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March 20, 2008 Edition
Discussions in County, Village
by Arlean Selvy
"Where we are now and how we got here is pretty much
water under the bridge," said Jeff Woodell, Woodsfield's village
"The village and the county now need to work in a professional manner
to resolve this situation as amicably as possible."
Woodell read these words in a prepared statement to
Monroe County commissioners March 10 as they discussed
Woodsfield EMS becoming a village entity.
Squad members requested and were granted status under
the village at the March 4 village council meeting.
Woodell said the village didn't want the squad to
break down into two or three members.
"I want to be perfectly clear in stating that the
Village of Woodsfield never solicited the Woodsfield
EMS to become a village entity," said Woodell. "My
office has been in contact various times with various
members since early January when they approached
council about becoming a village entity. I have
personally and as village administrator encouraged
them to work out their problems and remain in the
"This issue may very well be the most defining moment
in all of your tenure as county commissioners,"
Woodell continued. "The decisions made by you in
regard to this matter may live as your legacy and I
encourage you to make a serious effort to resolve it
in a way that is beneficial to the entire county. This
is not the time to settle old scores, hold grudges or
make knee jerk decisions. The burden is on us to
ensure that the fine E-squad care that this county has
grown accustomed to is uninterrupted."
The March 17 meeting of Woodsfield Village Council
saw more discussion about Woodsfield EMS when Carl
Merckle, EMS Association coordinator, spoke to council
In the final analysis, Mayor Bill Bolon noted there
are three options:
1) Everything stays as is. He indicated this is not
an option the Woodsfield E-squad would like.
2) Everything would stay the same except the E-squad
would be under the village (a village entity) instead
of commissioners. The result would be that any issues
with, or by, the squad would come before council
instead of county commissioners. The Coordinator would
work with council instead of commissioners. In
essence, the village would be the buffer for
Woodsfield E-squad. All the money would continue to
funnel through commissioners to distribute to squads.
The village would not take a nickel of the money
3) The E-squad could completely split off and
monetary gain would not be seen by any other squad.
According to discussion, Option No. 2 has been
proposed to county commissioners. It was also
proposed to the Association at a meeting Saturday,
"I think this is a feasible solution," said Woodell
of Option 2. He asked Merckle if he agreed.
"Yes," said Merckle. How-ever, he noted he would have
to take the information to the association and to
commissioners. He said he works for the commissioners
as the liaison between commissioners and the EMS
Merckle noted the association will meet April 8 and
will vote at that time.
"It's hard to believe the Association would turn
this offer down," said Bolon, noting the only
difference would be the village is the buffer.
"We voted to take the squad as an entity, not to
withdraw from the association," said Woodell. He noted
there is more than one way to handle the situation.
"You know there's a big problem," said Woodell.
"That's why I'm here," answered Merckle.
"Some of these problems are so huge that the bridges
have been burned behind us," said Woodell. Merckle
"I don't think we're ever going to be able to say,
okay, let's just all go back to how it was," continued
Merckle commented association members say it has
worked for 30 years, and it's been working just fine.
"We're here tonight because it isn't working just
fine, Carl," interjected Bolon.
Merckle indicated he will take the proposal to the
association and commissioners.
One-of-a-kind items sold on E-Bay
Woodsfield Police are continuing their investigation
into the theft of a large number of Longaberger
baskets, Fenton glassware and other items from a
Liberty Avenue home.
Robert "Bob" and Sally Myers reported on Feb. 28 that
their home had been entered and the items taken.
According to Police Chief Chuck Hamilton, some of the
Fenton pieces are one-of-a-kind.
The Chief said his department searched two Woodsfield
homes Friday, March 14, and recovered two truckloads
of stolen items from one of the residents. Hamilton
declined to release names. Nearly all the Fenton and
Longaberger items have been sold on E-Bay.
Hamilton expected to meet with Prosecuting Attorney
Lynn Riethmiller this week regarding what charges will
Workforce Developer Shares Vision for Monroe with Kiwanians
without action, is a daydream. Action,
without vision, is a nightmare."
