Kiwanians Deliver Meals to Elderly, Shut-In and Those in
you know of an elderly shut-in or someone in need of a
Thanksgiv-ing meal, please contact Ed Paulus at 740-472-5423 by
Sunday, Nov. 21.
In its 87th year, the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club takes the “We
Build” national motto seriously as planning begins for the
annual Thanksgiving Dinner project. In the midst of
these uncertain economic times, members of the Woodsfield
Kiwanis Club are grateful for an opportunity to serve the needy
and elderly in our community with a traditional holiday meal
along with a lot of cheer and friendliness.
In 2009, the club delivered 239 meals.
On Thursday, Nov. 25, Kiwanians will use the facilities of the Woodsfield United
to prepare and deliver a meal of turkey and dressing, sweet
potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and butter, pumpkin
pie and fruit to residents of Monroe
The Kiwanis Thanksgiving Dinner project is the result of many
hard working volunteers who donate time, food, and supplies to
ensure a delicious dinner for all. Several Key Club members
from area high schools and children of Kiwanis Club members help
cut pies, wash dishes and deliver meals along with other jobs
throughout the event.
Members of the Kiwanis Club are appreciative of the efforts to
build youth leadership qualities. “We hope they are on their way
to becoming future Kiwanis leaders,” said Ed Paulus, 2010
chairman of the dinner project.
The Woodsfield Kiwanis Club acknowledges with ap-preciation the
donations re-ceived for the Thanksgiving Dinner project from
members of the club, Riesbeck’s Food Market, Citizens National
Bank, Weber’s Pharmacy and the Monroe County
Special appreciation to Jeanie Dixon and family for preparing
the delicious meals, along with community friends who donate
their time in various ways. The spirit of generosity and
cooperation en-sures a special dinner for the elderly, needy and
Around the Burnside
Keep your ideals high enough to inspire you and low enough to
You’re never hurt by anything you never said.
Have you gotten used to slow time yet? I don’t think it is all
that bad. I slept this morning until what would have been 10
a.m. fast time. I guess maybe that will ruin my afternoon nap.
After a trip to the eye doctor two days in a row, one in
Morgantown and the other in Parkersburg. I guess sleeping in a
bit the next morning is not all that bad. The good thing is that
both visits turned out to be excellent. The eyes have it, a good
report all around.
Veteran’s Day! It seems to me the veterans were honored by about
every community. I think maybe they had more publicity this
For the 10th year I was invited to the Little Hocking Elementary
School for their program to honor veterans. They really honor
them as do most schools. I was invited to two other schools but
was unable to attend because of scheduled trips to the doctors.
Maybe next year.
At Little Hocking we were treated to a breakfast table when we
arrived and time to visit with other vetsa who were attending. A
number had grandkids in school.
We were then divided into small groups to visit several
classrooms to share some experiences and answer questions. I
visited three classrooms. Most of the students had something
they had done to honor veterans and give to each of us.
We were then treated to dinner with the students in a very noisy
lunch room. A little later we went to the gym for the program.
As usual the singing by all the students at the same time really
makes the tears come to your eyes. The bleachers and gym floor
were full of students and even the kindergarten students were
A lady who has started a project to send socks made from Alpaca
wool or whatever it is called, to service men, brought an Alpaca
for the students to see and pet. I didn’t go out as I know what
an Alpaca looks like and it was cold.
The first class I visited was the first grade and had just come
inside from seeing the Alpaca. Before we started anything the
teacher picked up a small bottle of hand disinfectant and
squirted each students hands. I thought man, we had water to
drink at school and that was it. I wonder how we made it with
our dirty hands all day. Sometimes you couldn't help picking
your nose or wiping it on your shirt sleeve.
Now that deer season is coming soon and the deer are out hunting
for another deer and as a result the insurance companies are
trying to teach deer to look both ways before crossing the
highway. It isn’t working; the deer have other things on their
I had a reader ask me a question the other day. I do not know
the answer and do not even know if it is true or not. The
question, If you husk the corn, deer will not eat it. If you
leave the husk on, it will eat it. Why? As I said I’m not sure
if it is true so I couldn’t answer it. Why do some people
crumble crackers in their chili and others drop in a whole
cracker or no cracker at all? Me, I prefer to drop little chunks
of cheese in my chili because I like it that way. I even like
French Onion soup with all that cheese on top. Cheese sticks are
Another thing happened to make this veteran’s day kind of
special. I received a DVD, ‘Iwo Jima A Final Tour.” It was a
special tour of several veterans returning to
Iwo Jima as it is today along with some action
shots taken during the battle. This brought memories and tears.
I was able to get several copies of the DVD to share with a few
buddies I served with. In addition, I received a small bag of
sand from Iwo Jima. More
memories. When I left the island I did not want any part of it.
