10:22 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk had three local connections to the recent visit of Pope Benedict IV to the United States music written by a St. Paul graduate was used in both New York City Masses and a former associate pastor at St. Paul was a con-celebrate of the service at St. Patrick Cathedral. For the Mass at Yankee Stadium, another SPH grad now a priest was chosen to be a Eucharistic minister. Mike Hay, a 1971 graduate of St. Paul High School, was active in music ministry his entire life. He died in 1999, but his faith lives on in the many liturgical pieces he wrote over the years.
10:22 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Salvation Army raised about $28,000 at its fifth annual fundraising banquet Friday. Donna Jenkins, chairman of the advisory board for the Salvation Army, said that is little more than last year's amount.
10:22 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk had a successful Green Week with hundreds of people participating in the various activities and many trees handed out to be planted in the area. "It was a good week," Mayor Sue Lesch said. "I was really pleased with our first effort. I think it increased awareness for people about what Earth Day and Earth Week are all about. " Lesch said the various activities over the week a walk at the land lab on South Norwalk Road, an exposition for local businesses to highlight their efforts to run green companies, showing of an adult movie and a children's movie about the importance of preserving the planet, a meeting on ways for people to make their homes more environment-friendly, an environmental scavenger hunt and hot dog roast at the reservoir and the planting of a tree in honor of long-time city employee Ralph Seward were a good start to making people more aware of "the simple things we can do." More than 120 people showed up to enjoy the walk at the land lab. Pam Hansberger, who manages the county's recycling program, said many people told her they had never been to the property and didn't realize it even existed. People brought cameras and binoculars to record and get a closer look at nature and many had children in strollers and dogs join in the fun. Hansberger passed out a tree to every family that came to the land lab.
10:22 PM Jul 25, 2010
Multiple witnesses testified Tuesday a Toledo man drove a pickup truck carrying several crates of marijuana from a rural Norwalk business to Milan in the fall. John E. Nunley Jr., 35, whose Huron County Common Pleas Court trial started Tuesday, is charged with possession of marijuana in connection with a Sept. 20 traffic stop on U.S. 250 north of Milan. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Nunley and Carlos Torres Jr., 30, arrived earlier that day at R & L Transfer in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck to pick up what was "reported to be computer equipment."
10:22 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary this morning at a storage area in the Shady Lane Drive complex. Major Greg Englund declined to say what, if anything, had been stolen. Deputies received the burglary report at 7 a.m.
10:22 PM Jul 25, 2010
My 8-year-old daughter checks her garden and then heads to the store, where she picks up a few groceries and some accessories to redecorate the bedroom. On the way back, she plays a couple of arcade games and earns some cash by painting a fence. Upon returning to the house, she feeds a freshly-plucked strawberry to her pet elephant and gives the animal a bubble bath. Then it's time for night-night, so she tucks the elephant into its pink, frilly bed. Another enjoyable day in Webkinz World has drawn to a close.
10:22 PM Jul 25, 2010
APRIL 28, 1943 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 65 years ago: Storm victims given relief Spectators are viewing with amazement the terrific havoc worked by the tornado that passed through Huron County Tuesday evening.
