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July 9, 2009

Clarington VFD members Sam Schnegg and Cindi Hunt, center, accept a check from the mayor and members of  village council. The $4,395 will be used toward the purchase of a fire truck from the Woodsfield VFD. The check represents proceeds from the Sunfish Creek Festival. From left are Councilwoman Judy Wiggins, Schnegg, Hunt, Mayor Lida Conn and Councilman Marvin Jacobs.

Although she wasn’t around to see it, a dream woven by the late Sara Jacobs met with reality in June when the Village of Clarington held its first Sunfish Creek Festival.
The festival was held to raise funds to help Clarington firefighters purchase a used fire truck from the Woodsfield VFD. The event raised $4,395 for the department. In addition, a sizeable donation was made by the Clarington Masonic Lodge. That donation went directly to the fire department as did other donations.
Jacobs, who served for several years as village clerk and treasurer, spoke to council members often about pulling village entities together and hosting a Sunfish Creek Festival.
“This year’s festival was like a dream come true,” said Marissa Eikleberry, who worked with the festival committee to promote the event. “Many people in the community and surrounding areas helped in one way or another,” she said, noting they either helped by planning, working or attending. “ It made the first festival a great success,” she said. 
According to Village Mayor Lida Conn, the event was planned in honor of Jacobs, who initiated the idea many years ago. “There were so many area businesses that gave us donations to get the festival started - it was just amazing,” exclaimed Conn, who expressed her appreciation to all who donated and helped.
The planning committee consisted of : Barb Rush, Barb and Ernie Kocher, Mitchell Talbot, Martha Ross-Hoebee, Red Harrigan, Marsha Reynolds, Grace Kurtzman, Sam Schnegg, Cindi Hunt, Marissa Eikleberry  and Lida Conn. 
“With just a handful of people, I think we did an excellent job,” said Conn. “We hope we can pull together an even larger group next year and get just as much support.”
Individuals winning raffles included: Chris Randall, Mar-tha Ross, Marissa Eikleberry, Robin Goddard, Roscoe Goff, Barb Rush, Chris Mellott, Sandy Dietrich, Alana Christy, Joyce Smith, Louise Haslam, Greg Tacket and Tim Mellott.
Winners of the gifts for the car show entrants were Russell Dean, Heidi McConn, Nelson Stone, Frank Ernest, Lanny Sitar, Scott Slie, Rusty Lewis and Larry Dutton. There were 48 cars in the cruise-in.
The 50/50 winner was Liz Morris of Clarington. Her prize was $1,000.



Summerfest and Fireworks = Fun!

A large crowd attended the July 5 Summerfest, held “on the square” in Woodsfield. Manning the ticket table were, from left, Mary Ann Sims and Hattie Byers. Shown after purchasing tickets for the various games and the bounce house are Susie Yonak with her grandchildren, from left, Paul, Austin, Hannah and Grace.                      
Photo by Martha Ackerman
It was games, entertainment, bake sales, vendors and lots of fun “on the square” in Woodsfield July 5 during the second Summerfest of the season. 
Children enjoyed the games, cotton candy and snow cones. A large crowd attended the event and many more enjoyed the fantastic fireworks display, sponsored by the Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department The grand finale rivaled any seen on TV.

Architect Dimitri Smirniotepoulos, DSI Architects, right, explains pre-design sketches for a proposed assisted living addition to Monroe County Care Center. At left are County Commissioners Carl Davis, Tim Price and John Pyles. Standing at right is Ron White of Share.

Architectural drawings for an assisted living unit were revealed at the June 29 meeting of Monroe County Commissioners, who also heard a report about County Court renovations and took action on paving projects.
Dimitri Smirniotepoulos, architect, president of DSI Architects of Columbus, revealed several drawings of the proposed assisted living addition at Monroe County Care Center.

