2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Would you like to add some fun to your life? Do you need healthful and enjoyable exercise? Did you always have a secret desire to participate in the romance of ballroom dancing? Well, your opportunity to do this is on the way. USA Dance has announced that a chapter for ballroom dancers is being organized in the Firelands area. USA Dance, a non-profit volunteer organization, is recognized by the U. S. Olympic Committee as the national governing body for ballroom dancing in the United States. It has more than 150 chapters operating all over the country. The local chapter will sponsor regular social dances for members and the general public. Typically, each dance will consist of a one-hour dance lesson followed by three hours of general dancing and dance demonstrations. The chapter also will promote ballroom dance training in local colleges and high schools, and it will seek to increase the number of business establishments that offer ballroom dancing to the public. Membership is open to singles as well as couples, so a partner is not needed to participate.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Firelands Civil War Roundtable was chartered on Sept.. 17, 1989 in Milan by a group of local people all sharing an interest in the Civil War. There are currently about 35 members on our roster, and we meet the second Sunday of the month, September through April in Room 101 of Building "A" at EHOVE Career Center, 316 W. Mason Road. Our members come from various backgrounds, and range from experts on many aspects of the Civil War, to those who may only have a passing interest, or who may have had an ancestor who served in the war and want to learn more about it. Over the years, we have had many speakers of both local and national renown discussing more than just battles and tactics. Other topics include politics, food, fashion, weapons, medicine, photography, the Underground Railroad, battlefield archaeology, and the people who lived through, and participated in the Civil War. We have been visited by re-enactors portraying Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Generals Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, James Longstreet, George Pickett, nurse and humanitarian Mother Mary Bickerdyke, former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth and Dr. Mary Walker, the only woman to win the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Civil War. On occasion, we also visit local historical sites such as Johnson's Island, the General James B. McPherson home and cemetery in Clyde, the Rutherford B. Hayes Library in Fremont, and various museums.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Diet and exercise goals always rank high on New Year's resolution lists. Many people look for quick, instant ways to lose weight or think that they need to make a financial investment such as a gym membership or a new meal plan to see results. The most important thing to remember if you are thinking about losing weight is to take small steps to improve your health," said Tracy Stadler, a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. "Making changes one step at a time gives you the best chance to reach and stay at a healthy weight and prevent type 2 diabetes." Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have the disease. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The second-oldest historical society in Ohio is headquartered in Norwalk the Firelands Historical Society. It was formed May 20, 1857, with Platt Benedict, Norwalk's first settler, as the first president. He held that office until his death in 1866 at the age of 91. The founders had two immediate goals to gather up the memoirs of the original settlers and thus compile a history of the Firelands; and to create a cabinet of curiosities. The latter became the Firelands Museum, which is still open to the public at 4 Case Ave. in Norwalk. The memoirs were published in a periodical called The Firelands Pioneer magazine, which has been published periodically almost to the present time. This series is the basis of the Historical Society's Research Center, which is one of the oldest genealogical libraries in the United States. After 50 years of temporary quarters, the society cooperated in building the present Norwalk Public Library building, with the Whittlesey Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Young Men's Library and Reading Room Association. The Museum occupied the lower floor until both it and the public library needed more space. The Preston-Wickham House at 38 W. Main became available to purchase in 1953. It was obtained, moved to the rear of the library and renovated for a museum and headquarters. It was a proud moment on May 20, 1957, when the building opened to the public.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office. Working with county extension personnel, Master Gardener volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or persons with disabilities, beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities. The Master Gardener program originated in Seattle in 1972. The Extension Agent in the King County office of the Washington State Extension Service began to train and utilize the expertise of volunteers in order to more effectively reach the gardening public with research-based educational information. It was a great concept that has now spread across the United States, Canada and to other countries. The Master Gardener program in Huron County was initiated, and funded by the county budget in 1998 under the direction of Ted Gastier and Charlene Margetiak. In 2002 with funding no longer available Margetiak's position as Master Gardener Coordinator was eliminated from the extension office. At that point the 15 certified active Master Gardeners led the group to become an official non-profit association, electing officers and establishing a constitution. Since that time the membership has grown to 43 certified and 15 intern Master Gardeners who are fun-loving and are not afraid to get down and dig in the dirt (oops soil is the politically correct word). Another 55 have participated in the required 50-hour education course but are inactive for various reasons.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Want some help keeping that resolution this year? How about a fitness program that is designed to make you look and feel 10 years younger in only 10 weeks? The North American Martial Arts Institute is offering a new course designed to do just that. The 10 Years Younger Total Transformation Course is a fun, motivating and personalized program guaranteed to give you results or your money back. In this program, you will experience the fun of working together as a group towards a common goal, as you create and achieve personal goals for yourself, with everyone cheering you on. The course is built around the five basic elements of overall improvement: cardiovascular training, resistance training, nutritional development, flexibility and aesthetics. These are the things that will help you take back your body clock 10 years. With as many as five class times available throughout the day, starting from as early as 5 a.m. to as late as 7 p.m., there are no excuses for not having the time. John Orndorff, senior instructor, said "5 a.m. and 6 a.m. are some of our most popular classes, you start the day relieving stress and feel energized till bedtime. Clients are not required to attend any one particular schedule. Some people come in at 6 a.m. one day and 7 p.m. the next day, we are as flexible as you can be. We can also set up an alternate workout if you are forced to miss a class."
