Tuesday, June 26, 2007
For helping to keep our streets a bit more risk free I say thank you Mark Frost.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
There have been articles in the local papers explaining what a CTL plant does. In case you missed that it converts coal to a liquid fuel that can replace gasoline. Simply put it is similar to ethanol which uses corn to start with. I suspect Baard Energy likes the Wellsville site for several reasons but mostly for its location. There is the developing Port Authority in the lower end of the village. There is the coal rich areas in not only Ohio but in PA & WV too. Then there is the transportation advantages. Barge transportation is chief among them not to mention our highway and rail availability. As they teach business students the first rule of building a successful company is location, location, location... Baard Energy is a leader in alternative fuel applications. CTL is not new. The Germans used it in WWII. It is new to us.
Along with anything new there will be the nay sayers. Some are already arguing that the amount of fuel produced by such a plant would not come anywhere close to what we Americans use in petroleum based fuels. That may be true but we have to begin somewhere to get out from under our dependency of foreign produced oil. Some say the burning of coal is dirty and noxious. That is true but we don't have ill effects from Stratton or Shippingport with their scrubbers, buffers & filters. They both burn coal to crank the generators. The tree huggers will come out of the wood work with dooms day predictions of the effects such a plant will have on our environment. With all the new enviromental technology, the EPA regulations and watch dog groups I'm venturing to say the effect will be next to nothing. In studies done by the Idaho National Labs & DOE National Energy Technology Labs it has already been proven that CTL fuels are less dangerous than diesel fuel and petroleum derived gasoline. Both studies have shown that the carbon dioxide emissions are at least equal or below what we're burning in our cars, trucks and airplanes today. Some argue that the production of ethanol from corn increases the cost of food. The price of gas jacks up the food prices much more than ethanol.
So, if this plant gets built in the Wellsville area and it proves to be successful it will probably spawn the building of another plant somewhere else in this country. So on and so on... Then some day maybe Uncle Sam can tell the Arabs, the Mexicans and Venezuelans to keep their oil. Maybe some day our children will not have to go to far away countries to fight wars because those countries are rich in oil reserves.
CTL is a progressive new technology as far as we Americans are concerned and as with anything new there will be fears of the unknown. However, in my humble opinion, I think those fears will be baseless. Sure there will be some growing pains but that is to be expected. From the "Book of They" it is quoted that the only thing certain in life is change. Our energy demands are fulfilled at the mercy of foreigners. We need to change that.
A CTL plant will not only be a boom for Wellsville it will be a boom for our entire region - if it comes to being.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Other than triple sevens you ask what's so special about that date? Well, it's a Saturday and the day of a big fund raiser in the back yard of his trusty side kick for the Honorable Mayor Joe.
According to The Review today it will be held form 1-3 PM in the back yard at 1231 Clover Street. The cost of admission, or donation as they called it, is $10 per head. It don't cost a lot in the ville to be part of the party faithful. What a bargain... Hey if you play 777 on the lottery & it hits you might come out ahead.
I'm just wondering. Will Joe be there to field questions?
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Although I didn't personally know Mr. Yost my heart goes out to him and the rest of the family. Mr. Yost was a Viet Nam veteran and for awhile now has been very active in the Veteran's Memorial Council in the village. His picture was in the paper not too long ago. He personally hung the flags that were put out for Memorial Day in the ville. He lost his wife a few years ago to an illness and another son died in a fatal car accident. Tragedy never seem to leave him alone. He seemed to be a good neighbor. He was always working on his house and the pictures in today's papers show ladders propped up on the side of his house for more work. He owned a historic house on Riverside. That house was a nursing home when I was a kid.
From all reports Junior seems to be the antithesis of his father. From what I read in the papers Junior has been arrested for robbery, aggravated felonious assault, a couple of DUIs, aggravated trespassing and rumored talk of other nefarious deeds. He spent very little time in prison for all his convictions and was apparently on probation at the current time. At 30 years of age it is very obvious that Junior has some serious issues that never were dealt with. Now he went and killed his dad and it wasn't an accident. You can't beat a man to death and call it accidental. At 30 years of age Junior should be matured enough not to even consider beating anyone, much less his dad. If you can't control your temper at that age you need long term counselling. I'd say Junior needs a life time of it. He is a menace to society. Lock him up and throw away the key.
