Easter Seals to open therapy clinic

The Easter Seals staff is excited about the clinic set to open this summer in Parkersburg.

An open house for medical personnel and others associated with Easter Seals was held Wednesday at the recently leased facility at Rosemar Center, 4420 Rosemar Road, Suite 103 across from Emerson Avenue.

The clinic, the first for Easter Seals in Parkersburg, will soon provide outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies in three separate rooms for area children. Previously, a team of seven local therapists had been going into local schools and homes to reach special needs children.

“This (center) is good for us,” said Jess Puglisi-Sanders, community relations director for Easter Seals West Virginia. “It makes Easter Seals more visible and allows us to expand.”

Puglisi-Sanders estimates that 3,000 children a year in the Parkersburg and Wheeling areas receive early intervention and rehabilitative services from Easter Seals. Wheeling has had a clinic since 1937. Easter Seals arrived in Parkersburg about 10 years ago.

Doctors refer children and families to Easter Seals, which then evaluates the youngsters for possible inclusion in the programs.

Proceeds from the Festival of Trees fundraiser at the Blennerhassett Hotel in December help underinsured and uninsured families participate in local Easter Seals therapy programs. This year’s tree auction will be Dec. 2 at the Blennerhassett.


The former Point of View on Blennerhassett Heights is gone, leveled by a bulldozer, but Thane Taylor salvaged mementos from the restaurant his family built.

Taylor of Parkersburg received a four-tier dessert cart that was used at the Point of View along with several of the original bricks from the Wood County restaurant. Taylor said he planned to give a brick or two to his father, Bob, and uncle Dan, who worked together to open the Point of View in May 1971. The Taylor family owned and operated the Point of View until May 2000.

Other owners unsuccessfully tried to keep the restaurant open and it had been closed for several years before being demolished recently. Thane Taylor worked at the Point of View for 20 years.

According to Wood County real estate transfers, Farmers Bank and Savings Co. sold the former restaurant building and 4.68 acres on Blennerhassett Heights Road to Edward A. Bell for $329,000 in May. In June, Bell transferred the property to AB Holding LLC, county recorded real estate transfers show. An employee at Point Pleasant’s AB Contracting, which Bell owns, said Bell was unavailable for comment on his plans for the Blennerhassett Heights Road property in Lubeck District.

Rod Joachim, who owns Fulton Inc. in Parkersburg, said he was pleased with the results of the liquidation tag sale he conducted June 10-13 for the Point of View building and equipment. He sold the former restaurant’s deck, bathroom fixtures, booths and many keepsake items.

“We had a good crowd. People were waiting when the sale started at the site at 9 a.m.,” Joachim told me this week. Most of the items were sold to local residents, he said. Joachim declined to say how much money the tag sale generated.


I enjoyed talking to Olive Smith Stone this week. Stone, who lived in Belpre for 65 years and served as Washington County recorder in the 1970s, said she is feeling great at 91 years old and getting along well in her home in Huntington, living near her daughter. Stone has a garden, has entered her hooked rugs in state competition and still enjoys typing stories and poems on her computer – despite failing eyesight. Her former Belpre neighbor Larry Ford now proofreads her stories for possible mistakes. Stone was born in Jackson County near Evans and graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1939. She was active in state and local poetry groups, wrote books of poetry and articles for newspapers and magazines, and was a member of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. Stone said Ronald Reagan was her favorite U.S. president.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com