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September 16, 2012
Salem News

Roses to Salem mayor?John Berlin and fire chief Jeff Hughes for being pro-active and offering city services to Perry Township. And for also clarifying that it wasn't even remotely an attempt to resurrect the fire district issue. That will never happen in our city. The mayor was following up on an intent he stated during his campaign to pursue utilizing the fire department to its fullest capabilities and perhaps bring in some extra revenue. Nothing wrong with that. It will unlikely happen with Perry Township but certainly is a topic worth discussing.

Thorns to the ongoing situation with the deteriorating downtown building. Fallen bricks from the TanFastic building have damaged the Butler Museum of American Art building. It has been closed for some time because of that. Which is a shame because it is one of our community jewels much like the library, parks and community center. The courts will sort this out later than sooner as it usually happens. It's too bad apparent neglect and unaccountability had to go so far that the museum - among its attributes being used as a learning tool for many community youngsters - has to be closed.

Roses for area products playing major college football. Former Salem All-Ohioan Trent Toothman is a redshirt freshman linebacker at Ball State University. Last week against 12-ranked Clemson he recorded a couple of tackles.?Former United Local High player Ryan Phillis is a starting redshirt sophomore defensive end for 2-0 Indiana. He got to play last year in the Horseshoe in Columbus. The Hoosiers will host Ohio State this season on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in a Big Ten Network prime time game. Indiana and Ball State faced each other last night. John Lowdermilk is a sophomore safety at Iowa. His connection to our area is that he is the son of Salem High graduates Kirk and Kellee Lowdermilk. Kirk was an All-Big Ten standout at Ohio State before having a long and productive NFL career. His son was an All-Ohioan at Carrollton High School.

Roses 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. This is a highly-interactive event for area kids 6-15. There will be archery, fishing and shooting events. T-shirt are given to participants. Trophies and raffle prizes will be given out. A wiener roast will be held. It is all free and hundreds of kids attend each year. It is what passing down knowledge of the outdoors and embracing the sports of fishing and hunting and protocols involved are all about. There's is something refreshing about seeing a kid with a fishing pole in his hand instead of a cell phone or video game. Each year the local event brings in more children, some even make the trek from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For more information about the event call Butch at 330-337-8444. Let's hope they have nice weather for Kids Day.



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