Amherst News-Times, 2001-10-03
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I Church opens addition — Page 2 I Sports teams make waves in SWC — Pages 7-9 * i Amherst News-Time O t— o o O UO X X t— 00 M M c tr o o Wednesday, October 3, 2001 Amherst, Ohio Downtown coordinator makes Amherst priority by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter According to Lesia Boytchuk-Schneider, fate brought her to Amherst Born in Toronto and having lived in Canada, Germany and now the United States, Boytchuk- Schneider brings her talents and skills to town as the city's new downtown coordinator. Having worked in the fields of journalism, public relations, community relations and city government, Boytchuk- Schneider will now coordinate Amherst's downtown revitali- zation project. She will work closely with the Amhem Downtown Betterment Associ ation (ADBA), city administration and city council to see the project through. "I have no allegiance to the city, council or the ADBA. I have allegiance to all of them, in fact I have allegiance to the entire Amherst community,'' Boytchuk- Schneider said. "Only together can we revitalize the downtown." Boytchuk-Schneider is no stranger to city rcvitalization projects. While working in Toronto, she said that she was involved in a project to bring more people into certain districts. The idea was to get more people into the city to shop and mingle, a project that she said was extremely successful and is now a model for other Canadian cities. Now she faces an almost identical, albeit smaller scale challenge to bring shoppers and sight-seers into downtown Amherst. "It has a lot of charm, it's quaint," Boytchuk-Schneider said. "I see a lot of potential here." Boytchuk-Schneider was extremely successful working in Toronto. Toward the end of her time there, she said she was being groomed by her uncle, an alderman, for political office. She said it was a goal of her's at the time to be the first female mayor of Toronto. CONTINUED on page 5 id h. n n rt Amherst's new downtown coordinator, Lesia Boytchuk-Schneider sits at her desk at city hall going over some documents. Street ordinance tabled, for now by ERIK YORKE News-Time* reporter City council announced Monday that an ordinance designating certain city streets not to be through highways in an effort to lower speed limits would be tabled. The ordinance will resurface at the next regular council meeting after a joint recommendation can be reached by police chief Lonnie Dillon and safety service director Sherrill McLoda. The ordinance has sparked controversy; if passed, it would give the safety service director the authority to change speed limits, as needed, on any of the streets mentioned in the ordinance. As it stands, the streets in question are North and South Lake streets. North and South Main streets, Cleveland Avenue, Elyria Avenue, Milan Avenue, Park Avenue, Middle Ridge Road and the portion of Cooper Foster Park Road west of North Main Street The ordinance came about as an agenda request by Dillon in an effort to make streets safer. According to Dillon, the speed limit on two of the busier streets. North Lake and North Main streets, have already been lowered to 25 mph. That was forced by several factors including a new park entrance and an accident- related fatality involving a young boy on his bicycle. Some council members have said sidewalks would be a better solution than lowering speed limits, something that Dillon does not feel would be an answer. "Sidewalks would be great but I don't believe they're the solution," Dillon said. "I have sidewalks in from of my house and kids don't use them." Ward Four representative Jennifer Wasilk is one of the council members opposing the ordinance to designate streets as non-through highways. Wasilk, who is an environment- health and safety engineer, said that she has never seen a traffic study that has shown safer city streets as a result of lowered speed Rosemary Haas shows off her historic home on East Street. She was awarded a plaque commemorating her home, built in 1870, as a century home by the Amherst Historical Society. ■ -.