April is a propulsive force in the north. Snow melts and the flotsam of spring appears, a child's mitten in the mud, a soap bubble ring, the lilac bushes bud, a light haze of green shows in the tops of trees. The cry of the lawn mower is heard. Mating begins, females ruffling their tailfeathers, young males biting the alpha male in the rump to drive him off. And soon, suddenly, all of nature will open up, leaf out, burgeon, thrive and prosper. And then in the midst of it comes the anniversary of the massacre at Virginia Tech, with "survivors" talking on NPR about their pain and the healing process and how vulnerable they feel and how their lives have been affected. Thirty-two people were shot dead by a madman, and we remember them by listening to narcissistic mumbling. A man who was a friend of a victim said he was still recovering from the horror and trying to deal with his sense of loss, but he said not one word about his friend who died and a great deal about his own feelings. After a couple minutes of this, I wanted to break his arms. If you are ambulatory and have most of your teeth and can take nourishment, you should be careful about lavish self-pity in public, my darlings. A memorial service is Not About You. Leave the stage to the parents and lovers of the victims and honor the dead by living out their best principles as you understand them. Put your maudlin preoccupations in a box and drop it in a landfill. Maybe the man has not enough structure in his life. This can be a problem. I knew a woman in New York whose father died and who mourned him for months. When her mother announced that his old Pontiac would be sold, the daughter said no, Daddy's car should not go to a stranger, so she brought his big blue Pontiac to Manhattan, where she had to figure out the strategy of finding on-street parking spots, and this gave some structure to her life. To find a space nearby on Monday that will be good until Thursday morning at 8 a.m. is a joy, no matter what sort of problems you have.
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Layla's Grille, a restaurant touted as "upscale with a casual environment," is coming to Norwalk in the Norwalk Commons development on the north side of town. Mike McCarthy, who partnered with David Conwill in the Pride One development of the area, is a real estate broker from Perrysburg and said this is his first foray into the restaurant business. "I have worked with a lot of restaurants," McCarthy said. "I understand the industry."
WILLARD Linda Laser will celebrate 40 years of service at RR Donnelley in Willard on April 30. She was hired in 1966 as an accuracy clerk and has worked n time-keeping, job cost, ledgers, billing, was a fulfillment specialist, and is currently a biller 2 in the billing department. Laser lives in Norwalk with her husband Samuel. She has two children, Lydia Longnecker and Jamie Wright, and four grandchildren. To place an item in "Business in Brief," send the information to the Norwalk Reflector, 61 E. Monroe St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857, call (419) 668-3771 or email news@norwalkreflector.com.
From Reflector Staff Reports Two local names have been mentioned as replacements for State Rep. Matt Barrett, who resigned unexpectedly Thursday morning. Both, however, said Friday they are happy where they are. State Sen. Sue Morano, D-Lorain, told The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram the party will need to focus heavily on all the good that Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, also a Democrat, has done during the November general election.
FITCHVILLE The Fitchville Township trustees will be giving out orange trash cards to residents at 7 p.m. Monday at the town hall on Crescent Road. Residents will be able to take their trash to the landfill with the card and indentification through Wednesday.
MILAN - The Ohio Department of Transportation has agreed to repair the bridge over Rattlesnake Creek in Milan in 2010, but Milan Mayor Robert Bickley said the project is short-sighted because it will not include changing that part of U.S. 250 to four lanes. He said the replacement bridge is designed to last for 50 years and with growth in the area the idea of keeping the roadway just two lanes will cause traffic problems for years.
The lawyer representing suspended Western Reserve Superintendent Doug Solet said his client is still fighting for his job and he wants an open hearing on the appeal. "My client has nothing to hide, so this will be a public hearing," defense attorney Joe O'Malley said.
Huron County is one of 17 Ohio counties declared an emergency district by President George W. Bush Thursday because of heavy snows on March 7 to 9 so federal aid will be available to reimburse governments and other organizations for the costs due to the storm. A meeting explaining the program will be held at 3 p.m. May 7 at the Emergency Management offices at 255-B Shady Lane Drive.
The defense attorney for a Norwalk man accused of selling cocaine grilled a detective on the stand Thursday about the way he handled a confidential informant.
WILLARD - The Willard Police Department is doing a joint investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) about the theft of 29 handguns. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the Willard Fish N Game, 12 Woodland Ave., incident. The burglary happened between late March 20 and the early morning hours of March 21.
