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July 3, 2008 Edition


<Miss Ohio to Attend Freedom Celebration

        Miss Ohio, Monroe County’s Karissa Renee Martin, will
be a sparkling participant in a freedom celebration
July 3 in Woodsfield. The celebration is slated to
begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Monroe County District
Library lawn and gazebo, East Court Street.
        Martin, who will be honored at the celebration, will
kick off the event by singing the National Anthem.
        Each year across America, the nation’s Independence
is celebrated with parades, fireworks, barbecues,
picnics, baseball games and family or community
events.
        “There is no better time to celebrate our freedoms
and access to America’s great libraries or to gather
as a community,” said Carol Bonsall, representative
for the Lifelong Learners Group which is sponsoring
the event.            

“The library lawn and gazebo will be the
stage for an evening of patriotism demonstrated
through music and the kickoff of our Free to Read
program – an emphasis encouraging reading between
adults and children,” said Bonsall.
        Residents are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and
picnic and join the celebration. In addition to
meeting Miss Ohio, attendees will enjoy the sounds of
The Lazy River Band and Monroe Singers. The gazebo is
located at the intersection of Eastern Ave. and Home
Ave. In the event of rain, the concert will move
inside the library. The event is free.
        The Lifelong Learners are under the umbrella of
Monroe Arts Council. For more details on the Free to
Read program, brochures are available at the library
or visit www.maclifelonglearners.com.

<Joins Local Chamber

Terri’s Table Treasures was recently welcomed to Monroe County’s business community. Terri
Milosavljevic, owner of the newly-opened shop in Clarington, is shown with her grandson Koty Milosavljevic and Ruth Workman, secretary of the
Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.                           

Photo by Martha Ackerman

Joins Local Chamber

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        Terri Milosavljevic, owner of Terri’s Table
Treasures, has opened her new shop in Clarington. Ruth
Workman, secretary, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce,
welcomed the business to the community.
        Milosavljevic opened Terri’s Table Treasures at her
home approximately five years ago. She wanted a
stay-at-home job so she could babysit her grandson,
Koty. The business has grown and she recently opened
the second store at 790 Market Street in Clarington,
across from the union hall.
        Terri’s Table Treasures features many collectibles,
primitives, seasonal and gift items. The shop is
filled with unique, hand-crafted decor. Among the
collectibles are Boyds Bears, Willow Tree Angels,
Enesco’s Jim Shore and Foundation Angels, along with
her newest addition of Precious Moments.                There are
Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, David Young CDs, berry
swags, Crossroads candles and also locally made
candles by Busy Bee Candles, located in  Cameron.
        Distressed painted wooden furniture can also be found
at this shop, along with shelves and decorative boxes.
Milosavljevic also features several retired
Longaberger baskets.
        Daughter Jaime Louden contributes her expertise with
wooden craft items and wreaths. Daughter-in-law
Rebecca adds her handmade blankets and beaded
bracelets.
        The inventory changes with the seasons and ranges
from colorful wreaths to large wooden scarecrows and
bunnies to any number of items to decorate the home.
        Terri’s Table Treasures offers an array of memorial
gifts such as silk floral arrangements, Willow Tree
Angels, Foundation Angels, afghans, inspirational
prints and candles which can be delivered to local
funeral homes.
        Milosavljevic offers her customers a nice selection
of wedding and anniversary gifts. She also offers
made-to-order gift baskets.
        The shop is open 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m. Monday thru
Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.


< ~ Signs Available to Aid Emergency Situations ~
        In conjunction with E-911, the Monroe County
Firefighters Association and the Monroe County
Emergency Medical Service are selling reflective house
number signs. The signs have three-inch reflective
white numbers on a green reflective background and can
be mounted on a mailbox, house or sign post on
property visible from the road. “This is not a
fundraiser,” said Woodsfield Fire Chief Mike Young,
pictured with a photocopy of the signage. “These
signs, made at MACO Workshop, will aid medical and law
enforcement personnel to find the residences faster in
an emergency situation. Bethel Township has been using
the reflective house numbers for several years.” Watch
the upcoming Beacon and Sentinel for ordering
information.                                    Photo by Martha Ackerman


