The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1970:
St. Pat's Day is a bigger blast here than in Ireland
St. Patrick's Day is a bigger blast in America than in Ireland.
That's what a native of the Auld Sod now living in Norwalk believes.
Mrs. Dwight Coder, the former Johanna Maher of Tipperary, Ireland, lives with her husband, two sons and one leprechaun at 107 Newton St.
"St. Patrick's Day in Ireland is really a religious holiday and people wear green," Mrs. Coder said. "It's just like Sunday. Stores close and people go to church.
"Americans have more parades than the Irish do on St. Patrick's Day," Mrs Coder said. "Even non-Catholics celebrate the festival here."
Ex-Willard man patrolman of year
DEFIANCE -- A former Willard man has been named Patrolman of the Year, by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Kenneth E. Wise, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Wise of Willard, received the certificate from his commander at the Defiance post of the State Highway Patrol. He has been stationed there since his graduation in 1963 from the Patrol Academy.
Wise has earned the award three times in the past four years and tied with another patrolman for the honor last year.
Wise lives in Defiance with his wfie, Barbara, and their two sons, Michael and Kenny.
Ned Junk hits 7 gallon mark
Ned Junk, Norwalk, became a seven gallon donor as the Red Cross collected 145 pints of blood at the Eagles Club Monday.
Fred Hespler became a six gallon donor and Frances A. Bauer, Corinne James and Edward Wheaton, five gallon donors. They are all from Norwalk.
Other multiple donors were Robert Hey, Monroeville, and Clarence E. Smith, Norwalk, four gallons; Myron Scheid, Monroeville, three gallons; Rita Thayer, Milan and George Skinn, Norwalk, two gallons; and Ella Behrenes of Monroeville and Dixon Miller of Berlin Heights, one gallon.
Norwalk boy burned by rocket
A 14-year-old Norwalk boy received first degree burns when a model rocket flared in his face Sunday evening.
Clark Dawley, son of Dr. and Mrs. Claud Dawley, 274 E. Main St., was hospitalized for facial burns.
According to Dr. Dawley, Clark was playing with a rocket motor and it flashed in his face. Several other boys were present but were not injured when the model flared.
Trucker mat awards to Linder, Phillips
Tough Andy Linder and promising Mike Phillips shared accolades Monday night at the annual banquet for the Norwalk High School wrestling team.
Linder, co-captiain of the 1970 squad, won the most valuable wrestler award and Phillips was named the most improved member of the team.
The veteran Linder has been a mainstay of the Truckers, winning 19 matches while losing only five this season. He placed third in the sectional tournament.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok