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January 31, 2008 Edition
<New Office Manager at
Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office
manager, Karolyn Sapp, standing, helps new office
manager, Ruth Workman, as she acquaints herself to the
new position. Photo by Martha Ackerman
After 11 years serving Monroe County Chamber of
Commerce as office manager, Karolyn Sapp is retiring.
"I will miss the people," said Sapp. "I enjoyed
working with the chamber members and the public. I'm
at a point in my life when my husband and I want to do
what we want and I don't want to feel obligated."
Taking her place is local resident and co-chairman of
the Woodsfield Christmas Festival Committee, Ruth
Workman. She is looking forward to the challenges
associated with her new position.
"I feel very privileged to have this position and
look forward to working with the area merchants and
community members," said Workman. "I have done a lot
of administrative and computer work in the past and am
looking forward to using these skills again."
Workman is the former owner of Nowadays Coffee Shop
and manager of Pat's Gift Shoppe Cafe.
Having grown up in Canton, the new office manager has
deep roots in Monroe County. Her grandparents, George
and Garnett Stegner had their home on Church Street in
Woodsfield and her mother, Ruth Baker and aunt, Norma
Haws, were raised in Monroe County. Her father, Don
Baker, grew up on Skin Creek Road near Calais. As a
child, she and her family spent a lot of time in the
Woodsfield area. She and her husband Norm used her
father's old home as a hunting cabin for over 30
The Workmans have moved 11 times over the years due
to Norm's job with American Electric Power. They have
lived in the Columbus, Cincinnati and Jackson areas
and now live on 110 acres off State Route 379. "We
purchased the land with three of my family members and
are all retiring to this beautiful area," said Ruth.
"I am a member of Woodsfield Kiwanis Club and feel
both the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and the
Kiwanis Club are assets to our community," said
Workman. "Both clubs can work well together to better
our community," she said.
Workman currently serves as president of the Kiwanis
The new chamber office hours are Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and 9 a.m.
until noon on Thursday. Phone: 740-472-5499.
a Life, Sends Students to Hospital
emergency and fire department personnel worked feverishly to aid the victims
of an accident Jan. 25 when a car went left of center and hit a school bus
head-on. The driver of the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, Ashley Kauff, 18, was
extricated from the vehicle, life-flighted and later died at a Morgantown
hospital. Several children were sent to area hospitals. Photo by M..
Emergency squads and fire department personnel from several local
departments were on hand to help as a car went left of center and struck a
school bus head-on. Several students were transported to area
hospitals. Looking on is Sam Schumacher, principal of
Woodsfield Elementary, where most of the children
emergency and fire department personnel worked
to extracate students from the bus, Todd Allen,
right, director of support services, reassured some of
the parents who had children on the school bus. Shown
with Allen, are Mr. and Mrs. Straw, who had three
children on the bus, and Mr. Smith who had a
kindergarten student riding the bus.
Photos by Martha Ackerman
It's every parent's nightmare" a school bus accident
and their child might be on that bus! It was that
nightmare that became reality near Woodsfield Friday
morning, Jan. 25.
Local emergency and fire personnel responded to an
accident when a car went left of center and hit a
school bus head-on. The bus, traveling south on SR 800
into Woodsfield at about 9:27 a.m., was carrying 19
Woodsfield Elementary students.
First responders evaluated children's injuries,
treated as necessary and extracted them from the bus,
several on backboards.
According to school officials, six children were
transported to area hospitals by e-squad and several
others were taken to the hospital by their parents for
treatment of minor injuries.
According to Trooper Ralph Hendershot's report, the
driver of the 1999 Grand Am, 18-year-old Ashley N.
Kauff, had to be extracted from the vehicle and was
life-flighted to Wheeling Hospital and on to
Morgantown where she died of injuries sustained in the
crash. Two passengers in her vehicle were not
"My hat's off to first responders," said Larry
Elliott, superintendent of the school district. "I'm
proud of the way school administrators and our
transportation department personnel rose to meet the
George Richardson, assistant superintendent, recorded
the names of children and where they were transported,
while Todd Allen, director of support services, spoke
with parents who were on the scene.
Bus driver, Keith Jones, 49, said he saw the vehicle
coming at the bus in the wrong lane. He said he tried
to swerve, but the car struck the bus which traveled
off the right side of the road into an embankment.
