Muskingum Valley Safetytown a success

Muskingum Valley Safetytown for 2018 has been completed. More than 90 children ready to enter kindergarten in the fall, participated in the eight-day program. This was the 31st year for this program.

The sponsor, Beverly Lions Club, would like to express our thanks to the following that helped with monetary donations: Dynegy Corporation, Fraternal Order of Eagles, St. John’s Evangelical Church, Lisa’s Sweet Stop, Adkins Timber Products, Sponey’s IGA, Citizens Bank Co., Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Dough Boyz Pizzeria, B & W Pharmacy, Dietz, Futrell & Walters Insurance, Prieto & Schott CPA’s, Mount Moriah Lodge #37 F. & A.M., American Legion Post #389, Sons of American Legion Post #389, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #389, Waterford Elementary PTO, Skinner Firestone, Waterford Commercial & Savings Bank, Joe Huck Contractor, Heiss Plumbing & Electric, R. W. Miller Plumbing & Electric, McCurdy Funeral Home, Corner Store, and McDonald’s.

Thanks to the OCCL Club members from Guys & Dolls, Buttons & Bows, Miracles to Memories and Delta for helping with the snacks. Thanks to the Corner Store, McDonald’s and Sponey’s IGA for help with the snacks. Thanks to the Lions members for Safetytown set up and for running the stoplight.

Thanks to Fort Frye School District for the use of the Beverly-Center Elementary School and help from the staff.

Thanks to the teachers: Heidi Fryman, Dawn Spurr and Sue Sampson and to the 45 volunteers who gave up two weeks of their summer vacation to be a “special friend” and teacher to all the Safety Towners.

Lessons on topics of stranger, bully, bus, bicycle, farm, boat, pool, water, poison, sun, fire, emergency and first-aid, hand washing, electrical, home, seatbelt, gun, pedestrian and pet safety and playground safety were taught through videos, speakers, demonstrations and activities. Each child received an I.D. card.

Thom & Leeann Stan, John & Kay Shreve, Linda Schaad, Pete Kegley, Ralph Spencer and Kandy Baker members of the Beverly Lions Club were on hand several days to operate the stop light on “Safety Town” while the children rode pedal cars and tractors and walked along the streets to learn car and pedestrian safety.

Thanks to the following speakers and their topic for each session included: Jazmine Greenleaf Wallace & Beverly Pool lifeguards, pool safety; Tawni Mincks, Fort Frye district nurse, pretty poisons; Caleigh Fryman, farm safety; Jeremy Maple and forest staff from Wayne National Forest along with Smokey Bear, safety while camping, Marla Hoerst, stranger danger; Robert Cifranic and Corey the Safety Boat, boating and water safety; Janine Satterfield, home safety; Fort Frye bus driver Joyce Howard, bus safety; Debbie Smith and Peggy Squires with their canine friends Shamrock and Ralph, pet safety; Washington County Sheriff’s Office, photo ID cards; Aaron Perine from the Beverly Police Department, gun safety; Deb Miller and Dan Forshey from the Beverly Squad, first aid and safety; Jennifer Green from Washington Electric, electrical safety; Beth Lewis and Joanna Lupardis from the Strecker Cancer Center, sun safety; Melissa Horner, handwashing; Dr. Phil Lowe, dog care and safety; Jim Ullman, Josh Kasun and Jarrod Miller from Beverly Volunteer Fire Department, fire safety and Safety Town staff, playground safety.

Another huge thanks goes to Dynegy who provided the T-shirts this year.

Without the help of the community, we would be unable to present this program to our local children. We feel we had a successful Safetytown this year and look forward to the same next year with your help.

If we have overlooked anyone, please accept our sincere apologies.

Beverly Lions Club

Heather Mahoney, president

Kay Shreve, secretary and chairwoman