Amherst News-Times, 1997-03-19
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Joe Charboneau to the rescue — Page 8 Top spellers in contest — P Amherst News-Time r*» •* a a => •- X X ~ X —< l-H - v/1 _• _. 3 I 3 m ►—i A r- f) 3 H XI _> -H < "> Tl J, _ ] m Wednesday, March 19, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Group's looking skyward for Comet As much as Amherst loves its Comets athletic teams, there's going to be some competition in town. The real thing is now screaming across the slues, and a public comet viewing session has been planned for Wednesday, March 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., to witness what has been called "the comet of the Qemnry" Hie event is being organized by Marion L. Steele High School astronomy and chemistry teacher Dave Lengyel, along with the Black River Astronomical Society, of which he is vice president The cornet viewing is being held in the parking lot of Harris Elementary School where there is plenty of parking and a good view of the northwest horizon. Lengyel and other members of the Black River Astronomical Society will be bringing along telescopes, but he said that because of the cornet's brightness, viewing it with the naked eye will be easy. People may want to bring along binoculors if they have them. Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered in July of 1995 by Alan Hale and Tom Bom, and "is the best comet I've ever seen," Lengyel said. "The fact that it was discovered in July is even more amazing, because cornets are much leas visible during that time of year." What makes Hale-Bopp so bright, Kxxjrdiog to Lengyel, is its size. HIt is about 25 miles across, which is much bigger than most comet-,'' he explained, adding that the Hale- Bopp can easily be seen by the unaided eye in the early morning and evening hours. Comets are somewhat mysterious in nature, whose nuclei are similar to "giant, dirty snowballs," according to Lengyel, and are drought to be composed mosUy of ice and rock. As they near the sun, the material becomes gaseous, which then creates the reflective tails that can grow to be millions of mites long. Although a comet's tail is less dense dun any vacuum that can he created on earth, its reflec- tivety is what makes it so ■tow, Hale-Bopp is at its closet and brightest In compari- soa to the much more renowned HaSey's Comet, which was last visibtetoEarmml986,,ti)met Hale-Bopp is a least 100 times brighter,'* according to Lengyel. Lengyel said that prior to viewing Hale-Bopp, last year's Hyakutake Comet was the best that he had seen since 1969, when he saw Benaet's Comet as »"boy> ' Should the skies be uncooperative and cloudy, the viewing will be held in the same location and at the same times, on March 27, the following evening. "After that, you are on your own," Lengyel said, al though he still encourages everyone to get a glimpse of the Hale-Bopp. The Black River Astronomical Society was founded in 1949, and its members am from att walks of life in Lorain County, according to Lengyel. The group meets she first Wed- aia Coumy MetroPaits Visitors Center in Carlisle at 7 p,m_ and at that time for more infcsn»ation. Lengyel said the comet viewing is free, and he eocour- ages as nrnny people as powoble to attend tfest rem opportunity to see such a fine celestial work of Council, Leg agree to rezoning request with deed restrictions added by; BILL ROSS Holiday outlook Diana Horn takes advantage of some sunny weather on Sunday to decorate her Middle Ridge Road home for Easter. News-Times reporter After planning commission meetings, building and lands committee meetings, city council meetings and a public hearing, it appears a compromise has finally been reached between American Legion Post #118 and residents who live in homes adjacent to the Middle Ridge Road property. At a building and lands committee meeting held on Mar. 17, Post #118 proposed that if city council would agree to their original request for a C-2 commercial zoning permit, it would agree to deed restrictions being attached to any sale of its property — which would prohibit hotels, motels, motor courts, tourist homes or gas stations from being erected. The issue had come to a head at a public hearing held previously on March 10, when more than 30 residents and Legionnaires clashed over a Legion request to rezone the property to help facilitate a sale of the land and building. Richard Golden, commander of Post #118, said at last week's meeting, that it would "not be any new owners that would be requesting a zoning request,'* but that Post #118 is requesting it, and asked that the public trust them to make the right decision. In addition, Golden said the primary reason for wanting the zoning change is so the Legion can be formally recognized as what it is, a commercial business. He also said the Legion may not sell its property as announced previously. The claim that the Legion is not being forced to sell, contrasted sharply with what Golden had said at a January committee meeting. "We've spent over $650,000 in improvements on the building and because of lack of revenue, we cannot continue to pay the mortgage much longer," he told council previously. Post #118 has incurred repeated gambling and alcohol violations over the years, including