According to the authorities, the accident is still
Education Enrollment Numbers Up in Monroe County
Monroe County residents have shown their commitment
to higher education by enrolling in classes offered by
Belmont Technical College. Officials at the college
have reported record enrollment numbers for the Winter
"Not only am I impressed by the increased
enrollment, but also the level of attendance in the
classrooms,� said Tim Houston, Dean of Student
Services at Belmont Technical College. "This
indicates, to me, how much the students value our
educational presence in their county."
According to enrollment records, there are 65
students taking advantage of classes being held in
Monroe County, 12 percent higher than last year's
Winter Quarter. Credit hours have also increased, with
students taking 370 hours, an increase of 63.7
"Currently, there are 17 classes being held at Swiss
Hills Career Center," said Houston. "Our continued
collaboration with Principal Marc Ring and his staff
has made this growth possible - we really appreciate
all they do to make higher education accessible to
Monroe County residents."
The Belmont Technical College Board of Trustees
believes in its mission to make higher education
possible for Monroe County residents. Since the
college has been serving the county, 616 residents
have earned their degrees and over 1750 residents have
been served. Of those, over 250 students have been
Trustees Scholarship recipients.
The Board has maintained the Trustees Scholarship
and dispenses it in addition to any other funding
available from federal, state or private sources. The
Scholarship covers full tuition for nine quarters and
is available to recent high school graduates from
Belmont, Harrison and Monroe Counties. Depending on
the course of study chosen by the student, he/she
saves $2,000 to $7,000 over nine quarters.
"Additional measures are underway to improve the
support services for our Monroe County students as
they plan educational and career goals," said Houston.
"Belmont Technical College has always been dedicated
to higher education in Monroe County."
Central Cheerleaders, First Place, OVAC
Monroe Central Cheerleaders took first place in the
OVAC Championships held Jan. 26 at WesBanco Arena.
Shown, from left, kneeling: Devon McIntire,
choreographer/coach, Ashton Bondy, Mallory Michener,
Maggie Cox, Jerrica Neely, Tanishea Alleman; back:
Coach Susan Bondy, Brett Mathews, Kelsey Libby,
Marissa Kehl, Emma Betts, Liz Schuerman, Beth Miller,
Paige Cunningham, Sabbrina Rutter, Richelle Ricer and
Coach Teresa Schuerman.
Photo Courtesy of Times Leader
High Cheerleaders, Second Place, OVAC
River High Cheerleaders took second place in the OVAC
Championships held Jan. 26 at WesBanco Arena. Shown,
from left, front: Kelsy McGuire, Stephani Brown,
Kristy Smith, Brittany Curtis, Felicia McCullough;
kneeling: Chelsea Lowe, Charity Craig; standing:
Landyn Lucas, Kelsey Krempasky, Kylie Brown, Sharon
Cain and Ashley Snyder.
Photo Courtesy of Tracy Curtis
Revival of Monroe County's Oil and Gas Industry
gas well was drilled at Skyvue Elementary by Beck
Energy. It will provide free gas to the school.
According to Todd Allen, Switzerland of Ohio Local
School District, this is the first well drilled on
school property. Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
This is the first of a series on the Oil and Gas
Industry in Monroe County. This first installment is a
history of the industry, with information derived from
Monroe County: A History, written and published by
Theresa and Stanley Maienknecht.
In the last several years, there has been a
resurgence of the oil and gas industry in Monroe
County. For the last three years, the county has
ranked first in permits issued.
According to Becky Sims, of Beck Energy, the biggest
problem in the oil industry is getting the gas out to
get to the oil. Currently, the transmission lines are
not big enough or they are in need of repair and
upgrading to transport the natural gas.
According to David Ball, state inspector, in addition
to Beck Energy, key producers in Monroe County are Bud
Rousenberg of Profit Energy, Koy Whitacre, Bud Byers,
John Harmon, Dave Secrest and Glenn Ludwig.
�Nothing happens with the oil and gas industry unless
it goes through David Ball,� said Sims.
According to Monroe County: A History, the history of
oil production in Monroe County began when a few test
wells were drilled in the southern part of the county
around 1861 The outbreak of the Civil War and a
combination of difficulties arising from drilling in
the rugged terrain, the inability of the tools used at
that time to drill much beyond a depth of 200 feet,
the primitive drilling techniques and the
unproductive test wells, often encountering large
amounts of salt water, probably contributed to the
efforts being abandoned ... and did not resume until
F.M. Robinson, who lived near Stafford, drilled his
first oil well in 1885 and a second one near
Clarington. The Cameron pool was discovered in 1888
and the drilling of a well on the George Suppes farm
made a nice showing. These events encouraged the oil
companies to lease land around it.
