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December 16, 2010

Belmont Technical College has teamed up with Monroe County Center for the Monroe Adult Crafts Organization to provide computer training. Shown, from left: Janell Comstock, BTC Monroe County Liaison; Tim Houston, BTC Dean of Off-Campus Operations; Helen Ring, Superintendent, MCBDD; Dan Lollathin, Workshop/Transportation Director MCBDD.                Photo Submitted

BTC Teams Up with M.A.C.O.

Belmont Technical College (BTC) recently provided computer training space at their Monroe County Center for the Monroe Adult Crafts Organi-zation (MACO). Twelve MACO staff members were able to upgrade their computer and software skills using BTCís Monroe County Center up-to-date computers and software.

Dan Lollathin, MCBDD Workshop/Transportation Director, was pleased that the training was able to take place at the new BTC facilities. He said, ďWith the new computer equipment at the Monroe County Center, our training process went very smooth and efficient.Ē

MACO is an affiliate of the Monroe County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) which is a state chartered, non-profit adult workshop. MACO provides work settings with various levels of assistance to help individuals with one or more developmental disabilities become productive members of the community.

ďBelmont leased the Monroe County Center as a means to expand higher education access in Monroe County,Ē said Tim Houston, BTC Dean of Off-Campus Operations. ďWe were very pleased to partner with MACO as a means to provide training for their staff.Ē

The BTC Monroe County Center located at the Black Walnut Center in Woodsfield offers daytime classes to students in Monroe County but also provides access to the center at times when classes are not scheduled. 

 ~ Christmas Cactus ~

This beautiful Christmas cactus graces the home of Genevieve Ollom of Bealls-ville.  The cactus is approximately three-and-a-half to four feet in diameter and about four feet high. It is covered with thousands of blossoms.

According to Mrs. Ollom, the 26-year-old plant originally came from Utah.      
Photo Submitted

Around the Burnside     

People, not things, are what count, especially the ones you love.

There are really no great persons, only persons who perform great deeds.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Nothing much else you can do about it except growl. Howís come if it snows itís not that bad, unless it keeps up? When itís just cold itís not too bad unless the wind is blowing. Then if it snows and it is cold and the wind is blowing it makes folks really complain about the weather. I dislike any of the above.

I was wondering the other day; does anyone have what we called a Taffy Pull? Seems to me we had a pull or more around Christmas time. We would cover our hands with butter and start pulling and stretching the candy until it ended up as taffy. I donít remember what went into making the candy except I had a lot of fun pulling the taffy. Kids just donít have fun anymore.

However, I did see a young man riding in the snow the other evening. He was riding on one of today's version of what we used an old washer lid to slide down the hill. One of my friends made a pair of skis from barrel staves. They worked too. Maybe Iím not in the right place, but I see very few of our youth out playing in the snow unless they maybe have a four wheeler. If they did then they could spin around in the parking lot as did, I assume older boys, the other night in our community center parking lot. Oh well, I guess itís OK for boys to be boys even if they have been old enough to vote several times.

Question: If I do good and do not get paid, am I good for nothing?

I saw something the other day I thought a bit unusual. Two boys were sliding down the sliding board on the playground at the community center. It was 26 degrees cold. Burrr.

I wonder how many kids today know what a fox and geese track is? When it snowed we couldn't wait to make a double fox and geese track. It was busy any time we had some free time at school and were not having a snowball battle.

One nice day and Bingo it starts snowing again. Itís nice to have one of those good days to keep us from complaining about the weather. I understand the snowbirds down south are having a cold snap. Have you ever wondered why itís called a cold snap? Maybe itís because it makes you stand up and snap to. I guess maybe a cold snap just happens when you have warm weather.

Another question for you weather forecasters. Is this the start of a long snowy winter? If so, netflix will be busy sending movies.

We did join netflix and can get some of the good old movies we missed over the years. I cannot remember when we attended a regular movie showing in a movie house. Many are like TV shows, a waste of time to watch; however, there are those that think they are great. So why complain; no one is forcing you to watch anything. Just so NCIS keeps going, and Big Ten keeps showing Ohio State Basketball games.

