Sunday, April 16, 2000



The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LAKESIDE PARK — Boy Scout Troop 820, sponsored by Lakeside Presbyterian Church, has three new Eagle Scouts, bringing to 25 the number of Eagle Scouts in the troop's history.

        The new Eagle Scouts are:

        Matthew Platek of Independence, son of Frank and RoxAnn Platek and a student at Calvary Christian School. His Eagle project was construction of a Bible/nature trail at the First Church of Christ in Boone County.

        Matthew Feldmann of Lakeside Park, son of Don and Mary Feldmann and a student at St. Xavier High School. His Eagle project was reclaiming the retreat recreation area of Marydale, which was in disrepair.

        Bert McAlonan of Fort Mitchell, son of John and Joan McAlonan and a student at Beechwood High School. His Eagle project was landscaping the exterior of the new Erlanger-Elsmere Ministries.

Named art director at communications firm

        Jason Auton, a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky Technical College and a member of the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society, has joined Holland Communications in Cincinnati as art director. He lives in Kenton County.

Officer honored for academic excellence

        BURLINGTON — Boone County Police Officer Bernard J. Eder received many awards after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University's law enforcement basic training class earlier this month.

        He received the Academic Achievement Award for earning the highest grade in the class. He also received special recognition for physical fitness, class leadership and the pursuit of excellence.

        The 16-week, basic-training course entailed 640 hours of training in driving, firearms, handling disturbances, criminal investigations, traffic investigations and other areas.

        Officer Eder continues training in the Boone County Police Field Officer Training Program.

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Program for chance at Ky. Derby tickets

        LOUISVILLE — Churchill Downs has come up with a strategy to help dedicated racing fans get coveted tickets to the Kentucky Derby.

        “People are always saying, "It's impossible to get them, the regulars can't get them,'” said Mark Midland, the track's director of new product development.

        Now fans have a chance to get the tickets through Churchill Downs' Twin Spires Club player-reward program, which works much like a frequent-shopper program. Members carry cards that track their wagering.

        But whoa ... there's a catch.

        A regular is someone in the “bettor neighborhood” of $200,000. The track has made the opportunity to buy box seats available to more than a dozen members at the highest levels, Mr. Midland said.

        But even those seats aren't free. Mr. Midland says club members will have to pay $1,500 or more for the seats. “Everyone wants the right to buy a Derby box,” he said.


Kentucky events
        Covington: Dr. Aaron Thompson, sociology professor at Eastern Kentucky University, will speak on how to turn obstacles into opportunities, 3 p.m., Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd. Sponsored by The Northern Kentucky African American Heritage Task Force, the Kentucky Humanities Council and the Kenton County Public Library.


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