CHIP Program Grant Denied
No Appeal Process Available
Jo Westfall, of OSU Extension Monroe County and grants writer,
and Raymond Bauer, Monroe County Community Housing Improvement
Program (CHIP) coordinator, told the Monroe County Commissioners
Oct. 12 that the state had rejected Monroe County’s grant
application designed to fund the CHIP program.
According to Westfall, there is no appeal process to try to
receive the funding for 2010.
“I think we have an excellent chance next year,” said
Westfall. “If so, the program will start back up in October
has received the CHIP grant since the early 1990s. The grant has
a two-year cycle with funds totaling $500,000 coming into the
county for project and administration dollars.
According to Westfall, she was told by a field representative
that the grant was very competitive this year. Approximately 60
projects were funded throughout the state of
CHIP grant has benefitted approximately 30 homes in the last
two-year cycle. This includes first time buyer home down
payments, assistance in private rehabilitation to bring homes up
to state code; and small home repairs including emergency
furnace and electrical repairs.
Bauer said that it was in no way the fault of the commissioners
nor anyone else that the grant was not obtained.
don’t know where we fell in the ranking,” said Westfall, who has
been instrumental in acquiring the annual CDBG and Neighborhood
Revitalization Grants for
Commissioner John Pyles expressed his appreciation to Westfall
and Bauer concerning their conducting of the affairs of the
program. Both agreed on the necessity of the program and the
need to bring it back to the county as soon as possible. This
year’s program will end on Dec. 31.
Local programs that may be able to aid the public in finding
funds for home improvement are: Area Agency on Aging
1-800-331-2644; GMN Home Weatherization 740-732-2385; Carolyn
Burris GMN Home Repair 740-472-0828; Trina Woodland and USDA
Rural Development 740-373-7113 Ext 4.
Helen Ring, superintendent of Monroe County Board of MRDD
presented the developmental disability contract. The new
contract reflects cuts made to stay within the budget. Among the
cuts are reduced staffing by combining positions, reducing
benefit costs by increasing the cost of the employees’ share of
premiums and, discontinuing use of one preschool classroom. The
board has increased the hours of the Early Intervention
Specialist as necessary. The commissioners approved the
contract, which will run through June 30, 2011.
Tschappat of the Health Plan for the
presented renewal rates for the county health insurance policy.
According to Tschappat the HMO increased 9.2% while the PPO
increased fractionally. Commissioners will advise county
employees of the new premiums.
board approved a three-year contract for the Monroe County
and the AFSCME, Ohio Council 8 Local 3401. According to Mike
Seyer, Account Manager for Clemans, Nelson & Associates,
Incorporated, language allows employees to trade shifts with the
approval of the supervisors; in the event an employee fails to
report to work, no paid leave will be granted. Employees hired
after Nov. 1, 2010, shall earn 10 days sick leave per year. Wage
increases of 35-, 30- and 25- cents per hour will be effective
Nov. 1 of each year for the length of the contract; increased
starting rate for nurse aide to $8 per hour; all others to
$7.30 per hour; and one time lump sum payment of $150 per union
Heartland Retreaders, with facilities in Woodsfield and Swazey
near Lewisville, has a new partner in Steve
Georgilis is looking to expand the local business. Shown, from
left, are Larry Posey, Joe Thomas, Steve Georgilis, Roseann
Rose, Woodsfield Councilman William E. Moore; back: Charlie
Thompson, Daniel Workman, George Mitchell and Mardis Stephens.
Not shown is Greg Freeman, who founded Heartland Retreaders.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Heartland Has New Partner
Steve Georgilis was 11 and a half when he and his family began
an 11-day journey across the waters. Georgilis, his siblings and
his mother had left Greece in 1966 to join his father in New York City. It was a
frightful trip with seven days spent being very seasick.
After the seven grueling days at sea (four were pretty good),
Georgilis opened the cabin door expecting to see his father.
This young lad saw something that has been indelibly etched into
his mind -- the sight of the majestic Statue of Liberty and the
Bridge. It is that first
picture of New York
that he marveled at and will never forget.
