10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Huron County grand jury indicted a Wakeman man Friday in connection with a botched theft that caused two fires. William C. Stentz Jr., 28, of 5379 Zenobia Road, is accused of starting a March 25 fire while attempting to steal gas from the Clarksfield Township hall, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. There was significant damage to the outside of the building and an excavation grader. The blaze also melted several nearby plastic fuel cans and burned Stentz's facial hair.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Family members of the late Kylie Maddison Houtchings are keeping their promise to her to continue fighting childhood cancer one cup at a time. When Kylie, of Wakeman, was stricken with stage IV neuroblastoma, the 10-year-old's family started a lemonade stand through the nonprofit organization Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. The organization was founded after 4-year-old cancer patient Alexandra Scott in 2000 opened a lemonade stand in her front yard to raise money for a cure to childhood cancer. As word of Scott's fundraising spread, people sent in donations from around the world. Scott died in August 2004 at the age of 8. But, the foundation's fundraising continues.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Tax incentives might decide whether new businesses come to Norwalk Commons, the site of Norwalk's theater complex. Thus far, the addition of an Applebee's restaurant and a Holiday Inn Express and Convention Center, as well as the relocation of the city's Bob Evans restaurant, are planned for that area located on Norwalk's north side. However, city officials said that some of the proposed businesses for Norwalk Commons might not come if a TIF - a Tax Increment Financing agreement to allocate tax money to directly benefit infrastructure for the businesses - isn't worked out.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Trooper Brian Gockstetter has been doing plainclothes detail for the last three months. Gockstetter, 34, is working with the Office of Investigative Services (OIS) a branch of the state Highway Patrol, based out of Columbus, in existence since 1933. There are 24 OIS full-time officers troopers assigned to each district; their responsibilities are dictated by the work volume in that area.
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With regular unleaded gasoline nearly $4 a gallon, Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker joked about getting a mule. "He gets about six carrots a mile," he said. "It's either that or a dogsled team."
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's official - Matt Barrett won't seek re-election as our state representative. Barrett submitted a brief letter to the elections board Friday, stating: "Please accept this letter as notification of my request to be removed from the ballot as a candidate for State Representative of the 58th House District. I would also like to thank all of the employees of the Huron County Board of Election for their service, who have always treated me with courtesy and professionalism.'
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Hundreds of people turned out for Norwalk's Memorial Day parade to honor those who have lost their lives serving in America's military. Many people lined the short parade route for Monday's parade despite an early morning shower and cloudy skies and a crowd of almost 300 attended the ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
I wouldn't call myself an expert on groundhogs, but I've hunted them most of my life, studied them, and interviewed shooters who are real experts. I'm a long way from knowing everything about these little varmints, but I've learned a few things and one is that they're smart and wary, and once an idea settles in their little pea brains, they can't be discouraged. Not by anything at all. For example, they love my garage and generation after generation has burrowed inside and around it, so much that I finally had to have the floor paved with six inches of cement. Even then they persist in digging holes around the outside. I've tried moth balls in their holes (doesn't work), other repellents, live traps baited with apples and carrots, and eventually found the only thing that does work, at least if you live in the country. Which is a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with No. 4 magnum turkey loads. I'm sure that anyone living outside town with a barn, garage, or other buildings will understand. Still;, the little chucks do have their good points, though they're few indeed. One is that they make for great PR with landowners. I once said in these pages that a single groundhog can eat $50 worth of soybeans in a year, but that's not true today. With bean prices sky high these days, that number is closer to $100, which can put a real dent in a farmers wallet if he's got a couple of dozen loafing in his fencerows.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - Dory Jones ate butter pecan ice cream. To her right, her husband Don enjoyed another popular flavor at Toft's Dairy: Moose tracks with additional chocolate. "Butter pecan is my favorite and we buy Toft's ice cream for home,' Dory Jones said. "We think their ice cream is great.' The Clyde couple were in Sandusky recently to celebrate Jones' birthday at Red Lobster, with a gift certificate from their daughter. They come to the Venice Road ice cream parlor each time they come to Sandusky.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY NASA PlumBrook, which has the world's largest vacuum chamber and is a prime testing facility the nation's space program, will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday. The weekend will feature tours, activities for children, educational activities and special programs. Tours will begin at 11 a.m. and the last bus tour will begin at 5 p.m. The facility will close to the public at 7 p.m. The last time Plum Brook opened it's doors to the public was in 1999. This year the agency is celebrating 50 years since NASA began so many facilities are holding open houses. Visitors will get the chance to walk through the world's largest vacuum chamber and explore a rocket-testing facility as part of a guided bus tour focusing on the world-class technology used at Plum Brook.
