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Nov. 15, 2007 Edition

< Hammond Commended for Service with County's LEPC

hammondJack Hammond, seated, accepts a plaque of
appreciation from Phil Keevert, LEPC information
coordinator. Pictured with Keevert, are Alicia
Merckle,Woodsfield EMS; Robin Groves, Monroe County
Health Department and Rick Schuerman, coordinator of
the county's Emergency Management Agency.
Photo by Arlean Selvy



Woodsfield resident Jack Hammond was an active member
of the county's Local Emergency Planning Committee for
20 years, 1986 - 2006.
It�s been a long time coming but five members of the
LEPC visited Hammonds home Nov. 8 and a plaque of
appreciation was presented by Phil Keevert, LEPC
information coordinator.
The plaque reads: In appreciation of your many years
of dedication and commitment to the Monroe County
Local Emergency Planning Committee.
�I feel good about the way things have gone with the
LEPC over the past few years,� said Hammond. �In the
beginning it was very disorganized. The appointment of
Rick [Schuer-man] as coordinator has been a blessing.�
said Hammond.
Other LEPC members on hand to wish Hammond well were:
EMA Coordinator Rick Schuer-man, Robin Groves, Alicia
Merckle and Arlean Selvy.
In addition to his 20 years with the LEPC, Hammond
served the Lions Club for 20 years, the emergency
squad for 12 years, was a member of the Center Grange
and Zion Grange for a total of 25 years, is an
honorary member of the Clarington Volunteer Fire
Department; and has been a member of the True
Sportsman's club since 1976.
Hammond has been married to his wife, Mary Jo, for 53
years. They have eight children, 14 grandchildren and
10 great grandchildren.
The purpose of the committee
is to serve as the local emergency planning committee
for Monroe County. It maintain a comprehensive
emergency response plan for the county as well as data
of hazardous chemical locations and quantities in the
county. The LEPC committee along with the Monroe
County EMA office local law, fire, EMU and health
department plans and plays out an annual hazardous
materials exercise, which is graded by local and
state officials.
LEPC maintains a compliance and enforcement program
which consists of monitoring regulated facilities
within the district and conducting compliance and
enforcement activities to ensure the facilities have
submitted the information required.
By State law, membership consists of individuals from
various required vocations. Members, and their slots
on LEPC for the 2007 -2009 term include: Phillip
Keevert, information coordinator; Rick Schuerman, EMA;
John Stephen, LEPC chairman, representing the Red
Cross; Francis �Sonny� Block, elected official; Gary
Reed, fire; Tim Isaly and Delmas Stewart, law and
fire; Robin Groves and Linda Masters, health; Alicia
Merckle, Jane Tucker, fist aid; Christina Huck,
hospital; Lonnie Tustin, transportation; Scot Seebach,
industry environmental, and Arlean Selvy, media.


<Search for Developer Continues

The search for a county economic/workforce developer
continues, according to information reported from the
Oct 27 meeting of the Community Development Committee.
According to Debbie Haney, director, Jobs and Family
Services, 16 applicants applied for economic/
workforce developer. She said seven were called, and
six were interviewed.
Haney indicated the search does not end there. "We
continue to look at new prospects," she said during a
telephone interview. Haney said it is hoped that
someone will be hired soon.
The committee's October meeting, held at Jobs and
Family Services on Home Avenue, Woodsfield, focused on
putting together a priority list for the proposed
economic/workforce developer.
The lengthy to-do list compiled at the September
meeting was, basically, cut down to a more condensed
version. The ideas brought to the table in September
were divided into four primary issues: economic
development, education, marketing and recreation/arts.
Under three of those issues, five categories were
listed; and under one of the issues, three categories
were listed.
The breakdown of "most important" items identified,
and the categories listed under each, are:
< Economic Development
1. Promoting our area.
2. Job Creation and retention
3. Infrastructure.
4. Identify workforce (Who are they? What are their
training needs? Market!).
5. Mapping county land inventory.

