Suggests using alternate routes for buggy users
To the editor:
I drive a lot and not just around Columbiana County, and that makes me very observant of driving conditions everywhere. I grew up driving on the L.A. freeways and I've driven where there are horse and buggies and the change in road usage on one local road concerns me greatly.
About two weeks ago I first noticed buggy signs on Route 154 and assumed it was for an Amish family that was using the road with their buggy. A week or so later as I was coming home from Rogers toward Elkton I came to a couple in a buggy and two children in a cart pulled by a pony behind them. The couple and children pulled as far to the right side toward the guardrail as possible and the horse and pony slowed to a walk. I believe they were expecting me to drive around them. I looked in the rear view mirror and there were several cars behind me. No one was coming in the opposite lane in my direction. I was thinking that a buggy on the road is treated the same as an automobile. Unless they are pulled over and stopped you can only pass in a legal passing zone. The highway patrol confirmed this.
If you don't travel Route 154 between Elkton and Rogers often, it is a two lane, very windy, very curvy and hilly and a lot of the road is solid white line. So no passing! The most obvious problem with a slow moving vehicle is there is no berm because of hills on one side and drop off bank on the other side. The type of road that presents problems even with no added obstacles and in addition, it is probably one of the most traveled secondary roads in the county with thousands of cars every Friday in the summer.
This day, I followed both horse drawn vehicles for awhile and when I could see it was safe to pass because they were moving so slowly, I did so. Still, it was marked no passing, but I could see the cars behind me edging out to the center to pass all of us in front of them. Another added dimension to this is how many tractor-trailers are using this road driving east to PA Route 60.
I have owned horses all my life and have driven them some. That is not a road anyone wants to be traveling on, in a buggy, with or without small children behind in a pony cart. All horses are unpredictable regardless of their usage and some frighten unexpectedly and most people unfamiliar with buggies do not know what precautions to take when driving on the same road with them. It does not take any Ouija board to foresee this pending disaster in the making.
As this is a state road couldn't whoever redesigned this buggy route on the lower road between Rogers and Elkton direct it to a road less traveled for the buggies? All they would have to do is follow a horse and buggy once. It seems to me there are several side roads the township can make usable for buggies wherever they are going or coming from that parallel this route.
I also see it possible that more buggies could be going to Rogers in the summer months. The rest of the road east from Rogers and beyond seems as safe as any road with horses added. The main safety clause in this area, is not enough road surface on either side for buggies to get over and off from the main driving lanes so that there is no passing problems that conflict on the only two driving lanes available with limited viewing ahead. We all want the safest roads possible for all people to use with the least problems.
DONNA KAY FERGUSON,
Expresses gratitude for Taste in Salem support
To the editor:
It is a pleasure for the Salem Retail and Business Association to present the annual Taste in Salem event each year to benefit the United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County. As in years past, the area businesses and restaurants have been generous with their time, talents and merchandise to make this year's event a continued success.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the following businesses for their donations to the Chinese auction:
Bahama Bay Tanning
Chappell Framing and Pictures
Consumers National Bank
Family Recovery Center
Gene's Drive Thru/Marty and Cathy Hergenrother
Jen's Photographic Memories
Knit Wit Knits
Lyle Printing/Farm and Dairy
Northwood Realty Services
Patty & Company Salon
Quaker Corner Flowers and Gifts
Salem Area Visiting Nurses
Salem Car Wash
Salem Community Center
Salem Computer Center
Salem Fun Factory
Salem Hills Golf and Country Club
The Good Look
The UPS Store
Yuhanick's Dry Cleaners
Enormous thanks to our participating restaurants and food establishments:
Bruster's Ice Cream
Ricky's English Pub
Salem Community Hospital
Salem Giant Eagle
Salem Pizza Joe's
Spread Eagle Tavern
A special thanks goes to the following committee members:
George W.S. Hays
Dr. Michael Traina
We would also like to thank Columbiana County Meals on Wheels for the beautiful centerpieces, as well as Family Recovery and Home Savings for their volunteers that night.
We are very grateful for the generosity of everyone involved and hope that in the coming shopping season as well as all year long, that you please remember to shop local and support the businesses and restaurants in our community.
Salem Retail and
Remembers the days of meaningful Thanksgivings
To the editor:
I remember the days when Thanksgiving meant something. I remember when Christmas didn't come until December. This year I find myself wondering where Thanksgiving went and how long it will be before people skip the holiday altogether.
Since I was 10 years old I spent the few days before Thanksgiving getting everything ready preparing the food and decorating. I would go to the store and find the perfect Thanksgiving plates and tablecloths to make my table look just right. This year however I went to the store in the beginning of November but did I find Thanksgiving decor, no! Instead I walked through the stores doors only to be greeted with Christmas carols and trees and ornaments and lights and everything else that I as well as some other people do not want to see for at least another two weeks. Instead of buying my Thanksgiving decor I turned right around and left that store!
