Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wellsville American Legion Post 70 Selects Two for the 2011 Buckeye Boys State

Wellsville's American Legion Post 70 have selected Juniors Nick DaLonzo, Jr. and Jacob Reed as their candidates to attend the 2011 American Legion Buckeye Boy's State. DaLonzo is the son of Nick & Jacki DaLonzo and Reed is the son of Cindy & Karl Reed, all of Wellsville. Both candidates are “A” Honor Roll students at Wellsville High School.

Since 1936 the annual Buckeye Boys State is the largest in the nation. Sponsored by the Ohio American Legion, it is an 8-day hands on experience in the operations of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Ohio governments. Starting from day 1 two political parties are formed to elect and operate city, county, state and school offices. All Boy's State candidates will be in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school and come from all four corners of the state.

The 2011 American Legion Buckeye Boy's State will be held June 11 through 19 on the campus of Bowling Green State University. More information on Boy's State can be found on the web site

Since its founding American Legion Post 70 have always kept Wellsville area youth in their hearts sponsoring many programs for their benefit. In addition to sponsoring candidates to both Boy's and Girl's State Post 70 annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to WHS graduating seniors. Any graduating senior is eligible to apply, regardless if their parents are American Legion members or not. Applications for the scholarships are available in the High School Guidance Councilor’s Office.

From the left pictured above is Nick Sr. & Jacki DaLonzo, Nick Jr., Jacob & Karl Reed.

Congratulations to both Nick and Jake...

ole nib

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Then & Now #2

Here's the second one in this series. It's a picture in the 600 block of Main Street on a post card date either 1908 or 1906. The ink is smudged on the last number. It's a post card that we haven't seen before.

The location is looking east with just the front edge of the Robert's Funeral Home showing on the left side. Back then it would have been Haugh's Livery & Funeral Home.

The color picture of the Jandel Apartments is property of Haugh Designs and was taken just before they were demolished to make room for another parking lot.

Thanks to Jeff & Susie and the Wellsville Historical Society for allowing us to use these looks in the past.

ole nib

Then & Now #1

We have been working on some "then & now" pictures we thought you may enjoy. Some of them are snap shots and most of them are antique post cards. All of the older ones are property of the Wellsville Historical Society that gave us the opportunity to borrow and scan.

The first one we want to share is a picture taken in the 400 block of Main Street. Trying to duplicate the angle of the antique photo we believe it was taken standing in front of Kia Wings, or the former Johnny's Lunch, looking east.

The fellow in the picture is Bert Oyster with his canine buddy. From what we understand Mr. Oyster owned a rooming house located at the corner of Aten and Buckeye Avenue in the lower end of town. The house was later occupied by Bill & Ethel Strobel.

What got our interest is the building behind Mr. Oyster. The date of the photo is unknown but there is a front end of a car parked in the alley that may give you an idea of the era, on the far left. The building behind Mr. Oyster's right shoulder was a shoe repair shop. We can make out Shoe Tanning & Shoe Dyeing on the front window. The building with the small second story porch is next door to Daniels Plumbing.

We remembered those houses from our youth. They are long gone and are now parking lots across from Center Pharmacy. It brought back memories for us. How about you?

You can right click on the picture for a better look.

ole nib

Liberty Theater Open House

The last time the Liberty Theater was use as a movie theater was in the early 1990s with the showing of the Kevin Costner movie Dancing With Wolves. Since then the place has been closed. Built in 1930 the old Liberty was given to the non-profit Wellsville group known as the Liberty Theater Association (LTA) 1997.

With hopes to renovate and reopen the theater as a Wellsville area cultural center the LTA secured a big grant that got them started. A new metal roof was put on, the floor in the main room was upgraded, all the windows in the second story were replaced and a major overhaul of the electrical system was initiated. Then the money ran out and the economy went sour, drying up grant funding.

Not giving up on the dream the LTA turned the Liberty over to the Potter Players Community Theatre (PPCT) group in 2004. With renewed enthusiasm the PPCT started making plans to carry on. However, they too were victims of the blooming recession taking grip on the nation's economy. It forced them to draw back on their plans for the renovation. They did what they could but funding was short.

About a year ago interest in the renovation was drawing the attention of other Wellsville civic groups, Meetings were held, offers were made and decisions were made. This past February the PPCT hosted an open house community meeting that was enthusiastically attended by like minded individuals interested in seeing the old place fixed up and reopened. Ideas were discussed and it seemed everyone agreed it would be a huge benefit for the whole Wellsville area to have that dream become a reality. It was stressed that the theater would be a multi-purpose family cultural center for the arts. It would be a community effort that would make Wellsville the envy of the Valley.

It could be used for concerts, lectures, readings and art shows just to name a few ideas put forth. Presently the PPCT hope to rehearse their performances at the at their theater on 15th Street, leaving the Liberty open for other engagements once the renovation is completed.

As a result of that February meeting an open house tour of the old Liberty was planned. It was an invitation to see what shape the building was in and to actually see what needed to be done. That open house happened on Saturday, March 19. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 to 90 people stopped by to see for themselves. In preparation for the open house Electrician Keith Willams and Local 246 donated the installation and the use of temporary lighting. Every nook and cranny was looked at that day.

The building is structurally sound with the new roof and floor in the main section of the theater. Windows on the first floor need replaced or closed off. The heating will need renovation itself and the electrical system needs completed. The call for any and all kinds of help has been issued and officials said no offer will be turned away. With hopes of using mostly volunteer labor one of the most urgent needs is funds for equipment and supplies. The Wellsville Terminals and the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce have both made very generous donations already. Co-Chair persons of the Liberty Theater Renovation project have said all donors will be recognized for any amount given.

Donors will be designated in four different groups. Donations up to $99 will be known as The Audience, for $100 to $249 the donors will be in The Actors group, $250 to $499 will be known as The Directors and any amount from $500 and up will be honored with The Producers designations. Wellsville Terminals and the Chamber is already in The Producers category.

Donations call be mailed to The Liberty Theater, PO Box 513, Wellsville, OH 43968. For additional information contact Erin Roberts-Orr at 330-692-2037 or Bill Roberts at 330-692-3047. Pictured in the collage are scenes from the open house held on March 19.

ole nib

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wellsville Area Ministerial Assoc. March Meeting

The Wellsville Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) held their regular monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at Tonda's Place on the 4th Street Square. Rev. Jay Nightengale, President, presided. Minutes of the February meeting were read by Rev. Darlene Zanders, Secretary. The minutes were approved as read. First Baptist Deacon Terry McCuen, Treasurer, gave the Financial Report. A note of thank you from was read from the Youth With A Purpose Home for the support given them by WAMA.

Mrs. Janet Peterson, Director of the Valley Parish Nursing Ministry, was the guest speaker. Mrs. Peterson, pictured here, spoke on the mission of the parish nurses. They are located at 507 Seventh Street in East Liverpool. Peterson asked that all pastors consider holding Blood Pressure Sunday at their churches on Sunday, May 1. Blood pressure screenings are usually taken before, between or after Sunday services or activities. High blood pressure is called the silent killer and early detection is the best form of protection. If May 1 is not a good date Peterson said arrangements can be made for other Sundays in May. For more information about the Valley Parish Nursing Ministry call 330-382-9440 or visit their web site at

East Liverpool City Hospital Chaplain Dewayne Hentzell spoke on the benefits of getting a tax exempt status or the 501(3) c. Business organizations are not legally allowed to make donations without charging sales tax if the receiving organizations do not have an exempt, or non-profit, classification.

