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July 24, 2008 Edition

< Woodsfield Municipal Cable Purchase Completed by Village

Sam McPeek, right, superintendent, Woodsfield Municipal Cable, accepts the keys to the village’s cable plant facility from Jeff Woodell, village
administrator.
Photo by Martha Ackerman



 

By Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        Woodsfield took possession of a television cable
system July 16. The village signed up its first new
customer on July 17.
        With the purchase, Sudden-Link Cable becomes
Woodsfield Municipal Cable.
        According to Jeff Woodell, village administrator, a
45-day agreement is in effect at which time the two
companies will work as a unit to make sure customers
have a positive experience during the changeover.
        “Customer service during the transition is a great
concern not only for the village but for SuddenLink,”
said Woodell. He noted that sometimes when a purchase
is made, “... you just shake hands and say, good
luck.” However, SuddenLink is facilitating the
transition.
        The August billing will be mailed by SuddenLink.
How-ever, bills should be paid at the utility office
in Woodsfield or mailed to Woodsfield Municipal Cable,
221 South Main St., Woodsfield.
        For the 45-day period of the agreement, if customers
forget and send payment to Sudden-Link, the company
will reimburse Woodsfield Municipal Cable.
        Customers in need of service to their cable should
call the village utility office  at 472-1865 between 8
a.m.-4 p.m.
        With regard to cable problems, Woodell said village
cable employees will be dispatched. He noted they will
be able to call SuddenLink for help if needed.
        “It’s been a very long and at times painstaking
process,” said Woodell. “But this new venture for the
village will ultimately benefit everyone.              
“Customers are first with more programming and quicker
service,” said Woodell. He noted service technicians
Sam McPeek and Brent Crum are local, so there will be
no long distance travel.
        Woodell said new programming will be added to the
cable system. It will not be overnight, though.
Selection and availability to the area are involved,
as are negotiations.
        According to Woodell, cable bills will not increase
when the new channels are added.
        The cable system purchase was made for an undisclosed
sum.
        The village, earlier this year, authorized the
issuance of $1,250,000 of notes in anticipation of
bonds for the purpose of acquiring the cable
television system.
        In a recent meeting, the amount was increased to $1.3
million to make sure all incidentals are covered.
        Included in the deal was a 2000 Ford utility van
provided by SuddenLink. The village, earlier this
year, purchased a utility truck for the company.
        According to a spokesperson in the Woodsfield utility
 office, the first new cable customers are Willis
McDonald and his wife, who just recently moved to
Woodsfield from Barnesville. Service to their new home
will be connected the first of August.
        Local SuddenLink customers need do nothing to become
a Municipal Cable customer. The switch is automatic.
        Reminder to remit cable payment to Woodsfield
Municipal Cable at 221 South Main St., Woodsfield.

<~ ECHO Group Supports Little Miss Relay ~
        Members of the ECHO (Elderly Citizens Helping Others)
group at Westwood Landing’s assisted living facility presented $200 to the 2008 Little Miss Relay, Madison Stimpert, last week. Monies were raised through
ongoing fundraisers and Madison was selected because her grandmother, Kathy Russell, is a Personal Service Assistant at Westwood. It was an ideal way for the
group to support Monroe County Relay for Life. Madison collected $1,046.54 to earn her crown. She is shown here with ECHO members, from left, Wilber Jeffers,
Barbara Jeffers, Martha Hamilton, Walter Brown and Vi Miller, president of the ECHO group.           
 Photo by Arlean Selvy

<Lists Goals of Secretary of State
Encourages voters to remember those who protect our
freedom

Ann Block, regional liaison for the office of
Jennifer Brunner, Ohio Secretary of State, explains
how one may ‘Vote in Honor of a Veteran’  and receive
a lapel pin for doing so.     Photo by Arlean Selvy

