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July 17, 2008 Edition


<    Team Monroe: A Growing Group to Grow the County
        Team Monroe.
        Over 60 members strong and growing!
        The word is out and countians are joining up to help
make a positive difference in Monroe County. Over the
first six months of its existence, Team Monroe has
grown to 64 members and created six standing
sub-committees: education, incubator, infrastructure,
marketing, tourism and transportation. The committees,
according to Tom Scott, workforce and economic
developer, are valuable tools, and he notes the need
for more of them.
        Team Monroe is comprised of countians who eagerly
volunteer their time, energies and ideas to move
Monroe County forward. The team has successfully
conducted its meetings at a variety of locations
including Ormet and in  Woodsfield, Graysville and
Lewisville. “Our intention is to continue our practice
of ‘taking our efforts to the streets,’” said Scott
with regard to future meetings. The next meeting is
scheduled to be held in Beallsville on July 28
beginning at 10 a.m. at the Beallsville E-Squad
building.
        Meetings, which are held the fourth Monday of each
month, will revert back to 6 p.m. beginning in
September.
        Team Monroe has maintained an open forum concept. The
forum enables members to present their concerns and
suggestions then provides them an opportunity to roll
up their sleeves and be a viable contributor to
solutions.
        “Every Monroe County resident is eligible to be a
member of Team Monroe,” said Scott. “There are no
membership fees - we simply ask that you provide your
input, your concerns and/or your time in identifying
and addressing the challenges that are Monroe County.”
        As Team Monroe approaches its six-month anniversary,
members have witnessed their Education sub-committee
finalize a  Memorandum of Under-standing between the
board of county commissioners and Belmont Technical
College. As a result, BTC will serve as the
facilitator in coordinating the expansion of higher
education curriculums and schedules within Monroe
County.
        In addition, the Marketing sub-committee played a
valuable part in persuading the CIC Board to approve
local realtors with marketing plans for the Commerce
Park.
        It is anticipated the Incubator sub-committee will
establish an incubator process within Monroe County in
the very near future.
        Scott said Team Monroe is in  ongoing negotiations
with a company, which has an existing local presence,
to create a separate  operation by utilizing space
within the Black Walnut Center facility at Commerce
park.
        Team Monroe is currently waiting approval from the
IRS of 501 (c) (3) status. The application was
predicated on the need to utilize the status in
applying for potential grant monies for any of  of the
sub-committees.
        “We look forward to establishing and prioritizing
goals and objectives for 2009, as we concentrate our
energies on fulfilling our 2008 goals and objectives,”
said Scott.
        Citizens are urged to join their neighbors and “be a
part of the solution.”
        Interested? Contact Tom Scott at 740-472-3201.

<~ Veteran of Two Wars Honored for 60 Years as VFW Member ~

        Billy Ricer, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and also a former mayor of Woodsfield, was honored
recently by members of VFW Post 5303 for 60 years of continuous membership. Ricer served as an MP in both wars, in Germany during WWII and stateside during the
Korean War. His son, David, standing center, is Monroe County’s most decorated Vietnam veteran and a past post commander. The two represent a combined total of 96 years of continuous membership in the local VFW post. Shown with the Ricers are, left, Alonzo Wilson, post commander; and Roger Elliott, post senior vice.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

