Amherst News-Times, 1997-07-23
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Pastor trades collar for coaching — Page 7 | Investor faces jail — Page ? "i I > • Amherst News-Time < Wednesday, July 23, 1997 Amherst, Ohio O >-> o O _ X i- 00 M C(TO _ CO < X C m _ co —■ co - -i > o 30 < o m j> o Law director challenges council on coum by Glen Miller News-Times reporter City law director Alan Anderson has gone to war with cily council, mayor John Higgins and other city officials over who has the right to name the city's bond counsel. Anderson is seeking an injunction in Lorain County Common Pleas Court to overturn a July 14 decision appointing the Cleveland law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey as bond counsel. On Higgin's recommendation, the firm will handle the issuance of $500,000 in bonds for the renovation of city hall. In a heated debate with Higgins and council members last week, Anderson contended he and he alone has the authority to select a bond counsel, not council. In his July 15 injunction request, Anderson also is asking the court to prohibit council or city officials from retaining legal counsel for any reason without his knowledge or consent. Several council members, include Diane Eswine, said Anderson could have broached the subject in a less threatening manner. She and others said they considered a July 9 letter aboul Higgins' recommendation and its consequences to be threatening, if nol intimidating. In the letter, Anderson said he would file a suit if council follows Higgins's advise. In addition, Anderson said council members would be required to pay for their own legal defense because it would be in opposition to his legal opinion. If the court rules in council's favor, the cost of their defense can be reimbursed by the cily, he added. Anderson said he carefully researched his contention before writing the letter to council. Higgins said he also had made inquiries wilh law firms that supported his recommendation. "You're calling us all incompetent because you're saying you arc ihc only one with enough brains to w M pick a bond counsel," he added. Anderson replied Amherst's status as a statutory city gives him the "authority." Higgins also said council is justified because Anderson is nol experienced in the handling of bonds. In addition, the city has used Squire, Sanders and Dempsey's services for 70 years without any complaint. But Anderson said he favors the Cleveland law firm of Calfcc, Halter and Griswold because it could perform the same service ai 85 percent of the cost charged by Squires, San- \gfeira__U-KSI Local teens rehearse for "The Music Man," which opens this weekend. Sandstone marks 28th performance with 'Music Man' on summer stage Sandstone Summer Theater will present this year's production of "The Music Man" July 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. in the Nord Junior High School gym. Celebrating its 28th year as the area's oldest youth theater, SST will sec ils largest cast and crew ever of nearly 100 students wilh 14 additional musicians in the accompanying orchestra. Premiered on Broadway in 1950, "The Music Man" by Meredith Wilson, is the slory of a con man who convinces a small lown that the only way to save ils children from a life of crime is to organize a band. Professor Harold Hill promises lo lead ihc band, but when the time comes for him to sneck out of lown, he finds he's fallen in love wilh ihc local librarian. Nan Mahony, in her 1 llh year as SST director, said lhat this is one of ihc most lalcnicd group of kids she's ever worked wilh. "Auditions were the most difficult I've encountered in a long time and wc could have casl the show in len different ways and had ten great casts." Mahony said "The Music Man" has something for everyone — ballads, ragtime, barbershop music, and Sousa marches — along with richly drawn characters. "Meredith Wilson is a genius," she said, "and he considered this musical his valentine lo the peo ple and town where he grew up and the wonderful childhood they gave him." Even though the musical has many comical moments, it is not a spoof, she explained, since Wilson wanted the audiences to love the foibles of his characters as much as he did. Musical directors Simonc and Steve Gall called ihis year's cast very excited and coachable. "It's nice to have a lot of younger kids on stage, loo," said the Galls, who are in their third year with SST. Richard Updegrovc HI, now in his ninth season of acting with SST, stars as Professor Harold Hill, who fasttalks the townspeople into buying band instruments and uniforms to keep the kids out of the pool hall. Playing his love interest is Julie Gall. Her character, Marian the Librarian, battles gossip and her own suspicions that the professor is up to no good to become his staunches! supporter. An old partner in crime, Mar- cellus Washburn, is played by James Mahony. Now retired and leading a life of bucolic contentment in River City, Iowa, Mar- cellus reverts lo his old ways to help the professor swindle the town. Chris Carafei plays Mayor Shinn who leads the contingent CONTINUED on page 2 Just a touch of magic He looks like Merlin and he acts like Merlin, but he isn't. He's area magician Jim Kleefeld and he visited the Amherst Public Library recently and played to a packed house ol youngsters. From the audience, this youngster manages a little magic ol his own by pointing at some scarfs and making them drop to the ground. , • 4 •■ V • • ■ •» 1 »•, \ \> Its the old rope trick as this fellow is asked to get a knot out of a rope but finds it moves about on him anyway. dcrs and Dempsey. The suit names c John Diclrich, Diani Kukucka, Nancy Brown, David Rice, John Mishak and Robert Sisler in addition lo Higgins, treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz and auditor John Dunn. During the council meeting, Litkovitz said she was warned by Anderson that she would be included in the suit if she signed the documents related to the ordinance awarding CONTINUED on page 2 Fest cash will help city buy park land Some local organizers are hoping to turn interest in golf, darts, horseshoes and other community sports into some money to buy park lands for the city. VTcrry Traster and councilmcmber Dave Rice have organized the first Amherst Parks and Sports Festival. Willi the proceeds from the festival, Ihey arc hoping lo raise enough cash to buy about 22 acres of properly located between Harris Elementary School and Crown Hill Cemetery. The three properly owners involved have offered to sell ihc property to the city for about 5150,000. Traster said the properly will lie into the city's plans lo develop a nature park on donated land near ihc city police station and jail facility. Earlier this year, representatives of the county MetroParks system showed plans utilizing park lands in Amherst to be incorporated in the system's trails. One contained land already owned by the city but the second included the properties that could be bought if the group raises enough money. The festival is spread oul over several days in August and is taking place at different locations in Amherst. Trasier noted that sponsors are still needed for each event and although prizes will be given, the prize is dependent on the number of participants who register and sponsor donations. Donations are also being accepted toward purchase of the park land and can be sent to the Amherst Parks and Sports Festival, 1013 Milan Avenue, Amhersl. Anyone who would like to enter any of the festival events can also send a check to the same address or call Traster at 988-9070, or Rice at 984-3398. The group has a small amount of seed money and is planning other fundraising efforts to raise park monies. Traster said a co-worker, Dave Robinson, has come up with a lasting way for residents to donate toward the project. The group plans to sell time capsules which will be buried in a park area to be unearthed by family members in 100 years. The following is a list of the activities and the donation to participate: • Saturday, Aug. 9: 8:30 a.m., a 5K run/walk begins at the Marion L. Steele High School parking lot. Registration is $10 or $12 the day of the race. The first 100 entrants will receive a T-shirt. • Wednesday, Aug. 13: 8 p.m., a dart throwing tournament will be held at the Cedar Pub in downtown Amherst. Cost is $10 per person or $12 the day of the event. • Saturday, Aug. 16: 9 ajn., ihree-on-three basketball tournament begins at the Powers Elementary School basketball courts. Cost is $50 for a five-person team or $60 the day of the event. • Saturday, Aug. 16: 5 p.m., a horseshoe tournament begins a the Amhersl Historical Society's CONTINUED on page 3 Fit
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-07-23|
|Date of Original||23-JUL-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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