House Numbers For Effective 911 Service
by Arlean Selvy
Publisher
        The purchase of reflective house number signs and a
resolution concerning proposed rules that would ban
detrimental practices associated with credit-card debt
were on the June 24 agenda for  Monroe County
commissioners. Officials also awarded the bid for
resolving violations at Monroe County Care Center .
        Matt Brake, E-911 project coordinator, reported that
MACO has agreed to make reflective house number signs
at $10 per sign based on a quantity of 500. He said
fire and EMS personnel will gather information from
residents who want signs and will also distribute
them.
        “Emergency responders need to be able to see the
[house number],” said Brake. He noted that in the
country, most of the reflective signs will be on a
mailbox or can be placed on a pole.
        During discussion, commissioner Bill Thompson asked
about addresses for properties used as camping sites.
Brake said all property should have a number and
numbers can be obtained at the county auditor’s
office. He said the numbers and signs are imperative
if a 911 call is to be dispatched to the correct
address and found by the fire and emergency personnel.
        The cost of signs will be paid by homeowners.
According to Brake, signs are double sided and may be
attached to a mailbox or pole at the property.
        At the request of Richard Cordray, treasurer of
state, commissioners adopted a resolution which would
help protect credit card users.
        “Even as Ohioans pay closer attention to their
wallets, chances are good that their pockets are being
picked by the growing frequency of fees, penalties,
and interest charges they encounter on bill payments
and credit card debts,” wrote Cordray in a letter to
county commissioners.
        He requested a resolution that “… makes it clear to
the leaders in Washington D.C. that responsible
consumer protections are a must …”
        The three federal regulators - National Credit Union
Administration, the Federal Reserve Board, and the
Office of Thrift Supervision – have proposed new rules
that would ban many detrimental practices associated
with credit card accounts. No longer would consumers
who are working hard to play by all the rules be
penalized because of:
1) Unfairly short time frames to make payments; 2)
Allocation of payments first to balances with the
lowest interest rates; 3) Increased interest rates
that are applied to existing past balances; 4) Charges
for exceeding credit limits because they placed a hold
on your account; 5) Unfairly computing outstanding
credit balances in various ways; 6) Unfair security
deposits and fees for providing you with credit; and
7) Deceptive offers of “firm” interest rates that
change after you sign up.
        The resolution urges the three federal regulators to
adopt the reforms proposed for the Federal Trade
Commission Act, Truth in Savings Act, and Truth in
Lending Act to protect consumers from unfair and
abusive practices by the credit card industry. Monroe
officials adopted the resolution.
        Action, subject to approval, was taken on a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) between
commissioners and Belmont Technical College.
        Commissioners will seek approval of the MOU from
Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller and Eric
Fingerhut, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.
        The memorandum deals with the leadership and
coordination of efforts to enhance educational
opportunities in Monroe County.         According to the MOU,
Belmont Technical College will assume leadership and
begin formulating a strategic plan utilizing data from
 citizens and arriving at a workable plan.
        In addition, there is to be one contact person to act
as intermediary between BTC and the county.
        BTC would continue to develop relationships with
community stakeholders, key leaders and other
educational institutions.
        According to a spokesperson at the county
commissioners’ office, the officials plan to sign the
document during their July 1 meeting.
        If signed, the memorandum will be in effect as of
July 1.
        Meeting with officials on the subject were Gwynn
Clifford, Buckeye Hills Hocking Valley Regional
Development District, Debbie Haney, director, Monroe
County JFS, and Jeanette Harter, assistant  director,
JFS.
        Bids were accepted for necessary improvements to
bring Monroe County Care Center into compliance with
the recent federal inspection.          Accepted was the low
bid, which was submitted by Swiss Valley Associates.
The Sardis firm bid $42,350. A second firm, Cadre
Construction, bid $49,606.
        Cadre Construction, although bidding $7,250 higher,
was recommended by SHARE, the Columbus firm which
manages the care center. Share representative Bob
Reed, in making the recommendation, noted the health
care related experience of Cadre Construction, their
26 years of experience, and the assistance that its
president, Bill LeBarre, has already provided in this
matter and others affecting the nursing home.
        According to Reed, if the project is not completed by
July 3, the care center will not be able to accept
Medicaid or Medicare admissions after that date.
        Commissioners continue to work with a liaison from
Congressman Charlie Wilson’s office to obtain an
extension for the project.
 Commissioners accepted a bid from Pennsylvania Trane
for work at the Monroe County Senior Complex. The
Pittsburgh firm will install 120 new spray nozzles, 20
nozzle rubbers, two nozzle holders and 76 mist
eliminators in the  buildings cooling system at a cost
of $5,800.
 Vickie English of the sheriff’s office reported a
Cops Technology Grant in the amount of $70,148 has
been awarded to the department. She said the grant
requires no match money. The sheriff wants to purchase
five video systems, five digital radios and four lap
tops for cruisers.

