REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK: Cable bill in the courtroom

A dispute over cable TV billed to the county courthouse is a done deal. Judge Tygh Tone said he will foot the $2
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


A dispute over cable TV billed to the county courthouse is a done deal.

Judge Tygh Tone said he will foot the $242 bill.

The conflict over the Buckeye CableSystems bill began March 31 when Tone ordered the Erie County Auditor's office pay for cable services provided to the courthouse between July 2007 and February 2008, according to court records.

But that didn't fly. Chief assistant civil prosecutor Sandy Rubino filed an appeal to the decision.

"We did not feel that was an appropriate decision to utilize tax payer money in that way... that order was putting the county auditor in a very awkward position," he said.

When Tone got word of the appeal, he paid up.

"I never thought that that was all my bill," he said. "I feel like I've been to dinner with two other couples and got stuck with the bill."

Holly Abrams

Trying not to make things worse

Two weeks ago, I scheduled an interview with a Marblehead couple whose 21-month-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

Normally for feature stories I like to meet the people in person. The baby's grandmother told me we were welcome to come as long as we weren't sick.

I should have knocked on wood.

The day of the interview, I had a runny nose and sore throat. The interviews had to be done by phone.

I've recovered, but little Rosemarie Todd continues to battle for her life.

To make a donation to help pay for Rosemarie's care, please call 419-732-0296.

Jacob Lammers

Board gets an education

At a recent Perkins Board of Education meeting, everyone got a chuckle before, during and after presentations given by first-grade students Natalie Frisch and Trey Brausch.

The project was to research a famous American and make a PowerPoint presentation of what they found.

After 45 minutes of technical difficulties, the two took their places at the front of the room.

Board vice president Steve Schuster made every attempt possible to show his interest.

"Why'd you pick Booker T. Washington?" he asked Brausch.

"I didn't," Brausch said as the crowded room laughed.

Frisch's presentation on Susan B. Anthony got chuckles as well.

"Susan B. Anthony was famous because she told men that women could vote," she said in a very serious tone.

"Should women be able to vote?" Schuster asked her.

"Of course," she answered, giving him an "Are you serious?" look.

After hearing both students through and handing out cookies, Schuster made one last attempt to befriend the students.

"All right," he said. "Kids are free to go, I know it's past my kids' bedtime and..."

"Not mine yet," Brausch interrupted.

Amanda Godfrey

Disaster man's a glass-full kind of guy

If you want the guy who runs disaster operations in Erie County to be an optimistic "can do" person, we have good news.

Bill Walker, director of the Erie County Emergency Management Agency, is your man.

Assistant prosecutor Gary Lickfelt, who runs Erie County's $1 per bet Cleveland Indians baseball pool, revealed last week that Walker predicted 115 victories for the Indians this summer, the most optimistic prediction among the 39 people placing a bet.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale, a "rabid Detroit Tigers fan" predicted only 84 Indian wins, Lickfelt said.

"That must be Tom Paul," commissioner Bill Monaghan said.

Monaghan was correct.

Paul, the county auditor, greeted a visitor to his office last week by asking for the score of the previous night's game (Tigers 13, Indians 2).

Paul promised if Walker wins the pool, "I'll wear an Indians jersey for a day."

A former Republican, Paul switched to the Democratic Party when he ran for office.

Don't look for a switch in loyalties from the Motor City Kitties to the Tribe. Paul said he will "never, ever" change his baseball allegiance.

Tom Jackson