Grump’s Bunch Has Christmas Drawing ~
It was a lucky day for three winners of the Grump’s Bunch
Christmas drawing when they received their prizes. First prize
winner Donna Groves took home a wagon filled with toys and games
which included a Barbie Glamour Jet, footballs, games, balls,
stuffed animals and more. The wagon was donated by Maggie Bilyk
who suggested it be used as a Christmas fundraiser. Many of the
items in the wagon were donated by Grump’s Bunch Relay For Life
team members. Donna has a couple special children in her life
who will have a very Merry Christmas!
Betty Schaub was the winner of the
State cornhole game, which
was donated by Walter and Rick Russell. Christine Spicer was the
winner of the Christmas afghan, crocheted and donated by Kate
Grump’s Bunch members are busy with various fundraisers
throughout the year. They are wrapping up their a cookie and
fudge plate fundraiser, and they have had two Schwan’s truck
This spring fundraisers will include a poker run and a raffle
with complete cornhole game as prizes.
“We work year round,” said Linda McConnell, Grump’s Bunch team
member, “because cancer is not a seasonal disease.”
Shown, from left, are: winner Donna Groves, Grump’s Bunch
members Linda Mc-Connell, Walter Russell with granddaughter
Ryleigh Win-land, Betty Schaub and winners Sue Coffey and
Around the Burnside
Money will buy a fine dog, but love will make its tail wag.
The pain of poverty is not having little; but wishing for more.
Christmas is over, Santa has gone back to the North Pole and
there’s nothing to look forward to except New Year’s, football
bowl games and I honestly hope no hangovers in 2011.
As you look toward 2011 you can’t help but wonder. How soon are
our leaders in Washington going to realize that if you owe money
and have little money to spend you need to cut down on your
spending. I hope they take care of their own money better than
they do for our government.
The deer harvest was down this year when compared to a year ago.
I guess maybe the weather might have had something to do with
it. On the other hand, maybe there is less interest in hunting.
Older hunters stay at home and younger hunters are not
interested. Who knows? I do know there are plenty of deer out
there wanting to commit suicide on the highways.
Have you ever wondered why some of the things we did years ago
are bad for us now? How did we ever manage? We have so many
things to choose from on TV, radio and newspapers trying to tell
us what we need and what is better than anything else.
For example, our morning cereal. You goo to the store and find
shelves nearly the length of the store are loaded with different
kinds of cereal. I would not attempt to count them but I’m
guessing well over 100 maybe pushing 200. How do you know which
one to pick? This cereal builds bones, this one blood cells that
our good for your blood flow and on and on.
Me? I eat a slice of toast and peanutbutter washing it down with
orange juice every morning and let it go at that. Gone are the
days of two eggs, fried potatoes, a pancake once in a while plus
bacon or ham. All of this plus a big glass of milk. In fact, at
times what most consider breakfast shows up at a different time
As I recall, we had Wheaties, Post Toasties, Puffed Wheat,
rolled oats, cream of wheat and that was about it. I do remember
eating a gob of rolled oats when growing up. Mom said they would
“stick to your ribs.” When i step on the scales I think more
than rolled oats stick to your ribs.
Milk, nature’s most perfect food. I used to drink quite a bit of
milk. That is until I got hooked on Mountain Dew. I still have
to have a can of Dew most everyday even if my doctor kind of
suggests I might not do that. After all I did quit coffee on his
advice and a can of Dew never hurt anyone, I think.
At one time I used to drink quite a bit of milk. Warm milk when
a kid. Maybe this helped because the experts say you should
drink something warm after a meal rather than something cold. I
don’t know if this holds true while eating your meal or not.
I delivered milk on my bicycle much of the time although during
the cold weather I had to walk. this wasn’t too bad as the old
cows cut down on the milk they shared during the winter months
and customers were limited.
During the winter you had to put the milk inside the house. No
one locked their doors back then. If you didn’t put the milk
inside the milk would soon freeze and push its way out of the
bottle and make a mess when thawed. It was kind of funny to see
milk sticking up outside the bottle.
I once again started drinking milk. I’ll tell you a glass of
cold milk and some cookies while watching TV is hard to beat. I
expect maybe I should follow advice and drink it warm. I might
try it some time but cold milk really hits the spot. I might go
to sleep if the milk was warm and miss NCIS.
As we look back over the last year, it has been good to us. We
are healthy and able to take part in many activities.
As every year there are ups and downs. things we could change
and things we do not want to change.
I have been able to write Around the Burnside every week,
missing only one or two deadlines. I do appreciate those of you
who read my effort every week and are kind enough not to tell me
when you disagree.
