6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Firelands Historical Museum is "the most fantastic place on earth," said the 5-foot-4, 145-pound man with China blue eyes, a chest-length gray beard and gray hair. He is Eli R. Beachy, the new self-described "cheerleader" for the Firelands Historical Museum and Norwalk. Beachy, a quotable man who is quick with a joke or good-natured tease, has taken over curator duties for Marilou Creary, who is retiring.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
It was a night of celebration for Norwalk City Schools on Tuesday. Superintendent Dennis Doughty honored the district for achieving the state designation of "excellent with distinction" during the 2008-2009 academic year.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Jon Martin wasn't home when his house at 224 Monroe St. went up in flames. "I don't know what happened," said the soft-spoken young man as the Huron River Joint Fire District cleaned up the scene.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - A Plymouth woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to embezzling about $405,600 from the Huron branch of KeyBank over the course of about seven years. Diane M. Lantz, 58, whose specific address was not released, stole the money from 2002 through May to help cover the health bills of an ill relative, attorneys have said. Lantz was the branch operations manager and had worked at various forms of KeyBank for more than 40 years.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District will be giving seasonal flu shots to adults at the Huron County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to noon today. Pneumonia vaccine will also be available. The shots will be given as a "drive-thru clinic' at which people can remain in their cars.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Compare it to a storm that keeps gaining strength. "People have kept talking to me about it up until the last five minutes,' Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer said Thursday.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Due to the recent increase of influenza-like symptoms reported in the region, infectious disease professionals have advised Firelands Regional Medical Center (FRMC) to cancel the community presentation "Are You at Risk? – 2009 H1N1 & Seasonal Flu Facts." "We received last evening new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which are recommending hospitals monitor and evaluate visitor access and movement within the facility, helping to limit the spread of influenza-like illness," said Leslie Mortus, FRMC specialist.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
To his students, Matthew Kean is much more than a guitar teacher. He is a guitar philosopher, a master of countless styles, a virtuoso capable of learning a song by ear in seconds and imparting his guitar wisdom to his students with ease.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Many Huron and Erie county residents who are Time Warner Cable customers had no landline, cell phone or Internet service this morning. Spokesman Anthony Pena said the outage affected nearly everyone in both counties. A separate recording attached to an 800 number indicated "all services in the Canton area' were affected also.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com SANDUSKY An air of tranquility and contentment surrounded Kathy Parker as she discussed her sisters' deaths from cancer. Don't get the 38-year-old Castalia resident wrong; she misses her siblings terribly. But the pharmacy technician at North Coast Cancer Services in Sandusky, which also has an oncology clinic at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, said she believes they died for a purpose so others would not succumb to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - "Avoid harm, obey the stop arm" has been chosen as the theme of this year's National School Bus Safety Week, which begins Sunday and runs through Oct. 24. The theme reminds motorists that they are required to stop for stopped school buses that are displaying flashing red lights and an extended stop arm, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
As I write this, I am enjoying one of life's simple pleasures: really clean windows. It is a partly sunny day. There is a hint of fall color in the trees behind the house. And I am seeing it as if I were seated at an outdoor patio table instead of at a messy writing desk. Boy these windows are clean! And I make that exclamation each time I walk into a different room to experience the unexpected clarity at each view.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Eleven-year-old Spencer Lacy wants to be a professional drag racer. It doesn't hurt that he just added a championship to his accomplishments as a junior dragster. Lacy, a New London Middle School sixth-grader, recently became champion of the junior Superstock class of Dragway 42 in West Salem.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Did you know? Have you heard? Angel Food Ministries helps you save money on groceries! For the past 15 years, Angel Food has been helping people save money on their food bill and not by giving handouts. Instead, they buy healthy food items in bulk and make them available to people for a reduced price up to 50 percent.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - One of the four soldiers charged with harassing U.S. Army Pvt. Keiffer P. Wilhelm before he committed suicide will be testifying against two higher-ranking officers. Specialist Daniel Weber, 24, of Frankenmuth, Mich. "has opted and was granted a administrative chapter 10. He will have to testify against (Enoch) Chatman and (Bob) Clements to receive a less-than-honorable discharge," said Wilhelm's father, Shane.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Catholic School will hold its annual Spirit Day Wednesday. Students in grades kindergarten through 12, along with parents and friends, will begin the annual celebration at 9:15 a.m. with Mass in the Father Harvey Keller gymnasium in the St. Paul Convocation Center. Mass will be followed by the Spirit Day Assembly featuring guest speaker, the Rev. Eric Schild. Finally, parents and friends are invited to stay and join their children for lunch. This year, elementary students will eat lunch at Whitney Field as they will participate in the PTO sponsored Walk-a-Thon during the afternoon. Schild is a 1998 SPH alumni. He was ordained a priest in 2007 and currently is serving as associate pastor at St. Wendelin parish in Fremont. Schild said he is excited about returning to his alma mater and speaking to the students. He is a powerful spokesperson for Catholic education, saying, "Since kindergarten, my thoughts, feelings and actions have been shaped by Catholic education. "In choosing to send me to St. Paul and making the sacrifices that they did, my parents passed on the gift of our Catholic faith which has led me to the priesthood."
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Temple and Central Michigan sit atop the Mid-American Conference's East and West divisions with a 3-0 conference mark respectfully. (NOTE - To download a release featuring standings, facts and figures related to MAC football, click here.)
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Difficult economic times did not stop organizers and volunteers from putting on the 13th annual Fall Fun Fest. And their efforts were well received. The event, which took place Saturday amid favorable weather at the Huron County Fairgrounds, drew a sizable crowd, including scores of children under age 10.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The state's top education official has recognized Central Elementary School as a "School of Promise" for the 2008-09 school year. It is one of 134 schools in the state to receive recognition from State Superintendent Deborah DeLisle. Meanwhile, Willard High School received a certificate for achieving an "Excellent" rating two of the past three years.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com All four of the candidates seeking the three positions on the Norwalk City Schools board of education cite finances as one of the top concerns facing the district. Steve Linder and DeAnn McKillips are challenging incumbents Janet Broz and Rob Ludwig. Broz has been on the school board for 12 years while Ludwig joined five years ago. "I believe the most important issues facing the Norwalk City Schools are balancing our finances and not compromising our educational success. In recent years, we have done an excellent job of managing our finances, but there are new challenges we must face with the recent passing of House Bill 1 as well as the current economic conditions of our community and state," Broz said.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Compare it to a storm that keeps gaining strength. "People have kept talking to me about it up until the last five minutes," Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer said Thursday. What Bauer is referring to are the recent property value assessments mailed out by the Huron County auditor's office.