Amherst News-Times, 2000-03-01
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[ Society needs your quilts — Page 3 Residents balk at rezoning — Page 14 Amherst News-Time •a c c C M J - ■ - S> 1—1 1 j ". inesday, March 1, 2000 Amherst, Ohio I Shupe student, 12, kills self with shotgur by KATHLEEN WILLBOND and KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times staff Local police say they have no idea what prompted 12-year-old Matthew Wright, a sixth grade student at Shupe Middle School, to kill himself last Tuesday. Wright was found dead shortly after 5 p.m. after a train engineer spotted his body near the railroad tracks under Middle Ridge Road. The case is being handled by the county sheriff's department, but Matthew Wright's story begins at school that day when police chief Bill ill said his department got a call ae'-ing for assistance after some threats iiad been made against prin cipal Stephen Dcmko. Wright had been sent to the principal's office because his teacher suspected he was chewing tobacco, according to school superintendent Robert Boynton. But the boy was sent back to the classroom ai'ter it could not be determined if the boy was chewing tobacco or beef jerky in class, stated Boynton. "He then tells some students that his father has talked about getting a gun and shooting Mr. Demko." Boynton explained. "And that 1 bothered the stu< that to." The news evenrtmny —-vuc»-f>e- mko, who conferred with Boston about the situation. The two decided to call the Amherst Police Depart- CONTINUED on page 2 Color her a winner! Chestnut is Crayola top pick You're coloring a picture of a horse, and you decide that Indian red would be the perfect color for the reddish- brown animal. But you look through all 64 colors in your box of Crayola crayon,' but you can't find Indian red, and you settle for chestnut. Actually, you've found the color you wanted, but it has been renamed. And Abbey Simmons, a seventh grade student at Nord Junior High School, had a hand in changing tt. Simmons was one of ISO people to suggest "chestnut" to replace Indian red in the box of 64 Crayola crayons, after Birney & Smith, Inc., the company that owns the Crayola brand, asked for suggestions to rename the color. Stacey Gabrielle, a market- ' ing communications specialist for Birney & Smith, said the color was originally named for a pigment from India. The feedback we were receiving was that people were confused, thinking this was supposed to be the color of Native Americans' skin," Ga- r «brielle said. "And we're a brand so closely linked to children and schools we wanted to avoid any confusion." The move is not entirely unprecedented. Crayola has renamed colors two other times in its history. In 1958- the company changed Prussian blue to midnight blue, and four years later, in 1962, the color flesh was renamed peach. Gabrielle said the company received more than 250,000 name suggestions from more than 100,000 different people. . Of that number, 150 people, including Simmons, suggested chestnut Abbey Simmons may not have as much use for Crayola crayons as she did as a child, but she still enjoys artwork and calls on her old friends from time to time, including the color chestnut, which she helped to re-name. Gabrielle said the company recognized everyone who submitted the winning name. The recognition included a certificate, confirming Simmons 's place in Crayola history, a box of 64 crayons, including the renamed "chestnut" crayon, and other Crayola products. Simmons said her name suggestion came as the result of a class project. Her teacher at Shupe Middle School last year, Mary Jo Mumford, had heard about the Crayola contest and organized all the sixth grade classes to submit names. "Everybody came up with names and she'd write them down," Simmons said. "She came up with 600 or 700 names from every kid. And they were all different names." Simmons said she had submitted between 15 and 20 names herself. "It's amazing that I won," Simmons said. "But it was Miss Mumford. She was the one that started it" She said at 13 years old she is past the age when she would color much with crayons, although sometimes she uses them to illustrate poems she writes. She said she enjoys drawing, and would like to become a fashion designer, cartoonist, or an illustrator. Man killed, cop injured as truck plows into Rt. 2 accident scene A Vermilion truck driver was killed and an Amherst Police Department patrolman was seriously injured when a Ford F150 forced the two men to jump off an overpass bridge while on the scene of an accident on RL 2 Friday evening, Feb. 25. James Hunt and officer Marc Zappa fell 24 feet from the bridge to the roadway below to avoid being struck by the pickup truck, according to information released by the Amherst Police Department. "We continue to receive telephone calls and information -om citizens and are following up on all tips received," the report stated. The incident began when a first accident, involving minor injuries to one of the