Amherst News-Times, 2001-09-05
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1 I Scouts high on adventure — Page 3 I Check out fall sports teams — Page Amherst News-Time ft M O O O lO X X r- CO M M C <J1 o o ■* X 00 < X M c m m w r— w • HP 3> O *«» 7 S >HN < o ^ m a> « p- w </5 3 Wednesday, September 5, 2001 Amherst. Ohio I ! i That's a whole lotta pumpkin by ERIK YORKE Newt-Time* reporter Five hundred and forty- three pounds is a whole lot of pumpkin, but it isn't necessarily the biggest pumpkin in this part of Ohio. The 543-pounder now sits outside of Thome Farms Greenhouse on 9261 Leavitt Road, in South Amherst after making a good showing at the county fair. That pumpkin took third place in a competition at the Lorain County Fair, meaning there were two pumpkins even bigger than that. Roberta Thome entered the third place pumpkin and her husband Jerry Thome entered the second place pumpkin, measuriiig in at 556 pounds. "I always wanted to grow a big one," Jerry Thome said. The second place pumpkin is now on display at a friend's market in Avon. ' Jerry and Roberta Thome have run their greenhouse and farmer's market since 1991, one year after they were married. They live with their two children Hanna, 7, and Josh, . 3, next to their greenhouses. This is the first time they have taken their vegetables to competition at the Lorain County Fair. *T figured that I wanted to beat the previous (county) record," Jerry Thome said. That record was in the 400-pound range, which Thome did exceed. However, a man from Medina County brought in a pumpkin weighing in at 940 pounds. The Lorain County Fair allows people from surrounding counties to compete as well. "(Jerry Thome) got the biggest pumpkin in Lorain County," Roberta Thome joked. o X CO BOE, MetroP agree to easement and walking path to new junior high by PAUL MORTON Roberta Thome is with one of the winning' ^^"Ihen entered in competition at the Lof pumpkins she and her husband grew, and County Fair. The world, national and Ohio state record for the largest pumpkin is 1,140 pounds, grown around Steubenville, Ohio. Thome said that he does plan on trying again next year. "It took quite a bit to get to (556 pounds)," Thome said. "I'll have to try something different" Roberta Thome said mat they may sell the two huge pumpkins. She said that she didn't know how much they would sell the pumpkins for, as pumpkins are usually priced by weight Associate editor Depending on how one looks at the situation, a requirement by the city that the schools move a storm sewer connection from Milan Av(- cnuc to Beaver Creek will save the schools $20,000 or cost an additional $23,750. At the school board's Aug. 27 meeting, John Mazze of Clark & Post Architects said the city had originally given the schools permission to tie a storm sewer line for the new junior high school into the city's storm sewer along Milan Avenue. But a history of problems with that storm sewer caused the city to rethink that decision. "They had an apprehension about the storm sewer connection at Milan," Mazze said. "They asked us to make the connection to the east to Beaver Creek." He said doing so would cost about $20,000 less than the connection at Milan Avenue. But it would also require obtaining an easement for the sewer line across land owned by the Lorain County MetroParks. "MetroParks has requested that we get involved, in exchange for easement, in a terminus to phase two of a MetroParks path development," Mazze said. The path development would eventually link the police station, the MetroParks Beaver Creek Reservation, and the new junior high CONTINUED on page 3 Walt Wyvill marks 35th anniversary with 99-cent gas Amid competitors selling unleaded gasoline at or near the $1.80 a gallon mark, Wyvill's Marathon in downtown Amherst drew a lot of attention Friday morning by selling gas for 99 cents a gallon. Potential customers were alerted to the low prices while listening to 99.5 FM WGAR. "It was backed up all the way down Cleveland Street," said Amanda Pippert, an employee at the service station for three years. The cheap gas, offered between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning was the kick off to the station's St. John's celebrates 100 years of service by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Members of SL John United Church of Christ in South Amherst will celebrate the church's 100th anniversary later this montlv On Sunday, SepL 30, SL John's will boat a joint worship service with the Henrietta