Amherst News-Times, 1998-08-19
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IpV »** a. - -,■ •«>«»•*-* * #- Kentucky kids benefit from our kids — Page 10 O U3 X rgHH c en o o 3 X T< In C it, m 3> O < n m 3> Bus routes begin on Page 3 w imherst News-Times august 19. 1998 Amhorst. Ohio b() cent; o x N achers, kids prepare for another year by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Next week, houses may become a little quieter as students head back to school. St. Joseph's Catholic school welcomes students back on Aug. 25 and all Amherst public schools begin on Thursday, Aug. 27. For those attending St Joseph's, starting time is 8 a.m. and dismissal is at 2 p.m. Sister Mary Jo Ludwig, principal, said students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. the first two days. Four new teachers have been added at St. Joe's — Julie Gargasz, kindergarten; Cher LoPresti, first grade; Ursula Wachholz, second grade; and Birgit Fada, fourth grade. A new fourth grade classroom has been added as well as technology improvements, such as TV's and VCR's to every classroom. "Our goal is to develop a community spirit with parents, kids and faculty and to make sure academics are in accordance with Ohio law," Ludwig said. For the public schools, the retirement of Howard Dulmage as superintendent is the biggest administrative change to the district. Dulmage retired on July 31 after serving At Shupe Middle School, Wendy Rogers prepares for the opening of school which is Thursday, Aug. 27. more than 14 years as head of the district. Robert Boynton resigned as Marion L. Steele High School principal to fill Dunnage's position. "There are a lot of new people in the district,'' Boynton said. "There will be adjustments with them. We will also look at the issue of growth and facilities, the condition of the science labs at the high school and make sure our curriculum is in alignment with all of the proficiency tests." New faculty and staff id the district include: Fred Holland, MLS principal; Thomas Lehman, MLS associate principal; Anne Marie Edwards- Noss, school psychologist; Julie Bill, preschool teacher, Christine Solus, special education and LD tutor, Anthony Tnmzo, art teacher, David Bragg, high school counselor, Kimberly Byrne, medical technology teacher at MLS; Laura Brogen, high school English teacher, Michelle Jagodrinski, eighth grade math teacher, Patricia Cosik, media center aide at Nord; Janice Trunin, social studies teacher at Shupe; Cindy Krause, special education at Shupe; Dave Zajkowski, fourth grade teacher at Harris Elementary School; and Mary Pecze, teacher at Harris. Three positions — a gifted teacher and two Tide I tutors — remain vacant in the district, but interviews are being conducted this week. With the district experiencing continued growth, more modular classrooms have been added for the upcoming school year to help alleviate the problem. Powers Elemen- CONTINUED on page 8 Anderson appeal on bond counsel by GLEN MLLER News-Times reporter A state appellate court has upheld a county court's ruling giving city council, not law director Allen Anderson, the right to select a bond counsel for the sale of municipal bonds. In its Aug. 12 ruling, the Ninth District Court of Appeals said state law does not give Anderson the right to select and retain outside legal counsel for the city. Last year, city council contracted with the Cleveland law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey to act as bond counsel to sell $400,000 in bonds for the replacement of city hall's roof. Anderson, who wanted to do business with another firm, Calfee, Halter & Griswoid, sued city officials over their choice. City officials named in the suit hired the Elyria law firm of McCray, Muzilla, Smith and Meyers to represent them. Anderson appealed to the state court after the Lorain County Common Pleas Court ruled in favor of city officials. He claimed the county court made an error in its decision. In its ruling, the appellate court stated the Ohio Revised Code "does not empower the law director to select and retain outside legal counsel." Neither does it otherwise provide "for the management and control of municipal finances with respect to the selection and retention of outside legal counsel to provide services relatine tn the. issuance of notes and bonds." Anderson, who could not be reached for comment, has pledged to appeal the ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court But a court clerk said Anderson will have to apply to the court before it will hear the case. It only will hear an appeal if the justices feel it is within their discretion. If they do not, the appellate court's decision is regarded as final. Muzilla said he hopes Anderson will not anneal to the state's high