Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Kyle Kolat, 11, of Champion, who skated 17.6 miles this week from northern Bristol to Kent State University at Trumbull in Champion, all in an effort to raise money for Adult and Teen Challenge Ohio Valley, a faith-based organization that supports substance abuse recovery efforts. Even at such a young age, Kyle serves as a great example to all of us.

• ORCHID: To those involved with dedicating a Gold Star Families Memorial highway marker honoring families who lost service members, including Four Season Garden Club of Cortland, which is donating the marker. The marker dedication is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park, an important event to honor and permanently memorialize those who gave all for their country.

• ONION: To Mathews Board of Education members who voted to switch to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office from Vienna Police to provide school resource officer services next school year — all at an increased cost of $20,000. Board members acknowledged both departments have provided good service, but still the board voted 3-2 to opt for the sheriff because of a problem with one previous officer who has since resigned and is under criminal indictment. Why punish all taxpayers with an increased rate because of a problem with one officer?

• ORCHID: To Cortland Parks Department and other organizers of the Lakeview Outdoor Adventures program that will help elementary-age students focus on nature and the outdoors at various parks this summer. What a great idea to get kids away from the video games and outside to learn the value of nature. The programs are held Tuesdays in July and August. For information, call 330-307-8311.

• ORCHID: To organizers of Friday’s “Operation Empty Medicine Cabinet” event, an ongoing effort to get unwanted or unused prescription medications off medicine cabinet shelves, helping to ensure the drugs don’t fall into the wrong hands. Law enforcement officers from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and the Trumbull Action Group Law Enforcement Task Force helped collect the unwanted drugs.