With those words, Tom Scott, workforce/economic
developer, wrapped up a speech and a challenge to
Woodsfield Kiwanis members and, in essence, to the
citizens of Monroe County .
Scott, at a recent Kiwanis meeting, touched on his
observations of Monroe County since beginning his own
challenge as Workforce/Economic Developer. He shared
with club members his activities to date,
recommendations and visions of the future.
Concerning his observations, Scott said, "Residents
of Monroe County believe in Monroe County, many very
passionately." However, he added, in too many
instances "they do not believe in one another, or in
"We need to work together - every facet of our
county," said Scott. "We need to remember that not
everyone can be the team pitcher or shortstop. Some
need to be the right-fielder or play another
position." He made note that the county must
prioritize and market its most significant assets.
According to Scott's observations, the exclusive
county asset is the work ethic. "It is this in which
we must take pride and which we must market." He
commented on underutilized assets including Commerce
Park , the river, railroads and the airport. Also
mentioned was Broadband. "We need to assist in
maintaining and expanding this entity," he said.
"We need to initiate actions to properly respond to
the urgency of our county to enhance
economic/workforce development. I get the feeling that
perhaps these assets were not properly prioritized in
the past," he said.
"While our Commerce Park is an existing entity, it
lacks rail," commented Scott. "This statement is not
demeaning," he added, "it represents a fact - it
simply equates to the realization that our list of
potential candidates to utilize our park is somewhat
diminished. It also means we must give expanded
consideration to those who demonstrate an interest in
Commerce Park ."
Scott explained the name for the "Community
Development Committee" created prior to his arrival in
Monroe, has been changed to "Team Monroe." He has
recommended that high school students be added to its
membership as well as adding members who would enhance
an �all county� flavor. He wants also to recruit small
business owners and residents who have demonstrated a
value-added potential and/or a true passion for Monroe
Team Monroe meetings will be held in various
locations throughout the county. To date, four
subcommittees have been formed: infrastructure,
marketing, transportation and education.
The immediate vision of Scott and Team Monroe is:
� To elevate their web site and other marketing tools
to a level equal to or superior to other economic
development efforts in surrounding counties and
� Infuse a sense of urgency in marketing Commerce
Park and the Black Walnut Center.
� Channel energies and appreciation of existing
airport, via needed expansion and improvement.
� Educate residents that �change� is not a
four-letter word, that change must evolve if we are to
realize our economic potential.
� To explore and vigorously pursue every funding
vehicle, such as grants, available to us to assist in
achieving our goals.
The long term vision is:
� To have employers who will offer young people a
viable option of leaving or staying, with
opportunities for financial success on an even keel
with outside employment opportunities.
� A tax base that will allow us to provide buildings
and amenities that will ensure those who want
secondary educations to have the opportunity on an
equal status with any school district; and have
facilities that house secondary educational
�We do not profess to bring all the answers to the
table,� said Scott. �We will strenuously encourage
those answers to be forthcoming as a result of our
total Team Monroe approach.� He said the team will
prioritize and apply generous portions of compromise.
�The fact of the matter is we�re not even aware of all
the questions associated with the task at hand.�
Kiwanians welcomed Scott, along with Deb Haney,
director, Job and Family Services, and Nikki Baker,
financial consultant, as new Kiwanis Club members.
In other club business, Ruth Workman, president,
reminded members of the Annual Kiwanis Talent Show
slated for March 18 at Swiss Hills Career Center at
6:30 p.m. Committee members include Dan Lallathin,
chairman, Pandora Neuhart, Dave Phillips and Karena
The Scholarship Banquet will be held April 22 at
Swiss Hills Career Center. Guest speaker is State Rep.
