New Year: Make it a good one 2013.01.02

Written by David Green.

Moving into a new year always puts a person in an awkward state: looking back on the past and looking ahead into the future.

Many people will say it’s been a rough year that just ended. 2012 brought continued financial challenges for many families and not bright prospects for others. The country appears to be moving into an era where “good jobs” are becoming fewer. Instead, an increasing number of jobs are without the pay and benefits needed to raise a family comfortably.

Unions are being weakened, established professions such as teaching are being devalued, and employees are expected to do more for less money. We’re in an era where a corporation is considered a person, and the corporation has the money to speak the loudest to elected leaders.

On the other hand, many of us can cite numerous experiences that made 2012 a very good year. A marriage, the birth of children, personal accomplishments, new friendships—there are so many day-to-day events that make life worth living—and besides, consider the alternative.

Looking ahead into the new year, there are some obvious wishes for 2013. The funding situation for Morenci’s schools, for example, must change to preserve the district’s viability. Fayette needs to make it through an expensive sewer project smoothly, in a time when the village is always short of cash.

Morenci has some excellent but empty industrial space on the south side of town that needs a new tenant—preferably one that requires a good-size work force. Fayette, also, has space to fill. People throughout the region would love to see an unexpectedly good resolution to the mystery of the missing Skelton brothers who still weigh heavily on so many people’s minds.

When this issue of the Observer reaches your mailbox, 2013 will already have begun. There are many factors and forces in our lives over which we have no control, but each of us has within the power to make our lives better in some ways. Make it your resolution to greet the day with a smile, to treat people kindly, and to do your best in whatever it is that you have to do.

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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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