3:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Antigonie Sanabria, a Milan Elementary fifth grader, has a succinct anti-tobacco message Tar belongs on the road. Thanks to a contest sponsored by Fisher-Titus Medical Center and Willard Mercy Hospital, that message will be spread on 5,000 bookmarks distributed through area libraries.
3:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
When Norwalk Police Officer Melissa McNally starts her first shift today, she will be the fourth full-time female officer in the history of the department. "I'm used to working with a bunch of guys. It isn't anything new," she said.
3:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - For a time, Mayor Todd Shininger thought Blanca Alegria lived in the City of Blossoms: She owned two businesses in Willard, attended church there, was a member of its Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce and founded the city's Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Alegria lived in Chatfield, but judging from some comments about her in the wake of her death, she sounds like one of Willard's own. The Willard community is mourning the death of Alegria, who died Tuesday morning at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was 51. An obituary was published in Wednesday's paper.
3:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Texas man remains jailed after rocks kicked up by his fleeing vehicle severely injured his estranged girlfriend when he left an Ohio 103 business. The 29-year-old female victim sustained two broken ribs and sprains to her wrist and ankle after Manuel Moreno, 37, fled in a vehicle Saturday, Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said.
3:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The village does not need to raise electric or water rates but needs an increase in wastewater rates, according to utility consulting firm Courtney & Associates. John Courtney, of the Findlay-based firm, presented village council with its 2009 Annual Utility Rate Review Tuesday. He said for Monroeville, wastewater revenues need to be increased by about 10-percent in order to meet the projected near-term revenue requirement.
3:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - Plymouth High School will bid farewell to 69 seniors during today's 7 p.m. graduation. Leading the way are the class of 2009's top students.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Don't mess with a good thing. That was the message Tuesday morning from the Huron County commissioners.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Edison-North Union Division III regional semifinal baseball game scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Elida Middle School has been postponed due to weather. It will be played at 2 p.m. Friday.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 49 students in the 2009 graduating class of St. Paul High School will receive their diplomas at 2 p.m. Sunday. Principal Jim Tokarsky said the class "is a very close-knit group" that doesn't always act the way he expects.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The southern half of Huron County is trying to dry out today after Mother Nature dumped more than 5 inches of rain on it. "Crazy," said Bill Ommert, Huron County Emergency Management Agency coordinator.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
We're no longer No. 1. But nobody in Huron County is crying about it. Huron County's most recent unemployment rate dropped to 15.7 percent, a couple percentage points lower than a month ago. Huron is now No. 2 among Ohio's 88 counties, second only to Williams County, which posted a 16.3 percent unemployment rate.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
While members of Boy Scout Troop 208 got a look at city government at Tuesday's city council work session to earn their Citizenship and the Community badge, they also got a lesson about the design-build concept for public projects.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mark Schaffer, who farms 7,000 acres in Huron County, is upping his corn acreage this year with about 4,000 acres planted to corn. "We just finished on Saturday night about 8 o'clock," he said. "It was a challenging year for planting. We bounced around a little just because of ground conditions. The efficiency level was way down."
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
For more than 50 years I have been a student of local history, though I haven't always conducted by studies in an orderly manner. In recent years I've felt that I was about as familiar with the general history of the Norwalk area as I needed to be, but was genuinely surprised to learn of a street name I'd never heard before. What is now North Prospect from East Main north the one block to Monroe Street was known in the early 1830s as Cheapside. Actually, it was one of the few streets except for Main Street to have a name. Most of the side streets were simply known as "alleys" and ran one block from Main to what is now Monroe and Seminary. Monroe was then known as the North Street, since the town didn't extend north of it except along Whittlesey Avenue. In November of 1832, David H. Fitch operated a store on the west corner of East Main and "Cheapside," and advertised in the Reflector (the paper you're reading right now) that that was his location. His was called the New York Store and he sold a general line of dry goods. He'd accept cash in payment, or most kinds of country produce. The next month a tailor names Charles C. Monroe opened a shop on Cheapside Alley at No. 3. He was a "Scientific" tailor and must have been located in a building behind the Fitch store, which faced East Main. I couldn't find any other business advertisements for Cheapside businesses, but I did find that when David Fitch mortgaged his property in 1833 he described it as bordering on Cheapside Street, so the name must have been more or less official.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Even though the economy has been discouraging, the weather sure was beautiful last weekend. These times of financial hardship are a good occasion to take stock of all the fine things in life that don't cost a lot. Some of them are entirely free. And I dare say that a millionaire couldn't get more pleasure from spending his or her millions than I get from these things. For example, there's the cool, sweet taste of a Vargo's dish of vanilla soft ice cream, topped with chocolate dip (the stuff that goes on liquid and hardens as it cools) on a warm spring or summer day. Dipping a plastic spoon into the crunchy chocolate topping and scooping the vanilla and chocolate into my mouth, while sitting outside at a worn picnic table and watching the cars pass by on Milan Avenue ... watching the little kids' faces as they approach the order window, pondering what delicious type of ice cream they will be treated to ... looking at the treats others carry away from the window, from bright green (mint) topping on vanilla ice cream in a dish, to garishly pink coating on swirled ice cream that's at least six inches higher than the cone. ... No gourmet ice cream shoppe in a fancy neighborhood could top that! But there are so many more simple, inexpensive pleasures. Here are some of them:
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
MAY 28, 1934 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 years ago: Imposing plans are made for Memorial Day From the earliest inception of the Memorial Day movement, that holiday has been observed with more than ordinary fervor and spirit in Norwalk and surrounding territory.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Harry "Bud" Newton, a World War II Navy veteran, served as grand marshal for Norwalk's Memorial Day as hundreds gathered to honor fallen soldiers. The Norwalk parade is traditionally short, starting at the city garage on Woodlawn Avenue and traveling to Woodlawn Cemetery, but a large crowd gathered there to meet the student winners of the Citizenship Awards, listen to an address by Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman and honor fallen veterans from the area.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Great American Treasure Hunt was a success Saturday in Uptown Norwalk. It didn't hurt that Mother Nature cooperated with a near-flawless Memorial Day weekend.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
LYME TOWNSHIP - Native Americans from many tribes came together at Lyme Village over the weekend to share their heritage and culture. Quietheart and Joyfulheart, Cherokee sisters known to the broader world as Vedda Potts, of Michigan, and Naomi Dyson, of Cincinnati, enjoyed the chance to wear their regalia and talk about their heritage.
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
I've often heard people say there is nothing for kids to do in Norwalk. Are you kidding me?
3:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Another resource forum for unemployed workers will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center at Norwalk High School. Participants will receive a bag of resource materials and topics will include information on job searches, resumes, financial assistance for training and education, budgeting, foreclosure information and health insurance information. Drawings for local gift certificates and two Indians tickets will be held at the event.