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Feb. 5, 2009

<~ Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder ~

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ...  the ice and snow covered roads, power lines and trees last week to create a virtual winter wonderland ...  It was beautiful if you didn’t have to travel those roads, which reached a level 2 for several days in Monroe and surrounding counties. State, township and village road crews, as well as power crews, worked tirelessly to keep the roads passable and the power lines, which were ice covered, repaired. Spring is only 43 days away!!
                                                                         Photo by Martha Ackerman

 <State Americanism Winner

Gerald White, director, Americanism and Youth Activities for the American Legion of Ohio, is shown with Flint Postle, who is a state winner in the 2008 Americanism and Government contest. Also shown, from left, are Flint’s parents Amy and Brad Postle, Robert Spear, county chairman for the Americanism program; back: Jim Miller, Cecil Smittle and Charles Clegg, members of the American Legion Ohio Valley Post 760.                                

 Photo by Martha Ackerman

Flint Postle and his parents Brad and Amy look over photos from previous Americanism trips to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. As a state winner, Flint will be enjoying the five-day, all-expense paid trip March 9-14.

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        It’s off for the trip of a lifetime for Flint Postle, a sophomore at River High School. Flint is a state winner in the Americanism and Government Test taken by 70,000 sophomores, juniors and seniors in 2008.
        “I don’t think of this trip as a reward,” said Gerald A. White, director, Americanism and Youth Activities for the American Legion of Ohio. “This is something you’ve earned,” he told Flint Feb. 2 at River High School
        The trip consists of a five-day, all-expense paid trip to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.  Flint will spend March 9-14 on a whirlwind, educational trip which, according to White, has a value of $20,000. Some of the stops will be the new Gettysburg Visitor’s Center and battlefield, Washington Cathedral, the Kennedy Center, Washing-ton, D.C. memorials and Arlington National Cemetery where the group will participate in the laying of a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.
        Flint’s test made its way through local, county and district competition to be chosen as one of six state winners from this district - two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors. The district is made up of seven counties.
        On hand for the announcement were Flint’s parents Brad and Amy Postle; American Legion Ohio Valley Post 760 members Robert R. Spear, chairman of the Americanism program; Jim Miller, Cecil Smittle and Charles Clegg; and Dr. Vincent Monseau, principal of River High School.
        Noting that the group will be well chaperoned, White assured the Postles of their son’s safety.
        “Flint is setting a great example for those who follow him,” said Monseau, who was referring to the sophomore’s five siblings.
        Flint participates in the football, wrestling and track programs at River High School.
        According to Clegg, this is the third state winner from Monroe County in the last 10 years.    

<~ Student Council Helps Others ~

        St. Sylvester Central Catholic School’s student council displayed the true meaning of helping others as they raised money which was donated to three organizations.  Pandora Neuhart, Warm the Children coordinator, received a check for $250 from Anne LaFollette, student council president. The money will help purchase new warm winter coats and boots for needy children. According to student council advisor Diane Burkhart, the school also donated $400 to Models for Veterans and $150 to an orphanage. Shown with Pandora Neuhart and Anne LaFollette are, from left, front: Hannah Jones, Kaleigh Marley, Brooke Dick; back: advisor Diane Burkhart, Micah Roberts, Lindsey Froehlich, Abby Swallow and Justin Saffle. Absent was Christa Russell   

<County Eyes Study for Railroad

by Arlean Selvy
        Discussion concerning a feasibility study for a revived railroad along the riverfront was held at the Feb. 2 meeting of  Monroe County commissioners, who also met the new Wildlife Specialist officer.
        Tom Scott, economic developer  and Bill Long, Job and Family Services workforce supervisor, discussed the idea of re-opening the railroad tracks both north and south of Ormet, which owns the rail northward to Powhatan Point.
        Scott said he planned to set up a meeting for all those involved who wish to attend.
        According to Scott, a feasibility study would probably cost in the neighborhood of $15,000 and would take eight weeks to 60 days to complete.
        Meetings are set to be held this week with two separate consultants.
        Scott said he wants to speak with representatives of Artco Steel and Murray Energy as well as Norfolk Southern Railroad.
        According to discussion, Scott would like to have a two-phase feasibility study: first, to learn what may be done right now to accommodate Artco and secondly, extending the rail south.
        In another matter, Commission President John Pyles read a letter from Buckeye Hills - Hocking Valley Regional Development with regard to a list of water and sewer projects for inclusion in the economic stimulus list It was noted that congressional representatives are asking for prioritized list of the county’s top three projects.
        Scott said he would review the information and draft a response for review by commissioners.
        According to discussion, a Lee Township water/sewer project and a water project on Grizzle Ridge are viewed as priority. Pyles also mentioned the possibility of a sewer/water project for Monroe Water Authority.

