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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Eric Trump appears in Norwalk yesterday

Donald Trump’s son, Eric, spoke to supporters across the area yesterday; in Norwalk, Medina, and Lorain. While appearing at VFW Fields in Norwalk on Tuesday afternoon, Eric Trump and Norwalk mayor Rob Duncan encouraged early voting.

 

Hydrant flushing in Willard this week

Hydrant flushing will be going on this week in Willard; inside and outside of city limits. The City of Willard cautions all water service customers to not wash clothes during the times of flushing, due to possible staining of items.

 

‘Dine Out’ program features Bohemian Wrapsody today

The Norwalk Area United Fund continues their ‘Dine Out’ fundraising program today at Bohemian Wrapsody on 5 East Main Street in Norwalk. A portion of today’s money taken in at the restaurant will be donated to the Norwalk Area United Fund’s 2017 community campaign to support 37 local grants and programs.

 

Pet and Pup Parade part of ‘Imagine Harvest’ this Saturday in Norwalk

‘Imagine Harvest’ is taking place this Saturday in Norwalk. The event, running from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in uptown Norwalk, features the annual Pet and Pup Parade at 11:00 am; along with live music, art vendors, and unique retail shopping. Check in for the parade will begin at 10:00 am with judging starting at 10:30 am. The event is put on by the Norwalk Jaycees and the City of Norwalk Parks and Rec Department.

Tuesday. October 18th, 2016

State Patrol Investigating Injury Crash in Huron County

A two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Huron County has left four people injured. It took place on Greenwich Milan Townline Road when 22 year-old Darren Sexton of Norwalk ran a stop sign at the intersection of Townline Road 12 in Fairfield Township, and was struck by a vehicle driven by 51 year-old Scott Halcomb of Attica.  Sexton’s car then drove off the road and hit a utility pole.  Sexton, along with two passengers, 28 year-old Dustin Baatz of New London and 18 year-old Danielle Oney of Shiloh, were seriously injured and taken by medical helicopters to a Toledo hospital.  Halcomb received non-serious injuries.

 

Trump’s son will be in Norwalk today

A member of the Trump family will be in Norwalk today. Donald Trump’s son, Eric, will be joining the Huron County Republican Party at 12:40 pm for a speaking appearance at VFW fields at 140 Milan Avenue.  The one-hour event will take place outdoors, with a focus on promoting early voting.

 

Motorcycle Safety Program happening Thursday in Sandusky

The Erie County Health Department, Perkins Township and Sandusky Police, Erie County Safe Communities and Fox Cycle Works LLC are all joining forces for a free forum on motorcycle awareness and injury prevention. The event, happening this Thursday at 6:00 pm at Fox Cycle Works on Fremont Avenue in Sandusky, will include information on safety and equipment and proper maintenance; along with local crash data and real-life experiences from other bikers.

 

Fish and Wildlife Service presents study concerning bird migration routes and Wind Turbines

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service hopes that decision-makers take into account, bird and bat migration routes when considering where to build wind turbines, in or near Lake Erie. Their tracking-studies indicate that a large portion was flying in the dark, at heights within the reach of wind turbines. Information came from two mobile radar units.

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Highway Patrol focused on School Bus Safety this week

This is School Bus Safety Week, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol encouraging all drivers to pay extra attention when school buses are dropping off and picking up students. In Erie County, The Sandusky Post will be following school buses all week long to discourage motorists from improperly passing school buses when in the process of loading and unloading children. Strict enforcement will happen for any violations that occur.  Ohio law allows school bus drivers to report violations to law enforcement agencies.

 

Alzheimer’s disease research event going on this Thursday in Sandusky

A program this Thursday (10/20) in Sandusky will highlight the latest Alzheimer’s disease research. The event, co-sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, is taking place from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Sandusky Community Church of the Nazarene on Milan Road. The program will offer an overview of on-going research, including clinical trials; with information geared for families and interested community members. Call 800-272-3900 to register for the free program.

 

Christie Lane Volunteers raise money for Teen Challenge

Volunteers from Christie Lane Industries’ Willard Giving Hands recently presented a $370 check to the Teen Challenge of the Firelands substance abuse program to go towards the Teen Challenge Student Scholarship. The group of volunteers made and sold handmade soap over the past few months with all proceeds to go to Teen Challenge.

