A scene from the 2007 Woodsfield Civil War Encampment includes
Coordinator Kyle Yoho, fourth from the flag, a member of the
91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This year’s event is slated for
June 12 and 13 at Monroe County’s
Shadow Lake Campgrounds with nearly 100 re-enactors attending.
resident and Marietta College History major Kyle Yoho - a Civil
War re-enactor – is the planner for the Woodsfield Civil War
Encampment June 12 and 13.
Encampment Set for
June 12 & 13
will feel the earth shake as cannons boom as nearly 100 Civil
War re-enactors from the Midwest
converge at the Shadow Lake Camp-grounds near Woodsfield June 12
and 13. The fifth annual Civil War Encampment will feature
unique entertainment and education, bringing history to life.
The event will provide families the opportunity to “step back in
time.” Guests will stroll through camps to see how soldiers
lived. Weekend events include talks by re-enactors, a Saturday
ladies’ tea at noon, a church service on Sunday as well as tours
of both Union and Confederate
camps. There will also be battles on Saturday and Sunday.
“Stuter Row” is a period marketplace that will sell reproduction
wares and clothing. New this year is special entertainment from
The Mocking Bird Theater Troop Company featuring its authentic
Now in its fifth year, the Woodsfield Civil War Encampment is
the brainchild of reenactor and
College student Kyle Yoho.
Kyle, a History major, wanted other Civil War enthusiasts to
and for area residents to experience history through the unique
Monroe County event will be hosted at the Shadow
Lake Campgrounds to feature a more authentic camping backdrop
for the soldiers and more realistic terrain for the battle
is located near Woods-field at 34847 CR 2.
The event and parking are free; food vendors will also be
Bring the family and watch history come alive June 12 from 9
a.m. - 10 p.m. and June 13 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
River High Personnel
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, on April 28,
School Resource Deputy Terry Stewart received an anonymous call
advising that a threat was made targeting River High School
earlier in the day and school officials did not notify law
After confirming no such report was made to the Sheriff’s
Office, an investigation began into the allegation. Details were
discovered through the investigation that a bomb threat was, in
fact, discovered on a wall inside River High School.
The investigation revealed a threat was discovered by school
officials and never reported to the Monroe County Sheriff’s
Office. The threat was removed from the wall by school
After investigation and consultation with Monroe County
Prosecutor Lynn Riethmiller, two individuals from River High
School will face criminal charges: Dr Vincent F. Monseau, 70, of
New Martinsville, W. Va., has been charged with one count of
Fail to Report a Crime; Linda Josefczyk, 59, of Powhatan Point,
has been charged with one count of Falsification.
No further details are being released at this time.
Arraignments are set for this Wednesday morning.
Mark Hayes, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy and court bailiff of
Graysville, submitted his resignation to Sheriff Charles Black
last week. He appeared before Judge Jim Peters in
Monroe County Court for an
arraignment hearing June 2.
Hayes was was charged with two felony counts of permitting drug
abuse and two misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty. He is
facing six to twelve months in jail for the two felony charges.
According to Sheriff Black, the case was turned over to the
Woodsfield Police Department because of the location of the
In the Clarington room of the River Museum historian Fred McCabe looks over the freight
bills dating back to 1870 and photos of various boats, which
traveled the Ohio River. These and much more will be on display at the
museum during the Sunfish Creek Festival.
Barbara Rush, Clarington’s
Museum curator, puts the
finishing touches on a captain’s jacket in the Delta Queen
Steamboat Room. The museum is located in the top floor of the
Ohio Valley Community Credit Union’s Clarington location. The
museum will be featured this weekend during the Sunfish Creek
Festival set for June 12 and 13 in Clarington.
Photos by Martha Ackerman
If you’re ready for a fun-filled weekend, Monroe County
is the place to be. The annual Clarington Sunfish Creek Festival
begins at 11 a.m. June 12 and continues to 5 p.m. June 13.
Organizers have lots of fun things planned, along with the
unofficial opening of Monroe
County’s new River Museum.
The big parade is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. There will also be
amusement rides, a craft show, entertainment, street dancing,
bingo, wagon and carriage rides, a bike show, corn hole and
horseshoe tournaments, a car cruise-in, Texas poker and a flea
What about the food? Well, there will be lots to choose from
both days as supplied by Clarington United Methodist
Church, Immanuel United Church of
who will also feature a giant yard sale, Clarington Volunteer
Fire Department and the Masonic Lodge. Can’t wait!
