Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-23
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REM marks 30th anniversary — Page 2 Street repairs fall behind — Page ' Amherst News-Times o 'x> x _ <X < x C -" — Wednesday. April 23. 1997 Amherst, Ohio Citations issued after neighbor's dog attacks MRR woman Saturday if Mi MAUM iWlfflfflM by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter An Amhersl woman is lucky to be alive, after the left side of her face was nearly torn off by a chow/ boxer mix, as he mauled her in the yard of her parent's home on Middle Ridge Road last Saturday evening. Jennifer Syrowski, 28, who lives on Park Avenue, was visiting with her parents at about 6:45 p.m.,iwhen she was attacked as she attempted to help a 15-year-old neighbor girl round up her family's three dogs, who were running loose in the Syrowski's yard. The woman's grandfather, John Faron, lives next door to Syrowski's parents and witnessed the attack along with his wife, Elizabeth. Faron said that Syrowski was concerned for the welfare of her parent's two dogs, who were tied up outside, because the neighbor's dogs had threatened them before. As Syrowski attempted to pick up one of the neighbor's smaller dogs, she was knocked down and attacked by Brutus, the chow/boxer mix. "She came over to help the girl, but she didn't have a chance," Faron said. "He knocked her to the ground and tore into her. She was able to get back up and started running for the house screaming, but he jumped on her back and knocked her down again." Syrowski's screams alerted her father, John Syrowski, who attempted to stop the dog from attacking by swinging a baseball bat at him. "He took a swing at him and the dog backed off," Janice Syrowski, Jennifer's mother, said. 'The dog just circled around, growled and attacked her again." Finally, the 15-year-old girl was able lo grab Brutus by his collar and drag him into her home. The girl's parents, David and Joanne Mitchell, were not at home al the time of the attack. Syrowski was rushed to Amherst Hospital, where she underwent three and a half hours of surgery, some of which was microscopic, according to her doctor, Rcnato Querubin. Qucrubin told the News-Times that he had treated dog bite injuries in the past, but had never seen "any so extensive." George Bclinsky, Lorain County Dog Warden, was called to the scene shortly after the attack, and found that the Mitchell girl was hysterical and had locked Brutus in a bathroom. "Because she is a minor, I had lo CONTINUED on page 3 j 'mm 1 ," / mi I WlYji ^1 The county dog warden carefully leads the to its cage. Following quarantine, the dog will be dog which attacked an Amherst woman Saturday destroyed. Top court's ruling will have no affect on school building by GLEN MILLER Final salute A funeral procession for Michael Lee Huffman is led by his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts as it heads down Park Avenue heading to Crownhill Cemetery on April 15. Huffman. 41, who died after being injured in a motorcycle accident the previous week, was a longtime Amherst resident who had moved to Wakeman with his wife and three children several years ago. Services were held al Hempel Funeral Home, and seating for 175 people was filled to capacity, with people standing in the aisles to pay tribute to their fallen friend. News-Times reporter Amherst school officials say a 3.954 mill bond issue sought for school renovations and additions is the only way to ease school district overcrowding without eventually implementing half-day sessions. "There is absolutely no money for expansion because we have none. This is our only hope," superintendent of schools Howard Dulmage said. "Without this (bond issue), we would have to seriously look at half- day sessions. We think that would affect education and academic performance." There is a direct correlation between what and how children learn and the number of students in a classroom or school, he added. One of Ihe jobs of the Citizens for Amherst Schools, a community group formed to help pass the bond issue, will be to dispel misconceptions about the availability of school district permanent improvement (PI) funds for the projecL Dulmage said some people believe the PI fund can be used to help finance the $16.7 million projecL But the $500,000 the schools annually receive for permanent improvements is reserved for repairs to the schools and the purchase of new equipment So far this year, more than a third of the money has been spent; $105,000 for two new school buses and $100,000 lo replace two Harris Elementary School roof top heating units. More will eventually be used for parking lot paving and olher improvements, he added. "We use this money lo keep school buildings and equipment in good shape, and they are in good shape," he added. "We cannot afford lo let them get in bad condition." Tbe other issue