Versailles News

Kathy Magoto

December 12, 2013

O-H-I-O! Now that the Buckeyes lost their first game in two years. They have one final game to play this year; the Orange Bowl in Miami Florida on Jan. 3. Many OSU fans were disappointed and I imagine a few dollars were lost on bets. Coach Urban Meyer lost $350,000 in incentive bonuses as a result of the loss. But fortunately he’ll still receive $650,000 in bonuses in the months ahead which is really sweet on top of his $4,000,000 annual salary.

The revenue generated from football games translates all the way down to the high school level. Locally Piqua hosted five playoff games which brought more than 25,000 out of town football fans, who spent money at restaurants, gas stations, hotels, stores, etc. equating to thousands of dollars for their local economy in addition to the parking, concessions and program sales offered by the boosters.

Weather does not control football nor the football fanatic. Football is played in the rain, mud, snow, and sub-zero temperatures but rarely in sunshine. Weathermen can scare many commuters but not the sports fan. Whoorah!

We’ve already had our share of scary snowstorm forecasts sending people to the grocery stores and home for the evening. Last Sunday there was a weather advisory for Miami County which almost stopped my husband and me from going to Logan’s Steakhouse. We did venture out but it appeared that many people opted to stay in for the evening, affecting the profitability of the restaurant. That’s when it dawn on me that most everyone I know heads south during the winter and that the weathermen might be scaring them into leaving earlier.

I became curious as to what economic impact winter has on Ohio. Although I couldn’t find such statistics posted for Ohio I did find that snowbirds bring billions of dollars to Florida. I also discovered that Ohio residents rank third (behind New York and Michigan) in spending winters in Florida. Some other popular snowbird states include North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and Arizona. Undoubtedly Ohio suffers a financial impact of some sort but for those of us that are firmly planted in Ohio because of grandchildren, work or finances we’ll keep the lights burning until the snowbirds return.

Upcoming Events:

Mark your calendar for a weekly Sheephead Card tournament held at the American Legion/VFW Bunker every Thursday in December.

The Versailles Area Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and tonight December 13th they will be open from 5 - 8 pm.

This Sunday Trinity Lutheran Church hosts “Music by Candlelight” beginning at 7 p.m. This is a free event, hour long concert featuring organ music and vocals.

Congratulations to Sgt. Major Doug Reed who recently received the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal. After more than 30 years of military service Doug recently retired. Thank you and your family for the service and sacrifice you made for our country.

Happy birthday wishes to Larry Prenger, Julia Kremer, Debbie Francis, Marlene Schlater, Wanda Monnin, Joe Ruschau, Scott Garrison, Maggie Knapke, Ryan Rose, Jason Marchal, Sandy Fletcher, Keyhole Bob, Rita Rindler, Mandy Cochran, Hilda Francis, Paula Varvel, Kaitlynn Overholser, Alexandrea Snodgrass, Julie Didier, and Lauren Monnin. Also happy anniversary wishes to Alishia and Andrew Funk (14), and Anne and Chris Francis.

Hello to Mary Francis, Alyana Rindler, Lindsey Didier, Janet Garber, Bart Milbourne, Jill Brewer, Marilyn Bergman, and Pearl Bucklew.

Healing prayers and get well wishes to John Kissinger, Smoke Smith, Larry Barga, Karen Lawrence, Rob Quinter, Betty Kremer, Tina Lyme, Janice Schellhase, Vaughn Wakefield, Cory Rose, Barney Francis, Marlene Schulze, Carol Larger, Dan Roseberry, Barb Agne, Jennifer Platfoot, Rusty Whittaker, Barb Heckman, Brain Voisard, Don Ahrens, Samantha Smith, Claire Thomas, Dan Varvel, Dick Francis, Lauren Harman and all those who in need of prayers.

My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Gertrude Tekamp, Helena Frantz, and Pat Pleiman, also remembering the lives of Basil Barga, Lowell Liette, Patricia Vaughn, Richard Patty, “Moon” Spillers, Gary Marchal, Norma Phlipot, Norbert Beyke, Jack Barga, Robert Wion, Paul Barga, and John Pleiman as the anniversary of the passing approaches.

“If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, wait fifteen minutes.” ~Unknown

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” ~Bill Bowerman

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at magmon1@embarqmail.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.