10:43 PM Jul 25, 2010
Firelands Positive People awarded $4,500 in scholarships to area high school students during the 12th annual High School Positive Living Awards breakfast held at the Nia Center at Kalahari. During its 12 years of existence, Firelands Positive People has granted more than $55,000 to deserving high school graduates who have gone on to further their educations and succeed in their careers. This spring, FPP received applications from area high school seniors who outlined the challenges they have faced and how they have successfully overcome those obstacles. Fifteen finalists will be honored at this year's celebration. Several local winners are: Kristen Lieber, of Norwalk High School, has been accepted at the Med-Central College of Nursing in Mansfield. She plans to receive her bachelor's degree in four years. Her career goal is to work as a registered nurse in a local hospital, possibly in pediatrics. Kristin is the daughter of Dan and Kim Lieber.
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WILLARD POLICE The Willard Police Department blotter covering May 12 through 18 had the following highlights:
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Been there. Done that. I will tell you right here and now covering a high school graduation is a heck of a lot easier than being a parent at one. It didn't take long to figure that out again Sunday afternoon.
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Toast all of the area high school graduates. Congratulations on a job well done and good luck with your future endeavors. Roast Gov. Ted Strickland's plan to divert $20 million a year from Ohio Turnpike revenues to pay for a planned $1.6 billion economic stimulus plan. The turnpike was built to be self-sufficient from its tolls and diverting any revenues away from the turnpike will only lead to sub-standard maintenance or higher tolls in the years to come.
10:43 PM Jul 25, 2010
TIFFIN Living historians and Native American dancers are invited to participate in the second annual Eastern Woodland Native American Gathering and Pre-1840 Encampment at Steyer Nature Preserve near Tiffin. The event is set for this weekend as a fundraiser for the Seneca County Park District. The weekend combines Native American drumming and dancing with a pre-1840 rendezvous. "Last year we had a good turnout and we're expecting an even better one this year because word has spread that it was a good event," said event coordinator Jeff "Eagle Heart" Meggitt. The public is encouraged to visit the cultural, educational and social gathering from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Take along chairs or blankets to watch the dancing. A $3 per person donation is requested.
10:43 PM Jul 25, 2010
MAY 29, 1981 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 27 years ago: Scott Ford named 'Teacher of the Year' The Norwalk Teachers Association has named Scott Ford, a reading teacher at Bronson School, the 1981 Teacher of the Year.
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MENTOR Former President Garfield's home in Mentor will be the site of a Flag Day celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. June 14. Family-friendly opportunities will include a children's flag-discovery hunt, a flag craft and an informative program presented by a Park Ranger titled "The Star Spangled Banner and the War of 1812." American Legion Post 336 from Painesville will conduct a flag disposal ceremony and demonstrate the proper methods of flag etiquette. Bring any worn flags to be a part of the flag disposal ceremony. If you are unable to attend, you may drop off flags at the historic site for disposal, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week of June 9.
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news@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE The Huron County Non-Food Bank is offering help that's almost impossible to find elsewhere. The Monroeville Congregational Community United Church of Christ has hosted the Non-Food Bank for more than a year now, providing residents of Huron County in need with essential items like toilet paper, soap, paper towels and toothpaste. Area food banks don't usually offer household toiletries. Rev. Wayne Chasney, UCC pastor, started the Non-Food Bank in February of 2007 when it struck him that no other organization was meeting this community need. "I realized and it should have been a 'duh' this stuff isn't covered under food stamps, and it's rarely found at food banks, but they are still household necessities," he said. Now he and other volunteers are serving 80 to 100 households per month.
10:42 PM Jul 25, 2010
CLEVELAND "The Right Stuff" really is at long last returning to your block. The New Kids on the Block have scheduled an Oct. 3 concert at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. New Kids On The Block five now fully-grown men who forever defined what the modern boy band would look and sound like are back together for the very first time in nearly a decade and a half, and currently hard at work on their first new album since 1994. That still untitled album should be released sometime this summer, preceded by the New Kid's first new single since the Nineties, and followed in the fall by an international concert tour. On a March afternoon, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood are gathered together, hanging tough all over again in a small Los Angeles studio looking a little older, but still youthful, fit and anxious to not simply celebrate their musical legacy, but also add something new and personally meaningful to it.
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The Salvation Army will be serving up free meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this week. Thanks to Fisher Titus and Well-care there will be blood pressures and consultations available as well as other health-wise tips. In June and July there will be a soup kitchen from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday: Cheeseburgers, baked beans.