12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Thanks to a Norwalk company, the city of Blossoms' plastics recycling program might actually emerge stronger from its setback. Willard had been collecting more plastics in its recycling program than storage capacity allowed, and city officials were looking for alternatives. Also, Christie Lane had informed the city it could no longer collect its plastic, due to a loss of contract and other financial constraints.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A North Fairfield man was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for attacking two people with an ax handle while drunk. Johnny Crouse, 43, of 1568 E. Townline Road 131, will serve his six-year prison terms for aggravated burglary and felonious assault at the same time. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway fined him $1,000 and ordered him to pay about $1,100 in restitution to cover one of the victim's medical expenses.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
After months of consideration, Norwalk city council passed the tax-increment financing (TIF) legislation at its Tuesday night meeting. The agreement was passed on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Dwight Tkach casting the "no" vote.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk slipped past Bellevue 3-2 Tuesday for a Northern Ohio League tennis win. The Lady Truckers, 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the league, won all three singles courts.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Now that Labor Day has passed, summer is officially over. And for the first time in my nearly 47 years on this orb, I'm glad it's gone. I'm normally a big fan of summer golfing, spending time outside without freezing, golfing, swimming, golfing, doing yard work, and golfing. Not this year, though. Back in March, I woke up one morning with a nagging little ache in my foot. After ignoring it for two months, or trying to wish it away, I finally went to have a medical professional take a look. Sure enough, it was broken a stress fracture. That was in late May. I've not been on a golf course since.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the tomato lover, there are many different tastes and many different colors. Just listen to these names: Sun Gold, Black Ethiopian, Dr. Wychee's Yellow, ET Bicolor, Mr. Stripey, Golden Queen, Yellow Boar, Golden Giant, Zebra Heart, Aunt German Green... the list goes on. The garden club had a tomato tasting and found out that some are sweeter than expected, some are tart and crunchy, some are mild and soft, some are brightly colored, some are low in acid, some are big, some are small. What a range of tastes, colors and sizes. Most of these are heirloom tomatoes and if you want to raise some, come to the Master Gardener Plant Sale in the spring - Master Gardener Nelson Gray always has a fine selection of heirloom tomato plants. The Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale is coming up; start getting a spot ready for all those neat things you will buy. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon, Sept. 20, at the fairgrounds in Building 25. Vendors of plants, garden stuff and produce are welcome for a donation to the organization. Set-up time is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Call Mary Margaret Schwarzentraub, (419) 668-8877 for more information. There will be plants (daylilies, hosta, butterfly plants, hardy garden geraniums, sedum, iris, black-eyed Susans, hens and chicks plants, etc.) from member gardens, fresh flowers, magazines, gloves, books, handouts and whatever else shows up. Come get some good perennials at bargain prices for your flowerbeds. The new Habitat House at 3 Fuller Drive is the next project for the Master Gardeners. The house is finished and landscape plans are next. The home owner will meet with a Master Gardener for ideas and input. Members are also making plans to help Soil and Water Conservation with its October FunFest, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Oct. 11 at the fairgrounds. Many young people show up for this family outing and the Master Gardener booth is one of the favorites.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tina Beier, leader of the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation's Main Street advisory board, is handing over the reins after volunteering for four years and being its president over the past year. In her farewell letter to the group, Beier stated, "You are a great group of people and I have no doubt that you will succeed immensely in the future." Beier's tenure saw many successes for the Main Street advisory board. Under her leadership, she greatly increased board participation in statewide revitalization trainings. Some examples of the group's recent successes include the tours of upper floor space downtown, implementation of a special tax abatement for the Uptown Norwalk Historic District, and the creation of new marketing materials.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
School may have just started, but it was report card time already for the schools. The state released its report cards last week for the 2007-2008 school year. The Berlin-Milan Local School District again led the way in this area, meeting 29 of the 30 state indicators and earning an Excellent designation. All seven of the other area school districts earned effective status. There are six designations excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The stage is set. The St. Paul Flyer football team did their part Saturday night, defeating Tiffin Calvert 49-14 at Whitney Field. Coupled with Huron's win over Norwalk on Friday, the Flyers (2-0) and Tigers (2-0) have all the preliminaries out of the way.