Amherst News-Times, 1999-06-02
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, ,-A-- _. . . It I I Retiring cop liked helping others — Page 5 I Three tracksters head to state — Pane. 8l Amherst News-Time* OP ■ i >dnosdny Juno 2. 1999 Amherst, Ohio MLS to graduate seniors Sunday at Palace More than 1,300 parents and friends are expected to gather in the Lorain Palace Civic Center to see 288 seniors graduate from Marion L. Steele High School during June 6 commencement exercises. The graduation ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Christopher Robinson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lorain, present ing the baccalaureate address. Also speaking will be MLS principal Fred Holland, superintendent of schools Robert Boynton and other school dignitaries. Other featured speakers include Stephen Szucs, president of the senior class, and Stacy Strickler, a representative of students attending the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. The class valedictorian, who will be announced during June 4 commencement practice, also will address students and adults attending the ceremonies. The practice will be held at 9 a.m. in the Palace Civic Center. Tickets for those wanting to attend the co will be distributcu i~ amm> during the practice session. For more information, call Marion L. Steele High School at 988-4433. \r C Ii t il* I I f a I _ il i OS a h b _ ti 1 Birthday cards bring flood of joy to lifelong resident Nettie Schmidt got a big surprise when she turned 80 on May 25. She was showered with dozens and dozens of birthday cards, some from people she doesn't know. Schmidt, a lifelong Amherst resident, received 80 birthday wishes from 80 friends, family and neighbors she knows and another 80 from people she never has met but would like to someday. The "card shower" was the idea of her daughter, Barbara Shimer, who wanted to remember not only her mother in a special way, but everyone like her who is a "shut- in." Schmidt was left wheelchair bound and speechless by a stroke eight years ago, but remains happy, alert and active. "My idea was that I think other people should think of shut-ins because too often they are forgotten. They don't get out and a lot of people don't see them," Shimer explained. "I want them to* know people remember them and care about them." Some cards came from the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary and Fraternal Order of Eagles auxiliary, organizations to which she belongs. After that, word of Stumer's effort spread by mouth around town. About 20 cards came from fourth graders at Harris Elementary School whose teacher, Kim Gambish, is a friend of the family and wanted to let students express themselves through litde poems. Students enclosed a small picture of themselves. One card read: Eighty years of fun, Eighty years of love, Eighty years of stars shining on you from above, You've had too many happy moments for me to announce But throughout all the years of your life, you're the one that counts. Many well wishers were friends while others were people who remembered from the years she worked at the Ben Franklin store downtown in the 1960s. Still others were from acquaintances she met over the years. It was the many cards, poems and expressions of Sisters carry on Memorial Day's parade tradition to honor their dad by GLEN MILLER Nawa-Timaa reporter •ar* • : On Monday, Geri Rice and her litter Joyce Gam-Rehoreg stood on Washington Avenue as they quietly but efficiently put together Amherst's annual Memorial Day parade. The Marion L. Steele High School marching band went here, the parade cars there and the honored veterans for whom the day is remembered bad their own special place. As usual, everything came off Without a hitch thanks to the two women, even though everybody has learned where to go, where to stand and what to do over the years. ! Still, they have acted as parade bolice. Rice stood at the top of Washington Street giving directions While her sister did the same at the tear. Together, they got the event off to a start without stragglers, last- minute hatches, or delays. • But after 26 years of overseeing the pavade, the two women have decided to make way for naw blood, although Rice said she may be willing to assist her successor. The job waa passed on to them from their father. Most Plato, who began organizing the parade when they were just children. : "I don't want to sound like we're UrJng credit for Memorial Day or the parade m Aniherst. It was going pa a long time before us. We just kind ef acted aa ttewtsdt," Rice ttd. "Now it's time to pass me loach and get aew people involved." : Plato ia • member el American i to lit. which* ily operating out of Veterans of the Foreign Wars Post 1662 on Cleveland Avenue. The VFW and American Legion have shared the honored duty of leading off every other year and will continue to do so. Either VFW or American