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A new twist on a four-day weekend

By Joe Centers • Jul 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM

It was another great Fourth of July weekend with a great parade and fireworks in town.

I also got to Greenwich Saturday morning for its parade and it was another great turnout. 

The best thing about the Fourth being on a Thursday is when you got to work the next day it seemed like a Monday, but it really was a Friday.

The holiday got me thinking about a few things I would like to share with you.

New football turf in town

There is a push for a new turf at Whitney Field and members of the Whitney Field Improvement Committee are looking for donations. Volunteers make quick work of the visitors’ bleachers and the old bath house to make room for more parking. Like coaches always say, it’s a marathon and not a sprint. It will take time.

We went south Saturday on Ohio 13 through Bellville and I saw a sign on the side of the road. It read “Help us go the distance — Carpet the Corral.” Members of the Clear Fork High School Local Schools District were asked to donate $1 million for the Colts’ new turf field. And the banner across the sign said “Thank You.”

If they can carpet the corral we can wrap up the Whitney Field project.

What the McCup is going on?

If you purchase a large $1 beverage from a local fast-food restaurant you can get $20 off the regular-priced admission to Cedar Point. That’s a pretty good deal.

Last week I was home in the Detroit area visiting my parents and I went through the same restaurant there and the large cup has $33 off the price of admission to Cedar Point.

Are you kidding me? When we were in Chicago I bought a pop hoping to get $50 off but it didn’t happen.

1981 All-Star game in Cleveland

Tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game tonight in Cleveland brings back memories of the 1981 game played in the old Municipal Stadium. The game was held on Aug. 9, 1981 — one of only two All-Star Games to be played outside the month of July (the other being the second 1959 game). The game was originally to be played on July 14, but was postponed due to the players' strike lasting from June 12 to July 31. It was then brought back as a prelude to the second half of the season, which began the following day. At 72,086 people in attendance, it broke the stadium's own record of 69,751 set in 1954, setting the still-standing record for the highest attendance in an All Star Game.

I was at the game and got Len Barker to sign my press pass. Earlier in the season, on May 15, Barker threw a perfect game in a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hey Google

As I was washing the Norwalk Reflector van prior to Thursday’s parade, the guys next to me were washing their truck and trailer from the The Honey Hole.

Not knowing what that was, my son-in-law, Dan, Googled The Honey Hole.

Sometimes you have to watch what you Google.

It reminds me of the time when a woman Jody works with wanted to buy her son a new baseball mitt.

She Googled Dick’s, hoping to find Dick’s Sporting Goods.

She got a lot more than she was looking for.

I don’t think Al Gore thought about something like that when he invented the internet in 1991.


Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected] 


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