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May 15, 2008 Edition

~ BHS Drama Club to Present “Aladdin” ~
         A street urchin accidentally meets the lovely
Princess Jasmine on the Beallsville High School Stage
as the drama club presents the all-time favorite
“Aladdin.” The play will be presented Friday, May 16
and Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Members of the cast
are, from left, front: Wesley Groves, Talma Grey,
Madalyn Grey, Savannah Burke, Antenea Keheyas; back:
Trey Schmidt, Alexandria Rees, Joey Albus, Latara
Arnold, Ethan Baker and Hali Moore. Not shown: Cody
Mankin and Matt Buffington. Other actors include:
Lacey Lucas, Caity Moore, Sabrina Cisler, Rachel
Beckett, Sarah Rowe and Haley Daugherty. Advisor and
drama teacher is Brianna McConnell; student art
director: Cody Mankin.                                                                 
Photo Submitted

<Monroe County Hosts Envirothon at Shadow Lake

Students from 16 counties gathered to compete in the
2008 Area 3 Envirothon held May 7 at Shadow Lake
Campgrounds and Resort. It was a perfect day for the
outdoor testing competition which covered five
knowledge areas: current environment issues, forestry,
soils, wildlife and aquatic ecology. Members of
Woodsfield VFW Post 5303 had the flag raising
ceremony, followed by Christina Gallagher singing the
National Anthem. This was the first time the event has
been held in Monroe County.                         
Photo by Martha Ackerman


River High School had the only Monroe County team participating in the 2008 Envirothon held at Shadow Lake May 7. From left, seated: Jessica Chapple, Cari McKelvey, Tracy Richter; standing, Derek Blackstone,
Ethan Goble and Logan Binegar.

Caldwell High School students Thomas Schenkel and
Erica McAuley research questions on soil properties as they participate in the 2008 Area 3 Envirothon event
held at Shadow Lake May 7.


by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        What a day to be enjoying the beautiful countryside
at Shadow Lake Campgrounds and Resort! Students from
16 counties gathered for the Area 3 Envirothon on the
extraordinarily beautiful, sunny summer-like day. The
Color Guard from VFW Post 5303 raised the stars and
stripes and Christina Gallagher sang the National
Anthem to begin the day’s activities.
        Shadow Lake owner Francis ‘Sonny’ Block welcomed the
students. “This is a great opportunity for all of us
to learn more about the world we live in,” said Block.
“I see this day as an educational experience that will
help us.”
        According to Tammy Jones of Monroe Soil and Water,
this was the first time the Area 3 event has been held
in Monroe County.
        It was not all fun for the students. Their knowledge
was being challenged in five areas: current
environment issues, forestry, soils, wildlife and
aquatic ecology. Teams were comprised of five
students, working together, rotating from site to
site, to answer 25 multiple choice questions on each
        These were not easy questions. Examples:
Unfortunately in today’s landscape, non-native species
are rampant and take over native species. What is not
a control method to reduce or eliminate non-native
species? A. Controlled burning; B. Herbicides; C.
Mechanical removal, such as brush hogging; D. Crop
tree release.
        On General Soil: Soil series are associated with
specific landforms. Which of the following soils is
associated with flood plains? A. Woolper, B. Upshur;
C. Huntington; D. Keene.
        Emerging as the top four teams which will advance to
state competition       were: Mid-East CTC NRC Juniors,
Muskingum County; Granville High School White, Licking
County; East Knox FFA 1, Knox County and Olney Friends
1, Belmont County.
        Formulating the testing questions were: Jim Heimann,
Monroe County Park District; Pam Myer, Wayne National
Forest; Peter Eales and Ann Bonner, ODNR, Division of
Forestry; Rick Buzard, ODNR, Division of Soil and
Water; Rick Griffin, Natural Resources Con-servation
Service; Mark Lande-feld and JP Lieser, OSU Exten-sion
and Jared Abele and Mike Greenlee, ODNR, Division of
        National sponsor of the event is Canon International.
Sponsor-ing the local  event were Shadow Lake,
Smurfitt Stone Container, AEP, Somerton Volunteer
E-Squad, Riesbeck’s, South Central Power,
Belmont/Monroe Farm Bureau, Green Valley Co-op, Baker
and Sons Equipment and Dollar General. 
        In an effort to promote tourism, each student was
presented a take-home packet that contained
information about Monroe County’s attributes.


