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UP: It’s official. When school reopens in August, Bettsville’s school building will be part of Old Fort Local Schools. Old Fort will close its elementary building and Bettsville will become a campus of the Old Fort School District. The two Seneca County districts began to consider a merger in February, when Bettsville was placed under a “fiscal emergency” due to debt related to declining enrollment. The combined district is expected to have about 600 students. Gov. John Kasich has excused the Bettsville debt and no debt is expected in the immediate future. The two districts deserve much credit for working through all the logistics and the emotions involved when joining two schools into one.

UP: The departure of C. Richard Beckett from the University of Findlay’s board of trustees after 13 years is bittersweet. Beckett, a veterinarian who founded the Animal Care Centers of America in 1990, and the Findlay Animal Care Clinic in 1964, and was a founding member of the Findlay/Hancock County Humane Society, was an integral part of the school’s pre-vet medicine program, now considered one of the best in the country. Thanks, Doc Beckett, for all your years of leadership.

UP: It’s never been easy or convenient to bike, let alone walk, to or from the West Park subdivision in Findlay. Busy roads and a lack of sidewalks made the trek hazardous. But a recently completed bike and walking path should change that. It links South West Street to Logan Avenue and follows Lake Cascades Parkway and Lima Avenue. The path, which was funded by the national Safe Routes to Schools program, will provide a better route for those going to school or anywhere else.

DOWN: A delay in construction of a proposed new lacrosse and football stadium for the University of Findlay may be disappointing to many Oiler fans, but it’s understandable. The university ended its affiliation with iGOHD after the entertainment company apparently had problems finding sponsors for the project. While it will be convenient to one day have a stadium on the campus, it’s not like the Oilers have to travel too far for home games. Donnell Stadium remains a great football venue for the university until a new stadium becomes a reality.

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