Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the late Bob Zide, innovator and founder of Zide’s Sport Shop in Marietta, for his induction into the National Sporting Goods Association Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. Zide, who founded his business in 1948, spent 45 years, not just selling athletic gear, but making sure athletes-especially the ones on the high school level-had equipment that kept them as safe as possible. Among his many innovations, he was the first dealer in the country to individually fit helmets and shoulder pads on players for football teams in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, something that is now common practice. This was a well-deserved honor and we are happy members of his family were able to attend the ceremony held Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.

UP: To residents taking advantage of the early voting opportunity underway for the May 13 primary election. Between now through May 10, residents can vote between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and next Saturday, in the Fort Boreman public meeting room of the Judge Black Courthouse Annex, 315 Market St., or at any of four satellite polling locations. Early voting is sometimes called “no excuse” voting, because registered voters can cast a ballot at their convenience before election day, meaning there is no excuse for not voting.

UP: To Cole Smith and Michael Hicks, students at the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute, for competing this past week in the statewide competition of the 2014 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Quality Care Challenge in Bridgeport. The pair, who also attend St. Marys High School, earned the opportunity to compete by placing in the top 10 scoring teams in West Virginia on the online written portion of the challenge hosted by Ford Motors and AAA.

DOWN: To those responsible for a series of car break-ins April 25 during a track meet at Erickson Field. Police were called to the stadium after receiving a report of vehicle damage. Once they arrived, police found several vehicles that had their windows broken and items stolen from inside. This type of crime is becoming too commonplace in the area. However, people should take precautions and not leave valuables in their vehicles where they, apparently, are too much of a temptation to thieves.

UP: To area American Red Cross volunteer Susan Hughes who left this week to help out in the tornado-ravaged areas of the Southern U.S. Tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama earlier in the week killed at least two dozen people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Hughes, who is making her 70th volunteer mission for the Red Cross, will interview victims and assess their needs. More volunteers from the area are expected to travel to the area at a later date.