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February 28, 2008 Edition

<~ Riesbeck's Donates to Fair Entertainment ~

Kirt Sloan, manager of the Woodsfield Riesbeck's Food
Market presented Dave Landefeld of the Monroe County
Fair Board, with a check for $500 to be used for
entertainment at the 2008 Fair. �We always try to help
the community any way we can,� said Sloan. The cost
for acts scheduled in the Entertainment Tent is
approximately $12,000. Entertainment set for the Aug.
18-23 fair includes: the Dean Westfall Band, Happy
Heart Singers, Kris Pfalzgraf Band, Katy Orlofski,
Kyle Earley and Lacy and the Attitude Band.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

<Seven Vie for 2 Seats on Board of County Commissioners
"We need to make some changes in Monroe County. The
same old ways are leaving us farther and farther
behind," said Paul Ferguson, the only Republican
seeking a seat on the board of county commissioners.
"Let's put our heads together and make something good
happen!" he concluded.
Ferguson's comment was made as part of a survey
mailed to the seven candidates vying for Monroe County
Commissioner.
Ferguson, Tim Price and incumbent Billy Thompson are
running for the term commencing Jan. 2, 2009.
Running for the term commencing Jan. 3, 2009 are John
S. Christman, Carl M. Davis, Jon Gramlich and
incumbent Francis "Sonny" Block.
"Asked what they considered the top three issues
facing the county and how they would address them,
responses were:
Ferguson: Budget allocation. Budget growth. County
division.
"We are a rural, primarily residential, county, Our
tax base is small. Our population is small and spread
out. It costs us more to provide infrastructure and
services. We have less to do it with. That part of the
job, trying to meet the needs of all citizens at an
acceptable level, occupies much of the time and
efforts of the present commissioners. In the process
they make some folks happy and some folks unhappy. On
this issue of budget allocation, as commissioner, I
will listen, research, agree sometimes, disagree
agreeably sometimes and always try my best to make the
right decision ..."
Budget growth: "Our county needs thriving businesses,
good paying jobs and investment in the community. We
must continue in efforts to improve access to the
commerce park, airport growth, utilization of existing
facilities on the river. These and other efforts are
in place and progressing. Hopefully, these initiatives
will bring jobs and money.
I believe no matter how busy the administration of
day to day business gets, the commissioners must find
time to sell Monroe County to prospective businesses.
We have on the east side an incredible asset, the Ohio
River. There is no more cost effective transportation
system anywhere. I think we have failed to capitalize
on this asset. County division: This one is personal
to me. Our county is chock full of wonderful, smart,
capable, talented, willing people. I moved here in
1984 and decided this was the place for me. Good
people! The problem is we have good Beallsville
people, good Woodsfield people, good Graysville
people, good Duffy people; good river people, good
hilltop people - all kinds of good people - going all
different directions. If we came up with a plan for
the county, quit saying �me first� get on the same
page, work together, we can turn this beautiful but
poor county into beautiful and prosperous. I will
address this issue as I lead by example."
Price: County finances. Educational opportunities.
Facilities and employment opportunities.
How will he address the issues? "I believe these
concerns can only be addressed through sincere efforts
to work closely with local and state level educators
to continue to improve the education situation; to
continue our focus on economic development, marketing
and promoting Monroe County to attract business and
industry for improved employment opportunities; and to
work together with all elected officials and
department heads to determine the best approach to
increasing the tax base for the betterment of the
entire county.
In his personal comments, Price wrote, "After much
consideration, I have decided that having worked in
local law enforcement for the past 28 years, beginning
as a patrol deputy and ending my career as county
sheriff, that I am ready for a change of course. I
would like to remain in public service. He said he
looks forward to serving as commissioner.
Thompson: Job retention. Job creation. keeping the
budget under control."
"Since being appointed by the Democratic Committee in
April, we have actively been trying to help small
businesses as well as large employers in order to
retain and create jobs. I will continue to work toward
this goal."
Thompson's personal comment is, "I was appointed by
the Democratic Executive Committee to do this
challenging job ..." He asked voters for support to
continue the job at hand.
Christman: Balancing the budget. Road and water
system improvements. New businesses.
With regard to balancing the budget, Christmas said,
�... all departments must stay within their budget.
This can be handled in many different ways. Such as
cutting back hours by alternating days that workers
work. For example, if there were five employees in
one office, two would work three days per week while
three would work two days, and alternate weeks."
"We must improve our roads so that big trucks that
transport can have easy accessibility to their
destination..." About water he said the county should
develop a water system plan for those without an
adequate supply and this could be done with grant
monies.
"As for new businesses, we must be able to show new
businesses we can maintain a balanced budget. Improve
our airport so they can fly in ..." He said such
improvements would entice employers to consider Monroe
when looking to relocate.
In his personal comments, Christman wrote: "My main
goal when elected is for the betterment of Monroe
County! To bring honesty and integrity, along with
moral values back to the office of commissioners. I
will work for the people, all the people, not just a
certain few. I will maintain an open communication
with the people ... and always be willing to listen to
comments, whether good or bad. I will work with all
departments and organizations to maintain a good
