Monday, December 31, 2007

What the Red Brick Said

Here is a story that appeared in the 1919 WHS yearbook. It was written by Class of 1919 member Isabel Smith. Miss Smith aspired to be an English teacher and the picture is from that year's yearbook. The story was sent to me from Sparky Miller. I'm not sure what building Miss Smith was writing about. The old MacDonald School on 9th St. was dedicated in 1880 according to Edgar Davidson. At that time it was called Central school building and at first I thought that was what she was referring to. She may have been writing about the Brick School House which was built in 1826 at 454 Main St. by Joseph Wells. That would fit into her time reference. I just can't find any reference to a new building that was opened in 1873. Maybe some of you ville historians can help us out. Maybe Miss Smith just got confused about the right year. At any rate it's an interesting read. Sounds like Miss Smith wasn't too approving of make up! Thanks for sharing with us Sparky. Can anyone tell us more about Miss Smith?

What the Red Brick Said

In the dim grayness of a foggy morning, a group of excited school children were hurrying toward a huge, red, brick building, which, with its numerous wings projecting, stood our distinctly in the fog. Young hearts beat swiftly and eyes were bright with enthusiasm as the students hurried up the walk to the new brick building. The year 1873 would always be stamped on their hearts. They thrilled with joy as their feet climbed the stair­way to the various rooms of their grand new building.

Many, many events has the old brick witnessed. Mark you, Heedless Ones, who would lightly enter the new gray brick across the way, for this is what the old building told me in confidence, the other day.

"Once in a lifetime even a brick building is moved to speech, but that once is caused by some terrible event.
"When I was built, 46 years ago, my builders looked at me with pride—the scholars looked at me with pride—the whole city looked at me with pride. They thought, and so did I. that 1 would serve Wellsville for ages. Not so.

I am not complaining, for I have that which your new building can never have; associations. Shall I tell you some of them? I have had the pleasure of seeing- countless boys and girls cross my thresholds, and have sent them out to battle with life, Hilly equipped with experience, knowledge, and all their needed arms. I have followed them with my paternal eyes and have seen them struggling with life and have rejoiced to see them succeed—and invariably they did succeed.

"I have seen girls rosy cheeked and healthy, with hair fly­ing, come tripping gaily into my doors. Girls who were in love with nature and who would be quite shocked could they see the girls who will enter the new building, with their artificial color­ing and powder puffs which are more often in use than in con­cealment.

"I have watched the affections of my children for one an­other. I have helped straighten out boyish and girlish love af­fairs and with paternal watchfulness have seen them mature.

"It has been my privilege and my pleasure to send out the first football team from Wellsville. Year after year the team has grown in power and recognition and it is needless to say, that my old walls quivered with pride when our boys won the victories. When the students cheer and applaud the returning victors, I try to help in every way and my heart beats faster as I think of each added laurel.

My boys have distinguished themselves widely in all ath­letics, and my girls have shown their spirit and make-up and have nearly caused my old sides to burst with pride at the victories they have helped win for me.

"I have sheltered all classes of students and have cherished them all alike, rich or poor, bright or stupid. I have seen the merry pranks carried on behind some teacher's back and have wisely turned away my head and kept silent. I have seen stud­ents discouraged and have encouraged them to try again.

"But I shall never have these experiences again, for my day is past and I must bequeath these pleasures and responsibilities to the new gray brick, and I do it unselfishly, because I know that these associations, these memories, can never be taken from me. They shall always be cherished in my heart until my walls shall crumble in ruin."

"And with these words, the old building ended its confidence and remained in pensive silence, living again the events of the glorious past.
ole nib

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year 2008

Well 2007 is coming to a screeching end. It's hard to believe. They say time flies when you're having fun and if nothing else it's been fun. To say the least it's been fun and very interesting for me. We've had our ups and downs but overall it's been a good year. We hope it's been a good year for all of you too. We've covered a lot of territory this past year and look forward to the new year.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year. May 2008 be filled with happiness, good fortune and good health.

The image above was found through a Google image search at a place call It's copyrighted but they said we could show it for personal use.