Getting some sand from the beach today really means a lot to me.
And to think most of us were just kids at the time.
Well, the football season is over for most of our so called
local schools so it’s back to bouncing basketballs. It’s the
only sport we had when I was in high school except for our FFA
softball team. My joining the softball team and joining FFA,
probably started me on what I would end up doing. OK the GI bill
also was a big help.
Maybe that’s why I enjoy basketball so much. I have many
memories of the Skyvue team that meant so much to the community.
The Boosters Club activities which most members have passed on.
The memories are good and wouldn’t trade anything except maybe
the score of the Championship game. Then as I aid to a Fort
fan when she told me she would like to see the tape. I told her,
“Lady, you could watch the tape a hundred times and Fort Frye
would always lose.” I remember when the parking lot was full
before the JV game.
Remember: You do not fight fire with fire; firemen use water.
There’s still plenty of room in church.
Thanks to the generosity of Woodsfield’s Riesbeck’s Food Market,
the Warm the Children program will be able to serve more
children. Shown, from left, are WTC Coordinator Pandora Neuhart
accepting a check for $2,400 from Kirt Sloan, Woodsfield
Riesbeck’s Food Market Manager.
BBQ Nets $2,400 for WTC
by Martha Ackerman
The aroma of the ribeye steaks, sausage, soup beans and apple
butter filled the air in the Woodsfield Riesbeck’s parking lot
Manager Kirt Sloan and his crew were getting the grills ready
early as they prepared for the annual Warm the Children BBQ,
sponsored by Woodsfield Riesbeck’s Food Market.
This year’s BBQ netted $2,400 for the program, which provides
new, warm, winter coats for needy children in the Switzerland of
Ohio Local School District.
According to WTC coordinator Pandora Neuhart, the first shopping
day at Pamida tallied $7,300. This donation by Riesbeck’s will
allow the program to serve more needy children.
Thanks to the generosity of Riesbecks, other businesses,
organizations and individuals, this program is able to continue
despite the economy. All the money collected for Warm the
Children is used for coats for children. None of it is used for
administrative or advertising expenses. The Beacon takes care of
that. All the money stays in
This year Kiwanians, who help sponsor the program, worked with
Riesbeck em-ployees to serve the hundreds of sandwiches, soup
beans and cornbread.
Riesbeck’s provided the meat, beverages and their employee
payroll for the day. Caito Produce and
Conn’s Potato Chips also donated items
for the event. Carl Slevin tended the soup beans, which were
prepared in a kettle over an open wood fire. Also on hand were
members of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, who prepared homemade
apple butter over an open fire.
Despite the cold weather, hundreds of residents took advantage
of the tasty ribeye and sausage sandwiches, the cornbread and
soup beans, while supporting a vital program for needy children
in this school district.
The ribeye steaks were cooking for the 2010 Warm the Children
BBQ, sponsored by Riesbeck’s Food Market. Shown, from front,
are: Janice McClelland, Elaine Howell and Woodsfield Riesbeck’s
manager Kirt Sloan. Ackerman Photos
Grass Fires on the
Woodsfield Fire Chief Cautions Residents
“If you’re thinking of burning brush piles etc. please don’t;
we'd like to have a day off,” said Woodsfield Volunteer Fire
Chief Mike Young. “We’ve been on four brush fire calls since
last Thursday (Nov. 4).
The department responded to a large woods fire Nov. 3 on Plainview Road. Mutual aid was called in
and Lewisville Fire Depart-ments.
According to Young, a downed electric line to an old, unused
well started the brush fire.
The fire, which affected about one-and-a-half acres, was fought
for over three hours. According to Young, the first hour or so
was fought by hand with water backpacks until a road was cleared
to bring trucks in.
Use extreme caution to avoid brush fires!
~ Work Continues on
Work continues on the Cameron bridge, located off State Route
78, east of Woodsfield. According to Monroe County Engineer
Lonnie Tustin, the tentative opening for the new bridge is early
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Local Residents Meet Former President and Mrs. George Bush ~
Local residents Richard and Marsha Yoho recently visited their
daughter Lisa in Houston, Texas.
While there, they toured the George Bush Presidential Library
and Museum in College Station. They also
had the honor of meeting former President George H.W. Bush and
former First Lady Barbara Bush.
The official groundbreaking for the new schools took place at 10
a.m. Some school officials made speeches. The officials broke
Coach Circosta’s speech nearly brought me to tears. It brought
him to tears. A semi said, “It’s not a dream anymore when a
small town team made it to the finals.”
The band played and cheerleaders cheered. Somebody gave us a
math problem and the answer was that he “waited 40 years for a
new school. That’s pretty long to wait for the new school when
it was promised to you when you were 21.”