that must be overcome is a 3.9 mill school operating fund approved two years ago. It cannot be used for anything more than providing about $1.4 million a year lo keep the schools operating and pay teachers' salaries. Moreover, state financial help is out of the question, despite the recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling that found government funding to be inadequate. The Supreme Court decision only relates to operating funds. Two seniors reach top test level Two Amherst seniors — Douglas Walled and Heather Skeeles — have scored at the honors level on all five sections of the twelfth grade proficiency tests, according to school officials. The senior proficiency test — not to be confused with the ninth grade proficiency test required for graduation — is used as a benchmark for educators and students. Taken in February, the test results were released April 10 showing Amherst students scoring in ihe top percentages compared to the rest of the county's schools. Of the five categories — writing, reading, mathematics, citizenship and science — Amherst seniors recorded the top score in three — reading, mathematics and science. Overall, 54 percent of the Comet students passed the senior proficiency tests, the highest in the county. The state average is 39 percenL CONTINUED on page 11 not the expansion needed by the school districL Slate representatives William Taylor, Daniel Metelsky and John Bender have informed Dulmage not lo expect any help from the state department of education or legislature. All three legislators, who represent parts of the Amherst school district, CONTINUED on page 11 City si five-y^ deal for roadway by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter The city has signed a five- year lease agreement to build a temporary asphalt access road to N. Quarry Road, after a coo* necting bridge that crosses the Conrail tracks was closed due to structural problems. Florence Leslie, of 1030 N. Quarry Road, will be paid $7,500 to allow the city to use her property for the five-year period to connect N. Quarry Road to W. Martin Street Costs for the 800-foot access road are estimated at $56,000, according to city engineer Mite Pommeranz, who said he is hoping to start construction sometime this week. "1 am waiting for a response for the Ohio Public Works Commission on emergency funds that may be available for the project" Pommeranz said. "However, that should not affect the starting date by much.* The three and a ha if-inch asphalt road will lay on top of an eight-inch stone base, which Pommeranz said will be suitable for school buses, propane trucks and emergency vehicles. It will be very simitar to what yoo would find ir, a residential area» only it will be only 24-feet wide and will have no curb." Two large trees will need to be removed, and the steep grate at the end of W. Martin will need to be altered, but Pommer- I anz does not view it as a majnf'j logistical problem. At the end of the five-year period, the road may remain as a private access road to the Le-1 slie property, or must be moved if the owner of the erty desires. At an April 14 city co meeting, mayor John Hi, was given emergency powers Ii seek "any and all grants" that can be used to repair or rebuild the N. Quarry Road bridge. However, more damage was discovered after a recent inspec- tion, which means that the bridge could be irreparable. "We had several residents port to us that they had stake truck and a van on bridge after it had been closed,' Higgins saftL That means they had to move the heavy concrete barriers we had hi place.* If the bridge is condemned* as suggested by several engineers, a new bridge could sUS be built if emergency funds can be acquired to offset the estimated 1.2 million cost for ends a project Emergency fluids could cow up to 75 percent of that amount leaving ihe city to cover the as* maining $300,(X)0-$400,000, according to Pommcranx. He displayed a map at the council meeting showing that a new bridge would need to be built west of where the existing one is, and would be angled fat safety, rather than running perpendicular to the railroad track-. Pommeranz said after going I through the gram application J process and dealing with other matters of red tape, such a bridge would probably take three years tu complete. ^^^ Another attentats would he *r ^******r*M*i*w^sma. •^mamamm^m*^ae****lr -~ ~'^rma***r*j*Wi *j*F*er build a less-expensive type bridge with all private which woald only take months and would cost maiely $400,000. It galvanized structure with asphalt deck. F . After ihe existing bridge determined lo be ita-tiHg traffic and closed three ago, tbe city had to for an alternate, as the COCTtNUED on nag*
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-23|
|Date of Original||23-APR-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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