Amherst News-Times, 1997-07-09
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lulv Q \9QT AfmIutsI News-Times Paw 3 \ SWAT band is new sensation — Page 8 Jamboree kicks off Friday — Page 6-7 Amherst News-Time < Wednesday, July 9, 1997 Amherst, Ohio I 'Good guy' J< Charboneai gives kids liu on the ballfields by BILL ROSS Former Indians great Joe Charboneau works with students at his baseball clinic last week. News-Times reporter He is a difficult man to talk to, but for all the right reasons. Joe Charboneau, owner of Charboneau Baseball of North Ridgcvillc and former Cleveland Indians outfielder/designated hitter, has just finished the first of two four-day baseball camps held at St. Joseph's Church baseball fields, during which he barely had enough time to catch his breath. Charboneau's dedication to the kids, who range from seven to 13 years old, is apparent at the outset and he makes it a point to ensure that each one gets individualized instruction. In 1980, Charboneau was Rookie of the Year, and his love lor the sport continues to this day, as he coaches six different day camps this summer (including the two in Amherst), as well as working full-time as a coach for the World Series Training Center. The day camps last for six hours per day and Charboneau said they are not for everybody. "A kid has to really have a love for baseball in order to do this," he explained. "But some, whom I originally thought of as borderline, have turned around and re- CONTINUED on page 2 Overcrowding remains issue for school board The board of education gave its strategic plan a boost by injecting 11 new steps to success into its "Quest for Excellence 2000" program, including the effects of school overcrowding. The plan is revised annually lo ensure the schools keep up with legal, technical and cultural changes that influence education. They were developed by an administrative committee prior to being presented lo the board for its approval June 23. As a part of the plan, the board will continue to talk about the detrimental effects of overcrowding within the school district on student learning and performance. It was the need to eliminate overcrowding that prompted the board to place a 3.854 mill bond issue on the ballot in May. Had it been approve by voters, the bond issue would have raised $16.7 million for the renovation of five school buildings and the construction of aboul 40 ad ditional classrooms. The board may place the bond issue on the ballot again on the November general election (K-nding action by the board. The additional classroom space would have eliminated overcrowding in the schools. School officials students are unable to lejrrt as much when they arc forced into overcrowded classrooms. School district enrollment is expected to continue growing by about I(K) students annually through 20(H). Without the extra class space, school officials have said the district may have lo implement split-day sessions. Other strategic plan changes include: • Development of a career passport for each 1 »8-^WHkMtting student. The passport is "required by suite law and will include a grade transcript, list of achievements and awards, school projects and other relevant information that can be shown to a potential employer. • Create an ongoing training program for safely awareness of Occupational Safety and Hcallh Agency (OSHA) requirements. • Promote recycling within all school buildings lo educate students on »hc f>cnc.fn« iT i-ncycling • Meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the upkeep of school district underground storage tanks by September 1998. • Incorporate technology skills into all phases of education. • Encourage teachers to use instructional technology in all curriculum areas. • Create a professional development team to help implement new teacher licking requirements mandated by the state. The new requirements require additional education. ■ Revise the science curriculum ;md textbooks. Whiskeyville' memories on stage Stories of home, local troupes inspire theatrical writer by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter A man who grew up in Amherst and developed a passion for theater while living here, is now forming his own theater company in Maine and has written, produced and directed an Amherst-based play for its first production. Robert Savina is a 1972 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School and his play, "Whiskeyville," is a story aboul an immigrant family living in Amherst (which was also known as Whiskeyville in the bootleg days). The father loses the family farm in a card game at a bootleg club and is killed, leaving a mother and her two daughters to fend for themselves. The family meets up with a band of gypsies and the story unfolds from there. 