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<Builders Club Members Honored In 'Bringing Up Grades'

The Woodsfield Elementary Builders Club, through the funding and support of Woodsfield Kiwanis Club, sponsored the Bring Up Grades (Bug) program.
Fourth-through sixth grade students honored for being on the honor roll for the first time with a grade point average of at least 3.5 were, standing in back,
Zachery Edwards, Aaron Wichterman, Cheyanne Nelson, Jordyn Jackson and Emily Williamson. Standing between
Kiwanians Dick Yoss and Karina Reusser, are Bryan Duffy and John Hupp.
Photos by Martha Ackerman

Kiwanians Dick Yoss and Karina Reusser presented eighth grade student Mary Ward with a "Bugs" t-shirt
at the WES awards assembly Feb. 9. Mary made the honor
roll for the first time this school year with a grade
point average of at least a 3.5.







by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
Bringing Up Grades or the "Bug" program is sponsored
by the Woodsfield Elementary Builders Club through the
funding and support of Woodsfield Kiwanis.
At the last honors assembly, Kiwanis members
announced an incentive to encourage students to bring
up their grades and make the honor roll the second
nine weeks. The students making the honor roll for the
first time with a grade point average of at least 3.5
received a t-shirt, a pencil and sticker. Those making
the honor roll for the first time with at least a 3.0
GPA received a pencil and sticker. The students who
made the honor roll the first nine weeks, but moved up
a level also received a pencil and sticker.
The lone student in the eighth grade class receiving
a t-shirt was Mary Ward, who made the honor roll for
the first time this school year. Fourth through sixth
grade students were: Zachery Edwards, Jordyn Jackson,
Aaron Wichterman, Bryan Duffy, John Hupp, Cheyenne
Nelson and Emily Williamson.
Students receiving a pencil and sticker were: seventh
and eighth grade students: Haleigh Ackerman, Liz
Schuerman, Emily Smithberger, Mallory Michener,
Richelle Ricer, Cole Schneider, Michael Schonoff and
Jessica Turner.
Fourth through sixth grade students receiving a
pencil and sticker were: Adam Archer, Dylan Hamilton,
Greggory Rome, Logan Gibson, Ryan Ruble, Chris Wilson,
Savannah Yoho, Gabrielle Allen, Michael Christman,
John Kemp, Brianna Wells, Hanna Majors, Cheyanne
Miranda, Josephine O'Neal and Brett Tomlin.
Members of the 2006-07 Builders Club who received
pins were - fifth grade, Gabrielle Allen, Cordell
Gauding, Morgan Thompson, Natasha Young, Kristen
Baker, Alison Sloan, Brianna Wells, Miranda Boles,
Eric Smith, Emily Young, Lauren Burnett, Cassidy
Neely, Savanah Yoho, Chelsea Hupp, Cheyenne Nelson,
Sarah Stephens, Josie Mahoney, Dacia Pittman and Emily
Sixth grade: Alyssa Brown, Andrea Ricer, Kaitlin
Miller, Colt Wilson, Logan Neely, Rickey Wise, Adam
Archer, Tabby Truax, Cheyanne Bock and Shannan
Seventh grade: Kara Watters, Jessica Harper, Asia
Prickett and Brittany Gallagher;
Eighth grade: Natasha Adkins, Mallory Michener,
Hillary Wilson, Tanya Altizer, Kyleigh Rogers, Kate
Burke, Emma Betts, Cole Schneider, Jakki Monroe,
Summer Adkins, Angie McBride, Jessie Turner, Victoria
Bier, Jackie Pittman, Sam Young, Ashley Kindle and
Tishia Springer.



<Delegation Decides Boundaries For E-911 Emergency

Deputy Terry Stewart, standing, and Deputy Derek Norman, Monroe County Sheriffs Department, are pleased with the newly remodeled dispatching office.
The dispatching equipment was set up in the former 'kitchen' area at the sheriffs office during renovations. County commissioners must now decide on
the E-911 equipment to be installed. According to project coordinator Matt Brake, Enhanced- 911 should
be completed by Jan. 7, 2008.




