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August 13, 2009

Summerfest Car Show Has 29 Entries

A car show was the highlight of the last Summerfest event of the season held on the square in Woodsfield Aug. 7. Two of the oldest cars entered in the show belonged to Clarence Crum, left, and Marc Ring. Crum’s vehicle is a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster.. It’s one of 10 he has restored over the years. Ring’s vehicle is a 1931 Ford Model A pick-up. It took him about one-and-a-half years to restore and paint the antique pick-up. “Clarence has been my go-to guy for technical details since my grandpa passed away,” said Ring. Car show winners included Marc Ring as Best of Show; Ron Pittman, People’s Choice; Rusty Lewis, Mayor’s Choice. Carol Hehr, Pat Lewis, Peg Beymer, Hattie Byers and Ruth Workman, of the Summerfest Committee, appreciate all the support they have received for this summer’s events.          Photo by Martha Ackerman

Controlled Deer Hunt Considered for Woodsfield

by Arlean Selvy

A controlled urban hunt and the purchase of property were major discussions at the Aug. 3 meeting of Woodsfield Council.

Dave Schott of the Soil and Water Conservation District spoke to council on behalf of village residents having problems with deer.

Mark and Margie Yoss, Eastern Ave., told council their property is overrun with deer, resulting in an estimated $1,000 worth of damages to landscaping.

“Harsh language does not work against them,” said Mark Yoss, who indicated the deer pose health hazards, such as the possibility of lyme disease.

The Yosses submitted a petition bearing 45 signatures of residents in all areas of the village.

Schott suggested a controlled hunt during a deer-archery season. He said hunters would have to adhere to hunting regulations and the hunt would take place between Sept. 26 and the end of January. “Just follow regular daylight hours and guidelines,” said Schott.

Because village ordinances ban firearms, bows and arrows, those laws would have to be amended by village council before a hunt could be permitted.

Councilwoman Carol Hehr, a resident of Green St., also expressed concern. She said she has seen up to 17 deer in her yard at one time. She indicated she is in favor of finding a way to control them.

Councilman Bill Moore, of Maple Ave., said he has watched deer come down the hill and enter on the mayor’s property as well as his. He moved that council explore a control hunt for deer and direct the solicitor to look at all legal aspects. Council agreed on a 5-0 vote. Council President Dale English did not vote as he presided over the meeting in the absence of Mayor Bill Bolon.

In another matter, Moore requested and was granted an executive session to discuss the possible purchase of property. After that session, council approved a motion by Moore to purchase the piece of ground at $22,000. The land is located on the north side of the municipal building. The property is owned by Mark Landefeld.

On an emergency basis, council passed an ordinance for ODOT to construct a right turn lane on Lewisville Road at Sycamore St.

Moore indicated he is not pleased and said he feels the state owes the village an explanation as to why the lane is being constructed. “There are a lot better ways to spend money ...” he said.

Village Administrator Jeff Woodell reported approval of a $350,000 OWDA grant which will be used in conjunction with an ARC grant received for the waterline project from Rubel Lake to the water plant. As of August 3, over a mile of the waterline was completed.

Woodell reported the lower dam was about eight-feet low prior to recent rains. He said the dam is now only two-feet down.

In another matter, the administrator reported professional tree trimmers have been hired to trim trees around power lines and to cut down trees located directly under the power lines. 

Woodell asked council’s permission to continue with the project, noting he had authorized the spending of $4,800 so far and about three more weeks are needed to complete the project. It was noted that village crews are also working on the project. 

Explaining the project Woodell said for the past two winters most of the power outages were due to trees in the wires.

On a motion by  Councilman Mike Cox, the project will continue. Hehr suggested an appreciation day for employees and families as well as emergency and fire department personnel and families. She suggested a pool party be held. Council agreed and a date  is to be set.

Councilman Cox commended volunteer firefighters and all others who helped extinguish the recent fire in an apartment building on East Court St.

