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Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To Second Harvest Food Bank, Ohio National Guard and countless donors and volunteers who help make possible food giveaways, like one this week at the Canfield Fairgrounds. There, more than 700 families lined up for food donations. Sadly, the food bank has seen a 40 percent increase in demand since the pandemic began.

ORCHID: To Boardman Boy Scout David Wittman, 18, whose final Scouting project was building a track and field awards podium for use at Boardman’ s Spartan Stadium. Assistance for the project came from Home Depot and other volunteers.

ONION: To some members of Youngstown City Council missing the point of working for common good of the city as a whole. We were particularly troubled by a comment made this week by Councilwoman Anita Davis who fears the city’s bike path plans won’t benefit her ward. We applaud Davis for fighting for her constituency, but, at the end of the day, council must base its decisions on the greater good for the city as a whole. The bike path ultimately will offer opportunities for health and recreation to all city residents.

ORCHID: To Lordstown Motors Corp. for continuing to seek innovative ways to market its new electric pickup truck, the Endurance. The company this week announced it is partnering with a global automotive services firm, New Jersey-based Holman Enterprises, to introduce the truck to fleet operators nationwide. This partnership and all marketing efforts will help grow the company and also will help grow the local economy by keeping people employed at the plant. We all must hope for success of the Endurance and LMC.

ORCHID:: To Niles Board of Education for working aggressively to try to save funds by offering retirement incentives for members of the two school district labor unions. To help trigger some attrition savings, the board of education is offering one-time lump sum payments ranging from $2,000 to $8,000.

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