• ORCHID: To the Mahoning Valley’s congressional delegation for its work to ensure the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna remains a vital cog to our Valley’s economy and the nation’s military preparedness. We’re pleased that our delegation — U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, and Bill Johnson, R-Marietta — cast aside partisan differences to work aggressively to ensure the reserve station got its fair share of the $768 billion defense spending bill signed by President Joe Biden this week. Their work paid off as the air base has been awarded $8.7 million from that budget to widen an assault runway that will enable pilots to perform required training landings there rather than at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. Such bipartisan cooperation should be emulated by other members and on other issues.
• ORCHID: To members of the Superman Saturday League, a local disc golf league that meets each and every Saturday at Young’s Run Disc Golf Course near Kent State University at Trumbull to play. Christmas Day marked the 1,000th Saturday in a row the league met; about 20 members gathered to play. The amazing streak goes all the way back to October 2002. The longevity of the league is a testament to the members, who have played in all sorts of conditions and even through the pandemic.
• ONION: To Newton Falls Councilwoman Tesa Spletzer and Councilmen John Baryak and Mike Serotko for their vote authorizing the village’s electric department to remove a smart electric meter from a private garage on Ridge Road. Why was council even involved? It’s a matter that — to Councilman Chris Granchie’s point — should have been handled between the residents and the electric department without the legislative body’s involvement. We also agree with Councilwoman Julie Stimpert and some other village residents that the move might open the door for council to do it again despite Spletzer’s claim: “This one and only situation is the only exception to the meter program moving forward. This is the one and only time we are doing this.” Council should not have been involved this time.
• ORCHID: To Judith Sheridan of Bloomfield, for her tireless dedication to local history and for her participation in several local historical groups for more than two decades now. For her effort, the Harriet Taylor Upton Association — a group Sheridan has belonged to for 25 years — nominated her for an award from the Ohio Local History Alliance. Sheridan won and is more than well-deserving of the 2021 Individual Achievement Award. “We couldn’t do all that we do here without Judi and what she has done. She helps with our programs and tours and helps …….