~ Buckeye Grove Cheese Wins 3 Medals In World Competition ~
Al and Renae Scheiderer of Buckeye Grove Cheese Farm, LLC
received notice that they have won three medals at the World’s
Best Jersey Cheese 2010 competition. Cheese makers from 10
countries were invited to participate in this world
competition. The Scheiderers walked away with three of the 38
medals awarded! Their Bouren Kaas Gouda earned a silver medal,
the Hill Folk Jersey and Jersey Emment each received bronze
medals. “We are very happy with our results and to have been
given the chance to participate,” said Al. The inset shows their
cheese being rated.
Our Readers Write...
Who would have thought it could happen here? Saturday morning
June 19, I had taken my daughter to the Farmer and Merchants
Bank in Caldwell to help with a bake sale that her
Sunday School class was having. As we approached the bank, I
noticed that in addition to her friends and teacher there was
another young woman with a clipboard talking with individuals
and asking them to sign something as they entered and left the
bank. I did not recognize the woman, so being the typical
protective parent, I thought that it might be good to talk to
the woman and find out who she was and what she was working at.
I introduced myself and asked her what she was doing. She told
me that she was gathering signatures on a petition for helping
with “animal abuse”. Most would think this cause was quite
worthy just like the bake sale that my daughter and her class
were having for a mission project; however, her petition was for
much more than just animal abuse. I asked the young woman where
she was from and she told me Fresno, California.
I also asked her name but she said, “I don’t feel comfortable
giving out my name.” Because I am actively involved with Noble
County’s Farm Bureau, I knew immediately that the petition that
she had is part of an attempt by The Humane Society of the
United States (HSUS) to dictate how farmers in Ohio must care
for their animals and remove authority that was given to the
newly formed Livestock Care Board last year with Issue 2. Not to
be confused with our local Humane Societies, this animal rights
activist group is based in the Washington, D.C.
area and has an annual payroll of around 38 million dollars.
Even though I do not agree with the cause that this woman was
working for, I certainly respect her right to gather signatures.
What I think is very sad is that she was using deceit as her
primary method for getting her signatures. I spoke with a few
other folks that signed the petition because they did not take
the time to inquire any details other than what they were told
by her. When I explained what the petition actually did, they
were very upset that they signed it. Please do not make the
mistake of giving up your signature without knowing what you are
signing. I think it is very telling that the very person that
was asking me to give out my name and address was unwilling to
provide me with just her name and that she did not even reside
in the state that she was working to change the law in.
Please be careful when giving out your signature. Want to know
more about HSUS? Spend just a few minutes on Humanewatch.org, a
web site designed as watchdog to HSUS and you can learn a great
deal about the people that want to change Ohio law.
Charlene Miller of Team Monroe discusses the upcoming Pow Wow
set for July 3 and 4 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in
Woodsfield. This educational and cultural event features Native
American dancing, music and demonstrations.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Set for July 3 and 4
Honoring those who walked the woodlands before us ... Before the
white men came to America, the Native American Indians roamed the
hills and plains of what later became the United States of America. It was a
time when the Cherokee, Shawnee,
Blackfoot, Munsee, Mingo, Seneca, Onondaga and Choctaw Indians,
among others, have either lived or passed through
According to Jay Stanley, organizer of this educational and
cultural family event, the Seneca was the dominant nation in
That heritage is being brought to the Monroe County Fairgrounds
July 3 and 4. The Monroe Arts Council and Team Monroe are
presenting an authentic Native American Pow-Wow featuring
dancing, singing, crafts, food and demonstrations of traditional
“With so many people in this area who have Native American
ancestry, the Pow-Wow is a way of exploring the heritage and
sharing the Indian traditions,” said Stanley, who is a
descendant of the Onondaga nation. He has been involved in the
Pow-Wow events for about 20 years.
The sound of drums will echo over the grounds as, in the Indian
culture, the instrument is believed to be the heartbeat of
Mother Earth. There will be ceremonial regalia (dress).
“This event will give people firsthand awareness and knowledge
of the heritage and culture of the Native American Indians,”
said Tom Scott, community developer.
According to Stanley,
there will be bison meat and Indian fry bread for those who
would like to try them. There will also be standard food fare
available at the two-day event. There will be traders and crafts
people coming in from Pennsylvania,
Indiana, West Virginia
as well as different areas of
Gates open each day at 10 a.m. The ‘grand entry,’ which is a
ceremonial procession, will be at noon both days.