'This play is taken from stories I heard my mother and auni tell around the dining table as I was growing up," Savina said. "I wove them into my play and added different scenes involving hobos, a medicine man and other interesting types." "Whiskeyville" has also been accepted as one of 174 productions chosen out of more than 500 entries to be part of the New York Cily Theater Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival celebrates the diversity and unparallelled growth of smaller local theaters that are often eclipsed by much larger Broadway-style productions. Savina moved lo Machias, Maine, aboul iwo years ago after spending almost 12 years in New York. While in New York, he was involved nol only in ihe- Robert Savina aier, bul in television and film productions as well. He is currently an instructor in set desigi at the University of Maine, and has formed his production company, the Acadia Annex Theater Company with Amy Waguespack, whom he met while in graduate school al Siony Brook. The Acadia Annex Theater project is named after the Acadia National Park, which is near Machias and is the lasl undeveloped piece of coastline on the Atlantic seaboard, according to Savina. "It is a beautiful and pristine area, so I 'annexed' it for my own," he said wilh a laugh. Whiskeyville had been previously performed at Siony Brook University in New York and received a great response. Waguespack suggested to Savina thai they enter il in the Fringe Festival, which unlike other fringe festivals in the world, used a selection process because of the large number of entrants. Savina came to Machias after Waguespack had directed a summer Shakespeare program for kids there. She invited him lo direct a program, and he liked the area so much he stayed. Machias is part of Washington County, with primary industries in blueberries and logging. During the winter months, unemployment reaches 60 percent afcd although the community may suffer financially, it boasts the greatest number of community theaters in Maine, according to Savina. "Machias has no movie theater, so people have always come to the community theaters for entertainment," he explains. Savina hopes to keep his theater company independent from the University of Maine because he feels one loses control of the projects when it becomes necessary to rely on a university's backing. "Part of ihe problem is the money factor and having lo depend on bigger guys," Savina explains. "Work-wise, we're going to friends and family and are trying to maintain low overhead, as opposed to New York City, where we would be a li'Ue fish in a big bowl." He said the flip side is that the basic concept of his company is to keep a pipeline open to New York without compromising himself. Savina was bom in Amherst, first attending St Joe's and then attending Marion L. Steele High School, graduating in 1972. It was in Amherst that he developed his love for theater and CONTINUED on page 2 Rotary bestows top honor on two Scott, Sliman are named Paul Harris Fellows At an Amherst Rotary Club awards banquet held on June 27, two influential and respected Rotary Club members were honored with the highest award bestowed upon Rotarians: the Paul Harris Fellow. The dinner took place at the Panorama restaurant in Westlake, and district governor Jim Smith presented retiring Rotary president Nancy J. Scott and Peter Sliman, retired president of .Simian's Sales and Service, with the prestigious honor. The award is presented to those who have shown outstanding service to the organization. Many of the past recipients have also donated sizable amounts to the Rotary, and in some case (such as Sliman's) the local Rotary chooses to donate a sum in the Rotarian's behalf to Rotary International. Scott not only was the first woman president in the Amhersl Rotary 's 59-year history, but its first female member. She joined in March 1988, several months after the Rotary and other service organizations were mandated by law to accept women. "Oh, you can bet there was an uproar at first," said Scott. "But I have since had wonderful support and everyone has bent over backwards to help me." Since Walter G. Nord was the first president of the Amherst Rotary when it was chartered in 1938. perhaps it is fitting that its first woman president is also an employee i of Nordson. She lives in Elyria with her husband John and they have three grown children who live in Huron. Although Scott was asked to join the Elyria Rotary four times prior to be asked at the Amhersl Club, she chose Amherst after being encouraged to do so by her Nordson employers. She is currently a project special- Nancy Scott ist in the purchasing department and has also served as its community affairs manager in the past. In order to become a Roiarian, one must be a professional person who has a classification. Scott's classification is public relations. Another example of a classification would be a bank employee, who might have a classification of trust or loan department. Sliman said he is the Amherst Rotary's oldest member, having joined in 1958. "When I started, I was their youngest member ever," he added. He had no idea the Paul Harris 'vllow was to be awarded to him at the recent banquet and said his family, who accompanied him, kept the news a secret "I was beside myself," he explained. "It was just a great moment — I couldn't even speak." Sliman has served in many capac- CONT1NUED on page 8
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-07-09|
|Date of Original||09-JUL-1997|
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