Amherst News-Times, 2002-02-13
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I Reserve bowlers take over top spot — Page 7 I Comets win two SWC titles Ps Amherst News-Time* ~~ o I o N o o O laO X I — OD M H c yi o o X ~ < X M c rn h </> i- </> m ■ H M > O *v» 30 • » H N) < O^s. m 2> 9 r- co VIDNISDAY. FEBRUARY 13, 2002 AMHI-RST, OHIO Parents relieved to see son by AMY PERSINGER Naws-Times reporter After leaving for the Middle East just 10 days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an Amherst native is glad to be i back home and reunited with his family. Marion L. Steele High School graduate, Airman 1st Class Jake Kucbel, 22, can't say much about • where his unit, the a\ir Force's 99th Reconnaissance Squadron based at Beale Air Force Base in California, has been these past weeks. But he did tell his father he'd seen enough sand. Kucbel arrived in Cleveland a week ago Monday to a crowd of family members anxious for his return. His mother, Carolyn Kucbel, had the family's yard decorated with dozens of flags and statues of Uncle Sam. It is clear that this family is not only glad to have their son home safely, for a few weeks, but they are also proud of who he is and what he does. Kucbel isn't the first military man in his family. Kucbel's father, Jim Kucbel, rattled off the wars and military branches represented by their family while standing in their home on Cobblestone Drive, a home that Carolyn has filled with patriotic paraphernalia. Kucbel's grandfather was in the Army, he has an uncle that served in Marine Corps in Desert Storm, another in the .Army during Vietnam, and a third that served in the Navy on board the USS Eisenhower. Kucbel has been in the U.S. Air Force for two and a half years. He took his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, and his advanced training at Shcppard Air Force Base, both in Texas. He is an electrical flight systems specialist for the U-2 spy plane with the 99th. "Specialists are on hand to fix any problem at every launch and every recovery," Kucbel said. As opposed to working in a shop on instruments that mechanics have already removed from the aircraft, the specialists in Kucbel's unit go out to the ramp and fix any problems the aircraft is having to gel it ready for a mission. CONTINUED on page 2 Jake Kucbel i ■ I I i I! Funny Valentines? You bet, for 54 years Love at first sight lasts a lifetime... by DIANA HOUGLAND N-T sports reporter Joe and Corkey Godfrey are a little like yin and yang, and a little like oil and water. But for more than half a century, they have been each other's Valentine. Many years ago, a young, handsome Naval aviator swept the beautiful hospital corpsman off her feet, and ever since, the Amherst couple have been like two peas in a pod. Now, after 54 years of wedded Miss, the husband and wife are still as love-struck with each other as they were back in 1947. Both were stationed in Pensi- cola, Fla. Joe was 24, and Corkey was only 22. For him, it was love at first sight, but for her, well, she wasn't too sure. "I was in the rec room of the cadet barracks," Joe bragged. "I saw Corkey and her friend walking across the street and I made a smart remark. I told my friend 'I'm gonna marry that blonde.'" , But it was another six weeks [before Joe got to actually meet [his future bride. His friend, Bar- nie Bliefus, knew Corkey's friend, Verna Dailey, and set up a double date for the foursome. Was it love at first sight? "Yep,'* Joe answered. "I guess it must have been," Corkey admitted. "I didn't know at first because I had decided I was gonna be an old maid. But he swept mc off my feet" The couple went out for the first tone on Aug. IS, 1947, which just happened to be Joe's birthday. They were engaged, on Sept. 6,1947, and married on Nov. 27, of the same year. Back then, once a woman in the service was married, her enlistment was terminated. So, after the November wedding, Corkey was discharged on Dec. 2, followed her young husband to Jacksonville, and the rest is history. "I've been with him ever since," she said fondly. "All over the United States and Japan." The couple started a family, two boys, and eventually, they came back to Corkey's hometown, Amherst. Joe retired from the NaYy in 1963, went to Kent State to get his degree in education, and began teaching in the Midview school district, as well as coaching football at the junior high. After giving up teaching, Joe went lo work at Ford where he retired in 1974. Corkey raised their children while working at Amherst Hospital as a practical nurse before working at Bendix in Elyria. Then she began to drive a school bus from 1965 to 1970. She was also a cheerleading advisor at Marion L. Steele, and is currently the new bowling coach at the high school. When asked if