working relationship."
Davis: Jobs, Schools, Federally owned land in Monroe
Co.
"We have a new economic developer. I will work
diligently with Mr. [Tom] Scott on any and all
avenues to secure jobs. I will work with our
legislators in Columbus and Washington D.C. I feel we
have a lot to offer in a dedicated workforce and have
the natural beauty to promote tourism which will
create jobs."
Schools: "Although schools are not under the control
of the county commissioners, I am willing to work with
the board and administration in any way to secure
funding to improve our school situation. I will go to
our legislators and be helpful in any way possible.
Federally owned land: I will work with legislators to
collect our fair share of taxes on the Wayne National
Forest. Our county has tax responsibilities that we
must comply with and I feel the federal government
should do the same."
In his personal comments, Davis wrote: "Difficult
decisions require careful thought and prayer"
Gramlich: Lack of jobs that provide a living wage
necessary to keep our people from having to relocate.
Economic growth. County infrastructure.
"We must focus on attracting new businesses to the
county and work with our established businesses to
market them and help them thrive. We must continue to
strive for a Higher Education Center in the county and
focus on the needs of prospective employers. We have
hard-working individuals in Monroe County. If our work
force is trained and �work-ready� it will be easier to
attract businesses to improve our economic growth."
Economic growth: By marketing tourism, with the help
of the economic developer, we bring new money into the
county. Improving our schools, roads, and skilled
workforce will help attract new business, and in turn
provide economic growth.
Infrastructure: Improving infrastructure will help
economic growth. �Improving our roads and bridges,
utilizing the local airport and the river and by
continuing to expand access of the Broadband, are key
factors needed to attract new businesses. Block:
Economic development. Schools. Infrastructure.
"Economic development and our schools are equally
important. In terms of economic development, we must
continue to work to preserve and grow our local
businesses with the help of the Community Improvement
Corporation. Economic growth builds a greater tax
base, which we desperately need to support our
schools, our county agencies, and improve the quality
of life for all."
"Improving our infrastructure is vitally important to
all communities in our county. I will work with our
economic developer and all local, state, and federal
agencies that will assist our county by enhancing both
our potential for economic growth and an improved
infrastructure."
In his personal comments, Block wrote: "I continue to
believe our citizens are Monroe County's greatest
asset. We have great potential. I also believe we must
all work together to improve our future."
"Candidates were asked to list the positions in
public service as well as community affairs."
Block: Past president, economic development
committee; past member, MRDD Board; member, Monroe
County Council on Aging board; member, higher
education committee; county commissioner, member,
Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging Board; member,
Hocking Hills Economic Development Executive
Committee. Community affairs - member, Monroe County Chamber of
Commerce; member and past president, Woodsfield
Kiwanis Club; member, Monroe County Farm Bureau;
member and past president, Rolling Hills Ruritan Club;
active participant in the American Cancer Society's
Relay for Life.
Gramlich: 28 years experience in local government; 22
years, Beallsville Village Council with 14 years as
president; six years as mayor; five year member
Community Improvement Corp.; Democratic Central
Committee; Democratic Executive Committee; Beallsville
VFD - served as president one year; Beallsville
E-squad, six years - captain one year.
Community affairs: Coached youth baseball and
basketball for 11 years, serving one year as league
president; volunteered as Beallsville's junior high
girls' basketball coach and freshmen boys' basketball.
Instrumental in re-establishing and member of Better
Beallsville Bureau which funded the Veterans' Memorial
in Beallsville, the stone marker at Beallsville
school, brought Vietnam Veterans� Moving Wall to the
county, the Welcome to Beallsville brick signs, new
American flags and Christmas lights for the village,
currently working on obtaining lights for village park
ball field. �I personally oversaw each project to its
completion and pursue all grant monies available.�
Volunteered in numerous community and school
fundraisers and events.
In his personal comments, Gramlich wrote: "I am
dedicated to work for all the citizens of Monroe
County! My strong work ethic, experience, leadership
qualities, and persistence are qualities the people of
Monroe County deserve." He asked for the vote, saying
that ... together we can accomplish many goals.
Davis: Public service - Wayne Twp. trustee, 10 years
and president of the township association.
Vice-president of the former USWA 5760 where I helped
make the financial decisions and spend resources to
the best advantage. Vice-president of the
Belmont/Monroe AFL/CIO Central Labor Council.
Lewisville VFD, 20 years.
Community - Serves on Monroe County Junior Fair
Livestock Sale Committee, the Monroe County Ohio
University Extension Advisory Committee, has been a
church member all his life, serving on the church
council and holding the office of president as well as
other offices. Served on both the budget and audit
committees.
Christman: "I have not served in any public position.
I feel this to be a plus. I would enter the office
open minded, and free from any obligations to any
previous organizations or parties..."
Community - Monroe County Farm Bureau. "I have always
been able to help neighbors when in need, whether it
was due to death or just someone sick. He was, for 30
years, in the dairy business, working 14 to 16 hours a
day, seven days a week. "It left me no time for
serving the community as most who held a public works
job."
Thompson: County commissioner; officer of RC&D
council, board member, Joint Solid Waste Committee,
member, CIC board; member, economic development
