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.
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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.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Within the walls of Fisher-Titus Medical Center, there is a civic organization that has 350-plus members and growing. FTMC volunteers donate their time to the community by serving in various capacities throughout the Medical Center, Norwalk Memorial Home and The Carriage House of FTMC. Last year, FTMC volunteers donated 48,056 hours to the community hospital. Volunteers assist in admitting, drive campus shuttle between The Carriage House and FTMC campus, help visitors at information desks, and work in health information management, oncology, radiology, special clinics, surgery waiting room and the volunteer office. They also assist with activities at the Norwalk Memorial Home and The Carriage House and do clerical work for various departments. Auxiliary member also donated over 100 dozen homemade cookies for the cookie walk and sold over 500 tickets to the annual steak dinner. "Although we are a small community hospital, volunteering plays a very important part at the Medical Center," said Nancy Nickoli, FTMC's director of volunteers and resident service. "Volunteers make a difference in the lives of every person they touch. Their rewards are so much more than monetary. It's the grateful smile and the generous handshake of people in need toward people that need to be needed." Ranging in age from 13 to 91, volunteers come from organizations such as the Business College of Ohio, EHOVE Career Center, community service programs, Christie Lane and various schools and churches. FTMC also has individual volunteers from Norwalk, Willard, Monroeville, New London, Wakeman, Berlin Heights, Milan, Huron, Greenwich, and Collins.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Would you like to add some fun to your life? Do you need healthful and enjoyable exercise? Did you always have a secret desire to participate in the romance of ballroom dancing? Well, your opportunity to do this is on the way. USA Dance has announced that a chapter for ballroom dancers is being organized in the Firelands area. USA Dance, a non-profit volunteer organization, is recognized by the U. S. Olympic Committee as the national governing body for ballroom dancing in the United States. It has more than 150 chapters operating all over the country. The local chapter will sponsor regular social dances for members and the general public. Typically, each dance will consist of a one-hour dance lesson followed by three hours of general dancing and dance demonstrations. The chapter also will promote ballroom dance training in local colleges and high schools, and it will seek to increase the number of business establishments that offer ballroom dancing to the public. Membership is open to singles as well as couples, so a partner is not needed to participate.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Firelands Civil War Roundtable was chartered on Sept.. 17, 1989 in Milan by a group of local people all sharing an interest in the Civil War. There are currently about 35 members on our roster, and we meet the second Sunday of the month, September through April in Room 101 of Building "A" at EHOVE Career Center, 316 W. Mason Road. Our members come from various backgrounds, and range from experts on many aspects of the Civil War, to those who may only have a passing interest, or who may have had an ancestor who served in the war and want to learn more about it. Over the years, we have had many speakers of both local and national renown discussing more than just battles and tactics. Other topics include politics, food, fashion, weapons, medicine, photography, the Underground Railroad, battlefield archaeology, and the people who lived through, and participated in the Civil War. We have been visited by re-enactors portraying Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Generals Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, James Longstreet, George Pickett, nurse and humanitarian Mother Mary Bickerdyke, former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth and Dr. Mary Walker, the only woman to win the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Civil War. On occasion, we also visit local historical sites such as Johnson's Island, the General James B. McPherson home and cemetery in Clyde, the Rutherford B. Hayes Library in Fremont, and various museums.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Diet and exercise goals always rank high on New Year's resolution lists. Many people look for quick, instant ways to lose weight or think that they need to make a financial investment such as a gym membership or a new meal plan to see results. The most important thing to remember if you are thinking about losing weight is to take small steps to improve your health," said Tracy Stadler, a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. "Making changes one step at a time gives you the best chance to reach and stay at a healthy weight and prevent type 2 diabetes." Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have the disease. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The second-oldest historical society in Ohio is headquartered in Norwalk the Firelands Historical Society. It was formed May 20, 1857, with Platt Benedict, Norwalk's first settler, as the first president. He held that office until his death in 1866 at the age of 91. The founders had two immediate goals to gather up the memoirs of the original settlers and thus compile a history of the Firelands; and to create a cabinet of curiosities. The latter became the Firelands Museum, which is still open to the public at 4 Case Ave. in Norwalk. The memoirs were published in a periodical called The Firelands Pioneer magazine, which has been published periodically almost to the present time. This series is the basis of the Historical Society's Research Center, which is one of the oldest genealogical libraries in the United States. After 50 years of temporary quarters, the society cooperated in building the present Norwalk Public Library building, with the Whittlesey Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Young Men's Library and Reading Room Association. The Museum occupied the lower floor until both it and the public library needed more space. The Preston-Wickham House at 38 W. Main became available to purchase in 1953. It was obtained, moved to the rear of the library and renovated for a museum and headquarters. It was a proud moment on May 20, 1957, when the building opened to the public.