Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-29
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Veteran councilman retires — Page 2 Local dancer has magic talent — F Amherst News-Time O c r X - i -. - c t o r " I •x < X - C tl H •- - !fl 3 H I J> -1 < ~> .-n r. Wednesday, December 29, 1999 Amherst, Ohio ; Y2K bug isn't scaring anybody in Amhe. oi by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter The Y2K bug has been making people sick for a while, and Amherst is only three days from finding out whether the city will be infected. The News-Times has polled different people and organiza tions to find out their readiness for the Y2K problem, and what if any fears they might have. Scott Kodger from the Amherst Historical Society, said most of the computers in his office are new, so there isn't much concern there. When the patrons of Johnny K's were polled about trembling under the table when the clock strikes midnight on Friday, Bill O'Connell, a part-time bartender at Johnny's replied, "We'll be under the table all right, but for an entirely dif ferent reason." At the Mermaid's Tale there doesn't seem to be much concern about the Y2K CONTINUED on page 2 Daring rider wants pro status for competitions by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Junior Brian Gerth of Marion L. Steele High School won the 2S0 B class at the 28th annual Winter National Olympics in Gainesville, Fla., The 16-year-old took first place in the week-long event, which included three different races, TT scrambles, Supercross and Moto- cross competitions. The TT scrambles involve use of a flat track with a series of "ski jump" type hills. Motocross is a fast race with big jumps and Supercross is lots of jumps and tight turns. This event was held during Thanksgiving week, and Gerth is thankful he was able to compete. Last year was a rough year. Gerth wrecked frequently, and some of the wrecks damaged more than the equipment. Last season he broke his collar bone, wrist, leg and back. He escaped serious injury when his handlebar put a three inch puncture wound in his groin muscle, just missing a major artery. This year Gerth has put more emphasis on strength training, and things have gone better. He and his father Charlie play golf, racquetball and work out at the gym. Gerth began 10 years ago when he rode an 80 c.c. Suzuki at the Meadowlarks club, and the county fair circuit, including the Lorain County Fair. He has moved up into the "B" class with enough points to move into "A" class, but because he was only IS when he started this year, none of the points he accumulated count toward A class, where the minimum age is 16. From A class the next step is a professional license issued by the AMA. No, not the American Medical Association (which the Gerths wish they would have had stock in last year), but rather the American Motorcyclist Association. There are six big races for the circuit, Gainesville being one of them. The race everyone wants to win as far as motocross racing goes is the Loretta Lynn Amateur Race, held in August on Loretta Lynn's massive ranch. Winning this race almost guarantees one a professional license. "This is the biggest race for amateurs, after that you might as well turn pro," Gerth said. The competition is made up of three separate races, and to win the overall, riders will normally have to take at least two of the races and place well in the one he doesn't win. CONTINUED on page 2 Brian Gerth of Amherst won the 250B class at his trophy; at left, he shows off his expertise on the 28th Annual Winter National Olympics held in the track. A Gainesville, Fla., recently. Above, he shows off Firefighter donation aids seniors For die last 10 years the Amherst Fire Department has contributed to help needy seniors during the holidays. This year the department has given out two turkeys and two IGA gift certificates. The contributions were made to the Sandstone Office on Aging. The money is going to help senior citizens who have had a rough year," explained Sandstone's executive director Nina Lorandeau. For as long as anyone in the fire department can remember, their social club. The Live Oak Engine Company No. 2 has been in existence, and it is from the benevolence fund of Live Oak social organization that the donations originate. The fire department raises money for this fund by holding their annual Halloween Meak fry, and occasional pancake breakfasts. The social club derives its name from the 1833 hand pumper used by Amherst in days gone by. The antique fircftghting machine was purchased from Cleveland in r Amherst firefighters Roger Mace and Tony Syrowski present gift certificates to Nina Lorandeau, the executive director of the Sands tone Office on who have had 1872 after a 40-year career with the Cleveland Fire Department, and saw service in Amherst until 1907. After fire gutted the Central School in 1907. the pumper was removed from service and clntwt The fire department had it restored, and it is now a show piece in the front area of the Fire Station, along with other memorabilia. The engine, with its prairie schooner type wheels, was pulled by hand to the ske of a fire. Precious due was lost trying to hitch up a team of horses, sad so at the men ar- Aging, to assist elderly people a rough year. I rived at the fire station, lo- - cated on the lower level of town hall, they would pull the engine to the fire. It took a total of 10-15 men, pump- . ing feverishly on both sides to make the equipment an effective fjrefighting tool. We welcome the new year with a special Thank You to our readers. Please see today's Editorial page. ***mjk *-** **' ■**<•* *■♦ *• ■** -*•-«■• *^m' m*m +f*m*rm*m+-*mmB ■*».»-* — *m *m,i* m h ^wjt+m+t
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-29|
|Date of Original||29-DEC-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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