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October 21, 2010

CHIP Program Grant Denied
No Appeal Process Available

By Matthew Koogler
Staff Writer

Mary 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 2011.”

Monroe County 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 Ohio

The 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.

“I 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 Monroe County.

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.

Bob Tschappat of the Health Plan for the Upper Ohio Valley 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.

The board approved a three-year contract for the Monroe County Care Center 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 employee.   


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 Verrazano-Narrows 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 York to Pennsylvania 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 New York 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.

“My motto is ‘the world runs on tires,’” said Georgilis, whose goal, with Freeman, is to expand the Heartland Retreaders into a bigger facility. 

The 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 a reality.




~ Beallsville Schools Ceremonial Groundbreaking ~

It 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 Rita Gust.      
Photos by Martha Ackerman

Levy Meetings Set

Levy 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 ~

In 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   

If little ears should not hear it, big mouths should not say it.

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

They 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.

For 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.

Then 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.

Then 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.

They 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 me.

The 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.

I 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.

We 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.

It’s plenty tough to keep your mind and your mouth open at the same time.

Remember church Sunday. Christmas is coming.


Our Readers Write


GMN Head Start

Dear Editor,

We felt compelled to respond to the Oct. 7 letter, questioning operations and procedures at GMN’s Sardis Head Start Center.

The teacher recently dismissed violated ODJFS child care licensing rules. Continued operation of this Head Start facility could have been placed in jeopardy.

As 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 just cause.

All 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.

GMN 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.

We take great pride in our staff, the children we serve, the facilities we operate, and the communities we are part of.

Madelyn Connell
GMN Tri-County Head Start/Early
Head Start Director 

School Levy


I 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 companies. 

I 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 Monroe County

I 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”.

I do 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.

I’m 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.

I don’t know about you Monroe 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 County 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

By 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.

Bruce Richmond

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) 

Dear Editor: 

I 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.  

The 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. 

Each 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 businesses. 

Ohio 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 alone.  

 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 program.  

Misty Casto
Executive Director







■  10-21 Classifieds


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 Warner Mallett.

She 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 Women’s Club.

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.

In 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, 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.

She was a homemaker, served for many years as a poll worker at the Proctor precinct and was a member of the Proctor Church of Christ.

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 cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by an infant son, Gary Horner; sons-in-law, Warren Price, Jeff Henthorn; and a brother, Lawrence Young.

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 Paden Memorial Gardens, Paden City.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to www.jarvisfuneralhomes.com.

Edith “Edie” Ruschak, 74, Powhatan Point, died Oct. 14, 2010 in Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield. She was born Oct 23, 1935 in Alledonia, a daughter of the late Edward and Berta Wade Schneider.

She 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.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Schneider.

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 Powhatan Cemetery.

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 Medical Center, Wheeling. She was born March 29, 1942 near Beallsville, a daughter of the late Ray and Velma Crum Hickman.

She loved to travel, taking hundreds of pictures documenting her adventures to China, Iceland, Venice, Australia, 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 hiking in 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.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Neal Hickman.

Friends were received Oct. 15 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were held Oct. 16, with Joshua Hetrick officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.