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In 2009, Walmart started participating in the "Feeding America" program. Walmart donates food to "Feeding America" which is then distributed to local food banks. By participating in this program, landfill waste has been reduced by 59,000 tons at the Norwalk location alone. Walmart also participates in everyday recycling in Norwalk. Cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum cans, tires and batteries are all being recycled. Paystubs are now paperless. Not only are we recycling, we carry many earth-friendly products everything from cleaning products to organic towels to bamboo cutting boards to mulch made from recycled tires. Walmart is committed to finding new ways to help the environment.
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The Clothing Bank of Norwalk is a non-profit agency supported by the United Fund. The clothing bank accepts clean, gently used or new clothing and household items for distribution to people in need at no charge. To make large donations, please make an appointment by calling (419) 668-6917. Registration is required for client services. Please contact the Clothing Bank if you wish to receive services. The Clothing Bank is located at 51 Benedict Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It is closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
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news@norwalkreflector.com I recently conducted a brief survey in the uptown business district of Norwalk to see what practices are in use to conserve energy and recycle items to lessen the impact on our environment. The findings from this survey are encouraging. These are just a few of the businesses in our town who are making a difference. At the Edward Jones office on West Main Street, both sides of copy paper are used and then collected for shredding and recycling. Soft drink cans and plastic bottles as well as glass items are collected and recycled. Cardboard is deposited in a recycling receptacle. Tucker Abstract & Title Company on East Main Street has installed a more energy-efficient lighting system as well as a zone system for heating and air conditioning. Lights are turned off in areas not being used. Copier and fax machine toner cartridges have been recycled. Newspapers, magazines and card board are deposited in the recycling receptacle at the County Administration Building on Milan Avenue. Soft drink cans are collected and taken to a recycling operation on Milan Avenue. Both sides of copy paper are used with some made into note pads or phone call message forms.
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We spend the most time and create the most waste at home. Recycling at home is a great step to take in improving our environment. Take advantage of your local recycling programs. The city of Norwalk will provide a free recycling bin for paper to residents; call (419) 668-7122 to have one delivered to your home. Huron County provides drop-off sites throughout the county for recyclables or they can be taken to the Huron County Transfer Station. Going green can take many forms.
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Sunrise Cooperative has been supplying the region with bio-fuels for more than 30 years. Ethanol blended gasoline was introduced to customers in the late 70s. Since that time, the company has added E-85, which is 85 percent Ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The Ethanol is a product mainly produced by fermenting corn. Sunrise markets 50 million bushels of corn annually which is primarily sold to a company called Tate & Lyles in Tennessee. Tate & Lyles is a wet mill which processes the corn to make products such as Splenda sweetener and Ethanol. Once the starches are extracted, the by-product is used to produce feed supplements for livestock, carpeting and plastics. Sunrise also supplies Bio-Diesel made from soybean oil to farmers, schools, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Turnpike and many others in various blends depending on their needs. Sunrise Cooperative is owned by 3,000 area farmers who traditionally are good stewards of the lands they farm.
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sseitz@norwalkreflector.com The labor-management cooperation conference held Wednesday at the Norwalk High School Performing Arts Gallery appeared to be a big success. Sandy Simon, executive director for the Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation, brought a team of management experts with her. Representatives from local companies, such as Commercial Vehicle Group and New Horizons, also were in attendance. The point of the conference was to reinforce the fact the for companies to survive and be successful, cooperation between labor and management is crucial.
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Doberman, coffee in hand, looked closely at McBeanne as he sat down next to the former accountant. "Have you been working on someone's income tax again? I thought you had hung up your old green eyeshade for good a couple years ago. But here we are on the doorstep of Uncle Sam's tax deadline. Your eyes are all weepy red." "It's the doggoned allergy season. I took a pill a minute ago. That should clear things up pretty soon. Our confounded pollen aggravates me a little more about this time every year. I found an over-the-counter product which suits me. It doesn't make me sleepy or get on my nerves. "Along with my new pill I also have an over-the-counter eye drop recommended by my highly-skilled eye doctor. It helps also." Mr. Merchant had his spring report too. "As I grow older I find that I really appreciate modern self-storing storm windows. Those old wooden monsters were a load looking for an accident. People found them very awkward when they were balancing on a step ladder. Then you had to find a place to store them. Steps to the basement were another peril."
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WASHINGTON (MCT) - The U.S. economy's recovery is starting to gain traction, as employers added 162,000 non-farm payroll jobs in March, the best job growth since the nation entered a recession in December 2007, the government reported Friday. In another bit of good news, the unemployment rate held steady in March at 9.7 percent for the third consecutive month, according to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even the hard-hit construction sector added jobs in March, but the report also said that a record 6.5 million Americans had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer.
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By KRISTIE WERT Main Street Program Manager Times are tough for everyone and being green is a serious matter. It is important for everyone to look at the ways we can reduce, reuse and recycle. Shopping local is a great way to help create a sustainable community and healthy environment and it's easy!
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In honor of Norwalk's 2010 Green Fair, Christie Lane Industries is making the 5K medals out of recycled bottle glass that it collects as part of its Small Business Recycling Program (a.k.a. CLI Recycling). Customers of CLI Recycling pay $10 per pick-up to recycle their paper, cardboard, magazines, steel, aluminum, 1 plastic, 2 plastic, 4 plastic and glass. Of these materials, glass is the most problematic to recycle because of its weight and how easily it breaks. This is one of the reasons that CLI has developed recycled glass products, such as CLI's 20 percent and 100 percent recycled glass tile. Christie Lane Industries picks up recycling from 29 customers in Norwalk. Three long-time Norwalk customers have been the Office Bar, Blutos and the Norwalk Eagles. The Green Fair 5K medallions will be made from Ohio clay and recycled bottle glass collected from these three establishments.
