Extension Coming Soon
by Taylor Abbott
Broadband coverage in
County will soon be
extended by way of a federal grant opportunity.
Gary Ricer, GMN Tri-County CAC, Inc. CEO, met with commissioners
on Mar. 8 to discuss the extension plans.
Broadband has limited coverage in
County currently. This is
achieved through repeaters and towers throughout the county.
Repeaters have even been placed on top of water towers and farm
silos in order to maximize coverage, noted Ricer.
According to Ricer, Monroe
is the only place in the
United States to receive a
federal broadband grant. To date the county has been awarded
“Marcs towers are already in use in the county. We have four
operational at this time. With these Marcs towers, the county
will have broadband coverage extended to almost 90 percent or
better,” said Ricer.
“The county and tax payers will not absorb any of these costs
because the federal grant covers this project,” said Ricer.
Commissioners adopted a resolution to approve a letter of
support for GMN Tri-county CAC, Inc. to pursue this grant.
Ricer thanked the commissioners for their vital support.
Around the Burnside
Lettin” the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin”
it back in.
It don”t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
Ain”t it ever going to quit snowing? Or are we still going to
complain about it snowing on July 4? Don”t count it out.
Just when I thought I knew something about curling I find I do
not understand all I know about it. So if you want to learn more
about curling don”t ask me. I still don”t know why I enjoy
watching curling on TV and now it will be four years before I”ll
get to see it again. I guess I”ll have to wait until Phil gets
the Wii game.
I do enjoy watching the Olympics and I”ve watched my share.
There was something I forgot to mention last week.
I realize TV commercials are what pays for most of what we see
on TV. I would say NBC has it down pat. I called it two slides
and five or six commercials. I once counted seven commercials
between slides. Funny thing. I”ve never watched many that
advertised anything we use. Maybe a Coke once in a while and a
Subway or maybe a quarter pounder.
Guess what? It”s still snowing and a promise of more. Why can”t
the weather folks be wrong? I bet the skunks are getting a big
surprise. I think this is about the time they come out looking
for other skunks. I saw and smelled a couple on the road that
should have rested a bit longer. On the other hand, I”ve figured
out the reason for our snow. Mr. Groundhog, way back on Feb. 1,
thought “I”m going to show all the wise guys who think I cannot
predict the weather and those who think I can be replaced by a
robot. So there, take that.”
A reader sent me something the other day I really appreciated.
It was what they call an Adventorial section of the Marietta
Times in honor of FFA Week, unheard in
Monroe County. FFA week is the week that
The section contained a report of the activities of the six,
yes, six FFA Chapters in
Washington County. It sure brought back a lot of
memories. Here we sit with no FFA chapter and probably little
chance for one. Noble
has two active chapters. I am not sure about Belmont County
but I know of two next door to us. Oh well, no one seems to
care. What else is new?
Sudden thought, maybe our horseshoe pitchers in the county need
one of those fancy things they use in curling to determine which
rock is closest to the center. I guess it would need to be
smaller. On the other hand, the horseshoe pitchers I”ve talked
to around here tell me they throw ringers most of the time any
way. They don”t need to measure them.
Actually, there doesn”t seem to be a great deal of difference
between horseshoes and curling except you only throw two
horseshoes each time and not all those rocks and you play for
score without ten ends and you have to get so close to the peg
and not the center of 12 foot circle. It”s also warmer to pitch
Thought I heard someone say, “When I was a boy I walked two
miles to school every day. Then the government taxed us for a
school bus. The bus got us to school in five minutes. Then the
government taxed us to build a new gym so the kids could get
hockey team is ahead four to zip and they have only played about
ten minutes. Five now as they scored while I was writing this.
Sorry it”s six now. The expert said it was going to be a low
scoring game. I think they should save a few of those goals for
the game against Canada more than likely.
Very little in this old world is free. Some things that are free
are not worth the trouble to bother with. I do get something
free in the mail four times a year. It is the Wild Ohio Magazine
published by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division
of Wildlife. It you have any interest at all in wildlife you
will enjoy the magazine. It will only cost you forty-four cents
to mail a request for a subscription to: ODNR Division of
Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road Bldg. G.,
Columbus, OH 43229-6693.
Question: Which end of a fishing worm is the head and tail? Does
anyone care except a worm?
I see by the clock it”s time to go out and take care of the
cows. I hope the snow isn”t too deep and I want to be nice to
them this evening On second thought, I think I”ll just stay here
in my easy chair watching TV.
Remember: Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
Be happy, go to church Sunday.
