UP: It seems like we’ve been talking about the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts for years, probably because of the anticipation of what it will mean to the community. But, now, a big day is upon us. A public groundbreaking will take place at 11 a.m. today at the former Central Middle School on West Main Cross. The old school is gone and some of the groundwork has already taken place, and it will still take 14 months or so for the project to be completed. But soon the heavy construction equipment will move in and the center will take shape before our eyes. Before we know it, we’ll be waiting in line for the first show.
UP: We must salute Tuffy Tire and Auto Services of Findlay and Toledo Flags, two companies which stepped up after six American flags were vandalized in downtown Findlay recently. Tuffy agreed to purchase six new flags from Toledo Flags, which then agreed to buy seven more to replace all 13 that are in that area of downtown. Karl Kuhlman and Nick Moser have been buying flags and maintaining them for over 30 years, but the response of the two companies is an another example of this region’s patriotism and pride.
UP: Last Tuesday’s public records seminar at Winebrenner Theological Seminary drew about 100 people, most of them elected officials, who learned the latest on Ohio’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws. The training, which is offered at different locations around the state each year, is required for elected officials, but anyone can attend. Keeping up with the changes in the law isn’t easy, but the bringing the class to Findlay made it convenient for those in northwestern Ohio. Kudos to Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak for setting up the important meeting.
UP: Under a law signed in March to help address Ohio’s opiate problem, any law-enforcement officer can now carry and administer Naloxone, a drug that reverses some effects of heroin and can halt an overdose in progress. A training course on Naloxone is available to law-enforcement officers through the Ohio Attorney General’s office, and police agencies should strongly consider it. An average of 17 people a week died from heroin overdoses in 2013, and the death toll is continuing this year. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office doesn’t have statistics on which departments in the state are carrying the drug, but he hopes those which are will persuade others to do the same. We do, too. Naloxone could save lives.
UP: It has been years since Findlay has had its own drive-in movie theater. It still doesn’t have one, but the city recreation center, The Cube, has expanded its entertainment options by offering outdoor movies projected on a large inflatable screen in its parking lot. On July 19, it showed “The Lego Movie,” and another family-friendly movie will be shown on Aug. 23. The rec board deserves credit for thinking outside The Cube.