I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people who helped make the Court of Common Pleas' move to Norwalk High School a great success. Thanks to the Huron County Commissioners for investing in the courthouse. With these current improvements this historic building will serve the citizens of Huron County well for many years to come. I cannot say enough about the assistance the court has received from the Norwalk City Schools. The school board and Superintendent Wayne Babcanec graciously volunteered both the space we needed and, more importantly, the help we needed to make the move work. The support and maintenance staff at the high school has been responsive to each and every request.
The advent of the automobile a century ago must have been an interesting era. Many people considered autos a novelty and didn't believe they'd ever be useful to civilization. Others thought they were the greatest thing ever, and devoted much time to learning all they could about horseless carriages. Perhaps the first auto seen in the area was at the Huron County Fair in 1897. Very few were seen on the road, however, due to the poor road conditions and the imperfect abilities of the earliest autos to cope with reality. Aug. 16, 1899, must have been a big day in the county when two Winton automobiles passed through Norwalk en route from New York to Chicago. One of the Wintons was occupied by Alexander Winton and a (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reporter doing a story.
A fundraiser for a 10-year-old boy who has lost his vision and is stricken with a fatal illness is set for Saturday. The second annual Asher Bash Poker Run and Benefit Concert will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. The route will begin at Blutos in Norwalk, continue on to Wiley's in South Amherst, proceed to Quaker Steak & Lube in Sheffield and 34 Degrees in Huron before ending up at Roeder Harley Davidson & Shifters in Sandusky.
The boil advisory for Northern Ohio Rural Water customers in Norwalk and Bronson townships has been lifted. Customers no longer need to boil drinking water.
The board of Huron County commissioners will meet in special session at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Heritage Barn at the Huron County Fair. They will not meet in regular session on Tuesday or Thursday.
HIGHWAY PATROL Michael L. Staniec, 54, of Medina, was operating a vehicle that struck a deer Tuesday on Ohio 18.
MONROEVILLE - A benefit will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday for Joshua Martin. Martin was cutting trees June 6 in Ashland County when he sustained severe head injuries. He spent 3 1/2 weeks in intensive care and is now recovering at his parents' home in rural Willard.
Renovation work on the Huron County Courthouse is substantially complete, Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman said. The Huron County Common Pleas Court staff is in the process of moving back to its building on Main Street in uptown Norwalk. Court will be in session there on Monday, Adelman said.
Mother Nature showed Huron County her angry side Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for this county about 4 p.m. but no confirmed tornadoes touched down, said Bill Ommert, Huron County Emergency Management Agency director.
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CELERYVILLE - It appears lightning may have been the cause of the fire at Holthouse Farms Thursday. Though the cause of the blaze still is under investigation, it is possible the fire started from a lightning strike at the southwest corner of the property, Assistant Willard Fire Chief Joe Reiderman said this morning.
cashby@norwalkreflector.com CHICAGO It doesn't take long to realize just how fascinating "The Windy City" is. The Navy Pier is an absolute must for Chicago tourists. Used as a U.S. Navy training base from 1941 to 1947, the family entertainment center offers a spectacular view of the city skyline from the Chicago River. In addition to a wide range of eateries, the facility features the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. There are hundreds of beautifully crafted pieces of colorful artwork on the free walking tour.
AUGUST 9, 1902 The top stories in The Evening-Herald on this date 105 years ago:
I had the chance recently to really dig into Christopher Reynolds' new CD, "The Age of Magnification: The Highway Home." First, a bit of background. Reynolds is a 1979 St. Paul High School graduate who now lives in Berea and teaches at Berea High School.
Norwalk Middle School will hold a seventh-grade and new-student orientation on Aug. 21 for all incoming seventh-graders and other students new to the district. Students should report to the school gymnasium at 9 a.m. The orientation will last about 45 minutes. Eighth-grade students who attended the middle school last year should simply report to school on the first day, Aug. 28. Homeroom assignments and schedules will be given at that time.
The WARN Act is now receiving some long overdue attention as a result of the series of Blade articles in mid July. The Act that was supposed to require employers to give at least 60 days notice of large layoffs or plant closings has been anything but effective. Many people right here in our region have suffered the undignified consequences of abrupt income and benefit loss. I recently had the privilege of touring the juice plant at Campbell Soup Company on the occasion of its 50 th anniversary in Napoleon. My tour guide was a man who has worked for the company for many years and proudly brought his family for the tour.
What do you do when it's 101 degrees in August and you have to spend about three hours in Columbus with your 15-year-old nephew? That was the dilemma I faced earlier this week. My nephew from New Jersey flew into the Columbus airport to visit us, and we were waiting for my daughter's summer class at Ohio State to be over so that we could take her out to dinner. What to do for those few hours before her class ended...
The Huron County Fair kicks off on Monday. At four score and six, the local fair is not the oldest in Ohio, but the local organizers and patrons do it up as well as anyone. The fair has something for everyone top-notch country music acts, cheerleading competition, truck and tractor pulls, ATV races and more. It all winds up on Saturday, Aug. 18, with the exciting demolition derby action.
MONROEVILLE - The 47th annual St. Joseph Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Monroeville. Saturday's festivities will start at 6 p.m. and run until 11. Activities will include card games such as Texas Hold'em, Black Jack and Maverick. Sloppy Joe and homemade chicken sandwiches will be served along with refreshments. There will also be live entertainment by Dan Fester from 8 to 10 p.m.
Car show The 11th annual FTMC Car Show, hosted by Fisher-Titus Medical Center, the Norwalk Memorial Home and The Carriage House, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, 272 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk.
The fair is almost here and if you like to take pictures, this may be your year. The 2007 Huron County Fair will hold a photography contest that will conclude in 2008.