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July 23, 2009

Ormet, AEP-Ohio’s New Electric Arrangement Approved to 2018  

The Public Utilities Com-mission of Ohio  last week approved an arrangement between Ormet Primary Alu-minum and American Electric Power-Ohio for electric service to Ormet’s aluminum producing facility in Hannibal. The arrangement will be in effect through 2018.

Ormet’s electrical rates will be based on the price of aluminum, with other AEP power customers making up the difference for any discounts.

“This arrangement will ensure that jobs are retained in Ohio and that the region continues to receive economic benefits from Ormet’s operation,” said PUCO chairman Alan R. Schriber. “By approving this arrangement, we are fulfilling the economic development policies in Senate Bill 221 through job retention, as Ormet is a key employer in the Hannibal region.”

The PUCO set limits on how much of a discount the Ormet can receive and how much money AEP can recover in a year.

As modified by the PUCO, rates billed to Ormet by AEP for the balance of 2009 will reflect an annual average rate of $38 per megawatt hour (MWh) for the periods Ormet was in full production, $35 per MWh when Ormet curtailed production to 4.6 potlines and $34 per MWh when the plant curtailed production to four potlines. These rates are contingent upon Ormet maintaining its employment levels at 900 employees for calendar year 2009.

For calendar years 2010 through 2018, the commission approved the link of Ormet’s rate to the price of aluminum as reported on the London Metal Exchange, but modified the agreement to include a maximum electric rate discount for Ormet and a maximum amount of delta revenue (or the difference between AEP’s tariff rate and the rate paid by Ormet) that AEP ratepayers will be expected to pay. The PUCO commission also reduced the impact of the arrangement on customers’ bills by including a credit of the provider of last resort (POLR) charges paid by Ormet to AEP.

During calendar years 2010 and 2011, the maximum electric rate discount Ormet will receive is $60 million. This discount will be subject to adjustment based upon employment levels at the facility. The maximum amount of delta revenue that ratepayers will be expected to pay during 2010 and 2011 will be between $45.4 million and $54 million, depending on the credit of POLR charges, resulting in a  charge to customers’ bills of less that $2 per month. AEP will defer the difference between the rate paid by Ormet and the delta revenue collected from ratepayers and will recover the difference at the end of the arrangement.

The commission also phased down the discount Ormet received throughout the length of the arrangement. As a result, Ormet’s maximum discount will be reduced to $54 million in 2012. For calendar years 2013 thru 2018, the maximum discount will be reduced each year by $10 million.

PUCO directed that any rate discounts provided to Ormet must be directly related to employment levels. Under the arrangement, Ormet will be required to maintain an employment level of 650 full-time employees. Ormet’s discount will be reduced by an additional $10 million each month for every 50 workers below 650 full-time workers employed by Ormet for the previous month. Ormet will be required to provide a monthly report to PUCO staff and AEP detailing its employment levels.

Ormet and AEP must file an executed power agreement that reflects the modifications ordered by the PUCO commission. Once the agreement is filed, the arrangement will be effective.

A copy of the commission opinion and order is available at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to the Docketing Information System (DIS) and enter the case number 09-119-EL-AEC. 

Ormet filed a request for the special arrangement in February, describing the deal as “essentially an on-or-off switch” for the Hannibal plant.

“It was a huge step in securing Ormet’s future and that of its employees,” said Ormet spokeswoman Linda King. 

According to officials at both companies, Ormet and AEP-Ohio must evaluate the arrangement ordered by the PUCO before putting it into a binding contract.

AEP spokesman Jeff Rennie said his company must apply to the PUCO before it can start to collect the revenues forgone in the new Ormet deal, as well as a temporary one already in place.

The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel had advocated an even lower limit on Ormet’s discount, about $32 million. However, counsel spokesman Ryan Lippe said the office was pleased with some of the provisions the PUCO added.

Beallsville Calls for Clean Up

Issues with property and pets were addressed at the July 6 meeting of Beallsville Village Council, which also took action to close Washing-ton St. during Heritage Days.

