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March 26, 2009
Kehayas Earns Best of Show 23rd Kiwanis Talent Contest

by Arlean Selvy
        Just when you think Monroe County talent couldn’t be better, along comes the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club’s Amateur Talent Show.
        From Breanna McElwain’s opening act to the closing act by Caitlyn Moore, talent abounded.
        The Best of Show Award was earned by Adrian Kehayas who played, by memory, a piece by Chopin. The  quality of this young man’s work can only by appreciated by hearing it. It satisfies the senses. One can only imagine the hours of practice he devotes to his talent.
        The Best of Show Award was sponsored by Woodsfield Kiwanis Club and presented by Kiwanian Karena Reusser.
        The Award of Artistic Excellence was sponsored by Swiss Valley Foot and Ankle Center, Woodsfield, and presented by Kiwanian Kenneth Cooper, DPM. Winning that award was Kelsey Caretti playing guitar and singing, Amazing Grace Umbrella.
        Both Kelsey and Andrian were contestants in the instrumental category of Group III, ages 15-18.
        On hand to distribute certificates to each of the contestants was Miss Ohio Karissa Martin. Karissa was a contestant in the Kiwanis Talent Show for many years and may even have a trophy for every year she entered. As Master of Ceremonies Bill Frank said, “She lit up our stage and now she lights up our state.”
        Group III winners in instrumental were Adrian Kehayas, first place; Paige Lohrey, second and Kelsey Caretti, third.
        Vocal: Katherine Fickell, first; Zach and Felicity Caretti, second and Jordan Aubrey, third. Others participating in the category were Antenae Kehayas and Heather Stephens.
        Dance: Caitlyn Moore, first.
        In Group II, ages 12-14, vocal winners were Lauren and Leanna Price, first; Mackenna Collins, second and Asia Prickett, third. Others participating in the category were Kayla Maine, Emily Young and Morgan Thompson.
        Winners in the instrumental category were Leanna Price, first; Lauren Price, second and Katie Plas, third. Other participants were Annie Digity and Paige Lohrey.
        Dance category winners were Amanda Bennett, first and the dancing duo of Kayla Maine and Christine Howell, second.
        Group I ages 7 to 11 winners in the vocal category were Sydney Schuerman, first; Kaila Skidmore, second and Lakin Carothers, third. Other contestants were Breanna McElwain, Matison Vinskovich, Tyler Hines and Isabella Swords.
        It was Brianna McElwain who was first to walk out on stage and start the parade of talent. She sang “The Way I Loved You,” a cappella, keeping time with her left leg. I don’t believe she missed a beat. “What a nice start ...” commented Bill Frank.
        First place winner Sydney Schuerman sang a medley from Sound of Music, with Paula Frank at the piano. Sydney has a great voice - clear tones, and certainly deserved the first place honors.
        Kaila Skidmore, accompanied by Paula Frank on piano, graced the stage sporting a flag on a navy blue patriotic t-shirt and sang “God Bless America.” There she was in her blue jean skirt and red floppers, as American as any child could be.
        Lakin Carothers brought sweetness to the stage with a very, very large lollipop. Her song,”Good Ship Lollipop,” was well done and she had plenty of animation to go along with it. She ended her act with a big lick to the lollipop, a yum-yum tummy rub and big smile. Lakin was accompanied on piano by Marcia Haren.
        The seven to 11 year-olds playing instruments were as talented as their fellow contestants in the vocal group. James Wallace, who won first place, played “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” on his Yamaha keyboard.
