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Suspect Arrested forThreatening School Shooting Clerk Gardner to step down Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger released information that on Thursday, November 22, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report concerning a threatened school shooting incident involving the Georgetown Exempted Village Schools. Sheriff Wenninger stated that the investigation indicated that a former student identified as Jorge A. Vargas, 18, of Georgetown, had posted messages on the computer November 19, threatening to take a firearm to the Georgetown Exempted Village School and shoot people. Vargas, was arrested on November 26, by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and was charged with Inducing Panic and Terrorism. He was arraigned in Brown County Municipal Court on Wednesday, November 28 and given a $5,000.00 cash, surety bond. An additional charge of making Terroristic Threats, Felony of the Third Degree, was filed on November 30. Vargas, remains in custody at the Brown County Adult Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing on the Felony charge.

Vargas Sheriff Wenninger also released in the report that the suspect had been expelled from the Georgetown Exempted Village Schools approximately two years ago after he had threatened a staff member at the school.

Adams County Clerk of Courts Gary Gardner announced last week that he will step down on December 31 in order to retire. Gardner was first elected in 1992. The staff of the Adams County Clerks Office, Title Department, and County Court were notified mid-week of Gardner's intentions. The Clerk was not available for comment at press time. The Adams County Commissioner's will appoint an interim Clerk until the Adams County Republican Central Committee names a replacement for the unexpired term. The seat will be back on the ballot in 2014 and then again 2016. "We were surprised to learn of Gary's retirement, and we wish him all the best,"said Adams County GOP Chairman Hart Wallingford. Those seeking the appointment will have to answer a multi-page application, complete a background check, and will face interviews with the Republican Executive Committee. The Central Committee must appoint within 45 days. Questions about the

Gardner appointment should be directed to Chairman Hart Wallingford at 587-3428.

Ohio's Hunters Harvest Over 86,000 Deer Hunters enjoyed great weather as they harvested 86,964 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s traditional week-long deergun season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The harvest yielded an anticipated slight decrease of 3.7 percent from 2011, when 90,282 deer were checked. “The traditional deer-gun week is enjoyed by thousands annually, and this year was no exception,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Ohio’s healthy deer population offers a great source of outdoor recreation to many Ohio residents and out-of-state hunters.” Ohio’s week-long gun season was Nov. 26-Dec. 2. Hunters still have one weekend of deer-gun hunting, December 15-16, and archery season remains open through February 3, 2013. The statewide deer-muzzleloader season is January 5-8, 2013. The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks eighth nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more. More information about Ohio deer hunting can be found in the 2012-2013 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.com. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the

Photo Gallery tab online. Hunters must still report their deer harvest, but they are no longer required to take their deer to a check station for physical inspection. Hunters have three options to complete the automated game check: Online at wildohio.com. By telephone at 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864). This option is only available to those required to have a deer permit to hunt deer. At all license agents. A list of these agents can be found at wildohio.com, or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). Hunters are encouraged to donate any extra venison to organizations assisting Ohioans in need. ODNR Division of Wildlife is collaborating with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate deer are not required to pay the processing cost as long as the deer are taken to a participating processor. To see which counties are involved in this program, go to fhfh.org. Ohio’s first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties, and hunters harvested 168 deer. Deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties in 1956, and hunters killed 3,911 deer during that one-week season. A list of white-tailed deer checked by hunters during opening day of the 2012 deer-gun hunting season is shown below.

The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2012, and the 2011 numbers are in parentheses. Adams: 1,554 (1,727) Brown: 1,094 (1,229) Highland: 1,347 (1,432) Pike: 973 (1,077) Scioto: 1,138 (1,224) The total for all of Ohio's 88 counties were: 86,964 (90,282).

Domestic Dispute...Standoff with the Law Manchester Christmas Tree Lighting On Monday, December 3, at 12:31 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of shots fired at 95 Jake Campbell Road, just off State Route 41, near Jacksonville. The caller stated her husband had fired shots in the residence and threatened to kill her and himself. Deputies were dispatched to the scene and shots were fired by the suspect on the arrival of the deputies. Deputies then set up a perimeter and called for other units and a supervisor. The SWAT Team was called to respond and the Peebles Life Squad was dispatched to the area. The SWAT Medics from the West Union Life Squad were dispatched to the scene. A medical helicopter was placed on standby during the incident. A staging area was set at the intersection of SR. 41 and Jake Campbell Rd. The subject was identified as Michael Gehler,

55. Investigators determined Gehler had been going through family trouble prior to this incident. The Sheriff’s negotiators made contact with Gehler via telephone and talked with him at great lengths. Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers also spoke with Gehler when he agreed to exit the residence and surrender, however the subject went back into the residence and contact couldn’t be re established. The SWAT unit drove to the front of the residence. Gehler exited the residence shortly after SWAT arrival and surrendered without incident. He was transported to the Adams County Regional Medical Center for evaluation. No injuries were reported in this incident. Formal charges have not been filed, but charges are anticipated. The incident remains under investigation.

Extra Patrol in Adams Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers announced that extra deputies will be placed on patrol beginning Thursday, December 20. 2012 and running through January 2, 2013. This is an ongoing effort to reduce injury and fatal crashes by maintaining a high visibility in certain areas and upping the enforcement on traffic offenses. This increase in patrol is made possible through a grant that was obtained by the Sheriff’s Office to pay for deputies

salaries and fuel for the patrol cars. Deputies will be patrolling areas of the county with high crash volumes. Deputies will be looking for traffic offenses such as OVI, Speed, Seat belt violations, Child Restraint violations etc. as well as any criminal or drug activity. Everyone is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 937-544-2314 with information regarding drunk and reckless driving and any other criminal activity.

Housing Law and otherAssistance on “Second Friday” Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS), the legal aid law office for Adams County, announced the final in the series of four monthly “Second Friday” appearances and presentations running through the end of this year concerning housing law and how to represent yourself in a courtroom. The last presentation for 2012 will be at the Courthouse Annex in West Union from noon-2pm on Friday, December 14th, 2012. SEOLS has for years made presentations and provided seminars to the Adams County public concerning fair housing and other housing law matters. The December 14th noon presentation will be about mortgage modifications and tax considerations for low income homeowners. The presentation is free and open to the public. In addition to the free housing seminar on December 14, SEOLS will also

provide popular “DIY” advice about the Ohio court system on that same day. Too many people ignore court requirements (such as summons and pleadings) out of fear and/or ignorance. SEOLS’ “DIY” legal series is intended to explain how one can and should interact with Ohio’s civil legal system. It will follow immediately after the housing seminar on Friday, December 14 . It is also free and open to the public. SEOLS is the legal aid law firm serving low- income persons in Adams County, Ohio. The office is open Mondays – Fridays (except federal holidays) from 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 800 Gallia Street, Suite 700 in Portsmouth. Request for legal assistance can be made by calling SEOLS at 1-800837-2508 or 740-354-7563. Information is also available at www.seols.org and www.ohiolegalservices.org

The Village of Manchester held their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, December 7, on 2nd Street, in Manchester. Mayor Troy A. Jolly welcomed those in attendance and remarked on how the progress has been made on 2nd Street. Jerry Ross, of Manchester, was the guest of

honor to light the tree. Ross, has been running Ross Grocery since 1983. Ross, inherited the business from his father Wilson. The family business has been serving Manchester since 1964. Rev. Tony Watson, of the Manchester Church of the Nazarene led in Christmas Carols and and prayer during the event.

OBITUARIES

The following obituaries are on page 2 of this week’s edition: Eilene

H. Blake, Anna Lorean Dryden, Gloria Clark, Marie Garrett, Mary Anna Lee (Spires) Grooms, Venita R. Jandes and John H. Parr.


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Eilene H. Blake

The Adams County/Ohio Valley School District Board of Education will hold a regular board meeting on Monday, December 17, at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Anna Lorean Dryden

Anna Lorean Dryden, 89, Manchester, died Sunday, December 2, at the Hospice of Hope. She was born in Adams County, on July 31, 1923 to the late Noah and Nina Boone Rigdon. She was a homemaker and belonged to the McColm Chapel Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer Dryden in 1989 and a son Dale Dryden in 2006. She is survived by two sons Phill (Cathy) Dryden and Terry (Sherry) Dryden both of Manchester, three daughters Sandra Cracraft, Debbie (Tony) Watson both of Manchester and Linda (Carl) Henning of Crooksville, two brothers David Rigdon and Ronnie Rigdon both of Manchester, one sister Mary Rigdon, of Aberdeen, 17 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and a special niece Judy Dryden. Funeral services was Wednesday, December 5 at the Manchester Church of the Nazarene. Rev Tony Watson officiated. Burial followed at the Manchester Cemetery. Friends and family may sign an online guestbook at www.wilsonhomeforfunerals.com.

