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    ⚾Spiegel Grove Squires vintage baseball game draws 300 fans to Fremont's Hayes property

    By Roger LaPointe, Fremont News-Messenger,


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    Spiegel Grove Squires vintage baseball game draws 300 fans to Fremont's Hayes property

    The Spiegel Grove Squires and the all-star public figures from Sandusky County joined Sunday to form up two teams for a vintage rules baseball game.

    This year was very different from past celebrity teams, as the Squires joined with celebrities to create two new teams.

    Chad “Fingers” Kinsey, a member of the Squires, said, “When we played the All-Stars last year, we had 13 to 0 in the first inning; splitting the teams up this year made the teams even, and I enjoyed the lineup this year.”

    The event was free for all attendees because it was a home game at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. More than 300 people attended to watch the Croghan Crushers beat the Lower Sandusky Sluggers 26-14.

    See the list of local celebrities and get a load of the players in their retro uniforms.

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    Co-someone to know: Parks director works with sheriff

    The Sandusky County Park District Director Andrew Brown and Sandusky County Sheriff Chris Hilton found a way to maximize resources last year, being on the same page, they sort of merged some department functions.

    Q: Sheriff Hilton, I understand that your department took over the park ranger system.

    A: No. The county also had its own park rangers, but they lost several to other law enforcement agencies and struggled to replace them, so we contract with them to provide law enforcement services.

    How long have you been providing those services, and has it been working out?

    It started last year. It's been working out well for both entities.

    Director Brown, has this generated the savings you hoped? How are you paying for the sheriff's office's services?

    It's definitely saved money. We don't have a budget yet, but we are working on it. We just met last week, on our one-year anniversary, to go over that and some modifications to our law enforcement coverage.

    One example of the changes is with citations utilizing our codified rules and regulations that are specific to our parks, including parking enforcement, especially at White Star, because parking on the grass and in unauthorized places can lead to overcrowding on hot days on the weekends.

    Brown explained that they had their own officers, with cars, firearms, computers, communications equipment and all the other tools of the law enforcement professions. For the first year, they traded these items for services, some of which have been hard to get post-pandemic. Both men explained that it was a mutually beneficial situation. A longer article is in the works.

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