Local resident Dama Burkhart, center, was recognized recently as
the 2010 Austin C. Furbee Award honoree in recognition of her
dedication and contribution to Ohio
and the community. Shown with Burkhart are, alumni chapter
co-chairs, Martin Harper, left, and Terry Lee.
Receives Austin C.
The Eastern Ohio alumni chapter of Ohio University recently honored Woodsfield resident Dr.
Dama C. Burkhart as the 2010 Austin C. Furbee Award honoree in
recognition of her dedication and contribution to
University and the
community. Fifty of her family, friends and Ohio University
alumni and Ohio University Eastern Campus staff gathered in her
honor at a dinner at the Belmont Hills Country Club.
“Dr. Burkhart has been a long time supporter of the Ohio
University Eastern Campus serving on the Regional Coordinating
Council for many years,” said Dr. Rich Greenlee, Eastern Campus
dean. “She has also been a strong advocate for the need for
greater access to higher education opportunities for Monroe County
residents, particularly women.”
After receiving her high school diploma from
High School in 1944, Burkhart earned
her bachelor’s degree in education from
University in Upland, Ind.,
in 1950. In the summer of 1964 she pursued clinical pastoral
education at the Indiana University
and in 1965 she completed her master’s degree in personality
theory at Butler University
Burkhart then continued her education by earning her doctorate
in 1968 from Purdue
in Counseling and Guidance with minors in clinical psychology
Her career was spent in the education field. She taught at Purdue University,
first as an instructor, and then became a visiting assistant
professor supervising practicum in counseling and guidance. She
served as a human development specialist in Cooperative
Extensions Service for the state of Indiana and assistant
professor in the department of child development and family life
at Purdue. From 1974-78 she was an associate professor in the
same department before becoming the assistant dean for home
economics extension in the School of Consumer and Family
Sciences at Purdue. In 1980 she became the associate dean of the
Her other experiences have included being the director of
Christian education at Central Presbyterian Church in Lafayette,
Ind., serving on the National Council on Family Relations as
well as the Indiana Council on Family Relations where she was a
board member and president.
After moving back to the Woodsfield area upon retirement,
Burkhart stayed involved in higher education. “Dama was from Monroe County
and since that was one of our service areas, the [Ohio
University Eastern Campus] Regional Coordinating Council felt
that we needed to make sure that the Council has representation
from that county,” said Dr. James Newton, retired Eastern Campus
dean. “John Kirk, who was the chairperson of the Council, knew
Dama and recommended for her an appointment to the Council.
After being appointed by the Ohio University Trustees, Dama
instantly became a valuable member of the Council.” Burkhart
served on the Council for 20 years, 1987-2007.
“During her service on the Council, she provided insightful
information on various topics,” said
Newton. “She served on the Third Century
Campaign committee. I was particularly impressed with Dama’s
work in developing a scholarship for students who came from Monroe
and attended [the Eastern Campus]. I personally valued her
council, service and friendship during my tenure as the Campus
The Austin C. Furbee award was first given in 1981 after
Furbee’s wife, Gladys, established an endowed fund in memory of
her husband. Each year someone who has shown dedication,
commitment and service to Ohio University
and to the community is given the honor. Austin Furbee, for whom
the award is named, played a key role in the formation of the
Eastern Campus. He was a Belmont County commissioner when the commission
acquired the former Belmont County Experimental Station
farmland, which was to become the home of Ohio University
Eastern Campus. Furbee later served as a member of the campus’
regional coordinating council.
Burkhart is the wife of the late Judge George F. Burkhart. Her
daughter is Paige Amster of Naples,
Fla., and her son is Scott Cofield of Brownsburg, Ind.
Preparing the 20, 4x16 raised garden plots in the
Garden, located behind the Parry
Museum, are, from left, Thomas
Smith, Ernesto Matia, Master Gardener and instructor Mike
Sechrest, Mick McKenna, Russ Pratt, OSU Extension agent Mark
Landefeld, Mike Martinez and Jerik Wesley.
Photos by Martha Ackerman
Gardens About Ready to
Gardens, located behind the
Museum, took root after
Nan McBurney, a Master Gardener, spoke to the Woodsfield Garden
Club. The project, which has developed through volunteerism,
donations and support from local businesses and organizations,
was given a helping hand recently by prisoners at the Belmont
Under the direction of Mike Sechrest, vocational teacher at the
correctional institute, prisoners participating in the
Vocational, Horticultural and Turf Landscape Management program
prepared the 20, 4x12 beds for planting. The prison’s one-year
program, July 1 thru June 30, is a community service oriented
program in which participants help non-profit organizations with
turf and landscaping projects. Last year the St. Clairsville
Community Gardens, after which the local gardens are fashioned,
was aided by this same Belmont Correctional Institute’s program.
