Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Auction helps fight plant

Sayler Park raises $3,500 for legal fees

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An auction in Sayler Park to raise money to prevent a cement company from building a plant there netted $3,500 for the Village Community Council.

        The money will be used for legal fees, said Betty Kamuf, a member of the Sayler Park Village Community Council.

        Items for the Friday even ing event came from residents who cleaned out their garages and basements for the auction. Thousands of items, including early American furniture, memorabilia, china, jewelry, quilts and many other collectibles were spread out over a section of Sayler Park Athletic Fields.

        The auctioneering started at 5:30 p.m. and closed at about 9:15 p.m.

        “We sold everything,” said Hale Newman, a Sayler Park resident. “I don't know of any other fund-raising plans.”

        Prices varied from $2 for two Coca-Cola bottles to $200 for a grain bin. A salt box sold for $145, four pre-Civil War chairs sold for $200, and an early American rolltop desk sold for $175.

        “This was a great cause for us,” said Renee Cipriani, a Sayler Park resident and member of the council. “We will keep fighting them the best we can. Hopefully, we will win.”

        Lone Star Industries of Indianapolis purchased a 20-acre site in the 6300 block of River Road to build two 100-foot silos to be used as a terminal site.

        Barbara Sinclair, spokeswoman for Lone Star, said no manufacturing would be done at the site.


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