Amherst News-Times, 2000-11-22
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**f * ■ ■ Fay remembers town smithy — Page 4 Comet spiker is Miss Volleyball — F Amherst News-Time —t n -> o "3 o .0 x x /- X M - = S 3 3 I 3 C J OB < X H — "i r-i Hi t- to • B .-i -» » z> -^ » -I '0 < n ••» -fl J> s I— jO i/1 3 Wednesday, November 22, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Library will be housed in temporary site while renovations carried out by JASON TOMASZEWSKI ________ ^WtMrnm^Am^m m mmmmmmmaaa 4a\& news-1 nn*s raponer i For die first time since 1976 the Amhent Public Library will be undergoing a massive remodeling . mmmm_____% project. : The entire inside of the library will be receiving a facelift Everything from new desks and shelves, to new carpet and lights, will transform tiie library into a welcome place for the people of Amhent Library director Judy Dworkin hopes that the renovations will "create a comfortable atmosphere that is unique to the community." _ This endeavor will cost the library $500,000. Fortunately, the library board of trustees has been preparing for the project "We were originally going to put in another entrance on the parking lot side," stated Dworkin. "But when we saw what the cost was, we decided we weren't getting our money's worth. So we decided to leave the outside alone and concentrate on the inside." The project will completely Change the look of the inside of the facility. A new, bigger, front desk will be installed along with new carpeting, lighting, and a new ceiling on the first floor. The designers have decided to knock down the walls that make up the public meeting room to create more space. However, a smaller meeting room will be left. The library will boast more computer terminals, and audio/visual facilities. The original historic section of the library will also see some work. A lift will be installed to make the area handicapped accessible. The area will also be completely restored to its original 1906 decor. This decor will also grace the rest of the library with sandstone insets in the woodwork throughout the facilities. When everything is completed there will be a 25 percent increase in shelf space throughout the library. With all of this work being done, it begs the question, "What do we do until then?" The library closed its doors last week, and will not reopen them until the project is completed in March. However, there will be a temporary library set up at the old post office on Park Avenue. Library workers will be moving 10,000 volumes, CDs, and videos to the former post office so that the community can still have access to them. The temporary library will open to the public on Nov. 27. According to Dworkin there will be some special treats to make the transition a smooth one. "There will be cookies and coffee available to the public every day that we are open there," stated Dworkin. "We want to make the new location as comfortable as possible." Along with the usual list of popular books and videos, the library will be transporting a selection of holiday-themed items to the post office. The library has also contacted the local schools so that they will have materials that the students will need to complete their assignments. The one thing the library will not have during the transition is computers with internet access. "The library workers will have internet access on their computers and will conduct any research that a customer requests," stated Dworkin. "But people will not be able to check e-mail, or anything like that" Dworkin has also contacted other local libraries and informed them of the closure. "We will be able to get materials from the other libraries," stated Dworkin. "We will also be sending our overflow to those libraries." While four and a half months seems like a long time to be without a library, the wait will be worth it The citizens of Amherst will be treated to a state of the art facility, with a touch of historic Amherst as well. Library employees load a tuck with library supplies for transportation to the old post office on Park. Avenue. The post office will be the library's temporary home for the next tow months. Active teen finds time for the arts, and friends, too There is tn old saying about "all work and no play..." Well for the most part that saying holds true. Except in the caw of Nick Saadipour. This is a young man who does nothing but work, and is the farthest tiling from dull. Saadipour is involved in choir, concert choir, student council, Leo club (a student volunteer club), library aide, theater, track, office aide, and academic team. Oh yeah, he also attends Lorain County Community College for half a day where he is earning college credit 1 love doing these types of things," staled Saadipour. "Some people do these types of things to make their resumes look good. I do it because I genuinely enjoy it" Saadipour, a senior at Marion L. Steele High School, has been getting his resume ready for when he decides on which college he would like to attend. "I've already been to Bowling Green," explained Saadipour. "This weekend I'll be going to Ohio University and Cincinnati. Which ever campus I like best is where I'm going to go." Wherever he goes Saadipour is sure that he will continue to be involved in the performing arts. "I love being a art of tbe productions here," stated Saadipour. "I've been involved in everything from acting to tech work. I love it all. You meet some really great people." Saadipour is also involved in the theater group at Lorain County Community College. Once Saadipour decides where he will continue his education, he will have to decide what he will major in. CONTINUED on page 6 Nick Saadipour hangs out with his friends between classes at Marion L. Steele High School. Saadipour keeps busy with numerous extracurricular activities. Mobile home troyed by blaze -This mobile home at 186 Honey Lane ia tbe Westwood Mobile Borne Park on Quarry Road was destroyed by a fire last week. According to tin chief Ralph Zilch the blaze may have been started by a malfunctioning furnace. '-' .• Convicts give kids sobering lesson by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Under normal circumstances, kids and prison convicts do not mix. There aren't many parents in this world who would relish the thought of a child spending a few hours with a convicted felon. However, that is what the eighth grade students at Nord Junior High were doing last Wednesday. Inmates from the Grafton Correctional Institution presented die program "Dope is for Dopes" to the awe-struck students. The inmates shared stories of life "on the inside" as well as discussed the life that they are missing because of the poor choices that they have made. There were three inmates who addressed the students during the program. Each took a different road which led to prison. At times the speakers were light hearted and evoked laughter from the audience. At other times the inmates were deadly serious and the students reacted to that as well. < . One inmate shared his story of hard knocks growing up in a poor Cleveland neighborhood. He told of how be would sneak into his cousin's house before school and put on their clothes, then sneak back and return them when school was over. He shared his stories about selling drugs and how that led him to rob several Cleveland area businesses. He also showed the students a picture of his seven-year-old son. The picture was taken when the boy was 2, but that is the moat recent photograph that be tea. CONTINUED en pege I V
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-11-22|
|Date of Original||22-NOV-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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