6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
One of the most familiar faces at Summit Motorsports Park is that of the 2009 Sportsman class champion, Chas Lang. Lang has been a regular participant at the track since he was 8 years old, and that represents a fair amount of time. One of the most instantly recognizable features about this year's Sportsman champ is his incessant smile. Trying to catch Lang without that smile on his face even during the toughest of times is nearly impossible. He is one of Norwalk's native sons and he proudly acknowledges that fact whenever the subject comes up. He comes by his love of drag racing quite naturally, because Ron Lang, Chas' father, has been at it longer than Chas. A Junior Dragster veteran, Chas switched to the big cars when he turned 16, driving the same Chevy Malibu that took him to the 2009 season championship. Along with the Malibu, Chas picked up a Super Comp dragster that has brought him some success in that class as well.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
NOV. 20, 1963: The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 46 years ago: Corporation forms new local industry A new industry will open in Norwalk in January for the manufacture of printing machines. A.C. Petrosino, president of the Norwalk Area Development Corporation, announced today the formation of the Printainer Corporation.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
"I wonder if our rescue squad was especially busy last Saturday evening?" questioned the merchant who is a strong follower of Ohio State football antics. "If you were watching, you will have no trouble remembering. With only a few minutes left, a player from Iowa ran the kickoff back for a touchdown. My blood pressure was really up. Thank goodness my old ticker didn't have a tizzy fit which might require a visit from our EMS." The philosopher answered in an expected way. "It just goes to show you how tough a game that was. People have a way of letting their guard down when they have done something really great and are celebrating success. But their enemy doesn't give up and go away and instead, teaches you a lesson in perseverance." "Sort of like me and my diet. Just when I lose a pound or two, along comes something like Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie or Mom's dressing ... the enemies," grumbled Doberman. "Hello scales ... hello diet ... good-bye leftovers." "My uncle had a problem like that with alcohol. Just when he thought he had it beat, he would try just one. He was so confident because he had been able to leave booze alone for several weeks. One drink and whammo! He was back in treatment," echoed the cynic.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
One of the several fears I have (and probably no one else thinks about it) is the old-time place names will disappear. I'm speaking of places such as Blue Fly (where I was born); Puckerbush (East Norwalk); Enterprise (west of Milan on Ohio 113); and West Hartland as well as Bismark in Sherman Township and Standardburg south of Monroeville. These place names have been common for many decades and were frequently used in the days before marked roads. If you need to describe where you lived, you might say that your home was a mile south of Blue Fly, and the person coming to visit you would know to how find Blue Fly, and then take the south road and inquire for your home. I've written about the above places through the years, and recently I found more information on the possible origin of the name of Puckerbush. This name was applied before the Civil War to the area around East Norwalk and present-day intersection of Ohio 61 or 601 and the area mainly east and west of there along Ohio 61. You see, Slab City is not more than a mile south of Puckerbush on Ohio 601, so one quickly passes from one community into another. As early as 1847 I've found the name of Puckerbush applied to East Norwalk in a newspaper article. This fact ruins a legend as to the origin of the name. An earlier historian wrote that the neighborhood was called Hucklebrush, and that in 1876 some politicians went there looking for voters. After imbibing too much huckleberry wine they were unable to clearly state where they had been. All they could utter was "puckerbush" instead of "hucklebrush." However, we can put that legend aside.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Predicting the consequences of global warming is one of the really difficult tasks for the world's climate researchers." United Nations Climate Change Conference Web site (http://en.cop15.dk/) It should be acknowledged that even the greediest and most diabolical capitalists and political conservatives still care for the environment of our world. They enjoy fresh air and pure water as much as the tree hugger down the street. What they don't want to see, and I agree with them, are forced restrictions on energy usage and a loss of sovereignty as the United States attempts to join the world to curb the specter of global warming. Earlier this year, the 111th Congress passed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. This bill, otherwise known as Cap and Trade (or "Cap and Tax" in some circles), would, among other things, enact taxes on carbon usage. The bill was passed ultimately as an emergency measure, with scant intelligible debate by the members of the House and now languishes in Washington awaiting discussion in the Senate that may not happen until next year. So much for any emergency. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has labeled carbon dioxide the same CO2 that you exhaled about 17,280 times yesterday as a harmful gas. The benefit is that carbon is now a commodity, with a price of about $9.36 per metric ton as determined by the Parliament of Australia.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD Richland Academy will present "Christmas at the Academy," an old fashioned Christmas variety show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. The show, directed by Ken Barnett, is an old fashioned style of variety show with singing, comedy skits and dance numbers. All of your favorite classic songs will be included and the dance department will thrill you with a "Nutcracker Suite." Reserved ticket seating will be on sale beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. Seating is limited so the public is urged to buy tickets soon. For more information or to register for classes, call Richland Academy at (419) 522-8224 or visit Web site atwww.richlandacademy.com. Richland Academy is located at the corner of 4th and Walnut St.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city of Norwalk compost facility will close for the season on Nov. 29. It is currently open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Residents can take extra yard waste to the compost pile on Austie Shadle Drive. Residents can drop off yard waste, brush, dirt and rocks. Residents can also pick up leaf compost when available at no charge. Anyone using the compost facility must show proof of residency, such as a driver's license.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
After taking a week to consider it, Norwalk city council is expected to give the 2010 budget its first legislative reading at tonight's meeting. If all goes well, the budget could be passed at the Dec. 1 meeting.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
