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to launch Monroe County’s Are You OK? program were from left Ruritan member
Margaret Schumacher, Alice Piatt of the Monroe Senior Center, Jean Baldwin,
Monroe County Council on Aging; Rick Hindman, director, AAA8; Ruth Payne,
Monroe County Council on Aging; Ruritan member Terry Hickman; Sheriff Chuck
Black; Jean Ackerman, Monroe County Council on Aging Treasurer; Francis
‘Sonny’ Block, Monroe County Council on Aging and Ruritan member Vernon
elderly people or homebound individual on a daily basis helps to reassure
their well being and provides a feeling of security. The Area Agency on
Aging 8 in partnership with The Monroe County Senior Center and County
Council on Aging is pleased to announce a new service called the RUOK? (Are
You OK?) program. This computerized telephone calling system is free and
available to seniors aged 60 and over and to disabled adults.
The system consists of a computer,
telephone, printer and the RUOK software housed at the Monroe County
Sheriff’s Office (provided through a grant from AAA8). The computer stores
subscriber names, numbers and call times. The system automatically calls
each person at a pre-determined time. When RUOK hears a voice response on
the phone it delivers a short pre-recorded message. System operators monitor
responses. If the RUOK subscriber does not answer after a pre-set number of
call attempts, an alert is given with the emergency contact information and
efforts are made to check on the subscriber’s welfare.
The Are You OK? telephone reassurance
system eases the concerns of friends and family who may find it difficult to
maintain consistent, reliable contact. It also helps guarantee the
independence of aging residents who live alone.
“Every day at a pre-arranged time,
RUOK automatically makes computerized monitoring calls inexpensively and
without interruption to normal community services,” said AAA8 Director Rick
Hindman. “RUOK is a great community service and we are pleased to help bring
it to the residents of Monroe through key county partnerships.”
The system is designed to check
at-risk adults on a daily basis in collaboration with the sheriff’s office
and Sheriff Black.
The program is not designed to
replace, but to supplement, emergency response systems. Funding support for
the program’s telephone line was provided by Monroe County Council on Aging
and Ruritan Club, as well as AT&T.
For more information or to sign up,
call the Senior Center at 740-472-1312.
Awarded for Eventual Move of Monroe County Court
by Arlean Selvy
Executive sessions commanded most of
the afternoon session of the Feb. 17 meeting of Monroe County commissioners,
who also opened bids for renovation of rooms which will accommodate County
Court. During the Feb. 23 meeting, bids were awarded.
The County Court offices are being
moved from the second floor to the first floor. Space formerly used by
the Soil and Water Conservation District will be converted to a courtroom;
the first floor conference room will be renovated to house the Adult
Probation office and space currently occupied by county commissioners will
be restructured as an office for the clerk of County Court.
Office space for the clerk of the
Board of County Commis-sioners will move to the second floor County Court
office and take over the adjoining office currently occupied by adult
probation officers. Com-missioners will hold weekly meetings in what is now
the County Court courtroom.
Four general contractor bids for the
reconstruction work were received and five other companies bid for
mechanical and electrical work.
Bidding for the general contract were
Combs Construction, Beverly, $79,243.46; Grae-Con Construction, Marietta,
$69,800; Pryor Construction, Weirton, $62,600 and Swiss Valley Associates,
Sardis, $65,710. Of the four, Comb bid $60,844 for HVAC and $25,146 for
electrical; Swiss Valley bid $57,325 for HVAC and $29,216 for electrical.
Bidding under Mechanical: Bee
Electric, New Martinsville, HVAC, $49,848; Brian’s Refrig-eration, Antioch,
HVAC, $53,196.50, electrical $21,981; Morrison Inc. Marietta, HVAC $52,648.
Under Electrical: Ables Elec-tric,
Cambridge, HVAC, $55,951 and electrical $24,255; Force Electric, Waterford,
electrical, $25,200; Pioneer Pipe, Marietta, electrical, $21,560.
Dave Haught, of Lee and Haught
Architects, Marietta, reviewed the bids and returned this week with his
recommendation, which were approved by commissioners. Awarded the general
contract was Pryor Construction; for mechanical, Bee Electric; for
electrical, Pioneer Pipe. Haught will now prepare contracts and obtain
building permits from the state.
Ronda Piatt, dog warden, asked about
getting a credit card to be used by persons transporting dogs for adoption
by agencies in neighboring areas and states. She feels this to be a better
way to maintain a paper trail.
Piatt reported St. Sylvester students
have been collecting change for the dog pound. The donations are earmarked
for the transportation program.
In a related matter, Piatt said she
will hold another Treasure Hunt this year to raise money for gasoline. It
was noted that time spent on this fundraising project is her personal time
and 100 percent of the money will go for the transportation program.
