Amherst News-Times, 2000-12-27
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Wrestler tough on grades, too — Pane 6 Amherst News-Time : o r c — .. i r r, : -, J C 3? < a -* ■- rfi i. o Wednesday, December 27, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Mom gives her son gift 1 of life...a second time I by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Ten years ago Matthew Hewitt received the gift of life from his mother, Nancy, for the first time. On Dec. 13, Nancy gave her son a second chance at life. Matthew required a kidney transplant to avoid going through the grueling procedure of kidney dialysis. His mother was happy to give him hers. "I was a tissue match for Matthew, so the decision was easy," she said. Matthew's troubles with his kidneys began before he was bom. During the 27th week of her pregnancy, Nancy went for a routine ultrasound. The staff conducting the ultrasound noticed that litde Matthew's kidneys were enlarged. They concluded that both renal tubes were blocked, causing urine to back into the kidneys. Matthew was delivered by cesariari section and was immediately taken into emergency surgery to insert drain tubes into both kidneys. At two years of age Matthew had one of his kidneys removed because it had failed. His other kidney was operating at 17 percent capacity. He was not required to go on dialysis because he was so small, but as he grew, his own body added strain to his one kidney. "We knew that dialysis was an inevitability," his mother explained. "We knew that a transplant would be the only way to keep him off of dialysis." Nancy knew that she was a tissue match for Matthew, however, she was still required to go through a very thorough screening process. "Fifty percent of tissue matches do make it through the screening process," she explained. "If I didn't make it through then Matthew would have had to go on a waiting list" The Hewitts would have had to wait three years on the list Luckily for Matthew, his mother passed the tests and the operation was given a green light. After several weeks of prepatory work both Nancy and her son Matthew made the trip to the main branch of the Cleveland Clinic. Nancy Hewitt went into surgery roughly three hours before Matthew. "They wanted to have everything ready when they brought Matthew in," she explained. "They didn't want the kidney out too long before giving it to him." CONTINUED on page 3 Matthew Hewitt and his mother Nancy share a hug in front of the family Christmas tree. Nancy gave Matthew her kidney in order to keep him off dialysis. yvill you keep your New Year's resolution? by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter As the year winds down, the best- of-2000 lists and the year in review shows appear on television. It as though television producers earmark the last few weeks in De- ' cember for shows that tells us what -we already know. However, there is one end-of- December tradition that ignores what we did in the past year and focuses on what we will do in the coming year to make an improvement in our lives. It is time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions. The tradition of making New Year's resolutions began centuries ago in Belgium during the festival of Nieuwjaarsdag. Weeks before New Year's Day Belgian children save their money to purchase decorative paper. On this special parchment the youngsters write New Year's wishes to their parents and godparents. The children practice writing these wishes until they can be written wfth no They then decorate the papers with ribbons and various other ornaments. Through the whole process the papers are hidden from the parents. On the first day of the New Year each child reads aloud his.or her paper to the assembled family. The children not only express wishes for a happy New Year, but also make promises for better behavior for the next 12 months. *JL ".","**^J*' It is believed that this practice has evolved into the current custom of making New Year's resolutions. Typical resolutions include such self promises such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and treating people better. Again the people of Amherst have proved that they represent a very interesting cross section of America. There were very few Amherstonians who gave "typical" answers to the question, "What is your New Year's resolution?" Mayor John Higgins was quick with his response to the question. "I want to do as much good as possible in the next year," Higgins stated. He then added, "And I want to help as many people as possible." Ariel Torres of the Olde Towne Barber Shop had a resolution that is specific to his business. "I resolve to get my barber's pole up," stated Torres. "I've been putting it off for months." Some Amherst residents were clever when coming up with their CONTINUED on page 3 Moody's rating is good deal for levy by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter Amherst school board members received a couple of early Christmas presents that will keep on giving to the schools and residents. At the board's Dec. 18 meeting, school treasurer Sa- lah Elhindy announced he had received word that Moody's had given the Amherst schools its highest rating for school notes. The high rating will likely mean a favorable rate on a note the schools will issue next