The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1979:
City may alter, or close, Hogan’s Hill
If sledding is allowed next winter at Hogan’s Hill, sledders will have strict regulations to follow.
But the Norwalk Park and Recreation Board will also consider closing Hogan’s Hill and building a safe sledding area at Memorial Lake Reservoir.
Two Norwalk women protested the improper equipment sledders use there and asked that safety rules be established.
Mrs. Alma Reiter of 143 1/2 Whittlesey Ave., and Mrs. Kay Ortner, of 143 Whittlesey Ave., asked that before a child “ends up dead,” the board outlaw the use of unsafe sledding equipment.
They say children are sliding down the hill on plastic bags, inner tubes and sheet metal — all of which feel increase the danger. “Sleds can be controlled,” Mrs. Reiter said.
Packing plant moves in
A new business, Great Lakes Packers, Inc., has moved to Norwalk form Elmore.
The firm, which has set up operations in the former Lake Erie and Wheeling Roundhouse off of Franklin Street, will employ from 20 to 80 persons depending on the season.
President Jerry Fritz said the highest employment will come in the four summer months and will afford job opportunities for college students.
Great Lakes Packers packages vegetables and fruits for major supermarket chains, including A&P, Krogers, Pick-N-Pay, and Fisher’s.
Flashes hope to corral Colts
WILLARD — Willard basketball coach Bob Haas hopes his team can move as fast as tickets to tonight’s district game against Clear Fork did on Wednesday.
Willard fans grabbed up the remaining 400 tickets to tonight’s clash in 14 minutes when they went on sale Wednesday morning.
Despite the height disadvantage underneath (with Willie Dannemiller and Mike Cok, both 6-footers, at forward and 6-3 Jim Kanable at center) the Flashes may have the defensive solution to corral the Colts’ offense.
The Flashes’ greatest asset defensively is their quickness. And while Doug Ute will be the quickest Clear Fork player on the court, the Willard guard tandem of Gus Secor and John Willoughby aren’t exactly lead-footed either.
(Photo caption) Four Norwalk wrestlers will hit the mats for the final time in their careers this weekend when they compete in the Class AA state tourney in Columbus. The quartet took time Wednesday to check out the best wishes of the student body. They are Oscar Perez, Larry Leibold, Jack Ohlemacher and Matt Missey.
Coming Saturday — March 10, 1979: Highway officials turn sour on Colorado trip
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok