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Christmas means more to Jonathan Goebel today because of his newborn son. Joseph Patrick Alexander Goebel was born at 10:34 a.m. Christmas Day at Fisher-Titus Medical Center - the second generation of his family to be born on Christmas Day, after his great-grandfather, Calvin Loudy.
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Editor's note: This is the eighth in a series of stories counting down the top 10 local stories for 2009. The series will conclude Saturday with the top story of the year. Six gun shot wounds to the chest, upper arm, hands and head took the life of 51-year-old Keith R. Rodvold on Sept. 17.
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For the sixth straight year, the Norwalk Park and Recreation Department will offer area residents the chance to count down to the new year in an alcohol-free, drug-free, tobacco-free but not fun-free environment. The event, called Family First Night, will feature bounce houses, swimming, door prizes, basketball, bingo, poker, a big-screen television showing the ball dropping live at Times Square and snacks. Everybody will be given party favors to use when the ball drops at Times Square, shown via projector and live screen. Admission to the event this year is $2 per person. Doors will open at 8 p.m. at the Ersthausen Community Center.
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A structure fire destroyed a rural Norwalk mobile home Monday night. "Seventy percent of the structure was fully involved upon arrival. No occupants were inside at the onset of the fire,' Norwalk Fire Lt. Rick Perry said in his report.
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Erie County wanted trash. You've got it, Huron County officials said Monday.
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COLLINS - Rodge Wilson was hired Monday night as the new superintendent of the Western Reserve Local Schools district. Wilson has been the interim superintendent, taking over for Doug Solet, who was terminated in October.
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Editor's note: This is the seventh in a series of stories counting down the top 10 local stories for 2009. The series will conclude Saturday with the top story of the year. The economic downturn put the clamps on city and county government in 2009.
7:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
"The accepted estimate for the cost of a bad hire is 1.5 to 3.5 times the salary of the job in question, after all costs are factored in." Minesh Baxi, "Cost Of A Bad Hire" Let's imagine that you're a middle manager at Acme Inc. The company has been very successful for 233 years, survived internal struggles and even helped other companies when they had problems. Two of your employees, Nancy and Harry, have been in your department for several years. They are not model workers but survived their performance reviews during that time. One of their more recent foolish plans was to provide 14 percent of Acme's annual sales as "relief" to cover-up bad decisions in your financial department. A new employee, Barry, started work in your department earlier this year. You wondered why anyone would hire this guy, because his resume listed no practical experience for the position and 8 percent of your company is on lay off. When you first meet Barry, all he can talk about is "cleaning up the mess" left by his predecessor, a lament you will hear over and over.
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news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Council quickly navigated through Monday night's agenda in a brief meeting. Council approved the transfer of $60,000 from the Revolving Loan Fund to the New London Community Improvement Corporation for the installation of a new traffic light downtown. In turn, the CIC will act on behalf of the village for the installation of the new lights. Administrator Shawn Tappel said the two-week installation will take place in March 2010. Council heard from residents Dane Howard and Barry Overy, both of whom encouraged council to think and act with level heads and in the best interests of the village. Howard also said that those councils that have come before the present one have made some good decisions and that folks don't always realize "how good we have it here, compared to our surrounding area." He added that council's decisions are not arbitrary and there are ramifications for those decisions.
7:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com When Norwalk City Schools educator Sue Goodsite traveled to China recently, she brought letters from Pleasant Elementary third-grade students and teachers. It was one step Goodsite took to help foster communication between Chinese and American students and educators. Goodsite, Norwalk City Schools' director of instruction, was among 400 U.S. school district leaders who participated in an eight-day educational exchange with The Chinese Bridge Delegation: Taking the Next Step 2009. The program's purpose is to expand and strengthen the knowledge of Chinese language programs in U.S. schools. The trip, including sightseeing, meals and lodging, was sponsored by the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in partnership with the nonprofit College Board. Goodsite said she personally paid for her round-trip airfare from Detroit to JFK. The flight to and from China and flights within the country were sponsored by Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International: a non-governmental and non-profit public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.
7:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
By JENNIFER FEEHAN The Blade, Toledo (MCT) TOLEDO If you're thinking of venturing out on frozen water this winter, keep in mind this simple bit of wisdom from the U.S. Coast Guard: No ice is safe ice.
