Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To communities like Vienna, Austintown and Youngstown that took part in National Night Out this week, helping kids feel comfortable with local police officers and firefighters.

l ORCHID: To Warren 2nd Ward Councilman Al Novak for challenging the liquor license renewal of the Powerhouse Bar & Grill due to the high volume of police calls and assaults reported there. Powerhouse owners say they’re taking steps to correct the problems, but examining the liquor license may motivate a quicker solution.

l ONION: To parents who fail to pay child support. Trumbull County Child Support Enforcement Agency is hoping to combat the ongoing problem by offering amnesty this month to some parents in arrears, as part of Child Support Awareness Month. It’s a shame it takes efforts like this to get parents to help support their children.

l ORCHID: To Robert Marino Sr. and others instrumental in dedicating a portion of state Route 7 in Brookfield as the “Virginia E. ‘Ginny’ Kirsch Memorial Highway.” Kirsch was slain in 1970 while working with an American Red Cross program in Vietnam.

l ORCHID: To the Warren Family Mission, local volunteers and other foundations that helped organize and implement the “Feed the Children” event Tuesday in Warren, distributing food and school supplies to 400 needy Warren-area families.