Amherst News-Times, 2001-07-18
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p IJamboree featured in photos — Page 7| Local swimmers defeat Westlake — F Amherst News-Time £■ s> ry) o Wednesday, July 18, 2001 Amherst, Ohio a Old House draws neighbors' ire by ERIK YORKE News-Timos reporter No one has lived in the house on 208 Erie St, in South Amherst for years, unless you count the rats. According to neighbors the owner of the house, 65-year-old Isabel Socy, left the house unattended a number of years ago. "My understanding is she vacated the home about 20 years ago," said Tim Alcorn of Erie Street. Residents of the Erie Street neighborhood are concerned about die safety risk they feel the abandoned house poses. "I think it's a health hazard because there's broken glass," said Alcorn. "There are children in the neighborhood." Residents have complained frequently to both the South Amherst Village Council as well as to the Lorain County Health Department Alcorn feels that until just recently that South Amherst officials have done little to correct what he feels is a village problem. They kind of stuck their head in the sand about it," Alcom said According to South Amherst Mayor Chet Arcaba, as long as the residence is maintained, the village can do nothing about it. Maintenance in this sense does not apply to the house itself. It does apply to keeping the grass at below 12 inches and eliminating certain weeds. On July 10, Socy pled no contest and was found guilty of violating a South Amherst Village ordinance. She failed to remove weeds from the 208 Erie SL property. She was fined $10 plus court costs, but die fine and the costs were suspended. This house on Erie Street in South Amherst has drawn the ire of neighbors in the area who say it is an eyesore and a health hazard. In addition to South Amherst village officials, the Lorain County Health Department is also conscious of the problem on Erie Street. "We have been concerned about (the Socy property) for a couple of years," said Jim Boddy, director of environmental health at the health department. According to Boddy, a primary concern about the property is the harboring of rats. Signs of rats have been found on the property, he said Another concern is security. As the building features many broken windows, some boarded up, some not, questions of security are many. "It does look like it can be refurbished, but it doesn't look CONTINUED on page Summer thee s troupe to sta*y<= popular musical this weekend Sandstone Summer Theatre will present Rogers and Ham- merstein's "Suite Fair" as its 32nd annual musical on July 19-21. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in die air- conditioned Nord Junior High gym. Tickets are $7 for reserved seating and $6 for beacher seats and may be purchased from members of the cast and crew or at die door. Starring as the pig-proud Iowa fanner and his wife, Abel and Melissa Frake, are five-year veteran Chris Cafbrcl and three-year veteran Julie Powell. Nicole Marling, who is in her fourth year with SST, plays the Frake's daughter, Margy, who is a young girl looking for love anywhere but on an Iowa farm. She finds her soulmate in the brash, cynical reporter, Pat Gilbert, played by three- year veteran Jonathan O'Toole. Another pair of star-crossed lovers are the Frake's son Wayne and the dancer Emily Arden, who won't let love stop her from making it in the big time. They are played by Justin Hunker and Ligaya deLeon, who are both in their fourth years with SST. Tagging along with the pah* of lovers are Wayne's true love Eleanor, played by Kate Anderson; Margy's persistent hayseed boyfriend Harry, played by Jeff Palun; the reporter's sidekick photographer Charlie, played by Matt Stipe; and a man who loves his mincemeat. Judge Hep- penstahl, played by Nick Saadipour. Joining choreographers Lindsay Hopkins and Katie Primm in soft shoe, ballroom, jazz, tap and cakewalk dances are Beth Turner, Lara Petredis, Ashley Mazurek, Jeff Lombardi, Sean Kiely, Nick Crowther, Paul Waller and Jake Walcholz. A singing group called the Fairtones is made up of Nick Crowther, Joe StrickJer, Chad Hill and Jeff Palun. Also cast in the show as various farmers, fair-goers and performers and carnival vendors are Allison Kemohan, Grant Larson, Scott Ward, Katie Fowler, Sara Sevits, Caitlin Ber- CONTINUED on page 5 Foster parents open their home, w hearts to kids who need help by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter Patty and Steve McFadden are perfectly aware that one day, they will wake up, and one of their children will be gone. The couple's children are brought to them as teenagers and toddlers, and some of them may stay for two weeks or a couple of months before moving on. "We have been doing this for • few yean," Patty said, in her own hurried manor of speech that could be interpreted as nerves, but is mainly out of habit, "We've had eight children since the summer of 1998...This is the way the Lord blessed us." Chaotic could be one first impression a visitor might get when entering the McFaddens' home. Barking dogs, two fussy toddlers and three chatty teenagers paint a rather confusing, not to mention noisy, picture. But there's always soother visit, which could place a mother and daughter quieUy on a couch, going over science homework, while teenagers gather around a table in the