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August 9, 2007 Edition
Accepts Grant for Broken Timber Park Project
Lisa Tomshack, left, clerk for the Village of
Clarington, accepts grant monies in the amount of $6,660 for land
acquisition along Sunfish Creek. The presentation was made by Jennifer
Garrison and Sean Logan. The funding will provide 50 percent of the costs
anticipated for acquisition of 1.3 acres of land along Sunfish Creek for
Broken Timber Park, a walking trail, canoe livery and other park needs.
The Village of Clarington is one of three communities
sharing a total of $50,194 for park improvements and construction projects.
State Representative Jennifer Garrison joined Sean D. Logan, director of the
Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, and other state and local officials on July
25 in presenting the funding. The check presentation ceremony took place at
the skate park in Cambridge City Park. Funded through the 13th round of
state NatureWorks grants, the projects will benefit the Village of
Clarington in Monroe County as well as the City of Cambridge and the Village
of Cumberland in Guernsey County. Cambridge received $25,751 to develop a
skate park in City Park, while Cumberland received $17,783.83 to construct a
playground in Cumberland Park. Clarington Village Clerk Lisa Tomshack was on
hand to accept a check in the amount o $6,660. The funding will help the
village acquire 1.3 acres along Sunfish Creek to develop Broken Timber Park.
According to Tomshack, the grant calls for a 50 percent match from the
village. Officials plan to use the grant funding to help develop a walking
trail, purchase picnic tables and trash barrels, and construct a canoe
livery and a fishing pier at the park. Tomshack indicated her excitement to
receive the grant. �It�s terrific!� she said. �It�s been a long time in the
making.� Tomshack noted that Mayor Jeff Morris and council president pro-tem
Dan Koher were very instrumental in the grant application process. She said
they worked closely with the former clerk, the late Sara Jacobs, to obtain
the funding. Tomshack noted, too, that the park was a �long-time dream� of
Jacobs, who, prior to her death, expressed her desire to name the park
�Broken Timber Park� . �I�m glad to see it finally taking shape,� she said.
Council was also notified recently that they were approved for a Goar Grant
through ODNR Natureworks and the ARC program. The 50 percent match,
reimbursement-type grant totals $6,490.
Gas Facility Going Up
The new building being erected behind WesBanco and the Duke and Duchess in
Woodsfield will house Dominion Gas. Project manager Jeff Woodell brought in
a crane from Barnesville to lift the roof trusses. All local contractors
were hired for the project. Note: The picture above was taken Aug. 5. By
August 2, the roof was complete and the walls were up!
Photos by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
What's going on in Woodsfield? People pass by WesBanco and the Duke
and Duchess Shop, see the mountains of dirt and wonder what's going up.
Walter and Troy Kemp of Kemp Leasing has hired local project manager Jeff
Woodell to oversee the construction of a 40x50 wood frame building which
will house Dominion Gas. The facility will serve as office space and a
According to Woodell, Dominion Gas was in need of a bigger, fenced-in,
facility. When the project is
completed, there will also be an 80�x90� fenced parking lot.
All local contractors were hired for the project. According to Woodell,
Perry Schumacher Construction has combined with Paris Yoho Construction to
erect the building which is under time constraints. Other local contractors
include: Jerry Gust Masonry, Doug Yontz Excavating, Dean Potts Electrical
Service and Brian's Refrigeration.
The target date for completion is the end of September, but according to the
project manager, it is way ahead of schedule.
5760 Donates Building to Riverside Library
John Figel, chairman of the Local Union 5760 Building
Corporation, presented the deed and keys to LU-5760�s
Union Hall to Lila Jones, president, Riverfront
Library Association, in a ceremony held at the Sardis
location on Saturday, August 4. From left are Figel,
Jones, Janet Conn, librarian at Dally Memorial
Library, and Donna Dally Day, founder of The Dally
by Arlean Selvy
The structure which until recently housed the Union
Hall for United Steelworkers of America Local Union
5760 was officially transferred by the Employee
Building Corporation on August 4 to the Riverfront
John Figel, co-chairman of the Employee Building
Corp., spoke to a group of about 40 individuals
attending a signing of the deed and passing of the
keys ceremony held at the building. On hand to
witness the transaction and affix her signature was
Notary Public Ann Block, regional field representative
for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.
Lila Jones, president of the Riverfront Library Association, served as
Master of Ceremonies. She expressed her gratefulness on behalf of the
"The building will further the cause of The Dally Memorial Library," said
Jones. She noted the library was founded by Donna Dally Day in 2002. Jones
reported the building was first a Methodist Church, started by volunteers.
"And now it's back in the hands of the community," she said, noting the
library exists because of volunteers.
Rev. Drew McPeek of the Mt. Olive Methodist Church offered the invocation.
