Amherst News-Times, 2001-11-14
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Newspaper prices to increase — Page 2 Steele descendants sought — Amherst News-Tim r> «-• o O o uo x x t— 00 t-l M c en o Oi 3 x CO < X M a. m m in r- co a> 3 —I >-• > O -^ 3> i-t ro < o -^ m 2> <s> r™ w tc O o Wednesday, November 14, 2001 Amherst, Ohio cents Brusky, 20, upsets at-large CC rac N by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter A few close races and one major upset resulted from Amherst city elections last Tuesday. Just over one percentage point decided the city's auditor race, and 20-year-old Republican Nick Brusky won one of three city council-at-large seats, unseating Democratic incumbent David T. Williams. Brusky, who ran unsuccessfully two years ago for the fourth ward council seat, said that he put a lot of work into his campaign this year. "I was happy to get out and talk to a lot of people," Brusky said. He also added that many Amherst residents volunteered to help him campaign, something he said shows that the people of Amherst agree with his position on issues. Despite his desire to win, Brusky said he was still a little surprised, especially that he came in second in the voting. Brusky finished second with 1,569 votes, just edging out incumbent democrat Nancy Brown with 1,563 votes. "Apparently my hard work paid off," Brusky said. He added that he plans to remain accessible to all Amherst residents and said that they can call him any time. "To dmse that voted for me and those that didn't vote for me, I look forward to working with you," Brusky said. In the closest city race, the incumbent city auditor, Diane Eswine, just managed to stave off her chal- CONTINUED from page 10 Nick Brusky While his parents were casting the real votes, future voter Jason Moore is learning how to pick his favorite candidates with the help of Terry Douglass. Jason's options for this year's decision were Bamie, Barbie, Mr. Magoo, and Mickey Mouse. Jason was not the only young voter that Douglass was teaching during the hectic day. Highway to heaven A large congregation of motorcyclists ride from the Hempel Funeral Home up Cleveland Avenue as part of the funeral procession for Teddy Joe Massey. The procession took place last Thursday in honor of Massey, a motorcycle enthusiast himself, who died Nov. 3 at the age of 45 in a motorcycle accident. Leoni ousted in township's trustees race One familiar face and one new face will fill trustee offices in Amherst Township following a very close election. Incumbent Dennis Abraham and challenger Neil Lynch garnered the most votes causing incumbent Ronald Leoni to be unseated. After a campaign that saw Leoni and Lynch implore the voters of Amherst Township to elect them in tandem, the results came as a surprise to challenger Lynch. "I think we actually did pretty good," Lynch said of his campaign. "I just wish the results might have been a litde different." Lynch added that he does not foresee having any problems working with Abraham, despite his alignment with Leoni during the campaign. "I'm looking forward now to serving the residents," Lynch said. Abraham, who has been an Amherst Township trustee for 12 years, said that he feels he ran a very good campaign. "I would define it as a very tough campaign and an effective campaign," Abraham said "I deeply appreciate (the voters) supporting and standing by me at this time." Abraham said he shares Lynch's desire to end any animosity between township trustees. "I look forward to it with optimism and renewed hope," Abraham said. CONTINUED on page 10 Balog to take over job as MLS resource cop by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter After 26 years, police officer John Balog is going back to high school. Where he ouu- walked the halls between classes, Balog now patrols the halls in an effort to help achooi students and keep them safe. Balog is the new school resource officer for the Amherst school district, taking the position over from officer Lee Carrender. who left the Amherst Police Department The school resource officer has many dudes, including crime prevention and drug awareness education through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. An Amherst police officer for 18 years. Balog said that he had never considered be- coming the school resource officer. However, after Car- render rerigeed to take a position _■ Avon Lnka. Baku said that police chief Lonnie Dillon asked him if he was interested. "I'd never really given it any thought," Balog said. "I really enjoyed working the road. It was a somewhat difficult decision." According to Balog, one thing he considered was the schedule. As a patrol officer, be would often have to work nights and weekends. Now, however, he works a regular Monday through Friday schedule, something he said both he and his wife of 12 years, Ellen, appreciate. With most weekends free now, ho said he has more time to spend with Ellen and his 23-year-old stepdaughter, Heatner. "I've been very fortunate." Batog said. "I've got a great wife and great daughter. Life has been good to me in those respects." He said it has been a big adjustment, though. After yean of taking complatnte involving javecui-*, Balog said he is now interacting with them one on one. He added that he encourages the students to come to him with their problems. "I'm trying to push them in the right direction," Balog said. "I don't want them to get on the wrong side of the law." He has ran into some students, he said, that he dealt with as a police officer prior to becoming the school resource officer. Balog said that it is important for those students to know that be is on their side. "I want to work with them and make them understand that the police is not their enemy," he said. An aspect of bis new position that he finds particularly interesting, he said is the Explorers. The Explorers are affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and is oompriaed of young people ajed 14 to Near and hope* to make 11 the tvee of students In Amherat. i AjT_w«tpolceoflioerJohn Batog shows oil Ma mw ride In front of Morton L Steele rtgh School. Batog It tho now achooi resource of-
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-11-14|
|Date of Original||14-NOV-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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