Amherst News-Times, 1997-06-18
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Trio of teachers retire — Page 3 Grave space under scrutiny — Pag o to X X i— 00 (-' 1-1 C W o o 3 X C0< IH c m n « r- w 3> m Amherst News-Time < o n i> o Wednesday, June 18, 1997 Church founder to mark his 89th by JOHN DONDERO News-Times reporter Reverend Anthony L. Krcps was pastor of Sl. Joseph's Church from 1967 through 1978. He retired and moved away but every year one thing keeps drawing him back: his birthday party. "I've had aboul 17 of ihem," the sprightly octogenarian remarked. "Next week (June 16) I'm going back for my 89th." Krcps enjoys renewing old acquaintances and cites that as another reason for periodic sojourns to Amhersl. When he retired, Krcps moved permanently into ihe small, cinder block home outside Medina which he buill in 1950. He and two classmates at Sl. Mary's Seminary in Cleveland bought 11 acres of land on what is now Hamlin Road. Then each set about constructing his individual vacation retreat. The surroundings were undulating foothills, pristine woodlands and verdant fields. They were assisted in their efforts by students from Cleveland St. Michael's High School. Since he was a popular curate, there was never a dearth of industrious teens eager to exchange iheir labor for some summertime outside the city. "Across that road," he stood and pointed out the front window, "Wc used to see pheasant and wild turkey. Back where the golf course is (Pleasant Valley), there were always lots of deer." Now, across the road from this humble, frugally decorated cottage, there are expensive estates, each set back nearly 300 feet from the road. The woods he and his fellows salvaged still offer some privacy from the vehicles that drive by: a curtain of pine, maple and oak. Little else has remained unscathed. Father Kreps came to St. Joseph's parish when the land held only an overcrowded school house and an auditorium lhat could accomodate 500 worshipers for services. Il was a parish lhat needed a church but he remembered that some parishioners preferred expanding ihc school. "We had class rooms everywhere," Kreps recalled. "In the basement of the buildings, in reconvened offices..." he trailed off. "But the bishop said, 'You are lo build a church' and that's what I set out lo do." He amended his comment immediately, adding, "Il was ihe people who buill it. Really, they were wonderful." Obviously they thought he was wonderful also because 30 years af- 'ter he turned the first shovel of dirt, he is still honored around his June 13 birthday, every year. The hosts and hostesses for the bash arc ihc Catholic Golden Agers, Chapter 8, of Si. Joseph's. The group holds its meetings on the third Monday of every month but August. "We have a theme for each meeting," Mary Kmicciak said. "In June we celebrate Father Kreps' birthday wilh cake and refreshments. He comes to our meetings every month," the club officer continued. "He makes the drive from Medina lo be here." "That's all true," Kreps said, "but they also acknowledge the wedding anniversaries and birthdays of all ihe others present as well." Krcps has kepi his odometer humming since leaving St. Joseph's. He assisted at churches in both Medina and Lorain counties on an as- needed basis. "I've helped Father Reymann (James of Wellington Sl Patrick's) at daily masses," ihe energetic cleric stated. "I've also helped however I can in Hinckley and Medina." Reverend Kreps is a Cleveland native and all of his schooling and most of his early assignments have CONTINUED on page 2 Amherst, Ohio More fun than a day at the beach The younger set wasted no time in taking advantage of school letting out last week as they flocked to the Maude Neiding Pool in search of relief from muggy weather. Here, a couple of aspiring athletes practice their best pre-Olympic lorm for the freestyle cannonball event. Need a condo? Buy a raffle ticket! Unique promotion to help group build good ball fields by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Summer is synonymous wilh baseball, and local people take their baseball seriously — especially where kids are concerned. So much so, that a group of Amhersl business and community leaders have joined forces to create the new Amherst Children's Baseball Foundation (ACBF), whose purpose is to raise more money lo improve and increase the city's baseball facilities. Bob Perritt, David Moore and Jon Barnes have led the formation of the non-profit organization and plan on aggressively seeking raising funds lo serve the city's 1,200 baseball players — including securing corporate donations and sponsorships, folding a major raffle and bringing on more volunteers. "We plan on involving as many business and local leaders as we can and offer fundraising ideas lhat help us reach our economic goals Craig Pavlich, owner of Krew Kut Landscaping and Garden Center seals a deal with ACBF president Bob Perritt help the new organization develop more baseball fields for Amherst's youth. quickly," said Perritt, who is president of ACBF. Craig Pavlich, owner of Krew Kut Landscaping and Garden Center is one example of business owners and individuals who have already lent support lo the new organization. Pavlich recently pledged $1,500 lo help get things off to a good start, Perritt said. He added thai negotiations and planning are currently underway for the acquisition of land suitable for baseball facilities, and ACBF will be announcing further details later this month. The "House of Fame" raffle kicked off last Friday at The Villas at Whispering Winds on Dean Road in Birmingham. A $228,000 condominium is being offered for raffle by Birmingham developer and Amhersl businessman. Dale Spiegelberg. Moore is hoping ACBF will sell 4,500 raffle tickets at $125 each, which will go a long way toward financing the group's long and short term projects. The first place winner will have the option of the condominium or $180,000 in cash. If not enough tickets are sold to finance the purchase of the condo, the raffle will revert to a 50/50 drawing of the money taken in, less expenses. All proceeds will go to funding projects. Additionally, there will be an Early Bird drawing on July 5 for those who purchase raffle tickets prior to that date. The winner of lhat drawing will receive a trip for four to the Bahamas. CONTINUED on paga 2 o x ... w I Sky; " falling... City hall ceiling is After a six-fool chunk of ceiling fell from the second floor of cily hall recently, mayor John Higgins told members of city council lhat if renovation does not begin soon the damage could become irreversible. The dowrted portion of ceiling is the result of roof leakage, and although an exterior repair (including the roof) is already being planned, the mayor said the city must also begin work on at least the basement and the first floor areas of the historic building before it is loo late. Large chunks of plaster fell to the first floor near the time clock, but fortunately no one was in the area at the time. "Somebody really would have been clocked," treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz noted at the council meeting. Higgins said that city hall employees will have to move to other office space available in the downtown area for the exterior work, and il only makes sense lhat as much interior work as possible takes place during the same period. "There are asbestos fibers in the ceiling as well as other safety issues that will force us to relocate during the renovation," he said. The price tag for the exterior renovations will come to aboul $250,000, according lo the mayor, and he is still waiting on | the architect's plans for the basement and first floor. Once he gets the final plans, Higgins said he can go to council and request money for the project in the form of a loan that would be paid for mostly from the general fund, although a small portion could come from the utilities fund. In die meantime, the ceiling hole will be patched and preventive maintenance will be used to hopefully stave off future collapses. Because of its expense, renovation of the second floor which used to be a city auditorium, will have to be put on hold. Top subs are hard to by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The 1996-97 school year is over bui school administrators remain in a bind thai is likely to gel tighter than il already is: they can't find enough substitute teachers. The 10 to 15 substitute teachers needed daily are called from a list of 51 subs who can teach kindergarten through twelfth grade. Many are retired teachers. Others are recent college graduates who have not been able to find a full- time teaching position. Some become full-time substitutes who work for Amhersl and several school systems, a choice that often creates a problem for Amherst. "We're lucky to have half of those of the list available when we needed them, if that. Either they have work elsewhere that day or have other plans," administrative assistant Robert Wiersum said. Some of those on the list choose the, district offering the best pay, often as high as $83 a day. Amherst pays $53 daily for the first 15 days and $63 a day for up to 45 days. Thereafter, substitutes receive $73 a day. CONTINUED on page 2 1
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