5:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON U.S. District Judge James Carr has ruled the Erie MetroParks staff and board members cannot be sued in an individual capacity. The plaintiffs, some of whom have repeatedly filed lawsuits against Erie MetroParks, alleged the staff and board members created a conspiracy to take their property and violated their civil rights. The plaintiffs sought more than $2 million from Erie MetroParks, plus $1 million from the defendants as individuals. Those defendants were Erie MetroParks, executive director Steve Dice, former director-secretary Jon Granville, three current and three former park commissioners, Buffalo Prairie, Ltd. and five individuals. The decision about the remainder of the case as a whole isn't complete yet. For more information, contact Erie MetroParks at (419) 621-4220 ext. 22.
5:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District will offer several ways for residents to receive their seasonal influenza vaccine this year. There will be five "drive-thru" clinics, and shots can be scheduled at any of the Health District's five clinic locations Norwalk, Willard, Greenwich, New London and Bellevue. Pneumonia vaccine will also be available at the "drive-thru clinics" or by appointment at a health district office. The seasonal flu shot does not vaccinate against the H1N1 pandemic flu. A separate vaccine is being produced for H1N1 pandemic flu. H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available beginning in mid to late October. The first "drive-thru" clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Willard Alliance Church, 1609 S. Conwell Ave., Willard. The second "drive-thru" clinic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 432 Park Ave., New London. The third "drive-thru" clinic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at St. Mary's Church, 46 E. Main St., Wakeman.
5:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Norwalk passenger in a Sept. 1 Berlin Township crash died early Friday morning from the injuries she sustained. Ingeborg M. Mackin, 84, of 13 Marion Drive, died at 4:35 a.m. at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, the Lucas County Coroner's Office reported. North Central EMS transported her from the crash site at the intersection of Mason and Berlin roads to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with serious injuries. A Fisher-Titus clinical coordinator said the patient was transferred the night of the accident. Coroner's investigator Steve Kahle said the autopsy was completed Friday and Mackin's cause of death was "complications of multiple blunt force trauma."
5:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - In an awards ceremony held Thursday night in California, Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky was named as the "Best Amusement Park in the World' for the 12th consecutive year in the prestigious Golden Ticket Awards presented annually by Amusement Today newspaper. The Golden Ticket Awards are given to the highest rated parks in approximately two dozen categories as ranked by a panel of experienced amusement park fans from around the world. Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Amusement Today is an international publication that covers amusement and waterpark news and trends.
5:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Calvin Riley, the 14-year-old Old State Road boy who was arrested Thursday in Oak Harbor in a pickup truck stolen from a Moriah Road driveway, will remain in detention until his next Huron County Juvenile Court hearing. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand told Judge Timothy Cardwell this morning she made the recommendation in order to best protect Riley and the community. Defense attorney Jim Sitterly didn't oppose the state's request.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY In an awards ceremony held Thursday night in California, Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky was named as the "Best Amusement Park in the World" for the 12th consecutive year in the prestigious Golden Ticket Awards presented annually by Amusement Today newspaper. The Golden Ticket Awards are given to the highest rated parks in approximately two dozen categories as ranked by a panel of experienced amusement park fans from around the world. Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Amusement Today is an international publication that covers amusement and waterpark news and trends. "This year's award means as much to us as the first one and all the ones in between," said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. "This is a tribute to our overall entertainment package and all of our employees who work hard to make it special for all of our guests." Cedar Point was also well represented in the "Best Steel Roller Coaster" category, with three of its coasters rated in the Top Ten and two others ranked in the Top 25.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Cedar Point has announced that it has expanded its operating schedule for the upcoming weekend. The amusement park/resort will now be open Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. During this bonus weekend, the park will offer special in-park and online discounts on admission tickets, food and games. It will also launch its 2010 season pass campaign with the lowest prices of the season only available at the park. On Friday, Cedar Point will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. (limited ride availability), noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
AKRON - How many readers remember Brown's Grocery on State Street? It was one of a number of neighborhood grocery stores spotted throughout Norwalk back in the 1950s. Of the half-dozen or so, none was more popular.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rural Norwalk runaway Calvin Riley is in custody of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office. He was apprehended in a church parking lot just before 3 p.m. today, Oak Harbor Police Chief Steve Weirich said. Earlier a detective saw the 1994 GMC pickup truck, reported stolen from a Moriah Road residence, east of Oak Harbor, he said, and asked for deputies to respond once the vehicle was ID'd.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ashley Lichoff got the easy delivery she was looking for. Dave Lichoff got his first grandson. Kearstin Hartman got a little brother to play with. And Dr. James Kasten got another one right on the money. There were smiles all around Wednesday afternoon as Ashley Lichoff showed off her new son, Trenton, in their room at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Trenton, the son of Ashley Lichoff and Jerico Hartman of New London, was born at 9:09 a.m. on 9-9-09.