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 May 10, 2007 Edition

<Citizens Bank Expands into Barnesville

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Citizens National Bank, with locations in Woodsfield and Sardis, is expanding into Barnesville. The new
facility is under construction at 101 Colonel Drive, across from KFC. Attending the groundbreaking were:
from Citizens National Banks Woodsfield office, assistant vice-president and director T. Lance LaFollette, vice-president and director Bruce A. Climer, president, CEO and director Carey N. Bott, Barnesville branch manager-loan officer Kathy D.
Climer, chairman of the CNB board of directors John C.
Klug, bank directors Davey L. Turner, Dr. Paul E. Conner and Richard A. Yoss, and John Jefferis and T.J. Jefferis of General Contracting, Inc. Not shown are director Gary A. Rubel and David L. Haught AIA of Lee and Haught Architects, LLC.
Photo by Martha Ackerman

 

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer


Citizens National Bank, with locations in Woodsfield and Sardis, has started construction at 101 Colonel Drive, Barnesville.
This is a golden opportunity, said Citizens National Bank president and CEO Carey Bott, as a groundbreaking for a new branch was held May 3. We were approached by Barnesville community members and we feel this is a great area in which to expand. We have more of a community bank environment vs. larger regional banks.
The new branch will feature a one-story floor plan, handicapped accessible, with ample parking. It will be a full service operation which includes free checking accounts, business checking accounts and NOW accounts.
The bank also offers Certificates of Deposits, IRAs and Money Market Accounts, passbook and statement savings accounts, Christmas Club accounts and the availability of Jeanie Plus ATM cards and MasterCard debit cards.
A variety of loan products will be offered including personal, commercial, municipal and mortgage loans.
Credit decisions will be made locally and all loans will be retained and serviced locally.
The Citizens National Bank is a community bank, said John C. Klug, Chairman of the Board. We feel
that Barnesville is the ideal location for our hometown banking operations.
Architect for the project is Lee and Haught Architects, LLC, and contractors are T.J. Jefferis and John Jefferis, General Contracting.
The bank is designed to promote customer convenience and will include a sit down teller station in addition to the regular teller stations. There will be an on-site 24-hour accessible ATM and night depository and four drive-thru teller lanes. Numerous other banking services will be available including safety deposit box rentals, wire transfers, travelers checks and money orders.
"We feel this is a good business venture," said Bott.
He also noted the facility is built for expansion if needed. With the half acre lot, there will be ample room, he added.
This area is expanding and we feel this is a great location. More things are going to happen in this area, said Bott.

<New CEO at Ormet

Mike Tanchuk, a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., has taken the reins as Chief Executive Officer at Ormet. Tanchuk succeeds Ken
Campbell, who will remain the companys chairman.
The new CEO assumes his duties as a potential sale of the former rolling mill facility is contemplated by the company.
According to Ken Campbell, Aleris International, which purchased select assets from the rolling mill in
late 2005 and has been renting the building from Ormet since, seems confident a sale is coming.
Campbell said Aleris continues to pay rent and has removed 90 percent of its assets. ... so I think there is a strong possibility [a sale] could happen,
he said.
We are still dealing with the potential buyer, said Campbell, but nothing is official yet because we are not sure about the funding. We are definitely looking
to sell it, but we are probably a month or so away from finalizing anything. Campbell said that before anything moves into the building, they will have to
find a way to get the electricity back on. He said Ormet can help in that area.
Tanchuk was reared near Baltimore and received a degree in civil engineering at Bucknell University. He noted his mother was reared in Steubenville. So I do
have some connections to this area, he said.
After graduation, Tanchuk began a long and successful career in the metals industry. While working for
Century Aluminum in 2004, he was offered a unique opportunity to take his talents overseas. I was asked to go to a plant in Iceland to help them
establish themselves in the industry in September 2006 - I went and really enjoyed myself because everyone I
met there was wonderful , said Tanchuk.
Tanchuk said he was contacted by the Ormet Board of Directors about applying for the position of CEO earlier this year.
I had been in numerous management positions, but had never been CEO. I saw it as a great opportunity, he said.
While at Alcoa Aluminum, he was responsible for four aluminum plants that had been shut down in the state
of Washington. They were able to get two of the four running. I was able to make a difference for the better there and I want to do the same thing here, Tanchuk said. He noted that Ormet has a number of advantages in it aluminum operation, the most important of which is its experienced and talented labor force. Most of the people here have been
working together for a long time and have a lot of experience in their jobs, he said.
We have many second and third generation employees working here and they have a lot of pride in their jobs and communities. This is great for us because we know these workers take their jobs with us very seriously and will work as hard as they can for us, he added.
Tanchuk expects the reduction plant to be fully operational by fall of this year.
Tanchuk is in the process of relocating to the area.
Campbell will take some time off before going to work for MatlinPatterson, Ormets parent company. Ken filled up the parking lot; my job is to keep it full, said Tanchuk.

