Amherst News-Times, 2001-09-12
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11 Teachers honored for service — Page 3 JBusy teen is new Eagle Scout — Pe Amherst News-Time O U) X X f 00 M M cmo o ■ x Ct<lH C rn »-( CO r— to is 3 -f .-• 3> O «^ » H N) < 0«s. m > ® ] O Wednesday. September 12, 2001 Amherst, Ohio ■; ■ .» If i ! . Turnpike to plant barrier, install cameras CO by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Mayor John Higgins and president of city council John Dietrich held a special session prior to Monday's city council meeting to speak with a small gathering of citizens about their concerns regarding the Ohio Turnpike plaza. Higgins and Dietrich discussed what came out of a Sept 4 meeting they had with turnpike officials and Senator Jeffry Armbruster. One of the most important issues to the citizens, a barrier of some kind between their properties and the plaza, was touched on in some detail according to Higgins and Dietrich. The two informed the citizens that the turnpike has said they might be willing to build a privacy fence along segments of the plaza perimeter. Dietrich also informed the gather ing that there will be surveillance cameras placed at the security gate to help prevent people from wandering onto private property adjoining the plaza. The topic of diesel fumes from trucks parking on the plaza was also discussed. « "You're not going to be able to do a whole heck of a lot about the diesels," Dietrich said. Higgins said that Armbruster suggested Amherst pass an ordinance prohibiting compressed-air, or Jake brakes within the city limits. This would make using the brakes at the plaza illegal. Citizens have frequently voiced complaints about the noise caused by the brakes. According to Higgins, turnpike officials have said they will plant any type of tree Amherst residents want along the perimeter of the plaza. The trees will serve as a screen between the private properties and the plaza. There will be another meeting between turnpike officials and Higgins and Dietrich on Sept 24 and an open public meeting will be held on a Monday in October where turnpike officials will be present to answer questions. In a public meeting on Aug. 13, Amherst residents voiced concerns over the turnpike plaza. Turnpike officials and Senator Armbruster were given two weeks notice of the hearing but did not attend, accord- t; Cruel Intruders' set pigeons free to be scavenged by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter David Luczkowslri has been breeding show-quality pigeons for more than 20 years. To his knowledge, neither he nor his birds ever did anything* to harm anyone. Nonetheless, 15 of his 130 pigeons were found or are assumed to be dead and another IS are missing. Between midnight and 6 ajn. on Sunday, Sept 2 an intruder crept into Luczkowski's pigeon barn and set 30 of the pedigree pigeons loose in the yard. According to Luczkowski, pigeons do not fly at night and were sitting in his backyard defenseless to natural predators, such as racoons and hawks. Luczkowski said that his pigeons, being bred for show quality, are not like wild pigeons. They can fly only 30 feet or so before becoming completely exhausted. This left the birds without any way of protecting themselves from other animals. Scattered about the lawn near the pigeon barn are clumps of feathers belonging to birds that Luczkowski has presumed were eaten by various animals. When he went to the bam to feed the pigeons at 6 a.m., he said that he saw birds everywhere, picking up the moonlight reflected in their eyes. 1 just automatically started grabbing birds," Luczkowski said. Now lost are about $700 worth of pigeons. The pigeons sell for around $75 to $100 each plus a $40 shipping charge, Luczkowski said. In addition to the cost of the birds, between $200 and $250 in damage was done to the pigeon barn. On the rear of the bam is a flypen, a large suspended cage where the birds can get sun and water, that had its own roof. That structure had been completely torn off the bam. If not for the closed plexiglass windows between the bam and flypen, Luczkowrki said that he would have lost another 60 birds. "It was strong enough that I could stand on it" Luczkowski said. "It took at least two people to rip it off." Luczkowski said that the South Amherst Police Department believes, as does he, that the intruder or intruders entered his property by jumping the wire fence that divides it from neighbors on the north. He said that an area of the fence had been pressed to the ground. The birds themselves are not unlike show dogs, meaning that if he had a champion bird, its offspring could be sold at a higher price. Because of the intruder, Luczkowski has lost some potential revenue. Luczkowski works two jobs, at Giant Eagle as a mealcutter and at Cleveland Hopkins Airport as a customer service representative. He is also finishing up his^degrec in travel and tourism at Lorain County Community College. CONTINUED on page 3 Chili reception Members