At the request of Jeanette Harter,
director, Job and Family Services, officials entered into executive session
at 2:45 p.m. for matters of confidentiality. Included in the session with
Commissioners John Pyles, Tim Price and Carl Davis were Harter and Bill
Long, JFS workforce supervisor. That session ended at 3:30 p.m. at which
time Long left the office. A second session started immediately and,
according to officials, was requested by Harter to discuss personnel with
regard to disciplinary action. The session ended at 4:25 p.m.
Officials took no formal action
following the sessions.
In another matter, Harter explained
amendments to contracts between JFS and GMN Tri-County CAC. Amendment. Three
contracts were reduced in spending amounts and one was increased by the
amounts reduced in each of the others.
Programs reduced in spending were:
Safety Top Priority
by Holly Gallagher
Power outages, tree removal, early
warning systems, and the changeover to digital television were some of the
topics discussed at the Feb. 17 meeting of Woodsfield Village Council.
Village Administrator Jeff Woodell
thanked employees and volunteers who helped with damage repair and clean-up
after the Feb. 11 windstorm. He estimated damages cost the village
Public safety is a top priority for Woodell. He presented a proposal to
council for an early warning system to alert residents in times of
Proposed is a system similar to that
of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District which places automated
telephone calls in cases of emergencies and reminds students of
certain scheduled events.
“How do we notify residents?” asked
His plan would warn residents of
situations such as boil orders, scheduled power outages, and street
sweeping. Information concerning the television cable system could
also be passed along to customers. He said Police
Chief Chuck Hamilton suggested an alert system could also be beneficial in
locating missing children. Woodell spoke with a representative of the school
district and was told the program cost is based on usage. The school
district pays about $450 per month and, according to Woodell, the village
would more than likely not have to utilize the system as much as the school
district, therefore reducing the village’s cost.
Councilman Bill Moore said that
he endorsed at least ‘exploring the cost’ of such a warning system. A motion
was unanimously passed to begin exploring the possibility of an alert
Woodell told council that in his 14
months as village administrator, there have been at least three
lengthy power outages near Westwood Landing and Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center. These outages have all been the result of tree
interference; either falling onto lines, transformers, or knocking down a
Woodell has located a company willing
to remove the trees and pay $3 a ton to the city. Woodell asked for
permission to contact the company and have the trees removed. The well-being
of citizens residing in both facilities is the main cause for concern.
Councilwoman Carol Hehr expressed her
views regarding the tree removal, saying, “I would like for you to compare
the cost of burying lines to cutting down trees.” She noted, “You cannot cut
down every tree.”
After some discussion, a motion was
made and unanimously passed to have the trees removed.
Woodell and Moore commented on the
television changeover from analog to digital and commended the cable company
for such a smooth transition. “The digital changeover was a success,” said
In other news, Councilman Dale
English asked members to explore the idea of changing the signs in front of
the Municipal Building. English said he would like to see “Village
Administrator Jeff Woodell” on the sign as well. Mayor Bill Bolon indicated
council will looked into the matter.
The meeting adjourned into executive
session for the purpose of personnel and land acquisition. No action was
taken after the session was concluded.
Beacon Wins Community Service Award, Delphos Herald President Honored ~
Monroe County Beacon won second place in the Community Service category of
this year's Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show sponsored by the Ohio Newspaper
Association, which also presented the prestigious President’s Award to
Delphos Herald Inc. President Murray Cohen.
The Community Service Award was accepted by Beacon Publisher
Arlean Selvy at the ONA annual conference held Feb 11-13 in Columbus. Of the
Beacon's Warm the Children project, judges wrote "a notable achievement
through promotion and editorial coverage." The Beacon, in 2007, won the
second place award in the ONA Hooper Competition Local Features category.
Judges for the Hooper Newspaper competition select winners in 13 classes for
General Excellence Awards in five circulation categories.
Cohen displays the plaque presented by ONA President Ken Douthit, president
of Douthit Communications in Sandusky. Cohen was honored for his many years
of dedication to and promotion of the
Ohio Newspaper Association. Cohen served on the ONA Board of Directors for
seven years. Delphos Herald Inc. encompasses more than a dozen newspapers in
Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin as well as
a newspaper printing plant, Eagle Print, located in Delphos. The Paulding
Progress, Paulding, Ohio, owned by Cohen, earned three awards for feature
writing. The Paulding publisher is Doug Nutter.
