Orchids & Onions
• ORCHID: To North Bloomfield Fiscal Officer Allen Kalsbeek, who not only coordinated the township’s purchase of new shingles with the urgency it deserved after the township garage and administration building suffered serious wind damage last week, but then he joined the contractor on the roof repairing the damage.
• ONION: To former Niles Safety Service Director Jim DePasquale for his failure to submit invoices totaling $17,250 for mold remediation at the city administration building. Not only did he not submit them, but he failed to tell anyone — including the mayor and the city auditor — that they were coming. Financial surprises are never a good way to do business.
• ORCHID: To U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, for agreeing to host a town hall meeting during a time when many elected officials are shying away from meetings with constituents. The meeting will be 2 to 4 p.m. March 25 at the University of Akron. Now he just needs to hold one in Trumbull County.
• ONION: To Earl L. McGary, 36, of Warren, who pleaded guilty this week to his seventh driving under the influence charge since 2002. The latest charge stems from an arrest June 4 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in which his blood-alcohol content registered 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.8. He now faces up to 10 years in prison and a lifetime driver’s license ban because of the repeat offender specification.
• ORCHID: To the Warren G. Harding High School FIRST Robotics Team 48, Delphi E.L.I.T.E., which captured four top honors at the Miami Valley FIRST Robotics Regional competition in Springfield, and to the Girard High School FIRST Robotics Delphi Team No. 379, which also received an award recognizing the team’s overall business plan.