Again, Happy New Year. Be safe. Be careful. Don't forget your designated drivers.

ole nib

Saturday, December 29, 2007


Back on December 7th I wrote an article entitled Dear Santa. It was a wish list for what we would like to have in town that would make the ville a more attractive place to live. At the time one of the things on my list was a decent restaurant where you could get a good home cooked meal and possibly have a cocktail or two while waiting to be served. I must have been partially brain dead at the time. When I wrote that piece I never once thought of Dalonzo's-On-The-Hill. It wasn't an intentional slight. It was simply an oversight with no insult intended. As I said I must have been partially brain dead at the time. Thankfully a couple of days later some of our good readers reminded us of Dalonzo's.

Shortly after that some other commenters with no common decency attempted a character assassination of Dalonzo's proprietor bringing up unsubstantiated rumors and inuendos. It was obvious they were shooting off their mouths with nothing to back it up with and were hiding behind the anonymous signature. Talk about being brain dead. I doubt if those people even have enough brain matter to determine if it's functioning. It was very upsetting to me and Nick to say the least. Again I apologize that those comments got past me. It won't happen again.

First off anyone's personal life is their business and their business alone. It is certainly not my concern and no concern of anyone else. We'll write on public personas and events. There's no shortage of material for subjects in that arena. Time permitting politicians alone can keep you very busy.

Speaking of public personas lets take a look at Nick Dalonzo and what he's contributed to our fair village. Wellsville is very fortunate to have one of their hometown sons decide there is a future in the village and that he decided to stay here. Nick was born and raised here. He went through the Wellsville school system. He got his start in the food business back in the early 80s when Dalonzo's Pizza opened down on Commerce Street after Crucible Steel closed their doors. Even before that Nick had a passion for cooking. His cooking education came from one of the best sources available to anyone. He picked up his culinary skills from his mother and grandmother. Papa Joe had to have some input too. Jo Jo's sauce is one of the best you'll find anywhere.

After a fire put the pizza shop out of business in 1988 Nick went on to be a x-ray tech but he never lost his passion for cooking. Ten years later Nick put it all on the line and opened his own pizza shop here in town and it was enthusiastically welcomed. A few years later he was able to expand his shop into a full line Italian restaurant with some old family recipes and quite a few of his own. Nick dropped pizza from the name and renamed his eatery Dalonzo's. You could still get the same great tasting pizza but he also gave us additional choices with an expanded menu.

While all this was going on Nick got very involved with our fair community. He is very active in our Chamber-of-Commerce and there is hardly a Chamber event that is held that Nick isn't involved in some manner. Just earlier this month he portrayed Santa in the Christmas parade. He also lends his help to the revitalization committee. I remember seeing him and his son Nicholas helping to clear the brush up at the floodwall. Believe me that is hot, dirty work but Nick was there for it all.

Nick is a very real benefit for our community. How he finds time to run a business full time and still have time left for all he does is beyond me. He has a heart as big as the state of Texas and has amply displayed his dedication and devotion to our hometown.

Now a days he is the owner and operator of Dalonzo's-On-The-Hill located in the old Fairview School building up in Hillcrest. What he has done up there is nothing short of amazing with the bar, the lounge, restaurant, banquet facilities, theme rooms and game room. It is a great place for banquets, parties or meetings of any sort or just a real nice place to go for dinner. Not only are the facilities quite attractive the menu is second to none. For the best in Italian cuisine you need not look any farther than up on the hill.

They have a very attractive web site that can be found at You can find their complete menu there and can even get orders delivered. They even have a coupon you can print up for a discount. Although not located within the village limits Dalonzo's-On-The-Hill is very definitely an asset to this piece of heaven we call home.

Before closing there is one other thing I want to mention. Back in February of this year Nick allowed some promoters to hold a "rave" up there. Nick told me himself that he was naive about just what a rave was and at the time so was I. I just thought it was a bunch of hard rock music lovers looking for a place to party. I was only partially right but from what I've been told by Nick and others that attended it went very smoothly with out a lick of trouble from anyone there. It was a huge crowd and a very profitable night for the establishment. For the promoters it was extrememly sucessful and they have been after Nick to hold more. Because of suspected drug use by some of those in attendence Nick has turned down five or six additional opportunities for the good of the community. Even though he has a chance to make some big bucks that's the kind of guy Nick is. That tells me he has a good head on his shoulders. That's just one reason Nick Dalonzo is a real plus for the ville.

