Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the five strangers traveling near Girard Lake Tuesday who stopped and sprang into action to assist in rescuing Michelle Campo of Hartford and her five small children after her van crashed into the lake on a frigid morning. The quick response from passersby helped avert what could have been a horrible tragedy.

• ORCHID: Also to Shane Ferguson, owner of Shane’s Auto Body, a small Youngstown used car dealership, who has promised to donate a replacement van and child car seats to Michelle Campo, her husband and their family, after their van was demolished plunging into the frozen lake.

• ONION: To Mary Williams, who is expected to seek the Republican nomination for Trumbull commissioner, who filed campaign finance paperwork nearly a month late last week. She said she mistakenly thought she could file a waiver with the board of elections. Let’s hope if she’s serious about her candidacy that she learns the importance of attention to detail.

• ORCHID: To LaBrae Board of Education for moving proactively into the planning process for possible financial help from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to replace or renovate the aging Bascom Elementary School. The key now is to allow voters to decide after exploring options and costs. And then to abide by voters’ wishes.

• ORCHID: To Howland Township Administrator Darlene St. George, who is serving on a volunteer committee evaluating candidates for the newly created position of Trumbull County administrator / purchasing agent. St. George made it clear that her committee work is conducted only during vacation time or lunch hours — not while she is on duty as Howland administrator.