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May 21, 2009
Joseph Church Closes
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Burkhart,
will close May 23 after providing a place to worship the Lord
Hearts are saddened as a safe haven
is closed this week. St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church at
Burkhart Station will close on May 23 bringing to a close
another chapter in the long and proud journey of a faith-filled
A celebration of the heritage of St.
Joseph’s will take place at 5 p.m. with Bishop R. Daniel Conlon,
Bishop of Steubenville, celebrating at the Mass of Thanksgiving.
“All those who have gone before us, with their sacrifices and
struggles, will be remembered at this Mass,” said Father David
Gaydosik, pastor of the Roman Catholic Churches of Monroe
County. “We will pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we
face the future.”
Its first Masses were held in the
home of Michael Spangler in the so-called Biz Hollow area, a
location in the southeastern section of Seneca Township of
Monroe County in about 1848. Fr. Kraemer, then stationed in
Miltonsburg, was the celebrant.
The first church building, along with
a log structure which served as a school building, was erected
in 1854 on the site known as Chapel Hill.
The Bishop of Columbus Diocese decided in 1893 that the parish
facilities should be moved from Chapel Hill, just over a mile
into the valley of the South Fork of Willis Creek. A narrow
gauge railroad had been built along the valley by the Ohio River
and Western Railroad which connected with Caldwell and
Zanesville to the west and with Western Railroad to the east.
Property for this new site was
obtained from the Burkhart family in 1893 and that year the
cornerstone of the new brick church of St. Joseph was laid. The
church structure was completed in 1894 and the old frame at the
Chapel Hill site was razed. In 1895 the rectory, originally
constructed in 1883, and the convent were both carefully
dismantled and moved to the new site and re-erected. The cost of
the move was $751.57.
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Burkhart, will close May 23 after
providing a place to worship the Lord since 1894.
The parish of St. Joseph was flourishing in 1891 with 31 members in the
Sodality of the Blessed Virgin, 73 members in the Confraternity
of the Most Holy Rosary and 39 members in the Society of St.
Ann. The pastor of St. Joseph was also responsible for St. John
the Baptist Catholic Church in Miltonsburg.
A most disastrous fire caused by the
burning coals in a censer set fire to the church in 1924,
destroying everything, leaving nothing but the bare outer walls.
The walls were found to be solid and safe so Fr. Mark Campbell
and the parishioners set out to rebuild their church. This they
Pastors through the years are: Fr. Ignatus Sagerer, November 1883 to May
1899; Fr. John S. Cowley, July 1899 to November 1899; Fr.
Ignatus Sagerer, Rector 1899 to 1904; Fr. Joseph B. Schmitt,
1905 to 1909, 1912-14; Fr. Theodor Igel, 1914-23; Fr. Mark
Campbell, 1924-28; Fr. Joseph Finan, February 1928 to June 1972;
Fr. Charles Calabrese, July 1972 to August 1972; Fr. Frank
Cronin, September 1972 to May 1973; Fr. Pamphilus Cafferelli,
1973; Msgr. Robert A. Brown, October 1973 to May 1978; Fr.
George Goodbout, 1979; Fr. Clair Dinger, 1980-81; Fr. Samuel
Saprano, 1981-91; Msgr. George Adams, 1991-96; Fr. James M.
Dunfee 1996-97; Msgr. Tom Petronek, 1997-2000; Fr. David
Gaydosik, July 3, 2000 to May 23, 2009.
The first teachers in the St. Joseph
Catholic School were laymen followed by various religious
orders. In 1885 two Sisters of St. Francis came to teach in the
school. In 1887 these nuns were replaced by two Sisters of
Divine Providence from Pittsburgh, Pa. The enrollment in the
school was 89 children. A new school and residence for religious
sisters were built in 1889. These buildings were moved to the
Burkhart Station site in 1895. Three Sisters of St. Francis from
Milwaukee, Wisconsin came in 1891 to teach at the school while
four other sisters were assigned to replace lay teachers at
Miltonsburg and Woodsfield. They stayed for only one year and
were replaced by three Sisters of the Precious Blood from Maria
Stien, Ohio. In the fall of 1894 these sisters withdrew from
Willis Creek, although remaining at Miltonsburg, and three
Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee took over. The Ursuline
Sisters took charge of the school in 1915.
