Woodsfield Decides on New Location for Street Garage
by Arlean Selvy
With two new schools to be located on
Airport Road, it was
necessary for the village of Woodsfield
to decide on a new site for the street department’s
garage. That decision was made at the Sept. 8 meeting of
village council, which also garnered information
concerning a proposed controlled deer hunt within the
Clearing has been done at the village’s sub-station and
council agreed to move the street department’s garage to
that location. According to Jeff Woodell, village
administrator, several locations were viewed and this
appeared to be the best site.
Woodell reported the moving of dirt for the new schools
is expected to begin the end of September.
In another matter, Woodell read a letter from the Ohio
Department of Transportation concerning the speed limit
on SR78 West that will pass the site for the new school.
ODOT, after a study, determined the speed limit will be
45 mph. Council passed a resolution making the limit 45
within the village west of the Pamida entrance. The
speed limit from Pamida east will be 35 mph through the
outlying area of Woodsfield.
Brian Postlewait, area supervisor, Ohio Department of
Natural Resources, spoke to council concerning
controlled deer hunts. Councilman Bill Moore also
According to Postlewait, ODNR laws are already set and
the village would have to pass an ordinance allowing the
hunt. Hunters would still have to abide by ODNR
He noted that
has an ordinance allowing the hunt and said their
program has been successful.
The village is looking into holding a hunt due to
complaints that deer are causing damage to vegetation on
properties within the village limits.
Read more in the Monroe County Beacon
Gary Ricer, local coin and currency collector, shows his
prized collection of national bank currency as well as
other rare currency he has collected over the last 30
by Martha Ackerman
In the August 20, 2009 Beacon was a bit of history of
Beallsville Bank currency. The bills and photo of the
First National Bank of Beallsville were submitted by
Beallsville resident, Stephen Prichard.
Some of the history was presented from the Monroe County:
A History by Stanley and Theresa Maienknecht.
Local resident and coin and currency collector Gary
Ricer brought in more bills and a little information on
the history of the currency printed with the names of
“Mr. Prichart’s $5 and $10 Beallsville paper money is
categorized as ‘National Cur-rency.’ Produced from 1863
to 1935, there were large size bills referred to as
horseblankets from Civil War times up to 1923 and small
size nationals, which were the same size as today’s
paper money,” said Ricer.
“Produced by the U.S. Government and issued to local
‘National Banks,’ all small town Bank Nationals are
rare. At the time, the federal government’s logic of
issuing paper money printed with local bank names was
simple: public trust, confidence and stability.
“The $5 and $10 Beallsville currency submitted to the
Beacon has a charter number of 7025 indicating they were
produced in 1903, the same year Harley Davidson Motor
Company was created.
“In reference to Standard Catalog to National Bank
Notes, these two bills have a rarity number “6,” the
highest rarity of which only 0-2 notes were produced.
“The National Banks in Monroe County, whose towns appeared on National Cur-rency
are: Beallsville, Claring-ton,
Lewisville, Monroe, Sardis
and Woodsfield. All are rare in any condition,” said
Ricer, noting that Lewisville is the most
Ricer has the only known complete set of Woodsfield
notes–$5, $10 and $20–as only two were produced of each.
“It took me close to 30 years to acquire just these
three pieces. I also have a $10 large size National
Woodsfield note, charter number 5414, which was produced
in 1900. The small size notes are even more rare than
the large ones.
“For safety, I keep all of these bills in a bank vault,
not in my home,” added Ricer.
He also brought in a rare, consecutively serial numbered
1923 $1 silver certificate collection of three in gem
crisp, uncirculated condition. They came directly from
the old Monroe Bank in Woodsfield, Ricer noted. “I
purchased them in the 1980s from the late Roy
What is a dog pound? Wonder how many folks really know
what a dog pound is? I, personally, didn’t. I knew it
was a place where unwanted dogs were taken. What
happened to them after that never really entered my
mind. They were just “unacceptable” dogs. Then I went to
our dog pound out of curiosity. Was I surprised!
Monroe County dog pound sort of looks from the
outside like a kindergarten, with painted colorful
pictures, and a little blooming garden at the entrance.
I could hear the inmates as we got out of the car. All
those doggy voices seemingly greeting me with “Hi…Glad
to see you!” tails wagging. They were all so beautiful.