kitchen, supervising a toddler's afternoon meal. Both »BtimrinM could lend themselves to almost any femily; but the McFaddens, and many others like them we special. They are foster families. "I orn't have children." Patty said candidly, finding a apace on the couch and making herself comfortable. On this particular day. all five children, including 21-year-old Hill- ary, who was visiting bar foster E and dad that day. huddled ■elves inside the west Mate t home's small living room and listened tentadvely at their foster parents spoke openly. "We think every lad has a special purpose," Steve said, politely ' rupting his wife. "It's scary for them when they come in... And it's hard to let them go. Their leaving is like a death to us...The important thing is that they have a safe place to be. About 90 percent of the children placed in foster homes have been abused in some way. They can talk to us. They like our youth pastor, so they can talk to him...Twelve Inc.. is a great support system, you can get a hold of them anytime." The Twelve Inc., with locations in Elyria, Toledo and Cleveland, is a foster parenting agency that provides group home programs, specialized and therapeutic foster care programs, independent living programs and adoption services. Now in its 36th year, the organization prides itself on the belief that "every child has the right to a healthy family." The Elyria office, located on Gulf Road, shews no outward signs of humble beginnings. Originally, founders Robert Sprague and Laurie Irwin-Stockle worked out ot Sprague's garage before moving into a two-room office several years later. For the last six yean. The Twelve has made its home inside a newly remodeled church which provides plenty of office and meeting spaces. And a large picture wall on die first floor grabs visitors' attention; feces of children who have passed through the doors over the Patty and Stave McFadden According to recruiter Irwin- Stockle and regional director Sprague, The Twelve is responsible for placing 140 children this year, and receives 40 to SO requests per "We never have enough families," Sprague said. "We can only pttoe a small fraction of children." Irwin-Stockk said many of the children she places range from new- lo 18-year-olds, and some come from families where allegations of abuse or neglect have been made. In other cases, she said large families must be separated before they can be placed, adding to feelings of helplessness and grief. "Although we don't work with children who have (physical) health problems, any child taken from their biological parent is going to suffer emotional drain," Irwin-Stockle explained. "A lot of children may blame themselves for what's happened. Older children a lot of times are afraid to get attached. They think, 'why should someone else accept me when my own family doesn't?'" To help alleviate feelings of despair. The Twelve often encourages foster parents to work with the birth family. This helps the child understand thatitisOKiobeapartof two families. "Our goal is to reunite families, that was much different a couple years ago regarding all Ohio foster care organizations." Sprague explained. The policy, developed by the Ohio Foster Care Association, focuses on placing a child back with CONTINUED on pane 2 Bike rider hopes to aid AIDS fight by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter AIDS is a deadly disease that affects millions world-wide, but a Marion L. Steele High School alumnus hopes that Amherst residents can help reduce that number. Jeannette Brugger, Steele class of 1998 and current senior at New York University, is participating in a 500-mile charity bicycle ride. Proceeds go to fond AIDS research. The ride will take place from August 20-26, beginning in Fairbanks, Alaska, and ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Riders pay their own way to the ride and must all raise a minimum of $3,400 to be able to participate. Brugger has raised $1,900 so far and hopes that the people of Amherst can help her. "Although I'm not direcdy affected by AIDS through anyone I know at this time, it's a very important issue because it affects so many of us," said Brugger. "More than 430,000 Americans have died from AIDS in the last 19 yean." An urban design and architecture major, Brugger is new to this level of charity work. She registered for the ride in December and has been training and raising money for the ride since that time. Once in Alaska, Brugger and the other riders will begin the six-day bicycle ride. Along the way, there will be occasional rest stops and tented areas set up by the ride crew for the riders to stop for the night There are a number of ways to donate. One way is lo visit the ride's web-site at www.vaccineridexvg. There it is possible to make a credit card donation using Brugger's rider Also on the web-site it is possible to print out a donation font which can be mailed with a check. Yet another way is to call Ann Brugger at (440)233-7343 to arrange to get a «fr«mfrw form. Donations are sent direcdy to _e Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in New Yort, the Emory Vaccine Center atEi__?Uoiv__ty and the UCLA AIDS !_*-__ For Medina and fJamual Robertson 1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-07-18|
|Date of Original||18-JUL-2001|
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