Admiring my dad for his amazing courage


Today is Dad’s special day, a time when we tell him how much we love him and appreciate all he does for the family.

I will recall with love my dad who left this world nearly 58 years ago. Every day I think of him and say a prayer of gratitude for the things he gave me and for all he did for our family. I especially thank him for instilling in me and my brothers and sisters a deep love of God, family and country He showed us by example to work hard and to do the best we could at all times.

I admire dad for his courage. When he was just 14 year old, he left his home in Tyrol, Austria, He came to the United States and could not speak a word of English Yet, he was able to obtain a job and like so many others, he survived. I don’t think I could have done that.

Like so many other dads in Boydsville many years ago, he was unselfish in that he did without a lot of things in order to give more to his family. He was a coal miner, worked very hard and never complained. He enjoyed the simple things of life.

I often recall how he and my mom would pray each day for my two brothers who were in World War II. Dad and several other men would walk every Monday night from Boydsville to St. Anthony Church in Bridgeport to attend the Miraculous Medal Novena to pray for those fighting in the war.

I will remember forever the tears of joy they shed when our two brothers came home safe and sound from that war.

And every Christmas, I can still see the special Crib my dad built and decorated on the front porch of our little house in Boydsville. I can still see the tears of joy he shed when we turned on the lights and the crib seemed to come alive.

Thanks dad, for everything you gave me, especially those things which no one can touch – love, faith,. integrity and the desire to do and to be the best in all things.

Today, I urge everyone to give dad a big hug and tell him how much you love him. Every one of us, especially those of us who are older, have beautiful memories of our dads and what they had to endure to raise their families during difficult times.

If your dad is still with you, then tell him how much he means to you and show him your appreciation by being the best person you can be. If he has been called to Heaven, then say a prayer for him and thank him for the legacies he left.

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SATURDAY, June 21. is the first day of summer. It will arrive at 6:51 a.m. We went through a rugged winter and spring hasn’t been ideal. Let us pray and hope that summer will be a pleasant one, with no destructive storms so that our farms and orchards will yield a bountiful harvest. The first day of summer is the longest day of the year, and soon we will see the daylight hours begin to shrink. Mother Nature’s cycle keeps on working.

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THE WATT Center for History and the Arts in Barnesville, is looking for artists and crafts people who may be interested in presenting classes and workshops in their area of expertise. One of the center’s goals is to encourage artists and crafts people by providing a venue for instructors to teach and thereby expose others to new possibilities.

For information, call Sharon Hanse, (740) 425-1483 or

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THE Carpentry Class at the Belmont Career Center will hold an auction on Friday, June 27, at 6 p.m. for its completed modular home. The house is a 1,400 square feet, three bedroom, two bath ranch-style house. The eventual owner is responsible for transporting the house to a lot. For more information, contact Paul Bickmeier a (740) 695-9130, ext. 1138.

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THE Blue Lunch Band is the featured attraction on Tuesday, June 17 at the St. Clairsville Recreation Department’s Music on the Lawn Summer Series. All concerts are 7-9 pm. and are held at the Central Park Amphitheatre, 102 Fair Ave. Bring your own seating and no alcoholic beverages are permitted. Individual donations are appreciated at each show.

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AS part of Men’s Health Month, the Barnesville Hospital will sponsor its inaugural Men’s Health Day on Tuesday, June 17, beginning at 8 a.m. During the day, participants will receive a variety of screenings free of charge. They will include blood pressure, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, A1C, weight, body fat analysis, grip strength pulmonary function screening (lung health), peripheral vascular disease screening and bone density screening.,

The screenings are free and all men are urged to participate. An appointment is required and can be made by calling (740) 425-5158.

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THE 25th Annual River Sweep will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 8 a.m to noon . and the JB Green Team and the Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District are working together to clean parts of the Ohio Riverfront. They will work in the following areas: Pike Island Lock and Dam, Bellaire Boat Landing and Martins Ferry First Street.

Volunteers for the sweep will come from environmental organizations, civic groups, recreational clubs, scout troops, local businesses and the general public. More than 20,000 tons of trash and other debris are collected from the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries during the sweep. The sweep covers nearly 3000 miles of shoreline from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., and averages more than 18,000 volunteers each year.

River Sweep is an event organized by the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), an interstate water pollution control agency for the Ohio River Valley, along with environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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THE Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District has equipment available for rent during the summer. The equipment is being updated and many parts and pieces have been changed out between the no-till drill and the two-row no-till corn planter. The equipment is available for the remainder of the summer and fall for planting cover crops. It is an excellent way to protect the soil over the long winter. All equipment can be delivered. Contact Levi Arnold, agriculture technician, at (740) 526-0027, for pricing and information.

The SWCD has wildlife seed available. For a compete list of product, call the office at (740) 526-0027.