Council discussed unkempt properties and noted that non-compliance with the village ordinance will result in the village cleaning the property and the charges being placed on the owner’s tax bill. They said that keeping property cleaned up means to keep it free of trash and keeping the lawn moved

Officials also remind residents that all dogs within the village limits are to be confined to the owner’s property. 

Concerning safety issues, Ted Billiter, reported that new fire extinguishers have been installed and are up to code. The extinguishers were purchased from Dynamic Safety Resources, Woodsfield.

Billiter also told council that most pot holes within the village have been patched.

On a motion by Council-woman Ladonna Carleton, Washington Street will be closed July 23 through 26 for the Beallsville Heritage Days celebration.

 

Danny Jones and Martha Ackerman, of the Monroe County Veterans Memorial Committee, accepted donations recently from Beallsville American Legion Post #768 delivered Roger Elliott, a Post #768 member, and an additional donation from Herman Zerger, WWII veteran and former prisoner of war. 

Donations Accepted by Veterans Memorial Committee

“We’re finally starting to get back on our feet,” said Martha Ackerman, president of the Monroe County Veterans Memorial Committee. “The last few months have been hard but with the donations received from the Beallsville American Legion Post #768, Woodsfield VFW Post 5303, VFW Post 5303 Auxiliary,  Woodsfield Eagles, Woods-field Moose Lodge, Herman Zerger and others, we were finally able to pay an outstanding bill and order memorial bricks. The committee has also received the first restitution payment from True Williams via the prosecutor’s office.

Applications have been alphabetized and an inventory has been done for the bricks already laid in the Veterans Walk-way in front of the Monroe County Courthouse.  A few of the bricks were found to have had incorrect spellings and/or information. These bricks have been ordered along with a number of others, which when matched against applications, were found to be missing. Those, along with the new orders received, have been forwarded to Randall L. Gallagher Memorials, Inc. for engraving. 

The task of laying the bricks is the next order of business for the committee. That will be done soon, noted Ackerman.

“We want to regain the community’s trust in the committee,” said Ackerman. “When money has been taken, it’s hard to  trust. With the new committee, we hope our current efforts will be recognized and trust restored.”

For information, call 740-472-0535 evenings.


 

 

Beallsville Business Earns 3 Medals at Cheese Awards

 

A Beallsville business has distinguished itself by earning three medals at the 2009 North American Regional Jersey Cheese Awards.

Al and Renea  Scheiderer, owners of Buckeye Grove Farm Cheese, LLC of Beallsville, were notified  by Sarah Gilbert of National All-Jersey Inc., that their business has been selected for three medals at the cheese awards event.

Dixie Swiss Cheese earned a silver medal, while Hill Folk Jersey cheese and Boeren Kas Gouda cheese were each awarded bronze medals.

Seventy-seven entries from 29 different producers representing 15 states and Quebec competed for medals.

“We are already planning for next year's event, to be held on the Island of Jersey, UK.  We’re going to see how we stand against the best cheesemakers in Europe,” said the Scheiderers. “From what we've been told, even from one of last year's judges, we have a pretty good chance of medaling there, too. It is also good to see that there are other top notch cheesemakers in North America, especially Ohio, other than the "cheese state" of Wisconsin.”

 

Triplets Turn 3

It’s party time for Audrey, Ariel and Annalisa, who will be celebrating their first birthday July 25. The blue eyed, brunette triplets are the daughters of Amanda Isaacs.  

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

It’s “Tinkerbell” party time for three little ladies! Annalisa, Audrey and Ariel Isaacs will celebrate their first birthday Saturday, June 25. The blue-eyed, brunette triplets are the daughters of Amanda Isaacs of Fisher Hill Road, Clarington.

According to Amanda, her pediatrician has confirmed the girls are on target with babies their age–they are crawling, taking a few steps, trying to feed themselves with finger foods, drinking from a sippy cup and beginning their vocabulary, which now consists of “Hi,” “Bye,” “Mum-mum” and the newest word is their version of “backpack” from a TV show. They are in size 12-18 months like most children their age.

