Monday, October 31, 2011

Until Next Year

Being the last match for 2011 Wellsville High School Volleyball team we are featuring the two seniors on this year's squad in our pictures. They are # 1 Noelle Amato and #2 Rilee Livolsi. Their high school volleyball careers came to a disappointing conclusion in the NEO Division IV District Semi-final. It was played in Lisbon David Anderson's Gym A.

There will be no repeat of the 2010 Lady Tiger accomplishments. Last year they won the district and went on to play one last game in Solon, Ohio. The Lisbon Lady Devils defeated the Lady Tigers 3 sets to one Tuesday evening to bring the Wellsville season to an end. It was an upset loss for the whole team. They handily defeated Lisbon in the regular season in a tri-match and the number one seeded Lady Tigers weren't expecting any problems this time. Unfortunately the Lisbon girls didn't buy it.

In spite of the upset loss it was a great season for the Lady Tigers. They finished with a 20&5 record on the year.

Congratulations on the fine season Ladies. We're proud of you...

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Immaculate Conception Members Move Saturday Prayer Services Indoors

Members of the Save Immaculate Conception Church Committee met Thursday evening at the Wellsville SOI Lodge. It was their regular weekly meeting held each Thursday for updates and announcements.

It was announced that there will be a change of location and time for the weekly Saturday afternoon prayer sessions. They have held the weekly sessions each Saturday afternoon since the Youngstown Diocese officials closed the Wellsville parish. Fellow Christians at the the United Methodist Churches in the village are making the First United Methodist church available for the Catholics to use. Co-chairman Tom Brophey said with the cold weather fast approaching it was decided to take United Methodist Pastor Ken Malone up on his offer.

First United Methodist is located at 501 Main Street. The time for the prayer service has been moved up to 3:30 PM and Brophey stated the time and location will remain the same each Saturday afternoon. Those attending the prayer sessions are to enter through the front door on the Main Street side.

It was also announced that Youngstown Diocese Bishop George Murry is expected to be at St. Ann's Saturday Mass this week.

Committee members are making plans for an Immaculate Conception Parish Christmas Party to be held Saturday, December 10, at the SOI Lodge. Plans are incomplete at present. For more information or to make reservations those interested are asked to contact Dolly Brophey at 330-532-1807.

Best wishes and prayers was offered for Chuck Amato, Nick DaLonzo, Joe Soldano Sr. and Theresa Betz.

Finally it was announced that the heat at the Immaculate Conception Church has been turned on to keep the building warm during the winter months. The gas and electricity had been shut off a few months ago. Members of the Committee were concerned about structural damage to both the building and the organ with freezing temperatures. Parishioners are still locked out of the church that many of their parents sacrificed over the years to finance and build. Relief from worry was expressed that at least the building and what contents remain won't be damaged with no heat.

The appeal to reactivate the Wellsville Catholic parish have been filed through Canon lawyers in Rome. Results of that appeal are still pending.

The Committee to Save Immaculate Conception Church meets each Thursday afternoon to keep the concerned parishioners informed of any updates or other announcements. They meet at the Wellsville SOI Lodge located at 327 Main St. The SOI snack bar is opened at 5:30 and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

WHS 2nd Annual Halloween Concert

To the delight of all that attended the WHS Music Department had their 2nd Annual Halloween Concert this past Monday evening. Musical numbers were performed by the members of the Marching Band, the Concert Choir and Ebony & Ivory. The performers were directed by Ms. Emily Barlow and accompanied by Mr. Aaron Bunfill on the piano. Prizes were given for best costumes. Admission was free if you wore a costume.

It was a very entertaining and fun concert. Congratulations to all that performed, the stage help and everyone else that made it possible. It was a job well done...

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Wellsville's Riverside In Fall

Always one of our favorite locations in the ville to catch some great fall scenery is along Riverside around the River Museum. Here's some pictures we got last Sunday.

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Wellsville Super Heros

Dave "Superman" Butcher was giving barber J C Coulter a hand yesterday afternoon passing out free Halloween costumes in front of the Wellsville Barber Shop. J C tells us they went pretty fast this year and that there were only a couple left when got this picture yesterday. This is the second year in a row that Coulter's treat in honor of Halloween has been giving out costumes to whoever could use one.

J C is one of our heros too but that Butcher...he's the man!

Wellsville's Trick or Treat hours are from 5:30 to 7 PM on Monday, October 31.

Have a safe Halloween...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wellsville Tigers Have Shot At Play-offs

The Wellsville Tiger Football Team has a shot of making the play-offs with a win against Jackson Milton this Friday. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 PM, October 28, at Nicholson Stadium. There are other variables involved besides just a win Friday night. With their exciting win over visiting Leetonia last week the Tigers are now 4&5 on the year and 3&3 in league play. Jackson Milton is 3&6 on the year and 1&5 in the league.

