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 Sept. 13, 2007 Edition

< Workforce Services Month, EMS Workers’
Compensation Discussed at Length

At the signing of a declaration making September
Workforce Services Month were, front from left,
Laverne Shapley, youth  case manager; Misty Atkinson,
GMN program director; Taten Ayers, interim WIA
director; second row, Mary Wilhelm, One Stop
specialist; Jeanette Harter, assistant director, JFS;
B.J. Mellott, One Stop clerk; third row, Holly Smith,
adult dislocated case manager and Gary Ricer, CEO,
GMN. Top, Bob Owens, One Stop specialist; and county
commissioners John Pyles and Bill Thompson.

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

A delegation of county EMS personnel attended the
Sept. 4 meeting of county commissioners, as did a
group seeking a declaration for recognition of
Workforce Services.
Taten Ayers, interim director, Workforce Investment;
Jeanette Harter, assistant director, Job and Family
Services, and Gary Ricer, CEO, GMN Tri-County CAC,
along with a delegation of employees, requested county
commissioners recognize Sep-tember as Workforce
Services Month in Monroe County.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has
been authorized to allocate $210,000 for use by the 30
Ohio workforce investment One-Stop Systems during
Workforce Services month.
According to Gov. Ted Strick-land, workforce events
such a job fairs, open houses, workforce summits and
employer workshops will be held in Ohio communities to
promote networking opportunities to help Ohioans
improve skills and find jobs.
Ayers mentioned the SCOTI (Shared Career
Opportunities and Training Information) registration
sessions held Sept. 5 and 6 at Commerce Park.
“We want to continue to get the word out,” said
Ayers, noting individuals may continue to register,
either at the One Stop Center, 118 Home Ave., Suite
124 (housed within the senior citizens complex) or
online at www.scoti.ohio.gov.
“We have a good workforce here,” said Ayers. “If we
can get them to register, we can identify the
workforce and share it with employers who are looking
to locate here, or existing employers who are wanting
to hire.”
SCOTI is a statewide job matching system being used
by local employers to find skilled workers. When a
person registers, providing desired employment
information, skills and other pertinent information,
One Stop can work with the individual on matching
skills to available jobs in Monroe County.
According to Ayers, “registering helps provide
information important to attracting new businesses to
Monroe.” He encourages everyone, 18 and older, working
or unemployed, to take advantage of the opportunity.
Information may also be updated at One Stop or
online.
Ayers said a benefit to registering at One Stop’s
Home Avenue location is that help and resumes are
available.
To date over 1,000 countians have registered.
Twenty-three individuals were at the commissioners
meeting to gain understanding concerning the Workers
Compensation premium, where the dollars might be found
to pay it, and how the rate might be reduced for the
2007 and beyond rates.
In addition to EMS personnel, Nancy Archer, BWC
premium auditor, and Natalie Petschauer, BWC employer
services specialist, were on hand to explain how
premiums are figured, why the EMS rate is high, and
how it might be reduced in the future.
According to Petschauer, the 2006 rate cannot be
reduced. However, she said it may be possible to
adjust the 2007 rate and if it is found to be figured
on inaccurate information, adjust the 2006 rate. As it
stands now, the $62,000 premium must be paid.
The payment was due Sept. 1.
One of the reasons for the high rate is EMS
volunteers became paid volunteers ($50 per run and
$150 for paramedics). Personnel pay is made from the
EMS levy, which became effective in 2002.
For 2006 the premium rate was $60.95 per $100 of
payroll. For 2007 (due in Sept. 2008) the premium will
be $87.41 per $100 of payroll - which includes all
county departments.
Another reason for the high premium rate is that
Monroe County is penalty rated. According to
Petschauer, there were more claims than expected the
previous year - so the county pays 83 percent more
than the normal base rated county.
She said the premium is based on the entire county,
all claims in

< Datkuliak Loses Gas Well to Longwall Mining Operation            
         
   The gas well owned by Charles Datkuliak, foreground,
was plugged and capped last week per court order. It
had provided free gas for the family since 1989.
Longwall mining under the property is expected to
begin Oct. 10. In the far background can be seen the
treeline where longwall  mining operations will
terminate.                
     