Some of the commercials they expose us to on TV are something else. I ask you: doesnít seeing a couple of folks talking into a soup can with string attached make you just want to drop everything and run out and buy a can of their soup? I thought so.

I think maybe we tried this type of telephone when we were kids. Ours didnít work like the ones they show on TV.

Then there are a couple of new ads for the Ohio Lottery. Those too make you want to stop at the first place you see the tickets for sale and buy a supply. Oh well, why should I complain? I have a mute button on my remote. I can even remember when you had to get out of your easy chair to change channels. If you had one of your kids around you could get them to change channels for you. Problem then, you didnít have many channels to choose from. Why do I complain knowing the commercials are what keeps TV going? Why complain just ignore.

Finally, I read where our leaders in Columbus passed a law that farmers cannot spread their manure on a frozen field due to the run off when the weather warms up. We did not do this when I was a kid. We didnít have many cows so we just piled it up nearby the bam until the spring weather came along. If you want some fun try pushing a wheelbarrow full of the stuff through the snow. We even laid a board on the pile so we could stack the stuff higher. Kids just donít have fun anymore.

Imitate the clock; it passes time by keeping its hands busy.

Take some time and attend church.


Kaiser Has No. 1 Dog Tag 






Kaiser, a dual purpose canine trained for patrol and narcotics search, received the No. 1 dog tag for 2011. Kaiser, shown with his trainer Deputy Joe Kress, is part of the Monroe County Sheriffís Office. Also shown is Tabitha Compton of the Auditorís Office.                Photo Submitted

Itís that time of year when canines need to have a new tags. Dog tags went on sale at the Monroe County Auditorís Office on Dec. 1 and will be available until Jan. 31, 2011. After Jan. 31, there will be penalties that double the price of the tag.

Monroe County sells approximately 5,000 dog tags each year. All dogs, including inside and outside canines that are three months or older, must have a dog tag. Dog tags are $11 each and $55 for kennel tags. 

According to Tabitha Compton of the Monroe County Auditorís Office, tag money goes for incarceration of stray dogs and personal damages from stray dogs.

Kaiser, the drug dog attached to the Monroe County Sheriffís Office, received the No. 1, 2011 dog tag. 

ďThis is a small way of saying thanks to Kaiser. He is a dual purpose dog trained for patrol and narcotics search,Ē said Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart.

Joe Kress is Kaiserís handler and trainer. Kaiser resides with Kress.

Animal Shelter Closes for Winter Months

The Humane Society of Monroe County has decided to close the shelter on Stone-house Road for the winter months of December, January and February.

This decision was made by the board due to several factors. The two most important are the difficulty and cost of heating and maintaining the uninsulated building and also the trouble volunteers have getting to the shelter to care for the animals in times of inclement weather.

The Humane Society plans to reopen the shelter in the spring. In the interim, members will continue to have fundraisers, promote the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats and see to the welfare of Monroe Countyís pets.

~Switzerland of Ohio O.A.P.S.E. Donates to Warm the Children ~

Jason Clutter, president of the Switzerland of Ohio O.A.P.S.E. (Ohio Association of Public Service Employees), presented Warm the Children coordinator Pandora Neuhart with a check to help purchase new, warm, winter coats for needy children in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District. Volunteer shoppers Peg Buckalew and Helen Cline have already helped almost 300 children this year through the program. Donations are graciously accepted throughout the year and can be sent to Warm the Children, in care of Pandora Neuhart, 40189 Gun Club Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793. All donations, large or small, are appreciated.         Photo by Martha Ackerman 

~ Skyvue Secret Santa ~

Students at Skyvue Elementary are having the opportunity to shop for their families and friends during the Skyvue Secret Santa, sponsored by the Skyvue Elementary PTA. All week long children could browse through the approximately 3,000 items which could be purchased for $1 each. The Secret Santa shop will be open to the public this Thursday, Dec. 16, after 3 p.m. following the Skyvue Christmas program which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday. Free gift wrapping is available. Shown with some of their selections are, from left, front: Mason Landefeld, Grace Swisher, Dustin Landefeld; back: Amy Bettinger and Jacob Swisher.             Photo Submitted


Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

I thought that we have been needing a new school for a long time. Coach Circosta wanted one really bad too because he started crying when he was talking about how he was supposed to have a new school but it has been over 40 years.

