Marysville a step ahead of EPA stormwater mandates
By RYAN HORNS
EPA recently told dozens of smaller cities that they may have
their budgets to meet federal environmental mandates, but
residents will avoid the pinch.
Numerous smaller sized Ohio cities may see
higher water and sewer bills
in order to cover the cost associated with
cleaning pollutants that wash
from residential and business driveways and
flow into streams. The Ohio
Environmental Protection Agency informed 36
cities that they must meet
federal guidelines to apply for a pollution
discharge permit and submit
a plan for handling the runoff.
edict is not to raise fees," Marysville City Administrator
Kathy House said
about the changes locally. "They are mandating we adopt
House said fortunately Marysville's stormwater utility is already
"We are one step ahead of many communities in this area," she
According to the Ohio EPA, local governments have about six months
comply after receiving notice from the state. Most large and
cities have already gone through the changes.
House said city
public service director Tracie Davies is coordinating
the drafting of
Marysville's Phase II stormwater plan, which is expected
to be finished in
the next couple of months.
Marysville has collected a $2.75 monthly fee for
its stand alone
Stormwater Fund since 2004.
House said initial reports of
Marysville's status misquoted Davies as
saying the city would need to
increase stormwater fees locally, because
the $489,000 it collected last year
may not be enough for 2007.
Davies explained Tuesday morning via e-mail that
this wasn't the case.
Marysville set up its storm water utility in 2003,
although it did not
implement any fees until the spring of 2004.
were not officially a Phase II community, we knew it was
coming and that we
had storm water issues to address," Davies said. "The
requirement from Phase II is to submit our Storm Water
Master Plan by May
2007, which must be implemented over a five-year period."
She said the
consultants on the study recommended an initial storm water
fee of $4.13 per
ERU, but that Marysville chose to go with a lower fee
of $2.75 per
Davies added that Marysville's Town Run has already been studied
storm water needs and that the storm water rate study was based
projects identified toward that area. Other studies on the east side
northwest sides of town should be completed this year.
"Once we have
all of the studies completed we will have the majority of
needed storm water
projects identified," Davies said. "We can then
rank/prioritize the projects
and start them when funding becomes available."
Regarding a possible
increase in fees, Davies admitted that anything is
possible, but that would
be up to city council and that issue has not
been addressed yet.
Kallipolitis, stormwater coordinator for Ohio EPA's Central
said municipal separate storm sewer permits are based
on population density.
Cities must "obtain a permit to actually
authorize the discharge of their
The main point is for cities to get into compliance,
Some are already within Phase II of those requirements,
Marysville. From there cities must develop a program and submit
stormwater plans to show "how they will address it."
engineer Phil Roush said that "the key element of that
plan is going to be
that the EPA is going to mandate that we monitor the
actual quality of water
in Mill Creek and some of the other streams or tributaries."
Chrispin hired as MHS principal
By KARLYN BYERS
Two key Marysville High
School personnel positions were filled Monday
night, as Marysville School
Board members hired Matthew Chrispin and
Jeff Gafford as principal and head
football coach respectively.
Chrispin will fill a vacancy created by the
recent resignation of
longtime principal Greg Hanson. Gafford will follow in
the shoes of
veteran football coach Rich Weiskircher, who announced his
retirement in January.
Gafford, a Worthington Teaching Hall of Fame
inductee, also was hired to
teach school in the Marysville system under a
one-year limited contract.
served as assistant high school principal the past four
years. He received a
bachelor of science degree in education from Ohio
Dominican University and
holds two master's degrees from Ashland
University - in educational
administration and sports science. He is
currently pursuing a doctorate at
Ashland in educational leadership.
He has 12 years of teaching experience in
the Worthington School System.
For three of those years, he served as an
academic assistant at Thomas
Worthington and was a social studies teacher at
Worthington Kilbourne for nine years.
"I am thrilled to have Matt become
our next Marysville High School
Principal," said Superintendent Larry
Zimmerman in a prepared release.
"He has the skills and leadership to serve
our high school and school
district extremely well. Serving as assistant
principal ... Matt has
demonstrated strong leadership and vision. He takes
the reins of an
'excellent' building, as rated by the Ohio Department of
his excellent communication and planning skills will help
Marysville High School even better."
Chrispin resides in Marysville
with his wife, Sue, and two sons, Grant,
a senior at MHS, and Hayes, an
eighth grader at Marysville Middle School.
The board also accepted the
recommendation of construction manager Emily
Wieringa of Thomas & Marker
Construction Company and awarded bids for
casework, kitchen equipment and
technology for the new
intermediate/middle school on the south side of the
The "lowest responsible bidders" were: The Farnham Company
Westerville (casework), $605,500; Breckenridge Kitchen Equipment
Design Inc. of Huron, $477,800; and Knight Electric of
Columbus (technology), $1.1 million.
In other business, the
.Recognized Phyllis Simpson as January Employee of the Month. Simpson,
Marysville High School secretary, has served the school district
much enthusiasm, dedication and commitment," stated a
commending her. She also was cited for keeping up with "the high
work that comes with her position" and for keeping the school
.Approved a resolution to advertise for bids for the
addition construction project.
.Employed Ann Leonard as
cashier, and Ann Anderson, Becky Blankenship,
Mary Feurer, Christine Fischer,
Adrienne Gwilliams, Bethany McAdow,
Jackie Stanford, Linda Shilling, Marcia
Rausch, Ann Musto, Melissa
Johnson, Nicky Shumway, Robin Wright and Connie
Nichols as food service
support staff on an as-needed basis.
supplemental contracts to Elizabeth Fraker, Rebecca Shaefer,
Raymond and Tara Gilbert, middle school softball; and Todd
school baseball. Board president Roy Fraker abstained.
leaves of absence to Lisa Cotner, anticipated effective
dates of May 3-14,
and Abigail Helmuth, anticipated effective dates of
April 16 through June
.Employed Crystal Canfield, Valerie Fuller, Sharon Kennedy,
Lenhart, Chris Pope, Shari Rice and Lisa Spyker as certified
and April Grubb, Suzanne McGill, Brenda Schlecht, Carol Smith,
Wootchie and Lisa Phillips as classified home instructors on
an as-needed basis.
.Accepted, with appreciation, the donation of new
uniforms for the
baseball program (grades 9-12) from the Diamond Club at an
value of $15,000; the donation of two shelving units from
Jeweler's; the donation of a freezer from Raymond PTO to store
Day items; the donation of a stretch/exercise bar from Curves
Creekview Elementary's physical education department; and a
donation by Bank One for participation in the Family Life Essay
.Approved the purchase of new automated logic controls from
Aleron to be
installed on the HVAC system at Edgewood
.Approved overnight trips for the high school wrestling team
participate in the OHSA State Wrestling Championships in Columbus
March 1 and 2, and the Mock Trial program to participate in
competition to be held in Columbus March 8 to 10, and approved the
Swingers to attend the Fairfield Crystal classic at Fairfield
High School, Fairfield, on March 3.
.Approved Mary Gore, Randy
Coder, Larry Fox and Bob Luzenski as high
.Adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel. No action
Monarch football coach named
Kilbourne coach will guide team
From J-T staff reports:
A name familiar
within Ohio Capital Conference football circles will
assume command of the
Marysville High School gridiron program.
Former Worthington Kilbourne head
coach Jeff Gafford was named by the
Marysville board of education Monday
evening to replace Rich Weiskircher.
Weiskircher retired early last month
after 19 years as the Monarchs' head coach.
Gafford is a graduate of
Dublin High School and a 1979 graduate of The
Ohio State University. He also
did undergraduate work at West Point from
1974-76. He is certified to teach
physical education, vocational and
mathematics. His teaching assignment at
Marysville will be within those areas.
Gafford most recently served as the
head coach at Worthington Kilbourne
High School from 1991-2005. During that
time period, his teams won four
OCC championships and were in the state
playoffs six times, the most
recent being in 2005.
His teams were regional
runner-up in 1997 as well as 2005 and regional
champions in 1999 and 2004. He
was named the Division I state coach of
the year by the Associated Press in
Prior to coaching at Kilbourne, Gafford served as head coach at
Heights High School from 1984-1991. While at Franklin Heights, his
won one OCC championship and had one playoff appearance.
He has had
numerous additional coaching assignments in football,
baseball and basketball
during his coaching tenure.
Gafford had taken the 2006 football season off at
Kilbourne to follow
his son Jordan, who is playing football at Miami of
However, he told Marysville officials that he was anxious to resume
coaching career at Marysville.
Gafford is a member of the Ohio High
School and Central District
Football Coaches Association. He has been a guest
speaker at several
college and local coaches association clinics and forums.
inducted into the Worthington Kilbourne High school Hall of Fame
2005. He was honored with an Honoring Excellence in the
Profession Award by Ohio State University for his classroom
"We feel very fortunate to have someone of Jeff's background
experience taking charge of our football program," said MHS
director Cal Adams. "He will be a very positive influence in our
and football program. He has shown to be a great leader and I
forward to working with him."
"I am very excited about the high
quality of person, teacher and coach
that we are bringing to MHS," said
principal Greg Hanson.
"Marysville is indeed fortunate to attract such a
quality teacher and
coach as Jeff Gafford to our school district," said
Zimmerman. "Jeff comes to us after already being named
Worthington Teaching Hall of Fame. That speaks volumes in itself. I
very pleased because we found a quality, experienced teacher and
for our kids. We also found someone with a deep coaching background
the big school level who has had tremendous success."
"As excited as I
am about having him as a coach and teacher for us, what
struck me most about
Jeff were his 'people qualities.' He will be a
tremendous role model because
he is a quality person."
Assistant superintendent Neal Handler said the
process of hiring the new
coach went quicker than expected.
"I wasn't sure
if we would be able to move this fast," he said. "I would
have guessed we
would have made a hire in March, maybe at a special
board meeting. However,
this came together quickly and I feel this is a good outcome."
said that although the district attracted a number of top-notch
Gafford stood out for his "human qualities."
"He has a great concern for the
youth, not just on the football field
but also in the classroom," Handler
said. "He has shown he is good at
dealing with parents and the community. He
has very strong ethics and I
feel he will help our kids move
Richwood hires police chief
Ten-year veteran Monte Asher was hired Monday night as chief of
Richwood Village Police Department.
Asher replaces his brother, Rick
Asher, who retired from the position last month.
Richwood council member
Jim Thompson, who serves as the chair of the
village's safety committee,
recommended Monte Asher for the position. He
said the village safety
committee, which did not perform an outside
search to fill the position, felt
Asher would be the best fit.
One other application for the position was
received, but was later withdrawn.
Council member Peg Wiley, who also
serves on the safety committee, said
the group felt that position should be
filled by a current member of the
department. She said Asher will not need to
learn the operations of the
department and shouldn't require additional
training. Any training
necessary, Asher is willing to undergo, Wiley
Mayor Bill Nibert appointed Asher to fill the position on a
basis. He had been serving as acting chief after his brother left
department on Feb. 9.
Asher said he has yet to appoint a sergeant to
fill the position he
vacated at the department. Asher did recommend two
auxiliary officers to
fill a full-time and a part-time position at the
department which have
been vacant for some time and which caused a vacation
Asher explained that he has two officers who have more than a week
vacation time to use, but are facing the date by which they must "use
or lose it." He explained that the open positions at the
department have left officers unable to cover for those who wish to
Council voted 6-0 to authorize a one-time carryover of the
for the two officers.
Council also heard a presentation from
Mike Kelly of the Walter H. Drane
Company in Cleveland. Kelly explained that
the company collects and
updates ordinances for villages and cities.
the past, council members have bemoaned the fact that the village
are not kept up to date and legislation, which is known to be
shows up in the codified ordinances.
Kelly said his company serves 300 Ohio
municipalities and has been in
business for more than 50 years. He said the
company would collect,
review, analyze, organize and publish the village
ordinances. Kelly said
the company specializes in identifying ordinances
which overlap subjects
and ones which are no longer in line with the Ohio
He said it would take six to nine months to carry out the
the initial codes are published, the company may be contracted
the books on an annual basis.
The village could also pay to have
its codes available online.
No cost for the service was mentioned at the
In other business, council:
.Heard from Jennifer Frommer of the
W.E. Stilson Consulting Group about
a planned water line improvement.
Apparently the $487,000 project would
be funded by grants and loans, but some
problems surfaced. Part of the
work was to prepare for a residential
development planned for the area,
which has been delayed. Council did not
with to pursue the work without
a commitment on the
.Discussed putting a streetlight on Edgewood Drive. The cost for
light would be $1,400.
.Heard from Jim Baker of the Richwood First
United Methodist Church
about the church replacing a sign in the downtown
J-T staffers among AP award finalists
From J-T staff
Three Marysville Journal-Tribune staff members are among finalists
2006 Associated Press Awards.
Sports editor Tim Miller leads the way
with two awards. His story
"Mission Accomplished" about Jonathan Alder's
girls basketball team
winning a state title is a contender for best sports
Miller's second award is for best sports photo for
his shot entitled
"Just Missed It" which shows a Jonathan Alder softball
to catch a ball.
News reporter Ryan Horn's story about a
Thanksgiving Day murder is up
for an award in the breaking news
Managing editor Chad Williamson is among finalists for best
writer for his "A Word to the Wise" pieces.
falls within the Associated Press' Division I
category for newspapers with a
daily circulation up to 7,999. The
winners will be announced at the
Associated Press annual luncheon in
Columbus on April 22.
Geer wraps up gold-medal weekend
Fairbanks swimmer wins second state
By TIM MILLER
Fairbanks High School freshman Margo Geer made Union
Friday night when she won the first-ever state swimming title
for a local athlete.
Just 24 hours after claiming the gold medal in the
Division II girls
50-yard freestyle, Geer doubled her efforts with a first
place finish in
the 100-yard freestyle in Canton.
After finishing Saturday
morning's prelims with a time of 52.2, Geer
swam her fastest-ever 100 in the
finals, claiming the gold medal with a
time of 51.36. Her previous best
effort was 51.4 last weekend at the district.
"In the prelims, Margo took
off well and when she hit the wall (made
the turn), she was well in the
lead," said Panther coach Mark Geer. "She
backed off a bit after
During the finals, the younger Geer had the lead right from the
"There were several girls in this race who were in the state finals
year," said Coach Geer. "Margo had a great kick."
Although she knew
the competition would be stiff in the 100, the younger
Geer said she felt
confident going into Saturday's competition.
"I felt I had a good shot at
winning," she said.
Although she was competing in the state tournament for
the first time,
the Panther freshman is no stranger to swimming
For several years, she has competed in YMCA national events out
Springfield and has brought home quite a few medals.
In comparing state
high school competition to that of national YMCA
events, both Geers agreed
the atmospheres are similar.
"It's just as loud with fan noise in both and
the competition is always
pretty strong," said Mark Geer.
Margo Geer stood out among the state's elite high school
swimmers over the
weekend, she didn't have much time to rest on her laurels.
she was in the pool again, only this time at the
Springfield YMCA. In doing
so, she got her national cuts in for both the
100 breastroke and 100
In two weeks, she will compete in the YMCA Double AA tournament at
of Ohio and then in the YMCA Nationals in Fort Lauderdale in
It's called Heartland for a reason
Love blooms at local nursing home
It was love at first sight for Tony Quigley.
A resident at
Heartland of Marysville since August, Quigley knew Mary
Gingerich was someone
he wanted to get to know better.
Gingerich, on the other hand, a Heartland
resident since the end of
June, considered Quigley one of the South Plum
Street facility's many pleasant residents.
Then Gingerich began to notice
how courtly Quigley was; how
tender-hearted and romantic.
"He was so kind
to the ladies and I appreciate that," Gingerich said.
They began "keeping
company," as the older residents say. And then
Quigley, 64, and Gingerich,
57, ushered in the New Year with a kiss.
"We were the only ones who stayed up
and watched the ball come down,"
Gingerich said with a smile, watching her
"sweetie" sit in his wheelchair and blush.
Quigley asked Gingerich to
marry him two weeks into the new year. She
agreed, and they approached Terri
Holland, Heartland activity director, with a question.
"Mary said to me,
'I have an activity for you. How would you like to
plan a wedding?" Holland
remembers Gingerich asking.
Holland, a former event planner at a golf course,
was up to the challenge.
"We only had about a week and a half to plan.
(But) all went well with
everything," she said.
The end result was that
Quigley and Gingerich, had a "wonderful"
wedding, according to the new Mrs.
"We had a wonderful, joyful day we wanted to share with the
because many have become our friends," Mrs. Quigley said.
had wanted to get married on Valentine's Day, but moved the
ceremony to Feb.
17 when traveling midweek posed a hardship for family members.
Quigley has a son and daughter and four grandchildren who live in
Mr. Quigley's children and grandchildren are divided between
John Bradley, Heartland Hospice minister, performed the
ceremony, and Caroline Ohnsman played the organ. Mrs. Quigley
that the traditional wedding processional not be played, because
music that "always" moves her to tears, she said, and she wanted
tears on her wedding day.
But she didn't exactly get her wish, because
Mr. Quigley's eyes welled
up with tears of joy, he said. Just recalling the
event moved him to
tears this week, which earned him a tender look from his
new bride and a
caress on his hand.
The wedding was complete with table
decorations and flowers for the
bridal party - gifts from Natural Accents -
and heart balloons from Goodies Galore.
The wedding cake, white with red
flowers, was donated by Karen's Kakes.
The newlyweds, who both suffer from
circulation problems caused by
diabetes, plan to settle in a small place of
their own when they are
dismissed from Heartland. But for now they are
content sharing a room in the "300" wing.
The Quigleys are enjoying
visiting the facility's 90 residents, giving
words of encouragement and
spreading cheer whenever they can.
"We have such fun in here," said Mrs.
Fairbanks' Geer wins title in state swim meet
From J-T staff
Freshman Margo Geer continued to make Fairbanks high school history
Canton's C.J. Branin Natatorium on Friday.
Geer took the lead off the
starting block and proceeded to bury the
field in the Division II state
finals of the 50 yard freestyle.
Geer's time was 23.60, just four hundreths
off the state record time she
set at last week's district meet in
She earned the preferred lane in the finals by posting the best
23.75 in the morning semi-finals.
Watching his daughter win a
state championship was called a "fantastic
experience" by Mark Geer, who also
serves as one of her coaches.
John Bishop, who coaches Geer at her workouts
at the Springfield YMCA,
said that the young swimmer should have an excellent
chance to pull off
a double by winning the 100 freestyle today. Semifinals
will begin at 9
a.m, with the finals set for 6 p.m.
should give Margo confidence and help her relax in the
100," Bishop said. "We
will plan for her to go out strong and really use
her strong leg kick to
carry her to the finish."
Matthew Himler achieves rank of Eagle
By KARLYN BYERS
Matthew S. Himler, the son of Dr. Jeffrey and Cindy
Himler of Raymond,
has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest
achievement in scouting.
An Eagle Court of Honor will be held March 4 at
First English Lutheran
Church to celebrate Matthew's
Matthew's Eagle project involved collecting jigsaw puzzles,
games, magazines and music for Heartland of Marysville. Once
completed the collection, he built a large cart to contain the items
to enable them to be transported around the nursing facility.
He is a
junior at Marysville High School and a member of First English
Church. Activities outside of scouting include football, power
and youth group at the church.
As a Cub Scout in Pack 119, Matthew achieved
all Cub Scout ranks,
including earning the Arrow of Light Award. He has been
a member of Boy
Scout Troop 355 since fifth grade.
Scoutmaster is Charles
White, and assistant scoutmaster is Jeff Himler, Matthew's
Required to complete 21 merit badges for the Eagle Rank,
completed 26. Merit badges completed included aviation,
camping, canoeing, citizenship in the community, citizenship in
nation, citizenship in the world, communications, cycling,
emergency preparedness, environmental science, family
fingerprinting, first aid, fish and wildlife management,
oceanography, personal fitness, personal management, safety,
sailing, snow sports, swimming, weather and wilderness
High Adventures completed were BSA Northern Tier Canoe Base
Boundary Waters), BSA Sea Base Sailing Adventure (Florida Keys),
Philmont's Double H Ranch Backpacking (New Mexico), caving
Indian) and white water rafting (West Virginia).
the Triple Crown Award for completing the three National
Boy Scouts of
America High Adventures. Other awards and achievements are
Order of the
Arrow, Snorkeling BSA, World Conservation, 50 Miler Award
and God and
As a Boy Scout, Matthew has spent more than 75 days and nights
hiked more than 50 miles, backpacked more than 50 miles, canoed
than 50 miles and has more than 45 services hours (not including
City seeking grants for
Committee working to create funding structure
The Water Rate Ad Hoc Committee announced it will meet again to
ways to keep the future reservoir costs down for residents.
Thursday night's Marysville City Council meeting, councilman David
that the committee plans to meet on Monday at 7 p.m. in
council chambers at
City Hall. He said the public is encouraged to attend.
"The goal would be
to hopefully bring some functionality, in terms of a
structure," Burke said. "We can discuss producing some
legislation, or at
least a strong suggestion as to the direction we should go."
John Gore said that on Wednesday he received a phone call
Sinclair, who works in Congresswoman Deborah Pryce's office.
He said Sinclair
asked if the city of Marysville would be interested in
receiving the same $1
million grant that it was awarded last year for
the waste water treatment
fund. On behalf of the city, Gore said
Sinclair was able to submit that
request for the second year.
"In conversations with him, I also asked about
money for the reservoir,
because that's a separate fund," Gore said. "And he
said there is a
possibility there would be some money available."
said that the $1 million grant application could be added to
applications the committee is working toward.
Councilman Dan Fogt
said that he recently received information that
could be useful in filling
out requests for grant applications, so that
could be part of the ad hoc
committee discussion as well.
Gore noted that the grant the city was awarded
last year is from a
different fund than what reservoir grant money would come
from, but he
thought the call from Pryce's office was great news and that
additional funding they could get for the reservoir would help.
Tom Kruse mentioned that the city was supposed to receive that
grant money in
2006, but has not been able to yet because of
technicalities with the change
in congressional leadership.
Gore agreed that the money had not gone out yet
because of that.
"We're not getting good vibes out of there," Kruse said.
got the one from last year and hopefully we'll get the one
from this year."
"Well, the request has been submitted," Gore said. "We'll
to talk with (Sinclair) about the reservoir."
In other city
news, for the second time around council passed two pieces
toward the annexation of 114.007 acres from Paris
Township to the city of
Marysville and granting the services to be
provided. The issue was added to
the consent calendar at the beginning
of the meeting and later on all three
readings on both pieces of
legislation were passed by emergency. Council
first passed the same
annexation at its Dec. 7, 2006 meeting.
explained that there are filing restrictions and deadlines for the
and if those deadlines are not met, it then becomes nullified
and the process
goes back to the beginning.
At the Dec. 7, 2006 meeting, Kruse explained that
the annexation is for
land toward the Board of Education's new school.
. Council passed the third and final reading to officially
name a city
park, formally referred to as South Park, to Greenwood Park.
City councilman Edward Pleasant commended local street workers on
excellent work making roads safe for the city.
. The first reading was held
on a resolution to keep the $500,000
Community Housing Improvement Program
(CHIP) grant going in Marysville
for 2007. The money helps people purchase
homes, as well as fund many
. The final development
plan was passed regarding The Oaks Planned Unit
Development, a 64-acre
project to be located between routes 38 and 736.
The first phase will consist
of 21 single detached condominium lots off of Route 38.
. The first
reading was held to appropriate $2,340 from street funds,
associated with a donation from the Scotts Miracle-Gro
Company to pay for
flower baskets to be placed in the uptown area.
Memorial Hospital plans
for facility needs
By CORINNE BIX
Memorial Hospital of Union County has
signed a contract with AMDC, a
strategic facility planning organization,
aimed at improving the hospital.
Fred Campobasso, AMDC president, talked
to the hospital board of
trustees Thursday evening during the monthly board
Campobasso along with two of his colleagues explained the process
which AMDC will arrive at its final recommendations which will
presented in July.
"This is very exciting and by far the most
meaningful process you can
take part in when working with a hospital," said
CEO/president of Memorial Hospital of Union County (MHUC).
hospital will work closely with AMDC and take an integrated approach
exploring future options for the hospital's growth.
The hospital has put
together a planning committee which consists of
physicians, community leaders
and board members. The planning committee
and the AMDC team will be
interfacing on a monthly basis.
The groups will explore many options,
including improving on and
rebuilding at the current site versus building a
new facility at a green field site.
"We are not advocating a green field
hospital but we do want to explore
all of our options," Hubbs said, "We have
to be careful not to limit ourselves."
Dennis Stone, board chairman, said
the process was needed.
"Right now we are facing a lot of competition," Stone
said. "We are a
growing community and we need to provide the highest quality
of health care."
Commissioner Charles Hall commented that he felt that
presentation was leaning towards building a new facility.
team clarified that building a new facility could mean
everything from a
brand new building on another site to re-building and
renovating the current
facility over a 20-year span.
The board agreed to lease up to 6,000 square
feet of space for physician
use at the future Mill Valley medical building.
The motion was approved
after executive session.
Spence Fisher, vice
president of physician relations and business
development, said the hospital
believes it may be breaking ground on the
Mill Valley building as early as
The board officially recognized the retirement of Jackie Lazenby
board member. She was presented with a framed resolution commending
12 years of service to the hospital.
Commissioner Hall swore in new
board members Rick Shortell and Tom Ranney.
Shortell is the vice president
of marketing and public relations for
Union Rural Electric. He and his wife,
Ruth, have lived in Union County for 16 years.
Ranney has lived in
Marysville with his family for the past seven years.
He is employed at the
TRC test track.
It was reported that two new CT (computed tomography)
scanners will be
fully operational by the first week of June. The hospital
a four-slice scanner and will be upgrading to a 16-slice
scanner and a
dual source 64-slice CT scanner.
Fisher said at the present
time The Cleveland Clinic is the only other
facility in the state with the
dual source 64-slice CT scanner.
The board adjourned into executive session
to discuss pending litigation
and the trade secrets of a county
The next board of trustees meeting will be March 22 at 8 p.m.
other news, the board:
.Approved operational team, finance and joint
conference committee reports.
.Approved the initial appointments for the
department of medicine ? ER urgent care provisional
status of Dr. James
Harnden, DO; Dr. Edward Boudreau, DO; Dr. Scalise,
.Approved the medical staff policies for organ, tissue, eye
and organ donation after cardiac death.
on upcoming changes to the hospital Web site to
make it more interactive and
user friendly; quarterly board education
packet; new marketing packet for The
Gables featuring the new tag line
"embracing life's changes;"and customer
.Extended an invitation to board members to become involved
Home Health Professional Advisory Committee.
.Informed members of
an upcoming executive committee meeting to discuss
and determine officers and
committee structure for the board of
Woman indicted in Plain
From J-T staff reports:
A Plain City woman was indicted
today after allegedly stabbing her
boyfriend last weekend.
Police Department's Sgt. Tom Jaskiewicz reported that
Geraldine Walker, 50, of 282 North Ave. apt. A, Plain
City, Sunday morning
for one second-degree count of felonious assault,
after she allegedly stabbed
her boyfriend in the back during an argument at her home.
that after being stabbed, Walker's boyfriend, William
Gibson, 48, walked to
the nearby Pleasant Valley Fire Department seeking
medical help at about 1:48
a.m. Information on which hospital Gibson was
transported to for care has not
been released, and his condition is notknown.
Jaskiewicz said Sgt. Dale
McKee met with Walker later in the day Sunday
and took her into custody at 3
According to Union County Common Pleas Court papers, Walker was
at 9:30 a.m. today and is scheduled for arraignment on March 8 at 1
Spotlight on young thespians
Area children learn the ropes of show
By EMILY MASTERS
A group of 21 area children, ages 6 to 14, are
stepping out of their
comfort zones and becoming people they're not, only
It's all part of a training workshop series by Spotlight
Union County, a non-profit organization that has been producing
theater in Marysville for more than four years.
completed four workshops titled, "Introduction to
Theatre." For the final one
on Saturday, the youths will entertain their
families from 9:30 a.m. until
noon at the YMCA with their production of
"The Three Little Kittens," a play
taken from the well-known nursery
rhyme. The youths created and directed
their version, all by using their
imaginations. They will showcase the new
skills they've learned,
including writing, producing, directing, props and
acting, and improvisation.
Darian Sobas, 11, said she is
glad she participated in the workshops.
"At first I didn't think I wanted
to," she said. "But I was glad to meet
new people, all with different
Along with Darian, participants are: Emily Parrish, Emily
Jenny Mizikar, Kaitlyn Deere, Ali Ferg, Julius Ferguson, Trevor
Nora Miller, Anastasia Long, Serena Long, Nick Daman, Jessica
Becca Adams, Jack Bowman, Hailey Lewis, Cassidy Miller, Emily Ober,
Klaus, Emily Snyder and Alex Warner.
Instructors Kim Sobas, Karen
Rogers, and Brooke Hamlett helped the
children uncover their hidden talents,
as well as develop more self-confidence.
"The kids are such a great group
to work with," said Sobas, instructor
and Spotlight president. "They really
want to be taught, and you can
just see it in their faces."
Darian, she enjoyed more than just the acting portion of the workshops.
enjoyed making the play, because you get to see your creation come to life,"
Since 2002, Spotlight has produced more than eight productions,
latest being "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley," which
performed during the 2006 Christmas season. The production held a
and crew of more than 80 people, the largest cast Spotlight has
had. It was directed by Amy Anderson-Dummitt, who also
Spotlight's fall 2005 production of "Harvey."
Karen Iden, a local
artist who did all of the special paint affects on
the set of "A Christmas
Carol," recommends that if children or adults
have a desire to learn about
theater, joining Spotlight is a way to do it.
"It's such a great
experience for kids to get involved with," she said.
"It's a way to express
yourself, and it serves as an outlet."
According to Sobas, a main goal of the
organization this year is to add
educational workshops for children, teens
and adults. The next
production is scheduled for mid-October.
currently reviewing scripts for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
and are in
search of a director," said Sobas.
Monthly Spotlight meetings are held the
first Tuesday of each month in
the Buckeye Room at the Agricultural Services
Center, and members are
encouraged to attend. Individual membership rates are
$20, and family
rates are $30. Membership is not necessary to participate
Additional information about Spotlight, upcoming classes,
productions may be obtained by visiting www.spotlighttheaterunionco.org
contacting Sobas at (937) 537-6163.
Fire department asks residents to
clear snow from around hydrants
From J-T staff reports:
Fire Department is asking residents for help clearing
snow away from city
"For us to effectively access a water supply during an
emergency, it is
crucial that fire hydrants be readily accessible and visible
responding crews," chief Gary Johnson said, in a press release.
severe weather has made this a challenging task.
states that significant snowfall brings out the plows,
"It is incumbent on us all, as a community, to ensure that fire
are not visually or physically obstructed," Johnson said.
explained that some of the city hydrants in outlying areas also have
markers to identify their location. It is important, even with
to be readily accessible during an emergency.
Johnson said that even when the
department isn't dealing with severe
weather, crews sometimes encounter
situations where vehicles, weeds,
shrubs and more block access or hide the
hydrants. It's not only a
safety issue, it's a legal issue as well, he
The Marysville Division of Fire reported that further information can
obtained by contacting the department at 642-2065 or visiting its
site at www.marysvilleohio.org.
concert was charming
Editor's note: The following concert review
was provided by Kay Liggett,
who serves on the board of directors of the
Union County Community
Bronn and Katherine
Journey were in concert in Marysville Wednesday
night, and it was a night of
glorious music from a charming, talented pair.