Venita R. Jandes

Venita R. Jandes, 54, of Winchester, passed away Monday, December 3, at the Brown County Regional Healthcare. She was born in Wilmington, on August 23, 1958 the daughter of the late Martha (Jandes) Schweickart. Besides her mother she was preceded in death by her grandparents Therian and Rosa Lee (Black) Jandes, uncle James Jandes, two aunts Nancy Fenton and Linda McNown and one cousin; Jamie Fenton. She is survived by her step father Arthur R. Schweickart of Winchester, one brother and sister-in-law Robert and Julie Schweickart of Seaman, two nephews Joshua and Chandra Schweickart and Justin and Bryana Schweickart, three great nephews Breestin, Hayden and Brody Schweickart, one great niece Bently Schweickart, aunts and uncles Pam and Henry Sawyers, Veronica Gelter, Debbie Jandes, Janet Stamper Jandes, Carol and Bill Collett, and Eddie and Molly McNown, and cousins. Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 6, at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home, BradfordSullivan Chapel in Winchester. Rev. Bill Collett officiated. Burial followed at the Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45227. To sign our online guest book, visit us at www.thompsonfuneralhomes.com

Gloria Clark

Gloria Clark, 88, of West Union, passed away Friday, December 7, at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Inpatient Center. She was born in Peebles, on August 6, 1924 the daughter of the late George and Cora (Caplinger) Dixon. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Clark, who passed away on December 2, 1982 and one son; Mickey Clark. Gloria was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Peebles Lodge #246 and the Adams County Country Club. She is survived by one son Damon Butch Clark of West Union, three daughters and sons-in-law Vicki and Doug Walden of Lady Lake, Florida, Dixie Wahoff of West Union and Wendy and Randy Lawhorn of London, 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 10, at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Peebles. Dave Hopkins officiated. Burial followed in the Locust Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Hope, 215 Hughes Blvd. Mt. Orab, Ohio 45154. To sign our online guest book, visit us at www.thompsonfuneralhomes.com

Eilene H. Blake, 76, of West Union, died Monday, December 3, at the Ohio Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Ripley. She was born December 29, 1935 in Cincinnati. She was preceded in death by parents Harry Joseph and Catherine Helen (Donohue) Kessler and two brothers Thomas and Robert Kessler. She is survived by husband C. Robert Blake of West Union, two sons Robert A. (Ann) Blake of West Union and Michael J. (Lisa) Blake of Kingsport, Tennessee; daughter Kathleen (Ronald) Hill of Liberty Township, five grandchildren Rebecca Blake Lewis, Kelly Blake Caraway, Kathryn Blake, Mary Hill and Hannah Hill, all of West Union, many nephews and nieces. She retired from Blake Pharmacies in Adams County where she was a buyer. She was the former owner and operator of Blake’s Hallmark Shop in West Union. She was a 1954 graduate of Hughes High School in Cincinnati. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in West Union, a former leader of West Union Cub Scout Pack No. 260, a member of O.E.S. Chapter No. 246 and a former Advisory Board Member of Order Of The Rainbow for Girls - Adams County Assembly No. 177. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Adams County, Inc., P.O. Box 245, West Union, OH 45693 or to The First Presbyterian Church, 104 South Second Street, West Union, Ohio 45693. The funeral service was Thursday, December 6, at The First Presbyterian Church in West Union under the direction of Lafferty Funeral Home of West Union. Reverend David Sugarbaker and Reverend Lisa Corum Fox officiated. The interment is at Kirker Cemetery in Liberty Township.

Mary Anna Lee (Spires)

Mary Anna Lee (Spires) Grooms, 68, of West Union and formerly of Lynx, died Tuesday, December 4, in West Union. She was born October 15, 1944 in Rarden. She was preceded in death by parents Richard Pernie and Rouie Ellen (Ross) Spires and husband Richard Donald Grooms. She is survived by son Don Grooms of Lynx, three granddaughters Lela Grooms, Donna Grooms and Ashley Grooms all of West Union, one grandson Nathan Grooms of Lynx, three great grandchildren two uncles and one aunt. She was a nurse’s aide at the former Adams County Hospital in West Union. She was a 1962 graduate of the former Seaman High School in Seaman. Memorial donations may be made to Lafferty Funeral Home, Inc., 205 South Cherry Street, West Union, Ohio 45693. The graveside funeral service was Sunday, December 9, at Moore’s Chapel Cemetery in Blue Creek. Reverend John Spires officiated. Lafferty Funeral Home, Inc. of West Union is serving the family.

Marie Garrett

Marie Garrett, 68, of Williamsburg, passed away Wednesday, December 5, at her residence. She was born in Peebles, on November 12, 1944 the daughter of the late Harold and Freda (Wallace) Crothers. She is survived by her husband Bud Garrett of Williamsburg whom she married on December 3, 1960, two sons and daughter-in-law Bill and Lynette Garrett of Mt. Orab and Pat Garrett of Mt. Orab, one brother Edward Crothers, Jr. of West Union, one sister Pearl Vincent of Peebles and seven grandchildren; Nate, Elise, Taylor, Kylie, Emily, Spencer and Luke. Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 8, at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Peebles. Burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery. To sign our online guest book, visit us at w w w. t h o m p s o n f u n e r a l homes.com

John H. Parr

John H. Parr, 80, of Manchester, died Saturday, December 1, in Manchester Township. He was born November 7, 1932 in Manchester. He was preceded in death by parents Royal Hamilton and Kate (Cluxton) Parr and wife Janet (Tossey) Parr. He is survived by niece Rose (Bob) Woods of Garden Valley, California; nephew Rick Tossey of Grove City, first cousins Sam Cluxton of Russellville, Julia Bowman and Fred Cluxton, both of Aberdeen, Mike Cluxton of Bentonville, Joe Cluxton of Brown County, Ruth Cluxton of Manchester, Dr. Sue Cluxton of Columbia, South Carolina, Martha Phelps of Cincinnati and Donna Hackworth of Sharonville. He was a retired livestock, tobacco and grain farmer. He was a member of the Manchester Methodist Church and a charter member of the Manchester Historical Society. He was a member of Adams County Farm Bureau, The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio Manchester Chapter No. 129 in West Union, Manchester F & A.M. Lodge No. 317 for over 50 years, Manchester York Rite, Portsmouth York Rite for over 25 years, Scottish Rite Valley of Cincinnati, Ohio Calvary Knight Temple in Portsmouth and the Syrian Temple of Cincinnati. He was a 1950 graduate of the former Aberdeen-Huntington High School in Aberdeen. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. The funeral service was Saturday, December 8, at the Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union. Pastor Dale Little officiated. A Masonic and Scottish Rite ring service was held. The interment was at the Manchester Cemetery

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The Southern Ohio Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet on Tuesday, December 18, at 6:00 p.m., at the home of board member Rodney Lane, 55 Ridgeview Drive Blanchester, for the governing board regular meeting.

A few thoughts… Wow...Where is all this time going? This year has flown by so fast it reminds me of how my weeks fly by. I feel like everyday is a Monday and I lose the six days in between. As the countdown to Christmas continues, let us not forget those who are in need. The holiday season is a wonderful time to give to your favorite charity or food bank. After Christmas is also a wonderful time, because many of our local food banks are empty and need to be re-stocked. My constant reminder of remember to shop locally as much as you can so it will stimulate our Adams County Economy.

Their success is critical to the future of our local economy and every dollar spent here will have an impact here. Also, don't forget to support those who advertise in The Informer, as they share our vision for a local newspaTroy A. Jolly per dedicated to the Publisher of success of this counThe Informer – ty. This time of Adams County year, families will enjoy our special recipe feature beginning on page 5. This Christmas Cook Guide features recipes that have been submitted from some of our subscribers. It was made possible by our advertisers and again our subscribers.

Adams County Library Christmas events are coming at the Adams County Public Library! On Wednesday, December 12, everyone is invited to attend “A Night Before Christmas” at the Peebles Library, at 5:30 pm. Come listen to “The Night Before Christmas,” read aloud by special guest readers. We have more than one version of the classic poem to share, including some funny variations! We’ll have hot chocolate and cookies, and children

50th Wedding Anniversary

In honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Donna and Wendell Rivers, their children Kim, David, Kaitlyn and Dylan Allison and Sherri and Bill Morrison, will host an Open House on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at the Manchester United Methodist Church, 405 East Eighth Street, Manchester, Ohio from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend. No gifts please.

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are welcome to wear pajamas. Join us for a Gingerbread House Extravaganza at the North Adams Library on Tuesday, December 18, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm! Get in the holiday mood with this fun, tasty annual event. Children are challenged to create a spectacular holiday gingerbread house using graham crackers, cereal, and frosting. All materials and beverages will be provided. Join us as we welcome the holidays with this yummy event! Be sure to register so there will be enough supplies. Don’t forget to stop in to the West Union Library this month, and register for a chance to win one of two popular fiction titles! Enter your name in a drawing to give away “The Winner” and “The Christmas Train,” by David Baldacci. The winning names will be drawn December 20. If you ever wanted to quilt, or just want to learn a new skill, stop in to the next Fiber Crafters meeting at the North Adams Library. Teresa Geeslin will demonstrate how to construct a Twisted Square quilt block. If possible, bring with you a nine-patch of five inch squares, with a quarter inch seam allowance. The Twisted Square pattern is a quick and easy, and it's a fun quilt to make. Join us at the North Adams Public Library at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11, and give this quilting technique a try. For more information, call 937386-2556. If you’d like help getting started with computers or the Internet, sign up to attend a free, two-part computer class this month at the West Union Library, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The last round of classes this month will be held December 17 and 19. These introductory classes are sponsored by the Connect Ohio program. Call 937-5442591 for more information. Come to the Manchester Library on Monday, December 17, at 10:30 am for

the next Family Nutrition Program. We’ll continue to learn about the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, focusing on eating a variety of colors. Participants can sample a green bean sauté recipe, and receive a dry erase board with a reminder to eat more fruits and vegetables. The Family Nutrition Program is sponsored by the OSU Extension Office, Marsha McCormick, Program Assistant. Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, the legal aid law office for Adams County, is offering a free seminar on December 14 from 12 – 2 pm, at the Courthouse Annex in West Union. The presentation will cover housing law, how to represent yourself in a courtroom, and do-it-yourself legal advice about the Ohio court system. This free presentation is open to the public. Stop by, and learn how you can best represent yourself in the Ohio civil courts. Library Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Extended Evening Hours: Manchester – Monday and Wednesday til 7:00 pm North Adams – Tuesday and Thursday til 7:00 pm Peebles – Monday and Wednesday til 7:00 pm West Union – Tuesday and Thursday til 7:00 pm

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This Week's Weather Forecast Thursday, December 13, High 45, Low 27, Mostly Sunny

Wednesday, December 12, High 42, Low 23, Plenty of Sunshine

Saturday, December 15, High 47, Low 33, Rain

Sunday, December 16, High 54, Low 34, Warmer

Friday, December 14, High 48, Low 34, Mostly Sunny

Monday, December 17, High 55, Low 35, Increasing Clouds

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Pesticide Re-certification Dates This year is the year that the majority of private applicators are due to re-certify their private applicator license for buying and applying restricted pesticides. For the three counties the number of people is well over 200 to be renewed, so I have added a third session to the previously announced dates. The dates, times, fees, location and registration information is below in the Dates to Remember, but I want to make sure everyone understands that I added a third session because we have more people than we have space for in two sessions. Check your license or you can go online and check your status. The address is http://pested.osu.edu. Please register early if you have a need for a specific date. We will not be able to take walkins on the day of the program this year due to the large number of people that need the class and the classroom limitations for seating. The same web site lists all dates, times and locations throughout the state in the event none of these dates fit into your schedule. My understanding is that all counties need for you to pre-

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Winter Beef School Announced Beef producers mark your calendars. Details about location are not yet available, but the dates were made available recently for the 2013 Beef School. The dates for the three sessions are all Tuesdays starting on January 29, followed by February 26 and March David Dugan 19. We will offer the Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural school again somewhere near the center of our 3 Resources counties. Locations Ohio Valley Extension Education Research should be firm by next Area week’s article. Each Adams/Brown/Highland class is scheduled to Counties begin at 7:00 p.m.