<Woodsfield Council Considers Caution Light at Airport Road

by Arlean Selvy
        A caution light along SR78 was discussed at the May 5
meeting of Woodsfield village council, which also
received encouraging news about an OPW grant.
        Jeff Woodell, village administrator, said he received
word that the Ohio Public Works grant application
submitted recently earned 67 points. He said there is
a good chance the village will receive the $334,000 in
funding. Woodell will travel to Columbus May 15 for
final decisions and award presentations.
        Discussion was held with regard to placement of
flashing caution lights at the intersection on SR78
and  Airport Road.              Council is reviewing the matter
with regard to exiting fire trucks and the motorists
line of vision. State Route 78 curves in that area as
does Airport Road, which is a steep grade. The lights,
according to Woodell, would be activated from the fire
station as trucks leave the garage. He said the lights
will alert traffic in both the east and westbound
lanes and would be placed near the signs, currently in
place, that warn of exiting fire trucks.               
        In another matter, Woodell reported slow progress
concerning a proposed downtown sidewalk revitalization
project. He said some business owners are interested
while others are wondering if all businesses will
accept the offer.
        The result of Woodell’s proposal is that downtown
sidewalks would be replaced with a combination of
concrete and brick. The brick would be placed down the
center of the walk.
        On a motion by Council-woman Pauline Delbrugge, the
resignation of Ralph Urbanek was accepted, effective
May 12.
        Councilman Bill Moore asked about filling the vacancy
and Woodell said there are no plans to do so at this
        Brian Harrigan, of the water/ sewer line crew, was
promoted to Line Crew Foreman. Going from his present
position to Step 1, he will receive a rate increase
from $8.40 to $10.15.
        Woodsfield village council meets the first and third
Mondays of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m.


< Terry Bowen Explains Vertical Sculpture to Kiwanians

Terry Bowen, Bowen Construction, Lewisville,
explained the art of decorative concrete at a recent
meeting of the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club. Here, Bowen
displays a section of vertical sculptured concrete as
it can be applied to the side of a structure, be it a
home or a wall.

by Arlean Selvy
        He was introduced to Monroe County through his wife’s
parents and grandparents and decided this is where he
wanted to be.
        “It took 30 years, but we finally made it,” Terry
Bowen told Kiwanians at a recent meeting.
        He and his wife, Debbie, own Bowen Construction, a
unique construction company located in Lewisville.
They started their business in 2004, and currently
have seven employees.
        Although 85 percent of his business is industrial, he
would like to increase the percentage of residential
business, which they started two years ago. They are
shooting for 30-to-35 percent over the next two years.
        To start the process, they hired Doug Hannum, who has
a background in residential decorative concrete.
        Bowen Construction does most forms of decorative work
including coloring, which is adding permanent colors
to standard concrete.
        New concrete can be colored, highlighted, and stamped
with large rubber-like mats to simulate rock, brick,
and even wood planks.
        Their beautiful work can transform an otherwise drab
area into a showplace. Several area homes now sport
the Bowen touch. You see it on driveways and decks, on
retaining walls and even on the sides of homes.
        Yes, they do vertical sculptured concrete.
        “It’s the newest and most exciting,” said Bowen, who
notes that his wife’s artistic eye, as well as her
very capable hands, transform sprayed concrete into a
variety of sculpted patterns.   He explained that a
layer of lightweight concrete is sprayed or troweled
onto a vertical surface. This can also be multiple
layers, each colored a different color for very unique
effects. Concrete is then sculptured into a design of
the customer’s choice. “We can simulate almost any
surface,” he said. “Rock, wood, tree bark, brick,
anything.” The wall is colored and highlighted to make
it look exactly like the material being simulated.
“Every project we sculpture is one of a kind -
duplicating would be impossible,” said Bowen.
        “This industry is in its infancy,” noted Bowen. “It’s
a bit high end mostly because of the time involved and
the creativity that accompanies a work of art.”
        Terry and Debbie Bowen are currently taking an online
course which will allow them to offer a new technique.
The finished product simulates dry stacking stones,
such as those used in a castle.
        Although they haven’t yet developed their own web
site, it is a project they hope to complete within the
next year. For the time being, one may go to
www.tajmawall.com. It is the website of Wayne Sellon,
who introduced the couple to vertical sculptured
concrete. “We both felt it was the slickest thing we’d
ever seen,” said Bowen.
        Bowen’s background in concrete started in 1973, with
Brechbuhler Scales in Canton. Nine years later  a
satellite shop was opened for Absco Scales out of
Columbus. Bowen became Absco’s general manager and
chased a dream of developing a truck scale
manufacturing facility. It was then that he designed,
received federal approval and, in 1989, marketed the
Advantage Truck Scale.         
        He started Bowen Scales in 1992 and sold the business
to Kanawha Scales in 1997, where he and his employees
went to work.
        Finally, he decided it was time to move to Monroe
County - so he left Kanawha Scales.
        He’s now giving area homes,  inside and out, new
retaining walls, decks and drives - an artistically,
sculptured facelift.
        The face of the Beacon building is lined up to be one
of those beautified by Bowen.
        In the case of the Beacon, it isn’t just a
beautification project, it’s a badly needed remedy to
stop erosion of the sandstone foundation.
        Terry and Debbie Bowen and their professional team
are working up the design and researching special
materials to complete the project. They hope to have
the work done, or nearly so, sometime during the first
part of June.

