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January 13, 2011

Village Administrator Gives Update

by Martha Ackerman

Woodsfield Village Admin-istrator Rick Schuerman gave council members an overview of 2010 at the Jan. 3 regularly scheduled meeting of Woods-field Village Council. 

Schuerman was appointed village administer on Jan. 19, 2010. On Feb. 4 he faced a tremendous task when the village was hit by a winter storm. February’s accumulated snow fall reached 40 inches of the white stuff. “It was a very eventful month,” said Schuer-man, noting he was busy familiarizing himself with grants and current projects.

The year continued with progress being made on the carbon filtration building; finding a vendor for utility and cable billing system, new traffic lights; completion of the relocation of utilities at the intersection of Lewisville Road and Sycamore Street; work on all the fields, the park, the pool through April which continued through May; starting the Moose Ridge Loop project; completion of Rubel Lake purchase and water line; street paving projects; installation of an eight inch water line from Moose Ridge to new school site; 450 tons of dirt moved in development of the baseball field; installation of new 18 inch sanitary and storm separation on Mill Street; grinding and resurfacing of street projects; cleaning and painting of newly purchased Masters Garage; relocation work at the new school site entrance; continued efforts in moving street department inventory and finishing installation of water line at entrance of new school site. 

According to Schuerman, the new year started with a waterline break in Riley addition at 1:17 a.m. Jan. 1.

He  reported that dismantling of the village building on Airport Road was scheduled to begin; relocation of the water line and the utilities into the new school facility, as requested by ODOT, almost complete.

Schuerman asked council members for their prayers for the family of the late Jim Baker, who passed away recently. Baker was a member of the Woodsfield VFD for many years.

In the reorganizational session of the meeting, Jeff Cox was voted council president.

Approval was given for Schuerman to donate 9.30 hours of his sick time to Crystal Dixon, who is in need of those hours.

Woodsfield Council will meet Tues., Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building, which will be closed Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17.

Legal counsel Bill Frank asked for an executive session in regard to eminent court action and conveyance of public property. 


Around the Burnside     

Wise people will make more opportunities than they find.

No time is ever wasted that makes people better friends.

The beat goes on. A few weeks ago I mentioned something about taffy pulls. Guess what? A reader sent me a copy of a page from a cookbook printed in the ’30s. It had a recipe for six different kinds of taffy plus toffee whatever that is. I just thought taffy was taffy.

Two of the recipes called for vinegar, of all things. I would have never thought of putting vinegar in candy. One called for only two teaspoons of vinegar, the other for a half a cup. The reader indicated they liked the vinegar taffy the best and remembered having taffy pulls at MYF meetings.

The honey taffy appeared to be the easiest. One cup of honey, one cup of sugar, a few grains of salt boiled to hard boil state (265º-270º) add butter, let cool and pull until white and porous. Thought you might be interested.

As easy as it sounds to make different kinds of taffy I doubt if I’ll be trying to have a taffy pull in Lewisville. I do appreciate the information as all I got to do when a kid was pull it and help eat it. False teeth didn’t bother me then.

I also got a Christmas card that scared me for a second. I thought my picture was on the front. It was one of those twisted whiskers kind.

Inside the greeting was written in German. Knowing that I would not have the slightest ability to translate it he wrote it again in English. I’m sure he would not object to my passing the greeting on to my readers. ‘I wish you a merry Christmas and a good new year.”

Also included was a quote by Douglas Adams “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.’ Think about it.

One more thing while I’m still in the recipe mood. The day before Christmas we went to the grocery store to get some stuff for Christmas dinner, breakfast or whatever. This is a mistake but you meet a lot of your friends who are doing the same thing.

While running around, looking for something we didn’t need, a friend told us they had received a jar of Mountain Dew jelly. I thought here I am one of those persons hooked on Mountain Dew and I never dreamed you could make jelly using Mountain Dew. I could have had Mountain Dew jelly on my toast every morning instead of that gooey old peanut butter. What am I missing?

I kind of forgot about it for a while then decided to try to find out more about it. I Googled up Mountain Dew jelly and did I ever get more information about the jelly and Mountain Dew than I really wanted. I even wondered why I drink the stuff.

I printed a recipe for making the jelly and it said it only takes 25 minutes. I haven’t mentioned it to you know who. Maybe some morning I can say, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have some Mountain Dew jelly on my toast?” Might work, otherwise I’ll still be using peanut butter.

