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A little bit of everything on this Christmas list

Joe Centers • Dec 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Merry Christmas!

Here are some gifts I would like Santa to bring.

To Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, I would like to see a company move into one of the vacant factories with at least 100 good manufacturing jobs. I know this is a big wish, but we have all of these empty buildings just begging for somebody to move in. I know times are tough everywhere, but all I am asking for is one company to have faith in us and our people.

To Bill Bader Jr. and everybody at Summit Motorsports Park, I want to see nothing but sunshine and big crowds. A lot of people don't realize how much money the park brings to Norwalk. From the restaurants to the gas stations to the stores, big events at Summit mean big money.

To the Huron County Airport board and all of the Friends of the Huron County Airport, I would like to see some good will and some cooperation on both sides. This is a story that keeps going from bad to worse. Both sides need to man up, suck it up and start working together. If they want to keep the airport, they can't do it alone. This needs to be a team effort on both sides. The fuse is short and it appears the commissioners have a lighter in hand.

To all of the investors at Norwalk Furniture, I would again like to see a big thank-you card in their stockings. Most of us don't know who you are, but what you did to save this failing company was great. This is the namesake company of our town with a lot of good jobs. The way the people of this community stepped forward to save the company may be one of the greatest stories of all time told here.

To Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty, I would like to see a levy passed. Doughty has introduced a "five for five' proposal -- a 5 mills for five years emergency operating levy that would generate $500 per pupil. "This will see the district through five years on the five-year forecast," Doughty said at a recent community forum. "It's a minimum response to a maximum need in the district."

To Norwalk High School football coach Chris MacFarland and St. Paul High School football coach John Livengood, I would like to see continued success on the gridiron. Both teams made the state playoffs last fall for the first time together and it was great to see the community support for both teams. One of my highlights this year at the Norwalk Reflector was the tailgate party we hosted prior to the playoffs. We had students, players and faculty members from both schools, fans from the community and even the St. Paul High School marching band in our parking lot for a rally.

To Norwalk High School basketball coach Steve Gray and his team, I would like to see your regular-season winning streak continue. Standing now at 48 games, the Truckers are inching closer to the state record of 69, held by Willard High School and its all-time greatest coach -- Bob Haas. I remember when Willard set that record back in the 1980s and I always respected the job Haas did with his teams. I still enjoy listening to Haas on the local radio broadcasts and consider him a good friend. Those were some great years and some memorable tournament runs.

To all of our loyal readers both in print and on the website, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Much has been talked and written about the demise of the daily paper, but we are still here and going strong. In fact, we are in the process of implementing a new operating system for our newsroom. I will be in Ogden, Utah, in early January as the new Libercus system is installed at one of our sister papers, the Ogden Standard-Examiner. Unlike some of the papers around the country, we are not pulling back but moving forward to get you the news any way you want it -- in print, on your computer, iPad or phone.

To everybody, I wish a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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