by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
A gas well which would have provided a lifetime of
free gas to Charles and Beverly Datkuliak was plugged
last week, per an order by Monroe County Common Pleas
Court Judge Julie Selmon.
The order came after a two-day trial in mid-August.
Judge Selmon ruled that American Energy Corp. has the
right to mine the Pittsburgh No. 8 vein of coal
without liability for damages to the surface or to the
Datkuliaks’ well. She ordered the well plugged and
capped at Datkuliak’s expense and with no compensation
for the loss.
The well served the Beallsville area family for 18
years.
In addition to the farm of Charles and Beverly, the
well supplied free gas to the home of their daughter,
Elaine Truex and husband Lawrence, and their two
children.
The Truex family was forced to switch to propane last
week.
Charles and Beverly sat in their pavilion a short
distance away and watched as the Alliance Petroleum
crew set up a rig, blew down the gas reserve, dug a
pit, and began the process of plugging and cementing
the family’s gas supply.
The gas reserve is over 2,700 ft. down. The coal seam
is 580 ft. down and five to six feet thick.
To plug the well, cement is poured both above and
below the coal seam.
Overseeing the operation was Joe Hoerst, Ohio
Department of Natural Resources. “Our purpose is to
oversee the plugging so that all state regulations are
met to insure the protection of miners and the
environment,” said Hoerst. He said the work was
expected to be completed by Friday afternoon, Sept. 7.
 
Other representatives of the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources were also on site.
Asked by this reporter what the loss of the gas well
means to is father’s farm, Mike Datkuliak said, “It’s
a big, big loss - a lifetime supply of gas.”
Asked about the monetary cost, he said they thought
$17,000, but added it could  be double that amount.
“Whatever it costs - we’ll have to pay,” said Mike.
Pointing across the field to a treeline, Mike noted
the trees mark the area where longwall mining will
end. The distance is 900 feet beyond the well.
Although the case is to be heard by the Appeals
court, it could not be scheduled in time for a
possible saving of the well. Longwall mining by the
coal company was originally to take place under
Charles and Bever-ly’s property in November. However,
during the last week of August the family was told
longwalling will happen Oct. 10.
According to Attorney Dick Yoss, he has been advised
by the Court of Appeals that the case will be set for
oral arguments on Oct. 10.
Located near the Datkuliak’s home is a gas heated
airplane hangar which houses an ultra-light plane,
three antique vehicles, a dune buggy, ATV and memories
of parties held for family and the community.
Walking into the spacious area, where a long row of
white tables were set up, Charles noted this to be his
hangar - which doubles as a party room. “Here’s our
10-burner gas stove,” he said, pointing in the
direction of the stove, “We bought it from the
school.” He pointed again to a large gas heater, “And
this is our gas heater ... it doesn’t work anymore,”
he added. Looking around and remembering events
hosted,  Charles said, “My wife and I celebrated our
50th anniversary here two years ago.”
A glance at Charles told me that the most precious of
possessions in the hangar were memories of family,
friends and community gathering for events. A small
tear, winding its way down his cheek, gave it away.
Showing off another area of the farm, Charles pointed
out that the building housing construction equipment
was purchased from Y&O Coal Co. when it closed.
Ironically, Y&O owned the Allison Mine which is now
American Energy’s Century Mine owned by Bob Murray.
     

 