Somebody gave the high school a
flag. The part that gives me hope is that people spend parts of
their lives to give us a new school.
Then we crowded onto buses and went back to school, had classes
and went home. it was a touching day for everybody.
Sincerely, W.E.S. Sixth Grade
Samuel R. Evans
I’m glad that we are getting new schools. When we were going up
to see where the new schools were going to be built, I thought
where are we going. Then I saw why.
When we got up there it was new schools going to be up there by
I thought at first that something was going on and when I found
out I was happy.
And thank you for helping to build a new school.
Sincerely, Gene Nalley
On Nov. 1, I went to the groundbreaking for the new schools. I
felt excited and astonishment. I was excited because it’s the
first time we get to see the new schools. Astonishment because
of its length and its size.
Once there, I felt cold, even with a coat on. After
groundbreaking, we had cookies and punch. A flag was presented
to superintendent Larry Elliott and thanks to the taxpayers for
making this trip possible.
Sincerely, Chase A. Shuman
Our schools are going to be big. A lot of the kids will be happy
to see the new schools.
Mr. Calder says he has been rushing time because he has been
waiting for the new schools to be built. There were 15 golden
Thank you Kassie Anderson, you’re a really good principal and
don’t you know now that we’re getting new schools you might get
a bigger office.
Thank you guys for making new schools and paying for it. When I
first found out I was happy. I couldn’t wait until we got new
Today the whole school went to the groundbreaking for the new
schools. I saw a bunch of flags and people with hard hats. We
had several speakers with speeches. A man gave Mr. Elliott a
flag and said “Take good care of our flag.” Then we had the
cheerleaders cheer and the band played the fight song.
We had the groundbreaking, then we left on busses packed full
I can’t wait till we get our new schools. Monday, Nov. 1, I went
to the groundbreaking for Monroe Central High School
and Woodsfield Elementary School.
We listened to Mrs. Anderson (Woodsfield Elementary principal)
say a prayer then the Monroe Central High School Band played the
Star Spangled Banner.
We said the Pledge of Allegiane, listened to speeches and
watched the cheerleaders do some cheers.
We listened to the band play the War Chant and the Alma-Mater.
I would like to thank Larry Elliott, Kathryn Anderson, Jerry
Calder, Jason Yoss, Scott Dierkes, Gary Balog, Coach Jay
Circosta, the tax payers and Jennifer Garrison.
Sincerely, Mackenzie Allen
On Nov. 1, the students of Woodsfield Elementary School and Monroe Central
High School went to the
groundbreaking ceremony for the new schools. We saw a veteran
give a flag to Larry Elliott, the superintendent of Switzerland
of Ohio School District.
We said the Pledge of Allegiance, listened to the Star Spangled
Banner and Mrs. Anderson of Woodsfield Elementary gave a prayer.
There were many speeches, the most emotional speech ws from Jay
Circosta. He said, “This is not a dream, this is a reality.” He
had tears of joy. He started off a cheer for both schools. For
the elementary school, he did give an R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S. The high
school cheer was NOLES. Then the cheerleaders came out and
performed a few cheers.
Then the breaking of the ground took place. There were 15
shovels; only 13 were used to break the ground. Lots of pictures
were taken. We then returned to our school and had cookies and
I would like to give a special thanks to every tax payer in Monroe County.
Sincerely, Jacklynn Christman
On Nov. 1 our class and the rest of the school and the high
school went to the groundbreaking ceremony and listened to
speeches and cheers.
Coach Circosta repeated what the semi said, “It’s not a dram
anymore,” and he had tears in his eyes.
And the council started digging with gold shovels for the new
W.E.S. Sixth Grade
LILA L. WILLIAMSON
Lila Lee Walters William-son, 73,
Hannibal, died Nov. 2, 2010 at her home.
She was born Feb. 13, 1937 in Clarington, the daughter of the
late Linus Fredrick and Murga Schaffer Walters.
She was the Postmaster of the Clarington Post Office for 20
years, a clerk for PPG for three years, first graduating class
High School in 1955 and member of Zion
United Church of Christ in
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, John Williamson; a son,
Jeff (Val) Williamson of Clarington; two daughters, Cheri (Bob)
Bovell of Woodbury Heights, N.J., Lori (Scott) Greening of
Pittsburgh, Pa.; a brother, Fred (Joan) Walters of Hannibal; two
sisters, Louise (Leland) Haught of Clarington, Evelyn (Larry)
Fuchs of Sardis; three grandchildren, Rachel Mowder, Andy
Williamson, Ben Greening; a step-granddaughter, Chelsea Lowe and
several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a
brother, Clark “Duke” Walters.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lila’s
favorite cemetery, Zion
Garden, c/o Zion UCC, 50445 SR 536, Sardis, OH
Arrangements entrusted to Jarvis-Williams Funeral Homes, New
DOROTHY M. WILSON
Dorothy M. Wilson, 56,
Bondi Rdg. Rd., Woodsfield, died Nov.
