Local School Board
Meets, Recognizes RHS Golf Team
by Martha Ackerman
Students were honored, questions asked and an executive session
was held during the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District
board meeting Oct. 21.
Questions arose pertaining to the school projects. Board member
Ron Winkler questioned why contractors aren’t using local
supplies, in particular concrete. It was noted that the
contractors felt that the local businesses did not have enough
trucks to provide the amount of concrete needed at the
Beallsville site when footers were poured.
Winkler also added that he had given local contractors papers to
fill out to be considered for various supplies for the projects
but only Troy Kemp of Woodsfield True Value had completed the
paperwork. It was noted that the contract with OSFC and the
school district states that it has to be five percent EDGE
certified. EDGE establishes goals for state agencies, boards and
commissions in awarding contracts to certified EDGE eligible
businesses. An EDGE participant must be a small socially and
economically disadvantaged business enterprise owned and
controlled by U.S.
citizens who are Ohio
In response to another question about school construction
budgets … “People need to understand that each school has its
own budget,” said SOLSD administrative assistant George
Richardson. He noted that if one school runs over budget it can
be taken from an already established contingency fund. The money
designated to each school is used for that school. The money
cannot be used on another school.
It was also reiterated that if the renewal levy should fail,
it’s the students who will lose. The residential and
agricultural taxpayers will be paying the same amount of taxes.
It is a state mandated 20 mills to which each district must
adhere. If the levy passes, everything remains the same; there
is no increase and no decrease for anyone. If it fails, the kids
and the school district will lose approximately $432,000 each
The River High School Golf Team members and Coach Bob Cain were
recognized during the meeting. River’s golf team earned the OVAC
AA title and Zack Wax, who was unable to attend, was recently
named captain of the All-Times Leader golf team and was the
first Pilot golfer to compete at the state meet since 1991.
Coach Bob Cain, who was named Times Leader Coach of the
Year, noted that the team had set all kinds of school records.
Attending the board meeting were Jason Miller, Jesse Merckle,
Samantha Knowlton and Nate Schultheis. “Jesse Merckle I believe
is the only golfer in Ohio Valley
history who scored a double eagle,” said the coach. “Nate, a
left hander, averaged 44.” Senior Samantha Knowlton was the only
girl in the Ohio
to make 1st Team on a boys’ team. She was also honored as
Academic All-State. Zack was the second RHS golfer who made it
to state competition.
“He’s done an outstanding job in lots of areas. It’s been an
historic year for River golf,” said the 17-year coach. The team
shot the lowest score in nine holes in RHS history since 1977,
players averaged 35 and they won 91.3 percent of the matches,
winning 40-2 in dual matches and the team was 80-9 overall.
Also recognized were Alaina Hogue and Gate Roth, Ohio Valley
Community Credit Union’s 50th anniversary poster contest
It was noted that a soccer official, who officiated a number of
games was so impressed with the Monroe Central soccer players,
coaches and fans that he submitted a recommendation for their
consideration for an Ohio Athletic Sportsmanship Award.
Kassie Anderson, principal at Woodsfield Elementary, reported on
a program, Rachel’s Challenge, that had been presented to
elementary and high school students. She said the student
response was very positive and Rachel’s Challenge clubs were
It was reported that officials are looking at property for Hannibal bus garage.
Student mother Jody Miller asked the board to review its policy
in regard to Senate Bill 311 regarding physical education
requirements. She said that in other districts students involved
in marching band and sports are not required to take physical
education because of the time entailed in sports. She said
sometimes if students didn’t have to take phys ed, it would
allow those students involved in band and sports to pick up
another credit course.
Melissa Stimpert, a Monroe Central senior, gave those present an
update on what is happening at her school. She noted that two
Monroe Central students are BPA Region 5 officers. Kennan
Hamilton is president and Lizzie Casto, vice-president.
The board went into executive session to consider compensation.
2010 Golf Team was recognized at the Oct. 21 SOLSD board
meeting. Members of the 2010 OVAC AA championship golf team are
shown, from left: Jason Miller, Jesse Merckle, TL Coach of the
Year Bob Cain, Nate Schultheis and Samantha Knowlton.
BMW Z3 and Z4 Drivers Experience
By Martha Ackerman
Vroom! Vroom! They were stopping at McDonald’s in Woodsfield ...
Approximately 32 BMW Z3s and Z4s traveled
County’s twisty turny
roads of State Routes 26, 556, 536, 78 and 800 on Oct. 16 for
their 12th annual Pumpkin Run. It was one of the day trips taken
by this group that chooses a route once a month from April to
October and enjoys the scenery and the open roads.
