Amherst News-Times, 1997-11-12
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Athlete sidelined by injury — Pa< 71 Amherst News-Time O i£ _- " < I £ M CO i— ,_,-, XJ < n o Wednesday, November 12, 1997 Amherst, Ohio I Newcomers bump incumbents from city Robert Sisler and David Rice don't think their political careers are over despite their losses in the Nov. 4 contest for city council. "I'm down but not out. I think my political career is just beginning and people will hear more from me in the future," Sisler said. He was appointed to council in 1996. He lost the race for first ward council member to challenger Ter- rance A. Trastcr by 86 votes. Traster won 505 and Sisler 419 votes, according to unofficial election results. "Eight votes wasn't much but it made the difference," Sisler added. "I wish him luck and I'll be willing to lend him and the council a helping hand if they ask." The opposite was true for Rice. He was trounced, losing by 426 votes to challenger Steve P'Simer. Rice chose to run as a write-in candidate. He won 98 votes while 524 voters cast their ballots for P'Simer. Rice, who has traditionally run as an independent, said he sought reelection as a write-in candidate because he failed to file with the board of elections on time. "I'm disappointed but I intend to keep on doing a lot of things that I Detention pond could help end Beaver Creek's flooding trouble A cily land deal lo obtain two acres for a detention pond for storm water will result in a new business and save the jobs of aboul a dozen people. Under an agreement worked oul by the city, KTM Inc., a Lorain company lhal assembles motor cross motorcycles, will move lo Amherst and locale its headquarters on three acres of land. The property is located on Milan Avenue west of N. Lake Street. In turn, the city will get two acres of adjacent land it needs for a much- sought-after detention pond. In addition, the nearby Highpoint Trailer Co. will be purchased by KTM. The company, which makes trailers for motor cross motorcycles, was lo go oul of business, according to mayor John Higgins. Il employs _ooui 12 people. The deal was announced by Higgins during a Nov. 3 city finance committee meeting. Il was expected to be approved by city council on emergency Nov. 10. "I believe this will be a win-win situation for the cily in obtaining the jobs and serving as a site for (water) detention," the mayor said. The arrangement has been under negotiation for about six months. Negotiations involved at least two dozen meetings with the city, KTM, lhe Amherst Eagles Club, Amhcrsl businessman John Penton and High- point Trailers, he added. It involves a total of five acres of land located immediately west of a laundromat on Milan Avenue. The trailer company is located behind the laundromat. The front three acres ncxl lo the laundromat will be sold to KTM by Penton for ils headquarters. The two acres located behind it is the site of lhe proposed detention pond. KTM has 22 employees. The Eagles Club has an option on all five acres under a deal worked oul several years ago with Penton. In order to get the two acres, Higgins said Penton has agreed lo donate the land lo the Eagles, from which the cily will buy it for 540,000. In turn, KTM will buy the remaining three acres from Penton for an undisclosed amount. The mayor said the cily chose the two acres because the Lorain County Engineer's Office determined il is the best site for a detention pond to relieve flooding in the area. It will be built at the base of lhe Conrail railroad tracks. The land "is like the bottom of a dish" and will collect storm water lhal might overload the sewers in the area, Higgins explained. The detention pond is part of plan lo alleviate storm water flooding in the cily through the construction of a scries of holding ponds. The pond will be paid for by state Issue II public works money. The S40.000 payment to lhe Eagles Club will serve as the city's in-kind share of local funding for the grant, Higgins said. The money will come from city council's contingency fund. Close to nature: kids learn lesson in caring for hurt animals at center by NITA OFFINEER News-Times correspondent Charles Lindbergh, as an old man, declared lhal if he could be a young man again, he would choose a career lhat kept him more in contact with nature than with science saying, "In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia." Love, respect and caring for nature comes when exposure to il allows people to leave with feelings of being connected to and having an understanding of the living things around them. Powers Elementary School kin- dergartners were provided with the opportunity' lo see and touch some very special creatures that inhabiiat our world. For a few days in October, all Powers kindergarten classes visited the Lake Erie Science and Nature Center, located on Wolfe Road, Bay Village, in Huntington Reservation, Cleveland Metroparks. There, along wilh instructor, Pal have been volunteering al for some lime," he said. "It's not like I don't have the opportunity to help oul because I do and want to. I will keep my hand in things." Rice