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 July 12, 2007 Edition
<Ormet's Rolling Mill Sold

More jobs are coming to Monroe County.
Ormet Corporation on July 9, announced it has sold
the building and some of the property that held its
former rolling mill to Hannibal Real Estate, LLC.
The company was formed in Delaware within the past
month, according to Bob Schaal, a member of the
management team.
Schaal said he is one of �a few investors� who
decided to put in a steel and distribution center. The
facility will be operational immediately. �In two
weeks it will be functional,� said Schaal during a
July 9 interview.
He said that within two to three months the company
will have 30 employees. Schall said the number will
increase depending on how the business develops.
The company will be looking for skilled workers and
will pay a competitive wage for this area.
Individuals wishing to do so, may obtain applications
at the former rolling mill plant site.
Schall, who has worked in the steel industry for many
years - and actually retired from there - explained
that Hannibal Real Estate LLC will bring steel from
both the United States and overseas to the Monroe
County plant. He said a significant amount of steel
will be local.
Steelplate will then be distributed in the Northeast
U.S.
What brought the team to the Ormet plant was that
it�s on the Ohio River, is in the northeast U.S., and
was available.
Although Schaal will be at the plant periodically, it
will be operated daily by Plant Manager Mike Margolis.
Information from the Court-house indicates Ormet has
transferred 122 acres of the 700 acre rolling mill
site to Hannibal Real Estate LLC for $3.8 million. The
land is located between SR7 and the Ohio River.

On hand for the ribbon cutting for the new Adams Township facility July 5 were, from left: Cody Rouse;
Dean Potts, electrician; Jeff Woodell, project manager; Jerry McClellan, trustee; Brenda Roberts, clerk; Eugene Fitch and Tom Rouse, trustees.
Photo by Martha Ackerman


The Adams Township building, which was a renovated
old school bus building, was destroyed in the flood of
September, 2004. Since that time, equipment has been
stored out in the weather. The new facility, located
on SR78, has been much anticipated.

Adams Township Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Facility

With the flood of September, 2004, nearing its three year anniversary, Adams Township Trustees have finally moved into their new equipment storage building.
Funding for the new facility came from FEMA and township funds.
One requirement of FEMA was that the building be located out of the flood plain in order to receive funding. To the dismay of the trustees and many Cameron residents, this meant moving the building outside of Cameron. The land, located along on State Route 78, was purchased from Bo and Sue Dierkes of
Woodsfield.
Adams Township Trustees Tom Rouse, Eugene Fitch and Jerry McClellan, along with clerk, Brenda Roberts, were in agreement that it has been a very long road in getting the building completed. There were many applications, meetings and phone calls with FEMA and
then they tried to find a contractor to build the
building within their budget. There seemed to be no end in sight.
"We tried to do it ourselves,� said Rouse. �It was a nightmare!"
Last fall the project was put up for bid and the
lowest bid received was two times the amount the trustees felt they could spend. This spring local developer/project manager Jeff Woodell of Woodell Construction and Business Services was hired to oversee the project and bring it to fruition. On April 4, Woodell was handed a state approved set of plans by
David Haught, Haught and Associates, Marietta. The next day, Greg Biedenbach, Biedenbach Surveying was on site laying out the building and cement pier locations.
The following day, Brian Ollom of Brian Ollom
Excavating was on sight digging the piers and
foundation. The next day, Jerry Gust of Jerry Gust Masonry was at the location pouring cement and placing anchor bolts for the piers.
Through the efforts of these local contractors, along with Bernie Ollom Construction and Dean Potts Electric Services, Woodell was able to hand over the keys to a completed state approved building on June 8.
"Everything just fell together after getting Jeff as
project manager. It is great seeing the project become a reality," said Rouse.
"This will benefit the township for many years to
come," said Eugene Fitch. "Our other building was an old school bus building."
Woodell emphasized how great these local contractors were. "They realize the importance of getting things done in a timely manner. These guys jumped through hoops to make it happen," added Woodell. "Their work ethics and honest billing practices enabled me to bring this project in at just about half of the lowest bid the township received and the facility, from start
to finish, took two months and four days. Actions speak louder than words and this project speaks volumes of the quality contractors this county has to offer."
"It will be a big help to be able to store equipment and get it out of the weather," said McClellan. "My life is going to be easier now."
Trustees would like the residents of Adams Township to know that with the completion of the building and its expenses that they look forward to the funds and functions of the township returning to normal along with servicing residents' needs. They invite
residents of Adams Twp. to stop in and take a look at the new facility.