10:22 PM Jul 25, 2010
The music of John Philip Sousa, Johann Straus, Hoagy Carmichael and others will float through the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday. The North Coast Concert Band and North Coast Big Band will present the free concert, sponsored by the United Fund of Monroeville, Norwalk and Wakeman. Concert Band Director Nick Ezzone and his assistant, Marlene Turner, will lead the band in a variety of selections. They include marches such as Karl King's "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite," a circus march, Johann Strauss's "Radetzky March" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." The Big Band, led by Gary Keller, will add traditional big-bad vocals and instrumentals to the afternoon's performance.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL n Brad S. Farnsworth, 28, of 62 Prospect St., New London, was charged with failure to control Saturday after he went off the left side of Greenwich Milan Townline Road and hit a utility pole. North Central EMS transported him to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with serious injuries.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Even though National Volunteer Week is April 27 to May 3, I want to tip my hat early to five individuals who participated in the AARP Tax-Aide Volunteer Program since January. They met with seniors as well as low-income clients completing more than 215 tax returns at the Norwalk and Willard Senior Enrichment Centers and the Norwalk Public Library. Woody Schwartz, Bruce Hammann, Mac Thomas, Phyllis Toole and Lorraine Shaw attended a two-week tax course in Port Clinton offered by AARP tax trainers. They were required to pass a comprehensive test to be certified. AARP supplied the printer and supplies while the IRS provided the software and laptops to the volunteers.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's a whole new world out there and we've found a whole new way to get into trouble. Four disturbing stories have popped up recently. What people are doing is nothing new. How they are getting caught is another story.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Rep. Matthew Barrett, whose computer displayed an image of a topless woman during a presentation to a Norwalk High School social studies class, has resigned. The image was projected after Barrett, a Democrat from Amherst, inserted a data memory stick into the computer for an Oct. 2 lecture on how a bill becomes a law. He was speaking to a U.S. government class of about 20 seniors at NHS.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Norwalk man was charged with felonious assault early this morning in connection with stabbing his girlfriend. Sheriff's deputies arrested Randall R. Fearing, 31, of 117A N. West St., at an Ohio 162, Willard, home about 1:05 a.m. without incident. He also was arrested on four Norwalk Municipal Court contempt of court warrants on the original charges of aggravated menacing, carrying a concealed weapon and persistent disorderly conduct.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
GREENWICH - Police found nine marijuana plants and various drug paraphernalia when using a search warrant last Tuesday at a Kniffin Street apartment. On April 21, officers looked through discarded trash on the curb for stolen property near the home when they found suspected marijuana plants, Greenwich Police Chief Steve Dorsey said. The chief said police suspect someone from the same apartment complex stole a woman's purse the previous day.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
The state and local Democratic party members are working day and night to find a replacement for Matt Barrett. Barrett, a Democrat from Amherst, was the 58th district state representative until last Thursday when he admitted a photo shown to a Norwalk High School civics class last October was of a woman he knew in the district. Barrett had told authorities in October the picture shown to the class during the PowerPoint presentation was placed on the computer by his son.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Willard man has been convicted of selling cocaine and now faces a prison term of up to 18 months and a $5,000 maximum fine. The Huron County Common Pleas Court jury returned its verdict this afternoon in the trial for Martin Garcia, 37, formerly of 185 W. Main St., Norwalk but now of Willard.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
The community will gather at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church for the annual National Day of Prayer. The event will begin with breakfast at 6:30 in the fellowship hall, followed by a 7 a.m. prayer service, making it possible for everyone to be at work at 8. The guest speaker will be Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Life has been a little slow this year for local mushroom hunters. It's been unusually cold with few warm spells, and extremely wet, more so than normal. I've heard of one or two people finding a few black morels, which is a feat anytime since they're small and hard to see, and by now surely someone has stumbled over a few gray ones. But the big yellows are likely a week or two in the future, and those are the ones we hurry out to seek each year. Large, dark gold, succulent fungi that taste better than anything I've yet found in a supermarket, and given a warm rain and a couple of following warm days, they'll soon be popping up in woodlots all over the area. There have been plenty of articles written about how to find morels, and I've written a few myself. But what do you do after than onion sack is filled with tasty morels? Lots of things. When you get the fungi home, the first step is to slice them lengthwise and soak the lot in light salt water for half an hour or so to dislodge any tiny insects that have made a home inside. Then rinse them well, set some aside for immediate use, and freeze the others. One top way to freeze mushrooms is to fill a half gallon milk carton with them, add water and freeze. "There's no freezer burn this way." I was told by one old timer. "I've kept them for two years in cartons and had them taste fresh when I thawed them out."
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Area residents have varied plans for spending their tax incentives saving, spending on upcoming bills and helping others. Dale Bristol, 66, of Norwalk, said he's semi-retired. "Mine will just go into savings," he said. His wife, Anna, 60, plans on giving her payment to her sister, who didn't qualify for a tax rebate because she is considered low-income.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Both Norwalk Furniture and the city of Norwalk are looking for ways to both keep and expand jobs here. Norwalk Furniture announced in a press release that it is streamlining operations and will shift jobs from North Carolina to Norwalk and company plants in Livingston, Tenn. and Fulton, Miss.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
If someone needed to contact Lori Carpenter, even if it was at an odd hour, they had permission to call her cell phone. Even on her days off, she would come in to do her work, which involved helping youngsters explore career options and succeed in life. Carpenter, 39, who died early Saturday, was "full of energy, spunk, friendly, outgoing and everybody was her friend," said Sandy Meinen, who worked with Carpenter since 2000.