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March 20, 2011

Disaster in Japan

Honda poised to rebound from tsunami, earthquake By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Japan last week will have “no immediate impact” on Honda’s North American automobile manufacturing operations, according to a statement released by the company. Japan and many other countries in the Pacific Rim suffered catastrophic damage on March 11, when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake originated off the coast of the Oshika Peninsula. The quake caused a tsunami wave reportedly up to 33 feet in height that added to the destruction. Preliminary news reports from the country indicated that at least 4,300 people were killed by the disaster, with at least another 8,600 missing. The quake is believed to be the largest to ever hit Japan, and is among the five largest earthquakes in the world since seismological record-keeping began. “Damage was widespread in the Tochigi area, where Honda has a number of operations,” according to the company release. “(Honda) has confirmed the fatality of a Honda R&D associate at the Tochigi R&D Center, when a wall collapsed in a cafeteria. The associate was male, 43 years old.” Collapsing ceilings and other damage during the earthquake injured 17 other associates in the Tochigi area, according to Honda. Seven automobile models are manufactured in Marysville and East Liberty by Honda: the Accord, Acura TL, Accord Coupe, Acura RDX, Honda CR-V, Element and Accord Crosstour. Those particular vehicles are supported by the company’s 600-plus North American suppliers, according to Honda spokesman Ron Lietzke. Honda is currently assessing the long-term impact on its auto production in North America, as some parts are supplied in Japan. “We currently have adequate inventory of prod-

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Ohio Department of Agriculture director James Zehringer answers a question in the Union County Services building Thursday, March 17.

Agriculture director: Union County a ‘powerhouse’ By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Union County is head and shoulders above the rest of the state in terms of organizing its agribusiness community, Ohio’s top agriculture official said Thursday. Jim Zehringer, the newly appointed director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, addressed

the Union County Agriculture Association Thursday evening to discuss future changes in the division, to promote agriculture and to introduce himself to Union County’s farmers. “Union County is a powerhouse in agriculture,” Zehringer said. “You’ve seen the numbers — Union County has the sixth-lowest unemployment figures in the state, and

agriculture helps with that.” A retired fish and poultry farmer from Fort Recovery, Zehringer was appointed director of the ODA by Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 10. “One of the things we need to do a better job of in Ohio is talking about the agriculture in Ohio,” Zehringer said. “We, as farmers, aren’t wired for that, but we need to do a better job of getting our story out.”

Zehringer pointed to the recent designation of the second week in March as Ohio Agriculture Week, a new plan to allow many young people free entrance to the state fair and an initiative in the schools called “Agriculture is Cool,” aimed at getting young Ohioans interested in where their food comes from — or See STATE AG, page A3

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End of an era

State budget no surprise to city officials Cason retires By LIN RICE

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City officials said Marysville’s five-year financial forecast already takes into consideration cuts to local government funding included in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed state budget. Kasich unveiled his plan for the state’s budget on Tuesday, March 15. Local, county and school district leaders across the state have been scrambling to determine how to fill gaps in their budget left by the proposed reductions in local government funding dollars, as well as tangible personal property (TPP) tax

the (TPP replacement funding) and the local government funds would take a hit,” Chavarria said. “We knew the TPP was going to be phased out, but according to the budget proposed for the state, it will be phased out quicker than expected.” In 2010, Marysville received about $360,000 through local government JOHN GORE receipts. If approved by the legisla— city council president ture, the cut to that funding would not begin until the midpoint of 2011. replacement fund reductions. Chavarria said for budgeting pur- Considering that half of the funding While the state budget proposes poses, city officials anticipated a 33- would already be collected, Marysville a cut in local government funds of percent cut in that funding. would be out about $37,500 in 2011 about 25 percent this year and an ad“We have already prepared a five- and about $90,000 in 2012 from local ditional 25 percent next year, year plan that addresses some of that Marysville finance director Jenny — we took into consideration that See STATE BUDGET, page A2

Our finance department had already prepared the budget with no cuts in service. Because our budget was submitted to city council including the anticipated cuts, the funding is there to cover what has been proposed.

Kasich budget will County officials prepared for state reduce schools’ revenue funding cuts By JIM FISCHER

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If approved by the Ohio legislature, Gov. John Kasich’s first biennial budget would cut local government funding to Union County by about 25 percent partway through this year, and an additional 25 percent the following year. That reduction, however, comes as little surprise to Union Coun-

ty officials. “The commissioners and the auditor have both anticipated substantial cuts in local government funding; we have part of that cut already reflected in our numbers,” commissioner Gary Lee said. “We felt that was the prudent thing to do, given what we expected to happen anyway.” If approved, the 25-percent cut See COUNTY, page A2

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The Marysville Exempted Village School District Board of Education has a work session scheduled , at 6 p.m. Monday, March 21, to discuss finances, including how the district would be affected by Gov. John Kasich’s proposed 2012-2013 budget. Treasurer Cindy Ritter made it clear that this is a proposal that will now be debated by legislators, and much in it is unclear at this early stage. However, she said the budget as presented last week by Gov. Kasich would result in a reduction of $1.3-million to $1.5-million an-

nually in state funding for Marysville schools. Ritter said the district would see cuts in funding designed to replace revenues previously generated by the now-eliminated tangible personal property tax as well as state funding to district for operations, transportation and special education. “The biggest piece is the (reduction in) TPP Larry reimbursement,” Zimmerman

as ThisWeek executive editor By JEFF DONAHUE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Friday, March 18, marked the end of an era at ThisWeek Community Newspapers. That afternoon, vice president and executive editor Ben Cason shut down his computer, gathered his cell phone and coat and quietly strolled out of the newsroom the way he has every week since 1993. However, come Monday morning, for the first time in 18 years, he won’t be leading a newsroom discussion on politics or Ben Cason the NCAA basketball tournament. Cason announced his retirement to ThisWeek staffers March 11, concluding a career that spanned the height of the Watergate era as an editor at The Washington Post to building one of the nation’s most respected community newspaper organizations. Under Cason’s leadership, ThisWeek Community Newspapers have won hundreds of state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. More importantly, general manager Stephen Zonars said, Cason won the loyalty of hundreds of thousands of central Ohio readers. “Ben has been the heartbeat of ThisWeek Community Newspapers for 18 years, and his contributions are immeasurable,” Zonars said. “On his watch,

