Many local residents are asking just that. For more than 80 years, the business 26 Whittlesey Ave. has been a “Norwalk staple,” Mayor Rob Duncan said.
Though the LED lights remain lit and the decorations and tables are all still set up as if it’s business as usual, there are no fresh flowers inside. The website gives no signs of a closed business, but Henry’s Flowers hasn’t been open for about three weeks. And it shows.
Cobwebs are beginning to cover the front entrance. A notice from the electric company is rolled up in the door handle. The business phone line has been disconnected.
Duncan said the last correspondence he had with the owners was about three weeks ago when they told the mayor they “had a family emergency.”
“They intended to return,” Duncan said. The mayor indicated that while no more questions could be satisfactorily answered at this time, more information could come next week.
The original owner’s of the business were Henry and Ella Heckelman. They retired and sold the business to Russell and Kathy Barnett, of Willard, in 1974 after running the business for 40 years. Russell Barnett died in 2014.
Last year, Colonial Flower Shoppe at 7 W. Main St. closed after nearly three decades of dedicated floral work in Norwalk. The owners, Bill and Bobbi Taylor, retired.
Wakeman welcomes new nurse practitioner
Allison Ringle joined Fisher-Titus Family Medicine-Wakeman as a nurse practitioner. She will be joining Dr. Christina Canfield and nurse practitioner Amanda Horn.
Ringle has experience as a registered nurse with Blossom Healthcare Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Willard and in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Toledo Children’s Hospital.
A native of Willard, Allison completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Toledo. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Toledo. She has been working in health care since 2016.
Ringle is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is looking forward to accepting new patients. For appointments, call 419-660-2900.
FRMC honored for heart attack care
SANDUSKY — Firelands Regional Medical Center received the Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Silver Recognition award. Firelands is a part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association. This award signifies more than a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the STEMI patient population.
Achieving a 2019 Mission: Lifeline STEMI award also represents ownership of leading high-quality systems of care among STEMI receiving centers, STEMI referring hospitals, 911 EMS agencies, interfacility transport agencies and other supporting system participants through collaborative efforts, including quality improvement priorities outside the doors of your own facility.
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.
“Firelands Regional Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Tina Ammanniti, area director for cardiac and pulmonary services.
“We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
For more information on Firelands’s heart program, visit firelands.com/heart
Ohio to set record for new businesses?
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced 9,935 new entities filed to do business in the state in June. With nearly 70,000 new business entities created in the first six months, Ohio is almost 3,000 filings ahead of last year’s record-setting pace.
Locally, several new businesses have opened in the past year, including Little City Crossfit, Norwalk Knockerball, Maple Leaf Gallery, Kate & Khloes Boutique, Be Strong Uniforms and Surge Staffing.
“Now more than ever, Ohio is becoming the place to be to start a business,” said LaRose. “Our office is already implementing innovative, exciting ways to connect these new job creators to the resources they need to grow and succeed.”
Recently, both CNBC (Top States for Business) and US News (Best States for Opportunity) listed Ohio in their annual top ten. The ratings, verified with positive business growth, indicate Ohio’s strong momentum is expected to continue.
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