Amherst News-Times, 2002-07-31
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Time to register kids for school — Page 2 Police plan traffic blitz — Page 3 Amherst News-Time WEONI SDAY, July 31, 2002 AMHERST, OHIO O H» o o O vO X X r~ CO m m c in o o 3 X CO < X r-l c m m If) r- U) ft » O -~. JO s> I> M M < o -^ m j> en r- w CT) o n I C X KJ Right on schedule The expansion at Amherst Steele High School is on schedule, as are other school construction and expansion projects, according to the architect, who delivered a report to the board of education last week. These new science classrooms at the high school are nearly done. New equipment for the high school Kitchen was being delivered last week. Just what you need: small-town service by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter What could be better than a small town hardware store with an experienced, friendly staff just waiting to help? How about a chance to check out an indoor fish pond with George and Georgette swimming around and a cat named Bud? Well, they've got all that and a bag of chips at the new Sumpter's Hardware store on Rt. 113 in South Amherst. The store is run by Tracey Sump- ter with the help of her father. Bob Sum pter, a retired construction worker and handyman. Add to the mix their employee of many years and right hand man, Jeff Kendeigh, and Tracey's very helpful 14-year-old son, Mike, and Bob Sumptcr can't think of any reason anyone would drive all the way out to one of the "big boys" for anything they could get right here, locally. The Sumpters opened their hardware store on Oberlin Road in Elyria about six years ago. For the last couple of years the Sumpters have been looking for a smaller venue, something more small town, than where they were located. When the building on Rt. 113, just west of Rt 58, became available, they jumped. They opened the Sumpter's Hardware store on Rt. 113 In South Amherst promises experience with the added attraction of specialized service, new store on May 24. community." in and get what they need and get and Bob have all been working in Bob said people will like the one- out. the hardware business for many "The people are nice," Tracey on-one service they get at Sumpter's years, and both Bob and Kendeigh said. "I like the smaller and that it's faster for people to get Tracey said that she. Kendeigh were in construction before thai. The employee turnover at the huge home improvement stores makes that kind of experience unlikely. Sumpter's is a full-service hardware store. Kendeigh, who Bob jokes is their co-worker, not his son- in-law, does window and screen repair. They thread and cut pipe, and refill propane tanks. "We cut keys, too." Mike, an eighth grader at Midview, points out "Yeah, and they workl" his mother laughod. She said often customers have told her that they go to Sumpter's because they cannot get keys made as well other places because the person doing the cutting may never have done it before. Everyone has quite a bit of experience behind them at Sumpter's. Sumpter's also mixes paint and rents carpet cleaners. Tracey said they have customers drive out from Elyria to their new store because they were happy with the service they got at the old one. Bob said he'd like to get the word out to other long-time customers where they're located. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sundays 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Anilverstonians can meet George, Georgette and Bud at Sumpter's grand opening on Aug. 3. Tracey, Bob. Jeff and Mike will probably be there, too. They've created space for solace, God by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter When Keith Klekota lost his first wife to cancer nearly 20 years ago, he sought solitude to work through his grief and draw closer to God. Now he and his wife, Carol, a counselor, have started Hopewood Retreat Ministries, a ministry that includes a quiet place for people to go and spend time in prayer and meditation away from the pressures of everyday life. Carol had a crisis of a different sort, but similarly painful. Divorce left Carol to raise five children alone. She had dreamed of a place like Hopewood. Carol said the name "Hopewood" refers to the hope that Christians find in the cross of Jesus Christ. The dream developed further when she was meeting with a counseling client and mentioned to her that she wished there was a place the woman could go to and feel safe and vulnerable: to "be quiet" with God. The woman said she had seen a place like that in North Carolina. Finally, her dream seemed realistic. Someone, somewhere was doing what she hoped to do, and succeeding. She found out that The Snail's Pace, in North Carolina, has been providing retreat ministries and a quiet place to get closer to God for 30 years. She and Keith, who is a school teacher specializing in teaching children with special needs, worked together and developed a plan to start the type of ministry they believed They started Hopewood in the fall of 2000 located on North Ridge Road in Amherst. Hopewood is a not-for-profit organization that, in r***'*"*-* to their Quiet Place, holds retreats for small groups in hotels focusing on different aspects of seeking peace with God's help. In May, Hopewood led a one-ay retreat at a local hotel for women called "Cultivating a Quiet Heart.** The focus of the retreat was how Christian women can deal with anxiety. Seventy-five women attended the retreat Carol, along with Carol Ball, another Christian mental health professional and Bonnie Bott, a re- -pstered nurse, -.poke lo the about the reasons wo- todsy bee so much anxiety and how Christian women can deal with it. "For anatians, anxiety poses a pssiicularty painful diletnou," according to the Kkkotas. Anxiety can be frustretitig for a Osristian toes-use the Bible says to "be anxious for nothing," so on top of feeling an-dous, they may feel guilty CONTrNUCD on pan* 3 Ctrol and Keith Klekota have created a place to deal with grief and grow closer to God. i at
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-07-31|
|Date of Original||31-JUL-2002|
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