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Roasts & Toasts

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Roast the three Ohio State Highway Patrol employees who were involved in a Ku Klux Klan prank. Craig Franklin, a 12-year veteran of the patrol, is pictured in the Jan. 20 photo with a white cone on his head, white paper mask with eye holes and a white cloth covering his shoulders. Trooper Eric Wlodarsky and Franklin told an investigator that the picture was taken as a joke while both were on duty at the patrol's Sandusky post and was modeled on a television skit by comedian Dave Chappelle. Franklin was suspended for five days, Wlodarsky was demoted and a third trooper who received the picture via text message was given a one-day suspension for failing to report the incident. It was just a shameful and embarrassing incident for the entire patrol.

Toast Willard Middle School's presentation of "Are You Smarter that a Middle School Student" Thursday night. The goal was to use a fun method to help the students prepare for he upcoming Ohio Achievement Tests. Tests are never easy, and anything that can help students learn is a great thing.

Roast Major League Baseball for its screwy scheduling. The defending world champion Boston Red Sox, who rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Indians in last year's American League Championship Series, are in town today and Wednesday for their only visit in Cleveland this season. Not only is that unfair to the fans, but also to the businesses that rely on the big crowds coming to the games. And it isn't any better for the New York Yankees, who make their only trip to Progressive Field later this month.

Toast everybody involved in Saturday's fifth annual "Action for Asher" fundraiser to raise money for Asher Nikolajevs, an 11-year-old blind Berlin Heights boy. The kickboxing fundraiser, sponsored by North American Martial Arts Institute in Norwalk, helped raise money to care for Gracie, a 2 1/2-year-old black Labrador golden retriever mix. Asher received the dog three weeks ago from Assistance Dogs of America. The dog, according to Asher's mother, Leisa, is not a guide dog, but a friend for the bed-ridden youngster.

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