11:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
It seems like the news isn't getting any better. Plant closings, layoffs, pay reduction and more make it very important to save money in any way possible. One tactic that can save you lots of money is making your own trail food. Summer is the time to take trips, large or small. If you're going fishing for a day, plan to spend time looking for groundhogs, rough camping or heading out for an overnight hike, it's almost traditional to buy lots of (expensive) beef jerky, maybe some candy bars, and other foods that aren't likely to spoil in a few hours. And if heading to Michigan or Canada or elsewhere for a longer jaunt, most buy even more trail food. But trail food is easy to make, very cheap, usually healthy and sustaining. Parched corn is a good example. Pioneers like Daniel Boone and Lew Wetzel never made a hunting trip without a pouch of parched corn, and it was said that a man could live on it for weeks with nothing else but water if necessary. The best corn, in my opinion, is sweet corn allowed to dry on the stalk. Shell some out, put it in a skillet already on low heat and thinly coated with oil, maybe olive or canola, and stir constantly so it won't burn. It should only take a minute or so to parch the corn, and it's ready when it swells up and turns a light to medium brown color. Don't forget to add a little salt to the final product. You'll need to be very careful with parched corn. The stuff tastes good, and if you've a cold beverage handy, it can disappear long before you can take it on a trip.
11:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
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11:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Diners will soon have a choice of Mexican restaurants in Norwalk. A local El Paso Mexican Grill is slated to open as early as in a couple weeks, said owner Fermin Ramirez, a Lorain resident who is opening the location in the strip mall at the former Quiznos location on Westwind Drive.
11:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Today is a red-letter (or red-number) day for George Abels - he celebrates his 80th birthday on 08-08-08. And he'll probably start the day as usual for this time of year with a round of golf at Sycamore Hills.
11:42 PM Jul 25, 2010
Observation: Kids today don't read as much as they used to. Kids today have shorter attention spans. Observation: Fast food restaurants are burgeoning. In Norwalk we have two McDonald's, two Burger Kings, and three Subways.
11:42 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLLINS - The Western Reserve board of education approved a three-year agreement with the non-certified staff (OAPSE Local 426) Aug. 4. The contract, running from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011 gives the members a 3 percent salary increase each year in return for which they agreed to major health insurance concessions.
11:42 PM Jul 25, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Unconfirmed reports are indicating that Terry Traster, an Amherst City Councilman, will face Republican Terry Boose in this November's 58th district House race. Huron County Democratic Party chairman Richard Hauser said this afternoon "a decision should be made by tomorrow (Thursday)." Hauser would not say whether Traster was the candidate.
11:42 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Uptown Norwalk Historic District has recently launched a new Web site along with creating a new promotional brochure and map. The new Web site and downloadable brochure, projects of the Main Street Norwalk program, can be viewed atwww.mainstreetnorwalk.org/. Program Manager Dave Gulden said the Web site and brochure will serve as vital pieces to the program's efforts. "Now we have a very useful and attractive promotional piece along with a Web presence," he said. The Uptown Norwalk Historic District is highlighted in the new brochure, and it also serves as a Norwalk area tourism promotional piece. Also included on the doubled-sided brochure is a detailed map of the district. The map lists the many businesses located in the district, and categories with color coded numbers guide visitors to the shops and restaurants that the district offers. Area attractions are also pictured in the full color brochure.
