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 July 5, 2007 Edition

<Residents Petition for Water

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Explaining water woes on Grizzle Ridge Road to county
commissioners last week were, from left, Sharon
Huffman, John Huffman, Kenneth Goble and Martha Goble. The four presented a petition bearing 31 signatures
and representing 20 property owners on the Ridge.

Photo by Arlean Selvy

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher


About half a dozen households on Grizzle Ridge Road have a serious water problem and that problem was
presented to Monroe County commissioners at their June
26 meeting.
When you get up in the morning - you cant wash your face, brush your teeth, make a pot of coffee or even go to the bathroom and flush until you have a bucket of water from your neighbors, said Sharon
Huffman. She said that driving over [to Woodsfield] she sees people out watering their gardens, watering
their lawns and kids playing in pools. Until you walk in our shoes, I don't think you can understand or appreciate what were going through, she said, noting her family was without water for four days.
Our tax dollars help other people get water, said Sharon. I don't think were asking for too much.
The Petition for Water asks commissioners to help residents in any way they can to extend the water
supply lines to all property owners and residents of Grizzle Ridge. The petition goes on the say ...we feel that water lines will help [with regard to the] health, welfare and fire protection [of Grizzle Ridge residents].
Presenting the petition, bearing 31 signatures and representing 20 properties, were Sharon and her
husband, John Huffman, and Kenneth and Martha Goble.
Sharon said they have called Charlie Wilson and Gov. Ted Strickland. Were waiting for them to get back to
us, she said.
The Huffmans also attended a recent board meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio Water District.
John Huffman said he felt going to the meeting was a big waste of time.
During discussion, Sharon explained they were told it would cost $100,000 to put a line in themselves... We don't have that kind of money, she said.
She noted also that farmers are hauling water for their cows. Each cow, according to Sharon, will drink
20 gallons a day. John said if there was water on Grizzle Ridge, there would be a lot more homes on the road.
Martha Goble told officials that although they help with water needs now, she doesn't know how much longer they will have water in their well.
The Huffmans have two wells, both are dry without needed rain.
Commissioner John Pyles said the amount of income generated by 20 water customers over a year's time should be considered by the water officials.
In a related matter, discussion was held regarding the water systems tapping into each other so that when one area experiences a water shortage, the turn of a valve would allow another system to supply the need.
Pyles related his thoughts that each water system, keeping its own maintenance department, could be branched together and as a county-wide network they
could pull together to serve the county. That's a part of the infrastructure that Monroe County has got to get up to date on, he said.
Commissioners said they will do whatever they can to help in the situation.
When will you start? asked Sharon.
Now, answered Pyles.
Sharon breathed a sigh of relief.
In the meantime, she, like some of her neighbors on Grizzle Ridge, will carry water for a bath, carry clothes somewhere to wash, and carry her dishes, in a basket, to water.

< Former Residents Artwork Donated to Historical Society
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Wilma McCurdy McIntire bequeathed over 40 of her
original paintings to the Monroe County Historical
Society. Shown with two pieces of the collection are,
from left, Bob Indermuhle of the Monroe County
Historical Society and Carson McCurdy, Wilmas nephew.

Photo by
Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

The late Wilma McCurdy McIntire, whose heart never left Monroe County, has left the Monroe County Historical Society a generous donation of her
beautiful artwork. The collection features the New England seascape and scenes of Monroe County. Wilma had studied under a couple very famous artists in New England.
Although she was a great distance from home, she stayed true to Monroe County through her support of the Historical Society, donating for the renovation of
the Parry Museum dining room and she also supported the Grange Cemetery in Laings.
Carson McCurdy, Wilma's nephew, presented over 40 paintings to the Historical Society recently.
According to Historical Society President Bob Indermuhle, an art show and sale of some of the paintings is in the planning stages. McCurdy also
purchased a $2500 patron membership in his aunt's name.

