Amherst News-Times, 1997-10-29
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c Firefighter to annex land — Page 3 Leaf pickup to begin — Pag Amherst News-Time Wednesday. October 29, 1997 Amherst, Ohio r t City races heat up as Nov. 4 election ne Tuesday, Nov. 4, is election day and several city races are being contested. There arc three candidates competing for the auditor's job and two arc hoping to be elected treasurer. On the council side, two races, for Second and Fourth wards, are uncontested, while losers will go home from the council at large. First Ward and Third Ward races. A request for renewal of the school's permanent improvement levy will also appear on the ballot this election day. There would be no increase in taxes with the renewal, according to school superintendent Howard Dulmage. Democrat Wayne A. Whytc, incumbent president of Amherst City Council, is running uncontested for re-election. In the race for auditor, there arc three candidates. Democrat Diane L. Eswine, who currently is a council at large member, Independent Dar- Icne Klingcnmcicr and Republican John J. Dunn arc all competing for the position of auditor. Dunn is the present auditor. He was appointed to the position by the Republican party to fill the unexpired term of the former auditor who left before the term was. up. In the race for treasurer, Democrat Kalhy Lilkoviiz is running for re-election. She has served several terms as treasurer for lhe city. Litkovitz is being challenged by Republican Jim Klaibcr. Democrats John S. Dietrich and David C. Kukucka arc both running for re-election for council at large. Democrat Nancy L. Brown, currently serving on Second Ward, and Republican Dann W. Swift arc the challengers. Three will be elected. In the race for First Ward, Robert Sisler is running for re-election and being challenged by Independent Tcrrancc A. Trastcr. Since present Second Ward council member Brown is not running Democrat Edwin R. Cowccr is the uncontested Second Ward candidate. Democrat Steve P'Simer and Independent David L. Rice arc running for a Third Ward scat. Rice, a write-in, is lhe current council member. The race Tor Fourth Ward is uncontested with the current member, John W. Mishak running for reelection. In the general election for the Amhcrsl Exempted Village School Board, three members of the current Patriotism flies over downtown for years; they are responsible by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter For nearly 20 years, Leroy Kubu- ske, Mort Plato and Virgil Robson have been proudly displaying the red, white and blue on every government holiday. Since lhe mid seventies, the three veterans and members of American Legion Post #118 have been climbing ladders to place American flags on street lights throughout downtown. This month, they officially retired after being presented a mayoral proclamation honoring their service. The three men were honored during an Oct. 13 city council meeting. Actually, the three veterans have been hoisting the American flag without fail for at least 30 years, although they didn't start doing their patriotic task regularly until about 20 years ago, according to Kubuskc, 71. Several weeks ago, the men — all members of Elmer Johnson Post #118 of the American Legion, decided il was time to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground. "It just gol lo lhe poinl where go ing up and down a ladder got to be a little much for us, so we thought it was time lo turn this over to younger people," Kubuske said. "We're the trail end of a lot of people who did this before us." The flag program started in the late forties when the American Legion asked for donations to buy brackets and flags to be placed throughout the city. But it turned inlo a touchy subject for business owners who didn't have a utility pole in front of their business or store. The solution was parking meters. The Legion eventually purchased brackets lhat could be mounted on the meter posts. "It worked oul. Nobody got short changed of a flag," Plato, 72, explained Thai changed in the seventies when the parking meters made way for free downtown parking. Al first, the American Legion mounted flag brackets at shoulder level on utility poles along N. Park, Church, N. Main and part of Cleveland streets. Forty-eight flags were mounted. All three were in their early thri- lics when they started. Kubuske re- CONTINUED on page 3 These two are part of trio that has been hanging flags in the downtown area for decades. Spooky coincidence? Not at this home Standens share their love of house with former owner by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Wade and Carol Standen have had an unwanted but relatively harmless guest in their Milan Avenue home since they moved into it about 22 years ago. His name is Ralph Rine- hardt and he's dead and buried. It's just that his spirit jealously guards all the work he did on his former residence long before Wade Standen bought it from his widow, Magarette, in the mid-1970s. He expresses his displeasure every time the couple has made renovations to the home. They know little aboul him other than the fact neighbors said he reportedly died of a stroke while resting in his small bedroom, now a computer den. They also know he worked at Amherst Hardware, was handy and liked to do his own work on the house. He's tried to tell the Standens not to change things in the 105-year-old home, but they've ignored him. Rinehardl's strange haunt- ings began shortly after the Standens moved into the house and have never slopped. "It's become a standing joke. Whenever something • happens, like a closed door opens or we hear a strange, unexplainable sound, wc just blame it on him," he explained. Over the years, the Standens and their three children, Justin, 21, Melissa, 19, and Aaron, 15, have put up with "Mr. Rinehardl's" sometimes strange antics, but have never been harmed or seen him. Only Phoebe, their labrador retriever, has had close encounters of the spooky kind with him. On several occasions, the docile dog has suddenly stood up and started to growl and bark ai a wall. On one occasion, her hair literally stood on end as she barked into thin air just outside the computer den. It's highly possible Phoebe's animal senses could see or feel something her human owners couldn't. One of the incidents occurred aboul 10 years ago after Slandcn worked into the CONTINUED on page 2 Wade and Carol Standen stand in their kitchen. They believe a previous wall cabient like the one at left was ripped from the wall by a spirit who objected to their remodeling work. board arc running for re-election. All three are uncontested. James A. Bcrthold, Sandra S. Frccdman and Ronald D. Yacobozzi are the three board members running for re-election. Coverage of the candidates begins in this issue of the News-Times on Page 6. Candidates Yacobozzi, Mishak, Sisler and Swift did not submit information to the News-Times. Voters to decide levy fate Money to be used for fixups only Amherst school district taxpayers will see a two-mill permanent improvement levy on the ballot when they go to the polls Nov. 4. The $547,000 raised yearly by Issue 20 over the next five years will be used to repair buildings, replace classroom furniture, make safety improvements, fix leaky roofs, replace worn out school buses and make other needed improvements. The funds cannot be set aside for salaries, according to superintendent of schools Howard Dulmage. The biggest selling point for the levy is lhal it is a renewal levy. That means it will not increase property taxes in the school district. The levy will cost taxpayers 20 cents for each S100 of valuation on their homes. The owners of a S 100,000 home will pay S20 per year, for example. Currently, the district's buildings and grounds arc valued at $45 million, according to insurance estimates. "I take thai investment very seriously," Dulmage said. "Il is very important to me that we keep our roofs in shape and keep the taxpayers' facilities entrusted to the board of education and myself in good shape." He said taxpayers make the same kind of investments in the upkeep of their homes. Several types of improvement projects are envisioned over the next five years. They include continued replacement of old rooftop heating and air conditioning units, boiler repair and replacement, the purchase of new school buses and high tech equipment, including computers required for modern education. Without permanent improvement levy funds, Dulmage said maintenance money must be taken from funds set aside for textbooks, teacher salaries and supplies. This would endanger the quality of education for which the school district is known, he added. The levy was first passed in 1983 and was renewed in 1987 and 1991. The levy does not begin to generate funds until the following year. The superintendent said more than $2.1 million in permanent improvement money has been spent over the last five years on improvements, including new heating and air conditioning units. In addition, several modular classrooms also have been purchased" to ease overcrowding in the schools. One of the biggest future expenses will be the replacement of an 8,000 gallon gasoline tank from which school buses get fuel. Located adjacent to Powers Elementary School, the tank must be dug up and replaced by December 1998 in order to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-10-29|
|Date of Original||29-OCT-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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