Baseball Field Dedicated
has a new ball field. A dedication ceremony was held June 10 and
the first game was held. Shown, from left, are: Ronnie Smith,
Ohio Township Trustee; Brenda Miracle, Hannibal Little League
Association; David Walters, Hannibal Lockmaster; Amy Eggleston,
Ohio Township Clerk; and Col. Mike Crall,
Army Corps of
Photo Courtesy of Connie Irvin
welcomed a new attraction and addition to its riverfront on June
10 with a large crowd present.
5:30 p.m. Col. Michael Crall, Commander, United States Army
Corps of Engi-neers, threw out the first pitch at the newly
dedicated Han-nibal Locks and Dam Baseball Field. Following the
throw, the first official game was held.
has eight Little League baseball and softball teams that often
share one field behind Hannibal Elementary. Scheduling
conflicts were always a hassle.
2006, Dave Walters, lockmaster of
Hannibal, first met with those
representing the Hannibal Baseball Association
discuss land acquisition for new fields. The site currently
occupied by the dam and new field was owned by the government.
For those wanting this dream to become a reality, red tape was
encountered almost from the start .
After two years of work and with the help of Crall, the dream
was finally realized. Enough land was set aside for the new
field, along with a softball field being constructed adjacent to
the baseball field.
on the softball field will begin in the near future. Once
completed, it will not only be able to host Little League games
but also high school softball.
Volunteers from the town, with the assistance of the Ohio
Township Trustees and Walters, have constructed an excellent
field at a prime location. Both fields rest along State Route 7
with parking available by the fields and at the dam’s parking
was a week of reminiscing for Bob Prickett and former Air Force
buddy James ‘Buzz’ Martins. The two met in 1954 when they were
stationed at an Air Force base in
Alexandria, Louisiana. The men were reunited through Monroe
Lake. Shown, from left,
are “Snuggles,” Shirley and Bob Prickett and Judy and Buzz
M. Ackerman Photo
Air Force Buddies Reunite
was 1954. The location was Alexandria Air Force Base, Louisiana. Two young men were members of the
366th Installation Squadron working as water purification
specialists. Robert ‘Bob’ Prickett was from
and James ‘Buzz’ Martins was from
Minnesota. They became roommates
and in a short time, best buddies.
used to chum around a lot in the service,” said Martins. “We
drank a lot of beer together. We were in town almost every
even bought a car together,” said Prickett. “It was a 1940
Chevrolet.” They each chipped in $20 each. “We each drove it
once,” added Prickett. “It wouldn’t start so we left it in the
base parking lot.” He added that if each of them had a longer
tour at the Louisiana
base, they might have fixed it up, but that was not the case.
Prickett was transferred to Okinawa
for a 16-18 month assignment. Martins’ orders were for Korea, where he did a year tour of
men never kept in touch.
Martins applied for disability through his local veterans
services officer in Minnesota. “There’s a
buddy system,” said Martins. He needed to contact someone he had
served with and he thought of his friend from many years ago. He
didn’t know if Bob was still alive but he knew he was from
Martins’ veterans service officer started looking for Prickett.
The first call she made was to Monroe
Veterans Service Officer Gary
Lake. She hit the jackpot!
Lake definitely knows Prickett. His son is married
to Prickett’s granddaughter!
two made contact and Buzz and his wife Judy made the trip to
Woodsfield last week to visit and reminisce with his long ago
had the two been doing over the years? After serving four years
in the Air Force, Bob worked at Republic Steel in
Canton, worked road construction and
retired in 1984 from Conalco where he worked as a caster (metal
pourer). He then worked for about five years in the oilfields
for Harlan Billman until he had a heart attack. “I mow the yard
now,” said Prickett.
Martins also served four years and joined a brick layers union,
working as an apprentice for four years. He then started his own
masonry business with a friend. He retired in 1996. He does a
lot of fishing, hunting, raises a big garden and likes to
married Judy on March 7, 1957. He had met her while serving in
the Air Force in
couple has three sons, five grandchildren and one
married Shirley, a hometown girl, on March 9, 1957. Bob and
Shirley have three children, eight grandchildren and nine
great-grandchildren with another on the way.
the Martins’ visit to Woodsfield, old friendships have been
renewed. They spent the week reminiscing, site seeing in the
county and in West Virginia and shopping.
and Judy Martins left June 19 for their return trip to Minnesota. The Pricketts are planning a trip
to visit the Martins next summer. “God willing,” said Bob.
Former service buddies “Buzz” Martins, left, and Bob Prickett,
right, had a chance to catch up on each other’s lives when
Martins visited Woodsfield last week. Also shown is
Monroe County Veterans
Lake, who helped Martins
Our Readers Write...
writing to thank Kyle Yoho and his parents, Doug and Helen, for
all of the hard work that they have done for the civil war event
last weekend. Your community has been blessed with a young man
that is interested in community service, keeping history alive
and promoting your area. This day and age there are so many
negative news stories concerning the youth of America. This is
thank the community for their support concerning this event.
Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I hope that you continue
to support the event.
wife and I attended the Civil War Encampment held on the weekend
of June 13-14 at
Shadow Lake. This was a great way too see how
the soldiers of the North and South lived during the mid
want to thank Kyle Yoho, organizer of the event, and all the
sponsors who helped make the event possible. Events such as this
help make Monroe County
a wonderful place to live.
~ Marmie OUE
Graduation Speaker ~
Beallsville native and deputy project manager of NASA’s LCROSS (Lumar
Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) mission John Marmie
was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Ohio University Eastern
Honors and Recognition Convocation held June 4.
Monroe County Commissioners met Jun. 7 with a full agenda that
began with a visit from Woodsfield Elementary’s fourth grade
Around 50 students packed into the commissioners meeting chamber
where many posed questions to the elected officials.
Commissioners were amused by the intelligent group of youngsters
who were very quick to respond to some of the comments made by
commissioner and courthouse tour guide John Pyles.
While entering Treasurer Judy Gramlich’s office, one student
peered up at the sign over her door that reads, “Treasurer.” As
he read it aloud to himself he said, “Treasurer...eww! Money!”
Needless to say it was amusing for all on the tour.
group wrapped up their tour in Judge Julie Selmon’s courtroom
where John Yocca, court reporter, explained the different
aspects of his job and that of Selmon’s.
Following the tour, Teri Knowlton, EMS treasurer, updated
commissioners on the EMS’ budget. She reported a balance of $39,337.76 in the
Commissioner Pyles reported that Judge Walter Starr transferred
a 1995 Ford Taurus over to the county for its use.
commission appreciates Judge Starr’s generosity in transferring
this vehicle over to the county. With the limited funding that
we have, this has been a great help to us,” said Pyles.
11:30 a.m., bids on the County Road 29 bridge replacement
project in Camer-on were opened. Only one bid was made.
made a bid of $532,500. County Engineer Lonnie
said that the bid came in below his estimate and was pleased
with the bid.
bid will cover the costs associated with the removal of the
bridge and installment of a new and bigger span.
According to Tustin,
the bridge will be 159 feet long and be four feet wider than the
current bridge. Tustin said the bid will
officially be awarded after July 1.
Jo Westfall met briefly with commissioners to discuss a paving
project in Stafford and bathroom facility upgrades at Brownsville’s township hall.
Parnell & Associates was awarded the paving project contract at
According to Westfall, bathroom facilities at the Browns-ville
Township Hall will undergo remodeling which will make it
Following Westfall’s meeting, Sheriff Chuck Black and Matt
Brake, Swiss Valley Associate engineer, met with officials to
discuss problems plaguing the new 911 system.
According to Brake, Staley Communication Inc. has been working
on equipment upgrades for the past several months.
Black voiced his concern with Staley’s saying, “My only concern
is that we are not operational. To put it bluntly, we have a
high-tech answering machine that we’re sinking thousands of
dollars into and it isn’t working.”
Further commenting on the lack of progress, Black said that he
is very disappointed with Staley’s and added, “Construction of
the 911 project began in 2004. In six months its going to be
2011 and we’re no better off now than then aside from new
drywall and security upgrades at the sheriff’s office.”
Commissioner Tim Price asked Black about communications which
Black described as “a total loss in some areas.”
the time this project becomes operational Chuck will be in the
fourth year of his term and it may not even be operational
then,” said Pyles.
Brake apologized and said that he understands the frustration
voiced by officials. He said that Staley’s is called to the
sheriff’s office several times a week for technical problems.
citizens of this county are being shorted by not having access
to 911. Everyone surrounding this county is operational but we
aren’t,” said Black.
the conclusion of the meeting, commissioners and Black requested
that Staley’s meet with them immediately to solve this problem
in a timely manner. If the problem is not solved, a contract
renewal with Staleys is likely not to occur, noted Black.
Scott, community developer, offered a suggestion that a
temporary moratorium be put in place until the matter is solved.
Officials previously discussed that possibility and are now
considering it pending a meeting with Staley’s.
Pyles ended the dialogue saying, “We’re paying them [Staley’s].
We just want what we’ve paid for.”
special session on Jun. 9, commissioners appointed Dr. Fred
Shoff, D.O. to fill the county coroner position vacated by Dr.
