Finally, the start of fall sports

Thumbs up to the sports staff of The Advertiser-Tribune, for their efforts in putting together this year’s Fall Sports tab. If you mentioned this massive collection of athletic information in Thursday’s paper, stop by the A-T office and buy a copy.

Thumbs down to the situation at Fostoria City Schools, where disagreements between the Fostoria Education Association and Fostoria Board of Education has resulted in the association authorizing its bargaining team to send a 10-day strike notice. We hope the situation is resolved fairly and soon and that the district’s children are not affected by the proceedings.

Thumbs up to the proactive nature of those pursuing mental health awareness for agricultural professionals. The Seneca County Agricultural Mental Health Committee recently met to help those in the agricultural community dealing with high amounts of stress and mental health issues. This is a real issue, exacerbated by the challenging agricultural season we’ve had.

Thumbs up to Lavin and Tom Schwan, who together have started Bellevue Recovery and Support Services, which helps people get into detoxication and rehabilitation programs. Their efforts are spurred out of personal experience as the family lost their son, Joey Silcox, to a fentanyl and heroin overdose in 2016.

Thumbs up to the volunteers from the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition for their efforts in cleaning up the Sandusky River today (Saturday). Last year, the cleanup crew removed 5 cubic yards of trash and 1,000 pounds of scrap metal from more than seven miles of river and one mile of Rock Creek in the Tiffin area.

Thumbs up to Bascom Communications’ continued investment in extending fiber and fixed wireless service to area. The company this week announced a $1.7 million project to extend services to customers south and east of Tiffin.

Thumbs up on the continued collaboration between Tiffin University and Heidelberg University, who banded together this week on Labor STAY Weekend, an effort to keep local university students in the Tiffin area through activities.