Businesses pull together during winter extremes

Bethany J. Royer

January 7, 2014

Bethany J. Royer

Staff writer


PIQUA – Once again the city and residents have pulled together to help those in need as extreme sub zero temperatures entered into the region Sunday and lingered into Tuesday, beginning with the Miami Valley Centre Mall opening overnight Monday.

According to Lori Belisle, assistant/office manager, a family of four and one individual for a total of five took advantage of the warmth and security being offered at the Ash Street location. The food court and Bob Evans Restaurant donated food and the Comfort Inn blankets.

The mall was open again Tuesday night with the Bethany Center also opening a cold shelter.

“We were happy to do it,” Belisle said, with thanks from city leaders for all the aid provided over the last few days to the aforementioned businesses and one unidentified individual who provided blankets at the mall.

Those who need a hand during this time, such as shoveling a walk or driveway may seek the aid of the city’s INVOLVE (Interested Neighbors Volunteering Valuable Energy) program. Touching base with William (Bill) Lutz, development program manager, INVOLVE volunteers were last out in full force during the storm clean up in summer 2012.

According to Lutz, the group collectively put in some 20 hours of service and removed two trees.

If in need of services, Lutz encourages anyone to contact him at 778-2062.

Many city services have continued as trash pickup on Tuesday was on schedule and only recycle pickup falling one day behind.

Good news, weather will return to winter normals on Wednesday with temperatures as high as the low 40s going into the weekend.