Reasons to celebrate

Thumbs Up to the Seneca County General Health District unanimously voting to issue a 2019 operating license for Sunny Farms Landfill this week. We believe the settlement that resulted in Sunny Farms paying millions of dollars of fines and being subject to future scrutiny is enough, and that the landfill has corrected many of its issues.

Thumbs up to the Christian Counseling Center, which celebrated its 25th anniversary. The vision started with Pastor Allen Dietz of First Lutheran Church seeing a need, and has morphed into having three independently licensed, professional mental health counselors.

Thumbs up to Tim Wasserman, who has retired after 20 years as director of the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District. Wasserman began working for the district in 1989 and was hired as director in 1999. Among his accomplishments was implementing the Aim to be Green recycling drop off program in the district’s three counties.

Thumbs up to the whistles and flurry of activity that signify the beginning of fall sports. The beginning of practices and competitions, and activity around local schools, are the first indicators that summer break is in its fleeting moments. Good luck to all of the local teams!

Speaking of school, thumbs up to the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, who hosted the annual Administrators and Educators Appreciation Breakfast Thursday. Jeremy Marinins, Calvert Catholic Schools Head of School, delivered the keynote address. Seneca County is blessed with wonderful schools, administrators and teachers. Thank you for all you do in our communities.

Thumbs up to Attica Independent Fair’s new royalty, who were crowned during the fair’s opening night on Tuesday. It’s been a fun week at the fair, as the Attica rendition is another milepost of the area summer.

Thumbs up again to local first responders who are always out there keeping us safe, but are especially visible at events like the Attica Independent Fair. This week, the Attica-Venice-Reed Fire District and Attica-Venice-Reed EMS are at the ready at the fair.

Thumbs up to Fostoria’s Lunch on the Lawn concert series, which saw Tom Tobin perform Wednesday, marking the final such event of the summer. Things like these boost community spirit and give people a little thing to look forward to midweek.