First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all those in Perrysburg, especially since you read my blog.
Yes it is cliche, but important to think about what we're thankful for on Thanksgiving. I wanted to create a list of things I think Perrysburg should be thankful for this cold November day.
I may be missing some blessing, please feel free to comment and add things for residents to be thankful for here in Perrysburg. If you disagree with me and let me know what I got wrong.
1) No deaths from Nov. 17 tornado
The winds well above 100 mph did plenty of damage to homes, ruined business buildings, took power out all over the city and township, but no one died from it.
I don't mean to belittle the severe damage that took place, but it is a blessing that no one died after seeing how powerful the tornado was.
2) Election coverage and political candidates is over
Many residents and businesses were getting tired of the non-stop, door-to-door political campaigns and signs. It was one of the largest local elections to hit Perrysburg in a long time, with city council, mayor, judge, township trustees, and board of education spots open.
Now that the election is over, residents and candidates can get back to life as normal.
3) Public servants in Perrysburg
After 24 years as the Perrysburg Municipal Judge, Dwight Osterud is retiring. After eight years as mayor, Nelson Evans' final term is expires this year.
I've never met Mr. Osterud, but I've heard good things about the judge, and think residents should be thankful for his service and continuity he held in the city for so long.
Mayor Evans helped bring Perrysburg out of debt from when he took office. I'm sure people may have taken issue with some things he did as mayor, but eliminating debt can't be overlooked in the economic times he went through. He served the community for eight years as mayor after spending a long time with the Perrysburg police department.
4) Perrysburg High School extracurricular activities are awesome
For those who haven't been able to check out some of the sports teams or gone to other events, you should. Perrysburg High School has tons of talent from athletic fields to acting stages, choir, and robotics competitions.
I had the privileged of covering the football team this fall that went deeper in the playoffs than any Perrysburg football team in the past. Also, every girls sport in the fall topped the Northern Lakes League.
Rumors, a play presented by Perrysburg High School Theatre Club, was funny and interesting. The next extracurricular I have to check out is the orchestra, which I have heard plenty about.
5) Growth and a thriving economy
I understand many do not want a Costco to come in at St. Rt. 25 and Eckel Junction Road because of traffic problems and other issues it creates at that location. But the fact that a Costco wants to come to Perrysburg shows the growth and economic prosperity in our town.
It is far from a done deal. The city council has to vote on a special use permit, then planning commission has to pass a final site plan. Still, Costco could have picked many places in the greater Toledo area outside of Perrysburg to put its second store in the area. But the company said Perrysburg was the best place.
6) Perrysburg Christians United helping those in need
I don't mean to leave off non-profits that are helping people of need, because I am sure there are others in town. But it seems like nearly every time I hear about a canned food drive, or creative way of getting donations around town, Perrysburg Christian United is behind it. Personally I'm thankful for those who volunteer their time for PCU, and just as much the residents that make those drives worthwhile with their donations.