Ohio Department of Transportation found a problem with his
cutting the curb at the Route 31 intersection. So McDonald's, which
the land, had to complete a traffic study - which took time.
said the next hurdle was the lull caused by the city's temporary
over sewer line tap-ins. He had several businesses waiting
to sign to the
project, which later pulled out in lieu of waiting for
the city to resolve
the sewer tap-in halt.
Not only did the restriction stop his project, he
said, but many
developments throughout the city were also forced to wait,
residential construction in Tartan Fields and Bearcreek Capital
developers in Coleman's Crossing.
Casto said Wednesday that the
financing for his Mill Valley project is
complete and as soon as the permits
clear with the county he can break
ground the very next day. His project will
contain 2,000 square feet of
business space to create a "great neighborhood
He said AmeriStop has signed a letter of intent to add a
store to the development. That company is currently looking for
franchisee to run the store in Marysville.
Casto said he is "actively
pursuing" new lease applicants for the future
neighborhood shopping center.
Once the project gets moving, he said, it
will offer Mill Valley residents
shopping opportunities and convenience
that does not currently exist. His
hope is to bring in businesses the
residents can use, such as "mom and pop"
stores, video rental, a hair
salon or even a children's clothing
For the past year there have been talks about a second McDonald's
near Mill Valley on Route 31. Work has recently begun in
construction of the business. Details on a timeline for the
restaurant were unavailable. Numerous calls placed to McDonald were
returned before press time.
Trucks have also begun clearing the land
for the second phase of
Bearcreek Development's Coleman's Crossing Boulevard
strip mall. An
update on the project was unavailable before press time.
to the company were not returned.
Union County man receives Purple Heart
38 years later
Was wounded in
By KARLYN BYERS
More than 38 years after he was wounded in
Vietnam, a Milford Center man
will be pinned with a Purple Heart Sunday at a
special service at
Marysville Free Will Baptist Church.
Robert H. Allen of
Reed Road, and his battalion were going into the
Black Virgin Mountain of
Hobo Woods in South Vietnam on Dec. 1, 1967,
when he was injured by enemy
fire. It was exactly one year from his
entrance into the Armed
Allen was driving an armored personnel carrier and had dropped back
lead to the third tank. He was shot in the spine area and
medical assistance from his sergeant, Robert Galas, before being
to the medical unit compound.
Galas, of Illinois, will be one of the
people attending Sunday's service
to watch Maj. Gen. Oscar Decker (retired)
of Marysville pin the Purple Heart on Allen.
Galas and Allen had lost
touch with each other after Galas also was
wounded in action. It's possible
one of the reasons Allen's Purple Heart
was delayed was because Galas was
unable to process the necessary
paperwork, Juanita Allen said.
Allen, Allen's wife of 37 years, has tried for many years to
Purple Heart for her husband.
"I kept working on it for such a long time and
never forgot about it," Mrs. Allen said.
She made contact with the
Veterans Administrations in Cleveland, St.
Louis, Cincinnati and Columbus,
and the Department of Defense in
Washington, D.C. The Veterans Administration
in Chillicothe, gave her
the most support until David Cook of the Union
Commission stepped in. With Cook's help and guidance, the
commendation arrived on March 28.
A private man according to
his wife, Allen was reluctant at first to
participate in any special Purple
Heart ceremony. But he's come around,
and has rejoiced in the e-mail
messages, phone calls and letters from
those with whom he has served, even
though they have brought up bittersweet memories.
"It's been an emotional
roller coaster for him, for them, but it's been good," Mrs. Allen
Especially moving was a message from former soldier Allan Azary
lives in Tampa, Fla. Azary found a photo album of Allen's that had
tucked away behind the personnel carrier's radio.
of South Shore, Ky., was drafted into the United
States Army on Dec. 1, 1966.
He went through basic training at Fort Knox
and was transferred to Fort Polk,
La. He shipped out to Vietnam in May
of 1967 and saw combat for a year,
serving mostly with the 1st Battalion
5th Mechanized Infantry Regiment 25th
Division in Cu Chi. He was an M-60
machine gunner, point man, track driver
and "tunnel rat."
As Allen explained it, tunnel rats crawled into the many
that ran under Cu Chi, looking for munitions and Viet Cong.
remembered one tunnel actually containing a functioning hospital
housed several wounded American soldiers.
"Of course we got them
out," Allen said.
Allen's wound temporarily paralyzed him, but after only 12
days in the
hospital he was sent to Saigon for security duty with the
police. He was literally carried onto the job, positioned in a
and carried back to the barracks.
He was told he would never walk
"But he had faith enough to believe that God would grant him the
to do it," said Mrs. Allen. "Little by little ... he was able to
The Purple Heart is yet another medal in a collection of many
has been awarded, including the Vietnam Service Medal with four
service stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Good Conduct
Meritorious Unit Commendation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Palm Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal
First Class Unit Citation.
According to a military Web site on the
Internet, the Purple Heart
commendation was established by Gen. George
Washington at Newburgh, N.
Y., on Aug. 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary
It was reestablished by the President of the United States per
Department General Orders in 1932, and is awarded in the name of
President of the United States "to any member of an Armed Force or
civilian national of the United States who, while serving
competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed
after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or
hereafter die after being wounded."
Editor's note: Marysville resident
Scott Underwood contributed to this
article and has assisted Mrs. Allen with
putting Sunday's service
together. He also plans to videotape the
presentation for Allen's family.
School board awards bids for
By KARLYN BYERS
Central Ohio Building of Hilliard
submitted the lowest bid for
construction of Northwood Elementary,
Marysville's newest elementary
school building, Friday during a special board
Board members Jeff Mabee and Scott Johnson and board president
Fraker voted to accept the $2,673,580 bid, as well as six other
packages for the school's construction.
Kirk Brothers' Masonry of
Findlay submitted the winning concrete bid of
$1,339,100, with Humble
Construction of West Liberty submitting the
winning bids for structural steel
and roofing at $702,000 and $512,800
respectively; Carl's Plumbing &
Heating of Marion submitting the winning
HVAC with plumbing bid of
$1,569,890; and the Vulcan and Gaylor
companies submitting the winning fire
protection and electrical bids at
$105,373 and $1,185,200
All together, the bids totaled $8,087,943. That price included
packages that added four additional classrooms to the
Board members could have put off constructing the additional
but with construction prices rising at an alarming rate, waiting
seem the best thing to do.
"We'll never see $105 a square foot for
those classrooms again," said Mabee. "Never, ever."
Mabee then added that
prices might decline to that price again, "but not while we're
"Construction prices are really, really crazy right now,"
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman added that he had been told
that construction prices were
increasing 1 percent a month, and that the
demand for steel and copper was "at a premium."
Higher fuel prices also
were driving some of the increases, he said.
Construction should begin on the
new elementary within a couple weeks, Zimmerman said.
In other business,
.Employed Jason Adelsberger and Jason Jensen as network
under one-year limited contracts, and Michael Ball, Laura Browne,
Burris and Lori Clark as teachers on one-year limited
.Accepted the resignations of teachers Stephanie Williams and
Fockler and building aide Mary Jo DeGood.
.Granted an easement to
Dayton Power and Light at Northwood Elementary.
.Contracted with Naomi Shaw
to provide speech and language therapy to
district pupils on an as-needed
basis for the 2006 extended school year.
Amish influence nearly
gone from Plain City
A disappearing way of life
Esther Hochstedler flipped on a solar-powered light in the
Plain City farmhouse she shares with her sister, Rachel. The
illuminated her fragile body, clothed in a tattered, light blue
dress, white head covering and black sneakers.
Her plain attire was
once a familiar sight in Plain City. Now it's a rarity.