drivers and vehicle damage to both cars, caused Zappa to arrive on the scene to investigate. Hunt is thought to have stopped to offer assistance to the police force on the scene. According to witnesses' reports, a newer model, full size F-150, silver and gray truck with a chrome grill and bumper entered the first accident area. Reports stated that the driver of the Ford may have lost control of the vehicle and. was headed in the direction of Zappa and Hunt. It is believed, according to the police report, that the two men went over the side of the bride in order not to get hit by the truck. "There are conflicting statements as to whether the pick up truck struck the bridge abutment; however, it did flee from the scene," stated the police report The buck may have a white cap or small camper top, and the letters FORD are on the tailgate of the truck, stated the report The Amherst Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 122, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals involved in the accident that resulted in the death of Hunt and serious injury to Zappa. On Monday, local police said Zappa remained in the critical care Marc Zappa unit of Cleveland Metro Hospital. His injuries, they said, while severe, are not life threatening. On Monday, Zappa faced the first of many surgeries. It is expected he was going to undergo several hours of surgery, with several more surgeries scheduled over the next few days. The police publicly extended their condolences to Hunt's family and friends over his death. Also, Ohio Vending has pledged to match the $2,500 reward and an Amherst business man has pledged another $500. Dorlis Blankenship, Hunt's aunt, has contributed $5,000 to the reward fund, along with a $5,000 donation for Lorain Music, and a $5,000 reward from Lorain County prosecutor Greg White's Futherance of Justice Fund. The reward total is now up to $20,000. The fund has been established at the Lorain National Bank, 1175 Cleveland Avenue; contact person is Dale Rosenkranz who can be reached at 988-4423. If anyone has any information regarding the accident that occurred on Rt 2 at Crosse Road in the City of Amherst on Feb. 25, at about 9 p.m. contact the Amherst Police Department at 988-2625. Lent yourself go, and eat till you're full of tradition by KEITH GRIBBINS ' News-Times reporter ' Lent and the Paczki Ball go hand in hand for the Polish community. j Trie Paczki is a tradition that goes hack to the old country where the little dough ball sweets were gorged on before the religious fasting that began the Christian days of Lent be- bre Easter. Thanks to -the tradition of Kied- owski's Simply Delicious Bakery, he Paczki Ball now goes hand in band with the Amherst community or some of the sweetest days of the rear, culminating on Tuesday, tfuch 7 with the bakery's annual •aczki Day. The Amherst hometown bakery i old 17.000 of the little round loufhnuts last year. Store owner Tim Kiedrowski sees ! limself providing Amherst and the tHote of northern Ohio with the ethnic tradition of Polish society and taking the Ohio natives with Polish backgrounds back to those memories of family and polka. "I am into the tradition. When people eat Paczki, they taste a memory in every bite," explained Kiedrowski. "It reminds me of being a kid and growing up, a special time with my mom when we would eat Paczki till our bellies were full. It reminds me of everything good." Since 1984 the bakery has celebrated the sort of Mardi Gras that surrounds the beginning of Lent with the delicious Polish treat. Paczki,.pronounced "poonch-key", are hole round doughnuts filled with apricot, lekvar (prune butter), poppy seed, or plain with no filling at all. According to Kiedrowski, since the Polish religious beliefs required them to have no sweets for the whole of Lent, Polish women would gather in their kitchens to make these round sweets; the family would then devour the little morsels in a final festive farewell before fasting. "The tradition runs in your blood. And you pass it on," Kiedrowski stated. He learned the tradition from his mother and has gotten his four boys involved in the ethnic side of their heritage. The bakery becomes a frenzy of customers, media, and performers for the days the store sells the Polish pastries. The bakery will have radio station WEOL on Tuesday to do their entire morning show, and invited Eddie Klimczak to perform live accordion. Also, the Polish Princess from the Lorain International Festival will take time out Tuesday to attend the popular event, adding to the Polish appeal that captivates the attention of the entire Cleveland area. "It's traditionally exuberant," explained Kiedrowski about the atmo- COMTMUED on page 6 Bakery clerk Misty HakNk helps Paatki bUs, Milt round doughnuts (Med prepare cot, lekvar (prune buKer), poppysssd, or 5rt- atai. PaozW Day *■ be r»W Tuesday. I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-03-01|
|Date of Original||01-MAR-2000|
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