If you missed the national bicentennial celebration in 1976 or the Ohio bicentennial in 2003, don't fret. There's still time to prepare for the gala Perkins Township Bicentennial festivities in 2009.
Last Tuesday, Perkins Township trustees held a work session to go over township business. The meeting including a discussion led by Police Chief Tim McClung on the township's planned purchase of several new police cruisers.
McClung said one of his officers hopes the township will consider a new paint scheme for the patrol cars to draw attention to "the bicentennial."
McClung's comment puzzled Trustee Bill Dwelle, a veteran trustee long involved in the township's affairs.
"What bicentennial?" Dwelle asked.
Several officials then explained that Perkins Township marks its 200th anniversary in 2009.
-- Tom Jackson
Council has a sense of humor
Clyde Council members like to joke back and forth with each other.
Here are a few of the comments heard in one night:
*Mayor Nina Pascua was speaking to recently elected Councilwoman Carolyn Farrar about her role on council.
"I'm going to light a fire under you. She has to continue my argumentative personality," said Pascua, winking in Farrar's direction.
*Pascua and Vice Mayor Scott Black were talking about their experience at the Winesburg Christmas.
"I asked him (Black) to stand next to me so he would give me some courage to speak," Pascua said.
"Like you need that," Weaver said, jokingly.
*Councilman Steve Keegan addressed council about a deer carcass on the side of the road that had apparently been there for over a week.
"I think it got more than the wind knocked out of it ... it hasn't moved," Keegan said.
Tiger spotted in Sandusky
While traveling around town in Sandusky Thursday, I stumbled upon a woman carrying a funny looking baby wrapped in a blanket.
Upon further inspection, I realized the baby wasn't human. It was a five week old baby tiger that was sucking the womans' thumb.
The woman was Laurie Rester of Wild Acres Ranch, a Sandusky organization that provides education about exotic animals for local schools.
"She was born at a zoo affiliated with the ranch," Rester said about the five week old baby tiger. "We have a lot of hoofed animals as well, alpaca, reindeer and a petting zoo in the summer. We even have a traveling zoo that will come to you."
Wild Acres Ranch also provides animals for Kalahari Indoor Waterpark, Rester said.
Former show dog dislikes being overweight
Earlier this week, I wrote a story about a Norwalk family and their show dog Cooper.
John and Elsie Francisco's Norwich Terrier Cooper may be the famous show dog in the family's household, but their 9-year-old Norwich Terrier Cooper has the most interesting personality.
At first glance, the tiny pooch may seem vicious, constantly growling and snarling whenever anyone so much as moves.
But as he growled while I petted him, I realized he's all bark and no bite.
The Francisco family says Hershey is constantly grumpy, but there's one word he really can't stand to hear.
"Hey Hershey. Seventeen," Elsie Francisco said.
"Grrrr," Hershey responded.
"Seventeen," John Francisco said.
"GRRRR!" Hershey snarled.
The couple explained that 17 was the number that appeared on the scale the last time Hershey went to the veterinarian.
"The doctor told Hershey he weighed 17 lbs. and was overweight," John Francisco said. "He's growled when you say 17 ever since."
We go way back...
Every interview is different, but some are more memorable than others.
For a recent story about Fireland Regional Medical Center, I interviewed one of the nurses on staff.
"Hi, I'm Jennifer Grathwol," I began.
"Hi," replied the nurse. "I think I birthed you."
I took a step back -- birthed me?
She went on to explain that she was a nurse on the O.B. unit when my mom had worked there, and that she thinks she helped with my delivery.
We all had a good laugh about it but as it turned out, she actually helped deliver my younger brother, not me.
It's one of those things that come along with growing up in the city you're reporting on.