8:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
It was only a couple days past Jan. 1. McBeane was placing two miniature candy canes next to the cup of each Cheap Coffee Club member. "Thank you for your welcome holiday gift old friend. I see there are four different flavors represented. I love ‘em all. They give a brisk historic flavor to my coffee which I truly appreciate,' complimented the historian. "But tell me; I am curious. Is there a reason why these tasty gifts of the season arrive more than a week after the holiday?'
8:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
The stories of shipwrecks and near-wrecks on Lake Erie fascinate me, not because I would wish to be any part of them but because I admire the brave people who have so many times tried save lives and make the lake a safe place. Several of these stories center around Huron, and I've told some of them before. Just after midnight on Nov. 6, 1842 the steamboat Vermillion came into Huron harbor with the usual crew and some 40 to 50 passengers sleeping. Capt. Brundage was in charge on a Detroit to Buffalo run. Within 20 minutes of docking the ship was ablaze. A can of turpentine was being loaded when it broke open and spilled into the hold. Some of the turpentine splashed against the furnace and ash pans. The ship being wooden, it didn't take long to become totally involved in fire. The moorings either burned or were cut before the passengers could be awakened and gotten off. The burning Vermillion drifted out of the harbor as the lifeboats were being launched. At least one of them was swamped. Most passengers saved themselves by jumping into the water and swimming to shore. The steamboat Chicago was close by and picked up some of the passengers. It also towed the Vermillion back into harbor where the hulk burned out and sank. It was known that three passengers had died, but all of the crew was saved and it was noted that the crew tried hard to fight the fire. There were times that the crew abandoned ship even before the passengers could. We have to remember that these steamboats burned rapidly once they ignited. The passengers and crew lost all of their luggage and some 800 to 900 barrels of flour in the hold were lost. There was also some damage to the pier and light, both of which were wooden at the time.
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WILLARD - Two employees of RR Donnelley retired Tuesday. Clifford "Cliff' Stumbo had more than 42 years of service. He started as a trucker in the bindery. He has worked as a case bindery man, gather binder operator, integrated case binding line tech II and is retiring as a bindery operator 2.
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NORWALK FIRE n Called to assist a person trapped in a business on Benedict Avenue on Thursday, but an employee got the door open before firefighters arrived. The crew left the station at 12:55 p.m. and returned at 12:57.
8:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Move over, thin mints. When Girl Scouts hit the sidewalks today they'll have a new cookie to sell Cinna-Spins with only 100 calories per pack. Of course, the Scouts will also have the popular mints, the best selling variety for years. Caramel Delites, Peanut Butter Patties and four other varieties they have sold for years also are still available. Cathy Robustellini, leader of troop 555, said cookie sales help her troop with both fun learning activities and in community service. Troop 555 was the top selling group in Norwalk last year with the 18 girls selling 291 cases or almost 3,500 boxes of cookies.
8:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Jan. 3, 1982 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 26 years ago:
8:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Now that the holidays are behind us and we're into the New Year, it's time for us - the Reflector and its readers - to get busy selecting our 2008 Citizen of the Year. Over the next two months, our news and advertising staffs will be busy working on our annual "Insight' editions, which will be published on each Monday in February.
8:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
We've gone wireless! It seems we are always behind other families when it comes to the latest technology. I remember being so excited when my brother-in-law in Nebraska gave us his old Apple IIE computer when he upgraded his. It was my first computer. It was not connected to the Internet, but it had programs for the children like "Sticky Bear Math' and it had a printer and a word processing program so I could delete and add words easily as I typed my column and then brought the printout to the Reflector newsroom, where it would have to be re-typed. That was many years ago.
8:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Dear Mayor Sue Lesch, I am writing this letter to you on New Year's Eve, 2007. The reason for this letter is a comment you made in answering the questions posed to you by columnist Jim Busek in today's paper. Specifically, the candidate for president, you would not vote for, you named Dennis Kucinich, saying something about his time as mayor of Cleveland as the reason.
8:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL n Deborah M. Matthews, 19, of Ashland, was charged with failure to control Tuesday after she went off the left side of Ohio 96 in Richland County, which was slushy, hit a sign and stopped in a ditch. She was not transported after reporting possible injuries.
8:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
"The people of this town are awesome." That's the opinion of Sheri Thomas, owner of Sheri's Coffee House, after she witnessed an act of patriotism and respect from the window of her Benedict Avenue business on New Year's Day.
8:06 PM Jul 25, 2010
Jan. 2, 1982
8:06 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Norwalk man is wanted on an Indiana warrant in connection with creating fake receipts and submitting them for reimbursement for about 10 years.
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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Almost 1,000 people celebrated the New Year at the Ernsthausen Recreation Center at a drug/alcohol/tobacco-free party for families at the fourth annual Families First Night. Mike Pugh, who helped organize the event, said about 600 stayed past midnight to watch the ball drop from New York's Times Square on a giant screen and fill the gymnasium with the sounds of party horns. Ages ranged from infants to senior citizens, with every age in between.
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GREENWICH - Two Greenwich men were taken to the Huron County Jail last week in connection with separate incidents within two days involving village police officers.
8:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
Six-year-old Mariah Heflin of Norwalk plays with a magnetic dress-up Nina Ballerina at Sheri's Coffee House Monday morning.
8:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
Almost 1,000 people celebrated the New Year at the Ernsthausen Recreation Center at a drug/alcohol/tobacco-free party for families at the fourth annual Family First Night. Mike Pugh, who helped organize the event, said about 600 stayed past midnight to watch the ball drop from New York's Times Square on a giant screen and fill the gymnasium with the sounds of party horns.
8:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
The race is officially on. Terry Boose, Republican candidate for the state's 58th district seat, has filed petitions to run against Democratic incumbent Matthew Barrett (D-Amhert).
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Family and friends are on the top of the list for New Year's resolutions. "My New Year's resolution is to be better at sending birthday cards to relatives and friends,' Tina Rhine, of Norwalk, said. "I don't acknowledge them like I should.'
8:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
CELERYVILLE - "My brother, Cory, had seen him in another area so we moved to that area that day with the hope one of us would get a shot. It was Cory who sent him my way.' That's how Willard High School freshman Elizabeth Fried described the preparation and end result that would lead to her bagging the 10-point buck in early November, a kill that won the youth category in the Mansfield News Journal-Sportsman's Den North Central Ohio Big Buck contest.
8:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
As Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch heads into her second term, she's both concerned about the economy and optimistic about the city's future. "I had a lot to learn,' Lesch said about her first four years. "But I had really good people teaching me.'