Bob Reed and Ron White of Share, which administers the care center, admitted the plans may be more than they can afford but indicated they will look for additional funding sources, or cut the project.
Current plans call for 18 units. Fourteen of those for assisted living and four for the nursing home.
On a motion by Commission President John Pyles, a contract was signed with DSI  Architects showing an estimated construction cost of $87,780.
In the matter of another renovation project, architect Dave Haught, New Martinsville, updated officials on the work being completed for the Monroe County Court offices. He said only small items remain to be  finalized. The renovation included relocating the county commissioners and Soil and Water Conservation District offices. The rooms were then remodeled for County Court 
Soil and Water was moved to the former bank building adjacent to the courthouse, and county commissioners were moved to the second floor offices of Judge James Peters. Commissioners hold their weekly meetings in the former courtroom of the County Court.
Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension, grants administrator, opened bids for paving streets, a parking lot and basketball court in Lewisville. Two bids were received: Shelly and Sands of Rayland, $79,450 and Parnell  Associates Inc, Cambridge, $72,630.
Bids were reviewed by Westfall and at the July 6 meeting she recommended Parnell Associates be contracted. The projects are being done with a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant.
In other matters at the June 29 meeting, officials accepted $2,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the Monroe County Public Transit System. The amount was added to the MCPT’s grant amount to cover the price increase for the replacement van that occurred after the contract was executed.
Karena Reusser, owner of the Olive Tree Inn, was asked by commissioners to share her opinion about a bed tax. She said she is against a tax. She noted there is “already a substantial negative outlook” concerning the rates she must ask for rooms at the motel, which offers free internet and a continental breakfast.
Commissioner Pyles said he is also against the tax. “I don’t want to hamper your business or anyone else's,” he said.
The tax would amount to about $3 per night. The revenue would, by  law, be used for tourism.

Monroe Native Writes Water on the Moon Tune

Beallsville native John Marmie, deputy project manager for NASA’s Lunar Crafter Observation and Sensing Satellite mission, displayed his multi-talents when he wrote and performed Water on the Moon, a song dedicated to the lunar mission. To see the video and learn more about the mission, visit the Nasa web site.

Family members of John Marmie, Deputy Project Manager of NASA’s LCROSS mission, stand at the edge of
Kennedy Space Center’s Cape Canaveral Saturn V Center after witnessing the launch of the space program’s lunar water exploration and mapping units, LRO-LCROSS. John was in the control room at the time the picture was taken, but made a celebration call to his son Isaiah as evidenced in the photo. Shown, from left, are: Ethan and Monica Marmie (John’s wife and son), Debbie, Matthew and Savannah Burke (John’s sister and her children), Naomi Marmie (John’s mother), Melissa, Anthony, Zane and Christian Marmie (John’s brother and family)  and Isaiah Marmie.

Submitted by Debbie Burke, Sister of John Marmie

Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathais, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole, all iconic musical talents who’ve recorded Bart Howard’s Fly Me to the Moon, may have to move over and make room for another lunar-swooning tune maker.

John Marmie, a 1982 Beallsville High School graduate, has inspirationally combined his passions for music and space exploration by writing and performing Water on the Moon, a melodious rock ‘n roll depiction of NASA’s latest moon exploration mission.

Marmie, Deputy Project Manager for LCROSS, is part of a team of engineers and scientists who are helping spearhead America’s return to the moon.

NASA’s LRO-LCROSS mission, launched June 18, 2009, from the Kennedy Space Center’s Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is designed to further NASA’s investigations concerning the moon’s surface and underlying components. The search could prove or disprove the presence of water, ice or any hydrated minerals able to sustain long range viability for human existence. NASA has a projected goal of establishing an outpost on the moon by the year 2020.

LRO-LCROSS’s launch date was about one month shy of the space program’s 40th anniversary of its first moon landing. 

During one of Marmie’s trips to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the idea for writing a song for LCROSS crossed his mind after seeing a quote from Walt Disney stating that curiosity is the inspiration that moves people forward, in essence capturing what he thought was the motivation behind NASA and the LCROSS mission. Marmie saw an opportunity to combine his talents.

His green light flashed after asking someone at NASA headquarters if a theme song had ever been written for a space mission. Marmie said the answer was, “I’m not sure. But if you did write one, I know someone who knows Jon Bon Jovi.”

