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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Danella and Christopher Monsman of Warren, parents of 9-year-old Krista Monsman, who has spinal muscular atrophy type 2 and must travel frequently in her wheelchair to Cleveland for treatment. Her parents have launched a clever Easter-themed community fundraising campaign to raise enough money to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for those travels. The couple is making stuffed eggs to place in yards throughout the community early Easter morning. Yard decoration packages start at $20. Danella and Christopher are to be commended for their creative ingenuity and hard work invested in this timely fundraising drive. Speaking of time, it’s running out. Deadline is Sunday for orders. Email dmonsman@hotmail.com or text the Monsmans at 330-647-0673.

• ORCHID: To five members of Boy Scout Troop 20, chartered at Lordstown Lutheran Church, for attaining the highest honor in the organization — Eagle Scout. They are Logan Clonch, Brandt Campbell, Brock Pyles, Camron M. Perry and Jack Paisley. Each completed a creative and work-intensive community service project. Only 4 percent of all Scouts muster up the dedication to attain that most prestigious rank.

• ONION: To Dilawerhussein A. Dinani and Haiderali Ladha, owners of the former Downtown Motor Inn on Mahoning Avenue Northwest in Warren, for letting the property become a blighted nuisance and a public safety and health hazard. According to Chris Taneyhill, Warren’s building official, the city sent an unsafe building order to the owners five months ago and never received a response. Now the city has filled in the swimming pool and has begun an asbestos inspection. We urge it to continue this aggressive strategy until the eyesore is cleared.

• ORCHID: To Liberty High School senior Matt Fabian for placing third in the Humorous Interpretation category at the Ohio Speech and Debate Association’s statewide finals. While we salute Matt for his acumen in comical oratory, there’s nothing funny about the great honor his achievement brings to himself, his school and his community.

• ONION: To those who make, sell or use the schedule 1 controlled substance DMT, a hallucinogenic tryptamine drug known on the streets as Dimitri. The Trumbull Action Group Drug Task Force stumbled upon the substance during a recent raid on a northwest Warren home. TAG members confiscated about 5 gallons of the substance. We urge law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant and aggressive in ridding our community of this trendy, but deadly, illicit drug.

• ORCHID: To the McDonald High School girls basketball team for finishing the 2021 season as state champion runner-up. Though defeated by Fort Loramie in the Division IV state title game, the Blue Devils ended their season with a stellar 24-3 record, becoming only the second such team in school history to reach a state final berth. The team’s skillful play will live on for decades in the annals of McDonald High School’s superlative school athletes.

• ONION: To those St. Patrick’s Day revelers this week who threw caution to the wind and celebrated in public venues Wednesday night like it was 2019. For example, the state of Ohio cited an Austintown bar where investigators noticed upwards of 400 people drinking, congregating far too closely and going maskless. Just as we’ve entered a period when most signs point to continued declines in COVID-19 infections, the last thing the Mahoning Valley needs now are potential super spreader events to reverse all the progress we’ve achieved.

• ORCHID: To Liberty Township trustees for their commitment to restore Little Squaw Creek in Churchill Park. Funding for this environmentally friendly community project will come from the Clean Ohio Fund. The plan involves stabilizing the bank of the creek and prepping it for a variety of educational and recreational opportunities. Kudos to the many forward-thinking partners committed to preserving and enhancing this township asset.

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