I know many of you like to be reminded of how things were years
ago and it’s sometimes tough.
One thing good about
County is the friends you
have are willing to help you when needed and you know they are
About all I can say now is Happy New Year.
You can’t get much done by starting tomorrow.
The churches all have room for one more.
Love and Support
by Taylor Abbott
Few can say they have endured what sixth grade student Maryela “Dany”
Ollom has at such a young age. Through it all, she has had the
love and support of many in the county, especially from her
parents and grandparents.
In June of 2009, Dany traveled with her parents Steve and Kim
Ollom and her grandparents Dave and Mary Cooper to Amish Country
to celebrate their anniversary.
While they slept, Mary was awakened by Dave who thought he
heard Dany crying. When they asked her why she was crying, she
said her leg was hurting badly. The next morning, she was taken
to the hospital where a doctor told them she had “strained a
Days went by and Dany’s condition had not improved. Mary said a
return to the hospital yielded nothing but a doctor who was
angry that his diagnosis was in question. According to Mary, the
doctor referred Dany to a specialist but insisted his diagnosis
was correct and there would be nothing a specialist could do for
Shortly after the visit, Mary noticed a large lump near Dany’s
spine. By now, she was unable to walk 15 feet without assistance
and was dragging her left leg. A trip to Dr. Charles McElaney’s
chiropractic office in New Martinsville proved lifesaving.
According to Mary, McElaney took one look at the lump on Dany’s
spine and told the family to get her to Marietta Memorial
Once at Marietta Memorial, the family anxiously waited for
doctors to report on Dany’s condition. Before long, Mary said
they could hear Dany screaming in pain. A nurse told the family
she was unable to lay on her back long enough to get the X-rays
because of the intense pain.
Doctors, realizing there was something terribly wrong, quickly
sent the young girl on to Columbus Children’s Hospital. There,
the family waited up most of the night until tests were started
on Dany at 5:30 a.m. Seventeen doctors were present with her.
Tests revealed a shocking discovery that Mary says nearly did
her in. Doctors told the family that the large lump on Dany’s
back was in fact a tumor, which had wrapped around her spine.
The fast growing cancer known as Ewing’s Sarcoma was rapidly constricting Dany’s spine,
explaining the intense pain she was experiencing in her legs and
causing her to lose the ability to walk.
After debating treatment options with Dany’s doctor, Anthony
Audino, it was decided that radiation would be used first,
rather than chemotherapy. According to Mary, the radiation would
shrink the tumor until it was “dead” eliminating the need to
surgically remove it. Chemotherapy was first used on Dany for 48
hours straight, causing her to become very sick, as expected.
Within two to three days, the tumor had begun to shrink
While in the hospital, Dany received hundreds of cards, flowers,
toys, and teddy bears from family, friends, and well-wishers.
“We couldn’t believe how much the school, her friends, and
everyone sent her. Our van was filled twice with all of Dany’s
gifts and even Kim and Steve’s Blazer was filled too,” said
Mary, “We just can’t thank everyone for their prayers and
Today, Dany takes chemo-therapy treatments at home once a night.
Every Friday, Dany travels back to Child-ren’s Hospital for what
Dany calls a “push,” or check-up.
After more than 6 weeks, Dany started walking again, slowly
building strength up in her legs, which had been rendered nearly
useless by the tumor. Currently, she walks with little
assistance, other than a brace on one leg until it is stronger.
Dany has recovered so much that when she and her grandparents
are out together, Mary must remind her to slow down because she
and Dave cannot keep up with her.
Now back to school, Dany is working harder than ever. She does
homework every night for two hours, catching up on work she
missed in fifth grade while undergoing treatment, all the while
learning new things in sixth grade.
“At school, her friends are a big help. They carry her books,
and help her up the stairs when she needs it,” said Mary.
“She’ll sometimes get upset when her friends help her because
she wants to be independent but we remind her that they want to
help her and she understands that and appreciates all they do
Recently, Dany lost her great-grandmother Zola Sidenstricker,
Mary’s mother. Through it all, Dany’s been strong, noted Mary.
Sad news gave way to good news when Dany found out her wish to
meet Lady Gaga is going to be granted through the Make-A-Wish
According to Mary, Dany met with Make-A-Wish organizers and
asked if she and Dr. Audino could meet Lady Gaga. According to
Mary, the wish will be granted as soon as Lady Gaga completes
her busy touring schedule. Dany hopes to make a video with Lady
“She’s just the happiest girl in the world,” said Mary. “Always
a smile on her face. We love her to death. We were blessed with
our daughter Kim and her husband Steve, now we have Dany and
she’s just the apple of our eyes.”
