2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - March, American Red Cross month, came in like the proverbial lion for the Firelands chapter due to Sunday's fire at the 119 Dale Ave. apartment complex. "The seven families living there were evacuated with just the clothes on their backs. Fortunately, no one was injured and no lives were lost," executive director Ron Rude said in a prepared statement.
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS A fire today gutted 4116 Hartland Center Road, the home of 54-year-old Don Wobser. "I was in there laying there on the couch. I fell asleep. I woke up and smelled smoke. The whole living room was full of smoke," he said at the scene. "You couldn't see nothing." Wobser was home with his grandson at the time of the fire.
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE Monroeville Elementary got into the Super Bowl spirit by asking their students if they were "Ready for some Reading?... Super Bowl Reading." Each grade level faced off and tried to score touchdowns against each other. Each grade level had its own football field. The ball moved one yard for every book read by students. The students put on their game faces and enjoyed watching the football move up and down the field. The competition started Jan. 9 and ran through Feb. 6. Monroeville principal Bob Butler said "We wanted to acknowledge the excitement the students were feeling about the Super Bowl and use that opportunity to excite the students about reading."
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - These 15 people don't need secret identities, catchy names or costumes to be super. These everyday heroes are ordinary people who saw what needed to be done and then stepped up to do something about it.
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - The 19th annual Western Reserve Ruritan Toy Show was held Sunday in the gym at Western Reserve Elementary, with 26 dealers filling 61 tables with all kinds of toys and collectibles. Many of the dealers rent tables year after year, so there were many familiar faces behind the displays, including Ashland residents Donna and Tom Williams.
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Like my father and grandfather and probably, now that I think of it, like you, I find it difficult to throw away perfectly good old stuff, even if I never use it any more. That was the case with something that has been cluttering up my closet: a 27-year-old 35mm camera that had not taken a picture in two decades.
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Huron County Farm Bureau president John Brooks thinks farm equipment should be allowed on U.S. 20 around Norwalk and a lot of people agree with him. Speaking at New London Rotary's annual Rural/Urban Day, Brooks said the county commissioners, emergency management people, law enforcement and fire department personnel and all 1,400 county farm bureau members agree on this issue, but the Ohio Department of Transportation does not.
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Six people were displaced after a 119 Dale Ave. apartment complex fire Sunday. "Everything we have at this point is six," Willard Fire Chief Richard Myers said this morning. "Each apartment had a person in it. ... The Red Cross is taking care of them."
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - A fire today gutted 4116 Hartland Center Road, the home of 54-year-old Don Wobser. (Look for photos in ReflectorCam 2.0.) "I was in there laying there on the couch. I fell asleep. I woke up and smelled smoke. The whole living room was full of smoke,' he said at the scene. "You couldn't see nothing.'
2:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk resident Mary Etta Duffield has lots of experience when it comes to cooking. Her family called on her to make carrot-pineapple cake for her featured recipe.
