The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 15, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: A turkey, a turkey, my kingdom for a turkey

Real turkey... shown, exposed

“Oh my god, what kinda turkeys were those today in your article? Sure were ugly.”

“Hey, Dale, how long you been huntin’ turkey my friend?”

“Dear Mr. Sunderlin, I really enjoy reading your articles every Monday in the Star Beacon, but could you please categorize what species of turkey that was in today’s paper? I’ve never seen or hunted any that looked like that.”

“Not sure if you got my first email re: the Star Beacon’s picture of turkey vultures rather than turkeys. If not, I’m sure you will enlighten them.;>)”

“Good morning. Dale, that turkey pic in today’s Beacon sure looks like a buzzard to me. The tip off is the dead fish it’s eating. Best regards. my friend”

“Not the turkey I see in my backyard. Does the fish improve the flavor?”

And by no means the last message I received but one of the best came from my dear friends. Mike and Diane Heiner:

“Based on the photo in today’s Star Beacon story, Diane and I will politely decline any turkey dinners served at your house. We feel bad because we know, Dale, you did not do that. Mike and Diane Hiener.”

Many thanks, friends

Thank you Mike and Diane for that vote of confidence, at least my close friends and many of my readers knew and were sympathetic to the predicament. My pat answer, which I copied and pasted several times last Monday, was as follows:  

“Oh my god, the phone has been ringing off the hook and my cell phone, too! I didn’t submit the picture; it was a file picture from somewhere that the Star Beacon had. When I opened it up this morning at 4:30 I knew something looked wrong. When we got home and I looked at it in the house, I almost fainted. I need to talk with Don McCormack and see who did the picture and then do some sort of disclaimer. Thanks for the note and thanks for understanding. Your Friend in Camo, Dale”

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  • PV can’t get past Mathews

    Thursday afternoon at Pymatuning Valley, the visiting Mathews Mustangs were able to do what every coach hopes for — execute. They played a clean game from start to finish in every facet of the game, and that carried the Mustangs to an 8-2 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    Matthews 8, PV 2
    at PV

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  • Scholastic Schedule:


    Geneva at Edgewood (11)
    Niles McKinley at Edgewood (5)
    Conneaut at Lakeside (4:30)
    Madison at Euclid (4:30)
    Madison at Edgewood (4:30)
    Geneva at Mentor (10, DH)
    Conneaut at Madison (4)

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  • Justin Butler Justin time

    It was just four short years ago that Justin Butler was spending his fall on a soccer field.

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    I’m often caught more than a bit off-guard by what stories, features or columns generate responses from you, Loyal Readers, much more so than those who do not.
    For example, the column that appeared in this space a couple of days ago regarding things yours truly and my buddies did as kids prompted more than a few responses.
    A sampling, many of which were posted on my Facebook page:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • kyle GANG GREEN

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    Grand Valley at Maplewood (4:30)
    St. John at Lawrence (4:30)
    Mathews at PV (4:30)
    Fairport at Perry (7:30)
    West Geauga at Madison (4:30)
    Harvey at Riverside (4:30)
    Jefferson at Harding (5)

    April 16, 2014

  • Olivia In transition

    Pymatuning Valley graduate Olivia Holt had a distinct reason she chose to play basketball for Mount Union.
    “They do have tradition,” Holt, the daughter of Gus and Michelle Holt, said. “I’m from PV. We had a tradition of winning and working hard there. I wanted to go somewhere that tradition mattered. I knew I was going to get better by coming here.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Spring has sprung one big leak

    Paying a Wednesday morning visit to the variety store...

    Think spring?
    If this, um, err, uh... spring... feels a bit unusual for high school baseball and softball teams in Northeast Ohio, it is, to a point.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

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