• ORCHID: To members of Struthers AMVETS Post 44 for coming to the rescue of victims ravaged by the tornado in Kentucky this month. They collected around 30 boxes filled with soap, shampoo, washcloths, reading glasses, other personal care items and soft drinks. Ohio AMVETS Department Cmdr. Sara Pierce recovered the items last weekend and drove them to communities hardest hit by deadly tornadoes that killed dozens of people across the state. Congratulations also to the members of the 1971 Struthers High School class for their assistance in this compassionate mission.

• ORCHID: To Amy Weaver, Associate Professor of Nursing at Youngstown State University, for becoming the first recipient of a prestigious professorship in nursing. The first professorship Patricia M. Sweeney was awarded to Weaver in a recent ceremony at Cushwa Hall. Sweeney’s husband, Douglas, launched the chair with a donation of $ 500,000 to YSU to honor his wife’s over 40 years of nursing. We’re excited that Weaver has big plans for the price – establishing a pop-up clinic primarily for the elderly.

• ORCHID: To Boardman United Methodist Church for hosting a Blue Christmas Service earlier this week, designed to comfort the many who have suffered loss – whether it is the loss of a loved one, from a job, relationship, or anything else that caused pain and heartache. The purpose of service is as noble as they come during this season of joy otherwise: to affirm the loss and give people the strength to move forward with hope and a greater sense of peace.

• ORCHID: To the Donald Ross Society Foundation for the allocation of $ 15,000 to the two 18-hole golf courses at Mill Creek MetroParks. The company pays homage to Ross, one of the most renowned golf course architects of the first half of the 20th century across America. Over the past four years, the company has awarded $ 50,000 to MetroParks courses, funds that will be used for the continuous improvement of the capital assets of the acclaimed courses. In doing so, Ross’s legacy is preserved in the most appropriate manner.

• ORCHID: To the hundreds of Mahoning Valley volunteers who participated in Wreaths Across America this past weekend. The event honors the Marines, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and other members of the United States Armed Forces who have fallen in action by placing Christmas wreaths on their graves. Events in Girard, Niles and other local cemeteries drew hundreds of participants and were among 3,000 such events across the country. Their volunteering has been a fitting and tangible way to honor Veterans this holiday season.

• ORCHID: to Madelyn Fonagy, a first year student at Hubbard High School, for creating and maintaining a “blessing box” or small pantry outside of her grandfather’s Brookfield dental office, Dr Joseph Fonagy. It’s stocked with non-perishable items, allowing people to take what they need and leave what they can. United Way of Trumbull County recently recognized Fonagy for his generosity and hard work with the Thanksgiving Acts of Kindness Award.

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