What a talented, charming
couple! Bronn the harpist and humorist;
Katherine the pianist and vocalist
who also played the smaller Celtic
harp. (Bet you could have heard her high
The audience - a goodly crowd on such a foggy, foggy night -
enchanted with this superb musical duo.
Music dictionaries define
harps as one of the most complicated
instruments - and most difficult to
play. Bronn Journey played the
modern, symphony harp, a tall, graceful,
ornate pillar with a flaring
wide base. It was certainly an impressive sight.
This was a concert harp
with 47 strings covering six octaves.
Each kind of
string gives character to the sound. Wire strings give a
bell-like sound -
best suited for Irish and Celtic music. Some concert
harpists have harps with
double layers of strings - some even with cross
stringing, which can make for
fairly complex harmonies. The strings are
of various colors to better guide
fingers. Bronn made it look easy.
The harp concert was a real treat and
included wonderful music we knew
so well - movie themes, state productions,
popular classics and themes,
including "Sound of Music" vocals, "Ebbtide,"
"All Through the Night,"
"In the Still of the Night," and Josh Robin's "Sail
Away with Me."
Bronn goofed on the Ohio State Buckeyes "Fight Song," playing
learned from a Web site - a dud - but he promised next time around
he'd get that important piece down pat!
Harps have been around
forever, a really ancient musical instrument.
Some are small and hand-held
creations that are limited in what can be
played on them. The lyre, a small
hand-held instrument, goes back
historically to about 3200 BC. Ancient
Egyptian harps circa 2575 BC were
larger but had no supporting pillar,
according to pictures. The Celtic
harp was smaller and portable. Ancient
Spanish art shows harps about 1500 BC.
The sound of a harp seems magical
and soothing. String resonance, range
of pitch and tone quality set up an
important relationship between sound
and recipient. Increasingly, this sound
is used in "harp therapy," a new
aspect in modern medicine to help patients
relax. Stress management
programs, known as "Harps for Healing," are used in
physical and spiritual healing programs. Historically,
harps have always
been a symbol of relief and comfort.
A "Rainbow of
Sound" - that's what we heard last night - and that's just
what we needed! It
was music to heal our weary bodies, strengthen our
minds and unlock our
creative thoughts. Oh those "heavenly harpists" -
what a joy to have had them
in concert for us!
Art exhibit comes from the heart
By EMILY MASTERS
A group of Union County
artists not only have talent but also big hearts for giving.
As a result
part of the proceeds from an art auction this weekend are
being given to the
American Heart Association.
The artists, who live countywide, range in age
from kindergarten to 20
years old, and each has a developmental
"The display will show that people with developmental
marvelous artists," said Dianne Kreeger, service consultant
"It's so wonderful to see the work that comes from their
HeartArt will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
House, 264 W. Fifth St. It will feature 150 works consisting
paintings, watercolors, tissue paper collages, chalk drawings,
crafts and a quilt. Some MR/DD staff members and area teachers
participated. The works were judged earlier this week and ribbons
given to the first through third places in each age category.
mentions were also awarded.
In the adult category awards went
to: First place, Tabitha Trudeau;
second place, Laura-Leigh Miller; and third
place, Chad Cook. Honorable
mentions were awarded to: Heather Kroninger;
Brooke Russell; and Allison Emmons.
In the middle and high school
category, awards went to: First place,
Sylena Nixon, North Union High School;
Second place, Chris Boggs,
Ventures Academy; and Third place, Kyle Boggs,
Academy. Honorable mentions went to: Sylena Nixon; both
Sturgil's middle and high school classes for a collaboration;
Jennifer Marks, Marysville Middle School.
In the children's category,
awards went to: First place, Jacob Dearruda,
Mill Valley Elementary; second
place, Derek Krawczyk, North Union
Elementary; and third place, Emily Hicks,
Mill Valley Elementary.
Honorable mentions went to: Marcey Watkins and Clay
Cost, Mill Valley
Elementary; and Ms. Beany's class at Creekview
In the craft category, awards went to: First place, Laura-Leigh
second place, Carol Sharp; and third place, Mike Cottonj.
mentions went to: Donna Trudeau and Carol Sharp.
The art works
that were awarded ribbons will be part of a silent
auction, while all others
will be priced.
Kathy Jamison, also a service consultant for MR/DD, is amazed
response she has seen.
"It started out with the idea that I wanted
to have an art show and
provide art sessions for consumers, so they could get
socialize," she said. "I had no idea in my wildest dreams it
would turn out like this."
As the art classes were held, it was clear that
the artists not only had
talent but an outlet.
"I find art very relaxing,"
said 25-year-old Pam Hamilton of Marysville.
"It helps me express the way I
Hamilton says she has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety,
post-traumatic stress. Participating in art, she says, makes her
better. Also, she is happy her work is going to help the American
"It makes me feel so great to help with that," she
said. "A friend of
mine has heart trouble and a cousin of mine will have to
surgery when he turns 1."
Both Jamison and Kreeger see the art
auction as a way to teach those
with developmental disabilities how to give
back to their community. It
also could be a way for them to make money in the
"I have seen the talent these adults and young adults have,"
Kreeger. "They could use this creativity to possibly make a living
put together a business."
The artists' works will be printed on
greeting cards for the public to
purchase for $1 each. Also, smaller prints
of the original works will be
sold for $5 each.
The winning masterpieces
will be on display throughout the month of
March and can be seen at the Plain
City Library, the Raymond branch of
the Marysville Library, the Richwood
Library and the Copy
Schmenk will run for mayor
MHS grad sees
'future greatness' for Marysville
From J-T staff reports:
resident Chris Ward Schmenk announced today that she will run
Mayor in the upcoming November election.
"As a native of Marysville and a
long-time resident, I have great
passion for seeing our city succeed,"
Schmenk said in a press release.
"Marysville has experienced enormous growth
in recent years and with
that growth comes both opportunities and
"In order to expand our local economy, help our schools stay
provide a wholesome environment for our children, we need
Schmenk received a bachelor of arts degree from
Ohio Northern University
and a law degree from The Ohio State University. A
14-year associate of
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, she heads government and
affairs for Scotts. In addition to her work at the Union County
of Commerce, she is on the board of trustees of Memorial Hospital
of Union County.
"As president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, I
demonstrated my ability to facilitate cooperation and partnerships
stakeholders in our county, and as mayor of Marysville, I hope to
lead the city into future greatness," Schmenk said.
Schmenk is a
graduate of Marysville High School and credits her parents,
Elizabeth Ward, with instilling in her strong values and a
heart for public
She and her husband, Mike Schmenk, are active members of The
Church of Marysville and have two children, Megan, a sophomore at
and Matthew, a student at Trinity Lutheran School.
Fairbanks extends Craycraft's contract
By KARLYN BYERS
Board members voted 4-0 to approve a two-year contract
for Superintendent Jim
Craycraft during their regularly scheduled Monday
night meeting. Board vice
president Star Simpson was absent.
The contract begins Aug. 1 and continues
through July 31, 2009.
Craycraft also received a 5 percent raise but deferred
the raise until
he leaves Fairbanks. The deferral will help Craycraft, a
keep his taxes manageable, he said in an e-mail response to a
the Journal-Tribune. The deferral does not affect the school
This year marks Craycraft's 41st year in education and his 25th
a superintendent. He graduated from Capital University in 1966
received a master's degree from Dayton University in 1976.
coming to Fairbanks he was superintendent at Ridgedale School
Marion County for six years and at Tri-Rivers Career Center
for 14 years. He
also served as an interim superintendent at Mount
Gilead Exempted Village
Schools for nine months.
Craycraft is in his fourth year at Fairbanks. He
said he has enjoyed his
tenure in the school district and "hopefully the
community has enjoyed
me being here."
Craycraft's salary for this year and
next year will be $105,587.
The board heard a presentation by high school
principal Tom Montgomery
on the Ohio Core curriculum, "the next big thing
Ohio is going to have
to deal with," according to Montgomery.
Core will require students, beginning with the high school
of 2014, to complete a rigorous curriculum as a
requirement for high school
graduation and as a prerequisite for
admission to Ohio's four-year state
assisted institutions of higher
education, according to the Web site eTech
Ohio: Ohio Core.
The Ohio Core curriculum includes four years of math,
II or its equivalent; three years of science with
laboratory experience; four years of English; three years of
studies, including American history and American government;
unit of health; one-half unit of physical education; and a
of five units to be chosen from among foreign language, fine
business, technology and career technical.
Craycraft said larger
school districts will not be affected as much by
the curriculum changes
because they already offer more curriculum
choices, but technical schools and
smaller school districts such as
Fairbanks will feel the impact.
it's good," Montgomery said. "I don't think it's anything we
concerned about, because it's about raising the bar."
In other business, the
.Approved Lyndy Agner as Fairbanks Elementary secretary beginning
.Approved athletic contracts for the 2006-2007 school year to
Rucker, volunteer middle school cheerleading advisor; Keith
volunteer middle school boys basketball coach; Brent Chandler,
baseball coach; and Dustin Francis, volunteer baseball
.Approved athletic contracts for the 2007-2008 school year for
Finney, head high school cross country coach; Carleton Cotner, head
school football coach; Matt Humphrey, head high school boys
coach; Nevin Taylor, head high school girls golf; Larry Morris,
high school boys golf coach; Randy Spain, head high school girls
coach; Richard Rausch, assistant high school football coach;
Powell, assistant high school football coach; Dan Stillings,
girls golf coach; and Steve Conley, assistant boys golf coach.
member Dave Huber cast the lone "no" vote.
contracts for Joey Newell for 75 days at a rate
of $32.22 a day for teaching
an extra class every day beyond his normal
schedule, and Krista Fairchild,
volunteer middle school dance instructor.
.Authorized the disposal of a
1991 Carpenter school bus (traded in on
new bus), Vulcan Market Forge Steamer
cabinet and base, two Nextel
phones, 12 video Camcorders for school buses,
and a tape recorder.
.Approved a list of 33 elementary media books donated by
the Scholastic Book Fair.
.Approved the disposal of 45 elementary media
.Conducted the first reading on 23 elementary media books to
.Transferred $3,865 from the general fund to the food
.Appointed board member Mark Lippencott as legislative liaison
Ohio School Board Association; Huber as policy committee chair;
Jaynie Lambert as athletic committee chair.
.Discussed awarding a $625
Friends of Fairbanks Scholarship sponsored by
the board of
.Approved the January financial reports as presented by treasurer
.Adopted the high school course of study handbook for the
2007-2008 school year.
.Adjourned into executive session to discuss
personnel. No action was scheduled.
Author series kicks off Tuesday
By KARLYN BYERS
A Cleveland resident who
gets a charge out of mentioning the city's
landmarks will kick off the second
annual Friends of the Marysville
Public Library Author Series Tuesday at 7
Les Roberts, author of "Cleveland Local" and "The Best-Kept
uses familiar landmarks such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
Arena and Cleveland Stadium as backdrops for crimes solved by
detective Milan Jacovich.
A former actor and producer of the
popular television game show
"Hollywood Squares," Roberts was born and raised
in Chicago, but finds
the city on Lake Erie fertile ground for his
"Anyone interested in Cleveland will especially enjoy (his
Ken Kraus, Friends of the Library board member and person in
this year's author series.
Kraus, who has read three of Roberts'
books, described the author's
offerings as "enjoyable and a good
Roberts will be followed by Don Bruns, author of "South
Showdown," "Jamaica Blue" and "Barbados Heat," on March 6;
Toledo-area resident Judy Clemens, who penned "Till The Cows Come
and "To Thine Own Self Be True," on April 17. The series will
May 8 with Illinois resident Denise Swanson, author of "Murder of a
Bad Boy" and "Murder of a Sweet Old Lady."
All performances will be
held at 7 p.m. at the Veterans' Auditorium, 233 W. Sixth St.
changes have been made to this year's author series to
participation. Season tickets have been reduced to $25
(from $40 in 2006) and
the Marysville High School English Department has
thrown in its
Kraus anticipates between 25 and 35 students will attend the
largely because of the efforts of Jennifer Watts, high school
"She didn't have to step up to coordinate (the series)
but she did," Kraus said.
He is hopeful that the 2008 series will find
authors visiting the high
school's creative writing students, giving
first-hand advice and encouragement.
Also new this year is corporate
sponsorship. Honda Marysville and URE
Touchstone Energy Cooperative have
taken the lead, with "lots of"
industry and business sponsors at the $150
level offering support, Kraus said.
Proceeds from the author series will
benefit the Marysville Public
Library Endowment Fund which in turns supports
library programs for
children and adults.
The Endowment Fund offers area
residents of all means the opportunity to
make a lasting gift for the
betterment of the community.
The Friends organization and the library are
separate entities, Kraus
emphasized. That is why tickets are not sold at the
library, but rather
are available at Butler Wick, 120 S. Main St., or by
calling 644-8686 or 642-6994.
Those interested in joining Friends of the
Marysville Public Library may
pick up information at the kiosk at the
library's main entrance.
"All we ask is that when you join the friends and
are asked to help, you
do so," Kraus said
Community concert series
to feature Bronn and Katherine Journey
From J-T staff reports:
harp is often referred to as "the instrument of angels," the
couple who are
bringing it to Marysville Wednesday evening for the
community concert series
are the duo said to transport audiences to the gates of heaven.
Katherine Journey, of Washington state, will entertain
beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Marysville High School auditorium.
Journeys do not typically use a written program. They enjoy choosing
musical piece through interaction with the audience. At times,
vocalist, uses the piano to accompany her husband on the
harp. Although no
two performances are exactly alike, humor is always
part of the program,
which incorporates selections from pop, classical,
folk and sacred genres.
The Journeys are known for weaving the
unexpected into their concerts, making
the classical harp, accessible to everyone.
The Journeys perform
throughout Washington state and the Pacific
Northwest and have also
entertained audiences in California, Oregon,
Montana, and Idaho. Most
recently, they performed in Western Canada.
Bronn Journey got his start on
the harp 32 years ago at the age of 11.
He advanced rapidly, and by the time
he was 16, he was performing
professionally in fine hotels and restaurants in
the Seattle area. After
high school, he was accepted to the School of Music
at the University of
Washington. He graduated with a bachelor of music degree
Katherine Journey, a native of Calgary, Canada, began her
training at the age of 8, with piano lessons after school. She
from Dordt College in Iowa with a degree in music education in
solo voice training began in 1984, when she auditioned for and
the opportunity to study voice at the music school at Arizona
University. She graduated in 1987 with a masters degree in
Seventeen albums are currently available on the
Journeys' own label,
Phileo Music. They are sold in fine gift shops across
the United States and Canada
Hungry to make a difference
Local teens fast for 30 hours to raise money and
By EMILY MASTERS
After going 30 hours without food, some
Marysville teens will be ready
to eat a good meal tonight.
their concern for children around the world who live in
hunger and poverty,
seven members of the New Beginnings Church youth
group, The Power Cube, on
North Maple Street, spent Friday afternoon
through Saturday evening
Alycia Ford, 15, has participated in the activity for four years
"I actually look forward to it," she said. "I like to help people
this is a fun and easy way to do it."
The event is part of World
Vision, a Christian relief and development
organization dedicated to helping
children and their communities,
worldwide, reach their full potential by
tackling the causes of poverty.
The organization works in nearly 100
countries, serving more than
100-million of the world's poor.
passionate about the cause, because I know I have no clue what kids
go through," said 14-year-old Taylor Spears. "Here, we don't
appreciate what we have and we have a lot more than they do."
youth group leaders Linda and Mike Wilms, $30 can feed and
care for a hungry
child, for one month. More than 29,000 children die
everyday from hunger and
other preventable causes, they said.
"This event is a personal way the kids
can help and show that one person
can make a difference in the life of a
child," Linda Wilms said. "The
kids also develop compassion learning what
some kids around the world
have to go through everyday."
