Within a few days the Mingo Indian statue that has stood at the top of Wheeling Hill for more than three-quarters of a century will be restored to its original beauty.
Erected in 1928, the statue has weathered during the ensuing decades. Once a shiny bronze, it has taken on a green patina that, while not unattractive, needed to be removed.
Fortunately the Kiwanis Club of Wheeling stepped forward to fund restoration work on the statue. Club members raised between $8,000 and $10,000 to complete the project, with city and county governments helping out.
It was the local Kiwanis Club that donated the statue originally, so modern-day members of the organization felt a responsibility to restore it.
Good for them! Too often, local government officials cringe inwardly when someone suggests donating something, simply because they understand accepting will mean ongoing costs for taxpayers. In this case, thoughtful members of the Kiwanis Club have ensured the Mingo Indian statue is an unmixed blessing.