Amherst News-Times, 1997-12-10
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Legion rezoning in discussion — Page 5| Community Chorus on stage — F Amherst News-Time Wednesday, December 10, 1997 Amherst. Ohio I Amherst is first in joint Metroparks proj by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Amherst is one step closer to becoming the first cily in the slate to develop a park partnership with the Lorain County Metroparks. Last week the counicl buildings and lands committee approved spending $300,000 for the city to purchase land behind the police station on N. Lake Street. At Monday night's regular council meeting council passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor and/or safety director lo negotiate a con tract to purchase and develop land for a wesl side park. Mayor Higgins announced the city had adopted a master plan and with the Metroparks would jointly purchase 34 acres. An additional six acres would be from a private donation, mayor*5ohn Higgins explained. The city already owns 23 acres behind the station. If Double vision? No, it's just day of teaching seven sets of twins by KATHLEEN KOSHAR the city is able lo acquire lhe additional land, there would be almost 60 acres available for park use. A one-mile walking and biking trail is planned, as well as soccer facilities, playground equipmeni, restroom facilities, two shelters and a parking lot, Higgins said. The Metroparks would provide a park mana ger and naturalist programs, Metro- parks director Dan Martin said. The total cost of the project is estimated dl $1.8 million. The park partnership would be split three ways, safety/service director Cookie McLoda said. The Metroparks would pay one third, the city would pay one third and the rest would come from donations. Martin said it is important lo stress the three-way split is a goal, not an absolute. The city's total commitmeni to lhe project would be $600,000, which would be for purchase and development. Half would be bor- CONTINUED on page 2 News-Times editor When you walk into lhe kindergarten classrooms at Powers Elementary School, you may ihink you arc seeing double, again and again and again. In fact, you may cross your eyes seven times. That's how many sets of twins are enrolled in the kindergarten classes. Teacher Barb Guzik said ihcrc may have been six sets of twins enrolled in the school at one time but no one remembers the record-breaking sets of seven look-a-likes. The abundance of multiple births may be a factor of lhe high enrollment this year or lhe increased use of fertility drugs so prevalent among young couples; school officials will never know. The seven sets include the following: In Lani Hart's kindergarten class are Kathryn and Amber Slotta, daughters of Laura Slotta and Edward Slotta. They were bom July 6, 1992. In Guzik's class are Anthony and Costas Kocan, sons of Anthony Kocan and Cindy Kocan. Anthony was bom on Nov. 18, 1991 and Costas arrived on Nov. 19, 1991. Also in her class is Eric Spanos, brother of Amber Spanos, who is enrolled in Diane Coffman's class. The Spanos twins are the children of Paul and Kathleen Spanos. They were born May 15, 1992. Ashley Antonopoulos is also in Guzik's class. Her twin is Nicholas Antonopoulos, also in Coffman's class. They are the children of Nicholas CONTINUED on page 5 The seveTt sets of twins gather for a photo in a kirfQetgarten classroom, not an easy feat for 14 five- and six-year-olds. They include (back row) Nicholas Antonopoulos, Jordan Sosinski, Jacob Sosinski, Kathryn Slotta, (middle row) Jimmy Malloy, Ashley Anto nopoulos, Anthony Kocan, Costas Kocan, Amber Slotta, Amber Spanos, (front row) Matthew Malloy, Nicholas Parent, Christopher Parent and Eric Spanos. "!&» WACKY WIENER SCRUNCWE DOG The "Glove and Bat Caddie" was invented by Austin Meggitt to hold a bat and glove on the front of a bike. Megan Miller shows off her "Wacky Wiener Scrunchie Dog" to help keep her hair scrunchies togethenfpd looking good. Steven Lockard has found a way to scoop hard ice cream with his "Super Scooper." Youngsters invent solutions for life's problems by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Have a problem? Need it solved? Perhaps the fourth grade Horizon students al Harris Elementary School can help. Fifteen students in the Horizon, talented and gifted, program each produced an invention to solve a problem. Each student came up with a problem and did creative problem solving, Rosemary Hesmond, Horizon teacher, said. 'The students surveyed people to find oul what problems they had," Hesmond said. "They then had to come up with an invention and do research to sec if their ideas already existed." The students, who meei once a week for an hour and a half, began studying about inventors and their inventions al lhe end of September. Each student did a tribute lo an in ventor, while working on their projects. The young inventors were required to have a backboard with information about their product, a model of their invention and an inventor's log, as proof of when they worked on the project. They also created an advertisement for their invention and a trademark name. The Glove and Battie Caddie was created by Austin Meggitt. Meggitt, who plays baseball in the summer, said his invention solves lhe problem of riding a bike while trying to hold on lo a bat and glove. To solve lhe problem, Meggitt added clamps to hold a bat and a hook for a glove to lhe front of a bike. "I tested it around my neighborhood and it worked," Meggitt said. "I might use it' every once in a while." To solve the problem of finding CONTINUED on page 3 Pat Catan's craft center begins plaza move-in by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Amherst Plaza lost yet another lenant when Radio Shack closed their doors three weeks ago, but the arrival of Pat Catan's may bring some life back to the once thriving shop ping ccnier. Mayor John Higgins said no official date has been set for Pat Catan's opening, bul confirmed building permits had already been granted. Star Builders began renovations on lhe old K-Mart building Nov. 17, according to Steve Mims. Star Builders sales rep resentative. The electricity had to be separated, restrooms had to be put in and other renovations need to be made before the store is usable. The building will also receive a new facade, said Kaye Browning, of the Amhersl building department. Mims said footers were poured last Wednesday, beginning the outside work. Mims said the plan is to be open for lhe Easter season. "The addition of Pat Catan's will be a boom to Amhersl," Browning slid, "because people will not need ic run oul to the mall." Higgins said one more major business is looking al moving into lhe plaza, but he cannot yet say who it is. "It is looking like a good probability," Higgins said. "It is somebody big." After the toss of K-Mart, Re- vco and Rini Rego's, which were three long-time users, new businesses are needed at the shopping center. Higgins said ihosc three chains felt in order to compete they needed new facilities. A new car wash will also be coming to the area in the future. Higgins said an Automatic Auto Wash will open on Kresge Drive. The hand car wash located behind lhe BP station, also on Kresge Drive will remain. MM -.*#*: assr*-'"***
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-12-10|
|Date of Original||10-DEC-1997|
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