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Oct. 1, 2008 Edition
Tour Features Unique Stops
Monroe Bank Fifth Floor Featured on Oct. 5 Tour
The fifth floor octagon room of the Monroe Bank building and the Chamber
office, located on the first floor, are stops on the 2008 Monroe Central
Football Moms Tour of Homes set for Oct. 5, 1 to 5 p.m. The oak ledge over
the eight large windows features a lighted train running around the
perimeter of the room. The view of Woodsfield and the surrounding area is
magnificent! Refreshments will be served at this stop on the tour which also
includes five area homes.
Cox Log Homes’ model home, located on Stonehouse Road, is on the 2008 Tour
of Homes. The large kitchen of this 3,000 square foot home features cherry
cabinets and an eat-in bar. The two story home has tinted windows, a
cathedral ceiling, triangular whirlpool bath and walk-in closet in the
master bedroom, a full basement and so many of the features available in
homes built by Cox Log Homes.
of Times Leader
by Martha Ackerman
The Monroe Central Football Moms have
an interesting homes tour set for Sunday, Oct. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. There are
five homes, the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office, located in the
Monroe Bank building and refreshments will be served in the fifth floor
octagon room of the old Monroe Bank building, located on North Main Street.
On the tour this year are the homes
of Cathy and Ron Markey, Sharon and Clem Kress, Joan and Mark Swallow,
Christy and Bob Burrow and the Cox Log Homes model home, owned by Jeff and
The Monroe Bank building, currently
owned by Gary A. Rubel, was Monroe County’s first financial institution. The
bank, built in 1874, was incorporated by Jere Williams, S.L. Mooney, Allen
C. Miller, James O. Amos, William F. Hunter Jr., Nathan Hollister, Hugh B.
Hill and Frederick Koehler. Col. S.L. Mooney, president of the Ohio River &
Western Railroad, was The Monroe Bank’s first president.
Rubel has contracted Swiss Valley
Associates, Inc. to provide design and construction management services to
renovate the entire building. Work to date has included a new elevator, new
1,200 square feet fifth floor octagon, six new handicapped accessible
restrooms and new fire rated rear stair wells.
According to Dana Indermuhle of SVA,
ongoing work includes installing sprinkler and fire alarm systems throughout
The eight windows of the fifth floor
octagon room are framed in oak and an oak ledge serves as tracks for the
lighted train which runs around the perimeter of the room. This winter,
famed barn painter Scott Hagan will paint scenery on the wall behind the
According to SVA foreman Garth
Maibach, Rubel is looking for a replica of the OR&W train which will run on
the second track.
Chandeliers are hung throughout
the room. Tour participants will enjoy the architecture and the magnificent
view of the courthouse dome, Woodsfield and surrounding areas.
The entry of the building from North
Main Street has a marble staircase, railed in wrought iron.
Those attending the tour will take the elevator to the top. The rest of the
floors, some still under construction, will not be available to view.
Offices now located in the Monroe
Bank are Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Cancer Resource Center, Monroe
Soil and Water, the American Legion Post 87, Tri-County Help Center,
Attorney Mark Morrison, and Woodsfield Coin and Collectibles.
The Monroe Chamber of Commerce office
will be open to the public. With the original oak mantle and trim, it is
thought to have been the bank president’s office.
Each home on the tour reflects the
creativity and ingenuity of the owners.
Cathy and Ron Markey recently moved
into their home, located on Township Road 615. Two antique iron wagon
wheels grace the entrance to this home. The shed is decorated with antique
tools. The house has a wrap-around deck that features antiques and flowers.
It leads to the back hide-away sitting area where the Markeys can enjoy the
wonders of nature.
The walls of the home are exposed
cherry with pine ceilings, which take on a pioneer look.
The Markeys have incorporated many
family antiques into their country decor. Antiques include a pot belly stove
at the stairway landing, Cathy’s granddad’s violin has a special place on an
antique stand and her grandmother’s ironing board is used as a sofa table.
There are many more throughout the home.
The open stairway leads to the
balcony which overlooks the living room. The upstairs bedrooms continue in
the country motif. Their son Mikey, a Seminole senior starter, has a room
decorated with Monroe Central memorabilia and lots of pictures of his
friends. The upstairs bathroom is decorated with paper bag wallpaper
and a decorative border.
