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August 29, 2010
Salem News

Unhappy with this year's Grande Parade

To the editor:

Well, Salem strikes again. As if it wasn't enough to hear about the Super Nats day after day, now for the past five days we've seen pictures from the "mesmerizing" Grand Parade!

In my opinion as well as others I've talked to said this was the worst one ever. No wonder since it would cost a business in its own town $50 to be advertised.

I understand if they didn't put some sort of a restriction on it that it would last forever but this one only seemed to contain churches, politicians, bands and clowns. It would of been nicer to see more of the businesses display their names but I addressed that reason why they weren't seen earlier.

This is another case of a small town attempting to be a "big" city and things will never change until they wake up and realize they need to move forward and welcome things like skateparks, batting cages, go-kart tracks, mini-golf courses. You know...the places of interest that would keep people in Salem instead of out.

I just hope the great city of Salem's arms not hurting from patting itself on the back for so long and so many times!



Thankful for kindness over missing purse

To the editor:

I wrote a few weeks ago about my missing purse. I want to let you know that two people read my letter and did a nice thing. Patricia Tinkler, the owner of Friends Roastery, sent me a nice letter and gave me a gift card!

Dr. Patricia Vigder got me a new purse and filled it with the things that were in my other Hello Kitty purse that is missing.

These are two awesome people in Salem. I am thankful to kind friends like Patricia and Dr. Vigder.



Salem X-Tra Mile Club expresses appreciation

To the editor:

The members of the Salem X-Tra Mile Club would like to thank all who contributed toward making the 17th running of the Star Trax 5K Night Run an overwhelming success.

At 9 on the evening of Aug. 7, a record-setting field of 640 registered runners raced out of Reilly Stadium onto the luminary-lined streets of Salem to benefit the Salem senior and junior high school's boys and girls cross country and track and field programs.

This year's race, the first to feature computerized "chip" timing and scoring honored Salem's own Ted Marroulis who fired the starter's pistol. The run features a United States Track and Field certified 5000 meter (3.1 miles) course making it one of the premiere races in northeastern Ohio.

This year's men's and women's overall race winners were Jarrod Eick of Alliance with a record setting time of 15:11.9 and Diamond, Ohio's Samantha Hamilton, setting a new women's course record of 18:01.6.

A special "thank you" to the nearly 100 race night volunteers and the many financial donors to this event including our corporate sponsors: Salem Community Hospital, Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney, Stadium GM Superstore, Youngstown Orthopedic Associates, AMVETS Post 45, Butech, Church Budget Co., Salem Elks Lodge, Pepsi-Cola, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sebo, Dr. Varun Kalra DDS MS, Stark Memorial and Stratton Chevrolet.

We are also indebted to all of our sponsors who provided financial support as a trophy or T-shirt sponsor or provided items for our goodie bags, which are given to each runner.

This year's T-shirt sponsors included: Hickey Metal Fabrication, Dr. Frank Bailey DDS, MS, Custom Images, Dental Health Group, Dynamic Auto Parts (Salem NAPA), Home Savings and Loan, Johnston Accounting Services, Josie's Pizza, Julian Electric, Lincoln Machine Co., Morris Financial Group, Salem Giant Eagle, Salem Veterinary Clinic, Scullion Vision Clinic, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Shivers, Dr. Lee Simon MD, Smile Wright Family Dental, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stone, Thorne Management, and Dr. Matthew R. Yerkey DDS.

Other contributors to this year's race also include Mike's Penn Avenue Grille, Madeline Patton Writing and Editing Services, Ted and Carolyn Marroulis, Dr. Peter and Sherri Apicella, Jesko Associates, Mr. and Mrs. Hal Gorby, J. H. Lease Drug, Quaker Corner, Taylor Pattern Inc., Independent Hose Company, Salem VFW, Chappell and Zimmerman, Salem Community Center, Dunkin Donuts, Road ID, Runner's World magazine, Salem Band Boosters, Second Sole, Udder Cream, Youngstown Road Runners Club, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Jones, Ken Gross, Bill and Ashlee Thorne, Steve Floor and Wayne Walter.

Much thanks also goes out to the Salem Police, Safety and Parks Departments, EMT Ambulance for providing emergency medical transportation, the family of John and Julie McClish for providing our course "Water Stop," Arby's, Burger King and McDonald's for providing the cups and Donnell Ford-Lincoln-Mercury of Salem for housing our supplies throughout the year, our "Registration Director" Mr. Ron Waite, "Luminary Director" Mr. Dan Ryan. Most of all, thank you, to the community and residents living along the race course. Your enthusiasm and help in placing and lighting the nearly 800 candle-lit luminaries over three miles of race course race is what sets our race apart from the others. Runners return year after year because Salem's community support is number one in the sport.

