Amherst News-Times, 1997-10-01
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■ t » Wrecking ball approaches — Page 5 Dream home is on tour — Page Amherst News-Time* Wednesday. October 1, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Catalog goes up for bid as computers rule APL The Amherst Public Library plans to close the book on a piece of furniture that was once the heart of the library: a nearly five foot card catalog. For people who haven't been in a library in the lasi few years, the tried and true card catalogs have been replaced by computerized indexing. With computers, card catalogs have become relics of the past. The unused ones are a piece of history that some innovative person can make use of, according to assistant librarian and public relations coordinator Betty Bailey. The library used to have several in which the locations of books where hand-filed by subject, title or author. Despite her research, Bailey said she has no idea how old the vintage catalog is, although it appears to have been made in the 50s or early 60s and has been kept in mint condition. Except for a smaller, older catalog the library wants lo hold on to as a keepsake, the 30-to 40-year-old card index file is the last to be "discarded" by the library. The index cards have been set aside for scrap paper because they are blank on one side. The card catalogs aren't even needed as a backup filing source should the computer suffer an electronic migraine or crash. Everything is backed up on floppy disks and locked away for safe keeping, according to library executive director Judy Dworkin. The old light oak catalog will be auctioned off by sealed written bids accepted Oct. 5-19. They will be opened Oct 20 at 10 a.m. No minimum bids has been set, although Bailey said she thinks the card catalog may be worth at least $650 because of its good condition. New High enrollmt..., upcoming PI levy on school board members' minds by GLEN MILLER Amherst public library employee Kaye Coler gives an old card catalog to be auctioned off a quick inspection to make sure.it has been cleaned out. It is one of several card catalogs that have been been outdated by computer indexing. ones made by the manufacturer, Bro-Dart Industries, cost more than $ 1,000. "Bul it's worth whatever it's really worth to someone for whatever reason," Bailey said. The more than a dozen 3X5 card shelves might be used lo store small parts, a host of notions and any num ber of different kinds of knicknacks, she added. The profits from its sale will be set aside to help support a.yearly summer reading program for children and young adults. Bailey said many librarians hate to see the card catalogs be eclipsed by modern day technology. Others don't. They take up space that can be used for bookshelves or computers linked to the Internet, a new and growing source of information available in nearly every library. "In a way, it's a shame to see them go because they have been as much a part of libraries as books, but adding things to a computerized index and looking things up is much easier," she added. News-Times reporter Amherst school officials are trying to balance the need to maintain five schools with the ability to jam an increasing number of students into them. According to unofficial figures, 3,772 students have enrolled in the school district this year, 74 more than last year. An official count will be taken next week and sent to the Ohio Department of Education on Oct 10. The official enrollment is important. Based on that figure, the school district will receive about $3,700 in state funding for the instruction of each student. A 3.954 mill bond issue that would have funded $16 million in additional classrooms and renovations for the public schools was defeated by voters in May. Regardless of the additional students who have enrolled since then, superintendent Howard Dulmage said the school board probably won't renew its efforts to pass the bond issue until a future planning committee makes a recommendation. That recommendation isn't likely to be made until next spring in order to give the committee time to collect new information on projected residential growth iri the school district. One option may be a reduction in the bond issue millage, although that decision will be based on the committee's research, Dulmage explained. In the meantime, school officials are gearing up to pass a 1.7 or 1.8 mill permanent improvement levy in November for the maintenance and improvements to school buildings and equipment. The exact millage must be determined by the Lorain County Auditor's Office because it is a renewal of a two-mill levy passed five years ago. As a result, the millage has decreased due to a general decline in millage rates, Dulmage said. Whatever the new millage is, Dulmage said it will not represent a tax increase and will raise about $500,000 a year for improvements. The funds cannot be used for salaries and instruction but can be used to purchase new equipment, including computers. The superintendent said more than $2.1 million has been spent over the last five years on improvements, including new heating and air conditioning units and the purchase of modular classrooms to ease overcrowding. "What we are doing is preserving the integrity of the school buildings because the community must realize it has an investment of about $45 million in them," assistant superintendent of schools Timothy Logar added. "Like a home, it's an investment that has to be maintained." Additional modular classrooms may be one answer to future overcrowding, although he said the final decision rests with the board of education and will be based on the findings and recommendations of the planning committee. Beginning this month, Dulmage said the committee will begin assessing new home construction anticipated by area builders. "We want to take a look at the enrollment from building and the economic situation in the county," Dulmage said. "My guess is we won't have a real handle on some of this until next spring because that's when people start buying houses." Much of that will b an assessment of the closing of the Ford Thunderbird assembly plant in Lorain and whether the automaker is likely to keep making the Econoline van in Lorain and Avon Lake, he added. School officials want to project how many children of Ford workers may be leaving ihe district. So far, few have left although Dulmage said the full effect of the plant's shutdown on the school system may not be fully known until late spring. That's because many parents who have accepted transfers to other Ford plants have decided to let their children finish the 1997-98 school year rather than move their families in mid-year, he explained. In the meantime, school officials have opted to increase class size from 22 to 25 or more at Powers Elementary School and Shupe Middle School. Both have experienced the largest growth, although CONTINUED on page 2 Township park is now reality thanks to CEG An idea that began three years ago has finally reached fruition for Amherst Township residents. A group called the Citizens for Economic Growth (CEG) had a dream of renovating the park that is located in the Hidden Valley area of Amherst township. Used by the Amherst traveling baseball teams, the Amherst Youth Soccer Association, and the general public, the park had grown into disrepair with broken equipment and unruly grounds. The Citizens for Economic Growth committee began to seek grants to enrich, and make improvements to the park. Finally, CEG received a $33,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and a $5,000 grant each in matching funds from the Nord Family Foundation, from the Helen Steiner Rice Foundation and a grant for the Nordson Corpora- lion Foundation. Jackie Fortino, board member of CEG said "we used the money to double the size of the parking lot, put in a one-half mile walking track, and install 10 benches and six new picnic lables." Fortino further explained that in cooperation with the Amherst Traveling Baseball teams, improvements were also made to upgrade the baseball field to meet Hot Stove regulations. "Last August," explained Joe Sarnovsky, president of CEG, "was the ground breaking ceremony. This year, we estimate we had about 300 people in attendance." Fortino went on to say that this year's ribbon cutting included a flag-raising ceremony by Boy Scout 427, a reading written by Helen Steiner Rice, a blessing by Father Schmitz from St. Joesph Catholic Church, and then a ceremonial walk around the new track lead by the Amherst girls' cross country team from Marion L. Steele High School. Free hot dogs, popcorn, and pop were provided which had been donated by local businesses in the area. There was also community awareness information available on zoning, the trustees. North Central Ambulance service and the American Red Cross. Access lo the park area can be reached from either Middle Ridge Road or walking access from Hidden Valley Drive. Karaoke was also the order for the day at the Amherst Township Park ribbon-cutting celebration
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-10-01|
|Date of Original||01-OCT-1997|
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