        Second place winner Haleigh Black played “The Duke of York,” on piano.
        In the dance category, second place winner Brianne Gallagher tapped across the stage to the tune of “The Cupid Shuffle.” It kept her moving - first to the right and then to the left and then some kicking. Her sparkling pink earrings bounced to the drum beat and brought notice to the pink in the plaid of her sneakers.
        More pink was evident as Ashtin Auston, first place winner, made her appearance. She wore a pink ballet costume and pink slippers. Her hair was swooped atop her head and held with a pink ribbon. A pretty face and legs made for ballet; she showed a great deal of poise in her dance.
        If we’re talking animation, you won’t see much more than you saw from young Kari Jones as she and her partner Hannah Duffy strutted their stuff to “Dancing Queen.” As the girls exited the stage, the emcee repeated their names and added, “with moves that span three decades”
        Group II featured the vocal  multi-winning talents of sister act Lauren and Leanna Price, who won first place. The twins, accompanied on guitar by their dad, Tim Price, played their instruments, a violin and a mandolin and sang a song suited to their farm gal costumes - and of course did an excellent job.     
        Makenna Collins, who won second place, sang “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. Long, soft brown curls framed her face and draped around her shoulders.
        Asia Pricket, third place, delivered an upbeat tune entitled “Very Superstitious.”
        Winning first place in instrumental was Leanna Price on violin with Lauren Price on mandolin coming in second.          Katie  Plas, third place, presented a tango piece on piano.
        In the dance category Amanda Bennett tapped out a dance to “The Crazy Frog Song.”  She dressed the part in her costume of green.
        Kayla Maine and Christine Howell, came in second with a dance routine to “Barbie Girl.”
        Group III, ages 15-18, saw Katherine Fickell take first place in the vocal category. She harmonized with herself, having pre-recorded a CD of her own voice. Costumed in a denim dress and straw hat, she dressed the part right down to the well worn, western boots.
        Zach and Felicity Caretti, with Zach on guitar, sang “You are Holy” to take second place.
        Third place went to Jordan Aubrey singing to her young niece about “Romeo.”
Adrian Kehayas was an easy first place pick in the instrumental category followed by Paige Lohrey playing a relaxing tune entitled “Across the Stars,” on piano. Coming in third was Kelsey Caretti on guitar and singing “Amazing Grace Umbrella.”
        The lovely Caitlyn Moore, tapped to “Single Ladies.” She was, as in her many previous performances in the Annual Kiwanis Talent Show, beautifully costumed. This year she wore an outfit adorned with black sequins.
        Judges this year, all with impressive resumes, were Bertha Saho, Greg Fish and Robert Heins. Statisticians were Russell Claus and Natalie Claus. The Sound Technician is Ken Phillips.
        Phillips donates use of his own sound equipment and volunteers to operate it, and has done so for many years.
        Proceeds from the talent show are used toward the scholarship banquet.
        Donations to the concession stand were made by Riesbeck’s, Modern Hardware and Swiss Hills Restaurant Management. Trophies were donated by MACO Workshop.
        Directors of the talent contest were Kiwanians  David Phillips, Dan Lollathin and Karena Reusser.
        For those who have never experienced the joy of watching our young people display their talent and enthusiasm, please join us in 2010 for the 24th Annual Kiwanis Amateur Talent  Contest.