Mr. Calder was 21 when he moved here and now heís 61 and still does not have a new school.

The groundbreaking ceremony was very exciting. I want to thank everyone who helped get the new school. Like Jennifer Garrison said itís not a dream itís a reality. 

In the beginning of the groundbreaking ceremony we heard Mrs. Anderson say a prayer and heard the band play Star Spangled Banner, War Chant, Seminole Winds and Alma Mater.

Brooklyne Piatt 

Dear Editor,

I was very excited at the beginning of the groundbreaking.

Then I was amazed when they said the new school was going to be built down by the big tree.

Where will we play? Where will the football field be? Will we use the old football field?

I just want to thank the people that are making this happen. We really need this new school. Thank you.

Neilie Dimmerling

Dear Editor,

On Nov. 1 was the groundbreaking for the new Woodsfield School. As we listened to speeches, one touched me the most. When Coach Circosta said at one football game a semi truck drove there and said itís not a dream anymore and started to tear up.

It was a very important time in my life and I will never forget.

The golden shovels, the people there and the heart-throbbing emotion.

Thanks to everyone who have spent their time to work on getting us this school and to the people who are helping build it. I will never forget what has happened to me this day and every other student too.

WES Sixth Grade
Rachel Smith 

Dear Editor,

On Nov. 1 kids from Woodsfield and Skyvue Elementary and Monroe Central came for our groundbreaking for our new elementary and high school schools. I thought it was beautiful to see and stand where our new schools will be.

First, Larry Elliott spoke, then Mrs. Anderson prayed and thanked God for our new schools. 

Second, the band played the National Anthem and then everybody said the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Third, Coach Circosta came and spoke and said how he saw a semi that said it wasnít a dream anymore and he started to tear up. Then a man gave him a United States flag and asked him to take care of it. Once Mr. Calder came up he said how he was here 40 years ago and how he was told he was going to see a new school in the next two years and how that never happened until 2010. Then at the end 13 people dug dirt from the ground of our new school. I canít wait to see the new schools.

WES Sixth Grader
Kaila Skidmore

Dear Editor,

I was shocked to see Coach Circosta cry and what everybody went through to give us what we needed for a long time because Jennifer Garrison made this all happen. Jennifer Garrison made her and everyone elseís dream come true about the new schools. 

I was glad that everybody was happy about the new schools. I was too, but the happiest was Coach Circosta. He made a moving speech. It was so moving he made himself cry but in that speech he said that this was a dream but not any more and after that I knew that the future was going to be bigger and better.

John Malone 

Dear Editor,

Today our school and some other grades from Skyvue went to the groundbreaking of Woodsfield Elementary and Monroe Central High School.

The construction site is very large compared to the schools that we have now. When we were there, there were very many people. 

Some people said a few words but one speech touched me the most. It was Coach Circostaís. He said that he was at a football game one time and he saw a team that made it to the playoffs and they never have before, their semi pulled up by the stadium. It said, ďItís not a dream anymore...Itís a realityĒ. 

After we got back from the groundbreaking we had cookies and punch.

Sincerely, WES Sixth Grader
Reagan Woodell 

Dear Editor,

On Nov. 1 my class went to the groundbreaking where the new school is going to be built. 

On our way there, it was terrible, the bus ride was very crowded. There were some highschoolers there from Monroe Central and Skyvueís Jr. High. All of Woodsfield Elementary kids were there too.

WES Sixth Grade
Chad Alleman

Dear Editor,

I was so astonished by all of the parents that showed up for the groundbreaking. The groundbreaking was on Nov. 1 and took place at the building site for Monroe Central and Woodsfield schools.

In the beginning of the ceremony the band played the Star Spangled Banner. Then we said the Pledge of Allegiance. After the pledge Mrs. Anderson said a prayer. Next people gave speeches. During Coach Jay Circostaís speech he said, ďLife is no longer a dream, it is reality.Ē He also lead K-8 in a chant spelling Redskins and 9-12 in Noles.

