Amherst News-Times, 2000-02-16
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Mayor marries Valentine's — Page 3 Collector's dreams stolen — Pag< k > i *, ; : :■ r Amherst News-Time Wednesday, February 16, 2000 Amherst, Ohio a Forest Street is site of sewer improvement by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Eight proposed ordinances, took council three hours to resolve at the Feb. 7 council committee meetings. Committee sent an ordinance to the council floor concerning a proposed improvement in the Forest Street sanitation sewer system. But getting the ordinance to the floor was not as easy as one might think. Residents from West Street, who had sewer work done on their street, complained to council members about the length of time from when the pipes were laid and functional, until the road crews resurfaced their street Unforeseen snags delayed the project on West Street, according to mayor John Higgins. Council seemed moderately concerned that such a problem didn't occur with the sewer work on Forest Street That is not something the mayor or anyone else can promise, especially since the Forest Street project has known problems that could cause delays. The line was originally laid on top of a sandstone ledge, and there is no fall to the line. According the Higgins, when contractors first installed the line years ago, they encountered the sandstone ledge. There weren't the number of houses back then, and there may not have been the necessary equipment to deal with such a problem, so rather than remove the ledge and install the line properly, contractors set the line on top of the ledge. For a drain pipe to operate efficiently, there must be drop or fall, so that one end of the pipe is lower than the other end. The degree of fall dictates how much water a line can handle, and with Forest Street having an almost horizontal lay of the line, the flow is virtually nonexistent Adding to the problem is the large number of residents whose downspouts discnarge airecuy into the sanitation sewer. Downspouts discharging into the storm or sanitary sewer violates city code, Higgins explained. The problem develops when rainstorms dump water on the city and roof runoff flushes into the sanitation sewer. The rainwater causes a CONTINUED on page 3 * > ': __P ■"•■ HovJ nal Hi 4H ^-^M Srlfe-M—**" HI i f ' •" _ ".'■% Mayor John Higgins and his dog Torrie. Torrie is a daddy's dog who will not tolerate someone sitting in her spot next to the mayor. Police chief Bill Hall enjoys a special friendship with his dog, Polly. Cats Cherokee and Scooter belong to safety/service director Sherrill McLoda. Best friends do come in all shapes and sizes by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter It has been said that people get pets with personalities like their own and that some pets and their owners start to look alike. A person who purchases an iguana will probably debunk that theory...then again, maybe not Family pets do tend to end up part of the family. Often a child will have a pet then go off to college and then the pet becomes his or her replacement The concept of a dog and his or her owner looking alike has its first major setback when you look at Torrie. Torrie is mayor John Hig- gins's 13-year-old sheep dog (somewhat of a champaign color) with so much fur it flows down over her face and eyes. She is the Higginses' third dog inJJ5 years. „ There is no" question however, that Torrie is a daddy's dog. Probably most dogs get a little nervous during a thunderstorm but during one particularly rousing thunderstorm, Torrie, who normally sleeps at Higgins's feet clawed her way under the sheets and right up next to his nonor. Higgins awoke with a start, "I though I woke up next to vjplf man." Torrie refuses to go outside for anyone but the mayor and even Higgins can raise his voice toward his wife Marilyn, without a warning bark from Torrie. If you visit the mayor, don't try to sit next to him — that's Torrie's spot She will slide between visitors and the mayor, wiggle and squirm until she has moved them out of her spot Bed time doesn't escape her either. She will stand in front of Higgins and give a whiny growl as if to say — "Hey do you know what time it is?" The pup isn't fond of anyone cutting in on her beauty rest A small male mixed breed dog named Peanuts happens to own utilities superintendent Don Woodings and family. How else can you explain a grown man wrapping a little dog in a baby blanket and smuggling him into a Charleston hotel where dogs are not permitted? "I was patting and talking to the dog like it was a baby," Woodings CONTINUED on page 6 (■« Area vet honored by French consul for his role in war by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter The French government hasn't forgotten the American World War II vets, who ultimately freed France from German occupation. The French Consul