During the fast,
the teens gathered at the church and engaged in
activities that help them
identify with needy children around the world.
"We have an activity where
we simulate what disabilities or diseases
African kids might have," said
15-year-old Dani Steepe. "We might have
to wear three coats around to feel
how hot some kids must get or tape
our noses closed to feel what asthma must
"We're really proud of them for the effort they put into this,"
Mike Wilms said.
A Friday night sleep-over at the church will be followed
by bowling at
Marysville Lanes this afternoon, where the teens will continue
money during their hunger pangs.
The 30 Hour Famine will end at
6:30 p.m. tonight with communion and a
meal prepared by church
The Power Cube has so far raised $1,400 for World Vision.
year, more than one million teens in 21 countries participated in
For more information about World Vision, those interested may
route is a family affair
By CORINNE BIX
Rosella Renz is impressed.
is so impressed that she wrote a note on her Marysville
subscription renewal form that her paper carriers are
the best, which left
one question ? why?
Riley Tangeman and Zach Kisor are a team. The
stepsiblings have been
paper carriers in Green Pastures for the past
Renz said the two 12-year-olds go above and beyond the call of duty
it comes to delivering her paper.
"They are very, very dependable,"
Renz said, "They always place the
paper on each doorstep and even brought
another paper left on my
driveway up to the front door."
Kisor's parents will sometimes drive them if the weather is cold.
will run from house to house so as not to keep their parents
In December, Renz gave Christmas gifts to Tangeman and Kisor. She
their thank you notes were special in that they recognized the gift
also thanked Renz for the thought behind the gift.
"I gave Riley a
bottle of perfume and she wrote it made her feel so good
to get a 'girl
gift'," Renz explained.
Renz believes the secret to Tangeman and Kisor's
success might have
something to do with their family.
"They certainly must
have great parents," Renz said.
Gina and Jon Tangeman have been married for
more than three years.
When they married Gina had two sons and Jon had one
son and two daughters.
The couple welcomed baby Gabe in 2004.
former teacher, said before the kids signed up to become
carriers, the family
had a meeting.
"We knew it was going to be a family effort," Gina said,
"Everyone was on board."
Together the family of eight works together to
complete the daily paper route.
Often times, if Riley or Zach have another
commitment, the other kids
will pitch in and help.
Gina said when she and
Jon combined households the first order of
business was establishing rules
and routines to ensure the comfort zones
of everyone involved.
route has been a great learning experience for everyone in
"It's taught them responsibility, to work hard and earn some
Gina said, "It's also jump-started the other kids to want to
Riley and Zach said they enjoy having one another to count on
to get the job done.
"It's nice to have him," Riley said.
Zach said the
two have a large route and it helps to have someone share the load.
like it because it gives me something to do during the day and gives
money," Zach said.
Both Riley and Zach said it is very important that they
"We've been raised that we want to be the
best at anything we do," Zach said.
At times the two argue and have to
resolve their conflict in short order
so that they can get to the business of
delivering the papers which Gina
says is part of the learning
Riley and Zach are both equally impressed with their customer
"It was really nice of her to think of us (at Christmas), to
go and get
a gift rather than just giving us a tip," Riley said.
his gift of a sports radio was very unique.
Renz who had a blended family
herself said Riley and Zach are proof that
a blended family can work when
everyone pitches in.
Red Cross puts out call for donors
Snow and ice
forced blood drive cancellations
From J-T staff reports:
Severe snow and
ice storms across Ohio and Michigan have caused blood
drive cancellations and
further stressed the already fragile supply of
life saving blood, according
to the American Red Cross Central Ohio
Blood Services Region.
weather conditions over the past 10 days have forced multiple
blood drives to
be canceled across the two states, representing more
than 1,600 donations
lost. In central Ohio alone, the Red Cross said,
242 donations were lost in
the last two days due to cancellations.
The cancellations come at a time when
the Red Cross blood supply is
still recovering from critically low levels
experienced in late January.
Due to the weather the central Ohio region has
not been able to recruit
the approximate 650 donors a day needed to support
the 56 hospitals and
medical facilities in the area, the Red Cross stated in
a Friday press release.
"So many drive cancellations in such a short time
raises concerns about
our ability to meet hospital needs," said Rodney
for American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services
Region. "If we do not
see an increase in donations in the coming days to
replenish the supply,
we could encounter an emergency situation."
said several blood types are at critically low levels. Of
is the availability of O-negative red blood cells ? the
"universal" type used
in emergency situations ? with only 15 units (well
below the one-day supply
of about 100 units) on local Red Cross shelves.
Also, low levels include less
than a one-day supply of O-positive,
A-negative, and A-positive
Level II and III snow emergencies declared in multiple counties
complicate the situation as donors have difficulty traveling to
their appointments to donate.
"Most of our drives still on schedule
have seen very low donor turnout," said Wilson.
Blood drives Thursday
operated at about 65 percent from the needed
number of donors.
donors to be safe, and urge the public to make and keep
appointments to give
blood in the coming days," said Wilson.
Blood donors of all types are
encouraged to give, with a special need
for O-negative, O-positive,
A-negative and A-positive.
To schedule an appoint, call 642-6651, or for
Richwood drives, call (740) 943-3079.
The following are bloodmobile
.Feb. 19, Moose Lodge, 1 to 7 p.m.
.Feb. 22, Catholic
Community Center, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. .Feb. 23,
Memorial Hospital, 9 a.m. to
.Feb. 27, Made from Scratch, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
.March 6, Marysville
High School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
.March 12, Richwood Church, 1 to 7
.March 16, North Union High School, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fairbanks High School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The high cost of
Honda tries to catch up after storm cancels shifts
Inconvenient and costly describes the situation many businesses are
in, after being forced to shut down, due to snow emergencies.
the Marysville and East Liberty Honda auto plants ceased production
full shifts between Tuesday and Wednesday and lost two
during the first shift Tuesday, when the storm began.
Also shut down was
Honda's Marysville motorcycle plant and the Anna engine plant.
to Ron Lietzke, of Honda Public Relations, the Marysville auto
1,800 cars per day or 900 per shift. In addition, the
East Liberty plant
produces 950 cars per day or 475 per shift.
"Bad weather is very disruptive
to our operations," said Lietzke. "We
lose production, but we do have a
commitment for the dealers and our
customers, so we put recovery plans in
place to make up for what we lost."
Lietzke said he hasn't been informed
of the recovery plan yet, but it
will entail the production of more than
4,000 cars and light trucks that
didn't get manufactured.
Part of the plan
could mean over-time for associates and working
Saturdays until production is
Honda works closely with law enforcement officers and
management officials when snow storms are forecast.
of our associates is a big factor for us," said Lietzke.
"This week the road
crews did a very good job recovering from the storm
and getting the snow off
Lietzke said Honda monitors weather and traffic closely due to
volume of workers coming in and out of the plant. First and
shifts at the Marysville auto plant have more than 2,000
coming in and exiting. Third shift has fewer associates. At the
Liberty Plant more than 1,000 associates work the first and
"The cooperation we have between other counties and
helps during times of severe weather," said Lietzke.
important that we work together like that."
removal costs surpass last year
From J-T staff reports
The storm that kept
Union County road workers persevering through 11
inches of snow Tuesday
through Thursday came with a price.
The Union County Engineer's Office
completed its cost totals this
morning, they include: $10,000 for salt usage,
$11,000 for fuel, $19,200
for workers' salaries, and $18,700 for workers'
Equipment costs during the storm were $32,800.
experienced this week with cost is typical for an event with
said Steve Stolte, Union County Engineer. "We seldom
get hit with that much
snow in that short amount of time."
Stolte said after reviewing the figures,
the two-day snow storm could be
compared to that which hit in December of
2005. Figures since 2000
indicate that costs to maintain snow removal were
the lowest in 2006,
due to little snow.
"Last year, we had some money left
over to make capital improvements,"
he said. "If we go over our budget, those
improvements can't be made."
Stolte said that so far the county isn't over
budget, and the only way
that could happen is if a few more similar snow
storms hit within the
next two months.
During this week's storm, the
county operated with 27 highway
maintenance workers, 17 snow plows, and
covered 520 miles of road. In
addition, the Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) covered about 200
miles of road, and the City of Marysville oversaw
just under 200 miles.
Calls were put in to city officials inquiring about
snow storm budget
totals but were not returned before press time.
remaining work left for road crews is to clear intersections where
may be a concern.
Flying ice poses danger to drivers
Ice on the roofs of cars could end up being lethal on the roads and
enforcement is putting the word out.
Thursday at around 4 p.m. in
Union County a Federal Express delivery man
was struck in the face when a
sheet of ice flew off of an oncoming car
and went through his
Patrick W. French, 53, of Columbus was headed south down the
of Route 4 in his delivery box truck, when driver Bruce A.
of Marion was approaching in the northbound lanes of Route
Union County Sheriff's Office crash reports state that a sheet of
dislodged from Blevins' 1998 Chevy van and blew into the windshield
French's truck. The ice reportedly struck halfway in the
breaking through and striking French in the face. He suffered
cuts and possible glass in his eye.
Witnesses stated that French
pulled over near the Union County Humane
Society and told employees of his
injuries. He was bleeding heavily from
his face and was possibly going into
Soon after the report was made, dispatchers and deputies
placing a MedFlight helicopter on standby. Ultimately the
Fire Department medics transported French to Memorial Hospital of
County for care.
Sheriff's sergeant Don Eubanks said this morning
that the crash serves
as a reminder for drivers to clean off the ice from
their cars, because
similar incidents could happen again.
The crash was
listed as a hit/skip accident, which also raises questions
of whether or not
drivers can be charged if another driver is injured
by ice flying off their
Ultimately, Eubanks said, it may be more of a civil issue in which
victim may have to sue the other driver for damages. He said it may
up to prosecutors to study the law in order determine whether
or traffic charges are possible.
"When a person operates a
vehicle they are responsible for anything that
comes off," Eubanks said.
"It's no different than if something flies out
of the bed of their
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden agreed, saying that it seems to
more of a civil liability. He also cited the possibility of an
load traffic violation, but there is also the possibility of
contesting that the flying ice was an "act of god."
drivers need to be aware of the ice on their cars and keep
them clean to
avoid these situations.
Triad looks calamity day status
Thursday marked the fifth calamity day taken by the Triad Local
Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger said at Thursday's board
at that point, the district wouldn't need to add make-up days
at the end
of the school year since they haven't gone over their state
However, in the event the district has to cancel classes
due to weather
in the coming weeks, make-up days will be added. Kaffenbarger
would only pose a problem if more than two days need to tacked
Graduation for seniors is set for Saturday, May 26. The last day
district students is May 30. Traditionally seniors are excused from
last three days of school. In the event that more than two days
added to the school year, an adjustment will have to be
Kaffenbarger said the issue would be addressed if it became a
The board voted to unanimously approve a consultant agreement with
Young retroactive to Feb. 2. Young is the former North Union
Kaffenbarger explained after the meeting
that Young was hired as a job
coach for one day a week at $100 per hour for
approximately three hours each visit.
He had no comment as to why Young
has been hired in this capacity.
The district professional development team
is currently meeting to plan
professional development training for the
2007-2008 school year.
The team consists of all three building principals,
curriculum coordinator, Mary Reiser, special education
two teachers from each of the three district
This year the district opted to use late start times rather than
days for professional development. Kaffenbarger said the team
considering using a combination of late starts and waiver days for
next year's training.
Craig Meredith, elementary school principal,
reported that the results
from the Pro Ohio testing have come back for
district third and fourth graders.
The Pro Ohio test is used by the
district as a diagnostic tool to better
prepare students for the Ohio
Achievement Tests given in April.
Meredith said both groups of students have
improved from last year. He
said he was encouraged by the third grade scores
optimistic in regard to the fourth grade test results.
will meet with the third grade teaching team this week and suggest
continue what they are currently doing. Meredith will work on
intervention plan with the fourth grade teachers to better
students needing help for the state mandated test in the spring.
Moore, board member, asked high school principal Kyle Huffman if
calamity days would become an issue for sophomores preparing
to take the Ohio
Graduation Test (OGT).
Huffman said many of the sophomores are being told by
the 10th grade OGT is easy.
Huffman said the test has
become more difficult in recent years and he
plans to meet with the sophomore
class within the next few weeks to
re-emphasize the importance of the test to
begin the week of March 5.
The board adjourned into executive session to
discuss consideration of
employee compensation and employee discipline. No
action was taken.
The next regular board meeting will be March 15 in the
In other action, the board:
.Approved the financial
statements as presented by the treasurer.
.Authorized the treasurer to
transfer $165,819.20 from the general fund
to the bond retirement fund during
calendar year 2007 to remit the
principal and interest payments on the Ohio
Association of School
Business Officials (OASBO) pool series 2002 reservation
.Approved the following seniors to participate in the 2007
exercise, but defer receiving their diplomas in order to
additional training at the Ohio Hi-Point during the 2007-2008
year: Robert A. Hoover, Travis J. Sanders and Jeremi W.
.Approved by a majority vote the statewide open enrollment policy
the 2007-2008 school year. Jackie Watson voted no.
revision of policy 8600 and 8630 as presented by NEOLA and
effective beginning of the 2007-2008 school year.
.Approved Child Evangelism
Fellowship to use the elementary cafeteria on
each Monday from Feb. 26
through March 26 for the purpose of the Good
News Club. The fee was waived,
as activity will be held during regular custodial hours.
donation of a wheelchair from Shirley Weaver. Estimated
value is $2,000.
County begins to dig out
From J-T staff reports:
Emergency snow levels
have been dropped for Union County, as the
majority of area roads and
highways have been cleared.
As of 9:35 a.m. Emergency Management Agency
Deputy Director Brad Gilbert
reported that Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson
"has lifted the snow
emergency for Union County. We are under no snow level
at this time."
The area of Plum and Main streets was closed this morning as
street crews made a towering pile of snow in the last attempts to
downtown streets. The snow was expected to be dumped north of
the Flamingo Lounge.
Marysville, Fairbanks and North Union schools
remained closed today.
Workers at Honda of American and Scotts-Miracle Gro
to their jobs today.
Sheriff's office public
information officer Chris Skinner said at 5 p.m.
Wednesday the Level III snow
emergency was lowered to Level II, where it
remained until this morning.
Sheriff's deputies plan on helping out
around the county as needed.
were real pleased with the cooperation we got from residents,"
"Once word got out (about the Level III) they stayed inside."
He said the
lack of traffic enabled Ohio Department of Transportation
workers and local
crews to remove snow from the roads.
"It made the transition as smooth as is
could have been," Skinner said.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said
officers will be doing work
today similar to that on Wednesday: Helping those
who need assistance,
whether it be transporting hospital officials, helping
stuck vehicles on
the road or checking in on the elderly.
enforcement entities commented on the lack of emergencies that
the Level III conditions.
Local landscapers welcome snow
count on money from winter plowing
By EMILY MASTERS
landscaping husband and wife team predicted a winter blast,
and lucky for
them, they got it.
Dan and Aimee Blumenschein, Blumenschein Lawn Service
landscapers by summer and snow plowers by winter. Like many
landscaping companies, Blumenschein Lawn Service counts on money
plowing snow as part of its annual revenue.
The 11 inches of snow
that was dumped on Marysville Tuesday and
Wednesday kept the Blumenscheins
busy and their adrenaline pumping.
"My husband could hardly sleep Monday
night knowing that the snow was
coming," Aimee said. "So Tuesday morning when
he left, I packed two huge
coolers full of food and drinks, because I knew it
might be 24 hours
until I saw him again."
Her hunch was right, but her
estimation was a little low. She didn't see
her husband for almost 48 hours.
Blumenschein plows snow for a large
Marysville warehouse that has semis
driving through day and night. No
matter how much snow falls, he has to keep
"When the winds picked up, he stayed out there to keep the
running," said Aimee. "All he got was a 20-minute cat nap."
