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December 11, 2011
Salem News

Women's Bible Study offers appreciation

To the editor:

The Wednesday morning Women's Bible Study of First United Methodist Church would like to take this opportunity to thank many people for supporting our Christmas Boutique: To the people of the community for coming to shop; to the people of First Methodist who brought their Christmas stuff for us to make into gift baskets and gift items and then came back to shop; to those who bought cookies at the Young Women's Cookie Walk; and to those who bought soup at the lunch bar.

Our most grateful thanks go to the Salem News which supported us in its coverage of our event: Grace Gbur who gave great coverage on the Religion page; to Bekkee Panezott who kept our event on the Calendar and the Community Happenings; and to Kevin Howell for the wonderful front page story.

The sale was very successful. The money realized will go toward Phase II of our church's restoration. This phase should begin by next summer. We thank the people of this town and our church and invite you to join us next year.


EL Tourism Bureau grateful for support

To the editor: The East Liverpool Tourism Bureau would like to thank everyone for the great response to Christmas in the City 2011. There are so many people "behind the scenes," we don't want to leave anyone out, but you know who you are.

We want to thank Mundy Tree Farm for the donation of the Christmas tree in the Diamond. We would like to thank DPS Penn for their generous donation for new lights for Light-Up Night. We thank the Carriage House and Dorothy and Scott Shepherd for the new bows placed on the tree this year. We thank Chuck Harpold and the city street department for putting the tree up and decorating it.

We thank Mayor Jim Swoger and Tod Brooks for preparing the electrical connections for the tree. We thank Karl Fife for decorating the adjacent trees and shrubs in the Diamond and coordinating Light-Up Night. We again thank Brian Vaughn and the East Liverpool Jaycees for planning and putting together the Christmas parade and to all of the generous donors who helped to make it possible. We thank the East Liverpool High School Choir for doing a wonderful job providing entertainment for the large crowd that stayed after the parade to light the tree. We also thank Dave Byers at D.C. Music for his services providing the sound system for the event. We thank all who participated in the Christmas parade and a thank you to all of the churches that graciously provided hot chocolate and refreshments along the parade route. And finally, a thank you to the East Liverpool Police Department for your presence in assisting with the events and keeping us safe. From the bottom of our hearts we say thank you for helping to make our community a little bit nicer.

We hope that everyone has a great and prosperous New Year in 2012.





East Liverpool

Tourism Bureau

Columbiana resident happy to be living there

To the editor: Each year at this time I am reminded of a great decision that I made on my 24th birthday in 1986. That was the day I signed an agreement to purchase a home in the Village of Columbiana. Of course there are many reasons why my decision has proven to be a good one, but for me, with a back lawn full of trees, living in the Village of Columbiana( sorry to me its still a village) has great benefits.

You see, in Columbiana, unlike some communities, the powers-to-be have elected to continue to provide street side leaf clean up. We get 'em to the devil's strip ... and the village comes by and takes 'em away! Doesn't get much better than that. Every fall, as I fire up my leaf blower, I am reminded of how lucky I am and how thankful I am that our village has been run so efficiently that they are still in a financial position to be able to provide its citizens with such a great service. I am sure some take this service for granted, but for me, with mountains of leaves, I am just thankful.

Don't get me wrong, there are many other reasons why living in the Village of Columbiana has its advantages. Put a few sticks on the devil's strip and they disappear within days. Then there is spring clean-up! How many places can you dispose of your old dryer or couch by putting it on the devil strip every spring during the designated time? Our roads ... top notch! One would have a difficult time finding anything out of place in the village.

From the days of Al Wardingly to the days of our current administrator Keith Chamberlin, we haven't missed a beat. We just keep running very efficiently! To them I say thanks ... to the road crew, utility guys and everyone else out working in the elements ... your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Thanks to all of you! Keep it rollin' and look out ... here comes the snow!

JOHN HIPPLEY, Columbiana

Thanks Salem FD and PD for quick responses

To the editor: A watchful eye is important. We live in a crime watch neighborhood and know most of the people living near us.

A few days ago we noticed what appeared to be smoke coming from our neighbor's basement. A motion detector kept turning the outdoor light on and off.

Let me say, it was less than five minutes from my call time to the fire department until firemen and a police cruiser arrived here to check out the smoke. Fortunately there was no fire, only a large volume of steam from a dryer vent. The firemen were fast and courteous. Before leaving one of the fireman came to our door to explain the problem and thanked us for calling them. He said "better safe than sorry."

To the Salem Fire Department and the Police Department, thank you for your service to our community.



Not pleased with reaction from Ohio EPA

To the editor: While golfing last summer at Valley Golf Club, which borders Columbiana Village, I noticed a large turtle slowly passing the green on the seventh hole after apparently climbing up the steep short bank of Mill Creek which borders the green.

This was not a particularly surprising encounter, as in the summer turtles often leave ponds on the course as they dry up and head for other ponds still holding some water. What did surprise me, however, was that a turtle would leave a strong-running stream and struggle to reach some distant pond.

I wondered if the animal had decided to leave Mill Creek (which rises to the south in Columbiana County) because the stream had been running heavily polluted for a week or more. Perhaps all the aquatic life the turtle needed to sustain itself had been destroyed, leading it with no option but to move on.

The pollution had certainly decimated the fish population in the stream, since after it abated a person standing on the bridge over the creek leading to the 8th tee could no longer see any of the chubs and minnows which were formerly quite profuse in the stream below.

After the creek had run foul for about a week, I called the Ohio Environmental Agency in Columbus, complaining about the creek's unusually turbid water, the growth of algae on its bed, and a significant oil slick that covered the roiling waters.

The party I spoke to, Kristopher Weiss of the public interest office, somewhat countered my complaint by noting that excessive algae growth was common this year because of the heavy rains, and that other problems might mimic oil pollution. (Like just what? I felt like inquiring.)

However, Weiss did ask me to take some photos of the pollution and to get back to him on the situation. Dutifully armed with my camera, I returned a day or so later to where I had witnessed the pollution, only to find that the stream had returned to its usual condition, marred by only occasional flecks of oil sheen. However, all the creek's chubs and minnows had disappeared. When I reported back to Weiss that the steam's pollution had markedly abated, he remarked, "That's great!" as if the situation was solved. He did promise that his agency's field staff in the region would monitor the creek.

I was a little nonplussed by the Ohio EPA guy's reaction, particularly since I had also informed him of the disappearance of aquatic life. What was "great" to him didn't quite reflect the turtle's possible reaction to the pollution, as Weiss made no mention of attempting to trace how the pollution had occurred in the first place. So as far as the OEPA was concerned, the problem was quite passe.

This type of response may be good news to Ohio polluters, including natural gas well drillers looking to dispose of their fracking waste. I might add that I once saw a tanker truck stopped at the Route 224 bridge over Mill Creek as its driver was apparently about to empty the truck's contents into the creek.





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