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April 3, 2008 Edition
Fiddler on the Roof Presentation Set for April 4 and 5 ~
The Monroe Central Drama Club will present Fiddler on
the Roof April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. at the old Woodsfield
High School auditorium, which has recently received a
much-needed face lift. Cast members include, from
left, Stacey Schumacher, Michael Paulus, Jazimine
Miranda, Rusty Mellott, Ashley Dick, Storm Shapley,
Alexandra Stephen and Stephen Billman. (Additional
picture on Page 5)
Monroe County Commerce Park Site of 2008 Know Show ~
“rain, rain go away” was Jo Eddy, right,
promoter of the 2008 Know Show which will be held at
the Monroe County Commerce Park April 5 and 6. The
Commerce Park is located on Moore Ridge Road (CR27),
past the Monroe County Care Center. Also shown are
Dick Sulsberger, president of the Monroe County
Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the show; Dean
Gramlich, president, CIC; and Dana Indermuhle, Swiss
Valley Associates, designers and builders of the Black
Walnut Center. For more on the Know Show, see page 14.
Woodsfield to Buy TV Cable System from SuddenLink
A ordinance authorizing the issuance
of $1,250,000 of
notes in anticipation of bonds for the purpose of
buying a cable television system was passed 5-0 by
Woodsfield Village Council at a special meeting held
According to Jeff Woodell, village
isn’t a done deal until SuddenLink signs the papers.
He indicated he expects that to happen.
Woodell has lined up financing for
the system and has
technicians and consultants ready to work.
In addition to the ordinance to
obtain the $1.2
million for the purchase, council adopted a resolution
to establish and maintain a special account for the
receipt of revenues and disbursement of funds to
operate, maintain and improve the system.
Woodell said the village will join
the National Cable
Tele-vision Co-op which will in turn negotiate and buy
programming for Woodsfield. He said the village will
get about 90 percent of its programming from NCTC,
which has a one-time membership fee of up to $25,000.
Mayor Bill Bolon and Clerk Patricia
authorized to sign any paperwork associated with the
The goal, said Woodell, is to have
better service as
there will be a local technician, and maintain all
current channels. He said the problem with Fox will be
fixed and channels will be added without an increase
in rates. For instance, he noted the Big 10 network -
Fox Sports, STO and Hallmark.
The new system will include
currently has SuddenLink.
“We have taken the steps and people
are in place,”
said Woodell. “But until the ink’s dry and SuddenLink
sends a bill of sale, it’s not a done deal.”
In addition, council took action to
purchase a 2004
GMC utility truck which is expected to be used in
conjunction with the cable system. The vehicle,
according to Woodell, is a four-wheel drive, has low
miles and is in good shape. “It’s perfect for the
cable system,” he said. The truck will be purchased
from Kountry Kar Kare for $16,500.
Village council meets the first and
third Mondays of
each month beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Medical Assistant Class Graduates from Monroe County
of the first Medical Assistant class
include, seated from left, Susan Brown, Alicia
McSwords, Vicki Baker, Sharon Baranich-Baker and
Sherry Zwick. Standing from left, Jody Bishop, Jamie
Gehrig, Marena Schmidt, Mary Lou Miller, Sheila Neely,
Kellie Jorris, Debbie Lodge and Jody Baker.
The first class from Monroe County in the
Assistant program participated in graduation
ceremonies Feb. 2 at Brown Community Center,
Thirteen young women were “pinned” by
Director Connie Bennett, RNC. The presentation of
Passports was made by Monroe County Instructors Susan
Brown and B.J. Mellott. The benediction was given by
Graduates of the 900-hour Medical
are: Jody Baker, Vicki Baker, Sharon Baranich-Baker,
Jodi Bishop, Susan Brown, Jamie Gehrig, Kellie Jorris,
Debbie Lodge, Alicia McSwords, Mary Lou Miller, Sheila
Neely, Marena Schmidt and Sherry Zwick.
The class is offered through
Washington County Career
Center and sponsored by WIA (Monroe Works - Jobs Etc.)
through the Monroe County Dept of Job and Family
Several of the graduates are employed
County. Employers include Just Chiro-practic, Dr.
