Amherst News-Times, 1999-04-21
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I Players to stage show — Page 3 | Teens are bullish on the market — Pa< * Amherst News-Time WoclnosdrTy. April ?1. 1999 Amherst. Ohio Downtown revitalization to take money, plar by QLEN MLLER News-Times raporter Hie Amherst Downtown Business Association will meet in two weeks to discuss how to hire a coordinator to oversee implementation of the Ohio Main Street Program in the city. The meeting was among the outcomes of an April 14 conference with representatives of Downtown Ohio, Inc. (DOI), a statewide non-profit group that administers the revitalization program. More than 30 people gathered at the old post office to hear DOI representatives explain the program and how it can be started in Amherst. Main Street is a comprehensive revitalization program eyed by mayor John Higgins and other city officials as a way to build historic and economic redevelopment in downtown. Parts of it have been adopted by Oberlin, which plans to hire a di rector who will be jointly responsible for chamber of commerce activities in that community. Kevin Kuchenbecker, DOI executive director, said communities must have a long- term commitment to the program in order for it to be effective. Those which are committed have hired a coordinator and have been willing to spend between $40,000 and $80,000 a year to implement a revitalization plan, which includes retail marketing and promotion. The decision to seek a coordinator came after a poll of the participants revealed they unanimously approved of the idea. They also agreed the mayor does not have the time to devote to the function and still carry out his other duties. Higgins said any program undertaken in Amherst probably will involve a "hybrid" of funding sources, including the city, merchants, federal community development block grants (CDBG), and founda tion grants. The need for a full-time or part-time coordinator was the top recommendation of participants, who were divided into small groups by Kuchenbecker. Others were: • Additional signs directing people to downtown. It was felt existing signs erected by the city are insufficient or need to be placed in locations where they can be seen easier. If he were blindfolded and taken to Rt. 58 , Kuchenbecker said he would have no idea how to get to downtown or that he was in AmhersL • Put vacant land to use. The group pointed out a large parcel of land bordering parts of Church Street and Tenney and Park avenues. Last year, the city aban-j doned plans to build a perking lot on it after it learned it would be responsible for the expensive removal of any CONTINUED on page 2 Lots of on-the-job experience to aid city's new cable TV studio leader The desire to put her skills and creativity in journalism and television to work persuaded Charlenc Duncan to become the new manager for Amherst City Cable. An ambitious woman, Duncan, 36, divides her time between her new part-time cable TV job, working full-time as a news assignment editor for WJW-TV in Cleveland and attending graduate school in communications at Case Western Reserve University. Until recently, she also worked part-time as a reporter for WEOL radio in Elyria, although she is leav ing it to join WACC-TV, the unofficial designation given the city's cable channels. "You name it and I've probably done it in this business," said Duncan, of North Olmsted. Many years ago, she even worked as a reporter for a Cleveland area weekly newspaper and previously was employed by a Cleveland area cable company and low-power Cleveland and Akron TV two- station network. "But I want to do more. I have a CONTINUED on page 16 rst City Cable manager Chartene Duncan checks out a studio control pane, at Marion L. Steele High School. Residents, local club, earn enhancement nod Six individuals and a local motorcycle club were presented with the city's 1998 Community Enhancement Awards during the April 12 city council meeting. More awards were presented this year than in the past because of a higher level of community involvement in projects during previous years, according to mayor John Higgins. The awards were presented by the mayor to: • William Betka for clearing and maintaining Maple Street by the Conrail Railroad tracks. • Dan Brown for chairing and overseeing the beautifica- tion projects at the routes 2 and 58 southeast quadrant. Brown also thanked more than a dozen volunteers who helped as well as companies that contributed time, materials or equipment • Dennis Bender, who donated stones, dirt and equipment for the construction of new park at Tenney Avenue and Church Street, and the routes 2 and 58 beautification project. • Freedom Nation Motorcycle Club. The motorcyclists helped in the construction of small park at Tenney Avenue and Church Street. • Ben Criss. The Amherst businessman built a decorative stone wall in the Tenney Avenue park. • David Moore, president of Crystal Mortgage Company for renovation of the old Eagle's Club on Milan Avenue. It is now a restaurant and banquet facility called the Veranda. • Jay Murray for improvements to buildings at the intersection of Tenney Avenue and Church Street The buildings were the Church Street Bar & Grill and a house be hind it "These people have put a tremendous amount of time into these projects and the most important thing was the sacrifice of their own time and, in some cases, money to make the projects work," Higgins said. "It's really encouraging and it says a lot about our community and its people." Young fundraisers earn enough cash to buy firefighters high techno gear by OLEN MLLER Newa-Timaa reporter Thanks to Brittany Gerena, Garrett Knoll aad a lot of donations. Amherst firefighters soon will have a high-tech thermal tff.agi11t camera to help battle fires aad save lives. About nine months ago, Gerena, the daughter of firefighter Rick Gerena, aad Knoll, the aoa of cap- lain Greg Knoll, embarked oa the task to raJse$25,000 te the purch- aae of an IRIS Thermal Imaging System. The device wiU enable their tact heat and victims through walls needed by the fire department from FTRAR. lac. It was a $4,000 gnat from the Stocker foundation that put them over the top aad was more than needed. Only about $3,700 oa the grant is needed, ao the rest will be returned, according to the girl's mother, Julienne Gerena. The two Nord Junior High School Aa. a _ . _ _ _ a ____ — * -M EaaaaaaaaV seventh graders got tne mho taat year while doing a social studies project aa sixth graders at Shape Middle School. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-04-21|
|Date of Original||21-APR-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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