UP: What a fall season for high school sports in and around Hancock County! We’ll start with applause for the state champion, Division III volleyball team from Liberty-Benton, and the school’s runner-up girls soccer team. Bravo Eagles! Yet, L-B wasn’t the only school to make a deep run into postseason play. The Bluffton Pirates’ boys soccer team also finished second in the state in Division III. And, let’s not forget football. Eight area schools, Carey, Ottawa-Glandorf, Liberty-Benton, Leipsic, McComb, Patrick Henry, Arlington and Hardin Northern qualified for regional games over the weekend, and Carey, O-G, Patrick Henry and Leipsic are each still alive after winning. Keep it going Blue Devils, Titans, Patriots and Vikings!
UP: Six new options have emerged in the proposed construction project to redo intersections and add bike lanes to Blanchard Street. Choices are a good thing, considering many people in Findlay apparently didn’t like the original plan. While each alternative carries an estimated construction cost of $2,738,153, the amount of funding the Ohio Department of Transportation will contribute and the amount the city will have to contribute vary widely from option to option. The least city cost ($238,153) would come with the current option and the most ($2,738,153) with an option that would keep the current four-lane configuration as is. The other plan variations include reworking lanes on Blanchard, but with no bike lanes; reconfiguring lanes with signs and outside markings for shared lanes; or just reconfiguring lanes at the intersections. City Council’s Appropriations Committee will consider the options at 4 p.m. today at the municipal building. Council should give them careful consideration and cost should not be the only priority. We have a feeling many people in the community are still paying attention.
UP: Veterans, young and old, were clearly the main attraction of Sunday’s Veterans Day parade in downtown Findlay. Their smiles and waves appeared to thank the several hundred or more spectators gathered on both sides of Main Street. The Findlay High School and middle school Trojan marching bands provided perfect accompaniments. The bands played traditional patriotic music that was fit for the occasion. The annual parade may never be as well-attended as the Halloween parade, but remains a worthwhile community tradition. As a letter writer (see today’s Readers’ Views) suggests, a parade is not a parade unless it includes a good marching band. We agree. Well done, Trojan musicians!