Friday, December 14, 2012

On Leave of Absence

As the saying goes "we'll be out of the office for awhile".  Our attention is needed elsewhere and we have to take a break from doing some of the things we love to do.  We hope to return soon with camera in hand!

We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.   We really believe 2013 is going to be a great year for the 'ville.  We hope the same holds true for each and every one of you.

ole nib

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Tiger's Big Orange Machine Returns


The Big Orange Machine

Jeff Campbells gives history speech!
Last week we had the privilege of witnessing what one young man’s determination can accomplish.  It’s rare in this day and age to see a high school freshman getting excited about “historical” events and to turn that excitement around with a determined effort to inspire others.  Most people that age don’t care much for history.  It usually involves just putting forth enough effort into remembering stuff to pass a test. 
Wellsville has always been a strong basketball town.  About 40 years ago there was a basketball coach at Wellsville High School that everyone called Bobby.  When he was hired he immediately pushed a program that started with kids in the 5th & 6th grades.  By the time these grade school kids reached the high school level they knew what to expect.  They knew each other, how they played, their strengths and what their coaches expected of them.  Before he hung up his coach’s whistle Bobby’s teams put together an impressive string of victories over the years.  To this day it’s still called the Dawson Dynasty.  Today’s Head Basketball Coach, Bug Thompson, played during the Dawson Dynasty.

Coach Bob Dawson and his teams developed a strong, loyal, faithful and fanatical following. The Wellsville fans would pack the gym to where there was standing room only for each and every home game.  They formed convoys for the away games.  There were the Looney Ladies.  Most of them were mothers and grandmothers of players past and present.  It didn’t matter if their child was still in school or graduated. They were loud, enthusiastic cheerleaders that got together for every game to support their team. They even had special t-shirts. They loved their Tigers.
During the Dawson Dynasty the pre-game introduction to the introduction of the Wellsville players was something like we’ve never seen elsewhere.  Until last Friday it’s been awhile since we’ve seen it.  They would blast the theme song of the popular television series Hawaii 5-0, turn out the lights and put a spot light on the individual players as they came out of the locker room.  A replica of an orange tank would slide down the gym wall and burst a big balloon that had the victim’s name on it.  The orange tank was called the Big Orange Machine.  It was nearly pandemonium in the gym when the balloon went “pop!”.  The victim who had their bubble burst represented the opposing team that was visiting Wellsville that evening.  It was last used in 1981.   That is until a fellow we call Iron Mike came along.

Iron Mike introduces modern
Big Orange Machine

Iron Mike is one half of the Reiner Team.  The other half is his twin brother Mitchell.  They are the sons of very proud parents known as Paula & Bill Reiner.  Iron Mike earned that nickname long before we got acquainted.  When we heard the story behind that we thought it was very fitting.  Brother Mitchell is a “roundballer” on the Wellsville Reserves this year. 
Mike learned of the tradition of the Big Orange Machine from his uncle Steve Poynter.  Poynter was a Wellsville student back when the original machine was the high light of the pre-game activities.  Learning of that historic tradition inspired Mike to rejuvenate it.  He set the wheels in motion going to everyone in a position of authority in the Wellsville School District, from the Superintendent, High School Principal and Athletic Director to just about every coach that has anything to do with the school’s basketball program.  According to Mike they all gave him their enthusiastic endorsements. 

Mike then went to a Beaver Local coach named Campbell.  Jeff is the owner of Campbell Signs and a member of the Wellsville Class of 1981.  He may put some time in coaching the Beavers but his heart still bleeds Orange & Black.  He remains a loyal Tiger friend and supporter.  Campbell said when Mike came to him about designing a new Big Orange Machine he was really excited.  He not only designed a modern version he offered to build it and to help get Mike’s idea off the ground. 
Mike was pumped.  He said he hoped to revive the tradition of all that the Big Orange Machine represents.  It’s his dream to bring back the excitement and promote the enthusiasm for the basketball team.  He put in a lot of work and some sleepless nights getting everything organized.  He really hopes its something the whole student body will take pride in. 

Tiger Nate Scott is spot lighted in pre-game introductions
Last Friday they had a Pep Rally to introduce Mike’s new Big Orange Machine to the student body.  Iron Mike told everyone the story behind it.  For some it was a first they heard of it.  Jeff Campbell told the students the unbelievable excitement he experienced back in the days he came out of the locker room in that pre-game hype.  Jeff said the original Big Orange Machine was a kid’s peddle car and the idea evolved into the tank crushing the balloon.  His uncle built the first machine.  Campbell said some of the visiting teams were so intimidated their coaches wouldn’t let them come out of the locker room until after the Wellsville team was introduced. 
Prior to last Friday’s game against East Liverpool history repeated itself.  The lights went out, the bright spot light highlighted the players as they were introduced and the place went wild.  Incidentally it was SRO and the Tigers whooped the Potters!  We think Iron Mike got an A-plus on that history test.

