TUESDAY is election day, and there are several important levies on the ballot. There are also candidates who are seeking nomination to run for office in November.
We encourage all eligible voters to cast a ballot. Remember, if you don't vote, and the outcome does not please you, then you have given up your right to be critical. Study the issues and the candidates and make your decision.
I liked the answer given by a woman in the Valley Viewpoint in Saturday's edition of the Wheeling Intelligencer. The people were asked if they plan to take advantage of early voting. One woman said she planned "to take her kids with her on election day to help them understand the process and importance of voting." I agree that it is important to teach our children that voting is a duty, right and privilege.
Be aware that over the years,many men and women have fought and died so that we would have the right to choose those who govern us as well as the right to make decisions about taxes,
We may not consider a primary election to be important but it is. It reminds us that we are a free people and that as American citizens we have the right and awesome duty to determine who will govern us. Voting is a right, privilege and duty. Heaven help us if we should ever lose the right to choose those who will govern us.
THURSDAY , May 8, is V-E Day. It was on that day in 1945 when World War II ended in Europe. There were all kinds of celebrations and parades all over our Ohio Valley. Although the war in the Pacific was still going on, we all sensed that the conflict there would end soon and that our troops would be coming home.
We hope every one remembers that important day in our history. Many young people from Belmont County and the Ohio Valley fought in that war and some gave their lives.
Let us take a few minutes and say a prayer of gratitude for the many sacrifices our troops have made to keep us free. And they are still doing that in many trouble spots in our world. Veterans, and all those who serve our country at all times, are truly special. May we honor them and thank them for their noble service.
FAITH In Action Caregivers and the Belmont County Adult Services Coalition will hold their Annual Caregiver Support Fair on Tuesday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Mall. Those attending can learn about services for seniors, caregivers and those with disabilities There will be health screenings, exhibits, information on assisted living and volunteer services, elder law and financial planning. There will be entertainment throughout the day, a fashion show and cake.
Everyone is advised to take advantage of this special fair to help your family care for a loved one who might need information on all available senior services.
LUCAS' Lap For Kids is a noncompetitive 5K walk to be held today at 1 p.m. at the Belco Works track in St. Clairsville. All profits will benefit Shriner's Hospital in Erie, Pa., in appreciation for the care and support that Lucas Pomaranski received over the past nine years from the hospital and staff at Shriner's. Lucas and his parents are members of St. Joseph Parish, Wolfhurst.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. If you pre-register at $10, you are assured a T-shirt. Registration the day of the event is $15. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be held at the OUE Athletic Center.
THE Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department will hold a steak fry fundraiser on Saturday, May 17, from 6-11 p.m at the Ladder Station on S. Fourth Street. Tickets are $20 each and includes steak, salad, potato, roll and dessert. Soft drinks and draft beer is included. The event is BYOB and place setting. There will be a DJ and 50-50 raffle. Tickets are available by calling (740) 296-0116 or (740) 296-0115.
PET owners are reminded that rabies vaccination clinics will be held Tuesday, May 6 at 5 p.m in the school yard in Flushing, and at 6:30 p.m. at the Martins Ferry Recreation Center and at the Bethesda School Yard. Dr. Steed will be in Flushing and Martins Ferry and Dr. Stephen will be in Bethesda.
On Thursday, May 8, clinics will be held at the First Christian Church in Martins Ferry, and the Veterans' Office in Barnesville. Clinics will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Carr will be in Martins Ferry and Dr. Stephen in Barnesville.
THE Annual St. John Grade School Steak Fry will be held Saturday, May 10 from 6-11 p.m at the Forest Hills Community Center in West Bellaire, Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Dinner includes a 12 ounce steak, (you gill it), baked potato, salad, roll butter and dessert, You are asked to bring your own place settings. Live entertainment will be provided by the Trainjumpers with special music guest appearance by drummer Father Dan. There will be numerous gift basket which will be raffled.
The Pot of Gold Raffle will also be drawn. Tickets are available for $20 each and can be purchased at the school or the parish office. The prizes are $500, $1,000 and $5,000.
MUCH Construction is going on in Belmont County, including some road paving. Engineer Fred Bennett said Lash Paving resurfaced County Highway 40-A for Hess Ohio Resources. This was for access to a well site in Guernsey County. XTO has Ohio-West Virginia Excavating and Lash Paving ditching Cat Run, Mt Victory Road and Ramsey Ridge Road in preparation for paving.
Bennett said the road crews have been busy filling potholes and installing drainage culverts. The bridge crew is building wing walls in preparation for a new box beam deck on a bridge on Cats Run Road.
Work continues on the new bridge on Sand Hill and BOG Construction is working on the Historic Bridge project.
ON SATURDAY, May 10, the Belmont Monroe Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 6 will hold a Gun Bash from 4-8 p.m. at the James E. Carnes Convention Center, Roscoe Road, west of St. Clairsville. There will be drawings for guns and cash throughout the evening. Doors will open at 3 p.m. Donation is $45 and includes food and beverages.
MARTINS FERRY residents are reminded that the city's Clean- Up Day will be held at the city garage on First & Center Streets on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Proof of city residence is required via a driver's license and or a utility bill stub. Items which will not be accepted include roof shingles, building materials, tires, chemicals, oil based paints, concrete, plaster, bricks, asbestos, and no televisions, computers, or monotors Call 633-6151 for information.
WE extend sympathy to the Timko Family over the death of their mother, Mary Jane Timko, A resident of Barton, Mary Jane was a tireless worker for the Belmont County Democrat Party and was an employee in the Belmont County Treasurer's Office. She also played the organ at the now-closed Our Lady of Angels Church, Barton. Mary Jane was always helpful to me when I had the courthouse beat. I thank her for her many kindnesses. May she rest in peace.