Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To several Trumbull County Veterans Service Commissioners who recently spent a weekend in Washington, D.C., where they traveled to pay tribute to county residents who died in service to their country by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and also on the grave sites of 20 area veterans.
• ORCHID: To all the volunteers of Trumbull Mobile Meals who were honored recently during the organization’s 13th annual basket raffle extravaganza and volunteer recognition luncheon at St. Demetrios Center. TMM has about 450 local volunteers who help prepare, package and deliver more than 120,000 meals annually to county residents who can’t drive to a meal site or food distribution center. The event not only honored hard-working and dedicated volunteers, but it simultaneously raised funds to allow them to continue their important work.
• ONION: To Hubbard Township trustees who are discussing dissolution of the police department, but would not permit discussions on the topic at a public meeting. Trustees refused at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss the issue with the large number of residents who turned out. Instead, they said they would not comment until negotiations wrap up next week. No matter what happens, trustees must allow the public to ask questions and be informed of the process.
• ORCHID: To students from Lakeview and Howland high schools who recently spent several weeks collecting nonperishable food items to give to food banks and pantries. The activity was part of the 10th annual National Day of Service hosted by the Guidelight Financial Group with Ameriprise Financial partnering. Students from both school districts placed items in school buses. Howland students gave their food donations to Second Harvest Food Bank, and Lakeview students delivered their items to Cortland Area Cares Food Pantry.
• ORCHID: To Youngstown State University and IBM for their launch of YSU’s Workforce Accelerator program that positions students and others be trained through apprenticeship programs with local companies in fields such as software engineering, data science, analytics, cybersecurity and main-frame systems administration. This wonderful program is designed to help fill the skills gaps that exist in the marketplace, especially when companies need employees with varying levels of technical experience.