Corn and Soybean Trials Available The last edition of the CORN Newsletter for November provides links to the 2012 Corn Performance Trials and Soybean Performance Trials. You can log onto the web version of

this newsletter by going to http://corn.osu.edu Other postings include long term weather predictions, fall spraying recommendations, nutrient management, and some other announcements about upcoming programs in Ohio. If you do not have access to the web, stop by one of the local OSU Extension Offices for a copy. Please call before stopping by. The Adams Co. number is 544-2339, Brown Co. is 378-6716, and Highland Co. is 393-1918. My cell is (937) 515-2314.

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American Forage and Grassland Council If you have an interest in forage and pasture you might want to put the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference on your calendar for 2013. It is not likely to get much closer that it will on Jan. 6-8 of this coming year. The conference this year will be held in Covington, KY at the Marriott River Center. The agenda is packed with educational sessions. For all of the details about the agenda, registration and more go to http://www.afgc.org/ . Don’t miss this opportunity. Weed Control in Pastures We have recently experienced some very warm days for this time of the year. Just a reminder if we have another warm spell, it is a good time to apply herbicides to problem winter annuals like Canada Thistle and Poison Hemlock, among others.

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Cuffs and Collars Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers Southeast Ohio Wildlife officers Eric Lane and Todd Stewart were working a high-use section of the American Electric Power Agreement Area. Their work included checking fishing licenses, watching for litter, and checking the area for vehicles in non-designated areas. As the officers checked the area near Campsite C, they came upon three separate watercrafts on the lake. The officers had the boats come to the shore to check for fishing licenses and to see if there were wearable life jackets for each person on board. Both subjects had fishing licenses and life jackets in the first boat. The second boat, occupied with three people, had only two life jackets and a throw cushion. The operator of the craft received a citation for the life jacket violation. The third boat, occupied with two subjects, had no life jackets and neither subject

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communication from the observers in the aircraft that the driver of the vehicle was headlighting fields near the investigator’s location. The driver of the vehicle made it to a residence before the investigator could make the stop. The investigator was directed to the residence with the assistance of the aircraft. The driver of the vehicle was found hiding behind the residence possessing a .22 magnum rifle. Further investigation revealed the subject jacklighted and killed a deer. The subject took the investigator down the road and they located the dead deer lying in a picked corn field. The offender was charged with jacklighting, hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, and taking a deer with a rifle. All evidence was seized and the case is pending in the Vinton County Court. Southwest Ohio State Wildlife Officer Matt Hoehn received a Turn In A Poacher complaint in October about a man possessing bass over the limit in the Auglaize River. Officer Hoehn watched the man fish for several minutes. As he made contact, it was apparent that the man could not speak English. As Officer Hoehn counted six bass and explaining the bag limit, the man picked one out of the bucket and threw it into the water before Officer Hoehn could say stop. The man received a citation and a warning for throwing the fish in. He paid $105 in fines. Central Ohio Champaign County Wildlife Officer Jeff Tipton received a phone call on a Sunday morning from the Champaign County Dispatch Center about three men who were hunting without permission on a property near West Liberty. The son of the landowner was hunting from a tree stand that morning when the men walked in on him. While Tipton was in route to the scene, two deputies were close by and also responded to the call. When Tipton arrived, Deputy Niven Jester had already made contact with the hunters, and it was found they entered the property without permission from the landowner. Officer Tipton issued a citation to each man for hunting without permission, and they each paid a $175 bond in the Champaign County Municipal Court. Thank you to Deputy Jester and Deputy Ervin for their assistance on the call.


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Bipartisan Legislation is To Prevent Invasion Of Asian Carp To Ohio River Basin Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act” Would Require Action on Solutions to Slow Spread of Asian Carp. U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would help prevent the invasion of Asian carp to the Ohio River basin. The Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act will enable the federal government to have a more effective partnership with state and local entities that are fighting to end the spread of Asian carp. “The continued movement of Asian carp up the Ohio River could grind to a halt Ohio's multi-million dollar fishing and boating industries,” Brown said. “The Ohio River basin remains dangerously vulnerable to an Asian carp invasion. The Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act is a bipartisan bill that would ensure a definitive plan to control and prevent Asian carp from entering streams and rivers in our state. We must move aggressively and quickly to protect our waterways.” “Southwestern Pennsylvania’s iconic three

rivers – the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio – are vital for both commerce and recreation. The spread of Asian carp in the Ohio River threatens this, and the federal government must act as a cooperative partner with state and local governments to stop this invasive

none have been designated as the lead agency to coordinate the federal response with state and local partners in the Ohio and Upper Mississippi River Basins. The Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act places the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in charge of coordinating a new federal multi-agency effort that includes the National Park Service, Senator S h e r r o d U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Brown Engineers. These D-Ohio agencies would provide high-level technical assistance, coordination, best practices, and other means of support to state and local govSenator Pat ernments that are Toomey (R) working to protect Pennsylvania economies and ecosystems in the Ohio River basin from Asian carp. Sen. Brown has worked diligently with members of both parspecies and protect the Ohio ties on legislative efforts to River basin’s ecosystem and stop Asian carp from economy,” Toomey said. destroying the Great Lakes' “The Strategic Response to ecosystem. In June 2012, he Asian Carp Invasion Act helped to pass the Stop will help do just that and I Invasive Species Act, which urge my colleagues to join requires the expedited creus in defending the Ohio ation of a plan to block River basin against this Asian carp from entering invasive species.” the Great Lakes through a Although several feder- number of rivers and tribual agencies have been work- taries across the Great ing to combat Asian carp, Lakes region.

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Bill to Combat the Misuse of Dangerous Drugs Advances State Representative Danny Bubp (R) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives concurred with the Senate amendments yesterday on legislation that allows for the tracking and regulation of over-thecounter sales of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, which could be used in the manufacturing of dangerous methamphetamines. The legislation will now be under the consideration of Governor Kasich. House Bill 334, sponsored by Representative Bubp and Representative Terry Johnson (RMcDermott), would require

retailers and distributors of the drugs to participate in an electronic tracking system of the products through the National Precursor Log Exchange. It also makes changes to Ohio laws

drugs,” Representative Bubp said. “Ohio has made great strides in protecting lives from illegal drug use, but as long as there is money to be made in the business, we will need to continue finding ways of fighting it. This bill GUEST COLUMN is an example of doing R e p r e s e n t a t i v e that.” The passage of HB Danny Bubp 334 marks a continuaContact:Erica Wilson tion of efforts to halt (614) 644-6034 the illegal misuse of drugs in Ohio. Last R-Ohio year, House Bill 93 regarding bath salts in was passed and signed into order for the laws to remain law to eliminate prescriprelevant as new chemical tion drug abuse, shut down compounds of the sub- pill mills and enhance the stances change. Ohio Automated Rx “This bill is another Review System. HB 334 tool to fight the war on builds off of those efforts.

Ohio House of Representatives Passes House Bill 278 State Representative Gerald Stebelton (RLancaster) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 278, which increases the minimum amounts required for valid proof of financial responsibility and makes changes to the law governing automobile insurance policies. I’m pleased that the House has passed House Bill 278 to update Ohio’s minimum requirements, which have not been changed since 1969. Responsible drivers incur significant additional costs to purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage from their own auto insurance companies, because they know that an oncoming vehicle weighing between 4,000 to 8,000 pounds could hit them and cause severe personal injury and

financial devastation for their families. House Bill 278 raises our minimum coverage limits to protect responsible drivers.

discriminatory premium rates in private passenger automobile insurance based solely on the insured’s residence location --Revises the definiSpecifically, House Bill tion of an “automobile 278: insurance policy” --Increases, nine --Reduces from two months after the bill’s years to one year the minieffective date, the mini- mum policy period for automobile insurance policies --Adds fraud, conGuest Column cealment and license Gerald Stebelton revocation to the list State Representative of reasons why an (R-Lancaster) insurer may cancel an automobile insurance policy --Makes changes mum dollar amounts of to the process by which the motor vehicle public liabil- Superintendent of ity insurance coverage Insurance reviews the canrequired for a driver to cellation of an insured’s have a valid proof of finan- automobile insurance policial responsibility cy upon written notice by --Makes it an unfair the insured and deceptive act or pracHouse Bill 278 passed tice in the business of by a vote of 85-7 and will insurance to charge exces- be sent to the Ohio Senate sive, inadequate or unfairly for further consideration.