Free tours of June and Hugh Hyre’s classic sugarhouse and sugar
bush is scheduled for March 13 and 14, and also March 20 and 21,
from 10 am. to 5 p.m. each day. June is shown at the Leader Max
The Misty Mountain Estate sugar camp will be the only camp
offering free tours in southern
during the Ohio Maple Producers Association’s 2010 March Maple
Madness Drive-It-Yourself Tour.
The free tours of June and Hugh Hyre’s classic sugarhouse and
sugar bush is scheduled for March 13 and 14, and also March 20
and 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all four days.
Hugh and June use the sugar camp to educate others on this
renewable use of their woods and have helped many local
individuals set up their own sugar bush.
June’s grandfather made syrup in northern
gathering sap with a horse drawn sled. Hugh’s grandfather made
syrup in a large iron kettle, which is now used to demonstrate
historical methods of syrup making.
Visitors should wear good boots and layered outerwear for a day
in the country learning how Pure Ohio Maple Syrup is made, tree
to bottle. See, hear,
smell and taste the thick rich golden syrup being made over a
roaring fire in a traditional wood fired evaporator by third
generation sugar makers. The sugar camp features a rough sawn
sugarhouse with a new Leader Max Revolution evaporator, the
newest, fastest design in evaporators, and a sugar bush
combining a variety of traditional hand gathering methods along
with modern tubing collection.
Activities for every age include hands-on, how-to demonstrations
from school projects and backyard hobby production to small
scale commercial sugar making, demonstrations on the history of
sugar making, antique bucket and tap displays, real and fake
syrup taste comparisons and maple syrup grade taste comparisons.
“Visitors can tap a tree, gather sap and learn from our growing
group of Monroe
syrup makers who will be on hand to interpret at various
displays,” said Hugh Hyre.
One trail has been set up to show a variety of ways hobbyists
can collect sap. Free hand outs on hobby sugar making, making
maple confections, cooking with maple and maple recipes will be
available as long as they last. Fresh syrup and gifts will be
available for sale. More information is available
at: www.mistymtnestate.com, www.ohiomapleproducers.com or
According to the Hyres, good friends and family helped raise the
sugarhouse with lumber they culled from the sugar woods and hand
sawed. Every spring these friends gather to help June and Hugh
collect sap and boil it down to syrup. When the day’s work is
done, all relax around the glowing coals with a hearty meal that
always includes homemade bread and wine.
Hugh is a Director for the Ohio Maple Producers Association and
has hosted OSU’s Maple
Lee Twp. Selected for CDBG Revitalization Grant
The Monroe County Commissioners selected
Township as this year’s
Investment Area under the CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization (NR)
program. Under the NR program, citizens from the area will be
asked to come up with at least five activities to address the
Mary Jo Westfall of the Ohio State University Extension Office
stressed the need for citizens to attend the two public hearings
scheduled. “This grant is very competitive and the more people
that show up at the public meetings, the more points the
application will receive,” Westfall said. The meetings are
scheduled for April 17 at 5 p.m. and May 1 at 5 p.m. Both
hearings will be held at the Sardis
Elementary School. Food and
refreshments will be served by the Sardis Volunteer Fire
Department on both nights for donations that will benefit the
The county can ask for a maximum of $300,000 from the NR
program. Westfall pointed out that the $300,000 must be divided
up between a minimum of five different types of activities - the
money cannot go to one project. “We have invited the Lee
Township Trustees, the County Engineer,
the Monroe County Park District, Ohio-Lee Water, the Sardis
Volunteer Fire Department, and the Sardis E-Squad to the
meetings to talk with the citizens about projects they would
like to see become part of the application. But the final
decision lies with the people of the area,” Westfall said. The
county must show that the opinions of the citizens were taken
into consideration when selecting projects for the application.
A failure to do so would result in points taken away from the
A survey was mailed to as many homes as possible in the area.
Westfall stated that it is important to fill out and return the
surveys. The more surveys returned, the more points received for
the application. Anyone not receiving a survey in the mail
should call Mary Jo Westfall at the OSU Extension office at
The county has received this grant four times in the past:
Township in 2003; Bethel Township
in 2005; Woodsfield Village in 2006; and Summit Township
in 2008. “A lot of good projects resulted from this grant
program and we very much want to duplicate that success in Lee Township,”
Days Are Week of March 15
The Monroe County Unit of the American Cancer Society will hold
its annual Daffodil Days during the week of March 15.
Daffodils will be sold at schools, churches and businesses
throughout Monroe County.
They can be purchased by the bunch of 10 flowers at $7 and pots,
which can be planted out, for $12.
Each year Woodsfield Greenhouse is instrumental in the success
of this American Cancer Society fundraiser. “Andy and Rebecca
Copley have graciously provided refrigerated storage for the 200
pots and 200 bunches of daffodils,” said Carol Hehr, one of the
County”s Daffodil Days.
