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February 3, 2011

The World’s Largest Concert has been a highlight of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) since 1985. This year Powhatan Elementary’s 4th grade class will be a part of that filmed production. Shown from left, are, front: Austin Bishop, Kit Vucelich, Macey Ladyga, Mackenzie Brown; row 2:  Jennifer Bohach, Powhatan Music Teacher; Abagail Moore, Ian Eller, Carsyn Reynolds, Avery Kinkade; row 3:  Jacson Muldrew, Kaine McLeod, Mytch Ivey, Makayla Snider, Isabella Swords, Jenna Hodges; row 4:  Lexie Moore, Brandi Graham, Candace Caldwell, James Hendershot, Charles Longwell, Dustin Cline. Not pictured:  Powhatan 4th Grade Teacher, Ruth Ann Cook. Photo Submitted

Powhatan 4th Grade Singers
Part of Filmed Production

Switzerland of Ohio Local School District's Powhatan Elementary School’s 4th grade class will share their love for singing with many other students across the world. They have been accepted to be included in the National Association for Music Edu-cation 2011 World’s Largest Concert DVD. 

The students rehearsed “We the People” in their music classes this past fall and then with the help of Jared Thompson of Thompson Video Productions, were filmed on the front steps of the Historic Monroe County Courthouse.  The video was then submitted to the National Association for Music Education’s World’s Largest Concert Committee for review.  Powhatan teachers, Jennifer Bohach and Ruth Ann Cook, recently received confirmation that their video footage has been accepted. 

MENC: The National Association for Music Education presents the World’s Largest Concert® (WLC®) in March 2011. The World’s Largest Concert has been a highlight of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) since 1985. A sing-along concert linking students around the world through music, the World’s Largest Concert reached an estimated 6 million students, teachers and music supporters in recent years. This year’s program features themes of U.S. and world cultures, and music’s power to transform lives. A DVD of the program, featuring video recordings of school ensembles from around the nation, is available for purchase from MENC.

Students who participated in the filming are: Austin Bishop, Kit Vucelich, Macey Ladyga, Mackenzie Brown, Jennifer Bohach, Powhatan Music Teacher, Abagail Moore, Ian Eller, Carsyn Reynolds, Avery Kinkade, Jacson Muldrew, Kaine McLeod, Mytch Ivey, Makayla Snider, Isabella Swords, Jenna Hodges, Lexie Moore, Brandi Graham, Candace Caldwell, James Hendershot, Charles Long-well, Dustin Cline and Powhatan 4th Grade Teacher, Ruth Ann Cook.

 

Our Readers Write 

Dear Editor,

As you all may know, there is an event that happens every year in Monroe County that helps raise money for the research of cancer. The people that know about this event called the "Relay for Life" will also know that I (don't peek ahead at the closing to see who "I" refers to just yet, keep reading and see if you can guess) have been a part of it for some time now, in more ways than one. 

Whether it be galavanting around in a dress and wig flaunting what God gave me to all the menfolk, or walking in the wee hours of the morning so other people can nap, I was a part of it whenever possible. Well through the collaboration of my two loves, Julie Hupp Ellenwood (ex-babysitter) and Ginger Moore McConnell (who looks great with short hair), I was coerced into taking the committee chair position this year. 

So this is me asking for the help of the community in making the event even better than the years before, not for me, but for the people that have been affected by this disease. We are trying something new this year by moving up the Relay for Life event to June 11th and 12th at the Midway Hilltop Community Center. As we figured "midway" would be great for everybody that had travel complaints. :) Just some quick statistics: We finished 3rd in Ohio per capita last year and raised over $50,000 dollars and received a very prestigious banner for doing so. Ginger and Julie have placed a price on my head this year, as  they feel that I can surpass anything previous. I ask for your continued support.

