10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL n David W. Woods, 18, of Vermilion, hit a deer on Ohio 60.
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HIGHWAY PATROL n No citation was issued Thursday after the motorcycle tire of Ronald L. Geitgey, 58, of Alvordton, blew while he was heading south on U.S. 250. Geitgey and his passenger, Sue A. Geitgey, 54, were ejected and wearing helmets. North Central EMS transported both people to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries. Ronald was treated and released while his wife was treated and transferred to an undisclosed facility.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Three and half years ago my mother was one of 19,000 Ohioans that die each year due to tobacco use. Shortly after her diagnosis of lung cancer she told me she did this to herself. I quickly corrected her by telling her big tobacco caused her terminal diagnosis. For many years big tobacco enhanced their cigarettes with additives making them burn longer, increasing their shelf life and making them easier to inhale. These additives coupled with the lethal properties of nicotine made it difficult if not impossible for my mother and many others to quit smoking. Visions of reducing future suffering by Ohioans and decreases in staggering health care costs were in the forefront when our state received its portion of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) from the major U.S. tobacco manufacturers. Recently, Gov. Strickland and the Ohio Legislature have taken steps to end tobacco prevention and cessation programming in our state by raiding what little is left in the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation's endowment.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
It seems that the good is always paired with the bad. Just when things are really dark, something great happens as well. Or when it looks like something bad has happened, there is a bright side. As the saying goes, when God shuts a door, he opens a window. Take, for example, getting older. We don't hear as well as we used to. But that's OK; we know what our spouse is saying anyway, from several decades of listening, and so we don't really need to hear. We don't see as well, either; but then again, we can overlook each others' flaws. We get tired more easily, but we don't have babies who keep us up late anymore.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Recycling is not just something that Durable Corporation practices in its corporate offices. The company's manufacturing processes depend on recycled products. Tom Secor, president of Durable Corporation, said all of his company's products are made from bias-ply tires. "Durable started in 1923 in Seattle with the invention of the tire-link mat," he said, with small pieces of used rubber tires woven into a mat with wires. That is still one of their main products. Secor said Durable moved to Akron in 1938 because that city was then known as the tire capital of the world. The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce convinced Durable to move to the Maple City in 1941 by selling land where the factory now sits at 75 N. Pleasant St. to the company.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Mobile Unit Job Store schedule Here is the Mobile Unit Job Store schedule for May. For more information contact the Mobile Unit Job Store at (419) 357-0790 or (419) 357-3032. May 1: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Willard City parking lot, Myrtle Avenue. May 5: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greenwich Municipal Building.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Chapter of International Referral Network Members recently discussed issues that are affecting their business/industry. Some suggestions were made on overcoming freight and gas increases, listening to customers to create a "one stop shop" opportunity to save on their expenses, and marketing members' companies to stand out from the "big box" stores. The member speakers for March were Charlie Badida from Wayne Homes, Gina Herner from Shipley's Office Supplies & Furniture, Larry Engle from The Money Source Norwalk office, Monica James-Davis from The User Friendly Firelands Phone Book, and Joe Wilhelm, President of Wilhelm Construction. IRN encourages business people to "network" by referring people to other members and invites any business people to visit its meetings and join IRN.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Wham with a right hand! Have a GOOD night everybody! Many Cavaliers fans have likely heard these words, but may not have a face to associate with them.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
ELYRIA - A reserve Wakeman police officer was charged in connection with a racially-motivated attack Friday morning at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary school. William C. Hodge, 35, of Sheffield Township, is accused of throwing his Wakeman police badge and department identification at a 32-year-old Lorain woman, according to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office. The suspect also reportedly approached a Chevrolet Astrovan, jumped into the passenger side and tried to punch the man sitting in the driver's seat while grabbing his shirt, deputies said.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Pizza Brothers should be moving to its new location in the former Taco Bell building on Milan Avenue in July. Barb Allison, who owns the business with her husband, David, said their current location, behind Hammer Huber at 210 Milan Ave., just doesn't give them the visibility they need. "Hammer Huber's a great landlord, but we just don't have the visible frontage we need," she said. "The new location is on the main strip. Its a prime location. Right now we're kind of hidden. Its unbelievable how many people don't even know we're there."
