Orchids and onions
ORCHID: To parishioners of the Howland Bolindale Christian Church for finding ways to keep their community food bank operating at record strength throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the pantry gave away more than 1,900 tons — or 3.8 million pounds — of food. That’s a whopping 600 tons more than 2019. Congregants achieved that laudable goal by revamping the pantry to drive-thru service and rallying a small group of committed volunteers following all COVID-19 precautions. As a result, residents of Howland and other Valley communities had a reliable outlet to visit for critical food needs twice weekly during the ravages of the pandemic.
ONION: To Lordstown Motors Corp. for not paying on time its first-half 2020 Trumbull County property tax bill of $570,957. Though a company spokesman said the payment is now rectified, the delinquency still reflects poorly on the startup electric-vehicle manufacturer. The company already has endured several instances of pessimism in recent weeks and months. It can ill afford any more negative notoriety of its own making. Here’s hoping company officials will see to it that all future tax filings are handled promptly and fully.
ORCHID: To the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Transportation for joining forces this week to launch a proactive anti-litter campaign titled “A Little Litter is a Big Problem.” The agencies are seeking support and participation from local governments, environmental groups, schools and businesses to send clear messages to all Ohioans. Volunteers organized by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and the Trumbull-Geauga Solid Waste Management District already rose to the occasion last weekend with a massive cleanup drive throughout Warren. Other groups in the Mahoning Valley should follow their commendable civic-minded lead.
ONION: To irresponsible property owners who are cutting down trees now through Oct. 1 and ignoring important warnings from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR said various endangered species of bats are using trees in the Buckeye State to nest during spring and summer. Downing those trees now could be detrimental to their already dwindling numbers. To chop down a tree without harming the state’s bat population and without being slapped a restitution charge from the state, call a qualified tree-cutting professional cooperating with the state’s bat-preservation initiative.
ORCHID: To the Warren Area Miniatures Club for celebrating its 25th anniversary recently at the Warren SCOPE Center. The group is affiliated with the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts whose mission is to promote miniatures through education, collecting and building friendships and skills through the sharing of experience and ideas. We hope the local miniatures chapter continues to provide maximum enjoyment for its skilled members for years to come.
ORCHID: To American Legion Post 236 in Newton Falls for donating $90,000 toward construction of a new baseball field on the southeastern side of the exempted village school district’s athletic complex. The generous good work validates the American Legion slogan of “Veterans Strengthening America” and lives up to its noble mission “to enhance the well-being of America’s veterans, their families, our military and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.”