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EAST LIVERPOOL – The Legacy & Legend lecture series is about to conclude its 5th year after nearly 40 presentations providing significant revenue to support the operations of the East Liverpool area community centre.

The final conference will be June 7 with John and Sally (Hall) Sayle speaking from the former Hall China Company. It was the last pottery to operate in east Liverpool which once boasted over 200 pottery operations. Plans are underway for the Center’s sixth season.

Last Tuesday’s talk featured Ki and Marcus Trelaine who have spent the past eight years restoring the Joseph E. Wells home. He was the founder of the Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell. The house has been restored to its original 19th century splendor under the close supervision of the National Historical Foundation of Washington, DC. The house is located in Newell Heights among a number of other beautiful historic old homes.

The Trelaines appeared for the conference in costume from the early 19th century when the Wells house was first built. They named their home Wellstone Manor after its original owners. The first part of the reunion was their entertaining history of the Homer Laughlin Pottery Company and the Wells family who founded it. The Homer Laughlin Company was the largest pottery in the country, it attracted visitors from all over the world.

One of the Centre’s most successful attractions has been the classic Thursday night movies in the wide-screen Scott Kidd surround sound movie theatre. This program had to be suspended when Mr. Kidd passed away. Recently, Teresa James, an avid collector and movie connoisseur, volunteered to helm the return of Movie Nites. It will include discussions of actors, actresses, and reveals about who and when he dated. The initial film will be on June 2..

The Kidd Theater is the only cinema remaining in the community. The Theater can accommodate up to 30 people. It is available free of charge daily during Center opening hours for individuals and groups who enjoy watching old movies.

Customers can choose from thousands of DVD movies in the center’s library. The theater also has its own popcorn machine.

Last Saturday, the Stevens Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, held its annual six-hour employee training meeting at Farmers at the Center. Sixty-four of its employees have attended several who have worked in this field over the past few years. Their breakfasts and lunches came from Donut Shop in East Liverpool and JPs Pizza in Calcutta.

Aimee George moved her business from Wellsville to the Center last April. Called Moving Water, the instructors offer aerobic exercise classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week at 6:30 p.m. They are already planning to add an extra day of lessons each week.

The Community Center is run exclusively by volunteers. However, a part-time caretaker is wanted – the only paid position at the Centre. This position involves approximately 10 hours per week and with flexible hours. Those interested can stop by during the Center’s regular hours or call (330) 303-2110.

The East Liverpool Area Community and Learning Center is located at 110 Maine Boulevard, just below the East Liverpool High School complex. In addition to rooms available to rent for parties and activities, there are many rare historical exhibits on display available to residents and visitors to the community. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily. The Center will be open by appointment after hours.

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