Walking the Red Carpet for a Cure
County Relay-For-Life July 16 & 17
Relay-For-Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran
around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American
year, Relay-For-Life will take place in nearly 5,100 communities
in the United States and 20 other countries and will raise funds
to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping
people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures
and fighting back. One of those communities is Monroe
dates are set and planning is underway for the 2010 Monroe
County Relay-For-Life. This year’s theme is “Walking the Red
Carpet for a Cure.” Help make a difference by attending the July
16 and 17 event at Swiss Hills
Opening ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, July 16. There
will be entertainment and activities for everyone including a
dunk tank, bounce house and Uno tournament for the kids.
Entertainment will include local bands, Southbound and Not So
Rich and Famous, along with the talents of former Miss Ohio
Karissa Martin and Gary Jones.
Survivor, caregiver and team laps will begin at 7 p.m. and the
Luminary Ceremony is set for 9 p.m. Also on the agenda are the
Newspaper Evening Gown, Ms. Relay and Cutest Kid contests.
Events and activities will be held throughout the night and
things will wrap up Saturday at 10 a.m.
goal is to further the American Cancer Society’s vision of
creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. “Join us
July 16 and 27 to make this happen. Good food, good people and a
good cause,” say organizers.
Around the Burnside
fun going to class reunions, but it’s strange seeing all those
old faces and new teeth.
You’re getting older when every move you make is a joint effort.
didn’t have room to quite finish my story last week. My movement
after the second day almost for an hour, Esther likes to get to
appointments plenty early. My path was as follows: first a large
waiting room, a smaller room to look into a machine, to another
room, to a smaller waiting room, another room, back to the small
waiting room, finally to a small room for final instruction and
headed for Ryan’s. Surprise, only a couple or so in the big
are really good at what they do but it seems as though you are
playing musical chairs without the music.
sat near three kind of old golfers early and listened to their
tales. A lady who had a problem with her eyes as she held her
phone close to her eyes and spent a lot of time texting. Another
lady came in and started texting as soon as she settled in a
chair. Then if that wasn’t enough a fellow came into the smaller
waiting room and started texting right away. I assume they were
texting. I guess they could have been checking soccer scores,
their bank account, watching TV or playing a game or whatever
you can do on a cell phone. I had my phone fixed so I can
neither send or receive a text message. End of my boring story.
about SR 78 from Lewisville to
line? they are now putting down the finishing touches. It’s been
a long time, but worth it, I guess. I was a bit disappointed
they didn’t have some blacktop left over and dumped it in the
holes in the Dollar General parking lot. Man, some of those
holes are nearly as deep as the swimming hole we had as kids.
know I think we have at least three stop signs in Lewisville you might say are useless or maybe
drivers can’t read or know what they mean.
grew up in a time when most every one sat out on their front
porch every evening. A couple of reasons. To visit with
neighbors and keep up with the latest gossip in town. Probably
the main reason was no air conditioning or TV and the house was
too hot until bed time. Because of this I like to sit on our
deck many evenings during the summer. I can see three stop signs
from where we sit.
other evening after a ball game I was watching folks leave for
home. I could almost count on one hand the cars that actually
came to a complete stop at one of the three stop signs. Yes,
several came to what is called a rolling stop. I’m talking a
complete stop. Question, doesn’t a stop sign mean come to a
complete stop regardless? Maybe they should paint whoa instead
While I’m still on the box. I saw a picture some time ago of a
7th grade basketball team called the Ohio Valley Hoops. They
must have had the pick of the crop and you can bet the team was
not connected to school in any way shape or form. The reason.
Their record was 39 wins and 4 losses. This team played 43
basketball games. Isn’t this overdoing it? High school teams are
limited to 20 games a season plus a few practice games. The high
school coaches asked permission to schedule 22 games a season
this year. They were turned down by the Ohio Athletic Board.
saw something you just don’t see very often. We were headed west
on SR 78 on a kind of a rainy day. I thought maybe they were not
working on the road because of it. I was wrong. We had not gone
very far until we read the sign saying “flagger ahead”. They
used to read “flag man ahead; times change.
normal, we were stopped by the flagger, a flag man in this case.
Time to wait and relax as we allowed for being held up by the
the flag man turned his sign around he said to us, “Take it easy
as the roller is in the ditch.” I thought maybe he was joking,
but sure enough down the road the large roller was there with
the large back roller well down in the ditch. As you know a
roller such as that does not have much traction.
not sure but I’m guessing the road was a little slanting and the
rain made it a bit slippery. When something of that size and
weight starts to slide it keeps sliding until something stops
it. The ditch and bank did the job. I would have liked to stop
and watch them get it out but I just smiled and drove on down
would guess most everyone had a good time during the recent
alumni celebration. Although I probably didn’t know there was a
Woodsfield when I was in high school, I still enjoyed having a
little part and enjoyed the celebration. I enjoyed the pictures
on the windows at Weber’s Drug taken in 1960; that was 50 years
thought the ladies were whistling at me until I discovered it
was my hearing aid.
can attend church, even on vacation.