Enough cooking for one week as I’m just getting over what I call football weekend. New Year’s Day our TV was turned to a football game about 1 p.m., I think, and stayed there until way after the cows came home.

I didn’t watch much of it but I was happy that the team up north was getting roughed up but felt kind of sorry for them. Only a couple more to watch, the Super Bowl and BCS championship.

Go Bucks!! The Ohio State Buckeyes won the Super Bowl. I promised myself I wouldn't get worked up. It didn’t work. I expect Buckeye fans thought the end of the world had come with the blocked punt with very little time left. But things worked out. Someone asked the question, “Did the Buckeyes win the game or the Razorbacks lost it?” I guess the score answers that question.

I still would enjoy seeing the band shows at half-time rather than listening to two or three experts spout off. I wonder how dumb they think we are. They repeat over and over things that have happened and tell you this and that, right or wrong and go on and on and on. We deserve better. Oh well, I guess we can push the mute button.

Doing nothing is tiresome, one can never stop and take a rest.

Don’t forget church Sunday.



Former Monroe County Pastor Serving in Afghanistan

U.S. Army General David H. Petraeus, left, lights a candle from U.S. Army Chaplain Captain Jeff Bernard’s candle during a Dec. 24 candlelight service on Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Bernard is in Afghanistan ministering to soldiers and doing well. He feels very blessed to be there because his job is so meaningful and he can help so many.

The Army Chaplin previously pastored the Chapel Hill, Greenbriar, Moffet-Fletcher Charge of the United Methodist Church in Monroe County.

He serves as the battalion chaplain for the 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. His address is: Jeff Bernard, HHc 94th BSB, FOB Shank East, Logar Province, Afghanistan, APO, AE 09364. He would enjoy hearing from his friends in Monroe County.
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Executive Session Dominates School Board Meeting Jan. 6

by Martha Ackerman

After hearing a news broadcast regarding the Sardis/ Hannibal and River schools projects Monday morning, the Beacon contacted George Richardson, SOLSD administrative assistant, for clarification. He said state representatives will be on hand at a Tuesday, Jan. 11 meeting set for 5 p.m. at River High School. They are to discuss cost and construction issues. Richardson emphasized that everyone will be getting their new schools; nobody’s money is being taken away. There will be information regarding cost issues and adjustments.

Now on with the Jan. 6 SOLSD board meeting ...

Scott Dierkes retained his position as president of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board Jan. 6 during the annual organizational meeting, which was held prior to the board’s regular first January 2011 meeting.

Ed Carleton will hold the position as vice-president of the board and the monthly scheduled meetings will be held the third Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., at the board office. Board member assignments for standing committees will remain the same as in 2010.

Paul Mock, Southeastern Regional Manager of the Ohio School Boards Association, presented Ron Winkler with a plaque in recognition of his service to the association.

Mock also announced that the Powhatan Choir is scheduled to sing at the OSBA Spring Conference in Coshocton. He praised the choir’s previous performance at the OSBA Capital Conference in Columbus held Nov. 9, 2010.

In public participation, Linda Josefczyk, guidance counselor at River High School, questioned the board regarding the renovation time line for River High. “The teachers need to know,” said Josefczyk, noting that some of the teachers had packed up various items in their classrooms. The previous time announced was April, according to the guidance counselor. This was to be addressed during a special meeting to be held at River High School Jan. 11. (More on this next week)

Acting as a voice for parents and grandparents at the Sardis and Hannibal schools, Charlotte Wells of Sardis told the board they are very upset. Everyone was very pleased when Micah Fuchs was principal, then he was replaced this school year by Clint Abbott. She said they are very upset that Abbott had been moved to Woodsfield Elementary when he was doing such a great job of preparing the students for the combination of the two schools. “The two schools are in limbo,”  Wells said. 

A large contingency from the Beallsville  schools was present. After a lengthy executive session called to consider the appointment of a public employee or official and to consider matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes, Beallsville High teachers were called into the executive session. After they left, the board continued in executive session, with the session extending over the three hour mark.

After the executive session, Chris Caldwell was hired as principal for the Sardis and Hannibal elementary schools. He takes the position previously held by Clint Abbott, who replaces Kathyrn Anderson as principal at Woodsfield Elementary. In an administrative appointment, Anderson fills the position as special needs coordinator previously held by Larry Koslik, who retired.

