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Play adopt a pothole; win $250!
March 10, 2010 - Alex Marshall
Not quite the four letter f-word I uttered last week when me and my almost-new clean-diesel; 44 mpg; 6-speed Volkswagen Jetta fell into a cavernous pothole on Route 7 as I headed home after attending the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) dinner at Franciscan.
I thought I was nearly home free after avoiding several canyon-size craters on University Blvd. Little did I know the minefield lurking ahead on Rt. 7.
I’m okay, but Jetta is still shaking from the trauma of the event, and is patiently waiting her turn in the repair line in the caring hands of the folks at Sunset Volkswagen.
Anger and frustration filled my head as I finished the drive home that night. Who was to blame? Ah, the City of Steubenville. How was I going to get even? Someone will surely pay!!!
In a complete turnabout the next morning, I decided that I would give the city the benefit of the doubt. Yes, I’d be more supportive and understanding and try to be a part of the solution rather than the problem. After all, the city has been busy doing good things this past year including hiring a new city manager (Cathy Davison starts Monday), building a new city hall, demolishing dilapidated houses, policing crime and refurbishing our parks among the more noticeable good deeds.
I know. I’ll get “The Dom” (Mayor Domenick Mucci) to appoint me the City’s Pothole Czar. Won’t President Obama be pleased; a czar in Steubenville! My responsibilities will be to collect data on existing potholes and forward them on to city officials for quick action. I’ll be part of the solution; not the problem.
That’s where you pothole bloggers come in. You too can be part of the solution; not the problem. Briefly reply to this blog describing your pothole encounter including the location. There are no geographical limits, pothole bloggers in Hancock and Brooke counties as well as all of Jefferson County are welcomed to participate, too.
Winning? Did you say winning? Winning as in there are prizes? Yes, I’m going to sweeten the POThole contest by awarding a $250 gift card to ExpertTire in downtown Steubenville for the best pothole experience. New tires, front-end work, brakes whatever your car desires is just a pothole away. This generous offer is sponsored by Frank & Jerry’s Furniture Store in downtown Stuebenville, and of course, your hometown newspaper, the Herald-Star.
Rules? There aren’t any. Deadline is midnight Friday, March 19. Winner will be announced on Monday, March 22. Decision of the judges, that’s me, is FINAL!
Happy motoring and safe pothole hunting!
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Scene of the crime on Route 7