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10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
I invite you to join me from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Lorain County Community College in the Spitzer Conference Center (Grand Room) as I convene an open discussion about accessible and affordable healthcare in the first of seven Listening Tours. The Listening Tour is a statewide series of public forums that Ohio Senate Democrats will host to unveil our legislative vision through a comprehensive Economic Security Agenda. The Listening Tour will discuss legislative approaches to spur job creation, provide quality health care, advance clean-coal technology, reduce crime, invest in our urban neighborhoods and end foreclosure. As the only practicing health care provider in the General Assembly, I understand that affordable and accessible health care is a top priority for Ohioans. However, rising costs are a serious barrier to quality care. To ensure that our state is a great place to live, work and raise a family, we must find viable options to make our health care system more affordable for all families. Although positive steps have been made, much work remains. The health care issues our panel will address include access and affordability, the consequences of being uninsured and underinsured, medical debt, preventative care, Medicaid, disparities, the challenges facing rural and urban communities and strategies that can be taken at the legislative level to improve health care.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
When I was at McDonald's recently, I sat at a table where I was able to observe young children swarming over the equipment in the large, colorful play area. As I observed, an older man, also observing, commented that he was jealous of those kids. "When I was a child, we had sticks to play with,' he said wistfully. He also said he wished he'd had one of those plastic "Big Wheel' riding toys when he was younger.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
MILAN - Freudenberg-NOK gave layoff notices to 43 employees last week. The business employes about 380 people.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
RR Donnelley lauds longtime employees WILLARD - Three longtime employees at RR Donnelley are retiring, while another is celebrating an anniversary.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Courtney Schloemer has come a long way from fixing her childhood Barbie doll's hair. The 21-year-old Willard resident owns and operates Adam Michaels Salon & Spa, 3 Stower Lane. Schloemer and her husband, Adam, took over the Norwalk business Feb. 1 from Brian and Megan Slone, who ran it under the name Aiden Salon & Spa. The ribbon cutting for the newly-named business is set for 11 a.m. today.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities was recently presented with the Most Educational Award for a display at the state 2008 Help Me Grow Leadership Conference. The Public Awareness Committee of the Ohio Department of Health's Help Me Grow program presented the award as part of the conference's Show-N-Share event.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
MAY 30, 1916 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 92 years ago: Double runaway on Main Street An exciting runaway in which horses ran upon the sidewalk on both side of Main Street between Linwood Avenue and Prospect Street, one of the animals breaking a large plate glass display window, occurred about 5:30 o'clock last evening when the lines broke on the harness of the horses hitched to one of the Snyder bakery delivery wagons.
10:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Second Annual Lap of Ohio 1000 Iron Butt Ride "Riding the Edge of Ohio BGSU Firelands Scholarship Ride" will be Saturday and Sunday. Departing will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from the parking lot of The Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, North Lake Street, Amherst.
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
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.
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
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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