According to family members, John’s musical gift became very evident even before he was two years old. While most toddlers are still learning to speak in full sentences, John would clearly and boisterously burst out in song when he joined the family circle singing hymns around the piano. Most evenings were chances for the family to hone its musical talents. Countless nights were spent with family and friends on the front porch playing guitars and singing. Little did John know then what a bright future awaited him.

Marmie’s undergraduate career began at Ohio University Eastern Campus. After a year at OUE, he transferred to Athens, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He then pursued his master’s in electrical engineering with a computational electromagnetics concentration working as a research assistant at the Ohio University Avionics Engineering Center. Upon graduating with honors from OU, NASA noticed him right away.

“In addition to NASA, I had submitted my resumes to about 50 aerospace companies whose locations ended in Beach. When NASA called, I just couldn’t turn them down. To this day I still ask myself, ‘How did you end up at NASA?’ It must have been divine guidance,” said Marmie.

“My first position was as a technical monitor for the X-Wing project with the Military Technology Branch at NASA Ames. I worked on Cray Supercomputers, performing electromagnetic analysis on aircraft technologies that eventually led to the stealthy tailless fighter, the X-36. Mom would call and ask me what I was working on and I’d have to respond in my classified information mode. ‘I can tell you what I’m doing, but you know what I’d have to do to you afterwards...’ I didn’t get many more inquisitions after that until I moved out of a classified position.”

Continuing to strengthen his software development skills and developing a desire to be more ‘hands on’ and to design circuitry, Marmie made a career decision that moved him to the Electronics and Sensors Branch where he learned circuit design and embedded systems development. He learned the importance of scheduling, planning and effectively managing projects. He helped develop and field test scientific instrumentation that measured atmospheric gases in Brazil, Ireland and New Mexico.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with microcontrollers, embedded systems and robotic systems. I was given project management opportunities and also began to mentor students,” continued Marmie.

One of Marmie’s highlights was working on the Personal Satellite Assistant Project, which was a small volleyball-sized robotic astronaut assistant/monitor intended for use on the International Space Station and was featured on the Discovery Channel. Its appearance was similar to the R2 units in the Star Wars film, but much smaller.

Upon NASA’s changing direction, Marmie assisted in writing proposals for new work including a companion mission to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). After a rigorous selection process, the NASA Ames Research Team proposal was awarded the LCROSS mission. Marmie gratefully accepted the position as Deputy Project Manager and joined his former PSA director Dan Andrews. His position demanded that he would ensure daily project tasks were being completed, successfully coordinated and implemented by the team.

“At the time I was growing up in the Appalachian foothills of the Ohio Valley, namely, a little community called Ozark, I developed a sense of work ethic and a few basic engineering skills. Farm life is hard work. It taught me common sense and gave me a full range of experiences – operating machinery, small engine mechanics, repairing old cars, carpentry, helping Dad with masonry projects and working summers on the neighbor’s dairy farm. It was during one of these ‘character building’ assignments that my own stimulus package was birthed. Higher education would be the key to doors unknown. I would be the first in my family to pursue a college education,” said Marmie.

John is the son of Naomi Marmie of Ozark and David Marmie of Traverse City, Michigan. He lives in Morgan Hill, California, with his wife Monica and two sons Isaiah and Ethan.

More can be learned about the LRO-LCROSS mission by visiting the NASA or LCROSS websites. Click here to download a video that includes Marmie’s song Water on the Moon.

