Amherst News-Times, 1997-07-16
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I Area girl wins pageant title — Page 5 Top crooner wins quartet test — Paqe 2 ^~- ■ I _! D U) Amherst News-Time Wednesday, July 16. 1997 Amherst, Ohio o o O UO x X r- 00 y-t m er cn 0 0 3 x CO C I H c m M <S> r- Ul 3 -( » O 33 3> M < O c- O n Ham in the family? Kids to compete for commerical, scholarship cash by KATHLEEN KOSHAR News-Times editor If you're a little ham, you could win a college scholarship worth $20,000, all for the price of a song. Youngsters from three to 12 who think they've got some talent arc eligible lo try out in front of the cameras tomorrow (Thursday, July 17) morning for a chance at a nationwide com mercial for Oscar Mayer hot- dogs or bologna. This is the third year in a row that the company's patented Wiencrmobilc will be canvassing the countryside in a talent search for the perfect hot dog willing to ham it up in front of the cameras. The Wiencrmobilc will be at the Rini Rcgo store on Krcsge Drive from 9 a.m. to noon. Matthew Drane of Bozell Public Relations said the atmo sphere will be casual. A section of the store's parking lot will be roped off and the first 150 kids, three to 12, who arrive on the scene will be able to sign up for the audition. Parents must accompany all youngsters to the audition in order to sign a form in case the child happens to win. Each youngster will be asked to sing the "Bologna Song" or the "Wiener Jingle" that are so often heard on national televi ew i r^ -1 < sion commercials Drane said kid; ever talents they their chances of Last year's winner sang an style rendition songs. In the past, he said, kids have played the accordion, sung in duels with friends or siblings, or performed with their twin. Each performance will be vid- CONTINUED on page 2 No money means business trouble for local chamber Legal decision plagues efforts The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is suffering financially and is essentially on a standby mode, hoping the city will approve an upcoming service contract that will allow the chamber to continue to provide support for Amhersl businesses and citizens. According to chamber president Judy Dworkin, the financial problems stem from a legal opinion rendered by city law director Alan Anderson, who has ruled that it is illegal under Ohio law for the city to use public funds to pay for private enterprise. "Amherst is not a charter city and since it has a statutory government it has different rules to follow," Dworkin explained. "The law director has ruled lhat the city may not spend any money on economic development other than through the state agency established for that purpose, and that is where (he conflict arises." Since chamber members are area businesses, it is considered a private enterprise by Anderson. Mayor John Higgins describes the current status of the chamber as "inactive," and agrees that if Anderson had nol ruled it illegal for the city lo contribute money to the chamber, ihc city would have continued to support it financially. He added that the S4.000 given to the chamber by the city late last year has already been used to pay bills. The $4,000 was approved by the cily prior to Anderson's legal opinion, and Dworkin said al ihc time the chamber had also been expecting to receive $19,(XX) from the cily this year. "One thing is that we have severe financial problems right now," said Dworkin. "In the past we have had to put so much energy into keeping il (the chamber) open. Wc would like to gel beyond lhat and concentrate on benefiting the community." Bul ihc chamber is not giving up and is currently drafting a proposal CONTINUED on page 2 Big buy PJaaty-aLjpeople turned out to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastwtJftlre Jamboree over the weekend, including this woman who considers purchasing a rubberband gun. The purveyor insists it is the perfect husband turn to Pages 6-7. (Photos motivator. For more Jamboree photos, by Diana Hougland) Winner Judy Alexander Mayor John Higgins digs into a big hat filled with "House of Fame" entries as he draws the name of $1,000 Early Bird contest winner Judy Alexander. With Higgins are (from left) Dave Moore and Jennifer and Bob Perritt of the Amherst Childrens' Basball Foundation. Woman is first winner in ballfield fundraiser by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Judy Alexander said "Give me the money" July 5 when given a choice between $1,000 or a trip to the Bahamas. Alexander, the media coordinator for the Amherst schools, was the winner of an Early Bird drawing created by the Amhersl Children's Baseball Foundation to raise funds for Ute construction of additional baseball diamonds. Alexander chose the money because she was unsure if she could take the vacation before the Christmas deadline. Besides, she can always use the money for something else. On presenting her a check, David Moore, one of the founders of the non-profit foundation, jokingly reminded Alexander she could always buy more tickets for the House of Fame raffle. The big prize is a new $228,000 condominium in Birmingham or $180,000 in cash to be given away Sept. 7. If everything goes as planned, the federation hopes to help the Amherst Athletic Association build additional baseball facilities. Initially, money will be used lo add four diamonds, a concession stand and other facilities to those that now exist at Harris Elementary School. The tickets cost $125; there are 4,300 tickets available for salc until the drawing. If all the tickets are sold, the grand prize will be the condo or cash. But more fundraising projects are in the works in order to pay for more baseball facilities in the future. "We are trying to generate enough excitement through this so we can make this a 10-year project or until we get enough funds lo develop what we want," Moore said. The foundation eventually wants to buy 50 to 60 acres in the Amhersl area on which to build eight to 12 baseball diamonds and a possible indoor facility large enough for winter baseball. "It wouldn't be strictly used for baseball because you could have sports like gymnastics, tennis or whatever," he explained. Alexander is still eligible for the condo as will be the winner of another drawing lo be held in mid-August That drawing still is in the planning stages and may involve a giveaway, according to foundation president Bob Perriu. "We're looking at tying it in with baseball, like maybe an Indians getaway weekend," he explained. The goal is to provide Amherst area children with first class facilities on which to play baseball and other sports, Perritt said. If not enough House of Fame tickets are sold, the raffle will become a 50/50 drawing, wilh half going to the federation's baseball projects. But Moore and Perritt don't think that's likely to happen because the raffle ticket sales are better than expected. Moore sold 10 tickets alone on July 5 and a steady flow of contestants have been coming to Crystal Mortgage and the seven other sponsoring businesses. They are the American Sign Shop, Cohen & Co. and Turton & Co. Advertising and Marketing in Elyria; Bayside Title Co., Spiegleberg Insurance and Estate Planning and Bert R. Wine, Inc. in Amherst. The 2,100 square-foot grand prize is located at The Villas of Whispering Winds in Birmingham, aboul six miles south of Vermilion. Interested area residents wanting to become involved in the foundation's fundraising efforts can call it at 985-1015, Perriu at 984-2867 or Moore at 985-2290. . 4»MHM|
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-07-16|
|Date of Original||16-JUL-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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