<Architect Provides Concept Renderings of Proposed Sites

Paul Ricciuti, archetect, with Balog, Steines, Hendricks and Manchester Archetects, Youngstown, displays the drawing of “a tpical school” of the type to be built  in the Switzerland of Ohio provided the May 5 school bond levy is approved. He said all schools are similar, the way they are situated will depend on the lay of the land and the size needed.     Photo by Arlean Selvy

by Arlean Selvy
        “These are just conceptual ideas,” said Paul Ricciuti, architect, as he displayed drawings showing approximate locations for three high schools and four elementary schools in the Switzerland of Ohio School District. (In photo at upper right corner, Wayne Clark and Liz Gramlich, of Beallsville, look over a rendering of where one of the schools might be located). “Each site has its own issues,” said Ricciuti, noting site borings and surveys must be taken at each proposed site. He said they are still working on sites for Beallsville and Powhatan. It was noted the proposed site for Beallsville must be approved by county commissioners as it is on Park District property.
        Meanwhile, in Powhatan, the location which seems to be best suited is on Ohio 148 near the intersection of Ohio 7. It is not yet known if that property will be available.
        With regard to River High School, Ricciuti said, “You won’t recognize the building when it’s done. It will virtually be a brand new building.” He said all the mechanics will be new. The heating, electrical and plumbing systems will be brand new, as will technology. There will be a new office area and a new entrance. “River’s going to be an incredible school,” he said.
        The purpose of the drawings, according to Ricciuti, is to show where the buildings might go. He said they know how big the buildings will be but the shape is just a concept. He said that once the levy is passed they will meet with teachers and administration of all the schools. “They will be a major part of the plan,” he said. Ricciuti said every school has to be designed to meet the standards for energy conservation. Buildings will be designed so that classrooms face north and south to get natural light.
        “We want to design compact schools,” he said, noting the academic spaces will be two stories high. The gymnasium and cafeteria will be another building. The media center should be readily accessible to the public so that they can come to the center and use it. He indicated 1,000 square feet of space for the center.
        The cafeteria will not be a gym, but a separate space.
        Every classroom from K - 5 gets a sink in the room and every kindergarten room will have its own restroom.
        Asked by The Time is NOW Committee member Carey Bott if the schools will have smart boards, Ricciuti said, “Yes.” Bott said he’d been asked that question, but didn’t know what a smart board was. “It’s a white board connected to a computer,” explained Ricciuti.
        Every classroom  will have a projector in the ceiling, tied to the teacher’s computer. The teacher can access anything needed - no more TVs in the classroom. “There will be a pull-down screen - and the teacher has the world at his/her fingertips,” he said.
        Certain classrooms, not all, will have the smart boards.
        “This school could be anyplace,” said Ricciuti, pointing to the drawing. “It’s very simple,” he added. “It’s not a Taj Mahal, it’s just good, simple, school design.”
        Every school will be ADA accessible for everything. All the restrooms, even the stage are handicapped accessible. Each school will have one elevator. There will be no issues about getting into the building, no steps and no ramps.
        Individuals enter at a secured entrance, sign in and go on to their destination. “You can’t just walk in and walk around at your leisure like you can now,” said Ricciuti.
        Each school has its own budget, and an certified individual who will oversee each budget.
        School administration met in executive session with county commissioners on March 23 to discuss acquisition of property. No action was taken after that meeting. District Supt. Larry Elliott asked for support of the bond levy. If the levy passes, the expected completion of the entire project for new schools is three and a half years.
        “[New schools will make] a major impact on your community,” said Ricciuti.
        Voters will decide May 5 if schools are to be constructed in the  Switzerland of Ohio School District. 

<April 4 Proclaimed “Karissa Renee Martin, Miss Ohio 2008 Day”

        Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon signed a proclamation March 19 designating April 4, 2009 as “Karissa Renee Martin, Miss Ohio 2008 Day.” Karissa represented the State of Ohio at the Jan. 24 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a project, through individual donations, to purchase four signs in honor of Miss Ohio. The signs were designed and constructed by Andrew Ring and will be placed at the north, south, east and west entrances by the village of Woodsfield. A sign dedication, sponsored by Citizens National Bank and Woodsfield Kiwanis Club, is planned for Saturday, April 4 at the Brown Community Center from 1-3 p.m. Cookies and punch will be served. Karissa will be autographing pictures and will perform from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the dedication. Shown with Mayor Bolon is, from left, Carey Bott, president and CEP of Citizens National Bank, Karissa Martin, and Karen Binford,
 president of Woodsfield Kiwanis Club.                       Photo Submitted

< Obituaries

        Mona Raper Linardi, 52, died Feb. 25, 2009, at Mount Carmel East Medical Center. She was born July 27, 1956 a daughter of Emmett and Betty Jones Raper.
        Rosetta M. Scott, 60, 502 Woodland Court, Woodsfield, died March 19, 2009 at her home. She was born Nov. 18, 1948 near Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of the late Clyde and Mildred McCormack Feltner.   Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
        Lorn E. Knowlton, Sr., 87, Ashland, died March 22, 2009, at MedCentral, Mans-field. He was born April 13, 1921 in Graysville, a son of the late Stephen and Edna Dye Knowlton.
Online guest registry at www.wappner.com
Jeanne A. Johnson, 77, SR 536, Hannibal, died March 18, 2009 at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville. She was born April 8, 1931 in Holbrook, Pa., the daughter of the late Oscar Richard and Ova Violet Roberts Smith.
        Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
Glenn Ford Turner, 79, of Johnstown, died March 18, 2009, at Riverside Methodist Hospital. He was born Jan. 27, 1930, a son of the late Roy Lee and Mary Dee Hamilton Turner in Woodsfield.
        Jean Delores Rogalski Bennett, 84, Beallsville, died March 21. Funeral services were held March 24 at Jerusalem United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville.

