Roses to everyone taking in Saturday's Christmas parade through the downtown. Roses for those participating in it. We were glad to co-sponsor it along with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Roses to Key Bank for hosting Santa Claus for the kids to visit and for also sponsoring horse-drawn carriage rides. Roses to the Interact Club of Salem for providing goody bags for kids and to the Salvation Army for the refreshments.
Roses to the proposed rezoning of nearly 7 acres on the east end from general commercial to residential multi-family for housing development. More places to live is good for business development in general. The construction itself will provide needed work for builders and contractors. Did anybody honestly think that something wasn't going to happen eventually out there on that vacant land -either via residential or commercial development? Resistance will arise from the "not in my neighborhood" sector. Not unlike, say, when the community center was proposed on the other side of town and some over there acted like the world was going to end. It hasn't. At least not yet but will on Dec. 21 if you believe in the Mayan calendar which we will save for a later discussion.
Roses to Ohio State going 12-0. How great would it have been to see an OSU-Notre Dame game this season?
Roses to people who take their time to pick up litter on the side of the road, especially to the lady who was seen picking up litter recently on route 344 between Salem and Leetonia. She was hauling a bag of someone else's litter - all while using a cane. "If someone with a cane can do this the litterbugs of this world can walk to a trash can when they stop their car!" So says a reader who suggested this rose.
Roses to Salem Police Detective David Talbert. He was recently recognized by County Prosecutor Robert L. Herron as the 2012 Columbiana County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer. It well deserved and the city is fortunate to have such a skilled and thorough investigator. Roses to Trooper William Sattler. The 27-year veteran of the Highway Patrol was selected by his supervisors and peers as Lisbon Post Trooper of the Month. Roses to Mike Abraham. He was recently named Lisbon Police Chief after years of service. Roses to retired Lisbon chief "Buck"?Higgins who retired at after serving the village for 32 years.
Thorns to the stinky water problem in Salem. Apparently the bad taste is algae-related and a vestige from our drought earlier this year. Utilities superintendent Don Weingart and his crew are working to get it fixed. The sad part is that people pay for their water in town and shouldn't have to experience this.
Roses to Salem boys basketball coach Rich Hart. With a promising season beckoning he is sidelined after undergoing a procedure to resolve a blocked artery. We wish him a speedy recovery. The Quakers are poised to have a fine season - returning much experience and talent. Just have to win at home and win some of those close games this time around.