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June 26, 2008 Edition
<Summer Fest Continues in Woodsfield

<Monroe’s Karissa Renee Martin Captures Miss Ohio Crown

by Lou Whitmire,Mansfield News Journal and
Arlean Selvy, Beacon Publisher
        Monroe County’s Karissa Renee Martin blew kisses to a
near capacity crowd at the Renaissance Theatre, waved
and clasped her hand over her mouth moments after
hearing her name called as Miss Ohio 2008.
        Martin, who was shaking nervously, thanked everyone,
saying winning, “feels amazing,” after the outgoing
Miss Ohio, Roberta Camp, placed the crown on her head
June 21 at the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program.
        “I just hope I can represent Miss Ohio to the best of
my ability as Miss America,” said the 20-year old
Martin.                         She received a $10,000 scholarship from
Newman Techno-logy among other awards and will compete
in the Miss America Scholarship Program.
        The Woodsfield native captured the title from a field
of 25 other contestants in the statewide program. It
was her second year of competition for the title.
        Earlier last week, she captured preliminary swimsuit
and talent awards. Martin, a vocalist, sang, “The Girl
in 14G” to win over the judges.
        Her talent has been recognized since childhood.
Martin has dedicated many hours of hard work to
practice as she climbs talent’s ladder. She chalked up
multiple wins for both vocal and dance in the annual
Kiwanis Talent Shows and has performed  in a number of
stage plays.
        The new Miss Ohio is a volunteer with the American
Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center in Woodsfield.
Her platform is Skin Cancer Awareness for a Second
Generation, a topic which she has addressed as a
speaker in local schools
        A music and theater communications student at West
Liberty University, she is the daughter of Sheila and
Ron Martin of Woodsfield.

<~ Elections Office has a New Home ~

        Monroe County’s elections office officially opens
June 26 in its new space at the Black Walnut Center
located in Commerce Park. Tracy Curtis, deputy
director, left, and Betty Rousenberg, director,  were
caught in the process of unpacking boxes, organizing
rooms, decorating the walls and hanging curtains last
week. The employees are pictured in the reception
area. Other offices include the registration,
conference, tabulation and ballot rooms.  “It’s nice
and quiet here,” said Rousenberg. “I think the board
is very satisfied.”  She noted board members have been
“excellent to help” move the office as has Drew
Dimmerling, county maintenance, and others. The 102
year old counter, brought from the courthouse office,
will replace the tables shown in front of the
employees. The Board of Elections includes Manifred
Keylor, chairman; Roger Claus, Rita McCaslin and Mick
Schumacher.                   Photo by Arlean Selvy

