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The statue of a Newfoundland dog that stands at the front door of the Sandusky City Greenhouse is made from Civil War-era cannonball
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


The statue of a Newfoundland dog that stands at the front door of the Sandusky City Greenhouse is made from Civil War-era cannonballs.

The Smithsonian Institute has already visited the dog to make record of it, said greenhouse foreman Tom Speir.

While the dog has quite a history, one thing it still doesn't have is a name.

Speir said that's something they'll have to work on.

-- Jennifer Grathwol

'The Ultimate Cheapskate'

If you think you know penny-pinching, think again.

Toledo-area native Jeff Yeager has literally written the book on cheap.

Toledo will be the first stop on his "Tour de Cheapskate" bicycle tour of Ohio, during which he will talk about his book "The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to Riches: A practical (and fun) guide to enjoying life more by spending less."

On May 5, Yeager will be at Barnes and Noble, 4940 Monroe St., Toledo, to share his thrifty thoughts and frugal findings.

Yeager has appeared on NBC's Today Show and has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Modern Maturity and Budget Living.

-- Jennifer Grathwol

Serving Our Seniors easy to find

Serving Our Seniors moved to a new location this year, but apparently its customers can still find it.

The group, which helps seniors maintain their independence at home, moved at the beginning of the year from downtown at the Senior Center to larger office at 310 E. Boalt St.

But for the first three months of 2008, walk-in visits to the new location totaled 195, up from 153 for the first three months of 2007, executive director Sue Daugherty told the Erie County commissioners.

Commissioner Bill Monaghan remarked that he worried visits would drop when the center moved.

"That was a concern of mine, too, and we haven't seen it happen," Daugherty replied.

Another change also is working out well for Daugherty.

She used to provide her quarterly reports to the commissioners by making a stack of big charts and flipping over one after another. About a year ago, though, her board told it was time to enter the 21st century and persuaded her to use PowerPoint presentations on a laptop.

Gary Lickfelt, legal counsel for the commissioners, told Daugherty she seems to be getting more comfortable using a computer for her briefings.

-- Tom Jackson

A colorful tour

Last week, Firelands Regional Medical Center director of major construction John Zarvis led a media tour of the new East Tower facility.

In addition the latest health care technology and patient-friendly features, Zarvis also pointed out the less-than-obvious points of interest - like the colorful floors.

Zarvis said that the different color floors make different squeaking sounds as you walk on them, though they appear to be the same material differing in color only.

Zarvis said the blue flooring squeaks the worst.

-- Jennifer Grathwol