April 21, 2014

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Monroe County Health Department: Oil and Gas Drilling and Monitored Process to Protect Drinking Water
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:30 AM

Modern oil and gas drilling is a highly technical and closely monitored process with regulations in place to protect underground sources of drinking water during and after the drilling process.  The chance of ground water contamination is small but it is possible that groundwater quality can be impacted, especially near oil and gas well sites. Homeowners near such sites may want to consider drinking water testing for contaminants commonly associated with oil and gas drilling.

The Monroe County Health Department can offer these testing services. A registered sanitarian on staff will collect the sample on site using EPA approved protocols. Water sample results are usually available within two weeks after testing. Please call the Monroe County Health Department at (740) 472-1677 extension 206 for more information such as prices and scheduling.

 
Highnotes and Brushstrokes 4/17/14
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:30 AM

A variety of Spring events were discussed by Monroe Arts Council at the April meeting. The Monroe Artists are planning a first-ever Photography only show in May at the new Monroe Arts Center venue located at 118 S. Paul St. in Woodsfield. Photo entries accepted May 21 from 1-4 p.m. (must be 8x10 or larger, matted/framed). Any entries are accepted, however, the show theme is “Memories of Woodsfield.”

MC Players encourage actors of all ages to try out for a part in 2014 Summer Series. Three One-Act Plays will be performed June 20 and “State Fair” will be performed July 25. Auditions are April 25 and 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Monroe Arts Center. The Monroe Singers Concert will be May 3 and 4 at St. Paul’s church.

The Annual Art Show and Open house for the new Arts Center were a success. The 2014 Best of Show was called “Swim with Me” and was created by Mary Moore. Plans for a new arts gift shop, Creative Expressions were discussed.

 
Our Readers Write... In Support of State Issue
Written by Dale Dietrich   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:15 AM

Dear Editor:

The voters of Monroe County have the opportunity to continue to have the State of Ohio help with funding of local infrastructure within the county.  Issue I will be on the ballot and it allows the state to sell bonds to fund these projects.  Monroe County is in District projects ranging from road paving/water projects and sanitary sewer systems. This is the third time that this Issue has been on the ballot and the length of this Issue will be 10 years.

Over the past 28 years, Monroe County, has received 16.8 million in grants and loans to fund water systems, paving of village streets, township roads and county roads.  It has also helped to replace or furbish several county bridges and culverts, as well as repairing several slips in our townships.  

 
Our Readers Write... Enemies of Coal
Written by Robert E. Murray   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:14 AM

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

You gave $50,000,000.00 to the Sierra Club for their “Beyond Coal” campaign, which has the single purpose of terminating the use of coal in America.

As a result of these combined efforts, hundreds of thousands of coal mining jobs, and secondary jobs dependent on them, have now been eliminated in some of the most depressed areas of our Country.

Yesterday, you were quoted as saying that you give “a lot of money to the Sierra Club” to close coal-fired power plants, but you added that we have to “have some compassion to do it gently.”  If you said this, Mr.  Bloomberg, you are insincere, insulting and hypocritical!

 
Neighbor Helping Neighbor: The Gas Card Program
Written by Jondavid Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:11 AM

A diagnosis of cancer is perilous enough for most. However, when your closest treatment center is in Wheeling or Columbus, you start to sweat the details of travel and high gas costs in addition to everything your doctor told you.

In Monroe County you have a friend not available elsewhere - your neighbor. In 2010, a group of concerned neighbors formed to take some of the sting out of travel to and from the treatment centers.

 
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