a six- month liquor license suspension in 1995, which caused many of its members to go to other fraternal organizations. Reggie Cameron, canteen manager at the Legion, said in January, "Everyone left when we couldn't sell liquor anymore, but they never came back — and that is what is hurting us." But at last week's hearing, Golden discounted concerns voiced during the January meeting, by residents who live near the Legion. "It won't (the sale) affect property values, because property sells for what it is worth. As far as traffic impact is concerned, we've always had weddings and parties and have had no past complaints," he said. Doug McMillan, who lives near the post, raised new questions at the hearing regarding the rumor that there are two council members who are members of the post, and whether it is ethical for them to vote on the rezoning request. Both councilpersons David Rice and Nancy Brown said they would abstain from voting on the matter because they are members of the post. McMillan displayed a list of 35 signatures from residents who live adjacent to the Legion, who are opposed to the rezoning. "Our main concern is a motel going in there," McMillan said. "Once the zoning is done, there's nothing that council CONTINUED on page 2 City will CHIP in some cash to fix up homes by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter The city of Amherst has been given the go-ahead to apply for housing improvement funds available from the state of Ohio under its Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP). The CHIP program offers low- interest loans and down payment as sistance to persons who are classified as having low-to-moderate income levels, which according to the 1990 census, includes 26.5 percent of Amherst At a city council meeting held on March 10, council passed an ordinance that accepts the 1997 Community Housing Strategy (CHIS) and authorizes the mayor to submit the CHIS to the Ohio Department of Development to apply for financial assistance from CHIP. At a building and lands committee held on March 3, Catherine Murphy, the community development manager for the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, gave a presentation to council members, along with providing them with a 30-page booklet detailing the CHIP and CHIS processes. Murphy said that the chamber had been working in conjunction with the Amherst Housing Advisory Committee to find ways to rehabilitate homes and rental housing within the city of Amherst, and that "Amherst has a very good chance of receiving funding through CHIP." Under the CHIP guidelines, a family of four can earn up to $34,400 annually, and still fall within the low-moderate classification, according to Murphy. She added that because Amherst has a substantial elderly population on fixed incomes, they too would be able to benefit from the funding. Murphy described the city of Amherst as being a "bedroom community" with a mostly white population of 10332, as of the 1990 census. She added that the population had a fairly even age distribution, with the largest concentration (16.5 percent) CONTINUED on page 3 Girls sew up lasting impression on little scout Thanks to some local Girl Scouts, a brand new baby girl who was born in Amherst Hospital will be keeping warm in the custom made quilt they presented to her during National Girl Scout Week. Kelsey Marie King, bom to Erica Plumb and Kasey King on Monday, March 10 at 6:15 pjn., was the first baby girl of the week bom at Amherst Hospital, which entitled her to be the recipient of the quilt This is the sixth year that the Sandstone Service Unit, which is comprised of troops throughout Amherst and South Amherst, has made the presentation. National Girl Scout Week was March 9-15. Debbie Matotek, who is the service unit director, said the annual project is a great way to get the girls interested in girl scout week, while doing something nice for somebody. The idea was originally the brainchild of Gloria Dotson, scout leader for Troop 435, who Erica Plumb and baby Kelsey Marie King enjoy a quid presentation by scouts from the Sandstone Service Unit. On their left are Kara Gelenlus Sack) and Stefanie Yanaako; and their right, is indy Dotson (back) and Maggie Hoffman. started it off by giving a sun bonnet to the first baby bom during National Girl Scout Week. "We wanted to do a service project, and since my girls were practicing sewing at the time, we decided lo make a bonnet," Dotson said. "The service unit thought the idea was great so it evolved to a quilt so that more troops could join in." Dotson said that quilt patches are passed around to troops within the service unit area, and the girls can then customize their own square, with troop name and decorations. In addition lo the quilt Kelsey was given a special Girl Scout bib and, of course, a sampling of some Girl Scout cookies. Kelsey weighed in at seven pounds, seven ounces. The new family lives in South Amherst, and since grandparents Carson and Linda Plumb live in Amherst, Kelsey should be expecting frequent visits from family members. **w <
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-03-19|
|Date of Original||19-MAR-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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