Natural gas prices have dropped -- even more for Sandusky residents

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

In July — after Serving Our Seniors exhausted its Utility Assistance fund helping older people who received shut-off notices — I was fretting about the cost of home heating for the 2008/2009 heating season. In July, natural gas prices were ranging between $1.35 per ccf to $1.56 per ccf for a fixed rate. I'm happy to report that those prices have gone down.

Now this is unusual for this time of the year. Normally, natural gas prices drop in the summer, when there is little demand and the prices increase in the fall and winter months. That's not what happened this year.

On Oct. 5th the Ohio Consumers Counsel posted the new rates for natural gas.

These rates change every week, but on September 28 consumer prices for natural gas (fixed rates) ranged from $1.195/ccf (Vectren Source 800-516-6740) to $1.49/ccf (IGS Energy 877-444-7427)

But if you are fortunate enough to live within the city limits of Sandusky, you can buy natural gas for $1.0368/ccf. And if you are age 65 or older and the primary owner of the residence, your rate is $1.026/ccf.

The city of Sandusky signed a two year agreement with Direct Energy. The fixed rate stated above won't change for the first 12 months of this new contract. This rate will take effect December 2008.

To illustrate the significant savings the City of Sandusky negotiated with Direct Energy, let me compare it to the price Direct Energy has posted on the Ohio Consumers' Counsel Web site (as of September 28) — $1.349/ccf. According to the City of Sandusky's press release, all you need to do is "opt in." To "opt in" simply call Direct Energy at 866-803-4618 beginning October 24.

If you are age 60 or older and find navigating through this process is too confusing, call Serving Our Seniors office at 419-624-1856 and ask for help. Through the use of three-way calling we will call Direct Energy and facilitate the conversation so you can "opt in" to this new natural gas rate.



Sue is it true that Mark and you burn Whale oil for lights? Is a wick reguired for burning?


Dear Editor

Our unexperinced soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is the best future leader for this nation, not Senator Barak Obama. Our unexperinced soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is also would be better at leading our nation in the future after a McCain Presidency than Senator Barak Obama would be in leading our nation in the future starting in January 2009. There are great reasons our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin would be a better future leader than Senator Barak Obama. The greatest reason for our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin's is ideology. Our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is conservative in that she is pro life, marriage, guns, low taxes, low government spending, small government, unintrosive government, traditional and judeo Christian values, Bible reading and prayer in our public schools, and military spending. Senator Barak Obama is a liberal who is anti every thing that I have described that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is pro about or for. A second reason that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is inferior is because of experience. As a governor she has two years of executive administrative governing experience that Senator Barak Obama does not have. A final reason that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is inferior is because of political accomplishments. When our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin came to office she accomplished 3 major things which are as follows: she showed great leadership in the 3 following areas: government reform, the state budget and the economy, and wise use of natural resources. She reformed government by standing up to the big oil companies by breaking up the monopoly on power and resources. She insisted on competition and basic fairness which ended the control that the oil companies had on the state, and thereby returning control of the state back to the people. She also stood up to the special interest and lobbyist, and produced major ethics reform. She lead well in the state budget by generating a surplus which came about by vetoing a half billion dollars of wasteful spending, ending the abuses of earmark spending by congress, and by getting rid of the private jet, the chef, and the chuffer. Economically under her leadership she brought about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. She also suspended the state fuel tax, and when oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, she sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska . On natural resources she has shown great leadership by beginning a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. When the last section of the pipeline is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. Senator Barak Obama has done nothing, so please vote John McCain for President and give to our unexperinced soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin the opportunity that she deserves leading the nation into the future after a John McCain presidency. When our soon to be Vice President does lead the nation as President after a John McCain presidency,she will be the greatest President that we have ever had. Finally she is smarter than Senator Barak Obama

Thank You

John Warren "

Rick Studer

Thanks Sue, always good information to have.

Could you sometime do a comparison on the current prescription drug situation as compared to the state it was in before SOS got involved with the affordable drug program? Are people still going to Canada for drugs? Are the Wal Mart $4.00 prescriptions helping a little, a lot? Has Wal Mart forced a change in the whole drug industry? Is there still a hole for certain drugs or are there affordable alternatives for all treatments? Just curious if real progress has been made.


Hey Studer try staying on topic you miopic field mouse. What is your infatution with Sue that you insist on brown nosing her all the time? Your comments constantly derail the subject at hand and disrupt the flow of the blog. Please take you medication before you decide to post further comments.

Rick Studer

Art Vandaloid…. 8:55pm on a Sunday? What, did the Star Trek convention let out early? I imagine you still have on your Spock ears as you write this crapoola…

As anyone knows, besides insurance companies, drug manufacturers are on the top of my most hated list. I was merely curious to what the professional had to say.

