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March 3, 2011

Quads Born on Zwick Farm ~

“I’ve had sheep my entire life and this is a first,” said Joe Zwick of Marr. “I was so surprised; this has never happened before.” His six-year-old Suffolk ewe gave birth to these quads on Feb. 19.  In the past five years this ewe has had 14 lambs, two sets of twins, two sets of triplets and now these quads. “The amazing thing is she nurses them all; she’s a milking machine,” added Zwick. “There has been no need for bottle feeding and she delivered the quads herself.”

Around the Burnside   

Confidence is keeping your chin up; over confidence is sticking your neck out.

Every cloud does not mean a storm.

Weren’t those few nice days during the winter really pleasant? My riding mower has been made ready with all the things to get it set for the summer. I came within a whisker thinking how much fun it would be to get it started and mowing again. Something interrupted my thought so I guess I’ll wait before I start complaining about mowing grass. It will be here before you know it.

This is really a yucky time of the year. I think the Malaga Greenhouse has the answer for you birds who want to be the first having the first of whatever in your garden. I lived beside a gardner who tried to be first with about everything in his garden. This was back when most folks had a garden in their back yard. Never bothered me as I just planted when I had time or felt like it. He also watched for the right sign. I didn’t know what the signs were. He had a near perfect garden. I just grew stuff.

This time of year is a tough time of the year to think of something to write about. Seems as though about all we have is snow, rain, flood and on and on. Oh well, better days are ahead. I really liked the little dab of snow we had the other evening. The next day was warm and melted all the snow off the car before we needed to use it. That’s how I like to see our car clean after a snow, although Esther does a real good job.

The basketball season is coming to a close with the tournaments underway. I didn’t attend any of the high school games this year for a couple of reasons. One was the weather and the other I just don’t care to drive after dark anymore like I used to. I can remember a few times driving up from Fort Frye I couldn't see the road for snow. Oh well, those were the days.

To make up for not going to the ball games, the easy chair and I watched and are watching our share of college games on the old boob tube. A couple of games about every night. Would you believe last Tuesday I watched the first half of the Ohio State game and turned to NCIS the second half? I did check out the game when NCIS presented a commercial. You know it’s kind of funny. You have a commercial and turn to another channel and they are also showing a commercial. I wonder sometimes why a commercial when it’s the most interesting part of the program. I’m not going to start on stupid commercials as TV is full of them. How about a can of soup?

I’m not sure how many of you watch basketball on TV. If you do you cannot help but notice the tatoos some of the players have on their shoulder and arms.

OK I have a tatoo on my left arm. Why? My father had a tattoo and as long as I can remember thinking, when I get a chance I too am going to have a tattoo. Well, it happened in Hawaii and cost me five dollars which was no little thing as I was paid fifty dollars a month at the time. I haven’t regretted  getting a tattoo even if it has faded over the years. A few I knew had a girl’s name with their tattoo and later received a Dear John letter.

I’ve wondered why these players go for such a tattoo. I don’t know much about tattoos nowadays but my tattoo hurt. Not just for a day but several days. A buddy of mine woke up one morning wondering why his chest hurt so. On inspection he had an eagle tatooed on his chest. I think he made several stops before the tattoo parlor. I’d hate to tell you where one of our cooks had a tattoo.

I think some girls also stop by the tattoo parlor once in a while. Most of their tattoos are where you can’t see them, I think. Why would anyone want a tattoo where no one could see what it was? Oh well, I guess it’s none of my business.

I do know if I were getting 65 million dollars over ten years to bounce a basketball around and throw it through a hoop, I sure wouldn’t go through getting a large tattoo on my shoulders or any place else for that matter.

I haven’t completely given up on high school basketball as I have tickets paid for and motel reservation for the State High School Boys Tournament the last of March. I’ve attended the tournament every year for I don’t know how many. I used to start thinking about now how I could get a day off school.

He who digs a hole for another may fall in himself.

Time attending church is well spent.

Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

I’m writing this letter with an aching heart. We have lost our beloved llama, Petey, to a meningual worm.

This ‘m-worm’ is common in Central and Southern Ohio. It affects llamas, alpacas, goats and sheep. Our worming program did not prevent Petey from getting it.

After two months of being diagnosed, Petey remained alert and seemingly happy. He ate and drank. He just couldn’t stand on his back legs. We gave him constant therapy everyday and night. We eventually saw no improvement, so we took Petey to a vet that has seen a lot of camelids affected by the ‘m-worm’. After several conferences, and boxes of tissues, we agreed that Petey was not going to be able to regain his independence. 

