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July 10, 2008 Edition

Miss Ohio Honored at July 4 Celebration

Karissa Martin, Miss Ohio 2008, delighted two little
boys, Owen and Zane McSwords,with an autograph at the
July 3 program hosted by the Lifelong Learners
organization at the Monroe County Library. Karissa was
honored at the event.

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        Despite the torrential downpour, the show and parade
went on ... It was a night of celebration as the Lifetime Learners organization hosted an evening of music presented by the Happy Heart Singers and the
Lazy River Jazz band. Special guest was Karissa Martin, Miss Ohio 2008, who was honored during the
        The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm as a parade,
honoring Miss Ohio, wound through downtown Woodsfield.
Unfortunately, no one was on the Cinderella float and
no convertible tops were down, but the parade went on
with the Woodsfield, Lewisville and Graysville fire
trucks and other participants.
        The evening’s master of ceremonies was Bill Frank,
who introduced entertainers and presenters and, as
always, added his humor and historic quotes and
tidbits to the program.
        The honored guest was accompanied by friends and
family wearing t-shirts imprinted with “Security for
Miss Ohio 2008 Karissa Renee Martin.”
        Karissa was presented with  a beautifully framed
Mayor’s Proclamation from Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon
and a proclamation from the Monroe County
Commissioners read by commission president John Pyles.
Dick Sulsberger, president of the Monroe County
Chamber of Commerce presented Karissa with a gift of
jewelry, Ruth Workman, president of Woodsfield
Kiwanis, presented Miss Ohio with a $100 gas card and
metal signs from the village recognizing “The Home of
Miss Ohio 2008, Karissa Renee Martin.” The signs will
be posted at the entrances of Woodsfield.
        Pat McDougal and Shirley Brown, co-chairpersons of
the Monroe County Relay For Life, presented Karissa
with roses, 11 red roses and one pink rose tinted with
purple, representing the relay. Karissa takes an
active roll in the annual relay. She and her mother
Sheila Martin will be selling luminaries at the Relay
to be held this weekend, July 11 and 12 at River High
School. So, if you want to meet the reigning Miss
Ohio, stop in and purchase a luminary in honor or in
memory of a cancer victim.
        A representative of Congress-man Charlie Wilson
congratulated and wished Karissa well in representing
Ohio in the Miss America contest to be held in Las
        Karissa assumed the seat of honor, tapping her feet,
listening, smiling and singing along as the program
began with the Happy Heart Singers, led by Suzanne
Pollock, performing their rendition of Take Me Out to
the Ball Game and This Land is Your Land.
        The Lazy River Jazz Band consisting of Paul Ring, Jim
Baker, Jon Haley, Jack Skidmore and Chuck Merckle,
accompanied by Paula Frank on the piano, performed a
variety of songs including the Battle Hymn of the
Republic, A Closer Walk With Thee and fight songs from
each of the branches of service, Marines, Army, Navy,
Coast Guard and Air Force.
        The evening concluded with the Happy Heart Singers
and the Lazy River Jazz Band leading the crowd in
        Carol Bonsall, of the Lifetime Learners organization
thanked everyone for coming to this year’s event and
told of a new program, Free to Read, which encourages
reading between adults and children. Contact the
library for more information.
        “I think this county of ours is still filled with
spirit. God bless America,” said Pollock.
        “As we leave this evening, we must be mindful of how
blessed and fortunate we are,” concluded Frank.        

<    A Step Toward Higher Education Opportunities in Monroe

Signatures were affixed last week to a Memorandum of
Understanding between Belmont Technical College (BTC)
and Monroe County Commissioners to partner in efforts
to create a plan for higher education in Monroe
        Members of the Team Monroe Education Committee with
support from the leadership at BTC developed the
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for higher education
offerings for Monroe County. Presented to
commissioners June 24, the MOU spells out what is
expected of the county and what BTC w ill do as a key
partner coordinating regional higher education
        In making a motion to sign and move the agreement
forward, Commissioner Francis ‘Sonny’ Block said he
believes it is “A great step in the right direction.”
Block noted his appreciation to Belmont Technical
College in taking the lead in the project.

