UP: “Last call” for Nikki’s, the erstwhile bar in the 100 block of North Main Street, came last year. By early summer the wrecking ball will be arriving, now that the demolition bids are in. One by one, most of the buildings on the east side of North Main Street have been razed between the bridge and Center Street due to fire or after being bought in the name of flood control. The sooner Nikki’s comes down the better, as it will mean plans to repurpose much of the land between the Blanchard River and Clinton Court can inch forward. The landscape there is basically wide open and while much of it can’t be redeveloped, it can at least be seeded and landscaped. Some have even suggested an earthen amphitheater in the area. At this point, though, even a field of grass will be an improvement.
DOWN: Twenty-four hour recycling in Hancock County, as we’ve come to know it, is about to become a lost luxury. After April 28, county residents with renewable trash will be able to drop it off at Litter Landing, the main recycling hub on Sandusky Street, during regular staff hours only. Public safety and security is driving the change, along with those who abuse the privilege by dumping items that can’t be recycled. The amount of garbage left behind should be reduced with more eyes on donors during the daylight hours. Still, it’s unfortunate to see the recycling program shrinking, not growing. Last year, the center stopped taking glass and now hours are being reduced. Night-owl recyclers will still be able to use mobile containers that are located around the county, but they aren’t as convenient for many. The latest changes make us wonder if it’s just a matter of time before the county gets out of the recycling business and turns it over to the private sector. We hope not.
DOWN: Findlay has already recorded its first motorcycle accident of our delayed spring. Unfortunately, there will likely be others as more and more cyclists take to the road with improving weather. Most riders, like most motorists, are responsible and law-abiding, but are at a big disadvantage when there is a collision. Bikers must constantly be on the lookout for drivers who may not see them coming. All motorists must step it up in the days ahead to make sure they’re paying attention. Whether one likes loud, roaring motorcycles or not, riders have as much of a right to the road as four-wheelers do. Be sure to give them their space.
UP: “Heroin(e),” a must-see, powerful documentary that follows the journeys of three women addressing the opioid crisis, was shown at a public gathering Wednesday night at the University of Findlay. The setting of the film is Huntington, West Virginia, but could actually take place anywhere, including Findlay. Interestingly, the filmmaker, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, joined a local panel discussion following the film, via Skype. If you missed the screening, stay tuned. There may be another public showing in coming months. Can’t wait? Check it out on Netflix. The hour-long film can provide a dose of hope at a time when many need it.