Mayor Bill Bolon Accepts Grant
Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon accepted a check in the amount of
$250,000 on May 13 from the Governor’s Office of Appalachian
Regional Commission. The federal grant will allow work to start
on the water line from Rubel Lake to the village. The funding
will help provide improved water service to 1,127 households,
193 commercial businesses and one industry. It will also allow
the village to supply water to the Switzerland of Ohio Water
District when necessary. Front, from left, are village council
members Vernon Henthorn, Carol Hehr and Pauline Delbrugge; Mayor
Bolon; Fred Deel, director, Governor’s Office of Appalachia;
Brandon Kern, representing the office of Sen. Voinovich; and
Bret Allphin, Buckeye Hills, interim development director. In
back are Councilman Dale English, Village Administrator Jeff
Woodell and Councilman William Moore.
Violet Marley Honored During National
Nursing Home Week
Violet Marley, center, was honored May 11 as the most tenured
employee at Monroe County Care Center, which used the event to
kick off activities for National Nursing Home Week. With Marley
is Kelley Hill, care center administrator. Taking part in the
ceremonies were, from left, John Pyles, president, board of
county commissioners; Tim Price and Carl Davis, county
commissioners; and Bill Bolon, Woodsfield mayor.
Monroe County Care Center honored
its most tenured employee on May 11 during its opening ceremony
to celebrate National Nursing Home Week. This year’s theme
for nursing home week is “Nurturing a Love that Lasts.”
Violet Marley is a nursing assistant
and 32-year employee of the care center. Although she recently
observed her 71st birthday anniversary, retirement is not in her
plans. As she explained, with a tear in her eye, “I can’t leave
this place, these people are my family.”
“Violet is very proud of her years of
service,” said Kelley Hill, LNHA, administrator.
Hill noted that Marley has set a
level of dedication that will set the tone for the way things
will be known at the care center for many years to come.
“She’s tender hearted and says ‘yes’
even when she shouldn’t,” said Hill. “We remember when Violet
was on restrictions and told us that everybody has to do their
part. When we suggested she take it easy, she just smiled and
kept going at her usual pace. When she takes off work, she’s
either very, very sick or something terrible has happened.”
Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon opened
ceremonies by reading the National Mayor’s Proclamation.
County Commissioner John Pyles read
the nursing home philosophy and he, along with commissioners Tim
Price and Carl Davis, presented Marley with a plaque for 32
years of service. Davis told Marley about a gift of dinner for
four at Traditions and $25 gift certificates from: Pamida, Pat’s
Gift Shoppe, Westfall’s Florist, True Value Hardware, Dick’s
Service Center and Riesbecks Food Market.
Commissioner Price presented Marley
with a dozen lavender tipped roses.In addition, commissioners
presented each resident with a single rose compliments of the
A large cake, decorated in shades of
lavender and violet, was served to residents and visitors as
they enjoyed the music of the Happy Heart Singers.
Summit Township Bid Awarded
A bid for floors and windows in the
Summit Township Community Center was awarded last week by Monroe
County Commissioners, who also authorized the dog warden to
secure a mobile office unit.
On the recommendation of Summit
Township Trustees and Mary Jo Westwall, OSU Extension, county
grants administrator, commissioners accepted the bid submitted
by Swiss Valley Associates, Sardis, for new gym floors at the
community center. The bid came in at $19,950. Windows will be
replaced by Billy Pryor General Contracting, Weirton, W.Va. The
price tag for windows is $47,600.
On a motion by Commissioner Carl
Davis, officials authorized Ronda Piatt, dog warden, to secure a
trailer from the Monroe County Agricultural Society at no cost.
The unit, believed to be about 12 ft. x 60 ft., will be used as
office space at the county dog pound.
Currently, the dog warden’s office is
located in a block building housing the animals. She reported
recently that the building is very cold and wind blows through
spaces around the doors.
The Agricultural Society will take
ownership of trailers through the FEMA Flood Mitigation program.
A resolution was approved, on the
recommendation of County Engineer Lonnie Tustin, for Monroe
Drilling to spread salt brine on CR17, Edwina Road; and CR77,
Barber Ridge. The brine can be spread between May 1 and Oct. 1.
Woodsfield resident Martha Ackerman
spoke to commissioners about reorganization of the Monroe County
Veterans Memorial Committee. She said the committee’s first
priority is to place all bricks previously purchased and to take
orders for bricks which honor additional veterans.
Ackerman said she agreed to be
president of the current committee because she “didn’t want to
see it go by the wayside.” She said she feels it is an important
project and all veterans deserve to be recognized and honored.
Commission President John Pyles
expressed his appreciation to Ackerman for taking an active role
in reorganization of the committee and its project.
In addition to Ackerman, officers of
the committee are Janet Holland, vice-president and Elma Walton
and Debbie Miller, co-secretary/treasurer. Current members
include Roger and Toni Elliott, Bonnie Peffer, Tammy Broemsen
Danny Jones, Harold Underwood, Carol Jones and Gary Holland.
