Cub Scout Pack #163 Visits Beacon Office ~
To earn a badge, members of Cub Scout Pack #163, their leaders
and guests visited the Monroe County Beacon office recently to
learn about the newspaper operation. The pack, made up of boys
from the Beallsville and Woodsfield area that form three dens:
Webelos, Bears and Tigers. They saw how the Beacon is typed,
paginated, sent to the printer via a Fetch program and how it is
prepared for mailing. Visitors are shown, from left, front:
Jacob Nalley, Rally Nease, Bradley Moats; standing around the
stone table: Matthew Bertrand, Chad Holcomb II, Hunter Comstock,
Dakota Cochran, Jacob Saffell, Dallas Raines, Lexie Cochran,
Mason Bier, Tucker Myers, Harley Raines; back: Kim Nalley, den
leader; Barbara Bier, scoutmaster; and Rick Cochran, den
leader. The cub scout pack
enjoys fishing, camping, the Pinewood Derby, Rain Gutter,
regatta and hiking. During the winter months, members do lots of
crafts, learn the various knots, whittling and other activities.
“We try to make this as family-oriented as possible,” said
Bier. “Siblings and anyone else is welcome. We feel the most
important idea is to include everybody.”
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Around the Burnside
Sometimes trying to remember something is like trying to catch
Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing
One thing I like to do when we go grocery shopping is wonder
around looking at things while Esther is going around spending
our money. The cereal offered for sale is interesting. I won’t
venture to guess how many different cereals are on the shelves
or try to count them. In Bonds store we only had three or four
choices. I liked Wheaties. If you can’t find a cereal you like,
A couple of weeks ago when I was looking around I noticed pie
filling I think it was with the Polar label on it. I hadn’t
noticed this before so I picked up a can. Would you believe it;
the label read “Product of China”. I also found vegetables with
the same label. Someone who has worked in the US Agriculture
field eat Chinese pie filling? I guess not.
Speaking of taste you probably remember how I’ve said the taste
of a ripe peach is one of my favorites. I do have another. It’s
fresh pineapple. It’s good but I tend to wait until it is on
special sale as it seems four and a half dollars for a pineapple
is a tink much. We used to pick them up out of the field after
the harvest in Hawaii.
Spring and better weather is on the way because the signs are
getting better. For example, Peeps have hit the store shelves.
Any color you want. I bought purple and yellow. This is a sure
I’ve heard if you put a Peep in a microwave it will balloon up
to a large size. I guess it goes back down but I don’t have
nerve enough to try it. With my luck it would bust and get all
over the inside of the microwave.
Another good sign is the return of the robins. A couple weeks
ago I noticed a bunch of robins along a spot as we drove by. The
other morning I looked out of our kitchen window and there were
robins hopping around every where. I bet there were over 50 of
them, I guess, eating something from our lawn. I counted 50 and
quit as I knew I couldn’t count them all. This is a good sign of
better weather on the way or this was a flock of stupid robins.
I just completed a trip to
to babysit a dog, Mookie, and I noticed more dead animals along
the road. I guess this is another good sign. I’m not sure if any
of these signs are true but I do know spring is just around the
I’m not sure if you read much of the 4-H supplement last week
but you should. It is a good example of some of the outstanding
youth in our county. As I read the activities of the members, it
brought back a lot of memories when I was what was called a 4-H
agent in Morgan
Times have changed as well as 4-H. Things are much different
from 40 years ago and probably for the better; however, the
basic purpose is about the same. I guess maybe the camping area
was my favorite area. It must be as I served on the camp staff
for over 100 FFA camp sessions after leaving Morgan County.
We only had one theme at our 4-H camps year after year. We used
an Indian theme and the first year at camp you were placed in a
tribe and you would be a member of that tribe every time you
came to camp until you were a counselor and then you were a
member of the Bigfoot tribe. I even took a group of counselors
to West Virginia to observe
a campfire to help improve ours. I guess we copied the Indian
theme from them. Much of the activities were the same as now
except we did hit the Indian theme rather hard. Oh yes, in
they told us having senior and junior campers in the same camp
together would not work. We made it work. It was fun even if we
had to do most of the work. We just rented the camp facilities
and we did everything else. We did it on $12.50 for five days
and four nights.
