Mayor hopes to spread awareness


ENON – In recognition of September being National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Enon Mayor Tim Howard signed an official proclamation during the Tuesday, Aug. 25 village council meeting, proclaiming September as “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” in the Village of Enon.

“On behalf of myself, the council and the citizens of the Village of Enon, I encourage interested citizens to participate in this observance,” Howard said.

Howard said he was pleased to be able to shed light on a disease that affects thousands of men each year, and he pointed out that awareness and understanding of prostate cancer is crucial in helping men reduce their risk of developing this disease, as well as making informed decisions regarding treatment options.

“Last year, approximately 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in the United States,” Howard said. “During the early stages of prostate cancer, there are no symptoms, and most prostate cancer is found as a result of prostate cancer screening tests.”

The mayor stated that almost one third of prostate cancer occurs in men under the age of 65 during their prime work years; the disease can devastate families through loss of income, partnership and support.

“We are hoping that raising awareness throughout the community throughout September will help saves lives,” Howard said.

The mayor also noted that light blue is the official color associated with the prostate cancer awareness movement and encouraged village officials and citizens to show their support for the men in their lives by wearing light blue items, such as ribbons, pins, shirts and hats.

Council Member Brenda Sweet suggested that all council members wear light blue ribbons during September.

In other business, Howard warned village residents that a number of unlicensed peddlers had been knocking on residents’ doors in several neighborhoods in the village. He cautioned residents to be aware of the laws governing peddling practices within the village limits. All door-to-door salespersons are required to obtain a police clearance and vendor’s license, which is issued by the village.

“Do not let people in your house who cannot show proof of a license from the Village of Enon, and contact the village police department,” Howard said.

The mayor stressed that the village police department would be enforcing this law.

Enon Police Chief Lewis Wilcox reported to council that the 2006 Ford Explorer sold for $5,000 to a buyer from Heath, Ohio. He noted that the village received about $4,750 after collected its fees.

Wilcox also reported that the 2nd Annual Enon Car Show, which included food truck vendors, was a big success.

“We had an estimated 900-to-1,000 people in attendance, and 63 vehicles were on displayed. The music was great and as we all know, the weather was fantastic. I also heard that the food trucks did a pretty good business too,” Wilcox said. “We brought in $81 from the 50/50 drawing and $630 from the vehicle registration fees, which together totaled $711.”

The police chief noted that all the proceeds from the car show would be used to benefit the department’s annual “Shop with a Cop” program.

Wilcox expressed his gratitude to the many sponsors of the event, including C&C Body Shop, Enon Auto Sales, Stout Auto Sales, Small Car Specialties, Roger’s Main Street Garage, Tim’s Automotive Service, Greenon School Board, the Western Clark County Business Coalition, The Enon and Mad River Township Fire and EMS in addition to the mayor and council members.

Village Administrator Ben Ross reported to council that several projects at the Enon Water Department which were tackled over the summer months.

Well number four is now back in service after the pump was removed for repairs and a cleaning. He noted that a chain link fence had also been installed around the well house.

Well House number one reconstruction, which began in July, is almost completed and is expected to be in operation in two weeks.

“I believe that building must be the most secured building in Clark County.” Ross said when describing the concrete structure. “It probably could withstand a tornado.”

Water department personnel are completing the final steps regarding the water softener project at the water treatment plant. Two smaller water softener tanks were replaced with larger tanks that have the same water capacity as the three larger tanks at the facility. Ross said the new tanks were tested a week ago, and all five tanks are operating, tanks one, two, and three automatically and tanks four and five manually, without any issues at this time.

The Village of Enon will host an open-house at the Water Treatment Plant, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, located at 2825 Enon Road in Enon. The event will include a rededication of that facility and the unveiling of the new lettering on the building, which renames the facility after former Mayor Charles Eugene Koons.

Koons served the longest tenure as mayor in the village to date, and one of his major accomplishments as mayor was the implementation of the drinking water system for Enon.

The next regular session of the Enon Village Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 following the open house at the water treatment facility. The meeting will be held in council chambers at the Enon Government Center, 363 E. Main St.

Logo courtesy of the non-profit organization, Prostate Cancer Awareness Enon Mayor Tim Howard proclaimed September as “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” in hopes of spreading awareness, and encouraged village employees to dress in light blue. courtesy of the non-profit organization, Prostate Cancer Awareness Enon Mayor Tim Howard proclaimed September as “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” in hopes of spreading awareness, and encouraged village employees to dress in light blue.

By Linda Collins

For the Herald

Linda Collins is a freelance reported for Greene County News.

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