The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1970:
City water loss is in ‘thousands’
Norwalk lost thousands of dollars in water revenue because of an error in reading the meter on a six-inch water line at the Stokely-Van Camp plant over at least a ten-year period.
No one in city hall will reveal just how much money is involved, but a reliable source confirmed “it’s thousands of dollars.”
The meter at the Stokely plant had three zeros stamped on it indicating thousands of gallons of water. Most other water meters in town have only two zeroes for hundreds of gallons.
Meter readers do not copy down the zeroes. Clerks in city hall add them on in calculating the bills. For years only two rather than three zeroes have been added to the Stokely billings. This has been going on for at least ten years and possibly longer.
The discrepancy was discovered in August by Sewage Plant Supt. Charles Sweet when he put a meter on the waste water spray system at the plant. He said it took about a week of reading meters before he could come up with anything definite.
New committee to save power plant
Plans are in the works for the organization of a citizens committee to retain the municipal power plant.
Mrs. Helen Lippert, who is working on the organization of the group, said “The purpose will be to show the public the benefits received by Norwalk and the vicinity by retaining the municipal power plant.”
She added that a decision to form the committee was made on Friday an details have not yet been worked out.
The complete cast has been announced for the Shoestring Players’ production of “Lilies of the Field,” next month.
Jake Ballard and Jackie Brichacek will take the lead roles of Homer Smith, the ex-GI who reluctantly helps a community of nuns build a chapel, and Mother Maria Marthe, the Mother Superior, respectively.
Playing the other nuns who have immigrated to America where they have vowed to establish a chapel are Lillian Kirkpatrick, George Greene, Erie Brunaus, Kate Tucker and Sue Smith.
Jerry Stoll will portray Father Gomez, with Steve Smith as Jose Gozalez, and Art Greene as Orville Livingston. Clyde Bellamy will play the guitar. Gordon Roy will be the folksinger and Mike Hay the “Amen” singer.
The production is being directed by Carol Giallombardo.
‘Sure is sweet’ says Trucker Coach Hardman
“We’ve waited a long time for this and boy it sure is sweet,” laughed Norwalk High School football coach Leonard Hardman Friday night at Shelby High School.
“They came down here with one thing on their mind,” continued the third year mentor, referring to his Truckers, “’Beat Shelby,’ and that’s what we did. There was no doubt in their mind or mine that we could do it.”
“The Truckers had just beaten Shelby 13-8 and it was evident just how the players and fans felt about the game. With just two minutes left in the game, Trucker fans already were chanting “We’re Number One,” and they were right, at least for the time being. The joyous Truckers ran off the field chanting the same. Nrowalk is tied with Bucyrus for the lead in the Northern Ohio League. Bucyrus is the Truckers’ next opponent.
Coming Tuesday — Oct. 10, 1908: This pear tree not afraid to work overtime
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok