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WILLARD Mayor Todd Shininger has to be wondering whether he'll be caught off guard any more this week. First, Willard City Council surprised him at its meeting Monday, when the body offered refreshments and read a proclamation in honor of his birthday. He turned 80 Wednesday. On Thursday, Shininger was shocked again when he was honored as Huron County's senior citizen of the year at the annual senior recognition luncheon.
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Ethel Muhar won't take all the credit for the many cakes she made and decorated with her hands. The glory, she said, must go to God for giving her the talent to make the cakes, each of which can feed multitudes and are befit for occasions such as weddings.
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CLEVELAND In "Lincolnesque," John Strand's sometimes biting, engaging but unfocused satire on Washington politics, one of the characters says, "You just need someone to help you focus, that's all." Strand could use some help in that area as well for his play "Lincolnesque," which continues through May 20 at the Cleveland Play House.
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WILLARD Marsha Danhoff was concerned about how her two daughters were settling into Willard Middle School. Her concerns were alleviated when principal Dan Major told Danhoff her daughters were doing fine and making friends. Danhoff said Major went out of his way to reassure her about her daughters. Danhoff, a school board member, shared that brief anecdote with fellow members at Monday's meeting, where Major was recognized for his 14 years as middle school principal.
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WILLARD - Joyce Garcia said she needs to park by the front door of her North Main Street home in Willard. It's a matter of being homebound or able to run necessary errands. City officials have said by parking on her front yard, Garcia is violating the city's zoning code.
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CLEVELAND - My, how art can mirror life, and visa versa. One need look no further than "Lunacy," a riveting, lean, honest and deceptively simple play being given its world premiere in Cleveland through May 27.
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Some of the obvious byproducts of gardens are fruits and vegetables. Increased sociability, education, less crime, higher property values, civic pride and thriving neighborhoods are others.
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MONROEVILLE You could look at Monroeville Elementary School's "Young Author's Day" Friday in one of two ways: It was a day in which an author for young readers came to discuss her work with the students. But it was also a day when published books written and illustrated by the students were on display in the school's gymnasium. The day-long celebration of books culminated Ohio Right to Read Week a week full of fun activities. The week is one way for schools to meet Ohio Department of Education Standards in library, language arts and content areas.
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When 15-year-old Cystic Fibrosis patient Dylan Bohach was born, the life expectancy for somebody with the disease then was 28. It is now just under 40, according to Dylan's father, Chris, of Willard.
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MONROEVILLE Is a 23-year-old mature enough to lead the Monroeville cheerleaders to further success? It depends on whom you ask.
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It was just a matter of time for 83-year-old Robert Lang Sr. He hardly remembered anyone anymore, and as the seconds ticked away, his body was shutting down. Three thousand or so miles away, in California, artist Robert Lang Jr. was in a race against time. He had lovingly worked for six weeks on the gift he wanted to present his dad. It was a gift the younger Lang was sure his father would cherish, and he wanted to give it to him before he died.
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MONROEVILLE - Council members are considering asking voters once again in November to approve an increase in the village's income tax from 1 to 1.5 percent. Voters defeated the measure last November 292 to 140, or 68 percent to 32 percent. As a result, council had to slash $40,000 off the police department's budget. That brought it to $419,000 this year, down from $459,000 in 2006. Council also reduced the police department hours from 8.55 to 8.5 per day, which translates to a subtraction of 12 hours a year.
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It is hardly a surprise this week's featured dish, "Lasketti," originated from a cookbook called "Meals in a Hurry." Norwalk resident Susie Nardecchia decided to share the recipe with Reflector readers, and the Nardecchias are a family on the go.
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MONROEVILLE Superintendent Carol Girton told the board the school district and the Monroeville Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement. Girton said the teachers will vote May 30 on the contract, which the two sides negotiated over three meetings. Girton said if the teachers ratify the agreement, she will bring it before the board to approve. In other business, athletic director Ben Paul announced head baseball coach Brandon Biehl is resigning after nine years on the position. Biehl also served a year as Monroeville's assistant head coach.
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MILAN - Ever since he bought his rural Milan home 32 years ago, Tom Miller has watched and admired the hulking sycamore tree in his front yard. But, as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
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SHELBY Kendra Dawn Jones and Alyson Elizabeth Austin Keiser wanted to spend their lives nurturing small children. While the Willard High School students' were killed 18 months ago in a car accident, the teenagers, in a spiritual sense, will be surrounded by little ones forever.
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Can you imagine the feelings and thoughts of one who had been under almost continuous shell fire for the last six weeks, when he heard that it was all over, no more shells, whiz-bangs, machine gun bullets humming overhead, etc.? Man, it sure was a great and glorious sensation to have the feeling of security and safety again. While we were at the front we never knew but what that particular moment might be our last. (From the war diary of Mark L. McCave, Esq.) Mark McCave's diary, which has been described as an eloquent, honest recollection of war, has been in his family for years. Soon, it will be shared with the world.
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PLYMOUTH - Incoming high school freshmen, listen up: The top five students in Plymouth High School's Class of 2007 have some advice you might want to heed. It ranges from taking school seriously to not being too concerned about what others think of you. The top five students will graduate with their fellow classmates at 7 p.m. Friday at the high school's auditorium.
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WILLARD - This year's top graduating seniors at Willard High School enjoyed their years as Flashes, but are ready to enter the "real world." The seniors will graduate at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Willard High School gymnasium.
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MONROEVILLE - "Night at the Museum" buffs, exhale. History museums with statues are safe, despite what the movie starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams might indicate.
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Megan Huttleston was petrified. The youngster was leaving her best friends behind, and coming to a new school where she did not know anybody.