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September 23, 2010


Health & Wellness Fair Sept. 29

A Health and Wellness Fair is set for Sept. 29, 1-4 pm. at Westwood Landing, 37950 Airport Rd., Woodsfield. There will be refreshments, door prizes and many health screenings.

In conjunction with the event, Interim HealthCare of Woodsfield will be giving flu vaccine injections. There will be no charge to participants who can present their Medicare card with Par B coverage or Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley card. There will be a charge for other insurances.

Screenings include eye and hearing tests, blood pressure, massage therapist and a reflexologist. There will be free haircuts and manicures and displays will be provided by Mary Kay, Rada and Watkins, along with jewelry and candles.

For information, contact Ann Chewning at Westwood Landing, 740-472-2200 or Karen Craig at Interim HealthCare, 740-472-9000.

Westwood Landing will host a Health and Wellness Fair Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m. Shown, from left, are: Jennifer Sansom, activities director; Karen Craig, Interim HealthCare; Ann Chewning, Marketing; Donna Felton, residence director; back: Chris Benedict, maintenance, and Michelle Casto, wellness director. 

~ ABLE Program Holds Open House ~

An open house was held Sept. 15 for the Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program. Free classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the old Woodsfield High School.  Kyle Sendaydigo and his mother Patricia took classes; Kyle to enhance his skills for college, and Patricia, to refresh her skills to be able to help her son. New student orientations are held on the first and third Fridays of the month. For more info, call 740-472-5703 or 1-800-350-1242. Shown, from left, are: Kathy Brown and Laverne Shapley of Monroe County Job and Family Services, which makes referrals to the program; Dr. Rich Greenlee, Ohio University Eastern; Suzanne Pollock, board of trustees Belmont Technical College; Tim Houston, BTC; Janelle Comstock and Billie Walters, ABLE instructors; Monroe County Commissioner Carl Davis; Patricia Sendaydigo; Bill Long, JFS; Kyle Sendaydigo; and Holly Smith, JFS.                   Photo by Martha Ackerman

~ Pediatric Backboards Presented at OVCCU Celebration ~ 

  Members of the county’s Emergency Medical Services were on hand at the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union Sept. 13.The credit union staff hosted a number of fundraisers to purchase pediatric backboards for the six E-squad units. The backboards were presented during the anniversary celebration.       Photo by Martha Ackerman

What’s on the Nov. 2 Ballot?

Election time is almost here and if you vote absentee, you can vote beginning Sept. 28. 

According to the board of elections staff, Absentee voting will begin on Sep. 28 for the Nov. 2, 2010 General Election. To vote an Absentee Ballot, you can call the Monroe County Board of Elections at 740-472-0929 to request an Absentee Appli-cation or stop by the Monroe County Board of Elections located at 47084 Black Walnut Parkway. Office hours 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Voter Registration deadline for the Nov. 2, 2010 General Election will be on Oct. 4. The Board of Elections will be open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

On the Nov. 2 ballot are the following:

For Governor and Lieutenant Governor: Ted Strickland and Yvette McGee Brown (Demo-crat); John Kasich and Mary Taylor (Republican); Ken Matesz and Margaret Ann Leech (Libertarian);  Dennis S. Spisak and Anita Rios (Green).

For Attorney General: Mike DeWine (R),  Richard Cordray (D), Marc Allan Feldman (L), Robert M. Owens (Constitu-tion).

For Auditor of State: David Pepper (D), Dave Yost (R), L. Michael Howard (L).

For Secretary of State: Jon Husted (R), Maryellen O’Shaughnessy (D), Charles R. Earl (L).

For Treasurer of State: Josh Mandel (R), Kevin L. Boyce (D), Matthew P. Cantrell (L).

For U.S. Senator: Lee Fisher (D), Rob Portman (R), Daniel H. LaBotz (Socialist), Michael L. Pryce, Eric W. Deaton (C).

For Representative to Con-gress, 6th District: Charlie Wilson (D), Bill Johnson (R), Martin J. Elsass (L), Richard E. Cadle (C).

For State Representative 93rd District: Andy Thompson (R), Linda Secrest (D).

For County Commissioner, term commencing Jan. 1, 2011: James R. Williams (R), John V. Pyles (D).

For County Auditor: Pandora Neuhart (D).

For Coroner, unexpired term ending Jan. 7, 2013: No Candidate Filed.

For Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, full term commencing Jan. 1, 2011: Eric Brown, Maureen O’Connor.

