ORCHID: To everyone who participated in the Relay For Life ''Brr! For a Cure'' swim at Craig Beach. The 250 people who jumped into the icy water raised thousands of dollars for cancer research.
ORCHID: To Thomas J. Williams, a Realtor at Howland Northwood Realty, for being named president of the Ohio Association of Realtors. Williams is the first from Trumbull County to reach that position.
ORCHID: To Trumbull County commissioners and other officials who are exploring a merger between the sanitary and highway engineer offices. Finding ways to make government more efficient should be at the top of every elected official's agenda.
ORCHID: To all of the teams participating in this year's Tribune Chronicle / St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth health centers Fitness Challenge. The 51, five-member teams already lost 1,268 pounds, just one week into the weight loss contest, and are on their way to raising more than $10,000 for local charities.
ONION: To Trumbull County MetroParks Board for delaying a partnership with Liberty to operate Churchill Park in the township. The board has legitimate concerns about taking on additional work for its employee and budget, but the board should find a way to take advantage of Liberty's outreach to set an example of consolidation and collaboration for a more efficient park system countywide.
ORCHID: To federal authorities for pursuing an indictment against the worker accused of carrying out orders from D&L Energy owner Ben Lupo to dump brine into a local waterway. The ''my boss told me to do it'' excuse should not be accepted when actions are illegal or endanger public health.
ORCHID: To Anthony Cafaro Sr., Phyllis Cafaro and the rest of the Cafaro Foundation for a $500,000 charitable donation to Youngstown Ursuline High School. This sets a fine example of philanthropy for the rest of the community.
ORCHID: To members of the Warren Harding, Champion and Canfield high schools robotics teams for taking time to show their work to elementary age kids at the McKinley Memorial Library auditorium in Niles.