Following discussion with Jeanette
Harter, director, Monroe County Job and Family Services, Sandra
Nicholoff, an attorney, was hired. Nicholoff was the sole bidder
on a contract advertised in local newspapers. She will be
employed from May 11 through June 30 as a consultant. Pay is $25
per hour for non-legal services and $50 per hour for legal
services. She is to work no more than 176 hours. According to
Harter, Nicholoff will work three days a week, eight hours per
An executive session was called at
the request of Harter for the purpose of personnel with regard
to hiring and firing.
Officials broke for lunch and a ceremony at Monroe County Care
Center after which the executive session continued, lasting from
2:50 p.m. until 3:40 p.m. Following the session, commissioners
approved a cash management compliance plan. Harter said the
state will no longer advance money to JFS unless JFS has
expenditures to pay out.
~ Garden Club
Spruces Up the Square ~
The beautiful baskets adorning the
islands on Woodsfield ‘s square are compliments of the
Woodsfield Garden Club. They did cup and saucer birdfeeder,
plant angels and other fundraisers to fund the annual project.
This year’s colorful baskets came from Old Barn Landscaping in
Sardis. Floyd Longwell and Paul Highman, Woodsfield Power, hung
the baskets on the newly installed hangers. Woodsfield employee
Alan Fohrenbach will be watering the baskets five days a week.
Members of the garden club appreciate all the cooperation they
have received from the Woodsfield Village Administrator Jeff
Woodell and village employees. Shown, from left, are: Jay Nice,
James Scott and Larry Riggenbach, all of Old Barn Landscaping;
Peg Beymer, Pat Lewis and Katy Cole, Woodsfield Garden Club
members; back: Paul Highman and Floyd Longwell.
Photo by M. Ackerman
Week of May 21 Obituaries
Martha L. Steed, 86, Woods-field,
died May 12, 2009, at Ohio Valley Medical Center. She was born
Oct. 8, 1922 in Stafford, a daughter of the late Newton Steed
and Ethel Mae McMahon Steed.
EMMA JANE MINOR
Emma Jane Minor, 76, Middlebourne,
departed this life May 12, 2009, in Reynolds Memorial Hospital,
Glen Dale, W.Va. She was born May 27, 1932, a daughter of the
late William Ira and Ona Lemasters Eastham.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered at
JACK D. YOHO
Jack D. Yoho, 66, Newton Falls,
formerly of Woodsfield, died May 13, 2009 at St. Joseph Health
Center, Warren. He was born July 25, 1942 in Woodsfield, a son
of the late Everett Yoho and Martha Reeves Yoho.
Condolences can be expressed at
DONNA S. DELONG
Donna S. DeLong, 74, 137 Andover Rd.,
Woodsfield, died May 15, 2009 at Wheeling Hospital. She was born
March 1, 1935 in Newport, a daughter of the late John Clarence
and Elizabeth Bogard Bleakley.
Online condolences may be expressed
BETTY IRENE ENGLISH
Betty Irene English, 84, Graysville,
died May 14, 2009 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center. She was born Dec. 11, 1924, a daughter of the late
Hollie Edmund Gray and Ella Rebecca Handschumacher Gray.
Condolences can be expressed at
Rodney Wilson Neiswonger, 67,
Beallsville, died May 13, 2009, at his home. He was born April
12, 1942 in Canton, the son of the late Wilson and Gladys Decker
Online condolences may be offered at
CLEO J. SALISBURY
Cleo J. “Toots” Salisbury, 75, Woodsfield, formerly of Sardis,
died May 16, 2009 in Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center. She was born May 19, 1933 in Paden City, W.Va., the
daughter of the late Lawrence and Bessie Williamson Salisbury.
She was a Protestant by faith.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.
PAUL W. BYERS, SR.
Paul William Byers, Sr., 77,
Woodsfield, formerly of Trail Run, died on May 16, 2009.
Funeral services were held May 18 at
Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with graveside services
held at Oaklawn Cemetery immediately following.
First of all, be kind. Every act of
kindness is a nugget of God’s grace given to us freely,
something we can pass on to others.
Be kind to one another,
compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in
A friend who was a marriage
counselor, tells about sessions with couples squabbling over
small and large things. Some marriages would fail, but advising
couples, “you need to be kind to one another” resulted in
successful relationships and happy marriages.
We know that kindness will not heal
all wounds, nor will it solve every disagreement but consider
the example you are giving your children - perhaps future happy
In very few fast food restaurants are
there more than one choice of diet drinks. Sugar free desserts
are also something that you rarely see in fast food restaurants.
