Roses to Greenford Christian Church for providing free cold bottled ice water to users of the Greenway Trail near Franklin Square. It is appreciated.
Roses for "Love Those Quakers:?The Road to Columbus." We were delighted to present in three installments the first chapter of Dave Hunter's book of recollections of that magical 1958-59 season in Salem High basketball. Judging by the reaction we received from readers, it was a good call. If you did not grow up a Quaker fan you can be excused for not wrapping yourself around wanting to hear all you can about SHS lore. You just wouldn't get it. It was great to read about the late Cabas, Slaby, Hunter and the others who nearly brought a state championship to Salem. It was a great era back then: simpler and in many ways slower for sure. The times of Ike and that whole "Happy Days" feel. Basketball was a primary source for a community to rally around. Think "Hoosiers." It was another reason to "Love Those Quakers!" Hunter, one of the all time Quakers, was and went on to do much more than being a talented young basketball player. He had a wonderful professional career.?Dave will be inducted into the Salem High Athletic Hall of Fame next month. The ceremony will be held at the Salem Community Center. He will conduct a book signing at 4:30 prior to the induction which will be held Thursday, Sept. 6. Proceeds will be donated to the Salem Alumni Association in the name of John A. Cabas.
Roses for the leak in Washingtonville finally get plugged before local topographic maps had to be revised to include a Lake Rasul. The over/under on total water loss was a million gallons. It came in just under at 980,000 gallons. For perspective, consider that the three full-sized pools being used at the Olympics in?London hold 2.6 million gallons combined.
Thorns for the news about Cleveland Browns first round pick saviour Trent Richardson needing knee surgery. That news came before he even stepped on the field for his first day of practice. Yeah, Browns fans can start gulping. Hard. What is about being a Cleveland sports fan and bad karma, whammies and jinxes? Is this what purgatory is like? Or you know, the worse place - you sit somewhere that is really hot and uncomfortable and have to root for the Browns, Indians and Cavs? Of course the injury is being downplayed. Okey-dookey and yeah right. We will wait and see. And speaking of bad karma, wasn't one of the few good things about the Indians disintegrating into a T-ball team - and a really bad one at that - was seeing big mouth closer Chris Perez get lit up like the Olympic torch? And what about our favorite Travis Hafner??Gets three days off - one would've been fine as it is for fathers - for maternity leave during the season. Then returns and can't play because of a bad back. What??Like did he hurt himself lifting a diaper bag? Wow.