Born and raised in
the Amish tradition, Hochstedler, 85, is one of only
10 Amish left in Plain
"They are the remnants of the Amish movement in this community,"
Valentine Yutzy, 72, a Plain City native and self-taught historian
the Amish church.
It might not look like it now, but years ago Plain
City was inhabited by
a multitude of horse and buggy toting Amish.
A tight-knit religious and ethnic group of Swiss-German ancestry,
Amish separate themselves from outside society for religious
They do not vote, hold political office, join the military, draw
security or accept any form of assistance from the government. And
are known for restrictions on the use of modern devices such
automobiles and electricity.
"The Amish believe that if they connect
with the outside world, they
might start making adaptations," explained
Yutzy. "So, rather than
letting the world rub off on them, they just don't
associate with it."
The moral beliefs of the Amish Church are based on the
Bible and most of
their views stem from literal translations of the teachings
of the Bible.
The 10 Plain City inhabitants are known as conservative Old
the kind that avoid technology, but there are many New Order
Beachy Amish and Mennonite groups with a more modern lifestyle
still consider themselves Amish.
The first group of Amish settled in
Plain City in 1896. And by 1904,
there were three large Amish churches, made
up of 20 to 30 families.
Sarah Miller's family was one of them.
74, (who requested the Journal-Tribune not use her real name)
parents grew up in Plain City, both of them farmers.
She, her parents, and
nine siblings lived what Miller calls a "slower pace of life."
at home a lot," she said. "And we did everything by hand,
none of this
push-button, electronic stuff."
But by the 1940s, worldly inventions began to
alter the Amish mindset.
The invention of the automobile brought a newfound
sense of worldly
freedom for youngsters, to the point where it initiated the
beginning of an exodus.
The automobile allowed Amish youth
the freedom to go to Columbus and
other places the Church wouldn't sanction,
"It was a liberating avenue that young men and women could use to
trouble," he said. "A lot of people began looking for a more
place to live so that young folks wouldn't be exposed to this type
Around 1944, a number of Amish families left the
community, Yutzy said,
followed by another group in 1966, and yet another in
1975. Some went
west to Wisconsin and Missouri. Others went to Holmes County
Center - communities where less worldly distractions
But some couldn't bear to part from their home turf.
City] just seemed like where I was supposed to be," Miller said.
majority of the remaining Amish became more liberal in their theology,
decided to leave the Old Order Amish altogether. For Miller, the
"I had no reason to be dissatisfied with the Amish church," she said.
believed, and still believe, in the Church's teachings." The
At 74, Miller is one of the youngest Amish in Plain City. Of the
women and two men remaining, the youngest is 67 and the oldest is
Because of their age, none of the 10 drive horse and buggy. But
still maintain a very conservative lifestyle.
Miller, who lives with
her sister in the home of her deceased parents,
never married. She went to
school through the 10th grade and she has
never owned a car, a television, a
radio, or any other form of modern
technology. She does have an
electric-powered washing machine and a
phone which, she says, is necessary
for communication with family and friends.
While she's never been to a
movie theater, sporting event, or shopping
mall, Miller said she's perfectly
"We see what's happening to the world with its fast paced lifestyle,
they are not much happier than we are," she said.
But between yard
work, cleaning, gardening, and sewing, day-to-day life
keeps her busy. Miller
owns about 15 dresses, all of which she's sewn
herself. She also makes her
own head coverings. She has a gas
refrigerator and a gas stove that she uses
to do all her cooking, and
the hardwood floors in her house make it easy to
clean since she doesn't
own a vacuum.
Miller also works three days a week
at a local Christian bookstore.
Since she doesn't own a car or have a drivers
license, a friend takes
her to and from her job.
Because of her beliefs,
Miller said she's never been to a hairdresser.
The Amish take seriously the
words of 1 Corinthians 11:5-6, which says,
"And every woman who prays or
prophesies with her head uncovered
dishonors her head - it is just as though
her head were shaved. If a
woman does not cover her head, she should have her
hair cut off; and if
it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or
shaved off, she
should cover her head." Therefore, she never cuts her hair
bundles it up in her head covering.
She and the other nine
Amish still meet regularly for worship in a
small, shed-like building,
located adjacent to the Hochstedler
residence, 10700 U.S. 42. Because the
last of the ordained men left
Plain City in 1966, ministers come from either
Holmes County or Belle
Center to lead the services.
Services are held
bi-weekly and are typically done in German. Songs are
taken from the Ausbund,
a German song book and there are no instruments
used in the worship. Men also
sit separately from the women, Miller said.
The services begin at 9 a.m.
and are usually over by noon. Following
worship, the group moves aside the
wooden pews and brings in tables and
chairs so they can eat lunch and
On their off weeks, the group has Sunday
school. Future of the Amish
Estimates of the total number of Amish in
North America vary. The total
Amish population is estimated at 134,000, but
only adults are counted as
full church members, according to the Web site,
Three quarters of all Amish are located in just three
Pennsylvania, and Indiana. And Holmes County has the world's
When it comes to Plain City, Yutzy estimates
that there are 400 to 500
families of Amish descent - Beachy Amish, New Order
Mennonite. But for horse and buggy Amish, the future looks
"There is no support group or community here for them," Yutzy
"They're all going to quieter, less worldly
Electrical worker critically injured
A reported 7,200 volts almost took the life of an electrical worker
was working on power lines Thursday afternoon in Plain City.
Carnahan, whose age and address were not available, was flown by
helicopter to the Ohio State University Hospital burn unit where
in critical condition.
There have been conflicting reports on what injuries
and what led up to the accident. Reports on the accident
unavailable through the Union County Sheriff's Office.
emergency call came in 3:51 p.m. and reported an
electrocution at 14179 Adams
Road. The dispatcher said that the male
victim was dangling 25 feet in the
air. The victim soon began talking to
people on the scene, indicating that he
was still alive.
A press release today from Union Rural Electric Cooperative
that Carnahan is a member of one of its contracted crews. He
contact with one of its electric lines along Adams Road at around 4
One media report incorrectly stated that the shock allegedly blew
his right foot. A conflicting report stated that he may have
sustained injuries to his hand.
The Ohio State University reported
this morning that Carnahan was in the
Surgical Intensive Care Unit, but they
were not allowed by law to clarify on the injuries.
"Officials are working
to make contact with his family," URE reported in
a statement released
Pleasant Valley Fire District Battalion Chief Brent Smith
said that the
victim was working up on the pole when he became distracted and
into one of the power lines with his shoulder. He heard the voltage
have been 7,200. He also said that reports of the victim's leg
blown off, were untrue. His reports indicate that the man suffered
on both arms and his ankle was seriously injured.
URE reported that
"(Carnahan) was performing line upgrade construction
in the area of the Route
736 and Adams Road when he received the
electrical charge. Service to several
hundred members was shut off to
allow URE technicians to perform a safe
rescue. The injured man was
evacuated by helicopter from the area around 4:30
p.m. and power
restored shortly thereafter."
According to the Marysville
URE, the injured crew member was an employee
of Robert Henry Company, a
company which has provided line construction
services to URE in recent
Several calls made this morning to Robert Henry Company's
Steve Henry were not returned.
Smith said this morning that
emergency crews were able to coordinate
their efforts with URE workers in
order to get the victim down from the
lines. He said it was fortunate that
fire crews did not attempt to
retrieve Carnahan from the wires because,
although the lines were not
active, there were still electrical back flows
which could have injured firemen.
Also responding to the incident were the
Marysville and Jerome Township fire crews.
Adena Pointe project
adds to South Park concerns
By RYAN HORNS
As construction begins on the
Adena Pointe development in southeast
Marysville, the work has added more
concern to the future of South Park.
