Amherst News-Times, 1997-08-13
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' vyMr*#> »i-#sr»s*i"**. Lab tech is martial artist, too — Page 3 No contest for girl rider — Par Amherst News-Time < Wednesday, August 13, 1997 ~ -II Amherst, Ohio Bells ring from church tower again St. Joe's members finance project ate-msa by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter For die first time in 27 years, the bells of St. Joseph Catholic Church rang out on Sunday thanks lo the dedication of dozens of parishioners. Until last week, the church had the bells but people were not able to hear them chime. They couldn't. The bells — one 136 years old and another 137 years old — were stored away on church grounds waiting for completion of a 30-foot bell tower. Started in mid June, the tower was completed in early July after nearly 300 parishioners donated money to help build the tower on the west side of the church, according to church maintenance man Don Somogyi. The tower cost between S 15,000 and $20,000 to build and originally was going to be located on the east side of the church. It was moved to the opposite side after church officials learned it would have been built directly over a sewer, Somogyi said. Embedded, in near the bottom of the tower is the original church cornerstone, laid in 1865. The names of about 50 donors are carved into red brinks surrounding the comer- stone. About 250 more will be placed around its base and the church, according to Somogyi. All that remained was finding a way to raise the two historic bells lo their place in the free-standing tower. That's where the city came in. The electric department donated use of one of its line crews and crane-equipped trucks to place a large 1891 and a smaller 1892 bell into the tower, one below the other. Pending completion of electrical hookups, a timer will make them chime daily at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. "It's been a long time since people have heard them," said Pat Malley. "They'll be music to the ears of people, a welcome start and end of the day." Malley has been an usher al the church for 58 years, long before it was moved from Tcnny Avenue to just north of Cleveland Avenue. The old church on Tenney was sold and used by other denominations for several years. It was demolished last I "i mm iNchard Smith inspects one of two historic A. Joseph Catholic Church. The bells will ring '■His installed in a newly-built bell tower next to ,nr the first time in 27 years. spring to make way for an expanded parking lot for the Amhersl Public Library, according to Malley. For nearly 15 years, parishioners worshiped in the St. Joseph school gym until the new church was completed in 1970. Over the years, the bells were stored in several places. They were last rung in the old church in 1955, he added. The bell tower was constructed by Amherst resident Jay Cobb and a friend; both men quit their jobs with a Cleveland area contractor to build it. Cobb had a good reason to quit. His late grandfather, Howard Jay Cobb Jr., was one of the bricklayers who built the church aboul. Cobb could not be reached for commeni, but according »o his mother, Elaine Hall, he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather. "He usually works way on the east side of Cleveland, but this had special meaning for him," she explained. "It gave him a chance to work where his grandfather did and a chance to come back home to work." Players to m; 50th anniven by staging some favorite shows The Workshop Players, Inc., a local theatrical troupe, will make its 50th anniversary this season of producing community theatre. To commemorate the event, the Players will present six favorite shows from the first 50 years of performances. Audience members can now order their season tickets for $37.50, which represents a savings of $7.50 for six tickets. They can be used as individual tickets to the six productions or any combination of up to six tickets throughout the season. Season tickets are available through Nov. 23. There are also special group rales available for groups of 20 or more or clubs may also buy a night at the theatre — 100 seats — for a fundraiser or special program. All tickets are available through the box office at 988-5613. Season ticket subscribers who see all six shows are also eligible for judging the annual season awards which will be presented during an awards banquet, in August, 1998. Those who would like to provide additional support to the theatre in the form of a donation can do so in the following categories: Bronze star for gifts of $10 to $49; silver star for gifts of $50 to $99; gold star for gifts of $100 to $249; or platinum star for gifts of $250 or more. Patron names will be printed in a list in each show program and patrons will receive a letter of receipt for tax purposes. This year's production schedule includes the following: • "Cheaper by the Dozen," by Christopher Serquel, Sept. 11-28. Originally directed by Valerie Jenkins in February, 1956, "Cheaper by the Dozen" is the autobiographical story of the Gilbreth family. Dad is an efficiency expert who uses his career expertise to teach his wife and 12 children the value of saving time. Director for the 1997 version will be Teresa Jenkins. • "Cotton Patch Gospel," by Russell Treyz and Tom Key with music by Harry Chapin, Nov. 6-23. Also directed by Valerie Jenkins, with John Russell as music director, "Cotton Patch Gospel" was presented in November and