Sunday, January 29, 2012

Registration Required For Wellsville Library Story Hours

The staff of the Wellsville Library Children's Department is set to begin story hours. The story hours will be held every Tuesday morning and afternoon starting February 7. Miss Rachel, the Children's Librarian has all kinds of stories, activities and crafts lined up.

The Winter & Spring Story Hours are free but registration is required. Call the library at 330-532-1526 for more information.

ole nib

Buckeye Water Gets A Stay From 7th District

The Seventh District Court of Appeals has issued a stay on Columbiana County Common Pleas Judge Pike's latest ruling against Buckeye Water District. That ruling was made in mid-December in favor of the City of East Liverpool in their breech of contract law suit. Legal arguments for both sides are scheduled to be heard on February 29 in Youngstown.

In his December ruling in favor of the City of East Liverpool, Judge Pike declared that only $27, 469 of the $4.2 million garnished funds is protected. The protected amount is an Ohio Water Development Authority reserve account . Buckeye water said some $750,000 in bonded reserves should also be protected. Those funds are bonded amounts for debt service issued by the USDA and Ohio Public Works Commission. Buckeye Water appealed that decision to the Seventh District.

The Water District has scheduled a Special Board of Directors meeting next Wednesday. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss “current litigation” and is expected to be held in Executive Session.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Daw Mid. School Boys Drop 2 To Lisbon

Wednesday – January 25: The Daw Middle School Boys basketball teams had a rough afternoon this past Wednesday. Both the 7th and 8th Grade teams dropped their games to the Lisbon Junior High Blue Devils.

The 7th Grade Tigers lost their game by a score of 49-32. The Lisbon team led in all four quarters.

The 8th Grade Tigers lost their game by a score of 53-25 with the Blue Devils outscoring the Daw team in all four quarters.

Wellsville returns to action next Wednesday, February 1, when they host Crestview.

Good Luck Tigers...

ole nib

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wellsville Makes Up Cancelled Council Meeting

Tuesday – January 24: Wellsville Village Council held a make-up meeting this Tuesday evening since the regular meeting last week was canceled due to a power outage. Present at the meeting was Mayor Susan Haugh, Council members Don Brown, Rosie Goss, John Morrow and Tony Cataldo. Also attending was Legal Advisor Andy Beech, Fiscal Officer Dale Davis, Village Administrator Thom Edgell, Zoning Administrator Rick Williams and 31 others. Councilwoman Diane Dinch was excused since she was working.

Immediately after roll call Council members went into an 11 minute Executive Session to discuss “appointment of Council”. Council had 30 days from the first of the year to appoint someone to fill the unexpired term on Council that Haugh left vacant when she took the Mayor's job. Letters of application were accepted through January 12 for Council to consider for the January 17 meeting that was canceled. According to today's newspaper account there were seven applications.

Upon returning from Executive Session Councilman Tony Cataldo stated that “since Councilwoman Dinch is not here we would rather have her participate in this decision and call a special meeting at a later date”. The Mayor stated that she was prepared to cast a tie breaking vote if necessary. With Council not offering a motion to vote on Cataldo's decision Fiscal Officer Davis offered to notify anyone by e-mail or phone the date of the Special Meeting when the date is determined. Mayor Haugh advised Wednesday that meeting has been scheduled for Monday, January 30 at 1 PM.

With no appointment to the vacancy Mayor Haugh also postponed the appointment of Council committees to that later date. With no committee appointments there were no Committee Reports.

In the Public Speaking portion of the agenda former Councilman Randy Allmon took the opportunity to read a prepared statement asking for members of Council to look favorably upon his application for the vacant seat. Allmon is a former two term Council member and lost his bid for re-election in last November's General Election. Allmon was endorsed by Center Street resident Yvonne Carlson.

Former Mayor Nunzio Lombardozzi stated that Council has “got to get on with the business of the city” stating he believed the January 17 meeting could have been carried on even though there was a power outage. Lombardozzi said there was emergency lighting available and enough flash lights brought out to go on with the meeting.

Village Administrator Thom Edgell reported it has been a busy three weeks since the first of the year. There was a sewer line break at the forced main pump station located at the end of 2nd Street. The repair job was given to Allison Excavating and Edgell said “it was pleasure to watch the work in progress”. He said they were “very professional” and the job was done well. He noted that they even pressured washed mud off a mobile home that is located next to where work was done.

