~ 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
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
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
When ever you buy anything for a song, watch out for the
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
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
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
“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 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
Still plenty of room in church.
Autographed Book Donated to
Bowman, author of A Pictorial History of Wheeling and Ohio River
Steamboats, presented the
Museum with a first
edition autographed copy of his book, which is dedicated to Fred
McCabe, museum historian. Bowman plans to visit the
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
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.
1927 Urn Stolen from
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
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
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
Cemetery commented that
she’d seen the urn within a few days of the family’s discovery
that it was missing.
by Arlean Selvy
Appropriations for 2010 were accepted at the Dec. 1 meeting of
Powhatan Village Council, which also discussed a proposed noise
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
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
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
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
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,
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
SARAH MAE PARKS
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
before retiring and moving back to
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
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central
Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland,
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
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
Center.. She was born Dec.
12, 1922 in
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
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. HITE
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
She was a member of Fredericktown Church of Christ. She
graduated from Graysville High School,
and graduated from
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
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
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,
Online condolences may be made to www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
SCOTT A. BOGGS
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
Memorial contributions may be made to Dally Memorial Library, P.O. Box 37, Sardis, OH 43946.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.