Grant Approved for Voith Hydro Near
State Sen. Jimmy Stewart reports the state controlling
board has approved the release of a $100,000 Rapid
Outreach Grant through the Ohio Dept. of Development to
support a major expansion of Voith Hydro, Inc. at the
former Ormet Rolling Mill, Hannibal.
Voith Hydro is a leading provider of hydropower
technology, equipment and services. They have installed
more than 40,000 turbines and generators worldwide with
the capacity to produce more than 300,000 megawatts of
hydro-electricity—one-third of the world’s total
installed hydro capacity.
With the help of
state grant dollars, Voith Hydro plans to lease and
renovate a 32,000 square-foot facility on State Route 7
in Ohio Township
to manufacture, assemble and test generator stators for
four new projects on the Ohio River.
As a result of the project, the company will create 40
new, full-time jobs.
“Voith Hydro is a leader in the effort to develop and
expand the use of clean, renewable energy sources across
the world,” explained Stewart. “The company’s presence
in Monroe County will not only provide a tremendous
boost to our region’s economy, but will help strengthen
Southeast Ohio’s reputation as a potential hub for
advanced energy production and development.”
In July, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 60
percent, seven-year Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit in
support of Voith Hydro’s expansion. In addition, the
Department of Development has committed a $500,000
Industrial Site Improvement Fund grant, $500,000
Advanced Energy Fund grant, $200,000 Appala-chian
Regional Commission Grant, and a $100,000 Work-force
Guarantee Grant to help secure the project.
We appreciate all the caring people who have stopped in
or talked to Tony and me about the recent vandalism at
Kountry Kar Kare. Your show of genuine concern for us
really means a lot.
It is such a testament to what a great community we live
in. A countless number of people have stopped to tell us
they would be watching our lot as they drive by and
trying to help us avoid any future vandalism.
Unfortunately, the incident has been expensive. We are
installing surveillance cameras and are having more lot
lights installed. We are also offering a reward for
information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Our community will not let people vandalize our
businesses and homes. Together, as a caring community,
we will eliminate the criminals responsible for these
acts of vandalism in our community.
New Wing Opens at
Members of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce were on hand as
Westwood Landing Assisted Living held a ribbon cutting Sept. 17
for its new wing, which is now open. Shown, from left, are,
front: Luci Pierce, marketing director for Westwood Landing;
Melissa Smithberger, chamber member; Mary Bolon, Westwood
employee; Violet Miller, resident ambassador; Scott Dierkes,
residence director; Ruth Workman, chamber secretary; Karen
Craig, Interim Healthcare; Melissa Truax, LPN; back: Kiven
Smithberger, chamber member; Dean Potts; Tim Price and Carl
Davis, Monroe County Commissioners; and Don Thompson, chamber
member. Photos by M. Ackerman
A ribbon cutting was held Sept. 17 at Westwood Landing Assisted
Living marking the opening of the new wing. An open house was
also held Sept. 19 in conjunction with the Health Fair, held by
the Monroe County Health Department.
Westwood Landing residents Dama Burkhart, left, and Vi Miller
chat in Burkhart's apartment located in the new wing.
“No one wants to leave their home, but this is a very nice
alternative,” said Violet Miller, Westwood Landing resident
ambassador. “You meet people and their families and they become
your extended family.”
Westwood Landing, located on
in Woodsfield, promotes independence and individuality, while
providing seniors with extra assistance in their daily routines.
“Residents enjoy the freedom and advantages of living
independently in an environment surrounded by friends and a
caring staff,” said Luci Pierce, marketing director.
The new wing offers 25 new suites. Specific features in the
suites include a private bathroom with walk-in shower,
wall-to-wall carpeting, closets, individually controlled heating
and air conditioning and an emergency call system. Meals are
served restaurant style in an attractive dining room. There is
also a homey, comfortable country kitchen where residents can
enjoy tea or coffee or, if they wish, whip up a batch of cookies
or make a loaf of bread.
Beauty and barber services are available on site. Exercise
equipment is also available.