1. Need a spokesperson, go-getter, champion (plus the
tools to support those efforts).
2. Need educational facilities
3. Development of higher learning center.
4. Need educational opportunities for adult,
secondary and connection to workforce.
5. Seamless support of students (P-16).

1. Promotion of area.
2. Consider tourism opportunities (rock climbing,
hiking, biking, etc.)
3. Develop and maintain federal and state grants.
4. Building unity.
5. Internet links (search words for engines).

<Social Opportunities and Community Growth
1. Arts - theatre
2. Recreational facilities such as parks, walking
trails, nature.
3. Strengthen local organizations through
According to Haney,"It is envisioned that the four
areas may create sub-committees in the future."
Haney said committee members were reminded to discuss
committee efforts with families, and friends to
solicit ideas for future consideration.
In addition to Haney, JFS representatives attending
this second meeting of the committee included Jeanette
Harter, assistant director, and Attorney Bill Frank.
Haney reported that representatives from county
government: "Sonny" Block, Bill Thompson and John
Pyles, county commissioners; social service
organizations: Misty Atkinson, GMN; local business
owners: Jason LeMasters, CDI and Mike Chambers of
Chambers Heating; the legal profession: Attorney
Carolyn Flannery, representatives from the educational
community: Belmont Technical College, Tim Houston;
Washington State Community College, Gary Williams;
and county citizens, including Susan Pollock and Rev.
Richard Wilson, who also attended the meeting.
The next Community Development Committee meeting is
set for Dec. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Jobs and
Family Services building, Woodsfield.

< ~ Eastern Stars Help Santa ~

Woodsfield Chapter 268 of the Order of Eastern Stars
recently donated $1,100 to the Secret Santa project
sponsored by Monroe County Jobs and Family Services.
Presenting the check to Laura Cline, left, Secret
Santa coordinator and Karen Potts, center, an Elf,
were Eastern Star members Jeff Gallaher, and Betty
Edington, past worthy matron. The Stars raised $990 in
a Sub-Lunch fundraiser and the Chapter added $110.
Photo by Arlean Selvy

< Care Center Policy Approved

The policy handbook for Monroe County Care Center was
approved recently by Monroe County commissioners, who
approved changes for the Jobs and Family Services TANF
demonstration project.
In addition, Debbie Haney, director, Jobs and Family
opened the sole bid for a Youth Activities program.
The bid was submitted by GMN Tri-County CAC. Haney
will review the bid proposal and make a recommendation
to commissioners.
The program requires an individual or organization to
coordinate activities for Monroe County youth,
specifically Freshmen through senior year students
According to Haney, 10 elements are required to be
made available to youth: Tutoring, Alternative
secondary school services, Summer employment
opportunities, Paid and unpaid work experience,
Occupational skills training, leadership development
opportunities, Providing support services, Adult
mentoring, Follow-up services, Comprehensive guidance
and counseling.
Themes under which the designated Youth Activities
elements fall are: Improving education, Achievements,
Preparing for and succeeding in employment; Developing
potential as citizens and leaders and Supporting youth
Activities are to help guide youth onto a career
In another JFS matter, changes to the TANF
demonstration project were unanimously approved. The
project was presented to the state last year by 29
counties. It allows JFS to do incentives such as gas
cards and wage subsidies. Monroe County was awarded
Commissioners, on a motion by John Pyles, agreed to
approve the new policy handbook for Monroe County Care
Officials met with Rick Schuerman, coordinator,
emergency management agency, and Phil Keevert, flood
plain administrator, regarding the 2008 budget.
According to discussion, the EMA will be $3,700 short.
�First and foremost, we want to be able to survive,�
said Schuerman, noting his responsibility with regard
to the safety of the county.
Also on hand for the meeting was Jeanette Hartle, who
works on and advises commissioners concerning the
county budget.
Arrangements were made for Hartle to meet with
commissioners and Schuerman to discuss the budget.
In another matter, Delmas W. Stewart was approved as
a new member to the Local Emergency Planning Committee
(LEPC). Stewart replaces Chuck Hamilton and represents
law enforcement and fire.
Commission President Francis "Sonny" Block was
elected by fellow commissioners, Bill Thompson and
Pyles, to serve as a member of the LEPC in the
capacity of elected official.

