Steam Whistle?Expo harbors potential

BIG PLANS are brewing in Bellaire.

The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society has been aggressively laying the groundwork for a major event next month. The GSV Society is staging its 2013 Celebration and Steam Whistle Exposition on Sept. 28-29.

Two venues will be utilized: The community room at the Mellott Memorial Library and the Belmont Community Health Center, located at 3000 Guernsey St.

Paul Cramer and attorney Dan Frizzi, two Viaduct Society members, outlined the event during Thursday’s Bellaire Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The Steam Whistle Expo will feature antique steam engine models.

A coal and wood fired 1910 Reeves steam boiler will be featured as will the Great American Horn Machine. It is the world’s loudest mobile musical instrument. Its collection of truck, train and ship horns and whistles is controlled by a MDI decoder that can be played from a laptop computer.

Frizzi noted one of the neat attractions is that all 43 arches of the Stone Bridge may be lighted. That would be a striking sight.

He added that at least 18 crafters will be setting up shop during the two-day festival and a host of food vendors have already expressed interest. A Steam Whistle car show is in the works and a Shawnee Indian tribe will also be on hand.

Frizzi and Cramer, director of Paul/Jay Associates, noted that a Business After Hours will be held Sept. 12 at the expo site at 5 p.m. They said it will be a quasi press conference, featuring many big announcements.

The library portion of the event will have several exhibits and vendors in the community room. A slate of heavyweight speakers is also on tap.

The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society is now in its second year as a society. Its board of trustees is packed with heavyweight shakers and movers committed to promoting and preserving the history of the Great Stone Viaduct.

This Steam Whistle Expo will go a long way in helping the cause. The uniqueness of the event may prove a springboard for untethered growth.


THE SWITZERLAND of Ohio Board of Education nailed it Thursday night, naming Dr. Dan Doyle as interim superintendent. Dr. Doyle is the perfect man for the job. He has vast experience as a superintendent and is a people person. The former OVAC president would be a great long-term fit for the financially strapped school district.

THE?BELLAIRE?Sons of Italy will hold a bocce tournament on?Saturday, Aug. 24. Money prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. For more information or to register, call Doug?Hartlieb at 304-281-2203.

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EVEN A blind squirrel finds an acorn every so often. Such is the case with my golf predictions. Two weeks ago in my column I predicted Jason Dufner would win the PGA Championship. Dufner did just that, holding off Jim Furyk.

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