2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Good, bad, or some combination of the two - whichever, it's here to stay. I'm talking about the Internet.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
FEB. 16, 1977 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 32 years ago: Raise for mayor uncertain A $3,000 pay raise for the mayor failed to pass at Norwalk City Council Tuesday night because a councilman slipped and fell on the sidewalk before the meeting.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com MILAN It's that time of year again Girl Scout cookies are on sale. "Girl Scouts are everywhere promoting their biggest fundraiser of the year," said Carolyn Springer, the co-leader of Troop 369, with girls from Milan, Norwalk and Sandusky. Kevin Roeder, the owner of Village Drive Thru is supporting the Girl Scouts in Milan by allowing them to sell cookies in his store for an entire week. Several Milan troops will be at the 1 W. Front St. convenience store between 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 21 through 28.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND As one of the top consumer auto shows in the country, the Cleveland Auto Show promises another successful year as the jump-start to the spring selling season for Ohio auto dealers. 2009 will be a pivotal year for the auto industry following a tumultuous 2008 economic market. But, the auto show's focus on driving Ohio's residents to a better tomorrow by helping stimulate the economy adds a level of excitement to the show not felt in recent history.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Do you have questions about the new farm bill? Have you heard bits and pieces of what the ACRE (Average Crop Revenue Election) and SURE (Supplemental Revenue Assistance) programs are about, but are looking for more information? If you answered yes to those questions, then you will want to attend the upcoming Farm Bill educational program hosted by OSU Extension in Erie, Huron and Lorain Counties and the Erie/Huron Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office. The program will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. March 5 at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club, 295 Townline Rd. 151, Norwalk. Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension Educator, Wyandot County and Diana Strouse, Erie/Huron FSA Director, and John Varner, FSA Farm Loan Program will be the featured speakers. They will be providing an explanation of the ACRE and SURE programs, the new payment limitations and the new guidelines for adjusted gross income and how they will affect you. Chris will also share some of the decision tools available to help farmers evaluate the program that will best fit their operation. This program will update you on the information available from the USDA. At this point, all the regulations have not been written and the local FSA offices are still waiting for information and training on the implementation of the programs. However, there is enough information about the programs, that farmers can begin the process of weighing the pros and cons associated with the new programs. This will help you make the decision of staying with the current program or changing to ACRE.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
SUBMITTED PHOTO Dan Schultz, an athletic trainer at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, demonstrates a front squat exercise to Plymouth coaches from left Bridgette Knapp, head volleyball; Matt Anderson, head eighth grade boys basketball and throwing coach- track; and Jay Follett, head cross country and head track coach. All three coaches recently participated in the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Fly Solo Camp. Schultz is certified as a mentor for the program and helps coaches gain a better understanding of the strength and conditioning principles for their students and athletes. Dan Schultz, an athletic trainer at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, is a "flight" instructor of sorts. But instead of training pilots, he is teaching high school coaches the proper science-based strength training techniques to help their athletes. Schultz is certified as a mentor by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) to teach the Fly Solo program and regularly performs Fly Solo Camps at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hunters might despair a little around this time of year. The deer seasons are over, fall turkey too, squirrel, pheasant and more. Is there anything yet to hunt before next fall? As someone said, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings" and she hasn't sung just yet. Rabbit season runs until Feb. 28, and sometimes the last weeks of the season can be surprisingly productive, this year more than most. Cottontails are comfort lovers, and they don't like being really cold. If the night is bitter, as so many nights have been recently, with chill factors below zero, they'll hurry out, feed on bark and twigs and any greenery they can find, then go home to a warm woodchuck hole, under a big brushpile, or maybe beneath farm buildings where temperatures are higher. And hunters can't reach them. But when a night comes along with reasonable temperatures, they'll often stay away from the confines of a chuck hole, and spend the day in cattails, curled over grass, and similar places where they can stay warm and still find fresh air. A night like that means you should be out hunting next day. I've mentioned more than once in this column the fun of snow hunting, and this sport is productive for rabbits anytime. When a few inches of fresh snow fall, every rabbit that's out feeding at night will leave tracks, which means less energy spent and more game in the pocket. Find a patch of thick cattails around a pond or swamp with plenty of tracks in just one section and you'd best have a finger on the safety. Find a brushpile with no tracks and you'll waste no time there, but one with prints moving in and out means you should do some jumping on that pile.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