They came from northern Ohio,
New York, Pennsylvania
and Michigan. According to
Mary McMakin, of Akron,
who kinda skirted the question at first, the average age of the
drivers is the mid-50s. The cars range from 1997s to her brand
Group members come from all walks of life, some retired, college
professors, high school teachers, lawyers, an architect and
David Yarish of Cleveland is in the countertop business.
Cindy Reller of Gullivars Travels, near
Canton, e-mails over 100 notices for each
scheduled event. She gives the meeting place, time and the
planned route. “Whoever shows up goes,” she said.
“Local folks were so considerate to our group on Saturday,” said
Reller. “Several times fellow travelers would forego their turn
at stop signs and wave us through. Others would pull off the
road to let us pass at a faster pace. One kind soul even blocked
traffic for us as we circled the church to exit the parking lot
in one massive group. It’s always a challenge to stay together
on our drives. On this 12th Annual Pumpkin Run it was especially
challenging. These spontaneous acts of kindness were greatly
They keep in touch during the trip with walkie talkies. The lead
car notifies drivers of upcoming problems or stops. If drivers
are held up, the others can be notified.
Bob Phillips of Akron re-counted a couple of incidents along the
way ... the driver of a pick-up truck pulling a trailer load of
stuff didn’t notice that the car in front of him was turning
left. According to Phillips, the truck veered off the road to
miss the car and all the stuff in the trailer went flying. A 12
point buck followed by a doe crossed in front of one of the
cars. “All we do is drive and eat and drive and eat,” joked
It’s a lot of fun for these drivers as they zip over country
roads, but they also have a cause. Over the years, this group
has donated over $25,000 to Make a Wish.
The Eagles’ parking lot was filled for a photo op as drivers of
32 BMWs converged on the hills of
16. Drivers from northern Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania
and Michigan drove Monroe County’s
twisty turny roads of State Routes 26, 556, 536, 78 and 800.
They stopped at McDonald’s in Woodsfield for lunch.
Christmas Festival Planned
Plans are underway for the 5th annual Woodsfield Christmas
Festival with the theme “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The
event is set for Saturday, Dec. 4 with lots of fun activities
The day will begin with the annual Breakfast with Santa at the Brown Community Center,
sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and Monroe County Help Me Grow.
Special events will follow throughout the day. New this year
will be a Christmas Ornament Walk, a fundraiser for the Kiwanis
Club of Woodsfield. Tickets may be purchased that will entitle
the ticket holder to go to 10 area businesses and pick up a free
ornament during the festival. Businesses participating are:
Westfall’s Florist, WesBanco, Modern Hardware, Pat’s Gift Shoppe
and Cafe, Farmers Feed and Deli, Monroe County Chamber of
Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Woodsfield, Francis Paulus Insurance,
Woodsfield Greenhouse and Traditions Restaurant.
Deck the Halls, Walls and Tables fundraiser with a silent
auction at the Chamber office and at the open house. People can
also vote for the best wreath or table decoration. Awards will
be given in each of these categories. If you would like to
donate an item to be auctioned, contact any of the festival
committee members listed below. The items will be on display at
the Chamber office throughout the week of Nov. 29. Proceeds
benefit the Secret Santa program.
The Woodsfield Garden Club will be decorating the courthouse for
the occasion. A Christmas display will once again be in the City Park,
Woodsfield’s little Oglebay.
New this year will be a Christmas program performed by the group
Quiet Love at the First
The Monroe County Courthouse will be filled with crafters and
vendors during the festival. Wares will include crafts, candles,
jewelry and baked goods.
The annual parade will begin at 6 p.m. with grand marshals Dr.
Jay Seidler and Sally Seidler. This annual Christmas festival
was the wonderful idea of Sally and organizers of this year’s
event want to honor her during the parade. Following the parade
will be the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the
Watch for more on this annual Christmas event. Committee members
include Ruth Workman, 740-838-1047 (home) or 740-472-5499
(work); Gwynn Stewart, 740-472-9177; and Margie Yoss,
Around the Burnside
It isn’t our position but our disposition that makes us happy.
No one should be afraid of wasting time by learning something he
or she is not required to know.
I learned a few weeks ago that a good friend of ours passed
away. I know many of you know him. Ed Bode passed away on Aug.
31. When we moved to the county he was the guidance counselor
and basketball coach at Skyvue.
