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Senior Nutrition Menu 8/25/14-8/29/14

The senior menu for the week of Aug 25 - Aug 29

Mon. - Baked liver with onions, hash brown potato, country green beans, orange juice, gingersnaps.

Tue. - Spinach salad with egg, onion, and cheese, tomato soup, grapes, crackers.

Wed. - Swiss steak with tomato and onion, cheddar mashed potatoes, buttered beets, fruit cocktail, pudding.

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It's Fair Time in Monroe County!

The annual Monroe County Fair kicked off in Woodsfield on Monday, Aug. 18 with the Junior Fair Parade and the crowning of the royalty. Crowned Jr. Fair Queen was Ciara Smith, Daughter of Randy and Connie Smith of Lewisville. Crowned Jr. Fair King was Corey Charlton-Harriman, son of Walter Scott and Brandy Harriman of Caldwell. Crowned Jr. Fair Princess was Katelyn Huck, daughter of Chris and Christina Huck of Lewisville. Several events were set for the rest of the week, including a performance by Katie Ohh on Tuesday night, the truck and tractor pulls on Friday night, and the demolition derby on Saturday night. Pictured, above left, is Leah Hutchison leading her goat Rosie(dressed in jean overalls) through the parade. Watching her friend (right) is Allie Isaly. Pictured, above right, are Jr. Fair royalty finalists and past winners. From left, are: 2013 Jr. Fair Princess Zady Postle, 2014 princess second runner-up Cheyenne Wilson, 2014 princess first runner-up Korah Anderson, 2014 Jr. Fair Princess Katelyn Huck, 2013 Mr. Fair Prince Dustin Landefeld, 2014 Jr. Fair King Corey Charlton-Harriman, 2012 Jr. Fair Queen Kaitlin Clark, 2014 Jr. Fair Queen Ciara Smith, 2014 queen first runner-up Kyndra Earley, and 2014 queen second runner-up Caitlyne Arden.

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Former Ormet Plant Given New Name By New Owner: "Center Port Terminal"

Pictured in front of the newly named Center Port Terminal are Hannibal Development Partners employee (and Monroe County native) Bob Cox and Hannibal Development Partners President Eric Spirtas.A painting, left behind by Ormet management, hangs in the main office of Hannibal Development Partners, LLC. It proclaims a Chinese proverb, "A great river runs through here." While the proverb may state the obvious - the Ohio River runs along the former Ormet facility now owned by Niagara Worldwide LLC sister company Hannibal Development Partners [HDP] - it also states the value of the facility, which is at the center of a diverse transportation network and in the midst of one of the biggest modern American industrial booms. With those characteristics in mind, new owner HDP has placed upon the facility the moniker "Center Port Terminal."

The aluminum mill may again see potlines producing the metal, or it may not. Regardless, the endlessly optimistic president of HDP,  Eric Spirtas, is near certain that jobs will once again be provided at the facility. Spirtas said that whenever his company purchases a property, it looks for a common ground with the community. "Today, here and now it's jobs," said Spirtas of the common ground he has found in Monroe County.

At this point, HDP is marketing the facility to a diverse group of companies in various industries. The company is open to different offers and different plans for the facility. "If an opportunity presents itself with one user or 21, we have the construction knowledge, financial capital, human capability and the foresight to see how best to put the pieces together and create a viable economic hub," said Spirtas.

According to Spirtas, interest is already piqued in the facility. When asked the question, through a fishing analogy about how much interest there is, Spirtas answered, "We have nibbles, bites and people whose mouths are watering. We're dealing with a 1,700 acre industrial complex with 2.5 million square feet under roof, 12 miles of rail for use, a barge siting and mooring that can accommodate 50 barges and unfettered highway access. Those factors combine with what's happening in this region with the shale exploration, permitting and processing, and we have a great opportunity to centralize activity for that industry." 

