It's sad when dedicated people work hard to improve their community, and low-life thieves and vandals try to sabotage their efforts.
Such is the case of the bronze fish missing from the new statue installed by the Wellsville Revitalization Committee on the boardwalk overlooking Yellow Creek.
That committee spearheaded the painting of murals on the village's floodwall by artist Gena Hampson. The murals are beautifully done and are a true treasure that not only improve the appearance of the town's northern entrance, they provide a constant reminder of the village's historic past. To help build a park-like atmosphere around the murals, the Amato Foundation donated a boardwalk with decorative lighting.
The murals, which were commissioned by private donations, were dedicated in a ceremony Sept. 15. The day before the dedication, a bronze statue of a boy fishing was placed on the boardwalk by the revitalization committee. At the end of the little boy's fishing line was a small fish. By the morning of Sept. 16, the fish had vanished. It was probably taken by someone hoping to sell it to a scrap dealer for its bronze content. It may have even been taken by some of the same unscrupulous thieves who have taken bronze vases and markers from area cemeteries.
It's a shame our society has to contend with the likes of these thieves and we urge anyone with information regarding the missing fish to contact Wellsville police. We hope the fish will be recovered and returned to its rightful place. We also want to see those involved in its disappearance punished.
If you haven't had a chance to see the floodwall beautification project in Wellsville make sure you check it out while the weather is still nice. Everyone involved in this project is to be commended. You've made a remarkable difference in your hometown.