For more information on Westwood Landing, call Scott Dierkes,
Director, or Pierce at 740-472-2200.
Bids Awarded for Site Work at Beallsville, Woodsfield
Bids for early site work for Monroe Central, Woodsfield
Elementary and Beallsville K-12 schools were awarded at the
Sept. 17 meeting of the Switzerland of Ohio board of education,
which also approved the placement of Masonic cornerstones at
each of the new schools and the renovated River High School
Four bids were received for early site work. On the
recommendation of the project manager and architect, who
reviewed the bids, the contract was awarded to the R.F. Scurlock
Co. of Trinway,
Ohio, for a total of $1,326,017.
Of the $1.326.017, work at the
Central High School and Woodsfield Elementary is $816,923 and
work at Beallsville K-12 was bid at $509,094. According to the
project engineer, the bid came in $319,000 under estimate.
Contract awards are subject to the approval of the Ohio School
Jeff Gallaher, district deputy grand master of the 18th Masonic
District, Free and Accepted Masons, attended the meeting on
behalf of the Masonic Lodges of Monroe County and Moriah Lodge
105 of Powhatan Point, located within the Switzerland of Ohio
School District. Gallaher talked to the board about placement of
Masonic cornerstones and time capsules at each new school and
the renovated River
High School . In addition, he said
the lodges wish to recover any cornerstones and time capsules
which may be at the buildings slated to be razed. He noted there
are Masonic cornerstones at a number of the schools including
High School. He said the
Masonic Lodge located nearest the individual school would be
responsible for the cost of the stones and time capsules to be
placed at the building.
The board indicated approval of the request and Read more in
the Monroe County Beacon
It’s called a dream house because it costs more than you ever
I don’t know why but September has been one of the busiest
months this year. I guess I’ve had plenty of time to loaf also.
I can’t wait until winter comes and I can sit around, watch TV
and complain about the cold weather. Who am I kidding?
Just a note about last week. I didn’t give a car an insulin
shot; it was Charlie the cat. Oh, before I forget it. Do not
forget the Soakem Festival on the Noble
fairground is coming up on the 26th and 27th. If you haven’t
attended you should and if you have you’ll want to go back. I’m
not sure, due to circumstances, if you will be able to observe a
whiskey still in operation or not. Tasting a drop on your finger
is plenty. If you really want to make it a big weekend you could
also take in the Pumpkin Festival in Barnesville the same
weekend. Call it your last fling of summer or your first fling
in the fall, whichever one turns you on. I can only handle the
Soakem Festival. I really enjoy the food cooked the old
Just about the time our church bell was to ring to begin our
church service last Sunday, what comes down the road but a wagon
train of covered wagons. We held off ringing the bell and some
of us stood outside and waved greeting them; others looked out
the windows. We invited them to stop and worship with us but
they traveled on to their preplanned destination. Kinda neat.
One thing that interested me was a couple of the wagons were
being pulled by a team of mules. I think maybe a span of mules
might be more correct. Remember 20 mule team Borax or was it
At any rate every time I see a mule it brings back memories. No
comments please. It brings back experiences of our team made up
of a retired race horse, Tony, and a small mule, Tom. I think I
told you once Tom was my ATV when I was growing up. I really
wanted a pony but it didn’t arrive until I went into the
Later while I was still home we ended up with a nice pair, team
or span, whatever you call them, of mules. One of which was a
As you probably know mules are hybrids. As such their chances of
reproduction is between slim and none. Outside of being a bit
difficult to catch in the field they were a good team to work.
They knew you were going to work them. Tricking them with
something to eat fooled them most of the time.
One day we found one of our calves that was only born a few days
before dead in the field. We couldn’t figure out why because it
appeared OK earlier.
Sometime later I was in the pasture field and saw the female
mule chasing after a calf only a few days old. It didn’t take a
rocket expert to determine what the mule had in mind. I chased
off the female mule and took cow and calf to the barn. Needless
to say we took better care of our newborn calves after that. We
had no way of knowing why this mule acted this way, as she was
easy to handle even if she was a female.