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Readers Recipes Basic Walnut Christmas Bread 1 3/4 cups of All Purpose Flower 1 1/4 tsp of Baking powder 1/2 tsp of Ground Cinnamon 1/2 tsp of Kosker Salt 2 large Eggs 1 cup of Sour Cream 3/4 cup of Graduated Sugar 1/2 cup of Oil or Butter 1 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract 1 cup of Walnuts chopped Heat Oven to 350 degrees F coat 8 1/2 inch X 4 1/2 loaf pan with cooking spray In bowl mix all ingredients except flour. Now gradually add flower slowly to mixture then fold in the nuts Pour into pan and bake 55 to 65 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clear. Enjoy Rosie Young, West Union Jello Salad 2 pkgs. orange jello or pineapple 2 c. hot water 1 1/2 c. cold water 2 bananas (sliced) 1 can crushed pineapple (drained) sauce juice 1 container cool whip Topping (Recipe follows) Dissolve Jello in hot water, then add cold water. When Jello starts to set stir in pineapple, topping and cool whip. Add the bananas just before serving. Topping 1 tbls. flour 1/2 c. sugar 1 egg yolk 1 c. pineapple juice 1 tbls. butter Cook over low heat until thick and let cool. (Recipe of the late Aunt Myrle Nelson) Sandra Vax, Stout Christmas Pie MIX: 1pkg. unflavored gelatin softened in 1/4 cup water. Set aside In Saucepan mix: 4 tablespoons Gold Medal Flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups milk cook over low heat. Boil 3 minutes. Add sauce to gelatin and cool. Beat: 3 large egg whites and 1/4 tsp cream tarter until almost stiff. Add 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until stiff and glossy. Put in Refrigerator Whip: 1/2 cup heavy cream. Add 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond flavoring. Fold very carefully in cold custard. Fold in beaten egg whites and 1 can moist fine coconut. (about 1 cup) Put in baked pie shell. Candied cherries; or any other appropriate confections can be used to decorate top of pie. Makes 2 pies. Keep Pie refrigerated. NOTE: Graham cracker crust may be used instead of backed pie shell. In Memory of our mother Verna Naylor. Submitted by Harriett and Sue Naylor. Bentonville Butter Cream Cookies 2 sticks margarine 1 egg 1/2 tsp. almond extract 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour Cream the margarine. Add sugar and beat. Beat in the egg and extract. Blend in flour. Chill dough for ease in handling. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut with floured cutters. Bake on sprayed cookie sheet 7-10 minutes at 350. Cool and frost. Pat Stevens, West Union Maple Cream Bonbons 1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened 3-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 tablespoons maple flavoring 2 cups chopped pecans 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup butterscotch chips In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and maple flavoring until smooth. Stir in pecans. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper lined baking sheets. Freeze until firm. In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt the chips; dip balls and place on waxed paper lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until hardened. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 5 dozen Ellen Jolly West Union,

Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake A gingersnap cookie pecan crust and swirl of pumpkin pie on every bite! CRUST 2 1/4 cups gingersnap crumbs 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans 1/3 cup PARKAY spread sticks,melted FILLING 3 (8oz) pkgs. PHILADELPHIA BRAND cream 1 cup sugar, divided 1 tsp Vanilla 3 eggs 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg dash ground cloves Heat Oven to 325 degree F CRUST Mix crumbs, pecans and PARKAY spread; press onto bottom and 2-inches up sides of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes FILLING Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing at love speed after each addition, just until blended. Reserve 1 1/2 cups batter. Add remaining sugar, pumpkin and spices to remaining batter; mix well. Spoon pumpkin and cream cheese batters alternately over crust; cut through batters with knife several times for marble effect Bake 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight (12 servings) Wilma J. Dailey, Peebles Pumpkin Roll 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup pumpkin 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking powder 4 tablespoons butter 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup powdered sugar 2 3-oz pkg cream cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan with parchment paper, grease the paper and set aside. Beat eggs at high speed for 5 minutes. Add sugar and pumpkin to eggs. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt; blend well. Pour into pan and bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle extra powdered sugar onto a kitchen towel; turn cake onto towel and roll up while still hot. Let cake completely cool. Meanwhile, combine butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Beat with mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. When cake is cool, unroll and spread the filling evenly onto cake. Re-roll the cake and chill for 1 hour. Ellen Jolly, West Union Caramel Corn 3 pks microwave popcorn, popped 1-1/2 cups pecan halves 1-1/2 cups peanuts 1-1/2 cups brown sugar 3/4 cup butter 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Combine popcorn and pecans in lightly greased roasting pan; set aside. Combine peanuts, sugar, butter and syrup in large sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour peanut mixture over popcorn; stir with a lightly greased long-handled spoon until popcorn is coated. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately pour onto wax paper; breaking it apart as it cools. Store in an airtight container. Ellen Jolly, West Union Pancake Syrup 1 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup water Bring to a boil and boil until sugars are dissolved.

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Cranberry Salad 1 large of jello (Raspberry or Cherry) cool until just starts to to set. Stir in 1 can each: Cranberry sauce (whole or jelled) Cherry Pie filling Crushed Pineapple- drained Mandarin Oranges- drained 1/2 C. Chopped Pecans (Sometimes I add 1 apple and Miniature Marshmallows) Pat Mustard, West Union

Sugar-Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies 2 cans (16 oz) sugar-free chocolate fudge frosting, divided 1 egg 1 cup chunky peanut butter 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour Splenda Set aside one can plus 1/3 cup frosting. In a large bowl, combine the egg, peanut butter and remaining frosting. Stir in flour just until moistened. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Flatten cookies with fork dipped in Splenda. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 11 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks. Cool completely; spread with reserved frosting. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen. Ellen Jolly, West Union

Tamale Pie 3 cups water 1 cup cornmeal 1 onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 2 Tbls. oil 3/4 lb. hamburger 1 1/2 cup drained canned tomatoes Chili Powder and salt to taste Cook the cornmeal in the the water until thick. Fry onion, green pepper and hamburger until brown. Add tomatoes, chili powder and salt. Spoon a thin layer of cornmeal mixture in greased baking dish; add meat mixture and cover with remaining cornmeal mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Pat Stevens, West Union

Buckeye Candy 1 stick butter, softened 1 lb powdered sugar 2 cups peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 pkg (12 oz) chocolate chips 1/2 bar paraffin Mix butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and peanut butter together. Make into small balls and chill until firm. Melt chocolate with paraffin. Stir until mixed. Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate, using toothpick, and place on wax paper. Leave top of balls plain to have appearance of a buckeye. Ellen Jolly, West Union

Mom's Potato Soup 2 cups cubed potatoes 3 cups water 1 tsp. salt Dash of pepper 1/3 c. chopped onion 2 medium stalks celery, chopped 1/2 carrot, grated Cook all together until vegetables are tender; Then add: 1/4 cup margarine and 1/4 cup flour, mixed good with 1/2 cup milk. Simmer until thickened, stirring often. Pat Stevens, West Union


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Local Government

Adams County Commissioners The Board of Adams County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Franklin Township Fire House with the following members present: Brian Baldridge, Justin Cooper, and Roger Rhonemus. Clerk Diane Ward was also present. Others present for portions of the meeting were as follows: Franklin Township Trustees Thomas Perdue and Lee Pertuset, Fire Chief Donnie Swayne, Sally Hayslip, Ronald Anderson,

George McCoy, Peebles Church of Christ Associate Minister Patrick Klump, Prosecutor David Kelley, SVAA Victim Advocate Kimberly Newman, Robert Shattuck, Sr., Engineer David Hook, Commissionerelect Paul Worley, and E.C.D. Director Holly Johnson. The meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Commissioner Roger Rhonemus. The board expressed their gratitude to the Franklin Township

Trustees for allowing the county to conduct the regular meeting of the board in the fire house. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Vote: All yeas Robert Shattuck, Sr. of Coffee Hollow Sportswear, met with the board to discuss making a plaque for the Courthouse Annex. Adams Clermont Solid Waste Director Paul Braasch met with the board to deliver the agenda for the next Adams Clermont Solid Waste Board meeting scheduled for December 3, 2012. Prosecutor David Kelley and SVAA Victim Advocate Kimberly Newman met with the board to discuss employee budgetary concerns. Facilities Director Sally Hayslip met with the board to review the Dog Kennel License Policy and Energy Efficiency improvements. It was moved by Justin

Cooper and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to establish the Adams County Dog Kennel License Policy upon the recommendation of Auditor David Gifford, Dog Warden Paul Hughes, and Assistant Prosecutor Dana N. Whalen. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the additional easement for purposes of ingress and egress, parking of automobiles conveyed to the Village of Peebles for the Peebles Annex property a.k.a. the former Peebles Community Building. Vote: All yeas. The Peebles Annex Building Bid Opening was conducted at the Franklin Township Fire House. The following bid was received by the November 27, 2012, 11:00 a.m. deadline: Peebles Church of Christ $100,000.00. Commissioner Brian Baldridge described the building history and expressed the county’s desire

for the property to continue to benefit the community. Peebles Church of Christ Elder George McCoy then addressed the board to explain all of the community-based programs that the church is currently providing. Commissioner Justin Cooper then thanked the church for providing the programs to the community and informed those present that the purchase of the property is a very good opportunity for the church and community. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to accept the Peebles Church of Christ bid of $100,000.00 for the Peebles Annex property. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the bills. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the establishment of Fund

105 Moving Ohio Forward Grant and the correlating revenue and appropriation accounts upon the request of E.C.D. Director Holly Johnson. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Brian Baldridge to approve the following transfers and additional appropriations. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the JFS Non-Emergency Transportation Plan revision upon the recommendation of JFS Director Sue Fulton. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the Jail Housing Agreement between Highland County and Adams County for housing Adams County prisoners in the Highland County Jail upon the recommendation of Sheriff Kimmy Rogers. Vote: All yeas. Continued on page 8

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R57 – MANCHESTER – Brick home built in 2007, 2286 SF plus full finished basement, 5 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, utility room, elec. furnace, C/A, wood stove in basement, hardwood & tile floors, 2-car att. garage & 2-car det. brick/vinyl sided garage with bath. Home is located in nice neighborhood near school. $249,900.

R3 – WEST UNION – 1 ½ story frame home built in 1901, 1776 SF living area, 4 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, pantry, utility room, enclosed back porch, wrap-around front porch, new gas furnace, hardwood floors, new water heater, 16x24 2-story barn, .4 acre lot, former home of the last surviving civil war veteran from West Union, would be a great home to restore. PRICE REDUCED TO $43,500. R5 – WINCHESTER – Well maintained home with vinyl siding, 1300 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living & family rooms, kitchen & dining room, utility room, heat pump, C/A, 2 fireplaces, hardwood floors, 2-car garage with electric & water, breezeway, swimming pool with deck, concrete driveway, front porch, 3 buildings, deck, white vinyl fence, nice landscaping. $99,900. R8 – PEEBLES – Frame home with vinyl siding, 1240 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living & family room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, full finished basement with 3 BR & TV room, hardwood floors, 30 ft. aboveground pool with deck, city utilities, heat pump, nice .6 acre lot. $129,900. R13 - CHERRY FORK AREA - Very nice DW in excellent location, vinyl siding, windows & roof all replaced 6-years ago, 1152 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances & lots of cabinets, vaulted ceilings, elec. furnace, heat pump, C/A, hardwood & vinyl flooring, nice carpeting, covered front porch, nice patio, 2-car att. garage, 24x32 finished det. garage, concrete driveway, 0.88 acre. $89,900.