Schedules for the WAMA Lenten activities were announced. Each Sunday evening one church parish in the Wellsville area will hold a Lenten Service. A different guest minister will speak at each service and all in attendance will be invited to a social period following the service. The services begin at 7 PM. We show the schedule weekly on our Calendar posts.

The Lenten activities conclude with the annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, a Cross Walk and a Good Friday Noon Service at Lee's Chapel. The breakfast is at 7:30 AM. Tickets are available from any WAMA member. For more information call Lucille Huston at 330-532-3849 or Covenant Presbyterian Church at 330-532-4670.

Plans for future events were discussed before closing the monthly meeting. The National Day of Prayer is May 5. Baccalaureate will be held at Central Methodist on Sunday, May 22, at 3 PM. More information will be forthcoming on these and other events in the future. It was also announced there will be no meetings held in the months of July and August.

Pastor Ken Malone announced that Central Methodist has scheduled a daily Vacation Bible School that will go from July 18 through July 22 this summer. Prayers and best wishes were expressed for Rev. Bill Betteridge, Pastor of Riverside Presbyterian.

Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 at 9 AM at Tonda's Place.

ole nib

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wellsville Elks Present Awards

On Saturday, March 12, the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1040 held their annual Awards/Appreciation ceremony with a dinner prior to the presentations. Members and friends of the lodge were recognized for their contributions enhancing the true mission and spirit of the Elk's organization. The awards were presented by Wellsville Exalted Ruler Jay “Skip” Hamilton along with Exalted Ruler-elect Jeff Haugh.

One lady was recognized for her always being there to contribute baked goods for the many different fund raisers the Elks support. Another gentleman was recognized for his efforts year after year with the administration of the Elk's scholarship applications and awards. Nationally the Elks are second only to the U.S. Government in the amounts they award in scholarships each year. Another couple were recognized for their dedicated efforts in raising funds to support the annual Christmas party for the children. Still others were recognized for their willingness to lend a hand in whatever task needs to be done.

Three individuals were presented with awards issued by the Elk's Grand Lodge for their contributions to the Elks and the community.

Given Certificates of Appreciation were Ruby Milliron, Jona Smith, Donna Swogger, Marge Grimm and Dave & Donna Smith. Randy Young and Larry Mills were presented with Outstanding Service Awards. Presented with the Grand Lodge awards was Wellsville Elk of the Year Donald Bennett, PER; Wellsville Officer of the Year Susan Haugh, Secretary; and the Elk's Distinguished Citizenship Award Mike Lynn, PER. We're still at a loss for words on that last one!

Pictured above from the left are Exalted Ruler Skip Hamilton, Don Bennett, Susan Haugh, yours truly and Exalted Ruler-elect Jeff Haugh.

ole nib

On The Calendar

The calendar says it's spring. The sun is nice. Has anyone told Mother Nature? Think the old gal is testing us. There's ice in our bird bath once again. Somebody wake her up!

Monday – March 28:

  • BWD Special Board of Trustees Meeting - 1 PM at Water Treatment Plant – 17547 State Rt. 45 – to discuss litigation

  • WHS Baseball – both men & ladies vs. Sebring McKinley – 5 PM at Hammond's Park

  • Elks 1040 Regular Monthly Meeting – 8 PM – 723 Riverside Ave – Installation of Officers

Tuesday – March 29:

  • Wellsville Library Story Hours – Preschool Ages 3 to 5 – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM – After School Ages 5 & Up – 3:30 to 4:30 PM – Main St.

  • WHS Track at Springfield – 4:30 PM

  • WHS Baseball – both men & ladies at Sebring McKinley – 5 PM

  • 26th Annual County Basketball Classic – 6 PM for Lady All-Stars with Men's game to follow – at Lisbon High School

Wednesday – March 30:

  • Wellsville Public Library Wrestlemania 2011 – 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the library – Main St. - see post below

Thursday – March 31:

  • Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon – 12 Noon at the Dairy Queen – 400 Third St.

  • Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Trade Show – 5 to 8 PM at WHS Alumni Center – 201 Third St. - see posts below

Friday – April 1:

  • ”Light It Up Blue Day” - see remarks below

  • April Fool's Day – behave yourselves ;-)

  • WHS Softball vs Lowellville – 5 PM at Hammond's Park

Saturday – April 2:

  • World Autism Awareness Day

  • Mason's Breakfast – 7:30 to 10 AM at Wellsville Masonic Lodge – Main St. - cost by donation

  • WHS Track at Mineral Ridge – 10 AM

  • WHS Baseball Double Headers – both men & ladies at East Liverpool – 12 Noon

  • Daw Mid. School Track at East Liverpool's Matt Salisbury-Shawn Walton Invitational – 4:30 PM

Sunday – April 3:

  • Worship at a church of your choice

  • Wellsville Area Ministerial Assoc. Lenten Series Service – 7 PM at Yellow Creek Presbyterian – 17365 State Rt. 45 – First Christian Pastor Mark Blakely guest minister

The baseball and track season gets started this week at both the high school and Middle school levels. We would like to wish all the teams Good Luck on the season.

Tuesday evening, out in Lisbon, is the 26th Annual County Basketball Classic featuring the top 40 high school Seniors in the county. The girls get started at 6 PM with the boy's game to follow. Wellsville's Shawntae Dillard will be there representing the Ladies. The “Dynamic Duo” of Jalen DeSarro & Michael Johnston along with Christian Kapp will be playing in the later game.

Looks like Thursday is Chamber of Commerce day with their monthly luncheon at noon and their first ever Trade Show later on in the day.

Friday is the annual initiative Light It Up Blue to help raise awareness about Autism. The Empire State Building in NYC and other prominent buildings around the world will light up their buildings blue to commemorate the April 2 World Autism Awareness Day. You can show your support by wearing blue clothes Friday & Saturday.

Have a good week everybody...

ole nib

Wellsville Library's Wrestlemania 2011

Got your game on? This coming Wednesday - March 30 the ladies at the library will be refereeing Wrestlemania 2011. It's a showdown played on Wii & Playstation 2 for anyone in grades 4 through 12. Matches start at 3:30 PM and the winner will be done by 5:30.

Snacks and giveaways will be provided. It's another exciting, fun activity made possible by the good folks at the Wellsville Carnegie Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

May the best "man" win...

ole nib

Chamber of Commerce Trade Show

The deadline for registering for the inaugural Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Trade Show is fast approaching. The deadline is Monday - March 28. Area businesses can register by calling Erin at 330-692-2037.

The Trade Show is this coming Thursday - March 31 at the WHS Alumni Center.

ole nib

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wellsville Basketball Wrap-up

While we're working on getting caught up we're going to put a wrap on the WHS Basketball Season with some final info and opinions. We tried to cover as many games as we could and as time permitted.

The Lady Tigers had a rough season but with beating McDonald in the first round of the play-offs they finished on a high note. Unfortunately the Wellsville ladies got eliminated with a 3 point loss in the second round of Sectionals. They finished the season with 10&12 record but with only losing one senior to graduation we think next year will be a different story. They will have some very talented Seniors next year with Rilee Lavolsi, Irene Kiser and Mikyla Tipton.

