For Labor Day yesterday, I labored. I stumped in downtown Berlin Heights, Ohio. I also interviewed Jack Vandebemt. He was collecting signatures for his 71-year-old, soon to be father-in-law, Albert Maynard. (The family was collecting signatures to help keep Mr. Maynard in his home of 17 years.) Jack said Mr. Maynard’s home is on Metro Park property. And although he was verbally told he could stay in the home the rest of his life, Jack continued, the Parks Department is now asking him to leave. (The story has been featured in a couple local newspapers.) In the past two days, the family had collected a phenomenal — for these parts — 600 signatures. Mr. Maynard is somewhat of a local hero, having once saved a local couple from a burning house. What’s more, his wife had recently died. “It’s just the idea of his age and health,” said Jack, explaining he would do everything he could on a grassroots level to help Mr. Maynard stay in his home… I then headed down a back road out of Berlin Heights, ending up at Tim Tullinghast’s fruit and vegetable stand. Mr. Tullinghast and his family have been in their house — for eight generations. “I’d never sell the house,” he said. “It needs to be passed on because of all the heritage.” Note: While at the stand, a good number of people pulled up — including many who were interested in the campaign. I passed out flyers and posed for cell phone pictures. This went on for the better part of an hour. By the time I left, I had a watermelon and at least a few more votes.