<Resident Tells School Board to Take a Bold Move, Close WHS

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

A suggestion to close the Cameron Annex was challenged at the June 21 meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio board of education.
The idea of putting our freshmen into Woodsfield High School is ludicrous, said Louise Blackstone, a paraprofessional working with the school district through Ohio Valley Educational Service Center. She said putting the students in WHS would move them
farther away from the central school.
The proposal was made at the May 17 meeting by board member Scott Dierkes. He suggested that rather than spending $30,000 on a foam roof for the Annex, the
former Woodsfield High School should be made available for the freshmen class.
Dierkes noted there are already classes in the school, including GED, alternate school and a pre-school. Several events are held at the school, as well as band practice, wrestling and junior high
basketball.
It was noted that, due to a leaky roof, there are puddles on the WHS gym floor when it rains.
Don Nutter, a resident who has a grandson who will be a Monroe Central freshman next year, voiced his concern. My concern is the idea that you want to
expand the use of the old high school for use by the new freshmen class, he said. In a nutshell, this building is not conducive to a decent, safe and healthy learning environment and therefore should not
be used for any purpose.
Nutter said that because the school is currently used for various functions does not justify expanding its use. I believe that expanding the buildings use now
is just a preliminary step to justify more long term use of the building, he said.
Nutter said, ... any regulatory agency worth its salt would outright condemn the building.
Further, he said, to bring it to code would cost a whole lot more than the building is worth and I'm sure theres no money in the budget to even try to correct a few of the problems.
Nutter explained that he was director of maintenance for over 20 years in Pennsylvania school districts. I
can tell you from the experience I had with old buildings, there is undoubtedly asbestos, mold, lead paint, lead in the water, inadequate restrooms,
inoperable fire exits and any number of other health and safety hazards present.
Additionally, Nutter told the board to take a bold move that should have been done over 10 years ago and vote to close the building completely instead of
voting to expand the use of a very dangerous building.
Blackstone told board members she is adamantly against putting high school students into WHS. It should not be used for anything, she said.
Speaking in favor of keeping the Cameron Annex open was Wilma Winkler, who is employed at the facility.
Winkler said that whether students are in the Annex or not, it needs a new roof.

<Teen Rocks Milan Fashion Week
Dustin Amrine


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Contributed by Rachel Richardson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A year ago Dustin Amrine didn't even know who Jil Sander was. Today the Montgomery teen is the envy of
his peers as he prepares to model the German fashion designers line during Milans Fashion Week.
Amrine's three-week European tour includes a week in Paris, the Milan Fashion Show June 24-29, and another
week in Paris before heading home.
While in Paris, Amrine will meet with renowned fashion photographer and star maker Mario Testino billed as the man who helped shape the careers of Kate
Moss, Gisele Bundchen and even Princess Diana for an editorial in Italian Vogue.
It's very much a whirlwind, said Amrine. I'm nervous, but it will be a great opportunity to live independently before I go off to college.
Just a month ago Amrine was living the life of a typical teenager, working part-time at Dewey's Pizza
and preparing for life at Miami University this fall.
But just weeks after graduating from Sycamore High School, Amrine found himself catapulted into the international fashion world.
While friends had always suggested the handsome teen model, Amrine says he didn't take it seriously until a friend of his mother's suggested he send photos to
Cincinnati-based Wings Model Management.
I figured if something was going to happen, it was going to find me, said Amrine.
Within days, Amrine received three exclusive options to model designer fashions in Paris and Milan for Jil
Sander, Prada and Burberry. He will travel to New York for more shows upon his return from Paris.
Amrine says his rapid transformation from Montgomery teen to international model has been overwhelming.
I think when I get over there and put make up on with a bunch of guys and get pushed on the runway it will hit me, he said. Its just crazy.
Amrine's no stranger to international travel. In 2005, he traveled to Europe with the Sycamore Community Summer Singers, performing in Austria,
Germance, Rome and Italu.
According to Wings owner Jake Lang, what set the stage for Dustin may have been his experiences in high
school theatre, singing and dancing for Sycamores Touring Company, and his younger years of gymnastic
and trampoline accomplishments.
Through all these extra-curricular activities Dustin became more responsible; learned the importance of
discipline and time management and also gained self confidence by performing, said Lang. The leadership qualities he mastered will be with him through life.
And according to Amrine, its not so much good looks but confidence that exudes on the runway.
You walk into a casting and you have to make an impression on who is looking at you for this job, he explained. I've gotten over the whole stage fright.
Its all about being relaxed in front of the camera. Amrine is the son of Yvonne Amrine of Montgomery and David Amrine of Mason and the grandson of Virgil and MaryLou Tisher of Lewisville.

