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May 27, 2012
Salem News

Roses to the Salem High School Alumni Association and all of the wonderful people who support it. On Saturday night the Salem High School Alumni Association presented $283,375 in scholarships to 56 graduates of the Class of 2012 and to 13 alumni who are currently enrolled in college. The association has given more than $ 5,227,237.50 to 2,118 Salem High School graduates since 1908 when it awarded Walter French the first scholarship for $60. The association has held its banquet and reunion every spring since 1882. The investment portfolio the association started in the early 1900s with a $1,000 bond has grown with the careful management of the generous contributions of alumni and friends to more than $7.8 million as of March 31, 2012. Think of all the SHS graduates who have benefited.

Roses to all the AMVETS, VFW, ladies auxiliaries and other kind-minded groups for decorating local cemeteries with flags on graves of veterans. Roses to management and workers at local cemeteries for the great upkeep. Salem is very fortunate to have such dedicated people taking care of the grave sites or our loved ones day in and day out.

Thorns to the idiots who litter in cemeteries and to those who let their dogs do their biological thing in cemeteries during Memorial Day services. Or anytime for that matter. How disrespectful can you get?

Roses to Salem Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart. How's this for a Joe DiMaggio hitting streak-like tenure of service to a city??As in never will be equaled: this Friday, Don will complete his 60th year as a city worker. Think of all the people, all of the changes, coming and going in our fair city during the past six decades. And, yeah, think of all the water that has flowed. Amazing.

Roses to retiring St. Paul School principal Patricia Bauman as she completes a 38-year career in education. We've always stressed the importance of having St. Paul School in our community.?It combines an education with a spiritual influence for many or our children, through generation after generation. That is very important to many families. We wish her the very best.

Roses to newly-appointed Salem High volleyball coach Allie Rich-Winner. The Salem High grad played for a winner under legendary coach Don Conser. Now she will succeed Donny and his 636 wins and 26 successive league titles. It will be a challenge maintaining SHS's lofty statewide volleyball reputation. But Allie, who comes from a good Salem family and who followed her mom into teaching within the Salem district, has the foundation for success. We wish her the very best.

Roses to Ruth McCullagh. She is moving on after nicely serving her role as public relations coordinator for Kent State Salem. Which means she worked closely with newspapers and other media outlets, none more so than the Salem News. She was productive, accommodating and a delight to work with in helping promote Kent State. And yes, we wish her the very best too.

Roses for the appointment of Ron Johnson as Salem High head football coach. He made the playoffs each of his four seasons at Canton McKinley which is in the big leagues of Ohio high school football. He beat rival Massillon three times and stressed the importance of the classroom - each of his four teams made All-Ohio Academics. His contract was not renewed at McKinley. That's because at such schools passionate fans and parents have their bars unrealistically raised much more than the Salems of the high school landscape. Even the McKinleys don't win every game played and win every state championship. Some people just don't get that - as in accept that. He had the full support of his players in Canton and that's good to hear. Finding a head coach of his skill level so near the season's beginning is remarkable and should bode well for the Quakers.



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