Barn Mural Features
C. Ruston Baker of Millersburg has completed painting a second
barn in Clarington which features the annual Clarington Sunfish
Creek Festival. The sign can be seen from SR 7 along Apple Alley
in Clarington between the post office and the credit union
Museum). To the right of
this mural Baker painted a directional sign to the River Museum.
The painter has several ties to
County and was pleased to
add his artistic work to the area. He also painted “The Liberty”
barn in Clarington on SR 78 and
Market Street, and has recently
restored some of the murals in
Steubenville. His work can be seen around
Graysville Man Arrested
Monroe County Sheriff Charles R. Black, Jr. reports that a
Graysville man was arrested on April 14 for alleged various
David A. Huntsman, 39, of 38429 SR 26, Graysville, was charged
with one count each of attempted rape, attempted kidnapping and
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of the
attempts from a Monroe
resident around 5 p.m. on April 14. Huntsman was interviewed a
short time later by investigators.
As a result of that interview, Huntsman was arrested and booked
into the Monroe County Jail. He is currently housed in the Noble
Huntsman appeared before
County court on April 21
for a preliminary hearing. Huntsman waived that hearing and the
case will be presented to the next session of the Monroe County
Grand Jury on April 29. To protect the identify of the victim,
Sheriff Black will not be releasing any further information at
First of all, I need to apologize for this thank you note being
so late. It may be late, but I never forget all the fantastic
people that make Warm and Children such a successful program.
For those of you that do not know, Arlean Selvy, co-ordinator of
Warm the Children and managing editor of the Monroe County
Beacon, has retired. Twelve years ago, Arlean came to me with
the idea of Warm the Children, and asked if I would help, and I
said yes. If it were not for the Beaconâ€™s free advertising for
the program and Arleanâ€™s articles, the program would not have
gotten off the ground. Arlean, thank you, for all that you have
done for the program the past 12 years. We will mis you and pray
God will abundantly bless your retirement. The next thank you
goes out to the people who support the program so generously
with their donations. I am positive with Godâ€™s help that the
money we need each year will be donated, in place by the time it
is time to pay our bills, and there always has been. There is
also a great deal of paper work and phone calls involved in
getting ready to go shopping. I cannot thank Teri Majors enough
for all her expertise in this area. Teri was a volunteer shopper
in the beginning, and then made the mistake of asking if she
could help with the paper work. I know her family has to put up
with a lot during the WTC campaign, so Todd, Jamie and Hanna
thank you for your understanding and sharing your Mother during
this very busy time of the year. (Teri even had major surgery
during December, but she scheduled the surgery late in the month
so she could get all the calling finished before her surgery;
(God Bless You). Jamie and Hanna also helped Teri with the paper
work, and we certainly do appreciate their volunteering. The
final leg of the program is the shoppers, and I cannot say
enough wonderful things about them. The shopping involved four
to seven Saturdays before Christmas and six to seven hours each
day. Our volunteer shoppers have dwindled, but as the saying
goes, it is not the quantity but the quality. The terrific
shoppers this year were: Helen Cline, Peg Buckalew, and Patty
Turner. Thanks for making my job so easy and being there on
Saturdays to help the children get their coats and boots.
The Economy Store closed this past year before we began
shopping, but I want to thank Frank and his staff for 11 years
of fantastic service to Warm the Children. Pamida ordered extra
coats this past year so all our shopping was done at Pamida. I
cannot say enough about the staff at Pamida, and how much they
cooperate with Warm the Children. We certainly appreciate all
their cooperation, understanding and help.
There just never seem to be words to express my thanks to
everyone that helps make this program such a success. May God
continue to bless each and every one of you in your lifeâ€™s
In Christian Love,
Taylor Abbott looks on as Annie Glenn,
center, and former astronaut and U.S. Senator
John Glenn, right, autograph the book “John
Glenn: A memoir”, given to Abbott by William
Countians Attend Gala
Honoring John & Annie Glenn
Over 100 guests, including William E. Moore, 20th District State
Committeeman, and Taylor Abbott attended a gala dinner honoring
former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn and his wife Annie
University in New Concord
on Apr. 17.
The event, entitled “John & Annie Glenn: The Celebration of a
Life Together”, helped raise money for the John and Annie Glenn
Museum Foundation. Sponsorships to the event started at $1,000
with some sponsors contributing $10,000 dollars or more.
State Representative Jennifer Garrison spoke of the courage and
sacrifice the couple made to get where they are today.
