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Career, tech students bring home medals

Hats off to Vanguard-Sentinel students who competed this week at the Skills-USA Ohio championships in Columbus. The district brought home 28 medals in individual contests – nine gold, 10 silver and nine bronze.

Sixteen students from the Fremont and Tiffin campuses advance to national competition June 23-29 in Kansas City, Mo. We hope they have a rewarding experience.

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Manhunt was swift, successful

An amazing piece of detective work occurred this week following the bombing Monday at the finish of the Boston Marathon. It involved the efforts of local police, federal officers and civilians, sometimes using shreds of evidence from the scene. Within days, the FBI released photos of the alleged suspects; within hours, one was dead and the other was being hunted.

We tip our hat to those who contributed to the success of this manhunt, and then cover our hearts in memory of the victims.

Cash mobs aim to boost area economy

A tip of the cap to all those who organized and participated in the cash mob Wednesday at Tiffin Ace Hardware. Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Services plans to stage a series of these events to draw attention to area businesses and encourage people to shop locally. While the one-day boost in sales helps, the success of the effort really depends on reinforcing or changing the behavior of shoppers. The community they support is their own.

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All who gave are heroes

Hats off to Tiffin-Seneca United Way campaign chairs Kelly Hohman and Eric Shook and their teammates who spearheaded the fundraising effort that raised more than $480,000. The money will aid people throughout the community through assistance given to 13 primary agencies and nine associate agencies.

Thanks, also, to everyone who has donated to the annual campaign or is giving to the United Way through payroll deductions. The campaign had a superhero theme this year, and all who gave are, in a real way, coming to the rescue of others in the community.

Thanks for the program – again

A tip of the cap to Mark Steinmetz, a member of the Seneca County Historical Society, and the Seneca County Museum not only for planning and hosting a presentation last month about the 1913 flood, but also for offering a repeat of the program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the museum’s Fort Ball Room. The museum is to open at 1 p.m. Those who attend also can explore an exhibit of photographs and other flood memorabilia from the museum’s collection.

The presentation is to conclude in time for the audience to attend a community memorial service for the victims of the century-old disaster at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the church at 230 S. Washington St.

Considering the weather the past few days, the events serve as a timely reminder of the power of nature.