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June 28, 2007 Edition
Named District Assistant Superintendent
by Arlean Selvy
A new assistant superintendent for the Switzerland of Ohio School
District was hired at the June 21 meeting of the school board.
George Richardson, hired in April of 2006 as principal at Powhatan
Elementary, will assume the position effective July 1. He has 41 years
experience in education and administration.
“I look forward to it,” said Richardson, “I’ve done it
Twice retired, Richardson said, “I still like kids and I still like
to work.” He said he has enjoyed working at Powhatan Elementary,
“There’s good people
here,” he said.
Richardson made note that the priority now is to find someone to be
principal at Powhatan.
He said District Superintendent Larry Elliott has set goals for the
district and that he wants to do what he can to help reach those
goals. “Every district is
different and has its own issues,” said Richardson, noting the
geographic size of the Switzerland of Ohio in itself creates issues
with regard to bussing.
As an aside, he also made note that District Supt. Larry Elliott was
one of his students in Flushing.
Richardson served in administration in the Bellaire school system as
principal, supervisor, assistant superintendent and six years as
He also worked at the Ohio Valley ESCD as a supervisor, and as
assistant principal of Buckeye Trail.
Richardson’s first teaching job was at Fairpoint where he taught
seventh and eighth grades - he was 19 years old. He explained that in
the 1960s there was a
shortage of teachers and he taught on a Cadet Certificate. Those who
taught with the Cadet Certificate had to pass certain courses and
complete their degrees within two years.
A 1964 graduate of Shadyside High School, Richardson earned his
Bachelor of Science and Education degree
from Ohio University and earned his masters in administration at
He did post graduate work at West Virginia University, the University
of Dayton and Detroit University.
Richardson resides with his wife, Janet, in Shadyside. They have two
grown children, Dr. Jeff Richardson, professor at Columbus State
College and Julie Selmon, Monroe County Common Pleas Court Judge. They
have two grandsons, Brodie and Jack.
Members of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
welcomed Barry and Tim Traver, Traver Enterprises Inc. to the business
community. The store is located at 401 E. Marietta St. in Woodsfield.
Shown, from left, are: front, Mariah and Houston Traver, children of Tim
Traver; back, Vicki Wiley and Melissa Smithberger,
representing the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce; Barry Traver, Loretta
Traver and husband, Tim, and
their daughter Danielle; and Tracey Craig, also
representing the Chamber of Commerce.
by Martha Ackerman
Traver Enterprises Inc., a family owned business,
offers a wide variety of wood furnaces, stoves, pellet stoves and
Tracey Craig, Melissa Smithberger and Vicki Wiley, members of the
Monroe County Chamber of Commerce,
welcomed Tim Traver and his father, Barry, to the business community.
Tim is also well-known through his
Traver Construction business.
“These stoves, furnaces and grills are becoming big items all over
the country,” said Barry.
Traver Enterprises is the local distributor of Shaver and Wood Doctor
outdoor wood furnaces. According to
Barry, Shaver outdoor wood furnaces carry a 20-year warranty. They are
also distributors of Enviro, Drolet, Osburn, Napoleon products that
stoves, wood, pellet and gas, and their accessories.
Barry noted that the wood furnaces can heat multiple dwellings. They
are cheaper than gas and can be adapted to the home using existing
duct work. The
Shaver company, he said, has been in business for over 30 years and
the units are built extremely well to
The Traeger pellet grills are fully automatic and can be used as a
grill, oven or smoker. “You can put a chicken on, set the grill to
medium and never have to
turn the meat. In a couple hours it’s done perfectly,” said Barry.
These grills are available in several sizes ranging from 418 sq.
inches of cooking surface
to a 952 inch surface.
The barbecue pellets are available in a variety of flavors including
hickory, apple, cherry, garlic, maple and mesquite.
Travers also carries a variety of barbecue sauces and spices to flavor
your favorite meats.
Traver Enterprises is also the distributor of 64 Metals, a St.
Louisville, Ohio, manufacturer which makes all types of metal
buildings. Their distributorship covers Monroe, Noble and Belmont
counties. Blueprints come with the buildings for those who want to
do-it-yourself or they can be assembled on your site.
Tim and Barry are offering grand opening specials through July. When
you purchase any indoor heat stove, you will receive a free hearth and
with the purchase of a Traeger Pellet Grill comes a free value kit.
All items are at grand opening pricing!
Storage buildings are available made to order. Summer hours at the
East Marietta Street business are: Tuesday thru Thursday, noon to 5
noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or anytime by appointment
by calling 740-472-5570, 740-934-9508
or 740-934-9384. If you’d like to check out the new pellet grills,
Traver Enterprises will have one set up for
demonstration at Realty Done Right’s June 30 grand reopening. The
BBQ and open house begins at 4 p.m. You
will also see them at several upcoming Monroe County events or you can
stop in at the store to see many of the products available from Traver
Most Influential Person in
My Life’ Wins Scholarship
There is nothing that I love more than beating my
grandpa in a game of cards,” said Dexter Hughes, who won one of the WHS
scholarships with his essay on the most influential person in his life.
