November 2, 2022

               The regular meeting of the Hancock County Museum Commission was called to order at 1:00 pm at the museum by President Vivian Weigel who also led in the pledge to the flag.

               Those attending were:  Vivian Weigel, Janet Keller, Lois Carpini, John Speerhas, and Doris Cameron.

               Minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as mailed.

               In the absence of Treasurer Marcus Trelaine his financial report was submitted electronically.  Report placed on file for audit.

               OLD BUSINESS: 

               President Weigel reported new toilet and necessary new floor have been installed in the bathroom.

               Vivian also reported the electrician has explained the dampness in the basement is largely due to rusted and rotted hardware encasing the electrical connection that allowed cold air to cause condensation that makes for dampness in the basement. 

               Vivian further reported one of the attic windows that is so badly in need of replacement fell out last week during a windy day.  Robert Bailey noticed the glass in the yard on October 30th and informed Vivian and other Museum members.  Vivian and a friend were driving by on Nov. 1 and stopped to find t and noticed the window in the yard and the debris and promptly cleaned up the broken glass.  The open area in the attic is currently protected by heavy plastic from the inside.

               President Weigel reported the membership roster has been revised and ready for distribution.

               Summer Lecture Series – ended on a high note with a full house crowd to enjoy the strange happenings and eerie stories related by our loyal, local speakers Fred Miller of New Manchester and PJ Zuros of Weirton.  Fred Miller continues to write a weekly column for the East Liverpool Review where he worked for many years before his recent retirement.  His retirement has helped to make time for lending encouragement and assistance to a new family venture as his wife Caren has recently opened a Used Book Store at The Way Station on 135 west 6th Street in East Liverpool, Ohio with a couple of her friends sharing two other small businesses in the same building.  Opening day was November 10th.

Paul Zuros has been the Curator of Fort Steuben in Steubenville, OH since leaving his post at the Craik Patton House in Charleston, WV as well as other historical venues of that area some time ago.  We are so very appreciative of the services of these kind friends.

               NEW BUSINESS:

               Plans were discussed for our Christmas Open House party scheduled for December 11, 2022 from 2pm to 4pm at the museum. Decorating day will be on November 10th at 9:00 am and all are invited to come enjoy the day.

               Vivian presented a letter from the Top of West Virginia requesting we vote for one of four candidates to serve on their Board of Directors;  a selection was made and the ballot returned.

               Linda McNeil submitted a letter of suggested activities that was tabled to a later date by a motion from Janet Keller and carried.

               Plans were made for the membership to tour Fort Steuben on November 11th at 1:00pm.

               A big “Thank You” was extended to John Speerhas who arrived early for the meeting today and had a big jump on gathering Halloween decorations and putting things back in order before most of us arrived!  What a great help!

               Our next meeting will be held December 7, 2022 at 1:00pm at the museum.  All are welcome.

               The business of the day being completed the meeting was adjourned