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June 14, 2007 Edition
on Nov. Ballot
Monroe County commissioners, at their June 5 meeting, adopted a
resolution to place the Enhanced-911 issue on the November ballot.
Voters will be asked to approve a monthly charge of 50-cents per
telephone access line. The charge would be collected monthly by the
telephone company as part of the phone bill. Monies generated would be
used to pay for operating and maintaining 911 services in Monroe County.
According to Matt Brake, 911 project coordinator, the 50-cents per
access line fee would generate an
estimated $49,000 per year.
He told officials that maintenance on the 911 system may be $20,000 a
year and maintaining accurate addresses, reporting phone numbers that do
not match addresses to the phone company, and updating the county map
for display of 911 calls, could cost about $10,000 a year.
During discussion, Commissioner Bill Thompson noted the cost of E-911
would amount to $6 a year.
“Less than a can of pop a day,” said Commissioner
After Enhanced-911 is installed, the next step is to
implement Wireless 911. The project involves testing cell phones from
each antenna located in the county.
Coordination and implementation of Wireless 911 is estimated at $20,000.
Monroe is one of two or three of Ohio’s 81 counties which does not
have E-911 service.
In a related matter, house numbering was discussed.
Numbers should be a minimum height, and should be placed as near the
residence as possible and in view of emergency personnel as they travel
In an unrelated matter, commissioners entered into an executive session
at the request of Ernie Ferguson and Cassandra Dyer, members of the
Beallsville emergency squad. The session was called for personnel with
regard to disciplinary action. After being in session for about an hour,
Larry Paine, president, EMS association; and Dave Kuhn, county EMS
coordinator, were asked to enter the meeting, which lasted an additional
30 minutes. No action was taken at its conclusion.
Earlier in the day, a short executive session was
called for personnel with regard to hiring. The
session was requested by Janet Henthorn, WIA director.
Following the session, Jim Lude was hired as
supervisor for the Summer Cemetery Clean-Up Crew.
Corp. Hires New CFO
Ormet Corp. has hired James Burns Riley to serve as the organization’s
chief financial officer.
Riley is a seasoned financial executive who has
functioned as CGFO in a wide range of business
environments. He worked for companies such as Marathon Oil Co., Elliott
Co., Chiquita Brands International, Inc., Experianz, and most recently,
CSK Auto, Inc., he holds the position of senior vice-president and chief
He also has extensive experience in the metals
industry where he held several operating and financial positions over a
period of 1 4 years with LTV Steel Company, Inc.; from a senior
financial analyst treasury to assistant controller. For the 10 years
following that engagement, he served as executive vice-president, CFO
and member of the board of directors at Republic Engineered Steels, Inc.
"Ormet is very fortunate to have landed someone of
Jim’s caliber and expertise,” said Michael Tanchuk, Ormet president
Returns County Flag from Iraq
West, right, accepts county flag from Carl Day
Sgt. First Class Carl Day returned one borrowed
Monroe County Flag and was presented one of his own.
Shown, from left, Ellen Day, Carl’s mother; Janet and
Gary Holland, representing the Monroe County Veterans
War Memorial Committee; Day and wife Cheryl and their
children Casey and Alison; Cheryl’s brother and
parents, Tom Marty and Vivian and Howard Eugene Marty.
by Martha Ackerman
Although Sgt. First Class Carl Day is originally from Canton, he feels
that Monroe County is his home. His
father, the late Sheridan Day, was originally from the Stafford area.
As a youth, he spent lots of time here
visiting relatives. “The Days have had DNA in Monroe County for 200
years,” he said. When the First Sgt. was deployed to Iraq, he wanted
to take the Monroe County flag with him.
“He always says, ‘it’s down home, almost heaven,’” laughed
Ellen Day, Carl’s mother.
An alert went out and members of the Bethel Community Center
responded. They lent him their flag which he
carried in his pocket throughout Iraq during his six-month tour.
Day returned the flag June 9 to Wayne West, Bethel Community Center
president and fire chief.