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Fisher-Titus Medical Center is projecting a larger than expected loss of between 44 and 55 percent during the next two years stemming from Ohio's new hospital franchise fee. "The state's new 'franchise fee' requires all Ohio hospitals to pay a portion of their operating costs collectively about $718 million over the next two years into the state's general fund. The state is using that money as the state match to draw down $1.8 billion in federal Medicaid funds from the federal economic stimulus pool," said Deb Reed, the Fisher-Titus director of marketing and public relations. State hospitals, instead of being fully reimbursed for every dollar, are now only getting back 80 cents on the dollar. This means Ohio hospitals will be $145 million short, essentially creating a "tax" for hospitals.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's time for everyone to sit back and relax. That's the message Norwalk's planning and zoning commission sent Wednesday evening as it tabled an ordinance involving the purchase of property on the city's north side that would eventually be used for soccer fields. The commission members stated they would revisit the topic at a Sept. 30 meeting after the city administration thoroughly researches citizens' concerns.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dale Sheppard will retire effective Dec. 31. Mayor Sue Lesch made the announcement this morning. Sheppard has been safety-service director since January 2004, when Lesch first took office.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON - Billed as the Midwest's only drive-through wildlife safari, African Safari Wildlife Park boasts more than 50 animal species, ranging from giraffe and zebras to alpacas and camels. Visitors can drive through more than 100 acres and enjoy beautiful scenery and up-close encounters with animals native to the African Savannah. Thanks to the "Lion King" movies, warthogs are a major attraction here.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Reflector photographers Lou Reda and Richard Russell share their pictures from the Labor Day weekend show. Hundreds appear in a pair of ReflectorCam 2.0 galleries on this Web site. You can view Reda's gallery by clicking here, and Russell's gallery by clicking here.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Main Street Norwalk's newest event, the Autumn Leaves Festival, will take place on Sept. 19 and will offer activities for all ages and interests. The event will be located on East Main Street and will open at 11 a.m. with the annual Pet N Pup Parade. "We want an event that has something for everyone," said Kristie Wert, Main Street Norwalk program manager. "From our food vendors to our entertainment, we had that thought in mind as we were planning the day."
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Fisher-Titus Medical Center President Pat Martin admits that cutting salaries might be one approach to handling a budget shortfall of $280,000. However, the hospital has started programs to bring in new revenue and is seeking feedback from department managers and employees to identify cost-saving opportunities such as supply purchases and efficiency. Martin said Fisher-Titus also will have to take a hard look at the money used to support school grants and contributions to organizations such as the Huron County General Health District, Boy Scouts and Senior Enrichment Services. Deb Reed, the director of marketing and public relations, addressed what the hospital's goals are in this financially tough time.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
I read with interest the Visiting Viewpoint of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. I assume it reached you via PR Newswire or the Business Wire. It described a lot of things that Ms. Solis' department is doing, very few of which are likely to improve the employment situation in this country. Almost 15 million Americans are out of work due to NAFTA and Most Favored Nation status that Congress granted to China. What we need to do is reverse the damage caused by these policies and return to a healthy domestic economy. The so-called green jobs will not do it because there are not enough to go around and most of the people out of work do not have the qualifications. Retraining will not do it either, because what do you re-train for if there are no jobs? The platitudes of a secretary who sends out a press release once in awhile are not enough to create employment, especially when jobs are actually being lost to the 125,000 immigrants who arrive here every month to take the jobs of Americans. More jobs are lost to new government regulations as well.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Erie County Health Department, through a prevention grant from the Ohio Department of Health, is able to provide free HIV testing to the residents of Huron County. The HIV testing sites are located at the Huron County Health Department, 180 Milan Ave., Norwalk or the Willard Office, 221 Walton St., Willard. The testing can be done by: Blood draw, mouth swab, finger stick. The Ora-Quick Advanced (20 minute) tests have become a popular option for many. A finger stick is required. No longer does a person need to wait a week or longer for results. The 20 minute testing currently is free. Hepatitis C testing is also provided through the HIV test site for those persons who have a risk for the disease of Hepatitis C. Those risks are explained when a person is tested for HIV.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Editor's note: The 2010 Fundraising Campaign for the Monroeville-Norwalk-Wakeman United Fund begins this week. The group has provided stories to promote its efforts: United Fund has a long and rich history in our community. For more than 130 years, the local non-profit has been uniting people and resources to improve lives and achieve results in the areas our community has said matter most. Times may have changed since 1877 when the agency was founded as the Ladies Union Aid Society, but United Fund is still based on reaching out to those in need. It's all about local philanthropy and neighbors helping neighbors," United Fund Executive Director Linda Bersche said. "We need the grassroots efforts and strong volunteer-driven organizations, like United Fund. It takes all of us working together to have a community worth living in." Although often best known for its annual fundraising campaign, United Fund stays hard at work year-round to support the needs of the community and its families. "We're about so much more than just a form you fill out at work once a year," Bersche said. "First of all, we're a community funder. We don't provide financial assistance directly to individuals, we support specific programs run by local non-profit agencies. We're helping thousands of people every year through these funded programs and our own United Fund projects. We also take a proactive leadership role as a community partner, community resource and community educator."
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Reunion No. 5 at the NASA-Plum Brook Station in Sandusky is scheduled for Sept. 26. All former and present associates, including spouses and significant others, are invited to attend and renew all friendships. Registration starts at noon. Cost is $15 per person and advanced notice with payment is requested to allow admittance to the NASA front gate. For more information, call Jack Crooks at (419) 433-0340. You also can send a check to Jack Crooks, PBS reunion, 3913 Jane Ave., Huron, Ohio 44839.