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Hometown Pride Lives in Shadyside

March 28, 2013
By CASEY JUNKINS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

SHADYSIDE - For years, many young people have traveled to Shadyside to make their way around the famous "Loop," which splits the village's Central Avenue into separate northbound and southbound lanes.

However, upon exiting his or her car along the Loop, one finds a distinctive downtown area, which is complete with several specialty shops and dining options.

"It's just a nice little town where everybody knows everybody. People tend to look out for each other," said Bobbie Jo Kinemond, owner of Shadyside Flower Shop and Gifts.

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The highly successful Tigers football team of Shadyside High School draws large crowds to Fleming Field on Friday evenings every fall. Shadyside High School serves the village and its surrounding areas.

Photo by Casey Junkins

Kinemond said her family started the business, which sells everything from floral arrangements to specialty gifts, in the 1950s.

"We have a lot of loyal customers because the people of this community support one another," she added.

Marcia Soos, vice president of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce, firmly believes the community is a great place to raise a family.

"The community is great. The businesses are great; it is safe and clean," she said. "We are very proud of our town."

Shadyside Local Schools is an important part of the community, according to lifelong resident Melissa Barton.

"The school system here is wonderful," she said. "The administration, the teachers - all of them."

Additionally, many residents flock to support Shadyside High School's perennially successful Tigers football team in the fall. This year, for the first time since 1950, the Tigers are scheduled to take the field against their northern neighbors - the Big Reds of Bellaire High School. The game is set for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Bellaire's Nelson Field.

The high school also generally has successful girls' and boys' basketball teams. Recently, senior Karli Bonar became Ohio's all-time leading career 3-point shooter, regardless of gender.

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