Amherst News-Times, 1998-06-24
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I I Burgdorf calls it quits at Al's — Page 3 f CO m _ cr o* c o 3 X 0* < X M c m - V. r- < n ■ a n Vmherst News-Times Juno 24. 1998 Amhorst. Ohio -. Safety ops <ids en iu adults Amherst's new Safety City got off to a roaring start June 16 as about 85 children took turns driving around the permanent $11,000 facility or learned how to cross a street and ride a school bus safely. No sooner did mayor John Higgins and police chief William Hall cut the ceremonial ribbon did the first group of students clammer into their little cars. There were no car accidents, just a lot of traffic jams and confusion about which side of the road to drive on. Had things been for real, there probably would have been a lot of driving left of center citations handed out. Overall, more than 170 children are enrolled in this year's Safety City program, which includes instruction in basic traffic safety, pedestrian safety and school bus safety. To make things easier, the children were'divided into three teams, red, green and yellow — the colors displayed on traffic lights. Patrolman Les Carrender, who oversees the program and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, was the only casualty. A young reckless driver on the red team ran over his foot as he was instructing a child on the green team how to safely cross a street. No citation was issued, just a stern warning. Carrender survived, but not without telling the driver, "you flunked.'' The first series of classes ended June 19. A second set of classes with about 80 or more children kicked off June 22 and will end Friday. Because of the program's growth in popularity, Carrender said he is considering dividing the program into three sessions next year rather than two. "It'll make it a lot easier because there's just too many (children) this year to give them the kind of time we'd like," he explained. "Smaller groups would help." The donations of time, money, talent and materials cut the originally estimated $25,000 cost of the facility in less than half. Volunteers spent several weeks building miniature buildings that look like those found throughout the city. Until this year, the program had been held at Powers Elementary School. The new facility is located immediately south of the police station on N. Lake Street. More than 60 area businesses, groups or individuals donated either time, money or materials for the facility's construction. CONTINUED on page 2 Holly Rushton, 5, of Vermilion, watches as Marie Osmond autographs her doll during a special doll signing session at Treasure's In the Attic attended by about 500 people. The signature will make her doll more valuable. Oh, what a doll! Marie delights crowd of collectors at Riddle's by QLEN MLLER Nsws-Tlmss reporter Marie Osmond is best known as a singer, TV personality and stage performer, not a doll designer or collector. But last Saturday, several Amherstonians were among about 500 people who stood in line at Treasures in the Attic on S. Main Street to get her autograph. Not on paper, but on the back of one of the many dolls that she has designed. People came from as far away as Cincinnati and parts of Indiana with their dolls, or to purchase the Marie Osmond dolls in the shop's stock. It is one of the five biggest sales outlets of her dolls in the country, according to owner Judy Riddle. Samples of the Osmond collection filled the downstairs window. To avoid an overflow and make things easier, Riddle handed out numbers, to patrons and called them upstairs as room permitted. More than 200 numbers had been handed out to customers by June 17. Another 300 managed to sneak in with those that had numbers, but by 4 pjn. the backs of the heads of every doll had been signed by Osmond. "This way,.the signature will stay on it no matter what parts get old or replaced over the year," she explained. "It makes it a keepsake — more valuable." She designs most of her own dolls and supervises the costuming , and painting of others. Those she creates herself have her own personal trademark, a small beauty mark next to their left eye just like Autograph seekers line the store as they await Marie Osmond's arrival. Despite the use of tick ets, many were able to sneek inside to get a do- • seup took of the star who designs dolls. the one over her's. A doll collector since she was a child, she started designing her own dolls for the L.L. Knickerbocker Co., a California doll and teddy bear manufacturer, about three yean ago. "Doll collecting is bigger than most people think,'' die said. "Right now, k's right up there with coin collecting." Osmond, who is scheduled to co- host a new syndicated TV variety talk show with her brother Donny this fall, flew into Northern Ohio CONTINUED on pegs 3 Anderson lawsuit's in hands of judge by OLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Law director Alan Anderson and city council will have to wait six weeks to three months for a decision to be rendered in his lawsuit against council and the city administration. That's how long it will take the Ninth District Court of Appeals' three judges to review and make a decision on briefs and oral arguments presented during a June 18 appeals hearing. Mayor John Higgins, treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz, auditor Diane Eswine and several council members attended the hearing held in the Lorain County Administration Building last Thursday. The appeal seeks to overturn a Lorain County Common Pleas Court decision that ruled council can override the law director's authority to name a bond counsel. It took 15 minutes for the judges to receive briefs from Anderson and Thomas Muzilla, one of the city's attorneys, and hear arguments from Muzilla, before the hearing was dismissed. Anderson waived his right to present oral arguments. Instead, he presented the court with a 31 -page brief outlining his position and law supporting his claim that he, not city council, has the right to appoint a bond counsel. Muzilla presented more than a 100-page brief filled with documentation and exhibits supporting council and the city administration's position. He argued that the Ohio Supreme Court has held that a city council, not a law director, has the authority to retain legal counsel when the law director is ill, absent or unqualified to provide the needed legal services. His argument is based on the assertion that Anderson noted he had no bonding experience and selected the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter and Griswold, to act as bond counsel. Council appointed. Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, another Cleveland law firm with bond expertise, thereby ignoring Anderson's recommendation and initiating his 1997 lawsuit, Anderson claims the county court erred in its ruling because Amherst is a statutory, not a chartered city. State law gives the law director of a statutory city appointing authority. Muzilla's brief claims the Ohio Revised Code and case law give a statutory city's council bonding authority. "This is especially true where the law director is unable or not qualified to perform the legal services," he wrote in his brief. Anderson has previously said he will appeal the case to the Ohio Supreme Court if (he appellate court upholds the common pleas court ruling Priest enjoys return to St. Joseph's start ^•ef 'vm Fathtr Anthony Kreps The Rev. Anthony Kreps, the pastor who oversaw the building of Sl Joseph's Catholic Church in the early seventies was honored by his parishioners June 14. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-06-24|
|Date of Original||24-JUN-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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