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R23 - MANCHESTER - Frame home with vinyl siding, 624 SF living area, 1 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with pantry, all appliances, elec. heat, A/C, 1car garage, front & back porches, nice starter or retirement home, very neat. PRICE REDUCED TO $29,900. R25 - WINCHESTER - Frame home with vinyl siding, 1621 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, fuel oil furnace, elec. baseboard heat, gas wall heater, flooring is combination of tile/vinyl/carpeting, 2car garage, 2 porches, 0.226 acre lot. Nice starter or rental home. $49,900.

H23 – CHERRY FORK – 20.421 acres with beautiful Cape Cod home with vinyl siding built in 2002, 2744 SF living area plus full poured basement, 4 BR, 2.5 baths, living & family rooms, kitchen with island & pantry, dining room, sun room, utility room, elec. furnace, heat pump, C/A, gas fireplace, county water, 2year-old roof, tile floors, att. 24x24 garage, concrete driveway, front & side porches, large barn, 15x48 barn. This is a beautiful county setting. A MUST SEE! $319,000. H25 – MANCHESTER – 5.614 acres with 16x80 Century mobile home, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, all appliances, gas furnace, new wood burning F/P, C/A, county water, patio, 10x12 building, 14x70 storage trailer. $49,900. H27 - WEST UNION - 2.8 wooded acres with 640 SF frame home, would make nice weekend retreat or fixer-upper, 1 BR, 1bath, living room, eat-in kitchen, cistern, septic system. $19,000. H29 – WEST UNION - 1.4 acres with 12x60 mobile home, 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with stove top oven, fuel oil furnace, county water, small barn. PRICE REDUCED TO $17,500. H33 – WEST UNION – 25.166 acres with approx. 23 acres wooded, frame home with aluminum siding, 1260 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living & family rooms, eat-in kitchen with appliances, utility room, elec. furnace, C/A, 2 garages, rear deck, large pole barn. $139,900.

R31 – MANCHESTER – Frame home with vinyl siding in a nice country setting with beautiful view, 1200 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, full basement, new gas furnace, C/A, new roof, 2-car garage, garden spot. $89,000. H5 – WEST UNION – 2 acres +/-with 1997 Palm Harbor DW, 1647 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, new gas furnace, C/A, county water, 2-car att. garage, 15x40 barn, beautiful setting on dead end road. $139,000. H7 - WEST UNION - 2.38 acres with 14x70 mobile home, 2 BR. 1 bath, eat-in kitchen with appliances, elec. furnace, 2 A/C, county water, septic system, 1 1/2 car garage. $55,000.

R15 – WRIGHTSVILLE – 1.316 acres with DW located in cozy Ohio River community, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, eat-in kitchen, gas furnace, C/A, wrap-around porch, 2-year-old roof, shed, 2 water taps & 2 septic tanks.. $59,900. - MAKE OFFER

H35 – MANCHESTER – Top of the line Dutch DW with vinyl siding setting on 2.5 acres, 2016 SF living area, 3 BR, 2.5 baths, living room kitchen & dining room, all appliances, elec. furnace, C/A, gas F/P, county water, hardwood floors, 2-car att. garage, 28x32 det. garage, blacktop driveway, nice front porch & rear deck overlooking the country setting, 10x12 barn, lots of new updates & features. $139,000.

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R17 - MANCHESTER - 1 1/2 story frame home with vinyl siding, 1225 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, elec. & gas heat, C/A, gas f/p, all new windows, large covered porch, 2-car garage. Home is in great condition. $92,900.

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R29 - PEEBLES - Exceptionally nice 3 BR home in Peebles. 1144 SF of living space. Home sets on nice lot with a big backyard. 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, utility room. Elec. furnace with heat pump, C/A, city water/sewage. This is a must-see and priced to sell at $89,900!

R33 – PEEBLES – Frame home with vinyl siding, 1142 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances & new counter top & cabinets, large storage room, elec. heat, city water/sewer, new windows, hardwood & vinyl flooring, att. garage. This is a very clean home. $53,500.

R19 – WEST UNION – 1 ½ story frame home with vinyl siding, 1915 SF living area, 3+ BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, elec. & nat. gas heat, C/A, covered front porch. PRICE REDUCED TO $49,900.

H1 – MANCHESTER – Frame home with vinyl siding, 2036 SF living area, 3 BR, 2 full baths, mother-in-law suite, living & family rooms, kitchen with appliances, dining room, elec. furnace, C/A, county water. Home sets on 5.434 acres with 4 acres of woods. $105,000.

24x58 detached garage with 24x12 lean-to, blacktop driveway. Home is located in a nice, private country setting on dead-end road. PRICE REDUCED TO $279,000.

R34 – MANCHESTER – Block home with aluminum siding, 1809 SF living area, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, eat-in kitchen with appliances, mother-in-law suite with full bath & kitchenette, heat pump, 2 ventless gas wall heaters, 2-car detached garage, carport, fenced back yard. $59,500. R35 - CHERRY FORK - Very nice DW featuring 2 BR, 2 full baths (1 with shower, 1 with Jacuzzi), living room, kitchen with appliances, elec. furnace, C/A, floating floor, 2-car garage, 2 porches, public water, .747 acre with creek. $84,000.

H13 - WEST UNION - Frame home with vinyl siding on 12.33 acres, 2160 SF living area, 4 BR, 2 full baths, living & family rooms, kitchen & dining room, nat. gas furnace, C/A, gas F/P, 2 garages, 48x36 barn. PRICE REDUCED TO $79,900. H19 – MANCHESTER – 2 acres with 1120 SF farm house, 3 BR, 1 bath, living room, kitchen with appliances, dining room, utility room, elec. furnace, County water, screened-in deck, 28x42 barn. PRICE REDUCED TO $54,000.

H41 – PEEBLES – 5 acres with 2005 modular home, 2025 SF living area, 4 BR, 2 full baths, living room, extra-large kitchen with bar area, lots of counter space, appliances, dining room, elec. furnace, C/A, county water, shed, security system. $99,900.

H21 – MANCHESTER – 25.77 acres with combination brick/vinyl sided home built in 2002, 2118 SF living area plus full finished basement, 4 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen & dining room, all appliances, 2 gas furnaces, 2 C/A units, hardwood floors,

H45 – LATHAM – 1.6 acres with very nice 2005 mobile home (14x60), 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eatin kitchen with appliances, elec. furnace, A/C, 2 porches, 2 buildings, beautiful landscaping, creek, located near Longs Retreat for recreation. $42,500.

L11 - WEST UNION - Building lot conveniently located with all utilities available. $10,000.

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FARMS F3 – MANCHESTER – 101.452 acres with approx. 20 acres tillable, 40 acres of pasture and 40 acres of woods, 40x60 barn with 30x60 lean-to, large pond, beautiful spot for new home, great for horses & ATV’s, lots of trails. $209,000. F11 - PEEBLES - 14.349 acre mini farm with 2160 SF frame home with vinyl siding, partial basement, 2 BR, 2 full baths, living room, kitchen with appliances, elec. heat pump, C/A, wood stove, county water + cistern, 60x80 barn with 5 horse stalls, 80x20 implement shed, corn crib, creek, stocked pond. $189,000. F13 – WINCHESTER – 51.12 mostly tillable acres, 1 ½ story partial brick/vinyl sided home, 2432 SF living area, 4 BR, 1 bath, living room, kitchen & dining room, basement, fuel oil furnace, county water, 2-car detached garage, 2 big barns with sheds, concrete block barn, corn crib, silo. Property has lots of road frontage, will divide. $230,000. Seller will also

sell house, barns with 25 acres for $150,000. F15 - PEEBLES - 71.539 wooded acres with lots of big cedar trees and some timber, 2 campers, county water, septic system & electric on property. $189,900.

L13 - SEAMAN - 2 town lots with all utilities available. $8,995.

F19 – PEEBLES – 108.49 acre farm with approve 41 tillable acres & 66 acres of woods, 1 ½ story frame home with vinyl siding built in 1978, 1411 SF living area, basement, 4 BR, 1 bath, living room, kitchen with appliances, 2 gas wall heaters, gas F/P, wood furnace. 76x40 barn. 30x20 barn, 28x20 barn, 36x26 corn crib, public water, creek, lots of wildlife. $239,000.

L15 – PEEBLES – 0.165 acre lot with old home that needs tore down, all utilities available. $14,900 – MAKE OFFER.

BUILDING LOTS L1 – SEAMAN - .373 acre lot with water and septic. $7500.

V7 - OTWAY - 79.778 acres with 25 acres tillable, water & electric available, large barn, great place for new home, beautiful setting. $135,000.

L5 – WEST UNION – 0.54 acre town lot, water/sewer available. $14,000.

V11 – MANCHESTER – 4.004 acres with water tap, woods, electric available, lots of wildlife. $12,000.

VACANT LAND V3 – RARDEN – POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING – 13.55 wooded acres, good for hunting/recreation. $29,900.

B5 - WEST UNION - 5168 SF brick commercial building in excellent location on Main St. in West Union on 0.506 acre lot with blacktop parking lot, building is currently set up as a Dr.'s office with other businesses. Building could be set up to accommodate 6 separate businesses. Call for more details. $450,000. B10 - NEW LISTING - RUSSELLVILLE - East-Bend Twin Drive-in movie theatre with 2 screens, trailer is set-up as projector room, with digital projector, fully equipped concession stand, 2 diesel generators, bucket truck, 7 septic systems for men's & women's baths which are wheel-chair accessible, frame home with 2 BR, 1 bath, living room, eatin kitchen, large barn. There is a total of 28.75 acres with approx. 15 acres of woods, Pizza Parlor is being built out front for year-round business is nearly finished, tractor & bush hog are also available. $168,000 with POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING.