                      Photo by Martha Ackerman
        “We know this umbrella will encompass partnering
with other colleges ... to give our citizens an
opportunity that is extremely important to their
futures,” commented Block. “It’s the beginning of a
new era for us.”
        The MOU has received the blessing of the office of
Eric Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of
Regents, and Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn
Riethmiller. With their approval, the memorandum
became effective July 1, in time to launch market a
variety of fall course offerings.
        The agreement is a critical milestone in providing
Monroe County citizens a variety of higher education
opportunities. The goals of the MOU process will
support citizens  in accessing higher education, make
the higher education experience as affordable as
possible, and will meet the workforce development
needs of the county.
        The agreement’s guiding principles explained by
Debbie Haney, director, Jobs and Family Services and
member of Team Monroe, include:
• Monroe County desires to enhance and expand higher
education opportunities for its citizens;
• Leadership and coordination of efforts for
delivering higher education will be assumed by BTC;
• The collective educational experience and expertise
of BTC’s faculty and staff will be used extensively in
formulating plans, goals and objectives;
• Decisions on plans, goals and objectives will be
informed and driven by relevant and valid data and
will be fiscally sound.
        Critical next steps for Team Monroe Education will
include working collaboratively with BTC to create a
Higher Educa-tion Plan for Monroe County; providing or
upgrading learning facilities, and alternative
delivery sites with environments conducive to
learning’ and facilitating a cultural change in which
higher education is more highly valued by all Monroe
County citizens.
        In signing the MOU, Dr. Joseph Bukowski, president,
Belmont Technical College, summed up the matter in
these words:
        “The Memorandum of Understanding spells out the
respective responsibilities of both the county and the
college. The college will take the lead in an area we
know ... and the county will continue to advocate for
its citizens and to push us hard to extend higher
        “We look forward to creating the plan,” said
Bukowski, adding, “And we look very much forward to
implementing the plan and making it happen.”

<Transtar Comes to Monroe County

Bringing an affordable security system, as well as
Directv to the area is a new business, Transtar.
Owners were welcomed to Monroe County by Chamber
secretary Ruth Workman, left. Also shown, from left,
are, front: Marvin and Patricia Hodges, local
dealership owners; Bing Tran, owner, and Bernard
Jones, Transtar’s first local customer; and Vivian
Ash-Wells; back, Steve Dickinson, Mike Neff and Mike
Lee, installers.                                                         
Photos by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        A new business was welcomed to Monroe County
recently. Transtar, whose local office is located in
Lewisville, offers two products to its customers,
Moni-tronics and Directv, peace of mind and
        Most people are familiar with Direct, but Monitronics
is new to the area. It was an idea that Marvin Hodges,
local owner, brought to Bing Tran, owner of Transtar
Communications located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
        According to Tran, it was an idea which he embraced
readily because he has an aging mother who lives
alone. “She likes to put things on the stove to simmer
and leave,” he said. Tran recognized the peace of mind
the three-phase alarm system could give and added
Monitronics to his five-year-old company. “You sell
what you believe in,” Tran added.
        According to Hodges, the Monitronics system has a
medical panic button, a smoke detector and a burglar
alarm. The system is set up to alert local emergency
and law enforcement when necessary. The medical alert
allows the homeowner to talk directly to someone while
waiting for help, noted Hodges. “This gives comfort
until help arrives,” he said.
        Hodges noted there is no other authorized Monitronics
dealer in southeast Ohio.
        “There is no upfront cost to customers,” said Hodges.
“The installation and equipment is free. There is an
affordable monthly fee for the security system. Their
motto is “On Star for your car; Transtar for your
        Local resident Bernard Jones was the first customer
to contract with Transtar. “It’s a good system,” said
Jones, “and my daughter thought I needed it.”
        Bernadine Miller, Jones’ daughter, said she feels
more secure with the full system. “I want to know
everything is all right when I’m not there,” she said.
        Installation is an important part of a security
system, noted Hodges. “If it’s not installed
correctly, it won’t work,” he said.  Mike Lee, a
familiar face in the area, is one of the installers.
Lee, who resides near Antioch, was an active member in
the Woodsfield Board of Trade and the Jaycees. 
“Transtar provides entertainment and makes homes
safer; it’s good for the whole community,” said Lee.
Other installers are Steve Dickinson and Mike Neff.
        Most of Transtar’s customers have been by referrals,
noted Hodges, who is offering a summer contest. “This
summer, whoever makes the most combined referrals for
Directv and/or Monitronics will win a 50 inch Hitachi
HD Plasma TV.
        For more information on Transtar, call Hodges at

