When Bob Still saw his son for the last time Wednesday evening, Robert B. Still was heading out for a "cooling-off drive" on his Honda dirt bike after the two had watched the Cleveland Indians' game on television. When the older Still heard someone approaching his front door, he thought he might have locked his son out of the Milan home they share when he closed the garage. Instead he found two state Highway Patrol officers on his doorstep informing him that his son had been killed in a traffic accident. The accident occurred at 7:14 p.m. on Wikel Road about a half mile south of Huff Road in Milan Township, said troopers with the patrol's Sandusky post.
NAME: Jean Boehler AGE: 36 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 336 Union St., Bellevue PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 5-foot 4-inch, 185 pound white woman with brown hair and brown eyes. She has several tattoos of a dragon on her right forearm; a dolphin on top of her right arm; a cross on her right shoulder; an arm band on her right and left arms; a unicorn on her right leg; an ankle band on her right and left legs; SpongeBob SquarePants on her calf; Taz on her left leg calf; her children's names on her right thigh; an "RB" on her right hand; Sunny on her upper lip; a bar code on her left forearm and on the back of her neck; a Chinese symbol inside her left forearm; Mom and Dad on the right side of her chest; brat on the left side of her neck; a lizard on the right side of her neck; a moon on the left side of her chest.
As the crowds that lined the streets and the photos that filled this newspaper will attest, the Lions' Club July 4 parade is about as big a deal as we have in this town. In the 1980s, Debi Helton's grandmother and, later, her uncle, Danny Ballard lived at 78 Norwood, Parade Central. So, of course, the entire extended family and friends and a few strangers gathered there each year for the sweet procession of legionnaires, fire trucks, marching bands, antique cars, minibike-riding Shriners, cement mixers, baton twirlers and Tootsie Roll-tossing 4-Hers that we call the Fourth of July parade.
One of the several physicians who practiced in Norwalk in the 19th century was Dr. Ira L. Babcock. His was the era of the doctor going to the patients instead of the patients coming to him. There were few if any hospitals, and if someone was injured or became ill they were cared for at home. Dr. Babcock was born in Massachusetts in 1806 and married Nancy Arnold in New York state. About 1855 they came to Norwalk from Bath, N.Y. The family home from 1859 to 1868 was the brick house at 12 North Pleasant. Dr. Babcock then bought a farm in Hartland Township and moved to the house at 1774 Greenwich Milan Townline Road, south of the West Hartland church. Mrs. Babcock died in 1883, and the doctor in 1888. I know little of Dr. Babcock's medical skill except for one particular story. In 1861 a son of John Amerman of Bronson Township had his hand almost severed with an axe while chopping wood. Dr. Babcock was called to dress the wound, but gave little hope of the young man ever regaining the use of his hand, and I could find no follow-up story. Dr. Babcock, however, was described as "a surgeon of great skill and experience." I've known of Dr. Babcock for years, since my grandmother was a young girl at West Hartland and well acquainted with Dr. Babcock and his family. She was best of friends with some of his grandchildren and spoke of them often.
JULY 10, 1962 The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 46 years ago: Governor heads group to appear Nearly half of the 37 county district and state candidates asked to come to Norwalk on Oct. 8 for a Know Your Candidates program to be sponsored by the Firelands Business & Professional Women's Club, have conditionally accepted the invitation. Nineteen have yet to answer.
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Marylou Rundle felt elegant when she donned her wedding dress in 1956, but she never imagined the dress would become a family tradition and be worn by three generations. "It is extremely simple," Rundle said. "It was exactly what I wanted." Rundle said she probably took a picture from a magazine when she went to a seamstress to commission the dress, but she doesn't remember exactly where the inspiration for the dress began.
Recently, I visited the children's room at the Norwalk Public Library. I hadn't been there in quite some time, and warm memories flooded through me moments of peace while my little ones sought books to take home, or sat peacefully at "story time." I remembered watching my little ones hard at work at a slanted "puzzle table" which is no longer there it has been replaced by a desk. "That puzzle table has been gone for about 20 years," one of the librarians told me. Twenty years? Really? It is odd how the geography of our lives changes. I have lived in our fair city for a long time now, and yet it is not the same as it was when I arrived. If things had changed all at once, we would be startled by the sudden appearance of, for example, five new pizza places, two new Chinese restaurants and several housing developments replacing empty fields. But the changes happen gradually. If you have recently moved to Norwalk, this column may bore you. But if you have been here as long as I have, or longer, take a trip down memory lane with me and remember some of these places that have disappeared.....