The WHS Spirit Team is selling commemorative t-shirts for the revival of the Big Orange Machine.  All proceeds go to the Spirit Team.  They’re only $10 and are sold in the lobby before the home games.  The Tigers play next Tuesday night at home against Southern. 
Hope to see you there…

ole nib



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wellsville's Marathon Oil Terminal Getting Prepared

Marathon Terminal Mgr. Don Koch (right)
describes new "river float" to be installed
to Wellsville Mayor Sue Haugh

Construction of pipeline piers is already
underway as seen here

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to an open house tour of the Marathon Oil facilities in Wellsville.  The facility is located at the end of Nevada Street, the place with the big storage tanks between the railroad tracks and the river. 

Today it is a transfer facility for asphalt using two of Wellsville’s available attractions for industrial users – the river and our excellent highway system.  The asphalt is used in paving and material for making shingles.  Terminal Manager Don Koch told us that with the damage brought on by Tropical Storm Sandy they have been extremely busy with their customers that manufacture roofing shingles.  Marathon manufactures the slurry that is part of the shingle composition.  It is brought to Wellsville in bulk using the river, transferred to those tanks and then loaded on truck tanks for shipment to the shingle manufacturers. 

Marathon is now preparing to convert over to the handling of oil from drilling into the vast reserves in Utica Shale.  This region of the country is sitting on a vast reserve of oil found in the shale.  Once production is fully underway it is conservatively estimated that 20,000 barrels of oil a day will be pumped from those depths.  We recently read that the U.S. oil field reserves will make the Mid-East reserves look puny.

Wellsville is ideally situated with readily available river, rail and highway transportation systems available to move massive amounts of freight to or from anywhere in the U.S.  Ohio has been called the crossroads of America and Wellsville is located in the heart of those crossroads.  They say history repeats itself.  Wellsville got its start being a transportation hub moving freight in and out of the “Western Reserve”.  With the Columbiana County Port Authority’s Intermodal Park Wellsville is poised to once again be a very busy transportation hub.  Marathon is preparing to be ready to be a major part of that activity. 

In conjunction with the Port Authority Marathon has been in negotiations with property owners buying up space to expand their operations in Wellsville.  Plans are to build a pipeline from their present facility to land adjoining the Intermodal Park.  Work is already underway at their facility preparing for the construction of that pipeline and the conversion of that facility from asphalt to oil transferring. 

The tour we followed was mainly for the safety forces in town to familiarize them with what to expect in the near future.  Koch told us there will be a new river float constructed that will be a closed facility not allowing any emissions to escape into the atmosphere, using a marine safe unit.  Safety first will be the ruling consideration using all the latest available technology to protect themselves and their Wellsville neighbors.  All construction will meet or exceed EPA standards.  For some time now they have been obtaining the government approved permits for their construction and installation.   Koch noted that a major training program is tentatively scheduled to begin next Spring, in April or May.  That training will include local safety forces.  Two new firefighting trailer units will be brought in – one will be kept at the Marathon terminal and one will be stored at the Wellsville Fire Dept.  Marathon is even going to finance a building addition to the Wellsville station to store the trailer. 

Marathon is getting ready for the exciting times to come in the energy sector and Wellsville will be a big part of those plans.  As Wellsville Mayor Sue Haugh likes to say “it’s coming folks and once it starts, Look Out!”
ole nib

Monday, December 3, 2012

Wellsville Council Jacking Up Sewage Rates

At their last meeting in November all Council members were present with Mayor Susan Haugh presiding. 

During the Public Speaking portion of the agenda Commerce Street resident Ron DuMoulin requested maybe the administration could line someone up to clean up after parades.  DuMoulin especially noted candy & flyers that are often found littering the route following a parade.  DuMoulin also encouraged Wellsville residents to decorate a little bit for the Christmas Season. 

In his report Village Administrator Thom Edgell commended the DuMoulins for voluntarily decorating the Wells Avenue Bridge, the Boy & the Boot and the 17th Street marquee with the holiday decorations.  Edgell noted it was the first time in his memory that he’s seen the marquee decorated.  Edgell also noted the efforts of Councilwoman Goss for her work with the Christmas Decorating Committee.

Edgell reported that he witnessed a demonstration of resuscitators for the Village police cruisers. He will be meeting with members of the Property Committee on that subject and also about some problems at Springhill Cemetery.  He also noted that additional heaters have been installed in the Newlin Memorial Chapel thanks to the Wellsville Memorial Council.  Councilman Brown added that Milligan Hardware owner Art Doak was very helpful with getting the heaters. 

Edgell wrapped up his report stating that participation in the 50/50 sidewalk program has “really dwindled & he is considering throwing in the towel” instead of going forward with it.  That program is where the Village will share the cost half & half with residents that want to get new sidewalks installed.  Edgell said he will be meeting with Councilman Cataldo about the sidewalk program.

United Water’s Sewage Treatment Plant Manager Greg Stewart reported that during the month of October an average of 755,370 gallons per day of waste water was treated.  Stewart noted that Buckeye Water supplied an average of 406,290 gallons per day of potable water to Wellsville residents for the same time period.  With Tropical Storm Sandy there was 4.58” of rain recorded for October. 

For the month of October, Animal Control Officer Heidi Pecorelli reported that she responded to a total of 72 calls.  She made three court appearances relating to various citations and recovered two dogs that had been stolen.  Two dogs were adopted and an additional four were placed with rescue organizations.  In all she had 96 round trips to the pound for October.

