1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bob Andrews was honored with the Jack Gerken Award and three businesses received Golden Maple awards at the annual Norwalk Economic Development Corp. investor's luncheon. "I'm very honored and humbled,' said Andrews, who is retired from National City Bank. "Jack was a friend and I consider him an icon. To be thought of in the same breath as Jack Gerken is an esteemed honor.'
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Aaron Lynch said he was just doing his job, but Julie Mullins believes he is a hero for saving her life by carrying her out of her burning apartment last July. The State Fire Marshall agrees with Mullins and gave Lynch the state Award for Heroism. Mayor Sue Lesch added the city's thanks to Lynch this morning with a proclamation honoring his service in a ceremony at the fire station.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Daniel Brooks' body is accepting the gift of life. Brooks, 43, of Norwalk, recently received a kidney from sister-in-law and fellow Norwalkian Carrie Light at the Cleveland Clinic.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Sandusky man was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in prison for buying two pounds of marijuana in a Norwalk mobile home park. Fermin D. Farias, 53, also was fined $500 for the May 14 incident. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the defendant's three accomplices waited in a 2008 Honda Civic while Farias "went in to get the marijuana."
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ladies' Union Aid Society was formed in Norwalk in 1877 to provide relief to less fortunate people and to those who found themselves in an emergency situation. This Society is considered to be the direct ancestor of our present United Fund. I had found information on the origins of the Aid Society and believed at the time that it might have been the first such organized group in Norwalk. Of course I was aware of earlier informal efforts, especially those of the Mothers In Israel in the early and middle 19th century. Every community had Mothers In Israel. They were women who at a moment's notice would go to care for a sick person, soothe the dying and prepare the dead for burial. A happy side to their avocation was that they often helped deliver new babies. This was in the time when all such events took place at home. There were no hospitals, no extended care facilities and no compensation for the duties described. Just as soon as I was comfortable in considering the organized aid of 1877, I found that in 1850 an earlier aid group was formed. It does not appear to have lasted very many years, however. The Village Relief Society was formed in December of 1850 for two main purposes: 1. To provide for the personal wants of the indigent sick; and 2. To clothe, or assist in clothing, the children of parents in low circumstances, in a suitable and comfortable manner to attend our public schools. The present graded school system began operating in 1850 and there must have been a number of families who could not afford to clothe and equip their children for school. Newspaper account show that garments were sewn at regular meetings by the ladies. More than 200 were available for the sick each winter besides dresses, aprons, sack coats, pantaloons, shoes and stockings. The Relief Society also raised money to purchase slates and school books for students.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS Sunlight streams through the white, patterned curtains of Kathy Pausch's home and casts a shadow on the wooden floor.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Carrie Field fought back tears as she cradled the folded flag that had draped her grandfather's casket. The sixth-grader was ceremoniously handing over the flag Tuesday to Berlin Elementary School during its annual Veterans Day assembly.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
We feel more comfortable when things are familiar. When I enter the home of a person I don't know, if that home is cluttered, with kids' artwork on the walls, I automatically feel at ease, even if I haven't met the people who live there. That's because it resembles my own house. But if the home is formal, fancy, with professional artwork on the walls and new-looking furniture and everything in its place (no tumbling piles of papers and magazines), I feel stiff and out of place, because it is so unfamiliar.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A judge has allowed a Lorain man to withdraw his guilty plea on an allegation he presented counterfeit money to a Norwalk fast-food restaurant. In May, a grand jury indicted Brent R. Willis, 31, on possession of criminal tools and forgery, in connection with an April 19 incident. The defendant pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to the possession of criminal tools charge, but his attorney, Kenneth Ortner, filed a motion Oct. 30 to withdraw that plea.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
I want to make one more pitch for the Reflector Forums. You can get to these on the home page of norwalkreflector.com. Just look at the navigation bar and click on forums. I think participating in forums is about the most fun you can have online. There is no better way to waste precious work time than by discussing and arguing various matters with members of a like-minded community. One I belong to and reference almost daily has to do with West Virginia University football. It's fun to give opinions and read those of others on the play calling (which stinks), coaches (who are in over their heads), fans (who are mostly of the fair-weather variety), and players, (who also stink). The Reflector's forums are about Norwalk and Huron County. If you have anything on your mind about your hometown, the Reflector Forums are the place to air it out.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Buckeye Construction was given the Tradition of Service Award from the Firelands Catholic Education Development Office (FCEDO) this morning. At FCEDO's annual Business and Professional Breakfast, Buckeye Construction owners Keith Moffit, Jeff Nickoli and Dave Nickoli were honored for their contributions to both the parish and the school. Moffit and Jeff Nickoli are 1987 graduates of St. Paul High School.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
With expenses growing and tax revenue shrinking, both Huron County and Norwalk face budget challenges for 2009. Auditor Roland Tkach is predicting about 8 percent less for the county's general fund next year, from $15.15 million to $13.98 million. Since the county must by law provide for certain services, that means individual departments face cuts from 14 to 15 percent.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kent Korom can't attend school with his classmates because of his cancer treatments, but they certainly haven't forgotten him. Western Reserve students have raised almost $1,000 in support of Korom. Students from the middle and high school recently held an assembly to support him and then headed out to walk around the school track to raise money. The Western FCCLA sponsored the event. Korom couldn't attend because of his treatments, but his mother spoke to the students to thank them for their support and let them know how much it means to her son.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
FREMONT - It was inevitable. Arguably, the two most successful programs in the region, Hopewell-Loudon (12-0) and St. Paul (12-0), will meet for the fourth straight year in the Region 21 finals Friday at Don Paul Stadium in Fremont.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Stan Anderson went from being a college agronomy student to the lead navigator for the 490th Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force in his four years of World War II service. As he looks back on his wartime experience, he said it helped define the man he became. Anderson said he enlisted because of patriotism and was rewarded for his service with the thanks of all Americans when he returned. "When we came back, we were welcomed," he said.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
EHINGEN, Germany - Nick Dials wants to be a coach after his playing days are over. Little did he know that his early days in Europe would be spent tutoring teenagers.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County veterans have a long and honorable history and Charles Stacey, now buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, played his part during the Civil War. He volunteered on Sept. 13, 1861for Company D in the 55th Ohio Infantry. At the battle of Gettysburg, Private Stacey was sent out as a lone shartshooter to draw enemy fire away from the main body of troops. According to records of the battle, the Confederates thought a whole company was in the field where Stacey lay hidden by himself.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The railroad crossing on West Main Street in this village will be improved this month.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
LORAIN - A Milan woman was sentenced Monday to six months in the Lorain County Jail for embezzling about $250,000 from a Lorain doctor. Kay D. Wilczak, 36, of 9411 Huron-Avery Road, worked for Dr. John Gray, of Community Health Partners, from 2003 through Jan. 1, 2007. She oversaw billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Without Marilyn Beckman and her volunteer crew of knitters and crocheters, little Jason Velasquez of Norwalk might not have had a hat to keep him warm this winter. Beckman, of Sandusky, heads up a program called "Hats for Love," which she's expanding into Huron County. Beckman, a retired nurse, has about 75 volunteers who make hats and other clothing items for people in need.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON Ohio 162, just west of Ohio 60 in the village, will close Monday for railroad crossing repairs. The road will reopen Dec. 1. The detour route for westbound motorists is Ohio 162 to south on Ohio 60. Then go west on U.S. 224 and west on U.S. 250 to Ohio 162.