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March 12, 2009
Now Hooked Up to Help
by Arlean Selvy
A telephone system which will allow
the village of Woodsfield to notify residents of pending outages and
emergencies was installed last week.
Appropriately named Notify Now, the
village administrator will be able to quickly and conveniently notify
telephone customers of various work activities which will involve their
“It’s a nice tool to have,” said Jeff
Woodell, village administrator. “I’m really excited about it! It’s one of
the advantages of living in Woodsfield.”
According to Woodell, various village
locations can be singled out by entering a code in the Notify Now system.
For instance, residents on North Sycamore, Guilford, Oaklawn and the
McDonald’s store are expected to have a water outage on March 11 at 2 p.m.
If all goes as planned, residents in that area will receive notification via
telephone. A recorded message will relate pertinent information.
Not only can the system be used to
notify residents of water breaks and power outages, it can be used for a
myriad of unrelated messages, such as moving vehicles for snow removal. “It
could save a life,” said Woodell. For instance, if a two-year-old wanders
away from home a message can be sent out for everyone to be on the lookout
for the child. In case of tornado or pending emergency, in three to five
minutes everyone will know.
To alert Notify Now, simply call the
police department or Woodell.
The price tag on Notify Now is $2,700
a year. The cost will be divided among six departments: water, sewer,
street, electric, cable and police.
Woodell reported that chemicals for
the water supply were going up and he called the company. As a result, the
village will realize a savings of $2,678 for the rest of the year.
In other matters, Woodell mentioned a complaint about speeding in the City
Park area. He said it had been suggested to him that lights or a sign be
Council President Vernon Henthorn
reminded members about the flashing traffic signals installed near Oaklawn
Cemetery. “That hasn’t done a bit of good,” he said.
“All we have to do is patrol that
area and write a few tickets,” said Councilman Bill Moore. “The word will
get out that you’d better not go fast past Oaklawn Cemetery.
“If there’s a need for a speed slow
down at City Park, I think we ought to enforce it and make it well known
that you’re going to get a ticket for speeding in that area.” said Moore.
Moore said that, “Simply enforcing
your request will eventually result in obeying your request.”
Officials will view the area.
On a motion by Moore a generator, bid
at $9,200, will be purchased through Brian Jackson as backup for electric.
“I think we owe it to our customers to deliver uninterrupted service,” said
Monroe Eyes Future Projects
by Arlean Selvy
“We want to extend
our hand to help the commissioners ...” said Kiven Smithberger, president of
Team Monroe. He noted the Team has a lot to offer with a current membership
of about 60.
Smithberger and several members of
Team Monroe’s tourism committee approached county commissioners at the
board’s March 9 meeting.
Smithberger asked officials to pay
for recently received place mats designed to promote the county. He said
this would free funds that Team Monroe could use for other projects, such as
the current sale of t-shirts to raise funds for additional projects.
Later in the meeting, on a motion by
Commission Presi-dent John Pyles, officials agreed to pay $1,364.53 for the
place mats. Money recently returned to the Jobs and Family Services general
fund will be used. It had once been marked as tourism grant match dollars.
It was noted, however, that if JFS
needs money and doesn’t have it, the county is required to pay the expense.
During discussion, Smithberger said
tourism is one aspect of what Team Monroe is interested in. “Economic
development is the key in building this community,” he said.
Noting there will not be an economic
developer after March 17, Smithberger asked what office will handle the
calls to economic development.
“That’s something we haven’t discussed yet,” said Commissioner Carl Davis.
“I guess this is where the buck stops.”
“There’s a lot of things in the works
that we need to continue to develop,” noted Smithberger.
“It came as somewhat of a shock that
Mr. Scott is leaving,” said Smithberger. “Is that totally due to the
finances of the county?” Pyles gave him the Statement of Rationale submitted
last week by JFS Director Jeanette Harter. Smithberger read the statement
aloud to those in attendance.
During explanations concerning JFS
funding, Harter said TANF monies are cut to zero and commissioners
give only $15,000 a year to JFS.
Asked if Scott was offered anything,
such as a part time position, Harter said it was not a consideration as
there is no money to pay for the position.
