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ORCHID: To the Friends of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail for their continuing dedication to improving the local bicycle and hiking trail. The group recently dedicated a bench and marker in memory of Ada Callahan Sutter, an early advocate of bike trails in northeast Ohio.

ONION: To those involved in cleaning the streets of Warren. Even after agreeing recently to the increased price of $112,000 for a contract company to clean city streets, excessive amounts of winter’s grime even now – the end of June – can be found on Warren’s roadways.

ORCHID: To Cortland native Clayland Jenna DePizzo, who was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and placed in the top 10 at last weekend’s Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant.

ONION: To Austintown Township for having their records in disarray, and to the township officials for attempting to downplay the problem. The Ohio auditor said his people could not audit the books because the records are too disorganized. Financial audits are not a surprise and these are public records, after all. There is be no excuse why disorganized records of public entities ever should be turned over to the state auditor.

ORCHID: To Quality Switch in Newton Township. The company recently was honored among 45 businesses nationwide to receive President Obama’s “E” Award, presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce to recognize a sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period. Sales for the family-owned company reached $4.8 million last year. About 40 percent of the company’s business came from exports.


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ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Historical Society and Friends of the Warren Heritage Center for their hard work in preparing the Warren Heritage Center for its public opening last week in the historic Kinsman House in Warren. The center will help “tell the story of Warren,” according to Historical Society founder Jim Valesky.

ORCHID: To Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 137 and the 100 or so runners that helped raise more than $1,300 for the USO of Northern Ohio, a service organization that helps families of service men and women. The money was raised during the third annual Trumbull County FOP 137 Run last week.

ONION: To the hitchhiker from California who, while stopping in Hubbard Township this week, texted her friend in Montana asking her to call 911 because she was being abducted. The Ohio State Highway Patrol tracked down the woman, questioned a man she was with and determined there was no abduction. Police have enough important things to do without wasting time investigating unfounded reports.

ORCHID: To the Youngstown State University board of trustees for agreeing this week to freeze tuition. Paying for higher education always is a challenge, and every little bit of savings helps students graduate with less debt.

ORCHID: To the Book Club of Warren that still is going strong after 112 years. The formal monthly meetings still follow the same structure with a host and presenter where the members discuss and share their books.

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ORCHID: To all the cyclists that turned out to see what the area has to offer during last weekend’s 11th annual World of Wildlife Tour on the Western Reserve Greenway. Exercise and the great outdoors make a great mix.

ORCHID: To Weathersfield Township for the time and effort volunteers put into coordinating a four-day festival in honor of Flag Day. What a great way to bring families out into the community while also honoring the symbol of this great nation.

ONION: To Ohio’s road salt suppliers who were accused of conspiring to not compete, enabling them to keep salt prices artificially high during a particularly harsh winter. Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt agreed this week to pay the state $11.5 million to settle a 2012 lawsuit brought by Attorney General Mike DeWine.

ORCHID: To folks in Southington hoping to re-establish the Southington Cemetery Association, which works to identify names on blank markers and improve five township cemeteries. Previously the nonprofit group restored more than 250 markers, including the marker of early settler, Luke Viets.

ORCHID: To 7-year-old Kyle Kolat of Champion, who has qualified to compete for the National in-line speed skating title July 11 to 18 in Albuquerque, N.M. Kyle finished first in three regional races last month in Crystal Lake, Ill.

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ORCHID: To engineers at the General Motors Lordstown Complex who have been volunteering time at Lordstown Elementary School working with students on projects and teaching them first hand about the work engineers do. What a great way to enlighten children to career options and the importance of strong math and science skills.

ORCHID: To Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, who recently was awarded the prestigious Sam Gerber Award from the Ohio State Coroners Association. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated physician serving the people of Trumbull County.

ONION: To the person who probably thought it was funny to shoot a paintball from a vehicle as it passed a 72-year-old bicyclist this week on a Columbus roadway. The incident left the bicyclist blind in one eye. Those who own paintball guns, airsoft guns, BB guns or any other type of gun must learn proper handling and realize these “toys” can inflict serious injury and damage.

ORCHID: To Brookfield trustees and fire officials who agreed this week to consider starting a fire safety program for disabled residents that would help alert the fire department to those with special needs inside the home in case of emergency. Sounds like a great program, and we hope they move forward with it.

ORCHID: To all the area’s school children who worked hard all school year and have earned a nice long summer break. We hope it’s restful and enjoyable!



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