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March 3, 2013
Salem News

Roses to Pete. Very belated roses to Pete. Last name unknown. Don't be confused. Actually we are hoping someone out there can help out with a very noble cause. Pete was a Big Brother from Salem who lived in Pittsburgh in the early 1980s and served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. The Little Brother, who was 7 years old at the time, is Aaron Brundage. He has his Ph.D and is now a successful engineer living in New Mexico. He would like to reunite with his former Big Brother, Pete, but does not know his last name or where he currently lives. Aaron acknowledges a positive influence that Pete had on him as a youngster. He would like to express appreciation through a reunion. If you can help out in any manner, well, for Pete's sake - and Aaron's too - please get contact us and we will pass along any info.

Thorns to that section smack in the middle of downtown still closed off in front of the TanFastic building and the Butler Museum of American Art. Litigation remains pending, apparently, in Common Pleas Court. The area has been closed since July. Maybe we can have a falling brick party in a few months to celebrate the first anniversary of a prime section of town being roped off. The shame is that the closed off area is a blight. Nothing quite says welcome to downtown than a section of sidewalk and parking spaces shut down because of safety concerns. And, yes, it is a little treacherous walking around it this winter with the ice and slush. Another shame is that one of our city's jewels, the museum, is out of operation. This city will have hundreds of people pouring into its downtown come June with the Super Cruise. What a complete embarrassment not to mention hazard it will be if no resolution is reached by then.

Thorns to the idiot who reportedly ignored the flashing lights of a stopped school bus in Salem. That could have been tragic.

Roses to that big American flag waving near the bypass at the auto dealership. You could cover a football field with it. We have heard nothing but positive comments about it since it was erected amid some controversy. From this vantage point, there certainly is a lot worse you can do than to display an American flag. Sadly, there are those out there who would disagree.

Roses to the calendar turning into March and daylight savings time arriving this Sunday.

Roses to state wrestling finals qualifiers who were at it yesterday and Friday. In terms of commitment, sacrifice and conditioning, wrestling is the most demanding of all the high school sports.

Roses to Cole Reed. He is the youngster who was bludgeoned during that Salem Township murder of his grandmother. The case remains unsolved. He suffered severe head injuries and was scheduled this past Friday for surgery to relieve brain swelling. Part of his skull had been removed, replaced with a plate. He has issues with his right arm and hand. Something to do with those body parts not getting proper signals from the brain. Consequently he can move the arm and hand but not really use them. There have been blood infections. Cole was being raised by his grandmother who is now gone. He thought of her as his mom. His bio mother is serving at least an 18-year sentence after being convicted of killing her youngest child who would have been Cole's half-brother. You would be right in saying that the little guy who just turned 6 on Feb. 18 and is a United Local kindergartner has had a helluva start on life. It is tragic and unfair but it is a reality and God bless him in the coming weeks, months and years. A dinner fundraiser for Cole will be held today from noon until 6 p.m. at the Washingtonville VFW. There will be an auction and raffle too. "We were told he might not live, he's be in a coma or paralyzed," a family member told us. "He's amazed us." Let's hope he continues to amaze. A child, any child, doesn't deserve to endure what Cole Reed has in his short life.




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