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        Ann Block, former deputy director in the Monroe
County Board of Elections office, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club. Block
currently serves as Regional Liaison for the office of Jennifer Brunner, Ohio Secretary of State, and offered
a brief overview of the office. She also listed the goals of Secretary of State Brunner and explained how
voters may vote in honor of a veteran.
        One of Brunner’s four goals for office includes
restoring trust to Ohio elections. “We want citizens
to have faith that Ohio elections are free, fair, open
and honest to encourage the highest level of
participation in our democracy,” said Block.
         Her second goal is to ensure business filings are
quick, efficient and easy to retrieve. Several
questions and comments were exchanged during this
explanation. One Kiwanian made note that filings are
much quicker now than in the past.
        Brunner’s third goal is to protect social security
numbers from public access; the fourth goal is to
implement “Better Lives, Better Ohio,” also known as a
social health index.
        Block explained that the office of the Secretary of
State wants to provide the governor and our
legislature with the best information available on
Ohio wage earner and family well-being to promote
solid budget and policy decisions. She said they want
to inform new employers that Ohioans are a strong and
competent workforce.
        Voters may cast their votes in honor of a veteran
and request a pin from the Secretary of State. The
purple and gold pin encourages others to remember
those who protect our freedom and is a way to “honor
your special veteran,” explained Block.
        To order a pin, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s
web site at  www.sos.state.oh.us or call toll-free
877-SOS-OHIO for more information.
        Block answered a number of questions and said she is
proud to be a member of Brunner’s team. “She does a
fabulous job,” said Block.


 

<Cafeteria Collections Concern; Bid Let for Beallsville
Windows


By Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        A concern for non-payment of school lunches was
addressed at the July 17 meeting of the Switzerland of
Ohio board of education, which also awarded a bid for
new windows at the  Beallsville school.
        Tina Hogue, cafeteria manager, reported that
certified letters have been sent to everyone owing $50
or more for school lunches. Individuals who have not
made arrangements or payment have been sent to the
prosecuting attorney.
        Hogue reported that statements were sent to everyone
who owed money, to let them know they have a negative
balance and that it must be paid before the first day
of school.
        In another matter, she said the Ohio Department of
Education, Office for Safety, Health and Nutrition,
completed the Coordinated Review Effort of the
schools. The review showed the schools are in
compliance with all federal and state requirements.
        On the recommendation of Sam Schumacher,
transportation, maintenance and safety director,
Dennis Miller Doors and Windows, Sardis, was awarded
the bid for a window replacement project at
Beallsville High School. Schumacher recommended the
contract include the Low E Glass Argon filled, which
brought the total cost to  $26,464. Schumacher
indicated the energy savings will offset the
additional $1,469 for the Low E Glass. The company
will replace one opening measuring 25’ 8” x 5’ 8” and
one opening measuring 25’ 8” x 7’ with six windows per
unit.
        The recommendation was approved on a motion by board
member Ed Carleton. The vote was 4-0. Board member
Jeff Williamson was absent.
       