Stop by sometime. Have a bite to eat. If you have a drink make sure you have your designated driver with you. Nick puts his heart and soul into what he serves. Once you try it you'll see. As Jo Jo says "Seven days without Dalonzo's pizza makes one week"...

ole nib

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas

From the sunny ville I would like to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. We hope that ole Santa is good and generous to you and yours. It's an annual tradition at our house to procrastinate with the preparations for this holiday. With the decorating, baking, planning and shopping we have been pretty busy. I envy the folks that start shopping in July and hide the stuff. I could never do that. If I bought something for someone I would want to give it to them right away. I've always been that way. I like to make the folks in my life happy. Being realistic I know it can't always be accomplished but I remain optimistic. There's always hope and I enjoy being one of Santa's helpers where I can.

Which brings me to the point that I have to mention that some of you most certainly deserve nothing but a lump of coal. I wrote the post "Dear Santa" to see what the people would like to see on a wish list for the ville. Had a lot of good responses but then there were some that attempted to turn this into a trash site. Again I apologize to Nicky D. He didn't deserve that treatment and we will have more on that later on. I won't have this turned into a trash spreading forum with rumors, innuendo, insults, obscenity and racial slurs. Since starting this blog I've gotten comments either on here or via e-mail from all over. I've found that the readership is more than just local folks. I mentioned it before and tried to avoid it but a few bad apples have forced me to go to comment moderation. That means I get notified of comments before they are posted. I get to decide whether they get posted or rejected. It slows down the process which I was really trying to avoid. I was warned by other bloggers but was hoping it wouldn't be necessary.

This blog is a hobby. It's something I enjoy doing but it's not my whole life or livelihood. I have other obligations which take up a lot of time especially this time of the year. No I wasn't on vacation or hospitalized earlier this week. I simply did not have time to spend on the computer and when I got back to it I was truly upset with what was here. I felt I was taken advantage of by some very unscrupulous people that apparently have no common decency. I fully realize that there will be both negative and positive responses. That's part of life and I embrace getting differing opinions. Sometimes you just have to agree to disagree and you can rest assured that I won't block out the negative stuff. That wouldn't be right and I truly want to do the right thing and be fair to all. If you want to blast me for being a thick skulled thunder head that's ok. I won't hold it against you but I may ask why you think that way. Everybody has an opinion. Not everyone has the same opinion and that's what makes it interesting. To those of you that take the time and effort to comment I would like to truly thank you. To those few of you that want to degrade and insult just for the sake of being nasty and down right mean and ignorant you'll have to find somewhere else to vent. You won't see your comments on this blog.

That being said, again, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas or at least a Happy Holiday if you're not a believer in Santa. The picture above came from They have a lot of neat clip art. We like the old fashion looking pictures of Santa. I'm asking Santa for more time. How about you? Weather Underground says we have about a 20% chance of a white Christmas. We may not see the tree tops glistening.

Enjoy the season and please be careful...

ole nib

Friday, December 14, 2007

Ed Wilson's Slander Suit

According to a Mary Ann Greier story in this morning's ER the slander law suit that WPD officer Ed Wilson filed against the mayor and the village will be decided on by Judge Dave Tobin real soon. Lawyers for both parties have filed briefs on the merits of the case for the good judge to consider. Tobin will make the decision whether to let it proceed or toss it out.

Wilson filed the suit saying he was slandered by the mayor and the village with a statement that Surace made to a reporter from Channel 9 about Wilson's last suspension. It was something about the fact that Ed didn't go to investigate the murder of the late Bill Yost.

One of the reasons that Wilson used for filing the suit was that he was losing money even though he was on a paid suspension. If he was losing money it must have been from his other job and that has nothing to do with his duties as a police officer. Many have spoken highly of Ed but I get the feeling that this law suit was brought about by a defensive move and at best is frivolous. Ed was still under paid suspension when the suit was filed.

Hopefully Judge Tobin will see through all the superfluous words and rule that the case doesn't have merit to proceed. For the good of the village we need to get this behind us and get on with the future of the village. According to the lawyer for the village there was no malicious intent in the mayor's remarks and I tend to agree.

As I said before it's time to move on.

ole nib

The Grinch Lives In the 'Pool

Normally we don't touch on East Liverpool politics. My head is still spinning from last month's elections in Wellsville. There was so much to ponder that there was little time to pay a whole lot of time thinking about what goes on in East Liverpool but this one was too good to pass up.

