Roses&Thorns

Roses for the Salem Regional Medical Center. One of the biggest gems in our entire region continues to be such a critical component of our landscape. Last week, SRMC unveiled its $6.3 million expanded Endoscopy Unit. It is state-of-the-art and doubles the size of the unit. Besides offering a range of medical services, SRMC is our county’s largest employer and an obvious big chunk of the city’s tax base. Drive by it and just marvel at how a small city like ours can have such an impressive facility almost smack dab in the middle of it.

Thorns for the United Local Board of Education submitted by an agitated caller for agreeing to pay its new athletic director $80,945 — or in the range of superintendents’ wages. “To schedule sporting events and nothing going on during the summer,” the caller said. “They thought they had trouble passing levies, now they’ll never pass one.” From this vantage point, we get it.

Roses for the streets crews getting out early whenever the bad weather arrived. Salem’s crews were out immediately Thursday morning as soon as snow showers arrived. Taxpayers appreciate that.

Roses for the Leetonia Library. To encourage use of its borrowing options, the library board agreed last week to eliminate all late fees and forgive all current fees that were out there. Board members are also extending checkout times. Our area, though not overflowing with population, is fortunate to have so many outstanding libraries within a short distance of any of us.

Roses for talented Salem High basketball senior Chloe Cheresne. On Wednesday she scored 38 points against Alliance, breaking a single game record held by SHS Athletic Hall of Famer Deb Janofa set way back in 1983.

Roses for the Columbiana girls basketball team which stood at 21-0 including beating a solid Lisbon team Monday in double overtime. The Clippers under head coach Ron Moschella have won four straight Inter-Tri County League titles.

Roses for the 17-2 West Branch girls basketball team. The Warriors under head coach Walt DeShields — who held a single game scoring record during his great high school career at Salem — are state-ranked, riding a 14-game winning streak as this was written and poised to win a league championship. This West Branch team could make some post-season noise.

Roses for Melinda Trimmer. The ex-West Branch All-Ohioan who held led the Warriors to the state finals two seasons ago is a member of the Youngstown State University women’s team. The biology, pre-med sophomore earned a spot on the Horizon League Fall 2016 Academic Honor Roll. Also earning that honor was Penguin tennis player Mitchell Maroscher from Columbiana. He is a content area physical education major.

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