Edgell also reported that Village employees are working on equipment, getting it ready for spring, noting patching pot holes is just around the corner. When the scheduled Council meeting was canceled last week Edgell said he mentioned in jest that if the generator that he tried to get his first time he was Village Administrator they would have been able to continue with that meeting when the power went out. He said he was advised by the Deputy Director of the CC EMA that there is a very good chance Wellsville might be able to get a large generator that would back up power for Village Hall, the Police & Fire Departments and even the garage that is located behind Village Hall. It is being looked into and if it comes about Edgell said residents would be able to safely seek refuge & shelter at Village Hall when the power goes out. Wrapping up his report Edgell said that everyone should feel free to call him with any comments, questions or complaints. He can be called at 330-532-2524, extension 14. If not available he promised to return any calls if a voice mail is left.

Zoning Administrator Rick Williams reported “things are pretty slow right now” but wanted to remind all contractors working in the Village that it is time to renew their contracting license. They have to be renewed yearly plus anyone having work done is required to have a Zoning Permit.

The Mayor echoed Edgell's remark that it has been a busy three weeks since taking office. There was a meeting held January 17 with all concerned with the new aerobic digesters being installed at the Sewage Treatment Plant. That project is almost completed. The contractor is currently installing mixers in the digester so more waste will be treated in the treatment process. The contractor was given a punch list on what needed to be done and was given a 30 day deadline to get it completed. Haugh noted she personally sniffed a sample of the waste being treated using the new process. In her opinion the odor will be negligible compared to what it was in the past. The digesters should be fully in operation by the time warmer weather returns. Another meeting is scheduled for February 1 for an update.

Once the digesters are done the next item will be the incomplete sewage forced main project. A contract was given to Rudzik Contracting late last year to renovate the pump station at 2nd Street but they have not been given the okay to start that job. Haugh explained that there was additional work done last year on the forced main. No contract or minutes of Council approval can be found for that additional work, which was stopped once that discrepancy was discovered. Once the digester work is completed it will be necessary to determine how much grant money for sewage work is left for the forced main project. Some of that grant money includes the STAG money that was left. However any expenditures from that grant has to be pre-approved by the EPA regional office before it is committed. Haugh noted that the EPA has been apprised of everything that is going on to date.

Haugh reported that she is extremely excited with the possibility of work that is being proposed on the flood control system pumps in the lower end of town. The Fire Chief, Doug Verzella and she have been meeting with Port Authority and Army Corp of Engineer (ACE) officials. There is a strong possibility to getting those pumps down there back in operation fairly soon. Meetings have also been held with United Water in regards to getting the flood control system back in the good graces with the ACE. The Village was notified months ago by the ACE that the condition of the flood control system was unacceptable and insurance ratings would be effected if not repaired. The Wellsville flood control system was built back in the mid-1930s and maintenance was largely ignored for decades. Priority has been given to getting the system back in good condition to avoid costly hikes in Village resident's home owner insurance. Also, the cut electrical line for the flood pump at 2nd Street has been repaired and is presently being tested.

If that isn't enough in the first few weeks the Mayor reported she performed her first wedding Tuesday and offered her congratulations to the new Mister & Missus Brian Conto.

Council approved an invoice for Allison Contracting in the amount of $11,511 for the repair job on the sewage line break at 2nd Street. Two ordinances were placed on first reading. The first was for appointing Legal Counsel and its officers in certain matters and providing compensation therefore. The second was approving repairs for the Route 7 bridge at Clark Avenue being done by ODOT. Council approval is required even though it is an ODOT project.

Closing up the meeting Mayor Haugh said she is in the process of updating the Wellsville web site and building a whole new one. It will eventually include such things as ordinances and Council meeting minutes, once approved, and whole raft of information. The Wellsville web site was designed by Haugh Designs some time ago to provide a reference source for anyone or any business interested in the Village. Also the Mayor invited any contractors or companies wishing to do business with Wellsville to provide Village officials with written information on their services. The information will be kept on file for future references for emergency situations.

