10:50 AM Jul 25, 2010
If you live in the industrial parkway area, you better fix your sidewalk. Norwalk City Council passed next year's sidewalk improvement ordinance at last night's regular council meeting. Property owners on Republic Street and in the in the industrial parkway area will either need to construct or repair their own sidewalks or the city will do it for them at the owners' expense.
10:50 AM Jul 25, 2010
ROCHESTER The Ohio Department of Agriculture's Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP) selected the Babcock farm in Rochester and Huntington townships to be preserved in perpetuity as a working farm. This is the first Lorain County farm funded through the AEPP program and the second largest farm ever protected through the program.
10:50 AM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL No citation was issued Aug. 28 after the driver of a red truck came into the lane of Heather N. Puckett, 16, of 5905 Townline Road 12, Willard, forcing her to swerve into a guardrail on the east side of Section Line Road 30.
10:50 AM Jul 25, 2010
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower," wrote Albert Camus, 20th century French author and existentialist philosopher. So it is with library materials; they are eternally new to the library patron. Speaking of new, I have started a new adult reading program called, "Meet the Author" where readers get to meet writers who review their latest work and talk about their art. Many of us have thought about writing and maybe illustrating a children's book or publishing that first novel. Our guest writers are not limited to a published book; it can be a poem, a short story, a play or a songwriter like F. Christopher Reynolds who shared his new CD, "The Age of Magnification: The Highway Home" with stories and songs of Norwalk in August.
10:50 AM Jul 25, 2010
The controversy surrounding the existence of Spin to Win isn't about gambling. It's not even about the East Water Street business using games of skill or chance. City officials consider the problem a zoning issue. Reese Wineman, Spin to Win's attorney, said zoning can be "used" and "enacted" to violate someone's civil rights, but doesn't know if the city is doing a witch hunt. He considers it "awfully unusual" to have employees receive daily citations in the midst of media coverage over games similar to what Spin to Win offers.
10:50 AM Jul 25, 2010
When Norwalk Creek flooded last summer, it did exactly what it was supposed to. In 1978, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) did a Flood Insurance Study and recognized the area around Norwalk Creek as a flood plain. It predicted what would happen when a "hundred-year storm" hit Norwalk. That's exactly what happened June 21 and 22 2006. It's also what happened almost 40 years earlier in the last "hundred-year storm."
10:50 AM Jul 25, 2010
At least three days a week, you won't find Harvey Stierhoff sleeping late in his retirement years. You will find the 77-year-old Norwalk resident at the Ernsthausen Community Center at 6 a.m. those days, walking and swimming.
10:50 AM Jul 25, 2010
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Paul Gillmor from Ohio was found dead in his apartment today, a Republican leadership aide said. The aide said the body of the 68-year-old Republican was found by staff members who went to the apartment after Gillmor failed to show up for work. There was no immediate word on the cause of his death. Gillmor's office did not respond to a reporter's call.
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
SEPT. 4, 1960 The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 47 years ago: Nanmen need much work on pass defense
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
I agree 100 percent with Susan Wiles, from Willard (8/23/07), regarding anonymous e-mail comments. I have never been afraid to voice my opinion at a public school board meeting or sign my name to a letter in this forum. I would like to address a few items I have recently read about myself in the e-mail forum.
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
What did you do for Labor Day? While most of us relaxed and enjoyed a day off, many people punched in and did their job. I think a special thanks should go out to all who work 24/7, 365 days a year to protect us policemen, firefighters, doctors, nurses and EMTs.
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Michael D. Laney, 31, 185 U.S. 250 South, New London; no dog license; conviction date: Aug. 27; fine, $50; costs, $60; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 30 days. Ashley A. French, 23, 1011 S. Main St., Willard; no dog license; conviction date: Aug. 22; fine, $25; costs, $45. Mollie A. Riely, 47, 219 Woodlawn Ave., Norwalk; dog at large; conviction date: Aug. 22; fine, $25; costs, $45.
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL Troopers are investigating an Aug. 21 incident at a West U.S. 20 business parking lot where the driver of an unknown vehicle hit the parked vehicle owned by the Ohio Department of Transportation and fled the scene.
