I'm a life long resident of the town. My family is from here, and for the most part, still lives here. That's the case with many other families too. By and large, this town had been made up of, and continues to be, very good "salt of the earth" type of people. But over time, a lot of people my age have went to college, graduated and moved out of NW Ohio to where there is much more economic opportunity. I can't blame them. Rossford was always the prototypical "factory town". It reaped huge benefits when L-O-F (now Pilkington) was jamming and employing 1000 plus people......and now it's suffering the consequences of being a "one trick pony". Its definitely on the downside. The schools, IMO, are just fine....maybe even better than average; attaining an excellent rating recently. And not to mention, it's still very safe and the city services aren't that bad at all.
The town just looks bad (road condiitions, business vacancies, lack of class/theme/style in the downtown area) and the morale of the people is in the dumps. At work, when I tell people I live in Rossford, they give me that look like they're thinking "oh yeah, over there on the east side (please...I mean no offense to the 05'ers out there, but that's IS the response I get) from all my fellow YUPPIES that all live in Sylavania, P-burg, Holland, Maumee, and Monclova. .....What's your perception of Rossford? What's your take? Are things too far gone to expect a resurrection of our formerly clean, quaint town? It's killing me to see things this way, and to watch Rossford become the butt of jokes. Maybe I'm just too sensitive, hell, I don't know.