5:25 PM Jul 25, 2010
Jim Sitterly thinks he will have more than 2,500 signatures to turn into the board of elections Monday to request an increase in the real estate conveyance fee be put before voters. Huron County commissioners voted to raise the tax to $3 per thousand last month. State law allows commissioners to charge up to $4 per thousand.
5:25 PM Jul 25, 2010
Holly Bauer knew she was about to experience a moment she'd cherish the rest of her life. Still, an inner voice reminded the Norwalk resident: "You have to remember this moment; it's going to go so fast. You have to soak it all in.'
5:25 PM Jul 25, 2010
BELLEVUE - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jon Martin, of Bellevue, died from his injuries suffered when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Iraq earlier this month. Martin, 33, was serving in his third tour in Iraq. He was taken to a hospital in Germany after he was stabilized at Camp Anaconda in Baghdad. He was injured in his second tour and received a Purple Heart.
5:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
Eligible farmers who suffered quantity losses to their crops in recent years can enroll in the Crop Disaster Program 2005-2007 (CDP) at the FSA Service Center. FSA will announce and conduct sign-up for quality losses under CDP as soon as possible. It is anticipated that quality sign up for quality losses will begin sometime after the first of the year. Certain crop producers suffered major financial losses as the result of a natural disaster during the last couple of years. Subject to final rules for the program, CDP provides benefits to farmers who suffered losses to the 2005-2007 crops from natural disasters and related conditions so long as the actual crop lost was planted or prevented from being planted before Feb. 28. Producers who incurred qualifying losses due to a documented disaster event in 2005, 2006 or 2007 must choose only one year to receive benefits.
5:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
"I recently noticed a custom in our family which goes back a long time," said the historian, as members took seats at their coffee location of the day. "When we first got married my lovely missus took it upon herself to wash any new clothes before we wore them. "My notion at that time was that if they are new they are clean. Mom did the same thing as my wife. For me, just go ahead put them on, then wash them as needed following the first wearing. Then you are saving by getting the first washing and ironing done for free by the manufacturer. "I really had forgotten about her procedure until the other day when she asked me for my new birthday shirt so she could wash and iron it for the first wearing. After serious thought, I have finally realized my attitude toward the inaugural laundering needed to be adjusted in this day and age. Why? "Because it used to be when I wore a new shirt from the Arrow Company, for example, I knew it was made in New England or North Carolina. Mr. Arrow and James Cash Penney would vouch for it being clean.
5:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
As usual on the day after Thanksgiving, I'll give you a light selection of topics since yesterday's menu was "pretty heavy" for most people. Through the year as I research I find small items which are interesting, but are too short to turn into a full column. In 1885 one of the several traveling entertainments in our country was a Dime Museum. Its owner would bring it to a town, rent a store building and set up his museum for a two- or three-week period or until interest waned and attendance dropped. A Dime Museum was opened at 49 E. Main St. in Norwalk in the middle of June, 1885, and operated there for about a week. The operator was J.H. Perkins, and he must have worked hard to have the newspaper say good things about his show. One editor wrote that Perkins had exhibited in St. Louis and elsewhere and was "first class in every respect." It was also reported that women and children could visit with perfect security. Among the attractions at the Dime Museum were Madame Nora's troupe of performing canaries: Prof. Abert, the musical wonder; Prof. Kniffin, the magician; and Chlorus, the queen of flowers. In just a few days, however, these marvels all packed up and moved on to the next appointment.
5:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
Bret A. Essenmacher has joined the Army Reserve under the delayed training program. After completion of basic military training, most soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty prior to being assigned to their first permanent duty station. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay reporting for basic military training for up to 270 days. An enlistment in the reserve gives many new soldiers the option to learn a new skill, serve their country, and become eligible to receive money toward a college education. Essenmacher qualifies for a $20,000 enlistment bonus. Essenmacher, currently attending New London High School, will report to Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., for basic training in July 2008. He is the son of Gina and Gerald Be Essenmacher of New London.
5:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
Sunday was a great day for Norwalk's First Presbyterian Church and for the Joe and Michelle Myers family, as land was dedicated for the Myers family's new Habitat home. First Presbyterian Church members embarked last spring on a successful mission to raise money for a Habitat Build. By summer's end, they reached their goal and now a chosen family looks forward to a new home. The lot at 3 Fuller Dr. was the site. The Rev. Adrian Doll of First Presbyterian blessed the land. The church's Habitat Committee, Habitat Director Linda Francisco also a member of First Presbyterian Habitat board members, other Habitat families and church members met after worship to celebrate this mission. Francisco welcomed the crowd and introduced Habitat board member Keith Squires, of Willard, who said he was happy to see partner families there attending the blessing. Carol Klein, another Presbyterian Habitat worker who is on the family selection committee, introduced Michelle and Joe Myers and their children, Joey, 12; Melanie, 11; Sarah, 8; and twin boys, Marshall and Michael, 7.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk High School recently named its students of the quarter. They are Joseph Leffler, Erik Bogen and Scott Matthews.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
EHOVE AVERY - Forty five students at EHOVE Career Center were recognized for career-technical excellence through a special lunch at Chet and Matt's Pizza in Sandusky on Nov. 9. Students have the opportunity to be chosen each semester.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
I am the mother of a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Western Reserve Middle School. My daughter expresses herself through the clothes she wears and her hair. I have always encouraged her to be her own person, and because of this she has been singled out by the assistant principle who is in charge of disciplinary actions at the school. This started last year when she first began at the middle school. She has been sent home for what they consider to be "unnatural" hair color. She has been pulled out of line at a school dance and told that she couldn't go in because they said "you can't dress 'goth' here," which was very humiliating to her. The assistant principal (Mr. Chris Sheldon) has commented to her on her ear piercing.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
This letter is for the person who felt the need to steal my husband's Ohio State jacket on the night of Nov. 15. My son wore that jacket in honor of his father and to show support for his and his father's favorite team. He hung the jacket up as he entered the Office Bar in Norwalk. When he was ready to leave he went to get his jacket and it had walked off the hook and out the door. It's bad enough that someone had to steal, but that jacket had a much more sentimental than monetary value to me and my son we had just buried his dad, my husband, a few days earlier.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
Thanksgiving Day is no ordinary holiday. It is a time to reflect on one's good fortunes. It is a time to greet family and friends. It is the time to spread the message of love. Celebrate Thanksgiving with these memorable quotes. John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
The holidays really snuck up on us. Thursday is Thanksgiving and on Friday, the Christmas shopping season officially begins. Venture forth at your own risk. Retailers reportedly are nervous as the U.S. housing market continues to disintegrate. With prices falling, consumers have mostly tapped out their equity, which is what has been keeping the economy afloat. Add to that a tanking dollar driving up the price of imports, steep increases in food prices a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow will cost you 11 percent more than it did last year along with a $100-a-barrel oil and you got the makings of a holiday season that is anything but merry for retailers who depend on it.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
GREENWICH - South Central's Black and Gold Ensemble auditioned for and was accepted to sing the national anthem at the March 16 Cavaliers game against the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The South Central Board of Education learned of the successful try-out Monday evening. The ensemble is under the direction of Linda Jackson. Read the rest of this story in Today's Reflector...<>/p>
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Rec center is offering an interval cycling class designed specifically for teens wanting to jump in on the latest trends of fitness. Indoor cycling can be enjoyed all year long, and is a great cardiovascular workout for all ages. Combine this with weight strengthening and other conditioning exercises to give a full-body workout. Class will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 29 to Dec. 20, and will include a portion of spinning, as well as strength and conditioning exercises. Participants ages 11 to 16 are welcome to register by Tuesday. Cost is &#036;15 member, &#036;20 universal. There is a minimum height requirement of 4-foot-11 to assure proper set-up and safety on the bike.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
At the United Fund board meeting, executive director, Linda Bersche announced that the fund has achieved 30 percent of its &#036;320,000 goal taking it slightly ahead of last year at this time. United Fund board members and volunteers are still making contacts in order to reach the goal which is 6 1/2 percent higher than last year.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
In an effort to spur vitality in the parish, St. Paul Catholic Church is hoping parishioners will voice their opinions during its first-ever parish summit Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. "We want to share their experience and sense of direction. That is very important to us," pastoral associate Marian Bermudez said. "The parishioners are the parish." Read the rest of this story in Today's Reflector...<>/p>
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK - The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: James R. Dye, 33, 2951 Grace St., Willard; dangerous dog; conviction date: Nov. 5; &#036;100 fine; &#036;55 costs; jail, 90 days, 90 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall show proof within 7 days that dog involved in this incident has been euthanized or that defendant has &#036;100,000 liability insurance covering the dog and a locked topped pen as required.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK - The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Audelia Brown, 32, Sandusky. Violation date: Oct. 13. Conviction date: Nov. 6. Sentence: &#036;600 fine, &#036;55 costs, six-month license suspension and three days in jail; credited with &#036;250 and three days in jail time upon completion of alcohol intervention program (AIP) and payment of &#036;350 fine and costs within 90 days; defendant shall have limited driving granted only on proof of insurance and occupation from Nov. 6 to April 13; defendant shall pay fine and costs within 90 days.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
FITCHVILLE - Victims of the infamous 1963 nursing home fire in this rural Huron County community will be remembered in a special ceremony Friday. The New London Area Historical Society was the recipient of one of three fully-funded Ohio Historical Markers Grants for its project to memorialize the tragic Golden Age Nursing Home fire of Nov. 23, 1963 in Fitchville.