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t i r. c d If 4 q c u n i m 9 g< 4 Women break construction barrier — Page 3 City's in good shape — Pa< 1 Amherst News-Time? O ►-> o O 00 H H C yi o o X CD < I emu 0"> r- is, » o JO < n •A Wednesday, January 22, 1997 Amherst, Ohio I Boy fends off possible abduction near sch by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter A fourth grader at Harris Elementary School had to act quickly after he said a stranger tried to coax him into a mini van on Jan. 13. The report prompted cautionary notes to be sent home with children at Harris, Powers and Shupe elementary schools the following day. Nine-year-old Alexander Hall said he was on his way home from school shortly after 3 pjn., when he was approached by a man driving a blue-green minivan. The stranger, whom the boy described as having brown hair, a mustache and wearing a white T-shirt, drove up next to him and said "It's cold, do you want a ride home?" According to his mother, Alexis Hall, Alexander declined the offer and started to walk faster, but the man persisted, saying "Come on, it's cold out, get in." "What's strange is that it was about 23 below with the windchill and this guy had no coat on and two windows down. After Alexander said 'no,' the man kept pace with him in hi.<; car, so that's when he ran," Hall said. Since hi; lives on the same side of the street. as Harris Elementary School, Alexander fled the area by running through the back yards of nearby residences in order to get heme. Hall reports that Alexander "came home covered in snow and was pretty shaken up by the incident." She added that when she first saw him, she was angry because he was drenched and she thought he had been out playing around in the snow, but after Alexander told her what happened, she became as upset as the boy. After waiting until she could discuss the matter with her husband, Hall contacted the Amherst Police Department at 8 p.m. that evening and she said "I was amazed at how responsive they were — they told CONTINUED on page 2 ^ Crash claims life of Harris fourth . grader on Rt. 58 by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter A multi-vehicle crash that took the life of a Harris Elementary School fourth grader on Jan. 14, has prompted local officials to review the area for traffic safety. Jacob Balda, of Lorain, was a a**, passenger in a 1994 Dodge Caravan being driven by his father, Timothy, when the crash occurred at about 10 p.m. that evening, according to state troopers. As the Baldas were traveling northbound on Rt. 58, they collided with a 1995 Chevrolet van being driven by Nathan Eden, 39, of La- Grange, at the intersection of Rt. 58 and Russia Road. According to the State Highway Patrol, Eden ran the stop sign at the intersection and was hit by the mini- van being driven by the elder Baldas. The van being driven by Eden rolled over and landed upright, hitting a utility pole in the process and ending up in a ditch. Troopers say the Baldas' van remained on RL 58 after the initial collision and was subsequently struck by a 1995 Ford Aerostar van being driven by Richard Schramm, 62, an Oberlin resident- After the second collision, Jacob Balda was trapped inside uV van by CONTINUED on page 2 Doug Northeim's assistants get together in the Marion L. Steele High School gymnasium to discuss plans for their upcoming multimedia presentations. The shows will feature laser lights, video pro jection, uritgue sound effects and both dancing anciacrobatics by llivw'Dsivi'Wders. • - ,WTXJ. ' Rivera lawsuit passes mediation; triai eyed Special show to dazzle audience by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Lights, cameras and lots of action is what a junior at Marion L. Steele High School has in mind for two half-time shows at both a boys' and a girls' basketball game next month. Doug Northeim, 17, has been working on the project for two years now, after having been inspired while a freshman involved with the MLS Theater Company. "I was in the drama department and saw how the lights and music could be used to create special effects, but I wanted to try something a little different," Northeim explained. "I had also seen some unique multimedia shows at places like Cedar Point, and the idea just Endowment fund pays bill for student-designed event sort of snowballed from there." Northeim was bom in Lorain and now lives in Amherst, having spent all of his school years in the Amherst school district After conceiving the idea, he approached MLS Theater Company director Pat Sanders, who gave his approval and support to the idea. "I'm not going to stop you — you go for it," Sanders said after reviewing the idea with Northeim. Sanders has been instrumental in helping Northeim to bring his idea to fruition through his advice and support From there, money had to be acquired to pay for the elaborate pro ject and Northeim subsequently engaged the support of Steele High principal Bob Boynton. Boynton co- signed the grant request that Northeim submitted to the Amherst Educational Foundation. "The foundation had only about $300 set aside for theater and fine arts and my project needed about $700, so I was very happy when they came through for me," Northeim said. After he got the go-ahead for the project Northeim began educating himself further as to what needed to be done to make it happen. "Because of my