11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Baumann Auto Group is expanding in Norwalk with the purchase of the Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge franchise at 226 Milan Ave. Buck Baumann and his father, Al Baumann, already have five dealerships, including Baumann Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC in Norwalk. They have two dealerships in Fremont and one each in Tiffin and Port Clinton.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
In a memo sent to Norwalk Furniture dealers, company officials said they held "intense, but positive meetings' Monday with Comerica regarding the $11 million loan the bank called in on July 18. The memo said the meetings will continue today. Acting CEO Dominic Aversa, chairman Jim Gerken and vice chairman Bill Gerken were all involved in the meetings in Cleveland with Comerica officials. Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher also participated and Norwalk Furniture officials said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) also spoke up for the company.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Patrons can expect more tunes from the 4-H Band this year at the Huron County Fair. The band, now in its second year playing at the annual week-long event, has received a $1,500 4-H state grant to purchase sheet music. As a result, the band's repertoire has increased to include 20 to 25 songs from more than a dozen last year, band director Shelli McGue said.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
When Glenn Parks was a child, he begged his great uncle to play the banjo for him. It's safe to say Glenn Parks no longer has to beg anybody. The Springfield native has been playing the instrument for about 30 years in settings such as street festivals, senior centers, private parties and fairs. This year will mark his first entertaining at the Huron County Fair, where Parks will perform from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Not one, but TWO demolition derbies are slated for this year's Huron County Fair. The 11 a.m. Saturday event has been dubbed an "Old Iron Derby: Run What You Brung No Outlaws." There is a $2,000 first-place guaranteed prize, as well as other cash prizes. Inspection begins at 8 a.m. with the derby beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Due to space limitations in the pit area, three tickets will be issued: One for the driver, one for the mechanic and one for the tow vehicle. No other vehicles will be allowed in the pit area.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com John Lichoff didn't particularly enjoy working with buzzsaws and in sawmills when he was growing up in North Fairfield, but for the last four years he's been drawn to volunteering for the steam-engine sawmill at the county fair. "Last year was my first time on the blade," Lichoff, 70, of Norwalk, said. "I'm an apprentice sawer. The nostalgic part comes back and I love it. "I've been around sawmills all my life," he said. "I didn't want to do that anymore (after he grew up). Now that I don't have to, I do it for recreation."
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON Grass, cats and golf carts were a few of the items on council's Monday agenda. The proposed change in the grass, weed and vegetation ordinance lowers the maximum height from 10 to 6 inches and the period from notification of the property owner to when the village steps in and cuts the vegetation from 15 to five days. The proposed cat ordinance would prohibit people from feeding wild cats, prohibit them from allowing their cats to run at large, require cats over the age of 3 months to be immunized against rabies and make it unlawful "to own, keep or harbor more than five cats that are 4 months of age or older on any premises." The proposed golf cart ordinance would allow a cart on the streets only if it was inspected by the police and the owner paid a $10 fee. The cart would have to be insured and could be operated only by a licensed driver.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Wilson recognized NEW LONDON Terry Wilson recently celebrated his 25th year as editor of the New London Record. Hammer-in held at Historic Lyme Village A blacksmith Hammer in will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Historic Lyme Village
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Don't tell the Ott sisters that 4-H isn't serious stuff. Caleigh, 15, Macie, 13, and Lauren, 11, are practically the face of 4-H in Huron County. The daughters of Jude and Jeanette Ott of rural Norwalk have spent the majority of their lives in 4-H, accumulating multiple awards and honors.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Mutts that have gone nuts, as well as their handlers, will try to keep you in stitches at the Huron County Fair.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE Monroeville Local Schools Treasurer Susan Ammanniti is calling it a career after more than 30 years in the position. The school board unanimously approved "with regret" Ammanniti's resignation effective Dec. 31, superintendent Carol Girton said. "I've enjoyed being here," Ammanniti said. "It's just time for me to go; we all get to that point some time."