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Marysville students’ first makeup day will be March 21 The Marysville school district has scheduled its first makeup day for Monday, March 21. This day originally was on the school calendar as a teacher in-service day, with no school for students. Instead, the day will be operated for students with all normal services, including transportation and schedules in place. Scheduling this day as a makeup allows the district to add a day back during or before state testing and minimizes extending the year further into June. Parents should contact their building prin-

cipal if necessary regarding this change in schedule. Marysville currently needs to make up three additional days. Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said the district hasn’t determined yet how those days would be made up but said legislation making its way through the Ohio General Assembly could have an effect. If passed soon enough, the legislation could affect the current school year, board member Tracy Greer said, in that the number of calamity days might be returned from three to five,

retroactively for the 2010-11 school year. Additionally, Greer said, districts also might be given options on how the days may be made up. One option would allow the time to be made up in half-hour increments rather than full days. Another option would allow districts whose daily schedules include more than the state minimum required number of hours of instruction, such as Marysville, to count those hours toward calamity makeup days. – Jim Fischer


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State budget comes as no surprise to officials prepared the budget with no cuts in service,” Gore said. “Because our budget was submitted to city government funding. council including the anticipatCouncil ed cuts, the funding is there to president John cover what has been proposed.” Gore said Chavarria said that as the state’s Marysville resbudgetary picture begins to take idents should shape, Marysville will revisit its see no reducfive-year financial forecast in May tion in city or June. services. John Gore Gore said although Kasich’s “Our finance department had already proposals have been getting masContinued from page A1

sive amounts of press coverage and comments from political organizations and analysts, a specific image of Ohio’s financial landscape has yet to appear. “Basically, there’s no panic here — because there is so much left to be done,” Gore said. “The governor’s office has proposed its part, and now the legislature will get involved, and somewhere in the middle they’ll find the budget.”

County officials prepared for state funding cuts Continued from page A1 in local government funding would start July 1. During the county’s budgeting process earlier this year, Union County officials estimated the loss in local government funds at 27.6 percent. “From my perspective, I really thought the (local government funding reduction) would be higher,” county auditor Andrea Weaver said. “Right now, we’re probably looking at around $600,000 in revenue from local government funds for this year.” With county income projected at about $16.3million in 2011, that figure represents about 4 percent of the county’s total revenues. Also proposed in Kasich’s budget is a 77percent reduction in reimbursement for public defenders, which is a “big line item” in Union County’s budget. “Right now, our budgeted line item is just a little over $400,000 for public defenders, which are mandated,” Lee said. Union County will need to know exactly what its revenue from the state will amount to before any county services would be considered for cuts, he added. “Some of these figures we’ve already planned for, and the remainder, we’re going to take a look at our budget and see where other cuts can be made,” he said. “We’re going to be evaluating every program that’s not required by the revised code to see where we stand on the level of funding for each. Even the mandated services, we’ll be looking at those also to see if funding can be cut.” The governor’s budget proposal was packaged as “The Jobs Budget: Transforming Ohio

for Growth.” Kasich has often stated publicly that making Ohio more attractive to businesses is a primary concern. Union County Chamber of Commerce CEO Eric Phillips said large numbers of jobs leaving the state in recent years necessitates a change. “It’s definitely a concern, how the local governments will manage to fill the gaps, and you could argue that the state is just shifting a lot of its tax burden to local governments,” Phillips said. “But something had to be done — job growth and business growth are key to Ohio’s success and we’ve lost 400,000 jobs in the last four years.” Lee said state legislators aren’t the ones who have to face the voters day to day. “I’m disappointed that, other than prisons, there hasn’t been much else discussed in terms of making cuts on the state level,” he said. “It’s apparent the state’s going to balance its budget by cutting funding to local governments, and that’s falling in our lap. “We tried to deliver the message to the folks in Columbus, but we’re the elected officials who have to face the local voters and deliver the news,” he said. Lee added that although the governor’s office published some specific numbers in terms of a budget last week, those numbers may change after the Ohio legislature puts its mark on the budget. “The budget was rolled out (last week) with very few details, but as they say, ‘The devil is in the details,’” Lee said. “We should let those final numbers come out before we react, or overreact.” lrice@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekNews.com