experience in theater, I had previous contacts with Vincent Lighting Systems of Cleveland and Electrastage from Wick- liffe," Northeim said. "The people from Vincent were able to give me some great advice, and I also made many visits to Electrastage, where they showed me what equipment would be best for what I wanted to do, tell me rental costs and give me organizational ideas." In the meantime, Northeim started spreading word of the project to other students at Steele through a variety of means. "I used flyers, advertised on the schools TV channels and used word-of-mouth to get other students to join in," he said; he now he has about 50 students lined up to assist him. He says everyone was enthusiastic about being able to CONTINUED on page 2 Although it may be more than a year before it actually happens, a federal lawsuit filed by veteran Amherst patrolman Hector Rivera will be brought to trial. Rivera claims his civil rights were violated by the police department because he gave testimony in a 1990 deposition involving another Amherst patrolman. Although the courts had listed a Jan. 22 mediation hearing between the city's and Rivera's attorneys, the two sides have since announced they are unable to come to any agreement in the mediation process. Rivera is represented by Cleveland attorney Chris Patno and the city is represented by David Dad- dona of Ward and Associates. Daddona said last week that the Jan. 22 mediation hearing was canceled after the two sides, under the auspice of a mediator, decided an earlier hearing held last November, proved fruitless. Daddona said the two sides will now turn lo the discovery process in preparation for trial; he expects to begin taking depositions within a few weeks. However, he added, the federal court system is backed up and he doesn't expect the suit to come to trial for at least a year or longer. Rivera won back his job with the department following a 1995 trial in which he was found not guilty of stealing car wash money from the department However, he has been on medical leave since late last summer because of a knee injury. Rivera's suit claims police chief Bill Hall and lieutenant Lonnie Dillon retaliated against him by falsifying the theft charge for a deposition he gave in a case involving the dismissal of Ronald Brotherton, who was later reinstated to the force. Rivera was on leave for six months while awaiting trial on the theft charges. I Guests cook up something special on cable TV show by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Just because the holiday season is over and many have resolved to lose weight in the new year, there is no reason to give up a satisfying meal now and then. And you don't have to look any further than local cable Channel 30 on your television to bring you a few ideas. Amherst City Cable television service, broadcast daily from Marion L. Steele High School, has been airing "Cooking with Connie" once a month for three years as a feature to its daily 'Town Crier" broadcast Connie Cotton, an Amherst school district substitute teacher's aide, approached her brother-in-law, David Cotton, with the suggestion after she had engaged in discussions with friends over how nice it would be if Amherst could have its own cooking show — featuring residents and workers from the city, South Amherst and Am herst Township. David Cotton is the general manager of Amherst City Cable and is always looking for ways to improve the programming. "I had seen how many great specialty cooking shows were on regular cable channels and thought we should have one in Amherst I told David my idea and he said 'great, why don't you do it?' — but I had no intention of personally becoming involved with the project" Cotton said. It took a bit of coaxing by her brother-in-law, but she was ultimately convinced to take on the project and has been enjoying it ever since. Amherst City Cable operates three channels: 30 is for the 'Town Crier," which follows a talk show format patterned after the "Morning Exchange" on Channel S (Cleveland), and for tape-delay broadcasts of football and basketball games as well as other specialty broadcasts; 19 is the schools' channel; and 12 is for broadcasts of the city council Treasurer Kathleen LNkovHz (left) appears on "Cooking with Connie. and committee meetings. David Cotton says that students produce the broadcasts, earn class credit and are graded in their performance just like any other class. He has both advanced students who actually direct the programs, as well as first-time students who perform a variety of tasks, including setup and monitoring of equipment The most recent segment of "Cooking with Connie" featured Amherst city treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz, who was on hand to display her culinary talents as she created her special "braciole beef," which is from an old family recipe that she learned while growing up with an Italian mother and five Italian aunts. The dish is created from wrapping thin slices of beef (usually top round or sirloin) around Italian bread crumbs, par mesan cheese and herbs and spices. It is then rolled up so that it has the appearance of jelly roll CONTINUED on page 2 f 1 .1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-01-22|
|Date of Original||22-JAN-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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