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

 

<Charles "Sheene" Johnson, 82, Carrollton, formerly of Bergholz and Hannibal, died June 26, 2007, at his
daughters home in Riverview, Fla. He was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Bergholz to the late William and Opal Workman
Johnson.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

A single rebuke does more for a person of
understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a
fool.
It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than
confront a fool caught in a folly.
Before I get started, I was called on the carpet by a
reader the other day saying I didnt know east from
west and was probably right. However, when you are
traveling east on SR 78 there has been an excellent
improvement to the road as you travel up the hill just
west of Lewisville. Now you can stop complaining about
the traffic lights making you wait, oh so long, to
travel through the couple of one lane strips, while
they have been working on the road. Ill even bet some
couldnt wait for the green light and drove through
the red light.
No kidding, its almost unbelievable how much dirt
they moved and how much work was required to complete
the job. I just hope the road doesnt start slipping
over the hill again.
Most of the time I can point in the general direction
of east, west, north and south when Im in an area I
am familiar with, otherwise Im not sure, then I
sometimes think of something and write something else,
finally Im a poor speller and once in a while spell
west-east.
There is no way you can win. I dont care how you
try. Ethanol seems to be the big kick now. This will
cut down on the oil use. I just dont understand all I
know about ethanol. I do not know the process it takes
to get corn in shape to use it in my car. Now I have
heard of corn squeezins and they say they had a
kick, so maybe the process is somewhat the same.
Ethanol is produced from corn to get fuel, corn is
also the fuel the livestock feeders and farmers pour
into their livestock that results in the meat and meat
products we buy at the store. With the demand for corn
the price goes up for corn then you know what happens.
There is the possibility more cost to operate our cars
and more cost to eat.
To speculate a tink farther, I heard someone predict
that when the ethanol plants get all the bugs worked
out and operating the way expected, the big oil
companies will buy them out, and here we go again. Oh
well, such is life in the big city. Just as long as
they leave roasting ears alone, Im OK.
This brings up another question. Why do they call
them roasting ears, sounding more like roast nears
when someone mentions them? Is this the way they
cooked sweet corn when they first started eating it?
Ive eaten some mighty good sweet corn roasted a time
or two and it was excellent but a lot of trouble. This
brings up another question. Why can you eat so much
more sweet corn when you gnaw it off the cob than when
you cut it off the cob? Ill wait, I dont care for
the 50 cents an ear corn. Sudden thought, enhanced 911
for an ear of corn a month?
The town pump, here in Lewisville, is really getting
a work out. Some evenings there are three or four
trucks waiting to get water. It is fortunate we do
have the water supply available to provide the water
as I understand Woodsfield has cut out water hauling
due to a possible shortage.
It is also good the cost of water at the Lewisville
pump is very reasonable but you need plenty of
quarters if your tank is very large and weve had some
large ones filled, 20 or more quarters. Piped into our
house requires a great many more quarters. Even with
the possible water shortage, I noticed a while back a
lawn sprinkler going full blast. Good use of water
during a possible shortage? Maybe they had their own
well which is doubtful in town.
We really use so much more water today than we did
when I was growing up. It would be interesting to
know, but Ill bet we use more water in a day than we
used in a week or more at home. There is a big
difference when you can turn a knob and get all the
water you want compared to winding it up out of the
well a couple gallons at a time.
For a long time the only cold water we got to drink
was when we first wound the water out of the well or
was in the pasture field near the excellent spring
that kept our cattle in water during the summer. Dad
always complained the water bucket was always empty
when he wanted a drink, which meant winding up a
bucket full from the well. We kept a large dipper in
or near our water bucket to use when we wanted a
drink. Once in a while if we didn't drink all of the
water in the dipper we poured it back into the bucket.
OK, before you say yuck, it didnt kill any of us.
It was really living high on the hog when we finally
had a fridge. It was really a pleasure to go to the
fridge and get a cold drink of water. Even then I
think we all drank out of the same water bottle. Kids
just dont know what theyre missing today. We finally
put a pump in our well but the water never tasted the
same after that.
Three year old Johnny was struggling with the back
button on his new long john underwear. Finally he gave
up, trotted to his mother and said, Mommy, open my
bathroom door, please.
Now is the time of year you pay several extra bucks
to get that cold air you complained about last
December and January.
Start the week the right way. Go to church Sunday.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Deuteronomy 10:12-22; (Tues.)
Hebrews 12:6-12; From Micah (Wed.) 2:1-5; (Thurs.)
3:1-7; (Fri.) 3:8-12; (Sat.) 4:1-5; (Sun.) 6:3-8.