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Continued from page A1 the readership of our papers has grown by more than 200,000 people, which may be the most honest reflection of how valuable the public finds our coverage, which is the product of Ben’s leadership in the newsroom.” Zonars said Cason’s legacy is the team of journalists he has assembled at ThisWeek. “We are indebted to Ben for attracting bright and passionate reporters and editors who share his love of community news and sports, and to Ben’s high personal standards for quality, objective and, above all, accurate reporting,” he said. “No one checks more facts than Ben. Ben’s legacy will be that his brand of journalism will live on through our staff because Ben showed them the way as he coached, mentored and nurtured them. Ben leaves us in good hands.” Two of Cason’s first hires after he arrived at ThisWeek were Lee Cochran, now assistant managing editor and sports editor, and Sandy Wallace, news editor. “I came to ThisWeek from a small daily, and it took some time for me to get used to the different pace and schedule of weekly papers,” Wallace said. “But Ben’s vision for the papers was very clear. It was all about better reporting, better editing, better writing. For Ben, content is key, regardless of whether it’s in print or online. “It will be very strange to walk in the newsroom on March 21 and know Ben won’t be there,” she said. “We’re losing a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge — but I think I can safely say that Ben’s influence will continue to be felt for a long time.” “Ben came to ThisWeek three months before me,” Cochran said. “Soon after I started, he explained his plan for improving the papers, and it’s a vision he has followed ever since and one that will continue. The success we’ve had at ThisWeek is a credit to Ben and his vision. He knew what it took to be a successful newspaper and led us there. “He is a leader, a mentor and, most importantly, a friend. He will be missed by our readers and our newsroom.” After graduating from the University of Florida, Cason took a job at The St. Petersburg Times, where he met his wife, Carol. Cason was news editor at The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that eventually toppled President Richard Nixon. He said the Watergate episode was one of the most interesting times in his career. As news editor of The Post during that era, he put together many of the paper’s historic front pages. Cason said working for newspapers that were family-owned has been important to him. “I feel fortunate to have worked for family-run operations almost my entire career — the Wolfe family in Columbus, the Graham family at The Washington Post and Nelson Poynter at The St. Petersburg Times,” Cason said. “Journalism is almost always better when it’s run by families who live in the communities than by faceless large newspaper chains.” Cason said he remains a proponent of community journalism. “I think community journalism is the future of journalism,” he said. The Casons are the parents of two sons: Alexander lives in Charlotte, N.C.; David, his wife, Julie, and their two sons live in Worthington.

Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said, calling it “catastrophic for Marysville.” “We’re going to fight it,” Ritter said. Board president Jeff Mabee said even if the budget reductions are lessened in the legislative process, “we going to have to have serious discussions. I don’t think we can replace all that (revenue) locally.” Still, Mabee said, because of the impact on all local governments, this sets up a potential “race to the ballot box in November.” “This is all still preliminary,” Zimmerman reiterated. Ritter added she hoped to be able to clarify for board members some of the proposals before Monday’s work session.

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Raymond Elementary School students Torri Bright (seated), Cameron Sutter (left) and Isaiah Holland are shown with boxes of school supplies collected by students to be donated to Elgin West Elementary School. The Marion County school was flooded in late February.

Marysville students lend a helping hand By JIM FISCHER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Marysville students are lending a helping hand to fellow students in Marion County who were affected by recent flooding. Students in all Marysville Exempted Village School District elementary schools and at Creekview Intermediate School have been collecting school supplies and other necessities for Elgin West Elementary School in LaRue. That school was flooded on Feb. 28. Students were unable to return to school until March 10. Elgin West principal Kristin Dyer said her school was under 12-18 inches of “brown, sludgy water� that destroyed textbooks, school supplies and students’personal items. “The water was coming in so

fast they couldn’t keep the pumps ahead of it,� Dyer said. “It came across our field so hard it brought down a fence.� She said they still can use only half the building. “I asked my teachers for a list of things they would need replaced,� she said. Creekview sixth-grade teacher Natalie Askew is a former teacher at Elgin West. “When I asked if I could send around an e-mail to teachers to see whether there was anything we could do, we decided to make a community service project out of it,� she said. “We started off just donating any extra materials and supplies we had, but expanded it to where students and staff could also bring items in. Many of the kids there also had their homes flooded.� Judy VanDuzen, a reading spe-

cialist who coordinated the effort at Raymond Elementary School, said specific items such as pencils and erasers were requested. “And we talked to the kids about what happened, and how this school is not far away from ours,� she said. The first load of school supplies was delivered to LaRue last week. Collections for some items are ongoing, and Marysville teachers continue to donate. “We are so grateful and humbled how we’re being supported by the folks in Marysville,� Dyer said, adding that the school’s home community has pulled together to support the school and others displaced by the flooding. “The silver linings that have come out of this are amazing,� she said.

URE’s ‘green’ efforts recognized Union Rural Electric was recently recognized nationally for its commitment to protecting the environment. The consumer-owned, not-for-profit electricity provider has been awarded Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certification for the URE building, 1546 Route 36, Marysville. LEED is an internationally recognized “green� building certification system, providing thirdparty verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources, according to URE marketing and communications specialist Sue Gibson. The LEED certification program is widely

considered as the national standard for defining “green� buildings. Some features of the URE building that are designed to lower its environmental impact include a raised floor system that focuses heating and cooling in areas where people occupy space; geothermal heat pumps, including a heat recovery unit; clerestory glass that refracts light; occupancy sensors to reduce energy use; rain water tanks; skylights; low-flow fixtures; rain gardens; pervious concrete, which is the largest installation of its kind in Ohio; a daylight monitoring system; and numerous other environmentally friendly building techniques. Additional information about URE’s “green� techniques can be found online at www.ure. com. — Lin Rice

STATE AGRICULTURE DIRECTOR Continued from page A1 at the least making them knowledgeable about farming. While the department’s budget would be cut by about 9 percent if Kasich’s budget proposal is approved by the Ohio General Assembly, Zehringer said some reorganization of the department will mean its international marketing division will be eliminated. Union County farmers and others in agri-business should be aware that as part of the reorganization, the department’s division of weights and measures has been reinstituted, he said. “We lost our funding for weights and measures in 2009,

but we have transferred funding out of the international marketing division, which we shut down,� Zehringer said. “We have about $600,000 in the budget to get the trucks out and back working with the county auditors. We’re also looking at a fee increase associated with that.� A connection among areas with strong agri-business communities such as Union County and lower levels of unemployment has not gone unnoticed at the Statehouse, Zehringer told the association. “The governor has given us a new charge: leading Ohio out of this recession,� he said. Association chairman Dave

