Roses to Salem's Southeast Elementary School. Students and staff members observed a bully prevention program this past week. It was very pro-active. A reality is that bullying exists everywhere on all levels. Extensive research confirms that bullying victims are more likely to inflict self-harm. Cyber bullying opportunities have made it even worse. It is heartening to see such efforts like that of Southeast and other local schools. Bullying is timeless and quite naive you would be to think it will ever be eliminated. Reduced??Yes and these types of programs can help. Roses to principal Lisa Whitacre and all the Southeast students, teachers, other staff members. Also to the Salem Elks for providing student gift bags and Custom Images for providing T-shirts.
Roses to Smith Oil. We praised Giant Eagle's GetGo for the simple courtesy of offering free air for vehicles. Several readers pointed out that Smith Oil deserves like praise. And we agree.
Roses to West Branch's football team. The Warriors knocked off previously unbeaten and top-ranked Marlington in week 9. Highlighting the win was a school-record 356 yard rushing output by Brenden Wells. The senior scored twice and carried the ball a virtually unheard of for any level 50 times. Gee, do you think he was at least a bit worn out and slept well that night? What an amazing performance and credit too his blockers.
Roses to Perry Township resident George Klass. The Lordstown worker was selected to participate in a widely-aired pro-Obama campaign commercial. He had previously met the president during a Lordstown visit. Regardless of your particular political bent, we think it's pretty cool to see a local resident displaying his right as an American citizen of self-expression. That is a privilege that should never be lightly taken.
Thorns to the bad weather that is expecting to come roaring in our area. Given the potential destruction east of us perhaps we should be grateful we won't get as harshly nailed. But havoc could be wreaked in our region. Let's hope power doesn't go out. It's too bad too that the weather will likely ruin a lot of trick-or-treating for the kids. Most communities have theirs scheduled for this Wednesday. Roses do go to all of the churches, social groups and other organizations which hold public trunk-or-treats. They are held away from road traffic which is always a concern for trick-or-treating. They are held in tight and supervised areas which makes it easier on the tiny legs that easily tire and the parents watching their children. Presumably it keeps the creeps away too.
Thorns to ongoing animal cruelty. The calf that was set afire made headlines. A reward is still out on that case. This past week we get a Leetonia police account of a beagle mix chained to its doghouse being found beaten to death. The poor thing was believed bludgeoned to death by a large rock that was recovered with blood on it. What a shame. Catch them and dearly make them pay.