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Parents: Are you in need of a date night? Mark your calendar for Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and let the rec center staff entertain your children for a night. We will fill their evening with food to start, then games with their friends, crafts, swimming and more. Pizza and drinks will be provided for the children. Register by phone as space is limited. Children ages 4 to 12 years are welcome. Fees are $10 for members, $14 universal and $8 extra for more than two children from same household. MINI-ME MORNING TEE BALL is a drop-in program for 3 to 5 year olds to get a head start in the game of tee ball. Park & Recreation staff will teach the basic skills to the youngsters in an interactive, fun atmosphere. No registration is required. The program is free and will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9 - July 30 from behind the rec center. YOUTH GYNMANSTIC CLASSES will start a new session June 24-July 29. Register now for a spot in a class. Gymnastic classes offer children a way to become more physically fit and to develop coordination and self-confidence. Classes are available for children 3 years and older. Gymnastic costs are $28 for members, $33 for all others. Call the Ernsthausen Community Center for more information on dates and times at (419) 663-6775, ext. 24.
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The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has launched its redesigned Web site,www.ofbf.org. The complete upgrade features improved content, easier navigation, an enhanced search function and interactivity options for all visitors. "The new ofbf.org is Ohio Farm Bureau's centerpiece for all of our Internet communications," said Kurt Ely, OFBF's senior vice president for communications. "The site is an integral part of our commitment to making Farm Bureau accessible to our members and to the public." The site provides visitors with news, feature and editorial content, public policy information, educational materials and event listings. Visitors can also access OFBF's many money-saving member benefits. A special section of the site helps visitors become engaged in various Farm Bureau programs. People interested in joining Ohio Farm Bureau will be able to easily do so through the new site. A new component of the site allows guests to participate in conversations about various issues important to all Ohioans. The search function gives visitors access to an extremely wide range of materials on topics of interest.
3:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
International Referral Network Huron County Chapter meets weekly to promote each member's businesses. There is representation from 20 local businesses with only one member per category. In April core groups met to discuss "How do you stay positive on challenging days?" and "How do you work with your support team?" In May the group discussed "One-, three- and five-year goals and what is getting in the way of making them happen." IRN hosted several guests in April Rita Jackson from National City Bank/PNC, Ken Russ from All Seasons Climate Control, Mark Coriell from Freeman, Laycock, McDaniel, and Stacey McClenethan from Letter It.
3:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
June is the traditional month for graduations, weddings, Father's Day, starting the hurricane season, Flag Day, the passing of the governor and legislature's new biennial budget, Dairy Month and launching library summer reading programs to mention a few memorable dates. Summer reading programs abound for all ages. "Be Creative@Your Library" is the theme of the children's department while "Express Yourself@Your Library" is the young adults. The adult department has adopted the slogan "Be Crafty@Your Library". Registration on all programs begins the week of June 8. Check out more details on prizes and programs by accessingwww.norwalk.lib.oh.us. or come in and pick up a program from the department. The children's department has a number of fun activities to offer this summer so be sure to register for these individual programs underwritten by the Friends of the Library and the Rotary Club of Norwalk.
3:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
CHANGE TO 10.0 OR LESS BASE PROVISIONS In case you have not heard, the provisions for participation in the DCP or ACRE program on smaller based farms have changed again. Farms with 10.0 or less base acres were previously determined to be ineligible for program participation unless the farm was solely owned by a Socially Disadvantaged Person (SDA). A socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher is a farmer or rancher who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. For entities owning a 10.0 acre base or less farm, all members of the entity needed to be socially disadvantaged. A socially disadvantaged group is a group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities. SDA's include, but are not limited to, Asian, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics and women. The new provisions state that to be eligible for program participation an SDA who is an owner of a 10.0 or less base farm need own only 50% of the land to qualify. For example, if such a farm shows a man and woman as owners of the property the county office is to determine each owner owns 50 percent, making the farm eligible for participation in the program.
3:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE Monroeville High School is set to send 54 seniors off into the world at its 2 p.m. graduation ceremony Sunday. As part of the commencement, MHS will recognize its top nine Distinguished Scholars. Monroeville does not specifically name a valedictorian or salutatorian.
3:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Double shooting defendant Nicanor Garcia was sentenced this morning to 20 years in prison for shooting his wife, Veronica, and his stepdaughter, Melissa Ruiz, on Christmas Day. Family spokeswoman Devon Ruiz, Veronica's daughter-in-law, said she's witnessed the physical and emotional suffering both victims have undergone for the last five months.
3:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - After more than a year absence, the sign marking the southwest corner of the Connecticut Western Reserve has been returned to its rightful location. The sign was reported missing from its concrete background at the corner of Section Line 30 and U.S. 224.
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"It's a great day to be alive." Western Reserve Local Schools Acting Superintendent Mark Gagyi hit the nail on the head as he spoke to a filled gymnasium at Sunday's graduation with words of encouragement for the students who sat behind him on the stage.
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WILLARD - Willard High School Principal Jeff Ritz has faith in the Class of 2009. "I think this year's graduating class is very well prepared to take on the challenges that are ahead of them," he said. "They're an outstanding group and have come a long way. They have very good skills to be successful in whatever they choose."
3:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several members of the care team at Gaymont Nursing Center will speak at the Ohio Patient Centered Care Conference on June 2 in Columbus.
3:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Sheriff's Office will be joining forces with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) to investigate and arrest Internet-based child predators and suspects involved in child pornography. Capt. Ted Patrick said there is no specific deputy in mind right now for the responsibility, but the sheriff's office is seeking someone who is "computer savvy." The deputy, whose work load will be based on calls from the community, is expected to receive free training sometime this year.
3:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Foster Street could be a microcosm of the nation in the current housing crisis. But instead of giving up in the face of a poor economy, residents are holding out hope things will improve. The short stretch of Foster Street has two uninhabited houses and two abandoned houses. But residents hold out hope the current economic crisis won't hurt the neighborhood they've seen revitalized over recent years.
3:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
THOMPSON TOWNSHIP - A Bellevue biker fled the scene of a Seneca County serious injury crash in which his passenger fell off the back of an off-road motorcycle Sunday. Troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol found Ross T. Freeman, 25, of 314 Randall Ave., Bellevue, at his home. The original accident happened about 10 p.m. on Township Road 79 north of Township Road 178 in Thompson Township.
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Ohio's housing market continued to provide positive signs of stabilization in April posting an increase in sales over the prior month for the third consecutive reporting period and a renewed buzz among the industry's professionals that consumers are poised to get off the fence and into the market, reports the Ohio Association of Realtors. "We're optimistic about the long-term prospects of the Ohio real estate marketplace...the light at the end of the tunnel is not too far off," said OAR President Jonathan M. Hall. "The housing sector in the Buckeye state, like much of the nation, has begun to shake off the doldrums brought on by the financial crisis and global economic downturn.
3:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
HOLLYWOOD - Playing a construction worker doesn't sound too interesting. But snagging a movie role even as an extra in the blockbuster "Star Trek" was exciting for 1999 Huron High School graduate Jerry Wible.
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It's really too bad about the name. Because everything else about it is so cool.
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Travelers this summer will also find new and tighter passport regulations which include a requirement that all travelers be able to present an official passport book or card, or another travel document approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Forms of identification that were previously accepted at land crossings including voter registration cards and birth certificates will no longer be acceptable to gain entry or re-entry to the United States. Beginning June 1, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda by land or sea will be required to have a passport, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security pertaining to specific populations and situations.
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Jeff Goodwin, Edison High School principal, said there will be quality galore when the class of 2009 graduates at 2 p.m. Sunday. "This is a wonderful senior class," Goodwin said. "From academics to sports to performing arts, they've performed extremely well.
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COLLINS - Thankfulness and congratulations were the order of the day at Western Reserve's graduation Sunday in the school gymnasium. (NOTE - Additional photos of Western Reserve's graduation ceremony can be seen here.)
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It was "worth the effort," but the Huron County Job and Family Services Transition Center in uptown Norwalk just didn't get enough business to remain open. "We were only getting about five people a day ... we just couldn't afford to have a staff person there at least three days a week," Jobs Director Theresa Alt said.