committee, Dally Library board.
Community - Helped create a library in Sardis, was a
former junior high athletic coach, sat on several
boards and committees locally.
Price:  28 years with the sheriff's office, where he
served as deputy, jail administrator, chief deputy and
sheriff.
Community - "I have been involved in community
affairs for the past 28 years through my law
enforcement career and supported numerous community
functions and fund raising events for various
organizations."
Ferguson: Community - "I have been involved in
community affairs in different ways. I am pastor of a
small church in Woodsfield and have held that position
14 years. That job ends up being nonstop community
service. I have, over the years, been involved with
Rotary, Ruritan and Telephone Pioneers, all community
service organizations. I have served several times on
committees in the local school system."
 Asked in what positions they have been responsible
for budgetary management, answers were:
Ferguson: "I worked for AT&T/Ohio Bell/ Ameritech for
34 years. I was a manager for 25 of those years.
During that time I had an annual payroll of a million
dollars, more or less, depending on the year. I was
responsible for annual budgets, in the millions, for
maintenance and repair of telephone switching systems,
motor vehicles, switching cutovers. I was the manager
on site when we upgraded your telephone service to
digital. That change cost seven million in Monroe
County alone. I repeated that process of modernization
from Steubenville to Ironton. I am no stranger to
building budgets and working to stay within them."
Price: "As sheriff I have been responsible for
developing and working within budget constraints for
sheriff's office operations as well as he county jail
operations."
Thompson: "First and foremost, county commissioner,
where this year we had to cut $359,000 out of the
proposed budget of several county offices.
Christman: For over 30 years I was able to own and
operate a 50-cow dairy operation which I managed the
daily operation. In this time I was always able to
balance my budget and show profit."
Gramlich: "In the positions of mayor and village
council we get a set budget amount each year and it is
imperative to stay within our budget. In the 28 years
since I have been in those offices, we have never had
an account in the red."
Block: "For 27 years budgetary management was of
major importance when I was president and CEO of
Central Ohio Graphics, Inc., in Columbus. Since
January, 2005 I have served as commissioner of Monroe
County. The board of commissioners is responsible for
appropriating the county budget."
" What is your greatest strength and weakness?
Block: "I consider my greatest strength working with
others to resolve problems and strive for positive
results. My greatest weakness is not knowing the limits to
which one can accomplish. I have a tendency to try to
do too much."
Gramlich: My greatest strength is my drive and
determination to improve the community and the ability
to motivate others to do the same. In leading by
example, I have gained the respect and cooperation of
many individuals and work well with them. My weakness
is the lack of ability to say no when asked to help
out and realizing that I can't accomplish everything I
want to do, immediately."
Davis: "I am a people person. I can deal with anybody
in a professional manner. I don't make snap decisions,
believing in careful consideration in all decisions. I
think my weakness may also be the fact that I am a
people person. I do get personally involved in issues
and try to see all sides and try to bring the issue to
a satisfactory solution."
Christman: "My greatest strength is to have the
ability to stand for what I believe in. To listen to
all comments and not to be persuaded by others to
change my opinion. My greatest weakness, I feel, is
the ability to speak to large crowds. While I'm
inexperienced in speaking to large crowds, I feel my
passion for the subject overrides the lack of formal
training."
Thompson: "My greatest strength is being able to work
and get along well with others. My greatest weakness
is letting the waste of taxpayer dollars really bother
me."
Price: "I feel my greatest strength is my
willingness and desire to listen to both sides of a
given issue and to then make equitable decisions based
on the facts at hand. My greatest weakness and one I
continue to work on is public speaking."
Ferguson: "I am willing/able to listen closely; learn
or decide what needs to be done; then work hard to
make it happen. Probably the weakness I acknowledge is
a lousy memory. I have to write it down or I may lose
it"
How do you handle difficult decisions?
Ferguson: "If it is difficult it is probably
important. I want to be right - I listen, think, talk
to people, look - I decide slowly - then I will do
what I have to do!"
Price: "I attempt to handle difficult decisions by
making every effort to gather as much information as
possible, weigh the options and then choose the course
of action which I believe will provide the greatest
benefit for that particular situation."
Thompson: "I look at what is best for our taxpayers
and the entire county before I make a decision."
Christman: "To handle difficult decisions, the first
thing is to weigh the facts of the issue. Then to
gather all information and input from all sources
concerning the issue. So to form the best solution to
the issue at hand."
Gramlich: "In difficult decisions that involve the
community I get the group together and we brainstorm
possible solutions before making any decision. Every
individual's input is valuable and necessary in the
decision making process."
Block: "In handling difficult decisions, first I
would research the issue involved. Then I would seek
the wisdom of other persons who are knowledgeable
about the issue. Finally, I would study the facts and
make a decision based upon my conscience."
Francis "Sonny" Block, 64, is a resident of County
Road 2, Miltonsburg.
Jon Gramlich, 52, is a resident of Beallsville.
Carl M. Davis, 56, resides in Lewisville.
John S. Christman, 57, is a resident of
Miltonsburg-Calais Road, Miltonsburg.
Billy Thompson, 36, resides in Sardis.
Tim Price is a resident of the Sardis area.
Paul Ferguson, 62, resides in the Jerusalem area.

