Amherst News-Times, 2001-12-05
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Man honored for racing life — Page 7 | Lady cagers fall in opener — Page Amherst News-Time O M O o O WO X I <- CO M M c en o o » i CO < I H c rn m </* r- oo es ■ H r- w* O -*h X) S> I» H N < n »*. m 3> es f w 1 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2001 AMHERST, OHIO w B City's fiscal woes may be solved for '0 CO by ERIK YORKE ■ mmmm^'^-^-m-tttt^m-aamwammmmmmmmmm-mmmamm_mm_u_m____n__m_m___w_____9 News-Times reporter As the end of the fiscal year ap- 1 proaches, city officials have been I scrambling to balance the budget for next year. Facing a sizeable deficit projection, the city was bailed out late last week after an error was discovered in how the city pays tax refunds to its residents. Error in refund account will help City auditor Diane Eswine projected a $287,005 budget deficit to city council at the Nov. 19 council committee meeting and presented a recommendation that she felt would serve as a short-term solution. She explained that there are two categories of income taxpayers in Amherst. The first category is com prised of Amherst business owners, city workers and those who are not taxed by the cities in which they work. Those residents pay a total of l.S percent of their income in tax. Eswine explained that the one percent and 0.5 percent in that income tax category are split, with one percent going to both the city's general fund and to street maintenance and the remaining 0.5 percent going to street improvement. Of that one percent, 62 percent goes to the city's general fund, from which the city pays all of its accounts, and 38 percent goes to street maintenance. The second income tax category is comprised of those Amherst residents who work and pay taxes in other communities. They pay only 0.5 percent of their income to Amherst, all of which goes to street improvement. The other one percent that they would pay if they were in tax category one is forgiven because they pay taxes in the cities in which they work. _, J Eswine pointed out to council that 68 percent of all the city's tax income goes, in way or another, to streets with only 32 percent going to the general fund. Eswine recommended to council that they take the 0.5 percent paid by those in tax category two and move it to the gen- eral fund. This, she said, would help to eliminate the deficit for this year, but warned that the city would still CONTINUED on page 8 1 HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Christmas in the Village staged Dec. 16 by AHS The Amherst Historical Soceity will host Christmas in the Village, a holiday open house at the Sandstone Museum Center on Sunday, Dec. 16. The public is invited to visit the restored sandstone buildings, which will be decorated for the holiday season. Refreshments will be served at the Harris-Dute House, the Greek Revival home decorated for the Christmas season, from 2-4 p.m. Singing of holiday carols will be at the St. George Chapel at 4 p.m. with Mary Miller playing the antique pump organ at the chapel. There is no admission fee, but donations to the historical society are welcome. Community Chorus to stage annual concert The Amherat Community Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in the social hall at Sl Joseph Church. This year's concert features "Gloria" by Vivaldi and "A Season of Carols.'' Tickets are available for this event at the door. Prices are $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $2 for students, and those under five years old will be admitted free. For more information about the event, call 988-7396. Comet Christmas shop has family holiday buys The Christmas shop at Comet Corner at the high school has gifts on sale for Amherst students, staff, alumni and fans. The store stocks children's and adults' sizes in clothes. Comet Comer also has umbrellas, travel mugs, backpacks, license plate frames and even a wooden cut out of the high school The shop is open on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., or on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pjn. Visitors should stop in the high school office to sign in and office personnel will direct them to the Comet Comer. Call 988-5339 for mare information during store hours. This store is operated by PTO volunteers and all proceeds from sales benefit the school. It's starting to kffiff a lot like Christmas At right, members of Brownie Troop 932 Rebecca Toth (left) and Megan Molnar take a few moments to tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas. Santa was in attendance last weekend at the old post office as part of the annual "Trees, Trains and Treats" event. Above, Angela Cecil holds her daughter Christy, 1, as they observe the train display. Cecil was also accompanied by her sons Matthew, 4 and Chad, 2 last weekend. Woman's folk artwork will hang from Ohio's top tree at Taft house by ERIK YORKE Newt-Times reporter There will be a touch of Amherst on the Christmas tree at Governor Robert Tift's residence this year. As a result of First Lady Hope Tift's Treasures For The Tree contest, a U*__in_»-style decorative egg ornament crafted by Amherat resident Beverly Boiwka will hang on the Governor's tree and become • pernuneat fix- turetn the Governor's holiday decoration collection. Boiwka. who has been craftkt *s elaborately colored eg* far over 20 years, aaM th* she entered the eon* test because a friend of hers from the Ohio Egg Artist's Guild to which titey both belong won last year. "I got the letter and was real surprised," Boiwka said of her acceptance letter. She said that she originally became interested in making the ornamental eggs because she wanted to leam a bit about her husband, Steve's Ukrainian heritage. Her husband, bom in Germany in a labor camp during World War II, was the son of parents who were Ukrainian Orthodox in faith. They moved to the United Stales after the war and faced "a lot of tough daws." Beverly Boiwka said. Boiwka, who attends • Uk rainian Orthodox church in Lorain with her husband of 28 years, said that the opportunity to leam the art of making decorative eggs came up as a church announcement. She said that she look a class and, for about 10 yean, only made the .eggs once in a while, usually around Easter. 1 didn't do a whole lot with it for 10 yean or so," Boiwka said. Then gradually, it's taken over." Boiwka said that she attends about seven craft shows during the holiday season and then three or four more around Easter. That includes an show on Mat Sunday ' ia Akron comprised CONTINUED on Beverly Boiwka shows off her many and various decorated Ukrainian style egg ornaments. One of Bolwka'a ornaments was *y to be added to the permanent hot- deoortfton colectkMr) at the Ohio Oovt^
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-12-05|
|Date of Original||05-DEC-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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