“We all want to stimulate economic
growth in this county, said Smithberger. He said Team Monroe wants to
keep going forward, noting Scott has started a good grass roots effort.
“It’s a great effort,” said
Commissioner Tim Price. He commended Scott for bringing residents of the
“We gotta find a way not to lose
this,” said Team Monroe member Wayne Forshey.
Team Monroe’s vice-president, Joel
Davis, also voiced his concerns.
Daffin’s Candies Will Return to Woodsfield
got its start in Woodsfield. From 1903 until 1919, Daffin’s was located in
what is now Traditions, South Main Street in Woodsfield.
Daffin’s Candies, founded in
Woodsfield in 1903, has gained a national name for its delectable milk and
semi-sweet chocolate candy.
Due to the efforts of Bill Moore, who
currently serves as a Woodsfield council member, Daffin’s Candies will soon
be available at Pat’s Gift Shoppe. As well, Woodsfield Kiwanis Club voted
last week to hold a fundraiser by selling the delectable candy delights.
Chocolate has an interesting history,
as it didn’t catch on with the public until the 1920s. This wasn’t a matter
of people not enjoying the taste of chocolate. Rather, it was the debut of
air conditioning, which helped prevent chocolate from melting, that pushed
chocolate sales through the roof. Prior to that, it was uncommon for stores
to carry chocolate past April.
The Daffin’s Candy business has a
long family tradition. With over 100 years of experience in the fine art of
candy making. Paul ‘Pete’ Daffin got his start in the candy business at an
early age. If ever there was a man born to make milk chocolate it was Pete.
He liked to say, “The first thing I ever smelled was chocolate.”
The original family store was started
in 1903 by George Daffin in Woodsfield. It was right here in Monroe County
that the legend was created through his eyes. After WWI, George’s son, Alec,
moved the business to New Philadelphia. After Alec Daffin’s death in 1936
the store moved to Canton, where his son, Paul Daffin, took over the
operations with the help of his mother, Georgia. Pete served in the
U.S. Army during WWII in Italy and other parts of the European
Shortly after returning from the war
Pete decided to build his own store in Sharon, Pa.
Backed with finesse in merchandising
and a will to succeed the small downtown store was born in 1947. The shop
also served as a factory for creating the chocolate delights that made the
Daffin’s name famous. It was Pete Daffin, with the constant help of his
wife, Jean, who launched the Daffin Candies name to a new level. With the
help of a friend they created their now famous Peter Rabbit - a solid
chocolate rabbit sold during the Easter season. As demand soared, the couple
moved their location to a bigger 20,000 square-foot store in Sharon. At the
same time they built a new 30,000 square-foot candy factory - yes, an honest
to goodness candy factory. Tours are available at the factory in the
neighboring town of Farrell. Since Sharon and Farrell sit close to
Interstate 80 and 79, Daffin’s store and factory have become must stops for
Mr. and Mrs. Daffin’s nephew, Gary
Sigler, is operations manager, while his brother Joe is in charge of tourism
promotion. Connie Leon is manager of the Sharon store and oversees retail
sales, while Sandy Hoover is in charge of fund raising sales. Today, in
addition to the Sharon flagship location, Daffin’s has retail stores in
Greenville, Oil City and Franklin in Pennsylvania, along with a store in
Warren, Ohio. Daffin’s has branched out and supplies more than 50 Hallmark
stores and gift stores with their chocolate candy.
Members of the Woodsfield Kiwanis
Club voted last week to fund its Scholarship program with a Daffin’s milk
chocolate bar fundraiser. The bars are filled with almonds, caramel or
Relay for Life: 25 Years of Hope
Relay for Life is the American Cancer
Society’s national signature event and is as much as awareness raiser as it
is a fundraiser. The family oriented team event brings participants from all
parts of the community together in a “celebration of life.” This year marks
the 25th anniversary of Relay for Life bringing hope to
communities nationwide. Volunteers from all over the world have an
opportunity to celebrate the progress made in the fight against cancer.