How can you watch two college basketball games in one evening?
You have to be a basketball nut and have a TV and an easy chair.
OK I’m a basketball nut. I wasn’t until I started teaching at
Skyvue. I will admit I did drive to the top of
hill so I could hear the OSU game on the radio.
I remember attending one game while at OSU. They played at the
fairground and I had to stand and didn’t see a whole lot. I
decided it wasn’t worth it.
I didn’t catch the bug during the first teaching job. I did play
in the facility student game after the season and scored 18
points. I think that was more than I scored during four years in
high school. I played again when I taught at Old Washington.
That was it, I hung up my uniform as playing basketball was not
one of the things I wanted to include among my activities any
When you flee temptation, don’t leave a forwarding address.
The welcome mat is always out at church.
Our Readers Write
Senate Bill 5 is bad for Republicans too. Governor Kasich, who
was elected primarily on the belief in the electorate that he
was best suited to lead the push for job creation in
Ohio, made lower taxes, less government
intervention, and jobs the cornerstones of his election
campaign. Yet, his first significant action as governor was to
introduce legislation that will exact revenge on the public
unions which largely opposed his election. There were enough
political ads on TV to realize that few of the Republicans
seeking office made pushing state workers, teachers, and safety
workers part of their campaign. Even members of the Republican
Party who opposed the bill were replaced on committees and
pushed aside. Clearly the majority party has taken a minority
position since the latest opinion polls, 70 percent of
voters opposed this legislation.
In an era when voters across this country were looking for
leaders to unite the parties and work for the greater good, the
governor can be called the Great Divider. While the electorate
waits in the political middle for real solutions, the Governor
and his supporters are introducing the far right conservative
agenda. This is bad for Republicans who will be strong-armed
into following. With the majority of the country somewhere in
the middle of the political spectrum, voters will throw out
those who have strayed this far to the right. Just ask President
Obama how his strong progressive views worked for him in the
latest national election.
We have to wonder what is next? Is it attacking the rights of
private workers, lowering the state minimum wage, or
right-to-work legislation to follow? How will state and local
governments continue to attract qualified individuals when
salaries and benefits are already lower than the private sector.
How will especially rural school districts compete for quality
teachers. No doubt decreasing qualifications of individual
applicants will be the only solution to fill vacancies created
by this legislation as individuals leave the public sector. And
with that, Ohio
citizens will suffer.
The good news is that all of this has awakened labor in this
country. Millions of dollars will be spent by organized labor
and others in upcoming elections to defeat anyone who supported
the governor and SB 5. Republicans need to reconsider this
legislation and get to the business at hand - putting Ohio back to work.
Etta Burkhart of Jerusalem is
just one of the recipients of Cancer Gas Cards Inc. Etta was
diagnosed with breast cancer in November and travels to
in Wheeling each week. Shown presenting the gas cards is
volunteer Shirley Brown. Photo by
Gas Cards Help
There are not many families in
County that can say cancer
has not touched them through a family member or a close friend.
“Cancer first affected my family in 2000 when my daughter was
diagnosed with thyroid cancer,” said Shirley Brown, volunteer.
“It was affected again in 2003 when my Dad was diagnosed with
lung cancer. Because of the cancer affecting my life, I began to
volunteer with the American Cancer Society in its Relay for Life
to try to make a difference. That is where I met my fellow
volunteers Sheila Martin and Sandy Barnes.
“After many years with the Relay events, we began working with
cancer patients in Monroe
County. While working with the local
cancer patients, we became aware that not only do cancer
patients deal with the diagnosis but also the monetary effects
of cancer. No cancer patient should have to make the choice of
‘do I buy my medication, food or do I go to my chemo/radiation
treatment?’ Copays on chemo/radiation treatments with some
insurances can be as high as $670 each session. Multiply that by
five days a week for eight weeks. In some cases these people are
paying someone $20 a day to take them to treatments.
