GMN Receives State
Guernsey, Monroe, Noble Tri County Community Action Corporation
recently was awarded the prestigious Best Practices Award.
The statewide competition is sponsored by Ohio Association of
Community Action Agencies in cooperation with the Ohio
Department of Development.
A panel of judges from the Ohio State University John Glenn
Institute based their selection on measurable objectives. To be
eligible the program must be structured to be replicated
This year’s award recipient was the GMN Tri County L.I.F.E.
Program (Learning is For Everyone). Prevention Services Director
Misty Atkinson crafted and directs the program which is
implemented within the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District
and funded by the Monroe County Department of Jobs and Family
The program assists students with academic needs through
tutoring, cultural and social needs by providing opportunities
to explore cultures, art, and diversity, and career needs
through establishment of life goals and work readiness.
These students are afforded the opportunity, in many case, to
become “first generation” college graduates. An impressive 94
percent of participants in the GMN “LIFE” program raised their
grades by a grade point in a specific subject.
The awards ceremony took place at the Columbus Hyatt Regency on Capitol Square’s banquet room with several
hundred in attendance. GMN received the only Best Practices
Award in the State of
given in Results Oriented Management and Accountability Category
In accepting the award, GMN CEO Gary Ricer concluded, “We're
honored and humbled to accept this prestigious award which
further exemplifies the quality of my staff and the depth of our
Around the Burnside
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
I understand in
Washington, D.C. they had scheduled a meeting to discuss
Global Warming. They had to postpone it because of cold weather.
If it’s OK with you snowbirds, you can shut down on the snow for
awhile. We’ve had nearly two feet and it’s only the middle of
February. Save some for a little later on when it won’t last so
The TV went wild telling us the storm was on the way, sent
reporters all over the place, reported every hour on the hour.
I’d say they did an excellent job. Me? I just looked out the
window to see if it was still snowing. It was.
Growing up I really enjoyed snow. You jumped out of a warm bed
into a room without heat and kneel at the “Peggy”, that’s what
Mom called the chamber pot. If I wouldn’t have had to take back
then what’s called a water pill I would have had to wear
kneepads to bed.
Hurry down stairs and put on barn clothes over the longjohns,
behind the Warm Morning heater and head for the kitchen to eat
breakfast. Mom never let us go to the barn in the morning. I
look outside and how about that? A nice heavy snow fell last
night. Hog dog.
Buckle up the four buckle artics and head for the barn. More
than likely a stop at the super four holer on the way. I had
little choice until I started high school.
Milk the cows, feed the cats, wheel out you know what, climb up
to the hay loft, throw down hay, throw it in to the cows, carry
water to them, chickens have all taken the trip by now, carry
out the ashes, dig coal from under the snow and put on back
porch and head for the warm kitchen. Time to drink a glass of
warm milk and get ready to go to school. You then hurried to
school so you could get to school before it started so you could
help lay out a Fox and Geese track.
There were a couple of changes after I started high school. I
didn’t wear my longjohns because they made fun of them in phys
ed class and I worked things out so I wouldn’t have to stop at
the super four holer on the morning trip to the barn. I really
enjoyed it when we had a heavy snow. You know something? Kids
just don’t know how to have fun nowadays.
Even with these happy snows, I don’t remember catching anything
that a blob of or a smearing on of Vicks Salve didn’t take care
Here I sit writing and watching another happy snow fall. I’ve
only had my shoes on once in the last three days and am singing
my favorite song, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow.” Another week with
no school. I guess the snow is not all bad. It will give us
something to talk about during the hot weather come July.
I guess the football season is over for another year with the
Super Bowl. It sure doesn’t seem like its been going for 44
years. This was before we moved to Monroe
I understand more people watched the game on TV than any other
TV program on record.
Yes, we watched it at our house. I kind of wanted the Saints to
win. It was enjoyable to watch a game and not really care who
wins. much easier than watching an
Ohio State game, even when they win.
I have to say something about the halftime show. I thought the
light show was excellent but two old men in the middle screaming
and yelling, swinging their arms and shirttail coming out left
something to be desired. My hearing aids went on the blink again
as I did not understand one word they were singing if that’s
what you call it. I call it yelling and screaming.
The TV commercials create a lot of interest as they should for
three thousand bucks. My favorite as always is the Budweiser
Horse and longhorn calf this year.
All over till next year. I wonder who they will have for the
I hope the roads are clear enough for you to attend church
A bit of excellent advice: Always drink upstream from the herd.
The scenery has been breathtaking, but enough is enough. As the
snow continues to fall, scenes like this one are found
throughout the United States. It was reported
Sunday on the national news that 49 out of the 50 states had
snow. Guess which one didn’t ...