The girls have been very healthy, noted Amanda. The only scare was when Annalisa, at five months, had to spend three days in the hospital with bronchitis.

Ariel has eight teeth and the other two aren’t far behind–Audrey has five and Annalisa, four. Ariel, Amanda noted, displays her temper more than her siblings and Audrey seems to be the dominate personality.

Audrey was the first to come home from the hospital and the first to crawl. Annalisa was the first to stand, stoop and stand up again. When Ariel is playing with a toy and wants to crawl, she puts the toy in her mouth and goes on her way, noted her grandmother.

The girls’ favorite foods are fried potatoes and pasta. They are down to three bottles a day. In August they will move from the Similac Advanced to regular milk, said their mother.

It’s been hectic at times especially in the early months when the triplets had to be fed and kept dry. Members of the family were up every two to two-and-a-half hours for feedings and changing. 

The triplets began sleeping all night at about four-and-a-half months, but with teething they were up and down.

Now it’s a chore keeping track of the three. They are busy little girls. Their favorite toys are the Dora the Explorer Butterfly Garden ball pit and their tricycle. The twins Annalisa and Audrey  seem to be closer, noted Amanda. They have mastered the concept of pushing each other on their tricycle. Ariel enjoys the ball pit while her sisters play together.

Their big blue eyes sparkle as they crawl around the floor deciding what to do next. Even at this young age, Ariel displays a shoe fettish. She crawls right to them. “She’s going to be high maintenance,” said Grandma Sheila.

Amanda has had family support in raising her children.  They live with her maternal great-grandmother Beverly Goddard. Maternal grandmother Sheila Neely helps all she can in between her three 

jobs. She has been trying to help every day since Beverly’s recent surgery.

The triplet’s favorite cousin, McKenzie Goddard, visits often to play and help out with the girls. “They love McKen-zie to pieces,” said Amanda.

Friends, neighbors and the people from their church have been very good to them, noted Beverly. “Amanda has a good support system.”

All three girls love the outdoors. They enjoy their swing and their playhouse.

Their favorite TV shows are Dora the Explorer and Wonder Pets. 

What seems to be the hardest part of being a triplet? “They have a hard time sharing Mommy time,” said Great-grandma Beverly.

Bath time can sometimes be hectic, but when that’s over, it’s time to settle down with the girls’ favorite book. Story time favorite, noted Mommy, is Oliver Finds His Way.

The triplets will be moving into a bigger room in the house as they are outgrowing their present nursery. Amanda is going to do the new room in a “Tinkerbell” theme.

As birthday gifts, Amanda had her daughters’ ears pierced and in August the family will enjoy a trip to the Columbus Zoo and water park, along with a visit with their aunt, Jerrica Neely, in Columbus.

Happy First Birthday, Audrey, Annalisa and Ariel!

Seniors Asking for Levy Replacement of .4 mills

Representatives of the Monroe County Senior Center approached county commissioners this week to request a resolution replacing a .2 mill levy with a .4 mill levy on the November ballet.

Commission Clerk Allyson Cox will prepare the resolution.

According to Michelle Hol-lins, director of senior services, the current .2 mill levy will expire in December 2010. The replacement levy would not go into effect until 2011.

Hollins said senior services is expecting a 39 percent cut in 2010 due to the governor’s budget. “This is going to kill core services,“ said Hollins, including meals, transportation and homemakers.” Senior services would lose almost $50,000.

The current .2 mill levy generates $48,700 annually.

“In light of rising costs and the economy we thought .4 would not be too outrageous,” she said. Asked by Commissioner John Pyles if .4 mills would be enough, Hollins explained it is not sufficient but perhaps a compromise that would be passed by voters. “I don’t think an average family could support more than .4 mills,” she said. 

Attending the meeting with Hollins were Ruth Paine and Margaret Dalrymple of the Council on Aging.