Swine flu! Turn on your TV or look around and you see or hear
something about swine flu. I understand some have quit eating
pork chops because of it. I understand the shots to prevent will
be available in the near future. I’ve already had the old shot
and plan to get the H1N1 when it becomes available.. Not many
reasons for not getting the shots.
We also had swine at home. We called them pigs or hogs. I guess
it was pigs when young and hogs when older. Have you ever
wondered why they are called pigs and hogs? If you’ve ever
carried slop or feed to swine, you know why.
One little swine story of several I remember we probably caused
by not putting the right things in our hog slop.
We seemed to be missing chicken now and then.. We only carried a
few chickens and it’s easy to miss them when one or more is
You are not going to believe this; they kept missing, kind of
like our FFA Chapter. We didn’t know if it was Mr. Fox, not his
real name, was carrying off our chickens.
One afternoon I was walking by the hog pen and I heard
something. On closer inspection I discovered old Mr. Hog having
a chicken dinner, feathers and all. I’ll never know how a hog
could corner a chicken. Almost as bad as the cow jumping over
I hope you didn’t think I am relating one of my tall tales this
week as they are really true, as I remember.
Well, fall is here and winter will be along before you know it.
I can hardly wait. Actually I do enjoy the fall of the year.
Maybe I’ll share a few reasons why next week. If I don’t forget.
If you can’t remember the good old days, you’re too young.
Remember Church Sunday? There’s plenty of room.
Beallsville High Homecoming Candidates and Attendants ~
The Beallsville outdoor classroom provides the setting
for this year’s homecoming court. Festivities will be
held Friday, Sept. 25, beginning with a parade at 6:30
p.m. The coronation is set for 7 p.m. The young lady who
selects the blue rose will be crowned Beallsville’s 2009
Homecoming Queen. The Beallsville vs. Frontier football
game will start at 7:30 p.m. Queen candidates and
attendants are, from left, standing, sophomore
attendant: Carrie Simmons, daughter of Richie and Connie
Simmons; queen candidates: Tori Jarrett, daughter of
Terry and Tara Jarrett; Morgan Roberts, daughter of Mike
and Beth Roberts; Mandy Reed, daughter of Bill and
Bonnie Reed; Emily Mercer, daughter of Greg and Annette
Mercer; seated, queen candidate, Jamie Spence, daughter
of Vicki Spence and Brian Spence; freshman attendant Ali
Campbell, daughter of Ray and Kris Campbell; and junior
attendant, Lacey Lucas, daughter of Shannon Lucas and
Photo Courtesy of Paul Krajnyak, PSK Innovations
Central Homecoming Candidates and Attendants ~
A bonfire, set for Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m., will
kick off Monroe Central homecoming festivities. The
band, cheerleaders, homecoming court, Monroe Central
student council members and fans will walk to Monroe
Memorial Park where the king candidates will be
introduced and the 2009 King will be crowned. The
Homecoming Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.
Monroe Central’s 2009 Homecoming Queen will be crowned
at halftime of the Monroe Central vs. Ft.
football game. Shown are, from left, seated: freshman
attendant Anne LaFollette, daughter of Rodney and Sally
LaFollette of Woodsfield; sophomore attendant Kelsey
Parks, daughter of Dana and Kaye Parks of Marr; junior
attendant Elizabeth Schuerman, daughter of Rick and
Teresa Schuerman of Woodsfield; second row: queen
candidates: Brittany Brannon, daughter of Doug Brannon
of Woodsfield; Maggie Cox, daughter of Bob and Allyson
Cox of Woodsfield; Ashton Bondy, daughter of Rusty and
Susan Bondy of Woodsfield; Katie Parks, daughter of Dana
and Kaye Parks of Marr; Taylor Hanson, daughter of Mike
and Allison Hanson of Woodsfield; Kayla Ruble, daughter
of Lisa Ruble of Woodsfield; back, king candidates: Josh
Duffy, son of Kevin Duffy and Jacey Duffy, both of
Woodsfield; Adam Masters, son of Mark and Linda Masters
of Woodsfield; Derek-London Dierkes, son of Scott and
Misty Dierkes of Woodsfield; Christian Bettinger, son of
Brad and Beth Bettinger of Caldwell; Jesse Headley, son
of Jim and Wendy Headley of Woodsfield; and Hogan
Hamilton, son of Dave and Sharon Hamilton of Woodsfield.
