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& Obituaries for Nov. 16, 2006
Woodsfield Christian Church Donates to Warm the
Minister Herb Alexander and Mary Bassett of the Woodsfield Christian
Church, presented Pandora Neuhart, coordinator of the Warm of the
Children program, with a check for $500 to help provide new, warm,
winter coats and boots to needy children of the Switzerland of Ohio
Local School District. "This is wonderful," said Neuhart, who added
that donations are starting to come in and that several have come from
out-of-town people who receive the Monroe County Beacon. According to
Alexander, the church board decided this to be a very important
project for the church's benevolence fund. The Warm the Children
program is in its eighth year and has provided winter-wear for
hundreds of children, birth to senior in high school, over the
years. Photo by Martha Ackerman
Ormet Signs AEP Power Agreement
Read more in the Nov. 16 edition...
Ormet, on Nov. 9, announced that it has
signed a long-term agreement with American Electric Power under which
AEP will provide power to Ormet's operations in Hannibal. Ormet and
AEP had filed the agreement with the Public Utilities Commission of
Ohio in late October and the commission issued a final order last week
putting the agreement into effect.
The agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2007, places the
Hannibal facilities back into the AEP service
territory. AEP will supply Ormet electricity for $43 per megawatt hour
through the end of 2008. Following this two year agreement, Ormet will
be able to obtain power at the same rate as all other large industrial
users in the Ohio service territory.
About 250 hourly employees were called back to the job this month,
bringing the total active work force in Hannibal to over 400, which
includes about 100 employees at the billet cast house. About 300
employees are preparing potlines for a restart.
The restart date for two of the six potlines could
now potentially begin as early as mid- December. Additional employees
will be recalled around the time Ormet starts producing aluminum.
Ormet's other four potlines are expected to be up and running by late
in the Spring of 2007.
Strickland Makes Monroe a Campaign Stop ~
Ohio Governor-Elect Ted Strickland, along with
Charlie Wilson, Tim Franken and other democratic candidates, stopped
in Monroe County on the busy campaign trail Oct. 27. The candidates
spoke to a large crowd in the Henri Coulson Building, located on the
Monroe County Fairgrounds. Herman Zerger, Democratic committee
chairman and long-time friend of Strickland, was the master of
ceremonies, introducing the candidates. Shown is Ann Block, of the
Monroe County Board of Elections, who welcomed Strickland to the
event. The Governor-Elect garnered a vast majority of Monroe County
votes in the Nov. 7 election.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
CIC Eyes Funding for Black
A resolution was approved by county
commissioners last week which authorizes the Commun-ity Improvement
Corporation (CIC) to file an application requesting the Department of
Development support an application for assistance for renovations at
the Black Walnut
Center. The assistance, if approved, would come under the Ohio
Industrial Site Improvement Fund program.
Commissioners designated the Walnut Center renovation project as the
most appropriate with regard to funding regulations under the DOD
The funding could only be used to improve an existing business.
Currently, Broadband is located at the Black Walnut Center as well as
Commissioners authorized Dean Gramlich to serve as the project
manager. He is to make application to participate in the Industrial
Site Improvement Fund program and provide all information and
documentation required in the application.
~ Woodsfield Eagles #2302
Donates $17,100 ~
~ Woodsfield Eagles #2302 Donates $17,100 ~
The Woodsfield Eagles No. 2302 donated to several departments and
organizations Nov. 10. Receiving checks, from left, were: Joan
Michener, activity director for the Monroe County Care Center; Donna
Coplan of the Monroe County Humane Society; Bill Long,
of the Monroe County Job and Family Services where the money will be
used for the secret Santa project; Tom Schuler, Eagles secretary;
Teresa Burkhart, Eagles club manager; back-Joe Kurtzman of the Monroe
County Sheriff's Office, money to be used for the law enforcement
trust fund; Chuck Hamilton, Woodsfield Police Chief, money to be used
for equipment; Mike Young, Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Chief, money will
also be used for equipment; and Lewis Jackson, Eagles trustee. Photo
by Martha Ackerman
(read the full obituary in the paper)
Read the full obituary in the Nov.
H. Potts, 78, SR 536, Hannibal, died Nov, 6, 2006, at Wetzel County
Hos-pital, New Martinsville. He was born June 6, 1928, in Duffy, the son of the
late Harold and Emma Weiss Potts.
Willis (Mac) Paul McDowell, Sr., 88, New Matamoras, died Nov. 9, 2006, at
Summit Acres Nursing Home, Caldwell. He was born April 2, 1918, in Akron, a son
of the late Willis and Elizabeth McDowell.
G. Chaplin, 58, SR 7, Sardis, died Nov. 6, 2006, in Wetzel County Hospital,
New Martinsville. He was born Oct. 7, 1948, in New Martinsville.
Thanksgiving - A History of the American Holiday ~
By: Gwynn Clifford
In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an
autumn harvest feast that is now known as the first Thanksgiving.
While cooking methods and table etiquette have changed as the holiday
evolved, the meal is still consumed today with the same spirit of
According to historians, during the American
Revolution a yearly day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the
Continental Congress. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a
day of thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November, correlating it
with the Nov. 21, 1621, the anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod.
Since then, each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the date for Thanksgiving to the
fourth Thursday of November in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941).
While historians are not completely certain
about the full bounty, it is safe to say the pilgrims were not
gobbling up pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes. Following is a list of the
foods that were available to the colonists at the time of the 1621
feast. However, the only two items that historians know for sure were
on the menu are venison and wild fowl.
A variety of foods that may have been at the feast according to the
food historians at Plimoth
Plantation, are cod, clams, and lobster, wild turkey, goose, duck,
crane, swan, partridge, venison and seal. Grains and vegetables
included wheat flour, Indian corn, pumpkin (although not pumpkin pie),
peas, beans, onions, lettuce, radishes and carrots.
Surprisingly, the following foods, all considered
staples of the modern Thanksgiving meal, likely did not appear at the
pilgrims' first feast... Though they had brought pigs with them from
England, there is no evidence that the colonists had butchered a pig
by this time for ham. Sweet potatoes and potatoes were also not
common. At this time of year, the corn would not have been on the cob,
it would have been dried.
While the colonists had cranberries, there was not sugar to make our
well-known cranberry sauce. Pumpkin Pie recipes did not exist at this
point, though the pilgrims did have recipes for stewed pumpkin.
Whatever your traditional Thanksgiving dinner table holds, may it
abound with family, fellowship and gratitude.