He was a graduate of
High School. I’m sure some
of yo remember
High School. He was the
class A basketball player of the year and attended West Virginia University
where he played basketball. He moved from Skyvue to Martins
Ferry and Strasburg as counselor and coach and later was
principal at Strasburg, Malvern and Indian
Valley. When he retired he moved to
Many of us remember Ed and the teams he coached at Skyvue and he
was always willing to help any student in the school. We need to
remember Ed’s family in our prayers. I understand he had a
Now to more pleasant news. I had two really enjoyable days last
week, even if I did have to get up about two hours earlier than
I normally do. However, one day I had to drive through fog and
just missed a deer that was trying to commit suicide. I laid on
my car horn and the deer decided it wasn’t time just yet.
I was invited to Hannibal and Sardis grade schools. I still call them grade
schools but I guess now they are elementary schools, to share
some stories. I like to tell tall tales and I got to share
I hadn’t visited these schools for several years and it was
really a treat for me to be around our youth again and we have
some of the best.
I was also very happy I was able to take my pet flea Elmer along
with me. I didn’t know how he might act in front of all the
students. It turned out great although at
he got a bit scared and wouldn’t come out for the older
students. At Sardis it was a different
story. Elmer caught the fever and I had trouble getting him to
stay in my pocket. He wanted to come out and show off. I finally
let him do his thing for both groups. He even did his four loop
hop for them. Elmer is back home now, satisfied with himself.
I would like to compliment the students at both
They were really fun to share stories with. I realize how tough
it is to sit on your you know what on the gym floor and not
wiggle around. They made it fun to hare stories with them.
Needless to say I really enjoyed the two days. I was reminded by
a couple of folks of the excellent activity we used to have for
sixth graders. It was called ROE, Resident Outdoor Education.
Probably will never be started again but just a personal
thought. With all the latest technology planned for our schools
it might be a good idea to bring back ROE. Even after all these
years I still have some who attended ROE in the sixth grade
mention some of the activities they had while attending ROE.
You’ve probably guessed I really enjoyed my visit to
schools. I came away with the thought I did the right thing by
voting to renew the upcoming levy.
Halloween is on us again. Trick or treat night and the community
center committee and fire department are treating us to a
community dinner this evening (28th). No trick or treat when I
was of a trick or treat age. We had what we called corn night.
We’d go around throwing corn at people’s windows. Yes, we did
get to do a few things to call it Halloween but I guess maybe
the biggest thing we got to stay out later than we normally did.
Now the kids load up on candy and can’t sit still the next
My atomic clock said it was 31 degrees this morning. Isn’t this
too early to have it this cold? Some of the experts tell us we
are going to have a mild winter. I don’t know about you but when
the frost gets on the pumpkins it’s not long until old man
winter starts blowing in. I do not care for winter and to think
at one time I really enjoyed winter until I had to carry water
to the old cows.
I received an interesting article from a reader, written by a
man that really wondered how he lived until he was in his 70s.
For example, his menu consisted of fatty meats, pastries made of
lard and used the outside toilet in the winter and never caught
pneumonia but contracted bronchitis instead. Sound like the good
Life is no better if we worry, life is no better if we hurry.
Except, don’t worry, hurry off to church.
What a gorgeous day Oct. 2 was, a beautiful sunny day that saw
temperature rise near 80 degrees. A most perfect day for almost
everyone except for the runners who came to Woodsfield to
participate in Charlie Kozlesky’s run for Children’s Hospital.
These very dedicated runners choose to spend 12 hours running in
extremely warm conditions (for runners) to help less fortunate
children with their hospital bills. Dehydration was certainly a
huge concern, and fortunately no runner became too ill, but
there were many upset stomachs, cramps and several bodies full
As most of you know, Peggy Buckalew has been helping with the
run for many years. Over the past few years she has accepted
more responsibility working with the run. This year I did very
little, and Peggy did most of the work. No one can imagine how
much work is involved in an event, until you are in charge, and
Peggy did an excellent job this year. I appreciate everything
she has done in the past, and all she did for the run this year.
I also appreciated Peggy’s husband Tim and son Austin for their
help before, during and after the run.
It is hard for first time runners to the race to believe the
support we get with the run, knowing that Charlie has been gone
from the area for over 16 years. Monroe
has many wonderful and giving people that remember what this
event is all about. It is about getting free or decreased
medical help for children in need.
Donnie Weber and the Woodsfield Street Department continue year
after year to get the course in great shape by filling holes and
sweeping the course. Maybe the everyday resident does not see
what you do year in and year out, but let me make it very clear
that the runners certainly appreciate all your work in
preparation for the run. The cooperation of Chuck Hamilton and
the Woodsfield Village Police Department in setting up and
tearing down the course happens like clock work. The continued
cooperation from the Woodsfield Village Council helps make this
run possible year after year.