The Woodland Oil Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., then began
drilling on a Green Township farm in 1890 when oil was
reached in the berea sand. Because there was no
pipeline within miles of the well and a 600 barrel
tank was filled, the well was abandoned. The well was
known as the New Castle oil field and was capable of
producing 30 barrels a day.
According to the Maienknecht history, over the years,
oil production raged and ebbed as oil prices fell and
During the late 1890's, the older, established towns
were flourishing and bustling with business. Antioch
had a drug store, a shoe store, two blacksmiths, some
boarding houses, a barber shop and a branch store of
the C.L. Mellott Jewelers of Woodsfield.
Woodsfield, because it was the county seat, probably
profited most from the boom. Three warehouses storing
oil field supplies were
built. Another business directly connected to the
production of oil was a planing mill on South Main
Street, near the present-day Catholic Church. It
produced wooden tanks with a capacity of 100 barrels
or more for the oil field. There were 15 to 20
lawyers, five hotels, three boarding houses, a
brewery, a brick factory, seven saloons in 1895, but
by 1903, that number jumped to 14 saloons, several
livery stables and 800-900 horses in town. The O.R.&W.
Railroad added three extra freight trains each day
from Bellaire to bring in supplies. It was not unusual
to see 100-150 teams of horses leaving the train
station for the oil fields each morning. The B.&O. and
the C.&P. railroads and the boat traffic on the Ohio
River were transporting oil well supplies of every
description. Tax dollars padded the county's coffers.
The Monroe Bank was thriving and opened a branch in
Antioch in 1895 and in Benwood some time later to
handle the money from the oil field.
Almost overnight the town of Graysville changed from
a quiet little village to a wide-open town with eight
or nine saloons. A Graysville native was quoted in the
history book saying, �There were people everywhere.
You could go out on Saturday night and the town was
just full of people. There was not enough housing and
men were sleeping in caves, under rocks, in haystacks,
in barns or any building where they could find
On one farm in Graysville, there were 36 wells
pumping at one time and on another 238 acre farm near
Lebanon, there were 66 wells pumping at one time.
The Buckeye Pipeline Co. and the Pure Oil Co., that
sold out to Buckeye in 1927, were the first to lay
lines in the county to transport oil to refineries in
1917-18. In 1919 the West Virginia Pipeline Co.
expanded into Monroe County.
Drilling from 1910 until 1940 was sporadic. As prices
fluctuated and the use of oil and gas escalated so did
the drilling of wells in the area. Monroe County oil
was of the rich premium Pennsylvania grade. Along with
the advancement of the production of oil came the
development and the production of commercial gas.
Around 1936 news about gas wells started to draw
interest. By 1937 drilling was going on near
Lewisville, Laings, Ozark, Round Bottom, Antioch,
Miltonsburg and Perry Township.
During the 1940�s, several good gas wells were
drilled. Those wells, along with the good oil
production that was being reported at Stafford
stimulated oil operations once again. Wells that had
been good producers during the turn of the century
were now often drilled deeper and production was
renewed from a deeper sand.
In 1945 wells were drilled in Cameron, Graysville,
Lewis-ville, Sycamore Valley and Lebanon, but most of
the activity was in Stafford. The town at that time
had about 200 people, a high school, two churches,
three stores, a funeral home and a service station and
Drilling slowed in the 1950�s with the only
excitement being two Baker Oil Co. wells near
Lewisville in 1957. The Buckeye Pipeline continued to
operate until May, 1958 when it abandoned operation
because of increasingly heavy financial losses. The
company planned to keep its 29 pump stations operating
but in September of that year it closed 10 of them.
Oil was then gathered into large tanks and transported
Another spurt came in the late 1960�s. Old wells were
drilled even deeper. Each time oil or gas was found in
different sands. The initial drilling in one such well
was at the depth of 1165 feet and oil was struck. It
was drilled to the depth of 1371 feet but production
was light. In 1967 the same well was drilled to 3115
feet and was still producing at the time Maienknechts
wrote the history of Monroe County.
Watch for future installments about the oil and gas
(read the full obituary in the paper)
VIRGINIA L. McFADDEN
Virginia Lucille McFadden, 86, New Matamoras, died
Jan. 26, 2008 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was
born Sept. 19, 1921 at Lebanon, Monroe County, a
daughter of the late Everette William and Myrtle
Amanda Griffin Smith.
