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Feliciano sentenced to 19 years for slaying

April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

ELYRIA – Rafael Feliciano was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison today for killing Fletcher “Boomer” Windham of Lorain.
Feliciano, 23, of Lorain, was sentenced to more than the minimum 15-to-life sentence.
Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Laura Swansinger argued successfully that […]

It’s a Favre, Favre, Favre, Favre World

April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized




I’ve never heard so many news stories about a retired player.  The reason for that is possibly that the guy keeps un-retiring.  Is it going to happen again?  I sure hope not, but there’s some signs that are pointing to yes.  Recently there’s been a news story that Favre asked, and was granted the full out release from the Jets.  This could mean absolutely nothing, but it also allows him to sign with any team he chooses…should he decide to un-retire yet again.  If you remember, there were rumors about Mangini wanting to bring Favre into our training camp to mentor our young QB’s.  God help us if there is more to that than mentoring.  I’m not starting the Favre to Cleveland rumor though, because I think there’s about as much chance of that happening as me winning the lottery twice in the same day.


However, and this is why I love Pro Football Talk, there’s a little tiny rumor going around that Favre could end up in Minnesota.  According to Mike Florio at,

Plane Flies From Minneapolis To Hattiesburg, And Back Again

Posted by Mike Florio on April 29, 2009, 10:59 p.m. EDT

    It probably means nothing.

    But, let’s face it, Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is hardly a major hub of transportation.

    Only five flights arrived there today, and only six departed.

    One of the arrivals came from Minneapolis, and one of the departures headed back there.

    The plane from Minneapolis arrived at 9:11 a.m. local time, and left at 4:14 p.m. local time.

    It probably has nothing to do with one of the more famous residents of Hattiesburg.  After all, he’s retired from playing football, and he has no intention of coming back.

    Favre said so himself.  “It’s all rumor.  [There’s] no reason for it.”

    Oh, wait.  That was last year, when Favre shot down in early July talk that he wanted to come back.

    Since he was telling the truth then, he’s surely telling the truth now.


Now obviously there’s nothing concrete or substantial about this rumor, but it is interesting that it happened.  I wish Florio knew whether it was a private jet or not.  My guess is he does know, but won’t say for some reason.  If I have to see Favre’s name printed on millions of Vikings jerseys this year I’m going to be angry.  And I was so looking forward to playing Tavaris Jackson in week 1.


I really hope Favre does the classy thing and signs with Green Bay for one day so that he can officially retire as a Packer.  That’s the only way the NFL should allow his un-retirement again.

EMA disaster drill involves twister and pesticide spill

April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

Lisa Hlavinka | The Gazette
WESTFIELD CENTER — HazMat workers in full gear, bloodied victims crying out for help, ambulances and police car lights flashing in the background. With the right camera angles and lighting, this could have been the set of the latest action movie, but its purpose was more serious.
On Wednesday morning, local emergency […]

Local brick supplier hits a wall with EHS project

April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

ELYRIA — A local brick supplier is throwing stones at the Elyria school board for its choice in exterior brick for the new Elyria High School — saying he is being shut out of the $71 million project over a color.
A slight variation in rose pink and the finish is what is stopping […]

Moving Wall a chance for vets to share memories of ’Nam

April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

AMHERST TWP. — When Silver Star recipient Joe Horvath falls asleep at night, his dreams are filled with the sights, sounds and terrible smells of his year on a medical chopper in Vietnam.
He tended to so many wounded — and saw so many bodies — that his daylight hours are filled with memories as […]

Lorain firefighters cover for co-worker hurt in crash

April 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

LORAIN — What goes around comes around.
During his nearly 20-year career, Lorain firefighter John Volak, 62, volunteered several times to cover shifts for sick or injured firefighters. He never thought he’d need the favor returned.
On Aug. 14, 2008, Volak hopped on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and headed to the auto parts store. […]

Drew Bennett to work out for Browns

April 29, 2009 in Uncategorized


Free agent WR Drew Bennett is scheduled to work out for the Browns today (Wednesday).  He’s coming off a broken leg from last season so I guess we’ll see what kind of shape he’s in.  If he’s healthy, he can be a solid possession guy like Joe Jurevicius was, only four years younger.  However, I wouldn’t get your hopes up because no other NFL team has shown Bennett an ounce of interest. 


I think Mangini is looking for some veteran leadership to help out rookie WR’s Robiskie and Massaquoi.  It always helps if that veteran leadership can help out on the field as well.  You know Braylon isn’t very good in the leadership category and who knows how much David Patten will get to play.  I’d love to see Edwards, Robiskie, and Bennett in a 3 WR set.  Robiskie might have to play the slot, but I do believe he’s polished enough to start as a #2.  If Massaquoi can wiggle his way into some playing time that’d be cool too.


Three more thoughts:

1.  Does the possible acquisition of Bennett mean bye bye for Edwards?  At this point I hope not, unless we can get some good defensive players in trade, or first round draft picks in 2010.

2.  With Romeo gone and Mangini in place, it’s very possible that our rookies may see plenty of playing time.  Romeo seldom played rookies.

3.  Robiskie will from now on….be called Robo.

Making food safe in Mom’s memory

April 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

Maria Kacik | The Gazette
MEDINA — Five months ago, brothers Randy and Jeff Napier never thought twice about food safety while sitting down to a meal.
All that changed in January when their 80-year-old mother, Nellie Napier, died after being infected with a strain of salmonella linked to contaminated peanut butter.
The Napiers have spent the months […]

Elyria rains on community garden plans

April 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

ELYRIA — It rained nearly all day Tuesday, but a group of local green thumbs saw the wet day as the perfect one to start planting in its newly devised community garden.
Broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes and, maybe, some cucumbers and lettuce. Healthy, home-grown vegetables tilled by the hardworking hands of local residents — […]

Officials check for new cases of swine flu

April 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

AMHERST — A woman with flu-like symptoms who was seen at Amherst Hospital Monday does not have swine flu.
Samples were taken from the woman, along with a child who was seen about six to eight hours later at Amherst Hospital, and sent to Columbus for testing, said Clifton Barnes, spokesman for […]