?Commentary . . . Reflections, Observations, and Expectations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 December 2008 00:00
?    I have to say up front that I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t have anything against them but the practice of making such promises to myself simply because an arbitrary calendar date rolls around seems wrought with potential for me to disappoint myself.  I would prefer to set goals for myself rather than make promises to myself.
      I know that may be a distinction without a difference; in my twisted way of thinking a goal involves strategies whereas a resolution can lead to all sorts of self imposed guilt and disappointment as well as shortsighted rationalization.
    I do, however, see benefit in assessing progress toward goals and the setting of new goals at this time of year based on every changing conditions.  Some of these changed conditions have been of my own making while others have been totally out of my control.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2008 15:08
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?WCMH continues to bleed red ink PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 December 2008 00:00
?    In an abbreviated public meeting following an extended executive session, the Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) Board of Directors received still more disappointing financial information.  According to Chief Financial Officer, Patricia Ellison, WCMH lost over $228,000 in the month of November and a total of $1.6 million, year-to-date.  The financial report was accepted and approved by the Board without question or discussion.
    In other business, the Board heard from WCMH Chief Executive Officer, Randy Lindauer, about efforts and progress in recruiting Family Practice Physicians and Pediatrics Physicians.  According to Lindauer, negotiations are going well with several doctors and it is expected that some sort of formal announcements are forthcoming after the first of the year.
    The Board also appoint three of its own members as representatives to a committee charged with negotiating a binding affiliation agreement with Saint Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis.  In addition to members of the WCMH Board, members of the Washington County Council and the Washington County Board of Commissioners will also serve on the negotiating committee.  Formal negotiations between the two hospitals are set to begin in January.
    With no further business to discuss, the Board adjourned until its next regularly scheduled meeting on January 29.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2008 15:10
 
?Support the community at Mamma Rosa’s PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 December 2008 00:00
?    Mamma Rosa’s will help support the community by offering 15 percent of nights sales to a guest nonprofit organization.
    To become a guest charity you can organize any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night to promote for organization.
    On your particular night get family, friends, associates and neighbors to come and enjoy a meal at Mama Rosa’s and they will in turn donate 15 percent of the night sales to your organization. What a win-win situation for all. The more people who come the more money you can make.
    Mamma Rosa’s owners, Bill and Yvonne Green believe strongly in supporting the community in which they live and work.
    If you are interested in this true win-win situation call Mamma Rosa’s at 883-6296.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2008 15:12
 
?Lanesville Board renews insurance coverage for personnel with Anthem PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 December 2008 00:00
??    The Lanesville Board of School Trustees renewed the coverage of school personnel with Anthem, continuing the coverage they already have. The renewal was for one more year.
    “There was a 3 percent increase in the premium,” said Supt. Sam Gardner, who said that the price of the insurance premiums is based on a number of factors, such as “the loss ratios; what your claim history is.”
    After 41 years of service to the Lanesville Community Schools, thirrd grade teacher Michelle England was feted at a retirement reception last Friday morning (as part of the school’s Christmas program) by the school. She taught her entire career at Lanesville.
    Nathan Barnickle has been hired as England’s appointment for the third grade. He grew up in Lanesville, and attended the Lanesville Community Schools.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2008 13:02
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?New Austin Disposal Center will accept large objects PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 December 2008 00:00
???    True to their word, Austin Mayor Doug Campbell and the City Council are creating a Disposal Center that will be open two days each month to accept large objects from Austin residents.
    Any resident of Austin may use the new service at no extra charge. The Council and Mayor offered the idea of allowing people to haul large items to a central location when they overhauled the city’s trash collection system earlier this year. The ordinance creating the new system, whereby most residents will be charged $10 per month for trash pick-up, will go into effect on Monday, December 29. The new charge will be listed on residents’ sewer bills starting in January.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2008 13:31
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