DeNunzio of Wetzel County Hospital’s Woodsfield
Clinic; Dr. Williamson of Woodsfield Family Care; Dr.
Kenneth Cooper of Swiss Valley Foot and Ankle as well
as Wetzel County Hospital and its medical affiliates.
These women have taken the first step
in attaining a
medical career. They began by enrolling in the Medical
Assisting program to gain knowledge, skill and
training They are the first class to graduate from the
Monroe County/Woodsfield Campus of the Washington
County Career Center Medical Assisting program. To
learn more about this exciting program and other
higher education programs, visit: mycareerschool.com.
local young men were each awarded the Judge
William D. Harris Memorial Scholarship on March 19.
The $500 scholarships were given by Judge James Peters
and Judge Julie Selmon. Shown with the judges are, on
the left, Kyle Cox and his parents Jeff and Laurie;
and right, Dalton McIntire with his parents, Tina and
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
Two local young men were awarded the
Judge William D.
Harris Memorial Scholarships on March 19. The
scholarships were presented by County Court Judge
James Peters and Common Pleas Court Judge Julie
Receiving the $500 scholarships were
Kyle Cox and
Dalton McIntire. Kyle is the son of Jeff and Laurie
Cox of Beallsville. He is home schooled and hopes to
one day go into the ministry.
Dalton is the son of Preston and Tina
Clarington. He is a junior at River High School.
The scholarship fund was originally
begun by Judge
Peters and the late Common Pleas Court Judge William
D. Harris and after the death of Judge Harris, Judge
Selmon began contributing to the fund and it was
renamed the William D. Harris Memorial Scholarship.
Recipients are chosen from entries
submitted to the
annual Voice of Democracy contest which is open to
juniors and seniors in the Switzerland of Ohio Local
School District. My Role in Honoring America’s
Veterans was the topic for the essay.
The essay of Kyle Cox was printed
Following is Dalton McIntire’s submission:
Honoring Our Veterans
Every day I wake up at seven o’clock
in the morning
and drag myself out of bed for what in my mind is just
another lousy day. I stumble into the kitchen and eat
my breakfast, then get ready and drive to school. Once
I get to school, my friends and I sit in the parking
lot awaiting our time to make our way inside and go
through yet another day of repetition. I trudge my way
to class looking for any way possible to get out of
going. But in the end, I always make my way there.
As I sit in my first period class, we
listen to what
seems like the same announcements from the day before.
Most of the people in the class don’t even bother to
listen to the announcements because we think that they
are useless. After the announcements end, we are asked
every day to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. As I
look around the room at my classmates, I always see
the same things. Every day there is someone
complaining of being too tired to stand for the Pledge
or they are too lazy to do it. Some people don’t even
bother to stand for the Pledge because they think it
is a waste of 30 seconds of their time.
After realizing that this was
happening in the
classrooms, I started to look other places to try to
prove that my generation was not as disrespectful as I
thought. So, at the football games and other sporting
events, I began to monitor the reactions of the crowds
to our flag and our National Anthem. As I took a
glance around the stands, I realized that our
generation was completely off track. I looked at our
student section and at all the other younger kids
playing their own games of football on the sides. The
parents and grandparents listen to every note of the
Anthem and stand with their eyes fixed on our flag the
After seeing this, I began to think
respect for your country comes with age. Maybe you
have to obtain the knowledge of our history to truly
understand our flag and Anthem. But I can remember
quite clearly that my classmates and I were taught
about the reasons for honoring our country every year
in school. That was when I came to realize that just
learning about our history and being told why we stand
for the Pledge is not enough.
All of our parents and grandparents
stand to the
Pledge, not because they were taught our history, but
because they were a part of our history. The
generations before ours were around for every moment
of terror when it came to the wars that were won to
keep our country safe and to keep our freedoms.
Many of our parents and grandparents
are the veterans
of today. Without the service of these veterans, we
couldn’t do any of the things that we are doing today.
The sporting events where our flag is raised and our
Anthem is played would not even exist. We wouldn’t
even be able to get up and go through our school
routine without everything being completely different.
