3:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
PERKINS TOWNSHIP - Roeder Harley-Davidson was hit with more trouble Wednesday as Harley-Davidson Credit Corp. filed a lawsuit claiming $2 million in unpaid loans and late fees. Despite that suit and another filed against the Roeders' businesses Tuesday by National City Bank, Ohio Bike Week is ready to go ahead with the lead act Candlebox set to perform on Saturday, June 6.
3:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 37-year-old Norwalk man was stabbed during a fight early Sunday morning in the parking lot of Charlie's Bar, 54 Benedict Ave. Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp referred to the Hester Street victim's three stab wounds as non life-threatening, with two of them being superficial lacerations. Multiple officers were dispatched at 2:27 a.m.
3:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Monroeville Treasurer Elise Gray said the roundtable committee set up to get community involvement in the schools is open to everyone, even if they don't support the levy on Tuesday's ballot. "We invited all citizens to join in," Gray said. "We've discussed their opinion on the levy and what direction they want the schools to go." She said Superintendent David Stubblebine wanted to continue the meetings on a quarterly basis to give people the chance to voice their opinion directly to school officials.
3:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Some gardeners are carrying around little pink cards to leave at nurseries that are still selling plants deemed to be invasive in Ohio. The card is printed with an urgent message about the need to take certain plants out of commerce. For instance, Euonymus alatus, the popular burning bush which is brilliant red in the fall, is now considered an invasive plant as it self-sows to spread far from the original plant. Another surprise is Vinca minor, a trailing groundcover plant with glossy leaves and bright blue flowers. Some popular grasses are also on that list. Nearly everyone has heard the warnings about kudzo and purple loosestrife. Another well-know baddie is garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), a plant with toothed heart-shaped leaves and little white flowers which spreads by seed. It is so prolific it can crowd out native species. And like most non-natives, no animals or bugs eat it and no fungus attacks it. Multiflora rose was planted years back as food for wildlife and for fencerows to control animals. It is a good food for the birds as an individual plant can produce up to 500,000 seeds per year. However, that is what makes it so dangerous to wild flowers and grasses; the bright little red hips are eaten by birds and spread widely with their droppings. A wetland invader is Common Reed, or Phragmites australis, a grass that reaches up to 15 feet. The big plume-like flower heads are grayish purple when in fruit. It forms large patches in ditches and along streams. To make things worse, there is a desirable native grass that looks just like it to the average gardener.
3:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN The Milan Lions Club honors Berlin-Milan Middle School (BMMS) students every month. The students are nominated by their teachers, who consider the students; academics and extra-curricular activities. The following students were recently honored: Jordan VanDootingh, daughter of Mary Bruno and Brian VanDootingh Jordan's scholastic achievements include honor roll and merit roll each quarter. She is a Power of the Pen regional qualifier and a Land Use Debate participator. Jordan is a member of Math Club, Student Council and is on the yearbook committee.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
While many businesses are scrambling to come up with innovations to compete in the struggling economy, car dealerships have been doing it for years. Bryan Kasper, of Kasper Auto Group with one location in Norwalk and three in Sandusky, said he's worked with his father, Gerald, to change with the industry over the decades.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The Mudbrook Road man knew something was fishy when the supposed utility worker referred to the telephone wires as the wrong thing. "He told me he was with the electric company," the resident said, but the "worker" was actually talking about telephone wires. "He didn't seem to have any understanding about electricity or telephones, either."