<Commissioners Accept Grant for Rehabilitation of
Hangar Taxiway

by Arlean Selvy
        Officials accepted a grant agreement from the Federal
Aviation Administration for airport development. If
awarded, the grant will provide 95 percent of the
allowable costs incurred to rehabilitate hangar
taxiways (design only) to rehabilitate apron A (design
only) and to rehabilitate taxiway B (design only). The
maximum obligation is $24,795 for airport development.
        Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Exten-sion, grants
administrator, held the second public hearing for CDBG
funding. She listed projects for which application
will be made for 2008 Community Development Grant
• Salem Twp: Road slip repair on Daugherty Road -
$9,600 grant.
• Washington Twp: Installation of road signs and
replace 15 culverts - $10,000
• Lee Twp: New sidewalks on Muskingum St. and install
handicapped access ramp to township hall - $10,000
• Perry Twp: Sidewalks at Mid-way Community Center -
• Green Twp: Culverts - $10,000.
• Summit Twp: Windows in community center $10,000.
• Fair Housing: Fair Housing Program - $1,000.
        Requested funding through CDBG Formula monies totals
$74,000. The total cost of the projects is $126,500.
If awarded, the various townships will supply $52,500
in cash, through in-kind services or various other
funding sources, including a loan through the county’s
revolving loan fund.
        Application will also be made for Neighborhood
Revitalization monies for  Summit Township:
• Windows in community center and replace gym floor -
• Repave basketball court - $8,300; picnic pavilion-
$10,800; playground equipment- $14,300.
• New fire truck - $120,500.
• Construct parking lot near community center -
• Repave two village streets, SR78 resurfacing -
•Sidewalks in Lewisville-$35,000
• Replace 20 culverts - $10,200
• Administration - $10,000.
        Revitalization grant requests total $300,000 and
total project costs are $637,300. If awarded, Summit
Township will supply $337,300 in cash, in-kind or
through various other funding sources.
        Microenterprise Grant total is $60,000. Of that
amount, $48,000 would be for micro-loans, $6,000 for
training/education and $6,000 for administration.
        According to Westfall, she should know in late August
or early September if Monroe County will be awarded
the funding.
        In other business, contracts were approved between
Jobs and Family Services and Ohio Hills Health
Services, and JFS and Monroe County Public
        MCPT is contracted to provide services for the Higher
Education Transportation program from July 1  - June
30, 2009. The total dollar amount of the contract is
not to exceed $32,000.
        A contract was entered with OHHS for the Job
Readiness program, July 1 - June 30. Program funds are
directed to those who are 200 percent of the Federal
Poverty guidelines.
        Renewed as contract drivers for JFS were John Michael
Jorris, Carl Delbrugge and Dustin F. Bright.
        Debbie Haney, administrator, JFS, and Tom Scott,
economic/ workforce developer, were in executive
session with commissioners to discuss personnel
concerning disciplinary matters. No action was taken
at the conclusion of the closed door session.
        John and Sharon Huffman spoke to officials about
extension of waterlines to Grizzle Ridge residents.
Mr. Huffman mentioned the Switzerland of Ohio Water
District, noting they agreed to go after grants for a
project to supply water but that nothing has been
done. Noting he and his wife fist met with officials
June 26, 2007, he asked, “Are we any closer?”
commissioner Bill Thompson said they were, “... closer
because of what you [the Huffmans] have done.”
        Sharon Huffman indicated there are two agricultural
businesses on Grizzle Ridge
        In other matters:
• The 2009 Budget hearing was set for July 8 at 1 p.m.
•       Bob Reed of SHARE, the company which manages Mon-roe
County Care Center, and Kelley Hill, administrator,
talked to officials about construction at the center
as mandated following a federal inspection. Although
they were given until July 2 to complete the work,
Commission President John Pyles is in contact with a
liaison from U.S. Sen. Charlie Wilson’s office to seek
a time extension.
•       Wayne Cline and John Kaiser, Dynamic Safety
Resource, Woodsfield, explained their services to
commissioners and discussed placement of fire
extinguishers in county offices.
•       Beallsville resident Ernie Ferguson told
commissioners the Beallsville E-squad has agreed to
accept him as a member. He asked if his insurance and
workers’ compensation is activated. “If it is, I’m
going back ...” said Ferguson. He said his EMT card is
up to date at he took classes at Belmont Technical

<Board Employs New Treasurer, Recognizes Retirees, Students

by Arlean Selvy
        A new district treasurer was hired June 19 by the
Switzerland of Ohio school board. The board also
recognized retiring employees and student winners in
the Ohio Legislation Summit competition.
        Janet Hissrich, a former tax auditor with the State
of Ohio Department of Taxation in Zanesville, is a
graduate of Belmont Technical College and Wheeling
        Hissrich will replace Kevin Robertson who resigned to
accept a position in Sandusky. Robertson served the
district for 10 years and was a partner in the firm of
Craig, Harper, Robertson Tax & Financial Services LLC.
His resignation is effective July 31.
        Plaques were presented by board president Scott
Dierkes to student winners in the Ohio Legislation
Summit Competi-tion.
        Receiving awards were Lizzie Casto, Woodsfield
Elementary; Staci Indermuhle, Hannibal Elementary; Jon
Wiles, Powhatan Elementary, Daniel Matz, Skyvue
Elementary and Logan Postal.
        Retirees receiving awards were: Ardith Carpenter,
Sharon Mallet-Calder and Mark Huff-man, teachers;
Sharon Rooks, teacher aid; Harry Smith and Harry
Christman, mechanics; Nancy Curtis, Nelda Hamilton and
Shirlyn English, cooks, Ralph Young, Linda Fuchs,
Janet Schwall and Judy Weddle.
        Roger Pittman was advanced to master mechanic with
additional training classification. He has been an
employee of the district for 20 years, starting in
1988 as a bus driver. He was hired as a mechanic in
February 2004 and in July of 2005 was advanced to
master mechanic classification. Pittman attended a
number of workshops over the years. Most recently he
completed the workshop held by Truck Sales and Service
of Marietta, a member of the Ohio School Bus Mechanics
        A motion to accept bids for window replacement at
Beallsville was approved.
        Approval was also given to allow individuals to haul
unneeded junk items from the old Woodsfield High
School at no cost.
        A motion to declare emergency approval for
replacement of River High School cabinets for Family
and Consumer Science Labs was tabled.