The meeting adjourned at 6:48 PM. As noted above the Special Council meeting will be held next Monday at 1 PM. The next scheduled Council meeting is Tuesday, February 7 at 6 PM. Both meetings will take place in Village Hall at 1200 Main St.

ole nib

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wellsville Winter Reminder

We dodged the bullet last night. The forecast called for a possibility of freezing rain on top of 3 to 5" of snow. Turns out we only got snow. Not sure what the official amount was but we cleaned off 4.5" of the white stuff off the hood of our vehicles. It was enough to make a mess and have the road crews out plowing & salting.

It should be mostly gone by this time next week with high temperatures being forecasted to be in the mid-30s to 40s for the next seven days. At least if you're careful, don't make any sudden moves and go slowly you can get a little traction in snow. That ain't gonna happen on ice!

Pictures were taken today around town.

Is it too early to wish for spring to get here?????

ole nib

621 Main Gone

The building that use to stand at 621 Main Street in Wellsville is now history. It was torn down in late December. Owner Bill Roberts was quoted in the newspaper as saying "it had a bad roof and other problems" making it cost prohibitive to renovate.

We were told that it originally was Mortland Shoe Store. Later it was Homer Hill Jewelry & Watch Repair. The last business that used the place was Grinders Coffee Shop.

Roberts said he plans to use the lot for additional parking for the funeral home. The picture with the snow was taken today. Thanks to our friend Bob Lloyd for sharing the other two.

ole nib

Friday, January 20, 2012

Buckeye Water Trustees Hold January Meeting

Thursday – January 19: The Buckeye Water District Board of Trustees held their meeting this past Thursday at Wellsville Village Hall. Present was Board President Mike Ryan and Trustees Jack Call, Cal Carney, Roy Dray, Tim O'Hara, Bob Wines and Rick Williams. Also attending was District Manager Al DeAngelis, Legal Advisor Fred Emmerling, Fiscal Officer Tony DeAngelo and Office Manager Gregg Stanley.

The Board went into an 11 minute Executive Session for pending legislation. As noted in the District Manager's Report there will be a hearing on January 25 in the 7th District Court of Appeals regarding the appeal filed by the district and OPWC on Judge Pikes latest ruling on the East Liverpool breech of contract law suit. Back in December Pike once against ruled against the water district in favor of East Liverpool. Pike ruled that “the debt service reserve of $750,064 is not protected...” That fund was issued to BWD by the USDA and is bonded. If Pike's ruling stands it could have a far reaching effect on bonds issued for such accounts. It could possibly change the way financing is done for public projects. No action was taken by the Board upon returning to the meeting.

The Treasurer's Report was accepted as submitted. Board Treasurer Bob Wines noted that 2011 wasn't the best year financially but some cost cutting measures have been taken. Trustee Jack Call noted that the water usage amount for Salineville is up according to the Operations Report. District Manager DeAngelis said there have been some water line breaks but nothing to significantly increase the amount of water used by Salineville customers. DeAngelis noted that the Elkton prison is averaging 319,000 gallons a day, the most ever used by them.

DeAngelis reported the State Auditors are currently doing the annual audit. It is expected to be completed by the end of the month. The meeting adjourned at 9:22 AM. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, at 9 AM. The meeting will be held at Village Hall located in Wellsville at 1200 Main St.

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Weather Cancellations

There have been two cancellations because of forecasted weather that we have been advised about:

The Wellsville Tigers vs Southern Local Basketball game is the first one. That was scheduled for tonight at home. Suspect the Homecoming Queen will be selected tomorrow if the dance is still on. No one mentioned anything about it.

The second event is the Friends of The Old Fire Station Pancake breakfast that was planned for tomorrow, Saturday morning. That was going to be held at the SOI Lodge.

Stay warm...stay safe...

ole nib

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wellsville Chamber Plans 2nd Annual Trade Show

The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce are making plans for the 2nd Annual Trade Show. This year's show will be held on Friday, March 30 at Sell's Auction located in Wellsville at 409 Broadway. The show will be open to the public from 5 to 8 PM. There will be many added attractions with samples, a Chinese Auction and other prizes. Reservations are currently being accepted for display tables according to Chamber Trade Show Chairwoman Erin Orr. The trade show is open to all area vendors, organizations, churches and clubs. All vendors will have access starting at 3 PM on the day of the show to set up displays.