In her report Mayor Haugh added her commendation to the DuMoulins saying “you guys rock”.  The Mayor also expressed her appreciation to Ms. Goss for her efforts raising funds to buy and organizing the decorations for Broadway Park and a couple of other areas.  Haugh also thanked the Fire Department members for their help in decorating the park.

Additionally the Mayor reported that she intended the grand opening of Anchor Drilling Fluids which is located in the Intermodal Park.  They are now on-line.  She also attended an open house at Marathon Oil which was primarily for safety forces.  Haugh noted that with Marathon expanding they will be furnishing Wellsville with a firefighting unit that disperses foam.  The unit is on a trailer and has to be kept in a heated building.  Tentative plans are to add onto the Village Fire Station to house the unit.  The unit and the building addition will be at Marathon’s expense according to Haugh.

Finance Committee Chair Diane Dinch reported that the General Fund has $1.089 million and total of all funds is $1.336 million.  Council also approved paying of $51,901 in current bills.  Dinch noted she would like to see Council look into to costs for phone service from different companies. 

Councilman Don Brown got approval to pay Rudzik Excavating $197,004 for Payment Application #1.  Rudzik is doing the installing the first part of the sewage forced main renovation.  This payments comes out of the Ohio Public Works grant.

Brown also noted that there are a lot of outstanding sewage bills.  He advised that letters will be sent out to delinquent customers.  If bills are not paid up water will be shut off and won’t be turned on until customers are caught up.  He added there will be an added $50 fee.

In other business an ordinance authorizing the Fiscal Officer to transfer an additional $50,000 of the Marcellus lease money to Capital Improvement Fund was passed.  The bulk of the money received for the lease of mineral rights is invested.  Out of that amount it was agreed to use $100,000 for much needed improvements in the Village.  This transfer is the second portion of that $100,000.

In spite of what was reported in the print media Council placed an ordinance to raise the sewage rates on first reading only.  Dinch noted that no one on the Finance or Sewage Committees wanted to ask for a rate increase but advised their hands were forced. The Sewage fund is operating in the red.   Dinch noted that other than the $0.25 rate increase per customer per month put into effect a year or so ago sewage rates haven’t been increased for over 10 years.  That quarter increase per month was supposed to cover loan payments.  She added that the Village is not bringing in enough to cover loan payments and utilities for the Sewage Treatment Plant.  Converting to aerobic digesters at the plant meant a huge increase in the amount of electricity used to run the plant.  In the last couple of years Wellsville lost over 200 customers and 54% of the customers they do have use only the monthly minimum or less.  Only 388 sewage customers use over 3,000 gallons per billing period. 

Sewage bills are based on the amount of water used per household.  Customers using 2,000 gallons or less will stay at $20.07 per month.  Anyone using over 2,000 gallons will be accessed an additional $7.50 per 1,000 gallons over 2,000 gallons. That is increased from $6.19 per 1,000.  Dinch added that everyone will be charged a $4 surcharge per month regardless of the amount used.  That alone will bring in over $6,100 additional per month. 

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, at 6 PM at Village Hall. 
ole nib

Friday, November 30, 2012

Big Orange Machine Returns

The new Wellsville "Big Orange Machine" will make it's public debut this evening in the Tigers Den.  It is scheduled to be introduced to the home crowd when the the WHS Tigers Men's Basketball Team takes on the East Liverpool Potters.  It's the home opener for 2012-2013 Basketball Season.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to witness one of the most exciting events for years on the Wellsville High School sports scene.  Reserves tip-off at 6 PM. 

Good Luck Tigers!

ole nib

Wellsville Chambers Announce December Plans

From left Chamber President Randy Allmon, Member Diane
Lenkey and Member Pastor Mark Blakely (far right) present traveling
Buiness of Month Award to Bill Roberts shown holding th plaque.

The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce met at Tonda’s Place for their November luncheon.  Chamber President Randy Allmon presided.  Plans were announced for the annual Christmas Parade and Light-Up Night were announced.

Allmon advised that the 3rd Annual Light-Up night will be held Thursday, December 6, at the 4th Street Square.  Ceremonies begin at 5:30 PM.  The Daw Middle School group called the Harmonics will be performing. The tree was once again donated by Cope’s Nursery and has been put in place.  Members of Wellsville’s First Christian Church youth group will help decorate the tree.  The tags for the memorial bulbs have been sold out.  Santa will be present to hear all the Christmas wishes and will pose for pictures.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their cameras. 

The Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 8, starting at 6 PM.  The parade will line up near Village Hall and proceed to 4th Street.  Parade Chairwoman Sheryl Gibson advised the parade entries will be lined up in the order that they signed up. 

Cross Roads Assisted Living is the newest member for the Wellsville Area Chamber.  Allmon extended well wishes for the newly combined East Liverpool – Calcutta Chamber.  The Wellsville Chamber declined to join.

Member Diane Lenkey reported on a new fund raising project in the works for the Chamber.  It will be a new discount card for business members offering different sorts of discounts.  Owner Al Cuneo of Ark Wood Products is donating the first 100 cards which will have spaces for advertisements on one side and discount deals on the other side. 

