Next Council Meeting: October 11, 2012

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6:30pm on October 11, 2012.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Council Chambers, 4609 W. 8th Ave.  All citizens having business before the council are advised to be on time for the start of the meeting.

West Mayfield Emergency Response Tip: I.C.E. Your Phone

Make Your ICE (In Case of Emergency) Info Easy to Find on Your Phone

Police, firefighters, and other emergency responders want residents to add a new
contact in their cell phone — a person who first responders can notify in case of emergency.

Put your emergency contact information into the address book on your cell phone under the name “ICE”, the acronym that Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) know to look for.

For example: ICE-Linda

If you have a smart phone, there are apps that put ICE information on the home screen of your phone so it’s easy to find.


Soliciting Reminder

As a reminder, Borough Ordinance 820.01 states that there is no soliciting, either by pedestrians or by vehicle, in the Borough of West Mayfield without a Solicitation Permit issued by the Mayor.

Anyone soliciting in the Borough must have a signed, original copy of a Solicitation Permit.  This permit must be shown to residents upon request.

Residents can visit the West Mayfield Borough website to check the validity and status of Solicitation Permits issued by the Mayor.

West Mayfield Emergency Response Tip: Complete your “Special Needs Response Card”

What is your plan if the Borough experiences an emergency?



heat wave


extreme cold weather

power outage

industrial accident, etc.?

In case of an emergency, the Borough’s Emergency Management Team wants to help those residents with special needs, such as those who are visually, hearing, or mobility impaired; in need of oxygen or special medical care; or those in need of transportation during an evacuation or to and from emergency aid shelters.

To get the help you need in an emergency, complete your “Special Needs Response Card” today!

Click on the form below, print, and return to:

Bill Heaton, West Mayfield Emergency Management Coordinator

4609 W. 8th Ave. | Beaver Falls, PA  15010

By law, all information is kept confidential.

For more information, visit the West Mayfield Borough Emergency Management page.

Historian wants to return WW II photos of West Mayfield Marine Henry Thellman

Do you know the Thellman family of West Mayfield?

Earlier this year archaeologist and military photo historian Brennan Gauthier purchased a collection of WW II photos on eBay.  The collection turned out to be from an obscure Marine Nightfighter aircraft unit stationed in the Pacific during the end of WWII. The album held many of the typical photos of the war: military planes, tropical scenes, buildings, vehicles, and several photos of GIs.

In a recent blog post Mr. Gauthier says, “I always try to do research on names in the hopes of tracking down a living veteran.  I’ve succeeded on a number of occasions, but the search usually ends unfulfilled.  In this case, I was able to successfully track down the veteran.  Sadly, he passed way a few months back, but I’m hoping to contact one of the living relatives.”

Mr. Gauthier refers to a Beaver County Times obituary for Henry H. ‘Heinie’ Thellman, who died on January 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 85.  Mr. Thellman lived in West Mayfield during the war years.  In fact, the Thellman family are long-time residents of the Borough.  Daniel Thellman Sr., Henry’s father, was once mayor.

Mr. Gauthier’s search to find the Thellman family uncovered a bit of local WW II history that many would find remarkable.  Like so many other families during the war, the Thellmans answered the call of their nation.  However, far fewer families contributed as much as the Thellmans; four brothers–Dan Jr., Mike, Steve, and Henry–not only enlisted, but they all joined the US Marines and fought in the Pacific.

Unfortunately, Corporal Steve Thellman was killed in action March 25, 1945, just three days before his 25th birthday.  The loss was devastating to the close-knit family.  In fact, for a long time a distraught Mrs. Thellman refused to cash her son’s government insurance check.

At the end of war, the remaining Thellman brothers all safely returned home.  Mike Thellman (4th Ave.) still lives in the Borough.  Passersby can see the USMC banner proudly hoisted on his flag pole.

Mr. Gauthier wants to connect with the Thellman family so that he can share Henry’s photos with them.  After all these years the family might want to see them, he imagines.

His blog, Portraits of War, is dedicated to discussing the various aspects of interpreting military photography from the first half of the 20th century.  It is mainly comprised of WWI and WWII photographs with a broad range of photographic formats ranging from early glass plate negatives to photographic prints, color slide, and B/W  nitrate negatives.

If you can help us reconnect the Thellman family with these long lost photos, please contact Kevin Farkas at or call 412-423-8034.

West Mayfield Vets do it again!

West Mayfield Vets repeat victory!  The Vets last week won the Beechview Wooden Bat 14-U Tournament, upsetting Hopewell 5-4 in the championship game.  It was their second win in three years with a 4-0 record.

Team members starting front row are: Manager Kip Richeal, Jake Ratkovich, Mark Engel, Noah Damazo, Robbie Swinderman, Austin Craig and Nick Zuchelli.  Second row: Coach Dave Ratkovich, Josh McCoy, Hunter Hagy, Michael Boswell, Tristen Stewart, Coach Bob Leist, Cory Chaffee, Brett Thumm, Neil Papageorge, Adam Robinson and Coach Mike Swinderman.  Back row: Coach Shane Stewart, Coach Jeff McCoy and Coach Mike Boswell.