Blumenscheins have been waiting on Mother Nature to deliver the snow.
first of November we started looking at the weather maps online and
Farmers' Almanac to see what kind of winter we would have," said
want snow, because that's part of our income," she laughed.
She and Dan
became concerned in December, a month that usually averages
days worth of
"We didn't have a single one, that was a whole month without
income," she said.
Their busiest season for snow plowing is generally
mid-January through mid-February.
As for their winter predictions, it's
their full-cycle business that
keeps them in touch with the
"While we're out landscaping or mowing in the summer and fall we
things," said Aimee. "For example, this past year we saw that the
were producing a lot more nuts than usual, it was like God was
for the animals," she said.
Dan's grandfather, Alfred
Blumenschein, a 90-year-old retired farmer,
predicted the heavy snowstorm, as
well Aimee said.
"Grandpa Alfie has a saying that goes, 'when the corn piles
snows gonna fly,' and this year was a great harvest," she
While Dan worked around the clock to keep the truckers moving,
kept the home fires burning, and the couple's three children,
10; Adam, 8; and Grace, 6 kept the "barn fires" burning.
addition to our landscaping and snow plowing business, we have 50
sheep that are very demanding," she said. "When Dan finally got
night (Wednesday) he said, 'I've been gone so long the sheep
don't even know
While the snow stopped Thursday, Dan didn't.
"He left at 5:30 this
morning to move snow piles since the weather is
calling for more snow this
weekend," said Aimee. "That's what this time
of year is all about."
Schools, factories, businesses close after 11 inches of snow
fall on area
By RYAN HORNS and EMILY MASTERS
The snow storm
that began blasting Union County on Tuesday dumped 11
inches of snow and ice,
leaving residents digging out county-wide.
This morning Union County remained
under a Level Three Snow Emergency,
which declares all township and county
roadways are closed to
According to Fred
McCreary, Chief Operator for the Marysville City Water
Department, 2 inches
of snow were recorded Tuesday morning in the city.
On Wednesday morning, 9
inches of snow were logged.
As a result, area schools remained closed along
with local businesses,
such as Honda of America and the Scotts-Miracle Gro
Union County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris
said that sheriff Rocky Nelson planned to re-evaluate the
level status at around 11 a.m. If roads are clear enough, the
three would be dropped.
"We're just trying to err on the side of
caution by trying to keep cars
off the roads so that the plows can do their
jobs," Skinner said.
He said drifting snow was making some county roads
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said this morning the
has not had any major issues to contend with. He said police
have been out conducting welfare checks on residents and making
elderly citizens are all right. He added that officers have been
some hospital staff members get to work.
Golden said city side
streets are still relatively untouched by plows as
well as some apartment and
mobile home communities.
"We've been getting a lot of calls from people
wondering about the snow
emergency levels," he said.
As a result, Golden
was helping out by answering dispatch calls. He
noted city administrator
Kathy House was also answering phones at the
Marysville Public Service
According to Nate Schreiner, Director of Emergency at Memorial
the emergency room was busier than usual Tuesday evening. He said
number of squad runs was about normal, but squads did have to go
little slower than normal to be safe.
Dayton Power and Light experienced
heavy call volumes and left a
recording that advised customers to only report
including: Fires, explosions and downed power lines.
Union County was
not mentioned on the recording as having widespread power
problems were reported in Clinton, Fayette, Hyland, and Warren
Union Rural Electric officials didn't answer phone calls
morning due to a high call volume, according to its
In another dilemma, today is the deadline for resident to pay
taxes, however, the Union County offices are closed. Union
Treasurer Tamara Lowe said her office will accept payments on
without penalties being assessed.
Long hours on the
Plow drivers seek patience, understanding
Editor's note: Reporter
Ryan Horns spent time Tuesday afternoon riding
with Union County worker
Dwayne Rausch as he plowed county roads.
By RYAN HORNS
would like people to know that they don't mean to knock
down their mailboxes.
It happens purely by accident.
Tuesday afternoon driver Dwayne Rausch was
busy clearing thick snow off
of Union County roadways around Route 4 and
Easton Road. He had cleared
Easton Road twice, but it was already covered by
the constant snow.
"Sometimes people get mad at us because we plow their
Rausch said. "But there is not much we can do. We have to get
it off the
road. It's not like we're doing it on purpose."
that when snow is wet, the weight of it can knock the
mailboxes down. But
when the snow is light and blowing it doesn't happen.
Rausch said people
don't know that drivers who knocked down mailboxes
have to go back and repair
them. Some may have up to 20 to fix at the
end of the day.
Back inside the
Union County Engineer Steve Stolte's office on County
Home Road, Stolte and
Road Superintendent Cortney Page watched the
snowstorm progress on the
Internet. Both were also looking over a map
depicting about 20 different
snowplow routes, consisting of 520 miles of
roadways waiting to be
"That equals to about 30 miles per guy," Page said.
He said it
can take three hours for a truck to make one round, and
that's just to clear
one side of the roadway. Even with 17 drivers out
at once, the roads will
likely remain covered in snow.
Page said Union County might distribute up to
250 tons of salt for an
entire storm. For this snow emergency, salt is being
conservatively. With so much snow it wouldn't do any good and the
is likely to be plowed back off on the next run through, Page
One surprising fact is that Union County snowplow drivers do not run
shifts, Page said. The same crew will be out all day in various
Rausch said he started at around 4 or 5 a.m. and will be plowing
until 11 p.m.
"We may get about three hours of sleep and then we'll be
back at it again," he said.
As Rausch drove down Kaiser Road an oncoming
car pulled to the side of
the road and stopped to give him more room for the
plow to go through.
"That's how it done," he said. "I'll tell you what I tell
my family. Get
off to the side as far as you can go and let the tractor work
its way around you."
"Some roads are 16 feet wide and the snow plows are
about 10 feet wide,"
Page said. "You have to give them room."
"fly through" and pass plows it becomes dangerous, Rausch said.
you'll find them up the road stuck in a ditch," he joked.
Page explained that
their trucks have a lot of blind spots. If a driver
is at a stop sign trying
to back up and someone is right on their back
bumper the driver can't see
them unless they get out and look. Every
year it seems there is at least one
truck that crashes into another car,
or topples over trying to clear
roadways. But with 17 trucks working
throughout the day that's a pretty good
"We've had a couple trucks roll over," Page said. "That's a fun
Rausch said a few years ago he was lucky to escape one crash alive.
the snow drifts across the road, it can become hard to tell where
road ends and the ditch begins. His truck ended up rolling into
ditch, with him inside the cab and tons of salt spilling out.
to it, as others hope for a white Christmas, it could mean long
snow plow drivers. Three years ago he had to work through the
New Years holidays.
It all begs the question of why anyone might get into the
"I really enjoy the outdoors," Rausch
Helping stranded motorists is another perk of the job.
As Page drove
down County Home Road to meet up with Rausch, he stopped
to check on a car
that had just gone into the ditch. The stranded
motorist was cleaning snow
off of his windows and looking at the damage.
The driver said that emergency
crews had been called and were to be
there in about 20 minutes. With that,
Page continued down the road.
Woman collapses, suffers
From J-T staff reports:
A Newton Perkins Road family, settled
in for a snowbound evening
Tuesday, may not have expected to hear calls for
help coming from their front yard.
Liberty Township Fire Chief Lloyd
Segner said his department was called
at 11:21 p.m. with a report of a woman
in her 60s found collapsed in the snow.
Apparently the woman, who also
lives on Newton Perkins Road, was
stranded when her car drove into a ditch.
Segner said the woman was not
dressed for the blizzard-like conditions but
decided to try to walk
home. She made it as far as 26341 Newton Perkins where
The family dragged the woman into a nearby garage and put
her until emergency medical crews arrived. The woman was
extreme hypothermia and Segner said medical crews put heat
packs on her
body to raise her temperature.
By the time she arrived at
Memorial Hospital of Union County her body
temperature had been raised to 91
Segner said the incident emphasizes the need for stranded motorists
stay with their vehicles. Had the woman remained with her car,
snowplow in the area would have found her relatively quickly.
Snow emergency declared in Union County
Area under Level I at press
From staff and wire reports:
The Union County Emergency Management
Agency reported that Union County
was raised to a Level I snow emergency just
after 8:30 a.m. today
EMA Deputy Director Brad Gilbert said that a Level I
indicates, "Roadways are hazardous, with blowing and drifting
those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the
Contact your employer to see if you should report to work."
area schools were also canceled.
Gilbert said that the Union County Red Cross
has staff on standby in
order to respond to emergency situations. Already it
has dealt with a
family of four, which escaped from a house fire in Dover
Marysville Fire Department officials said that car crashes from
adverse road conditions have not been a problem. Normally,
increase as the snow begins to fall. Since the storm arrived just
2:30 a.m. drivers were already prepared to deal with the roads as
left for work.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol also reported that no
crashes had occurred this morning.
Strickland urged Ohioans to exercise caution and
preparedness during the next
24 to 48 hours.
"We stand ready to assist our counties and cities to help
safe," he said.
The winter storm could dump up to a foot of
snow on parts of Ohio. It
arrived early Tuesday in time to coat roads for the
morning rush hour
and force numerous school districts to cancel classes. Some
of Cincinnati's main airport were canceled, a spokesman
Roads in all of the state's 88 counties were wet or at least
covered in snow, the Ohio Department of Transportation warned on
site. State troopers were responding to reports of crashes and
vehicles, according to the State Highway Patrol in
Forecasters called for 8 to 12 inches of snow Tuesday in areas
Dayton and 6 to 10 inches in Columbus, which also could receive
rain and sleet before the storm ends Wednesday, said Steve
meteorologist with the National Weather Service in
One to 2 inches of snow could fall an hour in some places,
said. Sleet and freezing rain were possible throughout southern
the weather service said.
In northeast Ohio, where morning commuters
got an early start to try to
beat the worst weather, meteorologists predicted
up to 10 inches of snow
Tuesday and another 10 inches by Wednesday night,
when temperatures are
expected to plummet to low single digits.
and day care centers were closed as the wintry weather blanketed
much of the
Midwest, from Iowa and Missouri to Illinois and Indiana. The
expected to reach Pennsylvania and eventually New York, where
some parts have
already seen more than 100 inches of snow.
"This is as close to a certainty
as there is in this business - we're in
for a 'shovel-able' event," said Tom
King, a National Weather Service
meteorologist in Cleveland. "The snow is
going to pile up."
"If you don't need to go out, don't," said Sgt. Kevin
spokesman for Columbus police.
Some departing flights at
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
Airport were canceled because of
bad weather elsewhere, airport
spokesman Ted Bushelman said.
runways were being treated with a chemical to prevent
freezing rain from
leaving a buildup of ice, he said.
"We've got three runways open, so there
are no problems at the airport,"
Comair, which operates a
hub at the airport in Hebron, Ky., just across
the Ohio River from
Cincinnati, began canceling flights Monday so
travelers could have more time
to make alternate plans for Tuesday,
company spokeswoman Kate Marx
"Our first focus was canceling flights heading to destinations that
had inclement weather," she said.
The regional airline canceled 35
Monday flights, and 42 additional
flights were canceled Tuesday, Marx said.
She said she didn't anticipate
Comair canceling any additional flights out of
Others made preparations Monday in anticipation of the storm,
leaders in the Legislature canceling Tuesday's sessions in the
House and Senate. Cities sent out salt trucks in the hours before
storm, and people headed to grocery stores to stock up on food and
"We've got bread, milk, canned goods - everything," said
36, of West Carrollton.
"And diapers," added Brenda Irvin,
21, of Kettering, who was shopping
Monday with her friend at a Kroger in West
Carrollton, near Dayton.
Columbus, which normally places residential streets
at the bottom of the
salting priority list, treated the roads
"We're trying to get a little bit of relief so maybe it won't go
badly," said Mary Carran Webster, assistant director of public
"It's worth a try."
With roads becoming slippery in southeast
Ohio, Athens County Sheriff
Vernon Castle advised residents early Tuesday to
call their bosses to
see if they could stay home and avoid driving in blowing
and drifting snow.
Sheriff Toby Spencer in western Ohio's Darke County
residents only call his office with life-threatening
phone lines wouldn't be tied up by routine matters.
Ted Strickland warned Ohioans to check on friends and family over
two days and said he has asked the Ohio Emergency Management
Agency and other
state offices to work with local officials as needed
On the Net:
Ohio Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/
escapes burning home
From J-T staff reports:
A family of four was able to
escape unharmed from an early morning house fire today.
Fire Department responded to a fire at 18327 Easton Road
in Dover Township
about 4 a.m.
Fire chief Gary Johnson said crews were still at the scene at
a.m. Details on how the fire started were unavailable before press
and an investigation is pending.
A neighbor who assisted the family
said the fire is believed to have
started in the garage where a light bulb
was being used to keep the
family pet warm.
She said the family escaped
wearing sleeping apparel, coats and shoes.
All other clothing was lost in the
"It was a single story residence that suffered extensive
Johnson said. "We're trying to salvage as much as we can."
four people inside were able to escape the fire, he said, but the
did not survive.
The Union County Red Cross is reportedly assisting the
family, Johnson said.
Assisting Marysville fire crews were Scioto, Liberty
township fire departments.
The family members are staying
with a neighbor.
Richwood begins process to find new police
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
With an interim chief in place, Richwood
Council's safety committee will
soon begin the process of looking for a new
Council voted 5-0 Monday night, with member Scott Jerew absent
meeting, to confirm Monte Asher as acting chief and increase his pay
$17 per hour for the time he leads the department. Asher replaces
brother, Rick Asher, who resigned as chief on Feb. 9.
Nibert told the safety committee, chaired by Jim Thompson, to
process of finding a permanent replacement. When asked by
council member Wade
McCalf what the process will entail, Thompson said
this is a new duty for the
safety committee and it will begin
discussions on how to
Councilman Von Beal asked what qualifies an officer to be suited
serve as chief of police. He wondered if anyone on the current
qualifies or if special training was required.
Beal was told that
the qualifications for chief are strictly at the
discretion of council. Other
than being a registered peace officer, no
other solid requirements are in
The department is currently staffed by five full-time officers.
full-time position and one part-time position are currently
Council also voted to put a 4-mill renewal levy on the ballot for
special election on May 8. The levy, which is set to expire at the
of 2007, would generate roughly $51,000 per year for the village.
approved, the levy would create no additional tax revenue for
If no other issues decide to appear on the ballot on May 8,
would be required to pay the cost for the special election.
Union County Board of Elections Director Karla Herron, the cost
estimated at $1,600 to $2,000.
Village financial officer Don Jolliff
said the village opted to put the
renewal on during a special election
because only the November general
election remains on the calendar. If the
levy only appeared on the
November ballot and the issue was rejected, the
village would fail to
collect the revenue for 2008.
Council voted 5-0 to
put the issue on the ballot.
In other business, council:
.Learned what it
received from Bischoff and Associates for a $46,000
Ohio Water Development
Authority loan. Ed Bischoff said the village
sewer lines were surveyed and
mapped and some problems with inflow and
infiltration were fixed.
village received a $26,000 check from Economic Development Director
Phillips for sale of land at the Richwood Industrial Park. A
company plans to
put a 30,000-square-foot facility on the 3.2 acre
parcel of land. The
business should bring 30 jobs into the community.
Union County Commissioner
Charles Hall and engineer Steve Stolte were
also on hand for the
presentation. Phillips said six acres remains for
sale in the park.
a report from Lora Gischel of the Regional Income Tax Agency on
provided to the village.
.Heard an update on village projects from Larry
.Learned that the North Union Veterans Monument project will see a
opening in the near future, with work to be completed by June 11 and
dedication scheduled for July 4.
Milford Center Council evaluates
partnership with city
From J-T staff reports:
When Milford Center and the
City of Marysville negotiated to share a
forced water main back in the early
'90s, both may not have ever
predicted the current countywide growth.
growth and future sewer issues were the main topic of discussion at
Milford Center Village Council meeting Tuesday evening.
