Norwalk a century ago was a booming place. The year 1908 saw good news and bad news as usual. The bad news that year was the destruction by fire of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad shops west of North Pleasant and North Jefferson. The good news included the formation of our present Chamber of Commerce, and the beginning of work on the present Episcopal church building on West Main. The congregation of St. Paul Episcopal Church dates from January of 1821 when 18 local citizens enrolled themselves as member and friends of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Small worship services had been held since the year 1818 and the 1821 meeting formalized the new parish. One of the founders was Platt Benedict, whose family was the first to settle in Norwalk. Some of the earliest worship services were held in the Benedict cabin, and then in the first courthouse until the first church, a frame building, was completed in 1835. This first church served until 1909 and we remember it as the parish house which was destroyed by an arsonist in 1976. This church stood on the site of the present building, and was moved back onto the northeast corner of the cemetery to become the parish house. In the summer of 1908 the plans and provisions for a new church building were ready, and work started in July to move the wooden church back and begin excavating for the new stone building. The new church was a wondrous improvement, but there were the usual nay-sayers who preferred to keep the old church and its attendant memories. Their basic objections were fueled when it was found that four or five fine maples would have to be cut down to accommodate the old church after it was moved. No doubt, though, those feelings healed with time.
WILLARD Winslow Appraisal has announced Timothy Winslow has passed the state of Ohio test and is a certified general appraiser. Winslow is qualified to appraise commercial real estate as well as residential real estate. To place an item in "Business in Brief," send the information to the Norwalk Reflector, 61 E. Monroe St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857, call (419) 668-3771 or email
COLLINS - The appeal hearing for suspended Western Reserve Superintendent Doug Solet will be rescheduled. Solet has been on unpaid administrative leave since late March in connection with sexual harassment allegations. Treasurer Brett Robson said the pending hearing is for Solet to fight to be reinstated and challenge the school board's decision to consider his termination.
The Norwalk 90 kicks off its fourth year on Sunday. A collaboration of the city and Fisher-Titus Medical Center, the theme of this year's program is "Norwalk 90 / FTMC Steps to Good Health." Residents are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps a day and log those steps on free pedometers provided by FTMC. At the end of 90 days, participants will turn in logs at the Ernsthausen Community Center or FTMC. Everyone who turns in a log will receive a reward for being an FTMC NorWalker.
November's general election is still five months away, but the wheels already are turning as the races begin to heat up. "I think there are some very exciting races," said John Elmlinger, Huron County Democratic party vice chairman.
It's good news for nearly half of the Gravelle children. Five of the youngsters have been formally adopted by families with whom they had been placed. One adoption happened in Pennsylvania, a second in Minnesota, while the remaining three children are being adopted by Ohio families.
Serving Our Seniors is studying older adults living in Erie County who cannot afford dental care services. To accomplish this, the agency is seeking 19 Erie County residents age 60 or older who meet at least one of the following criteria: 1. Have not seen a dentist in 3 years or more; or 2. Are experiencing symptoms of dental problems
Three medical experts two for the state, one for the defense will be testifying in the June 16 trial of shaken baby suspect Jeffrey Resor. Visiting Common Pleas Judge J. Ronald Bowman also ruled Tuesday that "the testimony of each (witness) was relevant and "relates to either matters beyond the knowledge or experience possessed by laypersons or dispels a misconception common among laypersons." The judge also wrote the experts are qualified to address "specialized knowledge, skill, experience, training or education" about shaken baby syndrome (SBS).
Police are searching for the driver of a newer, silver Chevrolet Cavalier who fled the scene after hitting a female pedestrian early Saturday morning. "She was hit by a car after spending some time at Rupp's Place (75 Whittlesey Ave.). She was crossing the street," Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said. "We have no suspects." Two Norwalk firefighters assisted North Central EMS with patient care at 2:24 a.m. at 71 Whittlesey Ave. They returned to the station 15 minutes later.
