Amherst News-Times, 2001-04-04
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..P New reporter joins N-T staff — Page 8 Class of 1951 plans reunion — P Amherst News-Tim< 2 - => => 3 * _ I ~ X -H - - Ji O _> a x i < X -I ■ H i-» ■ * < r> 1> Sp Wednesday, April 4, 2001 Amherst. Ohio Council defeats bike helmet ordinan cu by YVONNE GAY Newt-Time* reporter City council last week defeated an ordinance which would have established safety standards for children under 16 years of age requiring them to wear helmets while riding bikes, scooters, skateboards, and the like. The ordinance was voted down 5-2 during a regular meeting of council held March 26. Members who objected to the ordinance expressed concerns ranging from parental responsibility to city authority. "I think parents are responsible >l enough to have their children wear helmets," Ward 2 councilmember Edwin Cowger said to fellow members of council. "Something like this cannot be mandated." Council president John Dietrich agreed, but also expressed concerns of city authority regarding the ordinance. "I don't see where we have the power to mandate this. I don't see how we could mandate a helmet law," Dietrich said. Other concerns centered around the wording of the ordinance. The age group targeted would have involved all children under 16, and would have permitted the city of Amherst to establish educational programs and incentives for those children to wear safety helmets. The ordinance in question reads: "... establishing safety standards for all persons riding or operating a tricycle, bicycle, scooters, skateboards, roller skates or in-line skates on certain property in the City of Amherst, Ohio and establishing educational programs and other incentives for children younger than 16 years of age to wear safety helmets." Although council members had several concents, councilmember- at-large David Williams, who voted for the ordinance, said he is confident they will be able to work out a compromise. "I think, we really want to do something,'so we'll rework it and we'U fix it," Williams said. Ward 4 councilmember Jennifer Wasilk was disappointed by the outcome. She and Williams were the only votes in favor of the ordinance. "I thought we had more people voting for it," Wasilk said. "I thought we addressed a lot of their concerns. But now, we'll go back and (discuss matters further)." Although the helmet ordinance is not entirely new compared to surrounding cities', there are some differences in wording that sets it apart City law director Kenneth Stumphauzer said this was done to create an ordinance that would be more specific to Amherst. The city of Shaker Heights in Cuyahoga County passed a codified ordinance concerning bicycle safety in 1997. The Shaker Heights ordinance reads in part: "..No person over the age of five yean shall operate a bicycle within the City unless such person is wearing a protective helmet on hismer head, with the chin strap fastened under the chin. Such helmet shall be fitted to the size of the operator and shall meet or exceed the standards set by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) or SNELL (Sncll Memorial Foundation). "..A violation... shall be consid ered a civil infraction, punishable by a penalty of $25 for any violation occurring subsequent to a written notice...." Amherst's proposed helmet ordinance was prompted by the death of 10-year-old Carson Hamby- Rittenour in October of last year. Hamby-Rittenour was killed while riding his bicycle along North Lake Street The 10-year-old suffered severe head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet The car that struck Hamby-Rittenour was determined by police to be traveling at no more than 35 mph. After the incident several members of the community, including council urged parents to have their children wear helmets while btcj- cling or skating. ,.</ i 0m$i <t WALTE". G. NORD * O _ . ___C- - ' /- ^mnt=^^~~- '—' * ! . *"-<«*-•; mI ■•:._ _*.< ti BEST OF LUCK 6 SPELLERS GOING TO REGIONALS «^3»-~^S Members of the Nord Junior High School Spelling Bee team Gabrielle Giamboi, Alyssa Johnson, Joe Riley and Deleen from left to right are: Jordan Murray, Kim Beight, Micah Bennett, Holzhauer. Nord speller takes second in bee Congratulations go out to Nord Junior High School student Gabby Giamboi on a brilliant second place finish in the Regional Spelling Bee held Friday, March 30 at North- wood Junior High School in Elyria. The Nord Junior High School team of competitors who qualified for the regional test included Joe Riley, Jordan Murray, Kim Beight, Gabrielle Giambio, Alyssa Johnson, and Micah Bennett. The Nord team spelled the following words correctly: waltz, swerve, boycott, refuge, curious - ness, armoire, chapter, epicenter, dazzling, implosion, proximity, holster, insignificant, sauntered, parasite, nonchalance, cabriolet, chim ney, albatross, spontaneous, crescendo, seaworthiness, circuitous, and greedily. Misspelled words were:'addenda, morass, chalice, ancestral, truculent, lineament, and beguiling. Inventor fights carpal tunnel woes by YVONNE GAY News-Tim.* reporter Who likes confrontation, especially on the job? Moat people would rather ignore an irritating co-worker, or grin and bear the bottomless stack of papers at the edge of the desk. But what happens when soot-thing on the job is interfering with your health? Well, you would invent a cure, of course. Joe Hambly, an Amherst resident, has been employed as a brazer for 17 years. The occupation involves holding a tool used to solder two pieces of metal together. However, after years of holding the brazing instrument with a tight grip, Hambly's aim began to show signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. "I was having problems, and other people in the plant were having problems too," the 45-year-old said. "I was moved to setup and asked to be placed back in the brazing booth. After about 45 minutes my hand started getting numb." That's when Hambly said he knew he had to do some thing. It took about two years to develop, but months of tinkering