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sseitz@norwalkreflector.com For more than 100 years, the Norwalk Elks Lodge 730 has served the local community. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America has been serving communities since the mid-1800s. There are now more than 2,200 nationwide. "We care and share kids mostly," said John Moslener, Norwalk lodge secretary. "We sponsor scholarships and essay contests on Americanism and have hoops shoots and sponsor soccer teams and baseball teams.
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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com American Veterans Post 1965 is the only veterans organization to include National Guard members and reservists even if they don't see military action. Doug Colvin founded the post on Flag Day 1965 to give recognition to men and women who weren't eligible for other organizations such as American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars. "There is some overlap," Colvin said. "But we are more inclusive."
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com WAKEMAN Wakeman Eagles No. 4354 started meeting in the basement of the American Legion building on Hyde Street when the organization was chartered in 1995. In April 1999, the Eagles moved to the corner of Ohio 60 and U.S. 20. "We built a brand new building," recalled member James Morman, who was the chaplain for two years. "I moved here 10 years ago and I remember when it was built."
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com PLYMOUTH American Legion Post 447 in Plymouth has been around for more than 100 years, assisting comrades and raising funds for its operation. A couple times a year, the post hosts residents from the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, as well as the home in Greenwich. "It's wonderful," said Tracy Waskielis, activities director at the Sandusky home. "Our veterans absolutely love going out to different post organizations."
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WILLARD - Willard American Legion Post 514 members have multiple reasons for excitement: The post's color guard has been district color guard for a number of years; its membership of about 650 has remained steady and the post is considered one of the nicest in the 5th district, auxiliary president Roberta Mathias said. The post's newest group, the American Legion Riders, has been in existence for three or four years, and has about 76 participants. Those who make up the riders are affiliated with the American Legion and are motorcycle enthusiasts. They participate in parades, motorcycling events, and support the communities in which they live, work and play.
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Odd Fellows have been helping people for years, but they know they have to get the attention of young people if they want the charity to continue. Odd Fellows have been helping people in the Norwalk area since 1845. Officially known as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the group came by their name centuries ago in England. "These guys always helped people out, but they were anonymous so nobody knew who they were. People said they were really odd fellows," said William Frey, secretary of the Norwalk Odd Fellows Lodge 37.
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BELLEVUE - The Veterans of Foreign Wars 1238 has about 700 members, including the women's auxiliary. "We have a little over 200 women," quartermaster Bruce Kent said. The Bellevue VFW was chartered 71 years ago. The post has been in just two locations since 1937. The original building was downtown and the most current is at 6104 W. U.S. 20.
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Education and patriotic service are two areas sponsored by Sally de Forest Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. The organization gave a Firelands College student $806 this year, it provided tuition each year for one pupil at Betty Gerken Center, and it has brought 20 residents of the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky to a pair of Veteran's Day concerts.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com WAKEMAN More than 275 Wakeman residents are set to rededicate themselves to making good men better. The Wakeman Gibson Masonic Lodge No. 301 will hold a reconsecration ceremony on April 5, marking the 150-year history of the lodge. All of the State Grand Lodge Officers will be in Wakeman for that event. Free masonry is the oldest and largest world wide fraternity dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being.
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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Joe Lesch remembers seeing Knights of Columbus members in ceremonial dress in church services when he was just a boy. "I'd noticed the Knights of Columbus in church when I was younger and I thought that was a neat organization to join," Lesch said, so he became a member in 1999 and is now a deputy grand knight. To Bryan Daughterty, grand knight of Norwalk council 626, the benefits of K of C membership are obvious "to better ourselves as Catholic gentleman and to take an active part in charity functions."
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sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Moose International is a non-profit fraternal organization founded in 1888 in Louisville, Ky. The membership consists of Loyal Order of Moose for men and Women of the Moose for women. Locally, there are Moose lodges in Norwalk, Willard, Port Clinton and Bellevue. There are about 2,000 lodges in existence and about 500,000 members worldwide.
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WILLARD - VFW Post 3430 has more than tripled in size since it was chartered 72 years ago this month. There were 32 members when the organization was formed March 2, 1936. Now it boasts 110.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON The Firelands Fraternal Order of Eagles 2869 celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The New London organization was first housed in the main part of the village. Current secretary Bill Smith said the Eagles "owned an uptown building that had to be torn down in the 1990s." "It was on North Main. We're now on Fir Street," he said.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com American Legion members don't only care for their own. While the Norwalk post tries helps to help fellow veterans, it also has poured more than $226,000 into local charities in the last three years. "I take a lot of pride in that," said post finance officer Ray Baldwin, who served in the Army during Vietnam. "It says a lot about our membership to be able to donate that much money to the community."
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Veterans of Foreign War Post 2743 celebrates 76 years of existence in 2008. "It was located on Seminary Street, right around where the bowling alley is now," said Bob Timman, the judge advocate for the last decade. The fraternal organization has grown from about 40 members in 1932 to its present 925. U.S. citizens who have had honorable service in the armed forces and have been involved in overseas service "in foreign conflict" are eligible to join the VFW, according to vfw.org.
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The presidential campaign for Barack Obama is up and running in the area. The campaign group "Firelands Folks for Obama' started meeting on Feb. 1. In a series of organizing sessions, the group has now planned for some campaign events, starting with a two-day voter canvas project Saturday and Sunday in Sandusky. In the latest meeting held in Bay View Saturday, the group met with a campaign representative from the national campaign, who will be working and headquartered in the area.
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PLYMOUTH - With four champions and seven total wrestlers advancing to the Diivison III district Friday and Saturday at Owens Community College in Toledo, one would have thought Monroeville could dethrone Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic as sectional champions over the weekend at the Plymouth. Not so, as the Panthers used their numbers to handily win their 20th straight sectional crown. The Panthers rolled up 212 points, compared to 167 for the second-place Eagles.
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HURON TOWNSHIP - A Sandusky man was pronounced dead at Firelands Regional Medical Center after an early Sunday morning single-vehicle crash on U.S. 6 just east of Griffing Airport. Five other people, including the Norwalk driver, went to the hospital with injuries. Nicholas A. Codispoti, 22, who died, was one of five passengers in the 4:40 a.m. accident that troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol suspect was alcohol-related. The driver, Marisa A. Roberts, 19, of 4936 Ohio 601, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Firelands with serious injuries. A medical helicopter later transferred her to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Spokeswoman Jennifer Jordan said Roberts is a patient, but no condition was available this morning. The (Toledo) Blade reported she was in critical condition as of Sunday.
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Feb. 16, 1972 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 36 years ago:
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FEB. 18, 1972 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 36 years ago:
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Steve Gerber's name might not be a household one, but I'd be surprised if you didn't know his work. The 60-year-old comics writer died Feb. 10 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. Gerber was the creator of Howard the Duck, the Marvel Comics character in a cheesy 1986 film by executive producer George Lucas, starring Lea Thompson and Tim Robbins. Gerber also created Man-Thing and wrote issues of "Sub-Mariner," "Daredevil" and "Defenders."