Time for Halloween

Thumbs up to this area doing a great job in offering many childrens’ Halloween festivities. The Tiffin Developmental Center’s parade and Hedges-Boyer Park’s Fall Fest kicked things off last weekend. There are plenty of other events in the coming days, including Tiffin’s trick-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Thumbs down to what was a tragic couple of days in the area last weekend. On Friday, a Bloomville man died after being thrown from his motorcycle in a three-vehicle accident on SR 231. Then, on Saturday night in Fostoria, an intruder was shot and killed and a homeowner was injured during a break-in attempt. A second intruder may also have been shot.

Thumbs up to a number of local football teams, who are heading into the stretch run hot. In high school, Tiffin Columbian and Seneca East are both 7-1 on the season and still alive in the conference and playoff standings. The Tornadoes host Perkins Friday. On the collegiate side, both Tiffin University and Heidelberg University both have just one loss. Heidelberg hosts Mount Union at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Thumbs down to the Big Ten Conference for scheduling the Ohio State at Northwestern game on Friday night, causing a conflict for football fans who love both the high school and college game. We’ve rarely seen an issue bring so many people from all sides together — but this is it. High school football belongs on Friday, for the most part, and college football always belongs on Sunday.

Thumbs up to the foresight of Tiffin City Schools leadership for coming up with a plan to modernize the district and its buildings. Superintendent Gary Barber discussed at this week’s school board meeting the construction of a new Pre-K-6 elementary building, as well as a major addition to Tiffin Middle School to accommodate Columbian High School students. This project Is expected to cost $44 million, and would require a 5.52-mill bond issue, that is expected to be voted upon in March. This is a big deal for the community and we encourage all to carefully consider the project’s benefits as more information comes available.

Thumbs up to the Tiffin City Schools Board of Education for voting to eliminate pay-to-participate fees for the 2020-21 school year. Kudos to administration and Athletic Director Dan Hartsel for finding alternative ways, such as hosting youth camps, to fundraiser beyond the pay-to-participate model.

Thumbs up to the color show we are being treated to as the autumn trees near their color peak. Enjoy it while it lasts, as it means both lots of outdoor work ahead and winter not being too far away.