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Leo Club roars into town — Page 5 | Grapplers send 10 to district — Pag* Amherst News-Time ^ - O C O X X x f 9 M M c '* O o 3> < X m C rr, H trt I— .j-, 3 -I 3> t-i rn j> o Wednesday, February 26, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Enrollment reflects school future by GLEN MILLER Naws-Times reporter An incretse in kindergarten enrollment at Powers Elementary School may be an indication of things to come throughout the Amherst school district According to the latest student count, there is a record 260 kindergarteners at the school, nine mote than last year, accord- ing to a report given to the school board last week. Although nine students may not seem like a lot, administrative assistant Robert Wicrsum said it could be a small sample of the possible growth for which the school board is planning. The 260 kindergarteners are part of the Class of 2013. About three to five percent more children are expected to join the system annually as their families move into the school district, he added. "So, we're looking at some real big classes," Weirsum said. "II this current trend of big kindergarten classes keeps op, the need (for additional classroom space) may be compounded sooner than We expect" Board members said nothing $& they officially approved a 3.%36-mill bond issue last week to pay for more than $16.7 million in additions and renovations to the schools. Comments and suggestions came at January's meeting as specific plans and cost estimates for each school were unveiled by architects If voters approve the bond issue May 6, it win help eliminate overcrowding in the schools by 1999. Based on new home construction information, school officials have predicted enrollment will jump by 1300 students over the next three to four years. The district now has about 3,600 students. About 1,000 new homes are being built or are on developers' drawing boards, according to a survey done early last year. In addition, builders think the building boom may be accelerated by the construction of a new turnpike interchange at Rt 58. Other options explored by a school planning group included possible half-day sessions or the purchase of modular classrooms. Both were rejected because of the possible negative affect they might have on students' education. Cash in, cash : Street repair Ii starts with crack and seal projects by BILL ROSS Soup's on Charles Seckel gets ready to enjoy the soup lunch hosted by the the monthly lunches and said he thinks ft is one of the best deals in United Methodist Church on Park Avenue. Seckel is a regular at town. News-Times reporter The streets in Amherst that have the greatest need for repair have been written into the 1997 Street Program and have been sent to city council for final approval. Phase one of the program was approved earlier this year, and calls for crack and joint sealing of recently paved streets. According to mayor John Hig- gins, crack and joint sealing is a process whereby "streets that have been paved in the last two or three years are inspected for signs of expansion and surface cracks, which are then sealed to prevent damage to the under lament" The under lament is a two-inch "floating" bed of asphalt, layered between the road bed and the surface coat, and if it becomes water damaged, can lead to more serious problems. The following streets have been approved for crack and joint sealing: • S. Lake Street — Milan Avenue to Valley Drive. • Valley Drive — S. Lake Street to Hickory Hollow Drive. • Hickory Hollow Drive. — Valley Drive to cul-de-sac. • Chestnut — Hickory hollow drive to end. • Wilshire Drive — Princeton Avenue to Sharondale Drive. • Princeton Drive — Columbia to cul tie-sac. • Tenney Avenue — Jackson Street to Spring Street • Jackson Street — Elyria Avenue to Franklin Avenue. • Jackson Street — Railroad bridge to Park Avenue. • Washington Street — Sunrise Drive to Cleveland Avenue. • Hazel Street — Franklin Avenue to Crosse Avenue. • Chapel Court — Spruce Tree Lane to end. • Middle Ridge Road — S. Lake Street to bridge over Beaver Creek. • Middle Ridge Road — S. Lake Street west to city limits. • Middle Ridge Road — Elyria Avenue to 630' west of Sleepy Hollow Drive. • Meadowview — Elyria Avenue to 630' west of Sleepy Hollow Drive. • Beaver Court — S. Main Street to Milan Avenue. • Blossom Drive — Cherry Valley Drive to end of plat 1. • Blossom Drive — Shadylawn Avenue to Stonewood subdivision. • Willow Creek Drive — S. Lake Street to cul-de-sac. • Nordson Drive — Middle Ridge Road to Gordon Drive. • Linn Road — North Ridge Road to Cooper Foster Park Road. • Weavers Drive — Linn Road to end. • Autumn Drive — Middle Ridge Road to Gordon Drive. • N. Main Street — W. Martin Street to Rt 2 bridge. • Cooper Foster Park Road — N. Lake Street to 600' west of Crosse Road. • S. Main Street — Milan Avenue to city limits. Total cost for the crack and joint sealing for the listed streets is $116,050. Phase two and three of the 1997 Street