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Dec. 3, 2009

~ Kiwanians Deliver Thanksgiving Dinner to 235 Countians ~ 

Woodsfeld Kiwanis Club’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner project saw 235 individuals served a hearty Thanksgiving meal - delivered to their doors. This is the largest number of persons served since the project was started about 20 years ago. It is not only club members who take part, but Key Club and Builder’s Club members and many volunteers. Seated front from left are Key Club members Kara Watters, Lizzie Casto, Laken Zwick, Sarah Smith, Kelly Dougherty and Kassandra Lee. Second row: Melissa Rubel, former Key Club member Michael Paulus, Keenan Hamilton, Alex Haney Dylan Brown and former Key Club member Brittany Paulus. Third row: Builder’s Club member Maddie Craig, Anna Dixon, Jeannie Dixon, Pandora Neuhart, Cindy Schumacher, Kris Atkinson and Melissa Smithberger; fourth row: Tracey Craig, Ruth Workman, former Key Club member Nicole Gallagher, Pam Claus, Pat Phillips, Karen Binford, Nikki Baker, Bryan Perkins, Rusty Atkinson and Noah Atkinson. In back are Tracey Craig, Andy Copley, Bruce Watters, Ed Paulus, Roger Claus, Dan Lollathin, Bill Moore, Dave Phillips, Adam Atkinson, Don Pollock and Chris Williams. Not pictured is Mark Forni, who is one of those who delivers dinners to elderly and homebound countians. Several downtown merchants contribute heavily with paper products, fruit and other items  used for the turkey dinner project.        Photos by Arlean Selvy

Shown with the pies is Patricia Phillips.




Shown are Jeanie Dixon who cooks the meals with Kiwanians Ed Paulus and David Phillips,  event chairs.


Bridge Bids Over Estimate

by Arlean Selvy

All bids for replacement of a bridge on Stonehouse Road were rejected after finding that each was more than 10 percent over the engineer’s estimate.

County Engineer Lonnie Tustin opened bids during the Nov. 23 meeting of county commissioners.

Bids received were from Tom Mayle and Sons Const., Bartlett, $525,056.60; Ohio-West Virginia Excavating, Powhatan, $496,334.50; Shel-don-Gantt, Niles, $467,909.50; Bud’s Inc., Nashport, $429,892.85 and Suburban Maintenance & Construction, North Royalton, $426,778.35.

In other business, Linda Masters, health department director, approached officials about opting out of the health insurance plan currently held by the county; and Sheriff Chuck Black reported on a proposed policy change.

Black told commissioners he has drafted a policy which dictates that persons who are incarcerated will reimburse at least some of the cost incurred to house them.

Black said he expects to put the policy into effect in January. A detailed draft was not available, but according to Black, reimbursement would be based on income.

In a related matter, Black talked about upgrading the upstairs jail dormitory. He said this will allow 10 more prisoners to be housed.  He noted, too, that an exterior fire escape is needed.

“We have to invest to save and eventually make money,” said Black.

Black said about $3 million has been spent on outside housing since the jail closed.

If the policy is enacted, Black will appoint a reimbursement administrator.

Linda Masters said that the six employees of the health department want to opt out of the Health Plan and sign up with Medical Mutual of Ohio for health insurance. After discussion, officials approved a motion to allow the change.

Permission was also given for Susan Davis, AmeriCorp worker for Positive Balance, to move her office from the Black Walnut Center to the former county home on Moore Ridge Road. Voting yes were commissioners John Pyles and Tim Price while Commissioner Carl Davis abstained.


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Around the Burnside 

Sooner or later, every show-off will be shown up in a showdown.

Freedom is not the power to do what we want but to do what we ought.

I sometimes wonder if it’s me or not. For some reason or another for the last several mornings I have gotten up and looked out the window expecting to see snow on the ground. I wonder; do I like snow? Like a sore thumb. Or does it give a hint of snow? Either way it is coming sooner or later.

I know many of you remember Thanksgiving in 1950. The year of the big snow. We owned a little Studebaker, one that looked like it was coming and going at the same time and now I can’t even spell it. When I made my way to the back of our barn after the snow, it was completely covered with snow. To get out to the old Route 40 when it finally cleared, a dozer pushed snow and pulled me out to the main road. Even at that I drove back to Logan County with chains on my trusty Studie that would get stuck if someone put a snowball in front of the back wheel.

The dozer owner really did a job. He pulled over 30 people who were stranded on the highway to our little town where they were safe. The worst part was that university up north beat OSU in the snow bowl. On the other hand, eight out of nine here of late for the Buckeyes ain’t bad.

