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December 6, 2007 Edition

< Ethel's Attic Open House Set

Sharon Davis and her son, Joel Davis, manager of
Ethel's Attic, stand near a favorite display - the
basket tree. An open house is set for Dec. 8-9. There
will be refreshments and for the first 100 visitors, a
gift. Photo by Arlean Selvy

A dream to make use of the huge upstairs area over
Marv's Place Restaurant, coupled with a desire to
create a job for her son, brought forth an idea that
culminated in a new business ... Ethel's Attic.
Sharon Davis and her son Joel opened the shop on
Sept. 15 and, to their delight, have been adding to
the collection of quality antiques and handcrafted
items from Ohio Valley artisans.
Ethel's Attic and Marv's Place are located in a
113-year-old building that dominates the town square
in Sardis, just one street back from Ohio 7.
Nearly all the items in the shop come from Southern
Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle.
"We didn't want to display items mass-produced by cheap labor in a
foreign country," said the manager, Joel Davis.
As you enter the tastefully arranged display floor,
one of the first things you notice is a lovely
rocking chair of hand-turned hickory. "Some people say
it's the most comfortable rocker they ever sat in,"
said Joel, noting its contoured back and seat. The
rockers are made by the Amish of Monroe County.
Jerusalem resident Abe Weaver, another of the
county's Amish craftsmen, has a space in Ethel's Attic
where he displays and sells beautiful, durable
hand-woven baskets ranging in size and purpose from
half-bushels to baskets for tea bags.
Currently, about a dozen dealers have space in
Ethel's Attic. In addition, Davis has an area
displaying a variety of crafty items.
Bob Smothers of Woodsfield, a blacksmith, makes
wrought iron implements such as shepherd hooks, boot
jacks, door stops and other interesting items.
Woodworker Bob Fletcher and his son, residents of
Sardis, make trunks in a variety of hardwoods and
Original paintings, prints and beautiful painted
glassware by Georgia Dangle are available. Antiques
on display include a spinning wheel, glassware,
advertising, Coke items, a carousel horse, a large
woven baby buggy, old photos and much more. "If we
don't have it, we can look for it," they said.
Speaking of Sistersville, the "seasonal room" is
decorated with the original mantle from the
Sistersville train station. Since the current season
is Christmas, the room is filled with many items for
the holidays, including original ornaments and unique
Christmas decorations.
Ethel's Attic is named for Ethel Thompson Merriner,
the great-grandmother of Joel Davis.
Marv's Place is named for Ethel's husband, Marvin.
Ethel and Marvin Merriner owned the building from the
1940s to the 1960s, operating a grocery story and a
pool hall.
"We have always had a dream of putting an Antique
Mall upstairs," said Sharon Davis. "When we came up
with the idea of combining it with an Artisan Center,
we began searching the Ohio River Valley for
"Through our travels, we had such fun driving the
back roads, meeting new and interesting people as well
as very talented artists," said Sharon.
Ethel's Attic is the latest example of a retail
renaissance in Sardis. Along with Home Comforts, Old
Barn Landscape Center, Ables Cheese, Woodland Cottage
and Marv's Place, Sardis has become a destination,
rather than a small town you just drive through.
Joel, who suffers with a bad back, greets customers
Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays
from 12:30 to 6 p.m.
Open House is scheduled for Dec. 8-9.

<Sardis Tour of Homes Slated

The Ron and Phyllis Jackson home features a memory
tree with framed photos of family members and
ornaments dating back to the early 1970s. Shown are
Phyllis with their two Westies, Zoi and Kia. The home
is decorated for the holidays and will be open to
visitors during the annual Sardis Tour of Homes set
for Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

The annual Sardis Tour of Homes is set for Thursday,
Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. and will feature five homes in the
area. Tickets are available at the Lee Township Hall
that evening.
Inviting tour goers into their homes this Christmas
season are Ron and Phyllis Jackson, Donna and Harry
Day, Mandy and Mike Wohnhas, Tracy and Chris Curtis,
and Tonya and David Collins. Also opening their doors
for a holiday celebration and open house are The Barn
at River's Edge, The Woodland Cottage, Mary's Little
Lamb, Marv's Place and Ethel's Attic, Old Barn Landscape Center, Home Com-forts, V&L Ceramics and
Dally Library and Annex.

