High winds played havoc with this house on SR78 at the east
side of Woodsfield. The tin roof was blown off both sides. Note
you can see blue sky through the rafters.
“We fared pretty well on this one,” said Rick Schuerman,
coordinator of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency.
Although thousands of people were without power in some
counties, Schuerman reported Monroe County
had a few outages in Bethel and Washington townships.
Power stayed on in most places and outages were sporadic.
“Damage was minimal,” he said, noting only downed trees and
Schuerman said the only damage known to a structure was the
rental on SR78 East, Woodsfield, owned by Dennis Conrad.
Transformer Authorized for
by Arlean Selvy
Woodsfield Village Council at its Dec. 7 meeting authorized the
purchase of a 750 KVA transformer to be placed at
Center. The unit is needed
to accommodate the assisted living quarters under construction
at the care center. The cost to the village is $11,400.
In a separate matter, Floyd Longwell, Supt., Municipal Power,
said a he received a request from the care center to move
electric lines for construction on the assisted living
According to Longwell, permission must be obtained from county
commissioners for a right-of-way for the lines. He said the
care center is to pay moving the lines.
Longwell reported one of the power plant’s diesel engines is
being repaired. The cost is about $7,400.
Terry Comstock, Supt., water plant, reported that carbon has
been installed into the filters at the filtration plant.
Concern-ing a recent waterbreak at the water plant, he said a
spare motor has been installed and the damaged motor sent away
to see if it can be repaired.
Comstock commended the dedication of his team as they worked on
a water leak on South Main Street.
In an aside, Comstock noted the work done by Jeff Woodell as
village administrator. “The work done over the last two years
has saved [the water] utility for you,” he said.
Council will meet Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m.
If you must speak ill of someone, write it in the sand at the
If people didn’t say anything unless they knew what they were
talking about, a ghostly hush would fall upon the earth.
I really enjoy the cold, windy weather along with a bit of snow
now and then. Nothing like it! April fool - who am I kidding? As
long as I have electric and the furnace is working I can really
enjoy sitting in my easy chair and complain about the weather. I
even had my winter tires mounted on our car in order to try to
keep it from snowing. I doubt if it works. It never has.
Kind of funny though, I don’t recall disliking winter so much
growing up. We just made the best of it and I’d say enjoyed it
for the most part. Remember playing fox and geese? We could even
throw a snow ball once in a while. Oh well, kids today just
don’t have the fun we did growing up.
I had a fellow tell me a few days ago their Thanksgiving turkey
was so tough that when they put it in the oven it blew the pilot
This time of year is when you think about things gone by and how
they affected your life or something you’ve done and wondered
For example, does anyone put icicles on their Christmas tree?
For years this was the last thing we did when we decorated our
tree. Sometimes we threw them toward the top of the tree.
Lot of fun.
I recall setting the table on Christmas eve with a few cookies
or something to eat for Santa. The next morning we each had a
present on our plate.
Another thing that has been part of my life is group camping. It
started years ago when I was a 4-H agent in
County. They’re called
We divided the campers into Indian tribes. We closed each
evening with a campfire and each tribe participating. I even
rented an Indian chief headdress for each chief. I have some
fond memories from around the campfire. I know they have
excellent 4-H camp now-a-days but the time around the campfire
with Indian tribes is hard to beat.
When we moved to
County and I started
teaching at Skyvue, I caught the fever again. I soon found out
FFA camp was an excellent experience for FFA members.
In fact, one year we bootlegged pop out the back door of the
shop and made enough money to take a good number of FFA members
to camp that year.
Happy to say we continued taking members to camp until the last
few years, as we seem not to have an FFA chapter any more.
Believe it or not, it’s a small world. A reader told me the
other day he was attending a farm organization meeting. I think
it was in Cincinnati. He said he met and was talking
with a fellow and my name came up. I kind of wondered why. The
man was John Davis, a person who had influenced my life along
When our paths first crossed, John was a State Supervisor for
Vocational Agriculture and director of FFA camp, a job his son
Todd is presently doing. At that time Todd was a kid running
around camp getting into everything.
Advisors attending camp were assigned various duties during
camp. I really had it made the first few years I attended camp.