Roberts Funeral Home was named November Business of the Month.  Located at 631 Main Street in town, Roberts is the oldest family owned funeral home in the village.  Owner Bill Roberts father started working in the home in 1936 when it was owned by the Haugh Brothers.  “Red” Roberts acquired the business in 1972.  Roberts was noted for his strong belief in supporting Wellsville businesses. 

Southern Columbiana County United Way Board Chairwoman Diana Allmon was the guest speaker.  Mrs. Allmon gave a brief history of United Way & its goals for this area.  Their primary goal is to raise money to help support area volunteer social service agencies.  This year’s goal is $110,000 and to date 25% has been met.  There are 13 member agencies in the southern Columbiana County area.  Except for annual dues to United Way any money raised here stays here for support of those agencies.  Debbie Koffel is this year’s Fund Raising Chairwoman.  Diane Johnston is the local office manager.  There will be an end of the year dinner on December 6 at the East Liverpool Country Club to honor past chairmen.  Tickets are $20 each for the dinner that begins at 6 PM.  Anyone interested is asked to contact Johnston at 330-385-2082.

In other business President Allmon complimented the members of First Christian for all their community service they perform.  Funds raised at the Rabies Clinic will be used to purchase supplies for the Wellsville Animal Pound.  The pound is looking for a donation of two new doors for the pound.  Anyone that can help is asked to Animal Control Officer Heidi Pecorelli.

The Chamber’s annual Christmas party will be held at the Riverside Roadhouse on December 13 beginning at 6:30 PM.  This years “Rising Star On The River” will be announced.  Those attending are asked to bring a gift wrapped exchange gift to be auctioned.  There is a $10 maximum limit on exchange gifts.

The next monthly luncheon will be held in January at a location to be announce later.    

ole nib

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wellsville Library Plans Christmas Open House

The public is invited to bring their young ones to Wellsville Carnegie Public Library’s annual Christmas Open House.   It begins at 6 PM.  There will be refreshments for all and a bed time story for the children at 6:30. 

Bring your cameras to capture the magic moment with the looks of wonder when they see Santa arrive at 7 PM.  Santa will pose for pictures and listen to all the special wishes for things they hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning. 

It all takes place on Monday, December 3 at the library.  It’s just as much fun to see all that happy excitement on the children’s faces.  You’ll be glad you went.  The library is located in the 800 block of Main Street in Wellsville.  For more information call 330-532-1526.
ole nib


Mayor Haugh Addresses Wellsville Crime Watch Committee

Mayor Susan Haugh speaking to Wellsville
Crime Watch Committee

In their last meeting of the year the Wellsville Crime Watch Committee had the honor of having Mayor Susan Haugh doing one of her favorite things.  The Mayor was the guest speaker for the November meeting. 

For her topic the Mayor spoke on a subject that has been near and dear to her heart, even before entering the Wellsville political arena.   Since becoming a Village official that passion has only intensified.  Since becoming Mayor, at the beginning of the year, the Wellsville drug scene has become one of her top priorities.  She has devoted countless hours in enlisting help to supplement the efforts of our local law enforcement.  With a limited budget the Wellsville Police Department is restricted for funds for their drug fighting resources.  Their determination to fight the Wellsville drug problem is fraught with other demands on their time and money.   It’s a determination that Mayor Haugh has embraced whole heartedly even at the risk of putting herself in peril.

She has personally put herself at the forefront of the drug fighting effort doing things that many men would be leery of trying.  She has personally knocked on the doors of suspected drug dealers in town to present the occupants a letter of warning.  She has personally told suspected dealers and users face-to-face that the party is over; it’s time to get out of “Dodge” or face the consequences.    In her first few months in office she has left no doubt that she is lady that takes Teddy Roosevelt’s advice to “walk softly and carry a big stick” very seriously. 

Even before taking office she initiated meetings with other County, State and Federal officials begging for whatever assistance they could render in fighting the Wellsville drug problem.  She has not let the complexities of our legal system slow her down or discourage her efforts.  She encouraged members of the Crime Watch Committee not to give up. 

It’s a very slow process but it is beginning to show positive results.  In January of this year there were 27 suspected drug houses in town.  In August that number was down to 19 and now it down to 10.  Put quite simply dealers don’t like being hassled and will move on to avoid it.  That is especially true for suspected dealers that have warrants out on them for minor misdemeanor offenses, suspended driver’s licenses, etc.  That unexpected knock on the door can come at any time.  They don’t want that extra attention. 

The Mayor said any and all efforts by everyone are greatly appreciated.  All calls and tips are immediately passed on to the authorities.  All calls are kept confidential and the caller’s identity is never disclosed.   Another angle Village officials are working on to enforce is aimed at landlords or property owners that knowingly rent to known drug dealers and users.  Doing so is in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2925.13.  Anybody found complicit will be prosecuted to the limit. 

Before closing the Mayor thanked all the agencies who are making efforts fighting the illegal drug scene.  Those agencies include the Wellsville Police Dept., the CC Drug Task Force, the CC Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the US Marshalls.  Haugh said they’re all committed to fighting the drug problem and have been extremely generous in helping our Village.  Even though they may not be visible their efforts are continuing and it is something she promised to never give up on.    

