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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Warren City Schools and Trumbull Educational Service Center, which received a portion of $2.6 million in grants through the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools. As part of the grants that will benefit 107,516 students statewide, Trumbull ESC received $55,400 to establish a new Science, Technology, Education and Math program.

• ONION: To property owners who erect and then leave their portable basketball hoops near the roadways, sometimes creating a risk to passing vehicles — particularly snow plows this time of year. Brookfield Trustee Dan Suttles said a township snow plow truck mirror recently was broken off after striking a basketball hoop on the roadside. He noted 19 instances in the township where hoops are located along public thoroughfares, causing unnecessary challenges for snow plow operators when maneuvering around them. Portable hoops aren’t meant to be permanent. Especially in cold weather months, remove the hoops from the roadways.

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls council members John Baryak and Tesa Spletzer for seeking more accountability and notification for special and emergency council meetings. While the effort to add a step to the process of scheduling these meetings was defeated 3-2 last week, we applaud the attempt at improved transparency. Said Spletzer: “There is nothing wrong with being transparent. That is what we are asking for.” Bravo!

• ONION: To scam artists who have been calling area residents claiming to be from the sheriff’s office and pressuring residents to pay money to avoid being jailed on a supposed outstanding arrest warrant. Crooks always seem to find new ways to deceive. If you get a call like this, don’t be fooled! Always independently verify claims from callers before ever sending money.

• ORCHID: To vigilant area birders who again made their annual holiday season bird count recently. The process has been going on for decades, and once again this year, a small group led by Carole Babyak headed out armed with binoculars and long-lens cameras to record numbers of different species ranging from trumpeter swans to eagles, and everything in between. The count is done annually around the winter solstice.

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