Amherst News-Times, 2002-01-16
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New school treasurer on job — Page 12 I Donato's night helps kids — Page 3 Amherst News-Time W I DNISDAY. JANUARY 1f». ? AMMI RSI". OHIO Turnpike sees no problem in land purchase ' by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter According to officials on both sides of negotiations that could bring an Ohio Turnpike interchange to RL 58, talks are still in progress and both sides are optimistic. The addition of a turnpike interchange has been in the works for some time with construction being thought to have started last summer at one point The Ohio Turnpike Commission is interested in purchasing land along Rt. 58 that is owned by a group of investors called the Consolidated Investors Group. "It was something that was proposed by the turnpike," said Lauren Hakos, spokesperson for the Ohio Turnpike. "It's just a matter of moving forward with the process." Hakos dismissed the possibility that the turnpike had reached an impasse with the investors as to what price the land should cost the turnpike. "We're being as accommodating as possible with the group of property owners," she said. The turnpike is a state entity and has eminent domain powers which would allow them to buy the land they need at its current value. Since much of the land is not developed, that cost would be low. Hakos said that, as of now, she is not aware of any intention by the turnpike to exercise their eminent domain power. "We haven't even received a formal acceptance or rejection letter regarding our first offer," she said. Steve Luca, the leader of the Consolidated Investors Group, dismissed allegations made in another local newspaper that talks between his group and the turnpike were stalled. "(Their) story was totally inaccurate,'' Luca said. "I think the negotiations have improved over the last 30 days." He continued, speaking about the cost of the land his investors hope to sell to the turnpike. "We are communicating with the turnpike in trying to negotiate a number. At this point we are proceeding in a very , positive fashion. I am very optimistic about it" CONTINUED on page 5 Scl giv , eft i rating <"> M O O O UO I i I— 00 M M C en o o 2 - x B> < X M c m m f*1 r- o* es ar h f. 3> O v. x t*a 3> r-l ro < o v. m x> <s> <~ CO 0 n M n by ERIK YORKE --V I Above, Lu Anne Abahlzi shows Anna Traut how the judges will look over her little shettie in competition and below, one of the smaller breeds in the class runs through the routine. It's a dog's life at Dog Zope Learning to be good just the start here by DIANA HOUGLAND News-Times reporter Over the railroad tracks on Dewey Road in Amherst behind another business, is the place to be on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Especially if your name is Conan, or Whitney, or Han- nabal, or if you sit bark, and stay. Actually it doesn't matter what your name is only that you love your dog and what to show him, or train him, and are looking for professional help in doing so. The place to be is the Dog Zone, which is run by LuAnne Abahizi and Darnell Deiterich. All businesses appreciate their customers, but Abahizi and Deiterich have feelings that go beyond the usually customer appreciation. They have a real love for those who patronize them. They train dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages to be good boys and girls in their obedience classes, and in the conformation classes they teach dogs how to be winners al dog shows. They also have kindergarten classes for puppies. CONTINUED on page 2 News-Times reporter The Ohio Department of Education released district report cards last week and the Amherst schools are up two points from last year, scoring 23 out of a possible 27 points. The score puts Amherst in the range the state considers "effective," meaning they scored between 21 and 25 points. Schools that score 26 or 27 points are considered "excellent" a ranking that school superintendent Robert Boynton said Amherst will not stop striving for. "(The 23 point score) was good," Boynton said "We're pleased with that but we want to get all 27." The scores are indicative of proficiency scores in the district The report cards consider the proficiency test scores from fourth, sixth, ninth and twelfth grades. The report cards looked at ninth grade test scores in two groups, the scores of eighth and ninth graders who took the test and the scores of eighth, ninth and tenth graders who took the test Each test is broken into five parts, citizenship, mathematics, reading, science and writing. For each test school districts either met or failed to meet standards in each of the five areas of study. Amherst met the state standards in all but four cases, the citizenship, mathematics, reading and science portions of the fourth grade proficiency test All other grades met the standards in all five areas of study. The report card also includes standards for student attendance and high school graduation rates. The Amherst schools met each of those standards as well. Boynton said that he attributes the district's two-point jump to successful incentive programs, especially at Shupe Middle School "I was very pleased with the improvement at Shupe," he said. Shupe teachers, Boynton continued, used both intervention and incentive programs to help the district meet state standards for all five study areas in the sixth grade proficiency test For instance, they gave every student who passed all five portions of the test a chance to win a mountain bike. Boynton said he hopes to continue those programs at Harris CONTINUED on page 3 Snow with a message Laura Piar displays the snowperson the made with her son, said her family wanted to build to show their support for Operation Brandon, 6. The snowperson Is a patriotic angel of peace that Piar Enduring Freedom. First bride, then bridal magazine model for cover by DIANA HOUGLAND N-T reporter In June, 1993, Juliet Rivera was walking across the stage to receive her high school diploma during the graduation exercises at Marion L. Sleek High School. Now she is walking across runways modeling fashions and has recently appeared oo the cover of a bridal magazine. For the former Amherst resident who resides in southern California with her husband of almost two years. Grant Rkkhoff, modeling and performing has always been a dream, but was not her first career choice after graduation. *1 lowed performing when I was growing up," Rivera said. "But I wanted to be a doctor." Following graduation, Rivera continued her education in Michigan at Kalamazoo College snd majored in biology. Every day she had lo pass through die performing arts building on her way to her classrooms, and each day she slopped and dreamed. "About halfway through college I realized that my hem was in the aits," Rivera admitted. "But I didn't want to change majors. I wanted to finish what I started. Plus, it would give me something to fall back on." Imreediatdy after graduating from Kalamanoo. Riven moved to Chicago where she several diffe- CONTINUBD on pages \
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-01-16|
|Date of Original||16-JAN-2002|
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