Students Donate to Monroe
Instead of having a Christmas gift exchange, the students in
kindergarten, first, third and sixth grade classes at Sardis
Elementary voted to hold a donation drive for the Monroe County
The classes combined raised $400 plus numerous bags of dog food,
toys and treats for the Monroe County Dog Pound.
Each year the Ronda Piatt, Monroe County Dog Warden, adopts out
over 20 pets in the local area and sends over 400 to rescue in
places like Canada, New York
The donations received will help send more than 95 percent of
the dogs to rescue that otherwise wouldn’t have a home.
Monroe County Dog Warden Ronda Piatt (center) poses with her dog
Princess, along with the kindergarten teacher Jennifer Haught,
first grade teacher Mrs. Jordan Jones, third grade teacher Jamee
Stewart and sixth grade teacher Dave Wright, along with
Principal Clint Abbott.
As I look back on 2010, I am struck by the people who have been
touched by organ and tissue donation. they are sons and
daughters, mothers and fathers, neighbors and friends. They are
in every community, come from every walk of life and they give
me a reason to go to work every day.
At Lifeline of Ohio, we have the immense privilege of honoring
donors’ wishes. More than 400 central Ohioans gave the selfless
gift of organs or tissues this year, resulting in hundreds of
lives saved and improved through transplantation. Through the
work we do, we see first-hand the impact saying “yes” to
donation can make.
This year I was profoundly impacted by Avrie, a baby girl whose
life can go on thanks to a heart transplant. Her family is
forever grateful to her donor’s family, who made the brave
decision to donate after losing their own child.
A local family whose son passed away before he could receive the
transplant he needed brought tears to my eyes. Their strength in
sharing Jonah’s story and honoring his memory by encouraging
others to be donors astounds me. Sadly, 18 men, women and
children die each day in the US because a transplant didn’t come
I was moved by the shower of support a local community showed
for Adam, a young boy who was a donor after his death this
summer. More than 100 friends and family members came to our
annual Dash for Donation to honor his memory just weeks after he
passed away, an incredible sight.
These are just a few of the many lives touched by donation this
year, and each story is remarkable. They are the reason I write
this letter today. I hope to inspire you to take action.
As you enjoy the holiday season surrounded by loved ones, I ask
you to consider the 110,000 Americans who wish to spend another
holiday with their families. You can give them hope their
transplant will come in time by signing up as an organ and
tissue donor. By registering as a donor you have the potential
to save eight lives and enhance up to 50 more. Please, sign up
today. visit our website:
www.lifelineofohio.org, call 800-525-5667 to request a
registration form or simply say “yes” to donation when asked at
Sincerely, Kent Holloway
CEO, Lifeline of Ohio
We hope we are successful with calls and visits to the school
board office. We don’t want to lose Mr. Abbott. Of course some
of our calls would not go through. some will write the paper or
talk on TV and others will just be able to talk to other people.
We may not make a difference but if we don’t try we would never
know. Sardis and Hannibal schools together are less than 150
students less than Woodsfield. We have gone through enough
changes, though some have been good. Like the ones Mr. Abbott
has helped with. He worked with balancing things between two
elementary schools and has begun helping both staff, students
and families affected with the process of uniting as one school.
He has implemented programs and encouraged us to begin the
blending. To find Mr. Abbott has been assigned to Woodsfield
Elementary, on Tues, the 21st and that his last day will be the
22nd. It’s just not right to do to people.
I feel bad that Woodsfield Elementary will need a new principal,
but why disrupt three schools and almost double the students to
be affected. Mr. Elliott, how long have you known? I don’t feel
this is fair to Mr. Abbott either. Yes, he is professional and
will do what you ask him to do because he takes pride in his
profession and cares about those he works with. Was he asked or
told? Did you really look any further than your desk? I know you
have the right to switch staff as you see fit, but did you ask
for any feedback from the school board? Staff? Anyone?
You told me on the phone that Woodsfield was the largest
elementary school in the district and needed someone with the
experience to take over as principal? Surely there is more than
one person in the district who could be considered. Actually I
feel it is a bigger job to be principal at two different
locations and at the same time start the process of blending
them into one when the new school is built. This sounds
difficult to me, but Mr. Abbott has accomplished much. combined,
the Sardis and Hannibal schools are less than 150 students
behind Woodsfield. Do not our students deserve the best as well.
If there were three children in need does the bigger one deserve
help more than the two smaller ones? Are they all not important?
Mr. Abbott has been assigned to Woodsfield elementary, but when
I ask who Sardis
would be getting, you told me it had not been decided yet. Mr.
