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Morning Journal/ Mary Ann Greier The Columbia County Airport Authority presented $4,000 each to the St. Clair Township Police Dog Foundation and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Police Dog Foundation from proceeds raised during the Wings-N-Wheels Airplane, Car and Motorcycle Show. was held at the airport on August 28. From left, K-9 Noras with St. Clair Township Patrolman Josh Jackson and the department’s second K-9 are Patrolman Keith Hilderbrand, who will be the airport management and Wings-N-Wheels handler. committee member Tim O’Hara, committee and board chairman Jim Pusateri and Sheriff’s Deputy Damin Beadnell with K-9 Hunter. The Beaver Local High School senior class will receive a $500 donation to help with the event.

EAST LIVERPOOL — St. Police K-9 programs for Clair Township and the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office each received $4,000 in donations from the recently revived Wings-N-Wheels airplane, car and motorcycle show hosted by the Columbiana County Airport Authority last month.

“We chose dogs because it’s something that benefits the whole county.” County Airport Board Chairman and event chairman Jim Pusateri said Tuesday.

Struggling to find parking on the day of the show, Pusateri and fellow event committee and board member Tim O’Hara sent checks to the St. Presented to Clair Township Patrolman Josh Jackson and his K-9 partner Noras and Patrolman Keith Hilderbrand and the county. Sheriff’s Office Deputy Damin Beadnell and his K-9 partner Hunter. A $500 check was also presented to the Beaver Local High School senior class for helping maintain the show cars and spectator vehicles during the Aug. 28 event at the airport off County Airport Road.

Pusateri said it’s the first time Wings-N-Wheels has been held in 18 years and the first time airport management has planned and managed the event. The last one, in 2004, was previously organized by the pilots’ association. He entrusted Penny Clark of Calcutta with bringing the idea back to the board. He had helped with past events and his father was a pilot. He served on the event committee along with Pusateri, O’Hara, board member Bruce Mays and wife Denise Mays, Tom McKinney, board member Dan Thompson and wife Jill Thompson and Bob Gbur.

Other board members include Dave Norris, Frank Ungaro and Mark Mangano.

The event was postponed a week due to bad weather on the original date, the weather cooperated greatly on the new date and provided beautiful blue skies for the airport-based Beaver Creek Skydivers to entertain the crowd with skydiving. demonstrations.

Pusateri admitted they didn’t expect the number of cars to turn out, with more than 290 car displays to entertain visitors, along with a significant display of World War II-era open-cockpit biplanes. Also on display was a Douglas C-47 from the Air Heritage Museum at the Beaver County Airport, sponsored by Power Chevrolet of Calcutta.

“We learned a lot from this event” Pusateri added that they are excited to make plans for next year.

The plan, he said, is to get more vendors, more Port-A-Jones, more parking and more food vendors. They will also decide who will benefit from the proceeds next time, whether it be the dogs again or another worthy organization.

St. A donation to Clair Township brings the police department one step closer to getting a second dog to partner with Hilderbrand. He said they need $70,000 to cover the cost of the dog, training, equipment and a cruiser equipped for the K-9. With the airport authority’s new donation, he said, their total is $50,000 from donations and fundraisers.

St. Anyone wishing to donate to the Clair Township Police Dog Foundation can contact the police department at 330-386-3585.

Hilderbrand said the township wants to get a second dog because of the increase in narcotics. The dog will come from Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania, where the dogs will train on their own for six weeks, then the township will select one and Hilderbrand will train with the dog for an additional six weeks or so. The county has a group of K-9s and their handlers who meet for weekly training.

The sheriff’s office has three K-9s with designated handlers including Beadnell and K-9 Hunter, Deputy Jonathan Kerchofer and K-9 Jimmy and Deputy Luke Skidmore and K-9 Diva.

Pusateri said the committee hopes to get more sponsors for Wings-N-Wheels next year. In addition to #1 Power GM, this year’s donations include: Jim’s Barber Shop; Decaria Brothers; Aronson, Fineman & Davis; About Us Company Name: Hill International; MESO, Inc.; Miller, Stacey & Associates; Superior Marine; Sunny Ridge Vet; CARE Funeral Home; About Us Company Name: Diloreto Construction; Giant Eagle; Pusateri Excavating; About Us Company Name: Protech Electric; Valley Converting; Balzer’s Heating; Mason’s Color; pipelines; and Kohler Dental.

Bruce Mays added that the event also has a lot of community support and support from county commissioners, with Commissioner Tim Weigle promoting the show at commissioner meetings.

mgreier@mojonews.com

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