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August 27, 2009

 The Woodsfield Emergency Squad has a new home in the same location. A four-bay, 36x92 foot building replaces the 30-year-old structure which was razed Aug. 21.

30-Year-Old EMS Building Razed 

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

After 30 of housing the Woodsfield Emergency Squad, the building was razed last week. The old 32x76 foot building was constructed in 1979 for approximately $12,000. 

According to Dave Kuhn, president of Woodsfield E-Squad and county EMS coordinator, the new four-bay, 36x92 foot building cost approximately $230,000. Final building inspection is set for this week and the squad will be moving in after the Monroe County Fair. It’s the same location, but the new building sits back from Lewisville Road a little farther than the previous building.

A $70,000 loan from Woodsfield Savings Bank and building fund money, raised from squad runs, financed the construction. “No grant monies were involved,” said Kuhn.

The new building has a lounge, two offices, a kitchenette, two restrooms and a meeting room.

Woodsfield utilities have been working at the location. “We’ve had excellent cooperation from the Village of Woodsfield,” said Kuhn. “When we call, they are here the same day.” 

Contractors for the construction  of the new building included from Woodsfield: Schumacher Construction, Yoho Construction, Winkler Drywall, Fetzer’s Carpet, Woodsfield True Value, Christman Supply; Stalder Concrete, Yontz Excavating; Barnesville: Wilcox; Sardis: Dennis Miller, Benchmark, Swiss Valley Associates; New Martinsville, W. Va.: Bee Electric; Rittman: Hilty Repair; Marietta: Metal Tech.

An open house has been set for Oct. 17. Watch the Beacon for more information.

Local Women’s Shop Closes
Economy Store Will Be Closing Soon

The Economy Store, located on South Main Street in Woodsfield, will be closing its doors soon. The store was originally a paint and wallpaper store, which expanded into women’s clothing. 

Local resident Sharon Kress shops the going out of business sale at the Economy Store, located on Main Street in Woodsfield. The store has been in owner Frank Smithberger’s family for over 60 years.

Photos by Martha Ackerman 

by Martha Ackerman Staff Writer

“It’s been a hard decision to make,” said Frank Smithberger. 

The Economy Store, which has been in Smithberger’s family for over 60 years, is closing soon.

The Economy Store is the last remaining store of its kind in Woodsfield. Gone are the days when the village had the women’s clothing stores like the Rosemart, owned by Rose McDermott and Martha Graham; Virginia’s Dress Shop, owned by Virginia Paulus; and the Economy Store.

“I have a lot of good memories and I was able to make a living with the store. I’ll miss the people. They aren’t just customers; they are all good friends.”

For many years, the Economy Store has been an integral part of the community. The Economy Store club program had approximately 200 members, who paid $2 a week for 25 weeks. It worked out as a savings plan with a chance to win a bonus amount. “I always participated in Frank’s clubs,” said Karolyn Sapp, former Chamber of Commerce secretary. “When I was working and needed something nice, I just stopped down and found an outfit. I liked the Tribal brand. It was a good way to have clothes money.”

“What a God-send Frank Smithberger and his employees at the Economy Store have been to Warm the Children,” said Pandora Neuhart, program coordinator and Monroe County Auditor. “If it were not for the Economy Store, the ... see the Monroe County Beacon for the rest of the story



Monroe County Junior
Fair Queen & Princess

Monroe County Junior Fair Queen and Princess were crowned after the parade Aug. 24. Chosen to reign over the week’s festivities were, from left, Queen Cassie Amos, daughter of Frank and Jessica Amos of New Matamoras, and Princess Rikki Decker, daughter of Shannon and Rick Decker of Malaga.                            
Photo by Martha Ackerman

Team Goes from Bottom to Top

Members of the Trailblazers Relay For Life team went from the team raising the least amount of money with $1,500 in 2008 to first place in 2009, raising $10,000. Earning the Platinum Award this year were team members, from left: Julie Jones, Sharon Kress, Anita Howell, Jennifer Landefeld, April Parden, Todd, Karen and Tanner Potts, and Shirley Brown. They are shown with Budrow the Penguin, which helped them achieve the platinum status.          Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

The Trailblazers Relay for Life team has been busy the past year. Their efforts paid off at the 2009 Monroe County Relay For Life event held at River High School July 31 and Aug. 1.