A memory tree is the focal point as you enter the
Jackson home. Framed photos of family members adorn
the tree along with ornaments dating back to the early
1970s, gifts over the years from Phyllis'
This house, as well as a couple others on the tour,
has a spectacular view of the Ohio River.
The home was purchased about three years ago and the
Jacksons have added rooms and brought their special
touch to the home.
"In our family room, we spend time with our two
Westies, relaxing, sitting by the fireplace and
enjoying the view of the river," said Phyllis. This
room will be decorated with a white flocked poinsettia
The grandchildren's bedroom and bath are decorated in
a toyland theme with lots of toys for little visitors,
Jill and Lee Cook and Megan, Kayla and Anna Jackson.
The guest room and bath are decorated in a Victorian
style while the master bedroom and bath lean toward a
more traditional look.
The rest of the house is draped with fresh greenery
and other natural accents.
"Thanks to the vast assistance of Elegant Design by
Desiree (their daughter), I have enjoyed preparing for
this year's tour of homes," said Phyllis.
The Donna and Harry Day home, built in 1959, was
originally a three bedroom brick ranch with a living
room and one full bath. The house has been remodeled
with the addition of a beautiful great room, powder
room and large front porch. The great room features
skylights and floor to ceiling windows, patio doors
and a woodburning fireplace. A deck surrounds the
great room and overlooks the Ohio River. Other
additions were made in 2005.
The fireplace in the great room is decorated with
ornaments they've collected over the years.
The master bedroom features a walk-in closet, laundry
room and French doors that open into a large,
luxurious bath.
The home of Mike, Mandy and Ian Wohnhas was built in
2002. Located next to Witten Cemetery, the two story,
four bedroom, two and a half bath home has a beautiful
scenic view of the river.
A white picket fence, decorated with lighted garland
and bows greet visitors. Wreaths and candles adorn all
the windows. The staircase is wrapped with garland and
ribbon and the house features a see-through fireplace.
The living room has a handmade white mantle, while
the family room has a floor to ceiling stone fireplace
with a rustic barn beam hand-carved mantle. Both rooms
are decorated for the season. The kitchen and dining
room tables are set with Christmas dishes. Upstairs
the country Christmas theme continues with trees in
all the bedrooms and baths.
"If someone were to ask me to best describe our home,
I'd have to say "it's definitely lived in!," said
Tracy Curtis of the home she shares with husband Chris
and children Brittany and Austin. "From rushing home
from work to running to our teenagers" ball games and
practice, to picking up groceries and finally pulling
in the garage around 9 p.m. four to five nights a
week, it's a sigh of relief to kick off our shoes and
sit down in what most of our friends call a "cave."
When we built our home six years ago, I�ll have to
admit, I was afraid of color. But with the help of
HDTV and Candide Olsen (Divine Design), I am no longer
The front porch holds a sleigh filled with packages,
wreaths at the windows and an inviting sitting area.
The home features warm browns, butter creams, burnt
burgundy, lots of oak, hardwood flooring, antiques and
primitives. There is a large collection of Longaberger
�Our home may be small, but we love it and it suits
our life-style,� said Tracy. �At the end of the day,
when all is said and done, and the dog and cat have
been spoiled, it is truly a wonderful feeling that you
have a cozy place to curl up and relax.�
The home of David and Tonya Collins and their two
children, Makenna, 12, and Michael, nine, reflects
Tonya�s creativity. She has a home-based business,
Crooked River Primitives.
�The architect may consider the home a �contemporary
farmhouse,� but we have kept the �ole farmhouse�
feel,� said Tonya.
Tonya�s love of primitives and antiques is evident as
you climb the front steps. The porch is decorated with
a large snowman, child�s chalkboard, country gate and
much more.
Each nook and cranny holds a special treat. The whole
house is decorated for the season with sleighs, unique
candles, snowmen and a gingerbread men tree in the
country kitchen.
The home is filled with family memories like
great-grandma�s hoosier cabinet, grandpa�s old cloth
miner�s cap, grandma�s piano and sewing machine, not
to mention crocks, wooden ironing boards, chicken
coop, complete with ceramic chickens, and lots of
other treasures.
The focal point of the master bedroom is the replica
of an 1830�s Amish style bed. The kids� express their
creativity in the decorated trees in their rooms.
The family room features a stone hearth built by
David and his father from stone taken from a creek
that runs by Tonya�s grandfather�s house in Pine
Grove, W. Va.
Tonya has also hand painted a faux stone finish on
the family room floor. �I wasn�t bored, I just wanted
something affordable on the floor, paint fit the
budget,� said Tonya.
Always a favorite with young and old alike is the
barn at River�s Edge Farm, owned by Norman and Eileen
Maienknecht and home to Kevin and Kim Maienknecht,
Dennis and Kathy Maienknecht Dye and their sons, James
and Isaiah.
The barn is decorated for the holidays and the
animals will be dressed in all their Christmas finery.
Marilyn, a Charolais cow weighing about a ton, has
donned her feather boa, earrings and make-up. Also
dressed for the holidays are the miniature donkeys,
quarter horses, angora goats, chickens, rabbits, a
team of draft horses named Sam and Stinky, and a very
special llama named Peachie.
Come, tour the beautifully decorated homes and the
critters for some Christmas fun.
You won�t want tot miss this one!

