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Planning commission decision not to annex is commendable

It was refreshing to read of the Planning Commission’s recommendation to reject annexation of a portion of the 200 acres belonging to Mr. Won Bong Cha along Township Road 179. I can only hope the council members will pay heed to this as well.

Township Road 179 is a heavily traveled road due to its connection from county roads 10 and 29 as well as State Route 540. The nearness of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and the medical offices on Sloan Boulevard also make this road appealing. Unfortunately, there are no speed limit signs on this road from Sloan Blvd. to County Road 10 and the contours of the road make it difficult to see oncoming traffic and dangerous for those who jog.

In 2013 the city of Bellefontaine paved the section of 179 between Whispering Pines and White Pines and also corrected a drainage issue that was caused by Mr. Cha’s previous backhoe work. Improvements by Jefferson Township are lacking.

If this area were to be annexed there would need to be traffic studies conducted to ensure safety and control of access to the developing property. Also, this would increase fire and police coverage and response time, leaving other areas vulnerable. Council and citizens should take into consideration the infrastructure of the city and continue improving those instead of developing further away from the center point.

Finally, while I find Mr. Cha’s desire to supplement an orphanage in  his native country of North Korea commendable, as Americans we must remember this is a country of oppression. This is a country that imprisons Americans and does not advocate contact with the rest of the world. The question becomes apparent: Will the revenue from Mr. Cha’s development actually go to an orphanage or will the monies be subject to confiscation by the government of North Korea?

John A. Stockdale Jr.
Bellefontaine

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014

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Resources available about Shawnee development proposal

With all development projects there are rumors and false information. The great thing about the Eastern Shawnee resort project is that there are many independent resources to make an informed decision.

There are numerous videos on YouTube about the Eastern Shawnee Tribe and Chief Glenna Wallace. A good resource on law is American Indians And The Law, by N. Bruce Duthu, Penguin Press. The Native North American Almanac provides information on all the tribes. It is published by Gale Group. There is the native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, Colo. 80302

Souring Eagle Resort in Michigan is very similar to the one planned here. Contact the chamber of commerce and public officials at Mount Pleasant for their opinion.

Many Web sites and videos are available on all issues. My facebook page is public and has some of these resources.

Mike Grundish
Russells Point

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014

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Champaign County Commisioners should support Buckeye Wind Project

This letter is to encourage the Champaign County Commissioners to support the Buckeye Wind projects and to grant the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program. Over one million dollars would be generated for our county, townships and schools annually.

In these lean times and seasons of state fund cuts, our schools could really use this revenue. Close to a half million dollars annually would come to Triad Local School alone, not affecting the funding from the state.

Commissioners, we need  your support.

Wind energy is clean, renewable and affordable. The EPA is mandating more restrictions and harsh guidelines for fossil fuel generated power plants, driving the cost of electricity higher. We need to be focused on our future. We need to be prepared for the changes. We need to explore, embrace and build cleaner, renewable and more cost efficient sources of electricity.

This is our, your, chance to make the future a better place for all of us. Please support the Buckeye Wind projects and the PILOT program.

Tammy Bullard, sec.
OPSEA Local 693
Cable, Ohio

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014

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Veterans get much deserved recognition

Tuesday, Nov. 11, I had the privilege of attending a Veteran’s Day Service at Benjamin Logan High School with my father.

We were greeted by students, served a delicious breakfast, the choir sang, the band played, Logan County Honor Guard taught how to properly fold the American flag, all followed by a moving speech by Marine Staff Sgt. Dony Storey.

I am so grateful to see patriotism being taught to our students.

Thank you to the staff and students of Benjamin Logan for a special service.

Luann Culp
West Mansfield

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014

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Farmers are special — neighbors helping neighbors

The Nevin Smith family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of help in harvesting the soybeans in Harrison and Bloomfield townships. We thank all the neighbors, friends and businesses that made this such a great day to remember.

Special thanks to David Jackson who arranged the help in Harrison Township and to Dale Knief who contacted help in Bloomfield Township. The reporter for the Examiner did not visit the farm in Bloomfield Township and we would like to recognize the people there who were not mentioned in the recent article.

We thank Baumbauer Fertilizer and Seed, Jill Smith from Farm Bureau and Mr. Funderburg for pictures, Farm Credit for food and the following farmers for use of their equipment:

Wildermuth family, Clayton family, Hoffman family, Kinney family, Stokes family, Copeland family and Tim Davis family.

When we include the Staley, McPherson, Jacksons, Crockett, Hough and Winner families more than 25 families were involved.

It is a blessing to have this kind of support at this time in our lives.

Peggy Smith
Bellefontaine

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014

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Blessed to witness the miracle of recovery

I have been counseling people with addiction issues for many years. I frequently am asked how I can do this type of work — isn’t it frustrating, difficult, heart-breaking ...? My response is always some variation of how privileged and blessed I am to witness the miracle of recovery. The people I have met through my work are some of the best people I know. They courageously face their addictions head on and acknowledge their shortcomings. They pick up and examine the pieces of their broken lives, leave behind those pieces that did not serve them well, remold the pieces that have substance while developing additional ones with which to shape a new life. They lift their heads and face the (sometimes not very forgiving) world again. They strive for improvement daily. And along the way, they share their strength, experience, and hope with others in similar situations. 

As a new addictions counselor 27 years ago, I remember the first time I attended an open 12-step meeting. It was the most amazing sense of love and unconditional acceptance that I have ever experienced. I encourage all I meet who are struggling with addiction to find their way to those rooms.

As we look back on September’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month, Consolidated Care, Inc. congratulates and honors those hundreds of folks in Logan, Champaign, and surrounding counties who are doing this hard work of recovery; those who have been sober more than 50 years, those who have been sober one hour, and all of those in between.

