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Thumbs up, Oct. 12

• Thumbs up to more fresh development in the Tiffin area. We applaud the creation of “131 Arcade” on South Washington, which announced Releve Barre Studio as its first business. Plans are in the works for a juice and smoothie bar and a modern, shared workspace in the building. We are excited by the shot in the arm this will bring in fostering local entrepreneurs.

• Thumbs up to The Ritz Theatre, which is in the midst of its 2019-20 season. TOTO performed at the Ritz this past weekend, with a number of large acts performing in the coming months including David Nail today, Herman’s Hermits and Trace Adkins.

• Thumbs up to Mircea Handru and Lt. Michael S. Woody, who received Ray of Hope Awards at a National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and Recovery Services Board banquet recently. The awards go to people in Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties who have benefited the community with their contributions related to mental health.

• Thumbs up to Jennifer Hill, senior unit clerk in the Emergency Care Center at Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Republic EMS coordinator. Hill was honored with the 2019 Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award from Mercy last month.

• Thumbs up to the Glamour Gals chapter of Tiffin University students, who took part in a neat cross-generational event this week when they visited the Elmwood Assisted Living facility for a tea and pizza party. Tiffin native Jena Huffman, a TU junior, and advisor Julia Porter, founded Glamour Gals, which once a month provides makeovers, manicures and crafts for Elmwood residents.

• Thumbs up to the Tiffin Fire Rescue Division and Domino’s Pizza for a creative way in partaking in Fire Prevention Week. On Thursday, those ordering from Domino’s could have been joined by a fire truck. If residents were able to prove they had working smoke detectors, they were given a coupon for free pizza.

• Thumbs up to the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Foundation Series for bringing author Kevin Hines to town this week. Hines delivered a powerful message at Tiffin University’s Marion Center about surviving a suicide attempt at the Golden Gate Bridge and his life since. “Never again silence your pain,” he told the crowd. “A pain shared is a pain halved.”

• Thumbs up to blood donors. The American Red Cross released a list of local blood drives this week, and there are ample opportunities in this area to donate. This is an important thing that is driven by volunteer donors, so consider stopping into one of the drives.

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