Whether a donor, team member, team captain or just part of the Relay
committee, your contributions have made significant impact on the ACS
Relay for Life is a fun-filled,
overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise monies for
research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event,
businesses, civic clubs, churches, friends and families take turns walking
in relay fashion while they also celebrate the critical role the Ameri-can
Cancer Society plays in the fight against cancer.
Plans for the Monroe County Relay for
Life will start with a kickoff on Thursday, March 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
at the Cancer Resource Center located in the Monroe County Chamber of
Commerce office building, adjacent to the courthouse in Woodsfield. Persons
interested in the relay are invited to attend. A meeting of all committee
and team members will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and door prize.
The Monroe County Relay for
Life event takes place at River High School in July. For further information
or to participate as a team or just by yourself, contact Relay Chair Ruth
Longwell, 740-483-1024 or online at www.relayforlife.org/monroecountyoh.
For more information, call the
American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345, available 24-hours a day, seven
days a week, or visit www.cancer.org
RUTH BARBARA MOSS
Ruth Barbara (Winkler) Moss, 80, passed into glory on Feb. 14, 2009, with
her family close by. She was born in Hannibal on Jan. 21, 1929, a daughter
of the late Harry and Henrietta (Michel) Winkler.
DORIS E. KASTREVEC
Doris E. Kastrevec, 80, SR 556,
Clarington, died March 7, 2009, in Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield.
She was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Clarington, the daughter of the late Clifford
G. Liniger, Sr. and Roselia Muldrew Liniger.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
GEORGE E. SEWASH
George E. Sewash, Jr., 70, 36567 SR
78, Lewisville, died March 6, 2009, at Ohio State University Hospital,
Columbus. He was born Oct. 20, 1938 at Morgantown, W.Va., a son of the late
George and Anna Marie Kudla Sewash. Online condolences may be expressed at
MARTHA L. SCOTT
Martha L. Earley Scott, 82, 3661 Santiago Dr., Westerville, formerly of
Woodsfield, died March 10, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 12, 1926 in
Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Asher and Rose Yockey Earley.
Monroe County accomplishes most
things through unsung heroes. Some heroes are employed in various positions,
but go the “extra mile” to make positive things happen for the citizens,
while many volunteer heroes spend countless hours unseen and unheard to make
positive things happen for the citizens of the county. All of these people
have common traits: passion, compassion and connectivity. And, by the way,
most don’t want or expect any recognition. Do you know someone in Monroe
County that works behind the scenes to get things done? If you are that
person, thank you.
Monroe County recently received
donations of a freezer and hydrator for the Monroe County Business Incubator
which will allow them to offer another service to those who are interested
in the production, processing and marketing of food products. This donation
came as a result of connectivity by former employee, Debbie Haney, who saw
the need and passed on the connection to make it happen. We salute her for
this positive move.
I have always believed that
Monroe County citizens should give themselves a daily pat on the back for
the numerous unsung “common good” moments. If we would sing our praises a
bit louder perhaps the negative comments about Monroe County would
disappear. President Obama is encouraging Americans to say “we can” as a
nation. Perhaps we should invite him to Monroe County, to see people proudly
exhibit the, “We do” spirit. thanks to all the caring people who help our
county with their passion, compassion and connectivity.
A sad day for Monroe County
Mon., March 2 was indeed a sad day
for Monroe County. This is the day Jeanette Harter eliminated the position
of Economic Developer and fired Tom Scott. I believe with the economy as it
is today the office of JFS could and should have tried everything in their
power to save this position.
Tom Scott has worked long, hard hours
for the betterment of Monroe County in the brief 14 months he has been here.
I feel one of his outstanding accomplishments was the formation of Team
Monroe, members of which hail from all parts of the county. With Tom’s
guidance we have proven the “river” and the “hills” can work together as
one. We have worked very hard on several projects and are just on the verge
of seeing the fruits of our labor. These projects will enhance the lives of
the people of Monroe County - creating jobs and increasing tourism, etc. Tom
can leave with his head held high for, I believe, he has done more for
Monroe County in his brief stay than most any other office (including the
commissioners) has done in the past decade.
