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Dec. 17, 2008
Deemed Great Success
annual Christmas tree lighting was held in Woodsfield Dec. 6 during the
Woodsfield Christmas Festival celebration. Pulling the switch to bring the
tree to life was former Woodsfield mayor Bill Ricer. He is shown in the
inset with family members, from left: granddaughter Richele Ricer, sons Dave
and Gary and wife Dorothy. Photo by Martha Ackerman
Health Care Physician’s float won “Best Float.” This year’s theme,
“Christmas, Past, Present and Future,” worked well with characters from “A
Christmas Carol” with Ebeneezer Scrooge (Dr. Jay Seidler), Marley’s ghost
(Tom Coss), Tiny Tim (Hunter Bailey) and the Ghosts of Past (Andrea Coss),
Present (Linsey Lafferre) Future (Marsha Grimm) riding on their float.
by Martha Ackerman
This year’s Christmas Festival has
grown thanks to a dedicated committee. The Woodsfield Christmas Festival
Committee did a great job organizing all the Dec. 6 festivities. Despite the
snow and slick roads, the show went on and everyone enjoyed the breakfast
and pictures with Santa, the carriage rides, the elves distributing candy
canes, the delicious popcorn made by Farm Bureau members, barrel train
rides, pampering sessions, the parade and the wonderful concert which
concluded the day’s activities.
One of the new additions this year
was a live Nativity by members of the Woodsfield Baptist Church and the
wonderful light display in the city park. It took committee members, along
with Woodsfield Municipal Power employees, hours and hours to put up all the
Christmas figures made by the late Woodrow Mobley and donated by his wife
Annette. More decorations were added to the Mobley figures to create a
“festival of lights.”
Organizers hope that residents can
enjoy the display as Christmas nears. One drawback has been the theft of
lights from the displays that so many people have worked on to create
something nice for the community. If anyone sees any destruction or theft,
please call the sheriff’s office at 472-1612.
“It was a beautiful, snowy day and we
hope everyone enjoyed the activities,” said Ruth Workman, a member of the
festival committee. “Our sincere thanks to the Beacon for all their help and
support in getting festival information out with all the wonderful pictures
and articles. The Beacon also donated $800 to the festival committee to help
with expenses. We hope to spread this money out over the next few years.
“So many people helped and supported
the festival,” continued Workman. “It really shows how the community can
The Breakfast with Santa, sponsored
by the Kiwanis Club and Monroe County Help Me Grow was a big success with
over 200 children putting in requests to Santa. Helping with the event were
Kiwanians, employees of Help Me Grow and members of the Monroe Central Key
Club and, of course, Santa.
The Happy Heart Singers sang in the
courthouse amid the vendors. “Their Christmas music put people in the
Christmas spirit,” said Workman.
Debbie Bowen’s Christmas family that
vigilantly stand in front of the courthouse, rain, snow or shine, have been
greatly admired and appreciated.
Sawblossom Stables of Lewisville
provided the carriage rides and Farmers Feed and Deli was the site for face
painting and Jeb Joos’ Barrel train rides. Owners Ed and Dee Beard also had
samples of their Amish cheeses and meats. Pat’s Gift Shoppe and Cafe hosted
Santa and his elves giving children an opportunity to visit Santa, get a
gift and a picture.
Businesses and vendors were set up in
the courthouse providing a large variety of gift choices and baked goods.
Some of the vendors had drawings with the winners being: Margie Yoss’
German Christmas Stars winner, Patty Turner; Wave Loom Jewelry, Susan
Lehosky; Cuddly Critters & Crafts, Michelle Wilson; Mary Kay, Pat Lewis;
Pampered Chef, Pollie Evans; Carley Care, Pat Hodges; Doggie Day Care, Lois
Kinney; Straight Fork Farms Alpacas, Aaron Stevens; Gold Canyon Candles,
JoAnn Schwall; Never Enough Thyme, Sue Ullom; Longaberger Baskets, Trenda
Kinney; Home Place Candles, Wilda Schneider; Becky Highman’s Healthy
Wonders, Jay Robbins; Tupperware, Missy Morris; Chocolate Sweets & More,
Becky Williams; and A Touch of Country, Michelle Johnson.
Despite the weather, the parade went
on with several very nice floats. Beautifully dressed in winter white was
Karissa Martin, Miss Ohio 2008, who was this year’s grand marshal.
Announcing the parade was Bill Frank, who did a wonderful job, as usual.
Marietta Health Care Physician’s
float won “Best Float.” They used this year’s theme, “Christmas, Past,
Present and Future,” very well with characters Ebeneezer Scrooge, Marley’s
ghost, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future riding
on their float. The award was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Woodsfield.
