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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Robert Kline stays pretty close to home in Norwalk these days, but the 86-year-old saw the world in a Merchant Marine career spanning three wars.
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First-graders at Pleasant Elementary got a special trip Thursday - a ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Even a minor derailment couldn't stop this train. Each class met the engineer, Fred Stames and the grandfather of one student, at the entrance to the train and he punched their tickets before they took their seats.
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North Fairfield resident Mary Millis believes her brother's family will be stronger after the tragedy of losing their home and beloved dog in a fire Wednesday morning. Edward Brown and his wife Kay, of 5411 Delamater Road, were at work. Their adult son was staying at a friend's house when the Oxford Township fire was called in at 10:31 a.m.
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Two employees of Christie Lane Industries received special awards Friday and Santa Claus made a visit to hand out presents to all workers. Three outgoing board members were also honored for years of service.
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Rupp's Place got a reprieve, but city council made it clear they expect to see fewer problems at the bar to head off opposition to a liquor license next year. Police Chief Kevin Cashen, who asked council to consider the opposition, said after the vote he is willing to work with owner Brian Rupp to solve the bar's problems.
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Ohio FSA office consolidation plan approved Recently, USDA Acting Secretary Chuck Conners has approved the final plan to consolidate Ohio FSA County Offices. "The ultimate goal of consolidating county FSA offices in Ohio is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of county FSA offices. FSA is committed to meeting the needs of farmers and ranchers in the 21st Century by wisely investing in employees, technology and equipment,' said Conners. Affected Ohio FSA County Offices include:
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Dec. 21, 1918 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 89 years ago:
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MILAN - The Milan Lions Club honors Berlin-Milan Middle School (BMMS) students every month. The students are nominated by their teachers considering academics and extra-curricular activities.
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"Our family doesn't get together for Thanksgiving, but we tend to accumulate a bunch of relatives sometime around the end of December. Kids have a few more days out of school. It works pretty well, too,' declared McBeane, the accountant who used to take care of numbers. This means he kind of inherited the job of keeping track of relatives' names, addresses and phone numbers. "A few years back one of our cousins built a huge family room across the rear of his country house, spread a bunch of gravel for a parking area and invited everyone to his place,' he continued. "He also added a couple rest rooms. Another good idea since mathematics of propagation has caused us to grow in numbers. Now we go there every year.
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One traffic complaint in Norwalk is the lack of long-range planning when the town was laid out and then expanded, to ensure some east-west and north-south connectors to better move traffic. In some large cities these connectors have limited access in order to keep traffic moving. In the middle of the 19th century a road opening which would have ensured a good connector in one area was started, but was never made permanent. It starts out this way: Prior to about 1830, the main road into Norwalk village from the south was via a road from Norwood Avenue at the end of Christie Avenue, then northwest and meeting up with what is now South Pleasant and up the hill to West Main. Benedict Avenue as we know it was called the Wooster Road, and did not cross the flats at that time due to the wet, muddy conditions in the flats.
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LORAIN Lorain County Growth Partnership announces the redevelopment of the Cleveland Quarries property by Industrial Realty Group (IRG), LLC. This $500 million development is located on nearly 900 acres of former industrial zoned land in Amherst Township, South Amherst village and Brownhelm Township. Lorain County finishes the 2007 calendar year with another a major investment in its economic future. The announcement was made by IRG President and Senior Managing Partner Stuart Lichter. This announcement builds on the job growth throughout the past year with more than 1,200 new jobs created in Lorain County, according to Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo. The economic impact to the communities of Lorain County is estimated at least to be an additional $500 to $600 million. Lichter's plans for the quarries will feature 1,150 residential units along with a hotel/lodge, marina, and equestrian center with trails and other amenities. The equestrian center will feature indoor and outdoor show rings. The residential units will include detached single family homes, townhouses, farm estate lots with private stables, cluster homes, and marina-based condominiums. The area will also feature nearly 20 miles of rustic trails that will provide separate horse trails and pedestrian hiking areas. Other amenities planned will include a trap and skeet club, a swimming beach area, small craft marina and water related recreational activities.
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SUBMITTED PHOTO Main Street Norwalk Manager Dave Gulden (center) is awarded a certificate by Heritage Ohio's Jeff Seigler (left) and John Moore (right) at the Ohio Statehouse.
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news@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS The members of the Western Reserve Board of Education said good-bye to two-term member Ken Boose Wednesday. Board President Cheryl Fannin presented Boose with a plaque and described him as "a very dedicated individual who is very passionate about what is best for the students and staff at Western Reserve." Boose said he learned something new every day as a board member, but the bottom line was always, "You do it for the kids."
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The weather didn't cooperate last weekend, but the Mount Harvest Church of God isn't giving up. Their third annual drive-through live nativity will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Paula Webb, church member and one of the actors for the scenes, said the live nativity had originally been scheduled for last weekend, but was postponed because of the snowstorm that hit. "We've put so much work into it, we wanted to go ahead and have it," Webb said. "Our whole church helps out. It takes about a week to set up the props." She said about 25 people dress in period costumes, including two soldiers who let cars pass through "gates" into Bethlehem in the church parking lot. Mount Harvest church is located at the corner of U.S. 250 and Ohio 113 in Milan.
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Water and sewer service, annexation and development are all hot topics in Lyme Township as future development for the area hangs in the balance of conflicts between property owners and several levels of government. Lyme Township, Bellevue, Northern Ohio Rural Water (NORW), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Huron County commissioners and property owners are all involved in several complicated issues.
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MONROEVILLE - The Monroeville Parks and Recreation Department has rescheduled its Christmas in the park program for 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the village commons, across from St. Joseph Catholic Church. Santa will be there to see all children.
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A grand jury has indicted two Toledo men in connection with bringing four crates of marijuana from Arizona to Huron County. Marcos M. Jacos, 34, and Carlos C. Torres Jr., 30, each are charged with possession of marijuana stemming from the Sept. 20 traffic stop on U.S. 250 north of Milan. The reinforced crates contained eight large packages wrapped in several layers of plastic. Investigators estimated the dope itself weighed between 250 and 300 pounds.
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"America's wounded service members are always grateful for supportive cards and notes especially during the holiday season," states Bunny Smith, administrative assistant for Firelands Chapter, American Red Cross. This holiday season, communities across America are invited to mail cards along with personal messages of support to wounded service members at military hospitals around the country through a unique partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, Inc.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com A 17-year-old Willard boy was sentenced Monday to a juvenile prison for his part in a June 17 domestic altercation. The defendant will face a minimum of one year to up to his 21st birthday in the Department of Youth Services (DYS). Huron County Juvenile Court Administrator Chris Mushett said the new sentence will be served after a separate six-month term in DYS for theft of a motor vehicle. The theft conviction is from an Oct. 2, 2006 incident. "When you subtract the detention time, he was due to get out in the next few weeks," Mushett said.
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John Ridge, Norwalk municipal court judge, was honored with the 2007 Shirley Sutherland Award for creating the county's first treatment/drug court. Huron County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMhs) board presented the award to Ridge at a dinner in the art gallery of the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. Ridge has worked with more than 50 people through his program since starting it in 1999. His court sets specific criteria for participants in the treatment/drug court program conviction and a jail sentence for misdemeanors in which drugs or alcohol played a role and the motivation to change. Jail time is waived if participants successfully complete the highly structured expectations of the court, which include outpatient chemical dependency counseling, intensive probationary supervision and frequent appearances before Ridge. The average stay in the rigorous program is 18 months.
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NORWALK FIRE n Investigated a false alarm at an uptown business at 5:45 a.m. today. The crew returned to the station at 6:15 a.m.