During the Thursday Marysville City
Council meeting, councilman John
Marshall noted that crews had broken ground
on a project off of Weaver Road.
City administrator Kathy House and
planning commission member Alan
Seymour confirmed the work was for the Adena
Marshall wondered why the development was moving forward
when "we don't
know what we're doing with South Park?"
that South Park is not tied to the Adena Point
development, the park work
they plan to do is "above and beyond their development."
Seymour said the
work only marks Phase One of the project.
Marshall said that on Tuesday, June
13, the city Parks and Recreation
Commission will meet to discuss the South
Park issue. He said during the
previous meeting members and the public had
"considerable discussion about (South Park)."
He recommended people attend
the meeting to learn more about the issue of wetlands.
"It's not a mud
puddle and it's not a swamp," Marshall said. "It's worth
educated on the process."
The commission will have speakers, specifically an
engineer, to address the wetlands issue. The commission may
up a South Park resolution for a future city council
House said that the city is awaiting information from its
environmental engineer who was brought in to look into the South
Park wetlands issue.
Planning Commission director John Cunningham invited
city council to a
joint meeting with the commission to discuss issues
affecting the city such as this.
After a week of heavy rain, the rest of
the city fared much better than
the currently flooded South Park.
the weather, House said, the city received no complaints about
water in homes
and the city Wastewater Treatment Plant handled the
increase in stormwater
House also asked that residents help out the city by clearing
stormwater drains and catch basins near their homes, in order to
In other discussions, updates were provided on numerous
ongoing city projects:
. House gave an update on the east side railroad
crossing closure. She
said the traffic study at the East Fifth Street and
intersections began earlier this week. When the study is
engineers will proceed with compiling their analysis to
whether or not the railroad crossing should remain closed, or if
should reopen for repairs and expansion.
. The Ohio Department of
Transportation will soon begin to make repairs
at four different railroad
crossings, including Delaware Avenue,
Industrial Parkway, Main Street and
Cherry Street. The work will include
replacing some railroad ties and some
rails, along with asphalt and
possibly concrete additions. Work will be
completed in early July before
Honda Homecoming comes to Marysville.
House provided an update on the second phase of paving the streets
Marysville, to run from August to October. She said the work would
later than it did last year because street department workers are
doing preparation work to make city crosswalks handicap
. Legislation was added to the consent calendar allowing the city
apply for the Job Ready Sites Program.
Economic Development Director
Eric Phillips said millions of federal
dollars help cities take a potential
area and prepare it for
development. It could mean up to $5 million to run
sewer and water lines
to the west of the Scotts Company along Scottslawn Road
and widening the lanes.
First English Lutheran Church to
install new pastor
By KARLYN BYERS
Fresh out of seminary and newly
ordained, the Rev. Paul Schultz is ready
for installation Sunday as new
leader at First English Evangelical
Lutheran Church, 687 London Ave.
installation ceremony will be held during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday
service. The Rev. Terry Morgan, assistant to the bishop,
Southern Ohio Synod,
Schultz, 32, and his wife of 10 years, Jennifer, were drawn
Marysville community because of its large-city conveniences -
retail stores, health care and a good school system - coupled with
small-town atmosphere and the rural character of the nearby
Marysville also is located halfway between Miamisburg -
where Schultz is
from - and Massillion where Jennifer grew up.
The two met
as students at Bowling Green State University. They are the
Madison, 9, Hannah, 7, and Tommy, 4.
Shortly after their marriage, Schultz
dropped out of college to support
his growing family.
"But I couldn't get
away from this intense feeling of ministry," he said.
He enrolled at
Wright State University and attended year-round,
finishing three year's worth
of studies in two years. He literally
finished college one day and started
seminary at the Lutheran
Theological Seminary of Gettysburg (Pa.) the
Attending the historic school was "really neat," Schultz said.
Civil War battle of Gettysburg actually began on the seminary
and Schmucker Hall on the campus still has a cannonball from that
lodged in its side."
From Gettysburg, the young family moved to
North Dakota to a town of 160
residents so Schultz could complete his
"It (was) a wonderful place to visit," Schultz said, emphasizing
the last word.
The temperature was 40 degrees below zero "before the wind
said. Milk sold for $5.50 a gallon, and the nearest "large
consisted of about 1,000 people.
Still, "it helps to have a required
internship," Schultz said. "It gives
a fledgling pastor the opportunity to
integrate book learning with
actual ministerial work. "
Schultz said he is
thrilled to be at First English.
"I'm just excited to see this new chapter in
the life of the church.
It's going to be fascinating to see how we write the
first few sentences."
He said he will bring a keen sense of humor to his
"I'm a pretty lively preacher. I try to keep (the sermon) under
minutes and try to keep (the congregation) awake the whole time,"
He also will encourage those in the church family to become more
with their faith, to share it in every aspect of their lives.
really think that if we have the Gospel and keep it all bottled up
doing what we should," he said.
Schultz plans to be involved in community
functions, to show up at
football games, basketball games and at women's
"We want to share the good news. We don't want to keep it to
ourselves," he said.
He would like to rename the church exit "servants'
entrance." When asked
why, he responded, "Because it's when we leave here
that we're actually
going out to serve."
He also hopes to keep regular
office hours, probably from 9 a.m. to noon
or 1 p.m. It is during those times
he will schedule appointments,
counseling sessions and other church business,
Schultz said the church has a "dedicated group" of young people he
to nurture and encourage in their faith.
"As I get settled in and
develop a relationship with the youth, their
programs will begin to develop,"
He will be helped along the way by church administrative
Jeanne Haynes, by church members and by his wife.
I wouldn't be able to do what I do if she didn't do what
she does," Schultz
said of his spouse. "She's the most important person in my life."
added, "We both really view our marriage as a vocation. Our marriage
of the signs of grace for me."
He also will be assisted by his children, who
have happily settled in.
Schultz remembers a remark Madison, a fourth-grader,
made as the family
came into Marysville. She noticed the "Marysville - where
the grass is greener" sign.
"It really is! It really is," she
Schultz succeeds the Rev. Richard Genzman, who is serving as a
in Iraq. Genzman, who was recently commissioned a colonel, is on
duty with the Ohio Army National Guard.
Genzman's achievement is
"something we're proud about here," said Schultz.
Genzman is providing a
valuable service, he said, and the men and women
who serve in the Middle East
are fortunate to have there.
Prosecutor: Dublin official can sit on LUC Commission
Dublin's city engineer has every right to sit on the local
During a May meeting all three members of the Jerome
Township board of
trustees voiced concern that a member of the Logan Union
Regional Planning Commission's executive committee,
might have a conflict of interest concerning their
The 19-member LUC committee reviews zoning and development
for the three-county region and offers recommendations to
zoning boards, as well as subdivision platting authority
unincorporated areas. The planning commission is established by the
Revised Code with the group's bylaws determining who sits on
executive committee. Because Dublin is a city it is entitled to have
voting representative, said LUC Director Jenny Snapp.
Trustee Bob Merkle
said his board's concern is that everyone is
represented and there is a level
playing field on the advisory board.
Townships do not have representatives on
the voting committee.
Plain City, like Dublin, is another community that
lines but has no voting member because it is a village.
residents in both Franklin and Union counties. Dublin joined the
2005. Dublin also belongs to a Delaware County planning
commission, Snapp said.
Trustee Ron Rhodes said Paul Hammersmith, a paid
employee of Dublin, had
recently opposed two Jerome projects while sitting on
the LUC committee
and voiced opposition to a third during a meeting with the
Union County Engineer.
Snapp said it is unfair to single out Hammersmith.
She said the LUC
committee unanimously voted against two recommendations in
of a lack of information.
