Amherst News-Times, 2001-09-19
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Postponed art auction on — Page 5 I Another local Eagle Scout named — Page 10 Amherst News-Times Wednesday, September 19, 2001 Amherst, Ohio Amherst mourns with nation by ERIK YORKE —-—————————————————mm^———————m Nawa-Timas reporter Tuesday, Sept 11 was a day that ■hook the United States to its core. The entire world stood watching in honor as terrorists crashed American passenger planes in the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. The city of Amherst, like all American communities, went silent with shock, grief and anger. "It was the eeriest morning ever," said Kacey Thomburg, an employee of Bayside Title and Escrow in downtown Amherst Thomburg said that she saw people driving through town, both hands on the wheel and staring straight ahead, a stark contrast to the usual of people singing along with the radio or talking on cellular phones. "I ran into work, I was freaking out" "We're probably going to war," said Jennifer Toolis, another Bay- side employee, of her first thought after watching the carnage on television. "I was scared, shocked, sick to my stomach.'' The historian for the Amherst Downtown Business Association, and News-Times columnist, Fay Ott was IS years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed. She said the Sept 11 tragedy is very similar. "It's pretty much the same feeling," Ott said. "But at least then we knew who did it" Ott said that like in World War n, the United States must strike back against its attackers. "If one of me Arab nations is supporting this man (Osama Bin Laden, the prime suspect in the tragedies), they have no choice but to declare war on them," Ott said. Joe Huaar, another Amherst resident who remembers the day that Japanese bombers strode Pearl Harbor, one of only a handful of times in the history of the United States that we've been attacked on our own soil, said that if the country could triumph then, it could triumph again. "(The Pearl Harbor attack) woke CONTINUED on page 2 ~,TlttniMri«riTantt— Students at Marion L. Steele High School gather st the football field on Friday morning in a ceremony to remember the tragedy of Sept. 11. The marching band played the National Anthem and the choir sang "God Bless America" as the American flag was raised and then lowered to half staff while a student played Taps." School resource officer Les Carrendar is seen saluting the flag. Station owner sorry for increased costs Wyvill's Marathon gas station in downtown Amherst raised prices on regular unleaded gasoline from $1.79 a gallon to |2.73 a gallon on Tuesday night after terrorist attacks caused people to panic about fuel supplies, according to station employees. At about 7:30 pjn., station employee Amanda Pippert said station owner Walt Wyvill decided to increase die price. He did so because of some bad information he received, infiiirahij'tilra em it would soon be nIBch more expensive to purchase enough gasoline for hip station, according to Bemice Wyvill, Walt's wife. Bemice Wyvill said that her husband did not wish to reveal the identity of his informant, as he did not want the person's job to be in jeo pardy. According to Bemice Wyvill, her husband did panic, something about which be now feels tctnble. "People have been accusing* him of being un-American," Bemice Wyvill said. "He has returned the extra dollar a gallon to anyone who has complained." According to Mrs. Wyvill, her husband is so upset about the whole situation that he cannot speak about it "He is a veteran of the Korean War and has always been committed to his oowntn and Amhem," she said. On the night of Sept 11, Pippert said, vehicles were backed up on Cleveland Avenue and Lake Street with customers waiting to get gas. The price remained elevated until the station closed at 10 p.m. "Everyone was in a mad rush," Pippert said. She said that she had worked earlier in th*-*?, tout taed been celled back to the station at 7 p.m. because of the sudden increase in demand. This price increase came about two weeks after a customer appreciation promotion at the gas station in which CONTINUED on page 2 Students tap eight for gallery induction The student council at Marion L. Steele High School will host the 14th annual Amherst Schools Distinguished Alumni Gallery of Success induction ceremony on Friday. Those to be honored include the following: Gary A. Mead Gary Mead is a graduate with the Class of 1950, and is president emeritus and co-founder of Lake- bad Enterprises, Inc. After serving four years as a flight engineer on the B-29 and KC-97 aircraft in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he served with the 307 Bomb Group and the 306 Air Refueling squadron, in the Korean Theater. In 1959, he purchased the Lorain Auto Body Company, a small shop with six employees. In 1969, Mead and his partner, Nick Discenzo of South Amherst, formed Lakeland Enterprises Corporation which purchased a vacant building at Broadway and 38th streets in Lorain. The company started primarily as aa auto retail business specializing