Amherst News-Times, 2000-01-19
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I Mary' s gone; pet shop thrives — Page 2 Two guys start flooring firm — P Amherst News-Time —| _J Wednesday, January 19, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Students face expulsion for bomb thre Fallout from the Jan. 3 prank bomb threat called in to Marion L. Steele High School, has become no laughing matter for the three senior students involved with the incident. The bomb threat caused the temporary evacuation of the school while authorities searched the building. Ronald Gargiulo, 18, of 230 Sleepy Hollow Drive, who will be tried on inducing panic charges in Oberlin Court at the end of the month, was given a punishment of an 80-day school expulsion by school superintendent Bob Boynton. The 80-day expulsion is the maximum allowable days of expulsion that can be handed out. "We can not and will not tolerate this kind of behavior," Boynton said. The 17-year-old female accused of actually placing the threat was also given an 80-day expulsion. She also faces charges of inducing a panic. Neither will be able to make up missed assignments or tests. The superintendent would not comment on how this will effect graduation for the two seniors, but did mention options. "In the hearings with the students and their parents we discussed the educational options for each (student)," Boynton said. The stiff penalties were handed down as a deterrent for others who might be considering their own senior escapades. The third member, a 17-year-old male, who is facing delinquency charges for failing to report a felony in progress, will be allowed to return to school following a 10-day suspension, because he was not a participant in the bomb threat. I i ■j '•i i lit |w IVI 'First lady' of Amherst likes husband's hobby but prefers motherhood by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter If you meet mayor John Higgins, and you are expecting his wife to be a Hillary Clinton Higgins, your expectations must change. While Marilyn Higgins is the first lady of Amherst, she would probably be better described as the first mom of Amherst. Marilyn, who graduated from SL Mary's High School in Lorain in 1958, openly admits she is not political, by nature. And while she graduated from Dyke College (now David Myers) as a paralegal, she was more inclined to stay home with three kids, and never pursued a career in law. She remained at home until the youngest, Mary Lynn, was 12. Mary Lynn is now 28, middle son Tim is 30, and the eldest, Tom, is 32. When she did decide to go to work, she chose the Lakeland Insti tute Alcohol Treatment Center, and was there until it closed some IS years later. "There is a need for this type of center in Lorain County," Marilyn Higgins said. "I really liked it there because all the doctors and nurses were just like family." Family probably sums up Marilyn Higgins. "When the kids were young, it was nothing to have 30 of their friends over here on the weekends. Of course, during those sleep-overs I was up all night to ensure the girls stayed upstairs and the boys downstairs," Higgins replied with a chuckle. When they all got up, the Hig- ginses cooked them breakfast One of the "kids" referred to the Higgins household as Camp David, but Marilyn still insisted he pick his clothes off the floor during his visits. The Higginses once owned Nemo's Pizza in Vermilion, and planned on turning it over to Mary. Mary wasn't all that interested, and trying to keep good help was a constant battle. The shop became a burden, so they sold the business. Marilyn did the books but managed to avoid delivering pizzas. Currently Marilyn is a deputy auditor, and works for Lorain County auditor Mark Stewart. The Higginses have had so much fun as parents that it grieves her that there are so many one parent families, and if she could wave a magic wand, all kids would have two parents. She would rather work with kids than anything else. "My dream is to work with teens and be a youth minister," Marilyn said. Both the mayor and first Lady Higgins enjoy history,'and Marilyn would like to be a decent or charac- CONTINUED on page 2 Acres' residents recall memories by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter At the Golden Acres senior home, some of the residents were bom around the beginning of the 20th century. They faced living in a new century. What do they remember? What was important to them? Opal Hambley was bom in 1906 in Kywonee. DI. She was six when her family moved to Lorain, when her dad came to work at the steel plant. She has vague memories of the Titanic disaster, which happened around the time they moved. She remembers when houses were heated with coal, then fuel oil, and when they converted to gas light and heat She remembers when electric heat was introduced. "I quit school after eighth grade, married and became a housewife," Hambley said. Her second child, Charles Jr., was bom during the Great Depression. Her youngest child, Judith, was afflicted with rheumatic fever. The damage to Judith's heart forced the family, per doctor's orders, to take her to a warmer climate. Opal, her husband Charles, oldest child Beverly, Charles Jr. and Judith settled in