Cox, a fireman, said he was leaning on a railing at the apartment building and looking down into a stairwell. He said the small area is filled with trash - beer bottles and cans “trash of all kinds,” he said. “I realize there’s been a fire there,” said Cox, noting the owner will have to clean the building, Cox said that cleaning the stairwell can be part of the cleanup.

It was noted there is a village ordinance that  property is to be kept free of litter.

Woodell reported that a representative of Moore’s Music Emporium, Bridgeport, will look at council chambers with regard to replacing the current sound system. The company will recommend a system for the room and submit a quote.

Woodell said he should have the information by the Aug. 17 meeting.

In other matters, Woodell said a traffic light at the intersection of McDonald’s was broken by a tractor-trailer and two new lights have been ordered. The second light at the corner will be stored and used for parts.

Moore reported on what he called “a very humane act” after the East Court St. fire and wanted the person involved to know that at least one individual appreciated a fireman’s concern.

Moore said that after the fire was determined to be out, a firefighter had just removed his protective fire gear when two people, who apparently lived in the building, came to the fireman and said, ‘There’s a little rabbit trapped in the bathroom.’

“Without hesitating the fireman turned right around, and put his gear back on and went up into the apartment and about five minutes later, he brought a little white rabbit to these people,” said Moore. “I watched their emotions.”


Wayt Honored at Democratic BBQ

Carl Wayt, center, was honored in Columbus at the Democratic Spring Banquet for serving 57 years as a Democratic Central Committeeman. He was unable to attend because of his health. The plaque was presented to him at the Monroe County Democratic BBQ held Aug. 8 at the Union Hall in Clarington. Shown, from left, are Herman Zerger, Wayt and John Curtis.Photo by M. Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

Carl Wayt, Democratic Central Committeeman representing Green Township, was honored at the Democratic BBQ held at the Union Hall in Clarington Aug. 8.

Wayt, 93, has served as a committeeman for 57 years. According to Wayt, his brother-in-law, John McCaslin, held the position and when he accepted a state job, he recommended someone else for the position. The chairman at the time was the late Fred Williams. Wayt said that Williams was not happy with the selection and asked him to run. The rest is history. It’s been 57 years with another year or so to go in this term. Will he run again? “One day at a time. Maybe someone will decide to run against me and win,” he said as a smile touched his lips.

Wayt has voted in every election since he turned 21. His first presidential vote, he remembers, was for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third term.

This soft spoken Laings resident was honored in Columbus at the spring banquet held in March, but was unable to attend because of his health. Presenting the plaque at the dinner were Herman Zerger and John Curtis.

The certificate of commendation from Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner reads, “ ... This certificate of commendation is tendered on behalf of the people of the State of Ohio as a small token of their gratitude and admiration for the tireless efforts of Mr. Wayt, a devoted public servant, who has commendably served the people of Monroe County with justice, integrity and care, having inspired great confidence in his ability through his exceptional record of service and for which for 57 years the citizens of Monroe County have placed their trust in him.”

Around 1933 Wayt worked in a CCC camp for a little over a year. He said it is similar to a welfare program. The worker received room and board, $5 and $25 was sent home to the worker’s family.

Wayt worked on the 24 inch pipeline during the war years, he added. He traveled to Oklahoma, Kentucky and New York. When he married Wanda McCaslin, he quit the pipeline and joined the Marietta Labors Local 639. He wears his 50-year pin on his lapel.

Wanda and Carl were married 58 years until her death in 2005. She was sick for a number of years and he took care of her and cooked for the two of them. “Wanda was a good cook,” he said.  He took over those duties and found he liked to cook although he doesn’t do much of it now.

In his union days, Wayt worked on many local projects including the construction of Conalco’s bright mill. They would lay 1,100 yards of concrete in one day, he noted. The bright mill, he explained, rolled and finished aluminum foil.

