Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Fair Board on its receipt of an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works Grant worth $43,360 to help fund a fairgrounds entertainment pavilion. It’s the second large state grant successfully obtained by the Fair Board recently, the other supplementing new restrooms.

ORCHID: To Lordstown Board of Education for entering a shared services agreement to use the food service director / dietician at Austintown Local Schools, allowing Lordstown schools the ability to cost effectively supervise the cafeteria and nutritional programs.

ONION: To local motorists following the trend of leaving keys in unattended vehicles. The Boardman-Warren-Youngstown market area ranks sixth in Ohio for the number of vehicle thefts — 486 in three years — in which the keys were left in the vehicle. This stupid move causes unnecessary police work and increased insurance rates for everyone.

ORCHID: To the YWCA of Warren for its recent “Working to Empower Women” program, encouraging women entrepreneurs and connecting women to resources to help further careers and build small businesses.

ORCHID: To Girard Free Library for waiving library fines of up to $25 in exchange for a donation of at least three non-perishable food items throughout November. It’s a great way to help out those in need.