Reporter's Notebook: Golf buddies remember Erie County's Steve Casali

SANDUSKY REGISTER Steve Casali died in February 2005, but his golfing buddies are remembering him in
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Steve Casali died in February 2005, but his golfing buddies are remembering him in a place Casali would appreciate -- out on the links.

The "Steve Casali Memorial Open," held on Columbus Day at the Green Hills course near Clyde, matched two teams consisting largely of current and former Erie County employees. The team consisting of County Commissioner Bill Monaghan, Orlan Kuns and Edward Todd won the contest, said the tournament's organizer, Assistant Prosecutor Gary Lickfelt.

Casali worked for 28 years for the Erie County Health Department, eventually becoming the health commissioner. After he died, an article about him in the Sandusky Register said he often worked on his golf game and was credited with working hard to revive Sandusky's city golf tournament.

-- Tom Jackson

No flashing in court

After last week's visit from a pair of Sandusky police officers, I thought my run-in with the law had run its course.

I was sorely mistaken.

On Thursday I was covering a week-long murder trial at the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court when I realized I needed a picture of a key witness.

I had brought along a camera and took his picture with the flash on. A couple of minutes later, I saw a sheriff's deputy in the courtroom look directly at me and silently mouth some unknown words.

At the time, I thought I hadn't done anything wrong since I had filed a photo request with the court.

Unbeknownst to me, the court stipulates that flash photography is strictly prohibited. When I returned to the paper, I was still feeling a little embarrassed when I relayed this story to a fellow reporter.

She said, "You know bad things come in threes, right?"

I can't wait to find out what happens this week.

-- Jacob Lammers

Milan Council sets a new record

The Milan Village Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

The third Tuesday of October happened to be the same night as an Indians' playoff game against the Red Sox.

Since there wasn't too much pressing business and there was no one in the audience (except for me) to bring up any new business, the council flew through the meeting in a record-setting seven minutes.

We all made it home in plenty of time to catch the game at 8 p.m. I didn't even miss the first pitch.

-- Jennifer Grathwol