COLLINS - The Western Reserve board of education approved a three-year agreement with the non-certified staff (OAPSE Local 426) Aug. 4. The contract, running from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011 gives the members a 3 percent salary increase each year in return for which they agreed to major health insurance concessions.
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Unconfirmed reports are indicating that Terry Traster, an Amherst City Councilman, will face Republican Terry Boose in this November's 58th district House race. Huron County Democratic Party chairman Richard Hauser said this afternoon "a decision should be made by tomorrow (Thursday)." Hauser would not say whether Traster was the candidate.
The Uptown Norwalk Historic District has recently launched a new Web site along with creating a new promotional brochure and map. The new Web site and downloadable brochure, projects of the Main Street Norwalk program, can be viewed atwww.mainstreetnorwalk.org/. Program Manager Dave Gulden said the Web site and brochure will serve as vital pieces to the program's efforts. "Now we have a very useful and attractive promotional piece along with a Web presence," he said. The Uptown Norwalk Historic District is highlighted in the new brochure, and it also serves as a Norwalk area tourism promotional piece. Also included on the doubled-sided brochure is a detailed map of the district. The map lists the many businesses located in the district, and categories with color coded numbers guide visitors to the shops and restaurants that the district offers. Area attractions are also pictured in the full color brochure.
Area farmers said rain in the next few days is critical to both corn and soybeans. "We haven't had measurable rain since the 23rd of July and here in Wakeman, we only had three-quarters of an inch then, which was a saver at the time,' said Barrett French, of French's Hybrids.
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Cassandra Shupe's favorite style of dancing requires performing from the heart: She said the lyrical dancer moves with an abundance of feeling and the person's facial expressions reflect whatever he's feeling. It is fitting that lyric dancing is the Norwalk resident's favorite style: The 24-year-old has been passionate about her hobby ever since she was a 3-year-old student at a studio in her native Canton. Now, Shupe wants to pass on that excitement to others. She's about to try by teaching at her new dance studio, Norwalk Dance Center, where classes will begin Sept. 8. Shupe has set an open house for 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 for people to tour the facility at 461 Milan Ave., Unit 1 in the Heartland Plaza.
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Today is a red-letter (or red-number) day for George Abels he celebrates his 80th birthday on 08-08-08. And he'll probably start the day as usual for this time of year with a round of golf at Sycamore Hills. This celebration comes a day after another important milestone for the new octogenarian as he and his bride of 60 years, Kathleen, celebrated their anniversary Thursday.
Dear Poison Ivy, As you know, I have once again made your acquaintance this summer. The evidence of our encounter extends from my right wrist halfway to my elbow; in inflamed clusters just below each knee; in a maddening outbreak below my left ankle; and in a spectacular blister just above the tongue of my right shoe. You really have my attention this time. That is not to say that you were not on my mind during most of each summer from 1965 to 1969 when my summer job put me in your presence, and you ravaged my arms and legs and other often-surprising parts of my body. From what I have read, those repeated summer job outbreaks set me up as an easy mark for future discomfort; the more one gets poison ivy the easier it is to get it again.
WILLARD - Workers at Hillside Acres, a nursing facility in Willard, have ended its three-month strike. Local Union 911 of the United Food and Commercial Workers have voted to accept the most recent offer made by the company and have made an unconditional offer to return to work.
It's hard to overestimate the size of the bullet our community dodged with Monday afternoon's announcement that a deal had been struck to keep Norwalk Furniture open and operating. I have to admit I was a bit dubious that anything would happen to save the company and its 500-plus jobs. Admittedly, I'm a bit pessimistic and cynical (not to mention sarcastic and perhaps a little vulgar, but that's neither here nor there) by nature, but just look at the news; things are bad out there economically and they just seem to be getting worse.
An amendment to a revolving loan fund between the city and American Coating Specialists, Inc. was approved at Tuesday's Norwalk City Council meeting. This will create 40 new jobs, said the ACS representatives who brought the issue to council.
Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen believes "it's going to take a while" to determine what happened in a motorcycle crash Monday because the crash reconstructionist is on sick leave. Darrell J. Kennedy, 19, of 2 Adams St., remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. A LifeFlight helicopter transferred him from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to the Toledo hospital after he was ejected from his Suzuki motorcycle just before 3 p.m. on North Pleasant Street.
A man caught in an online sex sting by Wakeman police was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday. Thomas E. Marquis, Jr., 27, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty in June to three counts of importuning. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss three similar charges and four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Over a seven-month period, the defendant talked on an Internet chat room with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but actually was Wakeman Police Officer Josh Rice. His investigation started in January 2007.
No orders for two weeks means the Norwalk Furniture plants in Norwalk, Mississippi and Tennessee won't be back to full strength until September, but a consultant for the executive team said all three factories are slowly ramping up production. "We only handle custom orders and we haven't had any orders for two weeks and two days," said Aaron Gillum, who works for Morris Anderson & Associates, the company brought in to restructure the ailing company.
Unconfirmed reports are indicating that Terry Traster, an Amherst City Councilman, will face Republican Terry Boose in this November's 58th district House race. Huron County Democratic Party chairman Richard Hauser said this afternoon "a decision should be made by tomorrow (Thursday).'
Of the estimated $150 million slated for Ohio to fight urban blight, Huron County will get about $768,000. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced estimated figures that will be used to renovate home or tear down blighted properties through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. "This is a victory for middle class families and Ohio neighborhoods," Brown said. "This bill will prevent the American Dream from slipping away from thousands of Ohioans. It will allow us to work together to rebuild communities and stem the foreclosure crisis." The housing bill passed the Senate last month and was signed by President George W. Bush last week.
Nick Horner and Brent Ratliff were talking and throwing the football on the front porch of Horner's 11 N. Pleasant St. home when they heard the motorcycle racing by. Horner said it seemed like the biker was going 100 mph down the street.
Norwalk Furniture is back in business. With loans from Ohio and Mississippi, IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital funded the takeover of the 106-year-old furniture company founded in Norwalk.
More than two weeks ago, Kathy Carleton carried a cup of steaming coffee and that day's Reflector onto her deck. The 22-year Norwalk Furniture employee looked at the front page. Any good, content feelings likely spilled from her as fast as the coffee from her cup.
A spark in the dust collection system or its related machinery caused a fire late Monday morning at American Excelsior, 180 Cleveland Road. "Basically, they had a spark in the machinery, which caused a fire,' Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta said. "It took us a long time to find where the smoldering (was).'
Norwalk Furniture suspends operations July 19, 2008 Local, state officials scrambling
The city of Norwalk will continue the Cline Street reconstruction project from approximately Spring Street to Union Street beginning Monday. The proposed project will improve traffic safety on Cline Street through better access management and stormwater drainage. The project includes full depth pavement reconstruction, curb and gutter, waterline replacement, drainage improvements, sidewalk in specific areas and traffic control. The project is being funded utilizing the city of Norwalk capital improvement funds and with a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission. Cline Street through the project area will be closed to through traffic during construction. Local traffic and access to businesses will be maintained during construction. Citizens are advised to use caution in the Cline Street area during construction of the roadway improvements and utilize alternate routes such as Milan Avenue or Whittlesey Avenue whenever possible. The initial phase of construction will include the installation of a new waterline and the storm sewers that will be incorporated with the new pavement. During the initial phase, Cline Street local traffic will be maintained through the project area in both directions (northbound/southbound) during the installation of waterlines and storm sewers. Short term lane closures using mobile temporary traffic signals or flaggers will be utilized in the area of the construction activity during the contractors working hours. Cline Street traffic should expect travel delays during the construction of the waterline and storm sewer improvements.