<Karley's Playhouse Wish Granted

A wish came true for little Karley Williams when the
“Make A Wish” organization delivered her playhouse June 30. Karley, born with Carnitine Palmitoyl Transferase Deficiency Type II, is the only living child her age with the deficiency. On April 29, 2008, Karley was a heart transplant recipient. Inset: Karley
anxiously awaited the arrival of her playhouse.                    
Photos by Martha Ackerman

Granting wishes for swimming pools and trips to
Disney, New York City and even Hawaii.
        Make A Wish wishes are referred by doctors, hospitals
and social workers. Karley’s wish was referred by
doctors at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital.
        The Williams family credits expanded newborn
screening with saving the life of their daughter. She
is now the oldest living human on earth with this
disorder. “Karley is truly paving the road in the
fight and treatment of genetic disorders,” said Jimmy.
        Karley Sue Williams was born Oct.29, 2005 with
Carnitine Palmitoyl Transferase Deficiency Type II
(CPTD Type II), one of 32 genetic disorders. The
disorder was diagnosed because, according to Jimmy, a
few years earlier, the state of Ohio expanded the
newborn screening program to include these genetic
        There are three types of CPT2: prenatal, neonatal and
late onset. The prenatal is the most deadly and has no
survivors, all dying before birth. The late onset type
is the least likely to cause death or major illness.
Not usually detected until the mid or late teenage
years, it causes muscle pain and weakness, and it will
usually cause many hospital visits during the victim’s
        The neonatal type is the baby killer and is nicknamed
the lethal CPTs. No baby in the medical world has ever
lived past five months with this disorder–until Karley
        Karley has been fighting this disorder since birth.
She has spent over a year of her life in Pittsburgh’s
Children’s Hospital. Under the care of Dr. Jerry
Vockley, M.D., PhD. and Dr. Steven Webber, M.D.,
C.O.C., Karley has broken many records in her short
life. She has set the way for treatment of this
disorder. Karley is the first person with this
disorder to have a heart transplant, and she is doing
great, according to her parents.
        Karley loves her necklaces. Several strings
containing hundreds of beads is representative of what
this young child has endured during her short life.
The Beads of Courage, as explained by Alicia Cogar,
grandmother of Aiden Russell, a young cancer survivor
and friend of the Williamses, is given to critically
ill children upon their first hospital visits. The
necklace begins with the child’s name and one bead.
Each additional bead represents a procedure the child
has undergone. Amid the hundreds of beads in Karley’s
necklace is a bright red heart bead, representing her
heart transplant.
        Home health nurse Michelle Johnson of Interim Health
Care works 40 hours a week with Karley, easing the
lives of her parents.
        “We are so grateful to all the people, worldwide, for
their help and prayers for Karley,” said Jimmy. “We
are especially grateful to the donor family that made
Karley’s heart transplant and her life possible. We
appreciate the Make A Wish organization for making a
little girl’s dream come true.”
        The Williams family asks for help from the public. In
April, President Bush signed into law a bill requiring
states to have mandatory newborn screening like Ohio
requires. “With this early detection screenings, more
children will be helped,” said Williams.
        “Now we need your help to make President Bush and
Congress mandate funding for this program,” said
Jimmy. “We are willing to take Karley to testify in
front of Congress or to help in any way. Karley is
living proof that this program works. For contact
information or more information on Karley, go to

< Obituaries

        Carl V. Kinzy, 90, a lifelong resident of the
Beallsville area, died July 3, 2008, in Summerville at
North Hills in Zanesville. He was born April 3, 1918
near Beallsville, a son of the late Julius V. and Anna
Read Kinzy.

        Bernard E. Mallett, Anaheim, Calif., passed away
peacefully on July 1, 2008, in the home that he built
in Anaheim surrounded by his family. He was born in
1922 near between Lewisville and Stafford, a son of
the late Mae and Clem Mallett.

        Roger Simon Barron, 71, of Emmett, Idaho, died June
6, 2008, from complications following cardiac surgery.
He was born April 13, 1937 a son of the late Elroy and
Isadora Ruff Barron in Donegal, Pa.