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Brian Schell grunted in frustration as his 4-year-old daughter, Brianna, pulled in her fishing line too soon. The same Monroeville man, moments earlier, said patience is the key to great fishing. He admitted later that's harder to do when children are involved.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The Character At Work program, created three years ago by a group of Norwalk women, will be cut from area schools unless new funding of $50,000 a year can be found. "We've been eliminated," said Lisa Hull, one of the program's creators, even though they were working on plans to expand into Western Reserve and New London schools. Hull worked with Lisa Fritz, Stacey Marcum and Tina Ruffing to develop the character education program they have adapted for use from first to sixth grades. The women are all part-time employees of Huron County Job & Family services and work under the guidance of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE If it wasn't for a small boy flattened by a bulletin board, St. Joseph School second-grader Zoltan Takacs might never have known about a family friend's bakery in Germany. Flat Stanley is real at least in the imagination of author Jeff Brown and his many readers. The spirit of Flat Stanley is alive at St. Joseph you can see tons of pictures of his travels inside and outside Geralyn Smith's second-grade classroom.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
March was better than February for local and state housing sales, but the industry is still behind figures from a year ago and it is a buyer's market. In Norwalk, the average selling price for homes dropped from almost $142,000 in February/March of 2008 to less than $62,000 for the same period in 2009.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
"The sky is not falling, contrary to this week's press coverage," said Tim Hollinger, Huron County health commissioner, regarding the flu virus now termed H1N1. Hollinger has stressed all week that panic is not warranted as only one case of the formerly-called swine flu has been confirmed in Ohio and the Lorain County boy who had the illness is recovering successfully.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Memo to: Pulitzer Prize Board From: Jim Busek Subject: Thanks for nothing Well, it has happened again. You awarded your little prizes a couple of weeks ago and ahem seem to have once again overlooked someone.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
PERKINS TOWNSHIP - National City Bank filed suit Tuesday in Erie County Common Pleas Court against Roeder Harley-Davidson, Inc. for more than $2.5 million in unpaid loans. The suit alleges Will and Julie Roeder, doing business under the company name and also under WJR Rentals, Ltd., signed a promissory note in 2002.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A North Olmsted man accused of breaking into two U.S. 20 businesses Sunday was released Tuesday from the Huron County Jail after posting bond. Daniel J. Campbell, 19, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering on allegations he broke into C Stop Inc. and Pine House Pizza. The C Stop incident was reported as an "active alarm" activation at 5:31 a.m. Sunday and the Pine House break-in was called in at 9:41.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - A rural Collins woman didn't allow Erie County sheriff's deputies to enter her house Sunday when they responded to a loud music complaint that resulted in underage consumption charges. Deputies Trevor Harlow and Greg Hall responded to the 13012 Ohio 61 home of Dora J. Chaffee for a loud music complaint at 2:34 a.m. One deputy saw empty beer cans on an outside table, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said, and suspected there were 20 people inside.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Specialists with OSU Extension's agricultural safety and health program have compiled information on swine influenza from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health and the National Pork Board. The following tips are good health habits that will help prevent the spread of germs and help everyone stay healthy: * Avoid close contact with people who are sick to protect yourself. * Stay home when ill. Stay home from regular activities such as work, school and running errands.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com HIGH POINT, N.C. Excitement and optimism were the watchwords as Norwalk Furniture opened its new showroom at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., last week. More than 200 shopping groups of retail home furnishings store owners and buyers visited the sparkling new 7,800-square-foot showroom on the 10th floor of the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC). As expected, due to economic conditions, the overall traffic at the worldwide furniture convention was significantly lower than usual and local media headlines lamented the fact. But the Norwalk Furniture showroom was booming.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Even though the last Pontiac will roll off the assembly line in 2010, a local dealer doesn't think he will have trouble selling the brand famous for muscle cars until then. General Motors has announced the brand will retire at the end of 2010. Pontiac became known for sporty cars in the 1960s. "We're going to sell a lot of Pontiacs," predicted Bryan Kasper, of Kasper Auto Group, with one Norwalk location and three in Sandusky. "They're great cars. They were always known as the sporty-type muscle cars."
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
While the Swine Flu is causing worldwide concern, local veterinarians are aware of an increase in area cases of an ailment affecting dogs. Dr. Wendy Stewart, of Mapleview Animal Hospital, said incidents of canine parvovirus are normally more plentiful during the warmer months. But the extent of this year's onslaught exceeds what is normal even for spring, Stewart said.