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July 22, 2010

OVCCU To Host Health Fair

The Ohio Valley Commun-ity Credit Union invites the public to a Medical Services Health Fair set for Wednesday, July 28 at Clarington Fire Hall, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and at Woodsfield EMS Building, 1 to 4 p.m.

Attend and get medical information and medical services such as blood pressure check, cholesterol screening, bone density testing and much more. Many different vendors will be on site at each location to provide valuable information, services and give-aways.

For more information, call Robyn McGuire at 740-483-2279, Ext. 125.

Asbestos Removal Ongoing Throughout
Summer at RHS

by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

Switzerland of Ohio Local School District will soon be seeing new schools taking shape in the county according to officials.

Superintendent Larry Elliott gave updated reports on each building site and where they are at in regards to the planned schedule.

Before renovations can fully begin at River High School, asbestos removal must be completed. According to Elliott, removal of asbestos at the school has begun. The project is expected to encompass the remainder of the summer and should be completed before the new school year begins in late August. 

At the Monroe Central and Woodsfield Elementary building sites, ground has begun. Bids are currently open for contractors wishing to win the combined project. Construc-tion of the new buildings is expected to begin in the fall of this year.

Skyvue’s site has undergone several soil borings with several more likely to be conducted. At this time, it is unknown where the new facility will be located.

Bids for Beallsville’s combined K-12 complex were opened June 29 at Woodsfield Elementary. During the July 8 school board meeting, board members voted to reject the general trades, flooring, and plumbing bids. Elliott said that the project is currently in the process of being rebid.

Soil borings have recently been completed for the new Powhatan Elementary school site, which overlooks Captina Creek and the village. The results of the tests will be returned in a few weeks. The site, according to officials, is “excellent.”

Following Elliott’s report, the board voted on the following items:

• Approved a cooperative agreement with Ohio Univer-sity Eastern to provide for field-based experience for student teachers.

• Approved revised family and consumer sciences course of study.

• Approved New York City trip for talented and gifted students for Summer 2011.

• Student injury report form approved.

• Approved student authorization for possession and use of Epinephrine Auto injector.

• Approved an intra/interdistrict  open enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year.

• Approved class intent form for Beallsville High School’s Class of 2010.

• Approved an agreement for physical therapy services with Southeast Ohio Rehab for Aug. 1 2010 to Aug. 1 2011.

• Approved post secondary transportation costs for Cory Eby and Sara Lucas, per state guidelines.

• Approved recommendation for bakery and dairy items.

• Approved recommendation for tires and transportation supplies. 

• Approved STAR reading for the district at $9,836.31.

• Approved a service contract with Dana Detling as OIP Coordinator for 2010-2011 school year. Cost to be paid ARRA, 50 days, $250 per day.

• Approved Reading Counts Program for 2010-2011 year.

• Approved PSI Associates Inc. - PSI affiliates for St. Sylvester. Cost to be paid through auxiliary services.

• Approved Ohio School Compensation 2011 workers compensation group rating program at a cost of $2,630.

During the meeting, school board officials voted to accept letters recognizing two Beallsville High School teachers.

Leighann Oldfield and Kellie Fry were chosen as two of only 189 teachers throughout AEP Ohio’s 63-county service area to teach the e3SMART program. In AEP’s letter to Elliott it says, “Please accept our appreciation for the work of your teachers in a groundbreaking energy efficiency program.” 

Both Oldfield and Fry attended a day of training to learn about e3SMART and qualified for over $2,000 in science equipment, supplies, and materials provided under the program for use with students and their families.  

“Leighann and Kellie are commended for taking the initiative to benefit Beallsville High School students and their families with this AEP Ohio gridSMART initiative.”

