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By Kristie Wert, Program Manager Special to the Reflector Business Appreciation Week, sponsored by the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation, is well under way and the Uptown Norwalk Historic District is receiving some well-deserved praise. The District has seen great improvements in recent years in the district's shops. From faade improvements to store expansions, like Robert's Art Gallery and Hush Little Baby, the district is moving in the right direction.
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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Dean Sheldon, of Greenwich, was honored Thursday with a tree planted in his honor at the Firelands campus of Bowling Green State University. "Just to spend part of a beautiful afternoon with people of all ages is a wonderful experience," Sheldon said after the ceremony. He was chosen to be honored by the Science and Environmental Club at the campus. Sheldon, whose family donated the land for the Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, said he appreciated the environmenatal work of students at the Firelands campus.
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WILLARD - For his State of the City address Thursday, City Manager Brian Humphress played the role of time traveling tour guide. He took those in attendance on a "tour" of Willard one year from now, based on what he thinks will be the state of the city's economic condition and physical appearance.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Have a hoe? Help the community garden grow. That's what Lynn Chapin and Michelle Sweet plan on doing with 10 individuals or families in the area at a new community garden on the Huron County jail property. Chapin told Huron County commissioners about final plans for the garden, which is at the site of the garden started for prisoners several years ago. She said the garden has not been planted for years so she came up with the community garden idea.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Rev. Margaret D'Anieri, rector of St. Paul Episcopal Church, recently returned from a three-month sabbatical leave. "Sabbatical" is derived from the word Sabbath, intended to be a time of study, rest and renewal. Her sabbatical began with a trip to Israel. Reflecting on the trip, Rev. D'Anieri said "You always learn something about the world and something about yourself whenever you travel to a different country. To travel to a place that is also sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews and a country that is at the fulcrum of current world events was inspiring, challenging, joyful and sad all at the same time." D'Anieri took part in a course called "The Palestine of Jesus" offered by St. George's Anglican College in Jerusalem. "We traveled around the country, following the life of Jesus. We started at the places of the Holy Spirit's announcement to Mary, went to Bethlehem, to Nazareth and the area around the Sea of Galilee the area of much of Jesus' public ministry and then to the Mount of Olives and the garden of Gethsemane. Toward the end of our time, we walked the Via Dolorosa (the way of the cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. On the last day there, we walked the ancient Roman road believed to be the road to Emmaus." After her return from Israel, D'Anieri attended workshops on the role of the church in a changing world. "It was quite a contrast to walk where Jesus walked 2,000 years ago and then to think about the role of the church in the post-everything world," she said. "And yet, even as we walked the way of the cross early one morning, people were out and about their daily business. It struck me that Jesus, and his church, always finds itself in the midst of daily life."
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Berlin-Milan schools have a long standing reputation for excellence, backed up by four consecutive "excellent" ratings from the state of Ohio. Academics, performing arts and sports have never been stronger than right now. Additionally, Berlin-Milan spends less per student than the state average, and less than any other school district in Erie County. In my book that's an outstanding performance. Voting "yes" on both levies allows for the tradition of excellence to carry forward without disruption, while still keeping the tax burden on district residents among the lowest in our area. In discussion with people about the levy, I have heard concerns about teachers not taking big enough pay/benefit cuts, that more could be done concerning this specific expense or that expense, or that someone doesn't care for being "threatened" with cuts by the board of education. I have heard that other districts have survived financial crises and emerged as strong districts. To me, the board of education is delivering excellent value for the residents. At this time I feel it is critical the community continue to provide the resources necessary to maintain excellence within the schools without the interruption that further cuts or outside control of our schools would create. Any specific issues can and should be addressed with the board of education as ongoing business. Finally, for the record, my son attends Berlin-Milan schools through open enrollment. I am glad to pay the higher tax rate in my community, and have both the local and state components of my school tax flow through to help support the Berlin-Milan Local Schools.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE Since Sandy Lonz, of Monroeville, has suffered four deaths in her family in less than three years, the Norwalk Kiwanis Club is holding a benefit to aid the family from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eagles hall, 151 Cline St., Norwalk. The latest tragedy to slam Lonz was the unexpected death of her son Elliot Lonz, who was injured in an accident and then died April 10 in Florida. Lonz's husband, Duane, lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in October of 2006 and then her mother, Helen Young, died in November of 2006. Just 10 days later her husband died.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Attorney General Holder needs to vacate this politically motivated conviction and hold those members of the DOJ and the White House accountable for corrupting the justice system. The Cheney-Bush era of trying to re-establish a monarchy through their unitary president was a complete failure and should be exposed and discredited. Michael Holubar Wakeman
