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ELYRIA The Lorain County Community Action Agency, Inc. (LCCAA) and Erie-Huron Counties Community Action Commission, Inc. (EHCAC) will host a Joint Annual Celebration and Awards Luncheon Oct. 10 at Lorain County Community College John A. Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria. Community members and organizations, partners and collaborators and public officials are cordially invited to attend. This year's theme highlights the past, present, and future reflecting the long-standing importance of waging war on poverty and working to ensure that the needs of low-income residents are met well into the future. With the 2008 U.S. census poverty report issued this month showing 2.5 million more Americans entered into poverty last year, demonstrating how the Community Action network serves as a vital part of a regional safety net has never been timelier. Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a table of 10. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the John A. Spitzer Conference Center lobby with luncheon and program beginning at 11 a.m. in the Grand Room. A reception will immediately follow the program. The keynote speaker is Bob Garbo, executive director, Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action.
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Members of the 1959 graduating classes of St. Paul High School and Norwalk High School, with spouses and guests, returned to Norwalk recently for their 50th class reunions. Friday evening, 50 classmates and guests of the St. Paul High class met at the Knights of Columbus to renew old acquaintances and attempt to catch up on a half century of happenings. The Norwalk High School classmates met at Duane and Marilyn Hargrave Ringle's home and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. More than 58 classmates and guests attended the Ringle party. The Friday evening gatherings were made more personal because the 1959 alumni from SPH and NHS were invited to both gatherings and many attended both. The NHS and SPH alumni attended a catered brunch on Saturday morning that was held at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. This was the first time such a coordinated event between graduating classes has taken place in Norwalk. A microphone was passed around the room for comments. Classmates came from Florida, Washington, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Illinois, New Jersey, Maine and California. During the weekend, each member of the SPH class was given DVDs that contained yearbook pictures and popular 1959 songs. Firelands Catholic Education Development Office (FCEDO) compiled class bios and Jim Brunn supplied the DVDs. On Saturday afternoon, the SPH alumni toured the facilities and attended 4:30 p.m. Mass.
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SANDUSKY Raven Rock Workwear, with a location at the Sandusky Mall, is the country's 369th fastest growing privately-held company, according to Inc. Magazine. Raven Rock is a retailer focused on high performance, rugged workwear, outdoor and safety gear, work boots and accessories. This is the first time Raven Rock has been included in Inc.'s annual "500 fastest growing" ranking. Founded in 2005, Raven Rock is unique because it is a one-stop-shop and carries a full selection of items, such as work clothing, work boots, safety gear and other items. Company CEO Steve Thomas said Raven Rock, based in Ohio, succeeds in a down economy for fundamental reasons. "Workers continue to need the high quality, value and variety that Raven Rock offers. There are few places a working man or woman can go that's a one-stop shop. No national chains do this," he said. Thomas said the Sandusky Mall location has been successful and is typical of the company's ongoing, steady growth. "This location has a great mix of both corporate and institutional business-to-business customers, together with individuals purchasing for their own use," Thomas said.
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A Western Reserve school bus driver was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance after a three-vehicle crash Monday on U.S. 20 just west of Hartland Center Road. Norwalk resident Sara L. Knackstedt, 52, of 781 Ohio 61, told troopers with the state Highway Patrol her brakes went out, a Norwalk post spokeswoman said this morning. She said a patrol investigator was scheduled to inspect the brakes.
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Investigators recovered 30 firearms in the house shared by murder suspect Steven J. Rodvold and his father, Keith R. Rodvold, 51. Huron County sheriff's deputies and a state crime-scene investigator spent between 14 and 15 hours Thursday and Friday processing 92 N. Ohio 60, New London, for evidence. Capt. Bob McLaughlin, in a search warrant filed Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court, said authorities found six spent rounds at the scene and a bullet in the northern interior porch wall.
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Amish Heirloom specializing in American made custom handcrafted furniture since 2001. Doug and Kim Arter's original plan was to buy a franchise, but then they decided to start up their own independently-owned retail store in 2001. They met some key Amish craftsmen who connected them with the resources and contacts they needed.
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Norwalk Custom Order Furniture will hold a Community Day and open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be a factory tour, refreshments and drawings to celebrate the company's one-year anniversary.
