Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Panerathon founder and primary sponsor Covelli Enterprises and to everyone else involved in this amazing event that supports breast cancer treatment in the Mahoning Valley. Sunday’s 10th annual Panerathon saw 300 teams consisting of about 5,000 registered runners and walkers in 10K and two-mile races. This year, it raised more than $525,000 for the Mercy Health Foundation and the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
• ORCHID: To Warren’s Assistant Law Director Nicholas Graham whose quick thinking led to his capture of a suspected thief Tuesday morning outside a Warren convenient store. As he saw a man being chased out of the store by a clerk and running toward East Market Street, he followed the man in his vehicle. The man slowed to a walk, and Graham flashed his badge and ordered him to the ground until police arrived. The man had been armed with a knife but was arrested without further incident.
• ONION: To the city of Youngstown, ordered to repay $4.4 million to the city’s water and sewer funds improperly granted and loaned to various businesses in 2017. The loans from these funds, according to Ohio Auditor Keith Faber, are not legal under Ohio law. Now the funds need to be paid back, Faber said.
• ORCHID: To New Middletown police for their quick reaction to social media posts of a local man making threats of violence against the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown. The police department, members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force and FBI agents were involved in the investigation and acted quickly to ensure everyone’s safety. In days like these, we cannot take any chances.
• ORCHID: To Hubbard Middle School teacher Tracy Hoover who received the school district’s inaugural Linda Slater Memorial Award for Inspiration in Education presented last week by the Future Educators of America at Hubbard High School. She was chosen among nominations made by students, parents and the community.