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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Howland High School students and artists from Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren who spent last weekend painting two crosswalks by Howland Middle School on South Street SE near Market Street. The group used paw and tiger-stripe stencils for the designs created by art students at Youngstown State University to add a bit of class and touch of color to the crosswalks. Also, kudos to YSU students for their involvement and to township officials who sought and received a grant from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley to fund the project.

• ORCHID: To Girard officials for pursuing the cleanup of the former Ohio Leatherworks property. City council last week agreed to spend up to $50,000 to help secure a federal brownfield grant to clean the badly contaminated land on U.S. Route 422 that once kept a tannery. The city, which acquired the property in 2014, has high hopes of redevelopment that could include bicycle and walking trails — a great reuse of the land that promotes wellness for city residents.

• ONION: To residents of Trumbull and Mahoning counties and other Ohioans who still refuse to wear masks. It’s pretty simple — wearing a mask slows the spread of COVID-19. As Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, the science of mask wearing is settled. We know it’s uncomfortable and a hassle, but it will help to deliver a healthier Mahoning Valley and Ohio.

• ORCHID: To Trumbull County Veteran Services for endeavoring to acquire and care for the Veterans Memorial in Warren’s Memorial Park. A caretaker is needed because the Warren Western Reserve Veterans Association is disbanding. What better agency to continue the site’s care than an agency that cares for veterans.

• ORCHID: To Lordstown Motors Corp. for continuing to go big, this time in selection of a company spokesman. The startup electric truck manufacturer caused some buzz this week when it named college football national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft Joe Burrow as first brand spokesman. Burrow, quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, will help promote the company’s “Work for it” promotional campaign for the Endurance pickup.

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