United Church of Christ with special guest the Rev. Ralph QoeUhorat St John's belongs to the Ohio Conference along with other united churches of Christ and Quellhont is the conference minister. Following the joint service, a meal will be provided. Alter that there will be a program in which church memorabilia will be displayed at well as other activities to be announced. While the origins of St John's goes back as far as 1888. when members met in their *"jM|,yst the building was built in 1901. Services would start die following year. Many of the early members of the church were of German ancestry, so services were conducted completely m German until 1922. Also in those early yean, it was customary for women to sit on the left side of me church while men sat on the right side. Many changes have been made to , she banting «■ *c«e hundred yean. 1 The perking lot wat changed from gravel lo blacktop in 1977. InJ992 t The Rev. Paul Eaton stands next to the brand St. John United Church of Christ tn South new organ ai the The church celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The newest addition, bought and dedicated 100 yean after the original construction of the church, is a new digital organ. St John's has welcomed 27 pas- ion in 100 yean, the tint being (he Rev. F.M. Haefele who minlitnnd before the construction of the minister p» the 100-year-old building was the Rev. Sarauel linden myer. The cunent pastor, fas Rev. Paul Eaton hat been at St John's for 11 yean. "We hope he stays for a little white longer yet." arid St John's r. Lily Krebs. held i South The next 'a hornet or at fas Swiss Hall, and* Since 1952, SL John's hat beta yoked to the Henrietta United of (^iet on Garfield Road. Yoking is the sharing of a pastor be tween two churches. Prior to that St John's was in charge of St Peter United Church of Christ in Amherst Improvements over the yean have been paid for via memorials to the church at well as generous donation*. At the Sept 30 celebration, St John's patrons should know that dontttone toward the coat of the provided meal will be greatly appre- fbr the meal should be forwarded to Gay Zurcher at 965-4385. The church will alto be selling commemorative souvenirs, including tote bags, note cards and re- frigerator magnets, all with a picture of the church drawn by area artist Neal Jenne. Eaton invites members to bring old pictures or any other church customer appreciation days. Station owner Walt Wyvill said that he hat been in business in Amherst for 35 years. "We had a great time doing it," Wyvill said of the gasoline giveaway. The station sold about 1,500 gallons of gasoline at the 99-cent price, Wyvill said. In addition to the gasoline sale, Wyvill's Marathon provided customers with hot dogs and had drawings for prizes such as eight gallons of free gas as well as free oil changes. "It's just a fun day," Wyvill said No contest in November school race There will be some challenge for seats on city council as well as the city administration, but it looks like business as usual in the race for school board. Six will challenge incumbent members of Amherst City Council There are also challengers to both the city auditor and city treasurer positions. Five total candidates, three incumbent will vie for three council- at-large seats. Twenty-year-old college student Nicholas Brusky and Barbara Kilgore will run on the Republican ticket The three incumbents, Nancy Brown, David Kukucka and David Williams are all Democrats. ^ Second Ward councilmember Edwin Cowger, a Democrat is challenged by Republican Ronald M. Skolnik. Third Ward councilmember Steve P'Simer, also a Democrat will have two challengers this year. Republican Mark Costilow and independent former city councilmember David Rice. Republican Fourth Ward councilmember Jennifer Wasilk will be challenged by John Mia- hak. Democrat the former council- member for the Fourth Want Amherst Board of Education president Michael Sutton, a Republican, will challenge Democratic incumbent Diane Eswine Cor her city auditor office. Treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz, Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Daniel Gross. City council president John Dietrich, Democrat will run unopposed for reelection as will Pint Ward councilmember Terry Traater. Amherst Board of Bdarsrina fteedmaa and Ron Yacobocsi wiU far
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-09-05|
|Date of Original||05-SEP-2001|
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