UP: After more than a year with an acting police chief, Fostoria finally has a permanent one, Fire Chief Keith Loreno. The call to pick Loreno, who has served as fire chief since 2010, was unanimous among the Fostoria council members and the selection committee. Loreno’s credentials would be hard to beat. Besides fire chief, Loreno also serves as the deputy sheriff for the Medina County Sheriff’s Office grants unit. He’s also been a sergeant at Sycamore Police Department, reserve patrolman at Perry Township Police District in Dublin, assistant chief and arson investigator for the State Fire Marshal in Reynoldsburg, consultant at Sycamore Fire Department, firefighter at Helena Community Volunteer Fire Department’ lieutenant at Pleasant Valley Fire District in Plain City, and EMS/Fire Prevention officer at The Ohio State University. Loreno may have to give up his fire chief’s hat, but he will be able to hit the ground running.
UP: The song goes, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” But employees at Marathon Petroleum Corp. who took part in a survey conducted by Business Insider did more than clap. They responded in a clear voice that they were “extremely satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with their jobs. The majority also found their jobs to be meaningful. The high number applauding the Marathon workplace allowed it to come out at the top of 400 companies among the Fortune 500. Marathon, which is ranked 33rd on the Fortune 500 list, seemingly doesn’t have problems attracting qualified people to work for it. The survey results should put even more on the waiting list.
UP: Findlay’s bicentennial is over, so it’s time to move on … and update the mural on the south wall at the First Federal Bank building at Main and Main Cross in downtown. The project will be overseen by the University of Findlay and the mural will be painted by Oscar Velasquez, who has painted 30 murals, including the Statue of Liberty at the veterans memorial on North Main Street. His next creation will be a collage of scenes, including the university’s Old Main building, the Hancock County Courthouse and other notable buildings. The mural, which will start to take shape soon and should done by the summer’s end, will provide yet another point of interest in downtown.
UP: You may have seen “them” around Findlay, but you can’t always put a name with the face. Dave Morrow, a retired teacher turned photographer, is helping make the connections. Morrow is photographing people he sees in Findlay, and putting the black and white photographs on a Facebook page. He also includes bits of information about his subjects. “Humans of Findlay” can be found at http://on.fb.me/1euqwXa. Check it out. You will either see someone you know, or, like Morrow, meet someone new!
DOWN: The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says it has exhausted its leads in a Sept. 21 shooting incident outside a motorcycle club on Cass Township 215. That’s not surprising considering the nature of the incident. The shooting is believed to have involved the Barbarians motorcycle club and a rival one from Detroit. One man was injured after being hit by one of the 21 bullets fired during the incident and he has recovered, but detectives should still continue to investigate. The case is too serious to close anytime soon.
UP: This page has been quick to complain when Findlay City Council pushes through legislation in an emergency fashion. But we’re fair. We’re glad council is taking a more methodical approach in approving the closing of streets and alleys for projects that will eventually alter access and traffic patterns in several areas of the city. Closing portions of various streets to accommodate Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s upcoming expansion project, an alley next to the Findlay-Family YMCA, and several streets on the University of Findlay campus so a football/lacrosse stadium can be built, all seem like reasonable requests. Providing three readings gives those directly affected by the changes ample opportunity to speak up. We hope the three-reading rule is applied more often in 2014 than it was in 2013.