        Tammy Jones, project manager Monroe Soil and Water Conservation District, introduced Dave Schott, recently hired as the Wildlife Forestry Specialist.
        Schott replaces Chad Hammond, former wildlife specialist, and Carl Davis,
        Schott comes to the position with experience, being one of the first wildlife specialists hired in the state. He has 11 years experience and worked in Guernsey County until coming to Monroe.
        Schott said he is the person countians should call in the case of damage caused by animals such as geese and deer. He also deals with forestry management.
        Jones said the agricultural related duties of Davis, who now serves as county commissioner, will be split between herself and Schott.
        “I’m glad to be here and serve Monroe County,” said Schott.
        Jeanette Harter, director, JFS, reported the agency’s policy manual has been completed.
        In another matter, commissioners adopted the JFS Credit Card Policy submitted by Harter and approved by Prosecuting Attorney Lynn  Riethmiller.
        Harter requested and was granted an executive session for matters of confidentiality. No action  was taken following that session, which lasted from 11:21 a.m. to 12:03 p.m.
        Harter returned to the meeting during the afternoon session for matters concerning the county’s general fund budget. She reported general fund bills amounting to about $40,000 and said officials will have to borrow. She suggested $30,000 should cover the amount needed.
        A request for advance of property taxes in the amount of $19,938.66 was approved.
        Concerning a bank loan, Harter indicated she would arrange for a bank representative to meet with officials on Wednesday, Feb. 4.                       Commissioners plan to continue session beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 4.

< Woodsfield Cable Ready for Digital Conversion Feb. 17

by Arlean Selvy
        Customers of Woodsfield  Television Cable Co. need not go out and purchase a converter box to receive digital transmission.
        This information was reinforced at the Feb. 2  meeting of Woodsfield Village Council.
        According to Jeff Woodell, village administrator, the village cable system is ready to accept digital when the conversion is made.
        It was noted that some TV  screens have gone black during test periods conducted by  channels 7, 9 and 4. Woodell explained that those stations are currently using analog and the village cannot change to digital until the stations convert.
        Testing has been going on for about three weeks and usually is done at noon.
        In other matters, Woodell reported on water, street and light plant crews and the work done due to extreme weather conditions.
        Councilman Dale English mentioned that vehicles are parking on the streets in areas where they are not supposed to park when it snows.
        Police Chief Chuck Hamil-ton said he will coordinate with Donnie Weber, street department superintendent, to make sure the vehicles are moved before clean-up crews arrive. It was noted that this will also save some ticketing.
        English expressed thanks to departments for their work. “They did a great job.”
        Councilwoman Carol Hehr echoed English’s commendations. “The guys did a tremendous job,” she said.
        Hehr announced all invoices for the walking trail have been received. She said the village should soon get a reimbursement check of about $60,000.

< Obituaries

        William ‘Bud’, ‘Bill’ Hamilton Shelton, 87, passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2009, at New Martinsville Health Care Center after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 6, 1922, in Akron, the son of the late Roy and Gladys Nicholson Shelton.
        Sympathy expressions at www.grisellfuneralhomes.com
        Terry G. “Teddy Bear” Brown, 62, 42966 Road Fork Rd., Caldwell, died Feb. 1, 2009 at his home. He was born July 21, 1946 near Stafford, a son of the late Charles and Ethel Dunn Brown.
        Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfunralhome.com.
        James William “Bill” Prickett, Sr., 77, died Dec. 30, 2008 from an aneurysm. He was born June 1, 1931, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of the late William and Flota Prickett, formerly of Lewisville.
        Clarence Edward “Ed” Brown, 65, 39736 SR 800, Woodsfield, died Jan. 31, 2009 at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1943 at Mechanicsburg, a son of the late Clarence and Ina Randall Brown.
        Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfunralhome.com

        Donald E. Cline, Sr., 68, SR 78, Summerfield, died Jan. 31, 2009, at the Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell. He was born March 1, 1940, at Marietta, a son of the late Charles L. and Mary Smith Cline.        Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

        Glenna P. Shockency, 81, 46980 Robin Rd., Woodsfield, formerly of Lima, died Jan. 29, 2009 at Wheeling Hospital. She was born March 3, 1927 in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Jay and Nola Mathis Christian.
        Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfunralhome.com
        Trella Louise Froehlich, 95, Barnesville, died Jan. 28, 2009, at Barnesville Health Care Center. She was born Dec. 10, 1913, in Somerton, a daughter of the late Henry and Louise Christman Ackerman.
Condolences may be sent to www.campbellplumlymilburnfuneralhome.com

