2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
National data indicate that few older persons engage in regular physical activity, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "But, exercise is beneficial at all ages, especially as we grow older and may be experiencing a loss of strength, flexibility and endurance," said Joyce Hill, Fisher-Titus Medical Center's director of rehabilitation. "Not only does exercise make us look and feel better, but it also helps to minimize the risk of a variety of diseases. Health professionals recommend 30 minutes of exercise at least five times a week to help fight heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stress and obesity," said Joyce Hill, Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Director of Rehabilitation. FTMC provides two exercise programs to improve strength, flexibility, endurance and balance. Both classes are offered as mix-and-match sessions and are on a drop-in basis. Attend 12 sessions of Seniors Keep Moving and/or Seniors Stay Strong for $27.50, PrimeCare Advantage discount for $25. To sign up, join a free trial class.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Members of Post 2743 in Norwalk, take their baseball quite seriously. For more than 50 years, the Post has actively supported the Lefty Grove Baseball League. Named for Baseball Hall of Famer Lefty Grove, the league has grown to support 37 teams averaging 12 to 14 players per team. Grove, who pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics in the '30s, had grandchildren who played in the program. He retired to Norwalk and gave the Post permission to use his name. League Commissioner Scott Ford said the baseball complex, located behind the Post, is "quite impressive." It features five playing fields, a concession stand, a $71,000 handicapped-accessible restroom and a storage building. The Ladies Auxiliary almost exclusively mans the concessions every night of the week beginning in mid-May, continuing through August. Post member Bob Zinn also helps.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN The world's first service club was the Rotary Club of Chicago, founded Feb. 23, 1905 by Paul P. Harris and three of his friends. The name "Rotary" was derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among the members' offices. Today, Rotary is a growing organization of more than one million volunteer business and professional men and women united worldwide. Best described by the motto "Service Above Self," Rotarians provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and build universal peace and goodwill. Rotary International is the association of more than 27,000 Rotary Clubs located in 150 countries. Each club meets weekly and determines its own service activities. Currently, Rotary International is encouraging clubs to focus on illiteracy, drug abuse prevention, childhood immunization, and helping the young and the elderly. Milan Rotary raises money for charitable contributions primarily with our wood project and reverse raffle dinner held in April.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Do you know someone that has been affected by cancer? Relay for Life is your opportunity to join the fight against this horrible disease. Relay for Life is a community gathering where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer. It is a celebration of life for survivors, an opportunity to honor those we have lost, and gives everyone a chance to make a difference for the future. Last year, we had 33 teams from the community, 95 Cancer Survivors attend the Survivorship Reception and 635 luminaries lit the track. Overall the teams raised more than $80,000. This year Relay for Life in Norwalk is on Friday July 10 through Saturday July 11. Teams will be camping out at Whitney Field and take turns walking or running around the track, relay style, for 24 hours. If you are a cancer survivor, or know of someone who is, please join us on Friday evening at 5 p.m. for our survivorship reception. Your strength and courage will help the community see that cancer survivorship is real that we are making progress in the battle against cancer. When the sun goes down, hundreds of luminaries light the way under the stars to remember those lost to cancer, those fighting cancer, and those who have fought cancer and won. This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight. While we are raising much-needed funds, we are also raising awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and patient support. Relay brings people together from all walks of life with the common goal of eliminating cancer. No matter who you are, there's a place for you at Relay. This event is free and open to the public. Join us for games, food and entertainment! If you would like information about joining a relay team, starting your own team, or further details about relay, contact: Cathy McGinn at cmcginn1@verizon.net, Kathy Hammersmith at jhammersmith@peoplepc.com, or Jill Watson at: shoppingchic79@yahoo.com.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you are interested in planting and arranging flowers, landscaping your property, being involved in community projects, and helping the children in your community, joining a garden club may be just the right activity for you. This year, the Berlin Heights Garden Club will be celebrating its 80th birthday. Meetings are on the third Friday of each month, where trips to places of interest are a part of the agenda. Guest speakers are another feature of the monthly meetings, as well as making bird feeders, garden stones, wreaths, and a variety of other projects. Membership is not limited to Berlin Heights residents. The Berlin Heights Garden Club sponsors a flower show each year in conjunction with the Berlin Heights Basket Festival in August. On the first Saturday of May, more than 100 people come to our annual plant sale at the fire department. All plants come from members' gardens, so success in transplanting them is assured. Serving the youth of the community is a special project of the club. Each year members of the club sponsor a sunflower contest for the students of Berlin Elementary school. Seeds are distributed at the end of the school year, and the results are measured during September of the next year. Prizes are awarded to winners in each grade level.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
