Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To those involved in bringing $3 million in Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grant money to a project in Weathersfield. The project, funded by state pandemic relief funds, will improve low water pressure in Mineral Ridge. The grant comes from $250 million allocated for water and sewer infrastructure grants to Ohio communities, funding 183 projects. Here, an elevated water storage tank and a booster pump station will be constructed. Gov. Mike DeWine visited the area this week to discuss the grant, which will help defray costs to area ratepayers.

• ORCHID: To Liberty trustees and township attorney Cherry Poteet for being proactive in negotiating with safety forces labor unions to remove bureaucracy in hiring by eliminating the township’s civil-service requirements. At a time when departments are facing increasingly competitive hiring challenges brought on by shortages of police officers, firefighters and paramedics, the civil-service testing process can be time consuming and expensive. Using Ohio guidelines, Poteet worked with township employee unions to eliminate the civil-service requirement while still ensuring hiring standards for police and firefighters will not decrease.

• ONION: To trespassers who have been opening farm gates, freeing livestock from their enclosures around the area. The Mahoning County Farm Bureau said a string of such incidents have occurred recently, including two on Nov. 30 in Milton and Jackson townships. The scofflaw might have thought it funny, but the recent event resulted in the death of three horses and a foal, along with an injury to a teen driver who struck two horses. Also, a 6-year-old girl was injured in a separate accident in Milton Township after a car struck a horse near Jackson-Milton Middle School. Now a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Call 330-456-4889 or email mahoning@ofbf.org to share information.

• ORCHID: To Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, artist Alex Savakis and Lit’l Mac Food Store on Parkman Road for the creation of a new mural on Warren’s northwest side encouraging people to plan healthy meals with fruits and vegetables. Savakis, a Warren native and graduate of the University of Akron, received a $6,000 grant for the project. TNP, along with Creating Healthy Communities and Healthy Community Partnership, contributed funds toward the stipend for the project. TNP has been studying food insecurities in Warren, also as a result of grants, and is working to build relationships with area neighborhood stores for several years.

• ORCHID: To local pastor David Luther, American Legion Post 700, the Trumbull County Veterans Services Commission, including its director Herm Breuer, and Kent State University at Trumbull for their involvement in coordinating and hosting “Pearl Harbor and Beyond.” The local event, also hosted by the Tribune Chronicle, was held Tuesday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The event recognized all veterans who have served our nation with honor.


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