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May 22, 2008 Edition

~ Mayor Proclaims National Nursing Home Week ~

        Woodsfield Mayor L. William Bolon read a proclamation
May 12 at Monroe CountyCare Center as the facility celebrated
National Nursing Home Week. “The Village recognizes National
Nursing Home Week and encourages our community’s
citizens to honor and serve the individuals who laid
the foundations of our community,” read Bolon.
Residents and guests enjoyed refreshments and
entertainment by Gary Jones. Shown with Mayor Bolon is
Kelley Hill, director of Monroe County Care Center. A
variety of activities were planned during the week
which included entertainment by Good Ole Boys, Linda
Rush, Curtis Chamberlain, Van Morris and Robert Hall.
                                      Photo by Martha Ackerman


Happy Days Opens in Woodsfield

Happy Days are here again! Happy Days Ice Cream Shop
and Diner has opened on South Main Street in
Woodsfield. Members of the Monroe County Chamber of
Commerce welcomed Kris Delong and Happy Days to the
business community recently. Shown, from left, are:
Tracey Craig, Chamber member; Kris Delong with
grandsons, C.J. Delong, and Jonathon and Jacob
Farnsworth; Melissa Smithberger, Chamber member; and
Ruth Workman, Chamber secretary.                    
Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        Happy Days are here again! It’s located on South Main
Street in Woodsfield. Kris Delong has opened Happy
Days Ice Cream Shop and Diner.
        Reminiscent of the 50’s, Delong has brought the
atmosphere of “Arnold’s” to Monroe County residents.
There are poodle skirts and 45 rpm records on the
walls.  Posters from the “Happy Days” sitcom are
displayed and vintage car border trims the walls.
There are even small juke boxes at the tables!
        “There is nothing for kids,” said Delong.  “You had
Berry’s,” said Delong. “My dad always loved it. He and
my sisters have lots of fond memories of Berry’s. (For
those of you who do not know what Berry’s was -- it
was a soda shop/convenient store which served as the
local hang-out for kids in the 50’s and 60’s).
        Delong has lots of ideas to bring in customers,
especially kids.
        In conjunction with the June 6 opening of Summer Fest
in Woodsfield, Delong will have lots of activities.
She will kick-off the event with a kids’ karaoke
night. There will be a bounce house, a clown, and
Kaiser, the police dog, will be visiting.
        In a month or so, the building next door will be
coming down allowing for Happy Days to expand to the
outdoors with more activities in the planning stages.
Delong would like to feature outdoor movies. A free
ticket will accompany a purchase. There will also be
cornhole tournaments and much more.
        Happy Days offers soft serve and dipped ice cream,
floats, sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes, a variety
of sandwiches, hot pretzels, tacos in a bag, funnel
cakes and even a “little squirts” menu.
        “If everyone works at it, we can make changes in
Woodsfield, even if it’s a little bit at a time,” said
Delong. She welcomes any suggestions  residents might
have to make it more fun for the kids.
        Happy Days Ice Cream Shop and Diner is located at 235
South Main Street across from the Red Head gas
station. Happy Days is open Monday - Wednesday, 11
a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 3:30 to 9 p.m.; Friday and
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Take-out orders are welcome. Call 740-472-5622.

