Amherst News-Times, 2001-05-09
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. ■ ■» '»»n«»" »_ii ■. ittle Eds are big on bats — Page 10 Tastes of the Local debuts — Page Amherst News-Time ■* SC ~j _' ^ -" 3 o 2 •*» H '*' * •" S s -i - J> - I Tt J> Wednesday, May 9, 2001 Amherst, Ohio Blacksmith Town Fair to debut Harris hous i by YVONNE GAY Nsws-Times reporter After walking through the front door of the Harris house, located inside the Sandstone Museum Center, be prepared to do plenty of "ooh- ing" and "ahhing." The house will be open for public viewing Saturday, May 19, as part of the Blacksmith Town Fair. On that day, visitors will have a chance to see what today's blacks- mithing is all about as they watch demonstrators pound crafts in the Blacksmith's Shop located in back of the Harris house. The shop is an enlarged reproduction of a blacksmith's shop in Vermont and is typical of the utilitarian type buildings in Amhem about 1870. To add to the festivities, volunteers dressed in their late 19th- century best will encourage guests to take part in several activities. A quilt and stain glass display, vintage baseball game, antique plow unveiling, and ground breaking ceremony are just some of the events highlighting the day. Visitors will also be encouraged to stop by the Qui- gley Museum for "The Dry Goods Store" display. And the boys from 36 O.V.I, group will also be on hand, reenacting life as it was during the Civil War. Food and beverages will be available in the school house. Xjr\ |fl* _*«_ Throughout the day, visitors will have the opportunity to step inside the octagonal barn circa 1903, St George's Chapel circa 1882, Grange Hall circa 1868, and the Harris house. The Harris house was built in 1843, by the Harris family who are believed to be distant relatives of the founder of Amherst. The home was later sold to the Dute family, who occupied it until the early 1970s. According to Jane Scheel, Amherst Historical Society committee member, Bill Starbuck, owner of Star Builders bought the property the house was on several years ago, but when Bill Harlan, a former historical society member spotted it, he knew the house was a gem. After some nudging, Starbuck eventually allowed Harlan to purchase the house for $1, who in turn turned it over to the Amherst Historical Society. It would take the society seven years to restore " its original luster. Historical Society committee members Jane Scheel, president Ruth Haff, Elaine Harlan, Larry Fuhrman and Ron Sauer donated countless hours, pouring over every detail of the Harris house project "Every board had to be marked and put back in its place," Scheel said, standing in the doorway of the newly completed home. "The walls CONTINUED on page 11 Meeting at town hall Members of the community and pastors from the Church of Christ, Family Fellowship, Good Shepherd Church, South Amherst United Methodist Church and Trinity Evangelical Free Church acknowledge National Prayer Day last Wednesday, in front ot Townwffln^isioTS took turns, praying for Individual famines and the community, before reciting a prayer, written by Rev. Billy Graham, specifically for the occasion. wwaatm RWH % „• «,/ am I mT-3*,Smfgmmm ^-a. "lepBsa**.*** »(**#*» ttr- _■§*_■ t*i | ______ ■ — w m ■ I y > ■> s> ■<,-(•» •T4Ka** art jMK'iwr-a* r i* *' " -..:_» JSP tv -•* m P» v»v.*.— p>cn*p el in ■"- &_|' amuts ■. wBtV*«8~ ~i<mv-at SS According to Gerald Forbush, assistant manager of Amherst Stone at Cleveland Quarries, is outside the company's new showroom. New showroom shows off the beauty of area history by YVONNE GAY Newt-Time* reporter An Amherat beauty written in stone is making a comeback The demand it back," assistant manager Gerald Forbush of Amherst Stone at Cleveland Quarries, said. The seven-year-old company ia located in beck a what used to be Cleveland Quarries, and ia now referred to as American Slots Quany. located in According to Fortwsh, the once forgotten time is resurfacing for several reasons, and two of those are directly linked to the past "Buildings that were made years ago now need to be replaced, and a lot of '9th- century homes that were made out of sandstone need to be repaired as r. *J1," Forbush explained. However, the third reason is directly related to the average homcownc,. "We do a lot of busint** with homeowners who want to remodel their homes," be said, stepping outside Ua office and into the company's hanger-sized ihowroom. "There are many benefits to sandstone, one is that it lasts longer than poured concrete." Amherst's appreciation for the abrasive stone began in 1847, when local quarries shipped its first stonr. Years later in 1868, Cleveland Quarries followed the time-honored tradition by quarrying and fabricating Berea sandstone tor several properties