According to Sechrest, a Master Gardener, program participants
do a lot of volunteer work in the St. Clairsville area. The
program is federally funded so to supplement the monies
available, Secrest started a prison greenhouse, which was
approved by the warden and is located within the prison. The
participants in this program raise annuals, vegetable plants and
prepare hanging baskets for sale to the prison’s staff. The
profits from these sales augment the program’s funds, enabling
Sechrest to purchase supplies and needed items to continue.
The program participants mixed the compost, which was donated by
Bill Hoag, a local sheep farmer, with the soil and wheel
barrowed it to the 20 raised beds. These beds were constructed
earlier by Swiss Hills
Construction Trades I class under the direction of their
instructor Bob Dougherty. Later, program participants mulched
along the walkways and built a picket fence around the
perimeter. According to Sara Kraft, one of the community garden
organizers, wire was placed above the fence and the bottom was
secured to keep out the deer, rabbits and small animals.
There are two rain barrels and a new hydrant to provide water
for the gardens. Kraft noted that the only things needed are
seeds and plants. “The beds are accessible and this is a
wonderful opportunity for anyone who has a desire to plant a
garden and does not have the space or availability to do so,”
said Kraft. She also noted that it is said that the double the
amount of garden produce can be raised in a 4x12 raised garden
as in an open garden double its size.
The Belmont Correctional Institute’s Vocational, Horticultural
and Turf Landscape Management is a one-year voluntary program.
According to Sechrest, it gets participants outside and gives
them a sense of accomplishment when they complete a project such
as the community gardens. Participants study, learn and test for
the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s Test, which most of
the men who worked on the
Garden have already
passed. After the participants complete the program and pass the
test, they are considered Ohio Certified Nursery Technicians,
which gives them a major plus when they are released and looking
This partnership with the Belmont Correctional Institute was a
win-win situation for everyone. The raised gardens are now ready
to plant after the danger of frost. Organizers appreciate all
the help they have received in developing this community garden
project. Packets are available at the Extension Office, located
in courthouse. There are three plots left. The Beacon will
continue to check the progress of the project as the planting
Members of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed
Cameron Carry Out to the business community. The carry-out was
reopened by Tim and Carol Ollom. Shown, from left, are Miranda
Ollom, Lisa Tiber, Carol Ollom, and representing the Chamber,
Ruth Workman and Tom Scott.
Cameron Carry Out Reopens
The Cameron Carry Out has reopened. It had been the hub of the
little town for more than 35 years, but had closed a few years
ago. Tim and Carol Ollom and their two children, Tylor, 19, and
Miranda, 15, decided Cameron needed a little store again.
Located along Sunfish Creek between Woodsfield and Clarington,
the store carries necessary staples and is the town meeting
place for residents to hear the latest news.
Carol Ollom worked at the Cameron Carry Out for eight years and
loved working there. When it closed, she worked for a year at a
department store. People kept telling her that she should buy
the carry out and the family decided to try it. They know it
requires long hours, but it is a venture they decided to pursue.
Tim is a coal miner, a township trustee and does a lot of the
running and shopping for the carry out. Carol has worked at the
carry out and knew the daily workings of the business, which
prepared her for the venture. Tylor does some of the running for
the carry out and Miranda and her friend Lisa Tiber help Carol
in the daily operation of the carry out.
The carry out inventory includes milk, bread, eggs, cereal,
canned goods, sodas, beer, wine, household basic needs and
tobacco items. A variety of fresh sandwiches are available in
the restaurant side of the store. Burgers are made from
Headley’s meats and the quarter pounder makes a great sandwich.
Fresh cut Fench fries and other deep fried sides are available
to complete a tasty lunch or dinner.
pizza is available in three sizes and seven toppings from which
”Everyone loves our pizza,” says Carol, who decided when you
have something that has been a success, why change it.
Cameron Carry Out also has movies available for rent.
The ice cream shop, located within the carry out, has soft serve
vanilla, chocolate and twist cones, along with a variety of
milkshakes, sundaes and other ice cream treats.
It is a clean, neatly arranged little store which continues to
be the hub of this little town. Cameron Carry Out is open Monday
thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
You can call and have your food or pizza ready when you arrive.
Call in orders to 740-458-1808.