Wellsville is in State Division VI – Region 21. They are ranked number 8 this week in the OHSAA Computer Ratings in their division. The top eight teams are invited to the play-offs. Berlin Center's Western Reserve is Number 1 in the division and just about every other rating system in the state for their class. They are undefeated on the year but you never know which way a football is going to bounce! As the former Steeler coach Chuck Knoll use to say “on any given Sunday...”

Friday is also Senior Night. Pictures shown above are from last week's game against Leetonia.

Go Tigers!!!

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WHS Senior Rilee Livolsi Named Fall Homecoming Queen

Wellsville High School Senior Rilee Livolsi was crowned the 2011 Fall Homecoming Queen at half time of last Friday's football game at Nicholson Stadium. Queen Leah Kelly, the 2010 queen, had the honor of crowning the newly named queen. Livolsi is the daughter of Jerri & Jeff Livolsi.

Queen Rilee and her court reigned over the homecoming dance that was held last Saturday. The members of her court included Mikyla Tipton, Kayla Wolfe, Taylor Hardman, Ashley Raffa and Irene Kiser. The theme for the 2011 Homecoming was Candyland featuring brightly colored decorations.

In addition to the Homecoming ceremonies last Friday was also “Pink Day” in the school system recognizing October being Find A Cure For Cancer month. As shown in the pictures in the collage pink was the color of the day.

This coming Friday, October 28, will be Senior Night. Those ceremonies are usually held prior to the start of the 7 PM game.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wellsville Area Chamber Honors "Community Stars"

The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Citizens of the Year Dinner this past Wednesday evening. Chamber President Randy Allmon served as Master of Ceremonies. The welcome was given by Columbiana County Commissioner Penny Traina and Pastor Dirk Hall offered the invocation.

Special comments were made by Western Reserve Building & Construction Trades Council President Don Crane and State Senator Jason Wilson. Wellsville Mayor Joseph Surace was recognized prior to the dinner. Surace is finishing up his second consecutive term serving as mayor of the Village. He chose not to run for another term.

Key note speaker was Attorney Jesse Zirillo. Zirillo is an East Liverpool native and specializes in title work for Chesapeake Energy. He spoke on the abundance of natural gas in the region with enough to keep drillers busy for the next five to ten decades. Zirillo surmised the economic growth potential in the region made possible with the natural gas is exciting.

Center Pharmacy was voted Business of the Year. Located at 447 Main Street, Center Pharmacy is owned and operated by Joe Amaismeier & Jim Koopman. Other nominations for the award was Holly Development and J.C.'s Wellsville Barber Shop. The Business of the Year award was announced by Chamber President-elect Diane Spencer.

Pinky Checkler Gill was elected Woman of the Year. Pinky owns Nick's Pizza which was started by her father and has been operated by the family for 57 years. Gill was introduced by Mrs. Dolly Brophey. Garfield Elementary Principal Liza Ferguson and Mrs. Bonny Beresford were the other nominees for the honor.

Named Man of the Year was Wellsville Village Administrator Jim Saracco. Saracco is a Korean War veteran and lifetime Wellsville resident. A Titanium Metals retiree he has served as both Village Administrator and before that as Zoning Administrator for the past seven and half years all together. Saracco's selection was announced by Attorney Nick Amato. Veteran's Memorial Council Member Dale Barnhart and Wellsville Board of Education President Tom Brophey were also in the running for this year's Man of the Year.

The dinner was held at the Wellsville Alumni Center. Dinner was catered by Connie's Corner of Chester, WV. The Wellsville Area Chamber will hold their monthly luncheon this coming Thursday, October 27, at Tonda's Resturant. Tonda's is located on the 4th Street Square. Luncheon time is noon.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

New Wellsville HIgh School Sign Adds Colorful Touch

In their closing remarks at last week's meeting a few of the Wellsville Board of Education members expressed their delight in the new computer operated LED sign recently erected at the High School. Shown here, the sign was purchased from a Florida company and installed by Wellsville School District maintenance personnel members Joe Traina and Tim Householder. The sign is an attention getter and the scrolling messages can be changed remotely from a computer. It also shows the time and temperature. Located facing Bengal Drive the sign can be seen all the way down Clark Avenue.

It's an attractive addition to the high school grounds...

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Wellsville BOE Opposes Changes In Voucher Students Legislation

In spite of some Board members expressing that they “were truly disappointed” they “didn't have anyone present from the press” the Wellsville Board of Education emphatically and unanimously voted to adopt a resolution opposing Ohio House of Representatives House Bill 136. The Wellsville Board took that action at their monthly BOE meeting a week ago Monday, October 17. HB-136 is legislation being encouraged by Ohio Gov. Kasich to expand grant vouchers to any public school student in Ohio.

School Superintendent Rich Bereschik stated there has been another call to action for everyone to get in touch with their State Legislators asking that they oppose passage of this particular bill. Bereschik added the changes goes against public education. He added the bill is being opposed by the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio School Boards Association and list of other professional education organizations.

