Thumbs UP to the Michelle Wightman and Karrie Wieber Pediatrics Unit at Firelands Regional Medical Center -- and the Wightman-Wieber Foundation that helped make it happen. It continues to amaze us how the mothers of the two girls who died in a car-train crash in 1989 use their memories -- and the proceeds from a successful lawsuit against the railroad -- to do good.
Thumbs UP and a batch of wings to the reopening of PTL Pub & Grub. The wing-and-burger bar on Milan Road might have been a goner after a recent fire, but a planned football party turned into a fundraiser. The larger point is: A local business didn't close. You take your good news where you can find it.
In that vein, thumbs DOWN to the unfortunate news Gordon Lumber will close two of its yards -- including its original yard, started 140 years ago in Oak Harbor. Consolidating operations is the sad reality in today's business climate, and the Fremont, Port Clinton, Huron and Tiffin yards are still open, but Oak Harbor was where it all began.
Thumbs UP to falling gas prices -- again, you take your good news where you can find it -- with an appropriate note of caution in the news that people aren't necessarily spending the money they save at the pump. We hope most of it is simply people being smarter, but we know too much of it is people not having it to spend.
Thumbs UP to Norwalk's continuing efforts to keep Norwalk Furniture -- now Norwalk Custom Order Furniture -- viable. This time it's a $225,000 revolving loan fund agreement to purchase equipment.
Thumbs UP to the plan to clean up the former Sandusky Cabinets site near downtown in the hopes of commercial development aimed at tourists and local people alike.