12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Furniture truck driver Cliff Cannon was at the Fulton, Miss. plant Wednesday when he heard from another driver that the workers had been sent home. "We were told to turn around and stop deliveries where we were,' he recalled.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and the mayors of the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Massillon and Oxford, have all issued proclamations recognizing Sunday as Paul Brown Day throughout the state and in these cities. While Norwalk is not collaborating with those cities for a celebration, its mayor, Sue Lesch, did praise this city's connection to the man who helped make the Cleveland Browns an NFL powerhouse and founded the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown was born in Norwalk but only lived her for a short time. "Certainly we celebrate our history, and we're certainly proud of our hertitage and that link we have with Paul Brown," Lesch said.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
MARION Ohio's wheat, barley, oats and rye growers have a comprehensive new resource at their disposal. The Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program (OSGMP) will help grain growers by funding vital new research and education to improve yields. OSGMP will also educate consumers about from where their food comes. For example, did you know that Oreo cookies are made from wheat grown in Ohio? Did you know that Ohio wheat is generally not used for bread? In addition to public education, the new OSGMP committee hopes to further research and develop domestic and international markets for Ohio wheat, barley, oats and rye. "For instance there is a demand for white wheat," committee chairman Brad Haas said. "We have a problem growing it in the Midwest. Some of this research money could go towards identifying varieties for the user."
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEPT. 8, 1958 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 50 years ago: Weather aids preparations for fair opening tomorrow Taking advantage of the weatherman's generous cooperation, concessionaires and exhibitors were able to get so much accomplished over the weekend as to make certain that everything will be ready tomorrow when the curtain rises on the 1958 Huron County Fair.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
I saw Stubs Grobnyk, an old acquaintance of mine from Chicago, in town the other day. So I asked him: Stubs, what brings you to Norwalk? Stubs: "I heard that the mayor and council here are very receptive to new business, and they really like new restaurants. I've got a great idea for a new business." Yes, it seems that they will bend over backwards for the hope of a new restaurant. What's your business plan? Stubs: "I'm going to get a Charley P. Cheesey pizza franchise and put it on Main Street."
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
LEXINGTON The Humane Society of Richland County will be holding its annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Walk fundraiser on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lexington Community Park. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. at the Humane society registration table; pet owners may register to walk anytime during the event. Participants are asked to collect pledges to walk their dogs while donating all proceeds to the Humane Society of Richland County. The walk is two miles and will be surrounded by the Canine Festival full of activities including a pet blessing, dog show contests, pet service demonstrations, games, live music provided by RadioU, food and prizes. There will also be pet photography available by Craig Goetz, CPP, of Yesteryear Photography Studio. Owners and their dogs will have a chance to compete for Best Outfit and Best in Show (hair, markings, trick, etc.) in the dog show contest. The cost is $10 per category per pet to compete and their will be a winner and a runner-up for each category. Prizes, including local business contributions and a Strut Your Mutt t-shirt, will be awarded to those who donate to the cause. A prize will be awarded for the persons who donate the most money in two age groups, 14 and under and 15 and above. Prizes and raffle winners will be awarded at 1 p.m.. Additionally, a certified Humane Agent and shelter manager will be at the event microchipping animals for a fee of $20 per pet. The Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding homes for the homeless animals of Richland County. Volunteers and staff members strive to improve the lives of the animals in the area in hopes of controlling the pet overpopulation problem. These efforts include vaccinating, testing, spaying/neutering, and microchipping all animals prior to adoption, which also helps provide for the animal a chance for a healthier life. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Richland County in its efforts in helping animals and funding a new shelter that is better equipped to assist animals in need. The new facility will be located at 3025 Park Ave. W., Mansfield.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The City of Norwalk has contracted with Environmental Enterprises Inc. (EEI) of Cincinnati to hold its first "Household Hazardous Materials Pick-Up Day." The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 20. EEI will pick up specified materials in the parking lot behind the county administration building at 180 Milan Ave. in Norwalk. The parking lot will be closed at 5 p.m. Sept. 19th in order for EEI to set up for the collection the following morning. There is no charge for this program and it is open only to Norwalk. Identification showing proof of residency will be required before any materials will be accepted at this site. Materials will be accepted from households only. No materials from commercial or industrial users will be accepted.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jim Altomare's adrenaline is flowing. The Norwalk resident and his fellow Ohio Army National Guardsmen will head to Alexandria, La. at the end of the week to provide relief to storm-stricken residents. Guardsmen were notified Sunday about the assignment.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
They came to work this morning and were told to leave. "Everybody came to work and they were sent home," said a Norwalk Furniture employee who preferred to remain anonymous.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Thanks to a Norwalk company, the city of Blossoms' plastics recycling program might actually emerge stronger from its setback. Willard had been collecting more plastics in its recycling program than storage capacity allowed, and city officials were looking for alternatives. Also, Christie Lane had informed the city it could no longer collect its plastic, due to a loss of contract and other financial constraints.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A North Fairfield man was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for attacking two people with an ax handle while drunk. Johnny Crouse, 43, of 1568 E. Townline Road 131, will serve his six-year prison terms for aggravated burglary and felonious assault at the same time. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway fined him $1,000 and ordered him to pay about $1,100 in restitution to cover one of the victim's medical expenses.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
After months of consideration, Norwalk city council passed the tax-increment financing (TIF) legislation at its Tuesday night meeting. The agreement was passed on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Dwight Tkach casting the "no" vote.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk slipped past Bellevue 3-2 Tuesday for a Northern Ohio League tennis win. The Lady Truckers, 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the league, won all three singles courts.
12:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Now that Labor Day has passed, summer is officially over. And for the first time in my nearly 47 years on this orb, I'm glad it's gone. I'm normally a big fan of summer golfing, spending time outside without freezing, golfing, swimming, golfing, doing yard work, and golfing. Not this year, though. Back in March, I woke up one morning with a nagging little ache in my foot. After ignoring it for two months, or trying to wish it away, I finally went to have a medical professional take a look. Sure enough, it was broken a stress fracture. That was in late May. I've not been on a golf course since.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the tomato lover, there are many different tastes and many different colors. Just listen to these names: Sun Gold, Black Ethiopian, Dr. Wychee's Yellow, ET Bicolor, Mr. Stripey, Golden Queen, Yellow Boar, Golden Giant, Zebra Heart, Aunt German Green... the list goes on. The garden club had a tomato tasting and found out that some are sweeter than expected, some are tart and crunchy, some are mild and soft, some are brightly colored, some are low in acid, some are big, some are small. What a range of tastes, colors and sizes. Most of these are heirloom tomatoes and if you want to raise some, come to the Master Gardener Plant Sale in the spring - Master Gardener Nelson Gray always has a fine selection of heirloom tomato plants. The Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale is coming up; start getting a spot ready for all those neat things you will buy. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon, Sept. 20, at the fairgrounds in Building 25. Vendors of plants, garden stuff and produce are welcome for a donation to the organization. Set-up time is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Call Mary Margaret Schwarzentraub, (419) 668-8877 for more information. There will be plants (daylilies, hosta, butterfly plants, hardy garden geraniums, sedum, iris, black-eyed Susans, hens and chicks plants, etc.) from member gardens, fresh flowers, magazines, gloves, books, handouts and whatever else shows up. Come get some good perennials at bargain prices for your flowerbeds. The new Habitat House at 3 Fuller Drive is the next project for the Master Gardeners. The house is finished and landscape plans are next. The home owner will meet with a Master Gardener for ideas and input. Members are also making plans to help Soil and Water Conservation with its October FunFest, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Oct. 11 at the fairgrounds. Many young people show up for this family outing and the Master Gardener booth is one of the favorites.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tina Beier, leader of the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation's Main Street advisory board, is handing over the reins after volunteering for four years and being its president over the past year. In her farewell letter to the group, Beier stated, "You are a great group of people and I have no doubt that you will succeed immensely in the future." Beier's tenure saw many successes for the Main Street advisory board. Under her leadership, she greatly increased board participation in statewide revitalization trainings. Some examples of the group's recent successes include the tours of upper floor space downtown, implementation of a special tax abatement for the Uptown Norwalk Historic District, and the creation of new marketing materials.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
School may have just started, but it was report card time already for the schools. The state released its report cards last week for the 2007-2008 school year. The Berlin-Milan Local School District again led the way in this area, meeting 29 of the 30 state indicators and earning an Excellent designation. All seven of the other area school districts earned effective status. There are six designations excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The stage is set. The St. Paul Flyer football team did their part Saturday night, defeating Tiffin Calvert 49-14 at Whitney Field. Coupled with Huron's win over Norwalk on Friday, the Flyers (2-0) and Tigers (2-0) have all the preliminaries out of the way.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - New London's Firelands Labor Day Festival drew large crowds who enjoyed perfect weather for the 100th anniversary of the event. Saturday's 5-K run sponsored by Dr. Mike Collins attracted 142 runners, according to organizer Geoff Geist, with Brandon Lang turning in the best overall time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds. Gabriel Wuench led the women with a time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY With new scary attractions, live shows and children's activities, HalloWeekends at Cedar Point will be bigger and better than ever before. In addition to an expanded entertainment package, the Sandusky amusement park/resort's 12 th annual fall frightfest will also be extended to eight weekends, the longest haunting season in the event's history. Beginning Friday, Sept. 12, HalloWeekends will be held Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 2. It will be the first time in Cedar Point's 138-year history the park will be open in November. Each year the park strives to improve the event, and these changes have not gone unnoticed. Recently, HalloWeekends was listed as one of the Top 10 amusement park events by Hauntworld Magazine, the haunt industry's leading trade magazine. It was also named as the "Best Seasonal Event" by readers of Theme Parks Magazine for the third consecutive year. To put all of its guests in the proper mood, the look of the park will change from spotless midways and manicured flowerbeds to friendly and frightening with an infusion of tombstones, cobwebs, skeletons, pumpkins, bales of straw and hundreds of spiders, bats and other yet-to-be- identified creatures. During HalloWeekends, guests of all ages will have a full day of fun. In addition to an unmatched collection of rides and roller coasters, HalloWeekends will have themed walk-through attractions, haunted houses, live entertainment and special attractions for young children.
12:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sandusky Bay Area Goodwill Industries, Inc. in conjunction with the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services is providing a Dislocated Workers Re-Entry Program and Testing for TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and WIA (Workforce Investment Act) eligible individuals. The workshop is comprehensive re-employment program assisting individuals in career counseling, updating interviewing skills, job searching, networking and encouragement with the ultimate goal of finding successful employment. The workshop is presented in a three week rotation from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each participant develops a job search plan and is provided with information, handouts, guidance and direction in determining the next step in their employment future. Objective and measurable vocational and personal information is assessed and explored to help the individual with career planning. Discovering the occupation an individual is most likely to be happiest in and to stay employed the longest is the desired outcome. The workshop is facilitated by Sue Johnson, project coordinator from Goodwill. Johnson is a former instructor from EHOVE Career Center. For additional information call (419) 668-8126.