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UP: Last week’s announcement that Marathon Petroleum Corp. will be acquiring Hess Corp.’s retail business is more great news for this area. It means that Marathon’s Speedway subsidiary will become the nation’s largest company-owned convenience store chain by revenue, and will be second-largest in terms of store numbers, behind 7-Eleven. Speedway’s reach will extend from the 1,478 stations in nine Midwestern states to 1,256 additional stores in 16 East Coast and Southeastern states. With Marathon based in Findlay and currently expanding its downtown footprint, we have to believe what’s good for Speedway will be good for all of us in northwestern Ohio.

UP: By mid-June, all Findlay residents will have had an opportunity to speak their mind to Mayor Lydia Mihalik. The mayor is in the midst of a series of meetings held in each of the city’s wards. Three have already been held, with four left. While attendance has been relatively light, we give credit to Mihalik for taking city government on the road and making herself accessible to those who may otherwise remain quiet.

UP: A Memorial Day fire in Fostoria claimed the lives of man and a woman who were hearing-impaired and seriously injured another woman, also believed to be hearing-impaired. But the tragedy may help prevent future ones involving the deaf. That’s because the Fostoria Fire Department and state Fire Marshal’s Office are making customized smoke-detectors for those who are hearing-impaired available free of charge. The devices produce a beeping sound like traditional detectors, but also use a strobe light and vibrations to alert individuals of a possible fire. The offer also includes free installation. Contact the Fostoria Fire Department at 419-435-3206 for more information.

UP: Recent reports of delayed treatment, secret waiting lists and falsified reports involving military veterans seeking medical benefits through Department of Veterans Affairs are troubling, and continue to surface. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, heard concerns of some area vets during a gathering at the American Legion Post 3 in Findlay. Those who spoke complained about bureaucratic and administrative delays. We applaud Latta for listening to the concerns and hope he will help push for solutions to the VA problems.

DOWN: It’s much harder than usual to get around Findlay these days with all the road improvements. Sometimes even a detour can lead to construction and headaches and frustration. Besides the Trenton Avenue overpass project which will run through fall, other smaller, shorter-term projects are taking place. Curb replacements are underway on South Main and West Sandusky streets and paving is occurring on East Sandusky Street. Railroad crossings, meanwhile, are being repaired along Western Avenue. The upside, of course, is that eventually the traffic barrels will disappear and smoother, safer travel will be ahead.

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