Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-22
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Sing-along has long tradition — Page 3 Goodwin leads Comet scoring — F Amherst News-Tim< O _> x X ~ OP —< _ e «. _> o 3 r t- o < o m ^ Wednesday, December 22. 1999 Amherst, Ohio Ho, ho, holy cow; post office busy as Santa right now S by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter At Christmas, crowds and crowds of people stand in long lines at the mall and other places to buy gifts, then show up at the Amherst Post Office to stand in long lines to mail packages and cards. Other than at Christmas time, Amherst Post Office handles around 20,000 pieces of automated mail every day. During Christmas the figure jumps to around 30,000, and that's only part of the different types of mail they handle. At around 10 a.m. last Friday, the crew at the Post Office had already handled 40,000 pieces of mail, (32,019 pieces of city mail, 5,800 rural pieces of mail and 1,100 in the Post Office box mail), and that doesn't include packages. During Christmas your carrier handles around 4,200 letters, bills, magazines, and "junk" mail a day, and each carrier averages 425 stops. Thinking of sending a package parcel post because it is cheaper? Reconsider. All mail goes to Cleveland, but then parcel post packages get shipped to Pittsburgh. That's when the sorting actually starts, then it is sent to its destination. Of course, if you don't care if that package doesn't arrive until Valentine's Day go ahead. Priority mail on the other hand, rocs to Cleveland for sorting and CONTINUED on page 6 Amherst postal workers know they have more mail than time this holiday season, as they work to get the mail sorted. Problem ordinances give council headache by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter A number of problem ordinances have postponed city council's holiday break until after Dec. 20, and will keep council president Wayne Whyte from beginning his retirement until at least Dec. 21. A special regular council meeting will be held on Dec. 20 to attempt to resolve all of the problem ordinances. Council committee meeting Full-time chief pay is back in committee by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Ralph Zilch's proposal to become Amherst's first full-time fire chief, ran into a wrinkle at the Dec. 13 meeting of city council. Resident Barb Kilgore wanted to know what the city was getting for the $40,000 a year salary Zilch requested. "What you are going to get from mc, the fire chief, is a lot more control over the department for one thing; there will be somebody there during the day to answer questions. The citizens of Amherst will be able to get timely answers," Zilch said. Councilman John Dietrich inquired about compensation time and the pay scale to be paid out when Zilch answers fire calls after scheduled hours, and how he expected to be paid when attending meetings. "We have a training with the men every Tuesday night which amounts to eight hours a month, of training, which I really should be at," Zilch explained. "That would be the only additional money, everything else would be taken out in comp time." 'That's not exactly the way this ordinance reads," Dietrich said. He then read a portion of the ordinance and returned to Zilch. "Comp time to mc is the same thing as money any way you look at iL The biggest problem this council is having Ralph, is the way this got shoved on us at the last minute, without having a chance to look at it, study it and talk about it" There was a discussion about overtime pay, and whether the city would be legally forced to pay Zilch time-and-a-half for hours worked over. 40 hours. Both newly elected law director Kenneth Stumphauzer and present law director Alan Anderson gave opinions that indicated that salaried employees were exempt from the lequired time-and-a- huir pay scale. There was a question about CONTINUED on page 3 will begin at 6:30 p.m. instead of the usual 7 p.m. start time. One of the issues facing council deals with the proposed budget of incoming law director Ken Stumphauzer. Amherst resident Barb Kilgore look issue with the law director's budget at last week's committee meetings. She couldn't understand why the law director's salary is doubling, instead of being increased in step raises. Her other questions revolved around the timing of the writing of the ordinance. Stumphauzer is asking for council to approve his yearly budget of S107,720 with a 2.5 percent increase per year over the next four years, rather than the 4 percent increases received by law directors of other cities Amherst's size. According to Stumphauzer, this budget strictly covers three salaries and nothing else. When one totals the salary figures for the three, there is a difference of $13,720. That difference reflects the employer's con tribution (required by law) into both Medicare and P.R.S. or Public Retirement System for each of the three attorneys at approximately S4.570 per year per person. The biggest difference between Stumphauzer and present law director Alan Anderson's budgets, is under the current system, the city pays $107,720 to the law director, for the salary ($21,000) for a part- time secretary, salaries