Responding to verbal requests
after an article appeared in the
Marysville Journal-Tribune, Union Prosecutor
David Phillips wrote a
four-page letter in June stating that Hammersmith "may
lawfully serve as
Dublin's representative to the Logan Union Champaign
Commission." The letter was sent to Rhodes, Snapp and the
Dublin City law director.
More importantly, Snapp said, LUC is just a
townships are free to do what they want.
makes recommendations. The legislative authority lies with the
are the final say on an recommendations of zoning
In spite of the legal opinion, Trustee Rhodes said he is still
"with the amount of influence Dublin has managed to gain within
County and in particularly what is about to happen in Jerome
Dublin city manager Jane Brautigam said, "It is important for
be represented on this commision, just as it is for other
jurisdictions. Part of Dublin is in Union County and we want to
cooperativly with all jurisdictions along the U.S. 33 corridor to
positive growth for all our communities."
graduation scheduled for Friday
North Union High School will hold its
graduation ceremonies Friday at 7
p.m. in the high school
Eighty-five seniors are tentatively scheduled to receive
including valedictorians Rebekah Delp, Jamie Goddard and Justin
and salutatorian Bethany Grose.
Delp, the daughter of Nejla Bodine
and Jeff Delp, will attend Ohio
Northern University and major in
During her high school years, her extra curricular activities
History Club, In The Know, the school newspaper, News For You,
committee, guidance aide, office aide and teacher's aide.
accomplishments have earned her straight A's throughout her high
years. Also, Academic Letter (ninth), Academic Gold Bar (10th),
Star (11th); TAD program, four years; DuPont Science Essay
Award, Who's Who
Among American High School Students for two years; gold
medalist in Spanish
I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Algebra I, geography and
II; silver medalist in world history (ninth) and
biology (10th); bronze
medalist in word processing, Computer
Applications I and received the
McElheny Book Award/Chemistry.
She also was active in her church's teen
activities for two years.
Jamie Goddard is the daughter of Rod and Carol
Goddard. She plans to
enroll at Ohio State University and is undecided on a
Goddard's extra curricular activities included volleyball, four years
JV Award, JV captain, most improved award, varsity captain award;
team MOAC, varsity letter, three years; honorable mention MOAC,
Award; basketball, two years; varsity letter, one year; softball,
years: varsity letter, three years; Second Team MOAC one year;
Award; FFA, 4 years - Creed Contest; Parliamentary Procedure two
Greenhand Award; Chapter Scholarship Award, State Convention
years; horse judging two years, National Convention, FFA Camp,
zoo three years; Spanish Club, two years.
accomplishments earned her Straight A Honor Roll throughout
her high school
years and membership in the National Honor Society;
Franklin B. Walter Award;
MOAC Scholastic Excellence Award three years;
TAD program all four years;
perfect attendance; academic letter, bar and
star; gold medals in English
(ninth), geometry (ninth), health (ninth),
vocational agriculture three;
Spanish II, Spanish I; silver medalist,
keyboarding, physical science
(ninth), Vocational Agriculture I, Algebra
II, foundations of business,
Vocational Agriculture II, American world
studies; bronze medalist: biology,
Art I, current issues and chemistry.
Goddard's community activities include
youth camp, two years; B.I.T.S
4-H Club, two years, fair clean-up, three
years; Springenfest set-up,
four years; vacation Bible school, two years;
softball summer league,
two years; softball traveling teams, three years;
league, two years; Park Days, two years; Big Brothers-Big
years; United Way Community Care Day, Ohio Reads, Richwood
Jr. Fair princess, fourth grade basketball coach.
Justin Reese Morone, the son of Dan Morone and Lisa Morone, plans
the Ohio State University main campus, majoring in civil engineering.
high school extracurricular activities included baseball, In The
National Honor Society, History Club and French Club.
Honors awarded to
Morone included the Honda/OSU Partnership Math Medal
Award, OSFC Dream School
2006 Student Design Finalist and four years perfect
Academically, the co-valedictorian received straight A's
throughout his high school years.
He earned gold medals in world history
(10th), American history (10th),
American/World Studies II (11th), biology
(10th), French I (10th) and
French II (11th); silver medal Health (9);
Daughters of the American
Revolution History Award (11th); Scholar Athlete
Award (ninth, 10th and
11th) and perfect attendance, (ninth, 10th and
Morone's community activities include North Union Athletic
volunteer, four years; Kans for Kids to help Children's
volunteer, four years; American Heart Association volunteer, four
and Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund volunteer (12th).
medals include: Gold, Industrial Technology I (ninth),
(ninth), Algebra II (10th), English II (10th),
Industrial Technology III
(11th), Advanced Math (11) and Chemistry (11);
Silver, geometry (ninth),
Engineering Foundations II (10th) and
Honda/OSU Partnership Math Medal
Bethany Grose is the daughter of Lynn and Mary Grose. Her
achievements and honors include all A's honor roll throughout her
school years. She also had perfect attendance as a freshman,
sophomore and junior.
She received the Academic Letter (ninth), Academic
Bar (10th) and
Academic Star (11th); National Honor Society, (11th, 12th);
Athlete, (10th, 11th); National Student Athlete, (10th, 11th);
medal, foundations of business (10th); silver medal, chemistry
and current issues (11th); bronze medal, French II (10th), Algebra
(10th), American/World Studies II (11th), French I, (11th) and
English (11th); McElheny Book Award, American World Studies II
Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Honorable Mention (11th)
Buckeye Girls State Alternate (11th).
Her extracurricular activities
included marching band, pep band, band
council, cheerleading, - where she
served as JV captain and varsity
captain; Student Council four years - where
she served as spirit chair
for two years; and senior class president; History
Club, French Club,
Mock Trial, Drama and In The Know.
service activities included the National Honor Society
(11th, 12th) and was a blood donor (11th, 12th).
This year's senior class
officers included Bethany Grose, president;
Paige Bumgarner, vice-president;
and Morgan McMahan, secretary-treasurer.
Organization seeks to bring charm back to Plain City
Michael George remembers how different Plain City Main Street
when he was a young boy in the 1960s.
"There were two drugstores,
two hardware stores, and two dime stores,"
he said. "Anything you could think
of, you could get in Plain City."
Now, 40-some years later, with a multitude
of empty storefronts and "for
rent" signs plastered in window after window,
passersby might think the
town looks uninhabited. But George and the other
five board members of
the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) say that Main
Street can, and
will, be revived of its former appeal.
And it could take
as few as a couple of years.
"We want uptown to be a place where people can
walk, feel safe and
secure, and also get what they need," said Jason
Milligan, UPCO board
member and president.
UPCO (previously known as the
Downtown Improvement Committee)
incorporated March 23 as a nonprofit
organization dedicated to the
economic restructuring and historic
preservation of uptown Plain City,
which consists of about 55 to 60
buildings. The area runs (north and
south) from the United Methodist Church
on North Chillicothe, to the
Plain City Administration building on South
Chillicothe, and (east and
west) from Church Street on East Main Street to
the Plain City
Elementary School on West Main Street.
There are currently
more than 40 businesses operating in the historic
uptown Plain City district,
Milligan said. But most of these are
professional businesses, such as real
estate agents, a dentist, a bank,
and a veterinarian.
Not the kind that
attract walk-in traffic.
Improvements can be made by recruiting new
buildings and expanding parking, as well as
creating events that entice
people back to the area, Milligan said.
once the Route 42 bypass is constructed, by October 2007, some of
charm should return.
