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April 10 Commissioner Meeting Update:
Monroe Public Transportation Program Running into Trouble

[Please note: For more immediacy to our readers: this meeting content is provided online in advance of the April 19 print edition.]

by Arlean Selvy

Gary Ricer, executive director, GMN, and Michelle Hollins GMN, Monroe Senior Center director, spoke with Monroe County commissioners at length during an executive session held during the April 10 commissioners meeting.
Following the closed door session, Ricer spoke to the board about the Monroe County Public Transportation program, which is experiencing financial woes. MCPT Director Denise Potts told commissioners during a March 27 meeting that when GMN took over the administration of the Senior Services, her program lost $10,826 to GMN.
A subsequent meeting revealed more questions than
answers. That meeting, held in public session,
included Boyer Simcox, director, Buckeye Hills, a
representative of ODOT, Potts, Ricer, Hollins and
Potts appeared before commissioners a couple times prior to the April 10 meeting concerning funding. It appears the program has run into some trouble. Ricer noted the MCPT budget was in the black by $17,000 over the past two years and is in trouble the first quarter of 2007.
At the April 10 meeting, Ricer explained that GMN
pays MCPT $14,400 annually. We wont be changing it, he commented with regard to paying more. He said GMN is paying $2,000 more this year than last, and indicated that GMN is willing to take over the transportation program. According to Ricer, GMN would supply its own buses and indicated the same service would be available. At a prior meeting, Ricer suggested MCPT could reduce its number of days in service, thus reducing the number of drivers. Regarding the transportation program, Ricer told commissioners, Francis Sonny Block and John Pyles, that Simcox recommended GMN do it all or MCPT do it all because its becoming very complicated.
Asked by Pyles if Simcox would entertain taking over the transportation program if push comes to shove, Ricer said it is his understanding that Simcox would recommend that be done.
(GMN is contracted by Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District to administer the county's Senior Citizens program)
I think we may be able to find a solution under
the MCPT budget, said Pyles. I think we're missing
He called attention to MCPT having ten employees and 12 cell phones costing $10,000 a year.
It was agreed that MCPT Director Potts should meet with ODOT and find out what she can do to make her program work using funds available. It was recommended a second meeting be held with Potts, a representative from ODOT, Ricer, Simcox and one commissioner to sort it out. They would then come to a commissioners meeting with a recommendation.
Other business included a 45-minute executive session requested by Deb Haney, director, Jobs and Family Services, Action was taken following that session to promote Jessica Haines from eligibility referral specialist to eligibility referral supervisor. The promotion is effective April 30.
Officials entered into executive session with
Jeanette Knuchel, deputy auditor, for the purpose of
discussing personnel with regard to compensation. The meeting lasted 15 minutes and no action was taken at its conclusion.
On a motion by Pyles, a quote from Ferguson
Waterworks, Marietta, was accepted for additional
culverts in Seneca Township. The remaining culverts were possible because the companys bid for larger culverts was well under the Formula Grant amount of $20,000. The larger culverts were bid at $7,811.95 and the remaining culverts at $11,351.20. Monies left unused for this grant activity can be spent on another project and totals $836.85.
Bethel Township playground equipment also came in under estimate at $3,665.
On a motion by Block, a quote from CLV Creations,
Brunswick, for $1,135 for an extra swing set was
approved, bringing the total playground project to
$4,800. According to Mark Landefeld OSU Extension, the project was still under budget by $189.
On a motion by Pyles the additional monies will be
transferred to the Bethel E-Squad project, as that is
the only project left incomplete in a previous grant.

<Skyvue Elementary's Drama Club will present Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory
April 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.

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Ready for a dress rehearsal are, from left, Oompa-Loompa Evan Blackstone, Jessica Hayes as Charlie, Chance Parker as Willie Wonka and Oompa-Loompa Cole Dilts. All 42 members of the club
will be involved in the production which will also include the kindergarten students who will play the squirrels. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

Curtain Goes Up April 13 & 14
Skyvue Presents Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

There will be lots of dancing and great entertainment as Skyvue Elementary students, grades four through
eight, present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on April 13 and 14. The curtain will go up at 7 p.m. both evenings.
According to Carey Block, Drama Club advisor, Skyvue is the only elementary school in the district to have
a drama club. We have been practicing since the beginning of March, said Block. It's a lot of work.
We started with auditions in December.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the story of Charlie Bucket who comes from a poor family, and spends most of his time dreaming about the chocolate
that he loves but usually can't afford. Things change when Willy Wonka, head of the very popular Wonka Chocolate empire, announces a contest in which five
gold tickets have been hidden in chocolate bars and sent throughout the country and ... you guessed it ...
Charlie found one of the gold tickets!
This is the second production the club has done. Two years ago club members presented The Wizard of Oz.
All 42 members of the Skyvue Drama Club will be involved in the production. Jessica Hayes will portray Charlie, Chance Parker puts on the top hat as Willy Wonka, and two of the 12 Oompa-Loompas are Cole Dilts
and Evan Blackstone. Other students having lead roles are: Ashley Childress as Veruca Salt, Lindsay Williams
as Violet Beauregarde, William Parden as Mike Teavee, and Adam Blackstone as Augustus Gloop.
In addition to Block, advisors include: Cindy Coss, Marissa Schumacher, Brianna McConnell and Judy

