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It’s grill time!Now withcomics!See B1See A10Celebrate. Honor. RememberINNformerOhio newsPages A2, A4, A7,A9, B4, B8, B9Volume 6, No. 10Still Free!InsideRHS greenhouse still openPage A7May 17, 2019The Wells Inn, 316 Charles St. Sistersville, WV 26175Sistersville moves forward on water, sewer projectsBy Charles WinslowSISTERSVILLE – Honoring a city employee withmore than 40 years of service, listening to a presentation about code enforcement issues and being updated on the fire department’s ambulance wereamong the many issues discussed during the threehour meeting of the Sistersville City Council May 13.Charlie Ebert, often acknowledged as the hardestworking man in Sistersville, has submitted his retirement as head of the sanitation department after 42years of service working for the city. In addition topublicly recognizing his service at the council meeting, a reception to honor him is planned for 6:30 p.m.Monday, May 27, at the Sistersville Public Library.The meeting began with Luke Peters, project coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council,addressing the council on the water and sewer projects as well as presenting information on a proposalto include Sistersville in a shared code enforcement/building inspector plan and revisiting the “bad building” program the city had previously considered.Peters said the engineers are expected to have designsfor the multi-million dollar water improvement project completed by the end of June and the projectshould be ready to put out to bid by fall or early winter. He noted the design will have to be approved bythe state before they are bid.The council approved, by unanimous vote, an agreement to pay 55,000 for management and compensation of the administration of the project. Payment willbe deferred until the project is fully funded. The waterproject will include tying the city’s water system intoContinued on page A7Local lawmakers will seekcompromise in special sessionBy Daniel TysonCHARLESTON – When the West Virginia Legislature reconvenes Monday,May 20, for what was touted as a specialsession to address the state’s educationalissues, one word is on the minds of twolocal officials – compromise.While the special session was slated todiscuss and act on educational issues,there are rumblings in Charleston thesession will discuss other items and noteducation legislation.“Clearly, it can’t be an ‘all or nothingapproach.’ If it is, then I’m not certainwhat will come out of the session,”Kelly said.In its May 14 edition The CharlestonGazette-Mail cited an email from theSenate spokesperson saying, “At thispoint, the plan when the special sessionrestarts Monday is for lawmakers towork only on regular legislative sessionbills that were vetoed on technicalities– not special session education issues.The session could then break again andreconvene later.”Clements said meaningful legislationnever comes from negotiating with“your back against the wall.”The same day, Senate Democrats unveiled their agenda for the special session, all issues dealing with education.Gov. Jim Justice called the special session after the House and Senate couldnot agree on SB 451, the omnibus education bill. Key sticking points werecharter schools and educational savingaccounts, which some saw as avoucher. During the regular session,the Republican-controlled Housebucked the GOP-controlled Senateversion by eliminating vouchers andcapping the number of charter schoolsstatewide at two.“We look forward to engaging in a robust discussion about what’s best forthe future of education in our state,”said Minority Leader Sen. RomanPrezioso, D-Marion.Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, andDel. David Kelly, R- Tyler, said compromise is key for a successful session.When the bill returned to the Senate,members reinserted vouchers, increased the number of charter schoolsto seven and removed other House-imposed restrictions. The Senate sent thebill back to the lower chamber, whereit was killed for the session.Kelly said he believes the House billwas an example of compromise and bipartisanship. “It was, I believe, the beginning of true education reform. Wecould have used it as a foundation onwhich to continue building in the coming years,” he said.The Democrats’ educational agendacontains four core issues: addressingthe root of social problems, restorelocal flexibility, strengthen quality instructions and increase vocational/technical training.Kelly stressed compromise is key tosolving the state’s educational issues.