April 18, 1912 The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 96 years ago:
The third annual Erie-Huron County Spring Alpaca Show will take place at the Huron County Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. April 19. The show and exhibits will continue until 6 p.m. The show provides an opportunity for people of all ages to get to know these tall, fuzzy and gentle creatures seen grazing in pastures across Ohio. Native to the Andes Mountains in South America, alpacas produce fleece with a finish as soft as cashmere with a finer luster. It is warmer and softer than wool, but without the weight.
The 33rd Annual Firelands Area Art League Art Show was held April 5 and 6. The following artisits were award winners: Transparent Watercolor 1st Place - Jan Fegle, Norwalk - "Apple Blossons" 2nd Place - Carol Witherell, Norwalk - "Old Feed Pail"
COLLINS - The Western Reserve board of education honored Lois Hilaman, a charter member of the Western Reserve Endowment Board who is retiring from the board. Hilaman received certificates of appreciation Wednesday from both Western board president Cheryl Fannin and from John Scheerer, president of the endowment board.
akrause@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Artists and "Green" thinking people will be proud of New London couple Theresa and Charles Mobley. More than a decade ago, the Mobleys realized they didn't need every one of their more than 250 collectable lamps they got as a hobby. But they didn't trash them. Instead, they put their artistic ability to use, and made lamp shades. That way, they thought people would want to buy them.
SANDUSKY - A state trooper with the Sandusky post dressed in a handmade Ku Klux Klan-like outfit while on duty has been suspended without pay. Authorities said another trooper who forwarded a cell phone photo of the trooper in the costume has been demoted. A third trooper, Sgt. Jason Demuth of the Norwalk post, has served a one-day suspension without pay for failing to report the incident to a supervisor. The assistant post commander also is accused of forwarding the photo to Gaby Highlander, a Toledo post dispatcher.
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Ken Missler said a new laser he uses at Diamond Collection has "flipped the world upside down" as far as making and repairing jewelry. Missler, who owns the store with his wife, Gracie, said his new microlaser welder will make everything they do "quicker and more precise." He said the lasers developed for jewelry work came out about eight years ago and are so specialized now that he can repair antique and costume jewelry and very fine filigree work that would have been impossible to fix before he bought the laser.
WEST SALEM, Ill. (AP) - A 5.4 magnitude earthquake that appeared to rival the strongest recorded in the region rocked people as far away as 450 miles and was even felt in Norwalk early Friday, surprising residents unaccustomed to such a powerful Midwest temblor. The quake just before 4:37 a.m. was centered six miles from West Salem, Ill., and 66 miles from Evansville, Ind. It was felt in such distant cities as Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Des Moines, Iowa, 450 miles northwest of the epicenter, but there were no early reports of injuries or significant damage.
Norwalk City Council voted at apply for $556,000 in federal and state funds over two years to help low to moderate income residents buy and rehabilitate homes and to provide assistance for homeowners facing potential foreclosure. Hope K. Kingsborough, representative for WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., told council the Comprehensive Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) is very competitive and the application is due May 2.
NEW LONDON Police recovered a knife Tuesday night from one of several juvenile suspects accused of slashing tires in the village. During the course of the initial interviews, the juveniles admitted to cutting several tires, New London Police Chief Mark Holden said. Police found the group at the New London Recreation Park and interviewed them about the damage. If you have received damage to your vehicles in the past several days and have not reported it, contact the New London Police Department as soon as possible at (419) 929-3504. If you have had your vehicle repaired already, furnish a copy of the receipt.
Joyce A. Bolen will be heading back to Greenwich. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway indicated in a hearing Thursday afternoon the former 46 E. Main St. resident should be released from Northcoast Behavioral Health Center in Toledo. Bolen, 47, has been at the mental hospital since about Feb. 8, 2006, when she was ruled insane during a September 2005 incident when she threatened a neighbor with a knife.
