Amherst News-Times, 1999-03-31
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I* J Ideas sought for old post office — Page 2 I Another traffic blitz planned — Page 3 p : E Amherst News-Time 3 X Service groups planning egg hunt The Lions and Leo clubs pf Amherst are finalizing preparations for the annual community-wide Easter Egg Hunt The hunt begins at 11 am. on Saturday, April 3 at Maude Neiding Park. Sponsoring the event for the third year, the two service clubs are planning an even more enjoyable time for .Amherst youngsters. Lions Club president Maty Plato said the Easter Bunny will be on hand to oversee the activities. "We hope a visit by the Easter Bunny this year will add to the thrill of the hunt," Plato said. About 8,000 plastic eggs stuffed with candy will be scattered throughout the park. "The quality and diversity of the candy will be much better this year thanks to the Amherst Giant Eagle store,'' he said, adding the Giant Eagle store is donating all 80 pounds of candy used for the hunt. In addition, Plato said the Amherst Ben Franklin store assisted in getting thousands of plastic eggs, while the local Discount Drag Mart do j | ; nated several prizes. "We greadey appreciate their support to this community activity," he added. The Amherst Loot, made UP of high school students from Marion L. Steele High School, will begin stuffing the eggs on Saturday, March 27. "We'll be stalling at 9 in the morning," explained Leo Club secretary Sara Walzer,' "and we'll keep at it until we're through, hopefully by mid-afternoon." The MLS junior has been involved in the stuffing and hiding of eggs for the previous two hunts. "Stuffing the first couple ,-jhousand eggs is fun, but then y it becomes a little tiresome. Thai's when we start throwing some of the candy at each other," she admitted. The Easter Egg hunt begins promptly at 11 a.m. and there will be three areas marked to accomodate the following age groups: ages three and under, four- to six-year-olds; and seven to 10. In addition to the candy stuffed eggs, there will be a number of specially marked eggs that can be redeemed for prizes. Plato advises parents to plan to arrive early at the park. "The Maude Neiding parking lots cannot serve all the kids and parents attending," he said. "A number of people are forced to park several streets away and then hike lo the park. We hope they plan ahead to make it in time for die 11 tun. start because it's an over in a matter of a few Participants should alto bring their own bags or bn- skets for gathering eggs. The Uons and Leos wiU ba doing some gathering of their own. A coafcetaon boa will be set up for people to deposit any old eye glMses they ao longer need. The to those hi need ia Lesson in I Students, c q endorse locai stone for state in' with Buzz A St. Joseph School student rocks with Buzz the Beaver, the mascot of the Cleveland Lumberjacks during a school assembly. Buzz visited the school as part of a program emphasizing the importance of reading. Sandstone could soon become Ohio's state rock if the General Assembly enacts a bill created at the suggestion of some Firelands High School students. Introduced by state representative Bill Taylor of Norwalk. H.B. 208 was suggested by English teacher Anne Callahan's class. Now Amherst city council is getting into the act. At the suggestion of auditor Diane Eswine, it is considering passing a resolution supporting the bill. "For us being the Sandstone Center of the World, I think it would be in our best interest to support this," she added. "Maybe this could get people to write to their state legislators and ask them to support this." Several people who are aware of the bill already have written or called Taylor's office, although so have a few people from Erie County. That's because limestone is mined in the Sandusky area. They think limestone should be considered also, although Taylor's legislative aid Matt Formey said letters supporting sandstone are "far ahead of them." He said Taylor liked the idea and officially introduced a bill on Feb. 23. It has been placed in the hands of the legislature's state government committee for consideration and study. Even though the students are not of voting age, Taylor felt it allowed them to get involved in the legislative process and learn how a bill gets to the floor of the General Assembly. "There have been some tongue in cheek things said about this, but he is taking this seriously because of the involvement of the kids and other supporters he's heard from or who have written him," Formey said. Once the idea was formalized, the Firelands students initiated a letter writing campaign to let Taylor know they are serious. High school officials said the letter-writing campaign was part of an exercise on writing business letters assigned in Callahan's English class. The teacher got the idea after reading an article on state symbols, they explained. Students researched sandstone, information about which was conveyed in many of the letters received by Taylor and read by his staff. Hospital matSfhity ward (JldSing Friday After 81 years of caring for newborn babies, Amherst Hospital's maternity ward will close its doors Friday. Plans to close the facility were initially announced in early February, although the closing day was not. Hospital officials declined comment about the closing and referred all calls to Lois Kohler, community relations director for the Elyria-based EMH Regional Health Care System. Kohler said there are no immediate plans to use the maternity unit for another use. It is being closed because of a decline in births at the hospital and a decision to streamline operations by merging maternity services with those at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria. A new birthing unit is among the facilities to be included in a new building that will be located across the street from the main Elyria As many as 11 maternity nurses at Amherst Hospital may lose their jobs. Kohler declined to comment oh the possible layoffs. She said all are eligible to "bid" on vacant nursing jobs available with the EMH Regional Medical System if they are qualified for a vacant post. One nurse said she has serious questions about the bidding procedure. She and other nurses preferred not to be identified for fear they might not be considered for a vacant post "I'm surprised it came this quick, but then again, I'm not," said one nurse. "It's been very quiet around here lately and we knew this was coming, but not when. Now we do." The maternity unit closing brings to end a Girt Scout tradition of making a quilt for the first infant born during Girl Scout Week. The last quilt was given to a Lorain woman and her baby by scouts from troops 077, 078 and 526 March 8. Also closing is a special clinic for low-income pregnant women staffed by Amherst Hospital nurses. Its patients will be transferred to a clinic that is expected to soon open in the Lakeland Medical Center adjacent to Community Health Partners hospital in Lorain. Many of the clinic's patients gave birth at the hospital because it performs tubal ligations, a procedure not done at the nearby Catholic- operated Lorain hospital. The clinic's doctors have requested privileges at the EHM Regional Medical Center in Elyria so they can continue to perform the procedure. 'Check sheet' checks kid computer skills by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter With the national push to put computers in every classroom, the Amherst school board has approved a schedule for what students should know about computers at each grade level. At its March 22 meeting, the board approved the 'Technology Skills for Amherst Students K-12". a document prepared by the Computer Science/Technology Education committee. The committee consisted of a school employees, repre- senting every grade level, plus curriculum director Timothy Logar, who chaired the committee, and media and technology specialist Judy Ale- xander, who presented the document to the school board. "These are a list of skills that we think tittdfiMt should be introduced to awnepbee along their education," Alexander said. "And there are a few things from kindergarten on awl the teachers wiU be building on those in their own lesson plans ia reading, language arts, science, and so forth." The document, which Alexander called now of a "scope snd aeqo- list* 97 %*m:M But before teachers start wonder* ing how they will be expected to teach technical skills, Alexander said the schools would provide suggestions for tiring computers in then-, lesson plans. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-03-31|
|Date of Original||31-MAR-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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