Amherst News-Times, 2002-07-17
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July <"> M O O See Jamboree in pictures — Page 4 Rivals stop swim team streak Amherst News-Tim* 3> O S » M M < n*^ m » as to o X Aging office faces financial question I n i s W by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter The Standstone Office on Aging has money problems — problems with money it gets from the city of Amherst, and problems with money that could stop coming from Amherst Township. Mayor's heart surgery success Last week the city's ordinance committee voted to table an ordinance that would formally call the office on aging a city department after councilman David Williams and council president John Deitrich met with the office's board president, Gary Mead, and decided they still had too many questions to address the issue. ••'. Nina Lorandeau, executive director of the Sandstone Office on Aging, said that she would be meeting with Mead and the agency's treasurer, Elmer Valentine, next week to discuss the questions council provided and formally respond to them. Diane Eswine, city auditor, told council that in 1997 the stale auditor found that the office is a "de facto" department of the city, and that the city needs to pass an ordinance to formalize it as one. This means that whether it is called a department in name or not, it is a department in fact She told council that the office staff consists of city employees and the city pays the bills. The city has provided the agency with its last three vehicles. Lorandeau said she is a city employee. She said the situation needs to get ''straightened up." Lorandeau said the city receives grant money from the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging to help run the Sandstone office. "Our grants are signed by the city and deposited into city accounts," Lorandeau said. She said the situation has never been formalized but it's long past due. The Amherst office serves seniors in the city aa well as Amherst Township, South Amherst, Brownhelm and Henrietta. Amherst Township trustee Neil CONTINUED on page 2 V> it looks like mayor John Higgins has no intention of sitting home and frittering away the time while he re- ^cuperates from heart surgery. Higgins was staffing the Dcmo- MgCratic Women's booth Saturday af- KoMernoon at the 29th Annual Old (DaiTime Jamborec- selling sandwiches j^and visiting with festival-goers. ofj. He was at the Jamboree again a 2C Sunday. He sat and visited with resi- - Adr dents while they ate their lunches at lhe one of the festival's covered areas. ven Higgins went back to work at __ town hall last week after spending "" six days in the Cleveland Clinic. He said he had "a fainting spell" four times so he went in for medical testing. . Tests found that Higgins's heart •it „ aWtl beating irregularly. The valves JP|in his heart were pumping blood out lof sync with one another. Doctors at the clinic decided Higgins needed a pacemaker to regulate the beating of his heart The mayor told the members of city council and residents who watch the council meetings on Amherst's cable channel about the surgery at last week's regular council meeting. He also said that the doctors feel that the arrhythmia is completely under control and that they gave him a "clean, bill of health." At the Jamboree on Saturday, Higgins said he just had to get back to work. And judging from the huge grin on his face, that might just be the best medicine. e Grad's game is business venture by PAUL MORTON Associate editor We all know life isn't all fun and games, but Josh Perry would like his little corner of the world to be just Perry, a 1991 graduate of Amherst Steele High School, is opening Matrix Games at 27 S. Main St in Oberlin. He said it will be a "sister store" or a franchise of an existing store in Sheffield Lake, and will feature games of all types and more. "Our sister store has adopted the tag name 'and diversions' because we cany divenions," Perry said. "I do all aorta of role-playing games, muuature games, family- and party- style board games. I do collectible canl games. And those are just the gsming products.'' The store will also feature comic books and related nsen&andiae. He will cany tee-shirts, key chains, and ether items tied to the fames and comic books. He even has one riisiributor who supplies a wide variety of gaming ntaarehandiae tied to current movies. Bat you won't find lb* lateet of- tbn^taX-s^sivQanaCvbtoi Saw Alert cop saves family from fire by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter Three little girls, one of them only three weeks old, are sleeping in their beds. Their mom and dad and their