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May 29, 2008 Edition

Zerger Presents American Flag

World War II veteran and former POW Herman Zerger,
representing Congressman Charlie Wilson, presented an
American flag to the Woodsfield Nursing & Rehab
Center. The flag was flown over the United States
Capitol. Shown, from left, are: Air Force veteran and
employee at the facility, Tom Schumacher; Zerger; and
WN&R director Leslie Thompson.                 
Photo by Martha Ackerman


        World War II veteran and former POW Herman Zerger
presented an American flag to the Woodsfield Nursing &
Rehab Center recently.
         “I feel very honored to represent my long-time
friend Congressman Charlie Wilson,” said Zerger as he
presented the Stars and Stripes. “This flag was flown
over our nation’s Capitol.”
        Zerger requested the flag from the Congressman after
he found that the flag presently being flown at the
facility was getting worn. That information came from
Tom Schumacher, an Air Force veteran, who works at
Woodsfield Nursing & Rehab.
        Zerger noted that, over the years, he and Schumacher
have discussed World War II on many occasions.
Schumacher’s uncle, Ambrose “Sam” Schumacher, died in
Iwo Jimo. He was a 23-year-old Marine, who had been a
friend of Zerger’s.
        “We feel very privileged that Mr. Zerger would do
this for our facility,” said Leslie Thompson, director
of Woodsfield Nursing & Rehab Center.

Woodsfield to Receive 0% Loan, $350,000 Grant for Sludge Project

Coordinating time schedules to begin work on the
first section of new concrete and brick sidewalks are,
center left, Jeff Woodell, village administrator and
Terry Bowen, Bowen Construction. Listening are
construction company employees Doug Hannon, left and
Bob Wise.  The men are standing in front of the Beacon
                                                   Photo by Martha Ackerman

by Arlean Selvy
        News of a grant award was made at the May 19 meeting
of Woodsfield village council, which also received
encouraging news about TV cable negotiations.
        “The best news of the evening,” said Jeff Woodell,
village administrator, “is that on May 15 we got a
$350,000 Ohio Public Works grant and a $250,000 loan
at zero percent interest.” He said the $600,000 will
be enough to do the entire sludge project which will
get the village in compliance with the Ohio
Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
        Woodell thanked several individuals for their
cooperation in helping to bring the village’s grant
score up to the necessary 67 points. He said with the
help of several people, they were able to attain the
five bonus points needed to reach 67.         
 “It took everybody’s efforts to get the money,” said Woodell.
         Commended for their efforts were Woodsfield Mayor
Bill Bolon, Charlie Brooks, Dale Dietrich, Barnesville
Mayor Tom Michelli and Roger Deal, village
administrator and Swiss Valley Associates,
        Woodell noted he has a bill of sale for SuddenLink
but there are a few issues to be addressed. He said he
expects an agreement within a couple weeks.            
        Noting citizen speculation, Woodell stressed that
television cable rates will not increase. He said the
village hopes to enhance the service and make more
channels available.
        With regard to cable problems, he said, “There will
be problems, but when they happen, we’ll be out to
take care of them and like other departments, get it
fixed. That’s a promise,” he said.
        Woodell reported:      
        • The computer program at the water plant was
experiencing problems and reports were not going
through to the EPA.
        “Cudos to Mike Luyster who got computers up and
running. It’s always the local guys who are there to
help,” said Woodell.
        • An estimate to pave at Oaklawn Cemetery came in at
$54,000. The cemetery committee will view the roads
and make recommendations.
        • Caution lights are ordered for the fire station and
signage at the intersection of SR78 and Airport Road.
A button to activate the lights will be installed at
the fire station and will automatically turn off 20
minutes later.
        • Flower baskets have been re-hung on the square.
According to discussion, they were too low.
        • The swimming pool will open June 2 and the annual
free swim will be held on June 4.
        Woodell said the water-slide has been repaired and it
will have water running down it so children don’t have
to push themselves down.
        It was reported that Job and Family Services will
purchase pool passes for low-to-moderate income
families. “It should be a nice boost for the  pool
funds,” he said. “That’s something we struggle with
        Following an executive session, council approved a
motion to set the salary for Chris Tamasovich, pool
manager, at $3,600 for the season.
        Woodell said the Park Board is exploring the
possibility of getting a set of steps with railing, at
the pool. This is to make it easier for the elderly to
use the pool, where water aerobics are held.
        Council approved a request by the Park Board to turn
on lights at the basketball court after dark.
        With regard to the sidewalk beautification project,
Woodell reported the owner of Woods-field Ace Hardware
is the first to commit to install a new sidewalk in
the design suggested by the village. Monroe County
Beacon has also committed to the project and will be
the first in the village to install the new walk.
        Brent Dick is owner of Ace Hardware and Murray Cohen,
Delphos Herald [newspaper] Group, is owner of the
building which houses the Beacon.
        The village has offered to tear out the old sidewalks
at no charge to businesses. Business owners will pay
for new concrete, bricks and installation.
        Councilwoman Carol Hehr thanked Woodell for the
efforts on a sidewalk project. She said the village
has  been trying for 15 years to get something done.
        Three resolutions were adopted and all relate to a
project to pipe water from the recently purchased
Rubel Lake to the village water supply. The first
resolution authorizes Mayor Bill Bolon to to submit an
application for a Community Development Block Grant
for water and sanitary sewer program funding from the
Ohio Dept. of Development.
        In other business, a rezoning was approved to change
9.47 acres of property owned by Gary and Carla Ward
from residential to business for the operation of a
plastics mold business.
 The vote was 4-1 with Councilman Bill Moore casting
the dissenting vote. Moore questioned the need to zone
the entire acreage as business.        


