Amherst News-Times, 2001-07-25
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McDowell enjoyed decorated career — Page 2 Blue Knights aid cops — Pag Amherst News-Time O M O O O go I I t— 00 M m C tfi O O 3T X 00 < I M c m m </> i— </> ® X H »- > O -^ JO <S> » M N) < O ] X> <s> Wednesday, July 25, 2001 Amherst, Ohio o X a Raceway crash kills one in stands In the wake of a crash at the Lorain County Speedway that left one woman dead, neighbors of the face track are saddened by the fatality. Two cars participating in a NASCAR race on Saturday night collided and careened into the grandstand, injuring 13 people. One of those injured, Virginia Whyel, died later at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Whyelh, 65, was in a wheelchair. "It was just one of those freakish things," said Hal Dunfee, owner of Absolute Lighting Etc. located near the Lorain County Speedway. Dunfee said that since the cars were airborne, the barrier between the track and the bleachers couldn't have changed the outcome of the accident David Molnar, part owner of Molnar Outdoor, also near the race track, said that he didn't feel there was an adequate barrier between the track and the grandstand. "It doesn't seem to me that it would be that safe," Molnar said of the track. He did agree with Dunfee, however, that the tragedy on Saturday night was not ordinary of the races there. "I guess it's just a fluke," Molnar said. Leavitt Road resident Dallas Jus- ten agrees. "It was just a regular Saturday night," Justen said. Justen also said that though the rescue vehicles dis- r:hed to the track kept him awake, was unsure as to the magnitude of the tragedy until later. "I didn't know what was going on until I saw the TV in the morning," Justen said. Joe Schramm, who races frequently at the Lorain County Speedway, was one of the drivers on the track on Saturday night. When the crash took place, Schramm was in the pit having a flat tire fixed. "I think it was just one of those racing mishaps," Schramm said. Schramm said that the employees of the track did a good job drying the track off after a brief rain delay. They go out of their way for the safety of the drivers and the spectators," Schramm said. He said that he does plan to continue racing. Chief Dave Faight of the South Amherst Fire Department and his squad responded to the accident There were several ambulances there already when we arrived," he said. "For the situation, it was very controlled. Everyone was doing their job." "A couple of girls from Oberlin, the North Central Lorain County Ambulance service, had set up a triage," he continued. They did a great job, they got all of the wounded in one central location on the track." Faight said three helicopters, one from University Hospital and two from Metro General responded, and they landed in the middle of the track. He said that his crew actually Mtiitfd in fftahil'ying the injured. He compared the accident to Mother at the track about 10 years •go. Ten years ago I was there and it was just total chaos." Faight recalled. "Five people were hurt and it looked like 200 or more. You couldn't tell who was hurt and who wasn't I had lo climb up on a hill and count the injured and I counted 1 This situation was much wore controlled." be repealed. "I guess we have come a long way." The Lorain County Sheriff's Department concluded the crash was not caused by a slick track, according to Detective Sgt. Shawn Hadaway. "We walked the track that night ad there was no oil or any other substance on the track." Hadaway raid. Though there had been a rain .delay. Hadaway said that the track -was dry when the cm resumed ro Gene and Doris Lyle sit in their enclosed porch. The two have former teachers at Steele High School, just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They are both As parents, teachers, partners, Lyles enjoyed work in Amherst by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Gene and Doris Lyle have watched Amherst and its people grow and change for more than 40 years. As teachers, they taught the children of Amherst for over two decades. Having just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, the couple share fond memories of their profession and their life in Amherst "I think I made a good choice in teaching," said Gene Lyle. "There were an awful lot of very fine students." Doris Lyle agreed. "I hadn't originally intended to be a teacher but I'm glad I was. It was a wonderful life." For 34 years, Gene Lyle taught in Amherst, much of that time spent at Marion L. Steele High School, beginning there when Marion Steele was the principal "She devoted her life." said Lyle of Socle's oonmitment 10 the students. Lyle himself taught sixth grade English and seventh grade geography as well as economics, sociology and psychology at the high school level. Other offices held by Lyle during the course of his career in Amherst were Dean of Boys, assistant principal at Steele and guidance counselor. He also coached or helped coach tennis, track, football, baseball and basketball Early on in his teaching career, Lyle was very coaching-oriented. It was later, when he had an opportunity to move for another coaching position that U became dear, to him and his wife that living and teaching in Amherst was more important to them. "We still think it's a good place to raise children," said Doris Lyle. She was actually a pre-med student at Heidelberg College where she and her husband met "I could show you the spot where I was standing and where he was," said Doris Lyle of the first time she laid eyes on her husband. Gene. "She's the first woman I met that I thought I could marry," he admitted. It wasn't until after her husband had started teaching that Doris Lyle began to consider it After spending a short period of time teaching in New London, Ohio, she began teaching chemistry. La- CONTINUED on page 10 War memorial jars some nerves by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter A new war memorial overlooking Rt 2 is inspiring different reactions among Amherst residents. The memorial, which was honored in a ceremony on July 4, features one World War II cannon of two that once sat in the lawn outside city hall. Residents have different opinions on where those cannons should