Sometimes, it's the little things that put a smile on your face.
This little success story put a smile on mine. Pat Fisher's and Marianne Nethers' crusade paid off.
This story began last summer when I wrote about 46-year-old Warren firefighter Marc Titus. In that column, I had said it was bad luck and bad timing when his motorcycle rammed into an overturned truck on state Route 11 after dark. He was killed in the accident.
After the column was printed, Fisher, who lives on King Graves Road, wrote to me about the Titus accident. She pointed out that the intersection of state Route 11 and King Graves, where the accident happened, ''is very dark and had there been better lighting, he might have survived.''
Well, they got their lights. They noticed them last week. Here is what Pat had to say about it in a note to me Thursday:
Just wanted to let you know that Ohio Edison put up the lights at the intersection of King Graves Road and Route 11. We have been watching almost daily to see if they were put up and then yesterday Marianne Nethers (of Fowler), the other lady who had written about the time I contacted you, called me and said she had been out and decided to go home that way and there the lights were.
''They must have just put them up in the last day or so, probably due to the nice weather. After Marianne called we went up to see the lights after dark that evening.
''They are the sodium vapor lights (rather orange in color) and there is one pole on each side of Route 11 near the on and off exits. They are a help to anyone looking for the on or off ramps but only dimly light King Graves Road.
''I sure wish that ODOT would put a light down on Route 11 before the northbound and southbound exit ramps, as this would be a big help to anyone approaching the ramps. Guess that's asking too much - just have to be thankful that we got the lights that we did. Maybe we can work on getting the other lights later on.''
She went on to say she wanted ''to thank Joseph DeFuria, the ODOT traffic planning engineer, who was very helpful in getting the lights.'' She had clipped my column and sent it to ODOT. Maybe that helped. I don't know. Nevertheless, in the last sentence of the letter she said, ''Also, I want to thank you and the Tribune for writing articles about the issue.''
You are very welcome.
Robinson is the editor of the Tribune Chronicle.