Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna for its newly announced community engagement partnership campaign called “Operation Fly Together” that will promote the military unit. The marketing campaign will celebrate the C-130H aircraft based at the station as well as bring increased awareness to the airlift wing and YARS, which is Trumbull County’s largest employer, organizers said. The partnership includes five very important categories — support, honor, educate, celebrate and community.

• ORCHID: To Howland Township police and fire departments for giving away bicycle helmets during a fun event Friday at Richard E. Orwig Park near Howland High School. The event, known as “Food Truck Friday,” was scheduled to include live music and family-friendly games. The helmet giveaway is an important part of the event because safety is a big part of an enjoyable summer.

• ONION: To vandals in Howland Township Parks that have triggered the need for additional surveillance cameras. The township park board wants to add cameras to cover the lake pavilion, where the bulk of spray-paint vandalism has taken place; the new Tiger Town playground; the pavilion near the Wright building; and the tennis courts. The board also discussed installing a camera outside the entrance to the restrooms, which vandals damaged despite being locked at night. Fixtures were ripped down, feces smeared on the walls and items placed in the toilets. Unbelievable. We are hopeful cameras will help catch and identify these scofflaws so they can be prosecuted fully.

• ORCHID: To Caitlin Gilger-White of Champion, recently named as the new executive director of the Warren Family Mission. Gilger-White had served as interim director for the past six months following the December death of the former director, her father, Chris Gilger. She has has been with the mission for seven years, serving as volunteer coordinator and director of development before assuming interim director duties. The mission board of directors made the appointment. Who better to carry on this important valuable community service and her late father’s legacy than his daughter.

• ORCHID: To organizers of the 24th annual Fairhaven Golf Classic, held this week at Trumbull Country Club in Warren. The scramble tournament featured foursomes, including some Special Olympians, from all over the Mahoning Valley. It provided a great opportunity for these golfers while raising money and awareness. Bravo!



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