A Huron County Common Pleas Court jury continued its deliberations this morning in the case of a Willard man accused of selling cocaine last year. Martin Garcia, 37, is charged with trafficking in cocaine stemming from an April 1, 2007 incident at his former West Main Street home in Norwalk. If convicted of the fourth-degree felony, he faces six to 18 months behind bars and a $5,000 maximum fine.
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A suspected drug dealer admitted he sold and gave marijuana to an informant several times, but denied selling cocaine. Martin Garcia, 37, formerly of 185 W. Main St., testified Friday in Huron County Common Pleas Court during his trial on cocaine trafficking, a fourth-degree felony punishable by six to 18 months behind bars and a $5,000 maximum fine. The case was sent to the jurors Friday afternoon, but they failed to reach a verdict after slightly more than two hours of deliberations. The judge sent them home for the weekend, and deliberations will resume at 9 a.m. Monday.
April 26, 1943 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 65 years ago:
Sean Templeton, a life-long resident of Huron, will be ordained an Anglican Priest. He is the son of Dr. Terence and Mrs. Maureen Templeton. He was baptized in Christ Episcopal Church in 1982. After attending St. Peter's Catholic School for nine years, he enrolled in Huron High School where he graduated in 2001. He attended Ashland University where he graduated with honors in 2005, majoring in Political Science, History and Philosophy. After attending TESM for a semester, Templeton transferred back to Ashland Theological Seminary where he is expected to graduate with a Master's of Divinity in June. He will be ordained a priest at 7 p.m. May 1 by the Rt. Rev. Lyons and the Rt. Rev. Ames at Luke's Church in Akron. He will celebrate his first mass at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Huron at 10 a.m. May 3. He is currently serving with the Rev. John Jorden at Holy Trinity Church in Milan and planting a church in the Fremont area.
AVERY - A 16-year-old Norwalk boy was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia Wednesday at EHOVE Career Center. The dean of students met with Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Capone, the school resource officer, about a marijuana pipe found in the Plank Road boy's pants pocket. When Capone asked the boy why he had it, the student said "he didn't want to leave it in his room because his parents check his room," Capone wrote in his report.
2008 Prom Partnership The Norwalk Post of the Ohio state Highway Patrol and Huron County Law Enforcement Agencies will be working in partnership during the upcoming high school prom events scheduled throughout the county. The 2008 Prom Partnership will be focused during the period of April 26, May 3, May 10 and May 17. The following agencies will be involved during this initiative: Bellevue Police Department, Greenwich Police Department, Huron County Sheriff's Department, Monroeville Police Department, New London Police Department, Norwalk Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Wakeman Police Department, and Willard Police Department. Spring is a time of celebration for teenagers with proms and graduations. The goal of the Huron County Law Enforcement Agencies is not to damper the day's events, but to remain vigilant in removing impaired and aggressive drivers from Ohio roads in hopes to secure the future of our teenage community.
Christie Lane Industries (CLI) is an unusual type of nonprofit organization. That is due only partly to its mission of increasing the income and status of Huron County residents with developmental disabilities. Under the enthusiastic leadership of Director John Schwartz, CLI has launched a number of "green" businesses, including document destruction, recycling and tile making.
A second co-defendant who broke into the Bellevue Revival Center was ordered to pay about $3,550 in restitution Wednesday for stealing two vintage guitars. His accomplices earlier were ordered to pay the same amount. Anthony R. Dodson, 19, of 118 Belle Ave., also was fined $250 and ordered to do 100 hours of community service for the Oct. 5 incident as part of his three years of probation. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also sentenced him to 75 days in the Huron County Jail with work release privileges.
LORAIN - A reserve Wakeman police officer pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon in connection with a racially-motivated attack last week. William C. Hodge, 35, of Sheffield Township, has a May 21 pretrial hearing scheduled in Lorain Municipal Court on one count each of aggravated menacing, assault and criminal damaging. No trial date has been set. "A protection order was granted," probation officer Scott Stewart said. "We don't give out victim information," he said when asked about the specifics.
A Bellevue man must pay $3,400 in restitution and a $250 fine for a fall church break-in. Dylan J. Natole, 19, of 7135 County Road 175, and two adult male defendants broke into a Bellevue church and stole two guitars, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
Gov. Ted Strickland has requested the state Highway Patrol fire two Sandusky post troopers engaged in a prank involving a costume that resembled a Ku Klux Klan outfit. A report released Tuesday afternoon says Troopers Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky were placed on "administrative leave pending the disciplinary process for termination.' The move comes after patrol superintendent Col. Richard Collins and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Henry Guzman met with the governor to discuss the Jan. 20 incident.