8:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Two local law enforcement agencies have begun the investigation of a suspected rape. A 32-year-old woman reported being raped at an undisclosed "Huron County location" while she was being treated Sunday at Willard Mercy Hospital. The complaint was reported by the Willard Police Department to the Huron County Sheriff's Office at 5:16 a.m.
8:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thomas Jordan's obituary includes his horse, Buster, as a survivor. Buster isn't listed on a separate line, but with immediate family members such as his mother and siblings.
8:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The visiting preacher at Maple City Church of God called out Tricia Robinson and told her God would open new doors for her. A couple weeks after the service, the Norwalk resident learned new doors would indeed open for her - doors to the first home she has ever owned.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN The Culinary Vegetable Institute, located in Milan, offers many options for making your wedding day environmentally and socially responsible. The vegetables the institute serves are all fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce from the Chef's Garden, and for the carnivores the meat used is sustainable and local as much as possible. The Culinary Vegetable Institute pays close attention to its environmental impact and is an ardent proponent of sustainable agriculture. Farmers and chefs focus on the "Earth to Table" method by coming together to use in-season produce grown on the premises. The site itself is a green facility that was built from local limestone and timber. It includes large windows to allow for minimum indoor lighting. All the table decorations at Culinary Vegetable Institute come directly from its flower and herb gardens, as do the micro herbs used for specialty cocktails. Here are some of the sample menu items available: Beet "Lollypops" with Spices, Crushed Almonds and Scented Oils
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gentlemen, start your engines! Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park will kick off the 2010 season with its 27th annual Mickey Mart Rewards Season Opener, sponsored by the Norwalk Reflector and Don Graham & Associates.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The City of Norwalk has one of the premier Sanitation programs in the area. Many cities do not provide trash pick-up. Instead, they require their citizens to contract this work to a private company. Norwalk citizens decided in 1991 to fund the Sanitation Department by using part of the city income tax. This allows Superintendent Jeff Montgomery and his staff to provide a full range of services for city residents. Included in this list is curbside trash pick-up and curbside recycling pick-up once per week. During the normal growing season, yard waste is also picked up at the curb on the same day as your trash. The city compost area located on Austin Shadle Drive by the Wastewater Treatment Plant is open from early April until early November for residents to drop off yard waste and pickup compost. The compost area is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Unlimited bags of recyclables can be set out for pickup. Yellow recyclable tags should be placed on the bag. Tags are available free of charge at City Hall and numerous stores throughout town. Items that are recyclable are listed on the back of the tag.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com GREEN is the latest buzzword. However, for some of us who have always been good stewards of our soil, water and other resources by recycling, using up and wearing out things before we buy new, GREEN is not a buzzword, but a way of life. Many of us have been reusing rain water caught in barrels, composting instead of land-filling, reusing fabrics and textiles with hand-me-downs, canning and freezing our extra garden treasure and creatively using leftover and salvage materials. Many new books are preaching GREEN. Some of the ideas are as old as civilization. Some are enhanced with high-tech methods. Some are so down-home, we think everyone is doing it. Unfortunately they aren't. As circumstances change the economy, our concern for the earth we need to change our ways of thinking. Many older citizens can teach our younger generations a thing or two about making ends meet. Gardening for food production is one such time-honored practice. As gardeners, we have knowledge that will help others deal with new challenges. We understand the relationship between chemicals and health.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
In 2009, Walmart started participating in the "Feeding America" program. Walmart donates food to "Feeding America" which is then distributed to local food banks. By participating in this program, landfill waste has been reduced by 59,000 tons at the Norwalk location alone. Walmart also participates in everyday recycling in Norwalk. Cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum cans, tires and batteries are all being recycled. Paystubs are now paperless. Not only are we recycling, we carry many earth-friendly products everything from cleaning products to organic towels to bamboo cutting boards to mulch made from recycled tires. Walmart is committed to finding new ways to help the environment.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Clothing Bank of Norwalk is a non-profit agency supported by the United Fund. The clothing bank accepts clean, gently used or new clothing and household items for distribution to people in need at no charge. To make large donations, please make an appointment by calling (419) 668-6917. Registration is required for client services. Please contact the Clothing Bank if you wish to receive services. The Clothing Bank is located at 51 Benedict Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It is closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com I recently conducted a brief survey in the uptown business district of Norwalk to see what practices are in use to conserve energy and recycle items to lessen the impact on our environment. The findings from this survey are encouraging. These are just a few of the businesses in our town who are making a difference. At the Edward Jones office on West Main Street, both sides of copy paper are used and then collected for shredding and recycling. Soft drink cans and plastic bottles as well as glass items are collected and recycled. Cardboard is deposited in a recycling receptacle. Tucker Abstract & Title Company on East Main Street has installed a more energy-efficient lighting system as well as a zone system for heating and air conditioning. Lights are turned off in areas not being used. Copier and fax machine toner cartridges have been recycled. Newspapers, magazines and card board are deposited in the recycling receptacle at the County Administration Building on Milan Avenue. Soft drink cans are collected and taken to a recycling operation on Milan Avenue. Both sides of copy paper are used with some made into note pads or phone call message forms.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
