Roses to a meeting being set this Wednesday to get plans moving for the June 21-24 Quaker City Weekend Cruise. This event is for all ages, across all demographics. You don't have to be a gearhead to enjoy the fun. It draws thousands to our city and is the best people magnet we have to offer. Don't mess with it. A template is in place thanks to the hard work of many including Steve Andres and Jerry Wolford. They presumably won't be consulted because of, well, petty politics. But those now involved can follow the framework in place. The city has run the event the past two years without any kind of negative incident. It even has been profitable - raising $18,000 during those two years. That breaks down to $7,000 in 2010 and $11,000 last year. That's after paying for the cops. A key will be getting someone who knows what they are doing to market and sell ads for the popular informational brochure that is put out.
Roses to the West Branch boys basketball team. The Warriors under coach John Hancock were trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half Tuesday to fourth-ranked and unbeaten East Liverpool. They outscored the Potters 19-5 in the final period to win going away, 52-44. It was East Liverpool's first loss in 12 games.
Roses to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team is playing entertaining break-even ball. There is basketball life after all since the so-called Chosen One bolted to Miami where he continues to miss big shots. Top draft pick Kyrie Irving is the real deal and on his way to winning Rookie of the Year. It will take awhile and at least another good draft but the future is getting in place for the Cavs.
Roses to all students who will participate this Saturday in the annual Columbiana County Varsity Academic Challenge. These students are exceptionally bright and they couple their smarts with exceptional study habits. The competition will be held at Salem High School and is in its 35th year - making it the longest running academic competition of its kind in Ohio. Roses to the Columbiana County Educational Service, the participating schools and team advisers and all of the parents, family and friends who support the Challenge.
Thorns to those who unless physically unable do not de-ice or shovel their walks and porches. Just ask any mail carrier, paper boy or girl or delivery person if it makes a difference. If you don't want to do it, pay the neighbor kid to do it.
Thorns to the Salem News for a goof. We misspelled council member Brian Whitehill's name in a recent sub headline. We certainly apologize for that.