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Nov. 19, 2008

Tribute Paid to Veterans Nov. 11

Participating in the Veterans Day service held at Oaklawn Cemetery Nov. 11 were, from left: Alonzo Wilson, Vernon Burke, Shiela Lasko, Dave Ricer, Dorothy Ricer, Eve Lindamood, Jim Heimann and Bob Podlasiak.                                                Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        As many veterans organizations around the country paid tribute to the men and women who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy, local services were held Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
        VFW Post 5303 held its program at Oaklawn Cemetery near the veterans’ memorial. Bob Podlasiak was the master of ceremonies with Vernon Burke giving the opening and closing prayers.
        Local resident Robert Hall sang the National Anthem and St. Sylvester School students, grades four through eight, sang God Bless America. Alonzo Wilson, VFW Post 5303 commander, welcomed those attending the service.
        Woodsfield’s Dorothy Ricer read her poem “In Praise of Our Vets.” (See Page 8)
        Voice of Democracy honorable mention winner Eve Lindamood read her essay. Jim Heimann read the first-place Voice of Democracy essay, written by Kyle Cox of Beallsville. Both essays can be found on page 8.
        Vietnam veteran Dave Ricer was the guest speaker. He paid tribute to Herman Zerger, World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, who was recently inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
        American Legion #87 Auxiliary  member Phyllis Adkins placed a wreath at the foot of the memorial. Shiela Lasko, president of the auxiliary, read a tribute to veterans.
        Following is the Voice of Democracy essay written by Kyle Cox, who is home schooled:
Service and Sacrifice by
America’s Veterans Benefit Today’s Youth
        How can someone who served his or her country years before the youth of America were born possibly benefit us today? The answers to this question are almost innumerable. Our veterans have given so much to the young people of this generation it is hard to even contain what they have done in a small speech such as this.
        Our veterans inspire patriotism in us that cause us to love our country and want to serve it until our dying breath. It is that same patriotism that causes a tear to come to our eyes and a chill to go up our spines when we hear the National Anthem or see the American flag. Our veterans cause us to want to do more for our country than we ever have before, as we try to live up to the standard they have set. But the thing that sticks out most in my mind is that they have sacrificed everything they had so we can have a great country to live in like America.
        The Webster’s Dictionary describes the word benefit as “anything contributing to an improvement in condition.” Truly, the veterans of America have benefited today’s youth greatly. Not only here in America, but they have benefited the youth all over the world.
        It is so amazing to think of the fact that someone sacrificed everything they had, some even sacrificing their lives, just so we could have the freedoms we know today. I think of all the men who fought in the American Revolution. They had no formal military training, just an average farmer who loved his fellowman enough to fight in a war that seemed impossible to win. Yet, they fought anyway because they wanted to give the next generation something better than what they had. If it were not for these men, I would not be able to write this speech about America’s veterans because there would be no American to write about. I think of men and women like my grandfather and great-grandfather who fought against the spread of fascism in World War II to protect our freedom. My mind is also drawn to the brave men and women who served our country in times of peace, knowing that peace only lasts for a short while and America needs to be ready at all times.
        Another way America’s veterans have benefited today’s youth is by spreading freedom throughout the world so the young people of other countries can enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear. Think of the war on terror, whether you are for or against the war, without a doubt our troops have given freedom to the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan that they have never known before. Young children in Iraq will never have to know the brutality of the monster Saddam Hussein. In every war America has been in our veterans have done the same thing for countries all over the world. They have gone out and spread freedom wherever they went.