Paul Ferguson

Tim Price

Billy Thompson

Carl Davis

Jon Gramlich

John Christman

Francis 'Sonny' Block

<Ten Monroe County Communities Vie for $300,000 in Grant Funds

Monroe County commissioners expect to announce at
their Feb. 26 meeting which area of the county has
been selected to compete for Neighborhood
Revitalization Grant funding, formerly known as the
Distress Grant.
The announcement is to be made at 10 a.m.
Several township and village officials attended the
Feb. 19 commissioners� meeting to propose funding
projects for their communities.
According to Mary Jo Westfall, OSU Extension, who
administers the grant, ten areas, called �investment
areas,� are eligible for the grant: Benton Township,
Bethel Township, Franklin Township including Stafford
village, Green Township, Jerusalem village, Lee
Township, Perry Township, Summit Township including
Lewisville village, Washington Township including
Graysville village and Wayne Township. All but two of
the areas were represented at the meeting, Perry
Township and the village of Jerusalem.
The grant, according to Westfall, must serve an area
that is 60 percent Low to Moderate Income (LMI). Three
of the areas, Benton, Bethel and Summit Townships are
over 70 percent LMI.
The application process is �citizen-driven,� and
county officials must show in the application that
they listened to the citizens of the community for
their opinions on what projects should be included in
the application. Applications are scored by the Ohio
Dept. of Development and citizen participation is
worth 15 points. �This one category makes all the
difference,� Westfall told the group. She noted it had
been increased from 10 points last year to 15 points
this year.
Only one area can be selected and once selected,
commissioners and Westfall hold two public hearings
in that community for public participation. They need
80 to 100 citizen participants to get the points. They
also need feedback via an opinion survey that will be
mailed to as many homes in the community as possible.
Public hearings are tentatively set for April 8 and
15.
The funding is for $300,000 and is a 24 month grant.
In addition to public participation points, the
Department of Development point system also includes:
-- Distress - 20 points (LMI population and LMI percentage)
-- Leverage - 20 points (Other funds or in-kind matches)
-- Program Impact - 45 points (Number of activities select)
The maximum points an application can receive is
100. The top ten applications in points are funded by
ODOD.
Eligible activities include:

  •  Fire protection facilities and equipment - fire
    departments and e-squads.

