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Sept. 4, 2008 Edition
Expects to Discontinue Operation of Senior Services
by Arlean Selvy
“Costs are up, fuel is up and food is
up,” said Gary Ricer, executive director, GMN Tri-County CAC, which
operates the county’s senior services.
Ricer indicated to county
commissioners, at their Aug. 26 meeting, that GMN will probably not operate
Monroe County Senior Services after the end of the year. Ricer said the GMN
auditor, R.D. Conley and Asso-ciates, has advised the GMN Board of Directors
to “... consider an exit strategy for senior services in both Noble and
Monroe counties.” Ac-cording to Ricer, the auditor has “pretty much
demanded” GMN terminate contracts to operate senior services.
GMN is currently operating the Monroe
senior services on a contract basis with the county.
With regard to the contract, Ricer
said he is hoping GMN can continue operating the service until the end of
the year. “Basically, it’s food and fuel that’s affecting the budget,” said
the executive director, noting, “The funding sources will not increase their
“The Board of County Com-missioners
has always been committed to senior services,” said Commissioner John Pyles.
“Now wheels are startin’ to spin on how we can keep it a viable program.”
“I think it’s a travesty when our
state and federal governments turn their back on the most vulnerable
population in Ameri-ca, our senior citizens,” said Ricer.
“Senior citizens are the wisdom of
society and they’re taking the biggest hit,” said Ricer, noting the budget
He told commissioners the funding
sources are not giving enough money to fund the program. “We hope to make it
through the end of the year,” said Ricer, “But I don’t see county government
running [the senior services program] any cheaper.”
Ricer said GMN could consider “coming
half-way” by keeping the Alzheimer program, homemaker/housekeeper, food
commodity distribution and rural farmers market place. He noted however,
that it is the congregate and home delivered meals that are hurting the
Pyles said commissioners will have to
think of a way to keep the services operating.
“I really don’t see it getting any
better for you or for our entity,” said Ricer.
Officials and Ricer will meet to
discuss possible solutions to the financial problems.
The county currently has a one-half
mill levy for senior services. The levy generated $52,923.17 in 2007.
Although Pyles mentioned asking
voters for another half mill, the matter was not pursued. They agreed that
placing a levy on the ballot at this time could be detrimental to other
levies on the ballot. Ricer said county commissioners are legally liable and
ultimately responsible as the local government to operate senior services.
Pyles, wondering aloud, asked softly,
“What are we going to do?”
In other business:
At the request of Spectra Energy and
with the approval of Switzerland Township trustees, TR2182, off SR7 about
two miles south of Powhatan Point, was vacated.
Commissioners viewed the 528 feet of
roadway during the morning session, and held a public hearing in the
afternoon. No one appeared at the hearing to object.
Concerning the flood mitigation
program, Katrina Lent, RFG Associates of Zanesville, opened the sole bid
received to raze two homes and a separate structure in Cameron.
The bid was from Ady & Sons
Construction, Warren, in the amount of $15,000 and will be reviewed by the
Structures to be razed were owned by
Roger Ault and Sondra Chaney.
County commissioners meet each
Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. at the courthouse.
Incubator Opens at
Team Monroe’s first business incubator officially opened Aug. 28. “The goal
is to stimulate business in the county,” said Hugh Hyre, chairman of Team
Monroe’s incubator committee.
“We’re starting with a kitchen because that’s what we all know,” said Hyre.
He made note that if it’s possible and worthwhile to citizens, with regard
to time and travel, they’d like to open another kitchen incubator in another
There are state requirements for the
site, and rules and regulations to be followed by those who use the
incubator facility. To date, a bakery license has been obtained as well as a
preliminary canning license for items such jams, jellies and sauces and for
packing dried goods.
A certified kitchen manager is
required for canning and Connie Morris recently underwent four days of
intensive training to earn certification.
Morris is pleased about the
incubator. She traveled 90 miles to an incubator to prepare Confections by
Connie. The Jacobsburg resident, who now has her own commercial kitchen,
will produce at least some of her products at the Midway incubator.
