Winds of change in Newcomerstown


I don't know what it is about Newcomerstown and the wind but every decade or so the destiny of Newcomerstown changes due to the wind. In the late 1950s, a tornado came through damaging the schools and that brought change. The school board, seizing the opportunity that the wind blew in, built three new schools instead of repairing the wind-damage on the fine old brick buildings still well in place. Now whether this was good or bad change, I don't really know but it was change.

Also, in the 60s, a great wind blew out of Columbus and after all, that is usually where the strongest winds come from to the valley. This wind of change whispered consolidate your schools, close the country schools and bring the children to the windy valley. Change came again due to wind. Good or bad change I don't know, you decide for your self.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the wind calmed down to a steady breeze more subtle then the tornado but the relentless of this wind had a devastating effect causing rapid erosion. This erosion came in the form of tax levies to shore up the cost of the former wind damage of the 50s and 60s.

Then in the 1990s came the biggest wind of all and of course this wind also came from the west. A roaring wind blowing in gale force stating we will give the little windy valley matching funds to build more dead air space. However, you must act fast or we will set sail to other communities and our school board, with the encouragement from the superintendent at that time, lifted the main sail and caught the wind sending the valley into unchartered waters and perhaps shipwreck.

Any one can see it is all about the wind in Newcomerstown.

This is why I was so excited when reading in the News that out of the all the villages in Ohio, Newcomerstown's schools received a $45,000 grant for a windmill.

Yes, a windmill, and why not. It is the perfect gift for Newcomerstown. The wind coming from the west can now, at least, be harnessed and put to good use. Except we haven't heard the details yet on how much this free gift is going to cost in maintenance fees and operation cost.

Oh yes, the wind of change is still blowing up the valley and by the way, I would like to welcome the new school board member, Vince Nay. I believe he will bring a breath of fresh air to the valley. After all, the family farm where he was raised is called "Windy Ridge Farm." Good luck Vince and smooth sailing. And don't worry about the 10.3 MPH winds needed to operate the windmill that is a light breeze if pointed west to Columbus but whatever you do, don't point it to the east. The wind coming out of Washington D.C. will burn the bearings out of it in no time at all.

When I hear of all this free stuff blowing into the valley, I asked myself is it really needed or is it just a lot of hot air! This world, as a whole, is in a big mess yet the howling wind of government says education is the answer. However, the world has more educated people now than ever in history.

I believe educators are missing something. Could it be that education without Godly regeneration creates devastation?

Oh yes, winds of change is coming. Hope it's not a level five hurricane.

Chester R. McVey