< Woodsfield Christmas Festival: A Full Day of "Something to Do"

Posing for Pictures with Santa at Pat's Gift Shoppe
during the Woodsfield Christmas Festival were Kadin
and Kaitlyn Matz of Woodsfield. Kadin asked Santa for
toys but, perhaps being a little more particular
about presents, Kaitlyn suggested Santa place a gift
card from Pat's gift Shoppe in her Christmas stocking.
The siblings are the children of Maria Jones.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

A Friday evening dinner held Dec. 1 kicked off this
year's Woodsfield Christmas Festival with a tasty
treat at Traditions Restaurant.
The Chamber of Commerce sponsored dinner was attended
by 32 individuals. The evening featured door prizes
and a 50/50 drawing, which was won by Sonny Block, who
donated his winnings to the chamber of commerce.
A "Deck the Halls, Walls and Tables" fundraiser was
sponsored by the Christmas Festival Committee with the
proceeds donated to Jobs and Family Services. JFS will
distribute the money to needy families. Nineteen items
were auctioned bringing in $458. All craft items were
donated. The committee includes Ruth Workman, Sally
Seidler and Margie Yoss.
From 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Santa was
seated in his high-backed chair in the social room of
the Woodsfield Moose Lodge where Help Me Grow
employees and Kiwanians prepared sausage and eggs for
104 children and 80 adults.
In addition to a gift from Santa, Key Club members
helped the children make craft items to take home.
Three Key Club members, Ashley Dick, Ashley Woodell
and Nicole Shapley donned elf-wear to help Santa.
Other club members helping were: Liz Schuerman,
Lindsay Huntsman, Keenan Hamilton, Amanda Schumacher
and April Hehr.
The breakfast is sponsored by Monroe County Help Me
Grow and Woodsfield Kiwanis Club with donations from
Riesbeck's Food Market, McDonald's of Woodsfield and
Woodsfield Moose Lodge, which furnished space for the
event and also permitted use of the kitchen.
Carriage rides, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, and
train rides, sponsored by Farmer's Feed and Deli, were
enjoyed throughout the afternoon.
Ruth Workman, reporting for the Festival Committee,
listed the following winners: table decoration, Chris
Hoff and decorated wreath, Carol Schumacher. The
wreath and table decoration were on display at
Traditions Restaurant. The window decorating award
went to Woodsfield Savings Bank, which is all aglow.
According to Workman, Woodsfield BP came in a "very
close second" for window decorating. Thursday evening,
the BP hosted Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
The Monroe Central Band was full of holiday spirit as
members led the parade down the streets of Woodsfield.
There were lots of lights and Christmas music filled
the air. Of the more than 30 entries in the parade,
the award winning entry was AK Apparel, Woodsfield,
with a float entitled "Welcome to Whoville."
The evening was climaxed with the lighting of the
Christmas tree and a poem written and read by Dorothy
"The festival was another great success," exclaimed
Sally Seidler. "We had a wonderful turnout for the
parade and a lot of hard work went into making them."
The committee expressed their appreciation to
merchants who donated candy canes for Christmas
characters to distribute. Merchants included Pamida,
Bellwood Drugs, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Weber's Pharmacy
and Dr. Holly Bell.
In addition, appreciation is extended to Tim Blue of
State Farm Insurance for providing the film for
pictures with Santa; also Farmers Feed and Deli which
sponsored train rides for a monetary donation which
went toward expenses; to Kiwanis Club which sponsored
carriage rides; Kiwanis and Monroe County Help Me Grow
for sponsoring Breakfast with Santa; and to Santa who
greeted children at Dick's Furniture and Pat's Gift
Shoppe; to the First Baptist Church which held a
Santa's Workshop and to the church choir for caroling;
to Woodsfield Christian Church for the Christmas
program, sponsored by the Switzerland of Ohio
Ministerial Association; and to the vendors for
setting up in the courthouse and finally to the Monroe
County Beacon for promoting the festival.
According to Seidler, plans are already underway for
the 2008 Woodsfield Christmas Festival.