Other eyecatching floats were Citizens National Bank, Happy Days and A.K.
Following the parade, Dorothy Ricer
read her original poem (found in this week’s Beacon). Her husband, former
mayor Bill Ricer, threw the switch that lighted the courthouse lawn
The Woodsfield Methodist Church was
the site of a wonderful Christmas concert. Those attending were treated to
holiday music by the Miss Ohio 2008 Karissa Martin and the Monroe
The Ohio Valley Community Credit
Union won the window decorating contest, with the award sponsored by
Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon. “We appreciate all the businesses that
participated in lighting their store fronts and making our community look so
beautiful,” said Workman.
Donating items for the Deck the Halls
contest were Sally Seidler of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Margie Yoss, Ruth Workman,
Debbie Bowen of Bowen Construction, AK Apparel, Angela LaFollette,
Traditions, Westfall’s, Just Chiropractic, Susan Jones, Virgil, Lee and Zack
Hamilton, Bernie Miller, Becky Highman of Healthy Wonders, Kiwanis Club of
Woodsfield, Carol Schumacher, Pat’s Gift Shoppe & Cafe, HerSpace.Gym, Carol
Austin and Farmer’s Feed and Deli. Contest winners were Carol Schumacher for
her wreath and Pat’s Gift Shoppe & Cafe for the table decoration. According
to Workman, $557 was raised for the needy families of Monroe County.
Plans are already underway to make
the 2009 festival even bigger and better.
Santa Program Gets Big Boost
The Secret Santa program at Monroe County Job and
Family Services received a big boost from The Eastern Star Chapter 268,
Woodsfield Order. Members presented a check for $1,300, which are the
proceeds from a sub sandwich fundraiser. Shown, from left, are: Eastern Star
member Jeff Gallaher, Secret Santa coordinator Laura Cline, Eastern Star
Worthy Matron Tyra Edgel , Eastern Star Worthy Patron David Edgel and Secret
Santa coordinator Karen Potts.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Each year employees of Monroe County
Job and Family Services try to make Christmas a little happier for needy
children. The program
received extra help this year from Eastern Star Chapter 268, Woodsfield
Order. The chapter has been donating to the program for three years, but
this year members decided to have a special fundraiser earmarked for the
Secret Santa program. With a sub sandwich lunch, Eastern Star members raised
$1,300 which they presented to Job and Family Services to be used to buy
gifts for the needy children of Monroe County. Last year the organization
Laura Cline and Karen Potts
coordinate the Secret Santa program. This year there are 397 children from
192 families who will benefit from the Secret Santa.
The program is supported by donations
from churches, organizations and schools. Secret Santa envelopes give the
age and sizes of the child, along with special gift ideas. Members of the
churches and organizations select an envelope and buy for that
child/children. Gifts are then collected at the local Job and Family
Services office and parents are asked to pick them up before Christmas.
According to Cline, this year Monroe
Central and Swiss Hills Key Club members are participating in the program.
Cash donations are always welcome.
When names have no sponsors, Cline and Potts go shopping and that’s when the
cash donations really come in very handy.
Miss Ohio 2008 Karissa Martin served
as Grand Marshal of the Woodsfield Christmas Festival Parade held Dec. 6
despite the cold temperatures and snowy roads. Riding in the Sawblossom
Stables carriage with Karissa were Chloe and Kynlie Cline. Karissa will be
participating in the Miss America contest set for Jan. 24. The show will be
televised on TLC.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
America Events To Be Televised
Karissa Martin, Miss Ohio 2008, was the Grand Marshal of the Woodsfield
Christmas Festival Parade held Dec. 6. Karissa, dressed in winter white,
rode in the beautiful white carriage belonging to Sawblossom Stables of
Lewisville. Carriage rides were available during the festival.
Karissa will be competing in the Miss
America contest which will be held Jan. 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Countdown to the Crown,” a Miss
America reality show, will be televised Jan. 2, 9, 16 and 23 on TLC.
A Miss Ohio Send-Off, hosted by the
Miss Ohio Scholarship Program and the Miss Clayland Scholarship Program,
will be held Jan. 4, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Tuscarawas County Center for the
Arts, 461 Robinson Drive SE, New Philadelphia, OH. There is a small cost for
the event, which will feature a dessert buffet. For reservations contact Kay
Hall, 29 Almahurst Dr., Chillicothe, OH 45601, 740-775-2825,
Khall1@horizonview.net by Dec. 27.
Karissa will be previewing her Miss
America wardrobe and talent. There will also be entertainment by several
Miss Ohio contestants.
