2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Tanya Roberts, 34, 5300 N. Ohio 99, Monroeville; no dog license; conviction date: Oct. 3; $25 fine; $45 costs.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
I am trying to compose myself after speaking with the dispatcher at the Norwalk Police Department. Compose myself enough to be able to write a letter to the city of Norwalk concerning their care and compassion (or lack thereof); also a letter of thanks for the thoughtfulness of one officer who cared enough to help out in the situation. My daughter and granddaughter were traveling through Norwalk when her car stopped running just north of the business district. She called me in Wellington to ask for my assistance. I told her I would see what I could do. I called the Norwalk Police Department and was told by the dispatcher that they were very busy and would not be able to check on her or give assistance. That is all I asked for; to check on her to make sure everything was under control and maybe give her a number for a reputable towing company. Is that too much to ask? (In the dispatcher's defense, I was told that she would give me some phone numbers for towing companies).
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Over the last eight years that I have been associated with the Plymouth-Shiloh school system, I have witnessed a lot of positive things toward education. We will have two new state-of-the-art buildings with minimal cost to the taxpayers, the district continues to demonstrate high marks on statewide grade cards by receiving excellent and effective ratings, the district has been awarded an Ohio school of promise certificate, and we continue to provide a quality small-school education that emphasizes student achievement and individuality. We have also had some negative publicity over the last few years but I think the positives outweigh the negatives.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
"School boards are democracy in action" is a quote from the Ohio School Boards Association Web site. A system of checks and balances is integral to our system of representative democracy and is largely why, many would argue, our system works. Our local school boards should function as a check and balance to the administration of our local schools. When local boards are "yes men," they are ineffective in moving the district forward in a progressive manner. Members of our local school board need to be serious about their function in this regard. From the OSBA Web site: "Perhaps the most important responsibility of a school board is to employ a superintendent and to hold him or her responsible for managing the schools in accordance with the school board's policies." School board members by design need to be independent thinkers from the superintendent and independent decision makers within the framework of doing what's best for the children of the school system.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
The five members of the Norwalk City Schools Board of Education wholeheartedly endorse the upcoming renewal levy for the Norwalk Public Library. Even though the public library operates independently, state law dictates that the Norwalk City Schools District serve as the taxing authority and that the levy appear on the ballot as a Norwalk City School issue. This renewal levy is not a new tax and does not increase the current tax rate. It simply renews a tax that has been in place since 1982. The money is used for various operating expenses such as book purchases, subscriptions, building maintenance, and employee salaries.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Whitney Field in Norwalk will host the "Showdown of Huron County' with a pair of games this weekend to close out the 2007 regular season. Norwalk will host Willard Friday night at 7:30 in a battle of Northern Ohio League teams, while St. Paul entertains Monroeville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a winner-take-all fight for the Firelands Conference crown.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Bonnie Brae Elk Farm hosting Bugle Days
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON Village council met Monday night and discussed several topics, including consultant Charlie Bowman reporting on suggestions for both an economic development and downtown improvement plan. A story about Bowman's findings appeared in Tuesday's Reflector.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - Village consultant Charlie Bowman reported to council Monday on suggestions for both an economic development and downtown improvement plan. He said the first step in an economic development plan is an inventory of infrastructure and neighborhoods around town to determine exactly what can be improved upon. Read the rest of this story in Today's Reflector...<>/p>
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
"It's very, very tight," Mayor Sue Lesch said of Norwalk's budget at city council's work session Tuesday night. Treasurer Diane Eschen presented a proposed budget of &#036;21,362,146 an increase of about two percent.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK FIRE Assisted North Central EMS with a patient at 9:24 p.m. Tuesday at 115 N. West St. Returned to station at 9:28.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
WAKEMAN The Wakeman Eagles recently donated &#036;1,000 each to several good causes, including the Western Reserve Athletic Boosters, Boy Scout camp, Operation Uplink and the Wakeman Police Department.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON The new officers of the Quilt Guild are: Doris Wilson, president; Chris Kaufman, vice president; Carol Schaffer, secretary; Lynette Hissong, treasurer; and Marcella Workman, publicity chairperson. Members will meet at the home of Mary Jo Paramore Nov. 14 for a holiday party, and plans are being made for Home Town Holidays Dec. 8 when quilts and crafts will be displayed in the church parlor.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Recently I was reading a travel magazine. There was an entire article on how to travel "green." The article came complete with a pull-out card to take with you, as you traveled with tips to use. Here are a few suggestions on the card. Take shorter showers.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY Family and friends of Matt Vaccaro are planning a benefit for him Nov. 4 at the American Legion Post 83 on Hayes Avenue in Sandusky. On Aug. 24, Vaccaro was diagnosed with Grade 4 cancer of the brain. He had surgery on Sept. 6 at the Cleveland Clinic to remove the tumors, but still needs to undergo chemo and radiation therapy.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Scott and Mary Tester and the Don Tester Ford-Lincoln-Mercury team are offering to the public the opportunity to bid on a new 2007 Baron 150 cc VLA motor scooter. The proceeds of the silent auction will go to the Friends of the Norwalk Public Library. The minimum bid for the new motor scooter, which retails at &#036;1,699, is &#036;100. The winner will pay the title, transfer and preparation fees. People may submit their bid at the dealership on U.S. 250 South before 3 p.m. Monday.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
North Fairfield Public Library NORTH FAIRFIELD Teens, don't forget to check out "Spider-Man 3" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the North Fairfield Public Library. There will be plenty of popcorn, bring a soft drink with a screw-on lid.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
BELLEVUE Tuesday's exercise at Bellevue High School is something no teacher hopes to face in real life. Principal Francis Scruci was "shot" and "killed," as were a student and two intruders. Several other people played shooting victims.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Six Norwalk City Schools students can consider themselves published poets. They learned recently their poems, written during school, were published in the 2007 version of "Young American Poetry Digest," an annual publication of poems written by students throughout the United States.
2:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
A judge found a Willard woman not guilty by reason of insanity in an April 24 high-speed chase after a short bench trial Tuesday. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway's ruling means Arlena M. Hicks, 38, "was not aware of what she was doing" when she hit the same police cruiser twice and collided with three vehicles, court administrator Linda Stower said. The state now will have to make an appointment for Hicks to be re-evaluated at Northcoast Behavioral Center in Toledo.
2:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
OCT. 23, 1922 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 85 years ago: