Amherst News-Times, 1998-06-03
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■ '- ■■ o »-> o o r~ 03 m <-t d CP O o 3 I CO < X M c rn M if) P </) *> o 30 » M < O o students earn honors — Page 6 Feldkamp to run at state — Page 12 Vmherst News-Times m June 3. 19C)B Amherst. Ohio 50 cents o X Seniors to graduate Sunday Doug Northeim Todd Brown June 7 marks the end of • 12-year academic trek through the Amherst school system for seniors at Marion L. Steele High School. At 2:30 p.m., 279 students — 10 more than graduated last year — will receive their diplomas during the tilth commencement ceremony held at the Place Civic Center in Lorain. For some students, it may be the last time they see friends and classmates before venturing off for summer jobs, college, the military or elsewhere in the world. It also will be the last graduation ceremony presided over by outgoing school superintendent Howard Dulmage, who is retiring after serving as the school district's leader for more than a decade. And, it will be the last time Robert Boyton will attend a graduation as high school principal. He was selected by the board of education three weeks ago to succeed Dulmage as superintendent The baccalaureate address will be given by the Rev. W. Kent Joy, pastor of the Park Avenue United Methodist Church. Other graduation speakers include senior class president Douglas Northeim and Lorain County Joint Vocational School student Todd Brown. The valedictorian, whose name is expected to be announced by school officials June S, also will address the class. Following student presentations, the Steele Academic Hall of Fame will be presented by Boyton and the Class of '98 addressed by Dulmage. Diplomas will be presented by board of education president Carol Jajack and vice president Sandra Freedman. Each student has been given four tickets to the 1,400-seat civic center for the commencement. Other tickets already have been distributed. As in the past, no reception is planned after the commencement to avoid congestion, although school officials said seniors are expected to celebrate in a traditional way. He's one rockin' kid with a vision by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Stephen Poprocki more than lives up to his name — a lot more. He loves rock music and playing his guitar, so much so that at age 12 he has won more than a half dozen contests and soon could be chosen the best new guitar player in the nation. His talented fingers already have beat those of competitors 18,19 and 20 years old who have been playing a lot longer than he. He began picking away two and a half years ago, but only out of curiosity when his brother's (Mat) guitar was "just laying around.*' Early last month, he won the American Guild of Music'*: Ireat Lakes regional competition in the Detroit area and qualified to seek the top spot nationally in Indianapolis on July 23-26. A sixth grader at Shupe Middle School, Stephen knows what a prodigy is and isn't shy about his gift A judge at one of many guitar competitions he has entered told him so, although his mother, Cindy Miller, says lie often understates it "I didn't really have that much inspiration, I've just always loved music and just wanted to get into it," Stephen said. He was first introduced to music at the tender age of one. It was then when, at the urging of his mother, he took piano lessons. His mother, a secretary at Oberlin College, taught him to read pnusic at that young age and hoped her son might become a piano virtuoso someday. Eventually, other childhood interests lured him away from the keyboard. Still, his love for music and an unexplainable but untapped mastery remained with him until the first time he picked up his brother's guitar. It was love at the first note. Using his early knowledge of music, Stephen began learning songs from Mat's song and lesson books that were around the house. Mat Poprocki began playing the guitar by accident. A natural born . artist, the 16 year-old won free guitar lessons (hiring a local art contest. His younger brother just happened to sit in during a few of the leasons, absorbed a lot because of his love for music and was picking away at home unknown to his family. 'Then one day Mat came home and saw me playing the guitar and is was like — Whoa, what's this?" he explained. "By then, I was pretty good and really surprised myself and him and everybody." Mat said it normally look htm ab- ^s^n** #■ w*^*#i^P» \aa0 maaamAaa en eammsmmk. mwaam*mamamasa however, "just looked at the sheet music and figured it out ia 10 air notes," he added. Mat took off on his skateboard coMTMUfO en eaaa t Parachuting at Powers Children have fun playing with a colorful parachute canopy during Powers Elementary School's annual field day. The day com bines physical education with lots of fun. About 150 parents volunteered their time to make the fun filled day a success. Council doesn't oppose license By keeping quiet, city council gave its approval to one phase of an $800,000 makeover of what used to be the Travel Lodge at 934 N. Leavitt Road. In addition to the building permits that already have been issued, council ievided not to voice any objection to a liquor permit sought for the motel, which has been renamed the Country Hearth Inn. James DeVine, vice president of operations for Lodge Keeper Group, Inc., the motet's owners for more than 10 yean, said there are no plans to add a lounge to the motel Instead, beer and wine will be served in a hearth room, a continental breakfast area where evening receptions for guests will be held once the motel's extensive remodeling ia complete. The price of the evening drinks will be included in room fees, he explained. Council members, including Nancy Brown, expressed concern CONTINUED on page 2 A little Amherst goes long way in teaching kids safety by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter On June IS, a miniature Amherst will sit beside the police department on N. Lake Street with dozens of tiny people bustling abouL No one will have shrunk the kids or the town. It'll be the debut of the brand new Safety City, a small version of the Sandstone Capital of the World built with lots of donations of materials and manpower. The tiny people will be Safety City Class of '98. Led by youth and DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer Les Carrender, dozens of volunteers have built more than a dozen buildings that look like small versions of those found throughout the city, including city hall. The small city's builders have included Carrender, firefighter Chris Niehait, councilman Terry Traster and "Time and Talent," a group Nordson Corporation employees who volunteer their time and construction talents to community projects. "We have a lot of people and companies to thank for this. It shows they care about kids and based on photographs. Details such as windows and architectural features will be painted on before June IS opening ceremonies. Amherst Safety City will have 19 buildings, 10 of which are complete. Among them are the Rini Rego grocery store and Taco Bell restaurant on Cooper Foster Park Road, the Crystal Mortgage building on Mam Street, Mullinax Ford on Rl 58 and the Fifth Third Bank on Cleveland Avenue. "We wanted it to look as much like the city as possible to add some realism to the classes and some of the things we do in Safety City," Carrender explained. "We think it'll help bring things home for the kids if they can better relate to their surroundings." , Until this year, Safety City was held at Powers Btanentary School. Several months ago, Canender thought a permanent location for it was needed and began making rough drawings on a note pad. Chief William Hall gave him the go ahead and local architect Jim Yorks turned the patrolman*! doodles Into a reality. With the jxraisatoe of city officials, city land adjacent to the H tatty designed soled down versions of buddings in the city she and a mtavity smaB group of oonv for the $25,000 project Lots of people and companies chipped in. Although costs have yet to be finalized, Carrender said it appears as though they will total about half the original estimate thanks to dozens of material and equipmont donations by local and area companies. Carrender has spent the he* few Saturday afternoons helping to build some of die buildings uta will be used by four classes of youngsters this year. So far, roughly 135 children have enrolled in die classes scheduled for June 15-19 and June 22-26. although there's room for more during the second week of classes. In addition to Carrender, instructors will be Marion L. Steele High School students. The younger learners win be broken into three groups, reds green and yellow — traffic light By breaking classes of up to 45 kids into groups, one will be able to learn traffic safety while the others are taught podttetrian or Dos avety. The dperent kinds of safety instructidn are rotatad among the groups during the five days of cusses. Panass can enroll ** '*"*■«■ ■Mil classes banin. Than is nmpvateaTiSOsSeo. to help pay r-: - - '.' 1 ! - - .' — ' ■ MSI < - '■lam' -.-'.- 'i*ajik 'p. -
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-06-03|
|Date of Original||03-JUN-1998|
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