Salem Church Women United grateful
To the editor:
The members of the Salem Church Women United would like to express their thanks for the generous response to our annual Back-to-School Clothing Voucher Project. This year over 448 Salem School children from lower-income families from Head Start through the eighth grade, were given vouchers to purchase new clothing and shoes for going back to school.
Our thanks is extended to individuals who gave financial donations, the Salem Community Foundation, the Ray Pearce Foundation for grant monies, and Salem area churches and organizations.
Thanks also to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the use of their building. Thank you to all the volunteer women for their help with the sign-ups.
Thanks to the Salem News for their assistance in providing the publicity to get the word out to those who need this project.
We also want to give a special thanks to the Salem Walmart for being our voucher redemption shopping center, for their kindness and professionalism.
God bless the people of Salem for their generous support of our back-to-school project year after year.
CWU social concerns chairperson
Remembering her late husband
To the editor:
Open letter to farmers, farmers wives, and farmers children:
First and foremost ... I am not a farmer! I don't claim to know the love you feel for the land, but I was married to a farmer for 30-plus years.
On Sept. 17, 2010, heaven got a good man ... and I got a hole in my heart. My husband was Russell Wherry.
He was a strong man, a proud man. A man who loved many things ... me, his children, his grandchildren, his tractors and farming. He loved the simple things in life. I always told him that farming was in his blood and I never shared that gene!
My husband loved tilling the land, planting the fields, to him it wasn't work, it was love. We own and operated 55 acres of ground that he planted in corn and soybeans, and hay. He loved to plan his fields and would start this process in January.
His last planting season was no different. He had it all planned. In April he was tall and strong, walking without problems. Walking with our grandchildren through the fields, telling them the way he would work the ground. He started his planting in April and May. By June, this strong, tall, proud man was experiencing difficulty walking. It started in his foot and spread quickly to his lower extremities. By August he was using a walker to get around. He was admitted to SCH, then to UPMC, from there he was sent to a nursing facility for physical therapy. By Sept. 15, when he had a recheck at UPMC, he could no longer stand, could not walk, and was having a hard time just sitting. He was confined to a wheelchair, and was starting to have trouble with his upper extremities also. He was readmitted to UPMC and on Sept. 17, died.
So what does this have to do with farming you ask? Somehow this year, my husband was exposed to a chemical. A chemical that settled in his spinal cord and starting eating away at it. Starting making it impossible for the nerve impulses to work. A chemical...from a farm!
I just want to educate farmers, their families. You can help prevent this from happening! Take the time, be extra careful when you are planting, spraying for weeds, etc. Buy disposable masks, wear them when you open the bags of seeds! Buy latex gloves, wear them when you are handling any chemical! Be extra careful! Never walk through a freshly-sprayed field! Be careful!
Did my husband do something terribly wrong this year? Maybe. Was it his fault? Possibly. Could it have been prevented? Yes! I know he didn't wear a mask, I know he didn't like gloves. I know he took his classes, passed his tests...I know this...but...I also know...his love of the land cost him...cost him his life!
You have wives who love you, children who need you, grandchildren you need to be there for! Don't let this mistake that my husband made happen to you! This is a hard walk, and I don't wish it on anybody!!
Take care, be careful, and thanks for reading my letter.
SHERI WHERRY EGLI,
Thanks from Salem X-Tra Mile Club
To the editor:
The members of the Salem X-Tra Mile Club would like to thank all who contributed toward making the
21st running of the Star Trax 5K Night Run an overwhelming success. At 9 on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 2, a field of 745 registered runners raced out of Reilly Stadium onto the luminary-lined streets of Salem to benefit the Salem Junior and High School boys and girls cross country and track programs.
The 21st anniversary run honored the family of Nick and Lois Peters, longtime supporters of the Salem X-tra Mile Club and the Night Run. The starting gun was fired by their sons Ben and Nick Jr. along with many members of both the Peters and Hickey families being present. The run features a United States Track and Field certified 5,000 meter (3.1 miles) course making it one of the premiere races in northeastern Ohio.