<Mayor’s Proclamation

Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon issued a mayor’s proclamation recognizing July 7 thru 12 as “The Monroe
County Relay For Life Week.” Shown, from left, front, Shirley Brown, relay co-chair, and Mayor Bolon; back,
Julie Ellenwood and Ginger McConnell, of the American
Cancer Society; and Ruth Workman, secretary of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.     
Photo by M.Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        The week of July 7 thru 12 has been proclaimed “The
Monroe County Relay For Life Week.”
        Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon issued the proclamation
June 25 recognizing the outstanding significance of
the Monroe County Relay For Life. The overnight event
is held annually to raise money in the fight against
cancer.
        The relay will be held July 11 and 12 at River High
School. “Hundreds of relayers from Monroe County will
come together to honor survivors, remember those no
longer with us and to fight back for a cure,” the
mayor read.
        “Monies raised at the Monroe County Relay For Life
helps to provide much needed programs for our
residents such as free wigs to cancer patients and
transportation.”
        In conjunction with this year’s Relay For Life, a
“Paint the County Purple” contest is being sponsored
by the relay committee. They ask businesses in the
county to decorate their windows and stores to promote
the Monroe County Relay For Life. Cancer survivors
will judge the displays. The business with the best
window decoration will be presented with a trophy at
the Relay For Life on Saturday morning of the relay.
        For more information about the Monroe County Relay
For Life, call Ginger McConnell at 1-888-227-6446,
Ext. 3210.     

Monroe County Relay for Life “Hope Ambassador”

Zachary Potts, age 13 of Woodsfield, has been chosen the 2008 Relay for Life Hope Ambassador.
        For over a year, Zachary treated a bump on his finger as just a normal wart that wouldn’t go away. In August 2007, his doctors decided to remove the bump and realized this was more than a wart and sent it to the Mayo Clinic for further testing. A few weeks later,
Zac and his parents, Todd and Karen Potts of
Woodsfield, received a diagnosis that it was cancer, and Zac would have to have surgery. They took Zac to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Tennessee to remove his finger and also test a suspicious spot on his lung, which turned out to be a non-cancerous lymph node. Good news - the cancer had not spread and after a few days Zac was sent home to heal.
        In November, he was released to resume normal activities. He still sees his doctors every three months but has adjusted remarkably well to life without his finger. In fact, he recently won second place in a wrestling tournament. Zac was somewhat of a celebrity when he returned to school after his operation. His classmates couldn’t wait to hear all about his experience and were very supportive of his
ordeal. This could have been a traumatic experience for Zac, but he handled it with courage in spite of it all.
        Zac will be entering the eighth grade this fall at Woodsfield Elementary School.
        Zac and his parents will be speaking about their experience on Friday evening, July 11, at the Monroe County Relay for Life Survivors’ Dinner at River High
School.
        Zac was chosen the Hope Ambassador of this year’s Relay for Life event because of his amazing attitude. His story represents ‘hope’ to everyone battling the disease.

< Monroe Career Camp Continues

Local students, Lizzie Casto and Stephen Hartline,
learned CPR, along with various career and personal
practices at the Monroe County Career Camp held at the
Black Walnut Center recently. Also shown are, from
left, Sherri Becker, Darlene Lukshin and instructor,
Lenora Binegar.   Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        The first of four Career Camp sessions was held at
the Black Walnut Center last week. Students, grades
fifth through 12th, were introduced to various careers
and personal practices for future success. The
students enjoyed fun, games, lunch and prizes while
learning many life skills and career options.
        This no cost, eight-day, day camp  features sessions
in leadership, self-esteem, career awareness, law
enforcement, drug awareness and multi-skilled medical
information.
        Students learn CPR, first aid, how to take blood
pressure and pulse, injections and information on the
use of an AED defibulator. The medical portion of the
classes are taught by Lenora Binegar.
        Kaiser, the drug dog, visited with handler Joe Kress
who presented information and answered questions.
        Students toured Safe Auto Insurance to learn about
the telephone-based customer service business. A
computer technician visited and students were shown
how to dismantle a computer and put it back together.
        Digital photography and photoshop is taught, along
with farm science, business, organized sports,
coaching and mentoring.
        The remaining three camps will be held July 7 - 17 in
Sardis at the fire department building; July 21-31 at
the Black Walnut Center in Woodsfield; and Aug. 4-14
at the Lewisville Community Center.
        For more information or to pre-register for any of
the remaining camps, RSVP to 800-648-3695 to hold a
seat. The camp is limited to 50 participants each day.
        The program is funded by Monroe County Job and Family
Services, administered by The Washington County Career
Center Adult Technical Training.


< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 

PAUL EDWARD YOUNG

        Paul Edward Young, 76, died of cancer, June 23, 2008,
at his home in Columbus. A native of Ohio, he was born
in Cleveland, a son of Paul and Hulda Landefeld Young
on March 5, 1932.       Memorial services will be held July
10, at 1 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, and in Columbus at Northwest Christian
Church, 1340 Fishinger Rd., on July 12, at 1 p.m. A
reception will follow each service.
 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Paul E. Young Scholarship Fund, c/o Doug Sershen, The
Ohio State University, Knowlton School of
Architecture, 275 West Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH
43210.

MILDRED I. HALL
        Mildred I. Hall, 86, Barnes-ville, died June 25,
2008, at Barnesville Health Care Center. She was born
Dec. 11, 1921 in Woodsfield, a daughter of Frank and
Mary Steele Hamilton. Condolences may be expressed at
www.campbellplumlymilburnfuneralhome.com

SHERMAN E. MULLETT
        Sherman E. Mullett, 62, Hills-boro, formerly of
Beallsville, went home to be with Jesus on June 27,
2008, in Ohio State University Medical Center,
Columbus. He was born June 29, 1945 in Bellaire, the
son of the late Glenn and Alberta Palmer Mullett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Person to Person
Ministries, P.O. Box 39, Hillsboro, OH 45133
(www.p2pm.org).

 

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        We would like express our gratitude to all community
members for donating time, money, cupcakes, sweat and
tears for the Humane Society. Without public support
the Humane Society would not exist. It has taken hard
work and too many years to get this far to give up. We
also know how overwhelming the task can be. But is
closing the doors the answer? Maybe. Could there be
another solution. Yes. One possibility is taking the
Humane Society in a whole new direction.
        Solution: Taking all monies, donations, fundraisers,
and building funds, we could solely focus on spaying
and neutering all dogs and cats. With combined efforts
from all Monroe County rescue organizations, it could
work to benefit all animals. This could eliminate the
use of all shelters, “the ultimate goal.”
        No one wants to see a pet waiting desperately for a
loving home. Could this work? We hope so.
        By working together we can solve problems. By the
Community Members.
Ilaina K. Carter
Woodsfield

Dear Editor,
        Federal, State and Local grants:
        The money that these grants entail does not on trees
grow.
        The money involved comes straight from the taxpayer’s
wallets.
        So, when there is a federal, state or local grant
given in any location, it is the taxpayer that foots
the bill.
        Grants are not free. We are getting forced to hire
grant writers and all expenses involved whether we
benefit as a taxpayer or not.
        Grants are nothing short of pork spending.
        A famous US president said, “Ask not what your
country can do for you, rather what you can do for
your country.”
        What is happening is we support big government, and
less individual rule.
        We, the people is a thing of the past. Big daddy is
supreme.
        Those who benefit are the special interest groups and
the grant writers.
Hilbert Ault
Woodsfield

Dear Editor,
        Don’t let this happen to you. I, Jeannie Yontz, took
my dog Sadie into the vet to have her flea medication
changed. I wanted to switch to the brand that not only
takes care of fleas but also kills worms. Anyway, you
can’t imagine how I felt when I was told that she
tested positive for heartworm. It was like someone
tied a string around my heart and jerked it into my
throat. The only thing I could think of was that I was
going to lose my walking buddy and friend. I had known
about heartworm, but honestly did not think it was a
problem around here. Well, I was wrong and now I am
asking you to please learn from my mistake.
        Heartworm is a severe infestation of the heart by
worms of from 6”-12” in length. These worms load the
heart and cut off its ability to function. As the
worms grow and reproduce, they migrate from the heart
to arteries, the lungs, and even other organs in the
dog’s body. It is a horrific disease that no dog or
dog owner should have to endure and is preventable by
giving your canine heartworm pills.
        This terrible disease is transmitted by over 70
different species of mosquitoes. It is not contagious
from dog to dog. When a disease carrying mosquitoes
bites a beloved pet, it deposits microfilaria in the
blood stream. As this microfilaria matures it consumes
the heart and will ultimately kill the dog. Dogs
appear completely normal in early stages of the
disease. Signs in later stages may include coughing,
vomiting, and poor physical condition.
        Heartworm detection is done by a simple blood test.
This test is very inexpensive and only takes
approximately 10 minutes to process, but must be done
at a veterinarian’s office. If the test comes back
negative, your pet can begin taking heartworm pills
that kill t he microfilaria before they invade the
heart. These pills are also very inexpensive and can
be purchased at your local veterinarian’s office. If
your pet tests positive, you can then begin treatment
to kill the adult worms before they can further harm
your pet. However, this is a very slow and expensive
process. All dog owners for their dogs’ safety and
good health should use the preventative.
        It used to be a rare case for a dog to test positive
for heartworm in the local area. However, over the
past years this is no longer true. Residents of Monroe
and the surrounding counties need to be made aware of
this life-threatening disease and take action to
prevent this from shortening the lives of any beloved
pet. For more information, contact your local
veterinarian’s office.
Jeannie Yontz
Woodsfield

