Amherst News-Times, 1997-08-20
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Bus routes begin on Page 3 CC coach gives up his post — Page ; Amherst News-Times Wednesday, August 20, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Cops want more permanent locale for kids to learn safety's lessons by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter If it is up lo police, the children of Amherst will have a cily of ihcir own. The police department has launched an effort to make Amhersl a safe place for kids by building a permanent safety city where they can learn the rules of the road. Based on a concept created by patrolman Les Carrender, the department wants to build a Safety Cily immediately south of ihe police station on N. Lake Street. It will replace the 20-year-old Safety Town held two weeks every summer in the parking lot of Powers Elementary School on Washington Street. The collapsible buildings used at Powers will be replaced with permanent structures constructed to look like businesses that donate money for their construction. Each building will be four by four feel in dimension. Carrender began his money- raising efforts last week by seeking support from the Amherst Rotary Club. The Falbo Construction Co. in Amherst has agreed lo donate S500 worth of concrete and Carrender is hoping other businesses will follow suil. "Wc arc going big lime. Wc are irying lo gel enough people to back litis with a S500 or so donation," he explained. "It won't be lo scale, bui wc hope }o make this a small version of Amhersl." Preliminary plans call for a four- block area with streets, a working traffic light and even railroad tracks children will have lo drive over. The entire Safely City will be placed in a fenced in 100 by 70 foot concrete New staff members in school area. A pavilion where safety classes can be held also will be buill. The cost cannot be determined until Carrender, who also is the department's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer takes his plans lo an architect. So far, only rough plans have been sketched out on paper. Carrender has been considering ihe project for several months and hopes it will enable him lo add children to the safety program. This summer, several children had lo be turned away because the four classes were each filled with 39 children. The iwo-week program has momjng and afternoon classes for a total of 126 children. "Wc hate turning kids away, but we can only handle so many kids in each class. With this, maybe wc can go to ihrcc weeks," Carrender said. "The city is growing fast and we have more kids, so wc need a longer program for ihcm." A third week would enable Car- render and volunteers to teach an additional 78 children. He hopes to break ground on Safety City by Oct.l and finish in the spring so the 1998 program can be held next summer at the proposed facility. "We're a growing community, so I think we need a permanent facility," he said. "Some other cities like Lorain have this and it's been beneficial to them." Businesses interested in donating to the project should contract Car- render or dispatcher Teresa Anto- poulos at 988-4421. A donation account for the Safety Cily also has been established at Lorain National Bank. j district f Increased enrollment has added two additional leathering positions lo the school district, creating a total ol" 206 teachers. Based on district projections, aboul 3,700 students are expected lo bo enrolled when the district opens ihe 1997-98 school year on Thursday, Sept. 28. There will be many new faces in ihe classrooms, including new students and teachers as well. The list of new teachers this year includes the following: • Amy Kamnikar, an Ashland University graduate who will teach mathematics at Nord Junior High School. • Heather Zehel, a former Marion L. Steele High School student who will start her leaching career as a language arts teacher at Nord. She is a 1996 graduate of Baldwin- Wallace College in Berea. • Kalhryn DiFranco, who formerly taught at Firelands High School and Keystone High School, will leach family and consumer science al Nord. She is a graduate of Ashland University. • Julie Smith, who also graduated from Ashland University, will be a prc-school teacher at the special school for disabled children al ihe Rehabilitation Center of Lorain County. • Amy Modock, a 1997 graduate of Anderson University, will teach sixth grade at Shupe Middle School. She formerly was a substitute CONTINUED on page 3 Little charmer Angela Alessio, six, daughter of Kevin and Ca- on bell chimes in the childrens' playground at sey Alessio, of Vermilion, plays a summer song Maude Neiding Park. Goats small but big in competition by KATHLEEN KOSHAR News-Times editor If history repeals itsell during fair week, Greg Scighman won't be a happy camper. After four years of placing second in the showmanship competition with his pygmy goat, Frisky, he's hoping his luck will change