•■'■ Carlos and Julianna Robtes stand in front of their 141-year-old home on Spring Street. The Amherst Historical Society recently bestowed upon them a plaque commemorating their home as a century home. Century homes get historical society nod by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Two Amherst homes were commemorated last Wednesday as being century homes by the Amherst Historical Society. Both the home on East Street owned by Rosemary Haas and the other on Spring Street owned by Carlos and Julianna Robles have stood the test of time for more than 100 yean. According to Haas, her home was built in 1870 by her great grandfather. "The house has always belonged to the family," Haas said. Erected in 1870 by Joseph Schmitz, the house sits on land originally purchased by Schmitz from >iilo Harris. Harris was the son of Joseph Harris, Amherst's first sheriff and one of its founding fathers. Haas said that the house had a 15-page deed, recording all of the home's owners throughout the years. She said that when she originally wanted the house, it was in Theodore Schmitz's name, her uncle. She said that her mother, Margaret Meyer, bought the house at that time. Soon thereafter, Haas's brother and his wife moved into the house, moving out after they had their first child. It was then, about 33 years ago she said, that she moved in with her husband, Monty Haas, now deceased They had three children in the house, Don, Mike and Peggy. Mike Haas still lives in the East Street home and Don lives on Park Avenue in Amherst Peggy now resides in New York City. Unlike Haas, Carlos and Julianna Robles were not native to Amherst When they bought their home on Spring Street they were simply looking for a house large enough to .Kcornodale themselves and their five ciuldrcn. "We wanted something big." Mr. Robles said. Their home was bulk iu 1860 on land purchased from die Onstine family. According lo Mr. and Mrs. Robles the house was in very good condition when they bought it 22 yean ago, when it was already more than 100 yean old. It was in pretty good shape," Mrs. Robles said. She added the only major changes that they had to make were matters of their personal tastes rather than repair work. The couple, manned 32 years last Thursday, lived in Lorain prior to moving to Amherst Their children, Carlos, Steven, Manuel, Robert and Irene are all adults now and living on their own. Mr. and Mrs. Robles hope that they will remain in the historical home forever. "This is it unless someone is going to pack our stuff up for us," Mrs. Robles said. "We've got too much stuff." "I would absolutely love to get people to slow down." Wasilk said "What I've found is that if you lower the posted speed limit (vehicle speed) does not change. "You jusi can't change fundamentals of human behavior." Wasilk said, adding the only way to get vehicles to slow down ii to have more police cruisers visible. WasUk Ims also been one of the ion the Bandits steal gumball machine from grocery A large gumball machine rack. with ecvG-w. coiw opccMod fimrnmfai in total, was stolen from the Amherst IGA on Aug. 11. The machines and their contents were worth about $1/400 according to store owner Robert Lane. The machine rack was about 4'6"*4\ and k has not yet Together again subject of sidewalks. "Sidewalks should be planned for CONTMUED on page 2 The Class of 1946 of Central High School celebrated its 55th reunion in August at the Nordson Depot. Twenty-four members of the class reunited Including (front) Don Qormley of Yorba Linda. Calif.. Bob Walker, Pam Wavrick Decker of San Diego. CaKf.. Peg Ward Bytor of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Howard Maegle, (second row) Louise Adler WUhelm, Donna Sanders Ep- pley. Bid Wllhelm. Don Redman. Claire Jane Duritng Coleman of Billings. Mont., (third row) Frances Haas Braun, Beatrice Borowtcz Clapp. Joan Sharp Wagner, Connie Barak Snuier, Marilyn Webster Schwartz of Detroit, Mich., Ken Rogal. Leroy Holllngeworth. Bob Reenter, (back row) Ruse Fritz, Carol Menz Fritz. Abort* Jackson Eddy of Leesburg, Fla., Qunver Lodge (a guest), Floyd Lodge. Alan Sick and Jack r of LowisvNe, Ohio. It's prebabty at the bottom of ate aarry soenewhere," Lane said. "I'm they stole k to got the money out of it" JLttjjH© HBO BbbbK OB oaaaB flu DDQ DIB money oat of the machines shortly lyJLu|| _| A*a___fm]*_m_mwmmf_ I aBBBaa*> f_ffaW\ IA were located in an enclosed area at the front of the store with automatic sliding doors. Dillon said that only shoppers going in or coming out of the store at the time could have seen the theft He said that employees could not have seen it "(The theft) really would not have been noticeable where (the rack) was sitting." Dillon said. He also offered another possibility on why k Dil- "It was probably a novelty. Ion said, "tt's probably in a cops have no leads ia the ~ Lenafe Dfllaa and of where toe to leJaaton to toe Lane said that if any suspects an arrested, he does plan to press charges. He added that me rack wil be replaced by bis insurance sas> « mSw I 1!
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-10-03|
|Date of Original||03-OCT-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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