Yesterday's MJ gave us a story about the 'pool's auditor-elect Terry Sprague. The story was penned by seasoned area reporter Jo Bob Gilbert. You all remember Jo Ann. She's the gal that used to cover the 'ville scene a few years ago before they switched things around and sent her up the river.

At any rate Ms. Sprague narrowly won the auditor's post in the November elections. As far as I know she hasn't even been sworn in yet but that hasn't apparently stopped her from going on a power trip. In less than a month before Christmas she advised two employees of the ELO auditor's staff that they will be out of their jobs for New Years. I'm sure these folks were already worried about that. Thanks to Ms. Sprague's stone cold good heartiness these unfortunate ladies won't have to worry through the holidays. No siree, she was very thoughtful of getting that off their minds so they could enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. Nor will Ms. Sprague have to be concerned about this unpleasantness during this time of joy and happiness. Nice job Terry. The Grinch would be proud of you and surely would want to call you one of his own. If there was such a thing as Grinch-of-the-year award I would be the first to submit your name for that honor.

Terry is a member of ELHS Class of '65. She was a controller for a company called Deschner Corp. which is head quartered in Santa Ana, California. I think she is the one that recently moved back to the area from out there. I remember being impressed with her credentials for the auditor's job. I must of misjudged her as a people person. She got herself uninvited from the office she will occupy and I imagine the hoped for smooth transition is out the door too. She even got accused of harassment. Being somewhere around the age of 60 I guess she doesn't want make things easy for herself in her later years. She certainly earned my respect and hopefully I won't have to be subjected to being in her presence at any time down the road. Thankfully she is ELO's sweet heart. The story is on-line at the Journal's web site.

Yep, the Grinch is smiling...

ole nib

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Least We Forget

This picture was e-mailed to me today. I don't know who took it but it touched me. I thought I would share it with you all. It is a picture of wreaths placed on the graves in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. According to my sources this picture was taken in 2005. Today was the first time I saw it. They have a wreath laying ceremony on December 14th each year.

The wreaths - some 5000 in all - are all donated by a fellow named Merrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. He has been donating wreaths for the project since 1992 to honor some of the veterans who served our country and are laid to rest at Arlington. Each year they decorate a different section and will eventually honor each and everyone buried there. Five thousand is only a fraction of the number of graves there. I don't think the gesture is meant to be a damper on our Christmas spirit but rather one man's way of saying thanks from a grateful nation. I think it is very thoughtful and I would like to thank Mr. Worcester for his efforts.

We could use more people like him.

ole nib

Ville Connection???

Yesterdays local papers informed us of a drive-by shooting in the early morning hours Sunday up in East End. I'm sure nearly all of you have read about it or at least heard of the incident. I won't dwell a lot on the details. I suspect it is related to drug activities but that remains to be seen. So far nothing has been mentioned in the papers about drugs.

Four suspects have been arrested in connection to the incident after a brief police chase and some quick thinking with connecting the dots by East Liverpool's finest. With witness reports they quickly spotted a car matching the description of the one involved in the shooting and collared the four. The driver is a Wellsville native and resident. One of the other suspected desperadoes was wanted in Columbus for armed robbery and was described as being armed and dangerous.

Now it was reported in today's ER that three weapons have been recovered along the get away trail that police believe were used in the shooting. Hopefully they will get some prints matching the guns to the suspects and recover some slugs matching the guns to the shooting. That would give a nice, neat wrap to this incident.

The big question in my mind is why. What prompted the shooting? Maybe some of those details will come out when this case goes to court. No doubt there will be some bargaining going on when everyone is lawyered up. Often the whys and whatfors come out when the suspects start trying to get a better deal for themselves before going to trial.

Another thing came to mind. Back in the early part of the year there were rumors of gun fire in the lower part of town. We never heard anything from official sources but I'm wondering if this is somehow related to what went on up in East End. Maybe it's related to some of the same suspects. Maybe it's worth looking into. It's got a ville connection already. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what comes out.

