Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-01
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Consider proper tree planting — Page 4 I Lady Comets enjoy big win — Page Q Amherst News-Time r* x 3 'X < Wednesday, December 1, 1999 Amherst, Ohio Railroad gro will pay for ru.. turnpike plans; delay expected The ney to Lake Shore Railway Association has acquired enough mo- force a reconfiguration of the Rt. 58 turnpike interchange to accomodate the group's rail line through the area. by STEVE LmRRY News-Times reporter The Lake Shore Railway Association has acquired $500,000 in loans and $300,000 in grant money which will allow an Amherst Township turnpike interchange and the rail line to exist together. The Lake Shore Rail Asso ciation now has $1.6 million, enough to pay the Turnpike Commission for re-engineering the Rl 58 interchange to accommodate the existence of the rail line in the same area, and purchase the remaining right-of-way. A bridge will be built so that the rail line will pass over the turnpike interchange. CONTINUED on page 2 ij * School board policies will help keep kids safe by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter The board of education has taken steps to ensure the safety of students and others in the schools or at school sponsored activities. At its Nov. 22 meeting, the board approved four new policies and made revisions to four more to enhance safety hi the schools. Superintendent Robert Boynton said the policies were mandated by the state legislature in Senate Bil! 1, which also required schools to enact a "Safe Schools" plan this school year. He said the bill was passed by the legislature in response to school shootings in Littleton, Colo, and Jonesborough, Ark. and other places. "I think the law was passed out of something that happened in Colorado and the other places where they've had problems," Boynton said. "I don't know that th. legisla ture passed it because our schools are unsafe." Two of the new policies prohibit professional and classified staff from possessing "weapons or any other device designed to inflict serious bodily harm" while on school property, in a school vehicle, or at a school sponsored event. Boynton said that while the schools have had a weapons policy in place for students for many years, the state required the schools to have a policy for employees as well. "It's kind of one of those things where you wouldn't expect them to have weapons," Boynton said. "But there was nothing in there about professional staff with weapons, so the state said we had to put it in." A revision to the policy on suspension, expulsion, and permanent exclusion of students allows the superintendent to expel a student for one year for bringing a firearm or a knife to any school activity not located on property owned or controlled by the schools, including "away" sporting events and class trips. Students may also be expelled for one year for possessing the firearm or knife at such an activity, even if someone else brought it and gave it to the student there. A third new policy directs the superintendent to establish guidelines for classified staff in dealing with students. Among the provisions of the policy is a requirement that classified staff not associate with students in a manner which gives the appearance of impropriety. Former school bus driver Andrew Bishop was fired last year after he was charged with raping four students and other related charges. The final new policy directs the superintendent to establish guidelines for responding to a crisis situation, developing a prevention plan, and providing intervention for students who exhibit warning signs of violence or other troubling behaviors. CONTINUED on page 2 Little girl skater has big future Sixth grader competing for chance at national contest by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Kristen Mendoza is an 11-year-old sixth grader at Shupe Middle School. She is also one half of the area's number one junior ice dancing team for the Eastern Great Lakes Region. Mendoza and 13-year-old skating partner Josh Lea have just returned from junior regional ice dancing competition in Huntsville, Ala., where they finished in first place. Skaters who place in the top four spots at regionals • qualify to compete in the Junior Nationals. The Junior Nationals, (formerly the Junior Olympics), are going to be held — believe it or not — in Amherst, N.Y., on March 5-12. Mendoza and Lea will compete against 35 pairs of skaters from the eight other regions in the country for the national title. At last year's Junior Nationals, Mendoza and Lea placed second, but the young couple had only been skating partners for three months prior to the nationals competition. Mendoza also has some free style programs, but her real strength is in pairs ice dancing. Do the parents and coaches of these young skaters take ihem seriously? Mendoza trains under the watchful eye of former Olympic gold medalist Carol Heiss Jenkins. 'To receive training from Jenkins you have to apply and skate very well," Mendoza explained. Sandy Hess (former coach of Olympic skaters Elisabeth Punzalan and Jerrod Swallow) was flown in from Colorado Springs lo choreograph Mendoza and Lea's routines. Mendoza performed at the CONTINUED on page 2 At home, Kristen Mendoza enjoys displaying her many ribbons and medals awarded to her for her skating efforts. And below, seen with her ice dancing partner, Josh v she is Lea. msw ■*-_r~ fc!»«ii .'• L-- - Homegrown mayor keeps up with life in South Amherst Chet Arcaba grew up in South Amherst but probably never thought he would represent the community as its mayor. The 1978 graduate of South Amherst High School began his career in politics as a member of the village council. After several years he was voted in as council president The death of mayor Ken Jones five years ago ushered Arcaba into the position of acting mayor of South Amherst. After finishing Jones's term, Arcaba decided to run officially for the office of mayor, and was elected to his first four-year term. On Nov. 2, Arcaba was re-elected to his second term of office, to which he ran unopposed. The people of South Amherst like their village officials. Nearly every elected official in the village ran unopposed this year as well. Arcaba has no agenda to move up the political ladder, he enjoys being the mayor of South Amherst, and enjoys his job at Oberlin College as a network technician. His "day job" deals primarily with the installation of computer wiring through all the buildings on campus to network all Oberiin College's computers. "I provide plans and designs for computer infrastructure," Arcaba explained. Arcaba has also been involved in farming all his life. His father died when he was young, and as the only child, he and his mom had to oper ate the farm. During the sixties and seventies they made a living with a dairy operation, but by 1986 he took over the farm operations entirely. Arcaba married his wife Karen in 1982, and they have one son, Chad, 16, who attends school at Firelands. Chad is too young to remember the intense rivalry between Firelands and South Amherst It was not made any easier when South Am- herst decided to close and Firelands absorbed the South Amherst school district. Chad considers himself a Falcon. The merger was not as easily accepted among quite a few of the old timers in South Amherst, who still mumble and grumble about it oo occasion. When he is not being the mayor, or chasing wiring harnesses, Arcaba is raising his own breed of pedigreed beef cattle called Umousine beef cattle. Chad owns the Lorain County Fair's Reserve Grand Champion bull, which has won that honor for two years running. The Arcabas hope to develop Limousines into a preferred replacement cattle. The term replacement cattle has to do with replacing other cattlemen's old or feeble breeding stock with younger ones, which Arcaba hopes, will be Limousines. Serious crime is normally unheard of in South Amherst, evidenced by the size of their police force. Just to keep everyone honest, the part-time police force juggles CONTINUED on paga 2 Mishak vacates council seat to retire from work Amherst city councilmember John Mishak was recently notified that he could retire from the public school system by combining his hours in both the State Teachers Retirement System and the Public Employment Retirement System. By taking his retirement now, he is forced to resign his position as a councilmember effective immediately, to meet the criteria of his retirement The democratic party will assign a temporary replacemeat until independent candidate Jennifer Wasilk, who defeated Mt-Mfc la November's elections, begins her term in January.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-12-01|
|Date of Original||01-DEC-1999|
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