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Liquor issues by the numbers

October 25, 2012
Morning Journal News

Among the issues facing area voters on the Nov. 6 ballot will be a quartet of liquor options put forward by three businesses, two of which will be second tries.

St. Clair Township residents in Glenmoor will decide if the Marathon station on Y&O Road should receive a C1 permit for carry-out beer sales, and a D1 permit, allowing beer sales until 1 a.m., plus a C2 permit for carry-out sales of wine and mixed beverages, and a D2 permit, allowing such sales until 1 a.m. All would cover sales Monday through Sunday. This will be a second attempt for the station, which lost its first bid for permits in November 2011.

The Walmart Supercenter on Dresden Avenue in Calcutta is also making a second bid for liquor permits via two separate ballot options. Voters in the St. Clair South Precinct will decide if the store should receive a C1 permit for beer sales and C2 permit for wine and mixed drink sales similar to those requested by Marathon, but covering Monday through Saturday only. Walmart's first try for the permits this past March went down in a close, 52 percent to 48 percent, defeat.

Making a fresh attempt at liquor permits, however, is the American Legion Post 736 on Y&O Road in Madison Township. The option before Rock Camp Precinct voters requests a D3 permit, allowing sales of spiritous drinks for on-site consumption until 1 a.m., and a D6 permit, allowing sales of spiritous liquor on Sundays from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Currently, the post is only permitted to serve low-volume beer and mixed drinks, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Commander Sam Crane says they are losing business to other clubs due to their inability to serve the drinks that their members are asking for. Not being able to serve on Sunday also means they aren't able to host the sports fans who would come to watch a football game or NASCAR race while enjoying a drink.

In addition to catering to current members, Crane says attracting new veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan to keep the club going is vital to their future. "We're all getting old," Crane said. "We need the newer veterans in this place." He's convinced that won't happen as long as they can't serve what's being asked for.

For Steve Tatgenhorst, past commander of the post, it's a question of allowing their patrons the benefits available to members of Legion posts in East Liverpool and Wellsville, but not in Rock Camp. "We're not asking for anything different from anyone else," he said. Tatgenhorst also hopes that residents will remember the sacrifices that military men and women have made in service to their country. "I would just like to see the voters come out and take care of the veterans who took care of them," Tatgenhorst said.



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