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May 31, 2010
Salem News

Roses to the Salem?High School Alumni Association. It ranks with the very best such organizations in the country. And that's not being strictly subjective. You can check and compare. It is self-sustaining and subsists on the hard work of volunteers and those giving a love back to their school. Not to mention donations which provide thousands of dollars in scholarships each year. On Saturday, 49 scholarships were awarded during the annual banquet. Money distributed is nearly $200,000. All going to top 2010 SHS grads who will likely go on and make an impact in their respective fields and, in turn as is often the case, give back to their school someday.

Roses to the West Branch and Western Reserve baseball and South Range softball teams for winning districts. Roses - Clipper red roses - to Columbiana for reaching the state baseball finals. Roses to all our area track performers who reached the state finals and will be participating in Columbus. Hard work pays dividends.

Roses to local school teachers who took their students out of the classrooms on field trips. It's a nice reward for the students to get out of the usual confines. Learning on-site is a valuable tool. The Salem News regularly participates in having students visit our newsroom to see how the editorial process works. We certainly enjoy doing it and look forward to seeing some fresh faces next school year. We were asked to give special roses to the "administration, parents, teachers, and patience with the weather" for making the Beaver Local Elementary school field days successful. There you go.

Thorns to those who should know better, i.e. any adult out there, who won't pause at least for a moment this weekend between the golf, outdoors parties and what have you to reflect and realize what Memorial Day is truly all about. That shouldn't have to be explained here.

Thorns to those who will go and swipe flowers and arrangements from area cemeteries. Boy, that really takes a certain kind of low life. This will be the prime season for thefts at cemeteries because of Memorial Day.

Roses and good luck to our Columbiana County Spelling Bee Champion Reha Rabbani and her family as they travel to Washington, D.C. for the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week. The St. Aloysius School seventh grader has been studying hard to increase her vocabulary and prepare for the national spelling stage. A special thank you to her parents, Dr. Ghulam Rabbani Aziz and Samina Aziz, for their hospitality during a recent interview at their home.

Roses to the Salem Parks Department workers for the great job they do tending to the city parks. The grounds always look nice and they should be commended for keeping up with the maintenance required to keep the parks looking nice. They serve as a great example to communities where the park maintenance could use some improvement.

Thorns to those communities who don't mow the grass until it's practically knee-high in some spots. It's an embarrassment and not a good selling point for your town.



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