  • Flood and drainage faclities - culverts and catch
    basins.

  • Sidewalk improvements - curbs and sidewalks

  • Street improvements - bridge repair/replacements,
    paving, slip repair, traffic control/street signs,
    street curbs, guardrails

  • Neighborhood facilities - commuity centers.

  • Parking facilities - paving, marking, establishing
    handicapped parking.

  • Parks and recreation - playground equipment,
    improvements.

  • Public rehabilitation - handicapped accessibility
    improvements to a government building.

  • Water and sewer facilities - small projects less
    than $100,000, fill stations, fire hydrants, minor
    installations/repairs.

  • General administration.
    To be competitive, the application must have a
    minimum of five activities in the application.
    Ineligible activities include downtown
    revitalization, public service, economic development,
    large scale single purpose water and sewer projects,
    housing and planning.

< Woodsfield Administrator to Negotiate for TV Cable System

A motion to deny permission to drill on property
leased from the county was passed at the Feb. 19
meeting of Woodsfield Village Council, which also
passed a motion to authorize negotiations for the
purchase of the television cable system.
Village Administrator Jeff Woodell reported that he
and Supt. Floyd Longwell, Municipal Power Plant,
viewed a site at Monroe Memorial Park earlier in the
day with, and at the request of, Monroe County
commissioners. County officials were looking at the
property as an area on which to have a gas well
drilled. Following discussion, Councilman Dale English
moved to deny the county permission to drill on the
park property.
The property is owned by the county and leased by the
village of Woodsfield .
Noting the village has expended thousands of dollars
at the park, Mayor Bill Bolon said, "This is a first
rate facility and I don't think you [drill for gas] on
first class facilities." He commented on a concern
about liability. "I'm adamant it should not be done,"
said Bolon of the proposed gas well at the park site.
The swimming pool concession stand and change house
at the park is currently undergoing a $95,000
renovation project.
Council voted unanimously to deny permission for a
gas well.
  After reporting that no progress appears to be
happening, Woodell asked that council authorize him to
negotiate for a price to purchase SuddenLink, the
television cable company servicing Woodsfield. Woodell
reported the number of channels and monthly charges
for three or four villages which have their own TV
cable. The villages are getting a large number of
channels at very reasonable rates. "This is an
excellent opportunity to give the people of the
village what they deserve," said Woodell. He said he
will not purchase the cable service, but simply
negotiate to see what it would cost. In the meantime,
he will try to make the service better through
SuddenLink.
Council voted 6-0 in favor of negotiating a purchase
price.
Councilman Paul Byers submitted for council's review
two pictures mailed to him by a former resident who
had attended the 2006 and 2007 WHS Alumni
celebrations. The writer took pictures in 2007 of
sidewalk conditions near Dick's Furniture Gallery and
said it had been in the same condition in 2006. The
writer asked why the town can't get the area fixed.
According to Councilman Byers, he spoke with the
owner of the furniture store and was told that portion
of the walk did not belong to him. Village
Administrator Woodell said he will speak with the
business owner.
Police Chief Chuck Hamilton was given permission to
purchase a cruiser through Interstate Ford of
Miamisburg. The cost is $21,802. Payment will be made
from the parking meter fund in the amount of
$10,000 and the remainder from the drug enforcement
fund.
Three ordinances passed on their third readings and
included an amendment to an ordinance regulating
indigent burials. The deceased will be cremated and
the remains placed in the mausoleum.
The mileage rate with regard to village business
travel was increased from 22 cents to 42 cents per
mile.
* The cemetery and park boards, which in the past were
advisory boards under village council, will now be
advisory boards under the village administrator. This
ordinance passed on a 5-1 vote with Councilman Bill
Moore casting the negative vote.

