Reporter's Notebook: Vickery child sorry for throwing incident

SANDUSKY REGISTER On Tuesday, I received a hand-written letter from a child. Normally
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY REGISTER

On Tuesday, I received a hand-written letter from a child.

Normally, I do not print letters sent to me, but in this case, I felt the child deserved a forum to make his apology.

In the letter, the child says he was with his mother at the Sandusky High School Homecoming football game. Apparently someone had thrown something at his mother.

The child said he felt the need to defend his mother so he threw it back. Unfortunately, it hit two girls. Below is a portion of what he wrote in the letter.

"I was too afraid to say anything then, so now I want to say sorry for my actions now."

The letter was signed A.J.D, Vickery, Ohio.

-- Jacob Lammers

Perkins parents wonder about their teens

Sometimes the Perkins High School government class students outnumber adults at Perkins Township trustees meetings.

Tuesday, as the meeting lagged into its second hour, Perkins police Chief Tim McClung briefly interrupted the meeting to report:

"We just got a call from a parent wondering if their kid was actually still at the township meeting," he said.

Immediately following the announcement, a gaggle of students rushed Jeff Printy, who signed their agendas to prove to their teacher they had attended the meeting.

-- Molly Linn

Torturous meeting?

As a city editor, I often get interesting text messages, calls and voice mails from reporters filling me in on how meetings, interviews and stories are progressing.

Tuesday night, I received a curious text message from a reporter stuck at a very long Perkins Township Trustee meeting. It read: Lights hurts video frown.

Having no clue as to whether that meant the reporter was somehow being tortured with lights or whether the meeting was painfully long and not worth video, I sent a response: Huh?

Three hours later, the reporter marched up the steps of the Register as cheerful as could be. She asked if I'd gotten her message that they had turned the lights down so the video wouldn't turn out?

-- Cheryl Welch

Au lait, O'Lay or Ole?

My daughter, who attends The Ohio State University, stopped at a coffee shop on her way to a morning class and ordered cafe au lait. If you are like me and don't know much about French or coffee, cafe au lait is espresso with steamed milk.

Having studied abroad in Paris, my daughter was amused to see that the person who took her order wrote "Cafe O'Lay." Could it be an Irish version of the drink?

But it's not the only time this drink has caused confusion -- there is apparently a Mexican version as well.

I read a story online about a man who tried to order cafe au lait at a coffee shop, but he noticed the store's chalkboard menu featured cafe ole, which had the same ingredients: steamed milk and coffee. He approached the barista about the possible misspelling, explaining that cafe au lait is simply French for coffee and milk.

The barista insisted that ole was correct, because he lived in Mexico for 20 years and "spoke Spanish pretty good."

--Karen Mork