month in anticipation of collecting tax receipts for the bond issue passed by voters Nov. 7. Moody's rates governmental bodies and corporations so investors have an idea of how much risk is involved in purchasing notes or bonds issued by those entities. A higher rating means lower risk of losing money on the investment, which translates into a lower interest rate. "Moody's rated us at Mag 1," Elhindy said. "That's the highest rating they give for any public entity." The Mag 1 rating applies only to the note which Elhindy said would be sold in January lo provide funds for the new junior high school until the bonds can be sold. He said the schools' bond counsel is currently working on a report which Moody's will use to rate the hoed CONTINUED on nana 3 Pastime turns serious on the ice by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter With the wintery months here and the gridiron season winding down, sports fans are turning their attention to indoor games. For some that's basketball; for others it signals time to strap on the skates, grab a stick and look for a one timer. Hockey has gradually become a popular sport in America, and Amherst is no different. However, there are no local teams or leagues for kids to participate in. That has not deterred one local ten from playing the game that he loves. Matt Farachman has been traveling to Lakewood for the past seven years to play hockey in the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League. "I've always loved the game," stated Farschman. "I just really like playing." Farschman, a sophomore at Marion L. Steele High School, said he first got interested in hockey when he was in elementary school. "I would watch the games on TV and thought it was cool," stated Farschman. "But I was in karate at the time and my parents wouldn't let be do both at the same time. I kept bugging them, but they made me wait until I was finished with karate." Once karate was over for Farschman, he couldn't wait to get on the 'ice. His <_eteni____tion and love for the game is evident ia the obstacles he must overcome just to practice. "We practice about three times a week," staled Farschman. "So I have to go all the way out to Lakewood about three times a week." There is also a big expense. "You have to pay $600 just io get into the league." explained Farschman. "Then you have to pay lor uniforms, equipment, and toun-unent fees." The Cleveland Subuttan Hockey League is under the auspices of USA Hockey, which holds a na- every year. Last "If you win your league you go on to Mates," explained Parte hftian, "From there if you win, you get to play at nationals. I've never played there." While he may never have played at nationals. F_i_c*man did take advantage ot the cf>portunity to show what he can do at Itatt Farschirwn starting to come together now," slated Farachman of his 5-2-1 team. "Alotoftheludsthatptayfatheir high schools are joining those teams so we are starting to see what our teen is made of. Tbe chemistry is staled that he would like to continue into college. "In USA Hockey the age -unit is pretty high," explained F_fichman. "So I definitely would like to play while I'm in college." Farachman also staled that he might give ike vanity team a try. "Either way I just want to play." one level away from ptayi-g at the level "I scored four goals in three games at states last year." staled "Hat was one of my m -'■ * - - ** a pnynf gwu^l ______\ ______ _■___■ *_l ies» cojaU te to a soafenn to aaate a return trip to i he is disap- _'t have a hockey program. "I would Hke to ptay (f Amhent ted a Mm," be added. "But twain ttey dent 1 ant to play for USA Wteanfcedl When te is not on the ice, I ___ch- would Hke to man enjoys playing teantett. and d a team." te doing all the typical things a high tteydon'tleet adnokr tens to da BM when the teg_Mtotallyoacaabeta_at Ma-tF-rtctet-n-iahar- City, twp. make pact on 3-year fire deal Residents of Amherst Township can sleep easier on New Year's Eve. The city of Amherst last week passed an ordinance extending the existing fire contract with the township an additional three years. The old fire contract was set to expire after Dec. 31, leaving the township without primary fire protection. Negotiations between the city and the township ran into some difficulties due largely to the problems surrounding a Joint Economic District (JED), and the fact that the city had lost $40,000 providing the service in the last year. While the ordinance has been passed by city council, and the law department is drafting the contract there is still a chance that the city will not provide tbe township with fire protection. The contract has an escape clause. If either party so desires, they could terminate the contract anytime during the first 30 days. However, that is unlikely because Amherst Township would be left without fire protection. Amherst mayor John Higgins was optimistic about the passage. "Because of the continuity of interests, we would try to negotiate a contract ratter than go head to head with then (the township)." The co-uract antes provisions for ihe money that was being tost by the city aoc-ri- ing to fire chief Ralph Zikk. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-12-27|
|Date of Original||27-DEC-2000|
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