With all the talk about
discrimination, nobody seems to notice the discrimination of
diabetics. Diabetics are very limited to what they can have,
especially when only one diet drink is available and no sugar
free desserts are available.
If the customer is always right, then
I as a customer believe fast food restaurants should have at
least two diet drink choices and at least one sugar free
Around the Burnside
People all wrapped up in
themselves sometimes find they make pretty small packages.
Hope for change doesn’t bring change
- - - but changed to action, it changes things.
Hail, hail, hail, we haven’t had any
for some time now. Monday evening, the 11th, we had a little
charge of hail. The stones were not very large and really didn’t
last very long. No dents. The last hail storm I remember left a
lot of dents on my car, our roof and the siding on our house.
I’d rather not go through that again. All quiet now.
Now that the excitement and concern
about the bond levy is over, I guess it’s time to settle down
and complain about the weather. Seems as though I’ve heard
plenty of late. Here it is 6:30 in the morning and the sun is
shining bright. Happy Day!
I do appreciate the compliments
several readers have expressed over a few of the Around the
Burnside I devoted to the need for new facilities. For over the
last 20 years plus I have written my opinion not expecting
everyone to agree with how I think. What a boring old world this
would be if everyone agreed on everything. Wouldn’t be any need
for the news media maybe.
You know to be truthful, it
isn’t worth it to get all excited because someone disagrees with
you. A wise teacher long ago told me, “Do not worry if one
person disagrees with something you are doing or say. It’s when
a number of folks tend to disagree with you maybe you should
give some thought to what you’re doing or saying.”
I will admit as a teacher things were
a bit different. I always had a student or two who were hard of
hearing and I had to raise my voice a little. I recall one
teacher said his kids sat up a bit straighter when they heard me
yelling at mine in the next room. I remember once at Skyvue I
had everyone in class holding up the wall in the shop to keep it
from falling over.
I don’t know how many times I had a
student ask, “Why do I have to do this?” Back then I could say,
“Because I said so” and get away with it. I remember once a
student hid in a dog house that had been built in the shop. A
few good whacks on the top of the dog house brought him out of
hiding. He didn’t bark once. Little things like that were what
made teaching so much fun.
I hope you saw the article in the
paper last week regarding the Relay for Life being held at
Beallsville, actually today. I understand they really go all
out. They raised $12,000 last year and want to increase that
amount this year. I think their success is because so many pitch
in to make it a success. I’m sure nearly every student in their
school does something to help out. I’m sorry I won’t be able to
go because of a doctor’s appointment. You still have time to
make it. I’m sure you’ll find something of interest.
Before I forget it, I guess you were
able to figure out if the brown cows or the black cows gave more
milk. I’ll help you a bit if you didn’t. X is black, y is brown,
5 (4x+3y)+ 4 (3x+5y), figure it out. Remember when you move a
plus or minus sign across the equal sign, it changes. To be
honest, I had the answer in front of me all the time. I can
still remember we taught the math the students in our class
needed when we had two periods in the classroom with them. Big
thinkers got the idea another teacher could do a more complete
job, so they cut out a period. Oh well, I think several of these
thinkers in Columbus seem to be pushing Vocational Education
aside because they think some of our students do not need to
learn how to work. I’m old fashioned enough to think a freshman
in high school should know how to drive a nail.
I guess maybe what I was trying to
say earlier, when you get so old you tend to get “sot” in your
ways. It just doesn’t pay to get all that worked up if someone
I think maybe I’ve told this story
before but it illustrates my point. I don’t want to be an old
crow. Our big old brick house had a narrow closet in one corner
of our dining room that went clear to the ceiling.
Mom was cleaning it one spring when
she found a bag of prunes which had been there for a while. She
wasn’t sure what to do with them so she threw them out in the
Well, old Mr. Crow flew by and
spotted the prunes. He thought, “Those might be good to eat,”
and dropped down, picked up a prune, flew to the top of the pump
handle on our well and ate the prune.
This prune tasted so good that Mr.
Crow kept doing this until every prune was gone except one. He
sat on the pump handle so long thinking about how good that last
prune would taste. He also realized he would probably burst if
he ate that last prune.
He could not resist any longer, flew
down and gobbled down the last prune. He burst.
The moral of the story? “Don’t fly
off the handle when you are full of prunes.” Good advice?
The school year is winding down and
the time of year students get a bit restless and maybe tend to
throw their mind out of gear thinking school will be out in just
around the corner. I wonder what will happen when they add 20
more days to the school year?
When your conscience hurts, be glad.
God’s warning system is working.
There’s still plenty of room to get a
seat in the front section of church.
Read some from the book of Proverbs
this week, one of my favorite books of the Bible.