For Justice of the Supreme Court, full term commencing Jan. 1, 2011: Judith Ann Lanzinger, Mary Jane Trapp.

For Justice of the Supreme Court, full term commencing Jan. 2, 2011: Paul E. Pfeffer. For Judge of Court of Appeals, 7th District, full term commencing Feb. 9, 2011: Gene Donofrio.

For Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, full term commencing Jan. 1, 2011: Julie R. Selmon.

Issues on the Nov. 2 ballot include:

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding five mills for each one dollar of valuation which amounts to 50 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.

A proposed additional tax for the benefit of Benton Township for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding one mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2010, first due in 2011.

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Bethel Township for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding one-half mill for each $1 of valuation for five years commencing in 2011, first due in 2012.

A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Center Township for the purpose of road maintenance including dust control at a rate not exceeding three mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 30 cents for each $100 of valuation for five years, commencing in 2010, first due in 2011. 

Green Township voters have three levies to consider: A renewal tax for the benefit of Green Township for the purpose of fire protection under contract with Antioch, Clarington and Sardis Fire Departments at a rate not exceeding one-fourth mill for each $1 of valuation which amounts to two-and-a-half cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years commencing in 2010, first due in 2011.

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Green Township for the purpose of road maintenance including dust control at a rate not exceeding one mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation for five years commencing in 2011, first due in 2012.

An additional tax for the benefit of Green Township for the purpose of general reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads at a rate not exceeding one mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation for five years commencing in 2011, first due in 2012.

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Jackson Township for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding one mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation, commencing in 2010, first due in 2011.

A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Lee Township for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding one mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years commencing in 2010, first due in 2011.

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Lewisville Village for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding four mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 40 cents for each $100 of valuation, for five years commencing in 2010, first due in 2011.

For Monroe County voters living in the Noble Local School District, a proposed bond issue and two tax levies will appear on their ballots:

A proposed bond issue and tax levies for the Noble Local School District. Shall bonds be issued by the Noble Local school District to pay the local share of school construction under the State of Ohio Classroom Facilities Assistance Program in the principal amount of $6,925,599; an additional tax one-half mill levy to be used to pay the cost of maintaining the classroom facilities included in the project and an additional tax not exceeding 4.52 mills for the purpose of current expenses.

~ Who Stole a Pumpkin and Disappointed These Children? ~

Someone surely disappointed students at St. Paul’s Preschool recently. Someone stole one of their pumpkins from the vine that has been carefully tended throughout the summer. The sign Polly Evans is holding reads “This pumpkin plant was a project of St. Paul Preschool. Young children have been disappointed because you stole a pumpkin. Please do not steal any more.”

Students shown  with Polly Evans are: Tryson English, Brookelynn Grubb, Dylan Landefeld, Chloe LeVan, Kole Nalley, Sean Ogden, Karson Pfalzgraf, Kadin Pinkerton, Logan Powell, Tyler Rose, Baylee Schwaben, Daniella Williamson and Braden Wilson.    Photo by M. Ackerman 

Charges Dismissed
A misdemeanor charge filed in May against Dr. Vincent Monseau, River High School prinicpal, has been dismissed, according to a spokesman for the Monroe County Court last week.

Monseau had faced a charge of failure to report a crime, a fourth degree misdemeanor, and had been scheduled to go to trial Sept. 13 in the court of Monroe County Judge James Peters. The charge was dismissed without prejudice at the request of the state.

 

~ Beallsville Homecoming Queen ~
Paige Atkinson, daughter of Chip Atkinson and Misty and Lou Tolzda, chose the blue rose during a pre-game ceremony Sept. 17 to become Beallsville High School’s 2010 Homecoming Queen.  She was escorted by Joey Palmer, son of Bobby and Darlene Palmer.     Photo by Martha Ackerman

Around the Burnside   
Don’t put others in their place when you’re angry, put yourself in their place.

Impossibility is no excuse; we do things daily that were impossible a century ago.

“This Little Light of Mine, I’m gonna let it shine”. I think many of you know this song and have sung it many times. We used to sing it at vesper service during 4-H Camp and I know it’s a popular song during Bible School.

We now have a light to shine. During the recent storm the electrical service was pulled from our house. Fortunately none of the wires were broken or cut; however, it does give you a funny feeling to see your electrical service on the ground.

