11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Several weeks ago the house at 40 North Foster in Norwalk was damaged by fire to the extent that it had to be razed. As noted in the Reflector, this house had association with one of the several citizens who have called Norwalk "home." The original house on this lot contained the saloon and living quarters of Peter Troendle and his wife, Pauline Seifert. They were Germans by birth, and married in Norwalk in 1876 as members of the old German Lutheran Church at 92 North Prospect. "Pete" bought the property at 40 North Foster in 1880 and established the family home and his saloon in the building thereon. One of the several Troendle children born in this original house was George Washington Troendle, born there on July 4, 1884. I will add right now that as an adult George spelled his surname as Trendle. George was 3-years-old when a falling stovepipe in the saloon set the building on fire, on Feb. 16, 1888. The house and contents were nearly destroyed. A sidelight to this fire was that the next morning several students from St. Paul's and the public schools explored the ruins and became intoxicated on beer they found in the ruins of the cellar. Two boys were expelled from Norwalk High School in what the newspaper called a "sad and touching story" of teenagers gone wrong.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
LEXINGTON - Joe Graziani and Brian Mahl played instrumental roles in the North's 25-18 win over the South during Saturday's North Central Ohio Football Coaches Association All-Star Classic at Lexington High School. Graziani, a St. Paul graduate, scored the North's - and game's - first touchdown on a 9-yard run in the first quarter. A Greg Berkshire extra point and the North led 7-0 with 5:46 left in the first quarter.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
NHRA has released its 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule featuring 24 events. The third annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk is scheduled to take place June 25 to 28. It will include the pro motorcyle stock class.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
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 I remembered watching my little ones hard at work at a slanted "puzzle table' which is no longer there - it has been replaced by a desk.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?
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
TOLEDO - A federal judge has ruled against granting any compensation for Spin to Win owner David Pugh for the city's actions against the now defunct Water Street gambling parlor. Pugh, 58, of 32 N. Old State Road, isn't entitled to any damages, ruled Judge James Carr, of the U.S. District Court in Toledo, which covers the Northern District of Ohio. Pugh, in his federal lawsuit, said multiple zoning violation citations hurt his business. He said the charges "constituted malicious prosecution, selective and vindictive enforcement of the law and ursurpation of the legislative function."
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
State Rep. Thomas Heydinger (D-Norwalk) has decided not to run for a full term this fall, the Reflector learned this afternoon. Heydinger was appointed in May to finish out the term of former state Rep. Matt Barrett (D-Amherst). Barrett resigned in April after he was not truthful about how photos of naked women appeared on his computer during a PowerPoint presentation to a civics class at Norwalk High School in October 2007.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Times have been tough, financially, for many readers over the past year or so. Lost jobs, fewer raises, and pay cuts have made money more important than it used to be. Add in higher gas prices, heavier tolls for even milk and bread, and experts that say we're in a full recession now, and money gets even more important. So, buying bait can hurt a little when minnows are often $1.50 a dozen or more, nightcrawlers equally costly, and such things as soft craws and leeches almost out of sight. There's a way to save plenty of dollars when fishing time comes around though, and that's to find your own live bait. It's a lot easier than you might think. Take nightcrawlers, for example. Most of what you buy in a bait shop comes from Canada, but there are millions of the little critters right here. If you live in an older home that has a good lawn with well-aged soil, they might be just yards away, and if not, the local cemetery, golf course, or other public area might give you permission to hunt worms. To catch some, you'll need just two pieces of equipment, a flashlight, hopefully one with a fairly weak battery, and a container to hold your catch.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
A judge sentenced a Norwalk man Thursday to 10 years to life in prison for raping a 9-year-old boy. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway credited Joseph Shepherd, 19, with having served 139 days in jail.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Thirteen-year-old Erica Meade's sincere brown eyes peered through her glasses as she spoke sensitively and confidently about the benefit she just organized. The benefit is for the family of the late Chris Smith, a 34-year-old Sandusky resident who died from injuries received in a June 13 motorcycle accident.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Democrats find themselves today without a candidate to run for the 58th District seat in the General Assembly after the fourth person to hold the seat in the past three years announced Thursday he would not stand for election in the fall. State Rep. Thomas Heydinger (D-Norwalk) cited "emerging health problems" as a reason for this decision. He also referred to state campaign financing and the state influence that comes along with that as another factor.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Huron County Sheriff Deputy accused of stalking a local woman has entered a consent agreement with her. As the result, Deputy Andrew P. Montana will not face criminal charges, Magistrate Bradley Sales said. The agreement is contingent on being approved by Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
11:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
LEXINGTON - The 23rd annual North Central Ohio Football Coaches All-Star Game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Lexington High School. Norwalk, St. Paul, Willard and Plymouth are among the schools representing the North team.
11:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
Looking for fresh produce is going to get a little easier starting this Saturday. The Open Air Market will begin its second season on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on the lawn of the Saint Paul Episcopal Church at 87 West Main Street in Norwalk. The church is sponsoring the event. Chrissy Houtz, who is helping to organize the market, said it is good for local residents to gather and get fresh food.
11:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
A coroner has ruled the June 8 death a Milan motorcyclist as accidental. Realtor Thomas A. Shaffoe, 62, of 13509 Jeffries Road, of Milan, was driving north on Ohio 13 when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Sandusky post said. His 2007 Harley-Davidson Electraglide went off the right side, overturned and hit a bush.
11:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD Ten-year-old Bernie Ramos dropped his skateboard and off it rolled. No harm done; it landed in the grass, but not beyond the enclosed confines of the skate park, where the Willard fifth-grader was skateboarding with some others. Ramos retrieved his board and got back on. A little while later, 25-year-old Plymouth resident Chris Shirey joined them. Shirey frequents the skate park, where he said he does not have to worry about disturbing those who'd rather not encounter him and his skateboard.
11:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Erie County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in providing information about two daytime burglaries Monday. A Florence Township burglary happened between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the 9200 block of Angling Road north of Wakeman. "The house was ransacked. Apparently all that was taken was jewelry. Other valuables were left behind," Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. The culprit cut a front window screen to access the home, he added.
11:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's interesting how we in America are always sounding the alarm over something or other. Whether it's global warming, obesity, or various and sundry pandemics and epidemics, someone is always shouting warnings. It seems like nothing ever gets sold, though. Take global warming, for instance. Let me say upfront that personally, I believe that mankind bears significant responsibility for climate changes we are witnessing. The scientific evidence is just too overwhelming to ignore. Still, there's no denying those same scientists warning us now about the earth heating up, were telling us 30 years ago that we are on the verge of a new ice age. The obesity problem with our children is nothing new, either. While thumbing through 1962 copies of the Reflector earlier this week working on the "Blast from the Past" feature, I found this ditty:
11:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
A former employee of a Norwalk family physician was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail for obtaining thousands of pills through forged prescriptions. Christen R. Cole, 33, formerly of 32 Morley Drive, obtained about 3,000 pills using a relative's name from four or five pharmacies. She first went to Huron County pharmacies and ordered prescriptions mostly for hydrocodone using forged prescriptions over the course of a year, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.
11:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.