Team members, Jamie, Anita and Isaac Howell, Clem and Sharon Kress, Jennifer Landefeld, April Parden, Greg and Shirley Brown, Ted and Evelyn Potts, Julie Jones, Todd, Karen, Zac and Tanner Potts and Pam and Bill Shockley, earned platinum status. The team sponsored fundraisers throughout the year to raise over $10,000. They went from being the last place team, raising $1,500 in 2008, to the first place team in 2009.

According to team captain Anita Howell, fundraisers were held throughout the year. With a goal to make platinum again next year, a car show is planned for Oct. 10 at Rubel’s Park. There will be a fall craft show held in conjunction with the car show.

Last year’s car show, “Blazin’ the Trail For a Cure,” brought 30 car registrations to Rubel’s Park. There was a food stand, 50/50 drawing, drawings, trophies, t-shirts, oldies music, door prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets were sold for a month-long drawing with winners awarded gift cards. The Fall Harvest of Music was held at River High School in October. Dinner and show or just show tickets could be purchased. Cross Roads band entertained the crowd.

There were two craft shows hosted by the team, one in November, the other in April.

The team sold wooden roses and hosted a basket bingo at St. Sylvester School. Approximately 70 tickets were sold and there was a food stand, country store, raffle and Special Horizon of Hope items were sold.

A sub lunch of PJ’s pizza subs were sold and, of course, the team sold many luminaries in honor or in memory of loved ones.

Budrow the Penguin, dressed in his Mardi Gras gear, made his way around Woodsfield to put the team in platinum contention. When residents found Budrow on their doorsteps, they made a donation to have the penguin removed from their yard or to have it removed from their yard and placed in someone else’s yard. “Budrow created a lot of talk around the town and everyone had fun with him,” said the team captain. “Keep an eye out for next year’s mascot dressed in Relay gear.” 

Property Purchase Approved For Powhatan Elementary 

Action was taken at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio School Board to approve the purchase of property in the Powhatan Point area and for timber removal at Beallsville’s new school site.

Confirmation was received from Maria Reynolds, real estate agent, Sulek & Dutton, St. Clairsville, that a farm on Mt. Victory Rd., Steinersville has been selected as the site for Powhatan Elementary. She said the farm is “a shade over 50 acres.”  Larry Elliott, district superintendent, said the land is being purchased from Robert L. ‘Bo’ Putsock for $185,000.

“We did an exhaustive search,” said Elliott. “This property meets all our needs and is within our budget.”  Noting the property is fairly flat, Elliott said 19 to 20 acres of the property is very flat. “The architect is pleased,” he added.

Although Elliott said work could start on the Powhatan project within a month, he said it’s up to the construction manager whether the Powhatan school or the Sardis/Hannibal building will start first.

According to Elliott, core drilling was expected to be done this week at the Powhatan site. Drillings have been completed for the Monroe ... see the Monroe County Beacon, August 27 edition, for the rest of the article

 Around the Burnside

The first step in reducing is away from the refrigerator.

Giving your best today is a good recipe for a much finer world tomorrow.

Here it is Thursday already; how fast time flies when you're doing nothing. I’ve become an expert at doing nothing, although the calendar does not seem to have many blank spaces come the end of the week. When the Joe Pie weed blooms it’s about time for school to start again and our County Fair is half over already. Where did the summer go? I wish the winter would move on as fast. Why complain? If we were in charge we’d probably make a mess of it. Washington might be a good example.

I mentioned last week in the ’20s and ’30s Sears had a do-it-yourself house catalog. Yes, you could buy a house and do-it-yourself. You had the choice of a fancy house or one not so fancy. You received a shipment of approximately 35,000 pieces, all numbered, and a 75 page instruction book to tell you how to put it together. Wouldn’t that be a lot of fun? I guess some of the houses are still in use today.

I understand some of them included the block needed. If not, you could buy a mold and make your own block. Sounds like more fun.

I hope those of you who complained we haven’t had enough hot weather this year are satisfied. Our air conditioner yelled for help couple of days.

