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March 19, 2009
“Taps” sounded, a final salute.
~ A Comrade is Laid to Rest ~
As a final tribute, the tones dropped and a voice rang out, “Last
call for George Zonker. We thank him for his services.” A prominent face in
the community was laid to rest March 13. H. George Zonker, Jr. served his
country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, served as a councilman, mayor
and police officer for the
Village of Woodsfield
and was a founding member of the Woodsfield Emergency Squad. Dan Jones,
surgeon, Woodsfield VFW Post 5303 and Cliff Rush, post commander,
Beallsville American Legion Post 768, folded the American flag which draped
the coffin of a fellow serviceman. Rod Watters, of Post 5303, presented the
flag to the family. A final salute was given by members of law enforcement
personnel as the sound of “Taps” resonated through
following a 21-gun salute. Photo by Martha Ackerman
to Continue Under Developer’s Watch
From left, Ruth Workman, Monroe County
Chamber of Commerce, Kiven Smithberger, president,
Team Monroe, Tom Scott, and Suzanne Pollock,
Monroe Arts Council.
What had been planned as an appreciation party for former County
Workforce/economic Developer Tom Scott turned into a celebration of
continuity for Team Monroe. Announcement was made at a dinner
party held March 16 at Traditions Restaurant that Scott had been hired,
effective March 18 as Team Monroe Community Developer. His duties under Job
and Family Services ended March 17.
Scott will be paid with private funds and donations solicited from
citizens and businesses. During the first year he will also seek grant
funding to sustain his position.
“I’ve been a believer for a long time in the power of positive
people and what they can accomplish,” said Suzanne Pollock of Team Monroe.
Pollock told attendees that development “... doesn’t take just one, it takes
many.” She said she believes private funds can fund community
Kiven Smithberger, president, Team Monroe, announced a plan to keep
Scott for another year with private funds. “What that means is we’ll have to
do a fund drive,” he added. He told the over 40 individuals in attendance
that unifying the county is the greatest thing Scott has brought to the
county. He noted the many projects saying, “We know he’s started a lot of
projects and we want to see those developed and completed. That’s one of the
reasons we’ve asked him to stay.” Current streams of work through Team
Monroe committees are centered on infrasructure/transportation, education,
business incubator and tourism. Because members do not
want to go back to the people for more money to fund a second year, grants
will be sought to make Team Monroe self sustaining.
Team Monroe will use the Monroe Arts Council’s
501c3 until it obtains its own tax exempt status - which is in the works.
The chamber of commerce has agreed to rent space at $100 a month for
Scott to set up an office at the chamber.
“It’s a big leap of faith, folks,” said Pollock, adding, “When
people feel committed, they come through.”
Donations may be sent to Friends of Team Monroe, Monroe Arts Council,
County Commissioners Proclaim MRDD Month
Five employees of he MACO Workshop attended last weeks meeting of county
commissioners. At right, holding the “Just like You!” poster is Tracy Cisler
and seated is Stephan January. Standing from left, John Pyles, president,
board of county commissioners; Commissioner Carl Davis, Michael Kanzigg,
Kevin Kraft, Commissioner Tim Price, Supt. Helen Ring, MACO employee Yvonne
Craig and Director Dan Lollathin.
Monroe County Commissioners last week proclaimed March as MRDD
Awareness Month. Submitting a resolution for signatures were Helen K. Ring,
superintendent Monroe County MRDD Board, and Dan Lollathin, MACO
transportation and workshop director.
Monroe County Board of MRDD and related organizations celebrate MRDD
Aware-ness Month in March. They invite citizens to consider the true meaning
of this year’s theme, “Just like You!”
Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving
individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities
have special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities
people have, regardless of disability. “Just like you!” encourages people to
bring diversity to their communities by welcoming people with disabilities
into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship and schools.
“This is the time when our organization focuses on encouraging the
public to better understand the individuals we serve,” said Helen K. Ring,
superintendent, Monroe County Board of MRDD.
“During MRDD Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more
about the people in this community who have disabilities. For example, when
you see a child who uses a wheelchair - see the child, not the disability.
And when you see the man with mental retardation working at your local
supermarket, see the man, not his disability.”
MRDD Awareness Month officially began with a kickoff celebration the
first week of March at the statehouse in Columbus. Monroe County
Commissioners have proclaimed the month of March MRDD Awareness Month.
The Board of MRDD serves over 130 children and adults with
developmental disabilities. Services and supports are provided from infancy
through retirement. An Early Interven-tion Program is available for eligible
infants and their families through home visits. Monroe
Center serves children
preschool through age 22. MACO Workshop provides jobs and habilitation
activities for adults with developmental disabilities. These jobs are
supported in-house and in community work settings.