The Crime Watch Committee next meets Thursday, March 21, 2013. 

ole nib

Wellsville Ladies Open With Big Win

WHS #12 Shartece Taylor tips off new
basketball season in the Tigers Den
Kallee Powell dishes off underneath to
Monica Wilson
The WHS Lady Tigers opened their 2012-2013 Basketball Season with a very impressive win over the visiting Heartland Christian Lady Lions last night.  It was Wellsville all the way after a bit of a slow start in the opening minutes of the 1st Quarter.  Heartland Christian jumped out to something like a 4-0 start in the first only to see it turned around in short order.  At the close of the first frame the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 20-5 lead.  After that Wellsville never looked back.  It was Wellsville 34-8 at the half and they continued to outscore the Lady Lions the rest of the evening.  Final score was Wellsville 64-18 in the lopsided win.   The game was played on the Wellsville home court.
Wellsville's Shartece Taylor lays up two
of her game high 17 points

Wellsville returns to action tomorrow evening when they take on the East Liverpool Lady Potters at home.  Tip-off will be approximately 7:30 PM following the Jr. Varsity game. 

Good Luck Ladies! 

 ole nib

WHS Lady Tiger Reserves Fall to Leetonia

Reserve Coach Tom Gualitier (far left) looks on from the bench
while two Lady Tiger defenders work on a Lady Bulldog.  Notice
EL Lady Potter Coach Allen Dingy scouting in the stands.
The WHS Lady Tiger Reserves opened their 2012-2013 season last night.  It was a rough start on the new season.  At the end of the 1st quarter it was the Leetonia Lady Bulldogs leading by a score of 14-6.  Unfortunately that eight point spread was the closest the Wellsville team got for the duration of the game. 

The Leetonia reserves steadily built on their lead to finish the game winning by a score of 53-23.  Athletic Director Don Elliott said that since Heartland Christian did not have a reserve team the Leetonia team was invited to play the opening game.  The Columbiana school was the scheduled opponent but didn’t have enough players to fill a roster. 

The Lady Tigers return to action Thursday, November 29, at home against the East Liverpool Lady Potters.  Tip-off is at 6 PM. 

Good Luck Tigers!
ole nib

Saturday, November 24, 2012

First Christian's "Caring" Tradition

These ladies not only enjoyed the meal they had a good time
First Christian Pastor Mark Blakely
got the clean-up detail!

A week ago this past Wednesday, November 14, members of Wellsville’s First Christian carried on an annual tradition that they have been doing for years.  That tradition was the creamed chicken over biscuits dinner that benefits the Lions Club Care & Share program. 

For the life of me we can’t find our file on Care & Share.  We wanted to pass on a little history of the First Christian family’s annual creamed chicken dinner.  Like the Lions Club Care & Share program the members of the church have been doing the benefit dinner for years. 

The Care & Share program we’re talking about is the Wellsville Lions Club annual Christmas drive to furnish families in need with a food basket & toys to those with young children.  To contribute toward that effort the church members have the annual dinner.  All the proceeds go to Care & Share.  The dinner tradition was carried on this year.

It’s a delicious, filling way to help support Care & Share.  Not only did you get the chicken over biscuits you got a generous helping of smashed potatoes, green beans, a salad, a beverage and dessert.  To top it off you got served the dinner by members of the congregation.  It was better than eating at home!

It’s neighbor helping neighbor.  It is something the members of First Christian and Wellsville’s Lions Club do so well.  It’s a Wellsville thing…

ole nib

Sunday, November 18, 2012

WAMA Offers Generous Support

In their regular monthly breakfast meeting the Wellsville Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) gets prepared for the upcoming holiday season.   The meeting was held Tuesday, November 13, at Tonda’s Place located in the 4th Street Square.   WAMA President Aaron Smith presided. 
Joshua Project member Toni Pastore reported on the recent drive for donations for victims of Tropical Storm Sandy.  Ms. Pastore told members that the project was in conjunction with a Brother’s Keepers mission and said Wellsville area donations filled up a 17’ U-Haul, two pick-up trucks and one car with 372 cases of water that was being sent to Hilllside, NJ. 

Pastore added that another load of donations will be gathered for the storm victims, noting that they are in contact with Staten Island ministers to determine just what is needed.  Once that is determined a second drive will commence.   Apparently the Red Cross has requested that clothing items not be sent according to another WAMA member.  Pastore is looking a donation of a tractor trailer with a driver for the next trip.  The amount charged for mileage for a rental is exorbitant.  Pastore added they do have money to pay for the fuel.   Members of WAMA voted to donate $500 toward the relief effort. 
A deposit to bring the circus back to town was approved.   It is the same company that performed in Wellsville two years ago.  It will be booked to perform in Wellsville on May 27, 2013.  More details will be released at a later date. 

