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Monroe Manor Unit Goes Smoke Free; Health Department Warns of Dangers of Secondhand Smoke PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:31 PM

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. 

ODNR Report: Several Bobcat Sightings Reported in County PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:29 PM


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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:31 PM
Automobile Crash Fatality Reported July 22 Near Clarington PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:28 PM

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.

What is P.E.R.I. All About? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:18 PM

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.

Muskingum Livestock 7/31/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:17 PM

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.

Barnesville Livestock 7/26/14 Results PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:16 PM

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.

New Mural Marks Entrance of Veterans Services Office PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:02 PM

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:15 PM
EPA Report on Eisenbarth Well Pad Fire Released PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:58 PM

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. 

Doan Ford Sponsors Barnesville Hospital Scramble Hole in One PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:55 PM

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 Sales For 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.

Senior Nutrition Menu 8/4/14-8/8/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:23 PM

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.