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County Resident Elected President of State-Wide Political Group

Taylor MyersTaylor Myers, a 2011 graduate of Beallsville High School and a current Marietta College senior,  has worked his way up the ladder in a prominent collegiate organization. The end result is that he now reigns as president of the College Democrats of Ohio, an organization chartered through the Ohio Democratic Party and the College Democrats of America. The group has 30 chapters around the state, including many in large state colleges.

“I'm pretty excited to represent the people of Southeast Ohio and show people we're just as important as Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland,” said Myers, who is the first president from both Monroe County and Marietta College.

Taylor is a History major at Marietta College and also plans to earn a minor in Political Science and a certificate of Leadership. He is the student body president at Marietta College, the outgoing president of the local chapter of College Democrats of Ohio, a member of Circle K International (the college version of Kiwanis), a community advisor on campus, a writer for the school newspaper The Marcolian, and the founder of the Pioneer Pride spirit club which created the college's first mascot. Despite all he has accomplished, Taylor's crowning achievement is his new position as president of the College Democrats of Ohio.

He began his climb as president of the local chapter, a group at Marietta College that had only six members. “Under my leadership, we were able to become the largest chapter in the state,” said Myers. The Marietta College chapter has now grown to 42 members strong.

Myers said part of the reason why he sought the state-wide position was to help the entire organization grow like it has in Marietta. “I'm trying to take that model [established locally] and apply it everywhere,” Myers said.

“It's an interesting balance between being a club and being political,” Myers explained about the organization. “You have to have that fun aspect or you won't get members. We want to support candidates, but we're still 19, 20, 21 year olds.”

While much of the activities of the local chapter revolve around having fun amongst like-minded people, they do play important roles in political races. Myers said a big responsibility is canvassing and phone banking for candidates. “We're often the boots on the ground,” he explained. 

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New Water Fund Established

The Woodsfield Village Council met on Aug. 4 for its regular session meeting and Aug. 11 for a special session meeting. During the Aug. 4 meeting, an attempt was made to pass a motion to create a new Water Filtration Fund in the water department. With only four council members present for the vote and a “No” vote by Councilman Bill Moore, the motion failed.

On Aug. 11, with five council members present, a vote was taken upon the measure again and passed unanimously. Established via an emergency basis was Ordinance 1171-2014.

The new ordinance will create a Water Filtration Fund that will be funded by taking $1,250 from monthly water utility revenue. The Water Capital Improvement and Emergency Fund will continue to be funded by 10% of revenues plus 25 cents per each 1,000 gallons of usage. The General Fund will continue to receive 3% of all water utility revenues. 

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Modern Home and Hardware Give-A-Way

Modern Home and Hardware recently held a big sales event at its store in Woodsfield. As part of the sales festivities, two give-a-ways were planned. Winning the drawing for a Toshiba LED TV was customer Jennifer Henthorn. Customer Michael Frohnapfel was the winner of a Frigidaire chest freezer. Modern Home and Hardware will hold its next big sales event on Sept. 13 during its annual hog roast and pie bake-off.

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Commissioners Meet With MCCC Representatives, Discuss New Jail

Concerns over the loan payment schedule on money advanced to the Monroe County Care Center [MCCC] were alleviated during the Aug. 11 regular session meeting of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners. The situation was addressed by Greg Johnson, accountant of MCCC managing group Progressive Health Care Systems, via contact made with the Ohio Auditor’s office.

Previously, Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart had raised concerns over $350,000 advanced to MCCC in two installments in 2013 and 2014.  During the July 7 commissioners’ meeting, Neuhart reported that, based on information received from representatives from the Ohio Auditor’s office who were present in the county at the time, it was her belief that the money advanced in 2013 should have been already paid back and that the money advanced in 2014 was due soon. At the time, Johnson said he would confirm this information with the Ohio Auditor’s office.

