Salem Chamber thanks those helping with activities
To the editor: Christmas came to Salem during the first weekend in December and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the many volunteers and planning partners who assisted with making it an enjoyable time for many families in our community. Friday evening, Dec. 2, was the Light Up Night ceremony on the front yard of the chamber and we would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Salvation Army and Realife Church who provided delicious refreshments to those attending the event. Beautiful music was presented by the Salem High School Encore choir as they performed a mini concert of songs to get everyone into the holiday spirit. We thank them for their uplifting performance. Our many thanks, also, to Salem City workers Doug Moffett and Mike Bibbee for their assistance with the holiday decorations, and to Mayor Wolford who gave the official countdown for the lights to be turned on for our ceremony. On Saturday, Dec. 3, many businesses provided open houses and the Salem Chamber sponsored horse-drawn carriage rides in the downtown. The Salem Christmas parade welcomed a large variety of units to this year's parade including many churches. We appreciate the participation of so many local groups. We thank the Christmas Parade Committee who helped line up the parade units and who faithfully commit their time to providing a quality parade each year. We especially thank the Salem News, our co-sponsor and partner in bringing the parade to Salem. They do a great job helping us promote the Christmas Parade each year and we are grateful for their kind patronage. The fun continued at the Kent State City Center after the parade and we thank KSU, another co-sponsoring partner. We would like to acknowledge their generosity in providing space for additional holiday activities. Santa was able to visit with children after the parade at the City Center. Thanks to Giant Eagle for providing pictures to be purchased, if desired. A Christmas Craft Room was sponsored by KSU and the Salem Rotary Club's Interact Club.We thank them for their assistance and for providing the wonderful goody bags that were given to each child who visited with Santa. A huge thank you goes out to Glory Zamarelli who baked and donated close to 20 dozen delicious sugar cookies for everyone to enjoy. The 2012 Animal Planet puppy, "Salem" was truly a celebrity as he gave paw-tographs and we thank the Humane Society of Columbiana County for their participation. Last and certainly not least, the West Branch High School's "Young and Alive" choral group gave a very enjoyable concert, free of charge in the auditorium.
We thank them for being a part of the activities and for sharing their fine musical talents with our community. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Salem chamber! Again, many thanks to the fine people of Salem who provide the volunteer manpower that work effectively to make our community a better place to live.
AUDREY C. NULL, Executive director, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce
Commends Lisbon BOE for considering drug testing
To the editor: I write to commend the Lisbon School Board on its consideration of adopting a drug testing policy for its students. As a member of the Columbiana County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Team (ADAPT) Coalition for the past three years, I have learned much about what works to prevent drug and alcohol use among youth. One necessary element is creating an environment in which drug and alcohol use among youth is unacceptable, and school policies that support the notion of unacceptability are one "tool" in the community's toolbox that communicates to kids that adults take the problem of underage alcohol use and drug use seriously. In the Salem News article of Dec. 19, one of the school board members was quoted as stating that " in the end, the problem is with the attitudes and families, and we can't change that." Any time community leaders take a strong stance to prevent the serious health problems youth develop as result of drug and alcohol use, that "stand" influences everyone's attitudes. While parents are the most effective "anti-drug" - they have more influence on their kids' behavior than anyone other institutional policies, including those of school boards, can support what parents are trying to accomplish with their kids as well as encourage parents who haven't given this problem much thought to think more carefully about it.
It takes the community as a whole to prevent drug and alcohol use among our kids, and no one policy from any sector of the community is going to solve this problem. However, the cumulative effect of efforts from all sectors of the community does work to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse among our youth. I wish the school board well in its determination of the most appropriate approach for Lisbon students. I urge everyone in the community who wishes to learn more about how we as a community can prevent the serious health problems youth develop when they use alcohol prior to age 21, as well as other drugs, to visit the ADAPT Coalition Web site www.adaptcoalition.org, or contact the ADAPT Coalition at 330-424-0531.
KATHLEEN CHAFFEE, Director, Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Lisbon