Amherst News-Times, 2002-05-15
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m m +* *9 Blacksmith fair this weekend — Page 2 Pop show tickets limited — Pag Amherst News-Time o *- ot T O kc X X e cr, o o .I » < as m C m M aaaafl W r- !/> <£. 3C ~f w * m fj < P ~ & <S> ^~ CO C/) o W I DM S1)-\Y. M.t\ IS. 2 AMUIRSI, OHIO Raw sewage leaks plague residea 00 by PAUL MORTON A PL pla set Sh< Jot wh vol chf Associate editor A neighborhood composed of streets in Amherst and Amherst township has been declared a public health nuisance, but only because city, township, and county officials want to do something about it. Ken Pearce, commissioner of the Lorain County General Health District, said the county health board declared Broadway and Taylor streets in Amherst Township and Henry and Hall street in Amherst city to be a public health nuisance due to failed septic systems in the area. He said the declaration, also known as a resolution of necessity, opens the way to provide sewers to the area. 'The township trustees said if it was declared a public nuisance, they could apply for funding for sewers," Pearce said. "This more or less set in motion an official process to get that ball rolling." That official process is outlined in a letter, signed by Lorain County sa nitary engineer Ken Carney, Amherst mayor John Higgins, and Amherst Township trustee Neil Lynch, dated May 10. The resolution of necessity will be forwarded to the county commissioners with a request from the health department to direct Carney to solicit engineering plans for sewers. Pearce said the need for sewers arises from the fact that the homes in the neighborhood are 30 or more years old. He said the septic systems for those homes are inadequately sized by today's standards. "Forty or 50 years ago we used less water in homes, and these were probably supplied by well water," Pearce said. "Then along comes city water, and people are using more, but they still have these small septic tanks and leach fields that can't handle that volume." He said the clay soil in the area also has a very slow percolation rate, the rate at which waste water is absorbed into the ground. As a result, raw sewage frequently surfaces and goes into roadside drainage CONTINUED on page 2 Community learning Harris school 2nd graders pose, at left and above, during a presentation by a Junior Achievement volunteer about communities. They created their own community newspaper. Champ relaxes after final round in spelling bee • The jury began hearing les timony last week in a gruesome case involving the alleged abuse of teenaged and younger girls in AmhersL It's been 11 months since the Amherst Township man accused of sexually abusing girls in his home and office was arrested and, the girls, some of whom are adults now, finally told Common Pleas Judge Kosma Glavas last week what allegedly happened to them at Richard Armstrong's hands. Armstrong has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to U counts of rape, six counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance and one count each of attempted rape and gross sexual imposition. Armstrong's attorney, James Burge, has not denied that Armstrong committed any of the acts he's been accused of, only that he did not know the difference between right and wrong, the legal definition of insanity. Assistant prosecutor An- ; thony Cillo said that by denying the allegations when first questioned, Armstrong showed he knew it was wrong. He also said Armstrong covered the windows of his office while allegedly abusing the girls so no one would see, another indication, according lo Cillo, that Armstrong knew his actt were wrong. Cillo played videotape of the girls perforating the acta CONTINUED on page 3 Storms looming Terry Phillips of Walnut Drive in Amherst hur- the rains came, ries to finish mowing his lawn last week before There were some T-E-N-S-E moments during the county elementary schools spelling bee on Sunday, May 5. But Adam Mellen, a fifth grader at Shupe Middle School, found out how it feels to be a W-I-N-N-E-R after the final round. The event was held at Clearview High School were Division 1 students represented third and fourth grades, while Division 2 students were from the fifth and sixth grades. After facing battle with 37 competitors, Mellen became one of two finalists going neck and neck for the title. Andrew Carl, a sixth grader from South Amherst Middle School, and Mellen went back and forth spelling words such as "virtues," "galaxies," and "exclusive." When Carl misspelled "glacial," Mellen spelled it correctly and then also spelled "migrate" correctly to win first place in the county. When the spelling bee was over, the two boys discovered that they had both been busy over the weekend camping with their Boy New cop auxiliary on the street by AMY PERSINQER News-Time* reporter The Amhersl police department used its auxiliary officers for the first time last week when the two officers were able to join regular police on their shifts. Ken Bring and Rich Wolf graduated from the sheriff's auxiliary mining school held yearly at Lorain County Community College on April 30 after 112 hours of class time. The class lasted about three and a half months. Wolf said it was a serious commitment, but fun, toa Bring joined Patroltuan Mike Murphy la* Priday night and Wolf rode along with Patrolman Ron Brother- ton on Salurday night Both men indicated that they wore pleased with their responsibilities so far. Wolf waa a gunner's mate in die U.S. Navy on the USS Forestall He owns Rich's Autobody. He and his wife live in Brownhelm Township. He laid one of ihe reasons he wanted to be a part of Amherst's police department was because They're a good of people." urn iadkattd a lifc- lo be involved in polke wok. Wolf ami. he ririfarTi"* hjWV^MBUhfW _% WL%m^aaan\waaam9 al-W -aaaaa) Shan Patrol. Ihs Navy's ver- Both sion of Military Police. Bring, who works for Lakeland Enterprises in Sheffield Township, said he considered joining the volunteer fire department. He said he didn't because his real desire is with a police force. Both men were considering the sheriff's auxiliary since their children are grown when Amherst chief of police Lonnie Dillon approached them about starting an Amhent auxiliary. The two men joined ihe auxiliary fully outfitted and ready for work unce city council approved finds far auxiliary aatmben' startup " an qr- *e auxiliary. Amherst's auxiliary doesn't have a ret minimum for hours worked by volunteers and Wolf and Bring are working with the police department to find their niche. Right now Bring said he is trying to keep Friday nights open for his auxiliary work and he would like to add one more week night Bring said he is inoi oeraed whh how he could beat help the police "It's Bit* MM. TBI awM fat- Adam Mellen Scout troops at the Lorain County' Joint Vocational School, working on merit badges. Mellen is the son of Gordon and Susan Mellen of Amherst Carl is the son of Jim and Jill Carl of Birmingham. Tha third 'place winner. Josh White, son of Cindy Castro-White and Jeff White, is also a student at Shupe Middle School. Voters give fire levy thumbs up Amhent voters went to the polls last Tuesday to show their support far the Amhent Fire Department, and passed a one-mill, five-year replacement levy far the maintenance of fire apparatus. The levy, which paaaed 602 to 393. has provided Ihe fire department with about $180,000 a year in the past, according to fire chief Ralph Zilch. AH of the fends will be used to purchase equipment, repair or lain existSM enaipinent or The department recently ptar- chaaad a S37SJ0OO fire track a* M aaWaty taXwM the favy. Zilch I ■ the levy. Zikh aaM t has to save far M^; and tore h afcnt SaWW^piW UaW *am%war marmWmWW ma\%ftwm'l
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-05-15|
|Date of Original||15-MAY-2002|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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