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THE DAILY JEFFERSONIAN

Kerrigan builds himself the ‘Caddy of Kayaks’ stitched — for more than 120 hours — until May yielded a finished craft 17 feet long. Tapered on the ends, it measures just 23 inches wide at its broadest section, “the cockpit.” Examine the kayak with the chemist’s talent and you will discover fiberglass cloth and an epoxy and flour mixture. But the material that gives it its beauty and makes it resemble a piece of fine furniture is the wood — okoume ply-

JOHN LOWE

THE DAILY JEFFERSONIAN NEW CONCORD — The measure of expertise, by some accounts, may be found in the comparative ease with which a reputed expert handles his field. By that measure, Professor Bil Kerrigan’s expertise with the kayak became apparent as soon as he dipped a paddle into the New Concord Reservoir recently. Evidence of another of Kerrigan’s skills — a budding PROF, from page A-1 skill — could be seen on the history. (He teaches American History and serves as the chairman lake that day: Woodworking. of the history department at Muskingum College.) For the boat he paddled was Interestingly enough, Kerrigan has learned that he can satisfy no ordinary kayak. both of those interests — appreciating nature and discovering hisTo anyone with an appreciatory — right here in Guernsey County at Salt Fork Lake. tion for woodwork, “Salt Fork Lake is a jewel and an under-appreciated jewel with Kerrigan’s kayak looks like all of those fingers of shallow water.” piece — a large piece — of Aside from the Massachusetts coast, he favors Salt Fork Lake furniture. over other kayaking venues. As one admirer said, it’s the He prefers it partly because the lake seems to encourage a slowCadillac of Kayaks. er pace. Kerrigan made it himself. “I’m a big advocate of human powered recreation,” he said, Beginning in February, he “boating, running, biking. stitched and glued, glued and

wood. Okoume, a hardwood tree in equatorial West Africa, impresses no one with its strength or resistance to rot. But it is comparatively light and it does create a stir with a color reminiscent of mahogany. The epoxy and fiberglass compensate for its drawbacks. Despite the boat’s aesthetic appeal, Kerrigan insisted that he has and will continue to treat it

like a kayak and not furniture. In fact, he has delayed the final step in the construction of the kayak — sanding and varnishing — until the paddling season ends with the advent of winter. Kerrigan’s initial motivation for building a kayak sprung from something more practical than aesthetics: The wallet. A sea kayak, ready-made, costs from $2,000 to $3,000. For less than half of that amount, Kerrigan was able to find a kit for $800 that came “I saw a bumper sticker once that read, ‘Power your boat with with all of the materials needed to construct the boat — except carbohydrates, not hydrocarbons.’ for basic woodworking tools, “That sums up my philosophy.” clamps and yogurt cups. By exploring the lake at a slower pace, one can notice things go “When I found the kit, I unobserved by powerboats. thought, ‘This is the way to go.’ “You’ll be paddling along and notice a Norway spruce. If you I didn’t think I would enjoy check it out, you almost always find the [remnants of] a house building it. I just saw it as a foundation.” means to getting a boat.” And there’s serenity to be found in a kayak at Salt Fork. He now admits he was wrong. “In the morning, you might see a deer swim across the lake in “It’s a very rewarding process front of you. to see a box of wood and cloth “At night, you’ll see beavers and herons and osprey. If you get slowly take the shape of a boat. too close to their nests, they will dive at you.” It was pretty amazing.”

Muskingum’s Bil Kerrigan: The paddling professor

Antrim Firemen’s Festival images

JOURNAL Guernsey County Sheroff’s Office

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The Antrim Firemen's Festival parade moves out Friday evening on U.S. 22. It included princes and princesses. Leah Welch/ The Jeffersonian

The Piedmont Fire Team sponsored fire safety with Smokey Bear during the Firemen's Festival in Antrim. Inside the suit was Rick Bear, who waved to parade-goers.

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Little Luke Wood and his sister Micah watch the Antrim Firemen's Parade along Route 22 Friday evening. This was Luke's second year coming to the parade.

