Amherst News-Times, 2001-04-11
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I Local girl instate 'Pen' test — Page 3 Take a chance, you might win — P Amherst News-Time ->-_>_. - C X T - t - .- Is x T » 3 -_. C _J -J V *» S Wednesday. April 11, 2001 Amherst, Ohio Until further notice, 25 is the limit W-m. If the speed limit is 25 mph, and you are traveling at 35 mph, would you get a speeding ticket? And if you did would it be legal? Some city council representatives are still trying to figure that out. Drivers traveling down North Main and North Lake streets may have noticed a change in the speed limit a few weeks ago; that's because council decided to reduce the limit from 35 to 25 mph. The change occurred after several residents voiced concerns over an October car accident that led to the death of a 10-year- old boy last year. The child was killed while riding his bicycle by a driver who was determined to had been traveling at no more than 35 mph. Council president John Dietrich said another reason council decided to lower the limit is because of the current 25 mph posting along connecting Kolbe Road. "Lowering speeds help in all cases," safety/service director, Sherrill McLoda said. "But we're waiting on a study to be finished by the (police department)." According to McLoda, if the study determines that the area is considered a "three- way" road, then a 25 mph speed limit would be illegal in that area. In answering that question Amherst police chief Lonnie Dillion said a number of factors will be weighed, such as determining whether or not North Main and Lake streets are considered residential or through streets and estimating traffic and foot volume. However, McLoda quickly pointed out that drivers traveling along North Main and Lake streets should not take the uncertainty lightly. She said drivers in that area traveling above the posted speed limit can still be issued a ticket Dillion agreed. He said although officers have been instructed to give some leeway to drivers in that area, they will enforce the law if a motorist is traveling at excessive speeds. V SPEED LIMIT Which is witch? Out of protest for cement ducks, Chris Neihart at 492 Maple Av- piete with bunny ears and a few decorated eggs flying from her enue, has decided to keep his "splat witch" up all year and dress broom, her up for the holidays. Right now, she's ready for Easter, com- I . i 11 Miss OMo Stephanie Meisberger, talcs to Harris Elementary School students during "Stop the Violence Week." This young man got a lesson in courage when he was brought on stage for a chance to dance with Meisberger. Miss Ohio brings her message of courage to local school kids by YVONNE OAY Newe-Ttmee reporter Students at several Amhent schools received a leaaoh kn courage last week tram reigning Miss Ohio Stephanie Meisberger. Me.sbe.ge-r was invited by members of the Parent Teacher Organization lo be a at Need Junior .School at part of Slop the Violence Week. Teachers and faculty from the participating schools wore blue ribbons to show their support. This week ia all about teaching students how to and H__Ti» Beat-naury up when they see soosething they know ie wrong, and to have the cour- a__. to tell -mMa-kB " .Hi-Mil. Middle School principal. Ore* Riflf said just before be in troduced Meisberger to Harris Elementary students last Wednesday. During Stop The Violence Week, Ring said a character trait is ccncenixated oa in terms of school safety. He hopes "courage" will help empower students to take a "(We hope students will . say). 'If I see danger at school, 1'ta going to tell an adult,'" he said. Meisberger was greeted by a gymnasium filled with smiling Daces as she took center stage, telling children about courage and how it played a role in her own success. "Courage is important Goals are important It's not easy, but you need to have courage lo achieve your goals. And part of courage ia doing what you know is right," the 22-year-old said. MB-tbetger shared whh stu- CONTINUED on peoje S High school teen caught stealing scale, holding stash of marijuana by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter A Marion L. Steele High School student was arrested last month for on-campus theft and possession of marijuana. According to police reports, the theft was observed by a teacher who noticed the student stealing an electric weight gram scale on March 16. The school resource and DARE officer, Les Carrender was notified and an investigation was performed. A body search resulted in tte discovery of marijuana and the student was placed under arrest for drug possession and theft. The student was later released into the custody of parents. The case has been forwarded to the Juvenile Court system. "A very small amount (of marijuana) was found on the student," Carrender said. As for the electric scale, "I don't know what state of mind the student was in. Who knows what that student might have had plans for in the future." According to Amherst police the student has no prior offenses. School principal, Fred Holland said he could not comment on the disciplinary action the school will take towards the student "Because the student ia a miner, 1 cannot comment on the disciplinary action we will lake," Holland said. "But I can say there are problems with drugs on every campus, with us CONTINUED on page 2 Hospitalized vets aren't left behind in his battle plan by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter Vietnam veteran Dale Smith can still see the image of a little girl sobbing and holding on to her mother's leg. Still recall the tears that clung to the back of his throat ae he handed the widow the folded flag. Then there is the memory Smith has as a VA. hoapital volunteer. The simple act of opening a milk carton was enough to make one veteran's eyes well up with appreciative tears. "Something that small," Smith said, looking towards the sky as if to recall the encounter. "I could cry myself. People just don't know how a small act can make a difference in someone's life." But for the little boy who dreamed of becoming a minister or doctor, volunteerism wasn't always high on the list Smith, SO. served in the 101st Airborne Infantry during the South Vietnam war, and like many veterans had a difficult time when he returned stateside in 1971. "In coming home, a good group of (veterans) just wanted to fit back into mainstream America. I just wanted to be left alone." Smith said. "When I was younger, I had a good religious base. I lost that in Vietnam." Smith's rough peach included a broken marriage, and yean of self induced isolation. He said he couldn't bear to be around people, and avoided diem as much w possible. Until finally, one day he said h was time to make a change in his life. "Anybody can sit in their grief «d sorrow." Smith said. "V_-an- teeriag didn't happen over aight...When I came boas* I thought, 'Whew do I go msmW Dale Smith * Today, Smith is a far cry from being idle. Some of the organirations he stays active in include the Lorain Veteran Council, the Lorain Memorial Association, tbe Disabled American Veteran's Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wan, and AMVETS. Smith, an advocate for hospitalized veterans, also regularly visits veterans who an abut in, heed, or in nursing homes. He takes one 88-year-old i side, ao the man can pay his i 10 tV^*1 CO-ODfatdttS* Last year. Smith ps-li.lpess. ia 56 military funerals, meseniing a_e next of kin the American flag. One funeral still sticks out in his mind. "There waa one funeral we had. during a Hazard. You could haid-y see, and we didn't have all of our guys -here." Sena. aid. avoiding an glen of the am as he stood ig oa Nc_r__ Ridge Rood. "Bn i " lbs >\»»»
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-04-11|
|Date of Original||11-APR-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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