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Sept. 25, 2008 Edition

<Canadian Harley Group Travels Through Monroe County

        Forty-six members of the York Region Chapter of Harley Owners Group (HOG) from Richman Hill, Ontario, Canada, made a stop at Traditions in Woodsfield on Sept. 13. They were enjoying a nine to 10-state ride to Gatlinburg, Tenn. The parking spaces were reserved for the 29 Harleys while the 46 members had lunch. The group waved as they resumed their trip via State Route 26 to Marietta.

Jessica and Chris Hoff of Traditions Restaurant are shown with members of a Canadian Harley riders group. Club members were celebrating their 10th anniversary with a trip encompassing nine to 10 states. Shown around the table are: David Barton, Dave Shiner, Kelvin Lam, Mike Lemoine, Ian Adamson, Ron Oliver and Bill Sutton.

        Woodsfield police officer Mike Young, left, gives directions to Mike Gorman, center, and Michael Masse, members of the York Region Chapter of Harley Owners Group from Ontario, Canada. A Harley  owner himself, Young suggested the route to Marietta via State Route 26.                                Photos by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        September is a beautiful time of the year for a ride, especially a motorcycle ride. Monroe County has some of the most beautiful countryside and as residents know, some of the roads are very twisty and turny – just the kind Harley riders enjoy.
        Traditions was one of the  stops as 46 members of the York Region Chapter of Harley Owners Group (HOG) rode through Monroe County Sept. 13. The group is from the Richman Hill, Ontario, Canada area. They began their nine to 10 state trip on Sept. 12.
        Members of the club come from all walks of life. Mike Gorman, the club’s director and “fearless leader,” is retired after 33 years in the wholesale food distribution business. Other professionals include a funeral director, an insurance broker, computer graphics artist, several accountants, a real estate agent and an Air Canada pilot.
        At the request of Chris Hoff, owner of Traditions, Woodsfield police officer Mike Young arranged to have the parking spaces in front of the restaurant available to accommodate the 29 Harleys. The luncheon stop arrangements had been made by Gorman earlier in the summer.
        Celebrating their club’s 10th anniversary, their travels were taking members to Gatlinburg, Tenn. where they were going to spend four days touring. Members had 14 choices of self-guided tours and the option of visiting nine or 10 states.
        According to Gorman, unbeknown to members, those visiting all 10 states had the opportunity to take a quiz at the end of the trip and the winner received a prize.
        Patricia Murphy-Masse celebrated her birthday at Traditions. “Freedom at 55,” she said. “I’m happy I made it!”
        Cathy Walter, who works in the  Bausch and Lomb regulatory department, has been riding for over four years. “This is a beautiful road; the buildings are great.” She noted that they enjoyed the stop at Traditions. “They are very efficient and the food was great.”
        “The scenery is beautiful and I’m enjoying the ride. There are lots of twists,” said Greg Kert, a charter member of the club who has been riding over 30 years.
        As the entourage left Woodsfield, they were looking forward to experiencing the twists and turns of State Route 26 to Marietta, as suggested by Young, who is also a Harley owner.  

<Monroe Tire Center, Inc.
New Owners, Services Expanded

Members of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Kendra and Bill Allen, the new owners of Monroe Tire Center, Inc., to the business community. Monroe Tire will continue its reliable service to the community and the Allens are adding services. Kendra has grown up in the business which the couple purchased from her father, Garry English, who will remain a part of Monroe Tire. Shown, from left, are: Melissa Smithberger and Ruth Workman of the Chamber and Kendra and Bill Allen.            Photos by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        Monroe Tire Center, Inc. has new owners who will be expanding services. Garry English, who has owned the business for the last 16 years, will continue to help the new owners who are his daughter Kendra and her husband Bill Allen. English has not left the business, but with semi-retirement, he will have the opportunity to pursue other adventures.
        “We will still be offering the same reliable services that Dad has been known for,” said Kendra.
        The Allens have planned a Customer Appreciation Day on Sept. 26. They invite the public to join them for refreshments and to learn more about the services Monroe Tire Center offers. There will be door prize drawings every two hours. “By purchasing a new tire, you will receive four more chances in the drawings,” said Kendra. Prizes include gas cards, free oil changes and more.
        The couple will continue the services already offered, while adding more services. They are reopening the mechanical side of the business, now offering mi-nor mechanical work along with brakes, oil changes, batteries and wiper blades.
        Bill, who also works at Ormet as a truck driver, has worked at the business for the last six months. Kendra has been working at Monroe Tire Cen-ter since she was 16.
        Mastercraft (Cooper) tires are the biggest seller at Monroe Tire. If Mastercraft isn’t your preference, they can order in any brand of tires. They also carry lawn and garden,  4-wheeler tires and farm tires, used and retreads.
        This business, located at 314 Mill Street, Woodsfield (behind the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District office), uses the Hunter Road Force balancer. All new tire purchases are automatically balanced, noted Bill.
        Their Hunter Alignment Rack offers four-wheel alignment services, which gives customers the best possible alignments.            
 Monroe Tire uses quality parts including NAPA. “It is important to us to use quality parts,” said Bill.
        Employees of Monroe Tire, Inc. include office manager Denise Harris and shop manager Tim Wilson, who have both been with Monroe Tire for many years; Roger Farley, Robert Barkes and Jason Turner. Joining the business soon will be Daniel Butler whose specialty is alignments.
        Monroe Tire Center, Inc. is open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   



