Amherst News-Times, 1999-10-27
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Candidate coverage starts — Page 8 I Comets stuck in three-way tie — Pag« 1? Amherst News-Time 3 o r _ - at — - Z r. -_■ z -J X t < r - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 Amherst, Ohio Youth struck by car while waiting for bu A fifth grader from Shupe Middle School is being held in intensive care with a severe head injury after being struck by a car while waiting for a school bus Friday morning. Skyler Grm was playing before his bus arrived when he stepped out of a driveway into the way of a 1995 Dodge Intrepid going between 20-25 mph at 8:10 a.m., ac cording to the Elyria Post of the Suite Highway Patrol. The car, driven by an Amherst woman, was going northbound on Rosedale Ave., about 3/10 of a mile past the Middle Ridge Road intersection. Skyler was taken to Amherst Hospital by Central EMS. From there, he was flown by emergency helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center where he was still listed in intensive care as of Monday. Neighbors consoled the other children waiting for the bus until the bus arrived, said Amherst schools superintendent Bob Boynton. The children were then taken to the school, where guidance counselors offered support and answered any questions the students had. About 20 students were sent home because they had difficulty coping. "We let the children know what we knew to keep rumors from flying," said Shupe Middle School principal Steve Demko. "We want the children to be informed of any acquired information and also be aware of their feelings." On Monday, Demko met with an aunt of Skyler and several teachers to discuss how the boy was doing. Demko said the students are concerned for Skyler and the middle school staff are encouraging the students to think positively. Students are making get-well cards for Skyler to read when he is able, Demko said. Boynton said he was told that the children at the bus stop were either playing tag or football when Skyler ran out into the road and was hit "This is a re situation," Boyt would like to encourage parents to talk to their kids about not fooling around while they wait at the bus stop." A special fund to assist with medical expenses has been set up at Lorain National Bank. Donations may also be made at the Cedar Pub and Ziggy's in downtown Amherst. Brothers carry on father's business niche in memorials by KEITH GRIBBINS Oron Miller, and his brother, Alvin, are the owners and operators gravestones are hand-made on of Amherst Memorial Studio, the only studio In Lorain County where Mayor a shoe in but council candidates will battle it out News-Times reporter Most people might find working to memorialize the dead a bit morbid, but not Alvin and Oron Miller, the men behind the Amherst Memorial Studio. Being the bedrock beneath the only gravestone maker studio in Lorain County is not only a satisfying career but also a gratifying one, helping people who are in need. "We get people after the fact, while most people are grieving," explained Alvin Miller. "I take satisfaction in helping to finalize that last thing that is ever done for that The lack of national or state races and an absence of requests for additional taxes are expected to make for tight voter turnout in Tuesday's election, although nearly a full slate of city offices will be decided. Marilyn Jacobcik, director for the Lorain County Board of Elections, said the absence of traditional draws on the ballot could keep many of Amherst's 8,000 registered voters away from the polls. "At this point, we're anticipating relatively light turnout in Amherst," Jacobcik said. There are no money issues, no increases, which tend to bring people out." And although all seven seats for city council are up for election, as well as the offices of mayor, council president, and law director, many of those races are unopposed. Mayor John Higgins will win reelection with no Republican challenger. But in his new term the job will be full-time after city council approved the change from a part- time position earlier this year. Councilman-at-large John Dietrich is also running unopposed for the council president's seat. He will succeed longtime council president Wayne Whyte, who announced his retirement from city service and did not seek re-election. Ward 2 councilmember Ed Cowger will retain his seat without opposition. In races that are being opposed, law director Alan Anderson is seeking re-election against Vermilion law director and Lorain attorney Kenneth Stumphauzer. Stumphauzer said both city positions are part-time and he would be able to split his time between the two communities. Stumphauzer, a Democrat, served as Lorain's assistant law director for 12 years, and as law director in the early 1990s. He has been Vermilion's law director for about three years, but said he does not foresee any conflicts of interest in holding both positions. "My interest in representing the city is that, as a resident of Amherst, I am well aware that the city needs competent, timely, proactive legal representation," Stumphauzer said. "I believe I can offer thaL" Anderson has been Amherst's law director since 19%, and had previously served as law director in the 1980s. Anderson said he has improved efficiency in the law director's office, partly due to his regular attendance at city council meetings. "My regular attendance has stopped some lawsuits in the making," Anderson said. "We've been able to head off some problems before they could be enacted." In the council at-Iarge race. Democratic incumbents Nancy Brown and Dave Kukucka will seek re-election. Joining them in the race for three