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
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
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.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Columbus March 6 is Kids Day at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show. The day will be packed with activities, events and entertainment, from kid-friendly cooking demonstrations to make-and-take crafts and a hands-on building project. As always, children age 12 and younger are admitted to the Home & Garden Show at no charge. This year's "Art in Bloom" theme is sure to be a hit with children. More than a dozen spectacular gardens will replicate features from different artistic movements, forms and styles. Children will discover how bees make honey, walk through a garden with human-sized paintbrushes and artwork, get to eat out of edible gardens, stroll through a French caf and wander a pathway leading to a fun farm. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a host of special children's events and activities will take place in The CW at WWHO 53-TV Kids Korner. Younger show guests are invited to enjoy hands-on crafts and projects. The CW at WWHO 53-TV Kids Korner will also be the place to meet and greet everyone's favorite cartoon character, Scooby-Doo. Scooby will be on hand all day on March 6 and March 7, where he will take pictures and give hugs.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Looking back on 2009, it would be easy to only think about the trials of the year. But as a board member recently reminded me, we need to learn to celebrate the victories. Typically something good happens and we nod, smile and move on. Let a negative event hit the radar screen and we talk about it incessantly. So while I'm not forgetting the struggles of '09, I'm choosing to celebrate the victories. So in 2009 there were several victories, starting with the one-year anniversary of Norwalk Custom Order Furniture. From shut down with no hope to up, running and growing, this is definitely one to celebrate.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Last year brought more economic good news than bad to New London, according to village administrator Shawn Tappel. The village began 2009 without a full-service restaurant, and the opening of the Cornerstone Caf in July filled a huge need, according to Tappel. He said, however, this was just one of several new businesses that made the village their home, including The Shopp in the former Cricket's location, Shannon Michael Salon south of town, WS Design & Construction on East Main and Whitt's End next to the North Main railroad crossing.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com The year 2009 presented many challenges but also opportunities for the chamber and our business community. To assist our businesses with their fight to keep their businesses strong, the chamber has opened the Small Business Development Center office inside the chamber office. Access to the expertise of Certified Business Advisor Tom Moore gave many businesses the guidance and direction needed. Along with one-on-one business counseling, the SBDC and chamber partnered on a year-long series of seminars cumulating in the PTAC series that helped businesses register with and learn how to do business with the federal government. The chamber is working on the line-up of seminars for 2010 and we are eager to continue to provide these educational opportunities for our businesses.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN In the last two years the village of Wakeman has been able to repair major water, storm and sanitary issues that have cost the village thousands of dollars in the past. We're saving 30 percent each month on water repairs alone and 12 percent on electric. The repairs have enabled us to benefit, save and budget with a positive outlook. In addition, we're proud to announce the following 2009 completed projects: Water tower new paint and epoxy
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
A U.S. 250 house fire Saturday started between the first and second floors where the wood burner flue pipe extended through the floors. Fire was showing from the second-story bedroom window when the Norwalk Fire Department arrived at 10:34 a.m. at 603 U.S. 250. Lt. Mike Alexander, in his report, said the crew put hand lines in the front door and up the steps, quickly extinguishing the fire in the upstairs and downstairs living room.