Miracles do happen. Just ask Sieanna Ohlinger.
In June 2011 she lost her class ring while vacationing at Myrtle Beach. She never expected to get it back.
However about a month ago, Tom Summerfield of Chester was walking along the beach with a metal detector and found the engraved MHS ring. He called Steve Ohlinger, Meigs High School principal, who contacted Joy Clark who got in touch with Sieanna (her granddaughter) and to everyone’s delight she now has her class ring back.
With all the sand, the tide coming in and going out, and all those months passing by, it’s amazing that it didn’t just wash away.
Jay Russell, a retired pharmacist who grew up on Union Avenue, and now lives in Medina, returns to Pomeroy occasionally. He was in town Tuesday and visited around all day before attending a meeting of the Genealogical Society at the Meigs Museum. He is active in the Society and is now the representative for this area.
Jay has a rather unusual way of spending his time now that he’s retired. He visits old cemeteries and repairs monuments that have been damaged. His small business is called Respectful Interment Preservations. His mission is to restore respect, honor and dignity to cemeteries through reclaiming damaged monuments and to educate the public about the importance of restoration.
The announcement that the U. S. Postal Service would discontinue Saturday mail delivery this fall, caused Dean Barnitz who lives on Lincoln Heights to reflect on the good old days when mail was delivered twice a day including Saturday. There was a morning delivery and an afternoon delivery six days a week. That went on a long time before it was cut to one delivery a day in the late sixties or early seventies if we remember right.
For anyone interested in taking that bus trip to the Cincinnati Reds game on May 8, better be making your reservation with the folks at the Meigs County Council on Aging.
The trip fee of $75 provides transportation from here to there and back, a box lunch at noon, and field box seats at the Great American Ball Park where the Cincinnati Reds will play the Atlanta Braves.
The deadline to sign up is March 30.
The Chester-Shade Association is planning a Civil War ball on July 20 in conjunction with the 150th anniversary celebration of the Civil War here. It will take place under the big tent to be pitched on the Chester Commons and of course those attending are encouraged but not required to come in period dress.
For those who are a little hesitant because they don’t know the dance style, relax, says Mary Powell, there will be a couple of teaching sessions prior to that time.
Meanwhile, if you want to get a little experience now, you might want to attend waltzing lessons at the Athens Public Library Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. Then on March 23 go to the Civil War Ball taking place at the Athens Community Center which is being sponsored by the Athens County Historical Society.
The 8th Annual Boots, Fiddles and Blue Suede Shoes Spring Music Festival has been set for June 1 at Eastern High School.
We’re told that the staff band this year will be made up of musicians from Nashville and the Wheeling Jamboree, and that many of the past performers will be returning and a few new ones added. There’s usually a sellout crowd to hear and see the tribute artists which come to perform at the festival, which is a not-for-profit community event.
Just remember as you move through life the words of George Bernard Shaw: “We do not cease to play because we grow old. We grow old because we cease to play.”