4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
CLEVELAND What a shame. "The Chosen," author Chaim Potok's 1967 coming-of-age story, has the potential to be incredibly moving especially when performed by skilled actors. The tale illustrates how precious life is, how even the most unbending human beings can change. The story shows how people seemingly worlds apart have more in common than they think and how we must find meaning in life. So what do we get in the Cleveland Play House production of the stage adaptation?
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON The BGSU Firelands chapter of Young Democratic Socialists and the BGSU Humanities Department's American Culture Studies course series is sponsoring a free public forum, "The Widening Gap between Rich and Poor in 21st Century America: Can It Be Closed?" featuring Pamela Rosado, outreach coordinator for Policy Matters Ohio. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, in the Firelands Room (115 West Building). Policy Matters is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute focusing on the issues that matter to low-and middle-income workers in Ohio. Prior to joining Policy Matters, Rosado was secretary-treasurer and political director of the Service Employees International Union, Local 47, representing 8,000 members in Ohio. As political director, she was involved with the success of the Cleveland Living Wage campaign and in the planning stages of the Community Hiring Hall.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
I am the mother of beautiful autistic twin 7-year-old girls. I found myself somewhat disturbed about the article that was printed about Christie Lane. I certainly don't want the residents of Norwalk or anybody to get the wrong idea of the abilities which the school can do for the disabled. The primary classroom that my daughters attend ranges in different types of disabilities. You would have to see for your own eyes what Erica Rock and Elaine Shaver have done for my daughters. I know that they put their hearts deeply into their job. Nobody really knows why someone would feel they need to resort to violence or have a personal agenda against the school. I really hope the school is able to stay a safe and enjoyable experience for my daughters. This was an unfortunate situation for everyone that is involved. In closing, I would like to show my appreciation for a job well done by Christie Lane and the staff.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
The United States is now less than one year away from what is likely to be one of the most important electoral contests of the past 50 years. What's more, after the parties have selected their nominees probably no more than three months from now Ohio will be effectively the center of attention. As a "battleground state," a huge electoral prize that either side could win, Ohio will be visited frequently by the candidates and accompanying media hordes. Sadly, it doesn't appear Ohio is ready for all the attention. With questions about the 2004 election still fresh in the national media's mind and many of the questions unanswered it doesn't appear our state is any better equipped to deal with this election than the last one.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
My cell phone quit Saturday. At first I was kind of excited. "Maybe now I'll get the iPhone and not feel guilty about it," I thought. I have wanted an iPhone since they came out last summer. Unfortunately they came out a month after we had inked a two-year contract on our company cell phones. I've been in an Apple store a couple times playing with them, caressing them, loving them, imagining how impressed everyone would be with me when I whipped it out and did something high-techie and spectacular, but never could bring myself to buy one. For one reason, I'm a bit of a cheapskate. You should hear my kids moan when I take them through a fast food restaurant and won't let them get drinks because I refuse to pay a buck fifty for 8 cents worth of syrup and some tap water. They'll be talking about that on a therapist's couch some day, I'm sure. Anyway, I already had a phone, along with a two-year commitment, so I could not justify it.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Council approved paving part of U.S. 20 and agreed to try to take advantage of a good deal for new playground equipment for Bishman Park Tuesday night. Norwalk City Council agreed Tuesday to spend up to $8,800 to resurface .14 mile of Ohio 20 in city limits as part of an Ohio Department of Transportation project. Ralph Seward, who came out of retirement to direct projects for the city after Engineer James Sawyer resigned unexpectedly recently, told council members that it would cost the city about $22,000 to repave that portion of the road if they didn't agree to the ODOT project.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Huron County Assistant Public Defender David Longo abruptly quit his job before a jury trial Tuesday morning. Longo was defending Willard resident Joshua D. Bartell, 27, of 3934 Walnut Road, in connection with assaulting a carnival worker June 29. In August, a grand jury indicted Bartell on aggravated robbery, robbery, felonious assault and kidnapping. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Longo quit "on the spot."
