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Arthur E. “Art” Lewis was recognized on February 25, 2016 for 60 years of masonic service. A 60-year lapel pin was presented to Lewis, along with a framed certificate from the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. The certificate stated he was a Master Mason and member in good standing of the Masonic fraternity for 60 years and it is honored to acknowledge this significant occasion and in doing so offers its gratitude for a lifetime of commitment to Masons, signed Robert C. Rill Jr., Grand Master and C. Michael Watson, Grand Secretary. According to the Grand Lodge of Ohio, becoming a 60-year mason is a feat only a few have accomplished. Art graduated from South Webster in 1942. In 1943 he was drafted into the Army and served his country for 34 months as an engineer while spending 20 months in Europe. After serving his country, Art attended Rio Grande College, and in 1949 he received his BS degree from Cedarville College. After college he was a school teacher at Portsmouth West in Otway, and from 1953 to 1962, he worked at the Goodyear Atomic Plant. He obtained a Master’s Degree from Marshall University in 1964, after which he became a teacher in the Portsmouth City School District, retiring as an elementary school principal after 20 years to work his farm in Minford. In 2015 Art and his wife, Janet, moved to Hillview Retirement Community in Portsmouth. Together they have a daughter and two grandchildren. Portland Lodge No. 366 F. & A. M. of Ohio was chartered 150 years ago in 1866 in Portland, Ohio (now Oak Hill) and currently has 163 members. Founded in England in the year 1717, Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world. For more information on Ohio freemasonry, visit

It takes a lot of heavy equipment to move more than 20 million cubic yards of earth for the S.R. 823 corridor. Pictured here northwest of Flatwood-Fallen Timber Road are an excavator, dozer and CAT 773, whose operators are grubbing the existing grade along the mainline. For more project information and photos visit us online at

A number of people took advantage of the pool at Shawnee Lodge last weekend, to beat the heat of the day.

Each week the Community Common will feature a photo page. We encourage the community to submit photos for possible publication on this page each week. If you have a child or grandchild playing sports, if you have a picture of a flower or sunset your proud of, send it to us and we’ll consider it for publication. The requirements include, you must have taken the picture, it must be at least 1 mega byte in size and you must include all of the relevant information for the picture, where it was taken, who’s in it and what they are doing in the picture. To submit items for possible publication email them to