The following individuals are classified bus drivers: Missy Alleman, Michael Bass, Ted Bier, Homer Blair, Rebecca Blair, Susie Blair, Amy Brown, Sue Brown, Jason Clutter, Cheryl Cole, Linda Crumm, Steve Devier, Vickie Dillon, Lori Gardner, Don Gehrig, George Hammond, Debora Hendershot, Judy Hercher, Cindy Huffman, Rhea Hupp, Keith Jones, Tina Jones, Mike Kanzigg, Dale Kilburn, Bob May, Jeannie McPeek, Herman Mellott, Kelly Merideth, Deb Palmer, Marcy Pandy, Mike Pittman, Bonnie Reed, Gail Rush, Robin Schuler, Charlotte Simpkins, Jim Smithberger, Drew Stephen, Mark Stephen, Betty Stimpert, Pam Susac and Linda VanMeenen.

Substitute drivers: John Ackerman, Steve Adams, Terry Baker, James Barker, Dave Boughner, Dan Christman, Paul Dietrich, Bob Dougherty, Linda Fuchs, Larry Gardner, George Jonathan, Kathy Hoover, Cindy Jennewein, Paul Kanzigg, Bruce Krieg, Rick Kuhn, Neal Mahoney, Mikel Mellott, Marcy Merideth, Delmas McVay, Roger Pittman, Matt Potts, Michael Roberts, Barb Schmidt, Andy Schumacher, Randy Smith, Warren Whittaker, and Terry Winter.

Van Drivers: Pat Hartley, Frank Hoyt, Rick Isaly, Marcy Merideth, and Sharon Singleton. 




The Monroe County Historical Society received several pieces of World War II memorabilia from Barbara Ward, seated holding her first husband Frederick Lee Garrett’s picture. Also shown are Barbara’s grandson Nathan Garrett Rutkowski and Anna Hinderlong, Fred Garrett’s sister. A  number of the Garrett family and friends enjoyed a luncheon July 14 at the museum.   Photo by Martha Ackerman 

WWII Memorabilia Donated

by Martha Ackerman
General Manager/Editor

World War II items belonging to the late Frederick “Fritz” Garrett have been donated to the Monroe County Historical Society for the Parry Museum. Barbara Ward of Barnesville donated her late husband’s uniform and other items to the museum. Garrett, the son of former commissioner Charles and his wife Jesse Garrett, was a decorated veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, received two Presiden-tial citations, a Purple Heart, was one of the first groups to jump into Germany during the second world war and also served in North Africa

“Fred went into the service a happy, healthy 17-year-old and came out at 22 with all kinds of afflictions,” said Barbara.

He served in the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion. She noted that Fred never talked about the war to her or their family.

Many years later, Barbara learned of some of the medical problems he had faced–frozen feet, amputation and being hospitalized in England and two other hospitals. She told of the nightmares and the health problems her late husband endured throughout his life. Barbara said Fred worked at a dairy and in the oilfields. They moved to Wooster where he worked at Timken for 36 years and also had a second job during those years. “Nothing was too good for our children, then our grandchildren,” she said.

It was love at first sight for Barbara. She was working at a restaurant in Barnesville when she met Fred. He asked her for a date and when she came home, she told her sister she had met the man she was going to marry.

The couple has two sons Michael Meade Garrett and Charles Arthur Garrett. Nine grandsons and five great-grandchildren complete the family. Michael followed in his father’s footsteps and served in the military as a paratrooper and a Green Beret.

The pride in her military family was evident when she said, “I am so thoroughly disgusted by those who disrespect our country and our flag,” said Barbara, a 30 year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.




Extension of BWP Discussed

At a meeting July 15 hosted by Team Monroe at the Black Walnut Center, representatives from ODOT, including newly appointed District 10 Director Karen Pawloski as well as the Monroe County Commission-ers, County Auditor Pandora Neuhart, County Engineer Lonnie Tustin, Woodsfield Village Administrator Rick Scheurman, Misty Casto, Ex-ecutive Director of Buckeye Hills, Joel Kachel from CDI, plus village council members, representatives from the CIC and the Monroe County Cham-ber of Commerce were in attendance.

