Amherst News-Times, 2001-11-07
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Talking' bus will teach kids — Page 2 Comets fall to Fighting Irish — Page 7 Amherst News- School board buys property for parking, and expansion by ERIK YORKE News-Timos reporter The board of education is hoping to buy some land on Dewey Road to add to the school district's holdings for future growth. According to superintendent Robert Boynton, there are no immediate plans for the land. The school board voted to pass a resolution to purchase the land, but the deal is not yet final Boynton said. He said the school board is currently having the soil tested as well as other environmental factors investigated. The deal cannot be finalized until those tests are completed. "There's no deal until we're satisfied," Boynton said. The current proposal has the school board purchasing about 38 acres for $20,000 an acre. Boynton said the move comes in light of the current condition of some of the district's school buildings, like Powers Elementary School, which he said are getting older. Boynton said that the land where the new junior high school will stand was purchased by the board about 30 years ago for the same reason the board wants the land on Dewey Road. Boynton said the current board wants to have that same kind of foresight. That isn't the only land acquisition business that the school CONTINUED on page 2 Halloween handout Marion L. Steele High School faculty hand out candy to delighted students on their way home last Wednesday. The candy was distributed by the faculty as a way to celebrate Halloween. •*>. 1 Supporters rally for Main Street ■' designation to boost downtown by ERIK YORKE Look out below Shupe Middle School students who sold the most magazines in this year's fundraising drive, enjoy the fruits of their labors, jumping on large, inflatable pieces of play equipment during a celebration last week. Matthew Petek and Marilyn Miller were two of the top salespersons. News-Times reporter The city hopes to take a major step toward the revitalization of the historic downtown district. For the second year in a row, the city, in conjunction with the Amherst Downtown and Betterment Association (ADBA), has applied for designation as a Main Street Community, a high honor according to Main Street director Lesia Boytchuk- Schneider. Downtown Ohio, Incorporated, a Columbus-based organization, takes numerous applications every year, in what has become a stiff competition for Main Street designation, Boytchuk-Schneider said. "They could pick four, or they could pick none," she said. If granted the designation. Downtown Ohio, Inc. would provide local city officials and business owners with numerous training opportunities. The training, which will mostly be done in workshops, is geared toward developing the skills needed for the dowtown to thrive on its own. The city will receive no funds via this designation. "The training is so that in the future, we can sustain ourselves by CONTINUED on paga 3 Members of the Amherst Downtown & Betterment Association (ADBA) hear a presentation during their weekly meeting. More people turned out for last week's meeting than ever before, according to ADBA president Dave Fox. I to Our town's high school kids stage 'Our Town' by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Students in the Marion L. Steele Theatre Company have been hard at work preparing 'his year's fall offering, Thornton Wilder'* "Our Town." The staple of high school drama will be performed oo Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm. at the Powers Elementary School gym. On Sunday, Nov. 11, the students will put on a special matinee performance at 2 pan. The play is being directed by MLS drama director Valeria Fvschman. She said that though the piay can at times be quite challenging to the student!, both those perform ing and those working behind the scenes, she is confident that they will all give a solid performance. "It's a tough show," Farschman said. "It's going to be done well. They're doing a really good job." Assistant drama director Dave Anderson agreed, saying that the students involved in the production have worked very hard, from building the sets and an addition to the stage themselves, to preparing the lighting and sound schemes. "They've never failed to amaze me," Anderson said, adding that no matter what goes wrong ia rehearsals the students always pull everything together by showtime. This is Anderson's second year working with the theater Theatre Company production opens Nov. 9 at Powers group. Anderson also said that because the students have to build their own sets, among other duties, that some students from bigger high schools with more equipment might not have to do, he feels they get a real lag up when applying to go to theater frlWTTtll. They get • here that most high schools don't get close to," Anderson said. "Sometimes I think these kids leam more because we have less." One of the students working behind the scenes, senior Jon Bluhm, said that he expects the show to go very wall. "Everything's coating good," Bluhm said. "We haven't had any major problems." The play itself was written by Thornton Wilder in 1938 and won the Pulitzer Prize. It deals with the small New Hampshire town of Gravers Comer and the common people that inhabit it The ptay features a sparse set, only a few tables snd chairs, and much of the scenery in Gravers Comers must be imagined by the viewer. Students involved in the play's production an Assistant Director Lindsay Hopkins (senior). Set Designer Katie Primm (senior). Lighting Designer Katrina Robinson (senior), Light Grew Head Josh Miranda (senior), Costume Hands Justin BUswiss (senior) and Lindsey Gibb (junior). Sound will be done by sophomore Matt Butler. The house heads are seniors Elaine Muniga and Josh Cornell. The play's cast includes, in order of appearance, junior Jake Wachholz as the Stage Manager, senior Jeff Lombardi Bryan Ambrosio as Joe QoweU/Joe Stoddard, sophomore Bill Anderson as Howie Newsome, senior Katie Primm as Mrs. Gibbs. senior Beth Hobson as Mis. Webb, junior Mike Andorka as George Gibbs, freshman Alice Hyster as Rebecca Gibbs, fmihraaii Mike Gide as Wally Webb, freshman Katie Bbancini as Easily Webb, senior Kristen CONTINUED on pate •
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-11-07|
|Date of Original||07-NOV-2001|
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