Jones pointed out the presence of Woodsfield resident James Neuhart, who
served as the first president of
Speaking also was Janet Conn, library director. Speaking of new beginnings,
Conn said, "The members of the board of Riverfront Library Association will
now begin a journey into spirited discussions about how best to serve the
riverfront communities through library service."
According to Conn, many discussions will center around securing permanent
tax funding for the library.
The Employee Building Corporation, said Figel, was started in 1974 with
donations from many LU5760
Rolling Mill employees. The corporation�s goal was to provide a building
where the local could conduct
"One of the main concerns was to have some tangible property that would not
be under the jurisdiction of
any other organization," said Figel. "Today that foresight brings us, as
members of the EBC, a real privilege to be able to help our community."
"Many members of Local 5760 have borne grievous and serious consequences
from job loss at the Rolling Mill," said Figel. "The members have chosen to
give even in the face of adversity."
Figel said trustees spent many hours considering a number of organizations
interested in the building. He credited Attorney Richard Yoss, who helped
set up the corporation, in making sure that all the T's were crossed and I's
were dotted in the most recent transaction.
At a special meeting held May 31, 2007 to discuss options, a motion was made
with a unanimous affirmative vote to donate �what was once a building of
bustling union activity� to the Riverfront Library Association, reported
�Today, in some small way, perhaps we can help an organization whose purpose
is to provide tools in our
search for knowledge of the past, the present and the future,� he said.
Quoting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Figel concluded, �Look not mournfully
into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is
�Today we hope to have done just that, improved the present.� concluded
Officers of the EBC board include: John Figel, co-chairman; Cindy Quiroz,
Highley, secretary; Bill Shockley, treasurer and Jack Highley, trustee.
Officers of the library association include: Lila
Jones, president; Donna Dally Day vice-president; Kathy McGlone, secretary
Groundbreaking Held for Fishpot, Sykes Ridge Waterline Project
Attending the August 1 groundbreaking ceremony for Clarington's Sykes Ridge
- Fishpot Water Project were,
front from left, Councilwoman Lida Conn, Wanda Bowen of Cyrus Bowen
Construction, Mayor Jeff Morris and
Councilman Cliff Liniger. In back are William Brake, project engineer, Brake
Engineering, Sardis; Brian and Laura Randolph, Sykes Ridge residents; Lisa
Tomshack, village clerk, and Sykes Ridge resident Mark Lucas.
by Arlean Selvy
Groundbreaking ceremonies for Clarington's Sykes Ridge - Fishpot Water
Project were held August 1. The project, which has been five years in the
works, will run 4.5 miles. According to Mayor Jeff Morris, the project will
carry water to homes in the Fishpot addition, located along the southern
bank of Sunfish Creek adjacent to Clarington, and from there the line will
follow Sykes Ridge Road, ending at the connection to the project's water
tower, and then on to Monroe
Water District's tower on the western end of Sykes Ridge.
The project will serve 50 to 60 homes whose water supplies are testing
unsafe, or who lose their well
water during the drier periods of summer. The waterline project looks to the
future in that it will allow for additional connections should home building
expand in the area.
Cyrus Bowen Construction is to begin laying lines within the next two weeks.
The project study was done by William Brake of Brake Engineering and
Construction Management. The project will be overseen by Swiss Valley
Mayor Morris expressed his appreciation to the residents of Fishpot Addition
and Sykes Ridge Road who
actively participated in seeing the project come to fruition. He also
commended Mary Jo Westfall, Ohio
State University Extension office, grant administrator, for her help with
the funding process. Funding was obtained through several grants and matched
by local monies.
Construction, according to Morris, will continue through 2007 and is
expected to be completed by mid-spring, 2008.
(read the full obituary in the paper)
< Howard O.
Christman, 100, 35168 CR 61, Lewisville, died Aug. 1, 2007,
at Barnesville Hospital. He was
born Aug. 23, 1906 at Calais, a son of the late John and Clara
Online condolences may be expressed at
Louise Stewart, 67, Sardis, died July 31, 2007, at Wheeling
Hospital Medical Park, Wheeling. She
was born Aug. 8, 1939 in Gallipolis, the daughter of the late Dalmon
and Arlena St. Clair Luellen.
Sympathy expressions at www.grisellfuneralhomes.com.
< Rodney W.
Swallie, 78, 44479 SR 78, Woodsfield, died Aug. 2, 2007, at
Ohio State University Hospital,
Columbus. He was born Sept. 3, 1928, at Boston, a son of the late
Perley and Mary Stephen Swallie.
Online condolences may be expressed at
< Bernice R.