Save Immaculate Conception Parish Committee Member Beverly Hentzell reported that Youngstown Diocese Bishop George Murry has advised the former Wellsville parishioners that the church will be opened once a week for individual devotions and Mass will be offered one time a year beginning in December 2013.  The former parish was consolidated with the Catholic parish in East Liverpool over a year ago and the Wellsville members were locked out of their church.  Former Immaculate Conception members formed a committee and appealed the Bishop’s decision to close the church.  Vatican officials in Rome sided with the Wellsville parishioners.  Additional appeals can be expected if Bishop Murry doesn’t start acting more like a clergyman instead of a cold hearted businessman. 
First Christian Church will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Service, Sunday evening, November 18 beginning at 6 PM.  The next Community Prayer Service will be held at Mt. Sinai FBH located 1617 Main St.  Pastor Darlene Zanders will lead the service which is scheduled for Sunday evening, December 6 beginning at 6:30 PM.  The Community Prayer Service is held monthly with member parishes rotating locations.  Both services are open to the public. 

First Baptist Food Pantry will be having a turkey give-away for the Thanksgiving holiday.  For details call the church at 330-532-2654.  New Life Ministries pastor, Bishop Bill Rudder, announced that they will be having a free Thanksgiving Dinner for anyone that cares to partake.  The dinner will be held at the Harvest House at 1329 Main Street on Thanksgiving Day from 2 to 4 PM.   WAMA members donated $200 to help defray the cost of the food. 
Another $200 was donated to the Youth With A Purpose boy’s home out near Salineville.  A while back the officials of the home withdrew from accepting any government financing in order that they may keep Christian doctrine as part in helping of their residents.  They are presently helping 11 young men and are entirely supported by faith based donations. 

Instead of a regular meeting in December WAMA members and invited guests will be treated to a Christmas Dinner at Tonda’s.  The next regular meeting will be held January 8, 2013 at Tonda’s Place, 400 Main St.
ole nib

Wellsville High School Salutes Area Veterans

WWII Vet Jack Stewart (center) probably
telling war stories

With teacher Robin Weeda & Principal
Rolley looking on Francesca Colella reads
her letter written to her late grandfather.
This past Monday, November 12, Wellsville High School paid tribute to all those in the district that served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  It was a meaningful tribute in honor of Veteran’s Day.  The program began with a luncheon served by members of the WHS National Honor Society.   There was approximately 40 veterans and friends that enjoyed the lunch severed in the High School library decorated in patriotic colors.  There were vets present that served in WWII and every other skirmish up to today’s time.

Following the lunch a program was continued in the gymnasium with the full student body in attendance.  The veterans were welcomed by Wellsville School District Superintendent Rich Bereschik and the National Anthem was sung by Ebony & Ivory.  Eric Hardman led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and Wellsville First Christian Pastor Mark Blakely offered invocation. 

Korean Vet Dale Barnhart (with Navy Cap)
is thanked for his service by one of the students
WHS Alumni Richie Sloan was the keynote speaker.  Sloan graduated in 2000 and started his military career in the Army in his senior year of high school.  He served tours overseas in both Iraq and Italy and is still today in the Army Reserves.  High School Principal Linda Rolley introduced each veteran that attended the program.   A medley of theme songs for each branch of the service was sung by Melany Martinez and readings were read by students.  Especially touching were the reading of letters personally written by some of the students thanking a vet.  High School Band member Miles McGinnis played taps saluting veterans that are no longer with us. 

Closing out the program students came out of the stands to individually thank the veterans for their service.  Being a Viet Nam vet it was very gratifying to see that taking place. 

Thanks to all the students and staff that organized and took part in the program…

ole nib


Friday, November 2, 2012

BWD Board of Trustees Pushes For Settlement With East Liverpool

Buckeye Water District held two Special Board of Trustees meetings this week.  The first meeting was held at the Administration Offices Tuesday to pass a resolution certifying that the district will be in compliance with minority business participation stipulations required by the Ohio Public Works Commission.  The district is in the process of applying for an OPWC grant to extend water service along Duke Road in the Calcutta area.  If awarded the grant will be part of the funding to extend that water service to a mobile home park and to any other customers along that St. Clair Township road.  Water district officials stated that the affirmative plan action is always part of any project they undertake.  The special meeting was called to correct an unintended omission in the original application to OPWC. 

The second Special BOTs meeting was held Friday morning in the Conference Room at the Water Treatment Plant.  The purpose of the meeting was the on-going litigation with the City of East Liverpool and went into a 53 minute Executive Session.  The on-going litigation pertains to the amount to be paid to East Liverpool to satisfy the court ordered settlement in the breach-of-contract lawsuit.  The money was awarded as a result of the Courts finding Buckeye Water District in the wrong terminating the purchase of water from East Liverpool.  The Court finding has stood up under several appeals.  The water district has agreed to pay the settlement but the lawyers for that City keep asking for larger amounts in the name of interest they allege was earned on the amount of the original award. 