The cost to rent an 8' table with electric available is $20 per table. Table covers will be provided as part of the reservation fee. The deadline for reserving a display table is Friday, March 16. This year the Chamber is asking for all vendors to donate an item for the Chinese Auction to help defray costs and to benefit the Chamber. Auction items will be displayed at the individual tables and tickets for auction items will sold at the door.

For more information or questions contact Mrs. Orr at 330-692-2037 or e-mail her at Money for reservations is due within two weeks of making the reservation and can be mailed to Erin Orr, C/O Roberts Funeral Home, 631 Main St., Wellsville, OH 43968.

Pictured above at last year's hugely successful Trade Show is Air Waves Co-owner Beverly Hentzell. In other Chamber news the monthly luncheons will resume for the new year on Thursday, January 26. The luncheon meeting begins at 12 Noon and will be held at the Twisted Stone located in Wellsville at 525 Main St.

ole nib

Daw Mid. School Basketball Teams Take Four From Southern Local

The four Daw Middle School basketball teams swept their Southern Local opponents yesterday. The guys traveled out to play at Southern. According to this morning's newspapers the Daw 7th Grade boys won their game 59-36. That puts them at 9&2 on the season. The Daw 8th Grade boys won their game by a score of 39-25.

Back at home the girls were hosting the Middle School Lady Indians at Beacom Memorial. Those games are pictured here. The 7th Grade Daw Ladies handily defeated Southern by a score of 30-7. In the night cap the Daw 8th Grade Lady Tigers won 39-25 to finish the sweep.

Congratulations to all the Daw Middle School Tigers. Both teams get right back in action this afternoon playing Jackson Milton. The girls play at home. Tip-off for the 7th Grade game is scheduled for 5 PM in Beacom Memorial gym.

Go Tigers...

ole nib

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wellsville's Friends of The Old Fire Station To Hold Pancake Fund Raiser

Wellsville's Friends of the Old Fire Station will be holding an all you can eat pancake breakfast this coming Saturday morning at the SOI Lodge. It's a fund raiser to help with the maintenance and renovation costs in keeping the old station in good condition.

The menu for the breakfast includes sausage, coffee, tea or milk & juice and all the pancakes you can eat. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 & under. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 AM on Saturday, January 21. The SOI Lodge is located at 327 Main Street.

Bon appetite!

ole nib

Committee To Save Immaculate Conception Changes Meeting Schedule

The members of the Committee to Save the Immaculate Conception Church resumed their meetings for the new year last Thursday evening, January 12, at Wellsville's SOI Lodge.

With the appeal to keep the church open now in the long term process with the Congregation of Clergy at the Vatican in Rome, news will probably be scarce for the time being. By general consensus of all those present it was decided to modify the meeting schedule to twice monthly for the winter months. Meetings will be held the first and third Thursday of the month starting tomorrow, January 19.

Meetings will remain scheduled for 6:30 PM on those Thursdays at the SOI Lodge, located at 327 Main Street in Wellsville. The SOI kitchen will be open at 6 PM preceding the meetings. The meeting schedule will be revisited in April according to Co-chairman Tom Brophey.

Prayer services are still be held each Saturday afternoon at the United First Methodist Church located at 501 Main St. The services are open to the public and begin at 3:30 PM.

ole nib

Monday, January 16, 2012

Remembering When

In his book “Growing Up In Wellsville” Ron Price quoted Mock Walker. A former Village resident told us he remembered Mr. Walker saying “his dad use to own the little restaurant next to the old fire station”. We didn't know Walker but we recalled the “restaurant” next to the old fire station. It has long been closed and the building was demolished just a couple of years ago. We don't ever recall it being open.

Our good friends Bonny & Brass filled us in on a little history of the place. Bonny said it was a car hop restaurant where customers pulled in to the parking lot in the back. Then the restaurant employees would come out, take your order and bring it out to you.

Brass told us there was a house there at one time that served as a convent for the nuns when the old fire station was Wellsville's Catholic church. Later it was the office of one of the village's early dentists, Dr. Hamlin Barnes. He later moved up to the little house that still stands at the corner of 8th & Main. Before the restaurant was built it was a used car lot owned by a Mr. Coleman.

Bob Lloyd provided the picture above showing what it use to look like. We don't have a date on the picture but it was before the addition was built on the library. We tried to duplicate the angle of the first picture with one that shows what it looks like today. Thanks to all that contributed.