Team running in Salem has a rich history of excellence including seven state titles in cross country and most recently a state runner-up finish in track and field. We're very proud of our dedicated coaches and athletes and the X-Tra Mile Club is proud to support you. We pride ourselves in putting on what we feel is a premiere race designed around showcasing our beautiful community, hospitable citizens, and generous sponsors. If you would like more information about the Salem X-Tra Mile Club or Star Trax, please logon to or follow us on Facebook under "Star Trax 5K Night Run." Thank you, Salem. Go Quakers!



Race directors


X-Tra Mile Club president





Doesn't care to be referred to as 'hon'

To the editor:

My name is not "hon."

I am fed-up with store clerks and restaurant servers who address me as "hon"-and they don't even know me-the nerve to use such a term of endearment.

I understand they do not know my name but out of respect to me and other customers, I suggest they learn to use a different name to address customers. Men may be addressed as "Sir" or "Mister" and with ladies you can use "Miss" or "Ma'am" It's just the smart and polite thing to do-"sweetie" or "honey" are not good options.

If you wish to keep my business (and I'm sure that I am not alone in this pet peeve) - show some respect. Your tip will be larger, you will make that sale and I (and others) will return to your business. You may not be the owner of the business but it is your place of employment and to ensure that it remains open and you do have a job, be polite and you'll be surprised at the outcome.



And in response to the previous letter....

To the editor:

I just had to respond to the letter from the lady who complained about people who work in the public calling her honey, sweetheart, etc. If that's your biggest complaint in life than you are a very lucky lady.

We live in a world today where it is hard to find strangers who have a kind word for strangers, so you waitresses etc. keep up the good work, because a kind word from you can put a smile on someone who just maybe needed a little kindness.

I am sorry a person feels offended by something that brings a smile to someone else, read the news of all the tragedies, be offended by that, not someone calling you honey. Last but not least, have a wonderful day sweetheart.



Salem Hunting Club grateful for the support

To the editor:

The Salem hunting club held the seventh annual Lowell Iden Memorial Trap Shoot and Benefit Breakfast on Aug. 7.

Mr. Iden was president of the hunting club for 10 years. He was an avid trap shooter and belonged to many shooting organizations.

All proceeds went to the Lowell Iden-Larry Iler Scholarship Fund.

The winner of the scholarship for 2010 went to Riley Weber of Salem. He attends Kent State Salem, majoring horticulture technology.

The 50-50 winner was Paula Talbott, East Liverpool, Ohio.

The basket winners were Nicole West, Mike Iden, Mark Kidd, Sam Iden, Cathy McLain, Kayden Wilcox, Jim Davis, Rick Heydle, Jim Lamon, Roberta Unkefer and Sandee Hollenshead.

We would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions and support: Runzo's Outdoor Sports, Ricky's English Pub, Yuhanick Cleaning Fair, East of Chicago Pizza of Salem, village Showcase of Hanoverton, Salem Sparkle Market, Castle Packs Power of Youngstown and Cindy Beach Partylite

Thanks also to the members of the Salem Hunting Club, family and friends of Lowell Iden and Larry Iler, news media and anyone who helped make this fund raiser a success.

This large, wonderful support will allow the scholarship to continue in the future years.



Comments on 'tirade' against gas industry

To the editor:

In response to the "CC-CWP" tirade about the natural gas industry, I would like to present truths, instead of the sweeping generalities, scare tactics and untruths. 1. Drilling in Ohio and PA is regulated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) respectively, as well as, numerous federal agencies.

2. Applications in both states require detailed plans for well casing, the purpose of which is the protection of the fresh water aquifers. Also included in the permit applications are erosion and sedimentation plans which outline protective surface measures.

3. Water fracing has been routinely used in the oil and gas industry for the last 60 years and is a proven technique in coaxing gas from tight sand formations. 99.5 percent of a frac job consists of sand and water. The .5 percent is mostly composed of chemicals that would be found around the house. I challenge Ms. Georgescu to present facts concerning the contamination of aquifers by the fracing process. Statements like "Often these poisons run into the well water," is an absolute untruth. She might consider "poisons" used in other industries as much more of a threat to the aquifers, such as road salt, residential weed control chemicals or agricultural chemicals.

