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New Mural Marks Entrance of Veterans Services Office

Recently donated to the Monroe County Veterans Services office was a vinyl graphics mural installed at no cost by Cully's Custom Graphix and Devil Dog Tattoos of Eastern Ave., Woodsfield. The mural depicts emblems from all U.S. military branches as well as the POW/MIA emblem. Gary Lake, Director of the Veterans Services office contacted the business' owner David McMillan about creating something to mark the entrance into his office. After McMillan and Lake discussed all that was desired for the mural, McMillan revealed that he would do it at no cost. McMillan, who is a veteran of the United States Marines, said, “As a veteran, it's my pleasure to do this for this office. It's something I wanted to do, and as a business owner, I had the leeway to do it.” Lake expressed his gratitude on behalf of his office. The Monroe county Veterans Services office is located in the Monroe County Senior Citizens Center located on Home Ave., Woodsfield. Lake (left) and McMillan (right) are pictured in front of the new mural.

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EPA Report on Eisenbarth Well Pad Fire Released

Released last week was the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) report on the results of the accidental Eisenbarth well pad fire. The report reveals that several chemicals leaked into local streams during the fire and that a total of at least 14,500 aquatic animals were killed as a result.

At the time of the fire, over 16 different chemicals were staged on the well pad. Those materials listed in the report were: diesel fuel, hydraulic oil, motor oil, hydorcholoric acid, cesium-137 sources, hydrotreated light petroleum distillates, terpenes, terpenoids, isoproponal, ethylene glycol, paraffinic solvents, sodium persulfate, tributyl tetradecyl phosphonium chloride and “proprietary components.” Also stated in the report was, “As a result of fire-fighting efforts and flow back from the well head, significant quantities of water and unknown quantities of products on the well pad left the site and entered an unnamed tributary of Opossum Creek that ultimately discharges to the Ohio River.”

Water samples of the runoff found TPH, 2-butanone, acetone, benzene, tehylbenzene, xylenes, toluene, bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, phenanthrene, pyrene, phenol and clorides in the water.

On June 29, the day after the fire,  a fish kill was discovered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife in Opossum Creek and its unnamed tributary. Initial estimates from ODNR had the fish kill at around 70,000, a number that was frequently reported through various local media outlets.

In the days following June 30, a collection was made of the aquatic life that had been found dead in the creeks. By the end of the collection, 11,116 dead fish of 20 different species were found as well as 3,519 crustaceans, seven frogs and 20 salamanders. The collection of the dead wildlife ended on July 5. 

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Doan Ford Sponsors Barnesville Hospital Scramble Hole in One

Pictured, from left to right, in front of the prize vehicle are: Michael Carpenter, Barnesville Hospital Facilities Director; Patrick Dunster, M.D., Emergency Department Director; and Joe Miller, Doan Ford SalesFor the twelfth year in a row, Doan Ford will be sponsoring the “hole in one” prize for the Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary Golf Scramble.  Golfers will drive away in a 2014 Ford Fusion if they ace the Par 3 hole # 2 at Belmont Hills Country Club at this year’s event.

The 12th Annual Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary Golf Scramble will be held Monday, August 11th, 2014 at Belmont Hills Country Club. Lunch will begin at 11:00 am with a shotgun start at 12:30pm.

This golf scramble is held each year to serve as a community outreach event for the hospital and also serves as a fundraiser for the Auxiliary organization.  As a result of their fundraising efforts, the Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary recently made a lead donation of $250,000 to the hospital’s Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation project.  The Auxiliary is also instrumental in the purchase of medical equipment used in direct patient care at the hospital.

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Senior Nutrition Menu 8/4/14-8/8/14

The senior menu for the week of Aug 4- Aug 8

Mon. - Baked chicken with seasoning, parsley potatoes, California blend, vanilla wafers, pears.

Tue. - Pork loin with gravy, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce, brownie.

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State, Local Officials Meet With Firefighters to Discuss Eisenbarth Well Pad Fire

Several local and state officials convened to discuss the aftermath of the Eisenbarth well pad fire that took place near Hannibal on June 28. Pictured leading the discussion are, from left: Scott King, Ohio EMA liaison; Larry Flowers, State Fire Marshall; Dave Ivan, Director of Belmont County EMA; Phil Keevert, Director of Monroe County EMA; and Robin Groves, Monroe County Health Department Emergency Coordinator. The fire that took place on June 28 at the Eisenbarth well pad near Hannibal has gotten the attention of local, state and even national agencies. As the events of that day are sorted out, those agencies are looking for a way to learn from what took place. A meeting was held at the Clarington Fire Hall on Wed., July 23 between Statoil personnel, local volunteer fire responders, local government officials, State Representative Jack Cera, the Ohio Fire Marshall's office, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA), the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to discuss the events of the fire and what could be done better if such an event takes place again.

A general conversation was held about the initial events of the fire. Clarington VFD was the first on the scene with New Martinsville Fire Department and Woodsfield VFD responding shortly thereafter. Firemen initially started to extinguish the fire, but the situation soon deterred them from fighting the flames. Clarington VFD Fire Chief James Hunt painted a picture of the fire. He said, after initially responding, “The little explosions were getting bigger. They were starting to rock your feet a little bit.” Other firefighters who responded described a plume of black smoke extending 800 to 1,000 feet in the sky.

After the site was deemed safe, firemen were again able to work on extinguishing the fire. In the end, it took several hours to extinguish the blaze. Those who were on site noticed several issues that can be ironed out to aid first responders if similar incidents take place in the future.