ELEANOR F. LARGENT
Eleanor F. Largent, 82, Akron, formerly of Monroe
County, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 24, 2008.
Nellie Schumacher, 88, formerly of Woodsfield, died
Jan. 22, 2008, at The Arlington Court Nursing &
Rehabilitation Center in Upper Arlington. She was born
Nov. 27, 1919 in Grays-ville, a daughter of the late
Douglas and Addie Hodge Dillon. Online condolences
may be expressed at
JOHN A. KERNAN
John A. Kernan, 75, Woodsfield, died Jan. 28, 2008,
in Wheeling Hospital. He was born Sept. 26, 1932, in
Woodsfield, the son of the late Arthur J. Kernan and
Emma Orr Kernan Burnett. Online condolences can be
expressed online at
PETER J. BALOGH
Peter J. Balogh, 87, Lowell-ville, died Jan. 22,
2008. He was born April 3, 1920 in Lowellville, the
son of the late Peter and Magdalena (Houser) Balogh.
Our Readers Write
Let me tell you a story about an autistic child, a
little stuffed monkey, and people who felt it
necessary to show that little boy that there is love
and compassion in the hearts of strangers.
I am the mother of a 10 year old autistic boy; he has
Asperger�s Syndrome, a high functioning form of
autism. He functions very well, most of his problems
lie within the social and emotional realms. Though he
is 10, his social/emotional skills lie closer to five.
He loves animals, leggos, Star Wars, and video games.
He has a heart of gold and believes that everyone is
good. He still has an innocence that I feel has left
our children long ago. He doesn�t understand when
people lie, cheat, steal or hurt one another. He
doesn�t grasp hate and prejudice in a world where
politics, war, money, power and greed rule the basic
functions of our lives. He lives free of that burden,
and finds good in everything. He is a child that will
touch your heart. I must add that he unfortunately
also has Arnold Chiari Malformation; it�s a rare birth
defect that causes the brain stem and cerebellum to
grow down into the spinal column, which causes
pressure to build in the skull. At minimum, it causes
severe headaches, and at maximum, it will cause his
death. They don�t know what causes it but they do have
a surgery to relieve the pressure.
Like any child, he has formed an attachment to a
little stuffed money. In autistic children these
attachments could last a lifetime. I bought the monkey
for him at a time when turmoil and conflict seemed a
part of everyday life. For us it was one bad medical
diagnosis after another, for him it was losing his
life as he knew it. Our school district decided that
because of this unwillingness to do what was necessary
to educate my son under the No Child Left Behind Act
that I should take him home and home school him. After
a long battle, it resulted in me filing a civil suit
against them in the Federal Court System. Like any
child with all the adversity around him and the
loneliness of not getting to be with the kids at
school setting in, he bonded with the monkey; it
actually became good company for him on the weekly
three hour trips to Children�s Hospital in Columbus. I
had no idea what the future would hold, or the impact
the monkey would have on so many lives.
In September of 2007 we decided to go to Wal-Mart; as
usual he took the monkey. It rode on the cart as we
shopped and I�m not sure what happened to it, but it
wasn�t long before my son realized the monkey was
gone. We searched all day to no avail, and he grieved
as if there was a death in the family. I had no idea
how to console him. As time passed and people heard of
the problem, several tried to help. A waitress at
Pizza Hut donated $20 to buy a new one; two ladies
from Columbus tried replacing the monkey with new
toys. None of these wonderful gestures would mend the
broken heart of a grieving child. A friend suggested
we go to the store where we got the money, and try
there. We went to the Hallmark Store in Elm Grove. We
were greeted by a kind soft spoken lady. I told her
the story of the little monkey knowing in my heart
that it was a long shot. When she told us that she
didn�t have any, you could almost see her heart break
for my son. As the tears began to flow from my son�s
eyes, she asked us to wait while she called every
Hallmark around to try to find one. As we waited, my
son drew a picture of the little monkey and put his
phone number on it, he gave it to the lady just in
case someone saw monkey. The phone calls didn�t
produce the monkey and we went home without much hope.
