Amherst News-Times, 2000-03-22
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t New shop gives customers a dive — Page 8 I Car seat inspection set — Page 9 J A •WM eaXXXXXV ^aaaaat aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam ^Sm. Amherst News-Time - .'. Wednesday, March 22, 2000 Amherst, Ohio a Cop chief to retire after 35 years with for .-. by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter Dedicating his efforts since 1965, police chief Bill Hall, Jr. has focused his energies on contributing to the safety and quality of life in the community of Amherst. Whether it was staffing a patrol car, working undercover, or driving the construction of the department's new $3 million facility. Hall gave the Amherst citizens access to his life 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for 35 years, nearly 23 of those years as chief. On Saturday, April IS, Hall will retire from serving the City of Amherst and its citizens. The husband, and father of four children, is looking forward to beginning again with a little time off and a possible new career on the horizon. "After 35 years, I feel I've done everything I can do here. I want to retire with enough time to try another career, while I'm still young enough to bring in 10 more years. And I want a summer where I don't have to get up and don't have to work, to feel what it's like to be re- ■ tired," mused Hall. "It looks like the dog and I are going to be doing a lot of walks down in Mill Hollow." On June 1, 1965 Hall began his career as a patrolperson for the Amherst Police Department assigned to regular road patrol. Hall put in 48-hour weeks on the night shift for eight years while working in a one- person patrol vehicle. Hall followed in the footsteps of his father, William, and his school chum Jim Young, who both worked for the de- Police chief William Hall Jr. will be retiring on April 15 after serving the citizens of the city for 35 years; nearly 23 years of Hall's service has been as chief of police. Pictured, Hall sits behind his desk at the new Amherst Police Station at 911 N. Lake St.; Hall was a driving force in the construction of the facility while in his tenure as chief in Amherst. partment and convinced Hall to join the ranks of Amherst's finest. "In those days the night office was Bud's Funeral Home. So you called Bud if you needed backup. If Bud was sleeping or couldn't hear you, you called the sheriffs department," Hall smiled. Of course that meant sometimes backing up the sheriffs department. Hall cites one of those evenings as one of his most memorable in those beginning years. One night Hall received a call for backup at the Lorain Music store for a possible break in. On the scene, Hall found the back door ajar and pulled out his .357 pistol just in time to give the thief a bit of a wake up call. "That was one of the biggest moments of excitement I'd ever had to that point in my life," Hall stated. "...Now my exciting day is trying to fill out the After thos , Hall was promou 1971 and was tran ced in charge of Amherst's Detective Bureau in 1973. While with the bureau, the chief worked on special assignment with Lorain County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) for two years as an undercover narcotics agent. The chief made lieutenant in 1975 and was promoted to chief of police on Oct 5, 1977. "Over the years he's (Hall) done a good job for the City of AmhersL He's directed the development for quality law enforcement as chief for a number of years," explained Captain Barbara Cowger-Vilage. "And he's a pretty easy fella to work for. Being the chiefs second in command, we've only had a few di#> agreements and we always worked those ouL" Probably one of the biggest changes the chief has seen in his te> nure in Amherst was the construction of the department's new facility. The department moved to the% new residence at 911 North Lake Street in September, 1996. Before then the police were located in basement of the city hall building j downtown Amherst. But the movement of the dep ment to a new facility was not only change for the department fi that time, according to Hall. It was the new responsibility and proce* dure that needed to be addressed 1$ the Amherst Police Department as it upgraded his technical and management portions of its everyday workings. CONTINUED on page 2 I Cub Scotrt Pack 429 marks J 40th anniversary at dinner Members of the Webelo scouts receive the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award in cub scouting. Cub Scout Pack 429 held their annual Blue and Gold dinner recently at St Joseph's Social Hall. This year, the pack celebrated its 40th anniversary. The pack started in 1960 with Elmer Valentine serving as