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Oct. 25, 2007 Edition




by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer


by Arlean Selvy

<County Commissioners Proclaim Oct. 17 Medical Assistant Day

medical assistantCounty Commissioners passed a proclamation last week
declaring Oct. 17 National Certified Medical Assistant
Recognition Day. From left are B.J. Mellott,
instructor for a Medical Assistant class held at the
Black Walnut Center in Commerce Park. Constance
Bennett, RN, director of medical program at Washington
Career Center, which conducts the program, and Alicia
McSwords, a student in the program.

by Arlean Selvy

A proclamation was signed during the Oct. 9 meeting
of Monroe County commissioners, who also challenged
departmental budgets, met the new administrator of the
care center, and approved pay increases for three JFS
A proclamation was presented by Constance Bennett,
director of medical programs, Washing-ton Career
Center, Marietta. Bennett is associated with the
Medical Assistant classes being held at the Black
Walnut Center in Commerce Park.
She reported that 13 Medical Assistant students will
graduate Feb. 9 in ceremonies at Brown Community
Center. She said they hope to start another class in
Commissioners signed a prolamation declaring Oct.
15-19 as National Certified Medical Assistant
Recognition Week and Oct. 17 at Medical Assistant Day.
Also attending the meeting were three Medical
Assistant students and B.J. Mellott, instructor at the
Monroe County facility.
Alicia McSwords, who will graduate in February, said
the class has provided skills she can use later in the
areas of transcription, medical office, receptionist,
coding, billing and working with a doctor.
She said at first it was overwhelming, but students
are learning information they can use.
She also expressed her appreciation that classes are
held in Monroe County - "only five minutes from home."
Prior to the WCC classes, she said she was driving to
Wheeling three days a week. She noted that in addition
to the cost of fuel, she had to get child care. "It's
nice to be able to be close to home," she said.
"This is a perfect example of why we need higher
education in Monroe County," said Commission
President Francis "Sonny" Block.
"They have climbed the mountain, and I could not be
prouder," concluded Bennett.
Commissioners and Jeanette Harter, who works with
commissioners on budgets, met with heads of several
departments about their budgets and what monies might
be transferred back into the general fund.
Gary Lake, veterans service officer, reported he is
purchasing a new 12-passanger van to replace the
program's 2004 six-passenger van. The 2008 van will be
purchased, in part, with an $11,892 carryover
earmarked for that purpose.
The veterans office has a fleet of three vans.
According to Lake, veterans are transported every day
to a veterans hospital. He said that since becoming
the Veterans Officer in 1999, the number of veterans
transported has increased from 20 to 250. He noted
also that 750 veterans have enrolled in VA Health Care
over the past eight years.
Monroe County's veterans office operates on a
one-half mill levy. Lake reported that nearly $4
million is coming into the county through
compensation, pensions and health benefits for county
veterans. He said, "Fifteen percent of the population
is comprised of veterans."
Debbie Haney, director at Jobs and Family Services,
and phone Jeanette Harter, JFS assistant director, met
with commissioners in executive session for about an
hour. Following the session, approval was given for
pay increases for three employees, Michelle Speelman,
Harter and Haney. According to Haney the reasons for
increase are: Speelman has completed 180 days in her
new job duties, and she and Harter have now completed
the customary probationary periods.
Jared R. Abele, ODNR, state wildlife officer, met
with county commissioners to talk about the epizootic
hemorrhagic disease, a disease currently suspected to
have affected white-tailed deer in at least seven of
Monroe County's 18 townships.
According to Abele, one case in Monroe County has
been confirmed as positive.
He said about 150 cases with �possible symptoms� have
been reported.
The deer contract EHD from the bite of gnats, which
live near water. The onset of cold weather suppresses
the disease as frost drives the gnats into winter
The gnats live near water and when deer congregate at
a water hole invaded by the gnats, several deer can be
infected at a time.
Abele said EHD isn't new to Ohio, there were known
cases five years ago.
Matt Brake, E-911 project coordinator, told
commissioners the county has been selected by the
Governor's Office to apply for an Appalachian Regional
Commission grant for 911 wireless equipment and
communications network.
Brake is currently working on installation and
mapping for an Enhanced-911 telephone system, which
involves house numbering and making sure that all
roads are correctly named and not duplicated or
Voters will be able to vote on a 50-cents per month
charge which will enable operation and maintenance for
the E-911 telephone system. The charge is per access
line and, for persons with just one telephone number
in their home, the total cost per year is $6.00. The
fee is collected each month on the telephone bill.
The charge has nothing to do with cell phones.