“I’m sure they’re glad to get it back without any holes,” Day
While in Iraq, Day and his unit moved throughout the country. The last
two months were spent in Baghdad.
Everywhere he went, the flag was tucked into his pocket.
Janet and Gary Holland, representing the Monroe County War Memorial
Committee, presented Day with a
flag of his own. “It will be displayed in our home,” said Cheryl
Day joined the U.S. Army in 1983 and will retire when he returns to
Ft. Riley, Kansas. During his military career, he has been stationed
in Berlin and Hanau,
Germany; Korea, Hawaii, twice in Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Georgia
and most recently at Ft. Riley.
His most memorable life experiences include, first and foremost,
meeting his wife and having their daughters, Alison and Casey. As for
the military career, he was at the Pentagon during 9-1-1 and he was
stationed in Berlin during the Cold War. “Quite an experience,” he
And in Iraq, he said the U.S. soldiers are always doing a good job.
It’s hard work trying to get the Iraqis to keep pace with the U.S.
soldiers. They are laid back and it’s hard to get them on the same
to show them what ‘right’ looks like - a democracy, civil rights
and treating people fairly.
He noted that in some regions in northeastern Iraq people are more
friendly. “You don’t have to worry so
much,” he said. “In the Shia and Sunni areas, they are fighting us
with IEDs, RBGs and small arms fire. You
can’t even feel safe in the ‘green zone’ because they are still
able to attack with rocket mortar and suicide bombers.”
He noted that this war is much different than Vietnam because the
American people are supporting their soldiers. “It’s not the
soldier’s fault he’s there.”
His 10-man team received packages from everywhere. “It was
tremendous,” Day said. “We received packages that
held cookies, games, books.” He added that he tried to write to
anyone who sent the gifts. “It helps a lot.”
Attending the presentations at Bethel Community Center were Day’s
wife Cheryl, their two children,
Alison and Casey; Ellen Day and Cheryl’s parents, Howard and Vivian
Marty, and her brother, Tom Marty.
Living Eyed for Monroe County Care Center
by Arlean Selvy
“We can do some studies and decide later,” said Bob
Reed, speaking to county commissioners June 5 about
the possibility of adding an assisted living unit at
Monroe County Care Center.
Reed said Westwood Landing Assisted Living has
impacted the care center. He believes the addition of
at least 12 units for assisted living would help the
operation, although, he said, “I think things are
still going well ...”
According to discussion, elderly individuals who
cannot afford assisted living are entering care
centers. He said assisted living units at Monroe
County Care Center would offer a cost alternative and
the rates can be kept lower.
“People cannot live in a community without a spouse
to care for them ...” said Reed. He said there are
times when people are forced to leave their homes and
live in nursing homes.
Westwood Landing, a privately owned assisted living
facility, filled up fast, he said. “Nobody wants to
leave home. People just want to know somebody is
looking out for their mom and dad,” said Reed.
Reed indicated there is a possibility that Medicaid
could help in assisted living costs.
Commissioners appeared receptive to the proposal.
“I think it would definitely benefit the seniors,”
said County Commissioner Bill Thompson.
Commissioners, following the meeting, walked the
grounds at the care center and toured the building,
located on CR27.
An assisted living unit at Monroe County Care Center
is not a new idea. It has been suggested to
commissioners in the past but found its way to the back burner.
by Arlean Selvy
Cemetery funds, alumni weekend and the water supply
were on the agenda last week for Woodsfield council.
Supt. Terry Comstock, water and sewer department,
reported the water supply in the upper dam is two to
three feet down. He said he is making arrangements to
obtain water from a former source.
On a motion by Councilman Paul Byers, cemetery funds
in the amount of $79,000 will be transferred to
WesBanco at five percent interest per month for five
In another matter concerning the cemetery, Mayor Bill
Bolon mentioned pouring a concrete slab to be used
during veterans services. Currently a removable
platform is used. Byers, a member of council’s
cemetery committee, will take the suggestion to the
Cemetery Board for its consideration.