HONDA Continued from page A1 ucts supplied from Japan, both in inventory and in transit from Japan,� the company stated. All production activities were suspended last week at six Honda factories in Japan, along with regular operations in the Tochigi area. In Union County and other North American locations, Honda is in the process of establishing special matching gifts programs for their associates for donations to the Red Cross to aid Japanese victims of the disaster, Lietzke said. Donations from the associates will be matched dollar-fordollar, with no personal or corporate donation limit. Honda in Japan has donated 300-million yen (about $3.7-million) toward relief and recovery

efforts, along with 1,000 generators and 5,000 gas canisters. Marysville and Union County groups are also making efforts to support relief. A group of county officers and nonprofit groups met March 15 to brainstorm fundraising methods, and are beginning steps to collect residents’ donations. More information can be found by contacting the Union County chapter of the American Red Cross at (937) 642-6651 or online at www.unioncountyarc.org. Honda employs more than 29,000 people in North America. In central Ohio, Honda Transmission currently employs 1,050 associates who manufacture transmissions and four-wheeldrive assemblies for automobiles produced at the Marysville and East Liberty auto plants.

Thorbahn said at the beginning of the presentation that Zehringer could address neither Union County’s proposed Hi-Q egg farm nor wind energy because of legal reasons.

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Spring: Time to wash and wash and wash the dog Ah, spring. Season of washing the dog every few minutes. Not that we look forward to this ritual. On the contrary, in this house, dog-bathing is roundly dreaded – by the dog, who attempts to wander casually away when he hears water running into the deep sink in the bathroom, and also by my husband and me, because we know that even a bestcase scenario will leave both us and the bathroom splattered with water, coated with dog hair, and reeking of whatever that is in dog shampoo. It’s not scent, I know that. Scent is something that smells good. This smells like a night in a holding center. The one positive thing about it is how thoroughly protected against mites and fleas we all feel in the hours immediately after a bath. I feel positively invulnerable, and whether that’s because I’m fortified with fleafighting agents or because no decent flea would dream of getting close to any of us and possibly picking up that odor hardly matters. The fact is, I feel healthy and sanitized and also as if my fur is thick and shiny. Which is all very well, but if my husband and I develop even the slightest urge to go out in the yard and sniff for rabbits, we’re going to start taking the dog someplace else to be washed. That’s what my older daughter and her husband do. They drop off their dog on their way to work, and when they pick him up later, he’s clean and trim and he has a jaunty kerchief tied around his neck. Furthermore, Fritz loves the people who bathe him. Although he’s a shy dog, a dog so shy that my daughter and her husband can’t take him for a walk because if they do get him as far as the sidewalk, he’ll want to go back indoors if he sees a stranger. And

I don’t mean a stranger approaching with his hand out, ready to scratch Fritz’s ears. I mean a stranger a MARGO block and a BARTLETT half away, a tiny, indistinct smudge that no one except this neurotic dog would even recognize as human. But I’ve drifted from my point, which is that once Fritz makes friends, he keeps them, and he is friends with his groomers. He cries with happiness when he enters the business, and apparently he can’t wait to jump into the tub to be sudsed. Our dog might learn to feel that way too, I’ve thought. He’d go eagerly off to his bath, and we’d be spared the drenching. Of course, before we can be drenched we have to find him. As far as we know our dog has had no stage experience – has never played Toto in “The Wizard of Oz,” has never been through a screen test for “101 Dalmatians,” or a remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” yet he has a sure sense of theater. When the water’s running into the downstairs bathroom sink, he can fake nonchalance all the way up the stairs and into the farthest corner of the farthest bedroom without once breaking character. That’s more acting than I can do as I follow along behind him, pretending I just want to see him up close. “Come on, Pip,” I say in wheedling tones that even I can see straight through. “Hey Buddy. Nothing bad’s going to happen.” Then, because I don’t like to lie to my dog, I feel compelled to acknowledge the truth. “You are, in fact, going to have a bath, but you don’t really mind

baths,” I say to him, or at least at him, since he’s under the bed. Even there, though, he manages to express innocent bewilderment: “I’m just lying under the bed minding my own business” he says. It’s almost enough to make me forget the bath and take him to Hollywood instead. But I can’t, because for the second (or third or fourth) time during the first few weeks of spring, he has gone outside and rubbed his neck in something so foul, so awful and stinky and horrible that one whiff of him, even outside on the porch, is enough to make me wish I owned a gas mask. If I’m both fast and lucky, I close the doors to the stairs before he can amble through them – so casually! If he were taller, he could be Clark Gable playing Mr. Butler. After that, the game is over. I carry him – turning my head away from his neck – to the sink, plump him into the water and watch as he slowly relaxes in the warm soapiness. “You do too like baths,” I tell him as I suds and rinse, suds and rinse. He just sighs and leans his wet head against me. But I know the truth. Because after I’ve lifted him out of the sink, stood back for the big shake, and cleaned the bathroom within an inch of its life, I’m barely given time to dry out myself before he’s turned his neck into another unspeakable outdoor spot and the ritual begins again. Ah, spring. If any season resembles paradise more than another to a dog, it’s this one, when every smell is front and center, and the very best ones can be applied directly to the neck. At least the bathroom’s clean. And yes, I do see the irony in that. Margo Bartlett can be reached at mbartlett@thisweeknews.com.

