6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
IMO the dancing was MUCH improved, the performances better across the board and judges more consistent - and in line with my thinking - than previous weeks on "Dancing With the Stars' this season. I LOVED the group hustle. Made me want to be out there with them. Glad to see just two individual dances: the paso doble and Argentine tango.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Edison High School graduate Gina Risner doesn't need a reminder to feel thankful. She knows the havoc four typhoons have caused in the Philippines. "We're going to have turkey and all the side dishes (on Thanksgiving) and they can't even get a glass of water," said Risner, a BGSU Firelands student. "People there would just be happy to eat a can of beans."
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com When Pleasant Elementary School children heard the winner of a drawing contest was from Sarah Albright's class, some put their hands on their mouths in anticipation. Others crossed their fingers. They broke out into a scream and cheers when they learned the winner was Samantha Bauer. And afterwards, the children crowded around her and hugged her.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
When is the last time you wrote a letter? I don't mean an e-mail. I don't mean an obligatory thank-you note with a few sentences about how much you liked the gift, whether you really liked it or not. I don't mean a birthday card or a condolence card with a few lines added. I mean a real letter, containing news about your life and questions about someone else's life, that you folded up, put in an envelope, sealed, stamped, and put in a mailbox. I mean a letter that took a day or two to arrive.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
At the time, it seemed like a simple act of kindness: Carol Mason had agreed last spring to serve as accompanist at Norwalk First United Methodist Church during the summer, when the organist was gone. Today, Mason, who is not a member of the congregation, believes the church's need for a fill-in accompanist was a sign from God.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District, with assistance from Fisher-Titus Medical Center, will hold three upcoming H1N1 vaccine clinics this week. The Erie County Health Department will be having a clinic at EHOVE Career Center on Friday.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - A Plymouth man was charged with felony fleeing and eluding after he and two passengers ran from a vehicle that crashed after a high-speed pursuit Tuesday night. Brandon M. Kennard, 29, of 397 Plymouth St., and two other suspects fled a Pontiac Grand Prix after the accident in a Huron County soybean field, Plymouth Police Officer Reggie Ganzhorn told the Mansfield News Journal. Kennard was not in custody at the Huron County Jail as of press time.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A two-day drug enforcement detail last week involving more than 100 traffic stops netted multiple citations and two drug-related arrests. Between 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 10 p.m. Friday, the state Highway Patrol and Willard Police Department ran a drug interdiction detail in the Willard area including New Haven and Richmond Townships. The criminal patrol unit from the patrol's Bucyrus District, Huron County Sheriff's Office and Adult Parole Authority also were involved.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO High School sophomores across the state took the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) in March and the results rank Toledo's diocesan Catholic schools among the best in the state. According to the 2009 diocesan Catholic schools annual report, diocesan schools average nearly 96 percent of all students passing the OGT compared to the state average of 84 percent of public school students passing. With these numbers in mind, Diocesan educators continue to raise the bar for their students. Norwalk Catholic School President Walt Klimaski said 93 percent of the 10th graders who took the OGT test last spring passed all five parts the fist time. The average for Huron County show 70.4 percent of the students pass it the first time.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS Cafeteria matters and technology are improving at Western Reserve, and Board of Education members heard some encouraging words about these areas Wednesday. Treasurer Brett Robson said the food service financial situation is looking up, and Superintendent Rodge Wilson remarked on the quality of lunches. He praised the cafeteria workers for their "attention to detail and pride in their work." One of the audience members agreed and said in the elementary cafeteria, "Kids are eating and they are enjoying it." Michael McGill said when he was hired as technology director five months ago, "Things were in a very bad stage," but since that time conditions have gotten better. He said new infrastructure has improved communications and Internet access.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Stores and Seneca One Stop has announced its December schedule. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site. There are a variety of classes and events being offered in December at the Huron County Job Store, 185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk. n Get a Job or a Better Job, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 21 and 28. Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. This session includes a review of state employment and unemployment features. n Goal Setting and Time Management, from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 2.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
To address the economic crisis locally, the Main Street Norwalk Program, Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce and the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. have joined efforts to promote shopping local. The groups are launching the first phase of their shop local campaign, "Shop Local First, The Buck Stays Here!" The first phase will educate local consumers on the importance of shopping local and ask them to "Take the Shop Local Challenge." The campaign is partially funded by a grant from the Fund for Huron County which was awarded to Main Street Norwalk. Local shoppers are being asked to shop 10 different local, independently owned shops between now and Dec. 14.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners welcomed visitors from the north at Tuesday's meeting. Erie County Commissioner Pat Shenigo along with Jack R. Meyers, sanitary engineer, were in Norwalk on Tuesday to talk trash.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - No foul play is suspected in the death Saturday night of a 26-year-old Norwalk man. William T. "Bill' Nelson finished a set with his band, The Paper Street Soap Company, at 1 a.m. at i-5's in Huron Saturday. He went to the bathroom a few minutes later but did not return. Bar patrons called 9-1-1 at about 1:30 after finding him unconscious and not breathing.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A week after he was laid off at Janesville Acoustics, Neal's wife was diagnosed with cancer. In the nearly a year he has been out of work, he has driven all over the Cleveland and Toledo areas looking for work. He has years of experience in HR, but nobody wants him. "I just want to work," he said, explaining his motivation to volunteer at Jobs and Family Services. He's had many interviews, but each time, he's told the prospective employer is "looking for a different image," i.e., someone younger, than he. Debbie can barely hold back the tears talking about being out of work since March of 2008 after 15 years with Norwalk Furniture. She did what everyone said to do she took advantage of some grant money available and obtained a certificate in accounting, but it has been to no avail.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE Village council member Karen Reer said she enjoys government and serving on council. Apparently, few village residents share her interest. Four of the six council seats were open earlier this month, but only incumbent Don Wangler ran unopposed for re-election. That left three empty positions for 2010. Nobody decided to vie for any of the three seats.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The Board of Education praised New London students Monday for all the good things they have recently accomplished.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Imagine kicking off the holiday season by being surrounded by the area's best young choirs. Now imagine having them serenade you while snuggled down in a comfortable seat in a beautiful theater just a few minutes from home. Imagine no longer. Senior Enrichment Services will present a showcase of young talent at 2 p.m. Nov. 29 at Norwalk High School's Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. Featuring the Bowling Green State University men's a cappella chamber ensemble "The HeeBeeBGs," this fundraiser event combines a bit of comedy and a dash of adorable with perfect harmonies for a fabulous show suitable for all ages. To truly make this a showcase of young talent, local students were invited to take the stage and join in the fun. Edison, New London and South Central High School choirs each will perform their newest shows to open as special guests for the HeeBeeBGs.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Shannon M. Gherman, the intoxicated mother accused of dropping her 15-month-old son on his head twice Saturday, was a no-show Monday morning in Huron County Juvenile Court. Gherman's three children, the boy and two girls, are alleged to be abused and dependent in connection with the mother leaving all three of her children unattended to go purchase cigarettes Nov. 4. Court records further state "during this time (the) mother was gone, the home was burglarized." The 26-year-old mother reported someone stole $75 from her wallet and a stack of quarters, worth about $6, from her dining room table. Gherman also told police she made sure she locked her apartment, 23 Newton St., Apt. B7, before she left to search for her missing car keys and borrow a cigarette from a neighbor, Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that about 3,400 workers from companies in eight states Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Included in that list are those from Janesville Acoustics in Norwalk, Ohio.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - City Manager Brian Humphress has decided not to replace the traffic light at the corner of Myrtle and Emerald. Humphress informed city council members Monday of his decision after a traffic study concluded a light at the intersection is not necessary.