The next day she called to let me know that she had
her supplier looking as well. As the weeks then months
passed, I would receive an occasional call from the
lady to assure me that she was still working on the
problem. I couldn�t believe she cared so much for a
child she�d met only once. The holidays came and went,
the grieving for monkey subsided, and life was heading
toward normal, when on Jan. 3, I received a call from
the lady, telling me that she had found three monkeys.
The next day my son had an appointment in Columbus. As
soon as it was over, I rushed to Elm Grove, hoping to
get there before they closed. I didn�t tell my son
until we were almost there. He got so excited. When we
got there all the clerks gathered round as the lady
presented my son with the little monkey that he loved
and missed so dearly. My son was speechless and didn�t
know what to do next; he hugged the lady and began to
play as if the monkey had never been gone. The
thoughtful lady not only replaced the monkey at no
charge, she gave me an extra just in case. My son
tells everyone that the Hallmark lady found monkey and
gave him a bath, she even put a bow on him, but don�t
tell the lady monkey don�t like bows, they are for
girls. God has a way of giving us the opportunity to
be good and kind to one another, it�s up to us to use
The past few years have been hard for our family. One
son was diagnosed with a brainstem tumor, another with
autism and Arnold Chiari Malformation, my husband came
off a two year steelworkers strike in Nov., 2006, just
to sustain an injury at work that would put him out of
work once more in Sept. 2007. Fighting the school
district, and the legal battle that came with it,
dealing with the prejudices of people who don�t know
what's going on, the financial strain, and then
necessary weekly trips to Columbus for my son. It�s
all been nearly too much. We have not had a lot of
support throughout this ordeal; a couple of friends
have helped when they could. For the most part we have
been shunned or forgotten by our community. In a world
where all we really have is each other, I will never
understand how people can shun a handicapped child, or
gossip about, and ridicule a mother for fighting for
her son�s rights. I just hope that people realize that
pioneer fighters like me are going to make it easier
for what could be their child or grandchild one day.
Statistics are that one out of every 150 children is
affected by autism, in some form. I pray the fight
that I put up now will protect my neighbor from what
we have endured. It breaks my heart to know that my
son had to find kindness in the hearts of strangers,
they did not judge him because of who he is or who his
family was, but rather accepted him for what he is,
simply a child. God has shown me that there are caring
people out there, they may not live next door or even
in the same town, but they are around. I hope this
story inspires everyone to take the time to help a
neighbor in trouble or sit down and get to know a
handicapped person; it�s what God would have us do.
You can bet that I will never forget the little
stuffed monkey, or the kind people who didn�t even
know a little autistic boy, and did not judge him but
rather embraced him for the special person he is, and
loved him enough to help.
I know it is after Christmas, but I just had to send
this in. It was published by the Wetzel County Animal
Shelter and it is great.
Tis the night before Christmas and all through the
town, every shelter is full - we are lost, but not
found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we
hope every minute that someone will care. But now we
sit here and think of the days?we were treated so
fondly - we had cute, baby ways. Once we were little,
then we grew and we grew, now we�re no longer young
and we�re no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly - why were they so rash? We
�jump on the children�, �don�t come when they call�,
we �bark when they leave us�, climb over the wall. We
should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors they made.
If only they�d trained us, if only we knew?we�d have
done what they asked us and worshiped them too. We
were left in the backyard, or worse - left to roam.
Now we�re tired and lonely and out of a home. They
dropped us off here and they kissed us good bye?
�Maybe someone else will give you a try.�
So now here we are, all confused and alone?in a
shelter with others who long for a home. The kind
workers come through with a meal and a pat, with so
many to care for, they can�t stay to chat. They move
to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer? We know
that they wonder how long we�ll be here. We lay down
to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads?of a home
filled with love and our own cozy beds. Then we wake
to see sad eyes, brimming with tears - our friends
filled with emptiness, worry, and dear.
If you can�t adopt us, please help us keep warm -
straw for our boxes, so we aren�t so forlorn. We count
on your kindness each day of the year - can you give
more than hope to the workers here? Please make a
donation to pay for the heat?and help get us something
special to eat. The shelter that cares for us wants us
to live and more of us will, if more people will give.
Humane Society of Monroe County, Woodsfield
In response to article by Mark Miracle in Jan. 24
issue of Monroe County Beacon, I will make clear as
to who he was responding to. My name is Hilbert Ault,
not Mr. Hilbert. I was born in Monroe County almost 76
years ago. I have served in both the US Navy, and US
Army. Almost all my private life, I have owned my own
business, and supplied jobs to many people of this
beloved county. I retired in 1995.
