Roses to all the scholar-athletes we have in our area. Accent on scholar. And there are many. Salem senior Trent Kenreigh and West Branch senior Rebekah Zets are examples. They were outstanding on the basketball court and in the classroom. The 4.0 grade point average students were double-figures scorers for their respective teams and earned spots on the Div. III All-Ohio Coaches Association Academic team. See the item too on page 1C about another top student-athlete, Salem High graduate Sarah Brobeck.
Roses to retiring Salem Buckeye Elementary School Principal Dennis Niederhiser and a welcome to his successor, John Lundin. Niederhiser is a kids-first administrator and one of the district's point persons on our popular "School is Cool" Sunday page which is nearing its 10th anniversary.
Thorns to a spate of instances involving money and items of value being stolen from vehicles. The latest outbreak is in the Leetonia and Salem Township area. Sure some of it is being done by punks but given the escalating drug use in our area, including rampant heroin abuse, you have to believe thieves are being driven by drug hunger. Thorns too for those who don't lock their vehicles, essentially making it that much easier for the criminals. This in turn takes up valuable police time. A common denominator on the recent thefts is that the vehicles were unlocked. Just makes common sense to lock up, doesn't it? It's not like the old days when you could actually leave things unlocked and not get robbed.
Roses to David Rutecki. He is the owner of Estherlee Fence Co. who donated $5,000 in material and labor to building the fenced-in grass playground at the Columbiana Dog Pound. A ribbon-cutting was held last Saturday. What a great and different way for a businessman to support his community.
Roses to the hundreds of food and cooking aficionados out there supporting our upcoming Taste of Home Cooking School. The event has become a popular annual happening held at the Salem High School auditorium. It has become a virtual 1,000-ticket sellout weeks before its May 10 date. The school will feature special guests, giveaways and 41 vendors. It is co-sponsored by the Salem News and our fellow Odgen sister newspapers in the county, the Morning Journal and Review in East Liverpool. Thanks to all of you and enjoy the special evening.
Roses to those participating in the Salem Walmart "Stuff the Truck"?held yesterday. Food items were collected through Walmart to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank which benefits residents in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.