"When Route 42 became an avenue for heavy trucking, it
brought noise and
dust, and caused a lot of retail businesses to leave the
said, noting that several coffee shops, an antique store, a
and restaurants have come and gone in the past several
Now that the bypass project is underway, numerous businesses have
on to plant themselves in Plain City, including Pioneer
Clayton Ross Real Estate Investments, Verizon Wireless, and Match
Volleyball Systems. A high-end meat shop has also expressed
and a new owner is renovating the former "Sister's Restaurant"
for occupation soon.
What the village needs is one or two more
restaurants, said Sandra
Adkins, mayor of Plain City.
"A deli would be
good to draw the lunch crowd," she said. "And a coffee shop."
following a model set by the Ohio Main Street Program,
Downtown Ohio, Inc. Since 1997, the Ohio Main Street
Program has been working
with communities across the state to revitalize
their historic or traditional
According to the Web site, downtownohio.org, the goal of
the program is
to get Main Streets back to the way they were before World War
people "thronged the streets on Saturday nights to meet friends, see
movie and window-shop."
More than 1,600 communities have adopted the
Main Street approach.
"The approach is like a pattern," Milligan said. "It
shows us how
everyone else has done it successfully and gives us resources
that will be successful for Plain City."
Adkins said she has
high expectations for the village.
"We want to work really hard to make
uptown Plain City inviting and
pleasing... so that it draws the type of
businesses that encourage not
only our people to go downtown, but tourists,
as well," she said.
UPCO is currently working out of the village's budget of
year. It has applied for 501 non-profit status from the state
would ensure them grant money. The balance of the budget will come
donations and volunteer labor.
The Plain City renovation process will
take time and patience, Milligan
said. With the help and backing of local
proprietors, and local government, he said the village
could see a
turnaround in as few as a couple of years. But the process will
"It's kind of like a marriage," he said. "You get in early on
continue to work at it."
Above all else, he said, UPCO wants to help
retain Plain City's heritage.
"We want to keep our identification as a
rural, Mennonite community," he
said. "We want our uptown to be a source of
UPCO holds quarterly meetings that are open to the public. The next
will be held Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Plain City Public
Brown gets two life sentences
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville man and former Little League coach was given more than
consecutive life terms in prison for sexual material he sent to
troops in Iraq.
Dwight Brown, 41, 13664 U.S. 36, was led out of the Union
Pleas Court in tears, with his feet chained at the ankles,
sentencing hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Based on the sentencing he
will not be eligible for parole until he is
about 70 years-old.
child porn film was discovered on an American military base
computer in Iraq,
an investigation led to a Union County suspect. That
that the man depicted in the video footage was Brown.
Union County Sheriff
Rocky Nelson reported that on March 30, detectives
executed a search warrant
at Brown's home and found evidence to make the
arrest. The film was allegedly
created at home, according to Union
County Sheriff's Lt. Jamie
Brown initially faced 11 charges but ended up pleading guilty to
first-degree felony counts of rape and one count of pandering
oriented materials involving a minor.
In court Tuesday, Union
County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott
also declared Brown a sexual
Brown was given an opportunity to address the court and explain
actions, but he used the time to discount the charges against him.
specifically spoke to the community and to the parents of all
children he has coached over the past seven years.
"Remember me as who
I am and not as the monster that the media portrays
me as," Brown said. "I
could never or would never hurt a child."
Brown said the crimes he has been
convicted of have all been a
"misunderstanding." He said he has never
committed sexual abuse and did
not sell pornography to anyone in the United
States or outside of the United States.
Union County prosecutor David
Phillips said the statement was indicative
of the Brown's denial for the
crimes he committed. Phillips pointed out
that Brown pleaded guilty and
admitted to investigators that the abuse
had been going on for years. He said
Brown appeared to have minimized
and rationalized the sexual abuse he was
committing until it made sense to himself.
"He really never admitted to
the depravity of his conduct," Phillips said.
Regarding how Brown claimed
the crimes were a "misunderstanding,"
Phillips said it was far from
He said that inside Brown's confiscated computer were hundreds of
pornography videos, and in some of the home videos Brown discussed
sexual acts he had previously committed.
"In my estimation, he is a
pedophile," Phillips said. "I don't know that
he totally understands. how
wrong this conduct was."
Fire board appointments fuel disagreement at
By CORINNE BIX
A difference of opinion regarding who
should appoint fire board
representatives created a tense start to Tuesday
night's village of
North Lewisburg council meeting.
Steve Wilson, council
president, moved that the village amend an
ordinance about the village's
participation in the Northeast Champaign
County Fire District fire
Barry First, village administrator, explained that the ordinance
acknowledges and recognizes that two village representatives serve
fire board. The ordinance doesn't have specific language as to
appoints the two council members to the fire board.
It has been
village policy that the highest elected official, the mayor,
representatives to various committee assignments.
By default, it has become
practice that as in the case of internal
village committees, the mayor would
also appoint representatives to
serve on the joint fire board which
incorporates representatives from
participating municipalities including
North Lewisburg, Woodstock, Rush
and Wayne townships.
Wilson said that
since former mayor Max Coates and former council
president Don Woodruff no
longer wish to serve on the fire board, now is
the time to change the
language as to who should be making these appointments.
"I think it should
be the majority of council, not just one person," Wilson said.
Willis responded by saying that he felt as mayor that it was
his job to
appoint all committees.
The motion to amend the ordinance to include specific
who would appoint fire board members was seconded by Curtis
vote was defeated four to two, Burton and Wilson were the two yes
Susan Spain then moved that council opt to discuss the issue
a work session and accept an amended ordinance until the issue can
resolved. The amendment removes the two current members, Coates
Woodruff, from fire board given that they are no longer members
The amendment also allows the mayor to serve on
fire board and to
appoint the second representative. The vote was passed five
Wilson voted against.
A work session was scheduled for June 13 at
At the work session, council will also discuss the rate structure to
used once all of the water meters are installed and
concludes on the wastewater treatment plant project.
Silcott, consulting engineer, said that 438 of 487 water meters
installed. Silcott suggested that after the rate structure is
the village send preliminary bills to customers to give
them a sense as to
how their water usage will affect their payment once
the village adopts a new
Currently, property owners pay a flat rate of $55 per month for
and sewer. It is expected that bills based on actual water usage
take affect by January 2007.
In other news, council:
next meeting to July 11 at 7 p.m. due to the July 4 holiday.
parking limits of trailers, RV's and certain motor vehicles on
of ways, public property, roads and highways with a
.Approved purchase of nine new conference-style chairs to
current council chairs. Cost is $3,156
.Heard a presentation on
the proposed Skate Park.
.Approved Shelly Company to complete village paving
project at $59,217
.Received information on Old Time Vacation, a three-day,
and wagon round-trip to take place Aug. 16-19 with a stop in
.Heard that Mayor Willis will be attending the Ohio
Mayors Conference on
June 15-16 in Sidney.
.Deputy Glenn Kemp gave the
Champaign County Sheriff's report for March.
It included 19 traffic citations
issued, nine traffic violation
warnings, 12 incident reports, 25 cases of
assistance given to citizens,
one arrest, four civil and criminal papers
served, 20 follow-up
investigations completed, one open-door, two instances
contact, two auto accident reports taken and one civic
No one seems to know what will happen with the Adena
By RYAN HORNS
Greenwood Colony residents have
some questions: Is the proposed South
Park going to exist in Marysville or
not? Is there going to be a pond to
control the continued flooding in the
Adena Pointe development? Is the
land going to fill with stormwater and
become a swamp? Is this going to
create a health issue for nearby homeowners
and negatively impact
property values? Why are the developers and the city
still trying to
find out if the area is a wetland, when it was already
decided in 2004?
For the past 18 years residents around Greenwood Colony have
waiting for something to be done with a flooded area recently
dubbed South Park.