        Supt. Larry Elliott commended Schumacher and Hogue as
well as Assistant Superintendent George Richardson for
the quality and volume of work they are doing. “We are
well ahead of where we were last year at this time,”
said Elliott.
        The board recognized D.J. Duke and Kevin Robertson.
        Duke, a River High student, was recognized with a
plaque for his accomplishments with a shot put. He
earned state champion in the sport.
        Robertson was presented a plaque for recognition of
10 years of dedicated service to the school district.
He served the district as treasurer beginning in 1998.
He resigned effective July 31 to accept a position in
northern Ohio.
        Janet Hissrich, who has assumed the duties of
treasurer, thanked Robertson for his assistance during
transition. “He has been a tremendous help,” she told
school officials.
        A project to install a walk-in freezer was awarded to
Brian’s Refrigeration, Sardis. The system carries a
price tag of $21,500 and is expected to be operational
by Sept. 1.
        The next school board meeting will be held August 14
beginning at 6 p.m. at Swiss Hills Career Center.
Attending that meeting will be State Representative
Jennifer Garrison as well as representatives from
DeJong, the firm which has engaged the community in
discussions, and the architectural firm for school
design.
        Following an executive session, several personnel
matters were approved, including acceptance of the
resignation of Millie Mozena as secretary at Swiss
Hills Career Center and the hiring of Doug Maschue as
band/music teacher at Beallsville High School.
        Approved also was the hiring of Tami Neiswonger as
Inter-mediate Intervention Specialist at Woodsfield
Elementary and Eric Rosen as CD Intervention
Specialist at River High.
        Leigh Ann Oldfield was hired as a science teacher at
Bealls-ville High.
        Substitute teachers approved include: Cyhrena Abbott,
Sarah Aberegg, Shawn Bable, Erica Beardmore, Kathy
Cain, Jennifer Crowell, Kimberly Davis, Jo Ann
Dietrich, Sandra Dietrich, Lacee Dornon, Colleen
Dunfee, Raymond, Ebert, Velvet Elkins, Lisa Gallagher,
Kerri Hender-shot, Traci Jarrett, Stacey Jones, Jade
Krempasky, Holly Lewis, Kathleen Lysien, Meredith
Mekolovitch, Bettie Jo Mellott, Valerie Paulus, Robert
Podla-siak, Jeffrey Rich, Joyce Ros-nick, Jan Saner,
Sandra Smith, Terry Snively, Jaime Stuckey, Peggy
Taylor, Kristine Tsoras, Jennifer Van Camp, Whitney
Workman and Joy Yontz.
        Hired as contract drivers were Barb Abbrigg, Homer
Blair, Monica Blair, Pam Jones, Patty McConn, Becky
McKnight and Becky Blair. Approved pending
certification were Jeannie Lee, Rose Ann Lee, Wendy
Likens, B.J. Mellott, Patty Pittman, Kristy Turner and
Anna Winland.
        Van drivers include Derik Shirley, Jack Skidmore and
Francis Winland.
        Substitute bus drivers: Missy Alleman, Dan Christman,
Paul Dietrich, Rick Isaly, Cindy Jennewein, Bruce
Krieg, Delmas McVay, Gale Merckle, Kelly Merideth,
John Miller, Michael Roberts, Barb Schmidt, Lori
Spires, Pam Susac, Ron Talbot, Terry Winter, Linda
Fuchs, Larry Gardner, Andy Schumacher, Bob Dougherty
and Roger Pittman.
        Substitute Aides: Monica Blair, Tischa Brown, Traci
Jarrett, Ruth Lafferre, Marilyn Markey, B.J. Mellott,
Dawn Rose, Chris-tine Ruble, Virginia Winkler, Sheila
Wise, Amy Hoop, Linda Fuchs, Marilyn Marley.
        Substitute Cooks, Tischa Brown, Nelda Hamilton, Dawn
Rose, Virginia Winkler, Amy Hoops, Linda Fuchs,
Marilyn Marley.
        Substitute custodians: Tischa Brown, Robert Howell,
William May, Virginia Winkler, Sheila Wise, Heather
Potts, Terry Winter and Rich Isaly.

