As the lady in the video says, “We’re blessed.” This corner of the earth has waited a long time to see again something like the big oil boom in Scio in the late 1890’s and later the days of King Coal over east in Cadiz. They were the times when Cadiz fed the coke ovens of Youngstown, Steubenville and Pittsburgh. Shaft mines, to strip mines and now to fracking. All of it on lands once grazed by sheep — an unlikely mix of the bucolic and the exploited. It’s a battered land, often well reclaimed, and it’s a beautiful land, too. It’s a land steeped in Civil War history and the birthplaces of both Clark Gable and General Custer. And nature seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. I hope one day to ride my bike on those beautiful ridge tops and in the valleys next to the meadows of my childhood. God bless.
Steadfast and cautious,