by Arlean Selvy
Matt Brake met with county commissioners Feb. 6 to
report progress of the Enhanced-911 project. A
delegation of about 15 individuals was on hand to
discuss the emergency medical service boundaries,
which will be on the E-911 dispatch map.
Following lengthy discussion, attendees agreed on the
boundaries to be used by both primary and secondary
responders. EMS departments involved include
Beallsville and Woods-field in Monroe County, and
Somerton in Belmont County.
Preliminary meetings were held with representatives
of the three departments and Malaga Township Trustees.
Trustees drew up proposed boundaries for fire and EMS
coverage at a Jan. 9 meeting. They were revised only
slightly when the Feb. 6 discussion had concluded.
Boundaries discussed at the commissioners' meeting
were for EMS only.
Beallsville EMS will cover the east portion of Malaga
Township over to and including Grizzle Ridge Road.
Woodsfield emergency personnel will cover CR2 East as
primary squad and Somerton EMS will be secondary.
Somerton EMS will cover the remaining area as the
primary EMS and Beallsville EMS will provide secondary
coverage to this area.
In other matters, Brake reported Enhanced-911 is
scheduled to be complete by Jan. 7, 2008.
With Enhanced-911, when a person dials 911 the
telephone number of the caller, the name of the
telephone subscriber, the address of the residence and
the EMS, fire, and police departments that cover the
area appear on a computer screen in the dispatcher's
office. This information assists the dispatcher in
quickly and accurately dispatching the correct
department for the emergency.
Although E-911 equipment has not yet been selected,
Brake said the sheriff's office dispatching personnel
have moved into the remodeled dispatch area. They were
housed in the former kitchen area while remodeling for
911 was underway.
The county is currently deciding on what equipment
will be installed.
The estimated cost of equipment for two dispatch
positions and one independent back-up dispatch
position at the Emergency Operations Center, located
on Moore Ridge Road, is $279,152. According to
Brake, there is about $166,000 in the 2007 E-911
budget for equipment. With this budget, the county
will focus on equipment for the sheriff's office to
make dispatching as user-friendly and efficient as
possible. The cost for equipment for two positions at
the sheriff's office is estimated to be between
$135,627 and $179,152.
Brake said a Wheeling firm  has proposed upgrades to
the current radio system which will allow voice
recording on the radios and the installation of a new
Motorola radio console for a cost of $47,651.86.
Commissioners took no action with regard to purchases
and are  considering options.
In other Feb. 6 business, commissioners accepted the
resignation of Jerome 'Jerry' Potts as flood crew
coordinator. His last day was Feb. 6 and he returned
to work at Ormet on Jan. 7. In his letter of
resignation, Potts thanked WIA Director Janet Henthorn
for the opportunity to serve as coordinator. "You and
your staff treated me in a very professional manner,
and were very helpful at all times," he wrote.
Henthorn said Potts was excellent at his job. "He
kept everything in tip-top shape." He even repaired
some of the equipment.
In another matter, Henthorn said the flood crew
program, which has ended, has a woodchipper and 52
chain saws. The equipment belongs to the county and
commissioners discussed how they might distribute
and/or make the best use of it. WIA will keep some of
the tools for other work programs.
Bill Frank, interim assistant director, Jobs and
Family Services, and Chris Ward, JFS Fiscal Officer,
met with commissioners to update progress. Frank later
entered into executive session with officials to
discuss personnel with regard to hiring. No action was
taken on the matter.
Commissioners borrowed $27,000 from Citizens National
Bank to meet expenses. Two weeks ago, they borrowed
$20,000. Jeanette Knuchel, deputy auditor, said she
expects a Local Government Funding check for over
Permission was given for Owen Yoder Trucking and
Tri-County Trucking to travel over Sunsbury Township
Road 126 between Jan. 1 and April 15. The need to seek permission is to comply with the Frost Law.

< ~ Kiwanians Recognize Westwood Landing ~

Woodsfield Kiwanis Club recently donated $100 to Westwood Landing, which used the money to help pay for a piano. In addition, a plaque was presented to the administrator "... for outstanding service and beautiful accommodations." Accepting the check from Kiwanis President Chris Williams is Lisa Matz, wellness director. Kiwanian Ruth Workman, left, presented the plaque to Patty Dimmerling, administrator at the assisted living facility.
Kiwanians hold their weekly luncheon meetings at Westwood Landing, located on Airport Road, Woodsfield.                                                     
         Photo by Arlean Selvy

