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Derek Anderson will start

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


DA to start against Bengals


Well, it looks like the Brady Quinn era in Cleveland is officially done… until Mangini becomes unhappy with Derek Anderson and puts Quinn back in.  Then, once Quinn proves himself useless yet again, Mangini will turn to third stringer Brett Ratliff. 


Seriously though, did anyone not see this coming?  It was no shock to hear that Anderson would start against the Bengals considering Quinn got yanked at halftime against the Ravens.  The coaches had no confidence in Quinn, clearly seen from the QB sneak on 1st and 10 last weekend.  That had to be a big clue to anyone with just a little knowledge about football.  Even the stupid announcers covering the game were baffled.  The coaches may have not had confidence in Quinn, but here’s a list of people I have no confidence in:


Brady Quinn

Derek Anderson

John St. Clair

Eric Mangini

Brian Daboll

Rob Ryan

The entire freaking offense

The entire freaking defense


In fact, the only thing I have confidence in is special teams.  Let’s see if we can surprise the league and beat the Bengals.  If I could bring myself to do it, I’d bet against the Browns this week. 

Elyria City Schools October lunch menu

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

October 2009 lunch menu for Elyria City Schools.

Full price lunch: $2.35, reduced: $0.40.

Early retirements to raise funds for repairs

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

BRUNSWICK — City officials hope to raise money for road repairs by offering an early retirement package for eligible city employees.
In recent years, the city has budgeted about $300,000 a year to fix city streets, which is only enough to fund minor projects, Ward 3 Councilman Joe Delsanter said.
“We are looking to take the net […]

Residents at Lodi mobile home parks still without utilities

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

LODI — The village is looking at options to resolve a zoning issue that has left several residents in mobile home parks without utilities.
The Planning and Zoning Commission has been discussing a new zoning ordinance with owners of mobile home parks who have said their residents are being denied utilities because of the enforcement of […]

Local businesses meet with energy secretary

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

NORTH CANTON — U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu came to Ohio Monday to talk about clean energy, which is the focus of some of the projects at Sharon Township’s EBO Group.
Jim Doutt, manager of business development of EBO Group, said he and company Chairman Dave Heidenreich went to the meeting with Chu to fill […]

This week’s high winds cause lake level to drop

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND — Boat owners in northwest Ohio are taking stock of their losses from high winds that pushed Lake Erie water east, toward Buffalo, N.Y.

Officials say water levels dropped Monday at Ohio marinas from Toledo to Port Clinton, and boats got mired in muck on the lake bottom. Some remained stuck and were flooded with water when the lake level eventually rose again.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Leins in Cleveland says 30-40 mph winds that lasted about 12 hours displaced the lake water in a phenomenon called a seiche (pronounced saysh). Just west of Cleveland, in Rocky River, some people reported they could walk out from the lake shore 10 feet farther than usual.

Cavs coach Mike Brown not pleased with West skipping practice

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers guard Delonte West apparently had a change of heart between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.
A day after saying he felt great and was ready to focus on basketball, West failed to show up for the team’s morning and evening practices at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
“Delonte is in Cleveland,” general manager Danny Ferry said […]

State tells mom to stop watching neighbors’ kids

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

By The Associated Press

IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood’s children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they have to leave for school.

Regulators who oversee child care, however, don’t see it as charity. Only days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she’d be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers.

“I was freaked out. I was blown away,” she said. “I got on the phone immediately, called my husband, then I called all the girls” — that is, the mothers whose kids she watches — “every one of them.”

Snyder’s predicament has led to a debate in Michigan about whether a law that says no one may care for unrelated children in their home for more than four weeks each calendar year unless they are licensed day-care providers needs to be changed.

On Tuesday, agency Director Ismael Ahmed said good neighbors should be allowed to help each other ensure their children are safe. Gov. Jennifer Granholm instructed Ahmed to work with the state Legislature to change the law, he said.

“Being a good neighbor means helping your neighbors who are in need,” Ahmed said in a written statement. “This could be as simple as providing a cup of sugar, monitoring their house while they’re on vacation or making sure their children are safe while they wait for the school bus.”

Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said the state agency was following up on a complaint. “But we feel this (law) really gets in the way of common sense,” Boyd said.

“We want to protect kids, but the law needs to be reasonable,” she said. “When the governor learned of this, she acted quickly and called the director personally to ask him to intervene.”

Boyd said the governor learned of the incident late Monday.

State Rep. Brian Calley, R-Portland, said he was working to draft legislation that would exempt situations like Snyder’s from coverage under Michigan’s current day care regulations.

The bill will make it clear that people who aren’t in business as day care providers don’t need to be licensed, Calley said.

“These are just kids that wait for the bus every morning,” he said. “This is not a day care.”

Snyder, 35, who lives in a rural subdivision in Barry County’s Irving Township about 25 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, recalled that she “freaked out” after receiving the letter, dated Sept. 11.

Her tidy, comfortable three-bedroom home is a designated school bus stop. The three neighbor children she watched — plus Snyder’s first-grader, Grace — attend school about six miles away in Middleville.

Snyder said she started watching the other children this school year to help her friends; they often baby-sit for each other during evenings and weekends.

After receiving the state agency’s letter, she said she called the agency and tried to explain that she wasn’t running a day care center or accepting money from her friends.

Under state law, no one may care for unrelated children in their home for more than four weeks each calendar year unless they are licensed day-care providers. Snyder said she stopped watching the other children immediately after receiving the letter, which was well within the four-week period.

“I’ve lived in this community for 35 years and everyone I know has done some form of this,” said Francie Brummel, 42, who would drop off her second-grade son, Colson, before heading to her job as deputy treasurer of the nearby city of Hastings.

Snyder’s situation infuriated moms who say they rely on such help every day to balance work and family.

Amy Cowan, 34, of Grosse Pointe Farms, a Detroit suburb, said she often takes turns with her sister, neighbor and friend watching each other’s children.

“The worst part of this whole thing, with the state of the economy … two parents have to work,” said Cowan, a corporate sales representative with a 5-year-old son and 11-month-old daughter. “When you throw in the fact that the state is getting involved, it gives women a hard time for going back to work …

“I applaud the lady who takes in her neighbors’ kids while they’re waiting for the bus. She’s enabling her peers to go to work and get a paycheck. The state should be thankful for that.”

Amy Maciaszek, 42, of McHenry, Ill., who works in direct sales, said she believes the state agency was “trying to be overprotective.”

“I think it does take a village and that’s the best way,” said Maciaszek, who has a 6-year-old boy and twin 3-year-old daughters. “Unfortunately you do have to be careful about that. These mothers are trying to do the right thing.”

Snyder was pleased to hear of Ahmed’s remarks.

“Yay! I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “It’s about time that someone steps in and does something.”

Rivals no more: Buckeye, Highland ending 57-year series

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

YORK TWP. — What had been Medina County’s oldest continuing football rivalry will continue no more.
After rumors swirled that Buckeye wanted to end its series with Highland, Bucks athletic director Glen Reisner made it official last week, meaning next year the schools will not play each other for the first time since 1953.
The move was […]

Ben Lehrke’s 72 leads Lutheran West golfers to D-II title

September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

ELYRIA — In a day better suited for ducks than birdies, Lutheran West won the Division II sectional team title Tuesday in rainy, cold and windy conditions at Forest Hills Golf Center.

Veteran coach Karen Wittrock’s Longhorns are in their first Division II competition — they were one boy over the Division III maximum enrollment — and scored an impressive 314 to advance to next Tuesday’s district tournament at Windmill Lakes Golf Course near Ravenna. The top three teams there will go to the state tournament where Lutheran West finished ninth in 2003 — its last appearance at state.

The other three schools qualifying for districts were Bay at 327, Firelands at 328 and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy at 333.

Despite the steady rain, cold temperatures and high winds, Ben Lehrke led the way for Lutheran West with a 2-over-par 72, easily bettering Bay runner-up Jeff Hunger’s 77.