At this morning’s meeting a motion was passed by the Board to proceed and add the $1.5 million being loaned to the district by the Columbiana County Commissioners. The Commissioners offered the loan to help settle the lawsuit.  District Legal Advisor Fred Emmerling explained the motion is authorizing the District to sign any legal documents necessary to use the County’s money in the settlement.  The total settlement being offered to the City of East Liverpool is $5.935 million.  Emmerling remarked a motion has been filed in CC Common Pleas Court asking that the settlement be enforced by the Court.  A hearing has been scheduled for Monday, December 10 to take the latest motion into consideration.
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TS Sandy Goes Easy on Wellsville

Monday - Oct. 29

Wednesday - Oct. 31

Friday - Nov. 2

Tropical Storm Sandy had a lot of folks sitting on the edge of their seats watching reports of what was happening in the Northeast and taking in the forecasts for the local region.  It started raining in the Wellsville area on Sunday and kept right on going for nearly four and half days.  There was reason for serious concern.  It all depended on the whims of nature but the blustery old gal took it easy on the ville.  We got over 4" of rain in about as many days according to WTOV.  From our vantage point the rain was steady but never the real heavy kind.

By Wednesday morning it appeared the worse of it was over.  The National Weather Service reported river levels at New Cumberland Dam at 24.7' at 5 AM Wednesday.  They expected the river to crest by 8 o'clock Wednesday morning.  Flood stage at New Cumberland is 36'.   Today the water level appears to be going down.  It is predicted to be back down to 16' by Sunday. 

Wellsville was ready with steady monitoring of the water levels and keeping a close eye on what was happening in the hills of Pennsylvania that contribute their run-off water to the Ohio River.  Several village officials were praying and keeping their fingers crossed that our flood control system would get us through if called upon.  Although they are constantly working on getting pumps repaired or replaced, keeping the flood walls in good condition and advancing plans to spiff up the flood levies there are still several questions about the system's effectiveness. 

Thankfully the Good Lord took us under his wing once again and had Ma Nature go easy on us.  Hopefully that will continue until we get that flood control system in good enough shape and be able to say "Bring it on.  We're ready!"

Pictures shown here are on Little Yellow Creek at nearly the same spot just east of the Wellsville Avenue Bridge showing the progression of the water level.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Wellsville Trick or Treating Postponed

In a brief statement from Village Hall this morning Wellsville Mayor Susan Haugh announced that Trick or Treating hours have been changed to Saturday, November 3, from 6 to 7:30 PM.  Mayor Haugh advises the new date coincides with East Liverpool's postponement and times.   Originally the annual Halloween tradition was scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Tropical Storm Sandy weather is forecasted to be at its worse for the Wellsville region on Wednesday. Heavy rain and high winds are expected.  The safety of the children and all Wellsville residents is paramount in this decision.

Columbiana County EMA has issued a flood & high wind warning for today, Monday, in our area.  The weather for Wednesday is not forecasted to be much better.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Wellsville FOP Holds Youth Fishing Tournament

Trophy winners were from the left were Tamitha Robb, Vainesca
Surmecevic, Israel Sluder & Annabelle Sluder

Israel Sluder proudly holds
his 24" - 8# carp before it
was returned to the water

Vainesca Surmacevic diplays one of her
two catches.  This bass won for the smallest
catch of the day.  Vainesca also won the trophy
for the most catches of the day. 

A little rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of nearly 35 youngsters at last Saturday’s FOP Youth Fishing Tournament.  There were some exciting catches that got the attention of the other competitors and renewed their determination.  It staved off the boredom that comes without any action on the end of their fishing lines.  There were two 24” fish caught that tied for the honors of being the longest fish caught.  One was a carp and the other was a cat fish. 

Wellsville’s FOP renewed an activity for our area youth that hasn’t taken place for several years.  Retired Wellsville Police Officer Jack Gallagher use to organize one years ago.  In those days it was a summer long contest. According to Police Chief Joe Scarabino and Officer Marsha Eisenhart a record was kept of all the catches over the summer and prizes were rewarded in September. 

Last Saturday’s tournament ran from 10 AM to 2 PM.  There were over 40 young folks to sign up.  Several members of the Wellsville FOP were on hand to help with the budding anglers.  Hot dogs hot off the grill along with refreshments and snacks were available to feed all that participated.  A warming fire was maintained to ward off the chill in the air that day.  All in all it was a fun day for the children.   Although the number of fish caught were mostly all trophy winners all catches humanely had the hooks removed and were quickly returned to the water.

New fishing poles were won from a drawing held for three different age groups.  Tamitha Robb won in the 6-8 year old group.  Brandon Kidder got a new fishing pole in the 9-12 year old group and Jamie Allen was drawn for the 13-15 year old group.  

Trophies were available for the longest, smallest and most fish caught in each age group.  Vainesca Surmecevic was a double winner taking home the trophies for both the most fish caught and the smallest fish caught in her age group.  Those rascally fish didn’t cooperate Saturday and only five trophies, out of nine available, was won in the tournament. 

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the Wellsville FOP for taking the time out of their off-duty hours to organize, sponsor and put on the event.  A special thanks to the Wellsville businesses and organizations that made it a great time with their generous donations. 

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Main Street Looking Northeast

This is what that location looks like today

This is another of the Haywood collection of pictures recently donated to the Wellsville Historical Society.  It's a picture looking up Main Street toward 5th. 

