Happy tails for rescued dogs

Thumbs up to those new dog owners who stepped up in the wake of an executed search warrant that found 150 dogs in Upper Sandusky last week. We are so thankful these dogs are finding good, loving homes.

Also, thumbs up to the Wyandot County Animal Shelter, which has stepped up in a big way through the influx of the dogs coming through its doors because of the aforementioned situation.

Thumbs down to the region’s increased unemployment rate, which hit 4.5% in July. Seneca, Crawford, Hancock, Sandusky, Wood and Wyandot counties all saw unemployment increases from June to July.

Thumbs up to Tiffin native Dylan Wertz, who represented the United States this week at the WordSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. Wertz, a graduate of Coumbian High School and Sentinel Career and Technology Center, competed in the car painting competition.

Thumbs up to a fun local event, the Tiffin Elks Regatta, which saw competitors build boats from plywood, duct tape and a few fasteners while raising money for the NOAH Foundation and the Summer Food Program for Kids.

Thumbs up to Fostoria’s auto manufacturing past, as noted at Fostoria Heritage Day last weekend. Before mass production took over the industry, there were three small-scale auto manufacturers in Fostoria. A 1918 model automobile manufactured by the Allen Motor Car Co. was at the event at the Fostoria Historical Museum.

Thumbs up to Tiffin University’s a cappella ensemble — Up in the Air — who is in the midst of a European Tour that includes performances in England and Italy.

Thumbs up to all of the sights of local sports action that have been found in recent editions of The A-T. It’s great to see teams back in action, and there has been a noticeable uptick in school colors being proudly displayed as begin the fall season.