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
For Green Week, five Norwalk businesses have agreed to open their doors to the public from noon to 3 p.m. to allow people to see the conservation practices they use daily. CVG Mayflower Vehicle Systems invited the public to tour the plant today. Sunrise Energy, 211 Cleveland Road, will let visitors tour the operation from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Next weekend, the first weekend in May, the Firelands Historical Society will open its Norwalk museum and research center for another season. While May marks a new season for tours, it also ends the 150th birthday of the Historical Society. (See a feature story on the museum in Thursday's Reflections section). There was much agitation in the original Firelands territory in 1857 to found a historical society and preserve the story of our area while so many of the original settlers were still active and able to put down on paper their memories of the "early days" here in northern Ohio. Of especial interest were stories of War of 1812 events in our area, and the stories of the pioneers and their efforts in taming the wilderness to make a home. May 20, 1857, is considered the official birth date for the historical society. A large celebration commemorated the society's 50th birthday on that date in 1907; the present museum was opened on that date in 1957, and last year's annual meeting was set to coincide with the sesquicentennial.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - Carol Girton is the new superintendent of the New London Schools and will take over the helm Aug. 1, with a three-year contract and a starting salary of $85,000. In Monday's meeting Board of Education President Don Race said Girton was a unanimous choice for the position, and "We are really thrilled to have her and look forward to working with her for many years."
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Village council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enter an agreement with Prospect-based Robert W. Schultz and Associates for professional records management. Village Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie Beck said Monroeville has more than 40 years' worth of records that must be compliant with a new law regarding public records management.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
APRIL 26, 1943 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 years ago: Order Mayor Joe Dudley to report for Army service Mayor Joe E. Dudley announces that he has been ordered by Draft Board No. 1 to report with a contingent of selectees at Toledo for physical examination May 10. This contingent is scheduled to report seven days later at Camp Perry to be assigned military duty.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - In his annual state of the village address Mayor Dar Anderson said, "It's a bad economic situation out there, and it isn't just New London, Ohio." Talking to the Community Improvement Corporation April 15, Anderson said council cut the village budget by more than $100,000 from 2007 to 2008, and now voters need to pass the three-mill operating levy that will be on the November ballot so basic services are not affected.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio House Democratic leader says a state lawmaker whose computer displayed an image of a topless woman during a presentation to high schoolers has resigned. The image was projected after Rep. Matthew Barrett (D-Amherst) inserted a data memory stick into the computer for a lecture on how a bill becomes a law. The Democrat from Columbus was speaking in October to an American government class of about 20 students in Norwalk.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk resident Thomas L. Root will be sentenced June 13 in Philadelphia after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion. A jury convicted Root, 55, of 2 Wedgewood Drive, March 20 after a four-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He faces up to a maximum of five years in a federal prison on each charge. U.S. Assistant Attorney Manisha Sheth said Root failed to report about $210,000 of income to the Internal Revenue Service and didn't pay an estimated $36,000 in taxes from 2001 through 2004. She said the case was tried in Philadelphia because about 50 percent of Root's income was made in Reading, Pa.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture employees, in a vote of 168 to 141, voted Saturday to accept the concessions requested by the company, including loss of a 25-cents-per-hour raise and a reduction in pension funding for the next year. Since the employees agreed with the company's request for concessions in the last year of a five-year contract, Norwalk Furniture agreed to delay the move of the recliner line to Livingston, Tenn. for at least a year, according to one union member.
10:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
Breast cancer 3-Day: Because everyone deserves a lifetime I took part in the 3-Day held in Cleveland, event where you walk over three days to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Each walker is required to raise at least $2,200. Out of 1,140 walkers I would say that only about 30 of them were men. At night we stayed in a big field with 600 pink tents lined up in tight rows. After walking the neighborhoods of Cleveland and living close with these women I had a chance to observe some interesting qualities. Women are very supportive and not afraid to show emotion. From the opening ceremony to the end hugs and tears were common. Most everyone you met had their own story and would ask you for yours. At breakfast one morning I sat by a lady who was telling me that her best friend had breast cancer and she was walking for her. Her best friend was going to come to the closing ceremony at the end of the walk to cheer her on but died from the disease a about two weeks prior to the walk. This lady broke down completely while telling me her story. At the end of each day they would announce when the first would arrive. They would all gather around her to welcome her back and raise a flag to signal that everyone was back, more hugs and tears. Women are also very creative. They told us to bring something to put on your tent so you could find it when you came back. I think I saw every imaginable way to use a bra as a decoration. Another group of women had T-shirts that said "Hot Mama's saving second base."
10:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
The next part of an evidence suppression hearing in the case of a Wakeman volunteer firefighter accused of driving drunk has been postponed until June 12. The Norwalk Municipal Court hearing for defendant William E. Hanko, 34, of 5295 W. River Road, was scheduled for Friday. He is charged with driving under the influence and failure to control in connection with an Dec. 22 incident. The driver also faces charges of going left of center, fleeing and eluding and a seatbelt violation.