Saturday, December 08, 2001

Students plan gift collection

Marketing students at Milford High School have decided to help with a gift collection project — the Giving Tree — to benefit the children of needy families this Christmas.

        With rising unemployment, there is a greater need for help this year. The students' goal is to collect 900 gifts.

        A Christmas tree in the main lobby of the front entrance to the high school will be decorated with ornaments bearing the sex and age (infant through 13) of a child who's in need in Clermont County.

        Students, staff and community members are asked to take an ornament and match it with a Christmas gift. They should return the gift to the box under the tree or to room A-9 at the high school.

        Cash gifts will also be accepted.

        Marketing students will wrap the gifts and give them to Marlene Baker, founder of HANDS (Teens Helping Elderly Handicapped, Adolescents & Needy Deserving Souls). Ms. Baker, of Milford, founded the group in 1988 to help the needy.

        “We take it for granted sometimes that all children wake up on Christmas morning to Christmas gifts,” she said. “It just isn't so. Unfortunately, there are families here today that are lucky to get a meal, let alone Christmas gifts for their children.”

        Dec. 17 is the last day you can contribute. Marketing students, both juniors and seniors, will help wrap the gifts on Dec. 18. Ms. Baker will give the gifts to at least 500 children on Dec. 19 at Amelia Baptist Church.

        Community members who wish to participate may call Ed Pregitzer at 576-2249. He is a marketing instructor at Milford and a Giving Tree organizer.

        HAMILTON — The Riverbank Poetry Project will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. This month, the meeting place will be the historic Lane Public Library on Third Street.

        The featured poet for the evening will be Michael Kowrach, an East Coast writer. Following his program, the group will conduct an open-microhone session, allowing local poets to read their original works.

        Sign up for the open-microphone session at 6:30 p.m.

        The Riverbank Poetry Project is a program of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.

        Information: 863-8873.

        OXFORD — Barney M. Landry, a retired jet engine engineer from General Electric, will talk about “West Point and the West Point Experience” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Shriver Center at Miami University.

        His talk will be before the Butler County Torch Club. The public is invited to the free program.

        Mr. Landry, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, will discuss “a brief history of the founding of West Point, the development of its philosophy, some of the men who shaped it and my personal cadet experience.”

        Information: 896-1418.
        LEBANON — The Warren County Historical Society's “Christmas Banquet at the Museum” will begin with a cash bar at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at 105 S. Broadway. Dinner, catered by Best Cafe, starts at 7 p.m.

        Reservations are necessary by today . Cost: $18 per person, including gratuity.

        Randy McNutt's column appears on Saturday. E-mail: Past columns at


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