and this fifth year of competition will be the sweetheart year. Scighman, 15, and his brother, Rob, 18, are no strangers to ihe Lorain County Fair circuit. They've shown a variety of animals at the fair in the past including ducks. But Seighman's pygmy has become his specialty; the goat has won some awards including ihe spate oI*second place showmanships and last year's Best Dressed Animal in the fair parade. Frisky donned a presidential theme for the event. And in 1993, Scighman took home a best duck award. Rob's pygmy, Tommy, hasn't fared so well in front of the judges, but thai has not deterred the older boy from entering ihe fair contests. The two goats, purchased from York Farms, were acquired when ihey were just months old as pan of a Firelands Farmers 4-H project. Sieghman will be a sophomore al Firelands High School this fall where he is a member of ihe FFA group. Despite their pygmy status, ihe goals weigh in somewhere between 50 and 60 pounds but Ihey are easy lo work wilh, Seighman noted. Ihe goats live in the Scighmans' backyard and have become neighborhood celebrities. Greg Seighman and Frisky. They often roam ihe backyard, like pets and enjoy each other's company as well. Last Friday, Seighman and his falhcr, Bobby, were preparing lo lake the family camper from CONTINUED on page 2 Speed bewar Resid< on loc by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Speeders beware. The Amherst Police Department is out to nab you if you are caught putting too much pedal to metal in some of the city's residential neighborhoods. Beginning last week, patrolmen armed with portable radar guns began standing in neighborhoods throughout the city in an attempt to catch speeders and motorists who fail to stop at stop signs. The crack down was prompted by a growing number of complaints to the police department, city council members, mayor John Higgins and safely service director Sherrill McLoda about heavy-footed motorists. The majority have come from parents who fear their children may be struck by drivers with an over aggressive foot. McLoda said the complaints have increased since the beginning of summer because of the increased presence of children playing in neighborhoods. Many arc reported between 4 and 6 p.m., the time when motorists are in a hurry to get home from work and often ignore speed limit and stop signs. According to McLoda and police chief William Hall, many complaints have come from residents living in the city's northeast section, particularly around Cherry Valley Drive. Few people adhere to the posted 25 mile per hour speed limit signs. Others do little more than tap their foot on the brake rather than coming to a complete stop at stop signs, Hall said. 'The stop signs are there for a reason. People have to think about what they expect when they are pedestrians," McLoda added. "If you have kids, it is kind of scary, down right dangerous." Several alternatives have been discussed at council meetings, including speed bumps and additional stop signs. McLoda, however, noted the city could be held liable if a motorist has an accident after striking a speed bump on a public street. In addition, state traffic laws prohibit the city from indiscriminately placing stop signs in an attempt to slow down traffic, a suggestion of several concerned residents. They only can be placed at street comers or intersections, she explained. Hall advised against parents trying to make a citizen's arrest because it could result in a motorist suing them. Instead, residents can help by writing down the license numbers of residential traffic violators and giving them to police. Although state law requires an officer see the violation, Hall said patrolmen will (jack down the motorist and inform them of complaints against their driving. "Just because we can't cite them, that doesn't mean we can't warn them and let them know we'll be watching," Hall said. Patrolmen will not permanently locate their radar in any one location and will continue their spot checks until complaints cease. They will reinstate them if there is a resurgence of complaints. Hall said. So far, no car-pedistrian accidents have been reported, although the danger exists as Amherst continues to grow and more new families — and motorists — move into the city, McLoda said. "No one wants their child hit and people driving wouldn't want it to happen to their's nor be the person responsible," McLoda said. Hall said the department used to get complaints from neighborhoods located east and west of N. Lake Street until the new police station was built in the area. "Our presence and the presence of more cruisers coming and going seems to have helped," he added. "We're hoping presence in the other neighborhoods will do the same."
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-08-20|
|Date of Original||20-AUG-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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