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office. Working with county extension personnel, Master Gardener volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or persons with disabilities, beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities. The Master Gardener program originated in Seattle in 1972. The Extension Agent in the King County office of the Washington State Extension Service began to train and utilize the expertise of volunteers in order to more effectively reach the gardening public with research-based educational information. It was a great concept that has now spread across the United States, Canada and to other countries. The Master Gardener program in Huron County was initiated, and funded by the county budget in 1998 under the direction of Ted Gastier and Charlene Margetiak. In 2002 with funding no longer available Margetiak's position as Master Gardener Coordinator was eliminated from the extension office. At that point the 15 certified active Master Gardeners led the group to become an official non-profit association, electing officers and establishing a constitution. Since that time the membership has grown to 43 certified and 15 intern Master Gardeners who are fun-loving and are not afraid to get down and dig in the dirt (oops soil is the politically correct word). Another 55 have participated in the required 50-hour education course but are inactive for various reasons.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Want some help keeping that resolution this year? How about a fitness program that is designed to make you look and feel 10 years younger in only 10 weeks? The North American Martial Arts Institute is offering a new course designed to do just that. The 10 Years Younger Total Transformation Course is a fun, motivating and personalized program guaranteed to give you results or your money back. In this program, you will experience the fun of working together as a group towards a common goal, as you create and achieve personal goals for yourself, with everyone cheering you on. The course is built around the five basic elements of overall improvement: cardiovascular training, resistance training, nutritional development, flexibility and aesthetics. These are the things that will help you take back your body clock 10 years. With as many as five class times available throughout the day, starting from as early as 5 a.m. to as late as 7 p.m., there are no excuses for not having the time. John Orndorff, senior instructor, said "5 a.m. and 6 a.m. are some of our most popular classes, you start the day relieving stress and feel energized till bedtime. Clients are not required to attend any one particular schedule. Some people come in at 6 a.m. one day and 7 p.m. the next day, we are as flexible as you can be. We can also set up an alternate workout if you are forced to miss a class."
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Parents, did you know that by the time they reach high school, 63 percent of children are no longer physically active? According to the American Council on Exercise, TV, video games and personal computers take up time that could be spent exercising. It is this lack of activity compounded by too much munching of high-calorie foods that add unwanted and unneeded pounds. "But, don't worry, there is hope," said Joyce Hill, Fisher-Titus Medical Center's director of rehabilitation. "You can be the great motivator. You can't tell kids that being active is fun. You have to show them." "Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself, and make physical activity part of your family's daily routine such as designating time for family walks or playing active games together." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is recommended that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week, preferably daily. Children and adolescents can choose any type of moderate or higher intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, playing tag, jumping rope, or swimming, as long as it is adds up to at least one hour a day.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the 44th time Tuesday, the United States celebrated the peaceful transference of power. Few other nations on earth can boast such a record of seamlessly moving from one leader to another. No bombs went off; no shots were fired; nobody was killed. The old president hands over the keys to the White House and steps aside. Pretty cool. Far from being the rousing, bring-the-house-down speech he became known for during the campaign, President Obama's inaugural address was more subdued, reflecting the serious nature of the challenges facing our nation and they are many. Obama was elected based on his calls for "change." Many of the people who supported him based on that promise have expressed disappointment over some of his cabinet picks who, for the most part, represent the Democratic and Wall Street establishment. Their concern is that he said what he needed to say to get elected but now that's he's in there it will be Washington business as usual.
2:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
For New London's Chris Kaufman, cooking is a link to the past and probably to the future as well because many of her favorite recipes came to her from her beloved Grandma Florence "Tiny" Burdett, and they will probably be passed along someday to her future grandchildren. Kaufman is a children's and youth services supervisor at the New London Public Library and husband Barry, a retired teacher and elementary principal, works with special education programs at Nord Middle School in Amherst.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - The Western Reserve school board with meeting with its suspended superintendent on Friday. The board learned the Ohio Department of Education has made no announcement concerning an investigation into the Doug Solet matter and whether or not he will keep his superintendent certification.