Amherst News-Times, 2001-12-26
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eafamfr O t-a O O O <fi X X '* r OJHH c in o o 3 i •; CD < X »-H *fj C ft H (/> r- Crt ej» 3 H M J> O -^ I> H N < «■>«>». m *t> ts> r- W -1 O O T Median strip raises questions — Page 2 Library offers e-mail course — Pa o x ] Amherst News-Times WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2001 Locals' giving to food pantry doesn't slow during holiday AMHERST, OHIO by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter In recent months, people across the country have been giving generously to those in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. With that national tragedy still looming large on the public's collective consciousness, it is easy to overlook those right in your back yard who are in need. One local organization that has done a lot over the years to help local people in need is the Good Shepherd Amherst Food Pantry and they are working harder than ever this year to see that area folks are not overlooked. The organization, housed at the Good Shepherd Baptist Church, was founded by Nancy Burls 18 years ago as a way to help some people that Burls knew could use some help. The County Cupboard organization, now known as Second Harvest Food Bank, asked Burls to keep up the work by making the Amherst Food Pantry a hunger center site for their group. "I started it accidentally," Burls, the director of the Amherst Food Pantry said. "I had a friend that knew someone who needed food and clothing, so I made an announcement at the church. At the end of the week, we were overwhelmed." Burls said that so much food and clothing was gathered that it was divided up and given to several families. Since then, the food pantry has CONTINUED on page 14 Volunteers get ready to pack food to give to needy families in the area at the Amherst Food Pantry. The group will help 75 area fami lies this holiday season. Residents earn kudos from city for projects by ERIK YORKE The Amherst Police Explorers and patrolman John Balog pose for a photograph prior to their regular meeting at the Amherst police headquarters. Pictured from left to right in the front row are Kyle Gelenius, Pete Deskins, Jason Jasinski and Balog. In the back row are Joel Miller, Mike Re- dilla, Mike Kastanis, Ed Massey, Mark Wagner and Dave Phillips. Teens explore career paths in police work by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Nine young men, high school students, reported to the Amherst police headquarters last week. You may have already assumed that these teens have done something wrong. In fact, they are part of a group called the Amherst Police Explorers; they reported to the police station is they do regularly, to leant the techniques and challenges of police work. The Explorers, a program affil iated with the Boy Scouts of America, has existed in Amherst for a long time, according to the program supervisor, patrolman John Balog. "We had it years ago and it fell by the wayside." Balog said. Then we brought it back and started to be more active." The program allows young people the opportunity to interact with police in a learning environment. The Explorers work with dispatch- en on police and 911 calls and sometimes ride along with patrol- persons. They wear their own uni forms, complete with badges and everything else you'd expect a police officer to wear, minus the gun. They often can be seen at school sporting events working crowd control. There are currently 11 members in the group. The three members that have been there the longest and already have uniforms are Pete De- skins, Kyle Gelenius and Jason Jasinski. The other, newer membere are Ashley Frantz, John Johnson, Mike Kastanis, Ed Massey, Joel CONTINUED on peg* 7 News-Times reporter Seven people will be honored this year with City Enhancement Awards for their work to make the city more beautiful. Dennis Bender, Andy Cotton, Sue Cotton, Gina Grasso, Matt Grasso, William Leimkuehler and Paul Lutz have all been chosen to receive awards this year. The recipients, who were picked by city council to receive the awards, will do so at the next regular council meeting on Jan. 7 unless there are difficulties obtaining plaques. If that occurs they will be awarded at a later date. For most recipients, this is not their first year doing volunteer work for the city. Bender has been doing what he can to help for the last four years, as long as he's lived in Amherst. "I like this little town," Bender said. Bender is being honored, specifically, for his work at the veteran's park, where he did some sandblasting. However, that is not the only service he's done for the city. Others include planting some bushes near where State Route 2 meets Leavitt Road as well as providing the stone for flowerbeds on the comer of Church Street and Tenney Avenue. "I live here and I've got the stuff," Bender said of why he chooses to do the work. Bender is a general contractor and runs Bender Construction. Sue Cotton said she had always had her eye on the Tenney Avenue wall as a potential project "I'd been wanting to do the wall for yean," Cotton said. She continued, saying that after the tragic events of Sept 11, her reaolvetouo something patriotic with the wall increased. "I saw lhat somebody had painted their whole house as • fl«g." Cotton Dennis Bender Inspects some stones he donated to tne city thai now form a flowerbed near the gazebo on the corner of Church. Street and Tenney Avenue In downtown Amherst. painting. Cotton said, were local Boy Scouts and one man who bed just been passing by only to return with his entire family. Cotton's 16-year-old son. Andy, will also be recognized by the ckjr for bceutifiratinn wot*. The ger Cotton donated Ms fine a* CONTINUED on page S said. "I went to the mayor and he said 'go for it" Cotton said that 18 people **>- peered the day the wall was to be painted to help her. AM of their names appear en the well, beneath an American Fl** and the caption: God Bites America. la the I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-12-26|
|Date of Original||26-DEC-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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