• As always, covering this week’s search for lost students at Beaver Creek State Park reminded me how lucky we are in this county to have the emergency personnel that we do. Watching those firefighters coordinate their efforts to get that bunch of kids out of the woods made me realize just how much of their own time these volunteers spend to protect all of us, for no salaries. And, of course, the time spent by the police officers and ambulance crews at such scenes is also costly to both taxpayers and the ambulance companies. Good job on everyone’s part.
  • I was impressed by one high school student among those who were rescued from the woods Friday when she walked up to one of the firefighters’ wives and asked if she was with the fire department. When Holly said she was, the student thanked her, which was a nice gesture.

– Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert


The poor condition of Lisbon’s streets, especially after this particular harsh winter, has been the focus of the public’s ire for months, while the street department does what it can with limited funding.

Local historian Gene Krotky discovered that when faced with the same problem in 1899, village council took advantage of a state law that allowed towns to require any able-bodied men between 21 and 55 years old to perform two days’ labor repairing city streets each year. You could get out of the work by paying the village $3. Failure to do either could result in a fine in the same amount.

“You want your street fixed? Do it yourself” was apparently the philosophy then, Krotky said.

– Tom Giambroni