< Paving Moves Forward, Cable Television Purchase on Pause

By Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        Action to award a bid for paving was taken at the
July 8 meeting of Woodsfield Village Council, which
also agreed to remove several parking meters on South
Main Street and increase the amount of a loan to
purchase the SuddenLink Cable system.
        Shelly and Sands Inc. of  Marietta submitted the low
bid for paving three streets. The total bid, however,
came in higher than the amount of permissive tax
monies council has to spend on the project. According
to Mayor Bill Bolon, the village has about $32,000.
        Council’s street committee and the village
administrator will meet with Donnie Weber, street
superintendent, to decide where the tax dollars will
be spent. Streets considered are North Sycamore St.,
North Paul St. and North St .
        Shelly and Sands bid $23,425 for North Sycamore;
$27,615 for North Paul and $9,500 for North Street.
Also bidding on the project was Wilson Blacktop of
Martins Ferry.
        Speaking for council’s street committee chairman,
Bill Moore, Councilwoman Carol Hehr recommended the
parking meters be removed beginning at Milligan Alley,
also known as Jackson’s Alley, south of Jackson’s News
and Variety to the end of the block at Fetzer’s
Carpet. On a motion by Hehr council voted to remove
the meters from both sides of the street. According to
discussion, if the decision appears to cause a problem
with motorists using the spots to park all day,
revisions may be made.
        Approved also was a motion to designate the first
four parking spaces north of  Heartland Retreaders,
North Sycamore St., automobiles only. A potential
danger had been reported at a prior meeting with
regard to trucks parking in those spaces resulting in
the restriction of view for motorists.
        The expected June 30 and later July 14 closing dates
for the purchase of SuddenLink Cable system by the
village have not taken place.
        According to  Jeff Woodell, village administrator,
Sudden-Link and village officials are, “… out of
concern for customers, taking extreme measures to
assure that when the transfer takes place there is no
interruption in service.” he explained that the
internet portion of the system has posed a concern.
        At press time Tuesday, a third date had been set.
Closing was expected to take place July 16.
        In related matters, council authorized village clerk
Patricia Templeton to increase the village’s $1.24
million loan in anticipation of the purchase of
SuddenLink to $1.3 million.
        Council was informed by Woodell that the village has
been accepted as a member of NCTC (National Cable
Television Coop). Membership dues are $5,000. Woodell
reported dues range from $5,000 to $25,000, and this
is a one-time fee.
        NCTC was a “key part of the puzzle” said Woodell. He
explained the village will buy programming through
NCTC. If the village were not a member of the
cooperative, it would have to negotiate for each
channel.
        Councilwoman Carol Hehr reported that Westwood
Landing will turn property over to the village for the
proposed walking trail project in that area. She said
Greg Biedenbach, surveyor, will do the necessary
survey work free of charge for the village.
        A public hearing was conducted with regard to
returning the name of North High Street to John
Street. No residents appeared either for or against
the proposal, and the motion to change the name was
passed. The name change was requested at a prior
meeting when it was noted that residents on that
street continue to receive their mail on John Street ,
and their property deeds reflect the John Street name.
Council was unable to determine when or why the name
had been changed to North High.
        In another matter, Councilman Vernon Henthorn
reported he obtained an August 6, 1908 plat map
revealing that Orchard Lane never was Home Ave. as
suggested in an earlier council meeting. Residents of
that area have requested that the village take over
the maintenance of the alley and have submitted
information indicating it was, at one time, a village
street.
        A motion was approved to repair the blacktop on
roads in the Oaklawn Cemetery . The price tag for that
project is not to exceed $12,000.
        A motion to accept the bid of Reed Construction in
the amount of $2,100 for replacing soffit and fascia
at the municipal building was approved. Woodell is to
obtain quotes for continuous gutter. In another matter
involving repair to the municipal building, Woodell
reported the back porch is about to come down. Work is
being considered for the platform and railing.

