College has teamed up with Monroe
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
BTC Teams Up with M.A.C.O.
Belmont Technical College (BTC) recently provided computer
training space at their Monroe
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
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
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
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
located at the Black Walnut Center in Woodsfield offers daytime
classes to students in
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
Around the Burnside
People, not things, are what count, especially the ones you
There are really no great persons, only persons who perform
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
WES Sixth Grader
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.
Today our school and some other grades from Skyvue went to the
groundbreaking of Woodsfield Elementary and
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
Sincerely, WES Sixth Grader
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
WES Sixth Grade
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
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
HAROLD G. SHIPP
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
Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Gas Card, Inc., c/o
Shirley Brown, 48397 Keylor Hill Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.
NOAH LYLE RICE
Noah Lyle Rice, infant son of Sherece McQueary and
David Rice of Woodsfield, died Nov. 23, 2010 at
Hospital in Martins
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
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
Helen Edna Starr, 96, Gahanna,
formerly of Calais, passed away Dec.
10, 2010 at her home. She was born Dec. 27, 1913 near
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
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
June Riley, 86, Beallsville, died Dec. 13, 2010 at Marietta Memorial
Arrangements are pending at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville.
JAMES A. BAKER, SR.
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
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
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
Those wishing to share a fond memory or their condolences may
sign the Reed on-line guestbook at our website
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
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodsfield EMS, P.O. Box 653, Woodsfield,
FLOYD D. JONES
Floyd D. Jones, 91, Cameron, died Dec. 12, 2010 at Wetzel County
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
EMIL E. HOLTSCLAW
Emil L. Holtsclaw, 83, of Woodsfield, died Dec. 13,
2010, at Monroe County
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
Arrangements are incomplete at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.