Amherst News-Times, 1998-04-01
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■ • ... <l O a-, o C O IO x x a— aX !-l M c cn o o 3 x it<ih C m a-i V) r— lj-i 3> O < O pastor joins Good Shepherd — Page 3 I Swimmers follow mom — Page 5 (/) m H ■< Amherst News-Times o April 1, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents /er program [Jppi,* yives city good look into bad water hookups by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter An inspection program started early last year to discover the causes of basement flooding and backup problems in the city's sewers is beginning to yield results. Tests using dyes and a small underground camera have revealed that at least half the problems are due to bad connections or blockages within home downspouts, according to mayor John Higgins. The testing was started because of continuous complaints from resi- dcnts about basement flooding or toilet backups during heavy or prolonged rains. A small camera purchased by the city last year has followed the flow of water from downspouts into the city's sewers. 'The first few times we used it we found blockages in the downspouts," he explained. As a result, Higgins said the city is beginning to see the advantages of using a new type of downspout construction for homes. Il reportedly helps prevent or reduce the number blockages. Officials started their investigation by compiling a list of residents throughout the city with homes that experienced basement flooding. The city is in the process of checking the cause of the flooding c.sing the camera or dye. The work is being done on an individual basis and is often time-consuming, he added. One neighborhood with problems was Westchester Estates off Middle CONTINUED on page 3 Good look at a book This young man finds there's plenty to read at the Amherst Public Library, as well as plenty of room to spread out and relax among the stacks. Doctor lands here from Germany Former nurse takes up children's rheumatic specialty by GLEN MILLER . '. : ': •■ : News-Times reporter Litde did Helmut Jungschaffer realize when he entered medical school in Germany nearly 18 years ago that he someday would be practicing in the United States, especially in a place called Amherst, 30hio. » I I Nor had he decided that he would '•be one of only 120 or so doctors in 'the U.S. and Canada specializing in pediatric rheumatology and general pediatrics. Jungschaffer, 45, is among the physicians who now staff the Oberlin Clinic's new office in the Liberty Woods office complex off Leavitt Road. Unlil last July, he had no idea where Amherst was let alone Oberlin, where he and his children Johannes, 12, Sebastian, 14, and wife, Lori, live. He is among the growing group of physicians who first entered the City eyes leash law for vicious canines by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The owners of pit bulls and other dogs considered dangerous or vicious may have to register them with the police department under a proposed update of the city's dangerous and vicious dog ordinance. The need to revise the ordinance was prompted by a recent pit bull attack on a young Lorain girl. It was to be discussed by city council's ordinance committee Monday, March 30. Adopted in 1983, the existing law requires the owners of several breeds of bull terriers, including pit bulls, American Staffordshire terriers or mix breed bull terriers, to have at least $50,000 liability insurance to cover attacks on humans or other animals. As suggested by tow director Alan Anderson, the insurance would CONTINUED on page 2 Helmut Jungschaffer medical profession as a nurse. It was a journey that began nearly two decades ago in Germany. Not long after graduating from nursing school, Jungschaffer decided to move up in the medical profession. He worked part-time nights in a German hospital while he went to medical school during the day for six years. Mi* rjiirsp.'s salary financed his fffiRTfral education. He found the change easier to make than if he had enteral the medical profession right out of college. "I could use my previous profession as a nurse as a stepping stone," he explained. Along the way, he became a world traveler of sorts when he decided to participate in a social service project lhat involved helping people with medical needs. He opted to work in the United States because it gave him the chance to travel outside Germany. He ended up in Michigan, where he met his wife, Lori. She went back to Germany wilh him for six years while he finished medical school. Because she is American, he sought a residency in the U.S. and found it wilh a hospital in Philadelphia. His journey continued westward wilh a fellowship with a Cincinnati hospital. It was in Cincinnati lhat he later worked for AWUiip put'iiix for a short while untilWw^rbffered a position with another group practice in Kentucky. The practice was connected with a hospital and those ties didn't offer him the opportunity he wanted in a medical practice. That changed when the clinic offered him a job. Not only does it enable him to treat children, but those who suffer from the early onset of rheumatic diseases. It was during his medical training thai he became fascinated with pediatrics. Not only does he enjoy Heating children, he finds it more gratifying to deal with "people who are going upwards in life than people who tend to be on the down hill swing," he joked. Rheumatic illnesses in children are rare, although they are about as frequent as juvenile diabetes and other chronic childhood diseases. CONTINUED on page 2 Catch a speeder: It's not so easy to do in this town Going up by GLEN MILLER Now that spring finally has sprung, these rambunctious young ladies would rather be outside climbing toward the heavens rather than inside playing. From left are Racrtalle Stempowski, 6, Megan Whaley, 10, and Taylor Stempowski, 3. News-Times reporter Speeders and traffic violators continue to be a source of concern for some residents despite pleas by city officials to slow down and a crackdown by police. The latest concern was voiced by council member John Mishak during a March 23 council meeting because of complaints made to him by a few residents. The councilman said people in residential neighborhoods have witnessed speeders in .areas where children walk or play. Some motorists also have been seen running stop signs and traffic lights. His report drew a frustrating response from safety service director Sherrill McLoda, who said police are patroling areas and have caught some violators. "We're doing just about everything we can but they (police) can't be in every place when they're needed," she said. "It's terrible." Even worse, motorists who crash stop signs don't look lo see if there are children in the area, she added. Mayor John Higgins said he receives at least two complaints a week from residents throughout the city. Extended straightaways or two block areas without stop signs or traffic lights have become speedways for unthinking or uncaring motorists, he added. "You can put a policeman there for a while but after he leaves it's back to the way it was an hour before," the mayor said. Following the meeting, Mishak said he said he thinks aggressive driving and lack of concern about the safely of pedestrians is contributing to the problem. Mishak said he was unaware of the incident but noted it is an example of the lack cf concern among drivers. Complaints aboul speeders and traffic violations have been a frequent topic among council members several times within the last six months. In the past, McLoda has suggested that residents record license numbers so drivers can be contacted by police and warna2d to slow down. Tickets cannot be issued unless violators are seen by police, she said. Police chief William Hall said he was surprised by the complaints because he has not received them or heard about them from city officials. There has been no significant increase in accidents, one indication of more speeding,' he added. Yet police are vigilant. The Cherry Valley neighborhood is one of the areas from where complaints have occasionally originated. Complaints tend to drop off after police step up patrols of the area but may pick up when they stop focusing on the area. Hall said. "In that case we go right back out there again," he added. Mishak said he was especially concerned for school children walking to and from scliool, particularly in neighborhoods where there are no sidewalks. "There's no guarantee these people will slow down when there are kids walking on streets," he added. "That sacares me." It is one reason he and other council members want to set aside a portion of 5600,000 in street repair money for sidewalk rehabilitation and installation. The idea was first floated by Mishak nearly a month ago as council was discussing the need to renew a half percent street repair levy. The existing levy expires in 2000. He reiterated the need to use some of the funds during the March 23 council meeting, although the ordinance governing its use will have to be revised to include sidewalks. It now restricts use of funds for the city's annual street improvement program. The amount of funds reserved for sidewalks will have to be determined by council as part of future discussions on when a CONTINUED on o$tgm 2 ■ » .tan iii
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-04-01|
|Date of Original||01-APR-1998|
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