Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-09
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n* ** o o O \o I X I— CD "-" M e <f) o 3 00 < I I ler earns national certification — Page 3 Flea marketers busted — Page 5 tl i r •s> r* <si n < o m k m -I < kvmherst News-Times e X December 9. 1998 Amhe-rst. Ohio a und 1 5 lefit school art programs The fine arts in the Amherst schools will be getting help in the future from a new endowment fund. Assistant superintendent Timothy Logar said die Amherst Schools Fine Arts Endowment Fund was established in response to a challenge grant last fall from the Stocker Foundation of Lorain to all Lorain County school districts to establish fine arts endowment funds. The Stocker Foundation agreed to match monies raised by the funds dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 per year for five years. At the Nov. 23 school board meeting, the board of education approved trustees and officers for the fund. Those trustees will select four students who will help in selecting grant recipients, although the students will not be voting members. Logar said the schools originally wanted to put the money into its existing Amherst Schools Endowment Fund, but the foundation said the ' money had to be a separate fine arts fund. The money will be used to enhance fine arts programs throughout the school system, from kindergarten through high school. Logar listed costumes for a drama production, instruments needed for music groups, or special supplies needed foil an art class, and others as examples of possible grant requests. "Grant requests are only limited by the imagination and creativity of the teacher," Logar said. "It could even be used by a regular classroom teacher who wanted to do something with music in her class. Anything that is going to benefit students in fine arts programs is eligible." Logar said the fund currently has about $11,000, including $5,000 raised this year for the matching grant of $5,000, plus about $1,000 in appreciation of the assets over the past year. But he said the board of trustees will likely let that pot grow for a while before doling out any money. "We're not anticipating the trustees will be accepting grant applications for the first two or three years," Logar said. "They'll probably want to build up the principle a little first." Please, Santa, please! Above, this Amherst boy sprouts some reindeer antlers in the hope Santa will grant him his Christmas wish. He was one of an estimated 200 children who showed up at the city's Dec. 11 Christmas tree lighting ceremonies. At right, a young family gets ready for the festivities. f>0 cents Top cop's leaving job again South Amherst village officials will wait until January to seek a replacement for police chief David L. Hicks, who resigned without warning Nov. 23 after serving less than two yean. The village council officially accepted Hicks's resignation at its Dec. 7 meeting but is not expected to initiate search efforts for a replacement until it returns from a holiday recess Jan. 11, according to mayor Chester Arcaba. Lieutenant Gene Ptacek, a four- year veteran, will serve as acting chief until Hicks's replacement is named and begins work. Hicks, 62, gave village officials no indication he had been considering retiring from law enforcement for several weeks. He joined the small police force 19 months ago after retiring as a Cleveland homicide detective. "He really didn't give us much warning about what was on his mind, so this was a surprise given the short time he's been with us," Arcaba said. "He indicated that at this point in his life he didn't wish to continue in law enforcement" Hicks verbally announced his resignation during a Nov. 23 private meeting with Aracba, but was asked by the mayor to "think it over" for a few days. Two days later, the mayor said Hicks reconfirmed his decision during a lengthy phone conversation with him. Arcaba said he and council thought Hicks was doing a good job and wanted to try to work things out. "We told him he'd be missed and asked him to reconsider, but he said he'd been thinking about this for a long time," Arcaba said. "So, that was that There was little more anybody could say." Ptacek was named acting chief Thanksgiving morning. During the holiday break, Arcaba said members of the village safety committee may "do some thinking" about the steps council will take once it reconvenes in January. Hicks is the third police chief to resign since the late Thomas J. Snizek retired in 1993 after serving the village 41 years. Snizek died of cancer the same year and was replaced by Roy Var- ner, another former Cleveland policeman, who resigned after several months. He was replaced by Norwalk police officer Dolores Conklin, ■ who quit in 19% and was replaced by Hicks in April 1997. Upcoming holiday concerts feature student perfomers Students at Marion L. Steele High School will be the star performers in several upcoming holiday concerts. The 1998 MLS Holiday Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lorain Palace Civic Center. Performing will be the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble from the, high school, as well as the Amherst Community Chorus. The chorus is under the direction of Steve and Simone Gall and accompanied by Debbie LeSuer. A variety of holiday selections will be presented to entertain the entire family. Tickets will be on sale at the door. They are $4for adults, $2 for students, and preschool children and senior citizens can enjoy the concert free. The Steele Choir Department will present the annual Holiday/ Alumni Concert on Sunday, Dec. 20 starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Stocker Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College. Admission will be by donation. The conceit will feature performances by the Steele Concert Choir. A Cappelia Choir, Madrigal Singers, Varsity Quartet and Senior Concert Choir Girls fin—Me. The Concert Choir will perform itt traditional processional and will welcome alumni members to perform the Steele alma mater and "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." Music will be provided. agfca^^l^l^^-mat-tt^aaatt Lottery lady loves selling tickets by QLEN MILLER News-Times raporter Betty Cianciola's picture will be briefly flashed on area TV screens Saturday. She's not a fugitive but she is the Ohio Lottery Commission's Retailer-of-the- Week, an honor regularly bestowed during broadcasts of "Cash Explosion Double Play" on WEWS-TV (channel 5). Cianciola has received lots of "thank yous," hugs and tips since she started selling instant winner tickets at her small gift shop at Jamie's Flea Market five yean ago. She doesn't sell the muni million dollar jackpot tickets. The 78-ycar-oW woman doesn't know how much money she's made for the stale, but knows she's having Am doing it Cianciola. of Parma, and her son, David Flschbach, of Brunswick, an the co-ownen of DAB Enterprises Variety SHOPPftali DAB stands for David and Betty. "We couldn't pat my CONTMUID on page • Lotttry r«aier BttyOsmcsM Oanotota haa teed more than 1900*00 Pitt Marital manager Lotto Mot* wt* she or totttry ft** ler 9m em B\W*y hope* wM too • winning Inattnt tottery ticket •maaamaamm atmammmnammmmmama mmaaaammmmamaalm maa a , .,.•/.■*■ !-,>'. ••■«,-. ..-. ,<:,.■ - A*. ,'.:.:i ^jja^jw'^w,' ■ ~^iW3i. at s-- nun zatJBM. ## m sfe $ps§ ■
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-09|
|Date of Original||09-DEC-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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