Amherst News-Times, 2000-12-13
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Prepare indoor soil, too — Page 4 Amherst News-Time < Wednesday, December 13, 2000 Amherst, Ohio i/) — i/) © ■3. H >- J» O -^ r> © > i-t 'O < n "•* rn > 3> (— •» (/) O i-t m Amherst Township has no fire contract by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Fire safety is a very important issue. Obviously one of the most important things you should . do in the case of a fire is to call the local Tire department But what if your town doesn't have a fire department? What if the fire department that normally services your towne will no longer provide this essential service. What do you do? This is what residents of Amherst Township are wondering. For years they received fire protection from the Amherst Fire Department However, the current fire contract between the city and the township is set to expire at the end of the year and it looks as though a renewal is not in the near future. What that means is that after Dec. 31 the city of Amherst will not be responding to fires in Amherst Township. Instead, township residents who need help will have to wait for firefighters from cither Elyria Township or south Lorain to arrive and battle the blaze. According to mayor John Higgins, this has been an issue for some time now. "The original contract was up in October," stated Higgins. "We granted them a three-month extension. Now that has expired. We are willing to negotiate a new contract but they (the township) seem to be dragging their feet. After Dec. 31, I'd hate to live in Westwoods or Hidden Valley and have to wait for a south Lorain fire department to come and help me." At the center of the fire contract issue is the controversy surrounding a Joint Economic District or JED. The city and township had tried to develop a joint economic district but negotiations fell through. Then when the city offered to accept the county's "sewer to nowhere," CONTINUED on page 8 1 (I f j l I r I 1 l t i < 1 C * P Committee to pick name for junior high school ■*, ■ a1 : ■■ '/»i by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet" By the time this year's fifth and sixth grade students at Shupe Middle School learn that Juliet said those lines to Romeo, they'll be the first classes in the Amherst schools' yet-to-be-built yet-to-be-named junior high school. At the Nov. 27 meeting of the Amherst board of education, the school board discussed a plan for naming the building. The plan, submitted by superintendent Robert Boynton would appoint a committee to select a name to be announced at the state of the schools meeting in April, 2001. The original plan would have had each boanl member and the president of the parent-teacher organization for each of the current buildings appoint a member to the committee. Junior high principal Michael Diamond would serve as chairman, for a total of 11 members. : When board members said they thought the committee would be too cumbersome with 11 members, Boynton suggested a seven-member committee. The school board would select five members, and Diamond would still chair the committee, but Boynton would appoint one member after consulting with the PTO presidents. Once the committee is chosen, it will select a name from among the 74 names in the Steele High School Gallery of Success. Boynton said limiting the committee to those names would make their job easier. "We thought if we leave it open we would give the committee a difficult task. I mean, how would they come up with names?" Boynton said. "We felt if we give them a narrower focus, we could give them an easier job in making the selection." He said the plan would also satisfy any request for community input since the inductees for the Gallery of Success are nominated by the community. Boynton said each spring the high school student council advertises for nominations. The only limitation on nominees is that they must have graduated from the Amherst schools. Student council advisor Tom Lehman discusses each nominee with a committee consisting of one student council representative from each grade at the high school. Tbe committe then votes to select the inductees. Five inductees are chosen each year, although 12 were chosen in 1986, die first year, and six were inducted in 1988 and 1992. There were no inductees added in 1998. Two of the names, Fred Powers and Marion L. Steele, would not be considered for the new junior high school, since other buildings are already named for them. And Eric and Evan Nord could have a hard time being considered, since the current junior high school is named for Walter G. Nord, a long-time member of the board of education. Board member Sandy Freedman suggested naming the building Amherst Central Junior High School, in honor of the former Central School, which served as the high school before Steele was built James Berth- old said he and other graduates of Central School could not go along with that name. "There's enough of us that went through Central School that it wouldn't be right" Berthold said. "We think of Central School, and going by that building wouldn't be the same." Boynton said the he felt the community expects the bniHa.gr iftJE named after a person. The other two current buildings in the district are named after Josiah Harris and Jacob Shupe. "I don't disagree that Amherst Junior High School, initially would probably work," Boynton said. "But think there is a tradition in this community, whether it's formal or informal, to name schools after people. So the board could name it Amherst Junior High School, but at some point in time there would be an expectation in the community to name it after somebody." i*eV99»t£ Ho Ho Ho Employees of Hot Dog Heaven work to secure the giant Santa Claus greeting customers in the front of the restaurant. Hot Dog Heaven has been erecting the giant Claus for 18 years. The restaurant purchased the fiberglass statue from Eric Lehman, an employee who discovered It laying on the roof of his father's insurance building in Lorain. Santa is 14 feet tall and is a local sign that Christmas is right around the comer. Visiting dentist? Perhaps her video can ease anxiety Claudia Mtfter-Srrvxtortalcjwlmchldren in her daughter's first grade class at Powers Elementary about going to lha dentist. Mler- Snyder has produced a vtdex> "Ptoatta's View- helping cWWren overcome fears about visiting the dentist. by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter A kid's first trip to the dentist can be a scary thing if he doesn't know what to expect For that matter the first time you do anything can be scary if you aren't sure exactly what is going to happen. That is why Claudia Miller- Snyder said she co-founded Boggle Goggle Enterprises. Along with co- founder Martha Seely, Miller- Snyder has produced a video that helps prepare children for the first trip to the dentist entitled "Pinatta's View: A Trip to the Dentist." The video is unique because it takes the viewers through the experience of going to the dentist from the perspective of a child. All of the camera shots in the dentist's office am tint 40 inches from the ground. This shows the audience how inti- ng a routine checkup can be for a six-year-old. The video opens with introductions of Pinatta and her friends. In the video, these puppet-like characters host a talk show. Once the characters are introduced to the audience, Pinatta brings out her guests, a young girl and her mother. The girl is nervous about making her first trip to the dentist but she and her mother have been practicing. This is where Pinatta uses s song to get across the importance of practicing. Once the song ia over Pinatta presents the child with a pair of Boggle Goggles. When worn, the Boggle Goggles allow the audience to see through the eyes of the child. From there everybody follows along on the trip 10 the dentist Aside from coming sp with Ike idea for the video. Miller-Snyder CONTINUED on page 2 Locals find their way to Canada for drug deals by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Tim ee reporter Believe it or not, but Amherst is to s pair of Canadian drag but two women who about die ftrtltring scription drags in the ousts of pm*. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-12-13|
|Date of Original||13-DEC-2000|
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