  <Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
June 29 marks the last day of my contract as grant
writer for Monroe County. This has been an interesting
assignment and I have learned so much in the five
months that I have been working with Monroe County.
The variety of grants and projects that I became
involved in has proved to be a tremendous growing
experience for me and I am grateful for the
opportunity to have been a pro-active part of the
county and community.
While it was not possible to help everyone that came
to me, I tried to give everyone that came through the
office the resource to help themselves. I have
organized the files in the office so that it is easy
to find any of the projects and grants that I was
involved with.
I hope that my efforts have had a positive impact on
the community and I wish Monroe County the best of
luck on future endeavors.
Renee Wilde

Dear Editor,
Given the abundance of documented evidence that the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a
dangerous organization working to replace U.S.
democratic government with oppressive Islamic Sharia
Law, why did Ohio Governor Ted Strickland attend and
give the keynote speech at the CAIR-OHIO 10th annual
banquet held in Columbus last Sunday evening June 17?
How can Governor Strickland justify lending the
authority of the Great State of Ohio to the support of
an organization dedicated to the destruction of the
Constitution of the United States?
In his keynote speech, Governor Strickland said, On
behalf of all Ohioans, (my wife and I) appreciate your
vision to promote justice and mutual understanding. We
gather under CAIR-Ohios theme this year, American
muslims Connecting and Sharing to do just that, to
connect and share and get to know each other better,
Strickland said, according to CAIRs daily news brief.
(Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/18/2007).
Not all Ohioans share Governor Stricklands
appreciation of CAIRs vision clearly stated in CAIR
representative statements and actions quoted in the
remainder of this letter. I, for one, vehemently
oppose CAIRs vision as well as Governor
Stricklands cynical use of his elected office to lend
credence to CAIRs long-term agenda to subvert the
U.S. Constitution by purposely whitewashing that
agenda.
At publication of this Letter to the Editor, I will
be clipping it to send to Governor Strickland. If you
agree with the narrative, please feel free to do the
same along with your own personal note to the
Governor. Of course, if after reading this letter you
feel Governor Strickland is justified in his
endorsement on behalf of all Ohioans of the CAIR
agenda, please convey that sentiment to him. After
all, Governor Strickland praised CAIR in your name.
Following is but a small portion of publicly
available evidence of CAIRs vision for the United
States.
Since its founding in 1994, the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its employees
have combined, conspired, and agreed with third
parties, including, but not limited to, the Islamic
Association for Palestine, the Holy Land Foundation
for Relief and Development, the Global Relief
Foundation, and foreign nationals hostile to the
interests of the United States, to provide material
support to known terrorist organizations, to advance
the Hamas agenda, and to propagate radical Islam
(Andrew Whitehead in Response to CAIR lawsuit, Circuit
Court for the City of Virginia Beach).
In a 2003 statement before the Senate Judiciary
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland
Security, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said,
we know (CAIR) has ties to terrorism. U.S. Senator
Richard Durbin (D-IL) echoed his colleague when he
said, (CAIR is) unusual in its extreme rhetoric and
its associations with groups that are suspect. U.S.
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) noted, Time and again (CAIR)
has shown itself to be nothing more than an apologist
for groups bent on the destruction of Israel and
Islamic domination over the West. Finally, last year