Lavolsi is a no non-sense defensive player and usually plays low post. She is exciting to watch, especially when she blocks those shots using that volleyball kill smack. Although Kiser had an off year she can still break the heart of opposing teams with her shooting talent hitting those 3-pointers. With her ability beyond the arch and Meika Dalrymple also capable of hitting those threes the sky is the limit. Then there is Tipton. We don't want to be a cause of giving her a “big head” but she is a coach's dream with her unselfish play making and scoring talent. She'll just as soon dish it off if she spots a team mate open instead of taking the shot herself. If no one is open she'll drive it home with a spot of day light. By our count Tipton finished the season with 1,132 career points. She averaged 16.5 points per game this year. At that pace she should take the #3 spot on WHS all time scoring leaders list. Jasmine Richardson holds the record with 1,498 total points, set in 2007. With a little increase Tipton could top that.

In addition to these ladies there is some promising upcoming talent waiting in the wings to fill any voids. The 2011/2012 freshman ladies are bringing a lot of promising talent to the Tiger's Den next year too. With the proper desire and working together as a team the next few years look very promising for the Lady Tigers Basketball Team.

The guys finished the season with 17&7 record. Three of those losses came at the hands of McDonald, a team loaded with seniors. McDonald had two back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in the last two years but enough about them.

The Wellsville men had a very exciting and talented team to watch this year. Lead by the “Dynamic Duo” of Michael Johnston & Jalen DeSarro we fans came to expect a win in every game. In addition to these two they had Junior Josh Carter coming on, proving to be a big help underneath. Early in the season they found a freshman with remarkable shooting talent outside the arch in young Nate Scott. These four generally made the starting team and the fifth spot was a toss up with three other seniors vying for the spot. They were Christian Kapp, Sean Hudson and Mike Miller and all three were more than capable of being a regular starter. It had to be a tough call for Coach Thompson to make each game.

Johnston and DeSarro were this year's leaders and that's why the newspapers named them the “Dynamic Duo”. Johnston was the All Area Scoring Leader. He finished the season with 1,258 career points by our count. The Morning Journal said he finished with 1,289. Whichever is correct it was a remarkable high school career. Either way he moved into the #5 spot for all time career scorers at WHS. He came in behind Tom Wilson with a 1,385 total. Wilson is #4 and the top three are Richardson at #1, Toni Pappas at #2 and Vicki Pullie at #3. If opposing teams were foolish enough to give Johnston the shot he would nail it no matter where he was on the floor. In additional to his scoring talent he was a play maker and wasn't afraid to mix it up when the going got tough.

Speaking of mixing it up...our man Jalen DeSarro was a sports fan's joy to watch. He's a big and strong player loaded with talent. With Carter coming in helping underneath DeSarro was freed up to show off some of that talent all over the floor. He proved very capable of filling in at point guard in the games Johnston was sitting out with injuries. He usually put a double-double on the books with scoring and rebounds. Even when he was hurting himself he played all out and he was a terror underneath. DeSarro played the game at 100% every time and in our opinion well deserves to be part of the duo.

We noticed at the recent Awards Ceremony there wasn't a MVP named and with the all around talent we saw this year we can understand why. If the Tigers were in the game they couldn't be beat. With the talent we have seen with the underclassmen it's going to be “Wellsville basketball” for a few years.

The Freshman Team went undefeated on the year, right up to their tournament championship final where they got robbed. About midway through that final game a leak in the gym ceiling developed. Instead of postponing the game the refs called the game and awarded the championship to the opposing team, with a slight lead. We didn't get to see that game but was told by people who were there that the Wellsville Frosh were coming on to retake the lead when they stopped the game. We hope they can put that behind them and come back next year with that winning attitude.

Before closing we want to mention a couple of things that bothered us while watching the games we attended. Number one among them is teams intentionally taking the feet out from underneath a player going in for lay-ups. We saw it more than once this year. Two teams from up north were especially flagrant that even we could spot it. We saw it done to Michael Johnston after he drove the lane and went up for his lay-up. The defender just ran underneath him while he was up in the air taking his legs parallel to floor. That's the night he hurt his shoulder landing on it and that's probably what happened when he got a concussion earlier in the season. We can honestly say we never saw the Tigers trying that move. It's dirty sports and something that the OHSAA should look in to.

The second thing we want to complain about is opposing team's cheerleaders yelling “miss it” at the top of their lungs when someone is shooting foul shots. It's called a free throw and trying such a cheap tactic to distract the shooter doesn't say much about their leadership and sense of good sportsmanship. We never saw the Wellsville girls do that and they and Coach Carissa Wilcox should be congratulated.

Now that we got that off our chest we would like to add our congratulations to all the players for a very good season. Each and everyone of you made Wellsville proud. Also thanks to all the coaches, school officials and especially to High School Athletic Director Don Elliott and Daw Middle School A.D. Darlene Allison. Your cooperation and encouragement is very much appreciated.

Now it's on to Spring Sports. Sure hope it warms up next week...

ole nib

WHS Basketball Senior Night

Five WHS Seniors were recognized during their last regular season game on February 26 for their contributions, dedication and athletic talents in their basketball careers. In mid-court ceremonies they were introduced along with their parents and one grandfather.

In the order that they were brought out before the home fans is Tressa Robert's & Lenny DeSarro's son Jalen DeSarro. Next came Sean Hudson with his folks Jennifer Brooks & Sean Hudson, Sr. Michael Johnston escorted his parents Janet Meeks & Pete Johnston. Christian Kapp followed them with his mother Gina Kapp and Grandfather Chuck Amato. Last, but not least, was Michael Miller and his dad Todd Miller.

The Seniors and their folks were introduced by courtside announcer Skip Hamilton and recognized for their time and efforts given representing Wellsville High School in their basketball careers. As Hamilton remarked good things come from good people and it was quite evident with this group of outstanding atheletes and the people who are their biggest supporters. Together they gave great pride for all of Wellsville to bask in.

We would like to add our congratulations to all these good folks. They have provided some very exciting, winning basketball over their careers keeping the Tiger's tradition alive and well. Without a doubt you have proven that WHS is the best in the valley. Thanks...

We snuck a picture of Head Coach Dave “Bug” Thompson in the collage above. Bug is always looking sharp but we thought his black suit and orange shirt made him look especially resplendent on Senior Night. His wardrobe manager must have been beaming with pride.

In the lower right corner is time keeper Mike Kerr and score keeper Jim Byers. These two guys also help to keep the tradition going each and every game.

Good luck guys in all your future endeavors...

ole nib

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Where Is It?

Picture taken on Sunday, March 6, 2011. Just for fun, can you name the location???


Everybody guessed correctly and here we thought it looked different... We attached a second pic on Thursday showing it all.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Trade Show

The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their first ever Trade Show on Thursday, March 31 at the WHS Alumni Center from 5 to 8 PM. It is open to any area business big or small and is a great opportunity to showcase your business. Vendors do not have to be members of the Chamber to take part in the show. Any business from the Tri-State area is welcome.

There will be refreshments provided by Robert's Funeral Home and free give-a-ways while supplies last. It is free and open to the public. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 28 by calling Erin Orr at 330-692-2037.

The WHS Alumni Center is located at 201 3rd Street in Wellsville.

See you on the 31st...

ole nib

Sunday, March 20, 2011

On The Calendar

Okay... we're going to start over on this week's calendar. We've had our coffee and are good to go.

The first day of Spring was yesterday. None too soon for us. We've been noticing posies popping up out the ground all around town. Our neighbor's March Lilies are in full bloom. Buds are popping out on the trees. Won't be long everything will be greening up. You gotta love it.