What a difference a couple of decades can make....

ole nib

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Daw Mid. School Girls Basketball Game Delayed

We just received word that the girl's middle school basketball games with United Local has been pushed back to a 5:30 start today due to transportation problems.

Please pass it along to anyone going to the game. The 7th Grade girls will tip-off a half hour later today.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Blood Drive To Honor Lingenfelter

There will be a Red Cross blood drive in honor of Chelsea Lingerfelter tomorrow, Wedesday - January 11 at Garfield Elementary. Garfield Elementary is located at 1600 Lincoln Avenue, Wellsville. The blood drive will be held at the school from 2 PM to 7:30.

Chelsea is a 2010 graduate of Wellsville High School and is in need of a liver transplant. Blood harvested at this drive will be used to help patients all through the region. Your donation will be used to help a friend, a neighbor or possibly a loved one.

Garfield Principal Lisa Ferguson said they can use any kind of help you can afford to give at the blood drive - greeters, runners and servers. If you can assist please contact Mrs. Ferguson at the school for more information.

In addition to the blood drive there will be a benefit spaghetti dinner February 4 at the WHS Alumni Center. See our article dated January 7 below.

Chelsea is one of our own. Lets show the world how Wellsville pitches in when help is needed.

ole nib

Dash Named Wellsville BOE President

Monday – January 9: The Wellsville Board of Education (BOE) held their annual organizational meeting and followed that with their regular monthly meeting last night in the Superintendent's Office. All five Board members were present in addition to Superintendent Rich Bereschik, District Treasurer Coleen Wickham and Garfield Principal Lisa Ferguson.

Although not new to the Wellsville BOE three members were sworn in to begin their new terms in office. Shown here from the left taking their oath of office is Mike Cook, Ed Bauer and Karen Dash. All three were unopposed in last November's General Election. District Treasurer Coleen Wickham officiated the swearing-in ceremonies.

Mrs. Dash was elected BOE President & Mr. Bauer, Vice-President, for the year 2012 by their fellow members. Tom Brophey was renamed as the Board's Legislative Liaison and Mrs. Dash announced her committee selections. Mrs. Wickham was selected to attend the annual Ohio Public Records Training session. Dash announced all meetings will be held on the third Monday of the month except for February. The February meeting will be held on Monday, February 13, to avoid conflicting with the Presidents Day holiday.

In the regular Board meeting the Treasurer's Report and payment of the bills was approved. For the month of December the District took in $540,025 and expenses were $617,496 leaving a General Fund balance of $1.54 million to begin the New Year. Mike Cook got a motion passed to have the FY 2013 Tax Budget approved as prepared by Treasurer Wickham.

Authorization for Superintendent Bereschik to hire staff and accept resignations between BOE meetings was renewed. This stipulation gives the superintendent temporary authorization to act on behalf of the BOE between regular scheduled meetings.

Pending receipt of all necessary paperwork Andrew Bobalik and Elizabeth Quick were added to the substitute teacher's list. When called on Bobalik will teach Health Education and Quick will teach General Education classes.

Several coaching positions were approved. Dave Skinner, Head Football Coach, Dave (Web) Thompson, Jr., Head Baseball Coach, Randy Thrasher, Head Boys High School Track Coach, Lonnie Fields, Head Middle School Boy's Track Coach, Cissy Wilson, Head High School Girls Track Coach, Dave “Bug” Thompson, Head Middle School Girls Track Coach and Barry Keller, Head Girls High School Softball Coach, were all given contracts. Brenda Thompson will assist her husband for Girls Middle School Track. Bug Thompson will also assist as volunteer for baseball when it doesn't conflict with his Middle School duties. A three-year contract was renewed for High School Volleyball Head Coach Dan McKinstry. Bereschik noted that McKinstry is the second all time “winningest” volleyball coach in the state. Kristen Cochran was named new Assistant Softball Coach. Also approved were several assistant coaches.

For the Legislative Update Tom Brophey reported that legislation has been passed in the State House of Representatives for pilot project to screen students for dyslexia and for the County Educational Services to provided professionally trained teachers to school districts. Changes for the much dreaded HB 136 have been announced but no actual bill language was presented for review. HB 136 is the Governor's school voucher program for expanding the charter school program, that if passed will farther take money from public education systems throughout the state. Mrs. Dash noted that over 300 school districts in the state has gone on record opposing HB 136.