<Woodsfield Passes Ordinance For Demolition of

by Arlean Selvy
        An ordinance to abate public nuisances was passed
June 17 by Woodsfield Village Council, which also
voted to activate  arrangements for a bond to pay for
        On an emergency basis the ordinance to abate public
nuisances and demolish buildings, structures and
premises was passed unanimously. The ordinance also
sets penalties for noncompliance.
        According to the ordinance, persons violating any
provision, or fail to comply with any written notice
issued under the ordinance will be fined “not more
than $250 for each offense.” Each day of the violation
constitutes a separate offense. Also listed under
offenses and subject to the fine are refusal to permit
lawful entry by the certified building inspector or
representative, and interfering with, obstructing or
hindering the inspector or representative while
attempting to make a lawful inspection.
        “After four years of trying to clean up this town, I
hope this ordinance helps us,” commented Councilwoman
Carol Hehr.    
        Village Clerk Patricia Templeton was directed to
activate bonds in the amount of $1,250,000 for the
purchase of  a television cable system. The money will
pay for the system, including financing costs as well
as for a used utility truck purchased for the
Municipal Cable System.
        In a related matter, council agreed the recently
hired cable employees will begin work June 23 rather
than June 30.                  

Woodsfield resident Nicole Jorris
approached council about  maintaining Orchard Lane. At
a prior meeting, council debated whether or not the
village owned the street.
        Jorris presented an atlas and three plat maps which
indicate it is a village street. She also called to
council’s attention the large map hanging on the wall
in council chambers.
        Jorris said the street is bricked, which indicates a
village street. Councilman Bill Moore said that as a
child he remembers walking the brick road. “Many
people walked that brick road to Schumacher’s,” said
Moore. “I have to consider in my mind it’s a [village]
road.” He noted his belief that for a short distance,
the road is North Home Ave. Thereafter, it is called
Orchard Lane.
        He suggested Jorris get a petition to have the name
restored and at that time council would have something
to discuss.
        Jorris, before the council session ended, obtained a
petition and signatures of individuals from that area.
A public hearing is set for July 21 at 6:35 p.m.
        Judy Piatt, representing Heartland Retreaders,
requested two parking spaces be removed in the area of
the business, 103 North Sycamore Street. She noted the
possibility of an accident with the current parking
situation.              Moore asked that she remain at the
meeting until its end and said the parking committee
would view the area and discuss it with her.

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 


        Esther Emmalee Sulsberger Hossman, 84, Newport,
formerly of New Matamoras, died at her home on June
21, 2008. She was born June 23, 1923 in Woodsfield, a
daughter of the late Frederick Otto and Veronica
Henrietta Weigel Sulsberger.    Online condolences may
be made at hadleyfuneralhomes.com.


        Lena Louise White, 85, New London, died June 18,
2008, at Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at
Firelands, New London, after a lengthy illness. She
was born June 16, 1923 in Woodsfield, a daughter of
the late John and Maud Balis Agin. Online condolences
may be made to www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.


Betty Hickman, 87, Barnesville, formerly of
Beallsville, died June 23, 2008, in Emerald Pointe
Nursing and Rehab in Barnesville. She was born May 21,
1921 in Beallsville, the daughter of Harry and Lulu
Baumberger Hamilton.    Online condolences may be
offered at www.harperfh.net


        Margaret Alice Mehler, 60, 219 Berkley Dr.,
Woodsfield, died June 18, 2008, at Ruby Memorial
Hospital, Morgan-town, W.Va. She was born Feb. 23,
1948 in Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Francis and
Josephine Hughes Mehler.


