Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Inspiring Minds, a Warren-based enrichment program for under-represented youth, for raising $970,000 and completing the first of a three-phase capital improvement plan in Warren. A completed 6,000-square-foot first phase houses high school programming space, administrative offices and more. Orchid also to all the donors who made the project a success. Inspiring Minds’ programs are priceless.
• ORCHID: To those involved in posthumously honoring a deceased Warren councilman in the unveiling of the James “Doc” Pugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation. Pugh, an entrepreneur who owned several businesses, was a trendsetter who taught young people to fight for their rights. The center is located at Rivergate High School on Franklin Street SE, Warren.
• ONION: To those attempting to recall Newton Falls Councilman John Baryak in the November election, even though his term ends in December. Baryak already is seeking a November re-election. The timing of this recall, filed in part by former Newton Falls Councilwoman Nancy Hoffman (who already has filed to run against Baryak for his seat), is ridiculous. Why not just run against Baryak, campaigning on the merits and skip the recall.
• ORCHID: To everyone involved in settling a 16-month lawsuit, finally clearing the way for Clean Energy Future to buy property for construction of a second high-tech natural gas-fired power plant in Lordstown. The property was transferred last week, and now funds are being raised to finance the $950 million project, expected to bring about 3,000 construction jobs and eventually new revenue to Lordstown village valued at about 1 percent of the plant’s profits.
• ORCHID: To more than 120 United Way volunteers who read in more than 200 classrooms in 19 elementary buildings across Trumbull County Friday as part of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America. The program was expected to reach nearly 4,300 local students and is part of United Way of Trumbull County’s “Read 4 Fun” program.