Improvements, Hazards and Trimming Trees

Reporters' Notebook

Improvements Could Be Around the Corner

In St. Clairsville

A building that has been an eyesore for several years could soon see new life. At times during the last decade, the former Prime Time Video building at the corner of Main and Sugar streets in St. Clairsville has featured visible vines and trees growing through it, while the rest of the structure fell into decay.

This is one of the busiest intersections in the city. City Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy said help is on the way for the structure.

“The city has been working with the property owner. We met with them in February. They have already cleaned it up, to some degree,” Murphy said.

Murphy said the owners, who he said are St. Clairsville residents, are in the midst of another development project.

“They have shown some willingness to make changes. They have told us that next year, they plan to do some major work there,” Murphy said.

“We do realize that is a very visible spot in the city, and we do get complaints about it,” he added. “We are trying to work with the property owner as much as we can.”


Construction Hazard

Driving out of the parking lot at the newspaper office along Main Street in downtown Wheeling has been a bit of an adventure lately, due to a large piece of mechanical equipment parked along the street. This machine is in place to help contractors performing utility work in the sidewalk along Main Street.

Utility work is important, but the presence of this heavyweight makes it even more difficult to exit the parking lot onto Main Street than normal. Motorists traveling in any direction near this area show be advised of this hazard.

Catch ‘Em If You Can

This weekend will be perfect for wetting a line at Oglebay Park’s Schenk Lake. Last week, the lake was stocked with rainbow trout. Mike Potts, Oglebay’s director of facilities and recreation, said the trout are of various sizes.

People may purchase the fish if they do not opt to catch and release. “The purchase price will be based on the length of the fish,” he said.

Potts said a fishing license is not required to fish at Schenk Lake. However, there is a daily fishing fee, and poles are available for rental. Catfish will be placed in the lake at a later date.

Mushroom Trees?

Someone has some talent when it comes to trimming trees around town. The trees located on the lower portion of 12th Street and along Water Street in downtown Wheeling have been groomed into large, mushroom-shaped foliage. They make an interesting addition to the landscape. Check them out when you visit Heritage Port.

Giving Back

On Saturday, local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will volunteer to improve the Youth Services System Inc. facility on Wheeling Island as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.

This year, the company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001.

Volunteers will paint, landscape and clean the center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 111 S. York St. in Wheeling.

The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day.

The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year.

To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.