For more information, call 740-472-1712.
Bus Involved in Three Vehicle Accident on SR 800
Monroe County emergency personnel were called to an accident March
11 involving a Switzerland of Ohio Local School bus and two vehicles. The
children, who sustained bumps and bruises, were treated and released to
their parents. Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
“We’re thankful for the quick response of our emergency personnel,”
said Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Superintendent Larry Elliott,
after a school bus was involved in an accident on March 11.
Bus driver Keith Jones, 50, was stopped and had his red lights
flashing when a vehicle ran into the front of the bus. According to
Elliott, the child who was exiting the bus was not out of the seat when the
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Brian McFarland, the
bus was headed north on State Route 800, just north of Woodsfield around
3:30 p.m. The bus was transporting approximately 26 students home from
and Woodsfield Elementary. After Jones had stopped and activated the red
flashing lights to allow students to exit the bus near their home, a 2001
Hyundai Accent, driven by Graysville resident Keith Dunn, 63, stopped in the
While Dunn and his passenger, wife Cynthia Dunn, were waiting, a
southbound 2006 Chrysler 300, driven by Woodsfield resident Stella Crum, 82,
approached the Hyundai from behind. The Crum vehicle struck the rear of the
Hyundai, forcing it to strike the front bumper of the school bus and spin
“The kids were all treated and released to their parents,” said
McFarland. “A few of them suffered some minor bumps and bruises and the bus
driver was not injured.”
According to McFarland, Keith Dunn was taken to
in New Martinsville where he was diagnosed with a broken clavicle, Cynthia
Dunn was taken to Wheeling
Hospital with her condition unknown, Stella Crum was
transported to Barnesville
Hospital and Paul Crum went to
McFarland noted that Mr. and Mrs. Crum suffered only minor injuries.
Both the Hyundai and Chrysler sustained heavy damage.
This was the second time this bus, these children and this bus
driver were involved in an accident. Jones was driving the bus two years ago
on the same stretch of State Route 800 when a car ran into the bus. At that
time the driver of the car was killed.
“It’s bad enough [for the children] to get over the first
[accident],” said Katrana Hall, who had three children riding on the bus.
She noted the first time her oldest child was sent to the hospital and all
her children were bruised for a week. “It’s not just physical, it’s the
mental part,” she said.
“Our number one concern is for the safety of our students,” said
Elliott. “It is always unfortunate when there is an accident.
“We’re very blessed to have such wonderful men and women who answer
the call when people are in need,” said Elliott. “We want to extend a big
‘thank you’ to the emergency personnel who turned out.” Emergency personnel
on scene included Woodsfield, Antioch, Beallsville and Bethel-Graysville.
GEORGE ZONKERFifth Ave.,
Sardis, died March 13, 2009, at home. He was born
May 6, 1930 in Wetzel County,
the son of the late Boyd and Opal Crawford Huffman. Sympathy expressions
H. George Zonker, Jr., 83, 224
Center St., Woodsfield, died March 10, 2009, at
Barnesville Hos-pital. He was born Oct. 25, 1925, at Woodsfield, a son of
the late Homer George Zonker, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Harper Zonker. Online
condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.
Vernon “Sonny” Huffman, 78,
Carl Grossenbacher, 79, Benwood Rd.,
Sardis, died March 13, 2009 at
Hospital, New Martinsville, W.Va. He was born
March 2, 1930 in Sardis, the son of the late Thomas and Clara
Indermuhle Grossen-bacher. Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
WILLIAM A. JOHNSON
William A. Johnson, 84, Cuyahoga Falls,
formerly of Monroe
County, died March 10, 2009, at the
Cardinal Retirement Village
in Cuyahoga Falls.
He was born Aug. 8, 1924 in
Cuyahoga Falls, a son of the late William H. Johnson
and Josephine Boeglin Johnson. Condolences can be expressed at
SYLVIA J. STEINHOFF
Sylvia Jean Howell Stein-hoff, 70, Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield,
formerly of Rinard Mills, passed from this life March 16, 2009, at the
center after a hard fought battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born June 11,
1938 near Rinard Mills, a daughter of the late Clifford and Martha Jones
Howell. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.
I have been hearing from different church members that when you get
baptized at a particular church you have to go to that church.
When we are saved and baptized we make a commitment to God. Then we
become a member of God’s church, a Christian church.
We are the church. We should be Christlike after getting baptized
and show God’s love.
The Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Love your neighbor as yourself. Don’t put stumbling blocks in people’s
paths. Go the extra mile. If someone does you wrong make them a pie or do
something nice. Then scripture says we will be heaping hot coals on their
head. If we say we are christians then we better act like one.
Just because we go to a church, and were baptized, it doesn’t make
us a Christian.
If we read and obey scripture 100 percent God will give us the
desire of our heart and put us in the right path. It also says to assemble
ourselves together so we can go to a
church of God’s
choice. Let Jesus guide you.
I went to a lot of churches but when I opened the door at Duffy I
knew in my spirit I was home and when we don’t have services I go to others
to hear God’s word. They are my brothers and sisters too in Christ Jesus.
Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called children of
God and it’s not the name over the door.
In Christ’s Love,
Dear Editor and citizens of
and the Switzerland of Ohio School District,
I would like to respond to a recent letter to the Editor which
appeared in the March 12, 2009 issue of the Beacon. The author of the
letter, like every other citizen, is certainly entitled to his opinion;
however, he makes assertions which are (unfortunately) not based on fact(s).
While he is entitled to his opinions, he is not entitled to his own facts.
This type of misinformation does not serve any positive or useful purpose,
and actually hurts our community and children.
The author correctly points out that the people of this county and
school district, like all people everywhere, need to be educated. That is
obvious, but, the idea that the money from the proposed school levy will
somehow be added to teachers’ salaries is incorrect. The author cites no
source of authority for such assertion. FACT: the money from the school levy
will be used for one purpose - to build new school facilities within the
entire Switzerland of Ohio School District. That’s it. The local Board of
Education and the school district could not unilaterally change the
State-approved “Master Plan” for construction at this point even if they
wanted to. The author also mentions “field houses.” FACT: If you simply look
at the school construction “Master Plan,” it is abundantly clear that
sports “Field Houses” are not mentioned.
The FACT is that the construction of the proposed facilities will
create approximately 1,500 jobs in our communities. All of the construction
jobs will be filled with union workers, and at least half of the union
workers will be from our local areas. Passage of the school levy is really
like our own local “stimulus plan.” We all get better schools, job creation,
and the pride in belonging to communities that make the education of its
children a priority, not an afterthought. Especially in these tough economic
times, poor schools are like an “anchor” threatening to drown our
communities. It is increasingly difficult to attract new industries to our
area given the poor condition of our schools.
It is very important to the children and our communities to have
school facilities which are modern, safe, energy efficient, and which
facilitate academic excellence. Our kids deserve up-to-date schools which
include labs for chemistry and biology so that they will be fully prepared
for the challenges of higher education and life in general.
Our decaying and out-dated schools are like having a 15-year-old car
with 200,000 miles on it. The old car may be “paid for” but the cost to keep
such an old vehicle on the road is simply not worth it at some point.
Likewise, our existing school buildings cost a lot of money to heat,
maintain, and repair. Our “portable” buildings are certainly not free and
will not last forever. Who wants to keep paying for portable buildings, or
spending money on old buildings which really should be torn down?
The author of the March 12 letter, like many others, appears to be
an enthusiastic proponent of providing our children a better education, and
has much to say about the school levy issue. As is commonly known, however,
cheap, and rarely accomplishes much of anything worthwhile. He should, as
others like myself and the school Bond Committee have done, find a way to
“practice what he is preaching” by getting involved, informed and better
educated about the exact specifics of this very important issue, and what it
means to our community as a whole. Actions speak louder than words and
joining in the process is certainly preferable to writing letters. This
letter is not written in an effort to engage in any type of ongoing letter
writing with anyone but merely to set forth some of the facts.
This letter is to inform the public that the US Postal Service is
conducting a study to move the Mail Processing at
Zanesville to Columbus.
This will affect all mail service within the 437-438 zip code areas.
We know the Postal Service, as a result of this consolidation, will no
longer be as efficient or capable of meeting delivery standards set by
Congress in late 2006.
Example: Mail processed at Zanesville going to Steubenville
or Canton is now next day delivery from Zanesville. When it goes
for processing, it changes from overnight delivery into two-day delivery
because of the geographic delivery distance. Basically, the farther north,
east, or south you live from Zanesville, the
longer it will extend return delivery to your town after being processed in Columbus.
That is what we want the public to know, your one-day delivery
standard will change to two-day delivery standard, a logistical and service
change we do not feel serves your area’s best interest. Although mail
volumes are down 20-25 percent in every post office in the district, we feel
the Postal Service is using the economic downturn as the reason to pursue
the AMP Study again. The previous AMP Study was denied in 2007.
