Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-16
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'Rumors' goes on stage — Page 6 Bowlers strike it big — Page 4 Amherst News-Time; 0 t- o O o us x x <~ 00 M i_. c: w1 o o 3 x a> < x m C rt h Wr w 3 -, 3> o < n o n Wednesday, April 16, 1997 Amherst, Ohio o x Date of birth? Council debates 1811 as offici <■ j by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Everybody likes a good party, but a move by the Amherst Historical Society to establish an official settlement date, thereby setting in motion efforts to mark a bicentennial celebration for the city, has been put on hold by citizens who disagree with the chosen date. After a unanimous decision by the community development committee on April 7 to confirm 1811 as the official settlement year for the city, it appeared Amherst would finally have a point in history to refer to as its beginning. But as the agenda item came before city council Monday evening for final approval, mayor John Higgins requested it be removed until more research could be done on the subject. since several residents had called him to complain that 1814 was the correct date — and always has been. At the April 7 meeting, Valerie Gerstenberger spoke on behalf of the Amherst Historical Society and outlined the reason for choosing the 1811 settlement date. "We have long felt it is necessary to have a settling or founding date defined," Gerstenberger said. "1811 is when Jacob Shupe first settled in Amherst, near Kolbe and Cooper Foster Park Road. Shupe built the first saw mill, where Angelo's is now, the first log cabin, the first distillery, which was a form of legal tender back then and the first grist mill." But longtime residents Marilyn Jenne and William and Elaine Harlan disagree, and told CONTINUED on page 3 Schools eye May ballot for relief of overcrowding Bond issue will collect $16 million for repairs, additions by KATHLEEN KOSHAR News-Times editor Promotors are calling it "Solve the Space Jam," a $16.7 million addition/renovation package to add on to each of the city's five public school buildings. Without passage of the bond issue, the schools may be forced to cut programs and curriculum, increase class sizes and erect more mohitp classrooms in the school parking lots. Administrators say the 3.954 mill issue, which will be paid back over the next 25 years, is an expansion to maintain the present level of programming. The schools, educators claim, are simply bursting at the scams, with teachers conducting class .irom mobile carts and kids crammed into storage spaces and conference roc. .s. In one building, the school bookstore is set up in a restroom lobby. The building boom that has exploded over the past five years in Amherst has created a school enrollment that surpasses what the buildings were designed for, and it doesn't look like there is any relief in sight. , The decision to ask voters for more than $16 million for the additions wasn't made without a lot of research; school administrators Building patterns projected for district b 1997 English Lakes 24 Westchester * Ravenglass 20 St James Place 25 Hidden Valley 26 Apple Orchard 17 The Oaks 25 Kempton Woods IS Beaver Creek 30 Timberview 12 Amherst Village 30 Oak Point Estates 10 Oak Point Village 15 Single homes 20 Last year, tbe city issued more than im building i F^aa mmstp^a ^^a^-. builders in the im ot district. About 152 housing starts art expected this year. Projected home building ta Amherst Township Is project homes as welL lad at 500 surveyed residents last year and also spoke with area builders to determine the impact development projects would have on the schools. Of the 10,000 questionnaires mailed to school district residents, 500 were returned. Sixty-one percent of the respondents indicated CONTINUED on page 2 0 33 ADDITIONAL I PARKING SPACES) 4- At Marion L. Steele High School, plans call for the addition of eight science laboratory classrooms, a cafeteria, improved kitchen and serving area, renovation Of the existing multi-purpose room to accomodate music and theater performances, new energy efficient windows, upgraded climate control and restrooms. Cost: $4,871,000. . , Stately project Shupe fifth grader Jeff Woods puts the finishing touches on his West Virginia Coal Mine, as <-»art ot a protect for Shupe Middle School's own "State Fair," in which the entire fifth grade participated in building a representation of their chosen state, or participated in a book project. Stu dents spent months in their language arts and social studies classes learning how to take notes, make outlines, write a research paper and use the internet. The projects were on display Friday, April 11 during the State Fair Presentation. Greek Revival home to be rebuilt by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter The Amherst Historical Society is focusing on expanding the Sandstone Center, with ground-breaking ceremonies for the basement of an 1849 sandstone Greek Revival house scheduled for April 23, at 7 