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - New London's Firelands Labor Day Festival drew large crowds who enjoyed perfect weather for the 100th anniversary of the event. Saturday's 5-K run sponsored by Dr. Mike Collins attracted 142 runners, according to organizer Geoff Geist, with Brandon Lang turning in the best overall time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds. Gabriel Wuench led the women with a time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY With new scary attractions, live shows and children's activities, HalloWeekends at Cedar Point will be bigger and better than ever before. In addition to an expanded entertainment package, the Sandusky amusement park/resort's 12 th annual fall frightfest will also be extended to eight weekends, the longest haunting season in the event's history. Beginning Friday, Sept. 12, HalloWeekends will be held Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 2. It will be the first time in Cedar Point's 138-year history the park will be open in November. Each year the park strives to improve the event, and these changes have not gone unnoticed. Recently, HalloWeekends was listed as one of the Top 10 amusement park events by Hauntworld Magazine, the haunt industry's leading trade magazine. It was also named as the "Best Seasonal Event" by readers of Theme Parks Magazine for the third consecutive year. To put all of its guests in the proper mood, the look of the park will change from spotless midways and manicured flowerbeds to friendly and frightening with an infusion of tombstones, cobwebs, skeletons, pumpkins, bales of straw and hundreds of spiders, bats and other yet-to-be- identified creatures. During HalloWeekends, guests of all ages will have a full day of fun. In addition to an unmatched collection of rides and roller coasters, HalloWeekends will have themed walk-through attractions, haunted houses, live entertainment and special attractions for young children.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sandusky Bay Area Goodwill Industries, Inc. in conjunction with the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services is providing a Dislocated Workers Re-Entry Program and Testing for TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and WIA (Workforce Investment Act) eligible individuals. The workshop is comprehensive re-employment program assisting individuals in career counseling, updating interviewing skills, job searching, networking and encouragement with the ultimate goal of finding successful employment. The workshop is presented in a three week rotation from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each participant develops a job search plan and is provided with information, handouts, guidance and direction in determining the next step in their employment future. Objective and measurable vocational and personal information is assessed and explored to help the individual with career planning. Discovering the occupation an individual is most likely to be happiest in and to stay employed the longest is the desired outcome. The workshop is facilitated by Sue Johnson, project coordinator from Goodwill. Johnson is a former instructor from EHOVE Career Center. For additional information call (419) 668-8126.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A marijuana eradication unit searching for plants growing in Huron County corn fields Friday had seized 29 plants within 1 1/2 to two hours. The search operation started at the Huron County Airport at 10 a.m. Huron County Sheriff's Cpl. Jeff Kerber, with from officers from the Bellevue, Marblehead Monroeville and Willard police departments, coordinated with a pilot from the Butler County Sheriff's Office flying a helicopter to find the 21 possible sites. With the pilot was an agent with the Bureau of Identification and Investigation (BCI&I), who is trained "spotter."
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - The Wakeman Police Department investigated two unrelated burglaries this week. Someone noticed a deliver door was kicked in about 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Jilliann's Carry-Out, 78 Hyde St. A burglary at 28 Railroad St. was reported about 9:15 a.m. Friday.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department has issued 22 citations since the change in traffic flow at the intersection of Milan Avenue and Republic Street about four weeks ago. Ten of those motorists were city residents. Officers also gave seven written warnings about red light violations or turning right on red.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jeffrey Resor is a free man. A judge on Friday granted Resor's motion to dismiss the case in which Resor was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's infant son.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Think again if you believe you can get away with drunk driving over the Labor Day weekend. The state Highway Patrol has a clear message: If you are over the limit, then you will be under arrest.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Here are the local scores from Week 2 of thigh school football action Friday. Stories about the games appear in Saturday's Reflector. To comment on the games and see boxscores, visit www.fandy.com. Northern Ohio League
12:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Chances are, the 2008-2009 season of The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin has something for you from the innocence and slow pace of smalltown USA to the hubub of New York City, from young love on a midsummer night to the rah-rah of college football rivalry The season consists of music, comedy, dance, family and community theater. For ticket and subscription as well as a listing of shows, contact The Ritz Theatre Box Office at 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio, by phone at (419) 448-8544 or e-mail boxoffice@ritztheatre.org. Information is also available online atwww.ritztheatre.org
12:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Nazi party member as a hero? An exhibit in Youngstown that recalls Oskar Schindler as an unlikely hero is hardly racist. That's because Schindler has come to exemplify those heroic individuals who risked their lives to rescue Jews and others from the Nazis during the Holocaust. The exhibit runs from Sept. 10 through Oct. 22 at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor.
12:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gaymont With all of the county fairs in motion, residents had activities to remind them of this busy time of year with word searches focusing on finding words about the state fair. Also, Sandy Proctor and her dietary staff created tantalizing treats focused around their favorite fair foods like sausage sandwiches and funnel cakes along with homemade lemonade. Speaking of tastey cooking... Iverna was in to whip of some of her favorite Spanish dishes that week. Residents were busy in the activities room the other day as they worked on some art projects. They created posters about themselves and also created straw art pictures. Their art can be seen on our bulletin board in the activities room. On Aug. 18, residents and staff enjoyed an ice cream social. Residents got to pick out their favorite flavors and toppings and sat in the cafe' to eat until their hearts content.