Elliott, you told me if we were not satisfied with who was
chosen that would be the time to say something. A little late
then, I’d think. We are satisfied now with Mr. Abbott.
I have had two granddaughters graduate from Woodsfield. So it’s
not that I am against any of the schools in the district. In
fact, we have two grandchildren in Powhatan, one in
Hannibal and two in Sardis. Thankfully none
will graduate eighth grade the same year. Many have had to
decide which graduation to attend, some deciding to go to none
because they didn’t want to show favoritism. Surely with only
six elementary schools, someone could come up with six different
days for 8th grade graduation and three for the high school with
none on the same day. It is an important day for most students
and to leave one the second theirs is over and try to get to a
cousins or friends takes away from it. Time and distance is a
factor, plus finding a place to park!
We missed Mr. Fuchs when he left at the end of last year but
felt he was in on the decision and wished him well. It was hard
for Mr. Abbott to come in to take his place, I’m sure, but he
did it and he did it well.
This being done at this time is like The Grinch Who Stole
Christmas. We try to guide our young students into tomorrow's
voting citizens. If we treat them with indifference, how will
they treat us, as the senior citizens of the future. Remember,
they will be the ones voting on our lives.
I find it hard to believe, the easy way is not being taken.
After all, what can we the property owner, tax payers do?
The students should have a constitution for the district to
abide by: We the students, who live in the district, assigned to
schools in our area or make transportation arrangements to go to
another, do each one have the right to the same high quality
education and standards as any other student in the district
has. That we are created equal and should be treated equal, so
help the Superintendent and School Board of their district.
This was written in haste as not much time was given to respond
but I know there are others in your reader area that feel the
same. I only hope to make a difference. I believe in children
and their fair treatment.
Charlotte Wells, tax payer, grandparent, concerned citizen
David Wells, tax payer, grandparents, concerned citizen
Drew Wells - student
I am writing in regards to the article you write called, “Along
the Winding Roads.” I know that you like to show interesting
places in Monroe County.
One place that I think readers would enjoy is where my cousin
Peggy Chaplin resides. She is almost 82 years old. Her home is
on a hillside along SR 7, near
Sardis. She has
77 steps that she climbs everyday just to get to her front door.
Her hillside front yard is completely decorated including the
railing on each side of her 77 steps. She decorates not only
outside but inside as well with lights and manger scenes
throughout. She is an incredible lady and takes pride in her
decorations. She may be almost 82 but is truly a kid at heart.
Folks come back for years just to see her front yard and
reminisce about memories of the decorations they remembered that
she displayed every year. She has been decorating for over 50
years. Please try to take a look at her hillside yard.
VIRGINIA M. MANN
Virginia Mae Broomhall Mann, 99,
Englewood, Fla., formerly of Somerton, died Dec. 20, 2010 at
Englewood Hospice House in
Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born Dec. 5, 1911 in
Dayton, a daughter of the late George and
Trella Moore Broomhall.
The family later moved to Somerton, where she grew up and
married Willard (Sock) Mann Aug. of 1931. The family moved to
Barnesville in 1954 before relocating to
She was a talented seamstress, a life member of the Order of
Eastern Star, a member of
Englewood United Methodist
Church where she was very
active for many years in her women’s prayer circle and the
Ladies Craft Guild.
Surviving are a brother, Willis Broomhall of
Englewood; a son, Richard (Sherry) Mann
of Gainesville, Fla.; two daughters, Shirley (Jack) Bell of
Barberton, Marilyn Ware (Jack) Anderson of Englewood; nine
grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and
nephews, all dear to her heart.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Charles Willard Mann April 7, 1994; a brother, William
(Martha) Broomhall; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Broomhall.
Friends were received Dec. 28 at Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral
Home, Barnesville, where services will be held Dec. 29, at 1
p.m. with Rev. Tom Detling officiating. Special music will be
provided by Larry Anderson. Burial follows in
Memorial contributions may be made to the charitable
organization of choice or to Tidewell Hospice,
5955 Rand Blvd.,
Condolences may be expressed at
MARILYN J. ENSINGER
Marilyn J. Ensinger, 80,
Sardis, died Dec. 25, 2010 at New
Care & Rehabilitation Center. She was born April 29, 1930 in Sardis, the daughter of
the late Fred and Daisy Rufener Bauman.
She was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ and a
former member of the Hilltop Homemakers.
