IT seems that anniversaries come around pretty fast anymore. Many are happy and some sad, but regardless, it is always heartwarming to recall those special events in our life and in the life of our nation We can only hope and pray that our memories of those special occasions are happy.
When we recall the anniversary of a war, there is always some sadness, especially when we think of the many who lost their lives. And there are also many who suffered wounds and are physically and mentally disabled.
On Thursday Aug. 14, we recall a great day in our history when World War II ended. It was on Aug. 14, 1945 when Japan unconditionally surrendered. It is a good time for us to remember in prayer those who died and fought in that conflict.
Two events happened which convinced Japan to end the conflict. On Aug. 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and on Aug. 9, it was Nagasaki's turn.
Two years ago, Japan marked the anniversary with a call for the elimination of nuclear arsenals. About 50,000 people gathered in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 blast which destroyed most of the city and killed as many as 140,000 people.
I recall the end of the war and it was a glorious day in the good ole USA. Our churches were filled to thank God for the end of the conflict and that our troops were coming home.
There were celebrations all over the Ohio Valley. Back then, Wheeling was the hub of it all, and the streets of the city were filled with people in joyful moods. Horns were honking, bells were ringing, sirens were blaring and everyone was singing and dancing in the streets.
On Sept. 2, 1945, on the battleship USS Missouri, Japan and the United States signed the official document of surrender, and World War II was officially ended.
THOSE who enjoy county fairs will have the opportunity to attend two of them in the next couple of weeks. The Jefferson County Fair will get underway Aug. 12-17. It takes place in Smithfield. The Monroe County Fair will begin in Woodsfield on Aug. 18-23.
DEBBIE CARROLL who was employed at the Belmont County Tourism Council for 29 years has retired. Eugene "Doc" Householder, the staff and board of directors wished her a happy retirement. Debbie said she plans to do some traveling with her husband, George. We add our best wishes for a long and happy retirement to Debbie. She was always helpful in providing information to us when we called. May her years of retirement be many, all filled with good health and much happiness.
RICK DAVIS, a dispatcher with the Martins Ferry Police Department, retired last week. He had 22 years of service. Rick was always helpful to me and I am going to miss him. It is my fervent prayer that his retirement years will be filled with peace good health and much happiness. Thanks, Rick, and may God truly bless you for your kindness to me and to others.
THE Fourth Annual Brad Detling Memorial Ridge Runner Classic 5-K Walk-Run, sponsored by Wayne Homes and South Central Power Co. will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Barnesville High School. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Barnesville High School.
The route includes Shamrock Drive and Grange Hall Road and ends at Barnesville Middle School.
Downloadable registration forms and online registration are available at www.theracedeal. com. Race day registration will take place from 7-8 a.m. at the Barnesville High School gymnasium.
In addition to the 5 K run, the race features two classifications of walkers, competitive and non-competitive. All pre-registrants are guaranteed a one- of- a- kind race shirt.,
A limited number of t-shirts will be available for those registering late or registering on race day. There will be door prizes, refreshments and DJ entertainment.
Proceeds from the race will go toward an annual scholarship to be awarded to one or more qualified Barnesville High School seniors planning to continue their education at the collegiate level.
A portion of the proceeds are also donated to cancer research via the Central Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (740) 238-8040.
MARK the date of Saturday, Sept. 20 for the Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District's Captina Creek 5K and Family Day at Barkcamp State Park. Runners and walkers must be present by 8:45 a..m on race day. The race begins at 9 a.m. and family activities will be ongoing from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration cost is $15 before Sept l 6 and $20 after and on race day, A race t-shirt, runner packet and light refreshments will be provided for runners and walkers.
Registration forms are available at the Belmont SWCD office or on the website: www.belmontswcd.org. You can also register online at www.TheRaceDeal, com, (includes small online registration fee). For information, call Kimberly Brewster, Captina Creek Watershed coordinator at (740) 526-0027 or kb.belmontswcd@att.,net
BEGIN to make plans to attend the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce's Inaugural Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Ohio University Eastern beginning with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m.and dinner at 7 p.m.
The event will serve as a celebration of the Chamber's 75th anniversary of fostering a positive business climate in St. Clairsville and the surrounding areas.
Featured speaker will be Rocky Blier, a former Pittsburgh Steeler running back and a Notre Dame University grid star. He was also a Vietnam war veteran. Tickets for the affair are $50 per person for chamber members and $60 for non members. For information including sponsorship packages and tickets, contact the chamber at (740) 695-9623.
THE Third Annual Captina Creek Photo contest is underway. The theme is "What Captina Creek Means to Me." Entries can be photographed anywhere in the Captina Creek watershed. They will be judged by content, quality and creativity. There is a limit of three entries per person. First and second place winners will be announced at the Belmont SWCD's annual dinner in October.
Deadline for submitting entries is Sept.1. For information, call Kimberly Brewster, Captina Creek Watershed coordinator at (740) 526-0027 or email@example.com.
THE 2014 Reverse Raffle and Dinner to benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack. The top prize is $10,000, The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an open bar at 7 p.m. A buffet dinner will follow. Tickets are available by calling the United Way office at (304)232-4625.
TOMORROW'S CORNER, Inc., will hold a grand opening for is new gift shop on Aug. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. It is located at 135 E. Main Street in St. Clairsville. Called Paisleys Umbrella, the gift shop offers fun items for gift giving needs, home decor and one-of-a-kind pieces which have been created through a collaboration of people who attend Tomorrow Corner and their caregivers. Paisley Umbrella offers patrons opportunities to visit and create their own masterpieces. Everything from painting your own wineglass, mug or canvass, to assembling your own new wreath.
You can receive 20 percent off your custom order the day of the grand opening. Regular hour are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. and groups by appointment.