Jeanette Harter was quoted as saying
Tom received a “high” salary. Trust me, Ms. Harter, JFS got more for their
money than you will ever realize.
Sharon Davis and Joel Davis
Well, the “new schools” levy that is
to be voted on come May, 2009 sounds like a great idea. But is it? What are
the advantages for real increase in the learning of our most precious
assets, our children and grandchildren?
What additional power will be given
to the all powerful legislators of our state and national government
What power will be taken from locals
in this great county???
How much over the 86 million dollars
will be needed to complete the job?
How much of the money will be spent
on school buildings and classrooms alone?
Will untold millions be spent on
Let us take a look at the estimates
already given for these additions.
According to the meeting on Oct. 24,
2008 Tracy Healy and Chuck Warner, made their rounds answering questions
during the Oct. 14 Community Dialogue meeting at Swiss Hills Career Center.
In addition to the 86 million dollars
for the new school buildings, attached to that comes the following…
“For instance: would you pay an
$378,432 per elementary school for
science labs? Would you pay an additional $1,500,000 per middle school for
athletic football, baseball, softball stadiums? Would you pay an additional
$1,576,800 per high school for an auditorium with fixed seating and an
additional $1,500,000 for football, baseball and softball stadiums?
Would you add a track at the high
schools for an additional $1,500,000? Other add-ons at high schools include:
Field house, $3,784,320 wrestling/weight room, $788,400; swimming pool,
Once tallied, those attending the
meeting said ‘no’ to swimming pools as well as auditoriums with fixed
Schools are designed with cafetoriums,
a cafeteria/auditorium combination. The vote was ‘yes’ to athletic
facilities, track, field house, wrestling.
Each add-on is additional dollars for
which the voters must pay.”
Above quotes came from Oct. 22 issue
of the Monroe County Beacon. See
10_2008/Oct. _2008/oct_22_2008_news.htm for the full article.
Now, the greatest hoax ever proposed
upon the Monroe County taxpayers is the promise that somehow we will not
have to pay for all this from our individual pockets!!!
Think!!! Who pays taxes to the
entities that is, supposedly, footing the bill?
Do we pay the government of Ohio any
taxes? Do we pay taxes to the federal government?
Will not that money be used to spread
the wealth all over our nation? From the slums to the affluent, our Monroe
County taxpayer’s money will flow. We need to come informed that the state
is doing us no favors.
Oh, the government may print more
money, which in turn will make our money we have worth a lot less.
Then comes another thought. How much
of our new taxes will go to buildings? Will any of it find its way into the
pockets of the teacher’s union and the school administrators??? Of course,
it will. One way or another, they will be the beneficiaries. Robbing Peter
to pay Paul.
We need to know a lot more about just
who is paying the bills, and what the money will be used for.
If we are to become a strong nation,
we must increase the level of intelligence being given our children.
We need jobs. Jobs open to ALL, not
just to a minority of unionized people.
Good teachers should be paid more
than those that are not good. In fact, bad teachers should be fired! No
compensation! No pensions. If a teacher is not doing their best now, no
amount of money can make them do better. A person that is not giving the
best they have to give their employers, in this case, employers equal the
taxpayers, that person is dishonest, and a drain on society.
Do I think we need new school
buildings??? Yes, if we can afford them.
However, new buildings alone will not
improve education a whit! Just when did an increase in wages for our
teachers and administrators increase the level of education for our
Be honest! When?
Hilbert Ault, Woodsfield
Why I have to vote Republican,
Clinton and Obama. In their first week in office they signed into law
millions of our tax dollars for Planned Parenthood. Since I believe in the
Constitution from the moment of conception to natural death a person is
guaranteed by law to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Do people remember who our lives
depend on? God is everywhere all the time. He is in the wind, sunshine, and
in all weather. Also made the soil so we could have something to eat. So how
could we kill the most tiny person on earth even up to birth? Think about
Paul G. Crum
The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead
with great confidence.
Those who are short-tempered do
foolish things, and schemers are hated.
