Amherst News-Times, 2001-01-03
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!*!■*.' x j * jy .*».»_-' f ■■y^iy«-!^iHwpp mammtammam ■»_» ii. - Attorney benefits clinic — Page 3 Headlines out of synch? Try these — P Amherst News-Time ] ■ Wednesday, January 3, 2001 Amherst, Ohio . "inn " •'■ L>i*4w. wj i-=>3 (. \ _. - -" This year, former lieutenant Lonnie Dillon was sworn in as chief Lonnie Dillon of the Amherst Police Department. I Driving into water seemed to be all the rage this year in Amherst. This pool was the first damaged when a woman drove her car into it. The election was big news in Amherst and throughout the county, especially for Amherst resident Dave Moore who was tunning for county commissioner. Governor Bob Taft visited Amherst and stumped for local candidates at Moore's invitation. Our top stories of the year It's the end of the year 2000, and while some people are busy informing everybody that — contrary to popular belief— this Jan. 1 will be this start of the new millennium, others are putting together their top 10 Lists. The top 10 athletes of the year, the top 10 movies of the year, everybody has a top 10 that they bring out around this time every year. We here at the News-Times are no different Here, submitted for your approval are the top 10 Amherst news stories for the year 2000. #10: Perdval wins stale title Zero: that is how many limes an Amherst wrestler has won the state title in the program's history. That was before Jake Percival stepped onto the mat. On Dec. 4, 2000 Percival stared across the mat at Value City Arena on the Campus of The Ohio State University and saw undefeated Cincinnati Moeller senior Joe Zinkan staring back. Both grappler. came into the match with unblemished records, however, it was Percival who would come out the victor. Three takedowns and an escape led Percival to the 7-3 victory, but according to Comet head coach Bill Walker, it was his conditioning that brought him the championship. "In the second period you could tell that his opponent was getting tired," stated Walker. "That's when Jake took control." Following the match Percival was the number one ranked wrestler in the nation, and was preparing for the National Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pa. where he would finish in third place. #9: City changes sewer rates For years the city of Amherst has charged one flat rate of $21 per month for sewer usage, no matter how much water a particular household used. As of Nov. 1, 2000 the city eliminated the flat rate in favor of a per usage charge. The change was prompted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA declared that Amherst's wastewater treatment plant was in need of upgrading. The cost of upgrading the plant was set at $8 million. The flat rate that was being charged was sufficient lo meet the projected revenue requirements for the service, however, it was insufficient lo meet the financial needs of the wastewater treatment plant project While the change was welcomed by those who use less water, those families who use greater amounts were less than pleased. Because the city is now charging on a per usage basis, some residents' bills will triple. Don Woodings, utilities superintendent for the city stated that people should not have to pay for water they don't use. "This is a more equitable way to charge," stated Woodings. The city will continue to charge on a per usage basis after the three- year life of the wastewaer treatment plant project There are no plans to go back to the $21 flat rate. #8: Comets upset Shoremen away It was billed as the "Clash of the Titans." The top two football teams in Lorain County standing toe to toe with a conference championship and an undefeated record on line. The stage was set for the biggest game of 2000 high school football season when the Amherst Comets traveled ©Avon Lake to defeat the Shoremen in a Southwestern Conference showdown 33-13. The entire city of Amherst was ready for this one. Hours before kickoff the visiting side of Avon , Lake's Memorial Stadium was filled to capacity with rabid Comets fans donning lightning bolts on their heads. The stands were so full that mayor John Higgins was forced to stand for the game. From the opening kickoff to the final play, Amherst completely dominated the game. In the fust half Ihe Comet defense flexed its muscles holding Avon Lake to only 7 points. At the half Amherst held a slim 12-7 lead. The second half saw an offensive explosion from the Comets. Brian Cesear would score on a two yard run and a blocked punt by Bobby Madison to start the second half. After a Shoreman touchdown and failed two point conversion, Amherst would score again. This one was set up by tight end Nick Bigrigg. Facing a third and ten from their own 23 yard line, Comet quarterback Dominic Pellittieri hit Bigrigg with an eight yard pass over the middle. Bigrigg then broke a tackle, picked up a block and streaked all the way to the Avon Lake 3 yard line before getting