April 23, 2014

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Off the Beat 07/07/07

The right place, the right time
Jerry Hughes of Lorain had a stellar day Friday.
While playing a casual skins game with his bowling buddies at Cherry Ridge Golf Club in Elyria, Hughes hit the first hole-in-one of his life.
Hughes was nearly speechless when his friends signaled the ball was in the hole of the par 3, 106-yard third hole of the course. And in case the shot wasn’t enough, Hughes was treated to a perk that usually is reserved for only the pros. He had a professional photographer (that’s me) on hand to document the occasion.
As it so happened, I stopped at the golf course looking for art to showcase the beautiful day.
So congratulations  Jerry, that was one shot that definitely deserves to land in the newspaper.
— Jason Miller

Spirited gas giveaway
While gasoline isn’t a typical sermon topic at Church on the Rise in Westlake, Rev. Ricardo Johnson likes to practice what he preaches.
The day before the Fourth of July, Johnson’s message focused on family, which is why he and several members of the church were pumping gas and handing out $5 gift cards at the Sheetz on Lorain Road in North Ridgeville as drivers prepared to travel to be with family for the holiday.
During the two hours the giveaway was going on, the station was crammed with drivers taking home one of the 750 cards.
“It has exceeded my expectations,” Johnson said. “I’m just so amazed.”
Congregants raised $4,100 in order to do the giveaway. Money was used to purchase gas cards as well as some promotional material.
Drivers not only received free gas, but could also get their tires checked by a member of the church and the gas station gave away free fountain drinks.
Amen.
—Christina Jolliffe

Even mayors need fire safety
Mayor Craig Foltin received a lesson in fire safety recently.
On June 24, the day after he hosted a cookout at his home, Foltin dumped some coals he thought had cooled down over the embankment in his back yard.
“I ran my hands over the coals and I thought they were cool,” he said Friday.
Just a few hours later, the coals started a brush fire. A neighbor called the fire department at 11:33 a.m. After firefighters spent about an hour putting out the flames, they had to come out again about at 1:23 p.m. because the fire rekindled.
“It’s a good lesson for everyone to follow that we need to be extra careful during cookout season,” Foltin said. “I commend the fire department and thank the neighbors for keeping an eye out.”
Adam Wright

Sherrod Brown has cameo in Sicko
There he was on the movie screen – our U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio – in open-mouthed amazement in Michael Moore’s assault on the health care industry in the documentary, “SICKO.”
Actually, the clip shows a slightly younger Brown, then a congressman, listening to testimony in 1996 from Dr. Linda Peeno.
It was Peeno, former medical examiner for HMO giant Humana – whose whistle-blowing testimony amounted to a confession that she denied life-saving care. In one case, Peeno said she denied a heart transplant for a man who later died.
When being interviewed for the Humana job, Peeno testified that the HMO asked her if she could be tough “because I was going to be telling doctors that they couldn’t do things and that I would be expected to keep a 10 percent denial rate.”
Brown’s been getting lots of screen time because the clip has been shown on commercials previewing “SICKO.”
Criticizing health care policies has been a consistent theme of Brown, himself the son of a doctor, ever since he first ran for Congress.
—Cindy Leise

Search continues for missing mallard
There has been a Daisy sighting.
The hen mallard thought to have been stolen Sunday near Griswold Road and Leona Street may have been spotted.
Jennifer Lynn of Wellington said she was out running errands near Midway Mall on Tuesday, where she believes she saw the missing fowl waddling near Red Lobster with her babies in tow. Lynn is not 100 percent sure the bird she saw is the same one Glen Rehoreg has cared for many years. But she, like so many people, hopes it is.
Rehoreg said he has stayed close to the Joyful Mug Lounge since Daisy’s disappearance was featured in Friday’s Chronicle, hoping that someone will call with that vital piece of information to bring the bird back.
So far, Rehoreg hasn’t been lucky.
But he’s not giving up hope.
“If Daisy’s out there, she will make her way back,” he said.
—Lisa Roberson

The 23-year-old Satterfield triplets of Elyria may have made it into the pages Playboy magazine, but that came only after some disappointment.
When the sisters were 20, they convinced their mother to drive them across the country so they could try to get jobs at the high-paying Las Vegas strip clubs.
After days of riding in a car, they walked into their first audition only to learn that a recently passed Las Vegas law prohibited anyone under the age of 21 from dancing in a club that served alcohol.
Crushed, they returned home. Shortly thereafter, however, they found out that Playboy was sending a photographer their way.
—Stephen Szucs