<United Country-Realty Done Right
Celebrates its New Location


Hosting an open house June 28 at their new location
at 202 E. Marietta St., Woodsfield, were, from left,
Tommy Dick, Della and Joe Hise, Kiven and Melissa
Smithberger and Debra Archer.
 

Photo by AMartha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

Realty Done Right has moved to a new location, affording more office space and convenient parking.
Recently Joseph Hise, broker/owner of Realty Done Right LLC, became affiliated with United Country Real Estate with offices in New Martinsville and
Woodsfield. The new offices, now known as United Country-Realty Done Right LLC, is located at 202 E. Marietta Street in Woodsfield.
An open house was held June 30 to acquaint residents with the new office, remodeled by W. F. Carter & Associates, staffed by Kiven A. Smithberger, office manager-sales associate; Melissa A. Smithberger, Debra
L. Archer and Tommy C. Dick, sales associates. Kiven and Melissa Smithberger were joined in the Woodsfield office by Debra and Tommy, who recently acquired their state real estate licenses.
"It;s something I've always been interested in," said Debra. "I want to stay in Woodsfield and work locally and this was the perfect opportunity." Debra and her husband Phillip live in Woodsfield with their four children, Deena, Breanna, Daniel and Adam.
Tommy has worked at Riesbeck's in Woodsfield for 30 years. "I wanted to add something different," he said, noting he has had rental properties for the last eight years and it was a perfect extension. He has five children, Jason, Marie, Ashley, Kyle and Michelle.
Those attending the open house had the opportunity to see the newly decorated offices and learn more about the properties handled by United Country-Realty Done Right.
Tim Traver, of Traver Enterprises, and his family, who recently opened a new business, just down the street from the real estate office, had the opportunity to demonstrate his Traeger pellet grill.
Attendees enjoyed the delicious chicken, burgers and hot dogs, along with other picnic items.
"We appreciate the response we've had in making our first appreciation BBQ a success. We plan to make this an annual event," said Kiven Smithberger. "The BBQ prepared by Tim, Lori and Barry Traver was great."
For more information on United Country-Realty Done Right, call 740-472-7325.

< Riverview Restaurant Open
 

Kathy and Russ Hanenkrat operate Riverview Restaurant, located at the junction of SR7 and SR800
at Fly. They offer delicious home cooked food,
friendly, courteous service and a magnificent view of
the Ohio River. Karolyn Sapp, the Monroe County
Chamber of Commerce, prepares to order from the full
menu offered at Riverview Restaurant.

Photo by
Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

They wanted a change in their lives and they love to
cook and eat. That�s what brought Russ and Kathy
Hanenkrat to Monroe County and the Riverview
Restaurant. Why did they buy this particular
restaurant? �The view of course!�
Kathy worked as an administrative assistant and Russ
at a car dealership in the Canton area. They now
operate Riverview Restaurant in Fly and if you want to
enjoy a home cooked meal, magnificent view of the Ohio
River and friendly, courteous service, this is the
place to go.
�It�s been quite a learning curve,� said Kathy, but
Russ explained they had operated a concession trailer
for a few years.
�We were trying to relocate to a new job market,�
added Kathy. �What do you do when there�s no job
market? You make your own.�
The area is not so new to this couple. Kathy�s mother
and step-father moved to Sistersville 27 years ago and
her three sisters live in the area. In fact, all three
of her sisters, Janet, Billie and Linda, have at some
time worked at Riverview Restaurant for former owners,
Chris and Bud Harr.
The couple has three children, John who lives in
Oklahoma; Jessica and Nicholas live in Canton. They
have four grandchildren, Jordan, Christian, Odin and
Geneva.
Riverview Restaurant offers customers a full menu and
daily specials. Breakfast, which comes with a free
beverage, is served until 11:30 a.m. The menu
includes a variety of sandwiches and Russ and Kathy
have included the wraps, which are bigger and more
delicious than you�ll find anywhere. The homemade
fries are great. Salads are made fresh and the dinner
menu includes pork, beef, chicken and seafood dishes,
along with daily specials. Six to eight specials are
offered on Sunday.
�We love food,� said Kathy. �We make our own homemade
soups, noodles, lasagna. Everything is as homemade as
it can be.�
�It�s been the local people who got us through - the
regular customers,� said Kathy. �And a good staff,�
added Russ. LaDonna Morgan is their right hand
cook.
�We enjoy meeting and getting to know our customers,�
said Kathy, who enjoys chatting with patrons. Russ,
who does a lot of the cooking, likes to mingle when
time allows.
The couple tries, as best they can, to honor their
customers� requests. If a customer requests a certain
dish, Russ gives it a try. �If it doesn�t go, we eat
it,� added Kathy. �They love cream chicken and
biscuits.� The restaurant owners also consider health
issues and try to have something for everyone.
They have regular customers from Marietta, Powhatan
and other riverfront towns. With the ferry landing a
stone�s throw from the restaurant, they even have
customers come across on the ferry. Employees at
Sistersville Hospital call ahead and come over on the
ferry to have lunch. To go orders are also available.
Kathy and Russ also do some catering. Gift
certificates are available and always make great
gifts.
Riverview Restaurant is located on SR 7, near the
junction of SR 800. In its early years, the restaurant
was a gas station. Chris and Bud Harr operated the
restaurant from 1958 to 2006. Chris now lives in
Fairmont, W. Va. with her sister. �She is doing well,�
said Kathy, who noted that customers ask about her all
the time. Bud is deceased.
The Hanenkrats would like to learn more about the
restaurant�s history � when it was actually built and
by whom. Russ is gathering old photos of the business
which will be displayed.
Hours have been expanded for summer: Monday thru
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3
p.m.
It is hoped that future plans will include outdoor
evening dining, noted Russ.
The couple will celebrate their grand opening through
July. They invite everyone to stop by, enjoy the
cuisine and view and sign up for the prizes which will
be awarded July 31.