< CSEA To Enforce Child Support With Suspension of
Licenses


        There is a real issue with parents who have overdue
child support payments.
        Monroe County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)
is joining the Ohio counties which suspend a variety
of licenses of those who are in arrearage with child
support payments.
        Over 302,000 licenses have been suspended statewide.
Over half remain is suspension.
        Statewide, August is the month that is recognized as
Child Support Awareness Month. It is annually utilized
as a reminder of the many ways that child support
assists families who are attempting to meet many
budgetary demands in today’s economy. In most
instances, child support is understood by the
non-custodial parent to be a non-negotiable obligation
to support his or her children, even after the adult
relationship no longer exists. To those who make their
payments timely and without question, Monroe County
CSEA extends their thanks, both on behalf of the
agency, as well as on behalf of the children in
receipt of their support.
        However, there are some children who are not
receiving the benefit of support from their absent
parent, due to non-payment.
        There are occasionally justifiable reasons for a
small delay in payment. Those situations can be
individually addressed by contacting the Monroe County
Child Support Enforcement Agency, 740-472-1602.
        The real issue is with parents who owe several
overdue payments, known as an arrearage. The children
may have faced months with little or no payment being
made to assist in their support and daily needs. For
those children, Monroe County CSEA is committed to
using stronger enforcement and collections methods, as
allowable by Ohio law.
        One such method that will soon be implemented in
Monroe County is license suspension.            The legal
definitions for license includes those issued for an
individual to engage in an occupation or profession;
any driver’s license or temporary permit; and
recreational licenses issued by the department of
natural resources.
        Once the CSEA has identified specific cases in which
there is an arrearage owed, steps can be taken to
generate a notice to the appropriate agencies to
suspend, and to not renew, the license(s) of the
individual.  Notices will also be issued to those who
will be facing license suspension, advising them that
they may avoid the suspension by taking certain
actions.
        The license can be reinstated if there is a full
payment of the arrearage owed, if there is an
appropriate wage withholding placed on the
individual’s income, if there is a new child support
order created and it is kept current, or if there is a
determination by the CSEA that the suspension should
be removed.             Because notices will be sent to the last
known address, it is important for those owing child
support to notify the Monroe County CSEA when they
have a change of address, so they can receive the
notices timely.
        Although license suspension has not been implemented
in Monroe County until now, the majority of Ohio
counties are using this method to encourage non-payers
to become current in their payments.
        A total of 302,207 licenses have been suspended
statewide, with nearly half of those still remaining
in a suspended status.  A total of 132,555 have been
reinstated due to the reasons outlined earlier. In the
month of June 2008, a total of 4,071 new suspensions
were created by 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties, according to
data offered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services.
        Within the next few weeks and months, Monroe County
will join those other counties in using this tool to
assist families in collecting the money to which their
children are entitled.

< Obituaries

BERNARD E. HOSSMAN
        Bernard E. Hossman, 71, Cameron, died July 17, 2008
at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He
was born April 14, 1937 in Malaga, a son of the late
Charles Hossman and Hazel Craig Hossman.        Online
condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

MARK A. BILYEU
        Mark A. Bilyeu, 30, West Alexandria, formerly of
Jerusalem, died July 13, 2008, near Camden, as a
result of an automobile accident. He was born April 5,
1978 in Wheeling, a son of Joy and James Yontz of
Jerusalem and Dave Bilyeu of Sardis.

LLOYD D. GATTEN
        Lloyd D. Gatten, 76, Woodsfield, died July 16, 2008,
at his home. He was born Jan. 6, 1932 in Monroe
County, a son of the late Floyd Gatten and Birdie
Gallagher Gatten. Online condolences can be expressed
at www.bauerturner.com.

WANDA J. BYERS
Wanda Jeanette Byers went home to be with our Lord
July 15, 2008 at the Ohio Valley Medical Center,
Wheeling. She was born July 27, 1921 in Monroe County,
a daughter of Joseph and Estella Rosenlieb Frobish.
Online condolences can be expressed at
www.bauerturner.com.

