Roses to kids who do good deeds. Such as 12-year-old Josh Lehwald of Salem. He found a wallet with money on the ground near Salem Community Hospital and turned it over to police at the station, accompanied by his mother, Heather. The wallet contained more than $100, along with some identification. Let's face it, many people -?both kids and adults - would have taken the money and tossed the wallet. So it's refreshing to see a young man who is so honest and feels a sense of responsibility to others. Here's to doing the right thing and the hope that more people, both young and old, will do the same.
Roses - and another example of thoughtfulness at a young age -to 7-year-old Cordelia Hartman. The Buckeye Elementary School second-grader who took a lesson about lemonade to heart and donated all the proceeds to help feed others in her community through the Salem Community Food Pantry. She was featured in a story last Sunday, detailing her successful initial foray into entrepreneurship at the Farmer's Market.
Roses to retired Salem educator Janis Yereb. For over a half-century think of all those classes - the high school art instructor became a favorite of students. She stressed combining work ethic to nurture creative processes, whether or not it involved an art brush. It worked for hundreds of students she had who went on to thrive in their chosen careers thanks in part to the molding and influence from her and like Salem Schools teachers. Thanks from all of us including a certain editor who had Ms. Yereb many years ago in a class that included now Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone and John Gilbert, a front man for the longtime popular Beatles tribute band Abbey Road, an avid Civil War reenactor and all-around good guy.
Roses to those supporting Relays for Life. There are a lot of fundraisers out their and not always enough donated dollars to go around. But the Salem Relay raised over $81,000 which is $11,000 more than last year and $6,000 over goal. That is a tribute to all the participants and all the donors.
Thorns, submitted, ".... to those business owners who do not take care of the appearance of their buildings and sidewalk space in the front of their buildings. Pride in ownership should be an obvious, but more importantly, statistics show that 70 percent of first time sales occur from curb appeal. People definitely pay attention to the appearance of a store or restaurant(Ever heard of the phrase"That looks like a nice place to eat"?) Business owners should pull their weeds in front of their operations, sweep the sidewalks, wash their windows and paint if it needs it." We were told that it was heard that Salem was skipped over by some of the oil and gas people for development, because "From what they sawSalem was not what they wanted." They ended up going to Canfield. Ouch is right. Roses to the City, the Salem Chamber, the Preservation Society and the Design & Review Board for taking the time to meet in the next couple of weeks, to come up with some much needed solutions for everyone.
Thorns to people who let their dogs run loose. We ran a story Thursday of loose dogs trying to attack people in Lisbon. A reporter from our sister newspaper had to jump into the back of a pickup truck to avoid being bitten. When this happens, fine the heck out of the owner. Talk about four-legged lawsuits with teeth running around....
Thorns to news of Fashion Bug's pending closure. The Salem store have been around a good while. Anytime jobs are lost it's not good.
Roses to the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates for hanging in there. Roses to Little League coaches who don't automatically bat their own kid cleanup and have him or her either pitch or play shortstop. Roses to Salem High track star Anthony Shivers for bringing home a state discus championship. He broke the school record eight times this year. And, oh yeah, he is just a junior. Roses to West Branch graduate Evan Campbell being a valuable member of the NCAA World Series-qualifying Kent State University baseball team. Those are lifetime memories he's made during a remarkable run by the Flashes. Extra-long stem roses to Campbell, a junior center fielder, for wearing jersey number 14 to represent Jake Scott, a close friend who died in a 2007 car accident.
Roses and condolences to the families and friends of the late Clemens Vogt. The longtime Salem resident was an avid bicyclist and a keeper of the popular Greenway Trail as a volunteer. Roses and condolences to the families and friends of longtime pastor Jack Austin. He served many souls during his nearly three decades at First Christian Church in Salem.