Around the Burnside
You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
A really good conversationalist always leaves a little “butting in” time.
Want to have some fun when you have nothing to do? Call an 800 number. I know several of you remember when all you had to do was turn a crank and a nice lady would answer and connect you with your party. Yes, there might be a neighbor or two listening in at the same time. This might not have been too bad; for some it was the only way they could get the news. No radio, TV, computer or cell phone, just over the back fence.
We did not have a phone so I’m really not sure how you got long distance. Actually I do not remember talking on a phone until I was in the service. What a difference years make.
I did, however, operate a telephone switchboard at a Marine hospital at one time. The first thing I learned was how to listen in without the caller knowing it. This was a fun duty for an old country boy like me.
Things have changed a little. Now just about every one has a phone or two in the house. We have three and a cell phone. A majority of our youth carry a phone around in their pockets. We carried a pocket knife, which is outlawed today.
Although the party line and the crank telephones are gone, I know several who are able to keep up with local news by the way of a single line. That’s one of the good things about living in a small rural community.
How time changes things. Technology has taken over. Some folks will stand in line for hours to pay a couple hundred bucks to buy the latest cell phone that does everything but furnish the money to pay for it.
Technology is great I guess, except maybe when calling an 800 number. The other day I needed to make one of this type of calls.
After the first ring I heard a friendly man’s voice, from a recording or computer, greeting me with a thanks for calling and giving me the option of two choices. I chose number one. Believe it or not it was the correct choice.
After the first ring I was greeted with another friendly voice, from a computer I think, asking me a few questions and then told me to tell it what I wanted. I must have told it the correct thing as I was soon connected with a nice lady. This was much easier than selecting one of the possible 10 numbers.
The lady asked me several questions and said, “I’ll connect you with so and so.” I waited and every so often she said, “I’m sorry; the lines are still busy.” So I sat there waiting and listening to weird music. 
Finally the lady said she would connect me and they would be with me momentarily. I have no idea how long I waited again but my portable phone, with not too new of a battery, started to beep. I was too late getting another phone and everything went dead.
I picked up the phone I knew wouldn’t go dead on me and tried again. This time I got through the first two computers with flying colors; however, this time I must have told the second computer something wrong as I was connected to a lady I couldn't hear. She clicked something and I could hear her. Then I had a problem understanding what she was saying. I guess my hearing aids had too much wax in them. I gave up. I felt like saying “stick it.”
As Pappy used to say, “The third time is the charm” so I tried it again. This time once again I managed to get by the first two computers making sure I said the correct words to number two. Lo and behold, I was connected to a man whom I also had trouble understanding. I had forgotten to clean the ear wax before making this call. After trying to answer a few questions I couldn't understand I finally said, “Listen, this is what I want,” and I told him exactly what I wanted and did not use any of the words I learned in the service. He then connected me with a fellow who spoke English I could understand and in a very few minutes had completed everything I wanted.  I’m not sure how long this whole process took but I just about missed supper. I kind of wished for an old crank phone.
All is not bad I guess; I can dial a number, refill any of the five pills I take and never miss a beat or talk to a real live person. In a little over a week the pills come rolling in.
What a nice rain we just had. I measured 68 hundredths of an inch. We really needed this rain as my handy dandy rain gauge reported only one and eighty-two hundredths of an inch for June. No wonder I didn’t have to mow my lawn as often in June.
I’ve noticed the last few days while traveling back and forth from Caldwell a number of culverts underneath the road are being replaced. You don’t suppose the state is planning to cover it with blacktop from Lewisville to the Noble County line? Sure would be nice.
The 4th of July is over and we’re headed for the dog days of summer, whatever they are. Big things have been planned in Woodsfield. I hope you enjoyed the celebration. Did you make yourself a teddy bear?
I did look forward to the fourth. I or rather we got a few packages of firecrackers and lit them one at a time, on the 4th, with a small slow burning stick we called a punk. I’m not sure how much they cost but I’m sure nothing near today’s prices. I read in the paper the place selling fireworks had a package costing 1200 dollars and they sold three last year. I guess they got lots of bang for their bucks or was it lots of bucks for their bang?
Remember: The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the extra you put into it.
Did you attend Church Sunday?


Phone Number Correction
The telephone number for Sherrod Brown listed in the front page article Tax Bill Will Destroy Quality of Life and Jobs in Most of America were incorrect. The correct numbers for Sen. Sherrod Brown are 513-684-1021 or 202-224-2315.