“I do not know you well ,Senator and Mrs. Glenn, but I know that
you represent what it means to be true American icons,” said
Congressman Charlie Wilson commended Glenn and his wife for
their dedication to each other and to the American people. He
said that their legacy will continue to live on in American
Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher spoke of Glenn’s historic orbit
around the earth and the effect it had on his childhood.
Fisher said,”I have here with me tonight my diary from when I
was a young man. In it I wrote, â€˜Today, John Glenn became the
first man and American to orbit the Earth. At school today, all
of the students and teachers huddled around every radio we could
find to listen to the broadcast.’ Right below this excerpt, I
now have the autographs of John and Annie Glenn. Who would have
ever thought I would get to meet my childhood heroes and forge
an extraordinary relationship with them both?”
Addressing the audience following Fisher’s remarks was Governor
Ted Strickland. In his remarks, Strickland spoke of Annie’s
courage in dealing with a speech impairment and raising the
couple’s children while Glenn quickly became Ohio’s most notable
“We are celebrating greatness tonight. We appreciate John and
Annie Glenn's service to our country. I am honored to know them,
as are people around the country and around the world,” said
Following Strickland, a pictorial presentation, “Where it all
Began,” created by Dr. Lorle Porter, displayed photos showing
the Glenn's devotion to each other, their community, the nation
and the world in which they have lived.
Additionally, a short video, “Out of Silence: The Annie Glenn
Story,” produced by Muskingum University's Dr. Jeff Harman and
Dr. Tom German, told the courageous story of Annie's battle with
stuttering and how she overcame it. The video described the
trauma and hurt experienced by Annie while trying to support her
husband and his new found fame and success.
At the conclusion of the videos, the Glenns received a standing
ovation as they approached the podium. Annie spoke first,
relating a story about how John would break the news to her if
he was about to do something or go somewhere which would cause
her to worry.
“We vowed we would never say good-bye. He would just say,
â€˜Annie, I think I'll go down to the drugstore and buy a pack
of gum.’ We went through a lot of gum,” she said. “Our life has
been one surprise after another.”
Former U.S. Senator Glenn took center stage and said he was
“surprised by all the preparation” for their visit and it was
“nothing like we were told it was going to be.”
Noting the theme, “A Celebration of a Life Together”, he said,
“It has been exactly that. It has never been boring. We have met
so many wonderful people and have been through good times and
Of all the bad times, the assassination of their good friend
Robert F. Kennedy had the most effect on them which the short
video indicated. The Glenns were with Robert and Ethel Kennedy
at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles during the 1968 Primaries. Glenn
was supposed to be on the podium that evening but decided to
remain in the suite with Annie and watch the event on
television. When the cameras captured the shooting, he quickly
ran down to the kitchen area and followed the stretcher carrying
Robert to an awaiting ambulance.
He went on to speak about good times and his public service
saying, “Annie and I are involved in the
School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. We don't teach anymore; we
conduct seminars. It's important to inspire young people. That
is what it is all about.”
Guests to the event were served an elegant three course dinner
catered by Classic Fare.
While they ate, a small orchestra lead by a violinist,
At the event’s conclusion, many guests took turns meeting and
greeting the honored couple. A few wished them good luck and a
“strong tail wind on your way home.”
The Glenns, who live outside of Washington, D.C. in Maryland,
flew themselves to the event in their private plane. Senator
Glenn, at 89, still pilots the plane while Annie, 90, is his
navigator and radio operator.
William E. Moore, 20th District State Central Committeeman,
left, is shown with Annie Glenn, center, and John Glenn. Moore
and the Glenns became friends many years ago while
Moore worked in Washington, D.C.
for Alaskan Senator Ernest Gruening.
Around the Burnside
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no
attention to criticism.
Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can
Except for the pros, basketball season is over. I forgot to
mention one of my gripes when I quit writing about basketball.
In my opinion, which no one pays any attention to, the three
point goal has changed the game and basketball is not the same.
I watched too many players who just dribble down the floor and
throw up a three.
On the other hand, if your team has a player or two who can drop
in half or more of their three-point shots, you have it made. My
team has a player who might drop in eight three pointers in one
game and one out of eight the next game. I watched him score 40
plus points in a tournament game in high school.
I sometimes wonder. I read and hear
is going to spend billions of dollars on road construction and
repair, resulting in thousands of jobs. This is great! Now that
they have quit patting themselves on their backs for this
accomplishment, will they have enough blacktop left over to put
a top on Rt. 78 from Lewisville
to the Noble County line? Anyone who travels this
strip of road knows it would really be an improvement. You bump
along and, all of a sudden, it’s smooth sailing. You are in Noble County.
