Sunday, December 31, 2000

Mini-versions of Hamilton for sale

Proceeds to help LifeSpan programs

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Nine pieces of this city's history are on sale.

        LifeSpan, a nonprofit organization, is selling small replicas of city landmarks as part of a fund-raiser.

        Each piece costs $15 at Porcellana Limited, 244 Main St. The proceeds will benefit programs and services for LifeSpan, formerly Family Services Inc.

[photo] Barb Blanchard of Lifespan with miniature versions of Hamilton landmarks.
(Dick Swaim photo)
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        “It's a wonderful opportunity for people who might be natives of Hamilton or new to the community to see and learn about the historical nature of Hamilton,” said Frances Sack, director of development for LifeSpan.

        The Hamilton agency, which provides family home care, consumer credit services and counseling to individuals and families, helped 8,400 people in fiscal 2000.

        The replicas are of Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument, Lane-Hooven House, the CH&D Railroad Station, the Butler County Courthouse, YWCA, YMCA, Lane Public Library, Globe Opera House and the Monument Park Pioneer Cabin.

        The replicas began as a project of the 1997 Leadership Hamilton Class VI to improve the city's image.

        “So far, we have only chosen the old, historical buildings. Each year, we'll add a couple to keep the collection going because we do have so many neat ones,” said Barb Blanchard, a member of the leadership class.

        For more information about the replicas, call 737-4494.

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