Amherst News-Times, 1997-03-26
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Page 8 j Family faces Ford closing — Pa Amherst News-Time < !■> - 9 - '_ X _ X -I 2 -Ti a x < - r it -< -'■' - .-. -■ _• < - T 2> Wednesday, March 26, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Lois Von Gunten Associate principal to retire from MLS by KATHLEEN KOSHAR News-Times editor Lois Von Gunten isn't sure what kind of reputation she'll take with her when she leaves the school district at the end of June. As the associate principal of Marion L. Steele High School for the past eight years, she's been the head disciplinarian for the nearly 1,200 students at the school. The school board earlier this month accepted Von Gunten's notice that she will be retiring at the end of June. School superintendent Howard Dulmage said the associate principal's job will be tilled again; Von Gunten was the only associate principal in the district and the high school would have a tough time operating without two principals. A graduate of Firelands High School, Von Gunten did two stints with the Amherst schools. She was a guidance counselor at the high school, left for three years to serve as an associate principal in Westlake and returned eight years ago to Steele. She was also an English and speech teacher at Bluffton High School (she earned her degree at Bluffton College) and at South Amherst High School. Von Gunten was also a guidance counselor in South Amherst for six years. One of her primary job duties here as been the discipline of the high school students. "I'm sure there's some students who will think of me a. tough," she said. "But I like lo think that I have been lair and consistent." Another one of her job duties as been as advisor to the Student Council, a position which has been one of her favorites. The council is in charge of the annual Gallery of Success event which i onors alumni of the school foi their accomplishments and dedication. "I'm really glad that (hat's been a part of my job duties," she said. "That has been a really great group of kids and it's great to see former students come back who are so appreciative of the honor." In the past eight years, she's also done a lot of committee work and observed many teachers in the classroom as part of her job. "Amherst is really a great place. When I left I wanted to come back in the worst way," she said. With her own children grown, Von Gunten said she is not certain yet what she'll do during retirement "I'm not leaving because I've 'had it' or anything like thai. But there just comes a time when you'll know when you want to retire," she said. CONTINUED on page 2 Mom's leaves £ son-in-law in hospital Acting skit-tish ■ -^h0!^ to crack jokes in was sponsored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, who &__3S_; L iyr_LJ_"iSEm . 6d- byT?en °"SS-' durmg Malors aave its Citizen of the Y*ar *"ard to News-Times columnist Fay Nite 97 at the Antlers Hotel in Lorain. The mayor's secretary/Sally van Nuys Ott Cornwell, and local banker Dale Rosenkranz, perform. The event Competition puts market out of biz People in Amherst who prefer the convenience and manageable Size of a neighborhood market now have one less option; Harold's Sparkle Market at 7513 Leavitt Road has closed. The Sparkle Market, which shut its doors on Match 22, has been owned by John Harold for the last eight yean, and has been a future in tbe community "for something like SO years," according to one employee. In recent years it has been losing money because it has been unable to stay competitive with larger operations. "Ever since Super K opened up we have been losing custom era," said Debbie Waseleski. who works both ia the office and at « cashier at Harold's. "And when all of that work was being done on 58 and Middle Road, we lost even more mnoi—rtri .'I §M inhere. They never came back," Waseleski has been an employee ot Harold's far the past sk years and was one of the but four employees left before the closing. The store began laying off employees gradually over the last month, as the various de pattments exhausted their stock. Most of the 38 employees who were laid off have not yet found were and arc currently re- ceiving uoempkrvment benefits, according to Waseleski. "1 personally don't know < jag to dO yet — I t_v« no plans," Mae- of the Sparkle Market's business was from older people in the community, who have told Waseleski that they enjoy shopping at a smaller place like Harold's, where the employees know ihem by name. "They have 'old me they are really going to miss the place — and so wUlL"' Harold also owns another Sparkle franchise on Lake Avenue in Elyria, and is in the pro- He also owns die building and property, according to Waseleski, and will by to sell it or lease, although bo new tenant has been lined up. Look out below Michelle and Mason Hoffman take a ride down vantage of a recent sunny Sunday to go outside the slide at Maude Neiding Park. Hoffman, her and play, husband Mark and their three children took ad- City may I rent space to church downtown