Chocolate labs, adorable schnauzers, chubby beagles,
hunting hounds, puppies…some mixes I have never seen
They were all in clean pens, and had been bathed, de-flead
and each had their own blanket and toy. Now, how do you
suppose all that got there? Well, by the care and
nurturing of Dog Warden Ronda Piatt who has been there
working with these babies for 14 years. She has a few
helpers that wash the dog dishes, launder the blankets,
clean, feed and water, and even make sure the guys get
to go out on leashes to exercise. They are all very
caring caregivers and they do it all on a shoestring,
often giving their own funds to help out the cause.
How do these babies get there? Some are abandoned by
their owners. Some owners had lost their job. Some
owners became too ill to care for their four-legged
friend. Others passed on with only their pet to survive
them. Many were reluctantly turned over because of
circumstances they couldn’t control.
However they got there, most are terrified, sad,
everything familiar gone, loved ones gone and they are
left there to deal with it all. I imagine all the
unfamiliar dogs there barking really frightens them too.
That’s where the caregivers take over welcoming them,
quieting their fears, and giving them a clean place to
sleep, plenty to eat and drink, a warm blanket, and a
toy of their own. Not to mention a lot of assurance that
it will all be ok.
These women really do care about every one of these
babies. There are some that are so traumatized by losing
their familiar homes and being left in a strange scary
place. Ronda, Cheryl and Myrna soon quiet the new
arrival with soothing words, and a loving touch. The job
these women do is awesome. They really love what they
It’s a struggle day to day though, as there is never
enough money for the supplies they need. Food, Clorox to
keep the pens clean. the laundry soap for bedding,
shampoo for the baths, and dish soap for the dishes used
for feed and water. Many times the women pool their own
money to cover these expenses and for treats, collars,
and leashes used for exercise the dogs.
There are some dogs that come in that have been abused
and neglected. These little guys often need special care
and a longer time to fit in.
I pray all the wonderful people of Monroe County who
love animals such as dogs, would at least once a month
donate a bag of dog food, that blanket that you were
going to put in the yard sale, a bottle of bleach, or
perhaps even that old stuffed toy that your child is
tired of. I know it would mean so very much.
The pound is a county project. A wonderful place for
these precious animals that have nowhere to go. You
could do so much to make a difference and help these
caring people who look after these helpless ones. Ronda
has been a caregiver for 14 year and does wonders with
what little she has to work with. She really does care
for these dogs.
There are also a few adorable puppies there, pregnant
females who were abandoned when the owners couldn’t deal
with it. Sort of the ultimate abandonment. Please …
please have your pets spayed or neutered. All pets
adopted from the pound are spayed or neutered, and are
all up to date on their shots as well. Isn’t that
Then there are those dogs that come to the pound that
are too sick, too old, or that have been so abused and
traumatized by their life experience that they are
beyond help. They must gently take care of that as well.
This is just a small insight as to what this dedicated
band of women do to keep our dog pound going. They need
your help, and soon. Please do what you can. It would be
so very appreciated.
County can be proud of
their dog pound. I know the little guys that stay there
would appreciate it too.
Rita Shreves and family plus our little guys Pete, Noel
and Shoo Bear.
National Preparedness Month; Officials Discuss Access Road
National Preparedness Month is being observed during September.
County commissioners, standing from left, Carl Davis and Tim
Price, signed a proclamation to that effect during their Dec. 8
meeting. Requesting the proclamation were, seated, Carol Hehr of
the county health department and Rick Schuerman, county EMA
coordinator. Photo by Arlean Selvy
by Arlean Selvy
A proclamation naming September National Preparedness Month was
adopted at the Sept. 8 meeting of Monroe County Commissioners,
who also conducted the second public hearing to replace the
one-half percent sales tax. In addition, they agreed to write
legislators about moving forward a proposed road access project.
National Preparedness Month creates an opportunity for countians
to prepare their homes, businesses and communities for any type
of emergency from natural disasters to potential terrorist
According to the proclamation, preparedness can reduce
fatalities and economic devastation in our communities and in
our nation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready
Campaign, Medical Reserve Corps and other federal, state, local,
private and volunteer agencies are working to increase public
awareness concerning the importance of preparing for emergencies
and persuade individuals to take action.
Rick Schuerman, EMA coordinator, urged citizens to make
preparedness a priority by taking four simple steps:
• get an emergency supply kit;
• make a family emergency plan;
• be informed about the types of emergency that can occur in Monroe County;
• get involved with local preparedness organizations and
Carol Hehr, of the Health Department, noted the importance of
washing hands, especially as the flu season approaches.
It was noted that persons taking medication should have a supply
on hand, especially during the winter when they can be
housebound by snow storms.
