Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To the Girard Indians football team that today will seek the program’s first state title. The 13-1 Indians face Cincinnati Wyoming in the OHSAA Division IV state championship game at 8 p.m. in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Best of luck to our Indians! Win or lose, this is a storied season for the team.
• ORCHID: To all those working together to help generate a marked decrease in the number of local opioid overdose deaths. So far this year, 52 overdose deaths have been confirmed in Trumbull County — down from 135 last year. Even the Ohio Department of Health is taking heed and this week sent officials here to highlight the county’s progress in this health crisis. While 52 deaths is still a number that’s too high, we are pleased to see the raised awareness and progress.
• ONION: To whomever has been ripping off aluminum can collections from the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge 507 in West Farmington. The Lodge collects cans to cash in for funds that are returned to the community in the form of scholarships and donations to Special Olympics. While other communities have been reporting trouble with dumping at their recycling drop-offs, this Lodge is seeing just the opposite!
• ORCHID: To Weathersfield Township trustees, who recently reminded residents to make sure their house numbers are clearly displayed on both sides of their mailboxes and on the front of their houses to help safety forces easily locate a home when responding to an emergency. That’s a great reminder that residents everywhere — not just in Weathersfield — should heed.
• ORCHID: To Newton Township. After six years in state-imposed fiscal caution, the township finally regained financial stability, according to Ohio Auditor David Yost. Yost blamed “a series of missteps” for triggering Newton Township’s downward spiral toward financial crisis. Now he credits township officials and the community for “confronting its financial challenges head on.”