Monday – March 21:

  • National Downs Syndrome Day

  • Wellsville Board of Education Monthly Meeting – 6:30 PM in the Superintendents Office – 929 Center St. - May be held in the Daw Middle School Cafeteria depending on the number attending – same address

Tuesday – March 22:

  • Wellsville Library Story Hours – Preschool Ages 3 to 5 – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM – After School Ages 5 & up – 3:30 to 4:30 PM – Main St.

  • Wellsville Council Street Committee – 11:30 AM at Village Hall – 1200 Main St.

  • WHS Winter Sports Awards Night – 7 PM at High School Auditeria – 1 Bengal Dr.

  • Sons of the American Legion (SAL) – 7 PM at American Legion Post 70 - 229 Wells Ave

Wednesday – March 23:

  • Nothing on our calendar. Enjoy. Working on more catch up for us

Thursday – March 24:

  • **Wellsville Council Finance Committee - 11 AM at Village Hall - 1200 Main**

  • **Wellsville Memorial Council - 7 PM at VFW Post 5647 - 359 Main**

  • Wellsville Magistrate Court – at Village Hall – 1200 Main St.

Friday – March 25:

  • Another free day so far – Nothing on our calendar

Saturday – March 26:

  • Mason's Saturday Breakfast – 7:30 to 10 AM at Wellsville's Masonic Temple – Main St.

Sunday – March 27:

  • Worship at a church of your choice

  • Wellsville Area Ministerial Assoc. Sunday Lenten Service – 7 PM at the Church of the Nazarene – 1620 Maple Ave. - Mt. Sinai's Rev. Darlene Zanders guest minister

Again we want to apologize on being slower than normal with getting news posted. We have a lot going on with the personal side of our lives right now. Some of events we've been able to cover but haven't had time to write up. Other events that we normally cover we had to miss with other commitments. It looks like it's going to be that way for at least a couple of more weeks. We haven't given up but are finding there's just not enough hours in the day currently. It'll get back on track sooner or later. Bear with us.

Have a good week everyone...

ole nib

Big Moon Over Wellsville

Saturday - March 19: The full moon on Saturday evening was the closest it's been to planet earth in the last 18 years. Believe we read it was a mere 221,000 miles plus distance from the earth's surface. Today's Youngstown Vindicator said that was 31,070 miles closer than normal. It's called a perigree moon and appears about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than most full moons.

Usually when something like this happens Wellsville is under overcast skies. Not this time and we were able to catch some pictures of it. The darken craters on the moon's surface was visible to the naked eye. Try as we might we couldn't catch them with the camera. Just not equipped for that kind of picture taking.

At any rate it was all it was advertised as being. Did you see it? The next time that happens will be in 2029.

Here's a couple of shots we did get, sans the craters...

ole nib

Wellsville Library Mystery Book Club

The Wellsville Carnegie Public Library folks are making plans to begin an adult Mystery Book Club. They are currently conducting a survey to determine interest, the best day of the week to get together and the best time of the day.

Members will meet once a month at the Library to spend an enjoyable hour reviewing and discussing a preselected book of the month. The same book will be read by all the club members and the discussions will be based around each member's interpretation and thoughts of that book. Refreshments will be served at the meetings.

If interested in being part of the adult Mystery Book Club please stop by the library to complete the short survey. The surveys will be available at the Circulation Desk. For more information call 330-532-1526.

It's another fun activity brought to you by your home town Library...

ole nib

McQueen's Run Bear Trap

Friday – March 18: The new bear trap on McQueen's Run is in the Wellsville news again. It was a hot topic last summer when it was built at a cost of $37,908.81. It was constructed last July and August.

Some call it a bear trap. Others call it a trash rack or water trap. Call it what you like. They were designed to catch debris washing down the stream, especially when the water level is up with heavy rain fall, snow melt, etc. They were designed to keep that debris out of the storm water drain that eventually goes through to the pondage area sending the water on to the river. Their purpose is to help prevent flooding in the lower end of town during high water times.

We were unable to attend the last Wellsville Village Council meeting but we did get to the Property Committee meeting held March 9 when concern on the condition of the new trap was first brought to light. From newspaper accounts and talk on the street there was a lively conversation on the subject at last week's Council meeting. Since it was brought to our attention, among others, at that Committee meeting and reading and hearing more on the subject from the Council meeting we missed, we decided to check it out ourselves. The trap has a “Posted” sign which we carefully avoided violating. We were able to get close enough along the banks of the stream to zoom in for a good look. Pictured in the collage above is some of what we found. We feel it's a good representation for the concern expressed. We're concerned too but you be the judge.

We've been told the trap is doing what it was designed for and “the intergrity of those tracks is 100%”. We've left there Friday afternoon wondering for how long. You can see where the gabian wall has been pushed down stream. The gabian wall is the rock, covered with a wire mesh to hold it in place. It is suppose to carry over-flow water across its surface so the banks don't get washed away. It's obvious in the pictures where the soil on the banks have been washed away. The dirt behind the left side of the trap has built up an estimated six feet since last summer. On Friday the water was only going through the trap on the right side underneath a discarded tire stuck between the metal and side wall.

The creek bed under the concrete pad in front of the trap appears washed away from underneath, creating a waterfall off the concrete. The iron work that makes up the trap is anchored by bolts in the concrete side walls on both sides. Those concrete side walls measure 24” in width. We've been told the bolts are anchored in four feet of concrete. Cracks can been seen developing in both of those cement side walls. Looking up stream the wall on the right has some kind of paper bag hanging out of it where a crack can be seen. It appears a crack on the front of the left side wall has been patched.

It doesn't appear there has been much effort in cleaning out those traps. Unfortunately the Village doesn't have the funds, proper equipment or personnel to do too much along those lines. Apparently the only cleaning that has been done is by that nearby resident using a shovel and brawn in an effort to keep the water flowing. Just in the last few weeks he has hauled nearly a dozen tires out of there.

You be the judge. From what we have seen we can understand the concern but what do we know...

ole nib

First Trap You Come To

Friday – March 18: The first trap going up McQueen's Run you come to is the one that's been in place for awhile. After the new one was built just a few yards up stream last summer it was repaired and left as a back up.

The path you can see in the pictures for the water to get through was dug out by a resident that lives near by. Before he had done that earlier Friday the water was pooling, covering the whole bed of the creek, washing more of the earthen bank down stream. We can understand his concern that if left alone his back yard would be in jeopardy.

But what do we know...

ole nib

The Old Trap Ain't What It Use To Be

Friday – March 18: The bear trap pictured here appears to be falling apart. It's the one located up McQueen's Run near the road to 18th Street Heights. Many of the rails are missing. The debris and silt is piled so deep that the course of the creek is diverted out around the right side of the trap when looking down stream. Unless the water is extremely high, so it can flow over the top of everything piled up in front of it, it appears to be useless. There was no evidence of water flowing through the middle or to the left side. Even if the water level is high enough to go through the middle there's not much left to hold anything back. Sadly there's no money or personnel to work on them.

In the meantime it continues to eat away at the hillside.

But what do we know...

ole nib

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Different View of Wellsville

Taken from the closed section of Route 7 looking east. You can right click to enlarge. There are several Wellsville landmarks that can be easily identified.

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Rockslide Keeps Route 7 Closed

Friday – March 18: Taking advantage of the beautiful weather we had yesterday we took a hike over the closed section of State Route 7 to see the rockslide just over the Jefferson County line. It is just a little over a half mile from the Route 213 intersection near the Roadside Park. The rock slide happened this past Wednesday evening right before dark. The Wellsville firefighters were called out around 7 PM to block off the road until ODOT crews arrived. Now both lanes of Route 7 is closed from Aten Avenue at Route 39 to Route 213. Fortunately there were no injuries reported.

