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Editor's note: One address submitted for the Register's Away For the Holidays listing was misdirected and didn&rsquo
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Editor’s note: One address submitted for the Register’s Away For the Holidays listing was misdirected and didn’t make it into the Nov. 30 paper.

SSgt. Richard Bauer, a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve based in Youngstown, is spending this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day in Baghdad, Iraq. Born and raised in Sandusky, he is the father of Madelynn Sosa, a 5th grader at Meadowlawn School, Perkins. He is the son of Richard and Jean Bauer, Sandusky, and the brother of brother of Pearl Bauer, Carol Caswell, Noel Steel, and Hazel Singer.

His address is:

SSgt. Richard Bauer

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Author had a Dickens of a time, too

Author Charles Dickens didn’t love Sandusky, but it turns out Sandusky loves him.

The Sandusky State Theatre and several shops near the theater have window displays illustrating 12 scenes from Dickens’ classic short novel, “A Christmas Carol.” A leaflet at the theater’s gift shop lists the locations for all of the windows.

A visitor who walks down Columbus, Water and Market streets to look at the displays may actually be walking on streets that Dickens once trod.

Dickens visited Sandusky in 1842 during a trip through the United States, spending the night “in a comfortable little hotel on the brink of Lake Erie,” as he wrote in his book, “American Notes.”

Alas, in those early days, Sandusky was not the exciting tourist destination it has become. We doubt the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center will be putting Dickens’ assessment of Sandusky on its brochures.

“The town, which was sluggish and uninteresting enough, was something like the back of an English watering-place, out of the season,” Dickens wrote.

Tom Jackson

All things considered, that’s the Point

National Public Radio is touting Cedar Point as a great reason to pull off the Ohio Turnpike. Where was the network when the park was open?

On Wednesday, NPR’s “All Things Considered” afternoon news show featured an interview with NPR reporter Don Gonyea, a Michigan native and onetime Detroit resident. Gonyea was asked about the driving trip Detroit executives made last week as they drove to Washington in hybrid cars to seek federal aid.

Gonyea explained the Big Three CEOs would likely drive the Ohio Turnpike as they traveled through Ohio, and praised the turnpike’s rest stops.

Asked what to do if a driver wants to get off the turnpike, Gonyea said, “One thing we have been known to do on occasion is pull off in Sandusky, up by Lake Erie. There’s a great amusement park there, Cedar Point, with some of the world’s best roller coasters...”

“In case the executives haven’t had enough thrills lately?” host Melissa Block interrupted.

“Exactly. I guess it’s not the right time of year for that,” Gonyea responded.

Tom Jackson

‘D’ gets ‘A-plus’ with Edge family

After interviewing the commander of the State Patrol’s Sandusky post on Thursday, I still had one question — does the Register refer to him as Lt. Darryl Edge or Lt. Darryl L. Edge?

A story about Edge’s arrival in town in July revealed that yes, we do use the middle initial sometimes. But there was another letter I found more interesting.

The article named Edge’s family members: wife Dawnis, sons Darryl Jr. and Daniel, and daughter D’sha.

I’d heard about alliterative families, but never anything like that.

Edge didn’t, of course, set out to marry someone who shared his initials. But after they named their first child for him, the “D” trend continued all the way to the youngest, D’Sha.

“My daughter was just to keep it the same,” Edge said.

It isn’t limited to human names either — the Edges also have a dog named Darby.

Susan McMillan