McGarry, 81, of Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center, Woodsfield, formerly of
Lewisville, died Aug. 4, 2007, at the center. She was born April 9,
1926, at Woodsfield, a daughter of the
late Clarence and Hattie Craig Crawford. Online condolences may be
expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
D.Mellott, 83, York, died July 13, 2007, at Manor Care
Health Services in York, Pa. He was born in
Cameron, Ohio, a son of the late Charles and Mayme Ault Mellott.
By Denny Easterling
What dainty morsels rumors are - but they sink deep into one�s heart. A
lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. Some of you might
have thought I was kidding about horseshoes last week. However, I read a
bumper sticker - �For Health Pitch Horseshoes.� I think exercise is the
thing. On the other hand, if you are interested in an inexpensive
exercise machine, take up archery. Each time you draw a bow you are
using almost all of the muscles in your upper body, then you walk to
pull the arrows from the target. Both of these suggestions are fun. I
think perhaps I have broken a record, maybe even in the world. I have
grown what I think is the smallest ripe tomato ever. I thought about
displaying it in the window of the Beacon office but I couldn�t figure
out how to display it so everyone could see it and I doubt if it would
keep til the fair. Size? I would estimate it is the size of a pea. This
isn�t the half of it. This is the second ripe tomato of this size I�ve
grown this year. It can�t be the dry weather because Esther made me
water the plants on a regular basis and they look like a brush pile,
because I let them grow freely. Boo Hoo, my world record smallest tomato
is gone. Esther ate it the other day. Every so often I get a catalog
that has a lot of merchandise that I do not need, like a two hot dog
cooker and bun warmer. We look through them and throw them away and
think, how do the Chinese make all that stuff. I even get a catalog that
says �Last Chance� then a couple or three months after that I get the
same catalog. I wonder. The catalog I got the other day had a real deal.
For $20 you could purchase an infinity razor. Due to some metal process
you would never need to purchase another razor. To make it even a better
deal they will throw in a nose and ear hair clipper and a kitchen knife
for good measure. Now comes the kicker. If you ordered this good deal
they would include, free of charge, a second infinity razor. My question
is, if the infinity razor is so good you�ll never need another, why
would they give you another free? Sounds fishy doesn�t it? Needless to
say, I didn�t order one. Kind of looks as though the gasoline price yo
yo is on the downward drop at the present time, let�s hope it keeps
dropping before it starts spinning and climbs back up. I sometimes
wonder what effect the higher gas prices have had. You see about as many
cars buzzing around, very few speed limit or under. The experts tell us
if you drive a slower speed you get better mileage but very few drivers
believe this, or so it seems. A few weeks ago I was traveling west on
SR78 and going the speed limit. I looked in the rearview mirror and
there were four cars following me. As you know there is a limited number
of places along SR78 that it is safe to pass. We came to a straight
stretch and zoom the first car was around and out of sight. This car had
state plates so you know this driver didn�t buy his gas. The other cars
passed as soon as they possibly could and away they went. I still prefer
to stay on or near the speed limit and get 30-32 miles per gallon of
gas. A hundred years ago? The Mayor of Akron advises mothers of girls
who flirt, to spank them. Unfortunately, however, the mothers of such
girls are generally too busy washing the dishes or doing other kinds of
house work to notice what their daughters are doing. Also: A bill in the
General Assembly has fixed the minimum salary for school teachers at $40
per month. Where the districts are too poor to pay so much, the balance
should be paid out of the state treasury in the form of aid to indigent
districts. A couple of big events are coming this month, the Pennyroyal
Reunion, Monroe County Fair and football season gets underway. All three
bring a lot of memories of time gone by. The Pennyroyal Reunion has been
going on for some 128 years or so but is down to one day, a parade and
chicken dinner. There are a few loyal people that just won�t let it die.
I was talking with a fellow Pennyroyalist the other day and he asked,
�Do you ever wonder how we got by back then?� One teacher for four
grades, no city water, no gas for heating, outside johns, no computers,
no calculators, no married women teachers and the list goes on and on.
Oh, I almost forgot, no cell phones. In fact, I can�t remember talking
on a telephone until I was in the service. We didn�t have a phone, which
didn�t matter, kids were not allowed to use the phones. I guess we
learned to do with what we had. If you�ve never had something, you used
what you had. I wanted a pony of my own for years and years. I never got
one so I rode old Tom the mule. Not he who has little, but he who wishes
for more is poor. When there is room in the heart, there is room in the
home. P.S. I was up north today and found gasoline was costing in the
neighborhood of $2.46 per gal. I wonder? Like to feel wanted? Try
church. Bible readings: (Mon.) Isaiah 30:15-19; (Tues.) II Kings 25: 1,
2, 5-7; (Wed.) Psalm 33:12-22; (Thurs.) Psalm 130; (Fri.) Lametations
3:19-24; (Sat.) Lametations 3:24-33; (Sun.) Lametations 3:55-59.