In other business, a motion by Commissioner Carl Davis was passed to sign a voucher for Joe Pyles in the amount of $3,999 for supplies for a start-up business. The funding was made available through the Jobs Etc. Dislocated Workers Program. The new business, J&K Auto Service LLC, is located  on Wood Street Extension in Sardis.

The vote was two in favor with Pyles abstaining.

Lydick Construction, Woodsfield, was awarded the contract to raze a log house  near Sardis at $17,600. The property is the last of the properties to be mitigated due to flooding, by FEMA  

Monroe County Commissioners meet each Monday beginning at 9 a.m. on the third  floor of the courthouse in the former County Court room.  

Around the Burnside

“Cannot” never did anything until “try” came along.

Genius is the gold in the mind; talent is the miner who digs it.

Who said you couldn’t have an enjoyable experience without going miles and miles from home? A bit of personal history to start.

I have a great-grandson who is just starting to pre-school and is fascinated with trains. I have never been fascinated by trains. Maybe because I never lived closer than 10 miles or more from a train. Although when my sister started teaching, she came home on a train but Dad had to go to Freeport to pick her up.

My train experience did not start until I was out of high school. I’m not sure how I got from Columbus to Great Lakes and back home after boot camp, but I think it was by bus.

The first train trip I remember was from Great Lakes to Norfolk. This was eventful as our fearless leader allowed us to get off the train at Chicago for a brief time. Most everyone was out of it before we made it very far (passed out). Next was a ride to South Carolina and finally after training, a cross country ride to California. What a trip! The trip back from LA was more pleasant after returning from Japan.

A kind of an interesting note about our troop train was the restrooms. They were not fancy as nowadays. On our car you went to the restroom and when you finished your job you flushed and the job was deposited along side of the railroad. They locked the doors when coming close to a station. One time a GI was locked in the restroom and just completed his job as we pulled into the station. You know the rest of the story.

One last train experience happened when I was doing my second quarter student teaching in Mt. Vernon High School. The Vo. Ag. teacher had made arrangements for a room with a nice lady for us. I moved in without looking around. Along about 2 a.m. the first night I thought the house was going to fall apart. A big old freight train went rumbling through the back yard. You know, after a week I never heard that train and it went by every night. However, it did kill any interest I had in trains.

I almost forgot; I did ride a train in Japan through the area where one of the atomic bombs was dropped. Unbelievable! We were only a few on the train and we had a car to ourselves. The train was so loaded there were Japanese hanging onto the side of the train. We felt sorry for them and we allowed some of them to come into our car even if we weren’t supposed to.

A couple of months ago when I was getting my snow tires removed at the tire shop in Caldwell, I picked up a folder telling the story of their train rides in Byesville. I had heard of this for some time and never gave it much thought. I got to thinking; I haven’t ridden on a train for at least 63 years so I came home and told Esther, “We’re going on a train ride.”

So bright and not so early on the eleventh we took off for Byesville. You know Byesville is located a hop skip or a jump or two south of Cambridge ,which is located where I 77 and 70 cross.

We boarded the train a little before 11 as that was the time of departure. Wouldn’t you know it; a couple or two were a bit late so we waited for them to get their tickets.

We were given an air conditioner when we entered our car. Actually it was a cardboard about a foot square with a handle on it (fan).

We were given a few safety rules or suggestions and we were off, headed south.

I have to be honest; it is not the most scenic trip, but it’s home territory for me. You see a cluttered up back yard, a swamp, a house that you might say rednecks live in, the big cross country pipeline being put in, among other things. The purpose, in addition to the train ride, is to learn more about coal mining and railroads years ago.

We had what I’ll call a story teller in our car to tell the story of the mines, etc. Would you believe it; he was a retired State Highway Patrolman? I never thought I’d enjoy listening to a state patrolman but I guess the situation was different than on the highway coming home from Columbus.

