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East Palestine company prepares tribute to musician

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EAST PALESTINE, Ohio - Like a rising phoenix, a tribute to musician and Warren native Dave Grohl is not only being restored, but improved.

In early April, someone spray painted graffiti over the artwork along Grohl Alley, which was created to honor the drummer and lead vocalist of musical group, the Foo Fighters.

Since then, artists have re-painted the sculpture and murals that had been defaced. Some are stepping up to make the tribute even better.

Workers from H.R. Evans Steel of East Palestine are cutting pieces of metal into the shape of musical notes as a tribute to Grohl's successful music career.

Ken Greco, owner of H.R. Evans Steel said, "Even though we're from Youngstown and we are located in East Palestine, it irritates me when people try to ruin something good for no apparent reason. I hate to put it like this, but it's our way of giving an invisible middle finger to those who try to ruin this. Not only are we going to fix it, but it's going to be better than it was before!"

Employees like Bill King, who cut out the steel musical notes, were happy to be part of the work to upgrade the alley. The musical notes range from five to eight feet tall.
Dave Grohl Alley was the dream of Joe O'Grady who began the project gathering artists to transform a garbage filled alley to a tribute to the Grammy Award Winning musician. O'Grady said, "It's going to be a great entrance way to the alley with huge music notes. It would never have happened without Ken Greco and Kerri Gruber. Gruber said, "Ken Greco is a former employer of mine, a musician, and a big Dave Grohl fan.  I need to make a phone call and I think we can make this come true." 

The notes will be displayed in Grohl Alley once they are finished.

Police have an arrest warrant issued for  Kurtis Aguilera, who is suspected of spraying the graffiti in the alley.

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