<Relay Exceeds $55,000 Goal











by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        “Relay is much more than a walk around the track. It
is a time to remember those lost to cancer and to
celebrate those who have survived. It is a night for
people who have shared the same experience to comfort
and console one another.”
        Those words were written by the late Dennis Sawyers,
a Sardis resident. He was one of those lost to cancer.
One of those remembered in a powerful way at this
year’s Relay for Life.
        “Many people do not understand or have any concept of
what a Relay for Life event is about …” wrote Dennis.
        This year’s Relay was dedicated to Dennis Sawyers and
to all who fight to end the far-reaching devastation
of cancer.
        Dr. JonDavid Pollock, oncologist at Wheeling
Hospital, was guest speaker at the event. After
commenting on the long drive to Wheeling, and thanking
his patients who drive it everyday to see him, he
noted that Dennis was his patient. “His loss is a huge
loss to me,” said Dr. Pollock. “He was a strong man,
he was a warm man, he was a man committed to his
community and committed to his wife.” Pollock called
for a moment of silence in memory of Dennis. Attendees
responded with absolute silence.
        Dennis was active with his Relay for Life team,
Dennis’ Menaces, for which he served as Captain. The
team of 25 members raised $8,649.33 this year to help
find a cure for cancer.
        Attendees were invited to tie a ribbon on a memorial
wreath for Dennis. The wreath was located inside a
white Memorial/Inspira-tion tent. Simply approaching
the tent was an emotional experience, but walking
inside was almost overwhelming. For a few moments the
events outside the tent disappeared, you found
yourself alone – the white draped table holding cards
on which the names of cancer victims were printed,
flowers lined the table and hung along the canvas
walls, their sweet aroma permeating the small room. In
a corner was the memorial wreath upon which we tied a
ribbon of purple or blue in honor of “… a strong man,
a warm man, a man committed to community and family.”
        A survivors dinner for family and friends was held at
 6 p.m. at which time cancer survivor Sue Hilleary
gave her testimony. Hilleary, CEO of Central Ohio
Graphics in Columbus, is a Woodsfield High graduate
and a major sponsor of Monroe County Relay for Life.
She is also a major sponsor for the 2008 Miss Ohio,
Karissa Martin.
        Pastor Wayne Clark, Beallsville First Christian
Church, offered thanks. He is a 21 year survivor of
cancer.
        Accepting the Star of Hope at the dinner was Zachary
Potts, 2008 Hope Ambassador. The Woodsfield Elementary
student told of his recent experience with cancer,
which resulted in surgery and the loss of a finger.
        Survivors attending the dinner were given a special
gift of comfort, a pillow designed with the Relay
graphics, from the Stitching Sisters Quilt Guild.
        Wearing her Relay for Life t-shirt and Miss Ohio
crown, Karissa officially opened the Relay event by
singing the National Anthem. The flag was raised by
Woodsfield Boy Scouts. Karissa sang during the
luminaries’ ceremony. Other entertainment throughout
the evening included One-A-Chord, Not So Rich & Famous
Band, and Sandy Brookover’s Band.
        Volunteer award recipients were Polly Evans and her
staff, Kathy Beardmore and Sue Dearth, and Brenda
Weber.
        Since 1989 Polly and her staff have been raising
money for the American Cancer Society through St. Paul
’s Pre-School. Over the past 20 years, Polly, her
staff, and students have raised over $40,000 to help
find a cure.
        Recipient Brenda Weber has been instrumental in the
operation of the Cancer Resource Center for over 10
year. Had it not been for her dedication to the CRC,
