3:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
I recently read an article about five things that attract families and home buyers to a community. It was no surprise to find that a low crime rate and good schools were number one and number two. A place that's affordable was number three. It was interesting to see that number four was a good library.
3:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
With less than a week left until the election for a new city council person, Kurt and I feel that Scott Krichbaum would be an excellent newcomer to city council. We feel that Scott had worked very hard during this campaign to help ensure that the city of Norwalk's future needs and assets are taken care of. Also, Scott has attended every council meeting since declaring his candidacy. Scott knows very well the issues facing our city; Scott has learned the process of being a councilman and is ready for the job. We have been friends with Scott and his family for years now. We both feel that Scott would be an excellent choice to represent the first ward. He has enjoyed meeting the residents in the first ward. Scott volunteers his time by coaching his twin daughters' sports teams and is also active in his church. Scott is a great team player as well as an excellent listener, which is a necessity for a city council member. Scott has been attending city council meetings for months to get a better understanding of the issues and concerns facing Norwalk.
3:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
In the race for Norwalk City Council First Ward, I am strongly endorsing Lynn Chapin. Lynn has already been involved in many council-related functions over the past few years and has a good grasp of the inner workings of city government through that experience. I also know Lynn as a fellow department head in the Huron County Auditor's Office and can attest to her ability to assess a situation, develop possible solutions and then implement the best choice. With Lynn Chapin as your first ward councilperson, you can count on her using the same problem-solving ability and truly listen to her constituents.
3:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Voters of the 1st Ward in Norwalk: I urge you to vote for Scott Krichbaum as our city council representative. I've had the pleasure of knowing Scott for a number of years and I can't think of a better person for this position.
3:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
This letter is in regard to God's Little Critters Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Willard. I first traveled to the center and met Maribeth Taylor in the summer of 2007 to evaluate a non-releasable red-tail hawk for possible program use within the education department at the Akron Zoo. I have been to several other rehab facilities and was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at God's Little Critters. Rather than housing the animals in close quarters in a hospital-like setting, the animals at Maribeth Taylor's facility are house in large, outdoor enclosures in a very natural environment. In addition, the housing enclosures are spread out over the property, allowing the animals some sense of privacy. I believe the set up of God's Little Critters is designed to eliminate as much stress as possible for the animals in its care, thereby leading to (hopefully) more speedy recoveries. Maribeth Taylor was also a pleasure to meet. She is friendly and knowledgeable, and though I sense she becomes emotionally invested with the animals in her care, she does not lose sight of her purpose and the laws she is to abide by. That emotional investment is what kept the Akron Zoo's newest member of the program animal collection alive long enough to truly have a second chance at life. Though that life will not be in the wild, it will have the purpose of creating awareness in people of the wildlife around them.
3:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
In her 10/23 readers' forum letter, former superintendent Virginia Poling wrote, "In Norwalk, we are fortunate to have a public school system that has seen rising test scores, increasing student enrollments, and financial strength and stability for a number of years." While it is true that the last two years have seen progress in the Norwalk district's viability, as recently as 2005 we were classified as an "at risk" district, having only met 12 of 23 state indicators. While we can take pride in our recent improvements, it would hardly be accurate to describe the current school board's tenure as a resounding success, as these improvements have simply brought us up to the same standards that other area school districts, such as South Central, Bellevue, and Berlin-Milan, have enjoyed for years. Conversely, voters must also recall that the current school board has presided over a number of well-publicized instances of unethical and even illegal behavior on the part of the school administrators, of which the 2005 forging of school fire drill records is the most notorious example. In their handling of these embarrassing incidents, the current board members obstinately refused to take any serious disciplinary action. This situation voters face in November might be framed by what economists refer to as "marginal analysis:" are the benefits of maintaining the status quo worth the sacrifices we, as taxpayers and citizens, must make in terms of the accountability and transparency of our public servants? Steve Linder is certainly as qualified and capable as the two candidates Mrs. Poling explicitly mentions in her letter, but he has also expressed a willingness to challenge inappropriate or unprofessional actions on the part of school administrators. There is no evidence, objective or otherwise, that suggests the performance of the current school board has been exceptional; however, its members have fostered an overly permissive climate that shields wayward public servants from scrutiny. Electing Linder will help restore an appropriately adversarial tone to the school board, and will represent the first step towards restoring accountability to our schools.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
I am writing this letter to the editor in support of John Lendrum for school board. We need people who have extensive private industry experience and military service who are willing to contribute to the community by running for school board. John Lendrum has been involved in this school for many years and it is gratifying to know that the Norwalk school system is running in the black economically, partially due to his stewardship.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Please consider voting for the Norwalk Public Library Renewal Levy. The Library is a very important part of our community. It is a place where children through adults can find information and pleasure at no cost. The Library's children's programs teach reading and interest in research and learning. Every effort is made to give young people an interest in reading.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