So when Adena Pointe developers came into the picture
last year, they
planned to place 334 homes on 133 acres of land adjacent to
city-owned South Park, just off Route 38 by the Timberview Trails
Course. Developers promised the Marysville Planning Commission and
Marysville Parks and Recreation Committee that they would turn the
area into a retention pond, with walking trails for residents. It was
move that neighbors felt might finally end their years of waiting.
the project soon fell into confusion. Residents are now fighting
the possibility that the city and developers are trying to
the pond, in order to save money. A petition opposing
the wetland option
gathered the support of more than 50 neighbors, who
requested the area become
a park as planned.
Marysville Planning Commission co-chairman Alan Seymour
Pointe developers insist they intend to construct the pond and
park - if
they are allowed to.
City engineer, Phil Roush, explained that
people seem to think the city
wants a wetland on the property.
want it to be a wetland," Roush said. "It either is or it isn't."
the conditions in the soil will dictate whether the land is a
wetland or not.
If it is deemed a wetland, then developers say they
cannot build the
retention pond as planned because of possible
Pointe attorney, Dennis Schultz, confirmed this opinion as well.
sections of the Adena Point development were already declared
The United States Army Corps of Engineers is the federal entity
grants, denies or sets conditions on declaring wetlands. The Ohio
is located in Huntington, W.V.
Courts-Brown, said that despite the wetland
designation, developers can go
ahead as planned. She is aware of the
project because Adena Pointe developers
were granted a wetland permit
June 29, 2004. The permit also specifies the
She said Adena Pointe developers received a national No. 39
which granted them the ability to fill in 3.2 acres of wetlands
dirt. They also agreed to preserve 0.040 acres of wetland in the
She said the land developers agreed to preserve could very well be
spot where residents want the pond.
Roush said to his knowledge, the
Corps of Engineers had yet to become
involved in the project. The worry was
that its engineers may halt plans
for the retention pond at South Park in
favor of protecting the wetlands.
"We've been involved for a long time,"
Courts-Brown said. "I don't know
how he didn't know about
Meanwhile, the city of Marysville and Adena Pointe developers are
wondering if there are wetland areas, despite what the Corps
Engineers already decided in 2004. Roush said the city has asked
outside engineer to do a study on the area. A report is expected back
the next few weeks. Whether this is necessary is now the
Courts-Brown said developers are allowed to construct the
pond, as long as they work with the Army Corps of Engineers on
permit to divert flood waters. She said there are several
developers can use in order to control the flooding. One option
not even require a permit.
According to Ohio EPA's Laura Fay, there
are two permits needed to
declare a protected wetland area. Ohio's Clean
Water Act states that the
Ohio EPA issues a 401 permit and the US Army Corps
of Engineers issues
the 404 permit.
Fay said that Adena Point developers
applied for a 401 wetland permit on
Dec. 2005 and the process was going
through the motions, until the
permit request was canceled. Developers had
decided to change the layout
of Adena Pointe, making less of an impact on the
Neighbor to South Park and Marysville Parks and Recreation
Rowland Seymour, said that the Corps of Engineers and EPA may not
the whole history of the area. Namely, that the flooding is
He said the South Park land floods because the city
buried a drainage
tile there in 1915 to divert water from the west side of
Route 38. It
allegedly collapsed and drainage there has been a problem ever
mid-1970s. When the Timberview Golf Course was added, the
increased. Then in 1999 the city installed another section of
tile about 1,000 feet in length to help control the flooding. But
project was not engineered correctly and could have made flooding
Rowland Seymour said the problem is that the city has no
records of this project.
Contractor Pearl Drumm said he knows the second
drainage tile exists,
because his company put it there.
The Army Corps of
Engineers' "Wetlands Delineation Manual" states that
"a presence of a tile
system to promote subsurface drainage" is not a
characteristic of wetlands.
The manual also states that specific soils
and plant life need to be present
to be listed as a wetland.
Rowland Seymour said the city has been very quiet
about the wetland
issue, refusing to talk about the details in public
silence has led many Greenwood Colony residents to suspect
developers are using the wetland issue to avoid the cost of building
He said the cost to build the pond and improvements may be too
could kill the Adena Pointe project, which would then prevent the
from collecting Tax Increment Financing funds when the developer
Planning Commission's Alan Seymour said whether
the area is a wetland or
not, Adena Point is already approved for its first
phase. The project
could end up fully constructed, leaving the South Park
flood area to
fill deeper with the increased floodwater, eventually becoming
Roush said this morning that there is still confusion surrounding
options the city and developers have regarding the pond at South
He said they hope to look at all the options and pick a route
"makes the most sense for everybody."
He said that patience will be
needed on the issue, and the city plans to
work along with residents,
developers and environmental groups to get it resolved.
Township looks for legal advice
By CINDY BRAKE
With development pressures
coming from all directions, Jerome Township
trustees voted Monday to hire an
attorney for land use issues.
During Monday's regular meeting, trustees Bob
Merkle, Andy Thomas and
Ron Rhodes unanimously voted to set aside $18,500 to
pay an attorney on
an as-needed basis. Merkle said the hourly rate is $185,
prosecuting attorney told him was reasonable.
Rhodes said he
hoped the attorney would help bring the township's zoning
compliance with state law. All board members said they expect
legal representation to assist them in dealing with a
Rhodes explained that several municipalities and townships are
about creating an accord that would direct land use along the U.S.
corridor with the majority of the ground being in Jerome Township.
special concern, to the three trustees, is the involvement of the
County city of Dublin with the accord and the omission of the
village of Plain City. Rhodes pointed out that Dublin holds
no territory in
the area, while Plain City is part of Jerome Township
and would be directly
affected by any decisions.
Rhodes explained that Dublin has offered $250,000
to the accord, cutting
the estimated costs by half.
who?" Rhodes asked. "We feel like we're being manipulated."
are reasons to talk, Merkle said he didn't know if Jerome
are working into Dublin's plans.
"Our priority is Jerome Township," Merkle
said. "It's a one shot thing.
We need to do it right."
Thomas said a lot
of questions need answered about the proposed accord,
including what the
$500,000 price tag includes.
"We want to make sure to do the best we can," he
Rhodes suggested that Merkle and Thomas attend a June 27 U.S.
Corridor executive committee meeting at 6 p.m. The meeting location
not been announced.
Besides the accord, the trustees voiced concern
about another pseudo
group dubbed an "intergovernmental" meeting which is
they must first meet with them before going to township
Another topic of concern discussed during the regular meeting
actions of the Board of Zoning Appeals chairman.
reportedly refused to allow an alternate board member to
participate or vote
on a variance application.
"We had a board member that was denied the right
to speak," Rhodes said.
Quoting the Ohio Revised Code, Merkle said the
law states alternate
board members may take the place of regular board
members and may vote.
Thomas called the chairman's actions "real
He pointed out that the BZA had expended $960 and wasted five
hours of a
man's time with no decision.
The board unanimously agreed to
turn the matter over to the Union County
Prosecuting Attorney and make a
final decision about reimbursing the
$1,000 application fee by June 19.
. Public hearings for two planned unit developments will be
19. The hearing for the Cambrian Development Company begins at 7
and the Reserve at Sugar Run will start at 7:45 p.m. with the
board meeting to follow.
. Fire Chief Scott Skeldon reported that
he has been involved in talks
with two developers, Glacier West and Jerome
Village, and the Marysville
Water Department; the arrival of new equipment;
and his department's
participation in Memorial Day festivities and a Boy
Scout flag disposal
ceremony. He also said the second firefighting class
Tolles Technical School.
