The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1967:
Pioneer, union set 1st meeting
WILLARD — Representatives of Pioneer Rubber Co. and Local 804, United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America, will meet Friday morning in an effort to iron out differences and end a strike at plants in Willard and Attica.
Harry Weber of the Federal Mediation and Concilation Service said Monday that representatives of the company and union had agreed to a meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Weber said the meeting will be held at Willard United Bank, “unless there are too many interruptions there.”
More than 600 union members walked off their jobs at three Pioneer plants at 10 a.m last Wednesday. Picket lines were established immediately and have been manned since.
Norwalk GI back from Viet duty
William E. Paplinski of Norwalk is back in the United States after serving aboard an Amphibious Force ship in the Western Pacific.
Paplinksi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester J. Paplinski, 33 Homewood, has been serving aboard the Lenawee. It and the Belle Grove are the first two Amphibious Force ships to return from duty in the western Pacific this year.
Paplinski, 22, was graduated from Norwalk High School in 1962, attended Ohio University for two years and entered the service in 1965.
‘Bomb shelter’ keeps vegetables fresh
Have you ever wondered what’s behind the green door?
That small mound of dirt with a door built into the side of it, near the intersection of East Main Street and Old State Road, isn’t a bomb shelter.
That’s what a lot of people thought when the current structure was built a few years back, though. The owner, Amos W. Coon of 308 East Main, planned the igloo-shaped building to store flower bulbs and food during the winter months.
He got the idea from the days before such things as refrigerators and freezers existed.
“People used to put things like fruit and vegetables in the ground to keep them during the winter months,” he said.
He and Mrs. Coon have a garden near the house where they grow staples for their own use and that of their neighbors.
Langhurst keeps spark alive
Jay Langhurst has been leading the WIlard Crimson Flashes all season. His performance last weekend was only the most recent of many fine weekends. The 6-2 forward scored 23 points against Shelby Friday and 19 against NOL leader TIffin Saturday to pace the Flashes to two big NOL wins that kept them in contention for the title.
“Jay is capable of most anything,” says Willard Coach Walter Cook. “He can shoot, he can rebound, he can play defense, he can dunk the ball. He could be All-Ohio — if he want’s too.
Langhurst was named the Reflector’s “Player of the Week.”
Coming Thursday — Feb. 1, 1967: New firms rap city housing
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok