Thumbs UP and a more conventional salute to continuing service: Lt. Col. John May, U.S.M.C. (Ret.) will join Sandusky's Civil Service Commission. He replaces a former Navy captain, Chuck Krumholtz, who's moving to Dayton. Two people who know what it means to serve have extended the definition, and May is one of those people who step up. Ex officio Mayor Craig Stahl spoke of honor and respect, two commodities of which we can always use more.
Thumbs UP to relentless optimism and seeing opportunities in the midst of economic disaster -- when opportunities are needed the most. Brian Vogt, a vice president of American Coating Specialists in Norwalk, which hopes an "aggressive, well-managed company" will attract business enough to hire 30 more people. You take your good news where you can find it.
Thumbs UP to a historic opportunity -- or at least history as an opportunity. Ottawa County Commissioner Mark Stahl hopes the American Civil War Museum of Ohio, which closed in Bowling Green because of high rent, will move to Ottawa County. Museum owner Mark Young says at least eight communities are interested -- a good thing in itself -- and he'd offer "site-specific" exhibits that showcase whatever area eventually gives him a home. We can't think of any better local Civil War history than Johnson's Island with its Confederate officers' cemetery and the escape attempt, foiled, that started in Sandusky.