This year's race was once again both competitive and fun with runners traveling from places as far away as Bluffton, S.C., and Dorchester, Mass. Participants ranged in age from 7 to 78 years old. This year's men's overall race winner was 22 year old Brian Baum with a time of 15:12:60. Abbie Shea, 19, topped the women's field with a winning time of 20:16.15.
A special "thank you" to the following financial donors for supporting this years event. The donors include: Ventra, Quaker Manufacturing Corp., First National Bank, Haltec Corporation, Promos Unlimited, Pepsi, CTM Integration, Custom Images, Riley's Night at the Races, Salem Regional Medical Center, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Marroulis, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sebo, Stadium GM Superstore, Youngstown Orthopedic Associates, B.P.O. Elks Salem Lodge #305, BOC Water Hydraulics, Butech, Hickey Metal Fabrication, Kalra Orthodontics, Lincoln Machine Company, Morris Financial Group, Stark Memorial, Stratton Chevrolet and Tru-Cut, Salem Community Center, AMVETS Salem Post # 45, American Legion Salem #56, Aarrow Disposal, Bailey Financial Planning, Bush Consulting Group, CPW Properties, Charles F. Bricker and Sons LLC, Byler, Wolfe, Lutsch and Kamfer CPAs, Dental Health Group, DT Moore and Company, Mr. and Dr. Lee Fredrickson, Jackson Auto Supply, Josie's Pizza, Norkus Orchards, Paulus Orthodontics, Salem Giant Eagle, Salem Walmart, Scullion Vision Clinic, Dr. Paul Shivers, Dunkin' Donuts, Ellyson Plumbing and Heating, National Healthcare Access Inc., Dr. Lee Simon-Salem Orthopedics, Shale Tavern and Grille LLC., Smilewright Family Dental, Dr. Christopher Stiff and Dr. Angela Doty, Mrs. Jody Wright, Matthew R. Yerkey DDS and Kevin Madjarac DDS Inc., Dr. and Mrs. Peter Apicella, Dr. and Mrs. Salvatore Apicella, Atty. and Mrs. Geoffrey Goll, Mr. and Mrs. Hal Gorby, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kenst, J.H. Lease Drug, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Ramunno, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stone, Straub Insurance Agency, Taylor Pattern, Church Budget, Logue Monument Co., Kim Goll-Hofmeister Realty, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Slocum, Mr. Richard Fawcett, Tolson Comfort Systems and Yuhanick's Cleaners. Please patronize and support these businesses whenever you can.
Much thanks also goes out to all participating parents, students, and the 100 plus volunteers that help make this event a success. A special thank you to Ken Gross, The Independent Hose Club, Miss Ashley Thorne, Jim Phillis and the Salem City Street Department, Chappell and Zimmerman, Dunkin Donuts, Mo from Q92, Salem Police, Salem Auxiliary, Salem Parks Department and EMT Ambulance for providing emergency medical transportation.
Most of all, thank you to the community and residents living along the race course. Your enthusiasm and help in placing and lighting the nearly 800 candle-lit luminaries along the 3.1 miles of race course is what sets our race apart from the others. Runners return year after year because Salem's community support is number one in the sport.
"Salem pride is city wide."
Team running in Salem has a rich history of excellence including seven state titles in cross country and most recently a state runner-up finish in track and field. We're very proud of our dedicated coaches and athletes and the X-Tra Mile Club is proud to support you. We pride ourselves in putting on what we feel is a premiere race designed around show casing our beautiful community, hospitable citizens, and generous sponsors. If you would like more information about the Salem X-Tra Mile Club or Star Trax, please log on to our websites, startrax5k.com or www.salemx-tramile.org or follow us on Facebook under "Star Trax 5K Night Run." Thank you, Salem. Go Quakers!
Race Directors: John McClish, John Scheets; Ted F. Marroulis, Ron Waite, Matthew R. Yerkey, Ted T. Yuhaniak, Christina Texter, X-Tra Mile Club Treasurer; Amie Cochran, girls track coach; Todd Huda, boys track coach; Frank and Yvonne Parks, cross country coaches