Beech Bottom will hold tornado vigil

WELLSBURG – At its meeting Tuesday, the Brooke County Commission learned the village of Beech Bottom will hold a prayer service Friday for the victims of the tornado that hit Moore, Okla.

Beech Bottom Mayor George Lewis said the service will be held at 8 p.m. in front of the Beech Bottom Municipal Building on state Route 2.

Lewis said he and others were inspired to hold the service because a number of workers with Sheehan Pipeline and Chesapeake Energy, which have established operations in the village, are from Oklahoma and they heard the son of one of the workers has lost his home.

Details for the program were still being finalized, but Lewis said it should be similar to the candlelight vigil held by the village in December for the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticutt.

It will be a busy weekend for the village, which also will hold a Memorial Day service at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Municipal Building.

Lewis said the service is being held on Sunday to allow participants and residents to attend other Memorial Day services on Monday. It’s being coordinated by Beech Bottom Councilman Greg Sheperd.

Crews with Sheehan Pipeline have established a staging area at the former Wheeling Corrugating Plant while working to extend a 40-mile natural gas pipeline from Washington, Pa. through Brooke County to Ohio.

Lewis said an attempt has been made to make the workers feel welcome and some workers have reciprocated by offering to help the village in various ways. He said one has offered to build picnic tables for the Brooke County Pioneer Trail, which extends through Beech Bottom.

In other business, the commission presented a plaque of appreciation to Jim Smith, who has retired after 21 years as assistant maintenance superintendent at the county courthouse.

Commissioners Tim Ennis, Norma Tarr and Jim Andreozzi thanked Smith for his efforts in maintaining the building and keeping it clean.

The commission also has prepared a plaque of appreciation for Marsha Kazienko, a dispatcher with the emergency 911 center for 20 years who wasn’t able to attend.

In related business, the commission agreed to hire Dino Mazzone to serve in Smith’s position on a part-time basis, a move made by the commission in an effort to reduce the county’s budget.

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