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hillside Acres It's a "Mardi Gras" party! We celebrated and celebrated we did. All the staff and residents wore a variety of different hats and beads. Beads were given away for correct answers to trivia with questions including facts about New Orleans. Robert lead the pack. He received the most beads for the most right answers to the trivia questions. He shared his beads with several other residents. Rene and Laura from Hillside Acres therapy joined us to help residents make their own mask. Masks were a variety of colors and styles. Anna worked with May and they had a fantastic looking mask. They were decorated with glitter and beads. Evadean said she didn't have a hat. She decided to make a hat. She crocheted herself one and was proudly wearing it. We had some sharp looking people by the end of the day. On "Fat Tuesday," we at Hillside had to help the cause. We had a sweet treat spread. Jim Breyman brought authentic Paczki from the Polish bakery in Fremont. They resembled large jelly-filled doughnuts. Tami Kousma brought us King's Cake from Norwalk. A popular custom is baking a special cake in honor of the three Kings called "King's Cake". They are a ring of baked pastry richly decorated with frosting and beads with a tiny plastic, gold or porcelain baby placed inside. If you find the baby you have to host the next King Cake Party. Guess what! I found the baby. Isn't it ironic I have to have the next party! The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Firelands in New London
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
After observing the actions of the U.S. Congress for years, I see a possible cause of some of their off the wall UN-AMERICAN decisions. Many jobs in the private sector require a strict drug test initially and possibly later random checks. If a drug test is so important for someone in a job that has no effect on the rest of this country, I suggest that each representative and senator be tested before each vote that will cost the taxpayers a total of $1 billion. Some of them have to be on something to vote for something that is thousands of pages and hardly nobody has read and fewer have understood. If you think I'm irate or irrational, maybe I am. But I and, I hope, many others think that you can't get out of debt by going further in debt. The U.S. Congress actions are mainly the reason we are in trouble. How can we expect them to figure out how to get us out of it? If we don't get busy and protest their actions, we may get what we don't want. Harold A. Ehrman
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Fisher-Titus Medical Center (FTMC) has received glowing praise from "Ohio's Doctor." Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health, visited the hospital, toured its different areas and raved at what he saw.
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
National anti-abortion groups say they will put up a fight if President Barack Obama nominates Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. health and human services secretary. The main issue involves a reception Sebelius once had with a late-term abortion provider who's now facing criminal charges. The Obama administration contends abortion should not an issue with HHS job, whether it's Sebelius or one of the other candidates who receive the nomination.
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he "can't find criminal intent" in the case of some Perkins Local Schools employees possibly receiving money that wasn't owed to them. In making his decision, Leffler said he reviewed the special audit by the state auditor's office, met with state auditor personnel and "subpoenaed some additional records for other employees." He also reviewed payments and forms "purported to trigger the criminal aspects of the lack of re-payment of out-of-pocket expenses."
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A Willard teenager had a close call this week when a pellet rifle accidentally discharged, hitting him in the chest. "Our deputy is going to follow up with him. We know he's OK. He's at home recovering," Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said.
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Bellevue man who was sentenced this week for stealing a former employer's safe faced several sex convictions Friday in Fremont. Benjamin M. Blausey, 21, of 6075 Ohio 547, was sentenced Wednesday by Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway to nine months in prison. He pleaded guilty Jan. 12 to safecracking for his role in the July 24 Bellevue business break-in.
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - A total of 252,017 deer were killed during Ohio's 2008-09 hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. This season's total surpasses the 2006-07 record total of 237,316. The final number for deer killed in the 2007-08 season was 232,854.
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk has a new convenience store and gas station at 275 Milan Avenue with an eco-friendly design and a surprising food variety. Open since early February, the FriendShip Food Store has many more options than a typical gas station. With a wide range of culinary options from candy and soft drinks to frozen meals, milk and eggs, to a walking taco bar, the FriendShip Food Store aims to offer more than just a fill-up and a bag of chips.
2:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Nothing seems to change much these days. Rain and snow and sleet, more rain and snow, biting winds, just basically crummy weather. Is there anything you can do about it over the next month or two? You bet. You'll find good conversation, some bargains, interesting seminars, and maybe even a summer trip to Canada or elsewhere for prime fishing and other activities at one of the upcoming outdoor shows. Unquestionably, the largest in the state is the 72nd Annual Cleveland, Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show held each year at the I-X Center near the airport on the south end of Cleveland. It's easily reached from I-71N (just follow the signs), and this year will be held on Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22. As always, there'll be over 500 exhibits, plus demonstrations, an array of seminars on hunting and fishing by national experts, booths by Canadian hunting and fishing lodges, fishing tackle, knives, guns, Lake Erie guides, boats, and recreational vehicles.
2:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Like my father and grandfather and probably, now that I think of it, like you, I find it difficult to throw away perfectly good old stuff, even if I never use it any more. That was the case with something that has been cluttering up my closet: a 27-year-old 35mm camera that had not taken a picture in two decades.