tripped up. "I just i-frtttraf gas," Bigrigg would later say. Adam Kuncel would stroll into the endzone on the next play to set the final score. While Amherst came away victorious they would eventually lose a closely fought game against eventual state champion Olmsted Falls. Avon Lake would later beat the Bulldogs to force a three way tie for the SWC title. The Comets would accept their second playoff birth in as many years before being ousted in the first round by Brecksville 20-19. #7: Turnpike, railway minds meet Seven years after the Ohio Turn pike Commission gathered resources to make plans for a new interchange at RL 58, on April 19, 2000 the group reached an agreement with the Lake Shore Railway Association that would allow the commission to move ahead with construction. The new interchange originally was to be built over an abandoned transportation corridor, destroying it and any possibility of laying new tracks. The commission agreed to move the interchange structure if the association would pay for the $1.6 million in re-engineering costs. The association had raised $300,000 in grants, $500,000 in loans, and $800,000 from private investors. The commission voted to approve the agreement and hopes to have the interchange operable by fall of 2001. #6: Shupe student kills self Police have no idea what prompted Matthew Wright a sixth grader at Shupe Middle School, to kill himself on Feb. 21, 2000. Wright was found dead shortly after 5 p.m. by a train engineer near the railroad tracks under Middle Ridge Rd. The cause of Wright's death was a single gun shot wound to the head that was apparently self inflicted. The weapon that was used was a shotgun that according to relatives at the time, was a Christmas gift from his father. Wright had a rough day at school that day. He was brought into the principal's office on suspicion of chewing tobacco in class. Following the incident Wright told classmates that his father had talked about getting a gun and shooting his teacher. A plain clothed police,, officer in an unmarked car was dispatched to the school. He had a conversation with Wright about the consequences of his actions. When the meeting was-over the officer felt as though the situation was resolved. Superintendent Robert Boynton stated that Wright knew that he was not in any trouble and that he was not facing any charges when he left school. #5: Ctty annexation proposal In order to help solve the problem of the "sewer to nowhere," the city of Amherst submitted a proposal to annex a section of Amherst Township into the city. The area in question is a 600 acre strip along Rt 58 in Amherst Township. . Difficulties with the sewer and the joint economic district have added to the trouble surrounding the annexation. The land has not yet been annexed, but this issue is far from CONTINUED on page 3 Ready...set...go! The holiday from school ends today, but youngsters seized the opportunity to get some excellent sledding in during the New Year's break. Here, kids get a little push down the hill behind Gol- den Acres, as wel as a helping hand back up the M. . Sleep-walking boy saves family from blaze by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Tim** reporter Forget conventional electronic smoke detectors. The Orimmett family of Linn Road in Amhent has Aaron. Chuck and Linda Grira- roeu's son Aaron acted as a living, breaihiaf smoke detec tor early last Tuesday ing when iiis sleep walking alerted bis parents to the feet that their home was on fire. "He periodically sleepwalks when he it warm," stated Orimmett That's what kept us up, because we were nervous about him being up and about" Aaron was sleepwalking downstairs when bis mother got up and put the 10-year- old boy back to bed. An hour and a half later Mrs. Orimmett heard an odd sound coming from the garage. She persuaded her husband lo investigate. When he looked outside and saw smoke, Orimmett initially thought that it was the neighbor's house that was burning. However, when be opened the glass doors the house became filled with the smoke. That's when he realised it was his own house that was on fire. Orimmett said he tried to remain calm when it became evident that his house was on fire and not ibe neighbor's. He gathered his family and At 3:30 turn, police and fire crews arrived oo the scene. At that time the garage and attic were engulfed. The Maze destroyed both die garage and the attic, while the rest of the house suffered smoke damage. A_P_ording to fire chief Ralph Zilch, the Orimmett home suffered an animated $100,000 in damage. How ever, that tool does not include Orimmett's restored 1974 Volkswagen. Tbe car was destroyed along with the rest of the garage. Despite the losses the Grimmett family is happy chat no one wis i-yured. "We dl made it oat and we got the dog out, too," stated Orimmett. There ware ao
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-01-03|
|Date of Original||03-JAN-2001|
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