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Adams County Commissioners It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the CSEA IV-D contract amendment by and between Adams County Job & Family Services and Adams County Domestic Court upon the recommendation of Court Administrator Angela Richmond and JFS Director Sue Fulton. Vote: All yeas. Engineer David Hook met with the board to discuss the S.R. 125 roadside rest closure and general protocol reverting property back to the previous owners. Mr. Hook also discussed the O.D.O.T. road projects for striping upgrades and guardrail placement. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the final resolution for road marking upgrades within

Adams County. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Justin Cooper and seconded by Roger Rhonemus to approve the contract with ODOT for the road marking/striping upgrades Project 90250 upon the recommendation of Engineer David Hook. Vote: All yeas. Commissioner-elect Paul Worley updated the board on his attendance at the public meeting for the S.R. 52 Roadside Rest proposed closure. E.C.D. Director Holly Johnson met with the board to discuss the following: Grace Fellowship Church community programs, update on Jaybird Road Project, Barnes Sewer Phase II update, CDBG 2011 funding, Sunshine Ridge Waterline/waiting on con-

tracts, Workforce Investment Board Job Fair for Save-ALot, Walmart donation of 175 bags of groceries to the Homeless Shelter, Manchester Village improvements and Christmas Lights, Shawnee State will be assisting people fill out financial aid forms, a vehicle for E.C.D., and the C.I.C. soil bore contractors will complete the project after hunting season. It was moved by Brian Baldridge and seconded by Justin Cooper to approve the contract with Terry Lawler for Jaybird Road Project Road inspection services upon the recommendation of E.C.D. Director Holly Johnson. Vote: All yeas. It was moved by Roger Rhonemus and seconded by Brian Baldridge to adjourn at 8:53 p.m. Vote: All yeas.

Sunset Bowling scores Men's High Game Scratch Ed Clos . . . . . . . . . . .273 Bryon Kirker . . . . . . .259 Ed Clos . . . . . . . . . . .257 Glenn Arnold . . . . . . .255 Bryon Kirker . . . . . . .247 Tony Kerr . . . . . . . . .245 Billy Newton . . . . . . .244 Fuzzy . . . . . . . . . . . . .240 Tony Kerr . . . . . . . . .238 Chad Wheeler . . . . . .236 Men's High Series Scratch Ed Clos . . . . . . . . . . .682 Ed Clos . . . . . . . . . . .671

Bryon Kirker . . . . . . .667 Billy Newton . . . . . . .660 Tony Kerr . . . . . . . . .648 Glenn Arnold . . . . . . .646 Brian Ratliff . . . . . . .638 Curtis Bolton . . . . . . .636 Ed Clos . . . . . . . . . . .632 Rob Davis . . . . . . . . .630 Women's High Series Scratch Sally Florence . . . . . .223 Nola Reeder . . . . . . . .201 Carol Tincher . . . . . . .201 Jennifer Seaman . . . .191 Marjorie Swearingen .189 Kimmy Murphy . . . . .187

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Linda LeFrancois . . . .183 Daylene Bentley . . . .180 Debbie Wheeler . . . . .180 Joyce DeMint . . . . . .180 Women's High Series Scratch Jennifer Seaman . . . .549 Kimmy Murphy . . . . .541 Nola Reeder . . . . . . . .540 Carol Tincher . . . . . . .491 Marjorie Swearingen .485 Daylene Bentley . . . .482 Sally Florence . . . . . .480 Ruth Wickerham . . . .480 Joyce DeMint . . . . . .478 Debbie Wheeler . . . . .474

Manchester Village Council The Council of the Village of Manchester met in regular session at the Community Building on Tuesday, November 20. Roll call showed Councilman Bryan Church, Councilman Bob Hilderbrand, Councilman Mike Phipps, Councilwoman Christine Henderson and Councilman Roy Carpenter present. Councilwoman Hilderbrand made a motion and was seconded by Councilman Phipps to excuse Councilman Cody Wagner from the meeting. Motion carried. Also in attendance: Beth Frazier, Georgia Woolard, Ed Reinhardt, Earl Ruark, Jeff Bowling, Kris Blanton and Heidi Huron Pledge to the Flag. Minutes were made available to council prior to meeting. Motion made by Councilman Phipps and seconded by Councilman Church to approve minutes with a correction from Hilderbrand to Church on who was purchasing a bike for Hometown Christmas. Vote on the motion showed all members voting yea. Motion carried. Beth Frazier, Managing Executive of Karma Points spoke to the council on the proposal of using mitigated properties for Community Gardens. She asked if trees were ok to cut down. The council said that we would have to speak to the Solicitor and FEMA about cutting down trees. Frazier also would like the council to check with FEMA about raising garden beds. Frazier would like for the council to write a letter of support for the Health Foundation grant. Frazier had mentioned interest in the grocery store having feasibility for a food Co-op. Carpenter expressed concern in adjacent property owners being contacted about properties. Frazier said that it would be done in the in the Community Building Phase of the Grant. The council agreed to do a letter of support. Mayor Troy Jolly spoke with AEP regarding the street lights and it is underway it is just taking time. He also spoke about properties on 6th street

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and 4th street will be torn down within 60 days. Mayor Jolly also said that he has spoken to the Army Corps of Engineers and that their lease does not expire with the Petersons until December of 2019. He also commended everyone involved with the Second Street project, everyone commenting on how nice it looks. The Fiscal Officer, Heidi Huron reported on getting things prepared for the State and working on the Wastewater project with ME Companies. The Street Commissioner, Earl Ruark said the clock is not running right and needs to be fixed. Police Chief, Jeff Bowling reported that in the eight days the K-9 has been certified nine deployments and fines of 100%. The police department also has a new reporting system that will allow officers to do reports from their cruisers. Rick Bowman, President of the Board of Public Affairs reported that risers are being purchased for manholes. The Board is waiting for the final report from the smoke testing. Christine Henderson reported on Parks and Recreation. The committee is working on a list of things to be removed and repaired from the park. Bob Hildebrand would like to see volunteers to help remove things from the park. Mike Phipps reported that the Buildings and Street Committee has been working on alleys, but they can wait until the Solicitor returns to finish that project. He also commented on how great NOTICE Ordinance 2012-10 to raise the minimum rates for all water customers the remainder of this ordinance may be viewed or copy obtained at the Village Clerk’s Office at 33 Logans Lane, West Union, OH. 45693. Tanya Johnson, Village Clerk 12/4, 12/11

downtown looks. Roy Carpenter commented on how appreciative he is of Wayne Blythe who owns businesses on Second Street and how he was key in initiating the cleanup on Second Street. In Community Events the Tree Lighting will be December 7th and the Village Christmas will be December 14th. Christmas Concerts at the School will be held December 3rd and December 10th. A motion was made by Church and seconded by Phipps to pay bills. Vote on the motion showed all members voting yea. Motion carried. A motion made by Phipps and seconded by Henderson to approve the Ordinance issuing a bond to buy the Police Cruiser. Vote on the motion showed all members voting yea. Motion carried. A motion was made by Church and seconded by Hildebrand to approve the Ordinance issuing a bond to buy the Police Cruiser. Vote on the motion showed all members voting yea. Motion carried. A motion was made by Church and seconded by Hildebrand to appropriate money for up to $1500 from the State Highway Fund to fix the Clock and Banners on Second Street. Vote on the motion showed all members voting yea. Motion carried. A motion was made by Carpenter and seconded by Wagner to adjourn. Motion made by Phipps and seconded by Hilderbrand to adjourn. End of Year/Organizational Meeting The Franklin Township Board of Trustees will hold the 2012 End-of-Year/2013 Organizational Meeting on December 27, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at the Franklin Township Fire House located in Locust Grove. The public is encouraged to attend. Diane Ward, Fiscal Officer 12/11

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Peebles Elementary Spelling Bee Winners

Pictured (L/R): Brett Ferguson, Rebecca Rust, Whitney Bauman and Olivia Parrett. Pictured above are the winners of the annual Spelling Bee at Peebles Elementary School which was held on December 7. The Top 4 finishers will represent our school in the County Spelling Bee which will be held at West Union Elementary School Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Our top 4 spellers (left to right above) were: Brett Ferguson- Runner-up, son of Daniel and Amber Ferguson of Seaman, Rebecca Rust – 4th place, daughter of Matthew and Melissa Rust of Peebles, Whitney Bauman – 3rd place, daughter of Kent and Joy Bauman of Otway and Olivia Parrett – 1st place, daughter of David and Jodi Parrett of Peebles.

Food Processing & Technology now offered at SSCC Southern State Community College announces the launch of a new associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree program in Food Processing & Technology. “Southern State developed this program in collaboration with several local companies who outlined a need for employees with academic training in the field of food processing and technology,” said Karen Davis, SSCC Interim Dean of Technical Studies. “During our initial needs assessment, we were surprised to learn of the vast opportunities for our graduates in this field. Our research ranked Ohio as fifth in the nation in overall food processing.” Designed to be completed in four semesters, Food Processing & Technology is a diverse discipline which combines many different fields, including food science, safety, regulations, processing, chemistry and plant operations. “With this degree in hand, our program graduates will be able to hit the ground running in a growing career which has a lot of offer, but not everyone knows about it,” said Liz Feliciano, SSCC instructor of food science. Some job titles in this industry include food technician, quality control, food service supervisor, food inspector, food operations and food manufacturing supervisor. The exact nature of the profession is dictated by the area of specialization, but may encompass food plant operations, food product development, marketing, restaurant operations, government or regulatory functions, food inspection and food safety.

According to the most recent statistics offered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the 2010 median pay for Agriculture and Food Science Technicians (associate’s degree) was $32,760 per year ($15.75 per hour), and for Agriculture and Food Scientists (bachelor’s degree) was $58,450 ($28.10 per hour).” Nationally, Ohio ranks first in Swiss cheese production, second in egg production and fruit and vegetable processing such as canning, juicing and specialty foods, third in fresh and processed tomatoes, bakery output, and beverage production of items like soft drinks, purified water, beer and wine, fourth in production of animal foods and dairy products, and fifth in the manufacturing of other food products such as teas, coffees, spices, seasonings, sauces, snacks, and peanut butter. “In previous decades, to make food safe, we just heated it until everything was dead,” said Jen Perry, a postdoctoral researcher with The Ohio State University. “Now consumers are really demanding quality of their food, and they expect everything that they buy, whether it is completely raw or not, to be safe. Food science has job security because people eat every day and always will.” Registration for spring semester is now underway and classes will begin Jan. 7, 2012. To learn more about the new associate’s degree program offered at Southern State, please contact Feliciano at 1-800-628-7722, ext. 4695, or lfeliciano@sscc.edu. For more information, please visit www.sscc.edu/academics/associate/food-processing-technology.

