TOAST the coordinators of the East Liverpool’s Got Talent Music & Arts Festival recently held at Thompson Park for pulling together a nice two-day event that drew visitors to the park. Coordinators Amy Hissom-Daugherty, Jeff Daugherty, Pennie Murray Zehnder and Keith Williams went above and beyond to provide good music, vendors, security and even a fireworks show at no cost to the community. They hope this will become an annual event showcasing the talents of the area.

TOAST not only the educators but all the other people so crucial to a good school year who aren’t always recognized, such as the bus drivers, crossing guards, cafeteria workers, custodians, nurses and others. Without them, not only opening day but the entire school experience would be impossible.

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TOAST Wellsville police, other law enforcement agencies and private citizens who have been working around the clock, trying to solve the disappearance of resident Zane Carter. Search parties, prayer vigils and rewards have been launched in the six days the young man has been missing, which says much about the community-mindedness of the village and the police department’s working relationship with other agencies.

ROAST, on the other hand, those people who have made the police department’s job harder by withholding information, giving false information, spreading rumors and gossip or making snide remarks about the department’s efforts regarding the missing Wellsville man. His family doesn’t need subjected to such gossip, and police officers certainly don’t need their work critiqued by people who have never done the job.

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TOAST Wellsville patrolmen Shawn Bloor and Joe Saraniti for handling a situation involving juveniles shooting plastic BBs at two people with sense and without blowing the situation out of proportion. The officers took the two boys to the police station and placed them on house arrest for two weeks, also assigning them to community service at the police station, rather than sending them to Juvenile Court. The boys were cautioned that another incident would land them in court. Not all “crimes” merit an iron fist to get a point across, and perhaps these officers taught these boys a lesson without putting them into the court system at a young age.

ROAST people who insist on talking out during public meetings, as was the case with both East Liverpool and Wellsville council meetings this week. One former city councilman had her mouth running throughout the East Liverpool meeting, to the point where others had a difficult time hearing what was transpiring at the council table. At the Wellsville meeting, people felt they had the right to shout out questions from the audience after the public comment period had ended. The open meeting law does not require any public body to allow comment from the audience, but most do, for which citizens should be thankful. They need to use that time wisely then keep their mouths shut for the rest of the meeting so business can take place.

TOAST Wellsville Councilman Randy Allmon for doing a fine job of gaveling down the people in the audience at this week’s Village Council who did try and speak out of turn. He hammered that gavel for all it was worth, and for that he deserves a lot of credit.