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akrause@norwalkreflector.com MILAN In 1984, Milan Mayor Robert Bickley was invited to an event honoring famous native son Thomas Edison. The event's location: Yawata, Japan. The event's purpose: To rededicate a peace monument made of cut bamboos and Edison's incandescent electric bulb.
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sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Spend money locally. It's not a new concept. In fact, it's one area officials say time and time again. Norwalk City Councilman Dwight Tkach added to that conversation recently.
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sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Probably sooner rather than later, a female firefighter will be part of the Norwalk Fire Department. The question is, can the department handle it? Chief Dough Coletta said as far as he knows, a woman has never been part of the department. He said some have applied and taken the testing, but were never hired. Applicants undergo a series of tests, including a physical, and the top-scoring candidate is then hired.
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A rural Norwalk man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program for selling marijuana near a juvenile relative. Ross L. Stahl Jr., 40, of 4092 Perrin Road, also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $400 in restitution to the Norwalk Police Department. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also ruled the defendant would be on three years of intensively-supervised probation.
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Police determined a claimed robbery actually was a drug deal gone bad. The Norwalk Police Department received a 9-1-1 call at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday. The complainant, Tyler J. Scranton, 18, of 4651 Laylin Road, accused Gregory A. Meade, 22, of 89A Grove Ave., of punching him near Austin's West Side Market and of stealing $100 from him, Officer Larry Noftz wrote in his report.
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Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch won't let the tree situation uptown pass away. About 44 of 100 trees in the uptown district are dead.
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A Willard woman whose daughter is serving a prison term for selling heroin was sentenced Tuesday to 11 months in prison for helping commit the same crime. Sheila Chaffins, 47, of 425 N. Main St., also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $420 in restitution to the Willard Police Department. She pleaded guilty June 22 to one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for the state dismissing two similar charges.
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Online bill paying. I'm new at it. I thought I would try to convert to the on-line system this summer. I figured it would be a good idea and I would save lots of money on stamps. After all, stamps cost what? Forty-two cents? Forty-three? Forty-four? It keeps going up.
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PLYMOUTH - A soldier from Huron County has died in Iraq, succumbing to injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. Army Pvt. Keiffer P. Wilhelm, 19, of Plymouth, died in Maysan Province on Tuesday, less than two weeks after arriving in Iraq, U.S. Department of Defense officials said. The circumstances surrounding his death remain under investigation.
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WILLARD - The tree the Willard Memorial Library system erected at its main branch last month wasn't just a Christmas in July decoration. Library officials hoped that, like its counterpart in December, this celebration would turn into a time of giving.
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HURON TOWNSHIP - Two families visiting Kalahari Waterpark Resort say employees forced them to leave. One group claims race was the reason. Investigators say the same complainants were being belligerent.
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A 17-year-old Norwalk driver was charged with driving under the influence, underage consumption and going left of center in connection with a Norwalk Township head-on collision Monday. Abigail M. Frank, of 41 S. Garden St., hit the 2000 Ford Explorer driven by Daryl J. Allison, 27, of Sandusky, head-on about 11:50 p.m. on U.S. 250. Frank sustained serious injuries and Allison had minor injuries.
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WAYNESVILLE - Caesar Creek State Park and the Miami Valley Astronomical Society are offering one of the region's best for venues for viewing shooting stars on Saturday during the annual Perseid meteor shower. Beginning at 7 p.m., Caesar Creek will host a meteor shower program at the main state park beach. The Miami Valley Astronomical Society will provide an educational program on outer space, featuring galaxies, planets, stars, moons and black holes. The Astronomical Society will also have telescopes and other equipment on hand for park visitors to view stars and planets.
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Ritz Theatre Executive Director Michael Strong wants to talk to your group about the theater's upcoming season. He is available to present a power point presentation for groups with 10 or more people to present the presentation Service clubs, church groups, managers meetings, etc. in Seneca, Hancock, Sandusky, Wyandot, Huron and Crawford Counties. Strong will travel beyond that if necessary. If your group would like to hear Strong's presentation, call Bruce Hannam, the theater's marketing director, at (419) 448-8544, ext. 11.
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SUBHEAD: Farm Futures magazine survey shows good yield prospects but lower corn acreage as unusual growing season continues DECATUR, Ill. Bumper corn and soybean crops are still possible in 2009, despite a very unusual growing season, according to the latest Farm Futures magazine survey of U.S. farmers. Corn production could reach 12.545 billion, the second biggest crop in history, with soybeans setting an all-time high at 3.275 billion. USDA reports 2009 production Aug. 12, in a widely anticipated release that features the agency's first estimates based on in-field surveys, not statistical guesses. The government also will update acreage for corn in seven states where planting delays made its June 30 estimates uncertain.
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After several weeks of chit-chat, Norwalk city council appointed Peg Baird as the citizen representative to the police chief selection board. The council vote was unanimous.
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You've got to hand it to Martin Haffey. Faced with massive losses of state funding, the director of the Norwalk Public Library handed in his resignation last week in order to save four or five other jobs from being eliminated.
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HURON TOWNSHIP - The Erie County health department found no evidence of neglect on the part of Kalahari Resort following the drowning death of a 3-year-old Michigan boy. (EDITOR'S NOTE: To listen to the 9-1-1 call in the Kalahari drowning case, click here.)
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MONROEVILLE - There were smiles all around today in Monroeville. A 3.6-mill school renewal levy not only passed Tuesday, but it collected almost 73 percent of the votes in Huron County. The totals were 453 (72.95 percent) in favor and 168 against (27.05 percent). It was dead even in Erie County with 18 voting yes and 18 voting no.
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Robert M. Tite will be taking his two drunk driving cases to trial. The rural Wakeman resident has an Aug. 26 trial scheduled in Norwalk Municipal Court on driving under the influence (DUI), resisting arrest and criminal damaging. The charges stem from a June 26 incident at his neighbor's property in which Tite, 57, of 2785 Chenango Road, Wakeman, reportedly drove a bulldozer while intoxicated.
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ELYRIA - German chemical company BASF will build a chemical processing plant in Elyria, Sen. Sue Morano (D-Lorain) announced today. The world's largest chemical company's new facility will produce a patented cathode material to be used in advanced Lithium-ion batteries that will power a new line of hybrid cars.