<Annual Prayer Breakfast Held

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The Kiwanis Prayer Breakfast was held May 3 at the Woodsfield Free Methodist Church. Rev. Susan Lehosky was the speaker. From left, are, front: Rev. Frank Lehosky, St. Pauls United Church of Christ; Rev. Susan Lehosky, Woodsfield Presbyterian Church; Rev. Karen D. Binford, Trinity United Church of Christ;
back: Rev. Robert Mitchell, First United Methodist Church of Woodsfield, David Phillips, Kiwanis project co-chairperson; Chris Williams, Kiwanis president; and Rev. Mark Deneen, Woodsfield Church of the Nazarene.

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It's always a great meal when these ladies are in the kitchen. They have been preparing the food for the Kiwanis Prayer Breakfast for several years. From left: Wanda Zonker, Betty Ogden, Esther McIntire and Laura May Bertschy.

Photos by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer


The Switzerland of Ohio Ministerial Association and Woodsfield Kiwanis hosted the annual Community Prayer Breakfast May 3 at the Woodsfield Free Methodist Church.
Over 80 people gathered to celebrate National Day of Prayer. Rev. Susan Lehosky, pastor of the Woodsfield Presbyterian Church, was the guest speaker. She began by reflecting on what the day might mean historically, patriotically and religiously.
“Historically, the National Day of Prayer was
established by an Act of U.S. Congress in 1952 ...
“As we gather here today to engage in prayer on this National Day of Prayer, we must be aware of our unity through a diversity of religious beliefs. A diversity and unity that is possible be-cause of the freedom we hold so dear ...
“To be a Christian, one must love all people,
including not only one’s own enemies but even those who claim to be the ‘enemies of God’ ... This is our challenge today - This is our opportunity today and everyday! As we leave here today, as individual citizens of the United States of America, we can be united with one another. But, each of us must rise to  the calling of the occasion of this day. Remember, when I began speaking to you today, I stated that we are all called to action today. We are called to the action of uniting with every person we encounter this day and to pray.
“You can unite through a handshake with a business colleague, a hug shared with a loved one or friend, a smile to a stranger or a gesture of kindness to an unsuspecting soul. Then you can lift them in prayer ...”
Rev. Susan Lehosky challenged attendees to take a piece of paper and number it from one to 24. “Before you go to bed this evening, pull out this paper,” she said, “and write down every person, every incident, every moment that you can recall when you united with another human being–another child of God. That list is now your prayer of gratitude to God.”
Kiwanian Rusty Atkinson, offered grace. Rev. Robert Mitchell, Woodsfield United Methodist Church, gave the closing prayer. Benediction was given by Rev. Mark Deenen, pastor, Woodsfield Nazarene Church. Kiwanian Dave Phillips expressed appreciation to the kitchen staff, Esther McIntire, Wanda Zonker, Betty Ogden and Laura May Bertschy, who always prepare the delicious breakfasts. He also acknowledged Patricia Phillips who always does a wonderful job decorating the hall.
“The Prayer Breakfast was well attended,” said Phillips. “This event brings together churches and
people throughout the county. Those attending set a fine example of working together and uniting in prayer.”

 <Foam Truck Proves Valuable

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by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer

“I don’t think people realize what we have here or what the capabilities are,” said Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Young. He was speaking of the new Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) recently acquired by the fire department. The engine equipped with the CAF system went into service April 12 and on April 16, it proved to be a great asset to the county.
A fire which destroyed a large apartment building in Lewisville also threatened its town hall. The foam system was used when shingles on the east end of the town hall started melting.
According to Lewisville Mayor Nathan Betts, if it were not for Woodsfield’s new foam truck, the town hall would probably have burned.
With this state-of-the-art equipment, Young explained, an air compressor shoots air into the foam before it mixes with water. It breaks the foam apart which allows less foam and less water to be used.
Young noted that in a small demonstration of the foam system, it took 73 gallons of water to extinguish a fire, but with the CAF System, it took only 16 gallons. This is a vital statistic which demonstrates the importance of the CAFS when water is not readily available.
The acute need for a foam system was exhibited in 2005 when a North Main Street fire in Woodsfield had the potential of destroying an entire city block.
According to Young, at that time he had requested buckets of foam from Findlay Fire, when McConnellsville Fire Dept. volunteered the services of their foam truck. The fire was brought under control and adjoining buildings were saved.
The new foam system was purchased for Woodsfield VFD through a $300,000 CDBG Distressed Grant awarded to the Village of Woodsfield. According to Mary Jo Westfall of OSU Extension, Monroe County, coordinator
and administrator of the distress grant, the system was purchased from Triad Fire Apparatus, Columbus, for $30,900. Training was included in the bid.
After one of the fire engines was equipped with the CAFS, Young and fireman Phil Keevert attended training. “Eventually, all 35 members of the Woodsfield VFD will be trained to use the equipment,” said the fire chief.
According to Young, former Commissioner Mark Forni worked very hard to acquire the foam system for the fire department. “He worked since August 2005 when he saw the importance for us and the entire county, especially with the number of oil wells going in.”
Young emphasized that the CAFS is available to any of the county and surrounding area fire departments. The Woodsfield VFD only asks that the foam be replaced.
“The CAFS will save structures, manpower and water,” said Young. “If we can get to a fire soon enough, we can extinguish it with one engine.”

<Co. Commissioners Discuss EMS,CDBG

 

by Arlean Selvy
Publisher

The second hearing for Community Development Block Grant funding was held at the May 1 meeting of county
commissioners, who also heard an objection to professional billing for EMS runs.
Ernie Ferguson, president of the Beallsville EMS, approached officials regarding billing for county EMS
runs.
Connie Ward, who currently does the billing, plans to retire Dec. 31.
A proposal was presented recently by a professional billing firm and Ferguson said he would rather keep the job in the county. He noted that by doing so, the
cost to squad users will be kept low. The billing firm, according to Ferguson, will charge a minimum of $25 per run, whether there is a transport or not. The
fee would have to be paid by the squads/county whether or not they collect the EMS charges, which is not the
current procedure. “The Monroe County EMS is probably one of the most efficient in Ohio,” said Ferguson, indicating charges may have to be increased. He noted also that a new computer system must be purchased if the firm is hired.
Commission President Francis ‘Sonny’ Block asked that the county EMS Association discuss the matter and
return with a recommendation.
A hearing at which Mary Jo Westfall, grants administrator, announced requests for CDBG formula funding, was held before representatives of several entities hoping for project funding.
The county will receive $76,000 this year. With $10,000 going to administration and $1,000 to Fair
Housing, commissioners will be able to give $65,000 in grants. Total funding request from 19 entities is
$321,400.
Requests include:
• Antioch VFD, two sets of turnout gear and pagers for new volunteers - $5,700.
• Bethel VFD and Community, dump valve for fire department, pavilion and side porches/sidewalk for Bethel Community Center.
• Clarington VFD, replace lighting in fire station - $11,400.
• Sardis VFD, replace HVAC in community area of fire station - $7,900
• Woodsfield VFD, 35 sets of Nomex coveralls for brush fires - $9,600.
• Monroe County 9.1.1, reflective road signs (220) for low and moderate income townships - $11,000.
• Monroe County EMS, AED’s for all county squads - $26,300.
• Benton Twp: basketball court in Brownsville - $13,800. The township would contribute $600 in in-kind
match for the $14,400 project.
• Green Twp: 15 culverts and a new entrance door to Laings Community Center - $11,000. The township would
contribute $1,300 in in-kind for the $12,300 project.
• Lee Twp: handicapped ramp at township building. - $4,800.
Salem Twp: 74 culverts - $13,700 with a $5,900 in-kind match for the $19,600 project.
• Summit Twp: playground equipment - $49,100, with a $10,600 in-kind match for the $59,700 project.
• Beallsville Village, 3516.1 feet of sidewalk - $71,200, with an in-kind match of $7,700 for the $78,900 sidewalk project.
• Clarington Village, fencing around one water tank and two booster stations - $18,000. The village would
contribute $11,800 for the $29,800 project. Match funding would come from the village and a water/sewer
grant.
• Lewisville Village, paving on various streets - $30,000. The village would contribute $148,300 from
various sources for the $178,300 project.
• Graysville Community Center, sand and refinish gym and stage floors - $5,000. The community would provide
$800 in in-kind for the $5,800 project.
• Midway Community Center, replace roof - $30,000. A $148,300 match would be funded from various sources
for the $178,300 project.
• Switzer Water, replace motor in pump at Clarington pump station - $5,300. Switzer would provide $700 in
in-kind match for the $6,000 project.