On the way south he told of railroads and mines in the area. He also said we were crossing a bridge that was 125 years old and they say it is safe, but he put on a floatation life jacket. He did the same thing when we crossed over a bridge that was only 100 years old.

When we reached the end of the line they flipped the backs of our seats and we were going forward while actually traveling backward. Our story teller failed to put on his life jacket on the way back. He dressed as a coal miner and related the life of the very early coal miner.

It was then I learned our story teller’s father and my father worked in the Rigby mine near Senecaville in the middle ’30s. This brought back memories of stories my father told and a lot of things I had actually experienced.

It was interesting watching some of the ladies’ faces when he explained how coal miners went to the restroom while they were deep underground.

Just about everything he explained of how the miners worked underground brought back memories. I had either experienced them or heard about them as we had a coal mine on our farm and dug our winter’s coal. I kind of enjoyed going back into the cool mine on a hot day. Although once after lunch we went back and a chunk of the roof had fallen. Made you think.

Dad started working in a mine when he was 12 years old. He once drove the mule pulling out the coal cars from the mine. I guess that’s why we had mules at home and why we had to have a farm with a coal mine. Maybe more about miners next week.

I could go on, but, I would highly recommend the train ride at Byesville. If you know nothing about trains and railroads it will be an excellent experience. To me it brought back many memories. Our leader was very knowledgeable about railroads and trains. I even overheard him discussing glass insulators after our ride.

All aboard, the next trip is scheduled for July 25 and 26 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. You will enjoy the trip. We even went across the street and had breakfast, of all things, after our ride.

 

Gas Cards Donated to Help Local Cancer Patients


Members of Woodsfield VFW Post 5303 Auxiliary presented gas cards and restaurant gift cards to Shirley Brown, co-chair for the local American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The cards will be given to cancer patients to help defray the costs associated with traveling to and from treatments. Brown invited those present to the Monroe County Relay for Life, which is set for July 31 and Aug. 1 at River High School. Shown, from left, are Louella Ricer, Auxiliary president Carol Jones, Shirley Brown, Toni Elliott and Elma Walton.                       Photo by Martha Ackerman

Obituaries

ELMER E. ADAMS, JR. 
Elmer E. Adams, Jr. (Bud), 84, Woodsfield, died July 14, 2009 after a short illness. He was born and spent the majority of his life in Brimfield; living his later years in Woodsfield.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII serving with the Ninth Australian Division before being honorably discharged. He was a graduate of Kent State High School and attended Kent State University. He retired after 32 years of service with Ohio Bell Telephone Company.

He loved to travel, fishing in Canada and hunting. 

Surviving are his loving wife of 46 years, Catherine; daughter, Cynthia (Adams) Riley; two grandchildren, Steven Riley and Susanne (Riley) Haines; five great-grandchildren, Cole and Tessa Riley, Nilah, Gwen and Riley Haines.

 sister, Audrey Carbone; He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Cremation has taken place. There will be no services or calling hours.

Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woods-field.

Condolences may be ex-pressed at: www.bauerturner.com

MARY M. McCLELLAND
Mary Margaret Greenlee McClelland, 82, Beallsville, died July 14, 2009 at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. She was born Oct. 26, 1926 in Glencoe, a daughter of the late Theodore Crall and Beulah Wheeler Crall.

She was a Christian by faith, a member of Powhatan VFW Post 5565 Ladies Auxiliary, and American Gold Star Mothers.

Surviving are eight children, (Jack (Bow) Greenlee of Jacobsburg, Dianna (Terry “Auger”) Armann of Bealls-ville, Barbara Brown of Odessa, Texas, Brenda (Charles) Payne of Dallas, Texas, Jim (Bobbi Jo) Green-lee of Clarington, Beulah Mary Jo (Jerry “O”) Palmer of Clarington, John Greenlee of Powhatan Point, George (Donna) Greenlee of Claring-ton; a brother, Russell Crall of Florida; two sisters, Bonnie Kirkland of Mechanicstown, Theodora “Peeper” Christy of Rittman; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; step-daughters, Jennifer Jefferies of Bellaire, Judy McMillon of St. Clairsville; six step-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Duane F. Greenlee and Charles McClelland; two sons, Duane T. Greenlee, Charles Henry McClelland; a great-granddaughter, Makayla Phillips; and step-daughter, Jelena Usenick.