Around the Burnside
pessimist is one who is seasick during the entire voyage of
Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can
strange sometimes how things happen or work out. For example,
last Wednesday I traveled to
Hospital for an inside
inspection which worked out great as I have a choice of going
through another inspection in three years. As a result I did not
pick up our copy of the Beacon. I messed around on Thursday and
didn’t get our Beacon until I took my blurb in Friday a.m.
you know, if you’ve been reading, I’ve been on a milk kick for
some time. Last week I tried to let you know I think that
milk is the best tasting milk.
open the supplement regarding some farms in
County and I learn that Jersey milk makes the best tasting cheese. Talk about
being on the same page. I guess I’ll have to start eating
cheese now. You can too, you know.
you didn’t read the supplement last week, I’d suggest you dig it
out of file 13 or wherever it might be and read it. It was
excellent and proves Monroe
is not a county of rednecks, as I’m sure some think. Makes it
more interesting when you’ve known one of the couples since you
moved to the county.
we have those who think there’s no place in our schools for
agriculture science or an active FFA Chapter. There is a lot of
technology in agriculture.
you ever had something and didn’t realize it? It happens. Most
of us have heard something about organic this, organic that,
being so much better than what we have been using. I don’t
understand. All I know about organic, however, I wonder. We used
to spread a good layer of the stuff out of the barn on our
garden every year. Is this organic?
the store the other day I spotted organic eggs. I picked up a
dozen for closer inspection. I read they were from free roaming
hens and were brown. We had both brown and white eggs at home.
We couldn’t tell the difference when they were in the skillet. I
then noticed the price. It was just a few tinks less than 30
cents per egg. I put them back. I wonder where free running hens
lay their eggs? Our hens were also free running.
also read the other day we should have organic lawns. It didn’t
say much about how you get or raise an organic lawn but it did
have a warning about it. they said not to worry and just kind of
look over it. They said not to worry because some weeds tend to
come up in an organic lawn. Do you know something? I have an
organic lawn and didn’t even know it.
had some pretty yellow flowers scattered all over my lawn early
this spring. Since I mowed the last time some smaller yellow
flowers have started in a few spots and I have some low growing
purple flowers in several places and creeping Charlie will be
present. So I guess I’ll just keep mowing my organic lawn and
let the clippings fall where they may. I can’t remember when it
had any of that nasty fertilizer and lime so I guess maybe that
might make it organic.
about an obese week. Monday I attended the Monroe Retired
Teachers dinner at noon and was invited to Shenandoah’s FFA
banquet Monday evening. Tuesday just liquid, catch up Wednesday
and Thursday and chicken cooked by the Lewisville firemen on
Sunday. Finally a pepperoni roll for supper. That did it,
heartburn. A couple big slugs of Mountain Dew took care of that.
really enjoyed the Shenandoah FFA banquet. It brought back a lot
of memories. The Shenandoah FFA have a large number of members
and are very active. I was impressed by the number of girls who
are members. In fact, they carry out leadership as chapter
officers and participate in various contests and county fair. It
was a very enjoyable evening.
you watched the ad on TV for the egg cracker. You just put an
egg in it, squeeze and out drops the egg, no fuss, no muss. It
even has a little thing-a-ma-thing that scrambles the egg before
it is broken. I’d eat more eggs if we had one of those things as
it looks like fun to use. Works well with hard boiled eggs, too.
I don’t think I’ll buy one because just about everything you can
buy on TV does not work the same as they show. It only costs $10
plus probably another seven to ship and handle.
you ever stopped to think and not get started again?
Don’t forget church Sunday.
May 13 Classifieds
May 13 Garage Sales
At Woodsfield Council Don Harmon was honored at the May 3
meeting. From left are Mayor Bill Bolon, Carol Hehr, Pauline
Delbrugge, Dale English, William E. Moore, Mike Cox, Don Harmon
and Lance LaFollette. Not pictured was Vernon Henthorn.
by Taylor Abbott
Woodsfield Village Council recently honored lifelong Woodsfield
resident Don Harmon during their May 3 meeting.
Rick Schuerman, village administrator, had to get Harmon to
council chambers without his knowing what awaited him. Schuerman
reportedly told Harmon that council was planning to discuss
issues concerning the tennis courts in town. He led Harmon to
believe that this was an important meeting that he could not
Around 7 p.m., council recessed briefly in preparation for
Harmon’s arrival. Over 30 people filled council chambers with
Harmon taking his seat in front after the guests were seated.
Mayor Bill Bolon reconvened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. by reading
the resolution honoring Harmon.
At that point, Harmon quickly glanced at every person in the
room and shaking his head as he realized that everyone in the
room was aware of this prior to him.
Bolon read the resolution aloud saying, “Don Harmon has
dedicated decades of such selfless service to the citizens of
of Woodsfield, in his
tireless and devoted acts which have developed, maintained, and
enhanced the aesthetic appearance and recreational opportunities
offered by the village of Woodsfield.”
