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December 20, 2007 Edition

maco~ MACO Singers Spread Holiday Fun and Joy ~
Monroe County's MACO Singers made themselves heard
last week as they spread the joy of Christmas through
carols. The group traveled to several businesses
singing traditional Christmas carols as well as the
festive Twelve Days of Christmas, and fun holiday
songs such as Jingle Bell Rock and Grandma Got Run
Over by a Reindeer.
Photo by Martha Ackerman



< Fire Destroys Eastern Avenue Home

fireA Dec. 11 fire completely destroyed the Eastern
Avenue home of Kerry and Robin Langsdorf. Firemen
worked tirelessly to bring the fire under control and
save neighboring homes.
Photo Courtesy of Billie Elliott

shippVolunteer fireman Rick Shipp climbed into the bucket of the Woodsfield power truck to fight the fire from above in an effort to control the hot spots. Controlling the bucket is Dana Weber, of Woodsfield Municipal Power.
Photo by Martha Ackerman






by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

A late morning blaze completely destroyed the
Woodsfield home of Kerry and Robin Langsdorf on Dec. 11.
Kerry's eight-year-old son, Garrett, also lived in the home. No one was home at the time of the fire.
The home, located on Eastern Avenue, was completely engulfed when firemen arrived.

According to a neighbor, the house became
an inferno in a matter of minutes.
Firemen worked tirelessly all afternoon to control
the blaze and protect neighboring homes.
The Woodsfield Municipal Power bucket truck was used
to fight the fire from above in an effort to control
hot spots on the second floor. Dana Weber, of
Municipal Power, controlled the bucket for volunteer
fireman Rick Shipp. According to Woodsfield Fire Chief
Mike Young, the fire was believed to have been caused
by a woodburner. He noted that the foam system,
purchased with a grant, was used to extinguish hot
Mutual aid was received by Lewisville and Antioch
fire departments.
Mick Schumacher, of the local chapter of the Red
Cross, met with the Langsdorfs, who are temporarily
staying with a cousin.
An account is set up at Woodsfield Savings Bank for
the Langsdorfs. Household donations may be dropped off
at Fetzer's Carpet, South Main Street in Woodsfield,
where Langsdorf is employed.
The Warm the Children program contacted the
Langsdorfs to take Garrett shopping for a coat and
The volunteer firemen and its auxiliary are to be
commended for the work that they do to help the
residents of Monroe County in time of tragedy.

< Increase Proposed At Care Center

by Arlean Selvy
Three executive sessions and discussions with
representatives of SHARE and the EMA director pretty
much wrapped up the Dec. 11 business of Monroe County
commissioners. Officials continued their session Dec.
12 to review 2008 budgets.
On a motion by Commissioner John Pyles, officials
agreed to advertise for bids for an Emergency Medical
Services billing clerk.
Emergency Medical Association Director Dave Kuhn
submitted a draft of the association's new by-laws. He
said about eight pages have been added. The
association's goal is to have all six E-squads "on the
same page" so to speak. Current by-laws held by
various squads and the association conflict. With the
association's new regulations, individual squads may
not conflict or override the association by -laws.
During discussion, the matter of grant funding was
mentioned. Officials said all squads should apply for
EMS grants annually.
Ron White and Bob Reed of SHARE, the Columbus firm
which manages Monroe County Care Center, talked to
commissioners about a rate increase at the facility.
Discussed also was a proposal to construct a new
section and add an assisted living quarters.
"It's very do-able," said Reed, noting affordable
assisted living would benefit both the community and
the facility. He also suggested assisted living at
Monroe County Care Center is a stepping stone into the
care facility.
"There's a market for less expensive assisted
living," said Reed, noting expenses at the proposed
quarters would be covered by Medicaid.
According to Reed and White, the addition could add
as much as $102,000 to the center's enterprise fund,
which is money generated but reinvested in the
facility. The fund flows through the treasurer's
office and the county receives the interest.
Construction costs are estimated to be in the million
dollar range.
With regard to a proposal to increase the room rate,
Pyles said they will consider the question but said he
wanted to wait on Commission President Francis "Sonny"
Block before making a firm decision. Block was absent
due to illness. According to Pyles, a decision
should be made at the Dec. 18 meeting. He said he
would get the information to Block so he could look it
over before that time.
SHARE is suggesting an $8 per day increase.
Commissioners will meet on Wednesday of Christmas
Executive sessions were held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. to
discuss personnel with regard to disciplinary action;
and from 10:32 to 10:55 a.m. to discuss security. A
third session was held from 2 to 2:35 p.m. to discuss
personnel with regard discipline.
No action was taken regarding any of the sessions.
Included in the afternoon session were GMN executive
director Gary Ricer and Denise Potts of the county's
transportation system.
In another matter, commissioners signed a one-year
lease with GMN Tri-County CAC for the Monroe County
Senior Center, 118 Home Avenue. GMN will pay half of
the building's mortgage payment not to exceed $12,000
a year.

