Thursday, April 13, 2000

Golf Manor's Mitzman steps down after 25 years

BY Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GOLF MANOR — This village is losing a cornerstone.

        After 25 consecutive years on Village Council, Ethel Mitzman will relinquish her seat at the end of the month for health reasons.

        “It was a lot of fun,” Mrs. Mitzman said. “I got to work on a lot of things — improving our park for our children, bringing a cable television system to town, adopting and continuing the community newsletter.

        “But, I just can't keep it up with my health as it is. It's time for someone else to take the job,” she said.

        Mayor Dennis Puthoff said: “Ethel has truly been a cornerstone of this community. She is called "The Mother of Golf Manor' by many people who have known her for years, and she has been a big asset to me and many others.

        “She has been a hard- working and dedicated per son and knows this community inside out. It is a tremendous loss.”

        Mr. Puthoff said Mrs. Mitzman helped develop the village's charter several years ago and was involved in improvements at the village's Volunteer Park. She has led the drive to sell engraved memorial bricks to create a gateway to the recently improved facility.

        The mayor said the charter dictates the method for replacing council members. When elected, council members designate two of their colleagues to find, interview and select a replacement. Mrs. Mitzman's designees, Alan Zaffiro and Sharon Chachoff, are searching for her replacement.

        Mrs. Mitzman, 69, was elected to a four-year term in 1998 — her seventh consecutive election to council. She ran for mayor and lost by three votes to former Mayor Donna Faulk in 1995. A native of Louisville, she moved to the village in 1957.

        Mrs. Mitzman's husband, Len, said his wife has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.


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