Amherst News-Times, 2002-01-09
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■ Local man fights for hospital — Page 6 Schools to lose some cash — Pao^ 7 Amherst News-Time J O t- o o __, WI.DNISDAY, JANUARY 9, 2(102 AMHERST, OHIO o wo x x r- 00 H M c cn o o T X 00 < X M c m m (/) r- ry) <S ■ H ww w> O *^. "Q S >H M m 3> es r- CO 00 o o 3 I Short jog was good rs to Olympic torch beat Taking the oath Members of city council are sworn in for the two-year term beginning this year. Newest member Nick Brusky, far left, is sworn in among his fellow at-large council members, Nancy Brown, center and David Kukucka. Doing the honors is newly elected Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Tom Januzzi. Above: The city's ward council members are Cowger (ward 2) and Steve P'Simer (ward 3). Be- sworn into office. From left to right they are Jen- low, Kathy Litkovitz takes the oath as the city's nifer Wasilk (ward 4), Terry Traster (ward 1), Ed treasurer as her granddaughters look on. _y*rfy'~\ 5£ |pifP<<! H'iiiKUHMOlMMtt ' .rtforMFimtnc \ m mx* mus os OM MTIC* INDII l*** ISDIMSIIIX I »I'H IIBCRT) imttni^aU., J ' J _____% 1 ,c r*i- s I fp V by DIANA HOUGLAND N-T sports reporter On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Amherst resident Christopher Park jogged two- tenths of a mile on Fulton Road in Cleveland in about two minutes. And while it doesn't sound like much of a run, for the Nordson employee it will be a huge memory. Park was one of more than 11,500 people who will at one time or another, help carry the Olympic torch across the country to its final destination. Salt Lake City, on Feb. 8. "I'm not one to like a lot of publicity," Park said after his turn at transporting the flame, "but I felt quite honored to do this. I felt honored to even be nominated with the other people.*' Park's opportunity to participate in the 2002 Winter Olympics began early in 2001 when his wife, Kelly, wrote a letter nominating her husband. This year's theme for the essays was inspiration, and Kelly's statement opened the door for Park. "I would like to nominate my husband to be an Olympic torch relay member," her letter began. "Christopher has inspired many in his life to be as hard working and dedicated as himself." "Chris is an amateur triathlete," the letter continued. "Chris has completed four ironman distance Christopher Park events. He trains for triathalons as if he were going for the gold. He has the integrity and heart of a champion. Chris has lived an exemplary life. His spirit shows and has been contagious to others. Christopher Park has earned this honorable CONTINUED on page 2 Residents asked to join reading of popular book Folks at the Amherst Public Library hope that residents will be stopping each other on the street and in the grocery store to talk about Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the next few months. The library is participating in a reading program called North Coast Neighbors Share A Book, in which area residents will be encouraged to read the same book and then participate in both formal and informal discussions about it The book they have chosen is "To Kill a Mockingbird." "To Kill a Mockingbird' is a very accessible book," said Judy Dworkin, the director of the Amherst library. She said that the novel contains many compelling social issues to which readers can relate and discuss such as racism. The program itself, Dworkin said, is modeled after similar programs that have taken place in large cities such as Chicago and Seattle. She said (hat she hopes Amherst readers take to the program and attend the organized discussion groups as well as speak about the book in impromptu discussions that may take place anywhere. "It's a program that's been tried in several other cities and has been very successful," Dworkin said. She credits the success of the program in other cities to a recent resurgence in the interest to read. "I personally think we have Oprah (Winfrey) to thank for it," Dworkin said of the reason why people are reading books again. The program begins this month and will continue through .April, culminating on National Library Week, April 14-20. In addition to .Amherst, other area libraries are participating, Dworkin said, include Cleveland Public Libraries and the Cuyahoga County library syslem. Interested readers can pick up a copy of Harper Lee's only novel at the Amherst Public Library. There they will be able to either purchase or check the book out. The library will have 40 total copies, 20 for readers to check out from the library and 20 for them to purchase at "a reasonable price," Dworkin said. Helping out with the program will be the library's new reading advisor, Kay Koler. According to Dworkin, Koler will personally assist anyone with questions about either the Share A Book program or any other reading matter. Readers interested in the program are asked to register at the circulation desk. The library will have a formal .discussion group in the spring. The date and time have not yet been determined. Dworkin said she also encourages readers to speak about the novel among themselves. "We're going to try to get people reading and talking about what they read," Dworkin'said. Long-time hobby connects woman with business role by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Peggy Woolen has finally transformed her more than 20-year-old hobby into a way to earn a living. Wooten opened The Collectible Connection in South Amherst a month ago, a place where she sells collectible items ranging from Elvis Presley dolls to Chewbacca cookie jars. "It was always something I wanyd to do," Wooten said. "I've always collected things myself. I've been married 28 years and I've had collections even before that." Wooten, who lives in Wellington with her husband Michael, said that she has always loved to collect things, especially Coca-Cola figurines and ornaments as well as Betty Boop collectibles. She said that she has always scoured flea markets in search of unusual items. CONTINUED on paga 2
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-01-09|
|Date of Original||09-JAN-2002|
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