New to the voucher program is the inclusion of private schools such as cyber schools. It doesn't have to be “brick & mortar” private schools. HB-136 would significantly expand the availability of vouchers for students to attend private or parochial schools. It would grant vouchers to any public school student in Ohio provided their family income is $95,000 or less, without regard to the academic performance of the public school that student is assigned to attend. The bill would also cover students already enrolled in private or parochial schools.

State provided funding to the Wellsville school district is currently $6,900 per student for the academic school year. That is the amount the Wellsville School District's annual operating budget would be reduced for each voucher student. The proposed legislation would take dollars directly from already cash strapped local public school districts. “It will be a big blow to public education if it goes through” according to Bereschik. The resolution passed by the Wellsville BOE expresses their opposition to any legislation that would transfer public dollars to support private education. They directed the Treasurer to forward a copy of the resolution to members of the Ohio House of Representatives.

The next scheduled Wellsville BOE meeting is Monday, November 21, in the Superintendent's Office. That office is located at 929 Center St.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Voters Invited To Meet The Wellsville Candidates

Come Wednesday evening a group of “concerned citizens” will be conducting Wellsville's own Meet The Candidates Night. There will be no need to travel all the way over to Lisbon and having to sit listening to candidates from all over the county.

Kick-off for the Wellsville event is set for 7 PM at Village Hall located at 1200 Main St. In this year's General Election, on November 8, Village voters will be voting on a new mayor and electing four candidates for Village Council.

Running for mayor is Susan Haugh, Nancy Murray, Jack Cataldo and Joe Soldano. There are seven candidates running for four Council seats. They are Tonda Ross, John Morrow, Diane Dinch, John McMahon, Don Brown, Randy Allmon and Tony Caltaldo. Ross and Morrow are political new comers. Dinch and Brown have had previous Council experience. McMahon, Allmon and Cataldo are currently serving on Council.

We have been told that all four candidates for mayor will be there and six out of the seven candidates for Council have committed to attending. School Board of Education member Ed Bauer will act as the narrator/master-of-ceremony.

The event is open to the public and free of admission. The group of “concerned citizens” organizing the event are bi-partisan individual citizens and they do not represent any particular political party, committee, club or organization.

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Halloween Party At Wellsville Library

On Wednesday afternoon, October 26, there will be a Halloween Party for Middle School students in grades 4 through 6 at the Wellsville Public Library. Costumes are optional. There will be games and treats.

For more information call 330-532-1526. The library is located next to the Old Fire Station in the 800 block of Main St.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Matt's Bash #3 Was A Howling Success

Saturday, October 15, was the 3rd Annual Dash For Mat's Bash in Wellsville. The annual event is a fund raiser to support scholarships given in loving memory of Mathugh Johnston. Mathugh was a 15 year old lad who succumbed to cancer after a long, hard fought battle. In addition to Mathugh, Bob Grimm, Lindsey Salsberry and Betty Prince were also remembered.

Betty Prince is a new addition to those on the list being remembered. She died of cancer nine years ago. Betty was a much loved music teacher in the Wellsville School District. She was born and raised in Kentucky and met the love of her life in college. He was a Wellsville guy and they came back this way after school. In telling her story at the “Bash” Dick Prince told us that the entertaining WHS choir Ebony & Ivory was Betty's brain child.

According to event organizers there was nearly 500 registered for this year's Bash. Around 100 of those were children, many of them in Halloween costumes. The over-all winner of the 1.5 mile long dash was Tommy McNear with a time of 8 minutes – 12 seconds. The Benwood VFD of West Virginia once again won the Fireman's Relay. The Wellsville Volunteers might have had a chance except they had one dummy carrying another dummy in the last leg of their race!

We could go on & on but we're going to let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Needless to say it was a smashing success. It looks as if everyone had a thoroughly good time on a great fall afternoon.

Kudos to Annie, Tim & Rob Long and all the others that lined up the sponsors and organized the event. Even though you guys once again drew the wrong number for my 42” flat screen television you all did good!

See ya at Class Day...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mother Nature's Artistic Side???

We were watching a Middle School volleyball tournament match this past Tuesday afternoon when we got a heads up of the unique cloud formations moving through the district. From what we gather it got a lot of people's attention and pictures were posted on Facebook before the edge of this cold front moved through the area.

The different cloud formations put us in mind of an artist going through severe depression. The upper level winds must have really been whipping around up there. Told my buddy we were real glad we weren't trying to fly through that in an airplane!

Thanks for the call Jeff...

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Wellsville Homecoming Queen To Be Crowned Friday

Crowning ceremonies for the 2011 WHS Fall Sports Homecoming Queen will take place during half-time at tomorrow's football game. The Wellsville Tigers take on the Leetonia Bears beginning at 7 PM Friday, October 21.

This year's Homecoming Court, shown above from the left, is Taylor Hardman, Mikyla Tipton. Kayla Wolfe, Irene Kiser, Rilee Livolsi and Ashley Raffa. All the candidates are members of the WHS Senior Class.

A parade will kick off the Homecoming festivities beginning at the High School about 6:30 PM tomorrow evening before the game. The parade will travel along Clark, turn onto 17th and right onto Commerce to Nicholson Stadium.

