Russell Township Selling Beer for First Time Since Prohibition




Congratulations, residents of Russell Township, you can now buy beer in your humble little locale. Welcome to America.

Prohibition washed away legal liquor sales in 1920, and until this week, Russell Township stayed that way — dry. Bone dry. Why? Who knows. Communities were allowed to decide for themselves whether to sell libations after Prohibition's repeal in 1933, and for some reason, Russell Township opted for the no-fun option and remained anachronistic into the 21st century because they believed alcohol would bring floozies and backroom gambling and undesirables to their quaint township. Or something like that. There's really no justification that doesn't make them seem like anything but a cranky 90-year-old grandmother.

The Plain Dealer reports from the Circle K, which is the only store in town that will be selling booze.

Those who opposed the change declined to identify themselves outside the store this week but said that since alcohol is available nearby, there is no need to have it in their back yard. They worried about underage drinking and noted that a Circle K probably won't carry wines they prefer.

Martha Bryan said she voted to allow the sales.

"You go five miles in any direction to get it anyways, so why not keep the money in Russell?" she said.

Resident Nick Farina also said he voted for the change.

"It's stupid to have to drive to Chesterland or Bainbridge or Newbury to buy a beer," he said. "It's legal, so it just kind of makes sense. Why not run to the corner store instead of making a trip out of it?"

Thankfully that 90-year-old grandmother of a city is now wet.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.