Amherst News-Times, 1997-12-17
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Scouts play in the raingutter — Page 2 Club Directory is on Page 6 Amherst News-Time < i <->»-• O o O us X X <— CO M )-, c en o o 3 x CO < X (-H c m m '-0 r— i/) 3 -H 3> O ■X) 3> t-i < n Tl 3> t/5 O n Wednesday, December 17, 1997 Amherst, Ohio ■Mi More modular units to house stude ■ by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Modular units may be the answer to Amherst schools overcrowding. "For the most part, we are on solid ground," superintendent Howard Dulmage said at a Dec. 10 board or education work session held to duscuss overcrowding. "With our staff, financially, and the support of the community we are solid. Our immediate problem is overcrowding." Dulmage said there are two main issues facing the board. One is that some buildings cannot accomodate another classroom without losing a program, such as a computer lab or music program. The other issue is that the schools cannot improve without more room. All five public schools arc overcrowded, but Dulmage said Powers, Harris and Shupe are in the most trouble. "The simple solution is to pass the bond issue and put up brick and mortar," Ron Yacobozzi, board president said. "You can't lose when you build." Dulmage doesn't think the community will support passing a bond issue which would allow the schools to add on. In May the bond issue, Christina Wallace Suicide claims life of EC girl from town St. Joseph Catholic Church was filled with mourning friends, family and relatives of Christina Wallace at a Monday morning funeral Mass. They all wondered why the bright, attractive 16-year-old Amherst girl had decided to take her own life late last week in her home. No one will ever know. She left no suicide note. According to Amherst police, the active Elyria Catholic High School student was found hanging in her bedroom closet by her distraught mother, Mong Le Wallace, shorUy after 7 a.m. Friday. The teenager ended her young life by hanging herself with a belt from a bath robe, according to Del. Alex Molnar. The reason for her death has left question marks in the minds of her parents, Thomas and Mong Le Wallace, her friends and school officials. She had shown no signs of depression nor had indicated she was unhappy with her life, the detective said. She had everything going for her. At 16, Wallace was academically advanced. She was a senior and had scored 34 out of 36 on her American College Test (ACT). A musician, the teenager had been named first- chair in the school band and played in the ECHS jazz band. Even more impressive was the fact she was being touted by three of the nation's top colleges. Harvard, Yale and MIT. According to reports, it is possible her death may have been an accident. A highly inquisitive youth, her father suggested his daughter may have been experimenting and went too far. Regardless, the teenager's death was hard for ECHS students to accept. Several attended the funeral at St. Joseph's. It is the second suicide students and school officials have had to deal with within a week. An ECHS assistant baseball coach committed suicide in the garage of his Elyria home earlier last week. The two deaths are not connected, according to Lorain County coroner Dr. Paul Matus. Normally, police respond to one or two suicides during the holiday season. "It's not really all that uncommon. A lot of people aren't happy this time of the year," he added. "But this one is different because she was so young and there was no apparent reason." LMIl^/'. ^f*W *>v* Easy pickings Dreeeeed in her elf's hat, Christott».tt**o*sales person Nikki Swetz seems to have the full attention of her customers as she makes a sales pitch. Actually, they are a captive audience — her family. From left is youngest sister Samantha, two, Melissa, her mother, and another' mw, Sabrina, seven. Sweu will be seilitig the trees evenings at the corner of Leavitt Road and Cleveland Street. JULIE JEANNETTE JOHN Top challengers These top students from Marion L. Steele High School will take on two other Northeast Ohio schools on the Ohio Lotter's new "It's Academic" show The Comets will face students from Norton High School of Norton and Grand Valley High School of Orwell. The show airs Sunday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 5 Pictured are (front) Julie Powell, team captain Jeannette Brugger, John Cocco, (back) team advisor David Lengyel, team alternates Bob Turner, Matt Stipe and Steve Stay, and team co-advisor Bill Strohm. which would have added several classrooms to each building, failed. The board thinks economic reasons, such as the unstable economy of northern Lorain County, are why the bond failed, not because the community doesn't care about the CONTINUED on page 2 Where will sewer line finally end? Who knows by APRIL MILLER News- Timet reporter County commissioners last month authorized $2,900 for K.E. McCartney & Associates to proceed with proposal- lor alternate !ie-in solutions for the S3.r million Amherst township vnwer line which was installed last year on Rt. 58, Rt. 113 and Middle Ridge Road. And although the system remains unuscable, residents of Amherst Township wait lor assessments for the projects to be billed on their tax duplicates. The sewer lines were installed last summer to facilitate commercial development in conjunction with the proposed construction of a turnpike interchange at Rt. 58. When the sewer lines were installed the com missioners did have an agreement with Lorain for a tap-in to the city's water treatment plant, however the old lines were never tested u> see it they, could handle the flow from trie"" new lines. Lorain mayor Joe Koziura said he is not concerned with the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant, but is concerned with the sewer lines. He said the overcapacity of effluent would cause flooding, so they cannot be tied in. Commissioner Betty Blair, who voted for the approval, said the sewer line tap-ins were supposed to be completed in November, 1997, but until the commissioners and the city can come up with an agreement the sewer will not be in use. Blair said the study is in the process and is hoping solutions will be found by next fall. Fred Nelson, superintendent of the county sanitary engineering de- parunent, said he hopes the study will be done before the end of the year, but they will still need city approval before the sewers are put to use. Commissioner Mary Jo Vasi, who voted against the proposal, said she hasn't heard anything about the study. Vasi said she voted against the sewer line from the beginning because the majority of the residents were against it. Vasi said Lorain city council makes the final decision regarding the sewer tie-in. Koziura said the study needs to be done at peak times, which is usually in the fall and spring. "There is die possibility of holding tanks or running separate lines as an alternate solution," Koziura said, "but that would be very cosdy." Nelson said he has no ideas on alternate solutions and that is why the study is being conducted. He is CONTINUED on page 2 Kids dive into unchart ed waters with team by DIANA HOUGLAND N-T sports reporter Once the Amherst Comets made the decision to compete in the Southwestern Conference Swim Meets, they dove in without testing the waters. L-ast Thursday, during the first ever swim meet for Marion L. Steele High School swimmers, the boys and girls teams competed in Bay against the Bay Rockets in a SWC meet. The boys surprised everyone by defeating their opponents 82-78. The girls' team, despite some outstanding performances, could not duplicate their counterparts' success and lost their first outing 135-45. For the boys team, individual events were won by sophomore Frank Sasso, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle; senior Joe Reitzel, 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly; junior Paul Weston, 50 free and freshman Chad Bowerman, 100 Breaststroke. Other strong performances were turned in by Josh Sailor and Bryan Davis in the 100 Back stroke with a second and third place respectively. "It's hard to pin point the swims which put us over the tcp but these were great individual efforts which added to the victory," Amherst head coach Scott Peczc said. "The kids were very excited about being pan of the first meet ever. It is something the kids will remember for the rest of their lives." "Having the boys win the first meet ever was very pleasing to us but a little unexpected," Pecze added. "We didn't expect to taste success quite this early in the season. Our younger swimmers are contributing already which shows how hard ihey are working." The girls' team managed to bring home four individual second place finishes by three seniors. Renee Kohlmeyer fin- CONT1NUED on page 8 1 >*"""<B^B WMSfr*«;
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-12-17|
|Date of Original||17-DEC-1997|
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