Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To the Warren Police Department and city leaders who have turned around problems stemming from use of excessive force. The consent decree was issued in 2012 by the U.S. Justice Department, but now a court filing has been signed by U.S. Justice Department attorneys and approved by Warren Law Director Greg Hicks, police Chief Eric Merkel, Mayor Doug Franklin and Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa calling for the decree’s end. Focus, training and commitment have allowed the city to overcome this black eye.
• ORCHID: To the late John D. Emanuel whose dedicated service to the Howland community was recognized when officials named the Howland SCOPE center as the John D. Emanuel Senior Center. Emanuel initiated the first Howland Fourth of July parade and spearheaded construction of the township administration building. He served for many years on Howland Board of Education, Howland Zoning Board and as Howland trustee. He was township administrator for eight years and also served his country in the U.S. Army.
• ONION: To owners of St. Joseph Riverside Hospital property and city leaders who for years have allowed the crumbling and unsafe Warren structure to continue to deteriorate without action. Kudos to organizers and northwest-side residents who now are bringing sustained attention to the eyesore, seeking to get it demolished and the site ready for future development.
• ORCHID: To Champion Township trustees for receiving Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation rebates totaling nearly $3,500 for its training and operations of a drug-free workplace and industry safety. These are important issues, and proper training is noteworthy.
• ORCHID: To two Destination Imagination teams from Howland that earned high honors at the national global finals held recently in Kansas City. The Seven Bobs high school level team placed 11th out of 52 teams in community service and received the Torch Bearer Award honoring extraordinary community impact. The Fantastic Five middle school team placed ninth out of 75 teams in community service and received the DaVinci Award for creativity, uniqueness and risk taking.