According to Georgilis, he learned the electronics trade at a
very young age and developed the taxi meter. At one time he had
a fleet of 54 taxi cabs in New York. He sold that
business and went into several other business ventures. For a
number of years he drove truckloads of scrap tires out of New
where they were recycled. He had been deadheading back empty
when he realized he could be making more money if he had a load
going back into New York so he started an interstate trucking company
headquartered in Pennsylvania
which began returning to
with full loads. Georgilis laughs at himself for not thinking of
the business opportunity sooner.
Steve Georgilis is now partnered with Greg Freeman in Heartland
Retreaders, a company which makes retread tires. There are two
facilities, one in Woodsfield and one in Swazey, near
Lewisville. The Woodsfield plant makes
retread tires for automobiles and has a contract with the post
office. The Swazey plant makes retread truck tires. With
Georgilis’ contacts and Freeman’s expertise in the retread
business, expansion plans are in the works.
Georgilis noted that Chinese made tires hurt a lot of American
rubber plants but when President Obama put a tariff on the
Chinese products, American tire makers benefitted.
According to Georgilis, retread tires, if made properly, are
much better and more economical than new tires. “If we make a
good product, we can sell it,” said the businessman. “Most buses
and trucks use retread tires.” He noted that it takes half the
fuel and energy to make a retread tire versus a new tire.
Roseann Rose has been hired as consultant and office manager of
the Monroe County
facilities. Joe Thomas is the production manager and Gary Piatt
is the floor supervisor at the Swazey pre-cure shop. Other
employees include Daniel Workman, Mardis Stephens, George
Mitchell, Anthony Ferguson and Larry Posey. Charlie Thompson is
the truck driver.
motto is ‘the world runs on tires,’” said Georgilis, whose goal,
with Freeman, is to expand the Heartland Retreaders into a
New York entrepreneur is looking for a larger facility to
accommodate 15 pieces of equipment he has in Georgia and,
hopefully, in the near future employ as many as 25. Woodsfield
Council and the CIC are working with Georgilis to make that goal
Beallsville Schools Ceremonial Groundbreaking ~
was a great day at Beallsville Oct. 18 when the ceremonial
groundbreaking for the new K-12 schools was held. In the
background there is much activity as groundwork and footers are
being done. Shown turning the earth are, from left: Mike
Shoemaker, Director of Coalition of Rural and Appalachian
Schools; Marc Ring, SOLSD Director of Transportation; Janet
Hissrich, SOLSD treasurer; State Representative Jennifer
Garrison; Kevin Green, senior vice president PCS; school board
member Janet Schwall; Stacey Thomas, project administrator,
OSFC; board member Teresa Gallagher; board president Scott
Dierkes; board member Ed Carleton; SOLSD Superintendent Larry
Elliott; architect Gary Balog, BSHM; administrative assistant
George Richardson and architect Byron Manchester, BSHM.
More next week.
Enjoying refreshments after the ceremonial groundbreaking for
the Beallsville K-12 schools are students at Beallsville
Elementary. Serving the cookies and punch were Judy Schwall and
Photos by Martha Ackerman
meetings with the public and the Superintendent and Treasurer of
the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District have been set. The
schedule was received too late for last week’s paper, but the
remainder are as follows with all meetings beginning at 6 p.m.:
Powhatan, Oct. 20; Beallsville, Oct. 25; Woodsfield/MCHS, at
Woodsfield Elementary, Oct. 27; Sardis/Hannibal/
River at River, Oct. 28.
~ Safe Auto
Donates to Warm the Children ~
observance of Customer Service Week, Safe Auto Insurance donated
$550 to the Warm the Children program, which provides new, warm,
winter coats and boots to needy children of the Switzerland of
Ohio Local School District. Each year during Customer Service
Week, a fundraising project is conducted. This year, according
to Kelly Thomas, of Safe Auto, there was a country store.
Employees purchased tickets, sold for 25 cents each, netted $550
for the WTC program! Shown, from left, are: standing, John
Block; kneeling: Justin Friday, Barb Reischman, Rebecca Mugrage;
back: Karen Forshey, Kathy Keylor and Jennifer Bloom.
Photo by M. Ackerman
Around the Burnside
little ears should not hear it, big mouths should not say it.
we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the
best in ourselves.
call it the Golden Age. I sometimes wonder. The other day I had
a visit with a former student. I remember he had been a student
and was an excellent student, one you enjoyed coming to class.
the life of me I could not remember his name. Later on in the
afternoon I did manage to remember his last name. His first name
was still a blank. I thought about this off and on the rest of
the day. Finally about 15 after six, while watching the TV news
and the many political ads, his first name popped into my mind.
