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July 21, 2013
Salem News

Thanks from the Shasteen family

To the editor:

Mary and Garry Shasteen, parents of Samantha "Sam" Lynn Shasteen, along with Sam's sister, Errin Balogh, wish to convey our most heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all your generous prayers, words of comfort, flowers and cards, food, toys, babysitting services and donations for Sam's daughter, Lydia Rose, and all the countless ways you have expressed your love and care to our family during this most difficult time of our lives.

Along with the strength and love from our Lord, we cannot imagine facing each day without caring friends who ran to our sides to hold us up when, on some days, we could barely breathe.

"Thank you" will never begin to express the gratitude that fills our hearts for this wonderful community. God bless all of you and your families.

GARRY, MARY, ERRIN and LYDIA,

Salem

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Grateful for fireworks support

To the editor:

I want to thank the following citizens and organizations for their generous support and sponsorship, and for making this year's fireworks display possible.

Bob and Linda Sebo, Salem Community Hospital, Salem AMVETS Post 45, Mac Manufacturing, Quaker Manufacturing, Rotary of Salem Ohio, Summitville Tiles Inc., Veterans of Foreign Wars, Butech Bliss, Huntington National Bank, Jalisco Mexican Restaurant, Morris Financial Group, Quaker City Castings, Salem City Council, Salem Slovak Club, Home Savings Bank, Howells & Baird Inc., Salem Computer Center, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Stark Memorial, Gordon Bros., BB Rooners, Ellyson Plumbing & Heating, Jackson Auto Supply, McGarvey Heating, Lou and Amanda Raymond, Salem Eyecare Center, Salem Masonic Temple, and Auditor Betty Brothers.

I also want to thank Salem-Perry Crime Watch for sponsoring the activities in Waterworth Memorial Park and making July 3rd a fun family day.

Finally, I would like to thank Pyrotechnico Fireworks Company of New Castle, Pa., for once again giving Salem a wonderful fireworks display.

MAYOR JOHN C. BERLIN,

Salem

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Regarding United Schools and money

To the editor:

On Feb, 7, 1984, United School Board put a 3 mill permanent improvement levy on the ballot for the tax years 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988. This is the 30th year. It has been generating $245,000 each year. By the end of 2013 that should be $7,350,000 taken in.

United Local School investments inventory in December 2012 was $6,374,792.62 and the unencumbered general fund operating balance was $3,165,081. That is a lot of money.

The understanding I have of the following are:

$65,000 to build new offices for Steve Viscounte and Kathy Davies and the secretary.

$80,000 for new football bleachers for visitors side.

$60,000 for new security cameras with sound recording.

No raises for the following: teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and other inside and outside workers.

There will be no insurance for new hired bus drivers. But the administration and board members got a raise plus health insurance if they want it.

I also found out they are installing 35 new windows in the junior high (7-8th grade) classrooms. Why have they waited this long to do all of them with the money they have?

I also got a report the majority of the bus transportation budget is spent on sporting and special events rather than actually getting the students to and from school.

How much money will United make from the Chesapeake Plant in Hanover Township?

BILL GRAY,

Lisbon

 
 

 

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