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Ralston Steel Car Co. was ‘a truly great’ enterprise It was an immense operation: At its height, the Ralston Steel Car Co. employed hundreds of people. Much of it is gone now. A few of the factory buildings remain. But in its time —for almost 50 years — the ED Ralston Steel Car Co. was a LENTZ great Columbus success. That story and the story of the man who made it happen are well worth retelling. Joseph Stevenson Ralston was born near Hamilton, Ontario, in 1865. His father, Robert Ralston, was a recent immigrant from Ireland. His mother, Sarah Springer Ralston, came from a family that had been in America since 1680 but had fled to Canada during the American Revolution because of their loyalty to the crown. Like a number of people in Canada, and certainly like many more in the United States, Joseph Ralston was a restless young man. After receiving a basic education, Ralston went to sea on a ship

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Ralston Steel Car Co. was ‘a truly great’ enterprise Continued from page A4 By the turn of the century, Joseph Ralston was working in Chicago for a large manufacturer of railroad cars. To anyone who lives in central Ohio today and arrives at a railroad crossing — with dozens of coal cars passing by — it may come as some surprise to learn there was a time not all that long ago when most of those coal cars did not exist. At the turn of the 20th century, the railroads were some of the most powerful corporations in America. But for all of that, most freight was still moved in wooden cars: box cars, tank cars or open top “gondola” cars. Many of these cars had to be unloaded by hand. Joseph Ralston, working with a young engineer named Anton Becker, developed plans for a new type of car. The entire car would be made of durable steel and would have a series of 16 trap doors along its bottom to permit coal or anything else to be quickly unloaded. Building a sample car, the two young inventors demonstrated their product to some railroads that hauled a lot of coal. Several of them in Columbus said they would buy the new car if the inventors could find a place to manufacture it. They did just that. The Rarig Engineering Co. had been in business for some time at a distance from downtown Columbus along the rail lines that came into town from the east. Rarig had had some success making engines for industrial use, boilers, and even the superstructure for iron bridges. In the years before the Spanish American War, the company decided that its future lay in what we would today call “defense contracts.” The Navy was expanding in size and influence. The Army was more involved in more places more frequently, as well. All of these people would need heavy-duty artillery and the ordnance carriages to hold them. With outbreak of the Spanish American War, the company converted to wartime production in the confident assumption that the

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‘Old Barn’ remains Young at heart We are in the final days of one of my favorite times of the year — the district and regional boys basketball tournaments in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Over the 16 years that I have written for ThisWeek Community Newspapers and the 43 years that I have been part of the media covering these exciting games, I have talked about these special days that LARRY those of us who love LARSON these events get to spend together for three or four weeks. It is a homecoming for a group of individuals who work very hard to make these games enjoyable for the teams, coaches and fans. Of these individuals, none has worked harder for the past two decades than tournament director Ralph Young, who is retiring after the games this weekend. He has dedicated his life to the betterment of the world of education and has been a wonderful, soft-spoken leader for all of us who work this tournament. “I can honestly state that I have enjoyed coming to this tournament every day,” said Young, who was business manager for seven years before beginning his 12-year stint as tournament director, following the late Bill Alspach. “When I am asked about what I will remember most about this experience, it is real simple. It is the people that I have enjoyed most and I thank God that I can remember most of them. “It is the coaches, the officials, the kids, the workers and the fans that have made this so memorable. I have really loved every phase of the job I have been assigned to do and one of the main things I have learned along the way is that every person that works with you is unique and if you just stand back and let them do their job, what a job they will do. We haven’t really changed much over the years, but I feel that if the wheel isn’t broke, you don’t need to fix it.” Reflecting on his tenure at the Fairgrounds, Young said, “This has been such a great staff to work with and I learned so much from Bill Alspach. He taught me the importance of being a good listener. He taught me to let people talk and express their views and he told me about how much you can learn from that. It was so great to work with Bill and I miss his friendship, but my wife, Nancy, and I still have Bill’s wife, Polly, to share stories with and that is a treasure to us. “Polly is just as much a fix-

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Marysville’s Quinn Mickelson set the team record in the 100 backstroke (54.91 seconds), breaking the mark of 59.17 set by his brother, Ian, in 2009.

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After a season filled with ups and downs, Marysville High School boys basketball coach Ryan Grose feels he has his program headed in the right direction. The Monarchs were 5-16 overall and 2-12 in the OCCCardinal Division under their first-year coach. Marysville lost to OCC-Cardinal rival Westerville North 62-35 in a Division I district tournament first-round game on Feb. 23 at Delaware. “Anytime you go through a season there’s always positive and negatives that you’re going to take from it,” said Grose, who replaced Kenny Chaffin, whose teams were 28-79 the previous five seasons. “Here we have a process of change taking place with myself getting the job and just trying to implement some of the things that we want to do as far as the program is concerned. For the most part, our players handled the challenge of looking to make some changes to improve and to work hard on a daily basis.” After beginning the season with six losses, the Monarchs beat Division III Fairbanks 5346 on Dec. 30 and followed with a 57-55 win over Dublin Jerome on Jan. 5 for their first OCC-Cardinal victory. The Monarchs’ other wins came against Westland 46-42 on Jan. 15, Hilliard Darby 4342 on Jan. 18 and Olentangy See LARSON, page B2 Liberty 48-47 on Jan. 21.