Oh Deer By Faye Mahaffey Brown County OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer As I was finishing up hanging up outside lights for the holidays I discovered the dreaded deer damage in my row of Arborvitaes down by the creek. One of my buck “buddies” had rubbed off several large branches of the last tree in the row. Then he moved along to the dwarf red buckeye tree and finished up with my white lilac bush for dessert! My husband reminds me each year as we enjoy the escapades of the young deer running around all our Spruce trees that eventually some will come back to make their mark on the landscape. This year for the first time they discovered that they could lean over the rabbit fence to munch on lettuce, but it still hasn’t dawned on them that they could simply jump over the fence. That will probably happen next year! According to FactSheet W-5-200, Preventing and Controlling Deer Damage, (available at ohioline.edu.osu) White-tailed deer were nearly extirpated from much of the eastern United States in the early 1900’s because of habitat changes and overhunting. However, numbers of deer have increased throughout Ohio and the East as forests matured over the past century and appropriate hunting seasons were established. The white-tailed deer is now among the most common mammals in the state. Although hunters and nature enthusiasts may enjoy the sight of deer, this animal has presented some problems throughout the state. Deer are involved in vehicular collisions, overbrowsing of parks and reserves, and damage to a variety of crops, gardens, nurseries, and trees. Damage by deer can be identified by the jagged or torn surface on twigs or stems that they browse (compared to the clean-cut surface left by rabbits and rodents). Deer tracks are also easily identified. As with all nuisance wildlife problems and damage concerns, changing your level of tolerance is the easiest solution. However, you must ultimately decide what level of damage warrants action. If you choose to manage your deer problems, remember that there seldom are quick solutions. The key to success is persistence. Damage Prevention and Control tactics include: Exclusion, Habitat Modification, Scare Tactics, Repellents and Toxicants, and shooting. (Be sure to check with the Division of Wildlife for hunting regulations and limits.) The Ohio Division of Wildlife also has a very informative publication on Deer Damage Control

(Publication 138). When you are considering the purchase of new ornamental plants for your landscape you can refer to the handy list included with the OSUE FactSheet. Plant species are grouped together by how frequently they have been damaged by deer. The “Rarely Damaged” list includes: Barberry, Common Barberry, Paper Birch, Common Boxwood, Russian Olive, American Holly, Drooping Leucothoe, Colorado Blue Spruce and Japanese Pieris. Where is my Arborvitae on the list? On the “Frequently Severely Damaged” list, of course!!! Check the internet and you will find a long list of books about Deer-Resistant Landscaping, but the bottom line is deer will eat almost anything if they choose to do so. I have learned that I need to choose my battles, and try to be smarter about the plants that I choose for my gardens. So much to consider…how often does it bloom, will it survive a drought, or freezing temperatures, are the leaves attractive, and is it on the “deer candy” list? There have been several changes in the schedule for the Master Gardener training classes. The new class will meet February 20 through May 22, once a week on Wednesdays; from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Deadline to register is February 11, 2013 with the cost still being $150. . If you want to take the training, but do not want to become a volunteer the cost is $360. If you are interested in registering for the training, please contact the Adams County OSUE office at 937-544-2339. Tomorrow’s forecast is 70 degrees, so I will be heading out to work on Honeysuckle. This will probably be my last opportunity for 2012 to tackle this woodland bully. Be sure to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!

Extracting Opportunity for Appalachian Ohio Cara Dingus Brook, President and CEO Foundation for Appalachian Ohio The extraction of Appalachian Ohio’s natural resources has helped create wealth and prosperity in many parts of our state and nation, yet the region itself has continued to struggle with persistent poverty. Now, new technologies for accessing oil and gas from shale are placing the region at the center of another energy boom. As we rise to the challenge of providing the resources needed to power our country, we must also rise to the unprecedented opportunity to extract prosperity and lasting wealth for our region’s citizens and communities. We can learn a great deal about today’s opportunity from the region’s past. Many Appalachian Ohio communities were created by natural resource extraction. The mining of coal, iron ore, and clay produced jobs, attracting people to settle in the region. During these early energy booms, our communities were emerging. They had not yet

developed charitable foundations or economic development organizations to retain a portion of the income flowing through their communities for reinvestment in the communities’ well being. When the income produced by extraction began to dry up, communities lacked resources to prepare for a new future. Appalachian Ohio’s experience with shale development can be dramatically different. Our region is now home to strong philanthropic, economic development, educational, and social service organizations. These organizations are well-positioned to retain and reinvest shale development wealth. Further, there are many examples of regions across the United States that have leveraged extractive industry resources to create sustained prosperity for their citizens and communities. While we are already experiencing success in building lasting resources from shale wealth, much more can be done. We at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio believe it is within our collective potential

to leverage shale development resources to fundamentally transform the region’s quality of life, not just for today but for generations to come. While we don’t have all of the answers, we understand success will require vision, strategy, and collaboration. It is time to start serious discussions regarding how the region can benefit long-term from today’s energy boom. Over the coming months, the Foundation will gather and share ideas on this topic, to culminate in a public discussion regarding what we learn. Please send your ideas and suggestions to idea@ffao.org.

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Senior Living Autograph Block Adams County Senior Citizens Melody Stapleton, Director Adams County Senior Citizens Plan ahead. The Holidays can make for several trips to visit family and friends both near and far. Think safety first when travelling. Here are a few safety tips and handy items to have with you as recommended by the American Automobile Association (AAA): * Check your vehicles tire pressure to make sure it’s within the suggested range. Remember the spare tire too! * Check all the fluid levels, including oil, coolant and windshield wiper fluid. If your battery isn’t a maintenance-free one, check battery water as well. * Make sure all lights are working, headlights, brake lights, hazard lights and turn signals. * Keep items such as an ice scraper & brush, tools & flashlights, jumper cables, blankets, jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, and a First Aid Kit in your vehicle. Another good thing to have would be some tire traction material such as sand or even cat litter. * Wear your seat belt; keep your doors locked; store your purse or other valuables out of sight and if you make stops, avoid flashing large amounts of cash. * If you have car trouble, pull onto the shoulder and when safe, raise the hood and return to your vehicle, lock the doors and wait for a police officer. Holidays a Time of Travel Just a reminder: West Union Senior Club will have their Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 14 at 12 Noon. Manchester Young In Heart Club will have their Christmas Dinner

on Thursday, December 20 at Noon. You are welcome to attend. The Senior Citizens office/Senior Center will be closed on Monday December 24 and Tuesday December 25 to keep Christmas with our families and friends. Do you like Classics? Classic movies, that is. On Tuesday, December 18 at 1:00pm our Movie & Popcorn feature will be the 1939 film “The Little Princess” starring Shirley Temple and Richard Greene. Everyone welcome! Come on out and get involved in some of the activities and services we have going on every month here at the Senior Center. On the 1 Monday & Friday each month the Adams County Veterans Services are here. On the 3 Monday we have Knitting Class from 1-4 pm. Each Tuesday & Thursday from 10-11 am is Gentle Chair Yoga Class with the exception of the week of Christmas. There will be no Yoga classes on December 25 or 27. On Tuesday afternoons at 1 pm is Movie & Popcorn except on Christmas day. The Scrappy Quilters Club will meet on the 2 Wednesday from 10 am – 3 pm due to the Christmas Holiday week. Marsha from OSU Extension will be here at 12 noon on the December 12. Each Thursday from 12:303:30 pm we play card games. On the 2 Friday at 11 am GENESIS comes to check blood pressure/blood sugars. We welcome volunteers to help with any activities you might be interested in doing. Your involvement and input helps us to serve you better. Services and activities are FREE. It’s YOUR Senior Center. We want YOU to

enjoy it. For more info: 544-3979. Office hours are Mon.-Fri. 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally funded program designed to help eligible Ohioans meet the cost of home heating. Bring a current heating bill, electric bill, proof of income, social security numbers, birth dates of everyone living in household and proof of US citizenship for primary applicant (birth certificate, Ohio driver’s license, passport, baptismal record, voter’s registration or a signed verification from another US citizen). At Senior Citizens our emphasis is placed on reaching the elderly, 60+, homebound and/or disabled. Guidelines must be met to qualify. We have applications at the Senior Center and an OutReach Aide available on Tuesday, 8 am–4 pm and Thursday from 12 – 4 pm to assist you. For more info and/or to make an appointment, call Teresa at 5443979. KEEP IN MIND: We have some medical supplies (chucks, depends, bed pads, etc.) here at the Senior Center that we will gladly share with any senior who is in need of them. If you need any of the above items, or if you have any medical supplies or equipment that you no longer need, (still sealed in original packaging) please give us a call at 544-3979 or drop by the Senior Center. Teresa Carr, PR/Social Service Asst. JUST A THOUGHT: There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.

This week, the block is the autograph block. They are great to use in the border to record history of your own family and to commemorate your Adams county Memories. (The rest of the instructions in on the jpeg picture.)

