What happened to all the young local artists?

In March 2012, Rush Township held an art contest to find an official township emblem, but received only four submissions. The contest guidelines were simple: if you were from age eight to 18 and were a resident of the township, you could submit a drawing that incorporated the township as a whole, embodying elements of its past, present and/or future to be judged by supervisors.

Not even the $200 award brought any action to the contest, and the deadline had to be extended several times. On more than one occasion, Township Secretary Darlene Fenstermacher said she made visits to the schools to see get students interested, but there was zero response from students.

Now, township supervisors decided to give the contest another run, except this time are broadening guidelines to included submissions from township residents of all ages. The $200 is still up in the air, and no deadline has been set.

Next at the supervisors meeting last evening at the municipal building Karl Nolte, Site Manager, Air Products' Hometown Facility presented a second check for $12,500 on behalf of the company to the township to go toward an emergency generator that was purchased for the municipal building. Although some residents were frustrated last year by the purchase of the generator, which cost $65,000, the room filled with applause last evening as the check was presented.

Locked in a contract written by the prior board, on which current Chairman Shawn Gilbert and current Vice Chairman Robert J. Leibensperger served, supervisors said they had no choice but to purchase the generator. However, Air Products agreed to donate the money to help ease some of the financial burden for the township, which ultimately just wanted its residents to have somewhere to go that had power during an emergency.

Lastly, two fulltime township employees were hired. Michael Zimmerman was hired as an equipment operator, CDL truck driver, sewer assistant and laborer at the rate of $16.50 per hour, and Andrew Morgan was hired as an equipment operator, CDL truck driver and laborer at the rate of $13.50 per hour.

The next board of supervisors meeting will be Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the municipal building.