Amherst News-Times, 2002-10-09
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Girls tennis team undefeated — Page 8 Lady runners take SWC crown — Pr~~ Amherst News-Time <~> ►"• O O O t/5 X X r- 00 M M C tn o o 3 X C" < X M <r m m w r w -j ■ H H 3> O *»s 30 SE> *» H^ < O -^ m j> ® 1 WEDNESDAY, October 9, 2002 AMHERST, OHIO Ames out; new food business could move in with jobs, taxes by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter The closed Ames building on Cooper Foster Park Road may be vacant and lifeless now, but just give Clovervale Foods president Rick Cawrse a chance to turn it around. Cawrse has been in negotiations for the past two months to purchase the property for around one million dollars, he said. According to Cawrse, Clovervale Foods will relocate its 100-130 employee corporate offices and north- em operations to the old Ames building from its current Lorain facilities. The business chose to pursue the property acquisition because of its availability and because it will allow the company to expand. This is a building that fits us appropriately for now," Cawrse said. "We're a growing company, and we're on too tight a piece of real estate right now. The more I looked at the building, the more I realized its potential.'* According to mayor John Higgins, the city is excited to bring the new business into the area. The city zoning board of appeals backed his sentiments on Tuesday, Sept 24, when members voted 4-0 to allow food processing and distribution in the C-2 district where the property sits. "It's a gift from the gods." said Higgins. "Mr. Cawrse is a real business man and gentleman, and we're glad to have someone of his caliber in Amherst. "We've had meetings with Mr. Cawrse and discussions on what his needs were, and I think we managed to satisfy all of them,*' he said. According lo the mayor, the city granted Clovervale Foods the required variance to operate an industrial business in the proposed zone, and also offered assistance from the building department and electrical price estimates, which will be greatly reduced compared to Lorain rates. According to Higgins and city treasurer Kathy Litkovitz, the relocation of Clovervale to Amherst will also net the city an estimated $50,000 per year in tax revenues. Cawrse also said the city will benefit from his company's growth, which will mean more job openings available to Amherst residents. "With the expansion, I'd look to grow the business and have more employees," he said, although he emphasized that at this time, he doesn't know how many. Any additional workers that Clovervale eventually hires will have a hand in producing the pre- plated meals that the company ships to schools, hospitals, and prisons nationwide, including buyers in the Cleveland and Toledo markets. Clovervale also produces and. ships sandwiches, cookies, ice cream, and other frozen treats. The business was originally called East Side Dairy before becoming Clovervale* Creamery. According to Cawrse, his family got out of the dairy business around 1970 and established the company's present incarnation, Clovervale Foods. Moving from the location in Lorain where his family has run the business for 56 years will be difficult, said Cawrse, who is an equal CONTINUED on page 5 Courtly Comets Football team members pile on their float, while Homecoming king and queen (below, left) Todd Cocco and Jennifer Guerrieri are crowned. Treasurer announces candidacy by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen of AmhersL The mayoral campaign season officially began last week with the announcement that city treasurer Kathy Litkovitz will seek election. Although primaries aren't until May, candidates are already constructing their platforms and building their support structures. "I have been thinking about running for mayor for quite some time, and with the overwhelming number of individuals, businesses, and encouragement, I know that it is now the right time for the city and the right time for me," Litkovitz said in a press release this week. "I believe the city is si a cross roads right now, and needs someone who is responsible and accessible to resolve the many ongoing and future issues that Amherst faces," she wrote. Litkovitz, who served as a city councilmember bom 1980-1985 and has been city treasurer for the past 13 years, said she decided to run for office after hearing rumors that she had already declared her candidacy. "I've always had the idea in the back of my mind," she said, adding that she was approached about running during the past three mayoral elections. » "I have had really strong feelings, but always let hesitation stop me before," she said. "When running, you have to think about whether you can do it, and whether you want to do it If you can answer 'yes' to both, that's a good start." Although her political platform has not yet been fully developed, Litkovitz indicated that economic issues would be in the forefront of her campaign. "'I've always looked for ways to do things more efficiently and economically," she said. "We knew yean ago that Nordson was downsizing. We saw it coming. The economy is not going to turn around this year. It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. We should be beating the drum to get businesses in here," she said. In the primaries, Litkovitz will be running against Democratic incumbent John Higgins, who is in his seventh year as mayor. "My policy has always been to campaign for the office and not against an opponent," Litkovitz ~****w -» ^B *** mST **! • % v i •****££ 1 Kathy Litkovitz -John Higgins High school, Amherst host four in student exchange Three students from Germany and one from Mexico are studying at Marlon L. Steele High School this year. They said that Amherit is a "nice neighborhood with nice people who help wah everything." From left to right, they are: Ricardo Gomez, Johannes Burger, Yvonne Zahr, and Oliver Bike. Four students at Marion L. Steele High School are-learning with a different perspective than the rest Johannes Burger, Oliver Euke, and Yvonne Zahr, all from Germany, and Ricardo Gomez from Mexico, are spending this school year in the United States. The four decided that they wanted to be exchange students for some of the same reasons: to learn the language, in learn about American culture, and most importantly, to have fun and make new friends. Yet the exchange students have nfrrtcftd t**%\ aome of lite preconceptions they fostered about to United States snd the Americans that live here aren't accurate. "I thought that people over here would have false morals, but I was wrong," said Johannes, who grew up in the city of Oberhausen and loves to play handbalL "Everyone thinks this is a land where you can do everything, but the school is stricter than in Germany," said Yvonne, who grew up ia Hanover and has played tennis since she was five years old The four also said that Americans have some bad habits. "I thought that all Americans ate a lot of net food." said Oliver, who lives ia Mhsabetg ia eastern Germany and plays the trombone. "I have to confess that it's true." But despite their criticism, they admit that their favorite tetfood restaurants are Burger King. Denny's, Hot Dog Heaven, Dunkia' Donuts, and Wendy's. The students also pointed out that Americans go everywhere by car, causing a lot of pollution. But they also said that there are many good things about Americans. "They make everything easy snd always have an easy solution," said Ricardo, who lives in Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico, and has played soccer since he was three yean old "Americans go the straight way CONTINUED on page 3 Decorate pumpkins for library A pumpkin decorating contest is being held by the Amherst Public Library, for Halloween buffs of all ages. Anyone, aged four to 100 and beyond is invited to enter the contest. Age groups for judging will be for 4-8 years old; 9-12 years old; 13-64 years old; and 65 years and older. Decorated pumpkins may be brought to the library starting Tuesday, Oct 22. All pumpkins must be at the library by 5 pjn. on Saturday, Oct 26, to be included in the judging, which will be held Sunday, Oct 27, with awards given at 2 p.m. All pumpkins will be on view before the Amherst Halloween parade. Parade registration begins at 3 pjn. with costume judging at 4 p.m., and the parade at 4:30 p.m. Pumpkin contest categories include best use of recycled items, scariest pumpkin, funniest pumpkin, and most creative entry. The rales am as follows: one entry per individual (no group entries), any material may be used for decorating, and judging will be baaed on originality and creativity for each age group. Participants should register their pumpkins at the library reference desk. A limited number of coupons are available at the children's desk to CONTINUED on page It •.^ssaTmts. I **W^
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-10-09|
|Date of Original||09-OCT-2002|
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