I appreciate the service that Mark has given this
county as an educator. As far as I know, it was an
honorable service. My children, three girls, Deb,
Denise and Joyce, all graduated from River High
School. I am thankful for the education they received
from the Monroe County system.
Now, to Mark�s letter. I am very glad you recognize
that we have a huge problem with the financial
situation the Switzerland of Ohio School District. It
is great to see someone that recognizes that. Also, it
seems that Mark agrees with me that something need
However, we are far apart on the issue of what
exactly needs changed. He says that it appears that I
have placed the blame upon unions and educators. Well,
I am not sure I am right, but I do know that there is
blame that needs placed.
It appears to me that Mark has placed the blame on
the taxpayers of this great county because we have
failed to pass new levies. Well, that is true, as I
have continually pointed out. We taxpayers have
revolted against the way the local system has gone
about alleviating the financial situation. The school
board has apparently taken the position that
additional taxation is the remedy. The taxpayers has
loudly rejected that approach.
However, Mr. Miracle seems to think that the solution
is just around the corner in the Ohio School Funding
After studying that proposal, I find two things ... a
promise of relief, and the other, a promise of more
taxation. We will be sending money to the state and
basically, giving the state control over how and where
our money is spent. I was told by Bill Moore, and I
agree with him, that compromise is needed. We need to
know what we are getting and what we are giving up. My
plea is that both the getting and giving issue will
radiate within the taxpayer�s heart and head, learning
both sides of the issue. Please do not stick our heads
into the sand and avoid the issue by not studying it.
Do we really want a socialist or communist state? Or
do we want power to the taxpayer? I believe that the
new initiative is the wrong way to go. Mark believes
it is the right way to go. Get informed and YOU
Do we want more government or less government
interference in our lives?
Mark, in his last remarks, advises people to go
elsewhere and lead a better life.
As for me, I will stay here and fight for what I
believe to be right and just.
Mark speaks about the gap between local educators and
the big city educator�s pay. Of course! There is a
gap! There is a larger gap between the cost of living
in Monroe County and living in Columbus or Cleveland.
Weigh all the economic conditions before you leap.
Also, weigh the social and moral issues also.
Would Mark really want to send his family off into
Cleveland to live and be schooled? It seems he is
advocating others do exactly that.
I moved to Monroe County about 20 years ago and made
a promise to myself that if I ever decided to do
something to help the animals of this county I would
do it for the rest of my life.
Well! All I can say is that some days it gets a
little trying. There is not a law stating you must own
a domestic or farm animal but there is a state law
saying you must supply food, water and proper shelter.
Come on, how hard is it to give food, water and
shelter to an animal that is fenced, chained to a box
or just forgotten in the back yard and walked by
everyday without notice? To me it�s so simple: even a
caveman could do it.
So please if you don�t want an animal then don�t drag
one home just to expect other people to pick up the
pieces for you.
The Humane Society gets four-five complaints a day
just because some people just don�t care.
So the next time you want a dog, cat, horse, cow or
any other animal of your choice please be responsible
enough to take care of them.
This is not the responsibility of law enforcement,
the Humane Society or other people that do care about
what goes on in this county. It�s about making this
county better than ever, so we can all enjoy it.
I�m not a bleeding heart I�m just a caring person
that wants the best for the county we live in.
Thanks for listening,
I was reluctant to write this letter but in the
recent Beacon I saw the article which prompted me to
I had read in an earlier article where on the farm of
Charles Datkuliak, American Energy Co. by Court
permission had to plug their gas well at their
This was alarming to me for obviously the �right of
eminent domain� was used and upheld but the Common
I then saw that their appeal was turned down by the
appellate Court showing the higher court system in our
country yielding to big business.
This was further alarming for this happens frequently
in Northern Ohio where greedy corporations use the
Eminent Domain and consider people�s property so many
percent �Blight� so they can build large developments.
It is sad that after the Datkuliaks had access to
this gas well for years and had to yield to the
corporate wishes of the American Energy Co. and upheld
by the Judge causing them to plug the well at their
Having been a past resident of Monroe County and
wondering what next is, who will be the next? I
commend Attorney Richard Yoss for representing the
Datkuliak�s and realizing he is fighting big business
and Corporate America.
By Denny Easterling
Those who love pleasure become poor, wine and luxury
are not the way to riches.
The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend
whatever they get.