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
I recently ran into a situation while out coon hunting with my dog Nov. 11 on Snyder Road in Peru Township. I turned my 9-month-old pup loose and started walking in the direction that I thought she was going. But she made one bark off to the east of me and I did not hear her anymore. I stood there for about 15 minutes but all along I could hear a dog which I thought was a house dog barking. It sounded very muffled, so I started walking in that direction. When I got on top of a ravine I could make it out better it was my dog sounding as if it was suffocating. I found it in a body-gripping trap. By this time it was limp and no longer moving. I hurried and got it out and in a few minutes she came around. I called the O.D.N.R. and they sent somebody out and checked the body-griping trap. They confirmed it was illegal. This thing had a jaw spread of seven inches and if my dog would have been in for another five minutes it would have suffocated. This trap was on dry land, they are supposed to be completely submerged in water. We found three more close by.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
The last name of Meghan Koch was misspelled in Tuesday's issue.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Interagency Council (IAC) will celebrate 20 years of quality networking among social services providers at its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday. The meeting will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the conference room at the Department of Job and Family Services, 185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk. The council was originally started by Anabell Stewart, director of the Norwalk office of the Erie-Huron Counties Community Action Commission, Inc. in an effort to address the need for agency networking and information sharing. Today, the IAC is coordinated by the Norwalk Area United Fund, but the mission remains the same: to promote a better understanding of available community resources for Huron County residents, non-duplication of services, identification of gaps in services, and the best use of area resources through communication, cooperation and collaboration. For more information contact the United Fund at (419) 668-0269.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD Mercy Hospital of Willard and The American Cancer Society will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday. With exactly half of the United States now protected by smoke-free laws, and a variety of cessation resources available, there has never been a better time to quit smoking and enjoy the health benefits. Mercy Willard will have a display table set up at the main entrance with support materials and information about tobacco cessation programs for anyone interested in going tobacco free today. Tobacco is currently the second major cause of death in the world. It is responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide (about 5 million deaths each year). If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half of the people that smoke today that is about 650 million people will eventually be killed by tobacco. Smoking is a major risk factor in the development of several major health issues coronary heart disease and stroke, as well as pneumonia. About 8 million people in the United States have at least one serious illness caused by smoking. That also means that for every person who dies of a smoking related disease, there are 20 more people who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Allen R. Witucki has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year. The recruit qualifies for a $23,000 enlistment bonus. Witucki, a 2006 graduate of Edison High School, has reported to Fort Knox, Ky., for basic training in September 2007. He is the son of Suzanne and James Witucki of Milan.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Book discussion NEW LONDON The Jawbreakers Book Discussion Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library to discuss "The Red Tent." Credit workshop A free rebuild your credit workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center at Norwalk High School. Registration is required and today is the deadline. Call (800) 228-1102.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Peg Miller, director of Cancer Services, recently was named the third annual Girls' Night Out "Woman of the Year" for her devotion to serving cancer patients in Erie and Huron counties. Miller, of rural Bellevue, received recognition during the third annual Girls' Night Out event, an evening of entertainment, fun and fundraising just for women held at the Nia Center at Kalahari. The local benefit raises funds for Cancer Services, the Fisher-Titus mammography fund and the Firelands Regional Medical Center cancer program Fund. This year's event, attended by more than 1,000 women, raised $25,000 to be distributed evenly between all three programs. "Peggy is the most tireless person who is always ready to do whatever is necessary for the cause," said Doug Studer, co-owner of Curves in Norwalk, Sandusky and Huron and co-founder of Girls' Night Out with his wife, Gretchen. "Her whole life revolves around her passion for the cancer victim. Mention her name to anyone who knows her and you will hear about a smiling, caring, loving, unselfish person." Miller has served as director of cancer services for seven years and as a volunteer since 1999. Prior to that, she was in retail management. As cancer services director, she manages marketing, fundraising and patient services. She also oversees 70 volunteers, one employee and a 19-member board of directors.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
TIFFIN For more than 30 years, children have enjoyed reading "Arthur Adventure," the award-winning book series by Marc Brown that has sold more than 60 million books worldwide. PBS TV began airing the "Arthur" television series just over a decade ago, and it continues to be one of the top children's shows, as merited by winning a Peabody and five Emmy Awards. Now children and their families can enjoy Arthur LIVE! at The Ritz Theatre as he comes to life to celebrate more than 30 years of educating and entertaining young children. Arthur the Aardvark and his friends from Elwood City explore real issues that face real kids in this all-new musical production of Arthur LIVE! at The Ritz Theatre. There will be two performances on Jan. 21. The first will be at 3 p.m. and then again at 7. The LIVE! show will be 90 minutes long including a 20-minute intermission. Tickets for Arthur LIVE! are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting The Ritz Theatre Box Office in Tiffin, by phone at (419) 448-8544 and online atwww.ritztheatre.org. Tickets prices for reserved seating are $10 for students and $20 for adults. Special group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
If Lynn Chapin's lead of eight votes holds when the board of elections releases certified totals Nov. 21, the question of whether she will serve as first ward representative while living in the fourth ward will probably end up in court. Norwalk law director Stuart O'Hara said Chapin's Republican opponent Scott Krichbaum could protest election results with a lawsuit in common pleas court or any 25 registered voters from the first ward could join together to protest the results. Sharon Locke, deputy director for the board of elections, said Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner's office sent a memo telling the board their only role at this point is to certify final totals.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Assistant Public Defender David Longo abruptly quit his job before a jury trial Tuesday morning. Longo was defending Willard resident Joshua D. Bartell, 27, of 3934 Walnut Road, in connection with assaulting a carnival worker June 29. In August, a grand jury indicted Bartell on aggravated robbery, robbery, felonious assault and kidnapping.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Don't ban exterior furnaces, but regulate them. That was the plea from four people at Tuesday night's city council work session. City officials said proposed legislation banning outdoor furnaces is in response to citizen complaints, but one man who sells the furnaces and three residents asked council to consider regulation instead of a complete ban.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
AVERY - Meghan Coch feels no pressure from her male classmates at EHOVE Career Center. In fact, they are quite supportive of young women who want to be firefighters. Coch is in her first year in the EHOVE professional firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) program. At first, she admitted, the male students thought the "girls" couldn't do what the "guys" can do.
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Fisher-Titus Medical Center is trying to create a community of lifesavers in Huron County. To that end, Gary Englehart, director of pulmonary services, is teaching area students the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
4:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE As early as January, village residents will be charged a monthly fee toward a new storm sewer utilities fund. Currently, money from the general fund, generated through the village's income tax, goes toward storm sewer related projects.