BOYS BASKETBALL •Record: 5-16 overall, 2-12 (eighth) in OCC-Cardinal •Seniors lost: Hayes Chrispin, Kyle Nelson and Jordan Staats •Key returnees: Kody Davisson, Steven Romesburg and Craig Runyan SWIMMING •Finishes: Boys — Seventh in OCC-Cardinal, eighth at sectional, 17th at district; Girls — Fourth in OCC-Cardinal, sixth at sectional, 15th at district •Seniors lost: Boys — Tyler Akins, Nick Beany, Jared Miller, Alex Rodenhausen and Maurice Smith; Girls — Aileen Broud, Cristina Cross, Maggie Helfrich, Paige Laudermilch, Mariah McConaha and Heather Sements •Key returnees: Boys — Grant Barnhorst, T.J. Borawski and Quinn Mickelson; Girls — Miranda Hampton, Mary Kallinicou, Ellie Prinster and Lindsay Rossi

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Junior forward Zach LaRoche (32) and sophomore guard Corey Gould (11) are expected to be among the top returnees for the Monarchs boys basketball team next season.

Marysville’s win over Liberty hindered the Patriots’ chances of catching Westerville South for a share of the OCCCardinal title. Liberty defeated Marysville 68-42 on Dec. 7. The Monarchs finished eighth in the league behind South (131), Liberty, North and Westerville Central (10-4), Dublin Scioto and Jerome (4-10) and Olentangy (3-11). The Monarchs will lose three seniors in post players Hayes Chrispin and Jordan Staats and wing player Kyle Nelson.

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points, was the lone Monarchs player to receive postseason recognition. He was honorable mention all-league. Junior Zach LaRoche (forward) and sophomores Corey Gould (guard) and Steve Romesburg (guard) are expected to be key contributors next season. Juniors Connor Devine (guard) and Kyle Poling (forward) also are expected to return. “There’s plenty of opportunities to get better and plenty of opportunities to earn a starting spot or more playing time,”

Grose said. “Whatever your goals are there’s opportunities to achieve those, but ultimately those kids have to want to do that.” •The boys and girls swimming teams set 10 program records this season. Sophomore Miranda Hampton, in her first season with the program, represented the Monarchs at the Division I state meet on Feb. 25 at Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium. She finished 17th in the 200-yard individual medley, one spot out of qualifying for the finals. Hampton completed the preliminary in 2 minutes, 10.10 seconds, just behind 16th-place finisher Emily Boone of WatterSee MONARCHS, page B2

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Hilliard Davidson’s Chase Delande went 46-2 this season, capped with the Division I state title at 145 pounds.

Although Chase Delande of the Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team won the Division I state title at 145 pounds, he’s still going to be treated like the younger brother of Bo and Spencer. Both Bo Delande, a 2007 Davidson graduate, and Spencer Delande, a 2009 graduate, were state qualifiers as seniors, but neither made the kind of run the youngest Delande did at the state tournament March 3-5 at Ohio State. Chase went 4-0, defeating Massillon Perry’s Tanner Lemon 9-4 in the championship match. Although his older brothers may not have won a state title, they had an influence on Chase getting one. “Being the youngest brother, they would beat up on me some-

times,” said Chase, who has been named captain of the 2010-11 ThisWeek Super 12 wrestling team. “I think that’s what helped me a lot. It made me mentally stronger. I could take a beating.” Spencer often came to the practice room this season to help train his younger brother. With Spencer having a nearly 50pound weight advantage, Chase had a difficult time trying to control his brother. And for Chase, control was what it was all about. “He’s great at turning people over,” coach Dominic DiSabato said. “He’s a strong kid even though he may not look like it. He’s tough. He’s really physical and he has that football player mentality where he’s going to make you feel pain.” See SUPER 12, page B2

Forrider earns first-team selection for Monarchs Marysville High School’s Noah Forrider, a 130-pounder, earned first-team Super 12 wrestling honors. Although only a sophomore, Forrider is a two-time placer at the Division I state tournament. As a freshman, he finished eighth at 119. This season, he placed sixth at 130 and finished with a 41-10 record. For his career, he is 85-18. This season, Forrider won the title at the Marysville sectional before winning the district title. He entered the state tournament ranked eighth in his weight class in Brian Brake-

man’s High S c h o o l Wrestling Forecast. “Noah is a huge part of our program as a comNoah Forrider petitor and a leader,” coach Shawn Andrews said. “His experience at the state level as a two-time placer is a great example to the kids on our team as to what it takes to be successful.” Earning honorable mention were sophomore Morgan Miller (189) and junior Tyler Miller (152).


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LARSON tain seats in the stands and see the same fans in those seats. Can you imagine if those seats could talk? What stories they could tell. What a history they could send to us of all the things that have happened since the first state tournament was held here in 1923. Some people call this the ‘Old Barn’ and maybe that is what it is, but this ‘Old Barn’ has been a great place for me to work for a long time.” Thanks to Ralph and Nancy Young for making the Fairgrounds a great place to be for many years. There is no doubt that both will always be part of the high school basketball tournament family. They earned it. Best of life always. I’ll see you at the Fairgrounds.

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Top performances BOYS Westerville South’s Ben Jones contributed a gamehigh 23 points off the bench in helping the Wildcats beat New Albany 69-54 in a Division I district final March 11. GIRLS Pickerington North’s Jaila Kee-Bryant scored the Panthers’ first 10 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a team-high 16 in a regional final March 11 as North beat Liberty Township Lakota East 52-40 in a Division I regional final March 11.

Top stories Boys Basketball: Complete recaps of the Division I district titles won by Gahanna, Northland and Westerville South. Girls Basketball: In-depth preview of Pickerington North’s return to the state

tournament for the first time since 2007. Honorable Code: Maggie Stephenson, a 2006 Pickerington Central grad, defends her alma mater, Brigham Young University, in the wake of the suspension of men’s basketball player Brandon Davies for violating the school’s honor code. So Long, City League: The City League is now looking to fill a void with the retirement of two iconic coaches — Brookhaven girls coach Reggie Lee and Northland boys coach Satch Sullinger.

