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Switzer News 7/24/14
Written by Judy Reynolds   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:46 PM

The Annual Baldwin Reunion was held Sat., July 12 at Bruce Park in New Martinsville, WV. Twenty members of the family were present. The youngest in attendance was Hanna Pack, daughter of Matthew & Kristin Pack. The oldest was Emanuel Baldwin. Traveling the farthest from Topeka, Kansas was Kaylee Baldwin, daughter of Alan Baldwin. Matt & Kurstin Pack from Huntington, WV and Bob Baldwin & Darin Baldwin from Columbus, OH area. Plenty of food was enjoyed by all. Same place next year on third Saturday in July.

July 16 was the day of the Ohio Launch Event of the Bon Appetite Appalachia Campaign.  This logo will be associated with food in the entire Appalachian region of the United States.  Ohio's launch was held at the Eclipse Town Store, Athens, Ohio.  Officials taking part in the launch were Jason Wilson, Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia; Tammy Brown, Tourism Ohio; Tony Logan, USDA Local Foods, Local Places;  Kostas Skordas, Director of Regional Planning and Research, ARC; Molly Theobald, Director of Regional Program Operations, ARC.

A Sampling and Tasting Fair was held immediately before and after the Official Launch Event.  Jennifer (Kindelberger) Jagunic of school house winery of Dover, Ohio, presented a sampling of their wines.  Jennifer's family was originally from the Beallsville area.

My Train of Thoughts 7/24/14
Written by Verylnn   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:44 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Hilda Pittman Blackstone this morning and to the days ahead. The passing of her husband Dale will be both a hardship on her heart and mind as she faces the loss of her loved one and gets settled into the adjustments that she’ll be called upon to make. God Bless and keep you, Hilda, and may you and your family remain close.

This day has a lot of chores and needs to be met here and around our home but I guess I’ll make do with what comes first and foremost and spend as much time as possible just getting to enjoy several cups of tea. We’ll see.

Although the morning glories are not what I’d call a bumper crop, they are, indeed, a sight for sore eyes as they continue to make a start at twining around both their supports and my heart. You grow!

If I don’t get back to  cookin’ and start bakin’ and not avoid makin’ messes, I’m gonna forget who I was and start given my microwave “Top Honors” and the place of the most relied on machine next to the washer and dryer in my life. Do I care? Heck no! I’ve just about got our needs and Jim’s wants in their proper perspectives and I’ll soon be movin’ on down in another size range. Now, that’s a challenge not to be ignored.

"Around the Table" Talk 7/24/14
Written by Becky Highman   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:43 PM

Good Day my Beacon readers. Time to pull out a chair, sit down a spell with your favorite beverage and let’s have our bi-weekly chat around my table.

Have you noticed how late the evenings are? I can get so much more work outside done after supper. That’s when I like to do a lot of my yard work, weeding the flower beds and even do some late night weed eating. It’s not as hot and the air is much cooler. Hope everyone has had a great week with the weather being less humid.

I was asked the other day what it meant to be in dog days? Well, I would imagine we are in dog days of summer now, although the last few days have not been as hot and humid as last week was. I think the dog days last from the middle of July till the middle of August, or sometime in that time frame. To answer this lady’s question, if my dad was living he could tell her by just going out and glancing up in the sky.

Dad and I would go outside when it got dark. Dad would look up into the sky and look for what he called the Dog Star. Then he would say, “We are in dog days. I don’t want you swimming because the water is stagnant and will make you sick. Dogs are lazy and all they want to do is sleep and snakes are blind.” Dad would look for the star that is scientifically called “Sirius”. He would say the star Sirius is the closest to the sun right now and that’s why we are experiencing such hot and humid weather. He also said when he was a little boy these hot humid days were called “Sultry days of summer”. My dad was an avid star watcher and knew the different constellations, their scientific and common names. We would sit outside many nights and just look at the stars and see how many stars he could name.

Brown's Beacon Beat 7/17/14
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:43 AM

Maybe by now everyone is tired of hearing about the Woodsfield Bicentennial. We did give a lot of coverage to the event. Afterall, it only happens once. Regardless of all the official coverage we gave it, I have to talk about it a bit in my column since last week was my week off.

Something that was really neat to me was when Master of Ceremonies Bill Frank spoke of the 200 year life of Woodsfield as if it were only one day. It’s hard to explain in writing, but basically he equated the 200 years with 24 hours and then listed off important moments in United States history and what time of day they happened in Woodsfield’s day. I am giving it now justice, but it really did make you realize how old the village is and how much has happened in this country and in the world since it was established.

That being said, I was watching on a travel show about Spain. They showed some fancy city building that, at this point, is an old structure. They then explained that the building was built to commemorate the cities 700th birthday. Yes, that isn’t a typo, 700 years! That makes you think. 200 years seem like a lot. But, that’s only a small fraction of human history.

Laura and Adeline joined me as I traveled to all the festivities to cover them. We enjoyed ourselves, and everyone attending seemed to find something to their liking.

That being said, I was disappointed in the low attendance numbers. I don’t think it was of any fault of the committee and the events they had planned. People are just different now.

I know this sounds like a broken record because a lot of people like to point this out, but it has to be said. In the past, there were two to three television stations. You didn’t have computers, no tablets, no cell phones. People couldn’t travel as easily and didn’t have the money to be constantly entertained.

Talk to anyone who is older and they will tell you how different things used to be. I have heard stories of how downtown Woodsfield was crowded on Friday and Saturday nights to the point that you couldn’t walk on the sidewalk without bumping into someone. I have heard stories of families piling in their cars to watch drive-in movies in Sardis.

Then, you had the big events like the centennial and sesquicentennial. Festivals in the smaller towns in the county drew thousands of people! I have read reports of picnics in Stafford and Miltonsburg drawing such numbers.

Of course, now we know everything has changed. People have tons of entertainment options. They don’t socialize as much. Instead of going out to a movie, they digitally stream one at home. Instead of meeting their friends, they text them. 

Rinard Mills 7/17/14
Written by Norma Jean Antill   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:42 AM

Friends have been talking of reading the book, “That Dark and Bloody River” by Allan W. Eckert. Well, Dad, Franklin Dye, age 97, read the book, all 810 pages in two weeks. He wrote NJ a book report to read at the Jericho annual meeting, which is held the third Sunday in May every year. Franklin met his great-great-grandfather Thomas Mills Sr. in the book.

The mayor of Glass/Washington Hall checked in. Richard, Diane Cisler and grandson Tyler enjoyed a two week fishing trip, 1200 miles to Canada crossing the border at Mackinaw City, MI. Reports of fish of all kinds.

On July 2, the American Queen passed by New Matamoras on the beautiful Ohio River, but no paddle wheel, was being towed. It docked at Marietta on Sunday July 6, and we enjoyed just looking at it from the levee.

Happy 45th Wedding Anniversary July 6, to Jim and Betty Edgington of Low Gap, Cline on the map.

Happy 200 years Woodsfield, a very nice weekend of events over July 4. The founder Archibald Woods appeared in the parade. At one time the stone school house behind the Hollister-Parry museum stood near Graysville. There was also a stone school house at Low Gap, across #26 from Christian Union Church. A question - would anyone share a picture of Low Gap Stone School?

Remember, the Brownsville Grade School Reunion is held the last Saturday in July at Midway Community Building on SR 800 near Antioch.