It was also my intention to move the comedian “Arnold” to the bottom of the page. Its obvious Arnold is a mental defective. The premise of his joke makes no sense. Mr. Foam and the Blogstress are ECO friendly. Whaling has been banned since 1986 by the International Whaling Commission so why would they burn whale oil? The Foams are not indigenous Inuit or Japanese researchers, but instead, enviros, no, i don't think so.

Lastly, perhaps you and Mr. Arnold can share a quiet whale oil lit evening together and enjoy "Moby Diick"…


The Amushungkwa Indians say that the old warrior who seeks to hunt with the young squaws will probably starve in the winter…


we cannot turn off the gas from this lady. Blah, blah, blah and more blah. My eyes are starting to get callouses from reading all her nonsensical blogs. SR, turn off her gas!!!!!


I guess ur not ready for a serious discussion of erectile dysfunction. As usual no one takes it straight, its always a joke. Do you know how many seniors are ripped off every year by manhood enlargement email scams?

John S.


Did you know that one of the greatest sources for the spread of STDs is retirement homes?

Too many seniors erroneously believe that they are too old to catch 'em.

Sad but true Sue?

Related to topic:

The Marcellus Shale runs through Ohio. There are reports of nat. gas in Lake Erie, near the coast. I understand that Canada already drills on their side.

The basic economics of supply and demand could lead to lower prices.


I’m wondering if sex education is offered in the local nursing homes? Some seniors might not be receptive but a few might be helped. The expense of condoms might be a factor. Maybe Serving Our Seniors could contact some of the manufacturers for some “samples”, and then hand them out, discreetly of course. It seems a shame to spend your twilights with a case of the jigs.


i am a supporter of the blue pill. although i am only 27 years old i find that i last forever and it blows my mind, because it makes my heart race to the edge, the rush is amazing. i say if if you want to use sexual enhancement drugs i say go for it you only live once.


Have Sues blogs really gotten so lame that these unpaitriotic idiots only can talk about Viagra and elderly STD's? Something needs to change, I mean come on bloggers get on topic and Sue get unlame.


And you're on topic?

'Unlame?' Your incomplete West Virginian sixth grade education is showing.


West Virginia University is fine place of higher education. Cedar Point's own Mr. Jack ia a WVU grad! If you want to insult someone call them a Republican!


Rick Studer

First and foremost my apologizes to the Blogstress (and of course Art Vandeletto) for straying from this weeks topics of “buying the heat” and “bringing the heat”. But I wanted to bring attention to the latest “Say it ain’t so Joe”, non-other than the new rightwing hero himself, Mr. Joe Wurzelbacher, or commonly known as “Joe The Plumber”.

Finally, we have the “Joe Sixpack” of Sara Palin’s dreams and sentence fragments. Joe Wurzelbacher of Holland Ohio, a Toledo suburb, is the newest Right Wing flavor of the day. Immortalized on You Tube, Rush Limbaugh, dribble artist Sean Hannity’s show and of course the final presidential debate between Obama and McCain, mentioned more than a dozen times.

Joe’s 15 minutes of fame consist of his claim that Obama’s tax plan will stifle growth of his business, prevent job creation and generally eat his slice of the American pie. All valid points open for debate and discussion. The only problem with this compelling story is any semblance of truth.

Joe is a plumber, not a plumbing business owner. He only aspires to be an owner. With the current financial crisis we can only hope Joe can obtain financing in the depressed Toledo area. If he does realize his dream it’s still questionable if he’ll ever make the $280,000 figure being bandied about by the talking flatulence on conservative radio.

The reality is Joe probably makes less than $75,000 a year, will benefit from Barack Obama’s tax plan and would better serve his family by being a Democrat than his chosen party, The Natural Law Party or the party he shills for the Republicans.

This is what we should always expect from the party of “Do as I say, Not as I Do”. Only in this case its “Listen Who I say I am not Who I really am”. Just once I would like to see the Republicans use the real truth instead of Ronald Reagan Hollywood truth. When this happens I’ll be the first to say “Say it ain’t so Joe”!


Ohio has a new zoo - they put a fence around WV.


Written like a loser who has never owned a successful business or had two nickels to invest and stupidly believes that a lying politician can give him a meaningful life.


Re Re Rick Studer Why are you so bitter? May I ask what successful business you own? What lying politician are you referring to? You are diluted if you think that a politician is going to tell the total truth. Perhaps you tried to have a successful business and because of your own incompetence and idiocy you ran it out of existence. Did you blame your King George Bush? Probably not because republicans do no wrong. I am an American and I want this country to suceed, and we dont need bitter excuse making pinko commie republicans like you. You richie poohs are only worried about your wealth and not the country in a whole. Get off your high horse and join the working man. I drive American because I am an American.