A Gospel Sing will also be featured during the event.
And just a bit of trivia, according Stanley,
there were no Seminoles living in or passing through
County when the Indian nations lived
by Martha Ackerman
It’s time to celebrate the birth of our nation! Summer Fest
returns on July 3 with lots of fun and entertainment on the
square in Woodsfield. It was a huge success last year and
organizers hope it will be again.
Entertainment will be by Not So Rich and Famous, a well-known
local group. There will be baked goods, produce, flowers,
jewelry, raffles, crafts, food, baskets and more.
Monroe County Com-munity
Garden Committee and
Gardeners will host the first of series of Garden tours and
tips will be shared during the Summer Fest, July 3, 5-8 p.m. The
Monroe County Historical Society will be giving tours of the
Cemetery also. Special
markers will be placed at the graves of early settlers and
prominent leaders of
Monroe County. For more information, there will
be a table set up during the Summer Fest festivities.
The inaugural Independence Day Pow Wow will be held July 3 and 4
at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. See related article.
Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department will host a barbecue
chicken dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. and a great fireworks
display, set by local shooters through Pyro Technoco of
New Castle, Pa., will be held at dusk. The display will
be held at the Monroe Central football practice field, Monroe Memorial Park,
as it has been in previous years.
According to Mike Young, Woodsfield Fire Chief, the fire
department signs off on the contract for the fireworks but the
display is financed through donations. The Woodsfield Moose
donates $8,000 to the festivities with other donations from the
Woodsfield Eagles, Riesbeck’s Food Market and the Woodsfield VFW
Post 5303. All these donations are earmarked for the fireworks,
which draws hundreds of people to the county seat.
Young noted that for several years the village did not have a
fireworks display because fire department members, who have to
raise money for needed items, couldn’t see $9,000 going “up in
Kevin Davis, of the Woodsfield Moose, ap-proached the fire chief
and offered the donation through the lodge’s 501C3 program.
Other donations followed. Young stressed that no fire levy and
no tax money are used for the fireworks. It’s all donation.
“It’s through a lot of hard work from contributing organizations
and businesses,” said Young, adding that they have received
nothing but praise and thanks for the display.
“We appreciate what the businesses and organizations do and we
support the ones that help support us. We hope the help never
stops because we can’t do it alone.”
So come, join the fun and festivities at the 2010 Summer Fest
and Fireworks Display set for Saturday, July 3!
Trials Set for RHS Principal and Guidance Counselor
by Taylor Abbott
principal Dr. Vincent Monseau and guidance counselor Linda
Josefczyk will go before a jury of peers during two separate
trials set to begin in August and September.
The charges stem from a phone call received by School Resource
Deputy Terry Stewart. The anonymous caller advised that a threat
had been made to River High School
earlier in the day and school officials had failed to notify law
After the phone call, Stewart confirmed that officials had
failed to report a threat. Following this, the Sheriff’s office
began investigating the allegations.
Through the investigation, details emerged that a bomb threat
was discovered on wall inside the high school.
Further investigation re-vealed the threat was discovered by
school officials and never reported to the Monroe County
While the investigation was conducted, Monseau and Josefczyk
continued working. Charges against the two were filed on May 25.
The offenses occurred on April 28.
Superintendent Larry Elliott would not comment citing,
“It would be premature for me to comment on the situation
until all the facts are known.”
Following a review of the investigation and consultation with
Monroe County Prose-cutor L. Kent Riethmiller, both Monseau and
Josefczyk were charged.
According to court documents, Monseau is being tried for failing
to report a crime to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Josefczyk is charged with making a false statement to Stewart
during his investigation.
Josefczyk’s trial is set to begin Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. Monseau’s
trial has been scheduled for Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. Judge James
Peters will preside over the proceedings.
Both defendants are currently represented by St. Clairsville
attorney Charles Bean.
Around the Burnside
There’s no fun in medicine but there’s lots of medicine in fun.
The state of happiness is in the state of mind.
I wonder; does anyone plow corn any more? I drive by all these
cornfields and never see anyone plowing corn. Times change. By
this time I think we would have had our corn plowed and hoed at
least once and thinking of starting again before long.