Velma A. McDougal, 88, Market St., Clarington, died June 29, 2009 in Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 7, 1921 in Beallsville, the daughter of the late David and Ella Palmer Vanest.
She was a retired employee of the Switzerland of Ohio School District and a member of Clarington Church of Christ.
Surviving are a son, Dean (Patricia) McDougal of Hannibal; a daughter, Ruth (Samuel) Allen of Woodsfield; four step-daughters, Mildred (George) Schnegg of Clarington, Doris (Jim) Miller of Oregon, Esther (Jim) Riley of California, Stella (Dale) Forni of Beallsville; two brothers, Clark (Viola) Vanest of Dublin, Robert (Sally) Shinn of Nelsonville; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard McDougal; a son, David McDougal; two brothers, Earl and Onward Vanest; a sister, Marie Brown; and a grandson, Nathan Norman.
Friends were received July 2 at Grisell Funeral Home, Clarington, where funeral services were held July 3. Burial was in Clarington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 183, Hannibal, OH 43931.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.

Kathleen Durant Decker, 42, Zanesville, died May 19, 2009 at Genesis Good Samaritan ER, Zanesville.
Surviving are her husband, Dan Decker of Beallsville, whom she married July 27, 2002; a daughter, Jeannette Tanner of Columbus; a son, Justin Tanner of Ft. Benning Ga.; two stepsons, Dana Decker of Zanesville, Rick (Shannon) Decker of Malaga; grandchildren, Rikki, Remi Renzi of Malaga and Darien and Dara Decker of Zanesville.
Condolences may be made to www.HillsHardwickFH.com.
Paul E. Schneider, Sr., 83, Woodsfield, died June 29, 2009 at Wheeling Medical Park. He was born May 23, 1926 in Crafton, Pa., a son of the late Lawrence and Hannah Gray Schneider, Sr.
He was an active member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church Woodsfield. He graduated grade school from St. Joseph Military Academy in Pittsburgh, and St. Francis Preparatory School in Spring Grove, Pa.
He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp as a surgical technician from 1950-52. Then, working as an oil and gas field worker prior to employment at Olin and then at Consolidated Aluminum Corp. It was there Paul received the nickname “Jelly Bread,” retiring at the end of 1991.
Surviving are his wife, Joan Rita Kress Schneider of 55 years, married Oct. 17, 1953; son, Paul Schneider, Jr. of Cincinnati; daughter, Catherine T. (John) Bell; a granddaughter, Julia Christine Bell of Canal Fulton; a brother, Joseph L. of Canonsburg, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Rita; a son, Mark Thomas; a sister, Mary Josephine Holleran; and four brothers, Francis, Lawrence, Raymond and Robert Schneider.
Friends were received July 2 and July 3 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 3 at St. Sylvester Catholic Church, Woodsfield, with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Vigil services were held July 2 in the evening at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
Donald H. “Red” Owens, 90, Shadyside, died June 29, 2009 in Shadyside Care Center. He was born June 23, 1919 in Shadyside, a son of the late Rayford and Dorcas Workman Owens.
He was a retired lineman from Ohio Power Company in Bellaire. He was a member of the Lincoln Ave. United Methodist Church, Shadyside, the Masonic Lodge #724 F & AM, Shadyside, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Steubenville, Order of Eastern Star Chapter #581 Shadyside, American Legion Post 52 of Bellaire, a retired member of the Shadyside VFD and a WWII Army veteran serving in Italy and the South Pacific.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Dorothy “Sue” Helms Owens; two sons, Robert (Earlene) Owens of Woods-field, Don Kevin (Michele) Owens of Pickerington; a sister, Lois Teegardin of Engle-wood, Fla.; five grandchildren, Ericka R. Lloyd, Victoria P. Lloyd and Alexa M. Owens all of Pickerington, Carolanne Abanathie and Sarah Abanathie both of Turlock, Calif.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Saundra Owens Abanathie.
Friends were received for the memorial service on July 6 in Powhatan Cemetery Chapel, with Robert Campbell officiating. Inurnment followed in Powhatan Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shadyside Care Center Activities, the Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church or the Shadyside Firemen’s Association.
Arrangements by Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3900 Central Ave., Shadyside, OH.
Condolences may be expressed at www.altmeyer.com.  

