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.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
If you're traveling in Erie County during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you'll most likely see more deputies on patrol. The Erie County Sheriff's Office will be working overtime on rural roads to curtail aggressive and impaired driving starting Wednesday evening.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - Elementary Principal Laura Dowdell told the Board of Education Monday that 24 third-graders scored at the "Advanced Proficiency" level on the state reading test given this fall, and 80 percent scored "At or Above Proficiency." Intervention Specialist Jim Van Sickle said these were both new records for the school and added, "Those scores are a compliment to our students and our first- and second-grade teachers."
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
Blood pressure screenings Fisher-Titus Medical Center nurses will offer blood pressure screenings to the public in December at various locations throughout local communities.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
SHELBY - Mercy Willard Hospital Foundation's 18th annual candlelight ball was held recently at the Kehoe Center (Former Shelby Mutual Insurance Building) in Shelby. Guests were welcomed to a Hollywood Nights celebration complete with live musical entertainment by the Time Trax Band. More than 160 guests enjoyed an evening of festivities and fun as they supported their community hospital. Guests dressed as their favorite television or movie character, singer, actor, actress... or just dressed for the red carpet.
5:15 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk Fire Department and Fisher-Titus Home Health Center have been awarded scholarships to participate in a training conference dedicated to Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, developed by the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA), Center for High-Risk Outreach. The awarded scholarships provide for travel expenses for two participants, Remembering When curriculum materials and all training. Chief Doug Coletta of the Norwalk Fire Department and Debbi Cullen, operations manager of Fisher-Titus Home Health Center, will travel to a conference from Dec. 2 to 4 in Boston, Mass. Following the workshop, Norwalk Fire Department will conduct a minimum of five group presentations and at least two train-the-trainer sessions for Fisher-Titus Home Health Center. The home health center will integrate materials from the Remembering When program into its outreach through home visits. Read the rest of this story in Today's Reflector...<>/p>