Reporter's Notebook: We have some friends in Elyria

SANDUSKY REGISTER Power outages and press problems won't keep us from bringing the world to your doo
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Power outages and press problems won't keep us from bringing the world to your doorsteps.

For the third time in fewer than eight days, the Register's editors, pressmen and circulation departments faced some hurdles.

On Aug. 5 some major retooling of the newspaper's Goss press forced us to prepare for the possibility we'd have to visit our friends at The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria to print the Register. Turned out we got our press rolling right on time that night.

On Aug. 9 a power outage in the city idled our presses. No juice, no paper.

We geared up to ship pages to Elyria, but just as we were plugging in generators to power our computer network, Ohio Edison fixed the problem and our presses rolled.

Finally, however, on Aug. 12, we had to retool the press again. But this time it was not ready to roll at deadline, and we ended up printing the Register in Elyria.

The best newspaper team in Lorain County works at The Chronicle-Telegram. Jeff Sanders, The Chronicle's pressman, and Marie Casper in the C-T's pre-press department made it happen.

I salute them and offer our gratitude to the entire Chronicle family for helping a friend in need.

-- Matt Westerhold

Mr. Miears gets a raise

At Monday's Sandusky City Commission meeting, Commissioner Dave Waddington expressed his satisfaction with the work being done by Interim City Manager Don Miears, who's working for the city for a dollar a year.

"Mr.Miears, I'm going to pay you an extra dollar," Waddington said with a smile. And he made good on his promise. Waddington passed a dollar bill down the table to Miears.

"You just doubled your salary," Ex officio Mayor Dan Kaman told Miears.

-- Jennifer Grathwol

State senator plays waiting game

State Sen. Randy Gardner, the senate majority leader, paid a special visit Tuesday to Port Clinton Council's meeting.

Council President Linda Hartlaub asked Gardner if he wanted to give his presentation to council and audience members before the meeting started.

Gardner said he would wait.

An hour later, Hartlaub asked if Gardner was ready to give his presentation.

"Madam President, when you ask me if I would like to go first, please insist that I go first," Gardner said.

-- Jacob Lammers

The numbers are like apples to oranges

When one of my co-workers asked for the phone number of the Sandusky police assistant chief so she could call him, I quickly wrote down the information for her. (I pride myself on having several sources' phone numbers memorized.)

A few minutes later my coworker called me on the office line and asked why I gave her the phone number to Kroger.

By some lapse of memory I gave her the office phone number to a Kroger store in Toledo, where I worked three years ago. And to top it off, the two numbers had no real similarity with the exception of two digits.

-- Holly Abrams

Sandusky -- an aviation hotbed

Soon after I began working at the Register, I rented the movie "Tommy Boy," which is set in Sandusky.

I'm still looking for the airport with the big jetliners depicted in the movie, but there was a time when Sandusky was an aviation hotbed.

Local historian Janet Senne gave a lunchbag lecture Wednesday at Sandusky Library about the early days of aviation in Sandusky. She talked about Thomas W. Benoist, who built the first plane used in a regular airline flight. It flew from Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1914, using a Roberts engine made in Sandusky.

(Editor's note: There's a Roberts engine on display next to a Wright Brothers airplane at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton.)

Benoist founded a promising aircraft factory in Sandusky. It shut down after Benoist died in a 1917 streetcar accident in Columbus.

A plaque at Battery Park honors aviation pioneers Benoist, Weldon B. Cooke and Reinhardt N. Ausmus, who "experimented in early aviation from this site 1912-1917."

Cooke broke an altitude record in 1912 but died in a plane crash in Colorado in 1914. Ausmus began his flying career by making his own airplane; documents from his long aviation career are preserved at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

-- Tom Jackson