12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - Mike Laser's students don't have to take notes. The teacher can give all his students their own printouts.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Norwalk City Schools board of education approved the three-year contract for the Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) during a special meeting late Friday afternoon. Board member Janet Broz abstained from voting because her husband is a Norwalk High School (NHS) interventionist, but otherwise the vote was unanimous without discussion. The settlement good effective July 1 through June 30, 2011 includes a 3.5-percent yearly raise, 35 concessions dealing with insurance and language requiring teachers to attend school open houses. During the same meeting, the board also approved three-year labor agreements with the Middle Management Association, which covers the administrators and school principals. Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said the contract, covering the same time frame as the teachers' also with a 3.5-percent yearly raise, has "the same insurance plan the teachers have accepted."
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A group of local Norwalk-area investors has asked for the continued patience of the community as it works diligently in an attempt to purchase the Norwalk assets of Norwalk Furniture Corp. Bethany Dentler of the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation said that this investor group hopes to restart manufacturing operations in Norwalk and hire many of the former employees of Norwalk Furniture as soon as feasible. "This will not happen overnight, since any restart will likely be done in phases, over several weeks,' she said.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Pro-Life advocate and family law attorney Rebecca Kiessling, who lives in Michigan, was the keynote speaker this week at Abigail Pregnancy Services' fund-raiser banquet at the Colonnade Banquet Facility in Avery. Abigail provides free and confidential pregnancy-related services for the women of North Central Ohio and surrounding communities. Abigail's phone number is (419) 668-9500. Kiessling would not be alive today if her biological mother wasn't raped while on her way to a grocery store.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The year 1812 was not the most propitious for people living here in northern Ohio. A number of brave souls had ventured west to open new farms, only to have their work interrupted by the advent of the War of 1812. Because the Indians allied themselves with the British, most people left the Firelands area for safer regions. At that time the west line of the Firelands was literally the American Frontier. Even before the War officially started, the local Indians were emboldened and became "cheeky" with the Americans. On April 3, 1812, two Chippewas named John Omic and Semo arrived at the Cabin of Michael Gibbs, who lived in what is now the southeast quadrant of Sandusky, on Milan Road. It is said that a Chippewa youth accompanied them but he was never named in the story which followed.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com It's official Norwalk is once again home to a custom furniture company. Norwalk Custom Order Furniture has risen from the ashes of Norwalk Furniture, which originally announced a temporary shutdown on July 18 and went through two call-backs before finally closing down on Sept. 16. Tom Bleile, a local businessman who is serving as spokesman for the investors, announced late this afternoon that all the papers were signed and the deal was final. He said the new company "purchased all of the assets in Norwalk land, buildings, equipment, inventory, goods in process, intangibles."
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The state Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash that injured a Norwalk man Thursday evening on Ohio 13.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two small dogs need a home for just one night Saturday in Norwalk as part of the Dog Rescue Railroad.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
FREMONT - The name of the person killed Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle crash in Seneca County has been identified. Zachary Jacobs, 24, of Tiffin, suffered fatal injuries in the wreck on Township Road 122.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Memories of great catches and big plays brought smiles to the Hergatt Girls, Norwalk's first traveling softball team, at a recent reunion. The team founder and first coach, Dorothy Joyce Wagasky, couldn't make the reunion, but she was in the thoughts of all the women who gathered at Berry's to relive their days on the diamond.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
All former management and office staff for Norwalk Furniture, including retirees, can attend a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Friday regarding pensions. The meeting will be held in the Fisher-Titus learning center at Norwalk High School.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Deputies Joe Leroux and Scott Plew will be able to bid for road patrol duty after being restricted to Huron County Courthouse security detail for more than three years. Justin Burnard, the attorney representing the sheriff's office union, said the decision was the result of the conciliator's report during contract negotiations. Burnard described a conciliator as someone who has the "final say" in any outstanding issues and is the "last step in the contract negotiations."
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's official - Norwalk is once again home to a custom furniture company. Norwalk Custom Order Furniture has risen from the ashes of Norwalk Furniture, which originally announced a temporary shutdown July 18 and went through two call-backs before finally closing down Sept. 16.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
I spent some time last week going through our old family photos looking for pictures of my sister, Dianne. I needed these because she is being honored tonight in Washington, D.C., by the board and staff of the Institute for Conservation Leadership (www.icl.org) for her 20 years of service there. Knowing we could not attend the ceremonies, I had offered to provide photographs as a glimpse into the early life of my sister that her co-workers had not seen before.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) approved a three-year contract Thursday night which includes a 3.5-percent yearly raise, 35 concessions dealing with insurance and language requiring teachers to attend school open houses. However, the deal isn't complete until the Norwalk school board approves it during a special meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday at the board office, 134 Benedict Ave.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron man was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for selling a hallucinogenic drug near a State Street school. Philip R. Rorden, 46, of Huron, will serve a 17-month term for trafficking in Psilocyn (aka "magic mushrooms") at the same time he does two years. Last month, he pleaded guilty to incidents on Oct. 25 and Nov. 8, but had been indicted on two more suspected trafficking offenses stemming from Oct. 29 and Feb. 23.
12:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The first buildings at Redwood Village Luxury Suites will be complete next week and agents are already pre-leasing for the city's newest housing option. "They're like little houses," said Jeff Ondo, regional manager for Redwood Management Company. The gated community is part of the Pride One development of Norwalk Commons on the north side of Norwalk. Monica Ondo, his wife and a leasing specialist for the company, said the one-story units truly provide a neighborhood environment. "Once you walk through that door, you don't realize you're in an apartment," she said, adding the on-site management will handle requests immediately. "We're on call 24-7."
12:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue John W. Chambers and Pamela J. Homan to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as trustee, 123 Hobson St., $51,780. Joseph A. and Kathryn L. Hosang to Joseph C. Zimmerman, 171 High St., $17,500.
12:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEPT. 26, 1979 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago: Norwalk Teacher Association presents proposals as negotiations get started Norwalk teachers have opened contract negotiations here by proposing a pay hike of 15 percent in base teacher salary.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Oct. 15 deadline to file a 2007 income tax return and receive an economic stimulus payment this year is fast approaching. This deadline is for the estimated 4.3 million retirees and disabled veterans nationwide who may be eligible to receive a stimulus payment but who normally don't file a tax return. It's also the deadline for the approximately 10 million people who earlier this year received extensions to file their 2007 income tax return. The IRS has accounted for nearly 80 percent of the Social Security and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries initially identified as potentially eligible. "While the majority of people eligible for a stimulus payment have filed a return, there are still about 165,000 seniors and veterans in Ohio and 34,000 in West Virginia who have not filed to claim their stimulus payment," IRS Spokesperson Eric Erickson said. The IRS sent two packages to this group which included a Form 1040A, a sample tax form and instructions for sending the tax return to the IRS. If these instructions have been misplaced, the fastest way for a taxpayer to obtain a Package 1040A-3 is to visit IRS.gov or their local IRS office. A return also can be prepared and submitted for free through Free File which is available at IRS.gov.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Ten-year-old Edward Morman was pleased when his family received a care basket Tuesday from Wakeman Police Officer Julianna Trunko. "We got this because of me," the autistic boy said.