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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To students in the Trumbull County Educational Service Center’s Vocational Unit, housed at McDonald High School, for expanding their good works to the community. Students recently sorted and organized clothing donations at the Warren Family Mission as part of job training / workforce participation program. Students learn valuable job skills while community-service agencies gain extra help from students.

• ONION: To motorists who reportedly are driving up to 50 mph in 25 mph zones in the Timber Creek Drive residential area of Bazetta. The neighborhood includes many families and young children, so dangers of speeding cannot be underestimated. We urge Bazetta police officers to heed neighbors’ calls for added patrols to stop speeders endangering safety in the neighborhood.

• ORCHID: To Sisters Mary Beata Im and Debra Marin Comins of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate out of Monroe, New York, for an extended visit of service to the Diocese of Youngstown. They are helping Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren prepare for a special holiday program, titled “North Road Christmas,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the church. It will feature a pancake breakfast, hot chocolate bar, Santa photos, carriage rides, a petting zoo and more. We join the Diocese in thanking them for their enriching ministry of presence.

• ONION: To irresponsible individuals who operate golf carts on public streets and sidewalks. In Hubbard, the problem has become so bad the city is considering an ordinance to ban the use of golf carts on public thoroughfares. According to data gathered by the federal government, tens of thousands of people are injured each year over improper use of golf carts, particularly when used off golf courses. Other communities should follow Hubbard’s lead to remove this unnecessary public safety hazard from the streets.

• ORCHID: To Niles Intermediate School for winning an award from U.S. News and World Report recognizing it as one of Ohio’s best elementary schools for 2021. The schools are ranked by student test scores, reading and math proficiency, attendance and effective preparation for high school. The publication noted this school ranks “well above expectations” in overall academic performance. Students, teachers, administrators and parents have every good reason to be proud of this nationally recognized honor.

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