To the editor:

To the editor:

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, the American Legion Post 254 in Johnstown is once again asking for help in collecting toys for tots for the needy children of the Johnstown and Northridge school districts (Croton, Homer, Alexandria and Johnstown).

The Legion has provided collection boxes at the following locations in hopes we can once again help our children of our community:

Lash Chevrolet, Heartland Bank of Johnstown and Croton, Park National Bank, Johnstown Recreation Center, Coughlin Ford, the fire houses in Johnstown and Croton, Johnstown Animal Hospital, Kroger, Johnstown's Babcock Library, Alexandria Library, Johnstown-Monroe High School, Tech Rubber, Chimes, Southern Baptist Church, New Look and the Dollar Store in Johnstown.

We also welcome any phone calls to donate toys or cash contributions. We ask that any toys donated be in new or good condition so they can be passed on to the children.

The distribution of toys will be Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Johnstown Community Center on Maple Street. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. to get the ages and number of children.

The veterans of the American Legion Post 254 are proud to continue the Toys for Tots program and ask for the support of our community in making sure our needy children have a happy and merry Christmas. We veterans thank you in advance for your support.

For further information or with questions, call Don Jakeway at 740-967-6466 or any member of Post 254.

Don Jakeway


To the editor:

I just wanted to voice my support of the planned visit from the ODE (Ohio Department of Education) by Mr. Roger Hardin.

In order for the board to make decisions that we (their constituents) expect, the members should become as informed as possible about the ramifications of the decisions that are made. Placing that responsibility on others is shameful. I emphatically agree with Ms. Karen Blair that several members of the board have the background and ability to analyze the data and information and discern options in order to make the best decisions for the J-M District.

Those who feel they can't or shouldn't, might be better served to find other ways to support the J-M District and Johnstown community.

I considered running for the board the last time terms were up but was not compelled, as I felt that those who were up for re-election were doing a good job. I do anticipate that I will be seeking to participate as a board member as the next opportunity arises.

Lastly I would like to commend all of the current board members as you are certainly working for the community to the best of your abilities and with the overall interests of our children in mind.

Jay Rhyan