This seems to happen to me rather often. I see someone who is a
former student or I have known over the years and their name is
a blank. When this happens I don’t try to mention their name and
try to pretend I know their name. A funny thing though, I tend
to remember them as a student and some of the things they did or
pulled when they were a student in my class.
on the news I learned why this happened to me. Some great
thinkers or whatever, tell us those who retire early lose their
memory quicker than those who keep working. I retired early so
that’s the problem. They offered to buy me some time and I took
it. I thought I could reach the Golden Age earlier.
this week comes along. Grandparents visitation on Monday and
Tuesday; eye doctor on Wednesday; Noble County retired teachers
meeting on Thursday and pacemakers check on Friday and they call
it the Golden Years. Well, at least I’ll get to watch football
on Saturday. Go Bucks.
didn’t have grandparents day when I was in school. I really
missed out on grandparents as I came along late and never knew
my grandparents on either side so I did not have anyone to spoil
visitation is really enjoyable. The way things work out there
are usually several grandparents, including great, are at the
same table. Some of the interesting conversation around the
table leans toward what it was like when the grandparents were
going to school. Not many students today, if any, understand
what it meant to go to the smaller house behind the school
house. One grandpa indicated that where he attended they could
go hunting; however if you planned to hunt you had to bring your
gun to school. Wow! I once had to sneak archery equipment in to
school to teach some archery. It’s surprising what is called a
dangerous weapon nowadays. I remember we played mumbly peg with
our pocket knives during recess. Some of us carried an extra
knife to trade. They weren’t our best knives. I’m not sure but
some of the games we played are not allowed today plus our smart
board hung on a nail on the blackboard. You know we actually
used the blackboard nearly every day. I guess the present day
smart board is much easier to use and can solve the math
problems we suffered with, in a matter of seconds. To be
truthful, I’m glad I didn’t have one of those things hanging on
my classroom wall. I would have never figured out how to work
the thing. I do understand they are a great teacher’s aid.
did get a chance to leaf through a reading book. Man, it had
pictures or rather illustrations I think they are called on
about every page, probably increases the cost. Some of the
stories I wonder. I picked a story called “My Yo Yo String Has
Knots In It.” I thought this might be interesting to read. Guess
what? It didn’t have any thing about a yo yo in the story. I
don’t know; maybe I turned too many pages or something.
Following the story were two or three pages asking questions
about the story you just read plus other things. Seems to me we
just opened our reader and started reading. Things change. I
took a fun exam on the internet yesterday and got 15 out of 25
and really felt good about it. I thought the questions were easy
like how many bends are there in a paper clip or what page in
the book, the right or left has the even number.
Happy day! I read in the paper the building of our new school
facilities is underway. There have been countless questions and
comments, some not so pleasant since the levy passed. We kind of
forget when the State gets involved things are kind of
different. We also sometimes forget you just can’t haul some
concrete block to the site and start building a school. When the
building project is completed we will be proud of our school
facilities that will take a back seat to none in the state.
do have an important renewal levy being voted on for our
schools. As you probably know it will not decrease your tax bill
if the renewal fails. I indicated last week, I voted for the
levy. The reason? I do not want to make anyone mad because
everyone has a reason for how they vote. I felt if I voted no on
the renewal levy it would be a vote against educating the youth
in the county.
plenty tough to keep your mind and your mouth open at the same
Remember church Sunday. Christmas is coming.
felt compelled to respond to the Oct. 7 letter, questioning
operations and procedures at GMN’s
teacher recently dismissed violated ODJFS child care licensing
rules. Continued operation of this Head Start facility could
have been placed in jeopardy.
for the turnover rate of employees, GMN Head Start employees are
members of a union and as such have transfer rights. We operate
seven Head Start facilities and it is commonplace for employees
to transfer rights. Some leave to pursue other careers, such as
in public schools and yes, on occasion there are dismissals with
federal funds are earmarked for specific uses. T&TA (Training
and Technical Assistance) funds are annually appropriated for
mandatory recertification and training of employees. This has no
bearing whatsoever on funds targeted for the children.
