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Holiday lighting planned — Page 12
Wednesday, November 24, 1999
will help clean up
local creek smells
by STEVE BARRY
On the move
Monica Volante and Cati Ball enjoying a balmy November even- bikes and rollerblades.
ing outdoors before old man winter forces them to hang up the
The Environmental Protection
Agency is slowly squeezing Amherst until the city curtails all affluent discharges into Beaver Creek.
"They (the EPA) made it very
clear to us at the last meeting that
they no longer want us to discharge
to the creek. They made it pretty
clear that if we do stay on the creek
we will have problems." mayor
John Higgins said, following the latest round with the EPA.
About 18 years ago the EPA levied a $250,000 fine on Amherst for
failure to comply with EPA requirements concerning the treatment
plant. The city took the EPA to
court only to see the fine reduced to
"No new permits to the creek
(will be issued), and the existing one
will have very extreme permit
levels. To stay on the creek would
be throwing good money after bad,"
Since the sixties, Amherst has
sought a right of way to discharge
affluents into Lake Erie, but until
now, has been unsuccessful. The
solution may be another link up
with the Lorain county MetroParks,
which has acquired 90 percent of
the old stone quarry pony trail.
Historically, the old pony trail
was a causeway used by the quarries
to transport huge sandstone blocks
from the quarries to Lake Erie for
shipment to other cities. Demand for
Amherst sandstone increased after
the destruction of Chicago during
the great fire of 1871, so the pony
trail saw lots of traffic in those days.
The city is working out a deal
with the MetroParks to run a discharge line underneath the trail to
Lake Erie. The EPA has indicated
that they will authorize an easement
to Amherst for the discharge line.
The pony trail discharge project
will not be without cost. Higgins estimates that the city will have to
contribute around $30,000 a year to
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y Ceramic shop opens in time
& for holiday buying season
by STEVE BARRY
Owner of the new A&V Ceramics & Gifts, located at 258 Tenney St. is Cheryl Vinoverski.
If you are looking for a gift for
someone, or would like to create
your own gifts, stop in at 258 Tenney St and talk to Cheryl or Mar-
lena at their new shop, A&V Ceramics and Gifts.
Although the new shop opened
Oct. 6, both ladies have worked in
ceramics for more than 20 years. It
was about that long ago thai Cheryl
owned Miller's Ceramics in Wellington. For many years she worked
as the manager of the Wellington
Lawson's store, now Dairy Mart
For the last nine years Cheryl has
been an L.P.N. at Avon Oaks Nursing facility in Avon.
For those who are not sure about
creating their own ceramic gifts,
Marlena Amore offers classes that
will make you proficient at hand
"I enjoy doing what I'm doing
and enjoy working with people. I
teach over 600 techniques," Amore
said. Marlena has more than 15,000
molds of her own, (Cheryl has
5,000) so the odds are, whatever gift
idea you have, A&V Ceramics will
have it for you.
A&V is forming classes for
youngsters as well, to be held on
After the first of the year Marlena
will be teaching "special techniques" classes. This will be a pre
paid-class, which will meet one or
two weekends a month. (One of the
angels in the shop requires eight different techniques to complete.)
They have classes for special organizations, such as Boy or Girl Scouts who have to earn badges.
All of the ceramic products are
made in the U.S. including the clay.
Only bisque, or fired clay figurines,
are sold; they do not sell fragile
greenware products. All food grade
ceramic pieces (such as cookie jars
and candy dishes) are already glazed
on the food service side and are
food safe. They even put permanent
decals over glazed pieces.
When asked if she envisioned ex
panding the shop, Cheryl replied,
"You are always expanding, because mold companies produce over
1,000 new molds a month." Trends
do change, and to stay current, they
must purchase the latest item molds.
Some of the new idea gifts on display are melting pots. Melting pots
are tea light heated pieces that melt
wax that releases fragrance into tbe
air. Some are reversible and become
The hot theme last year was
angels, and the shop has a very nice
display of them. Customers can order angels in color schemes to
match a decor.
A&V sells accessories, such as
electric lighting harnesses, for ceramic Christmas trees, and night
lights, paints, waxes and paint
Store hours are Wednesdays and
Thursdays, 10 ajn. to 10 pjn.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 ajn. to 5
pjn.; and Sundays, noon to 5 pjn.
To find out more about clan
times and products offered, call the
shop at 988-9167.
Actor to portray angel in St. Joe's appearance
What do Santa Claus, Bethlehem,
"As the. World Turns„and St.
Joseph's Church in Amherst have in
On Dec. 5, they'll have Frank Ru-
nyeon in common.
Thai's when Runyeon, who
starred in television's "As the World
Turns" as well as "General Hospital" and "Santa Barbara," and has
made repealed guest appearances on
"Falcon Crest" and "LA Law," will
perform "3V4 Stories of Christmas"
at Sl. Joseph's Church. 200 Sl
In the program, Runyeon plays a
comically imperfect Christmas
angel, who relates the story of
Christmas as "the story of how light
came : ito the world."
But the story doesn't begin in
Bethlehem, or even Nazareth. In
fact, it starts about as tar back as a
story can start, when the world was
"PPP! Just like that." Runyeon's
character says. "The Boss spoke and
there was light."
The story continues through
"Grandpa Abraham" and King David, who each saw the light.
"It was a new kind of light," the
angel continues. "Not light 'out
there' but light 'in here,' by listening when the Boss spoke."
The program climaxes with the
traditional Christmas story of Gabriel, Mary, and the manger in
The final half of a story starts
with Saint Nicholas, but the end is a
Runyeon holds a bachelor's degree in religion from Princeton and
a master's degree from General
Theological Seminary in New York.
He last appeared at St Joseph's
Church in March, 1998, when he
the Gospel of
"3v4 Stories of Christmas" wiH
be presented Dec. 5 at 7 pjn. Tickets are $5 for general admissioi
$2 for students through 12th
and senior citizens, and may be purchased at the St Joseph