to Trout Derby sponsors
This year the Portsmouth Area Jaycees ran its 45th Annual Trout Derby in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at Shawnee State Park. The derby was a resounding success and there were attendees from all over the state and region. This annual event is a showcase for the park and helps the Jaycees provide leadership training for their members.
The Jaycees would like to thank all the sponsors of the Derby. Without your support, this event would not be possible. With the last-minute media blitz this year, the Jaycees were able to raise enough money to effectively run the derby and ensure their stewardship of the program next year.
During the last week, some events have transpired that should ensure the Jaycees run the Trout Derby for the next few years. Most people understood that the smaller prizes this year were a direct reflection of lower sponsorship. What mattered most was that everyone had a good, clean, fun-filled day that exemplifies the spirit of the event. The Jaycees look forward to hosting this event next year, and the challenges that will be part of the experience.
The Trout Derby is a logistical puzzle with many pieces and players that need to fit together to make the function a success. The coordination of resources among the Jaycees, ODNR, Health Department and sponsors is a large and encompassing job. The Jaycees would like to take this opportunity to publicly recognize Aurora DePuy and Jon Boggs, the co-chairs of this year’s event. It is young people like these two that will be the future leaders of Scioto County.
Jefferson Township voters need to get out and vote
Everyone in Jefferson Township should be aware of the write-in for alcohol sales in Clarktown. We already have three stores on Ohio 139 selling alcohol. Take a look when you ride by. What else do you see being sold?
I have grandchildren who live on 139 past Clarktown. Will they have to stay in the house this summer to be safe from drunken drivers?
The sheriff’s department has all they can handle trying to clean up all the drugs on our streets. With alcohol sales also comes drugs, robberies, fighting and the worst of all, death for some of our younger children.
So vote no and save Clarktown and our children from harm.
Contact state, congressional leaders to save Waverly plant
The Masco Cabinet Group announced it was closing its Hopewell Road facility in Waverly.
The plant is the largest single employer in Pike County and one of the largest in southern Ohio.
According to Channel 10 WBNS, the Waverly plant opened in 1987 and was purchased by Masco in 1999. Masco has not identified a closing date but expects the facility to close in early 2011, according to a company news release.
Pike County has the sixth highest unemployment rate in the state.
This closing could push unemployment in Pike County to 24 percent, putting it close to the highest unemployment rate in Ohio.
One out of every four people in Pike County will be unemployed.
This is hard to believe because this happened in large part because of the “subprime mortgage collapse” and the down- turn in the economy.
But the fall of the economy was caused by risk-taking of the too-big-to-fail- financial institutions like Goldman Sachs.
This closing is not final yet. If a buyer can be found, jobs could be saved.
You could make this happen by calling your state and United States Congressional leaders and ask them to help save these jobs. Also, passing financial reform would help keep this from happening again.
Tim Wiseman Sr.
Washington Court House