Amherst News-Times, 2000-12-06
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11 Donate downtown: get a promo pack — Page 2 I Lady Comets lose game — Pa" Amherst News-Time i o c r r r- X >-< -• S 9 9 3 3 r •x < r H — T| •-( '.o - V) •» 3 H ^ » O -». > M fj < O -. i-n j» o o Wednesday, December 6. 2000 Amherst, Ohio New sewer rates mor fair, despite increases by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Many Amherst residents have been seeing a change in their sewer bills recently and while there is a contingency welcoming the changes, there's also a group opposed to the new billing plan. The city has eliminated a flat rate that charged has everyone $21 per month no matter how much water they used in favor of a per usage charge. The change was put into effect for the Nov. 1 billing period. Tis the season to be merry Getting a start on the holiday season, officially — are plenty of youngsters, like this one, who took to Santa's lap last Friday night on the steps According to utilities superintendent Don Woodings this is a more equitable way of charging people for sewer usage. "The old way of charging had people who used less water paying for those who used more,*' stated Woodings. "A family of four who might use 10-15 thousand gallons a month were paying the same $21 that a single person using 4,000 gallons a month was paying. This way people will only pay for what they use." The change comes thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency. Since the 1970s the EPA has been hounding Amherst to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant Time and time again the city has made efforts to comply with EPA regulations. According to Woodings one of the first projects the city undertook to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant was lo install tm eggcrate style filter called a trickling filter to help meet EPA standards. The cost of the filter was $250,000. In the 1980s the city was fined by Ohio's attorney general for noncompliance. The cost of the bill wa* CONTINUED on page 3 of city hall where mayor John Higgins, below, gets ready for the tree lighting ceremony. High school students start annual holiday food drive The 15th Annual Christmas Food Collection for the Needy will be held from Dec. 11-18. This service project is sponsored by the Marion L. Steele High School Art Club and the art department with support from the members of the student council. Last year more than 3,773 items of food were collected, which filled four vans. In addition, $1,409.19 in cash was collected from the students and staff of the high school. This service project benefits the Amherst Food Pantry, run by Nancy Burls, through Good Shepherd Baptist Church, and provides for some of the needy of the community. Burls, along with her helpers, are expecting to distribute more than 100 food baskets. The students' generosity in the true spirit of the holiday season has been evident over the past 14 years and will be appreciated by those who will benefit again this year. For the past 14 years, art teacher Joe Dahman has headed the food collection for the needy. Since 1985,71,553 items of food have been collected, or about 35.25 tons. The students and staff also have contributed money for the needy amounting to $6,886.57 since 1992. Anyone wishing to donate to this worthwhile service project is asked to drop off items at the high school's main office from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the drive. Also, anyone who wants to donate food or cash can contact Burls at the churn at 988-4506. Local teacher given county award for innovative work by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Every year the Leadership Lorain County organization gives out a Golden Apple award to a teacher who conies up with new innovations in leaching. This year the award will be presented to Dave Cotton of Marion L. Steele High School. Cotton has taught in Amherst for 24 years, first at Nord Junior High, then at the high school He has taught several classes including English, drama, speech, and television. "This is a complete surprise," staled Cotton. "I never thought I would receive anything like this." The fact is that this is not the first time Cotton has received an award of this type. In 1986 when the high school opened the new television studio Cotton was awarded the local Apple Award. "It is basically the same award only that one was local," explained Cotton. Steele principal Fred Holland nominated Cotton for the award. From there the nominations were sifted by a panel from Leadership Lorain County. When the sifting ceased. Cotton's name was left. Cotton, who received his degree from Northwestern University, takes pride in his work. "My career has Dave really been split." staled Cotton. The first half I was really involved in drama. A lot of my training was in theater. But when they opened the television studio my time was cut. I couldn't do both, ao I decided to go with the television." Cotton tries to show Us students Cotton that communication is important for bringing people together. Through communication people can be more accepting," explained Cotton. This is something mat is not just limited to journalism. This stretches out into everyday life." City to buy private property to help with park parking There has never been a big prob- lem parking at Maude Neiding Pwfc for people using the swimming POOL That is, there has sever been a big iwkmg for the normal traffic. there are reveal bines s year that the pool at Maude Neid- ing plays host to swim meets. It Is veeeeeaei eSeel llAJll feeefta f^eVeeVk MMMe eteeet parties becomes a For years of William always beat gracious to can lo park on his property for events. While Homing plained about the perked officials reft that if purchase the would have some type meet for die usage. They (the city) have bees eating for yeers." staled Hem***. Tve sl* wnvt __**_e_ wetU aactfitv." mmtfm lejenffMevjevp wevaee* e»eeAee#»ee»^e dee otama* fssm* m mmm*. m
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-12-06|
|Date of Original||06-DEC-2000|
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