DEC. 5, 1973
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 34 years ago:
Pike tie-up anarchy
A Norwalk woman who got caught in a truck blockade on the Ohio Turnpike early this morning says she "is really burned up" and labeled the traffic tie-ups "anarchy on the highest order."
Mr. and Mrs. James Bersche, 18 Indian Terrace, spent an hour on the turnpike because of the blockade east of the Fremont exit. Finally they drove through the medial strip back to the Fremont exit and made the trip to Norwalk via U.S. 20. Bersche is on the faculty at Norwalk High School.
Mrs. Fantauzzo always an early bird with tree
Mrs. Sylvia Fantauzzo has put up her Christmas tree in September some years. One year she even threatened to put it up in August.
This year the tree went up the day after Thanksgiving.
"I have to do this when I have time," Mrs. Fantauzzo said, gesturing toward the tree and the presents piled beneath it. She runs a busy catering service from her kitchen at 24 Grove St.
"Christmas is a busy time," she explained. "And I can't say no. Usually I'm notified months in advance, but then I'll get a call where someone wants me to cater something right away."
So Mrs. Fantuzzo puts her tree up when she can to make sure it gets up.
Harkness on All-Ohio first team
Norwalk High senior Denny Harkness has been elected to a first-team berth on the Associated Press Class AA All-Ohio football team. He is the choice at middle guard.
Harkness, who was just a second team selection in the Northern Ohio League voting, ranked third on the Truckers in tackles this season with 93. He also played well at offensive guard.
Flyers battle to stay first
With three independent games out of the way, the St. Paul High School basketball team can now concentrate on a tough Firelands Conference schedule. The Flyers play Mapleton at the Junior High Friday night
Both the Flyers and the Mounties share a part of first place with 1-0 league records and after Friday's action one of them will be the co-leaders along with the South-Central Monroeville winner.
"To be honest the season so far has been a pleasant surprise," said Flyer coach Roger Holman, "especially the play of the two sophomores, Joe Gross and Duane Trares. The entire team has worked well as a unit."
Compiled by Andy Prutsok