Legion chaplains have conducted memorial ceremonies at area cemeteries depending on which organization leads the parade. Visits to cemeteries begin at 6 a.m. As children they decorated their bicycles and rode in the parade. As Rice and her brothers or sisters got old enough to drive, they were recruited as drivers who would pick up vets who couldn't march in the parade. They were chauffeured to various . Memorial Day functions and along the parade route in can loaaed by Amherst area auto dealers. But as Rice and Garn-Rehoreg got older, they helped their father organize the parade. He would stand at the top of Washington Avenue along with the marching bands. Rice would be in the middle with various mobile units while her sitter would take up the rear, which it composed of baseball teams. * Eventually, Plato stepped down and they stepped into hit shoes aad continued for 26 yean. In that time, Jheir Oa*gaanizatioa hat become ao good mat Hole work hat to be done the morning of the 10 am. event Everyone knows where to go and whan to Mart. "Thit la jutt a cooperative town that the parade goat off without any problems," Rice mplrtml "It's jutt a maaater of putting each nek in its piece aa k theft** love that have made Schmidt's 80th birthday one that she will remember. Her birthday party wasn't anything special. She shared ice cream and cake with her daughter, her husband, Ted, 85, and granddaughter, Libby Adkins and her husband, James Adkins, and grandchildren, Jimmy and Blair. It was her daughter's idea to mail out fliers announcing the idea to friends while keeping it a secret from her mother, whose bright spot in the day is receiving mail. Shimer suggested cards be mailed May 18 through May 24 and only expected to receive about 85 to 90 cards. She was dumbfounded by the response, especially from the people the family does not know. "It shows there's a lot of <*OaaBaaataajjt°ple out there," she said.*" At first her mother wasn't surprised when one or two cards arrived. That changed May 18 when the mailman save up trying to jam 35' Nettie Schmidt is surrounded by dozens of cards and her f wnily during a small 80th birthday party. Frormnaft are her great grandson, Jimmy, granddaughter, Libby Adkins, daughter Barbara Shimer, and great granddaughter, Bla>r Adkins cards in the Schmidt's mailbox. "She became suspicious and knew something was up but wasn't sure what Eventually, we had to tell her. She's been all excited and all smiles since," her daughter explained. "I don't think I've seen her happier." After all, not many people, especially Schmidt's age, get 153 birthday cards wishing her a happy 80th and a continued good life. Local Boy Scouts line up to appear in the an nual Amherst Memorial Day parade. unit aad that one." The two women tee themselves aa Utde mote man ceoth-ctondnect- mganOa*cha>atnc^musaCaJandi-on- miiacaai parade unitt. Their conducting ;hM-become eaeteovv the yean thanks to a one-day oae of baad- bekl radios from tha Amhent Police Department for inttaat Rice hat been adanmnt about her and her atomr't Memorial Day duties bacapae of her lather's philosophy about tha piapom of Ae day. "Th* ia not a hohm*y hoopla k it a memorial* *e we really aaa doing la heroes." At such, politics have been kept out of the event. Cwiapaigning of any kind has been forbidden, although all elected officials have been invited to participate. Thit year, in election year, candidates were allowed to wear T-ahMi identifying themtelvet. although flien tnd other carnrjaignmg was forbidden. "It't juat iaappvopriaia given the uon for the day and parade," the the public schools as soon at it ia over. Next year. Rice arid the plant to do something different — sit and watch, weihing the hat never Nord grant funds first historical site leader by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Scott Kodger's job aa executive director of the Sandstone Museum Center will be to help bring Amherst's history as the Sandstone; Center of the World to life. Over the next two years, it will be Kodger's responsibility to develop; the museum center on Milan Av-; enue into a small village of sandstone buildings attracting visitors from near and far. Kodger, 29, is working under a two-year grant from the Noid Fam-I ily Foundation that enabled the Anvi herst Historical Society and Sandstone Museum Center to hire him; several weeks ago. "It's a great opportunity because; most places are established, to when! you become executive director you! are just taking over the job," he said.; "Here, I get to help made decisions; creating this museum. It gives me a! chance to pot my own imprint on! it." I It also brought Mm near home. His family is from the •Ve been e Am thing to do and art thing to do," the arid. If* leety made ea appreciate what it. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-06-02|
|Date of Original||02-JUN-1999|
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