10:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Toast Cindy McLaughlin, a teacher in the Early Childhood Center at Norwalk Catholic School, who the Golden Apple Award this year for devoting their time and talents to Catholic education. The Golden Apple Award was established by the Jack and Rhodora Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh and has been expanded from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to include the Diocese of Youngstown and the Diocese of Toledo. Teaching since 1979, McLaughlin has taught in Defiance, Monroeville, Bellevue, at St. Paul High school, and currently teaches in the Early Childhood Center at Norwalk Catholic School. She was one of nine diocesan teachers to receive the award and $5,000. Roast the gas prices, which finally topped the $4-per-gallon mark this week. We knew it was going to happen. We hoped it wouldn't. It wasn't that long ago when the gas prices jumped the $3 mark and we hoped it would end there. Now, there is talk of gas hitting the $5 mark. Maybe we should roast everybody ourselves included for not doing anything about it. Maybe this will be the real wake-up call to "go green."
10:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Norwalk man was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday for selling cocaine in his former West Main Street home. On April 28, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury found Martin Garcia, 38, of 129 Whittlesey Ave., guilty of trafficking in cocaine after a two-day trial. Testimony revealed the April 1, 2007 transaction happened in the vicinity of a juvenile, believed to be one of Garcia's relatives. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said Garcia had been selling cocaine for a "substantial amount of time" before the controlled drug purchase.
10:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
MILAN - "He was a fun guy and liked to have a good time." That's how many will remember local realtor Thomas A. Shaffoe, of Milan, who was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on Ohio 13.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
In a special session Wednesday the Western Reserve Board of Education hired Rodge Wilson to fill the new assistant superintendent position. The board cannot hire a permanent superintendent until legal matters concerning sexual harassment charges against Doug Solet are cleared up, and Mark Gagyi has been serving as an interim replacement.
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EDISON HIGH Honor Roll
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HIGHWAY PATROL Tracy L. Trimmer, 19, of 1461 Thomas Road, Willard, hit a deer Thursday on Ohio 162. No citation was immediately issued Friday after Jeffrey L. Bragg, 55, of Sandusky, failed to negotiate an Ohio 99 left-hand curve and went off the right side. The 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle overturned in the field, ejecting Bragg who wasn't wearing a helmet, from the bike. A LifeFlight helicopter transported him to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries. Bragg was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit this morning. Dean Levan, 32, of West Liberty, was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way while turning left Friday in the Ohio 601 collision with the vehicle driven by Ramiro Vargas, 38, of 4464 Laylin Road.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
School is winding down and small children are staring out the windows at freedom and counting the days until the heavy hand of grammar and spelling will be lifted from their backs. My sandy-haired daughter dove into the pool on Memorial Day and has been amphibious ever since. She loves swimming and has to be extracted after four or five hours, before she turns prunish, and since the pool is a public pool, not our own sensible people in Minnesota don't own swimming pools, any more than people in Tucson build backyard hockey rinks this requires an adult to spend those hours sitting under an umbrella, reading a book and trying not to look at a clock. I don't do pool duty because the sorts of books I read aren't suitable for poolside. You want a novel in which slim young women rising in the world meet over margaritas to discuss the various men who have pitched themselves at the women's feet, and that is not my cup of tea. I am reading Ralph Waldo Emerson, who is so dense you can only read a few sentences at a time and then you must get up and take a walk, which doesn't make for good supervision. Emerson would get a kick out of watching my kid swim. He was always recommending boldness and passion he said, "Give all to love, obey thy heart" and he said, "Always do what you are afraid to do" and there she is, doing it, practicing the butterfly, green goggles up and down, arms flashing, cleaving the water, back and forth. This is what a child does for us shows us joy in action and watching her in the water, I have to ask myself, what do I love as much? Well (ahem), there is that, of course. And there is our new screened porch with a view of the Mississippi valley. And there are the galley proofs of a new book spread out on the dining room table the cake is baked and now I get to put on the frosting. When it's done, I have in mind to get in a car and drive west and have three weeks, unscheduled, an enormous luxury mostly reserved for playboys and hoboes but briefly available to you and me.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk a century ago was a booming place. The year 1908 saw good news and bad news as usual. The bad news that year was the destruction by fire of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad shops west of North Pleasant and North Jefferson. The good news included the formation of our present Chamber of Commerce, and the beginning of work on the present Episcopal church building on West Main. The congregation of St. Paul Episcopal Church dates from January of 1821 when 18 local citizens enrolled themselves as member and friends of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Small worship services had been held since the year 1818 and the 1821 meeting formalized the new parish. One of the founders was Platt Benedict, whose family was the first to settle in Norwalk. Some of the earliest worship services were held in the Benedict cabin, and then in the first courthouse until the first church, a frame building, was completed in 1835. This first church served until 1909 and we remember it as the parish house which was destroyed by an arsonist in 1976. This church stood on the site of the present building, and was moved back onto the northeast corner of the cemetery to become the parish house. In the summer of 1908 the plans and provisions for a new church building were ready, and work started in July to move the wooden church back and begin excavating for the new stone building. The new church was a wondrous improvement, but there were the usual nay-sayers who preferred to keep the old church and its attendant memories. Their basic objections were fueled when it was found that four or five fine maples would have to be cut down to accommodate the old church after it was moved. No doubt, though, those feelings healed with time.