By supporting the Relay for Life, you help make the American Cancer Society's services and progress possible, and that helps us all move closer to our ultimate goal: a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Having said that, the money does not go to local establishments (there are none) to help our immediate area, but go to the ACS to help moving forward, whether through helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, or fighting back. This all means that the more we make, the more we help, everybody. So I beg you to support any Relay events that may be happening in our immediate area, for it is our loved ones, our friends, and our community that is affected by all of this. With all this being said, I bid you adieu.

Thank you for your support, past, present, and future.

God Bless,
Timothy Danial Price

Around the Burnside     

People who know what they are talking about spoil some of the best arguments.

Consideration for others can mean taking a wing instead of a drumstick.

I sure wish I could write about something except the snow and weather. Cheer up because spring is only around 50 days away. I think we are in for winter until winter is over.

Steeler fans are happy. Another trip to the Super Bowl. I hope they make it; however, I’m not one of the dyed in the wool Steeler fans. In fact, I do not get very excited about any professional sport for that matter. I guess OSU is enough plus our local teams.

I couldn’t help but think, while I was sitting in my easy chair, how I would have liked to have paid a couple hundred bucks or more to be able to sit outside in 15 degree weather to watch 22 men try to make it 100 yards. Oh well, Go Steelers; add another Super Bowl ring.

It happens. Several days ago I was watching an OSU basketball game. I sometimes act like a Steeler fan when watching OSU.

The game was close and only had a minute or so to go. OSU got the rebound and started down the floor and wouldn’t you know; just then my TV went blank. After a few well chosen words, I can’t repeat here, I called my son in Caldwell. The first thing he said was, “Don’t tell me what happened.” He was watching it through his DVR and thought the game was over. After I explained I wanted to know what was going on as my TV went blank. He then relayed to me the action. My TV then started to come back, one, two, three and finally five and I got to watch the final several seconds. They won!

Sometimes it makes me feel good. I think I’ve mentioned how well I like to hear what the experts have to say before and during a game. Well, the other day I watched the last part of game day. They pick who will win several games. All three of the “know it all” experts picked Illinois to beat OSU in their upcoming ball game. All were wrong and I bet none of the three will say anything about being wrong. I like the Bradshaw bunch who keep track of their choices and tell you.

While I’m on this subject, have you ever thought how many TV commercials you are expected to watch during a football or basketball or any sport for that matter> During every break they expose you to four to six commercials not counting half time. I would just like to know how many total we watch during the game. Very, very few apply to anything we use.

It’s not all bad, I guess, as they pay for putting it on TV and it does give you a bit of a break time to go to the bathroom or get a snack from the kitchen. Three million or more for a short ad during the Super Bowl?

Guess what? the man said we were going to get a dusting and sure enough it’s started to dust. I hope it doesn’t pile up a lot of that white dust. We should be used to the stuff by now.

The State of Ohio had, during 2010, what an article I read called a “Booze Boom”. It was the increase in sales of spirituous liquor. This is booze containing more than 21 percent alcohol. Sales totaled 11 million gallons which were 269,824 increase over 2009. I can’t even imagine 11 million gallons of anything. To put it in a little perspective, an aquarium in Atlanta holds eight million gallons of water for a 15-year-old whale to swim around in. Maybe other fish along with it. This doesn’t count the gallons of beer and alcohol drinks having less than 21 percent, if there are those. If you would put them all together it would fill a good size pond. I wonder how many gallons of alcohol beverages were consumed before and during the recent Steelers game? Sounds like a lot of headaches.

To buy this stuff $753.7 million dollars were spent. This was 19 million more than 2009 and then ain’t hay. Maybe, I wonder, part of this money goes for liquor law enforcement, alcohol treatment, education and prevention.

In case you are interested, Kamchatka Vodka is the largest seller with Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey second.

Did you listen to the President’s State of the Union speech last night? I didn’t. The Ohio State basketball team had an important game with number eight Purdue at the same time. Not much of a problem making a choice what to watch.

I sometimes wonder why our people in Washington do not operate as the OSU team did last night? They worked together, no one tried to get all the credit, if some had a better shot it was passed to them, regardless of who was playing they all had the desire to do what was best to win, with more of them saying “It’s my way or none” OSU won by over 20 points.

