RE: Blaine Bridge Community
CONTACT: Sue Douglass
Date: Jan. 10, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12. the Blaine Bridge Community
Preservation Project will resume their monthly meetings at the Pleasant Valley
Presbyterian Church, Blaine Ohio. The
meeting will begin at 7 pm and is open to the public. Refreshments
will be served.
This meeting will focus on the membership drive which began in November. A
yearlong membership is available for $10 per person and can be purchased at
the meeting, by contacting any member, or by writing to Blaine Bridge Project,
PO Box 95, Blaine, and OH43909.
All renewing and new members this year will receive a unique membership pin.
The oval blue and gray metal pin was produced by Kathy Eschelman of
PatrioticJewelry.com using the original registered artwork in the group’s
logo. The drawings were done by Mary Griffith and have appeared on all of the
group’s official business and products.
“We are very happy to have this official pin for our members to wear’, said
Sue Douglass, chief officer. “ It gives each person a unique way to show
support and to encourage discussion of the project. We continue to get our
energy and strength from the wonderfully generous people who choose to become
members. They now can show their participation by wearing the pin proudly and
Other business at the meeting will involve reports about future project
development, and news about the progress of the repairs to the 1828
Blaine Bridge. Significant work has been done to stabilize the
structure. Bob Dermer of Sheldon Gant, and Brett Walters of the Ohio
Department of Transportation are expected to be at the meeting. They are in
charge of the work being done and will be discussing the construction details.
In November, the group sponsored a free public supper to the community which
was well-received. It featured the special spaghetti sauce of Jim Kacsmar,
with the help of Loretta Gasperini, Bonnie Rinkes, and Elaine Jewell. Bread
was provided by Mattozzi Bakery of Bellaire. Peg
Baker coordinated the desserts which featured cakes made by project and church
members. Rinkes led the contribution of the Pleasant Valley
Church congregation, including the help of the Reverends Don and Karen Upson.
“We were able to be the community family we work to be”, said Douglass. We
are very grateful to all those who helped and attended the dinner, showing the
true spirit of the bridge-building in this community”.
Additional information and photos are available on the website