ORCHID: To the Inspiring Minds Summer Enrichment Program which completed its community service project at AmVets park on West Market in Warren recently. The project took four days as a collaboration with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to paint the playground equipment and bordering fence at the dilapidated park. Some of the paint was donated by Sherwin Williams on Elm Road and ice cream was donated to each child by the Dairy Queen on West Market. The project was facilitated by Christina Anderson of TNP and Pamela Brown of Inspiring Minds, both of whom were on-site with the 40 children.
ORCHID: To an Orangeville church for donating $6,000 to help the Orangeville Fire Department get a much-needed addition to the fire station. Orangeville United Methodist Church made the donation so the department can house fire trucks and also a community meeting room. The 16-foot addition will include three bays, the community room and hall.
ONION: Watch for the price of gasoline to go up soon as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to become a hurricane and is headed toward the Gulf Coast or Florida. The speculators already have been predicting a spike in oil prices as oil rigs are affected by the storm.
ORCHID: To the motorcycle riders participating in the annual Animal Welfare League's eighth annual motorcycle run on Sunday. Called the ''The Long and Short of it,'' it begins and ends at DiVieste's Banquet Hall in Warren and will include a tour of the longest and shortest covered bridges in Ashtabula County. Proceeds from the event will benefit the league.
ORCHID: To the Liberty High School wrestling team and Liberty in Bloom Master Gardeners who organized a cleanup this week with weeding and mulching of the entire school campus. The project included the bridge on Shady Road. Plans are in place for lighting decorative poles at each corner of the bridge; a safe routes to school grant also is building sidewalks.
ORCHID: For the Mahoning River water trail receiving special designation as the ninth such trail in the state. A ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the unique designation was held recently at the Thomas A. Swift MetroPark in Braceville. The park is one of the available stops on the trail that stretches from Newton Falls to Warren. The trail starts at Foster Park in Newton Falls near the Lake Milton dam and runs nearly 23 miles to Packard Park in Warren. The waterway is used by many canoers and kayakers.