grandpa, who came to see them from Michigan, are sound asleep right down the hall. Everything is quiet inside. But outside, a frantic cop beats on the door because the entire back of the young family's house is engulfed in flames. What sounds like a scene out of a scary movie was all too real for one local family, but thanks to the determination of a police officer driving by no one was hurt in the early morning blaze. Patrolman Michael Rosebeck was working the night shift when he was heading into the police station on North Lake Street to have his lunch break around 3 a.m., July 7. To the left in Apple Orchard Estates, it looked like someone was having a bonfire. Rosebeck turned around and headed toward the fire. Bonfires aren't legal inside the city. He said what he saw when he got there was no bonfire. The entire back deck of William and Linda Spehn's house was burning. He said he could see the flames over the six foot privacy fence and Amherst patrolman Michael Rosebeck poses with William Spehn's sister and baby Grace Spehn, who Rosebeck saved, along with her parents, sisters and grandfather, from the Spehn's burning house in the early morning hours of July 7. that they were getting very close to an overhang. He called the police dispatcher and she in turn called the fire department The fire was spreading up the vinyl siding of the family's home. Rosebeck ran to the front and banged on the front door of the house. He said he couldn't raise anyone from sleep. "Patrolman (Jacob) Perez came and he laid on the siren and they still didn't wake up!" Frantic, Rosebeck said they were getting ready to break in the door when the family finally opened it No fire had spread to the inside of the house yet so the officers told the family they could grab some things before they left the house. Suddenly, they couldn't locate one of the girls. Rosebeck ran upstairs to the bedrooms to search for the girl. He said smoke was beginning to pour in the master bedroom. Someone called from downstairs that they'd found the missing girl and they fled the house. Abruptly, in the middle-of- the-night confusion, one of the pre-schoolers headed back into the burning house and sat down on the couch. The back of the couch faced the wall that waa on fire. "The fire was right behind her," Rosebeck said. Rosebeck said he grabbed her hand and walked her out of the house. After the family was in the yard the smoke detectors began to screech. William Spehn said he was amazed at how quickly the Amherst Fire Department arrived. He said they were at the scene almost immediately. Spehn said they hadn't grabbed car keys and the cars were in the garage. He said thanks to the fire depart- CONTINUED on page 3 Sprenger legacy remains at manor A local woman whose rjetennina- tion as a businesswoman led to the founding of Amherst Manor, and Sprenger Retirement l^nteipriaes, died last week at the home she created. Grace Sprenger died at Amherst Manor, where she was a resident on Monday. July 8. She was 85 yean old. Bom in 1917 in Michigan, Sprenger lost her nsother and sisler in childbirth when she waa three years oil She waa sent to live with hor and five u 1934. an oilman and Josh Perry is a game nut. He Hkes everything to do with game*. Now he's opening Matrix Games, a store devoted to games. The store will "beta test" open on Thursday. Aug. 1, with tha hop* to work out aa the bugs before the grand opening, Saturday, Aug. 10. drittaf for oil on her j ' property. Only 17, her far her to be to Welt Play Station 2. In fact there will be very few electronic games, with the exception of PC or Macintosh versions of fwfitjig board y**** "You can not compete in drat market if you're a mom-ejad-pop (operation)." Perry said. "Beat Buy will always beat your price by $10 to $13, and no matter how loyal are. $10 to $15 is $10 to $13. Aad what they 't sell they can ship back to lo rediatri- 33 yean old. and TheSoMtts bate to Wl^.ne.ifIdUB't.nnagamein the first tasee weeks. die Ion* want a He said after the store is up and ba -eight sell m ' Urxtronic games will not be a major "I like to pity board asanas, sad The Spnmgnre moved to i part of the buanea*. dice fames, aid card aanrna, and Mich,, where Wak worked "I would love to sell video word games, end fun-while- tarje oil drilling games." he said. "If the industry yw'rcHMvor^n-tlie-car gsme*. I Stronger had five csikawsc Wak. changes and they make it so mom love sssms, I love to play." EttteL Tony, DonsJ sad Den. Eatat and pop can conr/pete, I'm in." 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-07-17|
|Date of Original||17-JUL-2002|
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