11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
Mercifully, I was en route by car with the radio off (if you have children you understand the occasional desire for peace and quiet when you can get it) to West Virginia Friday afternoon when news broke of Tim Russert's sudden and premature death. My father-in-law told me about it when we arrived at his home about 9 p.m. Anxious, however, to catch what had happened that day in the U.S. Open, I paid Russert's death little immediate mind, searching wildly instead for the location of the Golf Channel on their satellite TV system. It was 605, by the way, and I found it only by clicking channels one at a time from about 240. I used the term "mercifully" to begin this piece because those few hours in the car Friday were about the only time since when I've been awake that I haven't been pounded by coverage of the Russert family tragedy on television, radio, online and in print. Don't get me wrong, I did not dislike Tim Russert, nor despite protestations of my wife to the contrary, am I totally without empathy for the feelings and grief of others.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON The 117th annual New London High School Alumni Celebration could have been subtitled "Chuckie Thomas Night." Held Saturday in the school cafetorium, the event drew 310 former students, teachers and friends of the school for a dinner prepared by Berardi's and a tribute to Thomas, a member of the 65-year class of 1943. Thomas is a Boston resident who was raised in the village, along with his seven older brothers and sisters, all of whom are now deceased. He and the many members of his family are well known around the community for their contributions to the area.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
County commissioners might be facing some tough decisions next month with news from Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach sales tax income is down more than $96,000 so far this year. County officials said part of the money crunch could be solved if residents simply bring their license renewals and requests into local offices at the Shady Lane complex instead of renewing by mail. The county gets a subsidy from all renewals paid at the Shady Lane and Willard offices.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD The annual city auction will take place in the garage portion of the old city hall at 10 a.m. Saturday. The auction will feature mostly bicycles and two former city vehicles. The annual Festival in the Park will take place July 2 through 5. The event will feature local and regional bands, comedy entertainment, a petting zoo, rides, games and all types of food. The city will combine its usual Independence Day fireworks display with the typical Festival fireworks show. The annual Festival in the Park parade will take place at 3 p.m.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk council approved a resolution at Tuesday night's meeting to apply for a grant of $66,000 to help fund work on the water main on Glover Street. Ben Kenny, development coordinator for WSOS Community Action Commission, said the entire project will be $339,000. The city will learn in the grant is approved in September.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two New London men received jail sentences Monday for unrelated probation violations. James Littleton, 37, of 65 W. Washburn St., tested positive May 15 for Oxycontin and marijuana, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said. He was sentenced Monday to 60 days in the Huron County Jail. During a May probation violation hearing, Kasper said it wasn't "his first positive test."
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer will hold off-site tax collection for county residents. The treasurer will be at the following locations to collect real estate taxes for persons who do not wish to drive to Norwalk or mail their taxes (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day):
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk businessman Wayne Toczek said he became more aware of the importance of good customer service while writing a book on the topic. He hopes people will read his book and, as a result, treat their customers the way they'd want to be treated. Toczek, CEO of Innovation Services on Parsons Street, has written "The Cost and Price of: The Customer's Experience."
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue U.S. Bank N.A. as trustee to Bradley M. Hickey, 151 Hickory St., $59,000. Michael S., Sr. and Stephanie A. George to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, 139 Walnut St., $69,935.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
Abigail Pregnancy Services is having its annual Walk for Life 2008 at Veteran's Memorial Lake Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Men and women are needed to find others to sponsor them for the two-mile walk to raise funds for our pregnancy center. Also, the group is looking for people who are willing to send a donation to Abigail Pregnancy Services with Walk for Life 2008 in the memo of their check. Donations are really down for us with the rising cost of food and gasoline. People who raise $200 or more get a complimentary commemorative T-shirt as our way of showing our appreciation.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
FORT LORAMIE - Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes is getting ready for its 28th annual music and camping festival to be held July 10 - 13. The event brings country music's biggest stars to the 500-acre RV Park in Shelby County, Ohio. Music and camping fans from around the country travel to Fort Loramie to experience the four-day outdoor festival. On-site camping, the USA Karaoke Finals, bull riding and lots of great food and drink are also featured during the event.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
There's nothing quite like an outdoor concert experience. Whether it's Blossom Music Center, Riverbend Music Center, The Plain Dealer Pavilion or the DTE Energy Music Theatre, I love concerts outside.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Sandusky man died after a Perkins Township crash Friday involving three vehicles. Paul C. Smith, 34, was not wearing a helmet and suffered fatal injuries in the accident at the intersection of Ohio 4 and Bogart Road. Troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol said Smith's female passenger, whose will be released once her family has been notified, suffered serious injuries. A LifeFlight helicopter transferred her to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Blue Ribbon committee has spoken Norwalk needs a new fire station, but the city will wait until 2009 to put a tax levy on the ballot in hopes that the economy improves and voters will approve funding. "They think our citizens have many challenges right now and they didn't want to go to the citizens right now," Mayor Sue Lesch said.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
JUNE 17, 1958 The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 50 years ago: School board Okays contracts for 78 teachers No serious difficulty is anticipated in insuring that all Norwalk schools will be fully staffed when they reopen in the fall, Supt. James H. McBride reported last night after the board of education authorized limited or continuing contracts for 78 teachers.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON - Enchantment, intrigue, magic and madcap fun make up the Huron Playhouse's 2008 60th anniversary season, which begins July 1. The season includes two shows The Huron Playhouse has not staged before: The musicals "Honk!' based on "The Ugly Duckling' and "Thoroughly Modern Millie.'
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - There's no business like show business....On with the show! These lyrics from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun," represent the excitement swirling around the Sandusky State Theatre and new executive director Thomas T. Kazmierczak III. The Buffalo, N.Y. area native and Huron resident officially launched the historic theater's 2008 80th Anniversary Friday.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - Most of the action at Monday's school board meeting concerned hiring personnel. Liz Ohm was employed as the head preschool teacher, and Tom Howell and Randy Hord will both teach middle school science.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
Opportunity is that moment in time that flashes in front of you, wondering if you'll seize the chance to do something special. I see my new responsibility as an opportunity to continue a life of service.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
Denny Doughty has a vision. It's the same vision he's had in his 32 years as an educator. Do the best you can and work hard. Surround yourself with good people and good things will happen.
11:02 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE The village's community-wide garage sale is set for June 27 and 28. A list of garage sale participants will available on June 27 at the administration office, 2 S. Main St.