The second public hearing
concerning reinstatement of a one-half percent sales tax was
held. On a motion by John Pyles, board president, commissioners
agreed to reinstate the tax, which will become effective Jan. 1.
. In the past, the sales tax had been renewed for four-year
periods. It was made a permanent tax at the Sept. 8 public
hearing. The tax, which was dropped due to non-renewal in a
timely manner, will not be charged during the last three
Read more in the Monroe County Beacon
Ormet Turns Profit During First Six Months of 2009
The latest figures show Ormet Corp. turned a net profit of $4.3
million for the second quarter of 2009 and a $13.9 million net
profit for the six months ending on June 30. This was a big
difference from a year ago when it had a net loss of $5 million
for the second quarter and a net profit of $4.2 million for the
six month period ending June 30, 2008.
While the profits are up, the total net sales of $116.1 million
is down when compared to last year when the company reported a
$133.7 million profit for the second quarter.
In a press release, the company, located at
Hannibal, wrote the decrease in net sales
is primarily because of the reduction in the number of potlines
used and lower prices of non toll aluminum sow on the London
The cost of legal and professional fees is also attributed to a
0.7 million increase in operating costs from the previous year.
Earlier this year, Ormet sought a ruling from an arbitrary
tribunal regarding a dispute with Glencore Ltd, who was
providing Ormet with alumina. Ormet claimed that Glencore had
not honored its contract. A federal lawsuit for a preliminary
injunction against Glencore to prevent the interruption of the
alumina deliveries was also filed, but later dropped.
Alumina is the primary component in the production of aluminum.
Ormet reported at that time, in April, all of its aluminum
production capacity had been dedicated to the reduction of
aluminum for Glencore under a tolling agreement.
Ormet received a partial settlement from the tribunal ruling and
the supply of alumina from Glencore ended. Ormet was also paid a
monetary award by Glencore.
Because of the dispute, the company cut back on production. On
July 30, Ormet issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice
to 833 hourly and 149 salaried employees. In August, however,
the company back tracked saying it would layoff no more than 100
workers and keep four of its six potlines open after the company
began getting its own alumina.
Gross profits are also up. When compared to last year’s figures,
the company’s gross profit rose by more that $10 million. Second
quarter profits for this year are reported at $6.7, while in
2008 they were $6.5 million.
“Ormet has made significant progress with the new power
Read more in the Monroe County Beacon
Whether on the road or in an argument, when you see red, you
One advantage of traveling the straight and narrow is nowone is
trying to pass you.
Had a chance to attend the Noble County Fair a portion of a hot
day. Seniors got in free until 5 p.m. We arrived in plenty of
time to take advantage of a soupbeans and cornbread lunch for
seniors. After lunch, several merchants in the area provided
golf carts for seniors to ride to various places on the
fairground and to our car when ready to go home. Idea for our
fair? Even a handicap ramp on the grandstand would even help.
I was not as impressed by their 4-H exhibits as I was with our
exhibits, probably booth facilities might have been part of the
One thing I did enjoy looking over was the booth by each of the
two active FFA Chapters of Caldwell and Shenandoah schools. I
recall when we had a FFA booth at our fair. A poster with four
The Monroe Central’s football team is getting off to a roaring
start this year, right where they left off last year. Who knows
where they might end up if they keep going?
Sometimes you wonder a bit when you see quite a few young people
running around during a football game and probably not watching
or very little of the ballgame. I guess maybe with no close
supervision they feel free to let it hang out.
On the other hand, I had a fellow say to me during halftime,
“Parents must not use a paddle much nowadays.” What else could
you say except agree? I don’t know what problem he had, but he
mentioned “disrespectful.” I’m not sure how true as I haven’t
been around young people for quite sometime.
I guess we were lucky. We didn’t have the chance to run like
today. The Pennyroyal Reunion came as close as anything. Living
in a small community things traveled nearly as fast or faster
than a cell phone. Almost impossible to get away with anything.
We had plenty of time to be kids. We had some wild hide and seek
and cowboys and Indians some evenings. The range was all over
Roy Bond was the owner/operator of a Sohio Gas station as we
called it back then. There was a coat of slag in areas in front
of the building. Ron was really proud of that layer of slag.
Early every morning he would be out there with his rake,
smoothing it out. Most days he spent three or four times, more
during the day.
When most of us got bicycles it was kind of fun to ride through
the slag and put on our brakes. Sometimes when we were playing
follow the leader on our bikes our leader would take us through
the slag. I don’t remember him yelling at us too much.