 

High School Sports – Congrats to Edison, Norwalk, and St. Paul

-Congrats to the Edison girls’ golf team, winners of the Division 2 State Championship on Saturday in Columbus.

– The Norwalk Trucker boys won the NOL Cross Country Championship on Saturday in Tiffin.

-The St. Paul volleyball team also completed a perfect 22-0 regular season on Saturday with a win over Edison. They begin Sectional Tournament play this weekend. The St. Paul football team is now 8-0 after a big win on Saturday night, 48-14 over Mapleton.

Friday, October 14th, 2016

NEDC holds ribbon-cutting and awards at new location

The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open-house event last night (Thursday 10/14) at their new site on 12 Benedict Avenue. The gala also featured the annual NEDC awards presentation; honoring local businesses.

 

Baby Safe Sleep Safe Program being offered by Huron County Public Health

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is now offering free cribs to Huron County families through their ‘Baby Sleep Safe Program’. According to HCPH and the Ohio Department of Health, three babies die every week in Ohio due to unsafe sleep environments. Huron County families who are eligible for safe sleep education and/or a free portable crib include those with a child that is under age one or the mother is at least 32 weeks pregnant, families that are eligible or benefit from the WIC program, or families who do not have a safe sleeping environment. For more info, visit: www.huroncohealth.com/baby-sleep-safe.

 

Norwalk sets leaf pick-up date

The City of Norwalk has announced information on leaf pick-up. The city says it will begin the week of November 14th with leaves collected via the same routes as trash collection, the day after your normal trash day. Leaves must be on the curb by 7:30 am the day of pickup, and placed where trash is usually collected.  The city will only collect leaves; nothing mixed with brush, yard waste or trash, and leaves in bags will not be picked up.

 

Things to do this Weekend

Halloween and fall activities continue this weekend in the Lake Erie region. One of those events is Darken-Wood in Vermilion next to the old school house on Route 60, running Friday and Saturday nights through October 29th.  For those into something more family-friendly and less scary, ‘Boo at the Bay’ is going on Saturday at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion as well as The Apple Peak event on Saturday at Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights. 95.3 WLKR will broadcast live from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Apple Peak with William Bradley.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

 Bond reduced for man accused of striking and killing State Trooper

A judge in Cuyahoga County has reduced the bond for a Columbia Station man, accused of striking and killing State Trooper Kenny Velez of Lorain, on I-90 in Lakewood, last month. 37 year-old Joshua Gaspar is being held under a 500-thousand-dollar bond; but it had been 1-million-dollars. Gaspar is due back in court later this month.

 

Norwalk City Schools discuss financial future

According to Norwalk City Schools treasurer Joyce Dupont, the district will face deficit spending in about three years, but 2017 will end without owing any money. The Norwalk Reflector reports that Dupont said the district is looking good for 2017 and 2018, during the district’s financial and academic update on Tuesday evening, prior to the school board meeting. Dupont went on to say that the district will be in deficit spending during the 2019, 2020 and 2021 fiscal years, due in part to a “5 for 5” emergency tax levy that expires in 2020. Norwalk City Schools has a $3 million renewal permanent improvement continuing levy on the November 8th ballot.

 

Free Medicare Check-Up Day event coming to Huron County

The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will visit Huron County to hold a Medicare Check-Up Day event on Wednesday, October 19th at Fisher Titus Hospital in Norwalk. This event is by appointment only, beginning at 9:00 am (call 419-660-2860 to schedule). According to Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, the events are being held in every county to make it easier for Ohioans to access the information they need to understand their best insurance coverage options for 2017.Those unable to attend a Check-Up Day event can contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578, or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

 

Clyde Whirlpool holding Manufacturing Career Exploration Day

This Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Whirlpool in Clyde is hosting ‘Manufacturing Career Exploration Day’. The event, which focuses on middle and high school students, includes self-guided tours of the facility, while showcasing the skills and careers in each area, such as engineering, production and accounting.  Local colleges and job service organizations will be there to answer questions.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2016

Law Enforcement looking for missing teenage Girl in Lorain-Elyria area

Local law enforcement agencies are asking for your help in finding a missing teenage girl from Vermilion.   Marlayna Denney, who was last seen this past Saturday, may be in the Elyria/Lorain area, in a hotel.  If you have any information on her whereabouts, call the Vermilion Police Department (440-967-6116).  You can view Denney’s photo on the City of Vermilion Police Department’s Facebook page.

