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OSU Extension: Preparing for Emergencies
Written by Kristen Corry   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:47 PM

Keep yourself and your family safe by thinking ahead and being prepared for the worst– it could help you save lives! Severe storms, including lightning, strong winds, large hail, or possibly flooding could put you in danger or leave you and your family without basic needs.

Prepare ahead of time by having an emergency plan in place. Know where family members will meet and who and how you will contact one another if you are separated.

If you are away from home, be prepared for alternate routes in case of high water or downed trees or power lines. Know of places where you can take shelter if you are outdoors. 

Our Readers Write... Clarington Festival
Written by Cindy Knecht   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:45 AM

Dear Editor,

I was disappointed to see the lack of participation by the Clarington Volunteer Fire Department in this year’s Sunfish Creek Festival. Having grown up in the village, I remember a time when the VFD sponsored a multi-day carnival, parade, bingo, and had a food concession. I realize that the population has dwindled, businesses have left town, and volunteers may not be as eager as they once were to be involved in community activities. All the more reason, I say, to support what little does go on in town.

Happy Birthday Woodsfield: A Poem
Written by Dorothy Ricer   
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:24 AM

Two hundred years is a very long time

when you’re looking ahead for time spent

but when looking back it’s just a bumpin the road

and you wonder just where the years went

In 1813 or somewhere there

about Mr. Woods pictured a town

He needed some help so he offered the men

a keg of brandy to help clear the land

I’ll bet the chips flew and the axes flashed

as they bent to the labor at hand.

Indians and wars and the selling of slaves

are all part of Woodsfields’ past

population grew and the economy rose with

coal, oil and natural gas.

I’m sure you’ve read all the articles on how

this town was to grow

so I won’t dwell on the obvious

and tell more about that you already know.

Everyday Leadership 7/10/14
Written by R. Glenn Ray, Ph.D   
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:07 AM | Updated ( Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:09 AM )


In 1978, I was a foreman at Y & O Coal Mine east of Beallsville.  One Sunday afternoon, I was relaxing with my family when the phone rang.  I heard an excited, scared voice on the other end of the line.  "Glenn," he said, “A rooming section is riding.  I'm trying to get anybody I can to set up the cribbing."

"I'll be there in a half an hour,” I said with fear sequentially rippling the hairs on the back of my neck.  A ride occurs when the pressure of the mine top supersedes the roof supports that had been installed.  A ride creates an effect similar to a string of falling dominoes.  You can hear a ride moving down an entry - bang, bang, bang, bang - as the top hits the bottom finally releasing the pressure.  It is life threatening to miners and can cover up hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment.

I headed to the mine with visual imagery of what awaited me.  When I arrived, I quickly dressed and headed for the elevator.  The doors opened and I grabbed the first trolley jeep I found and headed for the rooming section.  Once on the section I saw the direction of the activity.  One miner was operating a buggy filled with 5x7 timbers.  Other men were scampering toward the direction of the danger.  I got the attention of one of the miners and hollered, “How bad is it?”  “It looks pretty bad to me," he responded. " I don’t think we’re gonna save it.”

Highnotes and Brushstrokes 7/3/14
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:16 PM

Monroe County has a vibrant community of working artists who believe that the arts enrich lives and are a vital part of community life. The new “Creative Expressions” Gift Shop is now open at the Monroe Arts Center located at 118 S. Paul St.in Woodsfield. Many talented local artisans have items for sale at the shop open Thurs. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment.

The Bicentennial art contest sponsored by The Monroe Chamber of Commerce will be featured at the Center in July. The theme was a commemoration of Woodsfield’s 200th birthday and its founder, Archibald Woods. Juniors and seniors from River and Monroe Central High Schools provided 44 entries judged on artistic and historic elements. First prize was awarded to Rachel Westfall.

The Monroe Artists’ exhibit “Windows on Woodsfield” will be on display in July as part of the Bicentennial activities. This exhibit features views and vignettes in the village framed in unique window settings.