According to Gary
Silcott, Milford Center's consulting engineer, a sewer
system was built in
the village in 1991 which included a forced water
main that takes sewage to
Marysville for treatment. It was worked out
then that Marysville would also
use the forced main to transport sewage
for its customers.
all of the growth Marysville is experiencing, Silcott
said it's important to
check that the main isn't being overused.
"It can only carry so much sewage,"
he said. "It can't be at capacity if
Milford Center wants to continue
Silcott plans to look into options for Milford Center and its
making sure the village is only getting billed for waste water.
said that while Milford Center paid to put in the forced main, the
isn't seeing any financial benefits like the City of
Silcott plans to look into the option of Milford Center
tap fees, along with Marysville.
In other business,
council voted to give a salary increase to Mayor
Robert Mitchell for all of
the time he puts in for village business.
Mitchell was earning $250 per month
and will now be earning $500 per
month. Council will discuss raises for other
village employees at the
Schools ready for excess 'snow days'
From J-T staff reports:
blast of winter weather on the horizon, local schools may
be forced to exceed
the five "snow days" allotted to them by the state of Ohio.
Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through
late Tuesday night. A
snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is expected by
accompanied by northeast winds of 10 to 15 mph. An
additional snow and sleet
accumulation of 4 to 6 inches is expected by
Tuesday night. The chance of
snow is 100 percent.
These conditions may force the closure of Union County
Marysville Exempted Village and Fairbanks Local Schools have each
three of the allotted five days. Any time needed to be made up will
tacked onto the end of the school year, said Larry Zimmerman
Marysville Schools and Jim Craycraft of Fairbanks.
"All schools must
have on their approved calendar the dates for makeup,"
Craycraft said in an
e-mail response to the Journal-Tribune this
morning. "Some schools will list
specific dates, others say they will
add them on to the end of the year ...
once they know how many they need
to make up."
Zimmerman also responded to
an e-mail query from the newspaper this
morning. "It has been awhile since
the full amount of calamity days has
been exceeded, but it has happened
several times in the past 15 years or
so," he said.
"We'll make it through
this! Occasionally we get a reminder from ol' man
winter that we live in
Central Ohio and we can and will get some winter
weather from time to time.
We just have to be patient ... spring will be
to North Union Local Schools Superintendent Rick Smith
were not returned by
Lincoln Day Dinner held
By EMILY MASTERS
County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Dinner
Saturday evening at
the Catholic Community Center.
About 175 turned out for the dinner and
program which honors the Feb.
12 birthday of the 16th president of the United
States, Abraham Lincoln.
Union County Commissioner Gary Lee served as
emcee for the event, and
Chris Schmenk, Union County Republican Central
introduced the keynote speaker, U.S. Congresswoman Deborah
Pryce acknowledged Union County for all of its support in the
2006 congressional race against opponent Mary Jo Kilroy which
neck-in-neck through election night and ended with a re-count.
and Madison counties helped Pryce win her post, making up the
from Franklin County voters. In the end, Pryce defeated
Kilroy with an
approximate 1,000 votes. Pryce said she made the mistake
of assuming her
constituents knew her well enough to elect her, an error
she said she would
not make again.
"You'll be seeing a lot more of me, and I'll be seeing a lot
Washington," the congresswoman said.
"We learned a lot from the
campaign," she said. "We learned that there
are the Republicans, and there
are the Democrats, but it's that growing
middle that we have to win, those
people who don't want to belong to a
political party and who just want to see
Jim Westfall, Chairman of the Union County Republican Central
said there are approximately 30,000 registered voters in Union
Of those, he said about 10,000 are Republicans, 3,000 are democrats,
the remaining 17,000 are independents.
Pryce said, "Our party's future
is what we need to be talking about now."
She mentioned the losses of
Republicans, Sen. Mike DeWine and Ohio
Attorney General candidate, Betty
"We'll never have an '06 again," she said, referring to the
brought to the party by Republican contributor Tom Noe, whose
scandal indictment led to ethics charges against Gov. Bob Taft and
other former members of his administration.
environment was so bad," she said.
Looking ahead to the 2008 presidential
race, Pryce mentioned she has
received calls to her office from
representatives for Sen. John McCain
of Arizona and former New York City
Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
"Whoever we run, it will be against Hillary, I really
believe that," she
stated, referring to Democratic New York Sen. Hillary
"As for Obama, he is a media creation, he has become a media
she said, of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
pledged that locally, she would do anything to help the Republican Party
"As the community here grows, the party must also grow," she
Westfall said that Pryce has been a friend to Union County through
work to get an Ohio Armory National Guard built behind the Union
"All of our taxes go to Washington, and the only chance we
have to get
the money back is through congressional appropriations, and
our congress people help us," he said.
Pryce also said she
was happy to lobby for the $990,000 funding for
Marysville's new Water
Pryce concluded her speech reminding the audience of
the sharp attacks
President Lincoln found himself under in 1864, both from
and members of his own party.
"Just as opinions changed
about Abraham Lincoln, history will judge
George W. Bush," she said. "People
will have an entirely different
impression of George W. Bush in the
Helping out in Honduras
Members of Marysville Church of the Nazarene build
church in South
From J-T staff reports:
A 17-member team from
Marysville Church of the Nazarene recently
returned from a mission trip to
Led by the Rev. Paul Whiteford, the team helped in the
construction of a
new church in Puerto Cortez, Honduras.
Nazarene church congregation donated $15,000 to construct
the facility, which
will serve a community of hundreds of Hondurans who
were recently relocated
by Puerto Cortez city officials.
"These people lived in the city dump and
were recently moved to
government housing on the edge of town," Whiteford
said. "They literally have nothing."
"We're planning to build on to our
church here in Marysville, but we
felt compelled by the love of God to build
a church for someone else
before we build for ourselves," Whiteford said.
"Our church has a
history in recent years of supporting our denominations'
in Honduras, so this project, to build a church for the La
colony, seemed like the perfect fit."
The Marysville Nazarene
team helped move tons of dirt and cement blocks
to help get the new church
started. Once complete, the church will also
include a medical clinic and a
Additionally, the team participated in several church
with a local vacation Bible school, and donated food and
necessities to a local compassionate ministries project.
realize just how fortunate we are to live in the United
Whiteford. "Our church is committed to the Great
Commission, and we've been
blessed by God to actually participate in the
building of his kingdom. It was
a tremendous experience."
Team members included: Whiteford and his daughter,
Emily; the Rev. Mel
Smitley and his wife, Juanita; Matt Smitley; Tim and
Landon and Jolene Headings; David Heiser; David Huffman;
Hatfield; Craig Elrod; Ambrose Phillips; Jeff Burke; Ashley Purdy;
and Joe Case.
The Marysville Church has served the community for more than
Whiteford has served as senior pastor since
City works on repaving plan
By RYAN HORNS
repaving season may be many months away, but Marysville officials
trying to prepare.
During Thursday night's Marysville City Council meeting,
reading was held on an ordinance to allow the city to borrow $1
toward the 2007 city street-paving program. The status of other
improvement projects expected this year also was discussed.
member Dan Fogt asked about the status of the concrete repairs
Avenue and learned some good news.
City engineer Phil Roush said that the
long-awaited street repairs on
Collins Avenue will be completed this year. He
said the Ohio Public
Works Commission recently informed him that the city's
grant request for
$400,000 to repair the problems on that road has been
"So those of you who use Collins Avenue will be inconvenienced
year, including me," Mayor Tom Kruse joked.
Fogt also asked Kruse
that since there was $1 million extra in the city
budget at the end of 2006,
was there any way to pay cash for the street
repaving program this year
instead of borrowing and creating more debt.
"Depending on your priorities
you can always do that," Kruse said. "That
was not our plan when we started
Kruse said taking a half million dollars out of the city
only borrowing a half million dollars was discussed. Later it
decided it was better to completely pay off $375,000 in debt
vehicles that were bought in the 1990s which the city doesn't even
anymore. The legislation to request that payment had its first
during the meeting.
Kruse said the hope is to get to the point
where the city has a strong
enough budget to be able to pay cash for street
paving projects which
was what Fogt was talking about.
Since the streets
haven't been paved in eight years, Kruse said he is
"playing catch-up" to get
paving up to date and it will cost money to do
that quickly. A plan would
then be enacted to keep paving up to date
every year. Until then, money from
the city reserves has had to go
toward things like buying trucks for
snowplowing and repairing the salt bin building.
Kruse said he hopes to
continue the plan of borrowing $1 million a year
toward repaving streets for
at least two more years, to make a total of
five years of having that plan in
place. He expects to have no more than
$5 million in debt when it is done.
But the result is having streets
that will last another 17 or 18
City finance director John Morehart explained that every year the
pays $200,000 toward each million dollar debt caused by the
program and that they expect to have the loans paid off within the
next five years.
Resident Nevin Taylor brought up the question of whether
or not the city
has to pay interest on the borrowed paving money.
said they are paying any interest that accrues out of the general
Taylor also pointed out that work would need to be done to repair
surface levels of the roads in another eight years, not 17 or 18.
other discussions, the Wednesday night meeting of council's Ad Hoc
to determine the future of city water rates was brought up.
council expressed their frustration over the lack of room to
rates for citizens.
"We did have that meeting last night and got a lot of
information," Fogt said.
He added that, "I guess I was disappointed on my
viewpoint. I was hoping
for better results and better numbers so that we
could decrease the
amount of increase and I've still not given up on that. It
This morning Fogt pointed out that his biggest
disappointment was that
the cost estimate of the reservoir project increased
from $17 million as
stated in the December 2005 Water Master Study, to $26
million. He said
his hopes to use $800,000 from the Water Capacity Fee Fund
to offset the
rates, did not make much of a decrease toward $26 million as it
have toward $17 million.
"It was a very informative meeting. Very
factual," councilman David
Burke said. "Not quite the numbers we were looking
for, but the reality
is what it is and we'll handle it as such."
said the committee plans to treat the issue with dedication and
come up with
Councilman John Marshall asked Burke what the committee's next
Burke said an e-mail went out Thursday to city officials
summing up the
meeting, including the numbers that were discussed.
try to work within those perimeters, but they are very narrow," Burke
He said the figures for the increase fall somewhere between 7 and
"There is just not a lot of room in there," Burke said. "We had
"I understand that we are at where we were two or
three months ago,"
Marshall said. "I guess my question is do we have imminent
in our near future or is this going to drag out for another year.
the next step? When is the next meeting? What will be
Burke repeated that he plans on moving that issue forward no later
April 1 for legislation.
"I think we have to do what has to be done,
but at the same time we just
have to try to resolve the issue so that it
doesn't happen again 10
years from now," he said. "So as bitter the pill is,
I think we have to
move forward on it and do our best to make sure that it
doesn't happen again."
In other discussions:
. City Administrator Kathy
House reported that the devices to repair the
stoplights at Fifth and Maple
streets are still on order.
. Economic Development Director Eric Phillips
said a new marketing
strategy for Marysville has been put into effect, under
the tag line,
"Where pride resides." He said the city will enact an
campaign, featuring testimonials from local business
Law breakers will see increase in what they pay
The long arm of the law will soon be coming after violators with
palm facing up.
Marysville Municipal Court Judge Michael Grigsby said
a hike in court
fines is expected to go into affect by March 1.
of the increase: A standard speeding ticket for exceeding the
speed limit by
1-20 mph would go from $77 to $110. Speeding 21-35 mph
over the limit would
go from $102 to $127 and speeding 36 mph or more
over the limit would go from
$152 to $177.
Grigsby explained that the increases are not intended to deter
even to try to keep up with inflation. He said looking at other
fines and costs in regional counties and cities highlighted
Marysville was falling behind.
"We were just low," Grigsby explained.
"That's the only rationale."
He said the fees have not been adjusted since he
became judge seven years ago.
The administrative order written up for the
hikes last week states, "The
court finds that based upon the circumstances,
including the history and
custom of this court, its comparative study of the
bond schedules or
fine and cost schedules of similarly situated courts in the
courts in the surrounding counties and the fact that these
have not been amended since Sept. 26, 2003."
Grigsby said the
increases do not affect his municipal court budget, as
he is given a set
budget no matter how many tickets are written. But the
hike could help law
enforcement agencies such as police, Ohio State
Highway Patrol and sheriff's
According to Grigsby's office, the majority of fines and costs will
a general increase of $20 to $30. Higher changes are noted in
serious offenses such as disorderly conduct, persistent
conduct and having an open container of alcohol in public or
wheel, which will increase anywhere from $50 to $100.
updated schedule states:
Driving with no Assured Clear Distance ahead, $110;
violations, $58; No child restraint violation, $87; Littering from
car, $177; Resisting a traffic officer, $177; Having no
license, $110; No motorcycle endorsement or riding without helmet
eye protection, $110; Reckless operation, $177; Failure to
control, $110; Lane or passing violations, $110; Failure to yield
emergency vehicles, $110; Equipment violations, $110; Failure to
or license a dog, $110 ($152 if it's the second offense in a year);
Department of Natural Resources misdemeanor violations, $127;
conduct, $177; Persistent disorderly conduct, $302; and open
of alcohol charges, $202.
Water rate issue continues to
By RYAN HORNS
A committee to determine the future of city water
rates will soon have
to make a decision.
Wednesday night the Ad Hoc
Committee of Marysville City Council met to
reduce water rate hikes scheduled
by the Water Master Plan. Almost two
hours of discussion did not lead to an
This morning committee chairman David Burke said the
meeting went well
and the hope is to have a decision and legislation drawn up
no later than April 1.
"I guess we just have to sift out what we've heard
and make a decision,"
committee member Dan Fogt said Wednesday night. "It'll
be a tough one."
Guests included financial representatives currently
contracted by the
city from 5/3 Securities, engineers from Malcolm Pirnie
the Marysville Water Master Plan, to lawyers from Bricker and
officials from Delaware County, other surrounding townships and
Committee member John Gore started the
meeting by defending his
decision to vote down the water rate hike. He said
the need for the
reservoir has never been denied by anyone. The issue is
Council passed the Water Master Plan around two years
"At which time we said that we would revisit when the next rate
was to be put into effect to see if we had in fact had to raise it
percent," Gore said. "As we tried to do that, we found that there
been absolutely, at the admission of the folks from Malcolm Pirnie,
there had been no attempt to find any additional financing, any
or anything because they weren't requested to until council raised
He said there were concerns about the need for an 8 percent
"I think there are some alternative ways that we can finance this,"
He repeated that he agrees that the city needs a
"But the bottom line is (my no vote) was all about planning; mine
all about financing, and mine was all about the statement that we do
want to put the burden of growth on the present citizens, the folks
are our customers today," Gore said.
He continued, "And yet, we've
been threatened by the administration that
if we don't raise the present
customers' rates by 8 percent, then we
will not be able to expand beyond the
city limits or out into the
county. So if that's not making these folks pay
for it, then I'm a
little confused. I hope that we are able to find some
other way to pay
for this or at least reduce the amount of increase that we
need to pay
for the reservoir."
The general consensus among engineers and
financial guests at the
meeting was that Marysville should stay the course
and stick with
raising water rates as planned, before city council voted the
Residents who spoke felt quite the opposite.
individual, the resident of Marysville is getting hurt with
raises," resident Gary Little said.
Resident and former city administrator
Ken Kraus said he supports the
rate increase. He said that comparing
Marysville to other cities is
counterproductive. Delaware is often used as an
example, but its
population is much more than Marysville's.
