(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are notes and comments by the Journal staff to recognize both the accomplishments and shortcomings of people, officials and groups in our county, state, nation and world. Signed submissions from readers may be considered, but are not automatically included. This column runs Thursdays in the Journal.)
TOAST the many maintenance and custodial employees in our county school districts who have spent many hours this summer, readying their respective buildings for the coming school year. While their jobs may not seem as vital as teaching positions, without them, our children would be spending much of their lives in dreary, unappealing surroundings. TOAST, too, the transportation employees who make sure the buses are clean and safe for our children.
TOAST Salineville resident Toni Pastore for taking on the gargantuan task of helping the less fortunate with her Joshua's Project. From the initial plan to collect warm winter outwear for children, it has expanded to other clothing and now school supplies. Also, TOAST other groups that are also collecting supplies for these underprivileged children. For many children, this is the only way they will have what they need to start school.
ROAST property owners who fail to maintain their properties, leaving weeds grow unchecked and debris to collect, creating an eyesore for the entire community. Many of these property owners live outside the towns where their property is located, so they really have no stake in it. TOAST Wellsville officials for taking a stand against at least one of these and demanding that the former Sterling China Co. property be cleaned up.
TOAST the construction workers who are finally getting many of the local roads drivable without ruts, bumps and barrels. It has been a long, hot summer for a lot of these folks standing on pavement with dust swirling around them. Also TOAST the drivers who in many cases have had their patience tested to the limits as they tried to get around the area on time for scheduled appointments. The fact that there have not been reports of road rage incidents between drivers and construction workers is a testament to the good nature and understanding of everyone.