Reporter's Notebook: Lions and Tigers in Detroit, oh my!

SANDUSKY REGISTER A Norwalk man got his felines confused while talking about the Cleveland Indians.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



A Norwalk man got his felines confused while talking about the Cleveland Indians.

He was telling a story of the first baseball game he attended when he was a child and the Cleveland Indians played the Detroit Lions.

Not wanting to interrupt his story too much, I said, "The Lions?" He said, "yes," and continued on.

The Lions are Detroit's professional football team. At least nowadays, it's the Tigers who play baseball.

-- Laura Collins

Commissioners explore their ancestry

The Ottawa County Commissioners were discussing several items during their meeting last week when Commissioner Jim Sass came across a difficult name.

Commissioner Carl Koebel told Sass that it's a German name and proceeded to pronounce it for him.

Koebel then asked Sass if he wanted to approve the item.

Without missing a beat, Sass said, "Ja" in a German accent.

-- Jacob Lammers

County treasurer lauds stage production

Erie County drama critic Jo Dee Fantozz has awarded five stars to the production of "Menopause: The Musical" that played Wednesday at the Sandusky State Theatre.

Fantozz, also known as the Erie County treasurer, gave a report Thursday on the county government's cash investments.

After discussing interest rate yields and the county's successful efforts to recover back property taxes, Fantozz asked the Erie County commissioners what they thought of the show last night. Fantozz said she thought it was very funny.

"It was hysterical," Commissioner Nancy McKeen agreed.

McKeen noted that women probably could better relate to the show than men, and Commissioner Tom Ferrell indicated he felt a bit excluded by the discussion.

"All this men bashing, it's terrible," Ferrell said.

"We listen to you guys talk about sports," pointed out Carolyn Hauenstein, the commissioners' clerk.

The discussion concluded when Ferrell, chairman of the commissioners, asked "Can we get back to business?"

-- Tom Jackson

Not the usual suspect

Taking pictures of a school bus caused levy campaigner Mike Printy more trouble than he bargained for.

A few weeks ago, Printy was out at Perkins High School around 7:30 a.m., just getting ready to snap a picture of a parked bus when the assistant principal came rushing out.

"The assistant principal came out to me, asked me what I was doing and said a bus driver had called in because a suspicious person was taking pictures of a bus," Printy said, chuckling.

The assistant principal informed him the police had also been called.

Although he wasn't the usual "suspect," Printy said the district can be happy with how secure its system is and how well staff are responding to their suspicions.

"They were quick," he said, "But I wasn't a strange man in the parking lot."

-- Amanda Godfrey

Off-duty police encounter

The other night we were at a fellow co-worker's apartment watching a movie when we heard a knock on the door. Standing there were two Sandusky police officers inquiring about us being loud. Befuddled we told the officer we hadn't made any noise.

He asked us again if we had been fighting or "romping" around and we denied both. A minute later our co-worker, who lives there, came back from checking his laundry and was wondering what was going on. The officer took our contact information and was on his way. The next morning a police report with our names on it appeared at the station.

The officer wrote in the report "Both subjects were advised to try and keep the noise down to avoid further problems."

We'll be sure to take note of that.

-- Holly Abrams and Jacob Lammers

Sometimes you see the darndest things

I've come to realize that by living and working in a small town you're bound to run into people you know. From the booze cruise to church services I've been seeing people I work with more and more.

Monday I was on assignment and pulled up to a stop sign at Galloway Road and Perkins Avenue. There I saw a jogger wearing a bandana and running shorts. I waited with caution for him to pass and instead he turned the corner. At about the same instant we both did a double take and he bent over and peered in my vehicle.

It was Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette. He asked if it was me and I said yes and that unfortunately I did not have the day off like he did for Columbus Day. We laughed about the encounter and I wished him well on the rest of the workout.

-- Holly Abrams

The perfect not-so-perfect story

Usually when you get a call on your cell phone on a Friday night from an editor, it's because you left a fact out of a story or wrote a sentence that can't be understood.

So when City Editor Cheryl Welch called just to say great story about the most recent class of veterans being inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, it was a pleasant surprise.

The less pleasant surprise came Tuesday morning when I returned to the office and found a voicemail saying I had omitted an inductee in the long list of prior classes of hall of famers.

The very polite caller informed me that not only did I forget someone, I forgot the Register's own Audrey M. Mackiewicz.

Sometimes even when you think you've done the best job possible and thoroughly researched the information, you miss something that is right under your nose.

Mackiewicz was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 1995. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Here at the Register she served as an editor and columnist.

-- Molly Linn