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<Headlines & Obituaries for Dec. 7, 2006     < News Archives    

< Holiday Deadlines: Please Note


Holiday Deadlines:
Dec. 28 Beacon Deadline:Wednesday, Dec. 20
Jan. 4 Beacon Deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 27
Christmas Angels and Church Services Listing - In Dec. 21 Edition: Deadline is Friday, Dec. 15

< Woodsfield Christmas Festival Sees First Seasonal

Kids of all ages lined up to talk to Santa at the
Breakfast with Santa event. Seated on his knee is Alex
Austin of Woodsfield, a fourth grader. Elves from left
are A.J. Smith, Ashley Woodell and Brittani Ackerman, members of the Monroe Central - Swiss Hills Key Club.

Marissa Ruble, 6, enjoys McDonald's pancakes prior to
her visit with Santa. Her 11-year-old brother, Ryan,
chose to go deer hunting instead of having Breakfast
with Santa. According to her mother, Marissa talked
about Santa all week. She is the daughter of Ronnie
and Christina Ruble of Woodsfield.

Visitors to the Woodsfield Christmas Festival could
purchase German stars made by Margie Yoss or the paper
and instructions to make-your-own. So for all those of
you who call the Beacon for the paper, you can contact
Yoss at 740-472-5484. Photo by M. Ackerman



The first event of its kind in Woodsfield, the
Woodsfield Christmas Festival, got off to a great
start with the annual Breakfast with Santa. The
festival ended with Christmas carols, the lighting of the County Christmas Tree, a wonderful lighted parade and a beautiful concert by the Monroe Singers and the Woodsfield Elementary Middle School Choir.
Flocking through the doors at the Moose Lodge for Breakfast with Santa were 139 children and 98 adults.
Most of them enjoyed a warm breakfast of McDonald's pancakes before finding a spot in the long line waiting to tell ol' St. Nick what they'd like to find in their stockings ... and garages and barns. Never a year goes by that youngsters don't ask for pets - from pups to horses.
This year's breakfast was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Monroe County Help Me Grow, Woodsfield Moose Lodge, Pizza Shack, Bellwood Drugs, Riesbeck's Market and McDonald's of Woodsfield.
Six-year-old Marissa Ruble kept an eye on Santa as she ate her breakfast. She'd been talking about Santa all week and certainly didn't want him to get away before she could share her wish list with him. Marissa is the daughter of Ronnie and Christina Ruble of Woodsfield.
Pancakes smothered in maple syrup was the last thing on the mind of 20-month old Alexis Vargo. Santa's knee was the place to be ... and before long she was right there in the arms of the jolly bearded gentleman in a red suit and black boots. Alexis in the daughter of Rich and Dee Vargo of Woodsfield. Her big brother, Christian also took a turn on Santa's lap.
Youngsters who didn't make it to breakfast with Santa were able to catch up with him at Now-a-days between 11a.m. and 2.
Two floors of the courthouse were lined with area vendors.
Upon entering the courthouse visitors were greeted with hot cider provided by the Woodsfield Presbyterian Church.
Vendors had 'decked the halls' with everything from candles to crafts and from Tupperware to Longaberger Baskets.
For those who contact the Beacon requesting paper to make the old favorite, German stars, Margie Yoss was at the courthouse with dozens of stars and the paper and instructions to make them. If you missed her there, you can contact her at 740-472-5484.
Visitors enjoyed carriage and wagon rides compliments of Bud and Cindy Weddle who donated their time, horses and wagon for village tours. Lynn Reisser, Modern Hardware, donated the use of his horse 'Victor' to pull the beautiful white carriage belonging to the Weddles. Amanda Crum donated her time and the family's miniature horse, Gus, and cart for rides around town.
 It was a cold, brisk ride, but there were lots of
cozy blankets to keep riders warm.  Carols filled the early evening air as members of the First Baptist Church Choir and Praise Band performed on the courthouse steps.
A large crowd filled the square to watch the over 20 unit Christmas parade and the tree lighting. Business and organizations are to be commended for all the work that went into the many lovely floats. AK Apparel won the award for best float and Rita's Beauty Shop won for best decorated business.

<Warm the Children Receives Donation

Photo by Arlean Selvy

~ Westwood Residents Donate to Warm the Children  ~
A Country Store and a Surprise Auction, an activity held during one of the Family Nights at Westwood Landing, generated $331 for Warm the Children. The cash donation was presented to Warm the Children Coordinator Pandora Neuhart at the Westwood Landing
assisted living facility. From left are Neuhart,
residents Walter Brown and Vi Miller, and Tammy Marcum, life enrichment coordinator. Brown makes colorful bird houses which are sold at Westwood, and also volunteers his help with maintenance. Miller volunteers her time to help in the office. Items are  sold at the facility throughout the year and proceeds are used for various projects and charities, such as the Beacon/Kiwanis Warm the Children program and the Jobs and Family Services Secret Santa project.
Westwood Landing is a beautiful assisted living
community located on Airport Road in Woodsfield. The facility promotes independence and individuality and offers one or two bedroom suites. Among its attributes are a formal dining room and a private dining room is available for special occasions. They also host club meetings.  For more information, call Patty Dimmerling, administrator, R.N. at 740-472-2200.     

