Amherst News-Times, 2001-08-15
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Fifth grade orientation set — Page 2 Bus routes listed — Pages 3, 5, at Amherst News-Time C lO I X i-> M C (POO 3 X BX'IH (/) r- CO ® J> O > m ro _ Wednesday, August 15, 2001 Amherst, Ohio I Residents say plaza is poor neighbo 00 by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Amherst residents who live near the Ohio Turnpike Plaza, currently under construction, sounded off Monday night in front of turnpike officials and the media. In a special public hearing held before city council, neighbors of the turnpike plaza voiced their concerns and their anger over many issues pertaining to their quality of life. The meeting began with Ward Two councilman Ed Cowger outlining a list of concerns. Among the concerns are possible health risks resulting from diesel fumes from semi-trucks idling in the plaza, noise pollution from the loud air- compressed brakes used by truckers and home security. The Ohio Turnpike Commission sent two representatives to the hearing, general counsel Thomas Amato and community liaison Reggie Williams. Instead of answering concerns of the turnpike neighbors, the turnpike representatives announced that they would be taking notes and giving those notes to the Turnpike Commission, who would then make decisions concerning the Amherst residents. "We're really not here to address the problems,'' Amato said. There was no shortage of turnpike neighbors who were willing to speak up. "Our houses vibrate, that's what we're living with," said Ann Lehman of the noises produced from trucks at the turnpike plaza. Another important issue brought up by many at the hearing was security. According to Marlene Ward of Middle Ridge Road, people from the plaza have trespassed onto her property. Ward said that she knows of people stealing batteries out of neighborhood vehicle? and that she even saw someone on her property petting her horse. Keith Riley, assistant district chief of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was also on hand, but offered the turnpike neighbors little in the way of EPA assistance. Riley outlined what the turnpike coulu icguuue, saunas certain kinds of standing water'(another concern of the residents), but suit that the EPA could not regulate noise nor stop 'he fumes from the idling trucks. Councilman-.-targe David Williams addressed the turnpike rep resentatives saying that the Turn pike Commission has failed the citizens of Amherst CONTINUED on page 2 In case you're wondering... School starts here Aug. 23 With the first day of school fast approaching, some Amherst residents may be confused about when that first day is. Due to a misprint, the Amherst school calendar for the 2000-2001 school year shows the first day of the 2001-02 school year to be Thursday, Aug. 30. Students should be warned that if they show up for the first time on that day they will be one week late. i The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 23. According to Amherst's director of educational services Judy Alexander, the school works on the internal calendar's every year and the calendar is adopted in January. The first day of school mix-up is the result of a missed update to the adopted calendar. Alexander said that die Amherst school district discovered the problem last September. The district has taken multiple steps to inform the public of the mistake, Alexander said. Those steps include publishing die correction both in the school newsletters as well as in a March edition of die Amherst News-Times. Nonetheless, said Alexander, school offices have been receiving two to three calls a day asking when the first day of school is. "Communication for a school is always challenging," Alexander said. Alexander said that the district is confident that most people are conscious of the correct first day. But some problems may arise involving families who have been out of town for the summer. If a family has any special problems like this, Alexander said that they should contact their school's principal. The calendars for the upcoming school year should be mailed on or around Friday, Aug. 17, Alexander said. According to Alexander the new calendars have been double-checked, but that does not mean it will be mistake tree. If a parent or student has any calendar-related questions, they can log on to the school website and find what they need, Alexander said. That website is: www.amherstkl2.oh.us. "If anybody's still confused they can always call one of the schools," Alexander said. Out of the box Brett Litchkowski, 5, emerges from the top of the covered slide on the Beaver Creek Reservation playground. Brett had fun explor ing the new park with his two sisters. Vintage baseball highlights picnic Amherst's biggest ever vintage baseball tournament will highlight the Amherst Historical Society's fourth annual Community Picnic and Ice Cream Social to be held on Sunday, Aug. 19. The picnic will take place on the grounds of the historical society. According lo Greg Balbierz, executive director of the historical society, five vintage baseball teams from across the state will participate in the tournament called the Aces at Amherst Tourney. Involved in the tournament will be the local Amherst Sandstone Masons. Rounding out the tournament will be another special feature of the community picnic. The 8th unit of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, • group of Civil War recrea- tionists, will be present during the festivities and have challenged the vintage baseball learns. To compliment the Union recreationists. an Abraham Lincoln reenactor will be present to interact with the troops and to provide photo opportunities. The picnic will begin at 1 p.m., Balbierz said. The vintage baseball games will start at 2 pjn. and 4 p.m. with games running concurrently. While -My traditional foods, such at hot dogs, are - 'j____friK- __JM_I __fW_M « __M£j£_i \__W\j ^>9 a_a_a_a_lVjfll_Cl_l_k___^_^J Above, blacksmith Ky Green uses his metalurgical skills to create vintage houshoU items and, below, vintage baseball players line up tor the National Anthem. on the menu to be served at the picnic, Balbierz said that this year the historical society will also be roasting a pig. Balbierz advises those interested in the pig roast to call for reservations, but one does not need reservations lo enjoy the roast All of the buildings on the grounds of the historical society will be open to the public, Balbierz said. The grange hall, Harris-Dute house and the SL George Chapel are all air conditioned, Balbierz said. Some buildings such as the St George Chapel and Octagonal Bam will house exhibits. There will be handmade quilts in the chapel and the barn will house other nineteenth century tarns. Old style hla.km.iiht will also be on hand at the picnic. One blacksmith, Ky Green, personally made the metal roaster that will be used in the pig roast Gaines inspired by the 1800i will also be available to play. Among the fames will be apple bobbing, a he- man bell ringing game and horseshoes. People are also welcome to ring die church and school bell at St George Chapel, aa well as get "locked up" ■ the original CONTINUED on page 3 Drug Mart is site of DARE day fun Saturday, Aug. 25 is Amherst's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Day 2001. There will be a special event held at the Discount Drug Mart at 300 N. Leavitt Road that will include a car show. It will begin at 11 a.m. and wrap up at 4 p.m. There will be dash plaques for the first 120 cars registered in the show. There is a $5 registration fee. Other attractions include door prizes, a SO/SO raffle, free food, music and entertainment Performing live at the event will be Rudy and the Illusions. There will also be games with prizes awarded to the winners. Another popular attraction will be the dunking booth, with DARE Officer Les Carrender sitting in the booth from 1-1:30 p.m. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will go to benefit the Amherst Police Department's DARE Program. The program is aimed at keeping kids off drugs by talking to them in the schools about the dangers of drug abuse. The event is sponsored by Discount Drug Mart and Spitzer Auto World. Get a good fare to the fair It's fair time again and you can ride with Lorain County Transit (LCT) to all the festivities. A bus will be going to the fairgrounds 16 times a day, running approximately once every hour. The first bus arrives at the Lorain County Fair at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday by using LCT's Route 21 (Oberlin/Welliiigton bus). The last bus departs the fairgrounds at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the first bus arrives at the Lorain County Fair at 8:30 a.m. The last bus departs the fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. Service to sod from the fairgrounds tuns Aug. 20-26. On Monday. Aug. 20, LCT is working in conjunction with the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging to sponsor the Senior Half Fare Day. On this day seniors can ride to the fairgrounds for 30 cents each way. On Wedneeday. Aug. 22. LCT is working ia conjunction with the Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio with a "Ride Against Hunger" food drive. Anyone can ride the fixed route service for free by donating a non-perishable food item upon boarding the bus. For snore information on LCT's fair service call customer service at 233-7868 (Lorain) or 329-5545 [■•
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-08-15|
|Date of Original||15-AUG-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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