Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Liberty Board of Education for approving participation in the Ohio Auditor of State shared services feasibility study to find ways school districts can save money by sharing services such as busing, special education programs and teaching staff. You never know what savings might be available if you don’t try.

• ORCHID: To longtime Niles Councilmen Robert Marino Jr. and Steve Papalas, who did not seek re-election in November. Niles is losing two public servants who have served their city admirably for decades. Their experience and institutional knowledge, coupled with attention to detail, will be missed.

• ONION: To the Sharon, Pa., man who faces an assault charge in Warren Municipal Court that stemmed from a fight with a woman on Christmas Day. The fight, according to a police report, was the result of his wanting to sell gifts that belonged to the woman’s son.

• ORCHID: To the organizers of the annual Families Helping Families dinner every Christmas Day. Although how the meal is done may have changed, the spirit of the event, now in its 29th year, has not — providing a free meal and fellowship for some 500 people who may have gone without except for the dinner.

• ORCHID: To Mark Marvin and his Downtown Development Group LLC for purchasing the historic Robins Theatre with plans to invest $5 million to $7 million into the building to restore the 1,500-seat theater to its former glory. And an ORCHID to Sunrise Entertainment, which will manage the venue once its restored.