Roses to the competitiveness, fair play and respect of one's opponent that usually accompanies political races such as those under way headed toward the Nov. 8 election. Thorns to when it becomes dirty and ugly. We've all seen it in previous election seasons. We are starting to see it seep in and nobody likes to be around it.
Roses to all of those running for political office. Holding office can be a mind-numbing and thankless experience. The vast majority certainly do it because they honestly feel they can make a positive difference to their fellow community members. That is to be commended.
Thorns to the theft of political signs. It was recently rampant in Columbiana and a candidate for an office in Salem told us of missing signs and believes they were stolen. Granted some of this can be blamed on the omnipresent punk factor in this town. But perhaps not all of it which is where the aforementioned dirty and ugly come into play. It is difficult to fathom a candidate or someone connected to a candidate swiping yard and street corner signs from an opponent. Yep, the words bush league and dirty pool come to mind. But apparently is happens. That is amazing as it is idiotic.
Roses to Salem head volleyball coach Don Conser. He is at 635 career wins and counting and stands as the most successful coach in Ohio. Roses to Conser's players, past and present, who while guided by their coach went out and executed. The program's current skein of 26 straight league titles is a grand achievement.
Roses to Jeff Nolte who recently vacated his position as dean of the Kent State Salem and East Liverpool campuses. Jeff and a strong support staff did a fine job in advancing Kent's presence and stature in our community as indicated by swelling enrollment figures and by the multiple local activities and causes the university supports. For example, a recent Kids Fun Fest attracted nearly 300 to the Salem campus. We wish Jeff the best of luck.
Roses to Gordon Brothers for the attractive improvement of its lot at the corner of North Ellsworth and East Eighth Street. Gordon Brothers is an example of a prominent business in our community investing time and money into property by beautifying it. Some other businesses should take note. It sure doesn't hurt to wash your windows, sweep and weed your sidewalks, repaint and spiff up your signage. Kudos to those that do, but to the others (and you know who you are), show some pride!
Roses to residents who donate "leaves for lambs." The D&L Sheep Farm at 34903 state Route 172 is accepting leaves or shredded paper to use as bedding for its herd of 190 sheep. Leanna Stryffeler, who owns the farm along with her husband, Don, said anyone who is raking and bagging leaves is asked to drop them off at their farm at 34903 state Route 172, located five miles west of Lisbon and just east of Depot Road near the top of the hill. Stryffeler did specify that no sticks or stones be included in the bags. It's a win-win. You have somewhere to get rid of leaves and shredded paper which are in turn used for animal bedding. The process is environmentally friendly and productive.
Roses to the volunteers of the Caring Hands Food Ministry including, among others, Jeanette Feezle, Kelsey Hawkins, Tammy Brooks and Laurel Hill. These volunteers worked tirelessly to fill orders at the ministry's food distribution, including the most recent one at the East Palestine First Church of Christ. Food distributions will continue on the first Monday of each month. Sponsored by the Lake Mount Church of Christ in New Waterford, as well as several independently owned companies in the community, Caring Hands provides those in need with everything from juice beverages to fruits to vegetables to meat, even personal hygiene and cleaning products. Food and item donations are provided by the Second Harvest Food Bank in Youngstown, The Big Reach Center of Hope in Greenford, Gleaners Food Bank in Youngstown and private donations. Mackall also personally purchases items for distribution, usually at retail cost, but wholesale at the Leetonia IGA. In this day and age, this endeavor offers a light at the end of the cost of living tunnel. Even with two parents working, it is tough for many to make ends meet at the end of the month.
Monetary donations would certainly be appreciated and may be sent to the Caring Hands Food Ministry at 20 W. Martin St., East Palestine Ohio 44413.