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Published: Sun, August 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



BOXING

Pavlik goes to 14-0with win on ESPN2

Fanfare:

It's no mistake, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik is 14-0.

If you watched the fight on Tuesday night on ESPN2, then you know why Kelly Pavlik is called "The Ghost!" If you didn't watch, shame on you.

Kelly blows in, does his job and it's all over but the shoutin'.

It sure is great to have a home grown kid like Kelly, make good. Let's all rally behind him and his family and bring home No. 15.

I think it was my Kelly "The Ghost" from Youngstown T-shirt that brought you luck -- like you need luck!

Go get 'em Kelly.

Joanie Farmer

Poland

CYCLING

Lance Armstrong's featof 4 titles is impressive

Fanfare:

Post Sept. 11th, Americans have found solace and inspiration in the sacrifices of, among others, New York's safety service personnel and the passengers on Flight 93. Lately, however, the term "hero" has been overused to the point that its value is going the way of most stock portfolios.

It is regrettable that the broadcast media have all but ignored a man worthy of the name. Lance Armstrong, riding for the U.S. Postal Service team, won his fourth consecutive Tour de France, arguably the most grueling of athletic competitions.

To accomplish this feat, Armstrong must torture himself and his bicycle 2000 miles in 20 days over isolated mountains and along spectator-crowded roads while wearing the distinctive yellow leader's jersey. Protecting him from a terrorist attack is a logistical impossibility.

We should all be aware of and inspired by his accomplishments.

David Campana

Girard

GOLF

Mill Creek Golf Coursecommittee commended

Fanfare:

I would like to say a few words about the Mill Creek Golf Course and its committee, which is a structure of volunteers who have committed their time for improvements to the course.

We must remember that the golf course is part of a jewel of Mahoning County which we all know as Mill Creek Park.

The committee has been meeting for a year with the objective of improving the Mill Creek Golf Course, which is a design of Donald Ross, a renowned golf course architect.

This effort, part of an overhaul plan, is twofold. First, for the enjoyment of Mahoning County citizens who participate in one of the most popular pastimes of America -- golf -- and secondly to provide a vehicle for junior golfers who play there as part of high school matches and other tournaments, which have resulted in college scholarships for our valley's youth.

The committee is also very proud to have Harry Meshel as president and the Park Board itself take an interest in the development of Mill Creek Golf Course as part of the park's overall attraction. There is no doubt that the course will be recognized as one of the finest public golf courses in Ohio in the next three years for its playability, challenges, clubhouse and overall beauty.

The current golf superintendent, Dennis Miller, and head professional, Andy Santor, are to be commended for their assistance to the committee.

The enthusiasm of all participants will surely generate more players and funds to be used for development of the course itself, and these efforts should not go unnoticed by the general public. Our community needs to be aware of and be thankful for the positive image these efforts bring to Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Ron Marian

Youngstown

RUNNING

Salem Lions 5k eventhad much support, help

Fanfare:

I would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the Salem Lions Club 5k run this year a success:

Manhattan Cleaners, RH Homeworks, Zeigler's Trophies, The Medicine Shoppe, Paxson Tool and Grinding, Thorne Management, Royal Alliance, Salem Tire Service, Custom Cut Aluminum, NAPA Auto Parts, Custom Images, Wal-Mart, Begalla & amp; Associates, Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home, Parker-Hunter, A.S. Fricano & amp; Co., Haltec, T Z Construction, Jesko Associates Inc., McDonald's and Gordon Bros.

I would also like to thank the Salem Police Dept., Salem Fire Dept., Clemente McKay Ambulance, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Yeager, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Adams, Salem Area Amateur Radio Association, Karen Zeigler, Barb Ritchey, Pat Julian, Ealph Hoehn, Amanda Yeager, Meredith Miles, Molly Colian and Sarah Ravelli for their help at the start and finish of the race, on the course and the water stops.

A special thanks goes to the Salem City Schools for the use of Reilly Stadium and to Bob Hodgson who so willingly gave of his time in assisting me in the preparation for the run.

I would like to give a final thank you to all the runners who participated in the race and to my fellow Lions for their help and support the day of the race.

Roger Zeigler

Salem

(The writer was race director).




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