Our Readers Write...

Dear Editor,
Monroe County just completed its 7th Relay for Life
cancer survivor celebration. This years RFL was held
at River High School July 20 and 21.
Many people do not understand or have any concept of
what a Relay for Life event is about. Therefore I feel
that many people are not taking part in our county's
Relay for this reason. Allow me to try to inform you
about what a RFL event is and why we hold such an
event each year.
Relay for LifeŽ is a fun-filled overnight event
designed to bring together those who have been touched
by cancer in our community. At the event, we celebrate
survivorship and raise money to help the American
Cancer Society in its mission to save lives, help
those who have been touched by cancer, and empower
individuals to fight back. This year our theme was
�Butterfly Dreams, Soar for a Cure�. During the event,
teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or
parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each
team tries to keep at least one team member on the
track at all times.
But, Relay is much more than a walk around a track.
It is a time to remember those lost to cancer and
celebrate those who have survived. It is a night for
people who have shared the same experience to comfort
and console one another. During this event, we honor
survivors during the Survivors Lap and we remember
those we lost to cancer during the Luminary Ceremony.
We also celebrate life, friendship, and a chance to
work together toward a cancer-free future. Most
importantly, Relay gives you the power to help in the
fight against cancer. By joining together as
volunteers and donors, our efforts help the American
Cancer Society strive toward a future where cancer
doesn't take the lives of our friends and family.
The Relay for Life Committee, which consists of
people from all parts of Monroe County, put forth a
year long effort to make this event a success. As a
committee one of our main concerns is why when so many
people in our area have been affected by cancer,
either directly or through a family member or friend,
will not participate in the RFL. Statistics say that
there will be 84 new case of cancer in our county each
year. I feel it safe to say that not one person in the
county has escaped the affect of cancer on someone
they know. This is why each person should get involved
in RFL, so we as a dedicated group can raise money for
the fight against cancer. We try to move the Relay
each year to a different part of the county to allow
people in all corners of Monroe County to experience
the RFL on a close to home basis. This year we saw
many new faces from the riverfront areas that have
never been a part of the Relay. Many of these first
timers stated that they were emotionally affected by
the Survivors lap and the Luminary service held at
People often ask, �Where does the money to that is
raised and how does Monroe County benefit?� this is a
legitimate question and I hope to provide an answer.
It is estimated that about 60,000 Ohioans will be
diagnosed with cancer this year and approximately
25,000 will die from this disease. Early detection and
prevention and research funded by organizations such
as the American Cancer Society have increased the
five-year survival rate for these patients to 66
It�s reassuring to know that the American Cancer
Society uses more than 75 cents of every dollar to
stop cancer or to help cancer patients in this area.
The Better Business Bureau�s standard for non-profit
agencies is to use at least 50 cents of every dollar
in their mission. We�re happy to report that much more
is being invested and put to good use by the ACS.
Funds from Relays are used in four areas - research,
education, advocacy and services to cancer patients.
these areas have the greatest impact to end cancer.
Due to space constraints I can not give full details
but following are resources available to Monroe
countians. Cancer Resource Cen-ter, Community
Investment Grants, Transportation Grant Pro-gram, and
Youth survivorship Scholarship Program. For more
information you can reach Mon-roe County�s Patient
Navigator, Coleen Krubi, by calling ACS�s toll free
number 1-888-227-6446.
Why are the dollars raised in Monroe County not
restricted for use in Monroe County?
Cancer is a Global killer. By pooling our resources
at the State and National levels, we can be more
effective at fighting the disease?benefiting everyone
in local communities.
We hope you never need a service offered by the
American Cancer Society. But, if you do, rest assured
the Society has a service to help you or a loved one.
These free programs are provided primarily because of
the generosity of the people in Monroe County who
really love to participate in Relay for Life.
I have personally been a part of Relay for Life since
it began in 2001. As a cancer survivor and one that is
still fighting against cancer I now am seeing the
benefits of money raised for research especially. I am
presently taking part in a clinical trial at the
National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
It is reassuring to know that because of Relay for
Life and the American Cancer Society that people like
me who have exhausted conventional cancer treatment
can still look forward with hope for the future
because of dollars raised for research into new drugs
and treatments.
Although the RFL is over for this year I urge you to
contact your friends, relatives, church members, club
members, etc. and come together to form a RFL team and
take part in the Relay and help fight this disease.
For more information on the programs and services
above contact your American Cancer So-ciety toll free
at 1-888-227-6446 or visit us at www.cancer.org.
For information about starting a RFL team or serving
on a committee contact me by email at
monroeonlinechair@yahoo.com or Pat McDougal
740-483-1963 or Shirley Brown 740-472-0543.
Dennis Sawyers

