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<Headlines & Obituaries for Sept. 7, 2006     < News Archives    <Beacon on Vacation!

< Monroe County Awarded
$300,000 Distress Grant


 Read more in the Sept. 7 edition....
by Gwynn Clifford - Staff Writer

Following community input and commissioner approval, the county applied for and
has been granted $300,000 in funds through the federal Community Distress Block Grant
Selected as an investment area earlier this summer, Woodsfield projects under the
grant will include $103,100 for fire protection facilities and equipment, pagers, turnout
gear, protective jumpsuits and a foam system.
Woodsfield will also receive $85,500 for parks and recreation facilities including
renovation of changing rooms, restrooms and the concession stand building at the
swimming pool.
To help manage storm runoff issues, another $62,300 was allocated for flood and
drainage updates including installation of culverts and catch basins at two locations.
Program allocations include $24,200 for parking facilities and paving for a lot and
driveway at the Parry Museum complex.
Oaklawn Avenue will benefit from 425 feet of new sidewalks at a cost of $14,900. The
grant also includes an administrative fee of $10,000.

< Buckeye Hills Awarded Contract For Economic Development


 Read more in the Sept. 7 edition...
     A contract for administration of the county's economic development program was awarded last week by county commissioners, who failed to extend the contracts of the economic developer and grants writer.
     Commissioners met in continued session, Aug. 29, to discuss and ultimately accept the sole proposal, submitted by Buckeye Hills - Hocking Valley Regional Development District.
     With regard to the two individuals working within the current program, administered
by Jobs and Family Services, contracts were not extended.
     Commissioner Mark Forni mentioned extending the contracts since Buckeye Hills does
not assume responsibility of the economic development program until Oct. 1 and the two
contracts expire Aug. 31.His reminder was met with silence.
     Later Forni made a motion to extend the contract of Laura Williams, grant writer. The motion died for lack of a second.
     "I'm not in favor of extending either one [of the contracts]," said commissioner Gary
     Forni noted again that the Buckeye Hills contract isn't effective until October. No further action was taken concerning the positions, which are currently held by Lou Stein, economic developer; and Laura Williams, grants writer.
Buckeye Hills -Hocking Valley submitted in its proposal a nine-month budget and a 12-month budget.
   For the nine month period Oct. 1 through June 30, 2007, BHHV shows a budget of $174,188, including $17,954 in administrative fees. The annual budget is $232,250.
    Budgeted for an economic developer's salary for nine months is $48,750 plus $22,855 for benefits; for 12-months, $65,000 plus $30,473 in benefits.
     Budgeted for a grants writer's salary is $23,063 plus $18,592 for benefits; for 12-months, $30,473 plus $24,789 for benefits.

GMN Wireless Broadband to Expand Coverage in Monroe

GMN Tri-County's Broadband will expand coverage thanks to an $119,348 Ohio Department of Development grant, presented by Laura Williams, grants writer. Shown, from
left, as over $91,000 worth of Motorola equipment was being unloaded, are: front, Sherry Wizba, Staley Communications;  Laura Williams, grants writer; GMN CEO Gary Ricer; Pat Britten, Broadband director; Nathan Book, Broadband technician; back, Commissioner Mark Forni; driver Phil Thompson; Commissioner Gary Hudson; Lou Stein, economic developer;  Chip Calissie of Staley Communications; Commissioner Sonny Block and Dean Gramlich,
president, CIC.

 Photo by Martha Ackerman


 Read more in the Sept. 7 edition....
by Martha Ackerman - Staff Writer

     GMN Broadband will expand its coverage to include five more areas thanks to a $119,348
Ohio Department of Development grant.
"A network of public entities collaborated to assist in providing expanded areas of Monroe County high speed wireless internet," said Gary Ricer, Director and CEO of GMN Tri-County CAC.
     "It's an exciting time," said Laura Williams, Monroe County Grants Writer, who wrote
and submitted the grant to the Ohio Department of Development. "It will enable more  individuals to access all kinds of information and education from their homes. It will also
help many people communicate with their families instantly. It will help move everyone into the technology era."
     "It's been a plan to expand the broadband throughout the county since Jim Archer of GMN and I started for the original two grants, said Lou Stein, Monroe County Economic Developer, who formulated the strategic plan for the placement of the canopy and a marketing strategy for its sustainability.  "In February, we initiated the plan to expand to five more villages. In the next two to three weeks, Gary (Ricer) and I will have informal meetings in each of the villages to answer questions as to how to sign up for high speed internet," continued Stein.

(read the full obituary in the paper) 

 Read more in the Sept. 7 edition...
<Luzelda E. "Bill" Stephen, 83
St. Clairsville (born in Monroe County)
Oct. 27, 1922- Sept, 1, 2006,

< Mary Louise Allen, 67,
Moundsville, W. Va.
Dec. 21, 1938-Aug. 30, 2006

< Lois Hickman, 76,
Ravenna, (Born in Round Bottom) 
Aug. 12, 1930-Aug. 30, 2006

< New Matamoras     
by  Mary Valentine


    Hello everybody and welcome to September. While sorting through some papers I
found an article entitled "Wacky Americans."
Hope you enjoy:
    We yell for the Government to balance the budget, then take the last dime we have to
make the down payment on a car that will take five years to pay off.
     We demand speed laws that will stop fast driving, then won't buy a car unless it has up
to 120 on the speedometer.
We know the lineup of major sports teams, but not the words to the national anthem
or who our congressman or senator is.
We beat an enemy in battle, then give them the shirt off our backs.
We tie up our dog and let our 16 year old kid run wild.
We worked hard on the farm so we could move to town to make more money, so we
could move back to the country.
At the office we talk baseball, shopping, fishing or golf. When we're at the ballgame,
shopping, fishing or playing golf, we talk business.
We spend large sums of money on vitamin pills to live longer, then drive 90 mph to
make up for lost time.

Danielle Irvin, 16, of Matamoras, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National Teen American Miss Ohio Pageant. The pageant is based on inner beauty, poise and presentation, and the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills and good attitude.
Danielle's activities include Frontier varsity cheerleading, All-American Twirlers and
Baton Pom-Pom Corps, Spanish Club, Who's Who Among High School Students, Business
Professionals of America and student council. She is assistant cheerleader advisor of the
Frontier youth 3rd and 4th grade cheerleaders. She was sophomore homecoming attendant.
She enjoys fishing, camping, going to the beach and spending time with her friends and
family. She is the daughter of Michael and Deanna Irvin of New Matamoras and the
granddaughter of Pat and Sandy Bleakley of New Matamoras, Dolly Irvin of Sardis and the
late Mike Irvin.
     Best wishes to Kyle Forni and Laura King, who will be married on Sept. 23. Kyle is the
son of David and Bonnie Forni.
Happy birthday to Bertha Hensel Dye Cline, who celebrated her 80th birthday on Sept. 4.
Enjoying a trip to Kennywood Park were Larry and Sandy Danford, Pastor Mike Webber,
Michelle Steele and children, Mariah, Makiah and Mathias, Julie and Morgan Cochran, Tammy Rinard, Norma Jean Antill, Larry, Gay and Michelle Valentine and sons, Seth, Lance and Grant.
    Thought for today: Life is a continuous process of getting used to things we hadn't