Bellaire Chamber undergoing chamber

THE BELLAIRE Chamber of Commerce bid adieu to its secretary – Pam Nyles — at its monthly luncheon Thursday.

Nyles has served in that post for more than three years. She was presented flowers and a card of appreciation by the chamber.

With her departure, the chamber opted to consolidate the secretary and treasurer jobs into one. Lil Siebieda has opted to handle the dual role.

The chamber also tweaked its hours of operation. The office will now be open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chamber officials are attempting to locate a building suitable to house a Goodwill store.

Peter Riesbeck from Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley delivered a presentation about “The Amazing Raise.” It will held on May 6 and will raise money for local nonprofits though online fundraising. To learn more about registering your nonprofit organizations or making a donation you can go to GIVEOHIO.ORG or call 304-242-3144.

The chamber also heard from Julie Larish from The RJ Ranch and Therapeutic Riding Center. The center is designed primarily as a therapeutic riding center for physically, emotionally and mentally challenged individuals. It features specially trained horses. The RJ Ranch is holding an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 4 at 4 p.m. at 45986 Jacobsburg Road., some 12 miles from Bellaire on Ohio 147.

Also, Theresa Palkovic, a physical therapist from Valley Rehab Center, did a presentation on the exercise programs and services she provides. Valley Rehab is located at 3609 Belmont St. in the All-American Town.

PURPLE CHAMBER

MARTINS FERRY Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon Tuesday at the recreation center.

Richard Hord, president of the Martins Ferry Hall of Fame Committee, updated members on this year’s induction ceremonies. They will be held Sunday, April 6 at the Martins Ferry High School cafetorium. The public is invited to the 2 p.m. event.

It was noted that plans are progressing well for the second annual craft/vendor fair April 12 at the Hilltop Social Center in Colerain. So far, 46 reservations have been received. It will be capped at 60.

Plans are also under way for May’s Academic Awards Banquet and June’s Soap Box Derby.

Ferry School Superintendent Dirk Fitch reported that students recently completed OGT testing and the district has adjusted its school calendar due to the winter yielding numerous snow cancellations.

Councilmen Rob Duncan and Russ Armstrong gave city reports. They noted that the finance committee, with regret, has recommended a .25 percent increase in the city income tax. A tax hike would avert any city layoffs which would enable the hiring of summer part-time workers.

VETERANS MISSION

THE BELMONT County Council of American Legion Auxiliary is again planning its annual trip to the Chillicothe Veterans Hospital. The trip is scheduled for April 17.

As always, donations are needed for the trip. Men’s clothing (no women’s or dry-cleaned goods) is in great demand, including new crew socks, underwear, t-shirts and caps.

Also items such as pens, pencils, envelopes, postage stamps and puzzle books are popular. Toiletries are needed as well as candy and gum. Non-alcohol after shave is also useful. Monetary donations are always helpful.

Deadline to donate is April 8.

Betty Kotson is once again spearheading the mission. It marks her 50th year of doing so. Items may be dropped off at her residence at 4598 Noble St. in Bellaire. She can be reached via phone at 671-3059.

BUBBA’S BITS

THE MARTINS Ferry Recreation Center is hosting a pancake breakfast today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meal will include pancakes or Mickey Mouse waffles with regular or sugar-free syrup, sausage and juice or milk. Coffee and hot tea will be available for patrons eating in. Cost is $7, and all proceeds will go toward opening the Martins Ferry Public Pool for the summer season. Call for pick-up at 740-633-0602.

I RECEIVED some inaccurate information last week. A day after the Electronic Recycling Services went up in flames, I was talking to a company official who said the Canadian-based owners were planning to rebuild in Bellaire. Rebuild yes, Bellaire no. I have been told by several ERS workers the company is going to relocate its Bellaire operations to Atlanta. If such holds true, it is another blow to a village that certainly doesn’t need one.

BRIDGEPORT IS losing an excellent athletic director Doug Tush. He announced his plans to retire a few months back. To its credit, the Bridgeport Board of Education hired a quality successor in Greg Harkness. The Martins Ferry graduate has distinguished himself as a coach, sports writer and in the business world. His easy-going demeanor and expert people skills will work well with his vast knowledge of the prep sports scene.

THE BELLAIRE Area Chamber of Commerce has a few Bellaire Historical Calendars available for $10. The calendars include 12 pictures of downtown Bellaire from the past. They are available at Bev’s Florals and Gifts, 3395 Belmont St., the municipal building at 3197 Belmont St. and the chamber office, located at 3287 Belmont St. Purchases are also available by mail. Please make your check for $10 payable to Bellaire Area Chamber of Commerce and mail to PO Box 428, Bellaire, OH 43906.

For more information, call 740-676-4817 or 740-676-9723.

BELMONT COUNTY Board of Elections member and noted landscaper Carl Lehman is playing host to Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald today. Lehman resides in Bannock.

NICOLE DETLING, fresh off her duties with the U.S. Olympic Team in Sochi, Russia, will be returning to her roots soon. The former Barnesville High athletic great will be the featured speaker at the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce Community Banquet on Thursday, April 25. She will be joined by Olympic speed skater Jessica Smith. Detling is a sports psychologist who worked with Smith during the recent Winter Olympiad.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com