OK, so the achievement actually belongs to the football teams, but thumbs UP to Matthew Stephen-Rich and Matthew Barrett, former bandmates at Perkins High School who are marking the new year by playing at bowl games with their respective college bands. Stephen-Rich, 2007 graduate, played Thursday with the Cincinnati Bearcat band at the Orange Bowwl and Barrett, 2006 graduate, plays Monday with the OSU band at the Fiesta Bowl. Memories are made of this, boys.
Thumbs UP to the people who shared Depression memories -- that were often anything but depressing -- over the Christmas holiday on our front page. If there was anything to learn from their stories, it's this: Whether today's times will be anything like what they went through, we'll get through them by looking out for each other, and not necessarily with government help.
Thumbs DOWN to overflowing recycling bins, even if the mess that accumulated over Christmas Day took only a day to pile up. On the other thumb, though -- what a great problem to have. We temper the criticism by noting people here are really, really interested in recycling, and this ought to give impetus to the idea, which we continue to support, of expanding curbside recycling pickup beyond Huron.
Thumbs UP to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for showing it's about protecting the environment and not just punishing people. It's sent help to the owner of B&K Auto Service in Clyde, who inherited the business and a huge mound of scrap tires when her husband died. Instead of just saddling her with an unproductive and unaffordable fine, it's sent cleanup help and everyone wins. Way to go, OEPA -- save the punitive stuff for those who can afford to clean up but won't.
Still in Clyde, thumbs UP to the Ohio Health Department's Web page keeping people informed on what's being discovered, and we hope eventually done, about the higher-than-normal incidence of childhood cancers. Just remember the site's only as good as the information on it. Keep that page updated, health department.