< Monroe Candidates, Issues Before Voters on Nov. 6
Ballot

Voters will be asked on Nov. 6 to vote for a monthly
telephone fee to help support E-911 operations and an
income tax levy for current school expenses. There are
also township and village tax issues to consider as
well as candidates for various offices.
County commissioners propose a 50 cents per telephone
access line charge to pay for operating and equipment
costs of establishing and maintaining one answering
point for the countywide E-911 system.
Switzerland of Ohio school district proposes an
annual one percent income tax  for five years for
current expenses.
Other requests from the voters are for:
Lee Twp: Additional one-half mill for five years to
maintain and operate cemeteries.
Lee Twp: Additional one-half mill tax levy for five
years for current operating expenses.
Washington Twp: Replace-ment of 2.5 mills for five
years for road maintenance including dust control.
Antioch Village: Renewal of six mills for five years
for current operating expenses.
Beallsville: Replacement of 5 mills for five years
for current operating expenses.
Graysville: Replacement of 2 mills for five years for
current operating expenses.
Jerusalem: Replacement of 5 mills for five years for
current operating expenses.
Lewisville: Renewal of 3 mills for five years for
current operating expenses.
Candidates seeking office are: Adams Twp: Jerry
McClellan, Larry Minder for trustee; Brenda Roberts
for fiscal officer.
Benton Twp: Floyd E. Earley, III, James Beaver,
trustee; Polly Kinsey for fiscal officer.
Bethel Twp: Roger Morrison, Mike Marshall and Roger
Kuhn, for trustee and Missy Alleman for fiscal
officer.
Center Twp: Drew Dimmer-ling, Matt Longwell, David
Shreve, Mark Hudson for trustee; Cheryl Keylor, Tammy
L. Jones, J.D. Wiley for fiscal officer:
Franklin Twp: Kirk Laferre for trustee; Larry
Bettinger for fiscal officer.
Green Twp: Jon Kraft, Frankie McCaslin, Lawrence
Rutter, Rick Alleman, Dwayne Thomp-son for trustee;
Thelma Forshey, Elaine Alleman for fiscal officer.
Jackson Twp: Scott Boggs for trustee and Claude Smith
for fiscal officer.
Lee Twp: For trustee, Patrick Martie, Dave Caywood,
Brad Boggs, Terry Beegle, Terry R. McPeek. For fiscal
officer, Kevin L. Winkler, Kathy Williams.
Malaga Twp: Benjamin Cline, Jerry Hossman, trustee;
Beverly Beardmore Grubb and Robin Christman, fiscal
officer.
Ohio Twp: David Stalder, trustee; Amy Eggelston,
fiscal officer.
Perry Twp: Robert Price, Michael Brown, Glen
Schwaben, trustee; Tanis Langs-dorf, Theresa Clutter,
Kelly Meredith, fiscal officer.
Salem Twp: Kenneth Jones, trustee; Stephanie Sweeney,
fiscal officer.
Seneca Twp: D.K. Carpenter, Jerald Wise, Joshua
Harris, Steven Heath, trustee, Vicki English, Amy
Carpenter, fiscal officer.
Summit Twp: Luther Junior Merckle, Thomas Piatt,
Larry Schaub, Jimmy Stimpert, trus-tee; Sharon Scott,
fiscal officer.
Sunsburn Twp: Randy Kindel-berger, trustee; Loron
Baker, fiscal officer.
Switzerland Twp: Ronald D. Hendershot, Ronnie
Milosaljevic,  trustee; Joyce A. Dunn, fiscal
officer.

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

< Paul F. Hilverding, 88, 30704 Lebanon Rd., Lower
Salem, (Lebanon Community), died Sept. 10, 2007 at his
home. He was born near Lebanon on Sept. 7, 1919, a son
of the late Albert and Grace Dillon Hilverding.
He was a retired oil field worker, a member of the
Lebanon United Methodist Church, Lebanon, and a member
of the Bethel Senior Citizens, Marr.
Surviving are two daughters, Jean (John) Zwick of Mt.
Gilead, Karen (Barry) Fortney of Marietta; a son,
Robert (Pat) Hilverding of Stafford; ten
grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
by his wife, Ruth C. Hall Hilverding on Aug. 10, 2005;
three brothers, Harley, Ralph and Lloyd Hilverding;
two sisters, Inez Cline and Dorothy Hilverding; and a
granddaughter, Pamela Hilverding.
Friends will be received Sept. 12, from 2 - 8 p.m. at
Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral
services will be held Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. Burial will
follow in the Masterton Cemetery, Lebanon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon
United Methodist Church, c/o Judy Hamilton, 30632
Lebanon Rd., Lower Salem, OH 45745 or to the Bethel
Community Center, c/o Irene Clift, 31001 Little Injun
Rd., Lower Salem, OH 45745.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com.