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD Winslow Appraisal has announced Timothy Winslow has passed the state of Ohio test and is a certified general appraiser. Winslow is qualified to appraise commercial real estate as well as residential real estate. 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.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLLINS - The appeal hearing for suspended Western Reserve Superintendent Doug Solet will be rescheduled. Solet has been on unpaid administrative leave since late March in connection with sexual harassment allegations. Treasurer Brett Robson said the pending hearing is for Solet to fight to be reinstated and challenge the school board's decision to consider his termination.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk 90 kicks off its fourth year on Sunday. A collaboration of the city and Fisher-Titus Medical Center, the theme of this year's program is "Norwalk 90 / FTMC Steps to Good Health." Residents are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps a day and log those steps on free pedometers provided by FTMC. At the end of 90 days, participants will turn in logs at the Ernsthausen Community Center or FTMC. Everyone who turns in a log will receive a reward for being an FTMC NorWalker.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
November's general election is still five months away, but the wheels already are turning as the races begin to heat up. "I think there are some very exciting races," said John Elmlinger, Huron County Democratic party vice chairman.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's good news for nearly half of the Gravelle children. Five of the youngsters have been formally adopted by families with whom they had been placed. One adoption happened in Pennsylvania, a second in Minnesota, while the remaining three children are being adopted by Ohio families.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
Serving Our Seniors is studying older adults living in Erie County who cannot afford dental care services. To accomplish this, the agency is seeking 19 Erie County residents age 60 or older who meet at least one of the following criteria: 1. Have not seen a dentist in 3 years or more; or 2. Are experiencing symptoms of dental problems
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
Three medical experts two for the state, one for the defense will be testifying in the June 16 trial of shaken baby suspect Jeffrey Resor. Visiting Common Pleas Judge J. Ronald Bowman also ruled Tuesday that "the testimony of each (witness) was relevant and "relates to either matters beyond the knowledge or experience possessed by laypersons or dispels a misconception common among laypersons." The judge also wrote the experts are qualified to address "specialized knowledge, skill, experience, training or education" about shaken baby syndrome (SBS).
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
Police are searching for the driver of a newer, silver Chevrolet Cavalier who fled the scene after hitting a female pedestrian early Saturday morning. "She was hit by a car after spending some time at Rupp's Place (75 Whittlesey Ave.). She was crossing the street," Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said. "We have no suspects." Two Norwalk firefighters assisted North Central EMS with patient care at 2:24 a.m. at 71 Whittlesey Ave. They returned to the station 15 minutes later.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
How do you tell someone or something you love that the time to part has come. But after 15 wonderful years as a track coach at Monroeville (six as junior high and the last nine as varsity coach) that time has come. This season came to an end on Saturday at the state meet. I have a few thank-yous to give. To my wife Cindy, for 15 years you have given up time with me so that I could pursue a dream I had since I was a young man, that of being a high school coach. You always being there made it that much more special. To my children, Christina and Derek, thank you for always supporting your father even when it meant he wasn't always able to do things with you. And Derek thank you for you beautiful artwork that adorned our jersey's and shirts.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
New Horizon employees enjoy health fair New Horizons Baking Company employees got the chance recently for lots of treats at the company's second annual health fair healthy food, medical checks and information from 14 displays. Rita Leroux, a payroll specialist who organized the afternoon event, said the company puts on the event for employees and their families to encourage good health. "We try to be proactive, not reactive," she said. "If you don't feel well, you're more likely to have an accident.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
MANSFIELD Miss Maple City 2008 Heather Wells,of Warren, Ohio and a student at Youngstown State University, will represent Norwalk and Huron County at the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. Roberta Camp, Miss Maple City 2007 and Miss Ohio 2007, will be turning her crown over to the new winner on Saturday, June 21. The contestants will arrive in Mansfield today from all over the state vying for the Miss Ohio 2008-2009 title and the right to represent Ohio at the Miss America Pageant. The preliminaries are June 18,19 and 20. The finals will be Saturday June 21.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON If you're in New London and craving ice cream or a sandwich, then Cravin's might be the place to go. Tuanna and husband Eric Foltz own the drive-in, as well as a full-service restaurant in Castalia called Cold Creek Caf, with Tuanna managing Cravin's and Eric the Castalia location. They purchased the drive-in from Rick Bowers in June of 2001 and prior to that both managed Friendly's restaurants for many years.
10:54 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com More than 30 agencies will participate in the first area-wide Social Services EXPO at the St. Paul Convocation Center on Saturday, June 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. "We are trying to attract people who have needs to come and find out what services are available and people who want to volunteer to come and find out what agencies need their help," said Marian Bermudez, pastoral associate at St. Paul. The event is free and open to the public.