6:20 PM Aug 27, 2014
A new challenge, a new contestant. My new challenger, Robb Smithson, is incredible. 
Each person has his or her story and each story is unique to that person. 
1:45 PM Aug 27, 2014

Well this past week has been much better as far as my diet goes.

And I have actually been utilizing Lions Park by my house to exercise.

I will be seeing my NOMS trainer Shawn Zahel every Tuesday and Thursday.

My doctor put me on a strict diet; he cut out most of my carbs.

6:00 AM Aug 27, 2014

Take a large group of people in a party mood. Add alcohol. Let the excitement of the night take hold. Tell them it's time to shut down. The party's over.

What do you get? All too often the answer is -- Trouble.

7:01 PM Aug 26, 2014

Wow, here it is August already! Whenever I run into people who know I am doing a Big Year, the first question is always……………….so what’s your number? So let’s get right to it. For the month of July I was able to add 7 new species to the list, bringing my total to 214 for the year.

6:11 PM Aug 26, 2014

Here is a great way to get anyone to eat eggplant who usually would not.

This recipe can be a little time consuming to make, but it does make two 8-by-8 pans, which will give you two meals, depending on family size.

3:00 PM Aug 26, 2014
The curbside program is lacking the fine details.
12:54 PM Aug 26, 2014

This past week has been pretty tough.

I'm still struggling with cigarettes.

I have noticed my breathing has become more difficult as I smoke less.

I hear it's part of the physical addiction of smoking.

6:00 AM Aug 26, 2014

The Put-in-Bay police department already has a public relations problem, which are self-created, in our view, and stem from poor leadership of the department.

3:41 PM Aug 25, 2014
What do you do when the doctor says you’re not doing so well based on your physical exam or the lab results? It’s not the kind of news we really want to hear from our doctor at our annual checkup.
2:34 PM Aug 25, 2014
Q. I’ve noticed during my nightly walks through town that many people have brown, dead sections on their bushes and shrubs. How did this happen, and what should be done to the dead spots, if anything?
1:25 PM Aug 25, 2014
When things are going great, it’s easy to feel as though nothing could bring you down.

And when things are going bad, it’s just as easy to feel nothing will go right again.

12:33 PM Aug 25, 2014

"We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more." - Bill Clinton

Before I get to the events of this past week, I would like to apologize to anyone out there who took my comments about Curves in the wrong way. 

12:20 PM Aug 25, 2014


I was slinging classic cocktails in Sandusky's nicest speakeasy.

5:15 AM Aug 25, 2014

The effort in Erie County to establish a drug addiction treatment center with the full range of recovery services, in our opinion, is an important initiative with many dedicated supporters.

1:30 PM Aug 24, 2014

If I venture to Put-in-Bay, it isn't for the same reasons as most people. I'm working.

When I entered the Put-in-Bay Police Department recently to gather police reports, I noticed a new poster hanging next to its service window. It's clearly geared toward the island's typical patrons.

7:06 AM Aug 24, 2014
The Firelands Area Young Life group is hosting its annual four-person scramble Sept. 7 at Plum Brook Country Club with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
10:45 PM Aug 23, 2014

By way of an introduction, my name is John Hageman.

If the name sounds familiar, it may be because I frequently provided news while Manager of Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory in Put-in-Bay for 25 years. I also operated Primetime Ice Charters.