Orchids and onions
ORCHID: To area seniors who turned out in droves for COVID-19 vaccines, some waiting patiently for many hours, all in hopes of stopping this deadly virus. The vaccine is being offered now to people age 80 and above. Vaccines for those age 75 and above are set to begin Monday.
ONION: For poor communication and disorganization at the Trumbull County fairgrounds drive-thru vaccine clinic held Wednesday. Many residents reported waiting in line inside their cars for hours beyond their scheduled vaccine time, many with no communication or explanation. Let’s hope organizers learn from this and ensure better planning for any future local drive- thru clinics.
ORCHID: To Bazetta Christian Church volunteers for passing out snacks and bottled water to those in the Trumbull County fairgrounds waiting area after receiving their COVID-19 shots Wednesday. It was bitterly cold, yet bundled-up volunteers were happily handing out the treats (suggested by a reader).
ORCHID: To area police departments utilizing body cameras and dash cameras equipped with the very useful “look-back” feature allowing access to about 30-seconds of footage before the officer officially activates the camera. The feature has gained attention because it was utilized in the Columbus police fatal shooting of an unarmed black man Dec. 22. Locally, departments like Austintown and Girard have cameras with the feature; and Warren has ordered 20 new cameras with the feature.
ORCHID: To first responders who worked quickly to control and extinguish the devastating fire at St. Patrick Church in Hubbard this week, and especially to those firefighters who went beyond the call of duty entering the dangerous situation to save the tabernacle that holds the sacred Holy Eucharist.