Travel the other direction and when you hit the bumps, you’re in Monroe
What to eat? You hear all the time you are eating too much fat,
way too much salt and tons of sugar.
I remember when Dad would put our hams and shoulders in salt
brine to cure. Yes, Mom had to soak it before she fried it. It
seems to me it tasted mighty good, even the sop gravy was really
good. It was kind of a contest who got to the sop gravy first.
Is that what they call “eatin’ high on the hog” Talk about fat.
I also remember our canned sausage had a white layer at the top
of the can. Was that white stuff fat? We really had good sausage
because dad always ground up the tenderloin in the sausage.
Then the fat that was trimmed from the hog was rendered into
what we called lard. I don’t know how you could get any fat
fatter than that. How long we fed corn to our hogs determined
how much lard we had.
If I remember Mom did fry a lot of the food we ate. She would
put a splat of lard in the old iron skillet to keep it from
sticking. When she had it, she would use bacon grease. Now I get
a blurb on the internet that goes in to detail how dangerous it
is to use bacon grease. Potatoes and onions fried in bacon
grease still are good eating.
Wow, writing about all this good food I’m really getting hungry.
During the winter our old cows cut down on their milk
production; then we only had enough milk for some of our best
customers. Mom always said, “You have to eat oats because they
stick to your ribs.” Because of this I had oats almost every
morning. I would pile on the sugar and eat away. In fact, I
never liked milk on my oats.
I almost forgot. After the lard was rendered, we had kracklins.
Now I never liked to eat them but I had friends who would eat
them almost like popcorn. Even bring kracklins to school in
their lunch. Could kracklins be called fat free fat?
Now those who know or tell us they know have hit how bad our
school lunches are. In fact, they have gone so far as to say
that our school lunch program in our schools are a threat to our
national security. I think it’s because they have determined the
school lunch programs are causing our students to become obese.
This is the politically correct word for fat.
Now when I went to school we had no lunch program. We all
carried our lunch in a bucket or a paper sack. I still remember
our lunch period on the warm spring and fall day, sitting under
a big shade tree eating our lunch. We usually didn’t sit long as
we gulped it down and were off in some type of activity,
softball, touch football or what have you. You should have seen
our lunches; we never traded.
Now I ask; how could most of us eat the way I described and
still grow up and be called by some the “Greatest Generation”? I
don’t believe what and how we ate had much to do with it. Today
some think our diet back then was the worst possible. Maybe more
later of my opinion or thoughts.
You know you’re in a redneck church if: The final words of the
benediction are “Y’all come back now, ya hear.: (Not a bad idea
I almost forgot; don’t you really like the color pictures on the
front page of the Beacon?
Kirt Sloan, Riesbeck's manager, and Nikki Baker, 4-H Endowment
Committee member, are ready to serve sausage and ribeye
sandwiches on April 30. The event is staffed by Riesbeck's
employees and 4-H Endowment Committee members. This annual event
will be held 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Woodsfield Riesbeck's
parking lot. Photo
Firing Up the Grill for
Where can you get a tasty grilled sandwich and help a good cause
at the same time? In the Woodsfield Riesbeck's parking lot,
that’s where. On Fri. April 30, Riesbeck's will be having their
Spring Sausage and Ribeye Sandwich Sale from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Riesbeck's employees are joining forces with the Monroe County
4-H Endowment committee to raise funds for the local 4-H
Endowment Fund. The price includes chips and a beverage (pop or
Each year, the 4-H Endowment Committee works to raise funds
which are invested with The Ohio State University Development
Fund. According to Beverly Armstrong, chairperson of the 4-H
Endowment Committee, “As the balance of the 4-H Endowment grows,
the yearly dividends we receive grow as well. The Monroe
4-H Endowment has currently received contributions totaling over
$60,000 and our yearly dividend for 2010 will be approximately
$2,500.” These funds will be used for a variety of beneficial
projects including: college scholarships, state fair
scholarships, community service grants, 4-H camperships and
personal development scholarships. There are nearly 600 youth
and volunteers involved in the
Monroe County 4-H Program this year.
Riesbeck's employees will be staffing the grills and preparing
the sandwiches. Other food donations for the event have come
from Conns Potato Chip Company of Zanesville, Nickels
Bakery, Caito Foods and Pepsi. Last spring the sale raised
$3,000 for the 4-H Endowment. Over the past six years,
Riesbeck's has helped the 4-H Endowment raise over $16,000
through this fundraiser. The 4-H Endowment Committee greatly
appreciates all the work and dedication of the Woodsfield
HERMAN J. BURKHART
Herman J. Burkhart, 89, Woodsfield, died April 22, 2010
at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born April 3, 1921 near
Temperanceville, a son of the late Anthony and Rose Hughes
He was a member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church of Woodsfield,
Knights of Columbus, St. Francis Society, Barnesville Elks Club,
and the Moose Lodge of Woodsfield, and was a former member of
the Woodsfield Village Council.