The subject matter discussed was a status report on the proposed extension of the Black Walnut Parkway to SR 800, to enhance commercial ingress and egress to the Commerce Park. Joel Kachel confirmed that enhanced commercial ingress and egress to the Park could benefit existing and potential tenants of the park. In particular, local funding requirements for utilization in applying for grant monies for the project were addressed. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided that a “partnership” format would be adopted whereas available county entities (civic and government) would jointly donate to create a fund. In particular, the County Commissioners acknowledged that they were receptive to “stepping up” to research funding availability for the project. Ruth Work-man, office manager for the Chamber of Commerce, advised the group that the Chamber had voted to contribute $1,000 to the fund and the CIC would be voting at their July 19 meeting on considering the donation of $2,000. County Engineer Lonnie Tustin stated his office will also donate to the fund. It was decided that each group, plus some not represented at the meeting, would be urged to place the proposal on their next scheduled meetings, whereas each entity would determine:

• if they support the concept of contributing to the fund

• the amount they would be able to commit to the fund

Groups invited, but unable to attend the meeting, included the SOLSD, Center Township Board of Trustees and the Monroe County Airport Authority. 

When further information is gathered, the commissioners will establish a meeting date with various state and/or federal government representatives to address the procedures of pursuing funding availabilities for the project. It was decided that the local meetings and the proposed meeting with the government representatives should evolve by the middle of August.

Following the meeting, Commissioner Tim Price, Tom Scott, Team Monroe Community Developer and Dan Greenlee, Co-Chair of the Team Monroe Infrastructure Committee, joined ODOT Director Pawloski and ODOT Planning & Program Administrator Debra Fought on a tour of the Monroe County River Museum in Clarington and the Artco facility in Hannibal.

~ Triplets Celebrate Second Birthday ~

Audrey, Annalisa and Ariel will celebrate their second birthdays on July 25 with a butterfly theme. The triplets are the daughters of Amanda Isaacs of Fisher Hill Road, Clarington. According to their mom, the three are doing great. Now that they are getting older, it’s been a little easier taking care of the three of them. They’re starting potty training and beginning to put words together. They love to play outdoors and are learning to take turns. Ariel runs on her tip toes and none of them like wearing shoes. They  each weigh about 30 pounds and like to run with their arms spread like wings. Their favorite vegetables are carrots and green beans and Audrey loves lasagna. They also enjoy books and Dora movies, especially the one with the butterfly song. Happy Birthday, girls!        Photo by Martha Ackerman

Around the Burnside  

One of life’s great mysteries is how a two pound box of candy can make you gain five pounds.

If you are dissatisfied with your lot in life, build a service station on it.

Summertime is kind of tough to think of something to write about. I was really worried for awhile; we were in for a dry spell. If so, our lawns would die and we would not need to mow our lawns for awhile. Mother Nature came through and gave us rain so now the lawns are green and growing so we can keep on mowing.

Well, the big JITH is over for another year. I expect I’ll watch some of it but I don’t get too excited over it. In fact, I don’t seem to get ecited over much of anything anymore. However, a lot of people enjoy attending year after year and are not Rednecks.

Once in a while something happens to a friend that is rather serious but it’s tough to keep from laughing. This friend put his hearing aids on the table or stand, which I’ve done many times, and the dog spotted them. The dog saw the aids and thought they were a couple chunks of meat, so it ate them.

I’m no vet, but I assume the aids would pass through as I doubt if even the largest dog could digest hearing aids. I kind of think they wouldn’t work after they had completed the trip. Can’t you just hear them at the repair shop when they ask, “What’s wrong with them?” 

You answer, “My dog ate them.” So be careful where you put your hearing aids when there’s a dog around.

Do you realize, when a clock is hungry it goes back for seconds or when fish are in schools they sometimes take debate?

It’s really good to have a neighbor who knocks on your door and leaves you fresh fruit he has raised, red raspberries for example. A basket of apples really hit the spot. We’ve only had our kitchen stove a few years. I can’t remember it baking an apple pie until a few days ago. I had forgotten how much I like apple pie with a chunk of cheese melted on top.

