Amherst News-Times, 2001-03-28
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' - llady Comets prep for diamond — Page 8 Nord spellers advance in bee - <•_■-» Amherst News-Tim L. o n tl h Wednesday, March 28, 2001 Amherst ,/Ohio Vacation turns to work for doctor on Fiji island by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter When people go on vacation, they usually want to get away from work, relax, and forget about their troubles. Amhent resident, Mike Med- gyessy, a chiropractor, thought he was doing that when he took a 10-day vacation to Fiji in the South Pacific, but what he saw there changed his mind. 'They're very nice people, but they have very little," Medgyessy said. "Their standard of living to us is so low. Basic stuff, like sanitation and water." The island where he stayed has one hospital consisting of two rooms for treating patients and four "cubby hole" patient rooms with two beds each. The hospital is staffed by one doctor and one nurse. The village where Medgyessy stayed featured a medical clinic of sorts — one room with only the most primitive medical equipment Prom this one room, a single male nurse cares for the medical needs of the entire village. "He has to handle prenatal and postnatal care, infection, cuts and bruises, broken bones, all that stuff happens in that one room," Medgyessy said. "And this is a guy who is really just a nurse who's got really basic, basic first aid training." One man who drew Medgyessy away from his vacation mentality was an islander who had been stung by a sting ray about a month before. CONTINUED on page 12 Mike Medgyessy relaxes for a moment on the island paradise of Fiji, where things are beautiful but medical care is very limited. The challenge: help design a new downtown On Thursday, students — and residents — will turn into community designers as they brainstorm ways to improve the downtown Amhent area. The Amhent Downtown and Betterment Association, along with the city government and the Urban Design Center of Northeast Ohio, will be hosting a downtown design challenge. , , It will be held at Marion L. Steele High School, in the library, and starts at 7 pm. The event is open to Rummage sale aids ADBA's the public. Urban Design Center officials, who have been visiting Amhent and scoping out the downtown area in an effort to help renovate the district, will first make a presentation on their work, according to downtown development director Greg Balbierz. Following the presentation, students, their families and any other interested residents, will gather in brainstorming groups to address a number of design factors, such as urban park areas, transportation issues, parking, lighting, and retail development, among others. Students in the high school law and government classes, along with members of the MLS Leo Club, will be among those in attendance. Some specific issues that might be addressed include such things as the beautification of train underpasses or how the city can tie its historical heritage and the new Beaver Creek Reservation park lands into the downtown upgrades. Another idea to be worked on is what the city might do with some downtown property, purchased from Miltd Abraham. The t-r__nstorming groups will then make their own presentations on what ideas they came up with. Balbierz said the designers at the Urban Design Center, led by associate director Andrew Baqueto, will then incorporate Ihe ideas into a formal report that will be presented to the city. Balbierz said he is excited about bringing people together from all generations to work on the plan. The design challenge is just one way the city and the ADBA have been working hard to improve and renovate the downtown area. Recendy, the city was awarded a $400,000 grant for revitalization projects. Each downtown business property owner is eligible for up to $10,000 in a grant through a one-to- one match program. Other events, planned by tbe ADBA and the city, as well as com munity sponsors, are planned throughout the year including a rummage sale on April 6-7 at city hall, the annual community Easter Egg hunt on April 14, a "Celebrating Amherst" dance on April 21 and Pride Day on May 19. In fact, in order to help keep residents up to date on upcoming activities, a new bookmark with dates and events through the end of the year is available at the Amherst Public Library. The bookmarks are free to the public. efforts by DEMSE KAR8HNER News-Times correspondent Along Tenney Avenue, between Church and South Main streets, sits a long, yellow wall at the base of the railroad tracks noted for its electric mix of paint and graffiti However, big plans are being hatched for this wall with its unassuming display of local talent, starting with seed money from the upcoming rummage sale sponsored by the Amherst Downtown and Betterment Association. The wall caught the attention of Dave Fox, president and spokesperson for the ADBA, a few yean ago. He and other members of the association became interested in transforming the wall into a three- d-mensional replica of an historic downtown. "It's not that we object so much to the color of it, or the use of it, as much as we're looking f«r a useful community project that will make our town even more unique than it already is," Fox said. Brackets would hold stone and lumber facades resembling downtown Amhent as it might have appeared in the mid-19th century. Illumination of these utafNti structures, as well as windows snd doon, are expected to heighten the three- d-mensional feel of the new facade. "It could be unique in that it rep- resenu what Amhent looked like in the 1830s, or it could be whatever MB-ffQi-f. wants to imagirtf Amhent could have looked like," Fox said. Supporten of the proposal maintain that beatification of the commonly referred to "yellow wall," would add to the city's charm and promote a resurgence of interest in the city's cultural heritage. In ac-itioo to touring the Amhent Historical Sodety'i Sandstone Village, visiton io the ana would be encouraged to spend time downtown. Mary Philips, treasurer of the ADBA, and owner of Drapery Decor .ad Mcae U