Cleaning Up the Town and Fire Truck Colors

Clean It Up

With city leaders in Wheeling looking to clean up the city’s landscape in 2017, it’s easy to see what they mean. City officials are looking at the possibility of banning plywood to board up vacant buildings in lieu of a more attractive and durable polycarbonate window covering. But what can they do about the junk strewn about some of those empty buildings. At the top of Wheeling Hill, at the old windmill property, there is garbage in the parking lot. And most recently, a mattress has been dumped on the property. It sure doesn’t fit in with the welcoming outstretched arm of Mingo, the Native American statue that stands near the property on top of the hill.

A Green Fire Truck?

Word around town is retired Wheeling Fire Chief Cliff Sligar is seeing red over a green fire truck being added to the city’s fire department. Sligar is responsible for the fire department adopting the “Omaha orange” color for the department’s fleet years ago. It replaced the traditional red color many of the older vehicles wore. The orange color is believed to be more visible in traffic. But a green truck? It seems the green truck is a used pumper serving as a spare for the department.

Steeler Sacks Adding Up

The law firm of Bordas & Bordas has, to date, donated $22,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh in conjunction with their Pittsburgh Steelers partnership for the 2016-2017 season. A check presentation was held prior to the Steelers final regular season game against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 1.

The firm, which places a heavy importance on philanthropy, donated $500 to the Ronald McDonald House for every sack made by the Steelers defense this year, including the pre-season. This will continue into the post-season.

“At Bordas & Bordas, we feel that it is important to give back to the organizations in our community. With the firm’s presence in downtown Pittsburgh, providing philanthropic support to the Ronald McDonald House through the partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers just makes sense. Additionally, it goes hand in hand with our mission – to fight for justice and help others while doing so,” said Managing Partner Jamie Bordas.

The Ronald McDonald house is a charity designed to help families when they have a sick child.

The organization often provides housing and meals at little or no cost so that a family can focus on staying together rather than worrying about the rising costs of hotels and travel.

“I love football and have been a Steelers fan my entire life, so when I see an opposing team’s quarterback getting sacked, it makes me happy knowing a family going through a difficult time is being helped through the partnership the firm has with the Steelers and the Ronald McDonald House.

The defense got off to a slow start, but really picked things up as the season went on and this led to another significant donation this year,” Bordas said.

Bowl Game Overload

Once upon a time, a college football team needed to be good to go to a bowl.

Most of the bowls — particularly the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange, Cotton and Citrus bowls — took place on New Year’s Day. It would be rare for any of these games to feature a team that had lost more than twice during the regular season, while matchups of teams each ranked in the national top five would be common.

Today, the “bowl season” lasts for about three weeks. There are often games featuring teams that have lost as many as six games during the regular season. Some of these schools may have even fired their coaches by the time the bowl game begins because of a perceived poor performance during the season.

I guess as long as one particular television network can get enough people to watch these games, they will continue to hold them. Moreover, it is certainly nice for the players to be able to finish their seasons on high notes by playing in a bowl, particularly if they win.

Still, as a fan, some of these bowl matchups are sort of laughable — particularly when a team with a 6-6 record faces a team with a 7-5 record in the middle of the week between Christmas and New Year’s.