 <Around the Burnside



Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful
tongue crushes the spirit.
Only a fool despises a parents discipline, whoever
learns from correction is wise.
Well, the Super Bowl is over ending a long football
season. This was the 41st year and it has grown into
quite a party time. I wonder how many gallons of beer
and other hard stuff was consumed on Super Bowl
Sunday. On the other hand, I wonder how many attended
church on Super Bowl Sunday. There would have been
plenty of time.
I understand Super Bowl Sunday is a great party day
or night so we planned a party compared to our New
Year's Eve party. The only difference will be we will
be watching a football game instead of waiting for the
big ball to drop. I'll bet you can guess who will be
asleep before half time or shortly thereafter. I did
read somewhere that if you need to go to the bathroom,
half time would be a good time to go.
I guess I could go on and on writing about the Super
Bowl and probably be boring to you as we all know now
what happened and have gotten over any heavy partying
that has gone. I do hope they picked someone to sing
the National Anthem as it should be sung and not
screaming like a cat with its tail caught in the door
or like some tom cats I've heard in the middle of the
night. OK, this is too much to ask for.
As far as I know now, I'll plop in front of our TV
around two o'clock in the afternoon listening to a
bunch of junk that I can't understand until the bitter
end around midnight except when my water pill says
water. If the game goes anyway like the one I watched
on Jan. 8, I'll turn to Monk.
Our church held a Souper Bowl Sunday and donated
canned goods and money to Manna.
Groundhog Day kind of slipped up on me this year and
I almost didn't get to make my annual prediction. Did
you make yours? The predictions made regarding the
coming of spring, according to the groundhog, is not
very accurate over the years. I did a bit of research
and discovered the old groundhog has been correct only
14 times of the 119 times he has predicted the coming
of spring.
On the other hand, my prediction has been correct 100
percent of the time. Mine is as follows: If on
groundhog day Feb. 2 the groundhog sees his shadow, or
even if he doesn't see his shadow, there will be 46
days until spring except on the year we elect a
president, then it will be 47 days.
The age of technology. I'm not sure if this is
correct or not but I heard that a fellow has to stand
on their commode to talk on the cell phone. If true,
make sure the lid's down.
Are you getting ready for the start of the
presidential election coming up in 2008? Seems to me
it has already started. Could be an interesting couple
of years if you enjoy that kind of hokey pokey. I
don't. We seem to have plenty who want the job. We
keep hearing we want a new plan, we need a plan but
not offering one.
Well, I've finished the first couple of weeks in the
pool with the ladies and a few men. Exercise in the
pool is kind of fun. For example, in the pool I can
walk all over the place on my toes. I tried it at home
and I can't even stand on my toes.
I do kind of like it, however, I'm not sure how much
it helps but I do have some sore muscles here and
there plus while I was writing my right hand really
cramped up. That hadn't happened before.
To be honest, I'm not a pool person. In fact, I can't
remember of being in a pool only once since I know not
when. Probably since I graduated from OSU in 1950.
In the Navy, every time we moved I had to take
swimming lessons but when it came crunch time I
managed to get someone else to take the test for me. I
wasn't about to jump off a 30 foot tower wearing all
my clothes and a big pack on my back. We were not
required to show identification before we jumped.

Unlike our high school today, when I went to OSU, we
were required to take three quarters of Phys Ed. I
think we received an hour credit.
I took swimming one quarter. Believe it or not I got
an A in the course. I learned to swim enough to pass
the test. A few of us went to the pool almost every
evening for a time, men only. I went to a mixed swim
one evening wearing a pair of thin white trunks, we
didn't have to worry about wearing trunks other
evenings, when they got wet they turned into see-thru
trunks. I didn't stick around long.
The modern idea of roughing it is doing without a
computer in each room.
Include attending church in your plans. You'll enjoy.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Hebrews 10:19-23; (Tues.) II
Timothy 1:8-14; (Wed.) John 18:33-40; (Thurs.)
Ephesians 4:17-24; (Fri.) III John 2-8; (Sat.) John
14:1-7; (Sun.) John 14:8-14.

