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am* Chaplains reinact war story — Page 3 No nuclear waste in our city — Pt <"> '-* o o o UO x X t~ 00 i-< t-> <=■ yi o O 3 CD < X - C n- ,_, oo r 3 -| 3> O 30 < O .■• Amherst News-Time Wednesday. February 19. 1997 Amherst, Ohio o X I City settles suit with worker; deal kept under wrap New park plans start with talks; public forum set to gather input by BILL ROSS to News-Times reporter After five yean of haggling, the city has agreed on an out-of- court setUemcnt in i caw concerning a woman fired from the city auditor's office. Although the amount or conditions of the settlement cannot be revealed because of a gag order, law director Alan Anderson said "The city confident this to be a nuisance case thai would have cost mote to litigate than to settle out of-court." Margaret Johnson, the plaintiff in the case, had been working as a budgetary clerk in the auditor's office at city hall for more than eight yean, when she was dismissed in May of 1 In January of that year, Jim Gammons took offic city auditor, awl said that when he let Johnson go, he more qualified people working in the office. Johnson, who was pregnant at the time and believed she was dismissed because of it, recently told the News-Times, "He (Gam mens) was really unfair to me and I felt I should be compensated for that.** Johnson, who now has four children and is a representative for Avon, said she is just happy to have the whole dung over. When asked if she was content vith the settlement, she responded, "Not really, but I bad to take what I could get — I CONTINUED on page 2 by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter City officials are hoping a partnership with the Lorain County MetroParks — as well as private donations — will result in the creation of a new multi-use park, probably on land adjacent to the police and jail facility on on N. Lake Street Residents will be able to ask questions, and offer suggestions, during a public meeting which will probably be held sometime next month, according to safety/service director Cookie McLoda, who is also on the board of the MetroParks. McLoda said the idea for a second park has been circulating for years, with interest from both the citizens of Amherst and the city administration. When land for the new police facility was acquired, Sandy Bitar donated 11 acres of adjacent land to be dedicated as public park space — and city officials began focusing on the area as a possible site for a park on the west side. One of the main concerns is avoiding any new taxes while getting help with designs and plans for a park. McLoda said she talked to MetroParks director Dan Martin and the other board members and found that they are enthusiastic about the partnership. Such a partnership would mean the MetroParks would assist in "lending their knowledge on what to do and how to do iL" McLoda said. "We need someone with that sort of expertise." Additionally, because it would be a joint project, some money could be provided by the MetroParks. "As of right now, we have not finalized any agreement and are just waiting to see the results of the public hearing,'' Martin said. "But if you ask me if we are interested in the projecL the answer is an enthusiastic yes." The MetroParks considers a partnership with the city to be a pilot plan," according to McLoda, because it has not entered into a similar contract before — and a successful venture could serve as a model for other communities in the future. Martin said that partnerships have been tried in other areas of the state and he feels they are the wave of the CONTINUED on page 2 Valentine serenade Evelyn Nowell enjoys being serenaded by the Crescent Chorus barbershop quartet at Your Deli restaurant on Park Avenue. Nowell, who lives by herself and no longer gets out much, was being treated to a Valentine's Day lunch hosted by her friend, Pamela Pauley. One man's treasure is recycled art Broken? That's no problem for sculptor by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter On display at the Amherst Public Library is a rotating selection of sculptures created entirely from recycled materials. They are fashioned by an area man who may as well have been the inspiration for the saying "one man's junk is another man's treasure.'' John Hettel approached library director Judy Dworkin with the idea five years ago, after the avid reader and library regular noticed things looked a bit bare. Hettel has been using leftovers, junk and just about anything that crosses his path, to create intriguing works of art since he was a young boy. His father used to bring him scraps of wood that he would use for building blocks, and since then, he has always had an eye for the unusual. After graduating with a master's and a bachelor's of fine arts from Bowling Green University in 1963, Hettel took a job teaching kids in Gibsonburg, Ohio. "I had always wanted to be an architect but I was horrendous at math, so I thought leaching would be fun,*' Hettel said as he provided a tour of his restored Greek revival home in Brownhelm. One day per week, Hettel would travel down to Helena to teach art to 200 children in grades KV2. Their first project was making clay animals and snakes. After the clay dried. Hettel put them in his trunk John Hettel continues to work on one of his many ongoing projects, using only recycled materials. Here in his back yard studio, he puts the finishing touches on a "bunny fence" which is made of old wood lath strips. and drove back to Gibsonburg, where he had a kiln. Along the way, he was rear-ended and when he opened his trunk, bad thousands of pieces of broken clay. "So I gathered them up and fired them in the kiln anyway. Then I brought them back to Helena and let the kids pick out their favorite pieces." This "make do with what you have" attitude is what has helped Hettel to pursue his passion to the fullest He is a man who lives by his own rules, and along tbe way, has turned a few heads and been the fo cus of more than one wagging tongue. On another occasion, he had the students construct a 10-foot gorilla out of chicken wire, donated fiberglass insulation and wheat paste. They all broke out in a rash and thought it was the wheat paste — not knowing about the hazards of fiberglass at the time. But the gorilla was completed in time for an open house and Hettel placed it inside a locked glass case with a wax banana in its band. "As parents started to enter the room. I noticed someone had relocated that banana on another part of the gorilla's anatomy — and not only that — the key to the case was missing.'' Hettel quickly stuck black paper over the display case, saving face — and probably his job. To this day he believer it was one of his disapproving co-workers who was trying to make a monkey out of him. After working in Gibsonburg for a year, Hettel found a job at Huron High School. He made an impression there — but not all of it was CONTINUED on page 2 Former official begins sentence in rehab house Sanborn does double duty here and in Akron facility by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Former Amherst law director Thomas Sanborn is a man caught between two cities while serving the first part of his sentence for stealing more than $200,000 from five former clients. Although he avoided imprisonment, Sanborn now lives at Oriana House, an Akron alcohol rehabilitation facility. He was sentenced to tbe center last November for the crime. Technically, he's under federal custody as part of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons' Community Corrections Program. It releases him to work within the legal system eight hours a day plus travel tune to and from the city of Amherst Tbe remainder of his day is spent in the Akron halfway house under the watchful eyes of case workers and administrators. His law license was temporarily suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court on Jan. 24. A hearing on the possible permanent revocation of bis license will be held this spring or early rum- Tom Sanborn mer, although no date has been set But Sanborn still is working at his private practice, clearing up billing matters and doing paperwork. "I know the rules they (the court) set. I cannot advise clients or represent them in court,*' he said. "It's a bitter pill to follow, but I have to." CONTINUED on page 2 1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-02-19|
|Date of Original||19-FEB-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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