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Roasts & Toasts

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Toast Cindy McLaughlin, a teacher in the Early Childhood Center at Norwalk Catholic School, who the Golden Apple Award this year for devoting their time and talents to Catholic education. The Golden Apple Award was established by the Jack and Rhodora Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh and has been expanded from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to include the Diocese of Youngstown and the Diocese of Toledo. Teaching since 1979, McLaughlin has taught in Defiance, Monroeville, Bellevue, at St. Paul High school, and currently teaches in the Early Childhood Center at Norwalk Catholic School. She was one of nine diocesan teachers to receive the award and $5,000.

Roast the gas prices, which finally topped the $4-per-gallon mark this week. We knew it was going to happen. We hoped it wouldn't. It wasn't that long ago when the gas prices jumped the $3 mark and we hoped it would end there. Now, there is talk of gas hitting the $5 mark. Maybe we should roast everybody ourselves included for not doing anything about it. Maybe this will be the real wake-up call to "go green."

Toast the graduates from Monroeville, Willard and Western Reserve High Schools, who all received their diplomas Sunday. The three schools wrapped up three weeks of graduation ceremonies for 11 local schools including Christie Lane, Norwalk, St. Paul, Edison, New London, South Central, Plymouth and EHOVE along with the GED graduation at Norwalk High School. Congratulations to all local graduates.

Roast the practice performed regularly by members of Ohio's congressional delegation, who recently inserted $305 million into 2008 spending bills for projects in the state that include building a factory to convert coal into diesel fuel and researching whether black raspberries can fight cancer. Budget watchdog groups say the practice of earmarking taxpayer dollars for pet projects in home districts has contributed to runaway federal spending. But lawmakers say the projects are important to constituents. We think it's time to get the budget under control just like all of us are forced to do with our personal budgets.

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