ONION: To the Federal Aviation Administration for incorrectly saying a grant to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport was lost because it had ''expired'' due to delayed use. The FAA simply denied the airport's request to use the grant on a T-hangar taxi lane. By saying the grant was lost, the airport and Aviation Director Dan Dickten were wrongly cast in a negative light, including an ONION in this column last week.
ORCHID: To the Champion Board of Education for joining the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments so Champion can seek services and products jointly with other districts which would reduce the cost of preparing bid and spec announcements.
ORCHID: To the Ohio House of Representatives for approving a measure that would bar local governments across the state from using cameras to determine whether motorists have run red lights or been speeding.
ONION: To Niles City Schools Treasurer Linda Molinaro who said she was unable to provide a copy of the teacher evaluation policies voted on by the board of education. It's vital for the public to have access to school board information before members vote. Making public records readily available upon request is also the law.
ORCHID: to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 11, which represents 45 workers at the Trumbull County Highway Engineer's Office, for approving a fact-finder's report on a proposed contract. Several provisions in the proposed contract are favorable to taxpayers.
ORCHID: To First Book-Trumbull County members who spent much of the day Thursday distributing free books to more than 75 children at the Royal Mall housing complex in Niles.
ORCHID: To Trumbull County commissioners Frank Fuda, Dan Polivka and Paul Heltzel for approving a contract with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber to provide economic development services.
ORCHID: To Marcella Tolnar and Jeanine Spangler, both of Cortland, for saving 89-year-old Marian Izak of Austintown after Izak's car caught fire in Howland.