“Without their help this fundraiser would not be possible.”
For more information, contact Carol Hehr at 740-472-5214 or
Karen Harper at 740-472-0969. All proceeds from the sale of the
daffodils go to the American Society and the local unit.
Rare Cancer Afflicts Dany
Maryella aka “Dany” Ollom
Doctors and hospitals have become a way of life for an
11-year-old Clarington girl. Maryella aka “Dany” Ollom has a
rare form of cancer. She is the daughter of Steve and Kim Ollom.
Dany was diagnosed with Ewing”s
Sarcoma in August 2009.
According to her mother, doctors first believed Dany had pulled
a muscle when she started having pain in her legs. But it kept
getting worse to the point Dany could hardly walk.
Through trips to the doctors, she was referred to a
chiropractor, who sent Dany for an MRI. Unfortunately, the child
could not lay on her back for the test. She was then sent to
Hospital. From there, Dany
was transferred to Children”s Hospital in Columbus, where the tumor was found.
Here is a letter she has written to the Beacon ...
“Hi! My name is Maryella aka “Dany” Ollom. I live in Clarington.
I am 11 years old. I have a rare cancer called
Ewing”s Sarcoma. The cancer was wrapped around my
spine and I could not walk.
“Thanks to my doctors and the special people at rehab at
Children”s Hospital in Columbus, I can now walk on
my own again.
“My doctor says I'm doing great! I finished radiation the end of
February. My chemo will continue until the end of May or June.
“I miss school and my friends and family back home. “Hopefully,
I will return in June cancer free!”
Dany is a fifth grade student at Hannibal Elementary. She loves
to play soccer and basketball, swim and ride her bicycle. After
treatments are complete and she is cancer free, Dany hopes to be
doing all those things she loves.
According to Karen McKendry, who is assisting with several
fundraisers to help with medical expenses associated with Dany”s
treatment, a basket bingo is being scheduled in July. For more
information, contact Mc-Kendry at 740-472-1399 after 6 p.m.
MARGARET P. CLINE
Margaret P. “Polly” Cline, 76,
106 Duper Dr., Woodsfield, died March
2, 2010 at Barnesville Hospital. She was born Feb. 9, 1934 in Michigan, a daughter of
the late Clifford Howell and Velma Piatt Howell Clark.
She was a former school bus driver for the Switzerland of Ohio
Local School District and M.A.C.O.; an avid lover of horses and
a member of the Circle M Riding Club.
Surviving are a son, Wayne (Laura) Cline of Woodsfield; a
daughter, Sharyn (Brian) Crum of Lewisville; a brother, Ray (Drucilla)
Howell of Florida; two sisters, Helen (Paul) Kinney of
Woodsfield, Sue (Tom) Smith of Bucyrus; four grandchildren,
Benjamin (Angie) Cline of Woodsfield, Adrienne (Michael) Shelton
of Grove City, Brianna (Bryan) McConnell of Lewisville, Amanda
Crum of Jerusalem; two great-granddaughters, Chloe and Kynlie
Cline of Woodsfield; a great-grandson, Carter McConnell of
Lewisville; and several nieces and nephews
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Kermit Cline on Oct. 14, 2000; two sisters, Doris
Griffith, Thelma Haas; a brother, Bill Howell; a step-sister,
Belva Rucker; a step-brother, Bill Clark and step-father, George
Friends were received at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, until
time of services March 6, with Rev. Frank Lehosky officiating.
Burial followed in Moffett Cemetery,
Online condolences may be expressed
WILLIS E. GEHRIG
Willis E. Gehrig, 95, Long Rdg. Rd., Clarington, died
March 4, 2010 at Wetzel County Hospit-al, New Martinsville. He
was born May 22, 1914 in Clarington, a son of the late David
Earnest and Anna Catherine Thonen Gehrig.
He was a lifelong farmer; a retired storeroom clerk at
Consolidated Aluminum; a U.S. Army utility infantry veteran of
WWII; a Purple Heart recipient; a pallbearer for Franklin D.
Roosevelt; and a member of the Hannibal
Church in Hannibal.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Ann Elizabeth Clark Gehrig;
four sons, Harry Gehrig, Don Clark (Jean) Gehrig, William David
Gehrig, Mark (Mariann) Gehrig, all of Clarington; two daughters,
Jo Ann (Bill) Novoa of Mendham, N.J., Barbara (Stephen) Phillips
of Stow; 12 grandchildren, Christina (Jason) Henthorn, Andrew
Novoa, Brian (Billie) Gehrig, Matthew Gehrig, Michael (Andrea)
Gehrig, Marka Gehrig, Mitchell (Ali) Novoa, Natalie Gehrig,
Jessica (Robert) Hunnell, Gregory (Leanne) Gehrig, Jamison
Gehrig, Ryan Gehrig; and two great-grandchildren, Jaysa and Joby
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two
brothers, Dale and John Gehrig; and two sisters, Hazel Myers and
Friends were received March 7 at Grisell Funeral Home,
Clarington, where funeral services were held March 8, with Rev.