Hawaii, of course. The ice and snow has
made the roads hazardous. School children had the whole week
off, but life has gone on at the Beacon. This bridge is located
on County Road 15, near Rinard Mills.
Photo by Monica Blair
The Wichterman kids have been enjoying the piles of snow. After
the first significant snowfall, they built this eight foot
igloo. David, Rachel and Aaron, shown above, started out
building snow forts but then decided an igloo would be better.
It only took them a day to construct this snow structure. David,
16, is a student at
High School; Rachel, 12,
is a seventh grader at Woodsfield Elementary; and Aaron, 15, is
home schooled. The little guy sharing the igloo with the Rachel
is Boris. Photo by Martha
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays
these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed
rounds." Local mail carriers
have certainly lived up to the motto this winter. Connie Hines,
with a snowflake on her nose, is shown as she carries mail on Andover Road in
Woodsfield. Her route is regularly about nine miles but with the
piles of snow, it has been longer, she noted, because she can’t
take the short cuts. Mail carriers are required to be able to
carry a mail bag weighing up to 35 pounds.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Snow and Ice
by Martha Ackerman
It’s a winter to remember with snow blanketing the Ohio Valley
for weeks and ice making travel difficult. It was reported on
the national news Feb. 14 that 49 out of the 50 states had snow. Monroe County
certainly has its share with more accumulation predicted as the
Beacon goes to press.
and ice have put a strain on roofs, gutters and overhangs. To
the right shows the enormous icicle that forms on a building
near the Beacon.
Visibility was sometimes hampered by the very large snowflakes
which accompanied the recent storms. With 15-20 inches of
accumulated snow already on the ground, another 6-10 is being
predicted as the Beacon goes to press.
Photo by Monica Blair
U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH), a member of the
Appropriations and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committees, recently announced he has helped secure $262,200 for
the Graysville and Community Volunteer Fire Department in Monroe
from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance
to Firefighters Grant Program. Sen. Voinovich wrote a letter of
support on behalf of the fire department.
“I am pleased the Graysville and Community Volunteer Fire
Department was awarded these funds,” Sen. Voinovich said. “Our
firefighters need the proper resources to protect their
communities. These funds will help Ohio’s first responders carry out their vital
Won’t Seek the Democratic Nomination
State Representative Jenni-fer Garrison announced recently she
will not seek the Democratic nomination for Ohio Secretary of
“I have truly enjoyed meeting Ohioans from all walks of life
during the six-month campaign.
is blessed to have a diverse landscape and people. I feel
thankful and humbled by the support I have received from my
colleagues, labor and Ohioans,” Garrison said.
“While I have determined this is not the right time for me and
my family to seek this office, my utmost hope is that the voters
will challenge all Secretary of State candidates to explain how
they will increase voter participation and facilitate business
growth in Ohio.”
Garrison continued by saying, “I ask the next Secretary of State
to be committed to the principles of transparent and fair
elections and to concentrate on increasing voter participation.
House Bill 260, otherwise known as the Elections Enhancement
Bill, is a good start. This legislation requires automatic voter
registration every time an Ohioan touches state government,
whether through renewing a driver’s license or applying for
state benefits. This bill goes a long way toward increasing
voter participation and reducing allegations of fraud within the
voter registration process. I ask both Republican and
Demo-cratic candidates to commit their support for this bill.”
Garrison does not plan to seek re-election to the Ohio House of
Garrison was instrumental in securing over $53,000,000 in state
funding for six new schools: Beallsville K-12, Woodsfield
Elementary K-8, Skyvue Elementary, Monroe Central
High School, a combined Hannibal and Sardis Elementary, Powhatan Elementary and the
Darren Dale Edmond Stimpert, 21,
Lewisville, died Feb. 8, 2010 at his
home. He was born March 13, 1988, Marietta, a son of Jody Stimpert Baker of
Woodsfield, and the late Randy E. Stimpert (2003).
He graduated from
School in 2006. He enjoyed dirt
bikes, four-wheelers, listening to music and playing video
Surviving are his mother and step-father, Jody and Troy Baker of
Woodsfield; two sisters, Melissa and Melanie Stimpert; a
step-brother, Dylan Baker; grandparents, Winnie (Kate) Stimpert
of Lewisville, Dale and Hilda Blackstone of Lewisville, Karen
and Wayne Harper of Woodsfield; and many aunts, uncles, cousins
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a
grandfather, Jerry E. Stimpert in 2006.