From Afghanistan to Woodsfield

An American flag presented to Woodsfield Elementary
School recently was flown  over Afghanistan on a
combat mission in an F-15E “Strike Eagle” at the
request of Master Sergeant Kevin J. Stewart. The flag
was given in appreciation for valentines sent to the
men and women of Stewart’s section. Stewart is
pictured third from the right, holding a clipboard.  

Asia Prickett, Jessica Harper and Brianna Gauding,
members of the Woodsfield Elementary Builder’s Club,
fold an American flag which  was flown over the skies
of Afghanistan at the request of former resident
Master Sergeant Kevin J. Stewart.   
Photo by Martha

by Martha Ackerman
Staff Writer
        A gift of valentines to troops stationed in
Afghanistan brought an unexpected gift to Woodsfield
Elementary. At the request of former Monroe County
resident Kevin J. Stewart, an American flag was flown
on a combat mission in an F-15E “Strike Eagle” Dude
12, Mission A4711, Tail No. 89-0474, supporting
Operation Enduring Freedom, Feb. 23, 2008 for Mrs.
Heather Dick’s Woodsfield Elementary class.
        The flag was presented to the school at a recent “Red
and White” Day held at the old Woodsfield High School.
According to Dick, the flag will be displayed at the
school in a special case.
        As a class project, two large manila envelopes of
valentines were designed and made to brighten the days
of those men and women fighting for freedom in
        Accompanying the flag was the following letter: “I
hope this letter finds you and all in your class
well,” said a letter from former Monroe County
resident, Master Sergeant Kevin Stewart, U.S. Air
Force.                          “Thank you from all the men and women of
the 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons Section
for the many beautiful Valentine’s Day cards that you
        “I have requested that this flag be flown in honor of
you and your class in recognition of the work that you
all put forth so that we could enjoy a little piece of
home as we fight this war.
        “It makes me proud to serve knowing that there are
people like all of you back there supporting us. As
you can see, I have not properly folded this flag.
This task I leave to you. My only request is, as you
remove this flag from the box, take a moment to
remember all that it stands for.
        “And, as you properly fold her, take a moment to
remember all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so
that she can continue to be flown proudly today. Thank
you again!”
        Master Sergeant Stewart, a 1992 graduate of
Woodsfield High School and classmate of Heather Dick,
returned on  May 9 after spending four months as an
aircraft armament assistant in Afghanistan.
        As we recognize May 30th as Memorial Day, Master
Sergeant Stewart asks that everyone remembers the men
and women who did not make it back.
        Master Sergeant Stewart, with his wife, the former
Misty English, are stationed at Seymour Johnson Air
Force Base, North Carolina. They have two children,
Taylor and Mackenzie.
        Welcome back, Kevin!

