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June 17, 2010

The Happy Heart Singers will be performing “on the square” Thursday night as the festivities for the Woodsfield High/Monroe Central High Alumni Reunion Weekend begins. The Happy Hearts will be singing some old time favorites for your listening pleasure. Be sure to bring your lawn chair. 

Bringing back the songs of the 50’s and 60’s to help kick-off the 2010 WHS/MCHS Alumni Weekend will be One-A-Chord. The had the kids dancing and feet tapping as they took the audience for a stroll down memory lane. The music begins at 7 p.m. “on the square” Thursday.









Looking forward to a new ball field, which will be built on land donated by Consol Energy are, from left, back: Carol Lollathin, Bill Lollathin, Dan Lollathin, Bill Heslop, Dirk Glotfelty, Jason Weiss; front are Brody Lollathin, Dylan Glotfelty and Brenly Glotfelty. 
Photos by Taylor Abbott






Consol Energy has donated land to Clarington, which will be used to expand the cemetery and be the site of a new ball field. The land transfers were officially signed last week. Shown, from left, are Jan Dierkes, council woman; Dave Wright, Clarington Cemetery Association; Tim McKeen, Wheeling attorney; Kristina Hundertmark and Denny Strickland, Consol representatives, and Lida Conn, Clarington mayor. 

Cemetery Expansion and New Baseball Field Coming 

by Taylor Abbott  
Staff Writer

When all but 11 burial plots remained for sale at the Clarington Cemetery, Mayor Lida Conn and others knew that something had to be done. Many letters and phone calls later to Consol Energy, Clarington is finally able to expand its cemetery.

On June 8, Consol Energy representative Denny Strickland met with Conn and others to officially sign the land transfers.

Timothy McKeen,Wheeling attorney, completed the necessary documents needed for the transfer. 

“Once these papers are signed, Consol will take care of the fees associated with this land transfer. Consol is pleased to sign 0.953 acres over to the Village of Clarington for further expansion of your cemetery.”

Dave Wright, Clarington Cemetery Association, signed the papers on behalf of the association which officially transferred the land over to the village. He thanked Consol for their generosity and cooperation while completing the prolonged process.

“We kept after Consol. Whenever a burial would occur or a few more lots would be sold, I’d call Consol and say, ‘We’re down to 14 plots,’ and so forth as we continued to sell them off,” said Conn.

Clearing of brush and some trees on the new property will begin in the near future, according to Conn. She said that the new section will be able to hold several hundred additional plots that will be sold in the future.

“This gift eliminated a huge strain on our village. We had to do something and Consol really came through for us,” said the mayor.

During that meeting, representatives of the Clarington Ball Association (CBA) were on hand to sign documents transferring land over to Clarington for the building of a new baseball field.

Consol and the Clarington Ball Association agreed upon the transfer of 9.98 acres of land just north of the Hedgedale section of Clarington.

Dan Lollathin, CBA president, signed the documents on behalf of the village. Surrounding him were his son and parents Bill and Carol Lollathin, along with several other youngsters and supporters of the CBA. 

The new baseball field will be near the site formerly occupied in the 1950s by the Clarington River Rats baseball field. The new field will be placed about a hundred yards north of the former field’s site. 

Clarington’s current baseball field is located along Stillhouse Run and is prone to rapid flooding. Bill said that rain earlier in the week caused the creek to rapidly rise, eventually coming within a mere foot of their concession stand. 

Bill’s wife Carol said that she has been waiting for this for a long time.

“I’ve dreamed about this day for many years. Dan, Bill, and others have worked very hard to make this dream come true. We have to do it for the kids, They need this and I am so happy it has finally become a reality.”

Work on the new fields is set to begin immediately with land excavation and leveling to be completed first. Recessed dugouts and eventual lighting will come in time according to Dan. 

The new field will be placed  in a park-like area surrounded by woodlands. Shade trees and a beautiful location will make this a very appealing and attractive place in Clarington. 

Currently, the CBA has four baseball teams. A new field will accommodate the growing little league’s needs. 

Dan and other parents reported that the current field rests on piece of ground that is hard and full of rocks. Many of the young players have gotten their legs torn and cut up from the terrain according to Dan.

“I can’t thank Consol enough for their generosity and support. This new field would not have been possible without them,” said Dan. 

