Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Team Sanders, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and the many volunteers who prepared and provided an East Market Street, Warren, home as part of the third annual home given away this week to a family in need. That’s truly a dream come true — just in time for the holidays.

• ORCHID: To city of Niles officials for finally inking a $518,000 contract to install some 6,000 water meters the city purchased more than five years ago, but never installed. Officials believe the new meters will measure water usage more accurately and efficiently, with immediate leak detection. The project is long overdue.

• ONION: The years of delays for the Niles water meter installations still deserve an onion. No one will ever know how much potential savings from more efficient meters over the last five years may have been lost.

• ORCHID: To Weathersfield Township and Weathersfield Board of Education for working together to negotiate an amicable agreement to transfer school district-owned land along state Route 46 to the township for a park, in exchange for some help funding a school resources officer, making repairs to a school access road, allowing parking on the land and helping to develop of a new water line for a youth baseball facility. The agreement sounds reasonable, and at the end of the day, residents and students all win.

• ORCHID: Liberty School District and Thomases Family Endowment, which will bring $15,000 to refurbish the high school’s youth recreation gym to support the United Way after-school program for grades 5 and 6.