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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To David Murduck, a fifth-grade science teacher at Champion Local Schools, for the recognition he received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Murduck was presented the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for his work to create an outdoor learning lab for students. The lab that has native plants and houses for various species of birds is an invaluable tool for students learning science.

• ORCHID: To members of the Mahoning County chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that provides beds to children who do not have them, and the 40 or so people with the Cortland Lions Club, Women of the Moose and Warren Junior Women’s League, for building 24 single beds and 12 bunk beds for local kids who need them. The organization has a 700 requests for beds, an unthinkable number definitely inflated due to the viral outbreak, so the good work of these people will go a long way.

• ORCHID: To members of the school board of Liberty Local Schools for taking a closer look at pursuing a power plant for the district. The system that would use solar, natural gas and water to provide electricity has the potential to save money for the district, which is forward-thinking when it comes to energy savings. Whether anything comes of the proposal will be seen, but it’s worth examining and fully vetting as a cost-saving measure.

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls village council for bringing back public speaking at its meetings. We understand the public’s ability to speak at council meetings is a privilege, which is something that some speakers forgot when they became rude and profane. Some people were even removed by police. Let’s hope for some civility in the future.

• ONION: To Newton Falls village council for waiting so long to reinstate public speaking at its meetings. While it may have been worthwhile to eliminate the comments part of the meeting when it became out of control, two months was too long to wait to bring it back. The people need to be heard, but the people need to be respectful.l ORCHID: To David Murduck, a fifth-grade science teacher at Champion Local Schools, for the recognition he received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Murduck was presented the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for his work to create an outdoor learning lab for students. The lab that has native plants and houses for various species of birds is an invaluable tool for students learning science.

• ORCHID: To members of the Mahoning County chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that provides beds to children who do not have them, and the 40 or so people with the Cortland Lions Club, Women of the Moose and Warren Junior Women’s League, for building 24 single beds and 12 bunk beds for local kids who need them. The organization has a 700 requests for beds, an unthinkable number definitely inflated due to the viral outbreak, so the good work of these people will go a long way.

• ORCHID: To members of the school board of Liberty Local Schools for taking a closer look at pursuing a power plant for the district. The system that would use solar, natural gas and water to provide electricity has the potential to save money for the district, which is forward-thinking when it comes to energy savings. Whether anything comes of the proposal will be seen, but it’s worth examining and fully vetting as a cost-saving measure.

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls village council for bringing back public speaking at its meetings. We understand the public’s ability to speak at council meetings is a privilege, which is something that some speakers forgot when they became rude and profane. Some people were even removed by police. Let’s hope for some civility in the future.

• ONION: To Newton Falls village council for waiting so long to reinstate public speaking at its meetings. While it may have been worthwhile to eliminate the comments part of the meeting when it became out of control, two months was too long to wait to bring it back. The people need to be heard, but the people need to be respectful.

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