<Our Readers Write

Mr. Hilbert,
Let this be my final response to your inquiry, since
you obviously glean from my words what you want to hear and continue
to state my positions incorrectly. I am glad that you
agree something must be done to correct the facilities
question for Monroe Central and I anxiously await your
solutions. Keeping in mind, I am only one voice in a
highly controversial subject; here are my
recommendations that you requested:
1. Continue to lobby local legislators to correct
the funding for new schools in our county. The state
has continued to label Monroe County as a "wealthy
district," when anyone with limited knowledge of the
subject could drive through the county and know this
is ridiculous. The
reason previous permanent improvement levies for new
schools have failed is because voters were asked to
pay an unfair percentage of the cost.
Voters in surrounding districts were asked to pay
only 10% of the cost of new facilities, whereas voters
in Monroe County were asked to pay around 50%. In
some cases, the voters have put the location of a new
school ahead of the needs of the students. And there
is still a long-standing lack of trust around the
county to issues originating in Woodsfield.
2. Build the new school at the Swiss Hills site. My
understanding is that there is sufficient land at the
site for a new school. Build it large enough to be a
county school should that be necessary in the future.
Bus routes have already been established. This site
allows parents around the county the option of their
children attending a new school at the geographical
center of the county. Some of this has already
occurred with students from the historical River
boundaries choosing to attend Monroe Central since it
is closer. This site would allow students to continue
to cross over from the vocational to the college prep
area.
Students who would benefit most from vocational
training would not have to leave their friends who
have chosen a college prep tract.
3. Leave River and Beallsville open and supply and
demand for the services of these schools will take
care of their long-term existence. No new school can
be built without their support. Residents of those
communities may support a new school if they are
assured that their school will remain open. Short-term
there must be basic maintenance and some permanent
improvement of these buildings (e.g.
air-conditioning).
Taxpayers in the county still have the final
authority for the educational issues in the county
through their hiring of the individuals charged with
the responsibility of educating our children. Union
teachers are here to stay and as far as I can see,
they are doing a terrific job under the circumstances
(River's award of distinction as a most recent
example). Hopefully, board members will live up to
their campaign promises and work feverishly to make
some progress on this subject. My impression is that
other than you and I, Mr. Ault, most have given up and
the job of convincing voters is harder than ever. I
am not optimistic.
These are my brief thoughts, Mr. Ault. Look forward,
not back. I await your response, but more importantly,
I await the response of our community and its leaders.
Mark Miracle
Clarington

< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 
GARY DENVER RINARD
Gary Denver Rinard, 65, of 716 Arlington Rd., Newton
Falls, Ohio passed into eternal life at Feb. 20, 2008
at Trumbull Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
GERALD HOSKINS
Gerald "Hickory" Hoskins, 85, of State Route 7,
Duffy, died Feb. 19, 2008, at Wetzel County Hospital,
New Martinsville, W.Va. He was born Aug. 1, 1922 in
Duffy, the son of the late Raymond Joseph and Laura
Lee (Harman) Hoskins. Sympathy expressions at
www.grisellfuneralhomes.com

VIRGINIA L. PENNELL
Virginia L. Pennell, 86, of 32200 Back Street,
Lewisville, died Feb. 18, 2008 at the Monroe County
Care Center. She was born at Lewisville on April 30,
1921, a daughter of the late William F. Weber and Sara
Ann Pickens Weber Thornberry. Online condolences may
be expressed at: www.wattersfuneralhome.com

DONALD N. ISALY
Donald "Don" N. Isaly, 74, of German Ridge Road,
Powhatan Point, died Feb. 20, 2008, at Wheeling
Medical Park, Wheeling, W. Va. He was born April 11,
1933, in Powhatan Point, the son of the late Newell
and Kathryn (Abbrigg) Isaly.

WILMA M. JOHNSON
Wilma M. Johnson, 85, of 17 Summit Court, Caldwell,
formerly of Lewisville, died Feb. 23, 2008 at the
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge.
She was born at Sargent, Nebraska, on Aug. 26, 1922, a
daughter of the late Lafeyette and Keo D. Moore
Shively. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com

BETTY D. CONGER
Betty D. Conger, 82, of Alabama, formerly of
Woods-field, died Feb. 23, 2008, at Medical West
Hospital in Bessemer, Alabama. She was born Jan. 9,
1926, the daughter of the late Reverend Raymond Barbe
and Ada Belle Prince Barbe. Online condolences can be
expressed online at: www.bauerturner.com

ELMER E. TEMPLETON, III
Elmer Ellsworth Templeton, III, 73, of Warren Chapel
Road, Fleming, died peacefully Feb. 23, 2008 at his
home. He was born Oct. 18, 1934 in Woodsfield to
Elmer Ellsworth, II and Lorna Strickling Templeton. He
was a 1952 graduate of Woodsfield High School and a
1959 graduate of Marietta College.