“I do hope we can work together forthe common good of our children andour state but it will require that we allagree that compromise is a must inorder to succeed,” he said.The special session technically startedin the early hours of March 10, justminutes after the midnight end of theregular legislative session. Lawmakersimmediately recessed the special session without any action taken and isnow set to reconvene Monday, May 20.New SVFD truck red-y to roll!SISTERSVILLE – When people seeSistersville Volunteer Fire Department’s new, state-of-the-art firetruck, they notice something is different. It is red – instead of the department’s standard yellow.Sistersville fire department truckswere the traditional fire engine reduntil the early 1970s when SVFDswitched to yellow.“When we went to trade in the oldtruck, we were told it was worthabout 20 percent less because itwasn’t red or white,” Jason Wayne,Sistersville department chief, explained recently.“That’s right, folks, we are nolonger purchasing yellow trucks.Trucks that we purchase from hereon out will be white with red striping or red,” he added.The new truck, Tanker 38, is a 2,100gallon Freightliner that will be usedto haul water to fight fires in locations where there are no fire hydrants or water pressure isinsufficient fore firefighting. Withindays of being outfitted with hosesand equipment from the oldtanker and entering service, redTanker 38 was dispatched to thestructure fire near Tyler Consolidated’s campus on Route 18.The vehicle was purchased usingfunds made available from lastyear’s county-wide fire levy.“This is one of several upgrades weare making to our fleet to betterserve not only the community welive in but the surrounding communities as well,” Wayne said. –Charles WinslowGroup plans events to help fund New Matamoras pool“Friends of New Matamoras Pool” at the People Savings Bank in New Matamoras and online with a ‘gofundme’ account set up, the link is available throughtheir Facebook page. Also, there is a community yardsale scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7-8 at the poolor, for a 10 table rental donation, community members can set up on their own lawn and be part of thefundraiser. For more information call (740) 213-0609.MATAMORAS, Ohio – Supporters of the Village ofNew Matamoras Community Pool are working toraise funds needed to keep the struggling village’spool open for the kids.“The pool is in jeopardy of closing down once andfor all,” said Jilli Amos-Nash, a member of theFriends of the New Matamoras Pool told The INNformer. “Unless we come together as a community,we will lose this great place that children and familiesso look forward to having.”The group’s goal is to raise 4,000 this year to get thepool up and running and make necessary repairs. TheyINDEXBack Roads: MechanicsburgMemorial DayRegional roundupDEP fines MVP projectA2A3A4A5hope to raise 10,000 by next year to make more upgrades to the aging facility. Donations can be made toCops & courtsHow to keep a jobPaden City CouncilTyler & Wetzel DOH roads listSistersville Park & PoolRHS art show winnersA5A6A7A8A9A9“If kids aren’t swimming at that the pool, they verywell may be swimming in the river or ponds,” AmosNash warned. “We want to be able to give the kidssome place safe to go.”Middlebourne CouncilA10ComicsA10RECIPES: Regional barbecues B1-B3Givers versus takersB3New WV cottage food lawB3Dally Library teaB4EventsGraduation datesPuzzlesCrossword answerHappening this weekend!MC GOP scholarshipsB5-B9B5B6B8B9B9

PAGE A2The INNformerMay 17, 2019BACK ROADSMechanicsburg?Where the‘H’ is that?By Charles WinslowPERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – OK, I will admit I amsometimes tempted to write colorful headlines forsome of my stories but have refrained. Unlike ourFacebook page we do take our little paper seriously,after all. But this one was just too easy to pass up.Looking up the names given to post offices and communities can be interesting and often are a tale worthtelling – assuming the reason for the name is stillknown or can be guessed. Sometimes they are a nodto biblical and historic places; locally we have Sardis,named in honor of an ancient Turkish city, and Antioch, from the Bible. Places can also be given names because of a cartographer’s fondness for a particularperiod in history. In Upstate New York several townswere named for famous Romans. Marcellus – outsideof Syracuse (also a city in Sicily) – was named afterMarcus Claudius Marcellus, a political and militaryleader. Marcellus Shale, by the way, gets its name fromthe little village where the shale