Meanwhile I would like to congratulate the ELPD for their quick and thoughtful work on this one. You got those suspects off the street. Thanks...

ole nib

Friday, December 7, 2007

Dear Santa

One of our commenters on an earlier post said that they wished we had a decent grocery store in ville. They remarked that Save-a-Lot was cold, dirty and didn't have much to offer. After reading that I stopped in there the other day. Of course I had a winter coat on but I didn't notice it being exceptionally cold. What I did notice was the store was pretty dingy in appearance. The ceiling and floor tile are probably the same ones from when that place was built and opened as Wellsville IGA. The lighting isn't so great. All together it makes for a dull, boring shopping experience. Although most of their merchandise is generic off brands that many haven't heard of, the store serves its' purpose. However, except for an urgent last minute item needed right away, there isn't much to entice me to shop there on a regular basis. Even with off brands I've never noticed much of a price difference with what can be found elsewhere. It's a hometown store and I like to support hometown businesses but when it comes to groceries I prefer my name brands. Call me a snob if you want.

That being said I thought it would be interesting to get a wish list started for things we would like to see in the ville, things that would entice us to spend our shopping dollars in town. This is purely a dream list. There are many things I would like to see that my practical side says we just don't have the market to support. However getting into the Christmas season we'll let the folks with the fat wallets consider the practical side.

I'll start the wish list, a sort of "Dear Santa" letter. Please feel free to add on. You never know who's reading our letters.

Since it has already been mentioned I too would like to see a "full service" grocery store opened here - one with fresh cut meats, fresh baked goods and deli items. Preferably it would be one of the chain stores that has the wherewithal to keep prices competitive with the Wal-Marts, etc. and can afford to keep the doors open in lean times. Giant Eagle, Riesbecks, Kroger - it makes no difference. If the prices where just as good or even a little less why would you want to drive to Calcutta?

I would like to see a full service gas station reopen in town - one you can get not only oil and gas but needed minor mechanical work done in one stop. One you could get your oil checked and wiper blades replaced if needed. I know we have a few good auto shops in town but none of them offer both mechanics and the ability to get gas in the same spot.

I would like to see a new car dealership open in the village - one that offers a full line of cars and trucks.

I would like to see a decent restaurant that offers good, home cooked food that isn't prepackaged and prepared in a microwave, thrown on a grill, or dropped in hot grease. It would have to be one where you can have a cocktail or two while you wait for your dinner to get ready. Again I'm using the phrase "full service" but I would like to see an eating establishment with a full service menu that offers fine dining or just some good home cooked grub.

I would like to see a good taxi company in the village - one that doesn't force you to be crammed into a cab with total strangers sitting hip to hip. You call a cab. It's yours and the driver's until you get to your destination.

I would like to see a municipal swimming pool right downtown in the village proper - one with kiddie pools and a big pool with diving boards and water slides. Hammond Park is nice but it ain't within easy walking distance. There's a lot of kids that would practically live there during the summer months and there are a lot of us older kids that would appreciate having a place to take a dip once in awhile.

I would like to see the Revitalization Committee find the funding to have a Riverside boardwalk complete with benches built from 3rd to 12th St. Wouldn't that be a wonderful addition to such a beautiful, scenic area? Even the occasional passing train wouldn't detract from that.

Finally, and this is more a regional thing, I would love to see a public transit or bus service in the area. It would be one that would start in Wellsville, swing out through Calcutta, back to East Liverpool, cross over to Chester and take Route 2 to Newell, stopping at Homer Laughlin and Mountaineer, on down to Weirton, cross over to Steubenville up around the mall area and come down the hill taking Route 7 to Toronto and back to Wellsville. It would have to be 24/7 service and have four or five buses so there would be a regular time schedule. It could even have one bus going one way and another going the other. In spite of my run on sentence wouldn't that be nice to have?

Dear Santa, I promise to be good. See what ya can do...

ole nib

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Another County Official In Hot Water

After reading the headlines in both of yesterday's papers one thought kept coming to mind. Back in the early 19th century Sir Walter Scott wrote "Oh what tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive". I hope I'm wrong but the findings of a special state audit seem to have a pretty strong case going on.

Wellsville resident, native and former council member, County Health Commissioner Bob Morehead has been indicted by the County Grand Jury and will face seven criminal counts. He has been charged with one count of theft in office, another count of theft and five counts of forgery for allegedly signing other people's names to charge card slips. If that is true it means he knew that using the Health Commission charge card was wrong and tried to cover his butt by using other people's names.

