Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Champion Township Fire Department for handing out nine-volt batteries from Energizer for use in smoke detectors. What a great way to remind residents about the importance of changing batteries this time of year in these life-saving devices.

ORCHID: To Liberty School District and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Council. They came together to create a new fitness center at Liberty High School that includes $100,000 in equipment. The facility should be a great motivation to keep youngsters moving and fit.

ONION: To everyone jumping on the creepy clown bandwagon nationwide and locally. They may think it’s funny, but the pranks serve no purpose. They are a waste of time and resources for our safety forces and dispatchers.

ORCHID: To Sharon Wathen and other organizers who recently created the Liberty Community Food Pantry at Churchill United Methodist Church to help needy families in the township.

ORCHID: To Covelli Enterprises and local Panera Bread locations for the extensive donations they make to fight breast cancer. That includes the Pink Ribbon bagel campaign in which 100 percent of the bagels’ sales were donated to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center on Oct. 1, and a portion of the proceeds go there the rest of the month.


Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Juanita Pasley, who was honored this week for the services she has provided the past 35 years to veterans, homeless, local families and others in need in centers spanning two communities, Warren and Youngstown. Pasley retired after her years with the United Methodist Community Center.

ONION: To Bruce Gilliam of Warren who recently pleaded guilty to his fifth DUI offense. He will serve 18 months in prison and lose his driver’s license for the rest of his life. We just wonder why it took five DUI arrests until someone decided to take his license away permanently.

ORCHID: To Liberty Local School District and Howland Township, which became a little more transparent this week when they joined OhioCheckbook.com, making all their financial transactions easily accessible and always open to the taxpayers online.

ONION: To Trumbull sheriff’s Deputy Michael Geer for suing Trumbull County after he was suspended at work, lost his volunteer role as Pee Wee football coach and was ridiculed – all after he posted a controversial item on Facebook written in the voice of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in Baltimore police custody. He blames the reaction by the community and his co-workers on the Sheriff’s Office’s discipline – not on the social media item he posted publicly.

ORCHID: To the local children at the Wonder Zone in Champion Christian Church, who raised $1,000 over the summer to be used for brain cancer research.