ORCHID: To the Cortland Police Department for accepting donations to help the women and children who are currently in the Someplace Safe shelter for the holidays. A local citizen named Tammy Cornell got the idea to collect goods and gifts for women and children in the shelter but needed a drop-off point to store the items. When she asked the police department for help collecting, storing and delivering the goods, the department was glad to help. The best time to drop off items is during the day Monday through Friday.
ONION: For the situation that happened this week in Lordstown when a CSX train delayed the village fire department from getting to a fire. Fire Chief Travis Eastham said this is not the first time this has occurred.
ORCHID: To several sewing groups and individuals in the area who have been making dresses for children in Haiti as part of an effort called "Little Dresses for Haiti." Avis Mathews of Hubbard is the coordinator of the local dresses project as well as a sock puppet effort, and the group is working with Lifeline Christian Mission to get the dresses shipped to Haiti. The group met recently at Corner House Church in Hubbard.
ORCHID: To Liberty Township police who will receive reinforcements in the coming years. Trustees voted this week to put in place a volunteer reserve police officer program, with the first starting Jan. 1, 2013. The plan is to sign up four or five in 2013.
ONION: To the person or persons who killed Melinda Todd, 43, in her Salem Township home on state Route 45. The grandmother was beaten so badly that authorities initially thought she had died of gunshot wounds. The fatal injuries to Todd and head injuries to her grandson, Cole Reed, were both caused by blunt force trauma, or beating.
ORCHID: For the Head Start children who were given their own copies of "Eating the Alphabet" and treated to cake and a visit from Winnie the Pooh during a party held at the Girard Multi-Generational Center. Head Start teacher Cheryl Mangan received the books from First Book-Trumbull County. The school did not receive a grant for books this year.
ORCHID: To Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher Amy M. Zatvarnicky who has been selected as the Warren District Dispatcher of the Year and is now in contention for the State Dispatcher of the Year award. Zatvarnicky, of Girard, was recognized for her service during 2012 at the Warren Dispatch Center.