The Miss America Scholar-ship Program
is the largest provider of young women’s scholarships worldwide. Young
women, ages 17-24, are eligible to compete in a private panel interview,
talent, evening wear, swimsuit and onstage question. The program also
promotes community service by requiring each young woman to represent a
platform issue that enables her to reach out to the community.
Karissa’s platform is “Skin Cancer
Awareness for a Second Generation.” She has been very active in the American
Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Monroe County.
Karissa is the daughter of Ron and
Sheila Martin of Woodsfield.
WYATT ALLAN BLOOM
Wyatt Allan Bloom, 9, Woodsfield,
died Dec. 13, 2008.
Calling hours were held Tuesday and 9
a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Dec. 17 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Online condolences may be made to
Reading the recent report about Debra
Haney’s termination as Job and Family Services director by the Monroe County
commissioners in the Beacon two weeks ago dredged up feelings of deja vu. I
remember very well the morning of July 16, 2007 entering that executive
session only to be told that my employment was terminated.
Like Mrs. Haney, I was given no
warning, never had a performance evaluation or a disciplinary action from
the commissioners. No one had ever found it necessary to have a work
improvement plan conversation with me either.
Like Mrs. Haney, I also was told that
I didn’t have the same vision for the county as the commissioners had. I
happen to know what my vision was, although I was never asked by the
commissioners. Maybe I should tell them now what my vision for this county
is. My vision was for a better trained workforce, more opportunities for new
business in the county, business expansion, better paying jobs for the
residents, less unemployment and hope that higher education could be within
the county. My question is what exactly is the commissioners’ vision for
this county if mine is so different?
I have known Mrs. Haney for a number
of years and in my opinion she was a very qualified, knowledgeable and
capable employee and I am sorry this had to happen to her. I personally am
sick of the brainless decisions made by our so-called “leaders” and what
some people are willing to allow them to get away with. Many county
employees are too intimidated to say anything for they may be next on the
chopping block. Everyone needs to be held responsible for their actions, why
not them? How do these kinds of decisions benefit our county?
Like it or not, leaders are supposed
to be role models, but our “leaders” seem to have a knack of exemplifying
what not to do.
Keep in mind what kinds of decisions
have been made and just who they benefit. Voice your opinions or your
outrage with these decisions. We need to make our commissioners more
accountable for their actions.
Former WIA Director for
I would like to take a moment of my
time to address the complainers in the community concerning the
Christmas Festival. We put in a lot of hours starting in August to make sure
we could put on the best Festival and to try to make it better than last
year. We use our own money without reimbursement or complaint because we
love our town. Lately all we have gotten is grief and complaints. I want to
know where the real community and Christmas spirit are?
The whole idea of the Woodsfield
Christmas Festival is to bring business to town and to pull the community
together. What is your reason for participating? Is it for self gain or is
it to help the community?
For the ones upset because we forgot
to mention your name in a ‘thank you’ for participating in the festival, we
apologize sincerely. We did not forget you on purpose.
Speaking to the ones who say they did
not know about the festival, we have done tons of advertising and I am not
sure how else to educate on the matter. We have ads in the paper, we have
placemats in the restaurants, flyers went home with all the children in the
schools and we have signs on the four corners of the square. I’m not sure
what else we could do. Again, we apologize.
Now to address the ones who are
completely upset because they have not won a plaque for the window
decoration or for having a float in the parade. To me this is unbelievable!
Again, what is your reason for participating? Everyone puts in time and
money to decorate their floats or windows. There are a lot of businesses in
this town and I’m sure your time will come around.
For the few people who have thanked
us, we say ‘thank you’ to you! We do this to bring joy, happiness,
togetherness and business to our community because we love our town! If you
choose not to participate next year, the choice is yours. We want the ones
who want to bring the community together. I was mesmerized by this town when
I moved here. Everyone seemed to take such pride in their town. I believed
this town had a lot to offer and that is the exact reason I wanted to start
a festival. Every year, Ruth and I sit back to reflect and are amazed at the
response of the togetherness of our community.
We look forward to next year.
Woodsfield Festival Committee
I was very disheartened to learn that
the Monroe County Library Board denied branch status to the Dally Memorial
Library. As a teacher at River High School, I find Dally an invaluable
resource. Throughout the year, my class, along with other teachers’ classes,
will use Dally to work on various research projects. We have access to
on-line sources through educational services but the library is crucial
since it provides books. We are lucky in Ohio that anyone with a state
library system card has access to over a million books from all over the
state. No matter the topic, a student can locate information. These projects
we assign allow us to offer in-depth research activities that better prepare
our students for college. As a former library assistant at a college, I know
from experience how important that is for their success.
