Voters to decide if alcohol sold in Bremen

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The village of Bremen has a chance to make this historical dry village go wet. 

The 184-year-old village has not sold alcohol for nearly a century and on Election Day that could change. 

Bremen has been a dry village since just after prohibition was repealed in 1933.

The village of Bremen is a quaint step back in time. It’s known for its Victorian architecture and brick streets and is a village where everyone knows each other. But the one thing Bremen does not allow is the sale of alcohol and that too may change. 

“One of the things that I commit it to you when I became a councilmember was to be able to do something to better my community and I feel strongly that this is an opportunity to create jobs,” said Todd Wesaw.

Wesaw is a Bremen council member and the owner of the only laundromat in town. 

He says after noticing that restaurants would come and go they all had one thing in common and that was none of them sold alcohol.

The Bremen cafe closed this summer and the KC Diner never opened. The only restaurant left in town is a Subway. 

“If they can’t serve alcohol with a meal and everyone else can then that’s kind of hurting the small guy that wants to open up a business here,” said Wesaw.

The nearest restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages are 20 minutes away in Lancaster and Logan. If residents want to buy booze they have to buy it from the gas station and Dollar General that sit right outside the village. 

“I would like to go sit down and watch the game and have a beer with my family,” said Bremen resident Gary Thaxton.

Thaxton has lived in Bremen all his life and says it would be nice to be able to buy alcohol in town. 

“It could bring Bremen up to another level,” said Thaxton.

A level that would create jobs and bring taxes into the village, Wesaw said.

     On Tuesday he is asking voters to vote yes to four questions on the ballot to legalize the sale of alcohol in Bremen. 

“I guess we’ll see on Tuesday and hopefully one everyone gets out there and votes yes,” said Wesaw.

The last time an issue like this was on a ballot in Bremen was in 2001 where residents voted down the proposal.

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