Re-energizing American patriotism

AS THE nation today marks the 10th anniversary of a most horrifying and tragic day, the one question most likely asked is “Do you remember where you were when the Twin Towers were hit?”

I remember like it was yesterday, as I was executive sports editor at that time. Wire Editor Stan Pawloski, sports writer Greg Harkness and myself were finishing up laying out that day’s edition.

As always we had The Today Show on a nearby television.

When the show’s coverage switched to the first plane hitting one of the towers, we remarked that had to be the worst pilot ever. When the second plane hit, a numbing effect kicked in.

Things became eerie.?You just knew we were experiencing something evil and that the nation was under siege.

It was a day the newsroom personnel remained glued to the television as the riveting events grew worse.

No one felt like leaving work. Those who did were concerned with the well-being of their respective families.

I can recall going home early that evening and one thing stood out. Every gas station in Martins Ferry and Bellaire was overflowing with customers, unsure if that day’s violence would lead to a gas shortage.

The feelings of hurt, shock, disillusionment and patriotism pervaded for a good while in this country, only to ebb over the course of years.

Hopefully, today sparks a resurgence in our patriotism and a renewed sense of pride for living in the greatest country in the world.


THE BELLAIRE Board of Education will announce the hiring of a new district treasurer at Monday’s monthly board meeting.

Cynthia L. Shaw has been selected to fill the post. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Ohio State University. She was granted a three-year contract at a special board meeting Thursday morning.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Shaw replaces Tara Boyer who announced her resignation earlier this year.


JOHN MAGISTRO has his Westerville Central Warhawks flying high. Magistro guided his young charges to a 28-13 victory over Thomas Worthington Friday night. Magistro, a St.?John?Central product who weaved a magical coaching career at Bellaire High, has his Warhawks sitting at 3-0. They will host Westerville South this Friday.


ACCORDING TO the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 10 people were killed this past Labor Day weekend on Buckeye State roadways, a decrease of one fatality from last year. Fatalities reached a five-year high in 2007, with 24 deaths 10 being alcohol-related. This year was the lowest in alcohol-related fatal crashes in the past five years with three of the 10 crashes related to alcohol.

AFTER WATCHING the Miami-Maryland football game Labor Day evening, I would be hard-pressed to ever find uniforms uglier than the ones worn by the Terps. The helmets were equally as bad. Fortunately the Terps have 31 options to choose from.

MOTORISTS ARE reminded that removal work of the old Bridgeport Bridge is scheduled to start Monday. Traffic changes will result. At approximately 9 a.m. Monday and lasting 15 minutes, the following roads will be closed to all traffic: I-70 in both eastbound and westbound directions; Ohio 7 at Bridgeport in both northbound and southbound directions; US 40 in Bridgeport to North Huron Street on Wheeling Island. Also, all adjacent local streets as deemed necessary on Wheeling Island and Bridgeport. Emergency vehicles will be allowed passage up to the point of the implosion.

THE $450 billion jobs package unveiled by President Barack Obama Thursday may be his last chance to pump life into his re-election bid. The economy will be the major point of emphasis in the 2012 presidential election. If his latest jobs proposal fails, he will have little time to regroup.

THE NEXT Bellaire Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting will be held this Thursday at noon in the Community Room of the Bellaire Public Library. The speaker will be a United Bank official. The luncheon is open to all Bellaire area business owners and their employees. The cost of the luncheon is $7. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, by calling the chamber office 740-676-9723 or email bellairechamber@yahoo. com.

MONEY TRIVIA: On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner on the “1” encased in the “shield.” There is a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner of the bill.

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