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Dec. 10, 2009

~ Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa ~

Sydney Yoho of Woodsfield spent some time with Santa before enjoying a pancake and sausage breakfast at the Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa held Dec. 5. In addition to Santa, Key Club members and Kiwanians, 173 enjoyed the annual event held at Brown Community Center. The breakfast was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Team Monroe and Monroe County Chamber of Commerce with major help from McDonald's, Riesbeck's and Francis Paulus Insurance. Others enjoying Breakfast with Santa may be found on page 6.                       Photo by Arlean Selvy

~ AK Apparel Float Wins First Place ~

Using the tools of their trade, AK Apparel staff members decorated their float with large photos of Victorian homes located in Woodsfield. On the reverse side of the homes was a large print of the courthouse. Dressed in Victorian attire are, from left, Sue Eikleberry, John Forni, Susie Prickett, Asia Prickett and Aries, and Debbie Koehler.    Photo by M. Ackerman 

Woodsfield Christmas Tree Greets Visitors

The holiday season got off to a wonderful start Dec. 5 as former mayor Billy Ricer pulled the switch that lighted the Christmas tree on the square. Enjoying the moment were, from left: Hannah and Hunter Bever of Fly and Brodie Longwell of Clarington.    Photo by M. Ackerman 


Around the Burnside 

When ever you buy anything for a song, watch out for the accompaniment.

A snowflake is one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what many of them can do if they stick together.

Well, it finally happened. I looked outside this morning and sure enough there was snow on the ground, on black Friday at that. I guess Mother Nature decided she didn’t like black Friday and made it white Friday. I think one store called it blue Friday. That sounds about right, when you shop, black and blue Friday. I pass; it ain’t for me. I remember when we hit the stores the day before Christmas hunting for bargains.

Remember the old saying, “If you can’t find it at Rinks, it’s not made in Japan”?

I don’t look around in stores and as a result I miss out on some of the things that come along I might be interested in owning.

For example, I know a person who had to go outside and plug in his Christmas lights every evening. He did this for years in all kinds of weather. The other day he informed me he now has a remote to turn them off and on. Remember when TVs didn’t have a remote? Ten bucks for the outfit. Oh well, I guess it beats clapping your hands to turn them off and on.

As I am writing, deer hunting is well underway. I guess the deer harvest has not been quite up to par, maybe because of the weather. I rode back from Columbus in the rain today. I was really happy to get out of it. I’m not a deer hunter.

We stopped to get a bite to eat on the way home and I talked to a deer hunter who had decided it was time to eat. He said the moon was the reason he hadn’t seen any deer. I guess we have or had a full moon and this got the deer all mixed or messed up. Maybe he’s right. I had a neighbor tell me once I was planting beans in the wrong sign.

Did you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, if you want to call it a parade? To me a float would pull up, stop and someone would sing or make you think they were singing and move on. I think even my new hearing aids are second rate as I could not make out the words of any of the songs. I’d call it screaming or screeching. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy when a band would stop and put on a bit of a show. When I watch a parade I like to watch a parade rather than all the other junk.

Want to know a good Christmas present that will not cost an arm and a leg and will last for years? I’m going to tell you any way and wish I had thought of it sooner.

The name is “Embers from a Storyteller’s Mind” written by Bob Welsh. It is a book of poems; however, it is not your normal book of poems. It is stories in rhyme.

The 50 poems cover a full range of campfire life and history. As some of you will remember, Esther and I were into storytelling and attended the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and were members of OOPS for years.

We listened to a couple of storytellers who were our favorites. We tried to get into their group every time they were telling stories. Didn’t matter if we had heard their stories before.

I have three story poems in this book that are probably my favorites.

“Don’t Judge” and “Recurve Huntin’ Bow” both because of the story and my experiences being in charge of the archery range at FFA Camp. Probably my number one favorite is “The Navaho Code” on Iwo Jima because I was there.

There is one other poem I wish I had thought of using earlier. “Birth of a Hunter,” I wish I had read it to the Hunter Education class I taught recently. I plan to use it if I happen to teach another class. It tells there is more to hunting then just harvesting game. I really enjoy the book. OK, CDs are available if you do not care to read.

With the job market the way it is I read that welding held good opportunities for employment. I also read that the enrollment in agriculture is on the increase in many of the universities. They say related jobs are on the upswing.

Tell me we don’t need agriculture education and active FFA Chapters in our schools.

Who recalls when folks got along without something when it cost too much.

Still plenty of room in church.