ABCAP Senior Nutrition Menu Wednesday, December 12, Tender Roast Beef, New Potatoes, Carrots, Roll and orange Thursday, December 13, Chicken and Dumplings, Whipped potatoes, Broccoli, Mandarin Oranges and Biscuit

Friday, December 14, Brunch Canadian Bacon Biscuit and Hash Brown Monday, December 17, Pork, Cubed Potato, Lima Beans, Peaches and Bread Tuesday, December 18, Chili, Peanut Butter, Cole Slaw, Pudding and Banana

Dear Miss Needles Dear Miss Needles Last year we had a real pine tree for the holidays. When my son took the tree out the door, he took it top first and ever since, I have been picking out bits of pine needles out of the carpet. Any ideas? Thanks! Needles to Death Dear Needled: You question made me smile. Years ago I had something similiar happen. This summer when I pulled carpet, there was a couple old brown dried needles that had somehow made it under the carpet and into the carpet pad. I remember burning up a sweeper because the hose filled with needles and were so packed in the hose, I

pitched the entire sweeper. Now they make bags to put the tree in before you try to take it out but you can still make a mess getting the tree into the bag. Rubber gloves and tweezers work as well as anything. Good luck and sorry I can't help you more. I switched to an artificial tree due to my cat, but I do miss the smell of the pine tree. Dear Miss Needles - I read somewhere, it may have been your column, that there is a crochet hook they make that you can use to hook rugs through canvas and then when you pull out the hook it weaves/pulls a piece of yarn through the loops to secure them. Any idea

what it was called? Sign me - Roxy Dear Roxy - I think they are called Locker Hooks and there are a variety of types and styles. I asked for an instruction book a couple of years back for one and the sales person lead me to a book on how to crochet dread locks. I didn't have the heart to tell her she miss heard me so I smiled and after she left, I went and bought some buttons and left. Do you have a question you would like Miss Needles to answer? Please e-mail her at dearmissneedles @yahoo.com or write to her in care of The Informer.

Friday, December 14th 8:00 P.M. Showtime FREE ADMISSION Saturday, December 15 9:00 p.m. Band Miller Time Appetizers Oysters on the 1/2 Shrimp Cocktail and Nachos.

Jethro's Place 1830 US 52 Aberdeen ( formerly the Doghouse Saloon ) Hours: Monday - Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Friday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.


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HEALTH MATTERS Adams County Medical Foundation Gala - Thank You The Adams County Medical Foundation Board of Trustees extends sincere appreciation to the sponsors, donors, and volunteers of the 2012 Foundation Gala, Night at the Oscars. The event, benefiting women's health, was held to assist with the purchase of a digital mammography machine for ACRMC. The Gala was held on Friday, October 12, at the Red Barn Convention Center in Winchester, Ohio. Over 250 people enjoyed an evening with a delicious dinner prepared by Hesler's Catering and outstanding entertainment by Rosie Young, Sharon Campbell, and Kevin Leis and the Quartet. Master of Ceremonies, Don Bowles, kept the evening lively and was joined by Dean Brown who hosted the live auction. The live auction featured packages such as the "Little Black Dress", "Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens tickets", "Murphin Ridge Inn Get Away", "Gatlinburg Area Escape" and many more high end packages. The live and silent auctions broke an all-time record bringing in over $11,000. Karen Hughes, Joyful Hearts Photography, captured the evening in photographs and RD Malcom, DJ, provided entertainment during the opening social and the dance which closed the event. The Gala grossed over $36,000 with all net proceeds applied towards the purchase of a digital mammography machine. The Foundation received a grant that pays for 63% of the cost of the machine but leaves approximately $150,000 in unmet need. Fundraising efforts are focused on closing this gap. All of us are directly affected by breast cancer. We have had it, will get it, or lost someone to it. It affects all of us. In 2011 and so far in 2012, ACRMC has done 3,574 mammograms. The statistics are staggering in that one in eight women will get breast cancer and one in four cancers diagnosed in the USA will be breast cancer. Digital mammography detects breast cancer earlier - therefore a higher survival rate. If you are interested in contributing towards the purchase of the digital mammography machine, please contact the Adams County Medical Foundation at 230 Medical Center Drive, Seaman, OH 45679 or call 937-386-3701. The Foundation expresses sincere appreciation for the outstanding support received from the community in helping us reach our goal. Thank you! GALA SPONSORS & PARTICIPANTS Event Sponsor: Health Management Systems, Inc. Corporate Sponsors: General Electric; Alpha Imaging; Barry's Chevrolet-Buick,Inc.; EVIS LLC/Connors & Associates LLC; Team Health; and The Christ Hospital Table Sponsors: Adams Brown Community Action Partnership, Adams County Republican Candidates, American Healthcare Solutions, Amerinet, Dr. Bruce & Sharon Ashley, Blake's Pharmacy, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Caldwell, Dr. and Mrs. Tyler Campbell, Diagnostic Radiology Inc., DP Sciences, Fifth Third Bank, First State Bank, Local 175 Utility Workers Union of America, National Bank of Adams County, Queen City General & Vascular Surgeons

Group, Snappy Tomato Pizza-Seaman, Southern State Community College, The Doctor's Company, The Hair Company, Wolseley Industrial Group Master of Ceremonies: Don Bowles Auctioneer: Dean Brown assisted by Beth Brown Entertainment: Kevin Leis & the Quartet, Rosie Young, Sharon Campbell DJ: RD Malcom Dinner: Hesler's Catering Photography: Joyful Hearts Photography, Karen Hughes Donors: Dreamcather Communications, Winchester Family Practice, Granny's, County Cupboard and Garden Center, The Final Touch, Linda Copas, Adams County Florist, The Carpet Outlet, Richmond Insurance Agency, The Hair Company, Just the Tease, MacKenzie Burns, The Beam Family, Dan & Sherry Gammon, Cedar Works, Brian Measel - The Body Shop, Matt Greene Chiropractic, Bill & Dolores McFarland, ACRMC Auxiliary, McCoy Lumber, Baxla Tractor Sales, Inc., Seaman Flower Shoppe & Crafts, Dr. Charles and Darla Miller, Kroger, First State Bank, O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Hospice of Hope, Auto Zone, Judy Mason, Miranda Edingfield, Hilltop Golf Course, Go Tees Printing, Medical Mutual, USI Midwest, Evergreen Nursery, Keim's Family Market, Barnhill's Hardware LLC, Mr. & Mrs. Ricky Puckett, Mr. Michael & Dr. Sherry Stout, Long's Retreat, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Blake, Murphin Ridge Inn & Restaurant, Heartland of Hillsboro, Raber's Shoes, EVIS LLC, The Lively Lady Campground, White's Meat Processing, Mr. & Mrs. Dane Clark, Glockner Oil Company, Miller's Bakery & Gifts, Walmart, Joyce Porter, Moyer's Winery and Restaurant, Dr. & Mrs. Tyler Campbell , Butterbee's/County Inn, Scioto Ribber, Tony Staggs, State Farm, Alley 21, Cruiser's Diner, Commac Foods, Prather's IGA, JT's Stovetop BBQ, Mosiers Furniture and Appliance, Southern State Community College, Brian McCord, McFarland Blacktop & Sealing, Chamblin Furniture Company, Adams County Building & Loan, Ellie Zint Integrated Marketing Communications, Bill Jones, Jack & Pat O'Hara, Larry Anderson, Bob Applegate, Bill & Julie Foster, Bill Smith, Nancy Yarosh, Highland Lanes, Seaman Lyons Club The Gala Planning Committee: Tami Graham, Becky Hawkins, Leeann Puckett, Nancy Shelby, Sherry Stout, Volunteers: Radah Brown, Karen Ballengee, Deo Abellera, Sue Cole, Dan & Sherry Gammon, Bill Shelby, Dr. Francis & Saundra Stevens, Sharon Fulton, Deloris Basford, Mr. Jim & Dr. Peggy Chalker, David Allen, Dean & Beth Brown, Joyce Porter, Phil Hawkins, Becky Basford, Dr. Bruce & Sharon Ashley, Bill & Deloris McFarland, Mike Stout, Mary Smith, Kevin Leis & the Quartet, Sharon Campbell, Rosie Young, Don and Venita Bowles, Mike & Jackie Cluxton, Dane Clark, Liz Lafferty, Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Cantrell Jr., Rebecca Cooper, Debbie Ryan. Our Sincere Appreciation for Your Support

EAR, NOSE & THROAT DOCTOR COMING SOON TO Health Care Trends Impacting You ADAMS COUNTY REGIONALMEDICALCENTER Adams County Regional Medical Center (ACRMC) is proud to welcome Dr. Paul Conrad to its Medical Staff. Dr. Conrad is an Ear, Nose & Throat Physician who practices at Meadowview Regional Medical Center and will be seeing patients twice a month at ACRMC starting in December. Dr. Conrad is a Board Certified Physician in Otolaryngology, as well as Surgery, and has been practicing medicine since 1996. ACRMC will be taking calls for December appointments starting in November. You may make an appointment by calling the Scheduling Department at 937-386-3451.

Paul Conrad, MD

Overview of payment trends associated with hospitals and physician offices as the industry struggles to change and become more efficient. Many of these changes will directly impact individual patients and their families. For example: "Thank you for your insurance information and choosing our office for your dermatology needs. All we need now is an advance payment of $75.00 and we can schedule your appointment. Please be advised that you will be required to pay additional fees prior to scheduling any follow up procedures or testing which may be recommended as a result of this visit." This type of message is being heard loudly across physician offices, hospitals and surgery centers across the country as patients confront the real consequences of lower insurance coverage and health care providers are forced to deal with the higher

percentage of uninsured and under insured which they see. It's a huge issue in health care as it is creating unprecedented losses with less than 10% of all billed patient fees actually being paid regionally. The losses threaten the ability of physicians and hospitals to continue providing care. While the example above refers to dermatology, it is a pervasive issue across all health care specialties and locations of care. What used to be referred to as charity care and bad debt is increasing dramatically as the recession and growth of higher deductible insurance plans forces patients to pay more and more of the costs out of pocket. In Adams County, we've been fortunate to have avoided this for some time while neighboring hospitals and physician offices in the region have moved to advanced payment on all but emergency services. Unfortunately, the rapid growth of loss in this area will likely lead to

advance payment requirements at ACRMC and associated physician offices in the near future. If you have any questions, please call an ACRMC Patient Financial Representative, at 937-3863449, before scheduling your appointment. Patient Financial Representatives work with our patients and their families to assist them in better understanding their current insurance benefits as well as options for payments and/or payment plans available to them. ACRMC is committed to making your health care more accessible and easier to manage financially and that often begins with planning. Many care treatment plans require pre-authorization by your insurance company for coverage and payment which you may not be aware of. In addition, some services which are covered may require additional or very specific documentation from your primary care physician or specialist.

230 Medical Center Drive Seaman, OH 45679


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