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jcenters@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS Rodge Wilson was hired Monday night as the new superintendent of the Western Reserve Local Schools district. Wilson has been the interim superintendent, taking over for Doug Solet, who was terminated in October. "Rodge Wilson is the official superintendent," board member and spokesman Cheryl Fannin said this morning.
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Forty years ago on July 4, 1969, six weeks after my husband and I were married, we lost everything in a flood and fire. Since the family survived, we figured we could survive anything. That was the worst thing we thought ever would happen to us, until now. We moved to Wakeman on April 1, 1991. The last three years have been a living hell. We have been harassed, antagonized and have had quite a bit of pain, suffering and worry. Our animals have been poisoned, not just once, but twice since November of 2007. One of our dogs that was poisoned in January 2009 has to have a shot for the rest of his life, every month, to keep him going from what happened to him. He was just 17 months old when he was poisoned. The law did nothing to find out who did this. They did not even publicize anything in the paper to warn people around here. We had at least 10 feet of property down one whole side of us taken away because no one is living that lived in our house to say how the property was divided at least 90 years ago.
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Our hats are off to Jill James and her Curtain Call Production of Snowed In, a children's Christmas musical about being snowed in on the last day of school before winter break. Working with over 170 area children, Jill showcased their talents during 11 shows performed at the Norwalk Theatre. Laugh out loud comedy combined with sentimental Christmas songs filled our hearts with the holiday spirit. If you missed this production, don't worry, you will have an opportunity in May to experience Dig It!, a musical about young archaeologists traveling back in time to ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. We are hopeful that the Norwalk Reflector, as well as other area newspapers, will support this upcoming production with front page publicity, and we hope to see you this spring at Dig It! You won't want to miss it! Bob and Cynthia Morton Milan
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With only one week left in 2009, you can be pessimistic and look back on all the unfulfilled resolutions you had such high hopes for or you can look forward to all the great things coming out in 2010. Sure it's sad to see another year go, but we've compiled a list of some of the outstanding movies and games to get excited about next year. Read more at Funcoast.com.
7:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Just a few thoughts as we close out our first decade of 2000 and head into 2010. First of all, do you remember how big of a deal we made about Y2K? People worried about everything from computers shutting down to havoc taking over the world. I remember they had stop signs ready to roll in at the major intersections just in case the street lights went crazy. City and county officials gathered Dec. 31, 1999 in case something drastic happened at midnight. So much for that story.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com Jeanette Moulton is grateful her daughter and family are OK after a fire gutted their rural Norwalk mobile home Monday night. "They've only been there a month. ... My daughter was so happy to get this place," she said. "It's just devastating." Susan and Ed Sokolowski and their three children, 1, 3 and 4, were at Moulton's home during the blaze. The Norwalk Fire Department used about 3,000 gallons of water to fight the blaze, reported by the Sokolowskis at 7:36 p.m.
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BELLEVUE The Zoning Commission of Sherman Township will hold a regular quarterly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Sherman Township Hall, 1345 Section Line Road, Bellevue. Contact Nick Miller, zoning commission chairman, at (419) 483-7492 or Valerie Bumb, secretary at (419) 935-2034 for questions or concerns. BELLEVUE The Sherman Township Trustees will reorganize at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 4 and they will also hold a regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Both meetings will be held in the Sherman Township Hall, 1345 Section Line Road 30, Bellevue.
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COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and Ohio Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the state Highway Patrol, are urging motorists to make safety their first priority while driving in inclement weather. ODPS and the patrol are offering the following tips to assist motorists with winter driving: Allow extra time to get to your destination. Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic ahead.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com A structure fire destroyed a rural Norwalk mobile home Monday night. "Seventy percent of the structure was fully involved up arrival. No occupants were inside at the onset of the fire," Norwalk Fire Lt. Rick Perry said in his report. The residents, a couple and a young child, reported the fire at 7:36 p.m. when they returned from a family function.
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Clarksfield United Methodist Church is having a Roast Pork Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The family style dinner will include homemade desserts, rolls and beverages. The cost for adults is $8 and children 10 and younger $3. Carryouts will be available. For more information, call (419) 929-8998 or (419) 929-0745.