The electric company worker reattached our service and asked, “Have you ever thought of having a pole to keep this from happening again?” I said, “Yes, when I saw our line on the ground.” Then Esther and I thought what’s a pole without a light hanging on it and made arrangements to have it done.

When we got home from Happy Hearts practice there was our pole with a light in our yard. Nothing hooked up yet but I missed seeing them set the pole. I remembered how I hated to build fence and they can set a large pole so easily, most of the time.

The light was hooked up and last night was the first night. What a light! I think if we  had the light when our kids were growing up they could have held night whiffle ball games.

I had to admit I have a thing for street lights. After our chores and work was done we could do our kid things. Our rule at home was when the street lights turned on you came home. We followed this most of the time; however, we sometimes tried to swat a bat flying to catch a bug. Only once did we ever hit one. As we got older the lights on rule was not enforced as strict. When you had to get up in the morning and milk the cows and other chores you tend to go to bed and not watch TV, if we would have had one back then.

We are fortunate to have excellent electrical service. We really depend on it. Our mishap was taken care of; the pole and light is in our yard. The fellows doing it were very friendly, let us know what was going on and actually seemed to enjoy their job.

Now that I’ve bored you with our pole light I thought I might turn to the environment. I recently heard how you could help our environment and I’ll bet maybe you’ve never thought of it.

Come to think about it I help out every morning at breakfast. I always eat a slice of toast and peanut butter every morning. That’s right, peanut butter. FETA has discovered, so they say, that is better to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich over say a ham sandwich. They have determined, somehow or other, this would save the environment so much something expelled. I’m not sure what and wasn’t listening very close. They even showed a picture of peanut butter with the PETA logo on the jar. I don’t know who figures these things out or how they do it. If I want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I’ll fix it and not think about how it helps the environment. I sometimes eat a baloney and peanut butter sandwich. I guess this might even things out. Try it sometime; it’s good.

I sometimes wonder how we ever made it. Almost every day you read or hear of something we did that is bad for your health. Washing your hands for example.

Just about everywhere you look you see a sign or something to remind you to wash your hands. Most business places have a sign for employees to always wash their hands, a good thing.

Now I ask some of you older folks; did you always wash your hands after a visit to the little building out back? I didn’t, no water, no place and no time to sing a verse of Old McDonald’s Farm. When I got up in the morning I usually had to kneel down to you know what and I’m not sure if I washed my hands before eating breakfast. Yuck.

Even with all our technology and convenient wash basins more men do not wash their hands after using a restaurant restroom than do women. Ever wonder why they are called a restroom? I go in to do a job not to rest. Anyway, someone has determined that only 77 percent of men wash their hands after visiting a  restaurant restroom while over 90 percent of women do.

I’m not sure how this is figured out so maybe be on the lookout the next time you visit a public restroom.

Drinking water was another thing. We had a bucket with a dipper in it. If you wanted a drink you used the dipper and put it back into the bucket. What did we do if we happened to deposit more water than we wanted to drink? You figure it out.

Had some excitement in Beallsville the other day with the bank robbers. I appreciate the telephone call regarding what had happened. I do have a kind of a suggestion for a sign for the bank, “To rob this bank is really iffy; you’ll just get caught in a jiffy.”

I was really impressed and kind of proud to see the picture of the Beallsville queens on the front page of the Beacon last week. Proves we have top young people in our county. They’re all queens in my book. The picture was also in the Times Leader.

Remember: If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

Still plenty of room in all the churches.

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OBITUARIES  

MSG PAUL CAGOT, JR. 
Msg. Paul Cagot, Jr., 80, Irish Rdg. Rd., East Liverpool, passed away Sept. 12, 2010 at East Liverpool City Hospital, following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 8, 1929, in Cleveland, a son of the late Paul Cagot, Sr. and Mollie Likins Cagot.

A resident of this area since 1980, he had served his country in Germany with the U.S. Army, and later served with the Ohio National Guard and the 11th Special Forces US Army Reserves, totaling 34 years of military duty. He was a devoted member of Grace Baptist Temple. A born-again Christian, he loved his Lord and Savior and was a believer of the Bible. Retiring after 32 years as a roller/lever man at National Steel in Weirton, he then became a real estate agent. For many years, he owned Cagot Auction Service and was an agent with Towne and Suburban Realty, retiring in August 2010.