there was a secret to a long, successful marriage, Joe quickly spoke up. "I know the secret," he said. "Never sleep alone." And even after 54 years of marriage, Joe still surprises his wife every once in a while. He recently sent her 54 red roses on their anniversary, and just two years ago he started sending her flowers on the first day of each month. "I don't know why I did it," he shrugged. "I just did." "I know why," Corkey offered. "Because you love me." "I thought she was rich and After 54 years of marriage, Corkey and Joe Godfrey can start and finish each other's sentences. They also enjoy each other's company as much as they did back in 1947. Above, the two pose for wedding pictures along with their attendents, Verna Dailey and Barnie Bliefus. Bliefus knew Dailey, so he set the Godfreys up, proving he was the best man for the job. Left, Joe and Corkey enjoy a laugh in their living room in Amherst. Both retired, Corkey spends her time bowling and coaching while Joe goes along to cheer for his wife and her teams. had a lot of money," he said jokingly. "But I was wrong. She's a great wife, though.' Man wants promises fulfilled by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter The one man with the answers to the questions coun- cilmembers are asking isn't around to answer them. Joe Gambish said that Greg Balbierz told him that he'd be die first businessman in Amhem to use the downtown coordinator to receive grant money for part of the renovation of the former Dunfee's on Church Street Now, Gambish is asking the city to nuke good on Balbieiz's failed promises. Gambish had been looking for • tavern to purchase downtown for some time when he bought the property on Church Street. He wanted to give it a new look, one that fit the atmosphere he was trying to convey. He hoped a new image would attract more people to the new Joe's Brewhouse. Gambish could have left the bar as it was and would have been able to open for business right away. But because the bar had withstood many renovations over the years and the front was closed up, he wanted to take the opportunity to work on it before he opened. He wanted to open up the front, add windows, make it Jtewer. He said he went to mayor John Higgins to discuss a grant program he'd heard about and the mayor referred him to Balbierz. That's about the time the facts get hazy. Balbierz was relieved of his responsibilities for the city early last summer, snd inspection of his vacated office made it clear that he was not organized, nor did he keep adequate records, according to city officials. The Design Review Board was also becoming involved with Gambish's renovation at this time. Judy Rucknagel of Ihe review board said that Gambish told them that he didn't want any grant money. Gambish says that is partly true. He said he told them he didn't want the grant money for the facade renovation, which he was trying to get the review board to approve. a-Vgain, the facts are nearly unverifiabfc since the review board, a government entity, claims they weren't taking minutes of their meetings at that time. The did have some very scant notes of one of their meetings with Gambish. Gambish said he was frustrated at first with the runar- ound he felt like he was getting from the review board. He bad been granted building permits and he felt his design CONTINUED on Democratic Party to fill council seat After serving the city of .Amherst for 10 years, holding the seat for the 4th Ward and an at-large seat, David Kukucka resigned his position on city council. At a regular council meeting Kukucka told councilmembers that he'd recently been hired for a job that required him to travel to North Carolina during the week, therefore he wouldn't he able to perform his duties on council. Council voted to accept his resignation and appoint Nancy Brown President Pro-Tern in his place. That was the last meeting mat Kukucka attflndfd. Many members of council expressed their sadness at seeing Kukucka go. Mayor John Htfgias thanked Kukucka for Ms wot m behalf of the city and praised Ku- kucka's open-mindedness. Now that council is short a member the Democratic Party precinct president, former mayor John Jaworski, has 45 days from when he leans of the opening to appoint a replacement Council clerk Olga SivinaU said she sent a letter to the Bond of Elections advising them of the opening on Amherst's council. Council president John Dietrich said people interested in dm council portion sent letters of interest to Jsworrfri and his committee will ant through them, interview dm candidates snd The replaoouMat wil serve <ai the raurinder of Kukucfca's
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-02-13|
|Date of Original||13-FEB-2002|
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