Florida. The passing of Opal's husband in 1986, coupled with some severe family problems, compelled her to return to Amherst and move in with daughter Beverly. Georgette Ingersol, bora in 1921, remembers the farmers' picnic at Crystal Beach Amusement Park. Crystal Beach was a small version of Cedar Point, located on the lake in Vermilion. The last vestiges of the old park — the dance hall, was razed during the early 1970s, to nuke way for the Erie County Bank building. Helen Vanes, bom in 1917. remembered the dances that were regularly held at Alberta Beach, another lakefront community in Vermilion. Raymond Riechart grew up in the same house he was bom in at Lorain in 1913. His family had a model T Ford that was a "pistol to start." "We had to get up at 3 a.m. to get the car going so we could go to Cedar Point We put our picnic baskets on the running boards. If you hit the brakes too hard, you didn't have any lunch," Riechart remembered. Riechart's dad had a job during the Depression, so they weren't as hard pressed as other families during those years. His dad did lose most of their money when the banks went belly up during the 1929 stock market crash. Emma Kinzel was bom in 1911, and lived near Oberlin most of her life. She remembers traveling to town in horse drawn buggy, and that the milkman came around with a horse drawn milk wagon. Margaret Stuart remembers her brother telling them about his experience in Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7,1941. He was asleep when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and an explosion literally threw him out of bed. Several of them remembered the Jewel Tea man, who came around with a horse drawn wagon and at first just sold tea. As the business grew, Jewel Tea became a department store on wheels. Burlene Cutlip was bom in 1918 in Kentucky. She used to hunt with a .22 caliber rifle, bringing home such delicacies as rabbit squirrel and 'possum. Should you live to be almost one hundred, and given that at such time you are just like those interviewed who already are nearly one hundred, highs and lows all appear to level out Most of those interviewed appeared to be excited just to be able lo remember any fragment of their lives — good or bad. Concern or interest in the days of yore faded rapidly as they became aware that lunch was being served. Marilyn Higgins, Amherst's first lady and first Mom. Despite layoffs, EMH says hospital to stay open here by STEVE BARRY Emma Kinzel News-Times reporter Amherst Hospital experienced heavy smoke in the visitor's elevator around 11 a.m. on Thursday Jan. 13. The Amherst Fire Department was called out and South Amherst units also responded to the scene as a back up. There really was no fire. There were no flames. We just had a motor overheat and it has been replaced," explained spokesperson Lois Koehler. "We ventilated out the elevator shaft and cleared out the smoke," said Amherst Fire Chief Ralph Zilch. According to Koehler the problem was so minimal that there was no need to evacuate anyone from the building, nor were any injuries reported. Other developments at Elyria Memorial Hospital, which now owns Amherst Hospital, have been a little more serious than just smoke in an elevator shaft, and have affected the jobs of around 15 people at Amherst CONTINUED on page 12 Visiting grandmother slips; suing schools Vlckl Nowlck Raymond Reichert This has not been a very good start to the millennium for school superintendent Bob Boynton or the Amherst school system. A bomb threat on Jan. 3, a drug bust later in the week, and then Boynton read in the paper that he is being sued on top of everything else. According to the lawsuit filed Jan. 10 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court Beverly Oney was permanently injured while visiting her granddaughter at Shupe Middje School on Jan. 13, 1998. Oney is reported to have fallen in the hallway of the school after slipping on food mat had been dropped on the floor, and fractured her patella (knee cap) causing further complications. The suit names me board of education, superintendent Bob Boynton, principal Stephen Demko and the janitor/janitorial service as defendants in the case. Boynton was a principal at the school at the time of the incident. The name of me janitor or janitorial service was not known at the time of the filing. - The suit claims that those named were negligent in not warning Oney of the "unsafe condition of the hallways." Overcrowded conditions in the school have "spilled over" into the lunch time ritual, where students are forced to go to the cafeteria to receive their lunch, then carry that lunch back to their rooms to eat it If a child spills all or part of his or her lunch in transit an unsafe condition could exist arxordmg to the suit According to the suit Oney's injuries have forced her to endure physical and emotional pain preventing her from going to work, subsequently causing her lost wages. The Oneys are seeking $25,000 h damages. According to Boynton. The matter will be tuned over to the f ance company, aad they will I it" I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-01-19|
|Date of Original||19-JAN-2000|
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