w/pic Diane Scharringhausen and the flag she made for Sally de Forest Chapter DAR Officers attending the Ohio DAR Conference in Columbus in April, 2008, were (l to r) Virginia Bodi, Edith Proctor, Ann Stoddard, and Mary Stewart. Members of Sally de Forest Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, are charged to support educational and patriotic causes, and this year Norwalk's chapter increased donations in both categories. Their scholarship at Firelands College BGSU provided $870 to Lisa Price of Huron, and they donated $450 for residents of Ohio Veterans Home to attend the Veterans' Day concert in Norwalk, put on by Ohio State Glee Clubs.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Authorities are awaiting the autopsy results from the Lucas County Coroner's office before ruling on how a rural Norwalk woman died. She was found dead in the snow in her back yard Monday. A resident of Meadowbrook Estates Mobile Home Park called 9-1-1 at 9:01 a.m. to report finding her neighbor Joyce A. Marsh, 71, unresponsive while lying in her back yard, a sheriff's dispatcher wrote in her report. It's unknown how long Marsh had been there.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Council will vote tonight to advertise and receive bids for the 2009 sidewalk repair and replacement program. This is an annual program for which the city budgets for each year. Council members will also vote on a resolution to approve the city's comprehensive 2009 tree plan, another annual occurrence.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD A 25-year-old Willard resident and his associates are accused of bringing cocaine and marijuana into the city. Drug investigators with METRICH a 10-county task force used a search warrant Jan. 13 at a mobile home unit at 410 E. Walton St. Six total officers from the Huron County Sheriff's Office as well the Norwalk and Willard police departments seized two loaded weapons, marijuana, about 35 grams of powdered cocaine and Ativan prescription pills. Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said authorities also nabbed marijuana-related paraphernalia including a grinder with dope in it and some rolling papers. He declined to say when the suspect started bringing cocaine and marijuana into Willard.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Wayne Babcanec's life hinged on a job interview at his old high school. If he had gotten that job at New Brighton (Pa.) High School, he would have been back with his old buddies having fun and coaching football. It would have been a dream-come-true for a kid who lived right across the river from Beaver Falls High School, home of Joe Namath, one of the National Football League's most famous quarterbacks whom Babcanec watched play in the 1960s. Namanth led the New York Jets to a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Babcanec didn't get the job. Instead, he applied at Norwalk and was hired in the fall of 1974. It was the same year the Norwalk Truckers were state football champions.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 9-1-1 tapes involving the case in which a local man shot his wife and stepdaughter on Christmas Day have been made public. Huron County sheriff deputies arrested Nicanor Garcia, 32, of 5181 Bevier Road, Plymouth, for the shootings and his bond was set at $250,000 for each count. Melissa Ruiz, 16, is in critical condition at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Her mother, Veronica Garcia, 43, is also being treated at St. Vincent.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - The weather may have been downright frigid Monday night, but the Indians received a warm reception at the 2009 Press Tour kickoff. The annual caravan consists of three buses this week visiting 14 cities.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - It was standing room only where Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch and her granddaughter were this morning waiting for the inauguration ceremony to start. "We have a big jumbo screen in front of us. We can see the (U.S.) Capitol. We can't see much else," Lesch said.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jeff Cole has turned in his resignation as Norwalk High School head football coach, Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec announced this afternoon. Cole was hired by Norwalk in April 2005, coming from Crestline.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Freddie Downs is proud to be an American. And today, he's especially proud to be a Barack Obama fan. Downs, 50, of Norwalk, just got his new license plate and he was showing it off this morning.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
An Akron man will be sentenced March 3 after being found guilty of bringing crack cocaine from his hometown to the Willard area. Damone L. Kirk, 26, had his bond revoked after the two-day trial last week in Huron County Common Pleas Court. The defendant was arrested May 8, the day of a search at 222 1/2 Keefer St., Willard, the home of his late co-defendant Phillip Hampton, 65. METRICH, a 10-county drug task force, started the investigation in April 2007.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
