7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
More than 100 local children will receive free dental services from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday during the eighth annual "Give Kids a Smile Day." Volunteer dentists and other dental professionals will provide free dental screenings and/or examinations and, where indicated, cleanings, preventive care, oral hygiene instruction and referral for follow up care to local dentists. Give Kids a Smile Day is a national event. In Ohio, nearly 16,000 children will receive such services and information about the importance of oral hygiene, according to a press release from the Ohio Dental Association. Give Kids a Smile patients come primarily from children's clubs, HeadStart programs, schools in low-income areas and social service agencies.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - An accused heroin dealer from New Washington has been arrested. Johnnie Stephens, 28, was stopped last Thursday by state Highway Patrol troopers as he left the Polaris Mall area on the north side of Columbus.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
It started out as a simple discussion about a bookmark. My niece in New Jersey sent me a nice metal bookmark which lists "50 books to read before you die." I don't know why we love lists, but we do. Shopping lists, to-do lists, "50 places to visit before you die...." Anyway, since I'm an English teacher, she bought me this bookmark. I like it because it has an interesting list of books on it, from "classics" to contemporary works. Mark Twain once wrote that a "classic" is a book everybody praises but nobody actually reads. However, the classics on this list are good, readable ones. I was pleased that many of the literary works on the bookmark are ones we teach at Norwalk High School, from "Canterbury Tales" to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to "To Kill A Mockingbird." Recently, someone at my house came across this bookmark, and she was wondering about the book listed there called "The Outsider by Albert Camus." This book was originally written in French, and the title can also be translated as "The Stranger."
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Council for Christie Lane will host a Hot Cakes Night at McDonald's, 249 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets to the dinner are $5. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Council for Christie Lane, a support group for various activities at the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the agency's recreation program. Individuals with disabilities ranging from infants to senior citizens receive services from the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Former Huron River Joint Fire District Chief Ronald Stang once told Wes Brewer if he ever was named firefighter of the year, he'd resign. Stang retired Sunday. And coincidentally, guess who is Huron River's firefighter of the year? "Wes is a very generous person. He's always doing stuff for the school. ... He's involved in Little League," Stang said.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Mercy Willard Hospital is planning to build a $40.5 million, two-story facility, with groundbreaking scheduled for July. Marsha Danhoff, rural division senior director, said the current 80,000 square-foot hospital is landlocked on 1.6 aces at 110 E. Howard St.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Mansfield man remains behind bars in connection with stealing two laptop computers from a West Walton Avenue, Willard, business. Michael K. Schaus, 45, must post a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail on a fifth-degree felony theft charge. Willard Police Sgt. Rick Sexton arrested the suspect Jan. 14 on an allegation he stole Toshiba and Acer laptop computers worth about $1,100.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County dog warden Bill Duncan will resign his post to take another job within the county. This announcement was made at Tuesday's commissioners meeting. Duncan's last day as dog warden will be Feb. 12. He will then take over as one of the newly-hired dispatchers at the sheriff's office.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Milan's most famous son and the world's greatest inventor is bringing a gold statue home. Thomas Alva Edison received a Special Merit Award from The Recording Academy Saturday at the 2010 Technical Grammy Awards Ceremony. Area decedents traveled to Los Angeles to accept the award. Among his thousands of inventions, Edison patented his phonograph, the device that allowed people to record and play sounds.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth recovered a stolen convertible Monday morning on Lovers Lane Road. A Benedict Avenue woman reported her two-door 1992 Pontiac Sunbird with a black top was missing from the back of her driveway as of 7:38 am., Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said. The car was there as of 10 p.m. Sunday. "She did not give anyone permission (to take it)," Light said, noting the woman usually keeps an extra set of keys in her car. "It had no license plate."