<Ida M. McCammon Freitag, 97, a resident of Sewickley
since 1937, died Sept. 5, 2007, at The Masonic Village
at Sewickley. She was born Jan. 20, 1910 in
Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Robert L. and
Minnie Neuhart McCammon.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in
Sewickley, a member of O.E.S. #439 Sewickley Chapter,
National Council of Senior Citizens and Mayfield Mann
Club in Canton.
Surviving are a son, Larry E. (Analana Hays) Freitag
of Sewickley; many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death
by her husband, Howard F. Freitag; daughter, Lois
Ellen Freitag; and three sisters, Hazel Wahl, Alice
Baker and Freda Jones.
Friends were received Sept. 7 at Copeland’s Sewickley
Funeral Home, where services were held Sept. 8, with
Pastor Thomas Moog officiating. Burial followed in
Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield. O.E.S. held services Sept. 7.
Online condolences may be made to
www.copelandfuneralhomes.com.


<Jacob E. Kindle, 82, New London, died Sept. 1, 2007,
at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, after a
short illness. He was born April 18, 1925 in Monroe
County.
He had served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Europe
in the 3rd Army. He lived in Ashland, Rochester Twp.
and for the past 10 years in New London. He was
retired from the former Meyers Pump in Ashland. He
attended the Rochester United Methodist Church and was
a member of the Ashland American Legion Post  #88.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; four brothers, George
Kindle, Woodsfield; Ben Kindle, Lewisville; Raymond
Kindle of South Carolina, Jim Kindle of Bedford; three
sisters, Bessie Morgan of Graysville, Goldie Yantz of
Urichsville and Betty Edgington of Graysville.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther in
1992; and five siblings, Stella Patton, Mary Ethel
Belford, Viola Kindle and infant twins.
Funeral services were held Sept. 5 at Eastman Funeral
Home, New London, with Pastor Christine Bell
officiating. Burial followed in Rochester Cemetery
with military rites.
Online condolences at eastmanfuneralhome.com.


<Fred Shannon, 86, Columbus, died Aug. 21, 2007. He
was born in Paden City and reared in Woodsfield.
He graduated from Woodsfield High School. He was a
member of Immaculate Conception Church for 50 years.
He served in the Navy from 1944-46. He attended the
Navy electrical school at Purdue University and was a
member of the football team. He graduated from the
progressive School of Photography, where he was
awarded a gold medal. For 35 years he was a
professional photographer, first for the Ohio State
Journal, and then the Columbus Dispatch, retiring in
1988. During his photographic career he received
numerous awards and documented the lives and events of
a wide range of people, including U.S. presidents,
religious and political leaders and screen legends.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Mildred ‘Millie’;
three daughters, Debbie Shannon of Louisville, Ky.,
(Steve Crews), Michele Zielinski of Carmel, Ind.,
Renee Shannon; a son, Joe Shannon; two grandchildren,
Matthew and Laura Zielinski; two brothers, Francis of
Akron, Tony (Monica); two sisters, Evelyn Hampton,
Mary Tersigni (Tom) of Costa Mesa, Calif., and many
nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and
Emily Shannon; siblings, Joseph, George, Philip,
Rosalee and Madeline.
Arrangements were by Wier-Arenal Funeral Home,
Columbus