Shown with Dexter, right, is his grandpa, Heber Hartshorn.
by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
Dexter Hughes has won one of 11 scholarships
awarded at the 2007 WHS Alumni Dinner June 16. The determining
factor was an essay he wrote, “The Most Influential Person in My
Life.” The essay pays tribute to his “Poppy,” Heber Hartshorn
Growing up in the small town that I did, I wasn’t exposed to very
many things. When I was younger, I had the “normal” grade school
kid’s life. I would wait for
summer to come every year and dread going back to school. One thing
that I loved about summer time was
being able to spend time with my grandparents. For me, it was amazing
getting to spend every summer day with
them. I got to see what it was that they did all day and I became very
close to both of them. For a young boy, there are no two people in
life that are stronger
than your Dad and your Grandpa. I had hung out and spent time with my
Dad all of the time and the summer was the time for me to get close
with my “Poppy.”
We did normal things during the summer like clean the house for
“Nanny” and sometimes we cooked dinner. But,
the fondest memories that I have with my Grandpa were the times that
we spent at the lake. Nanny and Poppy used to camp a lot and there was
nothing that I loved
more than going to the lake and staying weeks at a time. My Grandpa
and I would fish all day and then come back to a great meal my Grandma
had prepared for us. During dinner, we would share the great
“huge” fish stories that really never happened, and we would talk
about the “big one” that always seemed to slip
right through our fingers. These times of my life have proved to be
some of the most memorable for me; I will never forget them.
Finally, when I became a little older, I was able to spend the summers
alone, but that didn’t stop me from going to see my grandparents.
Growing up made it
easier for us to start doing “adult” things like playing cards.
Little did I know my grandpa was also a card shark. Honestly, to this
day, there is nothing that I love more than beating my grandpa in a
game of cards. The only bad thing was my grandpa seemed to be tired
all of the time and didn’t want to fish or be outside as much. It
turns out that in the summer of my sophomore year, my grandpa was
diagnosed with cancer.
At this point, I was old enough to know what cancer was and how it
happens, yet I still couldn’t grasp how it got to my Poppy, who was
one of the strongest,
healthiest men that I have ever known.
Now I realize that cancer isn’t the end of the world, but to look
into my grandpa’s eyes for those terrible 11 months, I wasn’t able
to tell. He wasn’t the same
person at all. He had no energy and he didn’t seem like the same
happy-go-lucky guy that everyone in Woodsfield knew him to be. It
killed me to walk up
town and have people ask me how my grandpa was doing because I don’t
think that I had yet accepted the fact
that he could leave me any day. It was a very emotional event that
kept me up many nights. It was awful to think that tomorrow Poppy
could be gone.
Because this man decided to fight it and not give up is why he is the
most influential person in my life.
He battled one of the leading causes of death in our world today and
won. This alone makes me realize how strong of a person that my
grandfather had to be.
Constantly having him on my mind made it somewhat difficult to
concentrate in academics and athletics.
Maybe he wasn’t there for some of the games, but that didn’t
matter, it felt like he was there because every
time I put on a uniform, I put it on for him.
A funny story comes to mind when I think about my grandpa and sports.
I played quarterback for Monroe Central High School and after every
game I would walk into the garage and get greeted by everyone saying
“Great game” and “Amazing job.” There was no better
feeling though than that of the one I got when I saw my grandpa and I
heard a “You sucked out there tonight, how did you guys win that
game?” followed by
a huge commotion of laughter, he would take me in his arms and in that
moment I felt like we was back at the lake catching “huge” fish in
the Ruthie II0. He had a
way of doing that, making me feel like I was a small boy again, and no
other man I know can do that to me.
My grandpa didn’t have it easy after the cancer went away. There was
always the constant worry that we all had that it would come back
again. It has been a good year since he was considered “in the
clear” but now we are not so sure. I recently found out that at a
routine check-up they found another tumor inside of his stomach. It
kills me to think that I am going to have to see my grandpa go through
all of that again, because I know that it is going to simply start to
take its toll.
Like I said, he is the strongest man I know, but even he has to be a
little skeptical about this time around. While keeping his positive
attitude, my Poppy
is the most influential person that I’ve ever known.
He has inspired me to never give up in anything that I do, and with me
playing college football, I get that a lot. Hopefully, he can get
through this road block that God has put in front of him so I can hear
those famous words when I come off the field, “You Sucked.”
Dexter, a sophomore at Marietta College, is starting quarterback for
the Panther football team.
(read the full obituary in the paper)
< Gerald E. Green, 79, 33900 Cronin Creek
Rd., Lewisville, died June 21, 2007, at Marietta Memorial
Hospital. He was born May 2, 1928, near Woodsfield, a son of the late
Nova and Gladys Hendershot Green.
Online condolences may be expressed at
< Ines A. Yockey, 94, Dover, died June 11 in
Carroll Golden Age Retreat. She was born in Graysville, a daughter of
the late Oath and Matilda McGilton Vess,
and has been a resident of the East Sparta and Dover areas since 1943.
