10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP - Homes are popping up on the Lorain County farm where Mary Joan Babcock grew up. The farm, she said, is "pretty well carved up.' Her husband, Jarvis Babcock, has taken a step to ensure nothing like that happens to their nearly 950-acre farm in Huntington Township. The farm has been in the Babcock family since at least 1906, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
April 24, 1955 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 53 years ago:
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APRIL 24, 1955 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 53 years ago: CC industrial group to submit action plans Following a meeting of the newly formed Industrial Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, recommendations for action will be submitted to the Board of Directors at their next meeting, Chairman Don Ebert announced today.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
April 23, 1955 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 53 years ago:
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Phil Dirt and the Dozers returned to Norwalk on Saturday night to help raise money for Senior Enrichment Services. More than 550 people enjoyed being taken back in time on musical journey through the 50's, 60's and 70's. The group played songs by The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers and many more that had the audience dancing in the aisles at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. Senior Enrichment Services was able to raise more than $6,500. This was accomplished in part through the generosity of their sponsors and the many volunteers who helped that evening. The event was considered a success by the agency, not only because of the money raised, but because everyone had such a great time. All proceeds will go to the organization, whose mission is to help seniors remain in their homes. Executive director Lucinda Smith said fundraising has become important for the agency. She estimated that federal and state funding has decreased 30 to 35 percent in the last eight years. In addition, the 60 and over population will increase dramatically as baby boomers retire.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
CLEVELAND - Baseball rocks. If you didn't already know that, or even if you did, the opportunity to see why begins Saturday in Cleveland. "Take Me Out: Baseball Rocks!' is devoted to the many connections between America's most popular music form and its national pastime. It will open Saturday in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
Monroeville Local Schools Superintendent Carol Girton will leave the district during the summer to become New London's superintendent. Girton's last day in Monroeville will be July 31, and her first day in New London will be Aug. 1. She received a three-year contract and a starting salary of $85,000.
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PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth-Shiloh School Board is purchasing the land it leased to build the new high school/middle school and a new elementary school will be ready on the site in June. After more than a year of negotiations, the board signed a purchase contract with the Mueller Hauss Von-Aken family from Germany. The board originally leased the land for 50 years with an optional 50-year extension.
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GREENWICH - Nineteen new inductees into the National Honor Society were introduced to the South Central Board of Education at Monday night's meeting. Advisor Bridgette Lacy introduced the new inductees Dillon Bettac, Alicia Beverly, Brian Cook, Emiley Vogel, Joe Pennell, Brandon Evans, Nicole Hale, Brittany Pennell, Andrew Kline, Kyle Hall, Megan Grose, Stacey Shepherd, Kriston Bisel, Dakota Miller, Payton Oney, Dan Davie, Robert Gannett, Chelsea Blanchard and Anthony Ferber. Some of the National Honor Society's projects for the year have been holding a reception for the new inductees and their parents, raising $2,108 for children with cancer and helping with the Humane Society of Wayne County in May.
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HIGHWAY PATROL n David W. Woods, 18, of Vermilion, hit a deer on Ohio 60.
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HIGHWAY PATROL n No citation was issued Thursday after the motorcycle tire of Ronald L. Geitgey, 58, of Alvordton, blew while he was heading south on U.S. 250. Geitgey and his passenger, Sue A. Geitgey, 54, were ejected and wearing helmets. North Central EMS transported both people to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries. Ronald was treated and released while his wife was treated and transferred to an undisclosed facility.
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Three and half years ago my mother was one of 19,000 Ohioans that die each year due to tobacco use. Shortly after her diagnosis of lung cancer she told me she did this to herself. I quickly corrected her by telling her big tobacco caused her terminal diagnosis. For many years big tobacco enhanced their cigarettes with additives making them burn longer, increasing their shelf life and making them easier to inhale. These additives coupled with the lethal properties of nicotine made it difficult if not impossible for my mother and many others to quit smoking. Visions of reducing future suffering by Ohioans and decreases in staggering health care costs were in the forefront when our state received its portion of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) from the major U.S. tobacco manufacturers. Recently, Gov. Strickland and the Ohio Legislature have taken steps to end tobacco prevention and cessation programming in our state by raiding what little is left in the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation's endowment.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
It seems that the good is always paired with the bad. Just when things are really dark, something great happens as well. Or when it looks like something bad has happened, there is a bright side. As the saying goes, when God shuts a door, he opens a window. Take, for example, getting older. We don't hear as well as we used to. But that's OK; we know what our spouse is saying anyway, from several decades of listening, and so we don't really need to hear. We don't see as well, either; but then again, we can overlook each others' flaws. We get tired more easily, but we don't have babies who keep us up late anymore.
