Roses to four area residents who recently graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Training Academy. The cadets completed multiple courses during the 23-week training period. The new commissioned troopers reported to their posts Monday. They include, listing respective hometown and assignment location: Benjamin C. Dennison, Salem, Chardon; Landon T. Berger, New Waterford, Athens; Erica J. Sims, Leetonia, Jackson; and, Adam Shonk, Alliance, Defiance. Best of luck with your careers and go safely.
Roses to the West Branch Schools administrators for taking a common sensical approach and scheduling a public meeting Monday for parents and residents. They are concerned about possible restructuring of the elementary districts. Some 50 concerned residents, responding to rumors, attended a recent board meeting seeking explanations. As taxpayers and, for many, as parents or grandparents of district students, they have that right to know what is being considered. It's called transparency.
Roses to the Salem Public Library for offering math tutoring to students grades 7-12. This is possible through the donated time of local math educator Vanessa Moy and roses to her too. She holds a master's degree from Columbia University which means she really knows her way around equations and numbers.
Roses to Salem Schools treasurer Jill Rowe. She will be leaving her position effective July 31. She has served the district well during her five years here. The parting is amicable and she is even offering her help in finding a replacement. Giving the district a head's-up months before leaving the position was a professional courtesy and thoughtful move on her part. Doesn't always happen that way with school districts.
Roses to?Leetonia School administrators and staff members under the guidance of superintendent Rob Mehno. Sacrifices including staff cuts reaching 25 percent over the past six years have been made. An example of dividends was realized in February. Instead of a projected deficit of $9,000 for February, Mehno recently announced an $81,000 surplus and immediately thanked staff, board members and the community as a whole. Another levy - in a long series - will likely show up in November - but the stewardship of Mehno deserves recognition during a time when school cuts, due to state money reductions, are going to be huge coming up soon.
Roses to Hines Ward, even from a Browns' fan. The now ex-Steeler wide receiver gets props for a bountiful career and for spending 14 years in Pittsburgh - that kind of player loyalty is rarely seen any longer. Like all aging players he began suffering from what Bill Belichick (see Bernie Kosar) would call diminishing skills. And business being business he was cut loose. He gets roses alone for practicing and excelling at an art most prima donna receivers disdain: blocking.
Thorns to people who continue to drive, sometimes way too fast to boot, the wrong way on one-way alleys in the city. We see it daily here with Sugartree Alley. A bad accident is waiting to happen. Thorns to the Indians' Grady Sizemore getting hurt on the first day of spring training. Go ahead and chuckle. Can Travis Hafner be far behind? Thorns to people who continue to let their pets dump everywhere but in their own yard. There is a plot of land at the intersection of Howard and West Wilson that is disgusting - a veritable minefield of dog dumps. A health department rep needs to stop over there. With clothespin on nose.