I was in charge of the dinning hall. All I had to do was see to
it the runners got the tables ready for each meal and cleaned it
up after the meal was over. We had fun at times with what we
called ORT. Between meals I was free to do as I pleased. I
spent a lot of time in the craft shop and walking around camp
sticking my nose in here and there.
This all ended one year when John said to me, “Denny, you are in
charge of the archery range.” Wow, what I knew about archery was
when a kid I tried to make a bow with a limb and binder twine.
We had a few bows, a few arrows and shot them into the end of
big round bales. An advisor who knew archery helped me and the
archery bug bit me. I was stuck on the archery range every year.
With help and support, an excellent archery range was developed
at camp. We shot thousands of arrows over the years.
I recall John saying a long time ago, “Denny, you can come to
camp anytime you want.” I must have taken it to heart as I was
on the staff for over 100 FFA camp sessions. My grandson Phil
was along as my right hand man during many of the sessions.
Sometimes you have to be silent in order to be heard.
Football doesn’t start before church Sunday
Our pet cats on
are being trapped and taken out of the country and abandoned to
starve to death.
These are not feral cats, but the loving pets of the
neighborhood, especially children. They were fed tuna fish every
day. Ten cats did not wander into the neighbor’s yard but were
baited with tuna into the neighbor’s trap.
We were eye witnesses. When asked where she was taking them, she
said to a “dairy farm.” We saw one of our cats in her trap and
took it out. She screamed “I will get it again.” We asked again
where she was taking them. She screamed, “That’s for me to know
and you to find out.”
The trapping is still being done. On Sun., Nov. 8, Romeo was
taken. In such cases of animal cruelty other cities punish the
perpetrator. (See The Columbus Dispatch, June
25, 2009). In Woodsfield this cruelty is condoned by the
officials of the village.
Casey, Romeo, Juliette, Snow Ball, Cassidy, Lillian, Meow-meow,
Pepeto, Patches and Squee did nothing to deserve to starve to
death. Cats are not disposable property. Since when is death the
proper penalty for trespassing?
This cruelty must be stopped.
Village Searches for Administrator, Increases Parking Violation
Woodsfield Village Council agreed at its Dec. 7 meeting to
advertise for a village administrator. Action was also taken
with regard to an increase in parking fines, the purchase of
equipment for the television cable system and moving a patrolman
to full time.
Council agreed unanimously to advertise for a village
administrator. Information will be posted in-house and out.
According to Mayor Bill Bolon, applicants should have a grant
writing background, computer skills, be able to manage a budget,
oversee many departments and interact with employees.
final reading of a proposed ordinance to increase fines for
parking violations was passed on a 6-0 vote.
According to the document, the last modification of the
ordinance was in 2003. For parking meter violations, the fine
has increased to $3 if paid within one week of the citation;
after one week the fine is $10. A person who fails to pay after
one week from the citation date is guilty of a minor
non-meter violations such as illegal parking, disregard of a ‘no
parking’ sign, car headed in the wrong direction, expired
registration, the fine is $10.
McPeek of Woodsfield Municipal Cable spoke to council about the
mandated system testing done annually by the Federal
Communica-tions Commission. He said if the village has its own
equipment, the testing can be done in-house.
According to McPeek, the FCC Proof of Performance testing was
done last year at a cost of $3,800. The cost of a Stealth Meter
to do it in-house is $3,500 .
“It’s great for troubleshooting,” said McPeek.
Council authorized McPeek to purchase the equipment. He said it
will take four to six weeks for delivery.
an unrelated matter, McPeek said he’d received several requests
for High Definition programming. He noted an e-mail from a
company which wants to do a plant assessment with regard to HD.
McPeek was directed by the mayor to find out the cost of the
assessment and report back to council.
McPeek told council members that the number of subscribers has
increased to nearly 1,000.
Council adopted a resolution supporting the 2010 - 2024
Southeast Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management Plan.
Although the vote was 6-0. Councilwoman Carol Hehr said she’d
vote ‘yes’ but that she doesn’t exactly approve of it. She
explained that places like Antioch, Hannibal,
Beallsville and Malaga
are all losing their recycling.
the recommendation of Police Chief Chuck Hamilton, Josh Erlab
was advanced from a part-time patrolman to full time patrolman.
