2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Have you ever told your child that you wish you had a dollar for every time they asked you a certain question? In our house, when the kids were little, it was "Whatcha doin'"? In my first few weeks as the Main Street Norwalk program manager, I have one of those questions that it seems every other person asks me. "What is Main Street Norwalk?" It has quickly become clear to me that I need to reacquaint residents and district business owners with our program. Main Street Norwalk has is roots in Norwalk as far back as 1996 when the Norwalk Revitalization Corp. was established. In 2003, that non-profit corporation reorganized and became the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC). Main Street Norwalk is a program of the NEDC which serves the Uptown Norwalk Historic District (aka "the District"). The mission of Main Street Norwalk is to preserve, improve and promote the district as a commercial, cultural and social center. The vision of the program is to engage the broader community to define, preserve and enhance the district. We are hoping to create an uptown business district that is the ultimate destination of our community and of tourists. We hope that you will come to see the uptown district as you do your living room the center of the action. In 2009, Main Street Norwalk hopes to help show the community and business owners the benefits of shopping in our locally-owned businesses as well as increase the awareness of the program in our business district and in our community. Through our upcoming events and activities and through our new monthly newsletter "Welcome Home" we will work on promotion and education of business owners and residents.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Save our Homes Task Force will host a Home Preservation Seminar Tuesday for residents of Huron County. The event will be held at St. Paul Parish Center located at 91 E, Main St. The Parish Center is located between the church and the high school. The purpose of the event is to assist homeowners who are experiencing a reduction in income, having trouble paying bills, having trouble paying their mortgage or are at risk of foreclosure. Local groups will be on hand to share resources as well as HUD approved housing counselors will be present to meet with homeowners to discuss their mortgage options. Homeowners have the choice of attending two sessions. The first session will be held from 10 a.m. until noon and the second session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Group sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Individual counseling sessions will begin at 10:30 and 6:30. The group session will cover such topics as budgeting, foreclosure basics, local assistance programs and avoiding foreclosure rescue scams. Homeowners who wish to meet with a housing counselor should bring recent pay stubs or proof of income and their mortgage statements or letters. A Spanish-speaking housing counselor will be available and child care will be provided to those who need it.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Area Hispanic Task Force will hold a cultural diversity workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club. The workshop will feature a presentation by Ezra Escudero, director of the Ohio office of Latino Affairs for the Ohio Commissioner on Hispanic/Latin Affairs. Escudero's topic will be "How to Better Serve the Hispanic Community and an Introduction to OCHLA, the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs." The workshop will also include a panel discussion with local business people on serving the local Hispanic community. Information from local resources will be on display as well. The cost of the seminar is $10 and includes lunch. To register, call Norwalk City Hall at (419) 663-6700 or cityofnorwalk@accnorwalk.com. The cutoff date for registration is March 4.
2:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Both Dick (Chaney) and (George) Bush have severely broken the laws and should be punished like anyone else. They are responsible for thousands of deaths and should be held accountable for every one. We need to extend the statute of limitations and get a good and impartial prosecutor to investigate thoroughly all of the wrongdoings these two did and then prosecute them to the fullest extent. Do it now. Kay Ortner Norwalk
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Sheriff's Office is the first law enforcement agency in the county to activate a regional Missing Adult Alert. And there's already been a success story. On Dec. 29, Bellevue-area relatives reported being concerned about the well-being of a 93-year-old man in frail health who recently was diagnosed with dementia. He was last seen in his driveway at his Ohio 113 home east of Bellevue.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - About 250 people witnessed a lot of excitement, nerves and talent Sunday afternoon at the Firelands Idol competition held at Edison High School. Eighteen contestants battled in four categories Sunday to see who could advance to participate in the Elvis Presley tribute show "One Night With You" which will take place April 18 at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. The winners each will receive cash awards of at least $100.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Tom Smith is a special person. If you don't believe it, just ask one the many people he has helped over the years. And for his efforts, Smith today was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Norwalk Reflector.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard wants the county commissioners to consider cutting $750,000 from his budget instead of the proposed $829,000. The $79,000 difference, he said, could save him from cutting four deputies' jobs. By Monday, he said he will have to lay-off one deputy or dispatcher, "possibly two.'
