Sunday, August 31, 2014


Well, summer's over all the streets that were to be repaved are? Streetscape is completed, as well as the 'Bridge to Nowhere' is now the 'Bridge to Mentor Businesses.'

Not much new planned for council. The agenda is limited to Rental Dwelling Registration  and second reading  on the (CDGB) from the county that always seem to land on two blocks of Downtown Painesville.

The only suspense to Tuesday night meeting will be if the Invocation will go off on time? or will it be late?

Where's Jen Reed anyway?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

"ALICE'S RESTAURANT" arlo guthrie


Lets me take you back to the food  cuisine of a young people  growing up in the early 60's in the metropolis of Painesville. Remember this was a time before McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Arbys and Wendy's.

Just where did these young people of that era eat?

First off let's start off with Painesville's generic McDonalds 'Devines' which later became Charlie's and then it became the Pizza Parlor. I still remember the peaked red-orange roof and white ceramic sides, no sit down inside but a 15 cent hamburger 19 cent fries as well a 25 cent shake they never called them milkshakes back then there was no milk in them.

Sometimes we would wander up to Islay's for a 'real' milk shake. Still remember the looks on the waitresses faces as this traveling bunch of comrade's strolled into the Newberry's or Kresge's lunch counter's as we collected our nickel's dines and quarter's to buy a platter, everything was a platter back then. We were also known as not the greatest tippers in town?

Once I had the opportunity to escort a young lady and her mother downtown. Her mother took us to eat lunch at Carlisle's!  Carlisles's downstair's has food? none of my Little League teammates believed me. Sorry, we never had the opportunity to create havoc with those waitresses.

Downtown next to the Lake Theater Angela's Pizza. What pizza?  I can go home and eat pizza. And when Mrs. Stanzi made pizza it was like a gift from the heavens.

Chicken in Painesville? There was a corner store at Prospect and N.State St. called Jefferies. One day they closed the store and soon reopened it as Jefferies Broaster Chicken. They sold a ton of chicken. The smell of chicken alone as you sat in Mass at St. Mary's across the street.. talk about a captive audience. I sometimes wondered if Father got a cut?

We even had our own  special soft serve ice cream 'Frizzell's Freeze' with three local locations Madison Ave. Liberty and Richmond St. now the rest of the story.. After high school I went to work for Lockie-Lee Dairy that made the special 6% ice cream mix. Once while loading my truck one day I was short 20 gallons of Frizzell's Freeze the plant manager came out with two Frizzell's Freeze labels and marked them. I asked him can you do that? Hell Angelo, it's all Frizzell's Freeze. Well I asked what do they get extra?  They get to pay extra was the answer.

Nightlife? Many nights in the summer we would have sleep outs. Where we ran through the neighborhood terrorizing no one but convinced the police were out to get us. Now what was the point of filling a bag with dog poop and setting it on fire and ringing the door bell? Far better than being the first one to go to sleep. After a little fun and games we headed to the Avenue and Jerry & Bert's for a nightcap of cherry coke, that's livin'! The waitresses were also so glad to see us arrive. Many of us were in Jr. High before we grasped the concept of a tip.  Even on the occasion my father took me to Kenny Kings that was if the colonel's chicken HAD to be on sale. He'd asked me if I liked coming here? Sure I always find some change on the table, my first lesson in tipping!

Now your 16 had a license and could wander out to Manner's for a Big Boy and no more waitress now you had carhops.

You know growing up here had a lot of pluses. I'm sure I forgotten some Studio Inn and Lutz's Inn were off -limits to us.

Friday, August 29, 2014

"KNIGHT AT THE ROUNDTABLE" bill haley and the comets

Well in the past our Red Raider has been called a Knight?

Well I had a choice Thursday night Andy Flocks Town Hall Meeting or Raider Roundtable both at 7:00 pm at the Elm St. School.

Since Andy's meeting had the police chief as well as the (new city engineer sorry she was there). excused for personal reasons. I decided to go to Raider Roundtable.

Well like I mentioned before you can't blame this administration and Board for not trying. 14 people came to the meeting along with at least 7 educators.

I learned why school started so early? We will have the state testing as well as the first semester completed by Winter break (Christmas Vacation.) sorry old school. 