Erlab moves from $9 per hour to $10.35 an hour. He replaces
Delmas Stewart who retired in September.
action was taken following an executive session requested by
Solicitor Bill Frank to discuss imminent litigation.
• Council granted employees Dec. 24 off with pay. A safety
meeting is scheduled for noon Dec. 23 at the firehouse. Pay
checks will be distributed to employees attending the entire
request was received from the Ohio Liquor Control Board for a
Class B permit for Dick’s
Center. Council has the
authority to hold a hearing on the request or allow it to pass
without a hearing. They opted not to have a hearing on the
Sunshine Girls, VFW Ladies’
Auxiliary Donate ~
The Sunshine Girls of Sunshine Apartments in Woodsfield teamed
up with the Woodsfield VFW Post 5303 Auxiliary to make Christmas
a little brighter for needy children. Dozens of toys, from teddy
bears to make-up for the older girls, were collected. They will
all be delivered in time for Christmas morn. Shown, from left,
are, kneeling: auxiliary member Bonnie Pfeffer, Sunshine Girl
Linda Bacon, auxiliary member Toni Elliott; standing: auxiliary
members Sherry Wilson and Carol Jones, Sunshine Apartment
manager and auxiliary secretary Sunny Weddle, Sunshine Girl Elma
Walton, Sunshine Apartments services coordinator Jodee Lude and
Sunshine Girl Janet Perzel.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Silent Auction Proceeds Benefit
The items, an electric train set, two Christmas trees with
ornaments, a lighted church and a stereo, are part of a silent
auction at the SOMA Thrift Shop. Some of the items are shown in
this window. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to benefit
the SOMA Food Pantry, located at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. According
to manager Ronda Piatt, 12 percent of county residents benefit
from the food pantry. Two weeks of each month, the first and
last weeks are designated as “bag sale” days at the thrift shop.
The silent auction will end Dec. 21. SOMA Thrift Shop is open
Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every other Friday
until 4 p.m. such as Friday, Dec. 18. Stop by the SOMA windows
to view the silent auction items.
Photo by M. Ackerman
BBB Cautions Against Giving Information to Census
With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business
Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious so
as not to become a victim of fraud or identify theft. The first
phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun
verifying the addresses of households across the country.
Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count
every person in the
and will gather information about every person living at each
address including name, age, gender, race and other relevant
The big question is how to tell the difference between a U.S.
Census worker and a con-artist.
The BBB offers the following advice:
• If a U.S. Census worker knocks on the door, they will have a
badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a
confidential notice. Ask to see their identification and their
badge before answering their questions. However, never invite
anyone unfamiliar into the home.
• Census workers will soon be knocking on doors in Monroe County
to verify address information. Do not give a Social Security
Number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if
they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.
• Remember, no matter what they ask, residents really only need
to tell them how many people live at the address.
• While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial
information, such as a salary range, you don’t have to answer
anything at all about your financial situation. The Census
Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account or credit
card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one
asking for that information is not with the Census Bureau.
• And remember, the Census Bureau will not work with ACORN on
gathering this information. No ACORN worker should approach
anyone saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.
• Eventually, Census workers may contact residents by telephone,
mail or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not
contact anyone by e-mail, so be on the lookout for e-mail scams
impersonating the Census.
• Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail
that is supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For more advice on avoiding identify theft and fraud, visit:
IDA L. BURGA
Ida L. Burga, 97, Barnes-ville, died Dec. 10, 2009 at
Barnesville Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 23, 1912 in Guernsey County,
a daughter of the late Arch and Sarah Buchanon Bunfill.
She was a member of the
Church and United
Surviving are two sons, Junior A. Burga of
Canton, Gene E. (Alice)
Burga of Salesville; a daughter, Connie (Guy R.) Johns of Mt.
