4 things to watch for -- Thursday, September 26th

Jason Carr: Road Trip Game Plan

Cedar Point’s Halloweekends are underway and I have to say it’s a ton of fun to go there on a Friday night. My 8 year-old daughter and I have been there mid-September two straight years and plan to make it a tradition. Here then is your template based on our adventures.

First, pull your kid from school just after lunch and recess. This not only makes you a rock star in her eyes, it makes her a rock star to her classmates. For a day she’s The Chosen One who will not only be leaving the clutches of school early, but also leaving to go to Cedar Point after the school year has begun. My daughter could talk about nothing else the entire week leading up to this moment. Want proof? She decorated the back seat of my car on the prior Monday.

Second, plan on a restful stop in Toledo. My recommendation is a place called Tony Packo’s. Long had I heard of this legendary meat sauce-topped hot dog (they talked about it on the TV show M*A*S*H). And my reaction to its status was always the same: meh. Surely it couldn’t be better than a coney from American/Lafayette/National? Or even Victor’s Red Hot in Highland Park or Angelo’s in Flint? Uh, wrong. It was transformative. Not quite a Detroit hot dog but not quite a brat, with smoky and spicy flavor notes. The sauce is also less a chili sauce and more like a…saucy loose meat (see photo)? Oh and it comes with a helping of spicy pickles on the side. I’ve been thinking about a return trip ever since.

Third, check into your hotel of choice. The first year we did Castaway Bay. This year we went for the two-fer and did Great Wolf Lodge and its water park. And the arcade. My daughter has a claw machine addiction that must be addressed.

And finally hit up America’s Rollercoast after dark. Ghouls and goblins, scary clowns and masked marauders emerge from the pumped-up fog machines in the area closest to the Mine Ride. Beware, however, that not all rides are running; most of them, in fact. We learned this the first year, forgot, and encountered it again this time around. But on our return the next day—Saturday—during daylight most rides seemed to be running. Cedar Point will not tell you this when you buy your full-priced tickets so that’s why I’m telling you.

Bonus: on your return trip—assuming you’re not too exhausted—drive west of I-280/I-75 by a few miles to Maumee. There you will find Schlotzsky’s sandwich shop. If the name sounds familiar it’s because this chain used to be all over around Michigan but for whatever reason they went away. It’s not a sub, grinder or hoagie. It’s a round sandwich on sourdough(?) with typical Italian sub toppings but with a decidedly unique flavor. I highly recommend it.

If you go drop me a line on my social media and let me know how much fun you had!

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Here's what's coming up on Thursday, September 26, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Weather & Traffic on the 4s

We will wake up in the low to mid 50s Thursday under partly cloudy skies and we expect Thursday to be dry for all of SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy through the afternoon as some suburbs may not make it out of the 60s, especially in parts of our North Zone. Otherwise, look for lower 70s and breezy conditions WSW 8-18 mph gusting 20-25 mph.

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be watching the roads for us all morning. She'll have any construction updates and traffic trouble spots for the week.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

5:55 a.m. -- Back to Basics: Coffee 

Buying coffee can get expensive, so we're here to help! Our Kim DeGiulio has teamed up with the coffee making pros. They're revealing their tips for making the best brews at home. Thursday, they'll focus on making lattes. 

All Morning -- Pistons Helping Vets

The Detroit Pistons are hoping to help some of our most treasured people in the United States -- our veterans. They're planning to host a job fair soon and Pistons Ambassador Earl Cureton will join Jason Carr to discuss how you can participate and benefit from this event.

6:40 a.m. -- Help Me Hank: Baby Safety

Kimberly Gill and Hank Winchester get real about being new parents. They're sitting down for a great conversation about the challenges of keeping their little ones safe, their every day surprises and what they've learned from being new parents.



Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Wednesday Question: Who was the first female Justice sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court?
  • Answer: Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

National Days: September 26th

  • National Compliance Officer Day
  • National Dumpling Day
  • National Johnny Appleseed Day
  • National Shamu the Whale Day
  • National Pancake Day
  • National Situational Awareness Day

History Highlights: September 26th

  • In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Boardwalk was opened to the public.
  • In 1990, President George H.W. Bush went back on his “no-new-taxes” campaign pledge, conceding that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package worked out with congressional negotiators.
  • In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced the U.S. had launched missiles against Iraqi targets because of “compelling evidence” Iraq had plotted to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush.
  • In 1997, the first Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling, was published in the United Kingdom (it was later released in the United States under the title “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).
  • In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia as it affirmed, 5-4, that an individual right to gun ownership existed
  • In 2013, in deciding its first cases on the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the nation’s legally married gay couples equal federal footing with all other married Americans and also cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. 

Celebrity Birthdays: September 26th

Celebrating a birthday Thursday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Country singer David Frizzell is 78. 
  • Singer Bryan Ferry is 74. 
  • Actress Mary Beth Hurt is 73. 
  • Singer Olivia Newton-John is 71. 
  • Country singer Carlene Carter is 64. 
  • Actress Linda Hamilton is 63. 
  • Singer Cindy Herron of En Vogue is 58. 
  • Actress Melissa Sue Anderson (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 57. 
  • Singer Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men is 47. 
  • Singer and TV personality Christina Milian is 38. 

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