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Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Chilly temperatures Saturday didn't stop these skippers from bringing their ship to shore and participating in the annual Halloween
Floating your boat
parade in downtown. Likewise, this truckload of ghouls made it to town hall and then were off for trick-or-treating.
Together, they share special 'sacrifice'
Her battle with teen cancer
leads to haircut decision
by DIANA HOUGLAND
There are many traditional
gifts for various anniversaries,
such as diamonds, gold, and
paper. And then there arc
some not-so-traditional gifts as
Jim and Dee Pipik of Amherst went beyond the norm
when they gave something to
strangers, instead giving to
each other, on their
Saturday, on their 11th
wedding anniversary, the Pipits had an appointment at A
Wildflower Salon on Spring
Street, to have their hair cut
and then sent to "Locks Of
Love," a non-profit organization in Palm Springs, Fla.,
that makes wigs from human
hair for financially disadvantaged children under the age
of 18 suffering from long-
term mttHfl hair loss.
"Isn't this the 'hair' anniversary?" Jim asked.
This has been an idea that
has been brewing in the back
of Dee's mind for many
years, and it finally came to
be with the help of Jill Wagner, a stylist at the salon,
who has worked with the organization before.
"Dee told me her story,
and I was very interested,"
Wagner said. "I already have
a few ponytails ready to send
to them, and I was real excited to work with Dee on
this. It gives you a heartfelt
feeling to be part of this."
Wagner found out about
the organization through a
teenage client and she liked
what she heard about them.
"Wigs for Kids has to have
12 inches of hair," she explained. "And Locks of Love
needs *-*\ jjfl, fhft, J"~ deal
with financiaUji disadvantaged
children ell over the country."
Dee's story began more
than 20 years ago when she
suffered a bout with cancer,
losing her leg and her hair,
not only once, but twice. She
remembered wearing the wigs
that were available, and they
were not a good substitute for
her own hair.
She was 17 when she lost
her leg, and at the same time
she lost the ability to compete in the sports that she
loved so much.
"I had nine months of chemotherapy," she recalled.
"And I lost my hair twice. It
happened the summer between
my junior and senior year. I
used lo be a runner on
Lutheran West's track and
cross country teams. It was
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Dee and Jim Pipik show off their long locks
before sitting down in Jin Wagner's chair last
Saturday when the couple celebrated their an
niversary by donating their ponytails to an organization called Locks of Love.
Incumbent city auditor
faces Nov. 6 challenge
The 2001 nee far the office of
Amherst city auditor looks to be a
light one as the incumbent Diane
Eswine (D) is challenged by current
Amherst school board president
Mike Sutton (R).
Eswine is currently finishing her
iStirr four-year term as auditor,
the position is considered a
-time position, Eswine said she
it her full-time Job.
Mar to serving as auditor, Es
wine was an at-large city council-
woman, serving two non-
consecutive terms. She also worked
as a reference librarian at the Amherst Public Library. She has bachelor's degrees in English and sociology from Bowling Green Stale University, a master'* degree in public
administration from Cleveland Stele
University tad Mother master's degree in social work from the Ohio
COMTMUtD on paga ie
American Legion, Elmer Johnson Poet #118 commander Tom
Hauck and mayor John Higgins break ground tor the poet'a new
building with golden shovels. After three years without a home, the
American Le0on wil soon get one on North Lake Street, hut north
of the new Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation,
and Amherat tftgnftaries a*e were preeent at the