Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-08
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L~~ I Corleys will give up their all — Page 2 Trooper has hometown ties — Pa Amherst News-Time W"dnesday, December 8, 1999 Amherst, Ohio **-t-_. m, Youth Service Librarian assistant Lisa Stanley assists kids making gingerbread houses at the Amherst Public Library. Danielle Brooks, Lindsey Deitz, Randi Argenti and Erin Barnicle from Girl Scout Troop 851 de corated much of the old Post Office for the Christmas festivities and take time out to talk to Santa. Holiday treats, trains big hit of the season by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Back in the 1920s, 30s and sporadically through the decades that followed, a young boy's dream was to own an electric train set. Fathers who owned model trains looked forward to passing them on to their sons. Today, just the engine from some of those trains sets can bring $1,000 to $ 1,500 if sold on the right market The rest of the cars from that set can fetch between $80 and $100 each. Most of the model cars had numbers on them that corresponded to rail car numbers on real trains. There are serious collectors who cruise the train shows with lists of real train car numbers and try to locate model car numbers that match, according to Amherst's Gary Knight. For Knight, who displayed his model train during the city's 'Trees Trains and Treats" gala this weekend, train collecting started when his father died. "I started when my dad passed away in 1978, and I inherited his train set," Knight said. His uncle passed away some time later and Knight inherited his uncle's standard gauge set as well. Since then he has been adding on for his basement rail set up. He and mayor John Higgins teamed up for the holiday exhibition, with Knight supplying the standard gauge rail layout while the mayor took control of his "other" city, located inside Knight's rail oval. Knight has two daughters, Kristen and Leslie, who show little interest in the hobby, and wife Nancy only goes along because her husband enjoys it so much. From Knight's studies, he has learned the first electric model trains came out in Europe around 1896, The standard Gauge Lionel trains were produced from 1941 to 1944. There are a sizable number of American gauge sets. One of the sets on display at the old Amherst Post Office over the weekend was called a "postage stamp" train set and appeared to be smaller than the tiny N gauge models, displayed by Gary Verhoff and Andrew Pietch. Vcrhoff's elaborate train set up also graced Amherst's two day holiday kick off, Dec. 3 and 4 and was sponsored by the city of Amherst and the Amherst Downtown Business Association. Francis Papay started collecting trains 14 years ago, and his large LGB gauge set up featured a Christmas train, literally, with all the bells and whistles. He displayed a second I GB train, several novelty engines, (one being propeller driven) and scale model buildings that had to be CONTINUED on paga 6 « Francis and Helga Papay, with grandkids Jordan and Erin Zeitler, with their LGB gauge model Christmas set up at the old Post Office. ,«. Donations, grants help build play area Harris Elementary School has been able to put in new playground equipment because of community support. While the funds to purchase the equipment was the result of several grants, school fundraisers, permanent improvement levy money and $12,000 acquired through a program of the Lorain County Solid Waste Committee, the community provided a lot of donated materials to make the project a success. "I am really pleased. The community really bought into the project and pulled it together," said Harris principal David Anghilante. "The kids really enjoy the new equipment. They line up for the new slide in a long line like it was Cedar.Point." Early benefits to the equipment so far hve included fewer injuries. The thick wood chip mulch over the gravel base has much more cushion to ii and it has lessened both the seriousness and number of injuries re ported to date. The equipment was purchased from Miracle Equipment Company, a company that has been around for long time, and all of it meets the current safety standards required for playground equipment Phase III of the project is still awaiting funds, but the school intends to write a few more grants, and if the community pitches in for this next phase, they hope to complete it by next May, or al least have begun to install the equipment by May. "We would really have to hustle to gel it done by May — it all depends on if we can pull the funding together on it," Anghilante said. In the next phase they plan lo pour cement pads for basketball hoops and backboards, put in a handicapped swing, improve the swings they currently have, several ideas still in the development stage and install fencing that is handicap accessible. Youngsters enjoy peering out of a contraption installed on the Harris Elementary School playground.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-08|
|Date of Original||08-DEC-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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