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Pleasant Elementary is "going green." The school has received a grant from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to purchase two small greenhouses to use as -on learning environments. Students will also be exposed to what it means to implement a "greener" economy by teaching them about solar energy for heat and light. The originality of the project speaks for itself. There are no other elementary schools in the area that have a greenhouse on the school grounds. There are, however, many elementary schools and grades that take field trips to local greenhouses. This would eliminate the need for those trips, which require bussing expenditures. The students and teachers are very excited about the greenhouses.
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The proliferation of cell phones is leading to a new range of pain, according to Dr. Mark Sobor of ChicagoHealers.com. All that texting is causing neck, shoulder, hand and arm pain, including the same kinds of repetitive motion injuries as those who type on computer keyboards a lot. Further, cell phones are really designed for all that writing.
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Two Ohio natives now residing in Seattle, John and Allyson Lindsley, recently had a very green big day. Q: What were some of the reasons you wanted to be eco-friendly on your big day? A: When we realized we were potentially spending a lot of money for just one day, we wanted to be sure our dollars were going to the right places. To us that meant ensuring our wedding would have a soft environmental impact, and that our dollars were contributing to supporting fair trade. Although we wanted to go local as much as possible, we wanted to pay fair trade for our goods that were being shipped from other countries. In a way, we just wanted our wedding to help, not hurt, the local and global communities. Plus, we are conscious of the environment in our daily lives, so we wanted to reflect this on our wedding day when our lives would come together.
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Area citizens are invited to participate in the Park & Rec Tree Planting Program for the city's park system. Trees may be purchased by individuals or organizations commemorating a special event, birthday, anniversary or memorial. Trees will be purchased by the city at wholesale prices and will be planted and maintained by park personnel. Donors and park personnel will mutually decide tree type and location. Donors may designate plaques to be placed in front of the trees if they so desire.
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Remember the 4 D's: Don't Dump Donate and Deduct. Firelands Habitat for Humanity encourages anyone who is remodeling, moving or downsizing to donate their good leftover building materials, furniture and appliances to the ReStore. The 'Re" in ReStore stands for 'recycling.' In the five years since the retail operation began in the NorthCoast Marketplace in Avery, Habitat has kept more than 261 tons of good useable 'stuff' out of area landfills. The store is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The store re-sells donated items, usually at 50 percent or more off retail. Here are some FAQ's about the store: Where does the money go? The ReStore is part of the Firelands Habitat for Humanity affiliate, which serves Erie and Huron counties, as well as the city of Bellevue. Proceeds from the store go to help Habitat continue their mission of building decent affordable housing with God's people in need. Who can donate? The ReStore has materials from businesses, contractors, and individuals, and all of our donors receive a tax-deductible receipt for their items.
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COLUMBUS With projects aimed at keeping children from walking in the streets or along train tracks to increasing the number of police officers watching over school zones, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will invest a record $11 million to make getting to school safer for students in 41 Ohio communities. The $11 million in federal transportation funds to be invested this year will represent the most ODOT has invested in its successful Safe Routes to School program since it began in 2004. In all, ODOT will fund 66 projects ranging in size from $1,650 to $500,000. Among the largest projects to be funded, the city of Columbus will receive $500,000 to construct new sidewalks and a safer railroad crossing to prevent children at Westmoor Middle and Valleyview Elementary schools from walking along dangerous railroad tracks to get to school. The city will receive an additional $500,000 for new signage and crosswalks to provide for safer intersections near two elementary schools.
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The reason Kenneth Rodriguez' nickname is "Blenda" has to do with basketball. When the 31-year-old New York native and current Harlem Globetrotter was younger, he made two men guarding him fall, backed up and hit a three-pointer; he made "smoothies" out of them as though he were a "blender" (Blenda just sounds better, so that's why it's nickname, he said).
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news@norwalkreflector.com The City of Norwalk is green and is growing greener. The city has long made a commitment to green practices with its Sanitation Department and the important green concept of recycling. With a "customer" friendly curbside recycling program for many years, Maple City residents make the effort to recycle. Sanitation works hard to stay current on recycling issues and updates our program as things evolve, such as the change to the blue bins for paper recycling. We learn more everyday about green opportunities in our area. Area companies are investing in new technologies to become more efficient and reduce costs. Citizens are actively participating in greener practices with their interest in better storm water management with tools like rain barrels. With the city partnering with the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. and area manufacturers on a Wind Assessment Study, we will soon have data to verify wind and solar as an energy option for our area.
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A number of politically-oriented events are scheduled in the area for Tax Day, which is Thursday. The 2010 Lincoln-Reagan Dinner is scheduled for April 15 at the Norwalk Eagles Club, 151 Cline St., Norwalk. A candidate reception will start at 6:30 pm. followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. The Norwalk High School Select Choir will perform the Star Spangled Banner and entertain during dinner. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Sen. canddiate Rob Portman. Tickets are $25 per person. RSVP to Rob Duncan, P.O. Box 316, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.
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The City of Norwalk "Green Team" and Fisher-Titus Medical Center will host a 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run in celebration of Earth Week 2010. The event will take place during the Annual Green Fair on April 24. The race will begin at 9 a.m.