Amherst News-Times, 2000-09-06
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DARE Day was good time — Page 3 Amherst News-Tim< Hi"!) (•in > o ^. * » > -H -J < O-^. T J> Sl m OJ o n Wednesday, September 6, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Party time It was time for students — and administrators and teachers — at Marion L. Steele High School to let down their hair and enjoy some role rever sal. Administrators served up the food for students, while students danced and partied, all as part of a picnic to kick off the school year. Masons to mark 125th anniversary in October i by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter In 187S. before this country was even 100 years old, 13 master masons of the Vermilion Masonic Lodge gathered in the office of the Worthing Stone Company and decided to petition the Grand Lodge of Ohio for a dispensation to form a Masonic lodge in Amherst On Oct 17 the Stonington Lodge, as it would be named, will celebrate its 125th anniversary. More than a century is a long time for any civic organization to remain active, but to see an organization survive for this long is really special. Bill Spangler, secretary of the Masonic lodge the past 22 years, credits the longevity to the type of people that have been involved with the group. "We do a lot for the community." stated Spangler. "Keeping active keeps the lodge going." For those who are not quite familiar with the masons, they are a fraternal group that has its roots in England. Historians believe that the group first surfaced in 926 A.D. Masonry, or freemasonry is not a religion, however, it does have roots, in monotheism. It is a charitable organization that teaches "the golden rule" as it seeks to make good men better through a firm belief in the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man, and the immortality of the soul. They operate on a state to state basis, with the grand lodge in each slate overseeing .what the other lodges are doing. Spangler estimates that there is a freemason in every country in the world making it one of the largest organizations in the. world. Throughout the years the Amherst lodge has made numerous contributions lo Uie community. Every year the group sponsors a graduating senior with a scholarship for college. "We started it at $100," stated Spangler. "Now its up to $300. We hope to get it up to $500." They also sponsor the Special Olympics. litis year each lodge sent their contributions to the grand CONTINUED on page 2 At right is the Lutheran Church property purchased by the Masons and then renovated for their present facility, above. Firefighter's job never solo effort, lieutenant says by JASON TOMASZEWSKI i News-Times reporter The typical stereotype of a volunteer fire department is a group of gays banging out, playing cards, and wishing the trucks. Just don't tell that io Craig Camp. Camp is a lieutenant in the Am- hdrst Fire Department where he has served for die past 10 yean. He is alio a full-time firefighter in Elyria and a part-time Lorain County Sheriff's Deputy. "I like to keep busy," said Camp. Busy is an understatement. Camp graduated from Marion L. Steele High School in 1986. then enlisted in the United States Army, (imp was a military policeman stationed in West Germany from 1986 to 1989. "Thai wu one of the best limes of my life," Camp staled. Although he was still in Germany during the fall Cf the Berlin Wall. Camp said that he misled seeing it come down by a matter of days. "I was gone about a week before they took the wall down," Camp said. Upon returning home Camp, who is a lifelong resident of Amherst, met a young woman at a friend's house while playing a pickup game of basketball. That woman's name was Charlene. Charlene and Camp would later marry and are now parents to one daughter, Caitlyn. The Camps have been married for eight years. While holding down jobs in both the police department and the fire department. Camp has had some strange encounters, on of which took place on his first fire. "It was when the Amherst Party Shop caught fire," Camp said. "We went in to check for people when all of a Hidden the bottles began exploding all around us. Here we were going into this fire and these bottles are flying right past our heads." Another time Camp recalls a high CONTINUED on Craig Camp Grant aid could help downtown The revitalization of downtown look another step forward last week as members of the Amherst Downtown Business Association (ADBA) noted they will apply for a federal revitalization grant. The grant would allow business owners to improve store fronts and beautify the streets. The application must be submitted by Oct 13. However, there are several steps that the city most go through before it can receive the $400,000 gram. City council must first designate a rem vestment area. The land in question would stretch from hkwdaon Depot to the Sandstone Historical Center. The council mutt also create an architectural leview board. The grant also requires a financial match by the city of $1.2 aulBon. Last, a public hearing must be held before the city can receive the money. The ADBA will hold a meeting on Thursday Sept. 7. A tnirincna lundieonwillbeheUfritowinidHi meeting for property i ctMS the prana for tl 5
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-09-06|
|Date of Original||06-SEP-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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