Amherst News-Times, 2000-05-10
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Doctor has eye on business — Page 7|Girls set new track records — Page 11 it I I Amherst News-Tim< n *•» 3 O — TO —' •—< ■— J* O O S X 0C < X -" .— rn t—* .f, <- ■!■> 9 3 -t — *> O »•» Wednesday, May 10, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Hailing Ohio's heroes Ohio author Rick Sowash visited Harris Elementary School last Friday. The author, known for his energetic storytelling and musical renditions, entertained students with a little help from the fourth grade student body. Teachers Sherri Parent and Dave Zajkowski had their 46 students participate in the "Heroes of Ohio: 23 True Tales of Courage and Character; a presentation based on a book Sowash wrote. Students researched and studied famous Ohio historical figures, such as Johnny Ap- pleseed, Neil Armstrong, and Ton! Morrison. Stsudents then dressed as the heroes and answered questions by Sowash concerning their character. At left Sowash asks Kevin Diedirck, right, questions about Simon Kenton, a man who once saved Daniel Boone's life. At right, Sowash, center, waives with the fourth grade students who participated in the program. (News-Times photos by Keith Gribbins) Community Chorus to entertain in concert by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter The Amherst Community Chorus has readied their eclectic group of choral talent to shower the Amherst populace with their spring concert "Encore" on Friday. May 12. The 73 members of the community chorus are not only a smattering of different styles of vocal talent, but a melting pot of age and background that is a pretty good representation of Lorain County, according to director and co-founder Simone Gall. At 7:30 in the evening at Sl Joseph's Social Hall, the Amherst group will take to the risers to give the locals a 35-minute retrospective on the last 100 years of music in a millennium review performance. "It's toe-tapping, foot-stomping, just a high energy performance," explained Gall. "We have a wide variety of music for everyone. It's going to be a very uplifting performance. So just sit back, relax, and let us take you on a trip down memory lane." The presentation will contain seven sections, focusing on different styles or compilations of music. The Amherst Community Chorus will perform their Spring Concert Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Social Hall in Am herst. The singers, made up of 54 women and 19 men, are a compilation of all ages and backgrounds. From "That Old Black Magic" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" to 'Twist and Shout" and "Imagine" the local singers are aiming to bum down the house with the melodies that captured the attention of the last lOO^years. Gall, a vocal instructor al Powers Elementary, teamed up Debbie Le- Sucr, husband Steve, a vocal teacher at Lorain Whitter, and members of the group to compile the musical mix. "It depends on what's best and brand new. We want something with audience appeal," stated Gall about the chorus's musical choices. "Something with universal appeal, no matter where we go." That dedication to the integrity of the program along with their musi cal talent has made the group a favorite all over Lorain County. Visiting retirement homes, the local Jamboree, Anchor Lodge, and making seasonal performances, the community chorus has found their niche in the surrounding areas. The chorus is already slated for the Berlin Basket Festival in August and is booked up with seven engagements for the Christmas season. The vocalists that make up the musical group are all volunteers, and make up an interesting cluster of individuals, according to Gall. The chorus is made up of 54 women and 19 men from not just Amherst, but Berlin Heights, Brownhelm, Collins, Elyria, Grafton, Lorain, and Wakemen. The group boosts couples, families, and individuals from all walks of life and with ages from the teens to the 80s. "It's a lot of talent from all over this area that would have been unrecognized and untapped without the chorus," stated Gall. Gall and members encourage the public to come out and invest an evening with the community chorus that will begin with "Do You Hear the People Sing" from Les Miser- ables arid end with the group's signature piece, "The Old Irish Blessing". Tickets can be purchased at the door, adults will cost $4, senior citizens $3, students $2, and children under five may attend for free. Matt Adkins, shown with his parents, earned the rank of Eagle Scout during a spe cial ceremony held March 12. Junior Achievement gives students work experience Adkins named Eagle Scout during March ceremonies Matthew Adkins was honored Sunday, March 12, with the presentation of his Eagle Award. Adkins served as Quartermaster, Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. He has earned 22 merit Since 1992, he has earned seven Serial awards, including Red oss First Aid, CPR and is the fourth recipient of the Donald Jameson Lifetime Scouting Achievement Award. Adkins's Eagle Service Project was organising and leading the building and installation of four new benches in Lorain County MetroParks' French Creek Reservation. Lorain mayor Criag Foltin presented Adkins with a proclamation from the city of Lorain, recognizing his achievement of attaining the rankofBafto. by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter Nord Junior High students have been getting a chance to see the world of work from their desks. The local junior high has teamed up with the Junior Achievement of Lorain County to supply the student body with a program that teaches kids how to develop positive attitudes about their education and how it relates to the working establishments that are in store for their futures. Only in its first year at the junior high. Junior Achievement is opumiMic about Inspiring ihe young people of Nord to the value of free enterprise, business, and economics in hopes of improving the quality of life for the work force of the future, according to program manager Mary Ann Littell. "We build bridges between to grow," Littell stated. "We get people from the community to share their perspective of being in the real world in the classroom. It's really quite exciting." Junior Achievement has fostered such a relationship with Johnson Controls, an assembly line company that focuses on the welding and assemble of seats for the Ford Econoline Van. Three Johnson employees devoted 45 minutes a week in the past few months in Nord classrooms, leading students in activities that are relevant in today's work world. For months seventh and eighth grade students have explored careers, learning proper interviewing techniques, creating personal budgets, digesting business operations, while all the time getting to sink their teeth into the notions of free enterprise in the United States. Students became immersed in global economics, personal finance, and tat American The eighth graders center on the principal characteristics of the US economic system and the role of business in iL Their activities reinforced economic concepts taught in U.S. history, state history, and civic courses. They also teamed the steps in organizing a business and producing and marketing a product as well as studying the social responsibilities of business and the role of government in the U.S. economy. The seventh grade program focused more on helping students assess their personal skills, interests, explore career options, learn job-hunting skills, and simply discover the overall value of an education, Technically the program centered on budgets, personal and family financial management, and the use of credit. But these activities also reinforced the economic concepts taught in chaining a career and learning life skills, "It's a great way of bringing the i naimiiKy huo ure CONTMUEO en nag* a
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-05-10|
|Date of Original||10-MAY-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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