He worked on the Ormet scrubber system, Remington Rand in Belpre and Muskingum Power Plant in Beverly. “I drove 70 miles to work every day,” he said.

Swiss Hills was another project. “I worked the first day and the last day,” he said. He worked as a foreman on most of the construction jobs. He retired in 1980.


Community Services Guide Available

Monroe County’s Guide to Community Services was distributed to countians in the July 30 Beacon. This valuable resource piece is a must for those seeking information about county, village and township officials and meeting dates, as well as the names and contact numbers for legislators. Listed are the various organizations and churches as well as numbers to call for counseling and assistance. The Guide is available at no charge at the Beacon and various other locations throughout Monroe County. Pick one up; you’ll be surprised at the information provided. Arlean Selvy, publisher, takes a few minutes to look over the annual publication.                         Photo by Martha Ackerman

Riverboat Museum Eyed for Clarington OVCCU Building

Through the cooperative efforts of the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union and the tourism committee of Team  Monroe, plans are underway to establish a riverboat museum in Clarington.

The museum would be located on the main floor of the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union, which is currently utilized as a drive-thru facility only.

“We are currently in the process of pursuing financial and organizational structure for the project,” said Tom Scott, Team Monroe Community Developer. “When the museum opens, it will be a showcase for residents to demonstrate their tremendous passion for the contributions the river has provided to the proud and outstanding heritage that is Monroe County.”

The museum sub-committee of Team Monroe met at the credit union August 3 and appointed Clarington resident Barbara Rush as curator for the proposed museum and Fred McCabe of Hannibal was appointed to serve as the historian. 

Election of officers will be held August 26 when the committee meets at 10 a.m. in the credit union facility.

The Monroe County Historical Society, at its July 29 meeting, voiced its support of the museum project.

“We’re thrilled that somebody else is helping to preserve Monroe County,” said Joyce Wiggins, president of the historical society. According to Wiggins, although there is no monetary support, historical society members are excited about the project and have offered their guidance in preserving and collecting memorabilia for display.

“The credit union building is an excellent site to  locate a riverboat museum,” said Wiggins.

“It’s great the credit union is showing support for the betterment of the county,” said County Commissioner Carl Davis. “The museum will be an asset to the community as a whole.”

Davis was pleased to learn that Fred McCabe will be the museum historian. He noted McCabe has a huge interest in the river and owns photos of many of the riverboats that travel the waterway.

  Once procedures are in place to ensure donated items are properly recorded and accounted for, individuals who wish to contribute artifacts and related items to the museum will be able to do so.  

Our Readers Write:
Dear Editor,
We have a celebrity in our midst. I want to add my voice to many others expressing honor and gratitude to Monroe County WWII veteran, Herman Zerger, Jr., to whom France has awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal.

Zerger and other Monroe County veterans bring honor to our county and deserve our undying admiration and thanks for their service to our nation and to the cause of liberty.

Deb K. Ault Jones

Dear Editor,
Who is going to pay for the taxes that Ormet is being assessed if Ormet closes? The school board treasurer says that the new owners will have to pay them. Just who is going to buy that debt? The county? The county is “You”.

I sounded this alarm for months now.

Our Woodsfield administrator told me not to worry. He said he had a meeting, along with our county commissioners, with the Ormet Plant Manager, and was assured Ormet was going to remain an employer here in Monroe County.

Now, the coal mines are under attack from the Obama administration. I believe he has vowed to make coal too expensive to remain an energy source. Same with oil.

Green is now the rage in the United States with the Obama Administration.

Is the new school buildings going to be just a monument to union power? Unions were the main backer of the school bond and tax levy issue. Well, out of county union workers are going to be repaid, big time.

Ask Larry Elliott who is going to pay for the new schools now if Ormet and our coal mines are forced to close.

Hilbert Ault

Around the Burnside

Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.

About the only thing a person can do on a shoestring nowadays is trip.