For the Good News Report Superintendent Bereschik announced that the old Sterling China property behind the high school finally belongs to the district. There is a confirmed wetland at the back of the property that required assurances that the district will protect if anything is ever done back there. Bereschik reported a check was issued for $19,410 to pay for that lot and building.

Garfield Principal Lisa Ferguson reported that Garfield students collected $503 in a penny drive for United Way. The latest Home School Connection at the elementary school had a 97% participation. Garfield students are eligible for a “pint size hero” awards if they sign up anyone to donate blood at Wednesday's Red Cross blood drive. The blood drive is in honor of WHS Alumni Chelsea Lingenfelter.

Before closing the meeting Mr. B announced that January was National BOE recognition month and each Board member was presented a certificate of appreciation, suitable for framing.

The meeting adjourned at 6:46 PM. Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 13, at 6:30 PM in the Superintendent's Office at 929 Center Street.

ole nib

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wellsville Tigers Are "Rollin On the River"

Saturday – January 7: The WHS Tigers improved their record to 5&4 on the season last night as they soundly defeated down river rival Toronto. Wellsville took a first quarter lead at 19-11 and never looked back. They built on that lead in each of the next three quarters to finish with a final score of 69-38.

Senior big man Josh Carter recorded a double-double on the night with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Sophomore Jordan Sloan had a game high of 17 points that included three treys from outside the arch. Another sophomore, Camden Douglas had 2 three-pointers for a total of 12 points. Nate Scott finished out the double digit scoring for the Orange & Black with another 12 points.

In the earlier Reserve game the Tigers trounced the visiting Red Knights 49-19.

Wellsville gets back to league play next Tuesday when the McDonald Blue Devils come visiting the Tiger's Den. Tip-off for the Junior Varsity is scheduled for 6 PM. It should be a very good game. McDonald has a new head coach and lost a slew of letter men to graduation last year. The Big Orange Run & Gun machine should be in high gear at 1 Bengal Drive come Tuesday night! The Lady Tigers get a chance first. They play McDonald Monday night at home.

Good Luck to both...

ole nib

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Wellsville Tigers Back To 500

Friday – January 6: The Wellsville Tiger High School basketball team evened their record to 4&4 on the season. Last night they played host to the Western Reserve Blue Devils. The Tigers shut out the Blue Devils in the 1st quarter and had a 14-0 lead going into the second. Nearly a full minute was gone in the 2nd quarter before Western Reserve could get points on the board making the score 14-3. Although the Devils went on to score more points in each of the last three quarters we don't believe Wellsville ever trailed in the game. That first quarter shut out keep them on top at the end of each quarter.

Sophomore Nate Scott had a game high 15 points. Senior Josh Carter added 9 points of his own and Sophomores Seth Bradford & Jordan Sloan contributed 8 points each along with seven rebounds. Sloan also had four assists and two steals. The final score was Tigers 51-43.

The Reserves opened the action on the evening winning their match against the Blue Devils 59-24. Wellsville gets right back in it tonight when the Toronto Red Knights visit in the Tiger's Den. Reserves tip-off at 6 PM.

Gooo Tigers...

ole nib

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner Planned For Wellsville's Chelsea Ligenfelter

The flyer says it all. The dinner will be held on Saturday, February 4, at the WHS Alumni Center located at 201 Third Street, Wellsville. Meals will be served from 4 to 7 PM and include a salad and beverage. We understand Chelsea is a Wellsville High School graduate.

Call Carol at 330-532-5766 for details on how to get tickets and any other information.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Wellsville Lady Tigers Defeated By Western Reserve

Thursday – January 5: The Wellsville Lady Tigers fell to 3&5 on the year yesterday afternoon in a loss to the Lady Devils of Western Reserve. The basketball game was played in the Tiger's Den. The final was Western Reserve 67-48.

The Lady Devils are 8&1over all and are undefeated in the ITCL lower tier so far this season. Getting high points for the Wellsville squad was Mikyla Tipton with 19. Senior Rylee Livolsi had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Irene Kiser had the team's only 3-point field goal.

The Wellsville Reserves also dropped their contest to Western Reserve by a score of 39-30. It just wasn't Wellsville's day.

