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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Rare winter thunderstorm hits area

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Jan. 3, 1982

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 26 years ago:

Rare winter thunderstorm hits area

A freak winter thunderstorm ripped through north central Ohio with winds of up to 70 mph today, but most of the high winds blew to the east of Huron County.

Serious damage was reported in Lorain Country, where winds knocked down power lines and trees and tore the roof off an apartment complex in Elyria and a school near Lorain.

In Huron County high winds hit hardest in the Monroeville and Bellevue areas, but no serious damage.

Mabel Sherman, former county nurse, dies at age 77

Mabel M. Sherman, age 77, formerly of 93 N. Hester St., Norwalk and for the past six years a resident of St. Francis Home in Tiffin, died Sunday in Tiffin Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Cleveland, Miss Sherman had lived in Norwalk most of her life. She was a 1923 graduate of Norwalk High School, and a 1928 graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing in Cleveland. She served as a visiting nurse in Cleveland until 1932, when she came to Norwalk and was a city health nurse working under Dr. B ell.

In 1943, she received a public health certificate from Western Reserve University, From 1943 until her retirement in 1968, she was a senior health nurse for Huron County working for health commissioners, doctors Lawrence, Edel, Hindley and Linn.

She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church of Norwalk, the Altar and Rosary Society, the Daughters of Isabella and St. Camilus Study Club. She was active in the Catholic Nurses’ Assn. and was a member of the Ohio Nurses Assn. and St. John’s Alumnae Assn.

Big first half lifts Western past St. Paul

COLLINS — Western Reserve survived a sluggish second half Saturday night and defeated St. Paul 58-50 to remain in the thick of the Firelands Conference basketball race.

Against the Flyers, Western took advantage of some ice cold St. Paul shooting and jumped out to a 33-17 advantage at the intermission. The second half was a different story though, as Western came out sluggish and let the Flyers back into the contest.

“I don’t know what happened,” Western coach Tom Robson said. “We just let them right back into the game.

“That (Doug) Mainzer kid was really hitting form the corner. Sometimes we’d get out on him  and sometimes we didn’t. We weren’t consistent on defense.”

Mainzer led the Flyers with 21 points, but game honors went to Western’s Jim Todd, as usual, as the senior forward popped in 24 points — 16 in the first half.

1981 traffic deaths drop 53%

Nine fewer people died on the highway in Huron County in 1981 than in 1980, and a pleased State Highway Patrol post commander thinks he knows why.

"People are using seat belts more than last year,” said Lt. Richard Lodwick, Norwalk Post Commander. “Seventeen people died on rural country roads in 1980, and only eight died in 1981. This is a significant drop, considering the county has averaged 16 highway deaths a year over the past 20 years.”

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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