Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the mystery person who realized the symbolic significance of the last Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze and made arrangements to keep the car here in the Mahoning Valley. The car is important, and the quick thinking will be appreciated by the membership of United Auto Workers Local 1112. So far, everyone involved is keeping mum on the buyer’s identity.

• ORCHID: To Girard Junior High, science teacher Jennifer Nicholas and Murphy, her registered therapy dog. The Labradoodle comes to the school weekly to greet students and provide therapy to those who have anxiety and self-esteem issues. Student response has been described as “amazing.” What a simple but wonderful idea!

• ONION: To three sitting officials who failed in their attempts to correctly file petitions for re-election. Incumbents Warren Councilman Eugene Mach, D-7th Ward; Hubbard Council President William J. Williams Sr.; and Hubbard Councilwoman Lisha Pompili-Baumiller each saw their nominating petitions for re-election rejected, at least for now, by the Trumbull County Board of Elections. Each was due to a lack of valid signatures. Pompili-Baumiller is challenging the decision. How is it that longtime elected officials, who we trust to manage our local governments, can find themselves in this position with their own campaigns?

• ORCHID: To Liberty Board of Education for undertaking energy saving projects, including installing cost-saving LED lights in school buildings. That’s a good way to be proactive about saving taxpayer money.

• ORCHID: To Second Harvest Food Bank for all its good work every day and for kicking off its renewed efforts to beat hunger, especially in light of all the recent local job loss stemming from the closure of the Lordstown General Motors plant and the trickle-down to related businesses. The food bank’s 28th annual Harvest for Hunger campaign kicked off this week.