The following people also helped make the 2010 run such a big
success. Shirts and jackets were provided for the runners by
Ohio Valley Screen Printing and Pyro-Apparel. Food was donated
by Riesbeck's, Subway, Woodsfield Methodist
Church, Traditions, VFW
Ladies Auxiliary, McDonald’s and Jerry Lee’s Pizza. Lora Brock
provided a beautiful cake in celebration of runner Mitch Toto
and his wife Nancy 50th anniversary. Over night accommodations
were provided by The Olive Tree Inn and Dick and Marie Yoss.
Volunteer timers were Betty Edgington, Peg Buckalew, Pat Price
Johnson, Mary Lou Frieden, Jean Clift, Linda McConnell, Debbie
Frye and Kathy McGlone. Martha Ackerman from the Monroe County
Beacon provided pictures of the runners who were: Charlie
Kozlesky, Dick Sanders, Mitch Toto, Ruta Mazalis, Lori Michener,
Chris Benedict, Tom Mays, Mick Schumacher, Bill Potts, Mark Pack
and Juston Wickham and walker Ashley Schumacher. Much needed
showers were provided by Jay Circosta at the Monroe Central
field house after the run. EMA director Phil Keevert provided a
trailer for the time keepers.
You always hear someone say, “Charlie’s Run for Children’s
Hospital is like a family reunion,” and how very true this is.
Many people have been a part of the run for many, many years and
they just say every year “whatever you need.” Having that kind
of support for such a worthy cause is why I continue to help
with the run.
Our prayers are for God to continue to bless each and every one
of you for your continued support to help make this run so
In Christian love,
Peggy Buckalew and Pandora Neuhart
NORMAN D. GROVES
Norman D. Groves, 75,
Lewisville, died Oct. 20, 2010 at his
home. He was born Aug. 4, 1935 near Woodsfield, a son of the
late Darrell Groves and
He was a local mechanic for many years and a retired coal miner
at Quarto No. 4. He was also an Army veteran serving from 1958
Surviving are his wife, Dolly Gates Groves, whom he married
April 10, 1955; a son Doug Groves of Woodsfield; a daughter,
Tammy (Kevin) Groves of Lewisville; a very special grandson,
Jesse of Woodsfield; three brothers, Wade and Dean Groves of
Woodsfield, and Bill Groves of Somerton; two sisters, Bonnie
Gallagher of Barnesville, Twila (Dick) Cline of Graysville;
several nieces, nephews and his beloved dog Buddy.
There will be no visitation. Burial at the convenience of the
Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.bauerturner.com
Steve W. Lindenmeyer, 80, Woodsfield, died Oct. 20,
2010 at the West Virginia
University Hospital in
Morgantown. He was born Aug. 7, 1930 in
Cameron, a son of the late Walter and Vesta Stieger Lindenmeyer.
He was a graduate of Woodsfield High School class of 1948 and was a truck driver for
30 years and worked for Swepco Oil Company out of Dallas, Texas.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War in Germany.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Ruth Moore Linden-meyer of
Woodsfield; two daughters, Pam Lindenmeyer, Venetia (Jim) Lane;
four sons, Bill (Lynda) Nixon, Brad (Shari) Nixon, Lance (Angie) LaFollette, Rod(Sally)
LaFol-lette; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen and Carl
Friends were received Oct. 22 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Oct. 23, with Keith
Jones officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield. Military services
were conducted by the Belmont Veterans Council.
Condolences may be expressed at:
DEBBIE LYNN WINLAND
Debbie Lynn Winland, 52,
Sycamore Valley, died Oct. 21, 2010 at Wheeling Hospital
due to an extended battle with cancer. She was born July 14,
1958 in Marietta, a daughter of
the late William and Nellie Eikleberry Howell.
She was the owner/operator of Nellie’s Diner in Stafford, and
had worked for 15 years for RJF International in
Marietta. She loved cooking, shopping and
travel, but her greatest joy was being a grandma.
Surviving are her husband of 34 years, Donald Winland of
Sycamore Valley; two daughters, Melissa (Scott) Wilson of
Sycamore Valley and Amanda (John) Nalley of Graysville; 12
brothers and sisters, Kathryn Ruble of Rootstown, Donna
(Russell) Nalley of Graysville, Mary “Patsy” (Floyd) Winland of
Graysville, Ila Mae “Tootie” (Roy) Winland of Ashland, Wilford
(Rose) Howell of Ashland, David Howell of Sardis, John (Joan)
Howell of Ashland, Lena (Kenney) Piatt of Lewisville, Connie
Gardner of Sardis, Sharon Workman of Woodsfield, Pauline (Larry)
Baker of Woodsfield, and Ronald “Bub” (Judy) Howell of
Woodsfield; five grandchildren, Tyler Wilson, Jacob Nalley,
Katelyn Nalley, Victoria Wilson, Matthew Nalley; father and
mother-in-law, Henry and Mary Winland of Sycamore Valley; and
several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an
infant brother, Richard Howell.