In other business, commissioners voted to accept a policy regarding fringe benefits as outlined by the IRS in a recently passed House Bill. The policy,
compiled by Lynn Riethmiller, prosecuting attorney, will be made a part of the county’s policy manual.
A ‘fringe benefit’ as defined is a form of pay for the performance of services. It includes property, services, cash, or cash equivalent. According to Pandora Neuhart, the definition applies to services of employees and independent contractors.
As a general rule, compensation for services including fees, bonuses, commissions, taxable fringe
benefits and similar items are taxable as regular pay.
All income is taxable unless the IRS specifically excludes it.
Any ‘fringe benefit’ is recorded on a W-2 form. 
On a motion by Commissioner John Pyles, quotes from Truax Excavating, Woodsfield, were accepted for CDBG projects in the village of Woodsfield and Bethel Township.
The Bethel Township Flood and Drainage Project consists of ditching, straightening and widening roads. The firm quoted $8,370. A second quote was received from Biedenbach Dozer Service for $10,725.
The Woodsfield project, also for flood and drainage, consists of installation of culverts and a catch basin near the emergency squad building on SR78. Truax Excavating quoted $19,011.66 and Ron Rothenbuhler Trucking quoted $20,983.97.

< Obituaries
(read the full obituary in the paper) 

denotes veteran

< Gary M. Williams, 60, Pine Grove, W.Va., died April 30, 2007, in New Martinsville Health Care Center. He
was born Aug. 24, 1946, at home in Burchfield, W.Va., a son of the late Howard C. and Pauline Brookover
Williams.

< Oleta Jane Morrison, 55, 39088 Sandbar Rd., Sycamore Valley, died May 1, 2007, at Holzer Medical Center,
Galli-polis. She was born May 2, 1951, at Cambridge, a daughter of the late John and Charlet Robinson Bates. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.wattersfuneralhome.com

< Tony Urbanek, Jr., 57, Marietta, formerly of Woodsfield, died May 5, 2007, at his home. He was born July 4, 1949, in Bellaire, a son of the late Tony
and Pauline Mlakar Urbanek, Sr. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

< Jackie Gale Howell, 50, died April 29, 2007. He was born July 25, 1956, a son of Ruby Howell and the late
Wilbert Howell.