<Monroe Central High Celebrates Homecoming this Weekend

        Monroe Central royalty candidates for 2008 include, from left, seated: queen candidates Nicole Huffman, Kim Lafferre, Samantha Kilburn, Karlie Davis; second row, king candidates: Mikey Russell, Sean Smithberger, queen candidates Ashley Woodell, Justine LaFollette, king candidates, Michael Christman, Derek Betts; back, Kyle Jorris and Mikey Habig. Photo Courtesy of Teresa Schuerman

        Monroe Central will celebrate homecoming this weekend beginning with Thursday night festivities. The Thursday night parade, which begins at the old Woodsfield High School, will start at 8 p.m. and will wind up at the bonfire behind the football field. This evening will culminate with the crowning of the 2008 Monroe Central King who will be chosen by drawing the “king” card.
        King candidates are Derek Betts, son of Jamie Groves and Tony Betts of Woodsfield; Mikey Habig, son of Cathy and Ron Markey and Brad Habig of Woodsfield; Kyle Jorris, son of Sherry and Brad Nixon and Nicole and Scott Jorris of Woodsfield; Mikey Russell, son of Cathy and Richard Russell of Woodsfield; Sean Smithberger, son of Linda and Frank Smithberger of Woodsfield; and Michael Stimpert, son of Mike and Sue Stimpert of Lewisville.
        The Friday night parade, which begins at 6 p.m., will start from the Switzerland of Ohio Local School board office and will travel to the football field.
        The young lady choosing the “golden rose” will be crowned the 2008 Monroe Central Homecoming Queen at halftime festivities of the Monroe Central vs. Magnolia football game which begins at 7:30 p.m.   Queen candidates are Karlie Davis, daughter of Tammi Davis and Kevin Davis, both of Woodsfield; Samantha Kilburn, daughter of Blake and Sandy Kilburn of Lewisville; Nicole Huffman, daughter of Becky Huffman of Lewisville and Mark Huffman of Graysville; Kimberly Lafferre, daughter of Patty Lafferre of Woodsfield and Kasey Lafferre of Stafford; Justine LaFollette, daughter of Sally and Rod LaFollette of Woodsfield; and Ashley Woodell, daughter of Jenny and Jeff Woodell of Woodsfield.
        Homecoming attendants include: freshman Anissa Marmie, daughter of Carol and Brian Marmie of Cameron; sophomore Kate Burke, daughter of Gerald and Barb Burke of Woodsfield; and junior Katie Parks, daughter of Dana and Kay Parks of Marr.
        The homecoming dance, set for Sept. 27, 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Swiss Hills, will  conclude the festivities.

