4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The spectacular Perseid meteor shower is lighting up the night's sky this week. Tonight is the peak, so around midnight Huron County residents should begin looking to the northeast portion of the sky. The meteors are predicted to be falling at a rate of between 60 and 100 per hour though keep in mind that that's an average, so you'll likely see four or five in quick succession, then a minute or two with none at all, followed by a few more and so on. The waxing gibbous moon will provide some interference, but after it sets, the morning hours should provide additional viewing opportunities.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Norwalk runaway Calvin Riley was ordered today to do 75 hours of volunteer work and ordered to have no association with Norwalk Catholic School (NCS) staff or employees. Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell further ordered Riley's parents to continue securing their vehicle keys and weapons. The judge credited the 14-year-old boy with serving 15 days of detention. The boy could face more time in detention or the Department of Youth Services if he violates the court orders.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - New Willard City Schools superintendent David Danhoff struck a positive tone during his first school board meeting. Danhoff, who is succeeding Dennis Doughty, said the last couple of weeks have been "eye opening to say the least." He added he's been "extremely impressed" with his administrative team and it seems to him employees take pride in the appearance of the buildings.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - A Painesville man has been charged in connection with providing police with a false Social Security number and fleeing after an Aug. 1 traffic stop. Charles Jones, 27, is accused of escaping the custody of the Wakeman Police Department and fleeing into Riverview Mobile Home Park, 5571 U.S. 20, Chief Tim Hunker said.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Incoming fifth-graders and returning sixth-graders for the 2009-10 school year are invited to attend Main Street School's annual orientation program, scheduled for Tuesday. The event will start at 1 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend. In addition to a presentation on school policies and procedures, students also will be afforded the opportunity to tour the building and get accustomed to where their classes will be. Team and homeroom assignments will be posted for students to get a first look at who they will have as teachers for the upcoming year. Also, later that evening, parents of students who indicated an interest in taking band or orchestra as sixth-graders are invited to attend an orientation program at 7 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Representatives from area music stores will be on hand to discuss instrument rental and purchase plans. Band teacher Sandy Bennett and orchestra teacher Mark Parish will also be on hand to answer questions and explain policies and procedures for the sixth-grade elective music programs.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Every fisherman who's ever sat on the bank or in a boat has wondered what's going on out there under the waves. Are there fish below? What are they doing? Is there a better place? All good questions, and there are answers if you become a scuba or skin diver. Then you can go down and look. I've looked myself a number of times, and that world below the waves can be an eye opener. Like the time I was going to OSU's Stone Lab on South Bass Island and took some time out to do a little smallmouth bass fishing along Peach Point. I knew it was a good spot, but I couldn't buy a bite and the question was "Is anything down there?" I had a face mask and snorkel lying in the bottom of the boat, so I anchored and went down to see. It was amazing! There must have been dozens of bass in various sizes lying along the little reef, and one of at least four pounds came right up to me and goggled into my face plate. I could hardly wait to get back up to the boat, grab my rod and start fishing again. I still couldn't buy a bite. A friend of mine who loves his Lake Erie fishing and is a veteran scuba diver told me of a day when he was fishing among a pack of boats around Gull Reef and catching very little. So, he gave it up, motored over to Kelleys Island and put on his gear in a long bay, then went over the side to look for anchors or anything else of interest. "Dick, you wouldn't believe what I found down there in about 15 feet of water." he said. "There were smallmouth bass and walleyes just stacked up on the bottom. I swam back up to the boat, grabbed a rod and limited out on both species. There wasn't another boat in sight."
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Longtime readers of this column know the importance of homegrown tomatoes in my life. I have run contests in this newspaper, rewarding individuals who were able to show a ripe tomato in their gardens before I had one in mine. I have celebrated the tomato for its colorful and tasty role in assembling a BLT. And I have mocked so-called gourmet tomatoes grown in California because well I didn't grow them myself.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The sideline just won't be the same at Marsh Field. Steve Ringholz, head football coach at Monroeville since 1978, said Monday afternoon he is retiring from teaching at the end of the upcoming school year and will likely retire from coaching football as well.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Mother Nature turned up the heat on the St. Joseph parish festival Sunday. (NOTE - Pictures of the festival appear in a ReflectorCam 2.0 gallery on this Web site. Click here to view them.)
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Sunday evening's Monroeville school board meeting involved more than just announcing the earned income tax earmarked for the November ballot. Yes, there is a 1.5 percent earned income tax issue that voters will decide on come November, but there is more going on at the school and community than just that.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - At 4 p.m. Thursday, Willard police officer Joshua M. Dorsey, 28, was arrested and taken into custody after an investigation of an alleged domestic violence assault involving a household member. The alleged assault occurred while off duty at his residence at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Dorsey was transported to the Huron County Jail and the reports have been forwarded to the law directors, Thornton, Harwood and Weisenberger's Norwalk office for review.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two Norwalk police officers responded to the Fisher-Titus Medical Center emergency room early Sunday morning for a victim who had several lacerations on his face. Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said he and Jared Ferris responded and learned the 50-year-old man had been assaulted by Michael O. Gahagan, 50, in the driveway of 8 Vinewod Drive.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - At 19, Monroeville resident Kayla Beck is already an award-winning cook. Beck, currently a sophomore at Heidelberg University, won first place at the Dam Festival back in June for her Mint Chocolate Cake recipe. That's the one she chose to share with readers.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Army Pvt. Keiffer P. Wilhelm, the local soldier who died Tuesday in Iraq, will be honored later this week. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard. Military Honors will be rendered at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Thursday.
4:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Scott Krichbaum is wrapping up his first term as a Norwalk city councilman. Krichbaum, 37, of 163 Gallup Ave., serves the city's first ward. Krichbaum, a Republican, will face Independent Jim Loughton in November's election.
4:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County is moving closer to having its own child advocacy center. Teresa Alt, Job and Family Services director, updated the county commissioners on the matter Thursday, informing them that the former "Ruffing" property at 57 Christie Ave. has been donated to the Sisters of St. Francis. JFS will eventually work with the sisters and local law enforcement in running the advocacy center, Alt said.
4:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Wakeman man who broke into his neighbor's duplex while intoxicated was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison and fined $250. Michael A. Fitch, 45, of 13A Railroad St., was "too drunk" during the April 15 incident to remember where he lived and entered through his neighbor's window, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. The defendant's blood alcohol content is unknown.
4:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORTH FAIRFIELD - Ruth and Jerold Earl don't go anywhere on Sundays during the summer they might need to man the North Fairfield Historical Association museum if nobody else is available. You might find the rural North Fairfield couple in the museum any day of the week. Or, you might find them driving to Columbus to hand deliver brochures to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) about the Firelands. State officials distribute the brochures to rest stops and other places throughout the state. That way, people will know about the Firelands, which includes North Fairfield.
4:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - In 1984, Milan Mayor Robert Bickley was invited to an event honoring famous native son Thomas Edison. The event's location: Yawata, Japan.
4:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Police suspect the older of two brothers-in-law was the triggerman who killed local resident Adonnis Whitehead on July 27, court documents show. Whitehead, 21, of Cheyenne, attended elementary and middle school in Norwalk, Ohio.
4:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
The first seven months of Terry Boose's term as state representative could best be described as a "roller coaster." Boose (R-Norwalk), represents the 58th district, which covers all of Huron County and portions of Lorain and Seneca counties.