around Amherst Residents were awed by the beauty end durability of the stone and chose to take CONTINUED on page IS As he prepares to go, Border sings praises of student performers by YVONNE GAY News-Tribune editor On Tuesday, June 5, Randy Border will lead the Marion L. Steele High School band through a chorus of selected movements for the very last time. "It's going to be a little strange because you never really stop at the end of the school year. You're always preparing for next year, throughout the summer months," 30-year-old Border said, sitting in an empty Steele music room as he spoke about his retirement at the end of the school year. Bonier, a Strongsville resident, has made the 40-minute trek to Amherst for 26 years. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College's master's program in 1988, and later did some graduate work at Kent State University and Akron University. He taught brass at the University of Illinois, and went on to teach vocal and instrumental in Columbus, before eventually landing in Amherst, where he was a band director for Nord Junior High School and Shupe Middle School. He assisted band at Marion L. Steele High School for several years and was prcnoted after the school's music director retired. He still assists at Nord and Shupe. "I had fantastic students. Some of them are children of children I had when I started teaching in 1975," Border said with a smile. As a teacher in Amherst, Border said he keeps a long, but rewarding schedule. Everyday begins at 5:30 a.m., and ends 11 to 12 hours later. His day starts with morning music classes at the high school, then he goes over to Shupe and assists the music director. Later that same morning he drives back to the high school and finishes out his day, which normally consists of band practices that last well into the evening. On the day of this interview, Border had to audition 40 students who were trying out for flag corp, and he probably wouldn't get home until 5:30 or 6 p.ir. "I'll miss the excitement of a student performance...but I'll get to see my own ran, Donald, play tuba for the first time," Border said, com renting on how his long days sometimes mean sacrifices in his own personal life. "But you have to put the band first, that's just the way it is. However, I am fortunate to have a very understanding family." According to Bade*, the suck e auppqrtive community Amherst school music teacher Randy Border will retire after 26 years this June. also makes the long days bearable. "It's an incredible experience when (the students) work all week, and end up putting on their best show Friday night," Border said. "This is such a great community because everybody works together, that's why I stayed here for 26 years." Border, a music enthusiast and professional trumpet player, said teaching music is the best job in the world, because he not only gets to pique a student's interest with an instrument when they are young, but he also plays a role in fostering that interest when they advance to the high school level. "When I have a student that can't get something and when they finally do, it makes all the effort worth it. Too many give up when they can't get it the first time, but you have to develop that talent," .Border sailed, proudly pointing at pioures of former marching band members outside his music room. Border's appreciation for music wil! continue well after his days as a public school teacher have ended After returning from a one-week family vacation to Florida's Disney WaM and Universal Studios, with wile Cnnie and sons Donald and Michael, Border plans to become even more involved in what he refers to as "the beautiful art form." "I hope to begin private teaching lessons...! also plan on playing more brass which was difficult to do when you're teaching so much. I miss that." Border, a member of the Blossom Band in Cleveland and the Lakeshore Brass Quartet, said he is looking forward to getting jobs through the Musician's Union, and hopes to start another band of his own. But Border's days as a music teacher aren't over yet. His schedule is filled with concerts and practices which will take him on an instrumental roller coaster ride up until die very last day of the school year. Currently, he is gearing up his students for a May 12, band pop show at the Lorain Palace Community Center. The shr>w is scheduled to begin a 7 pan. and will feature u. era! high school bands and quartets. "I want students to remember that I 'ive music." Border smiled. "Am. ._M I was in- .tnimenul ia helping them develop an appreciation for music.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-05-09|
|Date of Original||09-MAY-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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