Dear Friends,
The only thing I can say about Charlie Kozlesky's
30th Run for Children's Hospital held Oct. 6, is God
certainly was watching over the runners. With the
temperature around 95 degrees, the runners endured
temperatures on the hot asphalt of over 100 degrees.
We were also Blessed with no bees, which has been a
horrific problem with warm weather in past runs.
What wonderful people we have in Woodsfield. They saw
the runners� needs and provided some much needed
relief. Marlene Moose put cold beverages in a cooler
near the middle of the one mile lope which greatly
helped the runners stay hydrated. Hallie Seebach, and
her caregiver put a garden hose on a step ladder where
the runners could run by and spray themselves to try
and keep cool. I am sure there were other acts of
kindness that I did not see, but all acts of kindness
were greatly appreciated by everyone.
Cancer survivor Ayden Russell started the race at 8
a.m., with 14 runners� tackling the one-mile course.
Congratulations to all runners for raising thousands
of dollars for Children's Hospital and needy children.
The runners were Charlie Kozlesky, Dick Sanders, Ruta
Mazelis, Lori Michener, Mitch Toto, Chris Benedict,
representing the Woodsfield Ladies VFW Post 5303 was
Susie Paulus, Sherri Wilson, Susan Mullett, Rhea Hupp
and Sherry Shipp, Regis Shivers Jr., Tyler Graham and
Gabe Rainwater. Joining the run after playing two
grueling volleyball matches was Savannah Burke,
Beallsville High School senior, who wanted to help
raise money for the less fortunate as a community
service act.
One runner said he was shocked at the hospitality the
runners are shown before, during, and after the run.
This run could not continue without the community's
support year after year. Supporting this year's run
were Dick and Marie Yoss, Traditions, Olive Tree Inn,
the ladies of the Woodsfield United Methodist Church,
Woodsfield Village Council - Police and Street
Department, Rick Schuerman, Phillip Keevert,
Riesbeck�s, Jerry Lees, Subway, McDonalds, Dr.
Edwards, AK Apparel, Pyro Apparel, Sparky's, Monroe
County Beacon, Peg, Tim and Austin Buckalew, Jay
Circosta, Joyce Marple, Carol Bonsall, Rose Christy,
Mary Lou Freiden, Pat Johnson, Melissa Smithberger,
Dale, Ruth and Jessica Brewer, Coca Cola, and Conns
Potato Chips.
Words will never express the gratitude to all who
help make this run successful year after year. May God
continue to Bless you and your families for years to
In Christian Love,
Pandora Neuhart

Dear Editor,
As time passes, more and more job opportunities are
coming to Monroe County. For anyone wishing to find
employment in or around Monroe County or anywhere in
the nation for that matter, they can find a helping
hand through the JOBS, etc. office in the Senior
Center building at 118 Home Ave., Woodsfield. It does
not cost you a penny. Employers nationwide do use the
JOBS, etc. office system to find potential candidates
for employment.
I want to encourage the citizens of Monroe County,
that are looking for employment, to go to the JOBS,
etc. office and put their employment information into
the computer system so employers looking for someone
with their required qualifications will see the
workforce that Monroe County has to offer. The staff
members are very kind and helpful and it takes just a
few minutes of your time to put the required
information into the system.
Not only are there new jobs becoming available, there
are those who do retire or change jobs and that opens
a position for someone new. Full time and part time
jobs, from general work to management, are out there
waiting for someone. Let the employers in and around
Monroe County and the nation known you are interested
in working by putting your employment information in
the Jobs, Etc., computer system.
My letter may sound like an advertisement. Still
there are employers looking for new employees more
often than you think. You could be missing out on a
good job opportunity if you do not let employers know
you are interested in employment.
Katherine Weber