The newly crowned Queen will reign over the the Homecoming Dance to be held Saturday evening at the high school. The theme for this year's Homecoming is Candy Land.

Congratulations ladies. Thanks to Mrs. Robin Weeda for sharing the picture shown here.

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Wellsville Lady Tigers Advance In Div. IV Sectional Tournaments

The Wellsville Lady Tigers got off to a good start on the road to Columbus this past Tuesday evening. Opening up in their first game of the NEO Division IV Volleyball Sectional tournaments the Tigers defeated Sebring in three straight sets playing in Lisbon. In spite of losing starter McKenna Pierson the ladies won in convincing fashion, only allowing Sebring a total of 33 points in all three sets.

Pierson, a Junior, was on the bench with an injury. Freshman Shayna Hamilton stepped into the starting line-up and the Tigers never missed a beat.

The Tigers return to action tonight in Lisbon David Anderson High School's Gym A. They take on the 13&9 Southern Local Lady Indians. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM. The Tigers won both of their regular season matches this year against the backyard rivals.

Good Luck Ladies. We're proud of you. Keep focused. Pictures above are from the Lowellville match played October 13 in Wellsville. Winner of tonight's match moves onto the District Semi-final next week.

Go Tigers!!!

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Three Wellsville Lady Tigers Honored

Three senior Lady Tigers and their folks were recognized in front of the home crowd prior to the Varsity Volleyball match against Lowellville last week. The match against the Lady Rockets in the Tiger's Den wrapped up the Tiger's regular season. While High School Principal Linda Rolley made the introductions the athletes and their parents they were met at mid-court by their respective coaches. The parents were presented with framed pictures of their daughters and Mom was given a corsage in honor of the moment.

The Senior Tigers recognized were Rilee Livolsi, Noelle Amato and Jillian Bergert. Livolsi and Amato are members of the 2011 WHS Volleyball Team and Bergert was a member of the WHS Golf Team.

Shown in the first picture above is Coach Dan McKinstry, Jeff, Rilee and Jerri Livolsi. In the second picture is Noelle Amato, McKinstry, Nick and Anne Amato. In the third picture is Golf Coach Mark Childers, Joanie, Jillian & Allen Bergert and Coach Mark Railing.

Thanks ladies for all your athletic endeavors. You have been outstanding ambassadors for both the school district and the Village of Wellsville.

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Wellsville Athletes Have Class

This past Thursday, a week ago, was Senior Night for the Wellsville Lady Tigers that played on the Volleyball and Golf Teams. Three WHS seniors and their parents were recognized at mid-court before the Varsity Volleyball match against Lowellville. Also recognized were two seniors on the Lady Rockets squad. Shown here on the right is Maria Wilaj with Ashley Moore on the left. It was their last volleyball match in their athletic careers they would play in the Tiger's Den.

We thought it was a class act to include them in the Senior Night recognition...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wellsville Chief Asks For Help In War on Drugs

Police Chief Joe Scarabino approached the Pastors and lay members at last week's meeting of the Wellsville Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) to “implore” them for their help and assistance. Scarabino said he is asking for help with an endeavor he would like to undertake and would feel assured the message would get out tenfold by joining forces with WAMA.

Scarabino said the amount of selling and use of drugs in the Village is “very,very disturbing”. As an example he cited one individual that lives in town with a 19 page criminal history. Because of non-disclosure laws the Chief was not able to name that individual but noted this is just one example of what Wellsville law enforcement is up against. In his case file he stated that there are files on at least three known drug dealers living in the village.

The Chief told the members of WAMA that illicit drugs “is a supply and demand ordeal. As long as the demand is there the supplier will be ever present”. He proposed “a night out in Wellsville, a prayer night to pray for the eradication of drugs and violence that is currently in our village”. Noting that the Wellsville police are working diligently toward this goal the department just doesn't have the numbers to effectively deal with everything. He is hoping to get at least 100 volunteers with police escorts to take about an hour some evening going around town praying against drugs and all the ill it causes.

Scarabino asked that the ministers mention his endeavor from their pulpits. In the meantime he will be formulating plans and hopefully will have something ready to put into motion by next month. Scarabino said he will attend next month's WAMA meeting to put those plans into motion. Scarabino concluded his plea saying with the encouragement he has gotten from some pastors he already spoke to he “feels he is stepping in the precipice of setting down a no tolerance law for the eradication of the drugs and violence that's in our streets.”

WAMA meets the second Tuesday of every month at 9 AM at Tonda's Place in the 4th Street Square. The next meeting is scheduled for November 8. The meetings are open to the public as well as any area member of the clergy.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

WHS Music Dept. To Have Halloween Concert

The flyer tells it all. The concert is open to the public.

