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<Headlines & Obituaries for Nov. 16, 2006     < News Archives    

< ~ Woodsfield Christian Church Donates to Warm the
Children ~

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 Walnut Center



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 program.
The funding could only be used to improve an existing business. Currently, Broadband is located at the Black Walnut Center as well as office space.
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. 16 edition...

< Carl 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.

< David 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
Staff Writer

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 has
evolved, the meal is still consumed today with the same spirit of celebration.
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.