Plow close to one row, turn and come down the same row, this
time closer to the other row of corn. You got in plenty of
walking and on days like we had over Father’s Day weekend you
drank plenty of water. We, or at least I, were happy when our
corn was “laid by”.
You might remember several weeks ago I mentioned the egg
thing-a-ma-jig. You put an egg in it, squeeze the handles and
bingo the egg lands in the skillet free and clear of the shell.
I see it advertised on TV any number of times and I also
indicated I didn’t think it would work.
Well, I was wrong, not that it’s new I’m wrong. It’s just once
in a while but getting more often. I have received word from a
very reliable source it does work, much to my surprise. I think
because of this, it has almost doubled their egg consumption.
There was a bit of warning expressed about the egg scrambler
that is part of the deal. It takes some practice to insert the
needle scrambler without busting the egg. I was also warned that
it didn’t work the best with their home grown boiled eggs. The
shell didn’t come off so easy. I’m not sure how it worked with
the boiled run of the mill eggs you buy at the store. See, I
wasn’t completely wrong.
I haven’t mentioned this much and it has been an important
milestone in our lives. On June 8 this year Esther and I
celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. Man, that seems like a
long time when you think about it. I really don’t understand how
Esther has put up living with me all these years.
We realized it was an important event in our lives but didn’t
want a big thing made of it. We had a little get-together with
our family; they bought our meals and Esther and I celebrated a
little bit on our own.
On the 8th I took Esther to McDonald’s and we split a Big Mac
and a large Coke. Actually, we went to a nice restaurant for a
As I look back, we’ve had our ups and downs as all married
couples. I started teaching at a salary of $2400 a year which
included my work as a Vo Ag teacher during the summer. Needless
to say we didn’t have much left over at the end of the month. We
received our December check before Christmas and needless to say
it really seemed like a long time until our January check rolled
Regardless of the not so pleasant things. I’m not sure if I’d
make any changes. I got to spend most of my life working with
young people. We have a family we’re proud of including our
grandkids and great-grandkids. Also the probability thousands of
young people I hope I have been a good influence and helped them
along the way. You just can’t do any better than that.
Aside from Esther’s help and my parents’ guidance growing up,
there is one thing responsible for my life. I don’t want to
sound as though I am preaching; however, I am a firm believer
that when I was in the service, God put into my head I wanted to
be a Vocational Agricultural teacher. The rest is history.
OK, I’ve strayed and not given Him credit. He can do things that
guide you where He wants you to go or do. For example, we moved
to Monroe County.
Why? I had only been to the county twice. Once when in Extension
to visit Ormet when it was starting and once on a joy ride with
a friend and our girlfriends to the big city of
Fly. One of the best moves that happened
to me, but tough at the time of our move. Sixty years is still a
In addition to the egg thing I learned something else while
waiting for the alumni parade to start.
You know what I think of rhubarb? Well, a nice lady told me what
rhubarb actually was. I’m really not sure if this is correct as
I didn’t write it down. She said, “Rhubarb is celery with the
frizzler” I think. I still like rhubarb when I get it.
Now for a little English lesson, if possible, from someone who
had to take the dummy English course at O.S.U. I’m sure many of
you know about a collective noun. If I knew what it was I had
I’d like to share a few collective nouns. I’ll bet you may not
have heard of some.
How about a warren of rabbits, a parliament of owls, a descent
of woodpeckers, a chattering of goldfish, a crash of phenoceros
and how about a hurtie of sheep. The list goes on and on, so now
Maybe you’re not overweight. You could be a few inches short for
your weight total.
Church is always available during the summer.
~ Kids Eat Free With This Program at Woodsfield Elementary ~
With the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District’s Summer
Nutrition Program, kids 18 years and younger, can get a free
lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodsfield Elementary
School Monday thru Friday. According to cafeteria director Tina
Hogue, 75 to 100 children have been taking part in the program,
which runs through the summer. Lunches feature hot dogs, tacos,
pizza, ravioli, burgers and more. There are daily door prizes
and there are no income guidelines to participate in the
program. The lunches are free to all children. The students
working in the JTPA program have been coming for lunch, noted
Hogue. Shown, from left, are: cooks Chris Glotfelty and Kathy
Seefert, Jordan Joy, Tina Hogue and Danielle Crooks. Jordan and
Danielle are summer JTPA help at the school, along with six
other students. Photo by
WALTER GENE STRODE
Walter Gene Strode, 60,
41135 Lawrence Davis Rd.,
Caldwell, died June 22, 2010 at
Hospital. She was born June 28, 1949
in Caldwell, a son of Mary Poulton Strode, Caldwell and the late
He was a retired long distance truck driver. He enjoyed
collecting pig figurines and loved being surrounded by his
family and friends and also his dog, Peeps.
