YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Short and sweet: Vote!

To the editor:

To all area residents,

Vote!

Thank you.

DAVID K. SCHWARTZ,

Salem

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Local shoppers helped support the Salem Farmers Market

To the editor:

My name is Laura Spencer and I am the Salem Farmers Market manager. I am the owner of Spencer Meats located in Beloit.

For the 2018 season, some markets brought around 16 vendors while most other markets had a solid eight vendors. We did not track sales last year but feel it was a great year even having to move locations because of the construction.

I took the market over two years ago — 2018 was my second season — looking forward to a third! The Salem market started in 2009. It has been at several different locations throughout Salem. I am hopeful to continue my third season at the Masonic Lodge on East State Street.

I believe that local shopping along with buying local helps local farmers and home-based businesses. Sales for the 2018 season in food amounted to $10,513 and crafts were $755.75 for a total of $11,268.75 for the entire season.

Thank you to all the people who patronized the market. Without you, there would not be a market.

LAURA SPENCER,

Beloit

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Thanks to all making the Trail of Treats enjoyed by hundreds

To the editor:

The Salem Parks & Recreation Dept. and the Eyes for Olivia Foundation want to thank everyone who helped make the 3rd Annual Trail of Treats program such a success this year.

Over 400 children and 200 adults along with 43 local businesses, clubs, organizations and churches participated. This event was originally planned to take place on the Nature Trail in Waterworth Memorial Park but due to the wet and cold weather conditions, it was moved inside to the Center Circle Complex at the Salem Community Center.

I believe the candy distributors, the children and all the adults were grateful that they were able to get indoors on Sunday, Oct. 28. A very big thank you to staff members and management at the Community Center for their help and for the use of their facility.

We especially want to thank all those candy distributors who not only gave out candy to all the kids, but also did a great job of decorating their areas. We believe that as much as the candy distributors enjoy seeing the children (and some adults) dressed up in their Halloween costumes, the kids and parents really enjoy the decorated displays.

Those participating this year were: Simply Scarves… and Such, Little Caesars Pizza, Blossom Nursing Home, Best Cuts, SSB CPA’s, Centers for Hearing Care, Jackson’s Auto Care (NAPA), Salem Interact Club, Drayer Physical Therapy, Salem Head Start, Girl Scouts of NE Ohio, Remax (Lindsay Wade), State Farm (Bridgett Cutlip), Paparazzi Jewelry (Teri Graft), Salem Police Dept, Miss Vicki’s Gift Baskets, Michael Rulli, Care4Me, Salem Kiwanis Club, Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship, Affordable Catering, Eyes for Olivia, Infinity Dance, Ventra/Flex N gate, Salem Community Center, Pizza Joe’s, Northwood Realty (Bobbi Seguin), Salem Senior Housing, Pizza Hut, American Heritage Group, Allay Assisted Living, First Christian Church, Comprehensive Behavioral Health, Downtown Salem Partnership, Avon (Heather Knisley), Shoe Sensation, Mary Kay (Christina Sweeney), Great Clips, Salem Sewer & Drain, Supplement Station, Verizon (Hot Dog Shop Plaza) and Real Life Church.

We would also like to thank the Salem News for the great coverage they provide us and for also agreeing to judge the Best Display contest which, of course, is a responsibility no one really wants. Congratulations to Salem Sewer & Drain and Comprehensive Behavioral Health for their selection.

Thanks again to everyone involved, participating and attending. We really enjoy this event and hope to see it continue to grow. So make sure to come back next year and bring some friends!

Salem Parks & Recreation Dept.,

Eyes for Olivia Foundation

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