outcrops.Sometimes names are given because someone had asense of humor or as an inside joke. Fly, Ohio – oncecalled Stringtown – is supposed to have been namedafter such a winged nuisance landed on a man’s faceduring a discussion about what to call their post office. If there was a similarly named office in the state,then the Post Office Department would often force acommunity to choose a different name for their maildrop to avoid confusion when directing the mail inan age before ZIP codes.Located in Monroe County’s Perry Township wasonce one of those little villages that was called onename but had a post office with another. Mechanicsburg was located just down the hill from Antioch andits post office was christened “Aitch’’ when it wasopened in August 1886, four years after Mechanicsburg was laid out. There was already a Mechanicsburg long-established in Champaign County, socalling its post office that was out.Why Aitch? While no record remains, it is easy to assume that William C. Kincaid, the college-educatedmedical doctor who laid out Mechanicsburg, mayhave picked it as a sort of joke. “Well, now that theywon’t let me call my post office Mechanicsburg, whatthe ‘H’ am I going to call it?’And there you go, why not name it simply H – or asthe Oxford Dictionary spells out the alphabetical letter – Aitch. So the little short-lived village was knownas both Mechanicsburg – probably because it waswhere hardworking laborers lived – and Aitch. I’mguessing, of course.I came across the plot map of Mechanicsburg (Aitch)listed in an 1898 atlas of Monroe County while researching the story about the not-so-interesting village of Laings (named after a farmer) a few weeksago. Later, while out on one of my weekend jaunts, Icame upon the Mechanicsburg Road located off ofOhio State 800 in Antioch and remembered seeingthe plot of the place. I had been down this road oncea couple of years ago while looking for the ForakerCovered Bridge but couldn’t remember seeing anything that even remotely resembled a village.But it turns out there was one, at least for a time. Itwas located on the Mechanicsburg Road – in the valleyat the bottom of the long ravine that stretches a coupleof miles south from Antioch and was where the narrowand unpaved road meets the Little Muskingum.The first permanent settlers to the valley are recordedas having moved to the fertile bottomlands around1812, a year before Woodsfield and Monroe Countywere established, with one of the groups being theDye family from Fairfax County, Virginia; as a resultthe valley became known as Dye’s Settlement.During the first few years that region of MonroeCounty was sparsely populated with only a primitivepath, which later became Route 800, being pushedthrough the dense and hilly wilderness between Woodsfield and the ferry landing in Fly sometime around1817 – the year the Sistersville Ferry was established.The village of Antioch, located on Route 800 at thetop of the hill above Dye’s Settlement, was laid outin 1837 and what was to become the MechanicsburgRoad was noted in the newspaper Spirit of Democracy as being constructed through Dye’s in the mid1840s, making it a little easier to get to the valley.On a 1869 map of the county it was noted there weretwo schools in the area and three grist mills along theLittle Muskingum. The mills being necessary to grindwheat and corn for storage and shipment.Shallow and easy-to-reach coal was also discovered inthe hillsides and Ohio State records indicate there wasat least one punch mine dug on the 1850s off to theside of the road just up from the river. It is likely coalmining spurred Kincaid to layout Mechanicsburg onthe two pieces of property his family owned.Like modern subdivisions and housing developmentstoday, back then laying out these little hamlets for development was one of the ways land owners couldprofit and several of these small communities werelaid out during the early years. They were beneficialbecause an increase in population helped to expandthe economy as stores and shops opened and landvalues went up.When Kincaid laid out the initial 24 lots of Mechanicsburg in February 1882, near an existing small coalmine, he provided a place where miners could livewithin walking distance of where they worked. Thepopulation grew enough that in 1883 Perry Townshipopened a school, Sub Division Number 2, in the village with 28 children signed up for classes.TOP LEFT:Entrance to the oldmine has collapsed.TOP RIGHT: Theroad to Antioch.CENTER:Main Street ofMechanicsburg,which was thelocation of thesecond school,shown in thephoto below