2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Motorists leaving their vehicles in uptown parking spaces for long periods of time is bothering business owner Dwight Tkach. "At 4:30 (p.m. each day), they'll all be gone. That tells me it's county employees," Tkach said about the situation near Seminary Street. "It's not fair to me or any other businesses."
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Willard Flashes used a strong fourth-quarter to run past the Norwalk Truckers 45-39 in Northern Ohio League action Friday night at NHS. The win was Willard's first of the season in the NOL, improving its mark to 1-6 and 2-7 overall.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Recently I was reminded of one of the many ventures through the years of drilling for gas and oil in Huron County. These projects have been tried several times since the Civil War, and in some cases the landowner was lucky enough to retain a producing well. Most of the ventures I'm thinking of were wells drilled for commercial use. Late in the year of 1936 representatives of the Atlantic Oil Company leased a large amount of land south and east of Norwalk in the townships of Norwalk, Townsend and Hartland. They drilled at least 15 wells, based on their scientific instruments rather than being based on dowsing with a peach branch. Their 15th well was on land owned by E. H. Toby on Zenobia Road east of Jericho Road. For many years ruins of the well could be seen. A real gusher in that neighborhood was on the farm of E. C. Wolfe. That well was a genuine gusher according to the newspaper accounts. It was estimated that it could deliver 10 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Perhaps it did so for a time, but we don't hear of any such gusher these days in Hartland. About a week after this well "came in" a group of newsreel photographers came to Hartland to film these wonderful wells. The Atlantic Oil Company also leased farms for right of way along Ohio 601, and laid pipes down to the pipeline which crosses Ohio 601 about a mile north of U.S. 20. A booster pump was installed about halfway between Ohio 18 and U.S. 20 on Ohio 601. It was a great setup, but eventually it all came to an end. The pipes were taken up and the Atlantic Oil Company disappeared. The term of their lease gave 1/8 value to the land owner of any gas or oil produced on their property. My grandparents leased their farm where I live now, but I never heard that they showed a profit by it. I believe the main reason for the lease was to run the pipeline down Ohio 601.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Wayne Babcanec and Michael Gordon, Norwalk City Schools Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, respectively, will retire from the district after this school year. Their last day is July 31.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
There it was, sitting in my mailbox, with the return address: "Huron County Sheriff's Office." My first reaction was to wonder what I'd done wrong. Upon opening the envelope, I found it was a letter that started out "Dear Citizen." It informed me that I was scheduled for jury duty.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Norwalk defeated St. Paul 48-30 Wednesday in a wrestling quad-meet at Edison High School. In other action, Edison topped Western Reserve 73-6 and Edison defeated St. Paul 51-24.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVON LAKE - PolyOne Corp., the Avon Lake polymer compounding company, is cutting 370 jobs and slashing other costs to address what it calls an "unprecedented decline in demand" for its products and services, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Thursday. The company started telling employees Thursday it was eliminating about 30 people at its Avon Lake headquarters and another 30 at its facilities in Massillon, Norwalk and North Baltimore. Their jobs will be eliminated over the next several weeks. All 370 job cuts representing 8 percent of the work force are considered permanent.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
The man accused of hitting and killing a Norwalk bicyclist on Route 20 in West Virginia in September was indicted by an Upshur County, West Virginia, grand jury Monday. Roger L. Harrison Jr., 23, of French Creek, W.Va., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol contributing to the cause of death and leaving the scene of an accident with a death.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The huge crowd stood almost shoulder to shoulder. Ten-year-old Steve Rench sat on the shoulders of his father, Richard, while taking in the sights: Upbeat, patriotic and cordial people standing near the U.S. Capitol, waving pennants and American flags and waiting for the soon-to-be president take his oath of office. The year was 1981 and the president-to-be was Ronald Reagan.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
They made science fun and easy. Without a projector everyone might be snoring.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dave Dunham made a toy box for the first birthday of his step-grandson, Gavin. Gavin, now 2, will never see it again. The box, filled with two Christmases worth of toys, was destroyed Monday in a fire that ravaged the Anna Drive apartment in which he and his mother, Kristi Thurston, lived.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
There appears to be no end to the arsenal of weapons Mother Nature possesses. Just a couple days after she buried the Firelands area with more than 8 inches of snow, she's now unleashed the deep freeze.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The Norwalk Board of Education Thursday recognized schools within the district that have obtained an "excellent" rating from the state last year. The schools are: Norwalk Middle School, League Elementary, Maplehurst Elementary and Pleasant Elementary. Superintendent Wayne Babcanec also recognized board of education members, in honor of January being School Board Recognition Month. Babcanec said there are 723 school boards in Ohio, with more than 3,415 people serving on them. Current Norwalk Board of Education members have served a combined 38 1/2 years.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