court "There really os no need to because the appeals court has backed up the common pleas court's decision," he said. "Based on what the courts have said, I don't think he has anything to gain. It can end here if he wants it to." Until recently, the city was unable to bond the project until the appellate process was complete and a court had made a final decision. That changed about a month ago when council hired a bond underwriting firm to assist in the sale of bonds for nearly $4 million in capital improvements projects. The replacement of dry hall's roof is among the projects. Higgins said council did not violate any court prohibition because the underwriting company, not council will hire the bond as part of Dog's gone from music shop by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Amherst guitar teacher Ron Zehel and his daughter Linze are wondering where, oh where, their little dog Princess has gone. Her ears aren't long and her nose isn't always cold, but she's well known by dozens of customers of Zend's Guitar Center on Cooper Poster Park Road. The eight-year-old Lhasa Apso was last seen in the store about 12:30 p.m. July 23 before she mysteriously disappeared. Since then, the Zehels have lacked up posters throughout the Amherst area offering a $200 reward for the tiny dog's safe return. The largest is an eight-foot- long red and white banner lied to the front of Zend's store. "You can't miss it We don't want people to miss it," he said. "She's been in the family a long time and has become a part of the business. Everybody who has come in here knows her." the Zehels have concluded she was either dognapped or picked up by a well-meaning stranger who thought she was a stray. Princess often walked into one of the studios for a nap or curled up in a corner. So, it wasn't uncommon for Zehel not to see her in the store three weeks ago. That changed after about four hours. ' "It was a pretty busy day, but after a while I noticed I hadn't seen her and she hadn't touched her food," Zehel explained. "Teat's when I started looking around and noticed she was gone." There are about 300 students who come end go from the business each week. Others are nmeicians who Ptitsceaa ago, but has become a mascot self out to relieve herself in the guitar center over the when customers walked years. ioso the business fjo chat and hang out with other They Ukad her and she h>fd Princess was a gift lo Linze, IS, eight The hide dog regularly rode to the work with Zehel sad spent bar days in the business. She only left the buueeas even if the door was propped open, bet did let liar- through the door. When she did, she never strayed away from a small grass area near the front entrance and waited by the door to be let back hi. Neither has Princess over bean loft et stayed away, so "She was very trkudry. She would vat* ep to people and let aseas pet her," Una « Zehel sett. "This is why she's so well taiown." . Mot loaf after ire deft mean* . *' A Sidewalk sales effort to boost downtown A local worker is hoping to give downtown businesses an economic boostbyreldi>dlmgtJwtraditioriofa sidewalk sale. Twenty-four downtown business will be participating in event which is the brainchild of Cindy Gnagy, aa employee of the Park Avenue Boutique, during the Aug. 20-22 event The idea occurred to her about two weeks ago after she and other business people noticed a drop off in business. 'Things are dead here. We are all suffering. There is just mdung going on." she said. "It's really been tough the but couple of months, sol knew we had to do something." The decline in tmiinosi among the merchants has been MawttfJ on several factors, particularly the heat of the last few weeks and the closing of Ford's Motor's ThuadaroM assembly plant "We really don't know why, but we wantpeojpte to know we have a offer, she loons, local entertainer Chuck Sheets, free popcorn end throughout the downtown Several inerchanej have buted to the sidewalk sate. They are Gnagy Trucking. Stonehenge, Ceder Pub, Higgins Pharmacy, Dian-A- Mite Compiling. Ridgehill Collect- ables, Park Avenue the Church Street Bar A Popcorn is being provided by city applauded the idea. "Too many new people in town, jmfisifff district is Road," Brown realize there is a people m especially tou't orknow The Lorain County will have e downtown area Aug. 20! p.m. and a book safe has duled by the Library. hi ere 2 to 5 lot to GaausskiaUy was loidher idea would be the city's first ekfewalfc have been held in the pest Never- theses*, shey haw not been] m event is the first Ifo's. on e sidewefk sals
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-08-19|
|Date of Original||19-AUG-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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