Amherst News-Times, 2000-02-09
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French honor local veterans — Page 3 Kids ace proficiency tests — Page 3 s io Amherst News-Time i Wednesday, February 9, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Dear, will you be my Valentine? by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter For most of the people who married 40 and SO years ago, the game plan was simple. You found someone, fell in love, got married, had children and planned on growing old together. There was no contingency plan, no prenuptial agreements. People made a commitment before God and everybody and they just understood that they had to learn to work it out To them, love was a commitment, not a feeling. Both parties did whatever was necessary to make it work. And for the most part, an entire generation held to those standards. We decided to ask some "senior" couples, who had been struck by Cupid's arrow decades ago, how they managed to remain each other's Valentine for so many years. Ernestine Schmitz learned that sometimes love requires some sacrifices, and that the needs of the marriage outweighs personal desires and wants. Her husband Henry mentioned when they were First married, the house they moved into in New Russia Township had no indoor plumbing. Bathroom facilities amounted to an outhouse. Ernestine remembered that in the summer time there were the wasps, that hung out in such places, and in the winter you could freeze yourself to the seat if you weren't careful. "I came from town out here to the sticks with him," Ernestine Schmitz said, "I didn't know how long I'd last with an outhouse." One of Henry's first projects as a husband was to build an indoor bathroom, which happened within the first few months of being there. Their story began back in school — they were high school sweethearts. Both were on the band drill team, and one day Henry asked her to go to the football game with him. She agreed to meet him after band practice and he took her home. They dated five years before marrying, because Henry wanted a house before they got married. And he said their financial policy has always been to avoid the trap of credit cards and high interest. They said one key to their long and happy marriage has been resolving conflicts quickly. "You're not supposed lo go to bed mad at each other," Henry said. "And we didn't either," Ernestine added. "We apologized before we went to bed. Even sometimes when I didn't mean it." And the Schmitzes found time for one another as well. Even though Henry worked all day in a factory, then came home to work the farm, the two found time to go square dancing two nights a week. To Nord and Mary Bartlome, the secret to marriage is going to church together and family traditions. "You had to give a little and take a little, and give ever"--* room to CONTINUED on page 2 Couples share their secrets to happy unions that last decades... of id ie in th iter X) xl al ih te d « e it e Wayne and Kaye Browning Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Browning on their wedding day. Hospital officials plan to revitalize back by KATHLEEN WILLBOND News-Tribune editor The health of Amherst Hospital has been a topic of debate among residents for the past five years. Vital signs of the facility have weakened, with workers, doctors, and even city officials worried that it might close. Portions of the hospital are empty, a modem birthing center is used for storage and the outpatient surgery area is only utilized half the time. Some recent layoffs of employees seemed to spell trouble for the hospital which has been a fixture of the community for the last century. But according to hospital officials, the last chapter of the history of Amherst Hospital hasn't been written yet. In fact, the story may end with the hospital becoming a premiere specialty center where residents can seek spinal and back care, help for chronic wound care, or geriatric specialists. The hospital was purchased about five years ago by the Elyria Memorial Hospital (EMH) Healthcare System; Amherst Hospital was suffering financial losses prior to the buyout and has continued to struggle with a deficit. Now some help has arrived in the form of a business solutions specialist: Robert Capreuo. Capretto is an operations analyst with 20 years of experience in the health care industry. After completing some consultation work for Kevin Martin, president of the EMH system, Martin asked Capretto to help him turn Amherst Hospital around. Capretto, on the job for about a month, hasn't let any grass grow under his feet When EMH bought Amherst Hospital, Capretto said proper staffing and resources of the Elyria facility were believed to be enough to jump start the hospital. "But it basically meant business as usual. It helped but it wasn't sufficient to give new life to Amherst Hospital," Capretto said. The smaller Amherst Hospital has been competing with nearby Community Health Partners, which opened an 80,000 square foot birthing center, and health facilities ' which have cropped up in the area operated by Columbia Health Care and the Cleveland Clinic. "Lorain County is oversaturated with ambulatory care (outpatient surgery); there is no shortage of resources to deliver same-day CONTINUED on page 3 Debbie Watts, discharge planner, and Elise Olexa, coordinator of quality assessment, review patient charts at Amherst Hospital. They are two of many employees who want residents, and customers, to know they are committed to making the hospital a success. Assistant superintendent to leave job at school end by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter For 19 years Tim Logar has been employed by the Amherst school system but at the end of the school year, the assistant superintendent will end his 37 years in education. He plans on remaining in Amherst at least until bis wife Jane retires from teaching from the Vermilion School system about a year later. "I'm not going to be a house mom — I'm going to be very active," Logar said. Logar started teaching in the Lorain school system, and taught at Irving and Longfellow for a total of six years. He completed his masters at the University of Akron, majoring in school administration and served a stint as principal at Durling Elemen tary school in the Clearview system for nine years. He became a middle school principal at Midview for two years before becoming an educational consultant for the Erie County Educational Service Center, which had oversight over every school district in Erie County. He particularly liked traveling to the schools on Kelley's Island. They traveled there twice in the fall and twice in the spring. He was there two years before coming to Amherst as the Director of Special Education in 1981. During that school year he coordinated a school levy program, which received voter approval. In 1982 Logar coordinated all the federal school programs (such as Tide 1 and Tide 6b programs). In 1983 he was named the Director of Curriculum and Special Education Programs. In 1986 they changed the title to Assistant Superintendent, and included assisting the superintendent in the day- to-day running of the school system. In 1987 he became the coordinator for Amherst Schools Educational Foundation, which today has assets of $1,156,088.25. This foundation is to benefit students of Amherst Schools, and this year it has given $50,000 in grants and awards. "I have been here 19 years and I hope my work has made a difference," Logar added. When asked if he has noticed much change in students during his long career in education, he replied, "We live in a different culture today. When I was in high achool and college I played (drunu) in a rock band. Loaf aair CONTMUEDon paga t
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-02-09|
|Date of Original||09-FEB-2000|
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