Baker later pointed out that they took that comparison
Marysville's own study. He also stressed that city
councilwoman Leah Sellers
has made an excellent suggestion, which is
that Marysville lacks a business
plan. It also lacks a way of showing
how reservoir debt is going to be paid
He said Marysville purchased its water plant in 1991 and still owes
on it. Newspaper articles from that year show how "everything was
and that rates were to go straight into water fund and pay for the
plant. The rates were then raised about 2000. He wonders where all
money went and that perhaps a business plan would have
"Something doesn't add up," Baker said.
suggested several options for lowering rates. Malcolm
Mastracchio would then enter those scenarios into a
computer program and see
how the changes would affect city finances up
until 2012. With all the
scenarios the lowest the increase could go was
at around 6.5 percent - but
that may not even be possible.
In one scenario Gore said that if a 0.5
percent five-year income tax
levy is passed by residents, it could generate
$21 million to offset the
$17 million needed for the reservoir. This way
residents could vote on
contributing the funding and also be ensured of an
ending date to the
increase. The tax would make sure new development pays its
fair share as well.
Mastracchio also tried taking $1 million from the city
the rest into bonds. It took the rake hike down to 7.8
"It has a fairly minor impact," he said.
cautioned that city reserves should not go under
a certain point. To go
beneath the line, city finances could be in
jeopardy if emergencies
Fogt said that there are other funds from which the city could
money, such as the water capacity fund.
Mastracchio said that
would only make the increase go down a small
amount and gave the example of
8.2 to 8.0 percent.
Gore noted that the EPA has reservoir loans for cities
non-recreational facilities. He said the money would be available
Mastracchio said he was not aware of the funding. City Engineer
Roush explained that the city's chances would be low to receive
"I've heard that so many d*** times it's driving me up the wall,"
said. "If we don't apply then how do we know?"
Roush explained that
they have tried to get funding from these resources
during planning for the
future Wastewater Reclamation Facility. That is
why they know the city does
not have a chance.
City finance director John Morehart also explained that
increases would naturally begin to decrease by 2010.
out the decrease only results in a lower increase, because
still be paying more than they are now.
Frigid weather brings frozen pipes
Plumbing, furnace experts offer tips to
avoid headaches in the home
By EMILY MASTERS
The recent cold weather has
kept area plumbers and furnace experts on
the move with house calls.
Titus of Printz Plumbing, Heating and Cooling said January was
normal, and the recent cold temperatures have gotten
February off to a hectic
"This cold snap we've experienced has pushed everybody over the
pipes and drains are freezing up and furnaces are running more,"
Titus has seen all types of situations the past few
"Yesterday I helped out some people who had gone without heat for
days," he said. "It was a family, with kids, and they were living in
room with a space heater."
Titus says he has taken several furnace
calls, but most calls have dealt
with plumbing issues.
"I took a call
today where there were some water lines in an attic that
froze and busted,"
he said. "The person lost some of their ceiling,
that's the problem, there
can be property damage in certain situations."
According to Titus, as
warmer temperatures move in after a cold spell,
more problems arise.
when the pipes are frozen and they begin to thaw out, then we
start to see
leaking," Titus said.
The Marysville City Water Department has also been busy
due to the cold weather.
According to Rob Thompson, water distribution
foreman, since Jan. 28,
there have been four water main breaks. Affected were
areas of East 9th
Street, West 8th Street, West 3rd Street, and 1st Street.
Thompson said there were four service line leaks.
ground freezes or thaws, there's some shifting going on," he said.
city crews are forced to shut off water mains, Thompson said it can
inconvenient for homeowners.
"Water can be off usually for about one to two
hours, and then we have
to issue boil alerts and get water samples as part of
EPA guidelines," he said.
The Ohio Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling
offers some plumbing tips for homeowners: Don't leave
attached to outdoor faucets; leave bathroom and kitchen cabinet
open so that heat can get to pipes; check to see that pipes are
insulated; keep your home's temperature at a constant 65 degrees;
extreme cold temperatures, allow a small trickle of warm water to
through the water lines to keep them from freezing.
PHCC advises that
if homeowners do experience frozen pipes, it's best to
turn off the water at
the main shut-off valve which is typically located
where the water line comes
into the house. Knowing where this shut-off
valve is located can minimize any
As for preventing furnace problems, Titus says it's all about
"The big thing I see is that people aren't religiously checking
filters, and when filters are plugged, your house won't heat
properly," he said.
He also advises checking furnace filters every 30 days
during the winter season.
"By checking the filter and replacing it, it
could save a call, and the
filters aren't expensive, you can buy them for
under a dollar," he said.
"It really is money well spent."
breaks tie in N.L. council president vote
By CORINNE BIX
Jason Keeran will
serve as the new village council president of North
Lewisburg after Mayor
Dick Willis settled a tie vote Tuesday night.
Last month, council members
submitted closed ballots after Steve Wilson
and Keeran were nominated for the
post. Wilson and Keeran received three
Steve Wilson had served
as council president since August 2004.
It was suggested in January that,
before attempting to settle the tie,
legal counsel be consulted.
First, village administrator, shared a letter from village
Davidson, which states that the mayor breaks tie votes.
In January, Willis
said this was the first time he remembered a tie vote
in the last 30
The village's application for a FEMA pre-disaster mitigation grant
$450,000 has been approved by the state and will go on to be
at the federal level.
If granted, the money will be used for a
multi-purpose building, which
would serve as an emergency operation center
for residents in northeast
Champaign County. The total cost of the project is
projected at $600,000.
In December, council passed a resolution which
requested an amendment be
made to the county all hazard mitigation plan. The
that a shelter or emergency operation center be
considered for North
Lewisburg in the case of a weather related or homeland
First explained that the building would also serve as
municipal building, freeing up the current municipal building for
Northeast Champaign County Fire District (NECCFD.)
For some time, the
fire district has wanted to expand its current
cramped quarters within the
municipal building. It currently rents space
from the village for $12,500
annually. The appraised value of the
building is $300,000.
money generated from rent or a sale of the building would
offset the local
commitment of $150,000 to fund the emergency operation
"Everyone wins if we are awarded the $450,000 grant," First
Council approved a newly amended ordinance relating to water and
rate changes to take effect within the next several months.
base rate for water and sewer will be $45 and include 3,000
gallons of water.
The next 3,000 gallons used will be charged $3.06 for
water and $5.68 for
sewer. Every 3,000 gallons after that will be
charged $3.85 for water and
$5.11 for sewer.
Council members tabled the ordinance last month after
Section II, which specifies a proposed 3 percent utility rate
should be removed from the ordinance.
Council passed similar
rate increases in 2004 and 2005 as part of a
long-term plan to increase
funding for the wastewater treatment plant
and to retire the debt.
January 2006 council tabled the motion given the planned change from
rate to metered water usage.
Tuesday night, council members agreed that a
proposed utility rate
increase should be put on the back burner until the
water meter system
has been in service for several months.
residents will receive preview bills based on their usage in
March and April.
Actual billing is scheduled to begin in May.
Equipment for the wastewater
plant project is currently being delivered
and the contractor will be
returning to continue the project within the
next several weeks.
start portions of the new plant by July," First said.
Council also learned
that the multi-use path should be completed by
April 1 and the water tower is
scheduled to be painted by mid-summer.
Council was told the new park restroom
project will go out to bid within
the next month. The restrooms will be paid
for with a $27,000 Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) and should be
completed by early summer.
First said the village is working with the Union
County Chamber of
Commerce to explore other uses for the covered bridge
located on the
It has been suggested that at some point
the bridge could be accessed
for events such as wedding ceremonies. In that
case, a bypass around the
bridge would need to be considered to accommodate
others using the path.
Fred Voltz, village resident, expressed concerns
in regard to snow
removal in the downtown area.
First explained that it is
the responsibility of the business owners to
remove snow and ice from the
sidewalk outside of their business.
The next regular council meeting will be
Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
In other news, council:
.Passed as an emergency
an ordinance which requires all motor
vehicles/trailers parked on streets or
alleyways to be removed
immediately for 48 hours after two inches or more of
snow has fallen so
as not to impede snow removal. First-time offenders will
warning, second time offenders may be cited and have their
towed at their expense.
.Received information about recent
changes to government employees that
handle public records. Those employees
will now be required to complete
three continuing education hours per year
through the State Auditor's office.
.Received information about reclaimed
wastewater, which if utilized
provides water for irrigation and industrial
purposes, hence conserving drinking water.
.Heard the monthly activity
report for the village for the month of
January: 11 traffic citations issued;
four warnings issued for traffic
violations; four incident reports; 22 cases
of assistance given to
citizens; one arrest made; six civil and criminal
papers served; 25
follow-up investigations completed; two open doors; one
juvenile contact; and one civic activity completed.
roads result in multitude of crashes
By RYAN HORNS
Heavy snowfall Tuesday
afternoon caused dozens of crashes on Union
dispatchers reported that the westbound lanes of U.S. 33
were closed down due
to snow covered lanes. Before the closure, traffic
in both directions was
reportedly at a crawl, as drivers tried to
negotiate the slick highway at a
The Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported
injury accidents and many more non-injury crashes since the
Post commander Rick Zwayer said that since Tuesday troopers
20 crashes, most of those caused by icy road conditions along
He said others took place outside of Union County.
that troopers will have "little tolerance" when it comes to
traffic laws with these road conditions.
"We're recommending these drivers
take extra time pre-trip to give
themselves adequate time so that they don't
feel rushed trying to get to
work," Zwayer said.
He said many drivers who
have crashed were simply going too fast.
Troopers will be handing out tickets
for failure to control, driving at
unsafe speeds and not wearing
"The thing is that although the roadway may look clear, because of
temperatures it is freezing back up pretty quickly," he said.
need to be cognizant of that."
He recommended that drivers take
note that speed limits posted on
roadways are not absolute, people should
drive slower when conditions are unsafe.
OSP dispatchers reported at press
time that troopers were busy
responding to four crashes that occurred between
7 a.m. and 9 a.m. in
the county. There were also "a lot of slide offs" from
slick roads. At
1:33 a.m. one person was injured in a crash on U.S. 33 in
Brittany Peterson, 23, of Kenton was headed eastbound when
control and went off the left side of the road, striking a
Peterson suffered minor injuries, but was not transported for
Passenger Andrea Cooksey, 24, of Zanesfield was not injured.
injury crash occurred Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. on Honda Parkway at
Driver Clifford Riley, 49, of Columbus, was headed west on
Honda Parkway when
he lost control and slid into the eastbound lanes,
striking head on a car
driven by James Carmen, 26, of Belle Center.
Riley was not injured in the
crash, but Carmen suffered minor visible
injuries and was transported by
Allen Township medics to Memorial
Hospital of Union County.
At 4 p.m.
Tuesday a three-car injury crash occurred on U.S. 33 just east
Township. Driver Steven Paluch, 24, of Dublin, was going
eastbound on U.S. 33
when the car slid out of control and sideswiped
driver Von Nouanesengsy, 44,
of Reynoldsburg, who was headed in the same
direction. Paluch's car then went
into the medium and onto the westbound
lanes, striking driver Brent Jeffers,
51, of West Liberty, who then went
off the right side of the road and struck
a fence. Jeffers was injured
in the crash and transported to Riverside
Methodist Hospital. The two
other drivers were not injured.
Police Department reported responding to 10 crashes
caused by icy conditions,
mostly along U.S. 33. Two of which were injury crashes.
Tuesday at 5:21 p.m. on Industrial Parkway. Driver
Elizabeth J. Martin, 29,
of 1300 Creekview Drive, went off the road and
struck a Dayton Power and
Light utility pole. She was injured and
transported by medics to Memorial
Hospital of Union County and was cited
for failure to control.
County Sheriff's Office reported no injury crashes, but
responded to 10 crashes between 1 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.
accidents were on U.S. 33, the others happening on Honda
Parkway and one at
Fire burns home
Frigid temperatures increase difficulty battling
From J-T staff reports:
Fighting fires in any weather can be a
challenging situation, but frigid
weather brings additional challenges, said
Marysville's fire chief.
"It definitely makes things a little trickier," said
Chief Gary Johnson.
"Whenever you're throwing water, it can freeze and create
a fall hazard."
Johnson said before responding to fires in cold
temperatures, such as
firefighters did Monday to a fire at the Marysville
Mobile Home Park,
firefighters have to think about several obstacles. Those
include hydrants and pumps freezing up, moisture freezing inside
firefighter's breathing apparatus, and firefighters getting too cold
to perspiring under their heavy coats.
Firefighters worked 1 1/2 hours
Monday to put out the fire. According to
Johnson, firefighters rescued a dog
and a cat and managed to save half
of the home owned by Charlene
The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) also responded to the
helping firefighters battle the cold, Johnson said.
their bus so the firefighters were able to go in for a
little bit and get
warmed up," he said.
Union Township, Jerome Township and Liberty Township
assisted at the scene. The fire remains under investigation.
County Red Cross is reportedly assisting the family with
Jerome Township trustees continue public hearings
Two public hearings were held Monday evening before a
scheduled meeting of the Jerome Township Trustees. Seven
residents were present for the hearings which involved zoning
The first hearing dealt with voting requirements. The recommendation
the Jerome Township Zoning Commission was to have three votes by
board of zoning appeals rather than four. The board of zoning
votes on variances and conditional use permits. The trustees
The second hearing focused on a new Jerome
Township zoning map. The
trustees decided they needed more time to review the
map, so they will
do that within the next 30 days.
Two additional public
hearings are scheduled for March 5 at 7 p.m. Both
involve zoning issues in
Trustee Andy Thomas offered price quotes for road repairs
township subdivisions. One area mentioned was New California
According to chairman Bob Merkle, the township can't afford hot mix
all of the roads that need attention, so the trustees will look
other treatment options.
The policy for renting the township hall was
modified. The trustees
decided the hall shouldn't be rented beyond six months
Anything already scheduled; however, will be
Solutions for mowing ditch banks in the township were discussed.
options included buying the equipment or contracting with the county.
action was taken last night.
The trustees did vote to buy four new
conference tables and eight new
chairs which could be used by the zoning
commission and trustees. The
approximate cost will be
Coleman's Crossing briefly left without power
From J-T staff
A power line mishap early this morning left sections of town
"We had a power line come down over on Watkins Road this
about 6 a.m.," Rick Shortell of Union Rural Electric
Because of that line going down, he said, it resulted in power
at Bridgewater Apartments, Watkins Glen Apartments, the
dealership, and businesses such as Home Deport, Wal-Mart
the Honda of Marysville dealership and more within the
Shortell said power finally came back on
for Coleman's Crossing
businesses at around 8 a.m. and crews were working to
get power back to
the remaining businesses by 9 a.m.
Freeze prompts schools to cancel classes
From staff and Associated Press
Temperatures near zero and whipping winds created a chill factor as
as 25 below, forcing school districts across Ohio, including those
the Union County area, to cancel classes today.
Village, and Fairbanks, North Union, Jonathan Alder,
and Triad Local Schools
canceled classes, as did St. John's and St. Paul Lutheran schools.
have skin that is exposed for 15 to 30 minutes, you're certainly
risk of getting frostbite," said Mike Dutter, a
meteorologist with the
National Weather Service in Cleveland. "The best
thing to do is if you have
to be outside today is to cover all
extremities and dress in layers. And
don't stay outside too long if you can help it."
Knowing the forecast
called for temperatures well below freezing with a
biting wind chill,
multiple school officials decided Sunday that
students should be off
"What everybody's concerned about is children standing outside,
for buses in a low wind chill factor," Bellevue City
Superintendent Stephen Schumm said.
"We have a lot of kids that
walk to school. We didn't think it was worth
the risk," Sandusky City Schools
Superintendent Bill Pahl said.
Not all children have warm coats and hats,
making it unsafe for them to
be outside, said Akron Superintendent Sylvester
Small, who hoped his
Sunday afternoon cancellation would give parents enough
time to arrange child care.
Principals and building support staff would be
at schools Monday morning
to assist any children whose parents bring them in
"There's always someone who drops off their kids at school,"
In addition to students, school district officials in Warren
northeast Ohio were worried about workers who have to warm up buses,
clear parking lots and sidewalks of snow, Superintendent Kathryn
Armed robbery reported
An armed robbery at a local
McDonalds did not result in any injuries
over the weekend.
