Amherst News-Times, 2000-08-30
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Couple ride for a good cause — Page 8 Flying isn't just a dream now — Pa" a a c z r ■ £ Amherst News-Time •it >0 Wodnesday, August 30, 2000 Amherst, Ohio • n t, ■?, :'■ -'it *»-/ 1 New school resource officer stationed at M ^ #»*'•** ; ' CX^^'^ J^^'^t^15^-1*^^' -^->^'-*- --vn?,•.^,. v .. TJxrf»tf Rt,' , T* %*^*» '■■»».# *».■*:•*£ *♦! Back to work Students returned to school in Amherst last their posts early while moms, dads and kids week without a glitch. At Harris Elementary make their final walk of the summer of 2000 be- School, the members of the Safety Patrol take to fore starting class. by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter There was a time when the sight of a police officer in a high school was a telltale sign of trouble. However, if you ask Les Carrender, it is a sign that all is well Carrender is the new School Resource Officer for the city of Amherst and will have a permanent office in Marion L. Steele High School. The School Resource Officer, or SRO, is a new position that was created to provide a liaison between the schools and the police department It is part of the department's community policing action. Carrender has been an Amherst police patrolman since 1993 and has been head of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program for the last four years. His new position will be an extension of the DARE program, which targets younger children. "With DARE we try to get kids to resist drugs and violence. But when you get to high school kids already know what's right and wrong," Car- render explained The SRO will focus more on the consequences of such actions. "We will address the legality of these actions and what could happen to you if you do them," Carrender said. One point that Carrender is quick to point out is that he is not part of the school administration. He welcomes the kids to come to him with questions but adds that he is not a counselor. "I win have an open door rJbHey with the kids, but they must remember that I am a police officer," Car- render said. Many schools are instituting an SRO program in light of the recent school shootings, such as the one in SRO Les Carrender talks to Marion L. Steel High School principal Fred Holland during class change last week. Columbine, Colo. While concerns have grown since these tragedies, Carrender was reassuring when he said, "We have not had any problems like that in AmhersL This program is totally proactive rather than reactive." The goal of the program is to build a good rapport between the schools and the police department. That rapport has been started with the DARE program and will now continue with the SRO. The kids will be formally introduced to Carrender during the televised morning announcements sometime in the next week. THe student-run television program will conduct an interview with Carrender in which they will discuss why he is there and what his role within the school wiD be. While Carrender has yet to speak with many of the kids, he did say the few he has spoken#to have expressed their support. "Everyone I've talked to has welcomed the idea," Carrender said. "The school is behind us 100 percent, and the kids seem to be supportive. This is a totally positive thing." The main point that Carrender wants the kids to understand is that be is not a disciplinarian. "I'll let the school do its job and they will let me do mine," Carrender said. "If a child needs to be suspended then that is the school's decision, I don't get involved. But if the matter is criminal, mat's when I step in." Carrender's main job is to work with the kids to help them understand just what is at stake when it comes to drugs and violence. He put it best when he staled "I'm just there for the kids." Fifty years of doughnuts and the end isn't in sight by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Fifty years is a long time to be working at any job. It is even longer when you are operating your own business. It is even longer than that when you have to compete with corporate giants. But Bob Smith wouldn't change all that hard work for anything. Smith, of Dewy Road in Amherst, has been the operator of Bob's Doughnuts in Lorain for the past SO years and was recognized by the City of Lorain with a proclamation declaring Aug. 24,2000 Bob Smith Day in the city of Lorain. "I don't really go for the publicity, but this is nice," said a humble Smith. The festivities saw tie mayor, police chief and local media surprise Smith at his doughnut shop to present him with the award. Niel Zurker was also on hand to add Bob's to his list of "One Tank Trips." Smith first got into the doughnut business working for Spang's Bakery in Lorain over 60 years ago. At the time Spang's was the largest bakery in tbe Cleveland area. However, after 10 yean Spang's experienced some financial difficulties. Smith jumped at tbe chance to buy the establishment Tbe first order of business for Smith, after acquiring tbe business, was to get rid of the "ready made" recipe and replace k with his own. "It's just like Kenny King's, it's my secret," said Smith. In his 50 years Smith has had to relocate four times in the city of Lorain The shop on Broadway was built by Smith after he was forced to move from across the street Smith believes that it was the first drive- through doughnut shop anywhere. When asked if he was contemplating retirement any time soon Smith gave a chuckle and replied, "They'll probably carry me out of here feet first" After being in business for so many years, naturally you are going to build a solid customer base. But Bob's has reached a legendary status. "I have third generation customers coming in now," said Smith. And it's not just in northeast Ohio. "My doughnuts have made it all over the world," said Smith. "Hawaii, Europe, Arizona. People move away from Ohio, but they still want my doughnuts." Smith is very familiar with the area of Lorain where his shop is lo- CONTINUED on page 3 Psychic gives reporter run for his money Editor's Bote: Prompted by advertisements for a local psychic, we sent reporter Jason Teaaaasewski to tavestigate. TUs story is his first-penes, account of hit viett By ao means It this to debauk the psychic of othars~bat then, yoa kaew that already. Powerful leaders throughout history have sometimes relied oo the supernatural to aide them in their decisions. bis known that Adolf Hitler had a personal astrologer wham he often consulted. President Ronald Regan sad his wife Nancy abo visited with an astrologer. Now, with the new millennium upon us, more and more people are going to psychics and astrologers to see just what the future holds in store for them. Hem in Lorain County, there is a plethora of psychics and astrologers who are offering their services. Some of them are very reputable and take their fhotw! profession seriously. Others seem to be out of a bad Ed Wood movie. The News-Times sent me to investigate a local psychic to see just what is in my future. As I drove to the location I had already formed sn im age of what the place would look like. I figured it would be dark with incense burning and beads covering all of the doorways. I pictured a room full of mystic symbols and ancient texts with a central table upon which a crystal ball would be placed. But when I solved I was diiefnirdntnil to find none of these things. I drove up to a very ordinary bouse where I was fieeted by a young woman. I was told to wait on the porch and that I would be sum- mooed when fee psychic was ready. To be honest, my fenptkism was aroused as I thought to myself "While I'm waiting out here, they're setting up the smoke Tttrfrinf snd plugging in the crystal ball.'' After about five minutes I was brought into the house which resembled i¥MMng like I had imagined, ft was a typical living room wife a gigantic 72-inch television acting as fee main decor. I was seated in one of fee many leather couches diet lined the room next to a woman dad la a purple house dress sod pink fussy suppara. She was sipping coffee. b the neat room I could hear die voices of fhiMrrm aad fee sounds of the televi sion. The place was more like that of the happy homemaker, and not at all the speli- wesving gypsy I had Immediately she wont into her price list Whoa I had called, a week earlier. I was told feat fee basic reeding was $20. Now fee was demanding $35. I was told to place fee money oa fee table, clear my mind, place my a wish about dm forth- I did so aad fee reeding began. with a die- going to tell me fee truth as she read it and that any bad news was not her fault She started by saying that I put too much time and effort into my work sod that I was very stressed because of it She told me feat I liked my job and that I came from a food frmily. All of this could have been easily deduced by any two bit gumshoe, given fee fret that I was wearing a slfet sad tie and I had aa sir of confidence about myself. *mY gry wife her if ate to deliver bad She then went into my loveBfe. She told me feat she did not see anyone of any CONTMUiO on page • » 5 v
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-08-30|
|Date of Original||30-AUG-2000|
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