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August 5, 2010






Ohio Valley Community Credit Union, in observance of its 50th anniversary, hosted a Health Fair July 28 in Clarington and Woodsfield. Shown, from left, are Sherry Raber, Stacey Schultheis and Robyn McGuire, OVCCU employees. 
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Air Evac Lifeteam landed near the Woodsfield EMS building July 28 to take part in the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union -sponsored Health Fair. Those attending the health fair received a close-up look at the helicopter.  Photo Submitted 

OVCCU Sponsors Health Fair

The Ohio Valley Community Credit Union sponsored Health Fairs in both Clarington and Woodsfield July 28 in a ‘Pay-It Forward Venture.’ The credit union celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has planned several events to give back to the community for its support of the credit union.

“We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the people in this community,” said Robyn McGuire, OVCCU Human Resources and Marketing Manager. 

With more events starting Aug. 9, McGuire noted that the credit union has already sponsored Community Shred Day and a Pet Food Collection for animal rescue in an effort to give back to the community. 

Among those participating in the Health Fair were Barnesville Hospital, AirEvac Lifeteam, Monroe County Health Department and WIC, Westwood Landing, Gas Cards for Cancer Patients, South-eastern Med and Monroe County Care Center.                           

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Ohio. Monroe County WIC appreciates the vital role doctors and hospitals play in the establishment of breastfeeding. Shown, from left, are Monroe County Health Commissioner Linda Dick and Donielle Flynn, CLC, breastfeeding peer helper.                          Photo Submitted

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month (BAM) in Ohio. Governor Strickland is urging all Ohioans to support breastfeeding. 

According to Linda Dick, MSN, Monroe County Health Commissioner, this year’s BAM theme, “Breastfeeding– Just 10 Steps! The Baby-Friendly Way,” focuses on the 10 evidence-based hospital practices that support new mothers’ breastfeeding intentions. Monroe County WIC appreciates the vital role hospitals and doctors play in the establishment of breastfeeding. 

Healthcare facilities that have instituted all the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are certified as “Baby-Friendly” hospitals. Currently, in Ohio there are three certified Baby-Friendly hospitals. Breastfeeding provides better health outcomes than formula feeding for both the mother and baby. Exclusive breastfeeding for six months, beginning with the hospital birth experience, is the ideal recommended by pediatricians.

Upon hospital discharge, mothers need support within the community. Monroe County WIC is pleased to serve as a breastfeeding resource in Monroe County and encourages local hospitals and healthcare providers to refer their breastfeeding mothers and babies to their services.

Monroe County WIC looks forward to partnering with the local doctors’ offices during BAM as it celebrates the steps already in place and as it works together on a plan to implement those steps that still need to be put into practice.

For more information about breastfeeding, call Donielle Flynn, CLC, Breastfeeding Peer Helper at the WIC office at 740-472-1833.

World War II veteran Bill Lance enjoyed an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. recently. Lance, who served as a platoon sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, is shown in front of the Marine Corps memorial in Washington, D.C.        Photo Submitted

Bill Lance Enjoys D.C. Honor Trip

Another of our local veterans was honored with a trip to Washington, D.C. recently. Local resident Bill Lance entered the Marine Corps in 1942 and was sent to San Diego, Calif., for boat training; then to Camp Pendelton, Calif. for training with tanks.

He was sent directly to the South Pacific and became a platoon sergeant with Co. A, Sixth Marine Division. He served 36 months and never received leave or furlough. He saw action at Guadacanal, Guam and Okinawa.

His tank fired the first shots on Agat Bay Beachhead  during the invasion of Guam. His unit received the Presidential Unit Citation. Lance earned another Presidential Unit Citation, the Purple Heart and other medals during his military service.

While attending a craft show, Lance was wearing his Marine Corps  Veteran ballcap. A man asked Bill if he was in World War II and learning that he was, the man told Bill about the Honor Flight from Colum-bus to Washington, D.C. It gives World War II veterans the opportunity to visit the memorial and other sites in the nation’s capital. The man told Bill that if he was interested in going his company would be his sponsor. The man sent him an application and Bill was notified his trip was scheduled for June.

Lance joined 31 other veterans on this trip of a lifetime. They visited WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Korean Memorial, Air Force Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Ceme-tery.

