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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Every Tuesday you know where you'll find them. And it's no different tonight, as the city of Norwalk braintrust will be hashing out what most affects the Maple City.
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WILLARD - The city will resume recycling plastics on Feb. 17 as part of workers' routine drop-off recycling efforts. The city had to stop recycling plastics a few months ago when it lost its partner, which provided the service at no charge. As a result of the loss, city council agreed to charge households 10 cents a month to re-institute plastic recycling.
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Six more weeks of winter are in store for Pennslyvania residents. But Ohioans can look forward to an early spring.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The race for the 58th district House of Representatives seat is heating up. The 58th district covers all of Huron County and portions of Lorain and Seneca counties. The seat currently is held by Republican Terry Boose (R-Norwalk Township).
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - President Obama today sent Congress a record $3.8 trillion budget for next year. The budget, which would be the third in a row with a deficit of more than $1 trillion, includes provisions to increase war spending, decrease some domestic spending and depend on $1.3 trillion in new borrowing.
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LORAIN - Fifty jobs will stay in Lorain and 50 more jobs are coming thanks to a 15-year tax rebate Lorain City Council approved Monday night for Heidelberg Distributing Co. Those 50 jobs are expected to come from Norwalk. That's because 50 workers from Mid-Ohio Wines would be relocated.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Fostoria High School boys' basketball coach Rick Renz has filed a federal lawsuit against the Willard Police Department. Renz, in the lawsuit, said officers providing security injured him and deprived him of his civil rights after a Jan. 30, 2009 basketball game between Fostoria and Willard when the officers reportedly physically restrained him and forced him to the gymnasium floor. The lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Toledo. Fostoria won the game 66-65.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The driver of a one-vehicle crash was airlifted to a medical facility this morning. Michael Montgomery was driving a black Jeep Cherokee Classic when the vehicle went off Ohio 61, down a ravine and hit trees.
7:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Today President Barack Obama is expected to propose a 2011 federal budget that would spend $1.3 trillion more than the government takes in - then continue with deficits of more than $700 billion a year for at least a decade. He promised an independent commission would step in later. His plan would spend $3.8 trillion in the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, a 3 percent increase over the current year. The budget foresees the government taking in $2.6 trillion in taxes and other revenue, an 18 percent jump as the deep recession ends and a growing economy presumably boosts income
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LOS ANGELES (MCT) - On a night in which Beyonce set a record for women with six Grammy Awards, the reigning diva of R&B still had to share the spotlight with 20-year-old country-pop princess Taylor Swift, who collected four awards, including album of the year, for "Fearless," the biggest-selling album of 2009. Swift's win at the end of Sunday night's 3 1/2-hour ceremony seemed to stun the music-industry audience inside Staples Center in Los Angeles.
7:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Fired Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Montana has a history of being disciplined for improperly filing evidence, failing to obey an order to dispatch a severely injured deer and giving misleading information to motorists. Montana, 44, was relieved of his duties Friday morning in connection with violating a "last chance agreement" made Nov. 11 with Sheriff Dane Howard, Montana and the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association. Montana was hired Feb. 13, 2000.
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LORAIN - Goodman Beverage Co., 1930 W. 19th St., is negotiating to buy 16 acres along the southwest side of IRG Lorain LLC, the former Ford Motor Co. plant at Baumhart Road and US 6. The beverage distributor would move 50 jobs from its current location and would bring in 50 jobs from Mid-Ohio Wines, 15 E. Water St., Norwalk. Goodman Beverage and Mid-Ohio Wines were purchased in 2008 by Dayton Heidelberg Distributing Family of Companies, the 16th largest distributor of beer in the United States.
7:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department is seeking feedback from any eyewitnesses to Sunday's collision between a black Saturn sport utility vehicle and a white Hyundai. The injury accident that happened at 5:35 p.m. at the intersection of East Ohio 61 and Old State Road remains under investigation. Any witnesses are encouraged to call contact Sgt. Dave Smith at (419) 663-6780.