Friends were received July 16 at Toothman Funeral Home, Jacobsburg, and July 17 until time of service, with Pastor George Coffman officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

BLANCHE I. CLINE
Blanche I. Cline, Union-town, formerly of Monroe County, died July 14, 2009 after a short illness. She was born July 28, 1913 in Rinard Mills, a daughter of George and Victoria Weckbacher. 

She lived most of her life in Low Gap before moving to Akron in 1996. She was a member of the Low Gap Christian Union Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and cooking and making special treats for them.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Flinn of Ravenswood, W.Va.; a son, Kenneth (Catherine) Cline of Akron, brother, Carl Weckbacher of Beach City; two sisters, June (Chauncey) Mobberly of New Matamoras, Wilma Smith of Marietta; grandchildren, Cheryl (John) Apazeller, David (Diane) Cline of Akron, Michael (Linda) Cline of Douglassville, Pa.; step-grandchildren, Doug Flinn of Parkeresburg, Debbie (Greg) Cooper of Ravenswood; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Sara Apazeller, Michael Cline, Jr.; step-great-grandchildren, Jeremy (Amber) Flinn, Heather and Cory Cooper; nieces and nephews, Sharon (Les) Paul, Sonja (Robert) Tallman, Norma Jean (Keith) Thomas, Nancy Tucker, Steve, Rick, Pam and Tammy Reel, and Edmond Kirkbride and a host of family and dear friends of the Low Gap community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Paul Cline in 1993, to whom she was married for 61 years; siblings, Freda Kendall, Opal Reel, Mary Mikes, Paul Weckbacher; and  nephew, Jimmy Kendall.

Friends were received July 17 until time of service at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev. George Hoskins officiating. Burial in Low Gap Cemetery near Graysville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Low Gap Cemetery Fund, c/o Janet Graham, 36075 Harmon Ridge Rd., Graysville, OH 45734 or VNS Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, OH 44333

MICHAEL F. OGDEN
Michael F. Ogden, 57, Woods-field, died July 12, 2009 following a brief illness. He was born April 7, 1952 in Woodsfield, a son of the late John D. Ogden and Elizabeth McElfresh Ogden of Woodsfield.

He was a 1971 graduate of Woodsfield High School and remained active in the Woodsfield Alumni Choir. 

He moved away from Woodsfield and resided in the Washington, D.C. area for many years. He returned to Woodsfield in 1999 and at the time of his death was working as a licensed nurse at the Monroe County Care Center.

He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Woodsfield and a member of ASSCME Local 3401.

Surviving, in addition to  his mother, are his brothers and sisters, John D. Ogden, Nanciliee McCormack, Richard (Barb) Ogden, Pat Bobkovich, Gregg (Francene) Ogden, Kirk (Renee) Ogden, Beth (Jim) Ayers, Bill (Cissy) Ogden, Kris (Darrell) Scott, Suellen (Greg) Datkuliak, Kerri (Jerry) Stollar, Andrew (Billie) Ogden; beloved niece, Staci Ogden and many nieces and nephews.

Michael also left behind his loving dog companions Bubba and Beau and an assortment of rescued cats.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

There will be a “Celebration of Life Ceremony” on July 25, at 11 a.m. at Woodsfield United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Monroe County Humane Society or the First United Methodist Church of Woods-field. Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woods-field. Condolences may be expressed at: www.bauerturner.com

WANDA TRUEX
Wanda Truex, 85, Woods-field Nursing and Rehab Center, formerly of Mellott Ridge, Beallsville, died July 14, 2009 in the center. She was born April 20, 1924 in Belmont County, a daughter of the late Roy and Leah Pugh Moore.

