Amherst News-Times, 2001-08-29
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Workshop Players open with 'Picnic' — Page 2 | Teachers earn kudos — Page Amherst News-Time? r - i- 6 fe o to I i l— 00 M M c in o o » X W < I H c m m <s> r- w <s> * H M 3> O «** 30 S> 3> M r\) < O^ m _* s> r~ CO w o o Wednesday. August 29. 2001 Amherst. Ohio Utility increa? i is $2 to cover cost of fixing wastewater woe by ERIK YORKE Howdy there Thomas Phillips, a four-year old cowboy from Amherst, sits atop Tootsie just prior to riding off to compete during the Lorain County Fair last week. Bryan Gardner, also from Amherst, holds the lead line. Tootsie is owned by Dolores Grill, of Oberlin. Young Phillips won the heart of the judges, as well as ribbon for his horsemanship. News-Times reporter Amherst residents will pay an extra $2 a month for utilities starting next month. Resulting from an ordinance passed by city council last year, the cost for utilities has been increased to pay for improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant. Starting next spring, mayor John Higgins said, about $8.5 million in improvements to the plant will begin. Higgins said that he hoped the improvements would take 18 months to complete. The utility bill increases will pay for those improvements over the next 20 years. Higgins said. He said the increase will be $2 starting in September and will total about $4 over the next three years. It will be a permanent increase. St. Joe's welcomes new associate pastor to job by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Amherst's Catholic residents are getting to know a new associate pastor at Sl Joseph Catholic Church. Father George Vrabel takes over for Father James Schmitz. "It was a nice surprise because I grew up in Lorain," Vrabel, 46, said of his new assignment in Amherst, Vrabel attended Lorain Admiral King High School. Vrabel said that the usual assignment for associate pastors lasts five years. He spent the last six years at SL Richard's in North Olmsted. Prior to that he served as associate pastor at SL Francis Xavier in Medina and Sl Mary's in Chardon. He attended seminary at SL Mary's Seminary in Cleveland. Vrabel will assist in giving mass at SL Joseph as well as participate in religious education at the Sl Joseph Catholic School I In his late teen years and early twenties, Vrabel said he had already begun to feel an inclination toward the priesthood. At (hat time, however, he didn't see it fitting into his vision of the future. At that time Vrabel wanted to become a dentist He attended the University of Cincinnati for two years and then went to the Ohio Slate University, finishing his undergraduate work and attending dental school Rev. George Vrabel He practiced dentistry in Lorain •for just under four yean before realizing once and for all that»he needed to sell his practice and become a priest. The inclination that he had felt as a young man had become too powerful to ignore. "I needed to find the answer to 'What if?' that was so strong inside me," Viable said. "Friends asked me 'Why did you change?' Fulfillment." "My hope is that as a parish priest, not only can I develop a relationship with parishioners, but that somehow I can sense the pulse of their needs," Vrabel said. Vrabel said that he takes as much from his parishioners as he hopes he gives. He said mat sorrksfifties when parishioners come to him with problems he too may walk away with something that could help him in his own life. "They help me a tot," he said. "We're in it together." At first, Vrabel said, moving to Sl Joseph's in Amherst was a difficult transition from busy North Olmsted. "The quiet was almost loo quiet," Vrabel said. SL Richard's in North Olmsted, where Vrabel was last assigned, was located on Lorain Road across from the Great Northern Mall. Vrabel said that not hearing the trucks and other street noises from inside his office took some getting used to. Regardless, Vrabel said that he is happy in Amherst One reason is that being from Lorain, he is familiar with the area. "I already know where the Drag Mart is," Vrabel said. . Another reason that Viable is happy with his new assignment are the parishioners themselves. "The people here are just extremely friendly." Vrabel said. Masses at Sl Joseph's are at 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 7 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Saturday at S pjn.; and Sunday at 7:30 ajn., 9 ajn., 1O.30 a.m., and noon. High five There were a lot of high fives last Friday night after Amherst opened their season by not just beating Admiral King, but keeping them scoreless. Above, the Comet mascot and one of the cheerleaders help to pump up the team last Thursday night during a pep rally planned by the Quarterback Club. The pep rally, and the football game, was a total success. Moment of treasure Myrt Slavlk (left) and Frances Decierzyk (middle) show off Precious Moments merchandise to customer Lori Johnson. The sale was a partrtanevertatRk»eHiC<>Hectt)leslnAm- herst td raise breast cancer awareness. Also there was the Precious Moments Care-A-Van visit to the business. Fire department to test hydrants through Oct. 1 The Amherst Fire Department will be testing the city fire hydrants starting Saturday, SepL 1, and continuing until about OcL 1. The testing of these fire hydrants is for the fire department re- cordt to check wafer flows in te chy. Residents are advised that if the water ia their hone btpftiiw cloudy, they should tun fee faucet an and let the water rua until clean. For no* mfanaation. call *e fire department at 988-4117. "Nobody likes an increase, not even admiiustration," Higgins said He said that the decision had to be made as the current wastewater treatment plan was not meeting certain permit requirements. Every six months, city officials will review the amount of income from the utility bill increase to make sure it is meeting the repayment schedule for the plant improvements. "Hopefully we're going to get a loan from the E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency). Ihe Ohio Water Authority," Higgins said. He' said that the rate for that loan, at ap- proximately 3.9 percent, would be the lowest Higgins said that about two-rhirdt of the current plant will be replaced.: He also said that there would be some expansion on the site. City superintendent of utilities CONTINUED on page 2 Woman charged for arson of house on Rt. 58 Ihe cause of an April house fire at 8500 Leavitt Road in Amherst Township was arson, and on Aug. 16, Janet Edmonson was indicted on two counts of aggravated anon for the Maze. The house, which is owned by area busninessman Archie Abraham, was severeyiy damage by fire on or about April 23, cent documerts show. Edmonson lived in the house with her two daughters Kayla, 12 and Ashley, 9 and her live-in boyfriend Kenneth Young, according to the reports. The two young girls were in the house at the time, which is why there is a second charge of aggravated arson, explained detective Randy Koubeck of the Lorain County Sheriff's Department "It's a good thing everybody got on," Koubeck said. He said (hat he believed the two girls are now with near biological father, Donald Edmonson. According lo the sheriff's report, Janet Edmonaon was noted n the victim at the time of the incident Kmrtwr* said that two days later, she was determined lo be a suspect n s result of harassing phone calls made to Young's place of employmem being traced to the area when she was located. No comment could be made as of yet aa to how *_ fire was rtartnd, but the location when it was set has to be ast on me porch," fTOJKWr totem had no binary of tivity prin to she fin, he nidd-theis acMlat* at ids Mt CONTINUED on patje t
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-08-29|
|Date of Original||29-AUG-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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