Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Howland Township trustees for voting to rescind an outdated resolution that prohibited use of electronic signs. The move is intended to be beneficial to businesses — particularly small businesses. It’s likely also to satisfy other larger businesses, like Meijer, considering moves to Howland Township, which could bring in hundreds of jobs. We believe it is possible for Howland to allow the electronic signs while still ensuring the township remains an attractive environment for economic development.
• ORCHID: To the fledgling Lordstown Motors Corp. for planning to unveil its new all-electric Endurance pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit — often viewed by vehicle enthusiasts as the gold standard of auto shows. The company believes the reveal in Detroit will drive orders for the vehicle, and it remains intent on beginning production later this year at the former General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown.
• ONION: To the parents of a 1-year-old child who allowed their baby to leave their Warren home in temperatures below freezing, wander away from home and across four lanes of traffic. Luckily an astute resident spotted the child and called police. A police report indicates the mother had been searching frantically, but it also noted this was not the first time the baby had gotten out of the house on his own. It’s the parents’ responsibility to ensure that never happens and their kids are safe.
• ORCHID: To the city of Niles for using $65,000 from a state grant to improve Waddell Park, based on 750 surveys returned by Niles residents. Improvements included completion of a dog park with signs and fencing; sealing the center parking lot and playground area; cabin floor improvements; electrical upgrades; new playground equipment; additional security cameras; new “Welcome to Niles” signs; and more.
• ORCHID: To organizers of a theater event begin staged at the Robins Theatre in Warren as a fundraiser for Trumbull Mobile Meals. The Neil Simon comedy, “The Odd Couple,” will be staged Feb. 7-9, with $1 from each ticket going to Trumbull Mobile Meals, which delivers more than 100,000 meals annually to residents needing assistance. The agency lost significant revenue with the closing of the General Motors Lordstown plant because so many workers there were volunteers and regular donors.