<Huffmans Move Closer to Water Solution on Grizzle

by Arlean Selvy

They may not be able to turn a faucet and fill a
glass with city water, but John and Sharon Huffman are
not giving up ... although they are a bit discouraged.
John Huffman told county commissioners, at their Nov.
6 session, about a meeting they were called to attend
with Bill Brake, Brake Engineering Consulting, Sardis,
and Barney Dillon, member of the Switzerland of Ohio
Water District.
They admitted they were somewhat confused because the
remainder of the water board was not present.
Brake, according to Sharon Huffman, explained the
procedure and five-year time period it had taken to
get water to the Fish Pot and Sykes Ridge areas from
Clarington. She said Brake suggested they meet with
commissioners and ask for a Community Development
Grant. Sharon Huffman said Brake needs $10,000 to
$30,000. County Commissioner John Pyles told the
Huffman's he had voted to provide Issue 2 funding for
two booster pumps for the Switzerland of Ohio Water
District, and said the project should be funded.

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

James L. Daugherty, 74, 42546 Sandbar Road,
Lewisville, died Nov. 6, 2007, at Ohio State
University Hospital, Columbus. He was born march 19,
1933, at Briceville, Tenn., a son of the late Charles
and Naomi Brown Daugherty. Online condolences:

Audrey Lucille Cline, 79, Berkshire Rd., died July
21, 2007 at East Liverpool City Hospital, following a
lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Monroe
County, a daughter of the late Harold Denver and Sarah
Harmon. Online condolences to:

Vernon H. Christman, 86, Ashland, died Nov. 8, 2007,
at Crystal Care Center of Ashland. He was born Oct. 6,
1921, in Woodsfield, to the late Samuel and Maggie
Goodbalet Christman.

Dennis Cline, 48, Alliance, died Nov. 10, 2007, at
Great Lakes Cold Storage in Solon, as a result of a
work related accident. He was born Sept. 14, 1959 in
Barnesville, a son of Bertha L. (Marty) Cline of
Beloit and the late Emmit E. Cline. Online condolences
may be sent to

Isabella Nichole Stalder, 19 day old infant twin
daughter of Andrew and Sheena Fuscardo Stalder of
Sardis, died Nov. 7, 2007 at Ruby Memorial Hospital,
Morgantown, W.Va. She was born Oct. 20, 2007. Online
condolences may be expressed at:

Ricky C. Gardner, 60, 224 Oaklawn Ave., Woodsfield,
died Nov. 11, 2007, at Riverside Methodist Hospital,
Columbus. He was born Aug. 12, 1947 near Marr, a son
of Madison J. Gardner of Rinard Mills and the late
Hazel Bigley Gardner. Online condolences may be
expressed at:

Chester L. Cline, 81, Berkshire Rd., died Nov. 7,
2007, at City Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was
born June 6, 1926, in Monroe County, a son of the
late Henry and Mae Cline. Online condolences at:

Gerald L. Christman, 63, 206 N. 4th St., Woodsfield,
died Nov. 11, 2007, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital,
Parkersburg, W.Va. He was born Feb. 8, 1944 near
Woodsfield, a son of the late Walter and Zelda Smith
Christman. Online condolences may be expressed at

Louis Richard Sutherland, 66, Woodsfield, died Nov.
11, 2007, at his home. He was born April 30, 1941 in
Woodsfield, a son of the late Harry and Bessie Heft
Sutherland of Woodsfield. Online condolences may be
expressed at:

