UP: Crews are winding their way up the Blanchard River through Putnam County and could be in Hancock County by July. That’s a positive development for those who have been calling a thorough cleansing of the river an important step in the watershed’s long-term flood control. Workers from Tawa Tree Service, Ottawa, started at the river’s outlet into the Auglaize River at Dupont last year, and are moving upstream. By the time the project is complete, debris will be cleared from 88.5 miles of the river, including 46.2 miles in Hancock County, 34.5 miles in Putnam County, and 7.8 miles in Hardin County.
DOWN: The little park at the corner of Sandusky and Main streets has turned into a popular place to hang out, rest for a few minutes, or to have quick lunch. The property was acquired by the city following a fatal apartment building fire in 2006. But, after seven years, it appears the brick wall to the north is in need of repair. In several places, the paint has peeled away and the brick is crumbling. Maybe it’s meant to look that way, but, from our view, it looks like neglect is setting in. Anyone have some mortar mix and a trowel?
UP: It’s a feat to even qualify for the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Track and Field Championships each spring. But many area athletes did more than just make it this past weekend. They excelled. There’s too many to name all who earned medals, but Liberty-Benton’s Michaela Butler (1st, 100- and 200-meter) and Zach Garver (3rd, high jump); Arlington’s Willow Thompson (2nd, pole vault); McComb’s Molly Leppelmeier (3rd, shot put); Bluffton’s Adam Wannemacher, Dylan Alt, Andrew Lee and Isaac Little (2nd, 400 relay) and Clay Wilson (3rd, pole vault); Patrick Henry’s Zach Nye (3rd, 110-high hurdles) and Marcus Myers (3rd, discus); Van Buren’s Ted Simmons (3rd, 800); Ottawa-Glandorf’s Matias Trampe-Kindt (3rd, 1,600) deserve another round of applause. Congratulations to all who made it to the podium, and to Columbus.
UP: Speaking of sports, Findlay will be playing host to two major events in the next week which will be good not only for fans, but for area hotels, restaurants and other businesses. High school senior football players from throughout Ohio and Michigan will play in the inaugural Ohio-Michigan Border Classic with the kickoff at 1 p.m., Saturday at Donnell Stadium. Then, at 6 p.m. June 17, the USA Women’s National Softball Team will be playing a doubleheader against the College All Stars at the Marathon Diamonds at The Cube. The city has the athletic fields to attract such events. With the new track at Findlay High School and the soon-to-be built football and lacrosse fields at the University of Findlay, one should expect even more national and regional tournaments to pick Findlay.