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May 10, 2007 Edition
<Citizens Bank Expands into Barnesville
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
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
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
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,
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]
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
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
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
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
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.
Prayer Breakfast Held
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.
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.
by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
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
by Martha Ackerman
“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
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
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
<Co. Commissioners Discuss EMS,CDBG
by Arlean Selvy
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
Ernie Ferguson, president of the Beallsville EMS, approached officials
regarding billing for county EMS
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
• 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 -
• Woodsfield VFD, 35 sets of Nomex coveralls for brush fires -
• 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
• 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
• 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.
(read the full obituary in the paper)
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
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
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
Jackie Gale Howell, 50, died April 29, 2007. He was born July
25, 1956, a son of Ruby Howell and the late
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
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
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
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
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
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.)