Economic-Workforce Devel-oper Tom Scott said the incubator represents
something new. It offers a facility to those who need it. “If you are happy
with what you use - tell people about it,” he said. “If you are unhappy -
tell us so we can make it right.” Scott noted that within a year everyone
will be pleased the business incubator is a reality.
Team Monroe member Dan Greenlee noted
a great need for private labels and an immediate need for co-packers. “The
future is as soon as we can get started,” he said.
Greenlee, who operates Malaga
Greenhouse with his wife, Sue, reminded the group that people from outside
Monroe County are interested in the facility. He said individuals from
Belmont and other counties have expressed interest as have persons from West
Virginia and Pennsylvania.
“Having the incubator is an
opportunity to employ people, said Greenlee.
Aaron Miller, owner of E’Delweiss
(Beef) Farm near Beallsville, and member of the incubator committee, spoke
briefly. “Monroe County has talent and ambition,” he said. “I’ve seen
enthusiasm in Team Monroe. You have the ability to do something ... Just get
up and get at it.”
Hyre told those attending that after
the kitchen is up and running, the incubator committee hopes to open a meat
The committee is currently doing
preliminary work on that project.
“This is a county that could shine in
this market,” said Hyre.
Committee co-chair Joe Urbanek told
attendees he met with a government representative who indicated there are
grant monies available for the incubators. The representative, according to
Urbanek, is willing to help write grants for Team Monroe.
It was also noted the group will seek
funding through the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The committee is seeking monetary
donations and information about where they may obtain a large upright
freezer as well as other equipment, which can be used at the incubator site.
It was reported a donation of
lapidary equipment has been received.
Lapidary equipment is used by a
person who cuts, polishes and engraves precious stones.
According to information given, each
individual using the facility must have his own liability insurance if
he/she is going to make and sell a product.
It was noted that the success of the
venture will depend on participation. “We need more and more participation,”
The application fee to use the
kitchen is $20. The fee to use the kitchen without using public
utilities is $6 per hour. Those using the stove and other equipment will pay
$8 per hour.
Seated at the speakers table were
Hugh and Jean Hyre, Joe Urbanek, Tom Scott, Dan and Sue Greenlee, Aaron and
Charlene Miller and Ruthann Ridgeway.
Officials attending the session
included the county commissioners, John Pyles, Bill Thompson and ‘Sonny’
Block. County auditor Pandora Neuhart attended with interest in using the
incubator facilities for her own products. Also attending was former Monroe
County commissioner Mark Forni, executive director of farmland preservation.
A tour of the facility, located in
the former Midway school, was given. The incubator will have an office for
computers, printers, copier and other office equipment; a storage room, a
large room off the kitchen and, of course the certified kitchen, which
features a 10-burner stove with two ovens.
Set for Oct. 4
The 31st annual Woodsfield Run for Kids is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4.
Charlie Kozles-ky, the race coordinator, is the only individual who has
participated in all of the previous 30 Woodsfield events. His streak of
participation is one of the longest of any ultra marathoner in North
American and the world. The event itself is one of the longest continual
ultra marathons in North America.
The 30 previous Woodsfield Run for
Kids has raised almost $500,000 for at least 10 different Children’s
Hospitals throughout the country. Residents in the Woodsfield area need to
be aware that all local contributions will be sent to the Columbus
Children’s Hospital unless a donor specifies another hospital. All
contributions will be used to defray the cost of the free and reduced cost
that Children’s Hospital provides for the needy local children.
Charlie will be joined this year by
three other local entrants: Lori Michener, who has run the race nine
previous times, will be joined by Chris Benedict and Tyler Graham. “I am
very pleased to announce that Ruta Mazelis from Sher-rodsville will be
participating for the 15th time and the energizer bun-ny, Dick Sand-ers from
Buf-falo, N.Y., will be making his 25th appearance,” said Charlie.
Jerry Bar-tram, formerly of
Springfield, will be returning to competition after several years of health
issues. “Jerry seems to be on the mend and wants to raise money for
children,” said Charlie. These veteran participants will be joined by new
runners, Tom Mays and Josh Powers. Charlie hopes to have about a dozen
participants for this race and raise $20,000 for Children’s Hospital.
