12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kevin Leibold missed his high school prom because he was working at Norwalk Furniture. When the 106-year-old business officially closed last week, It was like losing a family member for Leibold and most of the 500 or so employees on Furniture Parkway. "Norwalk Furniture was my life," Leibold said Monday morning. "I spent 33 years out there and they were 33 great years. It's hard when things stop. Basically, all of the Gerkens are good people to work for." Leibold started working at Furniture when he was 17 and a junior in high school.
12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Julie Puckett has had her faith in God verified she will be able to continue taking the drug that allows her to walk and drive despite her Multiple Sclerosis for two years at no cost despite her husband's loss of insurance through Norwalk Furniture. Puckett told the Reflector earlier this month she knew God would provide even though she was facing the cost of $800 per month for the drug Tysabri after she and her husband, a truck driver for Furniture, learned the company folded.
12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - When Rob Duncan met a man who almost suffered the fate of his oldest son death while cycling at the hands of a hit-and-run driver it was an emotional moment for both. Daniel Duncan, 18, a 2008 graduate of St. Paul High School, was killed earlier this month by a drunk driver while practicing for the cycling team at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Here are the scores from Week 5 action of high school football action Friday (To comment on the games, visit www.fandy.com.): Shelby 42, Norwalk 14
12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Eric D. Cover, convicted of a violent home invasion, didn't escape prison after all. Retired Common Pleas Judge Judith Cross denied defense attorney David Longo's motions Friday to vacate Cover's conviction and for a new trial. In late August when Cover originally was supposed to be sentenced Longo said he received an unsolicited letter from Cover's older half-brother, Jeremy Holmberg, indicating he might be willing to testify about Cover's alleged innocence. Holmberg, formerly of New London, is serving 13 years in prison for overseeing the violent March 18, 2007 offense on Greenwich Milan Townline Road.
12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Company president Jim Gerken told more than 200 Norwalk Furniture employees they can buy COBRA insurance for the month of September, but shouldn't count on health insurance through the company after that. "I'm deeply sorry for the regrettable situation we all find ourselves in and the reason for our meeting today,' Gerken said Thursday morning.
12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
September is nearly gone, and October is just around the corner. October is a magic month, one of the years finest, with crisp autumn mornings, leaves turning red and gold, high floating cumulus clouds in a clear, blue sky, and the scent of fox grapes and burning leaves in the air. It's a great month to go fishing, not hard-work fishing, just lazy trips that will let you sit back, relax and enjoy the day. If you catch some fish, that's a bonus. When I get an urge to just go fishing, I usually head for Lake Erie, and while I might make a trip on a head boat for perch, I'm more inclined to shore fish, spend very little money and just enjoy the endless waves and sea gulls keening overhead. In the Western Basin, there are lots of places to go. One that I hit frequently and have mentioned before in these pages is the Huron Pier, a long, long stretch of cement that pushes a broad finger into the lake from downtown Huron.
12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Joe Balcerowski, who worked for Norwalk Furniture for more than 23 years, said finding a job with medical benefits might require long commuting. In his search for a new job, he's not finding openings in the area. "There's really nothing in this area that pays anything I consider worthwhile," he said. "You're going to have to go 50 or 60 miles in radius from the area to find anything decent with benefits."
12:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Blanca Alegria had to flee her native El Salvador because of the civil war and once she settled in Chatfield she threw her energy into helping the migrant population in the area. Now the people she's helped over the years and many others in the area are paying her back. A golf benefit will be held today at Cranberry Hills Golf Course in New Washington. Several churches are also organizing a benefit from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buckeye West School in Chatfield. They will have a bake sale and serve meals of soups, sandwiches, drinks and desserts for donations. The benefits will raise money for the extensive medical bills the family has faced since she was diagnosed with cancer last year.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's official. Norwalk Furniture Corp. is history. While talks continue to sell the 106-year-old company, Chairman Jim Gerken announced Tuesday that all layoffs from the old company are permanent. If the company is sold, former Norwalk Furniture employees would have to be hired by the new owners.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
At least two principals in Norwalk City Schools are pleased to hear the Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) and school board have reached a tentative agreement. "I think it's a relief to everybody," Norwalk Middle School Principal James Hagemeyer said. "I'm glad it's over or almost over."
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk isn't the only area losing jobs. Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in August, up from 7.2 percent in July. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released the figures Friday. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 3,700 over the month, from 5,410,500 in July to 5,406,800 in August.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are things which only historians and local researchers worry about. Two of them which puzzle me after many years are: How did Christie Avenue in Norwalk receive its name; and, why was the name Olena selected for that Bronson Township village. I haven't found the answer to the first one, but I'm pleased with some new information I have concerning the second. Olena began as a typical crossroads village where area farmers could buy supplies, have their wagon repaired, or find the services of a blacksmith. The first hotel opened here in 1835 for travelers using the Wooster Road, as U.S. 250 was then called. Daniel Angell soon opened a hotel here, too, when the teams and wagons hauling grain to the canal at Milan made busy highways of both the Wooster Road and what is now the Greenwich Milan Road.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's dumfounding how Hollywood has access to the original material (novels, plays, comics, etc.) about a certain character - and yet still manages to screw up the characterization on-screen. There certainly are exceptions, with the most recent being Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in "Iron Man.'
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk girls' soccer team picked up a big 1-0 win Wednesday at the Norwalk Soccer Complex. Kelly Caldwell's penalty kick 25 minutes into the match provided the lone goal.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
I have always been drawn to the seashore at vacation time. This year I spent a week in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. We rented a vacation home in Falmouth on the south side of the Cape. Of course, as a photographer, the area had to be picturesque. I wasn't disappointed. Small towns and settlements are scattered throughout the Cape. Each one possessing antique stores and quaint shops all decked in a New England style motif with colorful cedar siding. The smell of salty air beckons tourists to the endless beaches filled with sand and rocky shores. If you desire to delight on these relaxing beaches, plan on bringing your wallet. Fees are often charged for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists just to get a little sand between their toes. Though these beaches come with a price, you will be certain to enjoy the view and beach's pristine appearance.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city of Norwalk fall trash pickup will take place beginning Monday. Residents can set out unlimited trash or large items on their regular trash day at no extra charge. Refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, tires, liquids, construction debris, lumber, concrete blocks, stone, dirt, yard waste, batteries and very large items are not eligible for pickup. Recyclables are not picked up during the week of fall trash cleanup.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Berlin Heights resident Mitchell Bellamy isn't happy about his attacker getting eight years in prison. "He needs more time than that. It's not right,' said the victim, who believes the prosecution should have spent more time on his case. "I don't think he (the defendant) should have plea bargained at all. I said no plea bargain.'
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
A spaghetti benefit for Michael Ezell will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Norwalk's American Legion. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Ezell, the son of Sarah Baker and Michael Ezell, of Milan, was born 17 weeks premature on May 8. He left Akron's Children's Hospital for the first time earlier this week after his third eye surgery. He also has had surgery to repair a hernia.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Company president Jim Gerken told more than 200 Norwalk Furniture employees they can buy COBRA insurance for the month of September, but shouldn't count on health insurance through the company after that. "I'm deeply sorry for the regrettable situation we all find ourselves in and the reason for our meeting today,' Gerken said this morning.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gas prices have been all over the board the last week. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Ohio gasoline prices were again knocking on the door of $4 a gallon and in many cases more than.