My name is Marcy Gregory. I've been involved in my union ( the Communication Workers of America) for over 35 years in various official capacities. Currently I am president of CWA Local 4319 Retired Member Chapter, and CWA District 4 (Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana) retired member council, vice president. Our most valued member and/or citizen is one who donates time and money they can spare in support of their family, community and country. One such citizen in your city of Norwalk is Lynn Chapin. She's worked tirelessly on political elections, and many other community projects. Bio-neers, Hispanic Task Force, Norwalk Green Team, Save our Homes workshop, Make a Difference Day, Habitat for Humanity, etc., to name a few. All this was done because she genuinely care for her community and feels that she and every individual can make a difference. No recognition or pat on the head has been expected or required. I, on the other hand, know how difficult it is to get most people motivated and involved. So when a person like Lynn is always available, I embrace the idea of publicly recognizing such an ambitious and notable persons.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Friends of the Milan-Berlin Township Library will hold their first books sale for 2009 on Feb. 20, 21 and 22 in the Berlin Township Library. It will feature books, VCR movies, audio books and music CDs. The Friday sale hours are 6 to 8 p.m., and the sale is limited to members of the Friends. The Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday sale hours are 1 to 3 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday sale is open to the public. The Friends hold four book sales each year, two in Milan, and two in Berlin Heights. The Milan sales are during the Antique Festival and the Melon Festival and are on the front lawn of the library. The two in Berlin Heights are inside the library in February and outside during the Basket Festival. You may join the Friends during the sale; the dues are $10 per year for individuals.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Main Street Theatre will hold a rummage sale from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday to sell old equipment. The sale will give collectors a chance to add to their "movie house memorabilia" collections and allows the theater to clean out the basement and upstairs. Old props, sound equipment, movie posters, film reels, seats and more will be available. All money raised will go toward repairing the roof.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Ray Sizemore resembled an angry prizefighter backstage at the Bellevue Society for the Arts. He breathed hard, punched walls, performed push-ups and glared at everyone and everything. People stayed out of his way.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk Municipal Court saw a 26 percent decrease in driving under the influence charges filed from 2007 to 2008. Last year, there were 299 DUI cases filed compared to 405 in 2007. Statistics from the annual report indicate there was a 38 percent drop between last year and 2004, when there were 486 cases filed. "That's the lowest in the 32-year history of the court," Judge John Ridge said about the 2008 figure.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife's Fish Ohio program was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for 2009. The Fish Ohio program is the only honoree for 2009 and joins a prestigious group of 36 past award winners in the Organizational/Corporate or Government Entity category. The Fish Ohio program was designed to honor anglers for noteworthy catches of Ohio's fish. Since its inception in 1976, more than 400,000 anglers have been recognized for catches of fish of qualifying length in one of 19 species categories. Each angler with a qualifying catch receives a certificate and lapel pin. Each year's pin depicts a different species along with the year. There is also a Master Angler category for anglers who catch four Fish Ohio-qualifying fish in a single year. The Master Angler pin is the same as the Fish Ohio pin, except it is gold in color. The first pins were issued in 1979 and displayed largemouth bass. ODNR Division of Wildlife began to administer the program in 1980 and developed the first Master Angler pins in 1982. These pins featured the black crappie.
2:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Strong winds gusting to 60 mph blew through the area last night causing numerous, scattered power outages for members of Firelands Electric Cooperative. Starting about 9 p.m. Wednesday and extending through the night and early today, about 800 members were without electricity at various times due primarily to tree limbs hitting the power lines. Most of these outages involved individual or small groups of homes, and were restored relatively quickly.
2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has opened a shelter for area residents still without power. The shelter is open at St. Paul Lutheran Church on the corner of Benedict Avenue and Executive Drive in Norwalk. "There are 500 homes without power, so we have about 2,000 people," EMA Director Bill Ommert said. "It's all over the county, unfortunately. We have them (outages) in Monroeville, Norwalk, Collins, Wakeman, Clarksfield and Greenwich.
2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
There comes a time for instance when all the patient's vital systems have collapsed that the merciful thing to do is let the patient die. You can hook it up to machines and give it regular, expensive injections, but it will likely be in agony, it's never going to be the way it was and it's going to die eventually anyway. Such is the case, I think, with Wall Street and our current financial system. It has failed. It's model is no longer viable, if it ever was without the market manipulations of Alan Greenspan and the cash infusions courtesy of you and me of Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson.
2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Willard voters will not see a levy on the May 5 ballot. "The board decided to take no action," Willard Superintendent Dennis Doughty said about Monday night's meeting. "Essentially, what that means because of the overall economic environment ... we've had a lot of layoffs and cutbacks in Willard we respect the condition our community is in.
2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Council discussed at a work session Tuesday several possible solutions to the Uptown parking dilemma. The suggestions included: Increasing fines, implementing a customer courtesy parking pass and opening up the two parking spots in front of the Norwalk Main Street Theatre that are currently reserved for loading purposes. The spots by the theater could be open during non-loading times. When loading is taking place, city officials could place cones there indicating loading zones. The two parking spots by the new Sears store uptown could also increase parking space, council members said.
2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department sees the most action on Fridays and Saturdays. On Fridays in 2008, police had more than 2,700 calls for service and slightly more than 2,600 on Saturdays. Mondays and Wednesdays had about the same amount of calls at about 2,500, according to the annual report.
2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - Plymouth's Dylan Brown probably won't make the All-Firelands Conference first team but what he did Tuesday night in a 67-45 Firelands Conference boys' basketball win over St. Paul was valuable enough to assure his team of no less than a tie for the conference title. The win improved the Big Red to 15-1 overall, 11-0 and at least a share of the league crown. They are scheduled to host Mapleton Friday.
2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has opened a shelter for area residents still without power. The shelter is open at St. Paul Lutheran Church on the corner of Benedict Avenue and Executive Drive in Norwalk.