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May 28, 2009

Official Count, Breakdown of School Bond Issue Tax Levy

The official count for the Switzerland of Ohio School District bond and tax levy became available May 19.

The issue was approved by district voters 4,281 to 3,199.

In Noble County, the issue passed with 30 voting for and 28 voting against the issue. 

It passed in Belmont County with 525 for and 389 voting against the bond and tax levy.

In Monroe County 3,277 voters said yes to the levy issue and 2,228 said no. Of the 10,285 registered voters, 5,531 cast ballots.

Following is a breakdown for Monroe, with the first number being yes votes.
Adams: 138 - 113
Benton: 63 - 57 
Bethel: 41 - 81
Woodsfield North: 202 - 58
South A: 145 - 46
South B: 201 - 58
South C: 154 - 57
Center North: 165 - 85
Center South: 192 - 75
Franklin: 81 - 75
Green: 85 - 109
Jackson: 78 - 89
Lee North:110 - 119
Lee South: 84 - 115
Malaga East: 93 - 72
Malaga West: 131 - 79
Ohio North: 149 - 78
Ohio South: 92 - 104
Perry: 94 - 89
Clarington: 43 - 55
Salem: 105 - 106
Seneca: 26 - 12
Summit: 180 - 102
Beallsville: 96 - 33
Sunsbury: 257 - 149
Switzerland: 116 - 56
Washington: 84 - 94
Wayne: 72 - 62       


Honored With a Resolution

State Representative Jennifer Garrison presented Karissa Martin, Miss Ohio 2008, with a Resolution May 20 in honor and appreciation of her service to the State of Ohio. Shown, from left, are Rep. Allan Sayre, Rep. Mark Okey, Karissa Martin and Rep. Jennifer Garrison. 

State Representative Jenni-fer Garrison (D-Marietta) presented a Resolution May 20 on behalf of the Ohio House of Representatives in honor of Miss Ohio 2008, Karissa Martin.

“I m pleased to present Miss Martin with a Resolution in honor and appreciation of her service to our State as Miss Ohio 2008,” said Rep. Garrison. “She is an extraordinary young woman, and I am happy to have her represent our region and state.”

Representatives Allan Sayre (D-Dover) and Mark Okey (D-Carrollton) supported the honorary Resolution and joined Rep. Garrison in congratulating Miss Ohio on her achievements.

“It is altogether appropriate that we recognize Karissa, not just for her beauty and talent, but also for her work in educating young people in skin cancer prevention,” Rep. Okey declared as Miss Martin was recognized by the House.

During her tenure as Miss Ohio, Miss Martin has traveled extensively to promote understanding and awareness of the dangers of skin cancer and methods of prevention. She has used her crown as a platform to reach out to young people and has logged over 30,000 miles in her efforts to support skin cancer prevention methods aimed especially at Ohio’s young adult population.

Project Stakeholders Meet

Byron H. Manchester, left, vice-president, BSHM, and Paul Ricciuti, director of planning, BSHM, architects, look over notes during an initial meeting of firms involved with new and renovated schools for the Switzerland of Ohio School District.     

Photo by Arlean Selvy

Gov. Ted Strickland and State Rep. Jennifer Garrison will be in Woodsfield June 19 at 1 p.m. to present a  ceremonial check for the six new schools and renovated high school in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District.

The new schools and renovation became possible when district voters approved an 8.19 mill tax levy by an official vote of 4,281 to 3,199.

The Ohio School Facilities Commission is paying 63 percent of the total cost for the construction and renovation project. As a result of a one-time offer from the state, the district’s share was reduced from 55 percent to 37 percent of the approximate $87 million project.

School administration praised Garrison for her diligence in opening this window of opportunity to the Switzerland of Ohio schools. The representative worked for two years to get special legislation to allow the reduction.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on the new buildings, including a Beallsville K-12 building, a combined Hannibal/Sardis Elementary, Skyvue Elementary,  Powhatan Elementary, Monroe Central High School and a completely renovated River High School.

A meeting, referred to as a stakeholders’ meeting, was held May 20 at Brown Community Center. Included in the meeting were the architectural firm, construction managers, representatives of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency (OMERESA) and school district officials, including: Larry Elliott, superintendent; George Richardson, administrative assistant; Marc Ring, transportation and support services director; Janet Hissrich, district treasurer; Tina Hogue, cafeteria manager and Scott Dierkes, president of the board of education.

The architectural firm working on the project is Balog Stines Hendricks & Manches-ter, Inc. of Youngstown. PCS of the Columbus area is the construction manager.

The school district, the largest in the state, encompasses 536 square miles and has a three-county footprint including Monroe, Belmont and Noble counties. School buses travel 4,000 miles a day. 

