Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Haylee Harford, Leavittsburg native and senior at Furman University in South Carolina, who will play today at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia — home of The Masters. The two-time Ohio girls state champion advanced to today’s final round in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur after qualifying and finishing at 1-over 145 in an eight-way tie for 11th place. Today, Harford and the other 29 qualifiers play in the final round, marking the first time women have competed at Augusta National. What an amazing opportunity!

• ORCHID: To the organizers and volunteers who took part in the 14th annual Pinwheels for Prevention, where 1,844 pinwheels were placed on the front lawn of Warren City Hall. Each pinwheel represents a child who was abused or neglected in 2018 in Trumbull County. The intent is to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect. It’s a wonderful way to bring attention to this very real and ugly reality in our community.

• ONION: To Ohio legislators and Gov. Mike DeWine for passing a state transportation bill that raises the state’s gasoline tax by 10.5 cents and diesel fuel tax by 19 cents. Even though the hike falls well below the governor’s recommended 18 cent-per-gallon increase, it still will mean more money taken out of the local economy and cause additional expense for Ohio families and businesses. As we’ve said before, why not look to the state’s rainy day fund to start fixing Ohio’s roads and bridges?

• ORCHID: To a group of area teens who recently helped raise awareness of worldwide hunger by going without food for 30 hours while also collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items in the Howland area. They met at the Howland United Methodist Church and collected canned goods for the Warren Family Mission’s upcoming community Easter meal and the church’s Tiger Backpack program for elementary children in Howland schools.

• ORCHID: To law enforcement officers from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force, along with the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention program and Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, which came together this week to again collect and destroy prescription drugs as part of Operation: Empty Medicine Cabinet. The program helps limit misuse of drugs.