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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To organizers and all those involved in this year’s fundraiser — a virtual run — for the Officer Justin Leo Scholarship Foundation, which offers scholarships to area students. Leo, a Girard police officer, was killed in 2017 in the line of duty. In light of this year’s pandemic, Amanda Archer, Leo’s former classmate, created and organized a 72-mile virtual run this summer. About 850 participants from 38 states plus Italy and Scotland registered, raising $20,400 for scholarships and ensuring another generation of students at Girard High School will remember Leo’s legacy of paying it forward.

• ORCHID: To donors who helped McDonald Local School District raise more than $15,000 for a rehabilitation project to create a therapeutic room in the high school’s Blue Devil Room. The donations from generous local people and businesses will make the project possible without relying on local taxes.

• ONION: To some Cortland residents who apparently have fallen short on common sense by flushing products such as disinfecting wipes, paper towels, diapers and even rubber gloves, causing expensive clogs in the city’s lift pumps. Really? Who would flush any of these items — especially rubber gloves and diapers? Let’s use our heads!

• ORCHID: To Girard football players Tyler Maddox, DeShawn Williams and Deane DeCiancio, who without hesitation ran to the aid of a woman who had fallen while struggling to manage a large dog. Local police last week commended the actions of these young men, praising their selflessness, courage and willingness to act.

• ORCHID: To Southington Schools Board of Education and to district Superintendent Rocco Nero for making the decision to have Nero serve as high school principal — at least for the time being — after current principal Robert Kujala resigned effective July 31. Some area superintendents might feel such duties are beneath them, but we know that in the name of efficiencies and cost savings, sometimes public entities must think outside the box.

• ORCHID: To the city of Cortland and to many volunteers who plan to implement a pilot program of trapping and spaying or neutering feral cats in the city, an attempt to control the stray cat population. The project will begin by trapping a colony of cats near Stahl Avenue, sterilizing and inoculating them for rabies before releasing them to their habitat. Officials say feral cats cannot be domesticated successfully, hence the plans to release them. The best part is, much of the cost will be covered by a grant, and Mayor Deidre Petrosky said she will pay for the rest of the cost for the Stahl Avenue cats.

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