Virginia L McQuitty 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

Spring is coming

Howdy folks.

I am writing about the Senior Services program this time. I have been a board member for several years. It is one of the best services folks can have. My mother got Meals-on-Wheels for several years. My brothers, Herb and Frank, and myself paid for this service. If unable to pay, a person can still get the meals. With this service a person can stay in their home and have someone to see them each day when they deliver the meal. This is important so vote for the levy – your taxes will not raise. This is a renewal levy – the first levy was passed in November 1982 so it must be renewed every five years. Please vote yes for senior services renewal levy.

This morning I heard an owl holler. This is their mating season – it won’t be long until spring is here. This is the time of year for baby squirrels and rabbits. If you are cleaning up your yard or garden where there is some tall grass be careful – the mother rabbit will dig a hole and line it with her hair for her babies. She will cover the hole with grass then come back after dark to feed the babies. I have been cleaning some places and uncovered the babies—just cover them back up and don’t touch them. The birds will be looking for bird houses, holes in trees or any place they can build a nest. The barn swallows will build a nest in a barn or any building they can get too.

Spring for me is a wonderful time of the year. Everything is coming to life – it is the time to start gardening now. I have peas planted in cups that are about 10 inches tall. I also have lettuce, two tomato plants, and several kinds of flowers planted in the house. I needed to get something growing. I will be putting the walls of water in the garden to warm the ground up. Then I will put the tomato plants in them April 1. I have used them for several years and they work. One year the weather turned cold. The walls of water were frozen but the tomato plant was pretty and green – no damage.

The folks who have green houses are starting to get ready for spring – the Grants Farm have three places—one on state Route 131, one in Milford, and the other one at the farm on Bucktown Road. There is another green house on Tollgate Road out of Williamsburg – the Ellis Farm. He has all kinds of plants, herbs, mulch and other kinds of plants and flowers. His telephone number is 513–724–3930. He just spun honey out for people but he got busy.

Now something to brag about, the Bethel Girls Basketball team won the District Tournament – first time this has happened in school history. Congratulations Ladies and Coaches – this was wonderful!

I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton. He said the East Fork Lake was a little murky with the rain and wind. The temperature was in the 40’s but the fishermen are catching some fish. He said folks that are fishing farm ponds are doing good—lots of nice bluegills. These folks have got some fine eating. As for me, the crappie and bluegills are some of the best eating. Now I know there will be some folks that this is not the case for, so eat whatever your choice is and enjoy them – good eating. Mike said the coyotes in Brown County are getting to be a problem so there were 150 teams of four people to a team – they started at noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday hunting for the coyotes. It was reported there were 45 or 46 killed. If you have a cat or small dog, the coyotes would kill and eat them. We have had two cats that the coyotes got. I try to keep Chester close to the house but he has a mind of his own. As I am writing this, I let him in at 9 a.m. He will eat some dry food then get in my chair and sleep until about 3 p.m.

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

More later.

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George Rooks is retired as a park manager for East Fork. He can be reached at grrooks@yahoo.com.

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