2002.06.05 Publisher as street person

Written by David Green.

It’s been a busy week with a lengthy track meet and commencement. Too busy to write. Instead, take a look at what was happening 10 years ago.

BY DAVID GREEN
It all began as a typical Monday night. I worked until I knew I should really go to bed, that if I stayed up any later I wouldn’t be worth much in the big crunch day. That’s Tuesday, the day we put the paper together and head out for the printer. They day we acknowledge our deadline, add a couple hours to it, and dive into the fray.

As it turned out Monday night/Tuesday morning, I probably should have stayed at work. I walked home, grabbed the front door knob and turned it to see if the door was left unlocked. Strange; the knob wouldn’t turn. I unlocked the door but the knob still wouldn’t turn.

Rosanna! I knew she was the one. I heard her name mentioned in connection with this problem a couple days earlier. There’s a little button on the edge of the door; push it and that door is locked from the outside, key or no key.

I went around to the back and found another locked door. I returned to the front and started pounding. No response. I pounded some more. Then I remembered the door to the basement in the garage, That was locked too.

“Colleen!” I’m yelling out her name as loud as I dare without waking the neighbors. “Colleen!” Then I quickly add, “The door is locked,” in case a neighbor is listening and wondering. At this point I’ve climbed the TV antenna and I’m yelling in through a screen window. Still no response. I’m probably giving the kids nightmares.

Back to the porch, back to pounding, back to nothing. I’m on the street looking for shelter. Nowhere to go. No warm clothing on a chilly night. I finally settle for the back seat of the car with all the crumbs and left over french fries. I find two kids’ jackets—one for a sheet and one for a blanket—and before long I’m off to sleep.

It’s light when I wake up. Too light to use the back yard as a bathroom, so I’m back at the front door pounding. Now I’m getting somewhere. I hear footsteps. Here comes Colleen running down the stairs.

She opens the door and I walk in with my head turned to one side, unable to straighten it out. The back seat did something to my neck. I’m not exactly standing up straight, either, and I’m close to shivering.

Colleen gave me appropriate sympathy as I explained my fate, but as I headed off to the bathroom, I could hear howls of laughter.

I got some much needed rest—at least an hour—and came down to warm up with a hot bowl of oatmeal. A great way to start off a summer day.

Sympathy, then laughter. And come to think of it, here’s what she asked me when I finally crawled into bed: “Did you take the garbage out?”

    – June 5, 2002
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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