said he will continue serving on a downtown revitalization committee and a sports festival group that raises money for improvements to lhe city's parks and recreation programs. John Mishak was unchallenged in his re-election bid as fourth, ward council member and captured 670 votes. Newcomer Edwin Cowgcr was unchallenged in his bid for the second ward seat and collected 669 votes. Cowger replaces Nancy Brown, who was elected to fill the at-large seat of Diane Eswine. Eswine was victorious in her bid in- ger to become city cumbent John I Darlcne Klingenmier. Council members at large John Dietrich and David Kukucka also were unchallenged and won reelection. Brown garnered 1,955 votes, Dietrich 2,031 and Kukucka 1,960. Council president Wayne White, who was unchallenged, collected 2,750 votes. Lombrix, the kindergarten sludents saw, touched and heard aboul the uniqueness of animals from both our area, and distant worlds. Lombrix first introduced the students to a Soulh American chinchilla, which she said live in caves and arc the softest animals in the world. Nexi, the children petted a snow white rabbit, and a baby opossum. Lombrix explained lhat lhe opossum's mother, while pregnant, had been hit by a car and taken to the Nature Center. One of the baby opossums was then raised al the Center, and Lombrix said the animal thinks it is a human. She also said lhat opossums are the only North American animal to carry ils young in a pouch, and have lhe most teeth than any other land animal in the world. Lombrix also said, though scientists do nol know why, opossums live for only two years. The kindergarten sludents were also able to see an Eastern Screech owl. Lombrix explained lhal the CONTINUED on page 2 Adam Molnar plans to return to school when he can; for now, he is a computer whiz at the high school media center. Music student also cancer survivor Adam Molnar doesn't think about his near death from cancer nearly 10 months ago. He's more intent on fulfilling his dream of becoming a music teacher. On New Year's Eve 1996, the 1995 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School was diagnosed as having lymphoblastic cancer, an advanced form of lymphoma lhal usually is fatal. Difficult illness sidelines Molnar, baffles his doctors He nearly died last February when he contracted an infection while undergoing chemotherapy. He survived but has been left without feeling in the fourth and fifth fingers of bolh hands, a side effect of the four regiments of chemotherapy that saved his life. Molnar, 21, also lives with pain in some toes of both feet, another side effect. While a MLS student, Molnar won the Sousa Award, the high est music award a high school student can win. While in school, ne played in the marching band, concert band, jazz band and others, including the Lorain County Community College band. His nightmare began last year while majoring in music education al Eastern Michigan Uni- CONTINUED on page 6 Instructs Pat Lombrix ot the Lake Erie Science and Nature Center introduces Powers Elementary School kindergarten students to Peta the opossum. Buses, underground tanks on school list of next year's repairs Voters who approved a two- mill replacement levy for the upkeep of the city's schools can expect to see at least $250,000 spent on much-needed projects before long. The two-mill renewal levy was approved Nov. 4 by a vote of 3,690 to 2,407, a margin of about 60 to 40 percent, according to unofficial election results. It will generate $547,000 annually over five years. Two projects, new school buses and underground fuel tanks, are high on the list of improvements that a permanent improvement committee is expected to review early next year. The group, which will meet in late January or early February, is expected to approve spending at least $100,000 on two 4.000 gallon fuel tanks for school buses. One will be for gasoline, the other for diesel fuel. They will replace an old 8,000 gallon gasoline tank buried near the school district's bus garage on Washington Street, according to assistant superintendent of schools Timothy Logar. Located adjacent to Powers Elementary School, it must be dug up and replaced in order to comply wilh U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules, he added. Also high on the list may be the purchase of two new school buses, each costing about $55,000, and a new rooftop heating and air conditioning unit for Nord Junior High School. Ihe school district has been replacing old units over the last several years. Each costs between $50,000 and $60,000, Logar said. How the remainder of the money will be spent will be determined by the committee. Il will receive recommendations from school principals and a special administrative subcommittee, he added. The funds cannot be used for staff salaries. eaala^tafsaamm i».iiiiwn ■ ■!_ ■»;_>' ji|M -ngi igijEji <iijiji,!fa_g8i>aWW»BWWM-J ■MdMWi --»-a*fJ—*■—^■i-rj|,||- ■■..-■- - :■■-•■-
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-11-12|
|Date of Original||12-NOV-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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