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3rd Annual Dash for Mat's Bash Saturday In Wellsville

It's time for the 3rd Annual Dash for Mat's Bash. Saturday, October 15, at 5:30 PM will kick off the fun 1.5 mile run/jog/walk/watch event in front of the Wellsville Fire Station. Volunteers for the annual fund raiser will be on hand at the Fire Station for late, last minute registrations from 3 to 5:15 PM. Anybody registered is automatically entered into the drawings for the door prizes. Topping off the door prizes is a 42 inch flat screen television. There will be a special event for children 9 years old and under. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Pre-race entertainment begins at 4 PM.

Trophies for competitors will awarded to the top five runners for both males & females in the age 12 and under brackets and also to those over age 12. There will be 20 trophies total awarded. The run begins at 12th & Main, goes to 9th and crosses over to Riverside, up to 5th, back over to Main and back to 12th. Traffic will be blocked off for the event and bottled water will be available for the runners. Emergency personnel will be on hand just in case.

The annual dash is one of the fund raisers supporting the memorial scholarships awarded to Wellsville High School graduating athlete/scholars at Class Day. In the last two years $1,000 scholarships were awarded to one male and one female senior class member. The scholarships are in memory of the late Mathugh Johnston, a 15 year old lad that died four years ago after waging a heroic battle against cancer.

Mathugh loved sports. He's our angel in the end zone...

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

WHS Lady Tigers To Close Out Regular Season

The WHS Lady Tigers will close out their regular season this afternoon in the Tiger's Den hosting Lowellville. The Lady Tigers go into this afternoon's match up with an over-all record of 17&4. They are 10&1 in Lower Tier ITCL play and a win today will earn them a share of the league lead with Jackson Milton in Div. IV.

The Lady Tigers opened the week dropping three straight sets to a very dominant East Liverpool team on Monday. The Orange & Black were 0&2 against the Lady Potters this season. The backyard rivalry is not a league rivalry.

On Tuesday the Lady Tigers got back on the winning track taking three straight sets against the Lady Bears of Leetonia.

Tonight is Senior Night. Volleyball seniors Noelle Amato and Rilee Lavolsi along with Golf Team member Jillian Bergert will be honored before the varsity volleyball game.

The Lady Tigers drew first seed in the upcoming Sectional tournament games. They open tournament play next Tuesday evening, October 18, in David Anderson High School – Gym A – at 7:30 PM taking on Sebring.

Pictures above is from action in the East Liverpool match this past Monday.

Good Luck Tigers...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Daw Middle School Teams Beat Leetonia

The Daw Middle School Lady Tigers Volleyball teams defeated Leetonia Monday afternoon, October 10 at Beacom Memorial gym. Both the 7th & 8th Grade teams won their matches 2-0. The wins keep the 7th Grade ladies undefeated on the season with a 14&0 record. The 8th Grade ladies move up to 9&4 on the season.

The Middle School teams wrap up their regular season at Crestview this afternoon. Tip off is set for 5 PM for the 7th Graders.

Wellsville will once again be hosting the Lower Tier ITCL Middle School Volleyball Tournaments this year. All matches will be played at Beacom Memorial on Center Street. Matches will be played Monday through Thursday with the Consolation & Championships set for Saturday, October 22. The Wellsville 7th Graders drew a bye in the first round. They are scheduled to play their first tournament game Wednesday, October 19 at 6 PM. They will take on the winner of the Sebring vs Western Reserve. The 8th Graders open tournament action taking on the Jackson Milton Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30 PM.

Good Luck Lady Tigers!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Early Fall Scenes Around The Ville

Since they are forecasting rain for the rest of the week we thought we should take advantage of this morning's sunshine. We're nowhere near peak foliage but there are some very pretty colors around here and there.

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Save Immaculate Conception Church Committee To Hold Walk-A-Thon

Members of the Save The Immaculate Conception Church Committee will be holding a walk-a-thon around Broadway Park this coming Saturday morning, October 15. Traffic will be blocked from using either side of Broadway from 5th to 9th Street for the event.

For more information contact committee member Beverly Hentzell.

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Daw Middle School Football 4&2 On Season

Last Thursday the Daw Middle School Football Team took it on the ear at the hands of McDonald. They never quit inspite of trailing by 22 points at half-time. They came back in the second half to put 20 points on the board. The final score was McDonald 38-20.

The loss dropped Wellsville's Daw team to a record of 4&2 for the year with two games remaining on the schedule. Wellsville looks to get back on the winning track this coming Thursday, October 13, when they host Western Reserve at Nicholson Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 PM.

Wellsville wraps up the 2011 season on the road at Leetonia on October 20.

Good Luck Tigers!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Wellsville Lady Tigers Begin Wrapping Up Regular Volleyball Season

The WHS Lady Tigers Volleyball Team close out their regular season schedule this week. Starting this afternoon they host the Lady Potters in the Tiger's Den. It's pay back time! The Lady Tigers were handed their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Lady Potters in East Liverpool back on September 7.

They host East Liverpool at home tonight, travel to Leetonia tomorrow and close out the regular season schedule at home taking on the Lowellville Lady Rockets Thursday, October 13. For the season the Varsity ladies are 16&3 and 9&1 in the Lower Tier of the Division IV ITCL. The Reserves are holding their own with an outstanding 15&4 season record of their own.

