Orchids and onions

Orchids and Onions

* ORCHID: To planners creating a pilot program to use a $2.7 million grant to create and implement programs in the Mahoning Valley to establish early intervention programs for families at risk of becoming involved in the child welfare systems. The grant-funded program also will help create tools to prevent child abuse and neglect in the Valley.

* ONION: To Newton Falls where no one filed — so far — to run in the primary election race to fill an unexpired term of 1st Ward council seat after Councilman Joseph Battisti resigned last year. Council members interviewed three candidates and appointed Zachary Svette to fill the vacancy until the next election. Questions arose after the Trumbull County Board of Elections first decided to delay holding the election to fill the term permanently until the 2021 election cycle. After more discussion, however, the board decided instead to hold the election this year, in compliance with the village’s charter language. Still, after all that, not one person filed petitions to run for the seat. Let’s hope they don’t miss their chance. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the primary ballot is Monday.

* ORCHID: To Girard Multi-Generational Center for offering its “Matter of Balance” program designed to help manage falls and increase activity levels for senior citizens. Falls become an increasing problem during the winter months, and this program is created to help head that off.

* ONION: To the driver of a garbage truck that drove under a Ridge Road railroad bridge in Newton Falls and got the truck wedged there earlier this week. Luckily, the bridge was not structurally damaged, but the road was blocked for several hours. We’d expect that truck drivers would know the height restrictions on bridges and avoid these kinds of problems.

* ORCHID: To owners and operators of Warren-based US Safety Gear, who recently inked a three-year deal to become the “preferred provider” of game-day apparel for workers at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. Most Tribe fans would agree that’s pretty cool.