<County Celebrates Senior Day

May is Older Americans Month

        Senior Citizens Day was observed May 20 at Monroe County Senior Center. The celebration featured a country store fundraiser and lively polka music.
  Celebrating with seniors were members of the Kiwanis
Club and guest Dr. Arnold DeLuca of Chicago, County
Commissioner John Pyles and Monroe County Senior
Companions Evelyn McDougal, Kathleen May, Margaret Dalrymple and Marjorie Riggenbach. Walter Burkhalter, chairman, Monroe County Council on
Aging, explained how the council sends flowers to countians who are over 90 years of age.
        Two individuals over 90, Lillian Smith and Ella Smithberger, were in attendance and were honored with bouquets.

        Kathy Ward won the door prize, donated by Westfall’s
Florist of Woodsfield.
        Featured entertainment was Ray Galla, who played
accordion and sang. Many in his audience clapped their
hands to the rhythm of polka music.
        The luncheon was preceded by a blessing given by Bob
        Staff at the center includes Alice Piatt, site
manager; Dee Hutchinson, cook aide, Cathy Mitchel,
clerk; Vernon Straub, Jack Riley, Max Clegg, meal
delivery; Beth Roberts, escort driver; Sharon Workman
and Kathy Singleton, homemaker.

        Being over 90 years of age, Lillian Smith, left, and
Ella Smithberger, were recipients of flowers during
the Senior Citizens Day Celebration held May 20 at the
senior center.


 <Our Readers Write

Dear Editor and fellow Citizens,
        Have you ever known of an organization more misnamed
than the Democrat Party? The dictionary defines
‘democrat’ as an advocate of democracy, and
‘democracy’ as government by the people, exercised
either directly or through elected representatives.
        Yet for several decades the Democrat Party has
employed Super Delegates in the selection of a
Presidential candidate. Super Delegates (not elected
by the people) have the potential of overriding the
will of the people’s elected delegates. This
arrangement tells me the national Democrat Party does
not trust the people to select their own candidate.
        To make matters worse, in this campaign season the
DNC threatens to disenfranchise the voters of Michigan
and Florida. Even though Democrat voters went to the
polls in the two states to cast ballots, their votes
might not be counted by the DNC at the National
Convention this Fall. Outrageous.
For liberty, Deb K. Ault Jones


< Obituaries (read the full obituary in the paper) 


        Carl W. Talbot, 92, Rittman, died May 17, 2008, at
Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. He was born June 7, 1915,
in Claring-ton, to Upton and Ella Lehman Talbot and
lived in Rittman since 1945. Online condolences may be
made to www.gillmanfuneralhome.com.


        Barbara R. Conner, 72, Woodsfield, died May 23, 2008,
at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born May 1,
1936 in Barnesville, a daughter of the late Elmer
Rausch and Clara Froehlich Rausch.      Condolences may be
expressed at www.bauerturner.com

        Mary Eleanor Moore, 86, passed away March 27, 2008.
She was born in Woodsfield, where she was a member of
the Order of the Eastern Star.