. Thomas agreed to represent the
township at a 6:30 p.m. meeting today
with the Fairbanks Schools to discuss
Holliday earns Eagle Scout award
Nicholas Holliday, son of Richard and
Joanne Holliday of Marysville,
has earned the highest award in scouting,
A member of Troop 634 which meets Mondays at Our Lady of
Catholic Church, he has been involved with Boy Scouts since the
grade. Nicholas also has been a member of a venturing crew in
While being involved with the scouting program, he obtained
lifeguard certification and also has been on the staff at Camp Berry
Findlay for two years, teaching archery. He has earned 65 merit
including some in atomic energy and chemistry.
project consisted of building tree identification signs
along the Mill Creek
trail in Marysville.
"My goal was to try to get people involved with the
trail and nature but
also at the same time learn something while walking or
running on the
trail," Nicholas said.
He credits his parents and the
Marysville community for his success.
A Sousaphone player, Nicholas has been
involved with the Marysville High
School Marching Band for four years. He
also was a member of the high
school jazz band for four years.
As a MHS
graduate, he will attend The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, were
he will major
in visual effects and motion graphics. He plans to become
a special effects
supervisor for movies.
Grease fire contained at Plain City
From J-T staff reports:
Customers of the Plain City McDonalds
had some disappointment at
breakfast time Saturday after a kitchen fire in
According to the Pleasant Valley Fire Department in Plain City,
trucks responded to McDonalds at 200 S. Jefferson St. at 6 a.m. for
report of a working fire.
The department reported that a grease fire
began in the kitchen french
fry pit, causing heavy smoke to fill the
building. No damage was caused
to the structure of the building, but the pit
area was damaged. When
crews arrived the fire was still going.
some overhauling to do inside the McDonalds. The department
was on the scene
for 45 minutes to an hour cleaning up and clearing smoke.
Valley fireman reported that the fire was an accident and
that the department
was provided mutual aid by Jerome Township. Other
agencies from Washing
Township, Marysville, Norwich and Jefferson
townships also responded but were
Officials discuss need for another fire station
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville ready to burst at the seams with growth, the extr
coming in will mean having to take a new look at the status
of local fire and
"The bottom line is that we're being stretched just about
as much as we
can be stretched," Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson
During a recent Public Safety Committee meeting, Johnson laid out
current status of his department to committee members. He said
calls for emergency services increasing every year, the department is
need of expansion.
"We needed two stations a long time ago," Johnson
He explained that over the past five years the department has
depending more and more on other stations' mutual aid. But even
relief is becoming less dependable.
Just an hour and a half before
the Public Safety Committee meeting,
Johnson said his department had three
calls taken by mutual aid because
his medics were tied up with other
emergencies. During the most recent
fire that occurred in a Marysville mobile
home park, only one fireman
was available to respond. The nearest company
available for mutual aid
was an all-volunteer department. The full organized
response to the fire
was not able to get to the fire scene until 15 minutes
after the 9-1-1
call came in. Normally, response time is around two
"That's pretty telling, that we can't even rely on mutual aid like
used to because (other departments) are getting too busy
Assistant Fire Chief, John Myers said.
City administrator Kathy
House focused discussions during the meeting on
how the city can give
emergency services more attention. With numerous
expensive projects already
in the works - from the future wastewater
treatment plant, to the reservoir
plans and more - funding is scarce.
House said the options are either to
build a satellite fire station
closer to a highway exit, or to build an
entirely new fire department
station that is big enough to allow for growth.
The second fire station
could be built at a site next to the Ohio Reformatory
for Women. The
second option is to build a station off of Raymond Road at
on a 17-acre site across from the Oakdale Cemetery.
both spots have quick access to roadways, which bypass downtown
The current station often faces threats of slower response
times because of
downtown traffic and firefighters having to deal with
the 23 trains per day
coming through town.
However, House said, the Raymond Road location is a
She explained to Johnson that the
city already owns the property there
and they could sell it for a good price
and have more money to develop
the station at ORW.
While paying for the
satellite station is more realistic, Johnson said,
the real cost in that
situation would be hiring enough firemen to staff
"Being able to staff two stations is a long way off," House
"Something dramatic would have to change in our finances."
dramatic change might be an emergency services levy, she said.
Members of the
Public Safety Committee discussed how the next step is
focusing attention to
the Marysville Police Department, which is in the
said that if the fire department vacates its Main Street building,
could move the police department there. Or the city could
create a new fire
station, which includes the police department in its
Committee members decided to keep pursuing options for both the
Road and ORW station locations.
But House noted that, even if the
city currently had the money to build
the new station, it could take more
than two years before the fire and
police departments could see any
Farewell to MMS
School principal retiring
By KARLYN BYERS
After 33 years as an educator -
26 of them at Marysville Middle School -
Maryann Sweeney will retire this
She will leave behind her "fun and energetic" middle schoolers, the
she said which have keep her young and amazed her with their poise
Seventh and eighth graders are "awakening to all the
can bring," Sweeney said.
"Are they a challenge? Of
course. That is the beauty of working with
this group," she added.
Columbus native, Sweeney began teaching at Delaware's Willis School,
in the same sixth grade classroom she attended as a sixth-grader.
served as assistant principal for two years in the Hamilton Township
District near Scioto Downs before coming to Marysville in 1980.
the daughter of Ruth Tarpy, longtime principal at Ashley
Elementary - now
Buckeye Valley East Elementary - and the old middle
school in Radnor - now
Buckeye Valley North Elementary. Tarpy also
served on the Delaware City
School Board after her retirement as an administrator.
Tarpy's solid work
ethic influenced her daughter, who often helped her
mom at school. In fact,
said Sweeney, she was helping her mother one
August day at the Ashley School
when her future husband, Larry Sweeney,
a Fairbanks High School graduate,
walked in. He was the new English teacher.
Sweeney was teaching in
Delaware at the time. She and Larry Sweeney had
both graduated from Bowling
Green State University, although neither
noticed each other in
Larry Sweeney now teaches at Olentangy High School and coaches
country and track. They will be married 27 years in July.
Sweeney also holds a master's degree from Ohio State University.
She said she
learned "a lot of good organizational skills" from her
mother, including how
to set up schedules, get things ready for the
start of a new school year, and
how to maintain a school building.
The main focus in education is instruction
and curriculum, Sweeney said,
but "you're also maintaining a
She's working with a staff and student population that has
considerably since the middle school was first housed in the old
Seventh Street building.
When Sweeney first arrived in Marysville, the
Seventh and Sixth Street
buildings were both in use. A blacktop area
separated the two
structures, one of which - the Seventh Street building -
has since been
demolished. (The old Sixth Street building - originally the
school - now houses Veterans Auditorium.)
"That was an unusual
setup, to have two buildings that were one school
but not connected," Sweeney
No intercom linked the two buildings. When there was a
classes would be held over until the pupils could safely cross
area. And in the wintertime, "You can imagine the great temptation
make a snowball," Sweeney said.
The middle school was relocated to its
current location on Route 31 in
1990. Since then, two additions have been
added to accommodate the
growing pupil/teacher population.
"There are 80
adults in this building," Sweeney said, adding that just
putting names with
faces and matching job descriptions keeps her on her toes.
student enrollment in grades six through eight was 660 pupils.
this year for just seventh and eighth grades was 785 pupils,
and Sweeney said
in the 2006-2007 school year, the population will be
more than 800
"Starting next year we will be getting our first class coming in
will be over 400 (pupils)," she said.
But that will be the
responsibility of Sweeney's successor, Kathy Lynn
McKinniss. The Marion City
Schools administrator was hired in April and
will begin Aug. 1. Sweeney
officially retires July 31.
"I'll miss the people, the students, the staff,
those kind of
interactions," Sweeney said. "I won't miss getting up so early
morning and coming in on bad weather days.
Sweeney normally rises
at 4:45 a.m. and arrives at school no later than
6:15 a.m., using the early
hours to get a head start on her day.