A life member of VFW Post 6450 in Chester, he was also a life member of the Association of the United States Army, as well as the Retired Enlisted Association and the Ohio National Guard Enlisted Association. In addition to his military affiliations, he was a 32nd degree Mason and held memberships in the Toronto Lodge #583 F & AM, Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Scottish Rite Valley of Steubenville, and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Harmon Cagot of the home, whom he married Sept. 12, 1980; two sons, Harald Paul (Diane) Cagot of Seattle, Wash., Jack E. (Leslie) Cagot of Bloomingdale; brother, Jack C. Cagot of East Springfield; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends were received Sept. 16 at Dawson Funeral Home, East Liverpool, where funeral services were held Sept. 17, with Pastor Gaylord Cox of Grace Baptist Temple officiating. Burial was in Columbiana County Memorial Park, where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group provided full military honors.

Condolences may be sent to www.dawsonfuneralhome.com

GLORIA A. FLANNERY
Gloria Angelica Tonini Flannery, 83, Schupbach Addition, Hannibal, died Sept. 16, 2010 at Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville, W.Va. She was born Aug. 21, 1927 in Avella, Pa., a daughter of the late Louis and Bianca Damin Tonini.

She was a retired nurse of Ormet Corporation; and a Catholic by faith.

Surviving are a son, Michael (Carolyn) Flannery of Hannibal; a daughter, Kim (Jim) Johnston of New Martinsville; a brother, William (Dorothy) Tonini of Hannibal; a sister, Velma Nodurft of Pittsburgh, Pa.; four grandchildren, Angie (David) VanCamp, Tony (Marisa) Ensinger, Joey Flannery, Lauren Flannery; and four great-grandchildren, Payton and Cooper VanCamp and Zoe and Noah Ensinger.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Flannery, in Sept. 1998.

Friends were received Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 until time of funeral service at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, New Martinsville, with Rev. Fr. David Gaydosik and Jim Miller officiating. Inurnment in Harter Cemetery, Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to River Toucndown Club, P.O. Box 37, Hannibal, OH 43931 or to Journey Hospice, 314 S. Wells St., Sistersville, WV 26175.

Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.

Monte L. Truax, 60, 46844 TR 94, Woodsfield, died Sept. 16, 2010, upon arrival at Medina Hospital. He was born May 15, 1950, a son of Charles and Jean Denbow Truax of Woodsfield.

He was a former coal miner and was presently a self-employed truck driver. He was a Protestant by faith and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

In addition to his parents, surviving are three sons, Tony Truax of Woodsfield, Tracy (Missy) Truax of Woodsfield, Trevor Saffle of Woodsfield; a sister, Jeannie (Doug) Yontz of Woodsfield; eight grandchildren, Todd, Jesse, Tabby, Tamara,  and Kelsey Truax, Vanessa, Hannah, Wyatt; and one niece, Carley Yontz.

Friends were received until time of service Sept. 20 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Pator Rick Swiger officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield, with military services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society, 41383 Stonehouse Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Floyd Martin Lee
Floyd Martin Lee, Jr., 78, Graysville, died Sept. 16, 2010 at the Monroe County Care Center. He was born July 2, 1932 in Harriettsville, a son of the late Floyd M. Lee, Sr. and Amanda Morland Lee, Sr.

He was a member of the Graysville United Methodist Church, a retired aluminum worker from Ormet Corp., Hannibal, founding member of the Graysville VFD and its first Chief. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Rose Ann Cline Lee of Graysville; two daughters, Jeanie (David Huntsman) Lee of Graysville, Karen (Johnny) Shaw of Missouri; two granddaughters, Julie (Ben Shender) Hickman of Graysville, Kristy (Jamie) Lee of Missouri; three grandsons, William Huntsman, Josh (Heather) Bandy, Jason Bandy; two great-granddaughters, Trinity and Bethany Lee; sister, Irene Morrison of Swanton; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a twin brother, Lloyd Marshall Lee; a sister, Ruth (Lee) Bettinger; and his in-laws, Chester and Opal Piatt Cline.

Friends were received Sept. 19 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services were held Sept. 20, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial was in Low Gap Cemetery near Graysville. Condolences may be expressed at 

www.bauerturner.com

Charles J. Caldwell, 94, Beallsville, died Sept. 18, 2010 in Medical Park Hospital, Wheeling. He was born Oct. 20, 1915 near Armstrong Mills, a son of the late John and Mercie Kocher Caldwell.

Friends were received Sept. 21 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were held Sept. 22, with Jeff Rich officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

Masonic services were held Sept 21 at the funeral home.

Condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.