Looks like the dusting has slowed for a while. 

People sometimes forget that only a rat can win a rat race.

Church again Sunday. 

Beware of the Grandparent Scam

by Martha Ackerman
Publisher

Beware … there are some unsavory characters in this world and there is a scam going around locally that targets grandparents. 

A local senior received a call a couple of weeks ago supposedly from her granddaughter. The caller identified herself by name as the woman’s granddaughter. She told the grandparent that she was in Canada and that she was in the back seat of a friend’s car when they were stopped and arrested for having a “substance” in the trunk of the car. 

The caller was crying, the connection bad and the local resident became very concerned. The “granddaughter” said she would not have to go to jail or have the incident on her record if the grandmother would wire $6,000 to an address in Houston, Texas. She was not to call the granddaughter’s mother. The granddaughter wanted to tell her face-to-face. 

A man, supposedly a police officer, got on the line and told the woman how to wire the money and even found the closest Western Union to wire it. She was told not to say anything to anyone when she was wiring the money or her granddaughter would go to jail and have it on her permanent record. 

Of course, wanting to help her granddaughter, the woman withdrew the money and went to Moundsville to wire the money. The grandmother forgot she wasn’t supposed to tell anyone. When she told the lady at the Western Union counter, the lady questioned the grandmother as to why if the granddaughter was in Canada, the money was being wired to Texas. So the woman called the phone number the man had given her and questioned the fact. He became angry and told her to call him when she got home. This got the woman thinking and she didn’t wire the money (she was supposed to call him as soon as the money was wired). The man became very angry and told the woman to go home and call him again.

On the way home the grandmother began thinking some of the words really didn’t sound like her granddaughter … the family usually tried to protect her from problems … and, of course, the man’s anger. 

When she returned home, he woman called her daughter and was told her granddaughter was just coming home from a student teaching job and was definitely not in Canada.

At that point she didn’t call the Beacon.

A few days later she found out that the previous month, another local resident received the same type call and she paid the $6,000 only later to find out it was a scam. She lost the money.

In a May 2010 edition of the Daily Jeffersonian appeared the following advice, so this scam has been going around a long time:

Protect yourself from the Grandparent Scam:

• If you receive a call from someone claiming to be your grandchild in distress, don't disclose any information before you have confirmed it really is your grandchild.

• If a caller said, "It's me, grandma!" Don't respond with a name but instead let the caller explain who he or she is. One easy way to confirm their identity is to ask a simple question that your grandchild would know such as what school he or she goes to or their middle name.

• One of the ways that these scammers are getting information about their potential victims is by visiting social media web site, such as Facebook or MySpace. Check the security settings on any social media accounts that you may have. Make sure the settings only allow people that you have confirmed as friends to access any personal information.

• If you have fallen victim to the scam, report the incident immediately to local police and the Ohio Attorney General's Office at 1-800-282-0515 or www.speakoutohio.gov 

 

District Receives $483,329 DLT Grant
by Martha Ackerman
Publisher

The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District has received a competitive USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant which provides access to education, training and health care resources in rural Ohio. The grant was written and submitted by Tess Hill, technical coordinator for SOLSD. The grant was discussed at the meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School Board held Jan. 27 at the school office.

According to George Richardson, administrative assistant, SOLSD, the money will be used for routing, wiring and mobile computer labs. “I’m very happy about it,” said Richardson, who noted that this grant would provide the means to have more than the minimum standard of technology in the new school buildings. “This grant will help add technology to make our students competitive with those in the rich schools.”

Local resident Ron Talbot questioned the board in regard to the architects’ fees. He said he has asked the OSFC to take Stacey Thomas off the project. “You shouldn’t pay any more to the architects until the project is complete,” said Talbot, noting the architects should know how much the project would cost when the estimates were made. “Where are we going to get more money?” he questioned.