LORAIN An increase in Lorain's water and sewer rates is on hold for now. City officials have proposed increasing the city's water rates by 15 percent this year and the sewer rates by 15 percent this year and 10 percent in 2010. This year's sewer rate increase could only be 10 percent, however, if council decides to eliminate the summer sewer discount. That could be a possibility because council members asked for legislation to eliminate the discount that costs the city between about $300,000 and $400,000 each year, city officials said. City Council members debated the rate increases but eventually decided to hold the matter in abeyance.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
What are your New Year's Resolutions? Get Fit? Lose Weight? Volunteer? Start 2009 off on the right foot by heading to Sandusky Mall, Jan. 17 for the Health, Fitness, and Volunteer Expo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Center Court! This is a free event and is in partnership with Firelands Regional Medical Center, The Volunteer Center and K96 Radio.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's been a busy fall and early winter so far. Deer hunting has been the major occupation with one season following another, archery, gun, muzzleloader and back to archery. Some hunters managed to sandwich in some squirrel or rabbit hunting, but both have been tough this year with too many days of really rotten weather, not good for hunters and small game alike. Rabbit season started warm, and that made excellent action for gunners who found them out in grass fields, in light cover, in little fencerows, and other easy to hunt places. Then when the days went frigid, most were down woodchuck holes, under really dense brushpiles, or in very heavy cover where they could stay warm. Hard to bag any under such circumstances. But cottontails don't like chuck holes and other places much, though they'll stack up in them to the tune of multiple animals when necessary. So, when the days turn warmer, many are out and about again. They're night travelers and feeders, and when the nights are in the high 20s or low 30s, even warmer they burrow in for the day wherever it's convenient. And that means (once again) light cover, rolled over grass, and other places where they can breathe easy and still see predators coming. The rabbit seasons runs until Feb. 28, and that means any night of moderate weather should see you out hunting the next morning. Many will be waiting. There's another worthwhile tactic for this late season, or any season, hunting, and that's to go slow. When I was a kid, I was so impatient and in such a hurry to find game that I did my hunting sometimes in a near trot. And walked over far more than I ever jumped. Late season rabbits are cold and stiff, particularly in the morning, and if you hurry past, they'll let you. Walk slowly, stop here and there, nudge a toe under old tires and farm machinery, and you'll break their nerve. Out they go. Another tactic that really pays off now is to hunt with a friend or even two. Hunting with partners will increase your bag by a factor of four sometimes, and it's worth the effort, even if you have to wait while they pull on boots and find shells. Pick one of those spots, a little swale with farm machinery again, and stop a minute.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
w/info box The 66th annual Fifth Third Bank Home & Garden Show takes place Feb. 7 to 15 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The show that gives you more project ideas for your home and garden is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors during its nine-day run. $10 advance tickets are available at The Home Depot and AAA (www.ectravelstore.com/tickets). You don't need be a member of AAA.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
In an effort to save money, Norwalk City Council looked west to learn more about the design/build method for construction projects. Council brought in Clyde City Manager Dan Weaver to answer questions about the process, under which a single contractor coordinates the entire project. The contractor is responsible for hiring his own architects, as opposed to the city going out for bids and then hiring an architect.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD The Willard Community Diversity Council is again having the entire community to join in celebrating the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the value of cultural diversity. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. King was the most visible leader of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He believed in a brotherhood of mankind, and he fought to break down barriers between races. His non-violent activities to help bring about cultural acceptance and improvements for the poor led to him becoming the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Each year the council recognizes the achievements and goals of diversity acceptance and awareness by celebrating the birthday of King. The Willard Community Diversity Council continues the tradition of having an event whereby the whole community can join in this celebration.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Social Security has a new online retirement application and a new celebrity spokesperson to help spread the word. You can apply for retirement benefits from the comfort of your home or office atwww.socialsecurity.gov. There's no need to drive to your local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. You can complete the new online retirement application in as little as 15 minutes. It's so easy!
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
My friend and colleague in column writing Jim Busek penned a nice piece Monday about a fascinating encounter with Johnny Cash he had at the Memphis airport several years ago. As a big Cash fan, I was jealous while reading it, but then it hit me that I had a Johnny Cash story of my own. And with Busek's column and the show this week at the Theatre, I figured I'd relate my tale, too.