Head Start is committed to the children and families we serve
and has a zero tolerance for violations which could jeopardize
our license or lower our standards of education and care.
take great pride in our staff, the children we serve, the
facilities we operate, and the communities we are part of.
GMN Tri-County Head Start/Early
Head Start Director
feel compelled to write this to the voter, why a letter written
and sent to me by Larry Elliott, Superintendent of Switzerland
of Ohio School District, as I understand it, he is trying to say
that if we vote for the five year school levy and it passes this
will stop tax relief to commercial and industrial a public
utility tax payers such as electric, telephone and gas
didn’t realize that any school district could reach that far
into the general public. I’m not cutting you down, Mr. Elliott,
but I am 51 and a high school drop-out. Not by choice years past
but a victim of circumstance. The educator I’ve gotten from
society is the one you should get a “Cap and Gown” for. Who am
I? Who are you? Who are all the voters? Who are all the parents
of school students in
will tell you, we are the “consumer” and I care not what you
say. We can pass your school levy and you will get your monies
and these people you spoke of will still get their tax relief no
matter what, the wealthy get their way. The middle class will
foot the bill and the poor will pay in the form of “sacrifice”.
not have a high school diploma but I say to you voters be
careful what you vote for. Travis Tritt wrote a song a few years
back, ‘Why is it the Fat Man Does the Dancing While the Poor Man
Pays the Band’. I define the Fatman as the “suits and ties” who
blow smoke up our backsides and literally party on taxpayers
dollar. Some folks might say you got no right to gripe you are
living on taxpayers money. That’s true.
on disability income, I am existing on this that’s all. The
truth is as I said, the middle class pay in cash tax, myself and
others with legitament disabilities pay in the form of
sacrifice, that gives me that right.
don’t know about you
County voters but I’m
tired of political lithargiece, Republican and Democrats that
only serves the wealthy and the wise. I am an American citizen.
I am a lifelong citizen of Monroe
and I chose to live where I do, I don’t elect to as some
believe. Were that the case there wouldn’t be a Republican in Monroe County.
the way, I am a Democrat but I believe in a fair fight or
competition. there’s never been two Republicans in our
commissioners office that I know of in my 51 years.
thought that I would share how The Appalachian Regional
Commission (ARC) impacts the 8-county Buckeye Hills-HVRDD
region. Our region serves the residents of
Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.
Last year, in Buckeye Hills’ 8-county region, ARC funded 13
projects that created 386 jobs and retained another 185.
ARC plays a key role in fostering economic development and
improving quality of life for the 23 million people who live in
the 13-state Appalachian region (including
Ohio and West Virginia). Since the program’s
inception, the region’s poverty rate has been cut in half (from
31 percent to 13 percent), the infant mortality rate has been
reduced by two-thirds and the percentage of adults with a high
school education has increased by more than 70 percent.
year ARC provides funding for business development, education
and job training, tele-communications, infrastructure, community
development, housing, and transportation projects.
These efforts create thousands of new jobs; improve local water
and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to
health care; assist local communities with strategic planning;
and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging
is the ONLY state in the region that currently matches federal
project funding with state funding to ensure the monies go even
farther toward serving the region. Without the ARC program and
its ability to
consider a county or community’s current assets and ability to
“match” funding, many projects would go unfunded because
counties simply do not have local funds to complete the projects
Last year across Ohio’s
32 county region, the program funded 36 projects that created
639 jobs and retained 12,226 more. Residents greatly benefit
from the state and federal Appalachian Regional Commission
DOROTHY M. ARCHER
Dorothy M. Mallett Archer, 95,
Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield, formerly of
Carlisle, died Oct. 10, 2010 at the center. She was
born Nov. 10, 1914 near Carlisle, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Jennie
was a former owner of the former L.E. Mallett service station in
Carlisle, and was a former clerk for Stock Township Trustees in Noble County.
She was also a member of St. Michael Catholic Church,
Carlisle, where she was a member of the Catholic
Surviving are a son, Paul (Leoba) Archer of Woodsfield; eight
grandchildren, Teresa (Randy) Fleeman, Gregory (Carol) Archer,
Phillip (Debra) Archer, Stephen Archer, Catherine (Jeffrey)
Woodby, Linda (Michael) McPherson, Pamela (Philip) Ludwig, Amy
(Rick) Lewis; 19 great-grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Mallett and
several nieces and nephews.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant
sons, Merlin Clemence and Michael Frederick Archer; two
brothers, Everett and Donald Mallett; and two great-grandsons,
Phillip Paul Archer and Dalton Ray Ludwig.