Caldwell, a 2001 graduate of Beallsville High School, is a all phase special education teacher at Beallsville Elementary. He earned his degree as intervention specialist at Ohio University in Athens. He and his wife Erica live near Lewisville. Caldwell began his new position Jan. 10.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Caldwell. “I hope the community welcomes me in this change.”

In other business, Erica Beardmore and Erin Jeffers were approved as substitute teachers. Approval was also given for the following coaching positions at River High School: Brent Isaly, junior high football; Jennifer Stephens, cross country; Zack Blair, assistant boys’ basketball coach.Dan Bock was approved as a bus driver for 4.35 hours per day, five days per week.     

New Principal at Sardis/Hannibal

After the executive session during the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District’s Jan. 6 meeting, Chris Cald-well was hired as principal for the Sardis and Hannibal elementary schools. Cald-well, a 2001 graduate of Beallsville High School, is a special education teacher at Beallsville Elementary and a graduate of Ohio University Athens. Caldwell began his new position Jan. 10. 

Switzerland of Ohio Local School Board Treasurer Janet Hissrich administered the oath of office to Scott Dierkes, who retained his seat as president of the SOLSD board during the Jan. 6 reorganizational meeting.

Photos by Martha Ackerman 

Ed Carleton was sworn in as vice-president of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School Board Jan. 6. Administering the oath was Janet Hissrich, district treasurer.

Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board Member Ron Winkler accepted a plaque presented by Paul Mock, Southeast Regional Manager of the Ohio School Boards Association. The plaque was given in recognition of Winkler’s service to the association.

Board Reorganizes for 2011
by Matthew Koogler
Staff Writer

At the Jan. 10 meeting of the Monroe County Commissioners the following appointments were made for the year 2011: commission president, Carl Davis; vice-president,  Tim Price;  commissioner’s clerk Sheila Firm. Firm was hired by the commissioners to fill the position of former clerk Allyson Cox. Probationary wage is $10.50 per hour for 180 days. The wage will increase to $11.50 an hour after the probation period. Jerry Haney was reappointed as apiary inspector; health commissioner Linda Dick was appointed to the Child Fatality Board; attorney Mark Morrison, public defender;  county clerk, Brenda Roberts; county court deputy clerk, Sunessa Miller.  

Commissioners also ap-pointed Audrey Lydick to the  Workforce Investment Board, Alan Hamilton for Social  Services on the same board and Laverne Shapley as Youth Council Member to replace Michael Flannery.

Dan  Greenlee, representing  Team Monroe, inquired about the funding for the feasibility study on the access road to the Monroe County Commerce Park to State Route 800. The commissioners signed an agreement promising $2,000  for the study pending the compliance of the other donors. Team Monroe will complete the agreement by providing the signatures of the other donors and presenting it to ODOT.

Terri Knowlton, EMS secretary, presented the  financial report for the month of December.  The report showed a yearly deficit in the general fund of $12,915.26. Knowlton said this deficit was  the result of unpaid bills for emergency squad runs.   

Commission President Carl Davis and Dave Kuhn EMS coordinator signed a purchase agreement with Horton Emergency Vehicles to purchase a  Horton Model 457 Type1 Ambulance for the Sardis EMS at the cost of $154,999.45. Sardis EMS also renewed their $200 a month one-year lease on the building that houses their equipment. 

The Monroe County Commissioners will continue to hold their regular meetings at 9 a.m. on Mondays except for holidays when they will meet on Tuesday.

The courthouse will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The Commissioners will meet Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.

Our Readers Write

In light of the Channel 9 news broadcasts, this letter has been sent to the Beacon and we feel another voice should be heard. -- m.a.

Society's crippling fear of kitchen utensils.

Concerning the incident with the “weapons”.

As many of you know, I usually don’t say much. :)

But if I was to be permitted or asked to speak on this matter, it would be something like this:

I don’t know all details…I don’t know all the parties involved. This may be conducive to seeing the “big picture”. What I DO know is that a man named Delmas Moore is at the center of this. I consider Delmas a friend to me and a best friend to our community. So here is MY opinion. (And contrary to what people say, but know its not true; I DO care what people think of me.)

Mr. Moore has been a teacher at Beallsville since Jesus was in kindergarten. He probably taught him History! Seriously though, he also is or has been a coach, an athletic director, a mentor, community organizer, father, son, brother, husband, and probably a many other things that a society uses to measure the worth of a person. And if it’s worth we are going to measure, then most of us, me included, couldn’t sum all our worth and even come close to Delmas Moore. He is truly an honorable man.