it.LEFT: The viewfrom the bridgelooking intoMechanicsburg.RIGHT: Streetsigns still bears theMechanicsburgname.The first teacher was W. Vincent Albert “WVA”Polen. WVA also served as the first postmaster for thecommunity when the Post Office Departmentopened Aitch in August 1886. Later he became oneof the county’s leading citizens and was noted asbeing a ophthalmologist, United Brethren minister,merchant, mayor of Antioch and probate judge forMonroe County.But little Mechanicsburg didn’t thrive. Simply put, itslocation on the banks of the Little Muskingum doomedthe community because it floods – and floods often.In June 1896, for example, a Wheeling paper reported that a heavy downpour caused the LittleMuskingum to swell and swept away mills and threeschoolhouses just down river from Mechanicsburg.Around that time the first schoolhouse, which was located on the river bank, was sold and a second onebuilt on higher ground. The first school’s buildingwas also moved across the road and became the Mechanicsburg Church of Christ.The water table is also high in the valley, which madeit difficult for the small coal mines to operate andlimiting the number of miners they could employ. Ina 1914 report state officials noted that one of themines, Walnut, owned by Dye & Dillon, employed11. A second mine, Bruce, owned by T.M. Dye wasflooded and could not be accessed.By the end of 1915 the Aitch Post Office was discontinued and in 1950 the school was consolidated andwas demolished. The Mechanicsburg Church ofChrist hung on until the late 1970s and later satabandoned before it, too, was torn down.Today a few people still live along what was once Mechanicsburg’s Main Street but, for the most part, thevillage and the valley is reverting back to nature.

May 17, 2019The INNformerPAGE A3“LETTER TO THE EDITORMemorial Day:We must neverforgetOur flag does not flybecause the wind movesit. It flies with the lastbreath of every soldierwho died protecting itTo the Editor:– Unknown”“As the daughter, wife and mother ofveterans, of three different wars, Ihold a special place in my heart for theparents, siblings, spouses, and friendsof those who served. I can’t help butthink of all the men and women whohave gone to fight for this great nationand didn’t return home.Ask not what yourcountry can do for you,ask what you can dofor your countryWhile we are all guilty of celebratingthe unofficial start of summer and encouraging each other to “have a goodweekend,” it is important to rememberthe reason for the holiday: MemorialDay is the day Americans set aside tohonor those brave men and womenwho met tragic ends while defendingour freedom. It is our duty to honortheir sacrifices, to pray for their families, and to bow our heads in recognition of their service.– John F. Kennedy”“And I’m proud to be anAmerican, where at least Iknow I’m free. And I won’tforget the men who died,who gave that right to meOn National Poppy Day , May 25,American Legion Auxiliary TylerCounty Unit 48 will be distributingpoppies as a tribute to our fallen warriors. We invite Tyler County residentsto stop by and see us from 10 a.m. until4 p.m. at various locations in Middlebourne to Tyler City, to receive a poppyin exchange for a donation to wear inremembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We mustnever forget. The poppy, whichbloomed on the battlefields of Franceafter World War I, has grown to becomean internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed inwar and the hope that none died invain. One hundred percent of donations received will go directly to helpveterans, military, and their families.The American Legion Family hascalled upon Congress to designate theFriday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day.– Lee Greenwood”The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA)is the world’s largest women’s patrioticservice organization, with nearly threequarters of a million members andmore 8,000 units in communities acrossthe nation. The ALA serves nearly onemillion veterans every year. Right herein Tyler County, we continue to helpmitigate the challenges our veterans faceand deliver upon our mission by organizing multiple events and fundraisersthroughout the year to support veterans,military, and their families.To learn more about the Auxiliary’smission or to volunteer, donate or join,visit www.ALAforVeterans.org or yourlocal Unit.Sincerely,Cathy D. 