Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-16
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*fmmmma earn Is your yard a junk site? — Page 2 I Turnpike interchange no closer — Page 6 m oo o 'O x r- 'X i- c <r o % 0) < X c m - tft i~ '-' 3 H T> O j> h| |T1 J> mherst News-Times ember 16, 1998 Amherst. Ohio 50 cents Ci i * officials sfc | ng lightly around the deal to widen road by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The city is the middle of sensitive negotiations with Lorain officials over the widening of a heavily traveled section of Cooper Foster I'.irk Road between Rl 58 and N. Main Street The mayor met with Lorain community development director Sandy 1'rikloff and his staff for two hours bcc. 6 in an effort to work out shared funding for the project. The only conclusion reached was both cities are strapped for money. Even the Lorain County Engineer's Office has claimed it doesn't have money because it already has committed funds for county road projects, according to mayor John Higgins. About a month ago, Lorain officials announced plans to widen Cooper Foster to five lanes at die intersection with Rt. 58. The widening only will be done about 300 feet cast and west of the intersection, not along the often congested half-mile-long section between Rt. 58 and N. Main Street Higgins said he and other city officials would like to see it widened to at least three lanes to help relieve congestion. Both he and Lorain officials concede traffic is likely to increase with the development of a planned unit development (PUD) of single homes on the vacant Lorain land west of Supcr-K. Lorain plans to widen Cooper Foster Park Road as far as a traffic light located at the store's southern entrance. Higgins has said this may relieve traffic, but not the additional traffic created by the housing development. The development will be located opposite Terra Lane. Lorain has allocated $972,500 for the project, including $50,000 contributed by PUD developer Bill Rowland. The negotiations involve how much each city is willing to contribute for the additional three lanes. Higgins said he has talked about the project during a brief meeting with Lorain mayor Joe Koziura, although money remains the chief stumbling block. "The cost figures are not working out exactly as we would like them. We would have to pay the larger share,'' the mayor said. "We don't have all the engineering data yet, so we are trying to figure how far they can go with the money they do have." Amherst would use street levy funds, although that will disrupt its repaving program. In addition to the widening, money also has to be set aside for the rehabilitation of the Jackson Street bridge in 1999. "So, we are going to have to be prudent or we are not going to have a street program next year," Higgins added. "We can't neglect the rest of the streets when the money comes from a voted levy." Congestion at the intersection with N. Main Street has been a particular sore spot between the two cities. Several years ago, Lorain city council withdrew an agreement with Amherst to help pay for the construction of tum lanes and traffic signals. Earlier this fall, the city placed a flashing warning light at the corner because of a high accident rate at the intersection. A traffic study now being done for the city may enable it to get a federal grant for the purchase of traffic lights. Anyce Dawson and her husband, Bill, enjoy a moment together at home. Despite her own illness, Anyce Dawson inspires all by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Anyce Dawson is leading a courageous batde against an ominous foe, terminal cancer. Her weapons are many — weekly chemotherapy, herbs, a vegetarian diet, a positive attitude, humor, love and a refusal to give up her life. Other cancer patients see her as a source of hope and courage, a role model for them in their battles against ..jhe life-threatening disease. That's the reason the Lorain County branch of the American Cancer Society recently honored her with its Special Courage Award. Most people see it as little more than a plaque on the living room wall of Dawson's Colombia Drive home. But to her, it represents the way the 51-year-old woman has lived her life since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years ago. And, it's the way she intends to defeat her foe, whatever the odds. "I've really been quite at peace," she said. "At first I thought there would come a time when I would get devastated about it, but I haven't," Dawson said. "You have to think about the positives, not the negatives." She did cry, but only once. Her tears came after she experienced weakness following the first of four rounds of chemotherapy. Since then Dawson has looked for the "good things" in life, people and the world around her. She tells other cancer patients to do the same, no matter what their prognosis is and regardless of how they feel. "I just always tell people to never give up hope because there is always hope, no matter what the doctor may say. None of us know what God has planned," she said. She encourages patients to watch funny or happy TV shows or movies, read positive books, and, most important, read or learn everything they can about their illness. Her health has surprised her doctors, given the advanced stage in which the cancer was discovered. They have never used the word "terminal" even though the cancer wasn't discovered until it was in its fourth stage, nearly the most severe stage. Her illness began in 1996 when she began experiencing CONTINUED on page 3 Walking the dog's more than an exercise by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter If somebody would tell Bela and Cindy Kalassay to take a walk, they'd probably do it, only with a dog or cat The Kalassays are among the hundreds of Americans who have embarked on self-employment by walking dogs and pet sitting, s small but growing career. You might say the Kalassays actually want their lives lo go to the dogs — and cats, too — for profit The Amherst Township couple are the owners of Happy Tails, one of perhaps two or three pet sitting services in Lorain County and the only one in the Amherst area. It's a side job for