My condolences go out to the Yost family. Sincerely, may you rest in peace Bill.
An interesting footnote to this sad event is the handling of the case by Chief Scarabino. From both reports I have read he has called out all the dogs to investigate this matter and is taking no chances of botching this one.
The picture above is the house we're talking about. Although nothing was noted in the book I can only imagine that is Mr. & Mrs. J.J. Dowling on the porch. Evidently Mr. Dowling was the owner of a large dry goods store "up town" as we Wellsvillians are fond of saying. In an advertisement in the same book it said "J.J. Dowling's Big Store on the Square". See the ad below.
The book was self published by Irvin Geffs and is chuck full of the early history of Wellsville. There is detailed information on how Billy Wells bought the farm land in 1797. Old Billy named the town after himself. You can bet we'll have more on that later. Now if I can just find Edgar's book...
Thursday, June 7, 2007
This is an open letter to the owner of the building on Main Street in Wellsville pictured above. This building sits at 1037 Main next to our Post Office. The last occupants was a nursing home called Mansion Health Care. After that owner built a new place out in Calcutta and moved the patients and beds out there the building was sold. After that the building was reclassified as residential in accordance to our zoning statues. I think the current owner tried to open it again as a home for special needs people but was turned down by the zoning folks. It has set empty for years now.
To: Mr. Eric D. Graham
24 E. Woodland Ave.
Columbiana, OH 44408
Re: 1037 Main St., Wellsville, OH
According to Columbiana County Auditor records you are listed as owner of the above referenced house. Their records show you purchased this house in 2003. I don't know if you are the same gentleman that got turned down to get this rezoned to a commercial property for a special needs home or not.
This building would be an excellent location for a Bed & Breakfast. Since it has set empty for so long it would need a lot of renovation but I believe it would be a profitable business in our village. With 13 rooms in all and 10 of them being bedrooms it is ready made for a B&B. The kitchen is already set up for such an operation with an adjoining dining area. The lot between it and the Post Office would make a very nice off-street parking area for customers.
With the proposed coal conversion plant being brought into the Wellsville area you would probably have a 100% occupancy rate for Lord knows how many years. Even if that fails to happen for some reason there is still a definite need here for a B&B. There are people constantly coming to town for various reasons to spend a few days and have to go elsewhere to find overnight accommodations. There is the all class reunions that swell the village population nearly beyond capacity. People come to town for graduations, weddings, funerals and other special occasions or to just visit. I really believe there is a market demand for a B&B in our humble and historic river valley village. There is an available labor force locally who would love to work in town. It would be an extremely attractive return on your investment in this house.
Auditor records say this house was built in 1930. I thought it was older than that but the fact remains that it is a beautiful building with all the potential of being an excellent home to a B&B. I'd be willing to bet that there can be found a lot of ornate and unique wood work still in place there such as the Dawsons found in the Sturgeon House in East Liverpool.
Please give it some consideration. I'm sure our Village Zoning people would approve a zoning change for a B&B. There's probably some grant money available to convert this building. As I said above it would be a return on your investment.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
This is bull! This is dirty politics that is about as low as it can get. To the detriment of the community they stooped lower than whale turds to prove a point. It makes one wonder if there isn't some mental deficiency going on up there. Yes they probably were short of help because of cutbacks and budget restraints. Who isn't?
However, in their short sightedness, they let the man go. They could have called on other area departments to transport the suspect to Lisbon. Every police department in this tri-state area is living with the same problems as ELPD. There have been recent stories about deputies from the Sheriff's Office,officers from other towns, the various townships and even Chester police coming into East Liverpool to lend a hand in other situations. The spirit of inter-departmental cooperation has been encouraging. The statements of going all out to clean up the illicit drug pushers off the streets at any cost has been encouraging. Evidently they speak with forked tongue in East Liverpool.
The article did not say who's decision to release the suspect was. It was obviously someone who seriously lacks good judgement. It was a blatant act that put the welfare of the community at risk to prove a point. It was dirty politics. Chief Mike McVay needs to do some hard thinking and take some action on this one.