He went on to say that Harmon’s service and contributions to the
Woodsfield Park Board, Woodsfield Youth Center, and the
Woodsfield municipal swimming pool have been essential to the
benefits those programs and facilities offer the citizens of
It was then resolved by council after the resolution’s reading
that Don Harmon be honored by proclaiming the tennis courts at
Memorial Park be called, now and perpetually, “Don Harmon Tennis
A roar of applause and standing ovation for the community leader
was given. Harmon thanked those in attendance and said, “I don’t
know what to say. You all have me so shook up, I’m speechless.”
Many stories and memories were shared by those who have had the
honor of working with or playing tennis with Harmon.
Collectively, they each echoed the same message: Thank you Don
Harmon, for your hard work and dedication to the citizens of
Following the conclusion of the meeting a reception was held.
In other business conducted during the meeting, the Parking
Committee presented a report before council.
Committee Chair William E. Moore spoke of the issues regarding
the roadway leading out towards the airport and commerce park.
said, “We recommend an appropriate time be established for
council to meet as a whole and hear from the public and
formulate a plan to improve vehicle use of North Main Street from Maple Avenue to the township line.”
It was decided by council that a public hearing concerning the
issue will be held May 17 at 7 p.m. in council chambers. Anyone
with questions or concerns are invited to attend the meeting and
voice their opinions.
MAE L. THOMAS
Mae L. Thomas, 98,
9390 Lattasburg Rd., West Salem,
formerly of Woodsfield, died May 7, 2010 at the home of Roy D.
and Doris Weaver near
Wooster. She was born Dec. 11, 1911 near
Jerusalem, a daughter of the late George
and Laura Shaw Riser.
was a homemaker and a Protestant by faith. She enjoyed farming
and was an avid quilter.
Surviving are seven nephews, Larry Riser and Gene Riser, both of
Martins Ferry, Ronald Riser, George Riser and Randy Riser, all
of Jerusalem, Donald Riser of Beallsville and Harold Cronin of
Pennsylvania; four nieces, Malinda Henthorn of Woodsfield, Elsie
Phillips of Illinois, Becky Hubbard of Youngstown, Wanda Clark
of Woodsfield; 11 great-nieces; and 14 great-nephews.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Royden Thomas in 1969; two brothers, Everett and James
Riser; two sisters, Dessie Cronin, Dorothy Hoff; a nephew, Paul
Cronin and a brother-in-law, Roger Thomas.
Friends were received until time of services May 11 at Watters
Funeral Home, with Howard Spengler officiating. Burial followed
in Oaklawn Cemetery,
Online condolences may be expressed at
GEORGE A. FOUTTY
George Allen Foutty, 88, 33498 SR 800, New Matamoras, (Fly
Community) died May 4, 2010 at the New Martinsville Health Care
Center. He was born Aug. 1, 1921 at Fly, a son of the late
George Wesley and Effie West Fouty.
was a carpenter by trade. He was a former employee of Timken in Canton; a retired employee
of Olin and Consolidated Aluminum, Hannibal; a faithful member
of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, New Martinsville; a
U.S. Army veteran serving during WWII having received a Purple
Heart for being wounded in battle. He loved woodworking, hunting
and spent his whole life serving God and others.
Surviving are his wife of 13 years, Irene Finley Foutty, of the
home; a daughter, Janet (Tim) Schwall of Woodsfield; a son,
George S. (Lugene) Foutty of New Matamoras; a step-daughter,
Ruth Ellen (John) Callard of St. Charles, Ill.; a sister,
Kathleen Hupp of Cambridge; four grandchildren, Steve Foutty,
Leslie Cisler, Jeanette Harter and Jessica Summers; nine
great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and five
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first
wife, Jeanette Smittle Foutty in 1994; and three sisters,
Eloise, Cora and Emogene.
Friends were received May 6 until time of services at Watters
Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Jeremy Joy officiating. Burial
followed in Mehrley Cemetery,
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Martinsville
Health Care Center c/o Activity Dept.,
225 Russell Ave., New Martinsville,
Online condolences may be expressed at
CONNIE M. McGEE
Connie M. McGee, 58,
Akron, died May 3, 2010 in the burn unit
at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Surviving are two sons, David Seladoki of Neffs, Michael
Seladoki of Akron; a twin sister, Bonnie Heil of St.
Clairsville; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Riley and numerous
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. McGee; parents,
Wade and Evagene McKelvey; two brothers, David and Greg McKelvey
memorial mass was celebrated May 6 at St. Francis de Sales, Akron. Memorial contributions may be made in
her memory to Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Unit or Donate Life Ohio
www.donatelifeohio.org. Condolences and special memories may be
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