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WILLARD POLICE The Willard Police Department blotter covering Feb. 11 through 17 had the following highlights:
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Experience counts. That's why I will be voting for Larry Silcox for Huron County Commissioner on March 4 and I urge all eligible voters to do the same. Larry has a background which makes him uniquely qualified for this position. As a former commissioner, he is ready to hit the bricks running. He knows county government, he knows government budgeting, he knows the art of teamwork. As former chief deputy sheriff, Larry knows Huron County. He knows every corner of the county and the people who live here. As a small-business owner, he is aware of the current economic situation. As a parent of two school-aged children, he is concerned about the quality of education, negative influences and the future. In the years that I have known Larry, I have found him to be honest and honorable, personable, intelligent, and always ready to listen. The greatest compliment I can pay, however, would be to quote my late father-in-law, Kenny Earl, who himself was a deputy sheriff for many years. He often said, "I've known Larry all his life and he's always been straight." Anyone who knew Kenny would know that he could find some good in everyone, but he only used the word "always" when it was justified! Ruth Niver Earl North Fairfield
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Toast the many people who pulled off another special evening that raised between $25,000 and $30,000 for the Endowment Fund for Norwalk City Schools. Many volunteers, the NHS Key Club, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, the Firelands Area Art League and the Hen House worked together for an evening featuring fine music, great food and a wonderful showcase for the schools. Roast the presidential candidates both Democrat and Republican for bypassing Norwalk and Huron County as they criss-cross the state in their attempts at a primary win. In a presidential election where, finally, the "late" Ohio primary means something in the nomination process, they are ignoring a very pivotal area that may well be important to their chances. But who knows, their schedules can be subject to change at a time like this, so we could see one of them before it's all over next Tuesday. Toast the 11 area wrestlers who will compete at this week's state tournament in Columbus, led by Monroeville's Fab Four Logan and Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari and Chris Phillips. Also competing will be Chris Doughty from St. Paul, Tim Majoy and Craig Ritz from Edison, J.J. Boyce from Western Reserve, Bret Essenmacher of New London and South Central's Payton Oney and Nick Hamilton. Good luck and congratulations on a great season. Bring back the gold. Toast the Norwalk Police Department for cracking down on traffic violations. The police issued 1,818 traffic citations in 2007, half of which were for speeding. While it may be tough love, the aggressive effort has contributed to a decline in traffic accidents despite an increase in the level of traffic.
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The photo was sent to me as an e-mail attachment. It shows a vehicle that would never have been invented if madmen were not loose in the world. The rear half of the vehicle in question bears a resemblance to a Chevy Suburban. But the fenders and undercarriage are covered with armor, as is the entire extended hood and front fenders. A rod carrying a rectangular black sensor of some sort protrudes 10 feet ahead from the front bumper. Another antenna or sensor sticks straight up from just behind the rear window. On top is more armor and what looks to be a crow's nest of some sort. The truck has huge tires with heavy treads, and it is painted the same brown color as the desert through which it is driving. Research on the Internet suggests that it is an RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicle. The name alone tells you the occupants of this vehicle spend their days in very nasty business. And they do. They seek out mines and car bombs and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the highways and byways of Iraq.
9:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Driving down Highway 52 last Monday morning at high speed so as not to be late for an MRI of my cranium, I passed a semi as it was barreling through a snowdrift and suddenly I was in a cloud of whiteness, much like the Rapture will be, but with zero visibility. I was talking on a cell phone at the time to someone walking through Central Park, which seemed, she said, on the verge of spring. I was also trying to fast-forward a CD to a cut of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" And then the whiteness swallowed me up. As so often happens, I was OK by virtue of doing nothing. I blew through the cloud and out the other side and the person in New York said she wished I were there, walking around the Great Lawn and over to the Met to see the Manets and Monets, and then I hit another patch of snow. It does get to you, winter. Some people quit shoveling and nest in their beds like rodents and live on water chestnuts and fruitcake and call up AM talk radio and light into the president. If it weren't for the fact that alligators can run as fast as 42 mph in short bursts and that deadly snakes can squeeze through a hole the size of a No. 2 pencil, these individuals would fly to Florida. Myself, I would not mind a few weeks on the semitropical archipelago of Hawaii, which if compressed would just barely squeeze into North Dakota, which, if it were to happen, would upset a lot of golfers.
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SANDUSKY - The Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross will honor 15 local heroes at the fourth annual Firelands Hero Awards on March 1 the beginning of Red Cross Month. The award winners have been chosen for their acts of courage and kindness, determination and dedication. Each of these 15 people has made the Firelands area a better place to live.
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Briarfield of Milan Briarfield of Milan had a busy week. It began with Jerry Simmerer playing the keyboard and singing. Everyone always enjoys his visits and the women especially enjoy Jerry. We had arts, crafts and cooking class all combined this week. Geneva Richardson, Allysia Leech and several of her children came by to help the residents frost cookies for the Valentine's Day Party and to make hearts for their favorite friends and sweethearts. Those in attendance were Evelyn Sanderson, Norma Larison, Mary Ferrell, Astrid Maynard, Margaret Owens, Ray Boyd, Vickie Classen, Carl Perkins, Teola Dunn and Phyllis Gibson. On Wednesday, we had a Valentine's scavenger hunt. Everyone had a great time. Valentine's were hidden all around the facility and everyone had to hunt them down and return to the dining room. Several had special marks on the back and the people that found those special valentine's were the winners. Our winners were Evelyn Sanderson, Chuck Harden, David Yeckle. They won a gift certificate to Wal-Mart and a carton of pop. It was great fun and the competition was fierce. Others that participated in the hunt were Sheila Prophet, Astrid Maynard, Michael Meredith, Grace Ladd, James McClean, Mary Ferrell and Teola Dunn. Our King and Queen Pageant was held on Valentine's Day at our party. Our winners were Bama Shuman and James Brinson. They will compete in the Annual Erie County Senior King and Queen Pageant later this year.