<Local Store Celebrates 50 Years

        Woodsfield Auto Supply is celebrating its 50th
anniversary. It was a dream that came true for Wilbur
Yoss and his wife Kathleen.
        Wilbur Yoss was one of the owners of two Gulf filling
stations, Yoss Motor Sales and Yoss and Hunnell Gulf
Oil Distributing, which supplied local stations with
petroleum products. But Wilbur’s dream was to own an
auto parts store.
        In 1958, the dream came true – Woodsfield Auto Supply
was formed.
        After much research and visits checking out stores in
other areas, Yoss decided to open his store in his
hometown. He purchased a feed store located on North
Main Street at the site where Yoss Law Office is now
located. He remodeled the three-story building and
dedicated the first two floors to the auto parts
business. A NAPA franchise was selected because, being
an excellent mechanic himself, Yoss felt this company
provided the highest quality replacement parts
available. That is what he wanted to provide for his
customers – the best.
        With the help of Emerson Koehler of NAPA’s
Columbus-based warehouse, Yoss, his son, Dick and Bill
Weddle, who was the first employee hired for the
store, stocked the newly remodeled building and
Woodsfield Auto Supply opened for business.
        Dick recalls that in the early years, Bill Secrest
operated Monroe Auto Parts, then located in the lot
across from the Beacon. He said a good, friendly
competition was shared, and when one of the businesses
didn’t have an item for the customer, someone ran up
or down the alley and got the item for the customer at
the other store. “It was a good relationship,” said
Dick, who worked at the store during his high school
years and weekends during college. He said in those
days the store was open late on Friday nights as were
most of the stores in Woodsfield.
        In April 1960, Yoss died and his wife, Kathleen,
continued the business offering the same responsible
and reliable service which her husband had provided.
        Disaster struck in early 1963 when the auto parts
building, along with Martin’s Restaurant next door,
burned to the ground. The upstairs apartment was being
renovated and local craftsman Pete Christman had
almost finished extensive remodeling of the rooms
where Kathleen and her family were to move into the
next week. Everything laid in ashes. All was lost
including personal items which had already been moved.
No insurance covered the cost of the remodeling or the
personal items. This adversity did not stop Kathleen
from carrying on her husband’s business. Within a
couple of days, business resumed in a new location, in
the building which now houses the school district
offices on Mill Street.
        The former restaurant location was purchased and
construction began on the building which is now
occupied by the NAPA store and Yoss Law Office. For
many years, the building housed the auto parts store
and Ohio Bell Telephone Company’s Woodsfield-based
office. Then, when Ohio Bell moved its offices from
Woodsfield, Dick Yoss opened his law practice in that
        Ed Baker, Kathleen's son-in-law, managed the store
from 1967 until his death in 1996. The Woodsfield Auto
Supply has had many dedicated employees through the
years including Bill and Doris Weddle, Jimmy Menkle,
Bruce Riley, Rick Schuerman, Troy Baker (Kathleen’s
grandson), Brad Ady, Michael Brock, Tony Milhoan and
Misty Dierkes (Kathleen’s granddaughter).
        The store now employs Devin Isaly as manager,
Kathleen’s son Gary Yoss, Mark McCaslin, Rusty Mellott
and Kathleen’s granddaughter Richele Brown.
        Fifty years after its inception, Woodsfield Auto
Supply is the only parts store in Monroe County that
is locally owned and operated.
        The Woodsfield Auto Supply store carries a full line
of high quality replacement parts for autos, trucks,
tractors and marine parts and accessories. “We welcome
and appreciate our retail walk-in trade, but we are
strongly committed to our commercial and professional
repair shop accounts,” said manager Devin Isaly.
        How have things changed in the last 50 years? Modern
computerized cataloging is now used and a wider
variety of markets are addressed, but it is important
to note what has remained the same. High quality parts
and standards have not changed as Woodsfield Auto
Supply celebrates 50 years of business in Woodsfield.

<WN&R Honors Director of Nursing

        Woodsfield Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s Linda
Kurtz, RN, center, was honored as the National and
Ohio Area “Director of Nursing of the Year.” In honor
of the prestigious awards, a reception was held in her
honor at the facility. From left: Leslie Thompson,
WN&R director; Kurtz; and Carolyn Bloom, regional
director, Extendicare Health Services, Inc.        
Photo by Martha Ackerman


        Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
announced recently that its Director of Nursing Linda
Kurtz, RN, received the National and Ohio Area
“Director of Nursing of the Year” awards.
        “Director of Nursing is one of the most difficult
jobs there is,” said Carolyn Bloom, regional director
of Extendicare Health Services, Inc., owner and
operator of Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center. “It
is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week job.”
        Kurtz was recognized for providing outstanding
service to residents, families and employees. The
award was given during National Nurses Week, which
recognizes nurses and nurse assistants for their
important contributions in the delivery of quality
        “These awards are due to working in an excellent
facility,” said Kurtz.
        “She makes it the wonderful facility it is,” said
Leslie Thompson, director of WN&R. “She is truly
dedicated to this facility.”
        “Linda will do whatever it takes to ensure Woodsfield
Nursing and Rehabilitation is always at its best
whether it’s caring for residents, cooking, mopping or
providing resident activities. Every resident and
employee knows Linda is there to help them succeed,”
said Jean Lambert, Regional Director of Clinical
Services for Exten-dicare, who nominated Kurtz for
this award.
        Kurtz has been a valuable member of the Woodsfield
Nursing and Rehab team for 24 years. Her family
surprised her by attending the noon reception held in
her honor May 14.      