Richard Wilson officiating. Burial was in
Mount Vernon Cemetery, Clarington.
Memorial contributions may be made to
Church, P.O. Box 187,
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
RALPH M. PITTMAN
Ralph M. Pittman, 91, Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, formerly of Beallsville, died
Feb. 28, 2010 while a patient in
Hospital. He was born
Sept. 5, 1918 near Beallsville, a son of the late Ira and Carrie
He was a farmer all his life, working the family farm along with
his father, his son, and grandsons. He was also a mail carrier,
bus driver, township trustee and he worked with the Monroe
County Soil Conservation District. He was a member of the
Church where he served as
Sunday School Superintendent and teacher for many years.
Surviving are a son, Roger (Dolly) Pittman of Beallsville; four
grandchildren, David (Jennifer) Pittman of Beallsville, Rebecca
Pittman of Baltimore, Mary (Josh) Harris of Quaker City, Nathan
Pittman of Beallsville; five great-grandchildren, Carrie,
Madison and Daniel Pittman and Abigail and Aaron Harris.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Vera Kinzy Pittman on Sept. 16, 2002, whom he married Oct.
12, 1940; a grandson, Daniel Pittman on Sept. 24, 1973; and a
sister, Laura Hilda Balfantz on Feb. 9, 2010.
Friends were received March 2 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville. Funeral services were held March 3 at
Church near Beallsville,
with Pastor Myron Guiler officiating. Burial followed in East Sunsbury
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harper Funeral Home to
help defray the cost of the funeral expenses.
Online condolences may be sent to www.harperfh.net
ELIZABETH M. BROOKS
Elizabeth Monica Brooks, 85,
Navarre, died Feb. 28, 2010 at the House of
Loreto, Canton. She was born May 4, 1924 in
Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Roman and Clara Burkhart
Wahl. She was born in the house her grandfather built and her
father was born in that house and her three sisters.
She rode a horse named Mack to and from school from the first
to seventh grade. She put him in the neighbor”s barn through the
day while in school. When she was in the eighth grade, she
walked a mile to meet the bus to attend St. Sylvester”s School.
She played violin in high school; also studied home economics
and took sewing and excelled at both. She graduated in 1942 and
went to work at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. She typed up
the plans for the Pentagon Building
in Washington, D.C.
She met her husband, Frank Brooks, who was from Woodsfield, at
the Air Force Base in
Dayton where she worked. He was an
airplane mechanic. They fell in love and were married in 1947.
They spent 52 beautiful years together. Sadly for her Frank
passed away in 1999. She was always grateful for the loving
friendship she had with the Brooks family.
When she could no longer manage after Frank”s passing, she moved
with her youngest sister, Estella. When her health failed she
went to live with the nuns at the House of Loreto in
Canton. She could go to mass and
communion every day there.
All the nuns loved her. She kept Frank in her heart with his
picture on the wall and one on her dresser.
God’s last gift to Elizabeth, a loyal daughter, was Mass and
Holy Communion. Later that day Frank came and took her to be
with him once more on Feb. 28. She will always be remembered in
Graveside service was held March 8 at St. Sylvester Catholic
Church Cemetery, Woodsfield, with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik
Condolences may be expressed at
DALE L. STEWART, SR.
Dale Leroy Stewart, Sr., 75,
Sardis, died March 6, 2010 at his home.
He was born March 5, 1935 in Sardis, the son of the late Harry E. and Mary
He was a retired crane operator for Ormet Corporation; and a
member of Immanuel Baptist Church
in New Martinsville.
Surviving are two daughters, Cindy Stewart of Sardis, Candy
(Willie) Maynard of Toronto; three sons, Dale (Barbara) Stewart,
Jr. of Shadyside, Rick (Patricia Lyons) Stewart, Larry (Susie)
Stewart, both of Sardis; a brother, Richard Stewart of Sardis;
seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Charlotte Louise Stewart; a sister, Betty Kan-nard; two
brothers, Sterling and Leonard Stewart; and a
granddaughter, Angela Renee Stewart.
Friends were received March 9 at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, where funeral services will be held
March 10, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Bruce Taylor officiating.
Burial will follow in Mount
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com