I recall when we kept our hall door propped open and the large door in the back of our shop open. This tended to suck some of the cool air down our way. I guess this problem will be taken care of in our new schools. We had to keep an eye on some students who wanted to stand in the hall doorway all the time.

Have you ever skipped a rock on water? I don’t know why but kids seem to like to throw something. I remember once I threw a walnut at one of our cows. Hit her square in the eye, of all places. Dad wondered what made her eye water like it did. I told him she must have gotten some weed seed in her eye. She didn't lose her eye.

I also remember sneaking a golf ball of my brother’s out to the backyard. I got to wondering what would happen if I hit it with a club. I had a club about the size of a ball bat. I tossed up the golf ball and took a mighty swing. Would you believe; I hit it square on. The ball went into the air and took off out of sight behind some trees. Scared the heck out of me. I had no idea it would fly that far. I never did find that golf ball.

I watch the Andy Griffith show quite a lot. I guess seeing Opie picking up a stone a couple of times reminded me how I liked to throw rocks and other things.

I used to tell the kids I hunted rabbits when I was a kid by throwing rocks at the rabbit. I also said I had to throw left handed because I tore them up too much if  threw right handed.

I mentioned skipping a rock on water. I don’t know why I wanted to do this. My problem was we didn't live close enough to water to skip a rock.

The little stream that went through our place didn’t have enough water to skip a rock although I tried often enough. You might get one skip and maybe two if you were lucky. When I went to the lake to go fishing with my brother-in-law, I couldn't throw stones because it would scare the fish away. I couldn’t really understand why because we never caught many fish, most of the time none. He was the most patient person when in a boat, fishing and catching no fish. I just enjoyed being out in the boat even if I couldn’t throw stones. Now I would not even try. I leave the stone bouncing to the kids. My throwing anymore is what they call off speed.

We hear about a lot of ATV accidents throughout the year. I can understand why. The other day I was driving down the road when ahead of me a young man on an ATV pulled out of a road, never stopped, turned in the opposite direction and came toward me with the front wheels in the air. I don’t know if he was trying to impress me or what. He was out of luck; I don’t impress that easy. I even observed a young man going out a field with two side wheels in the air. I wasn’t impressed. My old mule tom couldn’t do all these things when I was young so I missed out. Even if I fell off we were not going very fast although hitting him across the ears with my cap acted a little like a gas feed.

What would you think if you walked by or sat in your easy chair and it started talking to you? You might say, “Shut up! or “Take off” or think someone is playing a joke on you. Yet, every so often on TV an ad will have a chair or some piece of furniture talk to someone. I don’t know how the intelligent ad writers come up with such an impressive ad. I guess I missed something along the line. I think I would be impressed more by seeing someone sleeping in a big easy chair. Of course, I’m not overly impressed by any ad on TV except it does offer a bit of time to attend to other things like getting something from the fridge or going you know where. I do miss my favorite where the little dog sings “There may be fleas on some of you guys but there ain’t no fleas on me” or something like that. Makes me want to run out and buy some flea powder, if I owned a dog.

What ever happened to our FFA Chapter? Gone but not forgotten. Has it gone where the good clunkers have gone?

If at first you don’t succeed, read the instructions.

The fall season is starting at Church; better hurry.



Beverly J. Roberts, Louisville, died Aug. 19, 2009. She was born in Lewisville.

She retired from Timken Company in 1995 after 26 years of service. She attended Canton Temple of Praise, enjoyed ceramics, shopping, spending winters in Florida with her husband, Gary, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her loving husband of 22 years, Gary Roberts; daughter, Karlene (Darrel) Dolhun of East Liverpool; mother, Eleanor Conner; step-son, Gary (Brenda) Roberts of Massillon; two step-daughters, Pam (Vinnie) Caruso of Buffalo, N.Y., Kim (Gary) Pacer of Buffalo; 10 grandchildren, David and Samantha Roberts, Toni and Vincent Caruso, Tyler, Alex, Emily and Bradley Pacer, and Mackenzie and Tannar Dolhun; a brother, Joe (Kathy) Conner of Mineral City; a sister, Patty King (Chuck Block) of North Can-ton; and beloved dog, Max.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Conner.

