Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To members of First United Methodist Church of Niles who spent time recently collecting donations for the Wags 4 Warriors program. The money will be used to train a K-9 service dog for a local veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

• ORCHID: To local organizers and participants at this week’s International Overdose Awareness Day. The local part of this international event was held to remember those who have lost their battles with drug addiction. Trumbull County continues to rank high for fatal overdoses, with 135 deaths in 2017.

• ONION: To members of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office who spent more than $1,500 in public funds at restaurants instead of eating pre-paid food provided at training seminars. It may not sound like a lot, but it’s this type of arrogance and carelessness with taxpayer money that grows public discord and triggers no votes on levies at election time.

• ORCHID: To the Cafaro family of Niles-based real estate developer Cafaro Company for making a $1.5 million donation to Youngstown State University’s $100 million fundraising campaign. The funds will be used to build a new intramural field for the growing student population and on-campus residents there.

• ORCHID: To Kinsman officials for continuing their efforts to preserve and celebrate their waterway, Pymatuning Creek. The township is seeking a “state wild scenic river” designation from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Last week, local and state officials showcased the creek by spending time there in kayaks and canoes.