When the group arrived back in Columbus and entered the airport terminal, approximately 300 people including five Color Guard units that formed an honor guard, cheered and applauded the World War II veterans.

If any World War II veteran is interested, Lance has an application for the Honor Flight. For information, call Lance at 740-472-1349.


~ Service Guide Available ~

The 2010 Guide to Community Services was distributed to countians in the July 29 Beacon. This annual publication is filled with pertinent information about the county. “The service guide has so much good information,” said Ruth Workman, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce secretary. “It’s a great place to get the names and addresses of township trustees, the county’s population, school information, post office zips and phone numbers. It’s quicker than going into a phone book. I send it to anyone expressing an interest in locating in Monroe County.” The service guide is distributed by the Beacon, the Chamber and through local real estate agents. “It’s a wonderful resource for anyone living in the county as well as new residents,” said Martha Ackerman, General Manager/Editor of the Monroe County Beacon, which publishes the glossy cover, 40-page book. “We’re very proud of this informative resource and thank the many advertisers who make it possible. “This year the index of  advertisers is categorized for the reader’s convenience,” said Ackerman.                                           Photo by Taylor Abbott

Lee Township Selected for $300,000 Grant

Monroe County Commis-sioners learned that Lee Town-ship has been selected to receive the 2010 federally funded $300,000 Neighbor-hood Revitalization Grant, which is dispersed by the state. According to Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension, she received the call Aug. 2 telling her Lee Township has scored in the top10 and will be receiving the funds.

Activities funded through this grant will be: a new roof and HVAC system for the Sardis VFD fire station, turnout gear and jaws-of-life for Sardis VFD, a blood pressure monitor and stair chair for the Sardis E-Squad and 4-wheel drive and GPS upgrade for the new Sardis E-Squad vehicle; pave a parking lot at the newer facility of the Dally Memorial Library; purchase materials to replace the roofs on the restrooms/picnic pavilions at the marina; replace sidewalk near the newer facility of the Dally Memorial Library; replace a bridge on Lee Township Road 919 and repair a road slip on Wood Street; replace two fire hydrants and install a coin-operated water fill station.

Brake told the board that Monroe County is now up to current standards for a 911 system with the state of Ohio.

The $400,000 project began with an application for a $39,000 grant from USDA Rural Development in December 2006. He noted that half the project was funded by grant monies. 

More on the 911 system next week.

David Kuhn, EMS coordinator, met with the board to discuss the EMS contract which has been extended to Sept. 7, 2010.

The board went into executive session before lunch with no outcome to report.


Around the Burnside  

True friendship is like good health. The value of it is seldom known until it is lost.

Old age is like a car; paint can conceal the exterior, but the lines reveal the age.

An afterthought - almost every week I have an afterthought after I’ve turned in my copy or do not have room. Last week I had one. I mentioned the methane gas expelled by cows. I got to thinking, I watch “Dirty Jobs” on Discovery every so often. Wouldn’t it really be a dirty job to measure the methane gas from a herd of cattle? I really wonder how they do measure it. Maybe measure one cow and multiply by the number of cows. Oh well, I really don’t need to know.

Some times one little thing just bugs you. Have you ever had one little fly buzzing around in the house and it seems to enjoy landing on you and won’t stop? This kind of fly is really quick as greased lightning. It is almost impossible to swat. What a good feeling when you finally get the job completed and you are free. Then before you know it another little so and so is flying around.

Maybe you don’t get a fly in your house but one sneaks in our house every so often. Talking about flies. I had an interesting experience when doing my second quarter of student teaching. We were assigned several students to visit at their homes.

As we were sitting around the kitchen table their pet pig came smashing through the screen door into the kitchen. I guess the pig didn’t want left out.

They were kind of embarrassed but it really didn’t bother me as I had seen pigs before but never in the house. I assume now they had more than one fly in the house.

I visited this family several times during my stay and had dinner with them one Saturday. All she fixed was backbone, soup beans and corn bread. What a meal. I hadn’t eaten a meal like that since I was a kid at home. I really pigged out.

Had a nice little quarter of an inch of rain yesterday evening. It will keep the grass growing, as if it needed help.

I don’t know about our lawn. We have about everything growing in it except grass. Creeping Charlie, clover, two kinds of yellow flowers and now grass that you can almost sit on the deck and watch it grow.

