Orchids & Onions

ORCHID: To those at Hubbard Elementary School, Prospect Elementary in Girard and Austintown Fitch High School who are responsible for securing $1,500 Innovative Teacher Mini Grants from the Turning Foundation.

ONION: To Warren city officials who purchased a downtown building for $2.5 million prior to obtaining estimates on how much it would cost for repairs and to remodel it, so it can handle the three municipal offices that will move into it.

ORCHID: To Bascom Elementary School students in Leavittsburg who collected the most aluminum cans for recycling as part of the Novelis Neighbors Recycling Contest, thus winning 25 iPads for the district’s libraries.

ORCHID: To Girard High School for hosting the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League regional tournament, allowing students to show of their wizardry in a local robotics competition.

ORCHID: To those involved with Operation Christmas Child, an annual effort locally to send boxes filled with Christmas gifts worldwide to children in need.

ORCHID: To Youngstown Business Incubator Chief Operations Officer Barb Ewing for her appointment as co-chair of the Tech Belt Initiative that links Cleveland, the Mahoning Valley, Pittsburgh and Morgantown in a business attraction effort.

ORCHID: To the 910th Tactical Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and the Mission of Love humanitarian aid program for shipping 14 pallets of cargo aboard a C-17 cargo plane bound for Guatemala.

Orchids & Onions

ORCHID: To the officials from Newton Falls and Braceville who continue making progress toward a joint economic development district that could spur growth along Route 5 near the Ohio Turnpike.

ONION: To Trumbull County Highway Engineer Randy Smith and county commissioners for considering a compressed natural gas filling station that would provide commercial sales. We can understand creating a filling station for government fleet vehicles, but the government should not use taxpayer money to create a business that competes with private enterprise.

ORCHID: To the Animal Welfare League, the Trumbull County Dog Warden’s Office and Trumbull Correctional Institution on graduating six dogs from the eight-week Elite K-9 Training and the six dogs entering the program.

ORCHID: To the Trumbull Career and Technical Center, which celebrated its Top Career Center designation from the Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools that Work initiative.

ORCHID: To the Warren Civic League, which hosted its 26th annual Debutante Ball at the Mahoning Country Club in Girard.

ORCHID: To Hubbard High School art students who created 12 Minion characters from the “Despicable Me” animated films. The characters are enlivening the atmosphere at Hubbard’s Roosevelt Elementary School.

ORCHID: To the Do a Little Extra (DALE) Foundation for holding a food distribution event at the Warren Family Mission.

ORCHID: To Menards home improvement store for deconstructing, rather than demolishing, the former Walmart store on Elm Road, where the national chain plans to open its eastern most store.

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ORCHID: To the City of Warren, especially Engineering, Planning and Building Director Paul Makosky, for patching and striping the Packard Music Hall parking lot. As the Warren Civic Music Association and Sunrise Entertainment continue to improve the quality of talent and regional draw at the venue, it becomes increasingly important to showcase Packard in the best light possible.

ONION: To Warren Mayor Doug Franklin after another week has elapsed without fulfilling his vow to improve communication between the city Police Department and the public. Again, important information about crimes committed last Friday night, Saturday, Sunday and Monday was not disseminated to the public until after the three-day, holiday weekend.

ORCHID: To cyclists who participated in the pop-up ride on the Warren portion of the Western Reserve Greenway bike trail. Next, it’s important that the cycling community and local law enforcement work together to keep this portion of the trail safe.

ONION: To Newton Falls City Manager Jack Haney and other officials there for considering cuts to the Police Department without pursuing a request for proposal from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office. It’s possible the Sheriff’s Office, which already has a presence in Newton Falls, could provide the same level of law enforcement for less cost.

ORCHID: To Trumbull County’s Tony Logan, who is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s director of rural development in Ohio, Trumbull County commissioners and everybody else involved in securing millions of dollars to help fund a sewer project in Kinsman that will significantly improve public safety.

ORCHID: To Warren City Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-7th Ward, for killing his proposal that would require everybody selling scrap to provide legal proof that they have a right to the materials they are selling.

ORCHID: To state Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Brookfield, for offering the ”Natural Gas Vehicle Lunch and Learn: CNG 101″ on Dec. 5 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom.

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ORCHID: To Clear Choice Creative CEO Tommy Ross, video manager Brad Kolasinski, and web designer Nelson Crain for creating the documentary ”Warren the Retelling” that points out the city’s attributes.

ONION: To FrackFree Mahoning Valley for already planning another attempt to get Youngstown voters to pass a ban on oil and natural gas related activities. The proposal is a preposterous waste of time and money and has already been overwhelmingly rejected twice by voters.

ORCHID: To the McDonald and Maplewood high schools cross country teams for taking first and second place in the Ohio High School State Championship last week. It’s quite rare for two teams from the same county to be champions and runners-up in the same sport in the same season.

ORCHID: To Ohio legislatorss who have supported State Rep. Sean O’Brien’s proposed tax breaks for purchasing vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, or retrofitting an existing vehicle engine to run on the alternative fuel.

ONION: To Lordstown Local School District officials who denied parents an opportunity to publicly ask questions about a principal accused of throwing scissors at students. Principal Laura Parise said she tried to toss the scissors on a table but they became stuck in her fingers and they hit the ceiling.

ORCHIDS: To James H. Bronson, Robert H. Brothers, Robert L. Dean, Henry M. Fox, William J. Garono, Isaac Gause, Samuel Huntington, Samuel E. Lanza, John D. Massey, Patrick McGunigal, James T. Pantalone Sr. and Herbert W. Seelbach Sr., Trumbull County residents who had been inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

ORCHIDS: To Roger H. Gardner and Alexander P. Kish, Trumbull County’s most recent inductees into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.


Orchids & onions

ORCHID: To the hundreds of Trumbull County Make A Difference Day volunteers whose efforts completed dozens of important projects that will make the community a better place to live, work and play.

ONION: To Bazetta officials for failing to maintain important public records concerning a suspected overpayment to a township employee, and subsequent ruling from the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office.

ORCHID: To Tom Hitchings and Keith Parish of Niles who cleaned the area around Veterans Bridge, near Niles McKinley High School, painted the bridge at their own expense, and raked and swept around the area.

ONION: To Braceville officials, for refusing to cover the damages their fire department caused when, while conducting a control burn for training, the fire damaged a neighbor’s home.

ORCHID: To The Cafaro Foundation for providing a $300,000 gift to the Mathews Local School District to help provide a local match for school construction.

ONION: To former Florida Atlantic coaches Carl Pelini and Pete Rekstis, for the drug use university officials said they admitted to. Pelini, a Cardinal Mooney graduate and former Austintown Fitch coach, and Rekstis, a former Youngstown State player, resigned Wednesday.

ORCHID: To the Butler Institute of American Art for bringing “The Paintings of John Mellencamp” to its Howland branch.