So now, some of the people in the community want to tarnish this man’s impeccable career with some claims of a version or interpretation of the law. And for what? Is it so he won’t do it again? Do what again? What is it that these people are trying to accomplish? What did or does Delmas do to incur this wrath?

Well…all I can tell you is what I see that he does; He teaches, nurtures, supports, watches over, and protects the kids of this community everyday. He raises money so that the sports that you’re children (and you) love(d) to play doesn’t cost the parents a second mortgage. From what I see, Delmas Moore’s existence centers on his love for his school and community and its youth. I know….I know…”Its his job!” Well he could just as easily go home after school is out and spend time with his wife or do the things that he loves. Wait a minute…he already does what he loves…he is an active and critical member of Beallsville High School . Are any of you going to make sure the gym floor is mopped and ready for the basketball games? Are any of you going to foot the bill for sporting goods and not say a word because some family couldn’t afford it? If so…step right up! Let’s see it. Let’s see how many are willing to sacrifice their night at the Legion or Malaga to prepare and organize clean up after any and all sporting events. I’m positive that Mr. Moore would love some help. In my opinion, he doesn’t get paid enough for all the things he does.

And now…during the last years of a career that he has dedicated his life to, there are some that would like to see him retire in shame or even liked to see him get no retirement at all. Has our community finally become part of the world we see on the nightly news? A community that no longer sees kitchen knifes as kitchen knifes but as weapons? When is enough fear…enough? You know why these kitchen knifes are now considered weapons? BECAUSE WE…”SOCIETY”… HAS DEFINED THEM AS SUCH! If the terrorists of 9/11 had taken their boot laces and strangled the pilots…guess what?...You’d be wearing nothing but Crocs on your next flight and your kids would possibly have to wear them and only them to school. Come on people…lets stop this ridiculous over analyzing of every single thing and then applying one and only one law or rule. Some things should just go without saying. Kitchen knives?....I remember taking a baseball bat to school. Pair me and that ball bat up against someone with a kitchen knife…and I’ll show you who has a weapon.

Are you people seriously wanting to lynch a man who has served his community in some form or another his entire life? If you are, then please tell me who you are. I don’t hate you, I am not mad at you, and I respect your opinion. But I certainly do not want to associate with you in any way, shape or form. Because if you are so quick to turn on a man like Delmas Moore…then you would not even blink an eye to seek out my many faults (which are too numerous to mention), and throw me under the “Bus” (pun intended).

Ken Darby



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Rosemary Saffle, 83, Woodsfield, passed away Jan. 6, 2011 at Wheeling Hospital. She was born July 1, 1927 in Woodsfield, a daughter of the late David H. and Gail M. Hoover Saffle.

She lived all her life in Woodsfield except for 21 years in Wilmington. She worked for Mabel Gillespie’s Grocery Store for 20 years, the M&K Store and a couple of other grocery stores in Woodsfield. She was a member of the Woodsfield Church of Christ where she helped as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher.

Surviving are a brother, Charles F. (Clara) Saffle, Sr. of Woodsfield; a nephew, Charles F. (Melody) Saffle, Jr.; a niece, Joyce Tolle; three great-nephews, Ryan Geddes, Sean Saffle, Eric Saffle and a host of cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Richard Saffle.

Friends were received Jan. 9 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Jan. 10, with Chuck Schultheisz officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

Rodney L. Reed, 86, Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell, formerly of Summerfield, died Jan. 6, 2011 at the nursing home. He was born Feb. 20, 1924 near Summerfield, a son of the late Charles Raymond Reed and Floral Rose Morrison Reed.

He was a retired rural mail carrier for the Summerfield Post Office with 28 years of service. He was a member of the East Union United Methodist Church; a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of WWII; a member of the Rural Mail Carriers Association; a member of the American Legion Post 415, Summerfield; former sexton of the Eastern Cemetery, Summerfield; and a former treasurer of the Summerfield Volunteer Fire Dept.

Surviving are a niece, Judy Blackstone of Summerfield.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Reed.

Friends were received until time of service Jan. 9 at Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield, with Pastor Thurman Harmon officiating. Burial followed in Eastern Cemetery, Summerfield.

Military services were conducted by the Noble County Veterans Council.

Beatrice G. Flynn, 85, Woodsfield, died Jan. 6, 2011 at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. She was born June 2, 1925 in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Robert and Adele Waggle Shaw.

She was known as Bea by her friends and family. Bea enjoyed crocheting, cooking and baking. She was a lifelong member of the Woodsfield Church of Christ. 