The amusement rides will run from 11 a.m. til dark on Saturday
and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The weekend is filled with
entertainment: Peace Makers, Saturday at noon; Joy Trio, 2 p.m.;
Jessica Schoonover, 3 p.m.; Kirsten Repco, 6 p.m.; Attaboy
Luther, formerly Cliff Palace, will play for the street dance at
The horseshoe tournament begins at 1 p.m. Saturday with sign-ups
at 12:30 p.m. The Immanuel UCC is having a Christian Rock band,
New Day, at 1 p.m. The corn hole tourney starts at noon with
sign-ups at 11:30 a.m.
It will be an all-American weekend with baseball, hot dogs and
apple pie and much more. The Clarington Ball Association is
having t-ball games and 7 & 8-year-olds playing ball all day
Saturday at the ball field.
The bike show begins at noon Saturday at the Union Hall parking
lot with a DJ. Sunday brings
more fun with the car cruise-in beginning at noon to 4 p.m. with
a live radio broadcast.
Also featured at this year’s festival is the unofficial opening
of the River
Museum, which has hundreds of items
on display in the designated rooms. You won’t want to miss the
wonderful displays of Monroe County’s
The proceeds from the festival are going to the development of Broken Timber
Around the Burnside
Life is like a bank; the more you put into it, the more it
Good deeds don’t get lost in space; they return sometime, some
Bells. I expect many of you have some memory of a bell. I
remember it was quite an honor when the teacher asked you to
ring the bell. Somehow it wouldn’t seem right if someone didn’t
ring the bell to start our church service on Sunday.
I’m not sure what happened to the bell at our school house. I’m
glad several thought to save the bell in
and place it in front of the Community Center. I thought more
folks or kids would ring it more often. It hasn’t happened much.
I have kind of enjoyed watching a rather young kid ring the
bell. The loud K-bong they hear tends to scare them and that’s
it, no more.
One bell and it does have memories. The bell in front of Skyvue School.
This was one of the first projects I helped with when coming to
Skyvue. It used to ring every time the Hawks won a ball game.
I’ve had several express their disappointment the Skyvue
building will be torn down. I guess I tend to feel the same way
because I remember driving by Esther’s and my high school at Old
Washington. Nothing but the large girders.
With the coming of the new facilities with geothermal heat, a
roof that reflects heat in the summer, and keeps the heat in
during the winter, plenty of natural light, smartboards on class
room walls and who knows what else, it will really be the state
of the art facility. This is good.
My hope is that those in charge and responsible will make plans
to keep the bell as a part of the new building be it in front or
some prominent place. Just so it does not go the trip as our FFA
Chapter has gone.
I’ll bet some of you know farms that had a bell to tell workers
dinner or supper was ready. Weren’t they called dinner bells? We
didn’t need one,;our mules told us when it was time to head
The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by
then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good
times do and have changed. One of our newspapers have on Sunday
pictures of several folks and their answers to a question. A
recent issue asked the question, “What are you looking forward
to this summer?” Some of the answers were interesting.
One said, “Going swimming and playing with my friends.” Another
said, “School being out and hanging out with friends.” One
planned to play baseball, another go to Myrtle Beach and finally
Jamboree in the Hills.
I guess maybe times haven’t changed too much except the time of
day. Most of this type of activity, for us, was in the evening
and on Sunday. I appreciate Sundays because after the cows were
taken care of we attended Sunday School, Church and ate dinner,
the rest of the day was ours to do what we pleased, until it was
time for the old cows again. Actually most all evenings were
free for us to be kids. We didn’t have anything organized like
they do today. I don’t recall playing much baseball or softball
or organized anything. I guess maybe it was because we didn’t
have any equipment. We did, however, find plenty to be just
kids. Maybe trying to hit a bat with a broom under a street
light made up for not playing ball. We were left to our own
Don’t get me wrong; we could not get away with anything. This
was during the time when the paddle on the bottom end was still
a thing to do. You couldn’t take or think of taking mommy or
daddy to court because you received a couple of pats on your
tail end. Because there was no air conditioning, most everyone
sat on their porches during the evening during the summer time.
The information wireless was really fast, as it still is in some
places in Monroe County,
so it reached home almost before you did. No problem keeping in
Yes, we had a swimming pool. We dammed up a wide spot in the
creek the best we could. The water got up above our knees and
that was about it. We were able to splash around and have fun,
even if the cows had been standing in the creek above our little
swimming pool. I never did learn how to swim even after spending
time in the Navy and only enough to pass a phys. ed course at
OSU. Believe it or not we were required to take three phys ed
courses at OSU. One hour credit for each hour phys ed.
I could go on. Most of us never got to travel, maybe to
Barnesville or Cambridge. I did get to go
a time or two.
If you ever start thinking you would like to be younger,
remember algebra and Latin.
The church doors are open; stop by Sunday.
■ Yard Sales
Rex Daniel Cecil, 66, died May 10, 2010 at
Oka. He was born Dec. 3, 1943, a son of the
late Rex Orland and Dorothy “Eileen” Sills Cecil in Lewisville.