at-Iarge seats are Democrat Dave Williams and Republicans Mark Costilow, Barbara Kilgore, and Dennis Walters. In the ward races that are contested, incumbent Democrat Jerry Traster will be challenged by former city auditor, Republican John Dunn for the 1st Ward seat. In the 3rd Ward, Steve P'Simer, a Democrat, will defend his seat against Republican challenger Michael Nolte. The 4th Ward incumbent, John Mishak is being challenged by two independent candidates, Nick Brusky and Jennifer Wasilk. The only elected city offices not up for vote in this election are city auditor and treasurer. In addition to the city positions up for election, voters will be asked to renew a 0.5 percent wage tax for street maintenance. The tax, which was first approved 10 years ago, expires Dec. 31, 2000, unless it is renewed by the voters. Mayor John Higgins said the $1.5 million the tax brings in is vital to the street department, especially in view of the growth of the city since it was first enacted. "We have 42 more streets in the city," Higgins said. "Without the money, just to crack and seal would be out of reach." Safety service director Sherrill McLoda said she is cautiously optimistic about the levy's passage. "The voters have always understood that this is an important levy to keep our streets up," McLoda said. "Amherst if a good community. Our schools are good, our churches are good. But if your streets aren't in shape, the rest falls apart." NOV. 2nd BALLOT MAYOR JOHN HIGGINS COUNCIL PRESIDENT JOHN DIETRICH LAW DIRECTOR ALAN ANDERSON KENNETH STUMPHAUZER COUNCIL AT LARGE f3, NANCY LEE BROWN MARK L. COSTILOW DAVID C. KUKUCKA BARBARA J. KILGORE DAVID T. WILLIAMS DENNIS E. WALTERS MEMRER OF COUNCIL-FIRST WARD TERRENCE TRASTER JOHN J. DUNN MEMBER OF COUNCIL-SECOND WARP EDWIN R. COWGER MEMBER OF COUNCIL-THIRD WARD STEVE P'SIMER MICHAEL NOLTE MPMBER OF COUNCIL-FOURTH WARD JOHN W. MISHAK NICK BRUSKY JENNIFER WASILK person. We dot the I's and cross the T's." The brothers, in their 40s, are the only two hands-on makers of grave monuments and markers at the studio. The two help people choose and design the marker that will signify their loved one's resting place once they have passed away. The two then take that design and by hand sandblast the granite stone that will eventually take its place on a plot of land in a cemetery. First, plans are drawn out with the headstone's design and then the stone itself is stenciled. The stone is sandblasted and finally shaped and COMT-NUED on page 2 Three vie for school board seat on Nov. 2 Two newcomers will face one long-time incumbent in the race for two open seats on the board of education in Tuesday's election. The seats of long-time board member Carol Jajack, and Jennifer Musgrave, are open for election. Jajack will attempt to continue her 20-year streak as a school board member with her sixth attempt on the Nov. 2 ballot. Musgrave decided not to ran for re-election. Jajack has been a resident of Amherst since 1962. She and her husband, Gene, a retired band director of the Amherst schools, have raised 10 children in this community. So far, nine of her children have graduated from the Amherst system. Her youngest is now a senior. She and her husband operate a photography studio. Originally from Colombia Station, she moved to Amherst with her husband when he accepted the band director's position. Jajack said she first ran for school board as a parent concerned with the care of the local students. She has served on several committees sad as president and vice president of Ike board during her tenure and recognizes the need to fnamiftf the schools' overcrowded conditions. She is joined in dm race by two local 'Exchange student' tennis status questioned wing aa aoooa by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter The Lady Comeu tennis team, flying high under the leadership of an outstanding German tennis player, has learned their foreign friend's status wilh the Ohio Athletic Aftfe-eftr has caused them to forfeit most of their winning season. The news is devaatartag io Ae coach. ._■■■»■. aad especially stude* Mai SBoah. who k « *» kept of ths Stroeh is a citizen of Germany, %is a junior at Marion L. Steele School She is not an exchange ttudeut in the normal sense of what Three years ago Fritzi's older sister Kathrina was an exchange student at Steele, sad stayed with Anthony Moreno femily. The group Aat supported her, the' International Exchange Forum weat " rt. vi*.Toaa\MS*e< Matty m Qenaaay gave Ke> io fee Morenos. All went well after that. To avoid any more international glitches, the Stroehs arranged for the Morenos to assume legal guardianship for Fritzi when she came to Amhent three years later. The school administration noted that Fritzi was under a legal guardianship, snd treated her as sn Aat- "We looked at Fritzi as an open enrollment student," explained school principal Fred Holland. "We thought we had done everything by the book sad everything was fine." Everything was fine until someone contacted Mm Ohio High School m «■>*• his wife. Kay. . Set- ottm- the exact rates for Mod's eligibility, laterals hook (NataadStaa- inwaei". no ammtma aa dam amy parte—mats Is edtMto Immfm Smmm <■ mat mmmtAmm ■■ by the Ohio High School J£*J Athletic Association (OHSAA). .. _._ _» .-___, . ton s i ae ueamr, a Since the Morenos haws legal chaaadfeomMs giiir11u.-lB over the fM. they ap& argued thai a_> is sa «paa aarofl- Bafcae dmu ment student, who does not need years as a* m play tpona ia atom at Imam's to a local attorney. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-10-27|
|Date of Original||27-OCT-1999|
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