Not to be looking ahead but the Lady Tigers drew first seed in the upcoming sectional tournaments. The tournaments begin Monday, October 17 in Lisbon for Div. IV. The Lady Tigers are first scheduled to play tournament action Tuesday evening, October 18 at 8 PM against Sebring.

Pictures shown here are from two of last week's matches – one was a win against Heartland Christian and the other is the win against Sebring.

Good Luck Ladies! “Kill” 'em...

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Daw MS 7th Grade Still Undefeated Going Into Last Week of Regular Season

The Daw Middle School 7th Grade Volleyball Team remains undefeated going into the last week of the regular schedule. Last Wedenesday, October 5, they improved their season record to 14&0 defeating Crestview 2-0. The 7th graders are the only Wellsville School District team that remains undefeated in all the Fall Sports teams from Middle School through High School.

The 8th Grade Team fell to 9&4 on the season dropping their match against Crestview 2-0.

The Daw ladies wrap up the reagular season this week. Tonight they host Leetonia at home in Beacom Memorial. On Wednesday, October 12, they travel to Crestview for their last regular season game.

The Middle School Volleyball Tournaments will be played in Wellsville again this year. All matches will be played at Beacom Memorial with the first one scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM on Monday, October 17. Beacom Memorial is located on Center St. Other match-ups will be played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday also beginning at 4:30 PM. Championship and consolation matches will be played Saturday, October 22, beginning at 10 AM. We'll try to pick up the brackets today.

Good Luck to the young Lady Tigers! You're all winners. We're proud of you...

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Daw MS Volleyball Match vs. Southern At Home

Here are some scenes from the Daw Middle School volleyball match played in Wellsville on Monday, September 26. The 7th Grade Team won there match 2-0. The 8th grade lost 2-1.

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Family & Community Resource Center To Hold Free Health Fare

You are invited to attend a free health fair this coming Saturday afternoon, October 22, from noon to 4 PM at the Daw Elementary Middle School Cafeteria in Wellsville. The health fair is being sponsored by the Family & Community Resource Center along with the Lisbon Family Health Center.

There will be all kinds of activity and information for children and adults alike. Free flu shots will be offered to children and those with chronic medical conditions. It will cost $15 a shot for all others. Pre-registration is required for shots or testing being offered. You can do that by calling 330-420-0044. You can also call that number for additional information.

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Wellsville Library To Hold Card Making Class

Just in time to learn a skill that will enable you to put your personal touch to your holiday greetings you send out to friends and loved ones...the Wellsville Library will be having a card making program. Why settle for the store bought generic cards when you can easily do your own? Add that special personalized touch to your greetings. Take advantage of the Library's program to learn how easy it is to make your own.

Registration is required. Call 330-532-1526 for details or stop by to find out the details.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Deadline To Register To Vote Is October 11

As candidates are busy decorating the Village with campaign signs we thought we would offer these reminders. The November 8th General Election is only a month away. The deadline to be registered to vote in that election is coming this Tuesday, October 11. You have to be registered with your current address to vote.

Wellsville voters will be electing a new mayor and deciding who will fill four Village Council seats. There are four candidates vying for the Mayor's office and seven candidates wanting to fill the open Council seats. Another item on this year's ballot that has the interest of a lot of people is the referendum known as Issue 2. If passed Issue 2 will approve Senate Bill No. 5, commonly referred to as the anti-union law.

Registration forms are available at Village Hall. Those forms must be filed at the Columbiana County Board of Elections office in Lisbon by the end of business hours Tuesday afternoon, October 11.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Plans Being Made For Wellsville Area Chamber Citizens of the Year Annual Dinner

The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce is planning their annual “Citizens of the Year Dinner” for Wednesday evening, October 19. The dinner will once again be held at the Wellsville Alumni Center at 201 Third St. It will start with Social Hour at 6 PM with dinner to be served starting at 6:30 PM.

Guest speakers will be State Senator Jason Wilson and Attorney Jesse Zirillo. Zirillo does leasing and title work representing Chesapeake Energy for Mason Dixon Energy.

Reservations are $30 per person and seating is limited. For more information contact either Randy Allmon at 330-843-3475 or Connie Bauer at 330-843-2999. Chamber officials ask that reservations be made by October 12.

Pictured here are the Community Stars that are nominated for the Woman & Man of the Year. In the top picture left to right is Lisa Furguson, Bonny Beresford and Pinky Checkler-Gill. From the left for the men is Dale Barnhart, Jim Saracco and Tom Brophey.

This year's nominations for Business of the Year are Center Pharmacy, Holly Development and Wellsville Barber Shop.

All nominations are made by the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Winners are selected by secret ballot by all members of the Chamber.

