Amherst News-Times, 1999-08-18
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Taxing change for mobile homes — Page 5 Bus routes listed — Pages 3, 6 — T i-e I • 1 Amherst News-Time i m Wednesday, August 18, 1999 Amherst, Ohio I Teen killed in motorcycle/car crash Aug. by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter William Quickie would have begun his senior year at Marion L. Steele High School next week had it not been for his love of riding his father's motorcycle. Lorain police report Quickie, 17, was riding westbound on Cooper Foster Park Road near Rt 58 shortly before 5 p.m. Aug. 9 when a sport utility vehicle driven by a Tracy L. McClough, 36, of Elyria, turned into his path while attempting to enter a bank parking lot. Police reported she was crossing three lanes of traffic. Quickie's motorcycle crashed into the side of the eastbound vehicle. He died enroule to Community Health Partners hospital in Lorain despite the efforts of emergency medical technicians. McClough was not injured in the crash but has been charged with vehicular homicide. Quickie, of Lorain, reportedly had borrowed his father's Honda 730 motorcycle and was enroute to his grandparents' home on Kolbe Road when the accident occurred. Quickie lived with his grandparents, Stacy and Cheryl Quickie, of Lorain. An experienced motorcycle rider, he obtained a motorcycle license about six months ago and had been riding a dirt bike when he was seven years old. High School principal Fred Holland said Quickie wrestled on the school varsity wrestling team and served as a junior class representative on student council last year. "He was well-liked and well- known by kids in the class," he said. "We're not back in school yet, but those who have heard are shocked.'' Quickie is the second Amherst area teenager to be killed in a motor vehicle accident within the last three months. Christina Johnson, 18, was killed early June 9 in the parking lot of Country Hearth Inn after falling from the trunk of a car driven by Carl B. Mercer. She had graduated from Marion L. Steele High School June 6. Mercer, of Lorain, has been indicted by a Lorain County grand jury on felony aggravated vehicular homicide. He pleaded innocent to the charge and one count of driving under the influence in Lorain County Common Pleat Court Aug. 11. Amherst police reported Johnson and a friend, Melissa Niskey, 18, reportedly were sitting on the trunk of Mercer's car eating fast food when he allegedly started the car snd drove away with them on it }p Johnson was thrown to the pa**e- ment and suffered a fatal head injury when Mercer turned a corner in the parking lot Niskey also fell aat escaped serious injury. Crowded conditions will greet school kids by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Students will find more than polished floors and new books when they return to the Amherst schools this year. They will find a little less room to move around within the city's five public schools, particularly Nord Junior High School and Harris Elementary School. Depending on last minute enrollment, the two schools each will have at least 600 students, a record number of kids to educate when classes resume Thursday, Aug. 26, according to superintendent Robert Boynton. District wide, there will be about 20 new teachers, an average of about four per school. They replace 12 teachers who have retired and eight who have resigned. But that doesn't mean they are fresh out of college and novices to the tomfoolery of students. Most have prior teaching experience, Boynton added. The teacher turnover is greater than Amherst schools have previously experienced. In the past, each school has gotten an average of two new teachers each year, he said. Veteran Amherst teachers return to school Aug. 23-24 for in-service days while those new to the school district will be oriented Aug. 25. This year enrollment in the overcrowded school district A tired drummer with the Comet Marching band takes a reclining break during a pause in practice at Marion L. Steele High School. The band, along with sports teams, coaches, students and teachers are preparing for the return of classes next week. will exceed last year's record 3,747 students. The final figure won't available until after school begins, although Boyton said he expects enrollment to reach at least 3,800, a conservative estimate. The increase will be at least 10 io 20 students per building. "These are just preliminary figures. We also will probably have a few kids withdraw be fore the start of the school year, so at this point it's hard to give a hard and fast number," he added. Alleviating the overcrowded conditions in the schools will be among the board of education's top goals in the coming year. To help reach that goal, school officials have scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss the overcrowd ing and possible solutions. They will be held Sept 21, 23, 27, 30 and Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the high school multipurpose room. "We want the public to really be concerned and get involved in them because the decisions we reach will effect the whole community and the kids in the schools," Boyton said. The schools have been using storage rooms and buying modular classrooms to help alleviate crowded conditions, although school board members and school officials have said these solutions are temporary. Despite the overcrowded conditions, more than $150,000 worth of improvements have been made over the summer months. They came from the school district's permanent improvement fund. The improvements include a I new roof on the Marion L. Steele High School gymnasium, a new heating and cooling unit at Nord, new ceiling tiles in some hallways and classrooms at Shupe Middle School, new windows in the front hallway of Powers Elementary School, and a resurfaced parking lot and playground at Harris Elementary School. Nord Junior High School has a new principal, Michael Diamond, a former teacher at the school. He replaces William Mariey, who has retired. Diamond comes from West- lake, where he was assistant principal of that school district's junior high school for one year. In addition, Wanda Warford, a former Olmsted Falls school dietician and Amherst resident, has joined the school district as its head dietician. Sl Joseph Catholic School will have about 300 children and a new principal, John Gregory, this year. He replaces former principal Mary Jo Ludwig, who has returned to college to further her education. Classes at the parochial school begin Wednesday, Aug. 25. Boyton said no new programs have been CONTINUED on page 3 Dentist turns blacksmith for museum complex For some people, it might seem as if Robert Stilgenbauer's job as a blacksmith for the Standstone Museum Center is a role reversal. It's bard for his dental patients to imagine him smashing a hammer against an anvil or heating metal in a coal-fired stove or stone oven. Af- terall, they expect him to be as gentle as possible, not a strong- armed molder of metal. i. Not so, says the Lorain dentist He's just following an age old tradition that probably started long, before the era he will portray as the museum's chief blacksmith this tall. Town blacksmiths were often anmiiiii way back when. They had the necessary strength to pull teeth ind the ability lo make the delicate (ools that were used to get the job QOOCe I Hi's just turning things around. "I'm the dentist first and a blacksmith second," he explained. ; Stilgenbauer has even carved small smiling faces with a hot iron. i "Some of the things we do involve a degree of delicacy," he said. "Yes. you do hit, but there ia a dene of finesse tint's involved because yon don't dan into things ' Area school kids will get io see Stilgenbauer working at his avocation this all when they tour the museum's outdoor Hark smith shop and AtaSsTiiai for 25 veers, he secants *aa*a"******ejTa*esTW m~mwa mamaw jmrnammmmm, mwtw mr—w—~m*mwm*m— in lilwifiihlng a hale Ban daiacatd Snlgeabauer< Scott Kodger. She just happened lo her husband's hobby. He met with Kodger and waa infonned of plans to build a blacksmith shot- on the museum Bounds aad find one or more blscksmiths to vokni* teer their time it iL StUgenbeuer eagerly acCTptrBd tke* job and is in the process of ing other blacksmiths to work at — ae, aiea aaa eaeTS sV-aSa A—mm—mmmmm.mmm.a^—m affasWafSaSSB\ 900n IO DC COnufMClCQ effl*ulri He supports plans to t museum's five historical and wooden buildings into a small historical village complete with peo* pk dressed in clothing of the mtd to bae 1800s. Historical Williamsburg. Va. jfe oae of hit favorite places. 1 think this (tke Sandstone Ma- Center) is just a great idea** seum Kjeaax) is just a area* mar - he said "I love a) aw places whan.: yea caa jant nap back mo tfcae taaf see how life need io be aad waya: Mass were dona." Mackaraitkiag after ww at a coarse ia Par I ■ I aaaafl l&*Wi , ' , tm,m*i-~.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-08-18|
|Date of Original||18-AUG-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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