THIS AND THAT —
Add water to the list of things Lima is known for.
Last week a glass of H2O became as popular as a Kewpee hamburger.
Following Monday night’s tornadoes, officials from Dayton were on the telephone to Lima Utility Director Mike Caprella, asking him about the possibility of being a backup water supplier. Dayton’s water plant was knocked off line by the vicious storm, putting many in Montgomery County under a water boil alert. To get its plant operational, Dayton had to slowly re-pressurize and disinfect its waterlines. Should something go wrong, Dayton officials wanted a backup plan.
“We have the best water in the state, so naturally they turned to us,” said Lima City Utilities Director Mike Caprella.
Dayton was able to get its plant operational so the request was never made, but if it had, Lima was ready to deliver 15 million gallons of drinking water by truck to the Dayton area.
“People would have been told they could take water containers to certain areas to be filled,” Caprella said.
He recalled one time before when Lima was called in regards to a water emergency. In that case the water was delivered to the Budweiser plant in Columbus, where it was poured into cans and delivered out West.
“I imagine there may have been a few disappointed people who popped open a Bud, only to get a swig of water,” Caprella said.
100 deadliest days
We’ve begun the “100 deadliest days for teen drivers” — the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teens are out of school and driving more. Speeding, drunken driving and other distractions such as texting historically bring an increase in deadly crashes among teens.
It is a safety issue that impacts all road users.
Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel, according to AAA Foundation research. In Ohio, 139 people, including 81 teens, died in crashes involving teen drivers between 2013 and 2017.
A bill that is currently working its way through the Ohio Legislature seeks to make two adjustments to Ohio’s current licensing system. It would lengthen the temporary instruction permit phase from 6 to 12 months for new drivers. Newly licensed teen drivers also would need to be supervised while driving after 10 p.m., rather than midnight, for the first 6 months of their license. Exemptions would be made for work, school and religious activities.
“Beav” turns 71
It was a shocker to read the Today’s Birthday” feature Sunday in The Lima News and find that Jerry Matthers of “Leave it to Beaver” fame turned 71. It seems like only yesterday he was hanging out with Larry Mondello, who would always be pulling food out of his pockets. Mathers currently lives in Santa Clarita, California, with wife No. 3. As for the show’s other cast members:
• Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver) is 74 and is a sculpture.
• Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell) will turn 76 on Friday and is a retired police officer.
• Rusty Stevens (Larry Mondello) is 70 and was an insurance salesman.
• Frank Banks (Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford) died at age 71 in 2013.
• Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver) died at age 73 in 1982.
• Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver) died at age 94 in 2010.
ROSES AND THORNS: There’s always a spot in the rose garden for an all-around good person.
Rose: To Lima Central Catholic tennis coach Kevin Bruin, who received the Ohio High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award. Individuals selected reflect the values of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity through their professional responsibilities and are role models for others.
Rose: To the Kalida boys’ and girls’ track athletes who competed in last weekend’s state track meet. Their accomplishments came despite not having a home track in Kalida.
Rose: To Ann Mulder, who is retiring after 37 years of teaching at the Trinity United Methodist Church Center for Creative Child Care.
Rose: To Celina Mayor Jeffrey Hazel, for his work in holding the city together following last week’s tornadoes.
Thorn: To Wesley Slaughter, who is charged with arson regarding a December fire at the historic Koneta Hotel. He maintains he is a demon known as “Bohevin.”
Thorn: To Jason Triplett, 28, of Lima. He led several police agencies on a 20-minute chase through Lima and Shawnee Township before crashing his vehicle into a house near Kingston Avenue and 9th Street. The incident happened at 4 p.m. Thursday, a busy time for traffic.
PARTING SHOT: It doesn’t matter what temperature a room is, it’s always room temperature.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.