Amherst News-Times, 1998-10-14
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The electrical changes will enable the city to eventually install a new generator and other improvements needed to operate new filtration equipment It will be installed in the next five to seven years, according to utilities superintendent Don Woodings. Other expenses will follow in the coming years. They for the construction of tion ditch to filter the a new laboratory to test ness of the discharged affluent "These things are just about itam- lcss they come up with new rales, and they're constantly doing that," Woodings said. The rules can be changed within five years, the length of an agency operating permit The city faces the ammonia requirement because it discharges into a creek, a water source that has flat- head minnows and other small fish or wildlife protected by federal guidelines. Woodings said the OEPA tests usually are conducted at the discharge point, where ammonia is the highest It will not check further down stream, where the ammonia has dissipated and poses no threat "You don't see any dead minnows, but you can't argue with the OEPA," he added. "We don't have any other choice. It would mean wasting money to fight them." The new lab also hat been mandated by the OPEA, which alleges the existing one is inadequate, Woodings said the 16-year-old facility does not have the up-the-date testing facilities required by the OEPA. He said failure to comply with the OEPA would result in a fine from* the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The city has been on the agency's "hit list" since it was fined $250,000 in the early '80s for failing lo meet state agency wastewater require-! menu. The fine was cut to $15,000, by a Lorain County Common Pleas: Court judge. The city's failure to meet state EPA requirements have been ongo-j ing for several years, although not fines have been levied recently.) Woodings said he and the admi-j nistration receive monthly violation kttefs. That changed following a yearly CONTINUED on page 2 Appetites, and souls to get ministering here by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Jeannie Pogorelc plans to minister to her customers' souls while Matt Schmidt plans to take care of their palettes and stomachs when they open their respective businesses in the coming weeks. Both soon will join Park Avenue merchants in trying to make downtown Amherst the thriving business community it once was. A born again Christian, Pogorelc will begin selling Bibles, religious publications and gifts Oct. 26, the day her Three Crosses Bible and Gift Shop opens for business. Schmidt moved from Flint, Mich, to operate The Grapevine, a new diner that will occupy Dad's Rainbow Restaurant, which closed its doors about three weeks ago. The longtime eatery went out of business after owner John Glorioso took over as chief chef and manager of The Veranda, a new banquet hall and restaurant set to open soon in the former Eagles Club on Milan Avenue. Schmidt, who formerly operated or managed restaurants in Atlanta, Ga. and Tampa, Fla., was persuaded to take over and renovate the old restaurant by longtime friend Dave Moore, the owner of Crystal Mortgage Co. and The Veranda. A lifelong friend of Moore's, Schmidt initially asked his old buddy to help finance a restaurant in Michigan. Moore had other ideas. Regardless of The Veranda's opening, Schmidt said Moore thinks there is a need for an inexpensive eatery to serve the breakfast, lunch and supper crowd. So, he quit a manufacturing job in Michigan to take a chance on Amherst when Moore said he would finance the restaurant He sees it as meeting two needs, filling the stomachs of Amhersto- nians and a place where they can exchange gossip, jokes and stories about day to day life in the Sandstone Center of the World. Hence, the new name — The Grapevine — Schmidt explained. Among his potential customers is Pogorelc, whose shop is located just across the street She is also not a business novice. She managed a gift shop and snick bar in the Ohio Turnpike service plaza off Middle Ridge Road for CONTINUED on page 6 Grapevine owner Matt Schmidt gets help cut- server hired early to help get the diner in shape, ting a piece of wall board from Robin Walker, a Couple share their love, but not their team loyalty by GLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Jennifer Godfrey woke up Saturday morning to find dozens of flowers, hearts, white swans and a four- foot sign saying "Jen, Will You Marry Me?" stuck in her front yard. It had to be the biggest surprise of her life. Not only was it a big way for her boyfriend, Ken Keilman, to pop the question, but everyone on York Imperial Drive knew about it "It was a surprise, but then again it wasn't," Keilman explained. "We'd talked about it. but she thought I was going to wait until Christmas or around New