Last week's council meeting took a turn for the odd, when council members discussed sightings of parachutes.
Apparently about three parachutes carrying a wooden crate recently landed in the woods in Clyde.
City manager Dan Weaver said the fire department and the medical helicopter were called out to search for it, but nothing was found.
"I guess we could get the people that do extraterrestrial investigations," said Weaver, laughing.
Village solicitor Barry Bova said the culprit could be more Earth-based.
"Russians," he said, feigning seriousness.
Everything needs to be illuminated
A little light can go a long way.
That is the view held by Norwalk's Maple Street resident Dale Egle.
Improving the lighting on his street will take a big bite out of crime, he said.
"We could use some more light," he told the Norwalk City Council last week.
Egle describes his neighborhood as one where people sit on the porches and watch everything that goes on.
And while he says neighbors are all for making it a safe place, the light is too dark to identify troublemakers.
Trees are the problem.
"The trees are ... huge, big trees that block out all the light. ... I think it's a neighborhood where we would all pull together and take care of the crime if we could see what was going on," Egle said.
The troublemakers thrive in the shadows, he said.
One neighbor had his car stolen.
Another had their tires slashed.
And someone keeps setting off fireworks -- or worse, Egle said.
City council members promised to see what they could do.
If they can, they'll leave the light on for Maple Street residents.
-- Cory Frolik
Last week, Port Clinton police arrested a man after he resisted arrest and refused to stop kicking police officers.
Later in the struggle, police called an ambulance because he was twitching.
EMS personnel tried to put an oxygen mask over his mouth, but the man refused.
Finally, he said he has "colostomy."
EMS continued to try the oxygen mask with the man insisting he had "colostomy" until someone asked if he meant "claustrophobia."
The man later confirmed he was claustrophobic.
It's a crazy, crazy world in Huron County
It has been chaos in Huron County.
Day after day the incident report logs from the Huron County Sheriff's office show that vandals are running wild in the county.
The amount of mischief is more in keeping with Devil's Night than early June.
On June 3, one resident in Greenwich had their mobile home smeared with ketchup.
Another person reported that someone backed into a pop machine with their car in Willard.
Also in Willard, someone ran down a resident's mailbox and dragged it about 1,000 feet.
That same day -- again in Willard -- someone smashed out a truck's window, letting garbage blow about, for no apparent reason.
At 2 a.m. the next day, June 4, someone was either firing a gun or fireworks on Plank Road in Norwalk.
Not far from there, on Peru Hollow Road, someone spray painted an excavator at a construction site.
And someone is playing a dangerous game in the Maple City.
According to the Sheriff's office's daily shift log, a juvenile was seen mid-morning on Peru Olena Road spray painting the "curve ahead" sign.
Shortly after that, presumably the same juvenile was seen spray painting the road and a mailbox.
Later that day, deputies learned that someone stole signs from a business and a residence on Lais Road, also in Norwalk.
A resident on that street told authorities that sometimes that road was used as a drag strip and asked for more patrols.
'Tis the season to be playful, but this is getting out of control.
Playing sports takes as much work as causing trouble, and the possible consequences are much preferable -- getting healthy, working up a good sweat.
Let's make some better decisions.
See you on the basketball court.
-- Cory Frolik
No conflict, but the name looked funny
Nope, the official who wrote the final contract between the county and local social workers doesn't attend family gatherings with the county's top negotiator.
Erie County's human resources director, Margaret Rudolph, was startled when she got her copy of a fact-finding report by an OSU law professor.
The report, resolving touchy disagreements over pay and other matters, served as the basis for the contract between Erie County and employees of Erie County Job and Family Services.
The name of the law professor? Sarah Rudolph Cole.
Rudolph said when and a union representative selected Cole, she only knew her as "Sarah Cole."
Rudolph and Cole are not related.
-- Tom Jackson