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Amherst & Vermilion notebook: Sept. 15, 2009


Amherst Steele homecoming

Amherst Steele High School will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 2 with festivities including a 5 p.m. parade featuring floats designed and built by student groups and other school organizations.

The parade route travels from the high school to the football stadium. After the varsity football game, the homecoming dance will be held in the high school cafeteria at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 and go on sale Sept. 28.

The weekend also includes the induction of four Marion L. Steele alumni into the 18th Distinguished Alumni Gallery of Success.

The 2009 honorees are Gloria Dylis Richards Dodson and James Russell Dodson (1970), David J. McGarvey (1983) and Kathleen Kordeleski (1978).

An induction ceremony is 9 a.m. Oct. 2 in the high school cafeteria. A brunch will follow the ceremony.

Fall rascals resale

Gently used baby and children’s clothing, maternity clothes, toys and games, furniture and books will sold at the Erie Shores Early Childhood PTA Fall Rascals Resale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Heritage Presbyterian Church on state Route 58 in Amherst.

There will be a bake sale and basket raffles. Nonperishable food will be accepted for a food bank. Early bird admission is $5 from 8 to 9 a.m. General admission is $1 after 9 a.m. Vendors should call (419) 663-6606 or visit

Sandstone center of the world

Amherst author and resident James Hieb will offer a program on the “Sandstone Center of the World,” a claim once made by Amherst and Lorain County, at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Nordson Depot, 671 Franklin Ave., Amherst.

The one-hour presentation includes stories and photos describing how Amherst and Grafton, as well as Carlisle Township, were major parts of Lorain County’s sandstone industry.

A DVD by Paul Justy and Chris Smith, “The Lost Industry at Indian Hollow,” detailing the Grafton Stone Co.’s quarry operations in the 1800s and early 1900s will also be shown.

Friends to meet

The Friends of Amherst Public Library will meet at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at the library. New members are welcome.

Woollybear lunch

Vermilion E&R Church at Grand and Ohio streets will again serve lunch 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Woollybear Festival Sunday.

The menu includes hot chicken sandwich plates, fresh salads, pies and desserts, coffee and soft drinks.

Artwork on a chair

Main Street Amherst is looking for local artists, art teachers, groups and businesses to donate artwork done on the canvas of a chair for an auction at the first annual Main Street Amherst Taste of Amherst Wine & Brew Review Oct. 3 at St. Joseph Social Hall.

All proceeds will go toward local civic improvement projects including hanging flower baskets around the downtown area in the summer months, along with the annual Miracle on Main Street Christmas Parade.

All chair artwork must be completed and submitted by Friday to the Main Street offices, 255 Park Ave. Chairs will be displayed in local businesses. Artwork must not contain logos of any kind and no vulgar language or images. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the auction set to begin at 9 p.m.

Amherst library storytimes

Additional storytime program hours have been announced by Amherst Public Library. New sessions will begin the week of Sept. 28 for children ages 2 and 3. Hours are 10:15 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Added friends and family storytimes for preschool and kindergarten children are slated for 11:15 a.m. Sept. 28 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Ritter story time

Fall story times at Ritter Public Library begin Sept. 28 with “Babies and Books” at 10 a.m. Mondays. This program is designed for children up to age 1.

“Tiny Tots” is for youngsters 1 and 2 years old and meets Mondays at 11 a.m. “Toddler Tales” is for ages 2 and 3 and meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 10 a.m. Thursdays.

Preschool Stories is for children ages 3 to 5 and is at 1 p.m. Mondays.

Twilight Stories is for the whole family and meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

To learn more about library programs, call (440) 967-3798.

Update your resume

Amherst Public Library will host workshops for resume-writing and interview skills Sept. 19.

Learn how to effectively update your resume with Library Director Robin Wood 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wood will then lead a job interviewing workshop 2:30 to 4 p.m. for anyone wishing to increase their odds of landing a job.

Wood will share her 20-plus years of human resource experience. Space is limited for both sessions. Reservations are required. Call the library at (440) 988-4280.

Raising money for angels

Angels for Kids Foundation, a local nonprofit group dedicated to helping children in need will host a charity fund raising event Saturday at Ziggy’s Bar & Grill in Amherst.

Prizes range from an area hotel package, skiing and snowtubing passes at Alpine Valley and Snow Trails, plus VIP passes to the Improv in Cleveland and Ghostly Manor in Sandusky.

To learn more about Angels For Kids, visit or call (440) 225-0554.

World War II and the home front

Life in America during the 1940s is the topic of a talk by James Smith of the Lorain County Historical Society when the Amherst Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Grange-Schoolhouse, 763 Milan Ave., Amherst.

“World War II and the Home Front” will follow a brief business meeting.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to bring World War II memorabilia including photos, clothing or souvenirs of the era.

To learn more, call (440) 988-7255.

Before Columbus

Centuries before Christopher Columbus discovered America, native Americans inhabited the land in hundreds of tribes scattered across the country. Each possessed its own distinctive culture and way of life.

Ohio’s native tribes included the Ottawa, Erie, Iroquois and others. learn about these peoples during the Native American Pow-Wow 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Vermilion River Reservation of the Lorain County Metro Parks. Hear how Ohio’s native Americans dressed, cooked and lived. Enjoy professional dancers, as well as costumes, foods, crafts, displays of artifacts and more. Call (440) 967-7310 to learn more.

‘Taste of’ Tickets

Main Street Amherst and the Amherst Fire Department are selling tickets to “The Taste of Amherst Wine & Brew Review” at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at St. Joseph’s Social Hall. Tickets are $25 and include 12 samples of wine plus a souvenir glass. Tickets may be picked up at the Amherst Party Shop, The Mermaid’s Tale, Main Street Amherst offices or from any Amherst firefighter. Call (440) 988-4132 to learn more.

Dodgeball now

Adult Dodgeball Leagues are forming at the Vermilion Family YMCA. Games are played Wednesday nights by teams consisting of eight to 10 players. Each team includes three women. The 10-game season begins Sept. 30. There will be a season-ending tournament to crown the top team. Team fees are $120. Call the Y at (440) 967-4208 to sign up or learn more.

Firelands Endowment’s ‘Taste of Firelands’

Firelands Schools Endowment Fund will host a wine-tasting at Matus Winery 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3.

The winery is at 15674 Gore Orphanage Road. Since 1991, the endowment fund has offered 116 scholarships totaling $85,000, issued 217 grants for classroom support totaling $135,832, and circulated more than 200 editions of the Firelands Express to inform residents of the school district.

Tickets are $25 for eight samples. Extra tickets will be available for those wanting additional tastings. There also will be a silent auction and light refreshments. Tickets are available by calling the board office at (440) 965-5821 or from any endowment fund trustee.

In service

Air Force Airman 1st Class Scott A. Koba has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Koba is the son of Raymond and Tammy Koba of Amherst. He is a 2005 Amherst Steele High School graduate, and received an associate degree in 2008 from Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville.

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