MARTHA E. LACAVA
Martha E. LaCava, 89, Rus-sell Ave.,
New Martins-ville, formerly of Sardis, died Feb. 17, 2009, at New Martins-ville
Health Care Center. She was born Nov. 20, 1919 in Sardis, the daughter of
the late George and Edna Straub Geokler. Sympathy expressions at
Matthew Allan Christman, 36,
Woodsfield, died Feb. 18, 2009. He was born March 18, 1972 in Barnesville, a
son of Charles and Rosalie Thomas Christman of Woodsfield. Condolences can
be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
Marines, dependents, naval personnel
and civilians who lived and worked aboard U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp
LeJeune in North Carolina between 1957 and 1987 may have been exposed to
highly contaminated water. Many of the chemicals present in the water are
known to cause various cancers and birth defects as well as other serious
The U.S.M.C. is asking everyone who
was at Camp LeJeune this time frame (with or without any health issues) to
register on their website at www.marines.mil for the Camp Lejeune Water
If you would like to find out more
information on the Camp LeJeune water contamination, please visit the
website of The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten at www.tftptf.com. TFTPTF has
an illness registry, historical documents library, photo gallery and
discussion board on the site.
The wise look ahead to see what’s coming,
but fools deceive themselves.
Each heart knows its bitterness, and
no one else can fully share its joy.
Well, guess what? I received my
stimulus check. Not really. It was just a refund check from the state income
tax. I was surprised it came so soon after I had mailed in my return. OK, it
was my money in the first place. It still seemed like getting money from
home without asking for it. Better than having to pay more. Much better than
the states that are sending IOU’s for tax returns.
The week that includes George
Washington’s birthday is National FFA week. I remember the Swiss Hills
Chapter, when it was active, made a big deal during the week with a number
of activities which include cherry pie for all faculty and FFA members and a
quiz for all students.
I happened to be looking through some
old Around the Burnside; I save them all. When I came across one I had
written some time ago. It was one when Around the Burnside was printed in
the Sentinel, along with my picture, and I failed to date it. I thought it
interesting so I am including it today as an example of what could be, and
how it was.
“Swiss Hills FFA strikes again. The
FFA team representing Ohio at the Eastern Exposition held in Springfield,
Mass., on Sept. 12, won first place in the Agricultural Mechanics skills
contests. Two of the three members are students in the Farm Management
program at Swiss Hills. As a result of their high finish in the state
contest last spring, Mike Kehl and Dan Brown were selected to represent the
state at the Big “E” exposition and Gary Cook, Junior Farm Management
Instructor, was chosen coach of the team. When the score was added up, Mike
Kehl was the top individual, Dan Brown was in fourth place and the third
team member from Marion County was the third place individual. These scores
added up to a two hundred point lead over the second place team. This win
coupled with a win by the Union Local Dairy team resulted in Ohio receiving
the sweepstakes award for finishing the highest when all contests are
considered. The Big “E” is a national
contest for the Eastern states.
We get all excited when a basketball
team makes it to the district tournament and all they have to do is beat two
teams. Compare this to the Swiss Hills record of five trips to a national
contest since 1976. The results of the trips? One first, two seconds, a
third and a seventh. If this isn’t a reason to stick out your chest and
brag, I don’t know what is. No chapter in the state can match this record.
Who said we don’t have anything to brag about?”
Is it any wonder you feel sad when
something you helped start has appeared to have died?
When you turn on the TV set, it isn’t
long until an advertisement comes on the screen wanting you to buy some kind
of a cure for an any thing medicine. This isn’t new. In the same article as
above I also wrote the following:
“How about Hadacol? I bet some of you
even took this medicine. As I recall the advertising Hadacol was a cure for
just about everything from cold sores to the bellyache. I wonder how many
gallons of the stuff was sold. I know whoever held the patent on it made a
mint. I wish I could remember some of the jokes about Hadacol. They were
going around about like W.Va. jokes today. Dad tried Hadacol for a time and
said, ‘This is the best medicine ever made.’ Why wouldn’t it be? It
contained 19 percent alcohol. This is higher proof than some wine.”
On a more serious note, it seems as
though we get over one and another is just around the corner. I’m talking
about elections. The May election will be rolling around before we know it.
As I see it, our school district has
an important vote coming up. Agree or disagree, to me it boils down to a
very few simple words, “to have or what ever, who knows?”
The plan appears to have everything
every area of the county has asked for. All voters know this plan costs
money. With the economy the way it is this makes it tough to decide how to
vote. The state has come through and offered to pay nearly two thirds of the
cost of the plan on a one time deal.
We have some outstanding young people
in our county. For example, the River cheerleaders, the River football tam,
Monroe Central cheerleaders, Beallsville and Monroe Central girls teams all
represent our county and school district as outstanding young men and women.
These are the ones we hear about. We hear very little about what some of our
other students are accomplishing. Somehow we should know more about these
students and what is happening in our schools to make us realize we have a
large number of outstanding students in our system. All they need is a
chance and decent facilities. End of story.
A certain amount of opposition is a
help, not a hindrance. Kites rise against the wind, not with it.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 2:4-11; (Tues.) John
10:11-18; From the Psalms (Wed.) 21:1-7; (Thurs.) 45:1-7; (Fri.) 72:1-7;
(Sat.) 110; (Sun.) Ezekiel 34:23-31.