of the Amherst Police Department .participate In a chHi cookoff on Sunday in support of the Genesis House, Lorain County's bat tered women's shelter. The event was held on Tappan Square in Oberlin. ing to Ward Two Councilman Ed Cowger. Instead the Turnpike Commission sent general counsel Thomas Amato and community liaison Reggie Williams lo take down notes about the residents' concerns. A press release from the Turnpike Commission stated the following: "Due lo the lack of courtesy extended to jointly coordinate availability and the lack of advance notice, neither (Senator Armbruster or CONTINUED on page 14 Donato's to build new shop Pizza lovers in Amherst will not only have a new pizza place on die block this November, but according to the company's slogan, they'll have "the best pizza on the block." Donato's pizza is currently building a new restaurant on Leavitt Road in the space once occupied by Friendly's. "We're thrilled with the acceptance of Donato's in the (Cleveland) market" said Donato's vice president of corporate communications Thomas Santor. According to San- tor, the pizza chain has made an emphasis on expansion in the Cleveland area. Donato's will join a community with no shortage of pizza restaurants, many of which are independently owned-operated. Darrell McCarty, owner of the Olde Town Pizza House said that he is not worried about competing with the new casta. "We have a good location," McCarty said. His restaurant is located ia downtown Amherst on Cleveland Avenue. "We've got good quality and service." According lo Santor, Donato's is a very different pizza restaurant compared to the other area pizza shops. "I would dare to say we have the most sophisticated pizza making process in the industry," Santor said. He said that pizzas at Donato's are made using digital scales, ensuring the same quality of pizza every time and at every location. Unlike a lot of pizza chains, Santor said that Donato's is not simply a delivery/pickup establishment operating out of a store front Instead, they will have a free standing building equipped with a dining room and a drive-through window far pickup orders to compliment delivery "It's a very comfortable experience," Santor said. "Going out for pizza is back." He trains for ancient highland contests - by ERIK YORKE J? New pastor brings European past along by ERIK YORKE l'www& '•* feji *SSSww--wr''w%-*^ News-Times reporter For 11 years, Amherst native and Marion L. Steele High School alum- Sus Mark Vaienti has been competing in a sport in which he is now s professional. He's not in the NFL. He's never i^ed up with Tiger Woods. He doesn't spend his evenings rounding the bases. i Keep on guessing at all the possible professional sports and, chances are you idD wouldn't be able to guess, because Vaienti is a profes- laonal Highland Games athlete. The Highland Games are a aeries Of strength related events whose origins dwell hi the Scottish High- lands, thus the name. Now there are *?'. News-Times reporter The Rev. Attila Szemesi comes to the Amherst Congregational Uniied Church of Christ from Michigan. And Lorain. And Germany. And Serbia. Bom in Serbia in 1967, Szemesi moved to West Germany with his family at the age of three, living there until he was 20 yean old. When he was younger, said, he didn't feel a with the church. "1 drifted away from the church." he admitted. 1 guess it just wasn't personal enough." That would change for him ia high school, where he people he oiled, "real who Szemesi said lived what they believed. At the «e of 20. he fek the celling to become a The area of Serbia was bora bad a formed Theological Academy. He began there in 1987, two years before the fall of communism. Religious practice in Hungary, as well as most of Eastern Europe, was under tight restrictions. 1 remember standing in line at the cafeteria at the Reformed Seminary and someone whispered to me, would I like to come to his home for a Bible study," Szemesi said. A Bible study ia one's home at that time was illegal. It was not long before civil broke out ia the Balkan was drafted hi the Croatian Ws Boanian War and the Koaovo i flict Amid urging hy the church and his family, Saemeai left Eastern Europe for the United States m\ 1992. Ia Aaserica, Lorain specifically. Bishop ZokM Sxacs at the Hadrian Reform Church. Being new hi Highland Games coeapatiliont all - over the world, snd competitors Mark Vaienti practices for the upoorreng <**• Oasstc Highland Garnse to be held In BetN come from sl four corners CONTINUED on page ,13 Petw. Vetera! (a aft CeUc them, track ooeoh at Ma rten L. Steele High School and is a strength and r_x_Mti___\____\_r_ PO" isHtmge- The facts riaa by ethaicity Hungary al school called she Szucs for "He sad hto tally supportive," Szemesi said. He there for 13 CONTINUED en papa t
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-09-12|
|Date of Original||12-SEP-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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