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Flags a nice touch

June 3, 2010 - Heather Ziegler

The placement of American flags around Wheeling's City-County Building for the Memorial Day weekend was a nice touch to an otherwise boring structure. I know the building was created to be "modern" more than 50 years ago, but modern is not always better looking. After traveling via motorcycle throughout the small towns and larger cities of East Ohio recently, I can't help but applaud some places like New Philadelphia, for their beautiful towns. Their old buildings are nicely kept. Even with some empty storefronts in every town, the downtowns have charm. They are very clean, very patriotic with flags and flowers. The trend was similiar in the small towns all up and down the river. It's not how big a place is but how much you make of the space you have. Wheeling has many beautiful sights, for sure. But some of the main streets could use some sprucing up. Some businesses pile their trash on Market Street for days. I know the city's hands are tied when it comes to some properties whose owners are out of state or just can't be located. Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge brought some problem properties in Warwood to the attention of city administrators this week and rightfully so. It seems the same people continue to ignore common sense when it comes to cutting their grass or weeds. A little nudge from someone in authority can be helpful sometimes but remember we are in a recession and many people can't afford to paint the house this year or buy a new law mower when needed. What  could  be helpful is a neighborhood program -- one where neighbors simply pitch in and be, well, neighborly. Help each other cut the grass, power wash the house or fix the railing on the porch. We could all benefit.


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