I learned the pluses and minuses of Maples A/R reading program. I do believe the reward for reading a book, should be reward enough. At least now I know why the books I buy my granddaughter at Barnes & Noble collect dust there not A/R.

That it will be the administrations policy to have all three elementary school student's at the same level as they enter Heritage Middle School. Now I'm not a fan of this first do you hold one or two schools back so the third can catch up? Not a good policy idea sorry.

Reading program called 'Daily Five Stamina' reading, reading to someone, listening as someone reads, writing .

Did you realize many text books can't be taken out of school? Many cost as much as $100.00 here all along I thought the kids were just lazy? Chrome book, tablet going home forget about it.

The dress code came up, my take was to enforce it or scrap it, don't make some kid's follow it and other's test it's boundaries. Kid's continually ask why can't I go like that? What those kids can argue better with authority?

Many parents claimed even after parenting classes many still did not understand how it worked. I speaking of the new math, I don't get it either.

Another question asked, why the high teacher turnover? I guess you can lose money by not retiring? Makes no sense.

One parent asked why the poor publicity from the News-Herald when it comes to Painesville Schools? Well let's check the circulation of the News-Herald. Highest in Mentor, Willoughby, Eastlake,  plus expanding into Clevelands southern suburbs. We are kind of the poor stepchild here. Remember "if it bleeds it leads." Unless it's a scandal preferably one with sex. Now the school have a new reporter covering them, Devon Turchon be honest with him and he will be honest with you. How a Harvey student can place 7th nationally in an FBLA competition and not receive recognition in the local paper is beyond me? Now if he robbed someone......

Bus Transportation issues came up. (what a surprise) Main concern not calling the parents back over an issue.

The administration would like to come up with a strategic plan with the help from parents as well as the community.
First off Raider Pride from the first year to the last and understanding what being a Red Raider means. The BOE should copy write the logo before it gets snatched up. As far as I can tell its been a part of my life since 1955. Always wear it with pride.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"OPERATOR" jim croce

'Americans working for Americans'

Can you help me make this call?

Received this in an email I'd like to share with you. Sorta a little persons 'inversion'

This is undoubtly, if true, one of the most important things we as United States of America citizens can do. I agree it is not to demoralize any other nation or nationality, simply to bring AMERCIA back to being AMERICA.

The gas company serving this area brought their call center back to Phoenix from India last year after numerous customer complaints. What a difference now when you call them... and it created 300 jobs. I know this works because they were so bad that when India answered I wouldn't even deal with them. I simply asked to be transferred to a supervisor in the U.S. and they would comply.

Now that I know it is the law I will do this for sure.

Anytime you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, phone health or other insurance, computer help etc.) and you find that your talking to a foreign  customer service representative (perhaps in India, Philippines ect.) please consider doing the following:

After you connect and you realize that the customer service representative is not from the USA (you can always ask if you are not sure about the accent), please, very politely  ( this is not about trashing other cultures) say, "I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the United States of America.. The rep might suggest talking to his/her manager, but again, politely say, "Thank you, but I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the USA.

That's the rule and the Law.

It takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to the USA.
Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep, I asked again to make sure and yes, she was from Fort Lauderdale.

Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to only US phone reps from this day on.
Imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of US jobs that would need to be created ASAP.

You may even get correct answers, good advice, and solution's to your problem and at the same help create 1000's of American jobs.

I don't know if there is a rule or law but what harm would it do to ask the question?

Please don't forget Andy Flock's Town Hall Meeting

'Raider Roundtable'

Both tonight at 7:00pm Elm St. Elementary School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"I'M LEAVING ON A JET PLANE" peter paul & mary

Always wondered if it should have been Mary & Peter Paul?

Well if some of you have been paying attention it seems another All-American company 'Burger King' has decided to leave the United States for Canada, Canada? Seems they purchased donut  and coffee king Tim Hortons. Well what should American consumers do?

First off I can't suggest boycotting Burger King as I presently can't remember going there recently. Poor food quality, cleanliness, and staffing. I remember one time at a drive thru window being asked if I wanted my change?

Back in the late 60's Burger King opened on Mentor Ave. across from McDonalds. What a treat really a BIG hamburger, flame-broiled, and having it your way.... Today you can watch someone throw the burgers into a microwave.  Think something wasn't lost in the transition?