We have all these freedoms because of our veterans.
Without their service, our country would not be the
Even though some of us may never
truly understand the
hardships that our parents and grandparents had to
endure, we still must do our part. If truly
understanding what the flag stands for means to
actually serve your country and fight for it, I
believe every veteran would not want anyone to have to
go through the horror they did. Even though they will
tell you that it was an honor serving their country,
they would not wish the heartache of war upon any
citizens of the Untied States.
This is why we must do our part every
day in honoring
our flag, our country and our veterans. Even if
honoring them means just standing up every day and
giving your attention to the flag on the wall, or just
removing your hat for our National Anthem at their
sporting events. We must do all we can for our
veterans because they have given their heart and soul
As of now, our country is at war on
Iraq. Even if you do not know someone that is in the
military or is serving in Iraq, we still must support
the brave souls that are protecting the United States.
Just the other night, I attended a hunter’s banquet;
this is when I realized that our generation is making
history as we speak. The man in charge of the banquet
stood at the front of the room and led us in a prayer
and then asked if there were any veterans in the room.
A few older gentlemen stood and everyone gave them a
round of applause.
Then the leader at the front of the
room asked if
there were any veterans in the building that had just
had a tour of duty in Iraq. One man stood up from the
back of the room. I was in awe; the man did not look
any older than the seniors of our school. He got up
from his seat and made his way to the front of the
room where he stood by the man that was leading our
group. The young veteran was then asked to lead us in
the Pledge of Allegi-ance. As he led us in the Pledge,
you could see the love for his country in his eyes. I
could even here the quiver in his voice when he
uttered the words “one nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.”
Those of us in my generation who
don’t stand for the
Pledge of Allegiance, don’t remove their hats for the
National Anthem, or those who disregard the National
Anthem by playing on the sidelines need to realize
something important - that even though we have not
made the history to this point, we are making history
right now and every day from now on. We need to look
at what is going on in the world at this time. Our
future is dependent on the history that is happening
in our world today. Our current servicemen are the
veterans of tomorrow.
is Key to Avoiding Mortgage Problems & Foreclosures
Foreclosures are becoming an
increasing problem in
the United States. In an effort to halt the growing
problem, Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray has asked
counties to form committees to address the issue.
Auditor Pandora Neuhart heads Monroe County’s
committee. Recently representatives from the state
attended a committee meeting. Shown, from left, are
Beth Rose, Monroe’s Clerk of Courts; Neuhart, Michele
Pearson, Director of Community Education Dept. for
Cordray; Kelley Handwork, Regional Outreach Director;
and Scott Brown, Community Education Division of
Photos by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
Foreclosure. Until recently,
foreclosure and mortgage
problems weren’t topics for the news media, but now
the problem is becoming more and more serious and
widespread. It is the general consensus that education
is key to avoiding foreclosure.
In an effort to halt the growing
problem in Ohio,
Richard Cordray, Treasurer for the State of Ohio, has
asked counties to form committees to address the
problem. Foreclosure intervention is also being
addressed on the website:
Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart
heads up the
newly-organized committee which is attempting to
address the ever-increasing foreclosure problems.
According to Beth Rose, Monroe County
Courts, in 2007, Monroe County had 42 foreclosures.
There have been eight in the first three months of
2008. The number of foreclosures has risen steadily
since 2003 with 27; 2004, 33; 2005, 36; 2006, 46, and
then began to level out in 2007.
Michele Pearson, Director of
Depart-ment for Cordray’s office, spoke to the
committee recently. She was accompanied by Scott
Brown, Community Education Division of Ohio,
Treasurer’s office, who gave a Powerpoint
presentation, “Save Our Homes.”
Kelley Handwork, Regional Outreach
Director for the
state treasurer’s office, was also on hand.
It was noted that many of the
problems have surfaced
because of unethical lenders. According to Brown, Ohio
is in the top 10 states in the number of foreclosures.
“It’s not one of the things you want to be in the top
10,” he said.
Sometimes foreclosure be-comes an
homeowners are embarrassed and do not want people to
know they are have financial difficulties. For this
reason, they fail to seek help. Many times foreclosure
could be averted if help is sought early enough.
