Congratulations to all our graduates

THE MONTH of May is winding down and another school year is about to end. It means that hundreds of graduates from our high schools and colleges will hit the job market looking for gainful employment. Although jobs are scarce, we wish all the graduates success in finding the kind of work which will pave a good future for them.

No doubt, many of our graduates will go on to college to further their education. Perhaps others will join the armed forces.

I recall the days in Boydsville when I was a kid and looked forward to the end of the school year. We made plans to go on to college, but only a few succeeded. Some joined the armed forces and others, the workforce. Regardless, we all saw the end of the carefree days in our lives. We took on the responsibilities of young adults and became more and more accountable for our future. Our moms and dads told us it would be that way once we were all grown up.

We extend congratulations to those students who applied themselves and made the honor roll and were fortunate to receive a college scholarship., With the high cost of college tuition, this is a big help to mom and dad.

We also commend those who did their best, studied hard and although they didn’t win honors or get scholarships, are satisfied they gave it their all. No one should expect any more than that.

To those who finished school just for the sake of finishing it, we urge you to buckle down and start getting ready for life. No matter what road you take, education will play a big part in whatever success you hope to achieve.

If you are still in elementary school or too young to hold a job, then enjoy the summer and have fun. One of these days you will be taking your place in the real world. Now is the time to prepare for it.

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THE upcoming Memorial Day Weekend is near, and local law enforcement agencies advise motorist to buckle up, drive slow, don’t drink and drive and no texting while driving. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Belmont County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments will be as vigilant as ever in removing impaired drivers from the highways.

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THE Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble gets underway tomorrow at the Belmont Hills Country Club. Lunch and registration will be from 11 a.m to noon and the shotgun starts at noon. Dinner will be served a 5:30 p.m. There are two chances to win a new car with a hole in one.

All proceeds from the scramble will benefit the Thomas R. Dowler Fund, which supports the student, faculty programs and facilities of Belmont College.

There will be prizes for the longest putt and drive, putting contest, 50-50 raffle and raffle prizes. For information contact R. J . Konkoleski, Director of Development and External Affairs, at (740) 699-3980 or rkonkoleski@belmontcollege.edu

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WE extend congratulations and many years of good health and happiness to James E. Schramm who retired on May 1 from the St. Clairsville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Schramm spent 34 years of service with the Patrol. He joined the patrol in March of 1980 and retired in November 1999 with the rank of sergeant.Schramm returned to state services in October 2000 as a maintenance repair worker and has been assigned to the St. Clairsville Post throughout his career.

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THE St. Clair Ruritan Club will sponsor a car show on Sunday, June 1, at the Riesbeck’s Corporate office parking lot at 48661 National Road, St. Clairsville. The event get underway at 11 a.m and concludes at 3:30 p.m. The top 10 will be awarded trophies, and the President’s Trophy will be awarded for Best of Show. Dash plaques will be given to all. Entry fee is $5. There will be food, beverage, door prizes, raffle tickets for prize drawings and music by DJ Johnny O from Kool 105. For information call (740) 699-2676.

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TODAY is the final day for the First Annual Swap Meet Car Corral and Craft Show being held from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Belmont County Fairgrounds on Roscoe Road, west of St. Clairsville. The event is being sponsored by the Belmont County Agriculture Society and Two Brothers Motorsports, St. Clairsville. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. For information call (740) 359-3417 or (740) 391-1120.

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THIS Year The Sixth Annual Lansing Follies will be held Friday and Saturday, May 30-31 at the Lansing Community Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 at the door. There will be 50-50 drawings, various raffles and food concessions.

The goal of this year’s follies is to take you back to a more innocent time in your youth when some of the classic childhood songs everyone knew are performed. Christopher Krahel is the show’s director and his wife, Emily is the executive producer.

The Lansing Follies, which gets its name from the long standing St. John Central Follies started in 1954 by the late Mr . Anthony Picchi, has been a great fundraiser for the Community Foundation of Lansing. The foundation is an official 501c3 federal non-profit public charitable organization which has been created to facilitate the use of the former Lansing Elementary School as a community center for the greater Bridgeport School District area and beyond.

The support of local businesses and other organizations through their purchase of ad space in the show’s programs and donations over the past five years is very much appreciated. A special thank you is extended to the Lansing Sportsman Club for their generous donation this year to allow for the Foundation to replace the stage curtains.

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A Bridges Out of Poverty session will be held on Saturday May 24, at the Epworth Center, 301 N. Main St., Bethesda. Bridges Out of Poverty is a way of making a real difference in local communities. It is not simply some program but a way to improve relationships at the individual level, improve outcomes at the organizational level and change systems at the community level. Bridges helps to prevent poverty, support people in transition, alleviate suffering and eliminate poverty. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes breakfast goodies, training, lunch and additional information. The cost is $10 and registration is required. To register, contact the Epworth Center at(740) 484-4705 for a registration form.

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MEMBERS of the 1964 graduation class at Martins Ferry High School are reminded to look up at Will’s Hill overlooking Bridgeport and notice the flag flying in memory of PFC William R “Rusty” Hinerman, who was killed in action in VietNam in 1966 He was a member of the 1964 class. The class is observing its 50th reunion this weekend. Linda Greene Rector, a member of the class, nominated Hinerman to be honored at Will’s Hill during May.

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ON Monday at 6:30 p.m. the Master Gardners of The Ohio State University Belmont-Monroe Counties, will host a Plant Swap at The Parry Museum, Route 78 East, in Woodsfield.Everyone is invited to come for fun and education activities. You are asked to bring plants with you to trade with others. These include flowers, vegetables and herbs. There is no admission charge.

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DR. DIGONNO will hold the final 2014 Rabies Clinic at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the new fairgrounds in St. Clairsville. Cost is $10 for each pet vaccinated.