Amherst News-Times, 2000-12-20
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Our letters to Santa continue — Page Amherst News-Time ~ a — -, c <: •"■ " n 9 -» 9 ] Wednesday, December 20, 2000 Amherst, Ohio a Dean Sanl-ci Santa Claus will be coming to town on Christmas Eve with a sleigh full of toys and goodies for children and those still young at heart. The News-Times is helping Santa Claus with his Christinas list by sharing Christinas letters exactly as written from local school children. Here's what the area's youngsters are hoping they will receive under their Christinas tree. Dear Santa: I want Banjo, spider stompin, holey moley trouble, and a baby sister. Ryan Johnaon Dear Santa: Merry Christmas! I have tried to be good. I am asking for a toy castle for my little sister Ally and me. Thank you. Teddy Dear Santa: Please bring me a barbie slugbug car, barie 200 and barbie doll cake. Thanks Santa. Corrlnne Niskey Dear Santa: I would like to have a Britney Spears doll, a radio. I would like to have a bandana and an ansync watch and a Backstreet Boys movie. Mkhalyla Dear Santa: I want a great Christinas with my family. Tyler Paterchak Dear Santa: My name is Elicia. I have been very good. I will try my best to not mas my room up. Please bring me a hay you pickajo. With a poji and sopr poji for Christmas. Dear Santa: My name is Jeffrey. I have been very good. I will try my best to clen up my rom. Please bring me legos. Love Jeffrey Dear Santa: My name is Nate, I have been very good. I will try my best to lisin to mom. Please bring me a scatebtod and new gameboy. Dear Santa: My name is Taylor. I have been very good. I will try my best to lisin to my mon. Please bring me hors and a pen. Dear Santa: My name is Lynscy. I have been very good. I will try my best to: I will licin to my mom. Please bring me snobord. Love Lynsey Dear Santa: My name is Matthew Crist I have been very good. I will try my best to be good in school. Please bring my play- stashin two with games. Dear Santa: My name is Kayla. I have been very good. I will try my best to be good. Please bring me Shade and a reel! puppey. love Kayla. Dear Santa: My name is Cassie E. Brown. I have been very good. I will try my best to: I will ceen my rom. Please bring me mackup. Love Cassie Brown Dear Santa: My name is Aleak. I have been very good. I will try my best to hap my mom. Dear Santa: My name is Shayna. I have been very good. I will try my best to b qwyit in clas. Please bring me a britne spears tap and a pup. Dear Santa: My name is Alex. I have been very good. I will try my best to clen the hoso. Please bring me a scoodr rabbit Dear Santa: My name is Trent I have been very good. I will try my best to be good. Please bring me a bock and a top. CONTINUED on Early deadlines enforced for Dec. 27 newspaper Early deadlines will be enforced for the Wednesday, Dec. 27 issue of the News-Times. Our offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 23, however, the tax lines will remain open throughout the long weekend, News items and bulletin board items, kstien «k! sports updates -axed to the News-Times at 988-2802 by 5 pjn. on Dec 23 will be -ncluded in the paper. ClaMJeVd ads must be secured by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Ads for the Shopping News only must be reserved by 4 pjn. on Wednesday, Dec 20 and ada for the News-Times most be reserved by ftiday, Dec. 22 by 4 pjn. No injuries reported as man' van crashes fence, jumps poui by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Cars in pools is beginning to look like a trend in Amherst For the second time this year a vehicle has found its way off the road and into a swimming pool The first incident took place on July 11 when a female driver went airborne while crossing North Ridge Road before landing in a pool on Linn Drive. The latest incident involving an aquatic recreational facility took place on Dec. 11 near Nord Junior High School. Hairy Walker, 63 of Lorain, was parked in front of the school... facing south to pick up his granddaughter at 2:30 pjn. It was when he started to pull out that everything went wrong. Walker's minivan accelerated out of control. He swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and lost control. He turned his van on a 90 degree left turn through a fence and into a swimming pool owned by Richard Orseno. "I was in the garage working on a Christmas project for my granddaughter,'' stated Orseno. "I heard a huge crash and ran out back to see what it was." What Orseno saw was a minivan floating in his pool. "A woman came running over to see if she The fence that surrounded a pool was knocked down when a driver lost control of his vehicle and i ■UM. plunged through the fence and into the pool. Fortunately no one was hurt. could help," explained Orseno. "The two people in the van tried to open the doors, but the pressure was too much. That is when they rolled down the windows." Orseno said the van was close enough to the side of the pool that no one was required