Peaches the size of a softball, well maybe not that large but bigger than a baseball. I challenge anyone to find something that tastes better than a ripe peach. Even the little old common peach. They were small and hung on to the seed but they were good. We had a couple of trees out back and we found some good peaches once in a while. I knew some who canned them.

Even a few apricots, I think they were, and they were good eating.

Finally, I think I spotted them putting blacktop on the Dollar General parking lot. I know this will make their customers happy. I hope they get the work done on this side of the first light before long. I really don’t mind waiting a few minutes to go.

I understand we will be voting on a school renewal levy. This is one you enjoy voting for as it will not cost us any additional money. We are paying it now; it’s just a matter of keep paying. It’s our youth that need it.

We did have a bit of hot weather and I guess we will be in for more hot weather. I was interested when one of the papers asked some older folks how they kept cool when they were young. I thought probably the best answer given was, “I went swimming naked in the creek.” Any of you remember?

Actually, I do not remember the hot days when I was young. We lived in a big old brick house that wasn’t all that bad except it really got cold upstairs in the winter. Life went on regardless of the weather. If you’ve never experienced something you never miss it.

I suppose if our homes back then had been air conditioned folks would have stayed inside, like most do today, and caught up on the news with their cell phones.

Most sat on the front porch and got their news first hand. When it cooled down it was time for bed.

As kids we were outside, not inside with technology. The window down was the air condition in the car. Now I get something on the internet telling me I might have problems if I don’t roll the windows down until the conditioner is cooling or something like that. Remember when you had to stick your arm out the car window to let the car behind know what turn you planned to make? Things change. Hoeing corn in the hot sun was no fun but you did it anyway.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, something new pops up. On the news from JITH the other evening, a group from Maryland was beating the heat. They covered the bed of their pick up truck with a tarp and filled it with water. They had a swimming pool on wheels. What will they come up with next? Who knows? Who cares?

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

Did you forget church Sunday?


■  7-22 Classifieds


Alfred L. Dougherty, 84, 2 Summit Court, Caldwell, formerly of Lewisville, died June 29, 2010 at Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell. He was born Dec. 18, 1924 near Woodsfield, a son of the late Albert and Rena Cronin Dougherty.

He was a retired oil and gas worker for the Hopewell Oil and Gas Company and was also a retired dairy farmer. Alfred was a member of the Church of Christ where he attended the Hines Chapel near Lewisville, and the Graysville Church of Christ. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of WWII where he served in the 100 Division 397 Infantry and received a purple heart.

Surviving are his wife, Naomi Kirkbride Dougherty, whom he married Nov. 2, 1946; a daughter, Joyce Johnson of Caldwell; two sons, Mark (Carol) Dougherty of Freeport, Robert (Twila) Dougherty of Lewisville; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Dougherty, Vashti Griffin; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Everett Dougherty; an infant great-grandson and a special brother-in-law, Cecil Griffin.

Friends were received July 2 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodfield, where funeral services were held July 3, with Frank Love officiating. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery, Lewisville, with military services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Apartments, 40 Summit Court, Caldwell, OH 43724.

Harold E. Stottsberry, 80, 50240 Batesville Rd., Summerfield, died July 14, 2010 at his home. He was born Dec. 14, 1929 near Sarahsville, a son of the late Ray and Sadie Baker Stottsberry.

He was a retired employee of Dana Corp., Caldwell, with 42 years of service; a former school bus driver for the Noble Local School District with 21 years of service; a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War; a member of the American Legion Post 415, Summer-field; a member of the N.F.O. and the N.R.A. He enjoyed farming, his John Deere tractors and especially his family, grandkids and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Pearl Warner Stottsberry, whom he married Aug. 12, 1949; three daughters, Crystal (Gene) Duckworth of Mineral Wells, W.Va., Jenny (Forrest) Thomas of Sarahsville, Kelly Christmas of Summerfield; a son, Scott (Faye) Stottsberry of Sarahsville; six brothers, Wayne Stottsberry of Byes-ville, John Stottsberry of Caldwell, Arthur Stottsberry of Caldwell, Charles Stottsberry of Caldwell, Larry Stottsberry of Warsaw, Mike Stottsberry of Cambridge; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two aunts and an uncle; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition  to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Stottsberry and a great-granddaughter, Hannah Rose Mitchell.