I want to thank Jennifer Garrison for raising money to get supplies for the school. She was rewarded with carnations. I would also like to thank taxpayers for giving up their money so we could get a new school and also a special thanks to the builders for giving up their time to build us a school.

Sincerely, Raileigh Chambers 

Dear Editor,

Nov. 1 we had the groundbreaking for the new schools. When we got there we heard a speech from Larry Elliott. After that we heard the Star Spangled Banner from the marching Noles. We said the Pledge of Allegiance that Mrs. Anderson lead us in. She gave us a prayer after that.

Then we heard some more speeches from people. Jay Circosta cried because he wanted new schools for four years. 

One day at a football game a truck with a trailer; on it said Itís not a dream, itís a reality. 

Then it was time for the cheerleaders to come out but Circosta started with R-E-D-S-K-i-N-S for the elementary classes and N-O-L-E-S for the junior high.

The cheerleaders came out. The band did a song. The cheerleaders did some cheers with the band and without the band. The last one the cheerleaders did involved the whole school.

Sincerely, WES student, 
Erin Jo Fetty




■  12-16 Classifieds


Harold G. Shipp, 70, 108 Olin Drive, Woodsfield, died Dec. 6, 2010 at his home. He was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Morgantown, a son of the late Harold Shipp and Georgia Smith Plummer.

He was a retired supervisor at the Ormet Corp., Hannibal; a member of the Presbyterian Church, Woodsfield; a U.S. Army veteran, where he served as a paratrooper with the 101st airborne division; a member of the VFW Post 5303, Woodsfield; Fraternal order of Eagles, Woodsfield; Loyal Order of Moose, Woodsfield; and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Marcia Cline Shipp, whom he married Sept. 4, 1969; three sons, Darryl (Melanie) Shipp of Mt. Vernon, Edward (Sherry) Shipp of Woodsfield, Michael (Beverly) Shipp of Mechanicsburg; a step-daughter, Tammy Clark of Quaker City; a step-son, Troy (Susan) Pfeffer of Morrow; two sisters, Patricia (Howard) Lewis of Woodsfield, Jodie (Butch) Wedderien of Stewartstown, Pa.; a brother, Richard (Jackie) Shipp of Moundsville, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Alicia and Jakob Shipp; three step-grandchildren, Melanie, Cole and Blake.

There was no visitation. Private memorial and military services will be held at the convenience of the family at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Inurnment will follow in the Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Gas Card, Inc., c/o Shirley Brown, 48397 Keylor Hill Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Noah Lyle Rice, infant son of Sherece McQueary and David Rice of Woodsfield, died Nov. 23, 2010 at East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry. 

In addition to his parents, surviving are his siblings, Mackenzy McQueary, Davien Rice and Alexis Rice, all of the home. Paternal grandparents, Jim Rice of Sardis, Penney Abel of New Martinsville, maternal grandparents, Vada McQueary of Antioch and Michael Kinchen of Woodsfield, aunts, Shayla Ludolph of Martins Ferry, Shanika McQueary and Shanae McQueary, both of Woodsfield, uncles, Tyler Kinchen and Tyrone Kinchen, both of Woodsfield.

Friends will be received Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at  11 a.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev. William Moran officiating.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

Helen Edna Starr, 96, Gahanna, formerly of Calais, passed away Dec. 10, 2010 at her home. She was born Dec. 27, 1913 near Calais, Seneca Township, a daughter of the late John and Clara Ackerman Christman.

She was a homemaker who loved to quilt and garden. She was a member of the former Seneca Valley Church of Christ.

Surviving are a son, Kenneth (Kathryn) Starr of Pataskala; a daughter, Darla Starr of Gahanna; a sister, Cleo Carpenter; sister-in-law, Margaret Christman; five grandchildren, Deborah (Steve) Green, Karen McCall, Diana Farley, Beth Martino (friend Robert Poe), Troy Starr; six great-grandchildren, Ryan and Alex Green, Ashley McCall, Jennifer Farley, Jarrod and Jonathan (Amanda) Martino; a great-great-grandchild, Zackary Martino; plus several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Starr on Dec. 22, 1989; five brothers, Gilbert, Howard, Herbert, Lee and infant  brother Lester; two sisters, Esta Burkhart, Mary Hayes; plus many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Friends were received Dec. 14 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held Dec. 15, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Bill Pickenpaugh officiating. Burial will follow at Calais Cemetery. 

