Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To the city of Niles for following state fiscal commission recommendations, enabling the city’s release from state fiscal emergency in a “near-record turnaround from serious debt to financial stability” of less than five years. The city had deficits in seven funds, but the five-year forecast now projects positive balances — a $7 million turnaround.
• ORCHID: To Lordstown officials, property owners and TJX HomeGoods executives who finalized plans allowing construction of a new $170 million distribution center to begin next month. It took a special election, months of debate and even frustrations that led the company to temporarily pull out. But now the Lordstown Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional site plan for the 1.2-million-square-foot center on Ellsworth Bailey Road.
l ONION: To everyone who doesn’t keep their grass cut. It’s not even April and Girard city council already is feeling the need to review lawn mowing ordinances, in anticipation of property owners who don’t cut their grass. If you own a property, upkeep is your obligation.
• ORCHID: To the Warren Heritage Center, which worked to replace an incorrect photo of Trumbull County Vietnam veteran Gary Davis with a corrected one on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s national Wall of Faces. The local group got involved after the error was discovered last summer when The Wall That Heals, a Vietnam Wall replica, visited Warren. The Heritage Center and its president, Jim Valesky, were instrumental in bringing the The Wall That Heals to Warren.
• ORCHID: To Warren Family Mission for its work in relocating, improving and expanding its food pantry to assist the area’s needy. A ribbon cutting was held Thursday for the new 4,200-square-foot food pantry at 1312 W. Market St., formerly Warren’s west-side post office. The remodeled facility has a new roof, walk-in cooler and shelving. It is three times larger than the old pantry.