College student ‘bringing life’ back to ELO

Often, we hear of ways in which the community can improve. Problem is, no one steps to forefront to get the job done.

Enter Gretchen Dietz.

The freshman student at the University of Mount Union has a passion about downtown East Liverpool. As part of a college assignment in her civil engineering course, she wrote about “bringing life” back to the city, as well as her enjoyment of volunteering and giving back to her hometown.

What developed was a project in which Dietz, a 2013 graduate of East Liverpool High School, and her fellow students would return the fountain on Devon’s Diamond back to working order.

The fountain, a focal point of the downtown for decades, has been inoperable the last few years.

Dietz, along with fellow ELHS graduates Tommy Mohney and Nathan Lorah, are spearheading the project. In fact, both the city and Heritage Thermal have pledged to assist in any way possible.

Heritage Thermal will fund the project beyond the $100 budget the students received for the project, and the city will aid in needed equipment and labor.

We applaud the city and Heritage Thermal for their involvement.

But we’d especially like to praise Dietz and her classmates. These young adults recognized something that, although perhaps appearing insignificant to some, may bring about a sense of pride to others who live within our communities.

We can only hope their desire to improve their hometown leads to other active volunteerism in the future – not only in East Liverpool, but the entire Tri-State Area.

Well done.