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

 

<Ralph F. (Shorty) Deitch, 86, Woodsfield, formerly of New Martinsville, died June 30, 2007, at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville. He was born Oct. 3, 1920
in Martins Ferry, a son of the late Melvin and Blanche Dieterich Deitch.
Online condolences expressed at www.bauerturner.com.


<Madison Jo Daniels, stillborn daughter of Jennifer Moats and JoeDon Daniels of Stafford, died July 7, 2007, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling
Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so
drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who
has no heart for wisdom.
Are you a coffee drinker? Do you drink too much
coffee? How do you know if you�re drinking too much? I
read a test the other day, a test that will tell you
if you are drinking too much coffee. I thought I might
share this test in case you are interested in knowing
a bit more about your coffee consumption.
(1) If you help your dog chase its tail. (2) You can
jump start your car without cables. (3) You chew on
other people�s fingernails. (4) You have a picture of
your coffee mug on your coffee mug. (5) You have just
completed a sweater and you don�t even know how to
knit. (60 You ski up hill. I think you realize if you
answered yes to any one of the above questions, you
are probably drinking too much coffee.
This quiz is meant for a bit of fun but then I
wonder. Any number of so called high energy drinks are
available today and I understand the energy or jolt
comes from caffeine. Some contain a good charge of
caffeine and according to Readers Digest young people
are really drinking a lot of this type of beverage
that contain sizeable amounts of caffeine. Several
health authorities say too much caffeine is being
consumed by young people.
I wondered if this was true. The other day I was
eating a sandwich when a half dozen or so young men
came in who had been working out in the weight room or
running wind sprints. You could tell they were hot and
dry. To the pop case they went. Not one of them pulled
out a Coke, Pepsi, a Dew or any type of a soda we
think might be normal. All had a power drink of some
kind. I didn�t get too nibby so I don�t know what kind
or if it contained caffeine. However, it promised to
give extra energy so you might expect something to
give the extra boost. So it might be wise to check on
what youth are drinking as they appear to be attracted
to the high energy stuff. We thought we were living
high on the hog if we got a grape Nehi or a Hires Root
Beer. This was top of the line.
Every so often I like to mess around with math if it
isn�t too complicated. I�m not complaining because it
is wonderful to be able to turn a knob and get all the
water you want, even if you have a Pur filter hooked
on to take out some of the taste, regardless of the
cost.
You might remember I said water piped into our home
cost several quarters. Well, I got my water bill
yesterday. I haven�t written the check as yet but
Citizens Bank will want me to have over 150 quarters
in my checking account.
I then got to thinking (dangerous) what would happen
if we used the same amount of water when I was a kid.
If we started drawing water from the well at 6 a.m. in
the morning, and quit at 6 p.m. in the evening, we
would have to bring up a bucket full of water every 13
plus minutes to get as much water as we used in a day.
At this rate our poor old dug well would be empty in a
short time. Kids just don�t have any fun now days.
How�s come we cheer loudly and say it is an excellent
game, when an athletic event goes into overtime or
even triple overtime, and really complain when the
sermon lasts a few minutes longer on Sunday morning?
Think about it.
It was good to drive around a while back and see so
many large round bales of hay in the fields. The dry
weather made it almost ideal for hay making. However,
I understand the dry weather resulted in fewer bales
than other years which could amount to a shortage of
hay.
I�ve been trying to think of an old saying, but I�m
not sure how it goes. �If you have a large hay crop
you should mow all the fence corners because it�s
going to be a bad winter, on the other hand if it is a
short hay crop you do not need to worry because it�s
going to be a mild winter.� I�m not sure which way it
was, so I wouldn�t rely on it.
I overheard a couple of friends talking the other
day. One was telling the other of a farmer who put his
large round bales on top of the hill. His statement
was, �If this would have been happening when he was a
kid, at least one of those big bales would have gone
