4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
When the Huron County Commissioners raised the real estate conveyance fee an additional $1 per thousand, they surely didn't expect any controversy. After all, the commissioners had the authority to raise the fee whenever they liked as long as it was below the state's limit of four dollars per thousand in sale price. Moreover, they were only raising the fee to $3 per thousand even with the increase, the fee would be less than the state's limit, and less than it is in surrounding counties.
4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk's old Memorial Hospital building at 269 E. Main St. is now a site on the National Register of Historic Places. This is a federal program to encourage the identification and preservation of historically significant buildings and areas. Since 1974 Norwalk's West Main Street from the library to the 200 block has been a historic district on the National Register. In Milan, the area near the Edison Birthplace is a district along with part of Center Street and the Square (I believe). Building owners are not barred from doing anything they'd like with their property, but if the property is threatened by a federally-funded project (such as a highway) then there is a chance to protest the project and protect the building.
4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Small hands offered red carnations and small voices offered words of thanks as League Elementary third-graders recently visited the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. The youngsters paid the veterans a visit in honor of Veterans Day.
4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Probate & Juvenile Court Judge Tim Cardwell announced he will run for re-election to a second term next year. Within a year of taking the bench, Cardwell set up a mediation program for adults in bitter custody cases and a drug court for juveniles. The mediation program, shared with Common Pleas Court, gives parents the opportunity to work with a trained mediator to resolve differences in custody cases.
4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - Firelands Electric Cooperative was the winner of the Community Improvement Corp. (CIC) Business of the Year Award presented Tuesday at the CIC's annual banquet at the New London Grange Hall. The cooperative received the honor for its many contributions to the community, including purchasing and remodeling the former Bailey Pontiac location.
4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
The St. Paul Key Club will sponsor its annual canned food drive from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Norwalk. Club members will be going door to door asking for donations of canned goods for the local Area Food Bank and the Salvation Army Christmas baskets.
4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
MILAN - The Culinary Vegetable Institute (CVI) will host the third annual Thanksgiving dinner to honor families of active military. The holiday celebration will be at noon on Thanksgiving Day at the Ohio 13 location. Active troop members, along with their families, are invited for a traditional Thanksgiving midday meal, with all the trimmings.
4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Robin Weirauch, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 5th Congressional District, wants a signed truce banning negative campaigning. Republican Robert Latta, her opponent, believes his actions will speak louder than words and promised to run a clean campaign without the formality of a signed pledge.
4:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - The Berlin Fruit Box Company is saving its best not for last, but first. The Berlin Heights basket manufacturer will kick off its 150th anniversary celebration this month by showcasing three baskets. One of them is "simply the most beautiful basket we've ever made in our 150-year history," company president Matt Adelman said.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Less than three months ago, I entered "35th SPS" in a Google search. This was the security police squadron I was assigned to in Vietnam in April of 1968 at Phan Rang AFB. I was curious about any information that was available on my old unit. Several hits illuminated the computer screen and one in particular caught my eye. It was the Vietnam Security Police Association, a group dedicated to security policemen and augmentees who served in Thailand and Vietnam during the war years (1960-1975). Security Policemen were the Air Force's "infantry troops" who guarded the perimeter of Air Force bases (security towers, mobile patrols, canine units, and heavy weapons), internal security areas (bomb dumps and flight line entry points), base police, and off-base convoys. The association reunites old friends, serves veterans that are affected by post-traumatic stress syndrome, shares the latest medical information on Agent Orange, and maintains contact with active security personnel and the Security Forces Academy.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
I wondered what the city council was thinking when I read the headline "Council to discuss ban on exterior furnaces" in today's paper (Nov. 13). It struck me as a bit of busywork over a nonexistent problem. Nowhere in my travels through the city have I heard any complaints about exterior furnaces.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Did you know that 33.4 percent of Ohio high school students smoke and that each year in our state roughly 38,600 youth under the age of 18 become new, daily smokers? Because we care about the health of the youth in Huron County, as well as all around Ohio, we have formed the Huron County stand Team a youth-led movement that tells other kids through the ages of 12 to 18 about the dangers of tobacco. Our team is made up of several teens who all have different reasons to be involved in stand. Some of us have been affected by tobacco use of friends or family members. We think stand is really important, but we have a lot of fun, too! We hold all kinds of events with free food and give away tons of stuff. We even went to a Cleveland Indians game and handed out tobacco information to other youth beforehand and had trainings at Cosi and Great Wolf Lodge.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
I hate to admit it, but a picture is worth a thousand words. Coming from me, a "word" person, that is almost an admission of defeat. I try to express my thoughts and feelings in words, and mostly I think words are adequate. But sometimes, words aren't enough or, in any case, they don't do the job as well.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's been a hot topic in Norwalk for years. Not the limited parking uptown or the overabundance of stray cats, but the lack of major sit-down chain restaurants.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Norwalk man will spend up to six months in a substance abuse treatment-oriented prison for a summer high-speed chase. Leon E. Hunt, 30, of 34 Norwood Ave., fled from Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Randy Chase during the June 22 incident that started near Collins. The defendant lived on Collins Road when he was indicted in early August.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Ken Leber, superintendent of the city's parks and recreation department, told council on Tuesday that a company that builds playground equipment has offered the city a one-time deal of about 50 percent off for units paid for by the end of November. "It's too good of a deal to turn down for almost half price," he said. "It's a great deal for the city."
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs (OAGC) Region 6 members met Nov. 3 in Oberlin at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, with Erie County's OAGC Firelands Garden Club hosting the meeting. Read the rest of this story in Today's Reflector...
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk City Council members will not vote on an outdoor furnace ordinance Tuesday night. They will further discuss the issue at a 7:30 p.m., Nov. 27 work session. No formal action is planned at this time.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - Mercy Hospital of Willard received $2,010 from the "Yes Ma'am for Mammograms" quilt fundraiser. Pat Scheid, cancer survivor from Monroeville, has led this fundraiser for the past seven years. She and her circle of quilters have raised more than $23,000, which has provided mammograms for the uninsured or under insured women of the surrounding communities. Pat Scheid, Kathy Camp, Barbara Smith, Sue Schindly and Ruth Reed quilted this year's heirloom while Maryanne Crawford added the special quilting label. This team of quilters shared their creative talents for a worthy cause women helping women. They not only took part in the legendary craft of quilting, but also sold the chances for the raffle drawing with the help of Maryanne Crawford and Beverly Mohl. The profits from this fundraiser are shared equally between Mercy Hospital of Willard and Fisher Titus Medical Center, as both facilities serve the Huron county area.
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Fisher-Titus Home Health Center's team is among America's Elite in home care for the second year in a row. The local Home Health Center recently was named to the 2007 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States by Outcome Concept Systems (OCS), a national health-care outcomes reporting agency. "We applaud the success of all the providers named to the 2007 HomeCare Elite," said Bill Bassett, senior director of market strategy at OCS, Inc. "Being noted as one of the top performers in the nation in this very competitive environment shows that Fisher-Titus Home Health Center is dedicated to quality and performance."
4:45 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Clerk of Courts Office and the Norwalk Area Senior Enrichment Services are once again working together to offer an evening "Passport Clinic" from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 26. Deputy clerks will be accepting passport applications at the Norwalk Senior Center at 130 Shady Lane. People of all ages who are interested in participating should call (419) 668-6245 to schedule an appointment for the clinic. Passport applications and instructions are available at the Senior Center or online at www.huroncountyclerk.com.