A great July 4th in Seneca County

Thumbs up to a wonderful Fourth of July. Patriotic spirit and the familial aspect of this area were in full display this week. We hope everyone had safe red, white and blue fun.

Thumbs down to mosquitos, which could be coming in droves this year, thanks to all the rainy weather we’ve gotten, says the Seneca County General Health District. Please don’t go light on the mosquito replellant, which is the best prevention of mosquito-borne illness.

Thumbs up to last Saturday night in Downtown Tiffin, with the successful combination of Pizza Palooza, put on by the Seneca County Young Professionals, and the Porter & Sayles concert at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater. The writer of this piece reports tasty pizza, sweet sounds and many people having a good time.

Thumbs down to the continued agriculture woes of Seneca County and the rest of this region. Local farmers told U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan that 80 percent of corn was not planted this season and most soybeans are going into the ground two months later than normal. Kudos to Jordan for listening to the agriculture plight, and let’s hope he can make a difference in bringing more aid to beleaguered farmers.

Thumbs up to the Tiffin Architectural Board of Review, which chose to table approving demolition of Kear’s Speed Shop as part of the Tiffin River Front Development property. While we are excited about the potential of the River Front Development, there were too many public voices at the meeting uneasy about the demolition of the historical building. It’s good form for the board of review to visit the site before making a decision, which they plan on.

Thumbs up to Republic’s Lisa Handshoe, owner of Handshoe Cakes & Cookies, who leads Project Cookies From Home, which delivers baked goods, pictures and letters from youths to those deployed overseas. Way to make a difference!

Thumbs up to Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology students Kiarra Clay of Fremont Ross (building maintenance), Noah Borer of Hopewell-Loudon (collision repair), Caden Hoover of Hopewell-Loudon (automotive refinishing technology), Emily Anstead of Old Fort (nurse assisting) and Noah Smith of Upper Sandusky (collision damage appraisal), who all medaled at the SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky.