Thumbs UP and welcome to James Gunner, new school chief in Perkins Township. To him goes the enviable task, not of cleaning up the mess left behind by an unpopular predecessor, but of solidifying and building on the work done by a liked and respected interim superintendent, Dennis Rectenwald, in an atmosphere of cooperation and trust. It's a refreshing change to see something, and someone, off to a good start. Keep it going.
Mixed thumbs, though, to the governmental body a little ways up the road. Thumbs UP to Perkins Township Trustee Tim Coleman for finally standing up and speaking out. For too long, one voice has dominated the board of trustees and, agree or disagree with him, dissent ought to be welcomed.
Thumbs DOWN, though, for the trustees' almost uncanny sense of timing, letting things explode just when there is a group of high school government students in the room watching. We hope the lesson learned here is not that this is how to run things -- but they can at least say they saw a facet of local government not presented in their textbooks.
Thumbs UP for Water Works Park passing its tests, at least as far as dangerous chemicals at the former landfill. Port Clinton is tying the next chapter of its economic future to development of that site, and having to clean up dangerous levels of toxics would not be a good way to start.
Thumbs UP to Kelleys Island's new hotel, first since the 1930s on the quieter of Lake Erie's destination islands. Although there's no shortage of campsites, bed-and-breakfasts and cottages, it's one more option for island visitors looking for a place to sleep. Kelleys wants to keep its reputation as the sedate, grown-up alternative to the beer fest that is Put-in-Bay, and islanders appear to be confident partners Ray and Paul Bouman and Lester Compson will help maintain that atmosphere.