NEW LONDON - Jim Eibel, superintendent of New London schools, said the district has brought in additional counselors to help students and staff cope with the unexpected loss of Jonathan Kistler, 9, a third-grader. "We're deeply saddened as a school community by the loss and our hearts go out to the family in their time of need," Eibel said. He said the district's counselors have been joined by counselors from Willard schools and from Firelands Counseling Center in Norwalk. Jonathan was the son of Hans and Misty Kistler, of New London. An obituary is on Page A-3.
Joyce A. Bolen will be heading back to Greenwich. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway indicated in a hearing Thursday afternoon the former 46 E. Main St. resident should be released from Northcoast Behavioral Health Center in Toledo. Bolen, 47, has been at the mental hospital since about Feb. 8, 2006, when she was ruled insane during a September 2005 incident when she threatened a neighbor with a knife.
A suspected Norwalk sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to a related burglary and was sentenced to a community-based corrections facility. Timothy M. Adkins, 24, of 99 Norwood Ave., will spend up to six months in a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered him to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and enroll in a sex offender treatment program.
Patty Ringholz is being mourned not just in Monroeville, where she had been very active for many years in the schools, sports and the community. Even though she retired five months ago from Fisher-Titus Medical Center, her death still leaves a void because of the example she set there as a licensed pediatric physical therapist.
There are plenty of tickets remaining for Saturday's Phi Dirt and the Dozers concert. Hundreds of tickets remaining for the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. The musical group will perform as the first of a series of fundraisers for Senior Enrichment Services. Lucinda Smith, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said a decline in state and federal funding has necessitated fundraisers. All proceeds will go to the organization, whose mission is to help seniors remain in their homes. Senior Enrichment Services, which has offices in Norwalk and Willard, delivers meals and provides transportation and activities for seniors.
The 2008 drag racing season opens this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park with the 25th Anniversary PIPO Season Opener presented by the Norwalk Reflector and Donald M. Graham & Associates. Free admission tickets appear in today's and Wednesday's editions of the Norwalk Reflector. The coupon appears on Page B-1 today. It will be on Page B-10 on Wednesday.
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com After a $7.2-million expansion project last year, Summit Motorsports Park is concentrating on improving the racing surface and traffic patterns in 2008. Owner Bill Bader, Jr. said the track improvements won't be as noticeable to the fans, but he hopes the drivers will recognize it as the best in the nation. "It is a top-five surface right now, but we want to be first," he said.
Melissa James, director of the Norwalk Area/Huron County Chamber of Commerce, said Norwalk Furniture's offer to make up any concessions employees agree to shows the company is committed to treating employees fairly. "The loss of the business would be monumental,' James said, "but it is a testament to the integrity of the Gerken family that if they do have to relocate that they would make up to those employees what they've asked them to concede.'
A suspected drug dealer was arrested Wednesday night after police said they bought 32 doses of heroin from the suspect who ran from officers. Charles Thomas, 31, of Lorain, currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail and awaiting a Norwalk Municipal Court bond hearing. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said the heroin has a street value of $900 and Thomas is accused of selling heroin and cocaine worth another $1,220. Thomas ran from officers after he pulled his vehicle into a Milan Avenue gas station. Temple said authorities believed the suspect might flee because of his past criminal history includes weapon violations and assault charges. "A couple of the (special response team) guys caught him a couple blocks away," the detective said. "We thought this guy would run, so we had Erie County and Milan PD be on the north end with stop sticks.
Students explore outer space without ever leaving school grounds when COSI, Columbus' science center brings its traveling science program Launch Into Space to League Elementary on Friday. The innovative, interactive program helps stimulate the imaginations of the next generation of astronauts and aerospace engineers. The program is just one of six traveling demonstrations from COSI. The day begins with a 45-minute interactive assembly introducing the students to the basics of exploration into the final frontier. Students will take a roundtrip voyage to space, explore rocket launches, life in space, and the trip back to Earth. This fun, educational assembly is followed by hands-on activities during which the students will discover the chemical make up of stars, explore space food and launch cork rockets. COSI is a hands-on science center located in Columbus. Each year more than 350,000 students take part in one of the COSI on Wheels programs.