All the alleged offenses occurred in an eight year time frame beginning in 1996. During regular state audits there were two findings for recovery issued to Morehead for misuse of health commission funds. According to newspaper accounts the findings for recovery were for the purchase of books, groceries, tickets to a Rolling Stone's concert and other non-related health commission items. He's accused of double dipping on mileage expense allowance. The findings prompted County Prosecutor Bob Herron to ask for a special prosecutor to be appointed by the State Auditors Office to investigate the matter earlier this year. Herron used his favorite excuse of conflict of interest on this one too.

Apparently the special prosecuter felt they had enough to go to the grand jury for the indictment. I hope they are wrong and that there is something in error. The commissioner is appointed to that position by the county health board. Although it is not an elected position his career as a public official is now in serious jeopardy. How do the board members get in their position? They may have a pall cast over their positions as well if the alleged offenses stand. The audit was first made public three years ago. The second one came out this past January.

Morehead has been with the health board since 1987 and was appointed commissioner in 1992. He faces arraignment December 20th in County Common Pleas Court. He faces jail time, fines and orders to repay if convicted or he pleas guilty to the charges. If he is convicted or pleas guilty to the theft in office charge he is automatically done by law. If the alleged offenses are true what a disgraceful way to end a twenty year career and the reputation of one of the ville's notables. If they are true... stupid, stupid, stupid.

With Dave Smith and his troubles all-in-all it hasn't been a good year for county officials. The picture came from the Health Board's web site. "Oh what tangled webs we weave"...

ole nib

Old Man Winter Pays A Visit

Old Man Winter came a calling the night before last, yesterday and last night. Those of you living in the area are already vividly aware of this. Yesterday the temperature didn't get past 26 degrees F and by the end of the day we had three to four inches of snow on the ground. At 5:00 this morning the temp was a brisk 6 degrees and things were kind of crunchy.
We have had a little snow before this but it didn't last long on the warm ground. With the past week's cold temperatures this snow will be around for a few days. Won't be for long though. Today is beginning with bright sunshine and by Sunday the temperature is suppose to be in the low fifties.
Not being a great fan of snow and cold that's fine with me. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them. The village employees did a nice job yesterday getting the salt out. Thanks guys.
ole nib

New Wellsville Web Sites

There are two new Wellsville web sites that may interest some of you. The first one I wanted to let you know about is the one for our Chamber of Commerce. Those good people finally got one up and running and can be found at There's not much to see but there is a list of contacts for their officers and members along with a calendar of events. The home page has some changing pictures of scenes around the ville. They have a list of links but you can't click on them to go to that link's web site. On the links page there are a couple of pictures that have me baffled. One reminds me of the Lincoln Memorial in DC with tall columns across the front of the building. The other is what appears to be a coast line on an ocean somewhere with tall cliffs. It's certainly not a river scene. Makes one wonder why they are included.

The other site is the one for the Wellsville Tree Commission and can be found at This is the site for the all volunteer group that was responsible for the ville getting the distinction of being named Tree City USA this past year. It is a very informative site and it does have links that work that are conveniently listed right on the home page. You can pull up a copy of the village ordinance for all the ins and outs of tree removal, replacement and the required permits. This is the committee that got the park on Broadway cleaned up of all the old and dangerous trees and replaced as their first project. From what I read in the papers and viewing their web site that was just the beginning.

Check 'em out. Things are moving forward in the ville.

ole nib

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Ron Daniels

I don't know much about the man personally. To me he was a nodding acquaintance as the saying goes. I learned of Ron when I attended my first Lip Sync performance and heard him sing. He sang a cappella and had a voice that was truly impressive and, I'm sure, pleasing to the good Lord. I admired his talent.

Whenever I ran into him around town he always had a smile and a hello. To me he always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye. Ron was a member of the Class of '65 at WHS and I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing this last Sunday. He was called home way before his time. The picture above was borrowed from the Alumni web site.

Although I can't tell you much about Ron's history I can relate my impressions of the man. To me he seemed to be a gentle, caring and loving man. His involvement with the Alumni Committee proves to me he cared about this community and the good work those folks support. I was told he was an organ donor and that goes to show he was considerate of others even after he was gone. It's a gift that keeps on giving. To me he seemed to be a man I wished I have gotten to known better. He seemed to be a man that I would have been proud to call friend. That will always be my loss.

Our condolence and heartfelt sympathy go out to the Daniel's family. Ron's death is not only a tragic loss to his loved ones it is indeed a loss to our place we call home here in Wellsville,

May you rest in peace Ron. I'll miss that twinkle...

ole nib