ODOT officials have been quoted in the newspapers as saying they can't even begin to start clean up of the slide until the rock quits falling. We were there around 3 PM yesterday and could hear and see rock falling. It is expected the crown left at the top of the hill is going to come down too. If it doesn't come down on its own they are going to bring it down. One man told us that the top of that hill use to be at least 12' higher than what is pictured here.

One of the ODOT crew on hand told us yesterday they are bringing experts in from the State of New York to take care of that. They had already started moving equipment on site. Another ODOT member told us they are bringing experts in from all over the country. Their first task is to clear the trees off the top and then they are going to start cutting back the hillside using a method called slushing. Stating he's never seen it done before he told us he was unable to explain how they do it. In this morning's papers it was reported that “Janrod Inc,, a rock remediation contractor from New York was hired to begin scaling the hillside and remove loose rock face”. That same article stated the section of highway will be at least another week before they get it reopened.

In the meantime crews were busy cleaning up on either side of the slide and hauling that away. It's kind of strange seeing that highway without any traffic except the ODOT trucks.

The official ODOT detour takes traffic west out Route 39 to somewhere just east of Indianapolis before turning toward Steubenville. The detour includes traveling on four different state routes. Personally, if we were traveling to Steubenville and points beyond we would take WV State Route 2 from Chester on the other side of the river. You can get back to Route 7 crossing the bridge at Weirton. It's a straight shot from Chester to Weirton or vice versa.

Now here's food for thought... a friend mentioned this morning that the rock slide happened the same day as Youngstown's first ever earthquake. Hmmm...

ole nib

Friends of Wellsville Library Raffling An Easter Bunny Basket

Just in time for the Easter Holiday, the Friends of the Wellsville Library are offering chances on a huge Easter Bunny Basket. From goodies to a gift card it is loaded. Pictured here, it's a beautiful basket, it is.

Chances are only a dollar a piece or six for $5. The last day to get chances will be April 15 and the drawing will be Saturday, April 16. Proceeds go to the benefit of the library and their many fine activities.

Stop in soon to get your chances. You may be the lucky winner and as always, your help is greatly appreciated.

ole nib

PPCT Casting Call for "Jack in the Blue Ridge Mountains"

The Potter Players Community Theatre is issuing a casting call for all actors, experienced or new, for their May production of "Jack in the Blue Ridge Mountains". Every aspiring actor from age 7 through adult is invited to try out. A large cast is needed for this one.

Try outs are Monday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 22 both at 7 PM at the playhouse located in Wellsville at 417 15th St. No previous experience is needed and new actors are welcome. Mary Morse will be directing this one.

Rehearsals will start on Monday, March 28 and run Monday through Thursday evenings. Performances will be the week-ends of May 6 & 7 and May 13,14 & 15. For more information call 330-314-3937.

Here's your chance to get in front of the lights and have fun at the same time...

Picture was borrowed from Google Images.

ole nib

Birds Over Route 7

While walking along the closed section of Route 7 yesterday we believe this one was eyeing us up for his next meal. He must have thought better of it. He didn't drop down for a closer look. They just floated pass on the air currents.

Kinda neat actually...

ole nib

Monday, March 14, 2011

State Senator Jason Wilson's Wellsville Visit

Friday – February 25: This story is some of the old stuff that we mentioned yesterday. We'll try to make it short and sweet.

Three weeks ago this past Friday State Senator Jason Wilson briefed Wellsville officials on some of the things that are currently on his plate. Wilson represents the Ohio 30th District in the Sate Senate. The 30th covers Columbiana, Jeffereson, Belmont and part of Tuscarawas Counties. That includes approximately 312,000 residents. Wilson was first appointed to the State Senate in 2006 and was elected to a full term in November of that year. His current term expires at the end of 2012.

Newly elected Governor Kasich campaigned on working toward getting new jobs in Ohio if elected. He wants to put Ohio workers back to work. During his visit Wilson announced he has been talking with the new Governor since December. He said he has invited the Governor to tour the 30th and “walk him up the river” to see the opportunity available from Belmont County through Columbiana County.

Siting three prime examples of locations available today he started with the idle Serverstall Mill in Mingo Junction, the old First Energy Plant in Toronto and the land in Wellsville that Sterling China use to sit on. All are ideally located for something, open to river, rail and a first rate highway system.

Wilson noted we have people ready to work. There is a need to connect the dots. He observed we won't agree on everything but there is a need to agree on things that will work.

Wilson next touched on Senate Bill #5 saying it is not the answer to the State's budget problems. He said people have earned the right to negotiate and the right to collective bargaining. He supports the right to collective bargaining.

Since his visit SB-5 passed by a mere one vote in the Ohio Senate and is now going through Committees in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Before wrapping up his visit to Wellsville the Senator toured the Sterling China site. About all that was left were piles of rubble.

ole nib

Sunday, March 13, 2011

On The Calendar

Well, we're about two weeks backed up on our posts and for that we apologize. We have had some extra events and diversions in our routine that took up time. Hang in there we're going to get back on track soon. In the mean time we're going to go with some current stuff and plug in the older stuff in between. Should be fun...

Monday – March 14:

  • Wellsville Kindergarten Registration – 9 AM to Noon & 1 to 2:30 PM at Garfield Elementary – 1600 Lincoln Ave. - Runs Monday through Friday with evening hours on Thursday – See below

  • Elks 1040 Regular Bi-monthly Meeting – 8 PM at the Lodge - 723 Riverside

Tuesday – March 15:

  • Ides of March for you Latin Historians

  • Wellsville Public Library Story Hours – Pre-school Ages 3 to 5 - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM – After School – Ages 5 & up – 3:30 to 4:30 PM – Main St.

  • Wellsville Village Council Regular Bi-monthly Meeting – 6 PM at Village Hall – 1200 Main

  • Ups of Downs Support Group Meeting – 6 PM at East Liverpool Moose Lodge - 125 E. 3rd St – Attorney will be guest speaker on Special Needs Trusts – Public invited

  • Wellsville Historical Society Monthly Meeting – 7:30 PM at River Museum – 1003 Riverside – Trustees meet at 7 PM.

Wednesday – March 16:

  • Medical Assistance Program – 9:30 AM to Noon at First Christian Church – 831 Main

  • BWD Finance Committee Meeting - 10 AM at Administration Offices - 1925 Clark

  • Joshua Project Clothing Give-away – Noon to 6 PM at New Hope Community Church – 43152 State Rout 39

  • WHS Alumni Activities Committee Monthly Spaghetti Dinner – 4 to 7 PM at Alumni Center – 201 3rd St. - Dine in or carry-outs available – Call 330-532-9811 to place order

Thursday – March 17:

  • St. Patrick's Day – May the wind be always at your back

  • BWD Board of Directors Monthly Meeting – 9 AM at Wellsville Village Hall – 1200 Main

  • Wellsville Kindergarten Evening Registration - 4 to 7 PM at Garfield Elementary – 1600 Lincoln Ave. - Only evening registration hours in addition to earlier times all week – See below

  • First Baptist Church Food Pantry – 3 to 5 PM for handicapped only – 1401 Center

  • Wellsville Area Crime Watch Committee Monthly Meeting – 6 PM at Wellsville Vllage Hall – 1200 Main

Friday – March 18:

  • First Baptist Church Food Pantry - 3 to 5 PM – 1401 Center – Must be Columbiana County residents & follow eligibility guidelines – Need I.D. & your own bags

Saturday – March 19:

  • Wellsville Mason's Saturday Breakfast – 7:30 to 10 AM at Masonic Lodge – Main St. - Cost by donation only – Open to the public

  • Wellsville Kindergarten Saturday Registration – 9 AM to noon at Garfield Elementary – 1600 Lincoln Ave.