~ Autographed Book Donated to River Museum ~
John Bowman, author of A Pictorial History of Wheeling and Ohio River Steamboats, presented the Monroe County River Museum with a first edition autographed copy of his book, which is dedicated to Fred McCabe, museum historian. Bowman plans to visit the River Museum in the future and has agreed to do a book signing event during the 2010 opening. Shown, from left, are Fred McCabe and John Bowman of Wheeling, W. Va. The Museum Committee will meet Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Anyone interested in preserving the river history of this area is invited to attend. For more information, contact Barbara Rush, curator, 740-458-1873.                         Photo Submitted

1927 Urn Stolen from Oaklawn

This one-piece flower urn was stolen from the Whittaker family plot at Oaklawn Cemetery. The urn dates back to 1927. Photo courtesy Norris Whittaker 


“It seems that nothing is safe anymore,” said Norris Whit-taker, Sr. “Little do we think that what we put on the graves of our honored departed ones will ever be in jeopardy.”

An urn standing over four-feet tall was stolen from the Whittaker family plot at Woodsfield’s Oaklawn Ceme-tery sometime during the third week of November.

The Greek style ornamental urn is of one piece, the base portion top portion for planting flowers. The boweled top is three-feet in diameter. The unit is made of either steel or cast iron and is painted silver. 

At the base of the pedestal is a plaque which carries the name Williamson.

The stolen property came as part of a package purchased with a vault in 1927 for the Williamson gravesite.

According to a family member, the family is doing everything in its power to recover the urn. Woodsfield police are also investigating the theft. It was noted by the family member that if the person or persons responsible are found; the hope is that they are brought to account for the act and that no leniency is shown.

If the urn is returned immediately, the family will ask no questions, commented the spokes-man.

It was reported that the urn was pushed over and the dirt emptied out before the memorial piece was lifted into a vehicle. Owners feel it had to be at least two strong men using a truck to carry the urn.

According to a family member, the caretaker at Oaklawn Cemetery commented that she’d seen the urn within a few days of the family’s discovery that it was missing.

Powhatan Appropriations Approved

by Arlean Selvy

Appropriations for 2010 were accepted at the Dec. 1 meeting of Powhatan Village Council, which also discussed a proposed noise ordinance.

The total 2010 appropriation is $2,678,000. According to Clerk-treasurer Lisa Armann-Blue, the amount includes almost $1 million in Issue 2 funds plus stimulus dollars.

Finance committee members said that although appropriations will stay the same, line items are to be reduced by 15 to 20 percent. Asked by Mayor Ryan Lee if the committee had any recommendations for department heads on how budgets will be cut, committee member Jerry Binni said, “The department head will have to make the adjustment. That’s what department heads are for.” He said if the departments run out of money, the committee will have a recommendation at that time. “They won’t work anymore. I don’t know how else to put it.”

Village resident Frank Modra attended the meeting to monitor any progress being made on a noise ordinance proposed to squelch the sounds generated from a bar on north Highway 7. Speaking for the ordinance committee, Councilman Rob Caldwell suggested a time limit might be put on the events held at the bar.

A lengthy discussion was held with no decision made. It was suggested the matter be sent back to committee.

According to discussion, the events held at the bar involve fundraisers - poker runs. Because of the anti-smoking law, music is taken outside onto a deck provided. Several homes are located in the area and several complaints have come before council.

Discussion continued with regard to the haul road located along the railroad tracks off SR7. Complaints about dust have been brought to council and it has been explained that as far as the village is concerned, what is referred to as roadway is only a piece of property. The property was accepted from North American Coal Co. on Jan. 23, 1990. It was used by the company as a dump road to get to the coal company’s gob pile.

Officials reiterated that the village has no money to maintain the haul road as a village street.

Mayor Lee mentioned that council had done nothing with regard to an increase in sewer rates. Noting an increase is an issue with the EPA, he asked if this was going to be done. “The EPA wants both water and sewer rates increased,” he said.

Water rates have already been increased. Council voted against a sewer rate increase when the water rate increase was passed.

In other business, council agreed 5-0 to give village employees a $35 gift card for Christmas. Councilman John Sawyers was absent due to his work schedule.

On the recommendation of Ben Duvall, president, board of public affairs, Randy Saffell was hired to work in the water department. Employment is pending a successful physical examination.

The mayor thanked Brian Hendershot, Ohio West Virginia Excavating, for removing the docks at the marina.

