3:57 PM Aug 11, 2010
Norwalk city council held a spirited discussion regarding the proposed settlement for a small piece of Sofios Park property at Tuesday night's meeting. The deal is this. Kayleen and Mark Lee, of 6 Brian Lane, have claimed a portion of city property on the north side that would be part of the Sofios Park through adverse possession, claiming the property has been maintained by themselves or a prior resident for at least 21 years.
3:23 PM Aug 11, 2010
About 300 people attended the All-School Norwalk High School Alumni Reunion last year. "We'd like to exceed that," Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty said about this year's event. The reunion will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the NHS gymnasium. The marching band will be performing at the free gathering about 2:30 p.m.
3:19 PM Aug 11, 2010
I was catching up on some reading recently -- back issues of Golf Digest and Golf Magazine that had been piling up on me. In one from a couple months back, there was a fascinating story about the market for counterfeit golf clubs and efforts to shut it down in China. In various parts of Asia it seems, "entrepreneurs" have top-line golf clubs, bags and balls manufactured by such stalwart American companies as Callaway, Titleist and Ping, reverse engineered the products and sold them as genuine.
1:43 PM Aug 10, 2010
Croghan Colonial Bank is sponsoring the Small Business Reinvention Scholarship Program for Uptown Norwalk Historic District businesses to attend Jon Schallert's Destination Business Bootcamp in Colorado in September 2010. The boot camp teaches business owners new methods of bringing more customers and tourists to their stores and to the community. Croghan Colonial Bank's scholarship provides the tuition for business owners to attend the learning experience while each business owner pays for their travel expenses.
1:37 PM Aug 10, 2010
Kathleen Schaffer said it's good to have friends. That has made the last week a little bit easier for the Schaffer family following the Aug. 1 fire at Shamrock Tavern. A fire in the upstairs apartment caused extensive damage and forced the closing of the tavern, Cameo Pizza and Pat's Barber Shop.
1:33 PM Aug 10, 2010
What could you buy in Norwalk in 1826 for $10.75 and a half cord of wood? A quarter of education at the Norwalk Academy. In 1833, the same quarter at Norwalk Seminary cost $12. The Norwalk Academy closed in 1833, due to lack of funds and a small population of 310 in Norwalk. The Norwalk Seminary burned down in 1836. It was rebuilt in 1839 with a tuition per quarter of $34. Norwalk Seminary closed in 1846, heavily in debt, and the building was sold at public auction. President Rutherford B. Hayes once was a student of the seminary.
1:31 PM Aug 10, 2010
Parts of East Main Street in Norwalk will be closed until the fall as crews work on various projects. The portion of the street where crews will be working is between the Schauss Avenue/Cleveland Road intersection and the Old State Road intersection. The construction involves waterline and storm sewer improvements, rail removal and street reconstruction. The contractor, Dellinger Excavating, is expecting to work from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
1:13 PM Aug 10, 2010
Sofios Park is back in the spotlight once again. The park, which is located on the north side of Norwalk and has yet to be developed, will eventually be transformed into a soccer complex. Norwalk city council will consider legislation at tonight's meeting that involves a settlement between the city and the Lee family, of 6 Brian Lane, over a stretch of park property. The Lees, Kayleen and Mark, had been previously outspoken about the city's purchase of the Sofios Park property.
2:01 PM Aug 9, 2010
Jan. 4, 1925 - Aug. 8, 2010 Ernest G. "Whitey" Fannin, age 85, of Wellington, died Sunday, August 8, 2010 at the Elms Retirement Village, Wellington. He was born January 4, 1925 in Lennox, Kentucky, son of the late William M. and Cloa (nee Adkins) Fannin. Ernest had lived most of his life in Wellington. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
1:49 PM Aug 9, 2010
Several of the most beautiful beaches in the country are located in Florida. And I have been to at least four of them, including two that made the 2010 list of Top 10 Beaches In The U.S. -- Siesta Beach near Sarasota and Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne near Miami. I also really like Caladesi Island near Clearwater, ranked No. 1 beach in the U.S. a few years ago. And almost every time I am in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area I pay a visit to Ft. DeSoto Park whose North Beach Area was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. as recently as 2005.