How do you tell someone or something you love that the time to part has come. But after 15 wonderful years as a track coach at Monroeville (six as junior high and the last nine as varsity coach) that time has come. This season came to an end on Saturday at the state meet. I have a few thank-yous to give. To my wife Cindy, for 15 years you have given up time with me so that I could pursue a dream I had since I was a young man, that of being a high school coach. You always being there made it that much more special. To my children, Christina and Derek, thank you for always supporting your father even when it meant he wasn't always able to do things with you. And Derek thank you for you beautiful artwork that adorned our jersey's and shirts.
New Horizon employees enjoy health fair New Horizons Baking Company employees got the chance recently for lots of treats at the company's second annual health fair healthy food, medical checks and information from 14 displays. Rita Leroux, a payroll specialist who organized the afternoon event, said the company puts on the event for employees and their families to encourage good health. "We try to be proactive, not reactive," she said. "If you don't feel well, you're more likely to have an accident.
MANSFIELD Miss Maple City 2008 Heather Wells,of Warren, Ohio and a student at Youngstown State University, will represent Norwalk and Huron County at the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. Roberta Camp, Miss Maple City 2007 and Miss Ohio 2007, will be turning her crown over to the new winner on Saturday, June 21. The contestants will arrive in Mansfield today from all over the state vying for the Miss Ohio 2008-2009 title and the right to represent Ohio at the Miss America Pageant. The preliminaries are June 18,19 and 20. The finals will be Saturday June 21. More than 30 agencies will participate in the first area-wide Social Services EXPO at the St. Paul Convocation Center on Saturday, June 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. "We are trying to attract people who have needs to come and find out what services are available and people who want to volunteer to come and find out what agencies need their help," said Marian Bermudez, pastoral associate at St. Paul. The event is free and open to the public. NEW LONDON If you're in New London and craving ice cream or a sandwich, then Cravin's might be the place to go. Tuanna and husband Eric Foltz own the drive-in, as well as a full-service restaurant in Castalia called Cold Creek Caf, with Tuanna managing Cravin's and Eric the Castalia location. They purchased the drive-in from Rick Bowers in June of 2001 and prior to that both managed Friendly's restaurants for many years. Karen Opper, who has been dancing for 14 years, will be front and center for her newest role a Front Line dancer for the Miss Ohio pageant. Opper, 17, daughter of Kacey and Larry Opper of Norwalk, was chosen as one of the six featured dancers for the event even though she couldn't perform at try-outs because of a broken thumb. The broken thumb was a dancing injury, which required a cast and two splints for more than three months.
STEUBEN - David Poole, a first-grader at Greenfield Elementary, won a coloring contest organized by the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol for Operation Feed 2008. "We do Operation Feed every year, but this is the first time we've incorporated the children,' Trooper Rebecca Wellner said. All Huron County first graders were invited to enter the contest by coloring a picture and donating $1 or a critically-needed food item.
Thousands of people took advantage of NASA Plum Brook's open house last weekend to tour facilities that are developing the newest technology for America's space program. Visitors also had the chance to meet an Ohio astronaut that returned from a space shuttle mission in March. Two young Norwalk men have inspired a tradition. For the sixth year in a row, dozens of motorcyclists will meet at the Norwalk Fire Station on Wednesday, June 18, rev their engines and then head out on the department's annual benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters Local 1199 has held the annual fundraiser since they were inspired by a poem by Norwalk's Matt Lucal. Both Matt and his brother, Nathan, are battling MD. Sue Riley may not have learned to cook at her mother's knee, but she certainly learned with her mother's instruction. "My mom was a teacher and so she had a real busy schedule," Riley said. "Lots of times she'd come home at night and give me instructions on what to do to get dinner ready." Once she married John Riley and they had three sons, she had plenty of opportunity to learn.
Whether it is because of the city and Chamber of Commerce's efforts to support a local restaurant or just that people enjoy Mexican cuisine, Casa Fiesta was packed at lunch Friday. Ramon Gustavo, manager of the restaurant, said the crowds have been slowly increasing since a drop-off after Salmonella made several patrons ill.
Saturday morning's graduation ceremony was extra-special to those in attendance. For many, it marked the end of a long journey, while for others, it was another step along the way.