Amherst News-Times, 1999-06-30
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Blacksmith shop planned — Page 3 I Players to stage summer show — Page Amherst News-Time Wodne'.day. June 30. 1999 Amherst. Ohio Jamboree includes fun, food, entertainment Cleveland TV news personality Del Donahoo will be the grand marshall of 26th annual Old Time Jamboree's July 11 parade at 1 p.m. Donahoo will ride in his well-known "folkswagon," with which he has visited and reported for WKYC-TV on tourist spots and restaurants throughout Ohio for more than IS years. The jamboree will be one of the most ambitious community activities sponsored by the Amherst Historical Society in the event's history, according to Scott Kodger, executive director of the society and this year's jamboree director. Over the years, the jamboree has been a major fundraiser for the society and will continue to be. Unlike other years, it is being managed, planned and run by Kodger and a group of volunteers within the society. Previously, it has been mainly organized by a small group of community volunteers working with the historical group. "This year, we are making the jamboree a real community effort within the historical society," he said. "I'm just playing a very nominal part. There's a lot of hard-working and dedicated community volunteers involved in this, not just me." It also is the first year an historical but lightheatted event is being held as part of the event People visiting the jamboree can watch the re- enactment of a Civil War drama along Park Avenue, the staging site for nearly all this year's jamboree events. People coming to the jam boree can purchase $1 raffle tickets entitling them to guess the identity of a mysterious rebel sympathizer. His or her presence will be discovered by members of the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, an area civil war re-enactment group from the Greater Cleveland area. The sympathizer will be brought to trial in front of city hall. A volunteer has stepped forward and offered to play the part, although the person's identity will not be revealed until the raffle, Kodger said. The jamboree will begin July 9 at 6 p.m. in front of city hall with a flag raising ceremony, the national anthem, a veteran's color guard and a welcoming address by CONTINUED on page 2 Local teen laughs her way through pageant contest by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Little did Larena Krone think an application she received in the mail would thrust her into the spotlight or become a doorway toward making her dreams come true. But it did. Last week the recent 18-year-old j Firelands High School graduate took a step toward celebrity hood when she became Miss Junior Ohio. Not having competed in a pageant since she was a small child. Krone won the title by just being herself, a comedian who enjoys making people laugh. Besides, her entry as a Potato Festival pageant contestant when she was four or five was her mother's idea. Still, she has no idea how the Miss Junior Ohio application got mailed to her or who may have submitted her name to the pageant's organizers. "I just thought, 'Oh, why not?' You'll never know unless you try," she said of her decision. Now, she is getting ready to compete in the National Junior Miss Contest in New York City July 25 and mulling over whether she should register with talent agents in New York or Cincinnati. It seems Krohe, who dreams of being a comedian, wowed judges at the July 19 Columbus event with her humor and unrehearsed, natural comments about what she was wearing and how she hopes to make people laugh. A lot of the contestants had rehearsed comments about how they would stop violence among America's youth and improve the world. Not Krohe. She simply told judges she wants to become a cast member on one of her favorite TV shows, "Saturday Night Live," make lots of money, eventually buy the rights to the program and then make millions more. She didn't stop there. "With all the violence and sadness in the world, I said what the world needs is some good jokes and I am the one to tell them." Her relaxed and honest answer impressed the judges. When one judge decided to test her comedic talents, Krohe said she picked up a microphone and strutted across the stage as she "kind of acted out the joke." "I just let it roll," she explained. "I figured, 'what the heck?' It was the kind of thing I like doing and have done for my friends and have done at school." The judges and the audience burst into laughter. The rest is history. One of the judges, New York talent agent Bob Luke, later handed her his card as did another person with a Cincinnati agency. She's already turned down an offer to try out for a potato chip commercial because it conflicts with her work as a flower shop employee at the Amherst Giant Eagle. CONTINUED on pas* 6 Larena Krohe New safety signs will warn drivers to slow near kids In an effort to alert drivers to the presence of children, the city plans to purchase 100 bright yellow signs that parents can place in front yards warning drivers to slow down. The "Be Alert — Children" signs were brought to the attention of city council's finance committee June 21 by councilmember John Mishak, who first saw one in the yard of a constituent. He proposed buying the $7 plastic signs and then either selling or lending them to families with children. Although they should not be viewed as a substitute for