<Woodsfield Receives $448,900 For Lake to Village Waterline

by Arlean Selvy
        Confirmation of a $448,900 grant from ODOD was received last week by Woodsfield Village Council, which also set a hearing date for vacating an alleyway.
        Woodsfield was awarded the $448,900 Ohio Department of Development grant to address the village’s inadequate water supply. Funding will be used to install about 34,050 feet of water line connecting Rubel Lake to the village’s water treatment plant. The $897,800 project will assist 1,161 households.
        According to Village Administrator Jeff Woodell, who made the announcement, the village will now make formal application to the  Appalachian Regional Commission for a $250,000 grant. He indicated the ARC funding will be crucial for the project. The village should know  sometime in October if it was awarded the grant.
        Woodell noted the reservoir is 12-feet down and the need to transfer water from Rubel Lake.
        The village took action Sept. 16 by releasing water from Rubel Lake. The water flows from the lake overland and empties into Sunfish Creek. It then travels six miles to a dam in the creek. From there water is pumped into the village’s water treatment plant.
        “We’re well on our way, “ said Woodell concerning the eight-inch water line. He said construction should start in November and will be ongoing all winter.
        In another matter, Woodell reported a second telephone line is being installed in the utility office. The action was necessitated due to the large number of calls being made by residents  who were double-billed for cable because they sent payment to the city building and didn’t get credit. At the same time, calls concerning cable reception were backed-up on the call-waiting system.
        He explained the cable problem was due the Sunday’s high winds which knocked out power and boosters for the cable system. “Nobody likes to have to sit and wait ...” Woodell said of the call-waiting line. This way calls  will roll-over to a second line to better serve customers.
        In the way of good news for Woodsfield Municipal Cable customers, the administrator said if there are no glitches the Hallmark channel will be on the extended basic the week of Sept. 22. The Hallmark programming will be on channel 68.
        Woodell said some of the other channels people want come with the price of a satellite. “So, they may have to come later due to the outlay of money,” said Woodell.
        An executive session was held at the request of Woodell to discuss personnel with regard to compensation. Following that session, Woodell was authorized to give permission to Debbie Yontz, utility office, permission to work more than 30 hours. The matter will be re-evaluated in three months.   
        A petition was submitted to vacate 12-feet of alleyway located east of Adams Ave. running parallel to West Marietta St. beginning at Adams Ave. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 6:35 at the Municipal Building for public comments.
        Woodsfield Police Officer Matthew Tippie, having served a customary probationary period, was promoted from part-time to full-time officer at $9 per hour.
        Councilwoman Carol Hehr moved to accept the sole bid for paving on the walking trail.The bid, $48,870.41 came from J&T Paving, Paden City, W.Va.       
        “Thanks to Jeff  [Woodell], we have three-fourths of the second phase of the project done free of cost. I’m hoping we’ll be able to write a grant next year to complete that project,” said Hehr. She noted that Woodell negotiated with Dominion Gas  to help with the trail.
        Paving on the walking trail will start at the parking lot of the firehouse and continue to the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
        Hehr said this will allow residents of the nursing center to take advantage of the trail as they will be able to use wheelchairs on the paved portion. 
        In other matters, council agreed to set barricades for the Charlie’s Run event slated for Oct. 4.
        Trick or Treat night was set for Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the parade at 7:30 p.m.
        Council adopted a resolution to accept the amount and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.
        Discussion was held with regard to a few young trees planted as a Kiwanis Club project along Eastern Ave. Doug Weckbacher approached council about a tree in front of his business, Doug’s Barber Shop. He said people are telling him they can’t tell if he is open or closed because of the tree. It is not known if that particular tree is one of those planted as part of the Kiwanis project.
        The basic question concerning the trees is - who is responsible for their care? Hehr, who is also a member of the Kiwanis Club, said she will clarify the matter with Kiwanis at the next meeting.

< Flag Case Presented

A case for the flag given to Woodsfield Elementary last spring was presented to the school by local resident Jeff Brown. The flag, an unexpected gift from U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Kevin J. Stewart, was flown over Afghanistan during a combat mission. Shown presenting the case is Brown, sixth grade teacher Heather Dick and WES principal Kassie Anderson.  Photo by M. Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        On a beautiful, sunny Sept. 17th, Woodsfield Elementary students and staff celebrated Constitution Day on the front lawn of the school.
        Paula Frank accompanied her music students in several patriotic songs including The Star Spangled Banner. The sixth grade students of Heather Dick and Annette Mobley read the Preamble to the Constitution.
        Special guest speaker, Common Pleas Court Judge Julie Selmon, spoke to the group on  the branches of government and the freedoms granted to the citizens of the United States of America by the Constitution.
        Local resident Jeff Brown, a member of the Patriot Guards, a motorcycle group which honors veterans and servicemen and women,  presented a solid cherry flag case to the school. The case was made to preserve a special flag which was an unexpected gift to the school.
        A valentine project completed by students for service men and women was reciprocated with the American Flag. WES students designed and made valentines which were sent to U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Kevin Stewart, who was serving in Afghanistan at the time. Stewart, who distributed the valentines to his fellow service personnel, was a former classmate of Heather Dick.
        Stewart, a 1992 graduate of WHS and son of Lin and Terry Stewart of Woodsfield, requested the American flag be flown on a combat mission in an F-15E “Strike Eagle.” The flag was presented to the school last spring by Mrs. Dick and the WES Builder’s Club.
        The flag will be displayed at the school so everyone can remember those men and women who risk their lives to preserve the freedoms preserved in the Constitution.
        Master Sergeant Stewart is currently stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