 <Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
        On Sun., May 4, 2008, I had the privilege to attend
the Beallsville High School Band and Choir Concert. As
always the band and choir were excellent. This was a
very special concert, not only because my niece was a
part of it, but, being that the BHS music instructor,
Charles Monticello, will be retiring at the end of
this school year.
        The retirement reception that followed the concert
was beautiful. The students and alumni did a great job
in presenting “Mr. M.” with loving thoughts and gifts.
Robert Podlasiak, Jeff Rich and the BHS band boosters
are to be commended for a most moving afternoon. We
laughed, we cried and we recalled many special
memories of this very special man and his tenure at
Beallsville High School.
        Many in attendance, adults as well as students,
remarked that there was one thing missing from this
Beallsville event - the faculty, staff and principal
of the school. The number of Monticello’s co-workers
that showed up could be counted on one hand. For
years, we have heard Monticello proclaim that he
didn’t get any support from the school. Why change now
- it was just his final concert.
        Folks, you don’t know what you missed. Ask anyone who
was there.
        We are all glad that we had the privilege to attend
this grand event and we wish Charles Monticello the
best in his retirement years.
Ruth Stoneking
Pleasant City

Dear Editor,
        Comparing today’s teachers to great men and women of
the past.
        Past…Socrates, Ann Sullivan, Aesop, Hans Christian
Anderson, Marva Collins, Mary McCleod Bethune, Bel
Kaufman, Booker T. Washington, Buddha, Confucius,
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Leo Buscaglia, Moses and Jesus.
        Now, the question comes…Which of the above the would
have struck unless their demands for higher wages was
not met? Which one put themselves above the needs of
        Yes, Janet, teachers are a great lot. They are sorely
needed to teach the youth the things that our youth
need to know to succeed in life. Public schools were
set up give the tools needed to advance in life.
Teachers are an integral part of that. I would like to
see teachers paid well.
        However, what I see is a trend to dumb down the best
students to average students.
        The great UN idea!!! Hogwash is what I call it. We
are fast becoming a nation of mediocrity.
        However, no matter how often we bury our heads in the
sand and refuse to see the problem that is apparent to
the taxpayers of Monroe County, we are just part of
that problem. Fact…Levies are being rejected. Hard
earned money is being spent on wants before needs.
        Many have given their opinions as to what we want,
yet few have addressed the needs.
        So Janet, what is your solution to the current
financial woe that the school board faces?
        Mine?? Not one red cent for wants until all needs are
        Now, if we are to be ruled by wants, I want my social
security check to equal teachers salaries. I have
served in both the Army and Navy. I have given a
lifetime of service not only to the youth, but to the
aged. However, I know my wants are just wants, and I
see the needs of others. I am a happy camper.
Hilbert Ault, Woodsfield


< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 


        Ronald D. Hannum, 71, 27247 Barnett Rd., Summerfield,
died May 5, 2008, in the emergency room at
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge.
He was born Feb. 1, 1937, at Sarahsville, a son of the
late Mildred Hannum and step-father Harry Moore.
Online condolences may be expressed at


        Ida Pearl Dye, 92, formerly of New Matamoras, died
May 6, 2008, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in
Barberton. She was born Sept. 4, 1915 to the late I.P.
and Etta Coss Cline.


        Hildreth “Hyde” Keylor, 87, of 1063 McCloskey Rd.,
Columbiana, died May 6, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Medical
Center, Boardman Campus. He was born Aug. 8, 1920 at
Woodsfield, a son of the late Fred C. and Clara E.
Drum Keylor. Condolences may be made at

        Nettie Alverna Anderson Martin, 101, Woodsfield
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield,
formerly of Sycamore Valley, died May 11, 2008, at the
center. She was born Dec. 14, 1906, near Graysville, a
daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Hannah
Elizabeth Sloan Anderson. Online condolences may be
expressed at www.wattersfuneralhome.com.

        Doris Irene Cline, 85, died May 9, 2008, at blossom
Rehabilitation in Salem. She was born June 4, 1922 in
New Matamoras, the daughter of the late William R. and
Marie T. Stickle Schmidt.
        Condolences may be made to www.lanefuneralhomes.com.

        Gary E. Lashley, 59, Cochran Hill Rd., Clarington,
died May 11, 2008, at Ohio Valley Medical Center,
Wheeling. He was born March 26, 1949 in Barnesville, a
son of Dorothy (Gordy) Beck of Clarington, and the
late Warren Lashley, Sr.
        Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.

