Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab

Cucumbers are growing!

Howdy folks!

I understand 1 p.m. June 14, at Union Township Veterans Memorial Park at the corner by the helicopter, there will be a flag retirement program. The veterans will have a special ceremony for this program honoring the American flag. They do a special program for this event so try to come.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Clermont County will be from 3 until 6 a.m. June 13 and 14, at the Veterans Memorial Park. At the opening ceremony during the relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they have overcome. In the closing ceremony, they remember loved ones who have been lost to the disease. So try to come. That is the disease that took Ruth Ann from me but someday I will be there with her and my dad and mother and her dad and mother.

I had a treat last Monday. The Kinners invited me to come to their house for lunch. Then they took me to see the animals their young kids are taking care of. Some of the animals are for the fair to be in competition with other young folks. That is good for the young folks to learn how to take care of animals and how to show them. These Kinner kids also know how to raise a garden and how to take care of honey bees. Their dad and mother are to be thanked for helping the children do this.

Now about Chester—at night after he comes in he likes to lay by me with my hand out so he can lay on it. When I sit in my chair he wants to lay on my lap. The other day the phone rang so I got up to answer it. He laid in my chair so when I was done talking on the phone I sat in Ruth Ann’s chair. Here he comes to lay on my lap. I would say he is spoiled – would you? – but he is! When his dry food gets low in his bowl he doesn’t like it to be low so he lets me know his food needs to be filled.

Ruth Ann’s birthday was May 28, it was a sad day. We never know when the Lord will call us home do we.

The cucumbers I put in the hanging baskets are sure growing along with the rest of the garden, also the weeds! It will be a couple weeks before I can hoe the garden. There was a program on television about the loss of honey bees. There is a cause but they are still trying to determine what causes it. White winter honeybee colony loses were down and summer bees rose—bringing the total annual losses to 42.1 percent. This is second-highest annual lost recorded to date. We need those honeybees to pollinate the fruits and vegetables. It is estimated that honeybees add between $15 and $18 billion to the value of agriculture each year

The fishing is good. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head at Afton and he said the crappie tournament held last Sunday was good. The fisherman can weigh in seven crappie. The first-place was five pounds eight ounces, second-place five pounds four ounces, third-place five pounds two ounces. The big crappie was one and one-quarter pounds. There were 10 boats in the tournament. Last year the fishermen were saying the price of gasoline was hurting minnows—last year cost $1.19 per dozen. This year minnows are $2.19 per dozen. I called Cedar Lake below Goshen on state Route 28. They are having some big catfish caught—40 pound, 50 pound, 63 pounds. One fellar caught an albino blue cat that weighed 34 pounds. On Father’s Day they have a drawing and give away a rod and reel so get over there and catch some big fish. Sherry’s Lake is having good catches also. Several in the 48 pound class. These are shovelhead catfish so stop at all these lakes and catch some big fish. Good luck!

Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praising the good Lord. God bless all.

More later.

George Rooks is retired as a park manager at East Fork State Park and writes on local events. He can be reached at grrooks@yahoo.com.

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