UP: Everyone, everywhere is chilling out, it seems, with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And why not? The timing is perfect. It’s summertime, it’s hot, ice is cold and the ALS Association is a worthy cause that will benefit from the awareness and research dollars. ALS is a nasty, progressive disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. There’s no known cure, and nothing to suggest that it won’t continue to take too many lives. It’s hard to argue with the success of the bucket challenge. Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign’s progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million new donors in what is being called one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns ever. So let’s enjoy the bucket challenge for the fun it is, and millions being raised to find a cure. Our only hope is that it lasts longer than the Macarena!
UP: Barbara and Ed Heminger would have been uncomfortable with all the attention at Thursday’s dedication of the memorial garden in their honor at the Hancock Historical Museum. But no doubt they would love the results of the Findlay Rotary Club project, a garden situated between the museum’s new Marathon Petroleum Corp. Energy and Transportation Annex, and the Crawford School building, built in the 1880s. Heminger, a longtime Rotarian and the former editor and publisher of The Courier who died in 2011, along with his wife, who died in 2006, were remembered for their many contributions to the community, including the museum. Ed Heminger was one of five founding members, along with Jack Harrington, Harold Corbin, both also deceased, and Jim Brucklacher and Joe Opperman. Those men, and many others, have helped turn the museum and its grounds into a showcase of Hancock County’s history. That’s something both Barb and Ed would be proud of.
UP: Drug busts have become so common they don’t always make front-page news. But one earlier this week on Interstate 75, near the U.S. 224 interchange, was especially newsworthy due to the fact that it involved two pounds of heroin. The driver, from Detroit, is facing a felony charge in connection with the bust, the largest in Hancock County in 10 years. While there’s no indication that the drug would have ended up on our streets, heroin remains a problem throughout the state and has been blamed for causing hundreds of accidental deaths in recent years. As the epidemic continues, police will save lives every time they take heroin off the streets.
UP: Hats off to Findlay City Council for pausing before allocating a portion of the city’s take of hotel/motel taxes to nonprofits which drive tourism to the area. Council continued a request by the Hancock Historical Museum for a share of the pot until November after several councilmen suggested that perhaps other nonprofits would want to make similar requests. With most nonprofits’ budgets tight, we suspect others will. Currently, only the Arts Partnership of Hancock County gets a share of the city’s hotel/motel tax, which goes directly to the city’s general fund. Council may have to set a cap and establish specific guidelines on which agencies can, and can’t, share in the funding.
UP: Military honors don’t always come quickly enough to those who deserve them. So it was good to see Findlay resident and Army vet James Goshe finally get credit for his service this week. Goshe, an Iraq war veteran who was discharged nine years ago, had been waiting to receive 12 medals and ribbons, and finally got them with the assistance of the Hancock County Veterans Service Office. His honors included the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal. Thank you, sir, for your service.