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Recycling is not just something that Durable Corporation practices in its corporate offices. The company's manufacturing processes depend on recycled products. Tom Secor, president of Durable Corporation, said all of his company's products are made from bias-ply tires. "Durable started in 1923 in Seattle with the invention of the tire-link mat," he said, with small pieces of used rubber tires woven into a mat with wires. That is still one of their main products. Secor said Durable moved to Akron in 1938 because that city was then known as the tire capital of the world. The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce convinced Durable to move to the Maple City in 1941 by selling land where the factory now sits at 75 N. Pleasant St. to the company.
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Mobile Unit Job Store schedule Here is the Mobile Unit Job Store schedule for May. For more information contact the Mobile Unit Job Store at (419) 357-0790 or (419) 357-3032. May 1: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Willard City parking lot, Myrtle Avenue. May 5: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greenwich Municipal Building.
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Chapter of International Referral Network Members recently discussed issues that are affecting their business/industry. Some suggestions were made on overcoming freight and gas increases, listening to customers to create a "one stop shop" opportunity to save on their expenses, and marketing members' companies to stand out from the "big box" stores. The member speakers for March were Charlie Badida from Wayne Homes, Gina Herner from Shipley's Office Supplies & Furniture, Larry Engle from The Money Source Norwalk office, Monica James-Davis from The User Friendly Firelands Phone Book, and Joe Wilhelm, President of Wilhelm Construction. IRN encourages business people to "network" by referring people to other members and invites any business people to visit its meetings and join IRN.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com Wham with a right hand! Have a GOOD night everybody! Many Cavaliers fans have likely heard these words, but may not have a face to associate with them.
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ELYRIA - A reserve Wakeman police officer was charged in connection with a racially-motivated attack Friday morning at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary school. William C. Hodge, 35, of Sheffield Township, is accused of throwing his Wakeman police badge and department identification at a 32-year-old Lorain woman, according to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office. The suspect also reportedly approached a Chevrolet Astrovan, jumped into the passenger side and tried to punch the man sitting in the driver's seat while grabbing his shirt, deputies said.
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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Pizza Brothers should be moving to its new location in the former Taco Bell building on Milan Avenue in July. Barb Allison, who owns the business with her husband, David, said their current location, behind Hammer Huber at 210 Milan Ave., just doesn't give them the visibility they need. "Hammer Huber's a great landlord, but we just don't have the visible frontage we need," she said. "The new location is on the main strip. Its a prime location. Right now we're kind of hidden. Its unbelievable how many people don't even know we're there."
10:16 PM Jul 25, 2010
For Green Week, five Norwalk businesses have agreed to open their doors to the public from noon to 3 p.m. to allow people to see the conservation practices they use daily. CVG Mayflower Vehicle Systems invited the public to tour the plant today. Sunrise Energy, 211 Cleveland Road, will let visitors tour the operation from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
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Next weekend, the first weekend in May, the Firelands Historical Society will open its Norwalk museum and research center for another season. While May marks a new season for tours, it also ends the 150th birthday of the Historical Society. (See a feature story on the museum in Thursday's Reflections section). There was much agitation in the original Firelands territory in 1857 to found a historical society and preserve the story of our area while so many of the original settlers were still active and able to put down on paper their memories of the "early days" here in northern Ohio. Of especial interest were stories of War of 1812 events in our area, and the stories of the pioneers and their efforts in taming the wilderness to make a home. May 20, 1857, is considered the official birth date for the historical society. A large celebration commemorated the society's 50th birthday on that date in 1907; the present museum was opened on that date in 1957, and last year's annual meeting was set to coincide with the sesquicentennial.