Every year my grandfather and I would wake up to watch the Macy's parade and even that was a disappointment this year. It's like the parade lost its magic and charm. It's like people don't care anymore. The singers were lip- syncing and the floats were few and far between. Now that my grandfather is sick and dying I do everything in my power to cling on to the last shred of holiday left. We live in such a fast-paced world now that everything tends to blur into one mess of life. But it's time now to say enough is enough and we all need to stop and smell the roses. We can't take for granted the time we have to spend with our families because you never know when the time will be gone. I'm begging and pleading now for everyone to take the time to realize the true meaning of the holiday and rake the time to celebrate it for what it really is. It is a time for family and a time for thanks enjoy it and treasure it. To everyone out there reading this you may agree you may not but either way Happy Thanksgiving!
Volunteer speaks on behalf of Humane Society
To the editor:
Mr. Grande is at it again. He certainly gets a lot of press. I am a volunteer of the Humane Society of Columbiana County. I am also very frustrated and angry at our neighbor to the north who complains regularly about the shelter dogs barking. Although we are in a non-residentially zoned area, we take measures to reduce the amount of "stimulation" that causes dogs to bark in addition to limiting their exercise time to reasonable business hours. These dogs are not left outside overnight or for hours at a time as so many dogs are. They are placed in outdoor kennels, intermittently, to allow for cleaning of indoor kennels and limited exercise. Like children, when they are at play or see their friends, they bark and squeal with enthusiasm, for a limited time. I have personally witnessed Mr. Grande loiter near the kennels which border his property watching the dogs bark at him. The next thing we see is a police cruiser at his home.
Our building was built in the 1940s specifically to house and care for animals. The inner kennel area is made of tile block and accommodates nearly 30 small to medium animals. The adjoining kennel area houses seven large kennel runs that were used for lodging and recuperating dogs long before we bought the facility. Mr. Grande purchased his property in the 1960s. He also owns a great deal of property surrounding his home. Perhaps he should have purchased our building when he had the chance to. Anyone who is familiar with Mr. Grande knows of his activity regarding Walmart, Freshmark, Pidgeon Rd. drainage and the school bus issue. Perhaps we are just the new kids on the block and he'll move on to complain about the next business that moves into his quiet neighborhood.
We are a good hardworking organization. We are trying to impact a terrible pet overpopulation problem by educating the public to spay and neuter and to help as many homeless, sick and abused animals as feasible. We can only do this with the help of other people. Is this negativity affecting our ability to help these needy animals?
Come check out our facility. We are doing wonderful work with very few resources. I'll bark to that!!
Defends Salem High School band director
To the editor:
How easy it is for us to accuse and point our fingers at those we think lesser of. We can hide behind veils of whispers and sharp words to justify our anger. We love it when those people we so despise fall and are ruined. Unfortunately, this is a drawback in our society where success demands immediate results and forces it to please everyone or face the consequences. It is a tragedy that so many act this way. It is especially depressing for the victims of such plots. I personally know one of these victims by the name of Michael Carden, director of Salem City School bands.
It is no secret to this community that the Pride of Salem, the Salem High School Marching Band, was once the center for musical achievement and school honor in this city. It is also no secret that the program has undergone a change or a sort of metamorphosis. What goes up must come down, and every program must face its challenges. People wish to accuse Mr. Michael Carden for personally destroying our band and decimating it. These same people view him as incompetent, weak-minded, stupid even. Imagine the irony that such a "weak-minded" man can single-handedly destroy a decades-old music program. They wish to see him fired and thrown out of Salem for good. This would be a tragic mistake.
True, he is young, very young, and does not posess the type of experience most people expect. It is also true that he has made mistakes during his time in Salem. But who among us are the righteous that will cast the first stone of accusation? We expect fast service with just about everything. So when we do not receive what we want, we throw a tantrum. Michael Carden has not even been here three years and already people are calling for the liquidation of his career! On average, it takes five years for a high school music program to make a come back. Though he is young he is learning and already improvements are evident, if you wish to see. Oh, the things I could list.
The solution people think to improving the band program is to fire Mr. Carden and find another replacement. But what will that do? Only open the wound farther and pour more salt into it. To rip him out and force another in his place will only cause more problems. The process that has been building will have to start all over again. I make a plea to the Salem Board of Education to retain this man's career for the sake of program and the students. This view may be very unpopular but that will not stop me. Silence is no longer an option when playing with the future. Once the hostility towards the program an its leader are taken down in the name of the students, that is when we can expect to see our program flourish once again, if we wish to see it happen.