Dally Library Relocating; Accepts Book Donation  

by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

The Dally Library will be relocating to a new facility on Mound Street in Sardis. The move comes after being housed in the historic Dally Home since 2003. The home is currently owned by Donna Dally Day.

The United Steelworkers donated their Sardis union hall location to the library for expansion. Work is being completed on the interior of the building in preparation of the move, which is set for late July.

Buckeye Builders, along with some volunteers, are painting and doing several upgrades to the facility including making it handicap accessible. 

The move will not only allow the current collection to expand but also be centrally located within Sardis. The new facility is now owned by the Riverfront Library Association.

The Dally Library Summer Reading program will begin June 30. This will be the last time the program will be held at the current site. The program will be held every Wednesday in July. Parents of interested children should contact the library at 740-483-1288.

Four children’s books were  donated to Dally Memorial Library June 8.  The donation was made on behalf of the  Monroe County Farm Bureau.

Terri Reynolds, former teacher, presented the books, including an award winning book, to Tammy Ellis, library director. 

The book, “Mini Milk Maids on the Moove” was selected as the winner of the 2010 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Children’s Litera-ture Award.

Given annually by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation board of trustees, the award recognizes the author of a children’s book that the organization considers to be an especially important contribution to American literature. 

Written by five-year-old twin sisters Rianna and Sheridan Chaney and edited by their mother Rebecca Long Chaney, the book highlights the twins’ personal experiences in the dairy industry including time with their grandfather, a retired dairy farmer. 

Geared toward preschool and elementary-aged children, the book includes a glossary of recipes for butter in a jar, ice cream in a bag, fun dairy facts and links to educational and fun dairy websites. 

The book will be available to borrow from Dally Memorial Library soon.


Around the Burnside  

For a daily uplift, look in a mirror and say, “God doesn’t make junk.”

You know your getting old when your age surpasses your height in inches.

Technology, what is it? I’m not sure I even heard the word when I was growing up. I don’t know how I got through math classes without the help of a calculator. I guess maybe I had to learn the times tables. Remember how we had to stand and recite the times tables without the aid of a calculator or fingers? Even at that I had to take the dummy math course when I started at OSU. It didn’t take long for them to come back to mind.

Are you or can you become addicted to today's technology? The University of Maryland thinks so. They asked a number of students to give up their iPods, lap tops and the like for 24 hours. A number of them admitted they felt some anxiety and depression.

With some teenagers sending 50 or more text messages everyday, you know they would miss it if taken away. At least they would have strong, quick thumbs.

It sounds as though our new schools will be full of the latest learning technology. I hope it works. I’m sure glad I retired before all this technology was born. Even wide spread use of a computer. I recall a student painting a tractor on the last day of school. Our class went on during the summer.

I’m not sure if this will get in the paper this week as it is past the Friday deadline. I don’t miss many.

I made an appointment late in the week, I tend to put things off, and believe me it was an experience. I knew I had what they call a cataract and after I had been looking through that eye for over 85 years it started to cloud up.

I decided it was time to consult a doctor who knew something about eyes. My appointment was for 12 o’clock noon. Those going with me thought it would take an hour or so and we would go sit down to a nice lunch, dinner, whatever you call it.

We arrived about 15 minutes ahead of time. That was when time was forgotten and technology took over. I first was taken after 45 minutes to a room where it sat with my chin resting on these different machines looking with each eye, one at a time. I’m not sure what for but it was necessary as everyone stopped there.

I got all excited when the gal called a couple of the other girls over asking, “Want to see something cool?” They looked and said, “That’s cool.” They were looking at my good eye. I found out later it was where I had a cataract removed sometime during the late ’80s. Esther and David then had to look. They said, “Cool”. It was done a lot differently those days. I had to wear a metal patch for over three days.

From the little room I was led to another room where a young lady put me through the eye works, if you know what I mean. The last thing caused them to dilate (get larger). I was then taken to a special waiting room until the drops worked. After time I was called and moved to a room to wait on the doctor.

After a time, actually by this time the time didn’t mean much except I was getting a tink hungry. The doctor completed his exam saying little things, I have no idea what, and his helper was writing it all down. When he finished he rattled off and tried to explain three things that might be wrong with my eye and would not operate until a retina specialist had a look.

