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Senior Nutrition Menu 8/11/14-8/15/14

The senior menu for the week of Aug 11 - Aug 15

Mon. - Meatloaf, baked potato, brussel sprouts, banana, dinner roll.

Tue. - Soup and Salad bar.

Wed. - Chicken with alfredo sauce, linguini noodles, broccoli, cucumber/onions, fruit cocktail.

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SR 800 Bridge Replacement

Who says progress doesn’t happen fast? In these aerial photos provided by local pilot Brian Jackson, the SR 800 bridge replacement project is pictured. The first picture is from the beginning of Jackson’s flight. Notice that nothing spanned the gap. The second photo was taken as Jackson returned to the airport. In that short amount of time, a structure with guard rails was installed. The bridge replacement project, located on SR 800 3.5 miles south of the intersection with SR 255, is in full swing as crews work to replace a bridge with a box culvert. Contracted for the project is Ohio-West Virginia Excavating who was awarded the $404,495 contract. The estimated time of reopening is August 10, 2014.

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Brick Project Continues to Honor Veterans After Undergoing Improvements

Today almost 1,000 bricks honor those veterans and active duty personnel who have ties to Monroe County. Shown is Johnny Denbow of Lewisville who purchased bricks for family members, seven of those Civil War veterans. Denbow is holding a graphite drawing of his great-great-great-grandfather, John Denbow, who was a prisoner of war at the Civil War’s infamous Andersonville, Georgia prison camp. Johnny is a Vietnam veteran and is also represented on one of the bricks.“We are so pleased that the Monroe County Commissioners decided to proceed with the concrete project in front of the courthouse,” said Martha Ackerman, chairman of the Monroe County Veterans Memorial Committee. “With adding our dollars to the large project, it enabled us to repair the brick pad which holds the cannon and war memorials. Prior to the commissioners’ project, we had tried in vain for months to find someone who could repair the damaged pad. Thank goodness we couldn’t find anyone because it would all have been for naught since the pad had to be reduced for safety reasons. The bricklayer who works for Bud’s Inc., the contractor who did the project, worked with us and we are very pleased with the outcome. Loose bricks were mortared in, bricks were cut to make a more attractive base for the memorials and bricks were reset,” added Ackerman.

The original project was the fulfillment of a dream of Carolyn Williams, who was a new resident to Monroe County. Carolyn, who grew up in a military family, was the force behind the brick project and memorials that honor the veterans of Monroe County and those who have ties to the county. She had no real ties to this county but she did have a great love for her country and its veterans. She wanted to honor these men and women who served the United States of America in all branches of service.

Carolyn had a small committee, the Monroe County War Memorial Committee, consisting of her husband True, Marty Eckelberry, Roger and Toni Elliott, Gary and Janet Holland, Tracey Craig, Bob and Esther Edington. Through her leadership, Carolyn and her committee organized different fundraisers, along with selling bricks honoring veterans and active duty soldiers. The Veterans’ Walkway, located in front of the courthouse, became a reality. The two newer memorials beside the World War I and II memorials, honoring  Monroe County’s soldiers killed in action during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, along with the Korean Honor Roll inside the Courthouse were dedicated May 30, 2004. Several years later, after much research with the help of then local historian Mark Haselberger, an honor roll of Civil War veterans was also added in front of the courthouse. “All these projects came to fruition because one patriotic woman wanted to honor our veterans,” said Ackerman.

Carolyn and her committee also duplicated the Monroe County flag. The first Monroe County Flag was commissioned in early 1986 when the design of the late Dennis Sawyers was chosen in a Monroe County Beacon sponsored design-the-flag contest. Previous attempts at duplicating the Monroe County flag went by the wayside because of the expense. The pennant shape and the number of colors in the design made the flags costly. But when Carl Day, a soldier who has Monroe County ties, requested a Monroe County flag to take with him on his tour to Iraq, the organization decided to have the flag duplicated so Monroe County soldiers who would like to take a piece of the county with them into combat could do just that.

Also during that time the committee, through Pat’s Gift Shoppe, ordered the Cat’s Meow depicting the Monroe County War Memorial. This also became a fundraiser for the committee to help offset the cost of the flags.

