EAST LIVERPOOL — Police Ok-9 packages for St. Clair Township and the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Workplace acquired donations of $4,000 every from the lately resurrected Wings-N-Wheels airplane, automotive and motorbike present hosted by the Columbiana County Airport Authority final month.
“We picked the canines as a result of that is one thing that advantages the entire county,” county Airport Authority Board chairman and occasion chairman Jim Pusateri stated Tuesday.
Pusateri and fellow occasion committee and board member Tim O’Hara, who had the problem of dealing with parking the day of the present, offered the checks to St. Clair Township Patrolman Josh Jackson and his Ok-9 companion Noras and Patrolman Keith Hilderbrand and county Sheriff’s Workplace Deputy Damin Beadnell and his Ok-9 companion Hunter. A $500 examine was additionally being offered to the Beaver Native Excessive Faculty senior class for serving to with parking of present automobiles and spectator automobiles when occasion was held Aug. 28 on the airport off of County Airport Highway.
Pusateri stated this was the primary time in 18 years that Wings-N-Wheels was held and the primary time ever that the airport authority deliberate and managed the occasion. The final one occurred in 2004, beforehand organized by a pilots’ affiliation. He credited Penny Clark of Calcutta with bringing the thought again to the board. She had helped at previous occasions and her father had been a pilot. She served on the occasion committee, together with Pusateri, O’Hara, board member Bruce Mays and his spouse Denise Mays, Tom McKinney, board member Dan Thompson and his spouse Jill Thompson and Bob Gbur.
Different board members embody Dave Norris, Frank Ungaro and Mark Mangano.
As a consequence of dangerous climate on the unique date, the occasion was postpone for per week, with the climate cooperating massive time on the brand new date, offering stunning blue skies for the Beaver Creek Skydivers, primarily based on the airport, to entertain the crowds with skydiving demonstrations.
Pusateri admitted they weren’t anticipating the variety of automobiles to point out up that did, with 290-plus present automobiles together with a big show of World Struggle II period open cockpit bi-planes to entertain guests. Additionally on show was a Douglas C-47 from the Air Heritage Museum at Beaver County Airport sponsored by Energy Chevrolet of Calcutta.
“We discovered lots from this occasion,” Pusateri stated, including they’re enthusiastic about planning for subsequent yr.
He stated the plan is to get extra distributors, extra Port-A-Jons, extra parking and extra meals distributors. They’re going to additionally resolve who will profit from the proceeds subsequent time, whether or not or not it’s the canines once more or one other worthwhile group.
For St. Clair Township, the donation places the police division that a lot nearer to getting a second canine, which can companion with Hilderbrand. He stated they want $70,000 to cowl the price of the canine, coaching, tools and the cruiser outfitted for a Ok-9. With the brand new donation from the airport authority, he stated their whole is at $50,000 which has come from donations and fundraisers.
Anybody desirous to donate to the St. Clair Township Police Canine Fund can contact the police division at 330-386-3585.
Hilderbrand stated the township needs to get a second canine because of the improve in medicine. The canine will come from Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania the place canines are skilled for six weeks on their very own, then the township will choose one and Hilderbrand will prepare with the canine for an extra six weeks or extra. Within the county, there is a group of Ok-9s and their handlers who get collectively on a weekly foundation for coaching.
The sheriff’s workplace has three Ok-9’s with assigned handlers, together with Beadnell and Ok-9 Hunter, Deputy Jonathan Kerchofer and Ok-9 Jimmy and Deputy Luke Skidmore and Ok-9 Diva.
Pusateri stated the committee is hoping to get extra sponsors for subsequent yr’s Wings-N-Wheels. In addition to from #1 Energy GM, donations this yr got here from: Jim’s Barber Store; Decaria Brothers; Aronson, Fineman & Davis; Hill Worldwide; MESO, Inc.; Miller, Stacey & Associates; Senior Marine; Sunny Ridge Veterinarian; CARE Funeral Residence; Diloreto Development; Large Eagle; Pusateri Excavating; Protech Electrical; Valley Changing; Balzer’s Heating; Mason Color; pipelines; and Kohler Dental.
Bruce Mays added that the occasion additionally had loads of group help and help from the county commissioners, with Commissioner Tim Weigle selling the present at commissioner conferences.