rolling down the hill.� Kids just don�t have fun now
days.
I kind of shake my head when I see the large round
bales as I look back through the history of hay
making. I remember thinking it was something modern if
the barn had a hay fork. I�ll even bet many of you
readers do not know what a hay fork is.
Then if they had a hay loader it was really a modern
farm. I never had a chance to work in front of a hay
loader, but I always thought it would keep you plenty
busy to keep up. A couple of fellows pitching hay on
was bad enough.
Things keep changing year after year and I guess you
have to keep up or hang on. I�m just glad I retired
before all this computer junk came along. I don�t
think my brain would hold all the stuff a computer
requires of a teacher today. Man, I didn�t even have a
calculator all the way through high school.
A bit of advice: The first step doing any electrical
work: Make sure the dry cell between the ears is
connected.
Making a fool of yourself is not so bad as long as
you realize who did it.
Don�t forget church Sunday. OK?
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 27:7-14; (Tues.) Isaiah
2:12-22; (Wed.) Psalm 33:1-11; (Thurs.) 2 Chronicles
34:1-7; from Zephaniah (Fri.) 3:1-7; (Sat.) 3:18-23;
(Sun.) 3:14-20
  <Letters to the Editor Dear Editor,
We just wanted to express our appreciation concerning
the sudden improvement in delivery times for the
Beacon. Our paper used to arrive between five and
eight days after publication, making the time-related
events such as auctions, sales, and many other things
meaningless. We often said, �Gosh, I wish we�d known
sooner, we could have gone to that!� For the last two
deliveries, the Thursday publication has arrived the
next day. What a great change. Whatever your
circulation folks did, we hope it will continue.
As an old Monroe County boy (well, close, Washington
County) I read the Beacon from cover to cover. Having
been away from there for over 50 years, I don�t know
many of the people discussed, but I feel as I do. I
attended the fair last year, and many names were very
familiar, only because we saw them in the Beacon.
Columns by Verylnn, Denny, and A Second Look are
priceless and wonderful. Mary Valentine covers the
events in my old home town. I never miss any of them.
I�m certain I have lots of company, too.
I have ties to Woodsfield. my
great-great-grandfather, James Cunningham (1797-1860)
and family lived in Woodsfield from about 1823 until
his death. He was a saddlemaker, and once owned the
building where Ace Hardware now stands. I�ve spent
many hours in your library and Historical Society
trying to track down his parents but so far?nothing.
But I see in your latest issue the library has some
new programs, so I�ll be back for another look soon.
If any reader has any ideas, I�d like to hear from
them.
Your lead article in the June 28 issue by the young
man who praised his grandfather as being the most
influential person in his life was written from the
heart. You can�t make that stuff up. Please keep your
eye on Mr. Hughes?he has a real future, as do many,
many young men and women in and around your community.
I�ve rambled on enough. Just remember, readers like
me really do appreciate your paper and the many fine
things you and others do in, around and for your
community. Keep up the good work and express our
thanks to your staff for a job well done!
A satisfied reader,
Jack Cunningham
Pittsburgh, Pa.


Dear Editor,
Reading the paper today prompts me to write a letter
that should have been written by many of us years ago
when we sat still and let them tell us if WHS was
closed we would soon have a nice central school for
our students.
Instead we have endured the disgrace of our children
being put in trailers, being called �trailer trash�
and not having the facilities to pursue the subjects
needed for them to start college in the fields they
choose unless they have gone to Belmont Tech or Ohio
Eastern for some classes.
I agree putting the freshmen there is not a good
idea, but do not close the school to the Drama Club,
the Junior High basketball, graduation and other
groups that need it. I have attended plays at Swiss
Hills and their stage is not adequate and the
acoustics is terrible.
It is time for all of you to wake up, think of the
youth, put aside prejudices, and realize we need a
good central school for the advancement of our
students instead of the Switzerland of Ohio School
District being the ridicule of the rest of the state
when it could be considered one that is progressing.
Elizabeth Ogden
Concerned Woodsfield Grandmother