The following poem was written by Dorothy Ricer for
the 2007 Christmas celebration and tree lighting held
in Woodsfield on Saturday, Dec. 1:

Christmas - 2007

We're gathered to start that most glorious time
The season of love and good will.
The hustle and bustle of excitement is grand
As we try all the wishes to fill.
This tree is adorned with colorful lights
That shine and invite you to praise
Almighty God and His Precious Son
Who was born so that we might be saved.
The clouds of worry that hang over us all
Are the same as last year at this time.
Our soldiers aren't home where they belong
As war has no reason or rhyme.
It will be hard on the families of those
Who must spend this season away
They have to continue to celebrate Christ
And be happy on this blessed day.
We may not agree with the powers that be
That send our people to war
But no matter our feelings, we'll support our troops
And that is one thing for sure!
I hope and pray that next year at this time,
We'll have our loved ones returned,
That the war will be over and peace restored
And the futility of war will be learned.
God bless you all and have a Merry Christmas!

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

Adolph "Red" Remick, of Belmont Manor, St.
Clairsville, formerly of Clarington, died Nov. 29,
2007, at his residence. He was born Aug. 21, 1913, in
Warwood, W.Va., a son of the late John and Mary
Radovich Remick. Sympathy expressions at

< Eileen M. Cline, 74, Graysville, died Nov. 26, 2007,
at her home. She was born Jan. 20, 1933, in
Woodsfield, a daughter of the late James Franklin
Ricer and Carol D. Briggs Ricer. Condolences may be
expressed at

< Robert J. Morris, 87, 47799 Lexington Ridge. Road,
Summer-field, died Dec. 2, 2007 at his home. He was
born Nov. 9, 1920, near Calais, a son of the late
Jerome and Mabel Carpenter Morris. Online condolences
may be expressed at

< Nora B. Ritchie, 66, Sardis, died Dec. 3, 2007, at
Wetzel County Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Bauer-Turner Funeral
Home, Woodsfield.

< Lieselotte (Lilo) Margarette Hubbard, 74, Woodsfield,
died Dec. 1, 2007, at Wheeling Hospital. She was born
Feb. 12, 1933, in Bamberg, Germany, a daughter of the
late Andreas Batz and Anna Knauer Batz.
Condolences may be expressed at

<Our Readers Write...

Dear Editor,
Thank you for the exposure article on the VA policy
of flag-folding.
Last Monday, I folded the 61st U.S. flag from the
casket of a WWII combat wounded veteran 98 years of
Don't we have anyone anymore, willing to fight to the
death for what we used to believe in? It seems
everywhere we turn these days, someone is attacking
our national institutions; if it isn't the Boy Scouts
of America, it's Christianity.
One thing after another and there is no end in sight.
When are we going to get tired of it and
counter-attack? We keep sending the same brand of
professional politicians back election after election.
Can not anyone in America shed their cankerous
attachments on behalf of this country and get back to
its origins; or is it too late already?
Ed Fellabaum, Jr.
Korean War Veteran

Dear Editor,
The Christmas spirit must be alive and well at
Beallsville Elementary/High School. The beautiful blue
lights and festive decorations are breath-takingly
awesome. Santa himself would be proud.
It looks like a lot of hard work and planning went
into making the school and its surroundings seasonally
exciting and inviting. Especially noticeable is the
original "stone" marking the entrance and announcing
the schools heritage.
I hope you all share in my pride of not only
Beallsville's school, but also in the obvious
community comradery and initiative to undertake such a
project. Kudos to all who helped.
In the words of Auntie Em to Dorothy in the Wizard of
Oz "There's No Place Like Home" or our Alma Mater.
B.J. Mellott

