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Off the beat, Aug. 11, 2007


S. Lorain gets phone lines back

The advent of cell phones has left many people believing land lines are a thing of the past.

Well, don’t tell that to the residents of South Lorain.

After Tuesday’s heavy rain storm, a 300-foot section of underground phone cable was damaged, knocking out phone service to hundreds of residents. They immediately found out just what life is like when a land line phone is not an option.

As of Friday, everyone was reconnected, said Joanette Romero, spokeswoman for CenturyTel.

“We know what an inconvenience being without a phone can cause, so we worked around the clock to restore service,” she said.

The cable was opened and new wires were spliced in. We reconnected each of the 300 lines one at a time.”

With phone service restored, residents may be thinking they have just the tool to call CenturyTel and complain. But Romero said even that concern is already being taken care of.

Residents will receive a credit on their bill for the days their phones were out of order.

— Lisa Roberson

Avon in top 100 growing suburbs

The city of Avon popped up as one of the country’s top 100-fastest-growing suburbs right when Mayor Jim Smith needed it to.

Ranked No. 67 out of 100 in Forbes magazine, Smith said the list helps spell out the reasons to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency why a Lear Nagle Road and Interstate 90 interchange needs to be approved.

“People want to come here,” he said. “How can we be number 67 and not have an interchange approved?”

— Stephen Szucs

They say ‘soda.’ We say ‘pop.’

One of the great linguistic debates of our age is what you call soft drinks — pop, soda or Coke (whatever the drink in question actually is — Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Sprite or some other).

In Lorain County, according to the Web site, the clear winner is pop.

The unscientific survey of Internet users, which apparently relies on whoever wanders onto the site to cast their vote, has polled 195 people from Lorain County and of those, 175 say they call soft drinks pop.

Of the remaining 20 people — who probably aren’t from around here originally — 18 call their carbonated beverages soda, while two call it something else.

That’s pretty much in line with Ohio, which is very clearly a pop state when you look at the nifty map on the site that shows where the dividing lines are around the country.

Coke is very much a southern phrase, while the soda folks seem to hail from California, Arizona and the New England states, although there are pockets of them in Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Pop drinkers seem to run the country though, controlling a vast swath of territory running from Oregon and Washington all the way across the West and Midwest to the middle of Pennsylvania.

Now I think I’ll go grab a can of pop.

— Brad Dicken

Judge Basinksi’s all about persistence

Domestic Relations Judge David Basinski said he didn’t realize he talked for about an hour and a half about Family Court at the county Commissioner’s meeting on Thursday until he suddenly ran out of steam.

Basinski, who wants commissioners to rescind a 2-to-1 vote that pulls support for the Family Court plan, which would merge the county’s Domestic Relations and Probate courts, was alternately angry and humorous during his tirade, which soon was the talk of the Justice Center.

One of the funnier moments was when Basinski talked about how he finally got in touch with state Rep. Joseph Koziura, D-Lorain, about Koziura’s plans to ask his fellow state legislators to rescind a state law creating the Family Court.

“He is difficult to reach,” Basinski said of Koziura. “When people don’t return my calls, I call every day.”

On the 10th day, he reached Koziura.

— Cindy Leise 

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