He had worked for Timken Roller Baring, Conalco Corporation, was
a former deputy sheriff, former owner of the Corner Grill in Malaga, and was a car salesman for Caldwell
Motors, Simmons Chrysler and Knowlton Ford.
Surviving are his daughter, Marlene (Frank) Yonak, Jr. of
Centerville; three sons, Donald (Marlene) Burkhart of
Malaga, Gary (Victoria) Burkhart of Woodsfield, Terry
(Carol) Burkhart of Hillsborough, N.C.; eight grandchildren,
Arla (Marvin) Potts, Todd (Niki) Burkhart, Ty (Lacey) Burkhart,
Scott (Jayme) Yonak, Kyle (Laurie) Yonak, Tracy (Ron) Bober,
Carmen Burkhart and Chad Burkhart; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Hilda Butler Burkhart Feb. 2001; two brothers, Frederick
L. Burkhart, Charles Burkhart; and three sisters, Clara Miller,
Margaret Nau and Marie Miller.
Friends were received April 25 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 26 at
St. Sylvester Catholic Church, Woodsfield, with Rev. Fr. David
Gaydosik officiating. Burial in the Church
Cemetery, Knights of Columbus and
Vigil services were held April 25 at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
JOHN R. PITCHER
John R. Pitcher, 76, died April 22, 2010 at
Morristown, NJ. He was born in Martins Ferry, having
lived in Woodsfield before moving to Dingmans Ferry in 2005.
He attended West
on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1955. He was a U.S.
Army veteran serving during the Korean War. He was the MIS
Manager at Airolite in Marietta for 10 years
before his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed playing basketball and
watching his children and grandchildren play sports.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia Todd Pitcher; two sons, David
Pitcher of Skillman, NJ, Daniel
Pitcher of Central Jersey; daughter-in-law, Julie Pitcher of
NJ; two sisters, Lois (Homer) Stephens of
Martins Ferry, Margaret Ann Humphrey of
Grove City; and two granddaughters, Sara and Rachel
Pitcher of Hillsborough, NJ.
Cremation was private. Graveside services at
Cemetery in St.
Clairsville will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Hagan-Chamberlain Funeral Home,
Bound Brook, NJ.
TERRY L. ROTH
Terry L. Roth, 34,
133 Gladys Lane,
formerly of Woodsfield, died April 22, 2010 in Dothan, Ala.,
following injuries received in an accident. He was born July 6,
1975 at Bellaire, a son of the late Terry L. Trigg and Vera
Schumacher Roth of Lewisville.
He was a steelworker for Sabel Steel Service, Dothan, Ala.;
was a Protestant by faith. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and being
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his step-father, John
Roth of Lewisville; a son, Austin Lail of Wooster; two sisters,
Veronica (Rick) Groves of Woodsfield, Florence-jean Roth of
Lewisville; a step-grandfather, John R. (Ruth) Roth of Dover;
paternal grandmother, Eileen Trigg of Armstrong Mills; two
nephews, Wyatt and Ethan Groves of Woodsfield; and several
aunts, uncles and cousins.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by maternal
grandparents, Bernard and Florence Schumacher; step-grandmother,
Jean Roth; paternal grandfather, William M. Trigg and a cousin,
Cara Goddard Baker.
Friends were received 2-9 p.m. April 28 at Watters Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held April 29, at 11
a.m., with Paul Ferguson officiating. Burial followed in
Cemetery near Woodsfield.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.
“Sonny” Schafer, 61, Alledonia, died April 25, 2010 at his home.
He was born April 23, 1949 near Alledonia, a son of the late
Herman and Inez Wheeler Schafer.
He was a member of the
a retired employee of Ohio Valley Coal #6 Mine near Beallsville,
a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, and a member of
American Legion Post #768.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Shirley Yost Schafer; two
sons, Frank Schafer of Bellaire, Trenton (Rachel) Schafer of
Beallsville; a daughter, Crystal Schafer of Alledonia; and four
grandchildren, Tyler and Garrett Schafer and Elaina and Klay St.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an
infant sister, Sarah.
Friends were received April 27 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville, where funeral services were held April 28 with Kim
McFarland officiating. Burial followed in Belmont Ridge Cemetery
near Beallsville with full military honors.
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.