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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Howland Girl Scout Peyton Carroll, 17, and the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County for coming together to create a special place for shelter dogs to play and exercise. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Peyton, a senior at Howland High School, constructed a dog agility course for the facility. She is the daughter of Rachele and Greg Carroll and a member of Girl Scout Troop 80159.

• ORCHID: To community members in Cortland who joined together recently for International World Day of Peace by spending time packaging special rice meals to be sent worldwide to help battle hunger. The Rise Against Hunger event was held at Lakeview High School . Volunteers from Lakeview Outreach and Fellowship, Girl Scouts, Cortland Rotary, Lakeview High School Beta Club and other community groups worked as teams putting ingredients into bags to be shipped to needy people around the world.

• ONION: To several Trumbull County charter schools that scored as low as Ds and Fs on their annual school report cards. Schools earning overall D grades were Steam Academy of Warren; Summit Academy Community School-Warren; and Hope Academy for Autism, 1628 Niles Road SE, Warren. Receiving an overall F was Summit Academy Alternative Learners, Warren. These schools must do better at educating our kids.

• ORCHID: To organizers of last week’s building trades expo that helped to connect some 4,100 students from Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties and two counties in western Pennsylvania with building trade professionals about futures in the industry. Representatives from 16 trades plus contractors participated the event that was coordinated by the association, Western Reserve Building Trades, educational service centers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, and the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber. It’s crucial to show our young people that, while college is very important, there are other career paths if college isn’t for you.

• ORCHID: To the new Clarence Darrow Court free legal clinic to be run by Community Legal Aid. The new Trumbull location won a $369,000 nationwide competitive grant through Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Innovations Fund. It will operate three days per week, offering free legal services to low-income residents.

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