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September 2, 2012
Salem News

Due to the final laid-back holiday of the summer and because, well, we really don't have any real prickly thorns to offer, let's go with straight roses this morning. And enjoy the weekend!

Roses for everyone out there who has to work on Labor Day. Having to work on a day commemorating working Americans - with most rewarded with a day off - doesn't seem quite right. But enjoy your day nevertheless and enjoy you comp holiday day off whenever that comes. That is if you get one.

Roses and our sympathies for those making a living selling Cleveland Indians home game tickets. Especially those on commission. Think about it. As this is written the Indians have lost all but five of their last 32 games! Projected over a 162 game season it comes to 26-136. Comparing the Indians to the infamous 1962 Mets would be an insult to the memory of post-Yankees Casey Stengel. That would be he of "can't anybody here play this game?" uttered when discussing his amazing Mets. That team, in its first year as a franchise, lost 120 games - the most by any team since 1899. That 20-134 team was known as the Spiders and played, natch, in Cleveland.

Roses for the Canfield Fair. Yeah, it costs more each year on food , rides, games and entertainment. Back are the fabulous freak shows. Afficionados will be glad to know that the Human Blockhead, Skeleton Face Girl, the electrifying Radium Girl and friends are back and better than ever. Parking is free and the admission prices remain very family-friendly. Fairs such as Canfield span generations and are among the few instances where aimlessly walking around in circles while eating really nutritious food like fried butter and chocolate-drenched mushrooms is a fun experience.

Roses for local musician Will "Butch" Hallewell. His performance today at 2 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Salem will raise money through free will offerings and auctions for the widely popular Banquet in Salem.?You are invited to attend.

Roses to the memory of Neil Armstrong. The fictional radio series character known as Jack Armstrong was known as the All-American hero. But that namesake had nothing on the NASA astronaut who left his imprint on mankind while leaving a footprint on the moon. He hailed from Ohio. Our state also produced John Glenn and a Wright brother, Orville, who was born in Dayton. He and brother Wilbur, born in Indiana, spent their formative and creative aviation years in Dayton.?The above mentioned comprise a pretty good historical flight crew from our state. No other state can match it. Ironically, Neil Armstrong was buried Friday. The night sky held a rare blue moon. The next won't occur until 2015.

Roses to American Legion Post 290 in Columbiana. Members will treat 175 special needs children to a free lunch and rides next Friday during the Columbiana Street Fair.

Roses for the Ohio State Buckeyes. A new, albeit at least this season bowl-less, chapter has begun under Urban Meyer. And we promise never to use the cliches "Urban Project" or "Urban Renewal" in this column. At least after today. Ohio State's unofficial bowl comes November 24 against Michigan in the Horseshoe. Look for at least a 9-3 record this season before the Buckeyes contend for the BCS title game next year with a team brimming with Meyer recruits.?It should be fun after last year's bizzaro season.

Rosess to Tom Butch and the many loyal and hardworking members of the Leetonia Sportsman's Club and all its volunteers. Yes, it's almost hard to believe but the countdown is on until the club holds its eagerly anticipated 37th annual Kids Day on Sept. 22 at the club grounds along East High Street in Leetonia. Area children ages 6 to 15 years are invited to compete in the shooting, archery and fishing events when they are accompanied by their parents and/or guardians. Trophies will be awarded to contest winners in each division and raffle prizes will be given away. A wiener roast will also be held, and everything, as usual, is free of charge, thanks to the club and its many donors and sponsors. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and runs continuously throughout the day. Upon registering, each child receives two tickets, one to be redeemed for a free T-shirt and the other one for the drawing for prizes. Butch says that Kids Day is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day. This year, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will serve as the 2012 Honorary Chairman of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Each year the local event brings in more children, some even make the trek from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For information call Butch at 330-337-8444.



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