Amherst News-Times, 2001-12-19
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Top students hear top speaker — Page 13 Early deadlines set — Page 14 Amherst News-Tim^ Wl DNISDAY, DECEMBER 1(>, 2001 AMHERST, OHIO o i-» o o o vo x x r- 00 M M c cn o o 3 X CD < X M c m m co p- co es ■ H t- » o — ^ M N> < 0*a» m *t> ® r- W School board hires assistant principal to lead high school About one month after the sudden departure of Mike Dixon, Marion L. Steele High School has a new principal. Former assistant principal and athletic director, Jeff Riesen is now the school's new leader after spending the last month as its interim principal. The school's head football coach, Riesen was concerned that he might have to leave those duties behind in order to take the principal position. "The big *if was would they allow me to continue to coach,*' Riesen said, speaking about school superintendant Robert Boynton and the school board. The board of education voted unanimously Monday to accept Riesen as Steele's new principal and allow him to continue his coaching. "They were gracious enough to let me do that," he said. He will, however, have to give up his duties as the school's athletic director. According to Riesen, throughout his 20 years in die teaching profession, he had always wanted to be an athletic director. Already having a master's degree in athletic administration when he came to Amherst in 1992, Riesen found that in order to be Amherst's athletic director, he also had to be the high school's assistant principal. After earning another master's in school administration he eventually was named the athletic director and assistant principal. Now, Riesen said, a temporary dean of students will be named for the rest of this school year. The person that holds that office will fill some of Riesen's old responsibilities regarding athletics. Next year, a new assistant principal and athletic director will be named. Riesen said that if it wasn't for his long-time interest in athletics, he would have considered the principal position years ago. "I'm both happy and excited about having the oppor tunity to be the principal here at Steele," Riesen said. "I feel we've got a great staff and I really enjoy the students." Riesen lives in Carlisle Township with his wife Dawn. They have two children, Tracey, 24, who is pursuing her master's in psychology at the University of Akron and Amy, 20, who is studying civil engineering at the University of Toledo. Riesen, who has lived in the area throughout his teaching career in North Ridgeville, Elyria and Avon Lake, does not forsee having the same problems that former principal Mike Dixon cited as reasons for his resignation. Those reasons included a long drive to work of more than an hour each way. "My drive is 20 minutes and I kind of like it," Riesen said. "It g'ves me a chance to think of everything I have to do." City's Main St. bid fails at state by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Following a great deal of hard work by city employees, downtown business owners and other community members, the city of Amherst was turned down for the second •consecutive year by Downtown Ohio, Inc. for being considered a Main Street Community. Downtown Ohio, Inc. is a Columbus-based company that takes in numerous applications every year from communities wishing to be designated as Main Street Communities. That designation, while it carries no funding to be granted those designated communities, provides them with numerous training opportunities geared at creating and sustaining viable business areas much like the Amherst downtown. According to Amherst's main street director, Lesia Boytchuk- Schneider, Downtown Ohio, Inc. can pick six communities a year for designation. This year they chose only two. Those two communities, announced at a ceremony on Dec. 13 by State Development Director Bruce Johnson, were Bowling Green and Amherst's close neighbor, Oberiin. She added that she was given the impression by lVIain Street officials that Amherat was a close runner-up. "I'm disappointed but not discouraged," she said. "My recommendation is to reapply." One of the reasons that Amherat was not given the designation this year, Boytchuk-Schneider said, was that they wanted to make sure that her's was a stable position. The person who previously held that position, then called the city's downtown coordinator, Greg Balbierz, was fired in June. Other reasons for Amherst not getting the designation. Boytchuk- Schneider said, were small inconsistencies that she feels can be smoothed over before the city reap- CONTiNUED on page 14 ' ■ Christmas experts, above, from Powers Elementary School share their knowledge with the News-Times staff and readers. Most of Santa's secrets are out just in time to prepare for his visit next week. Youngsters tell all on Clauses' Christmas plan Connor, below, a member of Mrs. Reichert's first grade class, demonstrates just how small the chimney Is at his house in Amherst. by DIANA HOUGLAND News-Times reporter Amherst probably does not realize it, but there are many Christmas experts attending school here. Many can be found in Donna Reichert's first grade class at Powers Elementary School. So, with the holidays quickly approaching, the News-Times spoke to several of these young experts about Santa's rituals before beading off, as well as a more personal, up close look at how each first grader looks forward to the big night, Christmas Eve. Expert number one. Savannah, admits to knowing a lot about Santa and Christmas. "Because I really love Christmas," she explained. "You get to spend time with family and the people you don't live with you get to see." Savannah has a pretty good idea about what goes on at the North Pole before Santa takes off far his long trip. "He gives the deer extra food before be leaves," she said. "Then, before he gets into his sleigh, he looks at his list to see where he has to stop first." Connor, another member of Ihe first grade class, also claims to be an expert and knows what Santa does before leaving. CONTINUED on page 14 News-Times reporter Earlier this month, Firefighters and police from the area gathered in Amherst to get a better look at what death looks like under water. Twenty-two police and firefighters from nine departments met at Safety Service Divers in downtown Amherst for two days to hear William Heckler give a seminar entitled "Investigating the Water-related Death." The Amherst police and fire departments, the Elyria fire department, the Avon police department, jhe Sheffield Lake police department, the Bay Village police and fire departments, the Rocky River fire department and the Lorain County Sheriffs Department all had representatives present at the seminar. According to Ron Westmoreland, owner of Safety Service Divers and an Amherst firefighter, many police and fire departments have dive teams trained to retrieve bodies and evidence. Westmoreland said the seminar focused primarily on slides and pictures of dead bodies with different characteristics for the police officers and firefighters to study. He said that he had to close his store for the two days and place tarps over the windows so that passersby would not see the grisly images that were being shown. "(The pictures) even bothered some of the cops, but it's part of the job," Westmoreland said. "They learned a lot." Westmoreland said that police officers and firefighters have very different roles in a water-related fatality investigation. Firefighters, he said, are responsible for the rescue, if possible, or retrieval of bodies. He said police act primarily to gather evidence. There seems to be an increase in. people disposing of stuff in the wa- CONTMUED on page 14 * ► — hi n ii'mm a^maaaaaaawam.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-12-19|
|Date of Original||19-DEC-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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