Amherst News-Times, 1997-11-19
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Spikers help team win — Page 8 Amherst News-lime Wednesday, November 19, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Habant residents say they don't like lot's l< by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Residents of Habant Drive don't like what they see out their back windows. And they showed up at last week's council meeting to ask for a buffer zone between their property and Simian's Auto Body. The body shop sits on commer cial property, which is owned by Pete Sliman. Sliman also owns a residential lot which abuts his commercial property; his residential property abuts the Habant Drive residential property. Residents whose property abuts Simian's residential property can see the auto body business from their backyards and went to council to question why a buffer zone is not in place to separate Sliman's commercial property from his rcsideniial property. They say it is required by ordinance. An ordinance passed Oct. 9, 1989, stales that a rear yard buffer is required where a commercial property abuts a residential property. "A 30-foot buffer area across the rear length of such property shall be pro vided and shall consist of a barrier of natural evergreen* with a minimum height of six feet at planting, consisting of six rows staggered at five fool centers," according to the ordinance. However, It the July 27, 1993, Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, the board voied three to one lo approve a motion made which said no buffer was required in this case because Sliman owned both the com- From the Amazon to hot disco nights; student learned a lot Sonya Rice, a 1996 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School, learned the differences between her hometown of Amhcrsl and a foreign nation firsthand as lhe Rotary International's, exchange student. Now a freshman at Ohio University, majoring in International Studies, Rice left for Brazil in August, 1996, feeling a little timid about what to expect during her adventure. She admits she didn't know anymore about Brazil than the average high school senior, yet she strapped on her traveling shoes and gave it her best. She returned with a new outlook on life in a foreign nation. "I became part of three different families; this was the best part of the whole trip, being adopted by new parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts and grandmas," she explained. Rice became a part of the Itapcntininga Rotary Club, attending weekly meetings, and became a student in a small private high school. "I met new people everyday and fell in love with the difference in the people and the culture," she added. Rice describes Brazil as a fascinating culture, where two- thirds of the residents are poor and have trouble finding work wilh lilllc or no chance for education. And while politics are corrupt by U.S. standards, and pollution is a big problem, Rice said she learned lhal the heart of the Brazilian people is nol concerned with poverty and sickness. They are concerned wilh living a good life and being happy. "They have the strongest family values of any culture I have yet heard of. There is no limit to what they would do for each other, they are in the world togclhcr, leaning on each other and helping each other out, unlike the feeling of independence and individualism; they are all about togetherness," Rice said. Along wilh the family values. Rice learned that Brazilians also like to have fun, enjoying their beaches and night life and weekend forays. Through the Roiary exchange. Rice was able lo visit every major cily in Brazil, enjoying four Roiary exchange trijjs throughout the year. They included a trip to Pan- tanal, in the interior of Brazil, to enjoy nature, such as alligators, piranhas, hiking and snorkeling. A second trip in December look Rice lo lhe Amazon Rainforest for two weeks. Thirty exchange students traveled the Amazon by boat and plane, hiking through the jungle, eating exotic fruits, seeing waterfalls, bat caves at nighl, visiting Indian reserves and port cities along the way. For four nights, Rice slept on the boats and one night even slept in a hammock. The sludents sang Christmas carols along the way, and even held a gift exchange. And in contrast lo the beautiful sights she saw, Rice also saw some startling sights as well including areas of the Rainforest that were clear cul and burned. At the top of Corsovado, "Hunchback Mountain," overlooking Rio de Janeiro, with the statue of Christ the Redeemer, are Sonya Rice, Darlene Rice and Sarah Rice Niehart. and poor living conditions of the local tree cutters. "During one tropical storm, all 30 of us encountered a tropical bacteria or disease that left us in gut wrenching pain. I was lhe one that became the most strongly affected, for one solid month I was eating plain rice and water, yes, even on Christmas and New Year's," she said. Following the trip to lhe Amazon, Rice mei her first host family; together, they all traveled to the family's beach apartment to enjoy New Year's. On Jan. 1, she started her one- month Rotary trip to lhe northeast of Brazil with 