JFS Assistant Director Hired

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Deb Haney, right, director of the Monroe County
Department of Job and Family Services, congratulates Jeanette Knuchel, who was selected last week to serve as Assistant Director at JFS.

An assistant director and a medical transport driver
were hired April 3 by Monroe County commissioners, who also approved the hiring of persons to work with the flood crew.
Jeanette Knuchel was hired as Assistant Director,
Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services.
The action followed an executive session lasting an
hour and a half, during which time county
commissioners Francis ‘Sonny’ Block and John Pyles met with JFS Director Deb Haney.
Knuchel, who has worked in the county auditor’s
office for nearly 12 years, will assume her new duties April 22.
“We had excellent applications for assistant
director,” said Block. “It was a difficult decision.”

According to Haney, Knuchel’s basic duties will
include assisting the director in all functions of the
agency and cover in her absence. She will be expected to “work strongly with other social agencies” and oversee the fiscal operations of JFS.
“I’m excited,” said Knuchel. “I appreciate the
opportunity but have mixed feelings. I have a lot of
friends here and will miss working with them.”
She expressed her thanks to everyone at the
courthouse who helped her along the way and said, “I hope I can do a good job at Job and Family Services. I look forward to working with Deb Haney,” said Knuchel.
Knuchel is a 1987 graduate of Woodsfield High School and a 1991 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, where she earned a bachelors degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting.
She is a resident of Woodsfield and the mother of two daughters, Cassady, 11 and Samantha, 7.
According to Haney, five applications were submitted for review and three persons were interviewed. “It was one of the most taxing decisions I’ve faced,” said
Haney. She said it wasn’t just a matter of ‘good,
better, best’ indicating all three applications were
Haney invited commissioners to attend the JFS Open House April 24. During that time, attendees have the opportunity to learn about what Jobs and Family Services has to offer.
Hired also, pending a background check, was Dustin F. Bright. Bright was hired as a contract driver to transport individuals to medical appointments.
Commissioners approved the hiring of seven Flood
Cleanup program employees: Joshua Kinney, Todd
Billiter, Bruce Daugherty, James Dillon, Bobby Palmer, Dustin Ruckman and Krystal Ruger.
A proclamation was signed naming April as Fair
Housing Month. The proclamation acknowledges the county’s endorsement and commitment to the Policy of Fair and Equal Access to Housing.

<Westwood Landing Residents Busy With Birdhouses 
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Photo by Martha Ackerman

Westwood Landing residents have been busy making and painting birdhouses which will be for sale at the
facility located on Airport Road in Woodsfield. The current projects of members of the Elderly Citizens
Helping Others (ECHO) Club is the birdhouses. ECHO members make different items during the year, sell
them and donate the proceeds to various county charities. Other projects included making dog biscuits for the Humane Society and washcloth rabbits, which
hopped right out of Westwood as they were completed.
Shown, from left, are Vi Miller, Walter Brown, Westwood Landings Life Enrichment Coordinator Tammy
Marcum and John Galavich. For more information on the projects, contact MeChelle VanDyne or Tammy Marcum at

<Westwood Residence Director Linda Dick, RN, MSN

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by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

Linda Dick, RN, MSN has been hired as the new
residence director of Westwood Landing located on Airport Road in Woodsfield. She replaces Patty
Dimmerling, who is now the wellness director at the facility. Dick brings over 30 years of nursing
experience, many of those years in management in acute and long term care.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Westwood Landing
team,” said the new director. “We have an excellent staff here. My goal is to assist Westwood Landing in continuing to provide the best care possible to our residents, their families and the community.”
“We’re excited to have Linda working here,” said
MeChelle VanDyne, Residence Sales Manager at Westwood Landing.
Linda, formerly of Barnesville, lives in Woodsfield with her husband, Bernard. The couple has three children and five grandchildren.