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Parents, did you know that by the time they reach high school, 63 percent of children are no longer physically active? According to the American Council on Exercise, TV, video games and personal computers take up time that could be spent exercising. It is this lack of activity compounded by too much munching of high-calorie foods that add unwanted and unneeded pounds. "But, don't worry, there is hope," said Joyce Hill, Fisher-Titus Medical Center's director of rehabilitation. "You can be the great motivator. You can't tell kids that being active is fun. You have to show them." "Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself, and make physical activity part of your family's daily routine such as designating time for family walks or playing active games together." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is recommended that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week, preferably daily. Children and adolescents can choose any type of moderate or higher intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, playing tag, jumping rope, or swimming, as long as it is adds up to at least one hour a day.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the 44th time Tuesday, the United States celebrated the peaceful transference of power. Few other nations on earth can boast such a record of seamlessly moving from one leader to another. No bombs went off; no shots were fired; nobody was killed. The old president hands over the keys to the White House and steps aside. Pretty cool. Far from being the rousing, bring-the-house-down speech he became known for during the campaign, President Obama's inaugural address was more subdued, reflecting the serious nature of the challenges facing our nation and they are many. Obama was elected based on his calls for "change." Many of the people who supported him based on that promise have expressed disappointment over some of his cabinet picks who, for the most part, represent the Democratic and Wall Street establishment. Their concern is that he said what he needed to say to get elected but now that's he's in there it will be Washington business as usual.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
For New London's Chris Kaufman, cooking is a link to the past and probably to the future as well because many of her favorite recipes came to her from her beloved Grandma Florence "Tiny" Burdett, and they will probably be passed along someday to her future grandchildren. Kaufman is a children's and youth services supervisor at the New London Public Library and husband Barry, a retired teacher and elementary principal, works with special education programs at Nord Middle School in Amherst.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - The Western Reserve school board with meeting with its suspended superintendent on Friday. The board learned the Ohio Department of Education has made no announcement concerning an investigation into the Doug Solet matter and whether or not he will keep his superintendent certification.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON - The Norwalk boys' basketball team had a tough week with two Northern Ohio League losses by a combined seven points. But Saturday, the Truckers put together a solid effort and claimed a 50-40 win over Port Clinton for a non-league win.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - They turned out young and old Sunday to honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Willard Community Diversity Council hosted its fifth annual event to celebrate the life of King and the value of cultural diversity.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
It is still eight weeks until the official first day of spring, so I was surprised to hear a robin peeking and tutting at me the other day as I was shoveling snow in the driveway. It was sitting in the top of a small oak tree, surveying the alabaster landscape. It will be weeks before a worm has the temerity to come above ground. And the crabapples which provided such a feast for this robin's more rational migrating cousins are long gone.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
An Akron man will be sentenced Tuesday after being found guilty of bringing crack cocaine from his hometown to the Willard area.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch could sense the excitement in the air this morning as she headed to Sen. Sherrod Brown's office to retrieve her tickets for Tuesday's inauguration. "People are excited very hopeful, very hopeful," she said by cell phone as she walked on D Street toward a federal office building. "It's wonderful."
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District can now vaccinate more area children through an agreement with the Tuscarawas County General Health District, also a designated rural health center. "This agreement will lead to a heightened environmental level of health and safety for Huron County children," said Tim Hollinger, health commissioner. "It demonstrates the power of partnership where building strong, healthy communities is paramount."
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Monroeville Parent Council president and treasurer Tamera A. Kamann was sentenced to 90 days in jail this morning by Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge James Conway for her part in stealing at least $10,000 from the charitable organization. Kamann, 39, of 3120 Fern Road, Willard, pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to forgery for writing several checks worth $500 to $800 on a $2,500 Monroeville Parent Council loan and then using them for a vacation.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The boyfriend of the woman whose Anna Drive apartment was gutted by fire is staying with relatives in Monroeville. Stephen Kennedy, who lives with his girlfriend, Kristi Thurston and their 2-year-old son, Gavin, were displaced from the apartment Monday after a blaze destroyed their home. The cause of the fire is unknown, Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta has said.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Regular big city taxicab passengers know the routine: You get inside the back seat of the cab and notice a divider separating you from the driver. You rattle off your destination and sit quietly, perhaps impatiently, as the traffic moves slower than a turtle. The driver, weaving in and out of congestion, doesn't speak. When you arrive, you pay, get out and watch the vehicle disappear into the sea of yellow formed by other cabs. Later, you wouldn't recognize your driver if he stared you in the face.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Motorists leaving their vehicles in uptown parking spaces for long periods of time is bothering business owner Dwight Tkach. "At 4:30 (p.m. each day), they'll all be gone. That tells me it's county employees," Tkach said about the situation near Seminary Street. "It's not fair to me or any other businesses."
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Willard Flashes used a strong fourth-quarter to run past the Norwalk Truckers 45-39 in Northern Ohio League action Friday night at NHS. The win was Willard's first of the season in the NOL, improving its mark to 1-6 and 2-7 overall.