9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Samuel Patterson likely wouldn't have recognized Berlin Fruit Box Company's baskets at least as they're made today. Patterson's great, great, great grandson, company president Matt Adelman, knows this much: The late founder would be amazed.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
FTMC Timeline 1911 Not-for-profit Norwalk City Hospital Association receives Articles of Incorporation from State of Ohio
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
A century ago, Norwalk started transition to manufacturing town History is always with us, but a walk through Norwalk's business and industrial sectors today bears little resemblance to the city of 100 years.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
The biggest change Sgt. Mary Mack has witnessed in the state Highway Patrol in 24 years has been technological advances. In the 1990s, each of the Norwalk post cruisers were equipped with video cameras, which record traffic stops.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
WAKEMAN - Members of the Wakeman business community and other community members are joining together to create an organization devoted to the betterment of the village. The Wakeman Area Business Association has a mission of promoting the village and attracting business and industry to the area.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
Although "Fisher-Titus" made its debut 50 years ago, the Medical Center's proud history dates back to 1916 when the 38-bed Norwalk Memorial Hospital opened its doors at 269 W. Main St. The first facility was constructed thanks to the vision and generosity of local citizens, businesses and organizations that purchased "subscriptions" totaling $27,000 to build a community hospital for Norwalk and Huron County. Fisher-Titus Medical Center's rich tradition of providing the community with high quality health care continued in 1957 when Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital opened at 272 Benedict Ave. in Norwalk.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
You might have blamed Dorothy Ruffer for the pain you've felt at the pump. But if the lifelong Norwalk resident has served as an outlet for your frustration with high gasoline prices, know this: She feels your pain.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
Truck drivers often call troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol "polar bears" because they wear wide-brimmed hats similar to Smokey the Bear's and drive white cruisers. Officers with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) were brandished with the nickname "strike busters" because they were called to settle labor disputes. Norwalk Post Commander Lt. Jim Bryan said after the PSP was formed in 1905, other states followed suit by implementing highway patrols.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk's history of business and industry can be divided into four distinct eras, according to Huron County historian Henry Timman. The first, Timman said, can be considered the pioneer days encompassing the town's early years until about 1825. During that first decade, Norwalk was becoming established as a village and its businesses were typical for that time, such as horseshoeing and limited general mercantile sales. Norwalk's second economic cycle lasted from about 1826 until 1855, Timman said, and is marked by the town's brief life as an educational center.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON - Beaches and bathing are two words you might associate with summer in this city off Lake Erie's shores and near Cedar Point. Boot Camp isn't likely to spring to mind that is, unless you happen to be a member of the Huron Playhouse company.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
For the past 100 years, local businesses have benefited from the Norwalk/Huron County Chamber of Commerce. Melissa James, Norwalk chamber director since 2001, said she is grateful for the 100 years of history and planning of the organization.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
Mayor Sue Lesch hoped to have a new public works director on the job by now, but three candidates have turned down the post. "I'm having trouble," Lesch said. "I had some stellar candidates, but now I'm re-thinking it and re-evaluating."
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
Lake Erie ice has put a crimp in Norwalk's salt supply and Huron County is low also. The city normally contracts for salt shipped in from Cleveland and stored in Sandusky, but the ships can't make the trip now because the lake is frozen. Dick Moore, superintendent of the street and sewer department, said the city supply is very low and they are conserving salt as much as possible.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com With the foreclosure filings rate in Huron County showing a dramatic rise of about 1,300 percent in the past 12 years, local government and community leaders met Wednesday to form the Huron County Save Our Homes Task Force. "There's help out there" might be the slogan for the group. Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer organized the meeting for government and agency officials, mortgage lenders and community leaders to meet with representatives from the state auditor's office to coordinate efforts to combat the extreme rise in home foreclosures. In Huron County, foreclosure filings have risen from 30 in 1995 to 423 in 2007 (see box).
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
By MARY LISA BOOSE Reflector Staff Writer mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Vandals tried to destroy a family's snowman overnight, but they can't take away the warm memories Larry and Lisa Ours created with their five children as they spent Tuesday afternoon playing together in the snow.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Karsten Firestone, 2, looks as big as an 8-year-old . Judy Brooker turns 15 today, but she's been married for 38 years to her husband, Jim. Impossible? Not for people born on Feb. 29. They are Leap Year babies and only see their true birth date on the calender every four years.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
CLEVELAND - Enter a playground of 1,000 new vehicles, concepts, tuners, classics and all new interactive ride and drive exhibits at the 2008 Cleveland Auto Show presented by AutoTrader.com. The show runs nine days from Saturday to Sunday at the I-X Center. Here are some 2008 highlights and special attractions at the show (ticket prices and show times appear at the end of this story):
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is handling the investigation of a bullet found lodged in the closet door of a rural Willard home. Huron County Sheriff's Major Greg Englund said a hunter from the Everingin Road area was shooting at a coyote about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, but missed. The bullet went through a window at 3101 Ohio 99, broke the window and lodged into a closet door. "Nobody was hurt. I believe there were children in the house, but nobody was hurt," Englund said.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
If there was a hill in Norwalk Tuesday, there were sledders. With the schools out, a perfect heavy snow blanketing the ground and more coming down, children and adults alike headed outside to enjoy the winter wonderland.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Log and Timber Home Show sponsored by Active Interest Media, publishers of Log Home Living, Log Home Design and Timber Home Living, was held recently in Columbus and was a great hit with young and old looking to build their dream house. Log houses capture that feeling of country combined with wilderness living and fulfill a desire to rough it. However, log home living is far from roughing it. Building a log home is not a small-ticket project. House plans were available for houses of all sizes, but mostly large. Photos of completed log houses ranged from commercial lodges to gigantic family fortresses in deep woods overlooking canyons. This show, one of several over the United States, drew exhibitors from many states. Besides mock-up facades of modern day rustic homes of logs, there were bathtubs, books, magazines, log furniture, floral arrangements, tableware and lots of other decorative accents.
9:26 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLUMBUS - Reflector News Editor Matt Roche is a finalist in the Associated Press Society of Ohio's 2007 newspaper competition. Finalists in 31 categories were announced Monday. The awards in actual order of finish first, second and third places and honorable mentions will be announced at APSO's annual convention April 27 in Columbus.