Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To organizers and volunteers of Warren City Schools who took part in this week’s fourth annual “100 Community Men of Warren” event. More than 100 men stood at entrances of all five Warren City School District buildings on the students’ first day back. They handed out pencils, high-fives and even some hugs, all in hopes that students would start the school year off on a positive note.

• ORCHID: To Joseph Badger Local School District officials for their ongoing involvement with the Kinsman students and parents displaced when the dam near their homes was breached, and their roadway washed out after a storm swept through the community more than a month ago. Now that students are heading back to school, the school district has stayed involved and assisted by offering the families different options. All the displaced students are making it to school as expected so far.

• ONION: To the owner of a Hillman Avenue, Cortland, property where unpaid sewer and water bills amounting to thousands of dollars held up the sale of the property. The incident led Cortland City Council to pass an ordinance that will allow the city to place tax liens on properties with unpaid utility accounts. It is a shame that this type of action is even necessary.

• ORCHID: To Champion High School officials, and especially to Principal Tracy Herrholtz, for initiating the new Freshman Academy to help prepare ninth-graders for their first year at the high school. What a great way to help these young men and women overcome any apprehension and initiate them to high school.

• ORCHID: To four Niles police officers who reacted quickly to assist an injured man who punched through a glass door at a local apartment complex, severely injuring himself and bleeding badly. Niles police Chief Jay Holland credits his officers with saving the man’s life. Officers Richard Bayless, Patrick Cox, Ryan Ifft and Andrew Hecker responded by applying pressure, a tourniquet, ordering him to raise his arm and then getting him the medical help he needed. This is the type of quick thinking that police officers must do every day.