        In closing I would like to ask what you will do to benefit the youth of tomorrow? Will you impact it for better as the American veteran has? Will you stand up for your rights and freedoms without fear of loss? Will you sacrifice what you have to make this country better than what it is now?
        Truly, the service and sacrifice of our veterans has benefited not only the youth of this country, but the youth around the world.
        Eve Lindamood, a Swiss Hills student, read her honorable mention essay which follows:
Veterans, America’s Heroes
        Youth of today have benefited tremendously due to the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans. Every aspect of our everyday lives is a result of the diligent work of a veteran. The freedoms we enjoy, the lessons in courage they have taught, and the timeless role models they continue to provide are invaluable to young Americans.
        Any discussion about veterans must begin by expressing gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy. If not for the military men and women who have served throughout the history of our nation, we might not be living in a democracy. We could be limited in what we could say or believe. By their sacrifice of service in times of war and times of peace, we are called to live in liberty and pursue happiness.
        Every time I see a veteran marching in a parade or leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the community function, I feel a surge of pride and renewed patriotism. In their faces, I see the story of a fight with enemies who sought to diminish our great nation, the remembrance of a fellow soldier who did not return from the battle, and the obligation he or she must carry to remind us all to never forget.
        Even though these heroes did not know me individually, they were willing to risk their lives to ensure that I would be able to live in a free nation. That is very personal. I feel connected to them in this way.
        When I was visiting Washington, D.C. with my eighth grade class, we had the privilege of seeing the Vietnam Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. Going there was like visiting a holy place; it changed me forever. It was a powerful visual to see what seemed to be countless white headstones and an unending list of names, each one representing the ultimate sacrifice of so many.
        I have several family members who have served in the United States military. My grandfather as well as two of my uncles have participated in protecting our country. Although none of them had to fight or witness fighting first hand, I am proud of this legacy that my family has.                   Most veterans do not like to discuss their war experiences because of the painful details or out of respect for their fallen comrades. The stories that they have shared in documentaries or in school assemblies are so emotional. The love they feel for our country and the courageous acts they describe – never of their own, always of someone else – demonstrates the type of Americans we all must be in order to continue to live in freedom.
        Whether they served in a world war, Vietnam or the Middle East, veterans are our national role models. They stand for what is right and good about America. We should honor them by being good citizens. This includes participating in democracy by voting and by being active in the government and community. We should imitate their sacrifice by service to one another, and if need be, by taking up arms and defending our rights in the future.
        In conclusion, I would like to restate the lyrics of a well-known song written by Lee Greenwood. “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me and I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today, because there ain’t no doubt, I love this land. God bless the U.S.A.” and God bless our veterans. For if it was not for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, we would not have a country worthy of such an inspirational and patriotic song.
        Additional Voice of Democracy winners are Cheyenne Romick, first place, River High School, second place, county; Lindsay Blackstone, Monroe Central, third place, county; Luke Reed, Swiss Hills, fourth place, county. Winner of the Patriot’s Pen essay contest was Alyssa Brown, Woodsfield Elementary.

