THUMBS UP to Jim Crevar and Chuck Pickering following their retirements at the end of 2012. Crevar was Macedonia's service director for 15 years and continues to serve as a part-time firefighter with the city, as he has done since 1991. Pickering was Northfield Center's road superintendent for 30 years and also served on the township's former fire department from 1972 to 2000, including an 18-month tenure as chief in the 1990s. In their jobs, both men were responsible for overseeing a variety of duties, not the least of which was plowing and salting their respective community's roads under difficult winter conditions. We wish them well in their much-deserved retirement.