 <Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,
        Just when you think Monroe County politics cannot get
any dirtier; look no further than Center Township.
        In November of 2007 there were three candidates for
the position of Center Township Clerk: incumbent
Cheryl Keylor (who passed away before the end of her
term), JD Wiley who won the election) and I, Tammy
        Upon the passing of Cheryl Keylor, the trustees
appointed Jeanette Harter to the position of Center
Township Fiscal Officer (Clerk). On April 1, JD Wiley
assumed the position to which he was elected. On May
9, 2008, I was informed that JD Wiley, Center Township
Clerk, had resigned due to personal issues after only
one month of service. I contacted JD to confirm this
information, which he did. Then I spoke to Center
Township Trustee Drew Dimmerling with regard to how I
needed to declare my interest in the position. He
informed me that since the trustees had appointed
Jeanette Harter when Cheryl Keylor had passed away and
she had straightened things out, that the trustees
felt they “owed it” to Jeanette to offer her the
position and were going to appoint her. On Sat., May
10, 2008, the Center Township Trustees held a special
meeting appointing Jeanette (who has one full-time and
three part-time county positions already) as the
Center Township Clerk. Drew knew the date and time of
this special meeting but did not mention it.
        If Drew knew that he and the other two trustees were
going to appoint Jeanette, then they made the decision
outside of the meeting. This is a violation of the
Ohio Sunshine Law, more specifically then Open
Meetings Act.
        Besides the violation of the Sunshine Law, I feel
that there was an ethics issue violated. The motion to
appoint Jeanette (who works for the airport board) was
made by Charlie Brooks (who also sits on the Airport
Board.) As already being Jeanette’s boss, Charlie
should have abstained from the vote.
        If I did not feel that my Associate and Bachelor’s
degrees in Business Manage-ment were adequate
qualifications to hold the position of Clerk, I would
not have run for the position. I do not wish to take
anything away from Jeanette Harter. She is very good
at what she does, and was very helpful to me when she
was with the Auditor’s office and I was learning my
new position in county government.
        I have always had  cordial relationships with Charlie
Brooks, Drew Dimmerling and Doug Yontz, but now feel
that I have been stabbed in the back for not even
being considered for the position. The trustees did
act within the bounds of the law, but the law does not
always reflect what is right. I am sorry to inform
each of you who voted in this election that your vote
did not count. If Jeanette wanted the position, she
should have gone through the proper process and
participated in the election.
        I ask that you tell your three Center Township
Trustees that they made a wrong decision by appointing
Jeanette Harter to the position of Center Township
Clerk not only when you see them on the street but
when each of them ask you to reelect them when their
terms expire.
Tammy L. Jones


< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 


        Agnes C. Burkhart, a woman of faith who loved her
family, passed away May 16 in the House of Loreto. She
was born Feb. 16, 1912, in Woodsfield, a daughter of
the late Joseph F. and Anna L. Paulus Schumacher.
Condolences may be made to “On Line Registry Page” at

        Elvin L. Hall, 88, Rinard Mills, died May 15, 2008,
at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born April 24,
1920, at Brownsville, the son of the late Austin and
Laura Louella Stewart Hall. Online condolences may be
made at hadleyfuneralhomes.com.

        Katherine L. Bonam, 82, Louisville, died May 16,
2008, in Alliance Community Hospital following a
sudden illness. She was born June 25, 1925, in
Antioch, a daughter of the late John O. and Lavada
Dailey Hooper.


        James William “Sonny” Hensel, Sr., 84, of New
Mata-moras died May 18, 2008, peacefully at his home
surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 13, 1923,
in Brownsville, the son of the late Elmer Walter
Hensel Sr. and Pearl Langsdorf Hensel.  Online
condolences may be made at: hadleyfuneralhomes.com