downtown Amherst agrees thai die city's many attractions should be promoted. "When I first came here, I thoagbt this was the cuteat place I'd ever _•_•." -to mid. It reminderl % are of _-__jrosny. Bvuyuuiy one Teacher's advice to teens: find job that's good for life by DEMSe KAftSHNER CONTINUED on page • News-Times correspondent It's another Monday moming at Marion L. Steele High School. Packs of students, rushing to their next class, throng the hallways and thread in and out of classrooms. Kids sporting bleached heads and pierced noses coexist with their more cc-ns-av__ive-.c-oking peers wearing oversized sweatshirts and baggy jeans. Joe Dahman, a veteran art teacher and softball coach at the school who will be retiring at the end of the school year, seems tight at home. Respect for all of his students and dedication to their education are central tenets to his teaching philosophy. He insists, "You've got to be straightforward with the kids. They're smarter than people give them credit far." While finishing his degree in commercial art at Youngstown Stale University, Dahman had the chance to do some coaching and realized that a teaching career would allow him to pursue both interests. He recalls, "It was one of the last fields, up until that time, that had crossed my mind." Dahman spent three yean teaching art and business courses and coaching freshman football at Blyria Catholic High School before fsy^smmtjmm g pfl4fftffl_t g_ fyft Amhent middle school hi 1973. Ten yean later, he decided to move to the high school where he has taught a variety of art i mast!., forwring on different mediums, i*M**inWng drawing, painting, woodwork- ing and pottery. Ia an effort to rhalfcman both Us tftriffHt and * Try, try, again: mayor will try to ignite talks on joint economic site Jo* Dahman Students received lessons in various poetry forms, including haiku, while pref aring to interpret poems using waaescolon. "We have come up with a curriculum so that we are Hying to build upon what they learned in junior high and elementary school," Dahman says. One way he has accomplished this goal is by incor- pnn__~y ait history rfimni into his art courses. Students might study tbe I pa-ntk-ft of Scent, for exam- pie, before trying to emulate P0II__L__t__B__ifB_ Daw EpM-p-OUS he explains. "They're really eager to leam." Dahman uses a sports metaphor to explain his decision to retire after 34 yean of teaching. "I'd like to stop teaching while still at the top of my game. I'm still having fun, still contributing. I want to leave on a high note," he says. With his days currendy crammed full of activity and the ___Uy commitmnaw to for ao D-___-pU-_-I-___ OO fcPf_Wft__. la addition to the intellectual rifon of teaching. Dah- a in Us hi$ Far the work of artist MC Bscher, he co-toad the hdp of a variety of sports, inriiatrng track aad foothal Cunendy, he is coaching gbtosoftbalL Although this can make for a long day (he arrives at school before 7 am. aad doesn't ant home until evening pracilpf ia fin- a_____pp_P-a_-#e •__-•__--• _wn t____-__i__p m\ _a buoy One option he is seriously considering is working part* ttoe for an airline to allow him noport-o-tins to naval often. Ha is also conakkring teaching art courses pant-toe CoI-opa Ha adds, "I __tjoy "Ito g-to ase to te aad throwing on wheat" He'll ha io enjoy those CONTMUIOon • by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter Three years after a joint economic development district agreement between the city and Amhent Township fell through, Amhent city offi- cials are trying to reopen negotiations. Mayor John Higgins said be made a proposal to the township trustees several months ago for a JEDD in the RL 58 corridor, where the Ohio Turnpike Commission plans to start cc-nstructic-i of a turnpike interchange this summer. Higgins said Dennis Abraham was the only township trustee to respond to the proposal. • Mean while, township trustee Ron Leoni is reportedly negotiating a JEDD with the city of Lorain. Lor- ain recently agreed to coonect to the county's "sewer-to-nowhere", which wiO service the area. Under die agreement with Lorain, township residents would be charged the same sewer rate as Lorain residents, and the township would have access to Lorain's economic development department Higgins said the JEDD agreement with Amhent would deal primarily with the extension of city safety forces into the township. He said the city currendy backs up township safety forces and could easily extend fire and police protection to any incoming businesses in the districL "And their income from the JEDD would certainly cover the cost of any fire protection," Higgins said. While township and Lorain officials have suggested a three-way agreement with the township, Lorain, and Amherst, Higgins said he would not favor such an arrange- mem. And he said the property owners in the affected area were opposed to a three-way deal as well "We have talked with the property owners," Higgins said. "And to a man that was at the meeting, they were very supportive of a two-way JEDD with AmhersL but not with For any agreement to became effective, it must be approved by voters in the township, unless it is approved by all three township trustees. If all three trustees approve the agreement, a vote by residents is unnecessary. Michael Brosky wants chance to serve court Amhent resident Michael R. Brosky has declared Us candidacy for Oberlin Municipal Court judge, hoping to win the seat that wHI be vacated by retiring judge Martin Heberling, An Amhent resident for more than 20 yean, Brosky is a Marion L. Steele High School graduate. He mid he is entering the race be- cmmte-tebUistonwt_s«__atd_. court mat all people toriy while County ing it ite aaa am yean < a magistrate for the Court of served aa a prosecutor for the dries of Sheffield Lake and _____-__. He also toa a private law f-actJoe in -_■--_*- ■- ■- ■ — -* m\ ■ ___. MW CfMUMI Mal CIV9 _BW* of «f-to fa aa active at ____Tr______v toWd-m^ryi
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-03-28|
|Date of Original||28-MAR-2001|
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