  • Potter Players Community Theartre Tour of Old Liberty Theater – 10 AM – Main Street across from Shoub Towers – Public invited

Sunday – March 20:

  • Worship at a church of your choice

  • Wellsville Area Ministerial Association Lenten Service – 7 PM at First Christian Church – 831 Main – Rev. Jay Nightengale, Ret., will be guest minister

Registration for children entering kindergarten in the fall for the 2011/2012 School Year will be held Monday through Friday at Garfield Elementary. Hours will be from 9 AM to Noon & 1 to 2:30 PM daily. On Thursday only there will evening hours form 4 to 7 PM. Saturday registration will be held from 9 AM to Noon only. Children must be 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2011. Call 330-532-3301 for additional requirements and details.

The Wellsville Historical Society will resume their regular monthly meetings Tuesday evening. The January & February meeting dates were canceled due to winter weather conditions. The program for the evening will be a slide presentation on the 1936 Wellsville Flood with the way things looked like in the village during that event 75 years ago. The 1936 flood was the worse in Wellsville's recorded history. Visitors are welcome for the program.

The Wellsville Crime Watch Committee will also resume their regular monthly meetings this Thursday. The program for their first meeting of the New Year. Due to a scheduling conflict the introduction of Wellsville's newest canine officer has been postponed to a later date. We apologize for misinforming you earlier. Hang in there. We'll get to met Ryot some time soon.

The tour of the old Liberty Theatre on Saturday morning is also open to the public, especially to anyone who would like to join in the community effort to get it renovated and reopened for cultural events. The members of the PPCT suggest you wear old clothes and sturdy shoes.

Have a good week everybody....

ole nib

May She Ever Wave

It's a mystery to us. Maybe someone can shed some light on who, how and the why of it. Overlooking the Village of Wellsville from no man's land on top of the hill is Old Glory. We think they use to call it the flats up there. With no foliage it really stands out when waving in the breeze.

We first noticed it when getting some flood pictures a couple of weeks ago at the Jim Kenney Marina. It was one of those things that catches your eye and makes you question “is that really up there?” Sure enough...

You can't see it from everywhere. You have to be at the right angle. We couldn't spot it from Wells Avenue. We were down in the marina when it caught our eye. When we got back up to the street we couldn't find it.

You can see it from the 4th Street Square. That's where we got these pictures with the zoom lens. The second picture shown here gives you an idea of where to find it. Part of the gazebo roof is on the left in the second picture and the building with “Steiner” at the top is the VFW Post on Main.

We like it. We have to give an attaboy, or attagirl, to whoever made the effort. Believe us when we say that location is tough to get to. There's nothing but trees and brush up there. Getting there is a challenging task. You can left click on either picture to enlarge it.

Mostly we're wondering how it was done...

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Wellsville's Nicholson Stadium Progress Made

It's gone. What stood for 75 years, mostly as the home stands, is now just a memory. When we stopped by this past Tuesday workers from X-treme Trucking were taking down the last section standing. Some of that action can be seen in the collage above. All that was left was the back wall and by the time we got there Tuesday most of it was gone.

Yesterday we swung past there and what we saw is in the last picture shown above. All the debris is cleaned up and the lot was filled in. All the equipment is gone and a temporary fence has been erected where that back wall once stood.

Last fall a section of the eastern side grandstands was closed off when it was discovered there were cracks and chunks of concrete beginning to fall away. That was just before the last home football game of the season in late October. Structural engineers were brought in after that for a thorough inspection and it was declared unsafe. The cost to renovate the grandstands was prohibitive and the Board of Education approved a contract to have it demolished at their February meeting. Safety for all concerned was the primary reason for the decision. It was a decision made with much regret but one that had to be made. The western side grandstands were demolished in 1995 for the same reason.

The stadium had its beginnings at the height of the Great Depression when members of Wellsville's Nicholson family donated the land to the School District for the construction of a new athletic facility. The land was part of the Nicholson family farm. Building was begun in 1935 with the grading and realigning the field and grass was sown. Grandstands of equal size on both sides of the field were built with the western side completed first. Each grandstand was 288 feet long and 38 feet deep with a seating capacity of 2,040 on both sides of the field. The grandstands were built with “adequate ramps to provide for rapid and easy exit” as noted in a Souvenir Program. The western side grandstands had dressing rooms with showers and other equipment located underneath. The stadium was built as part of FDR's Works Progress Administration.

Workers were scrambling to complete the eastern side stands to be ready for the annual Thanksgiving Day football match-up between Wellsville and East Liverpool. When that Souvenir Program was printed for that 1936 game it was noted that “all but some minor details such as the cinder track and proper fencing has been completed”. The top picture was taken from that program. That's what the eastern side looked like just before it was first used for the 1936 Turkey Bowl, as it was popularly called. The Wellsville Bengals recorded a 13-0 shut out over the visiting Potters in that game.

Plans are being made to replace the old grandstands with one similar to what is now on the western side. If all goes as hoped, it will have a seating capacity for 900 and will be the designated visitor's side. The western side has a seating capacity of 1,200 and starting with the 2011/2012 Football Season will become the home stands. Superintendent Rich Bereschik stated in a conversation we had on March 2 that the next step is to advertise for bids for engineering for the new grandstands. It hoped to have that ready for the Board's approval at the next meeting, Monday, March 21. Once engineered with specifications drawn up they will be ready to advertise for construction bids.

That 1936 Souvenir Program originally belonged to Anna Joseph of 327 Broadway. After marrying she became Anna Waite and a few years back gave the program to Wellsville Historical Society President Robert “Brassy” Beresford. Thanks for sharing Brass.

The old place will have a new look for the first home game this fall. Even with all the changes it will remain the Home of the Wellsville Tigers as it has been for the past 75 years.

ole nib

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wellsville Flood Warning Canceled

For about the fourth time in the last two weeks Wellsville was subject to a Flood Warning. The latest started this past Thursday morning when the CC EMA issued a Flood Warning for Wellsville through the Nixle notification system. That water level gauge on the Wells Avenue bridge has had more looks than a pretty girl in a bikini the last couple of weeks!

The flood warning for Wellsville was canceled at 7:34 this morning but remained in effect for East Liverpool. East Liverpool's warning was canceled this afternoon at 12:31 according to the CC EMA. According to WVFD Chief Bill Brown the highest level reported in this latest round was 10.8 feet. Brown worked the overnight shift at the Fire Station last night. Flood stage for the ville is 11 feet. WFD Chief Bill Smith was quoted in the newspaper that the flood gates go up when the water level reaches 13 feet. At around 9:30 this morning the water level dropped to 9.5 feet. At 4:23 this afternoon it is down to 8.5 feet.

In the collage are some pictures taken today around the Wells Avenue bridge and at the pondage area in the lower end of town. What is usually a small meandering stream, the pondage area looked like a good sized lake late this morning.

ole nib

Monday, March 7, 2011

On The Calendar

A day late and a dollar short on posting this week's calendar. Had full intentions to getting this on yesterday but never go around to it. Sorry 'bout that...

Saw our first robin last Tuesday – a big old fat one just singing away over on Riverside.