Pitty the poor pet rooster. It is being thrown out of its home. This is no ordinary pet rooster. It has been the parade marshall in a parade and has taken part in several activities. It is friendly and enjoys riding around on its owner’s bicycle handle bars. I understand it is also kind of house broken.

Wouldn’t you know; a lady could not stand it or it disturbed her when the rooster did what any red blooded rooster does every morning.

Because of this, she took it to court. The judge ruled in her favor by saying the rooster is livestock and raising livestock is against the law in Miami, Fla. So the poor rooster is out of a home.

I think they’re trying to work things out. I guess Miami allows only dead livestock in town, when you think of all the hamburger joints in town. Honestly, I never considered a rooster livestock even when I was suckered into judging the poultry at the Monroe County Fair 40 years ago.

Forty years ago? I hadn’t given it much thought until I received an invitation to attend a get together of the Skyvue Class of 1969. Hey, this was my first year of teaching at Skyvue. What an experience.

I certainly hope a good number of the 69 class attends the get together. I probably will not remember many of their names as many of them are pushing the big 60. I can remember when I thought a person 60 years old was really old. I’m looking forward to attending this event and listening to all the stories that have grown over the years.

Speaking of school, I read a few days ago what students have to bring to school the first day. No wonder they need a large back pack. I would have never made it. In fact, much of the required stuff wasn’t even around when I started school. For example, paper towels and Kleenex. Well, maybe we didn’t need the Kleenex because if the sap started to run we just wiped it off on our sleeve (still do sometimes).

Yes, I guess we had those small rolls of paper even if we still used the old Monkey Ward catalog at home.

Something important. I understand we will be voting for a renewal tax for the county extension service. It’s important for the youth of our county. We do not want our 4-H program curtailed or maybe lost.

We have already lost our FFA Chapter that was active over many years. Actually, I think the thing that 4-H and FFA does is help our youth learn to do and develop their leadership skills. Isn’t this what we want of our youth?

Along this line, last week’s Beacon again included a picture of Frontier FFA officers who attended FFA camp. Youth in our county do not have the opportunity to attend FFA camp any more. For years we’ve had a group of FFA members attend camp. At times 20 or more members. No more and no one seems to care.

As far as you could see most had an enjoyable time at the recent carnival held in Lewisville. In addition to all the activities, one of the good things about an activity of this type is how folks stand around visiting with friends. We don’t take time to do much of this anymore. It’s also good to see all the folks working together to carry out an activity of this type.

Our Lewisville firemen know how to cook chicken. I gobbled down a half a chicken plus other goodies plus a piece of cake. Didn’t even want a late night snack.

I recall we barbequed chicken at senior 4-H camp for an evening meal. Once we had trouble getting the charcoal to heat up. We held up with supper as the chicken was just starting to heat up. We went on with camp activities after evening vespers. I wonder if they still hold vespers at 4-H camp today? Chicken was ready after vespers.

The campers were a bit hungry by that time but they really enjoyed the meal. One of our counselor’s ate a whole chicken. There was a happy bunch of campers all evening.

We also had an excellent parade. Although I turned my hearing aids of,f there was still plenty of noise. The firetruck drivers did not demonstrate the siren on their trucks all the way along the parade route. I appreciated this.

We even had horses in the parade. What is a parade without horses? Even if they leave a deposit every once in a while. One in front of our house.

Something interesting about this pile. It got flattened out and dried up by cars and hot sun. You could tell the horse had eaten plenty of fiber. I was walking by it the other day and I swear it looked as though there was a dime on top of the pile. I didn’t bother to check it out. What can you buy with a dime? I checked later on and it looked as though the dime was still there, covered up. Today I looked again and everything was flat. Now I’ll never know if there was a dime in the deposit or not. I’m pretty sure the horse didn’t swallow a dime and you can’t buy much for a dime nowadays. When I was teaching at Skyvue, once in a while we would put a quarter on the floor when the students were unloading in the morning. We lost very few quarters.

