UP: Findlay’s Lima Avenue was reopened with new roundabouts on either side of U.S. 68-Ohio 15. Though it had always been the goal to reopen the area before winter, state officials feared last spring they might miss that deadline. Large amounts of rainfall from October 2018 through spring 2019 put construction way behind schedule. The state’s $114 million reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County is on schedule to be entirely completed by late summer 2020, he said. This winter, contractors will be working on several bridges in the area of the Interstate 75-U.S. 68 interchange. The reopening of Lima Avenue also will likely lessen congestion on West Sandusky and Harrison streets, which many motorists used during the Lima Avenue closing.

UP: The Courier entered a new era last Sunday as the Ogden Newspapers assumed ownership of the publication. Findlay Publishing decided it was time to let a bigger and stronger family push ahead. They decided to sell The Courier and Review Times to the Nutting family and Ogden Newspapers of Wheeling, West Virginia. Ogden has been in the newspaper business almost as long, but they have the scale and financial heft to push their way to the top of the hill. Maybe most importantly, they are also a family business and share the same commitment to the communities they live in. Ogden Newspapers already has a strong presence in the region, as the company has published the Advertiser-Tribune in Tiffin for more than a quarter-century. Earlier this year, the company acquired the Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector from the Rau and White families, further solidifying its commitment to serving readers in northern Ohio. This group of newspapers — which also includes magazines, community guides and digital news operations and websites — will provide a platform with the most journalists covering community news in the region. This will allow Ogden Newspapers to build a strong multimedia team to focus on community news and regional advertising opportunities in northern Ohio.

UP: With the arrival of the holiday season, many individuals, families and groups turn their attention to charitable giving. There is no shortage of deserving charities that work year-round to make Findlay and the surrounding area a better place to live, work and play. As you make your holiday list and check it twice, consider making a gift to a local charitable organization. Hancock Literacy celebrated a milestone Wednesday: the 100,000th free book mailed to Hancock County children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The program mails a book every month — free of charge — to children from birth to age 5. Singer Dolly Parton started the program in 1995 for children from her home county in Tennessee. Hancock Literacy oversees the local program, but Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends the books from its headquarters in Tennessee. The agency sends over 1 million books every month to children around the world.

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