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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To developer Mark Marvin and all those involved in the amazing renovation and resurgence of Warren’s Robins Theatre, set to open officially next month, but soft opening today with a sneak peak preview. After a nearly $6 million renovation, this beautiful 97-year-old venue will return to its grandeur and once again begin helping to draw visitors to downtown Warren.

• ORCHID: To Kent State University at Trumbull, which this week unveiled its new $1.23 million high-tech new nursing laboratory, designed to look like a hospital and make the transition from school to career seamless for students. The facility is intended to further the university’s ability to offer first-class, affordable education to nursing students right here in Trumbull County.

• ONION: To the brand new Tim Horton franchise stores in Liberty and Girard that drew much excitement and hype as they prepared to open, only to close within less than eight months. None of the employees were notified in advance, and the franchisee gave no explanation.

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Board of Elections for creating a written outline of expectations for employees and administrators. The policy came on the heals of the suspension of Deputy Director Ron Massullo following complaints and reports of improper statements and interaction with employees and the public. We’re glad to see the board taking action, and we believe this is an opportunity for every county department to review its written policies outlining employee expectations.

• ORCHID: To the 11 Mahoning Valley animal shelters and rescues, along with all the families that last month took on 30 senior pets as part of November’s Adopt-a-Senior Pet month. Families looking to adopt animals often want young dogs and cats. But senior animals are just as needy and often are a better fit as calmer, more comforting pets.

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