DOWN: We’re always disappointed when there are no candidates for open seats in government, regardless of the level, but especially so when it happens on councils and boards closest to home. That no one filed to run for two seats on the Findlay school board is unacceptable for a community that places so much value on its youth and its educational system. If you don’t help guide the district, how can you complain when the board or the administration does something you don’t like? We urge those who care (we know you’re out there) to consider teaching our youth a real-life government lesson. Step up and run as a write-in. It’s not too late to make a difference. Write-ins have until Aug. 28 to sign up at the Hancock County Board of Elections. Do it for your community.

UP: It’s Flag City BalloonFest weekend, which means all eyes should be trained on the sky. Our fingers are crossed for clear and calm weather through Sunday so more than 40 hot-air balloons can take to the sky over Findlay and beyond, beginning this morning. BalloonFest, now in its 17th year, has grown into one of the area’s most anticipated summertime festivals, for good reasons. For one, admission is free. For another, it’s not just about balloons, even though they tend to be the main attraction at Emory Adams Park. You can find food and beverages, a car show, a vintage base ball game, a petting zoo, helicopter rides, and music. If you can’t find something you like at BalloonFest, you’re just not looking hard enough. (See for the full schedule.)

UP:, the website that makes government spending figures available online to anyone with a computer and internet access, is still compounding interest. This week the villages of McComb and Rawson, Union and Portage townships, and the Riverdale School District joined the nearly 1,200 agencies that are sharing their public records. While Hancock County, the city of Findlay, Vanlue, the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, and Marion, Cass and Delaware townships are already in the database, checkbooks of many other local governments are missing. All Hancock County governments must work to make their spending records available to taxpayers. If they don’t, one can only wonder what they’re hiding.

UP: Three weeks after the latest Blanchard River flood, donations are still arriving at the United Way office. The latest? Twenty furniture vouchers valued at $300 each for flood victims from Tony Rettig, owner of Rettig ArtVan Furniture. That $6,000 contribution brings the amount raised through the United Way to more than $78,000 to assist those impacted by the July flood. Meanwhile, cleanup and recovery continues with the help of local corporations and individuals. Thanks to all who live to give.



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