Friends were received Aug. 21 at Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel and one hour prior to services on Aug. 22, at Canton Temple of Praise, with Pastor Tony Cooper officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Aultman Hospice, 2821 Woodlawn Ave., NW., Canton, OH 44708.

Condolences may be expressed at www.reedfuneralhome.com.

James A. Thompson, 59, Windham Twp., died Aug. 5, 2009, at his residence. He was born March 22, 1950 in Warren, to the late Arnell and Annebelle Havens Thompson.

He was a carpenter/truck driver for Tim Yoder Construc-tion in Middlefield. He was a member of the Garrettsville Eagles and cherished spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Johnson Thompson of Wind-ham Twp.; a son, James (Jody) Thompson, Jr. of Caldwell; two brothers, Maxwell (Sissy) Thompson of West Virginia, John (Barbara) Thompson of Nelson; four sisters, Elda (Leon) Clutter of W.Va., Wanda (Don) Wiegert of Clairdon, Pauline (Tom) Kline of Florida, Joann (Ron) Gingerich of Bloomfield; four grandchildren, Hannah, Haley, Shannan and Skylee Thomp-son, all of Caldwell; former wife, Elaine Kenny.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Bruce and Robert Thompson; and three sisters, Bernice Hill, Linda Smith and Vesta Hamrick.

The family will celebrate Jim’s life privately.

Arrangements were entrusted to Mallory-DeHaven-Carl-son Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Garrettsville.

Lloyd C. “Foxy” Dailey, 87, Woodsfield, died Aug. 19, 2009, at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. He was born May 8, 1922 at Woodsfield, a son of the late John and  Bertha Elizabeth Bonham Dailey.

He was a retired assistant manager of the former State Liquor Store, Woodsfield; a member of the Woodsfield Church of Christ, Woodsfield; and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Yellowstone National Park. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, outdoorsman and also enjoyed pitching horseshoes in his spare time.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Willison Dailey, whom he married July 21, 1945; two daughters, Sue (James) Hooper of Woodsfield, Bonnie (John) Giesy of Loudonville; a son, Jerry (Wanda) Dailey of Pickerington; four grandchildren, Kurt and Todd Hooper, Beth Evans, Kimberly Dailey; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Luther, Lester and George Dailey; and three sisters, Lavada Hooper, Bessie Parker and Nellie Galliher.

Friends were received Aug. 21 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Aug. 22, with Sam Bartrug officiating. Burial followed in Antioch Cemetery, Antioch.

John L. Betts, 80, 33720 Fantasy Lane, Lewisville, died Aug. 20, 2009, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta. He was born Sept. 21, 1928, at Batesville, a son of the late John Erza and Sylvia Irene Chase Betts.

He was a retired insurance agent from John Betts & Associates and Perry County Mutual Insurance; former employee of Farm Credit and A.O. Smith Harvestor. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Batesville; a member of the Guernsey Lodge #632, F.&A.M., Cambridge; a member of the Valley of Cambridge; a member of the Shrine and a member of the Good Sam Camping Club Pioneer Sams #49.

Surviving are his loving wife, Judy Ball Kilburn Betts, whom he married July 12, 2005; two daughters, Jane (Craig) Zezeck of Morgan-town, W.Va., Joyce Ann Betts of Marietta; two sons, John Raymond (Joyce L.) Betts of Freeport, James A. (Jenifer) Betts of Marietta; a step-daughter, Sherry Lynn (Denson) Wright of Ellenton, Fla.; a step-son, Bryan (Christine) Kilburn of Lewis-ville; two brothers, Cecil (Ila Jean) Betts of Batesville, Jack (Judy) Betts of Shell Knob, Missouri; a sister, Annabelle Kelley of Mason; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Twila Ball of Caldwell; eight step-children; 21 step-grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren from a previous marriage.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by  his first wife, Louella Eileen Foraker Betts on May 22, 1982; and a grandson, John Allen Betts.

Friends were received Aug. 23 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Aug. 24, with Pastor Richard Cox officiating. Burial followed in Friends Cemetery, Quaker City.

Masonic services were held Aug. 23 at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.