The Norwalk school board voted to approve the three-year administrative contracts of principals Robert Duncan and James Hagemeyer during its Tuesday night meeting. Duncan, the principal of Norwalk High School since 2000, joined the district in 1995 as the high school assistant principal. He said his goals for NHS are to maintain the "excellent" status designated by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for the 2006-2007 academic year and improve state scores and ACTs.
MILAN The Milan Lions Club honored Matthew Ortman, Rachel Wallace and Susan Knight as Berlin-Milan Middle School students of the month. The students were nominated by their teachers considering academics and extra-curricular activities. The Lions Club honors students every month. Matthew is the son of Robert and Karen Ortman of Berlin Heights He has made honor roll all through the middle school. He has been a member the Middle School Academic Teams and Power of the Pen Teams. He was a regional qualifier for the Power of the Pen in seventh grade. He has been a member of the seventh and eighth grade basketball teams. He is also involved in the summer league baseball teams. He is a Boy Scout (life scout rank) and is involved in his church youth group. Matthew enjoys baseball, music, sailing and camping. His future goal is to go to college and become an engineer. Rachel is the daughter of Scott and Janis Wallace of Berlin Heights. She has made honor roll all through Middle School. She has been a Student Council member during her seventh and eighth grade years. She has belonged to Math Club each year at BMMS and is a member of the band. She has been a member of the successful cross country team and track teams. This year she was also was part of our eighth grade basketball team. Rachel has been a Girl Scout for eight years. Rachel enjoys photography, cooking, jet skiing and many other outdoor water type activities. Her future goals include National Honor Society, earning Varsity Sports letters and a college scholarship.
Nicholas Nay's peers describe the Norwalk High School senior as nice, polite and happy; quite a departure from the uncouth, growling, short-tempered creature the Norwalk High School senior portrays in "Beauty and the Beast.' Those same peers describe Joe Leffler as smart, sophisticated and intelligent. It's safe to say that, unlike his character Gaston, Leffler would not sneer at someone with a strong interest in books. It's even safer to say Leffler would not roughly handle women. "It's probably the most opposite thing (that) I'd ever do,' Leffler said. He added Gaston's antics scare him at times. To Taylor Phillips, showing dogs "looked like fun." So when a friend of her grandmother's asked her to take a corgi into the ring, she agreed. A year later, the 11-year-old is headed to Kalamazoo, Mich. after receiving an invitation to compete in the United Kennel Club's Annual Premier Show in June. Phillips was judged third best in a five-state region for showmanship skills for her age level. Phillips, who turns 12 on March 20, started showing dogs last year when she accompanied her grandmother to dog shows.
NORWALK FIRE n Found nothing during the investigation of a strong chemical smell at 11:24 a.m. Thursday near 270 Milan Ave. Returned to station at 12:09 p.m.
"The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away' was the philosopher's Biblical quote as heavy coats plunked down on spare chairs in a CCC uptown coffee shop. "Plus, snow falls on the just and the unjust, causing either one to fall on their kiester,' added Doberman. "At our ages it gets downright dangerous when senior ever-thinning calcium is placed at risk. Broken bones can cause some serious side effects. It is important to be very careful. Ice can be so dang slippery when it hides under a light snowfall.'
Sherman Township in western Huron County was one of the first townships settled in the interior of the county away from Lake Erie and the larger rivers. Daniel Sherman, Burwell Fitch and Samuel Seymour came there in the spring of 1812 and began to clear up farms. Daniel Sherman was a son of Taylor Sherman, who owned a large tract of land in the township and who was a member of the Fire-Lands Company in Connecticut. For many years after 1840, Sherman was considered a stronghold of German immigrants who established a strong settlement there around the Bismark community. The center of their focus for many years was St. Sebastian Catholic Church, and most of those hardy pioneers rest in the parish cemetery there. Before the German influx, several "Yankee" families purchased farms in Sherman. One of these Yankees was Alpheus Manley, who was born in Vermont and came to Sherman in 1836 from New York State. He and his wife, Mariett Bartley, settled on a farm about a mile west of Bismark on Bismark Road. It was the custom at that point to provide whiskey for the neighbors who helped you raise your log house. Mr. Manley was a temperance man, however, and his neighbors went home in disgust, leaving the house only partly completed. Other help had to be found to finish the work. COLLINS Ten-year-old Jasmine Skrada used to think an opera involved crazy ladies singing in high voices. Now, she sees opera as an interesting art form with a story, and "good, live music" performed by an orchestra. Jasmine is not alone among her peers: Since they've been rehearsing for their parts in the opera "Carmen," Western Reserve fifth graders have become enamored by, and more educated about opera.
While two senators are calling for hearings into the possibility of pharmaceuticals in public drinking water, Norwalk residents don't have to worry about the problem. Two veteran U.S. senators said Monday they plan to hold hearings in response to an Associated Press investigation into the presence of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.
HURON TOWNSHIP - A Norwalk insurance agent was charged with driving left of center in connection with a Huron Avery Road head-on collision Tuesday afternoon. Cindy Norcross, 41, of Huron, was cited after she went left of center while heading south on Huron Avery Road just south of Fox Road. Troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol said her 2004 GMC Yukon hit the 2005 Dodge Stratus driven by Susan Gundlach, 46, of Huron, about 4:45 p.m.