<~ Chamber Office
Has New Location ~
Workman, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
secretary, invites everyone to visit the new offices
located at 117 North Main Street in Woodsfield, across
the alley from the Courthouse. Also housed in the new
location is the Cancer Resource Center. The Chamber
office is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday. A formal open house is being
planned for April 25. Other chamber upcoming events
are the Chamber dinner, March 20, and the Know Show,
April 5 & 6. Photo by Martha Ackerman
Oil and Gas
Industry Benefits Landowners and County
Fourth in a Series on the Oil & Gas Industry in Monroe County
owner of Profit Energy, Carl "Bud" Rousenberg is
one of the leading oil and gas producers in Monroe
County. The dark areas on this map, as pointed out by
Rousenberg, indicate the location of the many oil and
gas wells in the county. For the last several years,
Monroe County has led Ohio in oil and gas permits
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
Most information was derived from an interview with
local producer, Carl Rousenberg
"Free gas benefits a lot of people in Monroe County,"
said Carl "Bud" Rousenberg, one of Monroe County's
leading producers in the oil and gas industry. "People
who have free gas have that extra money to spend
elsewhere. Through leased property and royalties the
county itself also benefits."
Rousenberg's interest in the oil and gas industry
developed in the mid seventies. He was working at
Ormet in management at the time. Feeling there was
not the job security that he wished to have for his
family, Rousenberg wanted to develop an alternative to
his plant employment.
Carl and his wife Lynn bought a farm in 1974 that had
an oil and gas well on the property, but the land was
already under lease to an outside company. It was a
producing well, but according to Rousenberg, oil was
only going for $4.75 a barrel at the time, bringing
little revenue in from the royalties, but it did bring
free gas to his home.
Little by little, Rousenberg�s interest in the oil
and gas industry sparked and ignited and around 1980
he decided to open an oilfield supply store, known as
Jerusalem Store, Inc., selling oil and gas well
equipment to not only local oil and gas producers, but
companies drilling and operating in our area, but
maintained company offices located in New Jersey, New
York, Nevada, Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia, and
even in Canada and Ireland.
In 1983, Rousenberg also formed Profit Energy
Company, Inc., an oil and gas production company.
Profit Energy started to grow by buying productive oil
and gas wells and leases, some leases by Galey and
Mooney dating back to the 1800�s and also drilling
some new wells. Like most local producers, Profit
Energy uses one of two drilling companies to drill its
oil and gas wells, Monroe Drilling, Woodsfield; and
Wolfe Drilling, Athens. Monroe Drilling uses local
labor creating local jobs.
Around 1990, Rousenberg started another business to
purchase and market natural gas and crude oil. Shangas
Marketing Company, LLC, is named for his daughter,
Shana (Rousenberg) Hartley, who is now helping out in
the Woodsfield office.
A few years later, Shangas Marketing became one of
the first of 33 qualified marketers which Columbia Gas
of Ohio Company, the Ohio PUCO and the Ohio Consumers
Council allowed at that time to participate in the
Columbia of Ohio Choice Program for the residential
customers of Ohio. This involved the selling of
natural gas by Shangas Marketing to residential
customers throughout Ohio utilitizing the gas and
service lines owned by Columbia Gas Ohio.
�Oil and gas are commodities,� stressed Rousenberg.
Several factors control the price of a commodity �
supply and demand � and the world market.
�Contrary to what some believe,� said Rousenberg,
�local producers do not control the price of oil and
gas. Why would any company spend a huge amount of
money to drill a productive well and then shut it in?
That makes no sense at all. Again, local producers
cannot manipulate the world market.�
He noted that two world powers, China (population
1.32 billion, 20 percent of the world�s population)
and India (population 1.12 billion, 17 percent of the
world�s population), have recently entered the
automotive manufacturing industry, and thus are
requiring more crude oil. According to this local
oil producer, India recently entered the automotive
market with a $2,500 four passenger car, the Tata.
India�s crude use is rising due to the low cost of the
vehicles, increasing the demand and diminishing the
current supply, which, in turn, increases the cost.
