The Norwalk Teachers Association gives its full support for the upcoming library levy. In this day and age, it is important that kids have plenty of opportunities to foster healthy habits. The library, and the services it provides, plays a critical role in the development of our children and young adults. The library offers the community not only books, magazines, and reference materials, but also videotapes, career information, DVDS, and computer/Internet access. Other services and programs include story time for children, summer reading programs, meeting rooms, reference databases, and adult programs. Huron County libraries provide many other services also. A renewal of the library levy will not increase taxes for our citizens. The funds raised by the levy will be used for basic operating expenses, including library materials and services, salaries and benefits, programs, and building maintenance. I encourage all of our citizens to vote for the levy.
The Village of Monroeville has been operating on a bare-bones budget for the last five years. There has never been an increase in the income tax since it was established at one percent in 1986. Everyone has to agree that costs for services have escalated in the last 21 years. Services to the Monroeville residents have been cut in many ways that are sometimes hard to see. Some of these services include; street paving: None has been done during the last two years because of lack of funds. Building maintenance: Only the absolutely necessary repairs have been made to the many buildings that the village owns and maintains. It is much more cost effective to maintain a building if you keep up with the minor repairs as needed. This can prevent major repairs in the future. Sanitary sewer maintenance: The only major sewer work that has been done is when evidence of a major problem exists. This was the case of the replacement of the Sandusky Street sanitary sewer last year. Matching grant money: To get a grant from the government, most grants require a matching or a percentage amount to be paid by the village. Monroeville does not have existing funds for most major grants. Storm sewers: Installation and maintenance of storm sewers has practically come to a halt because of lack of funds. These are a few reasons why an increase in the income tax is necessary. If the income tax levy fails, it means more cuts in services to the Monroeville residents, such as snow removal, yard waste pick-up, leaf pick-up in the fall, a cut in safety forces, and cuts in the recreation programs and park maintenance.
Although I can't afford it, or maybe because I can't, I'm buying and furnishing a house near the sea a very discounted house, mind you that will be, part of the year, a residence for writers. Now, we're not talking the MacDowell Colony here, or even my beloved Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Ill. We're talking a room of one's own, for two weeks at a time, away from the phone, the kids, the laundry. There won't be much education though my friends and I might throw in a seminar every so often and there won't be lovely meals (writers will have to byob: bring your own bagels).
The good news just keeps on coming from Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Last week hospital officials broke ground for a new $11.3 million, 22,000 square foot addition for a heart and vascular center at FTMC, expected to open next summer.
As a high school English teacher, I know that the best way to increase vocabulary and become a better student is to read. Students painlessly and effortlessly learn new words as they encounter them in books. Students increase their attention span as they become absorbed in the pages of a book. Reading makes them better writers, too, as they unconsciously absorb the good grammar and sentence structure in the books that they read.
Dear Jane, One of my favorite ways to enjoy coffee in the morning is by sitting in my kitchen and watching the birds. Do I have to lose that with fall now here?
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following information was submitted by Milan resident Marge Crecelius, who first saw it in a newspaper article. She tried it, and the plant is featured as this week's Pick of the Week picture. Step 1: Using a spade bit, drill a 1-inch hole in the center of the bottom of a 5-gallon plastic bucket. Choose a light-colored bucket because dark ones heat the soil, which tomatoes don't like.
Myth: People with bad things happening in their lives are the ones who attempt or commit suicide. Fact: Bad things happen in the lives of most people but most people do not attempt, or commit, suicide. Suicide is more often the result of unrelated Depressive Disorders. Even people with great things happening in their lives may attempt or complete suicides if they have the underlying mood disorder of depression.
HIGHWAY PATROL Dean A. Skinner, 47, of 4603 Delematre Road, Monroeville, swerved to the left Oct. 2 to avoid a deer on Section Line Road and went off the left side, where his motorcycle stopped in a ditch. He reported minor injuries, but wasn't transported.