She was a member of the Mellott Ridge Church of Christ and the New Castle Homemakers.

Surviving are three daughters, Marilyn (Bill) Miller of South Amherst, Charlotte (Robert) Mobley, Loretta (Jeff) Gallaher; two sons, Cliff (Judy) Truex, Lawrence (Susie) Truex, all of Bealls-ville; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren, with one more due in the fall.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; brother, Chester Moore; an infant brother, Chelsey and her son-in-law, Casey Stewart.

Friends were received July 17 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were held July 18, with Jeff Rich officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net

ROBERTA  DAUGHERTY
Roberta P. “Bertie” Daugh-erty, 75, 42546 Sandbar Rd., Lewisville, died July 18, 2009 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born March 19, 1934 in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Henry and Alta Williamson Finley.

She was a homemaker, a Protestant by faith, enjoyed gardening and her flowers and plants.

Surviving are three sons, Danny Joe (Louann) Daugh-erty of Lewisville, James L. Daugherty and friend Ronda Milks of Elyria, Bruce (Rose) Daugherty of Stafford; a sister, Dolly Maynard of Libby, Montana; four brothers, Lind-sey Finley of Prichard, W.Va., Gaylord Finley of Campton, Ky., Glen Finley of Michigan, Don Finley of West Virginia; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and three special friends, Wendall and Betty Wallace and Ruby Hicks.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James L. Daugherty on Nov. 6, 2007; a daughter, Sheila Smith; two great-grandchildren, Cody Stone and Chloe Daugherty; a daughter-in-law, Gail Daugherty; and two sisters, Blanche Stevens and Drusiey Buck.

Friends were received July 20 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services were held July 21, with Rev. Gary Fitzgerald officiating. Burial followed in Stafford Cemetery

Online condolences may be expressed at: www.wattersfuneralhome.com

 

AARON GRIFFIN
Aaron Griffin, 36, Electra Ave., Marietta, died July 11, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 18, 1973, in Marietta, to Larry L. and Sandra Leasure Griffin.

He graduated from Marietta High School with the Class of 1991, and was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union #168 of Marietta. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was in the Washington County Fish and Game Club.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Tyson J. (Kimberly) Griffin of Lower Salem; a niece, Shalyn Griffin; grandmother, Clara Lee Leasure of Woodsfield; aunts and uncles, Dorothy Markey, Ruth Curtis Griffin, Lora and Ed Radzevich, Sue and Dan Fussell, Leeann and Thom Stan; and his close friend, Jessica Clift and her son, Tavian.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jim Leasure; grandparents, Clarence “Mac” and Bessie Hall Griffin; an uncle, Don Griffin and cousins, Jody Griffin and Ron Markey.

Friends were received July 15 at Hadley Funeral Home, Reno Chapel. Funeral services were held July 16, with Beverly Pottmeyer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Stafford, at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Tabor Ridge Cemetery Assoc., c/o Shila Bettinger, 43475 Tabor Rdg. Rd., Summerfield, Oh 43788.

Online condolences may be made at:hadleyfuneralhomes.com

GERALD WARD
Gerald E. Ward, 78, 47857 SR 145, Lewisville, died July 19, 2009 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 21, 1930 at Elgin, Illinois, a son of the late Wilbur and Marie Anderson Ward.

He was a retired machinist and former owner of Ward Mold and Machine, Lewisville; a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. He enjoyed farming, camping, traveling and his family.

Surviving are three daughters, Pam Griffith, Sally Pfalzgraf, Laura Kuhn, all of Woodsfield; two sons, Gary (Carla) Ward of Woodsfield, Mike Ward of New Matamoras; two sisters, Hazel Patsche of Canton, Betty Braybon of Ravenna; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Turney Ward on Jan. 1, 2005.

Friends will be received July 22 from 2 - 8 p.m. at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held July 23, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Karen Binford officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery, near Lewisville.

Online condolences may be expressed at: www.wattersfunralhome.com