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Thanks for supporting Trail of Treats, Costume Contest

To the editor:

On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Salem Parks and Recreation Department and the Eyes for Olivia Foundation co-sponsored the second annual Trail of Treats and Halloween Costume Contest which took place on the nature trail and in the band shell at Waterworth Memorial Park. The temperature was a chilly 42 degrees and the rain began around 2:30 p.m. but that didn’t stop several hundred participants from enjoying a very fun, family-friendly event.

We would like to thank Morris Financial Group Inc. and Nate Mullins in particular for donating close to $200 in gift cards to the winners in the costume contest. Special thanks to our judges Ashley Paulsen, art teacher at Buckeye and Reilly; Allison Kovachik, special education teacher at Buckeye; Angie Henderson, paraprofessional teacher at Reilly and Southeast); Officer Mike Garber and K-9 Simon from the Salem Police Department; and Firefighter Mike Bryan from the Salem City Fire Department for volunteering your time to help make this a fun day for the kids. It is very much appreciated.

Thirty-three local businesses, clubs, organizations, churches and families set up some fantastic displays along the nature trail. This year we gave an award to the best “candy distributor” display which was awarded to the Salem Regional Medical Center’s Speech Therapy Department. They went “overboard” with their 10-foot wide pirate ship. Others who were there to pass out candy from some very creative tables were the Salem Police Department (officer Richard Miller), Miss Vicki’s Gift Baskets, Little Caesars Pizza, Beltempo Insurance, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, the Christina Huffman family, Salem Radiologists, Salem Rotary Club, Cashland, Metro PCP, Bridgett Cutlip State Farm, Brookdale Senior Living/Salem, Coaches Burger Bar, Pizza Hut, Salem High School Band, Famous Hair, Salem Community Center, Pizza Joe’s, Ventra Plastics, Jackson Auto Supply/NAPA, Salem Senior Housing, True Heroes Under God (THUGs) from Emanuel Lutheran Church, Eyes for Olivia Foundation, Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic LLC, Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing, Salem Kiwanis Club, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Salem Fun Factory, Downtown Salem Partnership, Great Clips, Salem Sewer and Drain, Burchfield Historical Museum and Greenford Christian Church. I hope you are all as excited about next year as we are!

We would also like to thank J.D. Creer and the Salem News for the outstanding coverage and pictures along with Gregg Warner, Mike Hoffman and THUG’s for helping those in need while setting up their displays.

We would also like to thank the Salem Community Center for offering the use of the CenterPlex had we needed to move indoor (which was a strong possibility).

Last, but not least, we want to thank all those families who, in spite of the cool and wet conditions, came and participated in our event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and look forward to seeing you again next year. Happy holidays from the Salem Parks Department and the Eyes for Olivia Foundation!

SHANE FRANKS,

Salem Parks and Recreation Department

KIM and MIKE HOFFMAN,

Eyes for Olivia Foundation

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