RICHARD L. SCHREIBER
Richard Lee Schreiber, 58, Beallsville, died June 13,
2010 at his home. He was born Oct. 24, 1951 in
Chicago, Ill., a son of the late Robert and Betty
worked as a heavy equipment loader for Tital America, served in
the Navy and was a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, Theresa Carter; two step-sons, Julius
Carter of Barnesville, Kenneth Carter of Beallsville; two
brothers, Donald Schreiber of Michigan, Craig Schreiber of Florida and a step-grandson, Chase Carter.
Services will be announced at a later date. Campbell-Plumly-Milburn
Funeral Home, Barnesville, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed at:
BLANCHE G. VIANELLI
Blanche G. Vianelli, 71, Beallsville, died June 14,
2010 in Medical Park
Hospital, Wheeling. She
was born March 1, 1939 in
Montana, a daughter of the late
Harlan and Thelma Swan Jones.
was a member of the
Church near Beallsville.
She was known throughout the community for having a
compassionate and nurturing spirit, having served as a caregiver
for many years.
Surviving are three daughters, Cindy (Mark) Coburn of
Beattyville, Ky., Melody (Mike) Inbody of Findlay, Rosemary
(Scott) Lieberth of Beallsville; son, Louis (Rachelle Wollard)
Vianelli of Beallsville; 12 grandchildren, Katie, Kristen and
Isaac Coburn, Brandon and Brittany Barnes, Adrianna and Xavier
Lieberth, Michael, Bray, Montana, Jacob and Donovan Vianelli;
several sisters and brothers including three sisters, Hilda
(Rudy Palmer) Perkins and Nelda (Neil) Hamilton, both of
Beallsville and Lorna (Dale) Brownfield of Jerusalem; a brother,
Jim (Mary) Perkins of Florida.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Louis in 1992.
Friends were received June 16 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville, where funeral services were held June 17, with
Blanche’s son-in-law, Pastor Mark Coburn and Pastor Jeff Cox
officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.
Elizabeth Anne Myers Larrick
Elizabeth Anne Myers Larrick, 86, died June 14, 2010 at
Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab
Surviving are three daughters, Mary (Bill) Schmertz, Patty Lane,
Julie (Steve) Casto; son, Miles (Gail) Larrick; grandchildren
and great-grandchildren, Jennie (Seth Josephson) Scheinbach and
their children, Moshe, Ruth and Dov; Andy Scheinbach, Charlie
Lane; Erin Lane (Rush) Beam; Paula Conner and her children Trey,
Kiera and Makenzie; Matt Connor, Lizzie Casto and Jessica
(Roger) Sandoval and their daughter Evie.
was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Robert
Larrick, whom she married in 1945 in
After attending Wilson
Teachers’ College in Wash-ington, Ann graduated
with a Bachelor of Science from
where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi education honorary and
Pi Beta Phi fraternity.
Following graduation she served as a correspondent for the
American Red Cross during WWII. At the end of the war she
married Bob Larrick from Wilmington,
Ohio and they moved to Charleston, S.C.,
where he attended medical school. From there they went to
for a year and then, after her husband’s service in
Korea, they moved to
1973 to 1981, Ann was a member of the Grandview Heights City
Council and served as a representative to the Mid-Ohio Regional
Plan-ning Commission, Mid-Ohio Health Planning Federation,
Animal Control Board, and Grandview Heights Library Commission.
She and her friend Win Keller founded the Grandview Heights
Historical Society in the mid 1970s. She and her husband moved
from Grandview to Friendship
Village of Dublin in 1995.
was known for her wry sense of humor and her fabulous ability to
remember the name of everyone she met. She played a great game
of bridge and instilled a keen sense of independence in her
children. She will be sorely missed.
Friends were received June 18 at Deyo-Davis Funeral Home,
Columbus, followed by a memorial service.
Clarence Vanness, 100, Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, formerly of Center Ridge Rd.,
Beallsville, died June 15, 2010 at the center. He was born Feb.
5, 1910 near Beallsville, a son of the late William and
Lulabelle Palmer Vanness.
was a farmer and he attended the
Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are a brother, Carl Vanness of Beallsville; several
nieces and nephews and also several very special friends.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three
brothers, Russell, Ralph and William Vanness; four sisters,
Emmie Vanness, Dorothy Phillips, Elsie Vanness and Martha
Friends were received June 17 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville, where funeral services were held June 18, with
Pastor Bill Moran officiating. Burial followed in
Memorial contributions may be made in Clarence’s name to East
Sunsbury Cemetery Fund, c/o Wanda Aberegg,
50235 Mellott Rdg. Rd.,
Beallsville, OH 43716.
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