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6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's a tradition in Norwalk that lives by the old saying it is better to give than it is to receive. Volunteers again will be serving meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thanksgiving day at the Norwalk Catholic School Elementary cafeteria.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Local sports bloggers got a message last week from the boys at JJ Huddle pay up or shut up. Huddlers around the state found out it will cost $12 per year or $1 per month to participate in the sports chatter. So what is $12 a year? To many it's not the money, but the principle. Why start charging now when it's been free all these years? Here's an alternative. Instead of paying $12 to chatter with the Huddlers, how about checking out Fandy.com for FREE. Get all of your local sports information and throw in your two cents we won't charge you.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - Emerald FX said they have started work on a contract with Bethpage Camp Resort in Virginia. This is a large water park upgrade, including many of their water features and three large waterslide packages. The project will be completed in May 2010 and is worth about $1.6 million. Plans are also being finalized by EFX for the addition of two more waterslide packages at the same park for Spring 2011. They estimate this job's worth to be about $750,000. Emerald FX is also looking forward to continue to work with well-respected client The Gorman-Rupp Company. They currently manufacture fiberglass enclosures for this renowned top quality pump manufacturer in Mansfield. Emerald FX is a designer and manufacturer of fiberglass products that range from amusement park items, decorative paneling and waterpark features, to industrial products such as modular enclosures, housings and water tanks. We also sell large and small water park slide packages that often include construction management and design. EFX repairs and refurbishes a variety of fiberglass articles, including most recently, ride carriages for Busch Gardens. The brand name Mazur is currently used in EFX's water park marketing.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND (PA SPORTSTICKER) - A planned fan protest seemed to fail as Cleveland Browns Stadium was three-quarters filled before Monday night's kickoff against Baltimore. Two die-hard Browns fans, disgusted with the direction of the 1-7 team, had urged fans to stay away from their seats for the start, hoping it would send a message to team owner Randy Lerner.Tony "Mobile Dawg" Schaefer of Sandusky organized the protest online with fellow fan "Dawg Pound" Mike Randall. The pair recently met for two hours with Lerner.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) submitted an order for 182,700 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday afternoon. The vaccine will be shipped directly to 467 local health departments, pediatricians and OB/GYNs in 88 Ohio counties. For more information on vaccine availability, visit the site http://www.flu.ohio.gov or call (866) 800-1404 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
6:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 15-month-old boy sustained a large bruise over his left eye socket after his intoxicated mother dropped him on his head twice Saturday. A neighbor who was baby-sitting the child reported Shannon M. Gherman, 26, of 23 Newton St., Apt. B7, was intoxicated after she came home about 7:48 p.m. from an undisclosed location, Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said. Gherman's blood alcohol content level was .306 almost three times the legal limit when she blew a portable breath test, he said.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most, if not all, outdoorsmen love nature and like to see wild creatures at their daily business. Which is why many a time I've bagged my requisite two squirrels for dinner, then lingered to watch others frisk among the leaves. Or sat quietly while a small herd of deer foraged for acorns. I like to see a flock of mallards flare, then set their wings and drop into the decoys, and also like to see perky little chickadees in my bird feeder. Or a raucous bluejay dominate smaller birds for possession of sunflower seeds. The time is coming when winter storms and bitter days will end most hunting and fishing, and when those months arrive, a bird feeder and the bits of brightly colored, feathered life around it will brighten your house-bound hours. Actually, feeding and watching birds is becoming a major national sport, and Americans spend more on bird seed each year than the gross national product of some developing countries. More and more people feed them year around, too, and most of us can easily recognize common types like robins, cardinals, bluejays, and English sparrows. But there's a trend now to take the sport much more seriously, and some even make special trips to watch hawks migrate through West Virginia hills or see shore birds at Point Pelee on the Canadian side of Lake Erie. Many these days maintain a check lists and faithfully record every new bird they see. For some, that check list has grown to more than 100 birds. And finding new ones can be a major thrill for the serious. Like an extremely rare painted bunting seen last year at Magee Marsh, or a burrowing owl or brown pelican, unusual visitors to Ohio that do turn up occasionally.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Quilt display NEW LONDON Cathy Ake, pastor of the New London United Methodist Church, displayed one of her quilts to her fellow Rotarians Monday. Ake created the quilt around the theme of an Elderhostel trip to California she made with husband Ray several years ago. The blocks represent their experiences and some of the animals they studied. Ake, a member of the New London Quilt Guild, said choosing quilt materials and making squares is very fulfilling and one way she expresses her creativity.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Gallery 55,' Norwalk's newest uptown shop, is scheduled to open its doors Nov. 23, but plans to hold the grand opening festivities Dec. 7. Located at 28 E. Main St, "Gallery 55' gives local senior artisans age 55 and older a place to display and sell their pieces.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
There is a very tall radio tower on Derussey Road, south of U.S. 20 in Townsend Township. It was erected sometime in the 1960s and became a landmark for people in that part of Huron County. The red light atop its impossibly high superstructure has been pulsing out its warning to low flying aircraft for decades. And there is no guessing the distances to which its electronic signals have reached in that time. Right across the road from that amazing mast is an old farm house and barn.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Although Colton Wilson is 13, caring for him is a 24-hour job: The New London Middle School student, who has cerebral palsy, needs help with all daily necessities, said his mother, Whitney. She, and other parents of special needs children are taking advantage of a new local respite program called Parents Night Out. The program, a partnership between area churches, allows such parents to take a break from providing round-the-clock care. At the same time, it gives special needs children and their siblings a chance to have fun in a safe environment.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lots of hard work and sacrifice went into preparing Norwalk's 2010 budget. Mayor Sue Lesch, along with finance director Diane Eschen presented that budget to city council Tuesday. Council needs to pass it or pass some form of it by Dec. 1.