A symbol of the “Joe Too Cool To Smoke” program in Ohio County is getting a makeover and will soon have a new home.
The Snoopy baseball player statue that represents the anti-tobacco program currently sits in the garden at Peterson Rehabilitation Center in Woodsdale.
On Thursday a ceremony sent it away to be refurbished.
The statue is headed to Minnesota where it will become a Snoopy Hockey player.
“We are trying to get kids to not use tobacco,” said Dr. William Mercer, Health Officer of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. “Even in the world now where opioids are an issue, but a lot of them start by using tobacco. Once you get addicted to one thing it’s an issue. Still, too many kids in Ohio County smoke and we are going to try to keep them from using tobacco.”
The new statue will be unveiled on November 13 at the Wheeling Nailers Education Day game.
Wesbanco Arena in downtown Wheeling will be its new home.