people would not have known where to call or where to
go to find the help they needed.
        Woodsfield pharmacists John Weber and Steve Weber
read a lengthy list of names of those honored and
memorialized with a luminary.
        Relay activities were scheduled for youth throughout
the night. They made tie dyed bandannas, played laser
tag, did hat decorating and walked a crazy hat lap.
Toothpick art and human bingo were also among the
offerings.
        It wasn’t until early Saturday morning that Little
Miss and Little Mr. Relay were named and final numbers
calculated.
        Crowned Little Miss Relay in the 3-5 age category was
Madison Stimpert, daughter of Robbie and MJ Stimpert
of Woodsfield. Runner up was Harley Nalley, daughter
of Jason and Kim Nalley of Beallsville.
        Little Mr. Relay in the 3-5 category was Weslee
Magyar, son of James and Jonna Magyar of Sardis.
Runner-up was Levi McConnell, son of Ginger McConnell
of Lowell.
        In the birth to two year category, Little Mr. Relay
was Tanner Stoneking, son of Todd and Denise
Stoneking, Woodsfield. There were no entrants for
Little Miss Relay in this division.
        Fourteen businesses decorated their windows for the
window decorating contest. The winners are Ohio Valley
Credit Union, Hannibal, first place; Monroe County
Beacon, Woodsfield, second place and Dr. Evans’
office, Woodsfield, third place.
        The Best of Relay poster in the annual poster contest
was T. Ciscler, MACO. The Survivors’ Pick was a poster
by Autumn Pittman, a senior at Monroe Central High.
        School winners: MACO, B. McDougal, first place; T.
Cis-cler, second; S. January, third.
        In the elementary division, poster winners are: first
place, Emily Gauding, fourth grade; second place,
Haylee Winkler, fourth grade; third place, A.C.
Whipkey, fifth grade. All are students at Powhatan
Elementary.
        Winners in the high school division are: first place,
Reba Brewer, junior at Beallsville High; second place,
Sarah Lucas, sophomore, Monroe Central; third place,
Taylor Jorris, senior at Monroe Central.
        Trophies and medals were provided by MACO.
        The relay committee set this year’s goal at $55,000.
Ap-plause rang out as teams heard the goal had been
surpassed and more donations will be coming in. The
total thus far is $57,606.90. Six teams participated
in the Relay event and seven schools held Mini Relays.
For their efforts Beallsville High and Elementary
schools raised $6,300.23; Hannibal Elemen-tary,
$4,300; Powhatan Elemen-tary, $9,000; St. Paul’s
Pre-School, $2,682.75; Woodsfield Elementary, $4,500.
        Relay teams:
        Dream Team raised $11,794 under Team Captains Pat
McDougal and Cheryl Gilmore. Dennis’ Menaces,
$8,649.33; Grumps Bunch, $4,406.54; WesBanco, a
two-man team, $1,776; Tastefully Yours Trailblazers,
$1,211.25. The Bullseye team, which did not compete
this year, turned in $300 raised last year but
credited to this year’s relay.
        The Relay planning committee included Pat McDougal,
Shirley Brown, Ruth Longwell, Sheila Martin, Karissa
Martin, Brenda Gibbons, Dennis Saw-years, Jamie
Haught, Jamison Gehrig, Cheryl Gilmore, Crystal
Longwell, Bobbie Yost, Norma Williams, Roger Gilmore
and Bob Howell.
        “We can grow this,” an excited Julie Ellenwood
shouted as she took the stage for a last remark. “We
can make it bigger and better!” One of her goals is to
see every school in the Switzerland of Ohio sponsor a
Mini-Relay to raise funds for the American Cancer
Society and the fight against cancer. She encourages
businesses, organizations, friends and families to
form teams and join the Relay for Life walk against
cancer.
        Ellenwood is the ACS executive director and
coordinator for the district Cancer Research Center.

