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UP: The Hancock County Fair may be in the books, but the benefits of the community event are still being reaped. United Way’s Halt Hunger Livestock Fund raised $11,150 this year to purchase and process 2,750 pounds of fresh meat for families in need. Businesses provided sponsorship dollars, and the funds were used to purchase livestock at the Junior Fair. The meat has been processed and last week United Way finished delivering the products to McComb Food Pantry, Good Hope Arlington, Salvation Army, CHOPIN Hall, City Mission and Hope House. At the heart of the program is a lesson for budding livestock managers who raise the animals. Youth learn valuable agricultural and business practices when raising livestock and knowing their hard work is feeding families with children just like them. Since its inception, the livestock fund has provided about 11,750 pounds of meat for local food pantries to distribute and to feed families. Let’s hope the fund keeps growing and serving an important need.
DOWN: By any standard, it’s been a long, frustrating construction season for motorists in and around Findlay. Yeah, we realize it’s going to be great when it’s all done, but we still have to complain about the poor street construction planning. At times this year, it seems like the whole town is unnavigable. Getting from one side of Findlay to the other is impossible without being accosted by orange cones. One day you can cut over to Blanchard Street, only to realize you can’t turn left at Center Street. So you go around the block and finally get to Blanchard, only to find that traffic is backed up there due to repaving at the intersection of Blanchard and Lincoln. Or you if go too far north on Main or east on Fostoria Avenue, there are more orange cones. Sometimes, it seems, there’s nowhere to turn. There may be only one solution: Grin and bear it.
UP: Some elections may be more important than others, but certainly no one can call this General Election (Nov. 7) insignificant. Two statewide issues, two countywide sales tax issues, contested Findlay City Council races, a handful of local school and village tax levies, and several liquor options give every voter reason to visit a polling place. It should all make for a busy October and an interesting election. To help voters make up their minds there are several community forums scheduled, including one for council-at-large candidates at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary and another on State Issue 2 at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Gardner Fine Arts Center. A couple of more dates should also be on voters’ radar: Oct. 10 is the last day to register to vote, and Oct. 11 is first day of early voting.



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