May turns out to be a month of proclamations


WARREN -- If April is the cruelest month, May might be the busiest.
In Trumbull County, May is "Foster Care Month." And "Mental Health Month." And let's not forget "Older Americans Month," recognized nationally since 1963.
Trumbull County commissioners have issued proclamations for all three.
"Apparently, there is no limit," Commissioner Michael J. O'Brien said. "May is one of our busier months."
Approval process: The designations are created at the state level and handed down to the counties, O'Brien said. And although May's designations don't carry quite the heft of Black History Month (February) or Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), officials from local agencies made their way to the commissioners meeting to pick up their proclamations.
The "Foster Care Month" proclamation was formally accepted by representatives of the children services board and two foster families. A representative of the Trumbull County Board of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health picked up "Mental Health Month."
For "Older Americans Month," nobody immediately stepped forward.
"Those other ones, everyone was getting up to edge each other out," O'Brien said. "That one, nobody wants."

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