2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Though he has been a quadriplegic for 26 years, Ray Krisha has maintained a high level of independence with the help of his wife, Ramona. But with Ramona, 47, in her own battle against cancer, the couple needs some help.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Basic local service rates could increase for Verizon customers in 21 exchanges, however three communities were spared due to a decision released by state regulators, according to the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC). The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) granted Verizon's request to be able to annually raise basic rates through "alternative regulation" in 21 exchanges. The OCC opposed alternative regulation in 22 of 24 exchanges.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE When the wind blows, Craig McCloskey benefits. McCloskey, of rural Monroeville, is one of a growing number of people who are using a wind turbine to convert the energy in wind into mechanical energy for their homes. A wind turbine works in a manner opposite that of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, wind turbines utilize wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - EHOVE Career Center has hired Dennis M. Muratori as high school principal for the 2009 - 2010 school year. He replaces John Spitler, who is retiring. From 2001 to 2003, Muratori was the athletic director at Sandusky High School, and from 2000 to 2001, he was the assistant principal and middle school athletic director at Sailorway Middle School in Vermilion.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Drivers may soon be able to get 15 percent ethanol blends at the gas pump, which is beneficial in several ways. "For the country, it helps us be less dependent on foreign oil. For the consumer, it sometimes actually makes the fuel cheaper," said Bob Sunderman, vice president of the energy division for Sunrise. "Ethanol increases the octane in the fuel and also cleans the fuel system."
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk has enjoyed telephone service of some sort almost since the day Alexander Bell patented his invention in January of 1877. In July of 1877 a representative of the Telegraph Supply Company of Cleveland came to Norwalk to install a telephone line from the police headquarters at 13 Whittlesey to the Waterworks, then located west of town at the southwest corner of West Main and Ohio 61. This line was only two miles long, but it allowed the police to notify the Waterworks engineer of a fire. You see, at night the boilers were banked and there was little or no pressure for fire fighting. Even during the day the engineers had to raise the water pressure when there was a fire.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - The Homestead Inn on U.S. 250, including the Rathskeller in the basement, plans to reopen Saturday under new management. Brandon Shepherd, of the Cleveland area, and Enzo Sberna, of Bellevue, head up the team of investors behind the re-opening. Shepherd said they are leasing the building from the Henry family and starting up both the restaurant and an on-site and off-site catering business.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Starting next academic year, Berlin-Milan Local Schools will be cutting 10 positions and making other moves to cut about $365,000 from its budget. Superintendent David Snook said the "level 1 cuts' are "coupled with the need to pass a levy' in May and would be effective July 1. One of the levies - a 3.9-mill renewal - would bring the district $875,000. The other is a 1 percent earned income tax, the same one which was defeated in November.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
I am singing to myself as I type this. Not out loud, but inside my head. I don't think I'm insane. The music is making me happy. Sometimes, I find myself singing the song "Hello, Dolly" for which the musical is named. Only now I know more than just the first two words.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The Willard Fire Department and state investigators responded to a suspicious fire in a vacant Ohio 99 house early Wednesday morning. Authorities suspect the blaze was set to divert them from a nearby crime scene.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The annual Huron County Spelling Bee took place recently at the Huron County administration building in Norwalk. Public and parochial students in grades four through eight vied for the position of No. 1 Huron County speller at their grade level. Madyson Risner of South Central, daughter of Tammy Smith and Michael Risner, won the fourth-grade spelling bee. Risner beat out Monroeville's Avery Rogers on the word "accused." Risner's championship word was "combined." Western Reserve's Nick Church, son of Douglas Church and Anna Govorkova, was the fifth-grade spelling bee winner. His final opponent was Gabe Alge of Norwalk Catholic School. Alge went down on "agitated." Church's winning word was "exceptional." At the end of the spelling bee. Church asked if he could speak to the audience. He went to the microphone and told the hundred-plus observers that he was wearing the shirt his brother, Doug, wore when he won the fourth-grade spelling bee two years ago.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Another one bites the dust. American Coating Specialists is closing its doors today for the last time. The three plants for the business employed about 110 employees just last year, but laid off 57 recently when the business lost a major contract.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - What do rubber duckies, trash can lids and cookie jars have in common? They can also be musical instruments. Join Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends as they take the stage for a musical adventure in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music' at Renaissance Theatre.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - According to figures released this week by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association (GCADA), year-to-date sales of new cars and trucks were down 37 percent for February. The recent passage of the Auto Ownership Tax Assistance Amendment, along with all-time high incentives and Auto Show specials are expected to jump start consumer spending. Used vehicle sales are faring much better than new, down 7.8 percent year to date.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dr. Seth Ruggles, originally from Monroeville, is moving his family practice to the Smetzer Center on the north side of Norwalk this summer. Ruggles is on the medical staff of Firelands Regional Medical Center and is part of the North Coast Professional Corp. Practice Group. He opened a practice in Milan in September of 2007.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The beaches of Mexico and Florida still beckon, as does the Caribbean. It is Spring Break time and despite the sluggish economy, people are still seeking haven from the cold.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Aggressive speeding is considered going more than 20 mph over the speed limit. In Huron County, there were 367 such citations in 2008. Statistics from the state Highway Patrol show that number is significantly less than four of the six surrounding counties and the next to lowest of all the neighboring counties.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Thirty percent of the 1,317 new cases filed last year in Huron County were foreclosures. That means there were 392 foreclosures in 2008. Five years ago, there were 224. In 1995, the Huron County Clerk of Courts had only 30 foreclosure cases, representing 3 percent of the total cases. "Foreclosures continue to go up," clerk of courts Susan Hazel said, citing the tough economic times and "lending practices in this area."
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Elizabeth Garcia lost her job last August and, despite applying to at least two businesses a week since then, she still hasn't found another one. "Most of them say, 'We aren't hiring right now,'" she said. "I've put in applications everywhere." Garcia believes the fact that she's a senior citizen may be working against her in a job market with so many people looking for work.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Spring officially arrived on the calendar last Friday. But wasn't it nice to get a foretaste of it with the 60-degree weather on Tuesday and Wednesday; to walk out the door and find that you did not need your gloves or hat; to actually feel the warmth of the sunshine and south breeze? Yes, it was discouraging when the inevitable cold front passed, dashing to smithereens the shirtsleeve weather with chilly winds and a cold rain. But sunshine and tolerable temperatures followed close behind. Such alternating weather patterns sometimes confuse the casual observer as to whether it is truly springtime in Norwalk or not.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's become traditional for some Huron County folk to head south for the winter or at least a couple of weeks, but this year the snowbirds were flying south in coveys and flocks. Unremitting cold, rain and snow and generally miserable days made the south look unusually good. But actually, there's a better time to go or to make a second trip, especially if you're a fisherman, and that time is right now. For several good reasons. One is that the weather is close to perfect. Not too hot during the days, not too cool at night, and the likelihood of cold fronts putting the fishing off is almost non-existent. Two, you'll probably get off-season rates, since winter is srime time, and three, that aforementioned salt water fishing can be very good. As a veteran guide once told me: "The two worst months of the year are January and February. March is better, April action is good, and May and June when the tarpon and snook really start to hit are excellent."