Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Blaine Helmuth who created a flag retirement pit, dedicated this week in Champion’s Clarence Darrow Park, as a way to respectfully retire and dispose of tattered American flags. The project was undertaken by Helmuth to earn his Eagle Scout Award.

• ONION: To Niles city council for passing as an emergency on just one reading an endorsement of a medical marijuana cultivation and grow facility in Niles. An important issue like this deserved more than one reading, giving residents more notice to voice their opinions. Why is it local governments seem to use emergency passage most frequently on the most controversial issues?

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County 911 dispatch center for creating a format to register special-needs residents with the center in order to help first responders know important information in advance like disabilities, health history or medications.

• ONION: To those responsible for leaving a dog inside an abandoned home in the 2300 block of Griffith Drive, Mecca. The resident moved out and left the dog to be “cared for” by neighbors. Instead, Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputies removed the dog this week from the home where it had no food or water for a week.

• ORCHID: To the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and other local officials involved in increasing grants and decreasing the residential local match for the Blueprint to Prosperity waterline project in rural Trumbull County. OEPA increased forgiveness on $12.5 million from 50 percent to 75 percent.