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  • 29sep09 bishop--- GOLF Colin Coughlin of Elyria Catholic takes a shot from the wet grass during the Div. II Sectional at Forest Hills Golf Course.
  • 29sep09 bishop--- GOLF Anthony Cwalina watches as chips a shot towards the pin during the Div. II Sectional at Forest Hills Golf Course.
  • 29sep09 bishop--- GOLF Tim Straka of Fairview watches as his put heads for the hole during the Div. II Sectional at Forest Hills Golf Course.
  • 29sep09 bishop--- GOLF Jeff Haddad of Buckeye hits a drive after taking a short break in the clubhouse at Forest Hills where the DivII boys sectional tournament was held

Mat Stuart of Black River was the top individual qualifier — a golfer whose team did not qualify — with a 78. The other three individual qualifiers were Joe Magas of Independence, Cooper Conrad of Loudonville and Jeff Haddad of Buckeye — all finishing with 79s.

“The weather affected my tee shots more than anything,” said Lehrke, a senior. “Into the wind, the holes were playing much longer than usual. I mostly used my 4- and 5-woods off the tees because for me they are more accurate. I hit a bunch of approach shots within 5 feet of the pin.

My best shot of the day was a 140-yard pitching wedge to within 2 feet for a birdie on the 11th hole, which was my second hole. I had two other birdies, on the first and 15th holes.

“These were the worst conditions I’ve played in all year. The wind probably bothered me the most because it was always changing directions. The greens were slow, but not as slow as I would have thought considering all the rain.”

He had only 27 putts, his longest a 20-footer for birdie on the first hole.

“Ben had a great day,” Wittrock said. “I never expected him to shoot a 72 today. But he has been playing very well (he was medalist at 71 in the Patriot Athletic Conference tournament last Tuesday) so maybe I should have expected him to. Our kids mudded it out today pretty well. They went out with a great attitude. Today was really tough weather.”

Others on the winning team were Nick Blackburn with an 81, Louis Durban with a 79 and Mike Crum with an 86. The fifth man was Jared Fristik at 86.

Stuart, who was the PAC’s Player of the Year, started off his round with a double bogey on the opening hole after three-putting.

“I thought, ‘Oh no,’” he said after the hole, thinking he was headed for a bad round. But he recovered nicely and hit a 30-foot putt for his lone birdie on the fourth hole.

“I didn’t have much distance all day because the rain and wind were knocking down all my shots. I adjusted by clubbing up on my shots.”

He had only 34 putts in shooting back-to-back 39s for his qualifying 78, which was third-lowest in the field.

Firelands coach Joseph Miller was pleased to get one of the four qualifying team spots.

“We didn’t have any great scores, but the nice thing was we didn’t have any blow-ups, either,” he said. “We have a chance to shoot better in the district.”

This is Firelands’ third straight district appearance. It finished sixth at districts last year.

Andrew Northeim and Gabe Battistelli led the Falcons with 83s, followed by Matt Gregory and Josh Kaiser at 86. The fifth man, Vince Vitale, had an 88.

Team standings (top four advance to district)

Lutheran West 314 (medalist Ben Lehrke 72), Bay 327 (Jess Hunger 77), Firelands 328 (Andrew Northeim and Gabe Battistelli 83), CVCA 333 (Jaco Forsythe 78), Independence 341 (Joe Magas 79), Loudonville 342 (Conrad Cooper 79), Elyria Catholic 347 (Josh Taylor 81), Keystone 353 (Bryan Yeo 83), Buckeye 354 (Jeff Haddad 79), Woodridge 357 (Brandon Shannon 82), Vermilion 361 (Andy Ingram 81), Fairview 368 (Adam Saunders 82), Black River 370 (Mat Stuart 78), Holy Name 372 (Ron Narokewski 84), Wellington 389 (Freddy Senghas 84), Brooklyn 390 (Seane Blaine 88).

Top four individual district qualifiers

Mat Stuart, Black River 78. Joe Magas, Independence 79, Cooper Conrad, Loudonville 79 , Jeff Haddad, Buckeye 79.

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