Marlie Lodena Christman, 76, Jerusalem, died June 30, 2009 at Emerald Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Barnesville. She was born April 22, 1933 in Calais, a daughter of the late James Chester and Ocie Carpenter Mercer.
She was a homemaker, a Methodist by faith, an avid quilter and loved gardening.
Surviving are two sons, Ralph Keel (Penny) Christman of Barnesville, Ryan Todd (Robin) Christman of Jeru-salem; a sister, Emma Bates of Jerusalem; a brother, Jim (Betty) Mercer of Jerusalem; five grandchildren, Meredith, Hannah, Mallory, Dulcie, Cade; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Ralph Christman on Nov. 4, 1996; three brothers, Donald Mercer, Ellis Mercer, Joseph Mercer; five sisters, Bonnie Egger, Martha Lou Betts, Nancy Crum, Opal Mercer, Betty Mercer.
Friends were received July 2 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held July 3, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial followed in the Calais Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Guernsey, 9711 East Pike, Cambridge, OH 43725 or to the American Diabetes Assoc., 471 East Broad St., Suite 1630, Columbus, OH 43215.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.
Margaret V. Henthorn, 93, 212 Fairground Rd., Woodsfield, died July 2, 2009 at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. She was born Sept. 18, 1915 near Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Stephen and Lucy McMahon Craig.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the Goudy Church of Christ near Woodsfield.
Surviving are three sons, James (Kay) Henthorn of Lewisville; Wayne (Dorothy) Henthorn,Woodsfield; Vernon Henthorn of Woodsfield; two daughters, Jeanie Dawson of New Martinsville, Sherry (Steve) Wilson of Woodsfield; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Earl Henthorn on June 26, 1980; two sons, Lonnie Henthorn, Kermit Henthorn; seven brothers, Glen Craig, Russell Craig, Clark Craig, Vernon Craig, William Craig, Homer Craig and Mitchell Craig; and two sisters, Daisy Taylor and Florence Bucey.
There was no visitation. Private graveside services were held July 4 at the Goudy Cemetery near Woodsfield, with Don Thompson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Goudy Church of Christ Cemetery Fund, c/o Gilbert Forshey, 44270 Six Points Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.
Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.
Mary Ann (Wilt) Potts, 83, Partridge Dr., New Martins-ville, and most recently of The Sistersville Center, died July 5, 2009 at Wetzel County Hospital. She was born July 22, 1925 in Wetzel County, the daughter of the late Guy and Mary Turley Wilt.
She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, New Martinsville.
Surviving are three daughters, Mary (Danny) Mahurin, Fawn (Jim) Price all of New Martinsville, Amy (Michael) Boyle of Louisville, Ky.; a son, Thomas Lee (Sandra) Potts of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Wood, Jeffrey (Kelly) Mahurin, Jeremy (Carrie) Potts, Tommy (Kristie) Potts, Kristofer Potts, Jacquelyn (Merl) Vonters, Brittany Ann Boyle, Abigail Lynn Boyle, Zachary Michael Boyle; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Wilt of Ashland; sister-in-law, Martha (Melvin) Moser of New Martinsville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Thomas L. Potts; a brother, Richard “Bud” Wilt; and two sisters, Matilda Henry and Pauline Rawe.
Graveside services were held July 7 at Emma Grove Cemetery, Hannibal, with Pastor Bob Brooks officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Grisell’s Funeral Home & Crematory, New Martinsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Potts Memorial Fund, c/o First Christian Church, P.O. Box 274, New Martinsville, WV 26155.
Sympathy expressions at www.grisellfuneralhomes.com

