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Roselawn Manor Tearoom victim of ‘Old Boy Network’

April 22, 2008
The Advertiser-Tribune
My family lives at 175 N. Sandusky St., formerly known as Roselawn Manor Tearoom. As some people already know, the tearoom, being a great attribute to Tiffin, came to be very popular among the community. Its popularity grew to be much more widespread than ever intended or was expected. The tearoom came to be known across the nation, and frankly, was exactly what Tiffin is lacking. People enjoyed the ambiance of the old, historical house, as well as the southern-style cooking. Recently, Roselawn was closed due to zoning issues. In an attempt to keep some form of similar activity in Tiffin, my parents decided to apply for an in-town country club.

The law states country clubs are allowed in R4 district; we had high hopes and confidence that our application would be passed, because our house is located in an R4 district. Before we even applied, the zoning director, Curtis Eagle, told us he was not going to pass it. As we’ve come to find out, this was a decision based on personal interests of the zoning director and the “Old Boy Network” that apparently still is operating today.

Instead of promoting businesses in Tiffin, members of the “Old Boy Network” are rejecting them. At this rate, we should be saying goodbye to Tiffin’s economy; because there aren’t any jobs, students are graduating and leaving, and there’s nothing to do. Because there’s nothing to do, we aren’t having any visitors come from out of town. In my opinion, Tiffin has no future. It’s only a matter of time before there’s nothing left. Who do we thank for that? Look at instances like my family’s. It is very clear who is to blame.


Marissa Alabaugh




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