Daughter Catlin’s room is done in
turquoise and an old decorative medicine cabinet door serves as a mirror.
The master bedroom is done in greens
If antiques are your thing, you’ll
love this home.
Cox Log Homes model home, located on
Stonehouse Road, is like discovering a diamond amidst rocks. It is
beautifully situated on a large lot with a small pond in the front yard.
The home, owned by Jeff and Heather
Cox, was planned as a retirement home. It has 3,000 square feet of living
space and a wrap-around porch. It has so many features you just have to see
for yourself. Lots of planning went into this model home with all the inside
doors 36 inch, making them handicap accessible. The doors throughout the
home are decorative solid wood and all the windows are tinted. The bedroom
walls are finished in “knock down” drywall.
The entry floor and the fireplace are
stamped concrete. The unique fireplace features fiberoptic fireflies. The
home has beautiful cherry hardwood floors. Octagon posts, turned by Jeff,
serve as a “leg” of the kitchen bar and as a stairway post.
There are a half bath and laundry
room easily accessible on this floor.
The master suite is large and airy.
The master bath is large with a cathedral ceiling, triangular whirlpool
bath, shower and hickory cabinets. Off the master bath is a large
The master and guest bedrooms feature
unusual iron sleigh beds–internet finds, according to Heather.
The third bedroom was designed for
their daughter Katelyn. Both the guest and this bedroom have “walk-thru”
The large living room is designed
around a big screen TV. It has large windows and is furnished with white
The open wooden stairway leads to the
lower level, which serves as offices for Cox Log Homes, Inc.
The conference room is on this floor.
It features the church pews from the former River of Life Church. There is
also a large game/storage room.
Both Heather’s and Jeff’s offices
have French doors optimizing the natural light. The walls are done in tongue
and groove decking and the ceiling in Heather’s office is bead board cut to
fit in the ceiling tracks.
The double glass doors lead to the
outdoor fully marked basketball court and a covered area which would be
great for outdoor entertaining. The retaining walls are 1200 pound
sections of glazed block, surrounded by stone fill, cutting down on
Cox Log Homes Inc. has been in
business for 20 years. They have built log homes all over the eastern United
States including Ohio, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Indiana,
Maine and New York.
The three bedroom home of Sharon and
Clem Kress, located on SR78 west of Woodsfield, was built in 2002 by Paris
Yoho and John Paul Weber with concrete work by Nelson Stalder.
According to Sharon, she chose the
floor plan for the home 15 years ago. Her large collection of Snow Buddies
and family pictures are featured in the foyer. Off the sitting area is a
deck, one of the Kress’ favorite places to sit and enjoy the wooded scenery.
The kitchen has granite countertops and the red, white and blue decor is
carried in from the sitting room. The formal dining room, with many family
photos, connects to the living room. Sharon’s collection of Monroe County
Cat’s Meows are featured over the doorway. Her mother’s little rocker blends
with the room’s furniture.
A beautiful handmade quilt, made by
Sharon’s mother, is a precious reminder of the woman who meant so much to
her. It hangs above the bed in the master bedroom, which is decorated in
burgundy with a rose border. The grandkids’ room is decorated in lime green
and features lots of toys.
A step-down laundry room and a half
bath decorated in Garden Angels are just off the kitchen.
Joan and Mark Swallow purchased their
“fixer-upper” home in 1986. The home was moved to its present location when
the pipeline came through in the 50’s. Joan was very apprehensive about the
purchase, but over the years the couple has remodeled, added on and have
made a comfortable home for their family.
The home located on County Road 1, is
situated on a working beef farm. Mark and Joan raise Chiangus stock which
began with a bull and two heifers in 1982. In addition to the Chiangus, the
Swallows raise Shorthorns. On this stop, tour participants will also have
the opportunity to check out the barn area of the farm.
Their three daughters, Alyssa, Amy
and Abby have enjoyed taking their animals to the fair.
Joan’s love of country is evident in
her decorating. The kitchen is decorated in green and white check wallpaper
with apple border. There are oak cabinets and an island that can be used in
lieu of the formal dining room.
The dining room is decorated in blue
floral with a basket border. A decorative Longaberger basket graces the
table. Part of her collection of Pfalzgraff Yorktowne dishes is displayed in
a corner cupboard.
