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April 17, 1974 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 36 years ago:
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By CHUCK HEATH Special to the Reflector How does a lady become the driver of one of the hottest Monster Trucks in the country? Absolute belief in herself and sheer determination. Shelley Kujat has those two qualities and she coupled them with a desire to show girls and women that they could accomplish anything they focused on.
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news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Superintendent Carol Girton told the board of education Monday the search for a new elementary principal has reached the interview stage.
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When two of Ohio's top statewide Democrats announced on the same day in February 2009 that they planned to run for the U.S. Senate this year, many observers expected an expensive, high-profile party fight. It hasn't played out that way.
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WASHINGTON (MCT) - Toyota said Friday it was recalling 600,000 Sienna minivans to inspect for rust in the cable that holds the spare tire, adding to the more than 6 million vehicles already under recall by the automaker this year. Ohio is among the states included in the recall. Toyota said it does not yet have a fix for the problem, which is likely confined to 20 cold-weather states that use road salt in winter. Owners in other states can have their vans inspected for the problem.
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WASHINGTON (MCT) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to lag behind some other potential 2012 presidential contenders in fundraising for her political action committee, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show. However, Palin also plans an aggressive fundraising campaign timed to help candidates she supports in the 2010 midterm elections, according to her political action committee's treasurer. In fact, her PAC on Wednesday launched a new campaign to raise money, timed to the April 15 federal income tax deadline.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Three years ago, Walt Disney World set out to revolutionize its bus system. In a project dubbed "Magic in Motion,' Disney installed GPS-equipped computers in each of its nearly 300 buses, ensuring the vehicles could be tracked as they crisscross the vast resort. The goal was to create a sophisticated system in which buses are rerouted in real time to handle the heaviest crowds, replacing a conventional model in which bus schedules were set in advance.
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The Cleveland Browns will open the 2010 regular season by visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 12, the first time the Browns have opened on the road since the franchise's rebirth in 1999. The NFL announced the 2010 regular-season schedule at 7 p.m. today.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Wadsworth motorcyclist was hospitalized after his bike overturned Thursday in the 5100 block of Lovers Lane Road. William G. Ward, 43, was listed in serious condition Friday morning in the intensive care unit of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Trooper Jeremy Clemons, of the state Highway Patrol, said Ward was heading south on Lovers Lane Road when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve and his Honda S1100 bike overturned. Ward was ejected from the bike, but the trooper's report doesn't indicate if he was wearing a helmet. The accident happened about 3:15 p.m. north of Schaffer Road near the Huron and Erie county lines in Ridgefield Township.
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Natural-gas prices have continued to be one silver lining in the recession, if you can call it that. Prices that were low last year remained low through the winter with a slight blip up in January in the wholesale segment.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com Venice Schmidt has her dog, a boxer-labrador mix, for security reasons. She considers Jethro to be friendly and playful. "The dog warden came up to him and he was all over him so beautiful," Schmidt said. The dog bit a 7-year-old neighbor on the back of her leg about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday. While Norwalk Police Officer Melissa McNally said in her report the injury left a "golf ball-sized bite," Schmidt said "it looked like a nip" when she saw the injury in a photograph.
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When Ben Meleca heard the state was offering rebates for new energy-efficient appliances, he decided it was time to replace a leaky 22-year-old dishwasher. The Northwest Side resident and his wife, Jeanne, didn't stop there.
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Two Ohio men pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in federal court for their roles in a massive mortgage scam. U.S. Prosecutors say that Nicholas Myles, 39, of Mayfield Village, and David Pirichy, 39, of Burton, are two of many people who helped a Beachwood man obtain fraudulent loans in a multimillion-dollar mortgage scam.
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First there was the Ogan Road bridge in Wakeman Township, North Street in Plymouth, then Gibbs Road bridge in Norwalk Township. Now, Huron County Engineer, Joe Kovach, announces yet another of Huron County's more than 400 bridges is scheduled to be replaced. The project begins Monday in Bronson Township. South of Norwalk, the site is located on Peru Olena Road, west of U.S. 250, and east of Edwards Road. Peru Olena Road is one of the county's busier east-west roadways as it connects much traveled U.S. 250 with Old State and New State roads and the project has taken months to design and coordinate.
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Firelands Rails to Trails just sent me their newsletter. It is always so well done and full of fun facts and pictures that I read it thoroughly. And it reminded me of a column I wrote four years ago this month. In those four years, several miles have been added to the trail; it now extends more than halfway to Bellevue. But the essential message of this column get out and enjoy! is worth repeating. Thirty years ago, I saw a unique invention which would allow a person to ride a bicycle on a railroad rail.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of six stories highlighting Earth Week. Tusing Builders, Ltd. has grown into a multi-level construction firm since 1998. Tusing is a design-build, commercial contractor that has formed a reputation for outstanding quality. As it continues to grow, Tusing has branched off and formed a roofing division. Tusing Roofing Services is a full-service company focusing on the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, but certainly open to the various residential applications, utilizing heat-welded, single-ply roofing systems in flat and low-slope applications.
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LONDON (MCT) - To the thousands of glum and despairing passengers marooned across Europe on Friday by an unforeseen act of God, it may have seemed like a page from "Paradise Lost.' "Me miserable!' John Milton wrote 350 years ago. "Which way I fly is hell.'
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A Bellevue man who helped brutally assault a mentally disabled man was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday. Andrew R. Ohler, 26, of 349 N. Buckeye St., also was ordered to pay about $1,938 in restitution to the victim and various doctors and medical facilities. His co-defendant, Joseph M. Hebert, 20, of 120 Orchard St., Bellevue, received the identical sentence Feb. 5.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com A proposed plea deal in the Gardner's SuperValu dog-napping incident fell through. That means Bonna J. Heyman, 52, of 12 W. Elm St., could be going to trial on a misdemeanor theft charge June 9 in Norwalk Municipal Court. On March 20, Heyman and her 16-year-old grandson are accused of stealing a small chihuahua/daschund dog from the front of the grocery store at 117 Whittlesey Ave. Nothing in Norwalk Police Sgt. Dave Smith's report indicates any reason why Heyman wanted to steal the dog.
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WAKEMAN - Pool, poker and pop will be plentiful in this village with the opening of Kennedy's Players Club. The club is located in the building that previously housed the village grocery store. "We've actually had our eyes on Wakeman for a while,' co-owner Stan Moon said.
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jcenters@norwalkreflector.com Lee Fisher said it's time that Ohio's voice is heard in Washington D.C. Fisher, the current lieutenant governor for Ted Strickland, is running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by the retiring George Voinovich (R-Cleveland). "I am very focused every day to saving and producing jobs," Fisher said Friday in a telephone interview. "One of the most inspiring experiences I had working as the director the Ohio Department of Development from January 2007 until Feb. 2009 was working with Norwalk Furniture.