Wellsville returns to action taking on ITCL rival McDonald Monday afternoon, January 9, at home. The Reserves get the action started with tip-off scheduled for 6 PM.

ole nib

Wellsville Sewage Forced Main Line Break Declared An Emergency

Thursday – January 5: Wellsville's much talked about forced main sewage line was Mayor Susan Haugh's first declared emergency repair job. While doing his routine morning inspections of the village's sewage pump stations yesterday Plant Manager Greg Stewart discovered a leak at the 2nd Street station. Wellsville has two pump stations that move raw sewage to the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). One is located near the flood wall at 2nd Street and the other is at the lower end of the village. Stewart manages the STP for United Water. United Water is the contract operator for the plant. Stewart or his assistant routinely checks both of them daily.

Installed sometime during the 1950s decade the aging forced main has been a replacement project on the front burner looking for funding to become available. Line breaks have become a routine matter the last few years along the line. The line runs from the 2nd Street pump station to the STP, mostly along the riverside. Although not successful Village officials have been looking for grant funding for the past few years to replace the line. Having already been engineered it is shelf ready as soon as public works funds loosen up for such projects.

With raw sewage flowing onto the ground fixing the break was declared an emergency. Allison Contracting was called in to do the repairs. The Mayor reported the leak was located and repaired around 5 AM this morning. The line is 13 feet underground and the wet ground proved challenging while excavating. The break was located practically in the same spot where recent digging took place that left the soil already loosened. As of late this morning workmen were filling the hole back in.

Pictured here is Mayor Haugh checking the progress and conferring with owner Noah Allison of Allison Contracting late Thursday afternoon as preparations for digging was being done.

ole nib

901 Main

Here's a Wellsville building that has stood the test of time. Our earliest recollection of this building goes back to the mid-1950s when it was a drug store. Believe it was Bloor's Drug, owned by folks from East Liverpool. Back then it looked pretty much the same as it does today in the top photo.

The second photo shows a man & young girl standing in front that were identified on the back as William Hurst & Addie Hurst Mosur. It appears that it was taken before the street was paved. We believe the third photo was taken later on in time. The street appears much smoother - maybe brick by then. We're not sure but MacGillinray Notions next door might be the same building that stands there today. The ladies in that photo were not identified. Neither of the older pictures have a date on them.

The older photos are from the archives at the River Museum. The exterior has had some changes but it's appears to be the same building.

ole nib

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Daw 8th Graders Win A Thriller

Last night we witnessed one of the most exciting finish of a basketball games we can recall. The Daw Middle School boys hosted the Columbiana Clippers yesterday in Beacom Memorial. Overall the guys from Columbiana looked to have a distinct height advantage on both teams. However that didn't intimidate the Tigers.

The 7th Graders were trailing at the end of the first quarter by a score of 10-5. At the end of the first half they changed that around to a 32-20 lead going into the locker room. They never trailed again and finished the game winning by 21 points. The final was Daw Middle 54-Columbiana 43.

The 8th Graders also were trailing at the end of one. They turned that into a one point lead at 18-17 at the end of the half. At the end of three quarters they still held onto a one point lead at 29-28 and then things got interesting. The Wellsville men gave the taller Columbiana boys more than they could handle. When the final buzzer rang the referee also blew his whistle. It was Wellsville 39-36 but a Tiger committed a foul on a Clipper taking a last second shot from the three point range.

With no time on the clock the young Clippers had one last chance to tie the score and send the game into overtime. All he had to do is make all three of his shots from the charity line. Young or old that is a load of pressure on anyone's shoulders. He was one of their better shooters and calmly sank his first free throw. However that look of confidence on his face turned quickly to dismay when his second shot bounced off the rim to the side of the bucket. It was game over. There was no time on the clock and no way to tie the score. It was a finish more exciting than a Hollywood thriller!

Congratulations to the Daw Middle School Tigers... The Tigers return to action next Wednesday, January 11, at United Local.

Good luck guys...

ole nib

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Village Businessman Thom Edgell Named Village Administrator

Tuesday – January 3: Wellsville Village Council held their first meeting of the new year Tuesday evening with a new mayor and some new council members. With Mayor Susan Haugh officiating council members present was Don Brown, John Morrow, Diane Dinch and Tony Cataldo. Also attending was Legal Advisor Andy Beech, Fiscal Officer Dale Davis, Zoning Administrator Rick Williams and Fire Chief Bill Smith. First Christian Youth Pastor Brandon Russell offered the opening prayer. With the snow & slippery conditions Councilwoman Rosie Goss was excused. Goss is recuperating from recent knee surgery.

