4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The night sky over Norwalk will explode with bangs and color at dusk July Fourth, thanks to donations that have been pouring in. The Norwalk VFW has been collecting money that will go toward a fireworks show. Fundraising for this year's show got off to a slow start. In May, Norwalk VFW Post 2743 and the city agreed to pay $6,000 toward the cost of fireworks, but needed another $9,000. Eventually, donations started trickling in.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The school board has hired Willard native David Danhoff as the school district's interim superintendent. As an interim, Danhoff will serve no more than one year at this point, said Jim Lahoski, superintendent of the North Central Educational Service Center, which conducted the search.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Six area residents were charged with underage consumption in connection with a Berlin Township party early Sunday morning. Upon further questioning and investigation, deputies charged the following people with underage consumption: Charles R. Smiley, 20, of 12907 Arlington Road, Berlin Heights; Norwalk residents Lindsay M. Boose, 19, of 1350 Ohio 61, and Lauren M. Hayes, 18, of 19 Pitt St., as well as Milan residents Jacob W. Burns, 20, and Dustin A. Stower, 20, both of 13712 Riley Road, and Tyler S. Ebinger, 20, of 350 Melanie Lane.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The state Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel impaired this weekend in an effort to have a holiday weekend free of fatal and injury crashes. The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally a dangerous holiday period on Ohio roads, particularly for impaired driving crashes. During last year's holiday, nearly 50 percent of the 15 people killed on Ohio roadways were involved in alcohol-related crashes. "We are asking motorists that are partaking in holiday celebrations to designate a sober driver or call a taxi to assure that they arrive safely at their destination," said Colonel Richard H. Collins, superintendent of the Patrol. "Troopers will be out in full force this weekend to apprehend those that do not heed this warning. If you are driving impaired we will arrest you." Motorists should also be reminded that wearing a safety belt is the single most effective tool in reducing injuries and deaths in crashes caused by impaired drivers.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The night sky over Norwalk will explode with bangs and color at dusk July Fourth, thanks to donations that have been pouring in. The Norwalk VFW has been collecting money that will go toward a fireworks show.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The gamble paid off. The Bader Boys Bill Sr. and Jr. took a gamble of a lifetime and they hit the jackpot. The owners of Summit Motorsports Park decided to replace the track surface two weekends ago just days before the start of the third annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. I heard that Matt Kluding and his crew from Precision Paving were at the track 36 straight hours before finishing up late Sunday night (June 21). Four days later, the sportsman cars (June 25) were out making passes. That kind of turnaround is unheard of and it was very costly (I would guess in the hundreds of thousands dollars).
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The issue of whether the school should have majorettes dominated the special meeting of the board of education Monday. Several parents and other community members spoke in favor of a majorette corps, making the point the school had one for many years, although not recently.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
ASHLAND Ashland University track and field coaches Leigh Daniel and Nick Cordes are one of two couples still in the running on the NBC Today Show's, "Today Throws a Wedding." At the request of NBC officials and in support of the couple, Ashland University is hosting a rally from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Community Stadium. The rally is open to the public and Ashland fans and friends are encouraged to come to what promises to be a fun, early-morning party. It is also an opportunity to be on national television. The winner of the NBC contest will be announced live on the "Today Show" Wednesday morning. If Daniel and Cordes are the winning couple, NBC will do a live cut-in to Community Stadium and the rally. AU's goal is to get at least 500 people to the rally. Free water, juice, coffee and donuts will be provided at the event. There will be music, games and contests. The first 500 people at the rally will be eligible for a drawing for a $250 gift certificate from the AU Bookstore.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Those who frequent the city's outdoor pool may have noticed the concession stand hasn't opened yet for the season. It might not open at all, unless an outside vendor comes in and rents it.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - A Lewisburg husband and wife were charged with alcohol-related offenses Saturday while returning home from Summit Motorsports Park. Erie County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Arthur stopped the vehicle driven by Bradley W. Jarvis, 50, at 5:50 p.m. for speeding on Ohio 113 near Chapin Road. Arthur, in his report, said he clocked Jarvis going 69 mph in the 55 mph zone. Jarvis' wife, Grace J. Jarvis, 47, pleaded with deputies not to arrest her husband, but to arrest her instead, Arthur said.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County has been awarded $32,460.00 in federal funds by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) through the Huron County Emergency Food and Shelter program. Housing (rent or mortgage) and utility assistance is available to Huron County residents who have been unemployed for more than 30 days since Sept. 1, 2008. Assistance is limited to one time per household, and cannot exceed $300 per household.