Friends were received until time of service Oct. 13 at St.
Michael Catholic Church, Carlisle,
with Rev. Fr. Thomas Hamm as celebrant. Burial followed in St.
Michael Catholic Cemetery, Carlisle.
Arrangements by Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield.
MARY LEE HORNER
Mary Lee Horner, 92, Proctor,
W.Va., died Oct. 12, 2010 at
Wetzel County Hospital.
She was born Aug. 24, 1918 in Dean, W.Va., (Wetzel
County), the daughter of
the late George Martin and Suzanna Florence Postlethwait Young.
was a homemaker, served for many years as a poll worker at the
Proctor precinct and was a member of the Proctor Church of
Surviving are her husband of 73 years, Woodrow Horner; son,
Lemoyne (Donna) Horner of Proctor, W. Va.; five daughters, Mary
Jo Price of Paden City, W.Va., Barbara (Ross) Shuman of
Sistersville, W.Va., Martha (Don) Arrick of Proctor, W.Va.,
Sharon Henthorn of New Martinsville, W.Va., Linda (Robert) Hix
of Lombard, Ill.; 16 grandchildren, Karren, Lisa, Denise, Jill,
Brian, Beth, Jackie, Joe, Kelly, Randy, Becky, Matthew, Mike,
Donnie, Chad, Danny; 26 great-grandchildren; one
great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephew and
addition to her parents, she was preceded by an infant son, Gary
Horner; sons-in-law, Warren Price, Jeff Henthorn; and a brother,
Friends were received Oct. 15 at the Jarvis-William Funeral
Homes, New Martinsville, where funeral services were held Oct.
16, with Don Kline officiating. Burial was in
Gardens, Paden City.
Expressions of sympathy may be made
Edith “Edie” Ruschak, 74, Powhatan Point, died Oct. 14,
2010 in Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, Woodsfield. She
was born Oct 23, 1935 in Alledonia, a daughter of the late
Edward and Berta Wade Schneider.
was a retired employee of Ohio Edison Company, Dilles Bottom,
and a member of the Hunter Church of Christ in
Bethesda. She enjoyed sewing and was a
fan of NASCAR racing.
Surviving are a son, Peter (Sarah) Ruschak of Powhatan Point;
two brothers, Franklin Schneider, Harold (Wilda) Schneider, both
of Woodsfield; three sisters, Violet (Larry) Marple of
Springfield, Wilma (Larry) West of Jerusalem, Mary (Bruce) Ady
of Cambridge; a grandson, Joshua Ruschak of Powhatan Point; and
several nieces and nephews.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother,
Friends were received Oct. 17 at Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral
Homes and Crematory, Powhatan Point, where funeral services were
held Oct. 18, with Minister Jeff Rich officiating. Burial was in
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hunter Church of Christ,
c/o Larry West, 57244 New Castle Rd., Jerusalem, OH 43747.
Condolences may be expressed at www.altmeyer.com.
Peggy Alice Lucas
Peggy Alice Lucas, 68, Beallsville, died Oct. 12, 2010 in Ohio Valley
Center, Wheeling. She was born March
29, 1942 near Beallsville, a daughter of the late Ray and Velma
loved to travel, taking hundreds of pictures documenting her
adventures to China, Iceland,
Europe, Mexico, Alaska and
Hawaii, as well as the Continental
United States. She had a special love of the western states,
where she and her husband spent the summer of 2000 working and
Yellowstone National Park. She found great joy in
taking pictures of her flowers and watching birds. She was a
member of the Church of Christ, Beallsville.
Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Ron; two daughters, Kim
(Philip) Stephens of Florence, S.C., Kelly Lucas of Lucas; a
son, Kyle Lucas and his girlfriend, Alison Ritchie of Columbus;
four grandchildren, Chad (Erin) Stephens, Marc (Jordie)
Stephens, Carmen Stephens, Lucas Stephens; a sister, Norma Hoff
of Antioch; and a brother, Dean (Shirley) Hickman of Virginia.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother,
Friends were received Oct. 15 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville, where funeral services were held Oct. 16, with
Joshua Hetrick officiating. Burial followed in
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.