On the Street: Baby Ella, eyesight of referees and speeding on Maine

Posted: Nov. 24, 2012 5:52 pm Updated: Dec. 22, 2012 10:15 pm

INSPIRATION: Sarah Ginster, the mother of Baby Ella, the 2-year-old Quincy girl who was badly burned in a January house fire, told The Herald-Whig her little girl's ongoing recovery has served as inspiration beyond the immediate area. Sarah said she received correspondence from a family in New Jersey who lost almost everything in Superstorm Sandy, but relayed that Ella was serving as their inspiration in their own struggles. The family had followed Ella's story through Facebook and The Herald-Whig. "I was completely blown away when I heard from them," Sarah said. Baby Ella's plight has attracted both nation- and worldwide attention. At one point in the early months following the fire and heroic rescue by Quincy Firefighters, the family had heard from at least 35 states and three foreign countries. A Chicago company who donated to the Baby Ella fund has now started a foundation in the child's honor to help families who find themselves in the midst of similar tragedies. A picture of Ella and her older brother, Grady, who tried to rescue her from the flames the morning of the fire, are part of the foundation's logo.

EAGLE EYES: The boys and girls basketball coaches at both Quincy high schools were invited to speak at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Quincy Exchange Club, but a 50/50 raffle was held before the speeches began. Scott Douglas, boys basketball coach at Quincy Notre Dame, drew the winning ticket and was asked to read the winning numbers. However, after a moment of squinting, he turned to club member Rick Gengenbacher, a registered basketball official, to help him read the numbers. "I just want it to be noted that a coach admitted an official had better eyesight," Gengenbacher quipped.

LOOK THE OTHER WAY: During the new business portion of the Quincy City Council meeting Monday night, Alderman Paul Havermale, R-3, asked that the city's Traffic Commission look into excessive speeding on Maine between 36th and 48th streets. Residents in the area complained many people tend to ignore the 35-mph speed limit. Alderman Mike Rein, R-5, who sensed that could mean some additional police patrols in the area, jokingly asked that officers ignore his car. "There's an orange Avalanche they need to not see," he said.


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