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Marysville was seventh (116) behind champion Liberty (233) at the OCC-Cardinal meet, eighth (52) at sectional behind champion UA (414) and 17th (31) at district behind first-place UA (432.5). “The team continues to head in the right direction,” coach Ann Rausch said. “(Assistant coach) Chris (Terzis) and I have worked hard to build a strong program that should continue to grow and flourish long after we are gone. That is both of our hopes for this fantastic swimming program. We enjoy working with the swimmers and watching them progress and get faster each season.” The Monarchs will lose 11 seniors. “The seniors that have been with the program the longest are Maggie Helfrich, Jared Miller, Alex Rodenhausen and Tyler Akins, each of whom have all been with the program for four years,” Rausch said. “Their leadership will be missed next season. It is always a loss to the team when you have seniors that have played an important role in the team for four years.”

son (2:09.99). The top 16 swimmers advanced to the finals. Hampton set program records in the 200 freestyle (1:58.76), 200 IM (2:09.74), 50 free (25.63), 100 butterfly (1:00.60), 100 free (55.69), 500 free (5:22.59) and 100 backstroke (59.19). She also was on the 200 medley relay with Mary Kallinicou, Ellie Prinster and Lindsay Rossi and the 200 free relay with Maggie Helfrich, Kallinicou and Prinster. The relays set program records of 1:54.43 and 1:43.15, respectively. The girls team finished fourth (136.5 points) behind first-place Westerville Central (274) at the OCC-Cardinal meet that concluded Jan. 29. At sectional Feb. 12 at Upper Arlington, the Monarchs were sixth (87) behind champion UA (416). At district Feb. 19 at Ohio State, the girls were 15th (50) behind first-place UA (505). Marysville did not score at state as UA (286) won its seventh consecutive title. For the boys, Quinn Mickelson set a program record of 54.91 in the 100 back, breaking the fdirenna@thisweeknews.com record of 59.17 that his brother, Ian, set in 2009. www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

ture at the (Fairgrounds) that Bill was and we love having her with us at the games. I also am so blessed to have had Nancy right by my side through all these years. She has been such a help to me. She has shared her honest opinion on things involving the tournament and has been so great in helping me remember to get all the little things done.” Much like the things I have written about the Fairgrounds and the thrills of the games played in this historic building, Young said it is the consistency that keeps these days so enjoyable. “You come back year after year and you see the same people in the same places,” Young said. “I have had the benefit of having guys like Dave Siess and Steve Kull working in the same posi- Larry Larson is a former athletics director at tion for every year. I see the same people on press Grandview High School. He can be heard as row and it even goes so far that I can look at cer- “Mr. High School Sports” on WTVN 610 AM.

SUPER 12 Continued from page B1 The only central Ohio wrestler to capture a state title this season, Chase Delande earned his 100th career victory in his match against Lemon. The junior finished the season 46-2. His only losses came against Mentor Lake Catholic’s Matt Fee at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Holiday Tournament, which concluded Dec. 30. After that tournament, Delande was unbeatable. He swept through the OCC-Central Division dual matches, defeated Grove City’s Robert Coles 14-0 to win the Marysville sectional title Feb. 19 and defeated Olentangy Liberty’s Ethan Snyder 10-4 to win a district title Feb. 26. The state title gave Delande a state championship in two sports. He was a cornerback for the Davidson football team when it won the Division I state title in 2009. “In wrestling, it’s more of a thrill,” Delande said of winning a state championship. “In football, it’s a long game, two hours. In wrestling, it’s six minutes and all eyes are on you.” •OTHER FIRST-TEAMERS —Al Caserta (Olentangy, Sr., 130 pounds),Angelo DiSabato (Davidson, Jr., 145), Travis Drumm (Heath, Sr., 215), Pat Elflein (Pickerington North, Jr., heavyweight),

Trevor Fiorucci (Olentangy, Jr., 119), Noah Forrider (Marysville, So., 130), Andrew Higgins (Hilliard Bradley, Sr., 152), Brady Hutchins (Canal Winchester, Sr., 125), Ryan Murdock (Dublin Coffman, Jr., 112), Vince Pickett (Central Crossing, Jr., 160) and Bobby Smith (Ready, Fr., 103). For bios and pictures of all firstteam selections, please visit www. ThisWeekSPORTS.com. •HONORABLE MENTION — Dom Barlow (Heath, Sr., 152), Conor Driscoll (Bradley, Jr., 145), Sufyan El-Geroushi (Hilliard Darby, Sr., heavyweight), Anthony Fosco (Olentangy, Jr., 135), Payton Gutierrez (DeSales, So., 103), Josh Hall (Ready, Sr., 112), Caleb Hetterscheidt (Olentangy, Sr., 152), Evan Jackson (Hartley, Sr., 215), Morgan Miller (Marysville, So. 189), Tyler Miller (Marysville, Jr., 152), Nathan Pressley (Canal Winchester, Sr., heavyweight), Ryan Sanders (St. Charles, Sr., 215), Dan Satterthwaite (Grandview, Sr., 215), Chris Settles (Hamilton Township, Sr. heavyweight) and Craig Thomas (Olentangy Liberty, Sr., 152). •PAST CAPTAINS — Westerville North’s Josh Demas (200910), North’s Jesse Dong (2008), Westerville Central’s Brendan Barlow (2007), Westerville South’s Anthony Ciraky (2006), Hamilton Township’s Nick Hackett (2005), New Albany’s Larry