Surviving are two sons, Roy W. (Susie) Ensinger, Jr., of Sardis,
Ken Ensinger of Powhatan Point; four sisters, Delores (Ray)
Straub of Sardis, Arlene Winkler of Caldwell, Janet (Sam) Straub
of Sardis, Janice (Fred) Miller of New Matamoras; two grandsons,
Jason (Sarah) Ensinger of Toronto, Derek Ensinger of Powhatan
Point; three great-grandchildren, Chase Meyer, Asher and Sadie
Cole; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Roy W. Ensinger.
Friends were received Dec. 28 at Grisell Funeral Home,
Clarington, where funeral services will be held Dec. 29, at 1
p.m. with Rev. Terry Pringle officiating. Burial will be in
Zion Memorial Garden,
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion United Church of
Christ Memorial Fund, Sardis, OH
Sympathy expressions at: grisellfuneralhomes.com
PHYLLIS M. PEVARSKI
Phyllis Mary Pevarski, 80, New Matamoras, fell asleep in death
on Dec. 25, 2010. She was born May 28, 1930 in Rayland, a
daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa Pietro of
She was a faithful and devout Jehovah’s Witness of the Marietta congregation.
She enjoyed cooking, baking and found great pleasure in taking
care of her family. She also found enjoyment in telling others
about the Good News of God’s Kingdom.
She was a devoted mother of five sons, John Allen Pevarski of Reno, Nev.,
Kerry (Lois) Pevarski of New Martinsville, Craig (Diane)
Pevarski of Hannibal, Glenn (Nanetta) Pevarski of Marietta,
David (Lori) Pevarski of Caldwell; sisters, Ann Julian of
Tiltonville, Mary Biardi of Dillonville, Vivian Suter of
Dillonville; a brother, Patsy Peitro of Rayland; grandchildren;
nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, John Pevarski, whom she had been married to for 33
years; a son, Keith and step-son, John Allen.
A memorial service will be held at the Marietta Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah’s Witnesses at a later date. McClure-Schafer-Lankford
Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at: www.mslfuneralhome.com
Robert Leonard Miller, 62, Woodsfield, died Dec. 24, 2010 at
Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy battle with
cancer. He was born Dec. 16, 1948 in
County, a son of the late
Henry B. and Ida M. Gallagher Miller.
He was an avid fisherman. He will be missed by everyone, because
he was always there to give a helping hand and do odd jobs for
Surviving are four sisters, Nancy (Michael) Young, Rita (James
Patrick) Shapley, both of Woodsfield routes, Catherine (Donald)
Bunting of Woodsfield, Beverly (Timothy) Dick of Jerusalem;
paternal uncle Elmer Thonen of Mt. Pleasant,; maternal aunts
Jenny Gallagher of Canton, Rosalie (Willis) Carpenter of
Beallsville; maternal uncle Larry (Judy) Gallagher of Junction
City; several cousins, nieces and nephews and their family and
Memorial service will be held Jan. 1, at 2 p.m. at the
Woodsfield Church of Christ Fellowship building, with Brent Roth
Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, in charge of
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Robert L. Miller
to the Cancer Gas Cards Inc. of Monroe County, co Shirley Brown, 48397 Keylor Hill Rd., Woodsfield,
OH 43793.Condolences can be
expressed at: www.bauerturner.com
HAROLD D. LYNCH
Harold D. Lynch, 66, Summerfield, died Dec. 15, 2010 at his
home. He was born March 26, 1944 in
Canton, a son of the late Opha and Goldia
Miller Lynch. He was a retired mechanic and a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving are a son, David Lynch; a sister, Eve Losey of Canton; and a brother, Roy
There will be no visitation or service. Burial will be held at
the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfiel
EDGAR L. RING
Edgar L. Ring, 84, Canton,
died Dec. 24, 2010 at Canton
Home. He was born Sept. 6,
1926 in Rinard Mills, a son of the late Herbert and Sarah
After graduating from
High School, he joined the
U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Lake Champlain during WWII.
He later served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a
loyal member of the Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18. On Feb.
19, 1955, he married Jeanne Elizabeth Malaney. They are members
of St. Theresa Little Flower Catholic Church.
Surviving are his loving wife of 55 years, Jeanne Ring; a son
Dan (June) Ring; four grandchildren, Veena, Rani, Ned and Wes,
two brothers, Eugene (Eileen) Ring, Paul (Marie) Ring, Bernard
Ring and sister, Rosalea (Doyle) Tatum; sister-in-law and
brother-in-law, Florence and Frank Thomas and numerous nieces
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
stepmother, Lillie Ring; an infant son, Michael and two
brothers, Herbert and William Ring.
Friends were received Dec. 27 in Reed Funeral Home North Canton
Chapel. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Dec. 28, in
Little Flower Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. John Zuzik as
celebrant. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.
Condolences may be offered at www.reedfuneralhome.com.