Buehrer to visit Norwalk State Sen. Steve Buehrer, candidate for Congress in Ohio's 5th Congressional District, is holding a "Town Hall Meeting" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Friendly Corners Restaurant, 21 Mill Road, Norwalk. Buehrer is inviting voters to come hear more about his conservative record and to ask any questions about issues important to them. For more information, call Jim Banks at (260) 579-5828.
SANDUSKY - Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS) has announced that effective Tuesday, staff will offer closed, high-field MRI, in addition to open MRI. This will also allow for more choices made available to both the patient and their physician. This closed, high-field magnet will allow for greater resolution. We will now have the capability to perform much more demanding and advanced MRI studies. At the same time, we will also be able to maintain an open MRI for those patients who are claustrophobic. With the introduction of the closed MRI, NOMS will begin offering Magnetic Resonance Mammography, or breast MRI, a new service to our region and only available at NOMS Imaging. Breast MRI is an outstanding tool for many women who are at high-risk for breast cancer. This powerful technology provides a clearer picture of dense breast tissue, tissue surrounding breast implants, and small areas of cancer that may escape detection in a mammogram. The detailed picture a breast MRI provides can aide in confirming the need for a biopsy and identify additional areas of concern within the breast.
Imagine finding a suspicious lump and not being able to schedule a life-saving mammogram because of inability to pay. Thanks to dedicated and caring community members, the Fisher-Titus mammography fund helps area women access mammography services that they might not have been able to otherwise. "It takes away the choice factor for women who might otherwise have to choose between paying their car payment or having a mammogram," said Michele Skinn, director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation.
Norwalk Memorial Home Residents of Norwalk Memorial Home have been enjoying the benefits of a new karoke machine. Two surprise visitors even provided added entertainment utilizing this terrific piece of equipment. Bea Strimpfel and Tiffany Eckleberger stopped in to visit Krista Wagner, activity coordinator and agreed to sing along with the karaoke music. Bea is Krista's mother and Tiffany is Krista's sister. This was a special treat for Tiffany as she is currently going to college to become an Activity Coordinator. Guess it's all in the family.
WILLARD - Mercy Hospital of Willard's education department will be offering the American Heart Association's (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR course from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the conference room at Mercy Hospital of Willard. The Healthcare Provider Course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, including ventilation with a barrier device and a bag-mask device, use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and relief of foreign body airway obstruction.
Three out of four people aren't aware of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a common and dangerous vascular disease that affects about 8 million Americans, according to a new study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. The disease occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, reducing blood flow to the legs. This can result in leg muscle pain when walking and disability, amputation and a poor quality of life. Blocked arteries found in people with PAD can be a warning sign that other arteries, including those in the heart and brain, may also be blocked increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
WILLARD - Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, with an estimated 438,000 Americans dying annually due to smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Mercy Hospital of Willard including all hospital owned and leased properties will become tobacco free as of Jan. 1.
A Huron County Common Pleas Court jury started deliberating this morning in the trial of a Willard woman accused of having cocaine during a March traffic stop.
A workshop on cultural diversity will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club. The $15 fee for the workshop is payable at the door and lunch is included. Reservations are necessary and can be made through Norwalk City Hall by phone at (419) 663-6700 or e-mail at cityofnorwalk@accnorwalkcom. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The Reflector has learned the person who died early Wednesday morning in a car fire behind Wal-Mart is Joseph W. Van Natta, 24, of Norwalk. His obituary appears today on Page A-3. Authorities have not officially released Van Natta's name, but they still suspect suicide.
A Norwalk man was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in prison for grabbing an officer's genitals while resisting arrest on Newton Street. Audias M. Morales, 27, of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 3, grabbed Norwalk Police Officer Justin Smith in the crotch after running from Smith and resisting arrest during the June 5 incident. The officer was attempting to arrest Morales on two contempt of court warrants before the altercation.
America recently observed a couple anniversaries. Last month was the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Last week, Oct. 4, was the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union's launch of the 184-pound Sputnik satellite. Both, we've been told endlessly, were earth-shattering events. The attack made us come to grips with the 21st century threat of terrorism and the latter changed our entire public education system to focus more attention on math and science.