 

Two men from Huron, Port Clinton seriously injured in overnight crash

Two young men, one from Huron, the other from Port Clinton, have been taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a one-vehicle crash overnight in Sandusky County. Troopers say, it appears 22 year-old Justin Greenberg of Huron lost control of a car on Route 53, with the car overturning several times and winding up in a creek. 21 year-old Samuel Rodman of Port Clinton was a passenger in the vehicle. Alcohol and/or drugs appear to be a factor in the crash.

 

Absentee Ballots now available

Absentee Ballots for the November 8th election are available starting today at the Huron County Board of Elections.  Registered voters in Huron County can vote absentee in person at the Board of Elections office at 180 Milan Avenue in Norwalk or you can send an absentee written application request by mail to the Board of Elections. Absentee voting hours vary so check with the Board of Elections office before stopping in to vote.  You can vote absentee through Monday November, 7th.

 

Senior Safety Fair happening Thursday in Sandusky

The Perkins Township Police Department are hosting a Senior Triad Safety Fair Thursday (10/13) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Sandusky.  The event features vehicle safety inspections from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a trade show, K9 demonstrations and a free lunch.

 

East of Chicago in Norwalk participating in Norwalk United Fund’s ‘Dine Out’ fundraiser

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine Out’ fundraiser continues today at East of Chicago Pizza in Norwalk. A portion of today’s proceeds at the East of Chicago Norwalk location will go to the Norwalk Area United Fund’s 2017 Community Campaign.   A full ‘Dine Out’ schedule is on the Norwalk Area United Fund’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Willard woman killed by train

A woman from Willard was killed by a train on Saturday night. 21 year-old Kendra Barnett was reportedly struck by a train while walking alone on a main rail line in an employee-only area in the C.S.X. rail yard.  Willard Police Chief Mark Holden told the Norwalk Reflector that the incident is under investigation, as they are not sure what the victim was doing, and that she was just walking.

 

Today is Voting Registration Deadline for November Election

The Huron County Board of Elections wants to remind residents that today (10/11) is the deadline to register to vote in the November 8th general election. Voting registration forms are available at the Board of Elections Office as well as the Norwalk License Bureau, Huron County Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County Treasurers Office, and local libraries. The Huron County Board of Elections will be open until 9:00 pm tonight for those wishing to register. You can also register online at: www.huroncountyboe.com.  Today is also the deadline to change your name and address for voting purposes, which can be done on the Ohio Secretary of State website at: www.ohiosecretaryofstate.gov.

 

Norwalk City Schools holding financial meeting tonight

Prior to the Norwalk City School District board meeting tonight, Norwalk Schools will be holding a financial and academic update on the district at 6:00 pm at the Fisher-Titus Learning Center at Norwalk High School. The update will include information on the five-year forecast, permanent improvement levy, as well as academic goals.  Parents, students, staff and the general public are all invited to attend.

 

Huron County Public Health hosting more drive-thru Flu Clinics this week

Huron County Public Health drive-thru flu clinics continue this week. A clinic will take place Wednesday (10/12) at St. Mary’s Church in Wakeman, with Willard Alliance Church hosting a clinic on Thursday (10/13).  The time for both of those is 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  Call Huron County Public Health to schedule a flu shot, if unable to attend a clinic.

 

Latest Ohio new vehicle sales figures

The numbers are in, and they show that new vehicles sales here in northern Ohio for September came in 5.5 % lower than a year ago, and it would have been worse, had it not been for SUV’s and pick-ups. Sales of those vehicles were up more than five percent from last September. Once again, Ford was the volume leader.