Huron County has been chosen to receive $54,215 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Public or private agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Linda Bersche, Norwalk Area United Fund, 10 W. Main St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857 or (419) 668-0269 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday.
NORWALK The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Kevin C. Mount, 31, 6 Cedar St., Norwalk. Violation date: Nov. 21, 2007. Conviction date: Feb. 29. Sentence: $1000 fine, $70 costs, two-year license suspension and 180 days in jail; defendant shall have 30 days of jail to commence April 4; defendant shall have 150 days suspended and be placed on probation for a period of two years; defendant shall abide by laws and have no convictions for two years; defendant shall provide proof completion of 30 days in-patient alcohol treatment by March 31; defendant shall provide proof of six months alcohol counseling by Sept. 30. Justin M. Kuhn, 24, 2607 Miller Road, Willard. Violation date: Nov. 22, 2007. Conviction date: Feb. 29. Sentence: $600 fine, $62 costs, six-month license suspension and three days in jail; credited with $250 and three days in jail time upon completion of alcohol intervention program (AIP); defendant shall have limited driving only on proof of insurance and occupation from Feb. 29 to May 22. Gary D. Lyons, 41, 4065 Egypt Road, Willard. Violation date: Dec. 23, 2007. Conviction date: Feb. 28. Sentence: $600 fine, $60 costs, six-month license suspension and three days in jail; credited with $250 and three days in jail time upon completion of AIP; defendant shall have limited driving only on proof of insurance and occupation from Feb. 28 to June 23.
A Norwalk man was sentenced Tuesday to four months in the Huron County Jail for a marijuana transaction. Lamond M. Carter, 36, of 129 N. Hester St., pleaded guilty Jan. 28 one day before his trial in Huron County Common Pleas Court to one count of trafficking in marijuana. The state dropped three similar charges in a plea agreement. On Tuesday, Judge Jim Conway fined Carter $1,000 and ordered him to pay $350 in restitution to the Norwalk Police Department as part of his three years of probation.
MUNICIPALITIES Milan Delbert Richard, Jr. and Geraldine Lou Smith or survivor to Delbert Richard Smith, Jr., 2070 Sleepy Hollow Road. Delbert Richard Smith, Jr. to Delbert R. Smith, Jr., 2070 Sleepy Hollow Road.
COLLINS - Suspended Western Reserve Superintendent Doug Solet is being charged with one misdemeanor count each of telecommunication harassment and coercion. Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said the summonses, in connection with incidents from Nov. 20 through Dec. 6, were issued by certified mail after the complaints were filed Tuesday afternoon. He said Solet, 40, of Elyria, is accused of using a telecommunication device "with the purpose of" abusing, threatening or harassing a 31-year-old school employee.
NORWALK The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: April L. Smith, 30, 1066 Old State Road, Norwalk; no dog license; conviction date: Feb. 26; fine, $100; costs, $197; jail, 30 days, 30 days suspended; defendant shall have five years probation; defendant shall have five years no convictions; defendant shall not own or possess any dog or reside in a residence where a dog is present for five years; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 60 days. Tracey L. Livingston, 37, 22 Cortland St., Norwalk; dog at large; conviction date: March 3; fine, $30; costs, $50. Rachel S. Scranton, 19, 24 Bank St., Apt. A, Norwalk; failure to obtain a $100,00 liability insurance policy covering vicious dog; conviction date: March 3; fine, $100; costs, $60; jail, 90 days, 90 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall provide proof within seven days that dog has been euthanized or defendant $100,000 liability insurance covering dog and a locked topped pen; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 90 days.
COLLINS - The Western Reserve school board is waiting for the Ohio Department of Education in the sexual harassment case of suspended Superintendent Doug Solet. The 40-year-old Elyria man was suspended late last month without pay and benefits in connection with the complaint filed by a substitute bus driver and part-time cafeteria worker Dec. 13. Solet filed a complaint against the woman Jan. 16.
MILAN - Having a Life Flight air ambulance stationed at the North Central EMS headquarters means patients needing to reach a level-one trauma center can do so within 30 minutes. Previously, it took "considerably more' time, North Central Executive Director Don Ballah said. He explained it would take 18 minutes for a helicopter to get to the area, making the total trip to a trauma center between 45 minutes and an hour.
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SANDUSKY - Clarksfield Township resident Michael Gravelle faces a May 5 trial in Sandusky Municipal Court in connection with hitting his wife Monday. The alleged domestic violence occured during a dispute over some tools. The couple made international headlines for having some of their 11 adopted children sleep in cages.
CLEVELAND - The 2008 Cleveland Sport, Travel & Outdoor Show features an array of adventures sure to appeal to all outdoor enthusiasts. This year's show celebrates the great outdoors and all its rugged adventures March 12 to 16 at the I-X Center. Now in its 71st year, the annual show, produced by Expositions Inc., is one of Northeastern Ohio's longest running consumer show events and has become a Cleveland tradition.