Saints John chairs on sale for wrestlers’ benefit |

Saints John chairs on sale for wrestlers’ benefit

KEYSTONE – Buying a piece of Summit County history will help a part of Summit’s future.

Local wrestling coach Scott Giles, who works for Keystone operations, will administer the sale of individual chairs from the now-obsolete Saints John lift Saturday at Keystone. The sale of chairs – $100 a piece – will benefit the three-tiered Summit County wrestling program. Under coaches Giles and Jim Melvin, the program starts with the Little Tigers for elementary-school-aged children, then continues with the Summit Middle School team and the Summit High School team.

“We’re trying to build the program up,” Giles said. “And it’s starting to show dividends.”

The funds raised will be split among the three programs and used for equipment and travel expenses. Melvin, who is recovering from severe injuries resulting from a car accident, is currently walking and hopes to be ready to coach when the Little Tigers season starts in October.

The chairs will be sold from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the west parking lot by the Mountain House near the base of the Peru Express Lift. The Saints John lift was installed in 1971 as a mid-mountain double chair. With a 20-minute riding time, the chair became obsolete and hasn’t run for the past two seasons. It was torn down this spring.

Once sold, the chairs can be used for porch swings, tree swings or fixed chairs. One hundred are available. Giles urges buyers to bring a pick-up truck or trailer to transport the 12-foot-long, 125-pound chairs.

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