Amherst News-Times, 2002-01-23
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Dairy Mart robbed of cigs, beer — Page 3 Author points out our oddities — Page 16 Amherst News-Times O t-» o o O ifl X X r- 00 M M c yi o o *e x CO < X M c m m in r- in a» Up » o -^ X 9 W ll)NF.SI)AY, JANUARY 23, 2 AMHI RSI , OHIO Trading spaces: Frombach's new dean of students by DIANA HOUGLAND News-Times reporter It was moving day last Wednesday for newly-appointed high school principal Jeff Riesen and newly-appointed dean of students Erich Frombach. It was a little tough for Riesen to move his stuff out of the office he has occupied for such a long time at Marion L. Steele High School, and it was a little exciting for Frombach to move in. "This is something I care very deeply about," Riesen said about his former position as athletic director. "The extracurricular activities are a big part of the kids' education and it Board okays school hockey teaches a lot of life lessons." "And while it will always be close to my heart," he continued, "it's time to move on to the principal's job." "I'm pretty excited about it," Frombach said. "It's going to be a great learning experience to work with such a great school. I'm looking forward to working with Mr. Riesen and Mr. (Tom) Lehman (associate principal), the coaches and the rest of the staff." When Riesen was originally promoted to the principal of the high school, it was apparent that he would not be able to do everything that he was previously doing while taking on the new role. The decision CONTINUED on page 5 club Erich Frombach by DIANA HOUGLAND N-T sports reporter The list of sports activities is growing at the high school, but the most recent addition could land some kids in the penalty box. First thiere was the debut of a girls' golf team at the beginning of the school year, then a bowling club was added, and now the school board has approved the school's first hockey club. At the school board meeting held Jan. 14, the board of education recognized the sport as a new club to begin next winter. And depending on how things progress, by March, 2003, the club could be recognized as a school team sport While parents and students in the community have been wanting to create a hockey team for the last few years, it took the pleas of Scott Heinlcin, the son of Karen and Lee Heinlcin, to get the ball, or puck, rolling. "Scott started on me last spring," Karen said. "He wanted to go to Elyria Catholic to school. I gave him all the reasons that I wanted him to go to .Amherst and asked him to give me the reasons he wanted to go to Elyria Catholic." "He was torn," Karen continued. "He wanted to go to EC so that he could continue to play hockey in high school, but he didn't want to leave his friends." So Karen told Scott that if he would do the work, she would see what she could do about getting a hockey club started in Amherst "He went on-line and did all of die research," she explained. .After her son got the information to her, Karen ran a newspaper ad, looting for anyone else in the area that might be interested in high CONTINUED on page 3 Eighth grade boys from St. Joseph School enjoy pizza at lunchtime with Father George and Father Larry in the St. Joseph rectory. St. Joe's gives students inside view on 'career' Last week, children at St Joseph School had the opportunity to get to know men and women who serve the church full-time in conjunction with their "Vocation Week." Father Steve, a Byzantine Priest visited the students on Monday and introduced them to his life as a priest When he asked a room-full of sixth graders who wanted to be a priest, no kids raised their hands, but when asked what value a priest had, the children were full of answers. When asked why anyone would want to be a priest one child answered "It's good to be a priest" Another child answered "Because you're a nice guy." Other children responded that one would become a priest for God and other people. After explaining to the class that married men can become Orthodox priests, one girl asked the priest a tougher question. She wanted to know why women cannot become preists. She seemed satisfied by Father Steve's answer that Jesus called no women to be apostles although He could have had He wanted to. He then engaged the class in a discussion of what woman He would have chosen. He told the class that to CONTINUED on page 5 Father Steve, an Orthodox priest from Lakewood, shares with St. Joseph students his experiences as a priest, in hopes of encouraging them to give the ministry some thought. City Hall's old auditorium to be renovated Plans are in the works to renovate the auditorium located oo the second floor of City Hall so that it can be used by the community and by city council for their meetings. The theater was last used in 1951 and has fallen into disrepair. It's jy being used for storage, entire project will be corn- without the use of any tax according to mayor John About $450,000 has al- i been committed, with $225,000 of it already received from the Nord Foundation, Nordson Corp., and Eric and Evan Nord. The committee will also be looking into securing other grants for the projecL The Auditorium Renewal Committee chairman, Marty Sofia, estimated the cost of the project at around $800,000. He said they have invited four architects who have experience with this type of restoration to make bids and they would know more accurately what the project cost will .be alter they've met with Sofia indicated that several of the people en the committee have experience within the theater and they are being advised by people who have experience renovating this type of auditorium. Both Sofia and Higgins indicated that it will be important to secure contractors, advisors and architects (hat have experience in historical renovation. Sofia said he got involved with the renovation while having a casual conversation with Mayor Higgins. The two were discussing how well the renovation of the first floor of City Hall had gone and Higgins decided to show Sofia the theater. "I noticed how well the bottom went" he said. "I know this will be a gem for the city." Sofia said that the intent of the committee is to provide Amherst with a acditorium that the entire community can use. He said in ad dition to being used for council, snd allowing for a much lager community attendance, k could be used by other community groups for their meetings, by preschool* for graduation and for shows. He said that after the renovation, which includes elevators, the antiunion will be made folly accessible to all men- ben of the community. Sofia said he'd like to begin the early «agn of the project before What started as an idea to make a videotape to thank their peers for supporting them has taken, or almost taken, the wind out of the Comets varsity boys' basketball team. It has also resulted in a public flogging of their coach, Mitch Gillam; teammates said they are getting tired of the publicity. Marion L. Steele High School senior Tom Hamel said he just wants to play basketball. He doesn't want to talk to reporters, and he doesn't want to relive the past He just wants to play ball. "We just want to play ball," he said about his entire team last week. "We keep getting sidetracked by everybody. I'm sick of the media, but I want the truth to come out about my coach." The "truth" that created the outcry last week was a nine- second tape made by three senior members of the basketball team, showing the three boys apologizing for embarrassing themselves and their community. Controversy prevailed when the tape was made public. On top of the video was a statement made by Gillam immediately following the team's loss to Avon Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 8, where the coach was quoted as saying "We totally embarrassed our basketball team, our school and our community." According to Gillam and his players, this was not the intent nor was it supposed to be humiliating to the players. "Several times last year the seniors went on TV at school thanking the community for their support whether we had won or lost" Gillam explained. "We had a good crowd at the Avon Lake game and the intent of the suggestion was to thank the crowd for their support Obviously I didn't make myself clear on the intent" "And that's my fault" the coach admitted. "I'm not trying to hide from my mistake." What has the coach, as well n the players, upset it die way that people outside what he calls the "basketball family" at the high school are interpreting the tape. "This is personal, in-family business," Gillam said. "And our badrrtball family inside has a solid idea of where I'm coining from. They know thn I have their best interest at heart" flaa .»» aj.1 aa. aa-— m m ■ "llaal ■ nn« a»aaa» .aaaUaafl rtamei sgrees tne coacn em not intend to riubaii'tn the lean snd he thinks that the teen's performance tint night was poor. "We had to apologize for playing so badly." he arid. "We played realty bad. Bat our coach meant no homilia- iion. He's an excdlen coach, he has turned oar progmn sr* ound. We weren't even a ba- feketbal torn before. Aad we have a lot of respect for "The outside CONTIMMDot
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-01-23|
|Date of Original||23-JAN-2002|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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