p.m. Following the ceremony, the Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting in the Grange/ Amherst Historical Society building at the center, and the public is invited to both events. Steve Mason, manager of the Cleveland Quarries, will be the guest speaker at the meeting. Although it could still be a while before the actual sandstone structure (originally located on Oberlin Road between Middle Ridge Road and Rl 113) is erected, the basement construction signals a forward momentum in the Historical Society's plans to eventually locate a total of 14 sandstone structures on the Milan Avenue property. "We had the house disassembled going on two years now,'* explained Historical Society representative Valerie Gerstenberger. "It has been sitting at the back of the Sandstone Center ever since, so we are hoping to make some progress soon." The Historical Society still needs to raise a lot more money before the Greek Revival house can be reassembled, but it does have the funds to build a basement, which will also be topped off with a floor to secure it from the elements. Gerstenberger said the property on which the Sandstone Center sits is owned by the Nord Family Foundation, who has previously been very generous in funding sandstone projects. At a finance committee meeting held on April 7, council voted lo waive building permit fees, as it has done in the past for other non-profit enterprises, with mayor John Higgins citing the "historical nature of the house" as the reason. According to Historical Society member Orville Manes, moving the house in its entirety was not an option. "That would have been impossible," Manes said. "It is much wider than the road, the sandstone is quite heavy, and we would not have been able to get it under power lines." He added that Clark &. Post have already created drawings to facilitate the reassembly, and there will be a combination of volunteers and the lowest bid contractor, who will be responsible for putting the house back together again. Gerstenberger said that all of the stones have been numbered, and the reassembly will be similar to what was done in relocating the circa 1882 sandstone chapel to the center several years ago. The Sandstone Center sits on six and a half acres of property — enough for 14 structures, according This Greek Revival sandstone house will be reconstructed as part of the Sandstone Center Living History Museum and complex. to Manes. Currently there is the Grange/Amherst Historical Society building (circa 1879), which used to be a schoolhouse, along with the chapel, and an octagonal bam with a sandstone base that was built in 1906. The Quigley Museum located across the street from the other sandstone structures on Milan Avenue is also considered to be part of the center. Manes expects the basement lo be completed towards the end of sum mer and hopes it won't be too much later that funding will be available to finish the project — although he cannot say for sure when that might be. The h )use had been vacant for a couple of years, after being previously occupied by two women for many years, according to Gerstenberger. "We were able to get it at no cost, but of course there are many costs associated with disassembly, relocating and rebuilding iL" Patrolman injured in downtown fight by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter A 20-year veteran of the Amherst Police Department received more than two dozen stitches to his right hand and arm after being pushed through a plate-glass window April 11. Police said patrolman Richard Mack had a knuckle, tendons and part of his right index finger badly rut after he was shoved through the front window of Your Deli on Park Avenue during a scuffle with one of three men involved in a fighL Police chief William Hall said Mack is a part-time officer and a full-time security guard at Lorain Community/SL Joseph's Medical Center in Lorain. According to Hall, police responded to Park Avenue and Church streets about 1:40 am. after receiving a report three men were planning to fight outside Ziggy's bar. 193 Park Avenue. One of the three men, Sean Sisler. 24, of 1040 W. 17lh SL. Lorain, resisted when police attempted to search him. He pushed Mack through tbe window of the adjacent Your Deli during the scuffle. Two other officers managed lo wrestle Sisler to the sidewalk and handcuff him. He was charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication, disorderly conduct by persisting, felonious assault on a police officer. resisting arrest and obstructing official business. The two other men were not involved in the incident and were not arrested, police reported. Mack was treated for his injury and released from the hospital. He is expected to be on medical leave about five weeks. Hall said. Sisler was taken to the Lorain County Correctional Facility and arraigned Tuesday in Oberlin Municipal Court. ' 4
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-16|
|Date of Original||16-APR-1997|
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