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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Fairhaven Foundation, which received a $7,500 grant from Good Shepherd Foundation of Ohio — the second-largest grant ever obtained by Fairhaven — that will be used to enhance an art therapy program by purchasing paints, brushes, canvas and easels for very popular bi-weekly art classes. The classes promote talent of local artists and provide opportunities for them to share common interests.

• ORCHID: To Auto Parkit owners for securing a contract to build a fully automated parking facility at the former Detroit Free Press newspaper building. According to Auto Parkit’s Christopher Alan, all electrical, mechanical, control systems and other engineering for the Detroit building will be done from the Warren facility, which is still under renovation. Additionally, some smaller component parts for the Detroit parking facility will be built in Warren. The Auto Parkit system will park vehicles autonomously in 105 stalls in the Free Press building and retrieve them within three minutes. The parking structure will be used by residents and commercial tenants of the building. After years of developing the new Auto Parkit building in Warren, this finally is a good sign of progress.

• ONION: To the person who inexplicably fired shots last Saturday at a Palmyra Road SW market in Warren. Surveillance video shows the shots came from a silver four-door dodge Ram, hitting the building’s siding and even the coffee pot inside. Luckily no one was hurt. What purpose did this serve? What has our society come to?

• ORCHID: To city of Niles leaders and volunteers involved in the creation of the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Board, a volunteer board to involve veterans in city events and to connect needy veterans with available resources. The board members will be honorably discharged veterans and residents of Niles. The board also will seek veteran involvement in city celebrations on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and the Fourth of July.

• ORCHID: To the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors that, despite cancellation of this year’s annual Strimbu Barbecue fundraiser due to COVID-19, last week still awarded $37,000 in annual scholarships to local students. Since its 1990 inception, Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided more than $3.6 million in support of academic scholarships, local economic development, individuals in need and numerous charitable organizations.

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