And yet another toothless troll continually thrashing his gums in mindless banter.

'Pinko commie republicans'? Did you actually believe that phrase made any kind of sense???

Keep writing - you're funny.

Rick Studer

Welcome back Jeff...


Well Re Rick Studer you never answered any of my questions. Is that perhaps maybe I answered them for you. And by the way I am not a toothless trailer park loser I have a sucessful business I run, thank you very much.

Rick Studer

That reminds me Vandolow, set me up some minnows for Sunday. Be sure to take them out of the left tank. The fish don’t like the ones from the right, they smell phony when they get up close…


Art Vandalay wrote: 'I have a sucessful business I run..'

Yea right. You're a wage slave admit it.

Can't even spell 'successful' correctly. LOL.

Keep writing...


Rick, Art & Jeff...Fly away. Please, just fly away...and don't come back.

Rick Studer

The nice thing about mobile home living is it’s cheap. Notice I didn’t say warm, homey, fashionable or contemporary… well you get the point. Cookie cutter houses on tree lined streets with white picket fences are described as Colonial, Ranch, Tudor or maybe even New England Salt Box. My house is a single; the a$$hole across the street has a double-wide, which by the way could also describe any one of his many girlfriends.

Evergreen Acres… Americas’ trailer park, that’s where I live, I’m Rick Studer, the a$$hole across the street? Well that would be Art Vandaloy. Straw fedora hat, nylon shirt, paisley or boat anchors, beige pants and brown shoes, always brown shoes. Oh… and a brown Ford Torino, I believe he calls it the Rhino. He’s like Starsky & Hutch, but not cool.

Next to Art is Dale, Dale Fitzwell or as I address him, Dale of Webolos. Dale is a washed out ex-priest, current Scout Master-Indian expert extraordinaire. Dale left the priesthood because of a scandal involving a 6th grade history class at St. Joe’s Catholic School. No… Dale’s not a perv, he’s an idiot, an idiot with a streak of bad luck.

Dale had the misfortune of performing the fertility dance of the Amushunkwa Indians, in full Indian dress, including loin cloth, for his 6th grade class on the same day that Cardinal Roberts from the New York Catholic Diocese was visiting the school. Dale still might have kept his job except for the fact that he insisted on wearing the loin cloth, sans underwear. Dale said the Amushunkwa’s never wore fruit of the looms and he certainly wasn’t going to either.

The sight of Dale flailing around in a circle, knees high and arms in the air, Dale’s unmentionables flying free and 14 stunned 6th graders, it was just too much for the fine Cardinal to handle, thus, Dale of Webolos.

I guess that just leaves me, Rick Studer, middle aged, failed businessman, college dropout, current retail worker, Republican hater, mid-life crisis, seeker of romance and adventure. This is my story, and I guess by association, the story of the knuckleheads I just mentioned. We’re about to start a vision quest, an adventure of the soul, one that will change all of our lives forever, you are invited to join, just step inside this brown 1970 Torino GT convertible. We’ll be traveling 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds, the speed of … well the speed of a 1970’s Ford, rocketing to “Rick Studer’s Vision Quest and the Amushunkwa Indians”!


Once again, ol' Rick poignantly demonstrates that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Rick Studer

I’m writing a book, and making you read it… who’s wasting who?


It finally has happend, Studer has gone off the deep end. What is wrong with you Studer? None of us on here give two dead flies about you writing a book. First of all what you wrote in this blog is an utter piece of crap, try something more on your level, like maybe a childrens book or your life story (i.e. a gay novel), maybe you can include your little homo buddies Blackjack and Brokeback Bill. Secondly I insist you cease and desist from mocking me and my friend Dale in your stupid book. You my have slightly altered our last names but our first names are still there and unless you want to be sued for defamation of character I suggest you remove Dale and I from your little fairy tale. And to you Mr re Art Vandalay, I do run a sucessfull knife and blade sharpening business and I also work full time by my choosing, so If you dont know what your blabbing about keep your mouth shut. And to you Mr. J Krapbill I am still waiting for the answers to the questions I asked you. What happend Jeff cat got your tongue?


The Amushunkwa Indians say the brave who brings bad medicine to another will have his fertility sack consumed by swarming tarantula hawks…


master studer im tired of art vandalays gay bashing. why dont we gang up on him. he makes me almost want to gag, then i regain myself and realize the bad medicine hes trying to force down our throats isnt worth swallowing. you me brokeback and blackjack should form a group session to pound out his evil hatred towards mankind and jam some of his own hatred back down his throat.