Friday, November 16, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Tree sales to help proposed youth center

        CLEVES — Three businessmen are giving youths the opportunity to start a Christmas tree business, which opens Monday.

        Profits will help fund a proposed youth/community center.

        “We had a good year; whatever they make, they keep,” said John Tisch, who, along with his brother Jim Tisch and partner, Gary Liggett, are donating about $5,000 to purchase trees, garlands and wreaths.

        The men own Delta Propeller, a boat propeller sales and repair company in Cleves.

[photo] CHILD-CARE MILESTONE: Deborah Floyd reads to (from left) Toni Wilson, Reganne Edwards and Brittany McCollum. The 4-year-olds were benefiting from a volunteer reading program at Dominican Community Services/Visions in the West End. The agency on Thursday celebrated its 75th year of offering all-day child care.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        The sale is sponsored by Cincinnati's BLOC Ministries, a faith-based, nonprofit group that works with children and families. BLOC runs a makeshift center at a residence on Wamsley Avenue, near Taylor High School, but has hopes of moving to a much larger facility.

        Sales will take place in the lot of the old Kroger building on South Miami Avenue, which is also owned by Mr. Tisch and his partners. It will be open 4 to 8 p.m. daily through the holidays.

        Two types of trees will be offered, at $20 to $35.

Man dies, wife hurt in Norwood blaze

        NORWOOD — A man died and his wife was injured in a fire Wednesday evening in their Carthage Avenue apartment.

        Fred Roberts, 76, died at University Hospital on Thursday afternoon. His wife, Katherine, 76, was in critical condition Thursday at University. Both were burned.

        The fire was caused by careless smoking, Norwood fire officials said.

        “(Mr. Roberts) was found inside the front door and the woman had to be taken off a porch roof, down a ladder,” Norwood fire Capt. Robert Schleibaum said.

        The Robertses were the only people in the three-unit apartment building at 5131 Carthage when the fire broke out. Damage was estimated at $75,000.

        Fire crews were called to the building just after 6:30 p.m. and found smoke coming from the apartment.

Green Township holds Clean Up Day

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Residents are urged to clean up their clutter and bringunwanted items — from furniture to yard waste — to the township's annual Clean Up Day Saturday at Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road.

        Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

        Household hazardous waste, old tires and any appliances containing Freon are prohibited. Any item deemed useful is donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

        Proof of township residency is required. Postcards were mailed to residents, but anyone without a postcard can pick one up today at the Green Township Administration Building, 6303 Harrison Ave. A valid driver's license or other proof can also be used the day of the cleanup.

        For more information, call the administrative offices during business hours, at 574-4848.

Minister arraigned, pleads not guilty

        BATAVIA — The Rev. Alfred Strunk, a Clermont County minister facing a drug charge, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday before Clermont County Common Pleas Judge William Walker.

        The Rev. Mr. Strunk remains jailed on a $250,000 bond on a charge of conspiracy to commit felony drug possession..

        He is accused of using Federal Express to send money to Florida for the purchase of methamphetamine.

Forum on lung cancer offers speakers

        BLUE ASH — An update on efforts to improve diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer — the nation's No. 1 cancer killer — will be held Saturday as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Week.

        The Wellness Community's Greater Cincinnati chapter has invited a lung cancer survivor plus several Tristate surgeons, oncologists and radiologists to speak from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellness Community's office, 4918 Cooper Road.

        In Greater Cincinnati, where smoking rates remain among the nation's highest, lung cancer deaths occur at above-average rates.

[photo] CHANGE FOR THE BETTER: Denise Toole (center), a consumer of Butler County's MRDD Liberty Center, makes change for Rachel Zapf, 4, of Monroe. The center had its annual Autumn/Christmas Boutique, which raises funds for its needs. At right is Joyce Wilhelm of Oxford, a Liberty Center advocate and sister of Ms. Toole.
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        For more information about the event, call 791-4060.

Kroger donates $100K to fight breast cancer

        The Kroger Co. will contribute $100,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to support continued research, education, screening and treatment for the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

        The donation was made on behalf of the American Express “Charge for the Cure” campaign.

        Various Kroger divisions also support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through The Komen Race for the Cure Series.

Councilman suggests officials resign

        LEBANON — A second top city official faces possible ouster when the new City Council takes office here in early December.

        Councilman James Reinhard, who is expected to have the votes to try to fire City Manager James Patrick when three newcomers are seated, thinks City Auditor Greg Dixon also needs to go.

        “He seems to blindly follow Mr. Patrick,” Mr. Reinhard said Thursday.

        Mr. Reinhard also floated the suggestion that the two resign rather than waiting to be fired.

        “If they would resign, I'd support giving them six months' severance,” he said.

        Mr. Patrick's and Mr. Dixon's contracts stipulate that they are to receive six months' pay if they are fired, but the city is under no such obligation if they resign.

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