<'Transforming Physiques' Moves To Bigger and Better

Transforming Physiques has moved to the former
Center, located on Lewisville Road in Woodsfield.
Kristen Rossiter, owner, has added extensive services
to the business which is now open six days a week.
Shown, from left, are Casey Marshall, manager Susie
Paulus, Leah Gordon, Diana Rubel, Zan Turner, Paul
Clark and owner Kristen Rossiter.                    
                     Photo by Martha Ackerman





by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

Transforming Physiques has moved and it's bigger and better. Kristen Rossiter, owner of the physical fitness center, has purchased the former Center and offers a number of packages to keep clients physically fit. Located on Lewisville Road next to Ohio Valley Community Credit Union, the fitness center is open Monday -Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8
p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 to accommodate most schedules. Susie Paulus is manager. Jay Abele is the personal trainer.
The gym has all the machines to get you in shape.
There are evening pilates, step aerobic and kickboxing classes scheduled in the balcony room. Brenda Abele is the aerobics instructor.
You can  bring your own DVD or VHS tape and exercise alone or meet your friends for an instructor-free class.  You can even bring snacks if you'd like.
According to the manager, a 10-week self defense program for women and children will begin in January.
This is a certified class. Paul Clark instructs the
martial arts classes for adults and students.
An exercise program for senior citizens is also
planned for the new year.
There are two courts available for walleyball and
racquetball and leagues may be forming soon.
Additional employees who help with your exercise or tanning experience are: Leah Gordon, Diana Rubel, Zan Turner and Casey Marshall.
The locker rooms have men's and women's showers with towels and toiletries provided. Lockers are available for a small monthly fee.
Two tanning beds are available along with a spray tanning room.
Looking to the future, Rossiter would like to add a massage therapist. Plans are in the works for a dry sauna. She also wants to provide manicure and pedicure services to patrons.
Transforming Physiques ac-cepts most major credit cards. Group rates are available.
Looking for a gift for the impossible-to-buy-for
person? Transforming Physiques has gift certificates that can be used for any of their services and merchandise.
For more on Transforming Physiques, call

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

< Margie L. Devore, 62, East Sparta, died Dec. 1, 2006, in her home following an extended illness. She was born March 30, 1944, in Middlebourne, W. Va., to the late Leslie and Lillian Mathews Jacobs.

< Pauline Louise Urbanek, 84, Woodsfield, died Nov. 28, 2006, at Hillcrest Manor, Lewisville. She was born May 7, 1922, in Elm Grove, W. Va., a daughter of the late Frank Mlakar and Pauline Zarko Mlakar.

< Alfrida R. Smithberger, 86, Woodsfield, died Dec. 4, 2006, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 4, 1920, in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Joseph F. Schumacher and Anna L. Paulus Schumacher.

< Dennis J. Weber, 84, 34045 SR 78, Lewisville, died Dec. 3, 2006, at 6:15 p.m., at his home. He was born Feb. 17, 1922, near Lewisville, a son of the late John Henry and Jennie Pearl Wihler Weber.

< Birdie Mae Waller Grimes, 85, of Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of SR 7, Sardis, and North Canton, died Dec. 1, 2006, at the care center. She was born Nov. 26, 1921, a daughter of the late Ernest and Mary Humphrey Waller.

< Ethel L. Frank, 91, Woods-field, died Dec. 2, 2006, at Monroe County Care Center. She was born Nov. 19, 1915, near Graysville, a daughter of the late Forrest Homer Kinney and Lizzie Ann Allen Kinney.

< Carolyn E. Haley, 91, Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield, died Nov. 30, 2006, at the center. She was born Jan. 21, 1915, at New Lexington, a daughter of the late George and Grace Lehman Hankinson.

< Cara Lynn Baker, 31, Bel-mont, died Nov. 30, 2006, at Wheeling Hospital. She was born April 25, 1975, in Bellaire, a daughter of Glenn (Butch) Goddard, Jr. and Alice Schu-macher Goddard of Armstrongs Mills.

< Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
First of all I really want to express my appreciation
to Jim Heimann of the Park District and Carl Davis of
Soil and Water Conservation District. These men were
the only ones who cared enough to help a goose which
had happened into a trap. The trap was hanging on the
foot of the wild goose. No one seemed to care.
I called the sheriff's office. They told me to call
the wildlife division. I did that and made about 20
other calls. Everyone wanted to pass it off to someone
else. One of the commissioners told me to go to the
Park District maybe they could help or know someone
who could.
Jim Heimann followed me to the pond to see for
himself. The poor goose had that trap on his leg since
Thanksgiving Day. Jim and Carl Davis returned with
mesh traps which they set across the pond.  The goose
made it to a neighboring yard.
My neighbor and I were going to watch the pond to see
if the goose would get the steel trap caught in the
mesh netting. Everyone left and before Jim went home
for the day, he made another trip to the pond. He
found the goose and chased it into the pines where it
got hung up. Jim removed the trap. It took me a week
to find someone who cared about wildlife. It took Jim
and Carl one day to set the goose free.
I hope the person that set that trap will think twice
about putting another one down there.
Shirley Pealer

< Around the Burnside

by Denny Easterling


It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools
will not turn from evil to attain them.
Who ever walks with the wise will become wise; who
ever walks with fools will suffer harm.
Talk about Indian summer, we have really gotten hit
with it this year. Isn't it great? There's only one
fault with Indian summer, it doesn't last long enough.
I expect by the time I finish, Indian summer will be
over. I kind of doubt if we have a chance for another
this year. However, it is supposed to be a mild winter
this year. (Don't count on it, just be surprised if it
A lot of fat turkey gobblers would strut less if they
could see into the future.
There's a few things in this old world I do not
understand. Actually, there are a lot of things I do
not understand but a few of the more common come to
First off, why is it every time I need a regular
screwdriver I pull a Phillips head screwdriver out of
the tool box? Then if I need a Phillips head
screwdriver, you know what I get. I even tried
straightening up my tool bucket and it still happens.
Maybe if I marked the top of my screwdrivers would
help. (Think so?) On the other hand, I very seldom use
a screwdriver anymore so the extra time it takes to
find the correct one, really doesn't really amount to
much. I still wonder why it happens.
What any government needs is more pruning and less
Black Friday. I wonder who thought this up. I've
always thought, for the most part, black meant
something not so pleasant. May be it's called black
because many people climb out of bed in the wee hours
of the morning, and it's still dark outside, to try to
beat everyone to the "outstanding" bargains. I prefer
staying in bed. I don't shop that much anyway in fact,
the last few years our gifts have consisted of money.
I do enjoy walking around in a store looking over what
I don't need. However, if you enjoy the crowds on
Black Friday, power to you. We used to shop on the day
before Christmas because we thought we could find a
lot of bargains then.
It takes most people 20 minutes to say what they
think than to tell what they know.
"Take it to the house." If you have watched any
football on TV or listened a game on radio you know
what I mean. A player has scored a touchdown by taking
it to the "house". I've been to many football games
over the years and most Saturdays during the season I
keep tabs on three or four games during the afternoon
and have yet to see a house just over the goal. Kind
of reminds me of when we were kids and someone said,
"If I don't get to pitch I'm gonna take my ball and go
home." If players took it to the house they would need
a number of footballs for each game. Don't get me
wrong as I let out a cheer when someone on my team
takes it to the house. In fact, as far as I am
concerned, Ohio State can "take it to the house"
anytime and often. I just wonder who started "take it
to the house."
With all the problems of prayer in school the
teachers are rather nervous. A little group of boys
were caught telling naughty stories. The teacher came
in the room and asked, "What are you boys doing?"
Telling naughty stories, they admitted. "Thank
goodness," the teacher said, "For a minute I thought
you were praying."
Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.
"I'm supposed to tell you that there will be a small
Parent-Teacher meeting," said a boy to his Dad. "Well,
if it's going to be small, do I have to go?" asked the
father. "Oh yes," replied the son. "It's just you, me,
the teacher and the principal."
"Seasons Greetings" is another thing that has been
kicked around over the last few years or so. Before I
forget it, I want to wish you readers a "Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year" and also send you
"Seasons Greetings." I really see nothing wrong with
using or saying either. My problem comes when I'm told
to use only one. I feel I have the right to choose
either. Why get uptight? Both tell you someone is a
I guess the whole world is uptight. The Pope quoted
from History and thousands go wild. A comic says a few
non-popular words and look what happens. What ever
happened to "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but
words will never hurt them."
Some facts you might be interested in knowing:
chickens like beautiful people.
The pickiest creature of all times may be the
California Fiddler Crab female. A study found they
inspected an average of 23 male crabs' burrows before
they chose a mate. One looked at 106 before she was
satisfied. Wouldn't that be fun sitting around
counting Fiddler Crabs? I wonder if any thought was
given to check and see if the male crab was in his
borrow and he did the kicking out?
You should try to make it to church this month.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Mathew 12:15-21; (Tues.) Luke
1:26-33; (Wed.) Luke 1:34-38; (Thurs.) Luke 1:46-55;
(Fri.) Mathew 17:1-5; (Sat.) Hebrews 1:1-9; (Sun.)
Hebrews 1:10-14.