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PAGE A4May 17, 2019The INNformerREGIONAL ROUNDUPMoney woescontinue to plagueNew MatamorasNEW MATAMORAS, Ohio – And then there wasone. The Village of Matamoras is now down to oneoperational vehicle for patrols, Police Chief JarodSmith told council during its May 6 meeting.The sole vehicle, a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria withapproximately 90,000 miles, was just returned toservice. A 2005 Ford Explorer and a 2008 DodgeCharger, both with about 160,000 miles, are out ofservice for the near future.The Charger has steering column issues and a leakyradiator, while the Explorer’s third shift is gone,Smith said. The Explorer’s transmission issue was notice in mid-April and has since been undrivable.While no action was taken on the issue, several council members told Smith to continue to drive theCrown Victoria until a decision is made.“If you run the Crown Vic until it falls apart, youdon’t have a police department,” he said.“We can’t afford to fix the others,” Councilman JerryFelton said.Council estimated it would cost thousands to fix theExplorer’s transmission. One suggestion was to sellthe two vehicles.Smith also informed council of recent arrests in thevillage. There was a 19-year-old arrested for drunkdriving, three warrant arrests and one meth arrest, hesaid.Council also received an update on the pool, slatedto open Memorial Day weekend. The water has beenturned on, so power washing could begin.However, there are plumbing issues in the bathrooms. By the start of pool season, each bathroomshould have an operational toilet, sink and shower.“We have enough money to get that done,” saidBecky Felton, with the Friends of New MatamorasPool, a group started to ensure the recreational facility would remain open in the future.Council approved Junior Merckle as a volunteer withthe village Street Department. Merckle will volunteer10 hours a week and report to the director of the department. Primarily he will help with mowing.The next council meeting is slated for May 20 at 7p.m. in village hall. – Daniel TysonMIDDLEBOURNE PLANSMEMORIAL DAY EVENTSMiddlebourne has a full slate of activities planned forits Memorial Day observance. Patriotic music will echoalong Main Street starting at noon to honor the fallenheroes. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. with the TCHSKnights band, veteran unit, floats, antique cars,churches, and horse riders, patriotic decorated bicycles,pageant queens, dogs dressed in red, white and blue areinvited.A program to honor the seven Tyler County men killedin action will follow immediately at the town gazebo.The Tyler Consolidated Knights Band will perform thenational anthem. American Legion Post 48 and its Auxiliary Tyler County Unit 48 will honor the Missing ManTable and The BattleField Cross. There will be variousguest speakers and featured speaker is the president ofthe Gold Star Mothers of WV. Stones for each branchof service will be dedicated. Slices of an anniversarycake honoring the 100th anniversary of the AmericanLegion will be offered to all in attendance. Windows intown will be decorated with poppy colorings from thelocal school children. The magistrate office windowswill be specially decorated by Junior Unit 48. Pleasebring a chair and help them honor these noble men wholaid down their life for our freedom.LOCAL WV FAMILY DOLLARSTORES TO STAY OPENAt least three of the four Family Dollars in the areawill remain open after the discount store chain announced earlier this month it could shutter upwardsof 400 stores or rebrand them as Dollar Trees.Del. Dave Pethtel D-6 representing Wetzel County reads an audit examining Richwood’sfinances during the April 30 meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding.The audit by the State Auditor’s office showed a large sum of FEMA money did not goto its intended purpose. Four city officials have been arrested. The audit promptedthe State Auditor’s office to make seven recommendations on handling FEMA money.Family Dollars in Sistersville, New Martinsville andPine Grove will remain open, but The INNformercould not reach anyone with knowledge of theWoodsfield store.A spokesperson for the North Carolina-based company said the chain is not releasing a list of stores closing or being rebranded. However, a person withknowledge of the decision confirmed to The INNformer the three West Virginia stores would remainopen. “All three stores were recently remodeled. If astore was remodeled, then it is remaining open,” theperson said, who is not authorized to speak to the press.The spokesperson for Family Dollar said the companyis “optimizing our real estate portfolio” by opening 550new stores – 350 Dollar Tree and 200 Family Dollar –this year, plus renovating 1,000 Family Dollar stores,re-branding 200 Family Dollar to Dollar Tree storesand closing as many as 390 Family Dollar locations.