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Wellsville Has Busy Council Meeting

Tuesday – October 4: Wellsville Village Council held a regular meeting last Tuesday at Village Hall. All Council members were present along with Mayor Joe Surace, Fiscal Officer Dale Davis, Village Administrator Jim Saracco, Legal Advisor Andy Beech and Zoning Administrator Rick Williams.

Don Brown representing the Veteran's Memorial Council was first to address Council in the Public Speaking portion of the agenda. Mr. Brown asked if the 4th Street Gazebo “was ever going to be finished, cleaned up with the lights and flag holders put back”. Brown stated the Memorial Council made sure an American Flag was always flying there and often replaced burned out light bulbs if the Village didn't get to it. Councilman Randy Allmon responded that the only thing holding up the completion of that rehabilitation project was the school kids that volunteered last year to paint it. It never happened. Everything has been purchased and is ready to be installed or replaced. Allmon added that the unions are going to finish the project. There was no definite time but “it should be in the next couple of weeks”.

Allmon is also the President of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce that took on rehabilitating the gazebo nearly two years ago. They were being helped by the various trade unions volunteering their time and talents on the project.

Next was a Washington Street resident trying to confirm if they still had permission to cut a curb to build a three car garage. They had permission given to them eight years ago. They are now ready to build the garage but stated there is “a parking issue” with a handicapped parking space. They would like to move the space forward a little. Street Committee Chairman John McMahon stated they would have to check on that parking situation before answering that question.

Don Crane, President of the Western Reserve Trade Councils, presented a plaque stating their thanks for the continued support of organized labor, and labor unions in general, to the Chamber of Commerce's Randy Allmon all through the Baard , now Planck, project.

Riverside resident Beverly Hentzell next addressed Council about a neighbor's predicament with an alley behind their residence at 941 Riverside. Hentzell advised Council another resident is creating a safety issue by parking a car blocking the alley. Mayor Surace remarked that issue has been brought before Council before. Councilman McMahon advised Hentzell that problem is out of Council's hands. It's a civil matter. Village Legal Advisor Andy Beech noted the matter has been investigated and that strip of land is not a public alley. It is a private easement and was never laid out as a public alley. There is no record that it was ever platted. McMahon noted the Police & Fire Departments do have an agreement in place to access that property in case of an emergency.

Hentzell then addressed Council about a problem with “large dog droppings” along 5th Street on the strip of grass next to her business at 494 Main Street and the owner not cleaning up after the dog. With the sidewalk construction going on it is the only available parking close to her business. She asked if there was an ordinance on the books pertaining to this. The Mayor responded there was indeed an ordinance but “you actually have to see the dog in action before you can do anything”. If witnessed a complaint can be filed and they can be cited into court. The Mayor suggested that pictures be taken. Councilwoman Sue Haugh offered to act as an intermediary as the Property Committee Chairperson and approached the offender with a warning before taking any court action.

Village Administrator Jim Saracco announced that the sewage forced main project will soon be started all along Riverside to the Sewage Treatment Plant. There will be some inconvenience for residents along Riverside while this project is going on. Traffic flow won't be determined until the contract is awarded and plans made. Saracco noted that bid is about to go out and will be reviewed on October 17.

Zoning Administrator Rick Williams reported that the contractor putting in the new sidewalks on Main is doing the best he can to keep everyone happy but there will be some inconvenience for at least another week or so with that project. The Mayor thanked Williams for all his efforts getting the sidewalk replacement project grant, etc. Williams noted more people are joining in replacing walks adding somewhere between 200 to 400 additional feet to the original plans. It appears the sidewalks on both sides of Main from 4th to 5th Street are being replaced in addition to a few other scattered locations.

Apparently protocol was not followed, procedure was ignored and, yet again, the Personnel Committee was by-passed when the Mayor asked for a motion to re-instate part-time Officer Dave Anderson to the Police Department. The motion was made by Cataldo and seconded by Allmon with not a word from Personnel Committee Chairman Joe Soldano. Proper protocol and procedure would be having the Mayor's recommendation referred to the Personnel Committee. The action prompted Councilwoman Haugh to remark that she thought “it is very low that this is brought up in Council, in open chambers” and she “does not understand the push for this. Something is up! It's a shame”. The motion passed by a vote of 4 – 2 with Haugh and Goss voting nay.

For the Finance Committee Cataldo reported fund balances as of August 31 for the General Fund $382, Street Construction $8,100, State Highway $2,000, Cemetery $4,900 and total over all funds at $356,771. August receipts were $177,000 and expenditures were $181,000.

Cataldo also noted “I was nibbing around the Mayor's office the other day. (The secretary) was out”. He saw some envelopes addressed to local businesses and got “interested in what the letters were for”. The copy of the letter he took said on behalf of the Village of Wellsville and the Village Tree Board donations were being requested for new decorations to decorate Broadway Park. Cataldo continued he is all for decorating Wellsville but the letter he had was the wrong way to go about it. Councilwoman Haugh responded that was not what was sent out. The letter Cataldo had was more or less a rough draft of the final version. What was sent to local businesses said “on behalf of the Wellsville Christmas Beautification Committee”. That committee is an independent one attempting to raise funds for new Christmas decorations to once again decorate Broadway Park like it was years ago.