Ron Sebring questioned why, when the Hannibal school was looked at before the levy was passed, they were told that the school was not suitable for renovation. Then at the Jan. 19 meeting, the architect said it could be possible. “Just tell me the truth whether we like it or not,” said Sebring.

Scott Dierkes, board president, said that you could say anything is possible, but after looking at it, may not be feasible.

Dierkes thanked the men for their public participation. He asked the rest of the board to consider having floating meetings so residents can stay informed.  

On the recommendation and input from Marc Ring, SOLSD director of support services, the board approved the purchase of five new buses from E.H. Davis, who was low bidder. The cost per bus is $82,050 and will be paid for from the permanent improvement fund. Ring noted that the district has nine buses 20 years old or older with mileage ranging from 213,000-311,000. He added that the buses will have two built in child safety seats, will have differential locks and will be equipped with the ‘No Child Left Behind’ system.

On the building projects, Ring reported that there have been some security issues at the new Beallsville schools site and told the board that the Swiss Hills welding class will be constructing a new gate for the entrance of the site. Two Beallsville welding students, Nathan Kinney and Brandon Heath, are heading up the project.

He also reported that the majority of the gray block (inner layer) is almost complete. Work is ongoing but they are waiting for some materials.

At the Monroe Central/ Woodsfield site infrastructure work is almost complete. Manhole connections are on site and drainage work around the courtyard is being done. “Materials have been ordered and I think things will go very quickly when the weather improves,” said Ring.

The board approved a potential In-School Suspension Program funded through the Monroe County Commissioners and Judge Walter Starr’s Juvenile and Probate Court. Richardson said that this program, funded by a $37,300 grant, would help the youth in the district who are suspended. He said the district has limited tools for out-of-school suspensions. These students miss instructional time and when they miss 18 days it is considered failure for the year.

In-school suspension is designed as an alternative to out-of-school suspension, enabling students to keep up with class assignments in the school setting within a smaller, closely supervised classroom.

The board approved a March 25-27 trip to Dublin for Monroe Central High School’s drama club to attend the state competition.

Beallsville principal Micah Fuchs introduced student board members Taylor Myers and Alyssa Tavoletti, who told the board of happenings in Beallsville schools.

Myers is senior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, participates in football, basketball and track, was recognized as ‘best speaker’ at a recent debate, a Buckeye Boys’ State and HOBY representative, an Americanism Test winner and Kiwanis Scholar. Taylor has selected the following colleges for consideration: Harvard, Duke and St. Vincent.

Taylor reported that the high school has been involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a food drive, an elementary school carnival and they have a ‘caught being good chart’ to recognize good deeds. He said that 48 percent of the senior class has applied to colleges in 15 different states and Canada. He said these students have been offered a million dollars in scholarships.

Alyssa is a senior and is involved with the Red Cross, the Relay for Life, is a student council member, a basketball team member, a Buckeye Girls’ State representative, is active in 4-H and is an international barrel racing champion.

She is a Beallsville High senior who has applied to Muskingum and Wheeling Jesuit to pursue a degree in the medical field.

Alyssa reported the BHS students are involved in the Laws of Life, the school raised $1,100 in the Volley for a Cure, and $1,600 in Coaches vs. Cancer. The school will host career and environment speakers in the near future. She noted that there is a positive environment at the school.

The board went into executive session to consider the discipline of a public employee or official; to review negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment; and to consider matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes.

Correction: Local resident Larry Fuchs was misquoted in the Jan. 27 report of the Jan. 19 school board meeting held at River High School. He asked, “If K-8 was attached to River High School, would we keep both gymnasiums?” The Beacon apologizes for the error.

SOLSD Receives Donations

The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District has received almost $7,000 in donations in January. George Richardson, administrative assistant, SOLSD, acknowledged those donations at the Jan. 27 meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School Board:

Skyvue is the recipient of a 2010 Bayer/PPG Mini Grant for $500. The grant is to be used for intervention classes for the Ohio Achievement Assessment.