The race organizer will begin
contacting prospective pledges on Sept. 5 and will continue contacting
individuals on weekends. Donations can be made payable to Children’s
Hospital at 254 Brownstone Court, Westerville, OH 43081.
Classroom a Reality
by Martha Ackerman
Beallsville High teacher and coach, and Ryan Caldwell, BHS principal,
are excited about the new outdoor classroom which is under construction.
Employees from Century Mine spent over a month developing trails and a
Photos by Martha Ackerman
The new outdoor classroom is under
construction at Beallsville High School which includes a gazebo built in the
center of the horseshoe pond. BHS teacher and coach Clint Abbott and
principal Ryan Caldwell stand where the gazebo will be built. The natural
springs will fill the pond.
The idea of a
Beallsville Outdoor Classroom was resurrected last spring by Clint Abbott,
Beallsville High teacher and coach, and BHS Principal Ryan Caldwell. They
are very excited about the project and they have every reason to be.
The enhancement plans include mulched
walking trails, a 30’x40’ pavilion with running water, a wetland area,
staged seating area and wildlife identification markers.
“The original mastermind of the
outdoor classroom project was Christy Burrow,” said Abbott. Burrow started
cleaning up the area about three years ago, “but it never took off,” he
This time the project is in full
swing, but is in need of donations and community help to get it where the
two men envision it to be. That vision is a beauty – the quiet, park-like
setting, serene wooded area, a gazebo overlooking the pond, nature trails,
flower beds and more. The entrances will be as elegant as possible.
According to Caldwell, his uncle Don
Headley used his dozer to make some trails. That was just the beginning.
A request brought Century Mine
employees and heavy equipment to the seven-acre area. The crew worked for
over a month, noted Abbott. “We couldn’t have afforded what they did.”
What did they do? There are trails
running through the area and a large horseshoe pond which will be filled
with the natural springs. The main trail extends peninsula-like into the
center of the horseshoe pond. A gazebo is planned for that area. There is
also a developed area where the pavilion will be built.
What was originally a swamp can now
be used after culverts were installed by the mining company.
A lot of Century Mine’s employees are
from the Bealls-ville area. According to John Murray, production geologist
and son of Century Mine owner Bob Murray, the outdoor classroom is a good
community service project.
According to the Caldwell and Abbott,
charcoal grills will be installed. The pavilion will be accessible for
picnics, re-unions and other public events.
The classroom will be available to
classes kindergarten through grade 12. Brochure information notes, “The
facility will be used for various activities, not only in math and science,
but also language arts, visual arts and social studies. The interactive
environment will give students an opportunity to learn through a hands-on
An Outdoor Classroom Club has been
formed with 30-35 students. According to Abbott, the group gets together
Tuesday after school to work on the project. “Students who do not do well in
the classroom thrive in this environment,” said Abbott. “They become the
leaders. It’s amazing to see the transformation.”
Teachers also use the outdoor
classroom as an incentive to students, noted Abbott.
The area is gated and locked for
safety reasons. According to Abbott, children do not enter without
Future fundraisers are being planned
– a haunted trail and next spring an area across from the pond will be
planted in pumpkins. Residents can enjoy picking out their pumpkins from the
PEARL E. WAMMES
Pearl E. Wammes, 80, formerly of
Fremont, died Aug. 28, 2008, at The Gardens in Clyde. She was born Sept. 6,
1927 in Stafford, to the late Ross T. and Nina (Day) Holland. Online
condolences may be made at
ROBERT M. LUIKART
Robert M. “Bob” Luikart, 84, Boston
Hill Rd., Sardis, died Aug. 29, 2008 at his home. He was born March 3, 1924
in Sardis, the son of the late Elmer John and Lydia Helena Huffman Luikart.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
TIMOTHY H. ZINK
Timothy H. Zink, 37, Honey Brook,
Pa., died Aug. 28, 2008 at home. He was born Jan. 14, 1971 in Columbus, the
son of Gilbert and Susie Tucker Zink of West Chester, Pa. Sympathy
expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
HOMER R. JONES
Homer Raymond (Rocker) Jones, 85,
Woodsfield, died Aug. 31, 2008, at Belmont Manor, St. Clairsville. He was
born April 16, 1923 in Woodsfield, a son of the late William Clingon Jones
and Emma Barbara Ludwig Jones.