        Leander A. Burkhart, 88, 30721 TR 61, Lewisville,
died May 12, 2008, at his residence. He was born Aug.
4, 1919, near Lewisville, a son of the late Aloysius
and Cecilia Schwallie Burkhart.
        Online condolences may be expressed


<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold
reproof promotes peace.
        Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love covers all
        I goofed. I always tried to suggest buying postage
stamps before the price went up and didn’t this time;
good forever stamps were available. Sorry a penny more
to mail a letter. Remember when you could get by with
a three cent stamp or a penny post card? That’s been a
        Everywhere you turn you hear someone complaining
about the price of gasoline. It almost seems like the
price changes even while you’re filling up your tank.
I was on the interstate yesterday, and it seemed as
though there were plenty of folks using plenty of
        I can hardly wait until November and all this
political gobbledee goop is over with, although it
never seems to stop. Very seldom do you hear them say
anything positive; 99 percent of the time it’s
negative talk.
        I read somewhere that 545 people, Congress and
Supreme Court, have the responsibility of running our
country. What do they do? They pass something or try
to fix it; then they stand back and say how bad it
was. It’s kind of interesting to listen to all the
promises they plan to do. I think they all could be
classified as a “tall tale.”
        The old school house in Lewisville is down to a pile
of rubble, and I mean a big pile. I don’t know what
the plans are to get rid of it. Maybe we could have a
big wiener roast. Bring your hot dogs and buns for a
party. One problem, I don’t know where you could find
a wiener stick long enough.
        I’d guess a lot of memories and good usable material
has gone with the old building. I know how I felt when
I drove by my high school and all that was left at the
time wa a skeleton. So goes progress, except we just
keep plugging away here in Monroe County in our
trailer court.
        Where have all the “dandy lions” gone? The ones in
our yard have disappeared for the most part. They will
be back; just you wait and see. Not to be out done
another little yellow flower has started blooming in
our yard. Pretty like flowers I have no idea what they
are. Like my dandy lions, they will be gone soon only
to return another day.
        I heard someone say the only vacation you get after
you’re so old is “going to the doctor and eating out.”
I went on vacation yesterday. It is kind of fun when
the doctor tells you that you’re getting along fine.
Come to think of it, I went on a vacation last week,
too. Total time with the doctors? Probably 15 minutes
would almost cover it, give or take a few minutes.
        On the way to vacation yesterday, I drove through a
portion of Noble County on SR 78, and I noticed they
had started mowing the roadside already. Aside from
the mowing, it uncovered how disrespectful some of the
folks who use the road really are. The mowing uncovers
the trash that thoughtless and disrespectful people
throw out the car window. It’s so easy to keep a small
trash bag in the car for putting trash in and not
throwing it out the car window.
        Probably the worst stretch of road I’ve traveled
along is the short cut from SR 209 to SR 800, past
Meadowbrook High School to SR 313. Plenty of trash out
the car window.
        On a brighter note. The Happy Heart Singers hit the
road on May 6. They traveled to the Ohio Valley Mall
to sing at the Caregivers Fair. Kind of like our Know
Show with a lot of people looking over several rows of
displays. You know who came home with a sack full of
stuff given away. You know, several folks told us they
enjoyed the type of songs we sang, oldies but goodies.
None of the hip hop junk.
        I just happened to think, I went on vacation a couple
of times and didn’t think to take a Beacon along to
take a picture. Come to think of it, we did have a
copy in our car. We just didn’t have our camera.
        We are trying something new this year. Since no one
has stopped by lately to drop us off some rhubarb, (OK
I know it’s spelled wrong but you had no trouble
reading it correctly,) or a rhubarb pie, we planted
three roots of our own hoping that next year we will
be able to harvest our own. Two of them are starting
to grow nicely; the third I’m beginning to doubt if it
will come to and start growing.
        A reader called the other day asking if I had tried
sassafras tea. Yes, it was supposed to get you a jump
start in the spring of the year. I tried it, didn’t
care for the taste plus I didn’t need a jump start in
the spring. Dad and my school teacher took care of
        I do remember a farmer in Morgan County hosted a
Jersey field day and served sassafras tea. They really
enjoyed it. He also had a beet patch next to the milk
house so his kids had raw beets to eat. I don’t care
for raw beets either.
        Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home
and when he is grown up, he’ll never be able to merge
his car onto the freeway.
        Start the week off on the right foot. Attend church
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 61:1-5; From Nehemiah
(Tues.) 4:1-6; (Wed.) 4:7-11; (Thurs.) 4:12-15; (Fri.)
4:16-23; (Sat.) 6:1-14; (Sun.) 6:15-19.