Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Coco Crisp, this week named new manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Major League Baseball Draft League team. During his 15-year career in the majors, Crisp amassed an impressive record. He played in 1,586 games from 2002 to 2016, most notably with the Cleveland Indians. Crisp’s name and talents are sure to bring star power to the team, fresh this season in its new role as a training ground for top college and high school prospects.
• ORCHID: To Johnston Township trustees and officials at the Trumbull-Geauga Solid Waste Management District for working together to update and improve the township’s recycling center. The center, located behind the township fire department and near the township park off state Route 88, recently installed a sturdy concrete pad on which recycling bins now sit securely and added lighting and cameras for greater security for those dropping off recyclables at night. Collectively, the improvements will encourage greater use by township and other residents and reinforce the community’s commitment to the environmentally friendly practice of recycling.
• ONION: To irresponsible owners of vicious animals, including pit bulls, who allow them to terrorize neighborhoods. In Girard this week, Mayor James Melfi told city council a pit bull has been running loose in the city. And in at least one case, another dog had been attacked and killed. Melfi and other city leaders vow to get tough — as they should. We urge the city and every local community to give their dangerous-animal ordinances teeth by strictly enforcing them and fully punishing reckless owners.
• ORCHID: The U.S. Economic Development Administration for awarding downtown Warren’s BRITE Energy Innovators — the only startup business accelerator of its kind in Ohio — $571,355 to expand its network outside of Ohio and acquire state-of-the art equipment to serve the growing electric-mobility sector. The award is expected to help create 200 jobs, retain 150 jobs and generate $100 million in private investment over the next 36 months. From our vantage point, it’s a perfect fit for the accelerator and its service to our burgeoning Voltage Valley.
• ORCHID: To administrators and board of trustees members of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library system for breaking ground recently on a $4.7 million project to renovate and build an addition to the main branch of the library on Mahoning Avenue NW in Warren. Building a nearly 15,000-square-foot addition to enhance the library’s children’s and teen’s services plus and increasing the number of meeting rooms from two to 11 respond responsibly to the increasingly common role of public libraries as vibrant community centers. We hope the project proceeds smoothly toward a late summer 2022 completion.
• ORCHID: To the newly hired artistic leadership team at The Youngstown Playhouse. Each of them has local ties and an impressive background in theater arts. They include Joshua William Green of Youngstown as artistic director, Kayla Boye of Warren as executive director and Tyler Moliterno of Boardman as new associate artistic director. After a year of limited productions because of the relentless COVID-19 pandemic, this new team already has exciting production plans in the wings for this summer and the 2021-22 season. Take a bow, Joshua, Kayla and Tyler!
• ORCHID: To the Youngstown State University bowling team for finishing in the Final Four of the NCAA’s National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship. “What a resilient group. I’m so proud of the effort,” YSU bowling coach Doug Kuberski aptly said. The Penguins made an impressive show in their first trip to a national competition, and we’re confident they will be a force to be reckoned with next season as well. Roll on, champs!