Roses (or Easter lilies on this special day if you prefer) to everyone supporting and holding egg hunts and related activities for the children. It is a timeless ritual that everyone enjoys. Something like the Salem UCT egg hunt is what tradition is all about. It seems there were a ton (actually all the candies given out probably weighed at least that much) of egg hunts for area children, especially with the churches. Melding fun and fellowship for youngsters is a nice pattern to establish. Lilies for hard- boiled colored eggs, kids who eat the ears off the chocolate rabbits first, those sticky marshmallow peeps that are as addicting as an opiate and house pets who inevitably end up eating and, ahem, discharging, that fake Easter basket grass. Lilies to the kids who leave the black jelly beans for Dad and, most importantly, lilies to everyone who will pause with reverence and acknowledge the real reason there is an Easter. Yeah Easter time is nice all the way around, what with the baskets, new go-to-church clothes, time off from work, golf (well, maybe not this year with the monsoons) and great food. But let's keep the main reason there is an Easter in the first place close to heart. Lilies to all of those of faith or belief, unified today during this holiest of days. Let's not forget that while we're carving up the ham this afternoon. And if you don't feel likewise respect those who do.
Roses to students at Joshua Dixon Elementary School. They raised $2,000 for the American Heart Association through a Jump Rope for Heart.
Roses to students at Southern Local Elementary School. The kids raised $2,500 in pennies to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Roses to Taylor Fredrickson of Salem and Tylor Rockwell of West Branch. They are members of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-Ohio Team. This is pretty heady - only 20 male student athletes statewide were selected. Good for them.
Roses to those community members participating in a fundraiser held a week ago Friday at the Salem Eagles. It benefits Madyson Payge Moore, a precious little girl born March 3 with a congenital heart defect. It required major surgery at the Akron Children's Hospital. The family is not asking for hand-outs but is facing a financial challenge. This cause is as genuine and worthy as they get. If you can, please help out. Details will appear in a feature story coming to our front page.