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
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
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
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
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.
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
For a luncheon program with the theme "celebrating area business - the fabric of our community,' Norwalk Custom Order Furniture was the perfect setting. Norwalk Economic Development Corp. (NEDC) Director Ellen Heinz said NCOF is the "perfect example' of something extraordinary happening in Norwalk in the midst of a struggling economy.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
VERMILION TOWNSHIP - The murder case surrounding Carla P. Westhofen, 58, of Huron, ended with the suicide of her accused killer. The victim's ex-live-in boyfriend, David "Jody" L. Kromer, 56, died from a single gun shot to his right temple at Firefly Beach Resort. The Erie County Sheriff's Office received a call about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday about a strong natural gas odor coming from the cabin, where investigators found Kromer's body in a closet in one of the cabins he rented.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Two canine units performed a drug sweep of the lockers at New London high and middle schools early Friday afternoon. "They locked the school down for about 25 minutes,' New London Police Chief Michael Marko said.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Encouraged by a new safety analysis showing that young people in Ohio are driving safer this year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Ohio Department of Public Safety are encouraging all drivers to keep their headlights on throughout the day today to highlight highway safety. The statewide "Lights for Life" effort is being spearheaded by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and is aimed at raising awareness of teen driver safety and the causes behind crashes involving young drivers. The movement is not only a pledge to be a safe driver, but also is a reminder to others of the importance of roadway safety.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
His card indicates he's a "Master of Magic" and an "Entertainer Extraordinaire." He estimated he can perform 50 to 100 tricks of all types, but his specialty is magic involving cards.
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com After 10 months in office, Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) has settled into his seat in Columbus. The big talk in Columbus, and everywhere else, is the president's stimulus package. What happened to the stimulus funds?
6:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
FAIRBORN - Too big. Too strong. Too tough. St. Paul's volleyball season came to an end Saturday afternoon as the Lady Flyers dropped a 25-17, 20-25, 25-10, 25-13 decision to Marion Local in the Div. IV state championship game.