If you are able to tune in RFD on your TV you maybe get a treat if you enjoy watching the Rose Parade on New Year’s. Last year they carried the parade, free of commercials. What a joy to watch, although it hustled you to get something to eat out of the fridge without missing some of the parade. I hope they do the same this year.

I understand this year the FFA is going to have a float in the parade for the first time. From what I heard sponsors are bringing the National FFA officers, 52 state presidents and other award winners to the parade. Shows you how important some folks regard the FFA organization.

I probably shouldn't share this story but I read it in the latest Reader’s Digest and it struck my funny bone and perhaps has a bit of truth, I’ll shorten it a bit.

This town was over run with squirrels that caused a lot of trouble being pests. The mayor of the town had cats brought in to take care of the problem. This worked for a while then the cats started causing problems so he got rid of the cats. The squirrels came back.

The hardware store trapped all the squirrels and released them out of town. Sure enough, somewhat later the squirrels returned.

Finally the church came up with an idea that saved the day. They brought in all the squirrels, baptized them and made them members of the church. Now the squirrels only show up on Christmas and Easter.

It’s kind of funny sometimes how something can bring back things that happened years ago.

The other evening I was in the big chair watching TV. For some reason I was very thirsty and water wasn’t doing any good. I had drunk my ration of Dew for the day. I thought maybe cold milk.

I remembered I had milk morning and evening except sometime during the winter when the old cows only produced enough milk for our customers. This was when I learned to eat oatmeal without milk.

Most of the milk was warm. Most of the time Mom had strained the milk and bottled what was needed, ten cents a quart, I would drink a big glass or more of warm milk morning and evening. In fact, I really did not know what cold milk was like. Cool maybe not cold. We carried our lunch to school, no cafeteria. Okay, we may have had a thermos but not cold. I’ve had spells of drinking milk from time to time and even kind of like drinking the super skim milk. I remembered I hadn’t had any milk for some time.

Relying on my wisdom I thought why not milk? I went to the fridge and poured me a glass of milk and on the way back to my easy chair I swiped a couple of those round things with a hole and covered with that white powdery stuff. Esther had bought them for herself the other day.

What a treat! I had kind of forgotten how good a cold glass of milk really was. In fact, I think I’ll quit writing and get me a glass. I think there are still some of those round things left.

I hope you didn’t eat too much turkey and now what are you doing with all that’s left over?

See you in church? Plenty of room.

The ability to say “no” is one of the keys to a safe life as well as a long and happy one.



American Blonde d’Aquitaine Association Meets in Monroe

Members of the American Blonde d’Aquitaine Cattle Association from 10 sates converged on Monroe County Oct. 9 to hold their annual membership meeting.

Hosted by Aaron and Charlene Miller of Edelweiss Farm, and Brad and Jane Miller of Hope Ridge Healthy Beef Farm, the three-day event included election of officers and at least two decisions the group felt to be of importance to membership.

Officers elected include Doug Diebold of Oklahoma, president; Aaron Miller, Cameron, vice-president; Jan-ella Garrett of Texas, secretary; Cliff Easley of Missis-sippi, treasurer.

American Blonde d’Aqui-taine Association directors met in conjunction with the annual meeting and made a decision to print and distribute a newsletter twice a year. In addition, a membership directory will be published in April.

Members accepted the offer of Clayton and Barbara Bryant to host the 2010 annual meeting at their farm in Andalusia, Alabama.

Featured speakers at the Oct. 10 business meeting held at Grace’s Banquet Hall, Clarington, were Marty Clark, Washington County Career Center, who spoke on the value of business planning and analysis for those involved in agriculture; and Betsy Anderson, district representative for the Ohio Farm Bureau, who spoke about Issue 2, recently passed by voters.

Prior to the meeting, donuts and coffee were provided by Mellott’s Bakery, Clarington.

Lunch featured Monroe County grown Blonde Beef, prepared by the Ladies of Eastern Star and served at the Clarington Masonic Lodge.

Following the meeting, members and guests toured three farms in the area where the Millers raise their Blonde d’Aquitaine cattle and light refreshments were served at the Miller home on Mellott Ridge. The group traveled to  Ye Olde Alpha Restaurant in Wheeling for the evening meal.

Tours continued on Sunday morning, Oct. 11, concluding with a chili lunch at the Brad and Jane Miller home on Hope Ridge.

Brad Miller partners with his father Aaron Miller in raising the Blonde cattle. They are assisted by Craig Miller, Brad’s brother. 

“The weather was perfectly beautiful,” said Charlene Miller, noting visitors were impressed with the fall foliage.”

“I know we will remember this meeting very fondly, especially the views of the Blonde cattle, beautiful hills and fall colors,” said one association member.

Another member of the association made note that Monroe County  hills “are well suited for the muscular development of the Blonde d’Aquitaine Cattle.”