        Floyd E. Mann, 85, 207 Oaklawn Ave., Woodsfield, died
June 23, 2008, at the Ohio Valley Medical Center,
Wheeling. He was born June 4, 1923 in Malaga, a son of
the late Ross E. and Anna O. Goodwin Mann.
        Online condolences may be expressed at


<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        Sun., June 1, 2008, I had another heart attack. The
Beallsville E-Squad got to me in minutes. I was taken
to Barnesville Hospital and later moved to Wheeling
Park Hospital for surgery.
        Doctors told me that the E-Squad that picked me up at
home had probably saved my life by their quick action.
That was Beallsville E-Squad.
        I can’t remember the names of the squad members as I
was barely alive, but I shall always remember their
faces and remain forever grateful to the Beallsville
E-Squad for my life back.
Dave  Ricer

Dear Editor,
        This is a response to the Humane Society closing its
doors. For years and years the Humane Society has
struggled to stay in existence. The organization was
able to purchase a building, renovate it and open an
animal shelter. However, it has been a constant
struggle to keep the shelter running and deal with
ongoing animal issues with basically no support from
the county, city and only limited support from the
        The Humane Society has approached the county
commissioners time and time again, and they will not
help at all with the animal problems in this county.
Don’t get me wrong. We have some wonderful supporters
out there in the community, and thanks to them we have
been able to keep afloat for several years. However,
you cannot keep a shelter running with only a handful
of supporters year after year.
        As a matter of fact, 90 percent of our volunteers who
help at the shelter were not even born or raised in
Monroe County, but they are pitching in to make a
difference. We have struggled to bring awareness of
animal neglect and abuse to the community, the city,
the county, but to no avail.
        What we get in return is an attitude of not caring
what happens to the animals as long as it doesn’t
involve them. The minute it does involve them, they
are the first to call us wanting help with a
        The Humane Society has always helped as much as it
can, but with limited manpower we can only do so much.
You have to understand this organization is run by
volunteers and only volunteers who give their time and
pay for their own gas to go on calls of animal abuse
or neglect, answer phone calls, hold fundraisers, run
to the store to buy supplies, take animals to and from
the vet, take care of animals at the shelter, i.e.
wash blankets, clean dog houses, clean food bowls,
clean cat litter, mow grass, dig ditches, and the list
could go on for quite a long time. You get the idea.
They even get phone calls at their private residences
about animal issues when there is a phone at the
shelter that should be used for that purpose.
        We have approached the city for help. We have
approached the county for help. We have approached the
community for help. All to no avail. Like I said
before, we do have those few continued supporters who
have helped us all along the years, but like us they
can only do so much.
        So when there is an animal in need, an abused animal,
a neglected animal, a homeless animal, I truly feel
for them as they have no one who is interested in
helping them.
        Sure, there is a dog pound that is mandated by the
county, but they, too, can only do so much, especially
when the county is not interested in helping animals.
I commend the Humane Society for all the years, all
the tears, all the sweat equity they all have put into
helping make the community a better place for animals.
I am truly disappointed in the human race, the
government, state, and county officials for not
        It is because of us they will die horrible, needless
deaths with no one to help them or give them comfort
as they die. At this time in my life I am trying to
change the world, but it will not happen in my
lifetime so I will do what I can for those I can in my
little corner of it. My mark in life will be knowing
that at least I have helped animals, people, families
and my community and am proud of what I have
Marcia Stalder

