Thanks & Spanks

First Church of the Nazarene in East Liverpool sends a THANKS to Smith’s gas station on St. Clair Avenue for conducting a food drive and collecting monetary donations from your loyal customers, and then donating it to our food pantry that helps feed our community.

THANKS, writes a reader, to Lisa Ensinger and the East Liverpool school choirs for an awesome evening of music. Ms. Ensinger has done an outstanding job with the choirs, of all ages. It truly put me and every one in attendance in the holiday spirit.

THANKS, writes a reader, to those who helped with the Thanksgiving dinner at Salvation Army’s ELSA kitchen. A special THANKS to downtown Giant Eagle employees, L&B Donut and Catering, Ohio 1957 Wellsville TOPS, the 10 people who donated turkeys, all who donated desserts, and those who helped prepare and serve the food. THANKS, too, to Tiff and Charlee, the young ladies who gave up their off day to help. To the faithful regulars who do this every month, THANKS – you are amazing. Without each of you and our family and friends, we could not serve our monthly meals. May God bless you all.

THANKS, writes a reader, and blessings to the angel who returned my purse that I left in the cart at Giant Eagle on Friday morning.

Thanks Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to those people who have their knickers in a bunch over the new “holiday” banners. It is the “holiday” season – Christmas is not the only one that counts.

THANKS, writes a reader, to those individuals who say “happy holidays.” There are many religions celebrating at this time of year.

THANKS, writes a reader, to the Chester Hometown Christmas committee for making this year’s event memorable and a fun time for all. The children’s events were wonderful and the parade was outstanding. SPANKS, though, to those who try to find negatives in everything.

THANKS, writes a reader, to those responsible for the Christmas display at intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Pond Street. It is always wonderful to see, always beautifully-lit.

SPANKS, writes a reader, to local parade organizers who placed two marching bands, one behind the other. The second band, being the smaller of the two, could not begin to hear their own sound.

SPANKS, writes a reader, to a local utility company for sending out shut-off notices to customers who were not late on their bill.

The Wellsville Library sends a THANKS to Lindsey Mackall, Mayor-Elect Nancy Murray, Ila DeJane, the Friends of the Library, and Santa and Mrs. Claus for making our Christmas Open House such a wonderful night. Also THANKS to the families that attended.

THANKS, writes a reader, to those from Grace City Church in East Liverpool for handing me a hot chocolate while on the float at the East Liverpool Christmas parade. It was much appreciated.

THANKS, writes a reader, to the W.Va. Department of Highways for including Virginia Terrace in the 2015 resurfacing schedule. THANKS, too, to Shelly & Sands Inc. for a job well done.

THANKS, writes a reader, to music director Lisa Ensinger and the many talented East Liverpool students (grades 7-12) who performed during the annual Christmas choir concert. Every song sounded wonderful.

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the young woman wearing pajama bottoms I witnessed heading into an East Liverpool church for a free Thanksgiving dinner. You should be ashamed. Your public attire is setting a terrible example for your children.

THANKS, writes a reader, to area teachers willing to spend time after school tutoring their students/our children. SPANKS, though, to teachers who sprint out the door as the final bell sounds an end to the school day.

SPANKS, writes a reader, to those who put up outside Christmas decorations alongside their Halloween decorations.

SPANKS, writes a reader, to those candidates who have yet to gather their political signs that remain alongside the roadway.

THANKS, writes a reader, to those city/village/township leaders who will end their terms at the end of this month after failing to win the public’s nomination. Your willingness to lead your community is deserving of praise. SPANKS, though, to those community leaders who have failed to show up for meetings following defeat in the November election.

SPANKS, writes a reader, to how East Liverpool’s street sweeper is used – during the busiest times of the day, thus leaving its use pointless. To correctly get the job done, try performing the task in the evening hours or overnight – when the downtown city streets are near vacant of parked vehicles.

Thanks & Spanks

THANKS, writes a reader, to a couple at Walmart that paid for my groceries about a month ago when they learned my wallet had been stolen. I wanted their address to repay them, but they insisted they didn’t want paid back. What a wonderful kind couple.

THANKS, writes a reader, to those responsible for the “holiday” banners hanging along the downtown East Liverpool streets. SPANKS, though, that none of them read “Merry Christmas.”

THANKS, writes a reader, to Travis Coleman, the young man who helped me on Monday night when I trying to find a home on a dark road. He was so nice to stop and help. It’s nice to know there are still good people out there.

The Newell Lions send a THANKS to the community of Newell for its support of the “Breakfast with Santa” event, which was a huge success. The Lions love sharing this special time of the year with the children and making their eyes sparkle with delight. Merry Christmas.

THANKS, writes a reader, to the members of the Newell Lions Club for the wonderful “Breakfast with Santa” event. It was greatly appreciated. My children enjoyed their breakfast as well as the time they had talking to Santa and having their picture taken. The Lions did a great job and should be congratulated for their fine work.

The Wellsville Chamber of Commerce sends a THANKS to the businesses that donated toward the village’s Christmas parade and “Light Up Night,” and those who were part of the event – without all of you, it would not be possible. A special THANKS to Chamber members and others who volunteered their time to help with the decorations and in organizing the event.