Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-30
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Firms make Weatherhead 100 - Page 2 New attorney in town - Par. Amherst News-Tim< - o a. O -o X X r CO i- m o o 3 T f C0< IN ■_ m m 3 -t 3> O m i> Wpcinrsrl.iy 30. 109R Local artist turns cardboard into art by OLEN MILLER News-Times raporter Diane Yalc-Peabody has an unique ability to turn pieces of scrap cardboard into art by dreaming. The 48-year-old Amherst woman carefully cms, pastes and paints corrugated cardboard to make Acadia Dreamscapes, three-dimensional art reminiscent of New England villages and towns she has visited over the years. "There's something about small towns that fascinate me and captures my imagination,'' she explained. "They're quaint and colorful." She calls them dreamscapes because the ideas come from her imagination based on her recollection of the towns. Rather than landscapes, she often calls them "towns- capes,*' although some also feature the majestic lighthouses that dot the New England coastline. Yale-Peabody spends weeks, sometimes months, painstakingly cutting, shaping and painting her artwork, most of which she has sold. Her first work came about in 1991 after she and her family vacationed in New England's small coastal towns. It was there she visited the Acadia National Park, from which she derived the name of her art "I just wanted to remember my vacation in some way, so I made one and got an idea for another one and so on and so on," she explained "I just decided I wanted to do something with dimension, not just paint" ... The results of her first work surprised her and others, given the fact she had no formal art training and didn't think she could paint landscapes. Some of her artistic abilities may have developed while working on the scenery for the Sandstone Summer Theater over the years. She constructs buildings using layers of corrugated cardboard. She then paints them and the surrounding landscape, such as grass, water ind skies, before adding details and painting them. Even her husband, Gerry, gets involved in her projects. He makes the frames in which they are mounted prior to painting. A librarian at St Joseph Catholic School, Yale-Peabody often gets her corrugated card from boxes the school custodian saves for her. The more dreamscapes she has made, the better and more detailed they've become. She soon realized she could add more dimension by adding extra layers of cardboard, the top layer of which she carefully strips away to reach the corrugation. It enable her to add roofs, signs, light posts, animals, tail boats and other tiny glued on details that bring her dreamscapes to life. One was a townscape with a sail boat with rigging made of suing and dowel rods. Others have been people's houses and a factory, although they are not her favorite kind of work. "They're boring. They are just houses and a lot of times they're just brick, so you can't be real creative with them," she explained. "It's really tiring painting brick." She prefers scenes with lots of details in which different colors can be used Her favorite work is a lighthouse overlooking the ocean. "The more things you put in them, the more alive they become," she added. "There are always ideas running around in my head for ones I'd like to make. I like things that stimulate my creativity. They make it fun for me." So far, Yale-Peabody has made 30 dreamscapes, half of which have been commissioned by people who have seen her work. Most have seen them at St Joseph's school, where she often displays them. Finding a tiny cat in her towns- capes is one of the favorite things St Joseph's school children like to do when they see her art She's a cat lover, although she will substitute a dog at the request of some one who commissions her to do a work. To her knowledge, no one else makes dreamscapes. She prices her works based on the number of buildings in them, the details she includes and the overall size of the art work. Most sell for $130 or more and usually take 30 or 40 hours to complete, although she works on them over several weeks or even months. "I don't like to overlook things or rush," she explained. "It takes time to cut things out with a razor blade or craft scissors." Yale-Peabody has more time to do them now that her children, Aaron and Megan, are away at college. Still, she usually prefers to take her time. She's currently working on three and has about two dozen finished ones on display in the community room of the Amherst Public Library. Tire fire Fire fighters from Amherst and South Amherst battle a stubborn tire fire in the rear of A&C Tire on Rt. 58. The smoky blaze sent clouds of smoke billowing skyward for nearly two hours Monday morning. City wUl spend $150,000 for computers by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter The city will spend an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 to upgrade and network its computer system over the coming year. Part of it will be a shot against the infamous Y2K (Year 2000) bug, which threatens to create havoc on computers after midnight 2000. Many of the processors, the heart of computers, were not made to recognize 2000, a shortcoming that could cause all kinds of errors and problems. An electronic data processing committee formed by city council has found the city also needs to replace its hodge podge system of different computers with ones that can be networked. The upgrade will be phased in department by department as funding permits. The first priority will be those in the auditor's and treasurer's offices so the city is financially ready for the second millennium. The majority of the