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 June 7, 2007 Edition

<Ormet Corp. Hires VP of Operations



Ormet Corp., a top U.S. producer of aluminum, announced May 29 it has hired Mike Griffin as the organizations vice-president of operations. He will
assume his new duties effective in early June. Griffin will be responsible for the operations at Ormet's Hannibal reduction plant.
Griffin joins Ormet from Alcoa Primary Metals in Massena, N.Y., where he most recently served as the manufacturing manager for the 123,000 metric tonne
smelting and casting facility. He also served in other managerial capacities while at Alcoa, including plant
manager of the Alcoa Carbon Products facility in Lake Charles, La.
Mike has the experience, knowledge and leadership to help us move the Hannibal operation forward, said Mike Tanchuk, Ormets chief executive officer. He
shares our philosophy in working together with the union and our community.
Prior to joining Alcoa, Griffin held various managerial roles at Reynolds Metals Company and has over 20 years experience in the metals industry.
Headquartered in Hannibal, Ormet Corp. is a major U.S. producer of aluminum, aluminum billet products and smelter-grade alumina. Ormet employs about 1,000 people.

<New Church to be Dedicated

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At left, the new Locust Grove Church which will be dedicated June 10. The former church, above, was
destroyed by fire on April 19, 2003. It was 99 years
old.
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by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

The 99-year-old Locust Grove Church was destroyed by fire on April 19, 2003. The small congregation, going on the faith of God, began rebuilding immediately.
A dedication service for the new Locust Grove Church will be held on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. There will
be special singing and preaching.
According to Janet Ritchie of Sardis, a member of the church, information on the history of the church was lost in the fire.
Eight members have gone on to be ministers and one is studying to be a minister. During the rebuilding years, the church members met at Midway School.
Drew McPeek is the current minister of Locust Grove Church.

<Hansen Retires as Director, County Board of Elections 
Margaret Hansen, left, accepts a certificate of
recognition from Marilyn Ashcraft, Southeast Ohio
Regional Liaison for State Auditor Mary Taylor. Hansen retired May 31 as Director of the Board of Elections
Photo by Martha Ackerman


by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

After 16 -and-a-half years and over 30 elections, Margaret Marie Hansen has retired. She started her career with the Board of Elections on Feb. 1, 1991.
Her retirement was official May 31.
Marilyn Ashcraft, Southeast Ohio Regional Liaison for Auditor of State Mary Taylor, visited Monroe County
May 30 to present Hansen with a certificate of recognition. The document reads: Director Margaret Hansen, In honor and recognition of
your retirement as the Director of the Board of Elections. Your sixteen years of hard work and continued dedication to your community are truly commendable. Your presence and vast knowledge will
surely be missed. In a personal letter, Taylor extended her sincerest
congratulations to Hansen and wrote: Your 16 years of service and dedication to the citizens of your community is truly commendable. Taylor congratulated
Hansen on her retirement and wished her success in future endeavors.
Margaret Hansen was named Deputy Director under Shirley Hamilton, with whom she worked until Hamiltons retirement in 1999. Hansen was named
director in February and Ann Block was appointed to serve as deputy director.
The work has been interesting, said Hansen, and it used to be fun. She noted that with all the new laws and changes in the elections office, work has become
complicated and time driven.
Hansen worked for eight years under Bob Taft and for eight years under Ken Blackwell.
Asked about retirement plans, Hansen is focused on only one - taking her granddaughter, Kelci Antill, to
Ireland.
A first grandchild is special, and thats what Kelci is. As a child, Kelci spent special time with her grandma. They sang together, danced around the room together and in general, had fun.
When Kelci was about four years old, I told her I would take her on a grand tour when she graduated, said Hansen noting they would go see the castles.
Kelci graduates this year - and grandma is keeping her word.
It was funny the way it happened. We hadn't talked about [the trip] - but she remembered, said Hansen.
Hansen explained that she and her daughter, Cindy, were enjoying a full day of shopping and relaxation
when she asked Cindy, What's best for Kelci's graduation - gift or money?
Pausing, Cindy answered, You'd better talk to Kelci.
Finally, Cindy told her mother that Kelci had been talking about a trip to Ireland.
Grandma said shed take me to Ireland to see the castles when I graduate, Kelci told her mom prior to graduation.
We hadn't talked about it, said Hansen, her eyes twinkling, but Kelci remembered.
Preparations have been made for Hansen and Kelci to depart for Ireland on Sept. 1. Hansen said they'll be pushing it, because Kelci starts school at Washington State Community College on Sept. 10 and the two will return on Sept. 8.
Hansen's face lights up when she talks about the trip and the castles she and her first grandchild will see together. A promise kept to a four-year-old. The first in a line of fun things Hansen will discover as she travels through retirement.

<Seidler Awarded Star of Life

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by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
While Woodsfield resident Jeff Seidler was working as a paramedic for Zanesville Ambulance Service, he and another employee were called for mutual aid to the Gratiot Volunteer Emergency Squad.
An elderly man was pulseless, noted Seidler, and was brought back, “a code save,” explained the paramedic.
For their efforts, Gratiot EMS squad chief nominated the men for the “Star of Life” award which is presented at the annual Emergency Medical Services
Dinner, sponsored by Genesis Health Care in Zanesville.
According to Dave Nuttering, organizer of the EMS event, nominations are requested from area squads.
Those submitted are reviewed and selections are made.
The 2006 awards were presented at the dinner, which was held May 24.
According to sources, the gentleman who was ‘pulseless’ is alive and well and driving his car on a daily, routine basis
A 1971 graduate of Woods-field High School, Seidler has volunteered with the Woodsfield Emergency Squad since 1990.
He currently works in the lab at Marietta Health Care Physicians Inc. in Woodsfield.
Seidler and his wife Jo Ellen (Feasel) have two sons, Jason and Jordan, who are attending college.

