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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To 1987 Mathews High School graduate Shawn Seminara, who carved from wood an 8-foot horse and donated the piece of art to his alma mater, whose nickname is the Mustangs. The beautiful carving named Eclipse — done with a chainsaw and grinder — stands proudly outside the district’s high school on Warren Sharon Road. Seminara is certainly a gifted artist who used his talent to do good in the community, and plans do another carving for the district. We can’t wait to see it.

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Emergency Management Agency and its director, John Hickey, for investments made that will allow for better training of safety forces and emergency workers, plus better warning the public of severe weather and emergencies through an alert system that will launch in September. Preparedness, especially when it comes to public safety during severe weather, can save lives, making this move vital to the health and welfare of Trumbull County residents.

• ONION: To residents in Girard who have resorted to posting harassing signs in their yards showing the world how vulgar, biased and rude they are. Specifically, two neighbors have become so entrenched in this battle of words that it’s now drawn the attention of city council members who are seeking ways to put an end to it. We suspect Law Director Brian Kren was correct when he said the First Amendment probably protects their ability to post these reprehensible signs, but that doesn’t make it ethically right. Americans must stop this type of embarrassing behavior and raise the bar on what we think is acceptable treatment of our neighbors.

• ORCHID: To everyone involved in the continued good work known as “Imagination Library,” a pet project of Ohio’s first lady Fran DeWine. Fran and Gov. Mike DeWine spent time prior to Sunday’s Scrappers game at Eastwood Field promoting the early reading program and the message that “children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” The United Way of Trumbull County and the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library also were on hand signing up children for Imagination Library. About 4,346 Trumbull County children will receive an Imagination Library book through this childhood literacy program. For more information, visit www.unitedwaytrumbull.org/imaginationlibrary.

• ONION: To Newton Falls Councilman John Baryak, Councilwoman Tesa Spletzer and Mayor Ken Kline for voting against a proposal that would have given village employees an additional paid holiday for Juneteenth. The trio cited cost — between $6,000 and $7,000 — as a factor. Granted, the village is experiencing some tough financial times, but some things are more valuable than money — like taking a day to commemorate the emancipation of black slaves in the U.S. and to celebrate African-American culture.

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls Councilman Chris Granchie, who sponsored the legislation for the Juneteenth holiday, and to Councilwoman Julie Stimpert for voting in favor of giving village employees the holiday. Juneteenth has tremendous cultural meaning and Granchie correctly said, “money should not be a sticking point on this.”

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