1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Wakeman Village council unanimously passed a measure to enact a one percent income tax in 2009 as an emergency measure, which cuts off a move by some residents to stop council from collecting the tax. Mayor Chris Hipp said council also voted to put the income tax on the ballot next November to give voters the chance to approve it or vote it down.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Through the years I've tried to memorialize the stories of outstanding (and some average) military career of Firelands citizens. We've had more than our share of Congressional Medal of Honor winners, and the story of yet another one of these winners is on my desk. Actually, I should say that part of the story is revealed to me; there are some parts beyond my research parameters. The Medal of Honor was awarded to Sgt. Milden (aka Mileden) H. Wilson for his actions in the Battle of Big Hole in Montana in 1877. Sgt. Wilson survived a long military career which started on March 12, 1864, when he enlisted at the age of 17 in the 87th Regiment of Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. His father, William Wilson, also served with the 87th Regiment but had been discharged with a disability before Milden enlisted. He enlisted in the regular army after the Civil War and was finally discharged to retirement in 1897 as an Ordnance Sergeant. He lived the remainder of his life in the Chicago area and died there in 1924. In his last years he drew a pension for his service, and that continued with his wife, Sarah, after his death. Sgt. Wilson always spelled his first name as Milden, though I've supposed it should have been Mileden in honor of his mother's brother, Mileden Wonser. Mrs. Wilson (nee Marietta Wonser) was the daughter of Jared Wonser, who lived northwest of Norwalk in the Jacobsburg neighborhood, near the intersection of Whittlesey and Schaffer Roads. I surmise that Milden H. Wilson was born in that neighborhood before his parents moved LaPorte County, Indiana, their permanent home.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The Salvation Army needs a little more help to prepare Christmas food baskets and deliver toys to families in need. "Currently we have 491 families signed for a food basket and toys for a grand total of 1,510 individuals," said Deb Cox. "Food donations are down and we need your help. The red kettles are doing OK, but the cost of everything has gone up." The Salvation Army will deliver the food baskets on Dec. 17 and 18.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Moose Club is having a drive-up food collection Saturday to benefit the Huron-Erie Food Bank. "We'll be there to take stuff out of cars and we'll drive it to the food bank," said Bill Hartley, a club member who is organizing the event. "All you have to do is drive up to the Moose Club, which is at 11 Prospect Street, and we'll take whatever you bring." He said club members will have several pick-up trucks available. "Hopefully we can fill more than one," Hartley said, adding people can bring donations in from 9 a.m. until noon. He said the Moose Club also has a barrel inside to gather non-perishable food donations all month long.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
My "West Point son" as some people who don't know Weston refer to him when they talk to me, got his first visit home in five months over Thanksgiving. It was a treat and, as many parents of college-aged children can attest, a challenge. After my younger son Joel and I waited more than an hour for Weston's plane to arrive, he didn't even swagger down in uniform. He showed up in jeans instead. He changed out of his dress grays as soon as he passed through security in the Newark, N.J. airport.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk resident Seth Dawson is proof you can strike gold more than once. When the 19-year-old logged ontowww.boondockstore.com, a Web site based on his favorite film "The Boondock Saints," the Solid Gold Cross Sweepstakes caught his eye. He thought those entering the drawing would win the advertised cross, which comprises 7.6 ounces of yellow gold and white gold, and is based on the crucifix worn by the two main characters' father. True. But, Dawson apparently glanced over the rest of the particulars: The winner would also receive a trip for two to Toronto, where "The Boondock Saints II" was to be filmed and receive a part in the movie.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The holiday season officially opened in New London Saturday, and the weather cooperated by being cold and snowy for the annual Hometown Holiday, which attracted shoppers from around the area. Santa arrived right on time on a fire truck to listen to children's wishes, and right across the street the Salvation Army handed out hot chocolate to cold shoppers.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gaymont Nursing Home Administrator William Dotson is glad to see other homes adopting the resident-centered philosophy. "Instead of working out things that would be more efficient for us as a business, we try to figure out what would be more beneficial for our residents," Dotson said. His facility started working with the resident-centered care idea several years ago.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Newly-elected 58th district state Rep. Terry Boose isn't going to Columbus this January to make friends. "Absolutely not," he said with a laugh. "There's a lot of work to do."
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Walking into Twilight Gardens is now like walking into a new community as the facility is entering a new dimension person-centered care. That means changes to the entire facility.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal has released the results of its annual SBJ/SBD Reader Survey, and the results of one question in particular tell the story of IHRA's future prospects. In the category "Motorsports property best positioned for growth," the International Hot Rod Association finished a strong fourth in the balloting. This question took into consideration all motor sports sanctioning bodies in all forms of racing across the globe. IHRA finished ahead of NASCAR, World of Outlaws, SCCA, Grand Am Series and Formula 1 to name a few.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
We're often told that farming is a dangerous occupation and this surely was true for a Milan area family. As a matter of fact, just living life made great risks for Caleb Root and his consanguinity a century and more ago. Mr. Root came to Milan Township in the early 1820s from Hebron, Connecticut, where he was born. If we look at the Root family on the surface, we'd see nothing extraordinary. His wife, Anna, died before 1830 and was buried in a family cemetery on their farm. This burial ground is located southwest of the intersection of Huron-Avery and Hoover Roads, but I believe it is no longer marked even though it was mentioned as excluded when the farmland was sold through the years. Caleb was buried there, too, in the summer of 1843. A few years later his sister Patience Alcott and some grandchildren joined them. These are the simple annals of many early 19th century families in this area.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Karen Lamanna goes out of her way to shop at Apple's. She lives in Bellevue and has been patronizing the Norwalk Apple's for 20 years.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach doesn't think the closing of Apple's will lead to a big cut in the sales tax coming into the county, but he's already cut projections by almost five percent for 2009 just because of the downturn in the economy. "I think people are just going to go somewhere else in town," Tkach said. "In fact, from all indications if people aren't going to eat out as much, they're going to eat at home."
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
When David Barre speaks, Jake Leibold listens. Not only because Barre is Leibold's stepfather, but because the Monroeville resident apparently knows what it takes to win ATV races. And that is important to Leibold.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Krystal Simpson has never been interested in playing sports except for one. And now that Norwalk High School is offering it, the sophomore and her teammates are ready to bowl over their opponents.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Carol Girton is New London's new school superintendent, who replaced Jim Eibel, now an elementary principal in Oberlin. A native of Warren, Girton is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Ashland University. She began her career in Warren, where she taught music for 19 years.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Vickie Ziemba, administrative assistant and account clerk for the county commissioners, recently saved the county $47,000 by noticing an error in billing and making sure it was corrected. "She just really kept after it and her efforts obviously benefited the county,' said Mike Adelman, county commissioner. "Due to her sticktoitiveness, we all benefit.'
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Christmas is drawing close and holiday shopping is in full swing. There's still plenty of time to buy gifts for that outdoorsman or woman though, and some gifts are obvious. Like a new firearm or fishing rod, hopefully purchased with plenty of input from the recipient. Or a new Gortex jacket or pair of hunting pants. But if none of these is needed or feasible, what then? You buy them some "neat stuff." And there's plenty to choose from.
1:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk City Schools had a close call this year during contract negotiations with the teachers. Putting his index finger and thumb about a millimeter apart, Matt Lark said the Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) was "this close" to going on strike. An informal poll by Lark, who serves as union president, revealed the union had the necessary support for a strike, he added.
1:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
When David Barre speaks, Jake Leibold listens. Not only because Barre is Leibold's stepfather, but because the Monroeville resident apparently knows what it takes to win ATV races.