Amherst News-Times, 1999-04-28
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Mayor gets grilled in interview — Page 2 Prayer observance next week — Page 3 Amherst News-Tim Wednesday. April 28. 1999 Four face challenge for chance at ballot The rape for city council teats in the May 4 primary election will be among Republicans rather than Democrats. The outcome of the election will determine which of four Republican candidates will run against Democratic incumbents for three council I at-Iarge seats in November. Among the Republicans is former councilman at-Iarge Robert Sisler, who did not choose to run in 1997 after being appointed to the legislative body. Sisler, of 261 Crosse Rd., is seeking to be a candidate along with Mark Costilow, of 206 Lincoln SL, Barbara Kilgore, of 20 Stonehedge Way, and Dennis Walters, of ISO Orchard Hill Dr. Both Kilgore and Walters have attended some council or council committee meetings since the beginning of the year. Kilgore was an outspoken opponent of council's decision to repeal sections of an ordinance dealing with minimum and maximum amounts allowed in the city's electric revenue fund. The three top vote getters will challenge incumbent Democrats Nancy Brown, of 776 Elyria Ave., David Kukucka, of SOI Charles Court, and new candidate David Williams, of 901 Shadylawn Bfa>* tfr NUWBIIlTJGrt Williams is seeking to fill the seat to be vacated by John Dietrich, who will become council president. Dietrich will succeed Wayne Whyte, who has announced he will retire from local politics at the end of the year. Other Republicans who have filed for council seats are former city auditor John Dunn, of 163 N. Lake Sl, and Michael Nolte, of 162 Woodhill Dr. Dunn will run against Democrat Terry Traster, of 1013 Milan Ave., in November for the first ward council seaL Nolte will compete with Steven P'Simer, of 611 Bren- nan Dr., for the third ward Dunn was appointed auditor following the resignation of Jim Gammons in early 1997 and was defeated by former councilmember Diane Eswine for the post later that year. Democratic incumbents Edwin Cowger and John Mishak are running unopposed for reelection to their respective second and fourth ward council seats. Mayor John Higgins, a Democrat, is running unopposed for his second four-year mayoral term. Independent candidates have until 4 pjn. May 3 to file for the the primary, according to the Lorain County Board of Elections. Amherst. Ohio ) emits Going Legoing Shupe Middle School inventors Jude Odafe (lett) and Joe Gi- Olympiad at Lorain County Community College. Schools from gliotti work on their Lego-made Battle Bug and its garage. The throughout Lorain County participated in the event. Lego-made insect was one of dozens of creations built at the Lego Farm market thrives over time Hills to celebrate more than 80 years of growing older eaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa*'*''*' ' '' ' aaaaV-— ■ .a) by GLEN MLLER News-Times reporter What started as a small roadside vegetable stand on North Ridge Road nearly SO years ago has become a thriving family business that's preparing itself to meet the challenges of a new generation of consumers. Actually, the history of Penton's Farm Market goes back a lot further. The Penton farm was started in the early 1900s when its founder, the late Harold Penton and his wife, Nina, took freshly picked produce to markets in the Cleveland area. The first small roadside stand wasn't built until 1950 and since has been replaced by a much larger concrete building. The arrival of spring marks the 83rd year the Penton family has been growing and selling produce to people. "It's a big job with lots of challenges and competition that wasn't around years ago," said Andy Hill. "I've learned a lot in the last six years to know that it involves a lot more than just fanning these days." A former big city boy from the Detroit area. Hill co-owns the massive spread along with his wife, Kir- sfen Penton-Hill, the granddaughter of Penton and daughter of William Penton, another former owner. Formerly a psychologist, Hill never thought he'd be driving a tractor or reading books and manuals about agriculture, let alone running a farm market. "When people ask about the career change, I often quip that I still work with fruits and nuts," he joked. "Until a couple of years ago, living Andy and Kirsten Hid work on a vegetable several tasks they, perform daily for customer stand display at Penton's Farm Market, one of convenience. E) >P to aid wi sh on a farm never creased my mind, especially being from east Detroit" For his wife, the decision to purchase the farm and market In several years ago came easier. She grew up on it but moved to west side Cleveland to pursue a career as a CPA with • major bank. Rather than balancing ia books, she now does the farm market's. It was her father, William Penton, who took over the farm from his mother Nina Penton in 1950 and maintained it until he died in 1991 of an apparent heart attack while jogging. And he also taught her how to drive