New things happening in Seneca County

Thumbs up to the resolution of the Sunny Farms Landfill alleged violations. We are hoping closure comes in the form of last week’s agreement that Sunny Farms would pay $1.71 million in civil penalties for the alleged past water pollution, as well as $2.01 million for under-reported and mischaracterized fees associated with waste entering landfill facilities. The Ohio EPA has determined Sunny Farms is now in substantial compliance with regulatory requirements. We appreciate the changes Sunny Farms has made to be a good neighbor to the Fostoria area, and look for less headlines on this issue moving forward.

Thumbs up to Tony Paradiso, who was selected from a group of six to become the newest Seneca County commissioner, replacing the seat recently vacated by Holly Stacy. We wish Paradiso the best of luck in this highly important position.

Thumbs down to the length of time it took to complete but thumbs up to the completion of the Sarah Street project, which is finally done after 14 years in the making. The street will help truck and vehicle traffic heading to National Machinery and Heidelberg University and creates ample separation between the road and railway. This project, spearheaded by the late Congressman Paul Gillmor, has had a long and winding path, but we celebrate its commencement now.

Thumbs up to the Seneca County Junior Fair Livestock Sale bringing in more than $232,000 through commercial bids and the back-to-the-farm sale. This was another indicator that this year’s Seneca County Fair was a smashing success.

Thumbs up to Seneca County’s first canine drill team, which placed first at the Ohio State Fair Monday.

Thumbs up to the Columbian High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads for capturing first place at the Seneca County Fair competition.

Thumbs up to local business In Motion Dance Studio, whose need for additional classroom space facilitated the opening of a new location at 42 Ashwood Road. Congrats and good luck to this popular local studio.