Carolyn Williams left her legacy to Monroe County veterans and active duty personnel. The force behind the ongoing project passed away in 2007. Her husband continued the project but unfortunately, through an embezzlement scandal, it was going by the wayside. That’s when then Beacon employee Martha Ackerman decided to take over the reigns as committee chairman. Due to the circumstances, the original committee dwindled with only a few members left but all were dedicated to continuing Carolyn’s project.

“Of course, I sucked my husband Fred into the project,” said Ackerman. “He has been able to lay the bricks which have been ordered since 2010 when the committee name was changed to the Monroe County Veterans Memorial Committee. I couldn’t do this without him.” Other members of the committee are Roger and Toni Elliott, Gary and Janet Holland.

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Ormet Officially Done in Hannibal as Niagara Worldwide Takes Over

Niagara Worldwide officially took ownership of the former Ormet Corp. aluminum reduction plant in Hannibal on Thurs., July 31. The changeover marks the end of Ormet Corp., its longtime status as a top Monroe County employer, and the jobs of the handful of employees that had made it through all layoffs.

Niagara Worldwide purchased the Ormet Corp. facility in Hannibal on June 27 for the amount of $25.25 million. The sale was later approved by bankruptcy court.

Through a release submitted to PRWeb, Niagara Worldwide has stated efforts to promote the facility to aluminum manufacturers. Following are two excerpts from that release:

“We are talking to the World,” says Eric J Spirtas, President of both Niagara Worldwide (site developer) and Hannibal Development Partners (the new site owner). “In an effort to determine global interest in this specialized facility, we are communicating with every aluminum related business group worldwide to share with them what sets here in Hannibal.”

Spirtas also mentioned a possibly larger site opportunity unrelated to the aluminum market. “We are in negotiations with three very large oil and gas service providers that work hand-in-hand with the oil drilling, gas processing and fuel transportation markets now imbedded in this region due to the Utica and Marcellus shale exploration.” If this effort works for the site there could be multiple uses for the 12 miles of rail, 50 barge docking port and pneumatic loading and unloading systems at the site.

To view the PRWeb release in its entirety, go to: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12068210.htm

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Monroe Manor Unit Goes Smoke Free; Health Department Warns of Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Pictured celebrating a smoke free unit at Monroe Manor is site manager Jode Lude (left) and Carol Hehr of the Monroe County Health Department. Monroe County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Grant, funded through the Ohio Department of Health, has been working with managers and owners of multi-unit houses to implement a policy to provide smoke free housing to their residents. The policy may be for one or all of the buildings in the complex.

Program director Carol Hehr has been working with RLJ Management Company to adopt a smoke free policy at Monroe Manor. RLJ completed a total renovation of Monroe Manor in the fall of 2013 and after the renovations, adopted a smoke free policy for one of their buildings. Tenants now have the chance to live in a smoke free environment and have commented on how much they appreciate the managements’ decision.

Monroe Manor is the first apartment complex to adopt a smoke free policy in Monroe County, and Hehr will be working again with Monroe Manor and other multi-unit complexes in the county to provide information on smoke free policies.

Jodee Lude, Site Manager at Monroe Manor, already knows her property will benefit from the smoke free policy. “It’s amazing, and you don’t realize until you get into a renovation the damage smoke actually causes to a unit,” Lude said.

A sign was installed at the building Monroe Manor has designated smoke free. It was provided by the Ohio Department of Health.

To date, forty-seven properties in Ohio have gone smoke free, a trend that seems to be growing throughout Ohio.

The Monroe County Health Department has the following message about secondhand smoke and the importance of facilities going smoke free:

Everyone knows that smoking is harmful, but what many people do not realize is that secondhand smoke can also be extremely harmful to the health of non-smokers as well. Most exposure to secondhand smoke occurs in the home and workplace and can cause many long-lasting and debilitating illnesses or make breathing problems worse, especially in infants, children and older persons. 

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ODNR Report: Several Bobcat Sightings Reported in County

 

A bobcat is pictured in a reader-submitted trail came photo.Anyone who lives in rural Monroe County knows that bobcats are now plentiful in the area. Motorists constantly see them crossing the road ahead of them, and hunters catch them frequently on trail cams. A recent report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife verifies that Monroe County is near the epicenter of the Ohio bobcat population.

