Orchids & onions

• ORCHID: To the Bazetta Fire Department for again offering a safe holiday package drop-off location to help prevent theft of deliveries. Packages can be delivered to the township fire department through Dec. 23, provided residents call 330-637-4136, Ext. 3, ahead of time. They also must bring an ID to claim the package once it arrives. What a wonderful service to the community and a great way to help defeat the crime

of porch pirating that is rampant this time of the year.

• ONION: To the vandal who thought it was a good idea to wail rocks through the windows of the historic Trumbull County Courthouse overnight last weekend. The courthouse stands as a representation of America’s justice system and all that is right with the scales of justice. Unfortunately, disrespectful people abound everywhere. Now the taxpayers will foot the bill for the unconscionable acts through insurance costs. Once the criminal is caught and prosecuted, we hope he or she receives a severe sentence and is ordered to pay for the damage.

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, which donated 150 pounds of packaged ground venison to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Warren this week. Last month, the federation made a similar donation to the Salvation Army in Warren. The game meat, harvested this season by local hunters and donated through the Hunters Feeding the Hungry program, undoubtedly will be put to good use. Said Dan Padula Jr. of Weathersfield, speaking for the Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, hunting is about family, tradition and getting young people outside. Based on the clubs’ generosity, apparently it’s also about service.

• ORCHID: For the large turnout of first responders and the respectful final salute to Warren fire Capt. Al Brown, who died Nov. 16 after being hospitalized. This week, the traditional last-alarm ceremony was held in front of the central fire station on South Street, and his flag-draped casket was honored in a solemn procession. Indeed, it was a sad day for all who loved Capt. Brown, but the final farewell was respectful and honorable.

• ONION: To relatives who haven’t learned yet about the value of family, not to mention the blessings of the holiday season. Area police too often are called to domestic disturbances, often this time of year. As one example, this newspaper reported this week that Warren police arrested a mother and daughter, ages 39 and 24, on domestic charges, after both were found bloodied and visibly upset. Assaults are bad enough, but when they occur among family members this time of year, it’s just sad.

• ORCHID: To Western Reserve Transit Authority for this month putting the spotlight on some 18 charity organizations that “Light Up the Valley” all year long with its Holiday Lights campaign. All through December, signs highlighting these organizations will appear on the back of selected WRTA buses serving Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The transit authority encourages all Valley residents to support these charitable organizations and the good work they do. Bravo!

• ORCHID: To organizers this week of the Mahoning Valley event and display to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS-related diseases. World AIDS Day was Wednesday, intended to encourage people to fight and end HIV, to support those living with the disease and their families and to honor people who have died from AIDS-related diseases. Wednesday, 80 red ribbons were exhibited in downtown Youngstown — each representing 10 people in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties who have the disease.



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