The legislative committee of the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce is reactivating and we are very excited and fortunate to have Jeff Reed heading up the effort. In Jeff's words, "last fall's election and other pressing issues show we must be more proactive in making our views known to the public and legislators."
We couldn't agree more. While many people do not like politics and therefore don't get involved, the consequences are that someone else decides matters of importance for you and your business. We need to do a better job of organizing ourselves and using the strength that comes from standing together on issues. We will be holding an organizational meeting in a couple of weeks and if you or someone from your business would like to be involved please contact the office at (419) 668-4155.
COLLINS Twenty-eight vendors filled 61 tables with their goods recently at the 17th annual Western Reserve toy show sponsored by the Western Reserve Ruritan Club and held at the Western Reserve Elementary gym.
Several of these dealers have participated in the show every year since its inception, and the first one the more than 500 visitors saw when coming in the door was Ashland resident Donna Williams. She and husband Tom own Tubo's Toy Box and as usual displayed a large selection of metal signs and neon clocks.
Huron County seniors may be unaware about how Senior Enrichment Services of Huron County can help them pay for their prescription drugs.
The organization's Senior Drug Assistance Program allows qualified senior Huron County residents to take advantage of various drug programs now being offered. Benefits range from the pharmaceutical companies' indigent programs to the Senior Enrichment Voucher Program.
More than half of you like Daylight Saving Time, according to an online poll conducted by the Reflector last week.
In fact, 32 percent like it so much they say it should last all year long. However, nearly that many, 30 percent, say we shouldn't bother at all.
FOSTORIA - Western Reserve's dreams of playing the role of giant-killer and winning the Division III Fostoria district championship fell apart in the second half Saturday against Liberty-Benton in a boys' basketball game.
Playing against Ohio's top-ranked team, the Roughriders held the upper hand for a quarter and a half and were still in good shape during the middle of the third quarter. But the Eagles rolled to a 57-31 win to improve to 23-0 and advance to the Bowling Green regional.
Congratulations to Susan Reilly of Huron County and Heather Kromer of Erie County.
Both of these producers were re-appointed as advisor to represent farmers on their local FSA County Committees. Susan will serve on the Huron County Committee, and Heather will represent producers on the Erie County Committee. The new terms for these representatives began on March 1.
The Huron Soil and Water Conservation District is collaborating with Erie Soil and Water Conservation District and BGSU Firelands College to bring educators Science: Inside and Out Workshop, as well as Project Wet.
The target audience is elementary teachers. However, others are welcome to attend.
This church continues a Lenten worship series called, "The Return to Narnia: Re-embracing Our Redemption." Jonathan Mushett, Michaela Mushett, Anthony Mummert and Katelyn Alexander play the roles of the children. The Rev. Bruce Rzengota will preach a message called "Ten Nasty Tidbits about Turkish Delight." Thin Within: a scripture based weight loss support network meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays and is led by Cheryl Rzengota. Co-ed aerobics with child care is offered at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and is led by Shelia Snyder. For details call (419) 668-9208.
COLUMBUS Communities across Ohio have until April 1 to apply for a share of more than $3.6 million in funding for recreational boating access facility projects on the state's waterways, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Grants are available for various projects, including boat launch ramps, docks and improvements or repairs to existing boating access facilities through the Cooperative Boating Access Facilities Program. Since 1960, the program has provided more than $62 million for boating access projects statewide. No local match is required.
A Huron County grand jury indicted nine suspects on felonies Friday and transferred three misdemeanor cases back to Norwalk Municipal Court for prosecution.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff was unavailable to discuss the cases.
COLUMBUS Ohio deer hunters took a record 237, 316 deer during the 2006-07 hunting season and for the third year in a row the harvest surpassed 200,000, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The total number of deer taken was 13 percent above last year's season total of 209,513.
"We are very satisfied with this year's record harvest," said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Division of Wildlife. "Ohio's deer management program is a model for the country. The challenge now becomes maintaining a healthy deer herd into the future."
NEW LONDON The Knott family, formerly of New London, experienced a living nightmare in a span of two weeks last month.
First, on Feb. 8, Kenny Knott's 28-year-old wife, Dorothy, a mother of six, died in a car accident in Tiffin.
I've always been interested in animals. I'm curious about their lives, what they do, and why they do it, which is why I ended up with a master's degree in zoology from The Ohio State University and 30 years of teaching high school biology.
These days I pretty much know how squirrels will react in a given situation, where a rabbit will sit and where he'll go when jumped and the best places to hunt deer. But there's one animal I've never quite understood, one that makes me wonder why they do what they do. That's cougars, and especially why and how they attack humans.