We had two different flood watches last week – one early in the week and the other just this past week-end. We dodged the bullet earlier in the week and the National Weather Service predicts Wellsville will crest sometime Monday evening at 8.2'. That's below flood stage. The big concern is the snow melt in the Pennsylvania hills. All that snow in Seven Springs eventually melts and passes the ville at some point in time. The dips into the colder temperatures must be slowing that down a bit making it more manageable.

Monday – March 7:

  • WHS Alumni Activities Committee Monthly Meeting – 7:30 PM at the Alumni Center – 201 3rd St.

Tuesday – March 8:

  • Wellsville Area Ministerial Assoc. Monthly Meeting – 9 AM at Tonda's Place - 4th Street Square

  • Wellsville Public Library Story Hours – Preschool ages 3 to 5 – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM – After school – Ages 5 & up – 3:30 to 4:30 PM – Main St.

  • Wellsville VFW Post 5647 Meeting – 7 PM at the Post – 359 Main St. - Nomination of officers for 2011-2012

  • WHS Tigers vs Youngstown Christian – NE OHSAA Div. IV Semi-finals – 7 PM at Struthers Fieldhouse

Wednesday – March 9:

  • Ash Wednesday – Lent begins

Thursday – March 10:

  • Nothing on our calendar – enjoy the day

Friday – March 11:

  • Middle School State Wrestling Tournaments – Covelli Center – Youngstown

  • Covenant Presbyterian's 12th Annual Basement Bistro - Dinner at 6 PM – Show time at 6:45 PM – 401 18th St.

Saturday – March 12:

  • Wellsville's Masonic Lodge Saturday Breakfast – 7:30 to 10 PM – Main St. - Cost by donation

  • Middle School State Werstling Tournament Finals – Covelli Center – Youngstown

  • CC Humane Society Benefit Spaghetti Dinner – 5 to 8 PM at Kat's Kitchen – 1025 Main St.

  • Covenant Presbyterian's Last Basement Bistro for this year – Dinner at 6 PM – Show time at 6:45 PM – 401 18th St.

Sunday - March 13:

  • Worship at a church of your choice

  • Daylight Savings Begins – Set clocks ahead one hour – It's time to spring forward

  • Wellsville Area Ministerial Assoc. Lenten Services – 7 PM at First Methodist - 501 Main St.

Those Wellsville Tigers keep finding a way to win. Last Wednesday they defeated Canton Heritage Christian. That earned them a trip back to Struthers Saturday for an anniversary match up with Lake Center Christian. Like a year ago the result was the same with the Tigers winning by nearly the same score. Now they will be playing Youngstown Christian on Tuesday in the District Semi-finals. Congratulations guys and Good Luck Tuesday. We know you can find a way.

Also Good Luck to Daw Middle School wrestlers Seth Bloor & Alex Potts this coming week-end.

The 12th Annual Basement Bistro at Covenant Presbyterian starts Friday evening at the church. It's $15 and that gets you a chicken dinner with all the trimmings plus a very entertaining show. You can get your tickets by calling Erin at 330-853-3837. The bistro will run both Friday and Saturday.

The benefit spaghetting dinner for the CC Humane Society will have Kat & Jake cooking the pasta and meatballs. Carry-outs will be available. It's $7 per person, $4 for children and children under age 4 eat free. There will be a raffle of gift baskets. Anyone bringing donations for the shelter will be given free raffle tickets.

The WAMA Lenten Evening Services begins this Sunday. It will be held each Sunday during Lent at different churches with a guest minister. Guest Speaker for this coming Sunday is Minister Kathy Beckwith at Frist Methodist. The public is invited.

Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour this coming Saturday night or Sunday. Daylight Savings begins. Spring ain't far behind. If you forget you're going to be an hour early for everything.

Have a good week everybody...

ole nib

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wellsville BOE Member To Be Awarded

For the third consecutive year Wellsville resident Thomas F. Brophey has been selected to be a recipient of the Ohio School Boards Association Award of Achievement. The 2011 Award of Achievement will be bestowed at the OSBA Regional Spring Conference to held in Smithville, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 23. Out of 3,400 OSBA members statewide only 81 are receiving this honor in 2011.

Brophey is President of the Wellsville School District Board of Education. He has served as a Wellsville BOE member for 18 years. At the time of his first election he was the youngest member ever in Ohio to serve on a Board of Education. He is also the State Legislative Liaison for the Wellsville BOE and has served in that position for the last four years. In addition to his Wellsville duties Brophey also serves on the OSBA Student Achievement Leadership Team. In 2010 Brophey was named a Master Board Member which is a lifetime membership on the OSBA team.

The annual Award of Achievement is in recognition of the commitment and dedication exhibited by a board member toward public education and the importance attached toward their role on the school board. It is an honor not awarded lightly. Mr. Brophey has a long, distinguished career dedicated to the service of Wellsville youth.

Congratulations Tom...

ole nib

Last Week-end For Potter Player's Performance of Salem's Daughter

This coming week-end will be your last chance to see the Potter Player's Community Theatre's performance of Salem's Daughter. There will be shows both Friday and Saturday evening plus a matinee on Sunday.

You won't want to miss it...

ole nib

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wellsville Library Helps Celebrate Black History

Thursday – February 24: In celebration of Black History Month the Wellsville Carnegie Public Library sponsored an extremely entertaining evening this past Thursday with the presentation of Storyteller Jocelyn Dabney. Dabney is a native of Smithfield, Ohio and is now a retired librarian residing in Youngstown. She holds a Masters Degree in Storytelling/Reading and we can vouch that her education is not going to waste. With singing and storytelling she had the whole audience gleefully participating in her program. For more on Dabney see our post dated February 16 when we first introduced her here.

Mrs. Dabney was accompanied by her husband Robert with his melodic singing and playing of the djembe drum. Djembe is pronounced jim-bay. It's origination is dated back to 12th Century Africa with the Mandinka peoples. It is made from a single piece of wood carved in the shape of a goblet and hollowed out with a skin cover on top. Its popularity makes it one of the most sought after drums in the western world.

Our only complaint about Dabney's performance was that it had to end. When you are having fun it's always disappointing when it comes to a conclusion. Dabney artfully intertwined bits of Black History with humorous stories and traditional music. She skillfully got her audience's willful participation with very little coaxing on her part. At the conclusion of the show you felt you were part of the cast.

It was very interesting when she told how “hand jive” music got started back in the days of slavery when the slaves weren't allowed to communicate verbally or with the widely used drum playing. We learned how the popular song “People Get Ready – there's a train a coming” was about the underground railroad when sympathizers harbored slaves traveling north to their freedom. Many folks traveling those paths to freedom passed through the Wellsville area, following the river north. Do you know what “sodisaluratus” is? Don't feel bad. We had no clue and we believe we saw only one head nodding yes when Dabney asked that question. It's baking soda, a necessary ingredient when making biscuits. One of her most entertaining humorous stories on the evening was about different people going to the store to get some “sodisaluratus” when “out jumped a big ol' bear!” on their way through the woods.

It was an educational and extremely entertaining evening that many of us young and old thoroughly enjoyed. We highly recommend that you catch one of her performances if you ever get a chance. You won't be disappointed. If interested in scheduling one of her programs or work shops you can contact her via e-mail at

Thanks to the Dabneys for a very enjoyable evening and a special thanks to the Wellsville library staff and the Friends of the Library for bringing the Dabneys to Wellsville.

ole nib

Wellsville Teachers Seek Support

Monday – February 28: In an effort to drum up some support the Wellsville Teacher's Association (WTA) hosted an open house, free spaghetti dinner this past Monday evening for all Wellsville School District (WSD) residents. The event took place at the Alumni Center on 3rd Street.