 

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Upright citizens bless a city and make it prosper, but
the talk of the wicked tears it apart.
        It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with
good sense remains silent.
        Have you noticed the daylight is getting less and
less everyday? Neither have I but it is. By the
beginning of winter it will be much less, five hours
or so.
        Have you ever seen something strange, decide what it
was and then find out you were wrong almost to the
point of being stupid? Well, it happened to us.
        A few weeks ago, Esther looked out our front window
and said, “There’s a black dog sleeping on our front
walk.” I didn’t think much about it and did not look
because we had seen a black dog running around loose
once in a while.
        She mentioned the dog was there the next night. I
still didn’t look. The third time, Esther said, “Come
see for yourself.” I did and sure enough there was the
dog. We even told some friends we had a black watch
dog sleeping on our front walk.
        We normally set our trash cans for McIntire on our
front walk near the curb on Monday evening. That
evening before bedtime we checked and no guard dog was
anywhere. We then thought we should put our cans to
the side of our front walk.
        The following evening we thought we would check to
see if our guard dog had returned. He had; our guard
dog had returned to our front walk again.
        I thought this a bit strange, so this time I spent
some time looking at our dog. The more I looked,
rather than just a glance, the more our guard dog
looked like a shadow. I went to the door, turned on
the porch light and, sure enough, our guard dog
disappeared. Our guard dog turned out to be a shadow
from our Times Leader box or the no parking sign along
our street. Well, at least we had a guard dog for a
few nights, or so we thought.
        Voltaire back in 1764 said: In general, the art of
government consists of taking as much money as
possible from one party of citizens to give it to the
other.
        With the gasoline prices getting higher some are
trying to make this an advantage. For example a car
dealer is offering, buy a car, buy gasoline for $2.99
the next three years for the first 12,000 miles each
year. A TV station and bank are giving away $50 gas
cards and I expect there are other gasoline prizes
available.
        A thing you hear on TV more and more is the question,
drill or not drill. That is the question. Some say
yes; others say no. Who is correct? Who knows? I
don’t. Both sides declare they know. The problem is
neither side seems to have a concrete solution to the
high gas prices. From what you hear or read is there
anything that can be done?
        We read and hear that maybe many are having a problem
making ends meet. I recall hearing Mom and Dad talking
about making ends meet. For the life of me I couldn’t
understand what they were talking about. I had never
eaten any ends meat. Somehow we made it selling milk
for eight cents a quart. I’m not sure, but I expect
gas was selling for thirty cents or less a gallon.
        The above situation does not apply to everyone. If
what I read is correct, three people have raised
nearly a half billion dollars chasing a job that pays
144 thousand per year. Seems like something is
lopsided somewhere along the line.
        I guess we will be seeing and hearing just about how
bad everything is and who promises to fix it. You
know, I kind of enjoy listening to a couple of experts
argue back and forth about something, when you are not
on either side. Just sit back and wonder if they even
know anything about the subject. It comes down to one
word - power.
        I know many of you know Jimsonweed. Niel Boyd smoked
it to help with his breathing. You could smell it all
over Fairview when he lit up. This is a Native
American story explaining Jimsonweed.
        Two mischievous playmates, a little boy and a girl,
enjoyed alarming others by telling everyone about the
strange things they had supposedly seen. These were
repeated at council and all were annoyed by the
tricksters. The gods were displeased at their
disrespect for the council meetings and so, in
punishment for their curiosity and gossip, the gods
turned them into jimsonweed, which when eaten still
makes people go around telling of the strange things
they have seen.
        Ever since I started writing Around the Burnside
there have been things I would like to mention or
write about but did not because of Beacon policy, or I
was not sure if my information was correct. For the
past year I’ve had a concern about something that has
been very dear to my heart. I’ve mentioned it a time
or two but not the center of the problem. If what I’ve
heard, from what I consider a reliable source, is
true, some of our youth are getting the short end of
you know what. Those in charge appear not to care or
so it seems.
        Just a thought: The next time you think you’re
perfect, try walking on water.
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 118:5-9; (Tues.)
Colossians 1:15-20; From Hebrews (Wed.) 13:1-6;
(Thurs.) 13:7-9; (Fri.) 13:10-16; From Philippians
(Sat.) 3:12-16; (sun.) 3:17-31.