150 exchange students traveling by bus to Brasilia, the nation's capital. "1 made friends wilh people from all around Uie world; wc sat on while sand beaches, swam in aqua waters, went to raggac concerts, and discos, ale incrcdi- CONTINUED on page 2 mcrcial property and the abutting residential property. "The zoning board overrode the ordinance," Ron Konowal, building inspector, said. "Why would someone put a buffer zone on his own property?" Habant residents present al the council meeting staled their reasons why they feci a buffer zone is necessary. Steve Bowers, 134 Habant nd lli- Drivc, listed ihi his neighbors I man's property. Safety is his ursi concern. Bowers said there is no fence or wall blocking the body shop. "There are 15 kids in the surrounding neighborhood and I am concerned about safety," Bowers CONTINUED on page 3 Football records broken by young MLS quarterback despite bad year by DIANA HOUGLAND N-T sports reporter Records arc meant to be broken. And Scan Deegan, a juniot this year at Marion L. Steele High School, took lhal old addagc seriously this rail. This past season, as starting quarterback for the Comets varsity football team, Deegan did everything he could to iry and lakc down several school records. And he successfully broke three. Deegan, who shared quarterback duties with senior Matt Yocabozzi, crushed Iwo records lhat belong to local hero Ricky Schneider, who is now playing football for the Bowling Green Falcons. The ihird record belonged lo Scou Wallace and was set in 1988. The record previously held by Wallace was for completed passes in one game. Wallace's record was 15 completed passes during a game played against the Vermilion Sailors. Dcegan's new record is 19 completed passes during this year's game against Avon Lake. Unfortunately, the Comets were unable to use that to their advantage and lost to the suite's top-ranked team 20-9. The two of Schneider's records thai fell litis season were completed passes for the season and total yards passing. Deegan completed 107 passes this season al 55.2 pass percentage, breaking the old record of 91. His total passing yards added up to 1,348 for the season and the oid record was for 1,209.yards in a single season. But young Deegan docs not take all of lhe credit for his record breaking season. He gives credit lo his coaches, especially head coach Jeff Sean Deegan Riesen for the excellent instruction he received and for believing in him even when "the chips were down." He also thanks his teammates. "I want my teammates to know this," Deegan said. "I couldn't do it without my linemen and receivers. And the coaches helped a lot." "It feels great to break these records," he added. "It gives me a lot of confidence going inlo next year. I will have to work hard in the off season to get ready for next year." And while the season looks good for Deegan as far as stats go, he was- a little disappointed in the season a,s a whole. "The season was not what I expected," he said. "I expected us to be at least .500 or better. We had a CONTINUED on page 3 New city built for kids' sake More kids mean more safety lessons. The Amhersl Police Department is taking on lhat role, along with several individuals, groups and businesses within lhe cily who have united lo build Amherst Safety City. Safety Cily will be a permanent structure, built just soulh of the police department on N. Lake Street. While the cily structure is new, the idea of teaching children safely practices will stay much the same as il has been for the more than 20 years lhal Safely Town has been in existence. Safely Town started more than iwo decades ago al the former Central School and has grown along wilh the size of lhe community. Anyone who would like to make a donation, contribute time or materials lo Safely Cily, should contact DARE officer Les Carrender or dispatcher Teresa Antonopoulos ai 988-2625. ■sas Work is progressing on the new Amherst Safety City as shown nizers still need help and donations are being accepted here this fall near the new police facility on S. Lake Street Orga- One-room classroom gets honor The Amherst Historical Society recently received a commendation award for its "Outstanding Oner Room School Program" from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Musuems. Nomination for the award was made by historical society secretary Sally Van Nuys-Brown and accepted by Valerie Gerstenberger, coordinator of the program. The nomination consisted ol an indexed notebook showing all of the preparatory steps such as patterns for desks, and clothing, suggested lunch items and a detailed outline of the purpose of the program. It also included some of the children 's letters, drawings and thank you notes reflecting their reactions lo lhe activity. Publicity used from local news media and enlarged photographs from ihe society's scrap book enhanced the notebook which con. eluded with evaluation forms from" local teachers whose students take; CONTINUED on page 3 9 A
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-11-19|
|Date of Original||19-NOV-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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