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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Jennifer Jones, director at the Geauga Trumbull Solid Waste Management District, who announced that she permanently has laid off three employees in positions created by her predecessor because she simply didn’t need them. “Even before COVID-19 happened, it was hard to justify these three full-time positions,” she said. That’s a rare and refreshing statement heard in local government.

• ORCHID: To reservists at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station who flew C-130 Hercules aircraft over several hospitals and health care sites, including those in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, this week in salute to health care workers, essential employees and other first responders on the front line of the battle against COVID-19. The flyover was arranged by the 910th Airlift Wing and dubbed “Hercs Over America.” What a wonderful salute!

• ONION: To officials in Newton Falls and Brookfield for ordering the mandated wearing of masks in specific places — even though Gov. Mike DeWine has stopped short of mandating masks be worn in the state of Ohio. Newton Falls City Manager David Lynch mandated that anyone entering village businesses must wear a mask. We believe private businesses should have the right to establish their own rules for customers entering their establishments. And Trumbull County Eastern District Judge Marty D. Nosich issued an order Monday requiring all people entering the court building to wear a mask and have their temperature taken. We see temperature taking as a reasonable measure of health in this COVID-19 era, but public buildings should be open to all — whether or not they are wearing a mask.

• ORCHID: To 2018 Howland High School graduate Brayden Deemer who last week was named the 63rd head drum major of The Ohio State University Marching Band. Deemer will play a significant role, using exuberance and energy to lead the renowned collegiate band on the field. The drum major’s landmark deep backbend is sure to be captured on national TV. Even more amazing is that Deemer is the second Howland grad in just five years to hold the post. He said he was inspired by John LaVange of Howland, who was the Buckeye drum major in 2016-17.

l ORCHID: To Noah Jones of Leavittsburg, a 2020 graduate of LaBrae High School, this year’s recipient of the Trumbull County Educational Service Center’s Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award, a $2,500 scholarship. One student is selected from each of Ohio’s 88 counties to receive the prestigious award.

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