< Our Readers Write: Letters to the Editor Dear Editor,
A chained dog can only watch as life goes by.
If we tried to invent the cruelest punishment for
dogs, we probably couldn't come up with anything worse
than "solitary confinement." Dogs are pack animals, so
it is important for them to be with others. Most
people who chain dogs just don't realize how much
scratches behind the ears, games of fetch, and time
spent inside with their families mean to dogs.
Chaining dogs make them more aggressive. Dogs that are
forced to live their lives at the end of a chain
suffer from severe psychological, emotional, and
behavioral effects. Dogs, just like human beings who
get locked up for no reason, will become mean and
bitter. Chaining a dog all the time is no way to treat
a thinking, breathing, trusting, loving creature.
Don't kid yourself that dogs "get used to living
outside." Unless you or other dogs are out there to
share it with them, the backyard quickly loses its
charm. Constant barking is really a cry for attention.
If it has stopped, it's not because your dog is
content, but because he or she has given up hope of
rescue. Imagine being stuck outside alone, with
nothing to do but watch the mud dry. Even a knotted
towel or a tennis ball can provide hours of
entertainment. Dogs love to chew, so be sure that they
have plenty of rubber bones and other things to gnaw
on. An unneutered dog is like a frustrated lover and
is more likely to be aggressive to you and your
children. Neutering and spaying also prevents cancer
of the reproductive organs.
Chained dog's plea.
I wish someone would tell me what it is I've done
wrong. Why do I have to stay chained up and left alone
so long? They seemed so glad to have me when I came
here as a pup. There were so many things we'd do while
I was growing up. But now the Master "hasn't time,"
the mistress says I shed. She doesn't want me in the
house, not even to be fed. The children never walk me,
they always say, "not now." I wish that I could please
them. Won't someone tell me how? All I had, you see,
was love. I wish they would explain why they said they
wanted mine, and then left it on a chain.
We give dogs the time we can spare, the space we can
spare, and the love we can spare. And in return, dogs
give us their all. It is the best deal man has ever
Marcia Stalder

Dear Editor,
The beautiful account of married love, in the Beacon,
by John Kowalczuk, during the last days of his wife,
Angela, revealed an ideal of life-lived. Such a true
story is heart-lifting, bringing joy to readers.
My story is about another kind of love. "Love, Thy
Neighbor". May it also touch readers' hearts -
especially that the main character is a man who
touched hearts of so many Monroe County people.
I was busily cleaning our kitchen on a warm spring
day. Suddenly, my husband's father came to the door.
Visably upset, he told me he and my husband, Michael,
found a newborn calf with it's mother over the hill
some distance away and along a stream. Michael's
attempt to move the calf to safety agitated the cow.
She roughly pushed Michael against a tree and injured
Appraising the situation, knowing the old road near
the area was not passable for a car, I needed to drive
our 3/4 ton truck to the old road entrance one half
mile away. Michael was able to move to the side of the
road by the time I arrived.
Having helped him into the truck, we proceded along
the old road to the intersection to the Monroe County
Road, and on to Woodsfield.
Dr. Jackson was in his office examining Michael. The
doctor said there were no broken bones. But Michael
was in pain, I wanted him in a hospital.
I, in my dirty clothes driving a 3/4 ton truck with
an injured husband, needed help. A friend? My and
Michael's good friend, always ready to help someone in
need, Charles (Charlie) Hoff, was my answer!
I drove to his carryout, explained my predicament.
Immediately he was ready to take us to Wheeling
Hospital. His angel-like wife, Dorothy, quietly
invited me to wash up in her bathroom and provided me
with presentable clothes. As I was going out the door,
she pressed a small coinpurse into my hand. It
contained $25.
Charlie stayed with us until Michael was admitted and
made comfortable, then brought me home.
Michael had suffered torn shoulder ligaments. His
brother who lived in Wheeling brought Michael home a
few days later, arm in a sling.
I returned the clean clothes and money to Dorothy.
Charlie took no pay for his self-giving. However, they
enjoyed the steaks we gave them from our beef.
Charlie was our schoolbus driver during Michael's and
my high school and also for our first child's school
days. Charlie's was the first Monroe County schoolbus
to have a radio. The bus was warmed by a protected
heater, extending front to back, made by Charlie.
Charlie and Dorothy lived "Love Thy Neighbor".
Charlie and Dorothy lived through many heartaches. May
their eternal life be continual happiness.
Bertha Burkhart

(read the full obituary in the paper) 

denotes veteran

<Geneva Ruth Briggs, 69, 515 East Marietta St., Woodsfield, died Feb. 9, 2007, at her home. She was
born June 22, 1937, at Piney Fork, Ohio, a daughter of the late Monroe Gillis and Margaret Nora West Peck.

<Kim Lutz, 55, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Woodsfield,
died Feb. 5, 2007, in the Veterans Care System, Pittsburgh. He was born Sept. 12, 1951, in Steubenville, a son of the late Franklin and Peggy
Travis Lutz.
<Rev. Earnest M. Hulsey, 77, 35303 Rock Camp Rd., New
Matamoras, died Feb. 11, 2007, at his home. He was born July 1, 1929, at Townley, Alabama, a son of the
late Solan Madison and Lura Lee Keeton Hulsey.