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Winner of the Antrim Firemen’s Festival baby contest was Gracie Marie Shipe, daughter of Jesse and Kevin Shipe, Pennyroyal Road. Gracie Marie brought in $681.22. Proceeds from the baby contest totaled $1,293.14.

Getting ready for the Antrim Firemen’s Festival parade, Jenna Paige Paden and her grandfather, Don Paden, are seated atop a four-wheeler. Jenna received runner up in the 2006 Antrim baby contest.

Calls Friday: 6:58 p.m., motorist requested assistance from the highway patrol; Cambridge post notified. 6:47 p.m., squad needed for a 4-year-old girl having a seizure; Cumberland EMS dispatched. 5:19 p.m., squad requested at a Maple Street home in Pleasant City; United dispatched. 2 p.m., Swank Lane resident reported her husband was assaulted by a neighbor using a hammer. The victim declined medical treatment. 10:47 a.m., squad requested for a possible stroke victim at a Birmingham Road residence; Antrim EMS dispatched. 9:46 a.m., squad needed for a possible heart attack victim at a Grapevine Road home; Antrim EMS notified.

Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office

Calls Friday: 1:47 a.m., well-being check requested for an infant whose mother was allegedly intoxicated at a Shenandoah Drive home. The child was being watched by a neighbor. 1:08 a.m., domestic dispute reported at a Pleasant City residence. Calls Thursday: 10:09 p.m., Pioneer Road woman reported her father struck her mouth. 9:42 p.m., Shenandoah Drive woman said her boyfriend threw a beer can at her and threw her belongings outside the home. 8:40 p.m., Southgate Parkway medical center reported a man there made threats of suicide then left. The man’s mother said he was fine. 8:05 p.m., screaming and yelling reported at a Pleasant

City home. Noon, woman requested assistance in retrieving her child from the father on Little Indian Road. No one was home. 9:48 a.m., man said logging company workers ventured onto his Cadiz Road property. 9:48 a.m., Richland Township trustee reported construction company employees drove a bulldozer over new asphalt on Richport Road. Deputy found no damage.

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Call Saturday: 5:48 a.m., a vehicle driven by James D. Beckner, 43, Cumberland, was traveling south on Route 821 when it struck a tree lying on the roadway. No injuries were reported. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Call Friday: 2:40 p.m., cited Lori J. Cercone, 30, Dover, for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead after a vehicle she was driving on the ramp from Interstate 77 to Interstate 70 westbound struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Heather C. McKay, 22, Cambridge, which was slowing down for traffic. No injuries were reported. Both vehicles sustained light damage. Call Thursday: 5:50 p.m., a vehicle operated by Kimberly Jarvis, 20, Cambridge, was traveling north on I-77 when it went off the right side of the road and struck several trees before overturning. Jarvis, as well as passengers Kali L. Rubush, 13, Cambridge, and Michelle Dickson, 39, Cambridge, were transported by United Ambulance to Southeastern Med with nonincapacitating injuries. The vehicle sustained heavy damage.

JOURNAL Cambridge Police Department report Calls Friday: 11:34 a.m., report of a white truck pulling a trailer striking caller’s vehicle on North 11th Street and then failing to stop at the scene. 11:16 a.m., caller reported her fiance’s mother is harassing her while both at home and at work. 10:53 a.m., auto accident reported on Southgate Parkway. 10:41 a.m., officer dispatched to stand by at a Water Street home while an employee of a city business recovered property owned by the business. 10:05 a.m., employee at a North 11th Street store reported an item purchased with a fraudulent check was sold at a Southgate Parkway pawn shop. 7:02 a.m., officer requested to check a South Ninth Street residence for a possible intruder. 1:10 a.m., two women argued regarding residence at a Beatty Avenue home. Calls Thursday: 11:59 p.m., charged Joshua Willey, 24, New Concord, with falsification and driving while under FRA, 12-point and fee required suspensions. 11:28 p.m., fight reported upon at a Highland Avenue business. 5:56 p.m., open door discovered at a North 10th Street home. 3:38 p.m., served Helen M. Langdon, 25, Cambridge, with a bench warrant for failure to con-