We were lucky; an appointment was made and off we went to the specialist. About the same thing happened there except he took a lot of pictures, more technology. Didn’t work because the cataract blocked the view. The operation was needed to find out what was wrong. By this time we were really hungry. Around sometime after 5 p.m. we were at a place called something like Apples eating. We missed supper.

On Friday we went back to the first doctor and things went a bit better. After two hours we were on our way with a folder with directions of what to do for the surgery on the 24th.

We decided to stop at Ryan’s for an all you can eat senior $4.99 meal. It was around noon and we dug in. Know what? We missed supper again tonight. This concludes my weak excuse for missing deadline.

I made it back. I had to stop and mow our lawn as the man said to expect rain and I wanted to give our lawn a chance to grow. I also shot a cat. OK, with a needle.

Grandchildren certainly brighten up a home. They never turn off the lights.

Summer is no excuse for missing church.

■  Classifieds


Ronald Dean Davies, 72, Antioch, died June 8, 2010 at the Veterans Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born Jan. 12, 1938 in Cadiz, a son of Dorothy Patterson Davies Rhodes Stewart of Antioch and the late David C. Davies.

He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran and a member of St. Paul’s Church, Trail Run.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a sister, Janice (John) Pollock of Centerville, and a nephew, Patrick Pollock.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Lee Davies.

Memorial Service will be held June 26, at 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Church, Trail Run, with Rev. Albert Bingenheimer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Condolences may be expressed at 

Jack E. Winland, 79, Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield, formerly of Lewisville, died June 10, 2010 at the center. He was born Oct. 30, 1930 in Lewisville, a son of the late Bearl E. and Rosa Bell Feiber Winland.

He was a retired postal clerk and real estate agent in Akron, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Lewisville United Methodist Church, Lewisville.

Surviving are a sister, Darlene Carpenter, Lewisville; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Eva Jean McKelvey and Martha Kiser.

There was no visitation. Burial was at the convenience of the family in Friendship Cemetery, Lewisville.

Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

Charles W. Martin
Charles W. Martin, 91, 606 Lewisville Rd, Woodsfield, died June 11, 2010 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield. He was born Oct. 26, 1918 near Graysville, a son of the late C. Edward and Lela Whitacre Martin.

He was a retired employee of Consolidated Natural Gas (River Division), a member of the Woodsfield Church of Christ; a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII serving with the 311th squadron, 58th Fighter group 5th Air Force in the South Pacific. He was also a member of the 58th Fighter Association.

Surviving are his wife, Ruby Luburgh Martin; two daughters, Kay Lynn (Frank) Davis of Belpre, Barbara (James Eric) Shaw of Jacksonville, N.C.; two sons, David (Jeannie) Martin of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Don (Liz) Martin of New Martinsville; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Wilbert Martin; three sisters, Schammie Johnson, Elizabeth Lindamood, Nina Beardmore; a great-granddaughter, Lana Elisa Martin; and a great-grandson, Nathan Michael Norman.

Friends were received June 13 and 14 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held June 15, with Sam Bartrug and Charles Schulteisz officiating.

Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield, with military services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodsfield Church of Christ, 860 Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Online condolences may be made at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

Clarence J. “Smitty” Smith
Clarence J. “Smitty” Smith, 87, 33196 Main St., Lewisville, died June 13, 2010 at Select Specialty Hospital in Zanesville. He was born Dec. 31, 1922 at Lewisville, a son of the late Henry and Belle Winland Smith.

He was a retired heavy equipment mechanic and operator; a member of the Salem Hall United Methodist Church, New Matamoras; a former member and fire chief of the Lewisville VFD; founding member of the Mountaineer C.B. Radio Club; a former Lewisville Village Council member and a 50 year member of the Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18, Akron.

Surviving are four daughters, Theresa (Dennis) Yost of Savannah, Ga., Marjorie (Mike) Yoss of Woodsfield, Susan (Mike) Jones of Beallsville, Joyce (Tom) Polatty of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a son, Jim (Rita) Smith of Columbus; a sister, Grace Christman of Bucyrus; his companion, Jessie Haught of New Matamoras; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Roberts Smith on Jan. 4, 1998; a brother, George “Pete” Smith and an infant sister, Wilameena Smith.

Friends will be received June 17, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services will be held at 8 p.m., with Max Winland officiating. Burial will follow at the convenience of the family in Friendship Cemetery, Lewisville.

Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com