Amherst News-Times, 1998-04-08
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Fans bid farewell to coach — Page 2 Plaza gets new tenants — Page 3 3 Vmherst News-Times -n j> April 8, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents j faces hard I >s without L.-.e business locating here by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The city may face some asconomic tough times within the next five to 10 years unless it can attract industry and business to help pay for the increasing cost of providing services. Without more industry, mayor John Higgins said the cost of providing services through residential property tax will hit the "break even point," not long after the millennium. 'That will make it hard to get any capital improvement projects done," jhe added. The mayor said he expects to discuss his concerns with council in the coming weeks as p^t of an effort to boost economic development and rcvitali/ation in the city. His fears have been spurred by the city's unprecedented residential growth over the last six or seven years without aexompanying indust rial or business development. Industry rather than residential development, provides the bulk of the taxable income needed to pay for the continued upkeep of the city. It is corporate and income tax from il that generates the kind of income needed to maintain and expand services, he explained. Based on what other cities have experienced, residential growth usually costs more in services than it produces in taxable income. Cities such as Avon, Grafton and Avon Lake that have experienced the same growth have more industry than does Amherst, Higgins said. Despite its growth, the Nordson Corporation remains the city's main industry even though motorcycle manufacturer KTM has started to build a new corporate headquarters on Milan Avenue. The mayor said he can't predict how much longer the city's residential growth will continue, although CONTINUED on page 3 New MLS associate principal is hired by APRIL MILLER Topsy turvy Zack Jenkins, 13, enjoys turning his world upside down and backward and forward as he jumps on a larqe trampoline outside his North Ridge Road home. He said last week's unseasonably warm summer-like weather was reason enough to jump up and down. News-Times reporter A new face will be joining the school administration next year. Thomas Lehman, assistant principal at Vermilion High School, will replace Richard Roth as associate principal at Marion L. Steele High School. Lehman's three-year contract becomes effective July 1. "The reputation and stability both with personnel and finances made me interested in the Amherst district," Lehman said. For the past six years, Lehman has been the assistant principal in Vermilion. Before joining Vermilion, he was a teacher for 10 years, working in Margaretta, Portage County and Summit County. He has also worked as a basketball coach. Lehman, his wife Janis and their two children, Elizabeth, 12, and Casey, 8, reside in Vermilion. He said he has no plans to move to Amherst His daughter, who will enter high school in a few years, doesn't want to change schools. CONTINUED on page 3 mT •:- * Is* w*»:- Lions, Leos prepare for hunt — Easter style Dozens of children 10 and under will swarm into Maude Nciding Park along with their parents on Saturday, April 11 in search of small treasures that will probably be gobbled up within minutes. It will be Amherst's annual Easter egg hunt, an activity that often turns into a mini foray once volunteers from the Lions and Leo clubs turn lots of wide-eyed kids loose at 11 a.m. Members of the Leo Club, the junior version of the Lion's Club, will start concealing plastic eggs filled with goodies early in the morning. Hopefully, the foraging will take a while, although the pains the Leos take in hiding the eggs probably will be for naught. Leo Club members will spend several hours stuffing chocolates and other goodies into the plastic eggs on Good Friday only to have their work consumed in a much shorter time. "They'll (the eggs) probably will be gone in three or four minutes. The kids just kind of sense them," event director and Lion's Club member David Rice said. No one is sure when the hunt started, bul il was at least 25 years ago. "It's more like a charge of children," he added. "It's hard to imagine until you've seen it." The annual hunt originally was the work of the former Amhersi Jay- cees, a group that became PACE (People of Amhersi for Community Enrichment), according to former organizer Charlene Godfrey. But things have changed. The eggs are no longer real. The Lion and Leo clubs purchased 8,000 reusable plastic eggs two years ago when they took over the annual event from the now defunct Amherst Chamber of Commerce. "Nobody wanted to sit around trying to color that many eggs just io have them eaten or get broken," Rice said. "Besides, it prevents kids from the possibility of getting a bad The egg hunt costs about $600 to sponsor and is basically a joint operation between the adult and junior Lions' groups. It takes about five or six hours to stuff the eggs with the candy goodies and another two to place them throughout the park. It takes a lot less