Several big-dollar donations were made this past month to the Amherst Schools and accepted Jan. 11 by the board of education:
• The Amherst Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 122 gave $500 for construction of 10 plyometric boxes for the Steele High School weight room.
• The Amherst Junior High PTO gave $1,991 for the purchase of three iPads.
• The Ohio State Eagles gave $1,000 for the purchase of 27 bowling shirts for the Boys and Girls Club bowling team.
• PPG Industries gave an $859 science grant to first grade teacher Cindy Snyder for a science unit cart at Powers Elementary.
The Amherst board of education agreed last week to seek bids for extensive renovations to the south lobby and media center of Steele High School.
It also approved a contract with Clark and Post for parking lot improvements.
Those projects are on the agenda for Summer 2016.
The driver of a semi that overturned last weekend on Rt. 2 has been charged.
Michael Farmer, 52, of Maryland, was cited with failure to control his vehicle.
Farmer’s identity had not yet been made available when we wrote about the late-night crash at the North Main Street bridge near Beaver Creek. Amherst police Lt. Dan Makruski said Farmer went off the road, struck a guardrail, and tipped the tractor trailer on its side, sliding about 100 yards before coming to a halt.
Danny Goss, 67, of Sandusky, was the driver of a 2005 Chevy pick-up truck that crashed into the overturned big rig. He was hurt but not charged in the incident.
Both men had to be helped from the wreckage by Amherst firefighters. Goss was flown to Cleveland for treatment.
Makruski said both men were wearing seat belts. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected factors in the crash, which took place in snowy and icy conditions.
Firelands students can get free admission to two upcoming Falcons sporting events as part of “Winter Student Appreciation”:
• Jan. 23: Girls basketball vs. Keystone.
• Jan. 28: Wrestling vs. Fairview and Brooklyn.
Six residents in the Valley Drive area on Amherst’s west side woke up Saturday to slashed vehicle tires.
Police said the vandalism took place between 6 p.m. the previous evening and 10 a.m. that morning.
No suspects were identified in any of the incidents, which spanned Greenforest and Maple Creek drives.
An undercover operation netted one charge Jan. 8 for selling alcohol to customers under the age of 21.
Amherst police said they said a confidential informant into several stores to buy beer.
At Giant Eagle on Kresge Drive, the informant was able to walk out with a six-pack of beer, which was immediately turned over to a police handler.
Anjelica Galinski, 20, of Oberlin, was charged with sales to underage persons, a first-degree misdemeanor.
The Amherst Chipotle — and all others nationwide, nearly 2,000 locations — will close for lunch Feb. 8 for a national team meeting on food safety, reopening mid-afternoon.
The training comes after recent illness linked to the restaurants’ products, including E. coli, salmonella, and norovirus. Hundreds of people across the United States became sick.
In the fall, cases were mainly found in the plains states. But late in 2015 outbreaks affected California and Boston. As of Dec. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were three cases of illness in Ohio.
FIFTH GRADE BASKETBALL
The Amherst Li’l Lady Comettes White Team (14-4, 7-2) played two Lake Erie League Basketball games on Sunday.
They defeated Westlake 22-9. Lindsey McConihe led all scorers with 10 points. Kristen Kelley had eight points and Bella Simmons scored four points.
The first place Olmsted Falls-Blue defeated the Comettes 37-22. Kelley led the White team in scoring with eight points, McConihe had six, Simmons scored four. Savannah Fellenstein and Emma Bruewer each scored a bucket.
The deadline to register to vote in the March 15 primary is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
For more information, call the Lorain County Board of Elections at 440-326-5900 or visit www.loraincountyelections.com.