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Betsy Feaga smiled and laughed as she talked about a group of funky monkeys lingering outside some Norwalk homes. The Norwalk resident lightheartedly mentioned her plan to sell chocolate-covered frozen bananas at the Norwalk Relay For Life.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com WAKEMAN The 3-year-old Wakeman girl who had been removed from her home because of suspected abuse is now in the custody of her father. "She is now with dad," Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said, but declined to elaborate. Authorities have placed the girl, but her mother's whereabouts are unknown.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The phrase "Use your height to your advantage" is commonly applied to sports, but it can also apply to saving in energy costs. Willard resident Jack Lodermeier said he thinks his home is situated on an ideal elevation for his new wind turbine.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rural Greenwich resident Fatima Steele's voice cracked as she talked about one son who died Friday and another who was placed into an ambulance. "My heart is breaking," she said.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
When doing my research I'm always interested in the animal stories I find. Especially "good feeling" are the ones which have a happy ending, such as the one related by Lucy Preston Wickham, matriarch for so many years of the house now used as the Firelands Museum in Norwalk. Lucy's parents, Samuel and Esther Taylor Preston, brought their family of two young children Lucy and her brother Charles to Huron County from New Hampshire in 1819. They brought one pet dog with them, and acquired a stray at Erie, Pa. All went well until they reached Cleveland and had to be ferried across the Cuyahoga River.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON The 123rd reunion of the Longfellow Chapter of the New London Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) alumni was held June 17 at the home of Maggie Erlenbach. President Marilyn Kamm welcomed the members and introduced the speaker, Anne Lowery, director of the New London Library, who gave the group some facts about 1886 when the first New London reunion was held. Kamm presented the group with a framed resolution from Thomas M. Becker, president of Chautauqua and Sherra Babcock, director of education. It congratulated the chapter on the 125th anniversary of the beginning of CLSC in New London when Minnie Powers became the first graduate in 1884. The resolution will hang in the library. The meeting ended with the traditional reading of Longfellow's "The Bridge" and the singing of "Blest Be the Tie That Binds," followed by the Chautauqua salute.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY The Fourth of July weekend will be bigger and better than ever before when Cedar Point holds its "All-American Fourth of July Extravaganza Weekend" from Friday through Sunday. The three-day weekend celebration will include special patriotic entertainment, money-saving deals on meals and special prize giveaways at the live shows. Headlining the event will be Cedar Point's annual Fourth of July fireworks display that will begin at 10 p.m. For added value and thrills, Cedar Point will be open until 1 a.m. on the evening of July 4. That leaves nearly three hours to enjoy all of the park's rides and attractions after the fireworks display ends. Plus, Starlight Admission, beginning at 5 p.m., costs $29.99 for eight hours of fun. Some of the special activities planned at the Sandusky amusement park/resort during the holiday weekend include:
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A $50,000 grant from JP Morgan Chase & Co. to The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) will support programs on five OFIC member campuses aimed at recruiting minority students. The University of Dayton, Lourdes College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio Northern University, and Otterbein College were granted funding through a competitive proposal submission process. Their proposed programs were designed to increase the number of minority students who are recruited, accepted, and succeed at OFIC member institutions and will be carried out in collaboration with local school districts, community colleges and college access programs. Project programs will be developed and implemented through the summer of 2009 and the 2009-2010 academic year to affect acceptance and enrollment rates for Fall 2011. JPMorgan Chase & Co., a 55-year donor to OFIC with a cumulative giving total of nearly $1.4 million, has supported OFIC's diversity initiatives since their inception in 2003. "Learning in a diverse environment surrounded by people with differing perspectives and backgrounds enriches the educational experience," said Jeff Lyttle, Midwest Region Vice President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. "We hope our long-time support for this program has enabled Ohio's independent colleges to fund the important work of recruiting a diverse group of students to their campuses." It has always been an integral part of the mission of Ohio's independent colleges to provide higher education to students from all socio-economic backgrounds, and efforts are ongoing to increase diversity on their campuses. These colleges register 33% of all Ohio students enrolled in 4-year degree programs, yet they grant 37% of all degrees earned by minority students.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Trash pick-up will be running on schedule this week despite the Fourth of July holiday. Since this year the holiday falls on a Saturday, the Norwalk Sanitation Department will not be running a day behind schedule.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
This Fourth of July, serve up a Zen, White & Blue, a festive iced tea cocktail that blends fresh tea leaves, blueberries and mint with raspberry infused vodka and Zen Green Tea Liqueur. Zen Green Tea Liqueur can be purchased locally at Gardner's Super Value on Whittlesey Avenue. Created by tea sommelier James Labe and inspired by Old Glory, this cocktail combines both the spirit of the holiday and the sweet taste of summer. Zen, White & Blue