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
SHELBY - Norwalk and Willard wrestlers battled through a tough Division II sectional field and advanced participants to the next round. The Truckers finished fifth in the team standings with 138 points as four grapplers moved on to the Fostoria district Friday and Saturday.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
One of the most often-read features of this newspaper is the little column called "People at Work." It has been running for the better part of two decades, and I know why: it is fun to see your friends and neighbors pictured in the paper and to learn some curious things about them.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
U.S. Marshals arrested federal tax evasion convict Thomas L. Root on a warrant at his home Wednesday morning. "He failed to surrender to the Bureau of Prison after he was sentenced,' said the arresting officer, Deputy U.S. Marshal David Siler.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - "A Star is Born" might be the best way to summarize Myriah Cross' performance Sunday afternoon at the Firelands Idol competition at Edison High School. Her rendition of Barbara Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade" from "Funny Girl" drew thunderous applause from the 250 in attendance. Cross won the Junior Division to the surprise of no one.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury on Friday indicted six people, including a couple nabbed in a foiled burglary. Robert E. Davis, 21, of 49 Jefferson St., and his live-in girlfriend, Taylor Wadsworth, 18, were each charged with burglary for the Feb. 4 incident on Carriage Court in Norwalk.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
The face of the Huron County Republican party has changed. After 21 years as party chairman, David Kniffin resigned Thursday.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
On Jan. 15, Cheryl Ott suffered severe head trauma from a fall. She was lifeflighted to Toledo and had surgery for bleeding and swelling on the brain. She was kept in an induced coma for 12 days. She has been improving every day. She will have to have another surgery in about three months. We want to thank everyone for their prayers for Cheryl. On Saturday, Feb. 7, a benefit was held at the Monroeville American Legion to help Cheryl with medical bills. Cheryl is an employee of the Legion, Pflieger Marine Services, of Sandusky, and the Bellevue Eagles. We appreciate the work of Kathi Flew, Brad Pflieger and Day Armelli who really helped to make this a success. Here's a tip of the hat to the kitchen crew: John and Tammy Querin, Janet and Don Gates, Deb and Don Querin, Danny Balduff; money takers, Josey Balduff and Melissa Gerber. We also appreciate Jeff and Bonnie Pean for their donation and for opening up Pean's Pizza, Subs and Sudz, to make pizzas along with helpers Jason Caldwell, Kyle Fries and Brett Hales. Others helping out were Jen Martin for donating her DJ services and Sue Rogers, Kathi Flew, Molly Doss and Steven Gates for selling raffles. Donating items for the silent auction were: Pflieger Marine Services, Lake Erie Anglers, Commodore Perry Inn, Marine Discounters, Marc's Deep Discounts, Day Armelli, Craft Marine, Kathi Flew, Tony Cusano, K-96, Melissa Gerber, Terry's Taxi, Shupe Rentals, Nautica Queen, Julie's Beauty Salon, Shorty Stang, Beauty Vault, Homan Transportation, R.W. Trucking, Maple City Ice, Goodman/Mid-Ohio Wine, American Legion, Joe Gravenhorst, Janotta and Herner and Kerr Beverage.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Twenty-five-year-old Sophia Zamano, the mother of a toddler, was coming home to Norwalk for the holidays late last year. On the way, the Army platoon leader and full-time Fort Sill, Okla. firefighter, stopped in Dayton to visit her fianc's family.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police arrested an adult suspect and his juvenile brother several hours apart in connection with a vehicle break-in Saturday. At 6:03 a.m., an East Seminary Street resident reported two male suspects were inside her car and thought they were attempting to steal it or items inside the vehicle, Norwalk Police Officer Christopher Kelley said. The first officer who arrived on-scene about two minutes later saw one person sitting in the driver's seat and the other subject standing beside the car.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
GALION - The Galion Tigers held off Norwalk 50-47 Friday night in Northern Ohio League boys' basketball action at Galion High School. The loss dropped the Truckers to 8-11 overall and 4-9 in the NOL, while the Tigers upped their mark to 12-7 and 8-5.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
A new section of the Rails to Trails project in northern Ohio was opened late last year from the village of Collins east to DeRussey Road. This follows the right of way of what was originally the Toledo, Norwalk and Cleveland Railroad, which was chartered in 1850. The T, N & C ran from Toledo east through Fremont to Bellevue, Monroeville, Norwalk, Collins, Wakeman and on east to join with the CCC rail line at Grafton. A few years later, it was completed to Cleveland. In January of 1853, the first train ran from Grafton to the Maumee River at Toledo. This completed the railroad link from New York City to Chicago and eventually became part of the transcontinental rail span after the Civil War. I've written the story of those early railroad days several times before.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - A packed house of appreciative supporters provided a heroes' salute to the Monroeville High School 1984 boys' state championship basketball team Friday night. The recognition ceremony took place prior to the Eagles' game with South Central.
2:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
FEB. 23, 1977 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 32 years ago: City Rehires 5 It Had Laid Off Five regular city employees returned to work Tuesday for the first time since they were laid off Jan. 1 because of Norwalk's money problems.