9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Despite Mother Nature's evidence to the contrary, spring is here and that means local skateboarders are once again looking for places to enjoy their sport. Darin Carlson, who has spearheaded the campaign of the Norwalk Skate Park Visionary Committee to raise $20,000 to buy and install equipment for a skate park, said his group is almost $4,000 short of that goal.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County will participate in the state-wide tornado warning test at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday. All outdoor warning sirens will be tested at this time.
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TOLEDO - A Norwalk man was in fair condition of the intensive care unit of St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center this morning after a head-on collision Saturday afternoon. A medical helicopter transported Paul H. Zinn, 34, of 3213 W. Ohio 113, to the Toledo hospital after a head-on collision involving his 2008 Yamaha four-wheeler and the 2007 Pontiac G5 driven by Christopher A. Bores, 20, of 1276 Peru Hollow Road. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol said Zinn was heading north on the rural part of Whittlesey Avenue when he is accused of going left of center. Troopers said Zinn, who wasn't wearing his helmet, was ejected from the four-wheeler and landed in a ravine.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
A new product is designed to address most of a fisherman's tool needs. Sheffield's "Angler 17-in-1 Multi Tool" is billed as an ultra-handy, streamlined and rust-resistant tool designed for both fresh- and salt-water fishing enthusiasts. Featuring stainless steel locking attachments and a stainless steel textured grip handle, the Angler weighs 9 ounces and is only 4 1/2 inches when folded in half. The Angler has these tools: hook sharpener, three separate line splicers, 3-inch fillet blade, 3-inch scissors, fish scaler, hook remover, 2 1/2-inch ruler/hard file, wire cutters, awl, 1/8-inch slotted screwdriver, can opener, 0-inch Phillips screwdriver, 1/4-inch slotted screwdriver, soft file, and extra-long needle nose pliers.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Blankety-blank, it's another sheepshead! Ever hear those words before? If not, you'll hear them a lot this summer along Lake Erie, because they're a mighty common up there, and have been for long years. These silvery, flat-sided critters might be hard fighters (much better than walleye), and they might spice up many an otherwise wasted trip, but they've got a bad reputation. And for good reason. It's because they're lousy eating. The flesh of a sheepshead is absolutely the worst you'll ever try: rank, strong smelling, evil to the tastebuds just awful. How do I know? Because an old timer who lives down the road told me so. Did he ever eat one? "No siree, and I don't ever plan to eat one." So, how did he know they're so poor in a skillet? Because another old timer who lives even further down the road told him so. And he never ate one, either. Sheepshead or silver bass or freshwater drum or whatever have received a lot of bad press when it comes to eating qualities, and every single bit of it is undeserved. They're downright good eating! But most folks won't believe it and they keep swearing and throwing them back. Sheepshead are insect eaters, minnow eaters, and crayfish eaters just like walleye, not trash and garbage eaters as many think, and in other states their table qualities are rated high.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
The full hearing in the civil protection order case of Sharen and Michael Gravelle was delayed Monday because neither person had hired an attorney. Huron County Magistrate Bradley Sales confirmed the estranged Clarksfield Township couple hadn't hired attorneys yet in the domestic violence case. He then stressed multiple times that he wouldn't be "clearing" the new court date, next Tuesday morning, with the attorneys' offices because no attorneys had appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court in connection with the case. "I won't clear dates with any attorneys," Sales said. Sharen Gravelle, the plaintiff, said she contacted attorney Linda Fritz-Gasteier, who couldn't be reached for comment.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
CLARKSFIELD - The Huron County Sheriff's Office and Clarksfield Township officials are investigating a botched theft that led to a fire at the township hall. Details are sketchy at this point, but it appears a pair of culprits were trying to steal gasoline. In the process, they spilled some of it, creating a trail that somehow ignited and started a fire that destroyed the car they were using and damaged the township's road grader. The burned-out car was transported to the sheriff's impound lot. Police tape was put up around the grader while deputies gathered evidence.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Help Me Grow program provides services and support for children and their families through the first three years of life. It is a voluntary program for pregnant women, infants, toddler's birth to three and their families. Early detection of developmental delays or concerns is important for your child's future. If you have concerns about your child's growth or development, our service coordinators provide free home visits. They provide families with services, which include information on prenatal and child care, developmental screenings, parenting education and assistance with other community resources. A Help Me Grow professional will spend time with your family to determine your family's individual needs and goals.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
MANSFIELD - Calling all super heroes: Super Grover needs your help! Come discover what it takes to get your inner hero ready for action when this VEE Corporation production zooms into Mansfield next month.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
MARCH 24, 1969 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 39 years ago:
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Four seniors at St. Paul High are combining two things they care about running and cancer prevention for their senior project. Ashley Smith, Victoria Spaar, Melissa Kijowski and Caity Fitzgerald will hold Beating the Odds 2008, a five-kilometer race, at the Norwalk Reservoir on April 26. The event will raise money for research for the American Cancer Society and promote healthy lifestyles. Smith, an athlete who lettered in basketball and track, came up with the idea.
9:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
AVERY - EHOVE Career Center students in the firefighter program took part in a training session Thursday on the campus. Students practiced rescue techniques as part of the training.
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HIGHWAY PATROL Ivalou L. Leon, 17, of 44 Franklin St., hit a deer March 17 on New State Road.
9:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Sometimes you just have to take one on the chin for your job and I did just that Thursday night. In fact, I took it all over my body with an hour session of full-body massage therapy. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation in an otherwise full schedule, I experienced one of the best hours I've ever spent on the job while working on a feature story about the EHOVE massage therapy course.
9:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Toast the Republican lawmakers who make up the majority of the membership for the state controlling board who balked at an effort by Gov. Ted Strickland to allot money to expand lottery gaming throughout the state. Times are tough, for sure, but they are particularly tough for low- and middle-low-income Ohioans. The last thing they need is the state implementing a regressive tax - which is basically what the state lottery is - to make up its budget shortfalls. Strickland and the legislature need to look more closely at controlling costs. Strickland withdrew the request in the face of the Republican opposition.
9:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Last week in this space, as you may recall, I reprinted a column I had written more than seven years ago. It was the story of a hike I took at a place called Beacon Rock along the Columbia River in Washington State. I had hiked more than a mile nearly straight up where I was surprised to find a couple who had just become engaged to be married.
9:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's St. Patrick's Day as I write this and with all the green around it reminds me that sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees. So, I'll be telling you about positive experiences I have at business in our area and hopefully, if you aren't familiar with the business, you'll give them a try. I recently decided a very small space in my house was the perfect spot for some creative shelving. So I came up with a design and headed to Home Lumber. I needed a half-round piece of wood and, of course, that isn't exactly a stock shape of wood. No matter, one of the guys headed to the back and in a minute, I had half-rounds for my shelves. Add to that, I went in again the other day with another dilemma on an office project, I told Ron what we were doing and ask what options he could think of and in a few minutes I was heading back to the office with the perfect solution, cut to size.
9:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
2nd photo: Bonnie Malone, Huron County 4-H extension coordinator congratulates Joe Zimmerman for winning the John T Mount Achievement award By JEAN ROTH Reflector Correspondent Joe Zimmerman of rural Norwalk has won the John T. Mount achievement award through the Ohio 4-H program.
9:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's time to win by losing. Residents of Norwalk and Willard can take the Spring Weight-Loss Challenge. You might lose weight, but you'll gain cash. The top weight "Loser" will win $200, the runner-up will receive $130 and the third-place finisher will earn $70. These numbers are based on 20 participants, and will be adjusted slightly if the group is larger or smaller. The more people in the challenge, the larger the pay-outs. The sign-up meeting will take place at 5 p.m. April 2 at Sheri's Coffee House. Willard's sign-up meeting will take place at noon at Wired Coffee Bar.
9:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Don Alberts Jr. saved a woman who apparently attempted to commit suicide earlier this week when he and her relatives broke down the door of her home. "I know she was distraught over her daughter for a number of reasons," Sgt. Annette McLaughlin said.
9:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two of the semifinalist videos in an anti-tobacco commercial contest were made by Monroeville High School students. The seventh annual KICK SOME BUTTS anti-tobacco commercial contest has grown annually as students enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to showcase their creativity and communicate their message on tobacco use. Students may address a variety of topics including secondhand smoke, dangers of cigarettes or cigar smoking, and smokeless tobacco products in their videos in an effort to issue a call to action in educating and changing attitudes toward tobacco use. The contest was open to area high school students in grades 9 through 12. To participate, students were invited to form teams of no more than 5 students, and create their own 30-second anti-tobacco commercial. This year, there were 49 entries from 15 high schools through out 11 counties in Northwest and Central Ohio. From these entries, 10 semi-finalists were chosen. The names of the films made by Monroeville students are " Don't Let It Happen To You" and "Just a Cigarette."