Jan Rhoades
Clinical Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Services
Consolidated Care, Inc.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014

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Reflecting on my time at Bellefontaine High School

Accepting the position of business teacher and head basketball coach in May 1966, was one of the highlights of my coaching career.

Mr. Miller was the H.S. Principal and he was popular with the teachers and the students. He accepted a similar position with the Lexington schools near Mansfield after two years. Harold Johnson, an assistant principal at Sidney H.S. replaced Miller. His arrival met with resistance from many of the staff as he spent most of the school day in his office. He was friendly with me as he was a former Hoosier and really liked discussing basketball. I felt like he was getting a bum rap from the staff, so during one of our visits I encouraged him to mingle with students during changing of classes and at times visit the teachers’ lounge and socialize. Not that I want to take credit, but Johnson was a good guy and I was pleased that he had given himself that opportunity and he gained a lot of respect from the staff and was often seen laughing and joking with both students and teachers.

In 1966 BHS was located in the “old building.” The gym was a real home court advantage and two players that carried the load were Don Epps and Jimmy Dearwester. We ran a lot of High Pick and Roll Plays and Jimmy was a pin-point passer as he hit Don 2-3 steps from the basket for an easy lay-up. Epps was a high percentage shooter from the free throw area. However, the most pure shooter from 15-18 feet was Jimmy. He was the most accurate scorer from that area I ever coached.

One of the most remarkable men I have ever met was Mr. H.A. Dodd, my first year at BHS. He was an administrative assistant and would retire in May ’67. After our first two games, I was walking out of my classroom and he approached me with his hand out and as we shook hands, he paid me a compliment that I’ll never forget. He said, “I really enjoy watching your team play as they are well-schooled in offensive fundamentals and play tough defense.”

During the next several years I would take Coach Dodd on Tuesday scouting trips usually to Urbana or Sidney. Once he got seated in my car, coach would begin reminiscing about former games and players of years’ past. One athlete that he often spoke of was Kelly Dearwester. He said Kelly was the hardest hitter he ever saw — H.S., college or pro. He said he was so burly, so strong, that he punished the opposing backs.

I wish time and space would allow to mention all the athletes I had the pleasure of coaching at BHS. However, to mention just a few and what I recall: Jesse Williams (greatest athlete I ever coached), Gail Clark (aggressive tough competitor and outstanding rebounder and shutdown a lot of opposing big men), Jeff Cole (as shooting guard made game-winning shots in several games), Steve Donahue (outstanding quick jumped and controlled defensive boards), Pat Ellis (smooth left-handed shooter with a soft touch), Dick Heath (most intense, competitive player who loved playing defense), Bryan Davis (quick hands, quick feet and really developed into outstanding floor general), Roger Dearwester (played with a lot of pressure living up to the Dearwester name, but was an emotional leader and scoring and rebounding were strong). The Roberts brother — Greg, Doug, Randy and Biff were three sport athletes and gave 100 percent in all three sports.

After several attempts to get Tony Vance to join the team and with no results, I asked him for his shoe size and I went to the sporting goods store. When I handed him the shoes in homeroom, he finally gave in and joined the team. He rarely started but came off the bench and gave the team a big lift. Stanley Hunt was fun to coach. He sparked the team and was a real winner. Jim and John Brown were another brother combination that developed into good players and played on one of the last teams I coached at BHS. Chuck Patterson had the misfortune of breaking a bone in his foot and missed most of his senior year. He was loyal to  his team and came to every practice and game. Joe Vicario was an English teacher and also kept the scorebook for all the games. He rode the bus with the team and was typical of the staff at BHS as they would always be there to help the kids. Two of Bellefontaine’s finest were Anderson and Kellogg, city police officers who made sure our students were safe. On snowy winter nights they often stopped to take kids home.

I recall walking the stairs to the Examiner’s office and Gene Maine would be finishing the game story. The typewriter would be printing out all major details and after a few questions directed to me, Gene would work those into the game story. He and Byron Scott were real pros and Gene’s writing skills made for fantastic reading on Saturday for all of Bellefontaine.

My family often talks about how much they enjoyed living in Bellefontaine. The three oldest, Kathy, Jane and Michael, were in grade school and in the summer they would walk to the swimming pool and on rainy days off to the movie theatre. It was a small town in many ways a nice safe place to raise kids and outstanding school system.

Moving to Elyria was a tremendous adjustment. And my coaching has taken me to a lot of interesting places — Southern Illinois University, Saint Louis University, Canton and from 1989-93 coached pro basketball in Ireland.

I always look forward to visiting with former students and athletes at one of my favorite towns — Bellefontaine.

Mike Riley,
Massillon

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014

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Signs damage public trees

As the 2014 “Garage Sale” season winds down, the Bellefontaine Shade Tree Commission has recently been made aware of garage sale signs being screwed, stapled or nailed to city boulevard trees. Per the City Tree Ordinance 907.06(a) unless specifically authorized by the Director of Service and Safety, no person shall intentionally damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any public tree; or attach any rope, wire, advertising poster or other contrivance to any public tree; allow any gaseous, liquid or solid substance which is harmful to such trees to come in contact with them; or set fire or permit any fire to burn when such a fire or the heat thereof will injure any portion of any tree.

Our urban tree canopy is a precious resource to be respected and cared for. Initiating any damage to a tree provides potential entry to the tree for disease and rot. It is also very costly to replace any trees that die or become safety hazards due to such damage. The Tree Commission is asking residents, who wish to post garage sale signs, to do so by attaching them to a small stake/post or wire sign hanger pushed into the ground. Future incidents, of any signs attached to trees, may result in a fine being assessed to the owner.

Shelley Moore

Bellefontaine

City Tree Commission Volunteer

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014

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