The third reading of an ordinance which will result
in reducing the cost of electric power to the village
was passed 4-0. Absent were councilwomen Carol Hehr
and Sheila Stollar.
Supt. Floyd Longwell, Woodsfield Municipal Power,
told council members he has been offered Christmas
decorations, free of charge, that must be removed from
a building which Longaberger is selling. The
decorations had been purchased from the company and
the new owner, John Stubbs, a representative of
American Light, must remove them from the building. He
has offered all or a portion of the decorations to
Woodsfield. Longwell, who said the decorations were
described as “very nice” said he plans to look at
them and is making arrangement for a truck to haul
them to Woodsfield.
Cheryl Keylor and Donna Parr asked about traffic
control and hanging of banners for the annual
Woodsfield alumni weekend. According to Bolon, the
village had already received permission from ODOT to
close certain streets and arrangements were underway
for preparation of, and cleanup after, the event.
Parr announced the parade time and said a police escort would be
appreciated. Parade line-up is at 7 p.m.
Typical Garden Variety Therapy
George Pool and Ken Boitnott constructed this raised
garden at Monroe County Care Center. It was filled
with dirt and the planting began. George and Ken are
shown planting as Rosemary Kaiser and Mike Perteroti,
director of therapy, watch.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
“This is not your typical garden variety therapy,”
said Mike Perteroti, Director of Therapy at the Monroe County Care
Residents of the care center will be gardening all
Ken Boitnott, formerly of Beallsville, and George
Pool, formerly of Brownsville, are residents of Monroe County Care
Center. Together, the two built a raised garden from treated wood.
Neither men are strangers to working in a garden. Ken has always had a
garden and George raised a garden on his beef cattle farm, which he
worked for 56 years.
The raised garden was chosen, noted Perteroti,
because it is wheel chair accessible which enables
more of the residents to get involved and enjoy
working in the garden.
The residents also have a small plot in which they
will raise vegetables like corn, cucumbers, pumpkins and sunflowers,
that take more room to grow.
In their raised bed, they planted tomatoes, cabbage,
green peppers, squash and broccoli. Some of the tomato plants were
started from seed.
According to Perteroti, the garden allows residents
to cultivate new ideas with an integrative therapeutic team approach–
They planned the garden and determined their needs.
The garden incorporates occupational therapy with
functional activity and strength; physical therapy
helping with balance and gait; and speech therapy
through cognitive planning.
So, no, this is certainly not your typical garden
variety of therapy.
(read the full obituary in the paper)
E. Cleveland, 74, Lewisville, died June 6, 2007. She was born
Sept. 19, 1932, in Franklin Township, a daughter of the late William
T. Hines and
Mable Highman Hines. Online condolences may be expressed at
A. Moore, 67, 515 Plum St., Summerfield, died June 8, 2007, at
Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was
born Nov. 6, 1939, at Summerfield, a son of the late Harry T. and
Louella Barnes Moore.
Online condolences expressed at
R. Pittman, 87, Belmont, died June 7, 2007, at his home. He was
born June 22, 1919, in Centerville, a
son of the late William Henry Pittman and Amanda Palmer Pittman.
Beatrice Beck Bates, 98, 51133 Glady Rd., Summerfield, died June
7, 2007, at Brewster Parke Nursing Home, where she received excellent
the staff. She was born Jan. 21, 1909, in Otsego, Ohio, a daughter of
the late Maurice and Melinda Pryor Armstrong. Online condolences
E. Hill, Jr., 45, 44925 Carlisle Rd., Caldwell, Carlisle
Community, died June 10, 2007, following injuries received in a
four-wheeler accident in Noble County. He was born Aug. 30, 1961, at
Cambridge, a son
of Laverna Robinson Hickenbottom of Summerfield, and the late Glen
Hill, Sr. Online condolences may be expressed at:
Missy Leigh Riley, 26, Powhatan Point, was called home to be with
the Lord on a bright and sunny
morning, June 9, 2007. She was born June 12, 1980 in Bellaire.