Did you know Monroe County is the only county in the state without an FFA Chapter?

All of us, at some point in life, need to take advice and to get help from other people.

Church Sunday? Why not try it? 




Sardis School Work to Start Before Powhatan

The first of meetings slated for the first Thursday of each month began Aug. 6 when the Switzerland of Ohio School Board met with project engineers concerning new school facilities.

Gary Balog, project architect, president of Balog Steines Hendricks & Manchester, and Byron Manchester, vice-president, showed drawings of the proposed new buildings and answered questions.

Balog said his firm will start work on the Hannibal-Sardis school project before working on the Powhatan Point school because the site for the Powhatan building has not been finalized.

The plan presented for the Beallsville building features a two-story structure. Asked about a one-story school, officials said the two-story building would not require as much earthwork and would be more economical. The topography and the smaller roof surface were the main economic factors.  At a prior meeting, the project engineer said a two-story school would be a better fit, and also would eliminate having to cut the nearby trees, which make a nice backdrop for the facility. 

All buildings in the district will have geothermal climate control.


James D. Drum, 87, Wheel-ing, died Aug. 5, in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry. He was born April 11, 1922 in Wheeling.

He was the retired secretary-treasurer and part owner of the former C.A. Robrecht, Co. and was an honor graduate of Bethany College and an M.B.A. graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he was a fifty year member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wheeling, where he had been an elder, trustee and 50 year member of the choir.

Drum served as the past-president and director of the Wheeling Association of Credit Management and the former director of Children and Family Services. He also served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, in the Persian Gulf Command on Bahrain Island.

Surviving are his wife, Lois Cox Drum; a son, Dr. David J.V. Drum and his wife Michelle (Herny) Drum of Campobello, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon E. and Sylvia Stephens Drum; a double cousin, Helen Drum Hellstern.

Friends were received Aug. 7 at McCoy-Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling, then received Aug. 8 until time of services at the First Christian Church, Wheeling, with Rev. Maggie Sebastian officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association, W.Va. Chapter, P.O. Box 591, Charleston, WV 25322 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Doris Merckle Schaber, 75, Woodsfield, died Aug. 7, 2009, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born April 5, 1934, in Wheeling, W.Va., a daughter of the late Roy and Jessie Hissom Merckle.

She was a graduate of nursing from Ohio Valley General Hospital and was employed by Barnesville Hospital for many years as a Registered Nurse.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, John Schaber; two sons, Matt D. (Kim January) Schaber of Woodsfield, John Mark Schaber of Columbus; a sister, June (Thomas) Lynskey of Wheeling; three grandchildren, Vanessa, Nathan, Sarah and numerous nieces and nephews.

There was no visitation. Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marietta, 210 N. Seventh St., Suite 400, Marietta, OH 45750. Express condolences at


Maggie E. Smith McLaughlin, 84, Mansfield, died Aug. 8, 2009 at her home. She was born May 7, 1925 in Monroe County, a daughter of the late James and Edith Smith.

She spent her life as a homemaker and had a great love of animals and enjoyed reading and caring for her garden.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph L. McLaughlin of Dayton, David L. McLaughlin of Mansfield; two daughters, Carla Jean (Roy) Clark of Mansfield, Marsha E. (Paul) Juergens of Bellville; four grandchildren, Candice and Jacob McLaughlin, Joseph (Dawn) Clark, Amanda (Brian) Forbes; two great-grandchildren, Lillian G. Forbes, Jacob Joseph Forbes; a brother, Lloyd Smith of Ontario; and a sister, Helen Patton of Mansfield.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos J. “C.J.” McLaughlin; three brothers, Raymond, Ralph, James Smith; and two sisters, Grethel and Frances.

Friends were received one hour prior to funeral services on Aug. 11 in the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, with Pastor Phil Green officiating. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to MedCentral Hospice or Salvation Army.

Online guest registry at www.wappner.com