Skyvue also received $5,000 from a prominent business owner in the area. The donation includes $1,000 for the Science Olympiad, $2,000 for the future Christian Athletes at Skyvue and $2,000 for Skyvue athletics.

The Pamida Foundation has donated $424.99 to the Switzerland of Ohio Local Schools. These funds were made possible through the Pamida’s Back to School Promotion and the 2010 Spirit Event and Foundation Match Program. This is an annual event sponsored by Pamida.

The District Spelling Bee received donations from several sources: Belmont Savings Bank, Ohio Valley Community Credit Union, WesBanco, each donated two $50 savings bonds and Woodsfield Savings Bank donated a $50 savings bonds for the spelling bee.

Tim Blue of State Farm Insurance donated a thesaurus for the District Spelling Bee.

In December the Gifted program received a visual and performing arts grant from PPG which enabled George Wells, coordinator for the SOLSD Gifted Services, to purchase 17 tickets for the students in the Gifted program to see the “Wizard of Oz” on March 8 at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling.

Newest Star Loses Its Brilliance

by Martha Ackerman
Publisher

In a May 10, 2001 edition of the Monroe County Beacon, the headline read “Woodsfield’s Newest Star – Safe Auto Insurance Company.” Safe Auto set up temporary offices in a building on County Road 2, owned by former Monroe County Commissioner Francis ‘Sonny’ Block. The occasion for the article was a celebration of an early milestone of sales success as Safe Auto closed its first month in operation at the Monroe County facility. This building served Safe Auto until the new 9,838 square foot building, located in Monroe County Commerce Park, was ready.

“Safe Auto offers a phenomenal opportunity,” former manager David Solomon said at the time. “We provide the training, but success is up to the individual’s motivational level. We are extremely pleased with our employees in Monroe County.”

To some that newest star has lost its brilliance. Safe Auto Insurance employees and former employees have mixed feelings about the latest court settlement. The case has been in the legal system since 2007 when John Lucio initiated the suit, which stems from Safe Auto reducing the percentage of commission promised to employees when they were hired. 

Since 2007 extensive motions, responses and replies to the issues of liability and damages have been addressed through the court system. Some of those participating in the suit said they haven’t asked for any more than they are owed.  

On Jan. 14 Judge Julie Selmon, Monroe County Common Pleas Court, granted a summary judgment for damages in the amount of $11,727,970.58.

In an interview with Lucio and other participants in the case, as well as current employees, some of the personal consequences of the reduction in commissions were shared. Most did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, they said.

The ones who were fired did not feel it was justified. They said they loved their jobs at Safe Auto but things changed. At first they were asked to fill a wish book, provided by management. The workers said they were told to put pictures of their dreams like a new house, a new car, that dream vacation spot. “The sky’s the limit. You’ll never have a pay cut. The more you do, the more you make,” one former employee said they were told. “They cut commission and demanded more,” another said.

One former employee said they made $25,000 the first year; the best year was $50,000. “You don’t realize how much you need it until you lose it,” said the former employee, who continues to have stress issues which was attributed to the job.

“I don’t think they ever thought we’d make the money we did for that company and the salaries we were making,” said former employee Judy Hill. “I think they did it (cut commission) because they didn’t make the profit they wanted.” Hill said at one time she was making $5,000 a month with her salary and commission. Her last check, she said, was for $124. She explained that commission is a drawn against the salary. When commission is over and above the salary, commission is paid on the overage.

They said at least 13 employees or former employees have filed bankruptcy. One person said if it hadn’t been for a spouse, “we would have filed for bankruptcy like the others.” When repossessions and bankruptcies started, one person said they were told that they should have been putting money aside for a rainy day.

One employee said they were terminated because of a “confidential memo” which they said was not a confidential memo; one was said to have been terminated for wearing a Safe Auto t-shirt to a bar after work;  and, they said, termination warnings were given when a group tried to unionize. One person said they came to Safe Auto because it was a nice place to work. The individual was making big money but when the commissions were cut, bills couldn’t be paid, wages were garnished which led to foreclosure. “I should have stayed with my $8 an hour job,” this person said.