a tractor when she was only 10. She often pulled loads of com and other produce from the fields to the market. Her mother, Gunver, kept up the Penton farm and market until she remarried several yean ago. It was after helping her for a year that the Hills decided to make sure it staved in the family. But it hasn't been easy due to competition from large grocery chains that realize the importance of selling fresh produce. Both they and CONTINUED on page 14 frc ds The city will use a $75,000 federal grant to hire an additional police patrolman to keep up with the continued growth in the city's population, now estimated at about 14.000. The new patrolman, Brian Bran- catelli, currendy is undergoing sev-. era! weeks of training until July, at which time he will work with a training officer before beginning patrol duties in October, according to police chief William Hall. His salary will be funded by a three-year COPS granL part of the federal government's effort to provide money for additional police officers throughout the country. Council's finance committee agreed April 19 to provide enough money for training out of the city's general fund until the COP grant becomes available in the fall. Some of the grant money will then be transferred back into the general fund. Hall said the additional patrol personnel is needed to help patrol new streets that have been added to the city in the last several years and will bring the total numbers of patrol persons to 19. "More streets equate to more people and more people equate to more problems and the need for more officers," Hall said. Brancatelli comes to the police department after serving with the U.S. Coast Guard and its drug interdiction efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Had Brancatelli served in the military, the chief said the department may have been eligible for an additional federal grant provided police departments who hire former military personnel. The Coast Guard is not regarded as an armed service because it Calls under the control of the Treasury Department. The limited length of the grant concerned councilmember Nancy Brown, who questioned bow the city could continue to pay the officer after it expires in 2002. When the grant expires, Hall said council will have to decide to increase departmental funding or make do with fewer patrolmen. In the meantime, he said the new officer is needed regardless of future funding. He also said he expects to lose three existing officers in the next three years either due to retirement or a move to a larger police department. Excluding himself, lieutenant Lormie Dillon and captain Barbara Cowger will be eligible for retirement in the coming years. In addition, an existing patrolman may move to a larger police force. In an unrelated matter, Hall asked council to approved the purchase of a 1996 Ford Explorer to replace a police cruiser wrecked in an accident earlier this year. The vehicle mainly will be used during bad winter weather for patrol duties. The finance committee agreed to spend $7,700 for the four-wheel drive vehicle. The remainder of the. coat will come from $10300 in to-, surance coverage paid for lha cruiser. CC eyes small tax break for working seniors Chy council is mulling the poesi- bUty of giving senior citizens a break on their dty income taxes If they rejoin the workforce after retiriagi Based on a proposal developed by treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz, seniors 62 or older would be able to make up to $5,000 without having to pay toffj met. TbeideawMputonluUatihe April 19 coundl fartenc* comniioee at the. suggeetioa of law director Alan Anderson, who aaM he to make sure giving seniors a break on local taxes is legal. "Quite frankly, I'm not sure Tireting a spwial «rhn* *y taiattnt is legal," he explained. "It just seems to me that we've pot loo many buzz words here that give me concern as to whether we are tunning into legality problems." Council generally idea but agreed to wait until Anderson can make sure OMo law allows mualripsMuei to give tax beaks lo senior citizens. Following the meeting. Litkovitz She noted the fakrai L said several seniors have asked her already provides tax breaks for the about the prjesMHty giving them a elderly by giving breaks baaed oa taxtoeak/^^ theasnotnMofSoeWSe^ just return to work for receive. The amount is uakapwn but to do or to st^erneat will be looked into by Andemm, their income or Social Security." she added. she exiaUned. "They immly aat Mayor John Higgles asJdhe cam anyway. WeVs doasa't hsesee tax breaks ajman- c^aAtvoaf the city's income lex SSOJOOO." The $5,000 limit cooW ba to- ll's a wash anyway given the lniiiiiiiiiisil.ii rrnrtl stii amnvwafitmnwehtweiei the amourn we'd t is a huge pain to neck for our (retired) seeior ciaii he added. "U paid a would be mora pie 65 or older, ****' ^***\m**}' ^*mfA*****a% «aaaaajaF SaeaSSjmeem*
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-04-28|
|Date of Original||28-APR-1999|
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