According to the Division of Wildlife report, issued on July 23, there were 200 verified sightings of bobcats in Ohio in 2013. Verified sightings consist of photos or videos of bobcats that were submitted to ODNR, observed road kills, reports to ODNR of incidentally trapped animals, and sightings by qualified personnel.

Although the verified sightings took place in 36 Ohio counties, neighboring county Noble had the most with 32. The report said Guernsey, Belmont, Monroe, Washington, Morgan and Muskingum counties combined for 106 sightings but did not break down the figure per county.

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Automobile Crash Fatality Reported July 22 Near Clarington

The St. Clairsville Highway Patrol Post is investigating a one vehicle fatal crash that took place on Tues., July 22. The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m. on Dry Ridge Road (TR 198) near Clarington.

Perishing in the crash was Louis Gugliemetti, 58, of Oakmont, PA. According to the report, Gugliemetti was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The vehicle was northbound on TR 198, traveled off the left side of the road and traveled 132 feet over the embankment, rolling several times and ejecting the driver. The crash remains under investigation.

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What is P.E.R.I. All About?

Pictured are the officers of the Monroe County P.E.R.I. group. From left to right are: Becky McGee, Kitty Kahrigs, Eleanor Leeper and Esther McIntire. P.E.R.I. is an organization made of anyone who is receiving a Public Employees Retirement System check when they retire from their employment. The State organization is made up of local chapters from each county.

What does the State organization do? It is a group of retired employees with an Administrator, Legislative Counsel, Officers and an eleven member District Representatives board. This group watches for any legislation that comes before the Ohio General Assembly that might affect our retirement benefits.

If you are a member of the local chapter you will learn about any legislation that is presented to the Ohio General Assembly as well as many other issues and can learn how it may affect your pension. Each Chapter has a District Representative who is on the State P.E.R.I. Board and they attend our chapter meetings and explains in detail any bills.

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Muskingum Livestock 7/31/14

July 23  Total Head 844

Fed cattle 162; choice steers $159-175; good steers $158 & down; holstein steers $118.50-146; choice heifers $156-172.50; good heifers $155 & down;  137 commercial cows  $98-140; canners and cutters $97 & down; 30 butcher bulls $110-153; bred cows & C/C pairs: 9 cows & cow/calf pair BH $1410-1750; feeder cattle 385; stocker steer & bull calves $160-315; stocker steer yearlings $115-241; holstein stocker steers $119-145;    stocker heifer calves $120-315; stocker heifer yearlings $122-224; calves 12; baby calves $350 & down; hogs  52; best barrows and gilts $94; heavier and lighter weights $81-90; sows $75-86; boars $30-34; feeder pigs by weight $80-125.

Fat cattle load averages: 8 sthf 1343 lb. $170.67; 6 sthf  1171 lb. $165.07; 5 sthf 1243 lb. $163.93; 3 sthf 1243 lb. $163.65; 7 sthf 1312 lb. $163.06; 14 hf 1171 lb. $162.33.

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Barnesville Livestock 7/26/14 Results

July 26  Total Head 290

Cattle 114 hd.; fats 0 hd.;  cows 29 hd; good $95-124.50; medium $75-94.75; thin $74.75 & down; baby calves 9 hd BH $40-280; WT $75-200; cow/calf pairs (2) BH $1425; bred cows (0) BH n/a; bulls (5) hd WT $110.50-129.50.

Feeders steers/bulls 50 hd.; med. 1 & 2  200-299 (5) $270-305; 300-399 (7) $212-265; 400-499 (9) $190-265; 500-599 (8) $190-275; 600-699 (9) $165-230; 700-799 (5) $120-215; 800-up (4) $161-167.; Holsteins (3) $88-109

Feeders med 1 & 2 heifers 18 hd; 200-299 (0) n/a; 300-399 (3) $110-210;  400-499 (5) $210-240; 500-599 (4) $205-220; 600-699 (2) $202.50-215; 700-799 (3) $132.50-187.50; 800-up (1) $125.

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