I see it in several lawns and I haven’t the slightest idea of what kind of grass it is. It is very green, not too thick and stands tall. I was away from our lawn about three days and in some spots it was six inches tall. One good thing about it is it mows very easy and doesn’t pile up too high. I guess you just have to keep mowing and grin and bear it. Actually it’s kind of fun if you wait until the sun is just about down when you start.

Guess what? I found the perfect clock for Esther and me or anyone else reaching the golden years. I saw it advertised in the American Legion magazine. I think it was. It is a clock that tells you the day of the week, not the time of day. I thought it neat. I did think I might order one but the $39 price plus shipping and handling just didn’t seem worth it. I’ll stick to the old calender that’s messed up with doctor appointments.

Did you know the professor discovered his theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground and when you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall?

My Topsy Turvey isn’t working like the one I see on TV. I said earlier, if I got one ripe tomato I would display it at the fair. I have a bumper crop of four tomatoes hanging down on the vine, everything else is growing up. Iris had all kind of bloom but they all fall off and do not form a tomato as they should.

I said it wrong. Plants do not grow toward the light.  I learned this as one of the first things in class at OSU. To say a plant grows toward the light gives it a human trait and that just ain’t correct.

I’m really not sure why they turn toward the light because it’s been nearly 64 years since I learned this and I forget. It is either because the cells on the darker side of the plant grow larger or the cells on the bright side grow faster. I really don’t care because plants in southeast Ohio still grow toward the light. I got a B in the course.

It’s nice to have a neighbor who brings produce to your door. We received some blackberries you won’t believe. Big as your thumb or larger and six ripe tomatoes. The next evening a bag of fresh picked green beans. Esther snapped and cooked them right away. I’m not supposed to eat a lot of green stuff because of the rat poison I’m taking. I did load up on the green beans as my blood test isn’t for three weeks, so maybe it won’t hurt. They were really good.

Final note: You cannot borrow your way into prosperity.

Seventy-four plus churches in the county would welcome you.


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Roger D. Ewers, 69, Fly, died July 26, 2010 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Aug. 6, 1940 in Browns-ville, a son of the late Eugene and Thelma Stacy Ewers. He was a former employee of the PCA in Rittman, and a member of the Brownsville Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife, Geneva L. Evans Ewers of Fly, whom he married Nov. 9. 1957; 3 daughters, Dianna Ewers of Sardis, Sandra Felton (Chuck Williamson) of Fly, Kelly (Rob) Stottlemire of New Matamoras; brother, James (Eva) Ewers of Creston; two sisters, Ellen (Ray) Ebert of New Martinsville, Evelyn (Ted) Potts of Sardis; 16 grandchildren, Jake (Heather) Felton, Jr. of Fly, Roger David Ewers of New Martinsville, Josh Ewers (Michelle Riggenbach) of Wheeling, Brent Stottlemire of New Matamoras, Mitchell Stottle-mire of New Matamoras, Johnthan (Tammy) Broemsen of Woodsfield, Joenath Broem-sen (Shana) of Woodsfield, Jeremy (Patty) Broemsen of Woodsfield, Amanda Ewers of Lewisburg, W.Va., Stacie (Kevin) Arnold of Dennison, Marcia (Terry) Ridgeway of New Matamoras, Jessica (Chris) Toothman of New Matamoras, Meleah (Jonathan) Morgan of Fly, Telah Ewers of Fly, Kayla (Terry) Dunn of New Matamoras, Breanna (Wilbur) Dunn, Jr. of New Matamoras; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Ronda Jean Ewers July 26, 1973; and a son, David Lee Ewers April 3, 2002.

Friends were received July 28 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services were held July 29, with Homer Salsbury officiating. Burial was in Mehrley Cemetery near Fly.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

Norman G. (Fizz) Beardmore 
Norman G. (Fizz) Beardmore, 71, Graysville, died July 31, 2010 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born April 25, 1939 at Harriettsville, a son of the late Harley R. and Lorah I. Day Beardmore.

He spent most of his life as a heavy equipment operator for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #18. He loved spending time with his friends, family and especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed truck and tractor pulls, mechanic work, fishing and listening to country music being played by friends and family.