4. Did she mention the outcome of the signing of the lease by the "elderly landowner?" Likely he received a large bonus check which will allow him to pay his taxes, pay off farm equipment and perhaps make repairs to his home. It will also allow him the opportunity to participate in the royalties derived from a future drilling program.

5. Natural gas is the cleanest carbon-based fuel available. Our discovery of the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin will give the U.S. the opportunity to free itself from the chains of imported oil, produced in large part, by our enemies.

6. Gasland was such a lopsided piece of propaganda it was almost a comedy to those of us in the oil and gas industry. The makers of the film had an agenda to put forward, and they did. I am providing a rebuttal to Gasland to the Journal for wider distribution if they so choose.

In the future, fact-based discussions would be much more helpful to people interested in drilling in Columbiana and surrounding counties.



Laws regarding cruelty and neglect of animals

To the editor:

I read comments recently by local resident and preservationist Stevie Halverstadt. She spoke of the importance of upholding the laws and described a society without them as "lawless."

I use this same example when speaking of laws surrounding the cruelty and neglect of animals. People often say to me "you must really love animals." Well, yes, I do. But I also care about humanity and my community. Surprise! How we act toward one element of our environment has a direct correlation to how we treat other segments of our world.

Did you know, that according to American Humane, (a national organization dedicated to protecting children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation) more American households have pets than children. In 88 percent of the homes where children are abused, pets are harmed as well, often to induce coercion or psychological control.

Approximately 70 percent of animal abusers will commit other crimes. Drug trafficking and violent interpersonal crimes are common partners. Where there is smoke there is fire. Just think, almost nine out of 10 times when you see someone abusing an animal, a human is at risk.

Don't walk, run to your telephone when you see something that makes you wince or turn your head. The "feeling" that makes you uncomfortable is your conscience telling you to take action. In many communities, human services, animal services, law enforcement, prosecutors and the judiciary seek education, and share resources and expertise to address this violence. Animal cruelty problems are people problems.

Recently a longtime friend returned to Columbiana County for a visit. I asked if there was a possibility that he might move back "home." I was embarrassed and angry to have to accept his observation of the deteriorated condition of his hometown and of the surrounding communities. I asked myself, what needs to be done to make Columbiana County more inviting?

While the answer is too multi-faceted to address here, one answer is obvious. No one wants to move to a community that tolerates disrespect for authority and human decency. Thumbing one's nose at laws and those who enforce them must be addressed. If it is bad law or a bad enforcer, then take steps to affect change. In the words of Ms. Halverstadt, "the law prevails for the health, safety and well-being of our citizens."

Do not tolerate negative behavior. Demand high standards in your circle of life. Stand up, speak out, be heard. Columbiana County's future is counting on your participation. President Kennedy said "A rising tide lifts all boats." I submit that this is true even when the boats contain dogs and cats.

For more information or speakers on "The Link" between animal abuse and family violence, please contact The Humane Society of Columbiana County (not connected to HSUS) at 330-332-2600.



Wild animals shouldn't allowed in backyards

To the editor:

A bear owned by notorious Ohio animal exhibitor and convicted felon Sam Mazzola has mauled a 24-year-old man to death. The bear has been killed.

Mazzola has been responsible for injuries and has had run-ins with the law right from the start. Going back to the early 1980s, Smokey, a declawed 7-foot bear used in Mazzola's wrestling act, escaped from Mazzola's barn and attacked a neighbor. Mazzola was cited for failing to have required permits and was arrested and charged with obstructing official business after arguing with the state game officer.

In 1987, it was reported that a man was injured in a bear "wrestling" act and needed stitches for a bite wound. He filed a $300,000 suit against Mazzola.

Before his license was finally revoked in 2008, Mazzola was cited numerous times for making false statements and providing false records to federal authorities, for violating safety regulations by allowing customers into enclosures with adult tigers and bears-one weighing over 700 pounds-and for failing to safely contain adult tigers, bears, and juvenile wolves.

No one-including Sam Mazzola-should be allowed to keep wild and dangerous animals in backyard pens and ramshackle cages. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is preparing to sign an executive order that would ban the sale, purchase, breeding, and possession of many species of exotic animals in Ohio. Please contact the governor today to thank him for proposing the executive order and urge him to quickly sign it into law. To learn more

Yours truly,

Lisa Wathne,

Captive Exotic

Animal Specialist

People for the Ethical

Treatment of Animals

501 Front Street

Norfolk, VA 23510




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