< Pamida Donates to District Library

Lifetime Learning, an adult services learning
awareness program available at Monroe County District
Library, was the recent recipient of a $500 donation
from Pamida. Gwynn Clifford, left, a member of the
Lifetime Learning volunteer group, accepts the check
for the library program from Sheila Crane, shift team
leader at Pamida. The awareness program
includes a lunch time series, book discussion group
and the Fourth of July celebration.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

L. Eugene "Gene" Schaub, 85, 230 Oaklawn Ave.,
Woodsfield, died Dec. 11, 2007, at Monroe County Care
Center, Woodsfield. He was born Aug. 17, 1922 in
Woodsfield, a son of the late Fred and Belle Shorts

< Vernon "Packy" Tisher, 81, Bares Run Rd., Sardis,
died Dec. 16, 2007, while playing cards with friends.
He was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Clarington, the son of
the late Wesley and Freda Ann Ensinger Tisher.
< Edwin R. Obertubbesing, 62, 41617 SR 800, Woodsfield,
died Dec. 16, 2007, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital,
Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born Aug. 1, 1945 at Rockaway,
N.Y., a son of the late Howard and Kathryn Ferger

< Emma J. Yommer, 71, of Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield, formerly of
Lewisville, died Dec. 17, 2007, at the center.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong," Wait
for the Lord to handle it.
The Lord despises double standards; he is not pleased
with dishonest scales.
I think maybe I shared this with you earlier but I
think it illustrates "The Reason For the Season" as
well as anything I've read. I think it worth sharing
"He Became Man and Dwelt Among Us"
Once upon a time, there was a man who looked upon
Christmas as a lot of humbug. He wasn't a scrooge. He
was a kind decent person, generous to his family
upright in all his dealings with other men. But, he
didn't believe all that stuff about incarnation which
churches proclaim at Christmas. And he was too honest
to declare that he did.
"I am really sorry to distress you," he told his
wife, who was a faithful churchgoer. "But I simply
cannot understand the claim that God became man. It
doesn't make any sense to me." On Christmas eve his
wife and children went to church for the midnight
service. He declined to accompany them. "I'd feel like
a hippocrite, he explained. "I'd much rather stay at
home. But I'll wait up for you.'
Shortly after his family drove away in the car, snow
began to fall. He went to the window and watched the
snow getting heavier and heavier. "If we must have
Christmas," he thought, "It's nice to have a white
one." He went back to his chair by the fireside and
began to read the newspaper. A few minutes later, he
was startled by a thudding sound. He thought that
someone was throwing snowballs at his living room
window as the thudding sounds kept coming one after
He went to the front door to investigate and found a
flock of birds huddled miserably in the snow. They�d
been caught in the storm and in a desperate search for
shelter, tried to fly through his window.
�I can�t let these poor creatures be there and
freeze,� he thought, �But how can I help them?� Then
he thought of the barn where the children�s pony was
stabled. It would provide a warm shelter. He put on
his coat and galoshes and tramped through the
deepening snow to the barn. He opened the doors and
turned on the light. But birds didn�t come in. �Food
will bring them in,� he thought. So he hurried back to
the house for bread crumbs, which he sprinkled on the
snow to make a trail to the barn.
To his dismay, the birds ignored the bread crumbs and
continued to flop around helplessly in the snow. He
tried shooing them in the barn by walking around and
waving his arms. They scattered in every direction -
except into the warm, lighted barn. �They find me a
strange and terrifying creature,� he said to himself.
�And I can�t seem to think of any way to let them know
they can trust me. If I could only become a bird
myself for a few minutes perhaps I could lead them to
Just at that moment, the church bells began to ring.
He stood silently for a while, listening to the bells
pealing the glad tidings of Christmas. Then he sank to
his knees in the snow. �Now I do understand,� he
whispered. �Now I do know why you had to do it.�
Another thing I enjoy during the Christmas season is
listening and singing the traditional Christmas
carols. A song you remember but do not hear very
often, however the Happy Heart Singers include it
nearly every Christmas season. The song tells you how
Christmas is spelled �C� is for the Christ Child born
upon this day; �H� is for the herald angels in the
night; �R� means our Redeemer; �I� means Israel; S is
for the star that shown so bright; �T� is for three
wise men they who traveled far. �M� is for the manger
where he lay; �A�s for all He stands for; �S� means
shepherds came; and that�s why there�s a Christmas
Christmas has a lot of memories for me and our family
over the years. Some have been lean and others have
been a bit overboard.
Times change, I read a few days ago some suggestions
for gift buying. If I read correctly it indicated you
shouldn�t buy your child a gift based on their need.
I�m not sure of their thinking but just about
everything I have received as a present was something
I could use, maybe not actually needed.
Being the youngest in the family I fared rather good
growing up until the older brothers and sisters had
families of their own. I got plenty to wear and not
many toys for a couple of reasons. None of the wild
toys available today were even thought of back then,
plus, farm boys didn�t have a lot of time to play with
Even with all the presents and excitement of
Christmas, probably the Christmas eve services were a
high point for me. One I�ll remember the longest was
held in Malta when we lived there. We dressed the kids
for bed and took them to the service. The candle
lighting was held during the last of the service. We
all took our lighted candle home with us and then put
the kids to bed. Maybe a bit dangerous but very
effective for me.
I hope you plan to attend a Christmas eve service and
attend church Christmas Sunday.
If you have some time before Christmas get your Bible
and read Luke 2:1-14 - �Tis the reason for the
Finally, if you do not want to gain weight over the
holidays, don�t eat anything you normally pick up with
your fingers to eat.
Have a Merry Christmas!