The foyer features oak floors, a
chandelier matching the one in the dining room, shelves and baskets.
The master bedroom is bright and
cheery, decorated in rich burgundy. Berry wreaths can be found in this room
as well as throughout the home.
Abby’s room is done in lilac floral
with American Girl porcelain dolls sitting near the bed.
The living room features a large
grandfather clock. The beamed ceiling lends to the country flavor of the
home. Again burgundy is used to accessorize the decor. Lots of family
photos, taken by local photographer Tracey Blackstone, grace the walls and
Alyssa and Amy’s rooms are on the
second floor. Amy’s features a lavender quilt with white furniture and
Alyssa’s room is done in shades of blue.
When the family is not busy, they
enjoy their above ground pool which is surrounded by plantings.
Birdhouses, wheelbarrows and other
outdoor accessories are featured in all the landscapings.
Last, but not least, is the home of
Christy and Bob Burrow, located on State Route 556, outside of Beallsville.
This uniquely Victorian home was
built by Highman Construc-tion in 1996. It is very different from the other
homes on the tour. The Victorian flavor is carried throughout the home from
the rose wallpaper with raised border in the living room, the white carpet
and the lace window coverings.
The formal dining room features a
china doll in an antique high chair that converts to a stroller. It belonged
to a great-aunt. The large double doors and windows bring in the natural
light and highlight the cherry table, floors and molding. Christy did all
the woodwork staining throughout the house.
The master bedroom is done in green
with an elegant leaf border. It features a high back ornamental bed and a
master bath with shower and tub.
The u-shaped kitchen has a different
leaf border and there is a small bath off the kitchen.
The open staircase, which features
several Boyds Bears, leads to the upstairs bedrooms. An antique Elgin sewing
machine which once belonged to Christy’s great-grandmother stands in the
hall. Each bedroom and hallway has its own unique border.
The bedrooms of daughters Megan (now
Megan Britton) and Tiffany feature wedding quilts made by Deloris Burrow.
The beautiful white quilts are different but both are quilted in perfect
tiny stitches with elaborate patterns.
The room which was once Megan’s has
an iron bed and features a violin and family pictures. The room is done in a
darker green with an unusual border and stippled ceiling.
The downstairs family room will also
be open for the tour and guests are asked to sign the “signature wall.” The
theme in this room is Ohio State University.
This is a tour no one will want to
miss. Tickets and maps are available at each home and stop. Everyone must
have a ticket. With homes located from off SR 26 to SR78 to SR556, tour
visitors will want to start early so they won’t miss any of the stops. The
tour finishes at 5 p.m.
Monroe Central 2008 Homecoming King ~
Derek Betts chose the “king” card
Sept. 25 to become Monroe Central’s 2008 Homecoming King. He is the son of
Jamie Groves and Tony Betts of Woodsfield. He is shown with his mother.
Monroe Central Homecoming Queen ~
Justine LaFollette chose the “golden” rose at halftime ceremonies to
become Monroe Central’s 2008 Homecoming Queen. Shown with her father, she is
the daughter of Rod and Sally LaFollette of Woodsfield.
High School to Observe Homecoming
River High School homecoming royalty and attendants are shown, from left,
front: queen candidates - Whitney Algeo, Chacity Craig, Kelsey Krempasky;
center: Alisha Loy, Stephanie Brown; back: king candidates Daniel Starr,
Travis Riesbeck, attendants Lexy Wells, Rachael Beisel, Kylie Brown, king
candidates D.J. Duke, Taylor Potts and Dalton McIntire.
During the week of Sept. 29, “Spirit
Week,” the River High School student body voted to select Miss River and Mr.
Miss River candidates are Whitney
Algeo, daughter of Wade and Kelly Algeo of Powhatan; Chacity Craig, daughter
of Scott and Tabby Craig of Hannibal; Kelsey Krempasky, daughter of John and
Missy Krempasky of Hannibal; Alisha Loy, daughter of Steve and Carla Loy of
Mr. River candidates are D.J. Duke of
Clarington, son of Don Duke and Kim Dye; Dalton McIntire, son of Preston and
Tina McIntire of Clarington; Taylor Potts, son of Matt and Heather Potts of
Sardis; Travis Riesbeck of Sardis, son of Jim and Joannie Wells and Greg
Riesbeck; and Daniel Starr, son of Clyde and Gwen Starr of Powhatan.
