2:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
I read with great interest a front page story in last week's Reflector. First of all, the clip art of a soccer ball caught my eye. Then I read the headline: "Proposed soccer field stirs controversy." That got my attention: I love reading about controversy, and all four of my kids played soccer at some point in their lives. But the thing that really got me going was the quote just below the headline: "'Not in my back yard,' some Norwalk residents say." So some people are upset at the idea of having a soccer field in their back yard? Well, I have to jump in on this controversy. I speak from experience. You see, I HAVE a soccer field in my back yard. And it's wonderful! I remember when Norwalk High School started its soccer team. My children were little then, and the first NHS soccer coach, Kurt Dreier (who also was my neighbor, a few houses down), came to us and said he hoped we didn't mind having the high school soccer field in our back yard. He noted that we had small children, and told us to let him know if any of his players ever were mean to our children or said anything inappropriate to them. It never happened.
2:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - The Monroeville High School academic challenge team was taped Saturday for an episode of Cleveland News Channel 5's Academic Challenge TV show. The episode will air at 7 p.m. March 7. Monroeville making its first appearance on the show, won the match with a healthy lead over its opponent schools, Kirtland and Newbury. The team scored 640 points, which currently ranks the Eagles in second place overall. In June, the three highest-scoring teams will be invited back to play a championship game to decide the final winner.
2:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio home sales activity dipped in January, as anxious buyers continued to remain on the sidelines as a result of the economic downturn affecting the country, reports the Ohio Association of REALTORS. "It's certainly not a huge surprise that would-be home buyers were reticent to purchase at the start of the new year, as uncertainty in the economy was at the top of everyone's mind," said OAR President Jonathan M. Hall. "Yet despite the sluggish January sales numbers, we're optimistic that better days are not too far away.
2:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steve Fries knows how lucky he is to still be alive. He doesn't take anything for granted anymore.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Street work season is approaching. Norwalk City Council authorized Mayor Sue Lesch and Public Works Director Josh Snyder to advertise and receive bids for the 2009 Street Resurfacing and Concrete Repair Program.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mayflower Vehicle Systems Inc. will be losing 22 percent of its workforce with 39 full-time employees being laid off. "This will take place over the next six weeks," said John Hyre, the director of investor relations and corporate communications for Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (CVG). "It's regrettable we have to do this."
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Everything on the table in dealing with crisis On Monday, the Reflector reported that because of economic cutbacks, the city of Norwalk is canceling this year's hazardous waste collection.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Willard bus driver might not have been able to dodge the snowball thrown at her, but the 12-year-old student avoided a felony by admitting to a misdemeanor assault. The Quail Creek Drive boy initially was charged with a fifth-degree felony assault, but admitted to a misdemeanor assault charge Monday. The original complaint was a felony because the victim is a school official.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The adult suspect charged in connection with two vehicle break-ins Saturday will be sentenced March 23 in Norwalk Municipal Court. Robert E. Belt Jr., 20, of 126 Motson St., Willard, pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor charges of theft, criminal damaging, underage consumption and furnishing intoxicants to an underage person. Judge John Ridge ordered a presentence investigation and found the defendant guilty.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
A lack of funding at the Huron County Sheriff's Office has cost four corrections officers and a dispatcher their jobs. "This is the first cut. We're hopeful it's the last as well," Sheriff Dane Howard said. "Obviously, this is not something we wanted to do. We don't have the funding to support the manpower we had."