both, something that will let them put sway extra money for retirement. Beta is s boiler and turbine operator at the Cleveland Electric Illuminating (CEI) Company's Avon Lake generating plant Cindy is a homemaker with two sons, Chris, 20, snd Andy, 14, to care for, although she lias New entrepreneurs Bela and Cindy Kalassay shire terriers Anabelle and Maverick, play with two of their own canine charges, York- sit full-time, soncthing Beta would who prefer to work for themselves eventually like to do. He sees ad- «*ther than a mega corporation, vantages in joining the ranks of "With all the changes going on in small, but profitable entrepreneurs the workplace — downsizing, re- more free time now that the couple's third son, Mike, is married and on his own. There are many people who pet structuring and what not, you never know where you're going to be working. So I wanted to get something going we both could work at and enjoy," he explained. "Besides, we've both had pets all our lives since we've been children." At first the Kalassays weren't sure what kind of small business they wanted to pursue. She is a longtime craft-maker and he is good with tools and his hands. But both wanted to do something different, something they both enjoy. After paging through dozens of business magazines and seeking advice from the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, they thought a seven-day-a-weck pet care service offered the best potential. "It's largely untapped around here," she added. Amherst and Lorain County are far from being hustling and bustling metropolitan areas. Regardless, long workdays and busy schedules leave many pets alone for hours on end with little exercise and companionship. CONTINUED on page 3 Group home angers township neighbors A group of Hidden Valley residents are upset with the W.G. Nord Mental Health Center's decision to open s group home for the mentally ill in their neighborhood. "We not against the mentally ill but we feel this is an imtppiopriaje place because its right in the middle of our ivsighbochood." Daniel Orr said. More man s half dozen rendenu earlier this week to snd plan their opposition to the group home, which opened in early July without their knowledge. The group also was expected to express their concerns to Nord Center officials snd the Amherst Township trustees last night. Orr, an Amherat area resident far less than s year, claimed Nord Center officials reportedly failed to show up far a meeting wild neigh- bors they had agreed to sttsnd sev eral weeks ago. The home at 850 Deer Run Drive is a three or four bedroom home housing three to four mentally ill women under the supervision of a group home specialist. Beverly Watkins, who lives next door, said one of the residents stole an iron post from her home and tsm- pered with the mail in her mailbox. She said the post wss found in the group home's box has since been relocated. She and Orr claimed one or more of the group home occupants have reportedly sworn st an adjacent neighbor. Watkins said she has been visited by two Nord Center officials, one of whom reportedly told her the pa- tienu iitclads women suffering from manic depression and who rrfwrttdrf the Nord County riostcuWi ins mid. fear the mentally ill patients may harass or harm neighborhood children, who tafutatiy board a school bus in front of the group home. are eojuaUy upset with etas Dent* Ahrsnam, fas hone to id the Lorain Office. Watk- She and Oar said ^a^aW^ a mr^^mmaw •**•» Families observe modern traditions by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Christmas is almost here and with it comes a host of family and cultural traditions that help make it one of the most joyous times of the year. Dolores and Marc Kingsley moved to Amherst in August from a westside Cleveland neighborhood. She spent last week roaming about Amherst looking for a store where she could buy several toys she plans to donate to the Salvation Army. She and her husband spend every Christmas distributing food to the needy and toys to underprivileged children. "We could go back into Cleveland, but since this is our new home, we're looking what we can do here just to bring a little cheer into the lives of the unfortunate," she explained. "It's what Christmas is all about and it gives you a sense of giving." Last year she spent the holiday in a Cleveland soup kitchen preparing turkey, ham and goodies the homeless seldom taste. The year before that, the Kingsleys visited their son and daughter-in-law in England, where he is in the Army. They spent Christmas Eve helping feed needy people. "We've been helping people for 14 years now, so I guess you'd call it a tradition," she said. Like the Kingsleys, Lyle Hodges and his wife Lynda, both 25, are also new to Amherst An aircraft mechanic, they moved from rural Wisconsin. . Lynda, who is pregnant, hopes to pass on to her child an unusual tradition started many years ago by her grandparents. She said her grandparents always had a hard time getting her mother and uncle to go to bed Christmas Eve so they could put presents beneath the tree. Her grandparents devised a scheme that would have made Santa proud. - About 8 p.m., the children were served hot chocolate and told to keep their eyes at the window looking for an elf and eight tiny reindeers. No TV was allowed on Christmas Eve back in the fifties. The hot chocolate and window watching enduced sleep in the youngsters. By 10 p.m., they had slipped into dream land and by 10:30 grandma and grandpa had slipped the presents under the tree. Grandpa would then go outside, make sleigh tracks in the snow with a broom handle and boot prints in the snow with big boots. For four years, Santa came and went while the children were asleep. Then, one year. Hodge's uncle woke up to see his father ****>■ ftffg about the yard with a broom in Ms band. Even though the children leaned the truth. Hodge said her mother «d fatter did the same thing far her back in the seventies untS sb "Lyle Mm ths idea, to e'tt tie it ia tfaout two ar i years. ■frjl.-tysi "I M'HM >\
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-16|
|Date of Original||16-DEC-1998|
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