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
The factory floor at Norwalk Furniture was alive with sound today - sewing machines, staplers, hammers, cutting machines and radios all blended to make the place come to life after a week sitting still and empty. "This is what its supposed to sound like,' said Jeff Gross, executive director of operations, as he walked through the factory. About 300 workers were called back to work to finish orders abandoned when Norwalk Furniture suspended operations on July 18.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the murder and involuntary manslaughter charges against defendant Jeffrey A. Resor are "totally different crimes." On June 27, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury acquitted Resor of murder and child endangerment in connection with the death of the 10-month old son of Resor's now ex-girlfriend.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON - A Milan motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday at the intersection of Rye Beach Road and Ohio 2. Charles A. Downing, 58, of 2030 Winkle Road, was pronounced dead at Firelands Regional Medical Center. Lt. Darryl Edge, Sandusky post commander for the state Highway Patrol, said Downing was not wearing a helmet. His wife, Ann M. Downing, 41, of the same address, first went to Firelands. A LifeFlight helicopter then flew her to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, where a spokeswoman said she was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit this morning.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - The state has officially approved funding for the Willard City Schools' plan to build new buildings. The project's overall cost is estimated at $54,450,996, with the state providing $32,126,088. District officials hope to construct a new elementary school, new elementary/middle school and a new middle/high school.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Nothing about it was quite right. Yes, most of the cars in the parking lot last Wednesday were the same ones we park among every Wednesday.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
CLEVELAND - I recently took my family to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and I left disappointed. That being said, I highly recommend a visit there. Just don't have high expectations.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
New York in July, hot and breezy, the smell of pizza and coffee in the air, and on the subway one is surrounded by women in light summer dresses, the bare shoulders of elegant young urban women whose shoulders tell you they never toted barges or lifted bales, never laid eyes on a barge or a bale except for someone barging into their office and giving them a baleful look. They are swanning along through their twenties and I love to look at them while observing the No Staring rule, five seconds max but five seconds of a beautiful New York woman burns an image on your retina that will see you through the miseries of the city. Such as Penn Station, America's ugliest waiting area, made uglier by Amtrak's infernal blockheadedness. It is a lovely thought, passenger rail service, but Amtrak has an uncanny ability to take a few hundred ordinary Americans and make you feel like refugees. One moment you're in New York, 2008, and the next you're in Warsaw, 1939, trying to squeeze aboard the last train to Sweden. Passengers crowding into stairways, elbowing each other to find seats for which they've paid a pretty penny it's as if online reservations hadn't been invented yet. By comparison, the subway is rather civilized. In the L train station at 8th Avenue an LED display tells you the next train to Brooklyn will leave in eight minutes and, lo and behold, it does. This is a huge advance in the history of American mass transit. The relief of the station-platform blues Oh how long how long must I stand and wait? My baby is in Brooklyn and I cannot, no I cannot be late.
11:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
One of the earliest merchants in Sandusky was one Andrew Brown, who had come from Ireland. He came to Sandusky as early as 1820 and opened a general store. Sandusky at this time was called by a variety of names such as Portland, or Portland on Sandusky Bay, and was also often referred to as Sandusky. In the year 1820 Mr. Brown was indicted by a Huron County Grand Jury (Erie County didn't then exist) for retailing merchandise "not the growth or manufacture of the United States.' He had sold two different quantities of imported tea without first obtaining a special license from the Clerk of Courts. Upon being arraigned, Andrew Brown pled guilty and was fined $2 and costs.
11:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Fair will feature ATV races at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Grandstand. Participants must register at the fair secretary's office by 6:30 p.m. on that day. Applications, rules and more details are available at the fair secretary's office. Inspection begins at 5 p.m. with practice at 6 p.m. There are seven classes, with a $300 purse per class. There will also be a "Rough Truck Competition" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the grandstand.
11:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
Here's something you can cock-a-doodle-do at the Huron County Fair: A rooster crowing contest. Here are the particulars: The competition will commence at 7 a.m. Aug. 16 in the Pickworth Judging Pavilion. The limit is two birds per owner, who is to furnish cages and covers.