Last year’s royalty, Justine LaFollette, who attends
Wheeling Jesuit, and Derek Betts, who attends The Ohio
State Unviersity, will crown the 2009 queen and king.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Gertrude B. “Gertie” Passwaters, 91, of
Zanesville, died Sept. 15, 2009
at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital Critical Care. She
was born Sept. 10, 1918 in
County, the daughter of
the late Martha Burr and Cecil Carpenter.
She retired from Grief Brothers after 30 years as a
corrugator operator. She was a member of
Euclid Ave. United
Church, United Methodist
Women, past president of the Sidwell Circle, was a wonderful volunteer
worker for the church, enjoyed crocheting and supported
many charities. She worked during WWII in
Calif. in support of the war
Surviving are two daughters, Linda (John) Crum of
Parkersburg, Carol (Carl) Hayes of Quaker City; a son,
Gary (Frances) Passwaters of Zanesville; a step-son John
“Jack” Passwaters of Spring Hill, Fla.; seven
grandchildren, Susan (Randy) Chute, David Crum, Crystal
Crum, Stephanie Crum, David (Lee) Hayes, Tammy (Craig)
Reynolds, Misty (Keith McGlade; 11 great-grandchildren;
step-grandchildren, John, Eric and Robert Passwaters;
several step-great-grandchildren; nephew, Ernie Haga,
Jr. and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by
her husband, John Passwaters, who died June 14, 1976; a
sister, Isabelle Haga; grandson, Stephen Crum; and
several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends were received Sept. 18 at Bryan & Snider Funeral
Home, Zanesville, where funeral services were held
Sept. 19, with Pastor Clarence Dinnen officiating.
Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to
1304 Euclid Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701 or American Cancer Society,
870 Michigan Ave.,
Condolences may be expressed at
DAVID A. GROVES
David Allen Lee Groves, 39, Graysville, died
Sept. 16, 2009 at his home. He was born in
Marietta, Sept. 14, 1970, a son
of Howard E. and A. Darlene Edgington Groves of
He was a self-employed mechanic and a loving husband and
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife,
Elizabeth “Betsy” Bonsall Groves of Graysville; three
children, Michael Groves of Woodsfield and Brandon Lee
and Cortney Elizabeth Groves of the home; a brother,
Howard V. (Jamie Winland) Groves of Woodsfield; niece,
Brittani Groves; nephew, Zackri Groves; father and
mother-in-law, Wallace and Carol Bonsall of Woodsfield.
Friends were received Sept. 18 at Bauer-Turner Funeral
Home, Woodsfield, where services were held Sept. 19,
with Minister Brent Roth officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
Online condolences may be expressed at
IRVIN W. YOUNG
Irvin W. Young, 87, of
Canton, died Sept. 17, 2009
unexpectedly. He was born May 19, 1922 in Lewisville, the son of the late William and
He was a WW II veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired
from Union Metal after 26 years. He was a hard worker
and was considered a general contractor. He was a member
of the F & A.M. William McKinley Lodge #431.
Surviving are three sons, Ralph (Connie) Young of
Lewisville, Rodney Young of Twinsburg, Charles (Jetta)
Orr of Tuscarawas; a daughter, Sandra (Harvey) Gooch of Canton; nine grandchildren;
15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
his wife, Deliliah; five sisters, Audrae Harrington,
Leora Weber, Mabel Steele, Wilene Jackson and Edith
Friends were received Sept. 20 at Reed Funeral Home
Canton Chapel. Graveside services were held Sept. 21 in
Park. A procession formed
at Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel at 10 a.m.
Those wishing to share a fond memory their condolences
may sign the Reed on-line guestbook at