<~ Pamida Donates to GMN Head Start ~
        Casey Crane, assistant manager of the local Pamida
store, presented GMN Tri County CAC, Inc., with a
check for $500 for the Woodsfield Head Start. The check will be used for the support of services provided children and families of Woodsfield Head Start to enhance life skills and gain confidence that will carry on throughout their lives. “At Pamida,
corporate citizenship is more than a responsibility,” said Crane. “It’s a privilege and we are proud to support a variety of organizations and events.” Shown with Crane, front left, are: Barb Pfeffer, center director; Deb Brown, Head Start director; Crane; Dawn Rose, bus driver, and Gary Ricer, GMN Director and CEO.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

< Obituaries

DESSIE GLANVILLE
        Dessie Headley Glanville escaped her mortality as
death was swallowed up in victory June 16, 2008, at
the home of her Anchor River homestead. She was born
May 19, 1920, a daughter of the late Silas and Barbara
Headley in Monroe, Ohio.
RONALD J. SEIDLER
        Ronald J. Seidler, 80, Beallsville, died July 10,
2008, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Dec. 14, 1927 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a
son of the late Freeman and Lois Seidler. Condolences
can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.       
CHARLES A. JONES
        Charles A. Jones, 84, Bondi Ridge Road, Woodsfield,
died July 11, 2008 at Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center. He was born Nov. 22, 1923 in
Monroe County, a son of the late Lawrence W. Jones and
Laura Marty Jones. Condolences can be expressed at
www.bauerturner.com.
WILLIAM F. CARTER
        William F. Carter, 73, Woodsfield, died July 13,
2008, at his home. He was born May 29, 1924 in
Grantsville, W.Va., a son of the late George Carter
and Mabel Kelley Carter. Condolences can be expressed
at www.bauerturner.com.
ROY W. ENSINGER
        Roy W. Ensinger, 80, Ensinger Lane, Sardis, died July
14, 2008, at home. He was born Oct. 14, 1927 in
Hanni-bal, the son of the late Julius and Emma B.
Gauding Ensinger.
MILDRED C. SCHEHL
        Mildred C. Schehl, 91, Summit Acres Nursing Home,
Caldwell, formerly of Carlisle, died July 13, 2008, at
the nursing home. She was born near Carlisle on March
13, 1917, a daughter of the late Charles and Minnie
Sorg Warner. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        Hi! I am writing you because I know you care.
        We have had a tragic day these last 12 hours. One of
my girls from church is on a trip to Scotland, Moriah
Steele. Yesterday she was on a bit of a hike when she
stumbled and fell into a crevice about 24 feet deep.
Moriah sustained serious injuries including two breaks
in her neck. Her parents are Rick and Michelle Steele.
Rick and I grew up and graduated from Frontier High
School together in 1977. Moriah will be a senior this
fall at Frontier High School.
        I have made several email messages to local news
outlets, but only one reporter has called so far from
the Marietta Times, and that was in response to
contact by someone from the high school, probably
Anita Hurte.
        A website has been set up at www.HelpMoriah.com to
raise funds to allow one of the parents to rush over
and be with her. The insurance will help but the
expenses will be immense. Anyone and everyone you know
who has a sense of concern for our children will want
to help because they care. If you would be so kind to
let everyone you know be aware of the need, it would
be much appreciated.
        All of the news about Moriah will be found on this
site, also. We will link to news stories both in print
and on video so please let me know if you see or hear
anything at all from the news outlets. I will be
setting up an RSS feed from the site so if you are
keen on those things you will be notified as soon as
the news gets a spot on the web site.
        Again, please click on this link to help Moriah
because I know you care.
http://www.HelpMoriah.com
.
        P.S. There are folks who are understandably wary of
putting financial information on the web. You will
find an address for donations through the mail to our
local bank also on the website; just click on the page
with the initial news story there.
Mike Webber, Pastor
 New Matamoras UMC

Dear Editor,
        On July 1, I wrote email to Congressman Charlie
Wilson, our District’s U.S. House Representative,
asking him to support H.B. 6274 which would give our
military exclusive jurisdiction over habeas corpus
petitions of enemy combatants held in Guantanamo Bay.
        On the same day, I received (what I assumed to be
computer-generated) return email from Congressman
Wilson thanking me for writing about H.B. 1415 which
also concerns habeas corpus petitions of enemy
combatants but from a polar opposite position. To be
fair to Congress-man Wilson, the return email did not
bother to state his position on either bill.
        On July 2, I called Congress-man Wilson’s office and
spoke with a lady named Kathy. Kathy asked me to send
to her copies of both my email to Congressman Wilson
and his reply to me. Kathy said she would make sure
Congressman Wilson was notified.
        It is now over 10 days later, and I have received
zero contact from Congressman Wilson even though he
has my email address, my street mailing address and my
telephone number.
        It appears as if Congressman Wilson feels no need to
acknowledge my concerns exist or my attempt to
express them to my elected Representative Congress.
Congressman Wilson is wrong. He is not our overseer
set apart from the masses; he is our employee.
Congressman Wilson would do well to review the meaning
of “public servant,” and we would do well to, at the
next opportunity, elect into office a Representative
who actually wants to represent our views rather than
ignore us till election time.
For liberty, Deb K. Ault Jones
Woodsfield