On July 15, they said, the company “right sized” to 97 employees and more  were let go with a severance pay and one month’s salary.

“They kinda have us over a barrel,” said one person. “There are no jobs here.”

On Jan. 28 the attorneys for the plaintiffs, Mark A. Ropchock, Richard V. Zurz and James W. Peters, filed a supplemental memorandum in support of plaintiffs’ motion for prejudgment interest. In the brief, the plaintiffs withdrew any claim for prejudgment interest on the unjust enrichment damage award made by the court on Jan. 14. 

They are requesting a court order to have Safe Auto produce, in electronic form, within seven days, “the policy data on when each and every precommission payment was made to each individual plaintiff, the amount of that payment and what that payment should have been under the formula devised by the Court. From the requested data, prejudgment interest will be calculated based upon each individual shorted commission payment on each individual date the commissions were paid over the years.”

The Beacon contacted the local Safe Auto Insurance office and spoke with Senior Human Resources Manager Tru Jorris, who said, “We cannot comment on pending litigation.”

 

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OBITUARIES   

LEMUEL M. TSCHAPPAT 
Lemuel Mack Tschappat, 92, Clarington, died Jan. 23, 2011 at OVMC in Wheel-ing, W.Va., a son of the late Charles and Edna Tschappat of Clarington.

He was retired from the Corps of Engineers, Lock 14, and served in WWII in the US Army from 1942-45, where he was a Staff Sergeant specializing in intelligence and reconnaissance. He served with Company B 48th Armored Infantry Battalion.

He was an avid golfer and remained so until the last few months of his life. He was a kind, honest and generous man who was well loved and respected by his family and many friends. He will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Louise (Damiani); a son, Lemuel Charles; granddaughter, Amie Louise (Douglas) McMullin; beloved great-grandson, Nathan McMullin; a sister, Virginia Thomas.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Louise; his childhood friend and brother-in-law, Reuben Thomas.

At his request there will be no viewing or funeral services. Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com

CHARLOTTE WEHR
Charlotte Wehr, 67, Columbus, passed away Jan. 24, 2011. She was born July 8, 1943 in Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of the late Denver and Carolyn Thompson.

Surviving are her loving husband of 47 years, Charles; two sons, Scott (Shirley) Wehr, Ryan Wehr; grandson, Jacob Wehr; half-brother, Mike Camden; nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

Friends were received Jan. 27 at Tidd Funeral Home with Crematory, Hilliard, where a memorial service followed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Camden.

Memorial contributions may be made to HomeReach Hospice, 3724 Olentangy River Rd., Suite G., Columbus, OH 43214.
www.tiddfuneralservice.com 

PAUL E. DORNBUSCH 
Paul E. Dornbusch, 85, died peacefully Jan. 22, 2011, surrounded by his wife and children. He died at St. Francis Medical Center in Richmond, Va., after a heart attack brought on by respiratory failure. He was born July 25, 1925 in the family farmhouse outside Antioch, a son of the late Wesley and Irma Wohnhas Dornbusch. He was the great-grandson of John Jacob Dornbusch who emigrated from Germany in 1834 and settled a few years later in Benton Township.

He attended grade school in Antioch and completed one year at Ohio University before joining the U.S. Navy. He served his country during WWII as a radar technician on the USS Pensacola, a heavy cruiser, seeing action in the Pacific theater. After the war he served on a repair ship, the USS Xanthus, for the remainder of his tour of duty. He returned to Ohio University and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. While at college, Paul met his wife, Margaret Helen Tober of Cleveland, who he always called Toby. Married in 1950, Paul and Toby celebrated 60 years of marriage with their gathered family this past summer.