“Oh my, the gas cards are such a help with the gas going up so
much,” said Etta Burkhart of
Jerusalem, who was diagnosed with breast
cancer in November. She and her husband Terry have two children
Chasidy and Derek. She drives to Schiffler Cancer
Center in Wheeling each
week. Etta said she is due for a PET scan soon and will then
begin radiation treatments.
“We, the people of
County, do not have access
to a cancer treatment center that is 20 minutes away. There are
some cancer patients who travel as far as
one day a week, every week, for treatments. Having cancer is
hard; getting to your treatments doesn’t have to be. No cancer
patient should ever be put on a waiting list for any kind of
“Cancer Gas Cards, Inc. is an
non-profit corporation filed with the Ohio Secretary of State.
Dr. Jondavid Pollock from The Schiffler Cancer Center, Wheeling Park
Hos-pital, sits on our board of trus-tees, as well as Monroe
County Auditor Pandora Neuhart and Chamber of Commerce secretary
Ruth Workman. We DO NOT pay a salary to anyone. All money is
used to purchase gas cards. During the past year, we have
received donations from Woodsfield Elementary, St. Paul’s Pre-School, Trail-blazers 4-H Club,
St. Sylvester Central Catholic School, Woodsfield VFW and many
private donations. We will be conducting fundraisers through-out
the year to continue the program. We will have a Longaberger
Basket Bingo in October. Dr. Jondavid Pollock will be our bingo
caller. Any-one who knows Dr. Pollock knows that he will provide
a lot of fun and laughter. Dona-tions may also be made in memory
or in honor of loved ones. Cancer Gas Cards, Inc. is not
associated with the Ameri-can Cancer Society or Relay for Life.”
Monroe County cancer patient who is currently
receiving treatment qualifies for this program. For more
information on the program, please call Sandy Barnes at
740-472-2213, Shirley Brown at 740-472-0543 or Sheila Martin at
740-472-0561. Donations may be sent to Cancer Gas Cards, Inc.,
48397 Keylor Hill Rd.,
Woodsfield, OH 43793.
A massive tire dump clean-up in
Township is nearing
completion. Thousands of tires have been removed and stockpiled.
The tire dump was targeted for clean-up enforcement by the Ohio
Photo by Connie Crowley
Massive Tire Clean-up Nearing Completion in
By Darin Brown
Clean-up of an Ohio EPA targeted tire dump just off of Township
Rd. 512 in Perry
is nearing completion. According to Rob Reiter, coordinator of
South Eastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, it is
estimated that 33,000 tires have been recovered.
The tires have been removed and stockpiled, and the slow process
of hauling them out has begun. Reiter said that a portion of
the tires will be recycled while the rest will be taken to a
scrap tire monofill.
The tire dump was targeted for clean-up enforcement by the Ohio
EPA according to Reiter. The state EPA designated the site as a
legacy scrap tire pile meaning that the dump is years old. This
designation was important in securing grant money for the
Initially, the estimated cost for clean-up of the site was
$18,000. However, as digging began, it became apparent that far
more tires were on the site than originally thought. Reiter
stated that the current estimated clean-up cost has now risen to
A grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Department of Natural
Resources: Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention has
funded the project thus far. The application for another $20,000
grant to cover the costs beyond the original estimate has been
submitted. The grant money funding such projects comes from
wholesale tire fees imposed by the Ohio EPA.
The tires dumped on the site were primarily car and light truck
tires. Despite the tire dump’s proximity to Township Rd. 512,
the road is still open to traffic at this time.
Maple Sugar Tour Set
Free tours of Misty Mountain Estate’s classic sugarhouse and
sugar bush will take place March 12 and 13 and 19 and 20 from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.
New this year will be pancakes and sausage meals available all
day, and other maple treats. The Misty Mountain Estate sugar
camp at 32600 Christman Ridge Road in Monroe
will be the only camp offering free tours in this area during
the Ohio Maple Producers Association’s 2011 March Maple Madness
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
County syrup makers who
will be on hand to interpret at various displays. One trail has
been set up to show a variety of ways hobbyists can collect sap.
