December 22, 2014

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Emergency alert system coming to Amherst

AMHERST — Residents around Amherst soon will have information about flooding, road closures and boil alerts at their fingertips. Lorain County will set up a new emergency alert system in Amherst that tentatively will start Jan. 1, Amherst Councilman Steve Bukovac said. The county is working with Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS), which works with Read More…

Forum critiques state’s emphasis on testing

AMHERST — It’s a conversation that is taking place far from the legislative halls of Columbus, where elected officials are writing laws to reshape Ohio education. But a standing-room-only crowd of educators and parents who came to Amherst on Monday night to discuss the changes in everything from curriculum to testing to teacher evaluations are Read More…

Amherst moves forward on mixed-use developments

AMHERST — Amherst City Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would expand mixed-use developments in the city, which officials said could bring in more commerce. If the ordinance takes effect, any property owner could apply to build both residential and commercial buildings on their land, with some stipulations. “This would Read More…

Amherst theater owner says he plans to run for mayor

Mark Costilow

AMHERST — He frequents downtown Amherst, City Hall and the Amherst Cinema, but next year Safety Service director Mark Costilow hopes to find a new place to spend his days — in the mayor’s office. Amherst’s mayor of 12 years, David Taylor, plans to leave after his third term is up in 2015, and Mark Read More…

Lorain Palace Theatre to hold hometown premiere of John Penton movie

John Penton, left, meets with producer/director Todd Huffman at the premiere of “Penton: The John Penton Story” at the Cleveland premiere in June. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — The documentary chronicling the life of pioneering Amherst motorcycle rider-designer John Penton will receive a hometown premiere of sorts Sept. 13 at the Lorain Palace Theatre. The film was shown once at the Regal Cobblestone Square 20 theaters a few weeks ago after a Cleveland premiere in June at the Ohio Theatre on Read More…

Amherst delays decision on chicken ordinance

AMHERST — The ownership of chickens — a problem that has been debated Amherst since last summer — may have a simpler solution than City Council members originally thought. At a meeting Monday, Amherst law director Tony Pecora summarized his research regarding a citywide ordinance that prohibits farming on fewer than five acres of land. Read More…

Amherst family embraces fight to legalize marijuana

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Jason Pardee considers himself a medical refugee. The 27-year-old Amherst native now lives in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, where he grows and smokes marijuana, activities illegal under both federal and Ohio law. “I need to smoke pretty much every day because I do have chronic pain,” Pardee said. California is one of 20 Read More…

Amherst Council members get back scrambled surveys on city chickens

AMHERST — Two surveys conducted by Amherst City Council members to determine what residents thought about a controversial farming ordinance that bars chicken ownership in the city yielded very different results last week. In a Facebook survey created by City Council Member Phil Van Treuren last week, 75 percent of the 333 responders said they Read More…

Amherst parents urged to stay vigilant to spot teens’ risky behavior

Lisa Baker of Bath Police Department shows some of the ways teens can hide marijuana. ANNA MERRIMAN/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — In a presentation hosted at Marion L. Steele High School, police officers warned parents and teachers Monday about the risky behavior of teenagers — everything from smoking marijuana to the “cinnamon challenge” and twerking. “We want you to snoop. We want you to be nosy,” Marcie Mason, youth worker for the Bath and Read More…

Wrestling Sectional Preview: Sport finds way into heart of Amherst’s Mike Wearsch, who’s aiming for 2nd straight trip to state

Amherst senior wrestler Mike Wearsch Feb. 12. Steve Manheim

Sometimes it’s not love at first sight. Sometimes it takes a little work to create the passion. “I did biddy (wrestling) when I was in the third grade for a couple weeks and I quit,” Amherst senior Mike Wearsch said. “I didn’t like it, it was too hard. I was kind of a chubby kid Read More…