He spent his entire professional life of 42 years with the General Electric Company; the last 36 years were in Roanoke, Va., where he and Toby raised their family. Paul excelled in designing and tuning industrial controls, particularly for aluminum and steel rolling mills. His career took him all over North America and around the world to mills in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. He became an acknowledged expert in material transport systems and was recognized for his work by Jack Welch, GE’s Chairman and CEO.

He was rooted in his faith. He was an active member of Westhampton Christian Church-Disciples of Christ in Roanoke. The faith community of Westhampton helped and sustained Paul and Toby when their oldest daughter Kathy died of cancer at the age of seven. More recently, Paul and Toby have worshiped at St. Paul’s Church - Trail Run, the church his great-grandfather John Jacob helped found.

True to his upbringing on the family farm, he was hard-working, modest and self-reliant. He had a deep appreciation for life and a wry sense of humor. Though very generous to others, he did not need much for himself. He excelled at fixing things and could keep a lawn mower serviceable long after others would have replaced it. He was always happiest when he could be busy and useful; preferably outdoors. After he retired, he and Toby built a home on the family farm outside Antioch. His hands and back, gnarled from scoliosis, limited his progress, but he worked with patience and perseverance to tame the wild roses and brambles and reclaim the land.

Paul will be deeply missed by his loving family. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Margaret (Toby) Dornbusch; his children and their spouses: Susan and Ralph Snell, Jim Dornbusch and Susanne Streubing, Jane and John Davis, Dana Dornbusch and Walter Piescik, Andrew and Susan Dornbusch; grandchildren, Katy, Anna and Emily Snell, Tyler, Tina and Tristan Dornbusch, Jonathan Davis, Manna and Jordan Wilcox; brother, Willard (Pam)  Dornbusch; sister, Doris Starr and a large extended family.

Friends were received Jan. 28 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at St. Paul’s Church  - Trail Run, with Rev. Alfred Bingenhei-mer officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery. A reception followed at Midway Com-munity Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church - Trail Run, c/o Linda Colvin, Treas., 42655 Trail Run Rd., New Matamoras, OH 45767.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

GLADYS DOUGHERTY
Gladys Marie Dougherty, 86, of Heartland of Marietta Nursing Home, Marietta (formerly of Woodsfield) went to be with her Lord on Jan. 24, 2011, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta. She was born at Shadyside on May 29, 1924, a daughter of the late Rudy and Edna Short Hudak.

She was a homemaker and was a faithful supporter of missionary work and a Christian by faith.  She enjoyed her children, grandchildren and their visits.  She also enjoyed her birds and bunnies. 

Surviving are three daughters:  Mary (Clayton Jr.) Christman, Clarington; Elaine (Tim) Huck, Lowell; Sandy (Kenny) Bach, Marietta; one son:  Daniel (Lu Ann) Dougherty, Hilliard; nine grandchildren:  Lori Roby, Columbus; Nicki (Jay) Kline, Buchtel; Erin (Ben) Roxby, Bellaire; Erica (Samuel) Shepherd, Clarington; Chelsea Huck, Lowell; Tiffany (Rick) Betzing-Gorham, Marietta; Autumn Joseph, Marietta; Danielle (Adam) Michael, Hilliard; Robert (Joelle) Dougherty, Hilliard; 17 Great grandchildren:  Ryan Ramey, Cpl Blake Kline, U.S. Marine Corps., Camp Pendleton, CA.; Kimberly Kline, Daniel Kline, Rhiannon Kline, Wesley Roxby, Kendra Roxby, Megan Shepherd, Shannon Shepherd, Samuel Shepherd Jr., Aaron Betzing, Haley Betzing, Abbey Turner, Connor Michael, Brooke Michael, Gwen Dougherty and Evan Dougherty; one great-great-grandson:  Cayden Kline.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Dougherty on June 6, 1994 and a son-in-law, Jim Biehl.

Friends will be received at the Watters Funeral Home, 37501 S.R. 78 West, Woods-field, from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Jan. 27 with Max Winland officiating.  Burial will follow in Neuhart Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to a local food bank.