Glenn Thomas Minger, 82, Antioch, died July 2, 2009 at his home. He was born March 18, 1927 in Monroe County, a son of the late Charles “Pappy” and Rebecca Shook Minger.
He was retired from Lamborn Floral Company in Alliance, with over 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII receiving the Victory Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific area Campaign Medal. He was a member of the Gravel Hill Baptist Church and a member of the New Matamoras VFW.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, married Oct. 26, 1947, Betty A. Ritchie Minger of Antioch; three daughters, Jean (Ab) Clutter of Fly, Sue (Ron) Conley of Fly, Judy (Todd) Johnson of Akron; two sons, Glenn “Butch” (Karla) Minger, Jr. of Canton, Richard Minger of Alliance; sister, Bessie Beaver of Ashland; brother, Donald Minger of New Matamoras; four grandchildren, Heather Minger, Tonya Minger, Jason Clutter, Tasja Minger; two great-grandchildren, Brandon Minger, Chloe Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven sisters, Rosie Minger, Mazie Dimit, Velma Ludolph, Dorothy Ludolph, Burles Williamson, Nora Evans, Dora Langsdorf; and three brothers, Clarence, Charles and Dean Minger.
Friends were received July 5 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Funeral services were held July 6 at Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Fly, with Pastor Jim Dickey officiating. Burial was in Mehrley Cemetery, Fly.
Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com. 

Dorothy G. Decker, 96, Salem, W.Va., formerly of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Monroe County, died June 30, 2009 at Salem Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 2, 1913 in Grays-ville, a daughter of the late William and Lillie Blanche Cree Winland.
She retired as a sales clerk in the jewelry department with Stone & Thomas Department Store in Parkersburg after 23 years of service and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Parkersburg.
Surviving are a son, George G. (Eleanor) Decker of Marietta; a sister, Juanita Clift of Sycamore Valley; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Clarence Win-land, Vernon Winland, Clesson Winland, Cecil Winland; and three sisters, Myrtle Williams, Doris Wittenbrook and Grethel DeVore.
Friends were received July 2 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held July 3, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Oak-lawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.
Robert Lloyd McConnell, 91, a transplant from Ohio to Montrose, a fan of The Ohio State football team, the Buckeyes, liked to be known as “Buckeye Bob.” He passed away July 5, 2009.
He served in the Army for five years, three years in Panama and two years in Germany. He volunteered as a Buck Private and was discharged as a Sergeant, listed as a top marksman.
Mr. McConnell wants to be remembered for his sincere devotion to God, having gone on two mission trips to South American and to Canada, having baptized 34 new converts as the result of his working among the people. He was a member of the Church of Christ for over 50 years and served in many church capacities.
He is survived by his wife of six years Rose; two step-daughters, Penny Richardson and Robin Freed, both of Montrose; four children: Barbara Brown of Kentucky, Linda Hutton of Tennessee, Debi Price and Larry McConnell, both of Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
There will be a “Celebration of Life” memorial service for Mr. McConnell on July 11 at the Church of Christ on South Townsend at 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, CO 81401. 970-249-2121.

Our Readers Write 

Dear Editor,
Can someone tell me what has happened in our country where the younger people don’t show their elders respect, help them out and have concern for the senior citizens?
More and more I see our seniors treated badly all over the USA by our young people. Now this disturbs me very much. As a resident of Monroe County I recently returned home and went into a restaurant where an elderly person was being treated very badly. I did speak up. That’s the second time I’ve seen this in this restaurant, which I won’t return to. I’m not sure, but my parents raised me to respect my elders no matter what. Was I raised wrong or are my beliefs right? Something is wrong when our seniors are treated badly because of their age, ability to get around, etc.
Please, let’s teach our nation’s, and county’s youth - young and middle aged - to do the right thing. Please, as Americans we should show people we’re not just about ourselves, that we still care.
Thank You,
Gary Dunfee
Dear Editor,
What a wonderful fireworks display Sunday evening. I had just heard on national news that many towns across the United States were not having fireworks because of the cost.

I thought how lucky we are to have a dedicated group of men and women working tirelessly to raise money so people in Monroe County could take their families to see a display without driving miles and miles.
Woodsfield Firefighters and Auxiliary members raised the money through fundraisers and donations for the past year and I would like to personally commend each one of them. We are so fortunate here in Woodsfield and surrounding areas to have dedicated people who not only give up their time to come to the aid of each one of us in time of need but also spend their free time to raise money so we can sit in our back yards and watch a beautiful display.
When you see a firefighter or auxiliary member please thank them and tell them how much they are appreciated. You might also want to make a donation for next year’s fireworks.

Carol Hehr