5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's time for everyone to sit back and relax. That's the message Norwalk's planning and zoning commission sent Wednesday evening as it tabled an ordinance involving the purchase of property on the city's north side that would eventually be used for soccer fields. The commission members stated they would revisit the topic at a Sept. 30 meeting after the city administration thoroughly researches citizens' concerns.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dale Sheppard will retire effective Dec. 31. Mayor Sue Lesch made the announcement this morning. Sheppard has been safety-service director since January 2004, when Lesch first took office.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON - Billed as the Midwest's only drive-through wildlife safari, African Safari Wildlife Park boasts more than 50 animal species, ranging from giraffe and zebras to alpacas and camels. Visitors can drive through more than 100 acres and enjoy beautiful scenery and up-close encounters with animals native to the African Savannah. Thanks to the "Lion King" movies, warthogs are a major attraction here.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Reflector photographers Lou Reda and Richard Russell share their pictures from the Labor Day weekend show. Hundreds appear in a pair of ReflectorCam 2.0 galleries on this Web site. You can view Reda's gallery by clicking here, and Russell's gallery by clicking here.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Main Street Norwalk's newest event, the Autumn Leaves Festival, will take place on Sept. 19 and will offer activities for all ages and interests. The event will be located on East Main Street and will open at 11 a.m. with the annual Pet N Pup Parade. "We want an event that has something for everyone," said Kristie Wert, Main Street Norwalk program manager. "From our food vendors to our entertainment, we had that thought in mind as we were planning the day."
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Fisher-Titus Medical Center President Pat Martin admits that cutting salaries might be one approach to handling a budget shortfall of $280,000. However, the hospital has started programs to bring in new revenue and is seeking feedback from department managers and employees to identify cost-saving opportunities such as supply purchases and efficiency. Martin said Fisher-Titus also will have to take a hard look at the money used to support school grants and contributions to organizations such as the Huron County General Health District, Boy Scouts and Senior Enrichment Services. Deb Reed, the director of marketing and public relations, addressed what the hospital's goals are in this financially tough time.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
I read with interest the Visiting Viewpoint of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. I assume it reached you via PR Newswire or the Business Wire. It described a lot of things that Ms. Solis' department is doing, very few of which are likely to improve the employment situation in this country. Almost 15 million Americans are out of work due to NAFTA and Most Favored Nation status that Congress granted to China. What we need to do is reverse the damage caused by these policies and return to a healthy domestic economy. The so-called green jobs will not do it because there are not enough to go around and most of the people out of work do not have the qualifications. Retraining will not do it either, because what do you re-train for if there are no jobs? The platitudes of a secretary who sends out a press release once in awhile are not enough to create employment, especially when jobs are actually being lost to the 125,000 immigrants who arrive here every month to take the jobs of Americans. More jobs are lost to new government regulations as well.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Erie County Health Department, through a prevention grant from the Ohio Department of Health, is able to provide free HIV testing to the residents of Huron County. The HIV testing sites are located at the Huron County Health Department, 180 Milan Ave., Norwalk or the Willard Office, 221 Walton St., Willard. The testing can be done by: Blood draw, mouth swab, finger stick. The Ora-Quick Advanced (20 minute) tests have become a popular option for many. A finger stick is required. No longer does a person need to wait a week or longer for results. The 20 minute testing currently is free. Hepatitis C testing is also provided through the HIV test site for those persons who have a risk for the disease of Hepatitis C. Those risks are explained when a person is tested for HIV.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Editor's note: The 2010 Fundraising Campaign for the Monroeville-Norwalk-Wakeman United Fund begins this week. The group has provided stories to promote its efforts: United Fund has a long and rich history in our community. For more than 130 years, the local non-profit has been uniting people and resources to improve lives and achieve results in the areas our community has said matter most. Times may have changed since 1877 when the agency was founded as the Ladies Union Aid Society, but United Fund is still based on reaching out to those in need. It's all about local philanthropy and neighbors helping neighbors," United Fund Executive Director Linda Bersche said. "We need the grassroots efforts and strong volunteer-driven organizations, like United Fund. It takes all of us working together to have a community worth living in." Although often best known for its annual fundraising campaign, United Fund stays hard at work year-round to support the needs of the community and its families. "We're about so much more than just a form you fill out at work once a year," Bersche said. "First of all, we're a community funder. We don't provide financial assistance directly to individuals, we support specific programs run by local non-profit agencies. We're helping thousands of people every year through these funded programs and our own United Fund projects. We also take a proactive leadership role as a community partner, community resource and community educator."
