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I 1 ! I ! J 1 > Pay raises for AFD — Pa Amherst News-Time; O f-» o o O YD X I r- X M \-i c in o o 3 X O) < X HJ c rn m Mr (fl 3 -t *• O 30 3> >-( < r> m > o Wednesday, February 12, 1997 Amherst, Ohio I ■ Downtown w could be easJL by land purchase City negotiating for parking lot by BILL ROSS Josh Dotson is joined by small-group instruction tutor Rebecca Miltenberger, as they discuss the results at a social studies exam. Miltenberger says that Josh has flourished this year after receiving the individualized instruction that small-group tutoring provides. Special teacher puts boy on track by BILL ROSS News-Times raportar Sometimes all one needs is a clean slate to turn a life around — which may not be so easy if you are a kid who seems to have been a magnet for trouble for as long as you can remember. But at Shupe Middle School, there is a woman who finds joy in encouraging kids with learning problems to get back on the right track — and she has been helping one child with special needs to turn his life around. He's turned his life around trading streets for schools Joshua Dotson is 11 years old and. has lived with Ids paternal grandmother, Betty Dotson, since be was one and a half months old. According to his graiadrnother, both Josh and his sister Heather (now IS), were destined to have problems because both of their parents drank, used drugs, and fought incessantly. One day a friend of Josh's mother called David Dotson, tbe children's father, iQJnform him thai, they had been abandoned by their mother in a motel room. David found them in the unlocked room and took them to live with his mother, because he had too many problems of his own to handle them by himself. He lived with them in the home on Jackson Street, owned by Betty Dotson's 84-year-old mother, Lillian Meyers, for the next four years. Josh's father continued to have problems with drinking and drugs, and then to make matters worse, had to undergo chemotherapy and col- balt treatments for Hodgkins Lynqthoma. ,. ^^^ .. .■„_._^1 "Those treatments were just making him become violent and he couldn't handle the pressure of being a father, so he left us about seven years ago," Dotson explains. She adds that her son is now in remission, but continues to have other problems in his life. CONTINUED on page 2 News-Times reporter The lack of public parking space in downtown Amherst could be a thing of the past if negotiations between the city and Milad Abraham — who has a prime parcel of land up for sale — are successful. At the city council meeting held on Jan. 27, council members ordered the safety/service director to negotiate with Abraham for the property. At the end of the council meeting, an executive session was requested by mayor John Higgins in order to discuss the deal with members of council — as well as with Abraham, who was also in attendance. Higgins said later the city is making progress on the deal; the property is located at the northeast corner of Church Street and Tenny Avenue. Higgins said the city has entered into preliminary negotiations with Abraham, and although he would not discuss a sale price, the mayor said the amount could be paid over a 20-year period through cash raised by parking meters and parking permits. "Right now, approximately 42 percent of the parking in the downtown area is being used by long- term needs," Higgins said, adding ihat these are spaces being occupied by business owners, employees and tenants who live above businesses. Higgins said drivers with long- term needs could buy permits for the lot, with a special section set aside for their use. Then, the downtown parking spaces in front of businesses could be designated as "courtesy parking spots," limited to two hours of use. The two-hour limit would be strictly enforced, unlike the current procedure, where a ■ complaint needs to be lodged before, action is taken. The lot is big enough for about 80'. spaces, according to the mayor, who' adds that "we would need to provide • additional drainage, grading, land-, scaping, safety lighting and curbing! in order to create a suitable parking facility." Higgins said the cost for the project would be about $59,000, which does not include the purchase price of the property. The estimate also does not in-; elude the price of meters. Currently, there is only one off-' site municipal parking area near downtown Amherst, which is adjacent to the Amherst Cinema on Church Street and only has a limited amount of space. There is also an area designated as municipal parking that is located on the south side of the Conrail tracks, between West and Church streets, but much of that land is actually owned by Conrail. "The problem there is that kids have been known to throw things at parked cars from the tracks, and we just recently had a vehicle towed from there that had been so severely vandalized that the owner probably just gave up on it," Higgins said. If negotiations with Abraham are successful, the city will use the firm of Butler Wick &. Company, wtoa would into the best possible finance package for the city, which could take about three months. Under a best-case scenario, the mayor said the project would be completed in August. 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The Fishers have known each other since grade school, and used to hang out with a group of kids who spent their summers together in Lorain. Theltna, who at 85 years old, has a couple of years on her husband, got out of school first and went off to many before she and Joseph ever had a chance to get to know each other on a different level. Joseph also got married and moved with his first wife to Elyria. But things didn't work out and Joseph moved back to Lorain. This was somewhere around 1937, according to Joseph. Just before Joseph returned to Lorain, Thelma's fust husband was lulled and left her widowed with six children. Joseph does not really remember when and where he ran into her, but once they met up again, the sparks began to fly. "I started taking ncr on roller skating dates — we had a great time at that roller rink," Joseph Joseph and Thelma Fisher relax at Amherst Manor during one of Joseph's daily five-hour visits. Although Thelma would prefer to still be living with Joseph at the Westwoods Mobilie Home Park, she requires medical attention that her husband is unable to provide, so his regular visits are the next best thing. said with a smile. They continued to date for about six years before tying the knot, and Thelma said all of her children took to him from the start: "He was always so kind to them — and they just loved him so much." When asked if he had any Ue- pidetion about marrying a woman with six lads, Joseph replied: "No, it didn't scare me a bit, I bad a ready-made family." There were two boys and four girls, the youngest was only six months old when Joseph and Thelma started dating. "He took to her like a fish to Thelma said. Ova the years, the Fishers have had their share of family tragedies, having lost three of their children along the way, but their special bond is what has helped them to overcome adversity. Their secret to a long and happy marriage is, according to Joseph, "Just doing your best to get along," and Thelma added "If you don't like it, just don't fight — my grandmother always told me to leave it at the bedroom door." Joseph was drafted into the army during World War II and was an artillery man on an M-7. He had a few close calls but regular leaers from Thelma helped pass the time. After returning home, Joseph worked at U.S. Steel until retiring 35 years later. Upon retirement, the Fishers downsized and bought a mobile home — and that is when they really started to have fun, according to Joseph. "In 197S we bought a brand new car and put 150,000 miles on it in less than four years." They have been all over the CONTINUED on pags S -~ .. ■■■*■ I ***** hi ii ess is <\m*m\*m*m*w*a*weB*****y*..*mm**m\*w%%& * ■ * ■ >, ■■ I i " t ■•■ -_- -l -■-!■■■- • • ■ m lam aji,
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-02-12|
|Date of Original||12-FEB-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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