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May 13, 2012
Salem News

Roses to all the good mothers out there today on their day. There are so very many - young, old and in between. Many of us were fortunate to have loving, affectionate and value-driven parents. It taught us the importance of imparting such traits into our own kids. And, even, into our grandkids. Teaching children to become decent, good people is the best gift a parent can give a child. And for those of us who have lost a wonderful mother, a cemetery visit today can be difficult on the emotions. But cherish the memories and allow yourself the warm smiles and chuckles while you count all the blessings. There are so many.

Thorns to the inconsiderate jerks who, ahem, "donate" expired food products to pantries and collection efforts such as the mail carrier drive held yesterday. If you wouldn't eat something spoiled, why would you expect someone else to??Just because someone has the misfortune of having to rely on a food bank doesn't mean he or she isn't deserving of equal respect from anyone who doesn't rely on a food bank. Food drives aren't garbage collections.

Thorns to major crimes that get committed in small areas like our own city. Sure crime has always been around but it seems to have increased. We had a robbery along the main street in town by a knife-wielder. That's alarming. Just this past week, a break-in at another business occurred on our main thoroughfare. That resulted in the theft of some $35,000 in electronic products. The escalation of drug use including the availability of heroin in this region has to have something to do with it. Can't be a coincidence. Drug addicts become desperate. Major crimes feed major addictions. Scariest is wondering what will happen someday should an innocent bystander happen upon a major crime taking place.

Thorns to Salem having to replace its football coach in May. The calendar won't be a friend here. Ideally coaching transitions are best when done right after a season. That way, of course, the new coach gets his or her system, including off-season conditioning, in place. He or she gets to know players and they get to know their new coach. Rapport and trust are developed before a spike or shoe is ever laced. We wish the best to departing head coach Mike Kopachy. He went 22-11 in three seasons and qualified for the playoffs twice. Being in the very formidable Northeast Buckeye Conference, as discovered last season, is always going to be difficult. Frankly that won't help in luring a coach to a school that - though having its moments over the last decade - isn't regarded as a traditional football power. It will be interesting to see how the Quakers' season develops. Salem has potential with some skilled younger players coming up after a 5-5 season last fall.

Roses to Columbiana Schools. Last Tuesday, the board of education appointed Ron Moschella as head girls basketball coach. All he did at Boardman over 31 years was win 546 games - ninth most ever in Ohio. He led the Spartans to the Div. I state finals twice, as recently as four years ago, before resigning due to health concerns. He is now fit and his hiring is a coaching coup for Columbiana.

Roses to businesses and individuals who sponsor holes for golf scrambles that raise money for good causes. There are many out there. One is the upcoming benefit to raise money for a Relay for Life team honoring the memory of the late Janie Mowery, a beloved Salem schools teacher who touched many including us with her friendship. That scramble will be held this Saturday at the Flying B. Roses to the following hole sponsors:?Community Caregivers, Western-Southern Insurance, Bob and Linda Sebo, Morgan's Drug Store, Mike's Penn Ave Grille, J.H. Lease Drug Co., The Benyo Family, Zimmerman Capital Management, LLC, Law Office of Geoffrey S. Goll Co., L.P.A., Butech Bliss, Franklin Cleaning Service, Inc., DPH Architecture LLC, Howard Hanna- Nancy Zatchok, B.B. Rooners and Annabell's Restaurant. The Mowery family and the relay team appreciates your help.



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