Amherst News-Times, 2000-08-16
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*l* * S0 . • . fc Sandstone Masons to debut — Page 3 Bus routes are listed — Pages 5 7 * Amherst News-Tinu Worinesdny, August 16, 2000 Residents scramble to aid lady in need by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter 1 Oood things happen when people iA the community come together. Such was the case for an elderly Amherst resident who found herself without a house. The community, led by the Sandstone Office on Aging, was able to comb the area for the 86-year-old woman and find her suitable housing. The woman was living by herself in what the building inspector called substandard housing. Because she never married, her only family was an older brother and sister. She relied on the Office on Aging for meals and an occasional checkup, according to executive director Nine Lorandcau. However, when the building inspector condemned her house she was left with no place to go. Enter the Sandstone assistance. The center made an attempt to get her into the Lorain County Metropolitan Housing Authority, but there Was a 90-day wait So they did the only thing they could do. They set the woman up in a hotel, where she received three meals a day and occasional company. . The hotel stay lasted six weeks With the American Red Cross picking up the tab for two weeks, a local donor paying for one, a local church paying for one, and other local sources paying for the rest of her stay. ' "Our board made this a top priority ," said Lorandcau. "They went right to work." All of the meals were provided by tbe meals on wheels program that the center provides. "Quite a few of the meals were brought by local families, most of which were prepared at home," stated Lorandeau. "The amount of energy from the community volunteers was amazing." ■ While the woman sat in the hotel, the center's board, which is made up entirely of volunteers, worked feverishly to find an adequate home for her. The search ended when they found an open spot in Albright Terrace. The woman is said to be enjoying her new home, while the center is breathing a sigh of relief. '. "She was left with no safety net after her house was condemned," said Lorandeau. This just shows you what a community can accomplish." The center is currendy looking for driven for their meals on wheels program. Anyone who is interested should call the Center on Aging at 988-2817. Amhorst, Ohio o -* o o = o x x - x '- - ■ *r 3 d a x i < x -. C .T — •fi - fl s X -I r-> s> - IN) < n -* IT > • o Em Ar hoi i 2 lie &&mm*emamm«*<«J*4@jj*l. Jm\m4 ,'/ ' J^*^ Above one of the Goodwill Games participants can't wait to get in Pele proud. Below right a camper looks to go deep, i the action. Below left campers display footwork that would make MlmmS ii •al - V 'A i » m 'm, A: ,. ' l****- -m 4 * ■■*•*. • ■• . a * m* ft TV 'iCV.-Jw f "> ' ■•.,,.-,-,.' ^^sbsOmt Games bring goodwill to town Mayor John Higgins opened the Goodwill Games with a balloon liftoff Thursday at St Joseph Church. The games are a culmination of a nine week camp for 5- to 12-year- olds held every year in Amherst The thing that makes this year's event so special is that it is the first time that the three camps in the dio- cese have come together in Amherst 'This is very special because this is the first time we have all been together here," said games director Maureen Vazzano. The three camps that were represented in Amherst were St Joseph Church in Amherst the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliff, and Camp Corde in Parma. The day-long camp, which is intended to instill a sense of sportsmanship and fair play, began with the 2S0 kids breaking into groups to work on fundamentals. Each group would work on the basics of a particular sport The kids worked on hand-eye coordination as well as teamwork. The spons that were included were football, basketball, kickball, soccer, and volleyball. After a group lunch the kids were back in action participating in team games. Here the kids learned how to use the techniques they learned in the morning session in the team setting. The groups rotated among several atypical games that are loosely related to the sports. The theme of the Goodwill Games came from Peter Yarrow's "Don't Laugh at Me" program, which attempts to curb the ridicule of children. "We eliminate the competitiveness and play just for fun," said Vazzano. The camp was led by a group of 40 councilors from all over the area. Most of the councilors are college students, or recent graduates. "They (the councilors) did a great job," praised Vazzano. While the St Joseph camp is a yearly event it will probably be another two years before the joint camp is held in Amherst again. The joint camp is on a rotating basis with the other two locations. "I think that we are one of the best kept secrets in the area," Vazzano said. This is just a cool place to be." Judging from the turnout Thursday Vazzano is right tor it families by VICKIE HAUFF News-Times correspondent Western Reserve Arabians, Ltd., of 1246 Park Avenue will hold a charity auction to benefit the Family Focus Center based in Lorain. Teresa Stencil owns the hone farm with her husband and is one of the original founders of the Family Focus Center. She hopes to raise $20,000 from the horse auction this weekend. "Some friends and I saw a real need in the community," Stencil said. "Foster families were waiting months for support, so a small group of us got together and decided to help out" The Family Focus Center is based in Lorain but serves the entire county and some surrounding counties as well. Services include psychological counseling and evaluations and full family support when emotional strain and hardships arise. The center is open to all in need and is part of the Lorain County Health Network. It was established in 1997 and has placed programs such as SKIP (Support For Kids with Incarcerated Parents) into local schools where kids can receive on site professional counseling. Stencil will be auctioning four to five donated Egyptian Arabian horses to raise money which will all be donated to the Family Focus Center. According to Stencil there are more than 5,000 Egyptian Arabians in the entire world and she has 23 of them in AmhersL "These horse are very rare," she said. Potential buyers come from as far away as Africa, Saudi Arabia and Australia to buy from Stencil and she hopes the local public will attend the auction for a first hand look at these special beauties. "All no-profits need money and the Family Focus Center does such wonderful work. I am happy to be a part of it" The FFC will have information available at the auction site and hopes to inform as much of the public as possible of it's services. The Family Focus Center is located at 209 W, 4th Sl in Lorain or call 440-244-4999. For more information on the Arabian Hone auction contact Teresa Stencil at 988-9558. What's your favorite show? Why, crocs... by JASON TOMASZEWSKI ee^ee—eeeee.——^—- News-Times reporter . Who warns to be a millionaire? It seems like a ludicrous question. Of course everybody would like to be a millionaire. Perhaps that is why the television game show is crushing the competition in the ratings game. \, People are tuning in every night tp see if Joe Avenge will walk away with the big money. ..The amazing popularity of tad shows such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and "Survivor" is sjw»""g network executives and critics alike. People just can't seem to took away. That is, people outside of Amherst , While these shows continue to cause a craze across the country, the residents of Amherst simply are not caught up in it at least the ones approached by the News-Times last "I don't see how anybody has the time to sit down and watch television any more." says Tanny tar view of the essence, and they would rather do other things than watch tv. But what about the shows they do watch when they get a spare minute or two? Naturally then they will check out these hot new shows. Right? Wrong. Mowcomber said that she has never seen a single episode of Survivor. Just about everyone else who wu asked about the keystone shows of the summer said that they don't really pay that much attention to them either. "I have only seen one episode of Millionaire just so that I could have something to say if someone brought it up," stated Don Dovala. Bobbi Forrest claims that she might watch Millionaire if there is nothing else on at the time. So if no one in Amherst is watching Millionaire or Survivor, just what is on their tube? The Crocodile Hunter! Yes Crocodile Steve Irwin is the moat popular show Young, old, i they just can't fat enough of MM Koperde* and Aaron Kaene say they ami get enough of the Crooodta Hunter. la Aaimal Planet's daredevil The gay Is an ataohae hnwfc," Street ia ftaaaia There was a *•»'« said Larry Nietait of Son* MUa show where he dove oa a and Pteep Plat dam Tha Acme Hour it tope. mfmam Hffceee* leet eeMteeeeeV eteeeel" a placet? reps. He's 00N1S«MP on aaa* I i
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-08-16|
|Date of Original||16-AUG-2000|
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