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        I first want to say that I can’t vote yes or no for the school levy. I just wanted to mention some thoughts that I have had while reading about the levy.
        No matter how big a school or how fancy of an athletic complex you may build keep in mind it is the teachers who form the students and the coaches are the ones who make the athletes.
        While I did attend school in the Switzerland of Ohio district I had three teachers who taught me life skills that were not in any curriculum, nor did they get any extra pay. They taught me those skills because they cared. Thank you, Gary Cook, for always making me do things over and over until I got them right. Thank you, Dean McCoy, for teaching me to not care what others think but to always do what I think is right. Thank you, Anita Lemon ,for teaching me how to speak and handle the public eye.
        My children do attend a large school district (Picker-ington). There are two high schools, one built in 1991 and one in 2004. Let me say the one built in 1991 is not fancy and doesn’t have all the luxuries that the newer school has. However, the older school did have a state semi final football team, a student who aced the ACT test, and the football team was also ranked the fifth smartest team in Ohio. You ask what is my point? Well, back to the top of my letter will tell it all. That school has made students and athletes because of coaches and teachers, not buildings.
        So whatever may come out of the vote, it does not matter how little or how big your school is, but what matters is what you put into it.
Jill Yonly Backus

Dear Editor,
        As a resident of Monroe County for 43 years, I feel obligated to give my opinion of the letters to the editor and some of the recent articles in the Beacon.
        The first concern I have is the articles and letters that have been written about the Department of Job and Family Services. Who runs this County? The commissioners, who were voted in by the people of Monroe County or the Director of Job and Family Services? With the economy the way it is and the unemployment in the county, don’t we need an Economic Developer? How are you going to get any  jobs in the county if you have no one working towards that goal? From what I understand Mr. Scott has been doing a very good job and even said he would take a pay cut. If Mrs. Harter is so concerned about the budget and the increase in applicants for assistance, wouldn’t it be beneficial to the whole county if someone was working to bring more jobs here? Maybe Mrs. Harter could give up one of her many jobs in this county or cut her salary. It seems to me she spends more time in executive session with commissioners than working at Job and Family Services.
        The next one I want to address is Mr. Crum. I, too, do not believe in abortion, but it is not my right to tell other U.S. citizens how to live their lives; this is a free country. If you cannot vote for a Democrat because of the abortion issue, then tell me this - when the Republicans were in office and had control over all three branches of government for eight years, why did they not overturn Roe vs Wade? Because they are not going to do anything either …Oh wait, they did do something. They attacked a sovereign nation that did not attack us and killed hundreds of thousands of the Iraqi people, plus over 4,000 of our young men and women, over oil. So I guess it is O.K. to kill some people but not others. What gives you the right to make that decision?
        The last one I want to address is Mr. Ault. It is people like you who mislead others with your rhetoric. The items you listed are all options; it does not mean that they will all be approved. But you have given a lot of people the idea they will be paying for all of it. The schools in this district are deplorable, and I am embarrassed for the kids that have to use these buildings. The kids in these communities have been given nothing but promises, and you try to confuse the voters by making  accusations that are not true. The district needs new buildings and our kids deserve them. When I go to other schools with my grandsons and they see the other school buildings and their facilities, they can’t understand why Monroe County schools are so archaic. It is because people get so confused by misleading articles and opinions that they vote no, just to be safe. I agree with you on one thing. There are some teachers that should be let go, but most of the
 teachers here are great and they do a wonderful job. Have you ever been to Monroe Central High School? What a joke. If you don’t think a new building can increase the quality of education, then what about pride, self esteem, and knowing that the people of your home town want the best for them? They will be the leaders of our country one day. I think our kids have waited long enough for the people of Monroe County to let them know they are worth every penny we can give them. And do you know how many jobs that would create in the county? Many, and if you think any company looking for a place to relocate would come here, think again. The first thing they inquire about is the educational system. If you want to keep Monroe County in the 19th century that’s fine; then you can be the one to turn off the lights when everyone else is gone.
Judy Hill

