ORCHID: To Windham High School students who partnered with Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio to teach JA programs to 12 classrooms of kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Katherine Thomas Elementary School last month.
ORCHID: To Hiram College officials for approving a project to renovate space in a residence hall to house military veterans and their families. Renovation of Henry Hall includes conversion of 44 double occupancy rooms into single private quarters for veterans attending Hiram under the post 9/11 GI Bill. The new dedicated space will be named Freedom Center at Henry Hall.
ORCHID: To The Morris and Phyllis Friedman Foundation for its $25,000 donation to the Animal Welfare League.
ORCHID: To the North Bloomfield Historical Society for its Trains in the Town Hall free show that attracted more than 500 visitors. The organization provided a running train display, refreshments, scavenger hunts, cookies to decorate and door prizes, all for free.
ONION: To Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell for his inaccurate defense of the village's decision to not seek a law enforcement bid from the Trumbull County Sheriff's Office. Waddell publicly chastised the Tribune Chronicle for urging Newton Falls to let the sheriff's office take over. The Tribune's editorial board has merely suggested that Newton Falls obtain a bid to compare with the cost of maintaining its own department. Waddell also publicly chastised the newspaper for not urging other communities to do the same. The newspaper's editorial board has many times encouraged other communities, such as Liberty and Warren, to seek bids from the sheriff.
ORCHID: To Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Protune for entering the Democratic Party primary for Ohio governor despite the Ohio Democratic Party's attempt to prevent candidate Ed FitzGerald from encountering any competition.