<Around the Burnside

It is possible to give freely and become wealthy, but
those who are stingy will lose everything.
        The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who
refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
        It’s funny sometimes how something triggers a memory
of years gone by. This happened to me a few days ago.
        Do you remember the game about Paw Paws? I think it
went something like “Where, oh where is sweet little
Willie?” “Way Down Yonder in the Paw Paw patch.” “Come
on gang, let’s go find him (singing) Pickin paw paws
pullin’ in my pocket.” That’s all I remember, I don’t
remember any of the action or the game. I do recall
actually putting a paw paw in my pocket, a mistake,
Somehow it got smashed.
        What reminded me of this game? A good friend of mine
here in Lewisville is a golfer. As such, he enjoys
hitting golf balls to keep in practice and as a result
he has a kind of a driving range. In fact, at times it
looks as though there has been a hail storm around his
green.
        He tells me a thief has been sneaking in and stealing
his golf balls, no small amount as  it is nearing a
100 golf balls. What would you do with that many golf
balls? Sell ’em at a yard sale?
        My friend did say if this person or persons really
needed some golf balls, “If they would come to the
house and ask, I would gladly give them some.”
        Oh yes, my son, who plays golf, offered a solution to
the problem which I won’t mention.
        When my friend told me this, right away I thought
“Pickin up golf balls, puttin’ ’em in my pocket” -
thus the Paw Paw game.
        I guess you know that Paw Paws are the poor man’s
bananas. Where have all the paw paws gone?
        The weather and the 4th of July just do not seem to
go together. Now it looks good for the Jamboree in the
Hills if the forecast means anything. I guess you can
do nothing about the weather except complain. Everyone
knows complaining does very little to control the
weather, no more than complaining has any effect on
the price of gasoline.
        I read of something interesting about schools the
other day. A survey taken of what concerned folks
about the school systems. There were 10 areas of
concern listed in the results of this wide spread
survey. I’m not gong to mention the concerns receiving
the highest percentage of concern only the lowest one.
The area receiving the lowest percentage of concern
was “Adequate Athletic Facilities.” Does this tell us
something about our school systems?
        It’s kind of tough to think of things to write about
during the summer. I hope you enjoy reading the
stories I’ve been sharing. This one is from Korea
about the Tiger Lily.
        A hermit lived by himself. He had vowed never to take
any life including animal lives, even if it meant he
must go hungry so he wove his clothes of grass and ate
only herbs.
        One day a tiger limped to him with an arrow in its
leg. The hermit pulled out the arrow and dressed the
wound. The tiger, in return, taught the hermit magical
things. they became friends and remained close until
the tiger, as it lay dying, reminded the hermit to
always use what he had learned. Upon the tiger’s
death, the hermit caught its soul in a basket and
changed its body into a new flower, a tiger lily, and
then let its soul escape into the flower.
        Many years later when the hermit did not return home,
the tiger lily scattered its seeds all over the world
so that wherever the hermit was the tiger’s flowers
would be with his friend, the kind hermit.
        Know what's fun? sitting on the deck watching his
neighbor mow their lawn and your lawn doesn’t need
mowed.
        Do you realize the county fair will soon be upon us
and school will be starting? Some schools have the
list ready for what is needed to get started. No
wonder kids need a back pack.
        We started with a yellow tablet. I’m still using one
and a penny pencil. Many of the things required were
not around when I was in school. For example, Ziplock
bags, paper towels, Clorox sanitizing wipes. We had a
large red and blue handkerchief or just used our
sleeves.
        One list I saw for the fourth grade class was an
inexpensive calculator. Needed for math? The closest
thing we came to a calculator was eight fingers and
two thumbs. We stood and recited our times tables
frontward and backward.
        When I was 13 years old Clover Farm Stores sold
peaches 19 cents a can, tea 1/4 lb. 19 cents, 14 oz.
bottle of catsup 15 cents, naphtha soap 10 bars 33
cents, oleo 10 cents a pound, apple butter 28 oz. 19
cents, cheese 19 cents a pound and  bread 10 cents. If
you purchased two pounds of coffee for 31 cents a
pound, you could get another pound free. Just think- a
two gallon can of motor oil cost $1.23.
        I think that money was a bit scarce at that time. As
I remember we used to take eggs to the store to buy
some of the above. Seems like about all you hear on TV
is how hard times are with four dollar gasoline.
        Attend church Sunday? Why not?
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Isaiah 53:4-6; From John
(Tues.) 13:1-5; (Wed.) 13:6-11; (Thurs.) 13:12-17;
(Fri.) 13:18-20; From Matthew (Sat.) 20:20-23; (Sun.)
20:24-28.