< Obituaries

        Myra K. Renner Slonaker, 65, Cadiz, formerly of Clarington, died Sept. 15, 2008, at home. She was born May 25, 1943 in New Martinsville, the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Paden Renner.   Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com


        Jacob Bellville V, 72, Powhatan Point, died Sept. 15, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 26, 1935 in Powhatan Point, a son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Baker Bellville. Share your thoughts and memories with Jacob’s family at www.altmeyer.com

        Edie Johnson, 53, Beallsville, died Sept. 19, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Woodsfield. She was born Feb. 14, 1955 in Barberton, daughter of the late Jirel Ray Thompson.        Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

        William W. (Bill) Hansen, 74, Woodsfield, died Sept. 20, 2008 in Wheeling Hospital. He was born Feb. 28, 1934 in Spokane, Wash., a son of the late Waldo and Lovena Smith Hansen.       Online condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

        Lenora Bonadio, 84, formerly of Woodsfield, died Sept. 19, 2008, in Cleveland. She was born Oct. 12, 1923 in Woods-field, a daughter of the late George Mahoney and Trella Scott Mahoney. Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

Loretta “Peg” Baumberger, 93, Clarington, died Sept. 20, 2008 in the Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. She was born March 25, 1915, near Clarington, a daughter of the late Wesley and Ida Dye Dietrich.
        Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.

<Our Readers Write:

Dear Editor,
        It has been several years now since the first election I remember when people were wearing buttons that read “I Like Ike”. A lot of politicians have come and gone since then. Some I agreed with; some I didn’t. But what has happened in recent years is beyond anything I could have imagined back at that time.
        When this present Congress was seated everything changed. These people openly oppose the war this country is in. Even George Washington said that for public officials to openly oppose a war the country is involved in is an act of treason. If these people really cared about this country they would rather die than to let the enemy know they opposed the war. Any objections would be kept behind closed doors. These people know full well that when they openly oppose the war they encourage the enemy to keep fighting. They are literally killing American troops to discourage the people with the war and try to get them to vote for people that would surrender.       As I have pondered these things and reflected on history it dawned on me that this isn’t the first time this political group was involved in an act of treason. Thomas Jefferson formed the Democrat party to advance what was seen as the rights of slave owners. The Republican party was formed by people that
 saw that the way black people were being treated was not right.
        Remember that democracy is the politically correct term for mob rule where any charismatic person can convince a majority of the people to do anything. A republican is a government that is based on laws that do not change. Thus you see why Democrats call the constitution a living document and Republicans call it the law.
        Democrats made the court lopsided and perverted the law to say that black people were not people and thus brought us the civil war. They have done the same with the preborn and have killed millions. They are working to do the same with the feeble. They are seeking to pass hate crime laws to silence those they hate. The hate crimes laws would silence preachers and any other Christian. Their so-called fairness doctrine would silence Christian broadcasting.
        It is bewildering to me that while the Democrat party opposes every thing good and promotes everything evil that people still vote for them. Has the nation really become that evil? And why is a black person a Democrat candidate? It is white Republicans that fought and died for them in the civil war. It is white Republicans that politically fought for their rights in the sixties. Fact is the white Republicans that have done everything that has been done for the black people. For a Christian or a black person to be a Democrat is like a Jew being a Nazi. As if that isn’t enough Obama has written a book and said that if push comes to shove he will stand with the most vicious enemy this nation has ever known. This enemy would not be a problem if Democrats had not perverted the law that required all schools to teach the Bible.
        In September of 2007 there was a presidential debate held in Florida. Seven Republican candidates participated in the debate. Any one of five of these men would have made a better president than any of the people the major media has pushed at us. The questions in this debate came from Christian leaders across the nation. Not one Democrat nor any of the four leading Republican candidates were willing to face these people. If the nation had seen this debate the election would be totally different and the major media knew it so most people didn’t get to see it. Such control of the media goes back to the sixties when we watched helplessly as the Democrats used the labor unions to put the Republicans out of the media. Democrats have long used labor as pawns to accomplish their evil deeds. They run industries out of the country, won’t let us build power plants, refineries, or drill for the oil we have and then say they are for labor. The only labor they
 have ever been for is slave labor.
        We are only a few weeks away from continuing to be a great free nation or becoming a third world nation.
Sincerely, Scott E. Fisher
Lower Salem