6, 2010 at Ohio
Center, Wheeling, after a
courageous battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 8, 1953 in Monroe County,
a daughter of the late Charles A. and Elsie M. Henthorn Jones.
She was a member of Jackson Ridge Church of Christ, and she
loved taking care of children.
Surviving are her husband, Harry (Tim) Wilson of Woodsfield;
daughter, Traci Wilson of Woodsfield; three sons, Tom, Ralph and
Jim Wilson of Woodsfield; and her angels, Jaren and Sara Hupp;
and several friends and family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a
brother, Thomas A. Jones.
Friends were received Nov. 8 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Homes,
Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held Nov. 9, with
Evangelist Mark T. Tonkery officiating. Burial in
Cemetery near Sardis.
Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
Lester C. Ackerman, 83,
630 Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield, died
Nov. 8, 2010 at Woodsfield Nursing and
Center. He was born March
12, 1927 near
Lewisville, Monroefield, a son of the
late Benjamin P. Ackerman.
He was a 50-year owner and operator of Lester's Body Shop,
Woodsfield; a member of Ozark Church of Christ, and a U.S. Army
Air Corp veteran of WWII.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Betty Jane Tidd Ackerman,
whom he married July 12, 1947; a daughter, Sharon (Mitch) Fetzer
of Woodsfield; a son, John (Barb) Ackerman of Woodsfield; a
sister, Leota (Willie) Buss of Apple Creek; a brother, Edward
Ackerman of Lewis-ville; four grandchildren, Mike (Jennifer)
Fetzer, Jamie (Brad) Foster, Jennifer (Scott) Whatley, Heather
(Jeremy) Powell; seven great-grandchildren, Kason and Caleb
Powell, Madelyn and Andrew Foster, Morgan and Evan Fetzer, Julia
Whatley; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two
brothers, George and Walter Ackerman.
Friends were received at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, Nov.
10, where funeral services were held Nov. 11, with Kim McFarland
officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woods-field.
Ruth E. Hall, 72, St. Clairsville, went home to be with the Lord
on Nov. 10, 2010 at Liza’s Place in
Wheeling, W.Va. She was born June 12, 1938 in
Woodsfield, a daughter of Herbert and Clara Brubach Hall.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St.
She attended Holy
in Manitowac, Wisc., and received her master’s degree in
education administration from
Having served in the Franciscan Community from 1952 as a teacher
and principal in Plymouth, Wisc. and Mich., she returned to the Ohio Valley
as principal of St. Mary’s in St. Clairsville from 1988-2008.
Education was her life’s passion. Ruth’s dedication to education
touched and enriched many lives through her lifetime. What a
legacy and role model. She will be missed.
Surviving are two brothers, Gene (Nancy) Hall of LaVale,
Maryland, Dean (Margie) Hall of Marietta; two sisters, Mary
(Robert) Wallace, Margie (Jim) Partridge, both from Woodsfield;
nieces include Kathy Werner, Lori Robinson, Susan Defibaugh,
Shelly Prince, Julie Michels; nephews include Rich Werner, Kenny
Partridge, Chris Hall; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at Toothman Funeral Home, St. Clairsville,
Nov. 14 where a vigil service was held. Funeral Liturgy with
Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Bradley Greer and Fr. Thomas
Chillog on Nov. 15 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St.
Clairsville, followed by the funeral dinner in Marian Hall.
Burial followed in St. Sylvester Cemetery, Woodsfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Central Library
and Resource Center;
Liza’s Place or a charity of the donor’s choice.
CHERI L. McMASTERS
Cheri L. Ricer McMasters, 43, of 45662 Road Fork Rd.,
Summerfield, died Nov. 16, 2010 at her home. Arrangements are
pending at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
CHARLES A. MEYER, SR.
Charles A. Meyer, Sr.,
Boltz Hill Rd., Clarington, died Nov.
15, 2010 at his home.
Friends will be received Nov. 17, from 6 - 8 p.m. and Nov. 18, 2
- 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. with military services at 6:30 p.m. at
Grisell Funeral Home, Clarington, where services will be held
Nov. 19, at 11 a.m
JAMES E. MORRIS
James E. Morris, 76,
Newport, died Nov. 14, 2010, at his
Friends were received Nov. 16 at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va.,
where services will be held Nov. 17, at 11 a.m., with Monsignor
John Michael Campbell officiating.
Condolences may be expressed at www.ingramfh.com