Please take the time to write or email your local Representatives.
This is not about jobs, it’s about the service you deserve as a customer to
have your mail delivered in a timely manner.
Gerald Corns, president American Postal Workers Union Local #535
The simpleton is clothed with folly, but the wise person is crowned
If you plot evil, you will be lost; but if you plan good, you will
be granted unfailing love and faithfulness.
Wow! I turned on the air conditioner in our car a couple or three
times the last couple of days. Now they are talking about colder weather.
My new atomic clock seems to do a better job forecasting the weather
than TV. It has clouds, sunshine and an up arrow and a down arrow. These
indicate what’s gong to happen weatherwise. When rain is expected, little
lines come out of the clouds to indicate rain is on the way.
The Monroe Central girls basketball team did it. I guess you know
they made it to the “Sweet Sixteen.” Only 16 teams left in their division in
the state. As the man says, “they have a tough row to hoe” Oak Hill team has
only lost one game and I understand highly rated in the state. By the time I
finish we will know the outcome. Hopefully they can make it to the next
A little history of Monroe County
as reported in the Journal 70 years ago:
“Woodsfield - In the report of Monroe
County’s children home for 1938 it is shown that
the total cost of operating the home was $5,078.06. Forty-one children were
clothed, fed and taken care of. This made the average cost per child for the
year $123.73. The report shows a cut of over $39 in living expenses for each
child over the year 1937.” How times change! This wouldn’t supply a kid
today with a cell phone and an iPod, which seems to be standard equipment
many of our kids have.
I was in the eighth grade in 1938 with four other boys and no girls.
There were three other grades in our room. This didn’t make much time for
each class, so we had to work a lot on our own. This was about the time
schools changed from eight months to nine months. We were on the nine-month
system but had to take the eighth grade exam a month early because some
schools were still on the eight-month schedule. I guess we didn’t have so
much to learn as all five of us were in the top 25 percent of those in the
county who took the exam. We had to pass the exam to get into high school.
I can kind of understand the figures in the county home expenses. We
did not get new clothes to start school each year. We had what you might
call good clothes, school clothes and work clothes. We had more work clothes
than any of the others, as clothes were moved down the line. It was a happy
day when I graduated from bib overalls. They told me I didn’t have the hips
to hold up the overall pants, as they were called back then.
Mom only washed clothes mostly on Monday, so I guess we might have
worn the same overalls all week. I remember when I started high school Mom
thought I should dress better and she made me wear a pair of corduroy pants.
I hated corduroy pants. I couldn’t stand the swish, swish when I walked. The
first day of school I spotted the president of the senior class wearing a
pair of overall pants. No more corduroy pants for me.
No one wore shorts when I was in high school. I don’t know why. Even
the girls wore dresses. I don’t know why, but I didn’t wear shorts until I
started going to FFA camp and during later years all wore shorts.
As tough as it is, the man says “all good things will come to an
end.” That end can be tough to take and a big disappointment. As you know
the trip to the State, by the Monroe Central Girls’ Basketball team, was
brought to a halt at Lancaster
A tough finish for an outstanding group of young ladies. I must be
honest. I never attended one of their games as there comes a time you have
to cut down on your activities. I’m also not acquainted with any of the
players as all of them were born since I retired from teaching.
This doesn’t mean I haven’t followed their progress over the years.
I guess maybe you get more sensitive or something like that when you get
older. I have to be truthful. I almost lost it when I saw the picture of the
players sitting on the bench near the end of the game.
Girls, we all are proud of your accomplishments over the years. You
can hold your heads high and be proud. You have represented your school,
Switzerland of Ohio School District, and our county in an excellent manner.
After all, there are 200 plus schools in your district that would give just
about anything to match your accomplishments. We can only say one thing: We
are proud of you!
In case any of the team happens to read this; you might be
interested to know this. Sonce the first time I learned about girls
basketball, you can say the game has changed. Girls wore blousey outfits we
called bloomers. there were six girls on a team. three offensive and three
defensive players. The offensive and defensive players were not allowed to
cross the center line so you would have six players on each half of the
court. I forget any of the other rules. Maybe your grandma could fill you
Nothing is accomplished unless you try.
Bible readings: (Mon) Isaiah 1:12-17; (Tues.) Titus 3:1-7; (Wed.)
Hosea; (Thurs.) Psalm 1; (Fri.) John 4:7-15; (Sat.) Revelation 22:12-17;
(Sun.) Ezekiel 47:1-12.