April 24, 2014

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Off the Beat 06/23/07

Buddying up to Coach?
When Al “Bubba” Baker was asked why Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Charlie Frye chose Avon Lake and Avon as their homes, respectively, the former Cleveland Browns player and owner of Bubba’s-Q World Famous B-B-Q and Catering in Avon didn’t hesitate to put in a plug for his restaurant.
“I just had (Cleveland Browns head Coach) Romeo Crennel here on Father’s Day,” he said. “Maybe that’s why they moved here — they’re trying to get in good with the coach.”
— Steve Szucs

Gray Water in Green House
Cindy and Andy Frantz, whose energy-efficient Oberlin home was featured in Better Homes and Gardens this month, said they think their lives are pretty normal.
Andy Frantz said their kids Dalin, 11, and Noah, 8, do find a couple “little things” kind of strange.
For example, when the kids get done with their baths, he sometimes takes the water to the garden in buckets to make good use of it, said Frantz, director of the America Reads tutoring program in Oberlin.
Cindy Frantz, a psychology professor at Oberlin College, said so-called “gray water” from bathing or washing dishes is good for plants. Traces of soap deter insects and any bits of food from dishes turn into natural fertilizer, she said.
The family has cut its energy costs in half, thanks to solar panels, lots of insulation, energy-efficient appliances and other efforts.
 — Cindy Leise

Sherrod Brown: I made a mistake
It’s not often in American politics when a politician makes a mistake. It’s probably even rarer when one makes a mistake, and then ’fesses up to it.
But that’s exactly what U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, did earlier this week on “The Young Turks,” a radio program on the liberal-leaning Air America Radio when asked about why he voted for a compromise on treatment of prisoners in the war on terror.
“It was the heat of the campaign, and I made a mistake,” he said of his vote while still representing Lorain County in the House of Representatives.
Brown went on to promise that if the issue comes up again, he’ll vote against the broad power the bill gives the White House to define torture.
— Brad Dicken