MAY 7, 1959 The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 49 years ago:
Cindy Mclaughlin, Norwalk Catholic School teacher, has been awarded the 2007-08 Golden Apple Award by the diocese of Toledo and will receive $5,000 as part of her award. McLaughlin is in her second year of teaching the "young fives" class at NSC's Early Education Center. She also has developed the Good Shepherd religious formation program for all the students in preschool through kindergarten at the Early Childhood Center.
SANDUSKY - Nearly 380 voices joined together to sing the familiar lyrics of "Edelweiss.' Appropriately enough, the performer leading the sing-along has a direct connection to "The Sound of Music.' Elisabeth von Trapp, the granddaughter of the famous Baron and Maria von Trapp, performed with cellist Erich Kory on Thursday night at First Presbyterian Church. That concert, including another at 7:30 p.m. tonight, has raised more than $13,000 for Care and Share of Erie County.
NORWALK - The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Clifford J. Duff, 21, Columbus; disorderly conduct and intoxication; conviction date: Apr. 22; fine, $130; costs, $70.
Berry's Restaurant has been named the "Main Street Business of the Year" by Heritage Ohio. Owner Doug Berry accepted the award today at a special ceremony at Heritage Ohio's statewide conference at Bowling Green State University.
Local officials hope the state Democratic Party will fill the vacant 58th district statehouse seat within a week or two. The seat became empty late last month when former Rep. Matt Barrett resigned after it was discovered he was not truthful about how photos of naked women ended up on a computer he used during a Norwalk High School civics class PowerPoint presentation.
MAY 12, 1908 The top stories in The Evening Herald on this date 100 years ago: Fire at Berlin Heights A dangerous fire, which for a time threatened the destruction of the entire business portion of the village, was visited upon Berlin Heights last evening. As it was four business rooms on the north side of the main street about midway of that section were consumed. The establishmets destroyed were VanThorn's and Yarrkick's sallons, Russell's bowling alley and Baker's meat market.
WILLARD - Should city administration officials or city council members have the authority to forgive uncollectable, delinquent income taxes? Council voted 6 to 1 to amend Willard's income tax ordinance, a small portion of which deals with uncollectable, delinquent income taxes. Larry Jacobs was the lone no vote, adamantly arguing that only elected officials should decide matters of finance.
A Willard man is seeking $25,000 in damages in a civil lawsuit against Casa Fiesta restaurant, alleging the Milan Avenue business served food with salmonella bacteria. In court papers filed Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, Kody Dewitt, of 612 S. Myrtle Ave., says he "became severely ill,' was hospitalized and suffered undisclosed "bodily injuries' after being a customer April 25 at Casa Fiesta. The plaintiff also says he "suffered a loss of wages and will incur additional such losses in the future' because "his earning capacity has been permanently impaired.'
As she has done for years, Reta Stark keeps on giving - the Salvation Army is her choice for a $500 donation in her name as the Norwalk Reflector's 2008 Citizen of the Year. "My husband does a lot with the Salvation Army. He serves on the advisory board and we believe in what they do,' Stark, 72, said. She said since both she and her Jim, who started Stark's Sanitary Service, are retired, they often volunteer together.
None of the food tested from Casa Fiesta was the cause of the recent salmonella outbreak, Tim Hollinger, Huron County health commissioner Tim Hollinger said. He also said he believes the problem has been contained and will not spread further.
MARBLEHEAD - It started as a simple hobby between a father, his sons and neighborhood children in the basement of a Bellevue home. It has grown into a world famous, gigantic spectacle witnessed by folks from as far as Europe and beyond. It's called Train-O-Rama the self-proclaimed largest operating multi-gauge model railroad display open to the public.
COLLINS - The Western Reserve Board of Education recently met in special session and agreed to create an additional second-grade teaching position for the coming school year. Action on converting a part-time math position to full time was tabled, and the members went into executive session.
It's more than his job. It's his life. Brett Robson, a 1982 graduate of Western Reserve High School, just completed his fourth year as the district's treasurer.
Norwalk Precast Molds recently moved to its new facility in Norwalk's Industrial Park. The company is a manufacturer of metal molds and mold equipment for wastewater and storm water treatment systems, burial vaults, farm, utility and highway products. After renovating a 70,000-square-foot warehouse and adding 5,000 square feet of office area, the company relocated its business from its original Woodlawn Avenue location. Construction of the steel fabrication plant began in late 2006 and wrapped up in 2007.
A Norwalk woman who lied about being robbed at gunpoint in her home Feb. 21 is scheduled to report to the Huron County Jail on Wednesday for a related conviction. Last Thursday, Joyce N. Marsillett, of 103 Jefferson St., Lot 27, pleaded no contest to theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was found guilty in Norwalk Municipal Court. In exchange, the state dropped a first-degree misdemeanor falsification charge.
NORWALK - The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Joshua J. Raymond, 28, 31 E. Elm St., Norwalk. Violation date: Dec. 12, 2007. Conviction date: Apr. 22. Sentence: $600 fine, $70 costs, six-month license suspension and 90 days in jail; defendant shall have 84 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall show proof of completion of six months substance abuse counseling by Nov. 30.
WILLARD - A father and son from Greenwich suffered severe injuries in a collision Monday at an intersection in New Haven Township, according to information from the Ohio state Highway Patrol. Rickie Noble, 42, and his 11-year-old son, Damian Noble, were injured when Noble's pickup collided with a pickup driven by a Willard man at 3:15 p.m. at Boughtonville and Walnut roads, troopers at the patrol's Norwalk post said.
NORWALK - The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Tony J. Moore, Jr., 29, Northwood; open container; conviction date: Apr. 15; fine, $30; costs, $50.
MAY 6, 1959 The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 49 years ago:
More than 150 firefighters from across northern Ohio spent six hours in the rain and mud Saturday tearing apart dozens of vehicles as training for heavy equipment rescue extrication. One man even came from Pennsylvania to be both a teacher and a student..