Orchids and Onions

ONION: To Niles City Council for rejecting a proposal from Hydra Renewable Resources Inc., to conduct a study on a waste-to-energy technology. The company agreed to pay the cost. Niles could benefit by leasing its wastewater treatment plant and eliminating tipping fees on brine disposal. If the door is still open, city council should approve the study with safeguards in writing for any local experiments.

ORCHID: To local organizations, individuals and businesses who have contributed to Warren City Schools to help students. They were recognized recently at the 20th annual Adopt-A-School luncheon. The children who were helped early on in the program are now grown and have children of their own. During the 20 years, thousands of children have been helped.

ORCHID: To Hospice of the Valley’s children’s grief camp set for Wednesday and Friday. The day camp is for children ages 8 to 15 who have experienced the recent death of a loved one. The goal of the camp is to teach children coping skills related to loss as well as interact with those who have had similar experiences. All activities are designed and led by trained professionals working in the area of grief.

ONION: To the 51-year-old Liberty Township man who was jailed for his ninth drunken driving charge. William Slater of Euclid Boulevard still has his eighth DUI case pending in another court. That’s ridiculous.

ORCHID: For a great idea using the floor from an old Austintown school building to fund two veterans memorials. During its Tuesday meeting, the board of education heard from Jack Kidd and Larry Cadman on their designs for the two memorials – one to be placed at the stadium and the other inside Fitch High School. The men raised more than $10,000 from the sales of pens crafted from flooring out of the old Fitch / Austintown Middle School property at 5800 Mahoning Ave.

ORCHID: For the program providing children and mentally or physically disabled adults with free meals this summer. Two programs being sponsored by the Warren City Schools are the Summer Food Service Program for Children and the Summer Backpack Program. The Summer Food Service Program will provide more than 1,000 Warren children with free weekend meals over 10 weeks. The meals will be provided to children younger than 18 or adults older than 18 who are mentally or physically disabled as determined by a state or local public educational agency and will be distributed at selected feeding sites. Those who participate on Fridays also will receive a backpack with six “shelf-stable meals” for the weekend.