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Community calendar noted — Page 12 ISports coverage of all teams — Pages 6-7 Amherst News-Time! <">«-> o O o 'jo x x r* 00 H M C lt o o ; x 90 < X w C ^ H > o Wednesday. January 29. 1997 Amherst, Ohio Burglars beware: neighborhood crime watch here by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Do you ever get the feeling somebody is watching you? If you are a criminal targeting Amherst residences, you may get that feeling a lot more often in the near future. Patrolman Dan Makruski of the Amherst Police Department is in the process of garnering public support for a Neighborhood Watch program in the city of Amherst and plans to start advertising on the local cable channel this week for area residents who may wish to take advantage of such a program. Makruski says "a lot of people who live in Amherst don't think of it as a place where a lot of criminal activity exists, but if you read the police reports, you find there is a significant amount, and I believe such a program could help us cut down on crime." Chief William Hall recendy approached the department with the idea after conversations with citizens who wanted to find out if Amherst had a Neighborhood Watch program in place. The city had tried a similar program in the past, but it never really got off the ground, according to Makruski, but Hall felt it should be given another chance. Hall asked for a volunteer to research the idea and Makruski, who has been on the force just seven months, said he would be glad to help out. Makruski said his interest was piqued further after his girlfriend pointed out an article in Good Housekeeping about the best police departments in the country. "One of the best Neighborhood Watch programs also listed in the article was in Dublin, Ohio, so I contacted their department and got some preliminary information," he says. "They gave me some basic information as to how their prog- CONTINUED on page 8 o X u r. o n rr - Little angel Leave it to the kids at St. Joseph's school to figure out the best advantage of a recent snowfall on the playground and found that way to enjoy the inclement weather. This little snow angel is taking making angels can be a fun way to vent excess energy. Family battles cancer; medical debts mount by BILL ROSS Newa-Times reporter People get sick. It's a fact of life, but most of the time they get better. But now and then nature targets someone for something a little more drastic — something they may not be able to overcome It is that land of sickness that takes over whole families and tests their very foundations, for when a life-threatening illness strikes, it doesn't stop with just the victim. And for one Amherst woman, it has meant reevaluating the entire course of her life, after her husband was diagnosed with two forms of cancer. Tami and Tom Roseman landed in Amherst by what they considered to be a lucky fluke. They had met, fallen in love, married and had their first of three boys while stationed in the Air Force together at Wright- Patterson base in Dayton, between 1983 and 1985. Immediately after having their first son Charles "Chuckie," Tom went into a master's program for electrical engineering through the Air Force, and they were assigned to Eglin in Fort Walton Beach in Florida. Life in Florida was good — some of 1'ami's family was there and it was in Florida that the Rosemans had their second son, Tommy. But for several reasons, they had to Sandstone Express has new wheels Senior citizens in Amherst will be pleased to find out that the Amherst Area Office on Aging has recently purchased a new 1997 Mercury Tracer station wagon to be used as its "Sandstone Express" vehicle. Margaret Wright, who is the coordinator for the Meals-on- Wheels program at the office, said "We try to replace the vehicles after about 50,000 miles, because they are small cars and get a lot of wear and tear." The new vehicle replaces a two- year-old Ford Escort that was put to good use in the Sandstone Express program, which provides rides for area seniors who are unable to get to their appointments by other means CONTINUED on page 11 The Rosemans pose for their 1995 Christmas card. Although Tom had already been diagnosed with the second of two cancers, he was still rob ust and the family was keeping its hopes high that after continued treatment, he would be healthy. make a decision whether or not to stay in the Air Force. Tom was at his 10-year mark in the service and a captain (Tami had since left to become a full-time mom), and although he had his mas ter's, he was essentially a desk- jockey and was not really using his talents to their fullest "What really swayed our decision though." says Tami, "was that Tom's fatter hart a ran form of muscular dystrophy, which was causing a rapid deterioration in his health.'' His mother needed some help in caring for her husband in Mentor, so Tom decided to find a new job. Tom's skills quickly landed him a job at Plumbrook, a NASA facility in Sandusky, and he moved from Florida to his parents' home in Mentor Tami stayed behind for a month to help out her sister, who was about to give birth. One day, Tom's car broke down in Amherst during his daily commute. He remarked to a co-worker about discovering Amherst. The coworker told him he was about to move out of a house in Hidden Valley soon, which he would then be able to rent, if Tom was interested And they have lived in Amherst ever since. A year later, in 1991, their third son, Robert, was bom, and life was going well. But in 1994, Tom's contract ran out with Sverdrup at Plumbrook. That was also the year his father died, after suffering for years, and for a while things were not quite so rosy. As luck would have it, though, another contractor who had been at Plumbrook familiar with Tom's skills snatched him up. Tom became a manager for Gil- crest Electrical Supply Company in Brooapara — but he warned muse. When they had lived in Florida, the Rosemans had visited a couple of movie houses that were more like a theater and a restaurant combined. Tami explains, "At a place called the 'Picture Show,' they had a tiered theater where you could sit at a table and order food from a waitress. Another place, called Suds 'n Cinema, served alcohol — we'd never seen anything like it." Tom had noticed that Bob Hava- nas, who had owned the Amherst Cinema for years, had a for-sale sign outside; one day Tom came home and excitedly approached Tami with his idea: "Wouldn't it be great if we could open up a place like 'Picture Show?'" Tami thought that if they were going to open a family business while Tom still worked his day job and both of them juggled parental duties for three kids, a cinema seemed like a pretty good way to go. They borrowed money from both sides of the family to gather up enough cash to buy the Amherst Cinema from Havanas, who had closed it down four years eeriier. Havanas had been forced out of business by the low prices being offered at a newly-built multiplex CONTINUED on page 3 New class offerings implemented for kids under technology curriculum at MLS by GLEN MIXER Marilyn Smart, one of the drivers for the Office on Aging's Sandstone Express piogram, gets ready to rol with a new Mercury Tracer to used for the daily rounds. be Newa-Times reporter Pending school board approval, Marion L. Steele High School will replace its industrial arts program with a two-year technology exploration curriculum designed for students not taking college preparatory or vocational courses. Beginning in the fall, freshmen will be required lo pick six to eight tninicourses ranging from electronic communication to aerodynamic technology. A total of 14 subjects, or educational modules, will be offered, according to high school prin cipal Robert Boynton. The board approved implementing the first two years of the proposed four-year phased-in program during a special meeting that followed its Jan. 13 organizational meeting. Ronald Yacobozzi was elected president and Carol JaJack vice president during the meeting. Yacobozzi. last year's vice president, succeeds Sandra Freedman. Until long term financing for the program can be developed, tbe board chose to approve a technology exploration course for freshmen beginning this fall and an advanced CONTINUED on If
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-01-29|
|Date of Original||29-JAN-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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