National The Big Read program director David Kipen was at Kelleys Island this week to congratulate residents on being the first community in the nation to have 100 percent participation in reading “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
In my conversation with him, it was clear Kipen is enamored with the island.
Perhaps that’s because the sleepy community is so different from his native Los Angeles.
Library assistant director Terri Estel said the first time David came to visit Kelleys Island on a soggy day in March, he was running late getting to Griffing Sandusky Airport.
He called Terri in a panic, telling her, “I know I’m too late to make it through security.”
“I just laughed,” Terri said.
Perhaps David was thinking of the three-hour trek through security at Los Angeles International, where guards are liable to strip you to your skivvies for packing a tube of toothpaste.
As the plane took off, David squeezed into the six-seater next to a pile of pizzas.
“Did we miss security?” he asked.
A good place to get stood up
I agreed to meet a potential source for lunch Monday afternoon, and we agreed on Berardi’s Restaurant. Having never met this person before, I settled into my booth and eagerly waited with the anticipation of someone on a first date. After more than 40 minutes, however, it started to feel like a date in more ways than one — I was stood up.
I have no hard feelings against this person, but I will say this: If there ever was a good place to get ditched by a date (or source), Berardi’s is it.
Several waitresses gave me sympathetic smiles and words of comfort as I ate my chicken salad croissant alone and went through several refills of iced tea. One offered me a phone. Another offered me a copy of the Register. All were very kind and wanted to do whatever they could to make my day a little better. The thing is, my afternoon wasn’t half bad. I had a nice, quiet lunch by myself and a chance to just sit and think.
It’s something I might schedule again, date or not.
A ton of testing
Teachers and students across the state are celebrating the end of the annual achievement testing.
At a recent Clyde-Green Springs school board meeting, assistant superintendent Laura Kagy said it felt like a big weight was lifted — one ton to be exact.
Kagy said when the tests arrived in the district on a large pallet, a sticker on the side indicated it weighed one ton.
She said she is looking forward to sending the ton of tests back to the state.
Prominent educator remembers his teacher
Sandusky native Eugene Sanders has become a prominent educator. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t forget to thank a teacher, even one from Sunday school.
Sanders, superintendent of Cleveland’s school system, came to Sawmill Creek on Monday to accept his “Erie County Gallery of Achievers” award from the Erie County Chamber of Commerce. As he accepted the award, Sanders gave a shout out to the county court clerk, Barbara Johnson, and mentioned that Johnson was his Sunday school teacher.
Sanders obtained his spiritual guidance from Johnson at Assembly of Jesus Christ in Perkins Township.
“He was always a good student,” Johnson testified after the luncheon.