The WTA union contract expired July 1, 2010. Proposals from both the union and the WSD were first exchanged around April 15, 2010. The two sides next met in October or November. Their last meeting was on February 9 and they are still without a contract. WTA President Darlene Allison noted they have been advised there may be a meeting scheduled after March 7. Going on for nearly 11 months now they are hoping to soon reach an agreement with the district.

Reading from a prepared statement, Allison noted they are legally bound to not discuss specifics on items currently on the table for negotiation. The WTA has offered many concessions which have all been turned down by the district. On the other hand they find the concessions offered by the district “are just not affordable for us to provide for our families”.

Allison went on explaining “the Board has nearly 2 million dollars at their disposal and yet we are unable to reach an agreement. That is double what they had when we negotiated two years ago when we settled after just a few sessions of negotiating”.

Continuing, Allison read “We are asking for your support in helping us to come to an agreement. We are asking that you not only display signs in your yards but please call the Board members and tell them, you the tax payers and parents, want an agreement reached now. The teachers have always stepped up to the plate and given when our district has been in true financial crisis – even giving back raises to help keep the district afloat. There is 2 million dollars available to pay for both a fair contract and the high quality education we want for all our students. We are not asking for anything that is not easily affordable or that would jeopardize the district in any way”. The WTA members furnished all those attending Monday evening a list of WSD Board of Education members along with their phone numbers.

Additionally the WTA members asked help in opposing Ohio Senate Bill – 5 which they claim will cost jobs and mean salary losses. They provided a list of State Senators on the Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee along with their phones numbers and e-mail addresses. They asked that you call or e-mail them and tell them to vote no on SB-5. That is the bill trying to restrict organized state workers their bargaining rights.

Before opening the floor to questions Allison noted that the Wellsville teachers are dedicated to the students and their education. They're “asking for a fair and equitable contract, one that the Board can afford. With nearly $3 million carry-over from last year, the Board can afford the contract and the educational improvements we're asking for” she concluded.

Wellsville Councilman Joe Soldano inquired on the time line of all the negotiating sessions. Ohio Education Association Labor Relations Consultant John Avouris responded that there were four meetings in April & May. After that a couple of meetings were scheduled in June. They would have one meeting and cancel the next one. The same happened in August with the Board of Education members saying they would need a couple of months to gather information requested by the WTA. That's when it was decided by the WTA to request a Federal mediator to enter into the talks.

Another resident asked if other insurance carriers have been contacted and Allison responded they are not really sure what's going on. All members did fill out a survey on what was needed for insurance coverage for one company and they are now seeing another insurance company. Allison added the WTA is under the impression that the school district is now paying an extra $20,000 per month for coverage and have been doing that since November.

When contacted this morning WSD Superintendent Rich Bereschik confirmed insurance coverage is costing approximately $20,000 extra a month more than what it did a year ago. However shopping around for better insurance coverage costs had little to do with it. The cost of insurance benefits for district employees increased 19% this year over what it cost last year. The district's five year forecast is predicting another 16% increase in 2012 and a similar amount for 2013.

Bereschik explained that the district is hindered with bargaining for better insurance rates because they are required to accept what is called a “Shelf Policy” for entities with less than 100 employees covered. A Shelf Policy is one where the terms, conditions and costs are set. Being a small district in numbers prohibits bargaining for a customized policy based on actual needs. It's similar to buying a new car that is already in the dealer's show room. It may have more or less than what you were shopping for. WSD has just over 100 employees but only 93 take insurance coverage offered by the school. All employees are covered under the same policy whether they are a member of the WTA or not. The WTA has approximately 64 members.

In the collage above WTA President Darlene Allison is in the top left corner on the microphone. The gentleman in the center is OEA Consultant John Avouris and the others are members of the WTA and residents that were present.

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Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce February Luncheon

Thursday – February 24: The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce held their February luncheon this past Thursday at Kat's Kitchen on Main St. With Chamber President Randy Allmon being in Youngstown to attend a luncheon with the new governor, Board of Directors member, Mayor Joe Surace presided. Paul Blevins gave invocation.

Surace welcomed new member Jan Palmer of the CC Humane Society. He also advised that plans for the Trade Show sometime this spring at the Alumni Center are still pending. A thank you was sent out to Local 396 Business Agent Butch Taylor and members of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union for hosting the Chamber at their Boardman facilities last week. Members & guests of the CC Chamber of Commerce were hosted to a luncheon and tour of Local 396's Training Facilities. Dolly Brophey advised there were approximately 60 people in attendance at that luncheon. See our post dated Sunday, February 27.

Business of the Month is Wellsville SOI Lodge #657. SOI President Rocco DaLonzo was on hand to accept the honor. See below for notes on that.

Guest speakers were District Sales Manager William Mowery & Sales Manager Ellen Clark-McCoy of the Western & Southern Life Insurance Company's (W&S) East Liverpool office pictured here. Mowery said he has been with W&S for 32 years, having started with them at the age of 22. Clark-McCoy has been there for 14 years and has been a Sales Manager for 13 of those years. The East Liverpool office is located on Route 170 in Calcutta.

W&S has been around since 1888. They are a Fortune 500 company and rated the 8th strongest insurance institution financially in the country. Although the economy has been suffering through a recession W&S has not received any kind of bail out assistance. Other than property and casuality they sell all types of insurance.

Mowery reported that his purpose for being there, speaking to the Chamber members, was to get word out that W&S is in the process of hiring sales representative, especially in the Steubenville and Salem areas. He stated he was hoping Chamber members can assist their recruiting efforts by referring anyone they may know to them for those sales positions.

W&S sales representatives start out being paid a salary plus commission while going through their training. A state insurance license is required before being hired. Classes are available on-line and in Ohio the cost is currently $250 for the certification. Once fully trained the representative goes to fully commission pay. Mowery said it can be very lucrative for the person willing to work. Certain products earn up to 112% commission. He advised W&S is a very low pressure sales company. Rather they stress the value of their insurance products and policies.

They teach sales techniques and marketing plans. New representatives are given some established customers but it is mostly cold call soliciting by phone for new ones. Positions are open to people from all walks of life. Mowery said he graduated college with an education degree and Clark-McCoy was in accounting. The benefit package is an excellent one with coverage for health, eye care, dental, prescriptions, group life and disability. They have an excellent 401k plan or the old fashion retirement plan where the employee is fully vested after five years. Typically, agents put in 50 to 55 hours per week and the potential to move into management positions is also excellent. W&S is an EEOC employer. For more information on the sales jobs contact either Mowery at 330-368-3010 or Clark-McCoy at 330-368-3009.

Board member Erin Roberts-Orr reported on the Potter Players Community Theatre's meeting of February 8 concerning the renovation of the old Liberty thearter. She advised they have been receiving lots of phone calls since that meeting. They have two electricians that were to tour the old theater this past Saturday with one of them offering help in setting up some temporary lighting. Roberts-Orr noted that officials of Local 396 indicated they might be able offer some help with some of their apprentices going through the Plumbing & Pipefitting training program. There is an open house walk through scheduled for Saturday, March 19, at 10 AM for anyone wishing to see the old place. The public is invited. Anyone needing additional information can contact either Erin or Bill Roberts at the Roberts Funeral Home.

The March luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, at theDairy Queen on 3rd Street.

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