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<Around the Burnside

People curse those who hold their grain for higher
prices, but bless the one who sells to them in time of
need.
        If you search for good, you will find favor; but if
you search for evil it will find you.
        Those of you who have been asking for some hot summer
weather should be satisfied now. So goes the weather,
like it or not.
        While going to Caldwell the other day, we’re back to
piddlin’ in the pool again, in Noble County they had
not put up their signs, “mowing ahead,” as yet, and it
seemed as though there was a blue guard rail or a blue
fence along the edge of the road.
        Most drivers and folks passing by look at this as
weeds. If you use the standard, “a weed is a plant out
of place,” it is not a weed. I will explain later.
        This so-called weed is actually chicory. Millions of
pounds of chicory roots have been roasted, ground and
used as an adulterant and as a substitute for coffee.
It also provides greens for salads and for cooking.
However, the older the leaves the more bitter. I’m
almost sure Mom didn’t pick any young chicory leaves
when she went out to pick a mess of greens each
spring.
        If you would like to try some for yourself, just dig
up some of the long roots, scrub them with a brush,
and then roast them slowly in a partly open oven until
they will break crisply between the fingers, exposing
a dark brown interior. Then grind and store in a
closed container for brewing a substitute coffee or
mixing with other things you are cooking.
        I’m guessing you would need to find chicory growing
somewhere other than along the road as digging up
roots there would be rather tough.
        Why are they not out of place? A little story from
Germany will explain.
        A young girl waited for her lover to return. She
waited by the side of the road and refused to leave or
to eat or drink until he returned to her. Finally she
died there and in that place there grew a flower that
the German people called “watcher by the road,” the
chicory.
        Now you know why it isn’t a weed!
        Back in 1866 Mark Twain said, “No man’s life,
liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is
in session.”
        Well, the big JITH is over for another year and I
expect many have sobered up and are back home, leading
a normal life again, probably making plans for next
year. The weather outlook indicates hot but not dry as
beer will flow like water. I’m sure most dealers and
stands have a plentiful supply on hand and are ready.
I wonder if they might not raise the price of beer a
tink or two due to the demand? Do beer drinkers
complain when this happens like we complain about the
price of gasoline?
        Speaking of beer, are we selling out everything to a
foreign country? Bud is no longer a US company; 51
billion bucks was the price. Steel has gone to Russia;
what’s next? How can a foreign country come into our
country, build a factory and be successful and we have
to send ours to a foreign country?
        I think P.J. O’Rourhe said it best, “If you think
it’s expensive now, wait until you see how much it
costs when it’s free.”
        Did I ever have a meal tonight for supper. I still
call it supper. I still can’t call it lunch and
dinner. I carried my dinner to school in a dinner
bucket. Why did I  call it a dinner bucket if it
wasn’t my dinner?
        I guess it really doesn’t matter what you call it. In
the service all meals we called chow. “Let’s go to
chow,” regardless of the time of day and sometimes it
rated “chow.” I’ll still call the evening meal supper.
        I guess our meal wasn’t all that special. It’s one
I’ve had many of over the years. We had ham, corn on
the cob, green beans, tomatoes and fruit. I always
looked forward to when this meal was fresh out of the
garden and we had plenty of them.
        Corn on the cob - we really hogged it down. We buy
the kind that is white and yellow mixed. It’s a bit
strange. Sometimes I wonder; how could I gnaw the corn
off two, three or maybe more ears of corn growing up
and now that I have to cut it off the cob, one ear is
my limit? Maybe the ears are longer nowadays. It seems
to me I could gnaw a complete row down an ear of corn
in one bite. One thing about it, you can’t be too
dainty when you eat corn off the cob, just grab an ear
and go after it. A slice of bread and butter is an
easy way to get plenty of butter on the corn.
        Everything tastes better fresh out of the garden.
This is why local farm markets are so popular. I don’t
mean from gardens located who knows where. You don’t
have to worry about e.coli if you go to the garden
with some salt, pick a red ripe tomato off the vine,
and eat away. Who cares if it runs down over your
chin? It will wipe off.
        It didn’t stop when the frost came. There was enough
canned away in the basement to eat much the same way
during the winter, although we seemed to have quite a
few soup beans thrown in along the way.
        You go to the store today and you will find it
impossible to count the number of different things to
eat that were not available to us when we were growing
up. No way could we be a fussy eater. Eat it or
nothing. How different. Our kids wouldn't eat pizza
until some neighbor kids got them to try it at their
home. Now it's like apple pandouty; I can’t get enough
of that wonderful stuff.
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Isaiah; From Matthew (Tues.)
16:13-16; (Wed.) 16:17-20; (Thurs.) 16:21-23; (Fri.)
17:1-4; (Sat.) 17:5-8; (Sun.) 17:9-13.