Monday, October 11th, 2016

Willard woman killed by train A woman from Willard was killed by a train on Saturday night. 21 year-old Kendra Barnett was reportedly struck by a train while walking alone on a main rail line in an employee-only area in the C.S.X. rail yard.  Willard Police Chief Mark Holden told the Norwalk Reflector that the incident is under investigation, as they are not sure what the victim was doing, and that she was just walking.   Today is Voting Registration Deadline for November Election The Huron County Board of Elections wants to remind residents that today (10/11) is the deadline to register to vote in the November 8th general election. Voting registration forms are available at the Board of Elections Office as well as the Norwalk License Bureau, Huron County Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County Treasurers Office, and local libraries. The Huron County Board of Elections will be open until 9:00 pm tonight for those wishing to register. You can also register online at: www.huroncountyboe.com.  Today is also the deadline to change your name and address for voting purposes, which can be done on the Ohio Secretary of State website at: www.ohiosecretaryofstate.gov.   Norwalk City Schools holding financial meeting tonight Prior to the Norwalk City School District board meeting tonight, Norwalk Schools will be holding a financial and academic update on the district at 6:00 pm at the Fisher-Titus Learning Center at Norwalk High School. The update will include information on the five-year forecast, permanent improvement levy, as well as academic goals.  Parents, students, staff and the general public are all invited to attend.   Huron County Public Health hosting more drive-thru Flu Clinics this week Huron County Public Health drive-thru flu clinics continue this week. A clinic will take place Wednesday (10/12) at St. Mary’s Church in Wakeman, with Willard Alliance Church hosting a clinic on Thursday (10/13).  The time for both of those is 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  Call Huron County Public Health to schedule a flu shot, if unable to attend a clinic.   Latest Ohio new vehicle sales figures The numbers are in, and they show that new vehicles sales here in northern Ohio for September came in 5.5 % lower than a year ago, and it would have been worse, had it not been for SUV’s and pick-ups. Sales of those vehicles were up more than five percent from last September. Once again, Ford was the volume leader.

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Willard man sentenced

A Willard man has been sentenced to 23 years to life in prison in the shooting and killing of a neighbor. 51 year-old James Blair pled guilty just over a week ago to a count of aggravated murder in the July 2015 killing of 62 year-old neighbor Linda Ciotto.   The Norwalk Reflector says Blair will have a chance at parole in 23 years.

 

Clyde man dies in motorcycle accident

A 43 year-old Clyde man lost his life in a single motorcycle accident early Sunday morning. Richard Ulman was travelling on Townline Road 181 in Green Creek Township near Clyde and Green Springs in Sandusky County when he drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Ulman was not wearing a helmet.

 

Senior Expo today at Kalahari

The 8th annual Northcoast Senior Expo is taking place today at Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky. The event happening in the Kilimanjaro Ballroom at Kalahari runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm today; featuring a classic car show, educational seminars, free health screenings, free samples, and entertainment.

 

Reminder that today is ‘Columbus Day’

It’s ‘Columbus Day’, and you know what that means; many schools, Post Offices, government facilities and banks are closed. When in doubt, call ahead.

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Brothers surrender to police in fatal crash in Elyria

Elyria Police continue their investigation into a two-vehicle crash that left one person dead and landed two others in jail. 47 year-old Jeffrey Johnson of Lorain died yesterday on Route 57 north of I-90 when his motorcycle and a car, collided. Police say, two men in the car ran from the scene but surrendered to police about 90 minutes later. Brothers Andre and Allen Sanford from Elyria are being held in the Lorain County Jail.

 

Toddler’s name released in Pittsfield Township drowning death

The Lorain County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the toddler who drowned this week at a home daycare center in Pittsfield Township, south of Oberlin. Her name was Annie Flynn; and she was just 22 months old.  She was found in the water of an above-ground pool.  A 23-month-old cousin, who was pulled from the water, is being treated at Rainbow Babies Hospital in Cleveland.

 

Sheriff’s Office looking into Elyria-Township woman’s death on train tracks

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an Elyria-Township woman who was struck by a train last night at West Ridge Road in Amherst Township. The train’s operators say, the woman was sitting on the tracks and made no attempt to move. Her name is currently being withheld.

 

Lots to do this Weekend!

It’s a busy weekend of events in the area, as warm temperatures should fade into fall-like weather on Saturday and Sunday.

-Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, Fisher-Titus Medical Center is holding their Healthy Living Heart Walk at the Norwalk Reservoir.

-Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, The Huron Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting their 20th annual Fall Fun Fest at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

Events on the lake include:

-The Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse Festival from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday

-Pumpkin Fest at the Huron Boat Basin from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday

-Oktoberfest at Put-in-Bay on Saturday and Sunday

-Oak Harbor Apple Festival Saturday and Sunday