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March 10, 2010 - Alex Marshall

Fahrvergnügen!#%@ 

 
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. 
 
Ouch!
 
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!
 
This week’s Winchells: (See my bio for insight into what the heck is a Winchell)
  • Newsroom warrior and executive editor, Ross Gallabrese is home resting comfortably after prostate surgery a few weeks back. His doctors indicate a clean bill of health and that all systems are go for a return to work in the coming weeks. Hurry back, Ross; no one’s reading my copy!
  • Progress Alliance will be hosting the second annual Best of the County dinner on March 29 at St. Florian Hall. Tickets are still available by calling (740) 283-2476. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at the Best of County nominations. Signs Unlimited; The Indian Creek School District; Capital Recovery System; Center of Music and Art; Bates Amusement Co.; Peter Marx Book Store; UPS Store; Bill Denoon, DeNoon Lumber; Certwood Limited; Bulldog Rack; Brent and Shawna Nemeth; Scott Dressel, Bayberry Properties; Two Brothers Dry Cleaners; Mayor Domenic Mucci; Gary Cain; Kelly Sarber, Apex Environmental; Trinity Health Systems; Steubenville City Schools; WTOV; Patricia Fletcher; Laura Meeks, Eastern Gateway Community College; John Riley, Kwik King Food Stores, Riley Petroleum; Earl Cramblett, community service. AND THE WINNER IS????
  • Is it just me or is the Valley beginning to awaken from a deep economic slump. Last week while driving on Route 7 I encountered a convoy of Severstal trucks heading north. It was a sight to behold; rollin, rollin, rollin.  My sources also tell me that Ohio Coatings recently did 21 turns (full capacity for those of you like me who don’t know the terminology).
  • In downtown Steubenville, a couple of key developable properties have recently changed hands. I’ve learned that the old Hardees at the corner of Washington & Fourth Streets, and the former Citizens Bank building also on Fourth Street are now under new ownership. Could new development and jobs be far behind?
  • Spring training on my mind.   I’ll be blogging from Bradenton this weekend as I watch my friend and business client, Jim Emmerling, manage the Pirates in a spring training game against those Damn Yankees. Emmerling was high bidder last fall in a Pirate Alumni event to manage the Bucs. I like Jim, but he’s no John Russell! Stay tuned.
 
 
 
      

 
 

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Scene of the crime on Route 7