We’ve since had to lay Petey to rest. He fought a hard fight.

I was thrown into a situation where I had to learn about the meningual worm. I’m encouraging anyone who has, or is thinking about having llamas, alpacas, sheep or goats, to learn all you can about this parasite.

We miss Petey llama.
Becky and Ken Miller
Hickory Hills Farm

Dear Editor,

I would like to send an open letter to the cowardly person (people) who found it necessary to dump two small puppies off on SR 556 outside of Beallsville near German Ridge Rd. While I did not need another dog, my wife rescued the one puppy that managed to live.

Unfortunately her sister was not as lucky because she had already been struck by a car and died on the side of the road. There are too many shelters willing to take in these animals for you to be dumping them out like yesterday’s trash. This would not even be necessary if you would take the time to have your animals spayed/neutered but dumping them is a “much better” option. While I cringe at the thought of any animal being treated cruelly, taking them out and shooting them would still be better than dying on the roadside. Please do not try to tell me how difficult that would be because I already know. I’ve had to put animals down on my farm because in the end it was the most humane thing to do. The person responsible for this happening has done something as cruel and evil as what the world condemned Michael Vick for, and while I have lost all respect for him, I do not wish him the same fate as he put those dogs through. You, on the other hand, should also end up in jail, but you will not. For your cruelty I can only hope you suffer the same fate as that dead puppy on the side of the road.

James A. Arnold


Dally Library has moved to its new located at the former Steelworkers Local 5760 union hall, which was donated to the library. Shown in the light, airy, colorful children's section are Margerite 'Doodle' Huffman, a GMN trainee program employee, who has been with the library for four years, and librarian Tammy Ellis, who has worked at Dally Library for three years.     Ackerman Photos

Dally Library Moves to New Home

by Martha Ackerman

Dally Library has a new home, the former union hall of United Steelworkers Local No. 5760. The union donated the building to the library some time ago. 

Dally Library, located in Sardis, was established in 2003 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring the accessibility of a library to riverfront residents. The library came into existence through donations; no state or federal funds have been available for the Dally Library. The house that was used for a library until now was leased from Donna Dally Day, an active member of the community. Others key in bringing the Dally Library into existence were Karen Romick, Christine Thompson and Nicole Reed, along with numerous residents, who donated time and money.

The light, airy, comfortable setting in this new location is conducive to browsing the many shelves containing 9,893 books, magazines and DVDs. The area is twice as big as the old location and, according to librarian Tammy Ellis, “it has filled the need.” 

There are 706 patrons presently enjoying the library’s services and convenient location. There is a colorful area set aside for children to enjoy Story Hour, which is held each Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. A comfortable sitting area is available for those who want to relax and enjoy a book or magazine.

It was through the cooperation of many that the library’s contents were moved from the old location to the new one. The move began on Thursday, Feb. 17 and was completed by Saturday, Feb. 19. “Lots and lots of people kept showing up to help,” said Ellis.

The library has eight computer stations for its patrons’ use. Ten new flat screen monitors were donated by a local resident. “This has been a wonderful donation,” said Ellis. The library offers internet service and interlibrary loans. It is open Tuesday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Ellis, this summer a front porch will be added. Future plans for the basement area include a book barn, where used books can be sold, as well as a conference room.

Has the library been busy since the relocation? Yes, it has! In one day 78 people visited the library. Was there a need for a library on the riverfront? Most definitely!

Since the library operates by donation and fundraisers, several events have been planned including a Craft Boutique set for March 19; the annual Tea and Style Show, May 1; and they are starting a 200 Club. For more information on the library or the fundraisers, call the library at 740-483-1288. 

The new home for the Dally Library was donated by members of Steelworkers Local No. 5760. It provides twice as much space as the former location.

Gift Shop Variance Granted

A public hearing was held during the Feb. 22 meeting of Woodsfield Council. Hearing no objections, council granted a variance for the purposes of operating a business, namely a craft shop, for village lots 21 and 22, 505 E. Church St. The property is owned by Dan and Diana Hughes, who will soon be opening Diana’s Primitives.

Village Administrator Rick Schuerman reported that the relocation work on the village’s street department building is done. “We have the work done in a timely manner and will not impede progress for the new schools,” said Schuerman. He reported that temporary service has been established for construction trailers. He also said employees continue to make improvements to the former Masters’ Garage.

