Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for collaborating with Urban Micro Farms and Watu Market on Niles Road SE to provide fresh, local produce offerings in Warren. The collaboration enables the convenience store to expand greatly its fresh vegetable offerings. In so doing, the impact of food insecurity in the city has been lessened noticeably.
• ONION: To those individuals who have been hunting illegally recently in the Orchard Drive area of Howland. A township resident reported at the recent trustees meeting she has seen several hunters recently in the residential and commercial area and some stay there for three or four hours. Township Trustee James LaPolla said a hunting app erroneously reported the area is legal for hunting.
• ORCHID: To Coates Car Care of Howland for raising more than $15,000 for the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation to help fund pediatric brain tumor research. The spooky, yet fun, fundraiser took the form of a “haunted carwash” and attracted many participants. Melina Michelle, 4, of Canfield was diagnosed with diffuse midline glioma, a childhood brain tumor in May 2020 and died one month later. Michelle Edenfield, mother of Melina, thanked the Coates family for going “above and beyond for our Melina.” The money raised will go to great use in search of a cure for DMG.
• ORCHID: To Easy Street Productions for exercising responsible caution by canceling its planned live productions of its perennial favorite holiday musical, “Miracle on Easy Street,” due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. This is the second consecutive year the Powers Auditorium stage will remain dark in December for the Mahoning Valley Christmas staple. Though disappointing, this year’s show, however, still will be produced in smaller vignettes and aired on 21 WFMJ-TV on dates to be announced later.
• ONION: To the vile thief who stole money from a parishioner and several hundred dollars from cash registers at the gift shop of Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine in North Jackson earlier this week. Jackson Township police Chief Greg Taillon characterized the crime as “ruthless … I mean to target a church? You have to be pretty low to do that.” Taillon is 100 percent correct. The thief should be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
• ORCHID: To former Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber President Thomas Humphries of Girard for being inducted formally into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in a virtual presentation by the Department of Veterans Services on Thursday. Humphries, one of 20 inductees in the Class of 2021, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, following by years in the Air Force Reserve. After that, Humphries has been a strong advocate for prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. The entire ceremony from Veterans Day is available on the DVS YouTube channel.