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

I am an old man, OSU Grad. We called Mirrow Lake,
Passion Puddle and the main Oval sidewalk was off
limits to freshmen until we GIs arrived on campus.
        We went here and there in a big building to enroll
each quarter. Uncle Sam took care of over 50 dollars
per quarter for fees. I’m not sure about books as I
traded mine back in because three months’ study did
not cause much wear and tear on my books.
        I was enrolled in dummy English and dummy math
because they were the only dummy courses offered. We
were excused from ROTC but were required to take three
quarters of Phys. Ed. I still dream about John Brown’s
        The only room I could find was located on Spring
Street because I waited too long.  It was not the
classiest neighborhood in Columbus. To top things off
the Transit Company went on strike the first day of
classes. No problem. I just walked out to High Street,
threw out my thumb and the first car or two would pick
you up. If they were not going all the way to the
university, you could catch another ride. Actually I
kind of hated it when the strike was over and I had to
ride the bus.
        Later I found a room on Hudson which was much better.
On the corner of High Street, Greasy Gus had a
restaurant and Metsgers was across the street. Both
places served food and the opportunity to feed a
little habit I picked up in the service. I didn’t care
for Ben’s.
        The second year three friends and I found an attic
room that cost us only $10 each month. I stayed there
until I had to go student teaching. The room was
located within walking distance of the campus.
        To help out with expenses, I took a job in the old,
old Student Union cafeteria for 50 cents an hour. If
we did a good job the second quarter we worked, we
received a ten percent increase. For those a bit slow
in math it’s 55 cents per hour. We could sneak a bit
of free food if we were careful. I saw a buddy once
eat a pork chop with one bite.
        I was not a sports nut while a student at OSU for a
couple of reasons. First, a weekend in Columbus is not
the most interesting activity for a country boy with
limited resources. Plus the fact I had become
interested in a girl back home who was still in high
school. Sometimes this involved riding my thumb both
ways. I did have a couple of friends later on who
owned cars so I had a sure ride home.
        This proved to be a wise move. We have been living
together for the last 58 years. OK, before you get the
wrong idea this was back when couples got married
before they started living together.
        One year I did buy a season ticket in the bleachers
for $11.50, photo required. How-ever, I only remember
using it once. I don’t recall who we were playing. I
also only attended one basketball game held at the
fairground coliseum, where our graduation ceremony was
also held. “Stay in line at the correct place or you
will get the wrong diploma.”
        I didn’t join the OSU Alumni Assoc. one year using
the Buckeyes not playing in the Rose Bowl one year as
a reason. I kept abreast of what was happening with
the teams, but I didn’t get too excited.
        It was probably 25 years ago, maybe more, that I was
bitten by the “Buckeye Nut bug.” Whatever happened it
keeps building and building until I seldom leave our
house without wearing something that indicates that I
am a Buckeye fan, even to the point of Sunday morning
when the minister asks, “Who has a joy to share
today?” I answer, “Go Bucks.”
        Some 15 years ago I learned if I joined the OSU
Alumni, I could buy a pair of tickets to a football
game, so I joined and have been purchasing a pair of
tickets each year. The last time my wife and I
attended we nearly got airsick as we were four rows
from the top of the “Shoe.” Our tickets go to our
offspring since then. With the new system of getting
alumni tickets and my luck at drawing, I’ll be lucky
to buy tickets this year or any year. All is not lost
as the money I save not buying tickets I can fill the
gasoline tank on my car at least three times or more
even at today’s prices.
        In my humble opinion, win, lose or draw Jim Tressel
is the best football coach in the country. Matta and
Foster are also up there with the best. We have
Tressel’s newspaper size picture on the side of our
fridge so everyone coming in our back door will see
it. Our back door is our main entrance. If we lived
closer to Columbus I would probably buy season tickets
to the baseball games. I enjoy college baseball and
Big Ten Network helps.
        For what it’s worth a bit of advice from an old man.
Foot-ball team, it’s OK to sit on the pitty pot, just
be sure to flush it; basketball team, it ain’t that
bad and girls’ basketball team, pretend it’s not a
tournament game.
        As a teacher it is impossible to sit down and make a
list of things you have accomplished over the years.
You see former students being successful, hope you
have been a good influence and helped them on their
ways. You realize he or she has had any number of
teachers who have helped them along the way the same
as you.
        If I have accomplished anything working many years
with youth it has been due either directly or
indirectly to Ohio State University the folks in the
community in which we lived, fellow teachers and all
the youth I’ve been associated with. End of story. Go