Seems the main reason for the move is another case of Inversion the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate of 35%. The secret here is that the average is 13% or less in actual tax rate. With many corporations paying zero.

Burger King  across America should be forced to take their American flag down and fly the Canadian Mapleleaf. look the employees of Burger King are already subsidized by the federal government with Earned Income Credit and other government subsidizes. now the King wants to leave and  let us holding the bag and eating crummy burgers?

Look if your a liberal or a conservative you must agree this is bad policy. Want to take on ISIS, have a space program whatever you can't let companies abandon this country.

If there's a plus to all this all corporate Burger King staffing in Canada will have government run health care.

In other news;

9 year old girl kills instructor with an uzi,  no one saw that coming?

Josh Gordon suspended one year by NFL.  Ray Rice suspended two games for knocking girlfriend/wife unconscious in an elevator. Wonder if Ray's wife wishes he had been hitting on a joint instead of her?

Friday, August 22, 2014

" AND THE BEAT GOES ON" sonny & cher

Well it's nice to see someone doing something.

Louisville, Kentucky—”Peabody Energy on Wednesday refuted claims by Illinois plaintiffs in a lawsuit who accuse promoters of the 1,600-MW Prairie State Energy Campus of misrepresenting the costs and benefits of the controversial baseload coal-fired power plant in southwestern Illinois…

The suit alleges negligent misrepresentation by five consultants to Batavia and names 19 other entities as respondents in discovery, including Peabody, which originated the nearly $5 billion project more than a decade ago…. Over the years, the project was delayed and costs nearly tripled. The plant’s two 800-MW units went into commercial operation in 2012.

Prairie State extremely competitive: Peabody

According to the suit, Batavia was not informed that a ‘capped’ price for electricity from Prairie State had been removed from the city’s contract. As a result, Batavia’s power costs climbed to more than $100/MWh and reached a delivered high of $179.82/MWh in November 2013, far exceeding the $46/MWh it had been promised, the suit said….

Vic Svec, Peabody senior vice president of global investor and corporate relations, said the suit’s allegations that Prairie State is not good for consumers are baseless. ‘Sound long-term forecasts show electricity costs from Prairie State will be extremely competitive with other fuels over the long term,’ he said.…”

I guess Painesville City Council see's no problem being promised $48.06/MWh and paying
$179.82/MWh why not it's only money.....Your money !!!

Maybe a proclamation on Painesville biggest boondoggle? Beating out the Battery Box Building, as well as the Windmill project.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

'LITTLE LIES' fleetwood mac

"You can't disguise, no you can't disguise"

Heisley Park Roads-  We all know that Heisley Park has the best roads in the City. But.... the City Manager was asked about the deteriorating conditions of the Heisley Park roads especially Elizabeth and the roads used by the construction vehicles. It had been reported that the city had required the builder/developer to have a road bond that could be used to repair/maintain the roads in Heisley Park while the development was still under construction. However at the last City Council Meeting, the City Law Director in response to my direct questions stated  there was no longer a road bond as the previous City Manager previously assured several residents. It was found out that somehow the road bond was allowed to elapse. It was not stated why or how this happened......

Ray Sternot

Look I can't blame residents who have good roads wanting to maintain them in good condition but who's side was the previous city manager on? The same manager decided to change  the recreation requirement from 5 acres to 2 acres in Heisley Park?
The same manager who didn't tell council or residents that the mutual aid  from Grand River Fire Department for Cobblestone had ended? Or the letter that Mentor's city manager sent to provide emergency aid to Cobblestone? Let's not forget the number of half-truths about Meigs County. "We won't owe anything until we start receiving power" I got two million reasons she was wrong on that statement. Sometimes off the cuff  items 25 trains pass by on CSX tracks per 24 hours. (multiply times 5) for correct answer. The Ohio Board of Elections when John Murphy asked for a copy and found where John had been accused of grabbed her arm? Look if John had even come close to that someone would have been looking for bail money that night. If John hadn't asked for the city's response he would have never known (or until someone wanted it known)

Now according to the response from the city on ordinances 01-10. Do we really want one person to control all those items? Would a city manager even want to? It's time for council to go back and readdress that ordinance. and do their jobs. Plus a little more transparency on labor issue's.