Marysville Police reports, the McDonalds location in the
17000 block of Route
31 was robbed Sunday at 11:47 p.m. by a male
suspect dressed in black
Police reported that the man entered the restaurant and showed a
handgun to employees. He then took an undisclosed amount of
The male is described as being 5'5" with an average build.
restaurant was reportedly closed at the time and no one was injured.
Library's bear program in fifth year
By KARLYN BYERS
While some people
were getting excited Friday about the spring forecasts
of groundhogs Buckeye
Chuck and Punxsutawney Phil, Teddy bears were
invading the premises of the
Marysville Public Library.
This year marks the fifth year literacy partners
ABLE/Literacy United and the library have joined forces to
bears as a fundraiser for the library and Literacy
Bears were chosen for the fundraiser because they represent the
"Be Excited About Reading (BEAR)." Each bear is made by the
Post at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. Sponsors pay a $50 "foster
fee that covers the cost of the bear and the book on which each
character is based.
Each bear is then costumed by its sponsor to
represent the chosen
character. This year's theme is "It's a Winner!" and all
the bears will
be dressed as characters from award winning books. For
Rural Electric Cooperative's entry is based on the book "The
Bear," Marysville Schools on "Tops and Bottoms" and the Union
YMCA's on "The Snowy Day."
"It's incredible what some have done.
And the attention to detail!
You've just got to come and look them over,"
said Cheryl Hagerty,
Literacy United coordinator.
Hagerty has been
involved in adult literacy for almost three decades,
first in Delaware County
and since 1992 in Union County.
Fifteen bears are on display at the
Marysville Library with another
three bears to be displayed at the Richwood
Library beginning next week.
Marysville's display is located right inside
the rear library entrance,
according to Hagerty.
Library patrons can vote
for their favorite characters by dropping money
into marked containers under
each display. Votes will be computed on a
penny basis. For example, $1 will
count as 100 votes; 50 cents as 50 votes; etc.
The monetary donations will
be used to fund library projects, while
proceeds from a live auction will be
donated to adult literacy
activities through Literacy United.
last until March 2 at 5 p.m. The top five vote getters and
bears with gift
packages will be sold in a live auction March 5 from 6
to 8 p.m. at the
County Services Building, 940 London Ave. The remaining
bears will be sold in
a silent auction to be conducted the same night.
"Professor Sherman," an
entry from Connolly Construction based on the
book "The Twenty-One Balloons"
by William Pene Dubois, a Newbury Award
winner, is one of the entries
offering gift packages. Hagerty said the
professor entry comes with numerous
certificates to area restaurants.
This year, auction participants will be
able to cast absentee bids in
writing or through the Internet as long as bids
are cast by noon on Feb. 5.
Hagerty said this is to enable those who want
to purchase a bear but who
cannot attend the live auction to be able to
Additional information may be obtained by stopping by the
Public Library, 231 S. Plum St.; by calling 642-1876; or by
library's Web site at www.marysvillelib.org.
A list of this year's Literacy United program sponsors, their
characters and the book titles on which the characters are
.Marysville Public Library, Wilbur, "Charlotte's
.Union Rural Electric, no character listed, "The Biggest
.Community Action Organization, no character or book
.Fairbanks Local Schools, Monster, "Where the Wild Things
.Pat's Print Shop, no character listed, "The Polar Express"
Union Schools, no character listed, "Holes"
.Sixta Manufacturing, Joseph,
"Joseph Had a Little Overcoat"
.Marysville Exempted Village Schools, no
character listed, "Tops and Bottoms"
.Scioto Corporation, Cinderella,
"Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper"
.Time-Warner, Sarah, "Sarah Plain
.Union County Health Department, Officer Buckle, "Officer Buckle
.Connolly Construction, Professor Sherman, "The Twenty-One
.Union County Y, Peter, "The Snowy Day"
Bank, St. George, "St. George & The Dragon"
.A Book and Its Cover,
Ramona, "Ramona Quimby, Age 8"
.Union County Chamber of Commerce, Puss, "Puss
.Delaware County Bank, Rapunzel, "Rapunzel 1998"
Banker King-Thompson, Harry Potter, "Harry Potter and the
MDA fundraiser workers plan to 'lock up' community members
J-T staff reports:
Prominent Marysville citizens are being accused of "having
a big heart
for Jerry's kids" and are scheduled to be "arrested and serve
time" in a
mock jail at the Holiday Inn Express Tuesday, in an effort to
money for the local Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The MDA Lockup
is being held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Each participant will
be sentenced to
"raise bail" by calling friends and encouraging
contributions to advance
MDA's lifesaving programs. Several local
businesses are supporting the
community event, with "jailbird"
transportation provided by Elite Valet, mug
shot photos courtesy of MDA,
and jail house food provided by Kroger, Bob
Evans, Subway, Benny's
Pizza, Applebee's and Culligan Water. Raffle prizes
have been donated by
Marysville Golf Club and Timberview Golf Club,
More than 100 Marysville area executives and civic leaders are
to serve their sentences "behind bars," including the Rev. John Fair
St. John's Lutheran Church, Steve Stolte, Union County engineer;
Chandler, Ohio State University Extension; Dave Overfield,
Company; Bob Penzino, United Rotary Brush; Wayne Cooper, Elliot
Elliot; J.T. Williams, Kirk National Lease; Nichole Piper, Elks
Don Fraser, Cannizzaro Fraser & Bridges; Chuck Hawkins, Parker
Corp.; Dennis Dice, United Financial Services; Bonita Caldwell and
Coffey, Neff Company; and Laura Goodwin, Holiday Inn Express.
MDA is a
voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular
diseases. In addition
to funding research, MDA maintains some 230
clinics nationwide, including two
at The Ohio State University Medical
Center and one at Columbus Children's
Hospital, local support groups,
and a summer camp for kids with
muscle-wasting diseases at Recreation
Unlimited in Ashley.
MDA is the
first nonprofit recognized by the American Medical
Association with a
lifetime Achievement Award "for significant and
lasting contributions to the
health and welfare of humanity."
Those interested in participating in a MDA
Lockup, or who wish to
nominate someone to participate, may contact the local
MDA office at
BW3, Sonic coming to
New business roundup
By RYAN HORNS
Buffalo Wild Wings, more
commonly known as BW3, will be joining the
ranks of Marysville's growing list
of restaurants, it was announced this week.
Development Director Eric Phillips announced that
BW3 submitted its building
proposal for the Design Review Board,
scheduled to meet Feb.
Marysville city planner Greg DeLong said the business will be located
Coleman's Crossing Boulevard at the Wal-Mart Supercenter entrance, in
corner spot within the 12-unit strip mall area. The building design
expected to be similar to the BW3 located in Muirfield.
that four retail spaces remain open for future businesses
in the strip mall
area around BW3.
In other new businesses announced, Sonic Burger franchise
the company is geared toward opening a location in
reportedly making an offer on an undisclosed area of land. Sonic
begun advertising for possible store managers in town.
has been pinned down just yet," a Sonic Burger
representative - who asked to
not have his name printed - told the
Journal-Tribune. "Marysville is
definitely on our radar screen."
Phillips said that fans of the burger joint
may have Marysville city
councilman Mark Reams to thank, as the Reams family
its own letter campaign to get the fast food restaurant in
Developments such as Coleman's Crossing, Marysville's Uptown
City Gate, Mill Valley Shopping Center and more have been adding to
climate of growth and expectations in the city.
said business activity in Marysville has stepped up, compared
to two years
"Thing are moving quite quickly," he said.
As the east side of
Marysville develops, however, he said the city's
Uptown District will need to
remain vital. A downside to the steady east
side development is that business
could suffer in the Uptown area.
Uptown business owners have said that
customer traffic has slowed ever
since Coleman's Crossing developments opened
up and they worry about
being forced to sell.
"We're definitely concerned
about what happens to the Uptown area," Phillips said.
Marysville's Uptown Revitalization Team (URT) is looking into
business niches for the Uptown, such as antique stores and
coffee and deli
shops. Several projects may help that process along.
URT is committed to
encouraging people to visit Uptown shops. Union
County also will be opening
new offices within the former Helig Meyers
building, which eventually may
increase foot traffic downtown.
Phillips said the current Columbus Monthly
magazine also listed
Marysville's Doc Henderson as one of its top 11 new
Changes in the Uptown business climate include the
Lambert's Jewelers from North Main Street to the former Painted
house on East Fifth Street across from Doc Henderson's. He said that
jewelers have already opened for business. The former location is
empty and available for rent.
Jack hammers have also been hard at work
inside the former Steppin Out
bar, Phillips said. The work is being done by
Doc Henderson's owner Bob
Meeder, who is reportedly renovating the building
for a future retail facility.
Other changes include the opening of Dave's
Version (an Internet and
video gaming cafe), and the closure of Colonial
Regarding Coleman's Crossing, many business have
recently opened, such
as the Dollar Tree expected this weekend, Saturday's
Hair Salon and Papa
Murphy's take and bake pizza. Others such as Best Buy
will be opening
later in the year.
Phillips said the future of Petland in
Marysville could be up in the
air. He heard the business may have changed its
mind about coming to town.
Some residents have come to recent city council
meetings to protest
against Petland's alleged use of "puppy mills," as
reported in national headlines.
Construction continues for Best Buy, which
has a tentative opening date
of March 23. A future Office Max has also been
Located across from Coleman's Crossing, City Gate
Connolly reported that he is still involved in the process of
with prospective businesses for his project that broke ground on
13. Currently, the number of confirmed businesses remain: White
Walgreens, Delaware County Bank, Bob Evans, two medical office
and an unnamed hotel.
. Over at the Mill Valley Shopping
Center, located between the new
McDonald's and Woodside Veterinary on Route
21, seven units are
available for prospective business. After construction is
San Francisco Hofbrau restaurant has plans to locate there. It
reportedly a cafeteria-style restaurant and bar.
. In the area along
Delaware Avenue, Kentucky Fried Chicken/Long John
Silvers is expected to open
later this month.
. Aldi's has construction going on for a future
. Neal's Bridgestone/Firestone at 490 N. Main St. is
. The Movie Gallery on U.S. 36 east has been closed
and vacated by the owners.
Pastor to be honored at Four Chaplains ceremony
From J-T staff
He's known in the Marysville community for his efforts of
church congregations together in unity, and because of his work,
Rev. John "Jack" Groat will be recognized Sunday with the Legion
Honor Award of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains.
The award is given in
recognition of exceptional selfless service on the
part of an individual who
contributes to the well-being of his or her
community and to a spirit of
Groat has served the Marysville community for more
than 40 years. Before
his retirement in 1998, he served the First
congregation for 33 years. He started the Four Chaplains
which has become a fixture. Other community service projects
included: the Union County Honor Guard, participating in
funerals, and most recently, chairing the groundbreaking committee
the Union County Veterans Memorial.
The Rev. Dr. Scott Strohm will
present the award to Groat at a special
worship service, beginning at 10 a.m.
The church will also inaugurate a
Fervent Prayer Concern on behalf of our
The Chapel of Four Chaplains, a national non-profit organization,
founded upon the heroic acts of four Army Chaplains who, after
their life jackets to soldiers who had none, linked arms with
another and went down with the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, after it
torpedoed on Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II. The act is
due to the identity of the four young men: two Protestants, a
and a Jew. The Chapel of Four Chaplains serves the memory of these
and carries their message of interfaith cooperation and selfless
to every part of the country.
Richwood police chief retires
From J-T staff reports:
Richwood Mayor Bill
Nibert confirmed Wednesday that village police chief
Rick Asher has submitted
"Yes it's true," Nibert said Wednesday afternoon. "But I
notified council yet. He (Asher) just handed in his letter."
said Asher, 52, handed in his resignation on Monday with the
retiring from law enforcement.
Village council is scheduled to meet on Feb.
12. Nibert said at that
time, council members will discuss Asher's
resignation and what steps
they will take in filling the position.
mayor said the village will then begin advertising the open position
through a subsequent interview process in order to select the next
Asher said this morning that Feb. 9 will be his final day on the
"It's just time," Asher said.
He said the reason for his resignation
is a combination of wanting to
spend more time with his family and the need
to pursue a higher paying
career to fund his eventual retirement and future
"I'm just retiring from law enforcement," Asher explained.
reason is because of my wife's health."
He said his wife has
already retired from a career in nursing. After
leaving the Richwood Police
Department, he said, the two plan on going
into business together, expediting
deliveries similar to Federal
Express, but within a different
Asher has been a police officer since 1987 and became Richwood's
chief in 1990.
He briefly left that position in 1996 to go into
business for himself
and work part time as a dispatcher for the Union County
Office. He then returned as chief seven months later.
those years Asher said he also spent time working with the Plain
"I've enjoyed what I've been doing, or else I wouldn't have been
all this time," Asher said.
After he leaves, Asher said, the village
will need to hire an interim
chief until a permanent replacement is found.
Normally the sergeant at
the department would assume that
Marysville photographer has second book published
By EMILY MASTERS
He has stood in freezing waters, balanced himself
on make-shift boats
and climbed trees, all to capture the perfect shot. Now a
photographer's vision of a covered bridge book has become a
It's called Covered Bridges and is on bookstore shelves throughout
"It took me from the shores of Lake Erie, to the rolling hills
Southeast Ohio, to the banks of the Ohio River, and to the farmland
Northwest Ohio," said Bill Miller, photographer.
Miller, who lives in
Mill Valley, has been working on the book for more
than five years. The
project was put on hold when he was approached in
2000 by Ohio's Bicentennial
"They asked me if I'd serve as the official photographer for
bicentennial barn book," said Miller. "I thought the project
entail shooting about 20 barns; instead, they wanted all 88
photographed in each of Ohio's 88 counties," he laughed.
Bicentennial Barns ended up a top seller in the state in 2003,
next to Harry
Potter, said Miller. He has the same expectations for Covered Bridges.
will admit, I'm a perfectionist," he said. "I shoot all slide film
off of natural light, so a lot of the bridges in the book have
four to five times so I could get the right look."
Miller captured 170
covered bridges in Ohio, Kentucky, and West
Virginia, all of which are
featured in the book. He worked with covered
bridge historians, Miriam Wood
and David Simmons, to find the names,
locations, and history of all the
"I think the book's main objective is to identify and educate the
on yesterday's transportation method, the covered bridge," he
According to Miller, Ohio has the second largest number of
bridges in the United States, with 130 still standing. He said at
time Ohio had more than 2,000 dotting the landscape.
bridge was the link that connected passengers and traffic
from one end of the
stream to another," he said. "They were popping up everywhere."
County has four covered bridges which are featured. They include
Darby or Pottersburg covered bridge, which was recently moved
to a nearby
trail that connects Inskeep Cratty Road and the village of
the Spain Creek covered bridge on Inskeep Cratty Road;
the Culbertson or
Treacle Creek covered bridge on Winget Road; and the
Little Darby or Bigelow
covered bridge on Axe Handle Road.
Union County Engineer Steve Stolte is
mentioned in the book for his
efforts to renovate and preserve the
"The covered bridges are important because they are part of our
transportation system, and they represent a heritage of ours," he
According to Stolte, two new covered bridges are expected to
completed in May. The first will be built at the former sight of
Upper Darby or Pottersburg covered bridge on North Lewisburg Road,
the second will be constructed on Buck Run Road, where it crosses
Big Darby Creek.
Miller says he hopes the book will help promote
tourism in the state.
"There are a lot of people out there who will want to
visit the bridges
one by one, it gives them a chance to see Ohio's beauty
from the back
roads," he said.
A portion of the proceeds from the book
will be donated to the Ohio
Historic Bridge Association which works to
preserve all types of bridges
in the state.
Additional information on
purchasing a signed copy of the book may be
obtained by calling (740)
972-8728 or visiting www.woosterbook.com.
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