MARIE N. DYE
Marie N. Dye, 90, of Hillcrest Manor, Lewisville,
died Feb. 19, 2008 at the Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield. She was born in
Richmond, Virginia on Oct. 19, 1917, a daughter of the
late Philip Clyde and Nancy Elizabeth Strickland
Cromer.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

The deceitful walk a thorny, treacherous road;
whoever values life will stay away.
Teach your children to choose the right path and when
they are older they will remain upon it.
My mistake, it was �Through with Chew� not �Quit the
Chew,� sorry, I hope it didn�t mess you up.
In as much as my 38th birthday birthday is coming up
the next couple of weeks or so, I thought I might
share a little item a reader sent to me some time ago.
I expect several of you have read it, but it�s worth
reading again and if you haven�t, it will bring back
many memories for a lot of you. It�s entitled �To All
the Kids Who Survived The 1930�s, 40�s, 50�s, 60�s &
70�s!�
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors
or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no
helmets, not to mention the risks we took
hitch-hiking.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with
no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
Riding in a pick-up on a warm day was always a special
treat.
We drank water from the garden hose, a spring, from a
dipper in a bucket or even face down at a creek on a
hot day, never from a bottle.
We shared one of those soft drinks with four friends,
from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and
drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren�t
overweight because �we were always outside playing or
working!�
We would leave home in the morning and play all day,
as long as we were back when the street lights came
on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were
ok.
Others of us had to clean house, wash dishes and
clothes, sew, scrub, hoe corn, mow grass, pitch hay,
pitch the other stuff, chop wood and all the other
chores around the home and farm. Even with all this,
we still had time to be with and enjoy our friends.
We would spend hours building our go carts out of
scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out
we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a
few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We couldn�t wait for the first snow so we could ride
our sleds, throw snowballs, play fox and geese, build
a snow fort, make some snow ice cream, make angels in
the snow and and all the other fun things you can do
in the snow.
We looked forward to recess and noon hour as this was
our gym class and perhaps even a bit of sex education
thrown in at times. We were on our own to develop our
own activities which ranged from Red Rover, Red Rover
to Anti Over to King of the Hill. We survived.
We did not have PlayStations, Nintendoes, X-Boxes, no
video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video
movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell
phones, no personal computers, no internet or chat
rooms. We had friends and we went outside and found
them!
Many of us did not have air conditioned homes,
furnace, running water, inside bathrooms, heat in our
bedroom, a fridge, gas or electric kitchen cook stove.
We had to �cover� our fire to get a good start in the
morning.
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth
and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
Sometimes we even tried smoking cornsilk.
We rode bikes or just walked to a friend�s house and
knocked on the door or just walked in and talked to
them. Sometimes receiving a treat.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility
and we learned how to deal with it all!! Bring back
any memories?
I�ll bet many of you can remember when the speed
limit was 35 miles an hour and gasoline was rationed
depending on your necessary driving. Sound like fun. I
guess many accepted and did not complain as you might
think.
Can you imagine what would happen today with the way
we complain about the price of gasoline, if the speed
limit was say 50 miles per hour and we were allowed to
purchase only a certain number of gallons of gasoline.
You look back at some of the things mentioned in the
Burnside today and some might wonder how we survived.
We did and realize it wasn�t that bad and perhaps we
are a better person for it!
Fast forward -- times change and people change.
Today�s world is a lot different than back then. Good
or bad, who knows?
For example, the Times Leader had a picture of the
Martins Ferry school complex or campus they recently
moved into. I realize a complex of this type would not
be practical for our district, but I don�t see how you
could look at it and not think students attending this
school have an advantage over our students in terms of
the possibilities available. Teacher salaries are not
the cause of our problems. My first year teaching, I
was paid $2,900 for a 12-month job.
I had amnesia once - or twice.
Answer #2: Eye drops will be available for those
whose eyes are tired from watching TV too late on
Saturday evening.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 78:67-72; from 1
Chronicles (Tues.) 17:1-6; (Wed) 17:7-10; (Thurs.)
17:11-15; (Fri.) 17:16-19; (Sat.) 17:20-22; (Sun.)
17:23-27.