MHS Centennial Pendant

20140911_194306The McClain100 website has been updated to include information about a commemorative sterling silver pendant marking the Centennial of Edward Lee McClain High School. While you’re there please take the time to register your email address for automatic updates. Plans for the 2015 celebration are continuing and the site will be updated as information becomes available. 

Fall Clean Up Day Scheduled

Here’s an article from the Times-Gazette containing the details about the fall cleanup day in Greenfield.

Greenfield’s Cleanup and Beautification Day is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrangements have been made with Community Sanitation of Ohio to place a dumpster near the railroad across from the Waddell Company on S. Washington St., according to Greenfield City Manager Ron Coffey.

“Everyone bringing trash is asked to bring some form of identification, such as a water bill, that shows their residence to be in Greenfield,” Coffey said. “The basic service is free to residents, but there will be an additional charge for tires and certain other materials.” Community Sanitation charges $1 for paintcans (paint must be dry), $5 for regular size tires and $10 for truck tires. Large furniture and appliances will be accepted, as will tree and shrub trimmings (brush must be bound and tied).

“This is a great opportunity to clean our sheds and garages and help beautify our community,” Coffey said. “We hope to see a lot of cleanup activity around Greenfield that day.”

Community volunteers are welcome to participate and gather up litter that has accumulated since the last Cleanup Day. Areas of concern include tree lines, alleys, and Felson and Mitchell parks.

Members of the Greenfield public works staff will be on duty to pick up items where advance arrangements have been made. Information is needed by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 and arrangements can be made by contacting Holly Ellinger at 937-981-3500.

Beer Bottle Blues

Justin Johnson is one of my guitar heroes and I came across this video to share. Last year Justin released a two-volume set of roots justinjohnson42music CDs, Smoke & Mirrors, played entirely on traditional homemade instruments. On one CD the instruments were mostly borrowed from a museum of cigar box guitars, some being a century old.

To help add to the project’s feel the first CD was recorded in the Memphis studio of Sun Records. The same studio where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash began their careers. For the second CD they moved to the heart of blues history, the Hopson Plantation outside Clarksdale, Mississippi where they set up a studio in an old sharecropper’s shack.

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Bread wars

About the only time I favor drive-thru fast food is when traveling and having to keep a schedule. On our recent drive to Miami and back I took note of what seems to be a bread war between fast food chains. Hardee’s was touting their buns as being fresh baked and several chains, Wendy’s included, were featuring what’s becoming a food fad, the pretzel bun sandwich. Even aboard our cruise ship pretzel breads and bread sticks were served at every meal. Wraps seem to remain popular and McD’s has added several new versions to its menu.

Where are the Arabs?

Watching the NBC Evening News recently and General Barry gen mccaffryMcCaffery, one of their military consultants, made the statement that those who face the most immediate threat of ISIS are the Arab nations lying in near to Iraq and Syria.

The coalition that is forming to take on the Islāmic State is currently composed of mainly the United States and its traditional Western and Christian allies. McCaffery’s question was, where are the Arabs? Why aren’t those most immediately threatened leading the way in forming military opposition to ISIS?

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Old Me Better

I’ve always enjoyed the music of Keb Mo’ and it makes me feel good that he’s become a strong supporter and participant in Playing for Change. I know Keb from his being a bluesman but his musical taste go far beyond blues. As can be seen in this up tempo Dixieland style number.

A Cruise Vacation

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NCL Getaway in St. Maarten

Ocean cruising, once a vacation option for the wealthier, has become an enormously popular and affordable vacation option for the masses. My wife and I had discounted ever taking a cruise because of the mistaken idea that it required formalities such as dressing up each evening for supper and/or renting a tuxedo.

In 2002, however, the McClain Alumni Association hosted an all-class Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival ship Sensation. It was a wonderful experience from which we decided cruising was something we’d enjoy doing more of. We just returned from our eighth cruise and have a ninth scheduled for next spring. Thus far we’ve been on Carnival six times, Royal Caribbean once, and Norwegian once and here’s a few notes on what we’ve concluded:

  • The best deals are for those who have a bag packed and can walk out the door at a moment’s notice.

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Drinking laws update

Jack Daniels LabelAt least twice in the past I’ve written blogs about the great diversity of laws in America regarding the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. It’s an interesting subject and the particulars are often changing. Today I came across an article about what states permit the sale of various alcoholic beverages in grocery stores. Instead of copy and pasting the whole thing I’ll simply provide a link. I’ll also provide a link to a similar article I wrote in 2012. Grab yourself a cold one and take a break.

Huffington Post article about grocery store sales. Click HERE.

2012 CGS blog about drinking laws around America. Click HERE.

The Scoop for 8/25/2014

Made a trip into town this morning and stopped by the Three Spoons Diner for a couple of eggs. In the process I learned that a new hog/pig facility is being constructed outside of New Petersburg on Blazer Rd. near the junction of Dear Park Rd. I stopped by on the way home and took a photo. Don’t have any details but this is going to be one huge building when finished.


I also heard unconfirmed rumors that a couple of large chicken operations are going to be built someplace in Buckskin Township in the near future.

Lastly, I drove by Karnes’ Orchard yesterday and noticed that they will be opening for business on September 6, 2014. I’m guessing the crop will be larger this year and they will be offering a greater variety of apples. Need to make sure I get some fresh pressed cider this year.

According to their website, they will be open every Saturday from September 6 through November 22, 2014.


Bébé s’il vous plaît ne pas aller

My French friend, Ludovic Fonteyraud (aka Delbarjo), has a passion lowbow CBGfor American blues, cigar box guitars, skeletons, and classic “rat” rods. I haven’t discovered anyone yet who can beat him at putting all four elements together.  One of his latest music videos is a cover of the blues classic, Baby please don’t go, played on a 4-string cigar box guitar known as a lowebow.  Lowebows normally consist of a neck made from two 1″ dowel rods and no frets. The top string is a bass string and is used for bass lines. The bottom 3 strings are used for the melody and rhythm.

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