to jump into the icy water. "We were able to pull them through the passenger side window," stated Orseno. "The girl was pretty shaken up, so she came out first" According to Orseno, Walker claimed that the accelerator on the van got stuck when he pulled out The Amherst Fire Department was called to help remove the van from the pool. Divers attached chains from a tow truck to the water logged van and pulled it onto dry land. The woman who aided Orseno in the rescue was also parked in front of Nord waiting to pick up a child. It turns out that the woman was the leader of the Girl Scout troop that Walker's granddaughter is a mem- CONTINUED on page 2 Recount ousts local candidate After weeks of recounting votes, two things are final: 1. Caorge W. Bush will be the next president 2. Mary Jo Vasi will remain a county commissioner. Vasi overcame a 421-vote deficit to defeat Amherst candidate Eric Flynn by 117 votes tor the commissioner's seat Flynn's original margin of victory was so slim that it triggered an automatic recount Both Vasi and Flynn were present for the recount which was held on Dec. 12 at the Lorain County Board of Elections. Flynn has questioned the board of The recount began with a portion- ^ etast-ans, claiming that they may of the ballots being counted by nave violated state law by allowing hand. This was to check the accuracy of the machine counters. Election workers first hand counted three percent of the ballots, then fed the same ballots through the machine. At times the job of overseeing the counting of 114,000 ballots became tedious. However, there was at least one representative of each candidate present at all times. inactive voters to cast a ballot Any voter in Ohio who has not cast a vote in four years is considered inactive. It is the job of the board of elections to purge the name of that voter from the registration rolls. However, Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell staled that if an election board fails to remove a voter's name from the list and that person chooses to vote after being inactive, the vote will still count and the registration is maintained. This is where Flynn disagrees. While be is disappointed in the results of the recount, Flynn staled that he was unsure if he would per- sue the matter further. He also stated that he only wanted to make sure that everything was fair for everyone. He considers the narrow margin of defeat against a 12-year incumbent a victory. Family tree extends throughout this neighborhood of friends by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter There are people in this world who have very large families. Often times they need to rent party centers because they can't fit the entire family in one home. This is the case for Virgina Jones of Amherst However, the unique thing about her "family" is that many of the people are not related to Jones by blood or marriage They are simply a group of very kind people who help to look after the kind woman. "There is a gentleman who lives across the street who mows the lawn and rakes the leaves," stated Jones. "There is a woman down the street who comes and tends to the gardening. In the winter one of the neighbors cornea and clean the driveway." Jones also has a neighbor who picks her up and drive* her to her water walking This all seems wonderful, but this group of people on Valley Drive really showed their worth when diaaster tbe home of the into the basement According to Jones the water created a large hole in the floor to the basement "I didn't know what to do," stated Jones. "I called 911, and then ran across the street to get some help. I didn't know where the main faucet was so I couldn't shut off the water." Luckily for Jones her neighbor across the street did. "Donald Hardman knew right where the faucet was and shut it off for me," staled Jones. Now the water was no longer running, but there was an awful mess. Jones contacted her insurance company who informed her that she was covered and that they would be out to asses the damage shortly. That is when the neighborhood really pilled together. "Donald and his wife Alice over with buckets and Virginia It was back in ber," to exptainec the toilet i Iliad d left the room. When I returned some time later the water waa ftHwrtfr-j gut of the toilet like a fountaia! There was water everywhere." Jones said the over an inch deep ia her bedroom, which is across the haB from the baibreom, The water .trough to floor tad COffTtNU-lP on Jones. "Do_orie Jean BectoU cm Dvuyuuoy wanton so nam to clean up all of to water." Jones stated that to tod- lies brought wet vacs to suck up to wattr. aad big toa to help .peed to drying proccac 1 can't believe aD to tod wont tot toy did.- to toL 1 tow heard about ale* ■ * -L , __. m - J, a m -■ a 06-HHDQpH_tl-_l>-__L OVK DUB TC i I r.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-12-20|
|Date of Original||20-DEC-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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