Amherst News-Times, 2001-08-08
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II Teachers, board OK contract — Page 2 Players audition for actors — Pa< Amherst News-Tini€ O t— o O WO I r- CO M CtflO — CO < X c m m </> t— CO ] 3> O ^. » M m j> CO Wednesday, August 8, 2001 Amherst, Ohio CO M m o X I f* "C'tv-*1 - It -. . Suds for success The Lady Comet soccer team held a car wash last Saturday and spent the day washing away grime while building up their finances. The ladies, who are coached by Sam Jacob, were very successful in raising money to help offset the cost of their banquet and program book. Nordson to * workforce; to consolidate business, too Nordson Corporation is poised to cut 10 percent of its global workforce, and 90 percent of that will be employees in North America. According to Nordson spokesperson Kristin Atkinson, the company is currently evaluating on a department by department basis what cuts need to be made. Those evaluations will be completed and recommendations as to which people need to be laid off will be announced by Aug. 10, Atkinson said. It is uncertain where that leaves Nordson employees in Amherst The reduction in labor is a result of the slowed economy, Atkinson said. Nordson president and chief executive officer Edward P. Campbell said in a press release that the layoffs are a "difficult but necessary decision." Atkinson said that she could not speculate on when or if released employees would be called back to work. According to Atkinson, the actual layoffs will be handled on a person by person basis. "They will be given assistance and they will be treated ir/a (air and respectful manner," Atkinson said. In addition to the layoffs, Nordson will combine many of its existing business. Included in this will be the Amherst businesses. These businesses will be combined with other Nordson businesses that share common technologies or product lines. ' Family fued: Sqiis sue for mom's legacy by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter A jury reached a verdict on Friday, July 27, ending a nearly four-year legal battle between two prominent Lorain County families. Grace Cowling, formerly Grace Sprenger, was awarded $255354 to be paid by the children of her deceased husband, Garnard Cowling. In a lawsuit filed in October, 1998. the Sprenger family, who owns Amherst Manor and other retirement communities, claimed that Garnard Cowling transferred funds from his -and his wife's joint accounts into accounts in his name. The lawsuit claimed that he then passed the money onto his children, Gary Cowling, Richard Cowling and Sandra Reddington. Gary and Richard Cowling own the Cowling Funeral Homes in Oberlin and Wellington. They referred comment to their lawyer, John Keyse-Walker, who did not return phone calls. "(The verdict) was partially fair," said Tony Sprenger, Grace Cowling's son. According to Sprenger, his family's court costs are about $125,000. After subtracting that from the jury award, Sprenger said his mother will get only half of what was taken from her. That is not the only problem the Sprenger family had with (he verdict, "We felt Gary Cowling conspired with his father," Sprenger said. "We thought there was sufficient evidence." In the original lawsuit, Gary Cowling was accused of aiding and abetting Garnard Cowling. That part of the lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Lynett ML McGough. CONTINUED on page 3 Hot days bring on cool dips of cream by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Ice cream in the summer. It's as automatic as jelly with peanut butter. During this, one of the hottest summers in recent memory, ice cream is as popular as ever, despite the occasional increase in price. "If you're craving it you're obviously going to go out and purchase it," said Heather Siegenthaler, manager of the Dairy Queen on die corner of Middle Ridge Road and Ri_ "I don't think (the price increase) affects the consumer." Ice cream costs have increased this summer as a result of a lower than usual production of milk fat Milk fat is an ingredient vital to the production of ice cream as well as many other dairy products such as butter and cheese. The shortage of milk fat has caused an increase in production costs of all products in which it is an ingredient According to Siegenthaler, the companies that distribute the ice cream to Dairy Queen may change their prices monthly, where as Dairy Queen itself changes prices on a yearly basis. They may consider changing the prices twice a year, but that is rare, Siegenthaler said. Siegenthaler said that this summer has been a good one for ice cream sales. "We always do very well in the summertime," Siegenthaler said. "This is all based on weather." Scott Foss. acting manager of frozen foods at the Amherst Giant Eagle agrees. Foss said that although the increase in the price of ice cream may have caused customers to switch to a less expensive brand, it has not caused them to buy less ice cream. "I think this summer, ice cream sales have been a lot more steady Buyers sought for Moore's properties by ERIK YORKE Garrett Dalton (left) and Bethany Davis enjoy some ice cream at the Dairy Queen. than previous ones." According lo Foss the old favorites are still popular. Foss said that the most popular flavors are vanilla and chocolate, although many specialty flavors are popular as well. Foss cited a particular flavor called "moosetracks" which is a blend of chocolate fudge with vanilla. "One guy asked, 'Do you have it in the poor man's ice cream,'" Foss said regarding the customer's preference for a lesser known brand. At Dairy Queen, Siegenthaler said, customers tend to prefer the specialty items to the traditional cones and sundaes. Siegenthaler said that Dairy Queen has introduced some new specialty items to the menu this year. One young Dairy Queen customer, Bethany Davis, agreed saying that her favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate chip cookies. Davis's young companion Garrett Dalton seemed to think that the attraction wasn't the ice cream at alL OiamCapocasaohtootjtwtilepicldngouthff^ "I like the sprinkles." Garrett at the Amherst Giant Eagle. Rising prices of the cold treat have not scared off customers. News-Times reporter In the midst of an effort by Amherst city officials to revitalize the historic downtown area, two prime business locations sit vacant The former Grapevine Coffee House on Park Avenue and Mojo's restaurant on Milan Avenue are currently up for grabs. Both properties are owned by Lorain County commissioner David Moore, who also runs Lenders Diversified in downtown Amherst According to Moore, there is interest in the properties and he is being conscientious as to what types of businesses he feats will best fit ihe downtown area. "I want to make sure it's the right use for the building," Moore said of the Mojo's building in particular. Mojo's restaurant has been closed since May of 2000, but the bar remained open for some time after that, Moore said. There were approximately 25 employees at Mojo's before it was closed. Moore cites both the lethargic lunchrime sales and his interest in the businesses as strictly an investor as reasons for selling them. "I'm not a restaurateur," Moore said. "I did it as a hobby and it became a very expensive hobby." Moore said that he felt the businesses, to succeed, needed an owner/operator. According lo Moore, there is currently some interest in bringing a new business to the Conner Grapevine location. Moore said that the possible buyer of the Grapevine location did not want him lo comment on what the new business would be. Fat shortage causes price increase Ice cream prices are on the rise, but not everywhere. Don Buckley from Ihe National lee Omm and Yogurt Retailers ATTlf*'iw Mid that despite the high coat of the owners an absorbing that said. milk fist needed lo make ice cost, Buckley said. The coat of milk mt. cream, many ice cream cus "What I've found is Am Buckley said has gene tomers are not necessarily may of them have not in- out SO percent since lu paying more. Mom parlor cmejed their prices," Buckley CONTINUED on pm Moore said that he hm a few dif • fere* options for the old Mojo's. including two franchise ■■—nrirm He could not comment on what franchises those are, but said that he has a meeting with possible investors soon. "An anchor restaurant would he terrific," said Judy Bfykaatel. of the Mermaid's Trie and Of* Mojo's Wldmg an aamt to dm W*'s.m__£kletoaVte!i_!
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-08-08|
|Date of Original||08-AUG-2001|
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