ORCHIDS & ONIONS
ORCHID: To members of the Indiana / Kentucky / Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters Local 171 who donated 40 hours to the design and construction of a 30-foot wheelchair ramp for a Champion resident.
ONION: To the Warren Board of Education for not casting a wide net in its search to replace outgoing Superintendent Michael Notar. The board interviewed internal candidates only, saying they would have expanded the search outside the district if a suitable candidate did not emerge from within.
ORCHID: To the Trumbull Art Gallery, which moved into its new site at 158-162 N. Park Ave.
ONION: To Aramark Correctional Services which served maggot-contaminated food at two Ohio prisons, including the Trumbull Correctional Institution.
ORCHID: To the friends and neighbors of Bill Brode of Mesopotamia who raised a new barn to house the animals that survived a fire four months ago that killed three horses, including a prized breeding stallion, and destroyed the family’s barn.
ONION: To the many fans who, on The Fourth of July, strolled, talked, ate and drank along the Eastwood Field concourse during the playing of Star Spangled Banner.
ORCHID: To the Mahoning Valley College Access Program which recognized 31 high school graduates during the annual Last Dollar Scholarship luncheon at Youngstown State University.
ORCHID: To judges Pamela A. Rintala and Sandra Stabile Harwood, whose Trumbull County Family Court had its Family Dependency Treatment Court receive final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.
ORCHID: To Mark Bockelman of Cortland who has been appointed to the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Farmer Advisory Council for 2014.
ORCHIDS & ONIONS
ORCHID: To organizers and participants of the Steven Wolfe softball game, held every year in Newton Falls on the Fourth of July, through its 25-year run. The game was played to pay tribute to Wolfe, who died in 1990 at a village railroad crossing, and raise money for a scholarship. This year’s game was the final game played.
ORCHID: To organizers of the annual Mespo Ox Roast, which in its 41st year this year, attracted a record crowd over the three-day event. Money raised helps fund the local volunteer fire department.
ORCHID: To Warren officials who are forming a citizens bicycle patrol of volunteers to monitor the 2.5-mile piece of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail that runs through Warren.
ONION: To vandals who destroyed a girl’s lemonade and cookie stand on Belmont Avenue N.W. and ORCHID to the young entrepreneur, MacKenzie Terry, 5, who didn’t let the this act of stupidity stand in her way by opening again the very next day. Terry opened the stand to raise money for clothing and supplies for school.
ORCHID: To 16-year-old Deneen Penn of Cortland, who was crowned 2014 Miss Trumbull County Fair and to her court, Ashley Wolanzyk of Cortland, first runner-up and Erika Zuga of Farmdale, second runner-up.
ORCHID: To Martine Cisine, 34, of Hubbard, who is the newest state wildlife officer in Trumbull County. Cisine, a 1998 graduate of Ursuline High School, completed a 17-week Ohio Peace Office Basic Training course and then had eight more weeks of specialized wildlife offer training by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
ORCHIDS & ONIONS
ORCHID: To the Warren Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies that collaborated on Operation Spring Thunder, which resulted in 173 arrests between March 24 and May 24.
ORCHID: To organizers of the second annual Harry Stevens Hot Dog Day in Niles, an all-day event throughout the downtown remembering Stevens, who is credited with inventing the hot dog, drinking straw and baseball scorecard.
ORCHID: To everybody involved in opening the Robins Theater in downtown Warren. Nearly 300 people waited in a line that wrapped around the corner to glimpse into the long-closed theater and other historic buildings in the city.
ORCHID: To Eastern Ohio Education Partnership, which was recently awarded $165,000 from The Raymond John Wean Foundation, The Youngstown Foundation, the Frank & Pearl Gelbman Foundation and the Ward Beecher Foundation to support its collective impact model. The partnership is a collaboration across Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties to help school districts determine which programs are most successful.
ORCHIDS: To LaBrae High School graduate Peyton Aldridge and Lakeview High School graduate Alli Pavlik on winning the Tribune Chronicle Athletes of the Year honors.
ORCHID: To Humility of Mary Sisters, now Sisters of the Humility of Mary, on celebrating its 175th anniversary of providing education, health care and nourishment to those in need in the Mahoning Valley.