If you happen to be traveling around
and happen to see a mule that has white stripes, you are not seeing anything
unusual. If it has stripes like a zebra, walks like a zebra, looks like a
zebra, it is a zebra. I understand a zebra got loose in Washington County
some time ago. I kind of doubt if we will get to see it as it was last
spotted in Athens County. Maybe it was headed south to warmer weather.
The Monroe Central girls have a tough
game coming up tomorrow, as I write. I just hope they make it to the “sweet
sixteen” and on to the state. Wouldn’t that be something? Bring back
memories of the Skyvue team of years ago. Go Noles.
About all you hear when you turn on
your TV, radio, or newspaper is how bad things are and seem to be getting
worse. The news media are asking folks who lived through the Great
Depression to relate stories of how they made it, thinking it might help
some folks having problems.
I came along about the time of the
Great Depression and remember some things that went on or happened. First of
all, we raised most of our food and meat. I cannot remember ever missing a
meal. I didn’t care for some of the food but as long as I ate plenty of
homemade bread and butter Mom didn’t say anything. We sold milk in bottles
for 10˘ a quart and once in a while we traded eggs for groceries. I had work
clothes and school clothes even if some had a patch or two. I sometimes had
a nickel or dime I could spend to buy some penny candy or a grape Nehi.
Dad worked in the mine but I never
heard him or Mom discussing money. It seemed we had enough to get along on.
I did hear them say once in a while how tough it was to make “ends meet.”
For the life of me I could not understand what kind of meat was “ends meat.”
I had eaten meat fixed many ways but I never heard it called “ends.” I
really found out when I got married and started teaching for 26 hundred a
I remember the WPA. My brother even
worked on a WPA project for a spell. The WPA did build a large cistern in
Fairview for fire protection. The top made a dandy place to roller
skate later on when we got a pair of skates. You remember the old clamp-on
skates with the skate key?
We kids, and I guess some adults, had
a special meaning for WPA. I don’t want to have it all printed but the W
stood for whittle and the A stood for argue. You can figure out on your own
what the P stood for. I guess we were poor but didn’t even know it.
Today they seem to work in terms of
millions and it seems as though it’s small change. With the stimulus package
and the country’s budget it moves into the trillions. I just can’t
comprehend a billion, let alone a trillion.
I guess you realize if you had a
million bucks and spent a thousand dollars a day, it would take you almost
three years to spend the million. I guess you could jump in and buy a house
for 300 thousand which would cut down on the time required to spend it. Some
of these outfits we read about can go through several billion bucks in the
blink of an eye and ask for more.
I hope the stimulus plan works so our
grand and great- grandkids do not have to pay for it later on. It seems as
though everyone has their hands out for a piece of the pie. Someone didn’t
look down the road very far.
We hear a lot about what a tough time
some companies and folks are having but we hear very little about the
We forget how much we depend on
agriculture in our country. We can go to the store and buy just about
anything we want. I remember we had oranges around Christmas time; now you
can buy them all the time. They even ship in orange juice from Brazil. Does
this seem right? Peaches and canned fruit from China.
I’m not sure of all the details of
the dairy farmers problems but I do know some have had to sell their herds.
I was told milk was being sold for nine dollars per hundred. This is not
much per gallon for the dairy farmer when you think of the cost to produce
this milk. The cost of the feed and requirements for producing the milk for
us, this is a small return.
I remember when we picked up milk in
10 gallon cans, hauled it to the dairy, and they dumped, washed cans ready
for a pick-up the next day.
Now think of what is required to
produce grade A milk today.
I know we didn’t use the milk we do
today but the dairy pasteurized the milk and took it to the stores. I don’t
remember anyone getting sick. My point is something we think little about
such as milk that our farmers are hanging in there to keep us in milk. And
this is just one food we depend on the farmer to provide us. What’s the
answer? Ship in from outside? Think about it when you go to the store the
next time and complain about prices.
One thorn of experience is worth a
whole wilderness of warning.
Bible readings: From Isaiah (Mon.)
43:14-21; (Tues.) 40:25-31; (Wed.) Luke 22:14-23; (Thurs.) I Corinthians
5:16-21; (Fri.) Lamentations 3:19-31; (Sat.) Psalm 40:1-5; (Sun.) Ezekiel