Thorns to reports of crumbling tennis and basketball courts at Centennial Park. The solution? Fix 'em. Taxpayers in Salem have always supported the parks. Reciprocate. Those - including high school teams - who use the courts deserve safe surfaces. Those involved had to have seen this coming. They didn't decay overnight. We have a wonderful parks system. Let's keep it that way.
Thorns to those driving with pets on their laps. Or with dogs hanging out the windows. Forget how cool it looks. Ask a cop or highway patrol officer how cute it is to have Scruffy on your lap while driving. We have enough distracted driving problems with cell phones. It is a huge safety risk. Wise up.
Roses to the Lisbon Dairy Queen. Ice cream treats were donated to members of the Salem and Lisbon football teams who participated in a scrimmage this past week. A nice gesture on a warm day. Salem Subway and Salem McDonald's also contributed cookies and cheeseburgers.
Roses for fairs. They are part of the local fabric that makes up small towns and rural America. Low maintenance entertainment for sure. They are rewards too for dedicated youngsters raising animals for show just as their big brothers and sisters, parents and perhaps even grandparents did. Without any electronic devices around. How refreshing it that thought? The fair is for those hobbyists into crafts such as quilt-making. Also for those who bake and cook for judging. The Mile Branch Fair was held Friday and Saturday. The Ohio State Fair is under way in Columbus. The Columbiana County Fair opens today and runs throughout the week. And how difficult it is realizing that the beloved Canfield Fair - forget what the calendar says, basically signaling the end of summer for us - is only 32 days away! Extra roses for fair food and goodies. No explanation needed.
Roses for respective athletic boosters clubs of local schools. Busy times will be kicking off into high gear soon for club members as the school year and full sports schedules beckon. Salem has a great athletic boosters club. Among its many contributions is the awarding of scholarship money at school year's end. This past May, the club awarded $1,000 memorial scholarships to the well-deserving Megan Lehwald and Mike Popa. We originally reported, based on a provided release, that the scholarships were for $125. A big difference for sure. We wanted to make sure to get that accurate figure out there because the boosters deserve recognition for their generosity such as the scholarships and many fund-raising endeavors.
Roses for the Salem Community Theatre. It is one of our fair city's true gems. Managing director Gary Kekel and others at SCT passionately support the cause of exposing local talent to interested community members. It is a true venue for youngsters cutting their acting teeth in a nurturing environment. Such as Tyler Stouffer. The 2012 Salem High grad is directing the zany musical-comedy "The Producers" of Mel Brooks' fame. Stouffer has a rich body of work with the SCT and also with high school productions. He is currently casting his lot out west, studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. Tyler is yet another SHS graduate doing his school and entire community proud. We wish him the best of luck and a hearty "break a leg" - figurative, of course - while pursuing his dreams.