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OSU Extension: Your Child's Educational Future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristen Corry   
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:08 AM

Whether your child is planning to attend college, receive technical training or join the military, find out how their school can help. College is still a good investment– over their lifetimes workers with a bachelor’s degree earn over one million dollars more than those with only a high school degree. If students do not plan on earning a four-year degree, they still need to be thinking about what skills they have and which ones they will need to develop. In 2012, 60% of students who concentrated their studies in Career-Tech continued their education after graduation.

5 Questions Parents Should Ask Their School:

1.    What kind of Career-Technical (CTE) programs are available? Career-Tech courses are available in every school district. Students can earn credit that leads to an associate or bachelor’s degree or a postsecondary certificate.

2.    Does the school offer programs for job shadowing, volunteering, mentoring or internships? Time spent in the field is a valuable learning experience that allows youth to consider whether or not a job is a good fit and develop critical workforce skills.

Exploring Your Heritage 9/11/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen Romick, Monroe Chapter OGS   
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:07 AM


Sometimes in genealogy, we cannot locate that one record that will confirm the relationship between our ancestors. In those situations, we have to build a theory and use other records to support our theory. This is such a case:

My great-great-grandfather Samuel Hayes was born about 1836. Census records vary on his birthplace, which is common in census records. Ages also fluctuate, as people either hid their age or really did not know their exact age.

Family members said that Samuel and William Hays were brothers. A biography of William Hays in a Pleasants County, West Virginia history identified William's parents as James and Susanna (Williams) Hays.  It stated that James was a Blackhawk Indian War veteran. William fought in the Civil War and it noted that he had several uncles and cousins who served.

James and Susanna Hays are listed in the 1850 census of Perry Township in Monroe County. James is 50 years old, born Virginia. His wife Susanna is 35 born Pennsylvania. Their children and their ages are Samuel 14, Isaac 12, Sarah 9, Phebe 5, William 3, and Francis 3 months.

James and Susanna and family do not appear in the 1840 nor the 1860 census of Monroe County. This is when we have to expand our search into other areas. In 1840, there is a James Hayes household in Tyler County, (West) Virginia. (1850 was the first year the government recorded names and ages of each individual in the household. Before that, people were listed in age groupings and only the head of household was named. Consequently, we can only look at the ages of the people in the home.) They would appear to fit, as there is a male born 1800-1810, two boys born between 1830-1835 and the other born between 1835-1840. There is one female born between 1810-1820.

Last Updated on Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:08 AM
Our Readers Write... Geese Problem PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Barnhart   
Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:51 AM

Dear Editor,

What would we think if people let their animals defecate on our public parks, beaches and even on our personal and private lands regularly without cleaning up after them?  I’m pretty certain I know your answer. Then why are we expected to tolerate the Canadian Geese doing just that?

Years ago, my son, who was in the high school band, came home almost in tears complaining about the goose dung that regularly littered the practice field they exercised upon. At that time, like many, I was enamored with the grace and beauty of these creatures; however, since then, I’ve been forced to experience the filth of these vermin and it is not a pleasant experience. And, our youth are still expected to wallow in this mess as these wretched invaders quickly move in and take over most athletic fields and playgrounds.

Monroe County Veterans Services Information 8/28/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Lake, Veterans Service Officer   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:31 AM

This month’s article is designed to help you understand what pension benefits are now available to service connected veterans, disabled wartime veterans who are unemployable or over 65 years old, and widows of wartime veterans.  Our office has been able to assist numerous veterans and widows apply for benefits so far this year.  It concerns me that so many veterans are not aware or receiving benefits that they have earned.  If you are a veteran and have not visited our office and been briefed on your entitlements I encourage you stop in at your convenience.  Our office will advise each veteran or dependent of eligibility to benefits.  We can assist you in making an application to the VA for any entitlements.

Service-Connected Disability Compensation: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Compensation is a program that pays monthly benefits to veterans who are disabled as the result of injury or disease incurred in or aggravated during military service, in the line of duty.  Monetary benefits are authorized based upon the severity of the disability.

Veterans who are currently receiving service-connected disability compensation are entitled to make application for an increase if their current disability has worsened.  Also in many cases secondary disabilities are recognized as a direct result of a service connected disability.  It is possible that disability ratings can be reduced if it is found by medical evidence that your disability has gotten better.  Statutory protections exist if the disability has improved.  In order to apply for an increase, it is necessary that the veteran show medical proof of a worsened condition.

Those veterans who have service-connected disabilities evaluated at 30% or more are entitled to additional VA benefits and allowances for dependents.  Additional amounts are also payable for a spouse who is in need of the aid and attendance of another person.

NOTE:  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced effective September 23, 2008 that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease as a service-connected condition.  Also as of November 1, 2010 the following three conditions have been added to the list of service-connected disabilities based on their presumed exposure to Agent Orange:  B Cell (hairy cell) Leukemia, Parkinson Disease, and Ischemic Heart Disease.  

OSU Extension: Safe Canning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristen Corry   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:51 AM

Current USDA recommendations for safely canning foods at home have been determined by following approved methods and tested recipes. One of the most commonly-canned foods is tomatoes. Today these versatile and high-yielding vegetables come in many varieties with varying acidic levels. Therefore, it is recommended that you acidify tomato products when canning in a water bath. Citric acid, lemon juice, or vinegar helps obtain required pH (acid levels). Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling with the product. Add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid per quart of tomatoes. For pints, use 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice or 1/4 teaspoon citric acid. Four tablespoons of 5% vinegar per quart can also be used instead of lemon juice or citric acid but may cause undesirable flavor changes. You may choose to add sugar to offset any acidic taste, if desired.

The USDA recommends only using tested recipes to ensure your family’s safety. However, some safe variations can be made. You may:

Change the amount of salt, except for pickles. Salt is used as a flavoring agent, so it can be added or reduced as preferred. However, when pickling, salt acts as a preservative and adds crispness.