Regarding the potholes on Eastern Avenue, Schuerman said he hopes the public will be patient. Village employees have used 10-12 tons of material to patch but with the weather factor, the holes do not remain filled. He also said that Eastern Avenue will again be torn up to put in about a dozen new water line taps, an extension of last fall’s project. He expects to have this work done before the state begins a paving project on Eastern Avenue.

Carol Hehr, council member, asked if any assistance has been given the American Legion in finding land. American Legion members Ed Frank and Bob Welsh came to the Feb. 7 meeting asking about the possibility of purchasing a section of land owned by the village. Hehr was told Police Chief Chuck Hamilton was trying to assist the members in finding a suitable piece of land within the village.

Woodsfield Council will meet March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building.

Grant Application Discussed
Darin Brown
Staff Writer

Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, the weekly commissioners’ meeting took place on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The following actions were taken during that meeting.

Jeanette Harter, director of Job and Family Services attended the meeting to discuss proposed changes to the agency’s PRC (Prevention, Retention and Contingency) Plan. According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website, the purpose of the PRC Plan is to give families immediate assistance in maintaining their self-sufficiency in order to avoid the necessity of long-term public assistance. The first change to the county’s plan was necessary due to alterations in the federal poverty line income levels.  The second change stated that those using the relocation program will not be eligible for future PRC services in the county.  The commissioners accepted the changes made to the PRC Plan.  

Mary Jo Westfall of the Monroe County OSU Extension Office met with the commissioners to discuss the application for a CHIP Grant.  The grant would be a two year grant administered by the non-profit agency Ohio Regional Development Corporation.  The county plans on asking for the maximum amount of $500,000. Under the grant, $252,000 would be allocated for rehab on six privately owned homes, $125,000 for repair on 12 homes, $63,000 on emergency monthly housing assistance and $60,000 on administrative costs. The money will be used across the county, but Sardis was designated as the target area for application purposes. The parameters were accepted by the commissioners, and the application will soon be filed.    

The Sardis Volunteer Fire Department made a recommendation to accept a bid on Jaws of Life equipment.  The department was able to test a Hurst Rescue Tools unit and a Holmatro unit.  After testing the equipment on vehicles, the department decided that the Holmatro unit was safer and easier to use. The  $18,245 bid was from Sulphen Corp. in Amblin, Ohio. While the Hurst unit would cost slightly less, the Sulphen Corp. bid still came in well below the $21,500 estimate. Due to the recommendation of the fire department and the advantages offered by the Holmatro unit, the commissioners passed a motion to accept the bid from Sulphen Corp. The bid will be accepted pending approval by Prosecuting Attorney James Peters.

Representatives from Team Monroe attended to discuss economic development in Monroe County.  A large portion of the conversation summed up the results of a Team Monroe meeting held Feb. 10 which was attended by the commissioners along with local business leaders.  The current priority of the group is to find a way to fund an Economic Developer position for the county. It has been more than two years since the county has filled such a position. Team Monroe has proposed that the salary for an Economic Developer be paid through a combination of pubic funding and business donations. 

The commissioners are seeking legal counsel from Prosecuting Attorney James Peters to see if such funding methods are legal. Therefore, no action was taken as a result of the discussion. The commissioners will meet with Team Monroe again at the Feb. 28 meeting.

Erika Teams Up With Bob Evans

Six years ago a little girl wanted to make a difference by helping people. Erika Logston came to her grandmother for suggestions. Bonnie Logston suggested Warm the Children, which provides new, warm, winter coats to the needy children of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District. 

Six years later, 13-year-old Erika is still making a difference. She recently teamed up with Bob Evans in New Martinsville to receive 15 percent of each dinner check that was accompanied by Erika’s flyer. The fundraiser ran Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Erika enlisted friends and family to join her in this latest endeavor. With donations, Erika has raised $246 for Warm the Children through this project. 

Each year Erika challenges herself to do better than the year before. She has a healthy start on next year’s total donations with the Bob Evans project. She will continue to take donations throughout the year.

As of December 2010, Erika has raised a total of $1,526.86!  

Erika Logston teamed up with Bob Evans to kick off her 2011 fundraising for the Warm the Children program. She raised $246 through this project and is still accepting donations. Erika, right, is shown with Bob Evans hostess Myrtle Kimball, who has worked at the Bob Evans in New Martinsville since it opened. 