< James R. Menkel, 79, Woods-field, died April 30, 2007, at his snowbird residence at Mel-bourne, Fla. He was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Monroe County, a son of the late Clyde Menkel and Eloise Mann Menkel. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.bauerturner.com

<Around the Burnside

It is better to live humbly with the poor than share
plunder with the proud.
The wise are known for their understanding and
instruction is appreciated if its well presented.
Remember? It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
Thats my old watch still at it.
In addition to making a bus full of students get
quiet instantly by pulling down a small DVD screen,
they do the same thing to quiet a school cafeteria. As
Ive said - they have never been in a school cafeteria
during the noon hour.
Sometimes something will takes you back a few years
when you do not expect it. This happened to me the
other day.
I was walking through the grocery store the other day
and spotted jellies and jams on special. I picked up a
pint of blackberry jam. Im a sucker for either black
or raspberry anything.
For supper, or should I be politically correct and
say dinner, that evening I ate a slice of bread,
butter and jam. While I was eating, it dawned on me I
hadnt eaten a slice of bread, butter and jelly for a
long time.
I can remember this was a regular thing at meal time.
My mother tended to spoil me as she did not force me
to eat anything I didnt like as long as I ate plenty
of bread and butter and normally jelly went with it.
Of course, homemade bread really made it good eating.
Maybe this is why I do not like okra. I tried a dab in a Chinese restaurant once. Was that ever a mistake.
Well, the next morning I tried some of that
blackberry stuff on my slice of toast and peanut
butter. A reminder of a peanut butter and jelly
sandwich, which I havent tried but I expect to soon.
Esther fed me a peanut and pickle sandwich for lunch the other day.
A little note to the wise, you should drink all of
your orange juice before eating toast, with peanut
butter and jelly because otherwise your orange juice really tastes yucky. I wonder if kids eat bread,
butter and jelly now days?
The greatest inspiration is often born of
desperation. The fellow who thinks he cant is
probably right.
On the subject of food. The cookout, sponsored each year by Riesbeck's store for the County 4-H Endowment, is really organized. That gang knows how to put on a cookout and for an excellent cause.
I had a steak sandwich, like one youll never get
anywhere else, and Esther had the sausage sandwich that looked almost a foot long and my steak hung out on all sides of the oversize bun.
Good? You bet it was good and I had no trouble
chomping it down. Esther also said her sausage
sandwich was excellent. I guess maybe cooking it
outside, or the cooks, made the difference. If you
missed the cookout, I'm afraid you'll need to wait
until next year to get a good steak or sausage
sandwich.
The advantage of working day and night is that you
earn enough to pay the doctor when you break down.
I read somewhere that Ashland is the friendliest city in the state of Ohio. How? They speak to everyone they meet or pass by and wave at folks driving by in their cars.
I remember at Muskingum College in the early 40s it was a tradition to speak to everyone you met when walking on campus. This soon got to be just a thing you did as it carried into the town and you spoke to everyone you met where ever you went. I'm not sure if they still have this tradition at Muskingum today. If not, too bad.
I try to speak to everyone I meet, although a good
number look down rather than look at you. I do
remember not looking down and fell over a step.
Then there are people who walk right by and never see you. I've had this happen to me when I'm thinking about something. If I'm outside I also wave at folks going by in a car. Some I know, some I don't, but I wave anyway plus the fact I can't tell who's in the car. Would it be a lot happier if we spoke and waved to each other?
I know Bellwood and Weber Drug stores will replace the battery in your watch even if they didnt sell you the watch, one advantage of home town.
Would you believe I know the couple who is going on a trip to the land where the Irish live, and are not
taking a copy of the Beacon to let us know about it.
Probably an Irishman could enjoy a copy.
Pat and Mike were walking in the woods one day. The path narrowed and Pat walked ahead. He held on to a branch of a tree and it flew back and knocked Mike down. Mike got up, brushed himself off and said Faith and be Glory, Mike, if you hadnt held it, it would have killed me.
A real friend will not visit you in prosperity unless
he is invited, but when you are in adversity he will
call without an invitation.
Go to church Sunday? Why not?
Bible readings; (Mon.) Ephesians 1:15-23; (Tues.)
Isaiah 60:18-22; (Wed.) Hebrews 12:22-28; (Thurs.) II Corinthians 3:7-18; (Fri.) Revelation 21:9-14; (Sat.) Revelation 21:22-27; (Sun.) Revelation 22:1-5.