Year's." The idea wasn't his, rather that of his future mom-in-law, Charlene Godfrey. It was a smaller substitute for a really big idea that fell through because neither he nor his future inlaws wanted to spend $200 to get tickets to the Indians' and Yankees' Saturday playoff game. Had less expensive tickets been available, he had intended to arrange for Jacobs Field officials to have the big question suddenly pop up on the Indians' huge electronic bulletin board. Thousands of people probably would have seen it, maybe even the national audience watching the game on TV. Needless to say, that would have been a bigger shock. Regardless, it probably would have suited the 22-year-old bride-to-be just fine, much to the consternation of her future husband. She's an avid Indians fan and he's bean a Mg Yankees Ian since he was a youngster. After all, Keilman is from Rochester, N.Y.. the middle of Yankee territory, while she's been raised on Chief Wahoo. KeOman thought the timing was perfect It was Jennifer's 22nd birthday weekend, and the two sewn to be caught up in the Indians aad Yankee* rivalry. Therein b the only sore spot be- iwese the two toveWrds. He lost a bet last year aad paid it off by baying bis future teher-iaJew, Joe Godfrey, a esse of beer. They have the same bat this; :^>t Ken Keilman and his finance, Jennifer Godfrey, are aur- rounded by his signs, flowers and other creative proposal mater* lata posted In front of the Godfreys' home. i afford much. Much of What he has iats and Creative Cutouts. f tucked away from a new job ia The companies watted until early Solon was spent to have diamonds Saturday morning to deliver thing*. set in an engagement ring. The ring The set up work was done by Keil- i a given to him, bat not the man and the Oodfteyt. " • - at Stoglcntedl^y rug* after are < Indians' 6-1 victory and he on Sa- offheyanlset tucday and Sunday, especia&y after planned, loo. Ha the Bronx Bombers took the series Mday. kept her out baa "We have flan with ana. Who The door ban taows?It's likely to goon and on am .aonang. Shews* long after they're ■named," Char- o^ anntt bar aatieW s leno Godfrey ainiained. had ceane to tea bar. leno Godfrey explained. He also bought the flowers, *^_. mtmrnmrnlmtmyitC ***- Scouts plan to bring better message to underpass wall A group of youngsters is planning to paint graffiti on the wall along the Conrail tracks on Tenney Avenue. But there's no need to call the police department or the mayor. In fact, the cops are in cahoots with the kids. The youngsters are members of Cub Scout Pack 427, and they are working with the police on * project as a requirement for their Crime Prevention Award. On Saturday, Oct 24, the scouts will paint over the existing graffiti along the wall, so that the wall can then be used for positive messages. Pack leader Howard Akins said the scouts are working toward the merit badge, which requires them to participate in a crime prevention project with a local law enforcement agency. He said he contacted Amherst Drug Abuse Resis tance Education (DARE) officer Les Carrender for suggestions. Carrender said he had had the idea of a positive graffiti wall for a long lime. "I'm originally from Vermilion, and in Vermilion they had a wall where everyone painted positive graffiti," Car- render said. "Like the high school cheerleaders would come out and paint things like 'Go Team', or someone else would paint 'Happy Birthday' to a friend." Carrender said he contacted mayor John Higgins to get a approval from the city for the \ project He said Higgins contacted Conrail, since the wall is Conrail property, to make . sure they had no objections. Akin said the scouts have been enthusiastic about the project, especially Michael Lock, James Englehardt, and Bradley Akin. He said the scouts are checking with the schools for permission to use a "Comet's Tale" theme for the wall. "We want to make it a place where if people wanted to paint something positive, they could do that" Akin said. "If someone paints something negative, we'U paint over that" Work will begin at 10 ajn. on Saturday, Oct 24. Akins said if the whole pack shows up there will be around 45 scouts. "We'U probably have about 25." he said. "And I hope a* many moms and dads.'* He added that anyone who would like to help out is welcome. The pack is also seeking corporate sponsorship to pay for tools and materials. Parking's got to aid the buyers 3 A proposal to add three- hour and unlimited parking to parts of downtown Amherst is being considered by city council to make things clients. As Brouoeod by vice director SberriU McLoda and mayor John rUggins, it tfpnridag ia lions of Just two week* ago, two hoars. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-10-14|
|Date of Original||14-OCT-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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