Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-09
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Counterfeit bills circulating — Page 7 Interchange is put on hold — Pat Amherst News-lime Wednesday, April 9, 1997 Amherst, Ohio o ►-> o o O <£, X X <~ 00 (-1 M c: cr> o o ^ x co < x M emu 00 I— (/) 3 H I» O ■J} » l-l < o m j> '.■:■ o n *_. m < O X Governor pitches house bill to aid adoption process during local visit by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Governor George V. Voinovich paid a visit to Wendy's Restaurant at 604 Leavitt Road last week during a month-long campaign geared toward improving conditions for Ohio's children. The governor was here Thursday to support Wendy's International for its efforts in adoption campaigns and to announce that Northeast Ohio has been chosen to be the pilot area for AdoptOhio, a practice reform initiative that complements House Bill 419. The bill was passed last spring to streamline the adoption process. Voinovich met with six foster and adoptive families, along with their 17 children, and told them that "you arc the real stars of all of this." Also in attendance were state representative Bill Taylor, whose district includes Amherst, and representatives from social service agencies, the governor's office and Wendy's International. Voinovich told the audience, "This week kicked off a month-long campaign to celebrate the month of the young child," which focuses on everything from early education, to adoption and parental training. "Wc have redefined education," the governor said. "It starts at conception." He elaborated by saying thai prenatal care, well-baby care and nutrition all contribute to redefining education. During his visit, Voinovich met with ihe families, handing out special teddy bears to the kids, telling jokes and getting some background information on them. "Parents are the most important people in education," the governor said, adding that "the well-being of our children is our highest priority." Voinovich presented a plaque to Robert Bolton, president of the Northeastern Ohio Cooperative of Wendy's franchises, and Sandy Heller, field marketing Manager for CONTINUED on page 3 Above, Governor George V. Voinovich greets representatives from Wendy's and social service agencies during his visit last week to promote the month of the child. At right, the kids were the stars of the show who were also treated to some Wendy's fare. Cohen clears the way for her boss When it comes to organizing events and appearances for the governor, such as last week's Wendy's appearance, experience goes a long way. Mardelc Cohen, director of special events for die governor, said that not counting travel time, she can organize an appearance by the governor in as little as 45 minutes. '"With April being the 'month of the young child,' the governor has seven or eight separate appearances throughout the state, and my job is to make sure things run smoothly," Cohen' said. "The first thing I do is get a contact name and then visit the location and ask the contact what they would like to see." In this case tne contact person was Patti Jo Burtneu from Lorain County Children's Services, who was in charge of organizing the foster and adoptive families to visit Wendy's to help kick of the AdoptOhio initiative. Cohen quickly set the agenda from there, and concentrated on logistics, parking and security measures. She received additional help from Wendy's International field marketing manager Sandy Heller, franchise coop president Robert Bolton, and Jann Hef- fner, the director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which helped to ensure the event wag*o*wm:__r>n such a timely mafBiW. """"*"' The governor normally travels with one security person, who is part of a three-member select team of highway patrol officers who rotate the duty. At last week's Wendy's visit, two of the patrolmen were keeping an eye on things because of the way the trip had been divided between plane and car. Cohen's unflappable nature and sense of humor, coupled with the organization skills of a drill sergeant, are what makes her a perfect candidate for the job. Before the governor arrived at Wendy's, she took to the podium and outlined the event to everyone present from start to finish — efficient, but not overbearing. As the governor's visit wound down, Cohen could be seen schmoozing with government officials, department beads and little children with equal ease. "It's really not as difficult as people might believe to put something like this together," she said. Easy for her to say. / I' Foster parents ready for challenge Small family to open their hearts, home to homeless by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Becoming a foster parent isn't for everybody — it often involves accepting a child or children who have been removed from homes because of abuse or neglect. According to Patti-Jo Burtneu of Lorain County Children's Services, there is only one family in Amherst presently who has a foster child through Children's Services, as well as one couple who recently became eligible to receive a foster child. Debbie and Rick Leidenheimer have completed a battery of interviews, inspections and classes, and now they are hoping to bring a foster child inu) their Middle Ridge Ro-d home as soon as possible. Debbie Leidenheimer, 40, who works for the Lorain County Metropolitan Housing District, said that her experiences while working there are what planted the desire to help out a child in need. "My job involves finding housing for people with low-incomes, and so often I come across women who for one reason or another have had their children removed from their custody," Leidenheimer said. "I thought to myself, 'if I can make the difference for even one child, it would make me very happy.'" But Leidenheimer did not have only herself to consider, and had to pilch the idea to Rick — as well as taking into account the needs of Vandals target cars, windows in drive-by shooting spree here The Leidenheimer*, Rick. Britney and Debbie, are hop- than enough room and plenty ol love to give to the new ing to hear soon about when they will be able to bring a addition, foster child into their home. They say they have more their own two-and-a-half-year-old and at first he was a little apprehen- task?,' and I told him I was ready, daughter, Britney. , Jive," she admits. "He asked me, "! approached Rick with the idea, 'Do you really want to lake on this CONTINUED on page 15 Police have few clues to help them arrest vandals who targeted cars and buildings between March 26 and March 29. At 3:49 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, the Amherst Police Department received the first of four calls that day regarding windows that had been shot out, apparently by a BB gun. A business, a residence and two vehicles were all the targets of the apparent random act, and detective Alex Molnar said that no suspects have been identified. "It appears that in all the incidents where a BB gun was used, the shots originated from the street," Molnar said. "Apparently the suspect or suspects were driving around choosing their targets at random." Although the reports of the broken windows all came on Thursday, the actual vandalism could have occurred anytime between 5 pjn. Wednesday and early Thursday morning when the first broken window was noticed, according to Molnar. No one reported hearing the attacks take place. At 7:35 p.m. that same day, a resident of Sheffield Lake reported to police that someone had spray-painted her car while it was parked at Crystal Mortgage on Park Avenue. Then two days later on March 29, « resident of Elyria called police around 10 p.m., and told them that someone had broken the windshield of her car with a bowling pin that she found in the front seat while the vehicle was parked in front of Park Lanes. She said she believed the bowling pin may have been stolen from a display case inside Park Lanes. An hour and fifteen minutes after ihe bowling pin report, a police officer noticed a windshield had been broken out of a vehicle that was parked on Cleveland Avenue behind Al's Bar A Grill, and he contacted the owner inside. The cause of the broken windshield could not be determined. Molnar does not know whether the incidents are related; in cases with few clues, patrolman often file the report without passing it to the detective bureau. "If it is something like the BB gun vandalism where there are multiple incidents, we lake a look at it," Molnir said. "But if it is an isolated act of vandalism, the report will just be filed un- CONTINUED 041 page 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-09|
|Date of Original||09-APR-1997|
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