Council entered into executive session at 9:18 p.m. to discuss hiring and the contract of Police Chief Chet Oldfield. 



Tommy Joe Robinson, 71, Woodsfield, died Dec. 3, 2009 at Barnesville Hospital. He was born April 4, 1938 in Stafford, a son of the late James and Edna Dickson Robinson.

He retired from Consolidated Aluminum after 34 years of service. He was a member of the Lewisville United Methodist Church, Stafford Lodge #300 F. & A.M., Osiris Shrine Temple Wheeling, West Virginia where he drove the child transport van for several years, member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Cambridge, American Legion Post #87 Woodsfield, and former president of the Belmont Monroe AFL CIO Trades and Labor Council.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Bigley Clift Robinson of Woodsfield, whom he married Feb. 1, 1991; a daughter, Denise Robinson of Woods-field; a son, Jeffrey (Sheri) Robinson of Lewisville; two step-sons, Mitchell Clift of Woodsfield, Michael Clift of Cardington; a sister, Barbara (Larry) Christman of Stafford; two grandchildren, Colton (Bull) and Chelsea Robinson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Schnee-berger Robinson.

Friends were received Dec. 6 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Dec. 7, with Rev. Gary Fitz-gerald and Rev. Frank Conley officiating. Burial in Stafford Cemetery. Masonic Lodge services were held Dec. 6 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 117 N. Main St., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

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

Sarah Mae Davis Parks, 88, Ashland, formerly of Monroe County, went home to be with her Lord and all that preceded her on Dec. 1, 2009. She was born Oct. 9, 1921 in Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Alfred Lloyd and Inez Odessa Hunter Davis.

She served in the military during WWII. She was a homemaker and a cook for the Benson, Arizona Hospital before retiring and moving back to Ohio.

Surviving are a daughter, Marceia (Dennis) Fortney of Mansfield; a son, Stephen Sr. (Barbara) Waldman of Ashland; three sisters, Evelyn Polen of Wooster, Francis Molina of Wilcox, Ariz., Deloris Jones of Woodsfield; a sister-in-law, Betty Davis of Savannah, Ga.; two grandchildren, Stephen Waldman, Jr. of Ashland, Cheryl Ramey of Ashland; three great-grandchildren, Eric Waldman of Fort Campbell, Ky., Ashley and Casey Unger of the home; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Randy Alan Parks; three sisters, Gertrude Davis, Eileen Yost, Esther Ferris; and six brothers, Jimmy, William, Edwin, Robert, Harlan and Herb Davis.

Friends were received until time of service on Dec. 5 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, near Marr.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, OH 44805-95093.

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

Roger E. Schumacher, 78, Woodsfield, died Dec. 1, 2009 at Wheeling Hospital. He was born Nov. 26, 1931 Thanksgiving Day in Woodsfield, a son of the late Herbert and Stella Bing Schumacher.

He was a livelong member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church of Woodsfield. He was a veteran of the Korean War, was retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation and was a producer of oil and gas wells.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Barbara Yost Schu-macher of Woodsfield; three sons, John (Patricia) Schu-macher of Loveland, Robert Schumacher of Plano, Texas, Roger J. Schumacher of Meridian, Idaho; a daughter, Elizabeth Beauford of Mesa, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Courtney (Brian) Cherry of Chesterfield, Va., Maggie Schumacher of Portland, Oregon, Megan (Justin) Parcell of Cincinnati, Brian Schumacher of St. Louis, Missouri, Spencer and Remington Schumacher of Meridian.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Schumacher; and a sister, Rita Schumacher Singleton.

Friends were received Dec. 4 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 5 at St. Sylvester Catholic Church, Woodsfield, with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Vigil services were held Dec. 4 at the funeral home.

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

Kathryn M. Moore, 86, formerly of Alledonia, died Dec. 2, 2009 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.. She was born Dec. 12, 1922 in Belmont County, a daughter of the late Charles and Jessie Davis Garrett.

She and her husband, Chester, owned and farmed the Scenic Way Farm near Alledonia. She was a member of the Armstrongs Mills Church of Christ. She enjoyed traveling and growing flowers.

Surviving are three sons, Freddie (Janice) Moore, Delmas (Jane) Moore, both of Beallsville, Neal (Debbie) Moore of Alledonia; a daughter, Vivian Burke of Bealls-ville; two sisters, Anna (Paul) Hinderlong of Woodsfield, Helen (Bob) Bullock of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter who will be born in January.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Moore; a grandson, Paul Moore; son-in-law, Bud Burke; two brothers, Wayne and Fred Garrett; and two sisters, Letha Landefeld and Eleanor Stegner.