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The St. Paul Lady Flyers took care of business Tuesday night at Norwalk High School, downing South Central 67-22 in a Division IV girls' basketball sectional semifinal contest. St. Paul (12-9) advances to play Danbury at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in the sectional final back at NHS.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Women's Summer Volleyball League will begin sign-ups beginning Monday. Packages will be available at Ernsthausen Community Center. For more information, call Ludi at (419) 668-3502.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
FEB. 26, 1905 The top stories in The Evening Herald on this date 104 years ago: "Wild Boy" of Plymouth smoked out of his home Pompey Brown, better known at Plymouth and surrounding country as the "wild boy," was brought to this city Saturday night by Sheriff Snyder. The sheriff unearthed a condition of affairs that beggars description.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENVILLE Preservation, revitalization and buy local. Heritage Ohio understands that growing strong communities means keeping our local money local, which is why they're offering the Nourishing Downtown daylong workshop on April 1 sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. "Setting up downtown farmers' markets and encouraging restaurants to reach out to local growers is another way to strengthen our community's economic networks," says Jeff Siegler, Downtown Revitalization director of Heritage Ohio. "It's also healthier for us and for the environment." The Nourishing Downtown training will be held in the Main Street Community of Greenville, one of the state's top agricultural communities. Speakers include Leslie Schaller, Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), Athens, Ohio; Dave Wible, North Market, Columbus; Brian Raison, Miami Valley Grown, Montgomery County; Mike Kunzer, Great Lakes Brewery, Cleveland; and Dan Kremer, E.A.T. Food For Life, Yorkshire. The agenda will focus on how local foods can make the connection to a downtown market. The training is designed for restaurateurs, growers, producers, market vendors, downtown managers, city representatives, extension agents and grow local advocates. Workshop leaders will uncover the tools necessary to successfully bring local foods to the heart of Ohio communities. It will explore different avenues to create and appreciate what the local soils and farmers do to enrich and nourish Ohio downtowns. For a complete training agenda and registration, visitwww.heritageohio.com. Deadline to register is March 25.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ford Motor Company began production of the famed Model T in 1908, a centennial we celebrated with little fanfare last year. By the time production ended in 1927, there were 15 million Tin Lizzies on the road and all of them were painted black. The company would probably still be producing those cars today, if Henry Ford had had his way, on the assembly line he perfected at the Rouge River plant in Dearborn, Mich. But when customers complained about the dated styling of the "T", the decision was made to switch production to the Model A - and the plant was idled for a year to retool. Ford and American industry knew nothing of "Just in Time" (JIT) inventory theories back then, so when production of the Model T stopped, the company had huge quantities of all the parts needed to make the car. The decision of Henry Ford was to divide up all the parts and ship them - C.O.D. - to their dealers, without telling the dealers in advance. Many of those dealers did not stay in business, partly because of the large outlay of cash forced on them for the parts shipments and partly because they had no cars to sell for a year. When the Model A did arrive on the showroom floor, such as it was in those days, Ford only sold about 600,000 of the units, compared to almost 1.2 million of the more reliable Chevrolet.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN Western Reserve Land Conservancy will present a program at 7 p.m. March 11 for landowners who want to learn about the tax incentives available to those interested in preserving their land. The program will be held at the Wakeman Community Library, 33 S. Pleasant St. in Wakeman. Andy McDowell, director for the Land Conservancy's Firelands Field Office, and Ed Meyers, the Land Conservancy's legal counsel, will talk about the tax incentives for farmers and other landowners choosing to protect their land with conservation easements. In 2008, The Land Conservancy was part of a broad coalition representing farmers, sportsmen, and other conservationists that convinced Congress to renew conservation easement tax incentives for an additional two years. These tax incentives have already helped thousands of families conserve their land while realizing significant tax savings. The increased tax incentives for land preservation will expire Dec. 31. For conservation easements donated in 2009 the basic tax benefits of the new law include:
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County sheriff's deputies have been going back to school. The three recent seminars attended by six officers follows through with Sheriff Dane Howard's emphasis on training he had during his campaign. Howard himself also has been hitting the books; he has done 80 hours of study at a sheriff's college in Columbus sponsored by the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
A lack of funding at the Huron County Sheriff's Office has cost four corrections officers and a dispatcher their jobs. "They're getting a 14-day notice,' Capt. Ted Patrick said. "Once they are served with the notice, they'll be employed 14 more days.'
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The state Highway Patrol will be discontinuing its (888) 2-OH-ROAD weather/road condition hotline starting Sunday due to the lengthy update process for dispatchers and the lack of use by the public.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - The old adage "It's where you finish that counts" proved true for Monroeville's Firelands Challenge Team Monday. The team was down 18 points to Edison and nine points to Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic at the beginning of Round III of the first championship match. It was held at St. Mary.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
There were a couple of big events over the weekend that were near and dear to my heart. The 1979 Michigan State national championship basketball team was honored Sunday for its memorable win over Indiana State and Larry Bird in the title game. Those were the days - Magic Johnson & Co. gave me a ride I'll never forget.