be nitnaffd "It's the only lasting remembrance of WWH," said Amherst resident Leroy Kubuske. According to Kubuske. the cannons should be near the town hall, where more people can see them. "Its land of out of the way for anybody to visit". Kubuske went on to suggest that if the city has to move the cannons, a good place would be on the grounds of the Amherst Historical Society. Amherst resident Mort Plato agrees with Kubuske that the cannons should not have been moved. The new war memorial is not as satisfying as having the cannons at town hall, Plato said. "I didn't think much of it" Plato said. "I don't think it's appropriate. Especially at the sewage disposal plant" The new memorial is approximately 2,000 feet from the sewage treatment plant, according to mayor John Higgins. It's farther away from die sewage treatment plant than the new park is," Higgins said. The war memorial does share a parking lot with the Amherst Sewer and Water Department building, which is different from the sewage treatment plant According to Higgins, who made the original request to have the can- removed from the lawn at hall, the memorial was bulk Rt 2 to allow it to be seen by He atto antd that as This Active Battle Site Memorial was officially dedicated on the July 4 holday. Some residents are upset that the cannon was removed from the lawn of city hall, while others are glad to see it moved. without the cannons. "We wanted to open up the front lawn and use it for various social events," Higgins said. "Eventually we'd like a centennial bell and fountain over there." The cannons belong to the American Legion who bad representatives present at the opening ceremony. The second cannon will be returned to the American Legion to be displayed there after conetnrrton Js complete on their building. Higgins make those signs two sided. Amherst resident Diane Yale- Ptabody agrees with Higgins that the area near town hall will benefit from having the memorial Construction of the war isi. the first of as kind in Amherst Higgias mid, wss hurried to make the July 4 opening. Canendy the sips posted then face only *• "sonRt The area around city hall was so ■nail-Peabody said. Peabody went on to say that she felt the cannons were too indicative of too violence of war and should not be in such s public place. She suggested adding a plaque to the eagle statue in front of city hall as a memorial. It isn't die guns so much," Plato said of die move which he felt was itMLppnaaiam. "It's am she guns are a memorial to toe vstanas in this north lawn at town hall could be used ss a memorial site. Then the memorial to the vets would be uptown where it belongs," Plato said. "Personally. I don't mink people noticed (the cannons), didn't know they were there." said vims Gnaso, ■ftjffttyr of the Amherst beautifica- tion committee, of the prior Vf^**^ of the Gnaso agreed with Higgins, diet an important reason for moving the cannons was lo auks them more visible. "Making (the war memorial) a Mitt* in— accessible to Dsoaas that BmunBUF amjamewmami aaaypat^amewamaw^w ^aw a^w^aaaf^^ ^w^aam Cop* underage drinking offenders The Amherst Police Department has something to say to kids about drinking before they are 21 years old: don't do it According to Lt Dennis Seger, Amherst police officers are prepared to cite any underage person who is consuming alcohol Drinking underage is a first degree misdemeanor and being caught could result in a fine of up to $1,000 as well as six months in jail "If we run into you, you're going to be cited," Seger said. According to Seger, many young people like to throw parties at area motels. Others throw parties in their homes, sometimes with their parents' supervision. This, according to Seger, is still a violation of the law, contrary to the belief of some residents. According to Seger, area merchants, such ss Dairy Mart, are conscientious about the problem of underage drinking. In many cases, he said, the shops take it on themselves to punish employees who sell alcohol to minors. Still there are kids with friends, or even their own parents who are over 21 years old and are willing to purchase alcohol for them. To the parents that feel that it is acceptable for their underage children to drink as long as they are supervised by an adult Seger has this message: "It's just not worth putting your house and everything you've woiked for on the line to have alcohol at a party with kids." Seger went on to add that officers will also arrest the owner of the home, in addition to those individuals who are drinking underage. "We certainly won't tolerate it" agreed mayor John Higgins. There are a myriad of accidents and tragedies that result from that particular behavior." Art sale to benefit schools' play areas The first annual Art Auction and Social Night benefiting new school playgrounds will take place on Aug. 11 at the St Joseph Social HalL The event sponsored by die Amherst Playground Committoe. wil include an auction of a variety of works ranging in media, style and price. Media include lithographs, etchings, engravings, original oils, watercolors and more. Prices wiB range between an affordable collection at $20 and up, to a Collector's Corner starting at $400 and up. Styles include impressionism, abstract modem, children's art. sports scenes, wildlife and many more. The auction will also feature n wide range of artists, from masters like Picasso and Monet to pop- culture icons like Disney and the Warner Brothers. There will also be original works by lesser known artists. The preview will begin at 630 pjn. and toe suction will begin at 7JO pjn. Tickets cost $25 per par- son and include two chances to win $325 m ait All ticket holders amy also enjoy hot and cold ten d'oeuvras provided by Pink 1 com Catering. AD proceeds from toe go to fund the new playgrounds II what is now Shupe Middle School, which is set to be converted into an elementary school, and Nord Jr. High School Nord will switch from teaching grades seven and eight to grades five and sat aft* toe asw Ja* alar high school Is built For more information, cast (44QN940B. to AfatossstSo antpDpstV I i|
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-07-25|
|Date of Original||25-JUL-2001|
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