�The United States has only 300 million population
which is 4.6 percent of the world�s population yet we
use about 25 percent of the world�s oil production.
What can we expect if China and India with 37 percent
of the world�s population really start falling in love
with the automobile like we in the United States
Warmer weather and a slow down in the economy causes
a decline in the profits derived from wells. Those
receiving royalty payments see a decrease in the
summer months. Again, supply and demand establishes
Monroe County benefits from the oil and gas industry
through taxes on royalties and leases. According to
Auditor Pandora Neuhart, the county�s tax income from
the oil and gas industry in 2007 was about $57,000. In
addition, $10,539.19 was re-ceived last year from
royalties from two wells located on county property,
one near the Engineer�s office and the other on the
Vogel property. Of that amount, $5,960.68 was received
Other wells have been drilled on the airport and
According to 2006 Ohio Oil and Gas Activities, the
average depth of wells drilled in Monroe County was
2,540 feet. The depth depends on geology, which is
different from county-to-county.
How do these producers know where to drill for a good
return on their investment? Educated guesses and a
According to Rousenberg, if there are potential well
site locations near a good well, it is a good
indication that other wells would be good.
Profit Energy markets its natural gas to Shangas
Marketing Company through Dominion East Ohio and
Columbia transmission lines.
Transmission lines are one of the biggest problems
facing local producers. The present ones lack the
capacity to transport anymore gas to the market areas.
Most area wells produce gas and oil. To get to the
oil, the gas has to be released and sold from the
�The year-to-year drilling for oil and gas started
this time in 2001 by Profit Energy Company would have
been and would be a lot more work without the help of
my son, Aaron,� said Rousen-berg. �Aaron went to
Hocking Technical College majoring in a course to
learn to drill and operate oil and gas wells. He is a
partner along with Garry English in the oil and gas
production company, Lishberg Petroleum Company, Inc.
Gary English and I started Lishberg in the 1980�s and
since then I have transferred my ownership to Aaron.�
�Profit Energy wants to continue drilling in Monroe
County and it and other production companies hope that
new transmission lines will be installed in the near
future,� said this producer.
Watch the Beacon for future installments.
<Our Readers Write
I want to express my appreciation to the Woodsfield
Village Water Department, Street Department, and all
others who worked so tirelessly to repair the water
leaks over the weekend of March 2.
Because I live on Main Street, my home was without
water from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening.
The inconvenience was more than overshadowed by the
knowledge that good citizens of our community were
expending all resources and efforts to restore water
To them, I offer kudos and applause.
Deb K. Ault Jones
This is a response to Mr. Clyde Patton's letter.
Longwall mining is one of the most productive sources
of mining on earth. The mineral and coal rights of
most people's land were all sold a long time ago and
you have no control of them now. The owner of these
rights has the ownership to what's under the ground
just as you have the ownership to what's above the
ground. If you have a free gas well, all I can say is
be glad you had that luxury for as long as you had it.
I figure you had to drill through the coal owners
mineral resources to get your well established. When
the time comes for the coal to be taken the coal owner
will take what is theirs and not complain about the
gas well holes in their coal seam. The coal is simply
owned by them and is supported by deed and law.
I understand the effects of the longwall because I
work on one. What I don't understand is why people
complain about the ground sinking. I understand the
water springs are destroyed, and homes broken, but the
coal companies fix what they have broken. The homes
are fixed after the ground has settled completely and
most of the time to a better condition than they were
before they mine under them. This is not something the
coal companies have to fix. If a well or spring is
ruined they will provide water to your home or
livestock after the fact for as long as needed. I
don�t think an earthquake, fire, flood, tornado, etc.
would give you a new home or free water after it
ruined your home. You get to fix it yourself and most
likely at your expense.