Our students not only borrow books
through Dally but also use its computer lab because it offers high-speed
Internet that has not been made available to all areas of Monroe County. I
know sometimes students get off the school bus in Sardis so they can do
research after school until their parents pick them up.
I would only hope that the library
board would reconsider their decision. By voting against helping fund the
Dally Memorial Library, the MC library board has actually voted against
A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all
If you refuse to discipline your
children, it proves you don’t love them; if you love your children, you will
be prompt to discipline them.
Seems as old man winter has a way of
sticking his nose in whenever he wants. Plan an excellent start of the
Christmas season and here he comes.
After the Happy Hearts sang at one
o’clock, Esther and I decided it was time to head for Lewisville. We walked
very carefully to our car. We then moved toward home very slowly.
To give you an idea of how slick the
road had become, as we were creeping down the hill toward Riesbeck’s we met
a complete line of cars coming up the hill.
About half way down we spotted a
redbone hound. I called it that because it was fair size, red, and a hound.
It decided to cross the road. As it was crossing, it’s feet slipped at least
three times. Now that’s really slick when a hound dog has trouble crossing
When we got out of town it wasn’t too
bad as the cars had not packed down the snow as it did in town. We made it
home OK and to be truthful, I didn’t go out of the house until Monday as
church was called off on Sunday. Wasn’t bad then.
Now we’ve been having a spell of
rain, rain turning to sleet, snow and then more rain. Do you realize how
lucky we were to have rain? How deep would the snow have been if the rain
had been snow? I’m guessing it would have been over the knees of a six foot
Indian. We’ve been lucky so far and still have over two months to go. I hate
As we move toward the end of the year
I sometimes have questions. Ever since the presidential election process
started, we’ve been hearing how bad a shape our country is in. From all the
news we are getting this is true. This affects everyone and many of the
Is it just me or the brand we
purchase? Our toilet paper rolls are not as wide as they once were. The
holder in our bathroom was one you could slip the roll in place very easily.
Now we have trouble keeping it in the holder. In addition, it seems somewhat
thinner. I told them at camp you could read through the T paper they
furnished. Oh yes, we do not use the kind the bears use.
We didn’t have that trouble when the
old Sears and Roebuck; was in our little building out back. I wonder what
happened to Roebuck, you never hear of him any more. We also had Montgomery
Ward and others to keep us supplied. This worked well until they got to
using so many slick pages in their catalogs. I don’t think even a bear could
use the slick pages.
I have another question. This is one
for a state patrolman. If he saw a sheriff’s, I’ll call it a SUV, that
appeared not to be heading toward an emergency, pass an automobile in a 35
mile an hour zone with a double yellow line, would he stop it and give the
driver a ticket? Interesting question. On the other hand, what would the
sheriff’s car do if the shoe was on the other foot?
I said earlier I hated winter. I
really don’t have too many reasons to hate winter. We have a nice warm house
and very little reason to be out and running around all winter. Nothing is
so pressing we just can’t stay inside or put it off till later.
Many years ago I had reasons to hate
winter and didn’t. In fact, I rather enjoyed it. I could make any number of
reasons for hating winter.
For example, getting up in the
morning, feeding and milking, cleaning the barn, taking care of the mules,
chickens, cats and the other things to be done, and taking out the ashes all
before getting ready for school with the hope you could make it to school
before you needed to stop in the super four holer.
Then after school it was somewhat the
same thing over again except you had to fill all the coal buckets in order
to have ashes to carry out the next morning.
Cows need water and there were times
when it was necessary to carry water, bucketful at a time, to relieve their
thirst. Even with all this I cannot remember ever having a two-hour delay
until I started teaching. Late maybe, no delay.
Basketball season is on us now. This
is one thing I enjoy about winter. Then again I do not attend as many games
as I once did. Sometimes three a week.
Even with all the chores and work
required during the winter I played basketball. The reason was all the
basketball team had phys ed the fourth period and we practiced the fourth
period plus into the noon hour, stopping in time to gulp down our lunch. We
had no cafeteria in high school. We didn’t win many basketball games but we
had fun. Our school was very saving. After the season was over and we held
the class tournament the baskets were removed from the backboards. OK, I
also played softball on the FFA team, the only sports we had except one
track meet on the fairground in the spring. We had time to be kids.
Christmas is just around the corner.
don’t forget church.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Isaiah
46:8-13; From Psalm (Tues.) 24; (Wed.) 113; (Thurs.) 148; (Fri.) Romans
16:25-27; (Sat.) Luke 2:1-7; (Sun.) Luke 2:8-20.