If homeowners get behind in their
what should they do?
“Call your lender,” said Lance
LaFollette of Citizens
National Bank. “The bank doesn’t want your house.” He
said that many times things can be worked out so
people don’t lose their homes. He cited a recent
foreclosure that was averted because the borrower and
lender worked together.
According to Pearson, 50 percent of
could be prevented if the person would just call their
lender and “Open your mail!”
Pearson told the group that a pilot
program is being
launched in southeastern Ohio whereby Americorps
volunteers help with financial education. There is a
cost to the program.
“Maybe we could afford the $3500 to
said Rose, noting the volunteer could possibly be
trained as a foreclosure mediator and could also help
in the office. “We would basically have a full time
employee for $3500.”
According to Brown, Senator Joy
instrumental in beefing up the Consumer Sales
Practices Act. “It’s sad but people had more
protection buying a toaster than a house,” said
Dennis Harrington, of South-eastern Ohio Legal
“We now have people in the state that care
about Monroe County. Maybe we can get some money in
here. It’s a great opportunity. Previously there was a
lot of talk and no action. This is different.”
Empowering and Strength-ening Ohio
People (ESOP) is
an agency that may be of help to people having
mortgage repayment issues. “It’s not always hopeless,”
said Pearson. “Many people establish good
relationships with agencies, work out agreements and
Neuhart noted that programs are being
the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District’s
curriculum. This early education will enlighten a new
generations as to how to be financially responsible
Recently Bruce Zimmer, OSU Extension
his staff presented “Real Money, Real World” which
focused on educating seventh and eighth grade
students. Also Belmont Tech-nical College recently
invited students from the three high schools and the
career center to a similar workshop which dealt with
“Many people have the same problems,
resources are so far away,” said Neuhart.
According to Pearson, there are
seminars be-ing held throughout Ohio which provide
education to residents. It was noted that 91 percent
of those attending one of these seminars take positive
steps in their financial situations and 86 percent say
they have more confidence in managing their money.
Check on line at yourmoneynow.org to find out when and
where the next seminar will be held locally.
Members attending the committee
meeting were: Pandora
Neuhart; Beth Rose; Kiven and Melissa Smithberger,
United County Realty Done Right; Raymond Bauer, local
CHIP program; Bruce Zimmer, Beth Gaydos, OSU
Extension; Kristel Smith, Monroe County Common Pleas
Court; Lance LaFollette, Citizens National Bank;
Beverly Anderson, USDA-RD; Joe Gage, Buckeye Hills;
Dennis Harrington, Southeast Ohio Legal Services.
“If you are experiencing mortgage
problems, feel free
to contact one of the above people,” advised Neuhart.
<Our Readers Write
I am writing in regards to the
Kiwanis Amateur Talent
Contest. This year was the 22nd year for the Kiwanis
Amateur Talent Show. I personally have only been to
the last two years of the talent show, so in a way I
am an amateur on how things work.
Obviously, it’s been going on for 20
years prior to
my attending one and nothing has been said. Maybe
people are content with how it works, but in my
opinion, and a lot of people may not agree with me,
but some do, I think there should be some issues
The day and length of the program is
one. It is on a
school night. Would it not be better to have it on a
Saturday or Sunday afternoon? There are a lot of
grandparents and younger siblings who attend. It can
be tiring to people who are used to being in bed
earlier during the week.
Secondly, I feel the judges should
not be from this
area who know people and names. Also the judges should
hopefully know music well enough to recognize pitch,
tone, chords being played, etc. And last, but
certainly not least, if a person is singing, I feel it
should be done through karaoke only. If a person is
singing along with the artist, how can you hear if
that contestant has talent (hence the name Kiwanis
Amateur Talent Contest) if the only person you are
hearing is the actual artist of the song? You can’t
hear the contestant over the artist so how can you
judge if they have talent? It is unfair to the
contestants who sing solo or karaoke. Anyone can sound
good singing with the artist.
Even though these issues are all only
my opinion, I
hope they will at least be considered and thought
about by the Kiwanis Club.