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) withdrew an award she
gave to an official at a local CAIR chapter. She said
she had concerns about statements by some CAIR
officials and about claims of financial links to
terrorism.
Senior CAIR employee Randall Todd Royer, aka Ismail
Royer, pled guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in
prison for participating in a network of militant
jihadists centered in Northern Virginia. He admitted
to aiding and abetting three persons who sought
training in a terrorist camp in Pakistan for the
purpose of waging jihad against American troops in
Afghanistan. Royers illegal actions occurred while he
was employed with CAIR.
CAIR Board Member Iman Siraj Wahaj, an un-indicted
co-conspirator in the first World Trade Center
bombing, has called for replacing the American
government with an Islamic caliphate, and warned that
America will crumble unless it accepts Islam.
Omar Ahmad, CAIR Co-Founder, cautioned Muslims living
in the United States against melting into American
society. If you choose to live here, he said, you
have a responsibility to deliver the message of
Islam…Islam isnt in America to be equal to any other
faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim
book of scripture, should be the highest authority in
America, and Islam the only accepted religion on
Earth.
CAIR Spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper admitted CAIRs goal
is to overthrow the Constitution of the United States
and replace it with Islamic Religious Law (Sharis).
I wouldnt want to create the impression that I
wouldnt like the government of the United States to
be Islamic sometime in the future, he said, before
hedging that he would promote the desired subversion
with education rather than violence.
Two weeks ago, CAIR was named as unindicted
co-conspirator by federal prosecutors in a HAMAS
terrorism financial trial in Texas (New York Sun
6/4/2007).
How to contact Governor Strickland by mail:
Governors Office, Riffle Center, 30th Floor, 77 South
High Street, Columbus, OH 43215-6108 Phone
614-644-4257. Fax 614-466-9354. E-mail: There is a
form in the Governors website for email.
Deb L. Ault Jones
Woodsfield

Dear Editor,
Hello…Hello…Is there anybody out there, who still
cares about truth, honesty, American standards?
People, we are burying ourselves alive in not
standing up to and for our God given and Government
legislated rights and freedoms Please, please dont
roll over and play possum…or we will all be dead
financially.
Monroe County and its residents is a beautiful,
intelligent, talented, resourceful, vibrant piece of
Ohios history, but we need to push it forward to
become more of an integral - flourishing avenue of
Ohios Future.
Specially our/my countys future. the life and breath
of many residents and their children and their
childrens children and all future residents depend on
our actions.
We cant all pull up stakes and head to a better job
market (Dream World) reality is everywhere.
There is no perfect Utopia. Our happiness begins and
lives within us, but Unity makes us stronger and we
have a voice for change or correction.
May I state for the record, I am not in any way
criticizing anyone/or anything. Any number of
individuals, organizations, and government bodies have
tried tirelessly and in many ways, for improvement the
opportunity for all Monroe Countians. I say thank
you, keep up the good work and God bless you for
trying.
I appreciate every effort, but I personally think it
also takes John Q. Public, and Jane Average Citizen to
help in bringing about success. We were put on Earth
for a purpose, wont you search and find your special
niche or talent to improve the financial viability of
our county.
Quoting John F. Kennedy. Ask not what your Country
can do for you. Ask what you can do for Your Country.
Wont you please just change the words to County.
Any questions or comments my home number is 926-1505.
Thank you for your time to read this. Respectfully, a
concerned but proud Monroe County resident.
Bettie Jo (B.J. Mellott
Beallsville