<Around the Burnside

By Denny Easterling People who accept correction are on the pathway to
life, but those who ignore it will lead others astray.
        Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible
and turn off the flow.
        A reader sent me a little write-up thinking I might
want to pass it along in Around the Burnside.
        As you have heard, each of us will be getting a tax
rebate check to stimulate the economy. If we spend
that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to
China. If we spend it on gasoline, it will go to the
Arabs. If we purchase a computer, it will go to India.
If we purchase fruits and vegetables, it will go to
Mexico, Honduras and Gualemala. If we purchase useless
stuff, it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help
the American economy. We need to keep that money here
in America. The only way to keep that money here at
home is to spend it at yard sales, since those are the
only businesses is still in the U.S. A lot of truth in
        After last week I got to wondering and I started to
figure. The last gasoline I purchased cost just a tink
under $3.90, and a good mileage seems to be 30 miles
to the gallon. This means 18 cents worth of gasoline,
price per gallon 70 years ago, would allow you to
drive a couple or three wheel turns over one and 38
hundedths miles, which would amount to a good
sightseeing tour around Lewisville. You might want to
check my math as I did have to take dummy math my
first quarter at OSU.
        Something new? The other day I was nibbing around in
the grocery store, while Esther was running around
spending our money. I spotted a section of different
kinds of Pringles potato chips. One of the tubes I
spotted had “extreme dill pickle” on the side. I
wondered how can they make potato chips taste like a
dill pickle, so I put a tube in our cart.
        Know something? They do have a dill pickle taste,
even Esther agreed. We happened to have some French
onion chip dip, I dipped a Pringle in the dip, and it
was really good. As a matter of fact, I nearly
finished off half the tube of Pringles. I never
thought mixing dill pickles and onions together would
taste so good. I look forward to eating deep fried
dill pickles at the county fair, I also like the
        You’ve heard the saying, “That’s how the cookie
crumbles”? Well, a truck driver went to sleep on I-70,
upset his rig, scattered 14 tons of Oreo cookies and
stopped traffic east and west. Too bad there wasn’t a
milk truck close by so they could have had a few Oreos
and milk while they were waiting for the road to
clear. I think I read of a truck loaded with beer
upsetting a short time ago. This Bud’s for you.
        Famous quotes: I contend that for a nation to tax
itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a
bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle -
Winston Churchill.
        Four times a year I receive the magazine Wild Ohio.
It is published by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and
the best thing is, it is free. If you have an interest
in wildlife and other areas of the outdoors you might
want to subscribe.
        The summer edition has some interesting things about
wildlife. Would you believe fish have been on the
earth 500 million years. Woodpeckers has a barbed
tongue which they use to extract their prey from the
holes they have drilled with their chisel-like beaks.
All rattlesnakes give birth to live  young rather than
laying eggs. The sex of turtles is temperature
controlled; males are produced at an incubation
temperature of 73 to 75 degrees and females at 86 to
88 degrees. Both sexes are created between 75 and 86
degrees. There are also squirrel hunting dogs?. Yes,
squirrels. (Mountain cur)
        To subscribe to Wild Ohio, write a letter requesting
a subscription to ODNR Division of Wildlife, 2045
Morse Rd. Bldg. G, Columbus, OH 43229-6693. It’s free.
        Congratulations is in order to the team from River
who took part in the Envirothon held recently at
Shadow Lake. Although they didn’t place among the
winners, they did represent our county and did put in
extra study and time. I didn’t even know it was being
held in our county until it was over, same with 5th
grade field day. Too bad we can’t get this type of
news out sooner. Maybe I just missed it.
        I received an article from a reader the other day,
“Plastic water bottles aren’t cool anymore.” It goes
into detail why plastic water bottles could cause some
health problems. I have two plastic bottles designed
to drink water from in our fridge, keeping me in cold
drinking water. My doctor told me last week, “Drink
more water.” We do have a Pur filter on our spigot in
the kitchen to filter out the yucky taste; however,
some of it goes into a bottle that was filled with
purified water at one time. I guess I’ll need to
rethink my drinking water methods. I’ll try to include
the reasons why the plastic bottles are not cool
anymore from time to time.
        Why do you have to “put your two cents in”, - but
it’s only “a penny for your thoughts”? “Where’s the
other penny going?
        You are always welcome in church. Try it.
        Bible readings: (Mon.) Proverbs 8:22-31; (Tues.)
Hebrews 1:1-5; (Wed.) John 1;1-5; (Thurs.) Hebrews
1:6-9; (Fri.) Hebrews 1:10-12; (Sat.) John 1:14-18;
(Sun.) Hebrews 1:13,14.