Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Matt Davis of Warren, who is a walking example of why opioid overdose revivals with Narcan are not a wasted effort. Davis, 30, admits his life was a mess as he overdosed and was brought back more times than he can remember. But it saved his life long enough to turn it around, and now he works with men in a Warren recovery center, helping them also to turn their lives around.
• ORCHID: To organizers of “Rocket Fuel,” a new program to ensure Maplewood Elementary School students have enough food each weekend. The new program, which sends food-filled backpacks home each weekend, was coordinated by Kim Cleer, elementary intervention teacher, and first-grade teachers Terri Eschman and Michele King. The need is great because 50 percent of Maplewood students receive free or reduced-price meals through the national school lunch and breakfast program.
• ONION: To Trumbull County commissioners, who apparently didn’t take into consideration what they would do if and when Planning Commission Director Trish Nuskievicz returned from her 15-month unpaid medical leave. During that leave, commissioners merged departments and created an interim director position, filling it with former grants manager Julie Green. Upon her return last week, commissioners placed Nuskievicz on paid administrative leave, meaning she now will begin collecting her $84,000-per-year salary while not working. An emergency meeting is planned for Tuesday. Really? Shouldn’t this have been sorted out way before now?
• ORCHID: To organizers of the ninth annual “This Means War” 3-on-3 basketball tournament fundraiser held recently in Southington. This year’s funds are benefiting Girard resident and mother of two Michelle Tringhese, who has been fighting stage 2 breast cancer. Southington resident Beth Ann Vanek, a cancer survivor and an inspiration, coordinates the event.
• ORCHID: To Hubbard High School junior Isaac Powell, who won a nationwide competition naming him best mascot in the nation with a $4,000 prize. Isaac is being honored in Columbus next week by the Ohio General Assembly for his first-place finish. In addition to his appearances, he maintains the Eagle’s social media accounts; edits videos of his Eagle performances and shares them online; designs Hubbard Eagle graphics; and buys and designs jerseys for the mascot. What’s just as admirable is that Isaac already has invested nearly $1,000 of his winnings into — what else — the Eagle.