Amherst News-Times, 1999-01-27
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Is there an electric surplus — Page 2 [Commissioners OK annexation — Pa< Amherst News-Time 3 Wednesday. January 27, 1999 Amherst, Ohio Athletes remember coach as great guy by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter Amherst soccer coach Glenn Robert Voss had a heart as big as a soccer field, but it finally gave out last Saturday. Voss, SO, died in the emergency room of Amherst Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home. Amherst athletic director Jeff Reisen said he was shocked at the news. "The first thing that hit me when I heard was about his integrity and character." Reisen said. "He was very disciplined, a leader by example." Senior soccer player Steve Szucs said that leadership by example extended to Voss joining the team in their workouts. "He would give us direction, then go out of his way to run with us and do the drills with us," Szucs said. "He was a fun guy. He made soccer fun." Voss worked as a soccer coach for 18 years, coaching all age groups. From 1990 to 1994 he coached the junior varsity team, and in 1996 he became the varsity coach. Reisen, who has been athletic director since 1997, said Voss made a difference in the program. "I know from speaking with Dick Roth, who was athletic director before me, that Glenn turned the soccer program around to where it's respected in the area," Reizen said. Voss was not a teacher in the schools, at least not in the classrooms. He was a production planner for the USS/Kobe steel plant in Lorain, where he worked for more than 30 years. He graduated from Bowling Green Stale University with a degree in journalism, and for a time worked for the News-Tunes writing sports stories. But high school principal Fred Holland said his primary focus in life was working with kids. "He was a positive man who worked bard with the kids." Holland said. "And not only in soccer." Szucs said he might forget what his coach taught him about soccer, but not what Voss taught him about life. "He impacted a lot of peoples* lives," Szucs said. "He always talked about being a class act and a class guy. And he was that" I'm a senior, so this was my last year playing with him. But when I stepped off the field for the last time, I didn't realize I'd never see hhn again," Szucs continued. "Ha was a great coach and • great guy." Aside from working with high school students, Voss also volunteered his time assisting with the Special Olympics. Voss's family suggested that inemorial contributions may be made lo the Special Olympics. Holland said he spoke to students at the high school oa the rlaasroom television system Monday inaning lo inform them. He said the for students who needed help dealing with Vote's Taxpayer money's getting washed ivr *»f The street department wants to build a salt storage dome behind its Gordon Avenue garage to prevent Mother Nature from taking money out of the city's pocket Each year, rain and snow dissolve about 200 tons of road salt piled behind the garage, a loss equivalent to $6,000 or $7,000 of salt, according to city utilities superintendent Don Woodings. The estimated $80,000 dome-like structure was endorsed by city council's finance committee Jan. 19 after Woodings explained it will save the city money over a period of several years. An ordinance authorizing bids for a protective structure is expected to be approved by the full council as soon as possible. Woodings said the idea for building what is referred to as a salt shed has been on the "back burner" for at least 27 years because of the Nordson Corporation's interest in buying the city property. The company is adjacent to the garage and other city property on which Nordson could expand. Because the company has not expressed interest in the \ i i'-.»-. - ■»>.« ... Utilities superintendent Don Woodings checks out a pile of road salt after an all- night Jan. 22 rain washed some of it away. land in several years, Woodings said he now wants to build a protective structure to from being washed away, stop the expensive salt piles If Nordson should change its mind, he said the protective structure can be moved because it is easily disassembled and reassembled. Exposure to rain and snow also turns the top crust of a salt pile into a hard mass that often plug salt truck distribution mechanisms. For safety reasons, drivers must stop salting and return to die garage where they can get help in breaking up the chunks. "So we are losing a lot of time in addition to money," he added. The lost money is the cost of the salt for which the city now pays $34 a ton, nearly 10 times more than it cost 10 yean ago. The cost will continue to rise given the demand for road salt Some cities, including Elyria, faced a critical shortage during the heavy snow that fell earlier this month and the road ice that formed, he added. The city once considered storing salt in the old city electric building. The idea was abandoned because salt eventually would have deteriorated the building's brick and mortar. The storage domes are not affected by salt, he said. Motor man finds his name in hall of fame by QLEN MLLER News-Times raporter John Penton was inducted into the AMA's Hall of Fame Jan. 23 for creating a piece of slick machinery that's become a collector's item for a lot of people. Penton is not a doctor. The AMA is the American Motorcycle Association and the piece of machinery that he built is the Penton Motorcycle, the predecessor to what is now the KTM motocross motorcycle. Penton, 74, picked up much of his mechanical skills in the Navy and Merchant Marine during World War II and much of his knowledge about business affairs while attending Baldwin Wallace College after the conflict. He and his brothers, Ike and the late Ted and Bill Penton, were avid motorcycle riders. Bill started Pen- ton's Farm Market. Penton remembers riding to and from the Berea college on his motorcycle, "a fast and cheap method of transportation," never realizing the role the machine would play in his future. Pentoo's interest in motorcycles and off-road competition started when he went to a motorcycle competition in Michigan in 1948. He eventually went into business by opening a small motorcycle shop in what is now a pet grooming shop at 116 N. Ridge Road. Penton can hold his head high in the record books, too. In 1949, he won second place out of 500 entrants in an enduro (endurance) cross-county race in Michigan. He later captured first place in a 250-mile national enduro race in 19S8. One of his biggest achievements came that same year by riding a BMW motorcycle non-stop from New York City to Los Angeles in 32 hours and 11 minutes. By the early '60s, he had become the U.S. national motorcycle champion and within a few yean was voted the most well-known and popular motorcvclist ia Ike country. ■a^a^a^BBBBBBBBaa mamammmmmmaamsmm wmFmmmmma mamma mamatmw marammm*mmmma. mm But this was just a precursor of things to come. He decided to Hy his tuck at cross country racing in Europe. Off he went across the Atlantic to nee. A few yean later, he aad a partner, Edison Dye, became excited by the a>>ejppa»rnf of a new type of European off-road Baotoreycling — motocroat. They Hked what they saw — aad lode, too. i fm ' '- " a'f Above, John Ponton is accompanied by his wife Donna in the -60s as he csopiaya some of Ma many trophies won at various competitive niotorcyew avanta. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-01-27|
|Date of Original||27-JAN-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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