Council agreed to postpone until the January 17 meeting to name a replacement to fill Mayor Haugh's unexpired council seat. Anyone interested in applying to fill the seat is asked to submit a letter of application to Fiscal Officer Dale Davis. The letters can be sent to Wellsville Village Hall, 1200 Main St., Wellsville, OH 43968 – Attention Mr. Dale Davis. The deadline for applying is Thursday, January 12. The Member of Council term expires December 31, 2013.

Councilman Don Brown nominated Rosie Goss for Council President Pro-tem for the year 2012. The vote was unanimous in favor of that appointment. The Pro-tem serves in the Mayor's absence and also assigns Council Committees for the year. Those Committees are expected to be announced at the January 17 meeting.

Mr. Willie Murray of 10th Street asked Council why it cost $1,088 to return Christmas decorations that were the wrong size. Mayor Haugh replied it did not cost that much to return those decorations and advised Murray he would have to direct his inquiry to the Christmas Beautification Committee when he asked what it actually did cost. The Christmas Beautification Committee is an independent group of volunteers spearheaded by Councilwoman Rosie Goss. They solicited donations for Christmas decorations. Wreathes originally ordered for Broadway Park were too large for the park's lamp posts. They had to be returned and replaced.

Although she didn't have the exact figures in front of her Mrs. Goss confirmed this morning the shipping fee to return those wreathes was no where near what Mr. Murray contended. Goss also advised that absolutely no Village funds were used for the decorations. All costs were paid with donations given to them. Mrs. Goss advised there was a restocking fee accessed on the returns but has since been told that fee will be refunded to the Committee.

Council unanimously approved the Mayor's reappointment of Dale Davis as the Village Fiscal Officer and her appointment of village businessman Mr. Thomas Edgell as the Village Administrator. This will be Edgell's second time as Village Administrator. Shown above being sworn in by Mayor Haugh following the meeting, he originally had served as former Mayor Joe Surace's administrator beginning in 2004. He resigned that position in 2005 or 2006 when he accepted the job of Director of the Columbiana County Board of Elections. Shown holding the bible in the picture is Mrs. Lou Anne Edgell with their granddaughter Emilie Blissenbach looking on.

Wrapping up the Mayor's Report, Haugh publicly thanked Councilwoman Rosie Goss for organizing the swearing -in ceremony for her and the Council members. That took place December 30 at Village Hall. Haugh also thanked her “moving crew” of Dave Adkins, John Morrow, Dave Butcher and her husband Jeff for all the work they have done.

The meeting adjourned at 6:10 PM. The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, January 17, at 6 PM in Village Hall, 1200 Main St.

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Office Locations Bening Changed At Welllsville Village Hall

If you have to visit Village Hall this week you might find it a bit confusing. Most of the offices are being changed around to make it more convenient for visitors. For instance once everything is done sewage customers will be able to pay their bill at the windows just inside the front door. Those wanting to go to the Zoning Office will find it straight ahead after coming in the front door. There will be no need to go searching for it down the hall.

Mayor Susan Hall said the changes are being made to make it more convenient and logical for anyone visiting Village Hall. She and her volunteer moving crew have been diligently working all week-end on the changes. For right now it may appear to be in disarray but hang in there. It's starting to come together.

Shown here discussing what to move next Tuesday afternoon is the Mayor and her “moving” crew. From the right is Dave Adkins, with his hands on his hips, Jeff Haugh, Mayor Haugh and Dave Butcher.

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Wellsville Gets Hit With Snow & Cold

Wellsville residents woke up to a coating of snow Tuesday morning. It wasn't much but with the bitter cold temperatures it was enough for most area schools to call for a two-hour delay. During the day, with temperatures barely reaching the lower twenties, that snow wasn't going anywhere unless it was moved by mankind. Accumulation was about an inch from what we saw around the village. From what we heard it was heavier just north of us. Must have been some “lake effect” stuff up that way.

It will all be gone this coming week-end with temperatures forecasted to get up near 50 degrees Friday. Pictured here is Riverside at Sixth Street late Tuesday afternoon.

Stay warm...

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