Local teams compete for titles

Thumbs up to the Calvert volleyball team for advancing to the Division IV regional final at Elida today (Saturday). It’s been another great season for the Senecas, who face a 2018 state final rematch with New Bremen.

Thumbs up to local runners competing in this weekend’s state cross country finals. The list competing includes the Hopewell-Loudon boys’ team, as well as Lakota’s Braden Schaser and Reilly Cozette, Old Fort’s Garrett Havens, Carey’s Sarah Reinhart, Columbian’s Caden Groves and Bellevue’s Cayden Adams.

Thumbs up to all of the businesses and households in the area who helped give local kids a magical autumn through participating in trick-or-treating. This area does fall well, and Halloween events in nearly every community in the region did not disappoint.

Thumbs up to “Duckie McQuacker,” the newly named four-legged mascot of the Seneca County Museum. The fowl has been around for some 70 years, but just now received its name through a vote at the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival. Congrats to Marlie Goshe of New Riegel for submitting Duckie’s name.

Thumbs up to the end of the fall political season after all the ballots are cast on Tuesday, Nov. 5. We’ve gotten the materials and have seen the signs and stories in the paper, but all will be happy (most of all the candidates) when the results roll in and things return to normal. As always, thumbs up to those who go out and vote, and thumbs down to those who do not exercise their democratic right.

Thumbs up to Tiffin City Schools Gary Barber and a handful of others from the community who visited Harvard University earlier this week to plan to part in a program called “Partner with Jobs for the Future.” The program aims to link K-12 and college education to the region’s workforce pipeline.