8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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).
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - A large field in Lyme Township burned about 400 acres this weekend. Monroeville firefighters assisted the Bellevue Fire Department with the call at 12:28 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Section Line Road 30 and Opperman Road. Also on-scene were the A.V.R. Fire District from Attica and the Groton Township Volunteer Fire Department.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gentlemen, start your engines! Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park will kick off the 2010 season with its 27th annual Mickey Mart Rewards Season Opener, sponsored by the Norwalk Reflector and Don Graham & Associates.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The clock tower renovation at the Huron County Courthouse is proving to be trickier than originally thought. For nearly a year, the county commissioners have talked about getting the clock and the chimes working again.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONTCOAL, W.Va. (MCT) - As the sun rose over coal country here today and the magnitude of a mine explosion a day earlier became clear, emergency officials and anxious family members were forced to wait for up to 12 hours for any potential rescue of four missing miners. State officials announced just before dawn that 25 people had been killed by a methane explosion Monday afternoon at the Upper Big Branch mine. It was the worst mining disaster in the U.S. since 1984.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE The Bismark Senior and Community Center, 5582 Bismark Road, Bellevue, will hold its monthly breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. The menu will include waffles, French toast, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, fruit and coffee cakes.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD St. Xavier Elementary School will present a Broadway Review Saturday as a benefit for the school. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the show, performed by parishioners, community members and students, to begin at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature Broadway's popular hits. Tickets are $25. Call (419) 935-4744 to make reservations.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The Rev. Rodney Hollen is looking for forgiveness and reconciliation, not punishment, for the three juveniles who vandalized his church. "The church has no qualms with the family," said the pastor of Milan Baptist Church.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A lawsuit filed by a group of Elm Street residents against the city of Norwalk has been dismissed in Huron County Common Pleas Court. "Basically, a group of Elm Street property owners sued the city alleging the city was responsible for the flooding in 2006," Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
State Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash that occured in Seneca County. Howard Bartlett, 75, of Green Springs was driving a 2001 Ford Windstar east on County Road 34 just west of Township Road 169 in Seneca County's Pleasant Township at 1:58 p.m. Saturday when he drove off the left side of the road, sideswiped a utility pole and then vaulted over Green Creek and struck an embankmet, said troopers with the Fremont post. Bartlett, who had been wearing a seatbelt, was transported from the scene to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died as a result of the crash. Green Springs EMS, Green Springs Fire Department, Old Fort Fire Department and the Seneca County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene by John's Towing.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Take a 3 Musketeers bar and cut it into eight pieces. That's all the chocolate you may have each day if you want to lower your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke by 39 percent, one study indicates. German researchers have produced a study that builds on evidence that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can aid the cardiovascular system if taken in small - probably maddeningly small - amounts.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The city did not make the final cut in its bid to receive funding through the Pepsi Refresh Project for its planned soccer complex. The good news is that while the soccer complex didn't score in the top 10 for March, the project is back in the running for April. If a project falls within the top 100, as the soccer complex has, it carries over to the next month without the applicant having to reapply.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Cedar Point's parent company and Apollo Global Management have mutually agreed to call off their merger. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that it and affiliates of Apollo Global Management, a leading global alternative asset manager, have mutually agreed to terminate the previously announced definitive merger agreement.
8:24 AM Jul 26, 2010
Working at home always sounded like such a desirable thing: no office phone interruptions, no cubicle visitor interruptions, no untimely and overlong business meetings. Just sit down in the home office and crank out the work. Right.
8:24 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk residents will soon join those from around the world in celebration of World Tai Chi Day at a 10 a.m. ceremony on April 24 at Veterans Memorial Lake Park Pavilion 1. Leading up to the celebration, local Tai chi and Qigong instructor Tom Lesniewski will offer two free Qigong classes for beginners. Qigong, a basic form of tai chi, "is a complete form that, "when practiced regularly, will bring improvements in overall health, mental focus and feeling of well being," Lesniewski said. Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion, but might well be called medication in motion," according to Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School. "There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems."