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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.
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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.
10:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk Reflector has learned the two troopers who engaged in a prank involving a costume that resembled a Ku Klux Klan outfit have been put on administrative leave by the state Highway Patrol. Earlier today, Gov. Ted Strickland asked the patrol to terminate the employment of those two troopers from the Sandusky post, saying the behavior by the troopers could not be tolerated.
10:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Move over kids grandma and grandpa have discovered the fun of Wii reality games. At the Carriage House of Fisher-Titus Medical Hospital, Wii bowling is one of the most popular activities these days. Residents gather in the library to hone their bowling skills and cheer each other on.
10:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - A Norwalk woman was released Friday from the Erie County Jail after posting bond on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and driving under the influence. Marisa A. Roberts, 19, of 4936 Ohio 601, posted 10 percent on a $134,000 bond after her defense attorney turned her into authorities the same day. She was the driver in a Feb. 15 collision that killed Sandusky resident, Nicholas A. Codispoti, 22, and seriously injured four other people.
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APRIL 22, 1965 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 43 years ago:
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APRIL 21, 1965 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 43 years ago:
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EHOVE Honor Roll Edison Grade 11: Brianna Cook; Andrew Johnson; Amber Mantz; Michael McCann; Logan McConnell; Michelle Nagy; Jessie Rollins; Adrianne Woodyard; Brittany Wright.
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HIGHWAY PATROL n John L. Hamlin, 37, of Chippewa Lake, was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign in the April 13 collision with the vehicle driven by Megan R. Kolb, 29, of 2141 Fitchville River Road, Wakeman, at the intersection of Ohio 18 and Ohio 601. Hamlin's pickup truck went off the south side and hit two signs. Kolb went off the same side and hit a concrete well and tree. North Central EMS transported Kolb and one of Hamlin's passengers, Lori E. Hamlin, 30, of Chippewa Lake, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center both with minor injuries.
10:13 PM Jul 25, 2010
Last Friday evening the Ohio High School Football Association inducted six new members into its Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Columbus. Monroeville High School football coach Steve Ringholz is one of the six. But he was not at the ceremony.
10:13 PM Jul 25, 2010
Toast all of the Norwalk Furniture Corp. employees who voted Saturday to make concessions on their contract. 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. These are tough times and everybody is going to have to work together to get through it. Roast everyone who took advantage of trash pickup week to hunt for copper wiring. Several people had disposed of old refrigerators and freezers that were in working order, however vandals in a blue SUV were seen cutting the cords off a good number of those old appliances. Thanks to their inconsiderate nature, some needy people will not be able to replace their old fridges.
10:13 PM Jul 25, 2010
Three men started the Fund for Huron County 11 years ago and the group is holding a birthday celebration on June 11 at Sheri's Coffee House. Thomas Heydinger, former juvenile court judge, Fred Waugh and Robert Wiedemann spearheaded the effort to raise money to start the project to fund efforts to benefit people across the county. The fund is made up of 30 smaller funds, some which control their own grants and some which ask the Fund for Huron County to choose recipients.
10:13 PM Jul 25, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Huron County needs your help. "Tornadoes, blizzards and floods are a fact of life and not unknown to Huron County as evidenced by the flood of 2006," said Bill Ommert, the county emergency management agency (EMA) director. "When disaster strikes, the Huron County Volunteer Network provides volunteers to help the elderly, handicapped and special-needs residents by cleaning up storm or flood debris, flooded basements, removal of tree limbs, delivery of relief supplies and the like," Ommert added.