“We are confident we are taking the appropriate stepsto reposition our Family Dollar brand for increasingprofitability as business initiatives gain traction in theback half of fiscal 2019,” CEO Gary Philbin said inearly May, when Family Dollar released its quarterlyreport.Some Family Dollars are carrying Dollar Tree items,such as the Sistersville store, said the person familiarwith the local situation. Some of the renovated storesalso received additional cooler space to expandfrozen items and beverages. – Daniel TysonTYLER COUNTY MAN ADMITSTO FIREARMS VIOLATIONWHEELING – Michael John Maisey of Sistersvillehas admitted to a firearms charge, U.S. Attorney BillPowell announced recently.Maisey, 49, pled guilty May 6 to one count of “unlawful possession of a firearm.” Maisey, being prohibited from possessing a firearm, admitted to havinga 9mm caliber pistol in July 2018 in Tyler County.Maisey faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fineof up to 250,000. Under the Federal SentencingGuidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be basedupon the seriousness of the offenses and the priorcriminal history, if any, of the defendant. AssistantU.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins is prosecuting thecase on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and theNew Martinsville Police Department investigated.Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.presided.ACCIDENT AT HANNIBAL LOCKSCAUSES DELAY OF RIVER TRAFFICHANNIBAL, Ohio – An accident late afternoon Friday, May 10, created long delays at the Hannibal Locksand Dam and caused headaches for the towboat crews.River High School honored asCleveland Clinic banner schoolThe staff of the Office of Government and Community Relations’ CivicEducation Department of the Cleveland Clinic would like to congratulate River High School for being a 2018-2019 Cleveland Clinic BannerSchool. This award recognizes the school’s noteworthy success inleveraging community resources to advance student learning.The Cleveland Clinic Civic Education Department offers programs designed to promote health and wellness, academic achievement, andcareer preparedness for students in grades K through 12. The awardletter stated: “It takes ambitious teachers and encouraging administrators, though, to deliver these opportunities to students. The effortJulia Morris invested in implementing the eXpressions program andthe support provided in the process demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student enrichment and distinguish River High School as a2018-2019 Cleveland Clinic Banner School: a distinction earned byfewer than 39 percent of the 125 schools and educational organizations in seven states that participated in Civic Education programmingthis year.“In recognition of this achievement, we would like to present you witha 2 foot x 5 foot banner for display in your school.”“At approximately 17:15 [5:15 p.m.] on May 10,2019, an upbound tow struck the downstream mitergate in the main chamber at Hannibal Locks andDam, which was in recess,” Vincent De Carlo, chief,Operations Division for the Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, told the INNformer. “Themain chamber was closed after the incident until anassessment of the gate could be performed.”While the main 1,200-foot-long chamber was out ofcommission the commercial river traffic was forcedto use the 600-foot-long auxiliary lock. Several of thetows had be to split up with the sections locked separately, causing delays that lasted well past the reopening of the main chamber Saturday afternoon.“Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident andwe were able to reopen the main chamber serviceafter USACE personnel conducted a preliminary assessment of the damage,” De Carlo said.TAMARACK FOUNDATION LOOKINGFOR EMERGING ARTIST FELLOWSBECKLEY – The Tamarack Foundation for the Artsis looking for the next round of Emerging Artist Fellows to participate in this program to boost creativecareers, develop leadership skills, and build a networkwith established artists from across t

ings Bank in New Matamoras and online with a 'go-fundme' account set up, the link is available through their Facebook page. Also, there is a community yard sale scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7-8 at the pool or, for a 10 table rental donation, community mem-bers can set up on their own lawn and be part of the fundraiser.