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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 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? 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.....
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
Nothing says summertime like a festival. And the Firelands area has plenty, continuing this weekend with the St. Alphonsus Parish Festival on Sunday.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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."
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:17 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.
11:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Final preparations are now being made for next week's open house festivities of the $11.3 million Snyder/White Heart and Vascular Center at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Members of LOF Graphics recently placed sign letters on the facility. The community is invited to a special ribbon cutting ceremony of the Snyder/White Heart and Vascular Center at Fisher-Titus from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tours will follow from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the center, located on Fisher-Titus Parkway off Shady Lane Drive.
11:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Logan Cooke came away with top-finishes in Division D of the last two Lake Erie Junior Golf Association tournaments. The New London graduate won the Mohawk Open at Mohawk Golf & Country Club in Tiffin and finished second in Monday's Red Hawk Run Open at Findlay.