by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Once a place to pick up mail and send packages, the former post office on Park Avenue may soon become a place of worship. Negotiations are underway to sign on new tenants for the building which is owned by the city but not utilized. The lease would be for 18 months. Mayor John Higgins said that after advertising bids for possible renters for two weeks, the city has received one bid that looks promising. The bid is from the Trinity Evangelical Free Church, and if it is accepted, it will provide die city of Amherst with revenue for the building which is eventually planned for use as city offices. "Right now our priority is to renovate city hall to make it safe, so the post office has been put on hold," Higgins said. Since the building has been sitting vacant for years, it is hoped that by leasing the building, new tenants would provide money for renovations as well as extra income for the city. Although the mayor would not disclose terms of the lease until a deal has bean finalized, he did say it would provide a substantial amount of revenue. The new tenant would also be responsible for maintaining the grounds, parking and any improvements. Any renovations would have lo be approved by the city engineer. "They are comfortable with die terms," Higgins said. "Now the board of controls needs to meet, and if all goes well, the lease papers will CONTINUED on page 2 by BILL ROSS News Times reporter An Amherst man with a long history of domestic violence arrests is recovering from wounds sustained from a shotgun blast to the groin by his mother-in-law, after reportedly threatening her and his wife on March 13. Donald Calvert, 27, of Hamilton Road, was taken to the MetroHealth Center in Cleveland to be treated for injuries that include losing a testicle and severe damage to the upper portion of his left leg. Amherst police detective Jim McCann said the incident began when Calvert started making threatening phone calls early in the evening to the Hamilton Avenue home where he and his wife, Susan, 24, and their three children have been staying with her mother since last December. At 7:12 p.m., Mary Jane Alford, 63, called the Amherst Police Department, saying that Calvert was intoxicated and had been was trying to break into the residence, after she had refused to let him in. According to McCann, while officers were responding to the call, Calvert forced open the door vhile yelling threats and lunging forward Two minutes later, Calvert's wife called the police and told them someone had just been shot. As of March 18, Calvert remained hospitalized and doctors had given him no indication as to when he would be released. "I'm not doing too^ood," Calvert said, adding that he had already undergone two surgeries, including a skin graft At the time of the interview, Calvert was due for seven to 10 days of bed rest and then physical therapy. Calvert disputes statements made by Alford, that he had been threatening to kill her and her daughter. "I didn't have a gun, I didn't have nothing. If I was gonna kill somebody, I'd have a weapon." But Alford has no doubt that Calvert was planning to kill them, and said he has been arrested many times before for attacking both her and her daughter. "One time he came in drunk, put his hand on a Bible and swore he was going to kill her," Alford said "He took her head and started smashing it against the table and wouldn't stop, and when I tried to stop him he grabbed and shook me, bruising me up real bad." Although Calvert admits to having been arrested in the past for domestic violence, he said he and his wife had been getting along fine ever since they moved in with Al- | ford. The move was supposed to allow them to get back on their feet financially, since he is unable to work at his previous plumbing bade because of a bad back. "I even bought her flowers that day, and I just called to say I was coming home," he said. "I never threatened anybody." Calvert's version of the story is that he had been out drinking, and when he called to say he was coming home, Alford told him to stay away. He further reported that because he lives at the Hamilton Street home, he felt he had a right to be inside. "Yeah, sometimes I go out and drink, but she (Alford) treats me like a dog and makes me sleep in the garage — and I ain't no dog or anything. So, yeah I did break the lock off, but I didn't break down the door. I just stuck my left leg in and she went and shot me." Alford admits that Calvert bought his wife roses, but believes it was for an alibi — and that he planned in advance to commit murder. Tint he calls to say he is going to. Kentucky and then he sends roses. Next thing he does is call lo say he's coming home to kill us, and Sue begged him to stay away. When he not to the door and we wouldn't CONTINUED on page 2 & *.■ ******** «*•'_•-. ■■-- •
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-03-26|
|Date of Original||26-MAR-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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