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can
find one who is really faithful?
Even children are known by the way they act, whether
their conduct is pure and right.
Did I hear snow flurries? I hope we only get a few of
You just can't win. I received a bill the other day
along with a flier which read, with the automatic
meter reader, it will be saving you money, then a
little later it stated we are making application to
raise our residential customers rate. More savings?
Was it the Indian that said, "White man talks out of
both sides of his mouth."
Well, the election is over until next year. I guess
there will be more excitement next November. I predict
we will be subjected to all kind of promises and what
I will do, between now and then. We have already
gotten quite a shot of it. Gives our media a chance to
try to exert their influence.
I'm not sure what we are going to do here in
Lewisville. We didn't have anyone run for our town
offices that were vacant. In fact, I think we had
several run away from the jobs. I guess maybe we have
a carryover that will get us back on track.
It is good we are no longer the only county that does
not have the Enhanced 911, now if we could just do
something about having the worst school facilities in
the state. I guess a lot of school districts are
having money problems.
It's kind of ironic that a nearby district is
thinking about raising a half million dollars to put
down a new football field. They recently had someone
drive their truck around the field and through the
fence and caused 10 thousand dollars damage or more.
I could say a bit more about our election and
election results but I'll resist. No one would pay any
attention to it any way. The election of the township
trustees is always competitive over the years, which
is good.
I don't want to say Lewisville is a quiet place, but
I purchased a book the other day entitled, "What to do
in Lewisville, Ohio at Night." I turned the first page
and it said, "You're doing it." I guess that's about
right except when the log trucks come through.
I don't know how many years I have been invited to
attend the program honoring veterans at the Little
Hocking Grade School. As I've said before, this is a
school wide activity and they know how to honor the
We got together at 10:30 a.m. to visit with friends,
meet new friends and partake of a few light
refreshments, which included some of the best cinnamon
rolls you'll ever sink your teeth into, in fact this
cinnamon roll is almost worth making the trip.
Then we were organized into groups of a half dozen or
so and visited several of the classrooms to talk with
the students, telling them of some of our experiences.
I think I visited four classrooms this year. As far as
I'm concerned this is the highpoint of the day.
One class had prepared a little play that explained
the history of our flag that ended with class members
holding up a large drawing of the different American
flags down through the years.
I received a card signed by all the students in the
class and a second grade class gave us a booklet
containing a Thank You, Veteran letter from each
member of the class. These are always meaningful to
read as you know what they write is what they believe
plus the fact you learn to spell some words the way
they should be spelled and not the way we might spell
it, for example, you'll have to agree that fiteing is
eazer than fighting.
After our visit we were treated to lunch and even
were allowed to break in at the head of the line. This
was quite a treat, eating once more in a nice quiet
cafeteria with nearly every table filled with
students. Who am I kidding, quiet? We did manage to
have an interesting visit with a couple of students
plus a teacher told us we couldn't go out at recess
unless we cleaned up our plate. Good advice, no need
to use it, as I clean my plate all the time.
The assembly for everyone, students, veterans and
guests met in the gym for the program at 2 p.m. As
always, the program honors all veterans by many of the
students. Our flag was the theme this year and a first
grader presented each veteran with a small flag.
If you do not get chills running down your spine or a
tear come to your eye when you hear every student in
the school singing, �I�m Glad to Be an American� and
�God Bless America.� I don�t know about you. You leave
for home with the feeling you have really been honored
and know your efforts have been appreciated.
One change I�ve noticed over the years that I�ve
attended the Little Hocking Veteran�s Day, is there
are fewer and fewer of us WWII veterans in attendance
as there are fewer and fewer of us every year. It is
interesting for us to listen to those who have been
involved in the later conflicts.
For the heck of it, a little math problem. There are
two cars, A & B. They leave the starting point at the
same time. Car A travels at a speed of 65 miles per
hour. Car B travels at a speed how many miles will
they need to travel for Car B to reach the same
destination as Car A? Hint, assume you can travel at
the same rate of speed and do not have to stop to fill
up with high priced gasoline.
Example is a lesson everyone can read.
Bible verses: (Mon.) Psalm 85; From Genesis (Tues.)
42:1-20; (Wed.) 43:1-15; (Thurs.) 43:16-34; (Fri.)
44:1-13; (Sat.) 44:14-34; (Sun.) 45:1-15.