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5 Things You Need to Know Today — Oct. 11, 2012

Here's what's going on today in Plymouth and Canton.

Trivia: Who managed the Oakland Athletics in the era portrayed in the film "Moneyball"? Hint: An Oscar-winning actor portrayed this manager.  

Yesterday's trivia answer: The Mendoza Line is the term used for a .200 batting average in baseball. It is named after Mario Mendoza.

5. Scarecrows in Kellogg Park

Twenty-nine scarecrows are up in Kellogg Park.  Groups, businesses and families build and decorate a scarecrow in Kellogg Park to be on display through Halloween. Take a walk down Main Street to see them and look for our very own Patch scarecrow!

4. Show your P-CEP school spirit

Plymouth beat Canton on Friday night, but don't let that be the lone factor in deciding bragging rights! We're running a photo competition to show school spirit between Plymouth, Canton and Salem that will run through Canton-Salem's Oct. 19 game. Upload photos showing school spirit for bragging rights!

3. VP debate is tonight

The vice presidential debate is 9 p.m. tonight between Vice President Joe Biden and VP candidate Paul Ryan. Check the debate schedule here on Patch.

2. MDOT to have meeting in Canton about Ford Road, I-275 area

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to a second meeting 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday about the I-275 and Ford Road Area Traffic and Environmental Study and Evaluation. 

The meeting will be in the Summit on the ParkGrand Ballroom in Canton.

1. Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff is Sunday

The Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth. Stop by to sample some chili and catch a glimpse of plenty of motorcycles. Awards are announced at 5 p.m. — we'll see if Plymouth-Canton Patch reader Tom Pardikes takes home top prize for his acclaimed chili! 

Tom Dusbiber October 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Billy Beane managed the Oakland A's in 2002 when he started to turn the team around. In the movie he was portrayed by Brad Pitt. Bonus Question: Who did Beane hire (non-player) to help with the turn around?
John McKay (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Billy Beane was the general manager. Someone else was the manager, and he was portrayed by an Oscar-winning actor.
John McKay (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 05:56 PM
In the movie, Beane hired "Peter Brand," who was a composite character based loosely on Paul DePodesta and ensuing employees who took a similar approach in the same role.
Tom Dusbiber October 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I got it, Philip Seymour Hoffman potrayed Art Howe, the manager of the Oakland Athletics during that era.
John McKay (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Correct!

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