Friends were received Dec. 4 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were held Dec. 5, with Minister Val Roxby officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

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

Gerald L. Eddy, 92, Woods-field, died Dec. 3, 2009 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born July 4, 1917 in Monroe County, a son of the late Russell and Elizabeth Miller Eddy.

He retired from Suburban Motor Freight in Bellaire.

Surviving are his wife of 71 years, Madalyn Schwanen-berger Eddy of Woodsfield; two daughters, Judith (Frank) Frazier of Lancaster, Carol (Art) Hehr of Woodsfield; a son, Jerry (Judi) Eddy of Pine Hurst, N.C.; a sister, Dorothy Sanford of Moundsville, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren, Jeffery (Joni) Frazier, David Frazier, Brenda (Mark) Spencer, all of Lancaster, Edward Hehr of Antioch, Stephen (Leigh Anne) Hehr of Zanesville, Gretchen (Wally) Cheng of Hong Kong, Craig (Susan) Eddy of Manassas, Va., Chris (Renee) Eddy of Union, Ky., Lisa (Jason) Knapp of Annandale, Va., Erin (Alan) Stone of Louisville, Ky; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Friends were received until time of service Dec. 6 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev. Frank Lehosky officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

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

Audrey E. Stryker Hite, 86, passed away Dec. 6, 2009 at Knox Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 22, 1923, a daughter of the late Harley D. and Ethel Bell Dillon Hall.

She was a member of Fredericktown Church of Christ. She graduated from Graysville High School, and graduated from Mount Vernon Business College. She started working at Olson’s department store in Mount Vernon and then worked at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center, retiring from there on May 31, 1984, after 28 years of employment. Audrey was a very loving and caring person and loved doing things for her family and friends, quilting and traveling.

Surviving are two sons, Dwight (Joan) Stryker of Mount Gilead, Gerald L. Stryker of Bellbrook; a daughter, Polly (Ed) Hartman of Chandler, Ariz.; two brothers, Howard (Trinky) Hall of Cleveland, Vernon (Kathleen) Hall of Reynoldsburg; three sisters, Alberta Winbigler of Alapama, Loretta Stanswick of Florida, Betty (George) Smith of Apple Valley; step-son, Melvin Hite of Pataskala; sister-in-law, Mildred Stryker of Shreve; seven grandchildren, Denton Stryker of Florida, Debbie Burchfield of Gahanna, Scot Thorp of Arizona, Jason Hartman of Florida, Nathan Hartman of Centerburg, Jason S. Stryker of New York, Justin Sean Stryker of Florida; four step-grandchildren, Beth, Mary, Leah and Todd Hite; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She loved her family, Christian friends and all of the wonderful caregivers that helped in her later years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ethel Elizabeth Stryker; husband, Lloyd B. Stryker (1968) and husband, Clarence Hite (1989); five sisters, Veda Keene, Gertrude Smith, Olive Rose, Dorothy Nelson, Violet Turner; three brothers, Harley Hall Jr., Mark Hall, Patrick Hall; and step-mothers, Eva M. Dillon and Mabel Lou Hall.

Friends will be received Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. until time of service at Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, with Aaron Veon officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the American Cancer Society and can be left at the funeral home, 619 East High Street, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

Online condolences may be made to www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

Scott A. Boggs, 40, Sardis, died Dec. 5, 2009 at home. He was born May 17, 1969 in New Martinsville.

He was an ironworker, apprentice instructor and examining board member with Local #549; a Jackson Township trustee; member of Masonic Lodge #374 F & A.M., New Matamoras; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge; American Union Chapter #1 Royal Arch Masons; Marietta Council #78 Royal & Select Masons; Marietta Command-ery #50 Knight Templar; Aladdin Shrine, Columbus; and a Protestant by faith.

Surviving are his wife, Erin Jones Boggs; his mother, Evelyn June Boggs of Paden City, W.Va.; a brother, Brad Boggs of Sardis; a sister, Angela Neilson of Baltimore, Md.; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Boggs; and his father-in-law, Wilbur “Cub” Jones.

Friends will be received Dec. 9, from 4 - 9 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, with Masonic Services at 8:30 p.m., where funeral services will be held Dec. 10, at 1:30 p.m., with Homer Salsbury officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Sardis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dally Memorial Library, P.O. Box 37, Sardis, OH 43946. Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.