General in cooperation with U.S. Congressman Paul Gilmor held a ceremony on Feb. 11, in Napoleon, Ohio, honoring veterans involved with the D-Day invasion of Normandy. D-Day Veterans could purchase a medal commemorating their achievement (the French government ran out of medals to give to vets), and they received a certificate of appreciation from the French government One local man saw action at Normandy, and received his award at Napoleon last Friday. Don Krebs, who will celebrate his 76th birthday in March, was the sonar man (or ping jockey) on a Navy destroyer supporting landing forces at Omaha and Utah beaches. Krebs had just recently been assigned to a brand new destroyer, the USS Harding. He was a crew member when the ship was'commissioned. After the shakedown cruise, they were assigned to cover convoys destined for North Africa. When the invasion of Nor mandy was imminent, the Harding was assigned to shell German gun emplacements firing on Army Rangers who were scaling the cliff at Pointe de Hawke. After the cliff was secure they were given another assignment Germans tanks, equipped with large cannons, were returning fire on the allied support ships from the yard of a church. The Germans placed a spotter in the steeple of the church, to assist tank gunners in accurately dropping their rounds onto allied ships. The Harding was assigned the job of removing the advantage the spotter had, by removing the steeple from the church. Then they were to take out the tanks. The mayor of Vervilles owned a house direcUy behind the church. The Germans had run him and his family out of the house, and converted it to a headquarters. During the batde the Harding took off the steeple, and destroyed the mayor's house as weU. While the battle raged. Krebs kept advising his captain on water depth. The water depth was dropping appreciably, and Krebs kept informing the CO. that water depth was getting critical. The intensity of the conflict and mission of the ship kept the captain's attention. Krebs raised his sonar gear juat bo- World War II veteran Don Krebs is still able to wear his dress uniform from the Navy, fore the ship ran aground. The ship had to back off the rocks. The Harding sustained enough damage from going aground mat she had to return to England to replace the sonar dome and one of the ship's screws (propellers). Krebs's quick action saved the sonar equipment and saved him countless hours of repair. Aler Nocmandy, Krebs and the Harding supported the invasion on Toulon and Marseille in Southern France from positions in the Mediterranean. Once the beach heeds were established the Harding was reassigned and refitted. She was converted from a destroyer to a destroyer mine sweeper and renumbered the DMS 28. The Harding was sent to Okinawa, in support of the invasion there. During the battle, a Kamikaze pilot broke through the air defenses and crashed into the ship just below the second five inch gun on the bow of the ship. The force of the explosion went downward, blowing off 30 feet of the can's (slang for destroyer) keel, and opening up the bow like an air scoop. The ship was full speed ahead when the explosion CONTINUED on page 2 Teens get chance to 'shadow' along on business days by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Shadowing employees of the work world was the assignment recently for Nord Junior High School students who set out to learn more about their favored professions. The day picked for shadowing observation is Groundhog Day, and a correlation between the project and observance of Groundhog Day emerges. Shadowing day is an extension of the school's Career Education Program. A number of students found people to shadow in some interesting fields. Fourteen-year-old Brian Deitz would like to enter the field of sports broadcasting, and found WTAM (1100 AM) radio station in Cleveland, a willing mentor. He learned about technical difficulty at the outset of his experience. The computer that controls the timing and playing of WTAM's commercial spots had crashed, and the ah* personalities had to wing commercials the old fashion method — by hand. "It's a lot more difficult then you think it would be just listening to the radio," said Deitz. Brian was behind the scenes with air personalities Tom Moore, who brings the news at the top and bottom of the hour, and Bob Frantz. France's show keyed on the salary of players and pending free agency of Indian's slugger Manny Ramirez. Brian's favorite air personality is WTAM's Bruce Drennan. Not long ago Brian did a play-by- play of an Indian's baseball game at the Jake. It wasn't aired, but k was taped and Brian kept the tape. That Ross Javornik Brian Deitz the Rangers pounded Tribe something like 15-3. CONTINUED on page 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-02-16|
|Date of Original||16-FEB-2000|
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