Surviving are four sons, Walter Gene (Jana) Strode, Jr., Todd
David Strode, Mickey Lee (Angela) Strode, Daniel Allen Strode,
all of Arkansas; 11 grandchildren and several nieces
Friends were received June 24 at Brubach-Watters Funeral Home,
Summerfield, where funeral services were held June 25, with
Frank Love officiating. Burial followed in the
Maguy Springer, 70,
Antioch, died June 23, 2010 at her home.
She was born March 31, 1940 in Morocco, a
daughter of the late Roger and Lucienne Bourrel Bonnaud.
Surviving are her husband, Glen Springer of Antioch; daughter,
Lorraine (Dennis) Colasanti of Detroit, Mich.; a son, Carl
Somppi of Alameda, Calif.; sister, May Bonnaud of Athens;
brother, Eric Bonnaud of Athens; step-daughter, Nicole (Steve)
Majstorovic of Medina; step-son, Michael (Dana) Springer of
Cleveland; and five grandchildren, Billy Snyder, Benjamin
Snyder, Natale Colasanti, Ashley Majstorovic and Michael
Friends were received June 26 until time of memorial service at
Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Burial was at the
convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County Humane
Society, 41383 Stonehouse Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.
Condolences may be expressed at
Linda Louise Kissner
Linda Louise Kissner, 70, passed peacefully on June 15,
2010. She was born March 5, 1940 in
Monroe County, a daughter of Hershel and Esther
She was always proud of her
roots. She graduated from Lewisville High School and left to see the world joining United
Airlines as a stewardess which was a bold move for a young woman
from rural eastern
at that time. She traveled and lived abroad with her first
husband Dean Culnan, and their daughters, Liz and Laura. She and
Dean eventually settled the family in
Texas, where she spent the past 30
years. She had several hobbies. However, her passion was
spending time with her grandchildren; Sullivan, Courtney and
Madeline. She cherished every minute with them. She taught them
to appreciate and protect nature, how to make pancakes, how to
be a good Ohio State University Buckeye fan, and that Nana
doesn’t go anywhere without putting on lipstick first. She was a
certified Master Gardener, P.E.O. International Sister, an
amateur environmentalist, avid reader of National Geographic,
excellent chef, crossword puzzle enthusiast, dignified, diverse,
gracious, elegant, the best listener, kind, loving, thoughtful
Surviving are her husband, Ronald Kissner of Rosehill, Texas;
two daughters, Elizabeth M. Culnan (Ben) Frazier of Tomball,
Texas, Laura L. Culnan of Magnolia, Texas; step-son, Steve
(Sally) Kissner of Denver, Colorado; three grandchildren,
Sullivan Frazier, Courtney Frazier, Madeline Gares; nieces and
nephews, Randy Keylor, Brent Keylor, Annette Hallam, Danette
She was preceded in death by her parents, and beloved brother
Memorial services were held June 19 at
Salem Lutheran Church,
Memorial contributions may be sent to Star of Hope Mission, 6897
Angela “Angie” Pyles
Angela “Angie” Pyles, 32,
formerly of Clarington, died June 26, 2010 at UPMC in Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 13, 1978 in Glen
a daughter of Richard and Linda Christy Pyles.
She was a respiratory therapist in
Pittsburgh; a 1996 graduate of
High School; and a 2002
graduate of WVNCC.
In addition to her parents, surviving are a brother, Christopher
Pyles of Clarington; maternal grandmother, Audrey Christy of
Sistersville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Charles
and Lucille Pyles; and her maternal grandfather, Denzil Christy.
She was an organ donor, giving to people in need. Her final
gift, her final deed.
Friends were received June 29 at Grisell Funeral Home,
Clarington, where funeral services will be held June 30, with
Evangelist Edward Melott officiating.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.