To the editor:

To the editor:

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your article on the Ohio National poultry show this past week. It was nice to let people know that it is there.

You may also be interested to know that Johnstown had several 4-H youth participate and win in the junior show showmanship contests and essay contest. Seth Abel won the 6-year-old division and Erin Lewis placed second in the 12- and 13-year-old division, which had 27 participants. Rebekah Abel won second place in the essay contest.

These kids work hard with their poultry and Johnstown was well represented by them.

Thanks again.

Carrie Lewis

4-H adviser

To the editor:

Change is hard, but usually for the better. It has been almost a year ago that our students learned that Marc Zirille had accepted the position of band director in the Olentangy school district.

I have to admit that when I heard the news, I was concerned. I was concerned that the band would lose its momentum; concerned that the students would lose their enthusiasm; concerned that my daughter would lose her desire to be a part of the marching band. Even though I kept telling her that the band does not live or die with Marc Zirille, that the band lives or dies with the students, it was all I could do to keep putting a positive spin on the situation at our household.

After all, the excitement over the past eight years had grown with each concert, parade, floor show, football game and Varsity Show as we watched our students perform above all of our expectations.

The potential was there for disaster. The school board could have hired a stiff-necked, stuffy band director. The students could have given up and quit, not knowing what the future held. The parents could have stopped supporting the band and the students.

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm, however, that I can honestly say that The Big Red Band has not lost a step (or dance move). The hiring of Joe Carver was a brilliant decision by the school board. His energy and enthusiasm are not only contagious with the students, but also with the parents, the boosters and the community.

For crying out loud, you had to smile when you saw the picture of Mr. Carver on the band Web site with his hand cupped around his ear yelling "What? You want more band?!" There are some in the music department that want it to be all about them (or at least not about someone else) but you can tell that Carver is proud of our students and has their best interests in mind. And for that, I am grateful.

After talking with several students about this year's marching band season and the Varsity Show, it is apparent that Carver has their respect and their desire to want to work hard for him. For such a young man, he shows great maturity. And for that, I am grateful.

Also, the band boosters and students have stepped up to assist wherever possible and I would like to publicly thank them. There have been several instances where information necessary to plan events was not given to Carver, but his tenacity to make it happen and the assistance of the band boosters and students alike enabled them to be successful anyway. And for that, I am grateful.

Yes, change was hard. But it was certainly for the better. Welcome to Johnstown Mr. Carver. Welcome home.

Scott Grate

Johnstown