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February 4, 2012
Salem News

Roses to members of the Salem Junior High School Student Council for their efforts in sponsoring an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the high school cafeteria. Proceeds from the "Art Supplies for Salem Elementary Students: Giant Indoor Yard Sale" will be used to purchase art supplies for the elementary students in Salem schools. There's still plenty of time to drop off donations for the event from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in the cafeteria. According to Robert Viencek, group advisor, the event will serve a double purpose. "The sale will benefit elementary children at Salem City Schools and St. Paul of Salem and with the kind of winter we've been having, it will be a fun day for people to come out and shop." The sale is coordinated by council members Stacey Kastler and Destiny French. "We're really depending on the community for items," said Destiny, suggesting items such as books, games, puzzles, sports equipment, housewares, hardware and holiday decorations. Clothing and shoes will not be accepted. So those of us who already have a touch of spring fever should clean out those closets, drawers, attics and basements for things we no longer want or need, that are in good condition, and donate them. For information about the sale call Viencek at 330-332-4723.

Thorns to Punxsutawney Phil. Has he ever not seen his shadow? Most of you probably already heard the news from the world's most famous groundhog. He emerged from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob, a hill outside of Punxsutawney, Pa., about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, saw his shadow on the morning of Feb. 2, and, alas, predicted six more weeks of winter. Oh well. It is what it is. Can we really complain too much? No. The weather hasn't been that bad. Let's just hope it continues in our favor and Mother Nature smiles on us. The temperatures in late January have been in the mid- to high 40s. No complaints from us. We sure have had a break from shoveling "that white stuff." Who's ready for spring and all its splendor?

Thorns, once again, to careless drivers who are too busy on the phone to see that the light has changed or that someone else has the right of way or that a pedestrian has the right of way and is trying to cross the street. They're the same people who don't use their turn signals (guess what? it's the law) or their lights when it's dark (that's also a law) or who cut off law-abiding motorists while passing on a double yellow line (against the law). Double thorns to aggressive drivers who ride the tail of those they feel are in their way or not going fast enough (over the speed limit or too fast for conditions). How much time will they really gain by passing someone on a curve or hill in a snowstorm? Let's try to be more careful and more cognizant while traveling - maybe then we can all reach our destinations safely.

Roses to Chef J.R. Straley of Salem City Schools for making lunch fun. Plans called for him and his staff to build two 25-foot long sub sandwiches to deliver to Reilly Elementary for lunch Friday. The cafeteria operation is in the black now financially, with the cafeteria self-supporting. Lunch money from students and staff and money raised through catering gigs at the school fund the operation. By making lunch interesting and offering a variety of choices, students are eating. There's nothing wrong with ingenuity and having fun while offering good nutrition - it's called going above and beyond and a definite example to follow.



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