Freshman attendant is Lexy Wells,
daughter of Jim and Joannie Wells of Sardis; sophomore attendant is Kylie
Brown, daughter of Dana and Shorn Brown of Powhatan; and junior attendant is
Rachel Beisel, daughter of Pam Beisel of Sardis.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Oct.
3 and will go from the Hannibal Locks and Dam to River High School.
Mr. River and Miss River will be
named during halftime ceremonies during the River vs. Bridgeport football
NAOMI B. DIETRICH
Naomi Beatrice Henthorne Dietrich,
92, Clarington, went to her heavenly home on Sept. 24, 2008, at Monroe
County Care Center, Woodsfield. She was born March 9, 1916 in Clarington, a
daughter of the late Wilbert and Daisy Dade Hammond Henthorne.
Sympathy expressions at
MYRA K. SLONAKER
Myra K. Renner Slonaker, 65, Cadiz,
formerly of Clarington, died Sept. 15, 2008, at home. She was born May 25,
1943 in New Martinsville, the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Paden
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
MARY E. MOOSE PACK
Mary E. Moose Pack, 87, Medina, died
Sept. 22, 2008 in Medina. She was born Sept. 12, 1921 in Woodsfield, to the
late Kate and Mannie Stephens.
PAUL E. GRIM
Paul E. Grim, 79, Zephyrhills, Fla.,
formerly of Woodsfield, and Guilford Lake, died Sept. 17, 2008 at his home.
He was born June 27, 1929 in Beaver Falls, Pa., a son of the late Donald and
Vera Shingleton Grim.
Online condolences may be expressed
ORA JEAN DeBOLT
Ora Jean DeBolt, 88, Woodsfield,
formerly of Wheeling, died Sept. 23, 2008 at Monroe County Care Center,
Woodsfield. She was born Sept. 17, 1920 in Wheeling a daughter of the late
William H. and Ora E. McKinney Atwell.
Online condolences may be expressed
MARY LOUISE FISHER
Mary Louise Fisher, 99, Barnesville,
died Sept. 24, 2008, at Barnesville Health Care Center. She was born Feb. 9,
1909 in Calais to the late Henry C. and Louise Christman Ackerman.
She was a member of Somerton United
Condolences may be expressed at www.campbellplumlymilburnfuneralhome.com.
EDNA E. DE VOE
Edna E. De Voe, 97, Newark, died
Sept. 17, 2008, at Arlington Care Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1911 in
Lewisville, a daughter of the late William and Lucinda Bart-enschlag
An online guest book and memorial are available at
BETTY J. MARSHALL
Betty J. Marshall, 84, 38836 TR 293
A., Lower Salem, died Sept. 23, 2008 at the Harmar Place, Marietta. She was
born Sept. 7, 1924 near Marr, a daughter of the late Wyly and Anna Knowlton
Online condolences may be expressed at
ERIC L. FAUST
Eric L. “Rick” Faust, 60, 42421 Mill
St., Stafford, died Sept. 24, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital,
Parkersburg, W.Va. He was born Oct. 30, 1947 at Wadsworth, a son of the late
Frank and Dorothy Watson Faust.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
I read with great interest the letter
to editor written by Wilma West in the Sept. 18 issue of the Monroe County
I do not know for sure as to how much
complete control God has over the nation as to what happens within that
I do know how much control God will
have over everything and everyone come judgment day.
Complete and absolute control.
The article was a great attention
When does life begin – at the moment
of conception. It can be determined that it is a girl or boy, what
color hair, intelligence, etc. Because that is the only time a male has a
chance to influence his genes.
This year we have an important
election. Which candidate is for life and which is for abortion.? I am not
telling how you should vote but I will tell you I will vote. Ask yourself,
“How would Jesus vote?” I am sure he would vote for life. So that is how I
will vote. If we don’t vote that way can we be a Christian nation? No other
cause to vote than this is a vote against what Jesus would do.
Think about it.
Paul G. Crum
Those who control their tongues
will have a long life; a quick retort can ruin everything.
Lazy people want much but get little,
but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.
