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Wellsburg Kiwanis seeks items for time capsule

WELLSBURG — As crews proceed with the construction of a new Ohio River bridge south of Wellsburg, a local club is pursuing its own smaller project nearby and seeks the community’s input in accomplishing it.

Eric Fithyan, president of the Wellsburg Kiwanis Club, said the group is accepting items from individuals and groups for inclusion in a time capsule to be buried near an area of the Brooke County Pioneer Trail behind the Smith Oil station just south of Wellsburg.

He noted the site is not far from the temporary work area where crews with the Flatiron Corp. of Broomfield, Colo. have been building the 830-foot-long main span for the bridge.

Plans call for it to be transported down river using four barges and lifted 80 feet into the air by large hydraulic cranes and onto its piers.

The move is expected to occur within a two to three day period later this month, and the club plans to bury the capsule within that timeframe.

Fithyan said items for the time capsule should be brought to the Brooke County Public Library, its Follansbee branch or Chambers or James funeral homes no later than Thursday. Those with questions should call (304) 737-3551.

He said Eagle Manufacturing, a division of the Justrite Safety Group, has donated a 20 gallon container to serve as the capsule. About half the size of a large garbage can, it was designed to contain hazardous materials and will be sealed and locked until 50 years from this year, when it’s slated to be unearthed.

Fithyan said global positioning coordinates for the capsule’s burial site will be recorded so there will be no question of its location.

He added a marker will be placed above the ground so passersby on the Brooke County Pioneer Trail and others will be aware of it.

The site is not far from the Buffalo Creek Bridge, which links the trail and the Yankee Trail, another recreational trail that runs through Wellsburg to the city’s north end.

Bob Haas and the Rev. Frank Haas, the father-son team of Wellsburg Kiwanians chairing the project, have invited residents and groups from both sides of the Ohio River, to contribute items for the capsule.

In addition to Brooke County, the group is soliciting donations from Jefferson County, including Brilliant, since the future span will extend to the Ohio community.

Local businesses also have gotten involved, with Puskarich Accounting offering current tax forms and documentation of tax rates and Allietta Ford supplying promotional material depicting the automaker’s 2022 models.

Working with Donna Taibi-Sullivan and Lisa Chiodo of the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, Fithyan also has been planning another project: the placement of banners honoring local veterans along state Route 2 in Wellsburg.

Individuals, families and other groups may sponsor a 21 inch by 48 inch banner displaying the veteran’s photo, name and brief information about his or her service for $100.

Main Street Bank has agreed to donate $7,500 for brackets for up to 100 banners.

Fithyan said at least 15 individuals or groups have expressed interest in being a sponsor but he expects many others.

Applications for the banners can be found at Main Street Bank and City Hall and should be returned no later than April 27

Those with questions should call (304) 737-3551

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

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