amherst news-times him the fifth annual miracle on main street holiday extravaganza starts at 6 p.m. friday, dec. 3, in downtown amherst. tree lighting and arrival of santa claus will officially kick off season. for complete details, see insert included this week's edition news-times. south with be 6:30 village fire station. refreshments served. children can bring wish lists santa. more information, call john (440) 986-3043. congregational united church christ host a seminar "hope holidays: coping grief" from 9-11 a.m. saturday, 4. event is free presented by matt williams, clinical spiritual director cornerstone hope. continental breakfast included. to register, 988-9148. located 379 st. enjoy tastes, sights, smells, sounds holidays past, 1800s style, christmas village. discover roots history historical society 2-5 sunday, 5. sandstone village, 763 milan ave. 988-7255. our bulletin board page 3. send news items to: new8lheobertinrievv8.com or p.o. box 67, g m . uj n) i o s 3 h r 8 firelands eyes $400,000 cuts school year jason hawk reporter angry corner they've been painted into scared what it mean their care, members hunkered down monday night around conference table, looking way out financial jam. following failure issue 7 last month, must cut its budget year. just two short years away looms $2.6 million deficit if no fix found ongoing cash flow problems. superintendent greg ring said some money saved opting not replace four teachers who retire spring. it's also possible an administrator step down. continued b3 photo member ken kudela asks treasurer barbara bechtel about numbers. en garde! hi jhp ' ljjjjj p(pbbjj photos teri stencil joseph students learn art swordplay during mini-field trip lorain county community college, where they received lesson professor competitive fencer tom nagy. haley kocurko rebecca jackson that even though all wore protective gear, "some opponents still cringed when point foil hit chest protector face mask." education schools start spending $170,000 state lawmakers have cleared begin $400 federal race top grants. "approved conditions" use share, district spokesman todd stuart said. he told local 488 districts applied money, only so far approved conditions all. here, can't go toward regular operations. instead, used training programs strengthen students' reading skills. has goal isn't improve standardized test performance, but give graduates leg up hunting jobs college admissions. $3.4 billion grant u.s. department part president barack obama's economic stimulus plan. approval spend came monday, as remained unclear how republican gov. -elect kasich might modify state's plans funding education. there worry such changes could affect grant. defeated democratic ted strickland november election. faces gap $8 billion, criticized wisdom using one-tiine including aid. asked secretary arne duncan intervene, fear ohio lose narrowly won. tuesday went issue, was assured get long 's new plan includes accountability student performance. same time, across are nervously eyeing other politicking columbus budgets. earlier house speaker-designee bill batchelder (r-medina) probable senate niehaus (r-new richmond) appeared "capitol square" network. interview next budget, indicated probability 15- 20-percent variety expenditures, primary secondary association sent e-mail treasurers saying figures any 2a seniors, working families need food banks soup kitchens several busier than ever "we've got lot unemployed people. moms lost jobs," nancy burls, run bank good shepherd baptist 28 years. "there two-income families, now that's case," she her city's site second harvest bank. bulk pantry donations come peter's christ, park avenue methodist, old stone christ. week, steele high delivered huge load collected pantry, boy scout troop 428 helped sort donations. burls while collections greatly appreciated, submitted 669 thanksgiving. distributed area.