Ten to one you missed it. National Homemade Pie Day
was Jan. 23. You might want to write this down so you
won�t miss it next year. Lori�s in Caldwell had
advertised 20 different kinds. I didn�t stop even if I
could have used a big chunk of rhubarb pie. I still
can�t see the reason for the letter h in rhubarb.
Only one more game, the Super Bowl, left in the long
football season. I guess maybe the Pro Bowl follows,
however, that�s where a number of pro players go to
play around in the sun.
I spent Sunday afternoon watching football. The
weather being what it was, I guess it�s about as good
as any way to spend Sunday afternoon. I did go to
church in the morning although the weather did present
a temptation to stay at home.
The game in Green Bay was something else. Talk about
your �dyed in the wool� football fans. How can anyone
sit outside for hours with the temperature at minus
two and wind chill of minus 23 and watch a football
game? All I can say they really support their team,
love football or maybe their elevator does not quite
go to the top floor. I even got chilly watching the
game. Even the pros make mistakes.
I do remember several years ago, actually a number of
years ago, Woodsfield was playing Newark Catholic in
the State playoffs. Five of us put on just about all
the clothes we had, loaded into the car, and took off
to the game.
As I recall the Redskins scored first but it was
Newark Catholic all the way after that. I think maybe
they were state champs that year. I do remember how
glad I was to get back to the car and get it warmed
up. I�m not even sure if we stopped to eat on the way
That�s what�s nice about being retired from all the
activities you were involved with over the years, you
really do miss being involved until the weather is
undesirable and you can stay at home and watch TV or
sleep in your big easy chair. I�ll tell you there is
nothing more fun than driving home from Fort Frye or
Waterford on Rt. 339 when it�s snowing so hard it�s
tough to see.
Laugh every day - it�s like inner jogging.
I�m sitting at the kitchen table writing and guess
what. Esther has a pot of soupbeans cooking, a chunk
of ham in the crock pot and homemade bread just
waiting for Believe It�s Not Butter to be spread on
it. We�re going to be eating high on the hog this
evening for supper. It�s tough sitting here trying to
think of something to write about with all this going
on. I haven�t had a good charge of soupbeans since the
Soakem Festival back in September. They say you should
eat dried beans. I don�t even need Beano.
Well, I finally settled Suddenlink TV problem that
several seemed to be having trouble or so it seems. I
dropped to basic, which is a near no basic as is
possible, and had a dish installed in front of our
I�m not sure why I kept basic because about all the
local news you get is off the police blotter,
Sheriff�s office, and the courts then they waste much
time bragging about how good they are and the best in
the valley. If they are lucky they might squeeze in a
four minute sports report.
I have to be honest, I changed mainly to get the Big
Ten Network and Hallmark. I can now watch several OSU
games and watch a good number of re-runs of decent TV
programs we used to watch. I do not have to watch any
of the junk programs on TV today.
For example, I can watch a program I think was one of
the, if not the best, programs on TV.
�Touched by an Angel� and �7th Heaven� also Mash and
the list goes on. Even NCIS is back to back on
Wednesday evening. I really enjoy re-runs as with my
memory as such, I seldom remember if I�ve seen the
program or not. Once in a while I�ll recognize
something I�ve seen before but I can�t remember how
things turned out.
We did watch an excellent movie the other evening. We
are not movie goers, we even missed �Underdog�. This
was on Hallmark. �The Good Witch� was a family
picture. The star even said �This is one movie my four
year old daughter and I can sit down and watch
Can you believe it? The snow is coming down like
crazy and the sun is shining. Doesn�t this mean it�s
going to snow tomorrow?
The Beacon has been kind of exciting to read the last
couple of weeks or so. Kind of reminds me of when a
kid who owned ball and bat said �If I don�t get to
pitch I�m taking my ball and bat and go home.� When
will we ever get together and work together for what�s
the best for the total county, not just our own little
Many years ago in England, pub-frequenters had a
whistle baked in to the rim, or handle of their
ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the
whistle to get some service. �Wet your Whistle� is the
phrase inspired by this practice.
Nothing is real to you until you experience it,
otherwise it�s just hearsay.
Don�t allow the weather to keep you from attending
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 63:1-6; (Tues.) Matthew
3:1-6; (Wed.) Mark 1:14, 15; (Thurs.) Luke 13:1-5;
(Fri.) Luke 13:6-9; (Sat.) Acts 26:19-23; (Sun.) Psalm