An end and a beginning

It’s time for high school graduations once again in Columbiana County and the surrounding area. A time for celebration for many, but a time for caution as well.

The season officially opened Friday when Sebring High School seniors were the first to receive their diplomas. American Spirit Academy and Leetonia High School students followed on Saturday.

Today, East Liverpool seniors and Minerva will walk down the aisle in their caps and gowns.

Next week, commencement season kicks into full gear when students from Oak Glen graduate on Wednesday. Beaver Local and Southern Local seniors will walk on Friday, followed by East Palestine and South Range on Saturday.

Next Sunday will be a busy day as students from Columbiana, Crestview, Lisbon, Salem, United Local, West Branch and Wellsville graduate. Springfield Local will end our local graduation season when it holds its commencement June 5.

That means this weekend and the next two will be filled with parties celebrating this major lifetime achievement.

Oftentimes, the celebrations held for these momentous occasions, make this the deadliest time of the year on area roads.

The Investigative Unit of the Ohio Department of Public Safety is reminding parents who are hosting a party for their children and their children’s friends to be aware that in the state of Ohio, parents cannot give alcohol to those under 21, even with the permission of the other child’s parents. Parents also cannot allow minors to consume alcohol in their home.

Anyone convicted of attempting to purchase alcohol as a minor, sharing in the cost, using false identification or furnishing alcohol to a minor may face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Remember, alcohol isn’t a required ingredient in the recipe for a successful party and alcohol and motor vehicles never mix well.

Congratulations to all of the graduates but be sure to celebrate safely. You’ve got a bright future ahead of you. Don’t spoil it.