1:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
By KATHLEEN A. GORBY Special to the Reflector news@norwalkreflector.com Christmas is a time for families to come together and celebrate the season of love and giving. But the sad truth is some families especially ones in the military can't be together because of distances or deployment.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com When one talks about December's traditional holiday celebrations, Kwanzaa is often mentioned in the same sentence as the religious observances of Christmas and Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. But in reality, Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday, according to Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture. It is a "cultural holiday, not a religious one, thus available to and practiced by Africans of all religious faiths who come together based on the rich, ancient and varied common ground of their Africanness," according to the book.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com When Barb Smith and her husband Gene converted to Judaism 31 years ago, they made it a point to learn about their new religion including all the history and customs of Hanukkah. They light candles in their menorah, play with dreidls and enjoy the traditional latkes beginning each Dec. 21. But Barb said the prayers and lessons families share for eight straight nights are a favorite part of the holiday in the Smith household. She explained that each night has a separate focus freedom, family, learning, hope, deeds of rightousness or charity, peace, brotherhood and faith.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Williams Norwalk Tire & Alignment, a locally-owned auto repair shop, was named as one of the finalists in the Business.com What Works for Business Contest, which aims to identify the best solutions to business challenges. Williams Norwalk Tire & Alignment's entry was selected as one of the best in the Web Presence and the Office Management categories from hundreds of contest entries by a panel of business expert contest judges. Winners for each of the 10 contest categories, and the overall contest winner, will be chosen by popular vote at The What Works for Business Contest Voting page through 8 p.m. today. The final contest results will be announced Jan. 12 with each category winner receiving $2,000 and the overall contest winner receiving $10,000. "It has been tough for a lot of area businesses to survive these tough economic times," said Vicki Williams, vice president of Williams Norwalk Tire & Alignment. "When I saw the opportunity to share some of my ideas to help others thrive, I took advantage of this contest. I submitted four entries I never imagined one of them would be a finalist let alone two. I hope my ideas help others I plan to look into some of the ideas of other contestants. I am hoping the community will support our business by going on line and voting for our two entries."
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
w/pic Judge William J. Skow recently was elected to serve as presiding judge of the Sixth District Court of Appeals of Ohio, effective Jan. 1. Judge Skow has served on the appellate court since 2005.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk families celebrate Christmas with traditions brought from many cultures as families celebrate their heritage along with the birth of Christ. Both Patricia and Francisco Carrillo were born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1980s, but they still follow Christmas traditions from their native country. "Most of the people from Mexico do a Nativity," Patricia Carrillo said. "We put them out at the beginning of December and keep them up until Feb. 2, El Dia de la Candelaria." (Candlemas Day)
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk High School junior Sarah Bogen thought it was "especially cool that everything is based on the Constitution." Moments earlier, she and her classmates witnessed Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer getting sworn in for his second term. "It was really neat," the 16-year-old girl said. After Huron County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Timothy Cardwell had Bauer take his oath of office Wednesday, Bauer and Cardwell addressed Chris Cloud's advanced placement government class. Bauer explained how all elected officials have to be sworn in and once they're elected, they can oversee the oath of office for other elected government workers.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Phoebe looks happy and content for good reason. She has a home and not one, but two loving families. Others aren't as fortunate, and Gaymont Nursing Center residents recognize this.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Cline street in Norwalk has had a real makeover in the past several months. It has long been a busy street, but without curbs and gutters. A century ago the ditches on either side carried storm water and sewage downhill to the north end of town to drain into the creek near the present Sewage Treatment Plant. The lower end of Cline Street was nicknamed "The Gas Ditch" because of the odors it created. Before 1850, the main road to Milan was what is now Milan Avenue and Plank Road. The two connected at that time; now they are not. In 1850 these two roads were "paved" with plank to make a toll road used by the teams and wagons hauling grain to be shipped on the Milan Canal. What is Rte. 250 north from Gallup Avenue was the Lockwood Road, not usually by Milan traffic due to the steep hill at the south edge of Milan. In 1850, Cline Street was opened from the Lockwood Road south to East League. The land along it was mostly farm land, and the north end near Gallup Avenue was a half mile or more from the north edge of Norwalk. In hopes of having a town grow at the crossroads (where Gallup now intersects) a village of 25 lots was platted on either side of Lockwood Road, and named Clarksburg. Some people did build homes and live in that suburban setting, but I can't find that any individual lots ever were sold. Likewise, I didn't find a notation of when that village plat was abandoned. It was named for Lester Clark of Norwalk, one of the owners. The other owners were the Ralph Lockwood estate, George Lockwood and Esther Saunders of Milan; and John Huffman, Asher Palmeter, and Park Brewster. I don't believe that any of them became wealthy through their Clarksburg project.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dick Martin's Outdoor Column It might seem that hunting is essentially over for the year. Nearly all of the deer seasons have gone, fall wild turkey is only a memory and some other hunts have passed into history. But there's one season that area hunters can still enjoy, a season that will see you in the woods alone or nearly so, and that's early-winter squirrel hunting. Ohio's 2006 bushytail season began Sept. 1 and will end Jan. 31 with a six-animal limit, but the last weeks draw few hunters. Why chase these lively critters now? Because they're much more of a challenge than when sought with leaves on the trees, and because any time they're legal, squirrel is one of the finest eating of all wild game. Such notable early long hunters as Daniel Boone and Lou Wetzel often said that the only game better than squirrel was cougar, and they should know. So, it's no surprise that growing up in the hills of southern Ohio, my idea of the finest meal to be had was fried squirrel, squirrel gravy, boiled potatoes hand mashed with butter, kale or collard greens, and hot biscuits slathered with honey. That's a meal fit for a king.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Wellington teen was sentenced Friday to three months in jail for his role in stealing four handguns from a rural Wakeman home. Eric R. Tamburin, 19, said he "was sorry for not taking responsibility ... by telling" his accomplice, Eric W. Resor, "this was not a good idea." The two defendants stole the weapons, one bottle of Darvocet and two bottles of Vicodin during the April 30 incident on Butler Road, Wakeman.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - A masked man brandished a semi-automatic pistol at a clerk during a robbery early Tuesday morning at Strawberry Hill Farm Market. "It looks like he walked in and demanded money," Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. "The clerk was ordered to the ground. ... Nobody was injured."