The earlier photo shows a lot more activity with the store fronts on the western side of the street.  Taken over 50 years ago it was at a time Routes 7 & 39 still went through the heart of town bringing a lot of traffic through that supported local businesses.  At that time the building that has the now closed Twisted Stone restaurant & dog grooming business use to be the Post office & a drug store.  Moon's restaurant is also shown here. 

It was before my age of recollection. We don't remember a studio being next to Checklers Barber Shop.   How about you...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wellsville VFD To Host Safety Day

Safety Day will be the theme at an Open House this coming Saturday at Wellsville's Fire Department.  The event is being sponsored by Wellsville's Volunteer Fire Department and the regular Fire Department. 

Members of the both Fire Departments will be on hand along with representatives of two ambulance companies plus the Air Evac Ambulance service.  Officers from Wellsville's Police Department, the Ohio Highway Partrol and the K-9 dog and his handler from St. Clair Police Department will be there too. 

Safety Day will be going on from 10 AM to 5 PM this Saturday, October 27.  It is open to the public.  Free smoke detectors will be given out on a first come, first serve basis until the supply is exhausted.  Only one detector will be given out per household. 

Stop by this coming Saturday and meet your local area Safety Forces...

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Thrasher Named Wellville's Man of the Year

Wellsville's Greg Thrasher addresses dinner
guest while Linda Surace & Jim Saracco
look on.

Wellsville businessman Greg Thrasher was honored as the Chamber’s Man of the Year at their annual Citizens of the Year Dinner.  The dinner was held at the WHS Alumni Center this past Thursday evening.  Thrasher is the owner of Jim’s Wrecker Service and is the son of the late Phyllis & Jim Thrasher.  He is also the husband of Karen Thrasher.  Last year's Man of the Year Jim Saracco announced the Chamber members selection.

Thrasher is a Wellsville native and Wellsville High School alumni of the Class of 1968.  He is a Navy veteran having served his country during the Viet Nam era.  Greg first began working for his father while still in high school and, except for his time in the Navy, has been there ever since.  He is a member of several organizations in the Wellsville community and currently serves as the Fiscal Officer & Secretary of American Legion Post 70. 

Although named Man of the Year, Greg Thrasher would have been eligible for the duel of honor for both the Community Service Award and Man of the Year.  Lending a helping hand to his Wellsville neighbors is in his DNA with him following in the footsteps of both his mother & father.   When not on the road for business Greg is often spotted around the village lifting boat docks in and out of the water, loaning his tractor trailer for parade floats, donating his time for Historical Society projects and countless other things.  Many of those things go unrecognized as he goes quietly along.  It’s a family tradition.

Congratulations Greg…

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Wellsville Educator Named Woman of the Year

Mrs. Lisa Ferguson
Wellsville educator Mrs. Lisa Ferguson was name the Woman of the Year at last week’s Chamber Citizens of the Year Dinner.  It’s an honor well deserved.  The annual dinner was held at the WHS Alumni Center this past Thursday.  Mrs. Pinky Gill announced this year’s popular honoree. 

Mrs. Ferguson is a Wellsville resident born and bred and is the daughter of Marlene and the late Vincent Corbisello.  She has been the bride of Kevin Ferguson for 30 years.  Although a Southern Local High School alumni she bleeds Wellsville Tiger orange & black.  Following graduation from college Ferguson began her teaching career as a Wellsville High School home economics teacher.  In 1994 she took over the reigns as Principal of Wellsville’s Garfield Elementary and throughout her career has positively touched the lives of countless young people.  Under her tutelage she has gone the extra mile to institute innovative advancements in the field of Wellsville education, constantly striving to improve the advancement opportunities for her students.  Her dedication to her students goes far beyond what is known in the public eye by many.  In addition to her duties as Garfield principal she also serves as Assistant Superintendent and Director of Federal Grant Programs for the Wellsville School District. 

Congratulations Lisa…
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

First Christian Earns 2012 Community Service Award

Pastor Mark Blakely
Wellsville’s First Christian Church was awarded this year’s Community Service Award by members of the Wellsville Area Chamber-of-Commerce.  Members of the First Christian family have always been one of the first to offer assistance when needed.  This year they set a new bench mark earning them the honors of being good neighbors. 

In the past year they began a program for Middle School students that could use some tutoring with their studies.  This past summer they started Mission Wellsville helping area residents in need instead of traveling to far off places.  Just this past week they started a “Bread of Life Outreach Ministry” giving out free loaves of bread to anyone stopping by.  Like the popular commercial for an insurance company says, “like a good neighbor ‘First Christian’ is there.

Accepting the award on behalf of the First Christian parishioners was Pastor Mark Blakely.
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CF Bank Named Business of the Year

CF V.P. Diana Allmon accepts award
from Ed Bauer
CF Bank V.P. Diana Allmon accepted the Business of the Year award in spite of what the newspaper account says.  CF Bank was founded in 1892 in Wellsville and has been in business here ever since. At 120 years of age it is Wellsville’s oldest financial institution.  Up until recent years Wellsville was also the headquarters for the bank. 
It’s a full service bank with hometown friendliness.  CF President Thad Perry offered some brief remarks prior to the dinner. 

Wellsville School District BOE V.P. Ed Bauer presented the award to Mrs. Allmon.
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