police traffic enforcement or parental supervision, Mishak said the signs can serve as a safety supplement and alert motorists to the presence of children. After lengthy discussion, the committee agreed the E would be useful aad » let the mayor's of- j COn*atittec members fall coun- a#il tat city will about $700. It normally approves the purchase of items costing $10,000 or more. Council members suggested the signs be distributed through the police department's annual Safety City program but changed their mind after learning the program is nearly complete for the year. Instead, mayor John Higgins said the signs will be distributed to interested families through the Amherst Police Department's Block Watch Program and DARE anti-drug program for youth. They will be ordered this week and are expected to be available within a month, he added. Some council members feel the signs should be sold for at least the coat of the city's purchase through treasurer Kathleen Litkoviu's office. That idea was abandoned after Utkovitz said her office already is understaffed and overtHirdened. Keeping Mack COMTWUIO on pi I llf I l.t.111 Fourth PeMtoMfctyal id IM*them OoflWttant. John UMirtt DiaoM m ol tht mjam^m§mwa mmmaammammamj pnwvw ast^atm m~ mam~w at tha end of tea ekatewey. Tha cty hea (taWaaaa taaai* a-- _ .-■._..._ — .»_- aVataataaaaaatai aiay aaa oa avaaane at ate Mieieva Private donors ante up $600,000 for new city park After nearly 18 months of work, the goal to raise $600,000 in community donations for the new West Side Park has been reached. Achievement of the goal was jointly announced during Monday's council meeting by Lorain County MetroParks director Dan Martin and mayor John Higgins. A total of $601,575 has been collected in pledges and gifts from people and corporations in the community. "I'm not saying we wouldn't like to get more just to be safe, but this does put us over the goal," Martin said. Cash donations total $427,757, leaving $173,800 in pledges to be recieved. The goal is the final third of the joint project announced nearly 18 months ago for the $1.8 million park. The city and the park system have each provided an additional $600,000 for the park, work on which is expected to begin next spring. The nearly 60-acre park will be built immediately north of the Amherst Police Department between N. Lake and N. Main streets. It will include a mile-long walking, hiking and biking trail, picnic shelters, parking lot, soccer field, a small childrens' playground and a large nature preserve. Rather than having two large open picnic shelters, Martin proposed having one that will be enclosed and include restrooms and a donor recognition area. "I think we can have one ycar-around building that will be a nice quality space," Martin said. "It can be worked out and can fit into the budget, and would be beneficial because it would be heated, too." Several such buildings have been built in other metro parks. They have gotten a good reception and are widely used, he added. Much of the fundraising has been done through private letters to area businesses and corporations, and special fundraisers held by city administrators. "This has been a lot of work and a long time coming, but I think it will be well worth it," Higgins added. The architects are expected to be selected this late this summer or early fall and construction drawings will be completed by late winter. Work is expected to be completed by fall of next year. H-f ■■•^ -TT^t- p ■.» if* Law director says he may not assist city in future suit by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter An attempt by law director Alan Anderson to resolve a potential conflict of interest issue involving the cky has been placed in limbo by chy council's finance committee. Members tabled Anderson's June 21 request to create a budgetary line item through which an attorney could be hired when a conflict of interest arises in any case handled by him or assistant law director Steven List. His request for a budget line item containing at least $3,000 was debated for a balf-bour before it was tabled because of lack of agreement AndMtna later indkated he ex* pacts ae conflict may arise to I*4ovenkber ia a ease involving Ae city. Although be declined to dis- > case ia public, the law a- aid be any be called at a for the After ae ■id be has ae IP the aa San Spring building and other needs, $3,000 was not asking too much, he said. "Either they're going to approve it or they're not I just don't see) them as approving it," he added] "They know what case is on the hor-i izon because I've talked to them at* out it It's not going to do me any good to come back at some point; We'll just have to deal with it when; it happens." Anderson declined to confirm da- deny the case may involve Crystal; Mortgage, a local company which ht involved in a legal dispute with dMt city over im 1997 chy income tab; biO. During a May pretrial hearing kt Oberlin Mirf*tritfl Court, ataa****** with Wickene, Honor aad Faaaati who represent the cosnaany, aaaa Anderson might be called at tit witness. Cout-cilmeatber Joaa DieeriobS was among those opposed to ae te~ aaasL He-aotad tha Aaaatwaf would be able to 9f the aaoraey's fees eft okay. "Yeecaa Mife^f^ji ■xim
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-06-30|
|Date of Original||30-JUN-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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