Dear Editor,
Growing up I was blessed with 76 first cousins. All
families were farmers living in Monroe County and
surrounding counties and areas. Eighteen of these
cousins still survive and are in their 80 and 90 years
of life. Many of their children and grandchildren read
and subscribe to the Monroe County Beacon, telling me
how they enjoy reading letters written by people they
know, or a relative, a former schoolmate.
It is heartwarming to learn efforts made by the
children and grandchildren of these people to develop
their talents to live and help others live a better
Grandson, Jeremy Burkhart, a ROTC student at John
Carol University, scored 296, out of 300, in a test
given to several hundred ROTC. Jeremy was the highest
scorer. He plans to be a Military Lawyer.
Granddaughter, Rachel Susan, one of seven, a princess
in the Queens Court, chosen from 57 applicants to
escort the Hall of Fame Football players to the Hall
of Fame in Canton.
Granddaughter, Lauren Oben-auf having graduated from
Ohio University cum laude, interned in California now
works in Chase Bank Office.
Having compiled many Genea-logy books,
Christman-Pfalsgraf, 1694-present, 370 pages; Burkhart
-Zwick-Walh-Letzelter, 1760-present, 143 pages;
Burkhart-Weisent (Weisend) 1528-present, 136 pages.
I have, occasionally, found a nugget of valuable
information in obituaries and writings. Gratitude!
Never compare yourself with others. There will always
be those above and those below. Be the best you can
Bertha Burkhart

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Letter should be no longer than 300 words.

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

Ida Lisk, 68, Mound St., Sardis, died Oct. 25, 2007,
at home. She was born July 14, 1939 in Clarington, the
daughter of Edna Mellott Conner of Powhatan Point and
the late Virgil Conner. Sympathy expressions at

Lillian June Polis, 74, McMechen, W.Va., died Oct.
24, 2007. She was born June 8, 1933 in Monroe County,
a daughter of the late Bernard and Alma Harrison
Coleman. Online condolences may be expressed at

John D. Mooney, 82, died Oct. 24, 2007 in Ft. Pierce,
Fla. He was born Oct. 19, 1925 in Youngstown, a son of
the late John Davenport Mooney Sr. and Virginia
Shaffer Mooney.

Lavina D. Carpenter Woodby, 74, 49960 Old Infirmary
Rd., Sarahsville, died Oct. 24, 2007, at Southeastern
Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge. She was born
Oct. 8, 1933, near Calais, a daughter of the late John
and Kathryn Wehr Wise. Online condolences may be
expressed at

Joseph Burbacher, 76, Summerfield, died Oct. 24,
2007, at Summit Acres Nursing Home in Caldwell. He was
born Jan. 12, 1931 in Summerfield, a son of the late
Ralph and Bertha Allen Burbacher.
Online condolences may be made to

Francis C. Sylvester, 84, Woodsfield, departed his
earthly home on Oct. 25, 2007, at Ohio Valley Medical
Center, Wheeling, and entered his eternal home to be
with his Lord forever. He was born Dec. 27, 1922 in
Tellico Plains, Tenn., a son of the late Robert L. and
Nola Wall Sylvester.

Hope L. Harman Pletcher, 85, SR 7, Duffy, died Oct.
26, 2007, at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.
She was born Aug. 11, 1922 in Minnie, W.Va., the
daughter of the late Fred and Augusta (Chaplin)
Harman. Sympathy expressions at

Paul K. Jackson, 84, died Oct. 28, 2007. He was born
Jan. 1, 1923 in Woodsfield, a son of the late Orie and
Lucille Jackson. Online condolences to