December of 1988 with a reprisal in March of 1990. Audience members may remember the country music songs in this story of the Gospel of Matthew as it might be if it had taken place in Georgia. This production will be directed by Wade Hubbard, with Bev Sperry as music director. • "The Lion in Winter," by James Goldman, Jan. 29-Feb. 15. First produced at Workshop in February of 1970 and directed by Evelyn Witham, "The Lion in Winter" is the story of how the fiery relationship between King Henry II of England and his queen, Eleanor Aquitaine, is dissected as they plot, love, cheat, connive and try to polit- Thespians needed for November Workshop Players have announced auditions for the second show of its gala 50lh season, "Cotton Patch Gospel," by Russ Treyz and Tom Key, with music by Harry Chapin. Director Wade Hubbard and musical director Bev Sperry need four men and four women of any age. Also needed arc a guitar player and a banjo player, or two. Those interested should come with a prepared piece and dressed to move. Auditions will be held at the theater, located on Middle Ridge Road, between Rts. 2 and 58, on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 2-5 p.m. Production dates are Nov. 6-23. For further information, call the director at 988-8768. ically devour each other. Sweetened with comic moments, "Lion in Winter" is a powerful drama of fierce ambition and family honor. Dave Colton will direct this reprisal. ' "Critic's Choice," by Ira Levin, March 19-April 5. Francis McDonough first directed this show in November of 1963. What happens when a drama critic's wife writes a play? Problems abound with the first wife, the son and the wife's understanding director. Caron Kelley will direct this comedy. • "Love Rides the Rails or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight," by Morland Cary, May 28-June 14. Valerie Jenkins first directed this show for Workshop in August of 1950 and again in April of 1971 with a reprisal in January of 1972. This is an old-fashioned melodrama featuring the villainous Simon Darkway, the beauteous Prudence Hopewell, the gallant Truman Pen- dennis and many other characters. Director this time around will be Bill Reising. • "Our Town," by Thorton Wilder, July 9-July 26. Another classic directed by Valerie Jenkins, "Our Town" was first produced at Workshop in November, 1969. The play is set in Gravers Corners in the early 1900s and as the stage manager tells the audience, is the "way we were in our growing up and in our marrying and in our doctoring and in our living and in our dying." Chas Deremer will direct this version. Former MLS basketball star to shine in Malta by KATHLEEN KOSHAR News-Times editor A former Marion L. Steele High School basketball star is packing her bags for a stint with a professional women's team on the Island of Malta. Shcri Horvath, 23, once a star player for the Lady Comets, is going lo be a star on the courts of the Malta Basketball Association, and throughout Europe. Horvath was a Comet standout, graduating in 1992, and still holds some school records for scoring and rebounding. While here, she was Miss Basketball Lorain County and First Team All- Ohio, as well as all-county and all-district as well as conference Player of ihe Year. And al Robert Morris College in Pennsylvania, where she studied communications on a basketball scholarship, Horvath continued to score points and honors. There she was the team captain, most valuable player, First Team All-Conference in the Northeast Conference and the conference's leading scorer. Not too shabby for a hometown girl who hoped lo one day play professional women's basketball. Now, she's goi her chance. About two weeks ago, Horvath said she got a call from EuroSport Enterprises, a Montreal agency which recruits American players lo play in the European women's leagues, once the only place lor women to continue basketball careers following college. She had hooked up with the Canadian agency in hopes of hearing of an opening one day. Last April, she heard there was a chance for an opening on the Malta team for a forward. When she got the call, Horvath said she "about fell over in my chair." Until last week, she was living in Vermilion and keeping her skills in shape in case (he call came. While a college student, there had been plenty of interest from stouts and she held out hope that she would be getting the nod eventually. Horvath had only nine days from the day she got the call from her agent that her services were needed in Malta. She quit her job and was able to talk with the team's general manager by phone only once. She had already researched the country on the Internet when she heard of the opening, learning it is an island nation, about 120 square miles in size, located 60 miles south of Sicily. It is also where die wealthy of Europe often go to vacation; she has no re-'- grets aboul being picked up\ by a country that caters to vacationers and loves its women's basketball. She'll be a member of ihe Pembrookc Basketball Club and play against teams from throughout Europe, giving her the chance to travel. The club manager told her residents on the Island speak Maltese as well as English. "We're furnished with a place to live so I'll probably bo' living with a teammate," she explained. Horvath was scheduled to CONTINUED on page 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-08-13|
|Date of Original||13-AUG-1997|
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