Surviving are his wife, Florence Stark Beardmore; six daughters, Debbie (Rick) Ramage of Senecaville, Sheila (Troy) Todd of Beverly, Joann (Jack) McNabb of Beverly, Lorah (Matthew) Porter of Philo, Brenda (Shane) Samp-son of Fleming, Janet (Curt) Barth of Lowell; 15 grandchildren, Jack (Heather) Hupp, Jr., Richard Ramage, Judson Ramage, Keara Ramage, Kayla (Blair) Binegar, Troy Todd, Jr., Nathan (Johanna) McNabb, Derrick McNabb, Ethan Porter, Lindsay Porter, Alexander Porter, Cory Samp-son, Danielle Samson, Mitchel Barth, Jacey Barth; Steve “Kojak” Novaks, whom he thought of as a son; and two sisters, Wanda Hostutler of Rex Mills, and Linda Moore of Summerfield.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Waldine Hender-shot Beardmore; three brothers-in-law, Larry Stark, Dean Stark, Charles Moore; and three sisters-in-law, Elda Stark, Hazel Stark, Norma Stark and Catherine Mayo.

Friends were received Aug. 3  at McClure-Schafer-Lank-ford Funeral Home, Marietta, where funeral services were held Aug. 4. Burial was in Stafford Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home at 314 Fourth St., Marietta, OH 45750, to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Glenward E. Griffith
Glenward E. Griffith, 87, Woodsfield, died July 24, 2010 after a short illness. He was s on of the late John and Ella Craig Griffith of Monroe County.

He moved to Columbus where he worked and lived after serving in the U.S. Army during WWII and uniting in marriage to Edith. He worked for many years at Columbus Showcase and on the maintenance staff at the Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware, as a painter where upon his retirement in 1985 the students bestowed upon him the title “Rev. Glen Griffith, Master of Divinity,” honoring his friendship and maintenance ministry. He was known for his love of gardening and the large gardens he grew in Delaware and at the farm near Woodsfield. He was always giving the bounty of his gardens to seminary students, neighbors and those in need. Upon retirement he moved to his farm and was an active member at the Moffett-Fletcher United Methodist Church, the Monroe County Water Board, and other activities within the county. He loved the farm-life and enjoyed pointing out the names of the many trees as he took his grandchildren on hikes.

Surviving are his two daughters, Christine (Robert Heuser) of Denver, Colorado, Rebecca (Dennis Sparks) of Charleston, W.Va.; a son, Glen Griffith (Martha Maxwell) of Eugene, Oregon; loved greatly and missed by his grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Elizabeth (Eric Oppenheumer) from Denver, and their two children Kinley (5) and Waverly (19 mo.); Micah Sparks (Mica Cogar) from Delaware and their two children Coltin (4) and Sierra (2); Matthew Russell (Lori Salazar) from Denver and their two children Isaac (6) and Isaiah (14); Daniel Sparks from Delaware and Justin Griffith (Marsha Gore) from Delaware and their new baby, William; and Miles Griffith (6) from Eugene.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Alicia Ann in 1961; his loving wife, Edith Reed Griffith in 1978; sisters, Eunice Cummings, Mildred Truax, both of Columbus; brother, Charles Floyd Griffith of Marietta.

Friends were received July 27 from 6 - -9 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Services were held July 28 at Moffett-Fletcher United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dennis Sparks officiating and Martha Potts organist. Burial was at Moffett-Fletcher United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Moffett United Methodist Church’s Cemetery Fund or the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund.

Mary Hartley 
Mary Hartley, 84, resident of Emerald Pointe Nursing and Rehab Center, Barnesville, formerly of Beallsville, died July 19, 2010 in Barnesville Hospital. She was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Liverpool, England, a daughter of the late Leo and Mary Brennan Campilla.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Miltonsburg.

Surviving are a son, Raymond (Debbie) Hartley of Warren; two daughters, Cheryl Imperata of St. Clairsville, Andrea (John) LaRoche of Bellaire; three sisters, Ann Preston, Jean Buckley, Win Furr; a brother, Leo Campilla, all of Liverpool, England; six grandchildren, Steve, Scott, Kim, Sherry, Eric, Megan; two step-grandchildren, Cody, Cole; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Hartley; two sons, Ken and Tim Hartley; and a son-in-law, Jim Imperata.

Friends were received July 23 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, followed by a funeral liturgy with mass celebrated with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Miltonsburg. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, c/o 334 South Main St., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.