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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Lordstown Motors Corp. for successfully producing the first two beta prototype models of its battery-powered Endurance pickup truck this week. The company and its current workforce of 500 workers at the former General Motors Lordstown plant can take pride in that milestone, but they cannot afford to slack toward completing production on 57 other beta models for testing before beginning mass production of the all-electric vehicle on schedule this September. With many doubting Thomases out there second-guessing the company’s potential, LMC must pull out all the stops to prove by this fall that the company is serious about becoming a major player in the burgeoning electric-vehicle industry in the Mahoning Valley and the nation.

• ORCHID: To the Ohio National Guard for the big lift it gave to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley when it needed it most. Men and women from the guard have been helping the indispensable food bank meet its skyrocketing demand for assistance over the past full year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just how much of an increased demand? In 2019, Second Harvest distributed 11 million tons of food in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. In 2020, that figure zoomed to nearly 16 million tons. Sadly, the need for community assistance and for the guard’s capable work in delivering it will not be ending anytime soon.

• ORCHID: To Caryn Warren, a Warren native recently honored by the Yolo County, California, District Attorney’s Office for her “history-making” military and legal service. The deputy district attorney served as a navigator in the Air Force Reserve and logged more than 100 combat missions in C-130 aircraft during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The Warren G. Harding High School graduate and daughter of Anthony Consoldane and Karen Consoldane Peters also serves as legal adviser to the California National Guard’s four general officers. To be sure, the sky has been no limit for attorney Warren’s soaring achievements.

• ONION: To the driver of a pickup truck that smashed into a parked vehicle on Swallow Street SW in Warren last Sunday and caused heavy damage to the vehicle’s rear end. Fortunately, a couple sitting in the car apparently did not suffer major injuries, but there is never any excuse for such irresponsible hit / skip driving.

• ORCHID: To brothers and restaurant industry veterans Greg and Nick Vojnovic for vowing to carry on the traditional legacy of The Hot Dog Shoppe in Warren, Jib Jab Hot Dog Shoppe in Girard and the Hot Dog Shoppe in East Liverpool. The brothers recently purchased the local chain of fast-food restaurants from the Trevelline and Doverspike families. Paul Trevelline founded the brand in 1946 and hasn’t changed the eatery’s traditional all-American fare much since. We’re sure most in the community will relish the news that the new owners plan no major changes to the eatery’s iconic menu either.

• ORCHID: To Gary Soukenik, CEO / president of 717 Credit Union, for recently being honored for his 40 years of service to the financial institution. The credit union’s board of directors appropriately honored Soukenik by naming its new Financial Center on Larchmont Avenue in Warren after him.

• ORCHID: To Rose Ann Lubert for earning a proclamation of honor from Girard Mayor James Melfi recently. Lubert was recognized for her 20 years of work as director of the Girard Free Library and for the many community services the library provides. Lubert, who has retired, and her staff have overseen much growth in resources and community services over those past two decades of the 102-year-old library system. In so doing, they have ensured that the public library remains more relevant than ever.

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