Condolences may be expressed at
CARL E. BURNS
Carl E. Burns, 85, Gahanna, died Aug.
16, 2008. He was a retired Police Officer from the Columbus Police
Department serving from 1955 until 1977. He was a veteran of WWII in the
Arrangements by Schoedinger Northeast
MILDRED B. CHRISTMAN
Mildred B. Christman, 98, Woodsfield,
died Sept. 1, 2008, at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield.
Arrangements are pending at Watters
Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Our county population is growing
older and we need to address some concerns. While attending the Monroe
County Fair on Wednesday (Senior Citizen’s Day), I observed several seniors
making an effort to climb into the grandstand with canes, crutches, and
walkers. No one in a wheel chair could have made it. The handicap parking
area was located at the entrance of the fairgrounds several hundred yards
from the grandstand.
I’ve heard many people comment on the
decline of the Monroe County Fair. I would have to agree. Nothing against
the fairboard, they do a good job with few people, but it is the same thing
It’s time to take a good look at the
fair. Maybe shorten the days, maybe run a shuttle, maybe involve more youth,
maybe have competitions among county organizations, example: fire
departments, EMS, county highway departments, county bands, amateur radio,
church choirs, talent shows for all ages, go cart races, etc.
Here’s a thought – All that land, all
those buildings, all the upkeep for the fairgrounds – Why not consider a new
school built on the fairgrounds. It only gets used twice a year anyway (The
fair and the Black Walnut Festival). All the buildings could be utilized all
year round. Plenty of space and we need both a new grandstand and a new
Wait! What about the fair? Still have
it on the fairgrounds/school grounds. Work together for a solution. Both
will benefit. Other counties already hold a Friday night football game
during their fair. Walking trail needed? Build a track around a new field.
We have the nursing home, airport, MACO, industrial park and broadband in
close proximity. Incorporate some classes in nursing, avionics, special
needs teaching, industrial management and communications.
These are just some of my concerns
while taking in the fair. Thank you for listening.
Diane Ullom, Woodsfield
I recently had a conversation with a
woman about clothes in fitting rooms that have been thrown around, walked
on, and have food spilled on them. Many of us look at that and shake our
heads in disbelief asking, “Why?” How did America get like this, so many
selfish and irresponsible?
Years ago I had a conversation with a
school principal about an incident involving irresponsibility of a child and
his parents. I said, “How were they able to take responsibility away from
parents?” They being those who were able to force compulsory schooling on
America. It was crystal clear to me then that parent irresponsibility now is
a direct result of the State taking the responsibility of child rearing away
from parents over a century ago. At that moment I vowed to devote my life to
getting the government out of education.
Since then I’ve learned some history,
and found that my intuition served me correctly when I perceived that our
present day morass has its roots in our turning away from our original
principles. It’s difficult to see the connection of present things to the
past when the past is controlled. Do you see the logic of standardized
When America decided to Germanize
itself, we restructured into a bureaucracy, lifting the burden of
responsibility off of individuals and redistributing it to the echelons
above. We traded individualism for collectivism and now we witness the
evaporation of individual freedom and its counterpart, responsibility.
Carroll Quigley said that the Germans thirsted for the totalitarian way of
life and the negative freedom of not having to make decisions. Eric Hoffer
says the Germans welcomed the Nazis because it meant no responsibility; they
only had to follow orders.
So what’s America’s answer to our
problems? More bureaucracy: more orders, more requirements, more policies,
more “education”, more government/corporate programs.
“Today everything is a bureaucratic
structure, and brainwashed people who are not personalities are trained to
fit into this bureaucratic structure.” Carroll Quigley. Buck the system.
Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil;
joy fills hearts that are planning peace.
Truth stands the test of time; lies
are soon exposed.
Do you read the news of 50 years ago?
If you didn’t read it in the Beacon last week it was worth it.
Action taken at the recent Woodsfield
Exempted Village School Board meeting included banning of freshmen
initiation. In addition, no girl or boy beyond the fourth grade is
allowed to wear jeans. Slacks or wash trousers are permissible for
boys but girls are not permitted to wear slacks of any kind.
