Good and bad in Seneca County this week

Thumbs up to Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy, who announced Thursday she is resigning from the board as of July 19. There is more to come on Stacy’s future plans and who will fill her seat, but we applaud Stacy’s years of service to Seneca County.

Thumbs down to some of the tougher news of the week — a shooting in Fostoria and a rash of midweek fires that happened over a narrow timeframe in Seneca County. In an area with so much good news, the headlines can often serve as a reminder that life’s challenges can come in an instant.

Thumbs up to the release of the Tiffin Housing Opportunities Analysis, prepared by DiSalvo Development Advisors, LLC. The information in this release, while sobering, is important for our leaders and residents to understand.

Thumbs up to freedom, of which the sights and sounds will light up night skies all over this area in the coming days as we celebrate Independence Day. It’s neat to see so many communities getting in the spirit.

Thumbs up to Sentinel Career and Technological Center students Hannah Welly, Maria Welter and Megan Fry, who recently came home with awards at the Educators Rising National Conference in Dallas.

Thumbs up to the fixture that is First National Bank of Sycamore, which celebrated its 100th anniversary Friday. The bank now has branches in four area communities.

Thumbs up to the 21 athletes from Seneca County Opportunity Center competing in this weekend’s Special Olympics Ohio competition at The Ohio State University.

Thumbs down to some of the plain-English findings in the above survey that frame a real issue in this area. An example: “Tiffin represents one of the most underserved housing markets in Northwest Ohio.” It’s time to get to work in order to help alleviate this issue.