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling
Wine producers mockers: liquor leads to brawls.
Whoever is lead astray by drink cannot be wise.
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools
insist on quarreling.
Finally, we received a long awaited and much needed
rain. I think we had nearly an inch and one half here
in Lewisville. If this doesn�t give the grass a little
boost in order to keep in mowing it will perk it up
next spring so we can start mowing earlier.
Grandparents day, what an enjoyable day. We missed it
last year because of a prior commitment. This year we
visited the third grade and the fourth grade.
In the third grade we were treated to a story and
reading lesson which was very interesting then went to
After standing outside, which was a tink chilly
watching the students jump ropes and working off a bit
of energy, we invaded a fourth grade class.
In the fourth grade, we grandparents were kind of put
on the spot as we played �Are You Smarter than a
Fourth Grader?� using third grade questions complete
with a light to signal the first one with the answer.
Needless to say, after two rounds of questions by each
student and grandparent, the students had more marks
on their side of the score sheet than did the
grandparents. I felt real good as I scored 50 percent
by less than a second. I tried turning my light on
before the question was asked. They would not allow me
to do this. Those of who didn�t eat with the other
class kept their fourth grader company while they ate.
I didn�t get a chance to thank the teachers, cooks
and all those involved hosting Grandparents Day. I
know a couple of us really appreciated the extra time
these folks put in to make our visit enjoyable for us
and our great-granddaughters. The cooks? Over 700
meals is right smart of a days work.
Want to read something that might be a bit scary? The
Peoples Republic of China is going all out getting
ready for the Olympic gams. They are hauling in 17,000
tons of sand for the volleyball courts and have
assigned the Weather Modification Office to fire
chemicals into the atmosphere to control where and
when rain can fall during the games.
The man said to his new bride, �Darling, now that we
are married, do you think you will be able to live on
my small income?� �Of course dear,� she replied. �But
what are you going to live on?
If it isn�t one think it�s another. We mow grass all
summer, some of us enjoy the shade of a tree or so,
now it�s the time of year when the leaves lose their
green color and drop off.
I remember when we just raked them up in a pile,
maybe jumped in, kicked, and rolled around in the pile
if there were kids around, then just set fire and burn
the leaves. Not today, you do not date to burn your
leaves which is probably a good thing. I get rid of
ours with a mulching mower.
I had very few leaves last year as I had our trees
get a leaf cut while they were green. One problem with
a leaf is when it comes loose from the tree, it has no
special spot to land. It could land in your yard, your
neighbors yard or be blown away, who knows where.
Trees growing in town seem to loose their leaves at
different times so in the morning you might get up and
have leaves all over your yard after you cleaned them
up the day before. I heard someone say if you left the
leaves on your yard long enough, a strong wind would
come along and blow them all over to your neighbors
The trees are beautiful when their leaves turn
different colors in the fall. Do we appreciate the
colors or do we just ride around giving very little
thought to their beauty and why they turn?
Esther and I had a trip to Zanesville the other day
and I do not know how many times we mentioned to each
other how pretty certain areas were as we drove by. I
guess the hedge apples have all dropped off as we
never spotted the tree again on two trips.
I guess the point I�m trying to make is, do we really
appreciate or are we grateful for what we do have. For
example, when I was a certain age I really wanted a
pair of high top boots with a pocket on the side to
hold my penknife. I didn�t beg for them at supper
every night because maybe I doubted if I would get
them and knowing I would if things worked out OK.
After I had promised to lace them to the top each time
I wore them, I received a pair of high tops. Was I
proud of them? Did I appreciate them? You bet! I
didn�t wear them to the barn when doing the chores
morning and evening. Believe it or not, I carried my
penknife in that side pocket while going to school. I
probably even told my friends and teacher of this
feature of my boots. Try this now and the paddy wagon
will pick you up and haul you away. You�d have a
problem getting by the metal detector some places.
Is it true? Fairy tales are horror stories to prepare
children for reading the newspapers and watching TV?
I�ve said if we would get out of bed humming a song
this would make our day go better. I know something
else that would make our day and life a bit easier.
I�ll share next week if I don�t fall off my soapbox.
Half the work that is done in the world is to make
things appear what they are not.
�Be Yourself!� is about the worst advice you can give
some people.
Bible verses: From Genesis: (Mon.) 37:1-4; (Tues.)
37:5-11; (Wed.) 37:12-17; (Thurs.) 37:18-24; (Fri.)
37:25-28; (Sat.) 37:29-36; (Sun.) Psalm 70