in body shop work, glass replacement, audio electronics, upholstery and similar work. By 1980, the company was fitting the Ford Motor Company's econoline vans for commercial use, fitting the vans with racks, bins. ladder racks, and a variety of accessary add-ons. * By 1993, the company expanded by adding a aew division, the Lake Track and Van Equipment Company, to become distributors for the Adrian Sieel Company of Michigan and the Reading Track Equipment Manufacturing Company of Pennsylvania. Kerry Campbell In 1995, Ford honored Lakeland Enterprises with its Modified Vehicle Engineering certification for meeting Ford's strict engineering, training process and quality control standards. Today, Lakeland Enterprises has 50 employees, occupies 38,000 square feet of space, and last year did more than $5 million in business. Mead has also been an outstanding example of community involvement, having contributed both money and time to the Amherst public schools, youth sports activities, the area parks system, and to facilities for the aging. He has served as a board member of the Amherst Community Chest, on the park commission, tin planning commission, president of the Lorain County Automotive Service Council. He is currently the president of the Sandstone Office on Aging advisory board. He has coached scores of Little League baseball players, has been a Cob Gary Mead Scout leader and active church member at SL Joseph's. Mead was nominated for the Gallery of Success honor by a farmer inductee, Dale Brace. Class of '48, who was inducted into the gal- lay in 1987. Marie Robinson Marie Robinson graduated with the Class of 1948. the same year she married. She had served as secretary of her class during all four years of high school and was a member of the girls' athletic ejeoriarion She and her husband had eight children; together the Robinsons co-owned a local business but when her husband died in 1971. Marie was left a single mother with eight kids and a business to run. She operated Marie's Timbers for the next 25 years, successfully, while becoming an endless volunteer for the cay of Amhem. Maria Robinson Robinson became a vocal supporter and hard-working volunteer for the Potato Festival while it was held in Amherst, even creating the Potato Pal doll in a different style each year. ' She created the Golden Ager King and Queen pageant at the fes- tival, as well as the Tator Tot Prince and Princess pageant Though retired from her business, Robinson is still secretary of (he Amherst Democratic Women's Club, a group to which she has belonged since 1950. She sUo serves oa the board of Lorain County Children's Services. A volunteer at the annual Amherst Jamboree celebration, Robinson could often be seen selling her famous roast beef sandwiches at the festival. She has also been an active member of the local Business and Professional Women's Club and was voted Wosaaa of the Year ia 1997 by the BFW. She was nominated for the I by one of bar Frank DeSantia Frank DeSantis Frank DeSantis is a graduate with the Class of 1959. Since, he has played a major part in high school athletics, having been named Indiana State Athletic Director of the Year in 1998. DeSantis is an active member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association board of directors, serving at one time as the group's president. He has played a major part in starting class sports in the Indians whooJSi DeSantis served as a boys tennis coach for 35 years and as s girls tennis coach for 10 years. Tennis conns at a park near their home are named for him and his wife, Shirley. DeSantis was named the one girls referee and number boys basketball official in tits of Indiana at one time and he was COHTBIUED on nana * Downtown coordinator fired in June The city's downtown coordinator, Greg Balbierz, ia gone. He was fired in June by the city and bas also left his duties as interim executive director of the Amherst Historical Society, according to AHS board president Ruth Haff. According to city safety service director Sherrill McLoda, there is currently a lawsuit regarding the matter, making it difficult for her to discus it She did confirm that Balbierz was fired. Haff would not speculate on why Balbierz was fired from the downtown coord ina- tor's position, but said that it was made clear to him for the entire eight months he served as the historical society's interim executive director that they would eventually look to hire someone to permanently fill the position. "We made it clear to him mat we were looking," Haff said. She added that Balbierz had never shown any interest in taking the fall-time position st the historical society. The dty of Amherst's acts both wife city officials and fee Amherst Downtown Bcaanimnt Association Bay Ott, fee historian for feat organization said feat she remembers feat Bafeiera was often hard to get s hold of, aptittaats time between his duties ss oowaaowa CONrtNU£D on 10 4 >■**•■
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-09-19|
|Date of Original||19-SEP-2001|
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