Surviving are her son, Charles W. (Sandra) Flynn, Jr., of Albany; three grandchildren, Charles W. (Patricia) Flynn III of Leesburg, Va., Mark (Donielle) Flynn of Beallsville, Michelle (James) Tedrow of Albany; 10 great-grandchildren, Alisha Flynn, Michael Grubbs, Skyler Flynn, Sina Flynn, Noah Flynn, Blaise Tedrow, Ethan Flynn, Tyler Flynn, Hailey flynn, Carter Flynn; and three great-great-grandchildren, Gabriella Flynn-Marshall, Helaina Flynn and Nathaniel Miller.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Charles W. Flynn, Sr.

Friends were received Jan. 8 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Jan. 9, with Keith Jones officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Condolences can be expressed at: www.bauerturner.com

Carl Richard Ady, 58, Cameron, died Jan. 3, 2011 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 30, 1952 in Cameron, a son of the late Charles William and Margaret (Maggie) Catherine Vaness Ady.

He worked at Barefoot Sole in Wadsworth for 15 years. After retiring he returned to Cameron and became a farmer where he lived until his passing.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Vickie Diann Hart Ady of Cameron; four sons, Tom (Jaime) Ady of Creston, Todd (Amber) Ady of Creston, Larry (Carla) Baker of Creston, Chris (Chastity) Pletcher of Beallsville; daughter, Destanie Hart of the home; four brothers, Ron (Lorna) Ewers of Lewisville, John (Donna) Broemsen of Jerusalem, Roger Ady of Cameron, Jerry (Donna) Ady of Cameron; two sisters, Nancy (Kenny) Buohl of Wadsworth, Hazel Morris of Wadsworth; 10 grandsons; 2 granddaughters; and 14 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Christen Alexander Ady; and a nephew, Charles Michael Hoke.

Friends were received Jan. 5 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Jan. 6, with Keith Jones officiating. Burial was in Cameron Cemetery.

Condolences can be expressed at: www.bauerturner.com

Frank E. Gulbrandsen, 74, Graysville, passed away peacefully Jan. 3, 2011 in Cleveland. He was born Feb. 19, 1936 in Groton, Connecticut, a son of the late Einar and Olive Berg  Gulbrandsen.

He was a retired Union Electrician and a proud member of the Masons and Shriners, the Moose Lodge and a member of the Monroe County Airport Board. He was active in supporting charities backed by the Shriners, especially those helping children.

Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Eveline Gulbrandsen of Graysville; daughter, Lori (Chuck) Gary of Maryland; son, Frank, Jr., of Florida; five grandchildren, Frankie, Cody, Alexander, Dorian, Noah, and a host of friends throughout our community and country.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Eugene Gulbrandsen.

Friends were received Jan. 7 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Jan. 8, with Rev. William Moran officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Graysville.

Masonic Lodge services were held Jan. 7.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Frank,  to: Osiris Shriners, Shriner’s Helping Kids, 91 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV 26003.

Condolences can be expressed at: www.bauerturner.com

Daniel R. Ischy, age 79, of Ischy Road Sardis, died Monday Jan. 10, 2011 at the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, W.Va.  He was born in Monroe County Oct. 23, 1931, a son of the late Henry F. and Louisa M. Straub Ischy.

  He was retired from Ormet Corp. Hannibal, and was a lifelong farmer.  He was a member of the Moffett-Fletcher Methodist Church and a member of the Laings Community Center .

He is survived by two sons: John (Maria P.) Ischy and Tim Ischy of Sardis, both of Sardis; two daughters; Dawn Ischy of Sardis, and Beth (Merrill) Wymer of St. Clairsville; one brother; Tom (Dianne) Ischy of Nashport, Ohio; three grandchildren: John David (Jessica) Ischy, Josh (Dana) Ischy, and Matt Ischy; one great- grandson: Daniel Zane Ischy; brother-in-law: George Bud (Patty) Herndon of West Liberty, Ohio; sisters-in-law: Barbara (Wilbur) Jeffers of Woodsfield and Sara (Paul) Kraft of Laings; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; Mary E. Herndon Ischy, Aug. 11, 1997.

Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, and from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, 100 S. Paul St. Woodsfield.  Interment in the Oaklawn Cemetery Woodsfield. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Moffett-Fletcher Methodist Church and/or the American Cancer Society. 

Condolences can be expressed online at: www.bauerturner.com