time to find them because the majority are placed in easily seen places and are gathered up by three waves of excited children. "It's done that way bwause otherwise you'd have big kids stepping over the smaller ones who might get trampled on and not get anything," he explained. About 2,000 eggs are the easiest to find. They are for kids four and under while another 3,000 are for five- to seven-year-olds. Aboul 3,000 arc for eight, nine and 10 year-olds and usually are the most carefully hidden but quickly found. A few eggs arc put aside for safe keeping to make sure stragglers and children who don't find any get a few. "Otherwise, we'd have some tears and frowns. That's something we try to avoid because this is supposed to be a fun lime lor everyone," Rice said. "It's work for us but fun for them and that's what it's all about." Community Good Friday service will be held at historic chapel The Amherst Historical Society is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a year-long slate of activities. Coinciding with the actual date that the society was organized was the 100th anniversary that the village of Amherst was incorporated as North Amherst Since that date falls on Good Friday, members of the society feel it is fitting that the date be commemorated by having the community-wide Good Friday service in St. George Chapel on the site of the Amhersi Sandstone Center on Milan Avenue. This service will be conducted — at 7 p.m. — by the Ministerial Association of Amherst churches. Rev. Noah Oxley, president of the association, is in charge. The public is welcome; however, seating in the chapel is limited. Other activities coming up during the year will include an historic tour of Amherst homes in June, the annual Jamboree in July, a community picnic in August, and an Antiques and Collectibles show/sale in September. The regular meetings of the society are held on the fourth Wa^dnesday of each month and will have special features throughout the year. In April, the attendees are encouraged to bring artifacts to display and explain; in May, the program will be Unmentionables 1850-1950; the September meeting will feature a nationally recognized speaker on Teddy Bears; another nationally recognized speaker, Pat Leimbach, will entertain at the October meeting; in December an ethnic Christmas will be featured. The final event of tLe anniversary year will be a Christmas gala honoring volunteers. All events tire open to the public. He saved pilot from cloudy demise by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Dick Goddard and Don Webster may have been weather forecasters longer than John Kowalcski, but they haven't helped save a life or been presented a bronze award for heroic service by the U.S. government Kowalcski, a meteorologist working at the Cleveland Air Traffic Control Center in Oberlin, helped save the life of a small plane pilot by guiding him to the ground during heavy cloud cover in early November 1996. An employee of the National Weather Service (NWS), Kowaleski was on duty at the center when a Cessna pilot became trapped in heavy cloud cover while flying over Wheeling, W.Va at about 10,000 feet. He had no instruments and was surrounded by clouds so thick he couldn't see where he was going. To make matters worse, the distressed pilot was running perilously low on fuel as the sun was beginning to sink into the horizon. The pilot adled the air traffic controllers for help. They immediately called on Kowaleski's expertise. Studying weather satellite imagery, the Amhersi man detected a small break in the clouds over Mor- gantown, W.Va., several miles south of where the plane was flying. Working with air traffic controllers, Kowaleski guided the frightened pilot by turning him around so John Kowaleski takes a moment from his work at the FAA center to talk to the media about the award he received lor saving a pilot's life, using his weather forecasting capabilities. lhal he could find the small break in the clouds. When he did, the pilot descended until he reached a lower altitude, where visibility markedly improved. He was then able to find his way to Wheeling, where he safely landed for the night Kowaleski provides the FAA facility with aviation weather reports in the several hundreds of miles of airspace for which it is responsible. "I'm here for safety purposes and to try to stay ahead of the weather," he explained. "Il can keep you on your toes. Obviously, the safety part paid off in this case." For his quick thinking and meteorological skill, the U.S. Commerce Department — the weather service's parent agency — awarded Kowaleski a bronze medal, one of the NWS's highest honors. Kowaleski was proud bul sur prise by the honor bestowed on him last December, especially since it had been more than a year since the incident occurred. "It wasn't just me, there were other people (air traffic controllers) involved, loo. They are the ones who helped him keep his head and were in contact with him," he said. And he's also performed similar CONTINUED on page 17
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-04-08|
|Date of Original||08-APR-1998|
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