Coal mining provides a very comfortable lifestyle for
many families and helps our county's economy out a
great deal. I would like to know what kind of company
you could provide to employ hundreds of people with
excellent pay and full medical benefits. There are not
any in this county except for the mines and maybe a
few plants here and there. I like how you say the
longwall is destroying the crops and that people would
have to eat coal. To make one fact clear, the food you
buy at the store is not made in Monroe County. Most of
the food and everything else we buy is all made
overseas in China or some other foreign country. The
ground settling a bit is not going to make crops
I think what maybe you need to write is a letter to
Washington about the cost of gas, for example. Now
that's a problem to be worried about or anything we
have to buy as a consumer. Ask why it costs $100 to
take my wife and kids to a movie, or why I have to pay
$300 a week for groceries. Think about that and tell
me how big of a problem it is for your yard to sink.
Do you have any idea how much your electric bill would
go up if they did away with coal? The price of your
electric would triple, and then that would make
another outrageous bill for us to pay and less for us
to spend on our families. I don't hardly think that
anyone wants that.
The fact being is that longwall mining has effects
but they are not going to destroy your property to an
unfixable condition and people are not going to starve
and have to eat coal. If you had any respect for the
job we do as coal miners you would have never written
a letter like this. It's easy to turn on a light
switch; it isn't that easy getting the power source to
make it work. This county and country has bigger
problems to worry about, not the Longwall.
(read the full obituary in the paper)
Edra Ring, 99, Louisville, formerly of Monroe County
and Marietta, died March 12, 2008, in Oak Hill Manor
Care Center. She was born Aug. 1, 1908 in Jericho, a
daughter of the late August and Della Cline.
CLEDITH I. CARPENTER
Cledith I. Carpenter, 83, 29238 Miltonsburg-Calais
Rd., Summerfield, (Calais Community) died March 12,
2008, at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center,
Cambridge. She was born Sept. 15, 1924 near
Summerfield, a daughter of the late Barney and Grace
Spence Leach. Online condolences may be expressed at
ELMER W. HENSEL, JR.
Elmer Walter Hensel, Jr., 80, 33169 Bethel Rdg. Rd.,
New Matamoras, died March 14, 2008, at his home. He
was born April 27, 1927 in Monroe County, New
Matamoras, the son of the late Elmer Walter Hensel,
Sr. and Pearl Langsdorf Hensel. Online condolences may
be made at
Ralph Lund, 47, Beallsville, formerly of Akron, went
home to be with his Savior on March 14, 2008. He was
born July 13, 1960 in Akron, a son of Norman and
Shirley Miller Lund.
Radic Milosavljevic, 89, SR 556, Clarington, died
March 15, 2008 in Woodsfield Nursing and
Rehabili-tation Center. He was born July 15, 1918 in
Serbia, the son of the late Stanko and Svilka
Sympathy expressions at
WILLIAM A. THOMPSON
William A. "Andy" Thompson, 63, Zanesville, died
March 8, 2008 at Genesis Good Samaritan ER following a
sudden illness. He was born Aug. 11, 1944, in
Woodsfield, a son of the late Joseph and Nellie
LELAND B. HOGUE
Leland B. Hogue, 89, of 203 West Court St.,
Woodsfield, died March 17, 2008 at the Monroe County
Care Center, Woodsfield.
Arrangements are incomplete at Watters Funeral Home,
By Denny Easterling
A youngster's heart is filled with foolishness, but
discipline will drive it away.
A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor by
showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.
What a snow, which resulted in the Girls State
Basketball tournament being a busted event. We were
there on Thursday and enjoyed the first four games. We
then returned to our motel, ate our usual pizza,
turned on the TV to a college basketball game and
settled down for a pleasant break before bedtime.
When the news came along with the weather man telling
us to expect six to ten inches of snow. Remembering
from my time at OSU, Columbus is a mighty poor place
to get caught in a snow storm. Some drivers seem to go
crazy when it snows in Columbus.
After some discussion we decided to get up on Friday
morning and head for home by six thirty. We soon
realized we would get little sleep, why not go home
now? We did. I understand some places in Columbus
received as much as 20 inches of snow. I spent part of
the day Friday and all day Saturday inside thinking
how smart we were to come home when we did. This
Wednesday at noon we�re going back to Columbus to
check and see if they have it all cleaned up, we�ll
probably get rain.