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

A gossip tells secrets, so don't hang around with
someone who talks too much.
If you curse your mother or father, the lamp of your
life will be snuffed out.
I forgot to tell you last week, 535 million pounds of
turkey was eaten celebrating Thanksgiving. Maybe old
Ben wasn�t too far off wanting to make the turkey our
national bird.
Deer hunters around here had a rough time on Monday.
Where I spent the day it rained a little and a lot
most of the time, which I doubt would make hunting
deer much fun.
There must have been a good number of dyed in the
wool deer hunters in the county as I think there were
over 350 deer harvested the first day.
As I had to make a trip to Zanesville to find out if
my heart was still working, (it was and is) and we
returned by the Interstate. Between Zanesville and
Cambridge we saw four deer that had been harvested by
an auto or truck. I guess when a deer gets on the
Interstate it doesn�t have much of a chance. I
sometimes think deer are not the only ones.
I did kind of hear by the way of the grapevine, four
deer hunters returned, no deer harvested, soaked to
the hide and hungry were greeted by, �Of the five of
us in this room, only one of us is not stupid.� I�m
happy there are a lot of deer hunters as what would
happen if we had no deer hunters? Reindeer on my roof.
Where does all the time go. It seems as though time
goes by faster and faster. You start a month and
before you know it, next month is here. Actually, time
is moving along at the same speed as it always did. I
guess maybe when you�re busy or have something to do
it seems faster. My problem I got up today thinking it
was Friday and it�s only Thursday and me with two
doctor appointments this week. OK, getting up at 9
a.m. helps to move the time along, before you know it,
it�s time to eat lunch.
We watched the Christmas Tree Lighting from New York
City last night. I guess maybe this makes it official.
Christmas is coming. I enjoyed the program but it did
bring up something I might need to look into.
I might need to have the microphones in my hearing
aids checked. A number of so called stars sang
Christmas songs. There were two or three singing that
I had no idea what words they were singing. I could
catch one or two now and then, so other than that it
was noise. One singing a traditional Christmas Carol
was so soft and easy and not in traditional style was
a sin in my book. I think they wanted to show off her
face as they kept zooming in on it every so often. You
know, deer hunters are not stupid after all.
Had a friend tell me the other day how his dad
chopped up corn fodder to feed the cattle. They would
eat what they could and the rest became bedding. For
those of you who may not know what corn fodder is, it
is the corn stock after it has been cut and the ear of
corn removed.
I�m sure glad Dad didn�t know about doing this
because I would have had to use a hand held corn
cutter and chopped fodder. We tied ours in bundles as
we husked the corn and then hauled it to a cobbled up
fence line feeder and threw it over to the cattle as
needed. This wasn�t the most pleasant chore when there
was snow on the ground or pushing zero as the feeder
was located a half mile or more from our barn and we
had no ATV. Around this feeder was where I would
notice some deer tracks every so often. Tracks no deer
It happens every time. We broke down and had the Dish
Network hooked up. I thought now I�ll be able to watch
all the Ohio High School football championships and
the Ohio state basketball team play like a house a
fire the first half and as though they have never seen
a basketball the second half. I haven�t given up on
them yet. So what happens? the games are Friday and
Saturday at 11-3-7 each day. I have a doctor
appointment in Zanesville on Friday at 10:15, one game
out, dog sit in Caldwell, will see part of 3 p.m. game
and all at 7 p.m., maybe. Saturday which is my
football day from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Woodsfield is
having their Christmas Celebration on Saturday so
Happy Hearts are singing in the Courthouse at 11 a.m.,
one game out, singing at 2 p.m., second game only
second half and by not attending a basketball game the
7 p.m. game or Saturday is mine but then Oklahoma and
Arkansas play at 8 p.m. and I do want Oklahoma to win.
I sure hope no one tries to call me on the phone on
Friday or Saturday. Which reminds me, it seems as
though we get a phone call every Tuesday evening
between 8 and 9 p.m. when NCIS is on TV which is one
of my favorite if not the favorite TV program I watch.
Oh well, such is life in the big city.
Blessed are the peacemakers; they will never be
It should be easy for any government to please the
people. All they want is lower taxes and larger
Tis the reason for the season. Try church Sunday.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 40:1-5; From Luke
(Tues.) 1:26-29; (Wed.) 1:30-33; (Thurs.) 1:34, 35;
(Fri.) 1:36-38; (Sat.) 1:39-45; (Sun.) 1:46-56.