REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Pedaling his protest

To save a few dollars and the environment, Sandusky city commissioner Dave Waddington pedals his way to commission meetings from his
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

To save a few dollars and the environment, Sandusky city commissioner Dave Waddington pedals his way to commission meetings from his McKinley Street home.

"It's my little protest every time I ride the bike," Waddington explained.

He said he rides the bike around town and sometimes to work. The bike even has a basket on it.

"I look like Mary Poppins," he said with a laugh.

-- Jennifer Grathwol

'Snake Lady' says she's tough

Behind her big smile, Kristin Stanford, the blonde photogenic "Snake Lady," is a tough woman who shrugs off snakebites.

Stanford, who met last week with journalists from several states and Canada at a Great Waters Institute journalism fellowship, became a national celebrity of sorts when she was featured on the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" show. The episode depicted Stanford's successful efforts to revive the Lake Erie Water Snake population.

Stanford showed the journalists a photo of a snake biting the TV show's host, Mike Rowe. Getting bitten by the Lake Erie Water Snake is no big deal, Stanford said.

"I'm getting bit the whole time," she said. "I just don't cry as much as he does."

-- Tom Jackson

Crandall-Nixon, Nixon-Crandall

At the most recent Sandusky City Commission meeting, commissioner Brian Crandall took a moment to voice his concern over the size of the headline that announced his plans to resign.

He held up a copy of the April 17 Register that read "Crandall to leave" beside the 1973 headline "Nixon Resigns."

"For a commissioner to get big headlines that he's leaving, in my opinion, is absolutely ridiculous," Crandall said, saying that the Pope's visit to America and the gas crisis are more important.

-- Jennifer Grathwol

Sign gets attention in Milan

A few hours after a Milan street sign was bent by a semi truck driver, another person decided to nab it, said Milan police Chief Jim Ward.

Just after 5 p.m. Thursday the sign attached to a metal pole marking Main and Lockwood streets was hit. The sign was put back in place, only to be stolen a few hours later.

At 9:20 p.m. a resident called police when they saw someone in a pickup taking the sign, Ward said. The chief said the thief has not been located nor the reason they would take the damaged sign.

-- Holly Abrams

Don't believe your eyes

An optical illusion caused some concern for Milan residents Thursday evening.

A concerned resident called the newsroom Thursday worried that the medical helicopter parked off U.S. 250 was leaning over, sinking into the mud.

After finding a photographer and driving out to Milan, we saw the helicopter was upright with no noticeable problems. We were confused about how the mixup could have occurred until we drove across the street to where the call had originated. The sun and the long grass gave the impression the helicopter was leaning to one side.

-- Laura Collins

Responsible adult

I was driving into work last night, Sunday, and noticed a little girl carrying what had to be 20 or more balloons across a street in Sandusky. There were balloons of every color and following her was a little boy carrying about half as many balloons. The girl was probably 9 or 10 years-old and the boy about half that. It looked like it could be a jackpot for a feature photo, what we call "wild art" or a "rover" around here at the Register. I pulled over, got out of the car with my camera and started to walk up to the car that she, the little boy, another child and an woman were getting into.

As I was walking up, I heard "Who got you these f****n' balloons anyways?"

My heart sank. I turned around and walked away.

-- Jason Werling

Hurry up and wait

Sometimes there is a lot of sitting around and waiting when reporting the news.

Take the April 28 Perkins Township trustee meeting, during which trustees voted 2-0 to reject a proposed settlement in the lawsuit filed by police Chief Tim McClung and Lt. Al Matthews against the township, trustee Bill Dwelle and his wife, Sandy.

The trustees went into executive session (which means closed door) at about 6 p.m. to discuss the settlement and didn't come out until 8:30 p.m. At about 7 p.m. there was a short break, and trustee Jeff Ferrell walked out of the room, looked at this reporter and said, "You're still here? Too bad you didn't bring some beer with you."

-- Mike Fitzpatrick