In Praise of Our Vets
by Dorothy Ricer
This day honors soldiers who must leave their homes
to prove our country is strong
No one can know of the grief they go through
as the nights they put in are so long.
Sad, weary hours with their thoughts and their fears
scared times to face in a war
Heartsick and weary but proud to go on
knowing America is worth fighting for.
        How has our country gone down so fast?
once happy and proud and free
now looked down on by lesser groups
How oh how can this be?
Once our nation was tops in the world
our products outdone by no one
Then slowly but surely the jobs were outsourced
and our solid economy undone.
Deeply in debt both here and abroad
overloaded with doubt and with stress
Prices so high and money so tight
how did we get in this mess?
The cost to our soldiers who fight for our peace
no country could ever repay
Have we become like Rome at her peak
destined to fall in decay?
At least this is what some nations hope for
but they reckoned without our pride
When our country is down there is no way but up
we stand all for one side by side.
We’ll bring home our soldiers we’ll build up our land
our finances will all straighten out
we’ll land on our feet our stocks will rebound
we’ll be fine in the end there’s no doubt.
Hold tight to your faith that we’ll be okay
our soldiers can lay down their guns
These times will just be bad memories for all
God will bless us as He’s always done.

<Citizens National Bank: A Sense of Security in an Insecure World

Citizens National Bank in Woodsfield


Citizens National Bank, Woodsfield, has earned Bauer-Financial’s highest 5-Star Superior rating for financial strength and stability. It is heartening to know that there are still well run community banks, like the Citizens National, that have risen above the calamity that has befallen so many others. The 5-Star Superior rating is based on the overall financial picture of the bank and indicates that Citizens National Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation. In fact, this represents the 79th consecutive quarter that the bank has earned this honor, giving it the added distinction of being an Exceptional Performance Bank.
        Only institutions that have achieved this highest 5-Star rating for ten years or longer can claim this distinction.
        “It gives me great pleasure to announce that there are still banks, like Citizens National Bank, that continue to build a sense of security in this insecure world,” heralds Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “Residents in and around Monroe County have the privilege of banking with a true community bank that has stuck to true, common sense, banking values. They can sleep soundly in the knowledge that they are banking with one of the strongest banks in the country.”
        The Citizens National Bank was established in 1933 and has been serving the financial needs of its neighbors and friends for 75 years. It currently operates through three conveniently located offices in Barnesville, Sardis and Woodsfield.
        The Citizens National Bank: Your 5-Star Community Bank.
        BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading independent bank rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they elude it. Consumers may obtain star-ratings by visiting www.bauerfinancial.com.
        Citizens National Bank was established in 1933 and has been steadfastly serving the financial needs of its customers for 75 years.
        The bank remains an independent, locally-owned bank.
         Carey Bott serves a bank president.

<Warm the Children

Kirt Sloan, manager, Riesbeck’s of Woodsfield, presented $3,300 to the Warm the Children program on Nov. 17. Accepting the donation was Pandora Neuhart, program coordinator. The money was raised during the annual Warm the Children barbecue fundraiser sponsored by Riesbeck’s. Last year the barbecue brought $3,500 to the program.  In the past seven years, Riesbeck’s has contributed about $18,000 to help warm the children of the Switzerland of Ohio school district.                                               Photo by  Arlean Selvy


<Kiwanians Prepare for Thanksgiving Day Dinner Project

        It was Thanksgiving Day 2007 when Kiwanian Chris Williams, a past president, was captured on film as he stacked and packaged pumpkin pie for elderly and shut-ins of Monroe County. Pie is  packaged along with turkey, sweet potatoes and  green beans delivered by Kiwanians and area volunteers, including Swiss Hills, Monroe Central Key Club members.                          
Photo by Arlean Selvy

by Dave Phillips
Thanksgiving project chairman   Preparations are well underway for the annual Kiwanis Thanksgiving Day Dinner project. Turkey and the trimmings, including sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, will be delivered to about 200 elderly and housebound residents of Monroe County.
        The Woodsfield Kiwanis Club, which recently celebrated its 85th Anniversary, sponsors about 22 activities each year to help the youth and elderly of the Monroe County community. Plans began in October for the annual Thanksgiving Day dinner, which helps the needy and elderly to enjoy a traditional holiday meal. “We think about all the problems in the world today, but Thanksgiving represents what is right about a holiday, sharing great food, spending some time with old and new friends, and devoting time to make a day better for others,” said Kiwanis President Karen Binford. “This is the time to count our blessings. Kiwanians try to do their part in giving care and consideration to those who are less fortunate among us.”
        Kiwanians will use the facilities of the Woodsfield United Methodist Church to prepare and pack the meal, which consists of turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and butter, pumpkin pie and an orange.
        “We feel it’s important to involve the youth of our sponsored Key Clubs,” said Dave Phillips, project chairman. “These kids are learning about community service, and they have a good time packing the meals and helping with the home deliveries. Kiwanis members also enjoy serving as mentors to the young people.”
        A strong relationship has developed between area businesses and the Kiwanis Club, which has helped to make the Thanksgiving Day project a successful effort for over 20 years.          Kiwanians acknowledges with appreciation the donations that have been received for the project from Riesbeck’s Food Market, Citizens National Bank, Weber’s Pharmacy, Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Monroe County Care Center.
        The club is sincerely grateful for members and community friends who donate their time in various ways. “This is the kind of cooperation that ensures a special dinner for special folks,” said Phillips.

< Obituaries

        Sharon Shriver, 48, Beallsville, died Nov. 11, 2008 in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. She was born July 16, 1960 in Barnesville, a daughter of Gene and Wanda Kemp Wheeler of Jerusalem.         Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.

        Eva L. Decker, 86, Beallsville, died Nov. 15, 2008, in Belmont Community Hospital, Bellaire. She was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Clurney and Lydia Carpenter Reed.     Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.