I wonder what was wrong with jeans? I
could not wait until I got my first pair of jeans. I was told my
hips were not large enough to hold up a pair of jeans. Didn’t have
this trouble with bib overalls. If I remember correctly we called
them overall pants back then.
Girls, when I was in school would
never think of wearing slacks or jeans. Now girls seldom wear a
skirt or a dress while attending our public schools. Times change. I
even remember the old, ugly, brown stockings some girls wore. If one
would roll her stockings below her knees, you would want to watch
out for her. She was a fast one.
Also back in 1885 the Chicago City
Council caught up with the times today by repealing an ordinance
which required that women’s bathing suits must have full bloomers
extending below the knees according to the Journal.
I think I remember girls wore what we
called bloomers during Phys. Ed. class. We would sneak a look in the
gym every once in a while.
Anyone interested in a rain gauge
that has never been exposed to rain? I have one I purchased some
time ago and I’m not sure if it works. I suppose the batteries will
go bad before I find out if it works.
Quite a bit to write about this week.
I’m not sure I can get it all in because of the early deadline due
to Labor Day.
A few notes left over from the county
fair. when I attend the fair there is something I have to have at
least one of, maybe two. That is a “Bloomin’ Onion”. Nothing says
fair to me like a bloomin’ onion or at least the last few years.
Deep fried pickles also take a hit.
I found out this year, I guess you
can blame it on the high price of gasoline, the bloomin’ onion took
a hit. Last year you received one large onion. This year they cut
that big onion down the middle and they made two from one. Not a bad
margin, ten bucks for one onion. Oh well, I guess it’s not that bad
since probably a half of one of those large onions, all greased up,
is all one person should eat at one time.
I also missed the machinery dealers
in the parade. I know it is a 4-H parade but other things in the
parade make it more interesting. I’m not sure if they still do it,
but Morgan County required all livestock exhibitors have something
in the parade. I guess it was a fair parade not a 4-H parade. The
FFA (if we have one) did not have a float in the parade. I remember
when they looked forward to it and did a lot of clean-up getting the
fairground ready. Gone but not forgotten.
Horseshoes. I’m not sure about other
times; however, the horseshoe pits were all covered up on Thursday
evening. What happened to all the horseshoe pitchers?
I think I mentioned last week the
good Coleman fish sandwich cooked up in the Midway Community stand.
Well, all day Thursday I kept thinking of going to the fair and
eating one of those fish sandwiches. No sandwich, they ran out of
fish. I had to settle for one of their country fried steak
sandwiches with the works. Everything works out. If they had not run
out of fish I would not have learned what a good sandwich the
country fried steak turned out to be. I didn’t try any of Buba
Buba’s sandwiches but Phil told me they were good and he knows the
best places to eat on the fairground.
As you probably guessed, county fair
means food, junk or otherwise, to me. Nothing like it.
I also enjoyed listening to the group
“Not So Rich or Famous”. It’s always a pleasure to listen to a local
group. This group was loud but good. I had to turn the hearing aid,
in my better ear, off to tone things down a bit. It is kind of fun
to hear someone you knew when they were just a little squirt running
around do such a good job.
I’m really not sure why, in the tent,
the volume was turned up so loud. Maybe they don’t have a knob to
turn it any lower. May not be that bad after all as I could hear
Lucy and her bunch as dinner music while I was eating my country
I guess I’ve blabbed on enough about
the fair. As you get older it’s not the same. Fair is for young
people and about all we old duffers can do is sit around and talk
about how it used to be.
I can’t believe I wrote this week
with a pencil and it came out in the paper just the same. I hadn’t
written with a pencil for so long I thought I’d try it. I get it all
over me when I write with ink.
School is underway; church is still
P.S. It works! Eight hundredths of an
inch and still raining.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Malachi 3:1-5;
(Tues.) Isaiah 40:1-5; (Wed.) Isaiah 40:6-11; (Thurs.) Matthew
3:4-10; (Fri.) 3:11-17: (Sat.) I Peter 2:1-10; (Sun.) Matthew 3:1-3;