CHEERS: to Saddlebred Rescue Inc., an organization that gives horses like Benny a second chance. Benny, whoâ€™s about 15 years old, was a working horse before his owners sent him to a livestock auction. His fate could have been the slaughterhouse, but Saddlebred Rescue did for Benny what it has for other Saddlebreds: it returned him to a productive life. Benny now spends his days at the Medina Riding and Driving Academy, operated by Susan Happ and Angela Gerbasi, where heâ€™s considered a treasure and riders dote on him.
CHEERS: to Wadsworth City Schools for adding Chinese language and culture to Central Intermediate Schoolâ€™s curriculum, beginning this September. The districtâ€™s director of instruction, Brian Williams, said Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. Educators hope teaching Chinese will help make students more competitive when they enter an increasingly global economy.
CHIDINGS: to Ohio Gov. Ted Stricklandâ€™s idea of increasing the number of toll roads in the state. As a â€œuser tax,â€ it may sound good on the surface, but in reality, anyone who buys an item in a store is a user of Ohioâ€™s highway system, since virtually everything arrives on local shelves via tractor-trailer. If we increase the cost of doing business for the trucking industry, the prices we pay in stores will rise as surely as they did during last yearâ€™s spike in fuel costs.
CHEERS: to the Sister-to-Sister Girls Summit, which will celebrate its 10th birthday when it takes place on March 8. In that time, some 500 young women, ages 11 to 14, have had the opportunity to learn about issues ranging from body image to Internet safety. This yearâ€™s topic is bullying. The deadline to register for the free event, supported by numerous community agencies and hosted by Medina General Hospital, is Feb. 27. For information, call co-chair Lisa Marko at 330-725-4911.
CHEERS: to Medina Township bowler Mike Saunders, who has tied a United States Bowling Congress national record by rolling perfect 300 games in the same league for four straight weeks. Heâ€™ll attempt to break the record Monday night in the Mixed Classic Trio League at AMF Medina Lanes. â€œIâ€™m sure Iâ€™m going to be fired up,â€ Saunders said. â€œYou figure you get one chance in a lifetime to try and break the record. Iâ€™ll probably be too fired up.â€
CHEERS: to the Medina County District Library reference department for creating a new blog that highlights college scholarships available only to Medina County students. The amount of locally available scholarships stands at about $48,000. The blog also offers links to other scholarship opportunities. To take a look, visit http://medinascholarships.blogspot.com.