We're looking for you. The Norwalk Reflector will be featuring civic organizations and clubs in its first Firelands Insight edition Feb. 2. All civic organizations and clubs are invited to submit a brief history with two pictures. Examples are the Firelands Computer Club, Master Gardners and the Shakespeare Club. Civic organizations include the Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions clubs.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
After the Civil War ended in 1865 the returning soldiers thought the Norwalk area needed a library and reading room. Not only would it give young people access to the world's literature, but it would give adults a place to read the latest national newspapers and magazines. The group was born officially at a meeting on Jan. 24, 1866. Several interested citizens and groups donated books and funds, including some books from Washington Irving. Regular fund-raisers and subsidies from local groups, as well as memberships, helped the library and reading room continue. These efforts became the basis of Norwalk's present Public Library. The library's present building was first occupied in 1905 through the efforts of the Young Men's group; the Whittlesey Academy of Arts & Sciences; and the Firelands Historical Society. This new facility was a free public library, supported by the Young Men's group and by public tax funding. In 1926 the Young Men's group released its operations to the Norwalk Board of Education, which created a School District Public Library and it continues today. The Young Men had income-producing property and have used their income to assist qualifying charities to the present time. This group was extremely generous to the Firelands Historical Society when it renovated the Preston-Wickham House in 1953 to become the Historical Society's new home.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
NAMI of Huron County is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are a local all volunteer organization with about 50 members. Nami Huron County was formed in 1998 as a small group of concerned family members. Our mission is to help individuals and families affected by serious biological brain disorders. We offer education, support and advocacy. Education by providing materials to libraries, doctor offices and at local affairs as well as speaking with and mailing to individuals with questions. Twice a year there is a Family to Family education program. This is a 12-week program for families with loved ones who are experiencing the effects of a serious mental illness. The classes are taught locally at the Norwalk Senior Enrichment Center by intensively trained local family members. Our monthly meeting is on the second Monday at 1 p.m. at the State Highway Patrol meeting room on South Norwalk Road. All are welcome to attend. We also have a twice a month support group on the first and third Wednesday at the Norwalk Senior Center at 7 p.m. Again as with all our meetings all are welcome.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
New Year's resolutions abound in January. Many people aspire to lose a few pounds or develop an exercise program. Others would like to reduce stress. The ultimate goal may be to improve overall health. "A healthy lifestyle can be achieved at any age," said Jodi Raboin, Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Community Outreach coordinator. "Fisher-Titus Medical Center has a variety of programs for all age groups that can help families realize the goals of achieving a healthy 2009." Here is a list of programs in 2009 to get you started. Visit the Healthy Heart Fair from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 in the FTMC Snyder/White Heart & Vascular Center. Screenings will include Cholesterol Profile (12-hour fasting for best results, people with diabetes should consult physician before fasting.); Glucose Screening; Pulse Oximetry & Blood Pressure; Prescription Counseling; Link to Life Capsules; Body Composition Analysis; Carotid Screenings and more. The cost is $15 for general public/$12 for FTMC PrimeCare Advantage Members. Appointments and fee required for Cholesterol Profile only, all other screenings are free. Also, learn about FTMC's new Cardiac Calcium Scoring and get pre-screened for a chance to win a free scoring, a $150 value. To register, call (419) 660-2646.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The original Shoestring Players group started back in the 1930s. During World War II they suspended production because many members were in the service or busy supporting the war effort. In the 40s they resumed putting on shows that were wholesome family entertainment.The run continued well into the 1970s when the group became inactive. We are back. Though perhaps small in number we are big in enthusiasm. Once again Norwalk has its own Community Theater Group. Our goal like that of the original group is to provide varied, family friendly, productions. Unlike going to the movies, live theater is much more interactive and the audience feels they are part of the show. Also, you have the opportunity to see friends, neighbors, and people you run into on the street, performing live. Frequently you see talents you never knew they possessed. In the past it was not uncommon to see doctors, lawyers, bankers, builders, car dealers, factory workers, housewives and many other people from all walks of life take their turn performing on stage. Norwalk area residents once again have an opportunity to be a part of little theater. Please join us and support our effort.