June Riley, 86, Beallsville, died Dec. 13, 2010 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville.

James A. Baker, Sr., 54, 685 Moose Ridge Rd., Woodsfield, died Dec. 11, 2010 upon arrival at Barnesville Hospital. He was born Oct. 7, 1956 at Cleveland, a son of the late Thad and Stephanie Urbanik Baker.

He was a retired wildlife officer and district supervisor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. He was a member of the St. Paulís United Church of Christ, Woodsfield; a member of the Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department; Fraternal Order of Police; and Ohio Game Protectors Association; and a member of the Lazy River Dixie Land Jazz Band.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking, hiking and the outdoors along with his dog, Willo.

Surviving are his wife, Pamela Long Baker, whom he married Oct. 18, 1986; a daughter, Carly Baker of the home; a son, Jimmy Baker of the home; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Donna Long of Dellroy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Baker.

At Jimís request, cremation will take place.

Friends will be received at St. Paulís United Church of Christ, Woodsfield, from 1 p.m. until time of memorial services at 2 p.m., Dec. 19, with Rev. Frank Lehosky officiating. Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paulís United Church of Christ, 303 S. Main St., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Velma Maxine Frye 
Velma Maxine Frye, 78, Canton, passed away Dec. 12, 2010. She was born Feb. 11, 1932, in Clarington, a daughter of the late Lew and Goldie Eikey.

She retired from Aultman Hospital in 2004 after 35 years of service.

Surviving are three sons, John (Carol) Frye, Dan (Marlene) Frye, Bryan Frye; two daughters, Nancy Frye, Beverly (Ken) Hall; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; and two sisters.

Friends will be received Dec. 15, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Reed Funeral Home, Canton Chapel, where services will be held Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in North Lawn Cemetery.

Those wishing to share a fond memory or their condolences may sign the Reed on-line guestbook at our website www.reedfuneralhome.com.

Paula Jo Hammond Cunningham  
Paula Jo Hammond Cunningham Prince, 55, Woodsfield, died Nov. 29, 2010 at Wheeling Hospital. She was born Feb. 1, 1955 in Bellaire, a daughter of Jack and Mary Jo Hammond of Woodsfield.

She was an employee of GMN at Caldwell and former dispatcher for Woodsfield EMS, a member of Powhatan VFW, past member of Center Grange and Lions Club.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are two daughters, Penny Jo Cunningham (Jerry) West of Beallsville, Dina Prince of Beallsville; a son, Kenneth Cunningham of Caldwell; four sisters, Elizabeth (Gary) Brunner of Jacobsburg, Tammy (Tom) Henderson of Concord, N.C., Diana (Kris) VanCamp of Powhatan, Whitney Hammond of Woodsfield; three brothers, Jack Hammond, Jr. of Pittsburgh, George (Karen) Hammond of Hannibal, David (Kiley) Hammond of Fort Bragg, N.C.; two grandsons, Joshua and Aaron West of Beallsville; a granddaughter, Paige Noel Cunningham of Woodsfield; her best friend, Kristy Downing of Powhatan.

Friends were received Dec. 5 and 6 until time of service at Toothman Funeral Home, St. Clairsville, with Rusty Atkinson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodsfield EMS, P.O. Box 653, Woodsfield, OH 43793. 

Floyd D. Jones, 91, Cameron, died Dec. 12, 2010 at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

Friends will be received Dec. 15, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held Dec. 16, at 11 a.m., with Keith Jones officiating. www.bauerturner.com

Emil L. Holtsclaw, 83, of Woodsfield, died Dec. 13, 2010, at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. 

Friends will be received from noon until 1 p.m. Dec. 15, at St. Annís Episcopal Church, New Martinsville, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements by Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis.

Betty Ackerman of Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield, died Dec 14 at Wheeling Hospital

Arrangements are incomplete at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.