1:44 PM Aug 9, 2010
Local authorities are looking for two local residents, a middle-age woman and teenage boy, who were reported missing this weekend. Norwalk police sent teletypes to authorities in adjoining counties about the separate disappearances of Lori M. Thomas, 40, who has been known to stay at 9 E. League St., and Jonathan R. Olden, 16, of East Main Street.
1:41 PM Aug 9, 2010
A sheriff's deputy suffered a knee injury after being hit by a fleeing all-terrain vehicle driver in a North Fairfield field. Huron County Sheriff's Cpl. Jeff Kerber will be off work this week and next, the latter as part of a previously scheduled vacation week. After that, Kerber's status will be evaluated as to when he will be able to return to work.
2:14 PM Aug 6, 2010
Family Circle magazine and Goodwill Industries are teaming up again for a back-to-school clothing drive now through Sept. 30. The goal is to encourage donations to Goodwill of gently used clothing that can help families, especially those experiencing employment challenges, stretch their household budgets. Another benefit is proceeds from the sale of such items will support Goodwill's mission to provide employment programs for the disabled and disadvantaged.
2:05 PM Aug 6, 2010
The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to clarify a couple items written in Reflector articles July 16 and 21 regarding Carson and Barnes circus and the local protest held near the Huron County Fairgrounds on July 20. Malcolm Knopf, marking director for Carson and Barnes, claimed in the July 16 article that PETA "took snippets of video and then dubbed sound over the video."
1:50 PM Aug 6, 2010
After nearly a year of planning, the clock on the Huron County Courthouse was working Thursday. Huron County Commissioner Larry Silcox sounded thrilled when he described the sound of the bell. "I got two calls already saying it's working," he said. "And it absolutely has the right time on all four faces." Commissioner Gary Bauer hasn't gotten a chance to hear the bell yet. He got into town and out of his truck just a few moments too late.
1:45 PM Aug 6, 2010
After a five-month wait, Expressions Gentlemen's Club has officially received its liquor license. Co-owner Donna Harris said Thursday night was the first evening the club could sell alcohol. "We can sell beer, low-mix and wine," she said Thursday. "We first applied for the license five months ago and then had the hearing in June," Harris said. "Then Tuesday was the last day of the 30 days and five mailing days to appeal time. So after that, the legal department of the division (of state liquor control) printed it out."
1:36 PM Aug 6, 2010
Jeff Pean said he is running out of options. Pean and his wife Bonnie are the owners of Pean's Pizza, Subs and Sudz in Monroeville. For the past five years, he said he and the village have gone 'round and 'round about paving the stone lot he uses for customer parking. That issue has now come to the boiling point.
10:21 PM Aug 4, 2010
The Expo Building at the fairgrounds is available to rent for weddings, company parties, craft shows, award banquets, bingo and any special occasion. There is a serving kitchen and separate bar. The building, equipped with heat and air-conditioning, can accommodate more than 400. Camping spaces with full hookups are available in-season for overnight guests. The campgrounds with pavilion are available for rallies or family reunions. For more information, call (419) 744-2225 or visit www.huroncountyfair.com.
10:13 PM Aug 4, 2010
The Firelands chapter of Habitat for Humanity has a busy schedule this fall as volunteers will work on their 73rd, 74th, and 75th homes. Home No. 73, located at 36 W. Willard St., Norwalk, is completed. A short dedication service will be held Sept. 19 at the house with fellowship to follow. This house was Disciple Built through the efforts of local churches and businesses. Habitat for Humanity also is putting the finishing touches on its 74th house, located in Norwalk. A dedication service will be held for this house as well later in the fall.
10:11 PM Aug 4, 2010
Huron County fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders graduated from the Junior Master Gardeners program Wednesday in Norwalk. The program, which is organized by the Huron County Master Gardeners Association, allows children to learn the basics of horticulture and work with others their age to complete environmental activities. Nearly 20 children participated in this year's class and attended eight sessions throughout the summer.
9:58 PM Aug 4, 2010
The 20-year-old victim in a New London stabbing is back in the hospital. "She's been back in the hospital since Saturday," her mother said. Her daughter has developed an infection around the area she was stabbed and where doctors "cut her open to stop the bleeding," the mother said. The daughter is now at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. "She's in good condition right now. They're not sure when they're going to let her out," her mother said Wednesday afternoon. "She's been in a lot of pain," the mother added.