Break-ins, Theft Reported to Beacon

Holly Sims, manager of the Red Head gas station, South Main St., Woodsfield, points out the damage on the door jamb as perpetrators made entry into the business Saturday night. 

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

A breaking and entering and an attempted breaking and entering were reported Sunday, Nov. 29 to the Woodsfield Police Department.

According to Holly Sims of the Red Head gas station, unidentified persons broke into the business through a basement door Saturday night.

Perpetrators attempted several entry points at the Red Head. Entrance was made through the basement door after a padlock and eyebolt were dislodged from repeated kicking. The door jamb and surrounding boards were severely damaged during the break-in. An entry attempt on the north side of the building was evidenced by a shattered door knob. Screens were also cut on the front windows of the business. Another section, which covered a window in the back of the building, was splintered, but entry there could not be made. The perpetrators left a door unlocked when they left the premises.

Since the business has been closed, there appears nothing has been taken.

According to Sims, this is the second time in several months that an attempt to enter the building at night has been made. The last time entry was not made but two different tennis shoe prints remain on the basement door from that attempt.

An attempt was also made at  read more in the Monroe County Beacon's 12-3-09 edition


Riesbeck’s BBQ Nets $3,300 for Warm the Children


Kirt Sloan, manager at Riesbeck’s Food Market, Woodsfield, delivers $3,300 to Warm the Children coordinator Pandora Neuhart for the Warm the Children program. So far this year, the program has served over 300 children. The money is especially appreciated at this time as funding is low and there are many more applications from needy families who are seeking warm coats and shoes for their children. Riesbeck’s raised the cash through a special Warm the Children barbecue held in October in the store’s parking lot. The annual barbecue features grilled sausage and steak sandwiches and is held annually.           Photo by Martha Ackerman


Hilton “Pete” Cline, 87, of Polk, died peacefully at his residence on Nov. 23, 2009. He was born Jan. 21, 1922 in Woodsfield, a son of the late Alonzo and Arena Highman Cline.

He has been a resident of the Ashland area since moving there in 1939. He had worked at Donley Feed and Seed in the mill as a feed grinder and delivery person for 25 years. He retired from Ashland Agri Mark where he worked as a grain terminal operator. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force serving during WWII.

He was a member of the Polk United Methodist Church, where he had served as Sunday School Superinten-dent. He had also served on the Polk Village Council and served as Mayor of Polk for many years. He had been a volunteer with the Polk-Jackson-Perry Fire Dept. and was a member of the Polk Lions Club. He helped organize the Polk Little League and Pony League Baseball teams and was a Little League coach for 20 years. He enjoyed watching all kinds of sports and enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Evelyn Highman, whom he married Jan. 31, 1942; three daughters, Carol (Larry) Hauenstein of Polk, Elaine (Bill) Smith of Nova, Sally (Dan) Dennison of Polk; a son, Thomas Cline of Ashland; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Grethel Shafer of Ashland, Dorothy Fink and Jean Ambreus of Newark, and Wilma Babcock of Frazeys-burg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Lori Cline and five brothers, Kenneth, Denzil, Eddie, Herbert and Robert Cline.

Friends were received Nov. 24 and 25 until time of service at the Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home, with Rev. Cheryl Roshon officiating.  Burial was in Ashland County Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, Ohio 43216-3549 or to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Online condolences may be made at www.dpkfh.

Norma Jean Sills Tulip Wagner, 80, Cambridge, died Nov. 23, 2009 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born June 16, 1929 in Byesville, a daughter of the late William and Emma Watkins Sills.

She was employed with Champion Spark Plug for 20 years; also worked at two local nursing homes and several restaurants. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, ceramics and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Surviving are two sons, Robert L. Jr. (Tammi) Tulip of Woodsfield, William L. Wagner  of Cambridge; a daughter, Gerri A. Tulip of Sharon, Pa.; a brother, Wilbur (Bud) Sills of Columbus; two sisters, Bertha Rossiter of New Concord, Bonnie Hensley of Byesville; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Tulip in 1958; her second husband, Lewis F. Wagner in 1996; three brothers, James, Homer and Thomas; three sisters, Mary Ann, Marjorie Lou Sills and Opal Moore; and her eldest daughter Catherine E. Tulip.

Friends were received Nov. 27 at Black-Epperson Funeral Home, Bysville, where services were held Nov. 28. There was no graveside service.

Condolences may be made to www.blackeppersonfuneralhomes.com.

Luella Anna Ruth Lambing, 77, died Oct. 1, 2009 in Country Club Manor, Steubenville, following a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 18, 1931 in Steubenville, a daughter of the late Abraham F. and Leona Gardner Leasure.

