REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: Name it Spud -- kitten's a little couch potato

HURON Goodwill stores often get unusual donations, but the one in Huron received a sofa on Thursday
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Goodwill stores often get unusual donations, but the one in Huron received a sofa on Thursday that literally was the cat's meow.

A kitten had somehow gotten trapped inside the couch, and its meows alerted store personnel to the young feline's predicament.

"We heard meowing and didn't know where it was coming from," store clerk Kaila Voight said.

"We finally figured out it was coming from the couch. We removed the cushions and out popped the kitten's head through a slit in the fabric covering the springs," she said.

As a precaution, store personnel tore apart the sofa, but didn't find any more kittens.

The donor later called Goodwill to say she was missing a kitten and that it might be in the couch. She was relieved to learn it had been found and gave her permission for a customer to adopt it.

-- Tom Jackson

Bunnies just want to have fun

The sum total of human knowledge can be advanced in all kinds of ways. Sometimes it can be as simple as offering a toy to a bunny rabbit.

Ali Thompson, a local businesswoman who co-owns Red Raven Books and Curiosities, used to run a pet toy manufacturing business with her husband, Tim.

Thompson, who enjoys raising rabbits, was unhappy with the bird toys the company concentrated on at first. And she had noticed that rabbits chew on wood.

So she offered a bird toy to her pet rabbit, Chestnut.

"He just went ballistic with this toy," Thompson said.

Thompson went online and discovered that while there are rabbit rescue groups that make bunny toys, no one made them commercially. So the couple began making them, selling them at

The business was shut down so the Thompsons could concentrate on their expanded bookstore.

"I didn't have time to do both," Thompson said.

-- Tom Jackson

Missing a lawn gnome?

An officer with the Port Clinton Police Department spotted a suspicious-looking old pickup truck stocked full of lawn ornaments, fire rings, and other yard paraphernalia during a recent patrol.

The officer jotted down the license plate number in his notebook and took a mental note of the items in the truck bed.

Over the next few days, the officer noticed an influx of reports of lawn ornament thefts. He looked up the license plate number in his notebook and made a trip to the truck owner's home.

What he found was a lawn accessory gold mine.

The man who owned the pickup truck had apparently been stealing lawn items from all over town and keeping them in his yard.

He was promptly arrested, and some of the items were returned to their owners.

Port Clinton police, however, still have a great deal of lawn equipment that needs to be returned.

Anyone missing lawn items in the Port Clinton area should call Det. Bob Case at 419-734-3121.

-- Sarah Weber

Calling all First Families

You don't need to live in the White House to be part of a First Family.

The Huron Historical Society is looking for the descendants of Huron Township's and the city's earliest residents.

Sandra Kingseed said there will be some sort of presentation and perhaps a party in November to recognize members of the new First Families group.

One family already identified is the McMillans or McMillens -- the spelling has changed during the years; no relation to this writer -- who have been in Huron since before 1830, Kingseed said.

That qualifies them as "pioneers," she said. "Settlers" have a Huron history dating back to 1850 or earlier, and "builders" go back to 1870 or earlier.

Membership in First Families does rest on verification through documents such as birth and death certificates or census records, but Kingseed said no one need fear the research.

"If people can't do that, I do help," she said.

-- Susan McMillan