< Shriners Annual Drive for Children 
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by Martha Ackerman

The Monroe County Shrine Club will have its annual drive for children June 15 and 16. Members will be stationed at the Citizens National Bank and Riesbeck’s Food Market in Woodsfield. Donations will be accepted and members will share a free copy of the Shriners Help Kids newspaper. The club sends 100 percent of all collections to the Shriners organization that supports orthopaedic, spinal cord and burn victims in regional hospitals which include Columbus and Cincinnati and
Erie, Pa. Thanks to the support of volunteers and
donations from community members, these hospitals provide state-of-the-art medical care in a
family-oriented environment at absolutely no cost to the children. Shrine members shown, are: seated,
Virgil Tisher; standing, Larry Fisher and Frank
Gulbransen. New members are welcome. Contact Tisher at 472-1884 for club membership details. 

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

denotes veteran

< Paul F. Piatt, 72, 43190 Dent Rdg. Rd., Woodsfield, died May 30, 2007, at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born May 25, 1935, near
Woodsfield, a son of the late Lorenza and Pearl Hissom Piatt.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com


<Marion M. “Red” Hannahs, 59, 33735 SR 78, Lewisville, died June 5, 2007, at his residence. He was born Dec.
3, 1947, near Batesville, a son of the Grace Morris Hannahs, Quaker City, and the late Samuel Vernon Hannahs.
Online condolence may be expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Violent people deceive their companions, leading them down a harmful path.
A dry crust eaten in peace is better than a great
feast with strife.
What is your problem? I think I heard you complain
about the cold weather not very long ago. After all,
as I am writing its only 87 degrees and its not even
noon yet. As the lady used to say, whats the beef!
Right now, 4:34 p.m. one of my reliable meters is
telling me its 94 on one side of our house and the
other side indicates 115 point eight degrees. I took a break for a nap from the time I wrote above. I think its almost warm enough to start mowing the lawn.
Now back in the good ole days. I remember pitching hay in this kind of weather and hardly raise a sweat.
Ha! On the other hand, just one morning swinging the old mowing scythe, cutting weeds and briars, your clothes looked as though you had been caught out in the rain. The old timers thought you needed a good sweat in the spring to get all the impurities out of your system.
Actually, I dont remember the heat during the summer when I was a kid growing up. We were outside all the time, except to eat and sleep, so I guess we got used to it. We lived in a big brick house that stayed fairly cool during the summer so this wasnt a problem, the problem came during the winter when it was always a few degrees colder in my bedroom than it was outside, except the room with the Warm Morning heater and the kitchen.
Wear short pants? No way! I would never have been caught wearing shorts in public. Only sissies wore shorts in public, so there were very few. This even carried over when I started taking FFA members to camp. When I finally broke down, the campers called me white legs. Now I think nothing of it. I have a picture of our camp session taken in the early eighties and only one camper was wearing shorts. Today since the number of girls attending camp has greatly increased all the campers are wearing shorts. Would have scared me to death if they had dressed this way when I was a kid.
Would you believe when I was in charge of the Morgan County 4-H Camp, the campers were required to dress up every evening to attend Vespers? Had very few complaints as it was a tradition of our camp. Try this now and the ACLU would jump down your back in a hurry.
OK, we couldn't square dance but we played a lot of folk games in square circles every evening.
I dont know why or how I got into this camping mood but I guess after attending 125 or more camp sessions with youth I have some pleasant memories, some on the funny side. For example, three of the older boys who were counselors decided they were going to sneak out of their cabins at night and talk to some girls in the girls area. They tried to keep it a secret, but you'd be surprised what you find out if you keep your mouth shut and ears open.
When they arrived at the girls cabin old Dad was
close by and let out a squall and they took off. I
didnt find out until after camp one of the boys, who
weighed at least 200 pounds, ran smack dab head on into a large tree full stream. I still laugh every
time I think about it. Indian type campfires ended each day. there is nothing to compared to sitting around the campfire that has been lighted by a different method each night. Each of the four tribes had several things to do during the campfire, a song, a challenge, a cheer, and a stunt, all new every night. Campfire ended with some Indian stories and group singing. Campfire developed a lot of traditions, once a Delaware always a Delaware. It makes it all worth while when a former camper tells you she wished her daughter could be part
of the campfires we used to have and hear the stories.
This from a camper who cried almost all the time her first year at camp but was determined not to let
homesickness get the best of her. I had a set of twins one camp session, one crying to stay, the other crying to go home. Mama took them home.
I taught eight years with a teacher who had attended
at least 10 of our 4-H camp sessions and served as a leader in several sessions.
Technology has taken over our world today so I kind of doubt if the Indian tradition is being used in
camps much today. Maybe its for the best.
I wonder, however, have you seen the promo for the new reality TV show? Pirate Master Sixteen pirates are on a pirate ship hunting for loot or treasure. when they find it they will have to lie, cheat and steal to keep it. How real is this? Maybe more than they think. No way do I plan to watch.
One more thing. Due to the hot, dry weather a goodly number of families are hauling water from our water station here in Lewisville. There are also several evenings a ballgame is going on nearby. There is a nice roadway past the water station. My question is why do a few attending the ballgame park in this roadway making it more difficult for those hauling water to get to the water? Tonight there were three cars parked in the road. Dont say put up signs because no parking signs just dont work in Lewisville, we dont park, we stop.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not
thus handicapped.
A man may have more money than brains, but not for long.
Bible readings: (Mon.) II Kings 15:8-12; all from
Hosea (Tues.) 14; (Wed.) 11:1-15; (Thurs.) 11:6-11; (Fri.) 4:1-5; (Sat.) 7:1-7; (Sun.) 12:5-10.