<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling

Wise words come from the lips of people with
understanding, but fools will be punished with a rod.
        Wise people treasure knowledge, but babbling of a
fool invites trouble.
        I’ve mentioned this before, but I really got a
surprise the other day. I hope you don’t consider it
        I quit smoking many, many years ago. It was really
the toughest thing I learned in the service to quit. A
friend, who owned a hardware store, and I had a little
contest to quit smoking. I caught him a couple of
three days later puffing away. He’s been gone for a
number of years now, and I expect I would not be
writing this had I not quit.
        I got along fairly well by wedging two packs I had
when I quit  between the dash and the windshield in my
car. Each morning when I got into the car I’d say,
“You so and so’s are not going to get me today.” It
worked. Both packs stayed there for many months.
Someone stole one pack and the JC’s ran out of
cigarettes when we were cooking a chicken barbeque. I
came to the rescue and gave them a pack that had been
wedged in my windshield for months. They happily went
puffing away on cigarettes that were months old and
had traveled many miles.
        I was getting along fine until I went with a farmer
friend who was a sheep dipper. Having very little
experience with sheep and the dipping thereof, I met
him at the farm where he was dipping sheep. I learned
I did not care to become a sheep dipper. Some time
during the process my friend offered me a chew of Mail
Pouch. I had been a chewer  before entering the
service. Was that chew ever good, just like chocolate.
I was hooked again. I could chew and spit with the
best of them.
        This habit lasted for years until I was having some
problems and Dr. Jenkins asked me, “Do you smoke?” I
answered, “No, but I chew a little.” He ordered, “Quit
that just in case it’s causing trouble.” I did. He
also took my coffee away too. On a return trip for an
office visit he asked, “Have you quit drinking
coffee?” I answered, “I switched to decaffeinated.” He
ordered, “Quit that too, just in case.” I did and
there went two things I actually enjoyed. I tried a
little taste of coffee some time ago, just for the
heck of it. I don’t know how I ever drank the stuff,
        What brought all this on was the other day I was
wondering around in the grocery store hunting for
Esther, to keep her from spending all our money, when
I stopped in front of the section where the chewing
tobacco was displayed.
        I noticed on the carton of Mail Pouch six dollars’
savings. I thought, “Wow, it seems a carton didn’t
cost much more than that.” On closer inspection I saw
a price on the shelf of 39 dollars, and I thought
gasoline was high. Believe me, it would take a lot of
chewin’ and spittin’ to add up to 39 dollars’ worth.
I’m glad I quit.
        Happened to watch the program “Dirty Jobs” Monday
evening. I didn’t know there was so much involved in
producing fertilized turkey eggs. What a job.
        How about that? I read in the Journal-Leader this
week the following from the news of 70 years ago:
“Caldwell’s gas war was ended Friday when an agreement
was reached among the three dealers. Gasoline was put
back to the normal price of 18 cents per gallon after
local dealers had been selling it for as low as 13 3/8
cents per gallon.” Might be interesting to know how
many drops of gasoline you would get for 18 cents
today or how far could you drive on 18 cents worth of
gas. Math students, get busy.
        I also read the other day a school system down on the
river (not our county) was revising their student
handbook by having a committee from each building in
the system make recommendations.
        I was interested in a suggestion from one of the
elementary schools. A rule outlawing the wearing of
flip flops or high heels and extreme hair color.
        Flip flops seem to have become a popular footwear. If
this makes it into the handbook I can envision a
number of people and students will raise a big
whoop-to-do over it. I assume it’s because of a safety
factor but I’ve watched campers at FFA camp dance like
a wild Indian while wearing flip flops and never stump
a toe. I guess wearing flip flops comes as near going
barefooted as you can get without wearing shoes.
        I thought when they first came out they were just the
thing, so I bought a pair for a buck. I saw some for
ten bucks the other day. Well, I wore them for a
while, and the little piggy that went to the market,
and the little piggy that stayed home developed a
painful sore between them on both feet to boot. This
was when flip flops and I parted company never to walk
around together forever. As long as they are happy I
guess a lot of feet will go flippity-floppity around
the town. After all “If the shoe fits, wear it,” or
“The boy stood on the burning deck, eating peanuts by
the peck, or maybe “The boy stood on the burning deck,
hot dogs.” I’d say flip flops are here to stay to
continue flopping around.
        Seen on a church board: Our Sundays are great; why
don’t you try one?
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 27:11-14; (Tues.)
Leviticus 23:33-43; (Wed.) Deuteronomy 16:13-17;
(Thurs.) Nehemiah 8:1-6; (Fri.) Nehemiah 8:7-12;
(Sat.) Nehemiah 8:13-18; (Sun.) Psalm 19:7-14.