Friends were received until time of memorial service Feb. 12 at
Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev. William Graham
officiating. Burial was at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Darren Stimpert
Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens National Bank,
143 S. Main St.,
Condolences may be expressed at
JUANITA V. STALDER
Juanita V. Stalder, 82, Sardis,
died Feb. 13, 2010 at the
Monroe County Care
Center. She was born Nov.
23, 1927 in Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Margaret and
She was a farm wife who enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing and
raising calves. She was a member of the Zion United Church of
Christ, Sardis. She was the best mother six farm kids
could have hoped for. She supported all of their endeavors and
whims, and taught them much.
Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Glen Stalder; three sons,
Glen (Brenda) Stalder, Jr. of Beallsville, Nelson (Flora Jean)
Stalder of Woodsfield, David (Sherrie) Stalder of Sardis; three
daughters, Connie (Joe) Frye of Hannibal, Cindy (Dave) Jamison
of Kansas City, Mo., Sandy (Bruce) Frey of Phillipsburg, NJ; a
brother, Robert (Eleanor) Young of Graysville; a sister, Sue
(Mark) Martinka of Pickerington; 16 grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a
brother, Donald Young; and great-granddaughter, Isabella Stalder.
Friends were received Feb. 16 at Grisell Funeral Home,
Clarington, where funeral services will be held Feb. 17 at 11
a.m. with Rev. Glen Shedlock officiating. Burial will be in
Zion Memorial Gardens,
Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Church of Christ,
50445 SR 536, Sardis, OH
43946 or the Alzheimers
Association, Central Ohio Chapter,
3380 Tremont Rd., Columbus, OH 43221.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
DOROTHY D. PADEN
Dorothy D. Paden, 97,
658 James St., New Martinsville, died
Feb. 9, 2010 at the New Martinsville Health Care Center. She was
born Dec. 14, 1912 at Bens Run,
W.Va., a daughter of the late Ed and
Cora Ann Williamson Mikes.
She was a former dietary aide from the
Hospital, New Martinsville; had worked at the
glass house in Paden City;
was a member of the Steelton Church of Christ, New Martinsville;
and was a member of the Wetzel county Senior Citizens. She loved
quilting, sewing, crocheting and flowers.
Surviving are three daughters, Barbara (Dan) Probst of Paden
City, Linda (Larry) Zumpetta of New Martinsville, Joyce Wise of
New Martins-ville; a brother, Edward Mikes of
Canton; three sisters, Helen Storlik of Alliance, Betty Lou Detchon of Alliance,
Marjorie Beaver of
City; 14 grandchildren; 23
great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and several nieces
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Ralph Paden on Dec. 5, 1989; a daughter, Rosalie Cline;
three brothers, Robert Mikes, Roy Mikes, Willard Mikes; two
sisters, Mary Buchanon, Doris Smith; two sons-in-law, Bill Wise,
Kenneth Cline; and a great-grandson, Drew Cain.
Friends were received Feb. 12 at Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home,
New Martinsville, where funeral services were held Feb. 13, with
Ed Melott officiating. Burial followed in
Gardens, Paden City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer
Society, 3901 Briscoe Rd., P.O. Box 4451,
Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Online
condolences at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
Paul E. Mellott, 77, SR 78, Clarington, died Feb. 8, 2010 at Wetzel County
Martinsville. He was born Aug. 9, 1932 in Cameron, a son of the
late Elbert H. and Anna Johnson Mellott.
He was a retired millwright from Conalco Corporation; a member
of the USWA #5760; Moose Lodge #931, New Martinsville;
Sistersville BPOE #333; Moriah Lodge #105 F & A.M., Powhatan
Point; VFW Post 9930 Duffy; American Legion Post #760 Hannibal;
Osiris Shrine Temple, Wheeling; a U.S. Army veteran and a
Protestant by faith.
Surviving are his eldest daughter, Linda (Art) Lude of Sardis,
and her children, Justin, Sarah, Joshua, Jeremy and Joe; three
great-grandchildren, Serena, Rylee and Cade; his wife Betty
Mellott, their three children together, Tom (Debie) Mellott of
Clarington, Tammy (Morgan) Givens of Howard and Tim (Chris)
Mellott of Clarington; three grandchildren, Bryan, Megan and
Abby Mellott; a sister, Patty (Bud) Herndon of West Liberty; and
several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a
brother, Ray Mellott; and a sister, Martha Hill.
Friends were received Feb. 11 at Grisell Funeral Home,
Clarington, with Masonic Services and funeral services were held
Feb. 12, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial was in
Memorial contributions may be made to Moose Lodge #931, 180
North St., New Martinsville, WV 26155 or to
Burn Center, 91 Kruger St.,
Sympathy expressing at grisellfuneralhomes.com