Actually this was the last snow we�re going to have
this winter. They just had a big gob of snow stored up
and they wanted to get rid of it before spring rolls
around in a couple of days.
Well, the primary is over, so now we get to wait
until November. I never miss voting, however, I
sometimes have no one or nothing to vote for.
Lewisville didn�t have anyone running for any of the
vacant village jobs. We all want to complain but do
nothing about it. I expect we�re in for a long summer
and fall with the presidential election. I can hardly
wait. I have a question, all these primaries and the
excitement they cause, and Super Delegates Control?
I have another question. Do kids have worms now days?
I don�t remember ever having worms but I think I
remember some of my buddies or hearing of someone with
I have a copy of �The Vendor� a free advertising
booklet from up in the Amish area of the state. It is
interesting as it has a number of interesting items
and articles in addition to the many ads. It also has
a number of tips such as, �The best time to worm a
horse is in the fall of the year after a good frost
and three days after a good frost and three days after
a full moon. Eighty percent of worms hatch over full
moon.� I�m not sure if this applies to kids or not.
The recent issue I have, they print 10,000 every two
weeks have an advertisement from �Fountain of Life�
company with a large headline �Deworm Your Child�
other large print advised, �Treat your child better
than the horse or dog - deworm him.�
In case you are interested it is a bit expensive at
$36 for a 16 oz. bottle or if you really have worms
they have eight bottles for $260.
I thought it interesting to read the ingredients of
the product. �Male bud immature green hull and young
twig of the black walnut tree. Olive tree(??) bark,
clove, pumpkin seed, wormwood, raw vinegar, glycerin/
alcohol and wild oregano oil. I kind of wonder what
the percentage of alcohol is in it.
It must work as they have included a couple of
testimonies from satisfied customers. �Send me two
more bottles. I�m seeing them pass� �Thanks a bunch.
We love your dewormer.�
Then I looked a little farther in the booklet and I
came across another ad that sounds kinda like a useful
product for anyone having a fussy child. It�s called
�Herbal Baby Calm.�
There was no indication of what was in the product
but it must be effective as one joyful parent said,
�Baby Calm has stopped my child�s diarrhea in it�s
tracks.� Must be good stuff to do this. I think I
remember Dad made a tea from blackberry root to do the
same thing, which reminds me I read somewhere eating
blackberries is good to help prevent something or
another. I wondered why I like blackberry pie.
The Herbal Baby Calm is good for fussy babies,
diarrhea, colic, teething and stomach aches. �Put a
dropper full into your child�s formula and be
blessed.� Do I remember turpentine for worms?
The Fountain of Life is located near Belle Center. I
guess I missed out as my first teaching job was near
The publication always includes a math problem.
Here�s one for those who enjoy math to work on. Fast
Eddie had a clock that was two minutes slow per hour
and another clock was one minute fast per hour. The
next time he looked one clock was exactly one hour
ahead of the other. How long had it been since he last
set the clocks? If you work out the correct answer let
me know. I don�t have the foggiest. I even had to take
dummy math when I started at OSU.
Just to let you know, the girls state tournament
wasn�t a complete bust, we have the Dish Network and
watched all four championship games from an easy
chair. The final Division One game was probably the
most exciting as the game was won on a controversial
call made by one of our Eastern District Refs. On TV
replay the ball appeared to be in the girl�s hand when
the buzzer blew. It was called good and the game was
Excuse #4: Blankets will be furnished for those who
complain that the church is too cold. Fans will be on
hand for those who say it�s too hot.
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 135:1-5; From II
Chronicles (Tues.) 6:1-11; (Wed.) 6:12, 13; (Thurs.)
16:18-31; (Fri.) 6:36-39; (Sat.) 6:40 -42; (Sun.) Luke