Program have been approved by the finance committee and were sent to the floor of city council, where they were expected to be approved on Feb. 24. Phase two covers asphalt pavement repair and resurfacing needs and covers the following streets: • Dewey Road — Park Avenue north to city limits. • West Martin — North Main Street to bridge. • North Woodhill Drive — Cleveland Avenue to Shadylawn CONTINUED on page 3 Whittler for life, Wilbur Bohley's art reflects love of craftsmanship by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter The woodcarver's faded gray- blue eyes are once again sharp — like the finely detailed eyes of the sculpted eagle which stands watch in his Jefferson Street home. Wilbur Bohley will be 83 years old in a few months, but shows no sign of slowing down as he carves his intricate masterpieces. A new lens had just been replaced in his right eye and he was busily working on a new project to test its abilities. "You know those eye charts they have? Well I started reading the letters right near the bottom," he said with obvious satisfaction. His left lens was replaced seven years earlier. The right eye, which had been rendered almost useless by a cataract, is now allowing him to focus on his craft with eyes like a child. And his mind has always held a childlike imagination. In the home that he shared for S3 years with his wife, Elizabeth, who passed away last September, Bohley spends his days carving whatever captures his fancy for the moment. "1 get a picture in my head and just start carving," he said. Bohley does the majority of his work with only a pocket knife. It is similar to the one his grandfather gave him when he was nine years old, living just up the street on Milan Avenue. "He showed me how to make a whistle out of a willow twig," Bohley said. "It just kind of evolved from there." He immediately took to whittling, and often would go walking into the woods, find a place to sit and pick up a piece of wood on which to work. Bohley whittled sporadically as he was growing up. He spent 10 years in the Army, both prior to and during World War n, and after leaving the Army, returned home and married Elizabeth. He was 30 and she was 39. Bohley said he was fortunate to have met her at all, because when she was 17 years old, she went to the doctor with internal problems. The doctor told her parents that they should take out life insurance on her. "He told them she wouldn't live to see 21," Bohley said. "But he was wrong." Although their families lived close by, they had no children of their own, so their hobbies helped to Wilbur Bohley displays soma of his many carved creations in the living room of his Jefferson Street home, where he lives by himself. Many of the pieces, includ ing ones that have movable parts, have been carved from a single piece of wood, and he uses no glue, tape or nails. fill the time. "She knitted, crocheted and did puzzles." Bohley said. "And I did my carving." There is a difference between carving and whittling. Carving, according to Bohley, involves greater skill, whereas whittling can be simply paring away at the wood. "It's like the story of the old far- ma sitting by the country store and the city fella says, 'Whatcha doing?' and the farmer says 'whittlin*. So the city fella says 'Whatcha whittlin?' and the farmer says, 'shavins."' After the Army, Bohley became a metal worker at the Nabakowski Sheet Metal factory, which occupied the property where Albright Terrace is now located. Before becoming shop foreman, he made patterns — which probably helped him to develop his skill as a carver. He took a medical retirement when he was 58 years old, due to pernicious anemia, which caused his blood to stop manufacturing red blood cells and required regular CONTINUED on page 2 City hall basement is gutted for offices by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter After tearing back everything to the walls, the basement of city hall is ready for its next incarnation — as additional city offices to ease overcrowding for city employees. But before that can be done, the structurally unsound roof and bell tower of city hall must be repaired. Mayor John Higgins said he hopes to put the mayor's and safety/service director's offices downstairs, but that may not happen until next year. "One of the problems we cur- rendy have is a lack of confidentiality when a citizen wants to talk in private," he said. "Right now, we just don't have an area where people can make sure they are not being overheard." City workers have uncovered safety hazards in the basement that the mayor feels could have been an accident waiting to happen. "They found 3,000 feet of unused wire, a flue door open; bare wires with scorch marks; backwards insulation; wires going nowhere; and walls mortared in CONTINUED on page 2 1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-02-26|
|Date of Original||26-FEB-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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