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Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To Newton Falls village leaders for working to find ways to improve internet connectivity for their local businesses and residents. Those plans are helping to head off a move by Luxaire Cushion Co. from the village. Company officials, who employ about eight workers now, said they will stay put and expand by adding 15 to 20 new jobs – so long as internet connectivity improves. That’s something city leaders say they are working on. In this day and age, high-speed internet is just as important as basic utilities and other infrastructure.

ORCHID: To Project Dawn, which continues to provide Narcan supplies free of charge to help save overdose victims. Project Dawn is Ohio’s network of opioid education and naloxone distribution programs that is providing supplies at no cost to Hartford Police Department, officials there noted this week. Hartford police officers also recently took online training on administering the opioid reversal drug. Opioid drug abuse continues to be a serious problem in Trumbull County, and these types of programs are necessary means to combat that problem and save lives.

ONION: To the Trumbull County Board of Elections for being among only eight counties in the state failing to fully comply with the Ohio Secretary of State office’s deadline to strengthen election security. The local elections board first learned of last week’s deadline in a June 11, 2019, directive. Trumbull failed to meet the deadline because it is having vendor issues to come into compliance, according the secretary of state’s office. This isn’t the most serious issue of the eight counties in noncompliance, but with presidential elections approaching this year, they must get this noncompliance issue wrapped up quickly.

ORCHID: To organizers of an upcoming rally to generate enthusiasm to keep the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, minor league baseball affiliate, in Niles. Jordan Taylor, Mahoning Valley Scrappers general manager, announced the rally will be held 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at Center Court in the Eastwood Mall. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to send a message to Major League Baseball of the widespread support for the team. Major League Baseball is proposing eliminating more than 40 minor league affiliates in coming years, including the Scrappers.

ORCHID: To Champion SCOPE for its ongoing services and programs provided to Champion senior citizens. Champion SCOPE is now operating in a new location at 163 Folsom St. The move came after the organization outgrew its former location at the Adult Education Trumbull Career and Technical Center. Efforts now also are underway to add more activities and events for area seniors. Bravo to SCOPE, not just in Champion, but throughout Trumbull County, for the wonderful services it provides to our seniors!

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