Roses to the memory of fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel M. McVicker. Yesterday was a somber anniversary for his family. The West Branch graduate was only 20 when he died on Oct. 6, 2005 when serving our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Al Qaim, Iraq. He was our area's only casualty during that military operation. One was too many. Our thoughts go out to family members who have preseved his memory and keep his name out there. That is how it should be. We should never forget the sacrifice. A stretch of US. route 62 bears his name in honor. Memorial scholarships in his name distributed with the support of the community and Sebring American Legion Post 76 now number 22.
Roses for the announcement by mayor John Berlin of Salem anticipating having a full-time police officer on the Columbiana County Drug Task Force. The only ones who should be opposed to that are the dealers and the users. The announcement also reflects city revenue is up compared to 2011 and because of that the crusade against drugs is bolstered.
Thorns to the idiot(s) breaking into a Leetonia church and stealing a food basket to be raffled off to raise funds for a food pantry. What gall, huh? Think of the bad karma to come. Probably the same idiot(s) who steal flowers from graves in area cemeteries. When the law people find them, part of the prosecution should be to make them attend church on a regular basis. And, of course, go to confession.
Thorns to the inhumane act perpetrated on a young calf belonging to a Lisbon farm owner. The poor calf was set afire and severely burned and had to be put down by a vet. What kind of person generously classified as a human being could do this? When the law people find them, part of the prosecution should be to make them shovel cow crap. With their bare hands. It takes all kinds and like everywhere else, our area has its share of them. The Columbiana County Farm Bureau is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in the burning of a live calf on the Sabol Farm in Lisbon. Total reward money is now around $9,000. Anyone with information should call the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office at 330-424-7255.
Roses to businesses who still offer free services that used to be, well, a given as being free. The Giant Eagle GetGo offers a free air for your vehicle tires. Others in the same neighborhood charge a buck. For air. Amazing.
Thorns to a severe knee injury that will sideline former Salem All-Ohioan Trent Toothman for the rest of his season as a Ball State University linebacker. Best of luck with the long months of post-surgery rehab ahead
Roses to Salem High graduates Lizzie Jesko, class of 2004, and Aiman Scullion, class of 2006 who finished second in the women's and men's divisions, respectively, of last week's Akron Marathon. The female division had 649 finishers and the male division 980. To take runners-up against those kinds of numbers is remarkable. Congrats to the two ex-Quakers on their hard work and success.
Roses, again, given to the Leetonia Sportsman's Club, the members and volunteers, under the guidance of Tom Butch, deserve another rose for hosting another successful Kids Day on Sept. 22 at its lush grounds in Leetonia. A total of 548 children, ages 6 to 15, enjoyed a day chock full of activities and incredible experiences such as shooting, archery and fishing, not to mention foo foo ball and paintball. The 37th annual event was held in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day to promote safety and sportsmanship. This year's sponsors included the Leetonia Police Department, Beaver Creek Sportsman's Club, Ohio Division of Wildlife, National Wild Turkey Federation Inc., Ohio State Trapper's Association and Columbiana County Federation of Conservation Clubs.