Ashville News by Rose Jamison
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JULY 10, 2002 


By the looks of the clean-as-a-whistle community park, Ashville seems to be back to normal after the big July 4th celebration of our country's independence.  Enormous effort is expended by many individuals, groups and committees in the planning and execution of this huge undertaking   While trash cleanup may be an unglamorous job, it is a necessary and vital function.   Butch Carroll is to be commended for his role in keeping the park's trash receptacles emptied. 


I have a renewed respect for the people who run the fish stand and satellite stands.  The fish fryers and French fried potato cooks stand for hours on end in the extreme heat, without complaint, to serve the freshest, hottest food possible. 


In the window of the Ashville Museum is a copy of Mike Vitez' story about Ashville's 4th of July.    Mike is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is crossing America writing stories about people.  He got in touch with Chuck Jackson, who invited Mike to visit Ashville during the July 4th celebration.  The story may be found on  Click Here to go directly there.


Folks who saw the story in the paper and contacted me, are Jo Ann Grant, her daughter, Karla Lauro and her grandson, of Mechanicsburg, PA.; Jane Wilson's niece, Eileen O'Neil, Philadelphia; and a former employee of the Inquirer, Jack Koeberlein, Philadelphia. 


I also received an e-mail from Karen, of New Jersey, who commented (on reading the Ashville News) that "Ashville must be blessed with lots of love and prayer warriors". 


Mike V. asked me, "What makes Ashville a unique place to live?" As I chatted with a vendor-couple from Michigan I learned that until about the first of July, the husband was confined to a wheelchair with crippling and debilitating arthritis.  Even though he had improved drastically, still, the drive to Ashville would be difficult, but if they were assured of a spot, they would make the journey. 


A phone call to Bill Welsh was quickly returned by Bill's wife, Carol, confirming the vendors did, indeed, have an assigned space.  The grateful vendors were emphatic in their request that Carol be personally thanked for extending that courtesy. 


In today's society, the display of this type of consideration is more rare than common.  Therefore, I am publicly thanking Carol Welsh for promptly returning this lady's call. 


Kendra Cookson, daughter of Kenny and Dianna Cookson, will be representing Ashville as the new Miss Ashville Fourth of July at festivals throughout Ohio during the coming year.   1st attendant is Megan Helton and 2nd attendant is Ashley DeFelice. 


Kendra's sister, Carrie Costlow was the 1994 queen and her niece, Gabbie Savage (Carrie's daughter) once won the Little Miss title. 


South Bloomfield Boy Scout Troop #741 was joined by its brother troop, the Second Caledonia Troop, of Ontario, Canada in the July 4th parade.  Both troops had just attended a scout camp together. 


Also marching in the parade, was Ashville Boy Scout Troop #159, led by Scoutmaster, Tom Leach and Assistant Scoutmaster, Earl Reisinger.  Troop #159 performed the flag raising ceremony and operated a first aid and water station.  Troop #159 was chartered 60 years ago and has continued to the present.  The late Ralph Gloyd was Scoutmaster for more than twenty years. 


In the house decorating contest, winner of the 1st  place award was Dave and Joni Ballard; 2nd place, Gretchen Featheringham, 3rd place, Dick and Betsy Noggle.




Folks are wondering if there will be Gazebo Gatherings this summer.  The answer is an emphatic, "Yes"!  Dave Rainey just dropped off a flyer and here is the musical line-up.  Ten years of great music is being celebrated.  T-shirts with the Gazebo Gathering logo are being readied for sale at the first program. 


Aug. 11 - Andre Keller and his Dixieland Jazz Band, THE SOUNDS OF DIXIE.    

Aug. 18 - TRAVELIN'TOM AND DR. PAUL, Good times music.  

Aug. 25. - Jazz vocalist, LISA CLARK WITH THE ERIK AUGIS TRIO. 

Sep. 1 - Celebrate OKTOBERFEST with SCHNICHEL-FRITZ  (In the Shelterhouse)  Bring your singing voice and dancing shoes..  

Sep. 8 - Banjo and fiddle legend TONY ELLIS and his nationally known recording artist son, BILL ELLIS. 


Bring a lawn chair to the gazebo-in-the-grove at the Ashville Park and, rain or shine, you will hear great music.  In the event of rain, shows will be held in the open shelterhouse.  Admission is free. 


Gazebo Gatherings are presented by the Teays Valley Civic Association.  Call 983-4464 for information.  


There is still time for the wee ones to be a part of the children's summer Reading Program at the Younkin Branch Library.  Wednesdays 10:30 a.m, June 12 - Aug 7. Kick-off for the Pickaway Co. District Public Library Main Move Capital Campaign, July 16, 4:30 p.m., 1160 N. Court Street, Circleville. Tour of new building begins at 4:30 p.m.  Refreshments, bookmobile on site, balloon animals, Mayor Wunch, speaker,  County Commissioner, Ula Jean Metzler, and other personalities. 




Hey kids!  Join the Bug Safari and experience unbee-lievably fun Bible adventures, create cool Bible point crafts, feast on fun food snacks, sing toe-tapping tunes, and play awesome games!  Grab your friends, put on your gear and come to the Village United Methodist Church, 30 Church Street, Ashville, July 15 - 20, 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.  Contact any bug by calling 983-4675. 




Brayden Michael Crawford arrived June 27.  Parents are John and Tera (Faulk) Crawford, Westerville.  Grandparents are Willard and Theresa Faulk, Ashville, Cathy DeLong, Columbus and Steve Crawford, Chillicothe. Great-grandparents are Marvin and Dixie DeVors, Ashville, and Loisene Faulk, Circleville.  Great-great grandparents, Marvene DeVors, Don and Gladys Teets, Ashville.  Special great-great-great aunt and uncle, Ray and Jenny Stover. 


Christian Paul Duncan was born to Darren and Rhonda Peters Duncan, Ashville, June 8.  Grandparents are Harold and Helen Peters, Ashville, and Gene and Dodie Duncan, Orient. 




Judy Campbell; at home, recuperating from surgery.  


Billy Huston; home from the hospital. 


Wes and Kyle Hettinger; loss of grandfather Hettinger. 


Link Brown; nursing home,  


Kay Gresheimer and Jay Morrison; death of mother, Evelyn Morrison


Remember these folks with your prayers and notes of encouragement.  


Little Hayley Morgan Good is gaining weight and doing nicely.  


It is good to see Annabell Hines at her station in the Ashville Museum.  She is still regaining her strength. 




William L. and Doris Green are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  They have two children, Scarlett (Phil) Fox and Julie (Mike) Pettibone, and four grandchildren. 




Stacy Gilbert was awarded a MA in teaching from Kent State University. 




Ever wonder where someone lived before they came to Ashville? 


Bill Trimble grew up in Kent, Ohio and Peg Trimble came from Akron.  They met while Peg was a student at Kent State.  She was sitting under an umbrella at a football game and Bill invited himself to share the umbrella.  The rest is history.  Bill is retired from the USAF.  The Trimbles have two daughters and a son.   


Becky Tosca, Fern Lutz, Eleanore Chandler and I enjoyed a great 'Mystery Trip' with You Come Too Tours.  We visited the Jones Potato Chip factory at Mansfield and lunched at Pine Tree Barn and Farms, Inc.  We silk-screened a Cat's Meow figure at the Cat's Meow factory and museum at Wooster, then shopped at the Smucker's sales barn at Orrville, Ohio.  


A lovely one-hundred year old lady, Mrs. Burkhart, was on the trip with us.  We always have a great time with Carol Stevens.