the first Cub Master. Valentine attended the dinner this year, along with Cub Masters Lawrence McGlinchy and Stephen Palun. To commemorate the anniversary, a patch designed by Cub Scout John Todhunter, was given to every scouL This year 11 boys received the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award in Cub Scouting. Recipients were Russ Ash ton, Craig Bernard, Steven Bowers, Nick Burgdorf, Ed Cotton, Tony Henley, Pat Orr, David Riddle, Michael Seng, Aaron Smith and Max Smith. After this presentation, a ceremony welcoming the boys into Boy Scout Troop 427 was held. The following boys moved into the troop: Russ Ashton, Craig Bernard, Nick Burgdorf, Ed Cotton, Pat Orr, David Riddle, Michael Seng, and Aaron Smith. Eleven boys advanced to the rank of Webelo. They were Vincent Ashley, Patrick Bockey, Brad Cochrane, Alex Crlenjak, Joshua Dei- sler, Ricky Gerena, Tyler Macho- vina, Joseph Mayer, Jonathon Messer, Sean Nelson and Everett Rodgers. Six boys advanced to the rank of Bear: Alex Bialko, Brian Hamm, John Powell, Michael Salisbury, Ryan Tucker, and Christopher Volante. Nick Burgdorf earned the Ready- man pin. Alex Crlenjak earned the Family Member pin. Tyler Macho- vina earned the Communicator pin and Aaron Smith earned Craftsman and Traveler pins. Anthony Yaco- bucci earned a gold and a silver arrow poinL An award was given to Webelo leader Rick Lambur for four years of service as den leader. This year's Top Banana Award went to Webelo leader Tamielyn Rodgers. An award was given to Sue Cotton for 13 years as a leader in the pack and it was also announced that Cotton would receive the prestigious Silver Beaver award for her dedication to scouting and the community. Local ice dancer wins top prize in junior nationals by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter Why we love an activity is often inherent in how much it allows us to express ourselves. Who we are to the outside world is often only a reflection of what we do and achieve. Shupe Middle School sixth grader Kristen Mendoza has dedicated her life to expressing herself on the ice since she was four. In the rink the young ice dancer allows her actions to speak for her. And on Match 7-12 Mendoza never spoke so loud. The 12-year-old Amherst girl and her ice dancing partner Josh Lea stood tall on the top pedestal of the Junior National Ice Skating Competition and enunciated their abilities to the entire country by taking first place in the national loumamenL "It felt greai," Mendoza simply staled. "It's going to change my life." Mendoza and her parents traveled to AmhersL NY, oddly enough, to face 27 other competitors in four different ice dances. Seven judges evaluated the duos on three technical dances and an Original Set Pal- tern dance. For Mendoza and Lea it was their fiesta tango, swing dance, and final hickory hoe down that sent them to the number one position; the team's dances were choreographed by Sandy Hess, former coaches of Olympic skaters Elisabeth Punzalan and Jerrod Swallow. "It was almost surreal. I knew going in we were in medal contention but to feel and witness my daughter on the top podium, knowing all the work and preparation they had gone through, I knew it was worth it," Joyce Mendoza explained. After the group's first two dances they were tied with a California couple for first place. It was the final technical dance, the hickory hoe down, that would make or break the two ice dancers. But after that ice dance was complete, the results were not posted until an hour later; normally results are posted within five to 10 minutes, according to Joyce Mendoza. "For some reason it took them a long time to post (the results). People were climbing up the walls. It kinda made things more intense," Joyce Mendoza stated. But when the results came ouL they sent the team into the top position alone. A final ice dance rested on the shoulders of two skaters. The team had their OSP dance or free dance left to perform that consisted of dancing to a waltz from the movie "Cousins". That final dance produced nothing but 1 ordinals, like 6.0s in pro- fessional ice skating, for the dancing duo, ensuring the first place position for the Amherst team. But what got the two youngsters to that esteemed bench mark in the sport was not skill alone, but hard work, (fcdication, and love of the spoil, according the Joyce Mendoza. Mendoza works three lo four hours every weekday to tone her CONTINUED on paga • Local lot dancers Kristen Mendoza and Josh Lea are seen on the winners blocks accepting auwne •memma*mtmii*maa*mwim*lla^ fcsi tutm m en
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-03-22|
|Date of Original||22-MAR-2000|
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