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Now that she's had time to sit back and catch her breath, Kristie Wert offered her thoughts this morning on Norwalk's first Autumn Leaves Festival which took place Saturday. "I'd grade it a B-plus for a first-time festival," said Wert, Main Street program manager. "There are always things to improve on or things we see we can do differently," she said.
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MILAN - They came to this burial happy. The ceremony was not meant to inter a loved one or friend, but pieces of history that people in the year 2109 are to dissenter, learn from and enjoy.
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Murder suspect Steven J. Rodvold will face the judge Sept. 30. "He'll be indicted then,' said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, who presents most of the cases to grand juries on behalf of Prosecutor Russell Leffler's office.
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Huron County's employment picture continues to show slight improvement. For the first time this year, the county's unemployment rate dipped below 14 percent.
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This column writing is a tough business. There are only so many good ideas to go around, so when you find something, you have to jump on it and run. Writing a Tuesday column means I don't get first pick for the week. That's left up to veteran columnist Jim Busek, who has owned his Monday slot for more than 30 years. If he jumps on it first, I am left to go with a backup. That's what happened this week.
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news@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH The South Central Board of Education met Monday evening and approved the payment to 7-L Construction of Bellevue for $224,411 for completion of work on the parking lot. The original bid was $201,779 with the board changing orders approving an additional $24,882 for needed changes. As the work in the parking lot ran over the completion date, both parties agrees on a lesser payment of $2,250.
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news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Treasurer Gina Blackman expressed her concerns about school funding at Monday's New London Board of Education meeting. Blackman said it was anticipated federal stimulus money would help loosen the financial restraints school districts are facing; however, the state is using the money to replace funds it is taking away. Since the stimulus money is a temporary fix, Blackman said the future looks bleak for schools, and she added unfunded mandates need to be eliminated as revenue sources dry up.
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SEPT. 23, 1978 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 31 years ago: City Burger Chef in TV commercial Some of Norwalk's residents may see themselves on television next year as camera crews will be taping at Norwalk's Burger Chef Tuesday.
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The Willard High School ex-wrestler who hazed a fellow teammate Feb. 4 has been prohibited from being on the team while he is on long-term probation through Huron County Juvenile Court. The junior must also write a 5,000-word essay on why hazing is wrong and its effects on victims. The boy, who studies auto body and collision repair at Pioneer Career and Technology Center in Shelby, must be accompanied by an adult in locker rooms at all times, perform 50 hours of community service and pay about $1,000 in restitution for the victim's various medical and counseling bills.
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The Norwalk Police Department has received $12,901 in grant money to boost its effort to encourage students not to use drugs. On Friday, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced the recipients of law enforcement grants that will support drug use prevention efforts performed by hundreds of law enforcement officers across Ohio. The Ohio Attorney General's Drug Use Prevention Grant will fund 297 Ohio officers from 175 different Ohio departments. In all, the recipients will share nearly $2.8 million. "This grant helps support a worthy public goal: educating our kids about the right decisions to make when confronted by drugs," Cordray said.
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Norwalk's parks and recreation department has placed a .8-mill renewal levy on the Nov. 3 ballot. "This is a renewal," said Ken Leber, parks and recreation superintendent.
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The numbers are staggering. The worse the economy gets, the more the requests come in for the Norwalk Area United Fund. The requests, executive director Linda Bersche said, have been almost too numerous to count the last couple of months. Now, more than ever, Bersche said, the organization needs your help.
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Don't let Tuesday night's Norwalk city council work session agenda fool you, there will be plenty to talk about. The actual council packet contained no new legislation for the meeting, but Diane Eschen, finance director, is expected to give council a PowerPoint presentation on the budget.
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There was a time in my less mature columnist days that I would have been elated to see a front page headline such as the one that appeared in this newspaper last Thursday: "Lovers Busted in SUV." In case you did not see it, a few quotes from the story will bring you up to speed. "The Huron County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 7:39 a.m. Wednesday." Someone had heard "a woman moaning in the (parking lot of the nature preserve) on West River Road, north of Wakeman." Maj. Greg Englund was dispatched and "thought he'd find a person who was having a heart attack." Instead, "two people were having sex in the back seat of the (sport utility vehicle). 'The window was down. That's why you could hear them,' the deputy said."