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
Gaymont This past week residents celebrated the August birthdays with entertainment by Larry Russell. Clark Fisher led Bible study on Monday afternoon. Amy Bolding, the activities director, accompanied Kenny Root and Martha Newland to the Huron County Fair. The king and queen were announced at the fair. Alvin Poole, king candidate, spoke of his years as a carpenter and pipe fitter in Ashland. He enjoys reading the Bible, watching TV and exercising. Alvin's goal is "to live each day, one day at a time and live it to the fullest." The queen candidate this year was Donna Ratliff. She worked at the old hospital and county home on Shady Lane for many years. She enjoys crocheting, board and card games, and bingo. She also said "enjoy every minute of every day." Bingo is enjoyed by many of the residents every Tuesday and Thursday. New London Baptist Church provided services on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Virginia Dole, Flossie Stotts, and Russ Presnall enjoyed a trip to the fair. Catholic Mass was celebrated this week. Gloria Grashel, Waldo Neff and Virginia Doll participated in Joints in Motion an exercise game. Virginia Dole, Betty Wooten and Gloria Grashel had a great time with memory lane. A topic is chosen and residents talk about things that they remember in the past. Clark Fisher was in on Friday for his weekly sing-a-long.
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
MILAN - Each Labor Day weekend, Edison High School students and their parents spend their time by, well, laboring. Edison student-athletes, working two-hour shifts, sink scooping utensils into vats of muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet, and serve the treats to Melon Festival patrons.
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara plans to have the police issue daily citations to Spin to Win until the East Water Street business gets the proper zoning permit. The business, which opened last week, is accused of violating the city's general business zoning code for not having the proper permit for eight Tic Tac Fruit machines. O'Hara said bettors put money into the machines and win prizes by lining up pieces of fruit on a video screen. Proponents say it is a game of skill, but authorities consider it a game of chance, making it illegal in Ohio. "Basically, (the owner) needs a controlled-use permit to operate the business," O'Hara explained, noting that the machines are the basis of Spin to Win's business.
10:45 AM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - Roger Harner was the man of the hour at the 99th annual Firelands Labor Day Festival in New London this weekend. Not only was he the grand master of Saturday's Rotary-sponsored parade, but he also pushed the plunger that set off the 99,000 firecrackers Monday night before the fireworks display.
10:30 AM Jul 25, 2010
Monroeville FFA MONROEVILLE On July 24, the Monroeville FFA sent members, Ashley Kulhman, and Ashley Ward to the annual FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. The two members had the opportunity to tour the city, its monuments and even had shopping time. They helped people in need, attended agricultural applying activities. They also went to leadership seminars, and conferences, that involved activities dealing with leadership skills. Members were split into separate day seminars, where they learned only a faction of what leadership really is and what it takes. "The seminars are so informative, I think every officer for any class should take this. It was such a good important and fun experience, that I think that any leader of any organization should go to WLC, or something like it," Kuhlman said. Instead of rooming together, members were separated into rooms with people they didn't know. This was to set the member up with the ability to make friends from other states, and meet new people. Both girls roomed with people from Florida, and Texas. They both talk to the people they met today. They listened to congressional speakers and many others who shared their leadership experiences and skills.
10:30 AM Jul 25, 2010
It is never too early to begin reading with your children. From the very beginning of life, children love to hear the melody of their parent's voices. As your child continues to grow, reading should be a part of his or her everyday experiences. Here are some helpful tips for reading with your toddler: You don't have to use a book to be reading. With your toddler on your lap, flip through the mail, ads, the newspaper and magazines. Point to what is interesting and let your toddler point at the pictures as well. Choose baby books with simple, familiar images. For little ones, use books made of cloth or cardboard with big, simple pictures. Babies like to look at toys, faces, animals and other babies.
10:30 AM Jul 25, 2010
Townsend Crops and Livestockers lub members had all the meetings starting May 21, ending Aug. 7. Members were elected and they all presented their demonstrations (safety-health). Members had a dog wash for the Humane Society at IGA on July 28. They raised $81 so they will go to the Cleveland Zoo in the summer. On the very last meeting, members went to McDonald's with advisers and had ice cream. Tiffany Horning, reporter
10:30 AM Jul 25, 2010
SEPT. 1, 1960 The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 47 years ago: Public, parochial schools here expect