We spend the most time and create the most waste at home. Recycling at home is a great step to take in improving our environment. Take advantage of your local recycling programs. The city of Norwalk will provide a free recycling bin for paper to residents; call (419) 668-7122 to have one delivered to your home. Huron County provides drop-off sites throughout the county for recyclables or they can be taken to the Huron County Transfer Station. Going green can take many forms.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Here are some Earth-friendly Web sites
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sunrise Cooperative has been supplying the region with bio-fuels for more than 30 years. Ethanol blended gasoline was introduced to customers in the late 70s. Since that time, the company has added E-85, which is 85 percent Ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The Ethanol is a product mainly produced by fermenting corn. Sunrise markets 50 million bushels of corn annually which is primarily sold to a company called Tate & Lyles in Tennessee. Tate & Lyles is a wet mill which processes the corn to make products such as Splenda sweetener and Ethanol. Once the starches are extracted, the by-product is used to produce feed supplements for livestock, carpeting and plastics. Sunrise also supplies Bio-Diesel made from soybean oil to farmers, schools, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Turnpike and many others in various blends depending on their needs. Sunrise Cooperative is owned by 3,000 area farmers who traditionally are good stewards of the lands they farm.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com The labor-management cooperation conference held Wednesday at the Norwalk High School Performing Arts Gallery appeared to be a big success. Sandy Simon, executive director for the Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation, brought a team of management experts with her. Representatives from local companies, such as Commercial Vehicle Group and New Horizons, also were in attendance. The point of the conference was to reinforce the fact the for companies to survive and be successful, cooperation between labor and management is crucial.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Doberman, coffee in hand, looked closely at McBeanne as he sat down next to the former accountant. "Have you been working on someone's income tax again? I thought you had hung up your old green eyeshade for good a couple years ago. But here we are on the doorstep of Uncle Sam's tax deadline. Your eyes are all weepy red." "It's the doggoned allergy season. I took a pill a minute ago. That should clear things up pretty soon. Our confounded pollen aggravates me a little more about this time every year. I found an over-the-counter product which suits me. It doesn't make me sleepy or get on my nerves. "Along with my new pill I also have an over-the-counter eye drop recommended by my highly-skilled eye doctor. It helps also." Mr. Merchant had his spring report too. "As I grow older I find that I really appreciate modern self-storing storm windows. Those old wooden monsters were a load looking for an accident. People found them very awkward when they were balancing on a step ladder. Then you had to find a place to store them. Steps to the basement were another peril."
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The U.S. economy's recovery is starting to gain traction, as employers added 162,000 non-farm payroll jobs in March, the best job growth since the nation entered a recession in December 2007, the government reported Friday. In another bit of good news, the unemployment rate held steady in March at 9.7 percent for the third consecutive month, according to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even the hard-hit construction sector added jobs in March, but the report also said that a record 6.5 million Americans had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
By KRISTIE WERT Main Street Program Manager Times are tough for everyone and being green is a serious matter. It is important for everyone to look at the ways we can reduce, reuse and recycle. Shopping local is a great way to help create a sustainable community and healthy environment and it's easy!
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
In honor of Norwalk's 2010 Green Fair, Christie Lane Industries is making the 5K medals out of recycled bottle glass that it collects as part of its Small Business Recycling Program (a.k.a. CLI Recycling). Customers of CLI Recycling pay $10 per pick-up to recycle their paper, cardboard, magazines, steel, aluminum, 1 plastic, 2 plastic, 4 plastic and glass. Of these materials, glass is the most problematic to recycle because of its weight and how easily it breaks. This is one of the reasons that CLI has developed recycled glass products, such as CLI's 20 percent and 100 percent recycled glass tile. Christie Lane Industries picks up recycling from 29 customers in Norwalk. Three long-time Norwalk customers have been the Office Bar, Blutos and the Norwalk Eagles. The Green Fair 5K medallions will be made from Ohio clay and recycled bottle glass collected from these three establishments.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Pleasant Elementary is "going green." The school has received a grant from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to purchase two small greenhouses to use as -on learning environments. Students will also be exposed to what it means to implement a "greener" economy by teaching them about solar energy for heat and light. The originality of the project speaks for itself. There are no other elementary schools in the area that have a greenhouse on the school grounds. There are, however, many elementary schools and grades that take field trips to local greenhouses. This would eliminate the need for those trips, which require bussing expenditures. The students and teachers are very excited about the greenhouses.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The proliferation of cell phones is leading to a new range of pain, according to Dr. Mark Sobor of ChicagoHealers.com. All that texting is causing neck, shoulder, hand and arm pain, including the same kinds of repetitive motion injuries as those who type on computer keyboards a lot. Further, cell phones are really designed for all that writing.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two Ohio natives now residing in Seattle, John and Allyson Lindsley, recently had a very green big day. Q: What were some of the reasons you wanted to be eco-friendly on your big day? A: When we realized we were potentially spending a lot of money for just one day, we wanted to be sure our dollars were going to the right places. To us that meant ensuring our wedding would have a soft environmental impact, and that our dollars were contributing to supporting fair trade. Although we wanted to go local as much as possible, we wanted to pay fair trade for our goods that were being shipped from other countries. In a way, we just wanted our wedding to help, not hurt, the local and global communities. Plus, we are conscious of the environment in our daily lives, so we wanted to reflect this on our wedding day when our lives would come together.