Friends were received Oct. 24 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Oct. 25, with Brent
Roth officiating. Burial was in West Union Cemetery near
Condolences may be expressed at: www.bauerturner.com
Lawrence R. (Bill) Brown, 84, West Salem, died Oct. 23,
2010 at Wooster Community
Hospital. He was born
March 29, 1926 in Fly, the son of the late George and Delia
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a heavy equipment
operator and was employed for various oil and gas companies. He
was a member of the Truth Baptist
Church in West
Salem. He raised beagles and liked going to flea
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Hosack Brown, whom he married
Dec. 31, 1991; 10 special grandchildren, Kyle and Garrett Blake,
Chad, Justin, Jamie, Shawna,
Shane, Jason and Paige Royse; and a special cousin, Pastor Frank
Conley of Sardis.
Friends were received Oct. 26 at Matteson Funeral Home,
West Salem. Funeral services will be held Oct. 27,
at 1 p.m. at the Truth
in West Salem, with Pastors
Bradley Ingram and Carlos Browning officiating. Burial will be
in Congress Cemetery
where military rites will be conducted by James Stevenson
American Legion Post 499 of West Salem.
Memorial contributions may be given to a donor of your choice.
BONNIE A. ANDERSON
Bonnie A. Anderson, 83, died Oct. 17,
2010 at Grants Pass,
Oregon. She was born Sept. 15, 1927 in
a daughter of the late William G. Meier and Nellie Moore Meier.
Except for the last 10 months and a few brief periods spent in
Ohio, she and her husband lived the greater part of
their married life in California.
She was baptized into Christ on Nov. 21, 1948 at Parkersburg, W.Va.,
being a member of the Lord’s body for over 62 years. At the time
of her death, she was a member of the church at
She met her husband during WWII. She was a devoted wife and
mother, had a humble spirit and never said anything negative
Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Lorrin (Andy) Anderson,
whom she married Sept. 7, 1946; two sons, Kenneth, Tokyo,
Japan, Ronald Dean, San Clemente, Calif.; two daughters, Karen
of Grants Pass, Lorelei, Rapid City, S.D., six grandchildren and
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a
brother, William E. Meier and his wife, Sharon; and step-mother,
Mable Baldwin Meier.
Private services were held Oct. 21 at Hull & Hull Mortuary, Grants Pass.
Burial followed at Gotcher Cemetery, Williams, Ore.
ELSIE G. BACHMAN
Elsie Gertrude Bachman, 96,
died Oct. 3, 2010. She was born Jan. 7, 1914 in Rinard Mills, a
daughter of the late Jacob and Eulala English Salisbury.
She graduated from Ludlow Rural High School
in 1933. After graduation, she moved to
where she worked at H.M. Schmelzenbach’s Market, Montgomery Ward
and as a cook at
North Hills Elementary School.
She was a member of the
Church and loved to hear
the choir sing. She enjoyed cooking, playing games, writing
letters, poems and sending cards. She loved visiting with
friends and family, traveling to the family’s cabin in
W. Va. and reminiscing about the good old “simple”
days of her youth. She cherished her faith and family above all
Surviving are a daughter, Madelyn (Don) Heslop of Devola; three
grandchildren, Deanna (Brian) Martindale of Thornville, Todd
(Julie) Heslop of Marietta, Tim Heslop of Pickerington; five
great-grandchildren, Camryn and Troy Martindale, Jared, Owen and
Leah Heslop; sisters-in-law, Ruth Salisbury of Gallipolis, Mary
Salisbury of Woodsfield, Celcia Black of Buckhannon, W.Va.,
Nellie Thorne of Wadsworth, Gatha Bachman of Elizabethtown, Ky,
Lucy Miller of Charleston, W.Va.; brother-in-law, Randolph
(Lenora) Bachman of Pickens, W.Va.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Joseph E. Bachman, whom she married Nov. 14, 1945; and
two brothers, Victor and Jack Salisbury.
Friends were received Oct. 6 and until time of service on Oct. 7
at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home,
Marietta, with Pastor Myron Guiler
officiating. Burial followed in East Lawn Memorial Park.
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