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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Allstate opens new office in Norwalk

Allstate Insurance Company has announced the opening of a new office.

Owned and operated by Allstate exclusive agent Tonia Maxwell, the office is located at 15 E. Main St. in Norwalk. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and by appointment on Saturday and evenings. Agency staff can be reached by calling (419) 668-8016.

"My staff and I are excited to become a part of the community with the opening of our new office," agent Tonia Maxwell said. "This is a full-service insurance agency, offering a complete line of insurance products and service for our customers."

The agency offers auto, property, life insurance, as well as protection for motorcycles, boats, motor homes, recreational vehicles and businesses. Agency staff members will offer guidance and counseling about the various insurance products, helping customers choose the insurance coverage that best meets their needs.

"We're committed to helping Norwalk residents protect the things that are important to them, whether it's their car or home, or planning for the future," Maxwell added.

Local CPA firm offers scholarships

Payne, Nickels & Company, CPAs, through The Fund for Huron County, has announced it will again offer up to two $1,500 scholarships for the 2007-2008 academic year. The scholarship is open to fourth- or fifth-year students with accounting majors and is intended to assist the student in meeting the 150-hour requirement to take the CPA exam.

Recipients must be Ohio residents of Erie, Huron or contiguous counties; have a minimum 2.8 grade-point average; and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 5 p.m. May 4. The decision will be announced in late June, and the scholarship will be paid to the school in one installment.

The firm's offices are at 422 W. Market St., Sandusky, and at 257 Benedict Ave., Building D in Norwalk. Applications may be picked up at either location or printed from the Payne, Nickles & Company Web site atwww.pncpa.biz. All completed applications should be submitted to the Fund for Huron County, P.O. Box 541, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.

N.L. Grangers honored for work

NEW LONDON Three New London Grangers were honored at the April 5 meeting for their years of membership in the organization.

Harold Kirkpatrick received a letter of congratulations for 65 years as a member, and Robert Kirkpatrick received a 75-year certificate from National Master William Steel for "faithful and devoted membership in the Grange and in recognition of your leadership and service in our fraternity."

Although not in attendance, Ellis Cook was recognized for 70 years of membership.

Grange 4201 meets at 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Grange Hall on East Main St., and visitors are always welcome.

RR Donnelley lauds longtime employee

WILLARD Karl Dille will celebrate 30 years of service at RR Donnelley in Willard April 18.

He was hired in 1977 as a press takeaway. He has been a count clerk, rolltender, 2/c assistant pressman, M/C assistant pressman, and is currently a M/C web pressman.

He lives in Willard with his wife, Jayne. They have two children, Erica and Joshua.

Bio-Gas installs 4.8 MW facility

Bio-Gas Technologies, Ltd., a Norwalk-based renewable energy company, has installed a 4.8 MW renewable power generation facility in Appleton, Wis. This facility operates using three engines fueled by landfill methane gas. The source of that methane is decomposing trash at the county landfill. Bio-Gas was able to design, procure and construct the entire project in five months and it is fully operational.

The industry motto is "Turning a liability into an asset." This is precisely the task Bio-Gas performed for Outagamie County. Methane gas escapes from the landfill into the atmosphere and pollutes our environment. Bio-Gas was able to utilize all the gas and provide a significant revenue stream to the county government.

Four point eight MW is enough electricity to power approximately 3,052 homes. The environmental benefits are directly equivalent to removing 35,000 vehicles from the road or planting 50,000 acres of forest. (All according to EPA Estimates).

This project has been a very successful collaborative effort of the public and private sectors. The private enterprise is Bio-Gas Technologies, Ltd. and the public entity is Outagamie County.

Bio-Gas is presently engaged in contract negotiations for additional projects in Ohio, Maryland, Wisconsin and New York.

"Cross Stitch" supplies sold here

NORWALK Cross Stitch supplies are now available at Sew Little Time, Ltd. Quilting & Embroidery Shop, 34 E. Main St. The local shop has teamed up with River Bend Stitchery of Vermilion to provide a variety of supplies to those who partake in this very popular hobby.

2007 has brought big changes for River Bend Stitchery, a cross stitch and punchneedle supply store. In January, having outgrown her original location in downtown Vermilion, owner Linda Tallitsch moved to a larger store off of State Route 60, just south of State Route 2 near the Holiday Inn Express. River Bend Stitchery can now be visited in Vermilion at 15008 Holiday Drive, Suite C.

Also new for River Bend Stitchery is a second location in downtown Norwalk. During the winter, Anna Balduff and Rachel Weatherbie, CO-owners of Sew Little Time, Ltd., convinced Tallitsch that Norwalk's stitchers needed a neighborhood cross stitch store.

"We have people coming in to our shop nearly every week asking if we have cross stitch supplies," says Balduff said. "We've wanted to do it for awhile, but realized early on that we needed expert help to select the things that cross stitchers really want!"

On March 16 River Bend opened a satellite store at Sew Little Time.

The full line of DMC thread, many specialty threads, hoops, ready-to-stitch towels and bibs, and beautiful hand-dyed fabrics are just a few of the things now available at the Norwalk location.

Sew Little Time Quilting & Embroidery Shop is located at 34 E. Main St., Norwalk. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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