Life’s Reflections: Area railway blockages are a great concern

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This is one of the signs travelers in Union City were alerted to while work was being done on the railroad track. They were opened back up this past weekend after several days of being closed. (Courtesy photo)

The older I get, the more it seems like I overthink things, whether it be an illness, a relationship, a challenge or some other kind of issue. And, I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

It must be easier for me to think the worst in something for some reason or another, then I feel really foolish when it’s over and that just wasn’t the case at all.

That’s a plus for me when I find out that something isn’t as bad as I thought it was or would be. I need to be more positive about some things like I used to be but something has made be become more questionable about life and people in general in recent years, and I hope those thoughts dissipate soon.

In the meantime, I will take what life throws at me one day at a time and deal with it.

One thing that has been bothering me and some others lately focuses on all of these train stops occurring in northern Darke County.

In a day and age when we’re paying higher gas prices for our vehicles, these stoppages of trains on the tracks are causing many people to wait and wait or take a detour which is miles out of the way to their destination, using up the gas for which we’re paying high dollars.

Before the most recent railroad work began in this area, it wasn’t unusual for a train to stop in the village of Ansonia at the main crossing in town. Why? I don’t know the reason for sure, but would like an explanation as I am sure the public would as well.

I feel sorry for someone who needs medical attention or assistance in an emergency situation and find that these tracks are blocked. This has to wreak havoc on everyone (rescue squad, fire department and law enforcement officials), not to mention the victim(s) in the situation.

Just recently, tracks were closed down in various locations in Versailles, Ansonia and Union City for a few days at a time, I am assuming for some kind of work on the railroad tracks. You can see train cars sitting still on one side of the track or other, probably also waiting to get tended to in whatever needs to be done to make travel through there safer.

Do you suppose it’s because of the recent train derailments in the country and the railway system is working to make sure it doesn’t happen around here? Sounds like a good plan, but still it’s got to be a little annoying.

I also feel sorry for those people who have to get to work and find out that the track is closed along the route they take. It has to be upsetting in the start of their work day. I know I would be upset if I were still working at a job daily. Employers may not be very empathetic during these times but hopefully understand what is happening.

It makes you wonder if the school bus drivers are able to get the children to school on time.

Just the other day, I was taking a friend home to Union City, Ohio, after spending some time in Greenville and heading westbound on State Route 571. I knew three of the crossings were to be closed, but all of the crossings were shut down in Union City while railwood “vehicles” were crossing on the track with what looked like ties or something that were being hauled away from a work site or to a destination.

It was a very warm day and I feared my car would overheat, so I got out of line, headed for an exit into another business and made my way out onto the street and headed east out of town to get to a crossroad to get to my destination. Thank goodness there were no closings at the track on the first back road north out of town and we were good to go.

I had never seen that many vehicles in Union City as I did that day. But, the crossings are now open and the work has been done. They are easier to cross over so whatever was done it will hopefully be worth it.

There I go, overthinking, but I know it is a pet peeve of many people in this area.

Hopefully, it will get resolved soon and everybody will be happy. Rant over. Safe travels.

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Jimmie Stipp, Marlene Livingston, Mary Ruth Wigger, Jane L. Christian, Carson Robbins, Noah Johnson and Anna Louise (Ritz) Riffell.
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Please pray for these people: Albert Duncan, Lester Beisner, Kermit Foureman, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy, Pat McCarthy, Connie Buemi Hodson, John Riegle, Michelle Grottle Wright, Cheryl Slonaker Gilmore, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Marie Schlechty, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Bev Brumbaugh, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Abby Heck, Linda Lore, Ralph Byrd, Beverly McCabe Baker, Doug Winger, Rusty Maloy, Debbie Mayse, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Jeanie Francis, Noah Back, Mary Moran, Harvey Hinshaw, Bruce Kaiser, Angie Brown, Nikole Baldridge, Amanda Mote, Tom Moody, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Zach Urbancic.
Also, Sharon Gamster, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Marie Rieman, Becky Oliver, Jayden Martin, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
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Happy birthday:
April 19 to Denise Mayo Lee, Connie Kelleer, Dan Whittington and wife Renee Whittington and Debbie Reel.
April 20 to Monica Gibbs Saintignon, Patty Niese-Snyder and Michael Kerrigan.
April 21 to Sue Grile, Maggie Jenkins, Megan Ward and Paige Heck.
April 22 to Eric Burns, Dixie Gray, Scott Rudnick, Andrea Baker Gray, Shelly Acker, Marvin Peters, Scott Gibboney, Don DeMange and Greg Amspaugh.
April 23 to Kim Fourman Freeman, Ryan Benge, Bill Mertz, Candice Kendall,
Bill Burk, Kevin Collins, George Stammen, David Bullard, Donna Howdieshell and Ronnie Mayo.
April 24 to Angie Jones, Shari Wappelhorst, Cheryl Emmons, Ron Greeson, Jeff Peters and Starr Schmitmeyer.
April 25 to Dennis “Beazer” Beasley, Emily Clark, Donna Konicki, Rick Bubeck, Carol Good, Allen Blackburn, Debbie Hammontree, Richie Black, Makayla Wayire, Donn Thornhill, Ethan Reichard and Kent Wilcox.

Happy anniversary to Ron and Cindy Cox on April 19; Ron and Laura Turner on April 21; Jason and Kori Weiss on April 24.
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Think about it: “Don’t let your fears get in the way of your goals.”– Dennis A. Peer