What a last few weeks. Coming and going here and there and maybe
who knows, Wow! Here I am in a doctor’s waiting office with
nearly a dozen or more other folks.
Had some beautiful weather and sunshine over the last few weeks.
Me? I’m taking two pills that directions tell me to stay out of
the bright sunlight. How can I go to the fair and stay out of
Trip to two county fairs, two trips to
Pa., mowed the lawn a couple or
three times and who knows what?
One place I found I would rather not live is
Pittsburgh. I really don’t care much for
any of the teams or the town or least what I’ve seen of it. A
trip to the VA was quite a trip. Getting into town almost takes
as long as getting there. The trip home was something else. It
was Friday afternoon and we ran into construction twice that
slowed things down for miles. We traveled at about horse and
I made it home around six o’clock, no sooner, took off for
Woodsfield, gave Charlie the car his insulin shot, went to the
football game, grabbed a hot dog, left the game after the band
show, went home, ate something, not sure what, watched Sports
Friday report, fell into bed and on Saturday morning I jumped
out of bed at 10 a.m. I sometimes wish I hadn’t retired. It’s
really fun to get old.
I don’t like to complain; however, I’ve heard several others say
almost the same thing. I do not know who is in charge of the
volume control of the PA system at the Noles home ballgames.
There seems to be only one level, extra loud. I don’t think
folks on the square are interested in hearing the music. I turn
my hearing aids off and it still sounds loud. We old duffers
have to shout to talk to each other. I know the young people
enjoy it loud,;that’s the reason I plug hearing aids in my ears.
Working in the school shop with all the motors and engines with
no ear protection. I also guess loud music would be good for the
hearing aid business.
I kind of hate to admit it, but I subscribe to TV Guide. I don’t
know why as it sometimes comes two weeks in one counting for two
magazines. This week was single and really contained something I
think you want to know.
There was an interesting preview this week of NCIS new season
coming Sept. 22. I’m sure you will not want to miss watching the
start of the new season. You even can watch the new NCIS
following the old. Please don’t call me between 8 and 10 p.m. on
I forgot: to top things off I somehow managed to get the fingers
on my left hand between the car and the door when it was shut.
The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail
to make the turn.
Why no active FFA? Who knows?
Sunday, you might like it.
Fair Set for Sept. 19
The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter will be on display at
the 2009 Monroe County Health Department Health Fair set
for Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodsfield Fire
The Monroe County Health Department will sponsor its
second annual Health Fair scheduled for Saturday, Sept.
19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodsfield Fire House.
Information will be available to residents about the
many different services that are offered, not only in
County, but its
surrounding areas as well. Health screenings, including
blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation, will be
conducted by area healthcare agencies.
The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter will return this year
and will be on display as long as weather permits.
Other agencies scheduled to attend this year include:
GMN Head Start, Molina Health Care, Ohio Hills Health
Ser-vices, Transforming Physiques, Woodsfield Nursing
and Rehab, Barnesville Hospital,
and many more.
Seasonal flu shots will be available at the health fair
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Remember to bring all insurance
cards because fees may apply.
If you have children, be sure to stop by the Help Me
Grow booth to get information on
Ohio’s new car seat law. This
law becomes effective Oct. 7 and states that children,
four to eight years old or 4’9” must be in a booster
seat. Certified car seat technicians will be available
to help answer questions regarding the new booster law
as well as to demonstrate the correct use of booster
seats in vehicles.
Remember to sign up for a chance to win door prizes and
bring the children to have pictures taken with
Chicken dinners will be sold by the Woodsfield Fire
Department at noon.
LEWIS L. WARNER
Lewis L. Warner, 71,
52636 Red Brick Rd.,
Summerfield, died Sept. 9, 2009 at his home. He was born
Sept. 16, 1937 near Summerfield, a son of the late Arza
and Verna King Warner.
He was a retired laborer and farmer.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Carpenter Warner of the
home; three daughters, Deb (Doug) Cain of Summerfield,
Pam (Bill) Stephen of Calais, Lana (Ronald) Ash,
Summer-field; a son, Lewis L. Warner, Jr. of
Summerfield; a step-daughter, Melissa (Arthur) Payne of
Greenwood, W.Va.; three step-sons, Lee (Rhonda) Shreve,
Summerfield; Ned (Carrie) Shreve, Sarasville; Julian
(Cindy) Shreve, Sum-merfield; a sister, Pearl (Harold)
Stottsberry, Summerfield; a sister-in-law, Fredia Warner
of Sarahsville; 17 grandchildren, several
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
two brothers, Harrison Warner, Francis Warner; a
step-son, Jamie Shreve; a daughter-in-law, Angie Warner
and a son-in-law Bob Craft.