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NORWALK Larry and Helen McGuckin celebrated their 50th anniversary this month. Mr. McGuckin, a native of the Collins/East Townsend Township area, married the former Helen Sitterly of Norwalk on Feb. 15, 1958 at St. Paul Catholic Rectory in Norwalk. The Rev. Hiliary Wagner officiated the ceremony. They are the parents of Steve McGuckin of Norwalk, Brenda Snyder of Norwalk and Jacqueline McGuckin of Cleveland. They have three grandchildren. They said their secrets for a long marriage is to learn to bend to be each other's dearest friend and to work hard at whatever you need or want to accomplish in life.
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LORAIN - If you want to show our servicemen and women deployed in the Middle East that you are thinking of them, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is teaming up with its cookie customers to send them a taste of home through its "Operation: Sweet Appreciation" community service project. Each year Girl Scouts across the country send hundreds of thousands of packages of cookies overseas. In 2007, northeast Ohio Girl Scouts sent more than 20,000 packages. For 2008, Ohio residents can purchase "Operation: Sweet Appreciation" Girl Scout Cookies now through March 17.
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Curves of Norwalk, Huron and Sandusky will be participating in the Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks. Last year, the Curves Food Drive collected almost 11 million pounds of food for local communities all over the world. This year, Curves has set a goal to collect 15 million pounds to help even more people in need of healthy food.
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The Salvation Army is serving up hot meals Feb. 25 through Feb. 29. These meals are served free of charge from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open to all. Monday Chicken and mashed potato, Applesauce, creamed corn.
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(Recipe makes a full-bodied wine) 14 - 16 lbs. of apples or 1 gal. juice 1 lb. sugar 1 1 / 2 tsp. acid blend
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Joseph Carrion, a videographer from Lorain County, hopes to include local heroes in his next DVD featuring the sacrifices of American soldiers and sailors. For Carrion, the DVDs he produces are labors of love and honor and, with their families' permission, he will include Jason Sparks, of Monroeville, and Jonathon Martin, of Bellevue, in his newest effort.
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Angela Mahoney's preschool-age daughter has been clamoring lately for something other than cookies and cereal during trips to the supermarket. She's noticed the in-store childcare center and wants to play there. Mahoney, whose girls are 3 and 1, is wary: "I can't imagine dropping them off somewhere with strangers,' she said via e-mail from her home in Salem, Ore., "though I'd like to - how tempting to shop in peace!'
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COLLINS - Doug Solet is still the superintendent at Western Reserve, but he is now on "paid administrative leave" and will be working out of his home for the time being. The school board hired HR On Call Inc. to investigate a harassment claim made by a classified female employee against Solet and a similar claim he made against her. The firm found Solet violated the school's anti-harassment policy and the board voted unanimously Wednesday to assign Solet to his home with full pay. Board members indicated they would be getting legal advice on the matter before taking any more action.
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Mike Gottfried is due back in town and on this stop, everyone is going to get a chance to see him. That is seldom the case. Generally, he blows through the Maple City always in a hurry to get to a pre-determined destination for a meeting, speaking engagement or just as likely, to see a friend or a friend of a friend that might be either be sick or down on his luck.
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NEW LONDON - Honor was the most important principle to William Vincent Clevenger, who was disabled while serving as an Army medic in Korea. Now his widow hopes someone in Veterans Affairs will recognize that and act honorably themselves. Ellen Clevenger, his widow, has been waiting since September for her payments as a widow of a disabled veteran to be reinstated. Not only were her payments cut off when her husband died, the government froze her bank account and Social Security payments until she repaid the amount her husband received for September.
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The Norwalk school board unanimously voted earlier this month to renew the contracts of Superintendent Wayne Babcanec and Assistant Superintendent Michael Gordon. Both Babcanec's and Gordon's new three-year contracts are effective from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2011. There was no discussion about the personnel issue, but Babcanec noted that Gordon's license which had been pending has been processed as of Tuesday. Board member John Lendrum was absent because of a business trip.
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Let's say you're late for work or an appointment. Looking at the amount of snow on your windshield, you just can't bring yourself to get it all scraped. You may just be charged with a minor misdemeanor, punishable by a $100 fine.
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Another boy might have decided to fight back. Not David Graves; He'd participated in North American Martial Arts Institute's (NAMAI) Little Dragons program, where children learn a variety of lessons including the idea that fighting is the last option.
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The 1,818 traffic citations the Norwalk Police Department issued last year topped those from 2006, when there were 1,550. Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen attributes the 17 percent increase to a rise in speeding citations and a focus on traffic violations on the city's main thoroughfares, Ohio 61 and U.S. 250.