<Around the Burnside

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
        Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
        Have you ever been surprised? It’s more fun to surprise someone. How about surprising someone or some folks when they are doing something wrong? Could be dangerous but a lot of fun, maybe.
        It happened to me last Friday night. When attending Monroe Central football games I normally park behind the old youth center building. Because of the crowd attending the River game, we decided to leave a few minutes early to beat the rush.
        I usually unlock my car some distance before I get to it. Well, as it was dark behind the building I hit the button early. Now, when I unlock my car after dark in that manner, the headlights and inside lights come on full steam.
        When I pushed the button and my lights came on, I spotted a few figures, male I think, running from the back of my car like bigfoot was chasing them. I think one of them was taking a drink from his can of Sprite. I thought maybe it was Mountain Dew. Then I remember the stands sold only Coke products.
        I began to wonder why would any one go behind a building and drink Sprite. It isn’t announced any more but the school board does not allow alcohol to be around during school functions. Everyone knows this.
        These fellows couldn’t have been around in the dark drinking beer or could they? Sorry to spoil your fun, fellows.
        We get all excited shortly after school starts with the fall sports getting underway. I do enjoy watching fans that really get in to voicing, or should I say yelling their support for their teams. Having been a field announcer for so many years, I have a few choice words, when Ohio State plays like they did last Saturday against Ohio U.
        When I was in grade school, I missed out on all this excitement. Although we threw a football around when I was in high school I can’t remember the first football game I saw.
        Our season in grade school, when we started back, was Tin Can Shinny. We looked at times during the summer for just the right club to whack the can.
        We had a good playing field. Long and narrow. The alley in front of the school house.
        Kind of narrow but long. Recess and noon was our playing time. No parents, referees or teachers and we made up our own rules, sometimes when needed on the spot. Kids today do not know what they are missing.
        I sometimes wonder how dumb individuals think some people are. For example, I recently received six checks in the mail totaling $2400. The catch being I could spend them only on a certain thing. One check for $300 was good for buying a camera. I thought that must be some camera. Checking the price, the camera was listed for $449. I’m sure I’ve seen the same camera or one like it for $149 or less. I know I had to take dummy math but even I could figure out it was no bargain.
        A teacher was trying to make the pupils think, so she asked some tricky questions. “Johnny,” she said, “Give me an example of ‘nothing’.” Johnny did not hesitate. “Nothing,” he said, “is a balloon with its skin off.”
        Just a thought: I wonder if all football fans are hard of hearing? The music played before the game is not for those up town but for the fans coming to the stands before the game. I thought maybe it was just my hearing aids until I turned them off. It was still loud.
        I finally got to see a horse pulling contest at the Noble County Fair. I hadn’t watched one since they quit having horse pulls at our fair. I remember the horse pull was the first evening of our fair for years. Far cry from a mud bog.
        I guess the reason I enjoyed the horse pulls was I was well acquainted with many of the owners of the pulling teams and tractor and truck pulls hadn’t been thought of at the time. Plus, my team of a retired race horse and small mule could probably not even move the empty sled. I, perhaps, thought how nice it would be to own a large team like the pullers. Then it would take three or four times the feed my little old mule Tom would eat.
        I did notice most of the fair size crowd in the grandstand was older folks. Very few young folks. I expect maybe many of them were getting ready to sell their 4-H and FFA projects.
        I did run into a friend from Fairview who had some experience with me and our team. He and his wife drove down to just watch the horse pull.
        I did enjoy the pull and will probably go back next year, if they still hold one. I  enjoyed it and couldn’t help but tighten up and try to help when the pulling got tough. I haven’t had a good sniff of horse for a long time.
        I can’t quit without a word about the Monroe Central Marching Band. They are doing an excellent job and it’s good to see their accomplishments in just a year’s time. It sure makes the halftime break more enjoyable. Keep up the good work.
        If you’re going to have an exercise program, start by exercising kindness.
        Try church this Sunday, OK?
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Numbers 6:22-27; (Tues.) Matthew 25:31-40; (Wed.) Matthew 7:24-29; (Thurs.) Romans 12:9-13; (Fri.) Romans 12:14-21; (Sat.) I Peter 3:8-15; (Sun.) Matthew 5:1-16.