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Reunion No. 5 at the NASA-Plum Brook Station in Sandusky is scheduled for Sept. 26. All former and present associates, including spouses and significant others, are invited to attend and renew all friendships. Registration starts at noon. Cost is $15 per person and advanced notice with payment is requested to allow admittance to the NASA front gate. For more information, call Jack Crooks at (419) 433-0340. You also can send a check to Jack Crooks, PBS reunion, 3913 Jane Ave., Huron, Ohio 44839.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEPT. 14, 1914 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 95 years ago: John Gardiner, good citizen, to turn 98 Tuesday, Sept. 16, John Gardiner, Norwalk's veteran banker, will celebrate his 98th birthday. He is hale and hearty in spite of his severe illness of the past winter and is looking and feeling better than he has for many years.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A New Mexico man who threw a bag containing about 20 pounds of marijuana from a plane was convicted Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Greg J. Baca 47, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence. He faces one to five years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 20. "He wasn't the co-pilot. He was a passenger," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Local outdoor folk know well what roams in the Ohio countryside. But did you ever wonder what life was like in the 1700s and early 1800s and what wild creatures were roaming Ohio in those Good Old Days? The answers might surprise you. Readers may think that our area was once an unending expanse of huge forest trees, and that was true for the most part. But there were also large areas of swamps and prairies, kept that way by frequent fires set by the Indians. Those fires brought new grass and herbs, and made good forage for many animals from deer to buffalo. When Ohio became a state in 1803, there were plenty of black bear, wolves, deer, and wild turkey. But the bears were hunted hard for their meat (bear bacon), skins, and most particularly fat, which was used for everything from cooking to smearing on face and hands as a mosquito repellent. They didn't last long after 1820 or so.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
There's one thing for sure in a struggling economy. Those who already have it tough find the road ahead even tougher. That's why the work of organizations like the United Fund is so important. This band of volunteers raises much needed funds to ensure that groups like Red Cross, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and others can be there to help. According to President Ken Russ, United Fund garnered 92 percent of its $330,000 goal this year to extend a much needed helping hand to 20 such organizations in the area. The 2010 Fundraising Campaign kicks off this week. Organizers hope that the sluggish economy doesn't hinder their efforts to keep funds flowing to the groups that need it most. And we hope not either. The work they do is vital to the needs of our community. And we urge support for their efforts through donations and payroll deductions. Without United Fund support, far too many services critical to the everyday lives of our local citizens would go lacking. That's a loss our community should not be able to tolerate or accept.
5:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON BGSU Firelands reached a new milestone with a fall 2009 headcount enrollment of 2,416 the largest headcount in the college's history. BGSU Firelands had increases in all undergraduate categories. The college experienced double-digit growth in freshmen and sophomores, 14.4 and 11.3 percent, respectively. Juniors increased 0.4 percent and seniors by 8.5 percent. The fall 2009 numbers no longer include master's students since they are now counted in their college of study at BGSU. "We are delighted with our growth, particularly in the numbers of undergraduate students who have chosen BGSU Firelands as their college. Our growth is particularly satisfying since we have lost approximately 113 undergraduate non-degree students due to the discontinuation of the statewide dual enrollment program. We are also exceptionally proud of our work with developmental students and our lowest tuition among Ohio's regional campuses. They speak directly to the issues of access and affordability that are hallmarks of the Chancellor's plan for higher education across the state," said Dean Balzer.
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Breakfast in Monroeville MONROEVILLE The Monroeville Knights of Columbus will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at 131 S. Main St., Monroeville. The cost for adults is $6, children $2 and the event is free for children younger than 6. The public is welcome. Club meeting
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
By MISTI CRANE The Columbus Dispatch (MCT) With all eyes on swine flu, health experts hope they can steer attention to a known killer for which they have an already-available defense: seasonal flu.
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ohio Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to "slow for the cone zone," the name of its latest safety campaign. "There are a lot of variables in work zones: The cones, signs, equipment and workers. With reduced speed limits and traffic lane shifts, it's important to drive responsibly and be aware of your surroundings in a work zone at all times of the day for everyone's safety," spokesman Brian Stacy said in a prepared statement. Motorists should keep all that in mind when driving near these Huron County construction sites: Ohio 60, from the northern corporation limit of the village of New London to U.S. 20, is restricted to one lane of two-way traffic for finalization work as part of a paving project.
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The village is in the process of collecting surveys from residents to determine Monroeville's median household income. Village officials need that information in order to receive financial assistance for its wastewater treatment plant project.
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Some Norwalk city council members were startled after public works director Josh Snyder updated them on the condition of the Linwood bridge. Snyder told council at Tuesday's work session the bridge will need repairs because the city's new inspectors discovered an area near the expansion joints where a cap was missing and water had seeped in. Snyder added to his remarks at city hall Wednesday.
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Juvenile Court officials are preparing to file a probation violation against Calvin Riley as well as a warrant for his arrest. Court administrator Chris Mushett said the process started soon after the court received reports from the Huron County Sheriff's Office this morning.