LORETTA RINARD
Loretta Winland Rinard, 87, Woodsfield, died Jan. 30, 2011, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilita-tion Center. She was born March 26, 1923 in Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Herbert and Emma Denbow Winland.

She was a member of the New Life Church, Woodsfield.

Surviving are a sister, Delores McGarry of Lewis-ville; two brothers, Gene Winland of Woodsfield, John Winland of Barnesville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorna Winland Jones, Beulah Gray Lumbatis; and two brothers, Francis (Spark) Winland and Harold Winland.

Friends will be received Feb. 4, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

EDGAR KNOWLTON, SR.
Edgar Willard Knowlton, Sr., 91, passed away Jan. 28, 2011 at his home. 

Sometimes known as “Fast Eddy” to his friends and family, he was the oldest of 13 children born to the late Edna (Dye) and Stephen Knowlton. He was born Sept. 29, 1919 in Graysville.

He was a WWII veteran of the US Army serving with the 37th Infantry Division of the South Pacific and discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He is registered at the WWII Memorial Monument in Washington, D.C.

A man who was set in his ways,he enjoyed camping with his Airstreamer mobile home and was an avid hunter. He possessed a strong work ethic and performed all his asks with a great deal of quality. He retired from General Motors where he was a millwright and he was also an accomplished carpenter. Always ready to enjoy himself, Edgar enjoyed dancing and going to the social clubs. He was a life member of Buckeye Lake Eagles, Millersport VFW, Thornville Amvets and the Newark American Legion.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Ruth Knowlton Yoakam of The Villages, Fla., Linda Knowlton (Brian Boling) of Thornville; a son, Edgar W. (Lynda) Knowlton, Jr. of New Martinsville; seven grandchildren, Ty Yoakam, Terrilynn (James) Montano, Micah Yoakam, Jobi Dishon, Edgar “Butch” Knowlton, III, Rob E. (Shawna) Knowlton, Shauna (Russ) Heil; 11 great-grandchildren, Taylor Montano, Morgan Montano, Hunter Dishon, Nicolas, Natalie, Jacob Edgar, Noah and Sarah “Izzy” Knowlton, Brian Faggeines, Andrew Heil and Caroline Heil; two brothers, Howard and Harley Knowlton; four sisters, Irene Stull, Beryl Couch, Betty Ison, Peggy Briggs; a sister-in-law, Pearl Knowlton; caregiver, Shirley Colley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Josephine , in 1997; three sisters, Ruth Frasher, Nina Dilgard, Mary Ellen Wheatcraft; and three brothers, Harold Lee, Alfred and Lorn Knowlton.

Friends will be received Feb. 4, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, and one hour prior to funeral services at 11 a.m., Feb. 5, with Pastor Mark Abel officiating. Burial will follow in Ashland Cemetery with military honors by the Ashland Veterans Honor Guard.

Online guest registry at  www.wappner.com 

PAMELA A. NICHOLS
Pamela A. McCurdy Nichols, 54, 46430 Buckio Rd., Woodsfield, died Jan. 27, 2011, at Genesis-Good Sam-aritan Hospital, Zanesville. She was born June 25, 1956 in Columbus, a daughter of Mavis Young, Woodsfield, and the late Ralph Emerson “Bus” McCurdy.

She was a 1975 graduate of Woodsfield High School and graduated from West Virginia Northern Community College, New Martinsville with an LPN degree. She was also the founding director of the Monroe County Metropolitan Housing Authority in Monroe County. She was a poet and a Catholic by faith.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband of 36 years, Jerry Nichols, whom she married June 26, 1974; a daughter, Angela Nichols of Woodsfield; a son, Grant Nichols, of Woodsfield; two sisters, Lynn (Rusty Jones) McCurdy of Dublin, Molly (Charles) Snoke of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a brother, Carson McCurdy of Florida; four nephews; a niece; two great-nephews and a great-niece.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry McCurdy.

There will be no visitation. Services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodsfield Emergency Squad, 374 Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.