4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORRVILE The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society will hold its 29th Annual Orrville Railroad Days from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8. The Orrville "Motorin' on Market" automobile cruise-in will take place on W. Market St., west of Ohio 57. In addition to the cruise-in and other entertainment, a Gerber Chicken Barbecue will be held at the ORHS Pennsylvania Railroad Depot Museum, 145 W. Market St. A quarter chicken will cost $6 and a half chicken $8. Admission to the events is free although donations will be accepted. Short train and track-car rides will be provided on the ORHS Orrville branch line track Aug. 8 and a locomotive walk-through will be available at the McGill Street crossing. The Depot Gift Shop will be open for T-shirts, caps, gifts, railroad books and videos, souvenirs, etc.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Pizza Post employees from about 1977 through 1982 are gathering for a reunion at 6 p.m. Friday at Pizza Post, 222 1/2 E. Main St. If you have not been contacted, please feel free to join in for dinner, sharing memories and catching up with old friends. Hitching Post employees from those years also are welcome to join. Zina Castle and Dale Egle have been organizing the meeting. If you cannot make it, but would like to share your contact information with those in attendance and possible future gatherings, please contact Theresa Fisher at (419) 706-0321 or via e-mail at tessfisher@neo.rr.com.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio 162, between Rome Greenwich Road and Greenwich Milan Townline Road, will be closed Monday for a culvert replacement. The road will re-open July 24. The detour route for eastbound motorists is Ohio 162, south on Ohio 61, east on U.S. 224 and north on Ohio 13 to Ohio 162.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's Main Street Program is working hard to pull together the Norwalk Autumn Leaves Festival. The festival will take place on Sept. 19 and feature arts and crafts vendors, antiques and collectibles, a kid's activity area, and food as well as entertainment throughout the day and into the evening. The event will be kicked off at 11 a.m. with the annual Pet N Pup Parade organized by Joe Lindenberger, Recreation Director of the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
In 1902, German immigrant Edward Gerken and his partner John Galpin opened a furniture repair and reupholstery shop in Toledo. Seventeen years later after a World War, a relocation of the business to Grand Rapids, Ohio, a revised emphasis on manufacturing of upholstered furniture and a separation with his business partner Edward Gerken moved his company to Norwalk.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - One of Dale Hohler's friends is a direct descendant of Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the naval Battle of Lake Erie. The descendant will receive a surprise gift from Hohler this week: An item commemorating Perry's victory, which Hohler paid a little more than $2.50 for at Sunday's Milan Mid Summer Antiques Festival.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp has been assigned as secretary of police and will serve as acting police chief for the city until a new police chief can be appointed. Mayor Sue Lesch made the announcement today.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
VERMILION - A Vermilion teen was killed in a car accident Sunday night. The crash occurred at 10:36 p.m. on Ohio 60 at the intersection of Darrow Road in Erie County, the state Highway Patrol reported.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Norwalk runaway Calvin Riley admitted to charges of inducing panic and theft of a motor vehicle this afternoon in Huron County Juvenile Court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of theft of a firearm. After the hearing, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said the state didn't have sufficient evidence that Riley, who was 13 during the incidents from May 12 through 13, had "prior knowledge' there was a .22 caliber rifle in the white 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck he stole from a neighbor's field.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - When you meet Greg Grossman at this year's Food & Wine Celebration, he might share the recipe for one of the first dishes he ever prepared: Pan-seared local scallops on a truffled micro-green salad with sake foam. Grossman also might dazzle you with his advanced culinary vocabulary. Most likely, Grossman will tell you about some of his biggest passions: Getting youngsters to eat healthy and encouraging families to cook together when the children are small.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk teenager Levi A. Blank knows he's lucky to be alive. On Wednesday afternoon, Blank was driving a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am that rear-ended a dump truck driven by Jason Hale, 24, of Greenwich, at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Dublin Road.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville man who brandished a loaded weapon after trespassing at a Norwalk victim's home was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison. Alan A. Osborn, 21, of 22 Manchester St., also was ordered to pay $950 in restitution to cover the victim's blood work. "You worry about what you might catch from these guys," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said about Osborn, who was suspected of drug activity at some point and was bleeding during the incident.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Wilma Lemke was sure God wasn't going to take her. She and her husband, Ron, had just received custody of their 2-year-old great-grandson, Jordan.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk teenager was in serious condition this morning after his car collided with a dump truck Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Dublin Road. Levi A. Blank, 18, of 1136 E. Peru Olena Road, is hospitalized in the intensive care unit of St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. A LifeFlight helicopter flew him to the Toledo hospital from the scene of the crash. The Huron County Sheriff's Office received numerous 9-1-1 calls about the accident starting at 2:20 p.m.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The first step in repairing the Huron County Courthouse clock is to get organized. The clock hasn't been functioning properly for several months.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The new League Elementary principal is coming from a school in Crestline, but he still might be a familiar face to Norwalk residents. Shelby native Corey Ream said his wife has cousins in Norwalk, several members of the Herner Family. He said he's familiar with the city from attending family reunions and now he is looking forward to working at League Elementary. During a brief meeting, the Norwalk board of education voted unanimously to hire Ream, who receives a three-year contract with a starting salary of $73,975.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hallie Vaschak of Milan described her horse, Zipafied, as an "all around horse (who's) good at everything.' The Pinto horse's versatility and Vaschak's ability to work with him paid off recently at the Pinto World Championship.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 14-year-old rural Norwalk boy was stabbed in the abdomen during an altercation near his home this morning and was treated at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The victim's assailant remains at large as of press time. Hospital officials notified the Huron County Sheriff's Office they were treating the victim at 2:50 a.m. Maj. Greg Englund said investigators are trying to determine the time of the incident in the 2400 block of Ohio 18 in Townsend Township.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Identical twins Alex and Ian Kashian of Norwalk saw their parents and their mouths dropped. They were in trouble and the kindergartners couldn't do any switching trick with mom and dad watching. Heck, even Harry Houdini would probably prove worthless for them. During school one day, the boys, who are now 8, were wearing the same clothes and decided to switch seats to trick the teacher.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
The conclusion of July will be the end of an era for Norwalk City Schools. The district's top two administrators, Superintendent Wayne Babcanec and Assistant Superintendent Michael Gordon, will be retiring July 31. The two educators have a total of 71 years of experience in the field.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
JJ Boyce had wanted to donate his organs ever since he received his driver's license. The Boyce family followed through on his wish when the 2008 Western Reserve Graduate died in a car crash in December.