Amherst News-Times, 1998-11-04
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Residents shocked by fee — Page 3 | Who's WHO is important — Page 11 mherst News-Times o. ember 4, 1998 Amherst, Ohio C ■ H <t . ■E - - rru.. all mortar ies crew working on roof Serious mortar deterioration to the bell tower atop city hall will add $5,000 to the cost of repairing the historic building's old roof. The defects were discovered last week by repair crews hired to replace a leaky slate roof and make the more th:-" century-old building structurally sound. The extra expense will be paid out of contingency funds set aside for the $400,000 project, which is expected to be completed by spring. The discovery may have prevented the bell tower or part of it from collapsing. Jim McCullough, a foreman for the Mid Air Construction Company, said sections of the tower probably could have fallen through the roof. Workmen found large sections of sandstone had been pried away from the tower by as much as three inches due to years of expansion and contraction caused by weathering. "It's a good thing they discovered this when they did because a heavy snow or strong wind storm could have brought it down and caused lots of damage or injury," mayor John Higgins said. The worst section was the tower's south wall facing Beaver Court. Parts of it, which were bowed outward, are being taken apart and re- mortared block by block. Stone blocks in the remainder of the tower are being wedged upward so mortar can be forced between them, McCullough explained. "It's a very time consuming thing, but it will be solid when we're done," he added. The deterioration is not uncommon in century old buildings. Mid Air is doing similar repair work to a county building in Canton, McCullough said. Had the south side collapsed, the mayor and McCullough said the remainder would have collapsed as well. "Il would have been a domino effect because, in effect, it would have had three legs and the weight would have caused it to sag and give way," Higgins said. "If that would have happened, we would have had 25 tons of stone coming down." The repairs also involve replacing badly rotted wood and arc expected to be completed within one or two weeks. Higgins has taken special interest in the restoration project because he wants to see Amherst's history preserved as much as possible. Mayor John Higgins and construction foreman Jim McCullough look over some of the Not only is city hall 'a fed- '%*''*r'z"~ ' erally designated landmark, it also is used as the city's logo on a variety of publications. "It's the grand old lady of town, so it should be fixed and saved," he said. The $400,000 borrowed 'through the sale of municipal bonds does not include second floor interior renovations. A group of residents is trying to raise about $70,000 for that restoration project In the meantime, the mayor has been looking for literature and other materials that describe the original interior of the building. Although historical information is available, it mainly deals with the build- j tag's history and exterior.- v"' - damage done by years of weathering to city hall's bell tower. — ThU photo shows some of the damage up close. Police captain shares top county honor by GLEN MLLER Barb Cowger-Vllag! News-Times reporter Two weeks ago, police captain Barbara Cowger-Vilagi was surprised to learn she had been nominated for the prestigious Women of Achievement Award. She was just as surprised to win it Oct. 28 during the 20th anniversary of the award held at DeLuca's Place in the Park. Cowger, who was nominated by mayor John Higgins, shared the award with Stella M. Frances, principal of Irving Elementary School in Lorain. A total of nine women were nominated. "I was surprised about this from the start," she said. "There were a lot of really very deserving women in this group that make just a multitude of contributions to their professions and the county." The award is given yearly to women who have achieved distinction in business, civic affairs, education and other professions. A 23-year veteran of the Amherst police department, Cowger-Vilagi has found time to serve on several community organizations, including the W.G. Nord Center's board of directors since 1996. Cowger-Vilagi credited "dedication and perseverance" for her achievements, saying her law enforcement profession has enabled her to help others. Her comments were echoed by Higgins, who said the captain "has shown a dedication to her work, community and fellow employees." She was especially pleased by a letter written by her son, councilman Edward Cowger, supporting her nomination. Cowger wrote how his mother taught him and his brothers to believe in "giving back to the community." "That letter meant more to me than I can tell you," she added. She also serves on the county's domestic violence task force, the county 911 review board, the American Legion and VFW ladies auxiliaries, and is a United Way coordinator for the city. The highest ranking female police officer in Lorain County, she be came a patrol person in 1975, when local and area law enforcement was still dominated by men. That didn't stop her from advancing through the ranks. "She's highly respected in the community not only for doing an excellent job, but as a trailblazer," the mayor said. "She has gone into what was once hallowed ground in Amherst and gone well." One of her best known endeavors was her involvement in convincing voters to appro' a $3 million levy for the construction of the new police station on U. Lake Street. "She worked tirelessly and unselfishly on getting the new Amherst police facility built," Higgins CONTINUED on page 2 Daughter's tale is family story for all » Terrisa Green Rudolph, daughter of Bill and Joanne Green of Amherst, is a 1990 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School. Her husband. Jay, son of Fred and Judy Rudolph of Amherst, is a 1989 graduate of MLS. They have two youngsters, Nicholas, six and a half, and Savanna, eight and a half months eld. The Rudolphs live in Kingsiand, Georgia, about five miles from the Florida Terrisa wrote Ibis article for the Submarine Wives dob. Her mother contacted the Newa-Tknet to determine whether the newspaper would Utoso print the article. "I believe dUe article would ke of irtatolt to ttosra people aad it esp k>ve He protects pur country; she waits patiently for return I decided to write Ibis story as a way for people to learn what life is like aboard a trident submarine. 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Mill' mamw. 50 cents Man, 52, accused of raping teen girls by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter A 52-year-old Amherst man — once a school bus driver — b*s been charged with allegedly raping four teenage girls after reportedly luring them to his home with an elaborate sexual blackmail scheme. Amherst police said Andrew Bishop, of 675 Elyria Ave., has been charged with eight counts of rape and eight counts of corruption of a minor for reportedly raping the Nord Junior High School girls over a period of a year. Detective Alex Molnar said police prefer not to discuss their investigation in detail until the case is presented to die Lorain County Grand Jury. Bishop reportedly blackmailed the teenagers by telling them he had a videotape of them showing their breasts to some younger boys. He did not approach die girls while driving a school bus, but may have overheard the girls talking about the incident on a cordless phone conversation that was received by his police scanner. Bishop told the girls one of their fathers had made the tape and sold it to him for $500. He also threatened them by saying they would go to jail if they contacted police or told their parents. On another occasion. Bishop claimed to have a home security system with a camera that he had used to take additional pictures. He claimed he would escape punishment because he was doing nothing wrong. The teenagers were raped over a period of a year and on several different occasions. The girls reported never having sex before being approached by Bishop. Molnar said Bishop was captured by Portsmouth police while in a bingo parlor. His brother lives in the southern Ohio town. Police are unsure if he was attempting to flee the state. Regardless, Molnar said they believe he left Amherst after somehow learning die teenagers had reported ike rapes to their parents, who then informed police Oct 16. "All we know is that he wasn't home when we went there for him later that night," he said. Molnar said subsequent interviews with Bishop's relatives and his ex-wife revealed it was unusual for him not to be home and to miss work, Molnar said. He pleaded not guilty to the charges during arraignment in Oberlin Municipal Court Oct 28 and his being held in the Lorain County Correctional Facility on $150/100 bond. School superintendent Robert Boynton said Bishop also had foiled to report to work for several days. He has since been suspended without pay for failure to show up to work and will be dismissed at a forthcoming board of fhtratiqa He said he wasn't aware of the charges against Bishop until contacted by police. Bishop had a good driving aad employee record. He also had received treiaiag ia child Lskst mmW asWHaaaWtW *«BtfCikawaia ente mayea "We km 300 aamaeMm •ddai. -Wi ->
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-11-04|
|Date of Original||04-NOV-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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