Defying Statistics
Training program for entrepreneurs

Despite passion, drive and an abundance of good ideas, half of all new businesses fail within the first few years. Often that’s because, despite their zeal, entrepreneurs lack the experience and tools required for starting and running a business.

Area entrepreneurs now have a secret weapon that increases their chances for success: Fast-Trac®, a comprehensive family of workshops and programs that help entrepreneurs hone the skills they need to create, manage and grow successful businesses.

Hosted by Team Monroe, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and Monroe County CIC, the FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ program, a hands-on entrepreneurial program, is being offered June 25 - Aug. 13 at the Black Walnut Center. Classes are each Thursday from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. There is a fee for registration.

The program assists entrepreneurs in evaluating their current business framework and determining the changes needed to improve performance and grow their business.

  A free preview night will take place June 4 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Black Walnut Center. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and find out if the program is right for them. Registration for preview night is not required.

FastTrac® connects entrepreneurs to the best resources available to help them pursue and realize their dreams. The program provides small business owners with business insights, strategic visioning guidance, professional networking connections and other resources. This prepares them to create a new business or expand an existing one.

“Running a successful business is challenging, and Fast-Trac® provides the support  entrepreneurs need to succeed,” said Paul Kinghorn, director of the EDA-Univer-sity Centers Program at Ohio University’s Voinovich School. “In our work to help entrepreneurs, this program provides the tools and support needed to help business owners improve their changes for success.”

A typical FastTrac® session includes facilitated discussions and activities, networking, small peer groups, a guest speaker and coaching sessions. Participants work on their own business ventures throughout the program. FastTrac® offers programs for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as entrepreneurship curriculum for college students.

More than 165,000 entrepreneurs have participated in FastTrac®. FastTrac® is a program of the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest organization in the nation solely focused on entrepreneurial success at all levels.

This FastTrac® program is offered through the Appalachian Regional Entrepreneurship Group located at the Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, which supports entrepreneurs and small businesses by offering counseling, training and support services.

The FastTrac® GrowthVent-ure™ program is hosted by Team Monroe, Monroe Coun-ty Chamber of Commerce and Monroe County CIC.

To register for the Fast-Trac® GrowthVenture™ program or for more information, entrepreneurs may call 740-213-0455 or email tomscott@gmn4u.com

New Drop-Off Sites for Recycling

The Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, which serves Monroe County, has been awarded  $50,000 in CDBG funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The award was announced recently by State Rep. Jennifer Garrison. She said the money will be used for new local recycling efforts.

“These funds will go far to help reduce the amount of trash we produce that goes into landfills,” said Garrison. “Recycling is easy and recycling drop-off centers make the process totally hassle-free.”

The Sounteastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District currently serves over 230,000 people in  six counties and disposes of over 165,000 tons of waste per year.

New drop-off centers will be set up in Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum , Noble and Washington counties. The funds will go towards expanding current residential and commercial recycling initiatives and create recycling opportunities in previously underserved communities.

~ AllSecure Systems, Ltd. Welcomed to Chamber ~

AllSecure Systems Ltd. was welcomed to the business community of Monroe County recently. Formerly doing business as Transtar of Ohio, Marvin Hodges has joined forces with Joe Hinte of Columbus, president of AllSecure Systems. The business includes a DirecTV dealership and Monitronics, which provides residential and commercial security systems. AllSecure also sells, installs and services all major manufacturers of security CCTV equipment, including Silent Witness, Pelco, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Bosch, Panasonic and Dedicated Micros. For more information on these services, call 740-567-4166 or 866-457-3377. Shown  are: Steve Dickinson, Quiano Lacey, Allen Spiker, Pat and Marvin Hodges, of the local AllSecure Systems office; Joe Hinte, president of AllSecure Systems; and Ruth Workman, of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.         Photo by Martha Ackerman

Betty Irene English, 84, Graysville, died May 14, 2009, at the 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 www.bauerturner.com
Sally L. Huffman, 60, Narrows Run Rd., Sardis, died May 22, 2009 at Ruby Memorial Hospital Morgantown. She was born Nov. 4, 1948 in New Martinsville.  Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.
Lillian F. Smith, 92, 205 Wood Terrace Rd., Woodsfield, died May 26, 2009 at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield.
Arrangements are pending at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Delbert W. Butler, Sr., 78, 1015 Belford St., Caldwell, formerly of New Concord, died May 21, 2009, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 1, 1930 at Fredericksdale, a son of the late Herlan and Daisy Carter Butler. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
Maxine Knowlton, 83, Graysville, died May 20, 2009, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. She was born Oct. 16, 1925 in Monroe County, a daughter of the late William Perry Cline and Anna Grace Beardmore Cline.  Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com
James (JD) Robertson, 57, Lewisville, died May 18, 2009 at his home. He was born July 7, 1951 in Barnesville, a son of the late L.D. Robertson and Lillian Mahoney Robertson. Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

Delbert W. Butler, Sr., 78, 1015 Belford St., Caldwell, formerly of New Concord, died May 21, 2009, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 1, 1930 at Fredericksdale, a son of the late Herlan and Daisy Carter Butler. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com
Paul William Byers, Sr.
Paul William Byers, Sr., 77, Woodsfield, formerly of Trail Run, passed away at 3:20 a.m. at Marietta Memorial Hospital on May 16, 2009, after a battle with extensive cancer. His family was by his side for the last two days before his passing, celebrating his life and comforting him in his last hours.

