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i III I: , 'Boy Friend' on stage — Pa< Amherst News-Time < T O - Wednesday. January 15, 1997 Amherst, Ohio City hall's going to pieces, from the top d by DIANA HOUGLAND News-Times reporter Remember the song "London Bridge is Falling Down?" How about the new one "City Hall is Falling Down?" It isn't actually, but it very easily could if the city doesn't take some preventive measures immediately. While renovatior plans for city hall were not on the agenda for the committee meeting which was held on Monday, Jan. 6, a discussion of preliminary plans for use of the old post office was on the agenda. Mayor John Higgins used the de- tcrating condition of the city hall roof to introduce his idea for the im mediate use of the post office: he wants to lease out the post office building to help pay for repair bills to city hall. Higgins acknowledged the fact that city hall is overcrowded, and that it is an inconvenience to employees and customers alike. Bui, he added, safety is a primary concern and can no longer be put off. Prior ity number one is the roof of city hall, including the bell tower, the stacks and the copper flashings, or what remains of them. "Preliminary inspections of this building show that the roof, bell tower and stacks are not good. The bell tower is beginning to be a safety item." Higgins said. "The two 10x12 beams that support the bell tower are wood-rotted and are starting to deteriorate. The stacks are not mortared anymore, and about one- third of the copper flashings are missing, the rest is pitted and will not keep out the elements. This building was built in 1884 and it still has the original shingles and copper flashings. We need lo make the roof structurely sound." POW to powwow with a president, Tarnowski's war venture in books by JOHN DONDERO News-Times reporter In 1942, Zemo Tarnowski shared his water canteen with a superior officer, both prisoners on an overcrowded ship headed toward Japan. Ten years later, just he and President Dwight D. Eisenhower shared a coffee pot in the Oval Office. In retrospect, sharing water with a Marine lieutenant had more significance in his life than conversation and coffee with the nation's supreme commander. Photographs of Tarnowski and accounts of his ordeal, his strength in facing thorn and his courage in overcoming them made him one of the featured subjects in two books. "Laughter in Hell" was narrated by two survivors, Lt. EJL. Guirey (USN) and Tech. Sgt. H.C. Nixon (USMC) and written by Stephen Marek. It was published in 1954 by Caxton Printers, Ltd. of Caldwell, Idaho. The second book details the contributions of, "America's Weather Warriors, 1814-1985" published by the Texas A&M Press." The book which Tarnowski feels is the best one written about the ordeals of that time is one in which he is not mentioned but contains 12 years of research and documentation by an Englishman, Gavin Daws. The title is "Prisoners of the Japanese" and was published by Morrow. Tarnowski, a Grafton native now living in Amherst, was an Aerographer First Class on the island of Corregidor when it was overrun by Japanese forces in 1942. As a climato- logist in the U.S. Navy, he experienced ferocious questioning by his captors who wanted to know as much as possible about weather conditions in that area of the Pacific, since it impacted troop landings and air support. Twice he faced a firing squad and twice he was able to avoid death because he was the only person who had the information the enemy wanted and he was of no value to them dead. He unleashes a hearty laugh and said, "No blindfold, no cigarette. Hell, it was nothing like the movies." Then after enjoying the fact that he is alive to recall the moment, he continues, "I was an altar boy in Grafton and I remember the smell of incense. When they stood me in front of those firing squads, loaded their rifles and prepared to kill me, I swear I could smell CONTINUED on page 8 Zemo Tarnowski, bottom left with glasses, and some of his fellow prisoners listening to their only record, "La Paloma," at a Christmas party in 1944. W i jf . —"»•»-«*/ l Zemo Tarnowski Tarnowski as a Lt. Commander assigned to the Pentagon. It was during this period of service that he briefly met with the president over weather conditions. Tarnowski as an enlisted man from LaGrange in 1941. The townspeople saw his enlistment as "laziness" and "an effort to avoid staying in town and working." Mediation hearing set in discrimination grievance from cop by QLEN MILLER Readers' choice Kathy Kurish and her kids, Brian, six, and Carrie, four, pick out some good reading material from the shelves of the Amherst Public Library to get them through the winter weeks ahead. Kurish said she brings the kids to the library about once a week; their favorite time is storyhour. m> Newt-llmae reporter A mediatioo heating has bora set in a federal lawsuit filed agauut the Aniherst Police l*psrmiem tor Rivera. The suit was Ska early it* year aftwattenipts to settfc Rivera's grievances agaimtpolircct^WUliam Dillon oat of court tatted. The rwiliatico hearing wW be b^ U being held in an attetnptmis^ ved in a mediation tearing held last November, according to Riv- Tbe suit charge* the police depsrtnv i with civil rights and abuse of process viciaaVms against Riv i, hut does not seek any SBSBr«kSBBS*^2visS% SrllBBSB^BBSRWSSBSB%«l sfSsBB^SfaBBSBBBSBBBBBBSsSt -WVf» adfl ra the early stage*. 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Last week, Perritt once again stood in front of the city council building and lands committee, this time with the new and improved plans he hoped would be accepted by council members. The new plans call for 97 single family residences, known as Cooper's Run, to be built on the land located at S. Lake Street and Middle Ridge Road. They are to be similar in design lo the Fairfield Estate home*. Much to Perritt's dismay, getting approval on his new proposal was not as easy as he had hoped it would be, as the flooding problem in Amherst is weighing heavily on everyone's mind, especially Mayor John Higgins'. Councilman John Dietrich looked over the blue prints Perritt produced, and then informed him that he would like to see something showing storm water dentention before giving him the go ahead for the project. An engineer contracted by Perritt told council that "to be honest, we don't have enough information to give you a detailed analysis." "We are not about to approve a plan until we know where the water is going," council president Wayne Whyte said. Perritt stood his ground, reminding council members that they have not had any trouble with Fairfield Estates, and that he would not damage his reputation by ignoring any problems that might come up. He just wanted council to approve his preliminary plans based on the ordinances that are applicable now, and not wait until die reports that Higgins has ordered concerning flooding have come in. When council stilled appeared to back off the approval, Perritt asked them "Can I ask for a committment in 30 days?*' Higgins responded by telling him that he made an unfair request He could not guarantee when the results would be in, but he is hoping in about six weeks. He assured Perritt that council is not out to deter him personally, but that they just want to confirm that his detention plans are correct After close to an hour of discussion regarding the Cooper's Run preliminary plans, Higgins recommended tabling the subject until more information is known. But Alan Anderson, city law director informed the council that as long as Perriu's plans meet with the current ordinances, they could not legally deny preliminary approval based on what could be the mayor's hunch that a possible problem could exist Anderson also pointed out city council would have to pass the plans on three separate readings, and then if the mayor still wants, he could vse his veto option. Tbe time that it would take to paas the three readings could be the length of time CONTINUED on page t I ■■maw r mm ****** 1 a*sa*amK»ama*sla»*aaaa**a*****»*****a*mam Wlswi il *********M*B*********ataW***ri**M •*• in iiiisjiKiniimr ts run *******
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-01-15|
|Date of Original||15-JAN-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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