        Maywood E. Forshey, 76, Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell, formerly of Summerfield, died Nov. 10, 2008 at the nursing home. He was born Dec. 13, 1931 at Harriettsville, a son of the late Foster and Leona Moore Forshey. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

        Edna A. Masciarelli, 102, Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell, formerly of Lewisville, died Nov. 17, 2008, at the nursing home. She was born June 9, 1906, a daughter of the late Joseph and Justine Crock Kuhn. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

        Gladys M. Greene, 82, Gahanna, died Nov. 17, 2008, at her residence. She was born to the late Ronald F. and Lela G. Brown in Woodsfield.        Send condolences to www.schoedinger.com.

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        This morning at about 8 a.m. a black unmarked truck with blackout windows came on my property, and dropped off an unmarked red ATV and padlocked it to my fence. The truck then pulled out of my driveway. I walked towards the truck to find out who these supposed “poachers” were. When they were about 30 feet from me, I could tell they looked at me by the outlines of their ball caps through the tinted windows, and then drove away.
        Today is prime hunting day, the “best of the rut” day, and poaching is a big issue.
        I called the game warden, who in turn called the sheriff. The sheriff came out, could not find a number on the ATV, took my info and said that he would have the ATV taken away to a yard. Eventually men came down the hill to the ATV and I confronted them to find out who they were and to let them know that the sheriff had already been there.
        My concern is that these companies are not willing to say that they should have told me who they were. The general attitude that I am getting from everyone I call is that as a gas line company, or surveyor, or subcontractor, that they have the right to do whatever they want on my property, whenever they want, with no consideration for the property owner.
        I am requesting that all gas line related work trucks and ATVs be clearly marked with the company name. I am also requesting that these workers and their companies take reasonable steps to do their part to notify or at least speak to the property owner before or when they arrive. Even a note on a doorknob would be great.
Marie B. Hill

Dear Editor,
        I just wanted to thank you for the article about our Vietnam Veteran Heroes of Monroe County.
        Dave was my pee wee league baseball coach and a man that I respect to this day. It is nice to see someone recognize the service that all of these men gave to our country.
        I know that these brave men and women have all too often gone without ever receiving a thank you for their service.
        Once again, and I know I speak for hundreds, if not thousands, of others when I say Thank You.
Brent Bosley
Howard City, Michigan

Dear Editor,
        The Intelligencer Nov. 8, 2008 edition had an article headed “Strickland's Strick Message for Ohio.” In the article, Gov. Strickland says Ohio and other states are now paying the price of what he calls the irresponsible economic policies of the Bush administration. Of course, there is no mention of the do-nothing Congress. If Congress did anything worthwhile this past year, I guess I must have missed it.
        The mess our country is in now has been coming on for a long time and many people of both parties are to blame. If Bush spent too much money, I guess throwing more money in the pot now is the way to go. Many people want the government to do everything for them and politicians are glad to do all they can to help as it brings in more votes.
        Blaming Bush for everything has created the hateful attitude we have in our country now.
        I wonder how long it will be before some people realize that Obama is not a God who can create miracles. I suppose when they do find he can’t do all he said, it will still be because of the “failed policies of the Bush administration.”
        It is almost certain another war is on the way and Bush will be blamed for that, provided our country survives long enough to lay blame.
        There are actually people who consider Obama a savior. There is only one Savior and that is Jesus Christ. He has been forgotten by many, but He is still alive and well and we would do well to make  Him our Savior.
        Read the Prophetic books of the Old Testament and see what happened to Israel when they forgot God. We are surely headed in the same direction.
        God told Abraham He would spare Sodom if He could find 10 righteous people in the city, but He couldn’t find that many. If it ever comes to that in our country, how many will He find?
        I don’t agree with Obama’s policies, but he is the incoming President now and creating hatred the way people have done with President Bush is not the answer to anything.
Sincerely, Ruth Baldwin
Emanuel Baldwin

