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• ORCHID: to our first responders who see a continuous increase in the services they need to provide, but still manage to do it well. The Girard Fire Department, for example, said it handled 2,000 calls this year for the first time. Ten years ago, it handled half of that amount at 907. Officials attribute the increase to factors like an aging population. Whatever the cause, we commend these first responders for continuing to do their jobs with professionalism.

• ORCHID: To the Stephen Foster Chorus, which has given amazing performances for 75 years. Sadly, the band sang their final note at a Christmas performance last week at Christ Episcopal Church in Warren due to declining membership. At one time, the choir numbered as many as 30 members. Now, however, there were only eight active members left. Thank you for the commitment and the beautiful harmony throughout the years.

• ONION: To those responsible for private dams who lack proper care and maintenance to ensure safety. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit this week, attempting to force repairs to the Coalburg Lake Dam located on Little Yankee Run in Hubbard Township. Yost and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are concerned that failure of the structure could result in significant loss of lives, homes or businesses downstream. Indeed, private dams offer beautiful scenery, but if they are not properly maintained, they represent a serious risk.

• ORCHID: To Berk Enterprises, as well as many organizations and volunteers in the area, including members of Warren City schools, who helped distribute hundreds of coats, sweaters and scarves this month to help to keep those who need it most warm. Approximately 900 coats, 700 scarves and hundreds of sweaters, as well as bundles of underwear, were distributed to 13 organizations in the area during an event at the Warren Jefferson PK-8 School in partnership with Warren Rotary . What a wonderful gift for those in need as winter approaches.

• ORCHID: To those involved in the further economic development associated with the $ 2.3 billion Ultium cell factory under construction in Lordstown. Recently, a company linked to LG Energy Solution – which is building the Lordstown plant in partnership with General Motors – purchased an office building in downtown Niles for $ 160,000 to serve as a test space for the equipment. automation of the Ultium Cells plant. The company will renovate the space and employ nine workers. This is just one more example of the far reaching effect the new Ultium Cells factory is having on our valley.

• ONION: To the Ohio Department of Health, who again reported “Manual reporting errors in two laboratories”, resulting in an undercoverage of 7,699 COVID-19 cases in Ohio since March. Previous COVID-19 tabulation or reporting errors included the fact that the ODH had not reported more than one in four deaths in Ohio from COVID-19, as well as other incomplete case data. last year. The ODH website also encountered numerous issues resulting in delays in reporting COVID-19 data.

• ORCHID: To the Western Reserve Transit Authority and some elected officials in Trumbull County who attempt to provide comprehensive information on public transportation needs and services. Township and municipality leaders are invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Trumbull County Education Services Center to discuss WRTA’s transportation proposal. Indeed, views differ on local transit needs, so education is essential before making this important decision.

• ORCHID: To Beth Nolen, Cindy Kasiewicz and many others with Shepherd’s House Ministries in Niles who recently spent several hours stocking 130 stockings with donated items to ship to US servicemen and women overseas. Without a doubt, thoughtfulness and generosity will be meaningful to those who sacrifice time at home with their families so that they can serve our country.

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