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE Sandy Lonz has been through more tragedy than most in the last three years, but is amazed at the support she's seen from her neighbors in Monroeville and other area residents. "I couldn't be more proud to live where I live and have the friends and the community here," Lonz said of plans for a family benefit sponsored by Norwalk Kiwanis. After losing her mother, husband and brother since November of 2006, Lonz's son Elliot Lonz died this month after an accident. He had spent four years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and as a reservist spent two tours in Iraq in recent years. The commander of the base near his Florida home called and assigned a staffer to help the family coordinate plans between Monroeville and Florida.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON Local businessman Steve Von Behren was honored at Monday's council meeting for his service to the community. Vice president of the Community Improvement Corporation, Von Behren planned and organized the recent Home and Garden Show and is active in other community activities. He received a certificate of appreciation for his "dedication to the New London community" signed by Mayor Dar Anderson and Administrator Shawn Tappel. Anderson read a proclamation making 2009 "Golden Agers Year" in honor of the local organization's 50th birthday. The group meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month at the American Legion Hall for lunch and a program.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Jason C. Dillman was offered and took a good paying job in Pennsylvania. He was laid off four or five months ago. The former Norwalk man said the job allowed him to pay for his son's tuition at St. Paul High School as well as the boy's insurance. Unfortunately, Dillman said he should have gotten permission from his probation officer before leaving the state. "I've been leading a straight life no drugs," he said during Monday's probation violation hearing.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
After years of dealing with complaints about the home of Bill Hood on Christie Avenue, the city has filed suit to have the house torn down unless Hood complies with city and county zoning requirements. "I've gone as far as I can go," said Linda Hebert, zoning inspector for Norwalk. "We did all the abatements trying to get the property cleaned up. He did not comply with the last abatement."
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Monday marks the beginning of Norwalk's sixth annual Business Appreciation Week, a week-long visitation program. With support from state and local government officials, the effort is being coordinated this year by new Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz.
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CASTALIA - A Willard man suffered serious injuries in a crash that occurred early Saturday morning in Margaretta Township. Jeremy D. Griggs, 33, of 223 Woodbine St., Willard, was driving a 1986 GMC 2500 pick-up truck northbound on Crystal Rock Road at 3:50 a.m. when he drove off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected back onto the roadway, lost control and slid off the left side of the roadway, striking a large tree, said troopers with the Sandusky Post of the state Highway Patrol.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ever had a play date with nature? That was the goal of the Norwalk Parks & Recreation Department's Earth Day Scavenger Hunt on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Lake Park. In addition to the hunt, where one matched rocks and leaves on a display board with what was nearby, families also did some fishing, went on an educational hike and built a fire during the free event.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Collins husband and wife face multiple charges in connection with a suspected gambling operation at their business, Tom & Lisa's Gulf Inn. Both Tom S. Buckingham Jr., 60, and Alisa A. Williams, 49, of 2858 E. U.S. 20, are scheduled to be arraigned May 4 in Huron County Common Pleas Court on four fifth-degree felony counts each of conducting an illegal bingo game. Each defendant also was charged with four first-degree misdemeanor charges of operating a gambling house.
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COLLINS - A Western Reserve High School student punched a sheriff's deputy in the face Friday while throwing a fit over not being allowed to participate in a physical education class. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund responded to the school just before noon for the report of a disturbance. Capt. Ted Patrick and Capt. Bob McLaughlin arrived later, as did Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker, after the rural Norwalk boy, 16, reportedly hit Englund.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Don't panic. Take normal precautions. Two medications can help. Those are the messages from Huron County health officials about the swine flu that's spread from Mexico to Elyria and across the globe.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville man who fled an unsubstantiated shooting Friday morning at Midtown Manor was arrested near his home where police recovered a loaded weapon. Alan A. Osborn, 21, of 22 Manchester St., currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail on a charge of aggravated burglary. Norwalk Police Sgt. David Smith said the third-degree felony is in connection with a Milan Avenue incident reported at 10:58 a.m.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A man pleaded guilty to attempted gross sexual imposition Monday for a Nov. 12 bathing incident involving a 7-year-old girl in Huron County. As part of the plea deal, Brandon W. Lewis, 26, of Sandusky, agreed to pay $750 for a diagnosis at the District 5 Forensic Center. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the defendant, when he is sentenced June 10, should expect to be classified as a Tier I sex offender, meaning he will have to register his address with the sheriff's office for the next 15 years.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two swine flu samples taken from suspected victims in Huron County have come back negative, Huron County General Health District Commissioner Tim Hollinger said. The samples had been sent to a laboratory Monday.