for both the law director and assistant law director, supplies and equipment to run the attorney's office. Under the budget proposed by Siumphauzej, the city would contribute the $13,720 required by law, plus three salaries (totalling 5107,720) for three attorneys. All other expenses, health insurance and secretarial salaries would be the responsibility of the law director. Ken Stumphauzer would receive a yearly salary of $40,000 a year. Scott F. Serazin, would be appointed prosecutor/assistant law director and be compensated at The Door of Jubilee at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Amherst. Rev. Martello is standing with some of the alter boys in celebration of Jubilee 2000. Church opens up for Jubilee 2000 by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Father Larry Martello, the pastor of Sl Joseph's Church, will open the barricaded door of "Jubilee" on Christmas Eve, in preparation of Eucharist. The main entrance to the sanctuary was sealed Nov. 28, at the beginning of Advent, and begins "Jubilee", a year long Catholic celebration of Christ's birth. The sealing of St Joseph's front door was done in conceit with the Vatican celebration of Jubilee 2000. The symbology of the closed door of Jubilee, is that Christ is the door to God the Father, and before Christ, the way to the Father was closed. Jesus completed the work He was sent to do, by allowing Himself to be crucified on a Roman cross, and with his sacrificial death — as proved by His resurrection three days later, the doorway into God's presence was opened for any and all who would seek God through the open doorway — which is Jesus. "The pilgrimage can go on because of Christ," Martello said. "This is a time to celebrate the gift of our salvation. This is a time of renewal, not to be afraid of apocalyptic visions. A time of joy and celebration." The year of Jubilee, according to Catholic tradition, will begin on Christmas Eve, When Pope John Paul II breaks the seals that secure the door at St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Seals will be broken and doors opened at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Cleveland and of course, at Sl Joseph's in Amherst The door of the Basilica in Rome has been sealed for 25 years. On Jan 2, 2000 St John's in Cleveland, designated as the diocese church of the pilgrimage, will be open between 2 and 5 pjn., and those making the pilgrimage will be received in 20 minute intervals, with each of the Bishops leading them in ' prayer and reflection. Persons making the pilgrimage will receive a Jubilee Year indulgence. The year of jubilee is an old testament custom, established by Jehovah God (God the Father) as given to Moses. Every 50 years in the Jewish calendar was a year of Jubilee, where all debts were forgiven, all loans considered paid off, and indentured servants released. Tbe tradition of the door of "Jubilee" and year long celebration, was designated by Pope Boniface, for the year 1300. CONTINUED on page 3 S32,000 a year, and Abraham Lieberman would become a civil as- sistant at $22,000. According to Stumphauzer, what the city is gaining under his budget is a third attorney at slightly over what the city now pays for a legal secretary. Having three lawyers with expertise in different areas, gives them the capability to handle nearly every legal matter, he said. It would eliminate the need for most addi- CONTINUED on page 12 Country residents keep their tradition For the 68th year, preparations are being finalized for the annual visit of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to Brownhelm Township. Brownhelm Township began the tradition of a yearly visit from Santa in 1932. At the depth of the Great Depression, the pastor of the Brownhelm Congregational Church, the Rev. Robert Albright had a conversation with Mrs. Tennant Wilson about the plight of the many children in the township who would go without Christmas presents that year because of the lack of money. Within three weeks, 20 volunteers had gathered, fixed and readied a stock of used toys, homemade doll clothes and candy. Through the years, the six Santa Claus "helpers" and 20 total volunteers of 1932 has grown quite a bit This year, more than 850 homes will be served by the dedicated volunteers of Brownhelm Community Christmas. Eighteen Santas are needed, plus the same number of drivera and route chairmen, 12 elves, and dozens of other volunteers who ensure the goodies are delivered on Christmas Eve. These people, including the local 4-H club, will pack, assemble and distribute about 400 pounds of candy, 10 cases of apples, seven cases of grapefruit, 11 cases of oranges, 178 baskets for seniors and 500 gifts for children, ages 10 ani under. The truly needy are *««"»qfflwl and food baskets are provided to them. The work of these people ia driven by donations only. Then ___• never been a sdiritation program to keep the tradition alive. There is a cigar box at Canada's Brownhelm General Sion, at __• comer of Baumhart and North Ridge roads, where people can drop their cash donations. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-22|
|Date of Original||22-DEC-199922-DEC-1999|
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