- Like most people across the nation, Columbiana officials joined in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week following the City Council meeting. Mayor Bryan Blakeman said he was nominated by his high school friend, Mike Garland. Blakeman then nominated City Manager Lance Willard, and councilmen Lowell Schloneger and Dick Simpson.
The challenge, growing in extreme popularity over the last few weeks, calls for the individual nominated to pour a bucket of ice water over their head to raise awareness and promote donations for ALS research. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and more information can be found online at www.alsa.org.
The Columbiana challenge resulted in $400 worth of donations, with Schloneger, Simpson, Willard, and Municipal Attorney Daniel Blasdell donating $100 each. “It was a $400 bucket splash for ALS research,” Blakeman said.
Blakeman was the only one who participated in the challenge, and allowed Councilman Ted Sauder to pour the bucket over his head in the city’s parking lot following the meeting. Blakeman also donated money to the cause.
A video of the challenge can be found on Blakeman’s personal Facebook page.
– Katie White
- This week’s East Palestine Village Council meeting elicited a moment of humor when Councilman Alan Cohen said he hopes everyone prays for better weather so more people can take advantage of the public pool.
Cohen, a park, safety and recreation committee member, said the recent rainy weather has not fared well for the pool this year, to which Councilman Fran Figley quipped, “What about the farmers praying for rain?”
Village Manager Pete Monteleone then joked, “God has already answered that one,” which prompted laughs from the public.
I welcome a good laugh any day, so it was nice to have light-hearted moment during what is usually a routine meeting.
– Katie White