Free handouts 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 or
www.ohiomapleproducers.com or 740-567-4227.
Good friends and family helped raise the sugarhouse with lumber
they culled from the sugar woods and sawed. Every spring they
gather to help owners Hugh and June Hyre collect sap and boil it
down to syrup. June’s grandfather made syrup in northern
gathering sap with horse drawn sled. Hugh’s grandfather made
syrup in a large iron kettle they now use to demonstrate
historical methods of syrup making. Hugh is a Director for the
Ohio Maple Producers Association and has hosted an
at their sugar bush. 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.
Larry Brobst explains the workings of the newest
state-of-the-art evaporator used in making maple syrup. Those
visiting Misty Mountain Estate during the 2011 March Maple
Madness Drive-It-Yourself Tour will get an up-close view of the
JOSEPH “JOEY” SEIDLER
Ronald Joseph “Joey” Seidler, 37, a resident of
North Chelmsford, MA,
died unexpectedly Feb. 25, 2011 at his home. He was born July 2,
1973, a son of Dottie and the late Raymond DeJesus.
He was a 1992 graduate of
High School and then
served in the US Air Force. He was employed at the Westin Hotel
in Boston, MA.
Surviving are his parents, Jeff and JoEllen Seidler of
Woodsfield; two sons, Chandler Carothers of Woodsfield,
Christian Seidler of Lowell, MA; two brothers, Jason (Ashley)
Seidler of Dayton, Jordan Seidler of Parkersburg; three sisters,
Krisstina DeJesus, Teresa (Greg) Wise of Woodsfield, Sandee Wise
of Batesville; grandmothers, Leah Feasel, Nerine Seidler and
Betty Manley, all of Woodsfield.
Memorial services were held March 2 at McKenna-Ouellette Funeral
Home in Lowell, MA.
Roscoe R. Wilhelm, 87, Lewisville,
died March 4, 2011 at
Marietta Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 13, 1923 in
County, a son of the late
Charles and Minnie Turner Wilhelm.
He was a member of the Lewisville United Methodist
Church; was a 50 year member of
Carpenters Local #356 in
and a farmer.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia Claus Wilhelm, whom he married
June 18, 1949; two sons, David (Mary) Wilhelm of Lewisville,
John (Tammy) Wilhelm of Marietta; two daughters, Peggy (Carl)
Carpenter of Marietta, Polly (Dan) Kinsey of New Matamoras;
eight grandchildren, Ben Wilhelm, Rachel Wilhelm, Josh Wilhelm,
Caitlin Wilhelm, Kiley Wilhelm, Layne Carpenter, Kara Carpenter,
Sara Kinsey; seven step-grandchildren, Chris (Regina) Batten,
Jason Pittman, Felicia (John) Roderick, Mark (Jamie) Pittman,
Eliza (JD) Kernen, Rachael Pittman, Rodney Pittman; 11
step-great-grandchildren, Jordan Batten, Alana Batten, Elizabeth
Roderick, Andrew Roderick, Marcus Pittman, Brandon Pittman, Evan
Pittman, Sophia Pittman, Haylie Russell, Aaliyah Kernen, Klaira
Kernen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two
brothers, William and Charles Wilhelm; and a sister, Wanda
Friends were received March 6 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held March 7, with Rev.
Frank Conley officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery,
Condolences may be expressed at
Clarence E. Leasure, 71, Sardis,
died March 5, 2011 at Allegheny General Hospital,
Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born March 11, 1939 in Fly, a son
of the late Okey and Marie Merckle Leasure.
He retired from Quaker State Oil Refinery in
W.Va., after 30 years of service, was a life
member of the Duffy VFW and American Legion in Hannibal. He was an avid hunter and fisherman
and was a member of the Ohio Trappers Association. He enjoyed
nothing more than spending time in the woods.
Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Sharon Price Leasure of
Sardis; sons, Clifford (Bub) Leasure and Bobbi Jean Bassett of
Sardis, Clarence (Freda McIntire) Leasure, Jr. of New
Matamoras; granddaughter, Jenny Lynn and his other children,
Okey, Loretta, Marie and their five children, and a good friend,
Josh Tustin of Sardis;
and his favorite companion Tank, his dog.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two
brothers, Clifford and Charles (Jack) Leasure.
Friends were received March 8 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, with Rev. Frank Conley officiating. Burial was in
Condolences may be expressed at
Norma Lou Martin Brown, 85, Woodsfield, died March 7,
2011 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 23, 1926 at the
family home near Laings, a daughter of the late Arthur and Edna
She graduated from Green Local High School
at Laings in 1943, and attended Bliss Business College
In January of 1944 at the family home, she was married to Gerald
R. Brown who had one more year to serve in the U.S. Army at Stockton, California.
They spent their first year of married life there. Upon
returning home they both attended and graduated from the
School of the Bible in Philadelphia, Pa., after
which together they served small churches in Ohio.
She was a member of the Neuhart Baptist Church
near Woodsfield and in later years attended the Laings and Woodsfield Churches
She had no children but was influential in many young lives
through church, 4-H and other groups. Many remained in close
contact over the years and Karen Matthews of
was especially dear to her.
Surviving are two sisters, Ruth (Bernard) Spence of Marietta,
Lois (Robert) Kenney near Laings; three sisters-in-law, Nada
Martin of Stow, Jean Brown of Sardis, Edith Brown of Woodsfield;
also several nieces and nephews whom she treated as her own
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Gerald R. Brown; and a brother, Dean E. Martin.
Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. March 9 at
Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services will be
held March 10, at 1 p.m., with Norma’s nephew Stephen Kenney
officiating. Burial will be in Unity
Cemetery near Antioch.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com
Lynn Steed, 61, Cottondale, AL died Feb. 23, 2011 at DCH Regional
Surviving are his wife, Donna Steed; two daughters, Brenda
(Wayne) Carter of Tuscalossa, Sandy (Jeff) Gray of Brookwood;
three sons, Robbie (Bobbie) Steed of Vance, Billy (Jamie) Steed
of Virginia Beach, Va., Michael Steed of Coaling; a brother,
Larry (Callie) Steed of Ohio; ten grand children, Jessica Hodo
(Jason) Tilley, Leslie Edwards, Bradley Carter, J.T. Carter,
Madison Steed, Zachary Gray, Julianna Steed, Robert Steed,
Melody Gray and Elizabeth Steed.
Friends were received one hour prior to services Feb. 27 at East
Pointe Church of Christ, with Brother Nat Evans officiating and
Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider
Alice Virginia Adams, 71, Marietta,
formerly of New Matamoras, died March 5, 2011 at
Hospital. She was born Sept. 24,
1939 at Wade, a daughter of the late George S. Addlesburger and
Mildred Elizabeth Farnsworth Addlesburger.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church
at Point Lookout, W.Va. She was a nurses aide at Newport
Nursing Home and was a custodian for
Pleasant County, W.Va.
Surviving are a daughter, Carol J. Eddy (Sam Burkhart) of
Woodsfield; two sons, Glen Franklin (Theresa) Parsons, Jr. of
Belmont, W.Va., Paul Porter (Chris) Parsons, Sr. of St. Marys,
W.Va.; five grandchildren, Tasha E. Eddy (Aaron Headley) of
Woodsfield, William Smith, Paul Porter Parsons, Jr., Meagan
Parsons, Jennifer (Matt) Campbell; two great-grandchildren, all
of West Virginia; two sisters, Clara Lauric of Parkersburg,
W.Va., Rose (George) Stewart of Marietta.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three
brothers, Kenneth Farnsworth, Eugene Addlesburger, an infant
brother Larry Addlesburger; and a granddaughter, Leslie Ann
Friends will be received March 8, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at
Hadley Funeral Home in New Matamoras, where funeral services
will be held March 9, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Randy Stewart
officiating. Burial will be in Newport
Online condolences may be made at hadleyfh.com.