Brannon, 93, of Woods-field Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,
Woodsfield, died June 11, 2007
at the center. Arrangements are pending at Watters Funeral Home,
Matthew Hunt, infant son of Matthew and Nicole Hunt, passed on to
his heavenly home, May 31,v2007, at Doctor’s Hospital, Columbus.
By Denny Easterling
As the man says, “Keep doing wrong and sooner or
later you will get caught.”
Its a sad henhouse when the hen crows louder than
Well, schools out and now what do you do? We were
always turned out before Decoration Day which was the
30th of May until the powers that be decided we
actually needed a long weekend for some reason or
another, it was also changed to Memorial Day which is
probably a better name to cover the celebrations and
memories of the day. Then, every day we should say a
prayer for those men and women serving in our armed
forces allowing us to live under the freedom we do.
As you have guessed we looked forward to Decoration
Day when we were required to go to school nine months,
and married ladies were not allowed to teach school.
By the time school was out in the spring, several of
my friends could walk on hay stubble, gravel road,
etc. with no shoes. It is said they wore their first
pair of shoes in the fall from the inside out, which
really isnt so, their socks maybe.
On kind of a dare, I carried a jug of water to my
brother who was working in the hayfield. If you want
something to make you want to wear shoes this is near
the top of the list. My buddy, who made the dare,
traveled along as you would on the smooth sidewalk, I
prefer to wear my shoes from the outside in. This I
learned at an early age.
In government, the next step after planned economy is
Believe this? You do not see or hear much about the
pork that was hooked on to the money voted to support
our troops. I wonder why? We were promised a change in
the way things were done. This is a change. Never miss
a chance to slip in a little pork.
If both sides made you laugh you are broadminded.
Listen to the news very often? Kind of makes you
wonder what this old world is coming to. Who in their
right mind would want to be President of the USA? He
(or she) gets blamed for everything that is wrong.
Some dont want to take responsibility for anything.
For example, shoot someone and blame the gun factory
for making the gun. The manufacturer didnt point and
pull the trigger.
Tobacco companies are responsible for the problems
caused by my smoking and they should pay. Now there is
a push to have Health Care Policies pay for helping
folks to stop smoking, I said, I quit. I did, and no
one was hooked on cigarettes any worse than me. I also
did the same with Mail Pouch. So it can be done.
There also seems to be any number of things that can
cause some of our youth do what they do today. I have
been very fortunate. I feel the youth Ive been
associated with over the years are what you would call
top of the line. All have been a pleasure to be around
and work with. As I observe some of them today- makes
me certain I am right.
Then I look back and wonder how we turned out so
well. We didnt have video games but we played cops
and robbers. We werent bashful about shooting a
robber or a cop. Bang, bang youre dead, and you
were expected to fall down dead. Sometimes it changed
to cowboys and Indians. Actually, the game was about
the same just the characters changed, both involved
shooting and killing. At certain times cap guns made
things more realistic, when caps were available. I
wonder how many kids today know what a cap gun is. We
had a six shooter and an automatic that used a roll of
caps. We could really shoot it up then.
When we got our BB guns, it was a different story. We
didnt use them to play cops and robbers, however, a
good buddy of mine has been carrying a BB around in
his cheek for the last 65 years or so. Birds and cats
became big targets then.
I probably shouldnt tell this, but we lived in a big
old brick house with a mess of vines growing up one
side. In addition, there was a half dozen maple trees
along the front. In the evening the vines were the
roosting spot for just about all the sparrows in town.
I got the bright idea to take my flashlight and BB gun
out to the side of the house to see if I could
spotlight me some sparrows. I could and I did. I
didnt have to worry about picking up the sparrows as
we always had plenty of cats around.
I heard one of our recent high school graduates got a steady job -
changing the price of gasoline of all the service stations in town.
You are welcome at the church of your choice. Be
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 65:1-8; (Tues.) II Kings 15:32-36; from
Isaiah (Wed.) 6:1-18; (Thurs.) 58:6-12; (Fri.) 40:1-5; (Sat.) 1:10-14;