UP: Former Findlay Mayor Pete Sehnert has (well deservingly) retired from his position as benefits counselor/investigator for the Hancock County Veterans Service Office. Sehnert, who served as Findlay mayor from 2008 to 2011, took the job with Veterans Service in March 2012. Sehnert is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1972 to 1976. He was honorably discharged. He served 26 years as an officer with the Findlay Police Department, retiring from the force just before making his bid for mayor in 2007.
UP: The Safe Ride Home service made itself available on New Year’s Eve to get revelers back home safely. The organization takes anyone in Hancock County who is inebriated home for free. The Ohio State Highway Patrol urges any drivers who intend to celebrate holidays and other events with alcohol to use a service such as Safe Ride.
DOWN: The Browns and Bengals ended a pair of disastrous seasons. Andy Dalton took the snap and went to his knee, finishing a double-digit victory that might suffice as his farewell to Cincinnati. On the Browns sideline, Freddie Kitchens hugged Baker Mayfield at the end of a season so disappointing that the game proved to be Kitchens’ farewell to Cleveland. Kitchens was fired shortly after. From the top of Ohio to the bottom, it was misery squared on a gray, rainy afternoon. The intrastate rivals played an uneven game that epitomized their seasons.
UP: Mazza Museum teams with Pawsible Angels to teach proper handling of therapy pups. Funday Sunday gatherings at the Mazza Museum already attract an average of 750 to 800 people each month. But that number might grow even higher when word gets out that specially trained dogs will be joining the literary lineup. Every month “” specifically from 1:30-3:30 p.m. the first Sunday of the month– a trio of therapy dogs from the Findlay nonprofit Pawsible Angels will be on hand to greet children and families at Funday Sunday.
UP: A custom-made cane walks back into local Olympian’s life. A stranger recognized the missing cane from the Findlay Police Department’s’s Facebook post a year earlier. “Isn’t it something,” marveled Weldon “Weldy” Olson in recounting the unlikely tale of how his custom-made hockey stick walking cane made its way back into his hands two days before Christmas. The 87-year-old Olympian says he had given up hope that his cane “” personalized with his name “Olson” and the dates “1956-1960” “” would ever be returned. Olson was on the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team that won a silver medal in 1956 and a gold “” America’s very first in hockey “” in 1960.