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Tiffin mourns the loss of great leaders

Thumbs down to last week, which was an awful one for the community, more specifically Tiffin City Council. On the heels of the word of council president Mark Hayes’ death was news of the passing of First Ward Councilman Jim Roberts. Roberts was Seneca County’s sheriff from 1970 to 1978 and served on council since 2012. Roberts, who also held other roles in the community, was another dedicated public servant whom many others looked up to. We, and the community at large, will miss Roberts.

Thumbs up to the completion of the economically important trip to Japan by Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner, State Rep. Bill Reineke and Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership President David Zak. This trip was important for relationship building and will hopefully pay large dividends in the future.

Thumbs up to local sports, which are giving Seneca County fans plenty to cheer about this fall season. It has been a banner start for some local football teams, with Columbian and Seneca East standing at 3-0 at the time of print. It also extends to volleyball, golf, tennis and cross country, where local high school teams are all showing success. And at Heidelberg University and Tiffin University, the fall sports season has brought a flurry of activity and victories. This sports town shines brightly this time of year.

Thumbs down to rising tensions at Fostoria City Schools. Members of the Fostoria Education Association and its supporters showed up at Monday’s school board meeting wearing buttons saying “I don’t want to strike, but I will.” Teachers unanimously voted last month to authorize their bargaining team to issue a 10-day strike notice to the board and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board. We again urge administration, the board and teachers to come to an agreement that is fair to teachers and helps point the district toward solid financial

Thumbs up to Downtown Tiffin and especially those who organize the monthly Third Thursday event in Tiffin. Thursday’s Taste of Tiffin event was a smash hit as hundreds of people found their way downtown for a good time and some good grub. Another piece of the Third Thursday events is trivia night, which continues to bring large numbers of people to a rotating local business.

Thumbs up to the Nonviolent Tiffin group, which is raising awareness for today’s National Day of Peace. The group is asking people to make paper origami cranes through today with a goal of making 1,000 that represent peace. The group has plans for more future events in the area and stands behind something that should be welcomed by all of us.

Thumbs up to on-campus programs at Tiffin’s two universities – Heidelberg and Tiffin. The visit from The Onion co-founder Scott Dikkers served as another reminder that there are some interesting people that find their way to this area thanks to the universities. At Heidelberg, the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series takes place Tuesday, Sept. 24 and former First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara Pierce Bush visit Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Thumbs up to the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival, which is again entertaining and educating area residents this weekend. Thank you to organizers for putting a great festival together and to those volunteers whose hard work is multiplied in smiles.

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