Yes, we know that longwall does have
sources - so has my farm that, by the way, you said
was my yard. Try the count of six yards. This farm is
I also know what coal those people
own but if you
would read the letter you would see that I also own
the ground on top of the coal and the oil and gas
under the coal. Now you tell me, who owns the most?
They used to mine coal years ago and
whole farms and
homes didn’t fall in.
Yes, we know they have a coal right
as we have well,
land, oil and gas rights. We do have deeds and lease
rights also. As I see it, we have as much rights as
the coal company does.
I understand what you are saying
about water and
home, but if it was your home you would be looking at
it in other ways. I also know how you would feel if
you had lived on the same place for 69 years. I am one
of the farmers that has done just that.
Farming has provided jobs for a lot
of people in this
county and when the longwall miner came under the
farm, those jobs are lost.
I know that Monroe County has fed a
lot of people and
that is not going to last too much longer.
I know that a lot of our food comes
If you can live on rice, coffee and
tea, we have sent
tons of beef, wheat, corn and soy bean to help feed
those countries and some of it may have come from
Monroe County. That is only four things; there may be
a lot more.
I know that the ground does drop up
to six-feet and
that the crops will not vanish forever. But life cycle
is not forever, and by then they will be back to take
out below what you are working in now.
If you want someone to write to
Washington, DC, you
can do that. I don’t know why you are worrying about
gasoline price. As I see it you are making enough
money that you can afford to buy gasoline. As far as
food, you can buy China food. It is not as high priced
as what we grow in Monroe County. You see, farmers in
Monroe County have to pay their help a fair wage.
As far as electric, for what my farm
is worth I can
buy a lot of electric or make my own or if I have a
gas well, I can use gas lights and cook on a gas
stove. We have lived with a lot less.
I know I stepped on your job, but was
not what my
letter was about. It was about what the coal company
is doing to us. As you see, we have had our jobs a
whole lot longer than there has been coal mining
- What is the town going to do
for water when you
take that longwall miner under the town and lakes? As
I see it, if it breaks up the land, they are going to
lose their water and the water lines.
(read the full obituary in the paper)
RAY P. BROWN
Ray P. Brown, 89, Gobles, Michigan,
went home to be
with the Lord on March 21, 2008 at his home. He was
born Oct. 22, 1918 in Graysville, a son of the late
Clarence and Bertha Devore Brown.
V. JOAN PHILLIPS
V. Joan Lingo Phillips, 80,
Greenville, died March
27, 2008 at Heartland of Greenville. She was born Feb.
20, 1928 in Monroe County, a daughter of the late
Maine M. and Cora P. Hickman Lingo. Condolences may be
sent to www.zecharbailey.com.
VERNON A. GALLATIN
Vernon A. Gallatin, 64, 49901 Grizzle
Jerusalem, went home to be with his Lord on March 27,
2008 at Sistersville General Hospital, Sistersville,
W.Va. He was born Oct. 7, 1943 in Canton, a son of the
late George and Leona Pauline Allman Gallatin. Online
condolences may be expressed at
STACY A. DAY
Stacy A. Day, 38, 42459 Mill St.,
Stafford died March
26, 2008. He was born May 15, 1969 at Barnesville, a
son of Harry and Donna Dally Day of Sardis, and Susan
Crawford Day of Woodsfield and her fiance Phil Prue of
New York. Online condolences may be
BERNARD C. DILLON
Bernard C. Dillon, 80, died March 19, 2008, at
Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
WILLIE F. McCLELLAN
Willie F. McClellan, 92, Woodsfield,
died March 29,
Friends were received April 1 at
Home, Woodsfield, where services will be held April 2,
at 11 a.m. www.bauerturner.com.
HALLIE E. SEEBACH
Hallie Elizabeth Ogden Seebach, 90,
passed away peacefully March 30, 2008 at Woodsfield
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long
illness. She was born July 24, 1917 on Bracken Ridge
near Lewisville, Monroe County, a daughter of the late
Frank John and Kathryn A. Knopf Ogden. Sympathy
Virginia Riggenbach, 73, Baptist Rdg.
died March 30, 2008, at Wetzel County Hospital, New
Martins-ville. She was born June 8, 1934 in Wheeling.