Online condolences may be made to
<Stanley Robert Brandon, Sr., Beallsville,
died peacefully at home on May 29, 2007. He was born near
Cleve-land in 1926, a son of the late Matthew and Frances Brandon.
<Elizabeth S. Kremer, 93, formerly of
Woodsfield and Senecaville, died April 9, 2007, in Ft. Myers, Fla. She
was born June 26, 1913.
By Denny Easterling
Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged;
parents are the pride of their children.
Eloquent speech is not fitting for a fool; even less
are lies fitting for a ruler.
Wow! Here it is the last of June and I think I’ve
only mowed my lawn a couple or three times. My corn,
if I had any, would not be knee high by July 4.
July 4, Independence Day, is a time to celebrate,
parade, set off fireworks and thank God for our
The organization, Library Life-time Learners, are
planning an old fashioned July 4 celebration on the
library lawn and gazebo. They would like for you to
bring your lawn chair and join the celebration. I
understand you could also bring a picnic if you want.
I’m not sure what all has been planned for the
celebration, but I’m sure you would enjoy the
fellowship and helping to celebrate our independence.
The program starts at 6:30 p.m. See you there? Perhaps
there are more details elsewhere in the paper.
Once again, the Woodsfield Alumni celebration was a
big success. Just shows you what can happen when a
group gets together and decides to do something. It’s
sad we do not have that same spirit countywide and we
wouldn’t have our students attending classes in
wheeless trailers and a building which state experts
claim one of our schools has one of or the worse
buildings in the state of Ohio. Make you proud? We now
want to move back into the Woods-field High School.
Why not go all the way and reopen Lewisville,
Graysville, Bethel and Skyvue? Bethel building is now
in much better shape than it was when students
attended. Nothing much can be accomplished by looking
or moving backward. OK, I’ll climb off my soapbox for
The Happy Hearts once again kicked off the Alumni
Celebra-tion. While listening to their singing in
front of the courthouse, it dawned on me this was only
the second time I had heard them sing. Once, a good
while ago, when they sang for a retired teachers
Somehow, I was asked to join the group, probably
because I have such an outstanding singing voice, and
have been a part of the group ever since. When you
sing with a group I never get the full effect. Unless
I remove my hearing aids all I hear is the person on
each side. Even my own voice does not sound the same
While standing there listening to this group, I
realized what an excellent group of singers they are.
You could just tell from the expressions on their
face, every member was singing from their heart for
Only one bad thing, only one person asked me, “Don’t
you sing with this group? Oh, by the way, new members
are always welcome to join the Happy Hearts. The only
requirement, you enjoy singing. This is one of the
most enjoyable groups I’ve been a part of.
Back on the soapbox again. I was standing, enjoying
the program. However, I was standing near a group of
folks who were enjoying the fellowship by visiting
talking nearly non-stop through the whole program.
Fellowship is one of the values of a get together such
as this, but it should not bother someone who is
listening to the program. Just another one of those
little things that show lack of respect.
Hot enough for you? Every-one you meet the past
several weeks has something to say about the hot
weather. So what else is new? I think you remember I
told you how hot it was when I was a kid. It was so
hot it popped all the corn in the fields. There was so
much popped corn piled over the ground we had to get
the state truck to come in and plow our lane so we
could get to town. We even had a donkey back then that
thought all that white stuff was snow and froze to
They also told the story I don’t think was true. The
story that was gong around said all the creeks dried
up and when it finally did rain all the catfish drown.
I don’t quite believe this but I know it was really
hot and dry when our hens started laying hard boiled
Oh, I almost forgot to mention. The One-A-Chord group
that followed the Happy Hearts is one of the better
quartets around. They really do an excellent job. I
moved to my car, rolled up the window, to cut off the
talkers and enjoyed the singing. We got there early
and were able to park in front of the courthouse.
Something always happens to spoil your fun. Property
tax bills have been mailed. You still have plenty of
time to dig up the dough, although I like to get it
over with as quickly as possible. It hurts less.
I understand we will be voting on a 50 cent increase
on our phone bill for enhanced 911 in the county. Good
old Monroe County is only one of a couple or three
counties that do not have this available. Make you
proud? Name something you can buy for 50 cents. A pack
of gum? Maybe if there aren’t too many sticks of gum
in the package. If the E-Squad is needed or an
accident happens, 50 cents is a small price to pay to
get the needed help as quickly as possible. The life
saved could be yours.
If a person finds no peace within themselves, it is
useless to seek it elsewhere.
He who knows nothing is confident of everything.
Church Sunday? Come join your friends.
Woops, I almost forgot. The cost of a bottle of pop
from one of the pop machines would pay for a little
over 28 percent of your total cost of the extra 50
cents tacked on to your phone bill for a year. Not
Bible readings: (Mon.) Luke 14:15-24; (Tues.) Isaiah
25:-10; (Wed.) Isaiah 61:1-6; (Thurs.) Isaiah 61:7-10;
(Fri.) II Corinthians 9:10-15; (Sat.) Isaiah 55:1-5;
(Sun.) Isaiah 55:6-1.