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        In the Dec. 25, issue of the Beacon, Tracey R. Lucas wrote a letter to the editor concerning our school system, and its problems.
        I find that letter hard to understand, and I may be wrong, but it seems that Tracey thinks that the schools of Monroe County is all about sporting events and the arts.
        It would seem to me that the issue should be all about our children getting an education in academics.
        Fun is fun … work is work.
        In all the years since our county school system has been in existence, just how many of our students has gotten a job playing the sports or serving in the bands?
        There was a time that academics were the purpose of our schools, and the students excelled in the academic world.
        For too many years now, we have become addicted to letting sports rule the mind of our children, parents, and grandparents.
        Most of the ill will between our schools comes from the sports scene. Even hatred towards each other becomes the norm.
        All this because of the emphasis on sports instead of academics.
        Maybe it is high time we get back to the basics?
Hilbert Ault

<Around the Burnside

The talk of fools is a rod for their back, but the words of the wise keep them out of trouble.
        An empty stable stays clean, but no income comes from an empty stable.
        What do you think? I’ll tell you what I think. I think we’ve had enough winter to last us for this year and here it is February just getting started. We have March to look forward to. Plus my nose is running like sap from a tree and I’ve quit eating peanut butter for a spell. Actually I’m quite cozy.
        I’m also glad I do not have outside chores to do. I guess we had snow when I was a kid but I don’t remember missing any days of school because of the weather. Most of us walked. Then we only had eight months of school. I guess maybe there wasn’t that much to learn back then; however, they did teach us something that might well be taught nowadays. Respect for one thing.
        A couple of things you hear over and over on TV now is “Go Green” and because we have so many fat kids they should “play” for an hour every day.
        Many of us had chores before and after school to do so we didn’t need an hour’s play every day. Those for who didn’t have chores were usually outside doing something.
        When we had snow we could not wait to tramp out a Fox and Geese track when we got to school. Normally it was a double track and everyone was out running. If you don’t know what a Fox and Geese track is, you missed out on a lot of fun. We found things to do outside when the snow came. We were even known to throw a snowball or two now and then. Try that today and it’s off to the office.
        This kind of weather it wasn’t surprising to see you know what running from someone’s nose. No problem, just snuff it back in or wipe it off with your sleeve. Gross isn’t it? (I still do, old habits are hard to break).
        The following is an example of a possible happening yesterday and today.
        Jeffery will not sit still in class; he disrupts other students.
        1957: Jeffery sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
        2007: Jeffery is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffery has a disability.
        Only went out of the house once yesterday. Helped Esther clean the ice off our car. Didn’t even go to the post office. Probably had a bill or two as it’s the end of the month. They will wait. I understand the post office is only wanting to deliver mail five times a week. I guess they are not in line for a stimulus payment.
        I made a stupid mistake the other day and as most mistakes it did cost me a tink or more. I’m not sharing what I did but I’m probably the only one that has an atomic thermometer on each side of our house. One is reading 29.3 degrees and the other 32.0 degrees. I guess this might determine which side of the house to sit.
        I got an interesting discussion of Ohio winters on the computer a few days ago. I wish I could share it with you but there are a number of impolite but forceful words regarding the person driving the snowplow in their driveway, plus the salt and the number of deer running loose in Ohio. Very true to life.
        Now you Steeler fans know if they are champs or chumps. For your sake I hope they won. I understand what it feels like to lose. Believe it or not I enjoy the commercials more than the ball game. In  fact, I think they have a program on TV of the Superbowl commercials. I would guess for three million bucks for 30 seconds they should be outstanding. This is supposed to make us feel good.
        What am I complaining about? I look out a back window and I see a beautiful white trackless layer of white snow. Our neighbor’s backyard hedges with a snow cap, cars covered with ice and snow, snow and ice sticking to each branch of the trees giving them a white show, the deck around the house with undisturbed snow. What could be more beautiful? Put this on a post card and everyone would say “how beautiful.” That’s exactly where it belongs, on a post card, not my backyard.
        Did you happen to see the Steeler fans arriving in Tampa yesterday? Seventy degrees and the sun shining. Not much fun coming home.
        OK, by the way, did you get your supply of Steeler Paczki (Punch-key) to eat during the game? Riesbeck’s made black and gold Paczki in honor of the Steelers. I’m not sure if I’ll get in town to pick up a couple or not. They have black icing with gold smeared on top. The way the roads look and level two alert I might just stay at home. I do have to get this to the Beacon office, but I still have a day to go.
        No one ever says, “It’s only a game when their team is winning.”
        I’ve reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.
        Church Sunday? Good!
        Bible readings: From Esther (Mon.) 2:1-11; (Tues.) 2:15-18; (Wed.) 2:19-23; (Thurs.) 3:7-13; (Fri.) 7:1-10; (Sat.) 8:3-8; (Sun.) 4:1-3, 9-17.