During the Aug. 11 meeting, Johnson reported that he had spoken with the Ohio Auditor’s office and all was well with the current situation. He was told that there are three options in the circumstances: 1. The advancement could be considered a permanent transfer that would not have to be paid back but could be paid back at a later time with the approval of the Court of Common Pleas, 2. The advancement could be considered a long-term advance and would have to be paid back in a period of roughly five years, or 3. The advancement would be considered a short-term advance and would be required to be paid back within one year.

The indication Johnson received from his contact was that the advance could be considered long-term. With that in mind, Johnson presented commissioners with a memorandum of understanding that stated the cash advance will be paid back over the next five to seven years beginning in October of this year.

Auditor Neuhart, who was present for the meeting, apologized for the her previous assertions about the payment schedule. She said she was misinformed by those she spoke to from the Ohio Auditor’s Office. Johnson reported that his contact also apologized for any misinformation that may have been supplied by the office to Auditor Neuhart.

In other news, commissioners met with Jack Rosati Jr. of the Bricker and Eckler law firm to further discuss the possibilities to build a new county jail. Rosati reported to commissioners the options they have to structure the construction project if the county moves forward with it. 

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Muskingum Livestock 8/6/14 Results

August 06  Total Head 1259

Fed cattle 142; choice steers $160-175; good steers $159 & down; holstein steers $142.50-152.50; choice heifers $156-168; good heifers $155 & down;  182 commercial cows  $100-150; canners and cutters $99 & down; 40 butcher bulls $102-154; bred cows & C/C pairs: 11 cows & cow/calf pair BH $925-2200; feeder cattle 741; stocker steer & bull calves $200-335; stocker steer yearlings $150-232.50; holstein stocker steers $138-171.75;    stocker heifer calves $180-280; stocker heifer yearlings $115-221; calves 16; baby calves $365 & down; hogs  72; best barrows and gilts $88; heavier and lighter weights $74-85; sows $50-92; boars $25-76; feeder pigs by weight $84-131.

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Ohio Hills Health Services Celebrates National Health Center Week of Aug. 10-16

Ohio Hills Health Services will be celebrating National Health Center Week, August 10 – 16, 2014.  This weeklong campaign will raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Community Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.

Serving Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey and Harrison counties with excellence in comprehensive health care since 1976,  Ohio Hills Health Services  include:  Barnesville Family Health Center located at 101 East Main Street, Barnesville, OH  43713; Freeport Family Health Center/Freeport Family Health Center Dental Program located at 110 West Main Street, Freeport, OH  43973; Quaker City Family Health Center located at 119 West Main Street, Quaker City, OH  43773 and Monroe Family Health Center located at 37984 Airport Road, Woodsfield, OH  43793.

Community Health Centers have been in existence for nearly 50 years and have compiled a significant record of success by:

Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest

and most challenged communities.

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Barnesville Livestock 8/9/14 Results

August 09

Total Head 237 Cattle 140 hd.; fats 0 hd.;  cows 22 hd; good $100-120; medium $80-99.75; thin $79.75 & down; baby calves 9 hd BH $10; WT $205-315; cow/calf pairs (2) BH $1010-1425; bred cows (2) BH $1000-1210; bulls (9) hd WT $71-130.25.

Feeders steers/bulls 48 hd.; med. 1 & 2  200-299 (8) $200-320; 300-399 (11) $150-305; 400-499 (7) $180-255; 500-599 (10) $180-249; 600-699 (5) $180-222.50; 700-799 (3) $170-220; 800-up (0) $n/a.; Holsteins (4) $85-120

Feeders med 1 & 2 heifers 48 hd; 200-299 (6) $190-250; 300-399 (11) $120-235;  400-499 (12) $125-229; 500-599 (8) $80-232.50; 600-699 (8) $160-186; 700-799 (0) $n/a; 800-up (3) $150-160.

Lambs 58 hd  20-50 (1) $137.50; 51-70 (0) $n/a; 71-90 (23) $139-157.50; 91-110 (2) $152.50-162.50; 111 & up (2) $90-147.50.

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