Orchids & Onions

ONION: To Warren city officials who refuse to release terms of tentative agreements reached with its employee unions. The Human Resources Department denied the information, claiming it is part of negotiations. However, negotiations are over, at least for now, and the documents were created by public employees with public materials. Also, unless City Council allows the agreements to receive three readings, citizens will get no opportunity to weigh in on the city’s largest expense – payroll.

ORCHID: To 48-year-old Niles resident Eric Apple, a worker at Creative Learning Workshop for adults with developmental disabilities, for his extensive photographic collection and knowledge of U.S. first ladies.

ONION: To Niles officials for allowing a fallen tree to remain leaning against a vacant house since September. The tree is an eyesore, devalues property and poses a danger to children.

ORCHID: To Warren resident Christopher Litton, who built a 20-foot-by-40-foot ice rink in his Oak Knoll N.E. backyard so that his children, Jack, 6, and Alex, 9, could enjoy outdoor activities like hockey and figure skating during the winter.

ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Team and the Coalition for a Better Life for presenting at the Warren YWCA to give parents, youth and members of the community an outlet to share concerns and opinions about recent events, especially violence, in the city.

ORCHID: To Austintown Girl Scout Troop 80037 and respiratory care students from Youngstown State University who packed two large boxes with food for the Harvest for Hunger campaign.


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ORCHID: To the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Trumbull 100, the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau and the Warren Library Association for working with the Tribune Chronicle in securing a return of the Ohio Humanties Council’s Ohio Chautauqua. Ohio Chautauqua will make its fifth downtown Warren appearance June 24-28.

ORCHID: To Liberty native Lt. Scott H. McGrew, commanding officer of the Cape Disappointment Coast Guard station in the Pacific northwest, whose station was featured Sunday on The Weather Channel. Sunday was the first of a 13-episode season on the station’s dangerous rescues.

ORCHID: To the city of Niles Engineering Grant and Development Coordinator Mark Hess on being elected second vice chairman of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments’ governing board of directors. Canfield City Manager Joseph Warino was elected first vice chairman and Ashtabula County Commissioner Dan Claypool was elected chairman.

ORCHID: To those who organized the father-daughter dance at Newton Falls Elementary School.

ORCHID: To the U.S. Department of Commerce for enforcing duties on ”dumped” China-made pipes that compete with three large Mahoning Valley employers, and to those in Ohio’s congressional delegation for supporting the domestic manufacturers.

ORCHID: To the Grainger Foundation for donating $10,000 to McDonald schools.

ORCHID: To the Home Savings Charitable Foundation for donating $10,000 toward the Howland Community Stadium project.

ORCHID: To the McKinley Memorial Library for creating the Lego Club as an outlet for children.

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ONION: To U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, for going out of his way to endorse President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour. The increase would severely damage at least dozens, probably hundreds of businesses in Ryan’s congressional district.

ORCHID: To Brookfield trustees for choosing the Trumbull County Planning Commission to complete a comprehensive plan for the township. Some communities have chosen outside agencies that tend to cost more and produce less because the county’s commission is most familiar with how local communities intertwine.

ONION: To Warren Mayor Doug Franklin for so much inaction on Warren City Council’s Citizens Advisory Committee 10-point plan that five members of the committee threatened to resign.

ORCHID: To Bristol trustees for launching the Home But Not Alone program in which fire department staff will check on senior citizens and homebound residents.

ORCHID: To Champion High School graduate David Palm on receiving the prestigious Churchill Scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. This will enable him to study at the University of Cambridge in England.

ORCHID: To Merial Price of West Farmington, who has taken up the cause of making the Hoover Dam bypass bridge safer after her daughter, Heather Papayoti, became the seventh person since October 2010 to commit suicide by jumping from the 900-foot structure.

ORCHID: To Lori Verlotta, who became the 22nd Hiram College president, and the first woman to attain the position.


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ORCHID: To Vallourec Star workers who overwhelmingly rejected an offer to join the United Electrical Workers Union, and especially those whose public leadership helped educate the employees who voted.

ONION: To Girard Law Director Brian Kren for refusing to provide the community with a reason for firing longtime municipal court Prosecutor Robert Johnson. Kren’s silence has court district residents, especially those who have had cases handled by Johnson, wondering if anything inappropriate happened.

ORCHID: To Trumbull County residents Gary Taneri of Warren and Susan Jacobs of Cortland, who were among the winners at the 76th Area Artist Annual Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art.

ORCHID: To the Warren Salvation Army, the Warren Family Mission, the American Red Cross in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, and any other organization that provided warming stations during the recent cold snap.

ORCHID: To Youngstown State University for the opening of its Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing where students have access to cutting-edge, 3-D printing.

ORCHID: To Warren native Matthew T. Metzler for winning a Screen Actors Guild award for his role in “Breaking Bad.”

ORCHID: To Glenn and Sandee Smith of Mecca, Paul Wilde of Gustavus, Paul Aaron of Fowler and Milton Eddie of Champion for winning Trumbull County Farm Bureau Golden Wheat awards.