At the time, Gov. Sarah Palin was in Fairbanks to see her son off to Iraq.
One night on the trip, the Caldwells stayed at The Bear Lodge, which happened to be where Gov. Palin was staying.
“On Thursday, Sept. 11, we went for a walk in a park near the lodge and a young man with dark sunglasses was just standing in the parking lot,” Caldwell said. “As we passed him, he said to me ‘big game Saturday,’ - I had an Ohio State jacket on.
As Caldwell looked ahead, he noticed several more men dressed in dark suits, all wearing dark sunglasses standing near two black SUVs, he said.
“I said to the first man I saw, ‘I see why you are here,’” Caldwell said. Shortly, Gov. Palin came out with more Secret Servicemen, along with a cameraman and someone who appeared to be Charlie Gibson of ABC News.
“We were allowed to walk over to the SUVs where she stopped and talked to us – we were in a group of about 15,” he said.
“She asked where some of the people were from and if we enjoyed our vacation,” Caldwell said. “I said we were two voters from Ohio where elections are won, and she said, ‘What can I do to convince you?’”
Caldwell told her he had already decided to vote for John McCain, and then gave Gov. Palin a map of Fairbanks to autograph.
“It was a great ending to a wonderful vacation,” Caldwell said.
Pie-baking contest set
The Elmore Historical Society will host a fall pie-baking contest at the barn at Ory/Depot Park, in conjunction with the Tombstone Derby Oct. 25.
Pies should be delivered to the Historical Society between 10 and 10:30 a.m. After judging, pieces of the winning pies will be showcased at the barn from 1:15 to 8 p.m. Each pie judged will be sold by the piece, with proceeds going to future pie contests.
First-, second- and third-place winners will be honored in four categories – fruit, pumpkin, nut and miscellaneous. No cream pies will be accepted. All pies must be cooled. Two 3 x 5-inch cards should be submitted with each pie. One should contain the type of pie along with the baker’s name, address and phone number. The second card should also contain the kind of pie being submitted, along with the ingredients used. A recipe may be submitted, if desired.
A contest will also be held for children 5 to 14. Participants are expected to do 80 percent of the work on the pastry.
Call Laura at 419-265-1587 or Winnie at 419-707-7972 by Oct. 24 with the number of pies you will be making or to obtain more information.
Elmore calendar being planned
The Village of Elmore will be distributing free 2009 calendars to residents. The calendar will include local photos depicting various seasons and information about special events and happenings throughout the year.
The Elmore Historical Society, which will take on the task of personalizing the calendar, is asking local organizations planning special events, citizens celebrating special occasions (50th anniversary, a special birthday, etc.) to submit listings. The cost for special event listing is $5. Information and payment should be sent to the Elmore Historical Society, P.O. Box 154, Elmore, OH, 43416.
The deadline for event and photo submission is Oct. 31.
Due to poor attendance at prior reunions, the Clay High School class of 1993 will celebrate a 15-year reunion in a non-traditional manner.
Alumni will gather at Put-In-Bay Oct. 18. There will be no set time or designated area to meet. Just bring your family and friends and have some fun. For more information, about Put-In-Bay, visit www.putinbay.com.
Paul Drake III has been selected as Special Olympics Ohio State Events Volunteer of the Year by the organization’s Chapter Awards Committee.
Each year, Special Olympics Ohio presents Chapter Awards as a way of recognizing persons and agencies who do outstanding work at the local and area levels. Individuals are nominated by local organizations.
The Outstanding State Events Volunteer of the Year recognizes a key volunteer that helps out at one or more state events. Drake received the award in Columbus last week.
On Sept. 6, 500 athletes competed in six divisions in the Special Olympics State Softball Tournament at the Oregon William P. Coontz Recreation Center. The event was brought to Oregon by Drake, who is an umpire.