Friends were received Sept. 10 at Brubach-Watters
Funeral Home, Summerfield. Graveside services were held
Sept. 11 at the
Online condolences may be expressed at
Mary Lena Frye, 73, of State Route 78, Clarington, died
Sept. 10, 2009 at the Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, Woodsfield. She
was born June 20, 1936 in Clarington.
Survivors include her husband, Junior “Sam” Frye; a son,
Dennis Frye, Clarington; a daughter, Jeanne (Allen)
McPeek, Beallsville; her mother, Elizabeth Ross Hvizdzak;
four grandchildren, Mandie (Yancy) Lancaster, Dean
(Tiffany) Baker, Stacey Baker and Ryan Frye; two
step-grandchildren, Natasha and Nathan McPeek; four
great-grandchildren, Paden and Marilyn Lancaster and
Ethyan and Arryn Baker; a step-great-grandchild, Jayden
Gable; a brother, Mike (Jennie) Hvizdzak, Florida; and a
sister, Vernia Howell, Clarington.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Nelson;
a brother, Danny “Jake” Hvizdzak; two infant brothers;
and a granddaughter, Christy Baker.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.
Sympathy expressions at:
JOHN O. CHAPLIN
John O. “Catfish” Chaplin, 83, of State Route 7, Duffy,
died Sept. 13, 2009 at Wetzel
Martinsville, W.Va. He was born Sept. 10, 1926 in New
Martinsville, the son of the late Carl and Violet Haught
He was a retired millwright from Conalco Corp.; a member
of St. John Bosco Mission in Sardis;
Masonic Lodge #597 F.&A.M., Clarington; a U.S. Army
veteran of World War II; and a lifetime member of both
the American Legion Post #760, Hannibal, and VFW Post
#9930, Duffy. He loved to hunt, fish and camp.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary “Cuppy”
Dandrea Chaplin, whom he married Aug. 23,1947; two
daughters, Robyn (Rick) Cecil and Apryl (Edwin) Ankrom,
both of Duffy; three sisters: Peggy Chaplin, Duffy;
Alice Lathouse, Columbus; and Rada “Carol” Lollathin,
Clarington; and three grandchildren: Steven Cecil, Ricci
Cecil and Jourdan Ankrom, all of Duffy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
a son, John O. Chaplin, Jr.; a brother, Harry Chaplin;
and two sisters: Doris Welch and Edna Mae Chaplin.
Friends were received Sept. 16 at Grisell Funeral Home,
Sardis, with Masonic services and Christian
Wake services at 7:45 p.m. Funeral liturgy with Mass
will be celebrated Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at
St. John Bosco Mission Church,
Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik as celebrant.
Interment in Emma
Cemetery, Hannibal, where military graveside services
will be conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to
St. Sylvester School, 119 Wayne St.,
Sympathy expressions at:
Carl Edward Stewart of
Sardis died peacefully in his sleep at his
home in Obetz,
Ohio, on Sept. 13, 2009. He was
surrounded by his loving wife of 58 years, JoAnn (Raver)
Stewart; four daughters: Debra Jo Stewart-Hen-nessee-Longwell,
Sardis; Penny Lynn (Billy) Caldwell, Webbville, Ky.;
Nancy Marie (Gary) Hoskinson, Woods-field; and Carline
May Stewart-Callahan, Obetz; one son, Robert Eugene (Maritta)
Stewart, Columbus; 19 grandchildren; 50
great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are a brother: Robert, Columbus; four
sisters: Goldie Templin, Wheel-ing, W.Va.; Helen
Boeshansz and Clara McPeek-Dixon, both of Obetz; and
Virginia Georgi, Paramount, Calif.
He was born June 12, 1932, the son of the late Charles
and Louisa “Lula” (Palmer) Stewart. He was a former
member of the SouthEast Conservation Club,
Stars-n-Stripes and VFW Local 1312.
He was preceded in death by four brothers: Charles,
Ohio; Harry, Sardis;
Bill, Columbus; and Roy, Woodsfield; five sisters:
Violet Merckle, Sardis; Dorothy Tisher and Dolly “Lula” Schnell, both of
Obetz; Mildred Kolinski, Wheeling;
and Bessie Ratajzack,
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to JoAnn Stewart, 1915 Sedan Ave., Obetz, OH 43207.