FITCHVILLE The Fitchville Conservation League announced that it will hold an introductory "Women on Target" shoot on Saturday at the club grounds on 2623 Jennings Road in Fitchville. The program is one of the fastest growing programs of the National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun related organization. The National Rifle Association was organized in 1871 to support and provide education in firearms safety and marksmanship. The WOMEN ON TARGET program is one of their newest programs fostering those purposes. The program consists of celebrity charity shoots, women only hunts and women only instructional shoots which focus attention on the fact that shooting is a FAMILY sport, not limited to men. The Fitchville Conservation League's shoot will be a women-only instructional shoot for handgun and shotgun. The course will contain an introduction to firearm safety together with hands-on individual instruction in handgun and shotgun. The class will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. The course will be funded, in part, by a grant from The NRA Foundation and The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association. The club's Hunter Education Instructors, who are also NRA Instructors, will lead the classes. The clinic is open to women of all ages who have a desire to learn more about the shooting sports and firearms. Due to instructor limitations, the course will be limited to 20 participants.
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Norwalk man who had a Dec. 15 standoff with police and vandalized an officer's cruiser was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation. A caller reported William A. McKnight, 26, of Woodlawn Ave., broke into a car at a Milan Avenue restaurant and then ran toward the rear of a nearby unoccupied store, Norwalk Police Sgt. Mike Conney wrote. Officers Jim Montana and Chris Hipp responded with Conney to the early afternoon call. Montana and Hipp located the man in the middle of Milan Avenue, just north of the Cline Street intersection. A local prosecutor has said McKnight brandished a "lock back" knife and jabbed it into the window of an officer's cruiser.
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com In appreciation of their clients, Janotta & Herner, of Monroeville, is donating $10,000 to area charities as part of their Christmas in July program. During the summer months in the northern hemisphere, as the weather becomes increasingly warm, many people crave for the atmosphere of cooler temperatures, gift giving, and holiday spirit. To satisfy this craving, some people throw parties during the month of July that mimic the holiday of Christmas. Robb Harst, advertising and public relations director for the company, said the construction firm started the program to honor their clients in place of traditional gifts.
Norwalk's Public Works Department wants motorists to be aware that a change has been made to the traffic flow at the intersection of Milan Avenue and Republic Street, where Kmart and the north-side Burger King restaurant are located. A sign stating "No turn on red from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m." has been placed there, affecting motorists turning north onto Milan from Republic. For more information, call City Hall at (419) 663-6700.
Nothing says summertime like a festival. And the Firelands area has plenty, continuing this weekend with the St. Alphonsus Parish Festival on Sunday.
WILLARD - The city is inching closer to its goal of $200,000 to build a soccer complex. City Manager Brian Humphress told council at its meeting Monday Willard has about 40-percent of the needed funds. Most recently, the state awarded the city $75,000 from Ohio's Capital Improvement fund when Gov. Ted Strickland signed the Buckeye state's budget bill. The funds will be used for the development of the proposed soccer complex off Keefer Street by the Wastewater Treatment Plant lagoon. "This is a big step in the effort to make this complex a reality," Humphress said. "We are still waiting to hear from a number of other grants we applied for, and the local fundraising effort still must be completed for us to start work on the project."
A cold front was moving southward over the upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes regions early today, triggering severe storms including heavy rain, strong winds, hail and possible tornadoes. In Norwalk, forecasters are calling for mostly cloudy skies tonight, with showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 60s. It's supposed to be partly sunny Wednesday, with highs in the lower 80s and lows in the upper 50s.
A Norwalk man accused of stabbing a Vermilion man last year will be evaluated again to determine if he is competent to stand trial Sept. 15. Victor M. Macias-Aguirre, 40, rocked in his chair in Huron County Common Pleas Court throughout Monday's hearing, staring ahead. Judge Jim Conway requested the defendant's interpreter ask him if he understood what was happening in the courtroom. The man continued rocking back and forth. He didn't respond.
A grandfather has been found guilty of threatening the person who is accused of killing his grandson. Mitchell P. Case, 35, of 25 Reed St., pleaded no contest to aggravated menacing June 30 in Norwalk Municipal Court. Judge John Ridge found him guilty and fined him $250, which the defendant must pay within 60 days.
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Area residents can take heart in knowing that as of Monday, Fisher-Titus Medical Center health professionals will offer all cardio and vascular related services in one location. No longer will the heart and vascular services be spread out. Monday is when the $11.3 million Snyder/White Heart & Vascular Center will be open for patient care after nearly two years of planning. Members of the public can preview the center during a ribbon cutting ceremony from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tours will follow from 1:30 to 3.
MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue Burley and Gloria M. Burkhart to Gloria m. Burkhart, Castalia Street. Nicholas A. Gaudiello to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 112 Sheffield St.
w/pic Furey lends experience to new broker training PHEONIX Stephen Furey of the financial services firm Edward Jones recently shared his experience with less-experienced financial advisers at the firm's Tempe campus in this Arizona city.
An Amherst man will be sentenced Aug. 6 for selling crack cocaine in Wakeman. Edward A. Warmus, 46, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court to trafficking in crack cocaine. In a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss one charge of trafficking in hydrocodone.
A six-person committee will meet to fill the ballot vacancy created by the resignation of Matthew Barrett, the former 58th district state representative. The committee, which will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the United Auto Workers Hall, 119 N. Pleasant St., likely will place Thomas Heydinger's name on the November ballot.