REPORTERS’ NOTEBOOK: Who’s been eating my Twizzlers?

Sesame Street has the Cookie Monster. West Market Street - home to the Register - has the
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


Sesame Street has the Cookie Monster.

West Market Street — home to the Register — has the Twizzler Monsters.

New reporter Mike Fitzpatrick was welcomed to the paper with a container of 180 red Twizzlers.

That was less than three weeks ago.

Now there are zero. Not a chewy morsel left.

It would be one thing if Twizzlers were the only source of sweets or snacks in the vicinity, but there are teeth-rotting choices of all sorts: Huge mason jars full of Hershey’s Kisses and colorful Starbursts are refilled weekly. And not a week goes by when someone doesn’t bring donuts or some other richly sweet treat.

The worst part of all is that the candy is kept on the editor’s desk in a jar with a lid. You have to pry off the lid which always gets their attention, bringing shameful attention to an already shameful fix.

— Cory Frolik

E-mail management director

Always check your e-mail.

That was the lesson that Bill Walker, director of the Erie County Emergency Management Agency, learned when the clerk of the commissioners, Carolyn Hauenstein, publicly phoned him at Thursday’s Erie County Commissioners meeting.

Hauenstein and county administrator Mike Bixler e-mailed Walker on Wednesday, asking him to update the commissioners Thursday on flooding at Groton Township. Commissioners were preparing to pass a resolution declaring a state of emergency in the township so the county could seek state funds.

Walker didn’t read the messages and didn’t know he was expected at the meeting until Hauenstein phoned to check where he was.

Walker rushed over to the meeting.

“I’m sorry. I have not read any e-mails for awhile,” said Walker, who was very busy in the field last week dealing with the flooding.

Tom Jackson


Overreacting to a fire

As a journalist, it’s not uncommon for me to latch onto a story and never let go.

Sometimes I’ll come across a story and dig deeper and find that it’s more interesting than I first thought.

Last week I was scrambling for a good news story when my co-worker told me about a mobile home fire. Soon after, I began making phone calls to see how serious the fire was.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, although the inside of the mobile home suffered some damage.

Most of the fires I’ve covered sustained $1,000 to upwards of a $100,000 worth of damage.

The mobile home fire caused $200 worth of damage.

While I’m sure that was a relief for the homeowner, it will probably not make it on CNN.

Jacob Lammers

Clinton will decide when to quit, Brown says

 Democratic officials such as U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., have been suggesting lately that U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton should drop her race for president, clearing the way for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama to concentrate on the November general election.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, isn’t joining the chorus.

Last week when Brown briefed reporters over the phone on legislation dealing with the mortgage foreclosure crisis, he was asked to compare the situation to his own race for the Senate in 2006, when Democratic party leaders persuaded his primary opponent, Paul Hackett, to drop out of the Democratic primary.

Brown said there’s no comparison between Hackett and Clinton.

And he offered no opinion on whether Clinton should give up.

“It’s up to Sen. Clinton and her advisors and her family and her campaign to make that decision,” Brown said.

Tom Jackson

Pizza business still stalled

It seems the corporate owners of a pizza franchise may have bitten off more than they can chew.

The building intended for CiCi’s Pizza Buffet is still vacant more than a year after the scheduled opening date of March 2007.

Real estate developer John Hoty said the franchise owners are continuing to pay rent on the building but have pushed the business to their back burner, so to speak, since they have so many other locations to contend with. (Their Web site lists 600 restaurants in 29 states, with several other locations sprouting across the country.)

While the Sandusky area already has a plethora of pizzerias, CiCi’s is famous for its cinnamon sticks and garlic cheese bread. Looks like we’ll all have to wait a little longer for Sandusky to get a slice of the CiCi’s pie.

Annie Zelm