<Around the Burnside

You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays.
        You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.
        The Pilots are one step away from the final four. You know by now if they made it. It seems this step is perhaps the toughest so far. All I can say as I’m writing is: Go Pilots!
        Veteran’s Day, a day to honor all veterans. It is heartening to read and hear of so many programs to honor those who have served our country.
        I was invited to attend the Veteran’s Day program held in the Caldwell Elementary School. What an honor.
        Nearly 100 veterans walked into the gym to our seats. The students and staff were cheering, clapping their hands and waving a small flag. If you haven’t had this experience, words cannot describe the feeling.
        Every student in the school had a part in the program. They all sang while others sang the National Anthem, read their essays and other things to move the program along. We even received a calendar students made.
        A video on war was shown that I feel every person should see. It honored all veterans and it brought tears to a lot of us watching. Once again, it was one of those unforgettable happenings.
        I can only speak for myself; I really appreciated all the work the staff and students put in to honoring veterans. They even have a wall of fame with somewhere around 700 names on stars on the wall. I guess about all you can say is, “Thanks.”
        The thing about Veteran’s Day that gives me such a good feeling is the number of schools having a program to honor veterans. I’ve been honored to attend programs in the Little Hocking school over the last several years. This year it was Caldwell. They know how to honor veterans.
        You know in sports it’s interesting to listen to and read the so-called experts on how the games are going to end up. For example, in The Times Leader, all of the experts, except one, picked River to win over Malvern. I pick up the Jeff and all of the experts, except one, picked Malvern. Most of the time when you pick a winner you have a 50-50 chance of being correct.
        Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Seems like we jump from spooks to Santa and kind of forget Thanksgiving.
        Actually, Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays when I was growin’ up. This was a time for a family get-together. Most could get away for more than a day. Most of the fellows went hunting and Dad used this time of extra help to butcher a couple of hogs. I didn’t really help that much so I enjoyed the day. It was one of my highlights.
        This was probably because a big mess of liver and onions was the first on the table. Come to think of it, I haven’t had liver and onions since I don’t know when.
        When the hogs were cut up we had a big plateful of tenderloin to eat. This is what we called, “eating high on the hog.” It happened only once; the rest of the loin was ground up in the sausage. I hated to watch the loin being put through the grinder. It did help to make mighty good sausage.
        The hams, shoulders and I don’t know what else Dad cured in salt brine. I remember when Mom cooked it she would soak it in water for a time to get some of the salt out. It was good. I can still see canned sausage and the grease in the jar. A lot different than going to the store for sausage today.
        You know, I don’t remember eating turkey when I was growing up. No one around close by raised turkey and I’m sure  Bond’s Store would not have had them for sale. Maybe that’s the reason I don’t get too excited over turkey today.
        I understand when I was in the service Bonds obtained a small, live turkey. It became kind of a pet. My sister even led it around with a small rope tied to its leg. I was overseas and missed out on Thanksgiving dinner and Mr. Turkey.
        One Thanksgiving or maybe it was Christmas, my sister-in-law, a home economics teacher, thought she would treat her family to goose for dinner.
        Well, she bought a goose, got up early in the morning, fixed the goose and put it on to roast, bake, boil or whatever you do with a goose.
        Come almost time for dinner at noon, she took a fork to test the goose. The goose would have no part of it. with her knowledge of food, she knew they would be unable to eat goose at noon. She decided to allow Mr. Goose to keep cooking and postpone their big meal to evening.
        A bit before time to eat that evening, she got out her trusty fork and checked out Mr. Goose again. You guessed it; the fork still would not penetrate Mr. Goose. I’m not sure if she took the goose back or gave it a ride on the garbage truck. I am sure they had a good gooseless dinner because I remember what a good cook she was. I wonder what the saying “your goose is cooked” was all about.
        I bought a roll of stamps today. They have made some changes. Instead of a roll of 100, I got two rolls of 50. They were larger stamps and had a flag of a state on each stamp. Very nice. When and if I come to the stamp with the Michigan flag on it, I’m not sure what I’ll do with it.
        Church Sunday? Why not?
        Bible readings: From 2 Timothy 1:3-7; (Tues.) 1:8-14; (Wed.) Romans 1:8-7; From Timothy (Thurs.) 2:8-13; (Fri.) 2:14-19; (Sat.) 3:14-17; (Sun.) 2:1-3; 4:15.