Friends were received July 18 at Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield, where funeral services were held, with Rev. Bill Pickenpaugh officiating. Burial followed in Eastern Cemetery, Summer-field, with full military graveside services by the Noble County Veterans.

H. Rosalie Sulsberger, 85, 50488 SR 145, Woodsfield, died July 14, 2010 at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. She was born Sept. 5, 1924 in Barnesville, a daughter of the late Albert Clarence and Mary Helen Hunkler Lynn.

She was a former matron at the Monroe County Jail for over 30 years where her husband served as Monroe County Sheriff. She was a Catholic by faith.

Surviving are two sons, Tom (Jane) Sulsberger of Cambridge, Richard “Dick” (Karen) Sulsberger of Woodsfield; two daughters, Susan (Mike) Murray of Grove City, Margie Hannahs of Barnesville; seven grandchildren, Justin and Megan Sulsberger, Abby (Bill) Roen, Ryan and Louie Sulsberger, Mike (Grace) Strahl, Louie Han-nahs; and two great-grandchildren, Donovan Roen and Philip Strahl.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis L. “Tinker’ Sulsberger on Dec. 2, 2008; and a sister, Mary Regina Hunter.

There was no visitation. Friends were received until memorial service on July 17, with Rev. Frank Lehosky officiating. Inurnment followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tinker and Rosie  Sulsberger Law En-forcement Scholarship Fund, c/o Wes-Banco Bank, 101 N. Sycamore St., Woodsfield, Oh or to the Monroe County Humane Society, 41383 Stonehouse Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Delbert Ellis Smithberger
Delbert Ellis Smithberger, 64, Woodsfield, died July 16, 2010 at Liza’s Place Valley Hospice Care Center, South Wheeling, W.Va. He was born May 26, 1946 in Woodsfield, a son of the late Ellis and Virginia Miller Smithberger.

He was retired from Ormet Corp., Hannibal in the maintenance department and was employed in the maintenance department at Cabala’s Distribution Center. He was also a U.S. Army veteran and a member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Fetty Smithberger of Woodsfield; three sons, David (Jana) Smithberger of Massil-lon, Daniel (Kayla) Smithberger of St. Clairsville, Douglas Smithberger of Woodsfield; a brother, Don-ald (Sherry) Smithberger of Shadyside; two sisters, Mary (David) Tubaugh of Colum-bus, Susan (Jerry) Cunion of Woodsfield; father and mother-in-law, Luther and Ellen Fetty of Sardis; a granddaughter, Gracey Smithberg-er.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Andrea Smithberger.

Friends were received July 20 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, Mass of Christian Burial will be held July 21, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fulda, with Rev. Fr. Thomas Hamm officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Liza’s Place Valley Hospice Care Center South, c/o The Valley Hospice Foundation, 10686 SR 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

Darrell M. “Spanky” Turner, 45, Barnesville, died July 8, 2010 at his home. He was born July 20, 1964 in  Barnesville, a son of Kenneth and Doris Turner of Barnesville. 

He belonged to District 18 Operating Engineers, Friend-ship Lodge #89 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge, Aladdin Shrine Columbus, Barnesville OES 206, BPOE 1699, Bethesda Sportsman’s Club, and NRA.

In addition to his parents, surviving are a sister, Sheila Turner of Barnesville; girlfriend, Debbie McClure of Barnesville; and special grandma, Freda Duvall of Barnes-ville.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kennon and Lizzie Caldwell and Edna Turner.

Friends were received July 11 at Campbell-Plumly-Mil-burn Funeral Home, Barnes-ville, where services were held July 12, with Rev. Richard Wilson and Rev. Richard Cox officiating. Burial followed in Crestview Cemetery. Masonic service was held July 11 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library.