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

        Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who
moves too quickly may go the wrong way.
People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and
then blame others for their problems.
Did I read that in Colorado the schools have stopped
students from playing “tag” during recess? They claim
it would make a student feel bad when they got tagged
thus causing the child to develop a problem of some
type. Are you kidding?
I’m sure happy these progressive, or whatever you
want to call them, thinkers were not around to ruin
our tincan shinny games or playing “King of the Hill’
on the ash pile in front of our school house. Red
Rover, Red Rover? Never happen because it might warp
the personality of the small player who gets called
all the time and can’t break through. Not us, we
wanted the biggest toad to try and break through. Then
he or she tried to find the weakest link.
I think dodge ball has been banned in some schools, I
guess because of injury. I at times observed some real
dodge ball when I was teaching at Skyvue. What I
observed was a group of students enjoying the game and
no one standing still and I don’t remember any one
getting hurt. As I always say, kids just don’t have
fun any more.
Do you know how you can tell a Dogwood tree? By it’s
bark.
There is a feeling or a push by some to bust up our
school system into three chunks. Maybe, even some
semi-closed meetings to bring it about. I thought
those elected to represent us were supposed to
represent us not just a certain area and to improve.
There is no question in any Around the Burnside
readers who do not know how I feel about cutting up
the Switzerland of Ohio School District. I do however,
have a couple of questions I’ve wondered about.
First off, what about Swiss Hills Vocational School?
I think it’s maybe still a requirement of a school
district to provide an opportunity for their students
to attend a Vocational School. Question one, if the
district splits, who operates the Vocational School?
Wouldn’t it need be a unit or vocational school
standing alone with each of the three districts
kicking in money to keep it operating alone.
There is no one in this county that will not agree,
one of the greatest needs in our county is for
Vocational Education. The last 30 years have proven
the value of vocational education yet it seems to be
somewhat in the background.
For example, the lower end of the Swiss Hills
building, one auto mechanics teacher; welding, one
teacher; agricultural mechanics, one teacher; which
caused Monroe Central to loose two agricultural
science classes in the process. I’m not sure about the
upper end of the building. Food service has been one
instructor for some time and perhaps retired teachers
have not been replaced.
I realize the reason for this is probably dollars. I
am one who thinks two instructors, one with juniors,
the other with seniors could do a more effective job
than one instructor for both classes. I will say the
instructors are doing a good job for the most part.
I think a few of us remember the reason we built
Swiss Hills was because it would have cost us more to
join with another Vocational District.
\ Now question number two, about this time last year
or maybe a little later the State paid for a company
to work with a group from each area of the district to
get together and develop a play for the Switzerland of
Ohio School District, with input from all three areas.
If I’m not mistaken the final plan was completed last
December and was to be presented to the board for
their input.
To date I’ve read only one little blurb regarding the
plan. Why not? It’s been nearly a year. did the board
think it not worthy of letting folks know what the
plan was? I know a number of people spent several
hours discussing the many possibilities. It think the
county deserves to know what plan was developed.
This is one of the problems of Monroe County, because
there is a lack of true information there is, as I had
someone say, “More misinformation floating around the
county than you can ever believe.”
I agree with the writer of the letter to the editor
last week. We need to have an effort to explain why we
should not split the district. Hopefully the committee
from the state who are studying the situation to make
a recommendation, will look at the total situation.
We’ve had very little facts one way or another. One
thing some folks seem to forget. For the most part,
we’ve had an excellent school system, it’s the
facilities that is the limiting factor. Much progress
has been made over the last 30 plus years. We need to
plan to continue this progress. I personally do not
think splitting the district is the answer.
Better get interested in the future because that’s
where you will be spending the rest of your life.
Church next sunday? Why not?
Bible readings: (Mon.) Isaiah 51;1-5; From Genesis
(Tues.) 15:1-6; (Wed.) 17:15-23; (Thurs.) 18:1-8;
(Fri.) 18:9-15; (Sat.) 21:1-8; (Sun.) Hebrews 11:8-12.

< Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

St. Sylvester Catholic School, established 1872 and
continually supported by the Catholic Parishioners and
many non-Catholics who desire a full-filling education
for their children’s early school years.
Woodsfield High School, for many years, a pillarstone
in Woodsfield and fondly remembered by hundreds of
graduates of back to 1920’s and ensuing generations
deserves respect and respectable replacement.
Woodsfield is out county-seat, the center of Monroe
County families’ business and other activities.
Businesses are leaving Woodsfield, as well as our
young people.
The Davy Crawford light pole was erected by a
generous, admired citizen as a heritage for Woodsfield
and Monroe County. People can admire their own or
neighbor’s flower beds. The flowerbeds on the square
should be reduced to make ample space for traffic. I
have heard and even observed near accidents occurring
their since removal of the pole. I read that decision
was made to replace it, but it has not happened. Why?
Death of Paul Weddle leaves a void in our community
and surrounding areas, which can never be filled. He
was honest and trustworthy in his dealings. For
perhaps 25 years, I bought discarded furniture at his
auctions, gave them new life, selling much of it at
the Black Walnut Auction where again auctioned it in
it’s new life. Paul contributed much. I am grateful to
have had his friendship and of Evelyn’s.
Bertha Burkhart
Woodsfield