11:42 PM Jul 25, 2010
Area farmers said rain in the next few days is critical to both corn and soybeans. "We haven't had measurable rain since the 23rd of July and here in Wakeman, we only had three-quarters of an inch then, which was a saver at the time,' said Barrett French, of French's Hybrids.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Cassandra Shupe's favorite style of dancing requires performing from the heart: She said the lyrical dancer moves with an abundance of feeling and the person's facial expressions reflect whatever he's feeling. It is fitting that lyric dancing is the Norwalk resident's favorite style: The 24-year-old has been passionate about her hobby ever since she was a 3-year-old student at a studio in her native Canton. Now, Shupe wants to pass on that excitement to others. She's about to try by teaching at her new dance studio, Norwalk Dance Center, where classes will begin Sept. 8. Shupe has set an open house for 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 for people to tour the facility at 461 Milan Ave., Unit 1 in the Heartland Plaza.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Today is a red-letter (or red-number) day for George Abels he celebrates his 80th birthday on 08-08-08. And he'll probably start the day as usual for this time of year with a round of golf at Sycamore Hills. This celebration comes a day after another important milestone for the new octogenarian as he and his bride of 60 years, Kathleen, celebrated their anniversary Thursday.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Dear Poison Ivy, As you know, I have once again made your acquaintance this summer. The evidence of our encounter extends from my right wrist halfway to my elbow; in inflamed clusters just below each knee; in a maddening outbreak below my left ankle; and in a spectacular blister just above the tongue of my right shoe. You really have my attention this time. That is not to say that you were not on my mind during most of each summer from 1965 to 1969 when my summer job put me in your presence, and you ravaged my arms and legs and other often-surprising parts of my body. From what I have read, those repeated summer job outbreaks set me up as an easy mark for future discomfort; the more one gets poison ivy the easier it is to get it again.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - Workers at Hillside Acres, a nursing facility in Willard, have ended its three-month strike. Local Union 911 of the United Food and Commercial Workers have voted to accept the most recent offer made by the company and have made an unconditional offer to return to work.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's hard to overestimate the size of the bullet our community dodged with Monday afternoon's announcement that a deal had been struck to keep Norwalk Furniture open and operating. I have to admit I was a bit dubious that anything would happen to save the company and its 500-plus jobs. Admittedly, I'm a bit pessimistic and cynical (not to mention sarcastic and perhaps a little vulgar, but that's neither here nor there) by nature, but just look at the news; things are bad out there economically and they just seem to be getting worse.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
An amendment to a revolving loan fund between the city and American Coating Specialists, Inc. was approved at Tuesday's Norwalk City Council meeting. This will create 40 new jobs, said the ACS representatives who brought the issue to council.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen believes "it's going to take a while" to determine what happened in a motorcycle crash Monday because the crash reconstructionist is on sick leave. Darrell J. Kennedy, 19, of 2 Adams St., remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. A LifeFlight helicopter transferred him from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to the Toledo hospital after he was ejected from his Suzuki motorcycle just before 3 p.m. on North Pleasant Street.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
A man caught in an online sex sting by Wakeman police was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday. Thomas E. Marquis, Jr., 27, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty in June to three counts of importuning. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss three similar charges and four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Over a seven-month period, the defendant talked on an Internet chat room with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but actually was Wakeman Police Officer Josh Rice. His investigation started in January 2007.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
No orders for two weeks means the Norwalk Furniture plants in Norwalk, Mississippi and Tennessee won't be back to full strength until September, but a consultant for the executive team said all three factories are slowly ramping up production. "We only handle custom orders and we haven't had any orders for two weeks and two days," said Aaron Gillum, who works for Morris Anderson & Associates, the company brought in to restructure the ailing company.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Unconfirmed reports are indicating that Terry Traster, an Amherst City Councilman, will face Republican Terry Boose in this November's 58th district House race. Huron County Democratic Party chairman Richard Hauser said this afternoon "a decision should be made by tomorrow (Thursday).'
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Of the estimated $150 million slated for Ohio to fight urban blight, Huron County will get about $768,000. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced estimated figures that will be used to renovate home or tear down blighted properties through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. "This is a victory for middle class families and Ohio neighborhoods," Brown said. "This bill will prevent the American Dream from slipping away from thousands of Ohioans. It will allow us to work together to rebuild communities and stem the foreclosure crisis." The housing bill passed the Senate last month and was signed by President George W. Bush last week.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Nick Horner and Brent Ratliff were talking and throwing the football on the front porch of Horner's 11 N. Pleasant St. home when they heard the motorcycle racing by. Horner said it seemed like the biker was going 100 mph down the street.