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Around the Burnside

If all your dreams don’t come true, don’t fret; all your nightmares don’t either.

Don’t be a carbon copy of somebody else; make your own impressions.

I sometimes hear things that I wonder if it’s a fact or if it’s something I’ve read on the internet. Somehow I heard or read some of our thinkers or thinker is suggesting we tax each cow because of the methane gas they give off. I didn’t realize they gave off methane gas.

I’ve spent a lot of time around cows when I was growing up. During my fair days I slept many nights with a barn full of cattle. I even spent all night with another Ag teacher in a barn making sure the kids and cattle behaved. I guess I don’t know what methane smells like. I just hope they don’t make us take a shot of Beano before we eat soupbeans.

Oh, by the way, before I forget it and you didn’t figure it out, the brown cows were the better milkers. This maybe does not hold true in real life. They told us at Ohio State, “If you had a bucket of milk and dropped a quarter in it and you could tell if it was heads or tails it was from a holstein, normally black. If you didn’t have enough milk to cover the quarter, it was jersey.” OK, don’t get all worked up; we milked jerseys at home.

I’ve also heard that a number of our youth have allergies of some type. This is proven by the fact at times at FFA camp, campers load up one of the plastic milk carriers with medicine. The nurse hands it out.

I also read where those who worked with cattle and on the farm did not develop allergies as those who were not lucky enough to work on a farm.

I think that’s true because the only thing I’m allergic to is work. Well, maybe x-ray dye. Because I had a problem with cumidin I had my doctor thinking I was allergic to it until I couldn’t get out of taking the rat poison.

One of the tough things that happen at the Beacon office is typing Around the Burnside. I took several years of penmanship in grade school. I know how to have good penmanship but I fail to use it most of the time.

Then I do not claim to be the world’s best speller. I guess maybe they use one of those computers that will not allow you to spell a word as it sounds.

English is another thing. I studied English in high school, took dummy English plus three quarters at OSU. A lot of it bounced off but I do remember some of it, even if I have lived in Southeastern Ohio most of my life. I do remember that many words in the English language have more than one meaning. Several times I use a word for special effects and eagle eyes change it to a more proper word.

All of this just because of the poor crow I wrote about last week. They didn’t realize I was writing about a Southeastern Ohio crow. Southeastern Ohio crows don’t burst they bust. He would have never eaten the last prune if he had thought he would burst. My story would not have had any moral to it. Then everyone would fly off the handle when they were full of prunes.

I still can’t help it. When I tell this story, and I have many times, my crow thinks he will bust, he eats the prune and he busted. Those of us in Southeastern Ohio know what happened.

Thinking about prunes reminds me of something I use to pull at FFA camp. I do like to eat a prune every once in a while. I think it was when Carter was president the camp received a good supply of surplus prunes. Well, there’s not much you can do with prunes at FFA camp so they put a container with prunes in the dining hall and told the campers to help themselves whenever they wanted. Needless to say the prunes did not disappear at a very fast rate.

In order to speed things up, I kept telling campers they should eat prunes because they were good for them and would keep them from getting too tired with all the activities. I would pop a prune every once in a while just to prove a point. It did work on a few campers while we had surplus prunes but for some reason or another they didn’t come back for any more prunes. This was also before they remodeled the restrooms. I really miss FFA camp.

This is new to me; I have written most of this while waiting in a doctor’s office with probably 19 or 20 other folks waiting. At least it’s comfortable.

Now that the danger of frost is over the lady of the house planted her flowers and assorted work around the house. I’m planning a kind of a scientific experiment this year. I do not plan to tell anyone until I see if it works or not. We did cut down on our tomato crop this year as we only set out four plants. This should keep us well supplied with tomato sandwiches this summer. There is still nothing like picking a real ripe tomato off the vine, using a little salt, and chomping it down, juice and all. Better for you than an ice cream cone.

Is your grass growing as fast as our grass? I think I’ve mowed our lawn at least five times now and I think it will be ready to mow again in a day of two. Oh well, gives me something to do.

Remember: If you aren’t wearing a smile you’re only half dressed.

See you in church Sunday? Someone should.

P.S. I looked up bust in my dictionary. Bust - slang 1. To burst or break. So my crow’s OK.