He grew up in Lewisville,
graduating from Skyvue
High School in 1961. While in high
school he enjoyed running track and playing basketball. He moved
to Tulsa around 1965. On July 2, 1970 he married
Saundra Lou Fields. He worked for Field’s Manufacturing Company
for 15 years, driving truck and building RVs and campers. He
later worked as a maintenance supervisor for several commercial
apartment complexes. He enjoyed spending time with his children,
going back to Ohio
to see family and friends, and going to the casino.
Surviving are three daughters, Elizabeth (Gary) Owings of
Chelsea, Tina of Claremore, Loralee (Joe) Taylor of Claremore;
three sons, James Kennedy of Lexington, Layton (Tina) Kennedy of
Claremore, Danny (Brandi) Cecil of Broken Arrow; four sisters,
Sheilia Kay (Steve) Cole of Glenpool, Patricia Allene (Jerry)
Fields of Claremore, Donna Mae (Virgil) Grubb of Lewisville,
Donna Jean (Roger) Jones of Woodsfield, brother, Robert Virgil
(Linda) Cecil of Woodsfield, ; sister-in-law, Ines Lucille Hix
of Tulsa; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Saundra Lou Fields Cecil.
Friends were received May 13 at Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral
Service & Crematory,
Claremore, OK, where services were held May 14, with Tom
Tidwell officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer
Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City,
Condolences may be expressed at: www.mmsfuneralhomes.com
Ethel Heft, 91, died May 30, 2010 at Altercare of Hilliard. She
was born Sept. 19, 1918 in
Monroe County, a daughter of the late Charles
and Nellie Orange Cree.
She lived in Woodsfield most of her life and recently was a
resident of Dublin Retirement Village of Dublin, to be near her
She was a member of St.
Paul’s United Church of Christ for more
than 60 years having served as president of the Junior Guild and
Circle III. In 1945 she was initiated into Woodsfield Chapter
#268 O.E.S. and served six terms as Worthy Matron. In 1982 she
was appointed Grand Representative of
She served as president of District #15 in 1992 and in 1998 she
was elected to the Buckeye Links consisting of all Grand
Representatives in the State of Ohio. She is a member of
The Ambassador of Good Will (all Grand Representatives of
District 15), Pythian Sisters #199 and was a member of the
Woodsfield Garden Club and The Stitch & Chatter Club for several
years. She also volunteered at Barnesville Hospital
for many years.
She was a very giving and loving mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be sorely
missed by all who knew her. She had a passion for flowers and
gardening and shared her beautiful roses with anyone who needed
a lift. Her friends and family often referred to her as “Mrs.
Hallmark” because of her self-chosen dedicated commitment to
remembering friends and family on all occasions with cards and
notes. She loved and was loved by her family and friends and had
a genuine compassion for anyone in need.
Surviving are a daughter, Carol (Richard) Schumacher; a son,
Stephen (Joyce) Heft; four grandchildren, Rick (Lori)
Schumacher, Stephen (Erin) Schumacher, Sarah Schumacher Kurz,
Bryan (Lauren) Heft; seven great-grandchildren, Nicole, Jason,
Nicholas and Elizabeth Schumacher, Davis and Mary Grace Kurz,
Caroline Heft; sister, Eva Zerger and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Stanley J. Heft, Nov. 2006, whom she married June 5,
1938; two brothers, Dale and Myron Cree; and three sisters, Neva
Smith, Wilma King and Waveline Hartshorn.
Friends were received June 4 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield. Eastern Star services were held June 4 at the
funeral home. Friends were received one hour prior to the
funeral service June 5, at
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,
Woodsfield, with Rev. Frank Lehosky and Rev. Richard Wilson
officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in Ethel’s memory to the Memorial Fund
of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Woodsfield.
Online condolences may be expressed at:www.bauerturner.com
Lucie Roberts, 55, St. Louis,
Mo., died June 5, 2010 at the
Hospital, New Martinsville, W.Va.
She was born Dec. 20, 1954 in Akron, a daughter of the late Millicent
She was a personal banker for US Bank of
St. Louis, an ordained minister and a
member of the Trinity Tabernacle of St. Louis.
Surviving are her husband, Bobby Roberts of
St. Louis; an adopted daughter, Gabrielle Roberts;
five biological children, Janee Polino of Missouri, Joseph (Sherry) Mitchell of Woodsfield, Tamieko
Polino (Michael) Booker of Woodsfield, Lisa (Kenny) Caetta of
Woodsfield and Sean (Charlene) Boylen of Akron; two
step-daughters, Jennifer Dussold and Rose Roberts of
and many grandchildren.
Friends will be received June 11 from 1 p.m. until time of
service at 2 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with
Minister Paul Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in
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