Thumbs UP to the Gentlemen's Club, which draws junior high Sandusky boys in with the promise of higher standards and a sense of having "made the grade" in a positive way. The club encourages social development and pride in self, and has taken to helping out at local public events, such as the recent Supermarket Scramble. And this year, the list of applicants had to be narrowed from 33 to 12 -- a great sign that young people are interested in presenting themselves as progressing toward adulthood.
Thumbs UP to Fish Huron Ohio, designed to draw fisherfolk from all over to dunk bait in Lake Erie -- not so much for cash and prizes, but for the sheer joy of fishing. Not so incidentally, it reinforces the idea that people who come to fish spend their money here on other things.
Thumbs UP to a bright fall day that brought the presidential campaign to Sandusky, and a chance for Joe and Jane the Sanduskians to see history for themselves. Numerous people in the crowd around Washington Park's gazebo Thursday afternoon said they didn't necessarily agree with Republican candidate John McCain, but the chance to see a Real! Live! Candidate! was too good to pass up. Even the protesters who favor McCain's rival, Democrat Barack Obama, kept it civilized, joking and laughing with the police officers assigned to their section of sidewalk.