The job of village clerk-treasurer is a very important position to a village. The clerk-treasurer is the chief financial officer of the village. Monroeville has an annual budget of more than $7 1/2 million. This is a position that requires experience, financial background, training, intelligence, trust and dedication. Bonnie Beck, the present Monroeville clerk-treasurer, has all these attributes. She has served 10 years as clerk-treasurer, seven additional years working in that office, and her entire career has been served in a finance position. Ms. Beck has attended yearly seminars and training sessions to keep up with the constantly changing regulations. She has shown her intelligence by showing fiscal responsibility and has never had a citation by the state auditors. This proves that she is doing her job as it should be done. She is also very dedicated to her job as clerk-treasurer, spending up to 60 hours a week at times.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk City School Board candidates John Lendrum and Mike Grose have both worked successfully with other board members to keep the more than $57 million worth of grounds and buildings of our district in good shape, watching over the permanent improvement monies with fiscally-sound decisions. The finances of the Norwalk public schools are in excellent shape due to the strong support of the Norwalk community and good fiscal management from the current board and administration.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Lynn Chapin was a member of the last Norwalk City Charter Review Commission. As chairman of that commission, I can attest to Lynn's ability to see the large picture listen with dignity to fellow members and give her views and positions on the subjects brought before us. Lynn has demonstrated her interest and compassion for others by being a leader in civic and humane projects. Lynn's knowledge of the needs of our city will make her an able representative for the people of Norwalk. Connie Hipp
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk Public Library serves everybody. Who uses the library? Senior citizens. Teens. Students. Pre-schoolers. Families. Job seekers. Researchers. Businesses.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Members of the Employer's Practices Committee are planning to attend the 2007 Healthy Ohio Worksite Health Promotion Conference in Columbus. This full-day conference includes several keynote speakers presenting topics such as how to create a healthy lifestyle program, how to control health-care costs, the links of a healthy workforce to your productivity and profits, how to conduct worksite programs at all sizes of businesses, and so on.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
WAKEMAN This village has contested races for mayor and council in the Nov. 6 general election. Mayor Stan Wolfe has three opponents challenging him on the ballot: Chris Hipp, Chuck Moore and Larry Cancel. Hipp, of 53 River St., has lived in the community his whole life and said one reason he is running for the office is because his grandfather, John Burke, was mayor in the 1960s.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
One session is new, the other is an "encore" performance, yet both of the Oberlin Heritage Center's fall workshops will be of interest to those who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills in properly caring for their historic artifacts. Advance registration is required for the workshops which will be offered at the Oberlin Depot, 240 S. Main St. Participants may choose to register for either or both of the following sessions: "Identifying, Dating and Caring for your Historical Photograph Collection" will be presented by Ohio Historical Society Curator Kim Feinknopf-Dorrian is an all day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Feinknopf-Dorrian is a curator specializing in fine art, photography and historic costume. Her love of photography began with the study of early cased images as a member of the Daguerreian Society and an avid collector of daguerreotypes. She has used the historical image as an important primary resource in her work with historical objects and garments for the past 17 years. Participants in Feinknopf-Dorrian's workshop will learn how to better date their 19th- and early 20th-century photographs by learning about the history of photography, sharpening their observation skills, and receiving tips on how to preserve, store, and care for their photographs. Those attending the workshop also are invited to bring images to identify or date. This will be a participatory class, with enrollment limited to 20. The fee is $50 ($40 for Oberlin Heritage Center members) and includes lunch and a folder of resources.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Eight of Huron County's 19 townships have contested races for trustee and/or fiscal officer. Townships are governed by a board of three trustees and fiscal officer, all of whom are elected to four-year terms. The elections are staggered, so two trustees run in one general election, and then the third trustee and fiscal officer run two years later.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Alzheimer's Support Group held on the first Thursday of every month at Hearthstone Assisted Living at 6:30 p.m. Located at 3290 Cooper Foster Park Road in Lorain. Please call 960-2813 with any questions. * * * Crafters are needed for the 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Hearthstone Assisted Living. Bazaar will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up will begin at 10 a.m. Hearthstone is located at 3290 Cooper Foster Park Road, Lorain. Call 960-2813 for details.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
November Birthdays Nov. 1 - Stella Pearl Nov. 3 - Earl Mahl Nov. 3 - Pat Browning
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
With more seniors working, many at low-wage jobs, improvement in the state and federal minimum wage comes as a welcome benefit. However, not all employers may be following the law. In January, the Ohio minimum wage went to $6.85 per hour as a result of voters' approval of a change to the state's constitution. Most jobs, but not all, are covered by the state minimum wage. The Federal minimum wage went up on July 24, 2007, but at $5.85 an hour it remains below the state minimum.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
On average, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, yet many of us take sleep for granted. Only when it becomes disturbed do we pay some attention to it even then, we probably heed the warnings of daytime fatigue less than we should. Researchers do not know why, but humans definitely need to sleep. It is also known that the amount of sleep needed varies a great deal among individuals. Surveys show that 25-35 percent of the adult population has a sleep complaint. Further, poor sleep and the resulting daytime sleepiness play a major role in work-related accidents, traffic accidents and lost productivity. There are more than 84 types of sleep disorders. Treatment depends upon the cause(s). Sleep problems can be caused by factors as benign as a change in living arrangements, or as serious as a brain disease or a tumor. General guidelines for sleep hygiene: * Set a regular time to go to bed a key component to improving sleep and adhere to this as closely as possible. If you cannot fall asleep within a reasonable period of time, get out of bed, leave the bedroom and do something nonstimulating. This may be watching a late-night talk show or reading. After 30-60 minutes, try again to fall asleep. The idea is to not spend too much time in bed awake. An association between the bed and an inability to fall asleep can increase the problem.
3:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Lorain County Health Commissioner Kenneth G. Pearce urges residents to prepare themselves for emergencies. "Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere," reminds Pearce. There are certain things you can do to prepare yourself for any disaster, natural or man-made such as: 1. Pack an emergency supply kit: medical and contact information, water, non-perishable food, first aid and hygiene supplies, medications, weather radio, batteries, blankets. 2. Make a family emergency plan: meeting places, escape routes.