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Robert C. “Bob” Bolen, 77, 52609 SR 536, Hannibal, died Feb. 21, 2011 at the Mound View Care Center, Moundsville, W.Va. He was born Jan. 4, 1934 at Sardis, a son of the late Harold and Juanita Reynolds Bolen.

He was a retired security officer at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal; a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War where he received three bronze service stars, an elite member of the D.A.V.; a member of VFW Post 6327 in Sistersville, W.Va., and a member of the Clarington Lodge 597 F.&A.M., Clarington. He enjoyed carpentry work and antique clock repair as a hobby.

Surviving are two sons, Roger Bolen of Orlando, Fla., Robert B. (Cindy) Bolen of Hannibal; five grandchildren, Christy Bolen, Scott (Cassandra) Bolen, Todd (Nicole) Bolen, Joshua Bolen, Brandon Bolen; and a great-grandchild, Alinza Bolen.

Friends were received Feb. 23 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Feb. 24, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Emma Grove Cemetery, Hannibal, with full military graveside services by the Sistersville VFW Post 6327. Masonic services were held Feb. 23 at the funeral home. 

Norma Brown, 88, died Feb. 18, 2011 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center in Woodsfield, formerly of Rush Run. She was born July 22, 1922 in Rush Run, a daughter of the late Walter and Mae Roe Nichols.

She was a member of the Ladies Aid and Joy Class at the United Methodist Church in Rush Run.

Surviving are a son, Dustin (Beth) Brown of Rush Run; two daughters, Angel (Gale) Lumbatis of Lewisville, Twana (Cliff) Biram of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, Junior (Jean) Nichols of Springfield; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Brown; and two sisters, Wilma Mathews and Thelma Prebish.

Friends were received to pay tribute to Norma and to celebrate her life on Feb. 20 where funeral services were held at Borkoski Funeral Home, Tiltonsville, with Pastor Roger Wayne officiating. Burial was at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rush Run Methodist Church, c/o Stelsa Lewis, 3997 CR 17, Rayland, OH 43943.

Kristy L. Friday, 32, 612 Kent Lane, Unit 38B, Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Lewisville, died Feb. 22, 2011 at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was born May 3, 1978 at Marietta, a daughter of Kathy Stimpert Reynolds of Lewisville and the late Harold Reynolds.

She was a 1996 graduate of Monroe Central High School and Swiss Hills Career Center, Woodsfield. She was an insurance agent and a member of the New Life Church in Woodsfield. She enjoyed the ocean, the beach and being out in the sunshine.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Trevor Friday, whom she married on April 19, 1997; two daughters, Kirsten Friday, Kalista Friday, both of the home; a sister, Misty (Darin) Landefeld of Woodsfield; a brother, Harold A. (Delynne) Reynolds of McMechan, W.Va.; maternal grandmother, Shirley Stimert of Lewisville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Steve and Peggy Friday of Graysville; three nieces, Madison Landefeld, Olivia Earley, Vanessa Earley; two nephews, Dalton Landefeld, Jarin Friday, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert L. Stimpert; and her paternal grandparents, Foster and Ada Reynolds.

Friends were received Feb. 27 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Feb. 28, with Keith Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Friendship Cemetery, Lewisville.

Aleta Marie Richeson Norris, 88, Minerva, formerly of Woodsfield, died Feb. 23, 2011 at Great Trail Care Center in Minerva. She was born Jan. 5, 1923 in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Carl and Ella Katherine Shackle Richeson.

She attended the Bayard United Methodist Church in Minerva and was a loving wife and mother.

Surviving are a son, Joe (Vera) Norris of Woodsfield; a daughter, Reba (Lloyd) Daugherty of Minerva; a sister, Jane Canter of Chippewa Lake; sisters-in-law, Rose Richeson of Canton, Louise West of Woodsfield, Marie Claugus of Woodsfield; an aunt, Ann Foehrenbach of Minerva; three grandchildren, Tiffany Daugherty, Stacy Gardner, April Norris; and six great-grandchildren, Desiree, Dillon, Dalton, Lakesha, Cortney and Bruce.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert (Jack) Norris April 7, 2001; a son, Ronald Norris Jan. 31, 2007; a grandson, David Daugherty; and a brother, Richard Richeson.

Friends were received Feb. 26 an hour before services at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rusty Atkinson officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

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Shirley N. Hamilton, 75, Woodsfield, died Feb. 22, 2011 at Barnesville Hospital. She was born Aug. 8, 1935 in Stafford, a daughter of the late Delbert and Ethel Robinson Ball.

She was retired from the Monroe County Board of Elections and a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Woodsfield. She enjoyed reading, sewing and spending time with her friends from her cardiopulmonary rehabilitation class. Most important to Shirley was spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children, Bud (Judy) Hamilton of Woodsfield, Becky (Marv) Hickenbottom of Barnesville, Tom (Jeanne) Hamilton of Vincent, Dave (Sharon) Hamilton of Woodsfield, Chuck (Michele) Hamilton of Woodsfield; 11 grandchildren; a step-granddaughter, a great-grandson; two step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Neil G. Hamilton, whom she married May 1, 1954.

Friends were received Feb. 24 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Feb. 25, with Rev. Frank Lehosky officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

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Brady M. Jackson, 76, Antioch, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 27, 2011 at the Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. He was born June 22, 1934 in Monroe County, a son of the late Walter and Estelle Billiter Jackson.

He was retired from Conalco Corp., Hannibal, as a  Rolling Mill Operator. He was a member of the Woodsfield Church of Christ and most recently had been attending the Jackson Ridge Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Antioch Fire Dept. and was a charter member of the Antioch Emergency Squad.

Surviving are his wife, Olive Jackson of Antioch; a son, Brian (Rhonda Brown) Jackson of Antioch; a daughter, Carolyn (Jim) Andenora of New Martinsville; three grandchildren, Devin Jackson, Erin and Morgan Moore; two step-grandchildren; three brothers, Andy, Robert and Paul Jackson and a sister, Mary Lou Carpenter;  a step-son Terry (Carol) Eddy; a step-daughter, Brenda (Wayne) Balwanz; and six step-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Garnet Collins.

Friends were received March 1 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held March 2, at 2 p.m., with Minister Charles Schultheisz officiating. Burial in New Matamoras Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodsfield Church of Christ, Youth Ministry, 860 Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

Colleen E. Alleman, 84, Sardis Route, died Feb. 27, 2011 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Nov. 28, 1926,  a daughter of the late Calvin and Ella Spring Ollom.

She always enjoyed farming and gardening both vegetables and flowers. She loved her roses, tulips and clematis.

Surviving are a son, Kenneth (Carol) Alleman of Clarington; three grandsons, David (Kim) Alleman of Sardis, Scott (Tonia) Alleman of Sardis, Cliff (Elaine) Alleman of Clarington; three great-grandsons, Aaron, Mathew and Logan Alleman; several nieces and nephews; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. (Farmer) Alleman in 2001; a brother, Ralph Ollom and a sister, Wilma Ensinger.

Friends were will be received March 2 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held March 3, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.


Pauline T. Blair, 87, of 33555 Devoe Ridge Rd., Lewisville, died Feb. 28, 2011 at the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woods-field.

She was born in Woodsfield on Jan. 28, 1924, a daughter of the late Paul Raymond and Alta Wava Todd Riemen-schneider.

She was a former employee of Riesbeck’s Food Market, Woodsfield; a member of Lewisville United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Group, a member of the Order of Eastern Star #268, Woodsfield and a charter member of The V.F.W. Auxillary Post #5303, Woodsfield. She was also a member of the Past Presidents Organization of Ohio, a former jury commissioner in Monroe County and a former member of the Board of the Monroe County Health Planning Council.

Surviving are one daughter, Beverly (Gary) Jones of Jerusalem; one son, David (Susie) Blair of Lewisville; five grandchildren, Jeffery (Vickie) Jones, Angela (Vaughn) Smith, Tiffany Majors, Adam Blair, Anna Blair; and eight great-grandchildren, Alexis, Hannah, Rebecca, Avery Rose, Quentin, Peyton, Brodrik and Jayda.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Floyd Blair on July 7, 1987; two brothers, James Frazier Riemenschneider and Harry Todd Riemenschneider; and two sisters, Ruth Weimer and Betty Cummings.

Friends will be received at the Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield from 5 to 9 p.m. March 2, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 3 with Rev. Richard Wilson and Rev. Frank Conley officiating. 

Burial will follow in the Oaklawn Cemetery, Woods-field. Eastern Star services at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 870 Michigan Ave., Columbus, Ohio.