        Robert (Bob) Minder, 74, Woodsfield, died July 1,
2008, at his home. He was born Feb. 18, 1934 in
Cameron, a son of Grace Brown Minder of Woodsfield and
the late Earl Minder.   Online condolences can be
expressed at www.bauerturner.com.


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<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those who
are trustworthy can keep confidence.
        Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many
counselors, there is safety.
        Where’s Lewisville? I’ve been asked this many times
over the years. I started answering by mentioning
towns nearby and I-77 and SR 78. I finally started
saying it was 50 miles from the nearest McDonald’s. A
little later when it came to Caldwell I could say,
around 25 miles from the nearest McDonald’s. Finally
when the Woodsfield McDonald’s was established I could
say about five miles from McDonald’s. It brought us
up-to-date with the rest of the country or at least
close by.
        Now we’re really getting up in the world with the
coming of KFC /Taco Bell. Recently opened Happy Days,
Traditions, Marathon Station, Hometown Restaurant,
Subway, Pat’s Gift Shoppe and carry home meals at
Riesbeck’s. Even the pickiest eater can be satisfied.
As the man says, ‘The more the merrier!”
        We had a restaurant in Fairview called the Sip and
Bite. It was also what we called a filling station
where you received more service than later on when
they called them a service station. Someone needed to
pump up the gallons of gas you wanted. They had to
make sure it wasn’t over the gallon marks. We also had
a beer joint called, Silver Front. I guess they served
food and made the best ham sandwiches. They just
sliced off the meat from a big ham sitting out in the
open. I’m just repeating what someone told me because
I wasn’t allowed even to go near the wicked place,
even if my friend’s mom and dad owned the place.
Wasn’t all bad, their oldest son became a minister.
        My eating out at the time, if I had a nickel or dime,
I’d buy a chunk of bologna or cheese and a few
crackers. This was the special at Bond’s Store. The
cheese was kept out of the ice box so you got the full
flavor. Nothing like a slice of Longhorn cheese.
        Once in a while someone would complain about the size
of the slice of cheese he was getting. Chester
threatened too place it on the scales, which stopped
the complainer rather quickly. Sometimes I was lucky
enough to buy a Nehi grape or Hires root beer to go
with my bologna.
        George Bernard Shaw once said, “A government which
robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the
support of Paul.”
        Talking about eating out, do any of you remember
“Penny Suppers”? The ladies would fix something and
charge so many pennies for each item. If you had 50
cents you could really pig out. I think it was the
Grange that had a penny supper every so often.
        You can say all you want to about the fancy
restaurants or the best place to eat, but you can’t
beat a good old fashioned carry in or pot luck dinner.
I have yet to attend one, and I’ve attended one every
chance I get, that has not been the best food around.
I did, however, attend one that had only steamed
shrimp. I managed.
        I’m not sure how many know or plant Hollyhocks. My
mother really enjoyed Hollyhocks. In fact, my favorite
picture of her is her standing among the Hollyhocks on
the bank behind our house. Following is a little story
about Hollyhocks from England.
        On Mid-summers Day each year a fairy castle rose out
of the water, complete with a tunnel through which the
local villagers were permitted to enter the castle
grounds. They could enter and return to their homes if
they promised to take nothing.
        One naughty little girl pouted at having to  leave a
bouquet of lovely flowers behind and secretly stuffed
one blossom into her pocket. As her mother led her to
the tunnel, her hand became a rough leaf and her dress
a blossom - she turned into a Hollyhock. The castle,
the trees and all the fairies disappeared and were
never seen again.
        I had something unusual happen the other day. I
purchased a sack of 10 pairs of socks at Wal-Mart. I
didn’t pay much attention at the time but when I got
home I noticed printed on the label was Made in USA. I
couldn’t believe it. A while later after wearing a
pair several days and going through Esther’s clothes
washing cycle, we both are missing one sock. You don’t
suppose they got together and ran off, do you?
        Is the church not air-conditioned a good excuse?
        Bible Readings: (Mon.) Isaiah 11:1-3; From Luke
(Tues.) 4:14, 15; (Wed.) 4:31-37; (Thurs.) 6:17-23;
(Fri.) 6:24-26; (Sat.) Matthew 5:38-45; (Sun.) Luke 20:1-8.