Leading a discussion about those issues was Scott King, Director of OEMA. Several local firefighters told King that they were most concerned about the absence of the MSDS Sheets, a list that must be kept by drill pad operators citing the harmful chemicals present at the site. Statoil officials said the MSDS Sheet was posted in an office trailer that was too close to the fire to enter. State officials confirmed that statement.

OEMA officials asked if the MSDS Sheet can be housed somewhere more accessible. A Belmont County official in attendance said he had visited a well pad site in Belmont County, and they had the MSDS Sheet posted in the guard post at the entrance of the well pad as well as in other locations at the site. It was recommended that MSDS Sheet posting requirements be changed to avoid such as situation as in the Eisenbarth fire. 

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Beallsville Group Raises $5,900 For Veterans

The Beallsville Remembers All Who Gave poker run was held on July 25 and 26. More than 200 riders participated in the event, and a total of $5,900 was raised. Pictured setting up the American flags memorial in front of the Beallsville American Legion Post 768 are, from left, Rick Albus and Deb Wayne.  The 11th annual Beallsville Remembers All Who Gave poker run was held on Fri., July 25 and Sat., July 26. A total of 229 riders participated to raise around $5,900 for local veterans during the event.

“It works every year just because of the community. The community just gives and gives,” said event committee member Rick Albus. Albus said he had been on a recent trip across the country to California and back. He said he learned that “there's no place in this country like this community and its people.”

Albus is joined by Steve Seebach, Rob Adams, Deb Wayne and Nicole Kinney on a committee that organizes the event each year. Also playing a major role is the Beallsville American Legion Post 768 and the ladies’ auxiliary. 

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Antique Floors at Monroe County Courthouse to Have Sheen Restored

Pictured is a test section of floor that is cleaned and waxed. The line between clean and dirty can be seen.Monroe County Commissioners had a light agenda for their July 21 regular session meeting. A motion was passed by commissioners to contract with One Source Cleaning Services of Hopewell, OH to strip, clean and wax the floors in the courthouse. The first, second and third floor atriums will be part of the massive cleaning effort to render clean the now dingy looking antique tile floors. The total cost of the project will be $3,858. The work will be done at night to avoid interruption of county business.

Meeting with commissioners was Monroe County Treasurer Judy Gramlich. Gramlich sought permission to digitize a portion of records at the cost of $6,500. The tax duplicates from 1996 to 2012 will be digitized as part of the upcoming project. The company completing the task has also recently worked with the Recorder’s Office and the Probate Court. 

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AEP Ohio, Buckeye Power, Washington Electric Reach Agreement For Transmission Improvement

AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), Buckeye Power and Washington Electric Cooperative have reached an agreement to improve electric service reliability in the Marietta and surrounding area.

The Marietta Area Transmission Improvement Project will be an approximate $110 million investment by AEP Ohio Transmission Company in southeastern Ohio. The project includes replacing and upgrading aging electrical equipment in Marietta and parts of Washington, Monroe and Noble counties. Construction on the project is expected to begin this fall and continue through 2022.

“This investment demonstrates the long-term commitment of AEP Ohio in southeastern Ohio,” said Pablo Vegas, AEP Ohio President and Chief Operating Officer. “Upgrading our transmission system is essential to ensure that we will continue to provide reliable power to households, businesses and industries in our area – not just tomorrow but far into the future.”

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Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen to Celebrate 75 Years

The Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, (S&D) a nationally known historic preservation and magazine publishing organization will be celebrating its 75th anniversary.  To celebrate the historic organization’s milestone, several events will be held during the September 12 and 13 weekend for its members in Marietta and Clarington, Ohio.

Members and guests of S&D will attend a Friday evening social at the Ohio River Museum and tour the recently returned and renovated W.P. Snyder, Jr. steam towboat – the last of its kind in the United States.  Guests will have a chance to board the vessel during the event and take in the latest exhibit to be installed in the museum featuring an extensive collection of photographs by famed photographer Thornton Barrett.

On Saturday afternoon, the Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington will host the organization’s members and invited guests at a catered white tent luncheon overlooking the Ohio River at the home of Sonja Taylor and Lou Lemmon. Clarington has deep roots within the organization as the hometown of its main founders, including J. Mack Gamble, Elizabeth Litton, and Robert Thomas.  Guests will be bused by motor coach from the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta to the venue.  Prior to the luncheon, a tour of the river museum and Hannibal Locks and Dam will be enjoyed. 

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Barnesville Livestock 7/19/14 Results

July 19  Total Head 171

Cattle 115 hd.; fats 0 hd.;  cows 30 hd; good $95-120; medium $75-94.75; thin $74.75 & down; baby calves 2 hd BH $50; WT $270; cow/calf pairs (1) BH $1150; bred cows (3) BH $ 1075-1470; bulls (6) hd WT $87.50-1365.

Feeders steers/bulls 53 hd.; med. 1 & 2  200-299 (5) $240-290; 300-399 (5) $226-260; 400-499 (7) $235-262.50; 500-599 (8) $175-237.50; 600-699 (7) $175-220; 700-799 (5) $188-200; 800-up (7) $123-152.; Holsteins (9) $67-140

Feeders med 1 & 2 heifers 18 hd; 200-299 (4) $172.50-245; 300-399 (3) $207.50-245;  400-499 (2) $110-155; 500-599 (3) $160-230; 600-699 (2) $142-175; 700-799 (3) $130-175; 800-up (1) $130.

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