Several things to write about or
mention this week. I hope I get everything in. If I don’t, I’ll make
up for it next week, if I don’t forget.
I understand we will be getting a
paved parking lot near our Community Center. Maybe this will be a
handy place for those picking up students off the bus in the
evening. I just hope the fire department does not need to drive a
truck down that street when the pick up time rolls around. I even
had to ask a person to move the other evening because the street is
not wide enough for three lanes of traffic.
The cool evenings reminded me of one
of the best feelings I’ve ever had. Maybe some of you will agree.
When I was growing up we lived in a
brick house with no heat in the bedroom. It was almost like living
in a refrigerator. Sometimes on a cold night it seemed almost 10
degrees colder than outside.
We didn’t fire up the living room
stove unless we had visitors. When bedtime came we hustled through
the living room, up the stairs, a quick kneeling stop at what Mom
called the “chamber,” into the bedroom, peeled off to the long johns
and jumped into bed.
Blankets were used for sheets and
several quilts were piled on top. When you got in and covered up,
with only your nose sticking out, things started warming up and soon
you were off into la la land. What a good feeling.
Then my older brother would come to
bed later and the process started all over again. A feather tick
would make it more pleasant.
The next morning the process worked
in reverse, one exception. I didn’t put my clothes on until I got
behind the warm stove in the dining room. Kneeling at the chamber in
the morning was down right cold.
Some districts have someone on buses
to keep the students in tow. There are also gadgets that prevent the
driver from leaving someone on a bus. TV cameras keep track of what
kids are doing.
I rode a bus 12 miles when I was in
high school. We picked up students for six miles and it was clear
sailing for the last six miles. The driver, Grumpy we called him,
did not have much trouble with us. If someone really got out of
line, he would slam on the brakes, open the bus door and invite you
to get off. You did. It didn’t make any difference where we were on
our 12 mile journey.
One of our students’ Dad had a bread
route and most of the time was behind our bus. Once in a while
someone would act up to get put off the bus and catch a ride home
with him. You had to make sure when he had a day off.
To pull a surprise on our bus driver,
a student did something to be put off the bus. A girl who was a bit
heavy for her age stood up fixing her coat in front of the back
door. This was before there was a buzzer when the back door is open.
A student ran behind the bus. The back door was opened and he hid in
the back seat until we got home. I didn’t stick around to hear what
the bus driver said when he got off the bus.
I understand a renewal levy is up for
a vote in November. Do not confuse this with the bond issue coming
next year. A renewal does not cost any additional tax.
Along this line the plan for building
new facilities for Switzerland of Ohio School system is another
It appears as planned, everything
stays almost the same except all will have new or remodeled
facilities. The cost is high and it will take a lot of planning and
the people in the county pulling together in order to get it done.
Now is the time for folks in all the
areas to get together and help get the job done. Too often we have a
thought or idea and do not bother to let anyone know. It’s time for
folks in all areas of the county to attend the scheduled meetings to
find out what is planned and share ideas. As one who should know
said, “If this doesn’t go, who knows what will happen?” How can we
be proud of the worst facilities in the state?
I’m not much for reading books. David
purchased a copy of this book and loaned it to me to read. The book
is “The Winner’s Manual” for the game of life.
It is sort of a condensation of the
400 page manual Jim Tressel hands each of his football players the
first day of spring practice.
It’s called the block O and covers
six areas. The top three are all purpose including personal, family,
spiritual, moral, caring and giving. The bottom is goals which
include strength, fitness, football family, academics and career.
I know if I had owned a copy of this
book when I was teaching I would have been a better teacher. I think
every teacher, no everyone, should have a copy. I plan to purchase a
copy of my own as it’s a book you’ll want to refer to time after
Bill Gates said, “Success is a lousy
teacher. It makes smart people think they can’t lose.”
I received a nice letter from a
reader the other day suggesting something that I hadn’t given a
great deal of thought. I’ll let you know what next week.
Try church Sunday. You’ll like it.
Bible readings: (Mon.) I John 1:1-4;
(Tues.) Acts 2:22-36; (Wed.) Acts 2:37-47; (Thurs.) John 20:19-23;
(Fri.) Romans 12:3-8; (Sat.) Acts 2 1-13; (Sun.) Acts 2:14-21