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Election season is upon us

Thumbs up to election season. Starting this week, the Advertiser-Tribune is focusing on local issues voters will see when casting their ballots in November. Election season is when we see democracy in action, and decisions made at the local level often affect all of our lives more than the well-publicized ones at the national level.

On that note, thumbs up to the local League of Women Voters organization for hosting Candidates Night Wednesday. This is a great forum where local leaders vying for office have an opportunity to speak directly to the public.

Thumbs down to the back-and-forth between Humane Society of Seneca County leaders and the Seneca County prosecutor’s office over the handling of a well-publicized case that involved over 100 dogs being confiscated at both a facility in Wyandot County and home in Seneca County. This situation regarding these undernourished dogs has been unfortunate for all parties involved.

Thumbs up to the recent news that enrollments are on the rise this year at Tiffin University, Heidelberg University and Terra State Community College. This is encouraging, as these institutions are all doing new and innovative things to attract students and prepare them for the modern world. The universities add a special vibrancy to our community.

Thumbs up to Sunny Farms Landfill for its efforts in building community trust through a family friendly open house it hosted last weekend. An Ohio EPA ruling got the ball rolling on Sunny Farms alleviating its odor and environmental issues, but we hope events like the open house foster a productive and responsive relationship between Sunny Farms and Fostoria-area residents.

Thumbs up to Lakota’s Kyleigh Dull, who won the girls Division II state golf championship this past weekend in Columbus. It was a great honor for a tremendous golfer. Also, congrats to Upper Sandusky’s Brett Montgomery, who placed second in the boys Division II state golf championship.

Thumbs up to Bascom Joint Fire Department and Fostoria Fire Division firefighters, who assisted men stuck at the top of a grain silo at Bascom Elevator & Supply Association Thursday. Everyone involved in the incident walked away uninjured.

Thumbs up to junior Columbian cross country runner Caden Groves, who won the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division championship. Good luck to Groves and other local runners at this weekend’s district meets.

Thumbs up to the Calvert, Columbian, Seneca East, Buckeye Central, New Riegel and Bellevue volleyball teams for advancing into the district semifinals, and to Carey and Upper Sandusky, who are still alive with sectional final battles ahead Saturday. Volleyball talent is alive and well in this area.

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