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY (MCT) - Chances to complete the $2.4 billion sale of Cedar Fair LP to Apollo Global Management LLC have grown dimmer, given the delay in scheduling a shareholder vote and with two big stockholders now opposing the deal. "I think the market is showing that the deal is not going to go through at this point," said Robert Routh, a Denver equity analyst with Wedge Partners Corp. One possibility, he said, is for the New York private equity firm Apollo to offer a higher bid to entice stockholders to favor the transaction.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
I learned long ago in this business that stuff that I like to read should have absolutely no bearing on what goes in the newspaper. I learned this the hard way. Early in my career my paper had a weekly TV guide that included both a nightly grid and a rolling log of programs for each day. I was an avid user of the guide. I loved the rolling logs and never looked at the grids. When a loss of advertising forced us to cut down on the size of the book, the choice for me was easy: "Let's cut out those grids," I said. "Nobody looks at them." You can guess what happened. Within about an hour of our next issue hitting the street we were bombarded by calls from readers who used those grids religiously. Most of them were angry and our receptionist was more than happy to patch them through directly to the decision maker. That was in about 1992 and was the last time I let my personal taste dictate what we put in the newspaper. If anything, I've found that generally the more disinterested I am in something the better chances are it will be a hit with readers.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Good and evil are battling each other in my mailbox these days, and I suppose they are in yours, too. Good is represented by the ubiquitous seed catalogs. How else do we get through the winter?
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Everybody lies." - Dr. Gregory House, "House M.D."
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
This week's column was a difficult one to write. In this column as in my life I try to put a "positive" spin on everything. A student misbehaves in class? Oh well; he was expressing himself. The Reflector is smaller now? Oh well; the newspaper is saving money and saving trees. I forgot to buy a necessary ingredient for a new recipe? Oh well; I'll cook something else instead.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
This week's column was a difficult one to write. In this column as in my life I try to put a "positive" spin on everything. A student misbehaves in class? Oh well; he was expressing himself. The Reflector is smaller now? Oh well; the newspaper is saving money and saving trees. I forgot to buy a necessary ingredient for a new recipe? Oh well; I'll cook something else instead.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's been a rough few weeks for our community on the economic news front. First, we learned that Huron County led the state in 2009 in the rate of home foreclosures; and Tuesday came news that our unemployment rate is back over 15 percent, putting us seventh among Ohio's 88 counties in that dubious category. In between we learned the local Hallmark store was shutting its doors, along with some Mexican restaurants. These developments are hardly surprising. People with no jobs have little money for things like mortgages, and no money for things like $25 aromatic candles or $5 birthday cards. They also don't have money to eat out even low-cost Mexican. It's a self-reinforcing thing.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you listen close enough, you'll get the idea that the future of our country is doomed, largely to the fact our school children are way behind others around the world. We take summers off. They don't.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
She just wanted to ask him one question. Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch attended President Obama's town hall meeting Friday in Elyria. She even got to shake his hand when it was over. But she never got the chance to talk with him.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
CCC members found a vase of Valentine's Day flowers on their usual table. It looked nice. "I wonder what we did to deserve flowers?" whispered Doberman to his tablemates. "I hate to take away your sense of mystery," responded McBeane with a grin, "but all the tables have them. You will also see some red paper heart cut-outs on the wall."
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN In a year of economic ups and downs, the Village of Milan was able to hold its own. What is the magic that Milan possesses? How does a village of 1,400 support such a vibrant retail and professional business environment? Those questions may not be easy to answer, but during a year that was so difficult for most businesses, Milan saw a rebirth of commerce on the Square. The iconic Invention Restaurant entices both locals and tourists alike. New hours, an expanded menu and the chance to have your picture taken with Tom himself have placed this eatery on the map. The Village Station re-opened at the intersection of Main and Church Streets providing residents with a local source for gasoline. Owner Todd Sebolt has plans to add a convenience store feature during 2010. The Square features abundant retail stores and professional services such as Ginger's Thrifts and Gifts and Lakeside Financial Advisors, LLC. 2009 came to a close with only one empty store-front, quite an achievement for any downtown to boast. But Milan business reaches past the Square and into the realm of industry and the green movement. The internationally recognized Veggie U, Chef's Garden and Culinary Vegetable Institute call Milan home. Veggie U has joined forces with top chefs, educators, a nutritionist and a local physician to create a program that combats the rising epidemic of childhood obesity. The Chef's Garden is an ardent proponent of sustainable agriculture, growing specialty vegetables for the finest restaurants while avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers where available. Freudenberg-NOK, the leading producer of advanced sealing and vibration control products, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Edison Solar & Wind Ltd. specializes in commercial and residential electricity generating systems custom designed for the individual consumer's location and energy needs. The Village of Milan is also home to two museums; the Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum was busy lobbying for a statue of the famous inventor to be placed in Statuary Hall, Washington D.C. 2009 was a busy year for the Milan Museum the seven building campus continued with many grant-sponsored renovations and enjoyed the introduction of several successful new events. Both museums saw an increase in attendance in 2009.