trol. 12:13 p.m., cell phone reported missing from a room at a Southgate Parkway business. 8:46 a.m., officers found a deceased woman during a well being check at a North Sixth Street home. 8:20 a.m., damage reported to two vehicles at a business near Columbia Court. Calls Wednesday: 7:02 p.m. vehicle driven by Martha J. Miller, 41, Cambridge, failed to stop at a stop sign and entered an intersection at a Southgate Parkway business, colliding with a vehicle driven by Mose M. Gingerich, 32, Lore City. The Miller vehicle sustained moderate damage, while the Gingerich vehicle sustained light damage. 12:37 a.m., woman entering a vehicle owned by Coleen Larrick of Cambridge was inured when it was struck by a vehicle driven by Mark S. Delik, 27, Cambridge, while parked on Wheeling Avenue. The woman was injured and transported to Southeastern Med. Both vehicles received light damage. Delik was cited for failure to control.

check requested at a Wall Avenue home.

Guernsey County emergency 911 Calls Saturday: 11:37 a.m., report of a car on fire on Lofland Road; Liberty VFD dispatched. 8:34 a.m., squad needed for a possible heart attack victim at a Greendale Road home; United and Byesville VFD dispatched. 1:57 a.m., squad needed for a woman suffering from complications following surgery; Cumberland EMS dispatched. 12:32 a.m., auto accident involving a deer reported on Route 313; United Ambulance, Senecaville VFD and State Highway Patrol dispatched. Calls Friday: 6:58 p.m., motorist requested assistance from the highway patrol; Cambridge post notified. 6:47 p.m., squad needed for a 4-year-old girl having a seizure; Cumberland EMS dispatched. 5:19 p.m., squad requested at a Maple Street home in Pleasant

City; United dispatched. 2 p.m., Swank Lane resident reported her husband was assaulted by a neighbor using a hammer. The victim declined medical treatment. 10:47 a.m., squad requested for a possible stroke victim at a Birmingham Road residence; Antrim EMS dispatched. 9:46 a.m., squad needed for a possible heart attack victim at a Grapevine Road home; Antrim EMS notified.

Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office Calls Saturday: 11:31 a.m., auto accident reported on private property at a U.S. 22 location. 11:28 a.m., well being check requested for a man at a High Hill Road home after a recent separation from his wife. 8:47 a.m., auto accident reported on I-77; Liberty VFD dispatched to assist United Ambulance. 8:32 a.m., report of cows loose on Glenn Highway.

Cambridge Fire Department report Call Saturday: 7:25 a.m., neighbor reported a fire at an occupied Gaston Avenue home. Upon arrival, no fire was found by firefighters. Call Thursday: 5:37 p.m., carbon monoxide

2:28 a.m., Eighth Street Road resident reported she was assaulted by her husband. The caller later said she was okay and declined to file charges. 2:17 a.m., caller reported he was assaulted by a male subject on Meadowbrook Drive. 1:30 a.m., woman reported her 14-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by a friend’s father. At an undisclosed time, deputy served Jason Bates, 28, Buffalo, with a warrant for aggravated possession of drugs. Calls Friday: 11:45 p.m., complaint filed regarding noise from a large party on Shenandoah Drive. 9:05 p.m., squad needed for an individual suffering from an anxiety attack at a U.S. 22 facility; Antrim EMS dispatched. 7:35 p.m., dispute reported at a Smith Avenue home in Quaker City. 6:30 p.m., caller requested someone check a man observed sleeping under a bridge outside Byesville; village police noti-

fied. 5:35 p.m., deputy requested to check a possible intoxicated woman in a black dress standing outside a cemetery on U.S. 40. 2:45 p.m., deputy dispatched to check an area on Old Glory Road for a man wanted by Cambridge police. 11:57 a.m., Patricia Drive resident reported a “live” electric wire was down in his yard; American Electric Power notified. 8:40 a.m., report of cows loose on Corn Lane. 8:30 a.m., deputy requested at a Beymer Street business in Old Washington after a van and building were vandalized overnight. 7:59 a.m., gun shot reported in Cedar Hills; caller reported observing subjects fleeing a home in the area shortly after the shot. 7:04 a.m., accident involving a tractor-trailer reported on I-70; Quaker City and Barnesville EMS dispatched.

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