Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To organizers and participants in today’s 16th annual Garrett Wonders Bike Ride that begins in Warren and extends 20 to 50 miles. The event is named after the prominent young cyclist and Warren G. Harding graduate who was killed by a careless driver on a training ride for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Cycling Trials. Proceeds from today’s ride go to a memorial scholarship fund.
• ONION: To publishers who are limiting the number of new release e-books available to library systems to just one, down immensely from the estimated 25 copies of new e-books and e-audiobooks that local libraries usually order. The new limits will have the most drastic effect on those most dependent on libraries for their reading materials, and local library officials say it will create an enormous backlog of people waiting to read new e-books or e-audiobooks.
• ORCHID: To the city of Warren for its work in obtaining a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service that will provide the remaining funds needed for a $1.8 million renovation of the 148-year-old Perkins mansion that serves as Warren City Hall. The work will address the building’s exterior, including the roof, front porch, brick, wood and exterior painting. Also to be added are sorely needed handicap-accessible restrooms and upgrades to the electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The grant supports the “preservation of a nationally significant historic properties and collections throughout the country,” the park service says.
• ONION: To the person who strung a wire across a trail frequently used by four-wheeler drivers on Warren’s southeast side. A young teen was injured this week when he hit the wire that would have hit him at about the height of his neck if he had been sitting on the motorized vehicle. Complaints about ATV riders in the area have been made, and of course it’s never recommended that young teenagers ride ATVs. Still, attempting to injure a rider is never the appropriate way to deal with the issue.
• ORCHID: To Logan Wagner of Bristol and about a dozen other Scouts, Scout parents and community members, who straightened or replaced 64 headstones at the historic Pioneer Cemetery near Bristol Township hall as part of Logan’s Eagle Scout project with Troop 75. Markers at the cemetery date back to the 1800s.