Permission was given to the Committee to Save the Immaculate Conception Church to have a walk-a-thon around Broadway Park on Saturday, October 15 from 9 to 11 AM. The fund raiser will block off traffic for that time period provided approval is given by the Chiefs of the Fire & Police Departments.

Authorization was given for the Mayor to apply for an EPA grant and loan for 2013 sewer improvements for Highland and Ridge Avenue.

Council passed a motion to set Halloween trick-or-treat from 5:30 to 7 PM on Monday, October 31.

Finally Council authorized the Village Legal Advisor to petition the courts for two pieces of property that failed to sell two different times at Sheriff Sales. When this happens ownership is given either to the local Village government or the school district. Those two parcels are located at 307 First Street and 1726 Clark Avenue. There was a third parcel Council declined to seek.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:42 PM. The next scheduled meeting is set for Tuesday, October 18 at 6 PM. That meeting will be held at Village Hall at 1200 Main St.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Wellsville Library Presents "Spooky Buddies"

The Wellsville Library will be showing Disney Productions just released movie 'Spooky Buddies'. Written by Kevin DiCicco & others, it stars Tucker Albrizzi, Diedrich Bader and Ameko Eks Mass Carroll. One reviewer noted “the buddies work to ensure that good triumphs over evil”.

Show time is Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 PM at the Library on Main St. It's another free activity for the children...

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wellsville Area Has A New Reporter

Meet Wellsville's newest newspaper reporter. Pictured here is Ana Yanni covering the 2nd Annual Ups of Downs Awareness Walk last month. Ana replaces Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert on the Wellsville area beat.

It all started when reporter Mike McElwain left The Review last month. “Jo Bob” was reassigned back to the East Liverpool beat.

Ana is an area native. She graduated from Beaver Local High School,got her Bachelor’s Degree from Capitol University and her Master's Degree in Journalism from Syracuse University. She began her career at The Review last March as a Copy Editor.

If you have a news tip for Ana give her a call at The Review at 330-385-4545. We caught her unawares squinting in the sun light for this picture. We'll probably be in trouble for using it. She does smile frequently.

Won't be the first time we were in trouble...

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Congratulations Jan !

This past week-end quilting enthusiast Jan Wasko held a two day Quilt Show. Wasko is the owner and operator of O Sew Good Alterations on 5th Street in Wellsville. The collection of quilts were artfully displayed at the Wellsville River Museum. With many of the quilts being antique it was a very good setting for the show.

Even though the weather didn't cooperate with the Wellsville Historical Society's old fashion Ice Cream Social on Saturday the show was a huge success. There were nearly 100 visitors on both days of the exhibition.

The show was dedicated to the memory of late Irondale residents Annie Roberts & Mary Hicks. Those two ladies lived across the street from Wasko in her youth and were her inspiration in the art of quilting. Shown here is Wasko with quilts those ladies made. Wasko says she had a lot of help but...

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That's The Spirit!!!

Waiting patiently for last Thursday's Spirit Parade to begin were these two young ladies. Sitting at the corner of 9th & Main were Amya Wills and Keelee Earich. Both are 6th graders at Daw Middle School. The parade started at 9th Street and proceeded to Nicholson Stadium.

The Spirit Parade and later bon fire was to cheer on the Wellsville High School football team in their big backyard rivalry game against the Southern Local Indians.

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Wellsville Area Chamber Selling Christmas Tree Bulbs

Once again this year members of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce are having a Memorial Christmas Bulb sale. The huge Christmas Tree bulbs will decorate the Village tree in the 4th Street Square. The price is still just $5 per bulb and are limited to one name per bulb. The names of all loved ones will be announced on light up night, December 1.

Those interested in purchasing a bulb are asked to call Dolly Brophey at 330-532-1807 or Marge Dysert at 330-532-3303.

Also, anyone interested in entering a unit in the annual Christmas Parade are asked to contact Brophey or Connie Bauer at 330-532-1057. The parade is scheduled for 6 PM, Saturday, December 3. Entry forms are available at CF Bank or Village Hall.

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Chamber Names Nick's Pizza September Business of Month

At last Thursday's Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Nick's Pizza was named the September Business of the Month. Located at 349 Main Street in Wellsville, it has been at the same location since 1954. The well known pizza shop was named for the original owner and operator, Wellsville Legend Nick Checkler.

Checkler got started in the pizza business with some advice from his good friend Primo DeCarlo. Nick personalized his own sauce recipe when he opened and that recipe is still used today by his daughter Pinky and Nick's great grandson Patrick Gill. For some former Village residents getting a piece of Nick's pizza is one of their first stops when they travel back to visit us. For 57 years it's still the same great taste!

Shown here with the Business of the Month plague from the left is Chamber Board of Directors member Dolly Brophey, Pinky (Checkler) Gill, Chamber President Randy Allmon and Chamber member Theresa Pullie.

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