Surviving are her son, Paul R. “Rick” Lambing, Jr. of Steubenville; two sisters, Jean (Virgil) Ritchie of Sardis, Marlene (Lloyd) Lohr of Fly; a brother, Rev. Charles W. (Dr. June Ruff) Leasure of Barnesville; an uncle, Clyde E. Gardner of Tuscon, Ariz.; seven nephews and a niece; and many cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul R. Lambing, Sr., whom she married Aug. 3, 1948 and he died Oct. 11, 1988; and a brother, Harlan “Pete” Leasure.

At her request there was no visitation. Private funeral services were held at Union Cemetery Chapel, Steubenville on Oct. 3, with Rev. Harry Knight officiating.

Hilbert Lee Ault, 77, 228 South Main St., Woodsfield, died Nov. 24, 2009 at his home. He was born April 6, 1932 in Cameron, a son of the late Stephen Douglas and Rachel Agnes Ady Ault.

He was the former owner of Ault Automotive, Barnesville; was a member of the Bush Church of Christ, Malaga; was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy serving during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are three daughters, Deborah (John) Jones of Woodsfield, Denise (Stephen) Harris of Woodsfield, Joyce Helmick of Columbus; two brothers, Clyde (Martha Lee) Ault of Woodsfield, Chester (Donna) Ault of Woodsfield; a sister, Sylvia (Ralph) Jones of Woodsfield; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Jean Kibble Ault on July 22, 2004; four brothers, Floyd, Lester, Ralph and Stanley Ault; and two sisters, Vera McConnell and Erma Jones.

Private visitation and services were held Nov. 27 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Dick Harris officiating. Burial was in Cameron Cemetery.

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

Urban W. “Midge” Weber, 90, Woodsfield, died Nov. 26, 2009, at Woodsfield Nursing & Rehabilita-tion Center. He was born Oct. 20, 1919 in Woods-field, a son of the late Charles and Matilda Fisher Weber.

He was a retired rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. Midge had worked at the Wright Patterson Air Force base as an aircraft mechanic prior to WWII. During WWII he was in the Army Air Corp on the Liberty Ship in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, receiving four Bronze Stars.

Surviving are two sons, Bill (Donna Dillon) Weber, Jeru-salem, Ed (Vickie) Weber of Woodsfield; a sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Weber of Woodsfield; five grandchildren, Daina (Phil Sharples) Anderson of Barrington, NH, Bill (Marcie) Anderson of Farmington, NH, Chris Anderson of Jackson-ville, Fla., Jennifer Weber (Jeff) Wise of Barnesville, Carla Weber (Jeremy) Evans of Galena; six great-grandchildren, Alex and Olivia Ander-son, both of Farmington, NH, Ethan and Brody Wise, both of Barnesville, JJ and Carson Evans, both of Galena; three step-children, Anne Wade of Circleville, Alan (Wendie Wertz) Berry of Massillon, Gene (Carolee Rafn) Berry of Roanoke, Va.; seven step-grandchildren, Kate Wade (Jeremy) Ady of Burien, Wash, John Wade of Columbus, Allison Berry and Ashley Berry, both of Canal Fulton, Melissa Berry of Charlottes-ville, Va., Stephen Berry of Winston-Salem, N.C., Eric Berry of Roanoke, Va., and a step-great-grandson, Preston Ady of Burien, Wash.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Jean Wester-man Weber in 1974, and his second wife, Lavona A. (Bonnie) Weber in 2009; three brothers, Raymond, Philip and Leighton Weber; and three sisters, Edith and Clara Weber and Viola Henning.

Friends were received Nov. 28 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services were held Nov. 29, with Rev. Susan Lehosky officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

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

Edna H. Rufener, 69, Enon, died Nov. 29, 2009 in the Hospice of Dayton. She was born in Dayton, the daughter of the late Thomas B. “Ham” and Ellen Louise (Reeder) Hamilton.

She was employed as a non-profit consultant with a variety of agencies.

Surviving are her loving husband of 46 years, Fred; a son, Craig Rufener of Enon; a  daughter, Becky (Matt) Weida of Canal Fulton; a grandson, Kenneth Frederick Weida; a brother, David Hamilton of Florida; mother-in-law, Edna M. Rufener of Clarington; brother-in-law, Roger Rufener of Clarington; a nephew and wife, Matthew and Jenn Hamilton and his mother, Carol Hamilton; three nieces, Kathy Armbruster, Stevie and Amin Rufener; lifelong best friend, Judy Coppock Gex of New York; and “the other kids”, Leslie, Sue, Jeff and Dave.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Raymond E. Rufener.

A gathering of family and friends was held Dec. 2 in the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairborn, and until time of  funeral services on Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jeff Mohr officiating. Burial will follow in the Enon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Condolences may be made to www.BeltonStroup.com.