Olivett; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 20
great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and five
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Brady A. Burga (8/23/1997); two brothers, Oscar and
John Bunfill; four sisters, Verna Edgell, Edna Faber, Effie
Montgomery and Elsie Ward; and a daughter-in-law, Molly (Davis)
Friends were received Dec. 12 at Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral
Home, Barnesville, with Rev. Virginia Geiger officiating. Burial
followed in Crestview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Guernsey or Somerton United
Condolences may be made at
LUCILE E. DALTON
Lucile E. Dalton, 84, formerly of Beallsville, died Dec. 7, 2009
at Scioto Community
was born Nov. 5, 1925 in
Tennessee, a daughter of the late
Arvie and Carl Edwards.
She worked as a teacher, beautician and a bookkeeper. She was a
member of the First Christian Church of Beallsville. She enjoyed
many, many years of tending flowers, gardening, feeding
hummingbirds, and watching her grandchildren grow.
Surviving are four daughters, Becky Perkins of Reynoldsburg,
Melissa Coffey of Shelbyville, Tennessee, Emily Dalton of
Columbus, Kimberly (Brent) Tisher of Lewisville; a son, Victor
(Deb) Dalton of Beallsville; two sisters, Lenis Frerichs of
Vonore, Tennessee, Lillian Witt of Logansville, Georgia; a
brother, Joseph “Bud” Edwards of Madisonville, Tennessee; five
grandchildren, Tony (Steph-anie) Perkins of Pleasant Hill,
Calif., Chris (Nicole) Coffey of Lewisburg, Tennessee, Jasmine
Dalton of Beallsville, Ramsey (Amy) Tisher of Massillon, Cameron
Tisher of Josephine, Pa.; five great-grandchildren, Tyler,
Jordan, Bryce, Hannah and Landon.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Bryce Dalton; an infant brother, Cecil Edwards; and a
grandson, Jeff Perkins.
Friends were received Dec. 9 until time of the funeral service
at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, with Wayne Clark
officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.
ESTHER L. WARD
Esther L. Phillips Ward, 95, died Dec. 11, 2009, at the home of
her son, Marvin. She was born July 6, 1914 near Beallsville, a
daughter of the late Harry and Ada Taylor Phillips.
She lived in the house in which she was born all of her life,
except for the last few weeks. She was a wonderful wife, mother,
grandma, aunt, and friend to all. She was a member of the
and attended services as long as her health permitted.
Surviving are a son, Marvin (Betty) Ward of Beallsville; a
daughter, Marlene Butts of Ozark; a grandson, Jay Ward;
granddaughters, Cynthia Ward (Alan Mead); Vickie Ward;
great-grandchildren, Jordon, Jaymi and Taylor; special friends,
Steven, Paula, Tracy and Trisha Eikleberry; her caregiver,
Connie Brown; several nieces, nephews and many friends; also her
special little dog, Lady.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Ralph W. Ward, who died Dec. 7, 1971; a son, Donald H.
Ward, who died July 25, 2002; a grandson, Eugene Ward, who died
March 14, 2004; a son-in-law, Robert ‘Tom” Butts, who died Nov.
24, 2005; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn L. Ward, who died Sept. 28,
1997; and a sister, Beulah Gibbons, who died Sept. 1, 2005.
Friends were received Dec. 13 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville, where funeral services were held Dec. 14, with
Donald Thompson officiating. Burial followed in
Online condolences may be sent to www.harperfh.net.
VIRGINIA M. BOUGHTER
Virginia M. Boughter, 69, Ashland,
died Dec. 12, 2009 at Grant Medical
Center, Columbus. She was born Aug. 16, 1940 in
Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Francis and Josephine Hughes
She had been employed at the National Latex for numerous years
in the printing department. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge
Auxiliary and a longtime former member of the Ashland Volunteer
Surviving are her husband, Robert L. Boughter, whom she married
Dec. 12, 1959; they were married for 50 years and she died on
their wedding anniversary; a daughter, Sheryl L. (Steve) Edwards
of Ashland; two sons, David (Billie) Boughter of Ashland, Steve
(Sharon) Boughter of Lexington; six beloved grandchildren,
Steven Edwards, Misty Edwards, Robert H. Boughter, Sarah
Boughter, Zachary (Lisha) Lewis, Army Sgt. William (Alexandria)
Vaughn, who are expecting, and she was really looking forward to
the birth of her first great-grandson; a great-granddaughter,
Madison; a brother, Harry G. Mehler of Antioch; and numerous
other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a
daughter, Debbie Shearer; two sisters, Mary Greer, Margaret
Mehler; a brother, Bernard Mehler; and an infant brother,
Friends were received Dec. 15 at Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral
Home, Ashland, where services were held Dec. 16,
with Rev. James Cassidy officiating. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of her daughter,
Debbie Shearer to the Ashland County Cancer Association,
380 E. Fourth St., Ashland,
Condolences may be expressed to www.dpkfh.com
Chauncey Vernon Mobberly, 84,
300 Lawton Rd., Marietta,
died Dec. 11, 2009 at St. Joseph’s
Hospital, Parkersburg, W.Va.
