Mother Nature Continues To Upset The Apple Cart

| 7/8/2015 10:52:00 AM

Ginnie BakerWhen the Fourth of July has come and gone, I always think that summer is half over! Mother Nature continues to play games with our Bellville weather … one day hot and sunny and the next, rainy and cool. I’m a “rain gauge” volunteer with the Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District. We submit data on line on rain totals daily.

The rain total here at Mudville, for the month of June, totaled 9.19 inches! That’s a serious amount of rain.

I have been involved with Special Olympics for a long time, and June brings a special event to Bellville every year. That's when the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run comes through Bellville as the officers take the torch from Cleveland/Akron to the official opening of the games in Columbus. Thank goodness, it was a bright sunny day! This year, more than 2,000 law enforcement officers participated in the Ohio Torch Run!

One of our Bellville Police officers has been participating for about 12 years, running 10 miles from Bellville to the next town, Fredericktown, over a very hilly state route with another Bellville officer as his “rear guard,” following closely behind in a cruiser for protection. Below is a photo of Officer Burt Skeen with Special Olympian Darnell as they get ready to carry the torch at the beginning of Burt’s 10-mile run.


Darnell traveled in the huge RV with officers from his home in Akron to Columbus for the games. He was on the road for about a week as the torch made its way in the hands of law enforcement officers to the Ohio Highway Patrol post and then to the stadium for the games. It’s an amazing sight to see all the officers as they run from town to town!

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