Wellsburg Civic League teams with others to provide fountains

WORKING TOGETHER — A handful of groups and local businesses supported efforts by the Wellsburg Civic League to establish drinking fountains at Wellsburg parks. Representing the club, the Wellsburg Civic League, Wellsburg Kiwanis Club, Franklin Woman’s Club, Brooke AARP Chapter 3910, Brooke County Community Educational Outreach Service, Main Street Bank or WesBanco are, front, from left, Mayor Sue Simonetti, Betty Lou Harris, Toni Taylor, Irene Reitter, Ruth Blaskovich; and back, Cheri Koscevic, Sue Stimpson, Tissie McFadden, Cathy Sykes, Charles Bell, Cynthia Harvey, Eric Fithyan, Naomi Amos and Martha Isinghood.

WELLSBURG — Visitors to the city’s parks looking to quench their thirst following a long walk or on a hot summer day will be able to thank the Wellsburg Civic League and other groups and businesses for new water fountains to be installed there.

There also is a fountain outside City Hall. It’s one of seven funded with $4,805 raised by Irene Reitter, community service chair for the Civic League.

Reitter was quick to note fellow members of the club agreed to sponsor two of the fountains, noting there were none that worked at the city’s parks.

But after learning the price of drinking fountains can range in price from $400 to more than $3,000, the group realized it couldn’t commit to providing others.

So Reitter approached the Franklin Women’s Club, GFWC-WV; Brooke AARP Chapter 3910; Wellsburg Kiwanis Club; Brooke County Educational Outreach Service; and officials with Main Street Bank and WesBanco for donations for the other five.

She said leaders of the four organizations were supportive.

City crews have begun installing the fountains, including one each at the 1st and 4th Ward parks, one near the concession stand at the Betty Carr Recreation Site and another near that park’s ballfield.

Members of the groups gathered recently at Central Park to see one fountain installed at its center and another, handicap-accessible one located near the sidewalk.

Beneath it is a dog dish filled with water because a deed for the park stipulates drinking water be available for “man and beast.”

Mayor Sue Simonetti thanked Reitter and the various groups for sponsoring the fountains. She agreed with Reitter’s opinion the fountains make the city’s facilities more welcoming to visitors.

“We are known as a friendly city but this makes us more friendly,” she said.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)