Family of LCpl McVicker extends appreciation
To the editor:
The family of LCpl Daniel McVicker would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the support we've once again received from the Sebring American Legion Post 76 and our dear friends within the community by attending our annual breakfast. We are humbled each year at the continued assurance that Danny's memory will stay alive because of your overwhelming support and encouragement.
Since its inception in 2006 the funds generated from this event has allowed us to provide financial assistance to over 26 West Branch students, with another two being provided in May. Students interested in applying can obtain information through the WBHS guidance office.
The simple words "thank you" seems inadequate for the way the entire community reaches out each year to our family, but "thank you."
There is no greater gift anyone can give us than helping us keep Danny's memory, sacrifice and service alive in our youth of tomorrow. We were honored and humbled once again this year.
The Family of LCpl Daniel McVicker,
Treacherous acts are truly an 'Obamanation'
To the editor:
While reading my "Weekly Reader" in elementary school, my chest swelled with pride at being American. Now I watch with fear as my elected officials create, distort, and omit truths in order to manipulate the opinions of Americans for the sole purpose of advancing their personal agendas but they impinge on the very cornerstone of our freedoms, our Constitutional Bill of Rights.
They prove that they have no regard for the law of the land and their actions undermine the legal foundation of our country's individual freedoms! Not only are these actions traitorous and deserving of the most serious sanctions, they are an Obamanation to all that we live and have died for.
RANDALL L. KEENE,
'Team Clayton' poised for attack on autism
To the editor:
As "Team Clayton" approaches our fourth year of fundraising for the Walk for Autism to be held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 1, we look for another successful year. Through various contribution of different baskets for Chinese auctions and monetary donations toward last year's spaghetti dinner/golf outing, were were able to donate $5,000 to the Autism Foundation's "Walk Now for Autism Speaks" walk in Pittsburgh.
Autism is a disorder that affects one out of 88 children and carries into adulthood. With money raised through fundraisers, we have been able to provide the Autism Speaks Foundation with money to be used in the research and awareness toward a cure.
So again we are asking for your help as a community to help us in our fight for a cure. We are now accepting donations of baskets, food, money, sponsors and most of all volunteer help in making everything come together to exceed this year's goal of $6,000.
We will be accepting donations from now though May 8 for our spaghetti dinner and golf outing. The spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. March 23 at Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892, 496 Arch St. Carryouts will be available for $8 for adults, $4 for children and free for 3 and under.
Our "Take a Swing for Autism" third annual golf outing will be played May 18 at Pleasant View Golf Course in Louisville, Ohio. Price is $65 per person, $260 per team.
For more information please contact Mario Carreon at 330-831-2071, Kristi Wright at 330-257-1067 or Len Carreon at 330-503-8393.
Again, we can't thank the tri-county area enough for all your support and donations over the past three years for "Team Clayton."
UCT conducts second Winter Hockey Festival
To the editor:
Take 100 special hockey players, an outdoor rink, a little bit of snow, a whole lot of enthusiasm, and what have you got? The second annual UCT Winter Hockey Festival!
Last year's inaugural UCT Winter Hockey Festival for special hockey athletes was held at Ottawa Park Ice Rink in Toledo, Ohio. The outdoor event was such a hit that it returned to Ottawa Park Feb. 16-17.
The two-day festival featured friendly competition between eight American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) teams from across the Midwest. While skill sets vary according to age and experience, these incredible players all share the unique challenge of living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Playing on special hockey teams gives them the chance to develop social skills and practice teamwork and, most importantly, to have fun.
And what fun they had. Clinton Bookmiller, a member of the Detroit MORC Stars team summed up perfectly the sentiments of the festival's players: "I'm loving the ice; I'm loving the snow; I'm loving the smiles on everyone's faces."
ASHA is a volunteer-driven association created especially to benefit players with disabilities. ASHA President Mike Hickey cites some of the most common of these as autism, Down syndrome, Tourette syndrome, cerebral palsy and ADD/ADHD. There are currently over 50 ASHA programs in more than 30 cities throughout the U.S.
A longtime supporter of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, UCT formed a partnership with ASHA in 2010. This year's festival marked the beginning of UCT's third year of helping to promote special hockey locally and nationally.
Former hockey player and current Ohio Representative Barbara Sears was on hand to receive the UCT Service Award for her advocacy and support for individuals with developmental disabilities and to drop the festival's honorary puck
Many UCT volunteers from councils of Ohio and Michigan were present at the event. Local Salem Council #590 were represented by Ronald Shively and Homer Huprich.
Writes in praise of the Community Center
To the editor:
The Salem Community Center.
I write today to give my praise to this great place. I was injured in a car accident on Feb. 12, 2012, I am still having major issues with my one leg and need physical therapy. With the cost of physical therapy over $100 per visit I asked my doctor if I could maybe utilize the community center instead.
With his best wishes I embarked on finding out what this place has to offer. I had never been here before and did not know what to expect.
The Salem Community Center is a real diverse physical therapy center.
They have weights of all kinds. Treadmills, bicycling and any machine you can use to get loose and get in shape.
And the two things I personally use are the indoor walking/running track and the olympic size swimming pool.
You can swim laps or as I do walk in the water with resistance weights.
This place has people from 1 to 90 years old and everyone is there to do their own thing.
I paid $47 for one month and there are better deals if you sign up for the whole year. I was paying nearly $1,300 a month for the physical therapy before.
So if you can, and your doctor gives you the ok, check this place out. You will be glad you did.
And a special thanks to Beth, Bill and Kevin who are the lifeguards down by the pool.
American Red Cross recognizes 'Heroes'
To the editor:
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross recognizes Everyday Heroes who help their community by giving of themselves - the volunteers, blood donors, class participants and financial supporters who help us assist those in need. I have been a Red Cross volunteer for nine years, serving as a board member and volunteering in the areas of disaster preparedness, fund raising, budgeting and finance and donating blood. Currently, I am the board chair for the Stark and Columbiana County American Red Cross and serve on the Northeast Ohio Regional finance committee. In 2012, I became a Red Cross Tiffany Circle member in honor of my grandmother, Lucille Edwards.
March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross by doing such things as developing a preparedness plan for the household, becoming a volunteer, giving blood, or taking a Red Cross class.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
During the 2012 fiscal year, the American Red Cross Stark-Columbiana County Red Cross assisted 43 families with emergency services.
I thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.
American Red Cross