finally paid off. Hambly came up with the Tool Grip Glove. The glove provides a surface on its palm for a tool to adhere itself. The design means less pressure is required to grip a tool, without interfering with job accuracy. Before his invention Hambly said he would wear out one pair of gloves a week, and pointed out that other workers sometimes used one pair of gloves each day. CONTINUED on paga 8 MLS actors stage two more shows Two performances remain of the Marion L. Steele High School theatre company's prearniartnn of "Because Their Hearts Wen Pure, or The Secret of Mine." A melodrama in three acts, with comedy, music, singing and dancing, the company stages the performance on Friday and Saturday. April 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm. in the Powers Elementary School Cost is $4 for the general public, $3 for students, $2 for ttespians. and senior citizens may attend foe. Valerie F_-_chman, assisted by senior Scott Dolan, directs this story of the villain, Sebastian, in his attempts to steal the home of the lovely widow. Melody. Questions abound in this production: Will the secret of the mine ever be revelaed? Will the hero. Goodwin, save the widow in time? Will Patience Faithful find her lost hus- band and child? Will Will the sailor find bis lost memory? Will Mr. Bleakly and Mr. Grimstooe tied Cast members include the following: • Seniors: John Stransky, Brad Smith, Steve Stetak, Kate Anderson. Ashley Mazurek, Carly Kosonovich, Allison Toman, Andrew Baker and Scott Ward. • Juniors: Katie Primm, Dan Starett, Elaine Muniga, Ruben Es- cat-don, Lindsay Hopkins, Beth Turner, San Sevits, Rachel Dubord, Colin Stipe, Justin Bilewicz and Axel Homaa. ■ Sflphofnoffpt' Tim Friedman. Jake Wachott. Lindsey GW>. San Sevits. Kriati Yorks Md Alexis Waahbura. • Freshmen: Lizzy Druga, Heather Kordeleski and Jeni Dolan. Crew members include technical director Pat Sanders, set designer senior Kathleen Dobbins, props freshman Lizzy Druga. costumes junior Justin Bilewicz end tophomore Undaey Gibb, sound senior Adam Miller, set iceJar Alkie Alfosd. makeup senior Allison Toman, house senior Nick pher junior L_a____y Hopk-SK. ooordinator senior Megan Cem- mina, piano player sophotnore Kriati Yc_t_,and Workers close chapter on life as Nordson's wage earners by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter Chauffeur Jerry Grace stood stiffly in front of his long white limousine, braving the cold and waiting. "I've never done anything like this before," he said. "I've done retirements from here, but never something like this." Grace was hired by six employees at Nordson Corporation to make their last day of work a classy send off. The group was a part of 48 employees who were laid off last Thursday as part of the company's Action 2000 Plan, announced in November 1999. Initially the plan had called for the dismissal of ISO employees from the Amherst and Elyria facilities. However, that number was reduced to 125 workers due to favorable forecasted business conditions. In February of this year, the company dismissed 60 assembly and material handling workers at its Amherst and Elyria facilities. Another five employees opted for retirement Awarding to the Action 2000 Plan, the cuts were a part of a series of operation transfers from northern Ohio, to Georgia and Alabama in an attempt to make the company more efficient The plan also hopes to stimulate the company's financial growth. At 3:30 pm. last Thursday, woken filed out of the Amhent building for the last time. Many of them armed with boxes, shopping bags and mixed feelings. When Darlene Demachi showed up for work earlier that day, she knew it would be her last She had been preparing for it for more than a year. Still, it was hard to leave the place she had been coming to for IS yean. "When I left. I turned around and said, 'I'll see you guys...' I had to stop myself," 53-year-old Demachi said, her eyes filling with tears. "When you an at a place for a long timt* __a ptrttp-fl btromf your family. Theee people an a part of my family." Tom Eagles. 34. would have been with the company for 15 years on April 28, as a material handler. Now he will have to start over again. "I'm getting new job training, and I'm looking for a job on the internet," Eagles said. Kevin KrugeUk. 42. wet-ad in the handling and assembling department* for 19 years. lie was optimistic about his future, and wm ready to move on. Tm in a good position," Krugelak said, joining his fellow co-workers for a group picture. To help prepare himself for the layoff, the 42-year-old said he took several accounting courses. Unlike Demachi, John Sek- letar, 50, was a little less sentimental about his recent dismissal. He had been with the company for 15 yean and was appalled by what he called, "corporate greed." "Many of the people who were laid off have up to 17 years on the job, some even more. (Nordson) had a good reputation. There is just no limit to corporate greed," Sek- letar said. Assembler Chuck Anthony stood on top of an outdoor picnic table and took pictures of his departing co-workers. Almost two yean ago he said he could have easily been on the other side of the camera. "I thought I was out the door," Anthony said, watching the limousine drive away. "But some people took (the packages), that's why I'm still here." Although Nordson said it would only dismiss 125 employees, Anthony, a union* employee, is still worried. He said his contract is up in November, and he can't help wonder if he will be the next to go. According to a Nardsoa press release, employees affected by the iatyofb eligible to receive earlier this year. __rap-oyees were also offered counseling services end out placement assistance, Nordaoo Corp.. headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, is the world's -ending of precisian In 2000. the tional company reported in .excess of $740 r ,1 .1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-04-04|
|Date of Original||04-APR-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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