<G.A.P. Wireles Donates to Beallsville E-Squad 

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Photo by
Martha Ackerman

Members of the Beallsville Emergency Squad have a new Motorola digital bag phone thanks to the generosity of
Gyl Miracle of G.A.P. Wireless, Woodsfield. We've used Alltel for 11 years, said Ernie Ferguson, squad
member. The donation of this new upgraded version is greatly appreciated. According to Miracle, when the
squad asked for the donation, she was happy to help them, adding that Alltel has two new local digital towers. The newest tower is located just north of
Woodsfield on Moore Ridge Road. Miracle said the tower has made a big difference in the quality of the
reception. Shown, from left, are Beallsville E-Squad members, Cassandra Dyer, Shardae Reed, Roger Pittman
and Ernie Ferguson, with G.A.P. Wireless owner, Gyl Miracle. 

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

denotes veteran

< Isabelle L. Haga, 85, 512 Belford St., Caldwell, died April 8, 2007, at home. She was born March 21, 1922,
in Barnesville, a daughter of the late George Wilber Bunting and Martha Burr.

< Genevieve Florence Kelley, 91, 43886 Kelley Rd., Woodsfield, died April 6, 2007, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woods-field. She was born May 8, 1915, at Calais, a daughter of the late John Henry and Lillie Gay Smith Morris.

< Helen Dougherty, 69, Woodsfield, died April 4, 2007, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. She was born
April 1, 1928, in Clarington, a daughter of the late Allen G. McIntire and Essie Roberts McIntire.

< Ralph E. Ullman, 87, of 38585 State Route 26, Graysville, Ohio passed away Monday, April 09, 2007 at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta. He was born at Rinard Mills on September 6, 1919, a son of the late William and Elizabeth Payne Ullman.

<Around the Burnside

The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the
prayers of the righteous.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, good news
makes for good health.
Sometimes I come across something I think is
powerful. One follows which I think is just that,
around Easter or any other time for that matter.
As you got up this morning, I watched you, and hoped
you would talk to me, even if it was just a few words,
asking my opinion or thanking me for something good
that happened in your life yesterday. But I noticed
you were busy, trying to find an outfit to wear.
When you ran around the house getting ready, I knew
there would be a few minutes for you to stop and say
help, but you were too busy.
Then I saw you spring to your feet. I thought you
wanted to talk to me, but you ran to the phone and
called a friend to get the latest gossip instead. I
watched patiently all day long. With all your
activities, I guess you were too busy to say anything
to me.
I noticed before lunch you looked around, maybe you
felt embarrassed to talk to me, that is why you didn’t
bow your head. You glanced three or four tables over
and noticed some of your friends talking to me briefly
before they ate, but you didn’t. That’s okay. There is
still more time left, and I hope you will talk to me
You went home and it seemed as if you had lots of
things to do. After a few of them were done, you
turned on the TV. I don’t know if you like TV or not
just about everything goes on there and you spend a
lot of time each day in front of it not thinking about
anything, just enjoying the show. I waited patiently
again as you watched the TV and ate your meal, but
again you didn’t talk to me.
Bedtime I guess you felt too tired. After you said
goodnight to your family you plopped into bed and fell
asleep in no time. That’s okay because you may not
realize that I am always there for you. I’ve got
patience more than you will ever know. I even want to
teach you how to be patient with others as well.
I love you so much that I wait everyday for a nod,
prayer or thought or a thankful part of your heart. It
is hard to have a one sided conversation. Well, you
are getting up once again. Once again I will wait,
with nothing but love for you. Hoping that today you
will give me some time. Have a nice day. Your friend,
I don’t try to preach but it seems to be a good many
of us, myself included, to take just a few minutes to
be thankful and give credit to who is responsible for
all of it. Spring is a good time to realize this, with
trees getting their leaves, grass growing green, birds
singing happy songs and life seems to be springing up
everywhere, including weeds.
While I’m on my soap box, the following New Pledge of
Allegiance is credited to a student in Arizona.
Now I sit me down in school, where praying is against
the rule, for this great nation under God, finds
mention of him very odd.
If scripture now in class recites, it violates the
Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow, becomes a
federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green, that’s no
offense; it’s freedom scene, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall, might offend someone
with no faith at all. In silence alone we must
meditate. God’s name is prohibited by the State.
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, and
pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks. They’ve outlawed
guns, but first the Bible. To quote the Good Book
makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant senior Queen, and the “unwed”
daddy our senior King. It’s “inappropriate” to teach
right from wrong, we’re taught that such “judgments”
do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls, study
witchcraft, vampires and totem poles. But the Ten
Commandments are not allowed, no word of God must
reach the crowd.
It’s scary here I must confess, when chaos reigns the
school’s a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make,
should I be shot; my soul please take. Amen.
I know several of you have read these two things
before, however, I just thought they included
somethings to think about during the Easter season, or
any other time for that matter.
Surveys indicate that well over 80 percent believe
there is a higher being. Why not load the churches
full on Easter Sunday? You do not need a new Easter bonnet.
If not get the Bible out and read the 23rd and 24th
Chapter of Luke.