city's fiscal needs have become computerized, most of which need to be upgraded to accept new applications. This phase of the upgrade was introduced to city council at its Nov. 30 finance committee meeting so it can begin setting aside money for the project Part of the process involves replacing older computers and'applications with newer ones. Much of the existing hardware and software is out of date, according to mayor John Higgins. He and other city officials want to make sure the equipment that is retained is Y2K compliant In other words, they want to make sure it does not shut down after the clock strikes midnight 2000, a concern shared by the private and public sectors. Most computers built within the last five or six years are not expected to stop functioning, although older ones may if they are equipped with microchips that were not made to last into the 21st Century. Even though he is not a computer user, Higgins said he has been trying to educate himself about them so he can better understand the city's needs. A small task force of computer experts, most of them volunteers, was formed several months ago to help analyze the city's needs. The mayor doesn't want to delay the upgrade too long because he foresees an increased demand in the hardware and software computer market as businesses and govern ment agencies rush to complete upgrades and avoid Y2K problems. "We might be able to reduce the cost a little. A lot depends on each department's needs and ultimately what council decides, but computer hardware and software doesn't come cheap," the mayor said. "The good news is we'll have an updated system when we're done with all this and we would not need anything for a while." The city expects its costs will be divided between software and hardware, although some will be allocated for. creating a network among city departments in various buildings, including the recently purchased San Springs Building on Park Avenue. Both it and city hall will have to be specially wired and outlets installed so computers are Internet accessible. By networking computers, city officials will be able to send messages and computer generated documents to each other. "We're a small city and everybody is on the go a lot so its hard to communicate some times without playing telephone tag," he explained "Leaving e-mail would help a lot but first we've got to get networked." There will be other advantages. Residents and city officials eventually may be able to access city information, including codes and ordinances, in addition to state and federal data available to the city. In effect someday there could be a computerized library of city documents, he added. Quarry Road bridge set for demolition by OLEN MLLER Police Dept. also needs new computer system by QLEN MLLER Newa-TimM raporter The city will have to spend $75,000 to prevent the police department's three-year-old computer system from being batten by the Y2K computer bug tad wreaking havoc on its record keeping and dispatching systems. The process involves upgrading software and hardware that was not made to itcogniae the veer 2000. thus causing a host of unknown problems that might include error messages, wrong dates or system failures. That's the worst pan of iris, not public safety agency, we can't af- ford to wait and see what happens because it may have dire consequences. We can't afford to have any disroption in service." The department dispatches police as well as fire vehicles snd ambulances to emergency calk. Its computer system also stores vital iafor- mation on criminals, motorists snd ssry to Law The Itol Newt-Times reporter The city will spend more than $134,000 to demolish a seriously deteriorated bridge on N. Quarry Road spanning the Conrail tracks on the city's northwest side. City council met in special session Dec. 21 to approve $11,200 to pay for a Conrail flagman to overaee train traffic safety during the bridge's demolition next year. The Fort Defiance Constniction and Supply Co. in Defiance was the low bidder on the project during Dec. 22. bid openings. City consulting engineer Milt Pomeranz said he expecu work to begin in Match and conclude ia May. The project involves replacing the bridge with a steal support truss to choice in this because, if it collapses more, it could reduce the clearance to trains on the tracks below," mayor John Higgins said. The $11,000 must be set aside to reimburse Conrail for a flagman who will maintain radio contact with Conrad trains white the work is being done. The railroad insisted that a flagman be brought in for safety f>eiiwct^tvtlt*Ditr»Yt*t^^ 1n..ae_m^^tm-m o*lr*wtftftntcoflwwr*yro^ rlZmmlPmmmmmrV X\yef8tabk}mm4m1amm*metm **** "• U * *** ******** *** weat oat of computers M997. system was pur- firm that shortly before into service m which a U-maftv line win he nected. The water Una is now stitched to the oM'hridge and pro- r to Crones Road tad i oa the city's nortlwest The mayor said the bridge had been in a state of disrepair when he took office in 1996. Rather than replace it the city agreed to a five- year option that gave it the right to' connect W. Martin street with the section of N. Quarry Road north of the railroad tracks. The agreement was worked out ia April 1997 with • resident Florence Leslie, who owes land near the end of W. Mortal Street N. Quarry Road ends ie a ceVde-eac jest soam of Rt2. Pomeranz ttrid the dty had considered replacing rite bridge with a wakway. Tie idea was mid-1 :wW ' >.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-30|
|Date of Original||30-DEC-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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