He was born July 16, 1925 in Woodsfield, and was the only child
of the late Erret Gale Mobberly and Millia Letha Cline Mobberly.
He was a longtime resident of New Matamoras and had lived in the
historic yellow house home from 1948 until Oct. 2009.
He was a Protestant by faith and a member of the Church of Christ.
He spent his childhood years in Graysville. He graduated from Graysville High School
in 1943 and attended
University where he
majored in journalism and authored several short stories for
OU’s student newspaper. Following his freshman year, he was
drafted into the U.S. Army and completed his basic training at
Ga. and served there until he was
honorably discharged at the end of WWII.
Upon returning to civilian life, Chauncey and his father were
partners in several business enterprises including a taxi
company (Marietta Cab) and a general store (Red and White) in
Old Washington. In 1948 they embarked upon a new adventure when
they acquired a contract to deliver mail for the U.S. Postal
Service from New Matamoras-Rinard Mills-Graysville twice daily.
Chauncey retired in 1992 and made lifelong friends along that
rural mail route. He always had candy treats for the children
and biscuits for the dogs as he traveled the country roads.
His love of journalism continued throughout his entire life, and
he had a unique talent for writing children’s stories and
creating craft projects for young children to enjoy. He was a
very modest, humble gentleman. Many people did not realize that
he was a recognized author and regular contributor to major
publications such as: Jack and Jill, Highlights for Children,
Ranger Rick, Wee Wisdom, Good Housekeeping, McCalls, Farm
Journal and many others.
He had many interests and hobbies and enjoyed collecting antique
bottles, coins, books and magazines. He loved animals and the
family was never complete without several dogs who shared their
home. Living in the country, there were numerous dogs which were
dropped off and several of those were fortunate enough to find
themselves at the yellow house. Many people fondly remember
Chauncey faithfully walking his Norwegian Elkhound “Buffy” for
many years. She was among the many strays who strolled onto the
family farm over a 60-year tenure and lived there until they
passed away from old age. Chauncey used to joke that he nearly
became a vegetarian, not by choice, but because the family dogs
begged for the meat from his plate.
He was a compassionate man who was a friend to all who knew him.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tell stories to
amuse his family and friends. Chauncey had a keen memory and
was, in a sense, a living history book with remembrances of
several generations of families who had resided in Monroe
during his lifetime Everyone who knew him will surely remember
his sweet smile and gentle disposition. He was loved deeply by
his family and his passing has created an empty spot in their
hearts. Simply stated, “he was a good man.”
Surviving are his loving wife and best friend, June (Weckbacher)
Mobberly. They were lifelong sweethearts, dated throughout high
school, and were married on May 29, 1943; two daughters who were
his pride and joy and whom he always considered his “little
girls,” Sharon (Les) Paul of Marietta, and Sonja (Bob) Tallman
of Williamstown; sister-in-law, Wilma Smith of
Marietta; brother-in-law, Carl Weckbacher of
City; and several nieces
Friends were received Dec. 14 and until time of service Dec. 15
at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home,
Marietta, with Rev. George Hoskins
officiating. Burial was in the Christian Union Church (Low Gap)
Cemetery near Graysville.
Memorial contributions may be made in Chauncey’s memory to The
Humane Society of the Ohio
P.O. Box 5, Marietta, OH 45750 or the Low Gap Cemetery Fund,
c/o Janet Graham,
36075 Harmon Ridge Rd.,
Graysville, OH 45734.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mslfuneralhome.com