Amherst News-Times, 2002-10-02
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*., I Key West couple honor others — Page 12 Homecoming parade planned Pc Amherst News-Time o i-* o o o tc X X r- CO M M c o-i o o X X CO < X r-l cr m »-i CO I- V) 09 3 H P-* 3> O -^ XI 09 X> M N) < O -^. I» 09 LO r> WFDNIiSDAY, October 2, 20(12 AMHIRST, OHIO o X a WWII vet gets his diploma final Amherst school board president Sandy Freedman presents World War II veteran Paul Mannion with a high school diploma at the Sept. 24 school board meeting. The presentation came as the result of a law passed last year by the Ohio General Assembly allowing veterans who had left high school to serve in the military during World War II to receive their diplomas. Mannion served in the 4th Signal Battalion during the war, and was honorably discharged June 30,1946, having attained the rank of private first class. Paul Mannion, 76, finally graduated from high school. The Amherst school board awarded Mannion an honorary diploma last Tuesday night at a special ceremony. Mannion applied to receive his diploma under the provisions of the state legislature's House Bill 77, passed in 2001, which allows boards of education to award diplomas to any World War II veteran who served the United States between Sept 16, 1940 and Dec. 31. 1946. Service personnel who qualify left school during the war effort to serve in the military, and were honorably discharged. Although Private First Class Mannion originally signed up to be an Army cook, he found himself on the front lines of the European Theater in Germany as a rifleman. He served from 1944 to 1946 before returning home. "I always liked the idea of getting my diploma," he said. "I even tried it once during the war. I wrote a letter and called to get my credits. I was going to finish up school while I was still in the Army, but I never got a reply back from the school." But Mannion didn't have time to get his diploma when he returned to the U.S. He entered the job force right away, working as a machinist at Bendix, Inc., in Elyria for 33 years before the business moved out of the area. He then served for 10 years as a security guard at Lorain Products. He was also a volunteer firefighter for 25 years. Marmion's daughter, Polly Bratton of Wellington, was on hand at the occasion with other family members to celebrate. "It meant the world to him. He was so proud and emotional," she said of her father. "He said he thought he would never get to receive his diploma, but he was finally honored." But that's not the end of it for Paul Mannion. "People are sending him graduation cards, and of course, everyone is teasing him about going on to college," said Bratton. ii J LASER pointing r at firm by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter A watchdog group called Legal and Safety Employer Research, Inc., (LASER) voiced concerns last week in a letter to Amherst school superintendent Bob Boynton over the hiring of an electrical contractor for school projects. "In an effort to improve safety, productivity and honesty in the construction industry, LASER has started a research program involving R J. Martin Electrical Contracting," wrote LASER president James L. Wilson. According to the letter, LASER members are concerned that RJ. Martin Electrical may be providing services in the new high school and junior high facilities currently under construction. "You should not utilize the services of contractors such as RJ. Martin Electrical that have a history of violating local, state, and federal laws," wrote Wilson. "RJ. Martin Electrical also has a history of safety problems, inexperienced workers, and accidents," "You should exercise added scrutiny of RJ. Martin Electrical's quality of work and safety practices while on your property," he wrote. LASER publications reported 23 OSHA violations by the contractor, including IS serious violations, for a total of $14300 in fines. Charges mate by LASER against RJ. Martin Electrical include life-threatening practice on multiple jobs, unsafe electrical wiring methods, designs and protections, and inadequate mining and work practices. Over a six-year period. LASER reports RJ. Martin Electrical committed serious violations in Rocky River, Bedford, Aurora, Brunswick. Mentor, and Macedonia. LASER also accused RJ. Martin of m attaints that ftntfif the failure of the national air traffic controller system over five stales. The air traffic controller system over five Midwestern stales waa left with blank radar screens for seven minutes, after an RJ. Martin Electrical ernpj«p mistakenly cut off It's easier on the hardwood Tim Faunt of Amherst, a carpentry student at the Lorain County pick up a ban and drop it Into a barrel. Other events in the competi- Joint Vocational School, tries his hand at basketball in a backhoe tton included driving nails, soldering copper pipe, and sawing a 4x4 during the Lorain County Building Industries Association competi- post with a crosscut saw. tion last week. The object of this event was to use the backhoe to City may prosper with CIC guidance by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter When the city needs it the most, mayor John Higgins is working to bring some economic prosperity to AmhersL With the help of consulting firm Poggemeyer Design Group, the mayor is planning to institute a community improvement corporation to seek out developers and investors and bring new revenue and jobs into the community. The project is currently in the information gathering and planning stage, but Higgins expects his proposal to be ratified by city council within the next two months. Higgins, who began researching a CIC formation last year, said that because of priorities, it wasn't developed as a full-blown pursuit until about a month ago. "The purpose of the corporation would be to improve the economic future of the city, including eventual CONTINUED on page 16 Girl Scouts here make bicentennial effort at learning Local Girl Scouts from throughout Lorain County turned out Saturday morning to have their picture taken in front of the Lorain County Bicentennial Bam located on RL 58 in Amherst Township. Following the picture-taking, Amherst scouts of the Sandstone Service Unit went to the former Post Office building in downtown to complete the requireinents to earn their Bicentennial patch. Six Ttatrrmt were set up al the Post Office which were visited by half the giris, while the other half participated in a waking tour of Amherst, looking for historical sites, io earn their Hometown blue triangles of the flag represent Ihe hills and valleys, the stars represent the 13 colonies of the union with Ohio becoming the 17th state. The white circle on the flag stands for the Northwest Territory; the red circle forms the "O" in Onto, the Buckeye stale, and the white "O" is for the rands and waterways. After learning all the details, the scouts made a state flag. The second station had the girls making handprints, which will be sewn together by Gloria Dodson's Senior Troop #855. and made into troop quilts. At the third station, scouts The first station was all about the as the Wright brothers. Neal Aims- Ohio flag, or Burgee, which has an trooft. John Glow, Bob Hope, Paul original swallow tailed design, lie CONTINUED on pone 11 Hunt*k^<*«<sn18ooutotom am County Q*ht*rnd 8tttwdty at tl»BkT*-ri**tiv Bnm on Rt.58 for a photo. I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-10-02|
|Date of Original||02-OCT-2002|
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