Amherst News-Times, 2002-02-27
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Dietician to help parents — Page 7 | Safety group needs more input — Pi Amherst News-Time O I- o o O UO X X r- 00 M M c tn o o - x 00 < X M (/> r- id w> o *-^ — (9 » M l\J < O*^. m *> 9 r- w _ WIDMSDAY, I I HKl'AKY 27, 2002 AMHIRST, OHIO Williams returns to fill council slot by AMY PER9MOER News-Times reporter David Williams returned to serve as a city councilman-at-large last week. Williams lost his council seat in the November election, but he was sworn in during last week's council committee meetings by Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Tom Januzzi. He was appointed to the seat vacated last month by David Kukucka, who resigned because of work commitments. Williams said he sought appoint ment to council for two reasons. "The first is that I'm passionate about politics and public service. The other is that I love Amherst, " he said. Williams is a Democrat who has been involved in politics most of his life. In addition to having previously served on Amherst city council in 2000 and 2001, Williams has been president of the board of directors of the Sandstone Joint Ambulance District He was the chairman of a task force investigating the possibility of a full-time mayor, in 1997 and 1998. At the state level, Williams said he served as the Governor's senior policy advisor on health and disability issues. He was also a member of the Congressional Advisory Committee on Rights and Empowerment of People with Disabilities, a group that helped establish the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. He was also a member and chairman of the Governor's Council on People with Disabilities. William earned his BA in biology and education from Gannon College in Erie, Penn. After becoming a registered radiological technologist in 1975 Williams worked in the medical field . He and his wife Frances Dwyer McCaffrey are the parents of two grown sons, Eric and Nathan, who live in Cleveland. Williams and his wife moved to Amherst 10 years ago when Williams began working at Invacare Corp. in Elyria as the director of government relations. "Fran and I have both had the opportunity to travel all over America,'' Williams said, "but the day we moved into this town we looked at each other and declared that we were home." Williams said he and his wife are actively involved in the Amherst Historical Society, the Friends of the Metroparks, the Democratic party and their church, SL Joseph Parish. Williams still serves on the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and has been involved with many more groups and organizations. Williams said he has repeatedly demonstrated his interest in good government. "I know that I have been criticized at times for asking too many questions and not blindly following the lead of the administration,*' he said. "But I believe that this is the only way to do the job and to appro- CONTINUED on page 2 David Williams She enjoys labor of love, feeding fellow SA residents Mabell Dickinson prepares boxes for the First United Methodist dents of the Firelands School District who are in need. Church of South Amherst's monthly food pantry to give to resi- by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter At a time in her life when you might expect Mabelle Dickinson to be resting on her laurels and enjoying her retirement years, she is still in the trenches, helping people who need her. .„ At 44 yean old. Dickinson heads up the food bank she helped start at Fast United Methodist Church of South Amherst and does a majority of the work herself. From helping unload the truck with a young family from the church to packing the food in boxes, handing out the food with her cousin, Norma Oetzel, and helping families complete the required paperwork, Dickinson keeps her hand in the pot On the last Saturday of every month the First United Methodist Church of South CONTINUED on page 3 Advisory board is helping city in tech trouble by AMY PERSMQER News-Times reporter The city has established a Technology Advisory Board to assist in its endeavor to advance in the twenty-first century. After meeting regularly for about a month, a steering committee consisting of members of the community, councilmembera and city admi nistrators drafted a charter for the newly forming board. Just over a year ago, Gary Mitchell, who was chairman of the Cable Television Advisory Board developed a recommendation for the city suggesting a technology management plan. He pointed out many gaps in Amherst's current systems and suggested ways to fix them. After he submitted the recom- CONTINUED on page 3 Nord goes online with computerized lunchroom system Men at work Mke Dwyer and Joe Jackson town manhole last week. All three Lee Camera into a down- work tor the sewer department, are Amherst residents and 'Godspell' is on Players' stage Workshop Players will present "Godspell," a musical based on the gospel of St Matthew, in March. Conceived by John-Michael Tebelak, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, "Godspell'' is a modern musical retelling the story of Christ and his parable*. Director Dave MacKeigan has assembled a cast comprised of several Workshop regulars and several newcomers to the local The cast includes Tom Castro. Marc Parker. Kristen Jones, Lisa Mine Eckenrode, Jarred Nichols. John Turner, and Liesel Stevens. Rob Schneider is the musical director. Performances are Msrch 7,8,9,15.16,22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and March 17 and 24 at 3 pra. Tickets are $8.50 each and may be reserved by calling the box office at 988-5613. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Workshop Players Theatre is located on Middle Ridge Road, halfway between Rt 2 and Rt 58. Sun-ting in March, students at Nord Junior High School will have a new adventure when coming through the lunch lines. Students will enter their six-digit identification number from their student photo card when they get close to the service line by the cashier's station. The cashier's new computer screen will display the student's picture, grade and homeroom, diet restrictions, and their current account balance. Parents can pre-pay into this system so that every time their child comes through the lunch hne, their purchases are deducted from their The software system is Cafe' Terminal and is installed by Esber Cash Register in Canton. The system is already hi place at Shape Middle School, Harris Elementary School, and Powers Elementary School This new system is convenient for both parents and students and allows the lunch lines to move faster. Most parents prefer writing one check to extend over a longer period. With this system, students can purchase any food items sold in the cafeteria. Now, they do not need to cany cash to buy their lunch; however, cash is still acceptable. At the end of the school year, each student's account balance will cany over to the next school year, and to the high school when die students move on. Students who sre eligible for free lunches or hatches at a reduced price come through the lines and eo- ter their pin number. Confidentiality is maintained using this syslem. "We are very excited about this new cash register syslem in oar school daMricC aaid Waada Wat- fbid. cafeteria ataporviaor. "It fc very well at (fee oSht aad wa lock forwent la having it work just as well at Naal" r t
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-02-27|
|Date of Original||27-FEB-2002|
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