She plans a trip to England, Scotland
and Ireland this summer, a gift to
herself. While in England, Sweeney, a
self-proclaimed Beatle fanatic,
plans to take a side trip to Liverpool, so
she can retrace the steps of
the "Fab Four." (Sweeney is quick to mention she
shares her Oct. 9,
birth date with John Lennon, and she is left-handed like
- although the late George Harrison was her favorite
Long-term plans include volunteer work, joining a book club or two
fall trip to New England.
"Some day I'll finally see New England in
the fall. That has been a
dream of mine for years and that is not a
possibility when you're
working in school," Sweeney said.
A mystery and
history buff, Sweeney hopes to visit some of the Civil
War battlefields near
her older son, Jim, 25, who works in Washington,
D.C., and who lives in
Her other son, Joe, 21, is a senior at Miami University
And yard work beckons. After years
living at Sixth and Mulberry streets,
the Sweeneys built a new home on
Watkins Road on the farm where Larry
Sweeney was raised.
"I have an idea I
won't be idle. If you are bored in retirement that is
your fault; there is
plenty out there to do. You just have to get out
there and do it," Maryann
Hospital to host seminar on alternatives to suicide
J-T staff reports:
Alternatives to suicide is the focus of a free seminar on
June 6 at
Memorial Hospital of Union County.
Dr. Ed and Mary Schreck of
Athens, whose 22-year-old son committed
suicide, will talk about the Yellow
Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
from 8 to 11 a.m. The program identifies
existing community resources.
"Everybody from the average adult to the
professional, to teens and
children can understand and follow the simple
steps that may save a
life," writes Deloris Bills of the Union County Mental
Association. "This program teaches another vital emergency life
... stay, listen, get help."
Additional information about the Yellow
Ribbon program is available
online at www.yellowribbon.org or by e-mail
Schreck is a professor of family medicine at Ohio University and
director of the University Osteopathic Medical Center in
Schreck is a registered nurse and president of the
The seminar is sponsored by the Metal Health Association of
in partnership with Behavioral Health Department of Memorial
Space is limited; reservations can be made by
calling 642-8338 or by
e-mail to email@example.com.
Sudoku puzzles catch on, will be featured in Journal-Tribune
You might call it the 20th century crossword puzzle.
doesn't require knowledge of historical or current events. You don't
know how to spell. In fact, all you really need to know are the
And, with a little logic and reasoning, you can complete a
Sudoku, also known as "Number Place," is a logic-based
There are nine rows and nine columns, made up of nine 3 by
According to the Sudoku Web site, www.sudoku.com, the puzzle's single
to "fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every
3 by 3 box
contains the digits one through nine." Each row, column, and
contain only one instance of each numeral. Some cells
numerals, known as "givens," and those digits cannot be changed.
Lambert, 19, said Sudoku is becoming especially popular among
She even claims to be slightly addicted herself.
"They're fun, challenging,
and perfect for road trips," she said.
Lambert, a college sophomore, said she
started doing Sudoku puzzles in
May after she saw a group of her friends
doing them. She bought a Sudoku
puzzle book at the Bookmark, 105 N. Main St.,
where she is employed this
summer, and has been doing them since. But she
hasn't advanced beyond
the "easy" level yet.
Sudoku puzzles are ranked in
terms of difficulty (easy, intermediate,
hard, and challenging).
Surprisingly, the number of givens does not
always reflect a puzzle's
difficulty. A puzzle with a minimum number of
givens may be very easy to
solve, and a puzzle with more than the
average number can still be extremely
difficult. The difficulty of a
puzzle is based on the positioning of the
given numbers rather than their quantity.
Lambert said the puzzles take
her about 15 minutes to complete. And
every puzzle has just one correct
When asked if she has a strategy, Lambert said, "It's more of a
of elimination... there's usually one or two slots that are easy
figure out, then you go from there."
The Sudoku puzzle was designed
anonymously by Howard Garns, a
74-year-old retired architect and freelance
puzzle constructor, and
first published in a U.S. puzzle magazine in 1979. It
international popularity until 2005.
According to the Web
site, the name "Sudoku" is the Japanese
abbreviation of a longer phrase,
"Suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru" meaning
"the numbers must be single" or "the
numbers must occur only once." The
puzzle was introduced in Japan by Nikoli,
a Japanese publishing company,
in April 1984 and was named by Maki Kaji, the
president of Nikoli.
The popularity of Sudoku puzzles seems to be catching on
Jayne Lambert, owner of the Bookmark, said she sells about
books each week. Book prices range from $4.99 to $9.99.
Journal-Tribune is also providing readers with a way to try out the
The newspaper will run an "easy" Sudoku puzzle every Monday and
puzzle every Friday.
The first Sudoku is located on page 8A today. Solutions
will run with
the following puzzle.
The final house call
Former doctor's office makes trip to new location
The young, the old and even dogs flocked to Court Street early
witness the moving of the former medical office of Dr. Malcolm
Marysville businessman John Bunsold, with the help of several
city officials and utility employees, relocated the historic
Boerger Road where it may become a museum.
Dawn Brannan of
Marysville said her family arrived at 6 a.m. to watch
the lowering of a
traffic light and utility lines. The house began
moving shortly after 8
Fans of the "Mega Mover" television show, Brannan said, "It's
something you see everyday."
With her were husband, John, and
children, Robbie, 5, Lance, 2 and
2-month Annastasia, along with friend
Gerard Lesperance III.
Robbie planned to share details of the move with his
friends at school
this afternoon, said his mother.
The Brannans were among
approximately 100 people lining Court Street to
watch the house weave through
the street as utility lines were lowered
and lifted while an occasional tree
limb was cut.
As the 21-foot brown cottage moved slowly past the First
Methodist Church parking lot, Walter Staley, 88, of West Mansfield
in his car with his wife, Frances.
"I've spent a lot of time in that
building," said Mr. Staley who said
Dr. MacIvor was his physician.
Staley voiced the sentiment of many along the route that the move
was a good
"I'm glad they didn't destroy it," she said.
Most people said this
was the first time they had seen a house being
moved. That included
79-year-old Robert Scheiderer of Plain City.
Leo Burns, 83, of Marysville
remembered when the cottage was moved years
before. According to local
historian Robert Parrott, the structure was
originally built as a home in the
1870s and has been moved twice. The
most recent move was necessitated after
Fifth Third Bank purchased the
property with plans to build a drive-through
and add more parking. The
bank donated the building to anyone who would move
it at their own
expense. Bunsold accepted the offer in spite of a projected
cost of $40,000.
"Marysville has been good to us," Bunsold said.
house was still on the move at press time today, but everything
seemed to be
running smoothly as utility workers dotted the route and
cruisers directed traffic.
Nathan Ormeroid, 11, of North Lewisburg, thought
the move was "pretty neat."
On the opposite side of Court Street, Maggie
and Murphy, two wheaten
terriers, wagged their tails as their owners, Charyl
and Tim Dean, sat
on their front door steps watching the cottage pass
"It's not every day you see a house going down your street," said
Chemical spill after crash snarls U.S. 33 traffic
accident involving two semi-trailers yesterday morning on U.S. 33
eastbound lane closed for nearly 9 hours after what was thought
to be an oil
At 8:03 a.m. Wednesday, after a rear-end collision between
semi-trailers on U.S. 33 and Avery Road, officers on the scene
some kind of liquid leaking from one of the vehicles. The eastbound
of U.S. 33 was then shut down.
Proterra, a professional hazardous
materials agency, later identified
the liquid as a mixture of red and clear
coat paint, as one of the semis
had been hauling paint cargo.
eastbound lane was reopened around 5:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported in the
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