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
For John Batchelor and his buddies, mornings just won't be the same. The Invention Family Restaurant was a regular meeting place for people in Milan. Lookin' for a cup of Joe? They's got one waiting for you at the Invention. At least they did. The business closed last week. The Invention regularly opened at 5:30 a.m., giving village residents a chance for that early-morning breakfast. The restaurant, owned by Keith and LeeAnne Prindle. was geared toward the breakfast and lunch crowds.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
City Council agreed Tuesday night to first readings of an ordinance proposing the city buy the Norwalk Foundry property and renovate it for future sale. Since no one bid on Norwalk Foundry in two sheriff's sales, Mayor Sue Lesch proposed the city take advantage of a recent change in Ohio Revised Code to take the property by forfeit at no cost.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The idea of Upper Sandusky leaving the Northern Ohio League has been discussed for years. But that idea may become a reality in the near future, according to a story Tuesday in the Upper Sandusky Daily Chief-Union. The Upper Sandusky board of education said Monday night it had instructed athletic director Brad Ehrman to explore the option of joining the North Central Conference.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most city workers will not get raises next year, it was announced at Tuesday's Norwalk City Council meeting. The ordinances regarding raises for non-management, management and part-time employees covers the next three years. None of those employees will get a raise in 2009 and they will get 3 percent raises each year in 2010 and 2011.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Schools in Norwalk and many around the area were delayed today because of the ice and snow. Norwalk used its One Call Now system for the first time today.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - The public will welcome home a Sandusky-based unit of the Ohio Army National Guard at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Perkins High School auditorium. Members of Delta Co. 1-148 Infantry will speak at the ceremony about their accomplishments during their roughly 11 months in Iraq. The ceremony, which local and state officials will attend, will also feature music.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
With less than a month before the end of the tax year, you may want to set aside a moment during the busy holiday season to consider some quick IRS tips that may give you the gift of time and money saved next year. 1. Gather Your Records With the current tax year winding down, taxpayers should begin to gather and organize their tax records now to reduce stress at tax time. Start organizing records such as those relating to a home purchase or sale, stock transactions, IRAs and business or rental property. Also, go back and gather records confirming any donations made to charitable organization. To deduct a charitable donation, a taxpayer must have a bank record or a written communication from the qualifying charity showing the name of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution. A bank record includes canceled checks, bank or credit union statements and credit card statements. 2. Estimate your 2008 tax bill Go to IRS.gov for the IRS Withholding Calculator. This online application will help taxpayers ensure that they don't have too much or too little income tax withheld from their paychecks. 3. Find out if you're eligible for First-time Homebuyer Credit This new tax credit applies to home purchases after April 8, 2008, and before July 1, 2009. It reduces a taxpayer's tax bill or increases their refund. It is also fully refundable, which means the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the taxes owed. Operating much like a credit-free loan, the credit must be repaid over a 15-year period.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
It can be a difficult decision every year - four kids and a mom picking out just one Christmas tree. For Tracy Holt and her children, the cold weather might have helped lead to a quicker decision. All four youngsters had staked out a different tree in a recent trip to Kramer's Market on Whittlesey Road. Holt lost the one she'd picked out as she checked out the children's choices.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness after being taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center on Monday morning. Hunker was relieving reserve Officer James Leggins at the police station when Leggins "recognized there was something wrong and contacted the ambulance," Sgt. Josh Milchen said. Citizens Ambulance then took to Hunker, of Lorain, to the hospital at 6:15 a.m.