Thumbs UP for powerboats in Port Clinton. Sandusky has the bikes and, come Labor Day weekend, Port Clinton will have the boats that look like Harley-Davidson made them. Offshore powerboat racing is a big draw -- try to find a hotel room anywhere between Algonac and Port Huron, Mich. when the powerboats are in town -- wherever they show up. The only thing that'll be louder than their overmuscled motors will be the cha-ching! of Port Clinton's cash registers.
Thumbs UP to Steve Pullano for putting his faith and money behind a wind turbine, winning zoning approval for a residential wind turbine. For every innovation, there are those who try it first while the rest of us wait for the bugs to be worked out. Pullano is one of the first.
Thumbs UP to Dave Waddington for wanting to fix Lions Park, a neglected gathering spot for Sandusky's west side. The beautiful view of the bay is ruined by what's supposed to be riprap but is really a concrete scrap pile with water on one side. Let's hope the park can become an appealing place to gather.
Speaking of the West Side, thumbs UP to Ed Burdue for stepping up to clean up the former G&C Foundry site. Let's see what plans he has for the rubble pile that was once a significant Sandusky employer, and wish him well.
Thumbs UP for the way Sandusky County picked its new commissoner to replace Brad Smith, who's now a judge. Party man John Rettig will fill Smith's seat on commission, but the decision was made based on experience -- and in the full light of day.