<Around the Burnside

        An argument is a head-on collision of two trains of thought.
        All work and no play make the house look great for a change.
        Oak Hill, the team that closed the door to the state for the Monroe Central girls team, will be playing in the state tournament this week. I hope they win.
        Every so often something you do causes a problem but it turns out OK.
        Six months ago I made an appointment to have my pacemaker checked. Three months ago I made an appointment with another doctor.
        I wrote March 11, had my blood test, planned to attend Happy Heart Singers practice, eat a bite and take off for my appointment.
        When we returned from our pool exercise, we had a message on our answering machine, “Denny, this is to remind you of your pacemaker check.” Something’s wrong here. I didn’t remember the pacemaker check and there I was with two doctors appointments on the same day. One in Cambridge and one in Marietta. Which one will I cancel?
        I got to thinking. The appointment in Cambridge was at 10:45 and Marietta was 1:15 p.m. Why not do both? I phoned and told them I might be a bit late for the 1:15 appointment.
        We took off for Cambridge and arrived at the doctor’s office a few minutes before the pacemaker checker. There were four folks signed in before me. I thought, “It will be noon before I get out of here.”
        To my surprise I was called in rather quickly, had a check-up, answered questions, had my pacemaker checked, talked to the doctor for a while and was on the way down the road by 11 o’clock. Not bad for an appointment scheduled at 10:45. Plenty of time to eat a bite and make it to Marietta.
        We got to the other appointment 30 to 45 minutes early. It surprised the nurse so she gave Esther a cup of coffee. We were first in line and in a matter of about an hour or so, which included waiting for the doctor to arrive, we were free to go.
        So finally after nearly six hours and almost 150 miles I had visited two doctors and was back home.
        It was worth it. I found out my pacemaker was still working and good for another eight years and the other doctor told me there had been no changes and I was fine. The only hitch was the cost of the doctor visits was still part of my deductible on my insurance. Oh well, it’s good not to have had to use it yet.
        I hope I haven’t bored you too much as it is tough to think of something to write about each week.
        I mentioned some time ago the sports and athletics getting all the publicity and others getting very little.
        The Monroe Central and Beallsville girls basketball teams had an excellent season. In fact, a player from each team was selected player of the year for their divisions. The members of the team and many others will always remember their accomplishments.
        There is another group of girls in the county who have done an outstanding job, but  we do not hear much about it. The River High School cheerleading squad.
        I would say they worked just as hard over the last several years as the athletes. What did they do?
        First, they won first place in their division of the OVAC cheerleading contest, but they didn’t stop there. They went to  Columbus and outscored 18 other teams to bring the Grand Championship banner of the Arnold Classic Cheer and Dance Contest. This is almost like winning a state contest. They will long remember their accomplishments.
        Way to go, girls. What else can we say except we are proud of you!
        I can’t help but think, all of these young ladies are just an example of some of the outstanding young people we have in our county. It’s too bad we do not hear more about their accomplishments. I read a few over the years but I’d like to see something every week not related to sports.
        With the important vote coming up in a little over a month from now, we need to understand why we need new facilities for our students.
        Well, I did it again. I made a mistake on my income tax return. I guess I get in such a hurry to get my stimulus each year. OK, I know it’s my money to begin with, but it’s like getting money from home without asking for it. This was a good mistake, however. I got a little dab more than I had expected. This is really getting without asking. Much better than having to pay more. I didn’t read the instructions or didn’t understand them. Oh well, all’s well that ends well.
        Wow, the sun is out bright today and there is a promise to warm up. Almost makes you feel like getting out and working. I think I’ll sit around till this feeling wears off. Should take less than 15 minutes. Saving up for the boys’ state tournament.
        The advantage of following the straight and narrow path is that you avoid all the traffic.
        Bible readings: (Mon.) I Corinthians 1:18-25; (Tues.) Isaiah 53:1-9; (Wed.) Mark 10:32-45; (Thurs.) Romans 3:21-26; (Fri.) Hebrews 10:10-18; (Sat.) I Corinthians 6:12-20; (Sun.) Luke 23:32-47.