ORCHID: To the Rotary Club of Warren's eighth annual Chocolate Festival being held Wednesday at the Packard Music Hall. Proceeds from the event benefit the YWCA of Warren. Last year's event saw 400 guests and raised about $10,000.
A THREE-PEAT ONION: We have said this before, and we say it again, for the traffic control light at Pine Avenue in Warren in front of RG Steel. Since there is very little traffic coming and going at the plant, the stop light probably could be turned off or at least set to a flashing caution light because it's annoying to have to stop for no traffic. Also, knowing there is no traffic, some drivers just run the light without stopping or slowing down, which creates a dangerous situation. Is anyone going to do anything about this?
ORCHID: To the volunteers with the Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley. They have been taking part in volunteer open-house sessions. Volunteers still are needed for local, regional and national work.
ORCHID: To Court of Common Pleas Judge John M. Stuard, who was praised recently by members of the Trumbull County Bar Assoc. for his years of service to the judicial system and community. The association recently presented Stuard with the President's Award, among other honors. Stuard, who will retire after serving for Central District Court and currently the Common Pleas General Division Court, also has served as Warren city prosecutor, Newton Falls solicitor and Orangeville solicitor.
ONION: To the person or persons who set ablaze a live calf near Lisbon. The calf was burned so badly that her hide was separated from her body. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever did this. Anyone with information should call the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office at 330-424-7255.
ORCHID: For the Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze as it continued its ranking as the top-selling General Motors car and fell just short of another record-setting month for U.S. sales. Sales numbers released this week showed the Cruze had a 43 percent increase in September over the same month last year. U.S. buyers took delivery of 25,787 Cruzes last month, almost 7,700 more than in September 2011.
ORCHID: To former Warren resident Leslie Jackson, 66, who has been bicycling from Chicago back to his home in Boston to raise $15,000 to dig wells to provide water to families and villages around the world. Jackson stopped in Warren during his travels. He became involved with Living Water International about three years ago through his church, Reunion Christian in Boston. Jackson and his wife, Neelia, lived in Warren from 1970 through 1985. She was a teacher in the Warren City Schools, and he worked at the Fisher Body plant in Lordstown. He became an ordained minister at Warren Eastside Church of Christ under the Rev. Ronald Fowlis.