Sympathy expressions at www.grisellfuneralhomes.com.
By Denny Easterling
Commit yourself to instruction; atune your ears to
hear words of knowledge.
Listen and be wise. Keep your heart
on the right
I didn’t get to mention last weekend
- perhaps you
know U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson made a trip through
eastern Ohio making several stops answering questions
and reminding folks to submit an income tax form even
if they are not normally required to file a return. As
I understand it is required to receive a check voted
He arrived at the Monroe County
Senior Citizens in
the middle of the Happy Hearts practice session. He
shook hands all around and suggested we start with a
song. A song was suggested and Charlie was given a
notebook and joined in singing with the Happy Hearts.
You’ll never guess the song that was
chosen to be
sung. Charlie Brown, how many of you remember how the
song goes? Charlie Brown - you’re a clown. We had a
lot of fun. Charlie said it made his day.
If you haven’t filed your income tax
form as yet, get
with it as you only have until April 15 to get it
Before I forget it, April is National
Kite Month. I
don’t get around kids much anymore but I can’t
remember the last time I remember seeing a kid flying
You remember old Ben was probably the
kite flyer. Benjamin Franklin on one stormy night on
June 1752 proved that lightning was a natural
electrical current by flying his kite. He had been
experimenting with electricity for a while and thought
lightning and electricity were the same. He made a
kite and attached a metal key near the bottom of the
string. Lightning struck the kite and passed through
the metal key proving lightning was a natural
electrical current. You might say he was fortunate to
fly a kite in a lightning storm. I understand he did
invent the lightning rod.
We knew spring was here and summer on
the way when
kite flying rolled around. We always had kites in the
air during recess and noon hour.
Once a kite got away from us a
couple of us talked
the teacher into allowing us to go get the kite. We
didn’t get back until school was almost over. OK, it
worked once anyway. We even sent messages to our kites
on the kite string.
I remember once I had a brand new
kite, and while
going to the flying field a girl came around the
corner of the schoolhouse on roller skates, bumped
into me and my kite and my kite was busted. I had to
watch others fly their kites. The ones I made from
newspaper never got off the ground. Any wonder I
didn’t care for girls while growing up? I almost
forgot: marble season is close too, although we did
play marbles inside in the school cloak room at times.
I guess kids don’t play marbles anymore.
Last week’s paper had an excellent
report of Charlie
Wilson’s visit; however, I’m leaving my version in as
I had already written Around the Burnside for last
Easter was early this year and in
passing I thought
you might be interested in some facts about Easter you
might have not known.
Marshmallow peeps are popular at
Easter time. In
fact, Americans buy over 700 million of them each
year. The yellow ones are the most popular. Believe it
or not it takes six minutes to make a peep compared to
27 hours in 1953. Don’t ask me how they make them.
You might think Americans buy the
most candy during
the Easter season, wrong! Halloween is first, Easter
second and Christmas third.
Jelly beans land in many Easter
eat 16 billion jelly beans during the Easter season;
add to this 90 million chocolate bunnies and you have
a pile of candy. Why did the Easter egg hide? There
was a little chicken in it.
Can you overdose on basketball? I
think maybe you
can. I’ve lost track of how many games have been on TV
the last few weeks. I’ve managed to watch a high
percentage of them. Then to think about five days
after you read this it will all be over and withdrawal
will set in. I think I have maybe OD’d already as I
turned the TV off and went to bed while there were
four minutes to go last night. I used to check the
thermometer before going to bed; now it’s the rain
gauge. It was 5.5 tenths at midnight, 2.3 tenths of an
inch this morning, and they are still calling for
Knock knock. Who’s there? Boo. Boo
who? Don’t cry the
Easter bunny will be back next year.
Excuse #6: Score cards will be
available for those
who wish to count the hypocrites present.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 141:1-4;
(Tues.) 1:1-2; (Wed.) 1:3-7; (Thurs.) 1:8-10; (Fri.)
1:11-14; (Sat.) 1:15-17; (Sun.) 1:18-21.