REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Madam vice president?

In a recent conversation Port Clinton Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester mentioned how excited she is about the Republican Party's pick for
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


In a recent conversation Port Clinton Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester mentioned how excited she is about the Republican Party's pick for vice president. It turns out Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin and Hymore-Tester have a lot in common -- enough that a Toledo television station took notice. The station sent a reporter to Port Clinton to talk to Hymore-Tester about her similarities to Palin. Glasses? Check. Brown Hair? Check. NRA member? Check. Mayor of a town of 6,000-7,000? Check. Dedicated Republican? Check.

Hymore-Tester said she and the Alaskan governor share a love of the outdoors, athletics and firearms. She said, however, she has no plans to follow in Palin's footsteps and run for governor.

-- Sarah Weber

Schaeffer's 1976 primary loss still rankles

He's had 32 years to get over it, but former county commissioner John Schaeffer, 80, is still a little sore about the 1976 Democratic primary loss that ousted him from Erie County's Board of Commissioners.

During the annual awards banquet and meeting of the Erie Soil and Water Conservation District last week in Sandusky, Schaeffer was recognized as an inductee into the state Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Hall of Fame.

As he accepted the award, Schaeffer brought up his one term as a county commissioner, noting he had voted to raise water and sewer rates 100 percent for several areas of Erie County.

Schaeffer explained he thought it was only fair for people getting the service to pay for it, rather than being subsidized by the general fund.

At least some voters disagreed, and "they took it out on me," Schaeffer recalled.

-- Tom Jackson

Too much info for too little space

Sometimes there's just not enough room in the newspaper for every detail we'd like to include in a story. Oftentimes people question why certain things were cut and others not.

Close to 20 stories about the local arts community were published in a recent Performing Arts special section. Due to space issues, several tidbits were kept off the page.

These included some interesting facts about Lakeside's Hoover Auditorium. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt spoke to a crowd of more than 3,800 people there in 1940.

She was not the only first lady to visit -- Lucy Hayes did as well. Reserved seats for their lectures were 25 cents.

Amelia Earhart visited Lakeside twice, in 1934 and 1935.

She was scheduled to visit again in 1937, but was lost at sea during her infamous intercontinental flight.

The auditorium has also seen the likes of singer Pat Boone in 1982 and 1984, Ray Charles in 1985, singers Sandi Patty and Kathy Mattea, and comedy stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood.

Also absent from the tab was information about Norwalk's Towne and Country Players who, by the way, are still in business.

You can reach them through mail: Towne and Country Players, P.O. Box 551, Norwalk, OH 44857; on the Web at, or give the ticket lines a call at 419-668-1641.

Here's an upcoming show for you to enjoy: OSU Singing Buckeyes at the Glee Club Mania, 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at The Norwalk High School Performing Arts Center, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk. Admission is $15 in advance or at the door

-- Amanda Godfrey

Gary and Sitterly mix up

Everyone makes mistakes. The Norwalk-Huron County Chamber of Commerce did when it accidentally pulled the old switch-a-roo.

In the first copy of its newest newsletter, the Chamber accidentally put the wrong names on the columns of the Huron County Commissioner candidates.

The piece candidate James Sitterly wrote carried Gary Bauer's name, and vice versa.

"I was reading through it, and as I read it I looked down at the bottom when I was done and I saw the names at the bottom and they had appeared to be switched. I caught that the names were under the wrong comments," said Huron County Board of Commissioners President Mike Adelman.

Pencils have erasers for a reason, and the mix-up has since been straightened out. But for a second there, Bauer's column sounded an awful lot like the one found on Sitterly's Web site, and Sitterly sounded eerily similar to Bauer.

-- Cory Frolik

Know your barns

More astute visitors to on Thursday may have noticed something amiss with the story, "Barn becomes a big boom box." In my haste to change up the stories on the site, I posted a photo of the Bicentennial barn with the above story. In my mind, barn photo went with barn headline.

However, that photo was not set aside because one of the oldest barns in Erie County was used to amplify music, but because it might be the site of a new animal park (JUST IN: Parks propose animal park on Perkins). Who would have thought we'd have two barn stories in one day? So for those readers who were confused, don't worry. If some officials get their way the only noise coming from the century-old barn will be the oinks, moos and whinnies of the new residents.

--Abigail Bobrow

No hazard pay for reporter

Sandusky Fire Chief Mike Meinzer took me for a tour of the basement of the Pub and Grub on Milan Road, where a fire broke out Friday morning. It was about an hour after the fire, and the basement was pitch-black, making it difficult to walk through.

The tour ended when a firefighter told Meinzer there was a unsafe amount of carbon monoxide still in the basement.

"You don't want to breath that stuff in if you're not getting paid," Meinzer told me as he escorted me back outside to fresh air.

-- Mike Fitzpatrick