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Plain City to host MORPC watershed planning meeting By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Plain City will play host this week to the first Watershed Planning Partnership meeting for balanced growth planning in the Upper and Middle Big Darby watershed. An initiative of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the process is intended to “bring together communities in the watershed to plan

for land uses that protect areas requiring conservation, while encouraging development that will accommodate future growth,” according to MORPC spokesperson Bernice Cage. “The central Ohio region is expected to grow by nearly 500,000 people by the year 2030,” said Joe Kitchen, MORPC associate planner. “Balanced growth planning provides communities with the opportunity to prioritize areas for directed development and areas to con-

serve at the regional level.” MORPC began approaching Union County and Marysville last fall to discuss participation in the watershed planning program. Marysville City Council declared its intent to participate in November. Communities participating in each plan would receive priority consideration when applying for state-funded financial and technical assistance programs and in qualifying for more fa-

vorable financial terms when seeking funding for projects associated with PCAs (priority conservation areas) or PDAs (priority development areas). Two of the four watersheds defined by MORPC fall partly within Union County: the Upper Scioto and Big Darby watersheds. “A balanced growth plan is already in the works for the Olentangy, Walnut Creek, Big Walnut and Upper Scioto River watersheds,” Kitchen said.

“MORPC is now extending the planning effort to the Big Darby watershed.” The planning meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Plain City Public Library, 305 W. Main St., Plain City. More information about the initiative can be found online at http://balancedgrowthplanning.morpc.org, or by calling associate planner Erin Grushon at (614)233-4155. lrice@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekNews.com

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Committee proposes sewer tap-in discount By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Marysville City Council’s finance committee has recommended ways to deal with a default in the city’s wastewater fund. Finance director Jenny Chavarria told the committee during its March 17 meeting that while revenue from many of Marysville’s top commercial users of wastewater services has underperformed during the past several years, some of those figures are starting to return to pre-crisis levels. Chavarria said the city’s outstanding wastewater balance is supposed to stay at a minimum of 1.1-percent of revenues over expenditures. “In 2010, we weren’t able to meet that, which technically puts the fund in default, which is a non-payment default,” she said. Malcolm Pirnie Inc., which helped develop Marysville’s mas-

ter plan for future wastewater needs, has been hired to conduct a rate study of the city’s sewers, she added. “We’ve been working with Malcolm Pirnie for two weeks, and there are a few areas that we can tweak to offset a rate increase,” Chavarria said. To maintain the city’s promise to residents of no sewer rate increases in 2011, $1.6-million would be transferred from the city’s Fund 34, an incremental sewer fund that was created for construction of a water reclamation station. An additional $300,000 would also be needed. To raise those funds, the finance committee proposed a discounted rate on 50 tap fees in 2011, offering them for $6,000 each instead of $6,500, with the same deal for 75 tap fees in 2012. In addition, the committee suggested a 50-percent reduction of the city’s summer sewer credit. If enacted, the infusion of funds

would raise Marysville’s wastewater debt coverage to 1.12 percent in 2011, dealing with the default. Committee member Mark Reams said since it looks like the city’s larger commercial usage figures are returning to normal levels, Marysville may just need to hold on over the next year. “It looks like we just have to get over this hump,” Reams said. Committee chairman Nevin Taylor said council must strike a balance between keeping the city attractive to developers and business growth, while also making wastewater services affordable for residents. “We want the city to still be very marketable, but at the same time, stay responsible to every household,” he said. The recommendations will be taken before the full council at this week’s meeting. lrice@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekNews.com

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the Union County chapter of the American Red Cross, tourism director Candace Watson said. “This is a Union County community effort, and we encourage Union County businesses, organizations and community members to help where possible,” said Jacquey Yoder, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Donations may be made through the websites of either the Union County Foundation (www.unioncountyfoundation.org) or the Union County chapter of the American Red Cross (www.unioncountyarc.org). Additional donation information is available online at www.unioncountycares.com. — Lin Rice

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County may tie into MORPC’s regional bike trail system By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

While it’s fairly easy to hop on a motorcycle and ride from Marysville to Cincinnati, it’s much more difficult on a bicycle — but there is a move underway in Union County to change that. Several groups recently met to determine the best way to tie Union County into the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) proposed regional trail system. “We invited ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) and MORPC in to talk about the planning and the implementation,” said Eric Phillips, Union County Chamber of Commerce CEO. Also in on the discussion are the city of Marysville, county commissioners, representatives of the metro parks system, the Logan Union Champaign (LUC) planning commission and several other public bodies, Phillips said. “The plan is to include a bikeways map in the county comprehensive plan, and then move forward from there,” he said. “We

A closer look While Union County already has some bikeways, plans call for new routes from Richwood to Liberty Township and from Liberty Township into the northern sector of Marysville, along with a number of bikeways running south out of Marysville past the Darby Creek Golf Course, Jerome Township Park and Pasttime Park.

would then go to Marysville, Plain City and other locations in the county and prioritize where those trails are needed.” MORPC aims to increase the number of useable bikeways throughout central Ohio as a way to prepare for future population growth. Designing the system includes considering the needs of both advanced riders and beginners, allowing for low speeds, well-defined separation from roadways, direct access to destinations and other needs for cyclists, all of which are mapped out in

MORPC’s regional bicycle transportation plan. While Union County already has some bikeways, plans call for new routes from Richwood to Liberty Township and from Liberty Township into the northern sector of Marysville, along with a number of bikeways running south out of Marysville past the Darby Creek Golf Course, Jerome Township Park and Pasttime Park. The trails running south out of the county could be tied into MORPCs overall bikeways plan, providing access to Columbus, or even connected to trail systems going as far south as Cincinnati. Phillips said the chamber is in the process of meeting with a consultant to determine the most efficient way to construct bikeways through Union County, as well as meeting with property owners and the county to discuss right-of-way issues. More details about MORPC’s bike trails plan can be found online at www.morpc.org.

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