Thursday, October 12, 2000

Event to benefit volunteer searchers

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA TOWNSHIP — For a year, the volunteer group that assists in rescues in southern Ohio has gone without the hand-held radios used to communicate during searches.

        That could end soon.

    • What: Tack exchange and fund-raiser to benefit the volunteer East Fork State Park Mounted Search and Rescue Team
    • When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5
    • Where: Clermont County Fairgrounds, U.S. 50 and Ohio 132 in Owensville

        The radios were stolen from an office at East Fork State Park in Clermont County, apparently by vandals. The East Fork Mounted Search and Rescue Team had no insurance and unsuccessfully petitioned the state for assistance.

        On Nov. 5, the nonprofit group will hold a fund-raiser and tack exchange at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville in hopes of raising the $2,000 to $3,000 needed to replace the four radios. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        Tack refers to any equipment, including saddles and bridles, used in horseback riding. The group typically conducts searches on horseback.

        The group has been together for five years and has grown to 40 people, member Debhora Herron said.

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